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Do you have personal peace?

Do you have personal peace – peace with God, peace with family and friends, peace of mind? Peace is one of the great quests of mankind! For those who know God through faith, personal peace is mentioned as one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) that he desires us to have.

Is it true? Can somebody who is a Christian have personal peace? We explored this topic in a study performed in Bartlesville, OK at Grace Community Church (1). On one Sunday, at two services, we asked the adult population to complete a questionnaire regarding different aspects of their wellbeing including peace as well as their adherence to the practice of their faith.

How did we define adherence to faith? From the Bible we delineated the following as ‘adherence to faith’ if: they proclaimed to be a Christian through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross as a free gift of salvation; they were secure in their salvation; and they frequently utilized the five tools to maturity in their lives (prayer, praise, faith, reaching out and growing in knowledge of scripture) (Acts 2:42,47; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23-26; 1 Peter 1:4-5; John 10:27-30).

The results of the survey showed on a visual analog scale of 0-6 the average level of peace was 1.8 for the entire congregation (0 being most and 6 being least) – not bad! However, when we separated the congregation into groups based on adherence to faith there was a highly significant difference between groups with the more adherent group having greater peace!

What explains the finding? Well we don’t know for certain, but four potential reasons come to mind.

  • First, the practice of Christianity causes us to focus on a higher being that has purposes higher than our own. This focus may make help take our mind away from our own anxious thoughts.
  • Second, the adherence to the practice of Christianity provides for prayer to an accepting great high priest, Jesus Christ, who cares for our every time and need.
  • Third, we know knowledge is power. Christianity furnishes an excellent text, the Bible, which teaches us the truths about God so we know how to think of ourselves correctly and do not believe lies about God.
  • Lastly, Christianity urges us to reach out and touch others within our faith and to provide community service. Consequently, this helps us not to concentrate on our own anxieties and issues (2).

How can I get peace? Make sure you are a Christian and know that your sins have been forgiven freely by faith in Christ. You then should realize that God accepts you and this great salvation cannot be taken away. Practicing your faith balanced between the five tools of maturity mentioned above will help build the mindset and practices which the Spirit can use to build peace. It takes time and commitment, but you can do it. The fruits are there and blessings beyond measure.

  1. MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC. Association of strength of religious adherence to quality of life measures. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2013;19:251-255.
  2. MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC. Association of strength of community service to personal wellbeing. Community Ment Health J 2014;50:577-582.

How did you say you studied the Bible?


Thank you for reading my blog. It is a privilege to write this blog. I hope you find the information useful.

The purpose of the Teleios Foundation is to provide science-based information on the truth of scripture, its positive impact in our lives and to educate on these results.

We recently performed a survey on the Instagram account, InstaPray, asking participants about their Bible study habits and discipleship beliefs. We had 822 participants of whom 25% were <18 years of age and 55% between 18 and 30. Half resided outside the United States, 80% described themselves as evangelical and 85% as saved by grace. Full findings here.

We noted several interesting findings.

External Bible learning resources – Participants most often depended on their pastor’s sermons as their primary external resource for biblical education (75%). Also important were other small groups within the church (50%). The highest extra-church resources were online searches and websites (47%). Books about scripture were about 33%.

Comment: These data continue to show the importance of the local church in biblical education. However, they also demonstrate the importance of the emergence of online resources.

As wonderful as the internet is, we urge our students to be careful of Bible themed online resources. Investigate the author’s biography if possible and their doctrinal statement on the site. Make sure they believe in biblical authority, Jesus as Christ, God, man, salvation by grace, and other essential biblical themes.

Personal Bible study techniques – Participants noted overwhelming that their personal Bible study was to read scripture (83%). Following this, just over a third said they sought information as they needed it, listened to a sermon podcast or meditated on scripture. About 30% noted they did a verse by verse study themselves and 22% in a Bible study group.

