Category Archives: Justice

What is Missing in Education

We are not going to play favorites here as both the Christian school system and the secular one make the same mistakes. Some schools, teachers and officials are good in both systems but sadly, those are overshadowed by others who do not perform as they should. Too often, schools in both systems tend to favor teaching ideology instead of educating the students correctly. This is so in spite of the warning given in the book of James.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. (NASB 3:1)

We know this as we have seen education first hand and have tracked the misdeeds of teachers, administration staff and education officials for several years. These people, even in Korea, treat students as objects not worthy of the best information possible or teaching as just another job. It is no longer a profession worthy of their best behavior, best effort, or having any character or integrity. It is now a means to an end, hopefully by padding their bank account and pension fund.

Teaching has lots a lot in recent years and there is enough blame to go around. No one group is solely to blame as all have contributed to the demise of education– even in Christian circles.Sadly, we saw this in our own undergraduate alma mater as well.Then when you see stories like the following article:

Teacher Accused of Feeding Puppy to Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

{and the title is enough of an example}

You know that something has been lost in teaching. It doesn’t matter the level because all levels have been infected with the same disease. In the book, Hitler Furies, a study on the female Nazis of that era, it was stated that Hitler introduced dumbing down into the German education system. It is much harder to manipulate and control educated people. The most successful educational program in the west since the 1980s has been the strategy to dumb down the students.

We have seen this first hand as well. But it was not limited to just the students who got a lack of an education. The teachers were dumbed down as well. We saw that over the years in Korea as teacher after teacher heading towards that country were not smart, lacked education and some could barely string a sentence together. There is something missing from education. Probably several elements are no longer in the profession. But again, that is not true in all cases.

As we thought about that article linked above, it was brought to our attention what God wanted done with his people. But many believers will probably miss their importance because the instructions are found in the Old Testament not the New. Non-believers won’t normally know these passages unless they read their spare time. But then even if they do, will they believe God’s word pertaining to how their profession should be handled? It is highly doubtful.

But the book of Deut. is filled with verses providing God’s instructions on what should be taught in his people’s schools. Here are some of those verses:

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you (NASB 4:1-2)

See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ (NASB 4:5-6)

10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to [b]fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’(NASB 4: 10)

 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. (NASB 6:1-2)

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (NASB 6:6-7)

And on these verses go.

God has said very clearly what he wanted taught to his people and their children. These instructions have not been voided by the New Testament.

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, (NASB 1 Tim. 1:3)

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you (NASB 1 Tim. 4:16)

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (NASB Tit. 1:9)

The firs set of verses has what is missing from teaching that takes place today in both the secular and Christian school systems.

so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God,

The fear or respect of God is what is lacking. No one that we know of, is doing this today. God is not feared and his ways are not taught. While the secular world and some Christians run around looking for human answers to school shootings, we have that answer here from God himself. The fear of God would stop many shooters from committing their evil schemes. Plus, if they were taught the ways of God then they would know that taking a life is wrong and should not be done.

When you make God’s rules appear as human origin rules, then it is easy for people to forget about God and ignore these human based rules. If people are not taught God’s ways, instructions and commands, how will they learn how to live properly? Ho will they treat their fellow human correctly if they do not know the better way to live?

These lessons start in the home where the parents teach it to their children and their grandchildren. Eventually, those lessons will reach politics, science, education and so on. God’s OT instructions and commands are not just for an Old Testament group of people who lived 4000 years ago. We bring the fear of God back to the lives of families, education and so on then we bring back the other missing elements in education.

You may ask what are we doing about this instead of just posting the thoughts God wants us to share on the internet? We have lived these principles in Korea as we taught. We had problems, criticism, attacks, but in the end, because we obeyed God and taught the way he wanted us to teach, we were rewarded as well. Maybe someday we will post some pictures recording those rewards.

We have been preaching in the Philippines using God ways. Now we have been asked to be the preacher of one church full-time as well as start a new Bible College. We opted for the latter. We are working on setting up a new Bible college that will have God’s instructions as the guiding force behind our teaching. Do not worry we do not plan on asking for money. We will need books though, lots of them. We will make that request when the time is right. Eventually we will be looking for teachers but that is a ways down the road. We will need prayer as well.

