June 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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You Can Almost Always Trace Legalism Back to This

Legalism is like bloodletting. It seems like a good thing. Creating a set of rules to follow seems like it will promote morality and keep people on the straight and narrow. Legalism feels like the safe thing to do. It gives us a feeling of being in control of our lives. When we create rules, we don’t need the Holy Spirit to do the work of convicting people. The reality is that legalism slowly drains people of life.

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Pastors from South Sudan on Trial for Their Lives in Khartoum

As with most religious freedom violations in Sudan, there is an interesting back story. The Sudanese government is attempting to take the Bahri Evangelical Church’s compound away from the Christians and sell it to Muslim investors with the help of corrupt church officials that they forced upon the church. In November and December 2014 parts of the church compound were destroyed when government officials assisted the investors in attempting to take the property. Along with the imprisonment and false accusations against pastors and other Christians, these are ways in which the Islamic regime in Khartoum seeks to eradicate Christianity in the country and fill their own coffers at the same time.

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The Duggar Disaster

The church must never demand that victims of sexual abuse quickly forgive their abuser. It is worth noting that in the Bible forgiveness is always (always!) predicated upon repentance. The church needs to understand the unique nature of sexual abuse. It is a profoundly heinous sort of crime and the victims must therefore be cared for in a way that reflects the horror of what they have suffered. That means they must be protected from their abuser.

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Some Perspective On Fads In Science

In other words, the current dominant characterization of science as referring solely to the study of the natural world is more a matter of politics (civil and informal social coercion) than it is about actual knowledge or coherent beliefs. When we hear figures from politics and the entertainment business, such as Al Gore, warning us about an imminent environmental apocalypse and especially when they invoke the cultural authority of science, please bear in mind the history of science.

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Our Confession of Faith: From 3 Words to Over 12,000 – How? Why?

The main reason why we have a longer Confession of Faith is because of the need that developed over the centuries to more clearly state the truths taught in the Bible. Almost always, these truths were clarified in response to errors that crept into the church. This is nothing new, of course. Most of Paul’s letters and the other letters in the Bible were written to clarify truth and correct errors.

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If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today

The fact that Paul Apostle brags about his public run-in with Peter Cephas, a well-respected leader and brother in Christ, exposes Mr. Apostle for the divisive figure that he has become in the Church today. His diatribe against the Galatian church is just more of the same misguided focus on an antiquated reliance on doctrine instead of love and tolerance. Just look how his hypercritical attitude has cast aspersions on homosexual believers and women elders!

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Real Peace and Rest

Long lasting, real, and forever peace and rest comes from knowing that all our burdens and cares have been taken from us at the cross. It comes from knowing that our greatest fear and burden, the sin that separates us from God, was removed forever when Jesus died as our substitute. It comes from knowing that one day, he will return again and make all things new.

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Trauma: The truth and lies we believe

Have you been through something traumatic? Is someone you know going through a tragedy? How do you help them, or help yourself? Trauma is a feeling or emotion caused by an incident or a memory from something horrible. We can’t control the circumstance, but we can process, and seek the Hope we know comes only […]

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Bruce Jenner and Trans-Sanity

by Bill Muehlenberg

Note to Bruce Jenner (no, not Caitlyn – you are Bruce, and always will be): you are obviously a very troubled individual who needs counsel, therapy and professional help. But you certainly do not need celebration, endorsement and praise for your misguided move to become female.

Indeed, you should not be buying into the lies of the gender benders. You are not a female, and you never have been a female. You are male: how in the world do you think your two daughters entered into the world? They sure did not come about by two women messing around.

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Blasphemy in Philadelphia

by Berean Researcher

I’m not sure how I stumbled across this Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, but it’s even more shocking than someone selling me a prayer cloth on TBN. Located in the heart of Philadelphia. It’s both a website and a shrine, one of the Catholic Church’s top tourist sites where people make pilgrimages by the […]

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Cindy Jacobs whups “Jewish witchcraft” to help Empowered21 gathering go smoothly

by Marsha West

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire lays out the ways in which he believes Satan is using the ecumenical Empowered21 and the New Apostolic Reformation to torment the Body of Christ. Following is Lanagan’s piece: But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him […]

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Podcast – Raising Up Biblical and Discerning Leaders

