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FRONT PAGE  |  6/27/2019
THURSDAY, APR 26, 2018  |  25 comments  |  1 commentary
Pew survey: What do Americans actually mean when they say they believe in God?

It is part of wider research by the Washington-based Pew Research Center into what Americans believe about God.

The study questioned more than 4,700 US adults and found that while 80 per cent say they believe in God, only a slim majority (56 per cent) say they believe in the God of the Bible. A third say that while they do not believe in the God of the Bible, they do believe in some other higher power or spiritual force.

The study did not mention any Bible verses in their questions and left the interpretation of God 'as described in the Bible' down to each respondent.

'The US is in the midst of significant religious change,' the study said, pointing to research proving that Christianity is declining while the proportion with no religious affiliation is rising rapidly. ...


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News Item4/28/18 6:42 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Been Watching wrote:
How about, "I didn't bring you to Africa for your sake, but for Mine!"
Whew...wow! That hit me between the eyes."It reversed it all and changed it all. No longer was I working for ten shekels and a shirt, but for the living God!"
Yep...that was and still is one awesome sermon.
Have you seen this video by him?
https://youtu.be/qLQA1o-HXDM
This has always brought me to tears, because it's so true for the Christian.
Thanks Watcher, I watched it first thing this morning, and it just goes to show how good preaching of the love of Christ has the required effect of a voluntary submission to him, earnestly desiring to please him in every way. What a great little message! Bought out of the slave market of sin into the glorious liberty of the children of God, to love, worship and serve the living God. Wonderful.

Far preferable to the "turn or burn" mentality of much preaching today, which can lead to humanistic thinking concerning salvation, and false views of God.

Dr. Tim wrote:
I am not familiar with Reidhead..
He is a rare one, well worth hearkening to, brother.
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News Item4/27/18 6:42 PM
Been Watching | North America  Find all comments by Been Watching
John UK wrote:
Yea and amen, Watcher. Reassess is a good word for it. I know that for myself, I began to see the whole purpose of the gospel in a new light, a light which has a profound influence on the way the gospel ought to be preached. I think it also helps to see direction, a view to the future, showing what our Lord is looking to do in us, that he may bring glory to his name through willing servants.
I was deeply moved by that statement which effectively says, "Does he not deserve the fruit of his suffering?" Ah! That brings it all into perspective - the purposes of God, and his glory.
Nowadays, I tend to often ponder the question, "Is God being glorified through my life?" And if not, why not?
Yes, as you say, an absolutely awesome sermon.
How about, "I didn't bring you to Africa for your sake, but for Mine!"

Whew...wow! That hit me between the eyes."It reversed it all and changed it all. No longer was I working for ten shekels and a shirt, but for the living God!"

Yep...that was and still is one awesome sermon.

Have you seen this video by him?

https://youtu.be/qLQA1o-HXDM

This has always brought me to tears, because it's so true for the Christian.

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News Item4/27/18 6:21 PM
Yolanda | AZ  Find all comments by Yolanda
How America's White Power Movement Coalesced After The Vietnam War
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April 25, 20181:39 PM ET

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/25/605661710/how-americas-white-power-movement-coalesced-after-the-vietnam-war

I believe that because we are in violation of John 17:11, 22; 2 Cor. 6:14; and 2 Cor. 5:16 the unbelieving world is blashpheming our God because we do in practice.

We seem to be incapable of grasping the concept of a new creation. Eph 2:14 is clear about the work accomplished for believers.

We have brought into the ranks of Christianity the same ideologies of the world. The above link makes it plain as to how we become infected with hatred for others. We hate people and separate ourselves from them for no known in many instances.

My prayer in leading you to the above link is to have you examine your heart and see if there be any wickedness in it.

God is not mocked.

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News Item4/27/18 5:59 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
I am not familiar with Reidhead, so out of charity I will assume that he didn't swipe this sermon (or at least the title) from R.G. Lee.
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News Item4/27/18 5:15 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Been Watching wrote:
Absolutely awesome sermon! God used this sermon (among others) to bring me to repentance. What an eye-opener. Everyone who thinks they're saved should listen to this. It really reassesses one's motives.
Yea and amen, Watcher. Reassess is a good word for it. I know that for myself, I began to see the whole purpose of the gospel in a new light, a light which has a profound influence on the way the gospel ought to be preached. I think it also helps to see direction, a view to the future, showing what our Lord is looking to do in us, that he may bring glory to his name through willing servants.

I was deeply moved by that statement which effectively says, "Does he not deserve the fruit of his suffering?" Ah! That brings it all into perspective - the purposes of God, and his glory.

