Terminology Tuesday: Materialism

*A philosophical outlook that contends that physical matter is the only reality or category of existence, so that everything that exists is a manifestation of the material (rather than a manifestation of the mind). In more popular parlance, the term refers to pursuit of money and possessions as a central goal of human existence. See also monism.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki &, Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 76

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Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Monasticism

*A way of life within the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions that emphasizes celibacy, life-in-community, poverty, common worship, silence and contemplation. The monastic movement spawned monasteries as places in which monks could live and work together, generally as cloistered from the larger society.

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Brian Mason

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki &, Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 80

Attacks Against Sri Lankan Christians On The Rise From Buddhist Radicals

Please pray for the safety of the Pastors and churches being persecuted in Sri Lanka and world wide persecution of Christians. Please pray the the persecutors are touched by the Holy Spirit and repent of their crimes against God’s people. Please read the following blog article from persecution.org:

http://www.persecution.org/2014/07/10/attacks-against-sri-lankan-christians-on-the-rise-from-buddhist-radicals/

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Brian Mason

Interesting Response To “Peaceful Muslims”?

There are many good points brought up in this video. Any Muslim comments?

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/unusual-answer-panelist-receives-standing-ovation-benghazi-coalition

Please pray for the Muslims to repent and ask THE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST for forgiveness! We as Christians are to love our enemies and that I stress!

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Brian Mason

Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen To Good People?

Good question heh? Well to begin with we live in an Adamic fallen world.

Romans 3: 9-12

9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”

From the Word of God “no one does good”

The good news is that those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior will be saved!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Muslims And Buddhist’s Murder 1500 Christians!

I will very rarely post from other sources, however I ask Christians to pray for peace and the war against Christians and Jews! Theodore Shoebat’s article is very disconcerting.

http://shoebat.com/2014/06/28/muslims-buddhists-work-together-destroy-1500-christians/

*”Rescue Christians has brought many Christians into Sri Lanka, but now the tides of hope are shifting, and the devils of both Buddhism and Islam are cooperating to destroy Christian lives. As our Lord tells us:

How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. (Mark 3:23-27)”

Please pray for the persecuted and the persecutors!

God Bless!

Brian Mason

* Theodore Shoebat

Why Would God Allow “Unnecessary” Suffering?

Since God is God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, why would He allow “unnecessary” suffering?

By stating the word “unnecessary” does that mean that it is “unnecessary”? By the fall of Adam we brought this into the world by our his free will, that was God given. To say the word “unnecessary” we must first put it into context. First how can you ascertain a definition as to what unnecessary suffering is? God can allow such suffering in the world as a direct result of rebellion against Him.

When the attack on the World Trade Center occurred, it was quite common to hear “where was God when this happened?” My answer and others was “right where you put Him”. Remove Him from schools, disobey His commands, celebrate sin and pure paganism by worshiping idols and coveting and ask why would God allow this is a self-answering question.

You see, by stating the word “unnecessary” simply does not mean it is correct! By stating the word you must know what “necessary” suffering is. We do not know this answer as mere mortals and we likely deserve more! I would like to think that if God was NOT in control how horrific a planet we would have! He puts the brakes on sin through His holy grace!

Remember that ALL suffering is a direct result of human free will resulting in sin. It is Adamic in nature as well as our human nature to sin!

Remember that the suffering will not go on forever for the believers. We have a Savior and His name is Jesus Christ!

Romans 1: 20 (ESV)

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

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Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Determinism

*Any theory that sees all events, including human behavior, as the necessary result of prior causes. Naturalistic determinism sees all events as part of an inflexible and unalterable chain of cause and effect in the physical universe. Theological determinism sees all events as being directly caused by God. Many theologians (although there are notable exceptions) reject both naturalistic and theological determinism because both theories seem to contradict the possibility of human freedom of choice, which in their view leaves humans morally not responsible for their actions.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki &, Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 38

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Brian Mason

Holy Water: More Roman Catholic Heresy

It is in fact not found in any of the Holy Scriptures. It is a heresy of the Roman Catholic Church.

*“The use of holy water in the earliest days of the Christian Era is attested by documents of only comparatively late date. The “Apostolic Constitutions”, the redaction of which goes back to about the year 400, attribute to the Apostle St. Matthew the precept of using holy water. The letter written under the name of Pope Alexander I, who lived in the second century, is apocryphal and of more recent times; hence the first historical testimony does not go back beyond the fifth century. However, it is permissible to suppose for the sake of argument that, in the earliest Christian times, water was used for expiatory and purificatory purposes, to a way analogous to its employment under the Jewish Law.”
*(http://www.newadvent.org) emphasis added.

In fact some eastern religions, Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists employ the use of so-called Holy Water.

**“In Ancient Greek religion, a holy water called chernips (Greek: χέρνιψ) was created when a torch from a religious shrine was extinguished in it. In Greek religion, purifying people and locations with water was part of the process of distinguishing the sacred from the profane.
The Book of Numbers mentions using water in a test for the purity of a wife accused of marital infidelity. A ritual would be performed involving the drinking of water. If she participated in the ritual, and she was guilty, she is supposedly cursed to miscarry any pregnancy. If she was still able to bear children, then she was presumed innocent.
Sikhs use the Punjabi term amrita (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) for the holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna.
In Wicca and other ceremonial magic traditions a similar substance is produced when salt is mixed with water. It is consecrated and used in many religious ceremonies and rituals.
Bathing in holy water is a key element in Hinduism, and the Ganges is considered the holiest Hindu river.’

**(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_water#cite_note-5)

The Book of Numbers mentioning the use of water for purification was of Old Testament Jewish purification law and has been abolished since the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. And that means nothing today when the Roman Catholic Church professes to be still under the Law!

Numbers 8:7 (ESV) 7 Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves.

Please pray for the Roman Catholic and all others that rely on such heretical ceremonies! We are saved by faith alone!
Romans 4: 5 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

God Bless!

Brian Mason