What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?
“We must never allow ourselves to drift from daily contemplation of the cross as the irrefutable demonstration of that love, or from dependence on the Spirit who sheds it abroad in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Furthermore, remaining in Christ’s love comes to very concrete expression: simple obedience rendered to Him is the fruit and evidence of love for Him (John 15:10–14).”
The Attraction of the Cross
An easy way to help people forfeit their own soul is by helping them treasure and seek fulfillment in the things of the world. To them Jesus asks, “What does it profit if you gain the whole world and forfeit your own soul?” Those who live a life of self-denial do so because of the eternal gain that far surpasses any profit the world could offer.
The Good News Of The Salvation Has Now Been Announced
“The incarnation was not a parenthesis. It was the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan and intra-trinitarian covenant (pactum salutis) in which God the Son agreed to be our substitute and the Father to give to his Son a people and the Holy Spirit to apply to that people all of Christ’s benefits.”
Three Steps To Successful Sabbaths
“Balance is an illusion for driven people. Life is way too unpredictable to balance. A better biblical goal is to live a life in rhythm. Athletes understand the need for a pre-season, season, and off-season. So do accountants and politicians. Even nature’s seasons and cycles remind us of God’s rhythm.”
“The fact is that we are religious beings through and through. All of us, as R.C. Sproul says, are theologians. God made us that way. Even on a day when everyone concedes that the pope might otherwise dominate the news, half a dozen other “religious” stories crowd their way onto the table of contents.”
Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive Amid Terrors
The pastor, whose name is withheld for security reasons, and his family typify the many Christians scrambling to survive in Syria. With an estimated 700,000 of Syria’s pre-war population of 1.4 million Christians having already fled, he too harbors the question, “Should I flee my country, and if so, when and where should I go?”
Five Questions About Sanctification and Good Works: How Does Sanctification Differ From Justification?
“Both justification and sanctification are by faith, but whereas faith is the instrument through which we receive the righteousness of Christ, faith is the root and principle out of which and sanctification grows (XVII.i.19). We say that justification is by faith alone, because we want to safeguard justification from any notion of striving or working.”
The Most Interesting Man in the World
However, all of this is unfulfilling vanity apart from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Life is empty without taking into consideration the God-man who lives above the sun. Jesus is truly the “most interesting man in the world;” he is the most rich, most famous, most powerful, most wise, most radiant, and most loving man in the universe. With him, we can find satisfaction and contentment regardless of whatever measure of fame, health, skill, wealth, pleasure, and success he sends our way.
Websites of Most Individual Protestant Churches Cannot Be Located Through Denominational Website
Most Protestant denominations have a website that includes a function to help users find a local church. But denominations provide accurate links to the websites of only 32% of all local churches, even though three out of four churches have their own website. Much of the information on denominational websites about member churches is simply missing or wrong, according to a new report from Grey Matter Research.
Connect for Christ
We also witness by what we say, not in terms of not using profanity or trying to say encouraging things. We witness by sharing the gospel. After all, gospel means “good news.” We bear good news as we point people to God, as we give the Bible’s explanation for the mess the world is in, and as we point to Jesus as God’s remedy for personal sin and for the whole fallen world. We give a reason for the hope within us. Jesus is that reason.
From Gay Parents to Prom Dates, Faith-Based Schools Face LGBT Dilemmas
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli made comments before the Supreme Court foreshadowing legal problems for faith-based schools. When asked by Justice Samuel Alito if a faith-based school could lose its tax-exempt status over its views on same-sex marriage, Verrilli replied, “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that.”
Theological Education: The Role Of The West In Missions
The Evangelical church in the Global South is growing rapidly. But, what good is a rapidly growing church with horrible theology? When thinking of the bad theology of the Global South, don’t think of hymnals vs. modern music or ties vs. button down shirts. Christian churches in the Global South are spreading an array of bad theology which includes animism, works based theology, witchcraft and more.
Zwingli: Patriot Reformer of German Speaking Switzerland
Zwingli first served as a pastor in idyllic Einsiedeln (still the home of one of the most ornate monasteries in the world) for two years (1516-1518), prior to beginning his thundering ministry at Zurich’s Grossmunster church on January 1, 1519, making him one of the earliest declared Protestants in the world.
Tethered to Technology—Escaping the IT Trap
We often want to blame the technology itself rather than the way we use it, including our failure to take control of and limit it. The fact is, devices like smartphones can sometimes be extremely helpful and even liberating. It can be great to be able to still get work done despite being stuck for hours in a physician’s waiting room or at the airport. My wife and I have valued, especially when our children were younger, being able to get out on a date knowing that our children can get hold of us when they need to. The technology is not inherently evil. We just use it, too often, in ways that are unwise.
The Scottgate Tapes – A Revealing Insight into the Current State of the Church of Scotland
The Church of Scotland is dying. Without a major miracle of renewal and reformation, the Church of Scotland is in its death throes within Scotland. It’s establishment is rotten to the core, its doctrine has become unbiblical nonsense, it’s discipline nonexistent in some cases – tyrannical in others, its membership and congregations are in free-fall and there is little evidence that many in the Kirk are prepared to wake up to the realities of the situation. The ship is sinking and people just want to argue about what uniforms the band is wearing and what tunes they should be playing.