Comment: We emphasize to our own students the importance of verse-by-verse study to add to the vital knowledge gained form their pastor’s sermons. Verse-by-verse study discovers the most interesting and complete information from scripture to know Christ and to gain its benefits in our lives. A good resource to learn the technique Joy of Discovery, at Amazon.

Bible study definition – When participants were asked how they define Bible study their answers differed from what they practiced. Most all believed that reading the Bible was proper technique (82%) but 60% confessed that verse-by-verse study also was important as well as meditating on scripture. Videos ranked at 40% while seeking out information as needed fell to 37%.

These data show an inconsistency by the participants between their beliefs about Bible study versus their actions in that commonly they seek out information when needed. However, they recognized that verse-by-verse Bible study is important but actually do this method less often than they believe they should, either individually or in a group.

Comment: At Teleios we believe it’s vital to study scripture not only verse-by-verse to gain all that scripture offers, as noted above, but also to study prospectively and not just when the need arises.

Obviously, we do not know all the reasons people seek information online, however, when we seek God in advance before troubles arise we can perceive nasty life entanglements more clearly regarding which people or situations to avoid and keep ourselves from problems. It is better to see that rock on the trail before you trip than to look back, having fallen flat, and say “Oh yeah, I should not have done that!” Scripture is the light that helps us avoid mistakes.

Thank you for reading my blog. Please join us again next week as we discuss the immense the participant’s views on discipleship.

Marriage, God’s perfect plan

Thank you for visiting my blog. Continuing our discussion from last week, we recently surveyed a mostly evangelical group of adolescents and millennials on the Instagram account, godsholyscriptures, regarding what the Bible teaches about marriage. There were 321 participants.

The key question in the survey was the main purpose of Christian marriage, demonstrating the relationship between Christ and the church, for which about 40% of participants correctly identified. We also asked about other biblical aspects of marriage applied to Christians. Please see all the fascinating survey results on our website.

Today let’s discover the main biblical points on Christian marriage which are discussed primarily in the in the marvelous passage, Ephesians 5:21-33.

  • Prelude V.15-20 – These verses indicate Christians generally should live their lives with the knowledge, mentality and speech of a believer. We should do this in a careful and thoughtful fashion, seeking God prospectively to avoid problems and to live a holy life. This passage could be applied nicely to the marriage passage that follows. From these verses we learn we can prepare ourselves for marriage by:
    • Becoming the quality partner that a Christian person would want to marry.
    • Seeking yourself a person with these qualities.
    • Practicing the Christian life so these principles can be easily applied in your future marital relationship.
  • Both husband and wife submit to the word of God and to each other V.21This important verse indicates that each marriage partner should love God so much that they will gladly submit to the other person through God’s word. Indeed, from my own experience it is joy for me and my wife to perceive life correctly together from God’s word.
  • Wife submits to the husband V.22-24 – This is a key portion of the passage and has at least two important purposes:
    • It reflects the church’s submission to Christ to unbelievers and is part of the evangelical purpose of marriage.
    • It provides order as both marriage partners also submit to God, allowing the gospel to more easily advance in our culture.
    • The husband is responsible overall for the conduct of the marriage before God. I picture biblical submission in marriage much like a CEO directing their company. A good CEO is responsible for the company so helps it succeed by not suppressing their employees and manage all their tasks, but he empowers them and frees them to become the best they can be.
  • Husband loves wife as Christ loves the church V.25 – The husband should be totally devoted to a giving selfless (i.e., Gr. agape) love to his wife as Christ loved the church.
  • Husband nurtures his wife V.26-27 – He gives his all to his wife to present her holy before Christ, otherwise, to be the best she can be in this life.
  • Husband loves himself when he loves his wife V.28-30 – This is an amazing truth. I can affirm from experience that as I love my wife she gives more back to me that I ever could have given to her.
  • Leave and cleave V.31 – The husband leaves his mother and cleaves to his wife. The marriage couple is a new family with priorities primarily for God and themselves as a couple. In other words, they should show devotion to themselves and God and not be managed by their extended families or friends, which might cause jealousy or demonstrate a lack of commitment to each other.
  • Summary V.32-33 – Marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and the church and demonstrates to the world His love and the results of his marvelous salvation that others might be drawn to Him.

