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Pastors 3

One of the things that is troubling is when the Pastoral staff implements secular ideas even though they have divine commands already guiding those areas they use secular thought. One example of this is the introduction of Political Correctness in the church. The Pastor already has scripture governing the treatment of others, they do not need the aid of the unchurched world.

Another example is the introduction of female pastors. The secular world demands more and more businesses to install female leadership. Again Pastors, churches and denominations have divine commands telling them who can or cannot lead the church. Those biblical instructions get ignored in favor of pleasing the secular world. This is not correct nor is it of God.. God expects his followers to obey him over secular culture. God’s rules were not written for them to be ignored or swept aside in favor of secular ideas and rules.

Another troubling area is how some pastors and churches ignore government rules on church construction and other legitimate oversight by the government. These Pastors claim that government agencies do not have jurisdiction over the church’s construction or other actions. Governments do have the right and jurisdiction over certain church activities. They get to enforce building codes and other pertinent laws like parking requirements and traffic control guidelines.

These rules do not interfere with biblical instruction. This means that they cannot be ignored by the Pastoral staff. We see the example of Abraham, who did certain actions following secular cultural rules– buying a field, finding a wife for Issac and so on. Those rules did not interfere with God’s instructions to Abraham and Abraham did ignore secular rules when they conflicted with or contradicted God’s instructions.

This is the key. Pastors and other believers need to learn when the right time and the right secular rules can be ignored. God gives governments some leeway in governing and the same freedom of choice that he gave all people. Governments are free to choose which path they will follow– God’s or their own. Pastors and other Christians need to exercise real discernment, not blind obedience to secular rules and actions. They have to make sure that the government’s actions are in line with God’s word or if those rules are leading people to sin.

The Pastors then need to instruct their people on the right course of action and prepare them for the government’s response.

 

Pastors 2

The Bible speaks constantly about learning, teaching others, and studying and many pastors do that but sometimes they stop at only reading their own denominational material. Unfortunately that is not enough.

To teach your people each week you must be educated in more areas than your denominational ideology. You need to know about science, history, geography and many other subjects in order to understand and apply the Bible better. You do not have to be experts in each field of study nor do you ave to know more than some of the basics, but what you have to do is follow the Holy Spirit so you can get to the truth of an issue and not be led astray by unbelievers who sound like they know what they are talking about.

For example, for science the best way to protect yourselves and your congregations is against evolutionary thinking to have a good starting point. That beginning is simply: fallible, sinful men and women do not know more than God does about what he did in the beginning. You cannot say that the biblical authors got our origins wrong for they got their information from God himself.

Another example would be archaeology. a good starting point there to help guide you in your study of God’s word is that archaeology is limited and only looks at maybe 2-5% of the total information from the past. archaeologists do not have any secret information nor any smoking gun that contradicts the Bible or proves it untrue. They know very little about the past and what they do know they often distort and alter in order to paint a picture they want the past to look like. They do not present a picture to show how the past actually was.

These examples should help you in knowing what you need to know from fields of study other than theology. For theology, and other subjects,you need to make sure you are following the Holy Spirit to the truth because Jesus taught that. he did not teach anyone to go for the interpretation they want or the best explanation.

Do a word study on the words ‘truth’ and ‘interpretation’ and see what God actually teaches about both topics. To lead your people correctly you need to know the information first. You need to first ask God the tough questions and get his answers before facing the questions from your church members.

Education is not limited to theology or evangelism for not every person studies theology and you need to be prepared to answer their questions and you can’t answer them if you do not know God’s answers first. I remember having a friend many years ago, who was a youth pastor at the time, continually say ‘I don’t know’ to his young charges. That is not good nor is it being a good pastor. You need to know so you can train your people correctly and help protect them from the attacks of evil.

You need to educate correctly so the people can defend their faith without problems or stumbling in their faith.

 

Pastors

There is an old saying in the church– ‘as the Pastor goes so goes the church’

This means pastors that if you want your people to be holy, then you must show the way and be holy yourself. If you want your people to be fair, just and merciful, then you need to learn from God how he defines those words and then apply those definitions to your own life first. If you want your people to be truthful then you must teach them the truth.