But we do what we can to practice what we are teaching in these web pages. This means we may not have time to post here but that remains to be seen. Christians need to take action and it is not done by teaching interpretation or ideology. It is done by following the Holy Spirit to the truth. Then accepting that truth and teaching it to others.

If you want a better education system, then it begins with the fear of God.


Hugs and Love

There tends to be some confusion in the Christian world when a belileverhugs another believer and says they love him. Too often, the latter misinterprets that action. One example comes in the following article

Controversial televangelist Jim Bakker has said that the late Rev. Billy Graham once visited him in prison in some of the lowest moments of his life, where he hugged him and told him that he loves him.

This should be done more often. The easy thing to do is pile on with the majority and add to the woes of those who have lost it all or struggle in their Christian life. We are not going to say whether or not Mr. Bakker is a Christian or not, that is not our call nor the goal of this article. He is merely being used as an example here. It is easy to misunderstand the actions of someone following Mr. Graham’s example of loving people.

The first thing we need to point out is that Mr. Graham has given us an earthly example of how God loves us. No matter what Mr. Bakker did, where he is residing or what job he is doing, or even if he lost his family, God still loves Mr. Bakker. That is a given. The second thing is, we should all follow that example but it is not always easy to do so.

But, with that said, we should point out what that act of love is not doing. This is where some misunderstanding or misinterpretation comes in. Loving someone like Mr. Graham did does come with restrictions.  First, that act of displaying God’s love, does not accept sin. There is no acceptance of the sin(s) that Mr. Bakker committed. The latter would have to go through the repentance/forgiveness process to become clear from his wrongdoing.

Second, the act of loving someone as God does, does not legitimize the actions of the person being loved. By this we mean that sinful behavior is not suddenly made holy.Third, this act of love does not validate any misguided or wrong beliefs held by the one being loved. They are not being told that any erroneous beliefs they may hold to are acceptable and do not need changing.

Loving someone in this manner, as demonstrated by Mr. Graham, only states that the person is loved. It does not mean that the person receiving the love is living according to what God has said or wants. It does not mean that the person receiving the love does not need to re-examine their beliefs, behavior, or whatever. It also does not mean one gets to ignore God’s rules.

Jesus was described as the friend of sinners but in that friendship, Jesus did not compromise the words of his father, his message, his church. Nor did he alter the plan of salvation and let sinners enter his kingdom with sins still in their lives. While he let Judas remain in his group of disciples, he did not approve of Judas’ sins. Loving another person is possible without loving the sins they commit. It is also possible to love them without legitimizing or validating their sinful lives.

Love another person does not alter or remove any of God’s instructions, rules or commands. You will notice that by Mr Graham’s actions, he did not become like Mr. Bakker. He did not change his beliefs or joined Mr. Bakker in his sinful actions. Mr. Graham stayed on God’s side. There are many people who, because of a loved one’s decision to be a part of sin, have altered their own beliefs and joined in with their sinful child or other family members.

Jesus said, he who loves their family more than him are not worthy of him. Loving family more than God is seen in this example. You can love your family member but you cannot leave God and his ways if you want to be worthy of Jesus. It is a difficult choice, but it must be made. You need to love God above your own relatives.

Now we should state that all people hugged and told that they are loved are not all commtting sin, believing false theology, or disobeying God. The righteous need love and hugs as well. Then it should be said that love is not mindless nor gives blind support. It points out, at the right time, where another person is in error or making mistakes. Love does not provide personal, subjective opinion, but God’s clear objective guidance.

It is not too difficult to misundertand or misinterpret a hug or love from another believer. It is up to us to be honest with ourselves and make our own calling and election sure. But again, that does not mean we get to create our own beliefs, our own vision of God or Christianty. It means that we make sure we are truly following God and his ways.

We do not reinvent Christianity but humble ourselves to follow it correctly.


Our Thoughts & Prayers

This seems to be the new fad in the church. Whenever a tragedy strikes or something bad happens, people say ‘you are in our thoughts and prayers’. Maybe they say this because they are not sure what they can do in those troubling times. In the case of a school shooting, law enforcement handles the problem and there is little to do except to pick the pieces. In the latter there are still people who do not know what to do or they leave it up to the local people to handle the mess.

