I just found out that New Hope Community Church is a Pentecostal church. What does that really mean?
People seem to put churches in all sorts of groups or categories. There are Catholics, Protestants, Conservative, Full Gospel, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Evangelical and Main Line Denominational titles used to describe churches. To use several of these terms, New Hope Church is a Protestant Evangelical Pentecostal Church. What that means is that we believe: In the Holy Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible is the only inspired Word of God. We are to spread the good news that salvation comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That God desires for every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit and power to be a witness for Him. That the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit are to be active within the lives of the believer. Every week I meet with pastors from Wesleyan, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal backgrounds and together we pray for each other, for our churches and for this community.
Islam and Christianity have very different views on God, Jesus, Scripture and Salvation that are totally incompatible. Muhammad founded Islam in 622 AD after he claimed to receive a revelation from an angel who he first thought was Satan. Allah is the Moon God chosen by Muhammad to be the one true God, Jesus is not God’s son, Jesus did not die on the cross or rise from the dead. The bible cannot be trusted because Jews and Christians have corrupted it.
Christianity believes in the One True God of the Bible. We are saved by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God. "Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the Father except through Him". Only one of these religions are true, the other is based on lies and deception.
You have taken a step in the right direction by admitting you’re an addict and that you need God. Addict, liar, gossip, adultery is doesn’t matter “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. First step to freedom is to admit you have sinned. Next step is to believe that only by accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord can you be saved from your sins. Jesus came to set free those who are addicted, bound, taken captive by sin. Another important step is to take authority in the name of Jesus over any and all addicting spirits in your life and command them to be gone out of your life never to return. Then ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you with His presence and power so you can live your life pleasing God. Daily pray and read God’s Word. Get under some good Christian teaching and fellowship so that you can continue to grow in your new life with God.
Yes tithing, giving 10%, is first taught in the Old testament. Tithing was mentioned before the law was given, when the law was given and Jesus in the New Testament, commended those who were obeying the practice of tithing. Tithing helps to remind us that everything we have actually belongs to God and we are to be good stewards of what He has given us. Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB) “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.” Tithing reminds us to always put God first in our lives. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34. I have found that there are two kinds of people in the world, givers and takers. Givers are always happier people. Tithing helps us to keep our hearts close to God who is a giver. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...”
There are hundreds of different religions and beliefs that all seem to promote that their path is the path to God. Most of these religions do recognize or acknowledge Jesus as a great teacher or prophet. Jesus is a great teacher and prophet, but he is more than that. Jesus is also God who became flesh. The One True God who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit came to earth as Jesus the Son of God. Jesus then said this, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There may be many ways for a person to come to know about Jesus but knowing and accepting Jesus is the only way to God the Father who is in Heaven. A great teacher would not proclaim a lie as the truth. If you want to connect with God you will need to come through and by trusting Jesus.
Why did you speak out at city council against establishing marijuana businesses in Charlotte? Religion and imposed morals need to be kept out of politics.
I grew up, graduated from high school, own property and pastor a church all right here in Charlotte. I feel that I have a right to express my concerns on this or any issue that is going to affect my community. I spoke and shared my concerns from both a Biblical and secular viewpoint. I shared how it really doesn’t matter how I feel about this issue, but it does matter how God feels. I proceeded to share some Biblical support that warns against the dangers associated with this issue. Then I supported the Biblical warning with alarming statistics from states that have already gone down this road. Every law we have is founded on the basis on what someone deems right or wrong. God’s Word was not sent to enslave us but to protect us and point us toward our Savior. I hope more Biblical informed citizens will let their voice be heard.
Many of my friends are getting involved in yoga exercise and meditation. Several Christian leaders have spoken out against Christians being involved with this because of demoniac connections. What do you have to say?
The origin of yoga mediation is directly linked to Hinduism and Buddhism. According to the Ministry of External Affairs government of India web site, “Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline”. When any person practices a spiritual discipline apart from connecting with the One True God taught in Judeo-Christian teachings, they are opening themselves up to false gods or demoniac presence. Yoga exercise and meditation was established to be a spiritual discipline that has nothing to do with the God of the Bible. This will probably get some folks upset but I have found that this little rhyme has been very helpful. “If in doubt, leave it out”. I would agree with what some of these other Christian leaders have warned about.
Can you explain what was happening? At the conclusion of the Sunday morning service, the pastor invited all those who were needing prayer to come forward. He then put some liquid on his fingers placed it on their forehead and then prayed for them.
From what you described it sounds like the pastor was following the example given in James 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Prayer for the sick is a part of what the Lord has called us to do. The anointing with oil is the liquid you saw the pastor put on his fingers. This is symbolic of the anointing of the Holy Spirit and of placing the person into the hands of God. The prayer and the anointing of oil is to be done in the name of the Lord. It is God who brings the healing not the person praying. The one praying is totally relying on the power of the Lord to bring the healing.
I know someone who got baptized as a baby and now they are an adult and getting baptized again. Should someone get baptized more than one time?
Water baptism is one of the things Jesus told his followers in Matthew 28:19, to continue to do for all who would come to believe and accept Him as their Savior. The apostle Paul explained in Romans 6 the symbolism of how water baptism portrays the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Infant baptism is never mentioned in Scripture. Every account of water baptism is that of an adult making a decision to repent and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. We practice dedicating our babies to God, as Joseph and Mary did for Jesus and then performing baptism when a person is able to make their own decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers recently called the American flag a rag and compared it to the swastika. How should we respond?
This same Senator a few years ago filed a lawsuit against God over natural disasters. On another occasion he compared police officers to ISIS. This man has served in office since 1971 and is the longest serving state senator at 81 years old. The people of Nebraska apparently continue to support him by reelecting him into office. Our flag is not just a piece of cloth or a rag any more than a headstone is just a piece of granite. Our flag stands for freedom and represents this great nation and all who have suffered and died protecting us. Because of what the flag represents, we have proper protocol regarding how to fold it, how to raise it and lower it, how to display it. This Senator needs a lesson in showing honor and respect.