Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:13:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What is the difference between Justification and Sanctification? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/what-is-the-difference-between-justification-and-sanctification/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/what-is-the-difference-between-justification-and-sanctification/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:13:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58739 Continue reading ]]>

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:28-30 NASB

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13 NASB

justify Function: verb Inflected Form(s): jus·ti·fied; jus·ti·fy·ing Etymology: Middle English justifien, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French justifier, from Late Latin justificare, from Latin justus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1 a: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable b (1): to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2): to qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 29 May 2008

sanctify Function: transitive verb Inflected Form(s): sanc·ti·fied; sanc·ti·fy·ing Etymology: Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Anglo-French seintefier, sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus sacred — more at saint Date:14th century 1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use :consecrate 2: to free from sin :purify 3 a: to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to b: to give moral or social sanction to 4: to make productive of holiness or piety <observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it — Deuteronomy 5:12(Douay Version)> Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 29 May 2008

The theological climate in the “visible church” today  has taken on the characteristics of a free-for-all. Most professing believers’ Bible knowledge is extremely shallow. On top of that we are also in a period of intellectual barbarianism which is marked by relativism. This causes the truth to be perceived as unknowable. Those holding this form of thinking refuse to believe that there is such a thing as absolute truth. In this intellectual climate it is little wonder that false prophets and false teachers can lead so many astray simply by saying what people want to hear. View article →

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Deny Christ or Remain Behind Bars: American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Standing Firm Despite Threats http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/deny-christ-or-remain-behind-bars-american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-standing-firm-despite-threats/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/deny-christ-or-remain-behind-bars-american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-standing-firm-despite-threats/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:10:18 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58746 Christian News Network reports:

An American pastor imprisoned in Iran is reportedly being threatened that he will not be freed from prison until he denies his faith in Christ and returns to Islam.

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Physicians demand removal of ‘Dr. Oz’ from Columbia University faculty http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/physicians-demand-removal-of-dr-oz-from-columbia-university-faculty/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/17/physicians-demand-removal-of-dr-oz-from-columbia-university-faculty/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:07:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58743 Continue reading ]]> CRN correspondent Marsha West previously reported on the accusations against Dr. Mehmet Oz for promoting “quack treatments.” So now a group of doctors from the prestigious Ivy League school are demanding that he be ousted from his faculty position. According to Fox News:

“Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine,” said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. They say he’s pushing “miracle” weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.

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Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/15/do-not-be-deceived-my-beloved-brethren/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/15/do-not-be-deceived-my-beloved-brethren/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:31:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58737 Continue reading ]]>

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. James 1:16-18 NASB

The test of true faith is that which is revealed in how one lives and walks through this life. Right belief, that is, a faith that lives in a regenerate heart born from above, is exhibited in right living as James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ wrote in the passage above. Notice also that he began that passage in v16 with, “Do not be deceived,” or Μὴ πλανᾶσθε from the Greek. This literally says, “not be deceived.” The verb πλανᾶσθε here is the present imperative active form of the Greek verb πλανάω which means “to lead astray, deceive.” So, in the form used here, James and the Holy Spirit is commanding and warning believers to actively work to not be lead to believe the lie that which is the opposite of the truth that he is about to share concerning the nature of how true Christian faith produces a true Christian walk. The good gift of faith comes from God and all the gifts that follow concerning this Christian walk do as well. This is God’s plan for His people that they should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. View article →

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Uses Same-Sex Twosome in Presidential Race Announcement http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/hillary-clinton-campaign-uses-same-sex-twosome-in-presidential-race-announcement/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/hillary-clinton-campaign-uses-same-sex-twosome-in-presidential-race-announcement/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:25:06 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58732 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

In announcing Hillary Clinton’s run for president of the United States on Sunday, her campaign staff included a same-sex couple in her video presentation.

According to reports, the video was to have focused on “everyday Americans,” and included short segments of citizens talking about what they are “getting ready” for, including preparing for a baby, opening a business and moving to a new area with better schools.

