Willie Robertson Discusses The Importance Of Faith And Family On Fox’s ‘Outnumbered’

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Is organized religion under attack in America? What about Christianity specifically? 56 percent of registered voters think so.

On Friday, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson was the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” and he talked about the importance of religion in his life and the country.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the influence of organized religion is down,” Robertson said.

He said that many people just throw their hands in the air and accept the fact that the country’s going down the toilet. Then again, a lot of it is due to apathy…[read more…]

May God richly bless you!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHURCH

I was listening to this podcast last week at work, a couple of times I might add, and found it compelling as well as piercing!  I thought you would like it as well!  Hope you enjoy it…use the hyperlink to the mp3 url address to listen to the message, which is roughly 16 minutes long.

While I believe the whole message is important to the Christian community, the most important and poignant point starts at approximately 11:00 minute mark until no less than the 14:30 minute mark; although you may as well just finish out the recorded podcast.

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Aug 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog, On God, Podcasts

Jesus with Lamb

In all likelihood there is a problem with your church. This problem is not confined to any particular denomination. It is a problem that infects most Catholic parishes and protestant communities, but it is not commonly recognized, even by the well-intending faithful.

Click the play button below to listen. (And don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or with RSS on your Android.)

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May God richly bless you!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Christian Universities: Will They Obey God or Man? by Matt Barber

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

It’s by design. As I, and others, have repeatedly warned, the establishment of so-called “gay marriage” as a newfangled federal “right,” and the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment simply cannot coexist in harmony. Things diametrically at odds cannot possibly occupy, with any coherence, the same time and space.

The secular left is tripping over itself right now to prove my point. In the wake of last month’s Obergefell v. Hodges opinion – an opinion that somehow divined a top secret “constitutional right” for Patrick Henry to “marry” Henry Patrick – liberals are now demanding, as both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito predicted, that Christian universities immediately abandon recognition of, and obedience to, God’s unequivocal natural sexual order, and adopt, instead, the new pagan orthodoxy.

In a July 14 article in The Atlantic headlined, “Gay Marriage and the Future of Evangelical Colleges,” University of Tampa professor David R. Wheeler asks, “Now that same-sex couples have the right to wed, will higher-ed institutions that condemn LGBT students still be eligible for federal funding?”

Wheeler is not alone in asking. “As cultural evolution on the issue of LGBT rights continues to accelerate, it’s inevitable that some Americans will start asking hard questions about whether it makes sense to allocate scarce public resources to institutions that are not only anti-gay, but proud of it,” opines anti-Christian bigot Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “For starters, can federally supported educational institutions bar married same-sex couples from living together in student housing? I doubt it,” he adds.

In other words, Christian universities must together embrace and facilitate homosexual sin, or lose, at once, both tax-exempt status and access to all students who choose to fund their education via federal loans and grants (which is most of them).

This presents quite a conundrum. It’s also a test. Christian universities must either obey God, disobey man and suffer unsavory temporal consequences, or obey man, sell their souls for mammon and suffer a-little-more-than-unsavory eternal consequence.

This is where faith comes in.

German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man who faced the gallows for faithfully opposing the Nazi Holocaust. He once wrote, “For faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of obedience.”

It’s really not that complicated. The Christian university that chooses the path of least resistance and conforms to the world – that is, disobeys God and adopts the world’s morally relative (read: unbiblical) standards (or lack thereof) on sex and sexuality – immediately becomes at enmity with God. The Christian university that intentionally turns a blind eye to sexual immorality of any kind, or otherwise allows and recognizes sin-based “same-sex marriage,” ceases to be a Christian university and, instead, becomes an apostate university – a university better identified as “Christian in name only.”

As Jesus admonished, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Indeed, on the question of whether Christian universities will capitulate on sodomy-based “marriage,” the path of least resistance is the broad road that stems from the wide gate and leads to destruction.

By way of example, and to its shame, formerly Christian Baylor University, located in Waco, Texas, has chosen the path of least resistance. This hits especially close to home for me. I was born in Waco and my parents both attended Baylor. Two of my uncles graduated from Baylor Law, and my grandfather, J. Dell Barber, was a Baylor benefactor. In fact, he has a room in the law school named after him and, before he died, set up the Bertha J. Barber memorial scholarship fund in honor of my great grandmother.

Reports Baptist News Global: “Baptist-affiliated Baylor University has quietly removed a ban on ‘homosexual acts’ from its sexual conduct code. …”

“Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for media communications, said the change is part of an ongoing review ‘to ensure that the university has the necessary policies and processes in place to comply with the many legal and ethical mandates to which universities are subject as institutions.’ She said a review of the sexual conduct policy was contemplated for a couple of years, because officials didn’t believe the language in the old policy ‘reflected Baylor’s caring community.’”

