Liebst DU Gott? (1)

Die Gnade sei mit allen denen, die unseren Herrn Jesus Christus lieben in Unverderblichkeit!  (Eph.6:24) 

Kennzeichen der Erlösten

Thomas Watson (1620-86)

Gott ist der Brunnen und die Quelle alles Guten. Seine Schönheit und Süße liegt liebevoll auf einem gnädigen Herzen. Gott ist der Teil der Heiligen (Psalm 119,57). Und was würde ihm mehr Liebe erweisen als solch ein Teil? „Ich würde meine eigene Seele hassen“, sagt Augustinus, „wenn es Gott nicht lieben würde.“ Ein gottesfürchtiger Mann liebt Gott und erfreut sich deshalb an seiner Gegenwart; er liebt Gott und deshalb findet er Trost nur in ihm. „Hast du ihn gesehen, den meine Seele liebt?“ (Hoheslied 3,3). Weiterlesen

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How we know whether we love God?

(In DEUTSCH hier: Liebst DU Gott?)

A Test of Assurance

Thomas Watson (1620-86)

He who loves God—desires his presence. Lovers cannot be long apart, they soon have their fainting fits, for lack of a sight of the object of their love. A soul deeply in love with God, desires the enjoyment of Him in His ordinances, in the Word, prayer, and sacraments. David was ready to faint away and die when he had not a sight of God. „My soul faints for God“ (Psalm 84:2). Such as care not for ordinances, but say, „When will the Sabbath be over?“ plainly reveal their lack of love to God.

He who loves God—does not love sin. „You who love the Lord, hate evil“ (Psalm 97:10). The love of God, and the love of sin, can no more mix together than iron and clay. Every sin loved, strikes at the being of God. He who loves God, has a hatred of sin. He who would part two lovers is a hateful person. God and the believing soul are two lovers; sin parts between them, therefore the soul is implacably set against it. By this try your love to God. How could Delilah say she loved Samson, when she entertained correspondence with the Philistines, who were his mortal enemy?


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Wie lange noch?

In English: Here!



Siehe hierzu auch:  Die normale Verfolgung treuer Christen

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How long

In Deutsch hier!


See also:  The normal Christian Persecution



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Gott gestaltet alle Umstände deines Lebens in bester Weise!

Helmut Mehringer

Denkst du manchmal: „Gott hat mich vergessen“? Oder: „Wie kann Gott das in meinem Leben zulassen“?

In Johannes 3:27 steht: „Ein Mensch kann sich nichts nehmen, es sei denn, es ist ihm vom Himmel gegeben.“ Alles was wir haben, wurde uns von unserem Vater im Himmel gegeben. Mögen wir am Herrn nicht zweifeln, sondern Ihm durch Glauben vertrauen!

Siehe dazu auch folgende ermutigende Gedanken:

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The Great Exchange — The Gospel explained in 2 Minutes

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Worship, Christliche Musik und wahre Anbetung

(in ENGLISH here!)


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Missing Elements of Popular Worship (1)

(in DEUTSCH : siehe HIER – / in GERMAN: see HERE!)

Tim Challies*

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I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern evangelicalism. I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. I left perplexed. I was perplexed not by what was said or done in the service as much as what was left unsaid and undone.

Since that visit I’ve had the opportunity to attend many more churches and, as often as not, they have been similar, missing a lot of the elements that used to be hallmarks of Christian worship. Here are four of the missing elements of modern worship. Weiterlesen

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Die vergessenen Gemeindewachstumsprinzipien der ersten Gemeinde in Jerusalem

Das vergessene  – besucherunfreundliche – Gemeindewachstumsprinzip der ersten christlichen Gemeinde in Jerusalem

Helmut Mehringer

Als aber Ananias diese Worte hörte, fiel er hin und verschied. Und große Furcht kam über alle, die es hörten. …(seine Frau)… fiel aber sogleich zu seinen Füßen nieder und verschied. …und sie trugen sie hinaus und begruben sie bei ihrem Mann. Und große Furcht kam über die ganze Versammlung und über alle, die dies hörten. (Apg 5:5.10-11; vgl. Mt 18:15-20)

Die Folge dieser Gemeindezucht – der Herr Jesus baut seine Gemeinde (Mt 16:18), indem der die wirklich erlösten Heiligen hinzutut  –  und die anderen fernhält:

