Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:11:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christian unity through humility http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/09/christian-unity-through-humility/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:11:01 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62600 Continue reading ]]>

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:12-17 NASB)

The number one accusation thrown at those who take up the armor of God and use it in the battle as they are called to do, is that they are full of pride. Those who use this fiery dart are equating certainty with pride. Extra Biblical revelation should never be used in the battle by God’s warriors. Instead, the source of truth that is used is the sword of the Spirit itself, the Word of God. Experience is extra-Biblical. Man’s teachings, if contrary to the Word of God, are extra-Biblical. One’s own private interpretation of Scripture and/or experience is extra-Biblical. Feelings are extra-Biblical.

These battles may appear to cause disunity in the Body, but unity that is held together through compromise is false. Christians should never seek to be yoked up with those who hold doctrine or beliefs that are contrary to the truth from God’s Word or are based solely on extra Biblical sources. Unity in the Body of Christ is commanded in God’s Word, but that unity is not based in compromise, but love and humility within those who are obedient to God’s truth. View article →

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Rev. Jimmy Evans to Join Board of Mark Driscoll’s New Church http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/08/rev-jimmy-evans-to-join-board-of-mark-driscolls-new-church/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:53:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62591 Continue reading ]]> A few days ago we reported that disgraced “pastor” Mark Driscoll is starting a new church in Phoenix AZ. Christian Post (a site we do not recommend) has more of the details of Driscoll’s new endeavor.

Jimmy Evans, founder and CEO of Marriage Today and senior elder at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, has joined the board of the new church being planted by former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll in Phoenix, Arizona.

Driscoll and his wife, Grace, recently announced that they have begun work on The Trinity Church which is expected to open in the first half of 2016.

Evans revealed to the Amarillo Globe-News that he feels God wants him to help Driscoll’s effort.

“Early on in my relationship with Mark I felt the Lord was putting us together,” Evans told the publication in a report published Friday. “When Mark asked me to be on his board, I prayed about it and felt the Lord was telling me to do it.”

Also on the board of Driscoll’s new church plant are Gateway Church Senior Pastor Robert Morris, and Randal Taylor, vice president of television at Dunham+Company.

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Wheaton College hijab-wearing professor who declared “we all worship the same God” will leave http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/08/wheaton-college-hijab-wearing-professor-who-declared-we-all-worship-the-same-god-will-leave/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:40:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62595 Continue reading ]]> Religion News Service has the latest on the Christian-identified Wheaton College professor who was suspended after she posted photos of herself on Facebook wearing an Islamic hijab to show solidarity with Muslims and declared, “We all worship the same God.” At the time, Wheaton officials stated that her views were inconsistent with their “doctrinal convictions.” On February 6, Wheaton president Philip Ryken notified students and faculty to let them know that the controversy has “come to a place of resolution and reconciliation. With a mutual desire for God’s blessing, we have decided to part ways.”

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For Necco, a different kind of “Sweethearts” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/08/for-necco-a-different-kind-of-sweethearts/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:54:21 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62584 Continue reading ]]> The different kind of sweethearts is an 80-something newly married gay couple. In The Briefing, Albert Mohler observes that we see “the importance of the United States Supreme Court handing down its decision, legalizing by judicial fiat same-sex marriage in all 50 states. And so now we have confectioners hiring an advertising campaign feeling that they have political cover by the United States Supreme Court to feature two 80-year-old men as their sweetheart couple for 2016.”

The Boston Globe has the story:

Valentines DayThe ad for Necco Sweethearts candy, features two 80-something men on a couch, plucking conversation hearts out of a box as they discuss their 55 years together.

How a newly married gay couple from Texas became the spokesmen for an iconic New England brand involves a one-of-a-kind convergence of history, romance and candy — 150 years’ worth of tiny, heart-shaped confections.

With the anniversary approaching, the New England Confectionery Co., (Necco) based in Revere, hired Boston’s Hill Holliday to create a digital ad campaign inviting people to share their love stories.

All roads lead to Valentine’s Day for Sweethearts, and a member of Hill Holliday’s creative team, Steve Callan, quickly realized that this will be the first Valentine’s Day in history in which all couples, gay or straight, across the United States are allowed to be married.

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Trump Promises “More Forward Motion” on “Gay Equality” Under Presidency http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/08/trump-promises-more-forward-motion-on-gay-equality-under-presidency/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:01:11 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62581 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

Donald Trump told a lesbian publisher in New Hampshire on Thursday that the American people will see “more forward motion” on “gay equality” under his presidency, citing it as a part of his effort to bring people together.

Trump was interviewed in Exeter by Susan O’Connell, the publisher of Bay Windows, which according to its website is “New England’s largest publication for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers.”

“I’m a lesbian,” she told Trump. “And we’ve had some great progress for the gay and lesbian community through politics, through all sorts of judicial actions and elected actions over the past 20 years.”

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Sola Scriptura and unbelief http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/08/sola-scriptura-and-unbelief/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:41:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62577 Continue reading ]]> Sola Scriptura       In Sacred scripture alone we find Sola Gratia            Salvation is by grace alone Sola Fide               Through faith alone Solus Christus      In Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria!    For the glory of God alone!

3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘ Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:3-4 NASB)

Unbelief is the fruit of arrogance. I hear nearly every day from some Emergent/Post-Modern know-it-all that certainty is the product of pride and the only ones who are truly humble are those who view uncertainty in all things as a virtue. What is unbelief in this context? To define it we must first define its opposite, belief.

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. (John 6:35 NASB)

Those who “believe in Jesus” are those who do what? Those with belief come to Jesus to partake of this promise instead of seeking fulfillment elsewhere. These believe God; therefore, those in unbelief are those who do not believe God. They may believe Him in some things, but they do not do so to the level that causes them to place all their trust in Him and His promises as their Lord. Those in belief live within the context of Jesus Christ being their Lord while those in unbelief do not. Oh, they compensate to be sure. They create their own Jesus who is more to their liking. Since they created him, they have him being “lord” in their context, but most certainly not according to that which we are clearly given in Sacred Scripture. View article →

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False Prophet Claims Panthers Win in Super Bowl Will Usher in Third Spiritual “Great Awakening” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/07/false-prophet-claims-panthers-win-in-super-bowl-will-usher-in-third-spiritual-great-awakening/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:33:52 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62563 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network (CNN) quoted Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith. who said jokingly: “You better not be rooting for those Denver Broncos, folks! That’s to be rooting against the Holy Spirit and His plans for the ‘greatest in-gathering’ harvest of all time.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Third Spiritual “Great Awakening” for the reason that if wolves in sheep’s clothing were rated on a scale of 1-10, the highest being a 10, Rick Joyner would receive a 9.9.

CNN has the full story:

Wolf pack 5A false prophet from South Carolina is predicting that if the Carolina Panthers win the Super Bowl on Sunday, it will user in the third spiritual Great Awakening in America and possibly “the greatest in-gathering of all time.” Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, South Carolina explained his position on his broadcast “Prophetic Perspectives” on Tuesday, which was also posted online. He said that the first person to make the prediction was the late Bob Jones, who he also billed as a prophet.

“[Jones predicted that] when our Carolina Panthers won the Super Bowl, major revival, awakening, moves of God are going to break out in America,” Joyner said.

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Who is El-Shaddai? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/07/who-is-el-shaddai/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:16:26 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62561 Continue reading ]]>

1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. 2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1-2 NASB)

In these last days it is imperative that God’s people have a more complete knowledge of God. So, in light of this, let us look at one of the names of God that speaks much about His power and provision. God keeps His part of the covenants He makes and it is this name, El-Shaddai, that God used for Himself that gives us much comfort as we come to understand that He helps and blesses His people. El-Shaddai (   אל שׁדּי  ) – We must never forget that in Hebrew we read from right to left and this name of God is two separate words,  Ēl ( אל), meaning, “might,”  and Shaddai  (שׁדּי ) , meaning , “the Almighty, the Powerful One, or the Mighty One.” As a combined name of God, El Shaddai, which occurs seven times in Sacred Scripture, was the covenant name for God to the Patriarchs until the time of Moses. The Jewish rabbis believed  that the term meant the “One who is self-sufficient.” God’s covenant was moral and ethical in character, not ritualistic or orgiastic. View article →

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Mark Driscoll rises from the ashes in Phoenix http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/06/mark-driscoll-rises-from-the-ashes-in-phoenix/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:05:14 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62555 Continue reading ]]> Mark DriscollLaura Turner, columnist for Religion News Service, reveals what’s going on with disgraced “pastor” Mark Driscoll. As previously reported, in July Driscoll confirmed his move to Phoenix, AZ but said he had no plans to start a church. Shortly thereafter he was listed as a director of The Trinity Church. In this piece, Turner reports the details of Driscoll’s new church and then she drops this bombshell:

Driscoll has left a wake of destruction so severe that the entire network of churches he founded had to shutter its doors. He has never taken full responsibility for his abusive tactics, never apologized to many of the individuals who he wronged, and doesn’t appear to have absorbed much of a lesson at all from his failings. But he’s back again, like a whack-a-mole. This is what happens when church leaders don’t take responsibility for their actions, and don’t engage in the kind of counseling they need: They simply pop up somewhere new to wreak the same havoc in a different place.

Although we don’t always agree with Laura Turner, we do agree with her that Mark Driscoll has not taken responsibility for his actions. Thus, “he should find a new job for a while; one that doesn’t involve leading anyone or taking a paycheck from a church. His family needs to heal.”

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Rob Bell, Aaron Rodgers and “How To Be Here” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/02/05/rob-bell-aaron-rodgers-and-how-to-be-here/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:37:48 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=62552 Continue reading ]]> Amy Spreeman of Berean Research shares the latest on life coach Rob Bell — another book!

Rob Bell’s new book, How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living, is going to hit the bookstores soon. And Rob will start a multi-city tour. And do the Oprah thing.

The doctrine-denying author’s latest book promises yet another round of worldly, self-focused fulfillment. Not in Christ, but in, you know, you.

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