Expansion Of Islam In Europe
There is growing concern about the increasing
recruitment and participation of Europeans in the war in Syria, with counter-terrorism
officials intensifying their warnings about the negative security implications
surrounding “the return of hundreds—possibly thousands—of battle-hardened
jihadists to towns and cities across the (European) continent.” Also of
concern is the apparent increase in the recruitment of increasing numbers
of Europeans by Muslim extremists in Jihadist groups worldwide. A report
compiled by Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute for gatestoneinstitute.org
examines related incident and how they have impacted many European nations.
Those reviewed in Soeren’s report are France, England, Belgium, Germany,
the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden... MORE
God Himself': A Message on Behalf of 7 Christians Murdered in Libya
It was late Sunday evening, Feb. 23,
when Nashat Bibawi was awakened by a pounding on the door of the apartment
he shared with his father and two brothers-in-law in Benghazi, Libya. When
his father, Talaat Sedeek Bibawi, opened the door, three men dressed in
military-style fatigues and carrying automatic weapons burst into the room.
In Libya, armed gangs and lawlessness have become increasingly common in
the two years since the removal of Muammar Gaddafi. The interim government
has not been able to implement a stable political solution, nor has it
been able to control the Islamic militant groups that have been active
throughout the country. MORE
MARCH 12th, 2014
News Update. Check below for new Christian articles...
updates will return Thursday.
Bobby Mitchell: Does
This Look Like The Holy Spirit To You?
A man walks into a house of worship.
He sees things going on that are fleshly, self-serving, and totally out
of line with God's will for His house. The man attacks the personal
property of the the fleshly, self-serving, man-centered crowd, and then
runs them out of the house of worship while accusing them of distorting
the work of God for their own benefit. Does that look to you like
a man who is filled with the Holy Spirit?
Burk Parsons: 'Give
Me Scotland, or I Die'
Perhaps more than anything else, John
Knox is known for his prayer “Give me Scotland, or I die.” Knox’s prayer
was not an arrogant demand, but the passionate plea of a man willing to
die for the sake of the pure preaching of the gospel and the salvation
of his countrymen.
Thomas Overmiller: Diagnosing
the Christian Vision Problem
....Believers have a mutual responsibility
to provide genuine solutions to the spiritual needs of other fellow believers.
However, we tend to enjoy diagnosing problems rather than solving them.
As a further complication, we tend to be more interested in broadcasting
our verdicts about others rather than resolving more obvious spiritual
needs in our own lives. Only after we have allowed Christ to reveal our
own spiritual needs and restore us in those areas can we be qualified to
solve spiritual needs for other believers.
Dan Wallace: Avoid
Every Appearance of Evil
....In context, Paul is saying that
false teaching should be avoided, but true teaching should be what believers
follow. They shouldn’t be duped, shouldn’t become gullible, but must test
prophets and see whether they are from the Lord. They need to examine all
these teachings and cling to the good and throw out the bad.
Gone Fishin’ – A Forgotten
Model of Ministry
What is a minister of the Gospel?
The most common answers include models like Shepherd, Servant, Preacher,
Theologian, Teacher, Counselor, Leader, and so on. But one model that’s
rarely thought about or spoken about today is the first model that Jesus
used – Fisherman (Matt. 4:19). My favorite hobby probably biases me here
but I believe fishing for souls is one of the most powerful models of Christian
ministry and must be re-prioritized. It’s such a perfect metaphor for both
the fish (sinners) and the fishermen (pastors/witnesses) that I’ll leave
you to make the obvious applications. MORE
Church Pastor: Seven
Issues That May Cause Depression among Pastors
In December, Christians in Orlando...mourned
the death of Pastor Isaac Hunter, who committed suicide after issues in
his life became too much for him to bear. Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren
and his wife Kay reached out to Hunter’s family and church community, themselves
struggling with the loss of their own son, Matthew, who took his life after
battling mental illness for years. These deaths have brought more attention
to mental illness in the church in recent months, as both pastors and bloggers
have begun discussing the topic more online and from the pulpit.
Trevin Wax: If
Daniel 3 Were Written Today…
The United States of America crafted
a gold statue called Aphrodite. They stamped it in their books, discussed
it in their universities, and showed it on their screens. The U.S. sent
word to assemble the politicians, pastors, culture-makers, critics, businesspeople,
judges, and law enforcers, and all the influencers of the different spheres
of culture to attend the dedication of the statue that society had set
Josh Reich: One
Thing Destroying Your Marriage That You Don’t Realize
On a regular basis I will hear from
a parent, “My child is disrespectful to me or to my spouse and I don’t
know what to do about it.” Or I’ll hear this from someone, “I can’t seem
to connect with my spouse. We don’t connect sexually. We don’t connect
emotionally or relationally.” What is going on? I’m about to pull my hair
out. I don’t know what to do. Your kids reaction to you is a mirror of
how they see you react to your spouse. Here’s an example.
Paul Henebury: What
is a "Dispensationalist" Theology?
A Dispensationalist is a Christian who
sees in Scripture certain clear divisions in the progress of revelation
in which God governs history. At its best this is done on the basis of
the covenants revealed in the Bible. A “dispensation” (Greek, oikonomia)
is an administration or economy, wherein, within a certain period of time
(known to God, but afterwards revealed to man), God pursues His plan through
the lives of men.
Kevin DeYoung: Jesus,
Friend of Sinners---But How?
....As precious as this truth is—that
Jesus is a friend of sinners—it, like every other precious truth in the
Bible, needs to be safeguarded against doctrinal and ethical error. It
is all too easy, and amazingly common, for Christians (or non-Christians)
to take the general truth that Jesus was a friend of sinners and twist
it all out of biblical recognition. So “Jesus ate with sinners” becomes
“Jesus loved a good party,” which becomes “Jesus was more interested in
showing love than taking sides,” which becomes “Jesus always sided with
religious outsiders,” which becomes “Jesus would blow bubbles for violations
of the Torah.”
