Kamis, 29 September 2016

STEVE CAMP's CALL for REFORMATION

STEVE CAMP's CALL for REFORMATION

NOTE:  In 1997/98, well-known Christian musician Steve Camp
wrote the following hard-hitting commentary on today's Christian
music industry:

                Out of love and zeal for Biblical truth and the desire
                to bring it to light, I come to you, brethren,
                burdened and broken over the current state of
                Christian music. I come not out of a heart of
                condemnation, but out of convictions immersed in tears
                one in desperate need daily of our Lord's grace to be
                conformed to His image. I come being aware of the
                depravity from which I have been saved and that my
                heart, apart from the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
                is desperately wicked and eternally sick. Early in my
                own musical journey I wrote songs that neither
                represented good music or precise theology. My motives
                were vitiated; my actions were not godly; and my lips
                were unclean. The thirst for prominence and position
                made my heart prideful, judgmental and callused. But
                the Lord, out of His infinite grace and otherworldly
                love, broke me with His chastening hand to bring true
                repentance in my own life-and it's that life of
                repentance which is my greatest desire and my greatest
                failing. It is out of the crucible of those
                experiences that I am driven to speak with conviction
                to these issues.

                This document is a call to Reformation-a clarion call
                to recover Biblical Christianity in the arts. Music is
                a powerful tool from the Lord Jesus to His church
                intended for worship, praise, encouragement,
                edification evangelism, teaching, admonishing, and
                exhorting God's people to holiness-with always our
                chief aim to glorify God and worship Him forever." But
                beloved, the serpentine foe of compromise has invaded
                the camp through years of specious living, skewed
                doctrine and most recently secular ownership of
                Christian music ministries. While I assert this, I
                recognize that there are godly men and women who love
                the Lord, that work for these companies and record for
                these companies, but that's not the issue here. The
                crux of the matter is that the overall nature of our
                industry has dramatically shifted. The Apostle Paul
                warns "it takes only a little leaven to leaven the
                whole lump." (1 Corinthians 5:6) When sin is tolerated
                ultimately permeates and corrupts the entire church.
                What is pure today will inevitably be polluted
                tomorrow if we do not "purge out the old leaven. . . "
                (Ibid. 5:7) In the past several years, there has been
                a not-so-subtle drifting away from Christocentric
                music to an anthropocentric music. Sadly, this has
                resulted in various visible manifestations of
                spiritual sedition-where currently, the CCMI finds
                itself on a slippery slope sliding away at accelerated
                speeds from the Savior, the Scriptures and the church.

                Contemporary Christian Music originally began
                unashamedly declaring Jesus Christ as Lord. Within a
                few years His name was replaced by several generic
                titles filtering out the name of God ultimately to the
                non-specific cognomen, "Love." This led to a multitude
                of pseudonyms: "The Man Upstairs"; "My Higher Power";
                "Our Family Values Expert" ad nauseam...ad infinitum.
                This Biblical illiteracy I've coined as theological
                ebonics-Biblical language diminished to cultural
                unintelligible chatter affirmed as profound,
                acceptable spiritual truth. Os Guinness is "spot on"
                when saying, "[we have seen a change] from an emphasis
                on 'serving God', to an emphasis on 'serving the self'
                in serving God." The object of faith is no longer
                Christ, but our self-esteem; the goal of faith is no
                longer holiness, but our happiness; and the source of
                faith is no longer the Scriptures, but our experience.
                Christian music currently reflects this. We are
                producing a generation of people that "feel" their
                God, but do not know their God.

                We have been given a solemn and sacred duty to
                communicate through music the fathomless riches of
                God's eternal Word. The Word of God is the most holy
                thing we will ever hold in our hands in this lifetime.
                As Dr. John MacArthur says, "This book contains: the
                mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation,
                the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
                Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved and
                practice it to be holy...."

                Lamentably, the music of heaven has been sold to the
                world-to the ones who had the deepest pockets and made
                the sweetest promises. In a very real sense, "Simon
                the Sorcerer" has succeeded in purchasing the work of
                God from the "apostles" of our industry. (Acts 8:
                14-25) What has been the result of this partnering
                with the world? Gospel music today has become music
                for the moment, but not for eternity. Transitory,
                temporal, trivial messages that devalue Deity and
                raise "felt need" affairs above eternal "real need"
                concerns produce disposable, consumer driven,
                cotton-candy music. This is playing marbles with
                diamonds.

