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Why Not Just Say ‘NO’ to Halloween!

The Glover Girls celebrating  with cosplay at Maggie Daley park in Chicago

                              The Glover Girls celebrating with cosplay at Maggie Daley park in Chicago

Deut 18:9-13 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults with the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord”

1 Cor 10:20-21 “I say the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

Gal 4:8-1 “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”

Romans 13:12a “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light!”

I recently shared with Steven a note our 10 year-old daughter had typed titled: “Why I don’t Celebrate Halloween” I’d love to share her insights with the E4L and Christ’s Church Chicago families.

Selah dressed for her birthday party in the park

Selah dressed for her birthday party in the park

Selah (whose name means think on these, or meditate) wrote:
” I don’t celebrate Halloween because I’m a Christian. My mom says that it’s Satan’s day also known as his birthday. (Note: we’re not sure where she got the birthday reference). If you don’t know who Satan is or what he did I am going to be the person to tell you. Satan is bad, and he lies, steals, kills, and destroys your soul.
There is a God, He is King of kings. He made the world. He made you and me. He’s amazing, so powerful than you could ever imagine, did you know God sent His only Son to earth so that He could die on the cross for us to save us from our sins and that is why I don’t celebrate Halloween.”

The babies get it. Let’s not cause them to stumble!

I read a post on Christian Mommies site and I wanted share these thoughts, adding my ditto and state some of the reasons our daughters don’t celebrate Halloween.

We just say ‘no’ to Halloween because:

We don’t want them to underestimate the devil
We don’t want them to open up to demonic influence
We  don’t want them to stumble into an area of the occult unaware
We  want them to know that we take the Bible literally
We want them to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult
We want them to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues
We want them to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus

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Following Jesus Will Cost You!

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If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet, because you are not of the world, but I chose you out o the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:18-20)

Is this verse a warning given to those who will become followers of Christ? The answer to that question is a definite–yes! Confirmation that you are a follower of Jesus Christ is that you are despised for His Name.

 The God of the Bible is unique and separate from the plethora of false gods worshiped by the world.

Satan, who dominates the evil world system, is identified in scripture as the “prince of the air” and “god of this age” and it is he who instigates the hatred towards Jesus Christ, and His followers. The One True God, Yahweh or YHVH (tetragram) is the object of Lucifer’s abhorrence and detestation.

JEHOVAH is separate from all other false gods because His Name denotes the eternality, immutability, and uniqueness of His nature. He is also Judge and Lawgiver Who has hatred (Psalm 5:5), Enmity (Nahum 1:2), and Vengeance (Deut 7:9-10; 32:39-42) towards the sinner every day. These same attributes and identification of YHVH was applied by the Lord Jesus Christ to Himself in chapter eight of the gospel of John as confirmation of His deity. Therefore, hatred or rejection of One was in fact denunciation of Both.

“He who hates Me hates My Father also” (John 15:23)

Mere association with Jesus or the God of the Bible sparks anger and hostility towards (by the world) those who represent Him. Why is there such antagonism and resentment towards true believers or followers of Christ? Jesus tells us that because of His coming the world has no excuse for their sins and that He testifies that its deeds are evil. Christ followers who demonstrate intimacy, love, obedience and fruitfulness will invoke a similar response from the world. Men and women who reject Jesus Christ (as Savior) do so by choice, not out of ignorance.

Paul Washer writes in his book titled The Truth About Man, that “Man is not a victim, but a culprit. He cannot, because he will not. His corruption and enmity toward God are so great that he would rather suffer eternal perdition than acknowledge God to be God and submit to His Sovereignty. For this reason, moral inability may also be called willing hostility.” (Washer, pg. 55)

In his book, Washer uses the relationship between Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37:4) as an illustration of moral inability. He writes, “Joseph’s brothers could not speak to him on friendly terms. It is not because they lacked the physical ability to speak, but because their hatred was so great toward him that they were unwilling to be friendly to him. In the same way, fallen man’s hostility toward God is so great he cannot bring himself to submit to God.” (Washer, pg. 56)

