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Let’s Not Use Human Strategies

If you are a long-term reader of this website, you know that we do not agree with Thom Ranier. He has come out with another church strategy to help churches get better. The problem is his strategy is not biblically based but secular business based. You can read about it at the following link:

https://www.christianpost.com/voice/churches-revitalize-replant-is-relaunch-a-3rd-option.html

Everything Mr. Ranier mentions for returning a church to spiritual health is not supported nor mentioned in the Bible. At best, he is copying the secular business world to formulate his ideas on how the church should be renewed. Everything he is talking about is a direct copy of business world terms and strategies. Contrary to a large contingent of people, the church is not a small business and it should not be treated like one.

It is an extension or representation of the kingdom of God and it needs to follow God’s rules if it wants to be or return to spiritual health. The Bible tells us that it is “not by might nor by power but by my spirit”… that will rejuvenate ailing churches. It is clear from his point # 1, that Mr. Ranier does not know how to bring God’s ways to churches. He says:

A relaunch may be more palatable for members who are not ready to give away their church to another church. Granted, relaunching has many challenges. It is basically shutting down the church for a period and re-opening it with a new purpose and identity

The church does not need a new identity. There is no other god they can represent and still be a member of God’s Kingdom. There is no other faith than the one Christ started for the church to switch to. The identity of the church remains the same because God and Christ remain the same. Nor can the purpose of the church be changed. It still represents God, his ways and his purpose.

Whether it goes from missions orientated to evangelism orientated, the church is preaching the same gospel message to unbelievers. It still has the same duty to care for everyone and it must teach the truth so that believers can grow in Christ.

We will let you go through the rest of his points and see for yourselves that his ideas bring nothing of God to a hurting or dying church. Needs are not being met, problems are not being solved, but they are being avoided by his strategy. He brings nothing to help solve the problems that ruined the spiritual health in any given church.

In Mr. Ranier’s work, he says he uses other words to help ailing churches regroup. The problem is that those two words, revitalize and replant, have nothing to do with God’s ways. They are as bad as his relaunch idea. God tells people to wait for him in Isaiah 30 . He does not say gain new strength through following the secular business strategies of the world.

Psalm 51 has David telling us how spiritual health can be returned. He says:

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (v. 10 NASB)

God does the renewing and creates the right spirit in people. Not badly used and formed business ideas.

Lamentations tells us:

Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old, (5:21 NASB)

Again, it is God who does the spiritual renewal and not the blind deceived secular world or people like Mr Ranier who have left their bibles behind and ignored God’s instructions. Then Paul warns us in Romans about copying the secular world when he says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (12:2 NASB)

The church has to conform to God’s way if it wants to remain spiritually healthy or return to spiritual health. We do not use those strategies that care nothing for people and only about the survival of the business.

If any church wants t be spiritually healthy, then it must learn to obey God, ignore what secular culture deems vital for survival and make sure they preach the truth. False teachers must be removed from leadership and teaching positions. Immature believers need to be taught correctly how to hear the voice of God and given the support they need to follow God’s will wherever it takes them.

Then accepted ideas of God’s will must be done away with so the church can clearly hear what God wants them to do. Discernment, wisdom, and an open mind (not to sin or false teaching), must be used to make sure the person is following the right spiritual directions. The key of course is to discern the difference between bad secular advice and strategies and God’s way.

Church leaders also have to be strong enough to stop popular or famous people from offering the wrong advice and tell them that their advice is misleading and in error. getting the church back to spiritual health means taking God and his words seriously. You can’t win people to Christ when you ignore his instructions and follow the secular world.

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Can Christianity & Science Be Compatible

We have published the following article over at Hub.com We hope you will visit our new page there as we will be doing a lot of original writing at that site over the next few weeks.

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This is the age-old question

There are a lot of people, including many who identify as Christian, who like to do science. They are intrigued by the exploration, the investigation and they enjoy the time they discover new and wonderful items.

Yet science does not always agree with the Bible or Christianity. This contradiction forces many people to alter their thinking. Most of the time, these people decide to side with science because they ignore the all-knowing God behind the Bible.

They think that the Christian scriptures were penned by sheep and goat herders and not the God who created everything. This decision often turns discussions about Christianity and science into heated debates where emotions and insults rule.

These heated discussions often make enemies between the two groups and leave many observers wondering who is right. There is a way to make science and Christianity compatible but first we need to discuss the nature of the two opposing camps.

