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Is the pope a Roman Catholic?

Article

July 2005
Cults and other religions

Is the pope a Roman Catholic?

I hear you say, 'Don't be silly, of course he is! Everybody knows the pope's a Roman Catholic!' But do they? According to Rome's official teaching, it is actually impossible to know - but then, some issues are best locked away in the Vatican vaults safe from the prying eyes of ordinary Catholics.For example,…

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Missionary Spotlight-Spanish Christian literature

Article

July 2005
General

Missionary Spotlight-Spanish Christian literature

Editorial Peregrino (Pilgrim Press) is a Reformed publishing house based in Spain that publishes and distributes sound Christian literature in Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, including the Americas. The main promoter of this work was the late Bill Clark, who through Evangelical Press and other agencies provided the financial means and expertise necessary to start the venture. In 1979 Editorial Peregrino was legally registered in Spain as a limited company and until 1990 it functioned as the Spanish branch of Evangelical Press, publishing 24 titles during that period of time. Independent   After 1990 Editorial Peregrino became an independent publisher. With the help of various...

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Modern Christian mysticism

Article

July 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian mysticism

Classical mysticism was virtually  unknown in evangelical circles until 1978, when Quaker minister Richard J. Foster published Celebration of discipline, the path to spiritual growth. Hailed by Christianity Today as one of the ten best books of the twentieth century, and voted by the readers of that magazine as the third most influential book…

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Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the multi-faith prison maze

Article

July 2005
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the multi-faith prison maze

A highly respected chaplaincy source explained to me the difference between multi-faith and inter-faith. Multi-faith allows freedom of religion for all faiths and recognises that a prison chaplaincy provides an interface for this to happen – the chaplaincy is like a prison’s religious ‘web-site’. But inter-faith goes deeper. It occurs when an attempt is made to adjust, combine or dilute the teachings of one religion by absorbing or importing teachings from another religion, producing a hybrid. That is always to be resisted. The multi-faith approach for a cosmopolitan prison has become a reflection of today’s world, but one need not sacrifice one’s own Christian position....

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Abram and the King of Salem

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Abram and the King of Salem

The bad news arrived out of the blue. Along with other inhabitants of Sodom, Abram's nephew Lot had been taken captive and spirited away to the north country by a motley group of marauding kings. What should Abram do?We find the answer in Genesis 14, which describes how Chedorlaomer defeated the King of Sodom…

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Francis Schaeffer slept here

Historical

July 2005
Articles > Historical

Francis Schaeffer slept here

In 1966 I joined Operation Mobilization for a year of ministry in France, but spent two years in India instead. While in London that summer, at the one-month OM orientation, I volunteered to work on a clean-up crew late one night. Around 12:30am I was sweeping the front steps of the Conference Centre when…

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Article

July 2005
Israel

Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?

Richard Gibson of Christian Witness to Israel reports on a recent meeting in Durham:   Over seventy students came to hear Nick Howard, son of Conservative Party leader Michael Howard, address the question: ‘Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?’ The event was part of a ‘Hot Potatoes’ series of talks organised by the Durham Intercollegiate Christian Union. Describing himself as a Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua HaMashiach), Nick went through some of the major Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures and, in particular, Daniel 9. This Bible chapter played a big part in his own voyage of discovery, leading to faith in Christ. Nick’s discussion of...

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Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

Article

July 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church – and Sola Scripturabecame the battle cry of Protestant Europe and the dread of every Roman Catholic scholar. Once again this battle cry has been sounded, but now in the southernmost part of Latin America – Argentina. ARBCA missionary Don Donell organised the first distinctly reformed pastors’ conference in the Cordoba province, and the first for many years in the city of Buenos Aires. The conference focussed on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. In Argentina millions live under the spiritual tyranny of Catholic traditions and pagan superstitions. The Bible...

