"One out of five teens in the Barna study imagine Christianity as negative and judgmental. Some of the biggest barriers to belief are the problem of evil (29%), perceived hypocrisy among Christians (23%), and the conflict between science and Scripture (20%). Gen Z is less likely than older generations to see science and the Bible as complementary.
In Facts and Trends, Gen Z Christian and college student Jessica Berlin warns that her peers often see religion as oppressive, so parents and leaders should focus on Christianity as a relationship with Christ.
Teensâ€™ approaches to social and spiritual issues reflect an evolving worldview shaped by the cultural events that defined their upbringing as well as their use of social media. In the Barna survey, a third of youth pastors say their biggest struggle is â€śundoingâ€ť what the world teaches teens"
Don't Judge?&AntiSodomy=Racist like?
The Lord commands "Judge righteous judgment" Jn7:24 He told a man, "Thou hast rightly judged" Lk7:43To others, our Lord asked, "Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" Lk12:57
The Apostle Paul wrote, "I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say" 1 Cor10:15 & Paul declared, "He that is spiritual judgeth all things" 1 Cor2:15 It is our positive duty to judge-in love.
"In light of these verses, do you believe that faith and repentance are pleasing to God?"
God is pleased to bring people to faith in Him. That's one of the reasons God sent His Son, that whoever believes on Jesus will not perish but have eternal life.
The act of a person believing in Him doesn't make that person pleasing to God until their sins are washed away. That doesn't happen until they are made clean through the washing of regeneration. Which happens once someone believes.
Many of them have weak apologetics too, so it's not hard to share the Gospel. Which is what Christianity Today should of said is the real problem for Youth Leaders... They have no clue what the Gospel is. All of them suffer from sin, many of them experience death, and many LGBT have much shame, to hear that Jesus Christ eliminated that on the cross, that no matter the sin, God gives everyone who believes in Jesus peace with a Holy God is a powerful message. And no matter how many times I share this, believe or don't believe, everyone always agrees that what Jesus did on the cross is the nicest thing anyone could ever do.
You mean the Freemasons are being blamed for something again Now, as far as personal morality, President Obama probably could have become a Freemason. President Trump still has some work to do before he can match the qualifications for being a Freemason.
As far as secret organizations are concerned, you might want to take a look at this article.
Mike Lofgren wrote: Trump defenders on the right, become nearly hysterical in attributing the demise of Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser to the Deep Stateâ€™s revenge against the president. This odd hypothesis has culminated in one of Fox Newsâ€™ ankle-biters, Andrew (â€śJudgeâ€ť) Napolitano, depicting Trump and Flynn as innocent snowflakes beset by the dark, remorseless forces of the state-within-a-state.
Sen. Jeff Flake wrote: .... Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as â€śtelling it like it is,â€ť when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.
And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength â€“ because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.
It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didnâ€™t you do something? Why didnâ€™t you speak up? â€” what are we going to say?
...after he [Servetus] had been recognized, I thought he should be detained. My friend Nicolas summoned him on a capital charge, offering himself as a security according to the lex talionis. On the following day he adduced against him forty written charges. He at first sought to evade them. Accordingly we were summoned. He impudently reviled me, just as if he regarded me as obnoxious to him. I answered him as he deserved... of the manâ€™s effrontery I will say nothing; but such was his madness that he did not hesitate to say that devils possessed divinity; yea, that many gods were in individual devils, inasmuch as a deity had been substantially communicated to those equally with wood and stone. I hope that sentence of death will at least be passed on him; but I desired that the severity of the punishment(he wanted him beheaded instead of burned at the stake) be mitigated
Letters of John Calvin, Carlisle, Penn: Banner of Truth Trust,
No!!! Then by all means he SHOULD have been executed. By the way, our Baptist church had a dozen or more raccoons in the attic, but one of the deacons got rid of them. He gave them all tithe envelopes and we haven't seen them since.
As Iron Sharpens Iron, praise the Lord for His Devine Truths Conor7 amen; Spurgeon; No Man Wills To Come
THAT BY NATURE NO MAN WILL COME TO CHRIST, for the text says, `Ye will nâ€™t come unto me, that ye might have life.' I assert on Scripture authority from my text, that ye willnâ€™t come unto Christ, that ye might have life. I tell you, I might preach to you for ever, I might borrow the eloquence of Demosthenes or of Cicero, but ye willnâ€™t come unto Christ. I might beg of you on my knees, with tears in my eyes, & show you the horrors of hell & the joys of heaven, the sufficiency of Christ, & your own lost condition, but you would none of you come unto Christ of yourselves unless the Spirit that rested on Christ should draw you. Itâ€™s true of all men in their natural condition that they willnâ€™t come unto Christ.
John for JESUS wrote: Ahem... That's because the natural man isn't indwelt by the Holy Spirit so how could he? The Spirit isn't convicting him or teaching him because He only fills believers. Christians still have a hard time understanding the things of the Spirit. And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I Corinthians 3:1
How can the natural ever become the spiritual, if the difference between them is the indwelling spirit?
How does a person who is dead in sins and trespasses, who hates God and is averse to the things of God suddenly become interested and then convinced, convicted, believe and repent all the time he is a natural being?
How does the transition from natural to spiritual work in your thinking?
Remember 1 Cor 2.14 says that no natural person, all the time he remains a natural person, can ever receive the things of God because they are foolishness to him!
I'm not sure what your first or second quote has to do with anything, I believe in inspiration, I believe in preservation, a clear evidence of these doctrines is how many manuscripts has been found, the majority of the variants are spelling issues, God's word has been preserved throughout the ages.
And IE, why'd you bring up one of Calvin's commentary?
That's because the natural man isn't indwelt by the Holy Spirit so how could he? The Spirit isn't convicting him or teaching him because He only fills believers. Christians still have a hard time understanding the things of the Spirit.
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I Corinthians 3:1
2 Cents, Whether he burned him or not makes no difference to me, Servitus was a criminal guilty of capital crimes. While I never have heard of or read the book you recommend (and don't plan to), I will say that every denomination and sect has a dark side to it's history. The Bible's earthly authors do (as you well know). The mistakes that people make do not always discredit what they teach.