Thursday, November 1, 2012
Why do children leave the church when they get older? Umm... let's see. Could it be they were never MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH? Here is an interesting video that describes the failing experiment of age segregated American youth ministry.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Most of the public- so called "education" is basically propaganda for secular humanism. Yet rather than retreating, Christians need to be steeped enough in the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to combat much of the nonsense that is being passed off as education in our public schools. However this must be done by getting Christians to first be educated about who they are as followers of Jesus Christ and what we believe. The world we live in is indeed pagan and confused but so was the Greek world that the early church encountered as it set out to expand the church. The kingdom of darkness is always opposing the "children of light" but that can't be an excuse for believers to not "put on the whole armor of God" so that they can be able to catapult the "gospel of peace" to men and women who are at "enmity against God". We must be equipped to intelligently articulate the message of the Jesus Christ's good news and all it entails, as well as defending the faith by being "...ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:(1 Peter 3:15) Remember "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world"
Monday, April 2, 2012
In our country a form of Christianity is practiced where people are unwilling to recognize the cost to follow Christ. However in the world abroad, believers engage in a hostile atmosphere where society is in direct opposition to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. I believe eventually in order to practice true authentic Christianity where it is proclaimed without relativism and pluralism mixed in- persecution will and must come to America. If we are to boldly claim the only truth of Christ himself: " I am the way the truth and the life no man comes unto the Father except by Me"- we must expect hostility. Because the truth of scripture and the lie of the world will not mix and resistance will emerge. This polar opposite will rise on both sides and followers of Jesus will have to stand on one side or the other- because you can't be in the middle. You will have to be for or against, in or out, believe or not believe, hot or cold. Jesus says: "because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth".(Rev. 3:16) Therefore standing for Christ will be a must in the future.
Monday, March 12, 2012
American consumerism and pragmatism has invaded the church as never before and more and more men are looking at the world's model of success in ministry rather than God's. This clip points out a very important fact about God: numbers are irrelevant but faithfulness is vital. God does not measure success according to the number of people you can pile in a building, He is concerned if one is faithful to the true and uncompromising proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as living it out authentically with integrity. This involves a life of discipleship that is not limited to the pulpit on Sunday, but is to be carried out on the street where you live Monday through Saturday.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Joel Osteen dangerous? Yes he is! Don't let that smiling face fool you. He is indeed a danger sign of "DO NOT ENTER" on the evangelical highway. This is because Americans unfortunately enter into his ministry via media, and his church service is watched on television by more people than any other Televangelist's worship service. Because of this, his ability to spread dangerous false teaching is magnified! In this clip, Osteen is saying something about pork being unhealthy or toxic, and that he eats only turkey or cows- but what is toxic is his misunderstanding of the gospel. Giving people dietary advise in church may be interesting, but it's not the job of the preacher. His job is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power to save human souls from the wrath of God. This is to be our message to the world, not helpful hints that can make you physically feel better. Getting people healthy is okay I guess, but lowering people's cholesterol won't save them from hell.