Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
REPLY from simplyheavenlyfood :
I have to say that I disagree with you. I think that if Jesus walked the earth today He would be appalled at what the leader of one of the largest churches in the world is saying. He would never be okay with 55 million babies being murdered or homosexuals perverting marriage that He instituted between one man and one woman. It meant enough to the Lord to destroy the world in the time of Noah and to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. God is not politically correct He is God.
To fill a church with people who you make “feel good” but don’t preach the truth of God’s Word is the worst kind of blasphemy to God. The proponents of the seeker friendly church claim to be doing whatever is necessary to “reach the lost.” The fallacy with that kind of thinking is that “the lost” are not seeking God at all. The Bible says that “no one seeks for God” (Romans 3:11). This means there is no such thing as an unbeliever who is truly seeking for God on his own. Furthermore, man is dead in his sin (Ephesians 2:1), and he can’t seek God because he doesn’t recognize his need for Him.
But there are lots of people who are seeking to be entertained and assured that God loves them, despite their sin and ungodly lifestyles. There are many who seek a form of religion, and if the goal of the seeker-friendly churches is to fill seats with these people, it appears to be working. Growth in many of these establishments is staggering indeed. Some of the larger ones will usher in tens of thousands of attendees for weekend services alone. With annual budgets reaching well into the millions of dollars, many of these edifices are more likely to resemble a large corporate office than a church. That is why you’re less likely to find stained glass windows, than a coffee shop, gift shop, bookstore or even a basketball court. Some even have swimming pools and bowling alleys! To these church leaders, the Great Commission has essentially become more of a marketing scheme, with the use of surveys and studies to determine which enticements are needed to “reel them in,” and then to cater to their appetites by giving them what they want.
Another problem with the seeker-friendly movement is that in their desire to please every itching ear, these churches have relegated God and His Word to the back pews, ensuring that no one is offended by the truth. The great doctrines of the faith have been deemed “divisive” and shelved. Sadly, many of these churches are flourishing these days because they have reshaped the gospel into the kind of “product” buyers are willing to tolerate. The bottom line is that these churches have placed the focus on man, not on God where it belongs. And God’s Word cannot be recast to conform to the needs of a consumer-driven culture. God never intended for His Church to be cozy and comfortable. But there is nothing comfortable about the truth, which Hebrews 4:12 describes as “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The message received by those attending seeker-friendly churches too often is that the Christian life is a one of ease and comfort and free from conflict. However, this is certainly not the life that Christ’s followers are to expect. Jesus told us “in this world we would have trouble” (John 16:33), and that we could expect to be persecuted (Matthew 5:11-12, 44, 10:23, 13:21; Mark 10:30; John 15:20) and even hated (John 15:18) on account of following Him. And when Jesus said “anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38; Mark8:34; Luke 9:23), He meant that one must be willing to give his life in order to follow Him. Look at what preaching the truth of Christ got Paul—flogged, beaten, stoned, imprisoned and run out of the country, many times! And yet this devout servant of Christ still said “we are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). He further taught us to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
The apostle Paul told us the time would come when men would not put up with sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3). However, with over 70% of adults under the age 25 thinking all beliefs are equally valid (according to Barna Research), sound doctrine is exactly what is needed. It is the Word of God that plants the seed for the new birth (1 Peter 1:23), and the Word must be taught for the purpose of “teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and for taking the true message out into the world (Matthew 28:19-20).
I don’t know about you brother, but I will stand with Jesus!!! God bless you brother!!! :):)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I think most people think I’m hardworking but I can be so unbelievably lazy that sometimes I shocked myself o.O
Take for example, this blog!
I really wished I have the perseverance to continue blogging, maybe not daily, but at least a few times per week.
I wish I’m a professional blogger. But blogging can be very hard because time is so scarce for me. I have a lot of other things to do. Like watching drama series. Ooops! Haha.
But other than that, workload can get really heavy here that the only remaining free time that I have, I want to leave it for my own entertainment and personal time. Do you get what I mean? To me, personal time is really important. To shut out from the outside world, even just for awhile.
Sometimes, I wish I have the guts to do something. Something different. Something out of the routine life that I lead. I always tell people to do something about it if they don’t like what they’re in now, or if they want something more. Maybe I should take my own advice =.= Funny how most of the times it’s easy to advise people but hard to actually follow your own advice.
But you know what? I just realised in some small ways, I did actually do something different or new each year. Even though to others, it may seem like a pretty small matter but still, it’s something right? Baby steps, people. Baby steps ;)
More often than not, I’m reminded that whatever my heart desires for, God always grant them in the end, according to His time. At times, I can be quite impatient. However, I try to remind myself that God will give them at a time He thinks right for me :)
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
This woman is soooo strong, just like Katnis Everdeen.
"You know how much I love you Amanda?"
"Infinity times infinity"
"They say vengeance taken will tear the heart and torment the conscience. If there's any truth to it, then I now know with certainty that the path I'm on is the right one."
- Emily Thorne
Just this quote alone is enough to make me cry (well, almost).
"When deception cuts this deep someone has to pay. My father's chance to bring justice to the truly guilty was stolen from him. His only option was to forgive. I have others. They say vengence is a dish best served cold but, sometimes it's as warm as a bowl of soup. My father died an innocent man, betrayed by the woman he loved. When everything you love has been stolen from you. Sometimes all you have left is revenge. Like I said, this is not a story about forgiveness."
- Emily Thorne (voiceover)
GO WATCH ALREAAAAAAAAADY!