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ACLU’s Agenda for Churches

The ACLU likes to come across as representing the interests of public citizens whose rights are supposedly violated when government or schools allow prayer, Bible reading or other free exercise of religion on their premises.

Living a Life of Grace and Truth for the Audience of One

Living a Life of Grace and Truth for the Audience of One

What distinguished the first Christians from the world around them? It certainly wasn’t their buildings—they had none. It wasn’t their programs—they had none. 

Educating tomorrow’s church—whose job is it?

Educating tomorrow’s church—whose job is it?

LEARNING: The process by which every person acquires a certain body of knowledge, and a corresponding set of personal values, attitudes, behavior, and skills.

Why Are There Different Doctrines in Different Churches?

Why Are There Different Doctrines in Different Churches?

I am a newer believer and sometimes get frustrated over all of the different doctrines in various churches. Can you help me sort these out?

 

Where Was The Church?

Where Was The Church?

I’ll begin with some important prefacing remarks. I am absolutely committed to the centrality of local churches in God’s kingdom agenda. 

Why is the church so divided?

You are certainly not alone in wishing that various groups–you specifically highlighted liberals, orthodox, and fundamentalists–just put differences aside and get along. I will briefly look at these three groups and suggest why this may not be Biblically possible at this time in Kingdom history.

What is your response to my disappointment with the local church and decision to attend a small group Bible study instead?

We have a natural desire to be independent, but we need godly church leaders, and should seek to find a local church that has godly leaders rather than to withdraw from churches.

How do you find a church that understands there is a spiritual reality beyond what we can see?

How do you find a church that understands there is a spiritual reality beyond what we can see?

I would like to see more vibrant, Christ-exalting living, first in me, and then in my church and the Christian community as a whole. So I sympathize with what youre looking for.

I’ve heard negative things about seeker churches. What’s your opinion?

I've heard negative things about seeker churches. What's your opinion?

Question from a reader:

I’ve heard negative things about Rick Warren and Saddleback Church, as well as Willow Creek Church and other seeker churches. What’s your opinion on this issue?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

Attacking fellow Bible-believing Christians is becoming commonplace. Spreading inaccurate information is epidemic.


How do you know if a church is charismatic?

While we do not regard ourselves a charismatic church, we do not wish to be known as “anti-charismatic.” What we do insist upon is a spirit of love and unity, the total sufficiency of Christ, and the final authority of the Scriptures.

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