This is my big concern from the first SA posting about this Pew survey. The Bible isn't being believed. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the real issue here is that God's word, on which American society was founded, is being pushed aside.
"Sin" is such a strong term and attacks the fragile self-esteem. ;-
But then again, humbling thyself in the sight of the Lord, confessing sin, asking forgiveness in the name of Jesus, and endeavoring to never do it again - as an act of repentence - lowers the sinner and raises the Lord. "He must increase and I must decrease," said John the Baptizer.
This is troubling news but hardly unexpected. With various US states legalizing marijuana for medical and even recreational use coupled with a naustalgic glamarization of the 1960s, it's little wonder that kids today are making these horrific choices. And with all the pressures on them from the destruction of the nuclear family, government imposed new morality, gender confusion, reduction of appropriate interpersonal interaction from social media and technology, and our pornographic culture, it's no wonder kids are seeking an escape. The good news is with that kind of hunger, there's a big opportunity for the Gospel.
You're probably right, Dr. Tim. Even common sense statements like this one from the secular standpoint are going to be squashed. Nothing that even looks like Biblical morality...the way of life based on how our Creator told us to live...will go unchallenged. May the Lord soften hearts to hear His voice and obey Him!
This is a tragedy for R.C., the Sproul family, Ligonier Ministries, and all of us. Dr. Sproul has been a tremendous force to argue for the truth of Scripture and its impact on the lives of Christians. Praise the Lord for having given us R.C. Sprout and may He be pleased for Dr. Sproul to continue with us.
Source with further updates: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/update-dr-sprouls-health/
Whether or not there is any accuracy in the timing of the Christmas celebration or not, this is a troubling trend in that Christmas is connected to Jesus. Reading the the original source, it seems like everything we having been reading and discussing here in SA are being proven out. Even an increasing number of those who identify as Christians are denying the truth of Scripture. Check out the actual study results -- http://www.pewforum.org/2017/12/12/americans-say-religious-aspects-of-christmas-are-declining-in-public-life/
Anglican liberalism goes way, way back, starting in spurts long before Universalism. Backed by the power of the Crown, the Anglican Church has harrassed, imprisioned, and martyred many of various viewpoints in what is now the UK. Consider John Howie's Biographia Scotiana (Scots Worthies) - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28272
We are all probably more familiar with John Bunyan and his patient suffering.
This kind of militant liberalism led to some of those groups colonizing the Americas. The preveived threat of the Anglican Church being forced upon the Colonies in the late 1760s and early 1770s was listed as a reason in the Declaration of Independence to establish the USA.
May the refine this group as I pray He refines us as well.
Hmmm...something is obviously going right with the churches and Christians in Nigeria if Satan is throwing three separate dangerous attackers at them. May their faith burn brightly as effective witnesses and emmessaries of the King of Kings. May they also enliven us too cozy American Christians to live out our faith as brightly as those being threatened and killed for Jesus' sake.
Indeed, Jim. There certainly are heretics and those falling way in these last days. Seems like this church has some 'splan'n to do, not to us, but to her Bridegroom. Maybe that's an image they ought to adopt - being betrothed to Christ, how can they then "date" Mohammad?
Like another article SA posted, this ought to give everyone pause to examine him- or herself to ensure we're not following something utterly ridiculous from a solid Biblical standpoint. Of course, the world already thinks we're utterly ridiculous for not running with the same spirit of dissipation as they do. The world's perspective is not what I'm talking about. Many would have us follow along with whatever agenda. But for the Christian, the only agenda that matters is Christ's.
It would seem that the Nazis like this Mr. Achour want to ensure society is cleansed of these "useless eaters" under the false guise of sympathy. Perhaps Mr. Achour's mother could have made a different choice regarding his life, and one has to wonder if he gave that choice his mother made any thought. The Lord certainly made a plan regarding the developmentally disabled that was no mistake unlike what the Nazis would indicate. John 9 is a case in point. May the Lord open the eyes of these blind while leading us by the hand as well, lest we slip and fall.
Thou believest that there is one God: thou doest well: the devils also believe it, and tremble. But wilt thou understand, O thou vain man, that the faith which is without works, is dead? - James 2:19-20
James indicates that proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Without the fruits evident of repentance unto life and saving faith, there is little to undergo the test of fire.
The bigger question is not whether President Trump, Vice President Pence, or any other leader on this earth is a born again Christian. The bigger question is if I am a born again Christian, what evidence does my life show that I have, in fact, been redeemed? What am I trusting in? Those are some of the most important questions all of us should ask ourselves regularly. In that way, we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and invite others to join us in following Christ.
Bringing presently in the South, it warms my heart to see those of the South expressing a true faith in the Savior. We have encountered few who are actually converted here, but us conservatives look for fruit amongst thorns...and have trouble seeing past our own "logs." Thankful for those churches with the "independent, fundamental" signs. But the world is awash with easy beliefism that is hardly rooted and is being pulled away by the world, flesh & Devil. But as my faith is not my own but a gift given & sustained by the Lord Himself, just crying out against this darkness.
I don't believe the reverand in question has a Bible version problem but a Bible belief problem. Common problem, either obey God or man. This character wants to obey what the world says. Instead of arguing over versions (KJV is a very good version IMHO), I argue instead that we should be seeking to do what our Bible say. And I'm grateful to read that many here are focused on discerning right from wrong based on God's word and standing up for the right.
Honestly, Scot prelates have been up to no good since James VI installed them. What a shame. But the Lord is glorified by the faith of His people as well as His judgement on the wicked.
As Hugh points out, they can sure try to force Christians to violate the Lord's commands. It's really the same old story: 1 Kings 18, Daniel 3, bloody Graham of Claverhouse, it goes on and on. We're not accustomed, here in the West, to persecution to the point of bloodshed while others live under this real threat daily.
Can't argue with you, Dr. Tim. But will point out that those of us who are Protestants tie us back to the Western church as well. I'm grateful that the Lord called us out of those spiritual lands into His own (paralleling Psalm 107). If you ever have the time and curiosity, check out Bede's Eccelistical History of England. It would appear that centuries before Bed, the Roman church wasn't too far off. By the time Bede arrived on scene, though, they were far adrift. And that was many centuries ago...
Nothing new here. GBR has a long history of this kind of trouble, although it's only slightly mind boggling to have two churches of the same name claiming the same earthly potentate as a bead. James I of England/James VI of Scotland was a master at breaking down godly churches to establish the Anglican church in Scotland. Consider Andrew Melville's discourse recorded by John Howie in Biographia Scoticana (The Scots Worthies) posted here http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28272. In summary, Mr. Melville instructed this king on his proper place, after coming to the English throne and finding that the English had a wonderful way for the monarch to control the church to the point that James VI even ditched a wonderful series of Bibles for the one he commissioned that bears his name...which is in its own right a good translation despite being something government authorized ;- .