after the tradition of men,
after the rudiments of the world,
and not after Christ.(Emphasis added, Colossians 2:8, KJV)
In explaining the universe’s origin, the theory of evolution neither wants nor needs God. Assuming matter’s temporality, evolution proposes that by chance something derived and organized itself from nothing; or assuming matter’s eternality, the theory asserts that something evolved from something. So what matters is matter. Thus, the study of it—is it a wave or a particle?—becomes primary in explaining “the system” in which we live, where matter came from and why “It” continues.
By observing the interaction of particles and/or powers at the subatomic level, the science (Latin scientia for “knowing”) of theoretical, particle or Quantum physics attempts to understand why “the system” keeps working. But in light of a possible obliteration of the universe (if gravity should suddenly give up), evolution-based physics offers no comfort to the human soul. Hearts cry out, “How can meaning be found in this immense and threatening universe which many scientists assume commenced and continues by chance?”
Esotericism, or the mysterious spirituality of secrets, proposes to salve the angst. By combining the mystical religion of the East with the science of the West, the New Age/New Spirituality imagines to bring meaning to disturbed human hearts. In American culture, this blending of science and spirituality has become popular and as such, can enamor Christian hearts “after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” So believers need to understand how the spiritualization of science can “capture” their souls.
Islamic law permits the possession of concubines, or sex slaves. This has been demonstrated countless times, including through Islamic clerics quoting Islamic scriptures, and through ordinary Muslims, past and present, acting on it.
That said, Islamic sanctioned sex-slavery does not perturb the Western world simply because the powers-that-be-specifically academia, media, and government-ignore it, and all other unsavory phenomena associated with Islam, out of existence.
Interesting, therefore, are the responses from the authorities-comical one might even say-when one of these everyday anecdotes actually does surface to the general public.
Thus declared the supposed supreme bishop over the entire Christian community. Apprising Ministries has the details as well as the official Vatican Radio report so you can hear it for yourself.
If you’ve never heard of terms like eco-feminism, panentheism or internconnectedness, you’ll want to take notes on what today’s guest has to say. If you guessed that these are pagan terms, you are correct. But did you know that this new kind of paganism has a strong foothold in a growing number of modern churches? This “New Paganism” has infected the modernchurch like a relentless cancer.
Aside from the fact that social media and blogs are excellent tools for the dissemination of accurate information about the Bible and theology, there’s also a very practical reason which I shall now explain by the relating of a true story.
Several years back (5 or 6 now I think), in the Northwest of England, a campaign was quietly undertaken to shut down one of the most important Departments of Biblical Studies on the planet. That Department resided in the University of Sheffield. To this day I still do not know nor can I understand the reasons for this attempt. It made no sense then and it makes no sense to this very moment.
Word leaked out that the Department was scheduled to be shuttered and first, among the students, and then, among the blogs, and then, among the facebookers word spread and outrage grew and petitions were organized and…
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) often tells audiences, “Republican Party events need more people with tattoos.” It struck me, as I heard him say this, that this is kind of what evangelical Christians ought to be saying about our churches. It struck me further when I read this tribute my former student Spencer Harmon wrote about his new wife and her past that this is precisely the issue facing the next generation of the Bride of Christ, the church.
First the low down, then a few statements, and then a lot of questions.
End Times Prophecy Report
May 16, 2014
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ICELAND: The Reyjavik Confessions: Who Would Admit To Crimes They Couldn’t Remember? – The BBC spent 7 pages weaving a narrative of justice gone wrong. It spent about two paragraphs on the victims. The Corporate Media sheds few tears for murder victims; pages and pages on the perpetrators. Or maybe the ones convicted were patsies?
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Wait. The F word?
No, not that F word!
I’m talking about the word “false“, almost always followed by “teacher” (though sometimes “prophet” or “brother” or “convert” or “gospel”). That specific word was thrown out a lot in the recent Strange Fire meltdown and is regularly getting stamped on a whole lot of people, movements and ideas.
Seeing that there’s so many wrongful understandings and applications of the word and how it’s been used (in the specific phrases “false teacher” or “false prophet”) by both sides of the Strange Fire debate, I thought it would be worthy of a rather exhaustive treatment that will hopefully bring some clarity to who is and who isn’t a false teacher. I’m going to do this in two steps: First I’m going t:
(#1) do my best to give a biblical understanding of the term “false”
(#2) I’m going to do my best to give a biblical understanding of the concept of “false teacher”
I wrote a recent post about how to treat sinners based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:15-17. In the comments that followed, Luke had a great question about what to do with people who are destructive, and how to engage them when they are unrepentant. That got me thinking about the dynamic of relational reconciliation, and the process (yes, process) of forgiveness. This post is an attempt to engage more fully in the larger question about how to relate to people who offend us, and to provide a way forward — even if they never really repent.
