The Barna Research Company just released the results of an ongoing study regarding American attendance to the Christian church. Please remember that their definition of the "Christian church" includes many non Christians by Bible standards. Barna's Christian church includes Catholics, Protestants and other religions.
It's resurrection time again!
"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matthew 12:38-40
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:8
Have you ever thought about what this verse is really saying? Does God love everybody regardless of their actions or thoughts? Is God's love some kind of "catch all" for all the misfits, incorrigibles, law breakers and child abusers? Does this mean that regardless of the life of any person, God will love him in the end? Bible teachers encourage us to always get the context of any passage before interpreting it, so let's look at the context.
“He is not here: for he is risen...” Matthew 28:6
Every year the world must hear about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All the Muslims, Buddhists, New Agers, atheists, etc. are informed one more time that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and arose again the third day for our salvation.
Christianity is the only “religion” with a living Founder.
“He is not here: for he is risen…” Matthew 28:6
We can sing at the top of our voices, “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today…”
By the time you read this, the election results will be history. The New Religious Right will be happy or the liberal left will be happy. Actually, the results will be whether we increased or slowed down our plummet into the depths of destruction. Billions of dollars were spent on promoting a cause. To some the cause was purely racial, they saw no other issue.
“…and came trembling, and fell down…” Acts 16:29 These words describe the Philippian jailer and his conversion before Paul and Silas. Many of you are familiar with the story. Paul had been arrested for casting a devil out of a young maiden who had associated herself with them. This cost the young maiden her supernatural powers and she became a liability instead of an asset to her masters. They went into a rage over the loss of their income, arrested, beat and imprisoned Paul and Silas, charging the jailer with their safety.
Probably no argument has been waxed longer or louder than the one over “Once saved, always saved.” Some have said that this belief honors Christ’s work on the cross; others say that it is a license to sin. “If I believed ‘once saved, always saved’ I would do anything I wanted to do,” is a familiar cry. Volumes have been written on both sides of this coin. A few years ago I wrote an article on “Twice lost, always lost;” revealing that if a person gets saved and then loses his salvation, he is forever doomed. There is no such thing in the Bible of a person getting saved twice!
Paul spoke of the “simplicity” in Christ.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
God made things simple for man, but man chooses to complicate them. Adam’s first orders were extremely simple: