Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Praying In Tongues?

[Various audio clips of individuals praying in tongues...]

What you're hearing is commonly referred to as speaking in tongues. But it's not. It's just gibberish. No where in the Bible are we told to pray like this. In fact, there's not one verse in the Bible that encourages prayer in tongues.

What about the book of Acts? Well, the gift of tongues was given to share the gospel, so everyone could hear it in their own language.

What about in 1 Corinthians 14? Well it's there Paul says, "If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also." That's not encouraging prayer in tongues, it's discouraging the practice.

But verse 39 says don't forbid speaking in tongues! Right, and the context is to prophesy, not private prayer. What is the gift of tongues for? It is "a sign not for believers but for unbelievers," to hear the gospel spoken in their own language. Read every passage on tongues with that understanding. It's not a prayer language, and it's especially not incoherent babbling.

Jesus said, "When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the pagans do. Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

Jesus prayed clear prayers, and so should we, when we understand the text.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Said an Unborn Child Is a Person?

Hillary Clinton: "The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."

Bernie Sanders: "I do agree with the Secretary. I don't believe there's any constitutional protection for the unborn."

For decades we have been arguing: Is a child in the womb a person or not? Those who are pro-abortion have justified killing babies by denying they're babies at all. They call them "fetuses" and "tissue," avoiding any words that might attribute personhood.

But that's over now. It's out in the open, in print and on TV. A child in the womb is a person who deserves no rights. They claim their cause is noble, defending women's rights or health care, while denying rights and murdering those they acknowledge are people. How is this not an oppressive, murderous holocaust?

The Bible warns that in the last days, people will be lovers of self, proud, arrogant, abusive, unholy, heartless, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

Among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning -- even understanding these children are people! -- yet never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Proverbs 31:8 "Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute." The unborn are people, and even their enemies know it. Speak loud on their behalf. Call for repentance and preach the gospel of Christ, our only salvation from our murderous sins, when we understand the text.