Is Christianity Losing America?

Written by Rev. Anthony Smith

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And that man of sin be revealed. He shall be revealed then in connection withrepparttar apostasy [.A falling away--rather asrepparttar 144794 Greek, "the falling away," or "apostasy," namely,repparttar 144795 one of which "I told you" before (2Th 2:5), "when I was yet with you," and of whichrepparttar 144796 Lord gave some intimation ( hint, indication, warning ) (Mat 24:10-12; John 5:43).] Isa 57:4. The man of sin has been thought to refer to Caligula, Titus, Simon Magus, Nero,repparttar 144797 Pope of Rome, Luther, Hitler, Stalin, Mahomet, etc. An apostasy must precederepparttar 144798 Coming. That is, there shall be a general falling away fromrepparttar 144799 purity ofrepparttar 144800 faith. As today, many churches are recognizing Homosexuals as Christians, sending (child molester priest) to nonextriditing countries to prevent prosecution, teaching conversion (Being Born into a Religion without being Reborn) [John 3:3, 3:7. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot seerepparttar 144801 kingdom of God.] and replacing rebirth, turning to nature to heal, ordaining gays as ministers, adding man made doctrine intorepparttar 144802 Bible, Adding other books and chapters, written by man, to Gods word, teaching that Jesus didn’t suffer onrepparttar 144803 Cross, denighing Christ Deity, ect. No apostasy of magnitude occurred inrepparttar 144804 history ofrepparttar 144805 church for centuries, which could answer to Paul’s description, butrepparttar 144806 gradual declension, corruption, and departure fromrepparttar 144807 ancient faith, has came full circle in today’s society. Those who are lost here today, can you seerepparttar 144808 pattern in today’s society, a turning away from decency and righteousness? The political turmoil, religious indifference and lack of morals in government and in our schools. The turning away from decency and God andrepparttar 144809 turning to dependency in government and pornography. How many movies can you name that are decent enough for our children to watch? When some courts protectrepparttar 144810 rights of antichristian religions to teach their belief in schools andrepparttar 144811 Bible believing church loses every effort to teach Jesus, there is something wrong. There is coming a falling away, and it has already started. There is a famine inrepparttar 144812 land forrepparttar 144813 true believer in God and His word; many are seeking a Bible believing church that is strong in principle and in doctrine to feed themrepparttar 144814 word. Many ignore prophecy but prophecy is an intracal part ofrepparttar 144815 churches existence. A prophecy teaching church is a strong church; it’s an alert church, a church that Jesus will not find sleeping and a church that will draw many. Is Christianity losing America? This is something that you must answer for yourself; you haverepparttar 144816 facts, now its time to make a decision.

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The Blessings Of God

Written by Frank Reilly

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Luke 16:3 Thenrepparttar steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord takes away from merepparttar 144586 stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

Luke 16:8 Andrepparttar 144587 lord commendedrepparttar 144588 unjust steward, because he had done wisely: forrepparttar 144589 children of this world are in their generation wiser thanrepparttar 144590 children of light.

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, asrepparttar 144591 steward of God; not self willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

In all 8 uses ofrepparttar 144592 word "Steward" given inrepparttar 144593 New Testament,repparttar 144594 meaning ofrepparttar 144595 word is "Care Taker" of something. It is indicated as this person's secular job. The only verse in which a steward is stated in a doctrine concerningrepparttar 144596 Church of Jesus Christ is in Titus 1:7, whererepparttar 144597 Bishop is described as one who posses these traits, please note that one of those traits is, "not given to filthy lucre;" (as described in "The Investing Christian" article). Most ofrepparttar 144598 scriptures above were part of a parable, where Jesus was teaching a principle of our faith, butrepparttar 144599 "items" described in those parables were notrepparttar 144600 point, we will discuss this further later in this article.

There are three appearances ofrepparttar 144601 word "stewardship" inrepparttar 144602 New Testament, and they are found inrepparttar 144603 following versus, 2 of them were above...

Luke 16:2-4 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou may be no longer steward. Thenrepparttar 144604 steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord takes away from merepparttar 144605 stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out ofrepparttar 144606 stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 

Brothers and Sisters, "Stewardship", as a doctrine from God that orders us to grow our money, make it increase, and spend our lives, and we might add a HUGE portion of our time, dedication, and strength doing, is not in line withrepparttar 144607 things that Jesus taught us about a life that is pleasing to him. These scriptures do in fact teach a "principle" of faithfulness, but when taken inrepparttar 144608 context of ALL of Jesus' other teachings, they can not possibly be intended to refer to our constantly increasing wealth, especially when Jesus spent a very significant portion of his time condemning riches. Some would then ask "Then, what is meant by this scripture"...

Matthew 25: 14-28 Forrepparttar 144609 kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had receivedrepparttar 144610 five talents went and traded withrepparttar 144611 same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and dug inrepparttar 144612 earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long timerepparttar 144613 lord of those servants cometh, and reckoned with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou intorepparttar 144614 joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou delivered unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou intorepparttar 144615 joy of thy lord. Then he which had receivedrepparttar 144616 one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent inrepparttar 144617 earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed: Thou aught therefore to have put my money torepparttar 144618 exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take thereforerepparttar 144619 talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents...

We would contend, that like other scripture verses that we have discussed here, Jesus is teachingrepparttar 144620 principle of faithfulness in this Parable. Often times inrepparttar 144621 Parables of Jesus,repparttar 144622 examples given are used to teach a principle, not give a teaching onrepparttar 144623 exact items inrepparttar 144624 parable. When taken inrepparttar 144625 context of Jesus' teaching one would need to say that Jesus contradicted himself, if he was teaching here about how we need to expand our wealth, since he utterly condemned wealth everywhere he went. Would Jesus teach in one city that riches are evil, and ofrepparttar 144626 devil, and in another city, that you must make your money grow and grow faithfully? We think not. All of Jesus' parables used earthly things to illustrate his point. This parable is no exception to that rule. The parable is not about money. Here are a few examples of what we are saying...

PLease join us in a discussion onrepparttar 144627 Christian's relationship to money and wealth, andrepparttar 144628 resulting consequences of living for wealth. Seerepparttar 144629 full Article here...

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