Daily Archives: November 19, 2014

Q&A: Will the Sins of Christians Be Revealed At the Final Judgment?

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Speculation. We’ll have none of that here. Let’s stick to “What saith the Scriptures?”

First, Revelations  20:12

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

“And the books were opened.”

No man knows what those books are called. And that’s not the question here.

According to God, through the psalmist, every wicked man thinks or says that God has forgotten his wicked deeds, his sins, and will never call them to account for them (Psalm 10, 11-13). But that’s not the question here.

The clear fact is this, books will be opened, and what’s in them is also clear in the context. Men will be judged “according to their deeds.” Boom…

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Evangelical leaders “serious about foreign policy” when evaluating 2016 presidential candidates, writes Washington Post columnist.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

WashingtonPost-logo2On Wednesday, two Evangelical Christian leaders and I published an op-ed laying out criteria by which we — and many — Christians will be assessing 2016 presidential contenders.

The following is an article by a Washington Post columnist who has reviewed the op-ed and found intriguing the high priority we place on carefully evaluating a candidate’s approach towards Israel, Radical Islam, Iran and the future of U.S. foreign policy and national security policy. Worth reading….

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, November 19, 2014

We have often stressed how critical national security is to Christian conservatives and therefore how important it will be in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016. More proof of that comes in an op-ed by three prominent Christian conservative leaders.

Joel C. Rosenberg, a former senior adviser on two U.S. presidential campaigns, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, and Ralph…

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GTY Blog: Persecution and Submission

Acts 4

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by John MacArthur

Is persecution good for the church? We’ve seen the blessings and fruit of persecution for individual believers—that it proves the quality of our faith and directs our focus to eternity. But what about the church?

Church-Wide Benefits of Persecution

There are at least two corporate benefits persecution brings to local churches and the church at large. First, persecution narrows the focus of the church. There’s no time to chase trends and cater to worldly “seekers” when you live under the threat of violent persecution. In fact, there’s no point in trying to make the church attractive to the world, since no amount of pomp and misdirection can entice a person to intentionally invite persecution. All pseudo-evangelistic trickery immediately goes out the window—it can’t hold up under the weight of fierce oppression and suffering.

Second, persecution purges the church of easy-believism, nominal Christianity, the prosperity gospel, and all sorts of other worldly influences and distractions. When it’s no longer convenient or lucrative to call yourself a Christian, many false believers will abandon the church. What’s left will be a purer body of believers, more useful and more effective for the sake of God’s life-transforming gospel.

That’s because when persecution comes to the church, true believers don’t flee. Nor do they fight back against the persecution, or try to protest or legislate it away. Instead, authentic Christians submit to persecution.

The Pattern of the Persecuted

Beginning today, we’re going to discuss the biblical model for dealing with persecution. Specifically, we’re going to consider the example of the early church in Acts, and how they responded to the persecution they faced within the first weeks of the church’s existence.

Acts 4 begins with the arrest of Peter and John for preaching the gospel and the resurrection of Christ, and heeling a crippled man outside the temple in Jerusalem.

As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. (Acts 4:1-3)

In verse five, the story picks up the following morning as they were brought up for trial.

On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” (Acts 4:5-7)

In a sense, pointing out the apostles’ submission in that passage is an argument from silence. Nowhere does Scripture indicate that they struggled against their captors or fought against their detention. But in that silence is a notable lack of resistance, especially from Peter, who just weeks earlier lopped off a Roman soldier’s ear in a misguided attempt to protect Christ from arrest. It’s clear that in the intervening days, his attitudes about submission and self-defense changed significantly.

That pattern of submission repeats throughout the New Testament. The apostles frequently faced legal and physical repercussions for their ministries. Many of them suffered long imprisonments, vicious beatings, and ultimately martyrdom. Yet in every instance, they faithfully submitted to wicked authorities and their unjust punishments. The pattern in the early church was not to avoid or fight persecution, but to submit to it, trusting in God to sovereignly work through it to accomplish His purposes.

Submitting to the Sanhedrin

For their trial, Peter and John were brought before Israel’s ruling body, the Sanhedrin. It was a group of the most influential Jewish leaders—priests, scribes, elders, and other officers. Luke (the author of Acts) gives us some indication of the makeup of the Sanhedrin in the names he recorded. Each of those men likely belonged to the same ruling family, related by blood or by marriage. By singling them out, Luke emphasizes the corrupt power structure of the Sanhedrin’s oligarchy.

It’s important to remember this is the same group of dignitaries, rulers, and VIPs who condemned Christ to death at the hands of the Romans just weeks earlier. The same wickedness that led them to reject and crucify Jesus was now leading them to stamp out the influence of His followers. In fact, they knew that the apostles were telling the truth when they preached Christ’s resurrection, and yet they were prepared to go to great lengths to silence that truth.