Carolyn McCulley: The
True Measure of Success for Women
It's no surprise that far more verses
in the portrait of the Proverbs 31 woman are about productivity and financial
management than relationships. In the biblical narrative, work is a co-labor
of love, tasks done in partnership with a gracious God who uses our labors
to bless others. In response to criticism that he healed a sick man on
the Sabbath, Jesus said, "My Father is working until now, and I am working"
(John 5:17). His work was to glorify his Father and help others. Ours is
the same. That is the definition of our productivity.
MARCH 11th, 2014
Troops Seize Hospital, Missile Base in Crimea
Russian troops seized a military hospital
and a missile base in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea Monday, in the
latest show of force in the battle for the country’s disputed future.
Investigators in Malaysia are voicing
skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people
on board was the target of an attack, U.S. and European government sources
close to the probe said. The fate of the Malaysian airliner that vanished
about an hour into a flight to Beijing remained a mystery, as a massive
air and sea search, now in its third day, failed to turn up any trace of
the Boeing 777 plane.
Want Iconic 17-Foot Cross Removed from 9/11 Museum
Atheists are trying to oust the “Miracle
Cross” from the 9/11 museum arguing that its inclusion would violate the
Constitution’s separation of church and state. But Eric Baxster of the
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told MyFoxNY that the cross is part of
the story of 9/11 and that museums don’t censor history. “They tell history
as it happened,” Baxster said.
Test That Predicts Alzheimer's Disease
A blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s
disease up to three years before the onset of symptoms has been developed
by scientists who believe that it could lead to the early diagnosis of
progressive dementia in elderly people.
Agrees with the Bible: The Universe Began to Exist
If we are living in a universe with
a beginning, the Principle of Causality points to a Creator God. Science
is predicated on the causal relationships described in the Principle of
Causality. Every effect has a cause; everything that begins, changes, is
finite or limited has a cause. The universe, if it began to exist, is changing
over time, and is not infinitely old, requires an adequate cause to explain
Experts: Israel Under Attack
According to various cyber security
experts Israel is about to face two organized, large scale cyber attacks
in the following weeks, on March 10 and April 7. Experts explain the attacks
are a part of the “hacktivists month.”
Ralph Peters: Islamic World a 'Failed Civilization'
The perplexing disappearance of a packed
Malaysian Airlines jet has all the earmarks of terrorism, Fox News strategic
analyst Ralph Peters says. "The indicators are sure there. It looks like
a terrorist act. We may find out it wasn't, but there is plenty of motivation,"
Most Americans 'Beaten Into Submission' By Political Correctness
The Left's focus on "political correctness"
prevents Americans from speaking common sense about political issues, Dr.
Ben Carson, former pediatric neurosurgery director at the Johns Hopkins
Children's Center who shot to fame last year when he gave a politically
incorrect speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, declared In a speech
at the CPAC...
Secret Police Assault and Arrest Another Pastor
Iranian authorities arrested another
pastor last week, according to Present Truth Ministries. Pastor Amin Khaki
and two members of his fellowship were taken into custody Thursday by Iranian
intelligence. Present Truth Ministries reports that intelligenCE officers
attacked a group of Christians during a church picnic, pulling their guns
and beating them before taking them...
Deadly Pig Virus Cases On the Rise
Cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic
Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, are increasing across
the U.S. farm belt, a group of animal health researchers said. Confirmed
cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending March 1, bringing the
total number to 4,106 in 26 states, according to data released on Thursday
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory
Huckabee: Libertarianism Is Not Republicanism
There is a strong libertarian presence
in the Republican Party, which was reflected at the Conservative Political
Action Conference, but libertarianism is not conservatism, says former
presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Pastors Are Selling Their Pulpits for Commercial Gain
What would you think of a pastor who
preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac
or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to
paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with messages in
the traditions of NASCAR?
Reagan Was Right--Atheism Is Enemy of America
Are atheism and promoting atheism consistent
with American—let alone conservative—values and principles? The operational
policy of the American Conservative Union now appears to contradict Ronald
Reagan's view on this. Reagan believed atheism was not merely wrong, but
the enemy of freedom. The ACU has functionally adopted the position that
groups promoting atheism can be featured at its annual Conservative Political
Action Conference—so long as....
Michael Snyder: 20
Facts About the
U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind
If the U.S. economy is getting better,
then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores? If
we truly are in an "economic recovery", then why do sales figures continue
to go down for large retailers all over the country? Without a doubt,
the rise of Internet retailing giants such as Amazon.com have had a huge
Eric Metaxas: North
Korea's Unspeakable Atrocities
Innocent blood is crying from the ground
of North Korea. While I'm pleased that the U.N. is urging the international
community to get tough on the North Korean regime for destroying the lives
of its twenty-five million people, there's a worldview irony peeking out
from the pages...
Rick Barry: The
First Russian Baptists
The last decade [pre-2002] has seen
almost unprecedented opportunities for Christian ministry in Russia. Today,
Russian churches— including Baptist churches—enjoy freedoms that they could
scarcely dream of for most of the 20th century as they endured the storms
of communistic persecution. But the question arises, just where did those
Russian Baptist churches come from?
in a Culture That Is Increasingly Hostile to Christianity
Followers of Jesus should expect injustice
and misrepresentation. I’m grateful there are organizations working to
protect the rights of Christians. But I’m concerned if we view ourselves
as one more special interest group, clinging to entitlements and whining
when people don’t like us. God’s people have a long history of not being
Tim Challies: False
....Muhammad’s religion was not joyfully
received by all those around him. He experienced opposition in Mecca, and
some of his adherents even faced persecution for following him. In 621
the city of Yathrib approached Muhammad about becoming their leader, hoping
he might end a long-standing battle for power between the city’s tribes.
On September 25, 622, Muhammad arrived in the city, renamed it Medina,
and ensured that Islam became the established....
Time To Just Accept It
Prayer. Calling on the Lord.
