Posts tagged ‘christianity’

April 13, 2010

WallBuilders

You must check out this website about our forefathers.  We as Americans, need to get back to the basics and remember why and what our forefathers did when they began this great Nation of ours.  Their Christian beliefs and faith guided them to create and found our country, including the many documents that were associated with the creation of the great U.S.A.

www.wallbuilders.com

also check out this area of the website too.  Read what they wrote.  Amazing!!

Blessings!

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August 18, 2009

Men at the Cross

I wanted to share this as I was blessed by reading it and hope you will be too.  Men at the Cross is a Christian event that a bunch of Churches are rallying around in cities across America.  Look for one near you!

 

One of our staff members, Chris Howard, recently shared his thoughts about what God is up to in America… and the difference Men at the Cross is making. It is worth sharing! Enjoy!

Thanks Chris!

http://www.menatthecross.org

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We all know about the recent articles in Newsweek, Time, and other popular press magazines. They have all predicted the end of Christianity in our country. I have read their disdain for everything that is Godly and full of Truth. There is no need for me to make reference to the staggering negative statistics that riddle our country, especially in the arena of the family. Some of those would include the divorce rate, the suicide rate, drug addiction rate, and so on. In a world that pumps news and images down our veins at an alarming rate, the message is simple and clear: there is no hope.

Well, I want to tell you that in the midst of despair and ruin, God has the avenue and platform to operate more dramatically. I am here to tell you that there is a stirring going on in this country, a stirring in the hearts of men. Unlike our human efforts in the past, there aren’t the glitzy outward signs. There aren’t cool t-shirts and stadiums filled with thousands of men. There isn’t a big banner across the church marquees that say revival is coming next week.

No, this movement is unassuming. It is taking place behind the scenes. You almost couldn’t see it if you were looking for it. A pair of men sitting down over a cup of coffee at a Starbucks, another two men sharing a weekly lunch in the company break room, a couple of other men on a park bench near the ball fields on a Saturday, a father and son sitting on the couch at midnight. What do all these men have in common? They are all actively involved in a one-on-one discipleship relationship. All of them have chosen to ignore the trends and engage in active discipleship. Yet even more than that, they have agreed to take on another disciple, someone who doesn’t yet know the Lord in their sphere of influence after six months.

Do you get what I am talking about? I am talking about what we have made two separate processes becoming one; discipleship and evangelism happening side by side. Don’t take my word for it, go out an experience it for yourself. No one will know, especially our worldly culture and media, until it is too late for them to do anything about it. So, don’t go scream it out in the busy streets, but share with one person who God has put in your sphere of influence, there is hope and He is coming soon.

April 7, 2009

dooms day?

I enjoy reading these and sharing them with y’all!

 

It’s The End! Never mind.

Go Back to What You were Doing.


Anxiety added to the chill of the winter of 999 AD as the new millennium drew near. Prophecies and superstition led to the widely held belief that the world was going to end on 1/1/1000.  As doomsday approached, the “end-time epidemic” broke out. That is when the usual course of everyday life detours into primal spiritual instincts.  Christian behavior back then is noteworthy.

Men began confessing their sins and infidelities. Churches were overflowing.
People began forgiving debts they were owed. Many inmates were freed from prison, yet some refused to leave desiring to remain and make amends for their crimes before the end. Enemies were reconciled. Stores gave away food, and many businesses refused to accept payment for their merchandise. (One might believe
that there had been a widespread outbreak of Christianity.)

Finally “the dreaded” night arrived. (Jesus was about to return!?!) On December 31st, 999 AD, a standing-room-only crowd gathered for mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but no one stood, because everyone was on their knees! When the clock struck midnight, there was silence…………….then………….

……..sounds of men and women weeping and laughing in relief. (“We didn’t die!“) Husbands embraced their wives. Friends gave each other the “kiss of peace”.
The clock kept moving. The world didn’t end.

And then…and then…life soon returned to normal. Stores stopped giving away merchandise. Prisoners that had been set free, were hunted down and thrown back in jail. People remembered their debts and demanded re-payment. Reconciled relationships were reconsidered. And the churches emptied.

This “before and after” behavior says something we already know…
Almost everyone acts righteous, when they think they are about to die“. If so, then the normal state of most people is denial & unrighteousness. They are in denial about the fact that they are only a breath away from facing the Lord, and unrighteous because they aren’t doing “what they know is right” on a regular basis.

