June 12, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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The Church is Called to Worship God, Not Change the World

I’m not saying that we don’t pray to this end and do what we can. What I’m saying is that this is not the purpose of the church. If God chooses to use us to change the culture, wonderful. But if not, then we must trust Him in His greater purposes. Men who preach that we are to change the culture put unrealistic expectations on the lives of the flock. We’re sheep, not Iron Man, called by God to follow Christ, not to change that which we have no power to change.

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A Day Late, A Dollar Short

The saddest part of Campolo’s change of mind, however, is that it will not be enough, as early responses from the gay community already indicate. Even a moment’s reflection on the Bruce Jenner affair or a casual conversation with a teenager would reveal to him that the gay issue is, as far as the secular world is considered, done and dusted. All Campolo has done as an evangelical is modify his sexual ethics to conform to the comfortable, safe, middle-class tastes of modern America. He will shock no-one but evangelicals—and, I might add, only evangelicals unfamiliar with his other work.

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The President Once More Declares Traditional Christians to Be Bigots and Enemies of the State

On and on the list goes, and it will only get worse because Supreme Court appointees (mostly of Obama and Clinton) will ensure that “gay marriage” becomes the law of the land, even though such action is clearly legislating from the bench without constitutional authority. Christians who previously cast their ballot for politicians who promoted the “LGBT” agenda are now causing us all to reap the political whirlwind. It is already late in the hour of protecting our rights as free citizens of this great republic. Act for our children’s sake while you still can.

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Gay Marriage Is Not About Gay Marriage

There’s hardly any group in the world that has the level of public acceptance, validation, approval, and empathy now enjoyed by homosexuals. They’ve certainly got far more recognition, protection, and promotion than evangelical Christians anywhere. So why can’t they leave such Christians alone? What more do they want or need?

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Not Your Average Paedobaptism

But if the new covenant sign of baptism represents only cleansing and conversion, one significant example throws a wrench into that idea: Jesus’s baptism (Matt. 3:13–17). Under a paedobaptist reading, Jesus gets baptized as one coming from the old covenant (Luke 2:21) into the new. He received baptism not because he needed to be cleansed, nor because he experienced “conversion,” but because as both covenantal cause and covenantal recipient, he ushered in a new covenant with a new covenant sign for both him and his people (Mark 10:39).

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The Duggars and the Evil Outside

The reason we shelter our kids shouldn’t simply be that there’s evil outside, but also that there’s evil inside. The line of good and evil runs through every human heart, as Solzhenitsyn once said. No one is immune to temptation. No child is a tabula rasa. We’re born in sin and, apart from the grace of Christ, we’ll die in sin. That’s why we need a Savior who rescues us, not a shelter that protects us.

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Understanding The Final Days

The Book of Revelation–The Revelation of Jesus Christ–is a crucial, yet confusing book. It is the unveiling of the events on the earth in the final years before the return of Jesus Christ–and a warning to Christians to stand firm in the face of persecution. The Book is the most difficult one to understand in […]

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Another Ordinary Pastor

Earlier this week, Tim Challies linked to this article. In the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, each year the synod reads aloud obituaries of pastors who died in the past year. It is a way of honouring God’s faithfulness to them and an encouragement to ministers who are still serving. This is one of them. Born […]

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Lines are drawn. Which side are you on?

It has been an interesting week to say the least. The co-founder of Red Letter Christians, Tony Campolo, has finally come out and publicly acknowledged what many of us suspected for a long time—his full time endorsement for LGBT inclusion and acceptance within Biblical Christianity. And a worship leader at Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Church […]

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The Gospel is about Words

by Founders Ministries Blog

We cannot preach the gospel without words. We can demonstrate it, beautify it, give credibility to its power, and illustrate it through faithful, holy lives. And indeed, we must! But we cannot preach it, proclaim it, announce it, testify of it, or explain it without words.

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Developing Yourself in Bivocational Ministry

by Philip Nation

You need an intentional plan for personal leadership development and developing others as leaders. But to do so as a bivocational minister takes on a different track.

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You Can Almost Always Trace Legalism Back to This

by Stephen Altrogge

Because life is complicated, there are times when I want someone to spell things out for me. It makes it so much easier. But the problem with this approach is that it almost always creates legalism.

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10 Biblical Truths to Overcome Sinful Anger

by Association of Biblical Counselors

As God’s children, we can all make this journey of change together. Here are some things I have learned over the years in my fight against sinful anger. Understanding and applying these truths to your own life will help you overcome sinful anger and see sustained fruit.

