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It's Time We Faced Facts

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This article by William MacDonald was written in the 1960s, but it seems to have been written for today.
Spiritually we are in a shocking condition. The status of many local fellowships is bad news, and deteriorating by the minute. It is fairly well known that there have been scandalous cases of immorality involving even elders and full-time workers. Of course this type of news never gets into the magazines; there everything is sweetness and light. But the awful truth is that some respected spiritual leaders have fallen into gross sin in recent months and the only reaction seems to have been to hush up the whole thing, lest the word get out and our reputation be impaired. We have been arrogant, and have not rather mourned (1 Cor. 5:2). And that isn’t all. We have become materialists to the core. Supposing that gain is godliness, we have degraded ourselves to the worship of money. We have become more proud of the number of successful businessmen in our churches than of the number of men o…

THE WANING AUTHORITY OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCHES

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by A. W. TOZER


HERE IS THE BURDEN of my heart; and while I claim for myself no special inspiration I yet feel that this is also the burden of the Spirit. If I know my own heart it is love alone that moves me to write this. What I write here is not the sour ferment of a mind agitated by contentions with my fellow Christians. There have been no such contentions. I have not been abused, mistreated or attacked by anyone. Nor have these observations grown out of any unpleasant experiences that I have had in my association with others. My relations with my own church as well as with Christians of other denominations have been friendly, courteous and pleasant. My grief is simply the result of a condition which I believe to be almost universally prevalent among the churches. I think also that I should acknowledge that I am myself very much involved in the situation I here deplore. As Ezra in his mighty prayer of intercession included himself among the wrongdoers, so do I. "0 m…

What's Wrong With Seeing A Psychologist?

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 If you go to a doctor when you’re sick, what’s wrong with seeing a psychologist? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? The above question is asked by people who confuse the use of medicine with the practice of psychotherapy. Individuals making such an error assume that the medical and the mental can be thought of and talked about in the same manner and with the same terms. This error is one of using the medical model to justify the use of psychotherapy.
In the field of logic this is what is known as a false analogy. One logic text explains:
An argument from analogy draws a conclusion about something on the basis of an analogy with or resemblance to some other thing. The assumption is that if two or more things are alike in some respects, they are alike in some other respect.1
In regard to a false analogy the text says:
To recognize th…

WHEN THE PEARLY GATES UNFOLD

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I have given up all for Jesus;
This vain world is naught to me.
All its pleasures are forgotten
In remembering Calvary.
Though my friends despise, forsake me,
And on me the world looks cold,
“Fear no evil; I’ll be with you
When the pearly gates unfold."

When the voice of Jesus calls me,
And the angels whisper low,
I will lean upon my Savior,
In the valley as I go.
I will claim his precious promise,
Worth to me a world of gold:
“Fear no evil; I’ll be with you
When the pearly gates unfold."
Just beyond the waves of Jordan,
Just beyond the chilly tide,
Blooms the tree of life eternal,
Where the living waters glide.
In that happy land of spirits,
Flowers bloom on hills of gold,
And the angels are in waiting
When the pearly gates unfold.


Herbert H. Booth (1862–1926)

590 in Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos