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Let’s revive the lost art of Christian polemics

by Conrad Mbewe

The tragedy on today’s ecclesiastical landscape is the number of heretics who are thriving inside evangelicalism. They are having a field day and hardly anyone is raising a voice against them. Behind closed doors we all seem to agree that these “brethren” are spreading serious error. But as soon as the door opens and one of them walks in, suddenly, we seem to be unsure and would rather be silent for the sake of Christian love.

This begs the question, “How should we as Christians respond to the many wrong teachings that surround us, especially those serious heresies being propagated by people who are in the church?” This is an important question because we are living in days when the very nature of evangelical Christianity is being turned upside down. This is especially true because of those who are teaching what we call “the prosperity gospel” in its various shades. Many lives are being destroyed. The way of salvation is being confused. How should we respond to all this?

We should respond to this by deliberately engaging in Christian polemics. What does the word “polemics” mean? Polemics means a strong verbal or written rebuttal of someone else’s belief. It is an argument that disputes another person’s opinion and shows that it is not true. It is the opposite of apologetics, which is a strong verbal or written defence of one’s own belief in the light of the attacks of other people. In other words, polemics and apologetics are two sides of the same coin. An apologist begins with the truth under attack and seeks to defend it, while a polemist begins with an error being propagated and seeks to refute it.

 

 

 

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Deep South Regional Founders Conference – January 28-30, 2016- Some Audio Now Online

March 28, 2016 2 comments

2016: Effectual Calling: Conrad Mbewe

The 2016 Deep South Founders Conference met at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. Audio will be available soon.

January 28-30, 2016

Thursday Evening: 6:30 pm

Conrad Mbewe: Evangelistic Sermon: Two Attitudes of the Eldest Son

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Friday Morning: 9:30 am

Ken Fryer: Grace and the Effectual Call

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Conrad Mbewe: Effectual Calling and Predestination

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Friday Evening: 6:30 pm

Tom Hicks: The Effectual Calling of Persons Incapable of Being Outwardly Called

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Conrad Mbewe: The Affect of Effectual Calling on the Mind, Heart, and Will

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Saturday Morning: 9:30 am

Ed Wallen: The Effectual Calling and Common Grace

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Conrad Mbewe: The Agency of Effectual Calling (Word & Spirit)

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Pastoral self-appointments must stop

March 14, 2016 2 comments

By Conrad Mbewe

It is a well-known fact that state governments in Africa are deciding that enough is enough and are moving in to arrest the rot taking places largely in Charismatic churches. The stench cannot be ignored any more. This has already begun to happen in Kenya under President Uhuru Kenyatta. South Africa and Zambia are also preparing legislation. It will not be long before other African nations join in.

Why are national governments beginning to do this? It is because their citizens have been sexually raped and financially defrauded by men of the cloth with impunity and they can no longer look the other way. Sadly, this is also because they have noted with dismay that the church is doing nothing to arrest the trend.

I have my ears to the ground. After all, I live in Africa. I am hearing the church cry foul to the intervention of governments. The cry is that this is a form of persecution by the state because the church is expressing its misgivings about injustices being done by state machinery.

To some extent this is true. However, the question still begs to be answered. What is the church—especially the Charismatic church—doing to stop the rot that is taking place within its own ranks? I have my ears to the ground and….

 

 

 

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Eisegesis gone wrong…awfully wrong

February 22, 2016 Leave a comment

By Conrad Mbewe

Eisegesis—which is the practice of reading your own meaning into someone else’s words—is always wrong. In the Christian Faith we normally use this word to talk about preachers who tend to go to a passage of Scripture and read their own meaning into the passage. It is the opposite of exegesis, where you seek the meaning of a text from the text itself.

So, if it is always wrong then why am I speaking of “Eisegesis gone wrong…awfully wrong”? It was because of my recent experience. I was driving home when I turned on the car radio and found myself listening to a sermon on Luke 15:8, which says, “What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?”

 

 

 

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Deep South Regional Founders Conference – January 28-30, 2016

December 21, 2015 Leave a comment

by Tom Hicks

The 2016 Deep South Regional Founders Conference will meet at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. We look forward to hearing our key speaker, Conrad Mbewe, proclaim the doctrine of “Effectual Calling.” Opening with an Evangelistic sermon Thursday evening, the conference will have a full schedule of speakers, including Ken Fryer, Tom Hicks, and Ed Wallen. Online registration is now open. See here for more information. Check out the schedule below:

Schedule:

January 28-30, 2016

Thursday Evening: 6:30 pm

Conrad Mbewe

Evangelistic sermon

Friday Morning: 9:30 am

Ken Fryer

Grace and the Effectual Call

Conrad Mbewe

Effectual Calling and Predestination

Friday Evening: 6:30 pm

Tom Hicks

The Effectual Calling of Persons Incapable of Being Outwardly Called

Conrad Mbewe

The Affect of Effectual Calling on the Mind, Heart, and Will

Saturday Morning: 9:30 am

Ed Wallen

The Effectual Calling and Common Grace

Conrad Mbewe

The Agency of Effectual Calling (Word & Spirit)

 

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Don’t You Fear God?

November 11, 2015 Leave a comment

By Conrad Mbewe

The question that was asked by one of the criminals crucified with our blessed Lord Jesus Christ has been on my mind of late. This has been primarily because of the flood of “prophets” that have poured into the church in Africa in the recent past. It is an epidemic!

Here was a man who had done despicable things. In fact, for a while he had continued to sin even after being hanged on a cross next to Jesus. However, somewhere along the way, he came to his senses as he saw Jesus and heard his dying words. His conscience came alive.

This criminal not only abandoned his sinful ways, but also rebuked his fellow sinner, saying, “Don’t you fear God?” He realised that Jesus was unique. Anyone treating him badly would receive God’s hottest wrath. He then turned to Jesus and appealed to him for clemency.

Anyone whose conscience is alive would behave like this repentant criminal upon realising that the one he is insulting is God himself. That is how true believers should react upon yielding to sin in general and especially to exploiting the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I honestly cannot understand how men and women with consciences can continue with impunity defrauding the church of Jesus Christ exploiting their vulnerable congregants sexually. Don’t they have consciences? Do they not fear God?

 

 

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50 Kitwe Pastors Pray For Zambian Kwacha

Pastor Conrad Mbewe blogs about witchcraft infiltrating evangelicalism through the falacious charismatic movement:


A friend recently tagged me on Facebook to an item on an online news website and asked me what I thought of it. It was the news that more than 50 pastors in Kitwe had gotten together at the Oasis of Love Ministries Church to pray for the weak Zambian kwacha.

The way in which the Zambian kwacha was depreciating was indeed a great worry to anyone who earns money in Zambia. On one day recently I remember hearing of it going from K10 to $1 to about K12 to $1 within hours. If that does not alarm you, nothing else will.

So, the fact that a few pastors decided to get together to pray about this should not surprise anyone. After all, a currency that heads in that direction is likely to hurt all of us—church pastors included. I would have joined in the prayers if that was all that was going on.

What bothered me was when I read that each pastor was asked to pull out a kwacha note from his pocket and raise it in the air during the prayer meeting. While other pastors were praying in tongues others were now prophesying that the currency should appreciate in three months.

Later, the kwacha notes were collected and taken to “the altar” where some senior pastors who were present continued to pray over the notes. Then the pastors collected their money again and continued to pray over the notes so that the money gains value.

Whereas many people responded in the comments column and simply called this a joke, I responded to the person who sent me the link saying that this was witchcraft. Since the query was on Facebook, someone else asked, “How is this witchcraft?” Here is my answer.

 

 

 

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