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Believers 5

The reason for the amazing growth  according to Drucker was that the mega church leaders dared to ask a basic marketing question: what does the consumer want?– page 121

This is one of the failings we see in the mega church movement. It is all about what people want, even unbelievers, and not what God wants to see in his church. We can nitpick and complain about how mega church pastors disrespect God by their very unclassy dress but then in the NT God did not specify a dress code as he did for the OT temple Priests.

How a church pastor dresses should be up to him though he should keep in mind whom he serves and what he has demanded of others before donning what many in different societies would call disrespectful.  Then he must keep in mind that he has a human audience that may feel very disrespected because the pastor doesn’t think they are worthy of his better set of clothes. This can be extrapolated to cafes in the church, and other modern conveniences that have made their way into the holy sanctuary of God.

People are so concerned about the ‘consumer’ that they forget about God and his standards

What also bothers us about that quote is that it makes the church more like a business instead of a place to receive healing, help, compassion, friendship and to worship the most holy God, creator of all things whose power is so great he only needs to speak things into existence.

Our view of God is very restricted when it comes to church and that needs to change. Who God is should guide our thoughts, our actions, our words not our disdain for hymns or offering and so on, especially when it comes to worshiping and serving him.God already designed the church and what he wanted to see take place within it. We cannot ignore his direction and while we may have some leeway, some use that little bit of freedom to design the church and its operation after their personal preferences and not God’s.

Making people ‘comfortable’ like mega churches try to do may be driving God out of the church and to some other location. being holy is one key church leaders need to follow when they design how their church works. It is not what the consumer wants but what God wants.

Jesus lost followers because he told the truth, we are not going to be able to be any different. Losing members from a church does not necessarily mean the church or the pastor has lost favor with God, sometimes it does but not always, so church leaders need to focus on obeying God and feed the flock correctly, bring in the truth and teach the people how to be real believers–

1 Samuel 15:22
Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Jeremiah 44:23
Because you have burned sacrifices and have sinned against the Lord and not obeyed the voice of the Lord or walked in His law, His statutes or His testimonies, therefore this calamity has befallen you, as it has this day.”
Mega churches may look good but are they really obeying God? That is a question you need to answer for yourselves as you strive to correctly obey what God has taught in the Bible. We do not look for spiritual superstars to brig people into church, we just need to live the faith correctly.

 

 

Believers 4

I don’t think a lot of you guys think about that now when you are out there doing things whether it be having sex or doing drugs and stuff. You don’t think about how it may ruin your testimony or the fact that maybe one day you’re going to meet a wonderful guy or girl who is not going to want to be with you because of what you have done– pg. 224

While her warning is real and many young people do not think about their future or their future partner and their feelings, if the person is wonderful they will know you cannot change the past. They will accept you as you are and look past your sinful deeds (if you have truly repented from then) and start a good relationship with you. It may take some work to help them overcome what you have done but again, if they are truly from God then they will help build you up and overcome your past so that you can be their perfect partner.

Then keeping her warning in mind, think about what you are going to do. If it is sinful and against God’s word then you need to be strong and resist temptation for you are not living for yourself but for God’s kingdom and Jesus.The things of this world are fun, they are exciting but they are not of God and you must be careful.Sin destroys lives. There was a professor at Dallas Seminary many years ago who told a story about his son who wanted to hang out with his unsaved friends. The professor told his son it would be okay if he influenced them and they did not influence him for evil. Soon those friends all accepted Christ as their savior because the boy followed his father’s advice.

Remember that while Jesus ate with sinners, he did not participate in sinful activities, he did not approve of those people’s sins or sinful activities and he was not influenced by them. He influenced them.Jesus maintained his holiness in that situation and did not compromise. Young people need to learn how Jesus did this and copy his example, that way they will be ready and pure when they meet that wonderful special person and have less problems to bring to the relationship.

 

A Few Words

http://www.christianpost.com/news/california-will-not-tolerate-undercover-journalism-will-tolerate-selling-baby-body-parts-178942/

That article is quite good and we agree with what that author is saying. There is something wrong when a government ignores self-confessed criminal activity on the part of a corporation which says it deals with families. Obviously the word ‘families’ is stretching things here. Christians should be concerned about the actions of governments which go to great lengths to protect criminals

Calling the “right to privacy” a “cornerstone of California’s Constitution,” the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, went on to state California “[will] not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

What the Golden State will tolerate, however, is Planned Parenthood not only selling the body parts its pulls from the babies it kills in abortion, but — by its own admission — illegally altering its abortion procedures to make sure it delivers a better, more intact “specimen” to its dealers

The question ‘why is California doing this’ should be one of the first asked.  Of course in any good investigation the command ‘follow the money’ would guide any investigator to the correct answer. It is possible that Planned Parenthood is buying politicians for protection against criminal charges. we cannot say as we do not have access to the right documents to provide any evidence to support that thought.
For the believer we need to get to the truth of the matter and investigate wisely and thoroughly before coming to any conclusion but one thing is for sure, the actions of California are not right when it indicts and charges those who uncover illegal activity

Wednesday morning, just hours after California announced its charges against Daleiden and Merritt, their organization, the Center for Medical Progress, released yet another video capturing Planned Parenthood officials engaging in unthinkable criminal activities.

