Some Observations 2

04 May

Again we are looking at some articles from the Christian Post.Just to be clear, we are not sure of the theological bent of that media outlet but it does offer us stories we can work from and make points about. We have heard that it is operated by progressive christians but have not confirmed that rumor yet.

#1. Headlines Make A Statement–

Christians on the Brink of Extinction Amid Unrelenting Genocide in Iraq, Syria

This headline makes it seem like the whole Christina population is about to be wiped out instead of indicating a problem in one local region. We have noticed a trend and it is not just with the Christian Post but with other news agencies as well. Headlines are written inaccurately and with mistakes,constantly. Not only is it annoying and wastes people’s time, it is dishonest and a lying if done on purpose.

Rest assured, the church is not being wiped out in those regions or anywhere else in the world. Even North Korean has Christians among its citizens. These articles show more of a lack of faith in God and his word than extermination of a belief system.Besides we are not to complain when persecution comes

21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 [w]and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself [x]bore our sins in His body on the [y]cross, so that we might die to [z]sin and live to righteousness; for by His [aa]wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and [ab]Guardian of your souls. (1 Pet. 2)

#2. Indication Of Need

Thousands of people seeking miracles are visiting a Chicago-area Greek Orthodox Church to get samples of an oil they believe has healing properties because it’s said to be seeping from an icon of St. John the Baptist.

Neither the priest nor the congregants at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen are able to explain how the icon of St. John the Baptist is exuding drops of fragrant oil. Equally as inexplicable is the fact that many of the parishioners claim to have been healed of ailments as a result of their contact with the liquid.

These are not just crazy people ( in someone else’s eyes) but people looking for relief from what ails them.  We need to ask– why are they going to a statue when God’s people are endowed with spiritual gifts to heal and are instructed to do good works so that God may be glorified?

The book of John tells us that ‘greater works than these will we do…’ so instead of mocking these people, we should be seeing the need and filling the vacuum with God’s work and healing. Too often in this modern age and throughout history, good works have been used to extort certain actions from the general population or withheld until they ‘convert’. This is not what Jesus did nor taught. Christians should be on the forefront of doing good so that the people will know that God cares about them and that he exists.

If we want to show the world how successful the church is, then we need to put into action God’s instructions and meet the needs of the community even if they do not convert or say thanks.

#3. Where Does The Bible Teach This

The annual National Day of Prayer is expected to be larger than ever, with an estimated 47,000 local events taking place across the United States.

For the 65th year in a row Americans will observe the National Day of Prayer, which is held on the first Thursday of May and is centered on praying for the wellbeing of the country.

We are not against prayer but against this public observance of something that God said should be done privately. The privacy instruction does not eliminate or omit corporate prayer which can also be done privately in a church or some other building but we do not recall one verse in the Bible making prayer a national and very public activity.

The passage of scripture that comes to mind when thinking of this event is the one that has Jesus observing those who were giving their tithes and offerings in the temple and the rich man-made a big show about his contribution. Jesus told his disciples that he got his reward right there. It would be better if churches instructed their people how to pray correctly instead of drawing national and international attention to their activities.

The article quotes Isaiah 58 but that scripture is not talking about praying. it is talking about declaring the people’s sin, which that organizer conveniently left out. here is the context of that passage:

“Cry loudly, do not hold back;
Raise your voice like a trumpet,
And declare to My people their transgression
And to the house of Jacob their sins.

There is nothing in that passage which supports national days of prayer.

#4. Teach Believers How To Handle Persecution

America is in imminent danger due to its mockery of God and gross immorality, said the Rev. Franklin Graham in an op-ed this month for Decision magazine.

Graham warned in his commentary that the nation is on the precipice of spiritual disaster. ” … America is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse — unless God intervenes,” he wrote.

Instead of whining about persecution and acting like spoiled little children Christian leaders need to teach believers correctly about persecution and how to handle it. Jesus told us it would come and he did not say to campaign to get the governments to stop persecution from taking place.

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled [j]for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a [k]troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.( 1 Pet. 4)

#5. Why?

Four popular megachurch pastors are promising to bring an interesting combination of hope, comedy and honesty in a new faith-based talk show to be tested on FOX this summer called “The Preachers.”

Wasn’t the Preachers of Atlanta enough to turn people off of these type of shows? What good will this show do anyone? Sorry but we just cannot get on board with a show like this. It looks forced and presenting alternative ideological leanings in its content. While we can use t.v. and radio to promote the message of the gospel and do biblical teaching, it is not always wise or prudent to do so. The rules of false teaching and teachers apply to this show as it does to anyone who gets up to preach. Being a part of the staff of a megachurch does not make their words of God, true or not false teaching.

If you watch it, be wary and apply biblical criteria to their words and other content.

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