There is nothing wrong with praying for those who are hurting. We need to pray so that people can be consoled. We need to pray so that emotion does not pervert justice. We need to pray so that we can have God guiding us in what to do next. It is here where the problem begins. Some people think they need a special ‘call’ from God to get involved in tragedies and for some God will specifically direct certain people to take specific actions.

But that direction does not mean that other believers simply sit on the sidelines and do nothing. God has told us what to do in the Bible and it begins with ‘do unto others…’ We need to think about how we would like to be treated in such cases and then act accordingly. Another message from God tells us that if we do kindness, etc., to the least of these we have done it unto him. The Bible is full of direction for believers to follow for all situations, including school shootings.

We do not make specific suggestions here because that is usually between God and the person. One act of kindness is not greater than another. If someone sends food they have done it unto Jesus just like the person who sends a large sum of money. Or a person can see how a large group of people are diverting funds to meet a need created by a tragedy and give their money to those causes that are losing revenue because of that diversion.

There is a variety of ways for believers to participate in tragedies. That participation does not need to wait for another school shooting. There is a lot of opportunity to add action to your prayers and thoughts in your own locations. There are old folks to be visited; orphans to help; prisoners to visit; families to work with and so much more. We would love to see youth pastors stop entertaining the youth of the church and get them involved in actual Christian ministry.

The youth of the church needs purpose; they need to see Jesus in action; they need to grow up in the faith by learning to handle failure, disappointment, as well as victory. What they and the church in general need is to go beyond prayers and thoughts. The people in trouble, alone, hurting need the church to take action. The world needs to see that God cares about them. That can only be done if the church does what God wants and gets involved properly with people.

Yes, problems will arise, but we do not get answers to those problems until they arise. We do not learn how to handle problems unless we experience them and then learn from our mistakes.protecting people from problems does not allow them to grow and learn how to handle problems. Nor does it allow people to learn how to hear and follow God correctly. Keeping believers in an ‘innocent’ bubble means stunting their growth and keeping them vulnerable. It does not make them warriors for God.

While not everyone can respond to a school shooting and its aftermath, there are areas they can go beyond thoughts and prayers. They just need to look for them. Where you get involved will depend on your resources as well. No one is being asked to rob their family of food, rent, and so on. True faith does not tempt God.

If the church wants to make an impact for God, they need to sow the seeds of the gospel in different ways. Evangelists only reap  from what has been sown and watered. If you look at a farmer’s harvest, it is the result of many hours of hard physical work and contribution. The crops are given physical seeds, physical food and water, physical weeding and so on.

The harvest is not miraculously sown and watered. It takes physical needs being met. The same for the Gospel. The gospel needs people to go beyond their thoughts and prayers and meet physical needs without ulterior motives. They church needs love for their enemies and see the need then rise up to meet those needs.


And Justice For All

We write this article with more of a sorrowful heart as we have seen the trend in Christianity to kill its wounded or to act unjustly as they handle spiritual matters. Too often a Christian or church wants to be seen as spiritual and doing what God says but in the end, they look as they are. Following the secular world and their thinking.

We are going to use the following story as an example only

And to be honest, we are not caring whether or not the pastor and church in the article are truly Christian or not. Their theological beliefs are not the issue here. Their actions are as they represent what so many in the Christian world do. The secular world  thinks that past sins are unforgivable and must be penalized in the harshest ways. This is not right and it is even wrong when churches do it.

Then, of course, we are not going to be saying that it is okay to purposefully commit sin and then seek forgivness later. That is not the intent of this post either. Sins must be dealt with properly. The issue is that these sins should not be held over the heads of believers, including pastors, missionaries and other church leaders for all time.

When sins have been dealt with correctly 20 years, 10 years, 5 years and so on in the past, there is no room for them to be held over the believer’s head today. No one is looking spiritual by being unjust and punishing past sins. Churches should remember that to expect perfection from imperfect people is unrealistic. Pastors, missionaries, church leaders are not perfect and to demand perfection from them is not godly, spiritual or even biblical. It is something Jesus did not demand either.

