Mike Huckabee Resigns From Country Music

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Mike Huckabee Resigns From Country Music Association Board as Nashville Firestorm Ignites

“Basically, every gay man in town is furious,” says one manager of the former Arkansas governor’s short tenure with the CMAs’ educational wing.

Almost as quickly as he was appointed, conservative radio host Mike Huckabee has resigned from the board of the CMA Foundation, an educational arm of the Country Music Association. “The CMA Foundation has accepted former Governor Mike Huckabee’s resignation from its Board of Directors, effective immediately,” the CMA said in a statement late Thursday afternoon, just a day after revealing that Huckabee had joined the board, an announcement that immediately set off a firestorm in the country music community.

The CMA had obviously seen Huckabee’s appointment as apolitical, since the former Arkansas governor had long been a champion of putting the arts in schools, which is the CMA Foundation’s mission. But hardly everyone thought it was possible to view Huckabee’s philanthropic efforts as separate from his hardline politics. “Basically, every gay man in town is furious,” said one artist manager, before the resignation was announced — and the chatter around Nashville made it clear that many of the straight men and women heading the town’s biggest label groups and management firms were every bit as angry.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Huckabee’s day-long tenure after one of the most influential managers in Nashville, Jason Owen, wrote a letter to the CMA announcing that his artists would no longer work on Foundation efforts. Owen even suggested that cooperation with the entire CMA was in question. Owen’s clients include Little Big Town, whose Karen Fairchild sits on the Foundation board, and was seen as likely to resign if Owen intended to carry out his words. Owen also represents Kacey Musgraves, whose gay-friendly “Follow Your Arrow” politics might be seen as not exactly aligning with Huckabee’s.

Owen’s letter to the CMAs’ CEO, Sarah Trahern, and director of community outreach, Tiffany Kerns, read: “It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know moving forward, Sandbox [his management firm] and Monument [Sandbox’s Sony-distributed label] will no longer support the CMA Foundation in any way (this includes everyone we represent collectively) considering the heartbreaking news shared today regarding Mike Huckabee appointee/elected to the CMA Foundation. Further, we find it hard to support the organization as a whole as a result. As you may know I have a child and two on the way. This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant. Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice.”

 

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Mike Huckabee crazy Christian conservatives

“I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices,” Owen’s letter continued. “This was a detrimentally poor choice by the CMA and its leaders. I only wish the best for you and I know how hard you work for the foundation but a grossly offensive decision like this only makes your job harder and diminishes the foundation’s purpose.”

Steve Schnur, a former CMA board member, said the town’s phones were lit up all night and into this morning after Wednesday’s announcement. “I got calls in shock from multiple CMA members, asking if I knew about it, some threatening to leave,” says Schnur, who is the worldwide executive of music for EA, the blockbuster video game producer that has moved most of its efforts to Nashville, and who sits on the Recording Academy’s Nashville board. “I’ve had numerous conversations since the second I woke up with chairmen of labels and major managers, all collectively agreeing that this move, which fortunately now has been resolved, really would have put Nashville back 20 years. I hear it wasn’t properly vetted. Would the next move to have been to put somebody from the NRA on? We don’t need to live under those clichés anymore, and I’m very happy that there are people like Jason, (manager) Clarence Spalding, (UMG Nashville chief) Mike Dungan, and others that won’t stand for this stuff. This isn’t about Republican/Democrat. We have to set an example to the people around the world who put Nashville on a pedestal, and the example can’t be a lack of tolerance.”

Another music industry VIP with close ties to the CMA, who did not want to be identified, explained that in many ways, Huckabee’s appointment made sense, since he has a history of reaching across the aisle to further arts education in schools. “We are trying to support these programs in Tennessee, and he is a man who has been in the trenches and understands what it takes to get people of different backgrounds to get together and achieve a cause. My hope was that his experience would prove fruitful as we try to improve music in the schools.”

But, added this same source, “I couldn’t help but see him standing with his arms locked in the air with that Kim Davis woman in Kentucky [the clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in 2015]. That is not a favorable memory in my mind.”