Talking to God. Beseeching. Pleading. Crying out. Falling
on your face. Interceding. Asking. Seeking. Knocking.
What a subject! What a vital topic. Think of the promises of prayer,
the practitioners of prayer, and the power of prayer that the Bible reveals.
There's so much to learn and so much to teach and so much to practice about
prayer. For this post though, I want to provoke you to think about
something the Bible reveals about this holy exercise that is really not
discussed much. Actually, I don't remember ever hearing it preached
on...To be direct, the Bible actually reveals that there are times when
we need to just accept some things in life, and stop praying that the person,
circumstance, or ____ (you fill it in) will change.
of the Most Significant Struggles Pastors Face
Before me are handwritten notes that
I took over a few weeks from various social media interactions, emails,
and a few phone calls. The total is nearly 200 separate communications
to me. I kept a record of them for one simple reason: I wanted to identify
the greatest pain points of pastors today. In many ways, there are no surprises.
Church Pastor: Helpful
and Overlooked Books for Preaching
My mentors in ministry constantly emphasized:
“be a student of your craft.” The nurse, car mechanic, and the pastor share
something in common, along with many other vocations. They are students
and practitioners of their callings. The expositor is both a student and
a teacher. The pathway to expository preaching is lined with books, so
we give some of the weightiest attention of our vocation to reading. However,
not just any books will do.
Jonathan Parnell: When
God Says Wait
The life of faith involves the miracle
of seeing above your circumstances. It means we grasp the unseen that’s
been promised, that we orient our lives in the time at hand, on the yet
Psalm 37 exhorts us to this kind
of life, and actually models for us what it looks like. David begins the
psalm with end-times hope....
Marshall Segal: The
Danger in Our Daily Devotions
....If we carve out time to be with
God in his book, we’ll be rewarded. But the rewards of our meditation —
seeing more of God himself — can be surprisingly dangerous. Knowledge can
corrupt and distract if we don’t know what to do with it.…
Paul Tautges: Two
Very Different Ways to Treat Sinners
There are basically two different ways
we treat fellow sinners. We either act like self-appointed judges who,
like the Pharisees, act out of our supposed self-righteousness, or we act
like needy sinners who never step very far away from the cross ourselves
and, therefore, like Jesus (who, unlike us, was not a sinner at all!),
are quick to dispense grace and forgiveness. To summarize it another way
we either live by the letter of the law, which kills the soul, or we live
by the Spirit...
Trevin Wax: Pagan
Propitiation vs Biblical Propitiation
....“Propitiation” is one of those five-syllable
theological words that tend to break up polite parties. But it’s also a
word that’s well worth the work of understanding, because whether we know
it or not, all of us are walking around working on some sort of plan for
propitiation. The big question is whether our plan is a Christian one.
Courtney Reissig: God
Gives Me More Than I Can Handle
...Have you ever woken up one morning
to the overwhelming reality that you don't have what it takes to make it
through the day? Maybe you have a major project due at work, you are already
behind, and now your boss has given you another project to start. Maybe
you have a task list that keeps growing, and there aren't enough hours
in the day to complete it. Maybe you have a...
MARCH 10th, 2014
Says There's No Need for Palestinians to Recognize Israel
The United States believes there is
no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish
state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki
said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds
newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state.
However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as
part of the final agreement.”
Reinforces Military Presence in Crimea
Dozens of military trucks transporting
heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's roads Saturday as Russia reinforced
its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea.
Less Religious, More Liberal than Their Elders
A study by the Pew Research Center found
that those people who were born between 1981 and 1995, known as the “millennial
generation,” were less religious than their elders, less willing to view
themselves as patriotic, and more willing to identify themselves as liberal.
The study avers that the millennials call themselves political independents
to a greater degree than their elders, but in truth, are more likely to
Gospel Takes Over Asia
With a "prosperity gospel" that
blends the spiritual and the material, City Harvest and other Pentecostal
megachurches in the wealthy Asian city-state have perfected a popular and
lucrative model. Now they are working to export it to the world and turn
Singapore into a hub for evangelical Christianity. "We want to preach the
gospel to the ends of the earth," said Pastor Bobby Chaw, City Harvest's
missions director.Evangelizing missions by City Harvest, including pop
concerts by Sun Ho in China, Taiwan and the United States, have helped
it gather followers across Asia and set up 49 affiliate churches in Taiwan,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and India. MORE
Antoine Audo: 'We
Christians Live In Fear In Syria'
....Until the war began, Syria was one
of the last remaining strongholds for Christianity in the Middle East.
We have 45 churches in Aleppo. But now our faith is under mortal threat,
in danger of being driven into extinction, the same pattern we have seen
in neighbouring Iraq.
Church Leaders Increasingly
Guns With Their Bibles to Church
Armed and trained church leaders constitute
a growing trend in Florida. According to Orlando's News 13, a company called
Bethel Defense is training "pastors and church leaders to use handcuffs,
batons, and special lights that can be used to distract someone causing
a problem." They are also teaching church leaders "how to use stun guns
Dolan: Limbaugh's Attack on Pope's 'Marxism' Was 'Hyperbole'
The Catholic Church needs to examine
why some of the larger states around the nation are choosing to legalize
civil unions of gay couples, but don’t expect any approval of these unions
any time soon, says Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Circuit Court Hears Atheist Arguments Against 9/11 Cross
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals
heard arguments on Thursday both for and against a cross-shaped beam that
is set to stand on display at the 9/11 museum in New York City, an artifact
that was removed from the rubble of the 2001 attack on the World Trade
Technological Breakthroughs Of 2014
That Could Change
Technology has become perhaps the
greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk,
positive technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the
most pressing global challenges of our time, from resource scarcity to
global environmental change. The World Economic Forum... identifies recent
key trends in technological change in its annual list of Top 10 Emerging
Technologies. By highlighting the most important technological breakthroughs,
the Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to
closing gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding. MORE
Can't Discriminate Against Cross-Wearing Christians Anymore
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission issued new, detailed guidelines for employers Thursday as the
number of complaints and million-dollar settlements for cases of religious
workplace discrimination neared record levels in 2013.