We look to Peter’s denial of Christ as our biblical example here. Peter committed a grievous sin not once but 3 times in one night. Yet Jesus did not count that as enough to bar Peter from his future ministry. In fact, Peter went on to be one of the most powerful leaders the church has known. Jesus did not use the removal of employment as a punishment. The grief and sorrow that Peter felt was real and punishment enough.

We could make the excuse that Peter was not filled with the Holy Spirit at the time but that won’t work. Later in the book of Acts, we read how a Spirit-filled Peter sinned again and Paul took Peter to task about it. Again, the removal of employment was not on the table as a proper punishment. Nor was the removal of spiritual influence.

Jesus used both incidents as a way to make Peter into the leader he was supposed to be. Then there is Paul. His past sins were not used to bar him from providing more teaching to God’s people or from making him a powerful missionary. They were used by God to develop Paul into being that wonderful instrument that he was.

Oh, we know that there are many in the church who will do this for the accepted believer. The ones that are liked, etc.,  but we also know that far too many churches withhold this redemptive process from those believers who for some reason or other do not meet human ideals. These unaccepted people are robbed from developing into the men and women God wants them to be by their fellow believers.

Now again, we are not advocating that church people go out and sin so that sin may be used to develop them. That is misguided thinking. Nor are we advocating that forgiveness replaces discipline and punishment. Both are needed for the redemptive process. Jesus used both on Peter and Paul. But he also employed wisdom, understanding, foresight and many other Christian attributes human believers are to employ.

Discernment, free from bias, has to be part of the process here. That attribute needs to double-check the repentance of the fallen and see that their sorrow etc., is real and life changing. But it is a spiritual, godly discernment not a personal human one that does this.

We do not advocate the removal of employment as a first choice in combating past or even present sins. There are situations that may call for it and that is understandable. But to kill our wounded is not biblical nor of Christ. We need to heal the wounds first, and help use them to develop men and women into true godly people. Focusing on the sin only is too narrow of a picture. We need to see these problems from God’s perspective and see the whole picture.

But again, that is not an excuse for the Church to withhold proper redemptive processes from those who make sinful mistakes.We need compassion, wisdom, and God’s input to make sure we do not lose members of God’s kingdom no matter where their membership lies. From the lowest member to the highest member, all need the just and proper handling of their sins so that they can develop into strong followers of God.

Our actions may not please the unchurched world but that is okay. We are not to please them anyway. We do what God wants, please God and he will reward us for obedience. The world cannot reward us, so ignore their thinking and opt for God’s. Do church discipline correctly for all people not just a few. Remember, the secular world seeks vengeance, revenge and a way to hurt the offender. God wants to redeem the offender not lose him or her to evil.


God Did Do Something

In the wake of yet another school shooting, people are questioning God and the government. They ask, why didn’t God do something. These people question the Christian faith and in their minds, they see both God and Christianity as weak. What they do not see is that God did do something. Let’s make a little list here. Out of 3,000 students and teachers, he saved 2,983 approx.; the shooter was captured alive and arrested; God raised up hero teachers to save more students; and he wrote a book.

In that book he told everyone how to live. We do not find murder as one of  those instructions. In fact, God warns us about committing murder and said that the murderer would be held responsible for their deeds.The problem is that in this world everyone has free choice. They get to decide which path they will follow. If they choose to reject God’s instructions then the results vary including school shootings.

What we as believers cannot do is force Christian beliefs on those who do not choose to follow Gods way. We have to do the hard part. We need to bring justice to events like this; we need to remove the emotional aspect from any part of the legal process; we need to see that the shooter is treated fairly without hatred or bias; we need to be the voice of reason and make sure innocent people do not lose their rights; and we must make sure that no believer or other person sins in response to this event.

God has done something. He has trained and nurtured his followers to respond correctly in these tragic events so that the hurting world can see that God cares about them. What is sad is that many believers will choose to not do that. They will choose to side with those who are deceived, blind and lost and advocate for injustice, the violation  of people’s rights, as well as let emotion and other sinful attitudes influence the aftermath. This is not right and Christians should know better.

God’s instructions are not invalid when children are the victim of a crime. God has done something, he has given us the right way to proceed when crime takes place. There are no exempt clauses for the nature of the crime, the age of the criminal or victim and emotion plays no role in the matter. We do not see Jesus or the disciples using emotion to influence their judgment.