And so, under Baylor University’s new apostasy, it is somehow “caring” to affirm students, faculty and staff in a mortal sin that, in the absence of repentance, will lead them to eternal separation from God – to destruction.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

It breaks my heart to be so closely affiliated with a Christian university that has so lost its way.

A colleague of mine once praised yet another for being a person who “applies biblical ethics in ways both faithful and nuanced, both orthodox and relevant.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but, in my experience, and in the context of biblical exegesis, the term “nuanced” is usually invoked to rationalize some unbiblical behavior or otherwise cave on some fixed biblical principle.

“Nuance” is the bucket of dirt used to muddy crystal clear living waters.

And how does the faithful, Bible-believing Christian remain “both orthodox and relevant”? How can a Christian be both in the world and of the world? To the world, biblical orthodoxy is, in every way imaginable, irrelevant. Biblical orthodoxy represents absolute truth, who is Christ, and the world denies that Truth.

It hates Him in fact.

Pastor Brian Houston, founder of the popular Hillsong movement, recently said, “It can be challenging for churches to stay relevant. … Many mainstream churches upheld what they would believe is the long established view of what the Bible says about homosexuality. But the world has changed around and about them. …

“So the world’s changing and we want to stay relevant as a church,” he continued. “So that’s a vexing thing. You think, ‘How do we not become a pariah?’”

Pastor Houston, respectfully, you have it exactly backwards. We, as Christians, are obliged to become pariahs. We must pick up our cross and follow Christ, the ultimate pariah – the one and only God-man who was such a pariah, in fact, that he was scourged, mocked, spat upon and tortured to death on a tree so that all who are willing to become pariahs right along with him, might have eternal life.

No, to remain faithful, Christian universities must abandon efforts to become “nuanced” and “relevant.”

It’s a fool’s errand.

If Christian universities wish to remain faithful, they must, instead, become pariahs.

They must obey God.
Read more at http://barbwire.com/2015/07/19/christian-universities-will-they-obey-god-or-man/

Today’s Pursuits – Tomorrow’s Memories

God“What we are pursuing today is what we will be known for tomorrow.”

We all wish to hear from God, “Well don, good and faithful servant!”  Right after we breathe our final breath.  We all seek to leave behind a legacy, something of greatness that we will be known for.  It is for this reason that so many wealthy people donate money only to have their name(s) plastered on the building.

Consider our father of faith, Abraham…God gave him all his lands, but the only property he purchased was for burial.  So,in the end the only property that we will own for all eternity will be our final resting spot.  So, is that all there is to our legacy?  No!  What we leave to the world upon our demise is our children.  Our children are our legacy to the world…this is what we leave behind for all to take note of.

How did you train up your children?  Did you teach them to serve the Lord?  To seek out God’s will?  To do as King Solomon stated,

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil” ~Eccl 12:13-14 (NKJV)

In the end, as you feel yourself breathing your last breath, what will you be remembered for?  For what did you stand up?  What is it that you wish to be known for?  We are leaving our kids to the world, hopefully, to make it a better place that what we left behind.  Did you train them up in the Word of God?  OR, did you train them up in the church doctrine?

the-crossOne of our greatest fallacies is the fact that we, as the species of man, do not apply that which we learn!  You can know all the right things, but that does not make you wise.  Putting into practice, those things which we have learned from the bible, applying those tenets, and living them throughout our lives…that is what makes us wise.

What will you be known for?  What will your legacy be to the world?  Do not forget to apply that which you have learned; especially, for your children’s sakes and futures.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD
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Prayer

“Tools of Proclamation Prayer
1. Binding and loosing—This prayer will bind the work of the enemy and loose the legal will of God into a given situation.

2. Scripture proclamation—Choosing appropriate Scripture passages to proclaim the will of God.

3. Decrees—Speaking a prophetic word from God in order to change a current situation that is contrary to the will of God.

4. Declarations—Declaring the will of God under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
Excerpt From: Jacobs, Cindy. “Power of Persistent Prayer.” Bethany House Publishers, 2010-09-01. iBooks. 

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Many Christian Colleges Receive a Failing Grade

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

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Let us be clear from the start. We love the idea of educating youth from a consistent, Bible-based worldview. But an ever-increasing number of “Christian colleges” no longer teach the authority of the Scriptures. So what do Christian colleges and seminaries really teach? This was not a pop quiz, and the schools were not asked any trick questions. Yet a recent nationwide survey by America’s Research Group uncovered some disturbing findings about many of today’s leading Christian colleges and seminaries.

“Something was happening . . . but before I spoke too loudly, I wanted to make sure that I could prove it.”

Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, said the study originated as a result of troubling stories he kept hearing as he traveled worldwide, meeting with parents, pastors, and educators. “I knew something was happening out there,” he says. “Over the years my concerns continued to grow, but before I spoke too loudly, I wanted to make sure that I could prove it.”

