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Is Christian Radio Still Christian? part 3


Is Christian Radio Still Christian?  Part 3

I mentioned to you in previous posts about a cool and hip radio station in my area that promotes itself as ‘Christian’ but there is rarely ever a mention of God, almost never a mention of Jesus, and never any teaching or preaching from the Bible. Something there is plenty of, however, is VERY STYLE-HEAVY music, and lots of it.

They have a short sound clip that says “Way FM, where the message is in the music” that runs every so often. To that I say, “Oh, really?” You cannot even make out many of the words to these style-driven rock songs much less make out a discernable message.

Anyway, today I want to talk about something I heard this morning. They were using Jesus’ name somewhat casually (in my opinion) and playing a game where a caller would ask Jesus a question. The set up was this. You are on an elevator and Jesus gets on and shows you his Galilean drivers license (their words, not mine).

Now, the revealing thing is what I will talk about next. Several silly or inconsequential questions were asked, then came a revealing question/answer. A caller said they would like to ask if hell is eternal or if it is merely a metaphor for destruction. The DJ said he also wondered if hell meant that people just got immediately destroyed and never had any knowledge of anything else for eternity…? Duh, what?

I wonder if the DJ has ever read the Bible. It has much to say about hell but it never mentions the theory postulated by the DJ and caller.

This is what I was fearing all along about this type of ‘Christian’ radio. They are not really Christian, they are just nice, appealing, and tolerating. They may even be of the heretical emergent/emerging philosophy. They apparently are not aware of the Bible or worse, just do not believe it so they replace its truth with their theories.

If a Christian is asked a question about Biblical concepts, that person is to tell the whole truth. God does not need for us to repackage Him in order to make Him relevant to today’s culture. God is relevant. Today’s culture is lost.

How does God reach the lost world? Through His word and His Spirit. If we suppress His word, we are being disobedient to Him. Can anyone show from the Bible how anyone came to Christ in any other way except being chosen and surrendering to Christ through believing Him and His teachings? How did the church form in Acts? The chosen people responded to the gospel message. The ‘modern’ idea that we coax and placate someone with lies and half-truths until they ‘make a decision’ is preposterous.

I seek to call out 88.1 Way FM due to its lack of Biblical adherence. Their house is built upon the sand. I pray God will expose them and give them the opportunity to repent and become useful for His purpose. In their vernacular, I would like to say, “sha, dude, check out the Bible. It’s Awesome. It has killer details about some heavy truth. To miss out on it would be gnarly.”

(This is not the first such quasi-religious shananigans I have heard from them. This is the best example I have encountered however, so I chose to use this one. Please compare their approach to what the Bible teaches.)

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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 7:22-60


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 7:22-60    Last time, we saw Stephen get called into temple court to face charges of blasphemy, treason, and the like. Did he do a good job of defending himself? Let’s find out.

Wow. Stephen accomplished several things with his sermon. It was really a sermon more than merely a defense. Stephen had a great opportunity to explain the plan of God and he did just that. Instead of simply trying to save his own life, Stephen launched into a sermon to end all sermons.

Stephen showed his knowledge of history. He showed his knowledge of God. He showed his knowledge of the Jewish traditions. He also showed how he was part of what God was doing. The problem arose when he connected Jesus to God’s redemptive work.

Verse 51 begins Stephen’s downfall. Stephen showed how the peoples’ rejection of Jesus was actually rejection of God and he connected this to the rebellion of Jews in the past.

Wow. Verses 51-53 show how Stephen took the message straight to the audience. He did not stall, waiver, weave, duck, or anything else other than take the truth directly to the audience. He told them they were the same as their ancestors who were stubborn and who rejected God. They were also guilty because they rejected God when they rejected Jesus.

They not only rejected Jesus, they were guilty of killing Him…; this must have stung deeply into the souls of the Jews.

Ok, let’s fast-forward into 2009. What would a preacher today have done if placed into Stephen’s position in front of the religious court? Would they seek for conscensus, try to find a common point where everyone could agree then spin the truth until the audience would not be offended (or understand the indictment), or avoid the truth altogether and talk about pop-psychology topics and hope to be released due to the boredom of the crowd?