City Councilman Refuses to Stop Presenting Prayers in Jesus’ Name
An Ohio city councilman has refused
to stop presenting prayers in the name of Jesus despite having come under
fire from a prominent atheist activist organization, as well as a number
of area residents who find the prayer offensive.
INFIGHTING IN UKRAINE IS A TRAVESTY
It has been a long time since I’ve included
a commentary on Mission Network News, but today I’m doing it. The topic
isn’t pretty. It’s divisive. It’s hurtful. It’s not what Christians should
be doing. And yet because of our humanness, Christians fall into the same
everyday political discourse that everyone else is facing today. The Ukraine/Russia
conflict is causing a serious division among Christian believers in and
out of Russia and Ukraine.
Carson: It's Time to Stand Up to Politically Correct Bullies
American people are too afraid, in this
time of political correctness, to stand up and speak for what they believe,
says Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and conservative commentator.
"It's time for people to stand up and proclaim for what they believe and
stop being bullied," said Carson, a potential contender for the Republican
Man Survives 3 Days at Bottom of Atlantic
About 100 feet down, on the bottom of
the Atlantic Ocean, divers had already pulled four bodies out of the sunken
tugboat. Then a hand appeared on a TV screen monitoring the recovery. Everyone
assumed it was another corpse, and the diver moved toward it. "But when
he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!" Tony Walker said of the
rescue in May.
Sports Southwest Under Discrimination
for Firing Christian Commentator
The Texas Workforce Commission has launched
a religious discrimination investigation into FOX Sports Southwest for
allegedly firing a Christian commentator over past remarks regarding the
sin of homosexuality. Craig James and The Liberty Institute had filed a
complaint against the network late last year, asserting that James was
unlawfully fired because of his Christian faith.
John Tyler’s Grandson, Harrison Tyler, on Still Being Alive
A few days ago, the website Mental Floss
posted an amazing, seemingly impossible piece of American trivia, which
then quickly spread around the web...Two grandsons of President John Tyler
— who was born in 1790 and served as tenth president — are still alive
WORLD Mag: Document
Suggests Mars Hill Church Bought
Pastor’s Spot On the New York Times Best-Seller List
Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based
marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real
Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor,
and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.
LA Times: Science
Has Lost Its Way, At a Big Cost To Humanity
In today's world, brimful as it is with
opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place
you can depend on for verifiable facts is science. You'd be wrong. Many
billions of dollars' worth of wrong. A few years ago, scientists at the
Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of
53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research....
John Hawkins: Five
Reasons Christian Businesses
Be Legally Forced To Support Gay Weddings
For a free society to function, a wide
range of speech and behavior has to be tolerated, but that doesn’t mean
everyone has to approve of it. So, for example, although I don’t drink,
I have many friends who do. While I think Justin Bieber’s music is appalling,
I don’t think it should be illegal...Unfortunately, when it comes to gay
marriage, we have people who seem to be unable to tell the difference between
tolerance and approval.
Gary DeMar: Why
Did Obama Back Off
the Romeike Family Homeschooling Case?
Everything Obama and Co. does is to
grow the State and give it more control and power over our lives. So why
would Homeland Security and later the Justice Department decide not to
deport the Romeike family after pursuing the deportation order through
the courts where it ended up at the Supreme Court with the nation’s highest
court letting the lower court ruling stand?
God Didn't Kill the Atheist
One night, the late Madalyn Murray
O'Hair received absolute proof of the truth of atheism.According to Brian
Le Beau's biography The Atheist, "in early 1946 during a violent
electrical storm... Madalyn, still pregnant [with a married man's baby]
and in despair, announced that she was going out into the storm to challenge
God to strike her and her unborn child dead with lightning bolts." For
some time, O'Hair "stood in the rain waving her fist and cursing God."
Her arm failed to act as a lightning rod that day, so she went back indoors.
"You see?" she cried "If God exists he would surely have taken up my challenge."
Her survival, O'Hair said, had "irrefutably proved that God does not exist."
Bruce Walker: Why
The gradual re-conquest of the old Soviet
empire by a former officer of the Soviet Gestapo ought to worry us a lot.
If Putin succeeds in making Ukraine a virtual vassal of Moscow, then all
the other appendages of that empire – the Baltic States, the Warsaw Pact
members, Belorussia, Transcaucasia, and the sprawling Muslim nations
that were once part of the Soviet Union – will have begun, willing or not,
to gravitate back to Great Russia.
Michael P. Orsi: Character--The
Key to the Good Society
.....Character formation begins almost
from birth. Parents are crucial to our moral foundation. Their faithfulness
to marriage vows and their fulfilling the duty of caring for their children
provide the foundational example of what a vow means. Example then is key
to forming character.
Famous Geniuses With Truly Weird Secret Habits
Gary DeMar: Evidence
of the Death of Free Speech in our Time
People who truly believe in free speech
have no problem with dissenters speaking their mind and making a case for
their position. But once in power, liberals shut the door on dissenting
free speech. Only acceptable and approved speech is free, as this
Roadblocks to Building a Gospel Advancing Ministry
When you seek to build a youth ministry
that advances the Gospel deeply into the heart of your community (and in
the process, deeply into the heart of your teenagers) you will face roadblocks.
Anticipating these obstacles will enable you to be better prepared to overcome
them in the power of Christ. Here are 5 potential roadblocks you may face...
Jared Wilson: You’re
Going to Die (and So Might Your Dreams)
Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News
Les Lofquist: Forgetting
the Doctrine of Separation?
This is a call to purity and balance.
It represents that truth of God’s Word which has fallen upon the rocks
of neglect in today’s American Church. It represents teaching from the
Bible which seems so terribly out of harmony with our American culture.
It almost seems pugnacious, no matter how graciously it may be stated.