Among those pleased by Huckabee’s swift exit is Shane McAnally, the producer of Midland’s and Old Dominion’s recent breakthroughs and co-writer of hits like Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road.” In a statement to Variety, McAnally said, “I am glad to hear that Mike Huckabee resigned from the CMA Foundation Board and I hope that this will prevent any further distractions from the work that the CMA Foundation does in our community. As a member of the CMA Board, I was disheartened to learn that Huckabee was appointed to the position because his beliefs have not been representative of our country music community as a whole, which is made up of dynamic and forward-thinking creatives. The CMA is an organization that acts as an ambassador for our industry, so it is incredibly important that we are diligent in spreading a message that embraces diversity and love. I hope that the CMA will continue to be governed by progressive and empathetic individuals in the future.”

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THE CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS CULT


Conservative Christianity: Now we don’t agree with everything on this video, but the conservative Christians and Prosperity Gospel preachers are taking over the USA. Christians who tend to follow conservative values, and which stands in contrast to liberal Christianity. Some members of the clergy identify themselves as conservative Christians.

 

 

Conservative Christians pan 'prosperity gospel' Trump inaugural preacher
Conservative Christians pan ‘prosperity gospel’ Trump inaugural preacher

Prominent conservative Christians are up in arms about President-elect Trump’s choice of a controversial televangelist to deliver one of the prayers at his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Florida’s Paula White, age 50, will join Franklin Graham, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other religious leaders in participating in the Trump inaugural festivities. Unlike the others, White is a proponent of the “prosperity gospel” — the belief that God blesses the faithful with health and wealth — who has come under attack for her theology, marital history and finances.

“Paula White is a trinity denying heretic,” wrote conservative Christian commentator Erick Erickson. “She rejects the Council of Nicaea’s creed that every Christian accepts. To reject the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed is to reject Christianity itself.”

“Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe,” echoed Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“Paula White has a long history of bankruptcies, failed business ventures, and unsuccessful marriages, which makes her the perfect choice to deliver a prayer on behalf a president-elect who has proudly proclaimed that he’s never felt the need to ask forgiveness from God for anything,” complained Paula Bolyard in a post titled “Twice Divorced Paula White Praying at Trump Inaugural Exactly What We Expected.”

White delivered the benediction on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, where Trump was nominated for president.

( We don’t agree with everything in this article, we have good information to explore this new Christian conservative cult. )

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Did Satan fall from heaven?

Bible Trivia True or False

Satan’s fall from heaven
Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan. These passages describe why Satan fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred. What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Satan fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14).
Whether Satan’s fall occurred a few minutes, hours, or days before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.
The book of Job
The book of Job tells us, at least at that time, Satan still had access to heaven and to the throne of God. “One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, ’Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the LORD, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it’” (Job 1:6-7). Apparently, at that time, Satan was still moving freely between heaven and earth, speaking to God directly and answering for his activities. At what point God discontinued this access is unknown.
Why did Satan fall from heaven?

Why did Satan fall from heaven? Satan fell because of pride. He desired to be God, not to be a servant of God. Notice the many “I will…” statements in Isaiah 14:12-15. Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Satan as an exceedingly beautiful angel. Satan was likely the highest of all angels, the most beautiful of all of God’s creations, but he was not content in his position. Instead, Satan desired to be God, to essentially “kick God off His throne” and take over the rule of the universe.

How did Satan fall from heaven? Actually, a fall is not an accurate description. It would be far more accurate to say God cast Satan out of heaven (Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:16-17). Satan did not fall from heaven; rather, Satan was pushed out of heaven.

Who is God?

Who is God?

Who is God?

Who is God? – The Fact
The fact of God’s existence is so conspicuous, both through creation and through man’s conscience, that the Bible calls the atheist a “fool” (Psalm 14:1). Accordingly, the Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God; rather, it assumes His existence from the very beginning (Genesis 1:1). What the Bible does is reveal the nature, character, and work of God.

