Brian Shank: “Becoming Like the World to Save it”

Last week, I discovered that my friend Brian Shank had posted to his blog on September 10th. This is significant because the last time he posted was December 2, 2006. I’m placing the entirety of his September 10th post here in that I think that it may interest and promote discussion among some of our readers.

The remainder of what follows was written by Brian Shank:

The Scriptures are clear that it is God who saves the lost from their sins (Psalm 3:8, Jonah 2:9), and that He has determined to do it through the hearing of His word. Thus we read, “faith comes through hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). And again, “It pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:21, NKJV). It is the gospel that is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NKJV). If we want to reach those who are on the wide road which leads to destruction, to show them how they may be reconciled to God for all eternity, we must study and learn what the Scriptures teach. Too many people and churches have left the diligent study of the word of God in their efforts to reach a world that will be cast eternally into the lake of fire, for a man-made method of becoming like the world in order to reach the world. However, it is the “Holy Scriptures which is able to make you wise for salvation through Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 3:15, NKJV). Therefore, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, NKJV). As this verse shows, this studying takes work, hard work, but we need to forsake our petty efforts to entertain the world into the Kingdom, and become dependent on the Lord and His word once again, obeying Him because we love Him(Proverbs 3:5-7, John 14:15, 21).

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6 Comments on “Brian Shank: “Becoming Like the World to Save it””

  1. Thomas Twitchell Says:

    “There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”

    Even his mother and brothers thought him mad because of what he was saying. In short he didn’t fit in very well. It was what he said, not so much what he did that alienated him, however. Hanging out with the wrong crowd, doing miracles, providing outreach meals, were all part of “going.” But, when he came into a house, as he told his disciples, lay your cards on the table. Light the lamp and put on the table, in the middle of the room, so that everyone is exposed to the light. You notice what happens to cockroaches when the light is turned on, well Jesus said, “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will have no part in me,” and even though it was the middle of the day, when the light came on they ran away.

    Shank hits it bullseye. Paul was formulistic and his methodology was simple: study, prove and teach what is right and true, evangelize. Too simple. Many would say today, “You can’t just use words.” How contrary to the Gospe!

  2. Pat McGee Says:

    Agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Sister Anita Says:

    Thank you for this timely post! Speaking of the lost, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of the exceeding wickedness of a cult called Catholicism. I recently found there was a dispatch from Hell from none other than the King of the Mary Worshippers himself, Pope John Paul II:

    The Pope reported that the conditions in Hell are bearable, though far from pleasant. “I had assumed that if I wound up here, at least I would be away from that anorexic, Mother Theresa, who spent her entire life trying to one-up me,” the Pope noted. “But not so! There she was. Apparently, she, like so many of us, assumed that being baptized at birth and performing Christ-like acts throughout her life would be enough for her to eventually walk through the Pearly Gates. It turns out that we both wound up here for different reasons. I was told that my unshakable commitment to Old Testament precepts, despite the Christ’s superseding words, was responsible for my plight. It seems I had just too much trouble dealing with all that acceptance, tolerance and compassion broohaha that Jesus preached. “

    By contrast, according to Heaven’s press release, Mother Theresa never took the affirmative act of abandoning her sense of self-worth, self-esteem and self-achievement by accepting what a miserable wretch she inherently was and asking Jesus to come into her life to supplant her intrinsically despicable self and make her a person of value, ensuring that she blindly follow the teachings of the Christian Coalition and G.O.P., without ever questioning their logic, motives or financial dealings. After weeks of waiting in the Judgment Day line, where Mother Theresa had consoled Salem witch-burners, 1960’s Baptist KKK members and Pentecostal child molesters, the nun was whisked to Hell while her audience ascended into Heaven since each of them had at one time or another, sober or otherwise, asked Jesus to enter their lives.

  4. Barry Says:

    Time for your medication sister.


  5. “Sister Anita,”

    I’m not sure of th point intended in your satire above, but the tone of your comment is unwelcome. Scripture is clear that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11), and the bloggers here at SBF in no way condone humor concerning the idea of people suffering under the wrath of God in Hell.

    On the other hand, we would also question the idea of a person asking Jesus to enter his or her life- at least needing clarification for this term, as it is not one that is biblical.

    In Christ by His grace alone,
    -Andrew

  6. Thomas Twitchell Says:

    And we do well to remember this: Obadiah 1:13


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