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There is an interesting paradox happening all around us, between the extremes in our culture, which is sadly ironic. On certain overarching concepts, secularists, atheists, and humanists are all in agreement with the most avid Christians. From a Biblical Christian worldview perspective, that emerging reality could suggest we are approaching the end of American dominance, at best, or the labor pains which foreshadow the end of the world, at worst.To make it through the chaos we need to…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9Then we need to…In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, - 1 Peter 3:15
Sunday, Disney made a startling staffing change. After only eleven months on the job, their CEO, Bob Chapek, was summarily fired by the board and temporarily replaced by Bob Iger, the former CEO as they search for a replacement. Why would Disney do such a drastic, unannounced and disruptive thing? Would it have anything to do with the failure of their woke agenda?
This past week I had a lengthy conversation with a Biblical Christian couple who have been missionaries in India for many years. Toward the end of our discussion, I asked them why they are so fearful and secretive about sharing their faith. Their response shocked me but, sadly, did not surprise me.The sad reality is that the deterioration of American morality has its impact not only on this country but on those outside our borders as well. Biblical Christian evangelism in India, and likely in other non-western nations throughout the world, is being hindered by the association with drifting western cultural norms. So, even in those places where Christians can speak safely and openly about their faith, they must remain clandestine in order not to be tainted by the reputation of their home country.
Reviewing the data, it quickly becomes apparent that what people think they believe (a Biblical Christian Worldview) is not what they are actually willing to accept when pressed. What is perhaps most shocking, if one is willing to accept the data, is that among those who attend evangelical churches, 81% claim to have a Biblical Christian worldview, however when questioned in detail, only 21% are willing to fully accept its tenants. Looking deeper into the demographics it should not be a surprise that our acceptance of those theological constructs deteriorates the younger the generation polled. That reality, if left unchecked, does not bode well for our future. This is just further documentation that America has long since left its position as a Christian nation, regardless of the rhetoric of its population to the contrary. Undermining it all is the realization that, when pressed on contemporary issues that run counter to a Biblical Christian worldview, many submit to evolving cultural norms rather than remaining “aligned with the Bible, acknowledging its truth and applicability to every area of life.”
This is a topic of some controversy in the Christian world. It speaks to one who, at first, seems to be outwardly following the tenants of the Christian faith for a period of time. However, at some point, they begin to drift into unrepentant sin, actively deconstruct their faith, or, find some of their once-accepted Biblical Christian theology becoming untenable and they simply walk away from the Bible, church, Christian peers, etc. Do these changes suggest (1) a loss of salvation, (2) a temporary and recoverable drifting, or (3) are they just documenting the fact that they were never “saved” in the first place?There is a continuing sin nature in the heart of all mankind, including the saved. We see it manifest itself in every Christian that has ever lived, except Jesus. For seekers to see any credibility in Biblical Christian evangelism, we need to acknowledge that reality and still be able to demonstrate a faith and hope for eternal life. Otherwise, we are hypocritical and legalistic as we suggest we have to fully resist sin that is not demonstrated by our behavior (Rom. 7:16-18). However, there is no question that the saved need to be convicted of their sin, and repentance is evidence of our continuing desire to love and serve God and our brothers and sisters in Christ (Matt. 18:21). In my view, that process is contained within sanctification, while on the narrow path toward eternal life with God, and not a constantly flipping Heaven/Hell switch that one is never sure will be on the Heaven side at the point of death. 
I received a great question from a reader using a number of Scripture verses to make the point that God is not omniscient. The suggestion was that God makes decisions and adjustments as events continue to unfold. Of course, this theological view holds great concern for those who believe the Bible is inerrant and has plotted the history of mankind from eternity past to eternity future, based on the wisdom of an all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign God. For God to be God and for man to accept Him as our Lord and, through Christ, our Savior, we need to be assured that He has the power, understanding, and authority to make the claims He does. The greatest of those claims is that Christ died on the cross for the sins of all those who trust Him. And, that He is coming again for His children. The Lord has written the Bible as a history lesson, a manual for our life on this earth, and a basis for our eternal faith. To believe the Bible is perfect in its original autographs necessitates faith in the Writer’s omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. 