This is about the doctrine of separation, biblical holiness in life and
relationships. I have watched with dismay as so many in the evangelical
John Vaughn: Keep
Your Family in a Bible-Preaching Church
....You can survive without a lot of
things in your spiritual life, but preaching is essential. A great music
program is a wonderful blessing, but Christ-honoring music can be simple
and presented by sincere Christians that are not professionals. A strong
youth program will help any church, but you may have to do what you can
with a handful of teenagers and a volunteer director. The list could go
on to name the things that are truly helpful, but not essential. Preaching
the Bible is essential. If you don’t have that, you don’t have church.
Jon Bloom: Why
We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together
Have you ever thought of this simply
stunning statement by God as a reason why we are to gather together in
corporate worship? It is not good that the man should be alone. (Genesis
Pro Football Was My God
Growing up on the west side of San
Antonio, I believed in god—the god of football. The game was my ticket
out of an early life saturated with violence, addiction, abuse, and chaos.
I was raised by my grandmother, because my parents were only teenagers
when I was born. They were children bringing a child into the world. As
much as they wanted to care for me, the hurt and brokenness in their lives
prevented them. "Grannie" was a Jehovah's Witness, so that was the religion
I knew. After a while, even that went away. We were not poor. We were "po."
We couldn't afford the other o and r. We didn't eat meals together. We
didn't pray together. MORE
Implications of Aging Boomer Pastors and Church Staff
On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers
turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone. In fact,
10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for
a total of 19 consecutive years. The implications are staggering for our
nation, our economy, and our churches. This generation is massive in size,
79 million total. They account for 26 percent of the U. S. population.
We are rapidly moving toward a nation with an extraordinary number of senior
adults. What are the implications for local congregations? I see at least
eight possible issues.
Tim Challies: The
Dawn of the Designer Babies
The headline says it all: “The Dawn
of the Designer Babies.” Scientists have developed a new technology meant
to eliminate genetic abnormalities in newborns. They do this by combining
the DNA of three people instead of only two. The procedure has been successfully
tested in monkeys and now the FDA is considering whether the trial should
expand to humans. At first the procedure would be available only to women
who are likely to pass on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.
After that? Well, we can only imagine.
Ray Ortland: How
To Care for Your Family Into Eternity
After my dad’s death in 2007, I found
in his desk this letter he had written to the family several years before.
Here is one way a saintly man can care for his family so that it lasts
Church Pastor: Three
Excuses That Thwart Effective Ministry
Apart from an active faith in God’s
sovereignty and grace, it’s easy to throw up our hands and adopt a “What’s
the use?” mentality. If it’s going to be so hard to make really significant
improvements, what does it matter if things deteriorate a little further?
Craig Johnson: Coming
Out of the Drought & Into the Abundance of Rain
....Some of you are facing difficult
struggles right now. Youve forgotten what rain tastes like. Some of you
have been in droughts in relationships, with sickness, the death of a loved
one, your children are struggling, your facing financial issues, loss of
a job, being faced with overwhelming obstacles for months and maybe even
years. When you’re going through a drought I believe there are two
things that can bring you out of the drought & into an abundance of
Paul Tautges: Gospel
Antibiotic for the Poison of Bitterness
....If you were in Absalom’s place,
what would keep you from being poisoned by bitterness? That, I think, is
a critical question. All of us will go through some hurt. We will face
pain and anguish over things that take place. We may even struggle to resolve
a broken relationship with someone who was once close to us, yet we don’t
see the relationship changing in a positive direction.
Rebekah Hannah: Pregnancy
"Please, don't say congratulations.
You have no idea how this will end up." This thought has gone through my
head time and time again. Pregnancy after miscarriage is like constant
pricking from a porcupine. At the beginning I found myself with mixed emotions,
stumbling to throw up and struggling to communicate my feelings. I couldn't
explain why I wasn't full of happy anticipation about this new life, but
yet had deep gratitude held loosely in light of an uncertain future.
MARCH 8th-9th, 2014
Ray Vallorani: The
Destruction of America Continues Rapidly
I stand amazed at the rapid pace nowadays
of the destruction of America. I understand from history that some of it
started back in the early twentieth century. However, it seems now that
we are steamrolling into destruction in many areas every time we turn around.
It looks like the current administration in Washington D.C. has a new attack
on the U.S. Constitution and American freedoms daily. For example, Obamacare.
Many Americans have lost their...
The Hill: Huckabee
Warns of God's Judgment On America
Wolf: Obama Administration Abandoning Mideast Christians
The persecution of Christians in Syria
and elsewhere in the Middle East should be one of the major issues in the
2014 and 2016 political campaigns, says U.S. congressman Frank Wolf. "This
ought to be the human rights issue for the 21st century. You look around
the world and, for some reason, every time you go to these places, they
always say 'Why isn't the church in the West advocating for us?'" the Virginia
Republican told "America's Forum" Friday.
Russian Perspective: "There Will Be War In Ukraine"
With Ukrainians living in the Crimea
region voting to join Russia, the West calling for sanctions (well some
of the West), boots still on the ground, and markets apparently of the
belief that all is well in the world once again, we thought the Russian
perspective on the next steps was...
Poll: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions, Oppose Taxpayer Funding
A new CNN poll has found that more
than half of Americans believe abortion should be restricted, and a majority
of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions. According to CNN, 27
percent of those surveyed said abortion should be legal in all circumstances,
while 13 percent said the practice should be legal in most circumstances.
However, 38 percent of those polled said abortion should be legal in few
circumstances and 20 percent said it should always be illegal, leaving
a total of 58 percent who said abortion should be restricted to few situations
or always illegal. Most Americans have never supported taxpayer.... MORE
Gothard Quits Institute He Founded After Abuse Allegations
Months after allegations emerged that
conservative and influential Christian Bill Gothard had been taking advantage
of young women working with his nonprofit for decades, news emerges that
the ordained minister has resigned as president of the homeschooling and
family values organization he founded over 50 years ago.
