Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

More on the Weird Connection Between Glenn Beck and Liberty University

Zwinglius Redivivus

Yes, it’s weird.

As I pointed out in the post last week, Beck misled his audience. Bible scholars were not imprisoned unless they challenged the Nazi party. While all felt the scrutiny of the government, Bible scholars were not imprisoned simply for studying or believing the Bible. In fact, the overwhelming number of purple triangle wearers were Jehovah’s Witnesses. They refused to salute Hitler and paid a heavy price for it.

A little additional reading makes Beck’s misinformation particularly troubling. Beck’s religious group, the Mormons, was tolerated by the Nazis, mainly suffering local intimidation but few, if any, national persecution.  Based on the Twelfth Article of Faith, the Mormons’ policy toward the Nazis was to accommodate them. The LDS church in Germany disbanded their youth group without resistance at the order of the Nazis. The Mormon basketball ministry team helped the German team during the 1936 Olympics

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Why Is the World Unconcerned for 270 Kidnapped Nigerian Girls?

Zwinglius Redivivus

I saw this on the twitter and have to say, it is quite damning, isn’t it.

So far, the world spent $60 million to search plane with 239 dead passengers and $0 to search for ~270 abducted girls.

Indeed.  Indeed.

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The Theology Of The Reformation

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The Five Solas of the Reformation

by James Montgomery Boice

1. Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura).

When the Reformers used the words Sola Scriptura they were expressing their concern for the Bible”s authority, and what they meant is that the Bible alone is our ultimate authority–not the pope, not the church, not the traditions of the church or church councils, still less personal intimations or subjective feelings, but Scripture only. Other sources of authority may have an important role to play. Some are even established by God–such as the authority of church elders, the authority of the state, or the authority of parents over children. But Scripture alone is truly ultimate. Therefore, if any of these other authorities depart from Bible teaching, they are to be judged by the Bible and rejected.

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Eight Reasons It’s Easier Not to Attend Church Today

 

I’m not certain it’s all bad news. Sure, the majority of congregations are experiencing declines in attendance. And many more churches are growing at a pace that is slower than the growth of the community in which they are located.

To be clear, I am not suggesting that attendance declines are good. Such trends mean fewer people are engaging with believers, and fewer people are being exposed to the gospel.

But our nation is no longer a “churchy” culture. More and more, to be involved with a local congregation means you are counter-cultural. It’s now easier to see where the home base for congregations ends and where the mission field begins. There are fewer and fewer persons who show up at church services because they simply want to be part of the crowd. To the contrary, active congregants are now the exception in our nation rather than the norm.

For now, I simply want to share eight common factors that are negatively impacting church attendance. Some of the reasons apply specifically to the unchurched, while others could be related to either the churched or unchurched person.

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