Very Random Thoughts

This man

and his book

are destroying my parents church.

The pastor at my parents church has gone through the “church-in-a-box” at least twice, perhaps even a third time. He has very seldom preached an expositional message from any text; usually only a verse or a phrase. My parents have kept much of their grief and frustration to themselves. Dad went to the pastor a few times to express concerns about the lack of biblical preaching as opposed to topical preaching. That hit a blank wall (and, if their pastor was anything like a few others I know who use the same “church-in-a-box” approach and preach the same vacuous messages, then a blank stare accompanied the wall). Dad’s expressed his concern at deacons meetings, all to no avail. He’s now off the deacon board and other new men are on the board, who all pretty much say “Yes sir” to the pastor’s semi-biblical whims. This church once had a pastor who gave sound, expositional preaching every Sunday. The church grew and thrived, but no longer. Since his departure the church has seen one devastating split and now is experiencing “great unity” (well, at least among the half of the church who are part of the “community”; as for those on the outside, well, “too bad, so sad”).


In light of all this mess, I’ve ordered and begun to read this book

by this man.

I didn’t have much interest in reading it prior to this. I agree with all DeWaay teaches on the Purpose Driven Life. I think it’s really bad for the church and it will continue to lead churches into devastation, splits, and apostasy. But now I have good reason to read it. I once thought of ordering enough copies and sending them to this pastor and his deacon board, but that would be throwing pearls before swine, as it were. So far, it’s been a great encouragement to me.


Next up… Repent!

I began a sermon series through the book of Luke (an expositional series… like you should ahve known!). After the John Baptist passage, I longed to do a short series on repentance. That would help us understand that John’s message was no different than the rest of the OT before him and Jesus’ message after him. Plus it would help us get ready to truly see the Christ of the Scriptures, not just the culturally-anointed Jesus put forth by so many today.

The first Sunday, I’m trusting that the response was truly of God’s Spirit (I pray that my message on counterfeit repentance didn’t produce any of the same sort!). Yes, I left several people hanging in regards to what real repentance is, but I trusted God to be sovereign and reign over their hearts, ministering comfort where needed and conviction where necessary. My prayer is, that over the next two Sundays remaining, the second-half of Genuine Repentance and What Repentance Looks Like Afterward will bring glory to God.

If God were to be so gracious to us as to begin a working of His Spirit to convict us of all our sins, seeing confession of those sins breaking out in homes and at church, repentance would become so real, that when we hear Jesus’ first “sermon” proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is here.” we’d all be falling to our knees, lives would be radically changed, sins forsaken, reconciliation brought about and God’s glory shining out so brightly that it would be unparalleled in my life as a pastor. Oh, Lord, let it be so for Your glory’s sake.

Last… for now. I’ll try to remember to include a few entries over the next several weeks about “Why don’t we… in our church?” or “Why do we do … in our church?” These ramblings might include such things as: clap during songs or after songs; give the announcements right away instead of in the middle of the service; or, have a worship team; or, have women read Scripture…. Well, you can see the list can go on and on. So, if you’re reading this blog and you begin to wonder what we do and why we do or don’t do it at Cornerstone, let me know. Include something in the comment section or just email me.

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  1. […] More On the Purpose-Driven Life Choking the Life Out of Churches and Christians […]

  2. […] Mom & Dad’s church continues on, almost as if they were following Dan Southerland’s Transitioning script to the letter. Or perhaps the leadership there read the WSJ article from just over a week ago and thought: “Hey, this is a great idea! Let’s just get rid of any who don’t like PDL or claim we’re not using the Bible any more.” The church held it’s quarterly business meeting Monday evening. Mom and Dad were to be removed from membership (this is the way to do church discipline, according to Southerland; don’t follow that Bible stuff on discipline ‘cuz that’s supposed to lead to reconciliation; we don’t want reconciliation, we want them gone!). However, the church chairman/head deacon stood up and announced that they would continue to pray for the Sorensens, trusting that they might come to reconcile matters with the pastor and deacons. Nonetheless, they weren’t going to take any action at this evening’s meeting, nor would they allow any questions about the situation. Well, you know what happened next: since no one has ever spoken of this before, and since they’re seeking to oust 30+year members/deacon/deaconness, and since Mom and Dad have spoken to no one else in the church about this process over that past two years, the hands flew up like feathers before a wind storm. None of these questioners was even recognized; they forcefully moved on to the next item of business. There was just the simple repetition: We’ll not take any questions about this at this time.” ‘Nuf said! […]

