Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:05:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Never take your own revenge … “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/never-take-your-own-revenge-vengeance-is-mine-i-will-repay-says-the-lord/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/never-take-your-own-revenge-vengeance-is-mine-i-will-repay-says-the-lord/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:47:53 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58572 Continue reading ]]>

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him A drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19–21, NASB

It is the duty of all believers to serve the Lord by being good soldiers, ready for battle to stand and contend for His Truth no matter the cost. However, there are right and wrong ways this is done. It is vital for the apologist to know the truth, and that is found only in God’s Word. Yes, some godly Christians speak and write truth from God’s Word, but the primary source for us is the Word of God. This is why it is vital that believers sit at the feet of good and godly teachers of God’s truth that they may know and love His pure doctrines. I have seen so many good Christians attempt to stand up to apologists for some man-centered version of our faith, but they are not prepared. This usually ends badly. The reason this happens is that these good people use tactics born in the flesh rather than from the humble, and wise heart that is submitted totally to the will of God. The enemy is an expert at inciting people to react emotionally to what they perceive as wrong, and this can lead to snippy arguments that produce only bad fruit.

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Pitiable capitulating pro-family leaders, part 1 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/24/pitiable-capitulating-pro-family-leaders-part-1/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/24/pitiable-capitulating-pro-family-leaders-part-1/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:06:01 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58543 Continue reading ]]> In part 1 of this series, CRN correspondent Marsha West brings to light some of the pitfalls that occur when Christians leave Jesus Christ out of the equation and fall in line behind pragmatic pro-family “evangelicals” in their effort to “save America” from the ravages of Secular Humanism. Many pro-family groups put on the cloak of the evangelical, but are they really evangelical in the true sense of the word?

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Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/24/blessed-are-those-whose-lawless-deeds-are-forgiven-and-whose-sins-are-covered/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/24/blessed-are-those-whose-lawless-deeds-are-forgiven-and-whose-sins-are-covered/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:55:42 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58557 Continue reading ]]>

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”

Romans 4:7–8, NASB

The Church – the genuine Church that is – is made up of people whose sins have been forgiven by our merciful God. What is the basis for this forgiveness? Are these God has forgiven more worthy than those outside the Church? Let us look at the paradox of our holy, righteous, and just God who proclaims that He will not forgive those who have sinned against Him, but who does show mercy to some.

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Persecution is the natural result of teaching or preaching God’s Word without compromise http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/23/persecution-is-the-natural-result-of-teaching-or-preaching-gods-word-without-compromise/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/23/persecution-is-the-natural-result-of-teaching-or-preaching-gods-word-without-compromise/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:13:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58550 Continue reading ]]>

You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

John 15:14–19, NASB

A study of the book of Acts reveals that as Christianity spread as the Apostles obediently made disciples wherever they went, it was always accompanied by persecution. The hotter the persecution the more encouraged the brethren became. While that is not logical to the fallen mind, that is exactly how God grew His church. In the early second century, the bishop of Smyrna, Polycarp who was a disciple of the Apostle John, was brought to the Roman authorities and ordered to confess that Caesar is lord. Polycarp was eighty-six years old at this point. All he had to do was utter that statement as he offered a pinch of incense to Caesar, but he refused. He was martyred by fire.

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Who are and who are not children of God? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/22/who-are-and-who-are-not-children-of-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/22/who-are-and-who-are-not-children-of-god/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:23:45 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58548 Continue reading ]]>

This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:11–19, NASB

All in Christ have much in common no matter what doctrines they hold. Therefore, this post’s focus is on the marvelous outcome of our salvation that we are Children of God and because of that we have a “purifying hope” in Christ.

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Possible evidence for Noah’s flood found at bottom of Atlantic Ocean http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/21/possible-evidence-for-noahs-flood-found-at-bottom-of-atlantic-ocean/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/21/possible-evidence-for-noahs-flood-found-at-bottom-of-atlantic-ocean/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:53:15 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58531 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

Scientists exploring the Atlantic Ocean have discovered mysterious metallic nodules on the ocean floor that may provide telltale evidence of the Great Flood.

Last month, a German research team announced the discovery of dense clusters of manganese nodules on the ocean floor. Using a mesh net intended to scoop up marine life, the researchers accidentally brought up balls of manganese ore from over three miles below the water’s surface.

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