CARM Newsletter 06-05-08

 

Apathetic or Involved?    Acts 25:11 says, “If then I am a wrongdoer, and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 

A while back I had a conversation with two Christian men, one of them was a pastor.  Both of them told me that we Christians were not to be involved in politics, that we were not to try to change the laws, that we were to be meek, and that we should accept whatever persecution comes.  They told me that Paul never tried to change the political system.  They told me that he only preached the gospel and that is all that we should do.  I was dumbfounded by this attitude. 

The two men are wrong.  God does not call us to be passive, uninvolved, and meek brethren who were so unseen that we are not salt in the world.  Instead, Christ calls us to let our light shine before all men (Matt. 5:16) and to oppose evil (Eph. 6:13).  Yes, we are to take persecution, but there is nothing in the Scriptures that says we are to sit around and do nothing when evil arises.

In Acts 25:11 Paul appealed to Caesar.  This means that he took advantage of the law is a Roman citizen.  He was under threat of being killed for preaching the gospel and he used the law to his advantage.  Likewise, we Christians can also use the law to our advantage.  We should be praying for our leaders, paying attention to what they do, to how they vote, and to what they say.  When people who are supposed to rule over us act in an ungodly manner, we need to oppose the evil.  This does not mean that we are to become militant and violent.  On the contrary, we are called to peace.  But, we can write letters, we can send e-mails, we can assemble in protest according to law.  Though not necessary for every Christian, these are options that we have in order to oppose evil. 

Unfortunately, when we become so comfortable with a regular paycheck, and regular TV shows, and our comfortable routine, we sometimes forget what it means to face unrighteousness and to stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones.  But this is what Jesus requires of us to walk the talk.  He said that we are to take up our cross and follow after him (Matt. 10:38).  Remember, Jesus overturned the tables of the unrighteous Jews.  He opposed unrighteousness with deeds.  Paul went to the unbelievers and tried to correct their thinking.  Both opposed evil and stood for righteousness.  And so should we.

 

 

Love and Hate Mail

Hate Mail
I visited your website and read to some extent and I just found that you hate the witnesses for no just cause. All what you are saying are not proven. Most of the points you tried to raise as an issue are in actuality baseless. Could you please desist?
Let me tell you though, you're great entertainment. But you are pathetic, far more pathetic than, Mormons, JW's or Catholics. But you are far less pathetic than that Mormon guy you interviewed with MCKeever. What was his name? Ned? He denied & played cowardly all show long and you did nothing. Your friend McKeever lamented correctly how cowardly Mormon leaders became lately, and you  didn't have enough fortitude to expose this guy. I don't mind Mormon doctrine when it is discussed against you pseudo-christians. What I mind is Leaders like Hinkley deny the past in order to shed  true doctrines of the Church.  I'm no longer Mormon, however their doctrines are as legitimate as yours, since both of you have no leg to  stand to prove your claims. Call me, or write to me. I will talk to you anywhere, anytime that your G-d is a worthless, Might-less Idol that you worship. I'll prove it to you. In fact, I want to go to hell and reside the deepest dungeons of hate, crime, malice He can muster. I know He is a farce, beyond shadow of doubt.
Love Mail
I just wanted to commend you on this brilliant website that you have.  The format makes it easy to understand for everyone. I have steered many to this site for that very reason. Thanks!
I am a pastor and your carm website is AWESOME and a great tool for pastors and Christians in general.  Thank you!
would like to thank you for your website. I am leaving the mormon chuch after being a devout member for over 15 years. I never really "bought" off on the whole mormon theology but went to satisfy my wife. After reviewing your site as well as other post/ex mormon sites I have gained the confidence to leave. In the past when I wanted to leave the church there was always that small possiblity it may be true but not this time. I know without a doubt Joseph Smith was  a liar as well as all early church leaders. My research into early church history has sickened me and quite frankly has made me sad for the millions of mormons that are "stuck" in a religion that don't know anything about. I could go on and on but I now know the real Jesus Christ and will become a warrior for him proclaiming his name and giving all glory to him. I will do my best to convert my mormon friends and family to Christianity....Thank you and God bless.
Just wanted to simply say THANKS for freely sharing all that info on the carm website - I have just been skimming through it now and my heart is happy and grateful for your selfless giving :-)   I am joining a church plant to Germany later this year (I am from South Africa), and your research, particulalry when it comes to apologetics, is going to come in handy. I am looking forward to getting down and studying all this stuff now, and to be a carrier of TRUTH!    Bless you,

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.