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This New Year

Over the years we have been involved in numerous discussions with unbelievers. Most of the time in those discussions, the unbeliever turns to criticizing the Christian and stating how bad the Christian faith is and how terrible its rules. They go on to point out that the Christian faith is exclusive and discrimiates against others- mostly to the LGBTQ crowd. They do not finish with those accusations but continue on till they get to the point where they demand that the Christian faith needs to be removed from society so that the goals of the unbeliever, lower crime rates, less violence, less discrimination, better education and so on, can be reached.

This goes on until a believer points out that the reason for the lower educational levels, the hgh crime rates, the discrimination and do on are the result of the unbeliever turning their backs on God and ignoring his instructions. The unbeliever usually denies this truth. Then when the believer points out that the unbeliever has been in charge of government, in charge of the law enforcement agencies, in charge of education for over 200 years (In America and longer in other countries). Or that the high crime rate, lack of education in students etc., is the result of the policies of the unbeliever and have nothing to do with the Christian faith, they get really upset.

The unbeliever refuses to take responsibility for their failures and try to point the finger at other causes or demand that the Bible, God and biblical instruction be kept from all aspects of life. God, The unbeliever is trying to throw out the very thing that will bring them what they want and strive for. God wants his creation to be educated; he wants them to love one another and not be violent towards each other; God hates crime and has given instructions on how to curb it. God also hates sin and has given his instructions on how to avoid it. The word would be at peace, be properly educated, live in almost a paradise and so on if all people listened to God.

In other words, what we are saying is that those people who do not follow God, and this includes those who claim to be Christian, are responsible for the mess of the world. It is not God, it is not the Bible, it is not biblical instuction nor is it the Christian faith that has caused these problems. The most successful educational policy in recent decades has been the dumbing down of people. Hitler practiced it, Western nations practice it, as do so many others, but dumbing down is not a biblical instruction nor is it of God.

Allowing sin and evil to be called good and natural is not something that is from God either. Homosexuality, transgender practices, corruption, bad business practices and much more do not have their source in the Christian faith or the Bible. Their source is in evil, who has set out to deceive anyone who will listen to them.

Everything the unbeliever wants is found in scriptures and God yet they are too proud, too arrogant, to hate-filled to humble themselves and accept God’s alternative. They are also very deceived which is why they falsely accuse God, the bible and Christian faith.

It is because of this condition that we encourage believers to spend more time praying for their unsaved friends, relatives and neighbors. These people are not the enemy of the believer. They are unwitting tools used by the real enemy, evil, to inflict as much pain and suffering on the believer as possible. We cannot look upon  them as our enemy but people who are still trapped in the sin that we have been freed.

To make a better impact in this world for God before it is too late, we need to change our perspective a little. And pray that God will free the unbeliever from what blinds them to the truth. God and the Christian faith are not the cause of the world’s problems. It is the rejection of those two and the following of alternatives that ruin civilizations.

But before we do all of that, we need to pray and have the beams removed from our eyes so that we can see clearly how to address the problems that afflict the world. Change start with us.

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Posted by on December 28, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, leadership, theology

 

Some Interesting Discoveries for 2017

It is a slideshow so we can’t reproduce anything here.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/7-fascinating-archaeological-finds-pointing-to-jesus-biblical-truths-in-2017-210982/

Don’t get over excited about the bones of Peter. It is practically impossible to identify bones of ancient people. The Apoc. of James is heretical and the home of Peter is pure speculation.

who said that “in the house of Tsaida the church is in honor of Peter and Andreas.”

this doe snot mean in the exact location but done in honor of. Peter’s house could have been anywhere.

Just take the theories with a grain of salt. The discoveries are good but the theories are mere reading into what the archaeologist wants to see in them.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2017 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, faith, history, leadership, science

 

A Wake Up Call

Jesus told us that we would do greater works than he yet when push  comes to shove people turn to Santa Claus and not Jesus for their requests. Read the story at the following link

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/get-your-box-of-tissue-out-before-you-read-this/#comment-73387

A photo of a North Texas boy and Santa, each with their heads bowed in prayer, went viral after another mom overheard the boy ask Santa to help his sick dad.

The woman was in line with her own son to see Santa at the Bass Pro Shops in Garland on Tuesday evening when she overheard part of the boy’s conversation with his family in line. In his hands was his wish list, and all he wanted was good health for his dad and help with the family’s medical bills.

Maybe we need to rethink our strategy. The image should be a wake up call to the church.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Pray For Our Leaders

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. God knew what he was talking about as our leaders influence a lotof people. They determine the direction of a country, a congegation, a bible school and so much more. The leader of a family and other groups are vulnerable to satanic attacks and they need lots of prayer– the right prayers.

We have a few examples of leaders who need a lot of prayerin this article. We will add a few comments as well

#1. https://www.christianpost.com/news/spurning-greed-of-traditional-denominations-church-for-black-men-will-take-no-tithes-or-offerings-210685/

Spurning what he describes as a culture of “greed” in the American church and the inability of evangelical congregations to translate “black suffering,” Jomo Kenyatta Johnson, a young minister from Savannah, Georgia, says God has led him to create a new denomination called Church for Black Men that will not collect tithes and offerings — ever.

