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Outside the Camp by David B. Garner

Come Back!

The recipients of the letter to the Hebrews faced uncompromising pressure to compromise. Ridiculed for abandoning their own religious heritage and for extracting themselves from their very own people, these early followers of Christ anguished under tremendous pressures to return to their former life.

After all, were they not first Jews before they heard the gospel of Christ? Did Jesus really come to rob them of their Jewishness? Did the crucified Christ really intend for them to alienate themselves from their family and friends? How could the love of Jesus really require them to abandon these self-defining roots and these mutually meaningful relationships?

Continue reading on Place for Truth

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Bio - http://info.alliancenet.org/placefortruth/the-people#David B. Garner
Our own Dr. David Garner will be speaking with Pastor Kevin Boling on Knowing the Truth Radio program regarding What is the "Insider Movement"? Listen live on Thursday (July 3rd) from 11:05am - 11:30am ET.

"Knowing The Truth" with Pastor Kevin Boling is a live, call-in radio program providing Doctrinal Dialog, Cultural Commentary and Insightful Interviews with some of today's foremost Christian authors and leaders.

In a recent article posted on "Place for Truth - A Voice of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals", Dr. David Garner addresses the Insider Movement and calls upon the church to respond.

During the program, Dr. Garner will help define the Insider Movement; tell us why it is so dangerous to the mission of the church, and what the church should do about it.

The Insider Movement Rage originally posted on Place for Truth web site.

Missions is not what it used to be, because the study of missions and missions theories, called missiology, has taken a life of its own.

In recent years, the attention of the international Church has been turned to controversial approaches in missions birthed in the missiological think tanks. One of these paradigms, that rages with both interest and resistance, is called Insider Movements or Jesus Movements.[1] Fellow writer on PlaceforTruth.org, David Hall, has already introduced Insider Movement thinking and offered a biblical response. Continue reading...

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Orginal article - http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth/column/sine-qua-non?page=1

I Worshipped "Allah" Last Sunday

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Never have I so carefully typed quotation marks. Those tiny dashes keep intact both my ordination vows and my soul. They also refer to my enjoyable experience last Sunday attending an international service organized by the Gereformeerde Kerken in IJsselmuiden, Netherlands. Gathered there was a small group of immigrants and refugees from around the world, including not a few from the Middle East. The sermon was in Dutch, but it was immediately translated, phrase by phrase, into French, Russian, English, and Arabic . . . all at the same time. By accident I sat in the Arabic section, but I could still hear the English translator parked on the other side of the room. 

The kaleidoscope of languages spoken all at once pushed the limits of my sensibilities for "decency and order," but it also made the service unforgettable. I was particularly struck by how the content of a single sermon--fittingly, on Pentecost--appeared to resonate with all of the congregants, each in his own tongue. Through both ears, I heard that all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of "Allah." Of course, in this case, "Allah" unequivocally meant the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

How different was the carefully choreographed prayer service hosted last week by Pope Francis with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas. The well-intentioned event enjoyed pre-approval by the modern Catholic Church's declaration that, with the Church, "Moselms . . . adore the one God." Similar confusion between the "Allah" of Islam and the, well, quite different "Allah" of Christian (triune) theism now swirls at the doorstep of our theological homes. What will we do?

At the close of my own international assembly, the congregation sang "Great is Thy Faithfulness," dividing the stanzas into the languages represented there. Such unity in diversity offered a faint analogy of the glory of the triune God. Discerning when that glory gets diminished in the name of well-intended desires to reach and respect foreign cultures requires the wisdom of God. Thankfully, as I heard last Sunday, that is just what our faithful God has promised to give his sons in the Spirit.
This just in: the Bible answers the question about how converts in hostile countries are to bear witness to Christ: Publicly. That, at least, is what Jesus said in the first Gospel.

Underneath all the missiological mumbo-jumbo and artful dodges--often asserted by Western theoreticians ensconced by comfortable tenure, grants, and libraries--we ought not forget that our Lord answers this question in red letters. To acknowledge Christ means to be unashamed of him. Jesus thought that would be good for us in every generation and in every culture, even if persecution occurred. Calvin said that, "there is no believer whom the Son of God does not require to be his witness."[1]

But perhaps, modern movements are tempted to elevate some sources or pressures over the clear gospel message. Westerners may even think they know better than some on-the-ground who have taken Jesus' words to heart.

Start with a baby issue, compared to martyrdom. Have you ever, for example, been in a public place and been embarrassed to associate with someone or an institution? What is that like?

Suppose you are attending a reunion of some sort, and most of the classmates are very successful. And all you do is work from the home or have a job that is not too prestigious. You are tempted, aren't you, to be vague ("I'm a free-lancer or self-employed"), or to overstate and blur what you do. Why? Because you don't want to acknowledge that everyone else is better or more successful. Or if everyone else attended an elite school, and you didn't, or if most people drive great cars and you drive a clunker . . . we seldom like to advertise anything except prize-winning success.

A person can be embarrassed to stand with Christ. You may feel sheepish to admit that he is Lord and that you depend on him. 

Have you ever stopped to ask why it is that we are often kowtowed and afraid to be public about our faith? Here are some possible reasons: Continue at PlaceforTruth.org

Text link - http://info.alliancenet.org/placefortruth/update-on-the-insider-movement

Full Version of "Towards a Faithful Witness" Available

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The full print version of Pastor Seaton's response is now available for download as a PDF. Simply go to the article "In Pursuit of a Faithful Witness" at reformation21.org and scroll about halfway down. Read the full version and pray for this important issue!