Value and Importance of
and turn yourselves from all your transgressions....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 a heart of
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and
ye shall keep My judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 18:31; Ezekiel
ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES?
are Christian values so important?
is Christianity the most secure foundation for
is the most secure foundation for people. - Sir
you ever wondered what righteous or wicked men and women, now deceased,
would have to tell us. If it were possible for the dead to speak to
us, what would they say they are NOW experiencing in either Heaven or Hell?
they bring us a strong admonition, with dire warnings? Would they share
with us words of encouragement and blessing? Would they speak of
peace, gladness, sorrow or regrets? Or might they hurl verbal accusations
against theologians and pastors who had lied to them about ETERNITY and
the wages of sin, which is death? (Romans 6:23)
& HIS DEMONS HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM INTO "an angel of
light" to DECEIVE THE SPIRITUALLY IGNORANT (2
not referring to the hocus pocus antics of spiritualist mediums who
"mutter and peep" (Isaiah 8:19) during their dubious séances,
supposedly communicating with the dead - spiritualist mediums and séances
which are in violation of God's Word- and often conjure up masquerading
demons who dispense only half-truths, lies and deception.
am I referring to the cacophony of occult spirit guides, channelers,
yoga flyers, pyramid power and crystal balers, soul travelers and
clairvoyants who make up the New Age Movement.
ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES?
Bible, and in particular the King James Bible, played an important role in
shaping British culture, values and politics
Bible help to give Britain a set of values and moral which made Britain
what it is today. If the Christian Church doesn't stand for
something, the Church will not the power to stand against anything.
Christ declared that "Search the
Scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they
which testify of Me". (John 5:39), and St. Paul stated that "the
scriptures are able to make thee wise unto salvation". (2
are Christian values? Christian values are the values that our
Saviour, Jesus Christ taught us to practice. St.
Paul warned that Satan has the ability to transform himself - as do his
ministers - into "an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14,15),
seeking to deceive the spiritually ignorant and gullible into trusting his
lies rather than believing in Jesus Christ the true "light of the
world"! (John 8:12)
am referring to the words of Jesus Christ Who said, "I AM THE WAY,
THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me."
(John 14:6) "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)
GAVE US CLUES OF LIFE AFTER DEATH WITH THE STORY OF LAZARUS AND ANOTHER
UNNAMED RICH MAN
told the story of two men who died and what their final outcome was. He
allowed us to look beyond the veil to see what happens at the time of
expiration of life and 'after death.
was terminally ill, unable to work and had to resort to begging, in order
to stay alive. The other man whom Jesus did not name, was very rich with
no thought for God or anyone else. He had no compassion for the poor, as
was evidenced by his treatment of the beggar who was carried daily to his
gate and subsisted only on the crumbs which fell from his table.
HOLY BIBLE, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY BOOK YOU CAN RELY ON
his last breath 'didn't end it' for Lazarus. Jesus stated that "he
was carried by the angels into paradise - Abraham's bosom" - where he
was comforted. When the "rich man" died, he was undoubtedly
afforded a splendid funeral, but that wasn't the end for him either! Here
is 'THE REST OF THE STORY', as Paul Harvey would put it.
IN HELL THE RICH MAN SUFFERED GREAT TORMENT AND BEGGED FOR LAZARUS
in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and he cried and said,
Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip his
finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."
refused his plea, stating: "Between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed" with no traffic allowed between the Two Places! Then the
'doomed man' became missionary minded and pleaded that Lazarus be sent to
urge his five brothers to repent of their sins, "lest they come into
this place of torment"! Again Abraham had to refuse his request
saying, "They have Moses and the prophets; Let them hear them"
rich man remonstrated, saying: "Nay, father Abraham: but if one went
unto them from the dead they will repent." Abraham got the last
word, however: "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will
they be persuaded, thou one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:19-31)
DOES IT TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO TURN FROM SIN AND TO REPENT - DOES IT TAKE A
DISASTER, A DEATH, A DIVORCE?
will it take, to cause people to repent? To forsake their sins and be
converted? To turn from their wicked ways and give their lives to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord? Some are fortunate enough to get a 'FINAL
WAKE-UP CALL', in the form of a national disaster, a personal bankruptcy,
the loss of a loved one, a marriage break up, a terminal illness or even a
jail term! And yet others, will still continue rejecting the Lord,
until it is too late. And they will be lost forever! How sad.
QUOTES BY PRESIDENTS, KINGS, AUTHORS & FAMOUS MEN
importance of God, The Bible, Christian values and Christianity.
time ago while preaching in Norway, I was given a copy of the powerful
testimonies and quotes of a number of very influential men, who had
expressed their personal beliefs in no uncertain terms. Here are several
AUTHOR AUGUST STRINDBERG:
Shortly before his death, well-known Swedish author, August Strinberg,
made this statement. "Clearly said: I ascribe all my
misfortune to this one fact, that I have been godless! An individual that
has broken contact with God, cannot receive any blessings. All this talk
about 'being your own man and making your own happiness' is chaff!
If the Lord does not build the house, they labour in vain who build it.
That is the whole truth!"
misfortune can also strike a person of faith, we know. But the outcome is
not the same. These accidents seem only like trials that pass over and
leave peace in their wake."
CURSE RESTS UPON EVERYTHING UNGODLY
curse rests upon everything that an ungodly person puts his hand to. If
money comes his way, it will disappear like it came. Nothing remains,
nothing prospers in the life of the ungodly!"
WHY ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES SO IMPORTANT?
When Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain visited Norway
shortly after World War 11, he spoke at Oslo's University. Here are some
of his remarkable words.
order to make excuses for myself, I could mention the school teachers of
my youth who rejected Christianity. But I will lay the blame upon myself.
Then, maybe I'll find ONE who will carry that for me. "Nothing can
come against the future of a people who has the Christian ethic as their
leading light. Christianity is the most secure foundation for a
DWIGHT EISENHOWER: In
a radio and television speech, US President Eisenhower said: "The
Christian Faith is the surest strength and the greatest preserve that
America has. On the battlefields we learned that there are no atheists in
the highest sense, the Bible is to us the unique repository of eternal
spiritual truths. In the most tangible sense, it is the ultimate and
indispensable source of inspiration for America's life in freedom."
the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to mankind. All of the good
from the Saviour of this world is communicated through this Book; but for
this Book, we could not know right from wrong. All of the things desirable
to man are contained in it".
IS CHRISTIANITY THE MOST SECURE FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE?
The French President, Georges Clemenceau was an atheist and God rejecter.
Shortly before his death in 1929, he wrote this letter to his friend,
Gustav Herve (1871-1944), French politician & publicist.
friend! I will soon leave this world. You know that during my entire
life-time I have run roughshod over Christianity, and similarly, so has my
republican government done.
am now convinced, however, that it is impossible to build an ordered
society upon unbelief. If I had understood this earlier, I would have
without fear of being ridiculed stood in the breach for it, like you are
doing. I hereby give you full authority to officially make known my
testament, as an educational lesson for the next generation."
OSKAR BERNADOTTE: At
the conclusion of a speech, Prince Bernadotte (1859-1958) of Sweden,
stated: "To all here present I wish to testify, that the greatest
thing in my life is to be a witness for Jesus. A person could easily
believe that someone in my position should always be happy, but that is
not the case. Being in possession of the very choicest of what this
world has to offer, wouldn't give an individual peace. The heart of man
longs for something better!"
after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart, that restless longing
for something more was gone. My desire and goal in life is to be a witness
about His love in word and deed. "And I wish to say to all who listen
to these words, that it is a joy to serve Him, a great - great joy."
ARE SOME MORE POWERFUL WITNESSES FOR JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL, WHICH PROVE THE
ENNOBLING AFFECT CHRISTIANITY HAS HAD AND CONTINUES TO HAVE UPON
INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND SOCIETY AT LARGE.
PRINCE HAAKON MAGNUS:
In an interview with NRK TV Oslo, on July 20, 1991, Norway's Crown Prince
Haakon stated: "Jesus is my hero, my role model."
interview took place on Haakon's 18th Birthday and his declaration about
Jesus was in response to a question he was asked about whether he had any
other role models outside his immediate family.
said, “I believe that Christianity is a very fine model, whether people
are religious or not. In many ways Christianity is the strength that
carries us in Norway. Especially when times are tough and difficult, it is
important that people know that there is a spinal-cord in our faith,
asked if this faith was important for him personally, Haakon answered:
"Yes, since very young. I have a very strong relationship, especially
with the New Testament. I remember my confirmation was a strong experience
for me - not just the ceremony in the Palace Chapel, but also preparing
NORWEGIAN ROYAL FAMILY:
Norway's Royal Family has always had a strong Christian influence on that
nation! As the Nazis were invading Norway, during World War II, King
Haakon was forced to flee with his family and the entire government to
to the Norwegian people on BBC radio from London on Christmas Eve 1940,
the king stated: "Men have removed my name from the official prayers
of the Norwegian Church. I include in my prayers, my Christmas wishes and
thoughts for all the Norwegian people, that you will join with me and mine
in a red-hot prayer for the future of Norway".
