Over the last 25 years a new word has become prevalent in the field of individual health and development – Mindfulness. Based squarely in Buddhist philosophy, the principles of Mindfulness are far from new, so it might be surprising that thousands of organisations as diverse as the NHS, Google, the Methodist, Baptist and Anglican Churches and the British Army have recently introduced it as a development tool. Christians, on the other hand, who base their beliefs upon Scripture, will not be surprised to find that Mindfulness is simply another deception: a subtle mechanism to distort Christ’s message and lead people away from God. Why are Mindfulness and Christianity incompatible? Read More
Newcomers to the Bible often comment upon its apparent obsession with sex. Ask the average non-believer what sin is to a Christian and more often than not the answer will have something to do with sex.
There is no question that inferences to sexual behaviour are present from Genesis to Revelation. Some believers even go so far as to attribute a sexual act to the symbolism of the consumption of the forbidden fruit by Eve and there is some evidence (not least in the absence of Cain from the Genesis 5 Book of Adam’s generations) to support that theory. Read More
Churches concentrate on love – God’s love, the love that Christ showed to us by His sacrifice, and the love that we must invoke in our relationships with others. They say that Christ’s love is exemplified in a message of peace and tolerance. This message underlies the wholly inadequate and dangerous, Alpha Course which has attracted huge criticism from genuine Christians on the web (for example here [no endorsement]) and yet enjoys the support of dozens of denominations – a fact that prompted one Christian to comment, “beloved, discern the times!”
Love is, of course, the entire basis upon which Christianity rests, but what is it and how should we apply it? Without the many balancing and defining directives and tests which the Bible sets out (for example, “if you love me you will keep my commandments”) the entire message risks distortion. The Bible needs to be studied to determine the right application of love. Read More
People reasonably ask the question: what is the Bible actually about? I suspect that many people, including me earlier in life, tried to read it but got bogged down in seemingly irrelevant stories of snakes and trees, incomprehensible laws and a lot of blood and gore.
Alex Jones, the infamous proprietor of “conspiracy theory” radio and television outlet, Infowars, has been de-platformed. Infowars and its right-wing commentator known for his outlandish rants about the global elite and “gay frogs” can no longer be found on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Apple and Spotify. For now, at least, he remains on Twitter. [On 6 September 2018 it was reported that Jones has been permanently banned from Twitter.] Read More
What could be more important than knowing God? What could be more serious than knowing the wrong God? Are you prepared to lay aside everything you think you know about God and seek His face anew one more time?
This is not another article offering a date when the world will end, since already it’s the end of the world as we know it – or rather knew it. Recent changes in everything from climate to social media have seen the world undergo the greatest change in the history of mankind; and it is not over yet. The Bible tells us to watch out for signs of Jesus’s second coming and in Matt 16:2-3 he castigated the Pharisees for their inability to discern the signs of the time. Those signs are showing up at an alarming rate, but they are not all present now. We can know with certainty that Christ will not appear tomorrow because the Bible tells us that certain conditions must be met and events transpire before He appears (2 Thes 2:3) and these simply have not occurred yet. Nevertheless, many indications suggest that everything will soon be in place and that the most catastrophic period in the history of the world is soon to engulf us all. Whether that is one or two, or ten, twenty or fifty years away, we cannot know; but when it does come, our survival will depend upon the closeness of our relationship with God. Read More
What is ecumenism?
The principle or aim of promoting unity among the world’s Christian Churches.
Oxford English Dictionary
Sounds good, but what sounds good is not always actually good. What does Paul say? Read More