Much To Talk About- 126

25 May

#1. I Am One Of Those Critics

Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to criticism directed at the Ark Encounter project by stating that those who ask why the money isn’t used to help poor people instead are really objecting to the Gospel message.

“Nearly every time I post an update on the exciting Ark Encounter project, there seem to be those habitual complainers who claim the money should be spent on the poor instead and not be ‘wasted’ this way,” Ham said earlier this week on his AiG blog.

Though I may not have mentioned the poor when I sent in my thoughts to AIG directly and then conversed with one of its officials I still voiced my negative position to their building of this theme park. I take this response as an insult to those of us who disagree with this expenditure because we are not objecting to the gospel message but what may be seen as Ken Ham’s vanity project (and some other writer used the words ‘vanity project’ before me)

I know I told AIG that I could think of a dozen better projects than this and I can. Those projects which would also put men back to work in far greater numbers and relieve AIG of concern for government discrimination laws but I fear that Ham courts controversy as a form of advertisement instead of living peacefully with his neighbors as the Bible instructs.

I really think he needs to think twice before biting the spiritual hand that feeds him.

In his latest blog, Ham said that AiG’s mission is to “proclaim the absolute truth and authority of the Bible with boldness, relate the relevance of a literal Genesis to the church and world today, and obey God’s call to deliver the message of the Gospel.”

We do not need an ‘ark park’ to do this and I told AIG this when they were still writing to me. The official disagreed with me and that is sad because while we can build these theme parks, biblical instruction seems to focus on individual participation to spread God’s message and not an over-priced structure that will be left behind when Jesus comes. It will not make it to heaven.

That thought also applies to sanctuary super structures and other very expensive terrestrial buildings Christians use to promote the faith and waste money on. I do not read these strategy in God’s instructions when I read the bible and maybe we need to re-think how we spend money because the  banks seem to get more of it than the poor and needy.

#2. Terminology Is Important

“This story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in ‘churched’ contexts,” Moore said on his website. “We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a Word from God.”

I have come to a point that Christians need to be careful how they label the sinful activities of others.  Words like ‘abuse’, ‘molestation’ and similar harsh terms tend to get me to think that the actions of some were far worse than they really were. This one size fits all description distorts not describes what actually took place. Take for example the words ‘church sexual abuse’. What comes to mind, if you have not been actually sexually abused by church people is the Catholic Priest pedophilia scandal and not some lesser act thus opinions are distorted and actions blown out of proportion.

The church is an institution that practices healing but if we adopt secular terminology, definitions and ideology to address sinful acts then we will not get the correct picture and end up ruining some lives for good and that is not healing. When it comes to attending to sin in the church, the church officials have two different types of healing to perform. The first is a spiritual healing for the offender, guiding them to repentance through different forms of punishment, counseling and so on.

The second is healing for the victim, which also takes on a variety of biblical methods. The church cannot side with either party but act like Jesus and tend to the hurt and pain while dispensing wise counsel to both parties.  We cannot afford to play favorites or turn a blind eye when the offender is a highly placed and respected leader. Nor can we go over the top in helping the victim when that person is a relative of a highly placed or respected church leader.

The church cannot care what the secular world thinks for their thoughts are influenced by evil and they do not know nor accept true justice. They want their own form of justice which has nothing to do with giving God the glory and doing what is right for all involved.

Sexual abuse is immoral, but it is far more than just sexual, he wrote. “Sexual abuse is an act of violence, in which one leverages power to sexually violate the helpless,” he underlined. “The resulting aftermath is not just a guilty conscience awaiting judgment on the part of the perpetrator, but a victim who has been assaulted. Sexual abuse is not just a sin but also a crime, not just a matter of personal unrighteousness on the part of the perpetrator but also a matter of public injustice.”

These quoted words provide an example for what I have been saying. The church has to think in context of what God wants for his followers and not what will please or appease the secular world. This means that our actions in dealing with sin may not achieve worldly approval but then we are not to obey the world, but God and it is his approval that we need. We represent God thus we need to implement what God wants to show the world how sin and crime are to be treated.

#3. The Fault Lies With The False Teachers

Eight conservative Arizona pastors have banded together to teach a sermon series to their local community titled “Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction,” but one local United Methodist Church pastor, who holds more progressive views on the Bible, says they’re trying to alienate people who don’t interpret the Scriptures literally.

