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Beware of fake Churches: How to pick a church that isn't just a "fan" of Jesus, but is a faithful follower of him.

Who is the church you attend  really following and celebrating? God or its own desires?

A great book about churches warns that it is important to follow Jesus and not just be a fan of him.  Kyle Ideman's Not a Fan warns us that  Christians are supposed to love Jesus enough to follow his instructions and obey his commands. 

 

As a young Christian, you will need to realize that unfortunately, not every church is a good church. The Bible warns us that there will be false prophets who will tell people what they want to hear (Matthew 24:11). These people will start churches or lead them as pastors. administrators and teachers and they will tell the people to do things that God has said are sins. So beware.  

Mr. Idelman made the point that some people disobey God in this way because they are not really believers. They have not given their whole hearts to God and therefore are all about doing what they want instead of doing what God wants. In other words, they do not have God's Holy Spirit in them.  In Matthew Chapter 7:21-23, Jesus spoke of people who would come to him and expect to get into heaven. The passage implies that these people will be in the religious community. They will be leaders and members. In fact, they will point out that they have done great work inside the church. Yet, Jesus will reject them because he will tell them, "I never knew you."

That is very frightening. We can fool others about whether or not we believe. But God cannot be fooled. He knows our hearts. We have to be real in our faith. Finding a good church that really believes is very important to you as a young believer. Take it seriously. It will help you grow in the right way.  Finding such a church is not easy. Especially today, when some churches have actually boldly turned against the teachings of God and his Holy Word, the Bible.  The Bible predicted that in the last days, people would reject strong biblical teachings.  2 Timothy 4:3 says "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables."  That sums up what we are seeing today. Some churches and their pastors are rejecting the Bible and creating their own guidelines and morals.  This is a sin. It leads to punishment. It can even lead to damnation.

How can you tell a good, Bible-believing church from one that is not really Christian?

First, a true Christian church will honor and respect the Bible and teach from it. They will lead their members and visitors to obey the Bible and accept its full authority. They will lead their members to God and not glorify themselves or their pastor over God.  Some phony or fake  churches overrule the Bible by creating their own worship books and even create a separate Bible.  Sometimes a denomination will create rules that they place over Scripture. But a true Christian Church will not overrule the Holy Bible. They will also bear fruit that lines up with the Bible  In other words their actions will not go against God's Holy Word, they will obey it.  You have to pray to God to find such a church. But God will hear your prayer.  When you are led to such a church, invite others to come there.  Read your Bible daily and learn what God expects and God will lead you to follow him with your whole heart. Then you will be able to go where he sends you and live as he wishes. The longer you walk with God and the more sincerely you do so, the easier it will be to find the church God has prepared for you.

Many children want to go to church. But we need churches to volunteer to take them

 

 We are receiving more and more requests from children to take them to church. Sometimes their parents can't take them because of lack of a vehicle at home. Other times, the children are the only ones who go to church in the home. Whatever the reason, they need help getting to church. Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come to me." Will you help these children get to him? Remember, no one can get to heaven unless they have accepted Jesus as Lord and savior. But how can they get to Jesus if they can't even get to a church? Please help. Talk to your pastor and Sunday School about helping us transport children to church.

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 The Bible tells us that all of us are to honor our parents. Exodus 20:12 says, "Honor your father and mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you​." But also respect all adults.

 

 

 

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE?

 

Today this is a very important quetion as gay marriage is a subject in the news. Many people believe people should marry whoever they want regardless. But what does the Bible say about  it? What is God's veiw point and what does he want Christians to do?  In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, we're reminded that as Christians, our bodies are not our own. They were bought for a price by  Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. You see, when you become a Christian you give your body to Jesus and he gets to decide how you use it. That means that we as Christians must submit to God and Christ's view point instead of going with what is popular. In Leviticus 18:22 God said to men, "You are not to sleep with a man as with a woman; it is detesable." In the New Testament, Romans, chapter 1, we are told that homosexuality is a sin and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, we are also told that those who practice same sex relationships

or gay lifestyles and who do not repent can't get into heaven. That's why we warn gay people to turn from the sin of homosexuality. This is misunderstood by some and they criticize believers. The Bible tells us to remain strong and obey God despite what the world says. In Acts 5:29 we're told that when the world and God disagree, a Christian must obey God. It is a loving thing to tell a gay person that homosexuality is a sin and that like all sin they must repent and turn from it and stop doing it, in order to be saved and go to heaven. That is not bigotry. It's an act of love. We love all people gay and straight and we should pray for God to use us to witness his truth to them. Ask God to help you witness to those who are gay and to do so in love.

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