World Population Reaches 7 Billion

This article describes how demographers are estimating and marking the birth of the world’s seven billionth person this week.  [Editorial note May 15, 2014:  Apparently, the host is no longer maintaining this article online.]

We have come a long way from God telling just two people, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28).  Oh, the wonder and glory of our God, who can make the mightiest things come forth from the smallest of beginnings.

And, oh, how we should thank God for every single child He sends into the world.  And how we should be sure to bring each and every one of them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Children are a blessing, and by blessing them we bless God.

Herman Cain Sings of Jesus at the National Press Club

Here’s an article from the Los Angeles Times web site about Herman Cain’s address today to the National Press Club.  At the end of the question and answer session, Cain was asked if he would consider ending with a song.  Cain chose a verse of He Looked Beyond My Faults by Dottie Rambo (complete lyrics here).

Here’s the video of his singing.  [Editorial note May 15, 2014:  Apparently, this video is no longer being maintained by the source.]  Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, a Cain supporter or opponent, you have to appreciate the quality of the man’s song selection and the object of the song’s attention: our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tim Tebow Has More Opportunity to Witness for Christ Now Than Ever

Tim Tebow is an National Football League (NFL) quarterback.  His team, the Denver Broncos, lost to the Detroit Lions yesterday 45-10.  In the aftermath, Tebow’s performance is receiving great criticism, if not outright scorn.  The opposing team even mocked him on the field during the game, imitating his practice of kneeling on one knee to pray – a practice that has come to be called “Tebowing.”  Many professional football players and observers do not think Tebow has sufficient ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

In the past, Tebow has borne witness to Jesus Christ on multiple occasions and in multiple ways.  How he bears witness to Christ now, however, can bring more honor to God than when Tebow was winning the national championship in college football at the University of Florida.  This is because it brings greater glory to God when we testify to His love and imitate Him in adversity than when we do so in the midst of prosperity.  Anyone can throw a flower in God’s direction when things are going great; if we still do so when things are not going great, then it demonstrates the durability of our devotion to Him.

Jesus brought glory to God when miracles – such as the feeding of the five thousand or the raising of Lazarus from the dead – occurred.  However, Jesus brought even more glory to God when, as He hung on the cross He did not deserve, He prayed for those who put Him there, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Whether Tebow ultimately succeeds as an NFL quarterback is secondary to the point I am making, and secondary to what’s really important in life.  What is primary is whether we – no matter who we are or what we do – honor Christ, in good times and in bad.  I pray for Tim Tebow, but not that he will succeed at becoming an NFL quarterback.  That is an issue to be decided by Tim, God, and professional football.  Rather, I pray that he will continue to honor Christ –  and will do so with greater and greater grace, and to greater and greater effect.  And may the same be true of all of us.

Leonard Ravenhill Calls for Repentance

This is a seven-minute clip of the late Leonard Ravenhill  (Wikipedia profile; his web site) calling for repentance.  He calls for the church to repent but it really applies to all of us – and most of all to those of us who already claim allegiance to Jesus.

His words are stirring, and worthy to be heeded.  The person who posted this wisely used the video to display a written version of what Ravenhill was speaking, which helps focus attention.

Repent, and Follow Jesus Christ Our Lord!

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The Increasing Popularity of Halloween Is Not a Good Sign

Amity Schlaes recently wrote Halloween’s Pagan Themes Fill West’s Faith Vacuum for Bloomberg View.  She begins by citing a National Retail Federation Report which says that while last year 6 out of 10 Americans celebrated Halloween, this year it will be 7 out of 10.  Total outlays by consumers are expected to approach $7B.  This averages out to $72 per person.  Count me in the 3 of 10.

What is there about Halloween worth celebrating?  Visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films?  And these are some of the less offensive concepts that are now associated with October 31st.

What’s really become disturbing in recent years is the enthusiasm that adults show for Halloween!  (Maybe “adult” is a misnomer in this regard.)  Do adults who want to party not already have enough opportunities?

There are those who try to soften the impact of this negative evening by hosting “harvest festivals” that are well-lit and supplied with more wholesome treats than sugar candy.  However, an even better course is to simply refuse to celebrate such a morally bankrupt holiday.  Adults should be setting good examples for children, not acting childish.  Our nation will be on a better course when its holidays support more morally uplifting themes.

Jesus Christ is always worth celebrating.  If we wish to give food away, He has reminded us that we always have the poor.

Trinitarians, You’ve Buried the Lead!

Newspaper reporters are taught to write their stories with the most important facts in the headline and the first paragraph.  Each succeeding paragraph should provide details, but in decreasing order of importance.  The end result, of course, is that the more important the information, the closer it is the top of the story, and, conversely, the less important the information, the closer it is to the end of the story.

When writers violate this journalistic practice, they are often said to be “burying the lead.”  That is, they have failed to put the most important information at the beginning of the article.

Trinitarians have made this mistake on the most important news story of all history.  That is, they have buried the lead that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh.  Jesus was God visiting humanity in human form.  He was God passing our way, living life as we do, and demonstrating in the process how we ought to be living.

Generally, Trinitarians believe this key fact but they have buried it in a vague and illogical conception they call the trinity:  that is, “three persons in one being,” of which Jesus is “the second person” (effectively “burying” Him in the concept).

The “trinity” does not deserve to be the headline.  More importantly, it doesn’t deserve to be in the story at all because it is not a fact.  Rather, it is a man-made philosophical construction that cannot be found in the Scriptures.  What is the lead is that God spent a lifetime in our midst through Jesus Christ!  It was a lifetime cut short, but He was raised from the dead to the greatest of glory.  Thus, Jesus Christ is God – now and forevermore!

Cast aside the concept of trinity as you would a false idol.  Embrace Jesus Christ – our only Lord, God, and Savior!  Call on His name and live for Him as morally as you know how.

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

How Churchianity Robs the Poor

The following statistics come from an Amazon book review of The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns, CEO of WorldVision, a large humanitarian relief organization.

* The total annual income of American churchgoers: $5.2 trillion
* Amount available if each of them gave 10% of their salary: $520 billion
* Estimated annual cost to eliminate extreme poverty in the world: $65 billion
* Annual cost for universal primary education for ALL children in the world: $6 billion
* Annual cost to bring clean water to most of the world: $9 billion
* Annual cost to bring basic health and nutrition for the world: $13 billion
* Total to eradicate the world’s greatest problems: $93 billion (1.8% of American Christian’s income)

Jesus never asked that people give money to support the church; He did ask that people give to support the poor.  Therefore, all the church buildings you see represent a diversion of funds from the poor.  This is how churchianity robs the poor.

Of course, as the review states, churchgoers don’t actually give ten percent.  It’s more like two percent.  But, as you can see from the stats above, that would still be enough to eradicate the greatest problems of the world’s poor.