What is science

Science is supposed to be the investigative tool of life that helps people find answers to certain difficult questions. Yet its nature is often its biggest hindrance as science is designed to look for natural answers only. Anything outside of those boundaries did not take place, according to many science supporters.

Also, science focuses on finding the best explanation for different events and the existence of unexplainable objects. It is not focused on or willing to search for the truth and provide concrete answers. In fact, scientists continue to ask questions even when the answers have been discovered.

Plus, it looks for physical evidence to provide the proof the scientist needs to finally accept the existence of certain events or discoveries. In a nutshell, this is what drives science.

What is Christianity

Christianity is a faith whose foundation is built on the truth and finding the truth. The Bible talks about how Christians will know the truth and that they have help in reaching that objective. It is a lifestyle that requires following divine principles, guidelines, instructions and commands.

Physical evidence is not needed for adherent to believe the Bible. Love is defined in part as believing all things, thus if the Christian loves God, they believe his words. What science has to say does not matter because the Christian knows that God does not lie and would not lead his creation astray.

In the Christians’ eyes, science is not an evil that must be destroyed. It is a tool that has been mishandled by unbelievers who have been deceived and misled.

If Christians compromise

If the Christian compromises and accepts science in its present form, then they are not representing the Christian faith correctly. They are making some very troubling and disheartening statements about the faith and God.

First, if they accept certain scientific theories, the Christian is saying that fallible men and women know more than God does. Second, they are saying that God cannot communicate his actions to his people. Third, they are saying that the Bible is incorrect and in need of correction by people who do not have the truth.

All these messages, and many more, basically tell the unbelieving world that Christianity is not worth their time, lives or faith. It has no answers to help them in their lives and Go di snot the all-powerful God he says he is.

If scientists compromise

The ramifications of an unbelieving scientist compromising with Christianity is not as severe. They do not give up doing science. They do not give up exploring or answering questions and so on. What happens is that science gets better. It has proven morality rules added to the field to guide the work and keep it honest.

The scientists stop investigating once they have discovered the truth. There are no endless experiments trying to answer the same questions over and over. They save time, money and energy. False theories are discarded, and everyone gets to the truth a lot quicker.

Science does not lose credibility or impact if it adopts Christian ways. The field becomes better and stops misleading the public. It can uncover hoaxes a lot faster as well and lead people away from misinformation.

To answer the question

In answering the main question, there is only one answer that is rational, logical and correct. For science and Christianity to be compatible it is science that has to make the sacrifice and give up its arrogant, selfish, sinful ways and let God come into the field to direct it.

If Christians did it, that would mean that they have left the faith to adopt non-biblical ways which is a sin in God’s eyes. Science is basically secular and anything that does not believe in God does not have God or the truth guiding it. They have evil deceiving them and evil does not lead its adherents to the truth.

It only gives them partial truth to make sure they remain outside of God and away from the truth. Because science is designed to be outside of God, it is in need of a savior and that means that the unbelieving scientists must see the error of their ways and repent of their sins.

That is the only way for science, in its current form, and Christianity can be compatible. At present the two entities are striving for different goals and different answers. Neither can be made compatible with the other. One of them must change and it cannot be Christianity.

If Christianity changes, then the message of hope and the good news would be lost, and it would not be Christianity any more. No one would want to follow a faith that denies its own God and calls him weak, incapable and a liar.

Some final words

It is best for Christian scientists to stop trying to make science compatible with Christianity. It just won’t be possible to do while science operates under its current format.

This does not mean that Christians cannot do science. It just means they need to follow God and his ways while they do their scientific work. This conclusion also does not mean that the Christian cannot use technology etc. The believer just has to put that use in the proper perspective and not have it seen as greater than God.

Finally, the Christian has to realize is that the unbelieving scientist is not the light unto the church or Christianity. It is the Christian scientist who has to bring the light of God to the dark scientific world, if science is going to be conducted correctly

All science is not good science. The research field needs proper ethics, morals and guidelines if it wants to be good and compatible with Christianity.

