Christian Crossroads

david roger 2016 dragoonRoger Lanse is providing the material for this column, which will be posted on an irregular basis. Roger Lanse moved to Grant County with his wife, Ellen, in 1979. They now live in Arenas Valley and attend Bible Baptist Church of Silver City.

You know, if you remove the ‘m’ from the middle of ‘cremate,’ you wind up with ‘create.’

Which reminds me -- God is Creator. He created the heavens and the earth -- from nothing. He created Adam from the dust. He created Eve from Adam’s rib. In fact, Paul tells us in the Book of Colossians that God (Jesus) created “all things.”

No, I don’t believe He does. I believe He has a purpose for your life.

A plan is a detailed set of steps to be taken and worked out beforehand with a goal in mind. A purpose is a striving to reach that goal. A plan is an itemized list. A purpose is endeavoring to attain an objective. In football, a coach can come up with any number of plans to score a touchdown, but his purpose is to win the game.

Well, I guess one could ask necessary for what?

Is attending church necessary to enter heaven? No. Is attending church necessary for a full Christian life? Probably. Does God expect Christians to attend church? Yes. The writer of Hebrews under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit commands Christians “to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,”

Luke, in the Book of Acts, describes how after Peter preached, 3,000 received the word of God, were baptized, and “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,” and met “daily with one accord in the temple.” Luke further along says, “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

By Roger Lanse

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

If you believe this first verse of the Bible, the rest of the Bible starts to add up.

In Mark Chapter 10, an account is recorded of Jesus healing the blind beggar Bartimaeus on the road outside of Jericho. In that seven verse passage, we find eight steps leading to salvation and two which occur after.

Archeological discoveries have confirmed Old Testament references to the practice of sacrificing children to pagan gods, whether to Baal, Molech, Chemosh, or some other foul deity. 

The Bible records that God expressly forbade the Israelites to cause “their sons and daughters to pass through the fire.” God promised death, not only to those who did so, but also to those who sanctioned the practice.

Today, almost anyone met on the street would say the thought of sacrificing a child to any god was appalling and horrific, yet for the years 1973-2017, an estimated 60 million unborn children have been sacrificed to the god of self.

In Matthew Chapter 9, Mark Chapter 2, and Luke Chapter 5, we find the account of Jesus healing a man who couldn’t walk. The three authors, each in their own style, describe how four men brought the paralytic on a bed to the house where Jesus was preaching. Because they couldn’t reach Jesus for the crowd, they climbed to the roof, removed tiles, and lowered the paralytic down to Jesus through the hole they had made.

Jesus’ reaction was to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven.”

In the Bible’s Book of Romans, we are told that no one is free from sin. That’s every person who ever lived, is living, or will live. And, because God hates sin, we are excluded from heaven being the sinners we are.

This bad news only gets worse as the Book of Romans warns us that our sin has earned us death. Not only are we excluded from heaven; we are destined for hell. Forever apart from God and His love and goodness.