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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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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

They Are Not Setting a Good Example

Rider U. rejects student survey asking for Chick-fil-A, says company’s values ‘haven’t progressed’

A New Jersey college is refusing to bring Chick-fil-A on campus because its values “have not sufficiently progressed” despite it being the most preferred option among the students

We read stories like this all the time. Some are more severe than others as the targeted people have usually critiqued another very sensitive religion and western leaders seem to bend over backwards to appease the adherents of that religion. They do this instead of telling those adherents to toughen up and learn to take constructive criticism.

The university in question in that story, makes the claim that Chick-fil-A is not inclusive enough, here is their main argument

In a Nov. 1 email obtained by Campus Reform, Rider University, a private institution in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, explained that they would not be bringing the popular chicken sandwich restaurant since “their corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider,” articulating that their decision was to promote “inclusion for all people.”

Yet Rider U has shown that they cannot live by the same standards they force on others. Their exclusion of Chick-fil-A shows that they do not meet their own standards of inclusion. Certain people are not allowed to enter simply because the powers that be at Rider U are not inclusive enough. Yet, this is often the story when someone who disagrees with the liberal or Democrat agenda.

The liberals and Democrats forget their own rules and ideology because they do not want to tolerate opposing opinions.

During the spring semester, Rider surveyed the student body to inquire which restaurants they would like to see come to campus. When the students responded that Chick-fil-A was their top choice, the university paid no attention to the results.

Rider U again sets another bad example here by ignoring the will of the students. Something that has gone in the adult world where judges, CA Prop 8, have gone against the will of the people simply because the majority will chooses something they do not like. How can students learn the right way to do life when their adult examples continually demonstrate how not to do life the right way?

Ignoring one’s own ideology to keep a group or individual or in this case, a restaurant, out of campus or a city, does nothing to make that ideology a good option to live by.

There are a number of factors that contribute to a campus’ decision to invite a retail partner on campus,” Rider Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Jan Friedman-Krupnick told the outlet.

“While Chick-fil-A is among other restaurants preferenced by Rider students, there are members of the community (faculty, staff, and students) who strongly opposed the option as well.”

In other words the survey was nothing but a meaningless exercise to placate the students. The decision was already known in advance just in case the students did what they did and chose a restaurant the faculty did not like. So much for democracy. But if you hadn’t noticed, the liberals and Democrats do not want democracy unless they win. They also want to force their ideology on others as has been seen by the numerous cases against Christian businesses.

Again, it doesn’t matter what the majority wants, it is only what certain people want to see take place. We understand this attitude because Jesus said the unbelievers will hate Christians because the unbeliever hates Christ. They hate Christ and Christians because the light the latter shine exposes the sins of the unbeliever. The unbeliever thinks they are good people and are good enough to enter heaven because they are more inclusive than the Christian.

They aren’t as the unbeliever wants to bring sin into paradise. They think that a corrupted paradise is better than a sinless one. They are mistaken. Also, no one is more inclusive than God. He will accept anyone who repents of their sins and accepts his son as their savior. What isn’t included in his perfect kingdom is sin. This is something the unbeliever does not understand because they have been deceived.

If you want to start making a spiritual impact for God then you need to start praying to bind the evil forces doing the deception. You won’t get a foot in the door to the unbeliever’s soul until you do. Then you need to set the right biblical example so your light will shine brightly.

 

Sometimes Words Fail Us

When we look at different news stories, different news events, the acts of people who claim to be Christian and more,we just get tired of the amount of evil that gets to rule in the daily lives of people. Here are some examples

#1. https://www.christianpost.com/news/australian-wedding-magazine-forced-to-shut-down-after-christian-owners-refuse-to-feature-gay-couples.html

One of Australia’s top wedding magazines has closed down after they were abandoned in droves by advertisers over the Christian owners’ refusal to feature same-sex couples.

Luke and Carla Burrell, the owners of White magazine, stated in a “farewell” message on their website on Saturday that their intention during their 12 years of existence was to celebrate marriage with a focus on love and commitment. 

They explained that ever since Australia voted to legalize same-sex marriage in November 2017, they have continuously been asked why they do not feature all couples, including gay couples, in their magazine.

#2. https://www.christianpost.com/news/hold-s-korean-megachurch-pastor-lee-jae-rock-sentenced-to-15-years-in-prison-for-raping-8-followers.html

South Korean megachurch pastor Lee Jae-rock was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping eight female followers, and telling them it was God’s will.

The Korea Times reported that Lee, the 75-year-old pastor of Manmin Central Church, was found guilty on Thursday of using his power and status to force the victims, all in their 20s, to have sex with him, saying that it was an “order from God.”