  • (Apg 5:13)  Von den Übrigen aber wagte keiner, sich ihnen anzuschließen…
  • (Apg 5:14)  Aber umso mehr Glaubende wurden von dem Herrn hinzugetan, Scharen von Männern und auch Frauen…
  • (Apg 6:7)  Und das Wort Gottes wuchs, und die Zahl der Jünger in Jerusalem mehrte sich sehr; und eine große Menge der Priester wurde dem Glauben gehorsam.
  • (Apg 2:47) …Der Herr aber tat täglich solche, die gerettet wurden, zur Gemeinde hinzu.


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Thoughts on a Self-Authenticating Bible

A Jacob W. Reinhardt*



A fundamental of the genuine Christian faith have always been a defense of Scriptural authority. This concept can involve more than one idea, let me just throw out some key ideas. First, the saying sola Scriptura, the concept of Scripture alone, referring to the exclusive nature of the Bible’s authority. Second, the concept of the canon of Scripture, referring to the 66 books regarded to be a part of the Bible. Third, is the divine inspiration of human authors so that their word is identified as truly God’s words (see my recent post 1 Thessalonians 2:13: A Study on the Doctrine of Word of God). Now, in the time in which we live it is absolutely necessary to be able to defend this Scriptural authority. As one seeks to do so, one is struck with the tension of two things. The first concern is the avoidance of arguing in circle or by begging the question (see Jason Lisle, “How Do We Know that the Bible is True?”). The second concern is the avoidance of establishing a standard by which to judge the Bible that in reality becomes the authority. I think this has been an underlying struggle as I’ve sought to study the defense of the faith.

I just started reading a book titled Canon Revisited, by Michael J. Kruger, in which the author discusses the means of which to identity he true NT canon, which books should be in the New Testament. I am only in the second first chapter, but somethings are already being seen in a new light for me. The word he uses to describe his means of how to identify which books are in the canon is self-authentication. Now, I don’t think this is particularly unique, as I think it is essentially in the line of thinking in which one must note that the Bible is and must be its own ultimate proof (see Mike Matthews, Can We Prove the Bible is True?).


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Why I Don’t Think You Must Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

© Dan Doriani – The Gospel Coalition

In Deutscher Sprache HIER!

More than ever, the 2016 presidential election has troubled and divided evangelicals. Many have long supported the Republican Party but find it impossible to vote for a candidate who seems to glory in his moral flaws. According to others, his stated social views and promise to nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court make it imperative to support him.

I recently saw the discussion play out at a dinner with evangelical leaders. After the main course, the hostess said, “Okay, everybody, who are you voting for and why?”

The first to weigh in said something along these lines: “I cannot vote for Donald Trump. The argument that he’s ‘flawed-but-acceptable’ implies he’s a normal candidate, but he isn’t. He’s morally reprehensible. He boasts of his sexual conquests, and regularly makes sexist and racially charged remarks. He (partially) owns gambling casinos with in-house strip clubs, so he profits from addiction and vice. He’s inexperienced and willfully ignorant of foreign policy. He voluntarily repudiates treaties as fundamental as NATO, and admires dictators like Putin. His domestic positions are sound, but he took the opposite view on almost everything a few years ago, so no one knows what he really believes. Beyond all that, he’s erratic, belligerent, and too unhinged to control nuclear codes.”

Someone else disagreed: “Even if everything you say is true, a point I don’t concede, Hillary Clinton is worse. She’s the most pro-choice candidate in America’s history, a congenital liar, financially corrupt, and guilty of the self-righteousness that makes healthy self-doubt impossible. She’s committed to the ongoing destruction of the family as God defines it, and is so wedded to Wall Street that she cannot govern for the people. Under her, taxes will rise, government will grow, and the Supreme Court will become more liberal. Except for her feminism, she’s a raw pragmatist. She will continue Obama’s assault on the American system of government by ruling through presidential regulations that supplant the role of Congress.”

A third person said, “I agree with the analysis of both candidates, which is why I won’t vote for either. I’ll either abstain or vote for a third-party candidate.”

[Read the entire article HERE!]


