Many of us in the Christian church believe that if John MacArthur were to adopt (or re-adopt) an approach to the Holy Spirit similar to that of Chuck Smith, he would be standing on firmer biblical ground than he is perceived to be standing on today as it relates to charismatics and Pentecostals. This is about more than just the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It also has a lot to do with the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in the broader Christian life.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how humble are you? I know. It's a bit of a trick question. If I give myself a good score, then am I really as humble as I think I am?
It began as a Super Bowl commercial, and it continues to be used on television to sell automobiles. A young man is offered a deal from the devil. If he will sign the contract, thereby selling his soul to Satan, he will receive a new Mercedes-Benz along with beautiful women, riches, and fame. It's a clever marketing approach. And it is a spiritual concept which is ingrained in our culture, in spite of how secular things have become in recent decades. But is this concept correct?
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)
It takes emotional maturity, intellectual honesty, and spiritual dexterity to balance issues as seemingly far removed from one another as profanity in the media, Supreme Court cases, and eternity. Any yet one man appears to be doing just fine as he juggles them all in that brilliant mind which God has given him.
He certainly has his work cut out for him. Pope Francis says he wants to find a "new balance" in the Catholic church as it relates to hot-button moral issues in society and the church. But as the pope attempts to tweak the spiritual focus, will he do what Jesus did in balancing compassion and repentance?
In undertaking the noble task of writing a book about Jesus Christ, the popular Bill O'Reilly unfortunately ended up cutting Christ in half. He zeroed in on the historical Jesus, while completely missing the historical Christ.
Every religion in the world can only be truly understood in the reflection of Jesus Christ. Either Jesus is God, or He isn't. He claimed to forgive sins. Only God can do that. So they killed Him because they thought He wasn't God.
There is a reason why Jesus is called "the Savior of the world," and not merely "the mentor" or "the example." Jesus Christ literally saves people from their sins. But not everyone. Only anyone.
Christians are people who trust in Christ's death for their salvation rather than their own religious deeds. They not only trust in Jesus as their Savior, but they also follow Him as their Lord. The Gospel message is the foundation of the Christian faith. And it produces a life of freedom in Christ.
I just finished watching Rick and Kay Warren's interview with Piers Morgan on CNN. If you want to know what real Christianity is about, just watch that interview. Christianity is so much more than words alone. It is power. It is grace. It is blood, sweat, and tears. And it is honest.
Everyone loves a good mystery. Well, maybe not everyone, but most people anyway. Here is one for you. And it is unlike any other mystery in the history of the world.
Two weeks after the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the president of Russia has issued his own version of the speech to the American people in an op-ed article in the New York Times. Vladimir Putin believes all countries have been created equal by God, and that we Americans should therefore not view our nation as "exceptional."
Man doesn't get it. By nature, man tends to think that God is harsh and unkind. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Gospel message changes the hearts of men. It turns cold-blooded killers and haters into peace-loving ambassadors of hope.
You were born about 2000 years after Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again from the grave. Before you even entered this world, God had already created you in your mother's womb. And you were created by God for a purpose. You were created to be a Christian.
When it comes to Christianity, many people never get out of the starting gate. They get stuck at a place where they perceive Christianity and/or Christians as being "too weird" for their liking. It is such a common error that it isn't even surprising to see it when it happens. There has got to be a way around this roadblock, isn't there?
So you have an issue do you? Welcome to the human race. What's that? You say you have several issues? OK. Try this. Ask your Creator to overwhelm your issue. And then just watch what happens.
There are various theories floating around today about why "millennials" (ages 18-33) are "leaving the church." But do most of these theories hold water? Or is there a deeper reason why many young people of that generation are not living with a passion to see others come to know Christ and live for Him?
If you are going to make the monumental decision to reject the love of Jesus and His offer of salvation, then at least avoid the trap of doing so for the wrong reason. In other words, get your money's worth out of your decision.
A lot of professing Christians today engage in premarital sex. Many of them feel their behavior is not that big of a deal to God. Is there a way to know for sure?
You and I are not smarter than God. Far from it. So when Jesus, who is God, says that one day people will "stand outside knocking and pleading" to get into heaven, He expects to be taken seriously. (see Luke 13:22-30) Jesus goes on in that passage to describe hell when He states, "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth." (Luke 13:28) Please consider who it was that made this alarming statement, and then try to imagine what that scene will look like.
No one is required to be a skeptic of Christianity. It is a choice. Just like parenting is a choice. And one thing I find interesting is that Christian parents and non-Christian parents have many similar desires for their young children.
If you are a believer and you are already married to someone who is an unbeliever, God's Word tells you to stay married to your spouse (see 1 Cor. 7:12,13). If on the other hand, you are a single Christian who is considering getting married to an unbeliever, don't do it. God's Word says, "Do not be unequally yoked." (2 Cor. 6:14)
Many of us have faced challenges over the years with our weight. After years of failed attempts at weight loss, I was given a bit of a wake-up call last November during a routine physical. They checked my A1C which reveals your average blood glucose level over the previous 3 months. It should be at 6 or lower, and mine was at 10.2. This placed me in the diabetic range.