Daily Archives: June 28, 2014

NTEB: Obama To Mock Christianity By Honoring Apostate SBC Pastor At White House LGBT Pride Celebration

 

Obama loves to humiliate and belittle Christian values

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27

Christian News reports that an apostate former Southern Baptist pastor, who endorsed homosexuality in a recent sermon, has been invited to attend a ‘gay pride’ reception at the White House with President Obama.

As previously reported, Danny Cortez leads New Heart Community Church in southern California. Earlier this year, Cortez surprised his Baptist congregation by declaring that he has accepted a pro-homosexual position.

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“This is a huge step for a Southern Baptist church!!” Cortez ecstatically wrote in a letter to a  Patheos blogger. “So now, we will accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship. We will choose to remain the body of Christ and not cast judgment.”

“In light of the recent events, of his standing in the gap of our LGBT brothers and sisters, Danny and Drew have been formally invited to a reception with the President at the White House in Washington, D.C.” the fundraising page explains. “… This will take place on June 30.”

The reception mentioned on the fundraising page appears to be a special White House event celebrating LGBT Pride Month. According to sources, both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be present at the event, scheduled to take place Monday at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Seven Factors Hindering Evangelism in Churches

 

There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal evangelism is ultimately a heart issue between Christians and God, we do see ways this disobedience to the Great Commission is manifesting itself.

Despite all the negative information you have heard from me, I remain an obnoxious optimist about local congregations. One of the reasons I am so optimistic is that many of us are no longer ignoring the problems. One of the early steps to church revitalization is a willingness to “look in the mirror.”

With that in mind, in this article I try to help church leaders look in the mirror if their churches are not evangelistic. And here are seven factors that leaders may see when they get that honest perspective.

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The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls

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4049This book addresses one of the most important social issues of our time– and one the Church has too long been silent concerning.  I very much appreciate IVP Academic sending along a copy to review.

Violence against women and girls is a human rights epidemic that affects millions of lives around the world. While many Christians are addressing this crisis through education, advocacy and philanthropic support, there has been a reluctance to name gendercide as a theological and confessional issue, a matter that strikes at the very essence of the Christian faith.

In The Cross and Gendercide, Elizabeth Gerhardt draws on Luther’s “theology of the cross” to provide a theological basis for naming and responding to the grave sin of global gendercide. She lifts up the work and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as an especially powerful resource for mobilizing the church today toward political action and social engagement. From the…

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Is hit book ‘Jesus Calling’ pushing New Age?

 

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When the entity formerly known as the Christian Bookseller’s Association decided to go secular business model a couple decades ago, the inevitable diluting of doctrinally sound books began.

Traditional titles, ranging from Charles Stanley to Ruth Bell Graham to Charles Spurgeon, began to share shelf space with the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books (musing about such things as the “golden Buddha inside us all”). Pretty soon, it was a theological free-for-all, with no vetting process in place. Anyone self-identifying as “Christian” was welcome. The transformation was complete by, say, 2008, when CBA (newly named as “ICRS”: International Christian Retail Show) feted “The Shack” author William Paul Young and his universalism beliefs.

So it is that Sarah Young’s wildly popular book, “Jesus Calling,” first published in 2004 by Thomas Nelson, has now sold more than 10 million copies. It has spawned almost countless spin-off products and seems to be gaining steam, featured as it is in Christian bookstore chains and recommended by prominent leaders.

But is something amiss here? Researcher and writer Warren Smith thinks so. His response to Young, “Another Jesus Calling,” presents the case that the mega-seller is soaked in New Age teachings. He makes a compelling case that “Jesus Calling” was influenced by a decades-old title, “God Calling,” in which the authors introduce mainstream New Age teachings to Christian audiences.

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Michael Brown discusses his upcoming debate on homosexuality with Matthew Vines

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An interview with Dr. Michael Brown from Charisma News.

Intro:

Dr. Michael Brown is author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. And on June 28, he’ll be directly debating Matthew Vines on Moody Radio’s program “Up for Debate.”

Matthew Vines has recently become the face of the current “gay Christian” movement, publishing God and the Gay Christian after his speech advocating Christian acceptance of homosexuality went viral in 2012.

Here’s a part I liked:

You have stated publicly that homosexual sin is a central, gospel issue. In my own life, I’ve known at least one person who has turned their back on the gospel because of the Bible’s stance…

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Evolution & the New Age Movement (How Eastern Mysticism Promulgated Evolution)

Over the past several decades America has undergone a profound transformation from a culture that was primarily Christian to one that is now largely pagan. One of the primary reasons for this change has been the widening influence of Eastern mysticism. A central tenet of all Eastern religions is the belief that man is evolving.

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Only 2 basic world-views in this life

There are two basic world-views in this life. We either justify men or we justify God. Take for instance this statement: “The Bible says the best of mankind is evil.” If you love God you will immediately nod with approval of that statement. You will justify God. If you haven’t been converted, you will more than likely be quick to justify man (and of course yourself). You will say that people may have some faults, but they are basically good. The thought that anyone is evil (outside of Hitler and a few others) is repulsive and even disgusting. That’s because you have you own definition of “evil.” God’s definition is anything that falls short of moral perfection… lying, stealing, ingratitude, hatred, greed, envy, jealousy, lack of love, blasphemy, self-righteousness, unbelief, disobedience, pride, and a multitude of other sins. If you think that you are up to God’s standard (which He will use of Judgment Day) take this quick test with a tender conscience: http://www.needGod.com and if you are honest with yourself, you will end up saying, with the psalmist:

“Against you and you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge” (Psalms 51:4).

