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Music, Movies and the Internet

Music is powerful. It makes children dance, comforts those who are down, and incites those who are angry. There is almost no one who does not like it. Music can be used for good or bad but you cannot deny its power. Knowing its power should be a warning to us that we ought to be careful. What sort of thoughts and ideas enter our minds with the music we are listening to? Many people say that you should only listen to music that is Christian, meaning music that is produced by people who claim to be Christian. Although this is a start, I don't think it goes far enough. Some "Christian" music is worse than music that is not because of the poor doctrine that it articulates. It does not matter so much who wrote the song but what the song is about. We need to be critical about the things we are listening because they are powerful and deceitful.

Movies combine both music and visual stimulation to tell a story. These stories are often if not always immoral. We often think it is a…

Money

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim. 6:10). Money is the means by which we get what we want. Perhaps a better translation for this verse would be, "being able to fulfill our desires is a root of all kinds of evils." Unlike any generation that has come before us we are able to satisfy our impulses immediately without time for even a second thought. The whole collection of Beethoven can be bought from your iPhone in the time it takes to type in your password. The verses found in the Bible about money are more applicable today than ever before.

Making money is not a problem but keeping it for yourself is. James, the brother of Jesus, says "your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you. You have laid up treasure in the last days (James 5:3-4)." Bank accounts full of money will cry out that we  "lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence (James 5:5)." Money demonstrates who we are really wors…

The True Church

Many people have claimed the status of being the one "true" Church left on this earth. But what exactly does that mean?

"There is one body and one Spirit (Eph. 4:4). It is true that there is only one true Church, but that is not what people are claiming. They are claiming that the group of people they associate with have been given a special position by God. Some of these groups may deny the reality of other believers, but that is clearly adding to the gospel. The only requirement to being a Christian is belief in Jesus Christ. You do not have to be part of a specific group of people in the Church although you do have to be part of it in some way. The remaining claims are centered around the governmental function of the church.

The responsibilities of Christians are primarily moral. A Christian does not have to perform any rites or rituals to be acting as a Christian, although it can be beneficial (1 Cor. 11:17-33), their only responsibility is to act according to God&#…

Courage under Fire

The blogosphere has lit up with again with President Obama's new Affordable Care Act. The requirement that everyone must pay for abortions is not sitting well with people like Chuck Colson, Rick Warren, and Albert Mohler and it should not sit well with you either!

It seems to me that we often let opportunities pass to stand up for the truth under the guise of tolerance but in the name of cowardice. Our fear of offending others is stronger than our convictions in what God has revealed to us. It is similar to the person who thinks they would give their life for someone when they will not even give them 5 minutes of their day. There are always opportunities to live out our Christian convictions, and this is one of them. What will you do?

Will you stand up for the helpless in our society or will you find a technicality that assuages your conscience?

Prosperity Gospel

The recent controversy of The Elephant Room has brought to mind a critical issue regarding the prosperity gospel. Most of the controversy surrounds the modalist views, or lack thereof, of T.D Jakes, but it is the prosperity gospel that touches most evangelicals.

If somebody reads the Bible and thinks that God desires that all Christians be healthy and wealthy on this earth they are obviously illiterate. There is nothing further from the Truth. Jesus left the glories of Heaven to come to this earth.That alone should indicate to us that our life is not about our comfort but about other people. Jesus tells us that we will have trouble in this life, but don't worry He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Timothy tells us that "all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Tim. 3:12)." The ethos of faith is contrary to having all of our needs met in this life. It is about laying down our lives for others because that is what Jesus Christ did for us…