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Biblical Worldview Lecture Series

November 2, 2014 - Old-Fashioned Election Day Sermon - Pastor John Weaver

November 18, 2014 - TBA

December, 2014 - No meeting this month. See you in January!

Biblical Worldview Lecture Series
Wednesday
Sep172014

Our 5th Annual Old-Fashioned Election Day Sermon!

With Pastor John Weaver
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The Inn at Reading

1040 North Park Rd Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610 Tel: (610) 372-7811

Pastor John Weaver is one of America’s most sought after pastors. He was called into the ministry in 1965. Pastor Weaver earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and attended graduate school at Bob Jones University. He has pastored and helped plant several churches and Christian schools. He has authored three books: The Christian and Civil Government, The Sovereignty of God and Civil Government, and The Biblical Truth About God’s Righteous Vengeance. Like Paul, his goal is to preach the whole counsel of God, something that is sadly missing in today’s pulpits. Pastor Weaver is a distinguished graduate (multiple times) fromFront Sight FirearmsTraining Institute and also teaches the Front Sight methodology in his training classes.


Help us revive a neglected american tradition! A free-will offering will be received.

Thursday
Sep112014

Honest Money

For our "Third Tuesday" Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 16th

  

Join us as John Bingaman presents a fascinating and informative lecture on the Biblical nature of economics.
  
Does the Bible define a Godly monetary system?

What would it look like?

How many of the Ten Commandments does our present system violate?

How is the doctrine of salvation intimately related to the laws of economics?


Come out and bring a friend for a great time of dining, fellowship, and learning.  We hope to see you there!

Please note: Due to our increased attendance, dinner will be served this month in the regular dining room next to out meeting room.  We will then move to the meeting room for the lecture time.

 

 

Dinner 6:00, from full menu (great food!) 

Lecture 7:00

Chef Alan's American Bistro  

Sixth & Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA

Friday
Aug292014

Pietism and the Downfall of Modern Christianity

Church leaders lament the condition of  society  in our day.  They sense apathy in the church, and a lack of serious commitment and zeal.  Moral conditions have deteriorated, driven in part by our civil government.  Evangelistic-minded leaders observe:  “In the old days you could put up a tent, bring in an evangelist, and people would come out to hear him.  Today nobody shows up".

There is a serious lack of critical thinking as to the causes and solutions of these things.  While there are many causes, the common denominator is usually pietism. Pietism must be understood for what it is if we are to progress Biblically and honor our Lord.

What is pietism?

“Pietism” holds different definitions and meanings depending on the context of usage.  There was a formal movement within Lutheranism in the 18th century called Pietism; while having some parallels, it is not what we discuss here.  For the sake of the present discussion, we will define pietism as “a radical and unbiblical division of thought and practice between the spiritual and the secular”.

An aside: although outside the scope of this short article, it is interesting to study the relationship and similarities between pietism, Gnosticism and eastern religions.

This is a worldview issue.  A person’s perspective with relation to pietism affects how he interprets, analyzes, and acts upon the issues of life. Consequently, it is a determining factor in the health and Godliness of the church and of society as a whole.

The Pharisees were pietists:

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.-Matt. 23:23

Just as in most churches today, “spiritual” duties (for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin) were elevated above what Jesus considered “weightier matters”: “the law, judgment, mercy, and faith”.  Does this sound like your church?  Are your efforts most welcome if they pertain to increasing church attendance, beautifying the edifice, or promoting programs, but unwelcome if you suggest doing the difficult work of carrying Biblical teachings and action into the surrounding culture?  Jesus said we should do BOTH :“these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Interestingly, He considered the matters that we might view as more "temporal" to be "weightier".

James condemns pietism in strong terms:

And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? -Jas 2:16-20

The inward-focused faith that James describes is DEAD faith, opposed to a faith that works itself outward to our surroundings.  A pietistic, inward-focused faith is preoccupied with "how do I come closer to the Savior,  how do I become a better Christian, how do WE become a better church".  A living Biblical faith, while not ignoring these important things,  is more focused on "how can I apply my faith to ALL of my life, and then to the world around me?".  It is a comprehensive faith that results in comprehensive change in the world, including but not limited to the personal salvation of many souls.  We are seeing fewer individuals turned to Christ because we have willfully allowed society to turn away from Him.

If we claim to honor and love Christ and His Word, yet sit silent while the institutions around us blaspheme God, drive our culture away from Christ, and impose ungodliness through governmental force, what doth it profit?  If we say we love Christ in church on Sunday, and fail to stand up for Christ in our society, culture, and government on Monday,  faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Dead faith is a serious and frightening thing.

Pietism is always inward-focused, which is a good description of American evangelicalism.  “Me, me; us, us”, as the world passes by and yawns..  People who have been Christians for decades are subjected to endless self-improvement, as though with enough time we achieve perfection…while practically never being challenged or led to apply the things that we know about god and His Word to all the institutions that affect us, our families, and our churches every day. 

