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MAN MADE RUBBISH
It never ceases to amaze me why so many churches think they can communicate better than God can, it seems God can do all things except speak for Himself. Surely what matters most – what’s vitally important – is what God has to say to man through His written Word and not some quirky man made quote.
So why not put His Word up and let God speak for Himself.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God.
Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit: these and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul.
– A. W. Tozer
This is a pamphlet/tract written by Dennis M. Rokser, pastor of Duluth Bible Church in Duluth, Minnesota. Download the booklet here. (PDF file)
The 7 reasons covered in the tract are:
1) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it is never found in the Bible.”
2) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it is not how someone is saved.”
3) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it requires no understanding of the Gospel of Grace to do it.”
4) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it confuses the means of salvation with the results of salvation.”
5) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it either results in no assurance of salvation or brings a false assurance to people.”
6) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…Revelation 3:20 does not teach it.”
7) “Don’t ask Jesus into your heart because…it does not clarify the condition of salvation, it confuses it–especially with children.”
I’m always amazed by the people who, despite God’s clear and emphatic commands through the Apostle Paul, say things like, “Ah, we need to forget about the differences in our doctrines, and we just need to love one another.” as though those two are consistent goals. Surely they haven’t come to realize that the only way we can love right is to live right, and the only way we can live right is to believe right.
– Mark Kielar
Satan needed to counteract the truth. So he developed lies about God, eternal destiny, and other spiritual truths. The results of those lies first appear in Genesis 4:6-7: “The LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou angry? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Sin ruled over Cain because he failed to obey God. Although the Lord had apparently made it known that He required sacrifices for atonement, Cain brought the fruit of his hands–things he had grown in the field. However, Abel brought a blood sacrifice. Genesis 4 records the initial development of false religion, which is based on one thing: human works. Abel brought a sacrifice for sin (i.e. Christ), which was a picture of the final sacrifice. Cain brought his own works, which has been the continual legacy for false religions throughout the centuries. All false religions claim that man enters God’s presence not on the basis of what God has done by His grace, but on the basis of what man can do himself if he is good enough.
Satan knew that if he was going to control the world’s system, he would have to do it through religion, since man is a religious being. So he developed a religion that opposed God’s grace and exalted man’s own achievements. There are basically only two religions in the world: the religion of divine accomplishment or the religion of human achievement.
– John MacArthur from “The Love God Hates“