Perhaps no other group in Israel was in greater need of hearing the clear call of the gospel. And through their submission, Peter and John were perfectly positioned to preach the truth to this kangaroo court. Their quiet confidence in God’s sovereignty provided them with an important gospel opportunity before the Sanhedrin.

What did Peter and John do with that opportunity? We’ll look at that next time, and how it illustrates another key aspect of biblically responding to persecution.


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Comfort Zone: God’s will.

 

“If sin disgusts [God] so much, why does He continue to allow it to exist? Isn’t He omnipotent and isn’t everything according to his will? And all those that supposedly go to Heaven will continue to sin if free will exists in Heaven?” Walder Frey

No, everything isn’t according to His will. There are at least two “wills” of God. There is His perfect will, where there is no murder, rape, hatred, racism, lust, rebellion, jealousy, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lying, stealing, blasphemy, etc.  God will have His perfect will when His Kingdom comes (“The Day of the Lord”), and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

In the meanwhile, we have His permissive will, where He permits Nazi Germany, abortion, murder, rape, hatred, racism, lust, rebellion, jealousy, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lying, stealing, blasphemy, etc.  Here is the reason He is permitting evil:

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:8-10).

In answer to your question about sin in Heaven-Scripture makes it clear that no sin will enter God’s Kingdom. So you had better make sure your sins are forgiven. Those who die in their sins will be damned. You can be sure of that. If you would like to live forever, see http://www.needGod.com

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After synagogue attack, Obama urges both terrorists and Israelis to “be calm”

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The Weekly Standard reports on Obama’s reaction to the latest terrorist attack against Jews in Israel:

After a Palestinian terror attack that killed [five] in Israel, President Barack Obama is calling for both sides to be calm. “Too many Israelis have died; too many Palestinians have died. At this difficult time I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence,” said President Obama, according to the White House pool report.

The death toll is now 5, according to the Washington Post. How is it possible that the President would do the equivalent of urging a woman who has been raped and her rapist to not rape each other any more? Well, there are no more elections, so the faked support for our allies is really coming off. Hamas has not claimed responsibility, but Palestinians are celebrating the attack.

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NTEB News: Obama Responds To Jerusalem Terror Attack: ‘Too Many Palestinians Have Died’

President Obama has responded to yesterday’s terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in which four Israeli Jews attending morning prayers condemning the attack, and stating that “the majority of Palestinians” want peace.

In a statement delivered to the White House press pool, President Obama responded to the attack by declaring that “too many Palestinians have died,” as well as Israelis, in the struggle between the state of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and its affiliates, including the internationally active Muslim Brotherhood. “At this difficult time,” the President told reports, “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”

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“We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace,” the statement concludes, before the President begins remarks on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The President did not take questions.

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Rick Warren’s Latest #HumbleBrag

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Oh Rick… aren’t you prepared?  Or did you just want all of your ‘followers’ to see you in your blue suit on the front row next to the woman talking on her cell phone…  I can almost hear you thinking to yourself ‘I’m a Pope too… to my glorious ‘Purpose Driven’ Christians…  I’m so special’.

Origen has a message for you (since you’re all up into the Romanists these days) –

“Sometimes the disease of pride does not only penetrate the poor of the people (cf. Sir 25,2) but also hits the ranks of the priests and the Levites. You will sometimes find among us, too, some who were appointed as an example of humility and were placed around the altar as mirrors for the spectators, but in whom the sin of pride stinks and from the Lord’s altar, which ought…

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Israel & Radical Islam will be top issues in 2016 presidential campaign. What are Evangelical Christians looking for in the next President?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

whitehouse>> Shattered glass, lifeless bodies: Five dead in Jerusalem synagogue attack

>> Druze Israeli Policeman Who Killed Terrorist Dies of His Wounds, Leaves Behind 7-Month-Old Daughter 

>> Statement by Israeli Prime Minister

>> Analysis: Abbas, forced by Kerry, condemns synagogue attack

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Five innocent people, including three Americans with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, were murdered in Tuesday morning’s horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The continued violence in Israel and constant turmoil in the Middle East makes a clear and comprehensive foreign policy agenda a must for any serious presidential candidate in 2016.

In a piece in today’s Christian Post, Penny Nance, Ralph Reed and I explain why support for Israel should be a centerpiece of that foreign policy. We also outline six other crucial positions that Evangelical Christian voters will be looking for in the next President.