Who is God? – The Definition
Thinking correctly about God is of utmost importance because a false idea about God is idolatry. In Psalm 50:21, God reproves the wicked man with this accusation: “You thought I was altogether like you.” To start with, a good summary definition of God is “the Supreme Being; the Creator and Ruler of all that is; the Self-existent One who is perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom.”

Who is God? – His Nature
We know certain things to be true of God for one reason: in His mercy He has condescended to reveal some of His qualities to us. God is spirit, by nature intangible (John 4:24). God is One, but He exists as three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17). God is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God exists everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12), knows everything (Psalm 147:5Isaiah 40:28), and has all power and authority (Ephesians 1Revelation 19:6).

Who is God? – His Character
Here are some of God’s characteristics as revealed in the Bible: God is just (Acts 17:31), loving (Ephesians 2:4-5), truthful (John 14:6), and holy (1 John 1:5). God shows compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3), mercy (Romans 9:15), and grace (Romans 5:17). God judges sin (Psalm 5:5) but also offers forgiveness (Psalm 130:4).

Who is God? – His Work
Here is an abbreviated list of God’s works, past, present, and future: God created the world (Genesis 1:1Isaiah 42:5); He actively sustains the world (Colossians 1:17); He is executing His eternal plan (Ephesians 1:11) which involves the redemption of man from the curse of sin and death (Galatians 3:13-14); He draws people to Christ (John 6:44); He disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:6); and He will judge the world (Revelation 20:11-15).

Who is God? – A Relationship with Him
In the Person of the Son, God became incarnate (John 1:14). The Son of God became the Son of Man and is therefore the “bridge” between God and man (John 14:61 Timothy 2:5). It is only through the Son that we can have forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), reconciliation with God (John 15:15Romans 5:10), and eternal salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). In Jesus Christ “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).
Recommended Resource: Knowing God by J.I. Packer

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WHAT IS CHURCH?

WHAT IS CHURCH?

What was the first / original church?

Question: “What was the first / original church? Is the original / first church the true church?”

Answer: The ability to trace one’s church back to the “first church” through apostolic succession is an argument used by a number of different churches to assert that their church is the “one true church.” The Roman Catholic Church makes this claim. The Greek Orthodox Church makes this claim. Some Protestant denominations make this claim. Some of the “Christian” cults make this claim. How do we know which church is correct? The biblical answer is – it does not matter!

The first church—its growth, doctrine, and practices—were recorded for us in the New Testament. Jesus, as well as His apostles, foretold that false teachers would arise, and indeed it is apparent from some of the New Testament epistles that these apostles had to fight against false teachers early on. Having a pedigree of apostolic succession or being able to trace a church’s roots back to the “first church” is nowhere in Scripture given as a test for being the true church. What is given is repeated comparisons between what false teachers teach and what the first church taught, as recorded in Scripture. Whether a church is the “true church” or not is determined by comparing its teachings and practices to that of the New Testament church, as recorded in Scripture.

For instance, in Acts 20:17-38, the Apostle Paul has an opportunity to talk to the church leaders in the large city of Ephesus one last time face to face. In that passage, he tells them that false teachers will not only come among them but will come FROM them (vv. 29-30). Paul does not set forth the teaching that they were to follow the “first” organized church as a safeguard for the truth. Rather, he commits them to the safekeeping of “God and to the word of His grace” (v. 32). Thus, truth could be determined by depending upon God and “the word of His grace” (i.e., Scripture, see John 10:35).

This dependence upon the Word of God, rather than following certain individual “founders” is seen again in Galatians 1:8-9, in which Paul states, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Thus, the basis for determining truth from error is not based upon even WHO it is that is teaching it, “we or an angel from heaven,” but whether it is the same gospel that they had already received – and this gospel is recorded in Scripture.

