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From New Reformation Press:
Dr. Rosenbladt’s presentation is tailor-made for all those folks who are “mad” at and “sad” about Christianity BECAUSE they have been “baited and switched” by the church.
If the Ten Commandments were not impossible enough, the preaching of Christian behavior, of Christian ethics, of Christian living, can drive a Christian into despairing unbelief. Not happy unbelief. Tragic, despairing, sad unbelief. (It is not unlike the [unhappy] Christian equivalent of “Jack Mormons” – those who finally admit to themselves and others that they can’t live up to the demands of this non-Christian cult’s laws, and excuse themselves from the whole sheebang.) A diet of this stuff from pulpit, from curriculum, from a Christian reading list, can do a work on a Christian that is (at least over the long haul) “faith destroying.”
In this staggeringly potent presentation, Dr. Rosenbladt tackles what plagues many ‘recovering Christians’. Sticking to his unchanging theme of 200-proof Gospel, using his own history as an agnostic “outsider” to Christianity, Dr. Rosenbladt delivers the grace of the cross with all its potency, undiluted.
If you’ve struggled with your faith in your church because of what you’re seeing and hearing (and maybe don’t even go to church anymore), you don’t want to miss this powerful address – an unabashed analysis of the church today and what it is doing to many believers – from one who has experienced it himself.
Are we Christians saved the same way we were when we were baptized into Christ, or when we came to acknowledge Christ’s shed blood and His righteousness as all we had in the face of God’s holy law? That all of our supposed “virtue” – Christian or pagan – is just like so many old menstrual garments (to use the Bible phrase)? But that God imputes to those who trust Christ’s cross the true righteousness of Christ Himself? We are pretty sure that unbelievers who come to believe this are instantly justified in God’s sight, declared as if innocent, adopted as sons or daughters, forgiven of all sin, given eternal life, etc. But are Christians still saved that freely? Or are we not? We are pretty clear that imputed righteousness saves sinners. But can the imputed righteousness of Christ save a Christian? And can it save him or her all by itself? Or no?
For all of you who have been given morality lessons instead of the Gospel, hear how Dr. Rod Rosenbladt succinctly presents Christianity as first and foremost a genuine truth claim about Christ as our righteous substitute, instead of a never ending list of popular religious recipes for personal success.
– See more at: http://www.newreformationpress.com/blog/nrp-freebies/the-gospel-for-those-broken-by-the-church/#sthash.Vsb4CJ8B.dpuf
Reposted with permission.
Margot Murray said:
I have listened to, and recommended, this lecture many times over the past few years. Always a pleasure to see it posted…..
The Narrowing Path said:
Thanks Margot…not sure why it took me so long to find the original and post it! 🙂
In listening to this message, I was truly blessed and want to thank-you for posting this. The timing was perfect as I am still struggling at the mercy of a broken heart, trying in my own power to put the broken pieces of my life together after being mistreated/abused at the last church I attended. If I would have stayed in that poisoning religious environment, my marriage and family relationships would have been torn apart by the men and women who claim to “know” our LORD. Have our churches been invaded by power seeking men and women who desire to worship the “self” instead of our LORD? Maybe it is time to be the church to the unsaved and saved alike, instead of pouring money into a lifeless building filled with pious people who know not the Ways of Jesus.
A broken and contrite spirit, saved only by what Jesus has done for me, lest any man could ever proudly boast.
The Narrowing Path said:
Ann, I am so sorry for your experience. I praise God for bringing you out of such a ‘church’ and pray that he continues to open your eyes to his glorious truth and to the freedom we have in Christ.
Indeed our churches have been invaded by proud men and women who love not the truth but chase after their own glory and reward in this life. False teaching comes in many guises, and is often marked by a lack of fear of the Lord and true love for the brethren. The result is devastating.
I am so glad this message was a blessing to you. Feel free to look around the blog archives for more excellent teaching, sober warnings and encouraging posts. Your feedback and questions are always welcome, and I trust you will find this blog to be a safe place. I know the joy and pain of a broken spirit…there is nowhere else to go but to flee into the arms of our Saviour, who is so forgiving and full of mercy. I am encouraged to know you left your church before it destroyed your marriage and family.
Take heart, dear sister. Our Saviour heals our wounds in ways we cannot fathom. Please read my baptism testimony (June 2013 archive) and my own testimony of forgiveness: https://thenarrowingpath.com/2013/08/23/jesus-can-forgive-even-the-sin-of-abortion/.
If you have any questions you would prefer not to post, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May The Lord bless you and keep you, and make his face to shine upon you.
In Christ’s love, Sherryn