June 26, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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Why The Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic About The Decision On Gay Marriage

Let’s also recognize that if we’re right about marriage, and I believe we are, many people will be disappointed in getting what they want. Many of our neighbors believe that a redefined concept of marriage will simply expand the institution (and, let’s be honest, many will want it to keep on expanding). This will not do so, because sexual complementarity is not ancillary to marriage. The church must prepare for the refugees from the sexual revolution.

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Corporate Worship is Formative

How a church worships week in and week out forms the people—it molds their culture by shaping their inclinations through habitual practices, because as we have already seen, the shape of the liturgy transmits its values. Like that path through the forest, when people travel along the liturgy that we have provided for them, they will inevitably be shaped by the values and beliefs worn into it.

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Thoughts on Study Bibles

But study Bibles also have shortcomings. In order to keep the size of the Bible within a reasonable scope (the ESV Study Bible really pushes the envelope here, at almost 2,800 pages) something has to give. Generally what is lost is commentary on the text itself. Comments on difficult passages are often the first to suffer in this regard. Comments can be terse to the point of being incomprehensible. The comments are usually written by specialists on the various books of the Bible, who sometimes do not have a good sense of what the ordinary reader needs.

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Christian Duty

There is more to this discussion about duty (e.g. God’s enabling grace, motives, ends, etc.), but we shouldn’t shy away from having a sense of duty as Christians.  I have a Christian duty to love/care for my wife and children, to faithfully serve as a pastor to God’s people here, to regularly attend worship services, to help and love my neighbors, to be a good citizen of my country, and, above all, I have a duty to follow the Lord Jesus.  It is not wrong to go to church out of a sense of duty, to pray out of a sense of duty, and to help your neighbor based on a sense of duty!  There is a right and proper way to speak and think about Christian duty.

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Ten Lessons from the Tullian Tchividjian Confession

Any time a pastor falls my heart sinks. It is gut wrenching. Especially when it is someone that is loved by many people I admire. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent listening to people write onwrite on, or preach on the new-antinomianism debate. While I bet the temptation is strong for some people to say I told you so, (and I think it might be helpful for us to go back and listen to their warnings) whenever things like these happen, it is always a huge reminder about my own sinfulness and my need to re-examine my own qualifications for ministry.

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Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil

The glorious reminder that our sovereign God brings good out of evil and extends special grace in the presence of spiritual darkness.  There was nothing good about the savage murders that took place in that Bible study and prayer meeting in Charleston.  But how wonderful that our gracious Lord brings marvelous good even out of terrible evil.  The greatest evil ever committed was the judicial murder of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  Yet by his grace, God made the cross the greatest good that ever came into this world. 

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10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God

We are all made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Most Christians know this and believe it, but the implications are more staggering than we might realize. The sign pictured above is not just mean, it is dehumanizing. It tried to rob Irish and Blacks of their exalted status as divine image bearers. It tried to make them no different than animals. But of course, as a white man I am no more like God in my being, no more capable of worship, no more made with a divine purpose, no more possessing of worth and deserving of dignity than any other human of any other gender, color, or ethnicity. We are more alike than we are different.

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Withering Wives

There is also passive neglect. This is when a wife’s needs are simply ignored. The wife may share tearfully that she is struggling, and the husband shuts her down with his lack of response. Or he says they will talk later but never does. He communicates passively that her emotional struggles are not worth him engaging. He sees her struggling with the children, but he doesn’t actively step in.

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A Millennial’s Open Letter to the Church

Call me audacious, but I would suggest that wondering how to keep the church interesting, for millennials or anyone else, is asking the wrong question entirely. The church is to be built upon a rock, not upon the changing times or cultural trends (see Matt 16:18). It is no more the Church’s job to appeal to the changing culture than it is Beyoncé’s job to preach.

