Beyond gift exchanges, family portraits and Christmas carols, the South Barrington, Ill., megachurch proposes serving the impoverished, visiting the lonely, and caring for the stranger to make it a more "just" Christmas.
"Just Christmas" is the title of the prominent church's latest sermon series. The more than 22,000 attendees are being asked to look at their city and see how things can be made right so the love of Christ shines through.
Hey, I just read this "prophesy" report about a false prophet and thought about this article here on sermonaudio. Here is a quote from what I just read in that report.
"We will build the most brilliant, golden civilization ever seen -- and built by men and women!"
"Maitreya says everyone is gods in human form...Men are men who don't know they're gods...He will show them how to become gods..."
"You only get peace when you have trust, and you only have trust when you have justice..."
That last comment about a 'just peace' echoes President Obama's comments during his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech where he talked about a 'just war' and a 'just peace', doesn't it? _____ The site I got this from is http://www.lookupfellowship.com/2009/12/week-that-changed-everything.html [point #3] OK cue the eerie music...
I'm with Jim on this one. WC sounds like yet another "church" allowing itself to be caught-up in dealing with the effects of sin and God's curse on mankind rather than the cause of and ultimate solution to this world's suffering (sin and conviction thereof, Christ, need for repentance and belief, etc.).
When this happens, the church loses it's saltiness and becomes simply yet another charity organization...meeting the needs of the body but ignoring the greater needs of the soul--which is it's main purpose.
I should point out in the first article, Gil gives where the Church organization should be spending its time. As a former Methodist, I can tell you what a liberal denomination does when it doesn't do that. Now, I have nothing against social work on an individual or secular basis. The UMC used social activities to avoid the preaching the Word of God. It makes a handy excuse for liberal denominations to not say anything biblical for years at a time from the pulpit.
1 Corinthians 1 18 For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.---NASB