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Article

July 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment-Triple action

The words 'triple action' signify strength and efficiency. We used to load our dishwasher with detergent, salt and rinse-aid, but now a 'triple action' tablet takes care of everything. On a more serious note, the MMR triple vaccine has been much promoted lately as something needful for the health of the nation.'Triple action' is…

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Article

July 2005
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

  Area:91,429 square miles.   Neighbours: Thailand, Burma, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.   Environment: Laos has a tropical monsoon climate. Much of its terrain consists of rugged mountains (Phou Bia 2,871 metres) with plains and plateaus. The Mekong River runs through the southwest of the country and most people live along its delta. There are floods in the rainy season. Laos is landlocked.   Population: 6 million.   Infant mortality: 89 deaths per 1,000 live births.   Life expectancy: 54 years.   Ethnic groups: A complex mix of 138 ethnic groups. Lao-Tai 59%; Mon-Khmer 31%; Hmong-Mien 7%; Sino-Tibetan 2.5%; others, including Chinese 0.5%.   Languages:...

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Saving faith

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saving faith

'And he said to the woman, "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace" ' (Luke 7:50). Some men preach as if they were scared to death that one of the non-elect might be saved! They throw up barbed-wire fences all around the gospel, doing everything they can to keep sinners from believing on…

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Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

Article

July 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Sola Scriptura in Argentina

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church – and Sola Scripturabecame the battle cry of Protestant Europe and the dread of every Roman Catholic scholar. Once again this battle cry has been sounded, but now in the southernmost part of Latin America – Argentina. ARBCA missionary Don Donell organised the first distinctly reformed pastors’ conference in the Cordoba province, and the first for many years in the city of Buenos Aires. The conference focussed on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. In Argentina millions live under the spiritual tyranny of Catholic traditions and pagan superstitions. The Bible...

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Eat yourself happy

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Eat yourself happy

I can't forget the billboard. Every time I drove through Manurewa, there it was at the side of the road - a giant face with a ludicrous smile. Across the top was written, 'Eat yourself happy'.Each time I drove past I pondered its meaning. Would eating hamburgers from a particular joint leave me feeling…

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Preaching Christ

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

The Church Society met for its annual conference at High Leigh Conference Centre from 17-19 May. The theme was 'Preaching Christ - a conference for Christians eager to proclaim Christ in an age of apostasy and political correctness'.John Cheeseman (Holy Trinity, Eastbourne) opened on 'Preaching Christ: reaching unbelievers'. People become believers because the Father…

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Saving faith

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saving faith

And he said to the woman, "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace" ' (Luke 7:50). Some men preach as if they were scared to death that one of the non-elect might be saved! They throw up barbed-wire fences all around the gospel, doing everything they can to keep sinners from believing on…

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Is God calling you to be a missionary?

Article

July 2005
General

Is God calling you to be a missionary?

God’s ‘call’ to someone to be a missionary is not authoritative in the way the Scriptures are — your ‘calling’ can never be beyond question. Nevertheless, you can be profoundly sure in your own heart. God can bring you to a conviction that, all things considered (including Scripture!), this is the path of obedience. The conviction is not infallible but, when it is of God, it brings peace. God gives us ten means to this end. Only one is infallible — the Bible. All the others are relative, and not absolutely decisive, although they are important. Various combinations of the ten are the fuel God...

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Our fierce accuser

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Our fierce accuser

Satan was not created as an evil angel - God 'saw everything that he had made and it was very good' (Genesis 1:31). Berkhof writes, 'He was originally, it would seem, one of the mightiest princes of the angelic world, and became the leader of those that revolted and fell away from God' (Systematic…

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Comfort for Christian parents

Article

July 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Comfort for Christian parents

All Christian parents wish there was something we could do to secure our child's salvation. We would do it 'with all our might' because we love our child so much. But God has not made salvation the result of someone else's faith - our children must come to Christ on their own. Christians are…

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Guest Column

Article

July 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Shortly before my mother passed into glory, I took a young friend to visit her. Before he left he asked, 'What would you like me to read?' Her immediate reply was 'John 14'. Although only in her early fifties, she was ready for the home that Jesus had prepared.The Saviour spoke the words of…

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Preaching Christ

Article

July 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

The Church Society met for its annual conference at High Leigh Conference Centre from 17-19 May. The theme was 'Preaching Christ - a conference for Christians eager to proclaim Christ in an age of apostasy and political correctness'.John Cheeseman (Holy Trinity, Eastbourne) opened on 'Preaching Christ: reaching unbelievers'. People become believers because the Father…

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