A similar example is revealed in the relationship or interaction between Jesus and Judas as recorded in the gospel of John. Judas having been selected by Christ to be His disciple was specifically chosen because God knew that he (Judas) would be the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.  “…and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled” (John 17:12) Judas loved the present world and would benefit monetarily by betraying or benefits, deliberately offering Jesus to him by the chief priest for thirty pieces of silver. Notwithstanding, Jesus offered to Judas (the same night) the opportunity to confess, plus, repent of his disloyalty and to become a recipient of His forgiveness. His final act of love towards Judas is demonstrated in the passing of ‘sop’ to Judas during the last supper. “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it…”(John 13:26) According to Jewish tradition, the host (Jesus) would designate the first morsel of food to the special guest as a way of symbolizing friendship. Similar to Joseph’s brothers, Judas was unwilling to turn from his (satanically inspired) plot against Jesus which would eventually lead to both his physical and eternal death.

Disdain towards Jesus and Joseph can best be attributed to the depraved nature of the human heart. “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murder…” (Matt 15:18) Men in rebellion against God abhor being confronted about their iniquities or transgressions. Jesus, having completed or accomplished the work the Father called Him to do would soon return to His original position glory. The responsibility of reaching the world with the “Good News” was delegated to His followers in the manner known as the Great Commission. “…I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world…As Thou didst send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”

As servants of Christ, each believer will or should expect to experience similar circumstances to those endured by our Master during His earthly ministry. The ‘world’ (kosmos) refers to the created moral order in active rebellion against God and His followers. The Words of Christ, when spoken against the captives of this world system, bring opposition, hatred, suffering, and in some cases even death. Jesus clearly warns (verse above) all who believe in Him that they too will undergo persecution.

“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for yo to follow in His steps.” (I Pet 2:21)

D.A. Carson summarizes this point well in his book titled The Gospel According To JohnHe warns, “Those who preach Jesus’ gospel and live in progressive conformity to His own life and teaching will attract the same antagonism that He did.” (Carson, pg. 525)

Do the Words of Christ coincide with the mindset or approach to ministry by today’s church leaders? Stay tuned for part two of this message.

A Pentecost to Celebrate

A Pentecost to Celebrate

May 18, 2013 | by Ryan Griffith

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If it weren’t for Pentecost, we wouldn’t know about Easter. For most of us, tomorrow isn’t flagged on our calendars as Pentecost Sunday. But it is a big deal for Christians, and there are at least three reasons why it’s a day worth celebrating.

Catching Up on the Context

First, the back-story. Recall that Jesus spent forty days after his resurrection with his disciples (Acts 1:3). Imagine those moments — the risen Savior in a glorified body talking and praying with his close friends (Luke 24:39–43). But it cannot last. Jesus must ascend to the Father and establish his everlasting reign by receiving, as the God-man, all dominion, power, and authority (Luke 24:44–51; cf. Daniel 7:13–14). Watching Jesus ascend to heaven (Acts 1:11), the disciples must have felt an immediate sense of loss. But Jesus steadied them with an important promise: “you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5).

Remembering Israel’s Deliverance

So, on the seventh day after the ascension, we find the disciples gathered in Jerusalem, praying, waiting, and celebrating the Feast of Weeks. This important annual festival was observed on the seventh Sabbath after Passover. At the conclusion of Passover, the first sheaf of the barley harvest would be offered before God in the temple, anticipating the greater harvest that was to follow in the summer. On the fiftieth day after Passover (Pentecost comes from the Greek word for fifty), all Israel would come to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate in God’s presence. Parents, children, male and female servants, sojourners, the fatherless, and widows would all give thanks and feast in memory of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage (Deuteronomy 16:9–12). Luke tells us that when the disciples were gathered on the day of Pentecost,

suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2–4)

According to Luke, Jews from every tribe under heaven were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost. Learning what had happened, an international multitude gathered to find the disciples declaring the gospel in languages that each person could understand. As they marveled, Peter explained the miracle as the fulfillment of God’s word:

This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:16–18)

Peter goes on to proclaim that what has happened in their hearing is the validation of the lordship of Jesus the Messiah and the realization of the promises of God (Acts 2:29–36). Those gathered are “cut to the heart,” and three thousand of them receive the good news of Jesus as Messiah and are baptized (Acts 2:41). The rest of the Book of Acts develops the world-transforming changes that have begun in these moments at Pentecost.

 Pentecost launches the global proclamation of the gospel

Three Reasons to Celebrate

How, then, is Pentecost important for us?

