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If you haven’t heard thenews

Rachel Held Evans has died

https://www.kivitv.com/news/national/rachel-held-evans-popular-christian-writer-dies-at-37

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/popular-christian-writer-rachel-held-161556706.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/05/05/because-rachel-held-evans-more-female-pastors-more-diverse-writers-more-christians-embracing-their-faith/?utm_term=.679a97eb0bd1

While we are not her friend and have used this platform to speak out against her, we are sad that she is gone and now has no opportunity to repent of her sins. The last link shows her ‘legacy’ in that she has led many to disobey God and embrace false religious beliefs. That makes her passing even more sad as she cannot correct the mistakes she made.

While God gives people more chances than we ever deserve, we only get one shot at accepting those chances and living correctly for God. Once our lives our over, then it comes time to face God and see what he has to say about our lives. There is no praying for the dead, no purgatory, no buying people’s way out of hell . Plus, there is no denial. Just because you do not believe that hell exists, or that a loving God would send his creation there does it mean you get to avoid those realities.

it is while you are alive that you must make a decision to accept Christ as your Savior and then correctly live according to his ways. Be wary, be vigilant and be careful so you may avoid the fate designed for those who reject Christ. You need to give up all your sins including those that the world has been accepting recently.

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Posted by on December 24, 2018 in academics, archaeology, Bible, controversial issues, faith, history, leadership, science, theology

 

Forgiveness

We end this year with this Billy Graham sermon

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, leadership, theology

 

Sex & the Bible

Here is another classic sermon from Billy Graham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etsxCFblzqA

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, family, leadership, theology

 

Who is Jesus?

This old Billy Graham sermon is worth listening to again and again. In this day and age, it is hard to remember who Jesus is. May this encourage and strengthen you

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2018 in Bible, church, comparative religions, faith, family, General Life, leadership, theology

 

God & Politics

There is an interesting piece over at The Christian Post but we will only deal with the title of the article

Has the decline of Christianity led to extremist political cults in America?

This is a good question since the decline of the influence of the church has meant that morals and morality have become vulnerable.  We cannot solely blame the church for this decline, but Christians should take their share of the blame as, throughout the past 50 years, they have strayed further and further from biblical teaching.

This straying opens the door for unbelievers to freely and willfully make alterations to their thinking, ideology,, and lifestyles. The thinking can go like, “well if the Christian doesn’t believe or follow their God, why should we?” Once the church starts to make alterations to biblical texts, then the flood gates are opened for anyone to put their interpretation of scripture over what God has actually told us.

Or when Christians start retranslating the Bible, then they pave the way for unbelievers to act in any way they can image. We know that, for the most part, Christians make the worse bosses. There are a variety of reasons for this but part of the problem is the love of money. Even churches get in on the act when they misinform people about the amount of their tithe or keep pleading for more money.

The church is only entitled to tithes and offerings, with the former being a command of 10% while the latter is a freewill gift not to be manipulated by church leaders. The offering part is between the giver and God. The bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. That passage indicates that the giver is willfully giving extra money for the work of God. The cheerful giver does not give because they are guilted into it, have their arm twisted or the church wants grander quarters.  The give extra because they love God.

He does not command anyone to force people to give offerings. The church needs to cut back on their strong requests for money for it is setting a bad example and creating a bad reputation for both God and the church. But because the church creates its own need for money, they drop their morals and morality in achieving those financial quests.

This lack of morality and morals seeps into other aspects of life. With fewer morals to abide by the believer is then allowed to act any way they wish. Part of the reasoning for their very unchristian behavior is that they think they will receive forgiveness from God. The RCC confessional has led many people astray about God’s forgiveness and how Chrstians should lead their lives.

Another reason why Christianity has declined in influence over politics is because its adherents do not lead very sexually moral lives. They are just like the unbeliever so why should the latter change? Christians lie to and cheat on their spouses. They also indulge in other sinful sexual activities and ignore God’s instructions on how to live their lives. These are not the only sins Christians commit. Why should anyone listen to a Christian?

It is not a surprise that the Christian faith has lost its influence over politics. The example it has set shows that it does not want to be the light unto the world. Instead, it wants to be part of the world and continue to partake in the sinful activities they are supposed to have given up when they repented and were redeemed by Christ.

