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Pastors 3

One of the things that is troubling is when the Pastoral staff implements secular ideas even though they have divine commands already guiding those areas they use secular thought. One example of this is the introduction of Political Correctness in the church. The Pastor already has scripture governing the treatment of others, they do not need the aid of the unchurched world.

Another example is the introduction of female pastors. The secular world demands more and more businesses to install female leadership. Again Pastors, churches and denominations have divine commands telling them who can or cannot lead the church. Those biblical instructions get ignored in favor of pleasing the secular world. This is not correct nor is it of God.. God expects his followers to obey him over secular culture. God’s rules were not written for them to be ignored or swept aside in favor of secular ideas and rules.

Another troubling area is how some pastors and churches ignore government rules on church construction and other legitimate oversight by the government. These Pastors claim that government agencies do not have jurisdiction over the church’s construction or other actions. Governments do have the right and jurisdiction over certain church activities. They get to enforce building codes and other pertinent laws like parking requirements and traffic control guidelines.

These rules do not interfere with biblical instruction. This means that they cannot be ignored by the Pastoral staff. We see the example of Abraham, who did certain actions following secular cultural rules– buying a field, finding a wife for Issac and so on. Those rules did not interfere with God’s instructions to Abraham and Abraham did ignore secular rules when they conflicted with or contradicted God’s instructions.

This is the key. Pastors and other believers need to learn when the right time and the right secular rules can be ignored. God gives governments some leeway in governing and the same freedom of choice that he gave all people. Governments are free to choose which path they will follow– God’s or their own. Pastors and other Christians need to exercise real discernment, not blind obedience to secular rules and actions. They have to make sure that the government’s actions are in line with God’s word or if those rules are leading people to sin.

The Pastors then need to instruct their people on the right course of action and prepare them for the government’s response.

 

Pastors 2

The Bible speaks constantly about learning, teaching others, and studying and many pastors do that but sometimes they stop at only reading their own denominational material. Unfortunately that is not enough.

To teach your people each week you must be educated in more areas than your denominational ideology. You need to know about science, history, geography and many other subjects in order to understand and apply the Bible better. You do not have to be experts in each field of study nor do you ave to know more than some of the basics, but what you have to do is follow the Holy Spirit so you can get to the truth of an issue and not be led astray by unbelievers who sound like they know what they are talking about.

For example, for science the best way to protect yourselves and your congregations is against evolutionary thinking to have a good starting point. That beginning is simply: fallible, sinful men and women do not know more than God does about what he did in the beginning. You cannot say that the biblical authors got our origins wrong for they got their information from God himself.

Another example would be archaeology. a good starting point there to help guide you in your study of God’s word is that archaeology is limited and only looks at maybe 2-5% of the total information from the past. archaeologists do not have any secret information nor any smoking gun that contradicts the Bible or proves it untrue. They know very little about the past and what they do know they often distort and alter in order to paint a picture they want the past to look like. They do not present a picture to show how the past actually was.

These examples should help you in knowing what you need to know from fields of study other than theology. For theology, and other subjects,you need to make sure you are following the Holy Spirit to the truth because Jesus taught that. he did not teach anyone to go for the interpretation they want or the best explanation.

Do a word study on the words ‘truth’ and ‘interpretation’ and see what God actually teaches about both topics. To lead your people correctly you need to know the information first. You need to first ask God the tough questions and get his answers before facing the questions from your church members.

Education is not limited to theology or evangelism for not every person studies theology and you need to be prepared to answer their questions and you can’t answer them if you do not know God’s answers first. I remember having a friend many years ago, who was a youth pastor at the time, continually say ‘I don’t know’ to his young charges. That is not good nor is it being a good pastor. You need to know so you can train your people correctly and help protect them from the attacks of evil.

You need to educate correctly so the people can defend their faith without problems or stumbling in their faith.

 

Pastors

There is an old saying in the church– ‘as the Pastor goes so goes the church’

This means pastors that if you want your people to be holy, then you must show the way and be holy yourself. If you want your people to be fair, just and merciful, then you need to learn from God how he defines those words and then apply those definitions to your own life first. If you want your people to be truthful then you must teach them the truth.

Servant leadership is a bit misleading as Pastors while they are servants, they are also the servants of God and must do what he wants first. When the pastor learns what God wants them to know they in turn lead the people to the right way to go. Being called to be a steward of one of God’s congregations does not mean that the pastor lets other people do the leading. He must lead, he must discipline correctly, rebuke when necessary, praise when it is called for and foremost he must follow the Holy Spirit to the truth so his charges can receive the truth and know what is expected of them.