Stephen did not do any of this. What was the result of Stephen’s truthful sermon? Verse 54 says that the crowd was cut to the heart when they heard Stephen’s message and they gnashed at him with their teeth. I would say Stephen stepped on some toes…wouldn’t you?

Previously, we saw how Peter presented the truth to his audiences and some, even many, believed. This would not be the case this time. Verses 57-58 says they stopped their ears, ran at him, and took him out of the city and stoned him.

Sometimes, it just bees that way…as the line from the old movie goes. Stephen was the first martyr of the new church but he would certainly not be the last. Many have died for the gospel since that day. Many more will die if Christ taries. God only knows why things must happen this way but we can rest assured like Stephen that all is well when God is near.

Verses 59-60 tell how Stephen called out to his Lord and asked for the throng to be forgiven. Stephen had his priorities in the correct order. He did not sacrifice the eternal on the altar of the temporal. May we follow his example with God’s help. 

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Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Is Christian Radio Still Christian? part 2


Is Christian Radio Still Christian?  part 2

Last time, we briefly discussed what is apparently a new trend in America: Christian Radio that plays music and chit-chats about everything except Christ…

Ok. Like I said last time, I am not against heavily stylized music played on the radio because teens like this kind of music and I like some of it as well. I don’t want to hear it on Sunday morning in the worship service but that is another story…

I must admit, however, that only some of it is great in sound and lyrical quality. A clear message can sometimes be heard. The majority of the music, not so much. Just noise with a “He’s awesome” thrown in. Who is the He? That is my real sticking point with the Christian rock music. When the “He” never gets defined, everyone can conveniently mold their own golden calf…  

I heard a short ad on Way FM this morning where they were encouraging callers to leave a voicemail about how God has changed their lives. Ok. I hope God is changing the lives of young people but it sure ain’t happening due to Way FM! There is no message of any sort to be found there! When the sum total of your theology is songs that say “God is love, He is awesome”, you are not communicating anything of any value. “Love” and “awesome” will mean many different things to different people because there has not been a definition given.

Do you like knockwurst? Well, if I have never had knockwurst but I sincerely believed that knockwurst is lamchops and I like lambchops then my answer would be yes; however, the question is not about lambchops, its about knockwurst… 

Once we got to the place in America where we became afraid to talk about the Bible and JESUS and God’s rules and regs, His sovereignty, and His grace…we went bankrupt and lost the ability to do God’s work. I’m sorry to tell you this but you cannot simlutaneously shield God out of the picture to avoid offending someone and change their lives by opening God’s truth to them!

One more question for the new “Christian” radio… where is Jesus? He apparently is not found on your station unless you hear a garbled mention of Him in a rock song between the guitar riffs.

Wake up relevance-loving neo-liberals. You cannot peddle salvation like a used Chevy Nova. God is not mocked, we will reap whatever we sow. Take it to the bank.

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Posted by on September 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Is Christian Radio Still Christian?


Is Christian Radio still Christian? That may sound like a silly question but  bear with me for a few minutes.

We have a Christian radio station in our area that is unlike anything I have ever heard. Traditionally, Christian radio is where music, both contemporary and traditional, honors God and preachers speak from Bible passages. The on-air personalities talk about many subjects but these subjects always honor God and show how He is sovereign in life’s events.

We have a station in our area that is young and hip.  It is called Way FM. They play hard edged rock style music that has some sort of spiritual message to it. Some songs are better than others at calling God or Jesus’ name. Usually no name is mentioned just attributes. Another thing I noticed is the music is so style heavy that it is difficult to understand the words. I had to work very hard to even determine the words to many sings in order to attempt to perceive a message.

Now, before you write me off as some old geezer, I grew up listening to Styx, Kiss, Boston, Kansas, and others. I appreciate musicianship and lyricism. It is hard to determine the lyrics to most  rock music as well.

I do not have a problem with Christian music that has a beat and modern style when played on the radio. Teens like music with a beat and that seems fine.