Servant leadership is a bit misleading as Pastors while they are servants, they are also the servants of God and must do what he wants first. When the pastor learns what God wants them to know they in turn lead the people to the right way to go. Being called to be a steward of one of God’s congregations does not mean that the pastor lets other people do the leading. He must lead, he must discipline correctly, rebuke when necessary, praise when it is called for and foremost he must follow the Holy Spirit to the truth so his charges can receive the truth and know what is expected of them.

The pastor must lead his people away from false teaching, not embrace it and lead them to sin.The pastor cannot call false teachers Christian for that would be bringing confusion into the church. The pastor must be the one who leads his people correctly, as God wants, there is no one else appointed to do that job for that congregation.

 

This Is A Good Article

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/israeli-warehouse-clues-jesus-life-death-46240622

In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus.

Not THAT Jesus. Archaeologists in Israel say Jesus was a common name in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago, and that they have found about 30 ancient burial boxes inscribed with it.

Ahead of Easter, Israel’s antiquities authority opened up its vast storeroom to reporters on Sunday for a peek at unearthed artifacts from the time of Jesus. Experts say they have yet to find direct archaeological evidence of Jesus Christ, but in recent years have found a wealth of material that helps fill out historians’ understanding of how Jesus may have lived and died.

“There’s good news,” said Gideon Avni, head of the archaeological division of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “Today we can reconstruct very accurately many, many aspects of the daily life of the time of Christ.”

Israel is one of the most excavated places on the planet. Some 300 digs take place each year, including about 50 foreign expeditions from as far away as the United States and Japan, the Antiquities Authority said.

About 40,000 artifacts are dug up in Israel each year. A third of all the antiquities found attest to the ancient Christian presence in the Holy Land, Avni said. Historians now know how long it took to travel between cities and villages where Jesus preached, and what those places looked like at the time.

we will let you read the rest for yourselves.

 

Women Pastors

http://www.christianpost.com/news/barna-study-reveals-what-americans-think-of-women-pastors-177400/

A newly released report by Barna Group reveals that evangelicals in the United States find it more difficult to embrace the presence of female leadership in the Christian ministry than other Protestants and Catholics do.

We know why this is so. Jobs like President, CEO, CFO, pilot, police officer and other employment options do not have the one thing that accompanies the position of pastor or church leader. Women are allowed to do those jobs BECAUSE those positions do not come with an inspired divine command prohibiting women from filling those vacancies. The positions of pastor and church leader do have that inspired divine command and women and other church people need to take note of that directive and simply obey it.

You can point to all the NT passages of scripture you want to about how women were part of Jesus’ company, exercising their spiritual gifts and so on BUT you will not find one example of any of those women disobeying God’s command concerning leadership of the church. You do not find Jesus teaching anywhere anything that is contrary to Paul’s instructions in Timothy and Titus concerning those positions.If people want to say that Paul’s words are not Jesus’ words, think again as John 17: 8 says otherwise and we quote:

for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.(NASB)

The rest of the NT outside of the gospel and the first chapter of Acts are ALSO Jesus’ words. They are not the apostles’ own thinking or ideas.Paul did not teach contrary to Jesus for he carried or was given Jesus’ words to teach God’s followers.

“There is a long history among evangelicals of emphasizing motherhood and family as a woman’s primary calling,” says Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna Group, in the report. “While the broader culture, and much of the Christian church, has shifted away from this, evangelicals seem more reluctant to do so. This reluctance is often tied to a scriptural reading that insists men are to occupy primary leadership positions within the family and church and, by extension, society.”

While motherhood and family are great responsibilities, those duties do not prohibit a woman working outside of the home. That decision is between the husband and wife alone, no one else.Being a helpmeet allows for the woman to be engaged in some form of employment if her husband agrees.

Stone noted that more than half of most congregations are women. And many of them are in the workforce. The Department of Labor shows that in 2015, women made up 47 percent of the labor force, up from 27 percent in 1948.

This means absolutely nothing and is not part of God’s criteria qualifying people to lead the church. God’s rules do not depend upon who is attending a particular congregation.

Since most practicing Christians, apart from evangelicals, would be comfortable with a woman in the pulpit, many attend churches where they do not agree with or understand the theological stance against women in leadership, Stone continued. “This is likely to become more of an issue for churches as women continue to gain equality in other spheres. We have already seen more churches shifting to allow women in senior leadership, and the number of female senior pastors has grown considerably in the last few decades.

