Most youth enjoy Rock music. It has a beat that quickens the pulse and stirs the emotions. Add to the music words which suggest sexual activity and disrespect for authority. One can visualize if not see the gyrations and the slithering of the performers of such music which brazenly suggest the motions of copulation. Variations of dance to this usually loud and raucous music include slamming into each other with the same gyrating and slithering motions. Adults are inclined to say, “That’s their music. They like it. Let them have it.” They like it, however, not because of its beauty, but because it satisfies the cravings of their sinful nature.
Bringing this kind of music into the church, or church rallies, or youth events will draw a crowd. The rationale of adults doing this (of course we will add God-words to the music) is to lead them to Jesus. The question is, “Will they hear the message of Jesus with the sensuous music ringing in their ears?” Jesus and the love for sin is incompatible. The music and activity around the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-6) does not fit with the worship of the true God.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church,1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where genuine repentance is proclaimed and where there is music which encourages reverence for God who redeemed us from a futile way of life through the death of His Son (1 Peter 1:18-19). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“Hate crimes” are targeted by governments around the world. In Holland anyone publicly criticizing fornicators, adulterers, or homosexuals faces arrest for a “hate crime.” A Canadian Christian was told that by handing out Christian tracts he was guilty of a “hate crime.” In England Christians have been told that to wear a cross is judgmental against non-Christians and, therefore, a “hate crime.”
“You shall not hate your neighbor in your heart “ (Lev. 19:17). HATE is what the Bible calls the failure to rebuke a neighbor for sin. God condemns hate saying, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1John 3:15).
Christians will agree that it is wrong to hate, but do the governments of the world understand hate in the same way as the Bible? By calling a statement or activity a “hate crime” do they seek to stifle Christianity and open the flood gates to immorality? Will the “hate crime” bill currently before Congress make it a crime for Christians to call people to repentance and declare Christ as our only hope and salvation?
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where, even if and when hate crime laws are passed, true love will rebuke the sinners and direct them to Jesus their only Savior from sin.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
In the 1500s the Lutherans, to prove that their break from the Roman Catholic Church was good and right, appealed first to God’s holy Word.
Second, they consulted the history of Christ’s Church to demonstrate that what was being done and said was not some novel twisting of that Word (2 Peter 1:20;3:16).
Shame is being brought upon the name Lutheran when those with the name Lutheran, contrary to God’s Word and the historic understanding of that Word, ordain homosexuals and women as pastors, enter into full communion with those church bodies which reject the real presence of Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’ Supper, and compromise the chief article – justification by grace for Christ’s sake through faith. May God have mercy!
Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, continues to appeal to the Word of God and the historic understanding of that Word. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.