Cornel Avram de la Conventia 2014 – Gandirea „beteaga” despre succes

Pastor Cornel Avram – Biserica Happy Valley Phoenix 29 August 2014

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Gandirea „beteaga” despre succes

Noi traim intr-o lume inrobita de dorinta dupa succes. Orice faci, oriunde te duci, pe orice pui mana, trebuie sa ai succes. We all want to be successful – Toti vrem sa ne bucuram de succes. Aceasta gandire il face pe om centrul universului. Il face pe om centrul atentiei. Asta e o gandire umanista crestina (as spune eu) beteaga, in care Dumnezeu exista pentru ca sa-l faca pe om fericit. Treaba lui Dumnezeu si scopul pentru care exista Dumnezeu in acest tip de gandire este ca omul sa fie fericit. Chiar astazi, asa s-a intamplat, una dintre fetele cu care am venit la conventie, una dintre fetele mele imi spune: „Tati, ceva foarte interesant, ceva ce am ascultat.” Cred ca de pe youtube a luat.

Sotia unui mare predicator evanghelist american era pe platforma in fata adunarii, o adunare de zeci de mii de oameni. Zice (fata): „Nu vrei sa asculti, sa vezi ce spune?” Si printre altele, ea spunea: „Dumnezeu vrea ca sa fiti fericiti. Tot ce faci, sa faci pentru tine, pentru ca tu sa fi fericit. Si daca tu esti fericit, Dumnezeu este fericit. Fericirea lui Dumnezeu este ca tu sa fi fericit.” Gandirea aceasta in care Dumnezeu exista pentru ca sa ne faca fericiti pe noi, gandire beteaga, bolnava. Mi se pare ca a citit numai jumatate din Biblie.

In lumina Scripturii, noi existam si am fost creati ca sa-L slavim, sa-L prosalvim, sa-L inaltam, sa-L glorificam pe Dumnezeu! Voia lui Dumnezeu in viata noastra este ca El sa fie glorificat si inaltat. Si asta inseamna ca uneori nu suntem fericiti dupa termenii acestei lumi. Asta inseamna uneori boala, suferinta, necaz. Iov a fost biruitor si in boala si in necaz, frati si surori. Iov a fost biruitor si pe gramada de gunoi, cand se scarpina cu un ciob si cainii ii lingeau bubele. In momentele acelea, Iov a fost biruitor ca a ramas langa Dumnezeu si nu l-a blestemat pe Dumnezeu si nu s-a impotrivit lui Dumnezeu. Toata lumea cauta succes, considerand ca succesul e o parte integranta si obligatorie din voia lui Dumnezeu; succes, in termenii lumii.

Video la care se refera Pastorul Cornel Avram poate fi vazut aici

Uitati ce spune ap. Pavel despre Epafrodit in Filipeni 2:27:  Ce-i drept, a fost bolnav şi foarte aproape de moarte, dar Dumnezeu a avut milă de el. Şi nu numai de el, ci şi de mine, ca să n-am întristare peste întristare. Apoi, tot Pavel ii spune lui Timotei in 2 Timotei 4:20-  „Erast a rămas în Corint, iar pe Trofim l-am lăsat bolnav în Milet.” Tot ap. Pavel ne destainuie despre Timotei ca era bolnav si avea probleme cu stomacul. A fi biruitor, iubiti frati si surori, inseamna a accepta voia lui Dumnezeu si a fi multumitor pentru toate lucrurile. 1 Tesaloniceni 5:18 – Mulţumiţi lui Dumnezeu pentru toate lucrurile; căci aceasta este voia lui Dumnezeu, în Hristos Isus, cu privire la voi. 

Ne-am invatat sa-i multumim lui Dumnezeu pentru circumstantele vietii, chiar si atunci cand ele sunt nefaste? O astfel de evanghelie predicata de „doamna” despre care vorbeam, nu tine in Iran. Nu tine in Irak. Nu tine in China. Nu tine in locurile unde copiii lui Dumnezeu trebuie sa sufere din cauza evangheliei. Si totusi, voia lui Dumnezeu este ca unii sa sufere. Biruinta inseamna ca oamenii sa accepte voia lui Dumnezeu, asa cum fratele Ezechiel Suciu predica in seara aceasta. Domnul Isus a asezat cel mai desavarsit exemplu. S-a facut ascultator si inca ascultator pana la moarte si inca moarte de cruce.

