I am a big SW fan, but hearing that Disney chose to depart from the canon, I am worried that they wound up just making a flashy movie about a space war and completely missed the point. I have been at the midnight openings of all the recent movies, I am just not sure if I will this time.
 November 19, 2015 at 1:35am
As you read 1 and 2 John notice key phrases… THE Antichrist was already in the world at the writing of this (1 John 4:3). Anyone who denies Christ is an antichrist whether it be an atheist, muslim, or hindu. Remember these things were written to the 1st century Christians about the persecution they were going to see. We’ve been in the last days (the Christian age) since everything was fulfilled in the 1st century. The only thing we’re waiting for is Christ’s 2nd coming. Therefore all this talk about one Antichrist coming today is not scripturally sound.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
 November 18, 2015 at 2:14pm
Wait a minute, so you have Christ in your life (you’re surrounded by religiously minded folks) but your life is not in Christ, correct?
 November 12, 2015 at 2:47pm
Idiocracy or Demolition Man….take your pick because both of them are coming true.
You’re missing the point, it’s a college course. People are free to choose if they want to take it or not. The problem is middle school and high school classes where the child is forced to take it without any way to opt out.
 November 11, 2015 at 1:33pm
If atheist churches are a thing, does that mean the FFRF is promoting religion? Then they too are in violation of “seperation of church and state.”
 November 10, 2015 at 1:17pm
Actually, the prophecies most people point to more accurately describe the destruction of Jerusalem rather than our times (just where is America mentioned?). It’s plain that the signs Jesus was talking about was of the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus was explaining two separate events in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. The first of which there would be signs so people could flee the destruction of the city in AD 70. The second, His coming, to which there were no signs (could anybody flee Christ’s 2nd coming by going into the mountains?) If all of it were end time events then why are Jews suddenly angry that we get delivered to synagogues? (Mark 13:9) Why is He saying “you” in reference to the inner 4 who is there at the time if He actually means future people? I just beg people to read all 3 gospel accounts and ask yourselves, who is Jesus talking to, what prompted the conversation, and does giving you over to synagogues and rulers apply to Christians today or of the 1st century?
Yeah, that's what I always thought. The prophecies seem to refer to 1950 years ago, not today. But really, what's different about today compared to dozens of other times. Jews are always being attacked. Evil cultures are always murdering. I don't see what it is about this decade that is different from others.
[-1] November 9, 2015 at 3:43pm
I also think that because so many people believe in a rapture, it’s the reason good people are doing nothing. They think Christ is coming soon due to “signs” (which He said there would be none) and so He’ll rescue them from everything.
I’m sure I’ll get berated for this view but let’s get one thing straight, I believe Christ will come again but not to set up a kingdom (He’s already set up His kingdom and is reigning in heaven now). It’s plain that the signs He was talking about was of the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus was explaining two separate events in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. If these were end time events then why are Jews suddenly angry that we get delivered to synagogues? (Mark 13:9) Why is He saying “you” in reference to the inner 4 who is there at the time if He actually means future people? I just beg people to read all 3 gospel accounts and ask yourselves, who is Jesus talking to, what prompted the conversation, and does giving you over to synagogues and rulers apply to Christians today or of the 1st century?
 November 9, 2015 at 12:16pm
I find it odd too, Monk. They’re stopping the practice of drawing religious figures cause it insults religion, namely Islam. So instead of getting upset that they’re teaching religion at all they focus on this. I mean even when I was in school we never learned about Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, or any other religion. People were too scared to teach religion in case someone got offended. The only time it was brought up was in history class, for example the crusades or Joan of Arc and it didn’t go into the detail of faith. So my question is, if the Christian faith is not allowed to be practiced in school then why is religion even being taught?
 November 6, 2015 at 9:21pm
This is why congregations should be autonomous. Have local men run the congregation instead of having to depend on a committee and a headquarters based in another state or even country that decides on your congregations needs. That way if your denomination splits from Biblical teaching you don’t have to have their permission to go on your own.
November 6, 2015 at 2:39pm
I guess I should clarify my statements so there’s no confusion. When I talk about our beliefs as a whole I’m talking about all the congregations. If I go to a congregation in Texas I should be able to find the same beliefs as my home congregation without the need of an earthly headquarters dictating the beliefs of all the congregations. That individual congregation still has structure though. It’s shepherded by the local men who attend there and have desired the office of Bishop (pastor, elder, shepherd, overseer, they all mean the same thing but we don’t call them pastors or Bishops usually to avoid confusion with the rest of the world’s teachings).
November 6, 2015 at 2:23pm
We don’t use a creed book or have a president or committee to keep all the beliefs in line. We are united through our belief in the Bible and what it says. Generally most congregations are in agreement when it comes to doctrinal matters, however, there have been some congregations and even people who have split off from the truth and we try to distance ourselves from their false teachings (Max Lucado for example). First it’s good though to try and bring them back but if they will not listen then we just let them go their own way. But as I have said our go to is what’s in the Bible. If it’s not in there we don’t add to it.
