Where Are The Christians?

Written by Stephen Kingery

This article was written in 1993.

At my home congregation, we recently viewedrepparttar video series called "Children At Risk" by Dr. James Dobson and Gary L. Bauer. There is a companion book byrepparttar 141338 same title which is available at local Christian book stores. The subtitle is "The Battle forrepparttar 141339 Hearts and Minds of Our Kids." I highly recommend this book and video series to anyone who hasrepparttar 141340 same concerns for our nation as I do. As I set there and listened to Dr. Dobson and Mr. Bauer talk aboutrepparttar 141341 excesses which are so prevalent in our nation today, I kept asking myself, "Where arerepparttar 141342 Christians?"

When I was growing up in Ohio inrepparttar 141343 50's, I can remember going to school as a first grader and listening to my teacher read a Bible story each morning. I know for sure that my first, second, third and fourth grade teachers read Bible stories each morning. We also recitedrepparttar 141344 Lord's prayer as part of our opening exercises. I can remember Thanksgiving programs, Christmas programs, and Easter programs all having Christian themes. I recall as a high school student inrepparttar 141345 early 60's my English teacher reading fromrepparttar 141346 Bible as part ofrepparttar 141347 class. I became a teacher myself in 1969, and I too hadrepparttar 141348 students reciterepparttar 141349 Lord's prayer inrepparttar 141350 opening exercises. The United States Supreme Court decided that to have prayer inrepparttar 141351 classroom was a violation ofrepparttar 141352 separation of church and state. And since then, things have gotten exceedingly worse. Today, in 1993, it is evident thatrepparttar 141353 humanists are determined to eradicate all evidence of Christian values and practice in both public education and government. Every time a new attack is made onrepparttar 141354 church byrepparttar 141355 humanists, I wonder, "Where arerepparttar 141356 Christians?"

I recall when I was a youngster one never heard profanity on television. Nudity on television was simply unheard of. The television programs inrepparttar 141357 50's and early 60's were wholesome. Programs like "Leave It To Beaver," "Ozzie & Harriet," and "Mr. Ed" wererepparttar 141358 norm. Now you can not turn onrepparttar 141359 television without being exposed to profanity ofrepparttar 141360 grossest nature and nudity is commonplace. Extra martial affairs are promoted every day onrepparttar 141361 "soaps." Violence of every kind is exhibited night after night on almost every channel. The talk shows which are on every evening exploitrepparttar 141362 most bizarre subjects, all inrepparttar 141363 name of educatingrepparttar 141364 public. Again, as I set in my family room and flip throughrepparttar 141365 channels with my remote control trying to find something decent to watch I wonder, "Where arerepparttar 141366 Christians?"

When I was a teenager and learned what homosexual meant, it was something that was scorned as a perverted life style. I can recall how people would talk about various movie stars that were reported to be homosexual, and how terrible it was that a person that was looked up to by so many would live like that. I did not personally know anyone who was homosexual. Now it seems that homosexuality is not only openly accepted byrepparttar 141367 "establishment," it seems as if it is being promoted daily. Program after program on television is designed to tell us that homosexual behavior is just an alternative life style. The President ofrepparttar 141368 United States is promoting homosexual behavior by attempting to forcerepparttar 141369 armed forces to openly accept homosexuals. "Gay Rights" groups are being treated byrepparttar 141370 media and many in government asrepparttar 141371 "good guys" while Christian opponents are painted asrepparttar 141372 "bad guys." Whenever I getrepparttar 141373 opportunity, as an educator, I speak out against homosexual behavior, and I find that these comments are received with contempt more and more often. Again I wonder, "Where arerepparttar 141374 Christians?"

Pornography is known to cause serious psychological problems later in life when it is available to and used by children. Yet these books and films are extremely easy to get, even by children. Not only are women exploited in this perverse material, but children as well. It is truly a sick mind that will take innocent children and photograph them in this manner, and an equally sick mind that gets pleasure from seeing those photographs. Need we ask, "Where arerepparttar 141375 Christians?"

Sex education is now being taught in almost every school district inrepparttar 141376 United States. In many casesrepparttar 141377 "education" thatrepparttar 141378 children are getting is promoting "safe sex" asrepparttar 141379 appropriate way to guard against life-threatening diseases such as aids. Children in elementary school are being taught how to put condoms on. Condoms are being distributed in high schools all across America underrepparttar 141380 guise of "protecting our youth." I have even heard that different methods of sexual activity are being taught. And if all this is not bad enough, our children are being taught that homosexual and bisexual conduct is normal and just an alternative to heterosexual conduct. Are you beginning to wonder, "Where arerepparttar 141381 Christians?"

The Holy Trinity

Written by Stephen Kingery

Not too long ago, in an attempt to witness to several people via electronic mail through computer networks, I made a statement as to what constitutes my faith. As part of that statement, I said that I believe inrepparttar Trinity: Godrepparttar 141337 Father, Godrepparttar 141338 Son and Godrepparttar 141339 Holy Spirit. One ofrepparttar 141340 people to whom I was trying to witness was ofrepparttar 141341 Jewish faith and he rejectedrepparttar 141342 concept ofrepparttar 141343 Trinity.