1. Pentecost fulfills Jesus’s promise to never forsake his own. As painful as the parting at the ascension might have been, Jesus assured the disciples that it was to their advantage that he would go away,

“for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. . . . When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:7, 13–14)

The fulfillment of the promise of Jesus was the outpouring of the gift of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and, as Peter proclaimed, on all of God’s people in this new era (Acts 2:38). The promises of the new covenant are ours through the indwelling Spirit (Jeremiah 31:33ff; Ezekiel 36:26ff). Jesus did not end his work on earth with the ascension — he continues it now through his Spirit-indwelt church. We, therefore, can take fresh courage in Jesus’s words, “Behold, I will be with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

2. Pentecost launches the global proclamation of the gospel. Jesus’s death at Passover and his mighty resurrection three days later signaled the “firstfruit” of God’s victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:20–24). Jesus had accomplished everything necessary for the gospel to run and triumph (Hebrews 2:14–15; cf. Revelation 20:1–3) and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost signals that the greater harvest has begun. The three thousand souls added to the church on Pentecost hailed from all corners of the Roman world. They, in turn, would carry the gospel to their families and communities. The narrative arc of Acts follows the Spirit-indwelt disciples as they carry the gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). You heard about Easter because of Pentecost. The fields are white with harvest and, as part of the church of the risen Christ, we too can “go, therefore, and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18).

3. Pentecost signals the coming of fuller restoration and a greater celebration. At Pentecost, Peter proclaims that the prophecy of Joel 2:28–31 has come to pass. Intriguingly, this prophecy of the eschatological gift of the Spirit comes immediately after another striking promise from God in Joel 2:25–27:

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lᴏʀᴅ your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lᴏʀᴅ your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

While Jesus’s reign is secure and eternal, it has yet to come to its fullest expression on the earth. While death has been decisively defeated, it has yet to be put to a final end (1 Corinthians 15:24–26). Paul reminds us that creation longs for its final restoration and that even we ourselves, who “have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23). Pentecost is a pointer that history is inexorably moving towards the restoration of all things. The bridegroom has come; his bride is making herself ready. We await the greatest celebration of all.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)

Topic Redemptive History   Categories: Commentary

Used by permission:  www.DesiringGod.org
Ryan Griffith is Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He teaches biblical studies, church history, missions, and biblical languages.

April/May Ministry Updates

Contending for the faith

Contending for the faith

Your Help is Critical to the Work of Evangelize4Life

 

We would like to thank everyone who has been praying for the ministry.  Your prayers are availing much and the gospel is being shared consistently and with power in the NW Ohio community:  All glory to God!  In addition, we are inviting  you all to sign up for our Pentecost to Passion year of prayer.  We are looking for prayer partners as this is a call that requires serious prayer!  Please sign up now here. 

We have had to cancel a few of the outreach dates due to Steven’s recent car accident.  As a result of the collision, we are without a vehicle and Steven is recovering from a severely sprained ankle.  Please pray for his quick recovery and that he will be back to the work of street witnessing and  missions as soon as possible. 

Thanks again to all of our ministry friends who have been moved to support the work financially in March.  We are hoping to be able to produce a newsletter outlining our events and trainings, etc. very soon.  

Our current ministry needs  include a vehicle, a video camera ( we have an intern scheduled to begin this summer to help us with our visual communications), financial support, and always more tracts and Bibles.   Our intern will help us document some of the work so that you can better see how we are working to impact our community and the world with the gospel and by doing the work of evangelism.

Steven, Jared and Kevin have continued to attend open meetings engaging the community doing the work of Apologetics and Evangelism.    A special thanks to other friends who have given their time, energy and funds to work alongside us during March and April.  In addition, they are involved in discipleship and Bible studies with new believers and with those seeking the Truth.   

Finally, please consider how you might join us in the work of evangelism. Here are some suggestions…just in case you can’t think  of anything:) 

Join our prayer team.  Prayer is our number 1 ministry need.  Romans 15:29-31 (KJV)

29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ‘s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

Consider Supporting the ministry financially.  Evangelize4Life was created for the purpose of doing evangelism, establishing biblical church plants and training believers to engage in biblical Apologetics in order to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord, Jesus.  This work requires many hours of study, prayer and lots of commitment.  We do this because God has ordained that we do it.  We love Him and we seek to obey His commands.  Although we are a non-profit organization, we still need financial support in order to accomplish the work effectively.  Won’t you consider being a partner together with us?  Everybody can be a part of the evangelism call.  You can go, you can send or you can do both!  Send us; we’ll go.