When this godly man was crowned in 1958, he said: "It seems only
natural to me that the king should pray for forgiveness for his deeds."
years before his death, King Olav spoke in 'King Haakon's Cathedral' in
Copenhagen. His closing remarks were: "I pray that this Church will
continue to be a great blessing to the Danish people, even until the
Coming of Jesus Christ". When the service was concluded, the
Bishop asked King Olav if he believed in the 'Second Coming of Jesus
Christ', to which the king answered emphatically, "JA VIST!"
meaning "YES, OF COURSE".
MAJESTY KING HARALD:
During a 1995 interview, King Harald expressed himself thusly: "t is
good to receive letters from people informing me that they are praying for
me. There is power in the 'folded hands', and when that power is
concentrated on the work of the king, clearly it feels good."
LAMB: In a letter published
after his death, Robert Browning, the famous poet, quoted the utterances
of men of genius concerning the Christian faith. Here is one from the
eminent Charles Lamb, British author and critic (1775-1834):
a gay fancy with some friends as to how they would feel if some of the
greatest of the dead were to appear suddenly in flesh and blood once more,
on the final suggestion, 'And if Christ entered this room?' he changed his
manner at once and stuttered out as his manner was when moved, "You
see if Shakespeare entered we should all rise; if HE appeared, we must
The distinguished French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), wrote:
"England has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made
Shakespeare and the Bible made England".
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to mankind.
All of the good from the Saviour of this world is communicated through
this Book; but for this Book, we could not know right from wrong. All of
the things desirable to man are contained in it".
In 1931, Alexis de Tocqueville was given a commission by the government of
France to examine the prisons and penitentiaries of America. While in that
country, he gathered information for a penetrating study of American
society and politics.
led to the publication of his two volumes on 'Democracy in America' (1835,
1840) which won him a reputation in Europe and a seat on the 'French
Academy'. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: "...his writings proved
him to be one of the shrewdest, if more pessimistic, political observers
of his century".
wrote: "I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her
commodious harbours and her ample rivers, and it was not there: in her
rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I
went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with
righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power."
Fredrick W. Kates' article in ‘The Churchman' states: "It is hardly
to such a man as Napoleon Bonaparte one would turn for spiritual
enlightenment: but it is interesting indeed to note what he said about
Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian religion:
see in Lycurgus, Numa and Mohammed only legislators who, having the first
rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the social
problem", said Napoleon, "but I see nothing there which reveals
divinity...nothing announces them divine. On the contrary, there are
numerous resemblances between them & myself, foibles and errors which
ally them to me and to humanity."
IS NOT SO WITH CHRIST", he continued in this conversation with
General Bertrand, one of his companions during the twilight days of his
meteoric career! "Everything in Him astonishes me. His spirit
overawes me, and His will confounds me. Beside Him and whoever else in the
world, there is no possible term of comparison. HE IS TRULY A BEING BY
HIMSELF. His ideals and His sentiments, the truths which He announces, His
manner of convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by
the nature of things."
birth and the history of His life; the profundity of His doctrine, which
grapples the mightiest difficulties, and which is, of those difficulties,
the most admirable solution; His Gospel, His apparition, His empire, His
march across the ages and the realms, is for me a prodigy, a mystery
insoluble, which plunges me into a reverence which I cannot escape, a
mystery which is there before my eyes, a mystery which I cannot deny or
explain. Here I see nothing human. The nearer I approach, the more
carefully I examine, everything is above me, everything remains grand -
and of a grandeur which overpowers."
religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not a
man. There is a profound originality, which has created a series of maxims
before unknown. Jesus borrowed nothing from our sciences. One can
absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example of
ANOTHER PLACE, NAPOLEON WROTE:
"I know men; and I tell you that Jesus is not a man. Superficial
minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and
the gods of other religions, that resemblance does not exist. There is
between Christianity and other religions, the distance of infinity..."
CHIANG KAI SHEK:
Here is the personal testimony of Taiwan's President Chiang Kai Shek
to his people, after fleeing the onslaught of China's communist chief and
mass murderer, Mao Zedong. "How I wish that all the people
would read the Bible, worship and believe in the One and Only True God!
The Bible which is God's living, inspired and true Word teaches us about
the triune God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit."
Bible also declares that we can attain righteousness by our faith in His
Son Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself through His death on the cross, and
shed His blood as an offering for sin. God's righteousness by faith in
Jesus Christ exalts a nation. That has been proven historically."
is FREEDOM'S rock. His love covers a multitude of sins. Everyone who
believes on Him shall receive eternal life!"
