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The American Bible Society's recent "State of the Bible" survey found that the percentage of "Bible skeptics" is now precisely the same -- 19 percent -- as for those who are truly "engaged" in Bible reading and who strongly value biblical authority. The "Bible friendly" segment of the population shrank from 45 to 37 percent --- ABC report
"In so much of popular Christianity today, people are just nodding their heads and saying they believe all of these doctrines, but this really isn't having much of an impact on their lives. If they actually believe in the resurrection, it should make a difference. The resurrection matters more than the Easter bunny." --- The Rev. Jonathan Dodson
Personal relationships. In Colossians, chapter 3, St Paul gives us two general principles governing personal relationships. Here they are: 'Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.' The second is: 'Whatever you do, work at it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men' (verses 17 and 23). Now let me tell in my own words what I believe these two principles mean. Firstly, I have got to learn, if I am a Christian, to treat other people as if I were Jesus Christ. That is what it means to do everything *in the name of* the Lord Jesus. To do something in somebody else's name, is to do it as his representative. When David stood on the field of battle against Goliath, he said: 'I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts.' That is, I am not coming in my own name, I am coming as his representative. So to the Christian, to do everything in the name of Jesus Christ, is to do it as if he were Jesus Christ. I have got to learn, if I am a Christian, to treat other people with the respect and the consideration, the thoughtfulness and the graciousness with which Jesus Christ would treat them. The second principle is the exact opposite. It is to learn to treat people as if *they* were Jesus Christ. I must learn to do everything as unto the Lord. The roles are now reversed and I must learn to treat every person with the graciousness, the humility, the understanding, and the courtesy, not now that he would give to them but that I would give to him ... I tell you that these two principles, to treat other people as if they were Christ and as if I were Christ, are as realistic as they are revolutionary. This is not idealist rubbish. This is practical advice about personal relationships. --- From "The Doctor -- A Person" (Cape Town: Medical Christian Fellowship)
“If gay marriage becomes relatively widespread among clergy it will become impossible to have discipline. This will amount to a change in teaching and it will then be difficult to resist demands for clergy to be able to solemnize gay marriage.” --- Andrew Symes (Church of England Newspaper)
"What is the chief desire of God?
To bring the mass of humankind into the ark of salvation.
What is the chief desire of the devil?
To forestall that possibility" --- an anonymous Christian mystic:
“No surer test, according to the Holy Scriptures, can be applied to anything claiming to be Christian teaching, than this: Where does it put Jesus Christ? Is He something in it, or is he all? Is He the Sun of the true solar system, so that every planet gets its place and its light from Him? Or is He at best a sort of Ptolemaic sun, rolling together with other luminaries around an earthly centre—whether that centre take the form of an observance, a constitution, or a philosophy?” --- Bishop Handley C.G. Moule, Colossian and Philemon Studies: Lessons in faith and holiness.
“Let’s stop talking about sex, and rather talk about Jesus! Let’s stop criticizing the culture, and instead be good news for the culture!” --- Andrew Symes
Dead and risen. If Christ's death was a death to sin (which it was), and if his resurrection was a resurrection to God (which it was), and if by faith-baptism we have been united to Christ in his death and resurrection (which we have been), then we ourselves have died to sin and risen to God. We must therefore 'reckon' (AV), 'consider' (RSV), 'regard' (NEB), 'look upon' (JBP) or *count* (NIV) ourselves *dead to sin but alive to God in*, or by reason of our union with, *Christ Jesus* (Rom. 6:11). This 'reckoning' is not make-believe. It is not screwing up our faith to believe what we do not believe. We are not to pretend that our old nature has died, when we know perfectly well it has not. Instead we are to realize and remember that our former self did die with Christ, thus putting an end to its career. We are to consider what in fact we are, *dead to sin and alive to God* (11), like Christ (10). Once we grasp this, that our old life has ended, with the score settled, the debt paid and the law satisfied, we shall want to have nothing to do with it. --- John R.W. Stott
The word "marriage" was created to identify a union of a man and a woman- just as the word cat was created to identify a cat. You cannot use the word "cat" to identify a dog just as you cannot use the word "marriage" to identify the union of two men or two women. --- John H. Lewis Jr.,
"In sum, it is a simple and sobering fact that no society that has sanctioned unconstrained sexuality has long survived." --- Psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
The perseverance of the saints'. He who stands firm to the end will be saved' (Mk. 13:13), not because salvation is the reward of endurance, but because endurance is the hallmark of the saved. --- John R.W. Stott
“We have been the silent witnesses of evil deeds.” and that “What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men.” --- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's grown-up children. God never ceases to be our Father, and we never cease to be his children. But he wants us to become his grown-up children. Dependent and obedient we must always be, yet the obedience we are to give him must not be slavish, mechanical or grudging, but intelligent, glad and free ... God treats his children as adults, and gives us the responsibility to discern and decide for ourselves. In this way our obedience becomes creative. It fosters and does not inhibit our growth. --- John R.W. Stott
God is not so much about fixing things that have gone wrong in our lives as He is about finding us in our brokenness and giving us Christ. --- Leonard Sweet, The Jesus Manifesto
Two men, two great religions. So what transpires when the Pope meets the Archbishop of Canterbury? As one might expect, oneupmanship and rank-pulling. The Watford Observer heard Justin Welby describe such a meeting. "Soon after his appointment as Archbishop, he met the equally new Pope Francis. Once the photographers had gone, the two men spent their first private minute together just laughing ('me in English, him in Italian – and with a very confused interpreter'), both of them equally surprised to be there. 'I am senior to you,' said Pope Francis, joshing, 'by two days'." --- Hugh Muir’s Diary, The Guardian
You cannot be faithful to Jesus Christ and pro-sin; it's that simple. I do not understand why Americans and even Christians are caving in so rapidly to the immoral LGBT agenda, but I do know that we must hold up the Truth higher than ever! Do not be discouraged: God's eternal Truth still stands. --- Peter LaBarbera, AmericansForTruth.org
"One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts" --- C.S. Lewis
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. --- Pastor Rick Warren
The verdict now. Justification is a legal or forensic term, belonging to the law courts. Its opposite is condemnation. Both are the pronouncements of a judge. In a Christian context they are the alternative eschatological verdicts which God the judge may pass on judgment day. So when God justifies sinners today, he anticipates his own final judgment by bringing into the present what belongs properly to the last day. --- John R.W. Stott
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