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Those awesome Bereans — and why you should be one, too

The Christians from Berea have been lauded throughout history thanks to this simple yet profound passage:

Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

What did they do?  They heard what Paul had to say and tested it in light of scripture.  That’s it.

Note that it was implicit that they would be able to understand scripture.  Yes, there are some deep and challenging things that scholars can help us understand better, and being 2,000 years removed from the writings we may not intuitively understand some of the cultural references and such.  But the key elements of the Gospel can be easily digested, such as the definition of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15* or the literally 100+ direct and indirect teachings that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  You don’t need a PhD in theology to understand those.

But we have a natural respect of authority, whether warranted or not, that leads us to think that people like the Pope or the Dali Lama are extra-spiritual even though their views do not align with the Bible.  But they need the real Jesus just like we do.  Pastor Timothy made great points in Leaders of Other Religions Need Christ for Salvation Just as Much as We Do:

In a post I wrote several years ago called Ten Reasons Christianity is Superior to Other Religions, I noted that Christianity was superior because the leaders of other religions needed Christ for their salvation as well. Understanding this truth helps us dispel the notion that, somehow, leaders of other religions have found favor with the God who is, and therefore should be held on a reverent level.For instance, the Dali Lama came to Dallas a few years back and I was surprised at the number of Christians who went to see him. Members of my family stood in line so they could listen to this supposedly spiritual guru give his wisdom about life. These people ended up pouring out praise and adoration on the man; they assumed that since he is the leader of another religion, he must be holy and must have found favor with God.Part of their deception in revering this man, is the fact that they do not hold God’s holy word with enough reverence. In their hearts, they exalt what the Dali Lama says over and above what the word of God says. This leads to the false belief that all religions are equal and offer different roads to the same ending.

Here’s the “Christian” Left version of Acts 17:11: But the “Christian” Leftists were even less noble than those in Thessalonica, for they made up a god in their own image and even when they did examine the scriptures, they only considered it to be from God when they liked what they thought the passage said, and they dismissed the rest as being made up by liars and believed by gullible Christians in the early church.

You can be a Berean!  Just take whatever you hear and compare it to scripture.  That will keep you out of all non-Christian religions and many churches.  

If you aren’t reading the Bible daily, it is because you have decided not to.  So change your mind and start today!  Here’s a great way to begin.  

*1 Corinthians 15:3–5 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

Roundup

IMF Plots to Plunder Your Assets — So you save all throughout your career only to have it confiscated to pay off debts or to redistribute to those who didn’t save.

No wonder liberals are so keen to take our guns away. We are coming up fast on the point where people start to say, If you want to confiscate any more of my property, you will have to step over my dead body to get to it. Forbes reports on what our rulers have in the works:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) quietly dropped a bomb in its OctoberFiscal Monitor Report. Titled “Taxing Times,” the report paints a dire picture for advanced economies with high debts that fail to aggressively “mobilize domestic revenue.” It goes on to build a case for drastic measures and recommends a series of escalating income and consumption tax increases culminating in the direct confiscation of assets.

Got Same-Sex Attraction? Things Can Change — Don’t believe the “born that way” lie used to prop up the LGBTQX lobby and now the pedophilia / polygamy lobbies (see below).

Most of the world seems to believe that same-sex attraction can’t be changed. I believe this is a myth.

I attended the NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) annual convention in Phoenix a few weeks ago and learned a lot about the current state of research helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). I’m not a therapist of any sort, but I go almost every year to keep abreast of the work being done in this field.

It turns out that not only is sexual orientation fluid, but many instances of change occurwithout any therapy or intervention. For example, a study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 68% of 15 year-olds with same-sex attraction had opposite-sexattraction (OSA) by the age of 21.* Again, these changes occurred spontaneously.

It’s interesting to note that sexual identification appears to be most fluid during these teenage years, precisely when youth are most likely to be affirmed by the culture as “gay.” Yet what we find is that it’s more likely that they will naturally fall back to predominately OSA within a few years.

Normalization of Pedophilia Proceeds

According to the authorities, homosexuality is no longer a behavior or a disease, much less a sin, but an identity. It is therefore protected from criticism, and rewarded with special privileges that accompany identity politics. Inevitably, the same attitude will be applied to other aberrant behavior, starting with a closely related form of perversion, pedophilia:

Pedophilia has been widely viewed as a psychological disorder triggered by early childhood trauma.

Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [in Toronto].

Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children.

What Would Polygamy Do to Society?

Nobody wants to ask, “What happens if anybody can be polygamous any time that they want to, and you have a full-on polygamous society?” Well, what happens in those societies typically—and I challenge anybody to show me a society that contradicts this—is that the rich men have more than their share of wives. They have multiple wives, and guys with modest means are kind of scrambling around, looking for somebody to marry.

And so the systemic pressure in those societies is, number one, to drive the men out of society—to find some place for young men to go. So in [polygamous] Mormon culture, you’ll find the teenage boys being “driven off the ranch” kind of a thing, and you’ll also find pressure for girls to get married younger and younger. That’s the way the gap is filled is through younger and younger marriages. And you’ll also find more possessiveness of women. You don’t find a lot of choices among women. Women become prized, and they’re prized by those who are wealthy enough to afford multiple wives. And it doesn’t end up being more free for women, it ends up being less free for women. And so, like I say, I challenge anybody to show me a society that is a serious counterexample to that—where you’ve got widespread, society-wide acceptance of polygamy where you don’t end up with those types of effects.

