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Rebecca Jones on Christian Womanhood

Rebecca Jones has an amazing post at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  In My Credo as a Christian Woman, Rebecca lays out her mandate of Biblical womanhood.

I believe that I am also to exercise my particular personal gifts in the church, without neglecting hospitality, humble service, availability in emergencies, and all sorts of good deeds.

Read the rest of her Credo here.

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The Modern Church

Have you ever noticed that some modern day worship services seem to be more about bringing glory to the preacher than glory to God?

I am so saddened when I hear speaking that comes so close to the truth but leaves people with such confusion.

I just listened to a message like this, and I am confused.  It incorporates Scripture but is not founded on it.  In fact, it incorporated almost as much about a popular television show as it did about the Bible.  That is scary.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  James 3:1 ESV

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Christianity Today: Speak the Gospel

Christianity Today has an interesting article called Speak the Gospel.  The premise of the article is that the quote, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words” was not an actual reflection of  the supposed originator Francis of Assisi.  The goal of the article is to point to a rephrase of the quote, “Preach the gospel—use actions when necessary; use words always.”

At first glance, this rephrase sounds grand.  It encourages speaking the gospel versus the obscure nature of showing the gospel through action.  Some of the comments on the article make a great point.  Our actions should accommodate our words.  There are many examples I can give of sharing the gospel with words that were falling on deaf ears.  An action that accompanied the words made all the difference- be it a cup of coffee or a generous tip.  The actions paved the way for the words to be heard.

We see this example in Jesus and His disciples when they fed people and healed people and also spoke the truth of the gospel.  Actions are often necessary.

I do not think the purpose of the article was to minimize deeds done well for the Lord.  The purpose was to counteract the rather cop-out statement that it is sufficient to live out the gospel and only use words when necessary.  Perhaps the quote should really be, “Preach the gospel boldly and use your actions as tangible demonstrations of the gospel you present.”

HT: Between Two Worlds

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Entrusted With Catholics

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I had the privilege of talking to one of my students yesterday who is a Catholic.  I must admit that I have been rather naive about Catholic’s beliefs.  I have assumed that they are basically all Christians with some different/incorrect theology.  In the ten minute conversation I had with her, I realized that she is lost, despite her sixteen years in the Catholic church.

I am now starting to understand that while some Catholics are Christians, there are many who are not.  They are following a different set of Scriptures (including the Apocrypha as inspired) as well as following the doctrines of their Catechism.  A great starting resource  for understanding the differences between Protestant and Catholic beliefs is Mark Cahill’s talk: Roman Catholicism vs. The Bible

As I talked with this student, I asked her about some of her beliefs.  She told me about purgatory, but ironically enough couldn’t really tell me what it was.  This is significant as this is a place she plans to spend some time after she dies.  I personally would want to know what it is like!

I also asked her about confession and the process of getting out of purgatory.  I asked her, “If Catholics believe that all these things must be done by us to eventually get to heaven, why did Jesus come to die?”  She was really confused and said she had never thought about it before.  I did a quick presentation of the fact that we have broken God’s law and that is why Jesus came to die- to pay for our sins.  I explained that there is no way for us to be good enough on our own; we need a Savior.  She really was thinking about it by the time we parted ways.  She was confused and said nobody had ever asked her that question.

I know that the Lord is using conversations like this to open my eyes to the lost all around me.  I do not want to ever assume that someone has heard the gospel, knows the gospel, or is saved based on a religious affiliation, church attendance, or any other potential indications of a belief system.  Religious zeal is giving many people a false security about their eternal state.  True salvation is found only in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross including His death, burial, and resurrection.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses- Part IV

onetruthJehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus did not actually rise from the dead in the physical sense.  The Watchtower teaches that the resurrection was that of an invisible spirit.

Luke 24:39 clearly states otherwise:

See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.  Touch me, and see.  For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.

Jesus is speaking to the disciples.  He knows that they are having a difficult time comprehending the resurrection.  They thought they were seeing a ghost.  He tells them to reach out and touch Him.  He was resurrected in the physical body.

Jehovah’s Witnesses rely on the teaching of the Watchtower to lead their religion.  The only text that is qualified to base our beliefs on is the Scriptures.  All else cannot compare with the infallible Word of God in the cannon of Scripture.

A few more posts will follow in the Jehovah’s Witness Series.  There is such vast online resources dealing with the specifics of their beliefs.  I am going to link to some of those resources in the next post and deal with the topic of distractions in the final post.