We are tryong to figure out why God, who talked about his followers robbing him of tithes and offerings, would now reject tithes and offerings. Is this a new way to get aorund the tithe commandment? Clearly there is som emisguided ideas in that church though we like the fact that they will not be a 501c church.

#2. https://www.christianpost.com/news/quebec-makes-sex-ed-mandatory-age-5-will-teach-about-same-sex-couples-kindergarten-210669/

The Canadian province of Quebec has become the latest to make sex education mandatory for children in all stages of school, starting in kindergarten.

As CBC News reported on Saturday, starting in September 2018 children as young as 5 “will get a brief explanation of the steps involved in making a baby.”

“They will be told that an egg and sperm unite to form a zygote that will grow into an embryo and then a fetus, and they will learn about the different types of families, including those involving same-sex couples,” the article added.

Governments can do just about anything they want. God has gven them the authority to rule. But there still is a right and wrong way to govern others. Power does a lot of strange things to people, even convincng them that a leader of nation and his aides know how to parent better than parents do. Sex education is up to the parents not the schools or the government. Schools and government have long lost their boundaries. They are no longer content with educating or governing properly; they want to control all of life and that is wrong.

Boundaries are a good thing. It allows people to mind their own business and take care of their problems before they go out to try and fix the world

#3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/pennsylvania-governor-tom-wolf-veto-bill-ban-dismemberment-abortion-210667/

Governor Wolf officially vetoed Senate Bill 3 on Monday, saying in a statement that he believed the bill would limit women’s healthcare decisions.

“This legislation is a disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country,” stated Gov. Wolf.

“This legislation is an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care, and this legislation destroys health care options for victims of the horrors of rape and incest. For these reasons, I am vetoing this bill today.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was present for the official veto and noted his support for the governor’s decision.

“The state should not be telling women — particularly women who became pregnant by rape or incest — that they don’t have the right to decide what to do with their body,” stated Mayor Kenney.

There are two basic problems here. One, leaders should be encouraging their people to protect their unborn children, not making it easier to escape the responsibilities that come with their actions. Two, the leader should recognize the fact that the body in harm’s way does not  belong to the woman. it belongs to a defenseless child. Leaders need to watch out for those constiutents as well.

#4. https://www.christianpost.com/news/parents-slam-transgender-push-remove-gender-specific-terms-penis-vagina-school-sex-ed-201638/

Traditional marriage advocates are speaking out against a “radical” proposal made by two academics in Australia calling for school sex education to be inclusive of transgender students by not using gender-specific terms such as “penis” and “vagina.”

“We have them advocating for the degendering of sex education of all students and confirming the concerns raised by parents about how radical LGBT sex and gender education would infiltrate their children’s education,” said Coalition for Marriage spokesman Lyle Shelton, as reported by The Australian on Tuesday.

Shelton is objecting to a paper published in the Journal of Sex Education by Damien Riggs and Clare Bartholomaeus of Flinders University in South Australia, which is challenging schools to step out of the norm of describing “a male with a penis and female with a vagina.”

Leaders need to be wise, intellgent and make the hard decisions. They should not let the minute minority take over life and have the majority re-educated in lies. They should not let confusion reign but make sure the truth is taught to all incuding those whose minds have been warped by deception over their actual gender.

#5. https://www.christianpost.com/news/radio-evangelist-rg-stair-who-touched-12-year-old-congregation-watched-arrested-sexual-assault-210663/

Two months after South Carolina Police began investigating Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old-girl in his church while the congregation watched, the controversial radio evangelist, also known as Brother R.G. Stair, has been arrested.

The 84-year-old leader of the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro was arrested by Colleton County sheriff’s deputies Monday morning, The Post and Courier said. He was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, one count of kidnapping, one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of second-degree assault, and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Leaders are no perfect. They will make mistakes, they will make errors in judgment. This is why they need constant prayer. Then they need a helping hand up to restore them to God’s way.

Leadership is tricky, difficult and vulnerable to temptation and other enticements. That is why the believer needs to put their faith in Jesus and keep their eyes on him. He never failed.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, education, faith, family, General Life, homosexuality, leadership, politics, theology

 

Underwater Archaeological Discovery

It seems that biblical Corinth has finally been uncovered.  This is only a Christian Post news release so We will try to get ore confirmation tomorrow or another day

https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-biblical-city-corinth-apostle-paul-found-underwater-210392/

New archaeological excavations at the ancient port of the earthquake that struck the Biblical city of Corinth, which is now underwater, have uncovered Roman architecture. Jesus’ disciple Paul visited the ancient city while it was under Roman rule, according to the Bible.

Greek and Danish archaeologists investigating Lechaion’s harbour areas, as part of the Lechaion Harbour Project, have discovered traces of Roman engineering and ancient buildings.