© Dan Doriani – The Gospel Coalition

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The Myth Of „Saint Mother Teresa“

Tim Challies*

(Links zu verwandten deutschsprachigen Artikeln am Textende)

„Mother Teresa“ (known also as Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was born in what is now called the Republic of Macedonia in 1910. Born to Albanian parents she was at that time known as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. The labor for which she became renowned began on January 6, 1929 when she arrived in Calcutta, India to work with the poor and needy. When she died in September of 1997 she was the director of a worldwide missions organization known as the “Missionaries of Charity.” There are currently over 500 missions in more than 100 countries around the world. She was the recipient of numerous awards including the most prestigious of all awards, the Nobel Peace Prize. She was revered around the world as an example of Christian love and charity and as someone who dedicated her life to the noble cause of advancing the gospel to the poor and needy of the world while caring for their physical needs. Her legacy will doubtless be as one of history’s great humanitarians.

Upon examination, though, the Mother Teresa portrayed by the media and popularized in our culture is glorified (soon to be beatified) and almost deified. A close examination of her beliefs and the work she did shows that her legacy may be little more than fiction.

Mother Teresa, as goes without saying, was a devout Roman Catholic. As such, some of her beliefs would necessarily have to stand at odds with core Christian beliefs. This has not appeared to trouble many Christians who continue today, even in Protestant churches, to uphold her as a prime example of Christian virtue, love and self-sacrifice. Her devotion to Catholic theology is obvious in her speeches and writing. In a speech she delivered to the Worldwide Retreat For Priests in October of 1984 she made the following quotes:

a) “At the word of a priest, that little piece of bread becomes the body of Christ, the Bread of Life.”
b) “Without a priest, without Jesus going with them, our sisters couldn’t go anywhere.”
c) “When the priest is there, then can we have our altar and our tabernacle and our Jesus. Only the priests put Jesus there for us. … Jesus wants to go there, but we cannot bring him unless you first give him to us. This is why I love priests so much. We could never be what we are and do the things we do without you priests who first bring Jesus to us.”
d) “Mary … is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus.”

In just these four quotes we get a glimpse of beliefs that contradict so many gospel truths. We see a belief in transubstantiation (that the bread of communion actually becomes the body of Christ) and her belief that Christ is present in this bread. We also see her belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a mediator between God and ourselves (see Catholic Catechism, paragraph #969, #1172 and#494) and as such, plays a role in our salvation.

While she worked with the poor, Mother Teresa was adamant that any type of evangelism was unnecessary.

While she worked with the poor, Mother Teresa was adamant that any type of evangelism was unnecessary. In her book, Life in the Spirit: Reflections, Meditations and Prayers, she says:

“We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation.” (Pages 81-82)

With such a statement we can only be left believing that she was more than a Catholic, but was a Universalist, believing essentially that all religion leads to the same God. Time and again we see her expounding such universalist beliefs. In an interview with Christian News a nun who worked with Mother Teresa was asked the following in regards to the Hindus they worked with, “These people are waiting to die. What are you telling them to prepare them for death and eternity?” She replied candidly, “We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan, to their gods.”

A Simple Path is a compilation of the teachings and meditations of Mother Teresa. Labeled as a “unique spiritual guide” we would expect this book to contain unique insights into Scripture and into the Christian life by someone who is perceived as being a Christian spiritual giant. Instead, in the foreword we read,

“The Christian way has always been to love God and ones neighbor as oneself. Yet Mother Teresa has, perhaps with the influence of the East, distilled six steps to creating peace in ourselves and others that can be taken by anyone — even someone of no religious beliefs or of a religious background other than Christian — with no insult to beliefs or practices. This is why, when reading Mother Teresa’s words and those of her community, we may, if we choose, replace the references to Jesus with references to other godheads or symbols of divinity”

The six steps to peace taught by Mother Teresa are silence, prayer, faith, love, service, and peace. For anyone who was unsure of what they believed, she suggested starting with small acts of love towards others. She includes three pages of sample prayers and prefaces them by saying that if you are not a Christian you could replace the name “Jesus” with “God.” (Page 35). Through the entire book there is never a hint that she relies on Christ alone for her salvation. Rather we read things like, “I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic” (Page 31).

