Church is a dirty word to some people. It was to me.
The entire church thing seemed like, at best, a waste of time and at worst, a toxic, dishonest brain-washing operation of epic proportions.
As an atheist, I honestly could not fathom who would want to spend an hour a week with a church (much less three hours a week).
I was who most would assume to be the last person to receive a warm welcome from a church.
I was a long-haired, outspoken atheist who was as politically liberal as can be. I was the supposed poster child for church ostracization. Thankfully, that’s not what happened.
“A sin is a sin!” I have heard that statement all my life used to make the point that sin is a universal problem (Rom. 3:23) that always results in spiritual death to those involved (Rom. 6:23).
We know that, biblically speaking, there is no such thing as a so-called “little white” lie. A lie is a lie! All lies result in being thrown into a lake of fire (Rev. 21:8).
This is a lesson that we need to learn when we are tempted to define sins as “little” sins and “big” sins. As humans, we tend to think of “big” sins as the ones you commit and “little” sins as the ones that I commit.
Yet all sin separates us from God (Isa 59:2). Therefore, anytime someone tries to make light of sin or tell you about how a sin is not that bad, they are teaching something that is straight out of hell (John 8:44).Continue Reading >>>
Whenever I get the occasional chance to witness a worship service at a denominational or “non-denominational” church.
 I’ve always been surprised by how few people in the audience actually sing.
I’m not “judging” anyone here. I’m just making a personal observation.
 Whether it is the country Baptist church holding a revival with 30 people in attendance with 70-year-old Gertrude playing a piano that hasn’t been tuned for 5 years.
Or the huge suburban community church (with the impressive musical production) – the majority of the audience in my experience just sits and listens.Continue Reading >>>
When the inspired apostle spelled out the sort of men who would be the elders for our congregations, he told us to pay attention to the kind of father a man is (1 Tim. 3:4-5).
And, of the 16 qualifications, there are three that the Spirit saw fit to explain: An elder can’t be a novice, because a novice would be at risk of “being puffed up with pride” and soon “fall into the same condemnation as the devil” (1 Tim. 3:6).
He must be a man who enjoys a good reputation in his community,“lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:7).
The third of these has to do with his observable skill as a dad: “…one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)” (1 Tim. 3:4-5).Continue Reading >>>