"What is a Christian?
As far as I can tell, after thirty years of experiencing God and life as a "Christian" and after thinking about this experience from several perspectives, a Christian is...
a person who has a personal heart-to-heart relationship with the living God, characterized by warm and active acceptance on God's part; our honesty and dependence on the activities of Jesus Christ." read on for moreDYING FOR GOD IS NOT NEARLY AS HARD AS LIVING FOR HIM
God said He created in six days. If a "day is as a thousand years" and He created in six thousand years, which I don't believe, it doesn't give evolution enough time to happen. He had no reason to lie to us about it and his use of Hebrew is absolutely specific to 24 hour days. The best Hebrew scholars will admit that the scriptures specify 24 hour days, even some that do not believe it.
But evolution doesn't fit in with what God said about creation, anyway. He said it was "good." Evolution is anything but good. If it could happen (and it doesn't and can't) it would be millions upon millions of years of creatures all killing each other in a violent and mad drive to save the species...wait...if random forces formed everything quite by accident how in the heck did life come up with any purpose at all? Oops, forgot, life had to come from somewhere, right? And information?
Darwinists figure this is shooting fish in a barrel. Christians believe God made the Universe and information and life so the hard parts are done. Now if they can get Christians to just believe in evolution, then slowly and surely they will break down the faith of Christians until there aren't any left.
See, there must be God giving life to Adam and Eve and setting them aside as special rather than just another animal. There must be original innocence that allowed Adam and Eve to be in relationship with God and there must be the disobedience and Fall as mankind decided to defy God and then Adam and Eve had the ability to know the difference between right and wrong - which meant they also had the responsibility to act upon that knowledge. Disobeying God meant a real Adam and a real Eve sinned. Not highly evolved apes.
Jesus Christ came to save us from the burdens of our sin. If the Garden of Eden didn't happen and if sin didn't break the relationship between God and man, then Jesus could not fix it. So Jesus therefore is not the Christ and He came for nothing, did miracles to impress people, He died for no good reason and His resurrection wasn't of much use to anyone other than Himself. So I have said it before and I will say it again, JESUS AND DARWIN CANNOT MIX!
Blab it, grab it. Lots of "Christian" ministries make a point of making Christianity about being prosperous. Financially prosperous, emotionally prosperous, totally healthy and so on and so forth. Jesus didn't go around giving people money. He warned against those who did hoard riches, in fact. Jesus went about doing good and healing and teaching but His gift to mankind was eternal life and relationship with God, not a big bank account and a six bedroom-three bathroom house. Just because you say something your words do NOT have creative power. God spoke the Universe into existence. Not you. What the people who tell you that Jesus said if you have the faith of a mustard seed you can, you know, tell mountains to jump into the sea and all of that stuff. But if you READ your Bible carefully you discover you can do all things through Christ and that God will give you the desires of your heart. All the power comes from God, ergo, what you can do by faith has to be in His will, otherwise He will not do it for you. Also, you probably have no idea how much faith it takes to fill a mustard seed!
The balanced Christian prays and asks for things. We have the right to take every care and concern to God. We can ask for healing and jobs and for anything. The key is "ask." Not demand. God doesn't obey me, I am supposed to obey Him.
Give to Get. Robert Tilton has made a fortune, been caught defrauding people, sent to prison, come back out, begun doing his same old shtick and has a massive mansion in Miami right now. He tells you to make a vow to God to seed maybe a hundred, maybe two hundred, maybe a thousand. Make that vow to God and you will get it back five times, ten times, maybe 100 times over. So many poor people get hoodwinked by this kind of "preaching." So Benny Hinn tells you to give to God and God will give you back ten fold? Robert Tilton claims that if you make a vow to God and fulfill it, you will be enriched? Think.
If Robert Tilton believes what he says, shouldn't he be giving YOU thousands of dollars so God will give him back hundreds of thousands so he can give that away and then get millions and before you know it all the Christians who ever watched Robert Tilton would have full bank accounts and paid-off houses?
Curses, foiled again! Another way various preachers will get people involved in unusual things and have special prayers and of course naturally special offerings is the curse-demon-buried memories game.