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How To Protect Your Church Against Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Lawsuits

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has teamed up with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to produce an updated version of a resource designed to help ministries do just that—prepare. This resource is a 44-page booklet titled Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits. It’s a legal guide explaining how churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries can get ready for the inevitable challenges to come. This booklet is very practical and provides a checklist that leaders should work through based on the kind of organization they serve.

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Tweeting the Supreme Court’s latest face-plant: forcing “gay” “marriage” on America

by Dan Phillips

So now we know, if we didn’t already, that the American Congress actually has 509 seats, given that the unelected tyrants sitting on the Supreme Court regard it as their job to create legislation and impose it on their subjects.


A prophetic word from eleven years ago about today

Eleven years ago, John Piper delivered a message about “Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage.” The message made an impression on me, and for many years now I’ve been reading a portion of this sermon every semester to my undergraduate hermeneutics students.


A Moral and Judicial Travesty

Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is a moral and judicial travesty.

From a legal standpoint, it represents five unelected justices imposing on the nation a new definition of marriage.


InterVarsity’s lesson in effectively engaging a secular culture

The recent news that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters are
returning to California’s state university system provides a lesson
in how to productively engage the secular culture about the meaning…


Article: The New Age Worldview- Is It Believable? by Doug Groothuis

I confess that sometimes when talking to someone with New Age beliefs it can be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall! It seems they have visited a buffet of religions and they just pick and choose what they like.


Miscarriage: Finding Hope, Longing for Reunion

Last year when I shared a blog about miscarriage, the response from those who could identify with what the author shared was overwhelming. As I said then, I strongly believe that those going through the loss of a child by miscarriage need to be told it’s okay to grieve, knowing they’ve been parted from their real child in a heartbreaking way.


Blogs

Eternalizing the Old Testament | The Christward Collective

The Forgotten God – Divine Attributes We Are Ashamed Of and Why We Shouldn’t Be | Credo Magazine

10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God | TGC

David Brooks Charts the Road to Character | The Gospel Coalition

Workers for Your Joy | Desiring God

How to protect your church against sexual orientation and gender identity lawsuits | Denny Burk

R.C. Sproul Jr. – Student In a School of Fools


Talking with Catholics about the Gospel

More than seventy-eight million Catholics live in the United States, representing one of the country’s largest demographics. How then can evangelical and Reformed Christians be better equipped to speak about the gospel with those Catholics?


Severe P.M.S. Warning Issued to All Pastors

Tullian Tchividjian(pronounced cha-vi-jin) , grandson of Billy Graham, from Graham’s oldest daughter, succeeded James Kennedy as the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauterdale, in 2009.


Breaking Free from the Spell of Fantasy


The End of Democracy Continues

Millions of Americans (or thousands of journalists, wonks, and wags) are sitting on pins and needles right now, waiting for the Court’s determination: Will the world’s only superpower decree that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right? Other decrees came down this week—ranging from lawn-signs to Spider-man to Obamacare—that merely whetted the appetite of the twenty-four hour news cycle.

Almost twenty years ago, First Things published a series of essays documenting the decline of the democratic process. Robert Bork bemoaned the oligarchy of the judiciary. Hadley Arkes felt the tremors of the same-sex marriage movement before it picked up popular steam. Robert George observed that judicial interpretation of the Constitution had gone beyond the idea of the common good and the natural law, thus calling into question the American democratic project.

The primary difference two decades later is not one of substance but of acceleration. The problems of the 90s are greater today than ever. What then can we say as we nervously await the decision of the Supreme Court on these central issues? In many ways, it doesn’t matter what the ultimate outcomes of the decisions are. The very fact that crucial decisions between camps with diametrically opposed views of central debates are being determined by the Supreme Court reveals that our representational democracy has suffered a critical wound.

The United States of America was established as a nation of laws, undergirded by the framework of the Constitution. The citizens of this country are endowed with the freedom and responsibility to vote for representatives who write and vote on laws. Every generation in America has had fundamental questions about government and rights, and the genius of our system is a peaceful mechanism to deal with them as they arise.

