Posts Tagged ‘Intercession’
I ask you to join me in praying for brother Caleb Fielding who is going to England to be a missionary. Pray for the Lord to use Caleb to preach the gospel and to disciple those who repent and believe the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20). Pray for souls to hear the gospel and be saved (Romans 10:14-17). Pray for Caleb to be a man of God, a man of holiness toward the sinners in England (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1). Pray for the Church of Jesus Christ in England to experience revival and see souls saved for the glory of God.
For more information on brother Caleb, please see http://www.calebfielding.com
What would it take for Christians to accept Roman Catholics as part of the fold? What doctrines must the Roman Catholic Church denounce for us to accept them as true disciples of Jesus? I have a few things I would love to see the Roman Catholic Church renounce to become part of the true Church of the living God.
1. Denounce the Catholic Rejection of Sola Scriptura.
The Catholic Church must accept the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God for me to accept them as true disciples.
2. Denounce the Catholic Approval of the Apocrypha.
The Roman Catholic Church must accept the 66 Books of the Biblical canon for me to accept them as true disciples.
3. Denounce Good Works As Meritorious Before God.
Salvation is the work of God (John 1:12-13) and does not come by the works of men (Ephesians 2:8-9). Good works flow from our salvation and not for our salvation (Isaiah 64:6; John 6:29; Acts 13:38-39; 15:11; Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:11-14; James 2:14-26).
4. Denounce the Authority of the Pope and His Office.
Arminius called the pope the antichrist (1 John 2:18). All the Reformers viewed the pope as the antichrist. The popery is unbiblical and does not have any authority from God nor from the Apostles.
5. Denounce Praying to the Saints.
The true disciple has one mediator before God and that is the perfect Son of God (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1-2). We have no need for prayer to dead saints.
6. Denounce Sainthood and Embrace the Priesthood of the Believers.
We are all saints in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2). We are all priests unto God through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5; Revelation 1:6).
7. Denounce That Salvation Comes By Any Means Other than Christ Jesus.
This is the principle of Christ alone. We are not saved by being a member of an organization but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus alone saves by His own grace and mercy (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). We are saved by the precious blood of Christ alone (1 Peter 1:18-19).
8. Denounce the Teaching that Priests Can Forgive Sins.
Only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:6-11). See also Isaiah 43:25. James 5:16 does tell us to confess our sins to one another (not to a priest) but the text does not say that people give forgiveness for only God can (1 John 1:9).
9. Denounce the Teaching Concerning the Virgin Mary.
The idea that Mary was born a virgin (the immaculate conception) and remained a virgin has no biblical basis. Further, Mary is never painted as a co-redeemer with Christ. Mary needed salvation just as we all have (Luke 1:47). Mary went on to have other children by normal means (Matthew 1:25; Luke 8:20). No where in the Bible are we taught that Mary was a perpetual virgin nor does it teach that she is someone who we can pray to.
10. Embrace and Preach that Jesus Christ Alone Saves By His Grace Through Faith.
The Roman Catholic Church must preach that we are saved by Christ alone, by His grace alone, through faith alone. We are not saved by what we do but by what Jesus has already done (John 19:30). The work of salvation is finished. Jesus has done all we need for salvation (Romans 3:22-25). We are justified before God by faith (Romans 5:1). We are not saved by our baptism in the church or our confirmation in the church. We are saved by the work of Christ and we look to Him alone to save us from our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9). Our salvation is always based on the work of Jesus (John 14:6).
11. Denounce the Teaching of Purgatory.
We must be saved in this life (Hebrews 9:22, 27-28). We are not saved after we die. We are not sanctified by the fires of purgatory. The Bible says that we are sanctified in Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:10, 14). Our eternal salvation is the finished work of Christ alone (Hebrews 7:22-28; 10:12).
12. Denounce the Unbiblical Leadership Model of the Catholic Church.
This would include the pope but also the cardinals and the bishops. 1 Peter 5:1-4 teaches us that elders are to be our leaders by their example that comes from following the example of Jesus Christ our true shepherd (John 13:1-20).
13. Acknowledge that Jesus Christ Alone is the Head of the Church.
This goes back to the popery. Jesus Christ is the head of His Church (Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:15-20). Let us embrace Jesus alone as the One who is leading His people by His Word (John 8:47; 10:27-29).
I am sure some of you could write much more. Let us all pray that Catholics repent and turn to Christ alone for salvation (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10). Christ alone is the only one who can bring us peace with a holy God (Romans 5:8-9). Let us pray for the Reformation to still make an impact on Rome to call it to repentance and back to the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).
Just a note that I will be on vacation next week and the blog will see little action. I do plan on taking my Macbook with me on vacation but I hope to spend time with my wife and boys and I hope to be in intercession (Matthew 7:7-11). That said, if I do get a chance, I will post.
We are planning a trip to Washington DC where I hope my boys will learn much about our nation and also I hope to pray and cry out for this generation of souls. How our nation (and our world) needs the gospel. The hope for the world is Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21). I will be praying for the Lord to pour out His Spirit upon His Church, to awaken us to repentance and to cry out to the lost (Matthew 28:19). I will be praying for the Word of God to go forth (Isaiah 55:10-11) and for it to bear much fruit (Luke 8:15). Our God is faithful and He is ever loving and good. I believe He is in control of all things and His purposes will come to pass. I long to see His glory filling the Church so that Jesus is honored to the highest place.
I urge you to join with me in praying for a mighty revival. We have many preachers of the Word, many who claim to be evangelists but we need the prophets of God who will stand up to this generation and preach the Word of God with power and authority. Where are the John the Baptists who will proclaim the wrath to come (Matthew 3:7-10)? Where are the John Hyde’s who will intercede? Where are the E.M. Bounds or the Jonathan Edwards? Where are the Martin Luther’s who fear no one but God alone (Psalm 27:1)? Where are the William Booth’s who will cry out for the fire of God to fall on us again? Where are the Leonard Ravenhill’s who will warn us of our laziness or our slumber while the world goes to hell? Where are the David Wilkerson’s who call us to forsake sin and love Christ (1 John 2:3-6)? Where are the Amy Carmichael’s who call us to the cross alone for our salvation (Ephesians 1:7)? Where are the sanctified saints of God who have the fire of God burning in their hearts (Romans 12:11)?
Oh saints of God, cry out!
I mentioned in a previous post my disdain for many books that I have read on prayer as of late by modern writers. I want to add that I find it interesting that when you read older books on prayer such as E.M. Bounds, Samuel Chadwick, John Bunyan, or Charles Spurgeon, they rarely use any personal illustrations and in fact don’t rely on many illustrations at all. R.A. Torrey might be the exception to this in his book, How To Pray. Leonard Ravenhill, as far as I have read, never used personal illustrations much in his books other than telling a brief story about purchasing a book by E.M. Bounds on prayer while in college. It seemed the older books on prayer focused entirely on prayer and the Scriptures. I find comfort in that much more than in story after story about the author and their “great faith.” What we really need to hear is not how God provided you with your 100,000 square foot building but what the does the Scriptures teach on prayer.
Just another reason I enjoy older books on prayer.