In my role as news editor at Charisma magazine, I’ve been grieved by many of the responses to the George Zimmerman verdict. But the accusation that God is a racist sent me into intercession for a woman with an impressive string of credentials in the world of Christianity—but seemingly devoid of a revelation of God's love.
I intentionally didn’t add my voice to the Zimmerman verdict mix—until I read about this Ivy League professor’s blog post casting the hateful darkness of racism on God. This perspective likely comes out of Professor Anthea Butler’s personal and painful experiences with racism.
I can’t possibly understand that pain. But God can.
That’s why I pray Butler will come to know God for who He really is and repent of statements like this one:
“God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”
When Jesus said that false christs would arise, I don’t think He had the likes of Alan John Miller—or the many others over the years who have claimed to be Jesus—in mind. Miller has set the Twitterverse ablaze with his claims to divinity.
An Australian, Miller claims he arrived on the earth for the first time just more than 2,000 years ago. The 50-year-old former information technology guru—who also happens to be divorced—is making some wild claims on his Divine Truth website about himself and his second wife, Mary Suzanne Luck:
“My name then was Yeshua ben Yosef, or the Jesus of the Bible, the son of Joseph and Mary. Mary’s name then was Mary of Magdala, the woman identified in the Bible as Mary Magdalene. Mary was my wife then, and the first person I appeared to after I was crucified.”
In a headline that may remind Christians of the old “devil made me do it” excuse for sinning, an admitted porn addict is suing Apple for opening the door to his naughty habits and destroying his marriage.
Chris Sevier, 36, filed a 50-page complaint with the Tennessee Supreme Court blaming Apple for neglecting to install a porn filter on new devices. The way he reasons it, if Apple had taken steps to make sure customers can’t watch porn on its iconic computer, he wouldn’t be in bondage to sexual immorality.
Sevier also points the finger at Apple for horrible acts like sex trafficking and even the proliferation of Viagra commercials on late night TV. What does Sevier want? Money, of course.
J. Lee Grady last week compiled a list of the “Top 10 Rudest Things People Do in Church.” He mentioned talking during a service, texting or surfing the web, sleeping, clipping fingernails during church (I’ve actually seen this one and it grossed me out!) and six other pet peeves you probably agree with.
His list got me thinking—and asking others—about rude behavior in church. I asked some of my Facebook friends to chime in on some of the rudest things they’ve witnessed during Sunday morning worship services. The responses were troubling and indicate a sign of the times we live in, where, in many cases, the Word of God being preached is no longer revered.
Here are some of the most interesting responses:
The Jezebel deception. It sounds like an intriguing murder mystery that promises to hold you in suspense right until the last page of the book—and indeed it is.
You have learned about this crafty villain, perhaps in sermons, and have read warnings in Scripture. You might even be sure that you have seen it in your own church. You continue to gather clues to help you uncover the true identity of Jezebel, but as we will soon discover, it is likely that you have been sidetracked—or even duped—by red herrings along the way.
This is not an insignificant enemy. Like all captivating murder mysteries, the Jezebel deception presents a sinister antagonist. The antagonist in this story is, of course, a spiritual seductress named Jezebel. Her victims are real—the countless saints this siren has lulled into destruction. And the uncompromising protagonist who stands ready to set the captives free from the sorceress is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Justin Bieber pees into mop bucket at NYC nightclub (with video). Brandi Glanville gets drunk, suffers a nip slip and exposes her thong. Nicki Minaj gets a handful at strip club.
These are just a few of the gossip-driven headlines that made their way onto top news on Google News this morning. Although these stories call out some of the most troubling celebs in Hollywood, you can find similar stories in American high schools.
And why not, since many high schoolers are wallowing in the immoral muck and mire that Hollywood spoonfeeds them 24/7? Consider some of the latest incidents in American high schools.
I’ve faced my fair share of slander from the accuser of the brethren. Sometimes it comes through religious spirits that type 50 words per minute and rip off an email without considering the spirit in which they're written. Other times it comes through atheists or radical gay activists who mock and condemn me for voicing God’s Word.
Still other times it can come from who you let get close to you that have believed the enemy's lie.
Of course, it’s no coincidence that the slander always makes its way back to your ears. The accuser of the brethren knows that folks—yes, even Christian folks—can’t resist the temptation to gossip, despite the fact that the Bible says a perverse man sows strife (Prov. 16:28); despite the fact that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21); and despite the fact that God warns us not to circulate a false report (Ex. 23:1). Many can’t resist the temptation to gossip—especially when slander is involved.
Slander is not pretty. It means "to defame someone; to harm their reputation; to disgrace; or to accuse." Slander is a tool of the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). Consider this: the word slanderer in 1 Timothy 3:11 is the same word for “devil.” When we slander someone, we are acting like devils. We are mirroring the character of Satan. We can’t walk in the anointing God has for us and mirror the character of Satan at the same time. We just can’t.
But what if you are the one being slandered?
“Shake the dust off your feet.” I wasn’t really surprised when I heard the Holy Spirit say those six words—but when I read the Scripture in context it sent me into intercession for the ones who rejected the word of the Lord.
The sad story begins in a local church where I was serving on the pastoral staff. The church’s works were good, reaching out to the poor with food, clothing and shelter. The pastor’s sermons were not theologically deep, but they were biblically sound.
Indeed, from the outside looking in it looked like an up and coming church that was really being the church. It was a breath of fresh air. Soon enough, I discerned spirit of compromise invading the hearts of leadership. Decision after decision was made to please man rather than please God. I knew these man-pleasing decisions would eventually erode the truth of the gospel in that local body. I just didn’t realize it would be so soon.
Sex at work is no longer taboo. That’s the opening line on an article from CBS News in Philadelphia.
The article is based on a survey from Business Insider that asked people questions about sex in the workplace. Call me naive, but the results shocked me: Nearly half of the people who have had sex with a colleague say they have had sex at the office.
It’s no wonder American productivity is suffering. (According to the U.S. Labor Department, the measure of employee output per hour decreased at a 2 percent annual rate in the first quarter.) Perhaps if people weren’t so busy dreaming about having sex with a colleague (85 percent) or having sex with their co-workers (54 percent), they could focus more on producing positive results for their employers.
As a witness to the fact that immorality is rising, a 2010 study from Sensis Condoms found that 17 percent of Americans admitted to having sex at work. When compared to the more recent Business Insider survey, that makes for a more than 100 percent increase in less than three years.
Despite our fervent prayers, the gay agenda has won a victory in the rapidly degenerating land of the free, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
DOMA is a 1996 law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage. With that ruling, and because the high court decided not to give its opinion on a challenge to a ban on gay marriage in California known as Proposition 8, the road is paved for same-sex marriage in the Golden State. And that may open the floodgates.
Clearly, our nation is seeing Romans 1 play out before its very eyes because although we know God, we have chosen not to glorify Him (Rom. 1:21).