Today, though, instead of attempting to persuade one’s fellow citizen, activists of all stripes are circumventing the democratic republic—the fundamental structure of this country—and are trying their luck with the Supreme Legislators. This “judicialocracy” fails to satisfy either side. It leaves the losing party feeling like they have no more options besides interminable legal fights. Whereas unpopular decisions from the legislative and executive branches are answerable to public elections every few years, there is no realistic recourse for countering the Supreme Court.

A common theme developed in the essays in the End of Democracy symposium: Either the situation of the judicial takeover of democracy must be radically reformed, or conscientious objectors must learn how to disobey the new system peacefully, recognizing that democracy had been replaced by despotism.

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How Did Jesus Deal with Doubt? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #35)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines how Jesus handled doubt when it was expressed by his followers and those who observed his life and ministry? What was Jesus’ response when people confessed their concerns about his claims to Deity? The answer may surprise you. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is part 2 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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Forgetting God

Laudato Si, last week’s encyclical from Pope Francis, seeks to address a plethora of problems in the modern world—predominately focusing on environmental issues, distributive justice, and perceived problems with consensus developmental economic theory.


An America Without Churches

As the Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision on same-sex marriage, religious people are wondering: will we lose our tax-exempt status for our religious institutions?


Jefferson Davis descendant: Be the one nation ‘God intended’

Davis preached, after the war, that we have one country and should focus on making it that which God intended.

The post Jefferson Davis descendant: Be the one nation ‘God intended’ appeared first on Religion News Service.


Why Same-Sex Marriage [Homosexuality] Is Sinful, Part 3

This brief-audio blog series is answering the question:

Why is same-sex marriage sinful in God’s eyes?

This contains 6 of the 7 audios in this audio-blog series.


Why We Love Rule-Breaking

Why do famous people often break the rules — even at the risk of getting caught? The same reason we all do.
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A brief statement in response to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is a moral and judicial travesty.

From a legal standpoint, it represents five unelected justices imposing on the nation a new definition of marriage. The judgment is not rooted in legal principle but in the opinions of five lawyers arrogating to themselves the right to enact social policy.

From a moral standpoint, the decision is a complete subversion of the good, the right, and the true with respect to marriage. Marriage is the covenant union of one man and one woman for life. Its connection to procreation and children has been revealed to us in nature, reason, and common sense. The Bible further reveals that marriage is an icon of the gospel—a symbol of Christ’s covenant love for his church (Ephesians 5:31-32).

The Court’s decision today attempts to turn all of that upside down. As a result, it stands against reason and common sense. More importantly, it stands against the purposes of the One who created marriage to begin with (Genesis 2:24-25).

Although I am disappointed with this decision, I remain confident that Christians will continue to bear witness to the truth about marriage—even if the law of our land is now arrayed against us. We will be in the world, not of the world, for the sake of the world (John 17:15-16, 23). Nothing that the Supreme Court has said today changes any of that.


“I will not bow to the Court on this gay-marriage decision any more than the Founders bowed to British tyranny”

The words of Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Supreme Court ruling:

“The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

“This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

“The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.”


SCOTUS Declares War on Marriage and Family

If ever a time the phrase “Now the end begins” meant something, it is now. In a decision just as sinister, far-reaching and abominable as the 1973 Roe v Wade decision on abortion, the Supreme Court of the United States has just declared that reality and biology no longer exist, and we can now declare marriage to be whatever we want it to be.

scotus 5In a 5-4 decision, the unelected, unaccountable and irresponsible judges declared that the laws of all 50 states must now be struck down, and the decision of these five judges will now determine what marriage means. One report puts it this way:

The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined in the opinion by the court’s liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
All four of the court’s most conservative members—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.—dissented and each wrote separate opinions. Reading a dissent from the bench for the first time in his tenure, Roberts said, “This is a court, not a legislature.”

Judicial activism at is worst has once again struck America. Instead of allowing the American people to decide, five judges have decided for them, and have declared war on marriage, on God, on morality, on family, and on our children. Writing before this decision, Focus on the Family enumerated some of the direct consequences of this:

We will continue to see religious freedom taking a back seat to sexual freedom in many facets of society:
-Harms Children: Redefining marriage denies children of same-sex couples either a mother or a father. Decades of social science research has shown children do best when they’re raised in a home with their married mom and dad. Government policies should reflect the benefits of both a mom and a dad.
-Forced Closures: Faith-based adoption agencies are being forced to close their doors when faced with laws and mandates requiring them to violate their religious beliefs by placing children in homes with same-sex parents. This pressure will increase in the coming days.
-Legal/Public Challenges: Christian business owners – photographers, bakers, inn keepers, florists and others – who politely decline to use their talents and businesses to participate in same-sex ceremonies experience harassment, legal challenges and crippling fines.
-Parental Rights: Parents who want a say in what their young children are being taught in school about homosexuality have found legalized same-sex marriage is a “trump card,” which overrides their parental rights, leaving them no say in the matter.
-Tax-Exempt Status: Pastors and churches will face pressure to perform and celebrate same-sex marriages or face government retribution, such as the loss of tax-exempt status, or possibly be prosecuted for discrimination.
-Accrediting/Licensing: Private religious school accreditation, professional licenses and even employment criteria will increasingly require affirmation of homosexuality and same-sex marriage as a condition for approval.
-Counseling: There will be a continued push to ban counseling for teenagers who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions, and who desire therapy to address this.
-Grant Exclusions: Faith-based charities that adhere to God’s design for sexuality, marriage and family will be excluded from government grants that help serve the poor and needy at home and abroad.
-Endangered Freedoms: Freedom of speech will become endangered as the government passes regulatory and even criminal laws punishing Christian views of marriage, deeming it as “hate speech” in any type of media, including radio, print, television, and the Web. This is already the case in Canada and the U.K.

This is just the beginning. This is a declaration of war by five judges who have spat in the face of their Creator, of marriage, of biology, and freedom. Now a major proper response for Christians and others is massive civil disobedience and defiance of this homo-fascist decision.

Whole libraries will soon be penned on all this. Let me cite a few authors who wrote before the decision, who knew full well what this would entail:

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Ten answers to those “What about socialization?” questions from public school advocates.

Evidence of the evils of State-controlled children’s education continues to multiply, amplify and explode all around us, but in a culture still loaded with minds molded on State-run assembly lines, those evils are typically dismissed, ignored, or even spun into virtues. This is the climate into which God has placed His people. Even now in America, […]

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MEASLES!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Can you smell it? There is a dark terror stalking the land. [insert Darth Vader breathing here] A great evil has come. And it is hungry. [insert Jaws theme music here, accompanied by Darth Vader’s breathing] It feeds on misery and pain. Few can imagine the horror […]

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What would happen if Christians just said no to American Statism?

“Follow the money.” “Money makes the world go ’round.” These are reliable clichés for good reason; they point to truth. The ability to control individuals, cultures and civilization through control of their ability to pursue, attain and multiply wealth is as well established a fact of human history as one will find. Money is practical. It’s […]

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Murder and medication sure seem to go hand in hand these days.

Ladies and gentlemen (and Bruce Jenner), we have indeed entered a Brave New World in America. In our detachment from the Nature of Christ as our standard in every area and detail of life, we’ve become detached from – and disdainful of – reality itself. We want to be whatever gender we feel like being. (See: […]

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Do we love America enough to call her to repentance? Or are we too proud for that?

Nobody likes to have a spotlight shine on their own huge sins. We recoil at even the thought of it, and understandably so. We naturally want to preserve the lie that while “nobody’s perfect” and “we’re only human” just like “everyone else”, we’re really not nearly as bad as this obviously awful dude over here or that glaringly […]

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With ObamaCare and “Gay Marriage” upheld, when (if ever) should we simply say no to Federal control?