One relevant excerpt reads: ISRAEL AND RADICAL ISLAM — Does the candidate have a clear and…

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Ecumenism, Book Sales, Beth Moore, and the Bishop of Saddleback

Polemics Report

imagesMuch has been made lately of the ecumenism demonstrated by popular Southern Baptist figures Beth Moore and Rick Warren.  The ecumenism demonstrated by Moore and Warren is particularly disturbing because it includes, not just other protestant denominations that could be considered truly Christian, but the apostate Roman Catholic Church.  During at least one speaking recent engagement, Beth Moore brought a group of Catholic ladies on stage with her to demonstrate a “vision” of the church which she claimed to have received from God.  That vision of God’s church strangely included Roman Catholics.  As reported by Christianity Today, Rick Warren has recently traveled to the Vatican to speak at conference held by the Pope on the topic of “The Biblical Meaning of Marriage.”  While there he referred to the Pope as “the Holy Father” while making a public statement.  Incidents such as the above have left many Southern Baptists…

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Rick Warren Calls Pope “Holy Father”

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“We rejoice that the Holy Father has captured the world’s attention and so much good will for the Christian faith!…You have written so powerfully, Holy Father, of the importance of a new evangelization within the Church: “An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.

This is a statement produced by the Roman Catholic Church, entitled “A Letter to the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.” It was signed by Rick Warren.

Yes, you read that right. Rick Warren – Southern Baptist, Protestant, Evangelical – signed a statement calling the Pope “Holy Father,” and promoting the Catholic Church’s “new evangelization.” Today, we see that Warren called the Pope – with his own mouth – Holy Father.

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Podcast: Eschatological Code Cracking?

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• David Hughes Says Christians Who Want Doctrine are the Excrement of the Body of Christ
• Brian Carn Deceives For Benny Hinn
• John Shorey Breaks the Code of the Book of Revelation
• Two Sermons by Pastor Rosebrough RE: The End of the World

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The Cumulative Case for Christianity: Death by a 1,000 Paper Cuts

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Here is another great post by James Warner Wallace

Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospel Accounst Bible Insert

Following Dateline’s airing of our latest cold-case (“The Wire”), I received a number of concerned emails from viewers who felt there simply wasn’t enough evidence to be certain Douglas Bradford killed Lynne Knight. I think I can see their point. Dateline has done an excellent job chronicling four of our investigations, but our cases are nearly impossible to adequately represent in the limited time Dateline has to tell the stories. Why? Because our cases are complex, layered, cumulative, circumstantial cases. While I’ve written often about the nature of circumstantial evidence, one of the most important evidential concepts related to our cold-cases is the role of cumulative arguments. When a large quantity of evidence points to the same suspect, the cumulative impact of this evidence can be powerful. Many of the individual facts and evidences may seem unimportant or trivial on their…

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Podcast: Evangelical Beliefs

 

49219A recent survey in Christianity Today uncovered American evangelicals’ favorite heresies. Questions such as… Is God the Father more divine than Jesus? Is the Holy Spirit a force? Do you contribute to your salvation? Pastor Mike and Steve discuss the results of this poll on today’s show.

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Podcast: The price of contending

 

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Often believers are told they are intolerant, unloving and narrow-minded for not going with the flow of an ever-changing culture. Many Bible believing Christians are dismayed by the way they are being rejected by not just the world, but their friends, family members and even those in their church for standing firm on God’s Word as truth. But we’re told not to be surprised when these things happen, and certainly not to be troubled. When we love God above what others think of us, it honors and pleases Him.

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If God is knowable…

 

“If God is knowable, why doesn’t everyone know the same God?” Kelvin Shmelvin

There is only one Creator, but man has a tendency to make up false gods to suit himself. That’s why the First of the Ten Commandments says, “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me.” The Creator made Himself known to Moses when He gave Israel His Law, and He will now make Himself known to all who trust in the Savior He provided. Read the opening chapter of the Book of Hebrews (New Testament) for more details and then check out http://www.needGod.com

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BCC Blog: Hope Is a Very Good Thing: What Is the Active Ingredient in Antidepressant Medication?

The active ingredient in today’s crop of antidepressant medications appears to be hope. The study was done at the UCLA Medical School and examined whether or not patient attitude toward the treatment made a difference in the outcome. Continue reading →

News: Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

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News: While You’re Distracted, Humanum is Happening

at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family.

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News: 19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy

Sadly, the vast majority of Americans still have absolutely no idea what is being done to our economy. For those out there that still believe that we are doing “just fine”, here are 19 more facts about the messed up state of the U.S. economy… #1 After accounting for inflation, median household income in the United States is 8 percent lower than it was when the last recession started in 2007.

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