The latest videos show Dr. DeShawn Taylor — a former medical director at Planned Parenthood of Arizona and long-time abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles — admitting that when a baby is born alive during an abortion, she sometimes breaks state laws requiring an abortionist to transport the baby to a hospital.

Planned Parenthood make the Nazi doctors of the Hitler era seem mild and Hippocratic even though the latter’s experiments cannot be described with any other term than ‘atrocities’. Something is amiss when medical practitioners fail to live up to their Hippocratic oath when it comes to the unborn and why the state is not calling them on it is beyond description. The State is the last defense to keep ethics, justice, morality in any field of employment, especially the professions which require extensive education and training to practice in those fields.
When the State fails to uphold any moral obligation then where do the people turn? The people can’t take the law into their own hands for then they would be breaking the law and rendering their work moot. The criminal would be set free because amateurs did not get the job done correctly. Christians do have the right to cast the light of God on this problem demanding that the State keep to its governmental duties but will elected officials, who can easily be bought, listen and make the right changes?
Yes we said ‘easily bought’ for politicians like to be re-elected even when they are not doing a good job and should find some other type of employment in order to spare the people of their terrible governing.

When a Houston, Texas, district attorney was entrusted with convening a grand jury to follow up on the revelations in 2016, she instead indicted Daleiden and Merritt and had them arrested on charges that — amazingly enough — included purchasing fetal organs.

The district attorney, Devon Anderson, later dropped the charges when it became clear that her department was colluding with Planned Parenthood at the time. Anderson, a Republican whose political career was underwritten by Planned Parenthood, then lost her 2016 re-election bid.

 

We see that there is some evidence to support our statements. We are sure there is a lot more if people look hard enough. Christians are not barred from searching for and legitimately producing said evidence.  They just have to follow the rules of God in order to make their work mean something. One has to be just, fair, honest not emotionally charged or biased in their work.

It seems that the unbeliever will not hold the State accountable for its illegal actions as well as its ignoring of the law. Christians should be setting the example on how this is to be done correctly so that all people get justice, even Planned Parenthood and State officials (though they may not deserve it). Justice has to be for all or no one has justice.

Oh and the Christian should not be surprised that Planned Parenthood is disobeying the law. Corporations have been doing it for millennia.This happens all the time. This is a problem which demands a spiritual, divine solution because sinners will sin more and more especially when they know they can get away with it.

 

No One Wins

When you support one minority group over the majority or one group over another when it comes to rights, right and wrong, morality and immorality and good and evil.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/whats-been-lost-in-repeal-of-transgender-bathroom-law-179328/

Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the controversial HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Lawmakers had been under horrendous pressure from Left-leaning influences since its passage more than a year ago.

One question we have is why do sport leagues get to interfere with politics and force their will upon the people of any given state? Something is wrong here as this trend started many years ago when the NFL removed the Super Bowl from Arizona simply because the will of the people did not do what the NFL wanted. The crime? The people of Arizona did not approve of a new state holiday, Martin Luther King Day.  The bullying and intolerance need to stop. The left needs to realize and learn that other people have a say in what happens in a given state or country. They are not the sole residents of those places and they need to learn that the people who disagree with them have as many rights and freedoms as they do or as some minority group possesses.

God did not leave governing in the hands of the left.  Then the left needs to realize that they are far from God and his rules and that their ideas are merely subjective and not greater than those they oppose.The left needs to stop acting like spoiled little children and grow up.

 

News In Brief – 3

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/florida-college-suspends-christian-student-who-challenged-muslim-prof-s-jesus-assertion-178733/

After talking with the professor about his grade on the essay, Polston said that Zufari then reported him to Rollins’ “Dean of Safety” and even canceled class because she felt “unsafe
Absolutely absurd. These same people would be up in arms if a Christian professor did the exact same thing. This over-protection for some groups of people needs to end and sanity needs to be restored in American Educational institutions.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appealed to the touted Christian values of President Donald Trump and his evangelical supporters Sunday when he called undocumented immigrants “children of God” and suggested the construction of an estimated $20 billion wall along America’s Southern border is not Christian.
He does not know what Christian really is nor does he know how to apply biblical teaching. He also doesn’t understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. breaking the law is not to be supported even in the Christian faith.
A year after North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 “bathroom bill” was signed into law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings, a new analysis by the Associated Press says the bill will cost the state $3.76 billion over 12 years.
Pandering to sin and delusions is not the correct way to handle these problems. Transgenders should be told the truth and made to use the bathroom matching their birth gender.
A week after disgruntled Princeton Theological Seminary alumni complained that Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, should not receive the school’s Kuyper Prize because of his church’s position on the ordination of women and LGBT individuals, the seminary decided Wednesday not to give the award this year.

