Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The sword of the Spirit http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/16/the-sword-of-the-spirit/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/16/the-sword-of-the-spirit/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:11:39 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55726 Continue reading ]]>

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God Ephesians 6:16–17, ESV

I have noticed that some of those who should be contending earnestly for the faith spend way too much time either defending themselves from these sorts of attacks or they are being consumed with nit picking with others to the point of distraction. I am in no way suggesting that all professing Christians should be automatically considered our brethren, however, if the faith of a brother or sister in Christ is solidly grounded in Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, justification by faith alone, and Sola Scriptura, then I am most certainly not going to contend with them over things that the Bible does not make clear enough for that. We must contend for the essentials, the non-negotiable parts of our faith only. On the other hand ecumenicalism is always out there and ready for us to make the foolish mistake to compromise. View article →

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Bill Gothard legalism http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/bill-gothard-legalism/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/bill-gothard-legalism/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:47:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55722 Continue reading ]]> A couple of years ago, I innocently posted an illustration on my Facebook wall which to me at that time, illustrated what I thought was a biblical concept of submission in the home. Shortly after posting it, I began receiving information that this illustration had originated with a man named Bill Gothard, and who was a very influential figure, if not the most influential figure, in the hyper-patriarchal homeschooling movement I had just begun to research. View article →

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Should Christians pay any attention to the ‘blood moons’ talk? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/should-christians-pay-any-attention-to-the-blood-moons-talk/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/should-christians-pay-any-attention-to-the-blood-moons-talk/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:14:08 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55717 Continue reading ]]> For those who don’t know what the blood moon chatter is all about, or have maybe heard something about it but don’t know what it is, writer John Hagee has recently published a book which purports to have scientific evidence that there will be four lunar events which Hagee claims are known biblically (and prophetically) as “blood moons.” These blood moons, Hagee claims, herald the beginning of the End Times. This teaching has inexplicably gone viral, with USA Today picking up this story, and #FourBloodMoons becoming one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter and Facebook. Even I got on Twitter and posted about it, and I never get on Twitter! View article →

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The religion of works-righteousness http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/the-religion-of-works-righteousness/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/15/the-religion-of-works-righteousness/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:20:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55715 Continue reading ]]>

“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:24–30, ESV

Many who believe they are Christians are not. They have a form of righteousness, but it is not the righteousness born from above. It is self-righteousness. One group that contended with John the Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples, was the Pharisees. Who hasn’t heard believers accusing other believers of being Pharisees? These accusations are usually thrown at people who are stricter than the accuser in their judgments of saved and lost. The Liberal calls a person who judges on the basis of regeneration as the only evidence of saving faith as being a Pharisee. The mainstream church-goer calls all fundamentalists Pharisees. The antinomian calls those who preach Lordship salvation Pharisees.

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Apprising Ministries would appreciate your help http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/14/apprising-ministries-would-appreciate-your-help/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/14/apprising-ministries-would-appreciate-your-help/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:43:54 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55713 You’ll find the details concerning the need here. View article →

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Christians must tell the truth like Elijah http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/14/christians-must-tell-the-truth-like-elijah/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/14/christians-must-tell-the-truth-like-elijah/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:54:22 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55709 Continue reading ]]>

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the LORD and followed the Baals. Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 1 Kings 18:17–19, ESV

There was a time when the English and American cultures were defined by a “Christian world view.” Those days are long gone. Whatever it is that God is doing through this, the “Remnant” of genuine believers within the visible Church must awaken and become prepared for what is coming. We cannot be complacent any longer. Why? No matter where we turn, we either encounter growing apostasy within the visible Church or neo-pagans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Secular Humanists, or New Agers being included in the “many ways to God.” Atheism is gaining ground all over the Western World.

The Christian world view is no longer prevalent in the West. It is under attack from every direction. What should be astounding to us, however, is that what is replacing it is highly irrational. It claims tolerance yet will not tolerate Christians having a say in anything. Personally, I see these trends as the beginnings of a very hostile environment for the uncompromising Christian. While that may be something we look to with foreboding, I believe it is going to be used by God to cleanse His Church in preparation for the return of her Bridegroom.

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A sister in need http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/11/a-sister-in-need/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/11/a-sister-in-need/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:04:10 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55704 Continue reading ]]> Two nights ago, the phone rang at 10:30. Not the latest we’ve ever gotten a phone call, but definitely later than most calls. As I picked it up, I turned to my husband and half jokingly said, “I hope this isn’t bad news.” But it was. My sister was on the other end, weeping. She told me that the young husband of a friend of ours had unexpectedly passed away due to complications from diabetes. The husband’s name was Toby, and he was only 36 years old. Toby’s wife, Amanda, was now a widow with four young children. View article →

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C.J. Mahaney at Together for the Gospel http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/10/c-j-mahaney-at-together-for-the-gospel/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/10/c-j-mahaney-at-together-for-the-gospel/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:49:26 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55696 Apprising Ministries takes a look at why Mahaney’s noticeable presence is a bit surprising. View article →

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World Vision, Christian organization? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/10/world-vision-christian-organization/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/10/world-vision-christian-organization/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55691 Continue reading ]]> Marsha West probes for answers to some of the questions World Vision supporters have been asking since the organization shocked the Christian community by announcing its plan to help advance the gay agenda:

The dust has settled a bit since Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision’s March 24 announcement that it would hire gay couples who are legally married in the state in which they reside. Since “World Vision-gate” remains a hot topic, it’s time for some introspection; likewise to do some digging to find out if WV truly is a Christian organization, as it claims.

When WV announced its decision to hire gay people, not surprisingly Bible believing Christians found the decision unsettling. Clearly, WV’s Board of Directors chose to ignore the plain teaching of Scripture regarding homosexuality. As a result, a large number of believers, including some high-profile evangelical leaders, took to the blogosphere in protest and thousands stormed WV’s website. Board members hadn’t counted on the huge uproar their unbiblical decision would cause. Certainly they expected WV’s financial support to take a minor hit from unhappy sponsors. But evidently no one anticipated just how big the hit would be. According to one source, 10,000 sponsors pulled out.

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Monergism, synergism and limited atonement http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/09/monergism-synergism-and-limited-atonement/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/09/monergism-synergism-and-limited-atonement/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:02:31 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55685 Continue reading ]]>

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.” Leviticus 23:26–32, ESV

As I write this, it is about 4 days until the Jewish Passover 2014. It was over 2000 years ago just before Passover on the Jewish calendar that our Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, tried, and crucified. In Christian Doctrinal Orthodoxy we believe that at the Cross of Christ, at His crucifixion, His death made atonement for a specific people given to Him by God the Father. He became their propitiation.  Please carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post. Do you see the serious emphasis God places on the need for His people’s atonement? What is this atonement? Biblical atonement is the act of God canceling the debt of His people’s sin. Without it God’s wrath against their sin could not be appeased.

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