Nowadays, I tend to often ponder the question, "Is God being glorified through my life?" And if not, why not?

Yes, as you say, an absolutely awesome sermon.

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News Item4/27/18 3:27 PM
Been Watching | North America  Find all comments by Been Watching
John UK wrote:
Quite so, Watcher.
I was greatly helped - and I'm sure it would be of help to other brethren and sisters - by this message by Paris Reidhead:-
[URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3FV6_dQwZU]]]Christian Humanism[/URL]
...which is a short extract from TSAAS.
The full message is found here at...
[URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDQC45_RA2c]]]Ten Shekels and A Shirt[/URL]
Absolutely awesome sermon! God used this sermon (among others) to bring me to repentance. What an eye-opener. Everyone who thinks they're saved should listen to this. It really reassesses one's motives.
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News Item4/27/18 3:00 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Been Watching wrote:
Utilitarian Christianity at its worst. It also means God exists to make man happy.
God will NEVER be a means to anyone's ends.
Quite so, Watcher.

I was greatly helped - and I'm sure it would be of help to other brethren and sisters - by this message by Paris Reidhead:-

[URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3FV6_dQwZU]]]Christian Humanism[/URL]

...which is a short extract from TSAAS.

The full message is found here at...

[URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDQC45_RA2c]]]Ten Shekels and A Shirt[/URL]

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News Item4/27/18 2:46 PM
Been Watching | North America  Find all comments by Been Watching
John UK wrote:
Dr Tim, God bless your class tonight, brother.
I defer to you, as to an older brother, but if you might allow me to share something I see as important, having seen it through the preaching of Paris Reidhead.
There is a gospel doing the rounds, throughout this world, which could amply be described as the epitome of humanism. Its emphasis is on the sinner rather than the glory of God. It seeks to show the sinner what God can do for him: how his sins may be forgiven;...
Utilitarian Christianity at its worst. It also means God exists to make man happy.

God will NEVER be a means to anyone's ends.

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News Item4/27/18 2:05 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Dr Tim, God bless your class tonight, brother.

I defer to you, as to an older brother, but if you might allow me to share something I see as important, having seen it through the preaching of Paris Reidhead.

There is a gospel doing the rounds, throughout this world, which could amply be described as the epitome of humanism. Its emphasis is on the sinner rather than the glory of God. It seeks to show the sinner what God can do for him: how his sins may be forgiven; how God can make his life better and more fulfilling; how he can become prosperous and make something of his life. It never looks at what God wants, or is seeking to achieve. It simply portrays God as having paid for all these things through Jesus Christ the Lord.

But the end result of such a gospel is that glory is going to the sinner rather than God. He will still carry on just the same, only he will now be religious, and he will certainly believe in Christian Hedonism. I'm sure that America must be full of such. Put your hand up, sign the card, date it when you believed in Jesus Christ.

Is not this why worldly music is so prevalent in the churches, along with immodest dress codes?

Surely Christianity is a counter-culture? Prospects need to hear about this.

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News Item4/27/18 12:58 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Repentance and faith are not two separate "steps " to salvation, but rather two different sides of the same coin. He who genuinely repents trusts Christ; he who trusts Christ has repented. Gotta sign off for now, John. I'm teaching a class tonight and if I don't get a siesta beforehand I won't be very alert. I appreciate your quest for truth.
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News Item4/27/18 12:43 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Dr. Tim wrote:
Paul didn't live for Christ in order to get saved. He lived for Christ because he WAS saved.
Correct, that is the Reformed stance. The moment we are saved, we become slaves of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Redemption is a purchase by definition, we are purchased by God. And we have no rights.

Do you not therefore think it wise to inform sinners that this will be their portion, that even though God in his grace saves sinners and gives them eternal life as a free gift, they will have actually signed over their life and all that they have to God, to be used as he sees fit, even to martyrdom like all the apostles, and multitudes ever since?

If you are right, Bro Tim, why is there so much exhortation going in John Yurich's direction? He says he believes in Jesus Christ - is that not enough? And if he has not yet truly believed in Jesus Christ, why the exhortation to do something like forsake the Catholic church. Would it not be better to tell him about Jesus to bring him to faith, rather than introduce a work for his salvation?

Maybe we need to talk a bit about God-given repentance, which by definition is a "change of mind", and is an important part of the gospel message.

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News Item4/27/18 12:01 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Paul didn't live for Christ in order to get saved. He lived for Christ because he WAS saved.
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News Item4/27/18 11:20 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Interesting.
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News Item4/27/18 10:30 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Dr Tim, you make some interesting points, which are well worth investigating, getting close, as they do, to either easy-believism or cheap grace.