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5 Ways to Deal with “Carnal Christians”

by Brian Croft

Pastors, how do we deal with this type of person in our churches? Those who profess Christ, but whose lives do not reflect it?

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Leftist Debate: Only One Voice Allowed

by Bill Muehlenberg

Whenever you hear lefties talk about the need for open and honest debate, you can usually count on them to mean that only their point of view should be heard. It is all one-way traffic with these folks: they want to fill the airwaves and monopolise the media, and ban any dissenting viewpoints.

That is the left’s definition of free debate. And it happens all the time. The left is not interested in what the other side says or believes. What it wants is complete domination of the public arena, where differing views are squashed and censored.

This tells us all we need to know about the paucity of their arguments and the shallowness of their positions. If they are not able to allow genuine free exchange of ideas, then you know their ideology is bankrupt. But that is always how they operate: stifle dissent and shout down opposing opinions.

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Michael Gungor’s “Liturgists” Group Charging 100 People $300 to Question Christian Beliefs

The role model in the Christian music scene who doesn’t believe that the book of Genesis is true, the guy who claims Jesus was not quite being honest with his disciples (or perhaps was mistaken) about the accounts of Noah, Jonah, the flood, Adam and Eve and other Scripture verses our Lord quoted, is among […]

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5 Most Abused Christian Terms

by Bill Muehlenberg

It is a general rule of life that the more important or valuable something is, the more chances are it will be abused and misused. The greater something is, the more it will be attacked and slandered and misrepresented. So we would expect that Christianity would receive such treatment on a regular basis – and it does.

The Christian faith is regularly abused and misused, as are key Christian terms and concepts. And sadly this is not just being done by non-Christians, but by believers as well. We have managed to mangle and manhandle basic Christian truth and doctrines time and time again.

So let me offer five key terms and words of the Christian faith which are being abused every day. Sure, there would be other such terms we could add to the list, but certainly these five would be leading contenders on any thinking Christian’s list.

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4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

by Natasha Crain

The other day, I saw a post on Facebook from a mom who was concerned because her teenage daughter was turning away from God after learning about evolution. The mom was considering pulling her out of public school because she wasn’t sure what to do about it.

It breaks my heart when I see parents who feel unequipped to dialogue with their kids about evolution and age of the Earth issues. These questions are so crucial for parents to be able to discuss with their kids that I devoted 8 of the 40 questions in my book to explaining the scriptural and scientific considerations at stake.

Today I want to bring to light four key points I think Christian parents need to make sure their kids understand about evolution, but are often left unaddressed. This post could easily have been 101 things kids need to understand about evolution, but that would be another book! This is far from comprehensive, but I hope it will get the conversation going.

1. Evolution isn’t necessarily an anti-Christian concept.

A lot of Christian parents think of evolution as a dirty word. They immediately assume it’s the antithesis of Christianity and are quick to state their opposition to everything associated with it.

But the word evolution, in its most basic sense, simply means that a species has undergone genetic change over time (a species is a group of organisms capable of interbreeding—for example, humans are a species and dogs are a species). This basic concept of evolution isn’t controversial at all. Genetic change within species is a well-documented fact that scientists can observe within a human lifetime.

Christians of every viewpoint (young-Earth creationists, old-Earth creationists, and theistic evolutionists) all agree that evolution, in this sense, takes place (sometimes people refer to this as “microevolution”).

What is controversial is whether the same mechanism that drives change within a species is capable of changing one species into another (sometimes called “macroevolution”). Ultimately, evolutionists claim that all species on Earth today descend from a single species that lived 3.5 billion years ago. This is the claim most Christians object to.

When Christian parents negatively overreact to the mere idea of evolution, they can quickly lose credibility with their kids for not understanding and interacting with the issues more deeply. Our kids need us to understand what they are learning and how to process it scientifically and scripturally. If this is an area you don’t feel confident talking to your kids about, it’s important to get up to speed…

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Cold Case Christianity: Is the Bible Reliable? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace reviews the evidence and case for the reliability of the Bible without using the four point template he offers in Cold-Case Christianity. Are there any good reasons to believe the Bible has been transmitted to us accurately and contains a reliable record of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus?

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Openly gay Willow Creek leader to speak at Matthew Vines’ conference

by Marsha West

Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, reports:

Kicking off today in Atlanta is the Reformation Project conference designed to train and equip leaders to advocate for homosexual Christians. Among those leading: an openly gay worship leader from Willow Chicago, a satellite campus of the well-known Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., pastored by Bill Hybels.