Christian Missionaries Crucified by ISIS After Refusing to Deny Christ
(CN) — Ten Christian missionaries and a 12-year-old boy lost their lives in August as they were executed by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS because they refused to deny Christ.
Christian Aid Mission (CAM) reports that on Aug. 7th, the indigenous missionaries were captured near Aleppo, Syria after rejecting advice by their ministry director to leave the area due to violence. The men chose to stay to share the gospel with those suffering from the ISIS insurgency.
Archaeologist Believes Remains of Sodom’s Fiery Destruction Have Been Found
(CN) — An experienced archaeologist who has spent a decade searching for the ancient ruins of Sodom is now confident that his team has located the ill-fated biblical city and evidence of its sudden destruction.
Dr. Steven Collins is a distinguished professor of Archaeology at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque and is also dean of the school’s College of Archaeology & Biblical History. In addition to writing dozens of scholarly books and journal articles, Collins frequently visits the Middle East, where he participates in ongoing archaeological research.
Officials Move to Take Christian Bakers’ Home After Couple Refuses to Pay $135,000 to Lesbians
(CN) — Officials in Oregon have moved to take the home and/or other assets of a Christian couple as they are refusing to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to two lesbian women that filed a complaint after the couple declined to make a cake at their bakery for their “wedding” ceremony.
As previously reported, in February, a judge with the Oregon BOLI declared Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa guilty of discrimination for declining to make the cake because of their Christian convictions, thus moving the matter into the sentencing phase.
Student Who Played Dead in Oregon College Shooting Heard Gunman’s Words to Christians
(CN) — A female student whose life was spared when she played dead after being shot on Thursday during the Umpqua Community College massacre says that she heard the gunman’s words targeting Christians as he carried out his assault.
Stacy Boylan, the father of Anastasia Boylan, who was struck in the back and is being treated at a local hospital, relayed the story to reporters on Friday.
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The King Is Coming: Who Cares?
Jan Markell and Eric Barger talk eschatology with Dr. David Reagan
for the hour. How can we live for Christ victoriously in these last days? Hardly anyone cares that the King is coming and yet that is today’s only good news. We have society decaying and the church riddled with apostasy. In light of this, how shall we then live?
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‘This much we do know: There has been an increasing demonization … in our culture’
The torture of Christians and repression of Christianity around the world is common knowledge, from the prison camps in North Korea and the extermination campaigns in the Sudan to the government attacks in China and in large portions of what used to be the Soviet Union.
Then there are the vast Arab lands where converting to Christianity is a capital offense and just being a Christian can land you in jail, or worse.
In a video posted on their Facebook page on Friday, twin brothers and celebrity real estate moguls David and Jason Benham said the murder of nine people at a community college in Oregon isn’t about guns or mental health but rather evil that comes from “Satan himself and demons manifesting themselves in our nation.
The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) killed three Assyrian Christians late last month, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Wednesday (Oct. 7).
In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 other Christians in Syria unless it receives a ransom of $50,000 each for their release.
In the video, three men dressed in orange jumpers are shown kneeling in the sand. The men then give their names and the town they came from. Seconds later, three men in desert uniform each raise a handgun behind the head of each Christian and fire their weapons. The Christians’ lifeless bodies then fall forward, face down.
The garden yields life lessons once again
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Worshiping among Muslims in Malaysia
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Albert Mohler Calls Gay Conversion Therapy ‘Superficial;’ Says Homosexuality Is Sinful but People Need Redemption, Not Repair
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
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The Bible is full of questions, and many of them are of utter significance to all of us. How we answer such questions will impact us greatly. Indeed, some of them will determine our eternal destiny. So it is imperative that we pay careful heed to such questions, and answer them carefully and wisely.
I have already asked five of these questions in an earlier article: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/04/01/five-absolutely-vital-questions/
But Scripture contains plenty more such important questions. Such questions need to be answered, and some of them need answering on a regular basis. Some are directed at non-believers, but most are for Christians. Believers need to do a regular stocktake of their spiritual condition, and many of these key questions must be continuously addressed.
So here then are another five questions which we all must give the utmost diligence to.
One. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
This may be one of the most important questions believers today can ask of themselves, given the overwhelming watering down of the gospel, rampant antinomianism, and a flood of cheap grace and hyper grace teachings making the rounds.
Far too many churches, Christian leaders and teachers have played down or ignored altogether the whole concept of the Lordship of Christ. They think we can have him as Saviour, but making him Lord is just an optional extra. Sorry, but it does not work that way.
It is a package deal, and he cannot save us if he is not Lord over us. The whole concept of salvation entails a transfer of ownership and obedience from self to God. We declare at salvation that we are no longer the lord of our own life, but Christ is. Without that basic transaction, there is no real saving faith.
Two. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)
In this famous passage Yahweh asks who will go in his name and represent Him. Chapter six of this book is about Isaiah’s commissioning as a prophet of God, and the whole of verse 8 goes like this: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
This question may be specific to Isaiah but it is a general question asked of all God’s people. We are to be ambassadors of Christ – his witnesses and his representatives. And of course there can only be one correct answer to this appeal: “Here am I. Send me!”
Indeed, Jesus made it clear that this is not some optional extra for his followers. We are commanded to go, to bear witness for him. That is part of our calling, to make known the good news to those who have not yet heard it. And as a secondary application, this question may be asked of many of us in areas such as overseas missionary work, and so on.