It is NOT about equality but about women obeying God.God does not reward disobedience.

People may disagree with what we have written but we are going to side with God on this and any issue. We listen to God not man. What good is it to have a Bible written by God if no one follows it? How can anyone expect unbelievers to obey God’s word when believers do not? Those are two questions for you to think upon and here is a third, why would anyone accept Christ as their Lord and savior when believers ignore him and his instructions?

Believers need to follow God and his ways not secular culture and its way. Secular culture is in need of a savior and is not the savior to the church. God has pointed out that his followers are to be the light unto a dark world. He did not say let the dark world be a light unto his church.Ignoring God’ word only presents a far different message to the unbelieving world than the church thinks. If you want to win souls then obey God’s word.

 

Sodom & Tel El-Hamman

It now seems that  Dr. Stephen Collins and associates have uncovered a ‘palace’ at this site:

 

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2017/02/28/For-Dust-Thou-Art-and-Unto-Dust-Shalt-Thou-Return.aspx

 

Two views of the sun-dried mudbrick walls of an ancient palace at Tall el-Hammam, Jordan, where the author is currently excavating. These mudbrick walls were later burned in a fire. Note a lone mudbrick sitting on the wall to the left. It was found in destruction debris above the floor of this room.
It is amazing the number of palaces archaeologists ‘discover’ in the ancient world. Almost as many as temples. It is as if the ancients had no other interests, business ventures or needs. Since there are no surviving documents describing this find, we will not join in the identification of this building. Archaeologists are well known to create a past that they want to see and not proclaim the past that actually was.
While God made this statement to Adam in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:19), it reminds me of what I’ve spent so much of my time with these days. I am writing this article from the Holy Land where I am excavating the palace on an ancient acropolis. It has thick walls of mudbrick constructed on stone foundations. When uncovered, we have found that a number of the walls have disintegrated badly during the last few thousand years. They really were manufactured from dust and back to dust they have gone!
We really do not need mud bricks to teach us this lesson. We have millions upon millions of graves which remind us of God’s declaration to Adam.
Archaeological excavations suggest the earliest dwellings in the ancient Near East were natural shelters – caves and rock formations. Where available, they would have been sufficient for small groups of people and frequently served as non-permanent habitation. That meant people could only settle in places where such natural shelter was available.
This sells the ancient sort and makes them seem like unintelligent knuckle draggers. While some people may have taken shelter in caves it does not mean they all did or that they all did not use their brains to solve their housing problems.What that author forgets, though he reminds us of the erosion of mud bricks back into dust, is that housing material will rot, erode, rust over time thus it would be impossible to find all the shelter that ancient man used. To make the assumption that author does means he commits a disservice to the past and his readers by misrepresenting what took place in ancient times.
God made us from the dust of the ground – in a miraculous way – and we become someone of value and important to him. Yet in the beginning and in the end we are just dust!
Just to clarify a point here, it is our human bodies that return to dust not our spirits. If people are going to draw a spiritual example, they need to get the information correct so that they tell the truth and not mislead the people. If you want proof of that, how can a spirit return to dust when it was not made of dust?
But getting back to the idea that Tel El Hamman is Sodom. We vigorously disagree with Dr. Stephen Collins on his identification of that ancient city with the one destroyed by God. He states in his season ten report the following:
As is now widely accepted, Tall el-Hammam remains far-and-away the most logical candidate for biblical Sodom based on a detailed analysis of the relevant biblical and historical materials regarding the chronology and location of the city (http://nebula.wsimg.com/9a161034ecbdd5c976d2608ac7eb2d09?AccessKeyId=AD0C503627C3B88E5A7F&disposition=0&alloworigin=1)
It may be widely accepted but that acceptance is wrong. Tel el-Hamman is nowhere close to being Sodom. It is like saying a future archaeologist excavating in what is now L.A. has discovered New York City. That is how off the mark Dr. Collins and his associates are.
That the enduring and powerful presence of Tall el-Hammam and its associated towns and villages on the eastern Jordan Disk during the Bronze Age gave rise to the Cities of the Plain tradition reflected in the stories of Genesis 10-19 is a reasonable theory commensurate with all of the available geographical and archaeological data.
This is impossible for Sodom and the cities were destroyed and made examples for those who would live ungodly lives (see Jude 7 and 2 Peter 2:6). You can’t be made an example by hiding the destruction for thousands of years and telling no one where the example is.God never promised to restore those cities and there is no scripture stating they were restored.Tell el-Hamman, and we use the Israeli word ‘tell’ not the Arabic word ‘tall’, is not Sodom. Dr. Collins misleads so many people and provides an excellent example of our point that archaeologists create their own past not the one that actually was.
Sadly for Dr. Collins and his associates., they have been calling this site Sodom for over ten years now and when they finally realize that they are wrong their reputations will take a great hit. Not only as archaeologists but also their claim to being Christian. Christians cannot afford to get these things wrong nor can they afford to misrepresent something for such a long period of time. We have too many people watching for us to make mistakes and capitalize on them. We are not just living in this world as our actions have eternal consequences for many.  I call on Dr. Collins to admit his error now and make things right before it is too late for him and his associates.
As you can tell we are not a fan or a supporter of his but we also do not want to see him be embarrassed by this gigantic error. No Christian wants to see someone claiming to be a Christian made a fool of, be embarrassed by their mistakes or do badly in their chosen profession.It is not a Christian attitude to want those things. Dr. Collins may be gaining support for his identification but support does not mean one is correct in their identifying the remains they are excavating. It means that those people believe him over God. We have talked directly to Dr. Collins and his associates many times over the years and unfortunately, we doubt he and they will admit their error. It is sad to see.
Sodom and Gomorrah have been discovered but those cities are not near Tell el-Hamman, they are at Bab el-Dhra and Numeria a very desolate wilderness where nothing lives. Dr. Collins and some of his early associates asked why would anyone build cities in such a barren and god forsaken land. Well they were looking at the land AFTER the destruction and not when Lot saw it.That error has led Dr Collins and friends to take the wrong path and mis-identify another tell.e need to correct our mistakes as believers and get back on the right path before we go too far and cannot return to the straight and narrow. Now is the time to do so and this applies to all areas of life not just archaeology
 

