As the global community of Christians find themselves subject to what at times seems like draconian circumstances, i.e. COVID-19 “lockdowns” – many also found this “pandemic” has imposed restrictions on their ability to attend church. Zoom meetings have become the “new normal”, the new way of doing “church”. With this technology not available to everyone, larger churches have also encouraged their congregations to connect via livestream YouTube.
As a result of this, CWC continues to be able to observe the ongoing attack on God’s Word by ungodly men and women. False teachers who, despite their own exposure to what initially appeared to be a very dangerous virus, continue to have little fear of God’s impending judgment on them and their false teaching. This is the way of wolves of course – their desire for ongoing acclamation surpasses their desire to see souls won to Christ through sound biblical preaching.
Despite the lockdowns, many of these wolves continue to narcissistically display their lives on social media, at the same time demonstrating their material circumstances apparently haven’t suffered. Lockdowns? Then let’s not find comfort in God’s word, let’s engage in the latest marketing trends! Let’s do cooking programs! More lockdowns? Let’s have tennis lessons!
On a side note, if their new “hobbies” keep these women out of pulpits and away from their unbiblical role as “pastors”, this is a very good thing!
And keeping up with the latest “Christian” news, it’s important to warn of one who has recently taken up the “mantle” of the very infamous false teacher, Kenneth Copeland, with Steven Furtick filling his shoes – another dangerous man who continues his own downward spiral into darkness. Along with the warning about this latest development, it’s also important to remind CWC readers of the following:
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”2 Peter 3:9-10
But we can rejoice that the faithful remain faithful, ministering not only to their local congregations, but ministering to those in lockdown around the world. Ps Chris Rosebrough, (who serves as Pastor of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, and “Captain” of Pirate Christian Media), using “his time in lockdown wisely”, presents two very good video lectures on how to critically and biblically evaluate sermons.
Ps. Chris states:
“The one thing the Covid pandemic has created is the ability for you to listen to a sermon in isolation – away from the dark room, the smoke machines, the lights and things like that. Because I would note that one of the things that has been occurring for the better part of a decade, more than a decade now, is the environments inside of churches has completely changed. They’ve gone from having actual churches to having ‘experience rooms’, whatever that is. And you’ll note what is happening is that you show up with the assumption that I can tell whether or not this was a good service or a bad service. Whether this was a good sermon or a bad sermon – and you intuitively are using the criteria you use to judge whether or not a movie was a good movie or a bad movie, or a television show or a Netflix series was good or bad. The problem is, you’re using the standards of entertainment to determine whether or not what’s happening in a particular church is good or bad. If it’s biblical or not biblical. But the standards of scripture are actually very different in evaluating whether or not you’re in a good church or a bad church and it’s important to keep those standards in mind.”
HOW TO BIBLICALLY CRITIQUE A SERMON PART 1:
HOW TO BIBLICALLY CRITIQUE A SERMON PART 2:
“When we have a love for the Word of God, and gladly hear, talk, write, and think of Christ, we are to know that this inclination toward Christ is the gift and work of the Holy Ghost. Where you come across contempt for the Word of God, there is the devil” Martin Luther
Source: Ps. Chris Rosebrough, “Fighting For The Faith” YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZXpicSkESo&feature=emb_logo, Premiered August 13, 2020. (Accessed August 28, 2020.)
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