My trip to the southern California is almost over and I'll soon be packing my bags and heading back to the to the dark and dreary climate of Europe (the weather isn't great either). One of the major reasons why the spiritual climate is so cold in Denmark, and the rest of western Europe for that matter, is that preachers tend to behave more like figure skaters that men. The onward surge of feminist ideology in Europe has pacified men to the point where few men are willing to go into battle for any cause. And when it comes to "contending for the once for all delivered faith", few european preachers can legitimately carry a "man card".
And by "real men" I am not talking about a cross between Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood who can single handedly defeat a battalion of Navy Seals. I'm talking about men who are submitted to God's Word and honor Him by loving their wives and discipling their families. Real men who love the Gospel that was purchased with Christ's blood enough to speak out against the gospel invented in the minds of therapists. A Gospel about perpetrators that need righteousness, not victims that need self esteem. A Gospel where the stakes are heaven and hell, not happiness and health. A Gospel with a Savior Who is a substitute for wicked sinners under God's just wrath, so much more than an example for spiritual seekers to follow.
Lord please give us men who speak as prophets and not as pragmatists. Dead men walking who know that the only source of life for those who are dead in sin is the breath of the Holy Spirit. That the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart and the only thing that can change that sinful heart of stone is a supernatural transforming work wrought by God's Holy Spirit.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules Ezekiel 36:25-27).
Everyone knows that the the visible church today isn't in great shape. In fact, many would say that it's in as bad of a shape if not worse as when the Reformation took place. Here, Phil Johnson tackles this subject at the 2010 Shepherd's Conference.
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