So the Pagan Political Right has once again saved the day for the Pagan Political Left by advancing the cause of State/Corporate control of the health care system through the “legal” preservation of ObamaCare. This decision comes on the heels of the Pagan Political Right going to ridiculous extremes to eek out passage of ObamaTrade. […]

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The Great American Purge of Decentralized Thought Continues

The Great American Purge of decentralized thought continues. Anyone advocating the radical decentralization of power must be silenced. Anything inspiring people to seriously consider and possibly embrace such decentralization must be eliminated. Any challenge to the supremacy and indivisible nature of the almighty American Corporate State cannot and will not be tolerated. (See: The God of Government […]

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Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?

Any [teaching] that is good is in the Word of God, and any that is not in the Word of God is not good. I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I’d ask […]

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Supreme Court: Gay Marriage is now the Law of the Land

Will the real pastors please stand up? Five unelected judges have spat in God’s face and declared war on marriage and family. This is now full-on open warfare. God have mercy on America and the world. Link to the story here. Berean Research has this White Paper with excellent resources for you and your church.

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US Supreme Court Defies God And Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court in a historic 5-4 ruling on Friday said there is a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states, delivering a monumental win for gay rights across the country.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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 (KJV)

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote on the court, sided with its more liberal members and authored the 34-page decision. He wrote that marriage is a “keystone of the nation’s social order” and that there is “no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle.”

Kennedy then criticized that same-sex couples are denied the benefits that states have linked to marriage. “It is demeaning to lock same-sex couples out of a central institution of the nation’s society, for they too may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage,” he wrote.

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Supporters of same-sex marriage cheered outside the Supreme Court as word of the decision leaked outside. Many held flags adorned with a blue and yellow equal sign, the logo of the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, called the decision a “profound victory.” “America has once again fulfilled its promise of the Constitution to another group of Americans,” he said.

Kennedy’s opinion declares that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. He swats down the argument promoted by those against same-sex marriage, who asserted that granting same-sex marriage would devalue or harm the institution of traditional marriage.

“Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect — and need — for its privileges and responsibilities,” he writes. “And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.”

All four conservative justices wrote dissenting opinions, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the longest, 29 pages, of which he read excerpts from the bench.
While Roberts recognized the day is a monumental one for gays and lesbians, he wrote that it has “nothing to do” with the Constitution. “If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” he writes.

“Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

Justice Antonin Scalia, fresh off of a scathing dissent in Thursday’s Affordable Care Act case, penned his own decision even though he said he completely agrees with Roberts’s views, in order to “call attention to this court’s threat to American democracy.”

Scalia writes that the outcome of the decision is not particularly important to him, and that he believes the law can recognize “whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes, and can afford them favorable civil consequences.” source


Cold Case Christianity: How Did Jesus Deal with Doubt?

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines how Jesus handled doubt when it was expressed by his followers and those who observed his life and ministry? What was Jesus’ response when people confessed their concerns about his claims to Deity? The answer may surprise you. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is part 2 of this week’s broadcast:

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):


Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on same-sex marriage, I’m posting an article I wrote a few years ago where I dealt the ridiculous notion that Jesus never addressed homosexuality.  That He never said anything about homosexuality is utter nonsense.  Moreover, it is one of the most outrageous lies foisted on the public by those […]

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Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
It looks like all sorts of people are joining the game of rewriting parts of the U.S. Constitution. It started with state legislators who apparently had time on their hands, and now it’s even extended to U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a joint appearance at the National Press Club and added their two bits worth of advice about changing our Constitution. Justice Scalia said he would like an amendment to make it easier to pass more amendments, which probably is music to the ears of those who are trying to pass several or even a dozen new…
 


Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we’re learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious, violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Instead of doing his duty to keep bad people out of America (or remove them if they manage to sneak in), Obama is bringing us even more diversity by accepting thousands of refugees from terrorist-harboring countries such as Syria and Somalia. Immigrants who commit a major…
 


Rev. Franklin Graham. (Photo: Screenshot, FNC)

The “Gay Pride” event at the White House on Wednesday, along with the many pro-homosexual actions taken by the Obama administration,  indicates the “moral decline we are seeing manifest daily,” said evangelist Franklin Graham, who added that President Barack Obama is leading America “on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.”

