Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:16:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/09/01/pope-tells-priests-to-pardon-women-who-have-abortions/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/09/01/pope-tells-priests-to-pardon-women-who-have-abortions/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:04:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60349 Continue reading ]]> According to the Bible man does not have the authority to absolve anyone of their sins (Mark 2:7). God is the only one who can pardon the guilty sinner. But the apostate Roman Catholic Church sees it differently. The RCC teaches that priests have the authority to absolve people of their sins, as we see here:

Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year — overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church,

“I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it,” he said.

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The upward call of God in Christ Jesus http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/09/01/the-upward-call-of-god-in-christ-jesus/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/09/01/the-upward-call-of-god-in-christ-jesus/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:50 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60338 Continue reading ]]>

1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB

With my supposed retirement age rapidly approaching, I have reflected much on my own priorities lately. Have I been wasting much of the valuable time and energy given to me by our Lord in building on His foundation with wood, hay, and straw? Have I been focusing on the things of this world, seeking the pleasures of this world to the exclusion of walking close with my Lord, living in His Word and prayer? Have I been putting self ahead of the needs of others? You see, what marks a true Christian over a false Christian is whether Christ’s character is being developed in theirs or not. This character development results in the believer’s perseverance. View article →

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Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/tullian-tchividjian-files-for-divorce/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/tullian-tchividjian-files-for-divorce/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:36:42 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60344 Continue reading ]]> According to Christianity Today:

Billy Graham and Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham’s grandson, filed for divorce on Thursday in Broward County, Florida. Tchividjian resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale earlier this summer after admitting an extramarital affair. He has since lost his ministerial credentials.

There was little public information available about the divorce filing. Under Florida law, one party must establish that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order for the union to be dissolved. Tullian and his wife, Kim, married in 1994 and have three children.

Tchividjian, who is the petitioner in the case, did not respond to a request for comment. Today [Aug. 26], author-pastor Paul Tripp, a friend and counselor to Tchividjian, said in a statement that for six months much effort was made in “hope of healing the marriage,” but he said it was too “deeply broken.”

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Ligonier suspends R.C. Sproul Jr. over Ashley Madison visit http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/ligonier-suspends-r-c-sproul-jr-over-ashley-madison-visit/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/ligonier-suspends-r-c-sproul-jr-over-ashley-madison-visit/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:28:31 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60340 Continue reading ]]> Christianity Today reports this heartbreaking news:

Ligonier Ministries has suspended R. C. Sproul Jr. until July 2016 due to his admission that he visited the adultery matchmaking website Ashley Madison.

Ligonier was founded by his father, R. C. Sproul Sr., who still serves as board chair. The younger Sproul is one of the ministry’s teaching fellows, and is rector and chair of philosophy and theology at the ministry’sReformation Bible College. He previously edited the ministry’s magazine, Tabletalk.

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“The Shack,” with film pending, called “greatest deception” to church “in the last 200 years” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/the-shack-with-film-pending-called-greatest-deception-to-church-in-the-last-200-years/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/the-shack-with-film-pending-called-greatest-deception-to-church-in-the-last-200-years/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:50:59 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60329 Continue reading ]]> Christian Examiner reports: The Shack,  Wm Paul Young

An evangelical seminary professor is calling The Shack the “greatest deception foisted on the church in the last 200 years” and urging Christian leaders to speak out against it ahead of its release as a movie.

James B. DeYoung, professor of New Testament language and literature at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., says controversy over the 2007 bestselling book by William Paul Young will resurface when the film – which began shooting in June – is released.

The Shack, a New York Times Best Seller has sold 25 million book copies and was printed in 41 languages.

A film release date has not been set.

Though the author, like others uses fiction “as a servant” of theology, the allegorical book has an unbiblical view of God, DeYoung said, and clearly affirms universalism – that is, that all people will be saved.

“I maintain that The Shack represents the greatest deception foisted on the church in the last 200 years!” DeYoung wrote in a column for MovieGuide.org. “Not since the time of the Colonies and Isaac Backus has universalism been in such ascendency in the public psyche. The Shack is not a new Pilgrim’s Progress for our day but a house of deceit deserving destruction.”

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Heresy, Apostasy, and Discernment http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/heresy-apostasy-and-discernment/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/heresy-apostasy-and-discernment/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:33:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60326 Continue reading ]]>

