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PASTOR'S STUDY NEWSLETTER
- Aug. 2, 2017
The Pastor’s Study Newsletter for August/September 2017
Dear Friends of The Pastor’s Study,
Will we obey Jesus’ last words? According to Matthew 28, Jesus’ last command was to “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations…”. But something tragic is happening in certain quarters of the Christian Church. Some pastors in mainline denominations are saying that we no longer need to convert the world, people are fine—and saved—just the way they are, whether they have Christ or not. A recent example of this heresy is the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (the liberal branch of Lutheranism) which passed a resolution asking the ELCA to eliminate the words “bringing all people to faith in Christ” from the ELCA constitution. They want to do this to be sensitive to Muslims and Jews and they think we should be “humble” and not presume that people of other religions are not necessarily saved. Last year the ELCA approved a memorial “to practice accompaniment with native peoples instead of a missionary endeavor to them…” Did you catch that? The ELCA no longer wants to do missions with Native Americans, but instead wants to “accompany them”.
This is a radical departure from Biblical Christianity. Jesus and the Apostles taught that Christ is the only way of salvation (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) and Jesus repeatedly talked about the reality of Hell. And, yes, faith in Christ is necessary for salvation (Acts 16:31). ELCA Lutherans pay for abortions and sex change operations with offering dollars, they ordain practicing homosexual/transgender pastors, and now this. And they are not alone. The United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church in the US, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Methodists also have pastors teaching this departure from Scripture. But any denomination which can no longer say it desires to convert people to Christ has ceased being a Christian denomination and has become a social club. I saw a sign in front of a church yesterday which read “We don’t change the message, the message changes us.” Amen. Please pray for these erring pastors who are attempting to change the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
How about you? When is the last time you talked to someone about Jesus Christ? May I encourage you do to something? For the next 7 days when you wake up pray “Father, today may I share you with at least one person today.” I pray that regularly and it doesn’t happen every day, but it does happen, and praying that in the morning helps me keep my eyes open for whoever God may bring across my path.
I again want to thank you, the friends of The Pastor’s Study, for your prayers and your financial support of this ministry. Because of your giving, we continue to preach the Good News of Christ on TV and, when enough donations come in, we add more TV stations to spread His Word further. Please keep your prayers and donations coming. The Pastor’s Study is overseen by a board of directors who are committed Christians who make sure your tax-deductible donations go where they are supposed to go in “bringing people to faith in Christ”—we are not ashamed of those words and will not delete them!
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
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