Another example of this dependence upon the Word of God is found in 2 Peter. In this epistle, the Apostle Peter is fighting against false teachers. In doing so, Peter begins by mentioning that we have a “more sure word” to depend upon than even hearing the voice of God from heaven as they did at Jesus’ transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-21). This “more sure word” is the written Word of God. Peter later tells them again to be mindful of “the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets and the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2). Both the words of the holy prophets and the commandments Jesus gave to the apostles are recorded in Scripture.

How do we determine whether a church is teaching correct doctrine or not? The only infallible standard that Scripture says that we have is the Bible (Isaiah 8:202 Timothy 3:15-17Matthew 5:18John 10:35Isaiah 40:81 Peter 2:25Galatians 1:6-9). Tradition is a part of every church, and that tradition must be compared to God’s Word, lest it go against what is true (Mark 7:1-13). It is true that the cults and sometimes orthodox churches twist the interpretation of Scripture to support their practices; nonetheless, Scripture, when taken in context and faithfully studied, is able to guide one to the truth.

 

The “first church” is the church that is recorded in the New Testament, especially in the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul. The New Testament church is the “original church” and the “one true church.” We can know this because it is described, in great detail, in Scripture. The church, as recorded in the New Testament, is God’s pattern and foundation for His church. On this basis, let’s examine the Roman Catholic claim that it is the “first church.” Nowhere in the New Testament will you find the “one true church” doing any of the following: praying to Mary, praying to the saints, venerating Mary, submitting to a pope, having a select priesthood, baptizing an infant, observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as sacraments, or passing on apostolic authority to successors of the apostles. All of these are core elements of the Roman Catholic faith.

The New Testament records the history of the church from approximately A.D. 30 to approximately A.D. 90. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries, history records several Roman Catholic doctrines and practices among early Christians. Is it not logical that the earliest Christians would be more likely to understand what the Apostles truly meant? Yes, it is logical, but there is one problem. Christians in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries were not the earliest Christians. Again, the New Testament records the doctrine and practice of the earliest Christians…and, the New Testament does not teach Roman Catholicism. What is the explanation for why the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th century church began to exhibit signs of Roman Catholicism?

The answer is simple – the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th century (and following) church did not have the complete New Testament. Churches had portions of the New Testament, but the New Testament (and the full Bible) were not commonly available until after the invention of the printing press in A.D. 1440. The early church did its best in passing on the teachings of the apostles through oral tradition, and through extremely limited availability to the Word in written form. At the same time, it is easy to see how false doctrine could creep into a church that only had access to the Book of Galatians, for example. It is very interesting to note that the Protestant Reformation followed very closely after the invention of the printing press and the translation of the Bible into the common languages of the people.

Scripture never mentions using “which church came first” as the basis for determining which is the “true” church. What it does teach is that one is to use Scripture as the determining factor as to which church is preaching the truth and thus is true to the first church. It is especially important to compare Scripture with a church’s teaching on such core issues as the full deity and humanity of Christ, the atonement for sin through His blood on Calvary, salvation from sin by grace through faith, and the infallibility of the Scriptures. The “first church” and “one true church” is recorded in the New Testament. That is the church that all churches are to follow, emulate, and model themselves after.

Recommended Resource: The Gospel According to Rome: Comparing Catholic Tradition and The Word of God by James McCarthy

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Who is Jesus?

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

Who is Jesus?

Jesus was truly a man who walked on the earth in Israel 2000 years ago. The debate begins when the subject of Jesus’ full identity is discussed. Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man. The problem is that the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more than a prophet, a good teacher, or a godly man.

Jesus also called the Christ, is the most important person in human history. In the Old & New Testament Scriptures, we see Jesus’s prophetic lineage, his life, his death, his resurrection, and divinity. It is through Jesus’ alone that we can be saved and reconciled to God. Jesus of Nazereth is the most important person in history. No other person has affected civilization more than the man, Jesus (also called the Christ). Though his cultural influence in the Western World has waned in recent decades, the historical effects of his life cannot be ignored.

