Religious or Christian?

I’ll be honest. I have not looked up the definitions to these terms. These are my opinions. I hope they will bring clarification to those who think everyone who goes to church is religious.

Religious: Someone who has a belief in God, may or may not go to church, and who claims affiliation with one denomination/belief system, or another. This group would include those who asked Jesus to save them, read their Bible sometimes (or not), and ignore God most of the time. They have their “fire insurance” giving them a free ticket out of hell, but they don’t take God very seriously. These are people who would rather go to a football game, stay home and watch their favorite TV show, go fishing, etc., than go to church and worship the God who saved them. Some religious people go to church on Sunday morning (only), put on their spiritual faces and lift their hands in praise. then they go home and cuss out their kids or neighbors, watch the garbage our society calls enterntainment on TV, and live the same as always. Sorry if I sound critical. I’m not trying to be. I’m just clarifying the differences here.

Christian: someone who tries to follow Christ. Christ is the first part of the world. The word Christian was first used in Antioch after Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, and was used to describe the twelve apostles. If you read the scriptures and study the life of the apostles, you will find that they were dedicated to the purpose of evangelization, the spreading of the gospel. But they didn’t just talk about Jesus and the price He paid to deliver us from hell; they helped and encouraged others; they reached out to the poor and needy. They lived what they believed. A Christian is someone who gives God/Jesus first place in his/her life. We still make mistakes and mess up, but we try to live what we believe.

I once heard a preacher ask this question: “If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

No one is perfect. We will never be perfect in this life. But just as we should do our best on the job, at home with our families, as parents, we should also give our best to Jesus. He deserves it more than anyone.

So if you are a religious person, I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to ask Jesus to save you from your sin (nature) and then get an Authorized (AV) King James Bible, get involved with a church who uses and believes that Bible, (they are getting hard to find, but ask God and He will direct your path), and study that Bible. There are many good study Bibles out there. I like the Open Bible, but Dakes, Henry Morris, Schofield, are a few of the good study Bibles. Another is Thompson Chain Reference. Take your time to look at each one, see what features might best help you and appeal to you. Read it every day, looking up the cross references and reading the commentary notes. As you grow in the knowledge of the Lord you will be able to discern opinion in the commentary from truth.

Don’t expect to agree with everything a pastor/preacher says. They are human too and can be just as wrong as we are, but they have studied more than we, are (hopefully) called of God to the pulpit (which eliminates female pastors: see I Tim. 2:11-14). Just be willing to listen, take notes, and ponder what he says when you get home. If you have questions, ask the pastor or Sunday School teacher. (Yes, adults needs Sunday School too.) Many churches have a new converts class. If the church you choose does, that would be a good place to start.

Some words in the Bible are words we don’t use today: throughly (not the same as thoroughly), ensample (not the same as example), and a few others. As you become familiar with your Bible you will soon be able to understand the thees, thous, thine, and so forth.

I recommend starting your study with the gospel of John, then go back to Matthew and read the rest of the gospels. Many people believe that there are mistakes in the Bible because some of the accounts of events in the gospels differ from one another. Each gospel writer is showing us a different aspect of Jesus and His ministry and so focus on different details. It’s like what details you include when viewing an accident. You may only cite those details that you think matter. In the case of the Bible, God inspired every word, based on what He wanted told by that writer.

Proverbs is the book of wisdom in the Bible.

Movie Review: War Room

I have seen this movie twice. When it is available on DVD I will purchase a copy. It is the best movie on the power of prayer I have ever seen.

The movie brings out several points:

1) You can go to church and still not really know how to do battle in prayer.

2) A lukewarm Christian has NO access to God’s blessings. Rev. 3:16 says, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” This is Jesus the Christ speaking.

3) When we battle with our family members we are leaving God out of the situation and trying to handle it ourselves. No one wins in these situations, and families implode.

4) God has given us weapons in His word to use in prayer to fight the real enemy: Satan.