Christians waste time re-learning, over and over, the things that were in most cases grasped when they should have been: within the first year or so of conversion.  This is not the case in the Bible, where we see men and women with glaring personal deficiencies acting in obedience to God and addressing the societies in which they live.  Certainly we need to be diligent in our personal lives; personal piety is an important part of our life.  Daily inward devotion to Christ is vital…but as our Lord pointed out it is not the whole package:

And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”  Jn. 2:2

The greatest irony lies within the worldview of the pietists themselves.  The same people who champion "just preach the Gospel" (by which they mean exclusively the gospel of personal salvation...remember, it's all about "me, me, me"), and lament that evangelistic efforts fall on deaf ears, are often those who discourage efforts to apply God's Word to the culture at large.  Their willful and intentional abandonment of the culture goes to the root cause of the deaf ears that they lament.  They cannot see that a century of abandonment of cultural institutions by their unbiblical "just preach the gospel" philosophy has left God's enemies in charge of education, the news and entertainment media, etc.  As a result several entire generations have grown up with very little sin-consciousness.  How do they expect to take the gospel to a society that they have abandoned through the effect of their pietistic worldview, and have people to respond to concepts that are entirely foreign to them?  Of course God the Holy Spirit quickens whom He will; but He promises to do it in response to preaching, and we are preaching to a world of people who have been numbed to the message by the institutions that we have failed to influence...indeed failed to seize and operate for God's glory.

Life is a "package deal"; education, vocation profession, culture and government do not exist in a spiritual vacuum, yet the pietists act as though all those things can be abandoned as "secondary" (or less) yet the Gospel will flourish.  The talk of the pietists may sound spiritual but it isn't; in fact it is self-defeating sinful heresy.  Let's be done with the hypocrisy and be about truly carrying the gospel...ALL of it...into all areas of life.  Biblically there is no other way.

~ Jim Mogel

Wednesday
Aug202014

The Colonial Era Founders: Under Attack from All Sides

"The founders were not Christians; they were, at most, Deists.  They intended, and in fact did, establish an atheistic republic, based on the tenets of Secular Humanism.  They never intended for America to be governed by God's Law."

            -The secular humanists, for at least the past several generations

 

            "The founders were not Christians; they were, at most, Deists.  They intended, and in fact did, establish an atheistic republic, based on the tenets of Secular Humanism.  They never intended for America to be governed by God's Law."

            -Certain Christian Theonomists, 2014

 

The battle over the nature of America's founding and its practical implications for today has been fought by Christians over two fronts for several generations.  On one front the battle is with the Secular Humanists, quoted above.  The debate is far from over, but on balance it could be argued that Christians have made some gains.  The other front is within the church itself, against the apathy-fueled ignorance of the "hide-in-the-church-and just-preach-the-Gospel"  crowd.  Progress on this front is perhaps harder gained.

It is a source of some alarm that there is now emerging a third front.  Ironically, it is a hybrid of the first two in that its adherents are within the church, but their position and arguments are identical to those of the secular humanists quoted above.  These are Theonomists; not all Theonomists, just some.  The motive for trashing and thrashing practically every effort of the colonial era founders, and twisting every good word they wrote into something bad,  is perhaps known only to them, and surely differs from one to the next.  It is tempting to conclude that in many cases it is a misguided competition: "I'm more Theonomic than you; here, I'll prove it". 

There is a vast and important difference between making accurate observations and drawing useful and accurate conclusions.  It seems that the founders' detractors are adept at making observations but for some reason(s) hit a disconnect when drawing conclusions.

Human nature seems compelled to run to extremes at every chance.  Surely we can detect and analyze flaws in the thinking, writing, and legislation of the founders without twisting the truth and convicting and condemning them every step of the way in all they said and did.  Surely we can discern the differences and disagreements between those founders who were Christians, those who were not, and those for whom it is hard to tell.   Surely we can admire and utilize the best of their work without making an idol of it.  Surely anyone who wants to see the plain truth can see that the founders operated imperfectly within a philosophical framework that was orders of magnitude more Christian than that in which the American public operates today, and factor that into any conclusions.  And surely we can work to implement Godly law in our nation more effectively if we don't hand over to the enemy  the intellectual capital on a silver platter.

~ Jim Mogel

Friday
Aug152014

Who Would Jesus Tax?

The Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society Presents

Who Would Jesus Tax? 
  

For our "Third Tuesday" Lecture Series
Tuesday, August 19th
 

Hear Joel Saint deliver a timely, practical, and Biblical presentation on the subject of taxation
  
What does the Bible teach about civil taxation?

What did Jesus actually teach about "rendering unto Caesar"?

How Biblical are our tax laws?


We all have an opinion about taxation, but what does God say?  You may be surprised to hear how much the Bible says about this interesting and important subject.

Come out and bring a friend for a great time of dining, fellowship, and learning.  We hope to see you there!


 

Dinner 6:00, from full menu (great food!) 

Lecture 7:00

Chef Alan's American Bistro  

6th Ave. & Penn Street West Reading, PA