Tell others about the ministry.  We are hoping to be used by the Lord to reach many people.  We do this in a number of ways.  Some of these include: Preaching for churches for the purpose of exhorting their members to get involved in evangelism; Teaching seminars, conferences and webinars that equip and train believers to do the work of an informed and prepared evangelist; and our daily podcast, Evangelize4Life with Steven Glover.   Listen in live on weekdays at 6:30pm  eastern standard time or anytime by downloading the page.  

‘Like’ our facebook page,  follow our blog and twitter feeds and join our LinkedIn group.  We admit we are not the most socially savvy but we do recognize that these are effective ways to get information to you all quickly.  You can sign up for our Daily Catch online news page from right here.  This is a ‘paper’ designed to inform you on what’s going on in the world so that you have what you need to stay relevant when engaging in the marketplace and during your witnessing encounters.  Worldview is a great conversation starting point!

 

Ministry resources!

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If you aren’t able to do anything else please–

Tell someone about Christ Jesus– Today!

 

 Finally, please  send us an email (evangelize4life@aol.com)  and let us know how we are doing.   We hope we are  giving you the information you need to help you be a better evangelist.  We are here to serve and we need your help in order to stay relevant and ahead of the curve.  We want to give you the best, biblical keys available.  We are working on our next training manual.  For easy reference consider picking up our book and training manual, both are available online at Amazon.

 

 

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The Heart of the Matter

The apostle Paul writes a second letter to a church located in Thessalonica as a forewarning to believers about a futuristic leader who will one day deceive the masses by leading them away from the truth of God’s Word. He is described as the “lawless one.”

“Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming that is the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan…” (2 Thess 2:8)

However, before his arrival the world will be characterized by a blasphemous spirit (among the people) or attitude that blatantly opposes God, His Christ, His Word, and His people. His success in the near future is attributed to the fact that

“… they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved…For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2:10-12)

Charles Spurgeon addresses man’s relationship with God’s truth (in his day) in a book titled “An All-Round Ministry: Addresses to ministers and students,”

“Beloved, I notice that God imports His messages to those who have a complete subordination to Him. I will tell you what has often crossed my mind when I have talked with certain brethren, or have read their lucubration’s; I have wondered which was the Master, and which was the servant, the man or God. I have been sorry for the errors of these brethren, but I have been far more distressed by the spirit shown in those errors. It is evident that they have renounced that holy reverence for Scripture which indicated by such an expression as this, “that trembleth at My Word.” They rather trifle than tremble. The Word is not their teacher, but they are its critics. With many, the Word of the Lord is no longer enthroned in the place of honor, but it is treated as a football, to be kicked about as they please; and the apostles, especially are treated as if Paul, and James, and John, were Tom, and Harry, with whom modern wise men are on terms of something more than equality. They pass the Books of Scripture under their rod, and judge the Spirit of God Himself. The Lord cannot work by a creature that is in revolt against Him. We must manifest the spirit of reverence, or we shall not be as little children, nor enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

My recent experience at an ecumenical or inter-faith meeting confirms that we are also living in these days. The group of people assembled during this particular evening was comprised of Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims, Universal Unitarians, United Church of Christ leaders, and Agnostics. I intentionally left out the mentioning of Christians because the views or statements made by those claiming to be followers of Christ, usually contradict the teachings of Scripture. The Bible categorically labels any person who rejects the teachings of Christ as an individual who has not nor knows God. “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teachings of Christ does not have God…”

Why do I attend?
You may be wondering why I attend? I was selected or invited (by a Muslim) to the group for the sole purpose of presenting or bringing to the table an evangelical theological perspective. This organization meets regularly in order to discuss or comment on topics (from their religious perspectives) pertaining to everyday living. The most recent gathering dealt with the theme or subject of the recent killings, plus injuring of innocent people in Boston, Massachusetts. Emphasis was not concentrated on who, what, where, and why someone would do this, but on how each of the above mentioned belief systems would respond if placed in a similar situation. In other words, what form of compassion or humanitarianism would they practice or implement in time of tragedy?