To find more specifics about the beliefs and teachings of Christian colleges, America’s Research Group attempted to contact leaders at the schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). This conservative association of schools, now with over 110 member schools, restricts membership to schools with a “Christ-centered mission” that is “rooted in the historic Christian faith.” All their full-time faculty members and administrators must also profess faith in Christ.

Researchers also contacted “religiously affiliated” colleges listed in the Higher Education Directory. These schools are associated with various denominations, including mainline Protestant and a few Roman Catholic schools. (Interestingly, people from this group responded similarly to CCCU members. For example, 98% in both groups believed in the inspiration of Scripture, and there was only a 2% difference on belief in Christ’s virgin birth.)

The surveyors attempted to contact four specific types of school leaders, who set the direction of the school: presidents, vice presidents (or academic deans), heads of the science department, and heads of the religion (or theology) department.

In all, America’s Research Group interviewed 312 administrators and professors from 200 different colleges. The good news? Most respondents (98–99%) believe that the Bible is “inspired by God” and that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died a substitutionary death on the Cross, and rose bodily from the grave.

But as the questions probed further, the news was not so good. For example, only 74% of respondents believe that Scripture is without error (“inerrant”). Even fewer (60%) accept the Genesis creation account of six literal 24-hour days. Ironically, the heads of the science departments were more likely to accept this than their colleagues in the religion departments (71% to 57%).

The research, published in the new book Already Compromised, paints a troubling picture of the Christian higher education system. Yet parents often send their children to these schools, trusting the professors to believe 100% of the Bible, when many professors and school leaders do not really believe all that the Bible teaches.

What Do Leaders at Christian Colleges Believe?

Almost all leaders at Christian colleges (presidents, vice presidents, and heads of the science and religion departments) say they believe in Scripture’s “inspiration,” and most accept the N.T. history regarding Christ. But that does not necessarily mean they hold the same high view of the inerrancy of Scripture and O.T. history.

Views on the Bible

  • 98% believe in the inspiration of Scripture
  • 81% believe in the infallibility of Scripture
  • 74% believe in the inerrancy of Scripture

Views on N.T. History

  • 99% believe in Christ’s virgin birth
  • 99% believe in Christ’s substitutionary death on the Cross
  • 99% believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection

Views on O.T. History

  • 60% believe in God creating the earth in six literal 24-hour days
  • 58% believe the Flood was worldwide
  • 42% consider self a “young-earth Christian”

What do the leaders at Christian colleges really believe? It depends on who you talk to!

A Mixed Bag of Beliefs

Survey Questions*This was an open-ended question, not a yes/no question. But everyone was asked the exact same question.

A PERSONAL NOTE:  We all as parents have a tendency to fail our children, with respect our faith.  It is not only a matter of taking them to church and a bible study, but we need to discuss with them topics of the day in comparison to what the bible teaches us and how to apply biblical teachings.  I am by no means pointing the finger at, and accusing, my fellow parents; but I am highlighting the facts as I have noted in my own life and those same problems that have been carried over from my parents.  NEW PARENTS…learn from our mistakes; otherwise, our faith is doomed!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Eat the Flesh? Drink the Blood? Living Water?

Jesus-blood-fleshJohn 6:46-58 New King James Version (NKJV)

46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me[a] has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

jesus-desert1The allegorical nature of this is astounding.  This was, in-fact, one of the references by Jesus equating Himself to God.  Consider this statement while He was in the desert being tempted by Satan, But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”” (Luke 4:4; Matthew 4:4)  It is clear that Jesus, or shall I say His words and His actions, is the bread of life, or the manna of life.  And what of the blood?  Recall the discussion between Jesus and the Samaritan woman?  Where Jesus said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have Jesus-and-the-Woman-at-the-Wellgiven you living water.” (John 4:10)  By this living water is meant the Spirit, who is not like the water in the bottom of the well, for some of which he asked, but like living or running water, which was much more valuable. The Spirit of grace is as living water. (see John 7:38-39) [Matthew Henry’s Commentary on John 4:10]

We are to live on the word of God as depicted within the confines of the bible.  God’s word, Jesus’ words and actions are the very nature of how we are to live our lives…in a manner of Love!  While we are to love everyone, not carnally but with our hearts, we are to accept them as lost children of the Christ.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin!  Just as with Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, she mentioned the the differences between worship of the Jews and the Samaritans; but Jesus ignored the sinner3objection and move onward with their discussion.  This is how we are to approach those we disagree with and those who have disagreements with us!  We are reminded, “As it is written:There is none righteous, no, not one…”” (Romans 3:10)  Hence we are all sinners in God’s eyes, but we have a relationship with God and Christ.  Those we come in contact with, more likely than not, have no relationship with either – let alone know of them.  It is our charge, our task, to bring to them the love of Christ.

It is my hope that this was a helpful tid-bit of information and that you can use it as suggested, by applying it in your life and touch the lives of others!  That is my prayer and hope!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD