James 2:18 "Yea a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works."
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold all things become new."
Luke 14:33 "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
John 14:15 " If ye love me, keep my commandments."
RK, I was living the life of a reprobate, all the while claiming to be saved. The revelation I had was that there was no way I could be saved, and live a life of blatant sin, as demonstrated in the verses I posted. There had never been a change in my life.
I was a false convert for many years, and all the time knew that salvation was in Christ alone, by faith alone, that Christ was God, that his shed blood was the atonement for our sins, that he was buried and rose again three days later forever defeating sin and death, and that repentance was necessary for true salvation. I knew all this and more, but this knowledge amounted to nothing because I never truly surrendered my life to God. It wasnt until God revealed to me that if I was truly saved, I would be living it out, that I finally realized I was infact lost. Thank God above he revealed this to me, or I would still be a casualty of easy believeism on my way to hell.
An AR-15 costs a least a 1000 dollars, and more than that usually (at least for a good one). It seems to me that money would have been better spent getting the gospel out, and fulfilling the great commission. I have no problem with people owning one, and would like one myself one day. I just think churches have more important things to do than hand out guns at the moment.
Im all about gun rights, but this seems like a cheap way to boost church attendance. Also, I find it sickening that this church has no reverence for the word of God by twisting John 14:27 to imply the peace that Christ promised was a gun.
" As the church's subjection to Christ is proposed as an examplar to wives, so the love of Christ to his church is proposed as a pattern to husbands; and while such exemplars are offered to both, and so much are required of each, neither has reason to complain of the divine injunctions. The love which God requires from the husband in behalf of his wife will make amends of the subjection which he demands from her to her husband; and the prescribed subjection of the wife will be an abundant return for that love of the husband which God has made her due."
- From Matthew Henrys Commentary on Ephesians 5:21-33
As much as I dislike Rick Warren, I dont want to be disingenuous and misrepresent his ministry. His ministry requires no misrepresentation to be shown unbiblical, just a little research and an understanding of Biblical doctrine reveals this guy for the false teacher he is.
"Warren stresses that his role is always pastoral, not political. His ministry's PEACE Plan is an effort "to mobilize Christians around the world to address â€¦ the "five global giants" of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy"
This man is woefully ignorant of sound biblical doctrine. There is only one "global giant" of spiritual emptiness, and that is sin. None of those things cause spiritual emptiness, but are rather the result of spiritual emptiness. Man is spiritually empty because he is born with a sin nature inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12) and has sinned against a holy God (Romans 3:23). What is the point in fighting these issues without first adressing the real issue (man has sinned against a holy God, and is in need of a savior) by spreading the Gospel? It truly saddens my heart that so many are deceived by this charlatan.
Romans 16:17-18 "Now I beseech you, bretheren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them, 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."