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News In Brief

Just taking a look at different stories that have hit the news

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/david-platt-apologizes-for-division-caused-by-support-of-islamic-societys-right-to-build-mosque-175218/

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, apologized Wednesday for the division caused by the organization’s decision to join an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to support a New Jersey Islamic society’s right to build a mosque.

We have no problem with this action as we think where would Christians be if the situation were reversed?  Wouldn’t they want help from others? Do unto others is a good verse for this issue and so is the thought that planting seeds come from doing good works, we may be opening up hearts to the gospel by doing nice things like this for unbelievers, including Muslims.his help is not supporting the Muslim faith nor saying it is correct but respecting the law of the land, freedom to practice one’s religion. Christians want the same freedom so they need to give it to other faiths, even though they are false, as well.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/conservatives-stunned-by-devastating-blow-to-religious-liberty-as-court-rules-against-christian-florist-175205/

Conservatives ‘Stunned’ by ‘Devastating Blow’ to Religious Liberty as Court Rules Against Christian Florist

Why are conservatives stunned? Washington is a very liberal state and the court is very secular, what kind of result do conservatives expect? Everybody already knows that the minority of LGBTQ people enjoy unprecedented support and protection from the government, this decision is not a surprise, though it is sad to see. How about praying first that God would change the hearts of the people of Washington state so that more people are brought into the kingdom and God’s justice can prevail.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-christian-schools-are-rocked-by-sex-scandal-174889/

When Christian Schools Are Rocked by Sex Scandal

To be honest, this article aid absolutely nothing of value on this subject. We will say that this problem is very easy to fall into and believers, especially Christian leaders, need to be extra careful not to allow themselves to be found in these situations. Protecting one’marriage and the reputation of the church is vital. DO NOT TAKE CHANCES, avoid these situations and take precautions.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/pentecostal-church-counselor-safe-sex-is-ok-for-teens-who-cant-control-themselves-174875/

The Church of Pentecost in Ghana is clarifying its position on sex and marriage after one of its counselors suggested that sex is permissible for teenagers who can’t control themselves, as long as they use contraception.

Uhm…No it isn’t. We have to ask why do certain Christian people, who are in delicate influential positions,disagree with God on a regular basis? Why are they in those positions and why are not churches doing more to weed them out?

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/white-evangelicals-voting-for-trump-represents-a-crisis-in-the-church-jim-wallis-says-175156/

Exit polls showing that 81 percent of evangelical voters and a majority of white Christians voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election represents a “crisis in the Church” and shows that the Church is more racially divided than ever, the Rev. Jim Wallis has warned.

Wallis, who heads the progressive Christian social justice group Sojourners and is also a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday that evangelicals and Christians who voted for Trump are “responsible” for his presidency and any “racist” policies that might come out of the Trump administration.

We are tired of these attacks upon a man who has held office for only 1 month. It is ridiculous to expect him to perform perfectly or as his opponents want. If you examine H. Clinton closely you will see that their foundation was merely for influence peddling yet no one said a word when that foundation closed its doors recently. They had to as the Clintons lost access to the White House.There are many other sins of H. Clinton that are swept under the rug and all we can say about Trump and political leaders is– you who are without sin, cast the first stone.

#6. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ann-coulter-donald-trump-head-of-church-175214/

Best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter recently claimed that President Donald Trump is, in her opinion, “head of state” and now “head of church.”

No one has ever accused Ms. Coulter of being theologically sound. It is dangerous to elevate other humans to positions that challenge or place them above God. Humans are the servants of God thus when the servants do well, we praise God for that is who the servants obeyed.

 

Quotes From Billy Graham

The following quotes have been taken from his World Aflame book.

pg. 47-8 — And as Carl Henry says: In his desire to control the universe, man repeatedly puts himself in God’s place but the idea of God’s Son as a substitute in man’s place he dismisses as incredible nonsense

pg. 48 — From many universities come these ideas: First, man is only an animal; Second, existence is a chemical accident; Third, the struggle for survival has made man what he is; Fourth, morality and standards of conduct are derived only from a sociological context; Fifth, man lives in and for this world only and any further thought is unscientific.

pg. 51 — In a bull session at Harvard, a student observed: Does it not seem strange that millions should be spent trying to create life or to discover its origin? Is not our number one problem to care for the life we already have?

pg. 51 — Either man began nowhere and is looking for someplace to go or he began somewhere and has lost his way.

pg. 83 — There is a strong movement… to recast the Christian message in order to make it acceptable to modern man.

pg. 83 — Karl Barth…in a scathing denunciation of these demythologizers says… In trying to make Christianity plausible for skeptics they have succeeded only in making it meaningless.

pg. 88 — The inescapable implication of a counterfeit is that the real thing exists. No one ever counterfeited a seventy-five dollar bill. Every counterfeit bears witness to the reality of the currency it captures

pg. 127 — Ask the scientist and he cannot give an answer. I have asked a number of scientists questions concerning life after death an most of them say ‘we just do not know’.Science deals in formilas and test tubes. There is a spiritual world that science knows nothing about.

pg. 141 — At birth our sex is settled, the very frame of our body is already determined.

As to the second to last quote, all we can say is that scientists need to be evangelized not have their theories accepted. Science, especially secular science, does not know more than God. For the quotes from page 83, even today we have people trying to change the christian message to make it more attractive to unbelievers. IF you change God’s message then you are not bringing God’s message to the lost. Finally, the last quote reminds us that transgender issues are not a 21st century problem ut has existed for a long, long time. The gender one was born as is the gender they are, anything else is a product of deception.

 

A Word About Liberals

In their hurry to protest immigration policies Liberals and others seem to have forgotten that there is a difference between legal and illegal immigration. Legal immigrants follow the rules, the illegal ones try to find some way around following the rules. But the Liberals have been altering God’s standards of right and wrong, morality and immorality, good and evil for so long they have lost sight of what is actually right, wrong, good, evil moral and immoral. Their opposition to deporting those who have skirted the rules also show that they have no respect for those immigrants who have successfully obeyed the regulations governing their move from their home country to America.

Why have rules if some of the American people toss them our for whatever reason they have? It is not fair to make some people follow the rules and others get a free pass, it is also not just.  Now mercy can be applied to this issue, that is not the problem but mercy needs to be wielded wisely so that those who do follow all the rules do not get resentful or end up not caring about any other rule and so on. Mercy is not a blanket policy. Forgiveness can be applied here but only if the illegal immigrants are truly sorry for their violating the rules of the land they entered but forgiveness does not necessarily mean they will not be deported for their crime.

Love can also be applicable but love is not blind nor does it avoid discipline for violators of the rules. Spare the rod spoil the child, love disciplines correctly even immigrants. The Liberals need to learn that they must uphold the laws of their land if they want a safe and secure society. They cannot change the rules just to because they want to or because someone has stayed so long in the country and had a family. The rules must be applied equally to all and they must remember all those who obeyed the laws when the successfully immigrated. To do otherwise is wrong.

 

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.

 

This Point Is Good

http://www.christianpost.com/news/liberals-who-preach-the-bible-on-refugees-why-not-homosexuality-173995/

But we conservative believers hardly have a monopoly on hypocrisy. To the contrary, the Bible-quoting hypocrisy of the liberal left is far more galling than our conservative Christian hypocrisy. We, for our part, truly believe the Bible to be God’s Word and seek to live by it (even though failingly so at times), whereas the liberal left often despises the authority of Scripture except for a few select passages that it misuses for its purposes.

This has come into glaring clarity in light of the president’s executive order concerning refugees. Suddenly, Hollywood elites and their liberal colleagues are quoting the same book that they openly mock, especially when it comes to moral and spiritual standards.

They can’t have it both ways.
But the hypocrisy has gotten worse after President Trump’s executive order putting a temporary halt on incoming refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries. These one-time Bible-mockers are now quoting the words of the Torah in the Old Testament — yes, those supposedly antiquated, misogynist, bigoted words — reminding us of Israel’s calling to care for the refugee and the foreigner in their midst.

More galling still is the liberal left’s quotation of Torah law pertaining to care for the refugee while ignoring the Torah’s strict moral code, which universally forbade homosexual practice and adultery under penalty of death.

And the next time conservative Christians do the same, don’t yell back at us, “Separation of church and state!”

But then who has ever accused the left of being honest when it comes to the Bible?

 

We Have Been Silent

on the refugee issue.  This is a difficult problem because no matter how one decides to think and act, there will be emotional responses from either side of the issue.We know what Trump did

http://www.christianpost.com/news/hillsongs-carl-lentz-reform-is-needed-but-church-should-show-love-to-refugees-174005/

While thousands of protesters across the nation have rallied together to voice their disapproval of Trump’s order that halts the United States’ entire refugee resettlement program for 120 days, Lentz says it’s the church’s job to look after refugees, not the government’s.

and we have no problem with his executive order because every government gets to set the rules on who can enter their country. Germany cannot do it for America and America cannot do it for France, and so on.  Trump is the elected official who gets to rewrite the rules for America and if people do not like his rules, they are free to spend their own money and run for president of that country then change those rules.

