Ordinarily a practice which spreads disease, and shortens one’s life by as much as 25 years, would receive a warning label as strong as that put on a package of cigarettes. Yet, not only the culture accepts and promotes this way of life, but church denominations give their approval by ordaining these people to shepherd and guide others. This utter irrationality is described by the Apostle in Romans, “God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:26-27).
Rather than encouraging sin Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, calls to repentance and cleansing from sin through Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10::00 a..m.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:22-27).
If Christian men and women would continually seek to fulfill this directive, fewer of their children would abandon Christianity, for by husbands loving and wives submitting they are a living illustration of what they profess with the lips.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the relationship of Christ and His church is continually reviewed.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The assumption is that a good teacher makes his/her pupils feel good about themselves. People wanted it that way with Jesus. When He said, “No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father” (John 6:65), He affirmed their helplessness, their inability to accept the Savior, their utterly lost condition. Most students can’t walk out of the classroom when their teacher makes them feel bad, but with Jesus, “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him” (v.66).
Perhaps you have walked away from a church where the Word of God faithfully proclaimed made you feel bad. You should hear the rest of the story. When Jesus asked the Twelve, “Will you also go away?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:67-69).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the sad are lifted up by the love of this Holy One of God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
One major church denomination lost 70,000 members last year, a common concern among several church bodies. One pastor/blogger, as reported in WORLD MAGAZINE, blames “creeds, boring hymns, bashing gays, superstition, and the general nausea caused by Christian ‘evangelism’.”
Some will leave the church for the above reasons. The Apostle Paul recognized that faithful preaching divides: “Yes, we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are saved and among those who perish – to some an aroma of death that kills, to others an aroma of life that gives life” (2 Cor. 2:15,16 AAT). Yet if people are given nothing to believe (creeds), if the praise choruses can be sung by Muslim, Hindu, and Christian alike (hymns with no content), if sinners are not called to repentance (bashing sinners), if the miraculous events of the Bible, such as, the creation account, the resurrection of Christ, the crossing of the Red Sea are taught as myths and superstition – people will abandon the church in droves. This is what the people in Europe have done. Why stay?
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where people have reason to stay because the Word of God without compromise is taught. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“We are an inclusive church,” is the selling point of congregations and denominations. To include people of all nations, races, ethnic backgrounds, men and women, young and old, is Biblical. “Go make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). “There is neither Jew nor Greek, male or female, bond or free, but you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). Inclusive in this sense should go without saying.
When inclusive means including into membership and at the table of our Lord those who boast of their sin and have no intention of repenting, such as, abortionists, homosexuals, adulterers, and thieves; when inclusive refers to those who do not believe the creation account, the resurrection of Christ, the doctrine of justification by faith, or any other doctrine taught in the Holy Scripture – that goes beyond the Bible. Jesus was not inclusive when He said of the unrepentant, “Let him be to you as a heathen and a publican” (Matthew 18). He was exclusive when He said, “He who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, an inclusive church in the Biblical sense of the term. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.