Power of Positive Preaching by Jimmy Stevens (this is a refute against PMA New Age philosophy that professing christians have accepted fundamentally)

Power Of Positive Preaching By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION:  Positive outlook is refreshing.  All Christians should have it, Rom 5:1-2, 11

I. Our country and “Positive Mental Attitude” philosophy.  A. Philosophy: emphasizing positive thoughts to overcome negative issues in life.  It does not resolve the cause of problems, but tries to make them go away by overwhelming them with positive ideas.  B. RESULT:  “hippie” generation, rebellion, immorality, illegitimacy, sexually transmitted diseases, corrupt or no work ethic, little or no respect for authority, nor respect for the dignity of life—abortion.

II. Church and the “positive mental attitude” philosophy in preaching and practice.A. Emphasize the positive and avoid the negative.”  “Negative teaching is legalism.” B. Result:  Poor Bible knowledge.  Unable to defend God’s truth.  Compromise.  Drifting from NT patterns.  Feel saved while in sin.  There is no wrong, therefore, no caution against the danger of sin.  You can be nice to sin, but sin will NEVER, be nice to truth.  Standing for nothing and accepting anything.

III. Many suffer from “negaphobia” (neg-negative, phobia- persistent fear of something).  A. Society: politically correct terminology, alternative lifestyles—homosexuality, adultery, fornication.  B. Church: Don’t challenge “false religions” or “false doctrines”, or call one a “false teacher”.  Openly criticize and malign those who openly defend the truth against error——Talk about negative!  In the mean time, false doctrine continues to rob souls of eternal salvation.  Redefine sin as an opinion, then defend it under Romans 14.  Preach partial truths, or truth without application.  Don’t convict sinners. C. “We need more positive and less negative preaching.”  Positive and negative are often subjectively defined.  Whose concept of “positive” will we use?  Ours or God’s?

IV. The Bible and “positive mental attitude” preaching.A. Warns against it.  Jer 8:4-12,  2 Pet 2:1-3, 18-19, 2 Cor 11:12-15B. Negative teaching does what positive cannot.  Most understand positive statements of good conduct and need no warning for doing good, Gal 5:23.  However, people constantly need warning against sin,

V. “Power of Positive Preaching”, is determined by the results, not by how it sounds to the human ear.A. God’s idea of “Positive Preaching”.  “Positive” instructs and informs.  “Negative” protects and preserves “positive” by warning against sin.  “Negative” helps one understand evil without experiencing it.  “Negative” yields positive results by “positive” prevention. B. Summary:1. Positive truths instruct, encourage and edify.  POSITIVE2. Negative truths warn, convict and prevent one from sinning.  POSITIVE3. Favoring one over the other defeats the power of both.  NEGATIVE4. Positive only, neglects valuable warnings and rebukes.  negative5. Negative only neglects full instruction and encouragement. negative

VI. All of God’s truths produce “positive” results when preached and obeyed.  A. Adam and Eve.  Gen 2:16-17B. Deut 10:1-4, 12-14.  For good.  5:7-21, 8 of the 10 commandments are negative.  In explaining the 10 commandments, 15 negative and 5 positive statements.  V 5:32-33.C. All scriptures, positive and negative, produce POSITIVE results.1. Jesus magnified the positive with “negative” statements.  Matt 15:11-14, 22:34-40.2. 2 Tim 3:13-17, to make a man complete—POSITIVE.  3. 2 Tim 4:1-5, preaching both positive and negative—POSITIVE.D. The whole counsel of God.  Acts 20:27, 1 Cor 4:17.E. A wise person learns the positive power of negative instructions.  Job 5:17-18, Jer 36-38, 2 Cor 7:6-11, Heb 12:3-11, Acts 2:22-24, 36-47.

CONCLUSION:  True Positive Preaching can only be accomplished when preachers and Christians declare and live the whole counsel of God.  A. To emphasize the positive over the negative produces negative results.B. To emphasize the negative over the positive produces negative results.C. To teach a balance of both will produce positive results.D. Preaching the whole counsel of God is always POSITIVE PREACHING.

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The Hebrew Roots Movement Simply Explained

By now I am sure that many christians have heard something about the Hebrew Roots Movement. Even more is that there are some who have been involved in it to come out of it’s clutches of being under the law and departure of the grace of God. It has gained momentum in christian churches and circles because of the seduction of thinking that one must go back to their ‘Hebrew Roots’ in order to understand God and His word better. Though one might gain some insight with some of this knowledge, ultimately, one will not end up abiding in Christ but just quite the opposite. This is a link to an article that explains the  Hebrew Roots Movement very simply and to the point. If you don’t know much about it I encourage you to get familiar with it because many are being seduced by it and thereby becoming bewitched as the apostle Paul warned the church of Galatia.

The Hebrew Roots Movement

http://www.empoweredbychrist.org/the-hebrew-roots-movement.html

 

World of Warcraft game television commercial aires featuring Ozzie Ozzborn

Just saw a new advertisement for the occult game World of Warcraft featuring Ozzie Ozborn. Ozzie Ozzborn says that he is the prince of darkness since 1979.  Take a look.

I guess those who worship heavy metal singer Ozzie Ozborn  think Ozzie is cool. Now that Ozzie says he is the prince of darkness I guess all his worshipping fans will think its cool to be a prince of darkness too.  Notice that the makers of this game, Blizzard, are featuring Ozzie Ozzb0rn to promote that being the prince of darkness is something one should want to attain like Ozzie. Only problem is that satan is the prince of darkness. But I guess satan won’t mind temporarily sharing that title with Ozzie since he has been doing a good job at leading others into the kingdom of darkness through the influence of the occult in his rock music…Ozzie Ozzborn is a member of the occult.  He had an interest in well known British occultist Aleister Crowley who was dubbed as “The Wickedest Man in the World”.  Nice role model Ozzie…Yeah its cool to worship satan whose ultimate plan is to drag y0ur soul to hell with him to eternal death.  Actually its pure stupidity to even think that people like this are actually someone to admire and look up to.  What is admirable about eternal separation from a loving God? There’s nothing “cool” about that.  Its actually pretty messed up for one to have given their praise, energy, time, thoughts, body, and soul to do all manner of wickedness in serving the devil who never loved anyone nor did anything for their good. But is one who hated all men and sought their eternal destruction just to get revenge on Jesus.  While Jesus who knew no sin became sin, took our place of judgement for sin, died on the cross and was resurrected so that he could purchase our salvation and offer it to us for free without charge. That all we have to do in order to receive eternal life is  believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  Accepting His sinless blood sacrifice as the propitiation for our sin. Then follow Him all the days of our life by obeying what He said in the Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The bible says in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

I am going to be writing more about this particular game in the future and the many influences of occultism being used to indoctrinate society.  I just ask for people to be open and pray that Holy Spirit will open all of our eyes to these devices and how they have influenced us.

God Bless