You will be told that a curse has been put on that must be prayed against, there is a bondage laid on you that must be broken...Or you will be surrounded by people praying and trying to get you to go back in time in your mind and seek out traumatic experiences. The leaders of these sessions will often do what we call "leading the witness" in a courtroom, bringing people to remember molestations that never happened or beatings that did not occur or other such things.
Then there are the people who go around trying to cast demons out of everyone. Demons cannot live in a Christian. If you are born again and the Spirit of God lives within you, a demon cannot live inside you and is frankly afraid of the Spirit of God in you. But Christians can offer demons places to hang out around the outside of their life, like ravens sitting on perches in the corners of the room. Jealously, unforgiveness, hatred...when a Christian ponders sin they can become obsessed and bitter and act and sound like someone demonically possessed and there will be demonic influences hanging around trying to help. Our sins, if we do not deal with them, they can provide perches for demonic influences to prod you towards wrong thinking and wrong acting. Don't give them a place to perch and they will go elsewhere.
Just like the guys who tell you to give your money away and yet they want YOU to give it to them, all these preachers who claim to cast out all these demons and do miraculous healings, try to get them to provide documentation sometime. There was one of these traveling money-grubbing so-called preachers who would have an assistant sprinkle mica into the ventilation system at the right time and turn on some extra lighting so he could claim that God was present in the room, literally sprinkling the room with gold, the sign of royalty. When mica is in the air and lights hit it, it looks like little tiny flecks of gold. These various word of faith preachers seed the audience with people who listen for personal details during conversations, they have perfectly healthy people show up in wheelchairs or crutches and then miraculously tossing them aside after said preacher has prayed for him or cast his demons out or both.
CHRISTIANS ARE OFF TRACK
The pastor of the Biggest Church in the World is Joel Osteen!
God told us to go and preach the word everywhere. We go on retreats. He tells us to give the good news to all men. We modernize our music. He tells us to baptize and make disciples of others. We install big screen televisions and build bigger sanctuaries to hold all the people while we tell them how nice God is and how nice they are and how life is going to just be GREAT if we stay positive and friendly and nice to one another. I recently read a transcript of an interview between Joel Osteen, the pastor of the biggest church in America and Larry King, and I was somewhere between amused and horrified. Osteen has no training as a pastor at all. He inherited a big church from his father. He had majored in television production and marketing. So he and his pretty wife MARKET a version of Christianity-lite. Osteen was not willing to say that even Lucifer himself might not somehow make it to Heaven! He was not willing to tell a Buddhist that he was wrong. In fact it became quite obvious that Osteen really doesn't actually believe in much of anything. He just stands up in front of big crowds and dishes out homilies and long stories all of which sound like something out of "How To Win Friends and Influence People."
Christians, you cannot let Darwinism have even one inch of ground and you cannot let worldly goods or promises of miracles lead you away from the actual point of Christianity - Jesus takes our sins and gives us Eternal life, we then give him leadership of our earthly lives and seek to do His will. It's simple. But look at what is happening in the Emergent Church movement. Postmodernism? Ask yourself two questions on each point listed below.
1) Does this have anything to do with what Jesus and the Apostles actually taught?
2) Is it happening in your church?
Emerging Church - Distinctive Teachings and Goals
- The world is radically changing and the church must radically change with it
Emergents believe postmodernity represents a dramatic break with the past and that only an extreme transformation in the church can keep the church relevant and effective in this environment. What is needed, they say, is not just a change in methodology. We need a new kind of Christian.
- Since the Church has been culture bound for so long we must reexamine and question every belief and practice in the Church, finding new ways to define and express these
Visiting emergent blogs, one will find that absolutely any doctrine or moral standard can be questioned. It seems at times that emergents are engaging in a complete reinvention of Christianity accompanied by a radical redefinition of Christian terms.
