Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:06:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The product of the test of our faith http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/28/the-product-of-the-test-of-our-faith/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:06:11 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64660 Continue reading ]]>

2 Πᾶσαν χαρὰν ἡγήσασθε, ἀδελφοί μου, ὅταν πειρασμοῖς περιπέσητε ποικίλοις, 3 γινώσκοντες ὅτι τὸ δοκίμιον ὑμῶν τῆς πίστεως κατεργάζεται ὑπομονήν. 4 ἡ δὲ ὑπομονὴ ἔργον τέλειον ἐχέτω, ἵνα ἦτε τέλειοι καὶ ὁλόκληροι ἐν μηδενὶ λειπόμενοι. (James 1:2-4 NA28)

2 Consider it all joy my brothers whenever you fall into various trials 3 knowing that the testing of your faith works endurance; 4 let endurance work to fulfillment, that you be mature and complete lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The word joy in my translation is the Greek noun χαρὰν, which is the Accusative, Singular of χαρά or chara, “is an antonym of grief and sorrow. It denotes ‘joy, happiness, and gladness.’” In other words, James, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is telling Christians to not grieve or be sorrowful, but to be glad and full of joy when they “fall into various trials.” The words “you fall” translates the verb περιπέσητε, which is the Aorist tense, Subjunctive mood, and Active voice of περιπίπτω or peripiptō, which is a compound of περί or peri, “properly through (all over), that is, around” and πίπτω or piptō, “fail, fall (down), light on” with the result coming to mean, “to fall into something that is all around, that is, light among or upon, be surrounded with: – fall among (into).” Doesn’t that “figuratively” describe how we so often have found ourselves in the midst of something that seems “overwhelming?” The word trials translates the noun πειρασμοῖς, which is the Dative, Plural of πειρασμός or peirasmos, “refers either to a testing or a temptation to do something wrong.” View article →

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Why Americans Should Celebrate the Brexit Vote http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/27/why-americans-should-celebrate-the-brexit-vote/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:02:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64656 Continue reading ]]> Nile Gardiner of The Daily Signal has the story:

The momentous victory for the Brexit campaign signals a new era of freedom for the British people.

After more than four decades of being shackled to the European Union (previously the European Economic Community), Great Britain has declared its independence.

The vote for Brexit (52 percent of Britons cast ballots to leave the EU) is a vote for sovereignty and self-determination. Britain will no longer be subject to European legislation, with Britain’s Parliament retaking control. British judges will no longer be overruled by the European Court of Justice, and British businesses will be liberated from mountains of EU regulations, which have undermined economic liberty.

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Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/27/pope-says-church-should-ask-forgiveness-from-gays-for-past-treatment/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:41:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64647 Continue reading ]]> Yahoo News has the Reuters report:

Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for “blessing so many weapons” in the past.

In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologize to gays.

Francis looked sad when the reporter asked if an apology was made more urgent by the killing of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida this month.

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James Dobson Asserts: Donald Trump Is a “Baby Christian” Who Needs to Be “Cut Some Slack” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/27/james-dobson-asserts-donald-trump-is-a-baby-christian-who-needs-to-be-cut-some-slack/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:17:36 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64652 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian News Network:

James DobsonJames Dobson, the founder of the renown Colorado-based organization Focus on the Family, asserted this week after gathering with nearly 1,000 evangelical leaders to listen to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he believes Trump is a “baby Christian” who needs to be “cut some slack.”

Dobson was interviewed by Michael Anthony of GodFactor.com, who likewise attended the event held at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. Dobson characterized the gathering as “historic” among Christians, and shared his belief that Trump is himself a Christian.

“There are a lot of people ministering to him personally—a lot of ministers,” he stated in the recorded interview. “I mean, he did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ, and that’s fairly recent. I don’t know when it was, but it has not been long.”