10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned. Titus 3:10-11 NASB

True Biblical discernment is crucial for the spiritual health of the Body of Christ because there has and always will be a plague of false teaching and teachers upon it until our Lord’s return. I am sure most of you have noticed the recent outrage over the increased security measures by the TSA in the USA that involve full body scans and “pat down” searches at our airports. One of the articles I read today compared what the TSA does with what is done is Israel at their airports, which is, instead of relying on “technology” based systems, passengers are interviewed by experts trained in what specifically to look for. They know their enemy and they know how to flush him or her out via their own interview process. Notice that since they have gone to this system that they have had no breakdown in their security. My point is that they know their enemy. They know their enemy’s tactics. They know this enemy’s goal. They do not waste time and resources with those who are no threat. In the Truth War that is upon us in the Church, we have many enemies trying to come in “unawares.” They try to infiltrate, appearing as “Orthodox” but their teaching is deceitful, degrading, and damnable (2 Peter 2:1). Those of us who have been gifted by God with spiritual discernment are, therefore, also given the job of flushing these people out. Part of this job is  knowing who our enemies really are. Are they apostates or are they simply holding to some heresy that doesn’t fall into the range of “deceitful, degrading, or damnable?” View article →

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Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/study-delivers-bleak-verdict-on-validity-of-psychology-experiment-results/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/study-delivers-bleak-verdict-on-validity-of-psychology-experiment-results/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60320 Continue reading ]]> The Guarding reports on a major investigation into claims made in psychology research journals. John Ioannidis, professor of health research and policy at Stanford University, said that the study was impressive but “the picture it paints – a 64% failure rate even among papers published in the best journals in the field – is not very nice about the current status of psychological science in general, and for fields like social psychology it is just devastating.”

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Who are the apostates? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/who-are-the-apostates/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/who-are-the-apostates/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:41:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60315 Continue reading ]]>

12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom you have not known), 14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you, 15 you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword. Deuteronomy 13:12-15 NASB

1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. 7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, 8 DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, 9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. 10 “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’; 11 AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'” 12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:1-13 NASB

It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago that I was in a discussion on this blog after I had written a piece about some of the confusing things coming from the ministry of Dr. John Piper and others. I made the comment to one of my friends that I thought that Dr. Piper needed to show the fruits of repentance for some of the things he had said and done or he would eventually be considered an apostate. Someone not in that conversation (a bottom feeder or troll??) jumped all over that statement and condemned me for calling Dr. Piper an apostate which he refused to consider because (according to him) an apostate is one who drops all pretense of Christianity and walks away from his faith. Using that reasoning those who continue to claim to be Christians even though they preach heresies such as Modalism (T.D. Jakes for instance) or deny the necessity of the Atonement and Justification by Faith alone and the reality of Hell (Rob Bell for instance) or those who insist on Christianity that is forever changing according to whatever society demands or wants (pragmatism) and insist that doctrine is not needed, but works is what God wants (Rick Warren for instance) are Christians along with the Roman Catholics, Mormans, and anyone else who claims that they are. Of course then there are those fellas (Steven Furtick, and James MacDonald for instance) who are all about erecting “cool” idolatrous worship which is really all about themselves and they sell this product to other wannabe preacherboys who want to be rich and famous like them. Do you see the common denominator in all this? Is any of what these people do about God and his glory? Is it about the edification of the Body of Christ through the genuine worship of God for his glory alone? No, it is about making money and becoming famous while fleecing the sheep who have been duped into thinking its all about the gospel. Have you noticed that these people never talk about the gospel without talking about money? View article →

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Texas Man Proposes to Another Man in “Church” Despite United Methodist Ban on Same-Sex “Marriage” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/texas-man-proposes-to-another-man-in-church-despite-united-methodist-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/texas-man-proposes-to-another-man-in-church-despite-united-methodist-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:09:55 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60317 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Networkreports:

A Texas man recently proposed to his so-called boyfriend during the Sunday morning service at their “church” despite the United Methodist Church’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”

Trevor Harper, 36, recently posted a video of the event on YouTube to show that his congregation is accepting and approving of homosexuals.

Harper has been in a relationship with Davis Covin, 30, since 2006, and both have been attending the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

Recently, both men were invited to share their “faith story” during the Sunday service, during which time Harper told those gathered that he was appreciative of the congregation’s approval of homosexual relationships.

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Evaluating Beth Moore’s Upcoming Live Simulcast http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/29/evaluating-beth-moores-upcoming-live-simulcast/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/29/evaluating-beth-moores-upcoming-live-simulcast/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:16:50 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60310 Continue reading ]]> Sharon Lareau of Chapter 3 Ministries challenges her readers to put on their thinking caps as they evaluate material LifeWay released to promote Beth Moore’s upcoming simulcast. Are there any red flags?

Red flag

I have decided to take another break from my series about submitting in everything to write about something that is time sensitive. It is in regards to the upcoming Living Proof Live Simulcast that is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Beth Moore promises an audacious message. The theme for this year’s simulcast is connected to her new book Audacious.

The following is from the FAQ on LifeWay Christian Resources’ website regarding Audacious.

What is Audacious? “Audacious is the newest book written by Beth Moore. She wrote it specifically thinking of YOU, the simulcast audience! Audacious is an exclusive pre-release for simulcast participants! This is the very first time we have had a book that was connected to the message of her simulcast. We are thrilled to offer participants the opportunity to gain exclusive access to the book before the public release.”

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