 

“The issue with these three alternatives is not which is possible, for it is obvious that all three are possible. But rather, the question is ‘which is more probable?’ Who you decide Jesus Christ is must not be an idle intellectual exercise. You cannot put Him on the shelf as a great moral teacher. That is not a valid option. He is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord and God. You must make a choice. ‘But,’ as the Apostle John wrote, ‘these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and’ – more important – ‘that believing you might have life in His name’ (John 20:31).

C.S. Lewis, a popular British theologian, continues, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, The MacMillan Company, 1960, pp. 40-41.)

 

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

What is the Bible?

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 ancient books, about 40 different authors. The Bible is ultimately the story about God.  It reveals how men and women were created in the image of God, but sinned and broke God’s law. Yet God loved his people and sent his son Jesus to die for their sins. Finally, God set up a kingdom through Jesus which will last forever.

The Bible is divided into two major sections.

The first section is the Old Testament or Tanakh in Hebrew (תַּנַ”ךְ‎).

The Old Testament was written by prophets like Moses, King David, Isaiah, Daniel, and others. There are 39 books in the Old Testament divided into 4 sections:

Pentateuch / Law: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Historical: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.

Poetic: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Prophetic: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel (Major Prophets); Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Minor Prophets)

The second section of the Bible is the New Testament. The New Testament records the historical events of the life of Jesus the Christ. There are 27 books in the New Testament divided into 5 sections:

Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Historical: Acts

Pauline Epistles: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

General Epistles: Hebrews*, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude,

Prophetic: Revelation

How Can I Start to Read the Bible?

First of all, it is probably best to get a reasonably up-to-date translation of the Bible, such as the New International Version or English Standard Version. Some of the language in the King James Version, although beautiful, can be difficult to understand. Once you have chosen your Bible, it is probably best not to start at the beginning of the Old Testament and get bogged down in the genealogies and name lists of Numbers and the laws of Leviticus. If, as we have suggested, the centre of the Bible is Jesus Christ, then the best place to start is with one of the Gospels to learn about his life, death and resurrection – you can then move on to other parts.

Read a whole chapter at a time, more if you can, to see the developing account of Jesus’ life. Ask what it tells you about God, about Jesus and how this fits in to God’s wider plan of salvation. Is there anything that you need to do as a result of reading this passage?

Many Christians refer to the Bible as “the word of God.” The intent is to affirm and reinforce the divine inspiration of the Bible. However, the Bible never calls itself “the word of God” either. Why not?

“For the word of God is living and active” (Heb. 4:12a, NIV). God sends forth His word, and it does not return to Him until it has accomplished its purpose (Isa. 55:10,11).

The word of God spreads on earth (Acts 6:7a). We are “born again…through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23,NIV). The word of God lives in us (1 John 2:14).  Jesus’ name is the word of God (Rev. 19:13). The word of God, the revealed truth of God, is not a book, even though our book reveals many things about God.

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Top 20 Sermon Themes of All Time

