Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:33:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heresy, Apostasy, and Discernment http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/heresy-apostasy-and-discernment/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/31/heresy-apostasy-and-discernment/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:33:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60326 Continue reading ]]>

10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned. Titus 3:10-11 NASB

True Biblical discernment is crucial for the spiritual health of the Body of Christ because there has and always will be a plague of false teaching and teachers upon it until our Lord’s return. I am sure most of you have noticed the recent outrage over the increased security measures by the TSA in the USA that involve full body scans and “pat down” searches at our airports. One of the articles I read today compared what the TSA does with what is done is Israel at their airports, which is, instead of relying on “technology” based systems, passengers are interviewed by experts trained in what specifically to look for. They know their enemy and they know how to flush him or her out via their own interview process. Notice that since they have gone to this system that they have had no breakdown in their security. My point is that they know their enemy. They know their enemy’s tactics. They know this enemy’s goal. They do not waste time and resources with those who are no threat. In the Truth War that is upon us in the Church, we have many enemies trying to come in “unawares.” They try to infiltrate, appearing as “Orthodox” but their teaching is deceitful, degrading, and damnable (2 Peter 2:1). Those of us who have been gifted by God with spiritual discernment are, therefore, also given the job of flushing these people out. Part of this job is  knowing who our enemies really are. Are they apostates or are they simply holding to some heresy that doesn’t fall into the range of “deceitful, degrading, or damnable?” View article →

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Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/study-delivers-bleak-verdict-on-validity-of-psychology-experiment-results/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/study-delivers-bleak-verdict-on-validity-of-psychology-experiment-results/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60320 Continue reading ]]> The Guarding reports on a major investigation into claims made in psychology research journals. John Ioannidis, professor of health research and policy at Stanford University, said that the study was impressive but “the picture it paints – a 64% failure rate even among papers published in the best journals in the field – is not very nice about the current status of psychological science in general, and for fields like social psychology it is just devastating.”

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Who are the apostates? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/who-are-the-apostates/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/who-are-the-apostates/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:41:47 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60315 Continue reading ]]>

12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom you have not known), 14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you, 15 you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword. Deuteronomy 13:12-15 NASB

1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. 7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, 8 DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, 9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. 10 “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’; 11 AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'” 12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:1-13 NASB

It must have been about 7 or 8 years ago that I was in a discussion on this blog after I had written a piece about some of the confusing things coming from the ministry of Dr. John Piper and others. I made the comment to one of my friends that I thought that Dr. Piper needed to show the fruits of repentance for some of the things he had said and done or he would eventually be considered an apostate. Someone not in that conversation (a bottom feeder or troll??) jumped all over that statement and condemned me for calling Dr. Piper an apostate which he refused to consider because (according to him) an apostate is one who drops all pretense of Christianity and walks away from his faith. Using that reasoning those who continue to claim to be Christians even though they preach heresies such as Modalism (T.D. Jakes for instance) or deny the necessity of the Atonement and Justification by Faith alone and the reality of Hell (Rob Bell for instance) or those who insist on Christianity that is forever changing according to whatever society demands or wants (pragmatism) and insist that doctrine is not needed, but works is what God wants (Rick Warren for instance) are Christians along with the Roman Catholics, Mormans, and anyone else who claims that they are. Of course then there are those fellas (Steven Furtick, and James MacDonald for instance) who are all about erecting “cool” idolatrous worship which is really all about themselves and they sell this product to other wannabe preacherboys who want to be rich and famous like them. Do you see the common denominator in all this? Is any of what these people do about God and his glory? Is it about the edification of the Body of Christ through the genuine worship of God for his glory alone? No, it is about making money and becoming famous while fleecing the sheep who have been duped into thinking its all about the gospel. Have you noticed that these people never talk about the gospel without talking about money? View article →

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Texas Man Proposes to Another Man in “Church” Despite United Methodist Ban on Same-Sex “Marriage” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/texas-man-proposes-to-another-man-in-church-despite-united-methodist-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/30/texas-man-proposes-to-another-man-in-church-despite-united-methodist-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:09:55 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60317 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Networkreports:

A Texas man recently proposed to his so-called boyfriend during the Sunday morning service at their “church” despite the United Methodist Church’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”

Trevor Harper, 36, recently posted a video of the event on YouTube to show that his congregation is accepting and approving of homosexuals.

Harper has been in a relationship with Davis Covin, 30, since 2006, and both have been attending the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

Recently, both men were invited to share their “faith story” during the Sunday service, during which time Harper told those gathered that he was appreciative of the congregation’s approval of homosexual relationships.

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Evaluating Beth Moore’s Upcoming Live Simulcast http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/29/evaluating-beth-moores-upcoming-live-simulcast/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/29/evaluating-beth-moores-upcoming-live-simulcast/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:16:50 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60310 Continue reading ]]> Sharon Lareau of Chapter 3 Ministries challenges her readers to put on their thinking caps as they evaluate material LifeWay released to promote Beth Moore’s upcoming simulcast. Are there any red flags?

Red flag

I have decided to take another break from my series about submitting in everything to write about something that is time sensitive. It is in regards to the upcoming Living Proof Live Simulcast that is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Beth Moore promises an audacious message. The theme for this year’s simulcast is connected to her new book Audacious.

