Teenagers from the Advent Christian Church in Portsmouth play the video game "Halo 2" under the direction of Pastor Russell Carle.
Photo by Jackie Ricciardi
Me and Hunter, we can‚Äôt be beat on a team. Many have tried and have died," said Alec Harding, 14, of Portsmouth, as he took a break from the video-game action Friday night at "The Fridge."
Behind him, in a horseshoe-shaped ring of chairs in the basement of Portsmouth‚Äôs Advent Christian Church, sat other teenage boys. Their eyes were focused on a semi-circle of three televisions wired together atop tall metal stands. The boys‚Äô hands twitched away over myriad buttons on remote controls. The televisions were broadcasting the video game "Halo 2," with the action from each screen linked together so each contestant could be a sniper capable of "killing" any of the other participants. Beyond the din of the players‚Äô banter and video-game explosions, other boys and girls played pingpong or simply hung out with their friends.
As the video-game round ended, Pastor Russell Carle called out to the youth for...
Walt, I understand your emotions. People naturally love pleasure and hate suffering, sacrifice and struggle. Therefore, the language of faith which dictates all 3 as necessary is undesirable. This is one reason people believe in a pre-trib (pre sacrifice, pre-suffering and pre-struggle) rapture. All that most of those who believe such things want is good from God with a minimal price tag. Grace that is both free and cheap. At least they desire a minimum of suffering. Ergo, any theology that tickles the ears is very popular. I do not wish to be so outspoken as to malign people or ridicule them but you are right. Many will find that they have followed the seductiveness of soothing and smooth speech rather than shouldering the rough cross of Christ and His death. After all, if there is one thing the great reformers suffered for it is calling all men to a personal responsibility before the Holy Scriptures. Churches, seminaries (not all of them) and nominal Christians excel at playing down the truth in order that the people might be comfortable and (God help us) entertained. They further love any doctrine that lessens the cross and it's shame and hate any that imposes them upon us. This is quite normal for the flesh.
Take a look at what I just posted regarding form of worship.
Again, with all the wonderful "man inspired" worship devices entering the Christian church, it will take a loud voice across the nation to wake people up to these issues.
Some on this forum would silent our voices, and ask us to sit down, shut up, and be meek, humble and agree to disagree. These types of emotional appeals would have silenced all the great reformers, and the Lord only knows how many were silenced out of fear to ruffle the feathers of the masses.
The more unfaithful ministers the various "seminaries" and "colleges" produce with the foolishness of Fuller Theological Seminary, the more I want to just cry out to the Lord to reveal His faithful remnant around the world.
There is coming a great period of vial judgments on the earth, perhaps in our lifetimes, and I expect all those loony toons who expect to flash away in the rapture before the great day of judgment might be surprised.
If they do not repent, and reform their wicked ways, I suspect they will feel the loving hand of the Lord in rebuke, correction and judgment.
I have a long-term goal to build the following local community centers, and see if they would be popular. Based upon the above article, I suspect it might take a little bit more "flare" or "hip" "pastors", but here is the outline:
Where God‚Äôs Love and Reformed Christian Thought Meet!
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set (Prov.22:28).
Mission Statement: To provide a community center and bookstore where Covenanter and Reformed Christians can meet to build biblical unity by gaining knowledge, understanding and wisdom through God‚Äôs unmerited Mercy and Grace; fully founded upon the biblical principle that our Lord Jesus Christ is the only true Prophet, Priest and King of heaven and earth.
Available to Christians: Rare and Hard-to-Find Reformed Books Reformed Audio and Video Tapes CD Rom and DVD Most Advanced Computer Technology Quiet and Separate Reading Room Legal History Library and Research Room with Staff Satellite Video Communication for Lord‚Äôs Day Worship, Conferences, etc. Copy, Printing and Duplication Services Coffee and Sandwich Shop Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 am to Midnight Sunday: Lord‚Äôs Day Worship Only. Solid Construction and Complete Electrical Power Back-ups Franchise or Corporate Store Concept Fully Covenanted Together
ENOUGH ALREADY!!! This for Jesus, that for Jesus, Let's just baptize everything worldly and call it something for Jesus. Then we can justify this infectious craze of 'satisfying every worldly lust for Jesus'. Instead of a violent video game (toned down for Jesus of course) why don't we offer the youth 'studies in Church history for Jesus' or 'the writings of the Church fathers' for Jesus. Hey, how about 'sincere repentance of worldly pursuits for Jesus', or 'common prayer for Jesus' guidance.' Too mild? Too non-technical? Too boring? Maybe just plain 'too Christian' for a bunch of worldly kids who really need the real Christ of the Bible instead of 'x-box fellowship' (for Christ of course)!