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Believers & Churches Are TOO Immature

This is the conclusion we have come to over the years. As we leave for our vacation, it seems that topics keep coming to mind so we will post this little tidbit to close things out.

They are more bent on being part of a fad or some other distorted behavior than they are in getting things right. One fad that comes to mind and annoys us greatly is the badly used term ‘gifted’. It is not correct English and it is just annoying whenever we hear it. Another pet peeve that sends us a clue is the use of drums and worship teams in every service. While the Bible does not disallow their use, we have a problem when women are leading men and when the leaders are having their own private worship on stage and everyone else does not know what to do. There is no leading to worship or guiding the people just a person closing their eyes on stage and spiritually whacking off, for a lack of a better term.

Spiritually mature churches would take the time to teach their people how to do worship and services correctly, leaning not to their own understanding but bringing to the people what God wants them to know and how to apply that knowledge correctly. Worship, like church, is not a game and people in the church rarely understand what they are doing or why they are doing it.

We wonder if it is too late for the church in general to grow up and be real believers, someone God would be proud of to have as his child or better yet, be able to use for greater spiritual duties and objectives. Far too many believers do not want to grow up spiritually and that leaves God with a problem as evil has millions of people who are adults and who make mincemeat out of unprepared spiritually unfit believers. How can God win when believers refuse to learn, grow up spiritually and prepare for real spiritual duty?

When the church remains immature children it is no wonder God is not making an impact in this world. The people he has chosen to use are not doing their part and are getting defeated too easily by well prepared forces of evil. God doesn’t want us to pass the buck back to him when we face a spiritual problem or crisis, he wants us to learn how to handle them correctly so that we can grow spiritually.

We are letting God down, he is not letting us down.Churches need to grow up and mature if they want to make a dent in evil’s strongholds.

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Getting Definitions Correct

Of course, after writing the lat post we come across a topic that needs some attention so we will make one more post before our break. The topic is found at the following link: http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-looking-at-womans-cleavage-sexual-harrassment-181662/

And the problem is not just found in reacting to how women dress or how women dress, both are the problem and when women do dress in a manner that exposes their bodies, they cannot really complain when others look at them in any undesirable manner. This is so when the attitude applied to the reactions are subjective, misguided and wrong.

One of the real problem s in this issue is the fact that terms like ‘sexual harassment’, ‘abuse’ and other provocative expressions are not clearly and objectively defined. When people get to apply their own subjective ideas to these terms then more problems arise causing a lot of pain, heartache and injustice to all involved.

We need to get to real definitions and not let anyone and everyone alter them to fit their pleasure. Part of this problem comes in when those in charge of litigation, judicial affairs and so on, allow for the subjective definitions to take precedence over the real objective meanings of the terms.People in charge need to be strong and brave and not give in to the will of individuals who cannot accept or apply those real definitions correctly.

We do not like the fact that Mr. O’Reilly and others have received in justice because some women cannot accept the fact that they need to dress modestly. We do not like the fact that people are fired first when other options are available that would bring true justice to the issue and solve the problem with fewer people being sent to the unemployment lines. Trying to please a group of people or defend an honor does not serve justice but personal objectives and that is wrong.

Dressing modestly in public is not just a woman’s issue. It is also the responsibility of the man to set the example and dress accordingly. The man should not be exposing boy parts best observed in private between a husband and his wife but since women are making this an issue and the victims are the men around them, then they need to realize that they have responsibility to learn the correct definitions of terms and correctly apply them to any given situation.

They also should take a look at how they are dressed and their motivation for dressing in that manner and see if they are not going too far. Then make the correct changes. Women, like men, are not to lead the other gender to sin. Women need to realize that they do NOT need to follow the worldly advice of looking sexy to get a man’s attention. They need to realize that if they want the attention of a man with quality then they need to dress a lot better and not attract the attention f a man who does not care about them and has less savory ideas in mind.

The Bible tells us to dress modestly, so that is the key. This does not mean, as one woman put in that article, putting on a burka. It does mean to cover up as one does not sin nor lead others to sin when the dress for work or play. Women who use the burka example are part of the problem as they are being unrealistic in their dress code demands and refuse to accept the correct definitions for the term ‘sexual harassment’ and want to apply their own ideas to the term.

These people want to rule others per se and do not want to humble themselves and accept the real definitions of specific terms. People have a hard time accepting justice especially when the terms of justice are not meeting their demands nor are as harsh as they would like.But then justice is not to please people or victims but has a different purpose in mind, one that brings order and repentance to society.As well as obeying God when people commit mistakes or crimes.

Women are not innocent in this issue and they must bear a lot of the responsibility when men do things they do not like. Sexual harassment is not always termination of employment worthy and believers need to do the hard work and make sure justice is applied to this issue even when women do not like how justice comes out.Making complaints is not to serve the purpose of getting revenge, something women do a lot and it is an attitude that needs to be erased for that is abusing the justice system for one’s personal vendetta. It is just as wrong as any crime.

Justice is fair and a two-way street and those accused need to have justice especially when they have done nothing wrong but look at a woman’s exposed body.

 

Vacation Time

We will be taking our break from posting for the next 2-3 weeks. We will leave you with a link to our photo essay from our now defunked magazine

Issue #2 2016 — Photo Essay
 
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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

The Old Is Found In The New

We are coming up to our annual anniversary break but we will leave you with a few thoughts. The first from psalms one. We recommend you read it carefully for the OT does apply to the Christian life, especially in this day and age. Jesus never overturned a word that God taught his people in the OT.

