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Vows

Vows

Do you take vows seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most will indeed repeat what the minister says during their wedding ceremony; there seems to be few who comprehend how filled our lives actually are with promissory oaths and vows, and even less who consider the solemn weightiness of this fact.

If more Christians did take vows seriously, they would speak the truth, keep their promises, remain faithful to their spouses, honor their contractual agreements, and maintain life-long membership in their local churches (even if these things turn out to be personally hurtful to them).

God calls you to take vows seriously:

For it is written, “Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in your holy hill? … he who swears to his own hurt and does not change” and “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools.  Pay what you have vowed — Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” (Psalm 15 and Ecc. 5:4-5)


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Creation

Creation

Do you take creation seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most do indeed appreciate and enjoy various aspects of the natural world, it seems that there are relatively few who recognize theses things as the general revelation from God and then respond appropriately through repentance, faith, and worship.

If more Christians did take the creation seriously, they would repent of their purely-naturalistic and Darwinian presuppositions, reconsider their interpretation of the creation account in Genesis 1, recognize the glory of God as it is declared daily, and realize their responsibility as stewards of the earth.

God calls you to take creation seriously:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” and “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork…” and “since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead…” (Gen. 1:1, Ps. 19:1, and Rom. 1:20)


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History

History

Do you take history seriously?

Many Christians do not. While all have taken history courses and while most show occasional interest in ancient civilizations and historical events, there seem to be relatively few who have allowed their theology to inform their historiography.

If more Christians did this, they would forsake their pagan views of history (e.g., the cyclical, progressive, idealistic, evolutionary, and dialectical-materialist views) and confess that God alone upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, events, and things by his most wise and holy providence and in accordance with the immutable counsel of his own sovereign will.

God calls you to take history seriously:

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me – Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying: My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:9-11)


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Providence

Providence

Do you take providence seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, the word “providence” itself has been replaced in our culture with purely naturalistic expressions concerning “luck” and “chance” and even by purely pagan concepts such as “good fortune” and “positive thinking”.

If more Christians did take providence seriously, they would not regard reality as a result of random chance, realize that there is technically no such thing as an accident, forsake their many foolish superstitions, and find rest for their frantic souls in the hands of their almighty, only-wise, and ever-loving Father in heaven.

God calls you to take providence seriously:

For “are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:29-31)


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Heritage

Heritage

Do you take our heritage seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most are quite content to be living in the “land of the free”, and while many might even think about the pilgrims once a year at Thanksgiving, there seems to be few who understand the historic and contemporary consequences of having a national heritage like our own.

If more Christians did take our heritage seriously, they would study the covenants our pilgrim fathers made with God, lament over how quickly our constitutional fathers then broke these covenants, weep over the continued secularization of our once-sacred society, and tremble before the coming judgment of God.

God calls you to take our heritage seriously:

For while that nation is blessed “whose God is the Lord…” it stands written of all others: “He shall execute kings in the day of his wrath.  He shall judge among the nations, he shall fill the places with dead bodies, he shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head.”  (Psalms 33:12 and 110)


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Ecology

Ecology

Do you take ecology seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, many have over-reacted to the modern (and admittedly pagan) forms of “earth worship” by treading upon and treating the earth as if it were nothing more than their personal resource for wealth and perhaps even their personal waste receptacle.

If more Christians did take ecology seriously, they would study God’s creation, see how carefully God designed all his creatures (i.e., mineral, plant, animal, and human) to coexist in symbiotic systems and societies, stand upon it as inherently holy ground, and seek to become better care-takers of God’s created world.

God calls you to take ecology seriously:

For in the beginning, God said to man “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth…” not to defile and destroy it, but “… to cultivate and keep it.” (Gen. 1:28 and 2:15)


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Health

Health

Do you take health seriously?

Many Christians do not. While many will avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco use, it seems that most take no positive measures to maintaining physical health. In fact, many even make pious-sounding excuses for their gluttonous and sedentary lifestyles, saying, “What really matters is the health of my soul…” or “I am going to receive a new body anyways…”

If more Christians did take physical health seriously, they would repent of their latent dualism, realize how fearfully and wonderfully their bodies have been made, and give as much effort to maintaining their physical health as they give to maintaining their spiritual health.

God calls you to take health seriously:

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (3 John 2 and 1 Cor. 6:19-20)


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Anointing

Anointing

Do you take anointing seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, many have never even heard of the practice of anointing the sick with oil. It seems that when most Christians become ill or injured, they call upon doctors before (and sometimes even instead of) calling upon the elders of the church.

If more Christians did take seriously the ministry of anointing and prayer, they would be sick less often, recover more quickly, experience occasional healings, and also be forgiven of those sins which caused their ailments in the first place.

God calls you to take anointing seriously:

“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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:14-16)


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Medicine

Medicine

Do you take medicine seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, when it comes to modern american medicine, most Christians fall into two distinct categories: (1) Those who avoid it because they claim only to trust in God and (2) those who abuse it because they have come to trust in it as a god.

If more Christians did take medicine seriously, they would avoid both extremes by realizing the inter-connectedness of the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of our health, researching the  history of medicine and pharmacology, and resolving to trust only in the Lord as they make moderate use of modern medical means.

God calls you to take medicine serious:

For in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, “Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.  So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.” (2 Chron. 16:11-13)


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Science

Science

Do you take science seriously?

