Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:28:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 God’s law and the grace of Christ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/23/gods-law-and-the-grace-of-christ/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/23/gods-law-and-the-grace-of-christ/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:28:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56611 Apprising Ministries with another look at these issues critical to an accurate understanding of God’s Gospel. View article →

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Rethinking the Bible: a reassessment among some evangelicals http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/23/rethinking-the-bible-a-reassessment-among-some-evangelicals/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/23/rethinking-the-bible-a-reassessment-among-some-evangelicals/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:13:22 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56603 Continue reading ]]> Jim Hinch, contributing writer for the Orange County Register, writes that a growing number of evangelicals are asking if their historic view of Scripture is too dogmatic. In his piece, Hinch includes the opinions of several professing Christians – including Rob Bell (who has been exposed as an apostate) – as he endeavors to examine what is going on in the increasingly liberal church in America. According to Hinch, “A study this year by the American Bible Society found that nearly 40 percent of Americans under age 30 never read the Bible, while 16 percent of young adults consider the Bible ‘the actual word of God.’”

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Bishop Tony Palmer, who urged Catholics and charismatics to unite, dies in motorcycle crash http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/bishop-tony-palmer-who-urged-catholics-and-charismatics-to-unite-dies-in-motorcycle-crash/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/bishop-tony-palmer-who-urged-catholics-and-charismatics-to-unite-dies-in-motorcycle-crash/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:44:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56582 Continue reading ]]> Stand Up For The Truth is reporting on the tragic death of Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer who was a close confidant of Pope Francis:

The last time we heard from Charismatic Bishop Tony Palmer, he was coordinating a meeting between Pope Francis and Palmer’s guru Kenneth Copeland. Today Palmer was killed in a motorcycle crash.

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Obama refuses to add religious exemption to homosexual employment mandate http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/obama-refuses-to-add-religious-exemption-to-homosexual-employment-mandate/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/obama-refuses-to-add-religious-exemption-to-homosexual-employment-mandate/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:53 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56585 Christian News Network reports:

Barack Obama has refused to include a religious exemption in an executive order that he plans to sign today, which mandates that federal contractors hire homosexual and transgender persons.

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Bethel’s Bill Johnson: “Jesus was so empty of divine capacity…” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/bethels-bill-johnson-jesus-was-so-empty-of-divine-capacity/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/21/bethels-bill-johnson-jesus-was-so-empty-of-divine-capacity/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:42:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56566 Continue reading ]]> John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire writes concerning the latest heresy coming out of Bethel Church in Redding, CA:

Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.

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The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/20/the-wrath-of-god-is-revealed-from-heaven-against-all-ungodliness-and-unrighteousness-of-men/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/20/the-wrath-of-god-is-revealed-from-heaven-against-all-ungodliness-and-unrighteousness-of-men/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:18:30 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56571 Continue reading ]]>

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:18–20, ESV

It seems that the default theology of Man is “Justification by Death.” Justification is a legal term where a person is declared “not guilty” by a judge. No one seems to have a problem with the concept of all people being sinners.

However, our culture says that all people will be sent to Heaven when they die regardless of how they lived their lives. Once there, they will receive rewards or lose rewards based on the quality of their character. This is why the Doctrine of Hell is seen as “judgmental” and “Pharisaical” by those of the “New Evangelism.”

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Jesus, the God of holy scripture http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/20/jesus-the-god-of-holy-scripture/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/20/jesus-the-god-of-holy-scripture/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:17:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56573 After reading this new piece from Apprising Ministries, you should be able to see that too often what this means is lost in the visible church today. View article →

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Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/17/contend-for-the-faith-that-was-once-for-all-delivered-to-the-saints/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/17/contend-for-the-faith-that-was-once-for-all-delivered-to-the-saints/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:52:44 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56559 Continue reading ]]>

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:3–4, ESV

The Epistle of Jude is generally attributed to the half-brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. In v. 3 we learn that his original intent was to write an epistle on salvation to his recipients. However, he was compelled to write a call to battle for the truth instead.  Why? The church was being infiltrated by some apostate teachers. I hear from so many who attempt to say that God’s plan for the church does not include doing this.

I was told by one fellow once who was trying to stop me from exposing his favorite “emergent” leader that God had commanded that we should allow the tares and wheat to grow together in the church and let God sort them out as our Lord shared in the parable of the Wheat and Tares found in Matthew 13:24–30. However, Jesus interprets this parable for us in v. 38 telling us that the field containing the wheat and tares is the world, not the church, and those told to leave them be until the judgment are angels, not Christians (v. 39).

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/16/in-the-beginning-was-the-word-and-the-word-was-with-god-and-the-word-was-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/16/in-the-beginning-was-the-word-and-the-word-was-with-god-and-the-word-was-god/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:52:56 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56554 Continue reading ]]>

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:18–21, ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1–2, ESV

The phrase “in the beginning” tells us that the Word existed before creation. The Greek word for “beginning” here is arche. It simply means the most extreme or outermost point of something. John uses this word to refer to the beginning of the universe. This would include time, space, and all matter. The word John used that is translated “Word” here is logos. This word is best translated as “intelligence.” It was used in Greek philosophy to signify the rational principle of “divine reason,” “mind,” or “wisdom.”

However, John gave this word an O.T. and Christian meaning. For example he obviously is referring back to Genesis 1:3 where God’s Word brought the world into existence. In the Psalms and Proverbs, God’s Word is His powerful self-expression in creation, wisdom, revelation, and salvation. John took this understanding and made Logos refer to a person, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Word was not a created being subject to time and space. He is outside of creation.

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Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/15/christ-the-power-of-god-and-the-wisdom-of-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/15/christ-the-power-of-god-and-the-wisdom-of-god/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:13:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56546 Continue reading ]]>

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:12–14, ESV

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 1 Corinthians 1:18–19, ESV

What is the preaching of the cross? This is God’s total revelation, the Gospel in all its fullness. This preaching or teaching is centered in the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ. It also includes the entire divine plan and provision for the redemption of sinners. This is the theme of all Sacred Scripture. This teaching is foolishness to those who are perishing. The Greek word that forms “foolishness” here is the root word for our English word “moron.” It means “absurdity.”

Those who are perishing see the message of the cross as utter foolishness or moronic or absurd. What does it mean that they are perishing? The Greek word that is translated as “them that perish” is a present participle. It implies continuous or repeated action. Later in v. 18 we have the term “saved.” It is also a present participle.

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