The Holy Trinity is fully supported in Scripture in bothrepparttar 141344 Old Testament andrepparttar 141345 New Testament. In this article, I would like to share some of these Scriptures and how they proclaimrepparttar 141346 existence of God in Three Persons.

The idea ofrepparttar 141347 Trinity is found early inrepparttar 141348 Bible in Genesis 1:26, "Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion overrepparttar 141349 fish ofrepparttar 141350 sea, overrepparttar 141351 birds ofrepparttar 141352 air, and overrepparttar 141353 cattle, over allrepparttar 141354 earth and over every creeping thing that creeps onrepparttar 141355 earth.'" As we see here, God said "Let us make man in Our image. . ." indicating that we (man) are made inrepparttar 141356 image of God and others. We know from reading Scripture thatrepparttar 141357 angels are different from us in many respects. The fact that angels do not have gender is one. Therefore, it is unlikely that God would have been referring to Himself andrepparttar 141358 angels in this passage. The Bible does not speak of any other beings in heaven. The only conclusion that we can draw fromrepparttar 141359 use ofrepparttar 141360 plural pronoun "Our" is that God was referring to Himself along with at least one other being or person on a level with Him.

The plural pronoun "Us" is also used in Genesis 3:22a whererepparttar 141361 Lord said, "Behold,repparttar 141362 man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil." Again indicating that there is more than one person inrepparttar 141363 Godhead.

Those who rejectrepparttar 141364 idea of a Holy Trinity usually accept or have some belief in God. They just do not believe thatrepparttar 141365 Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are a part of God. Therefore let's take a look atrepparttar 141366 Holy Spirit andrepparttar 141367 preexistence of Christ.

The Holy Spirit

References torepparttar 141368 "Spirit of God" abound inrepparttar 141369 Old Testament. "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was onrepparttar 141370 face ofrepparttar 141371 deep. Andrepparttar 141372 Spirit of God was hovering overrepparttar 141373 face ofrepparttar 141374 waters." (Genesis 1:2) The first occasion is inrepparttar 141375 second verse of Genesis. We see here that God was at least two different persons – Godrepparttar 141376 Father and Godrepparttar 141377 Holy Spirit – atrepparttar 141378 beginning of creation. Many other Scriptures refer torepparttar 141379 Holy Spirit in some manner. Here are just a few: "My Spirit" (Genesis 6:3), "Spirit of God" (Genesis 41:38), "Your Holy Spirit" (Psalms 51:11), "Spirit ofrepparttar 141380 Lord" (Isaiah 11:2), and "My Spirit who is upon you" (Isaiah 59:21). Throughoutrepparttar 141381 Old Testament we see these and many other references torepparttar 141382 Holy Spirit.

Inrepparttar 141383 New Testament we find thatrepparttar 141384 Holy Spirit is more fully explained, and we know in more detailrepparttar 141385 purpose thatrepparttar 141386 Holy Spirit has in our lives. He is a comforter or helper for us, as Christians.

The Holy Spirit was there when Jesus was conceived inrepparttar 141387 womb of Mary, "Nowrepparttar 141388 birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child ofrepparttar 141389 Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18) The Holy Spirit was there when Jesus went up intorepparttar 141390 wilderness to undergorepparttar 141391 temptations ofrepparttar 141392 devil, "Then Jesus was led up byrepparttar 141393 Spirit intorepparttar 141394 wilderness to be tempted byrepparttar 141395 devil." (Matthew 4:1) The Holy Spirit was there whenrepparttar 141396 apostles needed guidance to preachrepparttar 141397 gospel and writerepparttar 141398 New Testament and do it without error, "Forrepparttar 141399 Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:12)

Even thoughrepparttar 141400 Holy Spirit was present and active inrepparttar 141401 life and ministry of Jesus, this was notrepparttar 141402 only purpose whichrepparttar 141403 Holy Spirit would have for us. The Holy Spirit would fulfill another very important role for God. Jesus taughtrepparttar 141404 disciples aboutrepparttar 141405 purpose ofrepparttar 141406 Holy Spirit during His ministry. "‘He who believes in Me, asrepparttar 141407 Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerningrepparttar 141408 Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; forrepparttar 141409 Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:38,39) "And I will prayrepparttar 141410 Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever;repparttar 141411 Spirit of truth, whomrepparttar 141412 world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16,17) "Butrepparttar 141413 Helper,repparttar 141414 Holy Spirit, whomrepparttar 141415 Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you." (John 14:26) "But whenrepparttar 141416 Helper comes, whom I shall send to you fromrepparttar 141417 Father,repparttar 141418 Spirit of truth who proceeds fromrepparttar 141419 Father, He will testify of Me." (John 15:26) "Behold, I sendrepparttar 141420 Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry inrepparttar 141421 city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)

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