You Must be Born Again (Pt 5) – CRC Sunday Sermon

May 19, 2019
(recordings of hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 96: 1-8

Opening Hymn
Psalm 96:9-13 (Psalter #96B)

In beautiful and holy robes bring worship to the Lord
All earth, before Him stand in awe; Proclaim, “The Lord is King!”
Controlled by Him, the world stands firm; His judgments justice bring.

Let heav’ns be glad and earth rejoice in vast expanse untold
Let seas speak out with endless roar, let fields and all they hold
Their glory give; let trees and woods with rustling boughs give praise.

Let all prepare to greet the Lord, because He coming is.
He surely comes to judge the earth. And righteousness is His.
He’ll nations judge with faithfulness, the world with justice bless.

Prayer
Focus this week: Laura Whitlatch

Congregational Hymns
One There is, Above All Others (Trinity Hymnal #186)

It is Well With my Soul (Trinity Hymnal #691)

Offering Hymn
My Soul Finds Rest (HMA #92)

Scripture Reading
Galatians 5:16ff

Preaching the Word
You Must be Born Again: Part 5
YouTube link 

Closing Hymn
O For a Thousand Tongues (Trinity Hymnal #164)

11 thoughts on “You Must be Born Again (Pt 5) – CRC Sunday Sermon

  1. Thought about you all today as I was driving home… I passed “The Caring Church” (whew! Thank goodness it was on the sign, I wouldn’t have known!;) And just down the street from that is the yep, Movie Church dot com. (I had to look..) Blow out your ear drums, get your Beatles fix and look like an idiot if you bring a Bible as they don’t open it until a token reading at the end of the concert. Comments say people who haven’t been to church in years are now going and love it.. of course they do. :/

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  2. I was thinking about these exact verses yesterday when commenting about the Jesus Calling book and here they were this morning, featured in C.H. Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle sermon, in todays (5/20) Biblegateway devotion. The sermon itself really didn’t coincide with these thoughts, but seeing the scripture verses brought a sense of hope and comfort, and feel God might possibly be telling me that He hears, cares, and understands.
    The verses that talk about false prophets white washing and not truly caring for or protecting Jerusalem’s walls, saying ‘peace when there is no peace’, are exactly what I see continually concerning the abuse and that is so prevalent and obvious. Again, everything must be kept covered in sunshine and rainbows while those suffering underneath them, and pointing out the falseness, are shunned and vilified.

    Thank you Lord.

    Ezekiel 13:1-16 New International Version (NIV)

    False Prophets Condemned
    13 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the Lord! 3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish[a] prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins. 5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. 6 Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, “The Lord declares,” and expect him to fulfill their words. 7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

    8 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

    10 “‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

    13 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it[b] falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord. 15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”’

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  3. This is probably the best sermon yet. It articulates so many of my thoughts and suspicions about other churches, and so many of the ‘c’hrisitan messages those churches preach.

    I believe it is as you say, and God says, about the remnant. Most people in the pews these days are not actual Christians.

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  4. I’ve touched on this before, but it seems that the main goal of ‘false’ Christians is to make the true saints behave like them (by reacting to their abuse), so that the’re able to point accusing fingers at them and shut them down so that they become a shell of their true, joy-in-the-Lord selves, who are then unfit for real service to the Lord. Meanwhile, they go prancing about in their false, holy shininess deceiving the masses and corrupting and destroying all that is pure, good and genuine with their covert manipulations.
    The holy masks are so convincing that no one can ever believe otherwise, and the true sheep are just pushed more and more into isolation and filled with a hopelessness of righteousness and truth ever prevailing.

    I’d love to know your take on the Jesus Calling’ book, as it is ‘worshipped’ by the female wolves in my family. I was given a copy as a gift, but immediately felt it was completely sugarcoated arrogance claiming to come from the mouth of Jesus. It uses scripture, so that is how it is touted as being from the Holy Spirit, but I don’t believe it is. I mentioned my concerns and was completely ostracized for daring to say anything against it. It’s very new-agey, and feeds I believe, self absorption, not regeneration, repentance, and becoming a new creation in Christ.
    It seems to be just a feel good religious sham, just like the mega churches you mentioned, creating the shiny exteriored Christians who look so wonderful on the outside but who are really filthy and wicked on the inside.
    Any insight about this book would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you Pastor Crippen..God’s continued blessings upon your ministry!

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    1. Jessica- I haven’t read it but I don’t need to in order to realize it is false teaching. The Amazon summary says-

      “After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God”

      So she is claiming to be a prophet. If we want to hear Jesus we go to the Scriptures, not to the stream of consciousness flow of someone who claims Jesus is speaking directly to her. You are correct.

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      1. Thank you Pastor Crippen, I knew the author had modeled her book on one called ‘God Calling, which was of the same premise, and a great success, in new age circles, two women were ‘channeling’ God, and Sarah Young is supposedly channeling Jesus. So many so called Christian women are eating it up…with no discernment what so ever scriptually or spiritually, all sunshine and rainbows…it seems very cult-like.

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      2. It is a fundamental with me anymore that if something is selling like hotcakes and immensely popular, it is not of the Lord.

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