As Martin Luthur’s “95 Theses” helped start the Reformation of the Church, so Greg Gordon is hoping his “95 Theses” would help revive (re-Spiritualize) today’s Evangelical Church. Gordon is the founder of Sermonidex.net, an online sermon library consisting of FREE material by the likes of A.W. Tozer, Vance Havner, Leonard Ravenhill, Warren Wiersbe, and many others. The site is actually a gem. Please check it out.
Greg’s ninety-five theses, in my opinion, are dead on. His points are challenging, to say the least, and most definitely biblical (he provides scripture to ever point made). The question for the Church is: will we listen? More importantly, will we take up his challenge?
Do we have the guts to repent of our sins, and to turn our hearts – and congregations – back to the heart of the Father? Are we truly desperate for revival – because it means beginning within our own walls, first – or are we satisfied with simply “playing church”? I’m tired of playing church … I’m tired of going to church … God is tired of us playing and going to church; He’s waiting for us to BE THE CHURCH. 24/7. No compromise. No legalism. No holding back. Just pure, 100%, Jesus. Nothing less and nothing more.
Here are some highlights from Greg Gordon’s Theses:
- The “church” at large has forgotten that the chief end of man is to glorify God. (Rom 16:27; 1Cor 6:20; Mt 6:9; 1Cor 10:31)
- The “church” as a whole has lost the concept of their being grafted into the promises given to Israel. (Rom 11:15, 17-18, 20, 25)
- There has never been more access to the Word of God, yet so little reading of it. (1Tim 4:13; Neh 8:1-3; Ps 119:59)
- Worship has become an idol in many “churches.” The music often resembles that of the world. (Amos 5:23; Phil 4:8; 1Jn 5:21)
- The world is shaping the views of the “church” more than the “church” shaping the world. (Rom 12:2; Mt 5:13; 1Cor 1:22-23)
- The church must repent of its idolization of personality, and of business principles. (2Cor 2:17; 1Cor 3:5; 1Cor 12:23)
- The professionalization of the pastorate is a sin and needs to be repented of. (2Cor 11:13; Gal 3:1; Gal 2:6)
- Thousands of sinners think of God as having only one attribute: Love! But they continue in sin. (Rom 1:18; Acts 5:11; Ps 2:12)
- The church has lost the fear of God and has over emphasized the love of God. (Heb 12:28-29; Lk 12:5; Heb 10:31)
- The Lordship of Jesus Christ is something that is not taught in many pulpits. (Acts 2:36; 1Cor 12:3; Rom 6:18)
You can read the rest here. Which ones stand out the most to you?