We do not necessarily agree that the refugee problem is a church problem

“It’s the government’s job to create laws to protect our country. We do need reforms, we do need things to change, but it’s the church’s job to love,” he continued. “It’s the church’s job to not see where you’re from, to not see the color of your skin, to not see what you have in your possession — to love you simply for the fact that we have been loved.”

because churches do not have the authority to say who can enter a given country’s borders. That authority is the sole domain of the government, they are the ones given the power to oversee a nation.The church also does not have the resources to vet each refugee. Using the word love to bully others into doing what you want is not the correct way to use scripture. Nor is it the correct Christian attitude.

Believers and churches must seek God on how to respond to this issue and if it means letting Trump pace a stay on resettling refugees while new rules are being written then so be it.  If it means sending financial and other aid to an organization to help these people endure their trial then so be it, each believer and church must follow what God wants them to do. The government in power has the right and the authority to deal with the refugee problem, the church has the right and authority to meet needs but meeting those needs cannot usurp the authority of the government.

There are ways to help refugees without attacking or disobeying the government and remain blameless in this issue.The church must stay within the biblical instructions boundaries correctly so that God will get the glory and people will see God at work even in this problem. We cannot violate God’s guidelines nor can we blindly apply certain scriptures to support our personal points of view on this or any issue.

Christians and churches get their marching orders from God thus we must be careful when we try to enlist other believers to our personal perspective in giving aid to others.God may not want them to be involved in that way. Yes we must do unto others but doing unto others does not mean we lead them to sin or violate the rules and laws of the very country we want to bring them to.

The refugee issue is a fine line and not everyone is going to agree with what has just been written. That is fine but what has been written has not told anyone to stop helping refugees or go against the government. it is saying be careful how you apply scripture and make sure you know your leading is from God.Bad Christian behavior no matter which side you are on is detrimental to he work of the church and Christ.

 

 

Pray For Your Leaders

Fifth and finally, I don’t understand why evangelicals who voted for Trump feel the need to defend everything he does and even how he does it (and I am one who voted for him and who at times has defended him). Not only does this give further fuel to the fire of those critics who claim that we are hurting our Christian witness by supporting him, but it eliminates our high calling to be the president’s “loyal opposition” at times (to borrow a phrased coined by biblical scholar Yochanan Muffs regarding Israel’s prophets). If we truly care for and support the president, we should demonstrate that by lovingly opposing him when we feel he has done wrong.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/5-things-bothering-me-about-the-response-to-trumps-executive-order-on-refugees-173788/#CeqxMVdc2T7zmsqY.99

Christians do not have to defend Trump or his moves. He is responsible fr his own decisions. I like Trump and while some of his moves are head scratchers I find that the Democrats or Liberals who oppose him are not really looking at the issues they are protesting. They also forget that those in power have the right to govern as they see fit.

What Christians are to do is pray for Trump and his people for they like Pastors and a church staff, need a lot of prayer. But this prayer is not our own biased ulterior motive agenda type prayer but a godly one that allows us to see more than just our personal perspective when we pray for political leaders. Nor are we to pray that our will be done but rather that God’s will will be done through those in power.

Prayer is not to be a means to get our subjective ideas implemented for far too many people have their own subjective ideas that they want to see used in any administration and they all vastly differ from one another. Our prayers should be bringing God’s ways to those in power and that they will accept God’s guidance and learn how to implement God’s justice, God’s fairness, God’s direction for their country and all of those, though they are not limited to those three options, may be very different from a person’s perspective.

Our prayer life should reflect God’s will and not our own even for our leaders as God is the one they will give an account to and they are to administer and follow biblical instruction even in governing those who do not believe. While abortion may not be overturned, believers must realize that the legality of that act does not allow them to ignore biblical teaching on how to treat others. The same thing for any other issue a Christian does not like to see given credence by their political leaders.

Anti-biblical behavior does not bring people to the gospel and redemption. The believer should never be a member of any political party in their prayer life. They should be a member of God’s kingdom and looking at the issue from God’s perspective.They need to see more than their limited political stance and learning God’s perspective will go a long ways in helping believers pray.

Remember there is no biblical teaching to protest or interfere with government operations.  Biblical teaching will guide one in addressing those issues one does not like and those politicians they prefer not to hold office.

 
 
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