  3. There is a very important link between the PDL virus, and the unrepentant church. My family has been driven out of churches simply because we did not follow Warren’s script. The Quick Stop churches, where one can perform their duties and get a religious lift once or twice a week seem to be made up of very busy congregations who thrive on activity. So much so that you can get run over as everyone bolts for the exits. Good music, good message, got some head knowledge, acted out “worship”, let’s go. For we, after all, are Driven. The messages even sound good, like the one on taking time to truely repent. However, everyone is too busy to do that. Isn’t hearing about it and assenting enough? No it is not. Balaam, who appears from Numbers thru Revelation as a horrible example, repeated after God with his mouth, but he always DID whatever he pleased. So much so that the children of Israel learned to follow his example to the coming of a great plague. The plague came when the children of Israel entered into impure sexual relations with the surrounding people. They became so blatant that when the congregation appeared before God at the tabernacle due to the plague, one man even brought his Midianite prostitute with him to appear before God. He recited whatever, and did whatever ritual in the midst of the congregation before God. He then went right to his tent to be with the Midanite woman. Phinehas, who is know as one marked by everlasting righteousness, was so designated by the LORD because he took a spear, went to the tent and trust both of them through at once with one spear, (let the reader understand how he found them). This stopped the plague, because the cause of the plague was what was learned from Balaam. He taught you can say the right things, even blessings of God, but still go do whatever you will. PDL leaves the impression that this is OK, as long as you pay homage to the 40 days. (By the way 40 days was over and over again the abandonement of any confidence in one’s own life – as in loose your soul for His sake to find it, and not the PDL way of finding YOUR PURPOSE). People are following the ways of Balaam. They are appearing in congregations with the LOVE OF THE WORLD in their hearts. They are all “happy” when they should be weeping and mourning. They leave the “worship” and then go on and pursue their own business and love the world. There is the need for Phinehases to rise up and thrust this practice through

  4. There is a very important link between the PDL virus, and the unrepentant church. My family has been driven out of churches simply because we did not follow Warren’s script. The Quick Stop churches, where one can perform their duties and get a religious lift once or twice a week seem to be made up of very busy congregations who thrive on activity. So much so that you can get run over as everyone bolts for the exits. Good music, good message, got some head knowledge, acted out “worship”, let’s go. For we, after all, are Driven. The messages even sound good, like the one on taking time to truely repent. However, everyone is too busy to do that. Isn’t hearing about it and assenting enough? No it is not. Balaam, who appears from Numbers thru Revelation as a horrible example, repeated after God with his mouth, but he always DID whatever he pleased. So much so that the children of Israel learned to follow his example to the coming of a great plague. The plague came when the children of Israel entered into impure sexual relations with the surrounding people. They became so blatant that when the congregation appeared before God at the tabernacle due to the plague, one man even brought his Midianite prostitute with him to appear before God. He recited whatever, and did whatever ritual in the midst of the congregation before God. He then went right to his tent to be with the Midanite woman. Phinehas, who is know as one marked by everlasting righteousness, was so designated by the LORD because he took a spear, went to the tent and trust both of them through at once with one spear, (let the reader understand how he found them). This stopped the plague, because the cause of the plague was what was learned from Balaam. He taught you can say the right things, even blessings of God, but still go do whatever you will. PDL leaves the impression that this is OK, as long as you pay homage to the 40 days. (By the way 40 days was over and over again the abandonement of any confidence in one’s own life – as in loose your soul for His sake to find it, and not the PDL way of finding YOUR PURPOSE). People are following the ways of Balaam. They are appearing in congregations with the LOVE OF THE WORLD in their hearts. They are all “happy” when they should be weeping and mourning. They leave the “worship” and then go on and pursue their own business and love the world. There is the need for Phinehases to rise up and thrust this practice through.

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