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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Narrower The Way, The Nearer We Become: Proclaiming The Uncompromising Gospel In The Age Of "Tolerance"


Dear my sisters who are walking on the same path of faith,

This morning, I watched the following VTR (Pastor Pays Price to See Germany's Spiritual Revival) and was touched by the courageous faith of Bro.Olaf Latzel, a German pastor in Bremen.




He is speaking the Bible truth so clearly that he has been attacked in the media, investigated by the local government, and even denounced by fellow pastors. It was as if I was watching that ardent Reformation days back in the 16th century.




As I shared with you in my previous post (Old "Tolerance" And New "Tolerance"---in pursuit of the love of the truth (II Th 2:10) here), the new “tolerance” insists that there is no absolute truth and that we have to accept this religious relativism absolutely. And this new concept not only has been fully accepted in society but also setting itself up to the supreme value with its coercive force.

Countless believers were burned at the stake in Europe because of the Bible truth. They could not deny the fact that our salvation comes only through the atonement of Jesus Christ, our Crucified Lord. However, according to the new stream of "world ecumenicalism", it is this claim to the Cross of Jesus Christ that is the stumbling block on the path to a unified world religion. Though countless faithful believers had given up their own lives because of the Bible truth that says we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ, nowadays it seems to me that again we are giving up this precious Bible truth for the sake of organizational "unity and peace."




O Lord, we are living in the age that promotes external "tolerance" and "unity" but in reality, it is really hostile and intolerant to Biblical Christianity. This new stream is subtly but persistently demanding us to compromise the Bible truth. Oh our Great Shepherd, help us to remain at the foot of the cross and never deny Thy precious atonement. We know that in the coming age, it is Thy cross that will unite or divide us. Help us to put our faith first and refuse to deviate from the truth of the Gospel. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 
O Prince of Glory, who dost bring
Thy sons to glory through Thy Cross,
Let me not shrink
from suffering, reproach or loss.
 
The dust of words would smother me;
Be all to me anathema
That turns me from Gethsemane
and Golgotha.
 
If Thy dear Home be fuller Lord,
For that a little emptier,
My house on earth, what rich reward
That guerdon were.
 
And by the borders of my day
The river of Thy pleasure flows;
The flowers that blossom by the way
Who loves Thee knows.
 
-Amy Carmichael
 
 
 

13 comments:

  1. I was so surprised and encouraged to know the pastor like Mr.Latzel is there. I heard that christianity is also on crisis in German.Many churches were already closed by decreasing of believers, closed church buildings often become islamic mosques later.

    If one regiters him/her as christians,he/she has to pay church tax(8-9percent of income) in German,I heard.So some says that pastors and priests are like goverment workers. It is said that many believers left churches,because of that they cannot (or do not want to) pay church tax.

    I'm so impressed that even he has been criticized and attacked so harshly ,many people support him.We need gospel without compromise.

    Churches on the crisis.Refugee problem in EU. I do not know why God allowed these to happen,but I feel He maybe telling us something important even through these incidents. Especially to us,believers in developped countries.

    I read the article telling hundreds of regugees who came German were baptized at Berlin.90percent of them keep attending church,it said.

    May God bless His people in German!

    Sanae


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  2. Dear Sanae,
    Amen to that! In the midst of dominant liberalism and unbelief, God is rising up godly preachers like pastor Latzel right now. I adore His sovereignty.

    "The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand." Isaiah 14:24

    As you wisely said, He might be telling us something important through all of these events. Oh Lord, help us to understand and love Your will.I am going to quote a powerful poem, written by a devout German called Georg F Fickert.

    Oh, that Your fire would soon be kindled,
    Emerging from Your love divine,
    And that the whole world soon acknowledge
    Your majesty as King sublime!

    O daß doch bald dein Feuer brennte,
    du unaussprechlich Liebender,
    und bald die ganze Welt erkennte,
    daß du bist König, Gott und Herr !
    (Georg Friedrich Fickert, 1758-1815)


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  3. May the grace and blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with our Brother Olaf always. In Jesus' name, amen...

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    1. Amen. O Lord, rise up godly preachers like Brother Olaf throughout Europe, North America, Asia and all over the world!

