In more than half of the states in the U.S., Mormonism is the fastest-growing religion. Although Mormons consider their church to a restorationist movement within Christianity (they believe the Great Apostasy occurred between the time of the New Testament church and it’s restoration under Joseph Smith), Mormonism differs radically from the orthodox Christian teachings and beliefs. Here are nine things you should know about Mormon beliefs:
ICC Note: Iraq, a country with a long Christian history stretching to Jesus’ time, is facing the extinction of one of its oldest living communities. From the 1.3 million Christians that once occupied Iraq in 2003 to the 400,000 left today, many communities fear that they will witness the end of Christian life in Iraq. Many have fled to neighboring countries. Many more are still attempting to escape the violent persecution felt through government crackdowns and ISIS (ISIL, IS) related persecution. Many large communities have been broken up and scattered all over the world, congregating in places like San Diego, California, Arizona, Chicago and Las Vegas. As the sectarianism worsens in Iraq, many still cling to the hope that their country will return to peace and Christians may safely return to their communities.
ICC Note: As religious freedoms continue to come under attack both domestically and internationally, many opinions arise on the issue of religious liberty. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention worked with LifeWay Research to conduct a survey on what Southern Baptists Pastors think of various religious freedom issues. Perhaps most alarming was that “41 percent of those surveyed felt their community lacked a clear understanding of the religious freedom protections recognized by the First Amendment.”
By Chuck Lawless
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, it is often the failure of church members to invite others. When my church consulting teams have asked church members about their reticence to invite others to church, here are ten responses we have often heard (listed in no particular order):
Wisdom and my innocence require brevity in this statement of clarification.
- True love is the essence of biblical righteousness.
- “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matt 7.12).
- Pastors and husbands ought to love and lead like Jesus without lording it over their charge (1 Pet 5.3).
- Male chauvinism and egalitarian feminism alike pervert the plain sense of Scripture; we must not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12.2).
- The abuse of truth is no excuse for rejecting it.
- Beware of twisting another’s words and then cursing your pretzel.
- “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14.22).
- God hates…
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This blog post won’t paint me in a good light. But that’s okay, because it’s true. And the truth is always good, right?
My Superior Response
Recently I got an email from a young girl asking for my advice. I chuckled inwardly when I read it because it seemed so . . . juvenile. Oh to have problems like that again! I refrained from laughingly sharing her email with someone else (thank goodness!), but that didn’t change my feelings of superiority inside.
In early church history, one of the biggest theological debates centered on the deity of Jesus Christ. There are still groups that deny His deity today, from Muslims (who say Jesus was merely a prophet) to Jehovah’s Witnesses (who insist that He is not equal to the Father).
If I were asked to defend the doctrine of Christ’s deity, in 200 words or less, this would be my response. (Note that my word count does not include Scripture references).
I believe that Jesus is God for at least the following eleven reasons:
You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You (Isa. 26:3)
That’s what you want—eh? Perfect peace—that is, peace that passes all understanding which guards your heart and mind!
You have enough troubles, worries and heartaches—you need peace.
How may it be attained? The passage tells you: it comes to those whose minds (heart—inner being) depend on God!
Fine, but how is that achieved? By faith—listen to the next verse:
for it [the mind] is trusting in You. (v.4 HCSB)
When we cast our cares upon Him in dependent trust, He, Who cares for us, removes the worry and frustration from us. Do you need such peace? Take heed.
When our grandparents were raising our parents, popular culture was not as dramatically at odds with the biblical understandings of gender as it is now. The current cultural confusion over gender, however, requires parents to be highly intentional if they want to raise masculine sons and feminine daughters.
There are no generic people. There are men, and there are women. Consequently there are no generic Christian people. There are Christian men and there are Christian women. In Genesis 1-2, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, we find clarity about the primary roles of men and women. There are differing ways in which men and women will live out the Christian life. For instance, when giving specific instruction and admonition to men, the Bible usually does so within three key categories: leading, providing and protecting. In other words, biblical masculinity involves a heart that is inclined to obey God within this particular context of leadership, provision and protection. This may take place predominantly as husbands and fathers, but it still should be cultivated, encouraged and instilled in boys as they mature into manhood.
To that end, Christian parents should cultivate, teach and encourage the distinct characteristics of biblical manhood and womanhood. Both mom and dad share this task, but fathers bear the responsibility to lead it, to model manhood and to make distinctive contributions in their sons and daughters.
Here are the ways you should be actively involved:
End Times Prophecy Report
July 15, 2014
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IRAQ: Get ready for Kurdish independence – Or, as the Kurds were called once-upon-a-time: the Medes. Isaiah and Jeremiah both spoke about the Medes and a future entity called Babylon. Jeremiah said that the Lord would “raise up the spirit of the kings of the Medes.” Isaiah said that this destruction of Babylon would occur at “the day of the Lord.”
“Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.”
“Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes:”
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Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it.
Americans are waking up to how bad Common Core really is for education, but its nightmare does not go away quickly. Liberal education bureaucrats (“educrats”) are now trying to enforce Common Core through the courts, with one lawsuit already filed in Oklahoma, and another likely in Louisiana.
From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don’t believe that it is healthy enough, it isn’t very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for the best interests of the American people. Rather, the purpose of these corporations is to maximize wealth for their shareholders. So the American people end up eating billions of pounds of extremely unhealthy food that is loaded with chemicals and additives each year, and we just keep getting sicker and sicker as a society. But these big corporations are raking in big profits, so they don’t really care. (Read More….)
Would you like to have a picture of a 3D demon exploding out of your chest? Would you like to make it look like an exquisite piece of art was carved out of your right leg? Would you like to see the shock on people’s faces when they think that a real scorpion is sitting on your shoulder or a real snake is crawling down your back? In recent years, more Americans have been getting tattoos than ever before, but now a new body art trend is spreading across America like wildfire. 3D tattoos can be far more realistic than conventional tattoos, and many are choosing them for their pure shock value. But how will all of these young people feel about their weird tattoos a decade or two from now? And what does all of this bizarre body art say about our society? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? (Read More…)
There are two important charts I want my readers to see this morning.
The first is a chart that is an indirect measure of demand in the global economy. Right now, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) sits at its lowest level of the year. Since the beginning of 2014, the BDI has fallen 60%.
The BDI measures the cost of moving major raw materials by sea in the global economy. The thinking is that the lower the cost to move goods by ship, the lesser the amount of goods to move (a strict demand/supply price situation).