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Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in the this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. I Corinthians 15:12-19
Soundbytes are not usually fair representations of significant issues and always inappropriate when used out of context. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what these two pastors are saying:
followed by this…
Now that you’ve heard more from these pulpits, does that change your perspective? One is Obama’s pastor. One is McCain’s spiritual advisor. If only Obama would change his position on abortion, then he would at least be consistent with the overall message given by these ministers. I’ve got to admit, that while I feel very blessed to be an American, I also don’t always feel that America deserves God’s blessing. I think most people can understand that distinction. After watching these longer clips, I’m reminded of the necessity for prayer on my knees, “God save America.”
Joel Osteen has an extremely popular book called “Your Best Life Now.”
But what about the next life after this life?
When it comes to our eternal souls and the next life, Joel bombed a huge opportunity on the Larry King Live show to share the Truth and the good news of Jesus Christ with all those viewers!!! Amazingly, Joel Olsteen, pastor of America’s largest evangelical Christian congregation, seemed downright afraid to speak the truth! (“But keep buying my books & keep those tithes, gifts, and offerings coming!”)
The Apostle Paul declared: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” –Romans 1:16
“Neither is there any salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” –Acts 4:12
You and I my friend, are both one day closer to kicking the bucket than we were yesterday. Certainly, this life is important and we should try to make the most of it, but your life will be only wasted if you are not prepared for the all-important life hereafter.
If you take the Word at its word, it is God’s Word. Because it is God’s Word, it is truth (John 17:17), it is inerrant (John 10:35), it is sufficient for every Christian need (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Are you a real disciple ofJesus? The way you treat the Bible tells the tale (John 8:31-32). It is the end result of a long, deliberate process (Hebrews 1:1-2), done through men moved by the Holy Spirit who wrote out God’s self-revelation, rather than products of their own will (2 Peter 1:20-21).
And it’s markedly complete. No essential God-breathed book has been found that antedates Genesis, nor any that post-dates Revelation. The whole vital, need-to-know story and all the details are there: God, man, the universe, the meaning of life and everything. How it all started, how it all ends, what we’re to be believing and doing (and not believing nor doing) in the meanwhile.
And there’s so much of it. Sixty-six books chock-full of revelation. So much that most professing Christians (to our shame) have never even read it all.
In the light of that, what explains a movement that in effect trivializes it all? (emphasis mine)
There’s no point in reinventing the wheel on this issue. Pyromaniac’s lively post is much more interesting to read than anything I could have come up with anyway. :-) Full Post Here Plus, another excellent post at Four Simpsons!