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We may make this into a new series to discuss news in brief or specific articles that directly impact the faith.

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-should-evangelicals-observe-lent-176320/

“I’ve seen that surge in the church where I pastor, without any promotion from me,” Ponder wrote. “I’ve seen the same on social media, going hardly more than two minutes without bumping into a post by a friend describing what they are doing, reading, or giving up for Lent.”

Mere Orthodoxy also noticed this not so long ago, mentioning that the Lenten “devotional expression, long a hallmark of more liturgical churches, is now a growing trend among low-church evangelicals.”

Pastors need to be careful how they relate Lent and other fad practices to the church. One can support almost anything from the Bible and it is not a wise practice to follow false teaching even if it has scriptural support. False teaching is false teaching and if one is not careful, they may be fooled because the false teacher has supported his or her heresy from the scriptures. Case in point:

CP asked Packiam to respond to the objection that since Lent is not explicitly in Scripture, not a “divine statute,” it should therefore not be practiced.

“Forty-day fast periods are there in Scripture. So, early Christians, one of the first things they did as a way of preparing new believers for baptism, was to have a 40-day fast period. And, if you think of it that way, we are using a practice that ancient Israelites used. A 40-day fast period is a way of seeking God, as a way of repenting,” he said.

Yes 40 day past periods were part of the early church but the purpose behind those fasts were vastly different from what is behind Lent. Then just because the fast is present in scripture does it mean that Lent is okay. Lent is not a real fast nor is it biblical. We do not follow what  is not biblical.
In keeping with what the company describes as a longstanding policy to be inclusive, Disney XD, for the first time in the company’s history, included several gay characters kissing in an episode of “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” one of its most popular cartoons on Monday. And conservatives are not happy about it.

Disney has lost its way. Parents need to be strong when they teach their children for their children will face a lot of peer pressure concerning many different activities not just inclusion of those who do wrong and call it good. Christians are not to ‘go along to get along’ but need to be wise and instruct their children correctly so that the latter can handle the problems that come their way when they do not participate in the popular activities. It is not the schools that give children their moral training but the parents and the churches need to train the parents well and properly so that they can handle these difficult issues.
When I was working in a group home many years ago, the founder came to me and said ‘you got to yoke em when the are young’. His yoking was not that Christian in nature though he claimed to be a Christian and sadly it seems that someone at Disney heard the same statement for that is what they seem to be doing- yoking the young so that they will accept evil as good. Evil is never good, never right and not to be taught to little children. They need to learn God’s standards of right and wrong, good and evil, and morality and immorality. They also have to learn God’s commandments and instructions so that they may grow strong in the Lord and fear him not man.
Some Christian parents are voicing their disapproval after the U.K. government mandated that sex and relationships be taught in all English schools. They argue that they should be the ones taking the lead on such an important issue and protecting their children from things like pornography.

Yes Christian parents should take the lead for the secular world does not have superior objective standards to govern their behavior and presentations. Do not expect the secular world do operate according to Christian principles.
The New York City Department of Education has instructed teachers and faculty to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns  — whether that be “he,” “she,” “they” or “ze.”

Case in point. This is just dumb and shows that God is no longer in New York Education. The New York department errs as we do not reinforce mental illness or confusion. We are to straighten out the thinking of the young so that they know the difference between right and wrong and help them make the right choices.
 

We Like This Article

http://www.christianpost.com/news/caitlyn-jenner-man-wearing-dress-176062/

I do not write these words lightly, and there is not an ounce of mockery or, God forbid, hatred in my heart when I say that Caitlyn Jenner is a man wearing a dress.

1. there is no settled science confirming transgender identity

2. we still know very little about many operations of the brain, including those related to what is now called gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder, or GID)

3. studies continue to indicate that the vast majority of children who identify as transgender do not do so after puberty (even if many ultimately identify as gay)

4. there must be a better way than our current approach to treating gender dysphoria

5. it is unfair to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of the population on the rest of the population, especially on impressionable kids

6. gender distinctions should be celebrated and appreciated, rather than branded patriarchal or heterosexist or the like.

And while I’m at, let me say this to CNN’s Chris Cuomo: Sir, it is not intolerant for a father not to want his daughter to see a boy’s penis at school. That’s called being a good dad.

He is direct and to the point. Transgender people are only fooling themselves and being deceived by evil.There is nothing normal about rejecting your birth gender and people who support such changes are aiding evil’s attempt to destroy God’s creation.

 

A Word To Vegetarians/Vegans

We will use the word vegetarian here to include vegans and all other non-meat eaters.

Everyone knows you think your diet is superior to a meat-eating one; everyone knows you judge meat eaters and insult them; everyone knows you are rude to your hosts when you bring your own food to a dinner party  hosted by meat eaters. We have heard the vegetarian argument ad nauseam.

