Moses says it can't be done, yet it has been done. I use the ESV, NASB, NKJV, NIV, and have benefitted greatly from them. And I'm not alone. The Mormons use the KJV, that did not stop them from heresy. Westboro Baptist Church uses the KJV, that did not stop them. The Freemasons use the KJV. If you want to blame everything on the new bibles, might as well start with the old ones too.
These are the actions of a cult. I show Christian movies to my students (that is a precious blessing that I can even do that!) movies such as Fireproof, and Do You Believe. I really believe Fireproof with Kirk Cameron is Oscar worthy. I'm often annoyed that Christians people have watched some worldly movies, but have never seen the Jesus Film. And if they are interested in religious films, they prefer the violence of the movie passion of christ.
Those are good points, and apply to many churches around the world.
Maybe you can make this clear Amish... But the stereotype of your group is that 1. You are secluded and do zero mission work 2. You live on farms with no electricity and no cars, and no washing machines. 3. You believe you can lose your salvation
I'm sure all the secular universities are thriving of all that money. Reading articles like this makes one lose all faith in any government, as it becomes not about serving the people, but almighty dollar.
I believe there is a zero chance any of that money is legitimate. No business in China can survive without bribes, crime and corruption.
I was just thinking even if China gets a righteous Christian emperor, it would be impossible to change much because the country is too much in debt to the Mafia, it's built on dirty money, and on the backs of peasants who are dying of lung cancer.
It's also changes the point of immigration, instead of bringing hard working, and willing patriots, we are bringing people who believe in almost the complete opposite values, and refuse to change.
I agree about Hank, he left the faith, more than that a lot of info came out about him taking over as the Bible Answer Man very unbiblicaly, and how he was unqualified for that spot, and used internal politics to get what he wanted. Larry Wessels on this site has more info.
I don't think Orthodox people ever cared. Unlike Catholics who have a system of government in the vatican, the orthodox church was always casual. Though with many Catholics moving to orthodoxy, and guys like Hank Hanagraff, their apologetics department is getting better.
I still remember how many students in high school were stoned out of their mind. I still have memories of a classmate lying on the floor in a daze in the school basement. The constant fights in my area, the smell, the second hand smoke on little children. Someone said the money will go to the government, but the worker said social services are getting worse, and they never see this money.
I still think the great tribulation is much greater than these illness, I cant imagine this being the start, since the black plague, and the world war 1 influenza were much worse.
The sars outbreak, african aids epedimic and the various chicken flu's in the world were also bad. I'm sure polio can be added aswell. Unless the tribulation lasts a really long time, I have to say no, these could not be the 4 horsemen of the tribulation period.
2 days ago I was really cut to the heart when I saw slavery of a young girl on the street. Sitting on the sidewalk, head down, written in chalk "if everyone gives 2rmb I can save 400rmb to go home in a few hours". Next to her I caught an old man taking the donation money for himself. He saw me, slowly left. I tried talking with the girl, asking her to explain her story, but she didnt even lift her head and just murmored "mmm mmm". I sat there, and all I could say "we love you"
It upset me very much, not that it's the first time, but just the fact that any Karaoke place or some barbershops are a front for such things, in plain sight, and everyone knows what's going on, but none cares.
FYI sermon audio is banned in China now. Anyways just talking with some secular friends, too much power is given to corporations and private companies. Just look at Disney owning so much, Amazon taking over online shopping, Internet and cable companies having monopolies. Apple recently becoming a trillion dollar company. It's either getting ruled by a corrupt government or corrupt private entities. And they all have money to invest in lawyers and spokesmen to push laws toward their favour. So I feel like this is always a lose lose situation, until we have true Christian government, which will only come at the second coming of Christ.
I would recommend listening to the oct 4 Thursday edition of Albert Mohler, where he exposes a lot of these "researchers" saying that many of these studies cannot be replicated, because often another study comes to completely opposite conclusions.
I think the Daily Briefing with Al Mohler, Kevin Swanson on this site do a good job. For a middle east report I listen to Prophesy Today with Jimmy Deyoung, Line of Fire with Dr. Michael brown. Also Wretched Radio with Todd Friel for evangelism encouragement. I used to listen to Janet Mefferd, but her opinions on Dr. James White from aoming.org ruined her for me.
We can't really know until we get it in our hands.
I'm meeting with a 3 self church leader who is my good friend and a real faithful believer soon. I think the young generation don't use printed bibles anyway, but android apps. There aren't that many of them either... most 3 self churches are made up of old people.
For the past few years (let's say 2011) the persecution was light, hence why you have so many underground churches and pastors coming out now, they could have buildings without much problems. The persecution that we saw were the removal of crosses from catholic churches, and putting up the countries national flags, and installing cameras at the entrances. The persecution happening now is destruction of registered churches, and putting up idols of communists inside the church. The grip is getting stronger, the squeeze tighter, the escalation of persecution quicker.
And the underground church did struggle with communism, and racism, hence why it's reaping what it sowed. Very few mainland Chinese Christians cared for anyone but China. And that is a FACT.