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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HmiALDZmTUNG January 2001 RELIGION Finding the scariest channel on television TIM JUDKINS Recent surfing of the television waves has led me to the following conclusion channel surfing can be dangerous and Perhaps the more I the more I will likely quit the sport Not only is channel scanning a source of continual strife between family members who vie for control of the but it inevitably leads to sensory input that is at the very pas sive and at Where does one begin when identifying scary channels Some are more obvious than Anything that is black and white loses Music stations offer no staying Most major net works offer mindless drivel and therefore are quickly passed Food and shopping channels make me both hungry and The scariest channels to are the religious If you can spend more than 30 sec onds on any of you are a better tubegazer than I I struggle to understand what is going through the minds of preachers and congregations Is what Im seeing authentic or is it another example of televi sion working its magic I have to believe that the audiences both live and at home are real people looking for some thing spirituallyrealV Itscares to think that they accept as that which is spewed out of the mouths of Even scarier is the high probability that few of these sponges have enough biblical knowledge to compare or even refute that which they Its scary to watch the emotion al smorgasbord of activity that some of these audacious services laughing and tingling mark the scariest channels on TV inexperienced and uninformed television viewers could be led to conclude that emotionalism equates with godly 1 would welcome an investiga tion into the home lives and evan gelistic habits of people who wor ship the holy goose I believe that when the presence of God is truly experienced in a wor ship the condition of the worshipper is inexorably the worship per becomes more like This means that their respective lives testify to his They are better chil employees and church They cant deny a growing desire to responsibly reach people who are far from God with the outstanding story of The congregations I see on reli gious television are much like places Ive actually The people leave when its over and try to survive until the next time they can reconvene and experi ence another emotional Life beyond the walls of Goosebump Cathedral is isolated and Their corporate experience rarely includes God otherwise Gods love and power would positively and noticeably cilter their Are viewers attracted to reli gious television because there are no real Christians in their life Tim Judkins will be speaking on The Underused Organ in Church this Sunday at the Contemporary Worship celebra tion of First Protestant Appreciating not astrology know the stars January is always a prime month for amateur The brightest stars and constellations are ris ing in the eastern dominat ed by Orion and his hunting Taurus the Auriga the Charioteer and Gemini the In just this particular region are no less than seven first magnitude two being red another yellow and several Binoculars will reveal our nearest a spectacular nebula in Orions and many beautiful star notably the more commonly known as the seven What makes this January extraordinary is the appearance of three bright Venus is in the west just after so brilliant you cannot possibly miss With little more diffi you can locate Jupiter and close together and very near the Through even a small telescope Jupiter shows four of its moons and its lovely For most of its astronomy has been confused with and even now especially I would say it is important to distinguish between the Astronomy is a though it can be appreciated KEN PETERS for its folklore and Astrology is a The latter assumes that the move ment of the planets against the background of the starts pow erfully affects human destiny and To for that Venus is in Aquarius is pre because the stars that make up that constellation are separated from each other and from Venus by hundreds of light years and appear to us as a man carrying water if that is what they look like only as an accident of per All this is on millions of horoscope read ers who are more numerous than they have ever a strange commentary on the enlightened era our previous century was supposed to have ushered The truth is that we are living in an incredibly superstitious culture that gives credence not only to but to the whole bizarre canon of occult It all con firms what Chesterton that the real danger in the 20th Century was not that we would believe but that we would believe any In his Institutes of the Christian written almost 500 years Calvin gave a brilliant definition of He called it the illusion of What it ultimately makes of life is a fearful experience in which people clutch at any thing that gives them the sense of controlling For superstition in all its the Bible expresses nothing but To the king of Daniel No magicians or astrologers can show to the king the mysteries that he there is a God in heaven who reveals Isaiah is equally contemptuous Let them stand forth and save he says those who divine the who at new moons predict what will befall Shakespeare was right The dear is not in the stars but in Who can save us from that God or as Paul says in his magnificent affirmation to God has not give us a spirit of but of love and power and a sound Ken Peters is the pastor at New Braunfels Presbyterian