The fact that pastors have the freedom to worship, preach, publish, assemble, and petition the government for a redress of grievances (the First Amendment to the Constitution) is because Christians addressed “political and social structures.”
As I was taking my daily stroll down the corridors of FaceBook to see whom might need my help in correcting their flat tire theology, I stumbled across a very encouraging post on Facebook: “Postmillenialism…that Christianity will continue growing throughout the world until it becomes the majority influence among men & nations, eventually leading the […]
In early 2009, the late Michael Spencer (aka the Internet Monk, or iMonk) wrote an article entitled “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.” In this article, Spencer gave his assessment of the future of the evangelical movement. His forecast was not a pleasant one, especially for those who believe that evangelicalism is doing just fine. I tend to agree with most of Spencer’s reservations about the effectiveness of the movement in the years and decades to come, and like Spencer I also believe that this is a good and necessary thing. Movements, in general, serve a limited purpose and can be found scattered throughout the history of humankind. Like successful countercultures (for a very interesting book on this topic, get a copy of Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture), movements tend to move from the fringe to the center, only to be replaced—or at least modified—by a new movement coming in from the fringe. Simply put, evangelicalism is beginning to feel the strain of life at the center.
A national survey of religious knowledge, including Bible knowledge, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that, on average, adults could only answer 16 of 32 questions correctly. Read a summary of the report here. Atheists, agnostics, and Jews did better than Protestant Christians. You can take a short […]
Predictions of Armageddon and impending world destruction have the same effect as the boy that cried wolf, weakening the gospel message to unbelievers. Should we be so focused on predicting the end or focused on taking dominion of the world God has given us as commanded by Him?
The Kayongo family, founder of the Global Soap Project, thinks so. Gary spotlights this organization and encourages Christians to meet real needs while sharing the gospel with a despairing world.
Christians are divided between what they understand to be the great commission and Christian influence in culture. One person emailed Gary to ask “Would you not see that the main concern of the church is to preach the gospel, baptize, disciple believers in matters concerning their lives as believers in Christ JESUS?” Gary answers this […]
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Liberals will use anything to support their unsupportable worldview, even if it’s the Bible. They will use the Bible when they can manipulate it enough to fit their agenda. How many times have you had a liberal throw Matthew 7:1 back at you when you mention that some particular behavior is immoral? “Remember what Jesus said, ‘Do not judge.'” When you criticize a piece of unconstitutional legislation or a law that the president wants passed, you’ll have “render unto Caesar” (Matt. 22:21) thrown in your face.
“What do you say in response to all of the people saying that you are secretly a friend to hyperpreterists?” — Question submitted by Aduro in The Christian Worldview Forum I am a very visible friend to a number of hyperpreterists. There is nothing secret about it. I am also friends with dispensationalists. I count […]
They abound in our American culture. Our roads and highways are covered with signs of all shapes and sizes clamoring for our attention and proclaiming various points of view. We are told when to go, when to stop, where to shop, what to buy, whom to vote for, even which soap works best. Not to be outdone by their competition, many churches have started pushing some sign gospel of their own, but the news is far from good.
A common misconception in the world of Christian apologetics is the near synonymous use of evangelism
A series of articles have been published since the death of Jerry Falwell that encourage Christians to take a non-Falwellian approach and get out of politics. Daniel Vestal, a former Baptist pastor writes that it’s “time to unyoke Christians” and “party politics.
It’s not only the left that sounds the alarm when Christians “jeopardize the separation of church and state” by engaging in political action.
Can the gospel and social activism co-exist? Should Christians involve themselves in the world by participating in politics, pursue advanced degrees in education, medicine, science and law, produce films on a wide range of subjects, seek careers in journalism, and develop non-governmental programs for long-term social reform based on a well thought out biblical worldview?