Some practical cautions and suggestions

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Topics mentioned in this audio:

The Fear of the Lord; Repentance; Dealing with heresy; Revering God instead of man; Consistent Bible reading; Seeking out Bible teaching leaders and ministries; Avoiding excesses and extremes; Defining your terms; Interpreting Scripture with Scripture; Using the Bible and Bible study tools instead of pop-Christianity books and fads; Defining biblical terminology in context; Knowing the basic essentials of the Christian faith and teaching them; Teaching the basics of biblical discernment; Using the proper rules of biblical interpretation; Understanding what a “cult” is, what “the occult” is, what “aberrant” means, and what a “pseudo-Christian cult” is; Finding out what leads to heresy and why; Educating yourself on the threats and dangers that are in the church today; Learning what biblical hermeneutics is all about; Educating your spouse and children in Scripture; Understanding schools of Interpretation and the dangers of “allegorizing” and “spiritualizing” Scripture; Testing all things by the Word of God; Avoiding all appearance of evil; Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cults, spiritual abuse; and more.

See also last weeks post:

The Necessity of Biblical and Discerning Pastors


Mega-church pastor apologizes for “mishandling” spouse of child porn addict, raises questions for faith community

by Marsha West

After a public uproar questioning The Village Church’s handling of a situation that involved the worst sort of sexual perversion by a TVC missionary, Jordan Root, lead pastor and president of Acts 29, Matt Chandler, apologized from the pulpit for the elder’s “exuding domineering behavior” over Root’s wife, Karen. This is a tragic story with lots of twists […]

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Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry?

The precipitous dropoff in CCM sales has left Christian labels and artists staring into the void alongside their pastors, scratching their heads, wondering where they went wrong. (Huckabee, The Week)

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Millennials are losing their religion—and social media might explain why

Now there’s the option to turn to things like Facebook, for example, rather than an external religious group, to find a community. (Foley, Quartz)

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Are Muslim Terrorists Truly Muslim?

After everything in the news, can we say Islam is a religion of peace? In three minutes, converted Muslim Thabiti Anyabwile explains the relationship of jihadists and terrorists to the religion of Islam.

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The Tragedy of Apostasy

apostasyAnyone who has been in local church ministry for any amount of time is well-acquainted with disappointment. Things like criticism, gossip, and less-than-ideal fruit are normal. And, in some sense, you get used to that.

But there is one thing that seems to never get easier: when an individual who has professed Christ, immersed in the local church, and served in ministries, departs from the faith. AKA, “apostasy.” John Owen defined apostasy as “continued persistent rebellion and disobedience to God and his word,” or “total and final and public renunciation of all the chief principles and doctrines of Christianity.”

As our leadership team has had to grapple with this recently, we wanted to share a few things we’ve learned from the tragedy of apostasy:

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Jenner’s Vanity Fair

The world hates us when we speak the truth to its lies. Men are men, women are women, and vanity is vanity.


NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Perfect Storm of Apostasy – An Introduction to the Kansas City Prophets and Other Latter-Day Prognosticators

The Perfect Storm of Apostasy – An Introduction to The Kansas City Prophets and Other Latter-Day Prognosticators by Mary Danielsen is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract.


Blessed But Not Married

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Q.  Why does it seem as though God is blessing many Christian relationships who are having premarital sex? I know there are plenty of failed and broken families that occur.
But there are others where professing Christians (who claim Jesus as their Savior and that He is the only way) are so happy and joyful about a pregnancy in their committed, yet unmarried relationships.  I know God doesn’t “discipline” the unsaved, but where is the discipline for those who are His children? What about the principles of sowing and reaping?

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Is There A Difference?

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Q.  Is there a difference between committing the unpardonable sin and just not accepting Jesus and dying in sin?

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Is Being An Introvert A Sin?

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Q.  I read an article today about people who are introverts.  The description of this seems to fit my personality very much.  I stumbled onto your site a few years back and when I read the articles, I feel I want to find a Bible believing church but I have much trouble interacting with people.  I never seem to be able to contribute to chit chat conversations, unless the subject is something I am interested in.  It’s very awkward for me.  In fact, the only time I feel lonely is when I am around people.  Now I think this is more sin in my life.  Do you have any thoughts on this?

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.


Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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