Whatever the particular application of this call, we all have the same duty to respond as Isaiah did. There can be no hemming and hawing here, and no rejection of his call. There can only be a clear and immediate “Yes Lord”.
Three. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)
As it stands this is a terrific verse to ask of our non-Christian friends. Salvation is in Christ alone, and to neglect it is to do supreme damage to our very souls. But the immediate context of this verse indicates that it is addressed to those who profess to be followers of the Lord. Verses 1-3 say this:
“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.”
This is one of a number of very sombre and sobering warning passages found in Hebrews. Some of the others include Heb. 5:11-6:12 and10:19-39. Of course these passages have generated plenty of discussion and debate, including over the issue of whether a believer can lose his salvation or not.
While that particular debate is a complex and nuanced one, and a discussion I cannot here enter into of course, I do always say that at the very least we must take seriously the warnings of Scripture. They are there for good reason, and we dare not trifle with them or assume they cannot apply to ourselves.
Four. “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” (Romans 6:1)
In his magisterial letter to the Romans Paul takes us through the salvation story in great detail. By the time he gets to Romans 4 and 5 he is discussing the great topics of salvation by grace through faith. But like all biblical truths, these can be distorted and abused.
So in Rom. 6 he deals with misunderstandings and clarifies his position on what real grace is all about. If grace so wondrously comes to the sinner, one could be tempted to claim, “Well, the more sin, the more grace”. This is of course a perversion of all that Paul has been saying.
He answers the question of verse one quite clearly in verse 2-4: “By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
And to stress the importance of all this, he repeats the question in Rom. 6:15 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” But regrettably some hyper grace teaching actually seems to go in the very direction which Paul denounces here. Thus we must take great care, and never presume upon the grace of God.
Five. “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
Luke 17-18, like Matthew 24-25, discuss the return of Christ. Various themes are emphasised in these chapters, such as the need to be on guard and to be ready. And as Matt. 24 makes so very clear, Jesus insists that no one will know exactly when he will return, so that is all the more reason to be prepared.
In Luke 18:1-8 we have the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus says in verses 6-7 that God’s justice will certainly come to those who cry out for it in persistent prayer, but the question of v. 8 is rather open-ended. Will he? To the extent that we can tie a great falling away with the end times, we can say that faith may be much harder to find then.
God will always reserve for himself a believing and faith remnant of course, but it seems that upon his return, things may be getting rather bleak. Whether that is exactly how we are to understand this question in the light of biblical eschatology, we all can apply this question personally to our own lives.
When Christ returns will he find us – you and me – strong in faith? Will each one of us stand strong, continue in prayer and faith, and stay on course until he returns, or until we breathe our last breath? Thus this can be an intensely personal question which we all need to keep asking ourselves.
It is quite interesting how many questions we find being asked in Scripture. As mentioned, how we respond to these questions can be a matter of utmost importance. We need to take these questions quite seriously, and we need to carefully and prayerfully form our answers to them.
It is imperative that we get it right on Islam, because if we don’t we are all goners. And there have been far too many Western leaders, opinion makers and ruling elites who have failed time and time again to get it right. Examples of this are as numerous as they are worrying.
Consider this recent exchange with a dhimmi Liberal Senator and Andrew Bolt:
Bolt: Why is Malcolm Turnbull — and Julie Bishop and Andrew Scipione — calling what happened politically motivated violence when the boy was shouting “Allah” when he shot the unfortunate police accountant?
Fierravanti-Wells: Well, Andrew, I think the Prime Minister today … referred to it as politically motivated and then said “and that’s terrorism”.
Bolt: Yes, the word that is missing here is “religious”.
Fierravanti-Wells: Well, Andrew I think there will be things that are going to come out as part of the inquiry …
Bolt: I find it amazing that … the Government keeps calling it a politically motivated attack and not a religious one and I just want to know why.
Fierravanti-Wells: I think, Andrew, that this is an ongoing investigation … Look, there is no doubt that the motivation is a very important issue. People want to know what motivates a 15-year-old boy to walk down a street …
Bolt: Shouting “Allah”.
Fierravanti-Wells: … shouting whatever he is alleged to have shouted.
Bolt: You see, you can’t even say what he is alleged to have shouted. He shouted “Allah”.
Fierravanti-Wells: He shouted what he shouted and did this and it is really important that we do understand what is the motivation.
Get the impression the Government actually has no interest in the motivation if it’s Islam?
Shocking stuff. So many of these folks are clueless wonders and dhimmi dunces who would rather be politically correct than protect their nation and its values. However in the past few days some of these leaders have made a few worthwhile statements.
Whether they are too little too late is a moot point. Indeed, after years of making excuses for Islam and the terrorists, their newfound firmer voice may not be of much help. But I will mention them briefly anyway. Consider the new Australian Prime Minister: another jihad attack on Australian streets has given him a slight bit of nerve it seems:
Malcolm Turnbull says anyone who cannot abide by the core Australian value of mutual respect should leave the country. In a passionate speech in the wake of a terror attack in Sydney in which a 15-year-old shot dead a police worker, the Prime Minister said violent extremism needed to be tackled head on.
