Throughout history, the church of Christ seems almost inevitably drawn towards liberalism. There is no shortage of examples of denominations and seminaries where biblical orthodoxy has been compromised, if not rejected outright.
So to hear of a group of churches that seems to be moving upstream is very encouraging. The Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania, in the past heavily influenced by German liberalism, appears to be taking a decided stand for biblical reformed truth.
COAH is sponsoring a pastors conference from September 27-29 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Dr Darius Brycko, a missionary in Warsaw, Poland for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will team-teach with Rev Ian Macleod, pastor of the Grand Rapids (Michigan USA) Free Reformed Church. COAH board members Tom Moerdyk and John Vergunst will also be present. The topic is Preachers: Men of the Word. The goal of this conference is to encourage Lithuanian pastors to teach from and trust the Word of God, as their foundation for preaching. Personal anecdotes, interesting illustrations, subjective ramblings, contemplative musings, humanistic ideals, moralistic platitudes, witty cleverness - this is not what God-honoring preaching is about. Rather, it is the authoritative proclamation of God's truth - "thus saith the Lord!"
Please keep this conference in your prayers over the next week. May God be pleased to come down and move in this gathering, and may there be a lasting blessing on it.