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Mars Hill and Missions Funding

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Questions are now being raised about Mars Hill’s use of funds raised and designated specifically for missions endeavors and evidently have not been.

This is simply another indication of a church gone awry. Led by a Pastor who seems more and more to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Why My Family Doesn’t Do Sleepovers

 

James Dobson believes that children should not participate in sleepovers. The world has changed, he says, and has become too dangerous to allow your children out of your sight for so long. In his book Bringing Up Girls, he says:

Sadly, the world has changed in the last few decades, and it is no longer a safe place for children. Pedophiles and child molesters are more pervasive than ever. That is why parents must be diligent to protect their kids every hour of the day and night. …

Until you have dealt with little victims as I have and seen the pain in their eyes, you might not fully appreciate the devastation inflicted by molestation. It casts a long shadow on everything that follows, including future marital relationships. Therefore, parents have to think the unthinkable in every situation. The threat can come from anywhere—including neighbors, uncles, stepfathers, grandfathers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, music instructors, Scout leaders, and babysitters. Even public bathrooms can be dangerous today…

He believes the threat is so pervasive that parents should not allow their children to participate in sleepovers. I find myself both agreeing and disagreeing.

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Questions & Ethics: Does He Need To Confess His Adultery To His Wife?

 

Russell Moore answers a difficult question from a husband who writes in and asks, “I’ve confessed to God and repented of adultery in my marriage, but I’m struggling with telling my wife. Is it necessary to tell her, knowing the hurt it will cause and how should I go about doing this?” Read the full transcript here.

Do Not Be Surprised…This ‘n’ That (27 June 2014)

  • I know we’re supposed to be happy about World Vision’s ‘about face’ on the whole gay marriage thing, but I still am admittedly perplexed as to why they, as a supposedly ‘Christian’ organization, went so starkly against God’s Word in the first place?

 

  • Tim Challies has learned some lessons from false teachers.
  • In Romans 1 news, Indianapolis churches were happy to welcome same-sex couples to be ‘married’ once Indiana’s ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional.
  • Mars Hill Church continues to drop my jaw at their bizarre audacity. Who tweets this?
  • Which one of these is not like the others?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I feel super honored that one of the only few Do Not Be Surprised mugs in existence has earned such a position of privilege on Pastor Mike Abendroth’s desk! Are those Peet’s Coffee stains I see?
  • And suddenly that eyelash I once found in a MacDonald’s burger doesn’t seem so bad (I still won’t go back, though).
  • What is the difference between the sins of believers and unbelievers?
  • Gives new meaning to the phrase “one-stop shop.”
  • “[Parents] should never select a church based primarily on the appeal of the children’s programs.” Amen to that! Too many parents let their unregenerate children be the ‘spiritual leaders’ in the family.
  • Charismatic teaching is breeding spiritual havoc.
  • The kind of worship God desires:

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The Ground of Gentleness: The Lord is Near

 

The Lord is NearOver the last two weeks, we’ve been considering Paul’s command to “let your gentle spirit be known to all men” (Philippians 4:5). We considered five characteristics of that gentleness, and then took some time to consider the scope of that command, noting that we are not only to be gentle with fellow Christians, but also with those who are enemies of the Gospel.

And we ended last time asking how could possibly do that? let our gentle and forbearing spirit be evident to all people—even those that would take advantage of us?

And we can be so thankful that Paul seems to never lay upon the shoulders of the people of God a divine imperative without also laying under our feet a divine indicative upon which we can stand. In Philippians 4:4 he didn’t merely command us to “Rejoice always,” but to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” The Lord Himself is to be the source, sphere, object, and ground of our rejoicing. Well here also in verse 5, he doesn’t merely command us, “Let your gentle spirit be made known to all men,” but also adds, “the Lord is near.”

So, how is it that we can patiently endure the ill-treatment of a hostile and perverse generation, and consistently repay evil with good? How can we subject ourselves to the attacks of the enemies of Christ and His Gospel without becoming defensive and asserting our rights? Paul says, “The Lord is near.”  This is the ground of our gentleness.

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Dreams as a Mission Strategy: Let’s Ask Questions | Worldview Weekend

For many years now I’ve been concerned with what appears to be a growing strategy of missions in difficult areas: praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ in the lives of the unreached through dreams and visions. This is not a new strategy by any means. In 1997, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (then called the Foreign Mission Board) wrote about a particular wave of these revelations. The article states that, “On that evening in 1983, villagers later testified, the Holy Spirit moved from house to house, revealing himself through dreams, visions and angelic visitations” [emphasis mine]. In the same article, Randy Sprinkle of the Prayer Strategy Office of the FMB at that time argued that, “We can’t tell him [God] how he can and can’t do things…If he chooses to do it in what to our Western minds is an unusual or mysterious way such as dreams or visions or angels, the Scriptures are full of examples of those.” Are we telling God how to do His business? Are the Scriptures full of examples of dreams, visions, and angelic visitations? Are those applicable today? More about this in a moment. The promotion of dreams, visions, and angelic visitations as an evangelism tool and prayer strategy is not a rare occurrence with the International Mission Board. A quick internet search found this article, and this one, and this one, and another one, and yet another one, and far more than you would care to read. I assume (though have not researched it), that this is not just an IMB/SBC strategy, but that the IMB is simply displaying the consensus of current missiology. CBN recently reported about North African Muslims who were “see the appearance and the presence of God appear to them in reality, like a vision.” This vision is so real that some, “carry on a conversation. It’s not just a light that appears.”

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Study: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants

According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CIS scholars Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.

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