But acting like you are in right standing with the Lord, (“righteous”) doesn’t make you righteous. Righteousness comes from faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and is shown by obedience to Him. The Christians of 999 did not obey in faith, but from fear. Why were they afraid? Because on some level, they believed judgment awaited them. Otherwise they would have been facing the possible return of the Lord and the end of the world with a sense of divine peace.

(I John 4:17, 18) By this love is perfected in us that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

The 999 AD story is a perfect example of what these two scriptures mean. When we come to know and believe the love the Father has for us, we will have perfect confidence and peace about Judgment Day. We only fear when we believe there is going to be punishment.

It is not the Lord’s will for us to base our relationship with Him on fear, doing what is right only because we fear we will be punished if we don’t. Rather, He desires that we fellowship with Him based on the knowledge of the great love He has for us, and that we do what is right (His will), because we love Him, and because those are the acts of His children, who we are!

 

 

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February 5, 2009

powerful and a must share!

The Party’s Over.
No, Really.

 

Surveys have been completed and the facts assembled. The picture that has emerged should cause each of us with any love for Jesus, to stop and take notice. Even if our once raging fire for the Lord is now only a warm ember lying hidden among the cold stones of American culture, it is not too late to turn around what surely will be a disaster, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren.

Christians have greatly lost their influence in America. Here are the facts…

70% of Americans are now developing their own religious beliefs, instead of accepting what is taught to them by a church. The number is 82% for those under the age of 25. Whereas in the past, one would accept the beliefs of the church he or she attendedToday, they are just as likely to believe a combination of Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam as well as secularism.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

Today’s version of Christianity no longer challenges the supremacy of the individual. It allows  
“Self” to be King. Instead of the Biblical view of self-denial in order to serve the Lord and others,  
it is about what I want and can get, and how can I be happy?

As a result, Americans are picking and choosing what they deem to be helpful, and are discarding the rest of the teachings in the Bible.

MY BIBLE???

People are spending less time reading the Bible. Christian’s beliefs are now more often based  
on conversations with others, self-reflection, and experiences, than Bible teaching. Today, feelings and emotions play a significant role in the development of people’s faith views – in many cases, much more than listening to preaching and Bible study.

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?

To untangle a problem, it’s helpful to understand how the mess was created. It seems that as America left its Christian principles to pursue a lifestyle of unbridled sensuality, that much of the Church left its Biblical foundation and followed. Finding itself in the middle of the madness, it is has tried to continue to be relevant from its position on “the sand”.
(Matthew 7:26) That is foolishness at best.

The real problem however isn’t that “the Church” did anything. The Church consists only of individuals. Remember how you were asked as a child, “If everybody else jumps off the roof, are you going to do it too?” (Well, you should have. Not jumped, but been told.) This is an issue we must answer for individually. If the Church is no longer relevant and influential in the world,  
it’s because I’m not relevant. And if that’s the case, it’s because I’m not letting Jesus influence me like I once did.

I am not going to be an influence to anyone for Christ Jesus while a part of the world’s party.  
If I call myself a Christian, but am acting like five different versions of reality, why should I expect the world to believe God is anything different? I must leave the compromise in a spirit of love and humility, and get back up on the Rock of the solid foundation of the Word of God. It is only from there that I will have any voice of substance.

Turn out the lights. We’ve had plenty of time to party.

“Come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” (II Cor 6:17,18)

1 “Christianity Is No Longer Americans’ Default Faith” The Barna Group January 12, 2009

 BY:  Life Church


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Houston, Texas, 77043

 

December 1, 2008

religion

Our worship leader stated yesterday in our contemporary service that the difference between religion and Christianity is that religion is Man reaching out to God and Christianity is God reaching out to Man.

I thought this was very profound and I’m sure some of you have heard this before.  I really like this statement, because my initial reaction is Jesus is the difference.  He is and that’s true, but the wording this way is a great way to share the Gospel(The Good News) with a lost world.

Encourage someone today!

October 29, 2008

Christian Iraqi’s

After watching this video, it saddens me to hear and see about the displacement of many Iraqi Christians.  They have left Iraq for fear of their lives as they have received death threats.  Many have been murdered in Iraq itself.  Persecution of Christians is still rampant throughout the world, especially in Iraq today. 

