Friday, 21 June 2013

Evangelism, Modern Pulpits, Soteriology :

“Many of the pulpiteers of the past fifty years acted as though the first and last object of their calling was the salvation of souls, everything being made to bend to that aim. In consequence, the feeding of the sheep, the maintaining of a Scriptural discipline in the church, and the inculcation of practical piety, was crowded out; and only too often all sorts of worldly devices and fleshly methods were employed under the plea that the end justified the means; and thus the churches were filled with unregenerate members.
In reality, such men defeated their own aim. The hard heart must be ploughed and harrowed before it can be receptive to the gospel seed. Doctrinal instruction must be given on the character of God, the requirements of his Law, the nature and heinousness of sin, if a foundation is to be laid for true evangelism. It is useless to preach Christ unto souls until they see and feel their desperate need of him.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)
“The Doctrine of Election” by Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952)

1 comment:

Helen said...

Didn't realise Pink wrote on this too, as well as the more recent stalwarts. (Oh yes, Spurgeon/Archibald Brown did too with "Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats".

An Anglican church near me has just had a "mission" week of fun & frolics, with a rock concert and the "Gospel according to Queen"(!) I enquired of the visiting Americans via facebook how they used the Godless Freddie Mercury to present the gospel. They replied that Freddie was an "interestingly spiritual guy who was constantly looking for something to fill a hole in his life", that he was depressed & longing for love."Freddie didn't know what he was searching for was the love of Christ." Then the minister "gave the gospel." (Which version?) Seems as though the sinner's prayer was also involved! I'm sure they all meant well.... but: Was sin & repentance adequately presented, if at all? My correspondant admits people "come to Christ at events like that, then fall away, but he claims this is through lack of follow up.He does not seem to realise that people who fall away were never truely converted; that the genuinely regenerate will not fall away. I worry about false converts producing an ever-perpetuating series of more false converts and so on.

May Cumbrian churches be a bouncy castle-free zone! (I know where you got the photos from btw!)

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