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  4. I saw the video few weeks ago. I think that we live during the times when Christians need to stand up and to show their love to the refugees and the rest of the world. And yet we have to be brave in the midst of it all.

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    1. Dear Irina, you are so true that we Christians need to stand up and love our neighbors (refugees) and yet we have to be brave. Let us stick close to each other and seek His clear guidance in the midst of all these confusions. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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  5. Thankyou, Kinuko, for having these posts concerning what suffering is going on for the name of Christ in places like Japan, Greece, France and Germany. I, personally, can get so wrapped up in the things that effect my own small sphere that I don't remember to pray for the Christians standing for truth around the world.
    You have such an amazing love for others that I need to ask the Lord to develop in myself. We all appreciate you so much! Love, Ruthie

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    1. Dear Kinuko, one last thing... I shared some of the problems that you've been sharing with us about the European churches tonight at supper with my family. My one son keeps up on the things going on overseas, and he agreed and said that in regards to the US churches, we too, are experiencing the effects of extreme liberalism being taught. By the sounds of what you've written, it does seem like there are fewer Protestant churches preaching the truth in Europe than the US at this time. We will be praying for our Christian brothers and sisters under persecution for their faith in Jesus and for their unwavering belief in the truth of God's Word. -Ruthie

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    2. Dearest Ruthie,
      Good morning! Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments. Your messages are always flavored with warm, motherly and "homey" taste that I feel I am accepted and treasured. I believe it is God who gave you such an extraordinary gift to make other beings feel "at home."

      Thank you for sharing the topic with your family on the dinner table. It was so good to hear your son's observations. regarding the effects of extreme liberalism in the US.

      If it is possible, would you please tell your son to watch the following short video ("The Intolerance of Tolerance"(5 min.) -A very interesting and insightful lecture by Don Carson on the evolution of postmodernism and how it differs from modernism). I think what he says in this video is very intriguing and true.

      "The new definition of tolerance is not only inconsistent, it's incoherent and proves, in fact, to be less tolerant than the brand of tolerance that was around under modernism. Because the very point it comes up with that which disagrees with it the most, it has to dismiss all opponents as intolerant and bigoted, and therefore becomes, in fact, totalitarian. by D.A. Carson"
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wdy5A85964

      p.s. How is your church teaching regarding the headcovering issue? We have been praying for your prayer request and hope that He will guide one of your brothers to teach this bible truth with His fresh power! Kinuko

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  6. Dearest Kinuko,
    I showed my son the 5 min lecture that you shared with him. He found it to be so true and agreed with Mr.Carson. Tolerance is not a good thing in today's day and age. It's not the same as when parents used to say, "I will not tolerate that type of behavior." Instead, it's a pass to say that it's okay to do and say whatever I want, so long as you don't tell me that my beliefs are wrong. No absolutes. Then, well, you are being intolerant. It's a complete flip on the real definition of tolerance.
    'Judges 17:6 In those days...every man did what was right in his own eyes.'
    'We are watching the generation who will destroy America' - Todd Starns
    These are things that both Brian and my son were saying tonight. The one thing that we can rest in is that God is in control. We all definitely need prayer as this mindset continues to infiltrate every area of the world around us. Your posts on this topic and Jessica's on absolutism, just excellent!
    As far as one of the men being led to teach again on headship and headcovering, that has not happened as of yet. Perhaps as the elders meet and discuss what will be taught in the New Year, that will be one of the topics the Holy Spirit will guide them to choose. Thankyou all so very much for your prayers in this. I continue to be so very encouraged by all the posts given at the HCM, and by how the Holy Spirit is moving in the hearts and minds of so many men and women!
    You are too kind, Kinuko :-) It's true that I do tend to mother people. I enjoy helping them and serving, especially among God's people to encourage and lift up, if possible.
    I'm not sure if Thanksgiving is celebrated where you are, or if it's a decidedly American holiday, but I will say that I'm thankful for all the sisters I've met through the different blogs and what an encouragement it is to see them dedicating themselves to seeking after Biblical truth.
    Many of God's richest blessings to you, Kinuko!
    - Ruthie

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  7. Dear beautiful Ruthie,

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt message. Please send my best regards to your son and Brian.

