This last Sunday, while preaching on 1 John 2:3-14, Pastor Bobby (of North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly South Hamilton MA) hinted on how Christianity (and the gospel) does not offer us just another item to add to the list of activities we already have. He mentioned that for most people, the invitation to a personal relationship with God looks just like that, an additional item on their ‘to-do-list.’
It is impossible for those who see themselves as gods and Christ not to have a human-centered view of life rather than a God-Centered one. For a man to see himself as a god, he must have such an inflated view of himself and a deflated view of God, a reversal of the reality of things, ‘for there is none like the God of Jeshurun.’ This man-centered view of reality is humanism; it is what is called anthropocentrism.
It is often said, and more rightly so that those who don’t know history are poised to repeat it. Often, the problems we struggle with today have been before, and we grow in wisdom by looking back at how our forefathers resolved them. The theological and ecclesiastical problems the modern church faces today are not new, as we will see.
I hear that the constitution should not be changed again, because in a country as young as ours, the young need to take the lead. But says who? Others say it should be, to allow able leaders to provide their experienced leadership to the nation. But says who?
The International Youth Fellowship (IYF), is an international organization founded by Ock Soo Park in 1995, in South Korea, as an international organization ‘that takes full charge of problems of the youth’. The roots of this organization go back to the July 1995’s the ‘first South Korea-U.S Combined Youth Camp’, according to their official website iyf.org.
Relativism always begins with an appearance of wisdom. ‘Has God indeed said?’ (Gen 3:1). Relativism is the craftiest demonstration of folly. It questions the absolute truth of God, thereby relativizing His absolute decrees. ‘Has God said?’ is another way of saying, subtly ‘that is God’s opinion, I have my own which differs from His, and you know what; so, should you too!’
Man, here am I!
But from whence, and what am I?
A mere speck of dust, a figment of mind?
A mindless mixture of mind and matter
Am I pure mind or pure matter?
If I am pure matter, does it matter?
And if a pure mind, must I never mind?
In my previous article about the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ, I intended to respond to a brother from Tanzania who wrote to me asking about the character and work of Christ that sets Him apart, and why we ought to follow Him. In response I delighted in writing a series of articles addressing this question that may prove helpful for many. These articles will not be exhaustive, but I hope they will stir up serious thought, that culminates in a personal relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior.
In one of my previous articles that can be found here, I addressed the question of whether there exists an etymological difference between the words ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘Holy Spirit’. I had promised to do a write-up about why some Bible versions ‘miss’ some verses or words, and my friend Tayebwa Allan did well to remind me. In this article therefore, I will address the question of bible translations, and whether we can surely trust the Bibles we have.