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The Sacred & Secular Distinction

 

In today's society, in particular, American society, a typical marriage, even among most Christians, means going to your local courthouse and applying for a State Marriage License! This is not common knowledge, maybe, but a license makes something legal which would otherwise be illegal. In other words, according to the State, your marriage is illegal if you don't apply for and receive a license from them ( kinda like driving )!

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Like Dogs to Vomit

'Is the Institutional Church dead?'

I know we've asked this question before, but it bears repeating! How much, or maybe we should say 'how good' of an effect is the modern evangelical church having on society as a whole? Sure, with some of the more 'seeker-friendly' corporate entities out there, one might observe droves of sheep herding into their over-priced auditoriums every Sunday! You might even witness some of this same herd 'getting saved' on any given Sunday; some of these may even hold ( as far as that goes ), and exhibit a genuine conversion ( for a while, anyway,  but when is the last time you saw one of these institutions really making a difference in the culture around them? Sad to say, these congregations believe & teach that Jesus will be returning 'post-haste' ( very soon ) and so most seem to be more concerned with saving souls for the after-life than with really affecting the culture around them, and with preparing for the Kingdom than building in the Kingdom!

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The Body Politic

 'Slavish education creates slavish voters!'


When you really ponder it, voting seems about as fruitful as taking medications; you're pretty much treating symptoms, and not really getting to the root of the problem! ( in a sense, just staving it off till a later point in time ) While politics are necessary for good & gracious government, politics of late has become an exercise in futility! The lack of good people who are willing to take the time out of their busy schedules to do any sort of politicking is so great anyway, but if a good does happen to make it to the primaries, he is either voted over because he wasn't able to spend the time or money needed in today's sham elections to get elected! Even if a good one happens to get elected, nothing much is really accomplished because an elected official is only as good as those who elected him, when it comes right down to it!

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'This Land is Our Land'

No more hunker in the bunker!

'We have met the enemy, and he is us'! This familiar line from the 40s and 50s comic strip 'Pogo' seems to be taking on new meaning of late. Many folks are starting to realize that the corrupt government that they have allowed to fester is starting to assert their unlawful authority in places where it most hurts; at home, and over our very livelihoods!

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The Truth of the Resurrection

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4

The nature and scope of the Resurrection is likely one of the most disputed facts in theology today! The question of what type of Body we will receive at the Resurrection is not a new one, either. In I Corinthians 15:35-49, the apostle Paul answers the question, 'How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?' by launching into a metaphorical and very natural explanation of how a body is resurrected, and how it appears once resurrected.

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The Blessed Hope of Israel: Fulfilled

          For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son  that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 

Too many Christians today believe that Jesus came so that His People could go to 'Heaven' when they die; not only does this water down the Gospel message, or rather, their understanding of it, it is totally unbiblical! Jesus never told anybody to 'get saved so you can go to Heaven when you die'! He DID tell them that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, and that they needed to be born again to enter it! 

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The Armed Citizen

'Modern American Politics has become just a dress rehearsal for civil war'!

When justice is not served, either by voting your conscience, or, in the case of the court system, a trial by jury, what course of redress must we take to rectify the situation and make sure that justice is served? How far will we go to see that things are done right and that they continue to be so?

Politics, loosely defined, is 'the decision of the people', therefore, politics will rule the day! The problem with politics, is that the people's decision is, more often than not, the wrong one. If more people would be inclined to unselfishly make the right decision, then politics would not be such a dirty word, and this country, or nation, would be in a lot better shape! As the case may be, though, things are what they are, and we have been ruled by bad decisions for at least the past 150 years, and probably closer to 200!

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The Freedom From Above

What is freedom?


Freedom is the ability to do as you please without the danger of outside interference. We in America prize this ability above all others, and even proclaim our God-given right to do so! However, this is not always a good thing, for if we are free to do good, by extension, we are also free to do evil as we so please!

For the past century or so, America's churches have been permeated by the doctrine that says salvation is simply going to 'heaven' when you die! If salvation merely means an escape from this crazy mixed up world, why would one try to make this crazy mixed up world any better; we're leaving it all behind anyway, right?

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Nominal Christianity

'We are no longer just a Christian nation' - Barack Obama - 2006


Does a Christian nation allow for the murder of its most helpless citizens?!


