Dr. Brown Weighs in What’s Happening in the World (and Discusses the Meaning of the Word “Christian”)

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Dr. Brown will share his thoughts on the latest world events, take your calls, and give insights on why the world is so confused about what it means to be a Christian (or, born-again Christian or evangelical Christian). Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We better get things right about our religious freedoms while we still have them!

 

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Paul preached that we should turn from our sin when we come to faith and do deeds worthy of repentance. This stands true to this day.

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  1. What it means to be a born again Christian is that we can lay it all on the line and live in full unshakable faith that we believe that Yeshua died for our salvation. We can live and answer to Saul about what we believe. The full faith that we have that G_d can work to reveal himself to a Saul so that transformation can happen even from murderous threats to those of faith. A counter missionary is not an atheist, and look what some of the atheist have become in the Christian faith. The former atheist are leading Christianity today, how much more potential does a counter missionary have as they deny in this age right before the second coming. Because of the non denial of the very existence of Yeshua with out credible debate against this, gives full faith in the second coming with absolute faith. The faith of the first coming would have been a higher level of faith than we have today. We have the larger picture of time and the history of Israel. Pascal who gave his clear proof of God gave that proof before so much more of it has been exposed today. If he could have mathematical certainty in the 1600’s – we would have a no brainer for Pascal right now!

  2. I think that the real “Christian” is a Biblical “Christian.” Whether we call ourselves “Born again” or “Evangelical” or “Catholic” or “Conservative” in front of the word “Christian” is of no consequence unless we are living a Biblical lifestyle of obedience to the written word of YHWH. It does not matter what we call ourselves, but what we do with YHWH’s instructions. The will of the Father is laid out in scripture and lawlessness (disregard to YHWH’s law) is not a virtue.

    Mt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the

    WILL OF MY FATHER

    who is in heaven.
    22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    23 And then will I declare to them,

    ‘I NEVER KNEW YOU;

    depart from me, you workers of

    LAWLESSNESS.’

    We are supposed to be led of YHWH’s Spirit. Being led by the Spirit of YHWH can never mean disobeying what the Spirit of YHWH inspired men of YHWH to write. The apostles were led of YHWH’s Spirit, but they did not ignore YHWH’s Torah. They did not relegate themselves to being least in the kingdom of heaven by breaking and teaching others to break even YHWH’s smallest commandments.

    Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
    18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
    19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Living by a set of rules without a changed heart will not save us. Not having a new heart and not having YHWH’s law written upon it (loving it) is a sure sign that we are not in the New Covenant. If we love YHWH, we will want to keep His commandments…just like the Son of YHWH did. Can we abide in the Son’s love and refuse to abide in His Father’s love? They are one. Did Y’shua ever teach us that it is fine to break His Father’s commandments? No…He said that we will be least in the kingdom if we break the smallest one and teach men to do the same.

    Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

    1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
    5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
    6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah…
    33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
    27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

    1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
    3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    If YHWH’s commandments are something that we do not want to keep, we do not have a new heart. YHWH’s commandments are the definition of what love looks like in regard to our brother/neighbor and our Creator. Any deviance from YHWH’s instructions are not real love, but a cheap substitute. A real Biblical Christian obeys YHWH from the heart that has been changed to love YHWH, His law, and their neighbors.

    An informed Biblical Christian lives by every word of YHWH…not just the words that seem to make sense to his culture or his peers. He will find himself doing many, many things that the easy going “Christian” or the culture current “Christian” or the liberal “Christian” or even the so called “born again Christian” does.

    We must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven. We also must stop saying, “Lord, lord” to Y’shua while ignoring His Father’s will, commandments, law, or words if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Every word” means “Every word” in both the Hebrew and the Greek.

    Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

    Being “born again” does not mean freedom from keeping YHWH’s law. It means freedom from sin because we are a new creature that has it in our nature to obey YHWH. Sin should not have dominion over us if we are born again. Sin is still the transgression of YHWH’s law.