The pastor must lead his people away from false teaching, not embrace it and lead them to sin.The pastor cannot call false teachers Christian for that would be bringing confusion into the church. The pastor must be the one who leads his people correctly, as God wants, there is no one else appointed to do that job for that congregation.

 

3 Words

–Racism, sexism & change. When it comes to the first two words, racism and sexism, Christians cannot jump on one or the other side of the argument.They must jump to God’s side and brig the truth to the issue. They must cast light on the problem showing the rest of the world what is really at the heart of the issue.

#1. Racism—  the believer must point out, and accept, the fact that there are not different races in the world. There is only one and no matter what color of skin everyone is a member of that one race.That race of humans all came from Adam and Eve.  No matter what scientists say about Cro-magnon man, Neanderthals and any other proto-human, those creatures did not exist and are distortions of ancient skeletal remains. Darwin got it wrong as do all evolutionists.

#2. sexism-– There are no winners in this issue. If a person favors men then they are accused of being sexist towards women. Both sexism and racism are terms thrown about loosely in attempts to bully those who disagree with those who misapply such terms. But the argument of sexism cuts both ways. Once you favor women over men then you are being sexist towards men. As we said, you cannot win in this issue if you play the sexist card.

The truth of this issue can be seen in the qualifications of both genders but men are biblically charged with taking care of their families. The verse ‘if a man doe snot provide for his family he is worse than an infidel’ (paraphrase) plays a role in this charge to the male gender. of course there are other verses like, ‘if a man shall not work neither shall he eat’. Women d not receive such divine instructions for they are not the head of the family. They are men’s helpmeets, fulfilling roles and duties to aid the man not replace him.

Being a helpmeet does not mean a woman cannot work. it just means that they are not the primary employable person of the family unit. If a company hires a man over a woman, they are not being sexist but helping the man fulfill his biblical responsibilities. The secular world does not want God’s ways in either the race or sexist issues thus they distort both in order to achieve their own selfish adjectives. They need true Christians to provide not only the light but wise counsel as well as knowledgeable insight to guide the unbeliever,and the believer, in what s the right thing to do

#3. Change— This word is often used by evolutionists to describe their false theory of life development. They claim that change is evolution. But there is a danger that comes with being so ambiguous. By using such a broad term the evolutionist has effectively removed the standard of right and wrong from all scientific work. This move also undermines ethical standards as well as the application of the term implies that all change is good.

The true believer knows that idea is not so and they also know that such terminology indicates that any change in life forms is okay and nothing is found to be in error.No one can be corrected for their work because there is no standard of the right and wrong way of doing things. Change has taken place thus it must be studied and accepted. Nothing is wrong and nothing has to be corrected.

Change is declared as an evolutionary advance but with no standard measurement guiding the experiments or the scientists, how can they determine if that change was the correct one and in line with evolutionary thought? How does the scientist know he is on the right track with nothing to guide him or her?

What the ambiguous application of the word ‘change’ does is leave the theory of evolution flexible enough so that it can be altered at an evolutionist’s convenience when part of their theory is shown to be unworkable. We have had evolutionists tell us that the theory of evolution is not the same as the one Darwin imagined when he constructed his version of the theory. if this is so, how can anyone trust what any evolutionary scientist declares? He is not working within the framework of Darwin’s theory but some altered version that has no standard telling the modern evolutionist if they got it correct or not.

Each evolutionist is working with their own version of the theory of evolution not a truth. That means that any modern idea of evolution is purely subjective and has no hope of being verified at any time.They can’t be because there is no model of how evolution works to guide the evolutionist. There is no standard of right and wrong either informing the evolutionist when they have made an error in their calculations or thinking. anything and everything becomes ‘evidence’ for the theory but all that means is that evolutionists will distort ‘change’ in a move of desperation as they try to support their fictional ideas on life development.

Predictions cannot do it as those are not 100% accurate and are a tool of pseudo-science not real science.Predictions do not come with a standard of right and wrong informing the evolutionist that they are mistaken, all they have is a failed experiment for it did not produce the predicted result. This failure does not motivate the evolutionist to throw out their theory; instead they just keep making predictions, like they are doing a multiple choice quiz and keep picking a letter till they get the question right. Predictions do nothing but reinforce wrong ideas.