                We are unequally yoked with an unbelieving world, sin
                goes undisciplined, is even tolerated for some artists
                because of their visibility and sales power and the
                truth and authority of Scripture is ail but abrogated.
                Biblical illiteracy is pandemic. Accountability to the
                local church has all but been abandoned. Moral
                pluralism and erroneous forms of ecumenism are the
                dyslexic doctrines of today. A politically correct,
                reductionist gospel that appeals only to the flesh and
                a syncretistic methodology in communication through
                the arts have sought to replace the true "Gospel
                According To Jesus" evidenced in the fruit of an
                obedient life fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit and
                His truth.

                Could it be that the love of money is at the root of
                it all? Or could it be that ignorance has revealed the
                unschooled in matters of faith and doctrine?
                Unquestionably both. For many, money has been and
                continues to be the prerequisite for "ministry" and
                Biblical truth is no longer vital but vicarious!

                Departure from the Word of God is now clearly
                evidenced in our music, lyrics, business practices and
                Alliances. Beloved, if we do not repent of our sins,
                God's judgment will surely be upon us.

                When Martin Luther stood at Wittenberg's Door he
                called for reformation from the
     recalcitrant Roman Church.  Now it is our turn, almost five
     centuries later, to sound the alarm in our generation. This time,
     to call the Christian Music Industry to reformation back to the
     supremacy, sufficiency and Lordship of Jesus Christ. Genuine
     revival-a fresh return to obedience in Christ is surely needed
     today, but that would be almost impossible given the current
     environment of our industry.

     Why? True revival is marked by repentance; true repentance brings
     restitution; true restitution demands that Christian music be
     owned and operated only by believers whose aim is the glory of
     God consistent with Biblical truth. This means that the current
     CCMI labels must return all the money they have received to their
     respective secular counterparts that purchased them and divorce
     alliances with them. The CCMI has gone too far down the wide road
     of worldliness and there is not the tenacity of character and the
     Biblical courage of heart and mind to do the right thing no
     matter what the cost.

     These are serious times, brethren, that call for real answers.
     This is not a time for duplicitous people, proclaiming a diluted
     message, from disingenuous ministries.  It is a time for those
     whose lives are tempered with the steel of righteousness, girded
     with the belt of truth, standing firm in the gospel of peace,
     raising high their shield of faith, guarded with the helmet of
     salvation, to wield the sword of the Spirit with a surgeon's
     exactitude, praying always with all prayer and supplication, with
     all perseverance for all the saints in the Spirit. (Ephesians
     6:10-20)  

     Will we champion again the manifesto of the Reformers: Sola Fide
     (by faith alone); Sola Gratia (by grace alone); Sola Scriptura
     (on the Word alone); Solus Christus (because of Christ alone);
     and Soli Deo Gloria (to the glory of God alone)?  Do we have the
     conviction of heart and courage of mind to do what's just?   Do
     we have the boldness to shout above the roar of the marketplace
     that the Emperor has no clothes?  Will we leave our careers, our
     contracts, our carefully cultivated plans and press releases, our
     unequally yoked record companies to serve the Lord again with all
     our heart, soul, mind and strength?  There is no gray in
     this-it's a matter of obedience.  

     Oh brethren, "we have a name to be alive, but we are dead."
     (Revelation 3:1)  There is no greater love song to proclaim than
     the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord at Calvary,
     but yet others feel content to sing about the chaff of this
     world.  What the New Testament church wrestled with the least is
     what our industry craves the most money.  How dare we think we
     can play politics with God, with His truth and with His church.
     We can't negotiate with sin no matter what kind of capital is at
     stake-and that really is the issue here.