He said those who could not practice harmony should leave the country. “It is not compulsory to live in Australia. If you find Australian values, you know, unpalatable, then there’s a big wide world out there and people have got freedom of movement,” Mr Turnbull said.
Prime Minister David Cameron was even more forthright – finally:
David Cameron yesterday launched a blistering attack on the ‘passive tolerance’ of Islamist extremism and a failure to integrate that has put Britain ‘in danger’. The Prime Minister said there were parts of the UK where ‘you can get by without ever speaking English or meeting anyone from another culture’, and announced new powers to close down religious schools, or madrassas, which children attend before or after school.
To loud applause at the Tory conference, Mr Cameron warned: ‘For too long, we’ve been so frightened of causing offence that we haven’t looked hard enough at what is going on in our communities. This passive tolerance has turned us into a less integrated country; it’s put our children in danger. It is unforgiveable.’ The ‘shadow of extremism is hanging over every single one of us’ and the fight to defeat it was a ‘fight for our existence’, he said.
Yes of course. But he should have been saying all this years ago. And a few others have the courage to speak a bit of truth here. One Labor Party man, Mark Latham – who by the way would probably make for a better conservative leader than Turnbull – was not shy in stating the obvious:
Controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham has claimed that Western Sydney “has got a Muslim problem”, attracting criticism from other panellists on The Verdict. Mr Latham claimed that the region’s Muslim communities had a “serious cultural welfare dependency” issue.
“You’ve got to face the reality that there’s now a serious cultural welfare dependency in the Muslim communities in Western Sydney,” Mr Latham told the panel. “It started with the family reunion – or unskilled migration program in the 1980s. There’s whole suburbs, such as Auburn, Lakemba, areas around Parramatta, where you’ve got young people who aren’t in meaningful work, who aren’t involved in meaningful work.”
Mr Latham claimed that the “idleness” had led to serious problems. “One of the issues for ASIO is to monitor groups where these young fellas sit around bitching about Western culture,” he said. He called for an end to welfare dependency through employment, and a possible “break” for Western Sydney in terms of migration.
Yep. But very few politicians are willing to state the obvious. Thankfully a few columnists are. One is Miranda Devine. She was less charitable than I about the recent Turnbull remarks:
Malcolm Turnbull was at it again on Friday, patronising ¬ordinary Australians. After a week refusing to talk about the terrorist attack on NSW police HQ in Parramatta, the Prime Minister held a press conference in which at least he called the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng by a 15-year-old Muslim gunman “religiously motivated” — though he couldn’t bring himself to specify a particular religion.
But then he was back to lecturing us about tolerance, commanding us to engage in “mutual respect”. Presumably he still has in mind the fabled ¬Islamophobia backlash that never seems to materialise.
We’ve had three terrorist ¬attacks on home soil in the last year, resulting in the deaths of three innocent Australians and serious injury to two police officers, not to mention the curtailment of our freedoms and a sense of foreboding that is now the backdrop of any public event.
Police and military personnel are under such threat they have been told not to wear their uniforms in public. Journalists have had to move house or beef-up security due to Islamist intimidation. It’s now commonplace for camera crews to be physically assaulted by family members or supporters of Muslim defendants or suspects outside court. This is the new normal.
Despite this assault on our way of life, there are no Islamophobic rampages. That is all a fantasy of moral poseurs, who reveal their own bigotry against ordinary Australians. Perhaps because they live in privileged inner-urban mono-cultural ¬enclaves like the PM’s unrepresentative electorate of Wentworth, they don’t realise that Australia is probably the most harmonious multicultural nation in the world.
Here is some simple truth – truth which most of our leaders and media elites fail to grasp: If we wish to survive as a nation, then we must take seriously known threats against us. When groups say they intend to kill us and enslave us, then we had better take them seriously.
The first step in protecting our nation and our way of life is to identify – and name – the enemy. If we are so gutless and clueless to refuse to take this most basic of steps in national survival, then we probably deserve to lose it all. But I for one will not go down without a fight.
And when necessary, I will always use the “M” word and the “I” word.
Homosexuality “may be triggered by environment after birth”
According to The Telegraph:
Homosexuality may be triggered by environmental factors during childhood after scientists found that genetic changes which happen after birth can determine whether a man is straight or gay.
The finding is highly controversial because it suggests that some men are not born gay, but are turned homosexual by their surroundings. It also raises privacy concerns that medical records could reveal sexuality.
The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s twelve steps
Most people are unaware that A.A.’s co-founder Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire has taken the time to research A.A.’s beginnings. Following is a smidgen of what he has uncovered over the years:
It’s too late. Alcoholics Anonymous has served its purpose. That purpose has been to weaken the church, dilute the theology of Christians exposed to the 12 Step religion, and to point unbelievers away from Christ.
Through A.A. and other 12 Step groups, millions of Christians have placed Christ in a modern day pantheon, a temple of many gods, and have become used to worshiping with non-Christians. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
Although frequently (and wrongly) portrayed as Christians, Bill Wilson and A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith delved deeply into the biblically forbidden practice of spiritualism.
The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s 12 Steps
The Apostles’ Creed first appeared around 140 AD.
It’s old — and it’s bold, bolder than we often give it credit for. In fact, the audaciousness of its historic claims easily get obscured by our familiarity with the ancient lines.