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Come and see http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/27/come-and-see/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:24:46 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64643 Continue reading ]]>

45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:45-46 NASB)

In the passage above, John 1:45-46, we see two of our Lord’s future Apostles, Philip and Nathanael, conversing. Philip finds his friend Nathanael and tells him that he and other friends have found “Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote.” This is, of course, the Messiah. Then he tells him who he is, “Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” What was Nathanael’s response? He asked a rhetorical question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” What was Philip’s answer? It was the one we must all take to heart and make the foundation of how we approach both evangelism and apologetics. He said, “Come and see.View article →

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Brits Predict: Robots To Outnumber Humans Within 20 Years http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/26/brits-predict-robots-to-outnumber-humans-within-20-years/ Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:02:27 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64639 Continue reading ]]> The desire to roboticize the world appears to be growing.  In the next few years the world will be inundated with bots.  According to FITPRO:

RobotHealthcare, automotive and fashion industries predicted to be hit most by technological innovation, survey reveals.

Robots will soon outnumber human beings and 3D printers will be used to create human organs, according to a survey of over 2,000 British adults.

The next two decades will see radically impact healthcare and automotive industries, according to SMG Insight and YouGov research commissioned by London & Partners, with GP consultations available through virtual reality or driverless cars replacing traditional vehicles.

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A prominent conservative columnist says he’s leaving the party because of Donald Trump http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/26/a-prominent-conservative-columnist-says-hes-leaving-the-party-because-of-donald-trump/ Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:31:56 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64636 Continue reading ]]> AOL has the story from Business Insider:

Conservative columnist George Will said Friday that he’s leaving the GOP over Donald Trump‘s rise to becoming the party’s standard bearer.

Will suggested that a Democratic victory in the presidential election in November would be preferable to Trump winning the White House.

“Make sure he loses,” Will told PJ Media, a conservative blog. “Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.”

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Jesus Christ is Lord http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/26/jesus-christ-is-lord/ Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:42:46 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64627 Continue reading ]]>

32 Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, 34 and said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. (John 11:32-35 NASB)

As we stand firm against the onslaught of false teachers and heretics attacking the modern church, we can wear ourselves out at times seeking every nuance of what they are saying and doing. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. However, most of the time, the very best way to stand against what is false is to teach God’s Truth clearly to all who will hear. When heretics attack the veracity of the Gospel from every angle or those sold out to the Purpose Driven paradigm dumming it down so that it is no longer recognizable, they do these things from a point of motivation. There is a reason or goal in mind. Mostly, it is to simply appear to be non-offensive to people, to be man-pleasers, to attract as many people as possible to come under their Big Tent where all forms of theology are welcome, that is, all forms except the one we hold to here. No Exclusivity is allowed. No Five Solas are allowed. No Sovereignty of God! No Justification by grace  through faith ALONE! No, there can be none of that for then others would be offended and there would go their artificial unity. Of course, in the make-believe-Christendom they have created, they have a made-up Jesus. He is not Jesus Christ of the Bible, the Son of God. No, because He is the one who said that No One comes to the Father except through Him, and that would be offensive so they have their own Jesus who just loves everyone and died on the Cross either to save everyone or just to show everyone a better way.  View article →

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Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Paradigm awakens once again http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/25/rick-warrens-purpose-driven-paradigm-awakens-once-again/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:37:23 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64624 Continue reading ]]> Amy Spreeman of Berean Research fills us in on what “Purpose Driven Pope,” Rick Warren, is up to these days and voices some of her concerns.  She writes:

Photo courtesy Apprising Ministries

Photo courtesy Apprising Ministries

In case you thought Rick Warren was fading into the background giving the New Apostolic Reformation the spotlight, think again. While the NAR “apostles” target youth ripe for revival, Warren is back in the saddle targeting pastors around the globe for his one-world P.E.A.C.E. Plan.

For the first time in almost a decade, Saddleback pastor Rick Warren is bringing his Purpose Driven Conference for pastors and leaders back to the United States, and inviting a worldwide audience to stream it online (for a mere $199). The conference takes place at his Lake Forest, California church in just a few days: June 28 – 30.

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Gallup: Euthanasia Now Accepted by 69% of Americans http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/06/25/gallup-euthanasia-now-accepted-by-69-of-americans/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:52:12 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64622 Continue reading ]]> CNSNews reports:

A Gallup poll released today, June 24, found that the majority of Americans believe euthanasia should be legal, with 69 percent agreeing that when a person has an incurable disease and requests euthanasia “doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means.”

The first time Gallup found a majority in favor of euthanasia was 1973. The percentage in favor of euthanasia grew from 53 percent in 1973 to 65 percent in 1990.

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