- We have no foundation for any beliefs, therefore we cannot know absolute truth
Critics of the Emerging Church movement insist that emergents misrepresent epistemological foundationalism (the belief that we do possess some knowledge that serves as a basis for further knowledge) as requiring “bombproof certainty,” something contemporary foundationalists insist they do not hold to. What contemporary foundationalists do believe is that we can possess real knowledge that is so certain it requires extraordinary evidence to refute it.  D. A. Carson points out that emergent postfoundationalism is based upon yet another of their false antitheses, saying “In effect the antithesis demands that we be God, with all of God’s omniscience, or else forever be condemned to knowing nothing objective for sure.”  Additionally, emergents fail to consider the scriptural teaching of faith as something God-given which does possess supernaturally certain knowledge (Mt 21:21, Eph. 2:8, Heb 11:1). Emergents do not seem to realize that critiquing secular foundationalism is not the same as critiquing Evangelical foundationalism. In A New Kind of Christian McLaren’s fictional altar ego, Neo, says even Scripture is neither authoritative (in a “modern” sense)  nor a foundation for faith. 
- Since we cannot know absolute truth, we can only experience what is “true” for our communities
Postmodern philosophers and theologians insist that truth is only known and validated within communities (“There are no Metanarratives only local narratives”). While this implies that truth is culturally relative and that true cross-cultural communication is impossible (those outside a community must first join a community before they can understand the community’s ideas), postmodern authors communicate to people of various communities simultaneously, apparently expecting them to all equally understand their intent.
- Since we cannot know absolute truth we cannot be dogmatic about doctrine
Emergents see orthodoxy as “generous,”  that is, inclusive of many beliefs Christians have historically thought of as aberrant or heretical. Many leading emergents echo McLaren’s refusal to assert Christianity’s superiority to other world religions.
- Since we cannot know absolute truth we cannot be dogmatic about moral standards
Absolute stands on issues such as homosexuality are viewed as obsolete. Activities such as drinking, clubbing, watching sexually explicit movies, and using profanities are seen by some emergents as opportunities to show those who are not part of the Christian community that postmodern Christians do not think they are better than them through any false sense of moral superiority. 
- Since we cannot know absolute truth, dogmatic preaching must give way to a dialogue between people of all beliefs
Emerging Christians do not posture themselves before the world as though they were the light and the world were in darkness. Instead of “preaching” to the “lost” they join in “conversation,” with people of various beliefs. Conservative Evangelicals seem not to be truly welcome to contribute their distinctive content to this conversation since they represent the old, rotting corpse of “modernism.”
- Since propositional truth is uncertain, spiritual feeling and social action make up the only reliable substance of Christianity
Emergents consider propositional truth a “modern” (and thus outmoded) fascination. Postmoderns think and communicate in narratives.  Since the pursuit of truth is portrayed as a never ending journey with no solid starting point, they consider the only legitimate measuring rods of Christianity to be experience and good works. Without a solid footing in revealed truth, however, emergents have no firm foundation for knowing which experiences are valid and which works are good (something they do not seem to notice).
- To capture a sacred feeling we should reconnect with ancient worship forms
Trappings such as burning candles and events such as silent retreats are popular in the movement. Embracing these premodern forms further breaks their connection with “modern” Christianity.
- Since sublime feeling is experienced through outward forms, we should utilize art forms in our worship
Many participants in the movement see appreciating art for art’s sake as a spiritual experience.
- Through conversation with them, “outsiders” will become part of our community, and then be able to understand and believe what we teach
The postmodern approach is not to try to persuade people to believe, it is to try to befriend people into joining. This is commonly expressed as Robert Webber does when he says “People in a postmodern world are not persuaded to faith by reason as much as they are moved to faith by participation in God’s earthly community.”  There is a false antithesis in such statements, however. We do not have to choose between a purely cerebral attempt to talk others into believing correctly on the one hand and offering an open, unqualified invitation to our group on the other. The Bible teaches us to proclaim the gospel message with reliance upon the Holy Spirit to empower, illuminate, and convict (1 Co 2, 1 Thess 1:9). When such proclamation is absent, as it is in the Emerging Church movement, there is no prophetic voice coming from the church calling sinners to repent and believe the Gospel (Ac 2:38, 16:30-32).
- All are welcome to join the “conversation” as long as they behave in a kind and open-minded manner.
Emerging believers reject any posture which hints at exclusivism. Dogmatic Evangelicals, however, are not treated as kindly in the conversation as others are (something many emergents admit).
- The ultimate goal is to make the world a better place
The Emerging Church movement envisions a utopia in which the oppressed of the world are free, the poor are no longer impoverished and the environment is clean. This paradise is achieved through social activism. Many emergent leaders think it is selfish folly to live for the return of Christ.