• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Has Your Church Lost Its Spiritual Authority?

J. P. Moreland, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, writes in his book – Love Your God With All Your Mind – that:

“Saint Paul tells us that the church – not the university, the media, or the public schools – is the pillar and support of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).  But you would never know it by actually examining our local church practices week by week or by observing the goals and objectives set by many parachurch ministries. . . .  We evangelicals need to ask ourselves three very important and painful questions.

“First, why is our impact not proportionate to our numbers?  If the evangelical community is even one-third the size polls tell us it is, we should be turning this culture upside-down.  Second, why are ministers no longer viewed as the intellectual and cultural leaders in their communities that they once were?  Compared to pastors of the past, contemporary ministers have lost much of their authority among both unbelievers and the members of their own flocks.  Third, how is it possible for a person to be an active member of an evangelical church for twenty or thirty years and still know next to nothing about the history and theology of the Christian religion, the methods and tools required for serious Bible study, and the skills and information necessary to preach and defend Christianity in a post-Christian, neo-pagan culture?” (p. 188)

Along with the questions Professor Moreland raises above, I wonder if we should also ask if the church has become incompetent in communicating the message that has made it the foundation of western civilization for almost 2,000 years.  Is the modern church providing its members with the spiritual and intellectual skills necessary to do battle with the philosophy of materialistic, moral-relativism that saturates our culture today?  Can we even say with the Apostle Paul, when he was speaking of Israel, that the modern church has, “. . . . a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge?” (Romans 10:2, ESV)

Perhaps, the church has become either too enamored or too frantic with doing too many things while neglecting that one thing which is most necessary. (Luke 10:41-42, ESV)  In Romans 15:14, Paul expresses his satisfaction with the Roman Christians because they were, “. . . . filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” Paul even prays for the Philippians (1:9), “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment. . . .”

Ask yourself: Are you and the other members of your church sufficiently knowledgeable to, “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ?” (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV)  Has the modern church lost its authority because it has watered down the knowledge of God that it was entrusted to declare in full to a lost world?

Environmental Fascism To Halt Energy Production In The United States

How high will the environmentalist-controlled politicians let the price of gas rise before considering the option of drilling for more oil?  Ken Salazar (D-CO) set the bar recently in the Senate.  Gas can hit $10 per gallon and his party still doesn’t care.

The truth is that we are fighting a political war against environmental fascism.  The environmental lobby has captured control of Capital Hill and is determined to destroy our standard of living in order to create their imaginary environmental utopia.  We have enough oil here in our own country to satisfy American needs for at least the next 100 years, but the party of environmental fascism won’t even allow an up or down vote on drilling. They’d rather you pay $10 per gallon or more at the pump and watch food prices increase 250%.

The pseudo-science and religion of man-made global warming has taken control of the secular progressive party and has initiated a war of environmental terrorism upon the American people.  These are the same secular progressives who hijacked the Democratic party in the last election and have moved the party to the far socialist left of the average democrat in this country.  Their intent is to block drilling for oil or natural gas, to oppose new refineries, to halt any move toward nuclear energy, and to never again allow the construction of dams for hydro-electric power.  While claiming to promote clean energy, these same groups have filed legal roadblocks to the construction of wind farms and solar panel facilities in the desert.

The future of America depends on voting anyone associated with eco-fascism out of public office.  The American people must forget about political parties and only support candidates who vow to vote to open all lands and oceans for drilling. We need representatives in Washington who will support and promote the production of energy in every form and using every resource.  We need Senators and Congressmen who will pass laws to prevent the environmental lobby from ever usurping so much power over our legal system and government ever again.

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