5) Mercy and grace are freely available in Christ. It is our job to share them. It is not our job to try to change someone else, or to judge and criticize.

6) When you have a burden you really want God to handle, that you really want to change, you need to get out of God’s way and let Him handle it.

This is a call to arms for Christians. We fight the world system with prayer, compassion, mercy, and grace. We show the love of Christ instead of condemnation and criticism.

Satan’s Bid For Your Child–Final Chapter


In 1946 Dr. Leland Bradford, an executive of the National Education Association, and a number of social psychologists worked with Kurt Lewin, a pioneer behavioral scientist, researching how science could change a man’s behavior. They surveyed the work of numbers of behaviorists and sought out new methods of re-educating human behavior and social relationships. A technique was developed which they called “sensitivity training.” Dr. Bradford and his associates then decided to open shop in a large rambling Victorian estate in Bethel, Maine.

Another view of man held by sensitivity theorists is that an individual is actually many persons. He is continually faced with deciding what he is.

Here is an example of sensitivity training. Some nude marathons last 20-48 hours. Some have been staged in California under the direction of psychotherapist Paul Bindrim. Bindrim maintains that man’s clothes are both a safe-guard for his privacy and a self-imposed constraint to keep out people whom he fears. Listen! You don’t realize this, but nudity is coming to your child’s school room. There is a high school in this area that has already had a play with a nude actor.

Marathons are held in which no words are spoken; only non-sense noises are made. Gestures are permitted as well as looks, stances, and caresses. Often the people slap each other freely. Finally they collapse on the floor in a giant tangle of sublimely relaxed bodies. Sometimes people emerge from these sensitivity encounters virtually shouting, “I’m changed! I’m saved!”

Do you get it? A group of people, about the size of our choir, take off their shoes, blindfold themselves, walk around feeling each other, scream dirty four-letter words as they wish, identify someone by feeling him and hollering his name, fall back in a trance into the arms of another, and collapse in a big quagmire of human flesh on the floor feeling their way around, feeling everybody’s body while blindfolded. That is so-called “scholarship.” It’s coming to America!

Dr. Carl Rogers says, “This differs from religious conversion in that the person is saved of himself rather than from the outside.”

Now, get this. The sensitivity oriented worship service was demonstrated at the World Council of Churches’ Assembly. At this Assembly in August 1968, at Uppsala, Sweden, Mr. McGaw of WBSI at LaJolla, California said, “We find ourselves a putt-putt church in a go-go world.” In their “touch and tell” service, everyone held hands in a circle during silent prayer to begin the service. Physical contact supposedly stimulates prayer. (I say it stimulates the need for it!) Each worshiper takes his turn to stand in the center of the circle, close his eyes, fall backwards, and be passed from one member of the group to another.

Recently in two congregations in the Baltimore area, about 30 people had a sensitivity session. One of the preachers had a predominately black congregation and the other was white. Part of the session was non-verbal and they danced and hugged each other. Most participants said they had a good time. I can imagine they did.

Let’s go further. Some of the liberal churches are making every effort to have the sensitivity training as demonstrated by the World Council of Churches’ film, “Another Pilgrim.” In the final scene of this film the pastor stands nude before his congregation! Yes! Listen carefully, because some of you are supporting this filth. Why was the pastor nude? He wanted to demonstrate complete honesty to his flock. That’s church!

That film, however, is but a feeble gesture compared with the primitive nude orgy recently staged by the “Living Theater” at a suburban Madison, Wisconsin church. The UPI report points out the new direction the church is taking. Orgiastic nudity and sensitivity training have moved up to the godless temple which now frantically seeks something or someone to worship. The newspaper account tells us that “seven members of the audience stripped naked. There was swearing, spitting, arguing, and flesh pile. The general scene made Dante’s Inferno look like a temperance union meeting. The pastor said he allowed the performance simply on the terms of civil liberties.

