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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 9:1-21 part 1


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Verses 1 & 2 tell us where Saul was coming from mentally; he was enraged against the followers of Jesus. He played the political/religious system by getting permission to capture and imprison them. What was the crime of those he pursued? They were ‘of the Way’ or followers of Christ.

So, as he walked along the road toward Damascus, he was torn about Jesus and was considering His life intellectually? Not at all! He was enraged against the followers of Christ and desired to arrest them. Being converted to Christianity was the LAST thing on his mind! He had no plans whatsoever to become a follower of Jesus.

Verse 3 says that a bright light suddenly shone around him. This was no focused beam of light from the sun peering through clouds. This light came from Heaven. Saul fell on the ground and heard the voice of the Lord say, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

Saul was totally overcome yet he was unclear about the source of the light and the voice…of the presence of the One who had overcome him. Verse 5 records him saying, “Who are you, Lord?”

“I am Jesus, whom you  are persecuting…” said the Lord. Undoubtedly crushed by the power of the presence of the Lord as well as the reality of the truth of Jesus as Lord, Paul, trembling and astonished, asks, ” What  do you want me to do?”

At this point, the study of this text can go off into speculation and even absurdity. I have heard it said that during this instance, Saul considers Christ and decides to accept Him as Savior.  I see no grounds for this, however. I see Jesus selecting Saul to become His! Jesus is in control, not Saul. Saul does not consider the information about Jesus, he does not fill out a communication card, he does not walk down an aisle, he gets blasted by the sovereign election of God!

John MacArthur, in his commentary on the Book of Acts, says that although God does not always work this dramatically, He always initiates the contact in salvation. References can be found in several verses (John 6:37, 44; 10:27-29, 17:2,6,9,11,24; 2nd Cor 4:6; Phil 1:29; James 1:18).

Man is not sovereign in his decision to ‘accept’ Christ. People accept and follow Christ as the result of being saved by God’s sovereign grace. This is a very important fact of Bible doctrine. If a person misses this fact, they may drift and waver into all sorts of man-centered methods and theories aimed to entice and please the flesh of man in order to seek man’s assent for God to be God. Do not laugh. It is happening all around you as we speak. 

Church growth theories, seeker concepts, and entertainment megaplex churches all seek to gain man’s acceptance of God by enticing him to intellectually agree that God is good and can improve some area of man’s life or fill some felt-need. This is far from what the Bible teaches, however. Join me for part 2 and we will continue to discussion.   

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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Is America Post-Christian? Hath the Glory Departed?


America is without a doubt the most materialistic and self-absorbed nation to have ever existed. Anyone disagree? I didn’t think so. Americans travel hundreds of miles to go to a rock concert or sports event, sit on hard bleacher seats in the broiling sun or falling snow, and stay up late regardless of needing to be at work the next day. Ask them if they went ot church last Sunday and they will say ‘no’ because the church is too far from home, the seats are uncomfortable, the temperature is too warm or cool, and they were too sleepy from a hard work week.

The irony is thicker than peanut butter.  

Some people are at least honest about the situation. They will say with pride that they do not want the traditional teaching of the orthodox Christian church because it is ‘out of touch’ with current trends.  I’m not saying I agree with them; I am saying that at least they are being honest.

To translate, most people will only tolerate a religion that gives them a stamp of approval for their lifestyle. “I’m in charge of my destiny” is the cry of this generation and the last several.

Ask an American to recount for you one of John Grisham’s novels, a poem of Robert Frost, a play by Shakespear, or a song by Lennon & McCartney and they will do so with no hesitation. Ask them to tell you a little something about the book of Romans and they will stare at you blankly.

 Have we been fooling ourselves about being a Christian Nation? I fear that maybe we have. If America was in court and the judge asked for evidence, would there be enough to prove that we are or have been a Christian Nation?

I’m not saying there are no Christians here. I am suggesting that we are a small minority however. Someone prove me wrong…

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Posted by on October 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 8:26-40


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This time we look at a wonderful passage that explains a bit about a Christian’s role in the sharing of the faith with another. I am not saying that this passage depicts the only prescribed way for sharing the faith, I am saying that this is a definite example of how God worked and He likely continues to work in this way at times.

Philip had been with the others in Samaria and is told by an angel to go to a road that is to the south and connects Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip arose and went. Now, this is not a great deal of information. I don’t know about you but I like to have all of the information and all of the control when I leave to go somewhere. Philip was immediately compliant and went to the place he was instructed to go.

Philip sees someone  in a chariot traveling down the road. We are told in scripture that it is a servant who is the chief treasurer of the Ethiopian Queen, Candace. He had been to Jerusalem to worship and was returning to his country. He was reading from the book of Isaiah as the chariot slowly traveled along the road.

Philip knows nothing about who is riding in the chariot. He can tell it is someone important because an official of a nation rarely traveled without an entourage. So, after seeing this, Philip is told by the angel to go to chariot. We do not know if he is told anything else but it doesn’t really matter. Philip was obedient.

Let’s look at a few things about this situation. Philip is apparently sent into a blind situation. He is sent to an unknown destination, he is sent to an unknown person, and he does not know exactly what he is to do.

This holds some insight for each of us. We should be ready to go anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. How can we do this? Philip was committed to serve Christ. He was ready, willing, and able. Part of this was due to his relationship with Christ. He also had confidence in God’s power and he was willing to enter any situation in order to spread the word of God.

We could have hemmed and hawed about our not knowing where we were going, who we were going to see, whether there was danger, whether we were prepared to encounter someone of notoriety… the list could go on for a while. Philip was simply ready and willing and able. The scripture records no hesitation on his part.

Once we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus as our Savior, we should then prepare to be able to tell this wonderful story to others. We do not have to memorize presentation methods or techniques. We simply need to be able to show from scripture who God is, how we are lost in sin, and how Jesus came to save and accomplished His work for our benefit.

Philip hears the servant reading from Isaiah. Philip had to have known this part of God’ s word as well because he recognized it. Philip had an immediate opening and asked if the servant understood what he was reading. The servant did not and asked Philip for help.

We are to assume the man was convicted in his soul to read God’s word seeking to understand. God sent Philip to guide him. What must have been frustrating to the servant turned into a wonderful experience. Philip explained that Isaiah was referring to Jesus who was the Messiah. The servant immediately believed and asked to be baptised.

Notice there are no techniques used by Philip. He did not need them. He simply explained that Jesus fit all of the criteria to be the Messiah and had proven Himself so with many signs and wonders. Verse 35 says that Philip began with Isaiah and preached Jesus so we are to assume that he preached everything known about Jesus. This had to have been a truly exciting time for the servant and for Philip.

I do not believe Philip was interested in knotching his Bible with another ‘number’ to be bragged about in church next week. He was sincere and interested only in doing God’s work. God changed the servant’s life that day. Philip did not do it. The chariot did not do it. The water did not do it. All of these things were tools in the process. God was the power.

We are to follow God’s sovereign will. We will not likely hear a voice or see and angel but we do not need to. When we see or hear people struggling in life, it is a clear indication that they need to hear God’s word. God may be in the process of converting them or the person may be resistant. That is not for us to be concerned over. We must be faithful to Him. We must put aside our pride and be willing to be laughed at, criticised, and even impugned in order to be faithful to God’s call. We are to take His word to the world.

Philip went into a blind situation. The servant could have been a criminal or a hater of God’s people. Philip, like Stephen, could have wound up a martyr. He was obedient, however, and God used Philip to accomplish His plan.

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Posted by on October 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Relevance: Is Your Church Relevant in Today’s Culture ?


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Relevance: Is Your Church Relevant in Today’s Culture ?   Is this even the correct question?

With many (and maybe most) churches chasing after style in order to be ‘relevant’ to today’s culture, where will the church eventually find itself?

Are we supposed to be relevant to the current culture? I suppose this depends upon how we define ‘relevant’. Let me begin by asking a simple question…did God ever seek to be relevant to the current culture in the Bible? This sounds like a simple question but people are sharply divided on it.

I have searched scripture trying to keep everything in proper context. Here is what I have noticed…

God never changed in order to accomodate man. Please follow along before attempting to rebut. God reached out to man in a way that man could understand. That is definite. Is that relevance in action? Well, maybe. But let’s look some more.

The whole concept of relevance is based upon what the recipient can and will understand. When we focus upon what the hearer WANTS TO HEAR, we are moving away from relevance and toward preference.

Dictionary.com defines relevance as “connected to or bearing upon the matter at hand”. Now, I would say that since God created everything and since He is the one to be feared because He cannot only destroy life but also damn it to hell (Matt 10:28), that God is the matter at hand. He determines and embodies all that is relevant because it is what He likes or dislikes that matters most of all.

Since this is the case, what is relevant? Only that which is approved by God. Does God approve of the church becoming like the world in order to be accepted by it? Not hardly. Nowhere can such an example be found in scripture. As a matter of fact, Paul addressed the church in Corinth about this exact problem of the church being no different than the world. Also, there are seven letters to churches in Revelation that addresses this problem as well.

God does not need to be overhauled and repackaged in order to be received by man. Man is not sovereign in the matter of salvation and discipleship. God is sovereign. Paul said he did not seek to speak eloquently but spoke only of Christ and Christ crucified (1Cor 2:2). 

I see the question of relevance to be more about our being relevant in God’s eyes as opposed to the church being relevant in the world’s eyes. Jesus was never relevant to the pharisees and other power players of His day. Why? Because He represented  a path different from the desires of man’s will.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who is in Christ is a NEW creature with the old stuff having passed away and everything having been made new. How on earth could the way of Christ ever be relevant to a corrupt and lost world?

Christ is the cornestone rejected by the builders of the world power base (Matt 21:42-45). The only people who embraced Jesus in scripture permanently are those who were saved and became the new creatures spoken of in 2Cor 5:17. 

Beware of the relevance-driven movement. No one is relevant who is separated from God. God has placed power for converting the soul in His word (Psalm 19:7-14, Rom 1:16, Rom 10:17).

We should seek to be found faithful to God. God can do any amount of great and powerful things. We do not drive the bus. God is in control. This was true yesterday, is true today, and will be true tomorrow.  Opine, if you please…

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Posted by on October 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 8:1-25 part 3


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The Bible study text is from Acts 8:1-25. This is the third section dealing with this passage of scripture. We left off last time talking about a ‘conversion’ that was false. Simon the sorcerer wanted to get the goods but not the Savior. He wanted to increase his money-making skills and saw a chance to increase his personal following by manipulating God.

We know from scripture that Simon was renowned in his town. We know from historical writings that he was a Gnostic shaman. We also know from the way Peter treated him that Simon was not a true convert. Notice Peter did not rebuke him saying,”You are a Christian now, you should behave as someone who is redeemed by the blood of Christ.” Peter instead told him to repent of his wickedness and pray that God would forgive him. Peter also told Simon he was engulfed in bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity. These are hardly descriptors of someone who is redeemed but off the track.

The point is this. God is not mocked, fooled, or manipulated. As a matter of fact, it is God who saves by His divine will. God sovereignly chooses and refuses. I use the Old and New Testaments as my source for this information. God sovereignly chose some while rejecting others. Can I explain this to you fully? No, and neither can anyone else. God alone knows the depths of Himself.

We do know what the Bible teaches however. Do a search in your concordance for ‘election’, ‘selection’, ‘predetermination’, ‘called’, and ‘chosen’. You will find a world of information from scripture showing God’s sovereignty. 

Peter had great insight from God. He walked with the Lord and was given responsibility for fathering the first Christian people group (Church). We do not have such insight but we study God’s word. Jesus talked much about fruit and  fit. If a tree does not produce fruit or the right type of fruit (fit), something is wrong. What is the right type of fruit? Consistency more than inconsistency with the law of God and the life of Christ. Being conformed to the image of Christ is a sure sign of a transformed life.

What should we learn from the example of Simon? Christ transforms lives. We do not seek Christ, He seeks us. He saves us by His grace through faith. The preaching of God’s word produces conviction and repentence in the lives of those who are saved. It is not a money-making sceme to get involved in. 

Simon, much like the rich young ruler, did not want the real deal or the total package. It seems as though they preferred a man-designed system that could be manipulated and used for gain. Christ represents the end of self and enslavement to Christ. The way of Christ is narrow and only one gate (Jesus) leads to the way. This is the exclusive way to Heaven.    

 

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 8:1-25 part 2


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 8:1-25  part 2

After reading the Bible text, lets continue with verse 5. Philip was in Samaria preaching Christ to the local people. His preaching was accompanied by signs and wonders via God’s power. Many heard, listened, and believed. These were apparently true conversions because verse 14 begins a section telling that Peter and John came to Samaria to lay hands on the believers so they would receive the Holy Spirit and they did.

However, there is mention of a sorcerer named Simon in this section as well. It seems as though he was not a true believer. Earlier in the Bible text, we see that Simon is a sorcerer who gave shows before the Samaritans and they thought him to be a great and powerful man…perhaps even a man of God. Remember that the Samaritans practiced a form of worship of the true God. This form was not without its problems but they were aware of the Old Testament writings and the fundamentals of the Jewish religion.

Simon was likely a practitioner of a combination of pseudo-science, magician’s tricks, and maybe even the occult. Once he encountered Philip, he saw that his tricks were no match for the real thing. He made a profession of belief and followed Philip but he was not a true convert. Watch what the text says in verse 18 and following. When Simon saw the Holy Spirit was received by those whom Peter and John laid hands upon, he asked to purchase with money the ability to confer the Holy Spirit.

Wow. How sad. I believe this confirms that Simon just didn’t get the picture of what was happening and why. He apparently wanted to be able to maintain a career being able to mesmerize an audience with a new trick in his toolkit. He thought the power of God could be manipulated for personal gain. Even back then, people saught to gain financially and self-righteously from God’s work.

In verse 20 of Acts 8, we see Peter sharply rebuke Simon for thinking God’s power could be bought! I presume that Simon was not a true believer since he was not struck dead like Ananias and Sapphira were in chapter 5. Ananias and Sapphira were true believers who tested God’s patience by lying to His Spirit for personal gain. Simon also saught personal gain but he apparently was not a true believer. Watch what Peter says next.

In verse 22, Peter tells Simon to repent for his wickedness and to ask for forgiveness. Peter also told Simon he was poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity. Simon’s response in verse 24 implies that he feared Peter’s words not so much for the conviction of God’s wrath but for fear of not having Peter’s favor. Simon may have had his own idea of what was occurring before him but apparently did not have grace through faith resulting in salvation.

There is no more mention of Simon. I see him as being similar to the rich, young ruler of  Mark 10:17-22. He wanted to ‘add Jesus to his already structured life’. He wanted to purchase a new way to make a living and be assured of power and prosperity. It could have been he was afraid of impending judgement as well. For some reason, there was no conversion. God did not grant it at this time.

This is an awesome and fearful subject. People going through the motions but not being saved. I will attempt to expand this subject a bit more in the next post.  May God bless the study of His word.

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Posted by on October 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 8:1-25 part 1


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After reading the Bible text, look at verse 1. We see the introduction of Saul (who would later be known as Paul). At this time, he is the vehement enemy of the Church. He consented to Stephen’s death. This is another way of saying that he also killed Stephen, maybe not with hands, but with his thoughts, intentions, and desires. He was heartily glad the deed was done, in other words.

Go back in memory to Matthew 5:21-22 where Jesus said that hatred and anger are the same as murder because the heart and mind has done the deed, not the hands. This was said to show how a self-righteous person cannot avoid the spirit of law by heeding the letter of it only. There are no not-guilty-by-technicalities with God.

So Saul as much as killed Stephen himself. This is what the people of the day likely understood. Saul was probably avoiding becoming ceremonially unclean even though he was spiritually unclean and did not know it.

Verse 3 says Saul made havoc of the church by entering every house and dragging off the men and women and throwing them into prison. Let’s camp out here for a while. Notice it did not say that he made havoc with the church by destroying the building. The Church was not a building…it was people. It would be a long time before the Church would be thought of as a church building. When people talked about the Church during this time, everyone knew the people were the Church.

Please allow me to digress for a moment. Many years ago, I traveled to a work location where one of our industrial buildings was located in a town that had been devastated by a tornado. Less than a quarter mile from our plant, a church was leveled. Now, when I say leveled, I mean the only thing visible about the church building was the hardwood floor. Even most of the pews were gone. (Don’t ask me what a pew is…that is a discussion for another day)

The majority of the building and its former contents were scattered across the small town. However, when Sunday morning came, the Church met on the lawn where the church building had been. Why? Because the Church is the people God has redeemed not the building inside which they meet.

Saul (and others) attacked God’s forming Church by attacking the people. Prison would be the home of those captured by Saul. Wow, what would happen today if people were thrown in prison for being found to be members of God’s Church? I will leave this as a rhetorical question.

The result of Saul’s persecution was a scattering of the people. Yet verse 4 says that those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Uh oh, apparently God not only withstood the assault against His work, He also used it to prime the pump, so to speak. Now the scattered people are not cowering in the corner, they are preaching everywhere! 

Praise God! His work cannot be stopped. I will leave you with a question…where is the power found?   May God bless the study of His word.

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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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