Bits And Pieces2

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/toni-the-tampon-coloring-book-that-teaches-men-get-periods-amounts-to-child-abuse-says-expert-177040/

The Adventures of Toni the Tampon: A Period Coloring Book that teaches children men get periods too is causing a stir, with one critic calling it “child abuse.”

No it is not child abuse. Le’s stop abusing the word ‘abuse’. This is called lying to children and lying is a sin. The Bible reminds us that liars do not go to heaven. Let’s not sin in exposing sin.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/justin-trudeau-donates-650-million-fund-abortions-worldwide-pro-lifers-horrified-177143/

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to donate $650 million for abortions worldwide on International Women’s Day, with “horrified” pro-lifers calling it a “sick” decision.

We call it misusing ones authority and power.

“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” he added.

Women do not have the right to hurt or kill the child or its body developing in their womb.

 

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/i-was-a-skeptic-of-the-shack-then-i-spoke-with-the-author-177146/

People had warned me not to read the book. And when I heard that God, who is called Papa, was portrayed as a large black woman, I really wasn’t inspired to read it.

The author of the book and the producers of the movie seem to have forgotten that God does not show himself to humans. If he did the person seeing him would die. Why would God appear as a black woman? There is NO logic to maintain that idea. Then when God has met people the person is told to remove their shoes for they are standing on holy ground. We do not see that vital act used anywhere in this movie. At least it i not mentioned taking place anywhere we have read about the movie.

People may like this film but it is theologically and biblically wrong

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-radicals-disguised-as-doctors-massacre-over-30-sick-and-wounded-in-hospital-177142/

Islamic State militants have killed over 30 patients and staff at an Afghan hospital and wounded twice as many others after managing to disguise themselves as doctors in what some have called an “abhorrent new low.”

If you need a modern example of why God destroyed the world with a flood… Now all the people of the pre-flood world were not this bad but they did think of evil all the time. Sin is evil, God set the boundaries for sin not humans. be careful.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-should-elderly-pastors-retire-ten-diagnostic-questions-176314/

There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire?

People like Ranier need to go away. They are sticking their noses in where they do not belong. They are what was once called busybodies. They are minding everyone else’s business but their own. They also think they are in charge of the church and Christians, placing themselves over God with their views. We have never liked Ranier, his articles or the book he wrote. We find him treading in areas where he does not belong and uses the wrong standards to make his judgments.

 
 
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