“President Barack Obama was right about one thing in the speech he gave at a Gay Pride event he hosted in the White House yesterday,” said Rev. Franklin Graham in a June 25 post on Facebook. “He said, ‘There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country.'”

“That’s true—but it is definitely not a shift for the good of America,” said the reverend.  “The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us.”


(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.


John Lennon Could Have Never Imagined This

View moving video. (No, we don’t want the world to live as one as it will then be under Antichrist. But this 2-minute video still packs a powerful punch.)


Where is Discernment? Top Selling Christian Books

Two eschatological thrillers, two books of heavenly tourism, a journal of conversations with Jesus, a diet book, a money-management book, and a social-gospel self-help book. American Christians can and should be reading better things.

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Where’s the Pope’s Encyclical on Christian Persecution?

It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely opine on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant that passing comments made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that the pope’s teaching reaches every church-attending Catholic.

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A Layman’s Summary of Rapture Positions

There are basically five positions on the Rapture among Bible prophecy followers, students and teachers:

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Can You be a Pro-Choice Christian?

For very similar reasons, you simply cannot be Christian and pro-abortion.

In order to be both, you’d have to change Christianity into a religion that does not and would not condemn the murder of human children. You’d have to turn Christ into a Savior who embraces infanticide, and God into a Father who creates children but does not necessarily expect us or command us to refrain from violently destroying them.

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The Impending Collision of Obama’s Failures

Like speeding trains heading toward the same collapsed bridge, the dangers and failures of Barack Obama’s foreign, economic, and social policies are heading rapidly toward implosion. Our vital security interests, our economic well-being, our religious liberties, and the very fabric of American family life are all at grave risk of becoming casualties of the extreme ideological agenda and simple incompetence of the current Administration.

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The Message of the Message “Bible”

There are many translations of The Bible we can choose from these days.  Some are more literal while some take great liberties to present the original language in a more ‘reader friendly” format.  Then there are those that are not really Bibles at all–and today we discuss a paraphrase of the Bible that is becoming […]

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MARRIAGE, INFIDELITY, AND MINISTRY

I was heartbroken when I learned on Sunday of the Moral failure of Tullian Tchividjian. I was so sad for him, his family, his church, and everyone else involved in such a painful situation. He referred to this time as the valley of the shadow of death. I’m sure that’s exactly what it feels like.

Whenever I learn that a minister of the gospel has committed adultery it feels very close to me. I don’t feel outrage or disgust, as much as a concerned awareness that I could do the same thing. With all of my heart, I do not want to do the same thing, but I imagine that is true of most ministers who have fallen in their ministry. Nobody begins a ministry wanting to injure their families and bring reproach upon the body of Christ. And yet, over time, the flesh weakens the resolve of the spirit and tragedy strikes where we previously thought it unthinkable.

The same sin nature and weaknesses of the flesh reside in me as in any minister who has committed adultery. I have no stones to throw. I always want to take the opportunity of such disasters to pray for those who have fallen, and for all those that were harmed in the aftermath whether church members, family members, and even those who cooperated in their sin. O, how I pray for Christ to cover all that has gone wrong in his redeeming grace.

I also want to take the opportunity to shed new light on any dark corners in my own life. Where am I leaving a door open for sin? Where do I need to refresh my vigilance? I want to finish strong in my ministry. But at 35 I am aware that there are a lot of years between now and then. So here I want to offer a few reflections on Ephesians 5:1-3 to remind me of how I need to fight if I would avoid a ministry-destroying fall into sexual immorality. This is counsel that I offer to myself and to anyone else interested in fighting with me for the long faithfulness of sexual purity.