Many Christians do not.  In fact, most not only look back at the historical debates concerning biblical cosmology (i.e., creation ex nihilo, geocentrism, evolution, etc.) as irrelevant in our modern day, but many are also unconcerned about how scientists are now beginning to pry into the secrets of the elementary constituents of the cosmos.

If more Christians did take science seriously, they would realize how often the Bible speaks about scientific matters (e.g., geology, paleontology, hydrology, astronomy, meteorology, biology, anthropology, etc.), repent of their epistemological naturalism, and reclaim the absolute authority of scripture.

God calls you to take science seriously:

For after God said, “Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die…” the serpent said, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 2:6-17 and 3:4-5)


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Internet

Internet

Do you take the internet seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, most Christians are completely oblivious about how inherently dangerous and deceitfully insidious the internet truly is. Due to this inexcusable ignorance, millions of “connected” Christians are now being deceived, defiled, and destroyed on a daily basis.

If more Christians did take the internet seriously, they would immediately install an internet filter and parental control program, join an online accountability network, confiscate laptops from their children, relocate the family computer to a highly-visible area, and institute strictly-enforced internet policies in their home.

God calls you to take the internet seriously:

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)


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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Do you take aesthetics seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, most modern Christians lazily excuse their lack of aesthetic discernment with that completely subjective and essentially idiotic idiom: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

If more Christians did take aesthetics seriously, they would acknowledge God’s general and special revelation as the standard of true beauty, be aware of how fallen men and angels have succeeded in distorting that beauty, and then endeavor to fill their lives with things that are not only reminiscent of the beauties of Eden, but which also anticipate the beauties of heaven.

God calls you to take aesthetics seriously:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things…. and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:8-9)


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Music

Music

Do you take music seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, most are not only unaware of the inherent power of music, but they are also uninstructed concerning the elementary principles of music (i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm, structure, form, texture, etc.) and how these should interrelate.

If more Christians did take music seriously, they would understand these things, acknowledge God’s original intent for music, be aware of the musical wiles of the devil, evaluate the music they enjoy more carefully, escape the pollutions the world, enjoy music more fully, and edify themselves and one another more faithfully.

God calls you to take music seriously:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord…” and “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord… (Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16)


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Hollywood

Hollywood

Do you take Hollywood seriously?

Many Christians do not. While our fathers in the faith avoided the theaters, most modern Christians are so devoid of discernment and have drunk so deeply of cinematic soma that their senses have become spiritually dulled and sinfully defiled.

If more Christians did take Hollywood seriously, they would recognize its anti-christian origins and agendas, repent of their sinful self-excusing, refuse to be indoctrinated by the world and its movies any longer, and renew their minds through the word of God and prayer.

God calls you to take Hollywood seriously:

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.” (Psalm 101:3 and 119:37)


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Modesty

Modesty

Do you take modesty seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, while Christians used to be the most modestly dressed people in society, they have unfortunately come to be completely unrecognizable as saints when compared to all the haughty and half-naked seductresses of this world.

If more Christians did take modesty seriously, they would remember that God created clothing to cover their nakedness, realize how often their immodesty ignites the lust of others, repent of their impudent indifference, and replace most of their wardrobe.

God calls you to take modesty seriously:

For “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart…” therefore let “the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.” (Matt. 5:28 and 1 Tim. 2:9-10)


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Dating

Dating

Do you take dating seriously?

Many Christians do not.  In fact, it seems that most modern Christians regard dating as nothing more than a casual recreational activity; rather than as part of a parentally-supervised process of choosing a suitable spouse.

If more Christians took dating seriously, they would realize that nothing even resembling modern dating can be found in scripture, repent of how often they have given their hearts away before marriage, recommit themselves to maintaining emotional purity, and return to safer means of choosing a spouse (e.g., the courtship or betrothal model).

God calls you to take dating seriously:

For to the women he says, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases…” to the men he says, “Flee also youthful lusts…” to both he says, “Keep your heart with all diligence…” and to the fathers he says that he who keeps his virgin “does well.” (Song 8:4, 2 Tim. 2:22, Prov. 4:23, 1 Cor. 7:36-38)


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Purity

Purity

Do you take purity seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most do indeed plan on remaining virgin until their wedding day, the sad statistics prove that the vast majority of evangelical and catholic Christians will fornicate before marriage.

If more Christians did take purity seriously, they would not only talk more openly about human sexuality and temptation in their homes, but they would also take very practical measures to protect the sexual purity of children (e.g., knowing who their friends are, forbidding attendance at unchaperoned social events, monitoring phone calls, emails, and texts, etc.).

God calls you to take purity seriously:

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality…” “It is good for a man not to touch a woman…” “Flee sexual immorality…”  “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”  (1 Thess. 4:3; 1 Cor. 7:1, 6:18; Heb. 13:4)


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Serious Christianity

Serious Christianity

Do you take this website seriously?

Many Christians will not. In fact, we anticipate that most mere-professors of Christianity will be nothing but irritated and offended by this call to serious Christianity.  We also anticipate that some might seek to discredit our testimony through criticism and slander.

Nevertheless — We remain perfectly convinced that the multitude of mere-professors which pervade the modern church need to be shaken out of their spiritual complacency before the entire American church is spit out of Christ’s mouth.

Finally, we urge you to continue to the next pages that you might be further convinced of the importance of seriousness through the testimony of witnesses.

God calls you to take this website seriously:

“For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Cor. 7:8-11)


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