In a group where absolute truth is irrelevant, it stands to reason why the subject of Jihad is overlooked and replaced with a less weighty topic. The goal of most ecumenical groups is to unify over commonalities and avoid doctrines that divide or cause disunity. The subject of sin and the depravity of man’s heart is not only avoided but denied. (That has been my experience in each of the meetings I have attended) My purpose for attending these meetings is to discuss absolutes and not to ignore or deny facts. It is a fact that the Quran teaches death to the non-Muslim. Plus, it is also commonly known among all faiths that the Bible describes the heart of all men as being desperately wicked. According to the Bible, “there is none who does good.” (Rom 3:12) So, it stands to reason that someone would address the obvious, because man is capable of doing good deeds, because at the core of his inner being is only evil.

Walter A. Elwell writes in a book titled Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “The Bible teaches this concept of total depravity in many places. The Lord recognized good people (Matt 22:10), yet he labeled his own disciples as evil men (7:11). The mind is affected (Rom 1:28), the conscience is unclean (Heb 9:14), the heart is deceitful (Jer 17:9), and by nature mankind is subject to wrath (Eph 2:3).” In an attempt to emphasize this point those in my small group were immediately at odds with this point. In logic, the starting point of an argument is called a proposition. When we use propositions, we are either asserting the truth of the statement or denying the truth of the statement. Those individuals involved in the bombing of blameless marathon runners and spectators displayed by their actions that God’s Word is true in regards to the condition of the human heart. (To ignore these points would be considered illogical). Note that this is a technical meaning of “deny,” not the everyday meaning. To deny in this context means to gather evidence to show that the proposition cannot be true, not just that it is wrong. Further evidence to support my propositional statement is located or revealed in the human heart. The apostle Paul writes, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, no having the Law are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience being witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…” (Rom 2:14-15) God has placed in every human being a conscience that gives them knowledge of right and wrong. So when an individual sins (murder, lie, steal, lust, etc.) he/she does so with knowledge. (Con-with, Science-knowledge). To begin a discussion on the compassionate nature of human beings is completely irrational, because out of the human heart comes only iniquity. Jesus Christ our Lord states,

“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders, etc.” (Matthew 15:19) It is amazing that humanity is capable of any good! Consider the fact that God sent His only begotten Son, the long awaited Messiah, to the nation of Israel, and their response to His innocence, sinlessness, miracles, compassion, redemption, propitiation, atonement, justification, and sacrificial death on the cross was to crucify Him. (Matthew 27:22)

Let’s examine the nature or condition of man by examining a little known fact about the most recognized saintly women on the planet, Mother Teresa and her organization Missionary of Charity. An anonymous author writes in an article titled Hitting Bedrock, “…Says Susan Shields, former Missionary of Charity: As a Missionary of Charity, I was assigned to record donations and write the thank-you letters. The money arrived at a frantic rate. The mail carrier often delivered the letters in sacks. We wrote receipts for checks of $50,000 and more on a regular basis. Sometimes a donor would call up and ask if we had received his check, expecting us to remember it readily because it was so large. How could we say that we could not recall it because we had received so many that were even larger?

Shields doesn’t suggest how much that might add up to, but Hitchens has it that there were at least $50 million in the New York bank account of the Missionaries of Charity, and figures that, this being but a part of the organization’s wealth, there must be several times more all told. So let’s place the MoC’s wealth in the 9-10 figure range. Now, it would not be correct to say that all this money belonged to Teresa. I take it that she herself owned next to nothing. I’m just saying that she controlled this money. It didn’t belong to her personally, but, if she’d really wanted, she could have used it, on behalf of her organization, to buy all sorts of medicines, pay all sorts of trained medical personnel, and maybe even keep her facilities stocked with clean new needles on a regular basis.
You may be able to guess what’s coming up next. Fact: Mother Teresa used only a tiny fraction of that money to improve the lives of the sick and the poor. Shields continues: We received touching letters from people, sometimes apparently poor themselves, who were making sacrifices to send us a little money for the starving people in Africa, the flood victims in Bangladesh, or the poor children in India. Most of the money sat in our bank accounts. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank, but they had no effect on our ascetic lives and very little effect on the lives of the poor we were trying to help. Well, who cares about the lives of the nuns: they got what they signed up for, right? That bit about the poor, though, that’s a little worrisome.