Lama Opens U.S. Senate for First Time with ‘Prayer’ to Buddha
For the first time ever, the leader
of Tibetan Buddhism opened the United States Senate with ‘prayer’ on Thursday,
wishing for world peace and ‘good fortune’ for America’s lawmakers. After
being introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and escorted by Senator
Mazi Hirono (D-HI), the Dalai Lama characterized himself as only being
“a simple Buddhist monk.” “So pray to Buddha and all other gods,” he said,
speaking in Tibetan and then in English.
Distributes Flier with Photo of AR-15, 'My Peace I Give to You'
Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York
is passing out fliers with a photo of the legally-modified AR-15 they're
raffling off and a quote from Jesus, "My peace I give to you."
Yankees Star Restores NY Church for $3 Million
Former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera
is scoring big, but not on the field this time. The city of New Rochelle,
N.Y., sold an abandoned Presbyterian church building to the retired baseball
star for $1. He then invested $3 million in what's now the Refuge of Hope
Francisco Gay Rights Advocate Sentenced for Child Porn
Church Movement Grows to 8,000 Sites
in Kansas Worried for Religious Rights
Relents, Allows 'God' on Donor Plaque
Purdue University has agreed to keep
the word 'God' on a plaque honoring Dr. Michael McCracken, a major donor
who's given $12,500 to the school...Purdue, fearing the dedication would
be considered a state endorsement of religion, removed the word "God" from
the plaque without notifying McCracken. McCracken sued, claiming First
Allows Surgery on Ailing, Imprisoned Pastor
The Iranian government has finally allowed
doctors to perform surgery on imprisoned Pastor Benham Irani. Irani suffered
from a herniated disc and bleeding intestines and urgently needed medical
care. According to Present Truth Ministries, the pastor is doing much better
Motley Fool: Could
Israel Really Be the Next Energy Superpower?
.... it looks as though Israel is getting
caught up in the hype of its own energy boom as well. In a recent article
in Commentary, the author explains how Israel is on the verge of being
the next great superpower in energy. When you look deeper into the details,
though, this looks more like the dreams of potential that what might actually
come to pass. Let's look at these ambitious claims and why they probably
won't come to be.
Mike D'Virgilio: Are
Atheism and Conservatism Compatible?
.....Cooke points out that we are not
one nation under God, but one nation under a constitution. The precarious
fault line we face in the age of Obama isn’t between those who embrace
religion, and those who do not, but between those who believe in liberty
as a positive, indeed foundational virtue of the Republic, and those who
believe state coercion defines liberty; this is known as “positive liberty”
and a complete bastardization of the very concept of liberty.
Arnold Ahlert: The
President’s Devious ObamaCare Delays
A lawless and politically transparent
Obama administration just became more so on both counts. The “imminent”
decision to implement yet another delay of ObamaCare, reported by The Hill
on Tuesday, became reality Wednesday. Americans who have plans that don’t
comply with the...
Erich Bridges: Ukraine-Russia
Tensions Expand Ministry
Tensions rose to dangerous levels as
Russian forces occupied Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in late February, but
Ukrainian Baptists aren't slowing down their ministry to a nation battered
by months of internal crisis. In fact, they're picking up the pace.
Ken Connor: Disabled
Children Deserve Our Love Too
Secular humanists like to sneer at religious
folk for our stubborn insistence upon seeing God's hand at work in the
world. We call "providence" what the materialist sees as a random unfolding
of events. We see a blessing where the nonbeliever sees nothing more than
the mundane workings of physics or biology.
Happened to Hippy Jesus?
.....Jesus Christ has played a prominent
role in the American cinema since its modern genesis. In the beginning
of the 20th century, directors D. W. Griffith and Cecil DeMille not only
made the son of God a star on the silver screen, but also consciously set
him in conversation with the nation’s most visible problems. After Griffith’s
Ku Klux Klan-glorifying film Birth of a Nation (1915) had Jesus appear
to bless white supremacy, Griffith tried to prove his love for liberty
with Intolerance (1916). In it, nasty Jews crucify the peaceful Jesus.
Understandably, this had American Jews crying racism, much as blacks had
done with the first film. Ten years later, DeMille produced the first major
“talkie” that starred Jesus, The King of Kings (1927). A relatively benign
bio-pic, The King of Kings offered Americans a way to... MORE
Mark Tooley: John
Wesley and Religious Freedom
....Liberal Evangelicals and United
Methodists are perhaps ambivalent to indifferent about religious liberty
because they have forgotten their own history. Early Methodists, as precursors
of modern Evangelicalism, were often despised and persecuted. John Wesley
as an evangelist demanded his rights as a British subject to organize and
preach an unpopular Gospel that challenged a morally permissive culture.
The democratizing ethos created by the Wesleyan revivals helped create
a stronger ethic of religious freedom in both Britain and America.
Matthew Ernst: The
U.S. Love Affair With Addiction
When President Obama made his “Pot is
no worse than alcohol” comments, he revealed one of the main underlying
problems with the arguments posed by marijuana advocates Said the
president: “We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long
stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws
have probably done the same thing.”
Richard L. Cravatts: The
Agony of Moral Defeat
Perhaps when literary critic C.S. Lewis
despaired of “omnipotent moral busybodies . . . who torment us for our
own good,” he was speaking about those well-meaning, but naïve college
students who “torment us without end for they do so with the approval of
their own conscience.” Lewis’s observation seemed to have been given credence
in the past weeks by the very public...
Perry Noble: Five
Consider Before Taking an Antidepressant
One of the questions asked of me was,
"How do I know if I should consider taking anti-depression medicine?" So
here are five things I would tell you to consider before taking an antidepressant.
Ask yourself is there anything going on in your life that you need to change.
William L. Gensert: Only
Americans Fear Obama
Once Barack Obama warned Putin to stand
down in the Crimea, its occupation by Russian troops was assured.
As Syria showed the world recently, and the Ukraine shows today, Barack
Obama needs to learn how to shut his mouth. Yet, who knew when he
said, “there will be costs,” we would be the ones to pay? To paraphrase
Lincoln, it is better to shut up and be thought weak...