    1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    Ro 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

    Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

    We are servants/slaves to sin if we continue to sin. Breaking YHWH’s law is sin…even though we are under grace. Grace does not do away with YHWH’s law. It gives us time to learn it and put it into practice. It gives us forgiveness and thus a new start. It does not give us permission to sin/break YHWH’s law.

    Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

    The question is: Are we born again if we do not want to obey YHWH fully? And do we really want to obey YHWH fully if we do not want to know His every word? And if we know some of His words that we are not trying to obey, are we deceiving ourselves. And if we continue to deceive ourselves, will we one day hear, “Depart from me you workers of lawlessness.” I hope not.

    Shalom

  3. Thanks for interviewing these folks today Dr. Brown. Very informative as to the situation with the General.

  4. I agree with what you are saying. I wonder why some church’s even still have Bibles in there pews….at the rate they would do better have Der Spiegel, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan or the like in the place of the Bibles.

  5. Explanation: The racism card is a learned knee jerk response, so any criticism of black by whites, in ANY way whatsoever, always evokes the learned knee jerk response. My apologies for all the typos in the previous 3 posts.

  6. Let us take a moment and meditate on the title “Christian,” and how it has been used in our modern-day church age. I believe that this word has taken on a meaning from something other than what the early church explained it to be. Today, we are saturated with an easy believism doctrine that has white-washed the concept of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Many circles have adopted the Romans 10:9 formula and counting the numbers that have come to the altar for their census, while ignoring the walk of the individual thereafter in true conversion. We have not adequately addressed those who have come to the altar for salvation having lived in sinful lifestyles, made a confession, and then turn and walk away continuing in the same manner of life without renouncing any of their former ways. Yet, many such persons are still labeled as Christians.

    As I think of the saintly Puritans, I am reminded that they never made any altar calls within their churches. They believed that a man must first recognize the bankrupt state of one’s own heart, dread their sin to the degree in which godly sorrow will bring about repentance–leading one to rest fully on the grace of God for salvation. They believed that God had to deal with a man’s heart over a period of time in order for true conversion to take place. The “Prince of Preachers” Charles Spurgeon had a 10,000 member congregation. Interestingly enough, this man never made an altar call as a pastor; notwithstanding, many people came to know the Lord throughout his pastorate.

    I am not criticizing the practice of altar calls at all. I do think that they, in a most definite way, have their place. I, too, am not saying that the way of the Puritans or the saints of old were only right either. I am simply pointing out the need to recognize the importance of defining what is meant to be called a Christian. Dr. Michael Brown stated in his book, Revolution In The Church, “The issue for us is not so much being a ‘Christian’ or a ‘believer’ but rather being a ‘disciple’—a term used more than 260 times in the entire New Testament. How can we downplay or ignore the call of true discipleship when it is such a prominent theme in the Word?”

    Ponder this, the term disciple is used over 260 times, 230 times in the gospels, and 28 in the book of Acts; yet the term “Christian” is used only three. Now, I understand that with the spread of the Gospel to the Gentile world the term became more prominent, but my focus is in the meaning that has been so watered down throughout the years. Please note the following descriptive verse:

    Acts 11:26 And when he (Barnabas) had found him (Saul), he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called “Christians” in Antioch.

    I see a clear correlation in these two words that must be noted. The Christians were understood to be followers wholly devoted to their Master. The idea of being a Christian in name only besmirches the genuine picture of what it was painted to be. Let us bring back the meaning of what it means to be a follower of Christ that will encourage, enlighten, and compel us to glorify His name through our witness and lives. To God (Blessed be He) be the glory for the great things that He has done.

  7. Hi Doc
    I would like to be so optimistic as to believe the hole world will be saved but that will not happen . The truth is blindness is moving across the gentile world like darkness so black that light can’t permeate very far .We expect this to happen the Bible tell us so and now the Church is being tested as gold in a refiners fire to remove the dross things will move quickly now . We are in the days of Noha when Pepole did what was right in there own eyes . GOD has bean showing this to people clearly for the last 20 yeas .

  8. I’m not a fan of these militant atheists, but the armed forces make it very clear that you do not make religious or political speeches while in uniform. You don’t give up the right to make such speeches, but you can’t do so while in uniform.

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