Examining the perseverance of the saints and its meaning Q BY DOUGLAS HILL Special to the HeraldZeitung The perseverance of the saints is a doctrine accepted by many And since all men even Christians sin it is easy to see why men so eagerly receive it men seek some assurance of But before we accept this shouldnt we examine whether God approves of it or not 1 John And since the Bereans were called noble by God when they put the apostle Paul to test of scriptural examination Acts shouldnt we also put men and their teachings to the test to know whether they are from Heaven or from men Matthew we So let us see if the Bible teaches that once a person is saved they are always Paul wrote to the Corinthians and describes them as the church of those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints 1 Corinthians all will agree that the Corinthians had become Christians and were in fellowship with Christ In Chapter Eight we read about the proper and improper use of There are some things which Christians have the right to but must still consider how it will influence and affect Paul says that if Christians use their liberties without considera tion of then they can sin against the brethren when a Christian sins against the he also sins against Christ Does a Christian remain in a saved state when he commits sin against Christ How There are some things which Christians have the right to but must still consider how it will influ ence and affect Paul says that if Christians use their liber ties without consideration of then they can sin against the brethren when a Christian sins against the he also sins against Christ can anyone be in a right or saved relationship with Jesus when they are sinning against him In Chapter Paul sends our minds back to Israel of They were baptized unto Moses and partook of spiritual food and drink we clearly see that they were for they were partakers of Christ through these things they were overthrown in the wilderness They were yet they fell due to their murmuring and other sins Paul makes application of this to Christians Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall Can Christians fall from the saved state Paul thought I do not know of any one who would doubt that Paul was We read of his conver sion in the book of Acts and all agree that he was now in a right and saved relationship with But notice what Paul says in 1 Corinthians I buffet my body and bring It into subjec tion lest by any after what I have preached to I myself should be What does Paul mean by In this he is comparing the Christians life to the Corinthian When they ran a race they must run by the rules A in similar must run by the if a runner is rejected will he receive the crown In like of a Christian is rejected as Paul said he could be if he was not then he will not receive the prize of an incorruptible crown Paul believed that Christians can Some may what kind of confidence can we have in salvation Simply we can know when we are saved or not on the follow ing terms And hereby we know that we know if we keep his He that I know and keeps not his is a and the truth is not in him 1 John When we walk by faith in his then we have confidence and firm But if we affirm that we have and do not believe him enough to do what he confidence can we hope to have Does the Bible support the doc trine of once always Judge for yourself what the word of God says on this Your souls salvation depends on it John Douglas Hill is an evange list at New Braunfels Churqh of Christ on FarmtoMarket Road liw Oak Style Bedroom Set University prevails BY SUSAN PHILLIPS Special to the HeraldZeitung Educational opportunities are abundant in Texas and have been a top priority of soontobe President George Other nations are not so In the late the first Protestant University on the con tinent of Africa was founded by missionaries with the Disciples of Christ Despite the President Kabilas economic and political chaos in the the universi ty still maintains its The Congo is onethird the size of the United States with abun dant untapped natural With a population of more than 50 half of the country is in rebel hands with the economy in The typical Congolese are desperate for medical care and education for their children Yet the university presses on with classes beginning The greatest hope for the Congos future lies in education and the cost is inexpensive com pared to other A full scholarship for one year is The needs are many and through coalitions with German and Americanbased Liaison plans for building a new campus are There are hopes for a desperately needed College of When a nation is starving and ravaged by it is a miracle that this university still Through Gods it may one day produce a great leader to finally bring peace and prosperity to this nation in the heart of Susan Phillips is the daughter of one of the founders of the Protestant Ben For information con tact the North American Liaison Box Penney FL 32079 or com Rude Salesman Mean Cashier Ugly Store 1000 Brand New Mattresses Babies on Parade This special 20 Page section has a very HIGH Placement Deadline January Publication Date i Sunday January 28th Chamber of Commerce the HeraldZeitung Present A Year in Review We are working side by side to feature this 12 page Review of 2000 in New This feature will be distributed to all Chamber and our Over copies HERALDZEITUNG Dedications of Love Tell your Valentine is in your heart A Lovers Guide to Sweetheart 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