“I feel strongly about this,” John Piper once warned in a sermon, “that among those of us who have grown up in church and who can recite the great doctrines of our faith in our sleep and who yawn through the Apostles’ Creed — that among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power.”
An Act of Rebellion and Allegiance
Yawning through the Apostles’ Creed is absurd when you truly study its claims. This is something of the Christian’s pledge of allegiance, as Matt Chandler reminded The Village Church recently in his kick-off sermon to a 12-week series on the Creed.
“When the early church recited the Apostles’ Creed, it was simultaneously their greatest act of rebellion and their greatest act of allegiance,” Chandler said. “When the church gathered, they didn’t stand in an air conditioned room, protected by rule of law. When they stood, across the centuries, not knowing who would come in, being watched at who’s reciting this, they rejected the popular narratives of their day.”
He went on to explain:
In Rome they rejected that Caesar was lord. They rejected the narrative of the first century and said, “No! Jesus is Lord.” It is a beautiful moment when the people of God recite this creed. They said, “We don’t believe the story our culture is telling.”
The story our culture is telling has some similarities, but it has changed over time. Today, by reciting the Creed — if we believe it — we are saying:
- We reject the narrative of materialism. We reject that stuff will satisfy our souls.
- We reject the notion that what I need for physically satisfaction is more and more and more sexual partners.
- We reject the idea that there are multiple ways to salvation, and everyone has his own way.
“We just fundamentally reject all these narratives,” Chandler said. “Our narrative is that we believe in the God of the Bible. When the church recites this creed, distilled, pulled from, wrung out of the Word of God, we are saying: ‘We reject the modern narrative. We believe the historic narrative — the narrative that God has come into the world to save sinners, that Jesus Christ has died for our sins, and we believe and trust that he has made known to us the path of life.’”
A Faithful Act of Mutiny
Yes, the Apostles’ Creed says all this. It is the Christian’s pledge of allegiance. We can debate a line or two, and we can modify the exact wording over time, but the statement has endured the ages because it is an always-relevant act of cultural mutiny.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into Hades;
The third day he rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
At long last, the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s award-winning post:
24 Hilarious Church Signs That Probably Got The Sign Guy Fired
1. Safe bet.
2. Just what we were all looking for.
3. Highly doubtful.
4. Way to keep things balanced.
5. Don’t leave Jesus in Facebook purgatory.
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You are driving down the road and you see that yellow and black sign “Caution: Men at Work”. It is a sign to warn you to drive carefully. But even more importantly, there is a more dangerous warning that needs to be heeded. That is the caution sign of false teachers out there.
Jesus, in His monumental Sermon on the Mount, warned of false teachers.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Paul also issued a similar caution in his farewell address to the Ephesian elders.
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert; remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.”
One such current false teacher is Creflo Dollar, who posted the following this past week on his Facebook page.
“Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity.”
What would you expect from someone of his likes who hangs around the Word of Faith teachers such as Richard Roberts, son of Oral Roberts?
But what makes his post even more blasphemous(yes that is what I intended to say, no Freudian slip here) is that he hashtags it to abundant life.(#ProsperityInChrist #WealthyLiving #AbundantLife). In so doing he misinterprets the words of Jesus Christ. And that is because his hermeneutical lens by which he interprets all Scripture is the false prosperity gospel.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
What did the Jews, the original audience, understand Jesus meant by abundant life? Their understanding was of course based on their knowledge of the Old Testament. King David talked about green pasture that the LORD, his shepherd provided for(Psalm 23:2). Here Jesus says that the one who is saved, because he enters through the door, namely Jesus, will find pasture(John 10:9).
Sheepherders would provide green pasture for their fold to enjoy and protection from thieves. When thieves would climb to steal the sheep(John 10:1), the sheep would flee because they did not recognise the voice of a stranger (John 10:5). Thus, the only way the thief would be able to take the sheep was to slice the sheep’s throat(John 10:10). Unlike the thieves, as the Good Shepherd, Jesus provides eternal life that begins here and now for His own to enjoy and protection from losing that life He has granted them.
The context of John 10 makes that very clear. Jesus said that His sheep…
…hear and know His voice(John 10:3-4; John 10:27).
…follow Him(John 10:4; John 10:27).
…will not follow a stranger, they will actually flee, for they do not know his voice(John 10:5).
…did not listen to thieves and robbers(John 10:7).
…know Him, the Good Shepherd(John 10:14).
Jesus also said that He, as the Good Shepherd…
…calls His own sheep by name(John 10:3).
…leads them out(John 10:3).
…laid down His life for His sheep(John 10:11; John 10:15).
…knows His sheep(John 10:14; John 10:27).
…gives His sheep eternal life(John 10:28).
What provision! What protection! What abundant life! What assurance! What security!
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
God is against Creflo Dollar, and other false teachers, who distort the Word of God for personal gain by preying upon souls like the ravenous and fierce wolves that they are.
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.”
The Clearest Gospel in the Entire Bible
“That, dear friends, is the clearest explanation of the vicarious, substitutionary, sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in the entire Bible. It has no parallel in the New Testament.” – John MacArthur
How many times have your heard Isaiah 53 explained like this? How many times have you heard Isaiah 53 preached at all?