So now you have to hold liberal and sinful views to receive awards. Hmmm… Pathetic.
 

Distorting Other People’s Actions

is not of God. we were not really going to post today but this article caught our eye:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/4-reasons-evangelicals-should-oppose-trumps-muslim-ban-2-0-177036/

4 Reasons Evangelicals Should Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

We will take a look at those 4 reasons.

It’s the same as Trump’s first immoral Muslim Ban

Using religious words in opposition to someone’s actions is distorting the issue.  The ban is NOT immoral. There is no biblical command stopping the ruling governments from not allowing different groups of people from entering their land. Governments are granted the right to rule by God and those governments have the same freedoms as individuals. They can choose to follow God’s ways or they can choose to go their own but to call something immoral just because you disagree with the move is distortion of what others are doing. Governments also have the right to adjust the rules governing immigration to their land thus if they want to stop people from entering while that renewal is taking place that is their right.

We must reject any religious test

We do not ban people from our country based on religion. Period

Aside from the fact that we do not like any author who uses the word ‘period’ to finish their thought, there is no rule stating that certain religions have an unstoppable right to move to different countries. If members of their faith have done notorious and criminal acts then guess what, a few people have spoiled it for others and it is up to the members of that religious group to reign in their zealots who have no care for anyone or anything. Governments have a right to know who is entering their nation. They have a right to investigate the people who want to migrate to their lands. This means even innocent people have to be put under scrutiny. I do not know how many innocent people came to Korea to teach who eventually committed crimes from importing and using drugs to pedophilia. Governments have a right to protect their own people.

We must defend the religious freedom of all Americans

That author seems to forget that those immigrating are NOT Americans and do not hold American citizenship. The ban is not infringing upon religious freedom by Americans it is examining the rules of those who want to move to America. This distortion is so bad it ruins that author’s argument.

Doesn’t make us safer

Using the fear factor doesn’t make one’s argument rational,logical or even good. It is obvious that governments have limits in protecting its people but it should not be vilified for trying to protect its people. If the ban was an actual crime then we would have no problem with those who oppose it but the government has not broken any laws in instituting the ban, as far as we can see. The problem with this issue is that those who oppose the ban do so with blinders on or with rose-colored glasses fixed to their faces.They only see the issue through their own perspective and do not take the time to be honest in their examination of the facts.

Many people hold up the words on the Statue of Liberty but they forget that those words are not the law of the land, not part of the constitution and really plays no role in guiding government when it comes to immigration.  Christians cannot afford to distort what other people say or do. Distortion is dishonest, lying and sin. Their witness/testimonies as well as the gospel message are at risk when they take to distorting what other people say or do. They also show that they are influenced by secular forces and not the word of God.

We all know that anyone can use the Bible to support whatever they want to. It has been done for centuries and it is being done in opposition to this travel ban. It may also be done in defense of the travel ban.  It should be noted that Jesus never taught insurrection, protest or disobedience to government laws and governing authorities.He did teach to pray for them, to do good to them, to obey  them and we must be careful when declaring something immoral.  What we consider to be immoral may not be. God sets the standard for morality not humans and believers are told throughout the book of Proverbs to get wisdom, understanding and so on.  Writing articles like the one linked to above is not helping anyone but using scripture and religion to further one’s personal views. It certainly doesn’t enhance the gospel.

The use of the word ‘period’ demonstrates a very closed-minded attitude on the part of the author who thinks that only his way is best. That is reducing one’s argument to a subjective nature and not based upon the standards set by God. How can that author prove that his way is better than Mr. Trump’s? He doesn’t do it in the article and he does nothing but whine and complain because someone with elective authority has done something he does not like. He distorts the action because he is not in favor of it and he wants to convince or manipulate others into going along with his way of thought. That is wrong as well for he should be teaching God’s way in this issue and convincing his readers to go along with God’s thinking.

Is the ban a violation of God’s word? Not yet. It depends upon the new rules that will be implemented during the ban period. Again, governments have the right to restrict whomever they want from entering their borders. People need to be wise in this issue not blindly devoted to some personal agenda. It is not smart to open one’s borders to all who want to enter for the government must make sure there are enough resources to take care for all the people under their care and that includes those who are born in the nation. The people attacking this ban seem to forget about the rest of the population they share America with and think their ideas trump everyone else’s and that is not wise, smart or biblical.

 

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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