The woes in the Bible are important to take note of. One seems to specifically address ministry popularity unlike anything else. It is also related to a characteristic of the false prophets. Ponder it carefully:
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. (Luke 6:26)
NOTE: The very thing that many seek after—having all men speak well of them—is the exact thing that Christians, especially teachers, should never seek after. It is not a characteristic which reflects spiritual achievement or sound doctrine. That type of popularity comes at a high price—compromise. When preachers soften the Biblical message for the sake of the favor of the audience, truth becomes a side issue or even a non-issue. That in turn leads to false doctrine, sin and the destruction of precious SOULS. True servants of God are commanded to teach the message of the Bible, even when it is not popular and may upset the hearers. That is how the Lord and his followers did it. Truth is what people vitally need, even if the majority walk away after hearing it, as happened with the Lord Jesus (John 6:66). Until people get exposed to, and acquainted with God’s truth, they will be easy prey for the devil.
Did you notice in Luke 6:26 that the false prophets (who are dangerous deceivers) tend to be well liked?That proves one’s popularity doesn’t mean he is sound or is serving God. So what is the criterion? The Scriptures are the test of sound teaching (2 Tim. 3:16,17). If one is proclaiming pleasant fine-sounding things (which allow for immorality and the possession of eternal life at the same time), he is speaking empty words (Eph. 5:5-7), even though they may seem to exalt the cross or the Lord Jesus somehow. That is a common tactic which is used in our day and by which some are duped by. Reader, stay alert and know that the true message from the HOLY Spirit will stress holy living and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Heb 12:14)
Harry Potter is a fictional character created by the author J.K. Rowling in the early 1990’s. Harry Potter has been an issue of controversy for parents and educators alongside the rise in popularity of the Harry Potter book series and movies. One of the main concerns for parents and Christians is that Harry Potter, a “wizard,” spreads the idea of the occult especially to young and impressionable children. Many worry that the popularity of Harry Potter is correlated to the deadly rise in the interest of witchcraft, a soul-damning sin (Rev. 21:8).
Bible Teacher Dan Corner speaks out about these concerns and others, regarding the popularity of Harry Potter, witchcraft and the occult. To read Dan Corner’s Christian teachings visit http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/
On that website you can find information on the occult as well as an actual radio interview with Dan Corner about Harry Potter and much more.
Divorce is not the dissolution of a marriage—death is, according to the Bible (Rom. 7:2,3). However, as far as our society views it, about 50% of all marriages in the USA end in divorce. The divorce rate actually increases for the second “marriage” and even more for the third “marriage.” Those statistics are distressing but true, and such an epidemic of divorce has led to a proliferation of adultery. In the 20th century the occurrence of divorce has greatly increased because of TV. There are multiple reasons for divorce, but the most common is infidelity. With the false teaching of eternal security, proponents are wrongly thinking they will remain saved even if they stray into adultery. Hence, divorces continue to increase.
Using Biblical passages, Dan Corner discusses divorce and possible remarriage, as well as Christian dating. To read Bible related truths on marriage, divorce, remarriage, adultery and other issues regarding sex and morality, please visit http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/sex.htm.
The word eternity signifies an expanse of time that many people struggle to wrap their heads around. Other words like forever and infinity are equated with eternity to help us grasp exactly what the word means in the most literal sense. The concept of the word eternity is even harder for people to truly understand or be able to speak about with authority. This is not a new concept, as the likes of Aristotle have argued for it. To an average person, the idea of eternity is just time without end. Dan Corner discusses the word and concept of eternity as well as its full weight and meaning on his website.
The Catholic church continues to present an image of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that is so distorted it is actually Biblically unrecognizable and dangerous! To just single out one of their distortions from the long list of glorified titles and exalted roles the Catholic Mary has been given, the one stating she is the Refuge of Sinners has led to many misguided prayers to her for salvation itself. Imagine that! Sincere people, who want salvation and recognize their own spiritual needs, are going to a non-existent female refuge of sinners, instead of the precious Lord Jesus himself, who is the real Refuge of Sinners! Catholics should realize since the dying thief went to Jesus directly, without any help from Mary, and he got forgiven and found salvation (Lk. 23:42,43), then such will also work for them today. May Catholics go to Jesus as we are shown to do, instead of another, who can’t produce the important desired results.