Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:34:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/22/no-i-tell-you-but-unless-you-repent-you-will-all-likewise-perish/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/22/no-i-tell-you-but-unless-you-repent-you-will-all-likewise-perish/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:41:21 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56821 Continue reading ]]>

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:5, ESV

I was in Elementary School in the late 1950s and early 1960s. That means I was in Junior High and High School in the the 1960s and College in the late 1960s and the early 1970s before I went into the U.S. Navy. I can remember very clearly segregated schools in Oklahoma and when segregation ended.

I can remember when there were race riots all over the country it seemed and then it seemed insanity went from bad to worse with the assassinations of the black rights leaders like Medger Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. I was in school in the 7th grade when we heard about the assassination of our President, John F. Kennedy.

It was a few years later when I was in High School that his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, who was probably going to be the Democratic nominee for the Presidential election in 1968, was assassinated. All of that took place with the grim reality of the war in Viet-Nam and the draft awaiting all of us when we turned 18.

It was because of this bleak, insane, dark, seemingly hopeless period that so many in my generation rebelled and dropped out. They sought peace through love. They sought to change everything top to bottom by going to the extreme left. They sought to nullify everything that generations before had done and start over. Sound familiar?

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Christian radio station pulls out of Michael Gungor concert http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/21/christian-radio-station-pulls-out-of-michael-gungor-concert/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/21/christian-radio-station-pulls-out-of-michael-gungor-concert/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:27:26 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56790 Continue reading ]]> Stand Up For The Truth reports:

The Board of Directors governing Q90 FM radio issued the following response to Michael Gungor Appearing at Life Promotions’ Power of One event next month:

There has been a lot of discussion about beliefs espoused by Michael Gungor, a musician who will be playing at Power of One, an event hosted and owned by Life Promotions.This event attracts thousands of Christian youth every year with rock music and speakers. Our Board has carefully discussed and prayed about how we should respond to this event.

Michael Gungor has made some very controversial remarks over the last couple years. He has stated he does not and cannot believe in a literal Adam and Eve as the first people, and has said the Flood is not believable and has been disproven by science. He has admitted he is under the influence of Rob Bell—who has branded himself an apostate by his views on eternity and marriage—and Rachel Held Evans, who supports homosexuality for Christians along with several other dangerous teachings. In fact both of them helped Gungor create his latest album.

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Hope for Christians who have been spiritually abused http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/21/hope-for-christians-who-have-been-spiritually-abused/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/21/hope-for-christians-who-have-been-spiritually-abused/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:26:54 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56810 Continue reading ]]> When you think of spiritual abuse, does your mind conjure up a rigid, stifling environment in which people are expected to dress in an extremely conservative way, and adhere to certain legalistic rules in order to be accepted? While it’s true that these are sometimes the marks of a spiritually abusive environment,

What about a church whose members are often in true fellowship with each other? Churches where members laugh together, eat meals together, study God’s Word together, bowl and bike and hike together, and swap recipes and share coffee while the kids play together?

As surprising as it may seem, spiritual abuse can happen in these environments just as much as in the obviously legalistic churches. And oftentimes, those experiencing the abuse are not even aware that it is taking place. View article →

 

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When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/20/when-the-foundations-are-destroyed-what-can-the-righteous-do/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/20/when-the-foundations-are-destroyed-what-can-the-righteous-do/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:14:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56804 Continue reading ]]>

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14, ESV

Temporal focus is deadly for Christians. We know that God’s will for us is our sanctification, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 but we tend to let our focus drop from God to self.

Our flesh is insidious in its desire to drive us to partake of the world and its ways for self-gratification. Our enemy knows this; therefore his temptations are often rooted there. No one is immune or exempt from this. In fact, God uses this battle to test His saints.

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Fight the good fight of the faith http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/fight-the-good-fight-of-the-faith/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/fight-the-good-fight-of-the-faith/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:55 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56797 Continue reading ]]>

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12, ESV

What is the good fight of faith and why is it necessary? The main problem is the condition of what is called The Church in our time. It is decidedly lacking in spiritual maturity and, of course, much of it is not genuine. Christian spiritual maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity.