The worship leader, Darren Calhoun, has issued a statement through Willow Creek:

I’m a follower of Jesus,” Calhoun wrote. “My church community is Willow Chicago, the downtown campus of Willow Creek Community Church. There, I’ve served as a volunteer for eight years in various parts of our arts ministries including leading worship. … I’m also gay. As a Christian, I’ve been on a long journey to reconcile the reality of my orientation with the various views that the church world has on the topic of people who are attracted to the same sex. … At Willow, I was able to begin a journey of celibacy and prayerfully discerning what that means for my life.

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5 Ways to Spot a Drama Queen

by Erin Davis | 6/11/15

Proverbs 26 dishes out some pretty serious advice about how to spot a drama queen. Check it out.

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Ever wonder why there are so many competing views about the timing of our Lord’s return? Well, I can tell you that in the end, there can be only one, because only one will actually play out. That said, there is a growing and persistent shift away from the Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture, and that should be disturbing in and of itself.

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No Perfect Fathers (or Mothers)

My father was not a fan of Father’s Day.

He appreciated grateful children as much as any father does. However, he didn’t want our family to spend money on gifts he considered frivolous: ties he didn’t need, books he wouldn’t read, and doodads he couldn’t use


God Is Moving in China

Yesterday I told you about the growth of Christianity in the Muslim world. Today on BreakPoint: What God is doing in China.
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The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage


Autogynephilia

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/06/11/what-kind-of-woman-is-caitlyn-jenner-part-one-of-a-qa-on-autogynephilia-with-michael-bailey/

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The Self-Defeating Logic of Transgenderism


Threshing the wheat

Christian Americans live in a threshing time. The Obama regime has created a legal and social climate in which nominal Christians feel it’s safe to express their true views. The current state of the culture wars is having a sorting action on the evangelical church (as well as the church of Rome).
i) On the one hand, you have “progressive Christians” like David Gushee and Tony Campolo who feel right at home in the new climate.
ii) On the other hand, you have professing Christians like Michael Bird, Andy Stanley, and Adrian Warnock who are morally and theologically confused.
Take Warnock. He seems to be a nice, sincere Christian. But he’s playing checkers in the Hunger Games. He has no inking of how campaigns against “homophobia” and “transphobia” are just a cover for a secular pogrom. “Gay wedding cakes” &c. are the iron fist in the velvet glove. Start out with some seemingly innocuous demand. But that’s not what it’s really about. It’s a prelude to repression.
That’s a different sorting effect than (i). Warnock is well-meaning, but he can’t rise to the challenge.
There are people who can function well within a moral structure which is imposed by a tradition that’s wiser than themselves. When, however, that structure is removed, and they must define the moral boundaries on their own, they are at a loss.
iii) Then you have many Americans of various ideological stripes who disagree with political correctness, but keep their mouths shut for fear of reprisal if they buck the system. Although that’s a win for the fascists, it’s like the waning days of communism, where very few people believed in the “revolution.” That accounted for the precipitous collapse of communism. There were so few true believers left, since it was based on intimidation rather than persuasion.
Political correctness has to be coercive because it’s so unnatural. So counterintuitive. Without coercion, the pendulum automatically swings back to its natural center of gravity. It takes constant vigilance, constant coercion, to enforce political correctness. For that’s not how even most unbelievers normal think and behave.
In that respect, political correctness is always at a disadvantage. Beleaguered Christians who feel that we are losing the culture wars need to keep that in mind.

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Albert Mohler on How to Survive a Moral Revolution

In the last few decades we have witnessed a massive moral shift in Western culture, not least in the realm of sexuality. How should we think about it? And how should we respond? To help, Albert Mohler talked with TGC’s Mark Mellinger.

Watch the full nine-minute video to hear Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, explain how in the span of a generation an entire moral understanding was reversed, what Christian faithfulness looks like in our day, and more.

Below you can read an abbreviated transcript with an outline of timestamps from their conversation.

Moral Revolution and the Need for a Christian Counter-Culture from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.


[0:17] How did in the span of a generation an entire moral understanding in North America become reversed? And how did this moral revolution happen so fast?

We’ve never experienced anything like this. . . . And the bottom line is that no part of the culture is going to be left untouched. . . . We haven’t had any moral revolution on this scale in human history.

The first Christian answer is secularization. . . . This could only have happened after modernity had so shifted the worldview of most of the people in what we might would call the industrialized world. . . . That’s made all these changes inevitable.