The prosperity gospel in Ghana

thanks to Gabi Bogdan for this link. While there are thousands of christians in Africa who are preaching and suffering for the true Gospel of Christ, there are also some who have „borrowed” the american false teaching of the prosperity Gospel that enriches the preachers and deceives the masses.

About the video (9 minutes):

In November 2009, the Global Conversation focuses on the prosperity gospel—the teaching that true Christian faith results in material wealth and physical well-being. While it has its roots in America, it has found fertile soil on other continents as well. To accompany the lead article in Christianity Today by Ghanaian scholar Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, director Nathan Clarke went to Ghana to explore the forms the prosperity gospel takes in that West African nation.

Read about the „behind the scenes” story –

The Prosperity Gospel from The Global Conversation on Vimeo.

Doug Wilson – How to pray and beseech God

September 9, 2012 Text: Psalm 70 Doug Wilson (the first 5 minutes of 45 min message):

There are two and only two fundamental approaches to God in the world. There are two and only two conceptions of God in the world:

  1. One is: God is God and we are not. God is the center of all things.
  2. And the other is: God on the side, God somewhere on the side to help me if I need help. But, I am fundamentally god. I am the fundamental center of all things and He comes around to help or not, at different times. I am the center of the solar system and everything revolves around me

So there are 2 fundamental conceptions of God. One sees the Lord God almighty high and lifted up. The other might be called the domestic animal approach to God, where the ostensible worshipper keeps ‘a god’ on hand the way you might keep a cow for the milk. God is worked, god is the cosmic vending machine in the sky. God is there in order to help you out, that’s his job. He is god in heaven, god on tap.

Now, I am speaking in an obviously disrespectful way- domestic animal approach to keeping god, keeping god for the milk, a vending machine god, god on tap. That’s all disrespectful. That’s disrespectful in how it’s phrased. But, there are people who refuses to phrase it that way who still function that way.

We know from the Bible that God is God altogether. God is God through and through. It’s not a little bit of God here and a little bit of God there. All of God is everywhere, all of God is all of God. That which is true of God is true of all of Him. Now, we know, as christians who want to pursue God centered worship, we know that’s a good phrase. God centered worship is better than man centered worship. But, there’s a way of formulating God centered worship which is at the heart (down in secret places) still man centered worship.

So we know that we want to worship God high and lifted up, but, we don’t know what to do. Once we’ve got that fixed in our minds, we don’t know what to do when the Lord high and lifted up tells us to tell Him to do things; when God, the ultimate God tells us to approach Him and give Him no rest until He answers our prayer. When that God tells us to ask for something, we don’t quite know what to do. We act like Ahaz, and in the name of a high view of God refuse to obey Him.

The prophet Isaiah says, „Ask whatever sign you want,” and he says, „I’m not gonna do that… not me, I don’t wanna be disrespectful.”  Look, the almighty God has just sent a prophet to tell you what to do and you’re saying: No, because I’ve got a too high view of God. That’s the Ahaz approach. Ahaz’s approach is an approach that pretends to a high view of God, but it really isn’t. What we are doing is we’re taking refuge in certain piety, certain expressions, certain confessional expressions and our christian life is not vibrant and alive. We don’t have an ongoing functional relationship with God that’s in accordance with how God describes it, how God invites us to approach Him.

In this psalm, Psalm 70, this psalm is basically a section of Psalm 40. This psalm is a shorter version or a portion of Psalm 40.. with some changes (Yahweh for Elohim, for example). The psalmist is in trouble, as he frequently is and he cries out to God in his trouble. Some of us might think, „I think David is doing this on purpose. I think David, maybe needs to get into an anger management class or a relationship class.” David doesn’t need to do anything other than pursue God, pursue God and then, lo and behold, what happens is opposition. If someone is sold out to God in this world he will have adversaries, he will have trouble. He will have this sort of trouble.

So, the psalmist is in trouble, he frequently is in trouble, he beseeches God to get a move on. Verse 1: Hurry up God. Now, not only does he want God to come quickly. He knows what he wants God to do when God arrives. He wants God to show up and shame and confound the adversaries of his soul. (first 5 minutes of message)

On Telling God to Hurry Up

Sermon: On Telling God to Hurry Up from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

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