Firstly, to put your mind at ease, note,

Galatians 2:19 KJV
(19)  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Here, the apostle gives his standpoint on what salvation meant to him. Note that he is saying that a works-based salvation is foreign to his thinking. It was his former way (as a Pharisee-in-training) but he now views the law differently, and will not rely on its observance for his justification before God, but rather faith alone in Christ alone.

However, in dying to the law, he also states that he is living for God and none else. He is setting his affection on things above, not on things on the earth. He is content to be abased, and content in exaltation. He is willing to die for Christ, or live for Christ.

Therefore, do you not think that it shows wisdom, in the preaching of the gospel, to show sinners what the life of a Christian is to be?

Later on, we could look at two passages of scripture:

1. Lot's wife (and why she perished).
2. The parable of the sower (and why 75% of the hearers perished).

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News Item4/27/18 8:49 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
John UK wrote, "The gospel has to be preached, and it has to be received, as the apostle said. Goosebumpers shoot themselves in the foot, by not receiving the message nor Christ, by not accepting the terms of salvation nor counting the cost."
The cost of salvation, brother, was paid in full by the Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise He could not offer it to us as a gift--Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:15-19.
The cost of discipleship is quite another matter. Unfortunately, many take the words of Christ pertaining to discipleship and try to make them conditions of salvation, and that creates confusion. The only condition of salvation is that given in Acts 16:31--"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." (Of course we understand that the jailer had already come under Holy Ghost conviction, so his heart was already prepared to receive Christ.). After believing there should be much more in the way of Christian growth and service, but to make these conditions of salvation truly is to present a works-based gospel which is not a gospel at all--Galatians 1:6-8.
I do believe that saving faith changes people. However, change is not what saves us. Grace saves us through faith.
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News Item4/27/18 6:26 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
NeedHim wrote:
Spurgeon; “There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly & lovingly of it.”
Spurgeon; “You can’t be Christ’s servant if you aren’t willing to follow him, cross & all. What do you crave? A crown? Then it must be a crown of thorns if you are to be like him. Do you want to be lifted up? So you shall, but it will be upon a cross.”
Thank you NH for more excellent quotes from CHS. Always a blessing to read, and sobering to ponder on, but this is exactly how it must be. The new birth does not patch up the old life; it starts from scratch with a new heart.
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News Item4/27/18 3:23 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Dr. Tim wrote:
Here's a gospel that can save.
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
As a matter of fact, this is the ONLY gospel that can save.
It's always good to see the gospel, brother.

How I love the gospel!

Those to whom the gospel comes with power, experience the same thing in him. They die with Christ, are buried with Christ, and rise to new life with Christ, all symbolised afterwards by water baptism (immersion). It is all "in him", who is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

The gospel has to be preached, and it has to be received, as the apostle said. Goosebumpers shoot themselves in the foot, by not receiving the message nor Christ, by not accepting the terms of salvation nor counting the cost.

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News Item4/26/18 11:29 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Here's a gospel that can save.
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
As a matter of fact, this is the ONLY gospel that can save.
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News Item4/26/18 11:39 AM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
From the article - "The study questioned more than 4,700 US adults and found that while 80 per cent say they believe in God, only a slim majority (56 per cent) say they believe in the God of the Bible. A third say that while they do not believe in the God of the Bible, they do believe in some other higher power or spiritual force.
The study did not mention any Bible verses in their questions and left the interpretation of God 'as described in the Bible' down to each respondent.
'The US is in the midst of significant religious change,' the study said, pointing to research proving that Christianity is declining while the proportion with no religious affiliation is rising rapidly."
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The 'god' America worships is 'self'. For some time, the gospel has been watered down and turned in to a man-centered works based gospel, which is accursed and does not save. Southern Baptists trot out the sinner's prayer - https://www.christianpost.com/news/sinners-prayer-can-lead-to-salvation-say-southern-baptist-traditionalists-77131/
The Methodists rely heavily upon the heresies of John Wesley and Jacob Arminius in their belief system - http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/do-united-methodists-believe-once-saved-always-saved
That is only two examples of what 'organized religion' teaches
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News Item4/26/18 10:11 AM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
Spurgeon; “There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly & lovingly of it.”

Spurgeon; “You can’t be Christ’s servant if you aren’t willing to follow him, cross & all. What do you crave? A crown? Then it must be a crown of thorns if you are to be like him. Do you want to be lifted up? So you shall, but it will be upon a cross.”

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