I am already uncomfortable writing this. Since this booklet was first published in 1971, and subsequent printings were also in the 70’s, I decided to do some research to see if this is still going on today. I would encourage anyone wanting to avoid this trap, and wanting to protect their children from these vile practices to look at the following links to learn more.…/tolerance-sensitivity-training/…id………org…


1) Get in a good church.

2) Get your child in all the activities of the church. When the doors are open, get him there. Get Junior in the choir. You say, “He’s thirteen and his voice is changing.” Okay, let him stand with the choir and croak. You say, “He can’t sing.” Let him hum. If can’t hum, just let him move his mouth, and pray nothing will come out. “But,” you say, “Brother Hyles, Junior won’t go.” Oh, brother! What kind of parent are you? I dare my boy not to go. He is seventeen years old now, but he obeys his dad.

Get your child involved in the activities of your church. When they are five and six years old and there’s an Easter egg hunt at the church, make them go. See that they do not miss anything while they’re young so they will build their lives around the church!

It is the same old story, ladies and gentlemen. Kids go wrong because of two words—Wrong Crowd. It is the same story, but the wrong crowd is more wrong than it used to be. It used to be that if a kid didn’t behave in school, or if he just got a bad grade in conduct, Mother said, “You can’t play with him after school anymore.” He was part of the wrong crowd! Nowadays, if a kid smokes marijuana and takes LSD, we just say, “Well, it’s a free country.”

Get them in the activities and keep them out of the wrong crowd.

3) Get your child into a Christian school. (Today, I would advise home school, even if you have to pay another home-school teacher to teach your child—many “Christian” schools are merely church schools, and not much different than public schools. There are many umbrella home-schools in which some of the parents are able (and apt) to teach the children. The children get socialization without the peer pressure, and still get a good education.) Many public schools allow the home-school children to participate in athletics.

If you can’t afford it, ask God to help you provide this for your child. Be willing to make some sacrifices in order to protect your child.

I thought there were going to be two more segments, but I believe I’ve copied all that’s necessary to get the point across. Our children are our most valuable asset. They are gifts from God and our God will hold us accountable for how we provide for, educate, and protect them. Everything we need to teach them character, godliness, financial responsibility, fidelity, friendship, and a good work ethic are in the Bible. There are also many reasonably priced online Christian programs. Every child needs supervision so someone must be home (regardless of the child’s age: the best kids can still get lazy and not take school work seriously if there is no supervision.)

 I hope these articles have helped some parents out there realize that the public education is not what it used to be, and contrary to what the NEA would like us to believe, they do not have our children’s best interests at heart. God made us parents to be the governors of our children’s lives, not the government. Please take this seriously. Every child is too important to put at risk. Most Christian colleges and Bible institutes accept home school graduation as credit for entrance if the grades meet the school’s standard.

Hooray! It’s A New Year!

For the first time in years, husband and I saw the new year come in. Usually we just go to bed. The new day will dawn with or without us. But this year our church did something unusual. First we sang, went through the prayer list and had prayer, then listened to preaching for about thirty minutes. Oh, before that we heard a letter from a missionary we recently started supporting.

Then, wait for the drum roll, the chili cook-off. There were four entries, and it was a tough decision. The first two tasted very similar and I had to keep drinking sips of tea between tastes in order to get the varied flavors. Mrs. Juvinall won. Mine came tied for second place with Mrs. Murphy’s.

Then, a very exciting part of the night, we got to skype with our missionaries in Nepal who happen to be our former pastor and his growing family. Their fourth child is due this month. We contacted them around 9:15 p.m. Eastern time. It was 7:45 a.m. New Year’s Day their time. We got to see the kids and the parents and we all got to talk to them for about thirty minutes, and didn’t use much of our data allowance at all. What a treat!

Then we listened to the boys and men do popcorn preaching. We have two young boys in our church, ages 13 and 10, and they both did a real good job. They pulled a verse of scripture out of a bucket, read it, and preached. No one had a chance to prepare; no one knew what they were going to be preaching on, and all did a great job. They were supposed to only have five minutes but a couple of men went over their limit. Nobody minded. It was so much fun.

