Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders. | Kevin DeYoung

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from Ligonier.org

It’s sexy among young people—my generation—to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.

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7 Ways to Respond to the Rising Tide of Anti-Christian Hatred | Dr. Michael Brown

from Charisma News

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage, which effectively codifies Bible believers as bigots, the attack on conservative Christian values has reached fever pitch.

This is not the slightest surprise, as I and many others have been warning for some time now, but the ferocity and ugliness of it is still shocking, and it is something we must be prepared for.

The other day I posted on Twitter, “Much has changed since the SCOTUS decision, but more has not changed. Jesus is still Lord, the world is still fallen, Satan is still raging.”

An “equality” advocate responded by challenging me to name one thing in my life that had changed since the decision.

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The Government Will Begin to Move Against Christian Churches | Ken Ham

from Charisma News

ken-ham-picThis ruling in favor of gay “marriage” by the Supreme Court is actually going to fundamentally change the culture in America, and apart from a miracle of God—a special movement of God—this is going to be basically an irreversible situation.

I really believe that to understand what is happening to America now, read Romans 1. That is really a picture of what is going on. We’re going to see increased persecution against Christians; we’re going to see increased antagonism toward Christianity. We’re going to see the restriction of the free exercise of religion, freedom of religion and free speech in this nation, particularly in regard to Christianity.

I believe we’re going to see the government move against Christian churches, colleges, institutions and organizations that take a stand on biblical marriage as God commands us to in the Bible going back to the book of Genesis.

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“The Paganization of Western Culture” | Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Idolatryfrom Oxford University Chabad Society

Yes, contemporary Western culture is a pagan culture. It is ruled by the gods of olden time, only with new names and different images. The first is the god of power – formerly known as Baal (literally: “owner”) – who sometimes appears in a slightly different form as Mammon, the god of money. Another such god is Ashtoreth (Astarte or Ishtar), the goddess of sex and fertility. In our time, though, it is no longer the goddess of fertility but only of pure sex.

Yet another god, perhaps promoted from a mere muse to a full-fledged deity, is Calliope, who is now the ruler of the craving for fame. People may want money in order to obtain material goods; they may want sex for amusement, sometimes even for procreation. But Fame is now a thing in itself; it is a certain addiction. What does the relatively new term “Celebrity” mean? It means that one is a well-known nothing. And the more one is well-known, the less people care who and what one is; it does not matter. Indeed, so many young girls and boys want to be film stars – not because they wish to be beautiful or powerful, but because they want to be known all over the world.

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My 2 cents…snibbets on news items

Salt Lake City Church distributes free copies of the Quran, each with a bookmark bearing these words:

“This book was donated by the leaders of Wasatch Presbyterian Church, who are not afraid of truth wherever it can be found.”

To the people at Wasatch Presbyterian…RUN!, run from this apostate, traitorous organization as fast as you can! God will judge this act.

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Glenn Beck labels Mike Huckabee a Progressive and Huckabee responds

“Beck needs to stick to conspiracies that can’t be so easily de-bunked by facts. Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me. But he ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time.”

I disagree with Mike Huckabee on matters of theology but a political progressive he is not. Glenn Beck is a nut, a pagan and all of you star-struck Christians who kissed Beck’s boots just so you could get the publicity of being on his TV program have more call to be ashamed.

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Haley Barbour says he will not run for president…..my comment…good!

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Praise the Lord for the courage of Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. I listened to an interview of him on Fox and Friends on satellite radio while driving to work this morning, and then watched the video below later of a different interview. He is a gracious man and yet a man of conviction. Watch this clip how while he he is kind in his replies to Eric Shawns questions pertaining to Roman Catholicism, he does not compromise his commitment to Christ and the Gospel. Those at FBC Dallas should give thanks for this man.  (Note: as soon as the video of the FOX and Friends interview is available, I will share it here with you.)

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True or False Conversion?

What are the marks of a true conversion to Christ? The late D. James Kennedy once said that some 60+% of people in churches today are not truly born again. Ray Comfort calls it Hells best Kept Secret. On this repeat broadcast Mike examines true and false conversion and shares some great audio from Dr. John MacArthur.

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Can a Person Be Evangelical and Not Believe in Hell?

from Ligonier Blog

Over the last thirty years that spirit of accommodation has mushroomed inside the evangelical church. Indeed if evangelical has any meaning at all in current usage, it is far more about a mood, a posture, than it is about an affirmation of cardinal doctrines.  Evangelicals, on the whole, do not scoff at the Bible like theological liberals. They are willing to affirm, at least in principle, biblical miracles. They are even willing, in a nuanced way that ultimately neuters that authority, to affirm the authority of the Bible, at least parts of it. That nuance typically softens the edges of the Bible by interpreting it in light of our post-modern wisdom. Suddenly the “clear” passages by which we must interpret the less clear are those passages that best reflect current common wisdom. “God is love,” which the Bible clearly teaches, suddenly means that its condemnation of homosexual behavior, or women ruling over men in the church, are suddenly open to re-interpretation.

More important, however, is the notion that “God is love” undoes the necessity of trusting in the finished work of Christ for salvation. Now, either due to a generous inclusiveness that welcomes Romanists, Mormons, Hindus, Muslims, ad nauseum, or a denial of the reality of hell, we no longer must embrace the work of Christ to be with Him forever. This, historically, is nothing like evangelicalism. It is a denial of the most basic element of the word’s historical and etymological root- the evangel.

If current trends continue, evangelical will no longer be a synonym for Protestant, because there is no error so grievous that it must be protested. It will instead become a synonym for liberal. To be acceptable, respectable, we now must give up our narrow evangel.  Are we willing to confess this hard truth—we are all fundamentalists now?

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