Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/20/when-the-foundations-are-destroyed-what-can-the-righteous-do/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/20/when-the-foundations-are-destroyed-what-can-the-righteous-do/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:14:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56804 Continue reading ]]>

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14, ESV

Temporal focus is deadly for Christians. We know that God’s will for us is our sanctification, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 but we tend to let our focus drop from God to self.

Our flesh is insidious in its desire to drive us to partake of the world and its ways for self-gratification. Our enemy knows this; therefore his temptations are often rooted there. No one is immune or exempt from this. In fact, God uses this battle to test His saints.

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Fight the good fight of the faith http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/fight-the-good-fight-of-the-faith/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/fight-the-good-fight-of-the-faith/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:55 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56797 Continue reading ]]>

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12, ESV

What is the good fight of faith and why is it necessary? The main problem is the condition of what is called The Church in our time. It is decidedly lacking in spiritual maturity and, of course, much of it is not genuine. Christian spiritual maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity.

On the other hand, since this is lacking big time in the visible Church, what we have in that part that claims to be “evangelical,” is man-centered, manipulative, success-oriented, self-indulgent, and sentimental. It is 3,000 miles wide and half an inch deep. It is lead by many false, manipulative men who are pushing false gospels and false doctrines while pointing people to a Jesus that is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Therefore, as we become more and more obedient to the Lordship of Christ, we will be called by our Lord to enter the fight as good soldiers to fight the good fight of faith. This is necessary for in this fight we become the mature disciples who bring glory to God and those who are our enemy’s seed will fill up the cup of wrath that God is preparing for them as they use deceit, lies, and all sorts of wicked things in attempts to draw those fighting the good fight into unfruitful activities where they can be silenced and shamed by injuring their consciences. In order to fight this good fight of faith we must do so according the will of God, not according to the plans and devices of men.

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‘No true Christian hangs on to their sin:’ author responds to Vicky Beeching’s coming out http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/no-true-christian-hangs-on-to-their-sin-author-responds-to-vicky-beechings-coming-out/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/no-true-christian-hangs-on-to-their-sin-author-responds-to-vicky-beechings-coming-out/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:22:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56753 Bill Muehlenberg, an apologist, ethicist and author, responds to the recent revelation by so-called Christian worship artist Vicky Beeching that she’s a lesbian. Beeching says she feels certain that God loves her just the way she is. View article →

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Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/indeed-all-who-desire-to-live-a-godly-life-in-christ-jesus-will-be-persecuted/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/19/indeed-all-who-desire-to-live-a-godly-life-in-christ-jesus-will-be-persecuted/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:08:43 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56785 Continue reading ]]>

You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra-which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:10–13, ESV

“Christians” in the United States and other “civilized” countries do not exist in a climate of a fear of persecution like those in China and India (for now). Some would say that is because of our culture or that there are huge numbers of Christians here. However, the truth of the matter is that Christians who live in total obedience to their Lord will be persecuted. So, what does that say about Christians who live at peace with the world around them?

The truth of the matter is this; the reason Christians are not persecuted is that very few of them are walking in the level of obedience to their Lord that would draw attention to them from those who hate the real Jesus and the Word of God. However, if they were living holy lives, sharing their faith, actively making disciples, and preaching the whole Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ the wrath of Satan and his seed would come upon them.

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Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/do-not-be-surprised-brothers-that-the-world-hates-you/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/do-not-be-surprised-brothers-that-the-world-hates-you/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:24:52 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56780 Continue reading ]]>

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 1 John 3:13, ESV

There is a vast difference between the wisdom of the world and that of the Holy Spirit. What I mean is that no matter how profound or emphatic or pious sounding an enemy of the truth is, it is almost laughable how easy it is to spot their error and observe their self-importance as they attempt to belittle those who stand firm in the midst of God’s truth. I have a set of rules for governing comments on my blog. I had to implement them because there are certain people who think it is their job to disrupt or shout down God’s truth.

The rules are really quite simple. If anyone desires to dispute what I have taught or what a commenter has said then they must do so by using the Word of God alone as the source of their proof. It is amazing how many comments never make it through moderation because those commenters behind them are attacking what I had taught or what someone else and said, but their point of contention contained no truth. All they can come up with is innuendo or accusation, but no grounds for complaint. I can understand that coming from atheists or people from another religion, but these are professing Christians who have a huge problem with the literal interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

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To that end keep alert with all perseverance http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/to-that-end-keep-alert-with-all-perseverance/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/17/to-that-end-keep-alert-with-all-perseverance/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:55:10 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56775 Continue reading ]]>

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:22–27, ESV

We are exhorted throughout God’s Word to persevere even in the most rugged of circumstances. We are given a promise of what awaits those who do persevere, the adoption as “sons” and redemption of our bodies, which is positional for all truly in Christ. Yet, we look forward to these and other promises with eyes of faith. This temporal part of our life as Christians can be quite a battle with the flesh to the point of crying out like the Apostle Paul, “O wretched man that I am!” Weakness in this battle is directly attributable to a lack of praying as we should, while, conversely, victory in this battle is directly attributable to proper praying in the spirit, that is, in harmony with the leading of the Holy Spirit rather than according to one’s own agenda. There are many “church” things out there that are not good for us. These “church” things are the product of those scoffers who have entered the Church to divide it.

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Christ our life—soon to appear http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/16/christ-our-life-soon-to-appear/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/16/christ-our-life-soon-to-appear/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:06:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56765 The latest on my health situation ahead of a sermon excerpt from Charles Spurgeon over at Apprising Ministries. View article →

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God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/15/god-is-not-mocked-for-whatever-one-sows-that-will-he-also-reap/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/15/god-is-not-mocked-for-whatever-one-sows-that-will-he-also-reap/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:06:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56760 Continue reading ]]>

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7–10, ESV

Repentance is not a large part of the paradigm that is the 21st century version of the visible church. The current trend to build Mega-Churches has as one of its main tenets that the prevailing culture within which the church resides must determine the content of the Gospel.

In order to attract the largest possible number of people to be part of these churches, absolutely no emphasis is placed on living a life of repentance by the professing Christian. Instead, the way “church is done” is to bring the world into it, to not be threatening in any way to those who have no desire to abandon their flesh oriented lifestyles.

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UK worship artist whose songs are sung in American churches comes out as lesbian http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/14/uk-worship-artist-whose-songs-are-sung-in-american-churches-comes-out-as-lesbian/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/14/uk-worship-artist-whose-songs-are-sung-in-american-churches-comes-out-as-lesbian/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:57:44 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56742 According to Christian News Network:

Less than a year after announcing her support for same-sex ‘marriage,’ a UK-based worship artist [Vicky Beeching] whose songs are sung in American churches on any given Sunday has come out as a lesbian.

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What prevails over death? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/14/what-is-it-that-prevails-over-death/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/08/14/what-is-it-that-prevails-over-death/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:12:08 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56749 Continue reading ]]>

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. Matthew 16:13–20, ESV

Genuine Christians, God’s heirs, are those who have believed.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, ESV

Carefully read this very familiar passage from John chapter 3. Who is it that does not perish, but has eternal life? It is whoever believes in the Son. Not everyone who attempts to “follow” Jesus believes.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat. ’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. John 6:25–36, ESV

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