“For almost two decades I have been hunting for the perfect archaeological context where all the organic material normally not found on land is preserved,” Sunday Express quoted Bjørn Lovén, the director of the project, as saying. “The potential for more unique discoveries is mind blowing.”

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in academics, archaeology, history, science

 

The problem with denominations

Now we are not talking about money here. We are talking about one of the problems that come with human created religious denominations. We say human created because we can find no scriptural instruction or any other verse that supports the creation of individual church denominations. Jesus talked about building his church upon the rock but he did not split his church into varying amounts of theological beliefs.

There is only one truth and one church. Those who opt to create their denomination may not be outside of Jesus’ church but they can be vulnerable to certain dangers when they do so. One of those dangers is highlighted in the following article

https://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodist-congregation-divided-over-firing-of-gay-choir-director-210284/

The danger is that God and the Bible are ignored in favor of church rules. Here is one example:

“The Book of Discipline, which holds governing policies for The United Methodist Church (The UMC), maintains that clergy cannot be ‘self-avowed, practicing homosexuals,'” argued RMN in a blog post earlier this month. “This rule, however, is not applicable to members in leadership positions in The UMC who are not clergy. Leaders at Trinity UMC were falsely led to believe they had no other option but to dismiss Mould.”

The book of discipline, in this case, allows people to ignore the Bible and declare that practicing homosexuals can ignore biblical teaching and be part of the church leadership. The denomination leans on the book of discipline and not the Bible. This is not a smart move nor a correct one. Another example:

“… we are writing to urge you to acknowledge that Ryan’s firing is neither mandated nor supported by the Book of Discipline, to address this misrepresentation with the pastor involved, and to take action to ensure that no one else falls victim to misuse of the Book of Discipline in this manner,”

The church and its members appeal to the book of discipline and ignore God and his instructions for the church. This is a grave mistake to make. The book of discipline and every other church denomination’s rule books are not infallible words of God, given by God, or even approved by Him. They do not trump what God wants in his church.

Yet many church denominations have written rules that in effect rewrite the rules of God and open the door to sinful behavior taking place in the church. This is the danger faced when church denominations add their own ideas to what God has already written. People’s eyes are taken off God and his ways and placed upon human ideas instead. Human responses are replacing the responses God wants his followers to do. That is not right nor is it Christian.

We have not said that in and of itself that creating a church denomination is sin. BUT the dangers in doing so, do lead people to disobey God and sin. The denominational rules become the guiding force of the denomination and not the words of God. If you read that article you should have notied that GOD is not mentioned once in the story. What God wants for is church is left out and only the book of discipline matters.

If you are going to create or are a member of a church denomination, you need to keep your eyes open for these conflicts and lead people away from disobeying God. Denominational rules need to be corrected or rewritten- not the instructions of God. The church must follow God first.The Bible addresses every issue faced by humans in every era.

Do you really think that homsexuality was not faced by Jesus and the disciples? Do you really think God would leave gaps in his word and leave his church without instruction?

The Bible has the correct rules and direction for the church to follow. It must be placed above every denominational church rule. The church denominations need to edit their rule books, if they want to get back in God’s favor. God will still use them as they are, but there could be a better impact for him if the church stopped creating denominations and reunited under Jesus and his rules.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, General Life, Justice, leadership, theology

 

Turn the Other Cheek

This Christmas season amidst all the good things that are done, there are still those individuals or groups who seek to what is wrong. This post is merely a reminder of what God told us to do when those individuals cross any Chrstian’s path.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/lgbt-activists-attack-doughnut-shop-for-helping-salvation-army-family-in-need-210027/

The owners of a doughnut shop in Maine have publicly apologized for asking The Salvation Army to help them find a family in need this Christmas after they were attacked online by activists who claim the Christian charity is anti-LGBT.

LGBTQ communities have a large chip on their shoulder. They feel that they alone get to decide who does what to whom.This attitude is seen even as so many LGBTQ members claim to love God and follow him.

One of the things that believers need to remember in situations like this is to turn the other cheek. It does not do any good to react or respond in kind. No matter what a believer does, or any person who wants to do good this year, there will always be someone who will attack their choice of agency, avenue of doing good, and the choice of recipient. No one will get 100% support for their good deeds.

The key for the believer, or other do-gooder, is to ignore these intolerant reactions and do not let those who sin dictate who receives help and how that help is distributed to others. Helping others is dictated by God not the lGBTQ communities. Let God guide your charitable work not those who think they are entitled to make your decisions for you.

Let those groups look bad by their intolerant and bullying attitudes. Don’t take that image from them and place it upon yourself.

How do we respond to groups like these LGBTQ communities who think that they get a say in something that is none of their business? Besides turning the other cheek, believers are to pray for these groups and they are not to return evil for evil. Find the godly way to respond and let God work on their souls and attitudes. Do not sin in response to their ungodly behavior.

Have a better Christmas by responding to any bad situation, even from poorly behaved family members, with the attitude and actions God wants to see in his followers.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, homosexuality, leadership, theology

 
 
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