From: email@example.com Why don't TCE invest their time in really important things - like evangelizing the lost?
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:09 AM
Subject: Distracted from your purpose
Your [sic] way off, why don't you invest your time in the things that are really important, like evangelizing the lost. Your [sic] being distracted.
TCE replies: 28th October 2010
thank you for taking the time to mail us.
Your comments have been noted but, of course, you are not the first to have written in this vein.
Others have made similar comments but, unfortunately, most make little effort to build a Scriptural case to support their views.
If someone was able to refute our arguments, logic would dictate that it would have happened in the 10+ years that our site has been running.
After all, the old saying that 'everyone is entitled to their own opinion' also contains the rider 'but how seriously their views are taken depends entirely on the facts and logic they bring forward to support their opinion.'
We have used nothing but the Word of God - as found exclusively in the Bible - and provable facts and logic to support what we believe and why we spend time on warning of error in doctrine, deception, and heresies.
That most ministries and churches spend so little time on the whole of Scripture (you clearly can have no idea of how we spend all of our time, but much of it is in one-on-one evangelism) explains why we are not the only Christians who have recognised good reason for including 'elenctic theology' in our ministry. This phrase merely describes a division of practical theology concerned with persuading people of other faiths, or no faith, of the truth of the Gospel message, with an end to producing in them an awareness of, and sense of guilt, for their sins, a recognition of their need for God's forgiveness, and repentance from their sins leading to faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. This does not require much more than Spirit-led concentration on reading and applying the Word of God - as found only in the Bible. But at least a modicum of knowledge of the faith, or lack of faith, of the person/people you are striving to reach with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ can help to reach their sad, lost, soul.
Sadly, these two things are much more than the majority of supposed disciples of Jesus are willing to invest time into obtaining and simply joining almost any ekklesia ('church') in the 'United Kingdom' will quickly prove the truth of this sentence.
Jack Sparks commented, many years ago: 'the cults are the unpaid bills of the churches' - and, because of the poor discipling by leaders (pastors) in ekklesiae ('churches'), statistics reveal that 'more than 80% of the cults are drawn off church pews'!
I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times any pastor/teacher has even mentioned deception or deceivers in the churches I have attended in the last 40 years here in Cardiff - and this would easily be more than equalled by the number of times the same group of men have spoken approvingly of some false teacher, cult or false religion because of their failure to study carefully and 'make sure of ALL things' (ref. Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)!
We have made our case in enough places within the pages of 'Savage Wolves' already, as well as in other replies to e-mails that are gradually being posted on the site so that others may be made aware of the many deceptions that abound in ekklesiae ('churches') around the world.
If you desire to make a case, as described above, we will certainly read anything you offer and respond appropriately.
Jude was inspired to write this balanced closure to his inspired letter to believers:
'But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have mercy, who are in doubt; and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to guard you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without blemish in exceeding joy, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.' (Jude 20-25)
In Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour
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