The following is a presentation of the gospel in picture form, so you can present it to someone who doesn’t speak English. At the conclusion is John 3:16 in twenty-seven major languages. 
 Comfort, R. (2003). The Evidence Bible: Irrefutable Evidence for the Thinking Mind, Notes. (K. Cameron, Ed.) (pp. 1691–1693). Orlando, FL: Bridge-Logos.
With the growing trend of many Christians, professing Christians, and even non-Christians involving themselves in Christianized New Age literature (God Calling, Jesus Calling, Have Heart, The Jesus Letters, etc.) and mystical occult-oriented practices (centering prayer, breath prayers, Christian mantras, Christian yoga, Christian séances, passive listening prayer-journaling, etc.) I thought it might be helpful to write more on how these types of things can be an open Gateway to Ghosts, Hauntings and Apparitions. It is not just undiscerning adults that are engaging in such things, undiscerning youth are too. Effectively targeted by Emerging Church and New Spirituality leaders, many people are falling prey to such things.
My June 2014 SRN Newsletter (PDF) is now online and an HTML page will be available soon, on my new SRN website.
Gateway to Ghosts, Hauntings and Apparitions (Part 2): Resistance Phenomenon and God’s Condemnation of Occultism – By Chris Lawson
Spiritualism: Satan’s Tool – By Ben Alexander
I do recommend reading PART 1 (April 2014 SRN Newsletter) of this series first, to gain a clear understanding of God’s loving care toward us, and the serious consequences of involving oneself and one’s family in occult practices, even when they are made to look “Christian.”
Gateway to Ghosts, Hauntings and Apparitions (Part 1): Occultism and the Paranormal – By Chris Lawson
One of Satan’s Final Masquerades – By Sandy Simpson
Mantra Meditation: A Warning! – By Chris Lawson
Mantra Meditation – By Ray Yungen
Lastly, I am happy to say that we have rounded the corner after six long months of behind the scenes footwork. A small note about this is available on page 2 of the June newsletter.
Proclaiming the Gospel and Encouraging Biblical Discernment!
There are some who advocate a notion of “Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” with strict definitions of what roles men and women should occupy. Representative is John Piper, a leading voice in the movement named “Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.” In his essay “A Vision of Biblical Complementarity: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible,” Piper writes about “biblical” manhood:
When my father came home he was clearly the head of the house… (32, cited below)
[W]hen there is no bread on the table, it is the man who should feel the main pressure to do something to get it there… a man will feel his personhood compromised if he… becomes dependent over the long haul… on his wife’s income. (42)
Shockingly, Piper even goes so far as to say that:
“[E]ven where a Christian wife may have to stand with Christ against the sinful will…
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It is a sobering question that many Christians dread to hear someone ask: How could a loving God condemn those who have had no opportunity to respond to Christ? Any Christian who has seriously pondered about his or her faith will sooner or later ask this very question. How does one reconcile the proclamation made in the Bible that God is love and square that with the reality that there are people who will not go to heaven that might not have had an opportunity to respond? I think a helpful way to navigate through this difficult issue is to think clearly of the relationship of various doctrines in the Bible pertaining to this issue.
If we are going to reconcile God’s love with people condemned by God we have to begin with why people are condemned in the first place: Sin. Sin is any violation of God’s laws. Since…
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I heartily recommend you study the book. But be prepared. Solomon, the philosopher author will huff and puff on his theological pipe and then blow smoke in our faces. This choking hazard will come at you in the form of pessimism (chpt 1), hedonism (2), fatalism, nihilism, absurdism, existentialism (3-4), agnosticism (6) and other –isms that should be –wasms.
Here are a few drops of the bitter toxins that await you…
Here’s the second component of what I’ve been going through on Monday night with the men’s discipleship group I’m a part of leading. We’ve been introducing them to a basic doctrine of scripture. I wrote the first component (the first 3 elements) before I became acutely ill, so the part on inerrancy and the last 6 points are elements that I wrote after I was laid out. One day when I’m better, I’ll finish working those out in more detail. Either way, I pray this is informative and enlightening for you:
A General Overview of the Doctrine of Scripture
1. The Necessity of Revelation
1a. Certain things are hidden from all but God
– People can hide themselves from others (1 Sam. 10:21).
– The dreams of a man’s mind that he doesn’t wish to share (Dan. 2:8-11).
– The meaning of the past or the future (Is. 41:22-23…
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Sociologist Peter Berger, among many others, has long suggested that the modern world is being shaped by three deep and fast-moving cultural currents: secularization, pluralization and privatization. Big words. Even bigger ideas. But it’s within these words and ideas that we find the wider cultural key to the rise of the “nones” – the fastest growing and now second largest religious constituency in the U.S.
The Process of Secularization
The English word secular derives from the Latin saeculum which means “this present age.” The contemporary term secular is descriptive, referring to that which is divorced from religious or spiritual sensibility. Secularization is the process by which something becomes secular. It is the cultural current making things secular.
And it is raging through our world like a flash flood.
Berger defines secularization as the process by which “sectors of society and culture are removed from the domination of religious institutions and symbols.” The effect of this process is that the church is losing its influence as a shaper of life and thought in the wider social order, and Christianity is losing its place as the dominant worldview. Richard John Neuhaus writes that we live in a “naked public square,” meaning that religious ideas and mores no longer inform public discourse.