Neither Paul nor any other legitimate church leader in 2000 years has ever found it necessary (or even helpful) to use streetwise sex education—not as an evangelistic strategy, and certainly not as a means to sanctification for people already overwhelmed with sex-talk from a corrupt culture. Adopting the world’s obsession with sex and filthy talk cannot possibly have a sanctifying effect, because the strategy itself is unholy.
The notion that degenerate subcultures and sexually-addicted people cannot be reached without “learning to speak their language” is an absolute fallacy. Grace Church is seven miles from Hollywood, in the heart of Southern California, in a carnal, pleasure-mad culture well-known worldwide for everything but healthy spiritual values. No city in America is more “unchurched” than our valley, which houses more than three million people. The people of Grace church are reaching friends and neighbors in every imaginable subculture—from ex-cons to ex-Catholics to people in the entertainment industry. We baptize new believers virtually every Sunday night. It is neither necessary nor helpful to inject explicit sexual references into the conversation in order to reach people from such a culture. God draws them to Christ through the gospel.
- John MacArthur
I received one of the most treasured Father’s Day gifts ever today. My older children all went in together to support a child in my name for 6 months at http://www.love146.com Love 146 is a ministry geared to rescue those who are in the child sex slavery trade. The first thing a child needs after being liberated from sexual slavery is a safe place. The gift I was given today, that Rosa and I are matching, will provide care at the Round Safehome in the Phillipines for a young girl rescued from child sexual exploitation and trafficking.
May the Lord raise up more of His people to make God-centered efforts and bring gospel-saturated investments towards the captives and the preventing of child sex slavery and exploitation.
I was thrilled to be a small part of an effort to help these children and blessed beyond measure to have children who share their heavenly Father’s love for the weakest among us.
“When you have done it to the least of these…you have done it unto Me” – Jesus
There are some wonderful posts about the ministry here at Springs of Grace over on our one hope blog. You would be blessed to read them.
Sorry for the inconsistent uploading of sermons, I have been expirencing problems with my computer and I have to do a process which takes a lot longer to get them on now…am working on a fix so hopefully by God’s grace soon it will be back to normal.
“I do not believe one can settle on how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” – C.S. Lewis
John Newton to William Cowper, February 22, 1770
“I am willing to hope that you will be made a messenger of light and peace to his soul. The Lord’s hand is not shortened that he cannot save. He can do great things in a small time, as you know from your own experience. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, he can command light to shine out of darkness. If he speaks, it is done… One glimpse of the worth of the soul, the evil of sin, and the importance of eternity, will effect that which hath been in vain attempted by repeated arguments.”
[Cowper's brother, John, converted on his deathbed a few days later]