Joseph Mattera

Joseph Mattera

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  • Racism, abortion and the implications of the sanctity of human life

    Racism, abortion and the implications of the sanctity of human life

    I believe that the current conversations regarding mass shootings, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, and slave labor should also lead us to dig down further and reexamine the abortion debate. All these issues are inexplicably connected through the implications of the imago Dei which should frame our view of the sanctity of human life, both pre-birth and post-birth.

  • 13 things the Church can learn from the LGBT community

    13 things the Church can learn from the LGBT community

    Whether you agree with their lifestyle, you have to respect how LGBTQ activists have fundamentally transformed American society in one generation. Inversely, during this same time, Bible-believing Christians and their values went from being in the mainstream of society to a shunned minority.

  • Why abortion is a Gospel issue

    Why abortion is a Gospel issue

    I contend that we cannot separate abortion and the pro-life position from the Gospel. God made humans in His image and likeness, and Jesus’ innocent blood was shed to redeem believers (Genesis 1:28). Therefore, the shedding of innocent human blood is an affront to God because His Son’s precious blood was spilled to save the life of fallen humanity.

  • 10 things many institutional churches miss

    10 things many institutional churches miss

    The following are my general observations to aid the Church in its quest to restore New Testament patterns.

  • 7 biblical models of Kingdom advancement in adversity

    7 biblical models of Kingdom advancement in adversity

    Noah spent decades building an ark after God warned him concerning events that were not yet possible in his contemporary ecosystem (a deluge of rain causing a universal flood). Consequently, he became a social outcast while constructing a boat to save his household (Hebrews 11:7).

  • 10 reasons why socialism, Marxism are antithetical to biblical Christianity

    10 reasons why socialism, Marxism are antithetical to biblical Christianity

    The following are ten reasons why socialism is antithetical to the tenets of biblical Christianity.

  • 8 lessons learned from the Hillsong scandal

    8 lessons learned from the Hillsong scandal

    Many of the Hillsong churches, including NYC, were built upon the mega personalities of their lead pastor. Whenever a church is built upon one person’s charisma and influence, it becomes dangerous because its foundation dissipates if that pastor resigns.

  • 4 biblical and unbiblical forms of Christian nationalism

    4 biblical and unbiblical forms of Christian nationalism

    Christian nationalism is biblical if it is based upon influencing one's nation through bottom-up community service, advanced problem solving, along with Gospel permeation that then results in the exaltation of Christ in every sphere of society.

  • 8 keys to having a global hermeneutic

    8 keys to having a global hermeneutic

    Too often, many Americans read the Bible through the lens of American culture. This negatively affects the proper interpretation of Scripture, drowning out the voice of the original meaning of Scripture.

  • 8 urgent global prayer targets

    8 urgent global prayer targets

    Up until now, the policy of “mutually assured destruction” has stopped the world’s superpowers from engaging one another in battle. Please pray that Putin will not resort to utilizing nuclear weapons to save face because, thus far, they are losing the conventional war.