Pyromaniacs blog posted this video, and I enjoyed it, so I thought I would pass it along.
Guts Church (yes, that is its real name) in Tulsa Oklahoma had a boxing match today, Guts Fight Night, for the sixth time. Well, tonight things didn’t go so well.
This seemingly seeker focused church thought a boxing match would attract people to the church. And, what attracts men more than a boxing match? I guess giving them a car might, but that is for other churches.
Unfortunately, this church didn’t do things properly. They didn’t get the properly trained referees and medical personnel that are required for a boxing match. And, because of this, one of the boxers died. George Clinkscale died because of this.
Sadly, it will take a death to end this illegal activity. Unfortunately, other churches are still doing things that are almost as stupid.
Churches aren’t to have boxing matches to reach people. Instead, the way the Church is supposed to do outreach is by going to the people and sharing the Gospel with them. People need to be told that Jesus died to pay for their sins, not to be invited to attend church or invited to a boxing match. The Church is made up of believers, the Sunday service is for believers, thought unbelievers are welcome, to equip the saints so they can go preach the Gospel.
It seems the church will be sued by the relevant state agencies and likely by the player’s family. Pastor Bill Scheer may even go to jail over this.
We should pray for the boxer’s family, and the lost people in Guts Church.
Thanks for Phil Johnson of Pyromaniacs for tweeting about this.
I went on a short Twitter rant while listening to a sermon last night. The pastor was preaching about how we all need to come to Christ for forgiveness, but he didn’t seem to explain why.
I posted the captions below the tweets in case for some reason someone can’t see the images. (click the image to be taken to the tweet for your replying or retweeting pleasure)
That was the end of the rant. However, I posted a funny I heard on yesterday’s Wretched Radio that was guest hosted by Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio. Both are great shows that I would highly recommend.
Does your pastor use the law in his preaching? Does he use it to prepare the heart for grace, or does he use it to put a heavy yoke of works around your neck? What do you do in your personal evangelism?
Some argue that the King James Version is the only bible translation that is worth reading. Some argue that it has its benefits and is superior but others are still valid. And others wonder why anyone would read a bible written in 400 year old archaic English. I think the same arguments probably exist for the singing of hymns in church, as opposed to more contemporary types of worship music.
I would have to say that I do think hymns are superior to contemporary worship, though not wholly. The hymns of olde seem to have a power about them that are somehow absent from modern music. Maybe it is tied to the testimonies of the saints of yore that wrote them. I think this is at least part of the reason. When I sing Amazing Grace I can’t help but think of John Newton and how God saved a wretch like him, and like me. Or, of Horatio Spafford and how after losing so much could still praise God and shout out a resounding “It is well with my soul” with his pen.
Though, I think there is something more to the hymns. For the most part, at least, hymns seem to have much better theological depth and teaching to them. Rather than repetitive repetitions of “Oh how he loves us,” or even worse “I am a friend of God, He calls me friend,” we get a sound theological lecture in a song.
I’ve read, and witnessed in my own experience in youth ministry, that many of our teens get their theology more from worship music than they do from their bibles and sermons. If that is the case, then the theological acumen in the hymns would be a great help to the contemporary church.
Or, we could actually get them to read their bibles… Thankfully, most of the youth I have any responsibility for do read their bibles on a regular basis. And, for that I am very grateful.
For my next post, I hope to write about why hymns are not better than the contemporary music.
I feel I should disclaim this whole thing by mentioning while writing this I was listening to “Jesus Paid It All” performed by Kristian Stanfill. And, yes, I might add, Jesus did pay it all, and we owe him everything. I’ll include a video below.
Shane Hipps, teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan (Rob Bell‘s church) tweeted on Sunday that members of his church offered communion to a Muslim woman. Not a former Muslim who repented and trusted in Christ, but a woman who is a Muslim.*
He defended his reasoning saying that communion is a sacrament, which is a mystery, and that Mars Hill Bible Church has an “open table” where they permit anyone to take communion. He added that it is more against her religion of Islam than it is against his.
Communion is a sacrament meant for Christian believers, those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit who have turned from their sin and trusted in Christ as Savior.
Not only are Christians not supposed to offer it to nonbelievers, but also, taking of communion when one isn’t in Christ and isn’t repentant is drinking condemnation onto themselves.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
– 1st Corinthians 11:23-29
Maybe the church members meant well, hopefully they did. But, they invited the woman to drink judgment onto herself, making her “guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.”
And, this is the teaching pastor who doesn’t see what is made plain in the passage above. If the pastor doesn’t even know this from the bible, what is the congregation hearing? (Well, it is Rob Bell’s church, so they aren’t hearing the bible preached anyway.)
There is more to the passage above though, and for Pastor Hipps sake I hope he repents, but the passage goes on to add that taking of communion in an unworthy manner may even kill you.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.
– 1st Corinthians 11:29-31
Pastor Shane Hipps and Pastor Rob Bell, please repent. The false teaching in your church is atrocious, it is heretical and blasphemous. You are condemning people to hell by preaching a false gospel to them, that is no gospel at all, and now you are adding onto it by offering sickness, death, and condemnation to any foolish enough to partake in it.
Thankfully, for her sake, the Muslim woman did refuse the communion. I hope she finds a church that preaches the Gospel and that the Holy Spirit will do a work in her that she may be saved.