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Pray For Caleb Fielding

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

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/19/2017 at 1:55 PM

Standing for the Reformation

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).

Conclusion

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).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/01/2014 at 11:11 AM

Let Me Sow In Tears

Psalm 126:5-6 reads (NKJV):

5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.

6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

How many souls did I pass by today who are lost and going to hell perhaps tonight?  How many people need to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus, they are on the verge of eternity and need to hear the truth of God, that they must repent, yet I said nothing.  Oh how this breaks my heart.  I know that I can’t save a sinner but I know that the gospel can set people free.  The gospel is not to be hidden from men.  It is to be preached from the roof tops.  The gospel alone can set the cocaine addict free.  The gospel can set the rapist free.  The gospel can set the homosexual free.  The gospel can set the religious free.  The gospel can set the racist free.  And yet I must preach the gospel for them to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).

Psalm 126:5-6 calls me to deep intercessory prayer.  I want to sow in tears.  I do want to be active in evangelism.  I do want to pass out gospel tracts and preach in the open air.  I do want to witness to people one-on-one.  But I want to sow in tears first.  I want to sow with much prayer.  We don’t pray for the Lord to bless our work.  Prayer is the work.  Evangelism flows from deep prayer.  As we pray for the lost, the Lord grants us His heart for the lost.  As we pray for the lost, compassion rises up as we see their utter misery without Christ.  As we pray for the lost, we sense the urgency to preach to the lost.  We know that every second two people die.  The person next to you on the subway.  The person in the line at the grocery store.  The person who cuts your hair.  Every person you see now on the streets will die.  All of us will die.  We need to have the urgency of evangelism, the heart of God for the lost.  John 3:16 says it clearly about our missionary God.  God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to atone for our sins and all who repent can be forgiven of our sins.

Oh that the Spirit of God would awaken us to the lost around us!  Oh that we would see the truth that all are lost without Jesus.  None can get to heaven through good works or through religion or through their moral goodness.  To enter into the presence of a holy God, we must be perfect (Matthew 5:8, 48).  We all lack this.  We all are sinners before God Almighty (Romans 3:23) but praise God for the sacrifice of Jesus (Hebrews 2:14-15).  Jesus alone is able to bring us before God (1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). Salvation is accomplished by the sovereign Spirit of God and not by works (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).  In fact, all of our good works before God are not very good at all (Isaiah 64:6).  We need a Savior (Luke 2:11).  Jesus alone is that Savior.

So I urge you saint of God to not be silent.  Intercede for the lost (Romans 10:1).  Pray for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2).  Pray for the Lord to use you to spread His fame.  Pray Psalm 126:5-6.  Ask the Lord to give you an urgency in evangelism.  Pray that God’s heart would fill your heart and that He would move you by His Spirit to boldness for His glory and honor (Acts 4:29-31).  Allow the Spirit of God to equip you to be a faithful witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).  Don’t be unmoved.  Don’t be lazy about the lost.  Don’t wait.  Preach the Word of life to the lost.  Pray.  Weep.  Preach.

Note on the Blog

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!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/08/2012 at 10:18 AM

Factors to Answered Prayer: The Number of People Praying

In Matthew 18:19-20 we read the words of Jesus about prayer and here He says:

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (NASB)

Adam Clarke wrote about these verses that the words “two of you agree” is a metaphor taken from a number musical instruments set to the same key and playing the same tune.  Clarke goes on to say that here Jesus is referring to perfect agreement of the hearts, desires, wishes and voices of two or more persons praying to God.

There is simply something unique about children of God coming together to pray.  It is my passion.  I love to pray with other disciples.  I love to get with other godly folks and simply spend hours in prayer and worship to our God.  For me, it’s not even about the words that we utter in prayer but the fellowship with the Lord that is so special when disciples pray together.  I suppose that it is one of the most exciting places for me to be.

And yet here in Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus makes it clear that there is power in numbers.  The more persons praying for something, Jesus seems to teach in verse 19 that His Father would hear our cries and will do what we ask.  That is a powerful promise.  Some point out that the context is discipline of a sinning brother in Matthew 18:15-18 but the word “Again” in verse 19 seems to be saying that Jesus is moving on to another subject.  In this case, prayer.

I have heard verse 20 abused in a small group setting before.  Some small churches justify their small attendance by quoting verse 20.  But in context, the reference is to prayer.  This has nothing to do with the church of Christ coming together to break bread.  This is all focused on seeking God.  For me, this does a couple of things.  First, it reinforces the fact that Jesus expected His disciples to seek Him.  As Jesus stated in Matthew 6:5, “When you pray” and not “if you pray.”  Jesus is calling for His disciples to pray and verse 19 implies that disciples would gather together to pray (Acts 2:42).

Secondly, Adam Clarke points out in Matthew 18:20 that only Jesus being God incarnate could make such a statement.  Only God can say that He would in the midst of people gathering together to seek His face.  This is another powerful verse that shows that Jesus is not just a prophet of God or a good moral teacher but He is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).  Just as Jesus would say later in Matthew 28:2o that He would be with the disciples until the end of the world (and only God could say that), so here in Matthew 18:20 only God could make such a claim and Jesus is God.

The reality is that Jesus calls His church to prayer and there is power in numbers.  Remember the story of Esther and the deliverance that God brought through her.  Remember how Esther called for fasting for her in Esther 4:15-17.  While the words “prayer” does not appear in the text, clearly when the Jews were fasting their hearts were turning to God and seeking His deliverance.  God heard their prayers and He responded to their fasting and through Esther He delivered His people from sure destruction.  There is power when the children of God come together to pray and seek God’s face.

And yet so few churches today pray like this.  Few are true intercessors.  Few are travailing in prayer.  Where is the agonizing for souls in the church?  Where are those who would cry out for the Lord to without His just wrath against our sinning?  The Church was birthed in prayer (Acts 1:14) yet where is the praying Church today?  Leonard Ravenhill said of the early Church, “They had few degrees but much heat.  Today we have many degrees but no heat.”  How sad but true.  We know much about God but do we really seek Him?  We have books, podcasts, blogs, programs, etc. but so few disciples can be found seeking God.  We have Bible studies and we talk about world missions but so few people labor before the Lord of the harvest for workers or for souls (Matthew 9:37-38).  Where are the watchman who will cry out to God?

When people come together to intercede, God hears our cries.  We read in Exodus 2:23-25 that the Israelites groaned and their cry for help came up before God.  God heard their groans and the NASB says, “and God took notice of them.”  Oh that this were true of disciples today!  Millions of babies are killed in the womb and where are the groaning’s from God’s people?  Our world is full of iniquity, adultery, perversion, homosexuality, pornography, etc. but where are the disciples who will groan before the Lord?  Where are those who will come together like the Israelites and groan before the throne of God?

Oh saints of God arise and pray!  Now is the time to gather together in our homes and in our churches to pray.  We need a touch from God.  We need revival.  We need the gospel to go forth so that souls can be saved (Psalm 126:5-6).  We need to intercede for our leaders in our nations to be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-6).  We need to pray for the glory of God to fill His Church once again.  When we cry out to God, we have the promise from Matthew 18:19 that He will hear our cries and answer us when we call.  And we have the assurance from Jesus that He will be with us in Matthew 18:20.  What a great promise!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/26/2012 at 10:00 AM

One Note on Modern Books on Prayer

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.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/21/2012 at 5:53 PM

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