Do you know the difference between thanking God and praising God? When asked to praise God some people will begin to recite all the things they are grateful for. Essentially their focus is on all God has done for them. Therefore, the emphasis is on them, not on God. But true praise focuses on God, not on us.
It’s not that expressing thanks is bad. I have written several times on the importance of thanking. But the problem is when we stop with thanking, God misses out on the praise He desires and is so worthy of.
Scripture says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” (Psalm 100:4 ESV).
Thankfulness is the entry point, like outer “gates.” But thankfulness should take us to the intimacy of praise, the inner “courts.”
It’s like the difference between appreciation and affirmation. Charles Swindoll writes about this very important distinction: “We appreciate what a person does, but we affirm who a person is. Appreciation comes and goes because it is usually related to something someone accomplishes. Affirmation goes deeper. It is directed to the person himself or herself. While encouragement would encompass both, the rarer of the two is affirmation.”
When I turned 60 recently, my wife, Carolyn, and my executive assistant, Patty Kepley, conspired to give me a present that is perhaps my favorite ever. It is a book called 60: Mark Williams turns 60! It is filled with words of affirmation from family, friends and coworkers along with photos of those special people.
What is so wonderful is that it focuses more on affirmation than appreciation.
• I am sure you would love to get the same kind of wonderful gift.
• I am sure that God would love to get the same kind of gift from you: praising prayer.
What happens when we are affirmed?
1. We are drawn to the affirming persons.
2. We want to bless the affirming persons.
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It’s been six years since Tiffani and I exchanged vows. Like most soon-to-be-married couples, we had an idea of what marriage would look like. We watched “chick flicks,” read a few marriage books and spent time with older married couples.
Looking back, I realize I didn’t know much at all about marriage. The words I promised Tiffani at our wedding were idealistic and romantic. This isn’t much different from the traditional vows you hear at most weddings. “To have and hold, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”
There’s nothing wrong with these vows. But, seriously. Who really understands what they mean?
I know what you’re thinking. Why do marriage vows matter?
Here’s why. Vows are promises. But not just any promises. Vows are markers that guide your marriage. So, while I’m not against writing vows Casanova would applaud, I am against vows that are more romantic and emotional than practical and honest.
In a culture that idolizes romantic love, we don’t need any more Shakespearean vows. We need vows that will shape and impact marriages.
Here are 12 truthful marriage vows you won’t hear at a wedding.
1.) I promise to never flirt, lust or desire the attention of someone of the opposite sex.
When you get married, you vow faithfulness to your spouse. You vow exclusivity to them. You promise to never flirt, lust or seek attention from the opposite sex. You promise to protect your mind from images that aren’t your spouse.
You don’t listen to music that degrades people. You don’t allow your eyes to view images or watch shows portraying people as objects and relationships as indispensable. These are obvious, right?
But when you vow exclusivity to your spouse, you vow more than physical purity. You vow emotional purity as well. You promise to never confide in a secretary at work or be flattered by someone of the opposite sex.
Emotional purity is much less obvious than physical purity, but it’s just as destructive. You must fight to give all of your emotions, your desire to impress, your attention, struggles, heartaches and everything in between to your spouse. These don’t belong to other people. Fight for purity, both physically and emotionally.
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At 6:15 this morning, Elisabeth Elliot died. It is a blunt sentence for a blunt woman. This is near the top of why I felt such an affection and admiration for her.
Blunt—not ungracious, not impetuous, not snappy or gruff. But direct, unsentimental, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, no whining allowed. Just pull your britches on and go die for Jesus—like Mary Slessor and Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael and Gertrude Ras Egede and Eleanor Macomber and Lottie Moon and Roslind Goforth and Malla Moe, to name a few whom she admired.
Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was one of the five missionaries speared to death by the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador in 1956. Elisabeth immortalized that moment in mission history with three books, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and The Savage My Kinsman, and established her voice for the cause of Christian missions and Christian womanhood and Christian purity in more than 20 other books, and 40 years of hard-hitting conference speaking.
She was not just gutsy with her words. Their daughter was 10 months old when Jim was killed. Elisabeth stayed on, working at first with the Quichua, but then, astonishingly, for two more years with the very tribe that had speared her husband.
In July 1997, I wrote this in my journal:
This morning, as I jogged and listened to a message by Elisabeth Elliot which she had given in Kansas City, I was deeply moved concerning my own inability to suffer magnanimously and without pouting. She was vintage Elliot and the message was the same as ever: Don’t get in touch with your feelings, submit radically to God, and do what is right no matter what. Put your love life on the altar and keep it there until God takes it off. Suffering is normal. Have you no scars, no wounds, with Jesus on the Calvary road?
Just like Jesus, and Jim Elliot, she called young people to come and die. Sacrifice and suffering were woven through her writing and speaking like a scarlet thread. She was not a romantic about missions. She disliked very much the sentimentalizing of discipleship.
We all know that missionaries don’t go, they “go forth,” they don’t walk, they “tread the burning sands,” they don’t die, they “lay down their lives.” But the work gets done even if it is sentimentalized! (The Gatekeeper)
The thread of suffering was not just woven through her words, but through her relationships. Not only did she lose her first husband to a violent death three years after they were married; she also lost her second husband, Addison Leitch, four years after her remarriage.
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Have Churches Been Doing Youth Ministry Wrong Forever? — Chris Martin
Chris challenges us to rethink the breakdown in our next generation ministries in this post. His idea will be a bit radical for some—and possibly a bit crazy for others. But he makes a good point: if we are upset with the attrition rate from high school to college in the church, why are we not doing anything to fix it?
Five Surprising Characteristics of Churches That Are Actually Reaching the Next Generation — Carey Nieuwhof
And for those churches who ARE reaching the next generation well, Carey points out five simple characteristics.
7 Ways to Maintain Respect as a Leader — Ron Edmondson
People will rarely follow someone they do not respect. If they do, it won’t be for long. Ron shares seven ways you can keep that respect as your lead.
Six Things To Look For In A Ministry Resume — Nicole Cochran
Want to get a job in ministry? Keep these tips in mind when building your resume. You would not believe the number of awful resumes churches get when they are looking to fill open positions.
Social Media and the Fruit of the Spirit — Aaron Earls
This is just a short reminder on how the fruit of the spirit should show through us in everything we do.
Church Answers Live: Crossland Community Church Facility Visit — Church Answers Live
This week we visited Crossland Community Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Pastor Gregg Farrell gave us a tour of the facility and it was jaw dropping.
While trust in network media has previously been pretty low, in the last few years, the news media has simply lost all credibility. They have become nothing more than propaganda outlets to shape public opinion … brazenly suppressing news they don’t like and mostly over-promoting ideas they agree with. From all appearances they now feel it is their job to re-educate the masses to think along the lines of their own elite ideology. The depravity of man is on full display in the press as powerful and wicked people now openly suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18).
The examples of this are too many to count but you can witness it most recently in the way the press has mishandled the entire Planned Parenthood drama. First by not showing the inhuman criminal behavior in the videos that they knew would impact public opinion and next by promoting the argument that they were fabricated and then when demonstrated to be genuine, utter silence (crickets). But the problem is hardly limited to this. Other grossly distorted stories abound and it is alarming. The pervasive use of the words bigotry, hate and ___phobia directed against Christians and other people of faith is not an argument but a tactic and one based on uneducated prejudice and ignorance. The press, being derelict in their duty, perhaps more than anyone else, are doing the greatest harm to our democratic republic and are shaping the public to believe a distorted Manichean picture of the world.
Moral: Things are not always as they seem in the world. Do not believe every piece of (dis)information you hear. Let it sit for a while before making a judgment or drawing a conclusion. Or we could easily fall into promoting the same kind of distortion. Truth is all important here.
In this episode of Equipping Eve, Erin continues her discussion with Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You. It’s a potpourri conversation, covering topics such as women’s ministries, Bible study, and the apparent doctrinal downgrade within the visible church. Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Click here to listen to sermons by Phil Johnson. Further
John Newton found prayer to be difficult, but here’s what gave him hope:
How strange is it, that when I have the fullest convictions that prayer is not only my duty—not only necessary as the appointed means of receiving these supplies, without which I can do nothing, but likewise the greatest honor and privilege to which I can be admitted in the present life—I should still find myself so unwilling to engage in it. However, I think it is not prayer itself that I am weary of, but such prayers as mine. How can it be accounted prayer, when the heart is so little affected—when it is polluted with such a mixture of vile and vain imaginations—when I hardly know what I say myself—but I feel my mind collected one minute, the next, my thoughts are gone to the ends of the earth. If what I express with my lips were written down, and the thoughts which at the same time are passing through my heart were likewise written between the lines, the whole taken together would be such an absurd and incoherent jumble—such a medley of inconsistency, that it might pass for the ravings of a lunatic. When he points out to me the wildness of this jargon, and asks, is this a prayer fit to be presented to the holy heart-searching God? I am at a loss what to answer, till it is given to me to recollect that I am not under the law, but under grace—that my hope is to be placed, not in my own prayers, but in the righteousness and intercession of Jesus. The poorer and viler I am in myself, so much the more is the power and riches of his grace magnified in my behalf. Therefore I must, and, the Lord being my helper, I will pray on, and admire his condescension and love, that he can and does take notice of such a creature…. (Quoted in Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ—the best book I’ve read this year.)
Thank goodness “my hope is to be placed, not in my own prayers, but in the righteousness and intercession of Jesus.” May the difficulty you have praying today remind you of the riches of Christ’s grace and love!
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If you haven’t noticed, the number of movies with their origins in comic books has grown rapidly. In the last three decades, Hollywood has borrowed, adapted, or — in more recent years — wholly incorporated many of the best graphic novel stories and characters into full-length feature films. The medium has been so influential that one of the main comic book publishers, Marvel Comics, is now owned by The Walt Disney Company. As the number of comic book films have increased each year, the readership of comic books themselves has grown also. What was once seen as a juvenile boy’s hobby thirty years ago has become a billion-dollar industry with broad demographic appeal.
The comics of today are American versions of Greek mythology complete with origin, philosophy, psychology, and religion.
Tim shares about a big change in his life (a really good one, too).
In the ongoing debates about the reliability of early Christian manuscripts, and whether they have been transmitted with fidelity, it is often claimed that early Christian scribes were amateurs, unprofessional, and some probably couldn’t even read.
Ann Voskamp shares on the beauty—and difficultly—of waiting until marriage in this letter to her son.
