God desires His people to be holy.
We read repeatedly in Scripture we are to be holy because God is holy (Lev. 11:44; 20:26; Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:16). We are “a people for His own possession” (Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:9) and because we are God’s, we are not of the world (John 15:19; 17:14). Because we are not of the world, we are to reject worldliness (Jas. 1:27; 1 John 2:15-17).
But, to what lengths do we go to reject worldliness?
Certainly, we are to be willing to pluck out eyes and cut off hands if they cause us to stumble!… Continue reading
By now, every Christian in America has read David Platt’s book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream—an honest call for believers to re-examine themselves and their church’s practices. We have taken stock of the fact that many large churches in this country have simply wandered off the missional path and allowed themselves to become too inwardly focused.
However, every Christian is still afflicted with a sin nature, therefore every church will be filled with sinful people who sometimes make bad decisions and act out of their sinful passions. It’s inevitable. The Church, while redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, still struggles with the lingering effects of sin because of the Fall.… Continue reading
The church in New England is hurting, and unreached New Englanders are dying. In New Hampshire—my home state—it is estimated that less than 2% of the population are professing believers; a number which the International Missions Board considers to be “an unreached people group”. With a total population of 1.3 million, that means there are only 26,000 Christians in the Granite State. The other states are not in much better shape. However, it was not always this way.
Two hundred years ago, New England was the center for Christian ministry and learning, as well as the launch point for global missions.… Continue reading