One example of this is one of the 10 commandments– thou shalt have no other god before me

Jesus taught us to -love God with all of our hearts souls and minds

The two passages teach the exact same thing. Do not think that the OT is not for the believer in the NT age. It is and it carries very important instructions for our spiritual health

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the [a]path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by [b]streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its [c]leaf does not wither;
And [d]in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord [e]knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

These are wise words for the modern Christian. We find the law of the Lord throughout the NT, so we cannot afford to overlook what the OT is teaching us.There are other examples which we may bring to your attention after our break

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, faith, leadership, theology

 

A Letter To Congregations

In this country, for the most part, pastors are not treated nor paid that well.  This should not be. We have experienced this trend as well when we pastored a church in a small town for a year. Pastors seem to get the short end of the stick, not just in this country but in the west as well.They are treated, unless they are fortunate enough to be famous or oversee a mega or large church, as an after thought, a problem or as second class people. This should not be so.

The Bible tells us to do unto others as we would like to be treated and that instruction is not restricted to pastors treating their church’s membership, nor is it limited to believers treating unbelievers. The words of Jesus also apply to believers and how they treat their pastors and other church leaders. If you do not want to be given starvation wages then make sure your pastor is paid a living wage.

If you want friends to treat you well, then learn how to be friends to your pastor and treat them better than they are. And on it goes. How a congregation treats its pastor says a lot about the congregation and when the pastor is treated poorly, the reputation of the congregation will not be that great. Biblical instruction does not exempt the pastoral staff from being treated as Christ loved us.Christ meant for church leaders to be included in that action and if you want great church leaders then treat them as Christ treated us.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in academics, church, comparative religions, leadership, theology

 

Believers 10

What was different she (Dorothy Chappell) explained is the broader context. We teach science from within a Christian worldview starting with the assumption that all truth is God’s truth. We believe there is a biblical truth- what we call special revelation– and there is natural truth or general revelation. Generally there is no conflict between the two. We do believe that God created the universe and that Adam and Eve  were the first humans, Chappell said, but we are agnostic as to how God did it– pg. 153

We will dissect this quote using specific terms

#1. Christian World View— not sure what hat is but if it does not contain the truth then it is not Christian. A believer cannot compromise their beliefs and once a person accepts alternative information, especially from secular sources, then they no longer have a Christian world view. They have a compromised view of the world.A Christian world view has to line up with the Bible or it is not of God.

#2. All Truth— It would be nice to know how she defines that category as scientific truth may not be truth at all. The same goes for natural truth.Processes may be considered natural truth but they are not true at all. The truth is found in the Bible not in nature for the Bible explains much of hat we see in nature. For example some people call homosexuality natural because individual animals are observed engaging in homosexual behavior. Their observation is false because those acts are the result of the corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin. Nature does not provide us with much truth, it provides us with more evidence proving the Bible true.

#3. Special Revelation— We know people like to label the Bible as special revelation but it is simply God revealing to us what was done in the past, our instructions from him how to live correctly and what God did in human history. The Bible provides us with the truth while human historical works rarely do. The latter are influenced by so many mitigating factors that one would be hard pressed to find the truth within their pages.

The same for science.If science disagrees with the Bible, it is not scientific truth or new revelation. It just means that the science is wrong and he scientists have made the error.Evolution has never existed so it cannot be part of God’s truth.

#4. Agnostic About How God Did It— No Believer should be taking this point of view. One, it demonstrates an acceptance of lies from secular science, and two, God already told us how he did it. We re not in the dark about his methodology.  Any acceptance of alternative ideas as to how God created everything means there is a compromise and people claiming to be Christian do not believe God and his words. This is not acceptable especially when you area church or Christian academic institution. Christians are to believe and proclaim what God said and what he said he did regardless of the opposition from the unchurched and unbelieving world.

Christians cannot afford to compromise for once they do they are advertising that they do not believe God anymore. You cannot have an impact on this world if you do not believe God.

 

{****This ends our Believers series}

 
 

Believers 9

Kurt, I would discover, tended to be the most outspoken of the group. He confided to me later that while he takes his Christian faith seriously he does not consider himself an evangelical like the rest of the men and he has trouble with organized religion in general. ‘People make up rules or interpret the Bible & say unless you abide by our rules and interpretation you’re not going to heaven. Well, I just don’t buy that,’ he explained– pg. 174

People get hung up on certain rules and decide to create their own because they do not like the ones implemented by one church group or another.  Granted there are many man-made rules found in Christianity but their existence do not mean that God does not have his own rules or that his rules should be ignored.The church is plagued by different denominations because so many people do not want the truth or God’s actual rules. They want to operate Christianity after their own ideas and forget about God’s instructions.

The task for believers is to discern which rules are of God and are to be obeyed and which are man-made and are to be ignored.People cannot put God’s rules in the latter category simply because they do not like them. They have to be honest and prepared to submit to God’s rules when they discover what they really are.God never put man in charge of his word even when he gave man dominion over the earth, man has to be humble enough to see what God wants and obey it. He does not have the right nor the authority to change what God has written.

There are rules to obey if you want to see heaven– you must be born again; you must give up the practice of sin; you cannot be a liar, thief, murderer, homosexual, transgender and so on. God does not allow sin or corruption into his paradise or home. If he did, he would not tell us to be holy.We will find the correct rules if we rad the Bible properly under the guidance of the spirit of truth. There is no other way and when we do that, we will also be able to see the difference between man-made rules and God’s rules.Or we should be able to.

We do not toss out God, the Bible or their rules simply because men have interfered with God’s running of the church

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, leadership, theology

 
 
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