On the other hand, since this is lacking big time in the visible Church, what we have in that part that claims to be “evangelical,” is man-centered, manipulative, success-oriented, self-indulgent, and sentimental. It is 3,000 miles wide and half an inch deep. It is lead by many false, manipulative men who are pushing false gospels and false doctrines while pointing people to a Jesus that is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Therefore, as we become more and more obedient to the Lordship of Christ, we will be called by our Lord to enter the fight as good soldiers to fight the good fight of faith. This is necessary for in this fight we become the mature disciples who bring glory to God and those who are our enemy’s seed will fill up the cup of wrath that God is preparing for them as they use deceit, lies, and all sorts of wicked things in attempts to draw those fighting the good fight into unfruitful activities where they can be silenced and shamed by injuring their consciences. In order to fight this good fight of faith we must do so according the will of God, not according to the plans and devices of men.

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‘No true Christian hangs on to their sin:’ author responds to Vicky Beeching’s coming out http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/no-true-christian-hangs-on-to-their-sin-author-responds-to-vicky-beechings-coming-out/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/no-true-christian-hangs-on-to-their-sin-author-responds-to-vicky-beechings-coming-out/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:22:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56753 Bill Muehlenberg, an apologist, ethicist and author, responds to the recent revelation by so-called Christian worship artist Vicky Beeching that she’s a lesbian. Beeching says she feels certain that God loves her just the way she is. View article →

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Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/indeed-all-who-desire-to-live-a-godly-life-in-christ-jesus-will-be-persecuted/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/indeed-all-who-desire-to-live-a-godly-life-in-christ-jesus-will-be-persecuted/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:08:43 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56785 Continue reading ]]>

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

“Christians” in the United States and other “civilized” countries do not exist in a climate of a fear of persecution like those in China and India (for now). Some would say that is because of our culture or that there are huge numbers of Christians here. However, the truth of the matter is that Christians who live in total obedience to their Lord will be persecuted. So, what does that say about Christians who live at peace with the world around them?

The truth of the matter is this; the reason Christians are not persecuted is that very few of them are walking in the level of obedience to their Lord that would draw attention to them from those who hate the real Jesus and the Word of God. However, if they were living holy lives, sharing their faith, actively making disciples, and preaching the whole Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ the wrath of Satan and his seed would come upon them.

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Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/do-not-be-surprised-brothers-that-the-world-hates-you/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/do-not-be-surprised-brothers-that-the-world-hates-you/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:24:52 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56780 Continue reading ]]>

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 1 John 3:13, ESV

There is a vast difference between the wisdom of the world and that of the Holy Spirit. What I mean is that no matter how profound or emphatic or pious sounding an enemy of the truth is, it is almost laughable how easy it is to spot their error and observe their self-importance as they attempt to belittle those who stand firm in the midst of God’s truth. I have a set of rules for governing comments on my blog. I had to implement them because there are certain people who think it is their job to disrupt or shout down God’s truth.

The rules are really quite simple. If anyone desires to dispute what I have taught or what a commenter has said then they must do so by using the Word of God alone as the source of their proof. It is amazing how many comments never make it through moderation because those commenters behind them are attacking what I had taught or what someone else and said, but their point of contention contained no truth. All they can come up with is innuendo or accusation, but no grounds for complaint. I can understand that coming from atheists or people from another religion, but these are professing Christians who have a huge problem with the literal interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

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To that end keep alert with all perseverance http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/to-that-end-keep-alert-with-all-perseverance/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/to-that-end-keep-alert-with-all-perseverance/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:55:10 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56775 Continue reading ]]>

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:22–27, ESV

We are exhorted throughout God’s Word to persevere even in the most rugged of circumstances. We are given a promise of what awaits those who do persevere, the adoption as “sons” and redemption of our bodies, which is positional for all truly in Christ. Yet, we look forward to these and other promises with eyes of faith. This temporal part of our life as Christians can be quite a battle with the flesh to the point of crying out like the Apostle Paul, “O wretched man that I am!” Weakness in this battle is directly attributable to a lack of praying as we should, while, conversely, victory in this battle is directly attributable to proper praying in the spirit, that is, in harmony with the leading of the Holy Spirit rather than according to one’s own agenda. There are many “church” things out there that are not good for us. These “church” things are the product of those scoffers who have entered the Church to divide it.

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Christ our life—soon to appear http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/16/christ-our-life-soon-to-appear/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/16/christ-our-life-soon-to-appear/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:06:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56765 The latest on my health situation ahead of a sermon excerpt from Charles Spurgeon over at Apprising Ministries. View article →

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