     Let us "press on, that [we] may lay hold of that for which Christ
     Jesus has also laid hold of [us]. (Philippians 3:12)   Let us
     "lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us
     and let us run with endurance the rave that is set before us."
     (Hebrew 12:1)  Let us fall on our faces before our Holy Lord,
     repent of our sin and return to our First Love.   With lives
     bathed in His grace, let us provoke one another to love and good
     works.   With undivided hearts may we leave the prodigal's pigpen
     and come back to the Father's house.  Let us commit to prayer and
     fasting seeking the Lord's will with a broken, contrite and
     obedient heart.  Let us return to our churches and to the
     faithful pastors/elders that shepherd us - submitting ourselves
     to their godly leadership.   May we be students of His Word
     filled daily with His Spirit. 

     Pray on this.  Pounding on "Wittenberg's Door", let us come
     together to make history to make Contemporary Christian
     Music...Christian again.

-Source - reformationmusic.com/

HUMAN BENG RECALL

HUMAN BENG RECALL Notice!
-Author Unknown.

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured,
regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary
and central component of the heart.

This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units' code
names Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same
defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal
Non-Morality" or as it is more commonly known and primarily
expressed,  "S.I.N."

Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, Who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect,
is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to
correct this SIN defect.

The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to
bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs.
There is no additional fee required!

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the
REPENTANCE procedure. Next , download ATONEMENT from
the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers'
Instruction Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of
these fixes.

WARNING:
Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction,
voids any Manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers
and problems too numerous to list and, will result in the human
unit being permanently impounded.

For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER:
The human being units NOT responding to this recall action will
have to be scrapped in the furnace.

The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter The Maker's facility,
Heaven, so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your PROMPT attention!,

GOD,The Maker

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this
important RECALL Notice.

Prophetic Passions and Protocols

Prophetic Passions and Protocols
(En Español)

When I came to Christ in 1970, America was already pre-wired with end-of-the-world forebodings. Nuclear war seemed inevitable, as Barry McGuire's dire hit "Eve of Destruction" warned. Revolution and lawlessness were spreading everywhere. Yes, the "times" were certainly "a-changin'" as Bob Dylan sang, and indeed so were we. From the rapture-ready hippie revival in the Jesus movement to Hal Lindsey's culture-shaping book, The Late Great Planet Earth, the charismatic movement emerged on the world scene overstocked with prophetic anticipations.

Thus, our preoccupation with all things prophetic has been a kind of spiritual birthmark; it is a prominent characteristic of who we are as last days Christians. Indeed, the '70s produced at least eight major end-of-the-world warnings from prominent authors and various church groups. Other warnings came in the 1980s, punctuated by the book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988. When that failed, the revised edition came out with the same failed prophecies: The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989. In the 1990s, especially with the approach of the year 2000 and the widespread computer failures expected from the Y2K Millennium bug, still more warnings came.

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Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ, available at www.arrowbookstore.com.


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Perhaps this compilation of teachings from Francis Frangipane will become his most important book yet. The essence of I Will Be Found by You is a living promise from God. If we seek Him in earnest, He has purposed to reveal Himself in ways that will transform us and impact the world around us. In truth, when we consider the extent of impossible conflicts in our world, only one remedy exists: we must have more of God! If you desire more of God's presence in your life, more of God you shall certainly have. This is a very inspiring book.
Chapter titles:
The Tent of Meeting
Everyone Who Seeks Finds
"Come and See"
The Nearness of Our God
The Earth Is Full of God's Glory
For Dreams to Come True
Find God!
Two Things, Two Things Only
Standing Behind Our Wall
Unrelenting Love
The Baptism of Love
Because He First Loved Us
"Love Me Where You're At"

"I Will Be Found by You"
The River of God's Pleasure
The Divine Obsession
To Behold the Face of God
A Place for Him to Rest
The Way Into the Holy Place
Measure Those Who Worship
A Thankful Heart
"This Time I Will Praise the Lord"
"Tell Francis I Miss Him"
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Army of Worshippers

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Everyone Who Seeks Finds

Everyone Who Seeks Finds
(En Español)

It is not hard to recognize one who has spent extended time at a newsstand: his conversation overflows with the drama of current affairs. And it is not hard to discern a person who has come from a sporting event, as their face reveals the outcome of the game. Likewise, people can tell when an individual has spent extended time seeking God. An imperturbable calm guards their heart, and their countenance is radiant with light, as with the morning dew of Heaven.
Beloved, to seek and find God is everything.
"He Knew Not That His Face Shone"
When we first determine to draw near to God, it may seem we have little to show for our efforts. Yet be assured: even the thought of seeking God is a step toward our transformation. Still, we often do not notice the first signs of our spiritual renewal, for as we grow increasingly more aware of God, we simultaneously grow increasingly less aware of ourselves. Though we may not see that we are changing, others certainly will.

Consider the experience of Moses. The Lord's servant had ascended Mount Sinai and there stood before the living God. The eyes of Moses were actually filled with God's sun-like glory; his ears actually heard the audible sound of the Lord's voice. Yet when Moses returned to the people, the Bible says he "did not know that the skin of his face shone" (Exod. 34:29). When the Israelites saw the fire of God's glory on the face of Moses, "they were afraid to come near him" (v. 30). They saw he had been with God.
The church needs more people who have, like Moses, climbed ever closer to the Almighty -- people who have stood in the sacred fire of God's presence. Are we not more truly thirsting for the reality of God?
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Perhaps this compilation of teachings from Francis Frangipane will become his most important book yet. The essence of I Will Be Found By You is a living promise from God. If we seek Him in earnest, He has purposed to reveal Himself in ways that will transform us and impact the world around us. In truth, when we consider the extent of impossible conflicts in our world, only one remedy exists: we must have more of God! If you desire more of God's presence in your life, more of God you shall certainly have. This is a very inspiring book.
Chapter titles:
The Tent of Meeting
Everyone Who Seeks Finds
"Come and See"
The Nearness of Our God
The Earth Is Full of God's Glory
For Dreams to Come True
Find God!
Two Things, Two Things Only
Standing Behind Our Wall
Unrelenting Love
The Baptism of Love
Because He First Loved Us
"Love Me Where You're At"
"I Will Be Found by You"
The River of God's Pleasure
The Divine Obsession
To Behold the Face of God
A Place for Him to Rest
The Way Into the Holy Place
Measure Those Who Worship
A Thankful Heart
"This Time I Will Praise the Lord"
"Tell Francis I Miss Him"
A True Worshipper
Army of Worshippers

Sample chapter: "Love Me Where You Are At"
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The SILVERSMITH

The SILVERSMITH
-Author Unknown.

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of
Malachi.  As they were studying chapter three they came across
verse three which says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what
this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining
silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That
week the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment
to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the
reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the
process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held
a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that,
in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of
the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the
impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot -
then she thought again about the verse, that He sits as a refiner
and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that
he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver
was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had
to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on
the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was
left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the
silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" 
He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part --
when I see my image reflected in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God
has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch
over you until He sees His image in you.

More GREAT QUOTES

More GREAT QUOTES:

"I'm not about to put up a silly skit and preach a 15-minute
message on 'how to cope' to a multitude of people who are dying
and going to hell. I tremble at the thought."  - David Wilkerson

"He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them
of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the
rich he hath sent empty away."  ~Mary, the mother of Jesus.

"To read much and practice nothing, is to hunt much and catch
nothing."  -Thomas Brooks

"In conquering of those enemies that be within, you make a
conquest over the devil and hell itself... And as this is the most
noble conquest, so it is the most necessary conquest. You must
be the death of your sins, or they will be the death of your souls.
Sin is a viper, that does always kill where it is not killed."
-Thomas Brooks

"Whatsoever we scatter to the poor, we gather for ourselves. Not
getting, but giving... The poor man's hand is Christ's treasury,
Christ's bank. Oh let not Christ's hand and Christ's treasury be
empty!" - Thomas Brooks

The Mountain of God

The Mountain of God
(En Español)
"Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God" (Exod. 3:1).
Mount Horeb was not what it seemed. Though forbidding and barren, Horeb (also called Sinai in Exodus) was the gateway God used to reveal Himself to the Hebrew nation. It was here that the living God appeared in a burning bush to Moses. It was also here that the aged and stammering Moses was sent back to Egypt with miraculous authority to liberate Israel.
It was to Horeb that the Israelites came, following the pillar of fire at night and the covering cloud by day. On Horeb, God Himself inscribed Israel's laws on tablets of stone. Then in the midst of a blazing fire, a deep gloom, and a whirlwind, the terrifying voice of the Most High spoke audibly to His people, thus establishing His covenant with them.
Israel had other sacred places -- the tabernacle in the wilderness, the temple in Jerusalem, and various altars men erected to God -- but Horeb was unique. Horeb was where Moses and the Israelites met God, and it was where Elijah fled when all he tried had failed.
Horeb was "the mountain of God."
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As a geographic and historic place, Horeb was weighty with spiritual significance. Yet the reality symbolized by Horeb -- that God chose a desolate place and then drew desolate men to meet with Him -- is a truth that resonates yet today. Horeb's message is this: the Lord does not turn away from our desolation; He comes to redeem it.

Consider Moses, the great prince of Egypt. From his high estate, he is exiled for forty years in the wilderness. He marries into a Midianite family and assumes the role abhorred by the Egyptians: a shepherd. Yet it is precisely at Horeb that God meets with Moses and commissions him. The word Horeb means "desolation," and it is here that Moses finds redemption as he returns to Egypt empowered with godlike authority.
Or consider Elijah, the fierce prophet whose spectacular but failed efforts to bring revival burdened him with depression, fear, and discouragement. Elijah also comes to Horeb -- the loner, Elijah, who seemingly can't get over the idea that all the prophets are dead and he alone is left. Yet it is here that he discovers not only that there are seven thousand Israelites who are loyal to God, but among them is Elisha, a man who will receive a double portion of Elijah's power. He will bring an end to Jezebel's perverse reign and bring a season of revival to the northern tribes.
On Horeb Elijah discovers that his true call was not to lead a revival but to "go before" and "prepare the way" for greater things to come. Indeed it was this very spirit of Elijah that actually prepared the way for Jesus, Israel's Messiah, in the first century, and it shall again be the spirit of Elijah who prepares the way for the second coming of Christ. (See Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11.)
Horeb in Your World
At Horeb we not only discover more about God but also finally begin to understand ourselves and what the Lord desires of us. Our lives simplify and truly focus on that which is most important. Beloved, you know you are at Horeb when God cuts you back to the root source of your spiritual life. Yes, you are at Horeb when you are inwardly repelled by the superficial distractions of modern Christianity and desperate for more of God.

You will not become a better person at Horeb. For Horeb is not about the perfection of self; it's about the abandonment of self. It is about the discovery that in us -- in our successes and our failures -- there dwells "no good thing." We do not have to perform but conform to the surrendered life of Christ.
Not everyone who walks with God goes through a Horeb experience. Some find God in worship; others knew desolation prior to knowing Christ and now know only thanksgiving to God for their salvation. Some may have actually been through Horeb but not identified it as such. At Horeb the morphine of religion wears off, and we can once again feel our pain. Reality manifests. We see ourselves in the light of God, and as we do, we fall upon Christ the cornerstone (Luke 20:18). Though "broken to pieces," we are finally fit to be used by God.
For those who are even now at Horeb, I urge you to let your soul open and your pain rise to God. He knows. He sees your heartache. He feels your sense of shame, bewilderment, and regret. Whatever He says, do it. When you leave Horeb, He will have brought you to a level you previously thought unattainable.
Recall the infusion of life that Moses and Elijah, the men of Horeb, each experienced beyond their season of desolation. Both experienced a type of the resurrection that is to come (Jude; 1 King 20). And in a mystery beyond our comprehension, it was these two Horebites who appeared in splendorous glory and spoke with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-3).
Horeb, once the place of desolation, is redeemed and revealed as a gateway to God. It is here, in brokenness and fearless honesty, where God brings wholeness of soul.
Horeb is the mountain of God. And once here, we are just steps away from the shelter of the Most High.
O living God, I bow before You. I confess my abject need of You. My guard is down, my actor is dead, and with him I fear my dreams are also gone. Yet you give dreams even to old men. You are the Resurrection. I cast myself upon You, O great God of my salvation. Draw me into Your holy shelter, and renew me.
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