Gail Irwin: What's
Left When a Church Closes
....Protestants claim not to rely on
rosaries and relics. We may think that we are above this attachment to
holy objects or that grief over their loss is a form of idolatry. Many
contemporary Christians define faith in more nomadic terms and do not experience
the trauma of spiritual dislocation when asked to leave a church building
behind. Still, we are wise to pay attention to the sense of separation
that some experience when churches are closed. These places are brimming
with memories and meaning. Amid a sea change, they give people spiritual
Impossibility of Remaining Neutral Toward Jesus
Bobby Mitchell: So
You Want To Serve Your Generation?
....So, you want to "serve your generation"
like David? Then you've got to do it "by the will of God." Check it out.
That's the next part of Paul's statement. It would be good to look back
at verse 22 of the same chapter where Paul said that God said, "I have
found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfill all my will."
Jon Gleason: 'Worthy'
and 'Love' — Two Different Languages
...The prodigal son might speak words
of worthiness, but the father spoke the language of love. They aren’t
in the same language, not in the same realm, barely even the same universe.
You don’t have to be worthy to be loved, you just have to be — loved.
Love’s existence lies not with the one who is loved, but with the one who
is loving. Trying to approach God on the basis of worth? He’d like
to change the conversation, to use a different language, to speak in terms
of loving you as His child.
Thom Rainer: Eight
Implications of Aging Boomer Pastors & Church Staff
On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers
turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone. In fact,
10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for
a total of 19 consecutive years. The implications are staggering for our
nation, our economy, and our churches. This generation is massive in size,
79 million total. They account for 26 percent of the U. S. population.
We are rapidly moving toward a nation with an extraordinary number of senior
adults. What, then, are the implications for local congregations? I see
at least eight issues.
How Do You Counsel a Pastor
When It Is Time
To Leave His Church?
I get asked this a lot.
Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry way to know. Here is a portion
of an answer I sent to a pastor who has spent several years struggling
through a very hard church. It sounds like he is at the end and trying
to keep his family from crumbling. Additionally, his soul is beyond
spent. With that small bit of context, here was my advice to him...
White a False Prophet
....Seventh-Day Adventism adds the allegedly
inspired and infallible writings of the supposed prophetess Ellen G. White—who
prophesied and exerted authority over men to the extent that she founded
the SDA religion—to the truly inspired Bible, and thus falls under the
Church Pastor: Five
Signs You’re Doing What God Wants You to Do
How can you know if you are where
God wants you to be, doing what He wants you to do?
Ronnie Floyd: Five
Principles About Vision
A vision is beyond just a good idea.
It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas
or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with
His heart and vision for the world. There are five principles about vision
I want to share with you today.
Jolene Philo: Spiritual
Decluttering of the Special Needs Kind
For the past two months, I’ve been a
woman possessed. A woman possessed by a mission to declutter every closet,
cupboard, drawer, display case, basement storage cubby, and attic shelf
in the roomy old farmhouse that’s been our home since 1991. Why?
Trillia Newbill: Meet
the Family of God
There is no denying the importance of
family. My husband and children are my first priority and God’s gift to
me. When my husband is discouraged, it’s a privilege to come alongside
him and encourage him. When my kids are sick, my husband and I are there
to nurse them back to health. Our relationships go much further than caring
for one another, of course, but often...
Craig S. Keener: Casting
the Devil Out of the Jesus Story
Given his role in the Gospels, symbol
or not, it seems natural that Satan would appear in a movie about Jesus.
Downey has voiced publicly her belief in the devil's personal existence,
so she and her husband didn't exclude Satan from the big screen because
of theological bias. Yet with the devil's absence from the film, some Christians
have questioned whether the Christ story can be told without mentioning
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|“And the king commanded Joab
and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man...”
—2 Samuel 18:5
|Recently in my regular Bible reading
I came to that tender appeal of King David to his generals as they were
going forth to fight with Absalom: "Deal gently for my sake with the young
man, even with Absalom:" (2 Sam. 18: 5), and my heart was touched with
its likeness to Jesus. Absalom was in rebellion against David the
king, his father, and had driven him forth from his throne...and was now
seeking his father's life. But David knew him only as his wayward boy,
loved him still, and commanded his warriors to deal gently with him in
the coming battle. He would have the rebellion crushed, but the rebel saved;
the sin destroyed, but the sinner rescued. How like Jesus that is!
Is not that the way Jesus feels toward the most desperate backslider, the
most careless sinner? Does not His heart yearn over them with unutterable
tenderness? Does He not say to us, "Deal gently for My sake"? MORE
|“A soft tongue breaketh the bone.”
|When Solomon said this he drove
a whole volume into one phrase. You, of course, will not be so silly as
to take the words of my text in a literal sense. They simply mean to set
forth the fact that there is a tremendous power in a kind word. Although
it may seem to be very insignificant, its force is indescrib- able and
illimitable. Pungent and all-conquering utterance: “A soft tongue breaketh
the bone.”If I had time, I would show you kindness as a means of defense;
kindness as a means of usefulness; kindness as a means of domestic harmony;
kindness as best employed by governments for the taming and curing of criminals;
and kindness as best adapted for the settling and adjusting of international
quarrels; but I shall call your attention only to two of these thoughts.