But there are a few points you need to consider which we hope will change your attitude. Yes, your attitude is terrible when it comes to your diet. First, when God gave the Israelites their divinely commanded diet he did not ban all meat products or animals. He allowed the Israelites to eat different kinds of beef and fish along with some other animals.

God told Peter in a vision about going to the Gentiles- ‘do not call unclean what I have cleansed’ This directive can also be applied to one’s food intake. What God has approved no one can call wrong, unclean or inferior.

Second, Jesus ate Kosher. This means that Jesus ate meat according to the laws set down for the Israelites by his father in heaven. We read about this in the Bible. Too often vegetarians think that they are greater than both God and Jesus and that they know better than them.  They think they can make a better diet than the one Jesus ate or God instituted. They can’t. It is not sin to eat meat nor is it less healthy as the Bible does not teach that one diet is greater than the other or that eating a certain way will extend their lives.

Third, When the Israelites were on their Exodus, they got tired of eating certain foods and complained . God fed them meat. He did not send a bunch of vegetable vendors to provide food for the wandering people instead he sent birds. If God had commanded that the Israelites could not eat meat, why would he help them sin by sending them meat?

Fourth, Vegetarians forget that God rejected Cain’s meatless offering.  Meat is a prime ingredient in making offerings to God for only meat contains the blood needed to meat God’s requirements for forgiveness of sins and other sacrifices.God never allowed for a vegetable substitute. The priests were allowed by God to eat part of the meat sacrificed to him. If God wanted his people to be meatless then he would not have provided that permission. If God approves of meat then no human can declare meat to be wrong or unhealthy.

Then to address a couple of our introductory remarks. The Bible tells us to eat what is placed in front of us. But we are not going to be strict here because there are a lot of foods placed in front of us that we just cannot get down or keep down. The point of this is that vegetarians need to learn that their diet is not divinely commanded and they will not sin if they break it. It is okay to eat meat and then go back on your diet when you are in your own home, etc. Since a vegetarian diet is not biblically commanded one is not disobeying God when they break it. There is no divine consequence if a vegetarian has to eat a little meat to be polite to their hosts.

Vegetarians are not greater than meat eaters. Nor are they perfect so stop breaking the command  ‘do not judge’. It is not a sin to eat meat nor does eating meat make a person inferior to vegetarians. The verses in the Bible talking about humbleness apply to vegetarians and how they view their diet.

Finally, get over yourselves. You are free to not eat meat if you so choose but you are not free to make other people go meatless. You have free choice as to what you will eat and how you will construct your diet so do meat eaters. You do not have the right to force your dietary rules upon others. nor make their decisions for them. Other people get to freely choose what they will eat. If you are going to be a zealot about your diet then stay away from meat eaters. There is no divine command to convert people to a vegetarian diet. If you sit at a table with meat eaters then keep your mouth closed about your diet and just enjoy the other person’s company and have a good discussion on anything else.

Vegetarians die from the same corruption, diseases and other causes of death just like meat eaters. Their diet does not extend their life nor protects them from dying. No matter what you eat, death comes eventually so chill out and take it down a few notches because you are not being biblical when you give your diet divine status or make it superior to the teaching of the bible.

 

Birthday Break +

After this post we are going to take a few days to celebrate a birthday. We will return later in the week.

But here are a couple of short points before we go:

#1. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/street-preacher-accused-of-hate-crime-after-sharing-scripture-with-gay-teen.html

Liberals and unbelievers are the ones who want to keep their fellow-man locked in their sins.It is not a hate crime to try to free someone from their sinful imprisonment.

#2. http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/guest-commentary/free-pastors-from-the-johnson-amendment.html

Sorry but we like the Johnson Amendment as we do not believe pastors should be telling anyone how to or who to vote for. Pastors need to lead their people to doing politics God’s way not trying to influence an election.

#3. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/uk-parents-win-millions-of-dollars-in-wrongful-birth-lawsuit.html  and  http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/planned-parenthood-caught-offering-incentives-for-abortion.html

And you wonder why God destroyed the world with a global flood? And why he is going to destroy the world when this life is over?  God hates sin and it is not going to make it into heaven. Live holy lives so the world will see a difference and want what God has to offer.

#4. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/elderly-patients-at-risk-of-forced-starvation-in-oregon.html

The secular world does not care. The church needs to.

 

Ancient Medicine

There is a new article out on ancient medical practices over at BAS

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/medicine-in-the-ancient-world/

The following is the best line of the article:

Similar in some ways to the modern spa

If you study the ancient world a lot then you will realize how similar it was to the modern world. The archaeologist and scholars who try to make the ancient world out to be vastly different from the modern world are only fooling themselves and those who believe them.Yes ancient people invoked gods to help them but then so do many modern religious groups outside of the Christian world.

