ITS GETTING CLOSER, WOO HOO!
I'm starting to get the jitters. The 1st annual CARM convention in Colleyville Texas is only five weeks away. Things are really shaping up. It is going to be great! We have a radio spot with two more in the works and donations sufficient to get us started airing them. The plan is to begin advertising on The Word Radio Station (100.7 FM), in the Dallas, Fort Worth area about two weeks before the event. The good news is that the rate is substantially less than I previously reported. I spoke to the sales rep for the radio station and the plan is to hit the evening radio listeners, three spots a day, five days a week. The new rate is $40 per 60 second spot. So, if any of you really like what CARM is doing and think the convention is a great idea, please consider sending in some donations to help cover the costs of the ads. To be honest, CARM can't afford much. Every donation for this helps. Remember, the radio spots will hit about 100,000 listeners and, believe it or not, many of them are not Christians. We can expect the Mormons, the Jehovah's Witnesses, atheists, agnostics, etc., to hear the ad and many of them will attend. This is going to be an informative as well as evangelistic event.
If you haven't already heard the radio the spot, go to http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.wma (Windows Media Player) or http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.rm (Real Player) to listen. If you like the ad and want to contribute to having it run on the air beginning about two weeks prior to the event, then please send any donation about you want to CARM (RADIO SPOT), PO BOX 995, Meridian, ID, 83680. Please mark your donation (Radio Spot). I will collect them all, and send a CARM check to the radio station and whatever we have is how many ads will run.
For more info on the CARM convention go to www.carm.org. On the right side is a link in yellow that says, "CARM CONVENTION." Just click on it and you can have regular updated information. Hotel and Restaurant info will be linked shortly.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
Many think they are Christians because they claim to believe in Jesus. But, believing in Jesus often means nothing, or anything, particularly here in America where pluralism and relativism are rampant. Intolerance is the only thing not tolerated by the postmodernist who says, "My truth is different than your truth, so don't judge me with your outdated morals." Such commentary by the non-thinking and spiritually dead is all too common. But it doesn't change the true meaning of what it means to be a follower of Christ. So, what does it mean to be a Christian?
First of all, to be a Christian, you must first know who Christ is. Biblically, He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). He is the great "I AM" (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). He is the savior who was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), who died, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), physically (John 2:19-21). He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Only by the name of Jesus may a person be saved (Acts 4:12) and all who do not trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins will be judged (Matt. 25:41) accordingly. Jesus is both God and man (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Phil. 2:5-8). He is our eternal intercessor (Heb. 7:25) who mediates our salvation to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5). To Him be the glory.
Jesus is not merely some man who was wise (Secularism). He was not the product of sexual relations between a god and goddess from another world (Mormonism). He is not a man in tune with the divine consciousness (Christian Science). He is not the first created thing in the universe (Jehovah's Witnesses). He is not the harmonious, really-neat-teacher (New Age). He is the creator of all things (Col. 1:16-17; Isaiah 44:24). He is Lord!
Second, once you know who Jesus is, you must trust Him to forgive you of your sins. Ask Him to forgive you. He will. Then, once you are saved, you are a Christian. But, you are not a trophy to be placed on a shelf and left alone. You are more like a pair of sneakers to be used. That is what it means to be a Christian. It means you have found the true Savior, not a false one of the cults. It means you have been saved by God's grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8) and are now seeking to please Him in your life by following His commands (1 John 2:4). Such obedience does not save you nor contribute to your salvation. This obedience is motivated by love and thankfulness and is a response of being saved.
So, being a Christian means knowing the true Christ and following Him in truth.