  1. Sermons on Love of God
    John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-12, 1 John 5:1-5, Romans 8:38-39, Romans 5:8, 2 Chronicles 9:8, Deuteronomy 7:9
  2. Sermons on the Greatness of God
    Genesis 1, 1 Peter 1:20, Romans 8:38-39, Romans 1:20, John 17:5, John 17:24, Isaiah 55:9, Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 19:1
  3. Sermons on Peace
    Psalm 46:10, Psalm 122:6-7, John 14:27, Philippians 4:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, John 16:33, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14, Proverbs 16:7, Galatians 5:22, Romans 14:19
  4. Sermons on the Strength of God
    Psalm 27:1, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 16:8, Nahum 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 119:28
  5. Sermons on Prayer
    Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 26:36-46, 1 John 5:14, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Luke 11:1-4, 2 Chronicles 7:14
  6. Sermons on Creation
    Jeremiah 51:15, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 64:8, Luke 1:37, Psalm 8:3, 1 Corinthians 8:6,
  7. Sermons on Hope
    1 Timothy 4:10, Psalm 147:11, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 15:13
  8. Sermons on the Crucifixion of Christ
    John 20:25, Romans 8:39, John 19:30, John 15:13, Romans 10:9, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24, Luke 23:46
  9. Sermons on Satan
    Revelation 12:9-10, Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 3:8, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 2 Corinthians 11:14, John 10:10
  10. Sermons on Marriage
    Ephesians 5:22-28, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Ecclesiastes 4:12, Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 2:24, 1 Peter 3:1-5
  11. Sovereignty of God
    Psalm 91:9-10, Job 38, Colossians 1:16, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Isaiah 45:7, Psalm 147:4-5
  12. Sermons on The Resurrection
    Romans 8:39, Matthew 26:36-36, Matthew 28:6, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:55
  13. Sermons on the Holy Spirit
    John 8:36, Acts 2:3-4, Titus 3:5b-6, John 3:6-8, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 1:7
  14. Sermons on Spiritual Warfare
    Matthew 5:30, Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 6:16, Hebrews 4:12
  15. Sermons on Being a Godly Father
    Genesis 1:26-5:5 (Adam), Genesis 5-10 (Noah), Genesis 11-25 (Abraham), Genesis 17, 21-22, 24-28, 31, 35 (Isaac), Genesis 25-37, 42, 45-49 (Jacob), Exodus (Moses), 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 2 (King David), Matthew 1:16-2:23 (Joseph)
  16. Sermons on Being a Godly Mother
    Genesis 1-4 (Eve), Genesis 12-23 (Sarah), Genesis 26-27 (Rebekah), Genesis 29-35 (Rachel), Exodus 1-2 (Jochebed), Ruth 1-4 (Naomi), 1 Samuel 1-2 (Hannah), Luke 1-2 (Mary)
  17. Sermons on Women of the Bible
    Esther 1-8 (Esther), 1 Samuel 1 (Hannah), Joshua 2:8-15 (Rahab),
  18. Sermons on Love
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8, John 15:13, Matthew 22:37-39, 1 John 3:1, Mark 10:7-8
  19. Sermons on New Beginnings
    2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 3:19-21, Ezekiel 36:24-28, Revelation 21:1-8, Isaiah 43:1-28
  20. Sermons on New Birth
    John 3:1-7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:1-11, Galatians 5:19-26
  21. Sermons on Great Bible Characters
    Exodus 3:10-22 (Moses), Genesis 37 (Joseph), 1 Samuel 17 (David), Book of Daniel (Daniel), Genesis 17 (Abraham)
  22. Sermons on the Christmas Story and Incarnation
    1 John 3:1, John 1:4, Matthew 2, Luke 1: 26-38, Luke 2:1-21
  23. Sermons on Thankfulness and Thanksgiving
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Matthew 6:25-34, Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 4:4-7
  24. Sermons on Direction in Life
    Hosea 14:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:23-24, Psalm 23:3, John 14:6
  25. Sermons on Faith
    Matthew 18:3, Hebrews 11, Mark 11:22-24, James 2:14-26, 2 Corinthians 5:7
  26. Sermons on God’s Word, the Bible
    2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:20-22, Colossians 3:16, John 1:1, Psalm 119:105
  27. Sermons on Worship
    Psalm 29:2, Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:14-17, Isaiah 12, Psalm 96
  28. Sermons on Seeking God
    Luke 11:9, Matthew 7:7-11, Deuteronomy 4:29, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:12-14, Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 2:4
  29. Sermons on Abundant Life
    John 10:10, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 3:20-21, Psalm 1:1-3
  30. Sermons on Christian Community
    Matthew 26:35-37, 1 John 1:7, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47
  31. Sermons on Christian Unity
    Philippians 2:2, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Romans 15:6, Ephesians 4:1-6, Romans 12:4-5
  32. Sermons on Trinity
    Matthew 28:19, John 14:26, Romans 8:9-11
  33. Sermons on Facing Giants
    Psalm 18:2, Ephesians 6:12, 1 Samuel 17, James 4:7, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
  34. Sermons on Spiritual Growth
    Hebrews 5:12, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Peter 2:1-25, 2 Peter 3:18
  35. Sermons on God’s Provision
    Matthew 6:27-28, Philippians 4:4-7, Exodus 16:4, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, Jeremiah 29:11
  36. Sermons on Finding Your Calling
    Ephesians 4:1-7, Luke 14:25-33, Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:1-7
  37. Sermons on Grace
    1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 4:16, Titus 3:4-7, Romans 6:14, Romans 5:8, John 4:1-45
  38. Sermons on Your Speech
    Proverbs 18:21, Matthew 12:36-37, Luke 6:45, Psalm 19:14, Ephesians 4:29
  39. Sermons on the Joy of the Lord
    Romans 15:13, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11, Luke 15:10
  40. Sermons on Missions
    Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Romans 1:16
  41. Sermons on Believing
    James 1:6, Matthew 17:20, Hebrews 11:1, John 20:6-9
  42. Sermons on Wisdom
    James 3:17, Book of Proverbs, Daniel 2:21, Psalm 111:10
  43. Sermons on Forgiveness
    Psalm 103:12, Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 1:7, Isaiah 1:18
  44. Sermons on Hope in Christ
    Psalm 147:11, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, Romans 15:13, Luke 2:11
  45. Sermons on Abiding
    John 15:5, John 14:6, John 8:31, 1 John 2:6, Psalm 91:1-16
  46. Sermons on the Church
    1 John 1:7, Colossians 1:18, Acts 2:42-47, Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:19-22,
  47. Sermons on Tithes and Offering
    Malachi 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Luke 6:38, Matthew 6:1-4, Mark 12:41-44
  48. Sermons on Baptism
    Matthew 3:17, Acts 2:36-38, John 3:5, Romans 6:3-4, Ephesians 4:4-6
  49. Sermons on Communion
    Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:25, John 6:53-58, Luke 22:19-20
  50. Sermons on Lent
    Matthew 6:16-18, Joel 2:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