Christianity has it’s roots strong in the middle east, including Iraq where the tower of Babel was built from in the Book of Genesis as well as believed to be the location of The Garden of Eden.  Yet today, there is no place for home in this country for believers.  The Christian people have fled to Lebanon, my father’s country of origin.  Lebanon has a diverse and welcomed culture of diversity.  Christians and Muslims live side by side, city by city.  Thus, the reason for these folks to flee as refugees to Lebanon.  Let’s pray they find a home and make a living there.  I do know that jobs are not rampant and the economy is not in great shape as my family tells me.  But life and freedom is better than death and living in fear.  To see and hear this saddens me. 

In 2008, we still have death because of religion.  The worse part is, if it were the other way around, the Muslim world would up-rise and call for Jihad against any travesty of death or persecution to Muslim’s.  Something is wrong with this picture! 

Then again, Jesus told us we would be persecuted even to the point of death for our faith, yet we still strive for the higher goal and calling that is find in:

 THE ONE AND ONLY, OUR PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, HOLY, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, JESUS THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS.

June 27, 2008

christians in iraq

I read a really sad and true depiction of what Christian’s are experiencing and going through in Iraq.  Please keep in your prayers our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted for their faith there.  Here is the article from the NY Times.  Thank God over and over for our freedom that we have here at home in the USA.  We should thank God everyday for the freedoms we have and be grateful for it.  Let’s be in action and stand in the gap for the body of Christ around the world as well.

 

blessings,

Sam

June 26, 2008

have we shamed the face of Jesus?

12/6/01  Have we shamed the face of Jesus?

Muslims in our Pulpits

 

 

It was called the “Congress of the Cults.”  Over 4,000 priests, pastors, and ministers from all denominations were assembled.  They had elected Joseph Stalin as their honorary president.  One after another went to the podium proclaiming that Christianity and communism were fundamentally the same.  They could co-exist.  They could “all get along.” 

A young Christian woman could bear it no longer.  She looked at her husband, a Lutheran pastor, and said, “They are spitting on the face of Jesus.  Go wash the shame off His face.”  Her husband warned her, “If I speak against the communists, you will no longer have a husband.”  The pastor’s wife, Sabina Wurmbrand, simply replied, ” I don not wish to have a coward for a husband.”

          So Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a lone voice among the 4,000, went to the microphone.  He was well known in Romania, and everyone believed he would go along with the assembly for the sake of “peace.”  He didn’t.  He spoke only of loyalty to Jesus Christ.  He could not “co-exist” with any entity that opposed the Great Commission principle.

          For his simple protest, Richard paid dearly–as did countless Christians who refused to “bow down” to the ways of communism.

          Today we face the same scenario.  Jesus is being spit upon in American churches.  Christians are selling their soul for a “peaceful co-existence” found in deceit.  But who will come forward and wipe away the shame?

          I cannot take it any longer.  How many of our brothers and sisters must be beaten, tortured, burned or decapitated, before we realize that Christians and Muslims DO NOT serve the same God?

We love the Muslims.  Many of our co-workers put aside their own safety to reach them for Christ.  We print special literature in their languages; we produce and broadcast special programs into the Middle East.  We are willing to give our own lives to win the soul of a single Muslim.  But we will never, never align ourselves with Islam and its militant teachings.  To do so would destroy the very witness many of our brothers and sisters are dying for.

Across America pastors and Christian leaders are allowing representatives of the Islamic faith to freely speak in their pulpits.  This happened at Willow Creek Community Church, the largest church in America, where a Muslim man named Faisal Hammouda was allowed to share the pulpit.  During the interview with Pastor Bill Hybels, Hammouda claimed:  “As a matter of fact, we, all of us…believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus.  I believe in Mohammed and all the prophets.  So our mission here is to introduce people to God.”  He also stated, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.”

But the Koran says, “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth.  The Messiah ‘Iesa(Jesus), son of Maryam(Mary), was no more than a Messenger of Allah and His Word…” The Koran also claims that Jesus was never crucified.  Muslims do not recognize the sovereignty of Jesus Christ of His sacrifice.  They do not accept the way of the cross.  So how could this be the same God? (Read 1John 2:22-23)

Faisal went on to say, “Jihad means striving to improve oneself, striving to change conditions to better conditions, striving against evil.”  Even the Chicago Tribune noted that laughter could be heard “rolling” throughout the audience as Hammouda discussed the “true” definition of a “jihad” saying, “It even could refer to a personal holy war to overcome, say, a desire to eat more candy.”

