Train Up A Child 1

Proverbs 22:6
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

What does this verse mean? People quote this passage often if they have children who are rebellious or prodigals. It is their hope that they have done enough teaching or training that someday their children will come to their senses and come back to God.

I think where we get ourselves into trouble is we think we can force God on our children. Now do not get me wrong, they should be in church every time you are and you should have family devotions. However, you cannot force them to love or worship God, they have to have their own experience with Jesus.

I have always thought Proverbs 22:6 meant to provide an atmosphere in your home where the Holy Spirit was present and active, let your children see you reading the Bible, praying, worshiping, and giving testimony of God’s provision. Let the gifts of the Holy Spirit be present and the fruit of the Holy Spirit abound in your home and in every thing you do. If we do our part and provide an atmosphere where God is present, how can a child ever deny God.

Once children reach the age of accountability they are responsible for their souls and their relationship with God. Do not let the enemy beat you up with guilt. If you have presented a loving God to them, then the choice is theirs to either accept Him or reject Him.

Irrelevant 2

A few years ago a man by the name of Rob Bell pastored a mega-church and his influence in the church community was staggering. Young pastors hung on to every word he said, and read every book he authored. He really was one of the movers of postmodernism in the church world. Unfortunately, postmodernism will lead to heresy in the church every time.

Rob Bell left his church and eventually became a heretic. A few years ago, in an interview, he was asked when would the church world accept the homosexual lifestyle. Rob Bell made the following statement. “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”

My friends these 2,000 year old letters he is talking about is the Word of God. In other words, if the Bible is the best defense we can come up with, then we might as well throw in the towel. The postmodern church and pastors love to throw around this term “Irrelevant.” Today Rob Bell has been replaced by several postmodern superstars. Their influence on young and old ministers is tremendous. The postmodern superstars of today also are saying how irrelevant the church is that still believes in the Word of God.

Please understand this, to stand up for righteousness is not a hate crime, to proclaim that God’s Word is truth even in the twenty-first century is not being a bigot. Sin is still sin and God is still God and His Word is the only truth that we need; no matter what the world may say or what these postmodern superstars say. Scripture is still relevant!

Right now, today, what is needed more then anything else is for some of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation Pentecostals to experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit We Need You!

Lord Send Revival 0

In 1922, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New York city, Harry Emerson Fosdick, proclaimed in a sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” his serious doubts about most of the historic assertions of the Christian faith, including the virgin birth, the resurrection, the divinity of Christ, the atonement, miracles, and the Bible as the Word of God. In 1930, Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrived in New York to further his studies. What he found there was a very liberal church and a professor named Harry Emerson Fosdick, who was teaching at Union Theological Seminary.

Bonoeffer made the following observations,
“The Union students talk a blue streak without the slightest substantive foundation and with no evidence of any criteria . . . They are unfamiliar with even the most basic questions. They become intoxicated with liberal and humanistic phrases, laugh at the fundamentalists, and yet basically are not even up to their level.”

“In New York they preach about virtually everything; only one thing is not addressed, or is addressed so rarely that I have as yet been unable to hear it, namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross, sin and forgiveness, death and life.”

The Assemblies of God was birthed out of this atmosphere of liberalism as a Pentecostal church, fully committed to the inherent Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives. The Assemblies of God went on to see a mighty revival sweep the land and turn the tide.

Unfortunately, it seems history has come full circle and this time around it is our Seminaries and churches that are enveloping the postmodern mind-set of liberal thinking. It is the postmodern AG pastor that is laughing at the doctrines of the church and those who still believe in them. It is the educated elite who hold their noses up at anyone who would dare to question their thinking.

I know this will not set well with those who have embraced the postmodern message and its liberal leanings, but it is time we returned to God’s Holy Word and proclaim the absolute truth of Jesus Christ. It is time that we stop trying to touch the world by being the world, but be indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and then go out into the world and be the people of God. That will do more for the kingdom of God, then looking and acting like the world. Stop supporting Assembly of God schools who no longer believe in the inherent Word of God. Stop sending your young people to Assembly of God schools who promote liberal thinking and send them to Pentecostal schools, where they will be taught the full counsel of God’s Word and experience the presence of God.

Lord send revival our way again. Come Holy Spirit We Need You!

2 Timothy 4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths. 5 But be self-controlled in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and prove your ministry.