Freunlaven- As for structure I think you need to reread my last comment. We don’t have a one man pastor system nor a committee. Each congregation has two or more elders that oversee it and under them are the deacons. We have structure and it comes from Biblical example.
As for the disagreement it is brought up to the individual congregation which the members attend.
November 6, 2015 at 2:07am
I don’t belong to a denomination, regardless of how others view the church. We have no earthly headquarters and each congregation is autonomous which means it’s run by two or more elders, not by one “pastor.” The church I have been added to and belong to is the church of Christ.
November 5, 2015 at 3:41pm
Let’s strip out everything for a moment and let me ask you these simple questions. According to your views one only need say a prayer and ask Jesus into their hearts, correct?
If we have nothing to do with our salvation then isn’t asking Jesus into your heart doing something with your salvation? If you don’t do it are you saved?
I just want you to know I’m not a Catholic so I don’t hold the views of infant baptism. The Bible teaches it is for believers and babies don’t fall into that realm. I just want to clarify my stance.
 November 4, 2015 at 11:09pm
Also reading through some of the replies, you mentioned the thief on the cross. Here’s a few points to consider…
A) We don’t know if the thief was baptized or not. He could have been baptized when John the Baptist was doing his ministry and some time later fell into sin again. The point is we do not know anything about the thief’s life except while on the cross.
B) While Christ was on earth He had the power to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6). Now that He is in heaven we have to do it as He commanded.
C) The thief was also on the side of the old testament law. Christ’s law did not come into effect until after He died Hebrews 9:16-17.
 November 4, 2015 at 10:58pm
I really urge you to read Hebrews 11 and James 2.
1 Corinthians is taken way out of context. I would recommend reading verses 10-25. Paul is thankful he didn’t baptize certain people because they were being divided by who baptized who. He’s trying to get the point across that it doesn’t matter who baptizes you as apparent by verse 13. He asks, “was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” Christ was crucified for us and we baptize in His name (Acts 19:5).
Now for verse 17: Yes, Paul was sent to preach the word and he goes on to say, “not with wisdom of words lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” The wisdom of words is what is being described, not baptism because if you keep reading Paul goes on to talk about those who consider themselves wise but are actually fools. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe.
Therefore, I ask the same thing in my previous response, if God commands it and you don’t do it, are you saved? Did God freely give the promised land to the nation of Israel or did He give them the means to attain the land? Salvation is a gift and with any gift you have to make the effort to receive it and unwrap it. We are separated from God and we must come to Him on *His* terms, not ours. Part of that is His command for baptism to have our sins washed away. Colossians 2:12
 November 4, 2015 at 1:24am
4truth2all- If baptism is a command and you don’t obey it, are you saved? I don’t understand how something can be both a command and a suggestion at the same time.
Ephesians 2 states that by grace through faith you are saved. What is faith? James 2 and Hebrews 11 show exactly what it is and it isn’t simply believing. You have to do what God commanded. Yes we are saved by grace but isn’t saying a prayer, a work?! If it’s something you do in order to be saved then why is it a reach to say one must be buried in baptism to be saved? It’s not something I came up with but what God said for us to submit to in order to put us in Christ (Romans 6:1-11). Yes, we must submit to baptism. It is not an act you can do by yourself. You actually have to have someone to baptize you! The dead can’t bury themselves. But as Freunlaven pointed out, 1Peter 3:21 states that baptism does also now save.
Baptism is not the only step though. I would dare say that in order for one to be saved, you would agree that one needs to hear the word, believe it, repent, and confess Christ… all things that are commanded for you to do so why stop short of baptism? No matter what, saying a prayer is just as much a work as being baptized. If one were truly saved by grace alone then there would be no need of prayer, you’d be just saved one day and we know that’s not how God works. He is no respector of people. And grace has been given to all men so are all men saved?
 November 3, 2015 at 1:45pm
Yes, God did use women in certain instances to fulfill His will but how come there were no women Apostles? Jesus Himself didn’t conform to the cultural norms of the day so the teaching on women isn’t a cultural reference. Men can be just as uneducated as women can be educated. Jesus didn’t call the educated of His day, He called fishermen and tax collectors. They could also have easily handled God’s word wrong (and did when you read the epistles).
Yes, us women have certain roles but we are not to overstep our bounds just as men aren’t. I can’t be the head of the household if I’m married and the husband can’t (shouldn’t) take on a submissive role. God designed the church and its function like that of the home. Christ is the head and the church, His bride. We are to submit to His will. The men are the ones to lead services and the women are to learn and worship. That doesn’t mean the husband has rule over his wife. The wife is a help mate but within her designated role.
God designed worship and the home to be within certain specifications. Just because a person wants to do something doesn’t mean they should. I mean Rachel Dolezal and Bruce Jenner can claim they are what they’re not but it doesn’t change the fact that God made them as white or male. So too with the roles in church and at home.