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Are You Creating Backsliders or False Converts?

Our modern evangelical gospel of comfort is creating backsliders and false converts. Here's how to avoid that.

When I was new to the faith, my efforts at evangelizing consisted of trying to “prove” the truths of Christianity. Looking back, it truly was a garbled mess of pleas mingled with “facts” and arguments. Honestly, only a magnificent and powerful God such as ours is able to redeem any part of what I had done.

It wasn’t until I listened to Ray Comfort’s “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” that I realized why I was off track and by how much.

According to Ray Comfort, out of 100 people who make a decision for Christ, the modern evangelical church is producing a staggering 80-90 percent backsliders.

Why is this? It is because we’re not preaching the law. We are preaching comfort.

Paul says in Galatians 3:24, “therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (NASB).

In his talk, Comfort brings unsaved people through the Ten Commandments to show them why they are under the wrath of God and in need of a Savior. Not only does this process reveal one’s state of sinfulness, but it also demolishes the common “I’m basically a good person” or “I’m good compared to most” defenses.

I encourage you to listen to Comfort’s talk here; alternatively, there are video clips available on YouTube; simply search for “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”.

In addition, Ray Comfort’s Living Waters Ministry has a number of witnessing clips, and the online School of Biblical Evangelism is excellent as well.

Happy contending

Pamela

 

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Two Balanced Views on The Great Christmas Debate

It would appear as though the annual ‘Great Christmas Debate’ has spread across a vast amount of forums as warm whipped cream does over figgy pudding. No issue has been left untouched: from the history of Christmas to the date of Christ’s birth; from Christmas trees to Santa Claus. 

In my opinion, this is a Romans 14 issue, and people should do what their consciences permit them to do. In light of this, here are two opinions that I hope will help us see and respect different perspectives on the matter.

I will be taking a holiday from writing and I will be back on January 2. I will still be active on the facebook page, so please stop by and say hi. In whichever way you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate), I pray you have a wonderful and safe Christmas while doing so. 

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pamela

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Woe to You When All Men Speak Well of You

I just wanted to send a quick note of encouragement to you this week. While the world will hate you for sharing the Gospel (Matthew 10:22, etc.), because it hated Jesus first (John 15:18), remember that God blesses you when you are mocked (Matthew 5:11). Seek the approval of God, not men (Galatians 1:10), never tire of doing right (2 Thessalonians 3:13), fight the good fight, finish the race, and look forward to the crown of righteousness that will be yours to receive (2 Timothy 4:7-9).

Happy Contending,

Pamela Couvrette

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Contend and Defend


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Happy Monday! As you begin your week, it is my prayer that the Lord Jesus will strengthen you to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) and to be ready to give a defense for anyone who asks (1 Peter 3:15). In this world that will scoff and mock you for your faith, be reminded that He goes before you (Deuteronomy 31:8) and the Holy Spirit will tell you what to say (Luke 12:12) as you proclaim His word that is sharper than any double edge sword and divides truth from lies (Hebrews 4:12).

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pamela Couvrette

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Blog Swap! You’re Not as Dumb as You Think You Are: 5 Reasons to Put Down That Devotional and Pick Up the Actual Bible

Bible studyToday it is my great pleasure to blog swap with bible study author  Michelle Lesley. This article, “You’re Not as Dumb as You Think You Are: 5 Reasons to Put Down That Devotional and Pick Up the Actual Bible” provides great reasons for the importance of studying the bible yourself. When John wrote 1John 2:27, I’m sure he could not have imagined the plethora of devotionals we have today. Click here to read the article and don’t forget to subscribe and follow MichelleLesleybooks on social media!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pamela Couvrette

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My Open Letter to Brittany Maynard

October 12, 2014

Dearest Brittany Maynard,

I am heart-broken through your situation. I have seen your video on Dying With Dignity’s website and although I am not experiencing your pain or facing the loss of my life, nevertheless, I think I can share a bit in your struggle. I am sorry you are going through this.

I have hyperacusis. This affliction makes normal everyday noises very painful. I have said goodbye to visits with friends and family, weddings and funerals, restaurants, and events. Even my own voice is like stabbing daggers in my ears at times. The accompanying 24/7 tinnitus that comes with this can be maddening. I am isolated from sound, yet I have a cacophony in my head. It’s quite a position to be in.

Like yourself, the affliction occurred just after being married. I became a wife on August 24, 2013 and this happened on January 18, 2014. Like yourself, I love to travel. I have said goodbye to that too. I have said goodbye to everything that exists outside the walls of my home. I too have many losses.

Thankfully I love to write and read (which comes in handy for my now needed closed captioning!), however, unfortunately, for half of my life I’ve had repetitive strain injury which limits the extent of what I can do. Inflammation and pain from my fingertips to my elbows have been my constant companion for 21 years.

So why am I writing to you? Certainly it’s not to complain.

Suicide has been an answer to some in my situation. I want to tell you why it’s not an answer for me.

I know there is a God who loves me. A God who created me in His image and granted me life for purpose. His purpose. Even if pain and suffering is a part of it.

Please know I am not standing in judgement over you, I am in tears beside you.

In your video on Dying with Dignity’s website, you said, “The reason to consider life and what’s of value is to make sure you’re not missing out.” I can assure you, by the world’s standards, I am missing out. I can also assure you that the value of our lives is so much greater than our experiences. The value of our life is not found in this world.

My value is found in what my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did for me when He died on the cross. You know when your conscience tells you you’re doing something wrong? That’s the moral code put there by God, letting you know you’re breaking His laws. We all have. But even though I have and will continue to say and do things that offend God, Jesus chose to sacrifice His life so I am forgiven and reconciled with God. He did that for you too. God’s love and mercy is what makes us valuable.

When I die it will be on His timetable and by His method despite my weak moments when I am hoping that day will come sooner rather than later. I’m still getting used to this and it’s not easy. Just as I know your situation is not easy. But when I go to Jesus in my suffering He is always faithful to give me comfort and strength for another day. There are some days when I feel there is more purpose and joy in my life than before the hyperacusis.

When the time comes for God to allow me my last breath, I know I will have eternal life. Are you sure of what happens when you die? In this painful circumstance you are given time to think and pray about it. Many die without expecting it. You have the opportunity to come before the Lord Jesus Christ and ask for forgiveness, live in obedience, and enjoy your remaining days reconciled with your Heavenly Father. You will have assurance of eternal life in heaven. God loves you Brittany Maynard. He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

Don’t buy into the lie that you are free to murder yourself. Don’t sell yourself short by the world’s standards. You are accountable to God’s standards. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your Heavenly Father who loves you (Psalm 139:14).

In love,

Pamela Couvrette

Our wedding August 2013

Our wedding August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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