Thursday, February 25, 2010

Christ's Music or Satan's Music?

Oftentimes, we are asked, "What is music?" These videos are an interesting look at this topic; a quote from which is placed below:
So many folks say, "This is just a matter of personal preference. You like your kind of music. I like my kind of music. Who's to say one's right and one's wrong?" I hope before we get through today in these three messages you'll realize that that is a worldly philosophy that does not belong in Christian circles.

There are principles that God has laid down for us in every area of life and one of those areas is music. But because folks have not proven what is acceptable to God, they come up with the idea that music is amoral...This I think is the root of the problem in so much so-called Christian music today because what they are saying is that there is no good or bad music. Incidentally, no generation has believed that until this one.

When one chooses a musical style today, one is making a statement about whom one identifies with, what one's values are, and ultimately who one is.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Being a Witness for Christ

What is Persecution?

So many times, we can feel overwhelmed by the cares of this life. Families, finances, health, employment... Yet, are these the type of persecutions Jesus forewarned us of in the Scriptures?

All around the world, brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ are being threatened, injured, maimed, and murdered for refusing to deny the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many times we verbally proclaim that we believe in Jesus and that He is our Savior and Lord. Are we prepared to stand by that claim...until the death?

It is not a matter of will power, for if you try to do so in your own strength, you will buckle. You must be born again by having the life of Christ; then it will be Christ who stands within you in times of great adversity.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Free Will Offering

God's Robots?

Some believe that man does not have a free will given by God. They say that all is predetermined for man by God apart from any personal choice of his own - even his eternal destiny. Man is more or less a robot which does whatever God has programmed. Not only is this position unScriptural, it is completely contrary to the very nature of God.

We dealt briefly with this error in the previous article on predestination, however let's look a little more into how free will is addressed in the Scriptures.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What Manner of Persons Ought Ye to Be?

The Day of the Lord

The day of the Lord is described in Scripture as a time when:
  • The proud will be brought low (Isaiah 2:12)
  • There will be destruction and wailing as sinners are destroyed and the Lord's wrath is poured out (Isaiah 13:6, 9; Joel 1:15; Zephaniah 1:15-2:2)
  • There will be vengeance from the Lord for what has been done against His people (Isaiah 34:8; Jeremiah 46:10)
  • The house of Israel will need to stand in battle (Ezekiel 13:5)
  • It is cloudy and the heathen will be addressed (Ezekiel 30:3; Obadiah 1:15)
  • There shall be trembling as the Lord arrays His army for war (Joel 2:1,11)
  • There is darkness upon the land (Amos 5:18-20)
  • The righteous shall be hidden from the Lord's anger (Zephaniah 2:3)
Destruction...Terror...Wrath...Darkness. This doesn't paint the picture of happy times.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

We Are The World?

The Spirit of the World

I have an honest question for those who consider themselves Christians. Can anything good come from the world?

This is a serious question; not a rhetorical one. I am not asking for some knee-jerk response. Really consider this question as well as your own response to it.

Do you personally believe that it is possible for the world to produce any good thing? Can anything that the world generates be modified and repackaged to make it acceptable to God and safe for His people? Is it "normal", "okay", and "just a part of life" to have some attachment to the things of the world?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What if Paul Wrote to a Current Day Church?

If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today

A site called The Sacred Sandwich has posed a very interesting scenario. What if the Apostle Paul had written to a present day church?

By supposing that Paul's latter to the church at Galatia was actually a present day article submitted to Christianity Today, The Sacred Sandwich examines the types of responses present day Christians were likely to give.

Do we really believe the words God spoke to the early churches and would we be able to receive those words today?  Much of what calls itself the church has truly fallen from its place in Christ so that even the very words of God would be found offensive.

"And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." Matthew 11:6

Monday, February 8, 2010

The ROOT of the Problem in the 'Church'

This Was Ordained By God?

There is a secular actress and comedienne by the name of Mo'Nique who has a talkshow on BET. One of her recent guests was "gospel" recording artist Kirk Franklin who is credited with bringing such spiritual hymns into the church as Parliament- Funkadelic's "One Nation Under a Groove".

When first entering the stage, Kirk kneels down in deference to Mo'Nique, bowing his head and raising his hands together as if in prayer. This is far more than a simple sign of respect. It is a position of homage and of worship.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Celebration of Gospel Garbage

Friendship of the World IS Enmity with God

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1

There have been several "Gospel" awards shows recently, and they all have one thing in common: a love of the world. People mistakenly believe that if you slap the name of Jesus on anything, it becomes Christian. This is not so.

The following video engages in a discussion of the recent "Celebration of Gospel" awards show which was featured on BET. The theme was "10 Years, Faithfully Yours." I have no doubt these shows have been faithful; the question is to whom have they been faithful?

According to Steve Harvey, the "celebration of Gospel" has always been about merging the church with the world.