[2:03] Is sexual identity and gender freedom viewed as the trump card? Is this the highest moral good?

I would almost put it in the reverse: the one thing this culture you can’t do is limit sexual or limit gender expression or sexual expression. I don’t think most people would say, “That is the greatest good.” I think most people would not go so far as to say, “That’s the one thing I’d live and die for, but it’s the one thing you can’t regulate, it’s the one thing you can’t infringe upon.” That’s more or less in writing now.

[3:10] How does sexual expression relate to other topics not obviously related?

It’s because sexual expression and sexual intimacy is so central to human life eventually it will touch everything.

[4:54] What does faithful Christian witness look like in this rapidly changing culture?

The first thing we have to recognize is that Christ established a church. He didn’t establish Christianity; he established a church. And the church is by biblical definition the great counter-culture—it should always be the great counter-culture. And one of the things we’re looking back at is the fact that we were living in an artificial age, an age of nominal and cultural Christianity, an age when the culture at least thought it agreed with us, and needed us, and wanted us, and validated us. And we got pretty accustomed to that.

But the Christian church when it has been depicted in the New Testament and when we see it on its growing edge where it’s found in the world is not found where it’s in cultural comfort but in cultural discomfort. And the church has that great sign of contradiction. It’s going to be the great challenge for us: how to be a truly Christian counter-culture.

[6:01] Should Christians keep the pieces of the old moral understanding or fight for it in the realm of politics? Is this fruitful in our day in age?

Whether or not it’s fruitful, done in the right way, it’s faithful. If we really do love God and love neighbor then we hope for, pray for, and we must strive for a social order that will lead to human flourishing and to human happiness. We don’t believe that’s going to happen by joining in validating this revolution.

We also don’t operate on the false hope that somehow we’re just an election away from national revival or from somehow just one clincher argument from the culture agreeing with us. So it’s a long, persistent faithfulness. There are public policy issues that we’ve got to speak to and we need to speak to them; but we’ve got to speak to them without the triumphalism that has so often, frankly, marked Christians in the public square—and without the hurt feelings and the sense of cultural loss that builds a lot of resentment among Christians. We don’t have any right to be resentful. We weren’t promised the culture.

[7:31] What practical encouragement would you offer younger generations for the coming decades?

I think one word is obviously faithfulness is our goal. Faithfulness is our mandate. We’re not promised success. We’re not promised the culture. We’re instead called to faithfulness. And faithfulness produces opportunities that cultural comfort wouldn’t give us. Faithfulness in this context is going to provide opportunities.


“Gay Marriage: Evidence That the Nation Is in the Biblically Foretold Age of Apostasy” by Dr. James Taylor

A friend emailed me this link to a news article. She said it has been published on Yahoo but was taken down very quickly. It is hosted on CNS News (a conservative news site).


My Journey Out Of The Word Of Faith

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The audio from the program is now available here for listening and download.

Chris Arnzen writes:

June 4, 2015: TODAY’s GUEST on “IRON SHARPENS IRON” Radio, heard 4-5pmEDT at http://www.IronSharpensIronRadio.com, is PASTOR JOHN SAMSON of King’s Church in Peoria, AZ (see http://www.KingsChurchAZ.com & http://www.EffectualGrace.com) to discuss his JOURNEY OUT OF THE WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT INTO REFORMED THEOLOGY. John was not only once a “Word of Faith” preacher but also a TALK HOST on the “Word of Faith” movement’s TV oasis, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, before realizing, abandoning & repenting of his heretical ways.

John has filled-in as guest host for Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries on a number of occasions on his “Dividing Line” broadcast, and is the author of “Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election”.

Back in September 2014, I hosted Dr. James White’s “Dividing Line” Broadcast and discussed something of my journey out of the word of faith movement.


The Biggest Heresy of All Time (Are You Guilty of It?)

I’ve been called a heretic before. I imagine that most people who teach or write about Scripture and theology have been condemned as a heretic at least once or twice. ⇦ Tweet that!

People get condemned as a heretic for not believing in the Trinity, or that Jesus was God incarnate, or that the Bible is not inspired or inerrant.

Others get condemned as a heretic for questioning whether or not Genesis 1-2 teaches creationism, or whether there will be a future rapture of the church.

There are all sorts of ways of getting condemned as a heretic.

Burned at the StakeIn times past, believing some of these things could have gotten you burned at the stake.

Ironically, if one commits the greatest heresy of all time, nobody will even raise an eyebrow, point a finger, or call you to account. ⇦ Tweet that!