In September of 2022, Lifeway Research published its biennial poll on the state of Christian theological beliefs in America. It contained some very interesting and somewhat conflicting results.  For detailed findings the following links are provided:Historical Overview 2022-2014Article, “Americans’ Theological Beliefs Changed to Suit Post-Pandemic Practice”White Paper SummaryThe State of Theology – a deep dive into the data Trends in Theology – graphic-based view of historical trendsThe Complete 2022 Report
As of the most recent mid-term elections, we now have approximately 37 states which allow the legal use of medical marijuana, and 21 states that have legalized its recreational use. Additional states have decriminalized, but not completely legalized its sale and use. As a Christian, desiring to conform to the will of God, what should our response be, both our personal use of marijuana and our view of its use in general?Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2Smoking recreational marijuana and tuning out from the world simply cannot fit into a paradigm of what is “good and acceptable and perfect” as the will of God. 
Christian Salvation in Less Than 150 WordsI have written over 300 articles and responded to nearly 4,000 comments over the last two years on BCWorldview and Medium.com. There is much I could say about the experience, however my reason for investing the time has been, and continues to be, to use it as a frail way of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Yes, there is much more than the gospel offered in my writing. However, the intent has always been to attract an audience in order to share the greatest gift one can offer another person, an eternal, personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. It is with that thought that I’ve been boiling down all my core theology over the last few weeks, using the question “What Makes a Christian, a Christian?” as a catalyst. Ironically, that ridiculously long 2500+ word essay, (probably the most important post I have written), can be boiled down to less than 150 words. A Christian is someone who has been saved and will, consequently, spend eternal life in Heaven. So, if salvation (fellowship with Him) is the ultimate intent of God, the singular question of life becomes, how does one “get saved”? To that, I would like to humbly offer a short answer.  Salvation, in Two Bible Verses and Less than 150 WordsFor by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9 ESVSalvation, comes through God's grace alone, exclusively through our faith in Jesus Christ, alone. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. - Romans 10:9-10 ESVWe must profess that faith, stated above, by openly acknowledging Jesus Christ as both our Savior and our Lord. Further, we need to believe in our heart (not just our head) that He died and rose again as a payment for our past, present, and future sins. 146 words to be exact. We can all spend our days talking about the latest election results or the theology of speaking in tongues, and everything in between. In the end, we will either go to Heaven or Hell for eternity, regardless of all that we say or all that we do. Solomon, the wisest man (beyond Jesus) that ever lived, said life is “vanity of vanities”. Shakespeare made the same point by saying, “we strut and fret our hour upon the stage and then are no more”.  Salvation brings infinitely more to man than anything we can possibly acquire through our own efforts. And, if it can be explained in less than 150 words, how amazing is that! 
I wish I could remember the first time I heard these words, “Inoculated with Dead Christianity” so I could give credit to the one who offered a profound concept, that has been in existence since Biblical times, but is now surfacing more publicly in America. Further, as our culture continues to move away from a Biblical Christian worldview, we need to expect that many who professed faith in Christ did so without a heart change, and with little or no discernable Christian fruit (James 3:17). That means when persecution of our beliefs continues to escalate, the process of deconstruction, or the turning away from traditional Christianity, will continue to significantly increase (1 Tim. 4:1).
How many movies, books, and especially TV series are predicated on the fact that “something is out there”, beyond what we can see and experience in the natural world? What is it about the supernatural that is so intriguing that Hollywood is able to make so much money under this genre? Finally, and most significantly, why do nearly all these plotlines portray the supernatural as being evil and that it is up to man to thwart their malevolent objectives?Biblical Christian Awareness The acceptance of the supernatural in fictional entertainment by the general population allows humanity to experience the sense that there is, in fact, “something out there”, without having to acknowledge a supreme being, God. Perhaps some could use this reality as a tool for evangelism. However, the deeper, nefarious nature of this trend has more to do with the habituation of the view that there is an evil supernatural that is not under the control of a supreme, all-powerful God who has offered mankind a solution. Satan is alive and well on this earth, working his plan of destruction while refusing to accept his eventual failure, clearly predicted and presented by the end of the Biblical, non-fiction account. 
There is a lot of chatter about the subject of Christian Nationalism, most of it derogatory. It represents another example of a long and growing list of what was once considered good, that is now considered bad. So, what is Christian Nationalism, and is it Biblical?In the end, how blessed would this country be if we returned to many of the moral values we have set aside over the last number of years, and the majority of us actually had the Holy Spirit in our hearts? This is the true definition of “Christian Nationalism”. 
The level of trust Americans have in the media and its honest coverage of the news remains low. According to a Gallup poll released in mid-October, only 34% of Americans believe the mass media report the news “fully, accurately and fairly”.
