Nov 21, 2008
by Tim Melton
Below is an article that compares the aims of Religion v. the aims of The Gospel. The article was originally constructed by Rev. Tim Keller, a PCA pastor in Manhattan. I have refurbished it a bit. Have a read. I would relish any comments or observations! (FYI – I have included a link to the Word Document if you would like to download it Click Here - religion-v-the-gospel
May 17, 2008
What does it mean to have a Jesus shaped spirituality?
Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919) the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance was a leader of the church during the early days of the Pentecostal movement. As a result many of the big debates in the church were around the topics of holiness, sanctification, and the charismatic gifts of the Spirit like speaking in tongues or healing. In the middle of those debates he spoke very clearly. The Christian journey is not about seeking after new experiences, it is about seeking Christ “Himself”. Simpson wrote both a sermon and a hymn on the topic. Both are reproduced in their entirety below.
I wish to speak to you about Jesus, and Jesus only.
I often hear people say, “I wish I could get hold of Divine Healing, but I cannot.”
Sometimes they say, “I have got it.”
If I ask them, “What have you got?” the answer is sometimes, “I have got the blessing”, sometimes it is, “I have got the theory”; sometimes it is, “I have got the healing”; sometimes, “I have got the sanctification.”
But I thank God we have been taught that it is not the blessing, it is not the healing, it is not the sanctification, it is not the thing, it is not the it that you want, but it is something better. It is “the Christ”; it is Himself. Read the rest of this entry »