How foolish have we allowed ourselves to become?  Three Sundays after Faisal Hammouda gave his “enlightening” presentation, 16 of your brothers and sisters were gunned down in a church in Pakistan.  You may blame this on the war against terrorism, but you would be mistaken.  If it was against America, why did the gunmen target their countrymen?  If Faisal is right and Islam is “peace-loving,” why are our brothers and sisters in ALL Islamic-controlled countries facing severe persecution?  Unfortunately, in his interview, Pastor Hybels left that question out.  This may sound harsh; it isn’t.  The treatment that the Body of Christ is facing in Islamic countries is harsh.  WE feel truly sorry for Willow Creek.  In an effort to “love,” they left out the truth.

There is no love in deceit.  We are in danger of loving the Muslims to hell.  What will they say before Christ?  Will they say, “But we all served the same God.  We even spoke in Your churches.  When did we persecute You?”  God forbid we trade salvation for “safety.”  Could Christ have peaceful co-existed with the religious rulers of His time?  Could the apostle Paul have “just gotten along” with the religious and political powers of his time and avoided martyrdom?

Jesus said that if they hated Him, they would hate us.  Nevertheless, we are called to be a witness.  WE are not called to figure out a way to get people to accept us.

If you love the Muslims, tell them about the Jesus they so fervently persecute.  If you love the Muslims, support those who are willing to lay down their life to be a witness among them (John 15:13).  If you want to reach your congregation and help “bridge the gap,” invite Christians who have converted from Islam to speak to your congregation.

The simple fact is: Muslims do not “peacefully co-exist” with Christians.  Faisal Hammouda did not speak for Islam.  If he thought he did, he was deceived.  Islamic teachings offer no tolerance for those who reject Mohammed for Christ.  Read the Koran for yourself.  Study Islamic history.  Learn the truth about what is happening right now in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Tajikistan and other countries where Islam has a foothold.  Remember, less than one percent of the Muslim population in the world lives in America.

If you study Islamic history, you will learn that Mohammed traveled to Mecca and offered a peaceful doctrine.  But is was not accepted.  In fact, he was even persecuted.  So he later traveled to Medina where his teachings took on a more hard-line militant form.  Once he gained a following, he ruled by force.  Now his teachings dominate in many nations.  Islam struggles, fights, and even kills for its faith.  Once it gains power, its real face is revealed.  “Accept Allah and his prophet Mohammed, or die.”  This is happening right now in Indonesia, where the largest population of Muslims exists.

We challenge Pastor Hybels and other American pastors who believe Islam and Christianity can peacefully co-exist to visit the Maluku islands of Indonesia or the capital of Islam, Saudi Arabia, where no church is allowed.  We ask you to speak with your brothers and sisters who secretly worship there.  (We have.)  WE invite you to learn the truth, then decide if you will join with them in winning Muslims for Christ, or sell your soul for a shroud of peace.

The main issue at stake is the deity of Christ, not mutual understanding, dialog of feeling good about each other.  Any question-and-answer session or dialog where Christ is not clearly presented as the only way (John 14:6) and as the complete Godhead in the flesh (Colossians 1:15-20 and 2:8-10, 1 John 2:22-23) is blasphemy and a shameful attack on the cross.  Christ described His was as narrow, not an “all faiths club.”

The issue is about access and power, not about negotiating away our Christianity. In Matthew 25:31-32, Jesus proclaimed this path and power as solely His.  As a result, in Matthew 26:3-4, the chief priests and scribes consulted that they might kill Him.

Muslims wish to neutralize Jesus for the same reasons the chief priests and scribes did.  Some Christian leaders may try to squirm out of this conflict to maintain a politically correct, man-pleasing church.  Choose this day whom you will serve.  If we begin to present a fuzzy God (such as, we all worship the same God), we are opening the doors of hell to our people, not the door of heaven.

We may be able to peacefully dialog with a Muslim man in America or in another Western culture.  But this is a distorted reality.  It is a partial truth at best.  And when we present Islam as another truth, we spit on the face of Christ and those who serve His kingdom in Islamic countries.

We do not hate the Muslims.  We hate deception.  We do not advocate violence.  We advocate love and truth.  We desire peace, but will not trade it for compromise.  We will reach out to Muslims but will not deny the sovereignty of Christ and the cross as the only way to salvation.  And we will not turn our back on our family members who are suffering and being killed under Islam for their faith and witness in Jesus Christ.  Islam is the dominant force trying to eradicate Jesus Christ in their nations and neutralize Him worldwide as another “prophet.”  We will not prostitute the gospel for a politically correct peace.  Should any of us do otherwise?

