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A New Kind of Self-abasement

In the second chapter of Colossians, the Apostle Paul twice refers to those who had a “voluntary” (KJV) or a “false” (NKJV) humility. The NASV and ESV, respectively, translate it “self-abasement” and “asceticism.” He, most likely, was referring to the early asceticism that arose in the early years of the church which likely was the beginning of the monastery system of Catholicism.

A False Teacher Preaches Against False Teaching

Californian preacher Francis Chan has become a folk hero to a lot of folks, especially younger Christians who are, for whatever reason, disenchanted with “religion” as they view it. These folks have become to the church what the hippie movement became to society in the mid-1960s and continued for several years – a means of demonstrating their aversion to the establishment (the traditional, the conventional).

Becoming All Things to All Men

The apostle Paul wrote,

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak.

Amos or Amaziah

A number of years ago, in a conversation with someone concerning preachers and preaching, the person stated that he thought a preacher needed to have charisma and be entertaining in order to be effective. As I reflect back on that, it causes me to do some thinking about some of the present-day trends.

Biblical Christianity Is Not Cheap

Much of today’s evangelism depicts “accepting Jesus” as an event involving a bonanza of benefits with minimal or no cost to the acceptor. The idea being, since Jesus paid it all, there is no cost to be born by the recipients of the salvation purchased by His blood. Pretty much people are encouraged to “come as they are” and “continue as they are” and the grace of God will cover them.