Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:21:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 We must resolve in our hearts to proclaim the whole counsel of God’s truth, in season and out of season http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/we-must-resolve-in-our-hearts-to-proclaim-the-whole-counsel-of-gods-truth-in-season-and-out-of-season/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/we-must-resolve-in-our-hearts-to-proclaim-the-whole-counsel-of-gods-truth-in-season-and-out-of-season/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:21:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58324 Continue reading ]]>

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals. Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 1 Kings 18:17–19, NASB

There was a time when the English and American cultures were decidedly “Christian.” Those days are long gone. Whatever it is that God is doing through this, the remnant of genuine believers within the visible Church must awaken and become prepared for what is coming. We cannot be complacent any longer. Why? No matter where we turn, we either encounter growing apostasy within the visible Church or neo-pagans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or New Agers being included in the “many ways to God.” Atheism is gaining ground all over the Western World.

The Christian world view is no longer prevalent in the West. It is under attack from every direction. What should be astounding to us, however, is that what is replacing it is highly irrational. It claims tolerance yet will not tolerate Christians having a say in anything. Personally, I see these trends as the beginnings of a very hostile environment for the uncompromising Christian. While that may be something we look to with foreboding, I believe it is going to be used by God to cleanse His Church in preparation for the return of her Bridegroom.

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Jesus and His betrayer http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/jesus-and-his-betrayer/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/jesus-and-his-betrayer/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:18:30 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58322 Continue reading ]]>

Jesus said to him, “The one having been bathed does not have need except to wash his feet, but is wholly clean, and you are clean, but not all.” For He knew the one betraying Him, therefore, He said, “Not all are clean.” John 13:10–11, translated from the NA28 Greek text

λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· ὁ λελουμένος οὐκ ἔχει χρείαν εἰ μὴ τοὺς πόδας νίψασθαι, ἀλλʼ ἔστιν καθαρὸς ὅλος· καὶ ὑμεῖς καθαροί ἐστε, ἀλλʼ οὐχὶ πάντες. ᾔδει γὰρ τὸν παραδιδόντα αὐτόν· διὰ τοῦτο εἶπεν ὅτι οὐχὶ πάντες καθαροί ἐστε. John 13:10–11, NA28

We have been discussing the rampant apostasy in the “visible church.” While it seems that is is much worse now than it as ever been, let us never forget that the genuine Church has been infiltrated and mixed together with unbelievers, heretics, and apostates from the very beginning. In the passage above we see that one of the our Lord’s own chosen disciples, one of the 12, would betray Him. However, in John 13:18 our also makes it clear that this betrayal would fulfill Old Testament prophecies about an insider betraying Him.

I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ John 13:18, NASB

Now, we enter that part of John’s account of our Lord’s last Passover Feast in which His betrayer is sent away to do his deed. In contrast, our Lord reveals that those who truly belong to Him follow the commandment from God to love one another. Then He reveals to Peter that, even though Peter declares that he would rather die than leave the Lord, he will deny that he even knows Jesus three times this very night. Let us take a closer look.

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Presbyterian Church USA under heat for meeting Hezbollah http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/presbyterian-church-usa-under-heat-for-meeting-hezbollah/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/presbyterian-church-usa-under-heat-for-meeting-hezbollah/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:14:07 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58319 Continue reading ]]> According to the Israeli National News:

In response to the Presbyterian Church USA’s (PCUSA) decision to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) filed a whistleblower action against the organization with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) over meetings PCUSA held with Hezbollah terrorists.

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Apostate Presbyterian Church USA voting on redefining marriage http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/apostate-presbyterian-church-usa-voting-on-redefining-marriage/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/apostate-presbyterian-church-usa-voting-on-redefining-marriage/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:11:39 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58311 Continue reading ]]> According to the Christian News Network:

Regional presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting on whether to ratify a vote taken by the General Assembly and regional delegates last year to change the definition of marriage in its law book and to allow ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” in states where the practice is legal.

