When more than half of people surveyed believe that “God accepts the worship of Christians, Jews, and Muslims,” it’s time to admit that theology has been ignored and needs reinstated to prominence in our churches.
It’s no secret that American Christians are uneducated. For years many voices have sounded the alarm that the shallow talks given each Sunday in American churches are harmful. That reality is more evident now than ever before.
Recently, LifeWay Research and Ligonier Ministries surveyed 3000 adults concerning the state of theology in America. The results are a glaring red flag that proves how uninformed and uneducated Americans are concerning theological issues. The researchers only identified about 20% of those they surveyed as evangelicals; many other respondents identified themselves as evangelical. That in itself is a problem.
(See the chart below to view the top 12 questions and answers from the survey.)
Among the problems discovered by the survey is that nearly 3 out of 4 people believe that they must contribute to their own salvation and that Jesus is the “first and greatest being created by God.” Continue reading
As a parent that is deeply committee to imparting my faith to my children, I am always looking for resources to help. I am often overwhelmed by the task of sharing my faith with my kids, teaching them, and training them. I fail daily and need the wise counsel of those who have gone before me.
With that in mind, the following list is some helpful resources for everything from praying for your kids to taking them to church. There’s insight on answering kids’ biblical questions and tips for raising Godly kids. And, at the end is a list of books and other resources that can provide further support in your task as a parent of bringing the Gospel to your children. I hope this is a helpful list of resources that provide encouragement and support for you, mom and dad.
“Here are at least three reasons why Christian parents should require their small children (regenerate or unregenerate) to behave in ways that conform externally to God’s revealed will. I say “small children” because as a child gets older, there are certain external conformities to God’s revealed will that should be required and others that should not. It seems to me, for example, while parents should require drug-free, respectful decency from a 15-year-old, it would do little good to require an unbelieving and indifferent 15-year-old to read his Bible every day. But it would be wise to require that of a 6-year-old, while doing all we can to help him enjoy it and see the benefit in it.”
“Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women. I have frequently used these prayers when praying for my children too. And I commend them to you (see below).” Continue reading
It’s almost too absurd to consider. And yet, it’s a reality in our upside down social landscape. Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council sought to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advocate abortion. Mayor Blake an the City Council apparently are so committed to abortion in Baltimore that they are willing to force people fundamentally opposed to it to not only support it, but to help advertise it.
A recent article reports:
“Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council had moved to force the pro-life centers to post signs discouraging women from using their services and pointing them to abortion sellers…The ordinance is similar to laws now on the books in California and Illinois where Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are working to protect crisis pregnancy centers from government overreach.”
This shows the desperation of the abortion movement as they lose ground to people that increasingly see the humanity of the unborn and want to see them protected. The last few years have seen more pro-life laws enacted on the state level than in any other time in our nation’s history. Since the Obama administration has done everything it can to protect Planned Parenthood and force abortion on the American people, states have taken the issue into their own hands and defended the unborn. Continue reading
The Bible Project video series is teaching people the essential truths of biblical doctrine in a simple format that is easy to learn and understand.
I’m always looking for resources that can be used to better teach the truth of Scripture. I like things that can be used to help kids or adults better internalize the doctrines that are foundational to our faith.
To that end, I came across a video series being produced that is helping to accomplish the goal of teaching the essential doctrines of Scripture in a visual format.
The Bible Project is a non-profit ministry dedicated to helping people read and understand the Bible. Their website describes the ministry this way:
“The Bible Project is a Portland based non-profit that utilizes short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story by focusing on its overarching themes and each book’s literary design. We are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world.”
Take a look at the video below to learn a little more about the covenants of Scripture. The covenants are a matter of biblical history. God made these covenants with people like Noah, Moses, David, and the nation of Israel. The video creatively illustrates why God made these covenants and the how Jesus factors into them. It’s only a 5-minute video, but it’s fun and informative. Take a look and then go to The Bible Project website to see other videos. In all they have over 70 videos, with more on the way.
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Most people don’t know that Margaret Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood. Fewer still know that her intention was to reduce the population of African American and minority people while creating a “better breed” of humanity.
Planned Parenthood is hailed in the media as a noble organization. Our president has repeatedly praised Planned Parenthood and given them more tax dollars than any president in history. Hillary Clinton has also praised the abortion merchant for their work in “women’s rights.” If elected president, she will give them more of our tax dollars and make it easier for Planned Parenthood to kill unborn children.
