I was flipping through a local paper the other day and I happened upon an advertisement concerning Teen Challenge participating with a youth group in the area. Many of us are aware of Teen Challenge and probably know of someone who has gone through this ministry. Not to long ago my family and I watched The Cross and the Switchblade, which is the story of David Wilkerson in his younger days, who birthed the Teen Challenge ministry.
David Wilkerson has gone on to be with the Lord, but before he finally found his true rest, he made many efforts to warn the church about leaving the gospel. His book, Set The Trumpet to thy Mouth, was David being a watchman for the church, which resulted in much criticism for him.
I found this advertisement, which had the Teen Challenge ministry as the focal point, shocking because it reflects those things which I believe embodies what David Wilkerson was warning the church about. Let me explain what I mean.
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Once people leave the Wide Path that leads to destruction and choose to follow Christ, putting themselves on the Narrow Path, what is the standard that believers should live their lives by? Are we as Christians supposed to become followers of the Torah? Is the Old Testament Law now a requirement for the believer to obey?
Many Christians today have a biblical basis from scripture to say the ordinances found in the Old Testament are no longer required of God’s people. We do not sacrifice animals, nor do we observe many other ordinances in the Torah. Some will argue that even though we do not have to obey the ‘Sacrificial Law’ we have to obey the ‘Moral Law’ or the moral code of the Old Testament. But is this true?
Many will argue that we need to continue to follow the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Torah, after all God doesn’t want us to murder… does He? Of course the correct answer is no, God does not want us to comment murder. In fact God doesn’t want us to violate any of the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Old Testament. But if God doesn’t want us to violate this law, are we then bound to live under the influence of the Ten Commandments?
What if scripture actually teaches that those who preach this understanding of the gospel have actually left the gospel? What if keeping the Ten Commandments is exactly the opposite of what the hope is for the new believer?
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Is God really good to us all the time?
It has been some time since I last posted. It is not because I have given up the cause of defending The Gospel According to the Gospel, rather it is because life has been very difficult and I have been working very hard trying to make a change.
I would like to use the subject of the difficulties we have endured as a family as the springboard to understand God in relationship to hard times. Many families have endured a lot of hardship as people have lost jobs, lost homes, seen 25% of their business income disappear and face bankruptcy. Our story is no different. Continue reading