 

Two Things, Again

There are two stories or articles that we will briefly address today. One from the Christian Post and the other from Yahoo. Yahoo i sup first

#1.Jesus Christ did not silence women’: Female theologians saw biblical texts as ‘problematic’ – so they wrote their own version instead

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/20-female-theologians-created-womans-bible-tool-emancipation-193101403.html

it is a long title but it also displays the attitude of the people involved. They did not like what they Bible says so they sought to change it to something more to their liking. There is so much wrong with what they did we do not have the time to deal with all the aspects of their actions. We will highlight one key point that doomed their work to the heresy pile:

n a description on the back page, the authors cite a suffragist as their inspiration for the project

So getting to the truth and God were not the motivating factors behind their work. This tells us that they were not listening to the voice of God, or the leading of the Hoy Spirit but their own subjective personal opinions and preferences. Here is more of the same

What has been problematic through the ages is that the texts have been [used] in order to submit women to men — and this is not the aim of the biblical witness,” Parmentier tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Jesus Christ did not silence women. He talked with women and took them seriously. This should be our key for interpretation: What is the ‘good news’ of the Gospel?”

These women do not want to obey God and submit to their husbands. This is disobedience and sin which also provides a clue that this so-called change of the Bible is not of God.

#2. Democrats ‘basically godless,’ ‘God will not bless America’ due to abortion: Former SBC president

https://www.christianpost.com/politics/democrats-basically-godless-god-will-not-bless-america-abortion-former-sbc-president-ed-young.html

Let’s get a couple of facts striaght. First the Democratic Party is not a religion nor is the Democratic ideology. It is a political party with sinful ideology. Second, evolution is not a religion either. It is a scientific alternative to the truth. This calling ideas and thinking contrary to standard Christian thought a religion needs to stop. It distorts the issue and misrepresents what both sets of thought represent.

We are not going to point a finger, just yet, at the sins of the Democratic Party because the Republicans have chosen different sins to practice. Both parties need a revival and get right with God. The only problem is the Democrats are more open about the sins they will support. Pray for both parties so that God can work miracles through those prayers.

 

Dead Sea Scroll Hint

As you are aware we are skeptical of the announcements archaeologists make these days. This is another one we are having doubts about

https://www.christianpost.com/world/do-more-dead-sea-scrolls-exist-2-new-caves-may-contain-oldest-biblical-texts.html

Two new caves that could possibly contain Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical texts in existence, have been discovered in the West Bank in Israel.

Archaeologists working near Qumran have called the caves 53b and 53c, Live Science reported, and are investigating them for what could turn out to be new important finds connected to the earliest days of the Bible.

Of course they have to say it that way because they need to continue to fuel interest. We prefer they say ‘We do not know and we are still looking’.

The researchers were able to find a bronze cooking pot and “large amounts of pottery representing store jars, flasks, cups and cooking pots, and [the researchers also found] fragments of woven textiles, braided ropes and string.” An oil lamp near the cave was also discovered.

“We have not analyzed all of the pottery from this cave (53b), so we do not know if a scroll jar was present,” said Price.

We will leave it up to your judgment to decide if they are hot on the trail of more scrolls after a 71 year silence. As for us, we will withhold judgment until we hear more. New Dead Sea Scrolls, depending on their contents, may hold some more information but how important tha information is remains to be seen.

 

Why the Secular World Cannot Solve Major Problems

We are not going to say much here but to point out why Christians should not follow the secular world. One reason is that secular world is incapable of solving difficult problems. These problems fall into categories like transgenderism, homosexuality, abuse, sexual assault, murder and more. The secular world does not recognize that these issues are a spiritual issue and need spiritual answers to get to the source of the problem and solve them.

Jesus provided the answer why the secular world cannot solve these problems. He said in Matthew 12

22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. 23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? (NASB)

The secular world is part of the Kingdom of evil thus it stands to reason that it cannot solve those major problems. If they could, they would be dividing evil’s kingdom and it would fall. Only Christians who serve Christ correctly have the answers and solutions for the major problems of this world. That is because they serve the one who can solve all of these issues. Crime and evil are a spiritual problem that can only be solved with spiritual answers.

 

Our Annual Christmas Message

We live in a country where the Christmas season is 3 months long. Yes back in the beginning of Oct. the Christmas music, the Christmas lights and other Christmas decorations were beginning their annual pilgrimage from the storerooms to choice exterior spots. Every once in a while Christmas music could be heard. Now that the Western Christmas season is upon us, it is time for our annual Christmas message.