One of the world's most beloved hymns called "Amazing Grace" was
written by John Newton. Here is the first verse of that song:
Grace how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found, Was blind, but now I see."
epitaph of John Newton's tombstone, in his own words give a powerful
testimony of GOD'S GRACE in his life: "I was an infidel, libertine
and slave trader, but by the rich mercy of Jesus I was preserved,
restored, pardoned and appointed to preach the faith I long laboured to
IS THE GREATEST PHILOSOPHER: HE CHANGED MY LIFE - GOVERNOR
GEORGE W. BUSH:
the current Republican primary (Feb/2000), Texas Gov. George W. Bush made
a very profound statement, more intellectually brilliant than many of the
theologians, philosophers and politicians I have studied for the past
forty years! When asked by reporters, "Who do you consider the
greatest philosopher"? he answered, "Christ. He changed my
have often used those very same words, stating unequivocally that the
'PHILOSOPHY OF JESUS' like: "Do unto others as you would have them do
unto you" and "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart...and thy neighbour as thyself", is unparalleled among any
group of secular philosophers or religious gurus you may name.
yourself: Could anyone improve upon His parable of the 'Good
Samaritan' which He used to lecture the lawyer who asked, "Who is my
neighbour?" The answer is, "CERTAINLY NOT!"
look at the statements and actions of some of the so-called great
philosophers we have had to study over the years:
- (427-348 B.C.):
Plato, the Greek
Philosopher - a student of Socrates, a Greek teacher of wisdom and ethics
- in 375 B.C. stated:
men & women should be forbidden by law to live together in separate
households and all women should be common to all men. Similarly, all
children should be held in common. No parent should know its child or
child its parent."
you heard of anything so warped, wanton & twisted, coming from the pen
of a so called brilliant philosopher? Without doubt, Plato was a
DEVIANT and PERVERT of the first degree.
reading such a carnal, lustful and immoral statement about the sacred
state of marriage, love and family, how could anyone trust his opinions
about God, existence, the purpose of life, death or the 'afterlife'!
The teaching of Socrates, who advocated that "virtue is wisdom",
was most certainly lost on his protégé Plato.
HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LIFE
said, "I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the
Father but by Me". (John 14:6) He stated, "The thief (devil)
cometh not but to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that ye might have
life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) And He spoke
about ETERNAL LIFE: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life". (John 3:16)
This supposedly brilliant philosopher lived
to be almost 100 years of age and died as an unbeliever. And, that is sad.
wrote the book, 'Why I am Not a Christian', even after having had the
privilege of reading the greatest of all books, 'THE HOLY BIBLE', which is
the Word of God:
Christ declared that "Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye
have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me". (John
5:39), and St. Paul stated that "the scriptures are able to make thee
wise unto salvation". (2 Timothy 3:15)
cannot compare Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with a SPIRITUAL ILLITERATE
like Bertrand Russell, who at an advanced age - when he should have known
better - allegedly dispensed advise about loosening our moral codes to
give more license to "free sex".
an uncaring person, to give such advice to a generation of young
people - who were already 'chomping at the bit' to kick-over-the-traces
sexually, causing broken hearts, broken homes, aborted babies and untold
suffering for so many for years to come! They say, "There's no fool
like an old fool" and I say, "There is no fool like an old
Russell Lowell was a literary genius and one time U.S. minister ambassador
to Great Britain. Here is his answer to a sarcastic critic.
challenge any skeptic to find a ten square mile spot on this planet where
they can live their lives in peace and safety and decency, where womanhood
is honoured, where infants and old are revered, where they can educate
their children, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not gone first to
prepare the way. If they find such a place, then I would encourage them to
emigrate thither and there proclaim their unbelief."
challenge any pointy headed University professor, seminary theologian or
media talking-head to come up with a better philosophy than the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, which changes hearts and lives for the better.
REGULARLY QUOTED THE LAW, PSALMS & THE PROPHETS
stated, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked (incurably sick): who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9;
Jesus declared, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed
evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness." (Mark 7:21,22)
stated: "Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions...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 a heart of flesh."
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and
ye shall keep My judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 18:31; 36:26,27)
BIBLE SAYS: "Therefore, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new
creation; behold, old things are passed away; all things become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Christ is not only the Savior of the world, the Great Physician and Healer
of broken hearts, minds and families, but He is also the greatest Teacher
and dispenser of Wisdom and Understanding this world will ever know.
YES, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER, AS WELL, BECAUSE HE CHANGES HEARTS
AND LIVES TODAY! AND ISN'T THAT WHAT EVERYONE HOPES AND LONGS FOR?
the Person of the blessed Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is reaching out even
now to bring forgiveness, love, peace, joy & healing to each one of us
at this very moment.
said, "Come unto Me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28) Amen