Something is amiss when Christians pray the way unbelievers pray. Just recently I read this about Latvia in : “Christianity is characterized by nominalism. You don’t have to be born again to want these or love these. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). To pray for temporal protection without caring and praying for the far greater protection sounds compassionate to the world — and to nominal Christians — but not to those who live in the light. Christians do not pray for less, but for more — infinitely more. True Christians press on with Jesus in the conviction that we should care about Christians hold fast to the conviction that 85 years of protection, shelter, food, clothing, health, peace, prosperity, social justice, comfort, and happiness, followed by an eternity of misery, is not a good life.
I’m really happy, and it’s getting pretty serious.” It’s a conversation I’ve had a few times. Being the inquisitor I am, my probing eventually lands on the catch: “He’s not a Believer but…” There’s always a “but,” isn’t there?For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although 60% belong to a Christian confession, only a small minority actually practice their faith.” With varying percentages, the same is true everywhere Christianity has spread. They pray for protection, and shelter, and food, and clothing, and health, and peace, and prosperity, and social justice, and comfort, and happiness. They have no real heartfelt affections for the beauty of such prayers. Therefore, nominal Christians will deflect the exposure of their spiritual emptiness by twisting such prayers inside out and saying things like, “All you care about is pie in the sky.” Or, “Empty bellies don’t care about religion.” Or, “What people need is love, not religion.” Or, “You can’t even pray people’s needs without a few pious platitudes.” And so on. Except in the eyes of other nominal Christians — who do have a few million Twitter accounts.He is author of more than 50 books, including Reading the Bible Supernaturally. Countless nominal Christians in all the nations of the world pray almost every day. All of these good things are things the world wants. The difference is that Christians are people who have a new nature through the new birth. But true Christians refuse to stop loving just because nominal Christians mock that we care about eternity.In Egyptian chronological studies, the patriarchs are dated earlier than ever before. In spite of this, there has been little research conducted on the relationship between Abraham and Mesopotamia in this new chronological revolution. Mesopotamia, the land that is today part of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, is home to one of the oldest civilizations to have ever been discovered. It is here that the civilizations of Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria existed. He said he’ll go to church with me, he was burned by a church once or he’s really open to spiritual things, so it’s only a matter of time, right?Our hearts so long for connection and intimacy with others that justification has to be employed at the expense of our better judgement. Augustine's statement: "the deliberate sin of the first man is the cause of original sin" (De nupt. It is the hereditary stain that is dealt with here. From the earliest times the latter sense of the word was more common, as may be seen by St.