What many people don’t know, however, is about the racist, pro-eugenics founder of the Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.
The American Life League is seeking to change that with the release of a new Life Studies Program called “Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger?” The video driven study series aims to educate people on the intentions behind the world’s largest abortion merchant. The things the media and Planned Parenthood don’t want you to know are revealed. A recent article comments on the content of each video: Continue reading
Now that we’ve established what the church is, we have to take a moment to look at the problem of advertising door prizes.
Our entire culture is designed to attract us to something and sell something to us. Corporations spend billions of dollars to learn exactly the right words to make you buy their product. Marketing and advertising is a billion dollar industry centered around attracting and selling. From television, to the Internet, to billboards, you can’t go an hour without seeing an ad for something. When the church engages in these tactics, it cheapens grace in favor of enticements.
The church is the most expensive purchase in all of history. The bible tells us that Jesus bought the church “with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). The grace that has been poured out on the body of Christ is priceless. When we seek to entice people through the doors of our church with cheap attractions (like door prizes), we cheapen that priceless grace and the Gospel of Jesus.
We might be tempted to think that this is just the world we live in, this is the way things work. But the church of Jesus is supposed to be “in the world, not of the world.” When we resort to the same tactics used by corporations seeking monetary profit, we no longer stand out, we’ve blended in. An old adage says “what you save them with is what you save them to.” If we seek to reach people with the Gospel using anything more than Jesus we are in danger of presenting a false Gospel that will produce false converts. Continue reading
As I drove down the road to an appointment, this sign jumped out at me from its place in the yard of a small local church. The date for “Back to Church Sunday” was given, but nothing else. No explanation, just an advertisement seeking to entice former and current members of the church to be there on a particular Sunday.
Statistics relating to church attendance are well documented. The average American church has fewer than 100 members. This well-known statistic sits adjacent to another well known statistic: some 65% of Americans self-identify as “Christian.” This means, simply, that many people calling themselves Christian don’t attend church regularly.
But numbers are not the primary concern facing the American church. A clear lack of understanding of what the church, and why it exists is a clear and present danger to the American church.
What is the church?
I posted the church’s sign on social media with my encouragement for people to run far away from such a church. That started a conversation with friends from all over about the intentions of the church and whether having door prizes was a good idea. Some viewed this as a good way to “attract” people to church so they could hear the Gospel. The thought was, get them in the doors and share Jesus with them. If they get saved then it was worth it. The opposing thought was that this church was cheapening grace and the Gospel with enticements. Continue reading
Father Frank Pavone, a pro-life stalwart with the Catholic Church, has often said “American will not reject abortion, until America sees abortion.”
I agree with Fr. Pavone’s statement. I also believe that people will not begin to be convinced that the unborn are truly human until they see just how human an unborn child is. Even among pro-life advocates there is still work to be done proving that the unborn are human from their earliest stages. The story and photos shared by a mother that recently lost her 17 week-old unborn daughter to miscarriage further proves without a doubt that the unborn are human.
Miranda shared her story with LifeNews.com in order to help others. She wanted people to see just how human her daughter was, even at just 17 weeks. LifeNews.com shared the biological facts that prove Miranda’s daughter is a valuable member of the human race:
“At 17 weeks, her major organs were in place and functioning. Her heart had been beating for months. She already had her own unique fingerprints in place, and her teeth were beginning to develop inside her gums. Inside the womb, she probably yawned and hiccupped, and she may even have sucked her thumb.”
Take a look at the precious photos of Miranda and her daughter and be reminded that “a persons a person no matter how small.” (photos appear after the break) Continue reading
The difference between “freedom of religion” and “freedom of worship” is very distinct. The fact that our president says he believes in “freedom of worship” over “freedom of religion” is a warning to be taken seriously.
A group of Pentecostals were meeting in a home church group when the local police came and said they would drive them from the home in accordance with a new law. That new law allows “freedom of worship” but severely restricts “freedom of religion.”
Recently in Russia, a proposed law received overwhelming support from lawmakers and was approved by president Vladimir Putin. That law put restrictions on missionary work, teaching, preaching, or seeking to “recruit” people into a religious organization. The law also restricts people from sharing their faith in their home, online, or anywhere outside of a church building.
This is important because so often we hear our own president declare his support for “freedom of worship” and then explain that people should always be free to worship and express their faith at church without fear. This might sound promising but, in reality, it is a concerning choice of words. The difference between freedom of religion and freedom of worship is critical and should be understood by every Christian. Continue reading