We all had lots of eating and several people brought bottles of water into the sanctuary to quench the thirst brought on by food and preaching. As anyone who does much talking knows, our throats tend to get a little dry from the exercise. (Hmmm, wonder why singing has the opposite effect: builds up saliva instead of making your throat dry?)

Anyway, my wish for all of you is a healthy new year filled with love, compassion, and blessings. But in order to experience God’s best, you must be one of His children. Everyone is invited to become a part of His family, but unfortunately, most people seem to want to do their own thing instead of seeking His grace, peace, love and forgiveness. Nevertheless, He leaves the choice up to us. I’ve never met a Christian who said, “Gee, I wish I hadn’t given my life to Christ. What a mistake that was!” But I have often heard the lament of “It’s too late. I no longer feel God reaching His hand out to me.” Think about it.

Young People Flocking to Isis

Why are so many young women being lured into the Isis movement? I don’t remember the name of the man who claims to be the leader of this radical group, but I do remember him making a comment that the goal of an Isis State is to expand to worldwide dominance, to rid the world of depravity and debauchery. They want to instill purity and morality worldwide–through violence, just as the Catholic church did during the Crusades.

If this is, in fact, their goal, then why aren’t young women being drawn to our “Christian” churches? Notice I use the term Christian loosely in this instance. There is so much confusion over what it means to be a Christian. I met a young woman once who told me she was born a Christian. Of course, this is impossible since we choose Christ or reject Him. Some people believe they are Christians because they were born in this country, or because they go to church, or because they said a prayer, have done many good deeds, got baptized or christened as a baby. There are so many differing views. So what does it really mean to be a Christian? Simply put, the word “Christian” means Christ-like. A Christian is someone who tries to be like Jesus. It is a person who attempts to adhere to His teachings.

Well, that’s fine to say, but which Bible do we use to determine what He taught? After all, we have the Authorized King James, the New King James, the Living Bible, the New American Standard, the Holman Standard, the Revised Standard, the New Revised Standard, the English Standard, the New Jerusalem Bible, the Choronological Bible, The Book, The Good News Bible, and so on.

If the devil, the great deceiver, the father of all lies, wanted to cause confusion and doubt among seasoned saints (the King James Version says all believers are saints) as well as new converts, how would be the best way to go about it? By casting doubt on God’s Word, just like he did in the Garden of Eden with Eve. He would create so many different versions that it would be easy to be “carried about by every wind of doctrine” and “heap to ourselves teachers, having itching ears.” The verse actually reads thus:

2Ti_4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”

God warned us in His word not to tamper with it, not to add to it or take away from it. God’s word is pure and holy. It is to be treated with respect, studied to avoid error. There are false religions and false doctrines out there. The only way to avoid them is to read the truth.

People say the King James is too hard to understand, but it is written on a fourth or fifth grade reading level (determined by a secular college English department). It is the easiest to memorize because of its lyrical quality. Psalms 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Verse 11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Verse 99 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Verse 105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Three times the Lord admonishes us not to change His word (I know, we don’t have all of the original manuscripts, and we lost a little in the translation from the original languages to English. I will not get into a debate over the Alexandrian vs. the Byzantine texts here.) However, the King James Version (the Authorized, not the one that has undergone numerous changes over the last fifty years) has stood the test of time, having been originally printed in 1611.

Deuteronomy 4:2 says, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

Proverbs 30:5, 6 says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Revelation 22:18, 19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Perhaps if our churches would preach and teach more morality, godliness, purity, and holiness we would have more young people joining our churches, not for group activity and socialization, but to learn to live decently. Perhaps, if we would stick to God’s word, we wouldn’t have young people wanting to join a militant group that claims to have the truth by exercising violence. Perhaps we need to remove hypocrisy from our churches.