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 >>
Use your sanctified imagination to envision the following make-believe scenario.
Joel Osteen… Andy Stanley…Joyce Meyer...Ed Young Jr. ... Dave Ramsey... James Robison...Ken Copeland...Pat Robertson...Matt Crouch and other high-profile Christian leaders all begin their programs with an agreed-upon in- advance, sober warning to their collective millions of listeners.
"The following message is completely uncharacteristic of our normal broadcast. But we are not living in normal times. We can't keep pretending God's judgments aren't real. What's happening currently can't be dismissed as coincidental but providential. We have come to the conclusion that God has directed leaders across this nation to simply communicate eight words: '40 more days and America will be destroyed.' That's what He instructed us to say. But there still is hope if we believe that God will have mercy on us if we humbly turn back to Him and the ways of our Founding Fathers." more >>
"We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own." Abraham Lincoln
Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be "one nation under God," not above God.
A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states it well: more >>
George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God (USA), does not believe the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and the Episcopal Church are dying congregations because their worship sets clash with Millennial preferences. Instead, he maintains young Christians are departing church groups that have "abandoned belief in the authority of Scripture."
The Assemblies of God leader offered his comments during a press conference at the Empowered21 Global Congress, a spirit-filled gathering of nearly 4,000 Pentecostals from over 70 nations, as The Christian Post reports.
"The young people that are moving away from traditional religious structures in the U.S. typically belong to churches which have abandoned a belief in the authority of Scripture and the uniqueness and centrality, and exclusiveness of Jesus Christ," says Wood. "They have no belief to hang on to since that has all been gutted by those who have chosen, under the guise of religion, to reject the very claims of the founder of the religion." more >>
With due respect for your office and the tremendous responsibilities you face, I must take strong exception to comments you made at a recent Evangelical-Catholic leadership summit.
Those comments were unhelpful, inaccurate, unbiblical, and, sad to say, hypocritical.
During a panel discussion, you urged these leaders to spend less time on "divisive" issues like abortion and redefining marriage, putting more emphasis instead on dealing with poverty. Speaking as a professing Christian, you said, "When it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what's the defining issue, when you're talking in your congregations, what's the thing that is really going to capture the essence of who we are as Christians, or as Catholics, or what have you, [poverty] is oftentimes viewed as a 'nice to have' relative to an issue like abortion." more >>
Will the last true Christian in America please turn out the lights on the way out? A recent study on religion and America that has received much attention has been interpreted by some to indicate that Christianity is on its virtual deathbed.
But as the saying goes, "The good news is the bad news is wrong."
The study comes from the respected Pew Research Center: "America's Changing Religious Landscape." The subtitle is: "Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow." more >>