In his recent Blog Essay, “Constitutional Wisdom and Common Sense on Ceremonial Prayer — An Important Victory,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. comments on the recent decision from the supreme court on prayers before opening legislative bodies in the case Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway. Mohler writes,
“In her leading dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote, “When citizens of this country approach their government, they do so only as Americans, not as members of one faith or another.” That is a striking example of an argument that can only be explained by a thoroughly secular worldview. In truth, we can never show up in any context as simple citizens, informed and shaped by a generic worldview. We always show up as all we are, and that includes our most fundamental beliefs.”
In Secret Church 11, “Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel”, Pastor David addresses the topic of homosexuality in order to help us think through this topic biblically.
This has been a question I have been asked not just through the blog, but even more recently in my church by those visiting. It is a common scenario. You move to a new area. You get settled at your new residence and job. You get the kids settled in school. Where you settle in a local church oftentimes becomes a longer, more drawn out task. After checking out all the churches you desire to visit, here are four questions to ask yourself as you narrow the search to make a decision.
05/05/2014 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Islamic insurgency and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Boko Haram has overwhelmingly abducted self-proclaimed Christians in its raid on a government-sponsored secondary school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Boko Haram leaders have formally claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping of 243 school girls and, as reported by the parents of the abducted, Boko Haram is suspected to still be in possession of more than 230 school girls who are being sold into domestic and sexual servitude for as little as $12.00 each.
We need to open our eyes to the fact that the world and the visible church are calling for the Globalization of our governments, our economies and even our faiths. Are we walking so closely with the Lord that nothing can shake us?
Our guest today has been following this globalization that is being shaped by trends, leaders and movements. In fact Gary Kah not only follows these developments, he has been taking a stand and warning us about these things for several decades.
Bush was a corporatist. There is no doubt about that. Obama is a corporatist as we have documented over and over and over. But Hilary Clinton is taking things to a new level. She is tight with the banks, pharma, defense, you name it. She watched Glass-Steagall twitch and die at her husband’s hand from the guilded confines of the White House. She is a crony capitalist through and through.
Chief District Judge, See Kee Oon has decided that there is sufficient evidence to go ahead with every single charge laid against the 6 City Harvest Church leaders.
Each element of all the charges can be satisfied. This means that the charges of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts will be proceeding against all the church leaders.
Is Detroit destined to become a Chinese city? Chinese homebuyers and Chinese businesses are starting to flood into the Motor City, and the governor of Michigan is greatly encouraging this. In fact, he has formally asked the Obama administration for 50,000 special federal immigration visas to encourage even more immigration from China and elsewhere. So will Detroit be the first major city in the United States to be dominated by China? It could happen. Once upon a time, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the history of the world and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country. But now it is a rotting, decaying, bankrupt hellhole that is in desperate need of a savior, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appears to be fully convinced that China can be that savior. (Read More….)
Virtually everything that you do is being watched. Do you drive a car? Do you watch television? Do you use a cell phone? As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked. We live at a time when personal privacy is dying. And it is not just governments that are doing this. In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders. It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable. And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do. If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled. And such a day may be much closer than you think. The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives… (Read More…)
Ex-Mormons across the country are decrying Liberty University’s decision to feature Glenn Beck at their recent convocation ceremony, who invoked the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and referenced LDS doctrine before the thousands of students in attendance.
“I am Mormon and share your faith,” the outspoken conservative talk show host asserted during his spiritually-mixed charge to students, as he stood in front of a large banner bearing the university’s motto, “Training Champions for Christ.”
Now at this point a caveat is essential. There could be no New Testament course entitled, “How to Wreck the Church,” since Jesus himself promised that he would build his church, and that even the gates of Hades would not overcome it. The Church will remain; but individual congregations can, and indeed have been, quite wrecked.
This is one of the key themes of Jesus’ letters to the seven churches in Revelation 3-4. Most of these congregations were in need of a warning, lest their witness, influence, and even existence would be taken away. And this idea also lies just beneath the surface of the book of Jude, one of the shortest letters in the Bible. We can learn a great deal about wrecking a congregation from looking at this little book.
Most parents, pastors and theologians would agree that there is no easy way to determine if a child is saved. There’s no simple two question test.
But determining if a child is not saved – I think there are some useful indicators of that.
Five signs that your child is not saved:
(Obviously, there are exceptions to all of these.)
The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. This is no longer George Washington’s Episcopal Church – in 1776 the largest denomination in the rebellious British colonies. Membership has dropped so dramatically that today there are 20 times more Baptists than Episcopalians U.S. Catholics out-number the Episcopal Church 33-to-1. There are more Jews than Episcopalians. Among the old mainstream denominations reporting to the National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church suffered the worst loss of membership from 1992-2002 — plunging from 3.4 million members to 2.3 million for a 32 percent loss. …….. Read more
An increasing number of Christians are finding the public “outing” of their biblical views are resulting in job loss, even though it has no direct conflict with their job. Christian students are being denied degrees if they refuse to abandon their Christian beliefs and others have found their travel privileges “denied” if their Biblical views are classified as “hate”. Think it can’t happen to you? Read their stories here……….. Read more
As an American who has lived a long time in Australia but is now back in Europe again, it is interesting to see how the church of Jesus Christ is faring in various places. The global Christian movement is of course experiencing major changes at the moment, with once great centres of Christianity now a mere shell, while once pagan nations are seeing a real flourishing of the faith.
Being in Europe makes it once again quite apparent how very secular and biblically barren the continent is. Once of course it was the global heart of Christianity, but today it is the most pagan continent on the planet. And America, which looks like one big church, when compared to Europe, is also heading downhill spiritually speaking in so many ways.
We know that Oprah Winfrey doesn’t believe that Jesus Christ is the only way. She has been clear about her universalist, mystical occult leanings for years, so Christians should not be surprised about this. But what jumped out at me this morning was the normalization of witchcraft. …
Apprising Ministries supplies some further context, shows you a Vineyard pastor who’s now pro-homosexual, and gives you Dr. James White’s insightful commentary concerning these issues.
by Mike Ratliff
1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε, 2 μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πραΰτητος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ, 3 σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ τῆς εἰρήνης· (Ephesians 4:1-3 NA28)
1 Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, encourage you to walk worthy of the calling by which you were called, 2 with all humility of mind and meekness with long-suffering forbearing one another in love, 3 being eager to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 translated from the NA28 Greek text)
The requests I receive from readers of these posts concerning discernment issues in their own churches seem to be on the upswing. It is as if we have moved from the trauma of the Purpose Driven/Seeker Sensitive devastation of so much of Evangelicalism to something even more…
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