Church bears ‘some responsibility’ for abortion tragedy?

On my radio program today, I commented on Dr. Richard Land’s recent statement that the church was at least somewhat responsible for abortion being legalized.

The Baptist Press story stated,

“That could never have happened without at least the acquiescence of people in our churches — Protestant and Catholic alike,” said Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Scott Reiber, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, MS emailed the following comment,

Would abortion have been legalized if the Church had stood up?  I don’t
think so.  Why?

1–Problem was that in the early part of the last century most mainline
churches abandoned the Word of God as being just that, the Word of God.
So there was no moral authority about sexual ethics and the value of human life.

2–Problem was that among Evangelicals the idea was that the world — meaning life — including medicine, law, politics — virtually every area of life — was hoplelessly corrupt and going to become worse and worse. Christians could not dirty their hands by being involved in these areas. Just snatch a few brands from the burning because Christ was coming.  In part this was a reaction to the social gospel of the liberals, but in the
end it abandoned virtually every area of human endeavour to the world. And
the results???  Abortion, infanticide, euthanasia – what area do Christians
dominate in our culture?

Everybody Wants Reformation… but who is willing to let goods and kindred go?

Source: Audience One Ministries

A earnest plea for a day of prayer and fasting.

No fanfare; no programs; no religious leaders jockeying for media attention; no K-Street spin; no DVD’s or MP3’s to profit from; no books to promote; no CD’s to sell; no contests to judge; and no personality driven agendas to tolerate. But simply God’s people taking leave from the duties of their daily lives to humbly seek the Lord to bring revival, repentance, and reform to His church once again.

We need a new Reformation today beloved; we need another Great Awakening!

“O Christian, never be proud of things that are so transient, injurious, and uncertain as the riches of this evil world! But set your heart on the true and durable riches of grace in Christ Jesus.” -ISAAC AMBROSE

Read the entire article….

Two men who have their priorities straight

The older I get, the less interested I become in professional sports. You wouldn’t know it perhaps from looking at me, but at one point in my life I was a very good athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball (averaged 21 points a game, 45% from the field and 91% from the free throw line in round ball my senior year, before the three-point shot was the norm…but whose counting). Like many of you, I have been disgusted by the selfish attitudes of some in pro sports and the excessive promotions and marketing that is unfortunately so common place now.

I guess its because of this, that when I hear of ,or read of a coach or player giving the Lord credit in any shape, form or fashion, I take notice. Now I’m not talking the flippant ‘God bless you’ that you hear from some while they are taking a swig off a beer can. I mean an obvious heart-felt sincere acknowledgment of Who really is important in their lives.

Two cases in point, NFL coaches Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears. The mainstream media make big headlines of the fact that these two men became the first African-American head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl, and this is not without its own value I guess.

But more worthy of recognition to me is that when the microphones were placed in front of these two men, after winning their respective conference titles, and advancing to what many regard as the biggest accomplishment in professional sports, these two humble men gave the glory and credit to the God they love and serve.

From a story published by Baptist Press, entitled Super Bowl coaches Dungy, Smith known for Christian testimony,

“The Lord set this up in a way that no one would believe it,” Dungy said following the Colts’ win over New England. “The Lord tested us a lot this year, but He set this up to get all the glory.”

Sure, sadly the Terrell Owens-type players get most of the attention with their childish tirades, hip-hop girades and guest appearances on network TV shows. But what a blessing is it to read of men like Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, step up to the mic and prove they are not ashamed of the Gospel.

Christian Bookstores and the Promotion of Paganism

Source: Lighthouse Trails Research

Numerous online Christian book outlets continue to promote Yoga, Mysticism, New Age and the Occult. From Lighthouse Trails Research, comes this piece naming names of those who care more about the dollar than being faithful to the Truth. Take special note of the companies. Many of us know about Lifeway Christian Bookstores selling these materials, but also included in the list are Christian Book Distributors, Cokesbury.com and yes, still, American Family Association. To AFAs credit, Tim Wildmon did issue a statement recently through Christian Worldview Network saying that he was in the process of correcting the situation.

Online Christian Bookstores Continue to Promote
Yoga and the New Age Movement

Will the Real T.D. Jakes Stand Up?; An Open Letter to Albert Mohler

Source: Apprising Ministries

From Pastor Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries comes two posts dealing with the T.D. Jakes/Ed Young, Jr. issue.

First comes the post T.D. Jakes is a Spritual Coward. Its yet another appeal for Jakes to step forward and admit he is an adherent of the herectical Oneness doctrine. Not surprisingly, Jakes steps around the issue and can’t bring himself to clarify his beliefs.

 Secondly, Pastor Silva shares a letter addressed to Dr. Albert Mohler, requesting that he address the Jakes/Young issue. Read Al Mohler:Unanswered Letter Regarding Ed Young Sharing His Pulpit with Oneness Pentecostal Dr. T.D. Jakes.

 NOTE: Pastor Silva will be my guest on The Mike Corley Program, Tuesday, January 30 at 12 noon central.  

While the American church is playing……

While the American church is playing around, dangling in the mystical and experiential and needs-meeting, and doing everything it can to be a part of the faith without actually obeying it, Christians around the world are being persecuted for simply being a Christian.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Baptist Press)–The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is well-known as a country where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Because the government there keeps a tight lid on communication, however, only rarely does specific information leak out. This month, details about four Christians executed for their faith have been released through the World Bible Translation Center’s Gary Bishop.

One man who worked as an evangelist was executed after being caught with two Korean New Testaments in his possession, Bishop told Mission Network News. A woman and her grandmother were washing clothes when a New Testament fell out of the woman’s clothing. Somebody reported it, and both she and her grandmother were quickly executed. And an army general who had become a believer was caught evangelizing men in his unit and was executed by a fellow officer.

Despite the oppression -– or perhaps because of it -– God seems to be working, Bishop said: “People are looking for an answer other than their own government. And, I believe that’s awakening the resilience of believers in North Korea to say, ‘We have another answer. There is another way to believe.'”