Christmas is a wonderful time for me, I'm thankful for this spirit of finishing the year strong, and beginning a new year fresh.
Does Christmas make my devotions any stronger? No, not really, I love reading the Gospels at any time of the year. Does Christmas season build a bridge with my unbelieving friends? Absolutely. There are many lonely people, who I could never encourage if it wasn't for the Christmas spirit.
If you see Christmas as a once a year opportunity to get a spiritual high, then yes it's a problem, and you should be ashamed that Christ is not a daily joy to you.
But to say that Christmas is an evil, satanic holiday is not wise, because the government and the society can easily ban it, and once it's gone, you will miss it. And what will replace it?
One of these days I'm going to apply for retirement for I don't feel like a youth anymore, since with every moment I feel old, in fact I feel like 70 year old trapped in 30 year old body, GIVE ME MY PENSION PEOPLE, and I want a free bus pass and a discount on groceries. Tolerate my Trans-Age beliefs, you.. you anti aging.. anti-scientists!
I don't think saying because a new doctrine is new that therefore it's definetely wrong and unbiblical is a good argument, considering that throughout church history baptism = salvation was the norm, and then came early anabaptist theology which was considered new theology.
Much of Reformed doctrine, especially in relation to predestination, original sin, the bondage of the will, and efficacious grace, has been attributed to the work of Augustine.
We also have better education, science, history, new manuscripts, Luther never had the country of Israel, no dead sea scrolls, how could he ever know what Israel is as it was just a desert.
It's more like recovering lost theology, than making up a new one. Just like the trinity. It was always there, but was never systematized until much later.
A legitimate photo with the president would give her a lot of clout in her business back home, she can start a travel agency and put that photo or video and people would come like crazy. Many Chinese don't want to stay in America or return, so this is an easy gamble for them to take if it gives them an opportunity for $$$ back home.
I feel this doctrine is important if you do verse by verse preaching, you will eventually come to a passage where you have to explain your eschatology. I recently had a man tell me he wants to be part of the 144,000 of Revelation. I told him that the bad news he can't be one them because he is not Jewish, but he can be a child of God... Well their teacher interjected and told me he don't interpret things literary in his church. And we had a schism. These things matter, denominations matter, thorough statements of faith matter, or else confusion will come.
He was a role model for an ungodly hollywood lifestyle for many years, now in his old age, not the hunk he was before, decides to try this thing called marriage. Even then it's a wordly definition of marriage, I have no doubt he would encourage LGBT people to get married.
It's crazy how quickly this ideology is spreading, and how radical they are. There is no doubt that if these people get in power, they will throw coloured white people in jail sooner or later for standing up. You can't have conversations with them anymore, but rather confrontations!
First it was ok to call a man dumb, but not ok to call a woman dumb, now it's ok to call whites evil, but not ok to call blacks evil.
I just want to say I'm not comfortable thinking about this child's future. It's a blessing he has committed parents to take care of him, but the amount of problems and suffering he experiences is terrifying to me.
There are many good unaccredited schools, many missionary run schools, local church run schools are like that.
The Church has enough With all the resources that people have today, such as easy to access to online books through openlibrary.org, library genesis, to sermons on sermon audio and voicesforchrist.net, to free printable textbooks from
To science stuff from Ken Ham, crev.info
Not to mention the YouTube lectures, and free lectures from the best secular universities on edx.org
Most accredited schools put people in debt, and people leave them worse than they came in. Not to mention accreditation requirements in most countries need to allow secular worldviews in the classroom.
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path." Matthew 13:19 ESV
I'm afraid Kanye did not understand that the church is living amongst many false teachers, of whom Joel Osteen is one.
"Then He said, âWhat is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.â (Luke 13:18, 19 NKJV)"