We do only one a year as we know people are tired of the many different Christmas accounts, articles, television programs, etc., that surface at this time of year. Our message is simple- Who cares if the unbeliever wants to wage war on Christmas or turn it into a secular holiday. Christmas was never a Christian holy day and there is not one person who knows the exact date Christ was born.

Celebrating Christmas is not taught in the Bible. No follower of Christ was directed to establish one day to celebrate Christ’s birth. Celebrating his birth is not what Christ came to earth to do. It was not his mission nor was it to be enshrined so that the unbeliever gets turned off of Christ because they are inundated with Christian activities, words and so on. No one likes to be forced to follow Christian rules or ways. For that matter no one likes to be forced to follow any religion or their practices.

God does not force people to follow his Son. Christians should not force unbelievers to adopt or adapt to Christian beliefs or practices. It is not the Christian thing to do. Believers should be treating others like they would like to be treated and that behavior should not be limited to the 5 weeks prior to Christmas day. Let the unbelievers have Christmas. Believers should not be following the secular world anyway. You really cannot be the light unto the dark world when you follow the dark world and their practices.

You might lose a lot of stress that way. What we suggest is for believers to do what Christ actually taught-  They should be holding communion regularly to celebrate his birth, life, death and resurrection. It can be done at any time, during any season, and every month. Also, by celebrating communion Christians will not be upset if the unbelievers turn Christmas back into a secular festival.

Plus, Christians would not be spending a lot of money on gifts they cannot afford.  On top of that, Christians would be following Christ and being the light they were meant to be. They would not be following the dark world but lighting the path unbelievers can see is different from their ways. By following Christ, Christians can live more peaceably with their neighbors as the Bible instructs and they would be following Jesus’ simple invitation he gave the original disciples- Follow me.

Remember what Samuel told King Saul when he disobeyed God.- obedience is better than sacrifice.This Christmas set the right example for your families and friends. Tone down the war on Christmas rhetoric; tone down the emotional response when unbelievers do not want to hear Christian Christmas greetings etc. Lead people to obey Christ instead and be ready to minister to those who have not met Christ as their Savior, who are going through difficult times during the holiday season and reach out to the lonely, the elderly, the shut-ins and other people who need to see Christ this Christmas.

Then continue that behavior throughout the rest of the year. if you want to make an impact for Christ, stop whining about how unbelieversrs treat Christians, how they treat Christmas and so on. Christmas is not ours.  Return good for evil and let God work through you this year

 

What is Wrong with This Discovery?

https://www.christianpost.com/news/scientists-superheated-blast-from-the-sky-destroyed-dead-sea-cities-pointing-to-sodom-in-bible.html

Scientists have found that a “superheated blast from the skies” destroyed cities near the Dead Sea 3,700 years ago, which biblical analysts are saying echoes the destruction of Sodom.

You may say we should be happy that science has validated a biblical account. We aren’t for there is one glaring error that undermines and embarrasses the archaeologists who say this confirms Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction

he scientists discovered radiocarbon dating and unearthed minerals that instantly crystallized at high temperatures at what used to be cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea, suggesting that a massive air-burst, possibly by a meteor, destroyed communities in a 15-mile-wide circular plain.

No, the bold words are not the glaring error. It is a minor assumption that works against the credibility of the archaeologists. There is no evidence to suggest a meteor was what God used to destroy the cities. Looking for natural answers for supernatural events is always misleading and prone to error.

Silva said that following the cataclysmic event, people did not return to the region for 600 to 700 years.

Again this is not the glaring error. This is a bigger mistake than the previous one as the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other cities was not a temporary event. It was a forever event. People did not return to live in the area at all. Jude and Peter give us the clues to this conclusion.

The destruction not only of Tall el-Hammam (Sodom), but also its neighbors (Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain) was most likely caused by a meteoritic airburst event,” the authors added.

This is the glaring error. We know that the location was mentioned previously to this in the article but this was the better paragraph to quote. Tall el-Hammam is not Sodom. It is too far north and does not contain one piece of evidence to verify that it is Sodom.  What makes this identification and declaration worse is that the archaeologists making the claims are supposed to be Christian.

There is no real debate. Sodom is down  in the Numeria & Bab edh-Dhra region of the south-eastern part of the Dead Sea. It is the only location that meets all biblical criteria. When science and archaeology are used for personal agendas, nothing good can really come of the misuse. At least for Christians. These things make it harder for true Christians to reach the lost.

 

 

 

 
 
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