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Here are some examples of how the MoC failed to spend its money. Shields gives one: in Haiti, “the sisters reused needles until they became blunt”. Out of the MoC’s bloated bank accounts, no money could be spared for new needles. Likewise, in an article in the British Medical Journal (a review of Hitchens’ book), Mary Loudon reports visiting the MoC’s facilities and seeing “syringes run under cold water and reused, aspirin given to those with terminal cancer, and cold baths given to everyone”. No money for oncological care beyond aspirin, no money for hot water, and, again, no money for new syringes, or even proper sterilization for old ones.

And in an article in the Lancet (9/17/94, Issue 8925), Robin Fox reports having visited the Home for the Dying in Kolkata, and describes the medical care there as “haphazard”: no trained medical personnel are present unless some happen to drop by to volunteer their time, and the sisters themselves are not given any proper training in medical care. “How about simple algorithms that might help the sisters and volunteers distinguish the curable from the incurable? Again no.” Out of the millions or billions, not enough for the salary of a single Kolkata doctor, or any other way of ensuring minimally consistent medical care.”

Therefore, when God says, “There is none who does good” He bases this scripture verse not on ones actions but His knowledge of the human heart. This article as well as the incident in Boston only stresses the importance of being born again. The Lord promised that He would place into those who believe in His Son a new heart that would give regenerated human beings the ability to demonstrate genuine compassion that will allow them to demonstrate good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is the catalyst to good works and evidence of being born again is that a believer serves others. His or her sanctification has been designated with kindhearted actions before time began. Therefore, the logical starting point of our conversation would not be to ignore the truth of God’s Word but to address the topic of sin and it’s resolve through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Islam and Women

islam-womenThe Apostle John writing in his second epistle encourages a group of believers to continue walking in the truth. “I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth…” (2 John 4) This is so very important because of the danger of false teachers entering into the church in order to intentionally mislead  members. This tactic is commonly used by Satan to confuse, weaken, and scatter the sheep. “Be on guard for yourselves…I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock…” (Acts 20:29) Holding fast to sound doctrine prevents or allows the flock to be discerning. Just recently, I had an opportunity to attend an introductory to Islam seminar at a local Presbyterian church. The guest speaker was a female Doctrinal Student from the local University invited to discuss and dispel myths about the teachings of Islam. Topics addressed by the spokeswoman included such topics as dress, culture, history, women’s rights, practices, customs, Geography, belief systems, language and more.

The goal or objective of this missionary appears to have been to normalize Islam and to encourage Christians to embrace its teachings. The role of pastors (according to scripture) is to protect their sheep from wolves seeking to devourer them. Sadly, the woman elder and church leadership were attempting to establish common ground with the Quran and the teachings of Islam. During the session the presenter readily admitted that Muslims reject the teaching of the Bible that Jesus is God. In doing so, John classifies her as a deceiver and an anti-Christ. “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist…” (I John 2:22) Anti-Christ purposely intend to interject teachings that replace or oppose the biblical truths regarding the identity of Christ.

This is not uncharacteristic of those who follow the teachings of the Quran. This is actually in alignment with his nature according to Sura 3:54. “And they deceived and Allah deceived and Allah is the best deceiver.” In an attempt to mislead hearers regarding the true nature or practices of Islam, many other misrepresentations occurred, especially pertain to the role of women. S. Michael of Call to Love Minstries writes in his book Dare To Explore “Muslims all over the globe have contradictory convictions about women. Those who are exposed to western civilizations are more liberal in their views towadrs women. These Muslims adopt the West’s beliefs and claim that these come from the true origin of Islam, Mohammad and his teachings. They choose the Qur’anic verses and Hadith sections that please them, but ignore the one that specifically contradict the principle that women are equal to men.”(pg. 90)

Below is a list of some degrading attitudes towards women in Islam.women_eyes_green_eyes_muslim_islam_scarf_2544x1680_wallpaper_Wallpaper_1680x1050_www.wall321.com

