Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:31:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who are genuine Christ-followers? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/31/who-are-genuine-christ-followers/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/31/who-are-genuine-christ-followers/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:31:24 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58620 Continue reading ]]>

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Matthew 4:18–22, NASB

It seems like just the other day, but actually it was in late 2004 through 2005 and into 2006 that the old Slice of Laodicea blog was going full tilt. Jim Bublitz, Ken Silva and Ingrid were taking it as well as giving it from those who hated to hear the truth that there is a dividing line between orthodox Christianity and everything else that calls itself Christian, but isn’t – that is, apostasy in one form or another.

I came into the battle seeking the truth. I was desperate because my church was being sucked into the Purpose Driven paradigm, and no one there would listen to my warnings. Both Jim and Ken were a great help to me. In any case, it was during all of that that we witnessed a group of individuals declare war on the orthodox Christianity we defended, refusing to be called “Christians” any longer, preferring to be called “Christ followers.”

I always looked at that with humor, because that seemed so self-righteous and pretentious and, if we look carefully at what these people were trying to say by that, they were driving themselves even further into a works-righteousness religion. Let’s look at our Lord’s own words in his calling people to follow Him.

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Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds from 2010–2012 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/planned-parenthood-received-1-5-billion-in-taxpayer-funds-from-2010-2012/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/planned-parenthood-received-1-5-billion-in-taxpayer-funds-from-2010-2012/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:21:03 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58614 According to Christian News Network:

A new report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that the abortion giant Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer funding from 2010–2012.

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Indiana’s Mike Pence: “We’re not going to change the law” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/indianas-mike-pence-were-not-going-to-change-the-law/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/indianas-mike-pence-were-not-going-to-change-the-law/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:19:14 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58597 News Max reports:

Indiana has been under an “avalanche of intolerance” from people opposed to the state’s new religious freedom restoration law, said Gov. Mike Pence Sunday. Nevertheless, he supports the law and insisted that it will not be changed.

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But we have the mind of Christ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/but-we-have-the-mind-of-christ/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/30/but-we-have-the-mind-of-christ/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:45:08 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58606 Continue reading ]]>

Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? Isaiah 40:13, NASB

When we observe Christian leaders operate according to the world’s standards and methods, with pastors taking on roles other than shepherd of the sheep then responding to righteous criticism with further deception, what we are actually witnessing are professing Christians not walking within the wisdom that is available to all true believers via the mind of Christ. This same situation is seen in all who have been deceived by and drawn into the “Innovation Cult” as well. That would include those proponents of easy-believism in all its forms. We see it in “church organizations” that are built around a personality, rather than following a shepherd of the sheep who is obediently following the Lord as he should. When a Christian leader becomes the focus rather than Christ in a ministry then we see this idolatry begin to take shape. How often do we see one of these personalities build up a large church then when he moves on to the next church the one he built just falls apart? This should not be, and is indicative of a form of Christianity that is built around this personality cultic focus rather than around following Christ.

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Rulers of the darkness of this world http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/29/rulers-of-the-darkness-of-this-world/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/29/rulers-of-the-darkness-of-this-world/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:38:42 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58600 Continue reading ]]>

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10–12, NASB

As we study Ephesians 6:10–20, which in most New Testaments is labeled as “The Armor of God” or something similar, we need to pay close attention to the reason God has given us this armor and, therefore, why it is necessary for us to put it on and keep it on at all time. The Church and God’s truth are continually under attack by our enemy. We take up this whole armor in order to stand firm in the evil day. Well, this is most definitely an evil day when truth is seen as something to be bargained away or shunned, while lies and that which is only appears to be the truth is elevated as if it is the truth. Because of this, we must become discerning and wise; therefore, we must consistently wear this armor.

