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A Christian All The Time
The actual wording of the question that was submitted is: “Is it possible to live successfully a Christian life according to the principles laid down by the Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ, if, through economic necessity, one must earn a living? Can one live a Christian life twenty-four hours a day?” There are one or two things in this question that I think need to be answered. In the first place the questioner says, “If through economic necessity one must earn a living.” Now I would respectfully say that you do not earn a living because of economic necessity. You … Read More >
Internet Safety For The Family
Modern technology has changed the way we do business, the way we gather information, the way we communicate, and to some extent, the way we entertain ourselves. It also now poses a significant challenge to parents’ efforts to safeguard their kids and teens from harmful influences. As we seek to raise up kids to know, love and serve Jesus, the issue of misusing technology is huge. To help ensure that you and your family are guarded against inappropriate material or contact, consider taking the following steps: establish family guidelines for internet and cell phone use; purchase reliable internet filtering software; periodically … Read More >
Séances, Palm Readings, Auto-Writing & Other Occult Practices
A great flaw of Western Christianity is its profound ignorance and trivialization of the occult with its related activities. The Scriptures not only confirm their reality and danger, but they also consistently condemn any association with them (Leviticus 19:31, 20:6; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Galatians 5:19-20; Revelation 21:8). In fact, the church in Ephesus gives us an example of how occult practices were removed from the early church (Acts 19:11-20). No syncreticism (a blending of two or more belief systems) was allowed, as Christ alone was and is sufficient. Condoning (or observing) occult practices is inherently an act of distrust against … Read More >
Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword
Beyond The Da Vinci Code Don’t think for a moment that The Da Vinci Code is just a fad whose effects have disappeared from our cultural radar. Just as the Tsunami moved off the headlines but the people continue to live with the damage, so the teachings of The Da Vinci Code continue to impact our society. In fact, I predict that the real battle for the heart and soul of Christianity is not behind us, but still lies in our future. There is a bitter war heating up against the Bible and we had better be prepared to answer … Read More >
A Soul Defiled
The Snare of Pornography Our nation is drowning in a sea of sensuality. About 70% of the time, pornography falls into the hands of children, so when a friend of mine was a teenager and found a stash of his father’s magazines, he began to browse at the pictures. Though he became a Christian in college, the images stayed with him, and so did his habit. He kept his fantasy world intact, making sure that no one found out about his secret pleasure. He both loved pornography and hated it. One man with a similar story said, “I lived like … Read More >
The Decline Of Good Reading
The reading habits of the average evangelical Christian in the United States, as far as I have been able to observe them, are so wretchedly bad as to actually arrest the spiritual development of the individual believer and block the progress of the faith he professes to hold. So powerful is the effect of the printed page on human character that the reading of good books is not only a privilege but an obligation, and the habitual reading of poor ones a positive tragedy. Of course I do not here refer to the output of the yellow press. I think … Read More >
Beware! It Could Be Destroying Your Soul!
The Idolatry of Technology I know that is a strong statement, but I believe it very deeply. We are raising a generation of young people obsessed with mobile devices and enamored by triviality. Many teenagers send more than a hundred texts a day and carefully craft an exaggerated image of themselves on Facebook. From there they often go to dark places online that feed their basest desires, leading them to forsake healthy peer and family relationships. In one week I interacted with two sets of parents who discovered that their teenager (age 16 in both instances) was taught by a … Read More >
Body Piercing, Tattoos And Cosmetic Surgery
We belong to God by reason of creation; we also now belong to God by reason of redemption. In effect, we are “twice God’s,” for we can claim nothing of our own. The implications are clear: We do not have the right to say, “This is my body, I can do what I want with it.” I have no more a right to do what I want with my own body than I have the right to do what I want with the money loaned to me by a friend who is expecting a return on his investment. … Read More >
Is Fasting Just About Food?
Fasting is only biblically correlated with abstinence from food, but there is no doubt that fasting can be practiced more broadly. The core issue then becomes, “Does a lack of direct biblical reference prohibit us from fasting from other pursuits and activities?” Perhaps we can gain some insight into this by considering the general principle of giving. Throughout Scripture, we find examples of giving money, food, animals, and land. Should this prohibit us from giving other things? Christian lawyers and doctors often give time and free health care to needy families. It’s not uncommon for people to give away cars, … Read More >
Dealing With The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code’s Other Bible “We are presenting these texts as sacred books and sacred scriptures of the Gnostics.” These words are found in the Introduction of The Gnostic Bible, a collection of documents which some believe give an alternate interpretation of the early days of Christianity. These writings lie at the heart of The Da Vinci Code and other kinds of esoteric literature which insist that originally Christianity was diverse, with no strict doctrines such as we find in the New Testament. In fact, according to this scenario, what we now call heresy was originally the teaching of … Read More >