So to answer the critics of God and Chrisianity. Neither are weak, it is just that too many people choose to follow the wrong path, the wrong instructions and leave God out of the process, both in protecting people and in the aftermath.

But that is not all here. We mentioned that people question the government and wonder why they refuse to put in place strict gun control laws or some other law to prevent these tragedies. There are several reasons why this does not take place. First, all people’s rights must be respected not just the victims. Second, no matter what law is put in place, it will not solve the crime problem. Third, federal laws also depend upon lower governments to enforce them. If a State makes a law in contrast to what the federal gvernment has rendered illegal, there is little the federal government can do.

There are other reasons as well. The fact that the federal government is made up of fallible humans is another valid reason. God has put government and law enforcement in place to help protect his creation. Yet when those people lose their way and start following evil, do not expect much help from either. They have freedom of choice as well and they love darkness more than light also.

Now let’s take a look at those who did not do something.

First, the Democrats. Their presidential champion, Obama, could not stop school shootings in his 8 years of power. Plus, this party advocates the continual violation of federal law and refuse to uphold those laws. How can they be a credible or legitimate answer to this problem? They pick and choose which laws they will abide by and they incite others to break the law as well. Christians know this all to well.

Second, celebrities. There has been a chorus of demands coming up from the ranks of Hollywood actors and actresses. They demand gun control laws and other useless acts to protect children. The problem is their star power did not stop this school shooting and never have. Not one person has come forward in the history of school shootings and said that a particular actor or actress influenced them to do what is right.

It is not his best article but he documents the history of school shootings. How can most Hollywood stars make demands about protecting chidren, when their multiple marriages put children at risk. They cannot hold a marriage together let alone now how to protect people from murder. Hollywood’s violent, non-religious movies and television shows fuel school shootings, not help to avoid them.

Third, local governments. Their removal of God, their persecution of Christians and their faith, their lack of morality and support for sin does not give them an advantage in stopping school shootings. It is the pot calling the kettle black. Their own corruption blinds them to any real solutions.

Fourth, parents. Not every parent but what parents teach their children plays a role here and if those parents teach their children how to do wrong, they have not done anything to stop school violence. They also do not have any legitimate voice in the solution either. Others are too overcome with emotion to be of any real help.

Fifth, the media. Once an objective, legitimate profession. It is a mere shell of itself as it descends into tabloid reporting. They do more to incite, confuse and muddy an issue than anything else. Their influence certainly has not done anything to stop school shootings. Their glorifying of the events and the shooter may have influenced other students to do similar deeds.

We can point fingers at a number of minor issues but that would not be a valid way to end this article. We need to go back to  the beginning and see that God has done something and it is up to everyone to choose to follow God. That is if they want to see crime go down, school shootings subside and evil put in its place. But too many people think they know better than God and continue to ignore what God has done and seek their own way.

We need to get God’s standards put back into a prominent place in society and by God’s standards we mean God’s not some human’s idea or interpretation of those standards. If we want God to do something, then we must do something as well. That is to return to God and his ways.

The choice is up to the people. God has done his part.


In One Accord

We have been reading in the first 11 chapters of Genesis and we came across these words:

The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them {NASB}

As we were thinking about these words, we were reminded of different passages in  Acts. Some of them read :

These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers 1 :14 NASB

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 2:46 NASB

The first selection is just prior to the filling of the Holy Spirit. The second selection was just after Peter’s sermon which garnered thousands of converts. But what is interesting aboouot the second passage are the following words:

praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

As we thought about these passages, we felt it was the Lord who brought to our attention the question– what if the modern church acted with one mind and were in one accord? Atheists claim that there are over 40,000 protestant denominations all claiming to have the truth. They are correct. There are a lot of denominations and they all cannot hold the truth.

BUT what if they did? Think of what the church could accomplish if were united under Jesus? God added 3,000 people to his church in one day, then he kept adding to the church daily because the people were of one mind. How many would be added today if we could get all protestant churches under the truth and get rid of the division among us.

The early church did not follow after interpretation; they did not use the phrase- that is your interpretation; they did not alter the biblical text; they did not argue over how a word was translated and on it went. What they did was study the truth that the disciples taught. Here is what Acts 2 has to say:

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

They had found the truth, they were set free from sin and they continued in the truth and stayed free of sin.There is only 1 truth. We know this because there is only 1 Savior, 1 God, 1 body of Christ.  There can only be one truth. God does not change nor does he have multiple ways to get to him. There is only one truth and the modern church needs to get back to it and devote themselves to that and prayer.

How do we get to the truth? We do as Jesus said- follow the Spirit of Truth. This spirit does not lead one group of people to one ‘truth’ and another to a different ‘truth’. He leads everyone who will follow him to the same truth.

To make an impact for God today, the church needs to unite under the truth. But for that to happen, some people will have to admit that they are wrong and correct their thinking and ways. This does not mean we point fingers at others, but we examine ourselves and ask God where we have strayed and to lead us back to the single truth so the modern church can be of one mind and accomplish great things for God.

What it takes to be of one mind? Honesty. The church needs to be honest with itself, and give up all the false teaching, the deception and false doctrine that has crept in over the centuries. The church has to stop following the secular world and adopt real discernment. We can use cars, modern technology, etc. if we want, that is not what we are talking about. What we are talking about are those ideas, etc., that lead people away from the truth and have them toss away their faith.

Another item that is needed is for the church to be unafraid. Fear leads people to do sinful acts and we must not let that influence lead the church to lose its unity. Also, the members of the church cannot be afraid to change.

Again there must be some caution , because everyone who claims to have the truth will not have it. Jesus’ instruction was that we would KNOW the truth… Jesus is telling us that the truth will be evident and we will be able to tell the difference. One obvious clue is that if the proclamation is leading people to go against the Bible, then it is not truth. God does not lie and he did not lie in the Bible.

God did not follow secular culture when he wrote the Biblical books and secular culture does not alter what God has said in the Bible. Secular culture is deceived, blind and in need of a Savior. God is none of those nor in need of help from the lost. Becoming of one mind is going to take some work. We will probably lose some people but that is okay. Jesus lost disciples when he spoke of hard things. We must weed out the bad, (or let God weed them out), so the church can be holy and productive.

Becoming of one mind is not going to be easy as evil likes to work through immature and new Christians or through loved ones to hinder what God wants done. But with constant prayer we can protect the church and ourselves. Evil also works through those who reject the truth and we see that every day as women are given permission to occupy positions of church leadership they have been divinely banned from occupyng. And by the acceptance of homosexual and transgender sinful behavior. These are but two examples. A third would also be the sexual harassment of women or the mistreatment of some men by their wives and others.

For the world to see God, the church has to be holy and act as God wants.

To be of one mind means following Jesus as he taught. We do not make excuses but find the truth, adopt it and implement it in our lives.

One final word, we are not pointing fingers nor think every church member or denomination is acting wrong. That is not even close to what we are thinking. We are not perfect ourselves.We just knew that we had to write this in hopes that the church will start to unify better and work to meeting God’s desire that all men be saved. Then when we win more souls, we teach them the truth so that God has a strong spiritual adult army to continue his work.


In The News 25 +/-

#1. Do not judge

Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling, who was discovered dead from an apparent suicide in Los Angeles on Tuesday, was once a “devout Christian” who loved birdwatching prior to his arrest for child pornography in 2015.

We all have problems, we all have temptations. Despite what some believers claim, sexual ones are not worse than other problems and temptations. If acted upon they all lead us to sin. We really do not care how many images, etc., were on his computer. We are sad that evil was able to destroy another Christian.


According to Worthen, students looking to attend Christian colleges today are much different from the types of students who attended Christian and evangelical higher education institutions in the 1940s and 1950s.

No, they are all the same and they are and were looking for the same thing. The question is, are the Christian Bible schools and seminaries providing the right answers? Churches, pastors, church leaders, christian academic institutions cannot help anyone if they are not holding to the truth and providing the correct information for young believers to adopt.


Mass graves where Rohingya Muslims refugees have been buried in Myanmar reveal the shocking extent of the genocide that has been taking place, an investigative report has found.

