Pro-abortion churches? ‘Reproductive freedom congregations’ attack new Texas law protecting the unborn

They can call themselves ‘Pro-abortion churches‘ or ‘Reproductive freedom congregations’, whatever the case they are completely unbiblical and do not represent the God of the Bible. God hates those who take life [and those sin by advocating for it] and all but the most determined fool/liar agree there is life in the womb.

A growing number of pro-abortion churches in Texas are lining up to fight a new state law that prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which typically occurs at around six weeks’ gestation. The churches are known as…

Source: Pro-abortion churches? ‘Reproductive freedom congregations’ attack new Texas law protecting the unborn

Devotional Thought for Today – 09/01/21

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Joel 2

CONTEXT: The book of Joel was the telling of God’s judgment upon His chosen people (Israel), the pagan nations that surrounded them, and the eventual outpouring of the Holy Spirit (restoration of God’s people) Acts 2. Matthew Henry breaks chapter 2 down as follows: God’s judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)

I want to look at just v.1 this morning because I think they are applicable to all of us today.

Blow the trumpet in Zion [warning of impending judgment], Sound an alarm on My holy mountain [Zion]! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble and shudder in fear, For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming; It is close at hand,(AMP)

Judgment by way of the Day of the Lordis the predominant theme of the book of Joel. Israel (1:15; 2:1–2) and all the nations (3:2–3) are subject to this judgment. While most associate the “Day of the Lord” with wrath and judgments it can also be a day of salvation and restoration.

Here in chapter 2 v.1, the context is definitely judgment and wrath that Joel is warning against. Israel had become complacent AGAIN, it had fallen back into the sins of its surrounding neighbors and Joel sires out a warning Blow the trumpet in Zion, (any temple, pulpit, or corner will do) Sound an alarm on My holy mountain, we too must be able, ready and willing at every moment to speak out against the anti-Christ. For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming, God cannot abide sin, nor sinners. The old saying God Loves the Sinner But Hates the Sin? is far from true and He must and will pass judgment on everyone.

Of course, no one knows when the final judgment “day of the Lord” will come but we must (All True Believers) act like it is today. Spiritual Complacency has plagued the “church” for far too long in America. Oh, we are good at giving, missions, and feeding the poor. We respond well to national disasters and the like but do not ask us to get involved in the BIG PICTURE, the moral issues of today.

It is time we, All True Believers, Shout is from the Blogs, Corners, and Pulpits; that we demand that the core values America was founded upon, the Judeo-Christian principles be returned before the Wrath of God, the final judgment, the “day of the Lord” is poured out upon this nation and people.


PRAYER

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative

Transmitting Truth in a Modern Pagan World

We share the world with modern pagans who worship the sun—or idolize an imagined primordial Big Bang—so we need to be truth witnesses unto a world drowning in deception and delusion…

Source: Transmitting Truth in a Modern Pagan World

Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

The title is extremely misleading (it should read one Baptist and a few Presbyterian Churchs... Nevertheless, these churches all are participating in unbiblical practices, and their so-called leaders need to be warned James 3:1.

…So far, the new Reproductive Freedom Congregations project has 25 churches signed up — mostly Unitarian along with a few Presbyterian churches and one Baptist congregation, the University Baptist Church in Austin, according to the report.

To participate, the churches must go through a training program that teaches pastors how to advocate for “reproductive health care,” including abortion on demand, and speak about it in their sermons, the report continued…

SOURCE: Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

New Chief Chaplain at Harvard an Atheist

Definition of chaplain : 1: a clergyman in charge of a chapel 2: a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court 3: a person chosen to conduct religious exercises (as at a meeting of a club or society) 4: a clergyman appointed to assist a bishop (as at a liturgical function) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaplain

Seems to me that someone who claims there is no God, fails to meet any of those criteria. Not blaming them, but the institution, Harvard, which founded in 1636 in anticipation of the need for training clergy (Christian) for the new commonwealth, has forgotten its roots.


Harvard University has selected a man who does not believe in God to be the school’s chief chaplain.

Chief Chaplain Greg Epstein is the author of “Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.” He also serves as Harvard’s humanist chaplain, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s humanist chaplain, and as convener for ethical life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life…

SOURCE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/08/26/new-chief-chaplain-at-harvard-an-atheist/

A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’

Dr. Eric Wallace to Discuss Why the Church Must Agree on One Thing: Critical Race Theory is Un-Christian

NEWS PROVIDED BY , Freedom’s Journal Institute, Aug. 26, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 26, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — A Black scholar and ministry leader, with links to civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, has slammed the controversial critical race theory as “a doctrine of demons.”

Freedom’s Journal Institute Founder and President Dr. Eric Wallace — the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Union-PSCE (Now Union Presbyterian Seminary) — will discuss the “evils” of critical race theory (CRT) and its origins at a conference, Aug. 27-28 in Newport News, Va.

SOURCE: A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/26/21

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2 Chronicles 20

CONTEXT: Most folks I know can quote or at least paraphrase v.15 from this Chapter ‘the battle belongs to the Lord.’ While this makes a good theme it is not the central theme of this Chapter, by context Faith is the main theme. The Chapter can be divided as follows: The Enemy advances v.1-4; Jehoshaphat Prayers v.5-13; God answers prayer v.14-19; War and Victory v.20-29; End of Jehoshaphat’s reign v.30-37.