The attempt to make the ancient practitioners out to be hocus pocus witchdoctor types is erroneous as we know that there were solid medical practices in the medical field long before history came to the modern age. The modern world has witchdoctor types and many quacks who peddle any type of cure in order to make a buck. the ancient world would be no different

By examining the bone regrowth around the surgical hole in the skull, scientists are able to determine how long the patient survived after undergoing the procedure. Some patients died immediately, some lived only a few weeks, but others seem to have healed completely.

Just like today.

 

Compassion Needs Flexibility

The following quote comes from The Attributes of God by A. W. Tozer page 70.

After the first world war the United States with its big heart gave vast sums of money to the dislocated orphans of Europe, but they didn’t have enough to meet the need. In one of the places where they were taking in orphans, a man came in, very thin, with large unnaturally bright eyes, thin cheeks and thin arms, leading a little girl. She also showed signs of malnutrition– eyes too large and bright, her little abdomen distended and her thin little legs and arms too small and too thin for her age.

This man led her in and said to the person in charge, ‘I would like you to take in my little girl.’ And they asked him if she was his daughter. ‘Yes’ he said.

‘We;;’ they said, ‘ we are awfully sorry but our rule here is that only full orphans can receive any help. If one of the parents is living then we can’t take responsibility because we just do not have enough. There are too many full orphans for us to take a half orphan.

And he looked down at his little girl and she looked up at him questioningly with big, too bright eyes and then he turned and said, ‘Well you know I can’t work. I’m sick. I’ve been abused. I have been in prison. I’ve been half-starved and now I am old and I can’t work. I can barely stagger around. But I brought her down for you to take care of her’

And they said, ‘We’re sorry, but there is nothing we can do.’ He said, ‘You mean if I were dead, you’d take care of my little girl and feed her and she could live and have clothing and a home?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ Then he reached down and pulled her skinny little body up to himself and hugged her hard and kissed her. Then he put her hand in the hand of the man at the desk and said, ‘I’ll arrange that,’ and walked out of the room and committed suicide.’

How much of a difference in that man’s life if the man at the orphanage simply said, ‘we cannot help you but let me put you in touch with someone who can.’ We need to be ready to help those who do not meet the rules and one simple act can change people’s lives. The church needs to be flexible in giving its aid to those in need.

The church may need to change its priorities in order to better help those who need it. Or spend less on its buildings or programs in order to meet the challenge that comes with dealing with those who are destitute. There will always be those who take advantage of open arms but that comes with the territory and the church just needs to be wise in handling the problems that come their way

 

Why We Need Biblically Educated Laymen

This article follows our Why We Need Biblically Educated Women which we placed here and in our magazine. By biblically educated we mean laymen and women who are trained in the truth and know how to correctly use the Bible.

#1. Their faith is important:

It is the same first point as in the women’s article as no pastor wants to see any of their laymen fall for false doctrine and be led away from the truth to destruction.

#2. They need to lead their families correctly:

The family depends upon the husband and father not only to provide for their physical needs but for their spiritual needs as well. Biblically correct patriarchs who lead their families well not only preserves and protects them but also strengthens the church by providing sound members who know how to look to God and his provision.

#3. They can help keep church leadership on the straight & narrow path (as well as the truth):

Biblically educated laymen can be great support for the church staff, not only praying for them but helping to keep them from straying from the truth. They can biblically draw the church’s leadership to potential errors or mis-steps by providing wise counsel and other words of wisdom.

#4. They can help keep justice, fairness etc., in the church:

If someone in the church or leadership is not handling problems correctly, their influence can bring the proceedings back to God’s way so that correct results, repentance, restoration is achieved and the church is kept free from dissension

#5. They can be the spiritual doctors and nurses church leadership, missionaries and evangelists need:

This is very important as many times when pastors, evangelists or missionaries err or if they are battered spiritually, they have no place to turn to for help. Too often they are ruined by their congregations or fellow christians, as the church has been known to kill its wounded. Biblically educated laymen can provide the necessary support and spiritual guidance to keep these church workers spiritually healthy or return them to spiritual health.

These spiritual doctors and nurses may not get the press or the fame but their role in keeping the church prominent workers in God’s kingdom is vital. It is also as spiritual as the work those church workers perform.  Without these spiritual doctors and nurses the church would be hurting for members as there would be no spiritually healthy church workers to minister to the congregation or bring in new members.

All parts of the body are important to have a healthy, functioning church that is pleasing to God.

 
 
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