If you want respect, then live the Christian faith correctly. If you want influence, then stop with the silly games and sill religious talk and get wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  If you want to be the light unto a dark world, then change your lifestyles, goals and direction. You won’t be representing God or Christ if you continue to alter what the Bible says, ignore what God says, and disbelieve what he says.

The only way to have influence over politics and political fringe groups is to live as Christ lived, talk as Christ talked, and do the work Christ has instructed everyone to do.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, leadership, politics, theology

 

Our Comments on a Few Topics 12

Here are some topics that deserve a few comments

#1. https://www.christianpost.com/news/anne-graham-lotz-warns-her-cancer-could-be-sign-israel-is-in-danger-of-fatal-attack.html

Anne Graham Lotz has suggested there might be a deep significance attached to her battle against breast cancer, as it could be a warning sign that Israel is in danger of suffering a fatal attack.

Some people really think highly of themselves. It would be nice if prominent Christian leaders & speakers would stick to promoting Christ and stop making everything about them. Let’s not embarrass Christ, the Church or the faith with these comments.

#2. https://www.christianpost.com/voice/why-i-avoid-using-a-dirty-biblical-word.html

I have learned that there is one word that shouldn’t be used in modern Christianity. If I use it now, I’m taking a risk that you won’t even finish reading this article. It’s a turnoff for so many Christians, even though it’s the very reason the Church exists.

It’s the word “evangelism.” That’s the “dirty” word. It’s because of its connotations that I don’t even call myself an evangelist.

It is not that the terms ‘evangelist’ or ‘evangelism’ are dirty words. It is that they and the act of evangelism are moved to idol levels and elevated above other commands and instructions by God. Evangelism is given a faulty priority over teaching the truth, having solid believers and more. Evangelism has its place but it is not more important than living the Christian life correctly.

#3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/hundreds-of-sexual-abuse-allegations-revealed-in-fundamental-baptist-churches-investigation-finds.html

Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations have been found in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches spanning 40 states and Canada, according to a new report.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram released an extensive, eight-month investigative report Sunday recounting the stories of women who were victims of sexual misconduct, including molestation and rape when they were minors, in IFB churches.

This is always sad news to hear but we would like to know how they define sexual abuse, what kind of stories they are accepting and how much evidence supports each allegation. The Bible does not instruct us to believe the victim only. It tells us that we have to find the truth, go with the truth and have supporting evidence.

We also would like to hear their definition of the term abuse and how distorted that definition has become. The wild accusations thrown about only make us more skeptical. Accusation does not equal guilt.

#4. https://www.christianpost.com/news/thousands-of-women-burned-alive-in-india-not-recognized-as-humans-christian-ministry-warns.html

Thousands of brides are being burned alive in India despite the practice being illegal, a Christian ministry has warned.

India Partners, a Christian organization that works alonside indigenous Christian grassroots agencies in India, told Mission Network News on Thursday that there are still as many as 8,000 bride burning cases a year in the Hindu-majority country.

These are just a few of the real victims that are deprived of honest help due to the false claims made by others in different parts of the world. Greed is a deadly sin costing innocent people their lives. But it doesn’t just happen to the unbelievers of the world. There are many people claiming to be believers driven by greed to reach their objectives.

Also, greed may not be limited to just money. Awareness is only the first step in helping someone in need. Believers need to roll up their sleeves and get involved to bring others to safety and to the gospel. Believe it or not, evangelism is tied to social activities and giving a gospel message is not always the first thing a believer must do to win someone to Christ.

#5. https://www.christianpost.com/church-ministries/we-have-more-evidence-than-we-need-to-prove-christianity-apologist-says.html

Believers in Jesus Christ “have more evidence than they need” to intellectually defend the claims of Christianity, says noted apologist and Liberty University professor Gary Habermas.

Habermas, a New Testament scholar who chairs Liberty’s Department of Philosophy, noted in a recent interview that he believes Christians “often crawl into a cubby hole and are embarrassed of being called out” or told that they “don’t have any evidence.”

It is a good article to read.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, education, faith, family, General Life, leadership, theology

 
 
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