And so, we’re moving—on the basis of individual rights and individual freedom—we’re moving to a system that is going to be less equal and less free, and certainly less equality between men and women. So I think this is a dark day for anything that would have ever called itself feminism or freedom….

They’re not thinking it all the way to the end and asking, “What happens when you don’t have a marriage institution?” What happens to women? What happens to children? What happens to your idea of equality? What happens to your idea of personal liberty, personal freedom, when women become something that’s so valued that they have to be controlled because rich men want a lot of women? That’s the dynamic that is being set into motion here.

Troops Told Christians Are Terrorists — At Fort Hood — This perversely Orwellian story from 2013 shows how brazen the Left is when you don’t stop them early.

Fort Hood is best known as the base where self-described Soldier of Allah yelled “Allahu Akbar” and proceeded to murder 14 unarmed Americans in the name of Islam. Politicized Army brass responded by gibbering that the worst result of the massacre would be if it inhibited the pro-Muslim political correctness that left Nidal Malik Hasan in a position to commit this atrocity despite the numerous indications he had given that he was likely to engage in terrorism against this country. The government of the aggressively Islamophilic Barack Hussein Obama trivialized the incident as “workplace violence” and refused to grant Purple Hearts or appropriate combat death compensation, even while showering money on Hasan. Now Fort Hood has returned to the news, serving again as the front in the war against Western Civilization. Todd Starnes reports:

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013 — Ask yourself why the media doesn’t cover this.

Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe:

1. Christian churches around the world have set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

2. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ.

Study: abortion more than doubles the risk of child abuseand it increases the risk of breast cancer.  Don’t expect the mainstream media or the Democrats to tell you about that.

  1. Decide Whether You are with God or Against Him
  2. Apply the “Sexual Sin Substitution Test” (S3T) — substitute another sexual sin for “gay” and see if it makes sense. [This was by far the most popular based on the feedback we received! – Editor]
  3. Get Off the Sidelines and Start Speaking Out!
  4. Publicize Ex-”Gays” — the “Greatest Story Never Told” (by the Media)
  5. Reject LGBT Hate-Slurs (“Bigot, Hater and Homophobe”)

Via Sola Sisters, Christianity vs. Roman Catholicism, side by side — Just compare and contrast.  I know lots of Catholics who talk a lot like Protestants and are surprised to find what Rome teaches.

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I’ll never look at geneologies in the Bible the same way

Faith Comes By Hearing is a ministry that produces audio recordings of the Bible in 371 languages and all are available for free download. Some countries are 80-90% illiterate, so getting the spoken Word to them is a powerful evangelistic tool. They have a product which is just really, really cool. “The Proclaimer is an audio player containing the New Testament on an embedded microchip. It has just one purpose: to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the nations! The Proclaimer is practically indestructible. It can play by solar panel . . .”

This is a great ministry to donate to as well as a terrific source of free audio Bibles for your MP3 player.  Check out their web site and see what I mean.

I heard their President speak a couple years ago and was fascinated at how many of these cultures fixate on the genealogies that we reflexively want to skip over.  But for them, a person’s ancestors have a big impact on their credibility.  So when they realize who Jesus’ ancestors were they were prepared to take him more seriously.

Mary

From an email forwarded to me:

I bought this rosary before converting to Catholicism but at the time was feeling drawn to the faith but the Blessed Virgin. I was curious and felt drawn to her. There is a really lovely church next door with another very old relic – where I prayed one of the first times ever to Mary – for myself, my deceased mother and for my girls. I remember feeling a little odd at first, but yet somehow extremely comforted. It’s a long story, but anyway, I consider the place very special as it was one of the first times I reached out to Mary – from then on she seemed to reach out to me over and over and led me home to the Catholic Church. My story isn’t different than most I know, but its still miraculous to me when I consider all the turns in the road that led me to where I am – how they were clearly guided. The Blessed Mother did for us as so many others, led us to Her Son.

How sad.  I pray that this person and others trapped in this lie find the truth, and soon.  Mary was a great woman, but much of what the Catholic Church teaches about her is so wrong.  It puts her in the place of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit.

Praying to Mary or the saints just doesn’t compute for me. 

  • It implies that they are omniscient and can hear countless prayers all at once. 
  • Do you have to speak out loud, or can they read your thoughts?  Do they hear every conversation on the planet at once?
  • There is no Biblical justification or example for it.
  • Why go through a middle man?  We can go straight to God himself! 

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

And she was not a perpetual virgin.  To imply that it would be desirable or necessary for her to remain a virgin betrays a perverted view of God’s plan for sexuality.  Sex inside marriage is a good thing. It would have been a sin for her not to have sex with Joseph.   

She is not to be worshipped.  Even angels wouldn’t let themselves be worshipped. 

What are your experiences with this kind of thing?

Also see Apparations of Mary deceiving many.