Monday, December 7, 2015
--Attracting "new members" seems to be the mission of so many churches. Of course the church needs members and that is a noble in itself, but bringing in people at the cost of the "preaching of the cross" isn't the best approach. The lifting up of Christ "draws all men.." not movie tickets. And if that is the case it seems that the goal of the church should be reconciling human beings to God -signing up people up for membership is the goal of business. Star Wars tickets might get more names on the rolls but only the gospel brings men into the kingdom of God.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
-------- In this video above, television personality Oprah Winfrey, highlights that all beliefs and doctrines have truth that lead to God. However the Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4:14-"That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive;..." Being grounded in God's word helps the believer decipher false teaching and "every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,(2 Corinthians 10:5). This new series on belief is filled with "every wind of doctrine" along with views that are "against the knowledge of God" so how will we know truth? Jesus has the answer "....Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Sorry Oprah.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
---- If one is to represent Christ on earth, you would think that this individual would present the only message on earth that will rescue human beings from the wrath of God: and that would be the gospel. However the pontiff spoke on many things- but the gospel message was M.I.A. Helpful hints about helping humanity with it's struggles, and people being nice to one another, are okay at times- but it ain't the good news of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
---One of the huge problems of the modern church are disqualified men pastoring churches. In the video above, this 103 year old woman knew the difference between Pentecostal ministers and Baptist ministers. When she complains the pastor is not baptist and in fact is pentecostal, this so called pastor kicks her out the church and turns out the lights on her during the service, cancels worship and leaves her in the dark. Let's examine this for a moment. Her church is Baptist and it's leaders installed a Pentecostal minister to pastor the church. This lady knows enough of her word to conclude that this minister is not of the baptist faith. Nothing wrong with each denomination using ministers that share characteristics of the values of their particular church. An Anglican church would not hire a Nazarene minster to pastor it's church or a Catholic church would not hire a Methodist minister. So any church has the right to choose according to the values of it's denomination. However there is a bigger problem in the church today than denominational squabbles- and that is: bringing in men who do not meet biblical qualifications for the office of pastoral ministry. The truth is many churches when choosing leadership, have just ignored scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5 and have put in men who look good, sound good and feel good but completely fall short of God's standards for leading the flock of God.