We end this year with this Billy Graham sermon
Here is another classic sermon from Billy Graham
This old Billy Graham sermon is worth listening to again and again. In this day and age, it is hard to remember who Jesus is. May this encourage and strengthen you
There is an interesting piece over at The Christian Post but we will only deal with the title of the article
Has the decline of Christianity led to extremist political cults in America?
This is a good question since the decline of the influence of the church has meant that morals and morality have become vulnerable. We cannot solely blame the church for this decline, but Christians should take their share of the blame as, throughout the past 50 years, they have strayed further and further from biblical teaching.
This straying opens the door for unbelievers to freely and willfully make alterations to their thinking, ideology,, and lifestyles. The thinking can go like, “well if the Christian doesn’t believe or follow their God, why should we?” Once the church starts to make alterations to biblical texts, then the flood gates are opened for anyone to put their interpretation of scripture over what God has actually told us.
Or when Christians start retranslating the Bible, then they pave the way for unbelievers to act in any way they can image. We know that, for the most part, Christians make the worse bosses. There are a variety of reasons for this but part of the problem is the love of money. Even churches get in on the act when they misinform people about the amount of their tithe or keep pleading for more money.
The church is only entitled to tithes and offerings, with the former being a command of 10% while the latter is a freewill gift not to be manipulated by church leaders. The offering part is between the giver and God. The bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. That passage indicates that the giver is willfully giving extra money for the work of God. The cheerful giver does not give because they are guilted into it, have their arm twisted or the church wants grander quarters. The give extra because they love God.
He does not command anyone to force people to give offerings. The church needs to cut back on their strong requests for money for it is setting a bad example and creating a bad reputation for both God and the church. But because the church creates its own need for money, they drop their morals and morality in achieving those financial quests.
This lack of morality and morals seeps into other aspects of life. With fewer morals to abide by the believer is then allowed to act any way they wish. Part of the reasoning for their very unchristian behavior is that they think they will receive forgiveness from God. The RCC confessional has led many people astray about God’s forgiveness and how Chrstians should lead their lives.
Another reason why Christianity has declined in influence over politics is because its adherents do not lead very sexually moral lives. They are just like the unbeliever so why should the latter change? Christians lie to and cheat on their spouses. They also indulge in other sinful sexual activities and ignore God’s instructions on how to live their lives. These are not the only sins Christians commit. Why should anyone listen to a Christian?
It is not a surprise that the Christian faith has lost its influence over politics. The example it has set shows that it does not want to be the light unto the world. Instead, it wants to be part of the world and continue to partake in the sinful activities they are supposed to have given up when they repented and were redeemed by Christ.
If you want respect, then live the Christian faith correctly. If you want influence, then stop with the silly games and sill religious talk and get wisdom, knowledge and understanding. If you want to be the light unto a dark world, then change your lifestyles, goals and direction. You won’t be representing God or Christ if you continue to alter what the Bible says, ignore what God says, and disbelieve what he says.
The only way to have influence over politics and political fringe groups is to live as Christ lived, talk as Christ talked, and do the work Christ has instructed everyone to do.
Here are some topics that deserve a few comments
Anne Graham Lotz has suggested there might be a deep significance attached to her battle against breast cancer, as it could be a warning sign that Israel is in danger of suffering a fatal attack.
Some people really think highly of themselves. It would be nice if prominent Christian leaders & speakers would stick to promoting Christ and stop making everything about them. Let’s not embarrass Christ, the Church or the faith with these comments.
I have learned that there is one word that shouldn’t be used in modern Christianity. If I use it now, I’m taking a risk that you won’t even finish reading this article. It’s a turnoff for so many Christians, even though it’s the very reason the Church exists.
It’s the word “evangelism.” That’s the “dirty” word. It’s because of its connotations that I don’t even call myself an evangelist.
It is not that the terms ‘evangelist’ or ‘evangelism’ are dirty words. It is that they and the act of evangelism are moved to idol levels and elevated above other commands and instructions by God. Evangelism is given a faulty priority over teaching the truth, having solid believers and more. Evangelism has its place but it is not more important than living the Christian life correctly.
Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations have been found in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches spanning 40 states and Canada, according to a new report.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram released an extensive, eight-month investigative report Sunday recounting the stories of women who were victims of sexual misconduct, including molestation and rape when they were minors, in IFB churches.
This is always sad news to hear but we would like to know how they define sexual abuse, what kind of stories they are accepting and how much evidence supports each allegation. The Bible does not instruct us to believe the victim only. It tells us that we have to find the truth, go with the truth and have supporting evidence.
We also would like to hear their definition of the term abuse and how distorted that definition has become. The wild accusations thrown about only make us more skeptical. Accusation does not equal guilt.
Thousands of brides are being burned alive in India despite the practice being illegal, a Christian ministry has warned.
India Partners, a Christian organization that works alonside indigenous Christian grassroots agencies in India, told Mission Network News on Thursday that there are still as many as 8,000 bride burning cases a year in the Hindu-majority country.
These are just a few of the real victims that are deprived of honest help due to the false claims made by others in different parts of the world. Greed is a deadly sin costing innocent people their lives. But it doesn’t just happen to the unbelievers of the world. There are many people claiming to be believers driven by greed to reach their objectives.
Also, greed may not be limited to just money. Awareness is only the first step in helping someone in need. Believers need to roll up their sleeves and get involved to bring others to safety and to the gospel. Believe it or not, evangelism is tied to social activities and giving a gospel message is not always the first thing a believer must do to win someone to Christ.
Believers in Jesus Christ “have more evidence than they need” to intellectually defend the claims of Christianity, says noted apologist and Liberty University professor Gary Habermas.
Habermas, a New Testament scholar who chairs Liberty’s Department of Philosophy, noted in a recent interview that he believes Christians “often crawl into a cubby hole and are embarrassed of being called out” or told that they “don’t have any evidence.”
It is a good article to read.
If believers are confused as to their role in society today, those few words sum it all up. How the unbeliever sees God, depends on several factors. Those factors include how believers act during their stay on earth.
Conservative voices in the Church of England are warning that the Anglican branch is moving toward a “denial of God” through its new guidance on transgender people.
The new pastoral guidance, released on Tuesday, says that it encourages clergy to be “creative and sensitive” in the use of liturgy when acknowledging so-called “gender transition” for those suffering from gender dysphoria, the belief that their gender doesn’t match their biology
One of our duties while here ministering on earth is to maintain the truth. God does not change nor does his teaching. We do not change the teaching of the church to fit the ideologies or deceived beliefs of those who do not have the truth.
It is not the deceived that teaches the church how to act or respond to different issues. The church is to bring the truth to the deceived so they can be freed from the sins enslaving them. If a believer doesn’t know how to respond correctly, then they need to go and get educated correctly. This allows them to be used of God in the proper manner.
The Church of England welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the body of Christ, and rejoices in the diversity of that body into which all Christians have been baptized by one Spirit,” the new guidance declares.
God does not. The only way God accepts them is if they are coming to salvation and repenting of all their sins, including the sin of homosexuality and transgender. There is no other way to God except through the redeeming power of Jesus. Sin is not allowed in paradise. While sinners can attend church services, their sin is not to be accepted, called good or normal.
The church is to follow God’s rules not secular society’s rules.
The document advises clergy to respect transgender people’s chosen name and gendered pronouns, and says that the existing rite of Affirmation of Baptismal Faith, a ceremony used for those who have already been baptized, can be used at church services to mark a person’s gender transition.
While we do not liturgies or rituals, let’s not corrupt them have them blessing evil. Remember, loving our neighbors does not include keeping people enslaved to sin. Jesus did not do it, and the church cannot do it.
If you are unsure about where God and the Bible stand on the issues of transgender and homosexuality, here is a good article to read
Once again, the Christian world is abuzz with controversy over the Bible and homosexual practice, as if this was a difficult or ambiguous subject. To the contrary, the Scriptures are totally clear: homosexual practice is sinful in God’s sight, but it is not the unforgivable sin.
Here’s a brief primer, along with some helpful resources
The article has a lot of good resources to help your spiritual growth on these issues.
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
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
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.