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21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? ’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. ’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:21-25 ESV

Genuine Christians should be seeking the joy of the Lord and are, perhaps, perplexed because their circumstances are anything but joyful. Our Lord gave us the example through the way He walked throughout His earthly ministry in which we are given what true joy is and how we must live in order to obtain it.

The following passage is right in the middle of that part of John’s Gospel dealing with the Samaritan woman at the well. View article →

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The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/30/the-heavens-are-yours-the-earth-also-is-yours-the-world-and-all-that-is-in-it-you-have-founded-them/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/30/the-heavens-are-yours-the-earth-also-is-yours-the-world-and-all-that-is-in-it-you-have-founded-them/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:35:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56650 Continue reading ]]>

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.  Psalm 89:11, ESV

God worked out the circumstances in my walk so that right after I repented and turned from my self-focused religiosity to walking before Him as one bearing his own cross I was drawn into this discernment ministry. Through this I became aware of the decades of apostasy that the visible church was in and how so much of what we call “church” in our time is not.

The move away from God-focused Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy in the Church to what we see in the majority of the visible church today into man-centeredness was accomplished mostly in small, behind-the-scenes moves. Why? It is always done this way by Satan’s change agents because what is being done can only be accomplished via deception. If these people were upfront with what they were trying to accomplish, it would be stopped cold by those with the basic level of discernment.

However, we are now in a stage in their process where we see the carnage of apostasy with local church after local church all across this globe going the way of man-focused seeker-sensitivity, losing their eternal focus, and along with that, the Gospel itself. Remember that this was accomplished as a fruit of deceit. In the New Testament, the word that is translated from the Greek as “deceit” is δόλος or dolos. Our Lord Jesus lists δόλος as one of the sins that come out of the human heart in Mark 7:22.

He stated about Nathanael that there is no δόλος in him in John 1:47. Paul and Peter also include δόλος in their list of vices (Romans 1:29; 1 Peter 2:1). Let’s face it, δόλος is serious to those who truly fear God. Of course, to those who have no fear of God, so what, right? Let’s take a closer look.

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The Christian and essential oils: a few thoughts http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/29/the-christian-and-essential-oils-a-few-thoughts/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/29/the-christian-and-essential-oils-a-few-thoughts/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:32:20 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56627 Continue reading ]]> For those Christians who haven’t heard, essential oils are big business. Big, big business. Make no mistake: essential oils are the hottest thing going since yoga invaded the church a decade ago. One of the largest and most well known of these essential oils companies is Young Living. Young Living sells its products through Multi-Level Marketing (MLM), a pyramid form of selling that works through networking. (Other MLM companies that might be familiar to some readers are Amway, Juice Plus, Pampered Chef, Herbalife and Mary Kay.)

If you happen to be one of the few that hasn’t yet heard about essential oils, just wait. One day soon your Facebook inbox will blow up with invitations to this or that essential oils home party. If you choose to attend one of these parties, you might learn some useful tips for making nice-smelling homemade cleaning products or cosmetics with essential oils, but you might also be exposed to some very unbiblical concepts about sin, sanctification and illness.

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God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/29/god-left-him-to-himself-in-order-to-test-him-and-to-know-all-that-was-in-his-heart/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/29/god-left-him-to-himself-in-order-to-test-him-and-to-know-all-that-was-in-his-heart/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:55:30 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56633 Continue reading ]]>

This same Hezekiah closed the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:30–31, ESV

I doubt if any professing Christian who is a genuine child of God has not come to that sobering and often devastating realization in which God has taken His hand away just enough so that decisions are made and actions are taken apart from His wise counsel. The consequences of our going it alone are humbling to say the least. God tests us in these circumstances to show us what is really in our hearts.

We are placed in circumstances in which the wise and Christian thing to do would be to seek God’s face and move only as He leads, but if we are honest we must confess that in these circumstances our self-righteousness comes to the fore or we operate from pride or instead of mortifying our sin, we indulge our flesh.

These are not marks of the unregenerate my brethren, but of the children of God. I am convinced that God uses these things to show us what we are really made of and, therefore, we are humbled and, therefore, become more usable in the Kingdom.

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Camp teaches kids how to defend evolution against creation ‘bullying’ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/28/camp-teaches-kids-how-to-defend-evolution-against-creation-bullying/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/28/camp-teaches-kids-how-to-defend-evolution-against-creation-bullying/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:02:54 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56597 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

A Unitarian organization in Missouri hosted an evolution camp for kids earlier this month, during which the kids were taught how to defend evolutionary theory from critics, including Christians.

According to a report from the Springfield News-Leader, the First Unitarian Universalist “Church” of Springfield sponsored an evolution camp this month for about 30 children. The camp, which took place July 7–11, was designed for youth between the ages of 5 and 11.

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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/27/my-grace-is-sufficient-for-you-for-my-power-is-made-perfect-in-weakness/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/27/my-grace-is-sufficient-for-you-for-my-power-is-made-perfect-in-weakness/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:04:26 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56620 Continue reading ]]>

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7–10, ESV

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:10–13, ESV

I believe that what ails the Church the most at this time in the early 21st Century is actually the root of most, if not all, of the growing apostasy we are witnessing. This ailment is the product of decades of poor doctrine and man-serving preaching and teaching. God has given the Church, except for His Remnant, a spirit of stupor that has blinded them so that they have believed the lie that the center of all things is not Christ, but themselves.

Their felt needs are far more important to them than God’s glory. They view God as being good when their circumstances are ok, but not good when they aren’t. They have bought their goods at Vanity Fair and they have become their idols. Let us look at a wonderful Biblical example of a man who did not devalue his relationship with God in order to have temporal pleasure.

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Jesus Christ our Redeemer http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/27/jesus-christ-our-redeemer/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2014/07/27/jesus-christ-our-redeemer/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:25:15 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=56613 Continue reading ]]>

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:33–34, ESV

The “Emergent” or “New Evangelism” gospel is one that claims that the sound doctrines of orthodoxy which teach us about the atonement, advocacy, and propitiation of Christ for the sake of His sheep are unnecessary “add-ons“ to Christ Jesus and, in fact, simply get in the way of truly knowing and emulating Him. If that is so then why did the God-inspired writers of the New Testament give these sound doctrines to us in such great and clear detail?

These are not “doctrines” of demons. These are not “doctrines” made up by men. No, these are the doctrines given to us by God Himself that reveals God to us, gives us the truth about our own sinfulness and spiritual bankruptcy outside of His grace, and the superiority of Christ our Saviour, our Advocate, our propitiation, our Redeemer.

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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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