That Man will not look towards Men but towards Jesus!
email contact: johnandlaura at fairpoint dot net
With what has transipired recently in Online Discernment i.e. deception of who one is, whether they actually exist and what their qualifications are. I believe transparency is all important when having an online Christian based website. My email address is above and everyone is welcome to contact me via that email address and ask for my phone number or ask to meet me somewhere so they may know that I am what and who I say that I am.
First and foremost a follower of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, God made Flesh, The narrow Door, and the only way by which we must be saved.
Secondly: Husband to a gift from God, my wife Laura
Third: Father to six wonderful kids ranging from age twenty two all the way down to 18 months (Naomi Faith born September 22nd 2007)
Many people do not like what I do on this website and they want to know who I am so they can in their words:
“Find out who is in authority over me so they can report me”
Their saying goes that if everyone knew where I lived then I wouldnt feel so free to write the articles that I do and bring out some of the serious issues that are facing the body of Christ in this day.
So not to frustrate them even more but I am not a minister, which means I am not answerable to any denomination, congregation or any Senior Ministers over me.
I am independent and I do what I do because I love the Lord, I love his word and it grieves me deeply to see what is passing as “Christianity” today, and how many are mangling the very clear message in God’s word in order that they may “adapt” Christianity to a “Unified World Ideology”. Some do this purposely, others do it in ignorance as they are unaware of how pervasive the post-modern ideology of inclusiveness has become.
As Francis Shaeffer, a giant among 20th century Theologians points out Theology is the last area in our society to be affected and subdued by the idea of relative Truth and its all pervasive inclusive ideology:
“Wherever you look today, the new concept holds the field. The consensus about us is almost monolithic, whether you review the arts, literature or simply read the newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, The Listener or The Observer. On every side you can feel the stranglehold of this new methodology-and by “methodology” we mean the way we approach truth and knowing. It is like suffocating in a particularly bad London fog. And just as fog cannot be kept out by walls or doors, so this consensus comes in around us, until the room we live in is no longer unpolluted, and yet we hardly realize what has happened. . . . .”
The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth, and yet they have never even analyzed the drift which has taken place. Young people from Christian homes are brought up in the old framework of truth. Then they are subjected to the modern framework. In time they become confused because they do not understand the alternatives with which they are being presented.
Confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed. This is unhappily true not only of young people, but of many pastors, Christian educators, evangelists and missionaries as well. “
The Clear message of the Bible and the very concept of Absolute Exclusive Truth in and of themselves preclude any ability for there to be a Global Ideology that is inclusive of all religions and ideologies. To proclaim that the Bible is the absolute and exclusive truth pre-ordains in this fallen world that there will be those who reject it and that there must also be religions and ideologies that are not based in Truth and are therefore false. And if you proclaim the absolute truth of God’s Word you will be attacked for that, it is unavoidable.
The message of Christ IS an exclusive message:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
And because it is an exclusive claim to truth and salvation the world will hate your for it:
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
The current all consuming need by some to culturally adapt the Message of the Word of God is anti-Christ and an idol to the self’s ego and an idol to the self’s own effort. A fundamental part of the Gospel is being lost in this increasingly apostate era, and that is the Holy Spirit is the one who draws anyone to Christ, we are just the fragile earthen vessels who are to be there to give the undiluted unaltered word of God to a perishing world.
As Paul Said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Following on from the fact that it is the Holy Spirit that draws people to God and Salvation, what passes for the manifistations of the Holy Spirit today is a travesty and out and out fraud! We have become a church that considers the Holy Spirit as some kind of temporary drug whose sole purpose is for a personal and temporary high! Churches today claim today to be spiritual because they whip people up into an emotional frenzy but then they turn around and use fallen man made methods that originated in Atheistic thought to supposedly teach people and grow Churches (Numeric growth). The Holy Spirit was always meant to equip and empower Christians to be used of God to spread his message of Salvation and to do his will. God does want churches to grow, but to grow through the adherance to sound doctrine, holy living and from that will come the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit and true manifistation and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sprituality divorced from Sound Doctrine and holy living leads to deception, and false manifistations of the Holy Spirit (Lying Spirits).
We can in and of ourselves not live Holy and Sanctified lives, If we could do it on our own we would not need the salvation given to us by Jesus Christ sacrifice at the cross. When we accept that salvation, we are imparted with the Grace of God, and that Grace is an active grace, manifested through the Holy Spirit who helps us to live a Holy Life.
This is another truth of the word of God that is being lost today and it is a travesty, as once a church loses the Guidance and transforming active power of the Holy Spirit then they are on the long and wide road to Apostasy, Idolatry and finally complete separation from God.
Now for those of the Emerging Church and those of a Post-Modern Ideology. I am educated with a university degree. I have lived half my adult life in Europe, travelled extensively to Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East on Missions, business and personal trips.
I work as an Independent International Professional Consultant and even before all of the organizational, team building, New Age and Post Modern speak came into the Church I was aware of them and encountered these ideologies for many years in the Corporate world.
I have also studied Theoretical Physics, Philosophy and Bio-Chemistry for ten years so yes I am quite familiar with all of the concepts such as Quantum uncertainty, Action at a distance, t=0 etc etc etc etc and no those concepts do not undermine a Literal Translation of the Bible or our ability to know absolute truth, or the ability to defend that truth with certainty with the Word of God.
May God Richly Bless You,