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Controversy stirs as “prophet” Chuck Pierce bestows “mantle” on Mormon Glenn Beck http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/29/controversy-stirs-as-prophet-chuck-pierce-bestows-mantle-on-mormon-glenn-beck/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/29/controversy-stirs-as-prophet-chuck-pierce-bestows-mantle-on-mormon-glenn-beck/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:34:05 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58579 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

Controversy is stirring over reports that “prophet” and speaker Chuck Pierce of Glory of Zion International Ministries ceremonially gave a “mantle” to popular radio host, author and speaker Glenn Beck, who identifies as a Mormon.

Beck appeared at Pierce’s Global Spheres Center in Corinth, Texas this past Sunday, as Falma Rufus, a black civil rights speaker, had reportedly asked Pierce if he would host her family and Beck’s. Pierce posted a photo of Beck’s appearance later that day, which showed Beck being imparted with a spiritual “mantle” as a Jewish tallit was wrapped around him and his wife.

“We were so honored to have Glenn Beck and his family with us at Global Spheres Center this morning!” Pierce wrote. “Here is Glenn receiving his new mantle for the future!”

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He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/27/he-made-you-alive-together-with-him-having-forgiven-us-all-our-transgressions/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/27/he-made-you-alive-together-with-him-having-forgiven-us-all-our-transgressions/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:05:36 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58586 Continue reading ]]>

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:9–15, NASB

The mark of one who has been truly made alive together with Christ is not sinless perfection, but rather one who is actually fighting the “good fight” of being a living sacrifice and walking in repentance. That being said, let’s look at two passages in which is found the only New Testament occurrences of the Greek Word συζωοποιέω or suzōopoieō, “to make alive together with another; to make a sharer of the quickening of another.”

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Christian book chain pulls “Heaven visitation resources” over sufficiency of Scripture resolution http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/27/christian-book-chain-pulls-heaven-visitation-resources-over-sufficiency-of-scripture-resolution/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/27/christian-book-chain-pulls-heaven-visitation-resources-over-sufficiency-of-scripture-resolution/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:53:16 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58562 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

One of the nation’s largest Christian bookstore chains has announced that it has pulled all of its “Heaven visitation resources” following the passage of a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution surrounding the “sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.”

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Children’s book about abortion: my sister is “happy ghost” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/childrens-book-about-abortion-my-sister-is-happy-ghost/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/childrens-book-about-abortion-my-sister-is-happy-ghost/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:26:55 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58581 Continue reading ]]> Here we have another abomination from a far-left advocate of abortion on demand, this time in a children’s book by Mary Walling Blackburn, assistant professor of art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. In her book, Blackburn portrays an aborted child as a “happy ghost.” NewsBusters columnist Katie Yoder writes:

The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a tree. Lee later decides “Sister is a happy ghost!” and explicitly says he’s glad Sister isn’t around to inconvenience his parents.

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The regenerate believer’s incompatibility with sin http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/the-regenerate-believers-incompatibility-with-sin/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/the-regenerate-believers-incompatibility-with-sin/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:53:36 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58568 Continue reading ]]>

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:1–3, NASB

It is imperative that Christians have a correct and viable theology of suffering. These health, wealth, and prosperity preachers in our time will disagree of course, but let them. We have God’s truth, His Word, held in objective context held up against their subjective, ear-tickling smoke and mirrors false religion. Oh, there may indeed be some “spirituality” going on in there, but to proclaim, “God is here!” or “God is in this!” or “We are having a revival, come and join us!” is the very act of man elevating himself above God, telling Him what to do and when.

However, I digress. God has always used suffering in the lives of His people to sanctify them, to draw them to prayer, to purify them, to grow them spiritually, and to direct their paths. Paul called some of his suffering a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan (2 Corinthians 12), but allowed by God to keep him from exalting himself because of his great knowledge. When we learn to view the seriousness of our sin as Paul did and God’s glory as imperative then we will begin to understand that sin in the life of a Christian is an anathema in a realistic, daily sense rather than in some sort of abstract give and take.

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