When Barack Obama made that incendiary statement in 2006, most American Christians were outraged!

'How dare he declare that we are not a Christian nation?!

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The Sovereignty of God

 

Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [ they were ] from the beginning of creation!                     II Peter 3:4

If Christians would just act like Christ, tax-paid abortion would have ended in 1974! ( Actually, the Supreme Court might never have handed down their fateful decision on Roe v. Wade! )

This statement, to say nothing of the statement on our latest inflammatory sign, may seem a little harsh and a lot presumptive!

 

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Living Without Fear

We've discussed this before; it is very easy to become despondent, even somewhat depressed when faced with the harsh reality of what, not only Obama, but generations of American presidents have done to this country!

Because God, not Obama, or any other corrupt politician is in charge, we worry needlessly! 

 

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The Real Christmas Story

The people who walked in darkness  have seen a great light! For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light!You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy.Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy!The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants— all their whips and cudgels and curses—Is gone, done away with, a deliverance    as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian.The boots of all those invading troops, along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood,Will be piled in a heap and burned, a fire that will burn for days! For a child has been born—for us!  the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always.The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.

Isaiah 9:2-7 ( Message )

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The Abdication of Stewardship, Revisited

The fact that the parents are responsible for the education of their own children may be questioned by some, but it really only makes good sense that any good parent, especially a Christian, would want to educate and train their own children!

If you, as a Christian parent, ship your child off on the prison bus to a government, or public school for 8 to 10 hours of every weekday, how much time of the day do you have them yourself to teach them in 'the way they ought to go'? How much of that time do you have to spend in countering the indoctrination they are receiving in the public schools?

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The Hand of God

When you're faced with a wicked man like Barack Hussein Obama, and are dealing with his unlawful and un-constitutional policies, it's hard to see why you should be thankful, even as a Christian! Why should we be thankful when his ungodliness is forcing us to either shape up ( according to his policies ) or ship out, to pay up or pay the penalty. 

The thing that most or many Christians have not considered, is that we are being chastised for bowing to other gods! 

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Is the ( Institutional ) Church Dead

When the church begins to conform to society, it has become just another social club!

As an institution, the purpose of the Church was to transform Society! Reading the History of the Institutional Church, one can see that to varying degrees this was a successful mission, but of late ( 500-1,000 years ) one may wonder, into whose image was Society transformed? Did the Church ( IC ) really fulfill its true Mission, or failing in its mission to transform Society into its image, has it begun to conform to the image of a rebellious and God-less Society?

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Molech Worship; We're Killing our Children!


How many Christian parents out there ( for I do not call them anything but ignorant ) place their offspring in the public, or government school system, thinking that somehow, their impressionable and immature children will not succumb to the peer-pressures of the evil that it has become, but will instead have a salvific effect on that corrupted society?

 

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The Decline of Western Civilization, Part Two


Okay, let me get this straight; we're going to bomb Syria..................because Syria bombed Syria?!

Really, how much sense does that make?!

Well, if you're in the know, and in the general context of our foreign policy for the last 200 years, give or take, it makes all the sense in the world! The rulers of the American Empire seem to think that it is their duty to 'police' the world, to make it safe for democracy. This haughty attitude has engendered many unnecessary problems in the world at large, and has been the cause of much heartache and loss of lives ( 'Bring the Boys Home' ) here in America.

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Stewards of Creation

 

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
 baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
( Matthew 28:19 )

We have a problem here in Whitehall! Our church parking lot is normally open to the public throughout the week, but on Sundays, we close the lot to all but our congregation. We even have a sign posted to this effect  but people seem to just ignore the sign!

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No More Lines

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12 ( NIV )

 

In the modern evangelical, and even fundamentalist Church today, there is an attitude of watching and waiting! Thus, many such churches seem to be waning rather than waxing. Oh sure, the numbers game played by the corporate officers may seem to be bolstering the local economy, and the members may seem, on Sonday anyway, to be 'on fire for the Lord', but it doesn't take much seeking, usually, to find that's what it's all about; the numbers!

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The Decline of Western Civilization

You may have heard comments from the Christian Right, far right, even, that the government handing out marriage licenses to homosexual couples signals the end of western civilization. Any good dispensationalist will tell you that, not only this, but many other instances of good being called evil and evil being called good plainly show that the end is near!

We agree, but 'the end of what'?