I received a comment from a reader whom I highly respect. He referenced an article from Tim Keller on the subject of Hell and the reality that Jesus talked more about that place of literal torment than He did about Heaven.  The point of the comment and the article itself was the danger of using Hell as an evangelistic tool to draw the lost to repentance. I respectfully disagree. The quote below from Keller summarizes the concern for the fear of hell saving someone.
God gives Christians the opportunity to share their faith if we would just remain open to the opportunities all around us. So many times, we are resistant to open the door of our beliefs for fear that controversial issues like abortion or homosexuality will surface and destroy a friendship, a fledgling relationship, or perhaps brand us as “one of those narrow-minded bigots”. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” - 1 Corinthians 13:12
I have received many comments from readers who strongly express the view that church and state need to be kept separate. Of course, what they are really saying is that Christians should not be meddling in politics by voicing their opinions publicly. If the Christians would just silence their views on topics such as abiding by laws already on the books, expressing outrage over our moral decay, abortion, and homosexual behaviors of all kinds, politicians would not have a need to cater to their concerns and the progressive agenda could be accelerated. 
The book of Job, in the Old Testament, is interesting because it exposes the reader to a rare view of the supernatural realm, by offering detailed conversations between God and Satan. Since the Bible is an instruction manual for life, these discussions are unknown to Job, yet have significant consequences on his life and those of his family. For us, it offers a perspective on the question, does Satan know our name as well?ConclusionWe live in a world that is drifting toward the abyss. Many of us are lemmings, totally unaware and unaccepting of the reality of our condition (2 Peter 3:3-4). So many folks these days are like the frog in the pot, unwilling or unable to see the moral decay that is undermining our nation (1 Thes. 5:3-4). As Biblical Christians, we need to be salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16). Satan does need to know our name and we need to have the courage and conviction to accept the reality of what that may mean (2 Tim. 3:12, Matt. 5:10, 1 Peter4:12-14, John 15:18, 2 Cor. 12:10, Luke 6:22).
There are so many who wish to group people under the banner of "Christian". The word, which once was considered a positive sign of high moral standards, has fallen in many circles to the defining of a shrinking band of legalistic, nationalistic, subversives. As with so many terms these days, the extremes are used to label or tarnish the entire group. In the case of Christians, there are more opinions on who they (we) are as there are individuals who believe they're on the team. Let's take a step back, survey the term and try to provide a clear definition that has some eternal value. ConclusionOf course, the Bible has a great deal more to say on every point above. And much of the anti-Christian theology which seems to have attached itself to the term should drop away as we humbly study God’s Word. But again, none of us have the capacity to see God’s perfect truth through our continuing sin nature and the veil that clouds us from fully knowing the Lord (1 Cor. 13:12) while on this earth. The real point for both Christians and non-Christians is to not get caught up in the weeds of social change, drifting morality, and legalism. They are things to reflect on, in our search for truth, but Heaven is not dependent on them. Both Christian and non-Christian vitriol over secondary matters like abortion, homosexuality, or who will win the next election fall away when one considers that our time on this earth is like a vapor that dries up unexpectedly at death (James 4:14), yet our eternal destiny lasts forever. Christians, keep the main thing the main thing: Christ and Him crucified and risen. Non-Christians consider the joy that faith brings on earth, and the eternal peace it brings after death. 
The Trafalgar Group published a poll from a survey of likely voters earlier this month on the subject of transgender indoctrination of children. The poll had a “Margin of Error” of 2.9% with a “Confidence” level of 95%.  It should be stated at the outset that Trafalgar has been rated A- in their historical predictive accuracy on determinable metrics (such as election results) by ProjectThirtyEight, a non-partisan analytics company that tracks all the major polling organizations.  The results were striking.
Group vs. Individual Freedoms – The CourtsThere are situations where individual freedoms conflict with group freedoms and we have to adjudicate the outcome. Do pro-life protestors have the right to protest in front of abortion clinics, even when it mentally harms the individual wishing to have an abortion? Are homeless tents ok on the street where individual shop owners are trying to attract customers into their bodegas? Is it acceptable to extract taxes from individuals so we can have a government established to protect the country? Are borders, intended to establish the country’s consensus on who has a legal right to enter, acceptable over the rights of persecuted and underprivileged immigrants attempting entry? The list is broad and wide on the conflict between individual and national freedoms and rights. Does Freedom of Religion Outweigh Discrimination in the Marketplace? The answers are not so easily apparent in a sin-cursed world. That is why we have courts to attempt to balance the needs of the individual and the rights of the many. It’s a poor, human system but, it’s the best we’ve got before Christ’s return.
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