My issue is this. The radio station has no talk whatsoever about God, His attributes, or His word. I have listened during the morning and the afternoon. I heard God’s name mentioned once and I do not believe I have heard Jesus’ name at all by the on-air people. The time they mentioned God, it was not in the best of situations. Someone had mentioned the Bible is a less than respectful way and the other personality said, “God does not call us to have a relationship with the Bible, He wants us to have a relationship with Himself.”

Ok, so God wants us to have a relationship with Himself. How do we even know about God unless the Bible is what we use for revelation? Why should someone show disdain for God’s word and claim to have a relationship with Him?

The chit chat on the station is very sterile. There is no cursing or course jesting. It is just idle chatter about clothes, TV shows, social outings, and so forth.

Is this Christian? They say on the radio that the message is in the music. However, there is not much if any message in most of the songs they play. (Some songs are great in sound and message but most are forgettable)

Since when did having a party for God and ignoring His presence and attributes become ‘Christian’.  Does anyone else have a similar story?

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Posted by on September 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 7:1-21


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 7:1-21

After reading today’s text, let’s move into our discussion. Steven had been brought before the temple officials and accused of saying that Jesus was sent to undo all that Moses taught. This was obviously a lie. The scripture even states that false witnesses were set up to tell lies against Stephen.

Watch what Stephen does. He had a few options. When asked by the high priest if the charges were true, Stephen could have said, ‘no’. He could also have denied the specific charges of blasphemy and trying to undo Moses’ teachings. Notice what he did, however. He took his audience way back to the time before even Moses…to Abraham. Brilliant!

Every Jew alive is a child of Abraham. In their minds, if anything could trump Moses it would have to be Abraham. This is not the only thing occurring here. Stephen was also getting away from the totally ridiculous charges and setting the stage for delivering a sermon. He took the listeners back to a point of common ground and began to unfold the truth for them.

When surgeons operate to remove a cancerous growth, they do not simply remove most of the growth leaving a little bit behind. They remove the entire tumor and even the clean tissue that surrounds the tumor. Leaving clean margins is the only way they can be sure they have removed the entire tumor. Stephen removed the lies by going back to the original covenant given by God to the father of the Jews. Stephen would continue to preach his sermon showing how God worked in the past and continues to work even in their time. In the next lesson, we will see Stephen continuing to recount history and revealing how God’s plan continued with Jesus.

Stephen did not get caught up in a back-and-forth with the accusers. He set out to establish the entire truth in front of the audience he was given. He proceeded to unfold the entire story, not only what the crowd wanted to hear. There was no fear in his message. He was not trying to talk well enough to please the crowd or to talk his way around the charges and get free. He was declaring the whole truth of God.

When we have the opportunity to speak for God, let’s not hold back for fear of the audience’s response. Let’s tell the truth.  

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Posted by on September 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Only 9% of ‘Christians’ have Biblical world-view…? Wow, that’s bad…


Only 9% of Christians have Biblical World-View

A New Survey Reveals that Less than 10 Percent of All Born Again Christians Look at the World with a Biblical Perspective       By Jimmy DeYoung

George Barna, a pollster with an independent marketing research company, found in a recent survey that only 4% of the overall population of America and 9% of born-again Christians have a biblical world view, suggesting that many of the nation’s moral and spiritual challenges are directly attributable to this fact.

For the purposes of the research, a Biblical world view was defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists, that such truth is defined by the Bible, and that the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News:

A Biblical world view based upon understanding Bible prophecy is essential for an understanding of the times we live in today.

Let’s look at the provision in scripture for a Biblical world view. All scripture is God breathed. That means it’s inspired and is profitable for doctrine, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that’s II Timothy 3:16. God gave the scriptures to the Jew to preserve and communicate to mankind, Romans 3:1-2. And thus, we have His written Word for us today. Our blessings and understanding comes from God’s provision of His heart, His mind, His thoughts in written form, the Bible.

Now, let’s look at the priority for studying a Biblical world view. The Apostle Paul wrote that we must study the Word of God, a workman that need not be ashamed, relying on God’s Word for all of life’s questions. We must rightly divide the Word of truth, the Bible, to ascertain its true meaning. These two principles, study and rightly dividing the Word of God, are instruction for the End Times and they come from Paul’s exhortation to young Timothy found in II Timothy 2:15.

Finally, let’s look at the prophetic scenario of a Biblical world view. A study of Bible prophecy reveals the scenario for the Last Days with a seven year period of judgment in our world followed by the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to establish His Kingdom here on earth. However, preceding that seven years of judgment, those who are true born again Christians will be taken out of this world to be with Jesus Christ, that’s the Rapture.

Allowing the Bible to form our world view prepares us for these future events and gives us evidence as to how close they may be.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

John MacArthur’s New Book…A Must Read


Excerpt from The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur. Thanks to Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries www.apprising.org

Op-Ed:The modern-day pharisees of the Emergent/Emerging Church and other cults that call Jesus’ name yet jettison everything He taught would de well to read this book. Jesus is who the Bible says He is. He is not who the EC gurus’ spirit guides have told them He is…

After the Beatitudes, Jesus goes straight into an extended discourse on the true meaning of Old Testament law. The rest of Matthew 5 is a systematic, point-by-point critique of the Pharisees’ interpretation of Moses’ law. Jesus is correcting some of their representative errors. Some commentators have suggested that Jesus is altering or expanding the moral requirements of Moses’ law for a new dispensation. Jesus Himself emphatically said otherwise: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (vv. 17–18).

Furthermore, every principle Jesus used to refute the Pharisees’ interpretation of the law was already either stated or plainly implied in the Old Testament. We’ll see that very clearly in our survey of this section. But what is most important to notice here is that Jesus deliberately sets His description of authentic righteousness against the religion of the Pharisees. The brunt of the sermon is aimed squarely at them. The Sermon on the Mount is in essence a jeremiad against their unique brand of hypocrisy. That is the singular theme that ties the whole sermon together. Furthermore, when He singled out these specific misunderstandings of Moses’ law, Jesus was clearly impugning the Pharisees’ pet doctrines.

He was publicly denouncing what they taught. Everyone in the crowd understood that. It was impossible to ignore. Jesus made no effort to make the dichotomy subtle or to outline His differences with them in a delicate fashion. He went for the jugular against their most closely held beliefs. He even mentioned the Pharisees by name and expressly stated that their righteousness was inadequate—lest there be any ambiguity about whose doctrine He was refuting. Immediately after saying, “Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (v. 20), he began dismantling their whole system. He attacked their method of interpreting Scripture, their means of applying the law, their notions of guilt and merit, their infatuation with ceremonial minutiae, and their love for moral and doctrinal casuistry.

The major arguments in this section of the sermon are structured in a way that contrasts the Pharisees’ interpretation of the law with the law’s real meaning, as expounded by Christ: “You have heard that it was said to those of old. . . . But I say to you . . .” Six times in the second half of Matthew 5, Jesus used that formula or a variation of it (vv. 21–22, 26–28, 31–32, 33–34, 38–39, 43– 44). When He spoke of what “you have heard,” He was describing the Pharisees’ teaching. And in each case, He refuted it. Again, He was not changing or expanding the law’s moral requirements; He was simply reaffirming what the law always meant.

Your commandment is exceedingly broad,” David said, as he meditated on the law (Psalm 119:96). The meaning of the Ten Commandments is not exhausted by the wooden literal sense of the words. Jesus says, for example, that the sixth commandment forbids not only literal acts of murder, but murderous attitudes as well—including undue anger, abusive speech, and an unforgiving spirit (vv. 22–25). The seventh commandment forbids not merely acts of adultery, but even an adulterous heart (v. 28). The command to love your neighbor applies not only to friendly neighbors, but also to those who are our enemies (v. 44).

Superficial readers are sometimes inclined to think Jesus was modifying or raising the bar on the standard of Moses’ law. After all, He quoted directly from the sixth and seventh commandments (vv. 21, 27), and He cited the Old Testament principle known as lex talionis (“an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”—v. 38; cf. Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, and Deuteronomy 19:21)—then He followed those quotations with “But I say to you . . .” To a casual listener, it might actually sound as if He were changing the law itself, or making a new law that stood in contrast to what the Old Testament had always taught. But remember: Jesus Himself unequivocally denied that notion in verses 17–18. Instead, what Jesus is doing in this portion of the sermon is unpacking the true and full meaning of the law as it was originally intended—especially in contrast to the limited, narrow, and woodenly literal approach of the Pharisees. Their hermeneutic (the method by which they interpreted Scripture) was laden with sophistry. They could expound for hours on the law’s invisible fine points while inventing technical twists and turns to make exceptions to some of the law’s most important moral precepts.

For example, the fifth commandment is clear enough: “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). But the Pharisees had a custom whereby “if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban’—(that is, a gift to God), then [the Pharisees] no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother” (Mark 7:11–12). In fact, if someone had thus pledged his inheritance to God and then used any of his resources to care for his parents in their old age, the Pharisees would deem that act of charity a sacrilege, because it was a violation of the Corban vow. Jesus told them, “[You have made] the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (v. 13, emphasis added). That was precisely the kind of hermeneutical tomfoolery Jesus was correcting in the Sermon on the Mount… (The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, 134-138)          John MacArthur

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Brian Mclaren vs. Job 38 – 40 … God wins, Again!


Op-Ed from Truthinator:

The article that follows is from Emerging/Emergent Church leader and guru, Brian McLaren’s website. In this article, he says that his new book will address the need to imagine a ‘bigger God’ than the one traditional Christians have claimed to know. McLaren and his admirer want a ‘God’ that grows and changes along with man. A ‘God’ that modifies along with our changes of mind (my assumption based upon the article).

Talk about convenient! Wow, we would never have to worry about sin because ‘God’ would change the rules each time we lust for something we should not have… and so on. Brian McLaren, the ECers, the seeker-friendly, entertainment-driven & doctrine-opposing people all share a common core. They do not want the real God. They want a god they can create and control. This allows them to feel spiritual while continuing to be the pilot of their cargo plane full of this world’s goodies…

Read Job 38 – 40 and you will see that God does not vary according to our demands or wishes. We are not the creator, HE is! God gives men proper perspective by defining Himself in this passage.

Disclaimer: The information contained in the article below is very offensive to people who believe the Bible and worship the true God of the past, present, and future. This article is steeped in New Age heresy and should be read for informational purposes only.

God and/of evolution … (by Brian McLaren)

Sister Joan Chittister writes a provocative reflection on God and evolution, and on the God of evolution, here. (Thanks Mike Todd!) There are strong resonances between what Joan is saying and what my upcoming book explores. Most of us grew up learning about the God of Laws, the God who made sense in Sir Isaac Newton’s mechanistic universe. (Nothing expressed this contextualization better than the little booklet “Four Spiritual Laws,” which could have been called “Four Spiritual Mechanisms.”) Now, we are struggling to imagine a bigger God, a God who makes sense in the evolutionary universe of Darwin, Einstein, LeMaitre, Hubble, Heisenberg, and Kuhn … Here’s how Joan expresses it … (after the jump) … Instead, the God of creation becomes the God of ongoing creation, of life intent on its own development, and of life involved in contributing to its own emerging form. From this perspective, creation, life itself, is a work in process. It grows from one stage to another. It is immersed in both possibility and mistakes. It is a creature of imagination on the way to the unimaginable. The God of grand but hidden designs becomes the God of evolution, of the working out of creation as we go. Suddenly free will, the choices we make as we labor at the project of life, becomes important. Decision-making becomes universally significant, and selection of our actions determines the shape of an ongoing evolving world. A self-creating universe becomes co-creator with the humble God who shares power and waits for the best from us and provides for what we need to make it happen. We become participants in the process of life and the development of the world that is not so much planned as it is enabled. As nature grows, experiments, unfolds, selects and adapts, so then must we. Growth, not perfection, becomes the purpose of life. Ongoing creation, not predestined fate, becomes the purpose of life. I’m especially stuck by Joan’s use of the word “provides” in the previous passage. The doctrine of divine providence in Sir Isaac Newton’s world often could be reduced to divine control or puppetry … but in this new context, divine providence suggests something far richer, far subtler, and – to me at least – far more beautiful: divine generosity, divine provision, divine resourcing, divine empowerment. That gives us not only a different image of God, but also of ourselves. You might try living within that universe – and that vision of God – today. I know I will be doing so.

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 6:1-15 part 2


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 6:1-15 part 2

Last time, we saw howGod continued to build His church. The twelve apostles made the decision to organize the efforts to serve those who were in need allowing the twelve to continue in their prayer and study. This is the first instance where organization as a method of operation is shown. The outcome was that God continued to add to the number of believers. The organization did not add the believers, God did. The organization was a step in effective operation in order to best honor God.

We now see Stephen briefly appear on the scene. The brevity of time should not indicate to us a smallness of his ministry, however. Look at verse 8. Stephen was full of faith and power and he did great wonders and signs among the people. The mention of him in scripture is brief but that does not diminish how we should feel about his impact.

Watch what happens as a result of Stephen’s effective minstry. Opposition arose from a group of religious people. These people did not see eye-to-eye with the truth taught by Stephen because the Bible says they disputed with him. Not only did they dispute with him, verses 10-11 say they were not able to resist his wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke so they secretly induced men to lie about what Stephen was teaching.

So, since the opposition could not win by debating the facts and issues, they formed a group of liars to spread falsehoods in order to swing public opinion away from Stephen. This sounds like typical politics today. Not much has changed over the years. If you cannot win with the strength of your cause, lie, cheat, and steal until you can win through corruption. Yes indeed. This sounds like politics in the US today. The truth matters little. What matters is how many people and how much media you can get to spout your lies until people generally begin to believe you.

There is a huge problem with this tactic however. One day, all people will stand before God. The Bible says that God cannot be mocked and people will reap what they have sown. Abe Lincoln said you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. That seems to be true. It is also true, however, that you cannot fool God ANY of the time. 

The disputers stirred up the people and the temple officials. Stephen was brought before the council. More liars were put into place to twist Stephen’s words and to connect him to the same lies told about Jesus when he was on trial.

Watch what happens in verse 15. Despite being on trial before corrupt politicians with a group of lying  witnesses, all of the people who were seeking Stephen’s demise saw his face to be like that of an angel. I would imagine that most people would be in a bit of stress standing before a kangaroo court full of cheats, liars, and thugs. Yet, Stephen had the calmness and serenity of an angel. Stephen was given grace by God to withstand the trial he was facing.

It is difficult to imagine how a person could be calm during an uproar like this one. His life was definitely in jeopardy. God gave him the grace he needed when he needed it. It seems to me like God is not one to waste. We cannot imagine how Stephen could remain so calm despite his circumstances because we have never been there. However, for those who have been in similar circumstances and lived, their testimony reveals that God provided what they needed when they needed it. May God bless the study of His word.      Comment below if you wish.

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In the Real World, There is No Neutrality Where God’s Word is Concerned (Thanks to Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries)


By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Sep 1, 2009 in AM Missives, Current Issues, Devotions, Features

For the word of the LORD is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; He puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him! (Psalm 33:4-8, ESV)

Who Would Be In Awe Of The God With A Man-Shaped Hole In Its Heart

There is a real spirit of universalism masquerading today as love and tolerance, which is dominating this time of tepid indifference we are now living in. However, there is no place of neutrality ala Switzerland in this spiritual war. While the visible church in America is crumbling down all around them self-centered children are busy playing with their toys or sticking their heads in the sand going within themselves, to experience…well, themselves—or worse—seducing spirits, whom they think is God.

And when they come emerging from playpens disguised as churches their hue and cry is always: “Unity! Unity!” But all the while Christ Jesus stands outside imploring His children to come away from this darkness of man-centered religiosity passing for the Christian faith oozing from the various off-shoots of the semi-pelagian (at best) Church Growth Movement; be it the pragmatism of Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren on the one hand, or the Elvis of the Emerging Church quasi-rabbi Rob Bell on the other.