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The Tree of Knowledge

'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
John 8:32
 
Talk to most any Christian today, and you will likely hear that if we claim to have absolute truth, there must be something wrong. 'No one can know for certain that what they hold to be true is necessarily the truth', you might hear! 'To claim that you hold absolute truth, is to be proud, boastful, and in danger of hell-fire!'
 
This is relativistic to the core, and damnable!
 

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Change of Heart, Change of Life

'The Truth Hurts'; so the saying goes!

With the rabid influx of  'feel-goodism' in the American church ove the past century ( give or take ), is it really any surprise ( 'Shocked, shocked, I tell you!' ) that many or most American Christians would rather stay in their comfortable four-walled, steepled prisons, and slumber in the pews, than stand and challenge what they've been fed for ages, and to take pains to discover the Truth?!

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God on a Leash ( Spiritual Dyslexia )

Thinking back on all the disasters in recent history, both natural and man-made; what else more readily sends people scurrying like little mice ( or lemmings, maybe? ) into the cold comfort of some church-building or cathedral, offering up prayers full of smoke before a God who may or may not be listening? When our lives, or at least the lives of average Americans, are going along swimmingly, we may darken the doorsteps of said church-building or cathedral once or maybe twice a week, or just on major holidays. Let the wind blow her fury though, knocking down a few houses, taking a few lives, uprooting trees, changing other lives completely, etc. we tend to make a run for the nearest House of God, falling on our knees before the only One who can save us!

                                            
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Christian Heresy?

What does Kingdom Life look like?

This question might engender discussion about how Kingdom Life differs from everyday life ( for the Christian ), which might prove difficult to explain, or it might even lead to further questions, like; 'what do you mean by Kingdom Life?' One thing we can pretty much be sure of, though, is that modern American Christianity, and for the most part, Christianity around the world, while acknowledging God's Kingdom, attempts to relegate it to either merely the 'spiritual' realm, or to the future ( or both? )!

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Reality Versus Relativity

To a nation of moral relativists, what are three deaths compared to fifty thousand?
 
Anytime that innocents are killed, whether on purpose or accidentally, it is a great tragedy!  Any good American should be outraged at any person,  Muslim or not, foreigner or not, who dares to commit an act of terrorist aggression! Really, to any good person, American or not, Christian or not, feels at least a tinge of shame that another human being would dare do such a thing as to take the life of an innocent or even helpless person. But it happens every day! Not only do we see ( increasingly ) abominable events such as the infamous '9-11' and the most recent 'Boston Bombing', but statistically, around fifty thousand pre-born infants are murdered, usually in an even more abominable fashion!
 

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Who Owns Marriage?

 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
Ephesians 5:25

Signed into law by none other than Bill Clinton, on September 21st, 1996, The Defense of Marriage Act, put forth by Georgia Representative Bob Barr, was a bill, among other things maybe, to protect state's rights. Although it seems that Rep. Barr had good intentions in authoring this 'bill'; at the very out-set, he launched his plan based on a completely false assumption!
 

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How to Live ( Resurrection Life! )

 

'The nerve!'

'You're telling us how to live!?'

The 'problem' is, most Christians don't believe that we are in the Resurrection. There should ( ideally ) be an immediate objection made to such a statement, such as, 'Jesus said 'I AM the Resurrection and the Life'; we are in Jesus, therefore, we ARE in the Resurrection, but don't hold your breath, or you may NEED a physical 'resurrection'!

 

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God's Empire Versus the American Empire

That this nation was founded on Christian principles is not only arguable, it is somewhat questionable! There is no doubt that certain of our founders were good Christians, as far as that went, and that the two most important ( traditionally anyway ) documents assembled to birth and govern this fledgling nation were influenced by Christianity, but the whole concept of America as a Christian nation is faulty, at the very least!

 

God, Guns, Guts, and Country

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 Whom Do You Serve?


There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
But he who fears has not been made perfect in love
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I John 4:18

Aside from the latent contextual issues behind this statement, like audience relevance, etc., these words should give us pause, if not stir us to even greater action. The apostle Paul wrote this to the Christians in Rome, 'I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord' ( Romans 8: 38 & 39 ). With this kind of Love, Love personified, we should be without fear, yet fear seems to lurk around every corner, even sometimes, for the most seasoned believer!

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