Change is not a good determiner when trying to figure out a theory that has no hope of being verified. All change does is lead people down the wrong paths to look in the wrong places for the wrong answers. Change is not evolutionary. All change tells us is that something is not the same and that alteration may not be correct.Life forms are placed in grave danger because evolutionist misunderstand them and misapply their results.

Change is not always good nor is it scientific. It could mean that someone violated the process and committed a great wrong. We need the standard of right and wrong to guide us to the right answers not so someone can ‘do science’. Right and wrong provide us great help in determining if we are on the right track and evolution i snot the right track for there is nothing that verifies it, no matter how loud the evolutionist howls.

 

Women Pastors

http://www.christianpost.com/news/barna-study-reveals-what-americans-think-of-women-pastors-177400/

A newly released report by Barna Group reveals that evangelicals in the United States find it more difficult to embrace the presence of female leadership in the Christian ministry than other Protestants and Catholics do.

We know why this is so. Jobs like President, CEO, CFO, pilot, police officer and other employment options do not have the one thing that accompanies the position of pastor or church leader. Women are allowed to do those jobs BECAUSE those positions do not come with an inspired divine command prohibiting women from filling those vacancies. The positions of pastor and church leader do have that inspired divine command and women and other church people need to take note of that directive and simply obey it.

You can point to all the NT passages of scripture you want to about how women were part of Jesus’ company, exercising their spiritual gifts and so on BUT you will not find one example of any of those women disobeying God’s command concerning leadership of the church. You do not find Jesus teaching anywhere anything that is contrary to Paul’s instructions in Timothy and Titus concerning those positions.If people want to say that Paul’s words are not Jesus’ words, think again as John 17: 8 says otherwise and we quote:

for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.(NASB)

The rest of the NT outside of the gospel and the first chapter of Acts are ALSO Jesus’ words. They are not the apostles’ own thinking or ideas.Paul did not teach contrary to Jesus for he carried or was given Jesus’ words to teach God’s followers.

“There is a long history among evangelicals of emphasizing motherhood and family as a woman’s primary calling,” says Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna Group, in the report. “While the broader culture, and much of the Christian church, has shifted away from this, evangelicals seem more reluctant to do so. This reluctance is often tied to a scriptural reading that insists men are to occupy primary leadership positions within the family and church and, by extension, society.”

While motherhood and family are great responsibilities, those duties do not prohibit a woman working outside of the home. That decision is between the husband and wife alone, no one else.Being a helpmeet allows for the woman to be engaged in some form of employment if her husband agrees.

Stone noted that more than half of most congregations are women. And many of them are in the workforce. The Department of Labor shows that in 2015, women made up 47 percent of the labor force, up from 27 percent in 1948.

This means absolutely nothing and is not part of God’s criteria qualifying people to lead the church. God’s rules do not depend upon who is attending a particular congregation.

Since most practicing Christians, apart from evangelicals, would be comfortable with a woman in the pulpit, many attend churches where they do not agree with or understand the theological stance against women in leadership, Stone continued. “This is likely to become more of an issue for churches as women continue to gain equality in other spheres. We have already seen more churches shifting to allow women in senior leadership, and the number of female senior pastors has grown considerably in the last few decades.

It is NOT about equality but about women obeying God.God does not reward disobedience.

People may disagree with what we have written but we are going to side with God on this and any issue. We listen to God not man. What good is it to have a Bible written by God if no one follows it? How can anyone expect unbelievers to obey God’s word when believers do not? Those are two questions for you to think upon and here is a third, why would anyone accept Christ as their Lord and savior when believers ignore him and his instructions?

Believers need to follow God and his ways not secular culture and its way. Secular culture is in need of a savior and is not the savior to the church. God has pointed out that his followers are to be the light unto a dark world. He did not say let the dark world be a light unto his church.Ignoring God’ word only presents a far different message to the unbelieving world than the church thinks. If you want to win souls then obey God’s word.