    "As far as one of the men being led to teach again on headship and headcovering, that has not happened as of yet. Perhaps as the elders meet and discuss what will be taught in the New Year, that will be one of the topics the Holy Spirit will guide them to choose."

    Amen. I might submit additional prayer request regarding this issue to our prayer team this week, because I really want to see His work!

    Yes, I was impressed by Jessica's post on the absolutissm, too. Now, for the benefit of our dear readers, I want to re-blog her post here.

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    1. The Loss of Absolutism (written by our dear sister Jessica, https://truthathome.wordpress.com/)

      (Part 1)

      The issue of whether or not homosexuality is okay isn’t really about homosexulity…

      The issue of whether or not living together before marriage is okay isn’t really about cohabitation…

      The issue of whether or not pornography is okay isn’t really about pornography…

      The issue of whether or not women can be leaders in politics, and leaders in the church, isn’t really about gender roles…

      The issue of whether or not birth control is okay for us to use isn’t really about contraception…

      The issue of whether or not modesty is important isn’t really about modesty…

      I could continue, but I think you get my point: these controversies aren’t really about what they SEEM to be about. They are about something else, at the core.

      They are about whether or not the BIBLE is trustworthy and authoritative. Can we trust the Bible as the one and only authority for our lives? That’s the real issue.

      The root of all the societal and moral concerns that surround us today is that we have lost our trust in the Bible as the inerrant word of God.

      Even some Christians, when they claim that we can’t know for sure the answers to certain moral concerns by what the Bible itself has to say, when they claim that we can’t base our beliefs on the Scriptures alone, admit without saying the actual words, that the issue is bigger than those moral concerns that surface.

      Any discussion about homosexuality, cohabitation, pornography, gender roles, contraception, modesty, etc. is actually going nowhere until we can come to a conclusion about whether or not the BIBLE is true, without error, and the only authority for our lives. Until then, we will just float around in endless debate.

      We need an absolute.

      The logical conclusion of all this questioning of the Bible can only lead to hearts, minds, and lives that are in turmoil and unrest. When we refuse to be guided by the Compass because we mistrust it’s accuracy, while instead trusting in our own intuition, we will wander about without direction. How sad.

      (continued to Part 2)

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    2. (Part 2)

      This is what’s happening to so many of us right now. This is what was happening to me, until God grabbed a hold of me, and woke me up.

      When I began to doubt that the Bible was without error, I no longer had a firm base for my decisions; everything was subjective. I did whatever I wanted, since I no longer was “confined” and “limited” by the authority of God’s word.

      There was no absolute answer to anything, and right and wrong became a shapeless blur of what seemed right and felt right to me at the time. This was (somewhat) fun for awhile, but then the unsteadiness of it all began to affect me. I began to WANT to have something solid to stand on, to long for one absolute answer for all of my problems and questions. I was a wind blowing every which way, but without settling in any one place.

      I wanted God and His truth, but I was unsure if I was ready to accept what that would mean for my life; if I accepted that the Bible was without error and the only authority for my life, I would have to give up my selfish ways, and I would have to repent and follow God’s ways instead. And, even more painful, I would have to admit that I had been living a life in ugly, disgusting sin.

      Could I do that?

      Well, eventually I did. I wept over my stupidity, and asked God to forgive me. I began to take an honest look at the subject of the Bible’s trustworthiness. I stopped believing arguments against the Bible’s inerrancy just because they sounded good, or because they were “convenient” for me, like I had before. No, now I was going to be “real.” Now I was willing to accept the truth when confronted with it, instead of dismissing it and acting like I was “so smart” for doing so.

      After this change happened in my life, I no longer felt directionless and alone; I no longer felt desperate and depressed: I had answers. I had an absolute.

      THAT’S what we ALL need. Please, take a look at the resources I’ve listed at the bottom of this site. One of them is the Answers in Genesis website, and the other is the Way of the Master website. I think these will give you a starting place to find answers to some of the questions you may be asking yourself about the Bible, about salvation, and about Jesus.

      Because I have a feeling that you, too, deep down inside, long for an absolute.

      (Source: https://truthathome.wordpress.com)


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