JERUSALEM — At the border between Israel and Jordan in east Jerusalem, a lone Jordanian soldier dressed in camouflage and armed with a gun gazed nonchalantly at a spectacle unfolding before him on the other side of the river. Christians, busloads of them, were beginning to arrive.
This is the Jordan River, the place where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist, and the place where the Israelites first crossed into the Promised Land.
And on Saturday evening, under the watchful eyes of young, armed Israeli soldiers dressed in army green fatigues and their counterparts in Jordan, scores of men, women and children of the Christian faith exulted, engaged in somber reflection and got baptized as they tried to connect with a piece of history in the mud-brown stretch of river where the human rendition of God got baptized and began His ministry. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to criticism directed at the Ark Encounter project by stating that those who ask why the money isn't used to help poor people instead are really objecting to the Gospel message.
"Nearly every time I post an update on the exciting Ark Encounter project, there seem to be those habitual complainers who claim the money should be spent on the poor instead and not be 'wasted' this way," Ham said earlier this week on his AiG blog.
"The Ark project (like the Creation Museum) will in a professional, powerful, and gracious way present the truth of God's Word and the Gospel. Sadly, even some people claiming to be Christians complain about the Ark project and that the money should be given to the poor instead. Such people either don't understand or don't seem to care about the millions who will be reached with the most important food in the universe —the spiritual food of the saving Gospel — the very message that their eternal life depends on," he added. more >>
"A.D. The Bible Continues" is returning to NBC with its eighth episode on Sunday, and series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett offered The Christian Post an exclusive preview of what lies ahead.
As a follow-up to Downey and Burnett's "The Bible" series, "A.D. The Bible Continues" features the first 10 chapters of the book of Acts, revealing what would become the most influential movement in history — the rise of the church. The series, which premiered on Easter Sunday, is now gearing up for its eighth installment, and Downey is calling on CP readers to watch this week's episode.
In a taped greeting released exclusively to CP readers, Downey said: "Hello to all our friends at ChristianPost.com. So far we've witnessed the death and the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples restored by His return, and the epic arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. And now as Peter, John, and the disciples spread the Gospel across Judea, they are met with increasingly brutal persecution by those that will stop at nothing to silence them. Join us this Sunday, you won't want to miss what is about to happen as we race toward the dramatic season finale." more >>
Billionaire Bill Gates has shared his summer book reading list, among which is included The Magic of Reality by atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Gates called Dawkins "one of the great scientific writers" of all time, despite what he said is his "overzealous" and "antagonistic" view of religion.
When recommending The Magic of Reality, Gates wrote: "It's an engaging, well-illustrated science textbook offering compelling answers to big questions, like 'how did the universe form?' and 'what causes earthquakes?' It's also a plea for readers of all ages to approach mysteries with rigor and curiosity." more >>
The theme throughout the New Testament is clear: Only believers are baptized. The Bible says that faith in Christ alone saves. Romans 10:9 states, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." If baptism was the final saving mechanism then we'd be guilty of baptizing unbelievers.
Here are a few misunderstood passages:
1. Acts 2:38, "Peter said, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…'." Repentance is the key to remission (forgiveness), not baptism. Baptism identifies the believer with Christ much in the same way that circumcision identified the relationship that God had with the Old Testament saints. more >>
In continuing with a warning she gave last week on her website that God will soon unleash his judgment upon America, Billy Graham's 66-year-old daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, further clarified on Wednesday that biblical signs are indicating that the rapture will occur during her lifetime.
Lotz, who turns 67 on Thursday, previously proclaimed by citing the book of Joel that God's judgement upon America is "going to be ugly." In a Wednesday Interview with CBN News, she explained that all the signs that the book of Joel points out as "birth pains" directly preceding the Day of the Lord have come to fruition.
"So the birth pains, the signs that Jesus gives, whether it is in the environmental world or national world, the wars, or the persecution of Christians, the persecution of Jews, when we see that ratcheting up and increasing in frequency and in intensity in the same generation that sees the Gospel being preached to the whole world and Israel reborn as a nation, that's the generation that is the last," Lotz stated. more >>