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Is truth relevant

“Is truth relative?”
Lesson 3 “Is truth relative?”
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Answer: When someone says that truth is relative, what he normally means is that there is no absolute truth. Some things may appear true to you but not true to me. If you believe it, it is true for you.
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If I don’t believe it, it is not true for me. When people say things like “that’s fine if God exists for you, but He doesn’t exist for me,” they are expressing the popular belief that truth is relative.
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The whole concept of “relative truth” sounds tolerant and open-minded.
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However, upon closer analysis, it is not open-minded at all. In essence, to say that “God exists for you but not for me” is to say that the other person’s concept of God is wrong. It passes judgment. But no one really believes that all truth is relative. No sane person says, “Gravity works for you, but not for me,” and proceeds to jump off tall buildings believing no harm will follow.
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The statement “truth is relative” is, in fact, a self-refuting statement. In saying, “Truth is relative,” one states a purported truth. But, if all truth is relative, then that statement itself is relative as well—which means we can’t trust it to be true all the time.
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Certainly, there are some statements that are relative. For example, “the Ford Mustang is the coolest car ever made” is a relative statement. A car enthusiast may think this to be true, but there is no absolute standard by which to measure “coolness.” It is simply one’s belief or opinion. However, the statement “there is a red Ford Mustang parked outside in the driveway, and it belongs to me” is not relative. It is either true or false, based on objective reality. If the Mustang in the driveway is blue (not red), the statement is false. If the red Mustang in the driveway belongs to someone else, the statement is false—it does not match reality.
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Generally speaking, opinions are relative. Many people relegate any question of God or religion to the realm of opinion. “You prefer Jesus—that’s fine if it works for you.” What Christians say (and the Bible teaches) is that truth is not relative, regardless of the subject matter. There is an objective spiritual reality, just as there is an objective physical reality. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6); Jesus likened His teachings to a solid, immovable rock (Matthew 7:24). Jesus is the only way of salvation, and this is absolutely true for every person at all times (John 14:6). Just like people need to breathe in order to live, people need to be born again through faith in Christ to experience spiritual life (John 3:3).
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Recommended Resource: True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic World by Art Lindsley
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