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A chance to clarify faith

Today is an exercise in clarity, or lack thereof. When strong and well-known Christian leaders are invited to speak in a secular public venue about truth, what they say about Jesus, sin, grace, God and the Bible are important.


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We’re going to compare and contrast two popular Christian leaders — Pastor Joel Osteen and Pastor John MacArthur — to find out how they represented the Christian faith before millions of viewers on Larry King.

In our first segment, we’re joined by Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to talk with us about why it is still important to stand for truth and be clear.  Julaine is a fierce advocate for marriage, family, life and liberty.

The education arm of this organization is Wisconsin Family Council, and here Julaine works to forward Judeo-Christian principles and values by informing citizens, churches and policymakers about important pro-family legislative and cultural issues so they will be inspired to get involved in preserving and strengthening marriage and family in Wisconsin.

 

 

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2 Responses to “A chance to clarify faith”

  1. CLARIFYING THE FAITH
    1Cr 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

    Isn't assessing others exactly what Luther did with his 95 Theses??

    And isn't that good watchmen on the wall do in order to warn the people of imminent danger?

    And isn't that exactly what the Apostle Paul both commanded and commended the Bereans and expose the deeds of darkness in Ephesians as well as exhorting us to imitate him?

    Isn't that precisely what the Apostle Paul did in twice cursing the Judaizers in Galatians?

    Isn't assessment of others what Jude, Peter, John did in their epistles?

    If you remove assessment and testing of ever spirit from both New and Old Testaments, wouldn't you end up with a very thin Bible?

    Isn't assessment or vetting precisely what a church should do before ever inviting them to preach from their pulpit, let alone surrender it for good?

    Failure to assess Rick Warren's teachings has shipwrecked church after church in the U.S., and has resulting in the taking over of entire denominations?

    Failure to assess Rick Warren is what contributed to the two splits in a close relative's church. Those Christians who did assess are marked as "enemies of the 21st Century" and "Sanballats from Hell"?

    Failure to assess is tantamount to remaining silent in the face of iniquity as though somehow silence is golden?

    Finally, isn't "assessing of others" exactly what Malachi was doing? And if you apply his teachings to today, is that what you have have to do?

    Isn't a watchman (or pastor) on the wall who does not assess, considered dereliction of duty?
    If one does not assess, who would a Christian know how to differentiate a true teacher from a imposters who will wax worse and worse?

    A virtual synonym for "assessment of others" for Christians, is the Biblical gift of the Holy Spirit called "Discerning of Spirits".

    Surely we should suggest that discernment and publicly marking false teachings and teachers SUCH AS JOE OSTEEN is not required by every Christian.

    One of the main reasons that the church is in free fall into apostasy is that a host of pastors and church members took your advice.

    James Sundquist http://www.perfectpeaceplan.co...

    October 24, 2012 at 5:44 AM Reply
  2. Jacob Bolton #

    I've listened to Joel Osteen and I never really had a problem with his teaching or anything like that, What Ive always done and maybe we as believers should do is just study scripture. What I mean is listen to what the pastor says and challenge it with what the word of God says and if somethings wrong let them know. Now I do not live Texas and I do not go to Pastor Joel Osteen's church but when I watched his lessons I usually open up the word of God and try to learn the truth and really seek God's wisdom and stuff. Now that's how I gain clarity, Im not just spoon fed, I eat the word of God daily and with the Holy Spirits help thats how I grow and thats how we'll grow, if we take responsibility for ourselves in studying scripture we can avoid being confused and stuff

    October 24, 2012 at 7:52 AM Reply

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