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Christian Worldview

Santa should be fired

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After much thought and deliberation, it is my considered opinion that Santa should be fired, or a least be given a voluntary retirement package. 

He’s done a good job over the years, who can deny that, but his time has come and he has reached his expiry date.

Before you get irate over the proposed ending of such a traditional tradition, please consider my reasoning.

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forgiveness

Why forgiveness must be unconditional, not conditional

Should I always forgive someone who has harmed or hurt me or should I only forgive if the person repents? I have friends who have been harmed in many ways. One friend recalls how an overzealous corporal humiliated him in the army in front of others. Another friend remembers the pain of a close friend taking advantage of her. Another friend recollects the enormous betrayal of an unfaithful spouse. My counsel to all of them has been to forgive the offender, to release the debt of hurt and pain, and to trust God to ultimately correct all wrongs. Sometimes the offender has repented in other cases not.

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Church Mission

What is the mission of the church? (part 1)

You may be surprised to know that this is a hotly debated subject in Christian circles. One would assume that church leaders would be more united in answering this vital question.

Why does the church exist?

What is the church’s primary goal? 

There are a wide variety of views.

Show me the money

Paul and Janice Crouch, the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, built up a single Christian station into the world’s largest Christian television network.  And things have turned out well for them.  The network’s donors help fund generous salaries of R4 million a year for Paul and R3.5 million for his wife, Janice.   There are other perks as well, including a TBN-owned jet and 30 homes across the country, among them a pair of mansions and a ranch in Texas. 

Pastor Paul Crouch calls it “God’s economy of giving,” and here is how it works.  People who donate to Trinity Broadcasting Network will reap financial blessings from a grateful God.   The more they give TBN, the more God will give them.  Being broke or in debt is no excuse not to write a check. In fact, it’s an ideal opportunity for God is especially generous to those who give when they can least afford it.  Crouch told his viewers during a telethon that, “He’ll give you thousands, hundreds of thousands, and He’ll give millions and billions of dollars.”

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Bible

Do you like God, but dislike the Bible?

I’m sure you have many friends who claim to be very spiritual, who love connecting with “God”, enjoy “feeling” his universal love, and even go on “spiritual” retreats and meditations.  God is viewed as the life-giving force we all need to connect to, he is the Universe that empowers all life.  These friends just love “God”. But when you ask them about the Bible, they think it’s irrelevant, patriarchal, just opinions or even hateful.  The Bible is definitely not authoritative, respected or even listened to.