|....There is not a soul among us,
no matter how seemingly indifferent or unconcerned, who is not at times
—and these times come oftener and oftener with the advance of years—brought
face to face with the problems of the reality, of the very existence of
heaven. It is my purpose, God aiding, to bring to your minds, hearts, your
souls some of the glorious, victorious truths about heaven, its citizens,
its perfect- ions, its conditions, and, perhaps most of all, to point
out to you what you must do to get there; then to plead with you in all
the passion of my soul that you put your feet by faith in the way of the
cross that leads to God and to heaven. My outline is simple, brief, and,
I hope, to the point. I know there is a heaven. I know what kind of place
it is. I know I am going there. MORE
THE CURE FOR
A TROUBLED HEART
by George W. Truett
|....Oh, the deep wrenchings of heart
when our loved ones go away! Jesus had just spoken some words that pierced
like arrows the hearts of the twelve men, when He told them: “I am going
away.” Then He proceeded to comfort them, to point them to the way
of light and life, and then it was He spoke this fourteenth chapter of
John, Its opening sentence is the text for this morning: “Let not your
heart be troubled.” Jesus proceeded in these words to point the cure
for a troubled heart. How may a troubled heart be cured? That is an old
question. It is as old as the human heart. How may a troubled heart be
cured? It is the question of all humanity, of all the ages... How may a
troubled heart be cured? MORE
WHEN HOPE IS DEAD,
by W.E. Sangster
|....Of course we appreciate optimism,
and willingly admit its simple service to the community, but it has been
immoderately praised, and fully explains the world's cynicism concerning
hope...But how different is all this from New Testament hope! It is as
different as the gambler's dice from the proved results of accurate research.
We go forward into this dark period in our nation's life, not inflated
with the foolish optimism which seems to give buoyancy to those who do
not know Christ, but with a quiet and unquenchable hope drawn from the
deep sources of our faith. Our hope is based on... MORE
|....There is no want of power in
God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong
when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any
deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell,
but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a
great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify
himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But
it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the
power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies
combine and associate them- selves, they are easily broken in pieces. MORE
|....As Ahab goes walking through
the rows of vines, he begins to plan how he will have that vineyard arranged
by his royal gardener, how flowers will be here and vegetables yonder and
herbs there. As he converses with himself, suddenly a shadow falls across
his path. Quick as a flash Ahab whirls on his heels, and there, before
him, stands Elijah, prophet of the living God. ..."And Ahab said to Elijah,
Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?" (I Kings 21:20) and Elijah, without
a tremor in his voice, his eyes burning their way into Ahab's guilty soul,
answered: "I have found thee: because thou has sold thyself to work evil
in the sight of the Lord." Then, with every word a thunderbolt, and every
sentence a withering denunciation, Elijah continued... MORE
IS NOT ESTEEMED
by Charles Spurgeon
|....This must be the universal confession
of the human race. From the highest monarch to the meanest peasant, from
the loftiest intellect to the most degraded mind, from the admired of all
men to the unknown and insignificant, this one confession must come—"We
esteemed Him not." Whether we examine the sensualist rioting in the delights
of the flesh or the formalist starving his body to fatten his pride, the
merchant laboring to acquire wealth or the spendthrift recklessly scattering
gold with both his hands, the profligate black with profanity, the moralist
rejoicing in his goodness, or even the devoted Christian, we shall make
them all acknowledge that either now or at some past period, they esteemed
not Jesus! We make no exception, for even the holiest of God's saints,
those who now have washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb—even they once "esteemed Him not." MORE
THE APOSTLE PAUL
AS A PREACHER
by John A. Broadus
|...There have been many gifted men,
gifted by nature and grace, who have devoted themselves to the work of
the ministry; God be thanked for them all, and God grant that there may
be many more hereafter! But in the estimation of every one who diligently
studies his character and history, Paul must stand, among all preachers,
unrivalled and alone. Thoroughly to analyze his great powers is a task
for which I have no talent, and my hearers, under present circumstances,
would perhaps have little inclination. I mean only to present some points
in connection with Paul as a preacher, the consider- ation of which I trust
may be blessed to our benefit. MORE
|...If the issues of life are deter-
mined by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the one case we become
the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility devolves,
our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other
case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword
than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Hence my theme today:
The Providence of God is the Christian’s foun- dation. Under these three
- Fate, Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories and
philosophies of life. There is no room for another classification. MORE
THE WANING PULPIT
by J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1917)
|...This is a day when the minister
is under sharpest fire. By some his motives are questioned, his spirit
is censured, and his failure to secure such results as came in days gone
by, when the gospel was preached, is used as an argument against him. However,
in the midst of such criticism it should not be forgotten that it is, by
no means, as easy to preach today as in the olden times. The minister formerly
was recognized as a man under authority; his words were generally received
as the truth; now the genuineness of his message is sharply questioned,
and even his authority is subject to criticism. When Mr. D. L. Moody preached
the gospel and urged men to turn to God, his statements were accepted without
question; but today all this is changed, and one must not only preach his
sermon, but he must prove his authority and be ready to substantiate the
integrity and genuineness of the Book on the basis of which his message
is delivered. MORE
by Billy Sunday
|...The atoning blood of Jesus Christ
- that is the thing about which all else centers. I believe that more logical,
illogical, idiotic, religious and irreligious arguments have been fought
over this than all others. Now and then when a man gets a new idea of it,
he goes out and starts a new denomination. He has a perfect right to do
this under the thirteenth amendment, but he doesn't stop here. He makes
war on all of the other denominations that do not interpret as he does.
Our denominations have multiplied by this method until it would give one
brain fever to try to count them all. MORE
THE BLESSEDNESS OF
by J. Stuart Holden (1874-1934)
|...Now it is necessary to remember
the meaning of the word "offend." In its original form it is the very word
we frequently use scandalise, and has the force of causing to stumble.
So we may translate and expand this saying of Christ as being, Blessed
is he who does not find in Me any cause of stumbling; who can keep his
feet in My ways; who is not tripped up by any obstacles in the path into
which I have directed him." He uses the word quite frequently in this sense;
as, for instance, when He speaks of a man s hand or eye being a cause of
stumbling to him, when He denounces those who cause little ones to be offended,
and when He declares that in the day of His glory all things that offend
shall be rooted out of His Kingdom. MORE
|...ministers in all ages have found
it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the the terrors of the
Lord, as so many powerful dissuasives from sin. But whence is it that men
are so disingenuous? The reason seems to be this: The promise of eternal
happiness is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that
all who call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe
to the belief of it: but then there is something so shocking in the consideration
of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between
an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men
can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that
an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state. MORE