The Bible calls followers of Jesus to learn to live in forgiveness toward those who offend them. The problem is that many of us have wrong ideas about forgiveness. These wrong ideas can be simplistic ideas, imbalanced ideas, unreasonable ideas, and unhealthy ideas, which are all – at their core — unbiblical ideas. If our idea about forgiveness is wrong, then chances are, we’ll never find the way to forgiveness, which can lead to bigger problems in our relationship with God, and with others.
To begin, let us briefly look at some thoughts regarding what forgiveness is not!
Here’s a good introductory lecture on the topic by Chad Gross, who blogs at Truthbomb Apologetics.
You can see the footnotes for his article on his blog.
The one criticism I have is that he seems to be quoting from John a lot, and he should have some sort of case for John being reliable. I would maybe cite the scholarly work of someone like Richard Bauckham, who thinks that John is not only based on eyewitness testimony, but was actually written by a disciple of Jesus named John. John is my favorite gospel, but skeptical NT critics critics are pretty hard on it. Of course, Chad was speaking in a church, so it’s understandable why he might not take the time to do that.
For those who don’t want to watch the video, here’s a good thought from J. Warner Wallace at Please Convince Me.
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Never the twain shall meet. Undoubtedly you’ve heard that idiom in one setting or another. But have you ever heard, “Always the twain shall meet.” Well that is the case with mysticism and seeker-sensitive, at least for Bill Hybels of Willow Creek.
As one of America’s most prominent pastors, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek does everything except what the Bible says. It is no wonder that he is called seeker-sensitive.
Of course, the “seeker-sensitive” concept is an oxymoron, as the Bible says “no one seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11). Instead of consulting what the Bible says the church is, seeker-sensitive churches consult the seeker, the unredeemed person, and give him what he wants in a church.
So much of what has occurred in the USA over the past five plus years has served to profoundly undermine the moral fabric of society. It is now clear that an ultra-liberal and brazenly permissive agenda has been foisted on the nation, whether the people wanted it or not. Yes, there are plenty of devotees to this overly materialistic and hedonistic philosophy of life; however, the vast majority of Americans are repulsed by it. How then has this dubious agenda been able to proceed with such force and speed. And, with so little resistance.
As the price of meat continues to skyrocket, will it soon be considered a “luxury item” for most American families? This week we learned that the price of meat in the United States rose at the fastest pace in more than 10 years last month. Leading the way is the price of shrimp. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of shrimp has jumped an astounding 61 percent compared to a year ago. The price of pork is also moving upward aggressively thanks to a disease which has already killed about 10 percent of all of the pigs in the entire country. And the endless drought in the western half of the country has caused the size of the U.S. cattle herd to shrink to a 63 year low and has pushed the price of beef to an all-time high. This is really bad news if you like to eat meat. The truth is that the coming “meat crisis” is already here, and it looks like it is going to get a lot worse in the months ahead. (Read More….)
The more important questions are: How do you know you are doing nothing that could be construed as wrong by some state functionary? How do you know you are not breaking some law somewhere? And why are you so implicitly trusting that your government would never do anything evil with the information it has collected on you?
This is not purely an academic matter. The practical implications are profound.
I give you several examples.
If you live in the US, there is a 50 per cent chance your area is abnormally dry. According to the National Drought Monitor, half of the country is now in some level of drought, and almost 15 per cent is in “extreme or exceptional” drought. The sustained dry spell may explain why wildfires have broken out earlier than expected in California.
The report also indicates that every Muslim nation that the U.S. has helped “liberate,” including in the context of the “Arab Spring,” has become significantly worse for Christians and other minorities. Previously moderate Syria is now ranked the third worst nation in the world to be Christian, Iraq fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four receive the worst designation in the ranking process: “extreme persecution.”
But before you check out of this topic sensing this is just horrible news — government becoming god anywhere — keep in mind that this is but a set-up for the Antichrist. What is happening in America and around the world is paving the way for the ultimate government that will be god. The “Man of Lawlessness” is waiting in the wings. Jesus Christ will ultimately bring Godly government to the world during the Millennium.
Here’s just a partial list of comparisons from Germany, 1938, to America, 2014:
In his recent Blog Essay,”‘So Peter Opened His Mouth’ — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. provides readers with the substance of his commencement address given to the graduating class of Spring 2014 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“The Christian ministry requires courage, and we can see even more courage required in the near future. There may well be a higher price exacted for opening our mouths. But God has called us to open our mouths so that others can hear his voice, believe, and be saved — so that his church will be fed and taught, and be matured. Can you imagine any higher calling than that?”