Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:20:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The offense of the gospel http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/30/the-offense-of-the-gospel/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/30/the-offense-of-the-gospel/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:20:05 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58067 Continue reading ]]>

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34, translated from the NA28 Greek text

Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν. Matthew 10:34, NA28

For what will be benefited a man if he acquires the whole world, but he forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26, translated from the NA28 Greek text

τί γὰρ ὠφεληθήσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐὰν τὸν κόσμον ὅλον κερδήσῃ τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ζημιωθῇ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; Matthew 16:26, NA28

What is is the offense of the Gospel? Let us examine scripture to answer that.

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The invincible ignorance of Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/29/the-invincible-ignorance-of-newsweeks-kurt-eichenwald/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/29/the-invincible-ignorance-of-newsweeks-kurt-eichenwald/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:37:37 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58065 discern.org has commentary and links. View article →

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Let us draw near unto God http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/29/let-us-draw-near-unto-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/29/let-us-draw-near-unto-god/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:37:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58060 Continue reading ]]>

You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship ME, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matthew 15:7–9, NASB

What does it mean biblically to draw near unto God? Obviously, the Jews our Lord confronted as Matthew recorded in the passage above were not doing so. However Hebrews 10:22 says to those who are truly born again:

let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22, NASB

Here is Hebrews 10:22 from the NA28 Greek text: “προσερχώμεθα μετὰ ἀληθινῆς καρδίας ἐν πληροφορίᾳ πίστεως ῥεραντισμένοι τὰς καρδίας ἀπὸ συνειδήσεως πονηρᾶς καὶ λελουσμένοι τὸ σῶμα ὕδατι καθαρῷ·”

The words “let us draw near” translates the verb προσερχώμεθα, which is the present tense, subjunctive mood, middle voice, first person, plural of προσέρχομαι or proserchomai, “to approach, accede to.” This verb structure refers to continuous or repeated action, regardless of when the action took place. The subjunctive mood suggests that the action is subject so some condition and the present subjunctive can be used to give exhortation, which is exactly what the writer of Hebrews is doing here.

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Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/28/mormon-leaders-call-for-measures-protecting-gay-rights/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/28/mormon-leaders-call-for-measures-protecting-gay-rights/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:46:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58052 Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called the move to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while at the same time protecting other people’s religious beliefs, “well-intentioned, but naive.”

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Obama: ‘My faith has been questioned by people who don’t know me’ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/28/obama-my-faith-has-been-questioned-by-people-who-dont-know-me/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/28/obama-my-faith-has-been-questioned-by-people-who-dont-know-me/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:19:59 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58029 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

While speaking on the last day to his trip to India, Barack Obama urged acceptance of religious pluralism in the nation, adding on a personal note that sometimes his profession of Christianity is questioned and that he is instead thought to be a Muslim.

“Our nations are strongest when we see that we are all God’s children—all equal in His eyes and worthy of His love,” he stated to approximately 2,000 youth gathered at the Siri Fort auditorium.

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Authentic Christians, apostates, and antichrists http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/27/authentic-christians-apostates-and-antichrists/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/27/authentic-christians-apostates-and-antichrists/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:32:12 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58039 Continue reading ]]>

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. Acts 20:28–31, NASB

True, genuine, authentic Christianity is exclusive. It is not a smorgasbord or buffet of options from which men may take what they like while rejecting the rest and still call themselves Christians. While a statement like that may not be popular in this postmodern, politically correct, 21st century culture which advocates tolerance that is sort of a give and take “conversation” in which people with opposing views find a middle ground, it is still the truth. Authentic Christianity is quite the opposite. That is not to say that many who call themselves Christians have not colored their own personal theology with postmodern presuppositions, but these are what we call apostates. What is that?

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The reality of Christian authenticity http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/26/the-reality-of-christian-authenticity/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/26/the-reality-of-christian-authenticity/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:59:14 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58036 Continue reading ]]>

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34–38, NASB

Jesus is coming back. Are you ready? Are you trusting in man-made or self-made religion to be what God will recognize as sufficient so that Christ will be your Advocate before the Father when you are judged? Without Christ as your Advocate, you will have no defense. How does Christ become our Advocate? How do we know if He is our Advocate? Let us examine Christ’s own words about this.

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Aborting black America http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/24/aborting-black-america/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/24/aborting-black-america/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:17:18 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58026 Continue reading ]]> The slogan “black lives matter” excludes the unborn says Washington Times columnist Kenneth Blackwell. He wonders if the civil rights leaders really care when a black life is lost, or whether they simply exploit situations for political gain. Blackwell writes:

Today, on the somber anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, it’s time for black leaders to face up to the real danger threatening black lives in America. It isn’t the police. According to an anti-police brutality organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, 313 blacks were killed by “police, security guards and vigilantes” in 2013. It isn’t even black criminals, who, as Rudy Giuliani famously pointed out on “Meet the Press,” are responsible for 93 percent of violent deaths among blacks. Sources estimate that between 6,000 and 8,000 blacks are murdered each year.

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Christian school forced to close as inspectors brand children ‘bigots’ for not knowing what a Muslim is http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/24/christian-school-forced-to-close-as-inspectors-brand-children-bigots-for-not-knowing-what-a-muslim-is/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/24/christian-school-forced-to-close-as-inspectors-brand-children-bigots-for-not-knowing-what-a-muslim-is/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:14:45 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58011 Continue reading ]]> Breitbart reports:

Inspectors have labelled pupils at a Christian school bigots and forced it to close after a young boy gave the wrong answer when asked what a Muslim was. Teachers at the school say he referenced terrorism in his answer, but argued that one child’s throwaway answer was no ground for closing the whole school.

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The King of Heaven humbles those who walk in pride http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/23/the-king-of-heaven-humbles-those-who-walk-in-pride/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/01/23/the-king-of-heaven-humbles-those-who-walk-in-pride/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:32:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=58021 Continue reading ]]>

Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth:“May your peace abound! It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me. “How great are His signs And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom And His dominion is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:1–3, NASB

The deepest, widest blind spot that most professing Christians have is that they are convinced their religion pleases God. Pride disguises itself in many different ways. One that I have noticed in most professing Christians is a form of self-righteousness that sees their religion as making them so well-pleasing to God that anyone who is not part of their denomination or church could not possibly be right with God. Pragmatism springs from a desire by spiritually blind Christian leaders to mimic what other “successful” preachers or pastors do to grow their congregations or baptize huge numbers of converts. When these manipulating processes seem to work the first result is deeper spiritual blindness. Why? Idolatry always produces spiritual blindness. This blindness keeps those in it deceived into believing a lie. What lie? The lie is that God is not totally sovereign and needs their help to further the Kingdom. Their religious efforts may appear to “work,” but since the results are the fruit of fleshly methods and the works of men they only lead to cultivating pride. However, we must never forget that God is Sovereign.

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