Last week, a shooter attacked a classroom at a community college in southern Oregon. In the aftermath, the media recounted incidents of gun violence through the decades. We thought back to the mass killings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado; a Sikh temple in Wisconsin; and a military installation in Texas. Then, of course, we thought about the horrific school shootings in particular, massacres at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, and Sandy Hook Elementary.
Some believe we’re becoming numb to these attacks as they continue to occur, but for others, it feels like the opposite: We seem to have more reason to be afraid of our world than ever. The news immediately triggered familiar fears for me, because I am a survivor of a school shooting.
“It is not worth while to preach unless we preach Christ and him crucified.”
Thanks to all who read and replied to yesterday’s article The Major Life Decision That Put My Theology to the Test. The response was very encouraging and, in its own way, very confirming. Thank you.
R.C. Sproul answers this question.
“Boredom is not tragic. Properly understood, boredom helps us understand time, and ourselves. Unlike fun or work, boredom is not about anything; it is our encounter with pure time as form and content.”
This article from Don Whitney is essentially a summary of his book Praying the Bible.
I was recently a guest on TechTonic podcast. We talked about ad blocking and protecting yourself and your family from pornography.
Here is some counsel on how to respond if you learn that your husband is looking at pornography or has been involved in other sexual sin. “The question is, now what do you do? How do you deal with this? I want to help you, Christian wife and woman, to see this sin through the eyes of the Lord and the Gospel.”
This Day in 2003. 12 years ago today, Desiring God hosted their first National Conference.
This is an interesting argument: “The comics of today are American versions of Greek mythology complete with origin, philosophy, psychology, and religion.”
Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with an article titled Why the Reformation Study Bible?.
Christian Headlines Daily – Sunday, October 11, 2015
Pastor Attacked in Bangladesh by Muslims Who Claimed to be Interested in His Faith
University Removes Chapel Pews to Accommodate Muslim Students
Officials Defend Prayer in Public Schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas
Phil Vischer: What Happened to Veggie Tales and What He’s Working on Now
Christian Actor David Oyelowo: Christian Films Shouldn’t Take an “on the nose” Approach
Public School Choirs Banned from Singing in Area Christmas Show after Atheist Group Takes Action
Islamic State Threatens to Kill Christians in Syria in Video Showing Executions
Creflo Dollar Removes Facebook Post Endorsing Prosperity Gospel
Netanyahu Prohibits Israeli Parliament from Visiting Temple Mount
Homeschool Family Sues New Jersey for $60 Million after Social Worker Enters House without Warrant
Be Cautious of Science Driven by Media Hype
Trusting God for Today in an Uncertain Time
Historic Criminal Justice Reform: Back the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
Smugglers Seek to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS
Tethered to Technology—Escaping the IT Trap
READING: Matthew 8:1-13, Luke 7
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: As a young pastor, I don’t think I fully understood the significance of our faith until I stood by the bedside of the dying mother of one of my church members. I had never been around death before; in fact, I had never even been to a funeral.
Now, I watched as in those seemingly endless hours of final breaths, this dear lady passed away. Her body relaxed, and her life this side of eternity was over. I stood there, both humbled and a bit taken back by the reality of the end of life. All of this really does come to an end. Life really does stop. Bodies really do die.
And, if that’s all there is to our existence, this life is indeed a most miserable one. That’s not all there is, though — the Jesus who raised the dead son of the widow of Nain has promised us resurrection to come. Read the story of this son here:
Luke 7:13-15 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “Don’t cry.” Then He came up and touched the open coffin, and the pallbearers stopped. And He said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
While our resurrection is yet to come after we’re dead and buried, Jesus remains the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). Even as He told the grieving mother to discontinue her grieving, He reminds us that we grieve differently than the world. Grieve, yes. Grieve without hope, no.
He will someday speak the word, and the dead in Christ will rise.
ACTION STEPS: Take time today to think about the genuine hope we have in Jesus. Recall those Christian loved ones who’ve gone on before you. Thank God for the promise of resurrection. Live today in the joy of that truth.
PRAYER: “God, thank You for being the God of eternity. Thank you that death no longer has a sting for Your people. Help me to live differently today because of this truth.
READING: Matthew 5-7
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: Worry is a funny thing, you know. We apparently think that worrying about something will fix it (or else why would we so often continue to worry?) — but we soon find out that worry only consumes and enslaves us. We get captured in our wrong thinking . . . and then we worry about that, too!
But, Jesus tells us why we need not worry:
1. God who takes care of the birds of the air and the wildflowers of the field will surely take care of us who are created in His image (Matt. 6:26, 28). He just does it in His time!
2. Worry can’t add a moment of time to our life (Matt. 6:27). In fact, it probably shortens our life at times.
3. God knows what we need, and He’ll provide that as long as we seek His kingdom first (Matt. 6:33). We need not be like idolaters who seek only temporary “stuff” (Matt. 6:31-32).
4. Worry is consumed by concern about the future — and it consequently risks missing what God is doing today (Matt. 6:33-34).
Matt. 6:33-34 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
ACTION STEPS: Every time you worry about something today, turn to God in repentance and prayer. Don’t let consuming worry become an idol you cannot dethrone.
PRAYER: “God, teach me to trust You so much that worry loses its force in my life.”
Our Time is Short
Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)
What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
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.
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