Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:10:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who we are in Christ is by God’s grace alone http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/02/who-we-are-in-christ-is-by-gods-grace-alone/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/02/who-we-are-in-christ-is-by-gods-grace-alone/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:10:01 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56897 Continue reading ]]>

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV

There are two extremes that Christians must avoid at all costs. The first is over confidence in one’s own ability, which is pride in its positive form. This causes believers to rely on their own abilities to do “good works.” The other extreme is to become paralyzed into inactivity because of pride working in its negative form.

It tries to resemble humility by proclaiming things such as, “I’m not sanctified enough to do that sort of work.” Both are attitudes of pride and are in rebellion against God. View article →

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The day of atonement http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/01/the-day-of-atonement/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/01/the-day-of-atonement/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:40:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56892 Continue reading ]]> Did Israel’s high priest have to wear a rope around his ankle when he ministered in the Holy Place on the Day of Atonement? Or, is this a Christian tradition with no Biblical merit? Jon Cardwell of preachingchristcrucified.com explains Christ’s eternal priestly office from Leviticus 16 in a 12-minute video. View article →

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God’s knowledge of man is perfect and complete http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/01/gods-knowledge-of-man-is-perfect-and-complete/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/09/01/gods-knowledge-of-man-is-perfect-and-complete/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56888 Continue reading ]]>

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Psalm 139:1–4 NKJV

Our God is beyond our understanding. Thankfully, He has revealed Himself to us, to a degree, in His Word. Those who claim to serve Him, but treat His Word as if it was not important, or refuse to submit to the truths therein are fools. That has always puzzled me about those who take a sliver of God’s Word, misinterpret it, and then build massive doctrines around their misinformation. Have they no fear of God?

God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He knows all, is everywhere at once, and is all-powerful. Those who play games with Christianity must have no understanding of this for if they did, they would not dare trifle with God Almighty!

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True origins of the prosperity gospel a.k.a. word-faith theology http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/30/true-origins-of-the-prosperity-gospel-aka-word-faith-theology/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/30/true-origins-of-the-prosperity-gospel-aka-word-faith-theology/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:13:24 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56884 Sadly, Word-Faith mythology à la Kenneth Copeland and T.D. Jakes continues making huge inroads into anything goes evangelicalism. Pastor Anton Bosch gives you important working knowledge concerning this egregious error over at Apprising Ministries. View article →

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The low-information evangelical, part 2 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/29/the-low-information-evangelical-part-2/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/29/the-low-information-evangelical-part-2/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:51:33 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56845 Continue reading ]]> In part 1, Marsha West brought the reader up to speed on Beth Moore’s slide into mysticism and also gave a heads up on her unbiblical teaching. In part 2 she reports on Moore’s recent appearance on Word of Faith teacher Joyce Meyer’s TV show and her eagerness to unite with someone who teaches a false gospel. Marsha also brings to light the unprecedented biblical illiteracy of a large number of professing Christians. She argues that evangelical has become such a broad term that it has lost its meaning. The proof of this is that false teachers such as Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer and Rob Bell are considered evangelicals. View article →

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KISS Christianity http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/29/kiss-christianity/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/29/kiss-christianity/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:36:15 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56867 A free eBook, K.I.S.S. Christianity, by Jon Cardwell, is now available at preachingchristcrucified.com.

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Confession and mortification http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/28/confession-and-mortification/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/28/confession-and-mortification/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:20:46 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56863 Continue reading ]]>

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13, ESV

God is Holy. God is Righteous. God is Just. God is Sovereign. Yehōwāh (יהוה) our Adhōnāy (אדן אדון), God our sovereign one, our Lord, our Kurios (κύριος), is also Love, Mercy, and Grace. We must not have a view of God that emphasizes His love, mercy, or grace over His Holiness.

We are commanded to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). We are commaded to delight in God and come boldly to His throne of Grace, yet we must never take His Holiness for granted. This is why we have so much exhortation in Bible to put to death the deeds of the flesh and then become Spirit-filled thereby walking in repentance.

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What is ‘strange fire’? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/27/what-is-strange-fire-2/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/27/what-is-strange-fire-2/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:17:56 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56857 Continue reading ]]>

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:1–2, ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9–10, ESV

In his second epistle, Peter is describing Christians as a royal Priesthood. What does this mean? Since the elect is this Priesthood then each one of us who are in Christ are priests in Him, that is, Christ. It would be safe to say that we are witnessing in our day the culmination of a period in which this truth has become distorted within the visible Church.

The necessity of personal holiness for each believer has been neglected and discounted by antinomians whose cry is “Free Grace!” On the other hand, legalistic Christians have made the acts of obedience to God’s commands into idols unto themselves. My brethren, both of these extremes are Strange Fire unto the Lord.

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Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/26/live-for-the-rest-of-the-time-in-the-flesh-no-longer-for-human-passions-but-for-the-will-of-god-3/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/26/live-for-the-rest-of-the-time-in-the-flesh-no-longer-for-human-passions-but-for-the-will-of-god-3/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:13:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56853 Continue reading ]]>

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1–2, ESV

Even though genuine Christians are new creations and have been purchased out of the world through the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross, as they attempt to live godly lives in the temporal, they will come under tremendous pressure to compromise by reverting back to the fleshly way of dealing with life. This way of reacting to circumstances, both good and bad, has emotions as its catalyst motivated by a form of self-righteousness that is manifested through self-exaltation and self-protection.

Here we witness ourselves reacting to the good and bad in a way that is little different than we did prior to our salvation. We may even attempt to justify our actions by proclaiming that we are only seeking justice. Pride is the culprit behind this and when we stumble into these sins it is because we are not spirit-filled and, therefore, not humble.

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Driscoll to step down temporarily from megachurch over allegations of spiritual abuse http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/26/driscoll-to-step-down-from-megachurch-over-allegations-of-spiritual-abuse/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/26/driscoll-to-step-down-from-megachurch-over-allegations-of-spiritual-abuse/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:09:24 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56813 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian News Network:

Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power.

The 43-year-old pastor has been under fire in recent months for plagiarism, inappropriate use of church funds and improper behavior toward subordinates.

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