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The Crisis of Ecclesia: the Nature and necessity of Christian Worship”

Please join us tonight, for our next “A Place for Truth” conversation, with Ardel Caneday, P. Andrew Sandlin, David Smith, and Bob Dalberg (organized by Eric Anderson and Lifespring Church)

Tonight at 7:30-9:00 CST

www.zoom.us

Meeting ID 882 0017 9743

“A Place for Truth” is a regular meeting on Zoom, which brings reformed theologian intellectuals together for conversations around today’s cultural issues in a public online forum. The audio version of our past events is available on podcast. Search: “A Place for Truth.”

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What We Have Here Is A Failure to Mistrust

by Pastor John Lawrey

where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 5:20b-21

If you are following along at home, you might be wondering “Dude, where’s my country?” I won’t recite the tedious list of wrongs done in the name of coronavirus, but one stands out head and shoulders above the rest: closed and restricted churches. The salt in the wound is that blue state governors have restricted churches at the same time they have provided unfettered access to abortion, marijuana, alcohol, and the somewhat misnamed “peaceful protest.”

Something ought to be said about the blatant inconsistencies, hypocrisy, and double standards, not to mention a two-tiered justice system, but this article is about something much bigger: Will we even have a civilization at the end of this, and if so, what kind? 

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The Gnosticism which COVID—19 reveals

The Gnosticism which COVID—19 reveals

Is physical worship essential to being a Christian? Or is physically gathering to worship with the church you belong to crucial and a requirement for your view of Christianity? Does a person have to obey Jesus Christ in order to be a Christian, in order to have any hope of seeing heaven and not hell?

To state the opposite: Is Christianity above all a “personal Experience?” Or it is a life/path in which Christ Jesus is King, in obedience to His commandments?

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”

In I John and Colossians, specifically, the authors are writing to a church being devastated by a new religion, a new paradigm which, being aligned with Paganism and worldliness, was being imported into and re-framing the entirety of what it meant to be a Christian.

Gnosticism was based upon religion evolving and transcending, meaning it was constantly changing and improving. This meant that it was guru/leader led. The Leader had learned new/novel techniques and secrets, and they could impart them, thus the new Spiritual knowledge (Gnosticism)

Being Spiritual, Gnosticism DE-emphasized any commandments which were transcendent and which were moral or Bodily For example: As long as you feel close to God, you will be forgiven of your all sins, (today referred to as “brokenness”) Gnosticism denied original sin and total depravity—it taught that life was the mastery and unlocking of the inner good and finding your personal happiness. Grace is feeling Good, not living obediently. Jesus came to unlock your potential, not to save you from eternal hell by causing you to follow him.

I am amazed, but shouldn’t be, at the amount of churches and leaders who seem to have made physical worship optional, not just for the past two months, but seemingly indefinitely. The belief that a personal experience at home is just as good as gathering (and risking sickness and inconvenience) in person in a building or place.

The Video Venue home worship is simply not church. It may have been deemed a good and necessary option for a time, but it is not a replacement of the physical gathering required of Christianity. Video Venue/virtual worship, taken to it’s logical conclusion, is a replacement of Christianity. It says that I do not belong to the body of Christ, my presence is optional, The Pastor/guru comes to impart in my life good feelings and principals for living. That is enough. It is individual and autonomous. Just me and my personal Jesus.

In this My personal safety becomes the chief virtue of my life. It is scary to go to church, It might upset my emotional balance. My personal inner comforts are what matters. Don’t tell me otherwise, that is legalism and hurtful of my Holy, in-corrupted feelings.

I fear that The COVID-19 virus isn’t creating an apostasy into Gnostic self-worshiping paganism, It is a revealing of how many “confessed Christians” do not have the category of the necessity of physical worship gathering with the body of Christ, in obedience to Jesus Christ’s commandments as King. Their religion may be closer to the Gnosticism the Bible describes. It may not be not Christianity.

Hebrews 10:25 warns against this: neglecting of the physical gathering. I John warns against disobedience and not loving the brethren. I Corinthians states 5+ times that “when you gather” as the church.

The Gathering of the Church for Worship in person, may not be safe, but it is Sacred. The Assembly is a time set-apart by a Holy God to worship in Spirit and truth..preaching and proclaiming King Jesus in all of His glory (Col 1)

The Gospel Declares that Jesus Christ came bodily. He came to redeem all of us. He lived and dies and rose again bodily, not merely spiritually. There is no separation of our feelings towards Jesus and our actions in obedience towards him and our good works of love towards others. He calls us to gather and worship him as He directs in His word. This is both Faith and Repentance. In exchange we receive the assurance that he grant to those he loves who are obeying Him.

Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

On Authority & Boundaries

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus

I want to noodle over with you the notion of authority, the right to impose one’s will on something or someone else, which also comes with the right to inflict pain upon the non-compliant. Jesus claims all authority in heaven and on earth, which means he has the right to impose his will on anyone or anything. He will reward those who comply and punish those who don’t.

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Caneday/Sandlin: Responding to the New Social Justice Religion

With many thanks to Dr Ardel B. Caneday and P. Andrew Sandlin for joining us, along with Pastors Bob Dalberg and David Smith to discuss one of the more pressing issues in the church today, and to David Gonzales for putting the conversation in an attractive format.

Here’s the link to the recording.

Holy Kissin’

Greet one another with a holy kiss.
Romans 16:16

When I got in the truck to head to the church this morning (which Violet refers to as “Bob’s house”), I left with the kind of smile on my face that can only come from being kissed goodbye by a loving, lovely wife and an adoring, adorable two-year-old daughter. On my way, half-listening to John MacArthur’s excellent sermon from this past Sunday again, half musing on church life in the era of Covid, and half wondering why I enjoyed those kisses so much, my mind began to dwell on the Apostle’s oft-repeated exhortation to “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”

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An Event on www.zoom.us “Responding to the New Social Justice Religion”

II Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Please join us tomorrow night, July 29,  (7:30-9:00 CST) from your own home computer, phone or laptop, www.Zoom.us for a discussion on a Critical threat to the church of Jesus Christ.
This is available for you to participate from your own home as Four current and former pastors (P Andrew Sandlin, Ardel Caneday, David Smith and Bob Dalberg), will address how to contend against the new religion of Woke-ness/Social Justice, specifically as it is threatening to convert your fellow church members, even your church leaders.
Why is this a danger to your church? What is the effect when “white guilt” or other Cultural Marxist ideas are brought within the walls of a local church? What is result upon the clear proclamation of the Gospel and relationships within the church? What happens when a church, a place for truth, becomes “no place for truth”? How did Paul handle the Legalism of His day in the Galatian church? What is the responsibility of the Christian to discern truth from error in this? How does a person, who is rightfully distressed by this new-found agenda creeping into their church go about addressing their concerns? When should you converse? When should you confront? Do you ever leave? 
ERIC ANDERSON is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: A Place For Truth–Zoom Q&A–Contending against the Woke Religion in the church
Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743
Passcode: 140637

Racism, Marxism, Guilt, Government and the Bible’s Prescription of both the Problem and the Solution

Wednesday Evening, June 24, Lifespring Church hosted a Zoom Q&A with Drs Ardel Caneday and P Andrew Sandlin on discerning the current cultural crisis tearing apart both our society and sadly, many churches.

How do we understand the current cultural divide (and conflict) going on, related to both our common heritage and our cultural divides and to racial and political tensions? What is the relationship between our current struggles and a shifting cultural worldview below the surface?

Topics included:

What is racism? Is racism a sin? What are the roots of the riots and protests? What is Cultural Marxism? What worldview is behind the monument toppling? Should we leave conservative churches that have embraced “wokeness?”

Ardel Caneday and  P. Andrew Sandlin are two men who have taught in academia and the church for many years, from the same consistent foundation: That the Bible is God’s authoritative Word and applicable to every difficult issue we face in life, including racism and political conflict. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

The Lordship of Christ: Christians, Government and Culture…in a time of COVID-19 Crisis audio

On Sunday, May 17, Lifespring Church of Crosby, MN hosted a Zoom conversation with questions principally directed to with Drs. Ardel Caneday and P. Andrew Sandlin concerning Christian thinking, Spheres of Sovereignty, Church, Worship, business, politics and COVID-19.

This was a 90 minute discussion and has been Re-formatted into an MP3 file, which is linked below.  It is worth taking the time to listen to these seasoned Christian Leaders and theologians discuss these topics and address audience questions, beginning with a short refresher by Dr. Sandlin on the three spheres of God’s ordained Sovereignty over life in this world (Church, Family and Government)

The conversation ranged from discussing proper uses of the Apostle Paul’s instruction for Christians and the church in Romans 13, radical two-kingdom theology, the role of the church within society, whether churches should ever cancel public worship assemblies, whether the civil magistrate is bound to God’s law, America’s Founders’ view of human nature, the diabolical basis of coronavirus fear, and more.

The Lordship of Christ: Christians, Government and Culture…in a time of COVID-19 Crisis.  (thanks to Joe Bancks, Joe Reed, Corban Noah and Isaac Ohman for helping with discussion and audio re-formatting)

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