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‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/pope-francis-effect-leads-to-exorcism-boom/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/pope-francis-effect-leads-to-exorcism-boom/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:22:54 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58729 Continue reading ]]> According to the Telegraph, many Roman Catholics are no longer embarrassed by the resurgence of the unbiblical practice of exorcism, thanks largely to what is known as the “Pope Francis effect.” Seems there has been a boom in the demand for exorcisms because of the pontiff’s “fire-and-brimstone language and frequent references to the Devil.”

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The blessedness of forgiveness http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/the-blessedness-of-forgiveness/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/14/the-blessedness-of-forgiveness/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:21:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58727 Continue reading ]]>

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:3-12 NASB

The key to understanding the passage above is in getting who the “us” is that Paul mentions repeatedly all through it. Whoever they are, they are indeed blessed. Of course Paul is talking about those who are called, those who believe the Gospel and are redeemed out of spiritual death unto eternal life in Christ. In this posts we will look at one of the direct results of our redemption, which is the forgiveness of sins. It seems that the majority “opinion” of those with the loudest voices and coolest ministries in the visible church never talk about this because they never talk about sin and the doctrine of depravity. Why? They are merely a newer version of what is known as Christian Liberalism, which is a misnomer for it is not true Christianity at all for it denies the necessity of Christ as Saviour so they never preach the Cross. According to them, the Good News is about man not what God has done on man’s behalf. Fortunately, we still have God’s Word and some good solid Bible teachers, well grounded, who never waiver from preaching the whole Gospel. God still has His remnant and always will until Christ returns. Let us look at the three aspects of forgiveness that is the direct result of our redemption. View article →

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Pizzeria Forced to Close Following Threats Over Biblical Marriage Beliefs Re-Opens to Full House http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/13/pizzeria-forced-to-close-following-threats-over-biblical-marriage-beliefs-re-opens-to-full-house/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/13/pizzeria-forced-to-close-following-threats-over-biblical-marriage-beliefs-re-opens-to-full-house/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:19:27 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58719 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian News Network:

A pizzeria in Indiana that was forced to close after it faced arson and death threats by homosexual activists and advocates for expressing their biblical beliefs on marriage re-opened last week to a full house.

As previously reported, the matter began when reporter Alyssa Marino of ABC 57 News in South Bend set out to interview area business owners about their reaction to the controversy over the recently signed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Among the businesses that she visited was Memories Pizza in Walkerton, a place that is decorated with crosses and quotes from Scripture, and begins each morning with prayer.

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New Museum to Present ‘Overwhelming Evidence for Creation’ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/13/new-museum-to-present-overwhelming-evidence-for-creation/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/13/new-museum-to-present-overwhelming-evidence-for-creation/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:19:23 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58721 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

A Christian group in Idaho has unveiled plans for a new creation museum that would display scientific evidence for the Bible’s creation account and expose weaknesses in the evolutionary theory.

Northwest Science Museum is an organization headquartered in Boise that aspires to construct a large natural history museum with exhibits detailing the earth’s history according to the biblical worldview. If built, the museum would likely be located on Interstate 84, somewhere between Boise and Nampa.

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Pope Francis Urges Quick Action on Climate Change, Set to Unveil Official Church Position http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/12/pope-francis-urges-quick-action-on-climate-change-set-to-unveil-official-church-position/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/04/12/pope-francis-urges-quick-action-on-climate-change-set-to-unveil-official-church-position/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:09:44 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58714 Continue reading ]]> Many in the scientific community dispute the notion of climate change. So before climate change is blindly accepted, we must understand that not everyone who promotes it is well informed on the subject. Likewise, there are some climate change promoters whose motives are purely financial as a result of “green” technology. With that in mind, NBC 10 reports that Pope Francis “is preparing the first ever papal letter to the church’s bishops focused on the environment.”

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