No one likes to be exposed for wrong doing and none more so than false teachers who do not agree with God yet use the Bible to promote their false ideologies. Progressive Christianity is false teaching as it contradicts the Bible, disbelieves God and his word and seeks alternatives to what God wrote.  Yet this supposed modern phenomenon is not new as the NT writers consistently spoke on being wary of those who bring a different gospel. The following quote is a good example of a different gospel:

Felten has written a book on progressive Christianity titled Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity that he says is being “used all over the world.” He believes Jesus was divine, but was not God. He also doesn’t believe in the literal virgin birth of Christ, but says he still takes the Bible very seriously.

“Progressive Christianity is every bit as biblical if not more biblical than these fundamentalists’ outlooks. We take the Bible seriously, not literally,” explained Felten.

Felton is wrong, of course, in all points and Progressive Christianity is not as biblical than conservative fundamentalist views. It can’t be for it doesn’t rely upon scripture to direct its ideology but alters it to make the alternatives fit into the biblical narrative. You can’t take the Bible seriously if you are forever changing it or saying what it says is wrong and does not apply to the modern day.

The following passage of scripture illustrates what is happening in this issue with the Progressive Christianity theology representing the tares:

24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven [m]may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [n]tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the [o]wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27 The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? [p]How then does it have tares?’ 28 And he said to them, ‘An [q]enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” (Mt. 13 NASB)

Nothing good or of God comes from the Progressive Christianity movement. it is just telling people what they want to hear.

#4. SIGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!–

Pastor Lawrence Bishop II, 48, of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, is an experienced bull rider and is known as the “Cowboy Pastor” for turning his church into a rodeo by frequently wrestling and riding bulls during service, a practice he uses to attract new believers.

It is how I feel when churches and pastors resort to gimmicks to make a spiritual point or attract the unsaved to the church.  I would prefer reading about how they lived the Christian faith correctly, and obeying Jesus in all areas of life over these type of stories.  Christianity is not a gimmick, it is not a game and it i snot an entertainment show and we should not treat it as such especially if we want the unchurched world to take god and his word seriously.

I have no problem with him being a bull rider, but there is a time and place for everything and the church certainly is not the place for a rodeo and the worship service is not the time for it either. Let the worship service be the worship service and then let the recreational time be the recreational time. Let’s not confuse the two.

#5. They Hate You Because…–

Our children saw many beheadings,” said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee, according to World Crunch. “We were obligated to watch public executions. What kind of world is that for kids to grow up in? They were always scared.”

When an ISIS sheik was appointed as emir of the Al-Hasakah area, the militants moved to remove and destroy church crosses. They banned Christians from wearing crucifixes, from driving or riding in cars, and ordered women to wear burkas.

When I read these words I first wanted to talk about the first quote and how no child is guaranteed an easy life and that there is no such thing as’ having a childhood’. Those ideas are figments of the alternative ideologies’ imaginations. But when I read the words of the second quote a simple passage of scripture came to mind:

But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will [a]fall away and will [b]betray one another and hate one another. (Mt. 24)

They hate us because they hate Christ and we must keep persecution, attacks on Christians in this perspective. The sinners of the world and the devil and his demons cannot hurt the Trinity but they can make them feel pain by carrying our gross attacks upon their followers thus we will suffer for believing in Christ and keeping to his words.

We should not complain but find the right attitude of response that Jesus wants us to have. We need to ‘turn the other cheek, ‘pray for those who do evil’, ‘treat them better than ourselves’ and so on but we do it with the help of God so we can endure what comes our way. I am not going to say that all persecution will be on this level quoted above but we need to be ready for when it does show up and then make God proud of our responses instead of ashamed.

Notice the last line in that passage of scripture– ‘at that time many will fall away…’ This is telling us that those in the church are not as strong as we think and will disappear and then turn other believers in to save their own hides. The church is not full of wheat at this time and we see that by all the false doctrines being introduced to the individual congregations and the acceptance of sin into the church.

But remember, it is because they hate Christ that they inflict pain upon you for they do not want his truth nor his ways, they want evil. They want to be the master not the servant  yet in reality they are never the master but the servant of evil.

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