Nobody has ever been fired from their job, burned at the stake, or excommunicated from church for believing the greatest heresy ever.

And what is this great heresy that nobody cares about?

The greatest heresy of all time is the lack of love toward others. ⇦ Tweet that!

Why do I say this is the greatest heresy?

Because love is the only thing that matters in Bible knowledge and theology.

In fact, love is the litmus test for true biblical and theological knowledge.

If what you believe about God and the Bible does not lead you to love others more, then what you believe is not true. ⇦ Tweet that!

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Speaking the Truth in Love

In Ephesians 4:15, Paul writes about speaking the truth in love. I used to think that while one could speak the truth but not be loving, it was impossible to be loving without being truthful.

I no longer believe this.

I now believe that if one truly knows the truth, they will be loving. If there is no love, then there is no truth. ⇦ Tweet that!

If truth is truly true, it will also be loving. If truth is not loving, it is missing most of the truth that makes it true.

The Love Chapter

But beyond this, what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13 is most instructive.

He says that if we have all knowledge – you know, if we can recite the Bible forward and backward, and can argue theology with the best theologians in the world, and can read Karl Barth, and can debate about infra- supra- and sub- lapsarianism, – but have not love, then we have nothing.

You see? Without love, there is no truth.

In this way, the lack of love is the worst heresy we can have.

A Lack of Love is the Greatest Heresy of All Time

no love the greatest heresyBut what makes the lack of love even more heretical, is that a lack of love often leads religious people to do horrendous and hurtful things “in the name of Jesus,” which makes these actions not just heretical, but satanic and evil.

If two people are performing the exact same hateful actions, but one is doing it “in the name of Jesus,” it is this one whose actions are more evil and satanic than the first.

If I hate a person because I’m mean, well, then that’s just mean. But if I hate a person because “Jesus told me to hate him,” this is not just mean, this is satanically mean.

This is why the lack of love – especially the lack of love from people who claim to follow Jesus – is the worst heresy in all of human history.

When we hate and hurt and kill “in Jesus name” – we are the greatest arch-heretics the world has ever seen. ⇦ Tweet that!

Which is worse: to teach others that Jesus was not God, or to burn such a person “in the name of Jesus” for not believing that Jesus is God?

While the first person might be wrong about the nature of Jesus, the second person is completely wrong about everything related to Jesus, for if they think that Jesus wants them to burn people who don’t understand Him, then they haven’t understood the first thing about Him, and should incinerate themselves first.

So Do You Love?

So stop asking if you know the truth. The real question is, “Do you love?”

Truth leads to love and love indicates truth. If you have love, then you know the truth.

And stop asking to see a church’s doctrinal statement or inquiring about whether or not an author, blogger, or teacher is “doctrinally sound.” The real question is this: “Are they loving?” If so, you can bet that they are living in truth as well.

So stop seeking the truth. Seek love instead, and you get truth thrown in. ⇦ Tweet that!

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Africa Infested by Health and Wealth Teaching

Editors’ note: This series examines the prosperity gospel every Thursday and Friday during the month of June. We explore the theology, sociology, and international influence of this popular but aberrant teaching. The Gospel Coalition International Outreach (IO) is partnering with African authors and publishers to create a resource that biblically examines the prosperity gospel and that will be distributed free across Africa and beyond. In Prosperity? Finding the True Gospel, African pastors Michael Otieno Maura, Ken Mbugua, and Conrad Mbewe are joined by John Piper and Wayne Grudem in pointing pastors and other Christians beyond the deceptions of prosperity theology to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. TGC-IO aims to raise $50,000 by July 1, at which time they will receive an all-or-nothing matching grant to complete the project. For more details or to give to this worthy project, see the relief project page.

Previously:


While the prosperity gospel traces its theological, philosophical, and sociological roots to the United States, its most prominent teachers (e.g., Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and the aptly-named Creflo Dollar) have made it a leading American export across the globe. Today, health and wealth teaching is proliferating at an alarming rate in Latin America and in many countries across the African continent.

Jeff Atherstone has witnessed the spread of prosperity theology in Africa over the past decade. Atherstone serves as president of Africa Renewal University (ARU)   in Uganda. He’s served in that Sub-Saharan country as a missionary since 2006 and was among the founders of ARU. Before moving to Uganda, Atherstone served as a church planter on staff at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California.

TGC spoke with Atherstone about the challenges he faces in seeking to proclaim an orthodox gospel in a region overrun with false teaching.

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Check out

Blogs

The Puritan Hard Drive – A Review | Reformation21 Blog
If you buy it, does it stop tracking you all over the Internet?

R.C. and Vesta
Beautiful testimony to the beauty of Christian marriage.

Where Faith Goes to Die | Gentle Reformation
Seminary and Presbytery need not mean deadly and boring.

Sources for Caesar and Jesus Compared | The Gospel Coalition

Culture

Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada | Crisis Magazine
A Catholic website but its commentary on the situation in Canada is a foretaste of things to come in the USA.

Friendly Fire: When Christian General Prays, All Hell Breaks Loose | PJ Lifestyle

The striking thing about the Yes camp was its intolerance | Independent.ie
Another brave article from Brendan O’Neill.

Sen. Mike Lee: Conserving Religious Liberty For All
Speech delivered at the Kirby center.

Bob Costas Points Out ESPN’s Courage Award To Caitlyn Jenner Is Absurd
Remember, even Balaam’s donkey spoke the truth once.

Ten Lies of the Devil The World Believes About Bruce Jenner | R.C. Sproul Jr.
R.C. Jr. on a roll.

Al Mohler On How To Survive A Moral Revolution

Roma Downey just won’t go away; continues to insult Jesus and Christians everywhere with new TV program

Mystic-Catholic Roma Downey just won’t go away. Now that she has found a money making machine in all things pseudo-Christian, she is going for the gold.


The Daily Discovery (June 12, 2015)

The Stain of Sin – “In the apostle John’s account of the Lord miraculously raising Lazarus from the dead, there’s a short statement that never fails to make church kids smirk. Always with an eye for practicality and propriety, Lazarus’s sister Martha urgently warned Christ, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” (John 11:39 KJV).”

Is Your Loved One in Hell? On Preaching One into Heaven – “One of our contributors had a very sad week. One to whom they had been sharing the Gospel for some time, sent this text message – and it was the last test message sent to him, before the individual committed suicide…”

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide – “The very first issue of Christianity Today is dated October 15, 1956. In his first editorial, Carl F. H. Henry set his course for the magazine: “Those who direct the editorial policy of Christianity Today unreservedly accept the complete reliability and authority of the written Word of God. It is their conviction that the Scriptures teach the doctrine of plenary inspiration.”

Going Against God “Just for Fun” – “I wrote this piece a few years ago to bring to light the sad fact that more and more Christians were becoming involved in occult practices. Well, nothing has changed since I wrote this. In fact, Christianity is infected with the deadly occult virus, thanks largely to so-called Christian leaders, to include pastors, elders, and Bible teachers.”

Duty, honor, country and gay pride? Pentagon opens “Pride Month” – “Steam is coming out of my ears. For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Army brass says it will not provide an honor guard from nearby Fort Gordon for Abilene Baptist Church’s annual Independence Day celebration because of a 2011 regulation instituted by the Obama Administration.”


SERMON:

James White – Truth and Love Conference


VIDEOS:

The Modern Church Worships Secular Humanism

Are You Doing God’s Will or Your Own?


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Should I Declare Bankruptcy?

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Q.  I’d like your help regarding a decision to declare bankruptcy. I have about $10,000 in credit card, medical and misc bills. I am on social security disability and after paying bills I’m not left with much to live on.  Would it be sinful for me to go ahead with a bankruptcy to get out from under this mess I got myself into? I’ve asked the Lord’s forgiveness for the ways I’ve spent my money but I feel a little uneasy about it. I’d really like to be responsible and pay off my debt instead of taking the easy way out. But I know it would take a long time and I’m already very discouraged about it.

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Why Do They Have To Wait?

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Q.  I have often wondered about this: Believers who have died during the Church Age will be resurrected and receive new bodies (incorruptible and immortal) at the same time, as when we are raptured (1 Cor. 15:51-53). Why only then, for those believers, who are already in heaven?  I always believed that after we die, we are immediately with Christ in heaven.  To be in heaven, I presume we need to be perfect, without “spot or blemish” etc. In other words, with new perfect bodies. Why is it then, that those believers who died in Christ, before the rapture, only get their new incorruptible bodies, when we get ours, when raptured, meeting them with Christ in the air?

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Was He Resurrected Or Not?

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Q.  Re: Jerusalem Post article on the tomb of Jesus being discovered.  I take God at his word-all the time. The fulfillment of prophecy also bolsters my faith. Learning to respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading has also bolstered my faith. Because the enemy will try to attack the believer’s faith with this supposed discovery could you give us some of your thoughts on this to use when fellow believers struggle with doubt.

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