I re-blogged an article I found amazing in how it put in words the things that I’ve witnessed in the so-called churches I’ve attended. I wanted to follow up on something the author mentioned regarding the etymology of the word ‘church.’ This is what I found:
Excellent! This puts into words what I have been seeing for many years now. I plan to research the etymology of Church on my own, but this is very well thought out and well presented. Christians should get out of UR and head for the City that has Foundations!
this is both an update to my understanding of spiritual authority and a comment to be placed beneath a Living Liminal post entitled If You Can’t Crucify, Why Not Shun?
I took some hours the other day and translated James 4:4-5 from the Greek. Here’s what I came up with:
You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hatred of God? Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think it is for nothing that Scripture says, “Jealous with deep desire is the Spirit He has caused to dwell in us”?
As I searched the Old Testament Scriptures for James’ quote here (in order to examine the Hebrew wording underlying the Greek) I found no such concise saying anywhere.
Yes, Scripture teaches that…
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I wonder, when I read about how wars and persecution will be the “birth pangs” of the end .. I wonder if Western Christianity is expecting an epidural … Maybe that’s the whole pre-tribulation rapture idea!
Our choices for President are down to two: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. How does this make you feel? Does it sound like it should represent the horsemen of the apocalypse? Do you feel that you must vote for one of them or you’re dooming our future to an even darker fate? Christians should never be sucked into this way of thinking. Let me explain…
When the Garden stands in the mature beauty, and yields the prolific fruitage of autumn; when the Building is completed and stands in symmetrical glory amidst the wrecks of time, then those who have co-operated will stand aside, and “God will be All in all.” –F. B. Meyer
I’ve heard people remark that “God is at work! Look at how that ministry is growing!” It’s very tempting to see God’s hand at work in a popular movement, assuming that He’s behind the quick success of one church or another.
Similarly, it’s common for people to say that a writer has “arrived” when he or she gets a contract from one of the Big 5, or when their book hits the bestseller list.
But, is God really behind the massive growth of churches in the United States? Does a book contract or excellent sales equal good writing? As a Christian, I want to know I’m cooperating with God in the use of my talents. But how do we know? I’ll share my thoughts on this in the next few paragraphs.