If you find any news articles or sermons endorsing all faiths “serving the same God” in your community, please send this material to us as we take a stand together for Christ.  This will help us as we try togging a better understanding of the American church and how it is addressing Islam.  If you or your pastor needs more information about Islam, please call our office.  Thank you for standing with our persecuted family this Christmas season.

 

In Christ and for the martyr’s,

 

 

Dr. Tom White

P.O.Box 443 Bartlesville, OK  74005

(918) 337-8015

www.persecution.com

thevoice@vom-usa.org

http://www.persecutionblog.com/2008/06/tom-white-inter.html

 

June 5, 2008

itchy ears

I have been needing to write this post forever and have yet to complete it.  But, I am determined to complete it as I feel it’s part of the ‘change’ culture that seems to pervade our current temperature in our country.

I have a lot to say on this topic and for me it seems that it’s opinionated, but I will keep close to His word and quote it to stay on topic and not stray.

I’m not sure if this will be strictly on itchy ears as well as other topics that fall close to the tree on this one.

here it goes. 

“For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”                  2 Timothy 4:3, 4

Jesus said that the day is near for His return soon after His Resurrection.  So, here we are 2000 years later and still waiting upon His return.  He did say though that the world will get worse before His return, as well as many more prophecies that need to be fulfilled prior to His return as well.  With that said, I feel that the scripture above seems to be a reality today, but not one that is unfamiliar in past centuries.  I think we can find it in many pulpits around our nation and around the world.  The sad part is that God’s Word is being distorted and skewed in order to profit some and for other reasons as well like selfishness, personal gain, boasting, personal glory, etc.  The good part of this is that God’s Word says this “My Word will not return to me void”  in other words, what the Lord says will happen.  What the Lord does will come to pass. What the Lord’s purpose is will occur, in spite of these false doctrines and lies.

What is our purpose in this?

We need to be on guard as believers!  What does that mean?   It means that we must know the Truth!  What is the Truth?  His Word- The Bible….KNOW IT!!!

The situation we have in Christianity is that we have believers that don’t know His word.  Thus, we are led astray like sheep to the slaughter, unknowing of what the truth is and believing something that ‘sounds good’ or ‘sounds right’  Throw a couple verses our of context to a group of uneducated believers and your gonna get some people that like what they hear because what’s being said sounds good to you and hey, your lifestyle doesn’t have to change because God Love’s everyone and there are no consequences for our actions.  This is a predicament that we have in the 21st century church. 

“My people die for a lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

How will you determine what is truth and what is false?  Do you have itchy ears and like to hear good feeling sermons over and over and don’t like the sermons that challenge you to change and become a knowledge and wise believing Christian?  I would question your faith and your walk.  Are you the same person today as you were 1 year ago?  Are you the same person as you were 2 years ago?  Have you learned and gained knowledge and wisdom?  When you go to work, do you learn anything?  Or are you stagnant?  What is different from your faith than your job?  What is eternal versus temporal?  God isn’t going to ask you how much $ you made on earth or how far did you advance in your career when you die.  He’s going to ask you what did you do for my people?  What did you learn?  What did you give?  How can you answer these questions if you don’t know His Word to tell you and guide you?

Be weary of those that preach or teach and skew or take out of context His word.  Make sure that scripture is the focus of the preaching and teaching and cross check the scriptures that are being said, because even the devil can quote and know scripture(even better than us) and still promote his message of death and destruction or apathy and discord.  Question everything and trust His Word to be the light unto your feet and a light unto your path.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”          2 Timothy 3:16, 17

 

February 27, 2008

Hermeneutics Quiz

I just took this Hermeneutics Quiz.  I thought it was real cool.  I don’t think it surprised me in the results page to find out that I’m a conservative with a whopping 35 score.  I did however, think it very interesting in the questions that were asked and found myself looking up scripture to make sure I understood the question(s).  It will take about 5 minutes if you have your Bible with you/close or if you know the scripture references in context. 

I believe it is important to read scripture in it’s context and not to take it out of context.  Doing so can be dangerous.  Thomas Jefferson created his own Bible and took what he thought was correct and right in his own views and mind and put them down on paper.  My views on this are that he was wrong.  The Bible is not a buffet, for you to pick and choose what you think you like and not like and then use it to your own advantage in conversations or rebuttals or even writing your own book.  It is to be taken wholly, from Genesis 1:1(In the beginning God created…) to Revelation 22:21(The grace of our Lord Jesus be with God’s people.  Amen.)

Share with us your results please.  I’m curious to know  🙂

Be Blessed!