But why no tears for the lost? Because as more and more of mainstream evangelicalism comes under the spell of the postliberal cult of the Emergent Church, now morphing into Emergence Christianity, there are none lost but those who “opt out” of the salvation they have when God reconciled through Jesus on the Cross all things which He created within Himself—to them there are no lost. And certainly Apprising Ministries is not alone as fellow soldiers of the real Cross of Jesus Christ have been trying to get you to see:

perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves… Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 5-7, KJV)

And yet too many professing Christians somehow still cannot see the real reason why so many of their pretending Protestant evangelical leaders are gaining such stature within our pagan culture. But it is written: They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them (1 John 4:5). And what does the world tell you it wants? Peace. You’ve heard it all before in the old soft drink commercial: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

Well, this is what a real man sent by God will tell you:

Some misguided Christian leaders feel that they must preserve harmony at any cost, so they do everything possible to reduce friction. They should remember that there is no friction in a machine that has been shut down for the night. Turn off the power, and you will have no problem with moving parts. Also remember that there is a human society where there are no problems–the cemetery. The dead have no differences of opinion. They generate no heat, because they have no energy and no motion. But their penalty is sterility and complete lack of achievement.

What then is the conclusion of the matter? That problems are the price of progress, that friction is the concomitant of motion, that a live and expanding church will have a certain quota of difficulties as a result of its life and activity. A Spirit-filled church will invite the anger of the enemy. (A.W. Tozer, This World: Playground or Battleground? 122).

Storm On The Horizon As The Sky Grows A Darker Shade Of Red Each Morning

So how are you doing? Is the enemy angry with you? The initial fallout from my AM article Adele Sakler And Peter Rollins reveals that Existential Punk is perturbed:

@gideony LOL!!!! He keeps quoting me from my blog and my tweets. i feel like Kenny keeps stalking me! It’s like i’ve become an idol 2 Ken! (Online source)

As you can see from the mocking above, and as I’ve pointed out before, the loving and Tolerant Ones Really Aren’t So Tolerant or loving. Recently it was said of one of my writings: “Wow, that’s some serious anger going on there.” Well, don’t be so sure the anger is mine; and I wouldn’t want to be any rougher on you than our Lord Himself will be if He catches you slumbering while satanic forces brazen and emboldened are walking right into God’s sanctuary. “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them (Matthew 15:16). Is that what He’s asking you today?

Friend, as the Reformation—that evangelical Protestants profess was of God—is now being reversed, a Reformation I might add that cost many of Christ’s precious children their very lives, do you really think that it’s the Spirit of the Lord whispering to you, “Peace,” where there is no peace? As you watch the sky going ever more red this morning know that the time has come for you, even you, to take up your Sword of the Spirit. Can you not hear the Voice of the Great Shepherd:

“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in Heaven. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

“For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it… I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Matthew 10:32-39; Luke 12:49)

Many will then come emerging to protest: “But that’s proof-texting; that’s out of context!” Well, we’ll just let the Lord decide that; I know can live with it, can you? And anyway, as my Master says:

“My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” (John 17:16-18, KJV)

The truth is, try as they may, one simply cannot find any soft middle ground as the end of the Age draws ever nigh. As a matter of fact, in 1 John 2:18, the Apostle John tells us that we’ve been in the last days for two thousand years now. All the more reason in this gellatinous generation of world-pleasing psuedo-Christianity to heed these words from Alexander MacLaren in his message The World’s Hatred, As Christ Saw It, themselves a warning from Jesus over one hundred hundred years ago:

If a man does not love God as He is revealed to him in Jesus Christ, he neither cares to please Him nor to think about Him, nor does he order his life in obedience to His commands. And if it be true that obedience is the very life-breath of love, disobedience or non-obedience is the manifestation of antagonism, and antagonism towards God is the same thing as hate…

There is no neutrality in a man’s relation to God. It is one thing or other. “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” “The friendship of the world is enmity against God”…My friend, come away from the unreasonable people, come away from the men who can give no account of their attitude…and let His love kindle the answering flame in your hearts. Then you will know God as only they who love Christ know Him… (Online source)

So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me. (Ezekiel 3:14, NASB)

 
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