I say Faith is the main theme because of the facts we know from the text. The nation of Judah (Israel) was about to be invaded so what does Jehoshaphat do? Does he run, does he hide, does he wine and whimper, of course not he takes action. What kind of action, PRAYER v.3; And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord,… A wise ruler always seeks wise counsel in times of trouble. Jehoshaphat had 3 Armies coming against him I think this was a good time for seeking HELP!

Note that Jehoshaphat does not go it alone, v.4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord:… It is always wise to seek the support of like-minded individuals and those who may be experiencing similar issues to pray alongside you. Read v.5-13 Jehoshaphat’s Prayer (pleading with God) and you can see the heartfelt sincerety in it. Jehoshaphat confessed Judah’s (and his) inability to deal with the coming threat. That is the FAITH I was speaking about. Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah called upon the Lord to HELP, fully expecting His assistance.

I suppose I would be remiss if I failed to mention v.15 in context. Does ‘the battle always belong to the Lord’? One of the popular evangelical catchphrases that irks me to no end is “Let Go and let God.” While it may seem harmless it really is not very Biblical. In our text today (and throughout the Bible) God responds to prayer. I call this God’s Providential Grace. Unless God chose someone for a specific task, Jonah, for example, the application of this Grace is applied in every other example as a response to prayer. Yes, ‘the battle belongs to the Lord‘ it always has and always will, but we can not just give up the fight sit back in our lazy-boy recliner and expect God to do the work. We need, as individuals, churches, and a nation to be more like Jehoshaphat prayer warriors willing to fight the good fight.

60% of adults under 40 say Jesus isn’t the only way to salvation

If ever folks doubted the Bible’s accuracy, they need only read 2 Timothy 4:3 and know for a fact we are living in those times Paul wrote about.


60% of adults under 40 say Jesus isn’t only way to salvation; equal to Buddha, Muhammad

Survey shows pluralistic worldview expanding rapidly among American Christians

More than 60% of born again Christians in America between the ages of 18 and 39 believe that Buddha, Muhammad, and Jesus are all valid paths to salvation and over 30% say they either believe that Jesus sinned just like other people when He lived on Earth or aren’t sure, according to a new study.

There’s a “striking decline” in evangelical religious beliefs and practices over the last 10 years, as the number of self-proclaimed believers to hold these beliefs has increased by nearly 25%, says Probe Ministries in a statement announcing the results of its Religious Views & Practices Survey…

SOURCE: https://www.christianpost.com/news/60-of-young-adults-say-jesus-isnt-the-only-way-to-salvation.html

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/23/21

1 Corinthians 13:6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices  whenever the truth wins out. | New Living Translation (NLT) | Download The  Bible App Now

1 CORINTHIANS 13

CONTEXT: As I noted in last Thursday’s post on v.4, Paul describes how utterly useless even the most gifted “Christian” is without love. Matthew Henry breaks it down as: The necessity and advantage of the grace of love. (1-3) Its excellency represented by its properties and effects; (4-7) and by its abiding, and its superiority. (8-13)

Our text for today follows that theme from Thursday, the true characteristics of Charity or Godly Love include finding no joy in injustice or evil but always rejoicing in the truth (God’s Holy Word).

In many so called “Christian” circles today Doctrine has become nearly a curse word. Doctrine in it’s most basic form means instruction, so these naysayers are in fact saying ‘we don’t want God’s instruction’ pretty dangerous ground if you ask me. Accepting God’s instruction and defining who, what and how we believe is critical to carrying out the Great Commission the duty of all those chosen born again children of God.

Enjoy today’s devotional from GTY on the matter:

“[Love] rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6).

Love never compromises God’s Word

Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: “[Love] rejoices with the truth” (v. 6).

The contrast in verse 6 is between love’s inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. “Truth” refers to God’s Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said, “Love doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with righteousness,” but he went beyond the mere deeds of righteousness and addressed its standard and motive.

Love won’t tolerate false doctrine or sinful behavior, but it rejoices when God’s Word is taught and obeyed. The psalmist said, “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies. . . . I have more insight than all my teachers . . . . I understand more than the aged. . . . I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Thy word. I have not turned aside from Thine ordinances, for Thou Thyself hast taught me. How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Ps. 119:97-104). That’s the testimony of one who rejoices in the truth.

Often Christians are willing to compromise sound doctrine for the sake of loving others. They believe that doctrinal precision is somehow divisive and unloving. But Scripture says, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 6-8).

Biblical love always operates within the parameters of God’s Word and spiritual discernment (Phil. 1:9-10). The most loving thing you can do is live according to biblical truth. Doctrinal compromise simply diminishes the quality of love and plays into the hands of the evil one.

Suggestions for Prayer

Ask God for wisdom and discernment to keep your love within its proper biblical bounds.

For Further Study

Memorize Philippians 1:9-11.



From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.

Sunday Sermon Series – Walking

Do we think walking with God can do us any hurt? Did we ever hear any cry out on their deathbed that they have been too holy, that they have prayed too much, or walked with God too much? No, that which has cut them to the heart has been this, that they have not walked more closely with God; they have wrung their hand and torn their hair to think that they have been so bewitched with the pleasures of the world. Close walking with God will make our enemy (death) be at peace with us.

Thomas Watson

SERMON

Walking With God


by George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Genesis 5:24 –  “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”


RELATED RESOURCES:

THE CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN LIGHT – C.H. Spurgeon

THE LIFE WALK AND TRIUMPH OF FAITH – C.H. Spurgeon

LIFE AND WALK OF FAITH – C.H. Spurgeon

Walk in Love: 32 Sermons on Ephesians 5 – Thomas Manton