Dear John, [Wikipedia profile for John MacArthur; John’s web site]
In this video clip, you say that the best way to find a good church is to look for one that “really takes the Bible seriously.” However, any church that actually takes the Bible seriously will sooner or later abandon the church so that it can pursue the kingdom of God. Therefore, you can know that a church is not taking the Bible seriously and not seeking the kingdom of God simply by the fact that it continues to exist as an institution.
Instead of pointing people to a church, you should be pointing them to a Savior – Christ Jesus our Lord! If they find and cling to Him, they will be His true church.
How to Be in the One True Church
Here on Bobby Conway’s One Minute Apologist, author Mike Licona explains how the gospels record an accurate oral tradition about the words and deeds of Jesus.
We can trust that the gospels are a true reflection of the life Jesus lived – including His crucifixion and resurrection.
Dear Bro. Copeland, [Kenneth Copeland’s Wikipedia profile] [Kenneth Copeland’s web site]
I admire you for many things. Among them are your signature confession of Jesus as Lord, your clarion call for faith in the word of God, the boldness of your preaching, and the richness of your teaching.
I am, however, deeply disappointed in your emphasis on worldly wealth – both for your followers and yourself. As you know much better than I do, this has brought significant controversy to the cause of Christ where you are concerned.
It is clear from the New Testament that contentment – not zeal for gain – is to be the mark of believers. Greed was condemned in the Old Testament, but it regarded as even more inappropriate in the New Testament where faithfulness to Jesus, spiritual values, and consideration of the poor are given the ultimate emphasis.
Contrary to your teaching, we cannot serve God and mammon for no one can serve two masters. A heart so divided cannot stand.
A result of your focus on worldly success is that your ministry resembles a business more than it does the ministry of Jesus. This does not honor Him.
I hope you will reconsider your position on this issue so that more people might be won to the purity and simplicity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3): The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now.
Dear Dr. Bennett, [William Bennett’s Wikipedia profile] [William Bennett’s web site]
Your 1992 book title, The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, speaks volumes just by itself.
Where has virtue gone in our country? Why does it seem to matter so little to so many people? More and more, people pursue success and pleasure – not morality.
You’ve spoken on many themes. I wish you would return to this one. It’s been almost twenty years since you published your book and the need for it is greater now than it was then.
God grant that we may return to more moral living. That is, may He grant us repentance. It’s not politics that will save us – it’s repentance that will.
Do You Love What Is Right?
Whose Approval Do You Want?
It’s a Salvation of the Soul…Not Circumstances
I think the phrase “focus on the family” is a word from God. I think it has been ever since the beginning when you gave your ministry this name.
This is what the prophet Malachi said would be the watchword of the day of the Lord. We live in the day of the Lord and it is obvious that the world is not focused on the family. Rather, it is focused on self.
I pray that all of us who speak in the name of Jesus Christ may focus on the family – just as John the Baptist did, just as Jesus did, and just as His apostles did. It is not by change of national government that the kingdom of God comes but rather by the changing of individual human hearts. Since life is lived in the family, that is where we must focus.
As you know, Jesus said “a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household,” and He also said, “Love your enemies.” This is the way life must be lived if it is eternal life we seek to experience.
Your call to “focus on the family” has been polluted with many other interests. You seem to have been distracted by business and political concerns. I pray that your message might be purified so that God’s will might be more clearly understood by people at large. People need the good news of Jesus Christ if they are ever to break the cycle of sin and destruction.
Please consider these truths, especially with regard to practicing them in the context of family:
Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church
Practicing the Presence of Christ
Whose Approval Do You Want?
Proverbs 9:10 (NASB) reads:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
However, when Trinitarians read this verse, here’s what they “see”:
“The fear of the Trinity is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy Three is understanding.”
The Trinitarians have paid insufficient attention to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel (the one they call “the second person of the trinity”). There is a veil over their eyes (2 Corinthians 3:15-16), and it will not be removed until they return to their first love (Revelation 2:4).
Let us never forsake the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:
There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ
Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