“The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets,” began an Associated Press report documenting the graves on Thursday.

It is hatred, which is a sin, not religious beliefs that spur such acts. God is not the cause of violence, he is not the cause of wars, religion is the same. It is evil using misguided and deceived people to destroy God’s creation.


As a number of well-known evangelicals have come out in the past year and publicly disassociated themselves from their evangelical identity or have had cause to “rethink” their evangelical identification, the new book features essays from evangelical insiders such as Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, North Park University professor Soong-Chan Rah, Christian social activist and author Shane Clairborne, and Liberty University English professor Karen Swallow Prior, among others.

As you may have noticed, we are not big fans of scholars. It is not because we can’t join their ranks but because they do not follow God for the most part. They follow secular ways, secular rules and ignore what the Bible says to do. They also do not provide the truth and rarely direct people to the truth. This is another example of that wasted effort.

The truth is, there are not evangelicals, methodists etc., in God’s kingdom. There are believers only. Unbelievers do not make it and unbelievers are found in all denominations, evangelical included.


A lawmaker in Georgia has introduced legislation that would effectively allow high school football coaches and other public school officials in the state who want to participate in a student-led and initiated prayer to do so….While performing their assigned job duties, school employees are required to maintain a position of neutrality toward religion;

We are not sure if we agree with this bill or not. In our public and private school teaching days, we found that to live the Christian life, you do not have to always preach or publicly pray. We learned that you can live the Christian life even when adopting a neutral stance. You do not give up your faith, but put it into action in ways that are more appropriate to the situation.

You can minister to their needs, help them out, provide wise advice, be honest, fair, just and so much more. Christianity does need prayer but Jesus instructed us to go into our prayer closets not hold public prayer fests. Coaches can pray for their players,  set the right example, let people know they believe in Jesus in non-offensive ways and again, much more.


The Dutch woman, Aurelia Brouwers, died by physician assisted suicide last Friday. Dutch media reports indicate that she chose death, arguing that she had a right to a “dignified death” after living with severe psychological issues since her childhood.

We are against suicide, euthanasia and abortion. Death is not the answer for life’s problems. It is hard to live with mental illness. But Jesus provides the strength to endure and the cure. Death is evil’s cure. If people with mental illness die, then there is no more hope for them. There is no more chances to become a believer in Jesus.

This is the reason why we do not like the death penalty. The act ends any chance for the criminal to be saved. God wants all men to be saved, and that includes the mentally ill and the criminal.


More than 10,000 people attended Missions Fest 2018 this past weekend, where one of the main speakers shared about the devastating effect that a popular atheist book had on a young Christian student.

First, why would any believer take the word of an unbeliever about God?

Second, if you study correctly, and with God’s help, you can avoid these problems and learn how to refute such people. Plus, keep your faith strong.

We have read Dawkins, Hitchins, Harris and other atheists. Their arguments can easily be refuted and overturned. They are not speaking the truth but out of their personal views. They have no evidence and twist the truth to fit their unbelief.

One key is to learn from Peter’s example. To live life you need to keep your eyes on Jesus. If you don’t, then you have problems.


Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, announced Monday that an investigation into the ministry of their Teaching Pastor Andy Savage, who confessed to a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old girl while he was her pastor 20 years ago, will be completed by March 1 as SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called for his immediate firing.

It is obvious that some people need to learn how to forgive and let go. We get annoyed at all of these groups and people who think they are being fair and obtaining justice by destroying people’s lives for things that happened decades in the past. They aren’t. They are looking for vengence, revenge or trying to hurt someone who has corrected their lives and live accordingly

Money also plays a role in these faulty accusations and demands. It is good to know that people like SNAP are not in charge of who  leads God’s church. God is. he has the say who can or cannot be a minister. Not humans.

We have preached on many occassions that if you look at the requirements to be a pastor, perfection is not on the list. Being a man is but perfection is unobtainable in this life. This is not permission to commit sin, but when sin happens a man is not immediately disqualified from being a minister. That disqualification is in God’s hand as well and he has given us the correct procedure to follow.

Ending employment is not the go to punishment. It is the last step not the first one that is used. Justice is not served when men are fired to appease unbelievers or biased people.


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