John Y., I am very happy to hear of your salvation. Praise the Lord for planting you in a local body of believers. I haven't suffered a flood, though I live near the Mississippi, Meramec and Kaskaskia Rivers. But I have suffered through a tornado and have empathy for those undergoing the loss of property and loved ones in Texas. My prayers are with you all. May the good Lord keep you and your loved ones safe.
I am not a Charismatic, nor have I followed, listened to or read any of Joel Osteen's sermons and books, but I am a believer in the 9th commandment. Here's another article regarding the Osteen's church's response to Hurricane Harvey: "Lakewood spokesperson Donald Iloff, who is also Osteen's father-in-law, said Monday that the church had never closed their doors and would continue to serve as a distribution center to help those in need. "Iloff further elaborated: "We are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives." Link: http://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/scott-slayton/joel-osteen-responds-to-criticism-of-lakewood-church-after-houston-flooding.html
I'm no fan of Osteen's theology, but there is much false information circulating about the church he pastors and its response to Hurricane Harvey. Here's a link to a story with pictures of his response to the criticism: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/28/joel-osteen-lakewood-church-houston-hurricane-harvey/610947001/
I think social platforms can be good and beneficial as long as one doesn't substitute them for personal relationships or the organized church. As far as arguing - it takes two (or more.) I simply block or unfriend argumentative people as it reminds me of the Scripture to not cast pearls before swine.
It took me awhile to learn to navigate Facebook in what and who appears in my news feed. After unfollowing a few folks and unfriending others, I've found that FB can be encouraging and informative. Do I have it on my smartphone? No, but it's on my desktop and it is a useful tool for someone like me who blogs and shares news with others. Am I hooked on FB? No. I'll still survive if the good Lord takes it away from me.
Christopher is right and I also think that if one is left in a false church, they'll be taught false doctrine and actually will be motivated to share a false gospel. Would you want it on your conscience that souls are in hell because you didn't reject a false religion for the truth? How can one be effective for the kingdom if they're untaught? The Gospel truth will make a soul thirst for righteousness and do good works out of love for the Savior - not for fear of going to hell. John Y., you really need to make a decision and stop trying to keep one foot in Rome with the other seeking the Savior. You won't get very far in such a precarious position.
I have to respectfully disagree that this headline is misleading. I think it's on target as I've read and heard of Christian persecution in Russia for some time now... Of course, if you're Russian Orthodox, then things are just peachy, but if you're evangelical, religious liberties are restricted. One can probably Google "Christian Persecution in Russia" and find more proof.
SteveR wrote: Dave reminds me of a Mad Max rape gang character in desperate need of a brain fyi- For those who haven't seen the Mad Max movies, Catholic Mel Gibson slaughters the Dave types with little help
What a terrible thing to say! SteveR is way out of line here. Dave, I agree with you and Christopher. We have been blessed to live in a free nation where we still have freedom of worship.
Yes, there were God fearing candidates running for president. A vote for Darrell Castle or Tom Hoeffling could have easily been written in, if they didn't have ballot access. Or one could leave the office of President blank and vote down ballot for godly men running for local offices. Christians don't have to settle for who is the less wicked when voting. They can research and find alternatives to support.
Excerpt: â€śMy phone is ringing off the hook with people who were on the outs asking how they can get into Trump world,â€ť said one operative who worked with Trumpâ€™s campaign. â€śIâ€™m telling them there is no f---ing way theyâ€™re getting inside.â€ť
My thoughts: Great! Now we get a vindictive obscenity laden White House... When will God's people vote for righteous candidates?
I haven't read all of Jim Lincoln's comments, but folks, if you're up in arms because he isn't following the GOP and supporting Trump, then perhaps you are the ones in error. Have your standards fallen so low you can't even be reasoned with? Has America ever seen Christians be so blind and foolish as in this election? May the good Lord have mercy and remove the scales from your blind eyes! You don't have to vote for Trump. You can vote third party, write in a candidate or just vote for the lesser offices. I pray you all will vote for righteousness and not out of fear for Hillary as president. If the GOP can keep Congress, her hands will be tied.