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The Daily Discovery (June 26, 2015)

The Multi-Dimensional Love of Christ – “Quite a few researchers have tried to find out how many love songs there are in the world. They have all concluded that it’s an impossible task. Just too many to count.”

Choking ourselves to death – “During Jesus’ incarnation, the religious elite of His day, the scribes and Pharisees, would follow Him around and seek to trap Him, discredit Him and have Him arrested and killed.  The Pharisees honestly get a bad rap sometimes.”

Protestants All – “In a seminal 2001 essay, Fenggang Yank and Helen Rose Ebaugh studied 13 Houston-area religious institutions to discover how the religious lives of new immigrants are changed by their move to America. They discovered three processes: The congregations adopt ‘in organizational structure and ritual’; they return to ‘theological foundations’; and they make an effort to reach ‘beyond traditional boundaries to include other peoples’.”

Guilt Is Not Just a Feeling – “Guilt is not just a feeling. It is not just a psychological condition, although it can become one. It is a legal standing.  When the foreman of the jury in a trial speaks the word Guilty, he is not commenting on the feelings of the accused.”

Madness, The Gospel, and Giving – “When Paul preached the gospel to the imperial elites, he called his message “truthful and rational,” yet to many listeners he seemed out of his mind. Today again, what Christians think is true and reasonable now appears to be sheer madness to increasing numbers of the population.”


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Jeff Pollard – “Paper Missionaries” Preaching with Literature


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“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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Is Psalm 83 On The horizon?

Do you think the tinder box in the Middle East might burn out of control again soon? With possibly another ground excursion on the horizon against Hamas and now with Hezbollah possibly getting involved in the north, could we see Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come to pass quite soon? Will Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come before or after the Rapture? Or can it go either way? On the one hand if Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 did come to pass before the Rapture, does that mean we are on the fast-track to the Rapture and the Tribulation?

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God’s Will Or Ours?

Re: Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). If we have no free will or individual desire (see Psalm 20:4 & 37:4) then aren’t we limiting Gods gift of imagination and intellect? Are you saying there is no room for individual aspirations? In an intimate relationship with God isn’t it the spirit that actually places desires and aspirations within our hearts and minds and then gives us the ability to attain those goals? Do you believe God does not want us to have personal desires? Do you believe our desires are in conflict with the the efforts of the indwelling spirit of God?

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How Do I Know When God Is Testing Me?

When you’re facing a horrible, trying event in your life, how do you know if it’s a trial or testing from the Lord or not? I know that He allows us to go through things for various reasons, for example, to draw us closer to Himself, to grow as children of God, etc.  But how do we know when it’s not from Him? When that instinct is telling us, no this is not right, how do we know if that instinct is correct and from the Lord or if it’s just selfish human nature trying to steer us away from what the Lord wants for us?

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Our Kinsman Redeemer

The language of the KJV of Heb 2:16 centers on Christ being made of the seed of Abraham through David yet most of the modern versions read totally different saying God gives no assistance to angels but does to the children on men. I have consulted the interlinear bible and must say the KJV seems true to the original. Can you enlighten me as to where they get the current interpretation from?

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God’s Will Or Ours? Follow Up

Re: God’s Will Or Ours?  Exactly how does one go about submitting our will to God? I feel like I’ve done this through prayer, telling him I’m submitting my will to Him,  but nothing seems to happen, that I can tell. What should we expect when we do this? What am I missing?

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Isaiah 60 And The New Jerusalem

I have been reading your posts about the new Jerusalem and the light that it will afford to the earth. This morning I was in Isiah 60.  Do verses 19 onwards foretell this event, the new Jerusalem affording light to the earth?  The last verse 22b is awesome, “I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it”  Amen, come Lord Jesus!

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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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