Thinking out loud…


I attended two Christian events in two weeks.  April 24 I attended a Beth Moore simulcast event for her new book, So Long, Insecurity.  Last night I attended a Secret Church event with David Platt entitled, “The Gospel, Possessions and Prosperity.”

Two very different events.  The speakers gave two very different messages.  The problem I see is that included in those messages were two very different presentations of the gospel. Yet both were attended and applauded by thousands of Christians (Beth Moore said more than 300,000 attended her simulcast around the world!).

They cannot both be right.

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13 thoughts on “Thinking out loud…

    1. Yes, I hope to return to this soon. I just seem to only have time to put out quick blurbs of what I’m thinking. I’ve decided that’s better than not blogging at all and forgetting what I was going to write.

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    1. I don’t mean to say that Moore preached a gospel other than salvation through Christ alone. The problem (I see) is that her words were totally (wo)man-centered: “Accept Jesus because he will help you overcome insecurity.”

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  1. Interesting.
    I have to say I’d have a hard time with the “Secret Church” title. It’s been my mantra for years that there are no secrets in good Christian churches as opposed to some cults. There are mysteries for sure but no “secrets” Just saying…

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  2. I think you have the wrong idea about “secret church” ..it’s more the idea of the underground church, say early Rome or modern China. Meet, learn and spread the word kind of t hing. But I”m not sure because Brook Hills is too far away from me to attend. I do follow the resources online.

    That said…I love the blog 🙂 I’ve just found you and your ‘sister’ blogs and am so glad to find like minded women in AL!!

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    1. Yes, no “secrets” at Secret Church. I think Platt has patterned it after his experience teaching in house churches around the world: where the men and women come in secret to meet, worship and learn. They are so hungry for the Word that they will travel great distances and listen and take notes for hours and hours. Secret Church is a six hour Bible study session in which we worship and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. It is intense.

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  3. I’ve just finished David Platt’s book “Radical” for a review on my blog that will hopefully be up some time next week. We are in the process of moving, so I’m not sure which day I’ll get the review up; however, let me say that book will ROCK YOUR WORLD and YOUR HEART!!! I’m of the opinion every church member and pastor should read it!!! I’m still processing the things that pricked my heart in it!

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  4. Another follow-up on Secret Church, based on the two times we have been there, is that no matter what the topic of study is for the night, there is an emphasis on the persecuted church (specifically focused on one or more countries). The idea is to foster more of an awareness among a large southern church crowd of what it is like to meet in a small church in a country where churches are illegal or heavily regulated by the government (or society). This often involves missionaries or members of said churches. There’s nothing secret about the study itself, except that it is recorded and translated into something like 20 languages and then disseminated to a number of those churches around the world.

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  5. Can’t wait to hear more about Secret Church! Just started reading “Radical” and three chapters in, I’ve already declared it a MUST READ. I want to live radical for Jesus!

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