 

Sodom & Tel El-Hamman

It now seems that  Dr. Stephen Collins and associates have uncovered a ‘palace’ at this site:

 

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2017/02/28/For-Dust-Thou-Art-and-Unto-Dust-Shalt-Thou-Return.aspx

 

Two views of the sun-dried mudbrick walls of an ancient palace at Tall el-Hammam, Jordan, where the author is currently excavating. These mudbrick walls were later burned in a fire. Note a lone mudbrick sitting on the wall to the left. It was found in destruction debris above the floor of this room.
It is amazing the number of palaces archaeologists ‘discover’ in the ancient world. Almost as many as temples. It is as if the ancients had no other interests, business ventures or needs. Since there are no surviving documents describing this find, we will not join in the identification of this building. Archaeologists are well known to create a past that they want to see and not proclaim the past that actually was.
While God made this statement to Adam in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:19), it reminds me of what I’ve spent so much of my time with these days. I am writing this article from the Holy Land where I am excavating the palace on an ancient acropolis. It has thick walls of mudbrick constructed on stone foundations. When uncovered, we have found that a number of the walls have disintegrated badly during the last few thousand years. They really were manufactured from dust and back to dust they have gone!
We really do not need mud bricks to teach us this lesson. We have millions upon millions of graves which remind us of God’s declaration to Adam.
Archaeological excavations suggest the earliest dwellings in the ancient Near East were natural shelters – caves and rock formations. Where available, they would have been sufficient for small groups of people and frequently served as non-permanent habitation. That meant people could only settle in places where such natural shelter was available.
This sells the ancient sort and makes them seem like unintelligent knuckle draggers. While some people may have taken shelter in caves it does not mean they all did or that they all did not use their brains to solve their housing problems.What that author forgets, though he reminds us of the erosion of mud bricks back into dust, is that housing material will rot, erode, rust over time thus it would be impossible to find all the shelter that ancient man used. To make the assumption that author does means he commits a disservice to the past and his readers by misrepresenting what took place in ancient times.
God made us from the dust of the ground – in a miraculous way – and we become someone of value and important to him. Yet in the beginning and in the end we are just dust!
Just to clarify a point here, it is our human bodies that return to dust not our spirits. If people are going to draw a spiritual example, they need to get the information correct so that they tell the truth and not mislead the people. If you want proof of that, how can a spirit return to dust when it was not made of dust?
But getting back to the idea that Tel El Hamman is Sodom. We vigorously disagree with Dr. Stephen Collins on his identification of that ancient city with the one destroyed by God. He states in his season ten report the following:
As is now widely accepted, Tall el-Hammam remains far-and-away the most logical candidate for biblical Sodom based on a detailed analysis of the relevant biblical and historical materials regarding the chronology and location of the city (http://nebula.wsimg.com/9a161034ecbdd5c976d2608ac7eb2d09?AccessKeyId=AD0C503627C3B88E5A7F&disposition=0&alloworigin=1)
It may be widely accepted but that acceptance is wrong. Tel el-Hamman is nowhere close to being Sodom. It is like saying a future archaeologist excavating in what is now L.A. has discovered New York City. That is how off the mark Dr. Collins and his associates are.
That the enduring and powerful presence of Tall el-Hammam and its associated towns and villages on the eastern Jordan Disk during the Bronze Age gave rise to the Cities of the Plain tradition reflected in the stories of Genesis 10-19 is a reasonable theory commensurate with all of the available geographical and archaeological data.
This is impossible for Sodom and the cities were destroyed and made examples for those who would live ungodly lives (see Jude 7 and 2 Peter 2:6). You can’t be made an example by hiding the destruction for thousands of years and telling no one where the example is.God never promised to restore those cities and there is no scripture stating they were restored.Tell el-Hamman, and we use the Israeli word ‘tell’ not the Arabic word ‘tall’, is not Sodom. Dr. Collins misleads so many people and provides an excellent example of our point that archaeologists create their own past not the one that actually was.
Sadly for Dr. Collins and his associates., they have been calling this site Sodom for over ten years now and when they finally realize that they are wrong their reputations will take a great hit. Not only as archaeologists but also their claim to being Christian. Christians cannot afford to get these things wrong nor can they afford to misrepresent something for such a long period of time. We have too many people watching for us to make mistakes and capitalize on them. We are not just living in this world as our actions have eternal consequences for many.  I call on Dr. Collins to admit his error now and make things right before it is too late for him and his associates.
As you can tell we are not a fan or a supporter of his but we also do not want to see him be embarrassed by this gigantic error. No Christian wants to see someone claiming to be a Christian made a fool of, be embarrassed by their mistakes or do badly in their chosen profession.It is not a Christian attitude to want those things. Dr. Collins may be gaining support for his identification but support does not mean one is correct in their identifying the remains they are excavating. It means that those people believe him over God. We have talked directly to Dr. Collins and his associates many times over the years and unfortunately, we doubt he and they will admit their error. It is sad to see.
Sodom and Gomorrah have been discovered but those cities are not near Tell el-Hamman, they are at Bab el-Dhra and Numeria a very desolate wilderness where nothing lives. Dr. Collins and some of his early associates asked why would anyone build cities in such a barren and god forsaken land. Well they were looking at the land AFTER the destruction and not when Lot saw it.That error has led Dr Collins and friends to take the wrong path and mis-identify another tell.e need to correct our mistakes as believers and get back on the right path before we go too far and cannot return to the straight and narrow. Now is the time to do so and this applies to all areas of life not just archaeology
 

Distorting Creationists’ Views

We have crossed swords with Age of Rocks before and usually it has been a good encounter as both sides present their views. However, this post of his

Mr. Creationist Goes to Court

is a blatant and gross distortion of creationists’ views concerning our origins.  The author of that piece assumes far too much. For example he assumes that secular science has been charged with the duty of discovering our origins. It has not. He assumes that secular science has found and maintains the truth about our origins. It has not.He assumes that secular science is infallible when it comes to the information it uncovers. It isn’t.

He assumes that secular science or any science knows more than God does. It doesn’t. He assumes that evil plays no role in the work of secular scientists work, thinking and presentations, as well as those scientists who call themselves Christian. He would be in error. He assumes that secular science is an authority and has the final say on all matters of life. Again he errs.

Secular science is the blind leading the blind and that is the best thing we can say about that field of research. We include all those scientists,like Francis Collins, who claim to be Christian yet contradict God and his word by including evolutionary ideas and models in with God’s creative act.Those people are very misguided and deceived.

The other important aspect that author assumes is that only those who do secular science can do rational and logical thought or are the only people who know anything. I am sure he is one of the group of anti-creationists who will say creationists lie when they disagree with the claims of secular scientists but they have to prove an actual lie has been told willingly.  Disagreeing with the results of secular science is not lying nor is honestly producing information one believes to be the truth. Sometimes people repeat information that they think is the truth because they were taught that information was true. That is not lying.

Then that author thinks that one has to be a scientist to rebut anything secular science declares.That s far from the truth for even an office assistant can know the truth because they listen to the God who did the actual creating over the fallible human who was not even an adviser to the creator of the universe, life and its development. The secular scientist is the one who does not know anything about our origins not the lowly uneducated believer of the Most High God.

In fact, it is smarter to be the latter than the former. It is rational and logical to be a believer in the one who did the actual creating than follow the one who rejects  him and his revelation.Making fun of those who believe God and the Bible is also not an intelligent, rational or logical move. That behavior only exposes the ignorance of the one who rejects God and his word. Science, any variety, is a lowly creation and not greater than the one who created it. Science was created by God so we would understand him more and learn about him. It was not created to usurp authority nor declare that God was or is wrong. Nor was it created to be  the authority or final word on all aspects of life.

Sadly, too many people,including those who claim to be Christian, have thrown God out of his own creation and try to do science on their own. All they have done is open the door to evil and let it destroy any truth science could uncover. You cannot throw the God of truth out and expect to come to the truth when you are influenced and led by the father of lies.

Secular science and scientists need to humble themselves and recognize that they are not the supreme being and acknowledge God as above them. Then they need to repent of their sins and get right with God so that science can be used correctly, leading people to the truth and to a greater understanding of God. Currently, science is being used to lead people to lies, to say God did things he did not say he did, and to distort the evidence we have to fit their humanistic views. Science is being misused and abused by those who reject God and that is wrong.

The church is not against science especially when science gets things correct– like orbits and other factual members of the universe.It is against the lies of that secular science produces. Lies like Darwin’s theory of evolution, natural selection and other human alternatives to the truth of Genesis 1 and 2. Science does not belong in the affairs of our origins for that is not a mystery. We know where we came from, how it all came about and we do not need secular science meddling in what we already know to be the truth.

Secular science and its human alternatives bring confusion and confusion, as the Bible tells us, is not of God. This fact tells the believer to reject what unbelieving scientists say because they are disagreeing with God and the Bible. Anything that disagrees with God and the Bible are the ones in error. God does not lie and he does not make mistakes so we take God’s word over the word over those who ‘do science’. That is the right and Christian thing to do.

 
 
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