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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 4 Message Outlines

Luke 4:40-44 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 5 Study # 3
December 17, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:God is actively opposed to "ecumenical evangelism".

Introduction:Last week we raised the issue of why Jesus would indiscriminately heal and deliver everyone in Capernaum and not do the same thing today. We raised that issue because of the active corruption of the glory of God by those who declare that the Church ought to actively expect healing today as an integral part of the Gospel. In fact, there is an entire movement called "the full gospel" that has made this lie the foundation of their doctrinal formulation. By doing that, they have set themselves up as those who are not only not preaching "the full gospel", they are not preaching the gospel at all. And the result is that the clarity of the Gospel has been significantly reduced so that people often do not know what the crucial issues of the Gospel are.

There is another massive movement in our culture that our text addresses with censure. It is the movement that claims that we ought to cooperate together with all who give lip service to "Christianity". In this movement, there is one fundamental thesis: we ought to cooperate together with all who claim that Jesus is the Son of God because the message is more important than the messenger. There have been two significant results of this movement. On the one hand, there has been a serious decline in the clarity of the Gospel itself -- so much so that a great number of "leading lights" actually signed an agreement called Evangelicals and Catholics Together in which evangelicals obtained the description of "separated brethren" and Catholics obtained the description of "members of the Church". And, on the other hand, a great host of those who call themselves "believers" are decidedly and determinedly carnal and godless.

But, our text is clear: Jesus Himself authoritatively rejected the idea that "the message is the only thing that is really important." This morning we are going to consider the meaning and significance of the divine rejection of what has become our cultural norm.

Why, do you think, Christmas has lost its impact? As long as we have the wicked selling CDs of Christmas hymns and people buying them, the faith will continue to disappear from our culture.


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