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I’m a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God’s perspective. I’m also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I’m prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely – laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained – God’s reputation and mine intact.

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The New and Extra-Biblical “We Will Serve the Lord!”
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Joshua once said, what many of us have declared for our families, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b  But Joshua had something completely different in mind than most Christians do when they use the phrase “serve the Lord.”

Have you ever thought what Joshua and the average Israelite actually did in the course of their week to serve the Lord?  In Joshua’s day there was no synagogue worship on the Sabbath, so no Sunday school classes to teach, no parking lot attendance, or choir practice or missions committee meeting to attend.  There were no para-church ministries to volunteer for, or give money to and yet they served the Lord.

How did they do that and what are we missing?
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Why Should Christians Care What Others Do “Behind Closed Doors?”
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Last fall I attended a conference on human sexuality at a local Christian college.  I spent several hours after the lectures meeting with several gay Christians or those who were in support of same sex relationships and marriage.  Some of the heterosexual newcomers to this subject kept coming back to this question:

Why should Christians care what gays do behind closed doors?  If it’s a sin – it’s their sin. In any case, doesn’t affect you!

If you’ve heard that argument yourself, here’s why gay marriage and a gay lifestyle does matter to the rest of us!
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I’m a Christian! (and other false claims made by “Christian cults”)
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A few months ago, I met with a great young man, bright and articulate, who introduced himself as a Christian.  But, 10 minutes into the conversation, I found out he was a Mormon.  So we talked about that.  He insisted Mormons were Christians, so I asked him just one question, “Do you believe Jesus Christ has always been and is today the Son of God, a member of the trinity?

“We believe Jesus is a great prophet and became God through his obedience, we revere his teachings in our church,” he answered.  “I know that,” I said, “but one of the central tenants of historical orthodox Christianity is that Jesus is and always has been one with God the Father and Holy Spirit.  To not believe that, is to be outside of the Christian faith.  That’s why we consider Mormonism a Christian cult.  It embraces many Christian beliefs, but rejects Jesus as an eternal being.  That’s a deal killer for Christians!”

He continued to insist he was a Christian, because I believe to do so adds legitimacy to Mormonism.  So, lets examine some of the key issues that separate “Christian Cults,” from true, historical Christianity. I’ll end with two questions you can ask anyone in a cult who claims to be a Christian.
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Are You Sending Mixed Messages?
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If this question were asked of your children, ages 14-19, what do you think their answer would be?

What do you believe your mother and father most expect of you, personal achievement – excellence in school or sports, or that you are kind and you care for others?  (you can pick only one) 

In a national survey of 10,000 middle and high school students conducted by Harvard University, 80% of students said their parents value success over character.  (www.makingcaringcommon.org)

Not my kids!
I’ll bet your first reaction was like mine. “Not my kids!  I’m sure they would think doing good and being good is more important to Susan and me than hard work and achievement!”

Our children are 10-25 years out of school, so I guess I’ll never know.  But if you have children or grandchildren in this age group, please consider these insightful observations and recommendations by the surveyors. (The Christian comments and suggestions are mine.)
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