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„Sola Sriptura“ – Ten Axioms About God’s Authorship of Scripture

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

– Proverbs 1:7 –

…But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

– Isaiah 66:2 –


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  1. The Author generates, creates, and upholds the Word of God. This is the doctrine of verbal, plenary inspiration. The nature of the Word is, therefore, defined by its author.
  1. The (nature of the) Author secures authority for the Word of God; without (knowledge of) the Author there is no resting place for God’s authority.
  1. Authorial intent depends on the existence and reliability of the Divine Author. If there is no Author, there is no use in searching for and defending Authorial Intent.


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Gedanken zum Reformationsjubiläum 2017 (5)


„Sola Scriptura“ – Sind evangelikale Bibelkreise wirklich gefährlicher als radikalislamische Gruppen à la „IS“ (Islamische Staat)?

Helmut Mehringer (Teil 1 hier)

Der Beauftragte für Weltanschauungs- und Sektenfragen der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Landeskirche Sachsen, Harald Lamprecht, verkündet gegenüber der Dresdner Morgenpost: “Was die Gefährdung von sächsischen Jugendlichen angeht, bereiten etwa radikale Bibelgruppen viel größere Probleme als Islamisten.“ Denn: …Sie erstrebten eine ‚göttlich gebotene Ordnung, die zwangsläufig das Verhältnis zur Demokratie in Frage stellt‘“.

[zitiert u.a. hier: Biblisch Glauben, Denken, Leben Nr.112, Sept. 2016,   oder :,  u.a.]

Ist islamischer Fundamentalismus à la „IS“ (Islamischer Staat), von dessen Aktivitäten wir ja auch in Frankreich, Belgien und Deutschland schon etwas davon mitbekommen haben- wirklich vergleichbar mit sogenanntem „christlichem“ oder „biblischen“ Fundamentalismus? Oder sogar harmloser? Sind gläubige, sich an der Bibel orientierende Christen gar gefährliche Terroristen, wie es das US-Ministerium für Homeland Security in einer Studie behauptet und wie es uns – wie oben gesehen – auch immer wieder in unseren Medien und seitens Vertretern großer Kirchen weis gemacht wird?

Angesichts des Reformationsjubiläums 2017 ist diese Frage von großer Bedeutung, denn bei blinder Annahme der o.a. Behauptungen und bei oberflächlicher Betrachtung der wirklichen Sachverhalte könnte mancher möglicherweise zum Schluß kommen, dass es die Reformatoren des 15 und 16. Jarhunderts mit ihrem „Sola Scriptua“ (Allein die Heilige Schrift ist oberster Maßstab) sind, die als eigentliche Begründer des weltweiten Terrorismus gelten müssten – und dass die katholische Kirche damals vielleicht doch gut daran tat, etlichen von ihnen auf dem Scheiterhaufen den Garaus zu machen (siehe z.B.: Der Märthyrerspiegel (hier oder als lesenswerte Kurzfassung hier).

Die ehem. Bischöfin Prof. Dr. Margot Käßmann, die offizielle Botschafterin des Reformationsjubiläums 2017 der Evangelischen Kirche Deutschlands, ist von solche einem Fundamentalismusverdacht zudem weit entfernt, wenn sie gar die Jungfrauengeburt des Sohnes Gottes leugnet. In einem Interview mit dem SPIEGEL (22.7.2013, Nr. 30/2013 – nachzulesen auf der entsprechenden Internetseite ) zur Frage nach dem Vater von Jesus bekennt sie:

Da bin ich ganz Theologin des 21. Jahrhunderts. Ich glaube, dass Maria eine junge Frau war, die Gott vollkommen vertraut hat. Aber dass sie im medizinischen Sinne Jungfrau war, das glaube ich nicht… Ich denke, dass Josef im biologischen Sinne der Vater Jesu war.“

Was aber will der auf der Bibel basierende christliche Glaube eigentlich? Und was im Vergleich dazu der wirklich auf dem Koran basierende Islam? Mark Schibli und Martin Vedder von der Zentralafrika Mission  haben nachfolgenden guten Vergleich in einer Veröffentlichung des Maleachikreises zusammengestellt:

Ein Fundamentalist ist einer, der sich auf die Fundamente, den Anfang, die Grundlage einer Sache besinnt, zu ihr zurückkehrt und versucht, allein auf dieser Grundlage zu bauen.


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