Where’s the “protest” in Protestantism gone? » Kent Hodge (May 2010)

Have we lost the “protest” in Protestantism? Current Western Christianity seems little more than an experience for me and “love” is seen more in terms of being “nice” than fulfilling our duties of faith. Kent Hodge briefly examines the basis for godly living and how as that is played out it fulfills the dutiful requirement of an outward focus on mission.

How good doctrine and godly living lead to Christian mission.

Some of things that have been going through my mind as I have been praying in Jos over the past week…

We all live in an incredibly self orientated world which makes it hard for to see and respond to kingdom of God issues. I guess this is what Paul meant by the spirit of this world. We all know that it’s all around us. The thing is that it must be combated through the gospel of Jesus Christ – which stands in direct juxtaposition.

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The world is deathly ill » Corrie Ten Boom (1974)

I read in a letter from 1974 from Corrie Ten Boom, author of “The Hiding Place”, about surviving the Holocaust, that there were over 200,000 people martyred for their faith in Africa that year. Christian persecution has enveloped this world, yet Western Christians are largely oblivious to it.

“Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.”
-Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom(The following is from a letter Corrie wrote in 1974)

“The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.

Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.

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