Preach the Word!

As an alumnus of THE San Diego State University, I keep tabs as best I can on their athletic programs from North Carolina.  It caught my attention that Adam Muema would be in the NFL combine.  I did not get to see him play much (if at all) before moving from San Diego, but his dominance in the bowl game this year gave me hope of another Aztec in the pros.

Instead, the nation was treated to headlines about how God told told Muema he would play for the Seattle Seahawks if he left the combine early.  He then disappeared for three days until reappearing today having spent the time in the Ft. Lauderdale airport.  Muema was still in the uniform he wore in the combine.

Muema has been open about his Christian faith, but it is hard to call this a good demonstration of the Gospel working in someone’s life.  Comments on some news articles have suggested a mental illness may be involved, and I would not rule it out.  However, Muema had to have heard preaching in support of direct, special revelation from God from somewhere first.

I hope he can receive some solid, biblical counseling from an older believer, and that Adam Muema will find himself in a Sola Scriptura affirming church.

God has revealed Himself in His Word, and Jesus states that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:8-9).  In the opening to Hebrews, the author makes it explicitly clear that Jesus is the climax of revelation from God to which all Scripture attests.

It is imperative for preachers in pulpits to preach the supremacy of Jesus Christ in the life life of Christians, and the sufficiency of the revelation revealed in Scripture for all of faith and life.  All special revelation given in Scripture is binding on ALL Christians, coming from the very mouth of God.  With the death of the apostles, such revelation has now ceased and is fully contained within Scripture.  The Holy Spirit works in the faithful to enlighten believers to the truth contained within.

May our pulpits overflow with the fresh, pure water through the clear proclamation of Scripture by ministers to the church. As Paul declared, faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ.

Church Invite Through Presbyterian Proverbs

I spell Presbyterian with a capital “J-O-H-N-K-N-O-X.”  The link at the bottom only strengthens my stubborn spelling.
For anyone in the northwest corner of North Carolina, I’d like to extend an invitation to the church to whom I belong, Redeemer Yadkin Valley (PCA).  You will hear, see, taste, and sing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

If further away, use the NAPARC Local Congregation Finder to find the closest church nearest you.
Those who already call a confessional Presbyterian and/or Reformed church home can attest to the proverbs below and the full list (see citation).

Grace walks softly.  Loud and flashy don’t awaken it and they seldom describe it. Mix simple worship, solid preaching and the sacraments – let grace appear in its own time and its own way. 

Catholic converts cleaveth unto the church but Evangelicals are a church unto themselves.  Former Catholics respect the church and its government while broad Evangelicals take years to “get it,” if they ever get it at all. 

A clearly preached gospel gives more hope than anything else you can say or do.

– from Presbyterian Proverbs

One of these days you’re gonna die laughing.

 If you’ve been to more than one church, I would be willing to bet at least one of these two churches has been an experience:

1. Stand up comedy with the Bible sprinkled on the side
2. A service so rigid that you were surprised it wasn’t a funeral

Amongst younger evangelicals the stand-up preaching may be the more regularly abused, but the latter is no better.  Afterall, even the first three letters of “funeral” spell something:

Dr. Barry York in The Humorless Pulpit  offers some very serious advice.  Very serious. Not tongue-in-cheek at all.

Some might try to say that since John Calvin himself taught the Psalter contains the whole range of human emotions, laughter would be included.   Then they might try to use that to justify using some humor when explaining a text of Scripture.  But Calvin did not mean this because laughing is not a godly but worldly emotion.  Laughter is not reverent.  Listen, I tell you that I am RR and sing the Psalms, so I know about not laughing in worship. Trust me.  

Others point to Luther’s use of sarcasm.  Do you really think it’s funny that he told Erasmus when they were discussing the serious subject of sin’s bondage that “Perhaps you want me to die of unrelieved boredom while you keep on talking”?  Or worse, when he told other opponents such things as “You are a toad eater,” or “I beg you put your glasses on your nose, or blow your nose a bit, to make your head lighter and the brain clearer,” or “For you are an excellent person, as skillful, clever, and versed in Holy Scripture as a cow in a walnut tree or a sow on a harp”?  Maybe those quotes are a bit funny and, sure, he helped start the Reformation, but again remember that Luther did not believe in the regulative principle…

…I’ve heard others try to be elegant in their defense of humor, such as saying humor can pop open the cork of truth and allow us to pour into downtrodden hearts the wine of gladness.  But I say our sermons need to be dry, free from the wine of wittiness.” 

 And while the church may have many adversaries seeking her destruction, I think its safe to say this bunch isn’t going to be kicking in our doors any time soon.