However, in America, apostasy has reared its ugly head the church. There are those who do not hold Christ in the highest of regard, as God in flesh, and because they fail to do that, they fail to understand the gospel, they fail to become saved, and they fail to understand what it means to be a Christian. Take the following quote as an example (Note I am not suggesting all Methodist churches are like this):
"Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco has this Call to Worship in their printed bulletin on Sunday and recited by the leader: "We are all of us Christians—Jews, liberals, Bolsheviks, anarchists, socialists, Communists, Keynesians, Democrats, Civil Righters, Beatniks, ministers, moderate Republicans, pacifists, teach-inners, doctors, scientists, professors, Latin Americans, New Africans, Common Marketers, even Mao Tse-Tung. Doubtless. From Lyndon Johnson to Mao Tse-Tung, we are all Christians." This church once preached the Gospel and from which, several decades ago, a most powerful evangelistic note was sounded. Today, many of its services are performed in the mode of the modern dance. Suggestive gyrations are indulged in and the church has become a haven for dope addicts, hippies, homosexuals, and sex-pots." (Tan, Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, (Garland, Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.)
There is nothing wrong with ministering to the lost, but it is all for nothing if a false Christ and false hope of what it means to be a Christian is presented. So, I ask you, are you a Christian? Do you follow the true and living God the Son? Do you trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of your sins? Examine yourselves as the scripture says and lean in Christ alone for the salvation that is freely offered (Rom. 6:23).
DO YOU LIKE HUMOR?
After that serious big, I thought you might like some humor. So, I dusted off something I wrote in seminary and put it up on CARM in a hidden folder, just for fun. The official title of the literary absurdness is called, "How to woo and win women by being an obnoxious jerk." To be honest, I didn't have to do any research for this at all. I just sat down and it came out naturally.
I haven't read it in years but I felt like doing something with it. Maybe I'll work on it and try and send it to a publisher. Let me know what you think. Its at http://www.carm.org/woo/woo.htm.
PLEASE VISIT THE CARM HOMEPAGE
At present, there are 8,000 people on this email newsletter list and it grows by about 50 a day. That means that a lot of people are checking out CARM and interested in what it has to say. So, when you go to CARM could you please click on the Home Page, http://www.carm.org. It helps to be counted. So far, CARM has had over 1,800,000 visitors.
RIGHT ANSWERS FOR WRONG BELIEFS IS SOLD OUT
My book "Right Answers for Wrong Beliefs" is sold out. That is, I have sold more than 200 through the carm website and don't have any more. If you want to get one, you'll have to go to CBD (http://www.christianbook.com) or a local Christian bookstore to get it.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT UPDATE
Is $5 a month too much? I am asking for hundreds of donors to sign up at $5 a month so I can go full time into this ministry. Do you think that CARM is a valuable resource? Do you think all the free information is worth the thousands of hours I put into it? If I never do this full time, I will still produce this site because it is something I really believe is serving the body of Christ and honoring the Lord. By God's grace it will continue to grow and many more thousands will be helped by it. I get emails from people all over, every single day thanking me for the information, telling me how it has helped them, made their studies easier, prevented loved ones from getting into cults, provided answers to students in schools, given pastors easy to use reference material, and much more. Praise God.
I plan to produce teaching materials based on what is on CARM. The idea is to provide information that is downloadable (PowerPoint presentations), printable, etc., so that Christians can use them in Bible studies, Sunday Schools, etc. The goal is to provide it all for free on CARM. I'm asking for $5 a month to help get this to full time status.
Many of you have already signed up for monthly donations of $5, $10, and $20 amounts to be taken out of your credit card. Others have made one time contributions. Others have simply mailed donations to PO Box 461054, Escondido, CA, 92046-1054. I thank you all for your support. You are helping to build a financial base that will allow this ministry to go full time. So, if you feel led to contribute, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm. You can set up a monthly credit card donation or make a one time offering. It is easy to set up. Please pray about it and, hopefully, help out. Remember, CARM is a non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. Please consider committing to $5 a month. Any amount helps this ministry to continue.
HAVE YOU SIGNED THE GUEST BOOK YET?
CARM has a guest book. It's been up for a couple of years. At one point it was so full that I had to delete hundreds of entries. If you want to just pop on and say something profound, go to http://www.carmforums.org/cgi-bin/dcguest/dcguest.cgi. You can read what others say as wells as blab away all you want.
GOT A SUGGESTION FOR CARM OR THIS NEWSLETTER?
If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in this newsletter or for CARM, please return e-mail me and let me know.
VERSE OF THE WEEK.
1 Corinthians 33:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails," (NASB).
Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.