The Seoul Central District Court also ordered the church leader to take 80 hours of therapy classes and banned him from working with youth institutions for 10 years after his prison term.

#3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/yolanda-adams-hezekiah-walker-share-reaction-after-partaking-in-controversial-unification-event.html

The Unification Church, properly known as Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA, hosted a major event this month called “Peace Starts with Me” and invited high-profile Christian artists, such as Israel Houghton, Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker, to help welcome the self-described “mother, the only begotten daughter of God,” Hak Ja Han Moon, to America.

A video promotion for the Nov. 12 event held in New York City’s Nassau Coliseum announced that Grammy award winner Houghton was joining Bishop Noel Jones, along with the other gospel singers for the Unificationism gathering.

The Unification Church reported on its website that approximately 20,000 people attended the event held at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., for the Peace Starts With Me rally “to welcome True Mother back to America.” The event was globally live streamed for thousands of others to experience the event from their homes.

It’s unclear why these popular Christians would link arms with what has been labeled as a heretical body that is not Christian, especially because Moon, who was the keynote speaker for “Peace Starts With Me,” believes “Jesus failed in his mission” for world peace by being crucified.

#4. https://www.christianpost.com/news/asia-bibi-daughter-thanks-god-christians-fears-religious-enemies-want-them-dead.html

One of Asia Bibi’s daughters has appeared on a video thanking God and Christians worldwide who’ve been praying for her family as they continue to face many uncertainties.

“Thank you everybody for praying for my mother. I’d also like to thank the brave judges and the Pakistani justice system that recognize my mother’s innocence,” Eisham Ashiq says in a video, supplied by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

“I’d also like to thank all the governments — the Italian government that [is] concerned about our future and safety,” she adds.

“Thanks God, she (Bibi) is free and I hope our entire family is finally happy and free. Thanks to all of you for praying for my mother and persecuted Christians.”

Bibi’s family has also said that “religious enemies” want them dead.

#5. https://www.christianpost.com/voice/fri-if-the-radical-left-takes-over-you-can-kiss-your-freedoms-goodbye.html

The pattern is as predictable as it is obvious. When the left (especially the far left) talks about freedom, it means freedom for those who conform. When it talks about diversity, it means my way or the highway. Political correctness is to be enforced. Dissent will not be tolerated. So much for the left bringing “liberation.”

Of course, the left will say to us, “No, you are the ones who require conformity. You are the ones who refuse to recognize marriage when it’s different than what you’re used to. You are the ones who want to forbid a woman from having control over her own body. It is our side, the left, which loves freedom.”

But that objection misses the point.

It looks bad but we have a way out. It is not the rapture, which Christians fervently seek as they do not want to be part of this world anymore. The Bible teaches us that we overcome evil by doing what Christ wants:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 NASB)

You will notice that neither Christ nor God taught that we overcome evil by changing certain laws. Too many misguided souls out there think that the way to have a better society or civilization is to legislate it into existence. That is not biblical teaching. It is one way to make the unbeliever hate the believer and keep them away from Christ.

We are to do good and that means we do more than just preach a gospel message or give our testimony. Jesus healed, fed the poor, helped the widows and much more than just preach the Sermon on the Mount. If he didn’t do good, then the credibility of his teachings would be in doubt and many people would just ignore him. But as you can see through the biblical records, he had great multitudes gather around him.

He was not only relieving them of their spiritual problems but also their physical ones. Doing good overcomes evil, it opens hearts up to the gospel and the ways of Christ in ways that laws cannot. But when we do good, it must be accompanied by the truth

{Love} does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; (1 Cor. 13:6 NASB)

For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. (2 Cor. 13:8 NASB)

We do not misrepresent, we do not lie, we do not alter the facts and on it goes. We speak the truth in love and do good. The key is that we first must have Christ’s definition of doing good before we act. We do not adopt the secular world’s definitions because they are unfair, unjust and very wrong. The good we do is for everyone not just a small group of people.

Then when we do good, we must go with the right perspective. The Muslim, the Democrat, the Liberal, the conservative, the false Christians and more groups, are not our enemy. They are part of God’s creation who have been deceived, misled, and taken down the wrong paths away from the truth. The Bible tells us

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12 NASB)

Having the right perspective will help you prepare better when you set out to do the good that overcomes evil. It will help you to pray better and keep you seeking the truth, as well as learning how to apply your good works and the truth correctly. It will also help you step out of the way and let God work in the hearts of those who do evil.

That way God gets the glory and evil cannot attack you through pride, boasting, egotism and so on. You can easily thwart the darts evil sends your way. Doing Christianity correctly is the best way to make an impact for God and preserve civilization.

 
 
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