Theologian John Piper is suggesting this week that there is a higher honor attached to being a foreign missionary than other callings.
In a Monday post on Desiring God, Piper notes that "history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. For that reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world."
But to Piper, who is the founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota, missionaries who dare to take the Gospel into troubled contexts merit a greater respect. more >>
Prominent theologians and scholars are saying this week that while globalism may be a buzzword this election season, too few understand the demonic forces driving this ideology.
As The New York Times reported Monday, until relatively recently it was rare to hear people referred to as "globalists" but the label is more common now. And while many globalists claim to have the interests of the entire world at heart, the irony is that they have become a tribe of sorts; and they are a wealthy, elite, and powerful tribe for whom national borders are an impediment to their agenda.
While many definitions for globalism exist, a wide chasm separates 1) necessary global exchanges in an increasingly interconnected world, like trade, legal immigration, and the cooperation and sharing of ideas across borders, and 2) globalism as a secular humanistic religion of sorts that envisons a one-world government. more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, who frequently speaks out against the growth of atheism in society, has said secularists borrow from the Christian worldview, despite rejecting God, since their worldview is "bankrupt, meaningless, and hopeless."
"How do secularists determine right and wrong? Bill Nye told me 'a consensus of the tribe,' but then it's all subjective. How can secularists talk about morality? Without an absolute basis where do they draw the lines? Who draws the lines? Ultimately it fails," Ham wrote on Facebook on Monday.
"Secularists borrow from the Christian world view — they borrow from the laws of nature, from laws of logic — they assume God whom they reject. The secularist worldview is ultimately totally bankrupt, purposeless, meaningless, and hopeless — purpose, hope and meaning are only found in Christ," he added. more >>
John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, said in a Facebook post on Monday that there are certain religious people who are quick to condemn others and declare them unfit before God, but argued that it is only the Holy Spirit that can convict.
"What is condemnation? Condemnation is when someone says disapproving things about you, describing your inability to be a certain way or to accomplish certain things," Hagee wrote.
"There are 'religious' people who go around condemning other people, declaring how unfit they are to be used by God or the Church. They do so to hide their own inferiorities and weaknesses," he added. more >>
Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly brought God into a debate on the death penalty on Monday, and asked why He doesn't intervene and stop babies from being raped and killed.
"The bleeding hearts, the priests and all, said there was death penalty before, and nothing happened. Then I can simply say, death penalty didn't work because it wasn't imposed. Every president along the way would just say, one because of the Catholic Church; second the bleeding hearts, because only God can kill. The problem there, I ask you, what if there is no God? So we allow the criminals? " Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang, according to The Manila Times.
"So where is now God when a one year old baby, 18-months-old baby is taken from the mother's arms brought under a jeep and raped and killed. So where is God?" he added. more >>
Iran, Russia, Syria and terrorist groups like Hamas are forming "unholy" alliances that are working to undermine the power of Western nations like the United States and spread Sharia law throughout the world, prominent Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow warns in his newest book.
Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, authored the new book Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World, which was released last Tuesday.
Having researched for over three years, Sekulow argues in the book that as a change in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has caused the U.S. to have less of a presence in the troubled region and a power vacuum to form that has left the door open for Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran to take bigger roles in the region. more >>