Today is the National Day of Prayer.
Quite frankly, we can't think of a time when our nation was more in need of prayer. Every news cycle brings one more catastrophe, one more obscenity, one more indication of how fallen Man is and how far America has drifted from it's Christian foundation.
But, there is HOPE! If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (emphasis added)
Will you take 60 seconds and come before God Almighty?
Posted on May 2, 2013 10:52 AM
Why secular arguments are incapable of winning moral disagreements
For those who follow Fox News, there has been a series of discussions on the “role” of the Bible in addressing things like Gay marriage, Abortion, etc. The predominant thinking, at least advocated by such luminaries as Bill O’Reilly, is that the Bible is only applicable to conversations in which the parties both acknowledge it. And otherwise has no place in the discussion where one or both parties don’t respect the Bible. In those cases, secular, logic based arguments are required.
In truth, I used to share the opinion. Throughout my schooling I was forced to debate with peers and teachers that did not acknowledge the Bible; as a result I had to present secular arguments.
However, secular arguments won’t – in fact they can not – ever carry the day. The reason is because Right and Wrong can not truly be “logic-ed” outside of Absolutes. Absolutes are only present when given by a higher Authority. The highest authority is God.
What is contained in Scripture is not merely good advice for the faithful or lessons for the believing but instead, Truth. A truth that is inescapable. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, we have made sincerity self-authenticating. If I sincerely believe the Bible to be irrelevant, it is. If I sincerely believe there is no God then it is somehow true.
The contrary in fact is the truth. Whether you believe it or not, there is a God. Whether you like it or not, He has established what is Right and what is Wrong. And He has revealed to us through His Word and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, in order to win a moral argument beyond any contention, your victory must be rooted in Truth, which is only found in Scripture. To say that the other party’s lack of belief is somehow negating is to create a straw argument that obscures more then it reveals.
You can not win the Gay Marriage debate without the foundation that God created Marriage as the union between man and women (Gen 2:24). Once that is established, there is no debate possible. Once you see Scripture clearly saying that homosexuality is an "abomination" before God (Lev 18:22), there then becomes no discussion of whether Gay marriage is even possible, as it's very premise is abhorrent. The same with abortion, once we establish that God creates each human life (Jer 1:5), secular arguments about "rights" or scientific arguments about "humanity" become moot. If God has created it for His purposes, who are we to sanction it's destruction?
We, as Christians, stand on Truth. We must. There is no other choice. The Bible tells us clearly that EVERY knee will bow, EVERY tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of the Father. That means the believing will confess the Truth, but so will the unbelieving. To allow them to live in their self made delusions is in fact a disservice to them.
Scripture also teaches that the Bible is “God breathed” and useful for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). And that apart from God we have no righteousness. There literally is no Truthful argument possible outside of what is presented in Scripture.
So, the next time you find yourself in a debate with a non-believer on moral issues - Stand on the highest ground possible, the living breathing Word of God.
Posted on April 6, 2013 2:17 PM
March 22 - April 6th enjoy a FREE show of Ron DiCianni's original artwork in Temecula, CA.
Masterpiece Fine Arts Foundation is putting on a show of original art to include several DiCianni paintings.
The Show is open Sun, Mon, Wed and Fridays.
For more information, please contact:
The Genesis to Revelation Alliance with Animals Exhibit
Southern California Premier Opening
Sat., March 23rd @ 6:30 pm - 8:00
Rancho Community Church and Schools
31300 Rancho Community Way
Temecula, California 92592
March 23 - April 11th*, 2013
Open Sundays 9 - 2 and 5 - 7pm
Mon., Wed., Fridays. 10 - 4
*April 7 - 11th group tours available by appointment
Posted on March 29, 2013 12:07 PM
And another Christian effort that... completely misses the point.
Just read about a Christian product manufacturer who has a launched an Anti-bullying campaign. Designed to jump on the anti-bullying bandwagon with a, admittedly well designed, wrist band.
I'm not trying to unfairly bash anyone here but the fact is that we as Christians we have become so enamored with doing nothing of eternal import while looking like we are. We pat ourselves on the back for "Stop AIDS in Rwanda" and promote books on "Managing Your Money for God" initiative. I have to ask though, really? Really? Is that what we’re supposed to invest in? You can cure AIDS and be the most financially sound person alive but absent a committed walk with Christ, what's the point?
Where is the “Remember to pray” campaign or the “Did you read God’s Word today” wrist band. How about “Jesus Saves” or “Did you tell a friend about Jesus today” wristband. How about the “Each One Reach One” Campaign? Isn’t that what Christians are supposed to be active in?
Sadly those things exist... they just have zero traction because they are not "sexy" enough for the average "Christian".
Instead, we’re going to expend effort telling kids to be nice to others… on their way to hell?
Sure the other side of the bracelet says “God is Love” but even that’s like saying “Coke tastes good”. It’s a generic platitude that sounds good and can be easily ignored.
The simple truth is that there is a cure to bullying. There is a cure to low self esteem. There is a cure to violence in the home and in popular culture which fuels bullying. There is a cure for AIDS and behavior that causes it. It’s the same cure for every other ill… Christ as Savior and Lord.
Rather then a Stop Bullying campaign or an End AIDS effort, how about we Christians launch a Start Sharing Jesus campaign? That will make a difference for eternity.
Posted on March 20, 2013 10:28 AM
Join Before I Formed You Foundation Co-Founders Ron and Grant DiCianni as they share the vision God has given them for the Foundation LIVE on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues".
You can tune in April 3rd at 10:15am Central/8:15am Pacific and listen to AFA president Tim Wildmon interview Ron and Grant. This program can be heard on over 250 radio stations coast to cost. Please join us!
Or listen online at: www.afa.net/Radio/
Posted on March 20, 2013 9:20 AM
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