Verse-by-verse through the Apostle Jude's letter
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Ashamed Of The Gospel, by John MacArthur
"Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject: only the shorter it is the better" - C.H. Spurgeon
In the late 1800's, Charles Spurgeon warned that the Church was drifting away from the purity of the Gospel. Instead of boldly proclaiming the truths of Scripture, Christians were sugar-coating the Word, being careful not to offend anyone. As a result, Christianity's influence in 19th-century England was severely weakened.
Now, 100 years later, John MacArthur is sounding the same alarm - and it's a warning the Church just can't ignore. The signs of compromise are all around us: numbers have become more important that the message. Churches are offering up 'Show-Time' religion instead of the 'Old-Time' religion. Pastors have turned to the marketing industry to help them draw people in, rather than relying on the sovereign power of God.
Until all that changes - until we return to our calling to go into all the world and preach the Gospel without shame - the Church is in danger of losing its impact on society. And that would be our generation's greatest loss.
Churches Beware! - A modern edition of 'Warnings To The Churches', by J.C. Ryle
J. C. Ryle is best known for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes. His great aim, in all his ministry, was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. He recognized that, as a pastor of the flock of God, he had a responsibility to guard Christ's sheep and to warn them whenever he saw approaching dangers. His love for the church shines through all his preaching and writing. His fearless proclamation of biblical truths, his insight into the dangers threatening the church, his practical wisdom and his penetrating comments are as wise and relevant today as they were when he first wrote them.
Truth never changes. Language does. Many treasures remain unread, often because older language puts off modern readers. In the academic arena scholars continually offer new translations of standard classics. It is appropriate that a modern edition of J. C. Ryle's classic book, Warnings to the Churches, be offered by Evangelical Press. This is a superbly done modern edition, and this generation should be encouraged to read it.
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