July 2022

July 25, 2022 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

Well, folks – it’s Kris here. Yes, Guy and I are still alive. We are still over here in our little corner of the world, living our lives, going to work, serving our church, loving each other and our kids (and now grandkids). In some ways, not a whole lot has changed since that fateful day back in 2007 when I decided on a whim to start a blog as a way to preserve some old information about Sovereign Grace Ministries.

It’s been an interesting ride, that’s for sure. During the first five years or so, we had a tremendous amount of traffic. There were times when being the moderator was as demanding as a full-time job.

But over the past several years, the topic of Sovereign Grace Ministries (or Sovereign Grace Churches, or whatever new entities the Powers That Be have come up with for rebranding purposes) has lost steam. There hasn’t really been anything interesting to discuss here in at least half a decade. That’s not to say the organization has ever fully addressed all its issues. But the noisy critics eventually got bored and quieted down. There’s also been a proliferation of websites dedicated to hashing, rehashing, and harping on dysfunctional churches.

As the years passed, my vision for this site always was that it would remain online indefinitely. I thought it was important for this slice of Sovereign Grace’s history to be found by anyone who looked for it. However, Guy has grown tired of paying the hosting fees and dealing with the security issues that go with running a site like this one. He has asked me to close up shop.

A part of me is still deeply attached to the information available here. It represents countless hours of my life.

But another part of me, a much larger part, has ZERO patience for the so-called “deconversion stories” that are so common now. At some point, for way too many people, rejecting their SGM church became synonymous with rejecting the Jesus of the Bible and the morality and worldview of the Bible.

I’ve said this many times before, in various ways, but I will say it again: if that’s you, REPENT. As Acts 4:12 would say, there’s only one name under heaven by which we can be saved.

The following remarks are going to sound an awful lot like what you might have heard at your Sovereign Grace church back in the day. But that doesn’t make them any less true.

That brokenness infecting all of life? That’s our sin. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. The only reliable way to know the mind of this Savior is through a straightforward verse-by-verse study of the Bible. Turn to God’s Word. Embrace the truth. Turn back to Jesus and turn away from your sins. Judgment is coming, sooner rather than later. The time is short.

But don’t stop there. Turn to Christ. Repent. Turn from your sins. But also – turn back to the church. Christians cannot exist in a vacuum. Stop using your negative previous church experiences as an excuse for not being part of a local body of believers. Find a place that simply teaches the Bible in a historical-grammatical expository fashion and GO. JOIN. SERVE.

Anyway, this post is going to be here for awhile, and then the site will be going away. PLEASE NOTE: everything on this site is copyrighted and may not be republished anywhere else without express permission.

Thanks for an amazing almost-fifteen years together!

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