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Our Lord’s parousia http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/our-lords-parousia-2/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/02/our-lords-parousia-2/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:08:25 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58314 Continue reading ]]>

τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς ἢ χαρὰ ἢ στέφανος καυχήσεως — ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὑμεῖς — ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ παρουσίᾳ; ὑμεῖς γάρ ἐστε ἡ δόξα ἡμῶν καὶ ἡ χαρά. 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20, NA28

For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20, NASB

Over the last few months (or is it weeks or is it days?) it seems those “wolves in sheep’s clothing” we have been warning you about over last several years have become even more bold in their moves away from what we call doctrinally sound Christianity. Rob Bell has been the most dramatic with his teaming up with Oprah. He has accused any Christian who relies on sacred Scripture as its source of doctrine as being closed minded, behind the times, and not relevant. Andy Stanley has said pretty much the same thing, but not in such a dramatic way, while Rick Warren is trying to get all Protestants to come under the Roman Catholic Pope. Of course within all these guys’ teachings we will find elements of universalism and ecumenicalism. This leads them to be soft on the doctrine of hell for instance. Why do they all end up in the same place eventually, which is to deny the inerrancy and authority of sacred Scripture? They must do this because Scripture condemns what they are doing.

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Is the apostate church in our time the scarlet woman? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/26/is-the-apostate-church-in-our-time-the-scarlet-woman/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/26/is-the-apostate-church-in-our-time-the-scarlet-woman/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:06:57 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58305 Continue reading ]]>

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Revelation 3:1–2, NASB

When my dad died in 2010 I inherited my grandfather’s Bible. My grandfather was a remarkable man. He was born in 1877 and became a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the 1890s in Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma. My grandfather preached from this Bible well into the 1950s. It is full of notes and his own cross references. However, there is one thing in the bible that no one, apparently, knew was there. It is a letter written to him from one of his sisters, Lucy. It had to have been written to him either in the late 1940s or early 1950s, since she died around that time. Below is a quotation from it that I found especially fitting in light of the present condition of the visible church.

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I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/25/i-wait-for-the-lord-my-soul-does-wait-and-in-his-word-do-i-hope/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/25/i-wait-for-the-lord-my-soul-does-wait-and-in-his-word-do-i-hope/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:04:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58301 Continue reading ]]>

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous.
Psalm 143:2, NASB

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:3–4, NASB

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:24–26, NASB

Despite the “popular Christian” teachings in our time that suffering is never God’s will for His people, a close, sober, and honest study of scripture reveals that the fires of tribulation are used by God to form and refine His people. The view that God desires of each Christian always to be healthy and prosperous is based on many false assumptions. One false assumption is that salvation is somehow deserved and those who profess faith can claim anything they want from a god who is bound to meet all their requests. Another false assumption moves the focus of salvation from God glory to the person’s glory and their “having their best life now.” Sin is seen as simple mistakes that God overlooks because He is all love.

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Jonathan Welton’s gift of discernment of … human spirits? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/jonathan-weltons-gift-of-discernment-of-human-spirits/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/jonathan-weltons-gift-of-discernment-of-human-spirits/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:15:43 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58287 Continue reading ]]> For those who are unfamiliar with the name Jonathan Welton, he’s one of the contributors to The Physics of Heaven along with Bill Johnson, who claims to be a modern day “Super Apostle”, and Johnson’s wife Beni. Apostle Bill runs the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA that trains its students “to enjoy the presence of God, say what He is saying, and do what He is doing.” According to John Lanagan, the book serves as a roadmap to Christian entanglement with the New Age and quantum mysticism. Lanagan writes:

While writing a booklet concerning The Physics of Heaven, I was fascinated to learn Jonathan Welton states, “I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.”

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Two-father babies could become a reality http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/two-father-babies-could-become-a-reality/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/two-father-babies-could-become-a-reality/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:05:06 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58268 According to The Independent:

Children may be born with parents of the same sex following a breakthrough which scientists believe paves the way for “two dad” families.

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Are you abiding in Christ? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/are-you-abiding-in-christ/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/02/24/are-you-abiding-in-christ/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:59:13 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58280 Continue reading ]]>

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15:4–10, NASB

For the first 20 or so years of my Christian pilgrimage, I was in a very immature spiritual state. I was utterly convinced during that time that my worth as a disciple depended upon my performance, my learning, my obedience – my righteousness. With that mindset it was a very horrible experience at times, since I was on a roller coaster ride of obedience and backsliding. What amazed me during that period was that I was looked at as one of the more mature believers at our church. I knew better. That all changed in 2004 and 2005 as God drew me into the light and drastically changed that ‘mindset’. It was as I learned and held to the truth that our salvation is all according to God’s will, not ours, that I began to have peace and freedom. He chose us according to the good pleasure of His will, not according to our abilities or any other inherent attribute we may have, and we are righteous in His eyes because He has imputed Christ’s righteousness to us. With this remaking of my mindset came the beginning of the end of that cycle of obedience and backsliding. It was as if it had been put to death or that it had lost traction.

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