Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:04:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The doctrine of election and the free gift http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/20/the-doctrine-of-election-and-the-free-gift/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/20/the-doctrine-of-election-and-the-free-gift/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:04:45 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55770 Continue reading ]]>

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:14-16 ESV

When those of us who came from an Arminian or Free Will background come to grips with the reality of God’s Sovereignty, it is amazing how we struggle with letting go of the responsibility to “earn” our salvation. Of course, part of that struggle is rooted in the misconception that “election” happens at salvation. Ephesians 1 makes it clear, however, that God chose His elect before the foundation of the world. An honest reading of that epistle by the Apostle Paul shows us that God’s people are His in completion even though many of them have not yet believed and repented. They are our Lord’s sheep. View article →

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Ergun Caner’s lawsuit against Jason Smathers dismissed with prejudice http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/ergun-caners-lawsuit-against-jason-smathers-dismissed-with-prejudice/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/ergun-caners-lawsuit-against-jason-smathers-dismissed-with-prejudice/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:28:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55763 Continue reading ]]> Jason Smathers writes:

US Federal Court says posting Caner video is fair use, not copyright infringement. Footage will be online again in short order.

[Update: you can now view the videos Ergun Caner sued to suppress here.]

In 2010 videos showing Ergun Caner deceiving the US Marines was posted on Witnesses Unto Me. At that time Ergun Caner was still preaching behind Christian pulpits, telling a web of lies. His story was about a young man who grew up trained to do “that which was done on 9/11,” growing up in Turkey in the house of a polygamist Muslim before moving to America as a teenager and eventually becoming a Christian. In truth, Caner was born in Sweden and moved to Ohio while he was two years old.

Nearly three years later, Ergun Caner began sending copyright complaints concerning many videos online that contained proof that he invented a fake life story. When submitting such a notice concerning the Marines videos, this author responded by stating the video is public record, created by the US Government, and not subject to copyright. Caner responded with a lawsuit.

Today, the court has ruled on a motion to dismiss by stating the use of the video was fair use and not a violation of copyright. The case is dismissed, YouTube and Viddler will soon be informed so the videos will return, and the court will entertain a future motion for legal fees to be recouped by charging them to Caner.

Smathers’ post includes the final judgment of the District Court, and its order granting the motion to dismiss Caner’s lawsuit. The court order contains a helpful account of the background to the case.

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Who are antichrists? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/who-are-antichrists/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/who-are-antichrists/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:41:06 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55759 Continue reading ]]>

Some Will Depart from the Faith Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons 1 Timothy 4:1, ESV

According to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 15 the mark of Christian authenticity is abiding or remaining in Him. This is not simply a continual profession of faith, but a remaining faithful to Christ in our orthodox Christian faith. According to Paul, It is a two-fold action of departing from the faith and giving heed to seducingspirits, and doctrines of devils. The Apostle John called the Christian leaders who do this “antichrists.”

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Heaven is real, but ‘Heaven is for Real’ is really not http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/heaven-is-real-but-heaven-is-for-real-is-really-not/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/heaven-is-real-but-heaven-is-for-real-is-really-not/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:28:33 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55753 Continue reading ]]> President of CRI, Hank Hanegraaff, reviews “Heaven is for Real”, the best-selling book that was recently made into a feature film. He offers ten reasons why both the book and film is a dangerous diversion. According to Hank:

There is nothing new under the sun. From the time occult parapsychologist Raymond Moody coined the moniker “Near-Death Experience” (NDE) to the present, bestsellers on NDEs have abounded—Embraced by the Light by Betty Eadie; Beyond Death’s Door by Maurice Rawlings; Life after Life by Raymond Moody; The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Alex Malarkey; 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper; My Journey to Heaven by Marvin J. Besteman; Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander—to name just a few.

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World Vision, Christian organization? Part 2 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/world-vision-christian-organization-part-2/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/18/world-vision-christian-organization-part-2/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:27:25 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55745 Continue reading ]]> In part 2 of her piece on the World Vision fiasco, Marsha West examines whether or not World Vision is truly a Christian organization as they claim.

I previously wrote about the controversy swirling around the so-called Christian organization World Vision. For those who are unaware of what occurred on March 24, WV announced that they had plans to hire “married” homosexuals.

The backlash was fast and furious. Christian leaders, Roman Catholics, the pro-family movement and others in the faith community made it abundantly clear that they opposed WV’s decision to hire people in counterfeit marriages on the grounds that the Bible teaches that homosexuality’s a sin. It’s no secret that Bible-believers hold to the teaching that God established the marriage sacrament for the purpose of bringing Him glory; thus marriage other than that which He designed does not bring glory and honor to Him. One would assume that WV’s president and board members had an understanding of what the Bible teaches on marriage – but maybe not.

They learn fast, though. The board noticed a storm brewing when donors began to withdraw their financial support and they quickly changed course. The public’s reaction was so strong that they reversed their decision faster than greased lightning.

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Liberty University scales back duties of provost Ron Godwin over Hinn video http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/17/liberty-university-scales-back-duties-of-provost-ron-godwin-over-hinn-video/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/17/liberty-university-scales-back-duties-of-provost-ron-godwin-over-hinn-video/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55743 Apprising Ministries brings you up to date concerning a peculiar story involving Word Faith flake Benny Hinn and what appeared to be a partnership of some sort with Liberty University. View article →

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Blasphemy and persecution http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/17/blasphemy-and-persecution/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/17/blasphemy-and-persecution/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:53:18 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55739 Continue reading ]]>

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:10–13, ESV

Receiving Christ’s Word and becoming like Him in our conduct will unavoidably mean being treated by the world in the way it treated Christ. “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). The believer is privileged to participate in the fellowship of His suffering (Philippians 3:10), and it is only as we are willing to bear His reproach and suffer for His sake that we are promised that we will reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12). Jesus Himself was blasphemously accused of being demon-possessed. They hated Him without a cause (John 15:25). The believer, like Christ, must be willing to be misunderstood and have his good works maligned. Since our best efforts in serving Christ are mingled with sin and human imperfection, it should come as no surprise that our motives and behavior will be misinterpreted because of our forthright identification with Him. “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). A mark of the world is to call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20–21, ESV

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Former nanny to Doug Phillips’ family files lawsuit, alleges sexual misconduct http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/16/former-nanny-to-doug-phillips-family-files-lawsuit-alleges-sexual-misconduct/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/04/16/former-nanny-to-doug-phillips-family-files-lawsuit-alleges-sexual-misconduct/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:31:14 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=55728 Continue reading ]]> World Net Daily is reporting that Vision Forum’s former president, Doug Phillips, has been named in a lawsuit by Lourdes Torres, a young woman who worked as a nanny for the Phillips’ family beginning at the age of 15. Torres has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that Phillips committed “inappropriate, unwanted, and immoral sexual acts” against her while she worked and lived in the Phillips’ home and tended to his children. View article →

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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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