  • Can be beaten by her husband for any reason. (Sura 4:34)
  • Can expect up to three additional woman to share her husband (Sura 4:3)
  • Is half in witness (Sura 2:282)
  • Lacks in intelligence (Hadith Sahih Number 2658)
  • Is inferior to man (Sura 4:34)
  • Is most likely heading to hell (Hadith Volume 4, Book 54, No. 464)

Sadly, even in the West, Muslim women must practice these above mentioned requirements. According to Michael, “The majority of them do not have a voice or an opportunity to oppose the men in their families, or to find help from their religious leaders, leaving them with no safe means of escape.” (pg.94)

In an effort to address these issues with the speaker, I along with two other colleagues was verbally opposed by members of the congregation. Did the deception work ? Yes! By embracing or defending the teachings of Islam John states, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house…for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deed…” (2 John 11) The reason is that false teachers seek to destroy the basic fundamental truths of Christianity. Hospitality only encourages them in their deception of the spreading of heresy, along with the appearance of acceptance or sanctioning it.

After a long discussion with members of the church leadership, it was made clear that they were victims and participants in the Islamic masquerade. Statements were made by women from the church that “There is more than one way to heaven” and “Don’t force your beliefs on her.”The ecumenical movement in Ohio and throughout the world is moving full speed ahead. Those who are willing to compromise scripture in order unify with other faiths will not only be prone to deception but demonstrate evidence of never being born again. “…and does not aide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.” (2 John 9) Please continue to “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.” (Titus 1:9)

We are Working on a Building

ImageIt’s a new year and here at Evangelize4Life we have a renewed strength and an emboldened passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The year 2012 was a difficult one in the natural but spiritually we were focused and did not lose  motivation to  keep the main thing the main thing.  You see as my pastor said today in his sermon– we were created by God and for God.  We were created to give and bring Him glory.  We believe missions and evangelism  glorifies God.  Jesus said that the Father seeks worshipers.  The evangelists seeks lost souls– who may in turn hear the gospel and believe, thus becoming one with us in Christ.  As the old folks used to say , “We are working on a building.”

This building is not one built by hands nor by the ingenuity  and cleverness of any man.  The spiritual house we are laboring to construct is a spiritual one that will only succeed by the Spirit of the Lord’s will.

We are seeing souls saved.   We are sharing the gospel.  We are going to the hedges and the byways– compelling them to come in.  We are preaching from the pulpits, speaking in the classrooms, developing training resources, training through our daily radio program and preparing to begin our ministry nationwide.  Still, we need your help to get the gospel to the nations.

How Can You Help?

We need financial support for operating expenses, Bibles, tracts and even everyday necessities like printing.

Please register online for our Apologetics Evangelism Conference to be held in Feb 2013 and tell others about it.

Consider having our team come and host a training seminar or workshop at your church or gathering.

Purchase our resources which are available through Amazon.

And the number 1 thing you can do to help us as we seek to obey the Great Commission is to pray for us.  We need as many prayer partners as we can get.

Thanks to all of you for your support and prayers in 2012.  May God continue to bless and keep you!

The Evangelize4Life Staff

Is It Wrong to Judge?

Mark Spence, from Living Waters, teaches on the subject of “Is it Wrong to Judge?”
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This segment is taken from The Way of the Master TV show, Episode: Brussels

What he is talking about is Relativism.

Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is left up to the individual to define. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems, all political movements, are truths that are relative to the individual. In other words, there are no right or wrong answers …to anything!

It’s easy to recognize relativism because most of its statements sound intellectual but they are simply ridiculous and self-refuting.

They go something like this:

“You can’t know anything for sure.”
“You shouldn’t judge.”
“Nobody’s right.”
“You can’t know anything.”
“What is true for you is not true for me.”

Now the easiest way to refute statements like these is to simply turn them back around.
You can’t know anything for sure.” -Are you sure of that? -Are you sure you can’t know anything for sure.

“You shouldn’t judge.” -Is that your judgment? -And if you shouldn’t judge, then why are you judging my judgment?

“Nobody’s right.” -Are you right? Are you right that nobody’s right? And if you are right then your wrong about nobody being right.

“You can’t know anything.” -Do you know that? Do you know that you can’t know anything?

“What is true for you is not true for me.” -Well, that’s true. And what is true for me is that you are wrong.

So, the next time you’re confronted with that relativity nonsense just turn it around question their logic and help them to realize that their point of view is just plain silly.

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