The following is from the FAQ on LifeWay Christian Resources’ website regarding Audacious.

What is Audacious? “Audacious is the newest book written by Beth Moore. She wrote it specifically thinking of YOU, the simulcast audience! Audacious is an exclusive pre-release for simulcast participants! This is the very first time we have had a book that was connected to the message of her simulcast. We are thrilled to offer participants the opportunity to gain exclusive access to the book before the public release.”

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Reports: Pope blesses lesbian authors for their “excellent Christian values” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/reports-pope-blesses-lesbian-authors-for-their-excellent-christian-values/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/reports-pope-blesses-lesbian-authors-for-their-excellent-christian-values/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:35:31 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60306 Continue reading ]]> From Berean Research:

Photo via annapisapia.blogspot.com

Photo via annapisapia.blogspot.com

Pope Francis has reportedly pronounced two “married” women fruitful, with excellent Christian values.

Lesbian author Francesca Pardi, who writes and publishes books such as “Why you have two mummies“, wrote to Pope Francis after the publishing company she runs with her wife came under fire from Christian groups.

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The Feminist War on Family Science http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/the-feminist-war-on-family-science/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/the-feminist-war-on-family-science/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:36:02 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60303 Continue reading ]]> The Daily Signal reports:

Few social science findings are as durable, consistent, and striking as the idea that children fare better when under the care of two biological parents (on a whole slew of indicators).

This is as close to a law of gravity as we have in sociology.

Unfortunately, there are a slew of scholars who have ignored the science, and instead argue that sociology cannot prove that children fare better with parents who are traditionally married.

The effect of this feminist war on family science—waged by Martha Fineman, Linda McClain, and Elizabeth Brake—has been staggering.

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Call me “ze,” not “he”: University wants everyone to use “gender inclusive” pronouns http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/call-me-ze-not-he-university-wants-everyone-to-use-gender-inclusive-pronouns/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/call-me-ze-not-he-university-wants-everyone-to-use-gender-inclusive-pronouns/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:12:26 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60301 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian Examiner:

Educators in the Volunteer State are very concerned that students might be offended by the usage of traditional pronouns like she, he, him and hers, according to a document from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”

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Mortification of sin http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/mortification-of-sin/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/28/mortification-of-sin/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:07:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60297 Continue reading ]]>

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13 NASB

God is Holy. God is Righteous. God is Just. God is Sovereign. Yehōwāh (יהוה) our Adhōnāy (אדן אדון), God our sovereign one, our Lord, our Kurios (κύριος), is also Love, Mercy, and Grace. We must not have a view of God that emphasizes His love, mercy, or grace over His Holiness. We are commanded to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phlippians 2:12). We are commanded to delight in God and come boldly to His throne of Grace, yet we must never take His Holiness for granted. This is why we have so much exhortation in the Bible to put to death the deeds of the flesh and then become Spirit-filled thereby walking in repentance. View article →

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70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/27/70-of-americans-are-christians-seriously/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/27/70-of-americans-are-christians-seriously/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:39:48 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60293 Continue reading ]]>
              Marsha West

Marsha West

A recent report indicates that 70% of Americans are Christians. If this is true, what it says to this writer is that a whole host of people who profess faith in Jesus Christ neglect to read the instruction manual that reveals everything we need to know about the object of our faith. I’m referring to the Bible. Anyone who takes the time to read it knows what Jesus taught and how those who claim to believe in Him must live their lives. Clearly Christians are not reading the Book.

So, isn’t it a bit odd that people who say they believe Christ died for their sins aren’t the least bit curious about who He is and what He taught while He was here? Jesus spent the better part of three years teaching his disciples all sorts of things such as what His mission was (John 1:14-18) and how they were to conduct themselves.

The Lord gave commands, not suggestions. He never said: “It’s not a good idea to murder someone…lie…cheat…steal…sleep around…commit adultery…practice homosexual sex…get drunk…use drugs…have a slew of idols, or anything like that.” Nor did He say: “It would be nice if you’d consider forgiving those who do you wrong.” He never tossed them the “Good job!” compliment when they exercised discernment. Neither was Jesus into high-fiving and “atta boys.” Whenever these sorts of things came up in conversation, He said unequivocally, “Do not”…”You must!” Moreover, He was clear that in order to be saved people must repent of their sins and turn away from the sinful life. “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).

And trust me when I say that there’s no way He would have said to one of His followers: “God smiles when you be you.”

Keeping Jesus’ commands begins with knowing what they are and then, of course, obeying them. The Lord said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

If you love me…

Basic Training

So, could a person become a member of the armed forces without ever having gone through some form of basic training? No! The expressed purpose for a soldier to go through boot camp is to learn to become a lean mean fighting machine. Soldiers leave boot camp with the general knowledge they need to go into combat and fight a brutal enemy, with their goal being to win! Men and women who don’t understand the rules of engagement, what weapons to use in battle and how to use them effectively, will end up on the losing end.

During the 1960s when the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans first began, what if professing evangelicals had understood that we were in the beginning stages of the “culture war”? What if evangelicals had gone all out to stop the small number of progressives from taking control of public schools…higher education…entertainment industry…media… politics…courts…the scientific community and so on?

What if…???

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