God takes marriage very seriously and when lived according to scripture it should produce much fruit and joy.

Thank you for joining me today. Visit us next time for more about the truth of scripture and the impact on our wellbeing.

What is God’s main purpose of marriage?

Thank you for visiting my blog. We at Teleios love scripture. The purpose of this blog is to convey the truth of scripture and its benefit to our lives.

Recently we surveyed a mostly evangelical group of adolescents and millennials on the Instagram account, godsholyscriptures, regarding what the Bible teaches about marriage. There were 321 participants.

The main question in the survey was the Christian purpose of marriage and participants almost equally identified the main purpose of marriage as demonstrating the relationship between Christ and the church or the love between a man and a woman (about 40% each). Other answers, < 5% each, were: sex, a wonderful marriage ceremony, producing children or continuing the human race.

Marriage is a foundational institution in our society as it continues the race to maintain the country and our freedoms. It also represents an important social unit for the function of society in providing order and helping the weak in society; the poor, children and the elderly. Marriage also helps the participants. Numerous studies have shown the benefit of marriage on personal wellbeing, health, longevity, and finances.

Marriage additionally represents an important entry into society for married couples. Emotionally, marriage provides love, acceptance intimacy and children.

As important as these attributes are regarding marriage, spiritually it is even more important. The Bible describes the main purpose of Christian marriage as demonstrating to society the precious relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:21-33). Stated another way it is a primarily an evangelical tool!

Wow! Why is this, considering all the other important reasons of marriage? Please consider the following:

  • God’s goals – God’s plans are greater than our own and His plan is to sum all history up in Christ (Ephesians 1:10-11). Consequently, viewing marriage and its purpose within the overall goal of God’s plans is important and appropriate. God wants all people to come to know Him and so marriage is primarily evangelical as we demonstrate Christ’s loving relationship and to the church.
  • Importance to us – Considering marriage as a witness to society is also vital to our own marriage relationships as it reminds us that we were married for God’s purposes and not primarily for our own desires such as: sex, a wonderful marriage ceremony, and having children (as wonderful as they are).
  • Remembering God’s goal in marriage also minimizes whatever expectations for marriage we might possess such as: how the kitchen is arranged, who mows the lawn and who pays the bills.
  • Defines the relationship – In knowing that the purpose of marriage is to reflect Christ and the church reminds us that as we primarily serve our spouse. Otherwise, we leave our prior families and our priorities are clearly our beloved marriage partner and God (Ephesians 5:31-32) before extended family members or those outside the family.

How then does marriage reflect the relationship between Christ and the church?

  • The love between a man and a woman reflects the love that Christ and the church.
  • The love of the husband, and his complete devotion to his wife, reflects the love and devotion of Christ and the church.
  • The submission of the wife for the husband reflects the submission of church to Christ.
  • This combination of order, love and devotion should provide a productive caring picture to society of what Christ does for the church.

Marriage is a wonderful Institution that God has ordained and provides marvelous benefits to the church, society and individuals. However, it at its highest purpose is an evangelical tool that God uses to attract people to the gospel.

Please join us again next week as we continue to discuss what the Bible says about marriage and the beliefs of young Christians regarding this institution.

Fighting the Sin Beast #2

Welcome back to my blog and thank you for visiting. I hope they are helpful to you in your Christian knowledge and walk.

How do we deal with sin? This is a big question and plagues each of us in our lives. The understanding of a proper answer, based in scripture, is so important to our mental health and relationship with God. Teleios just completed a survey on two Instagram sites frequented by adolescents and millennials one evangelical and one Catholic. We asked participants about handling sin in their life. Click here for the full results.

We had 516 participants of whom 61% were less than 18 and 32% between 19 and 30. Two-thirds indicated they were evangelical and almost 50% Catholic.

How did respondents handle sin? Most commonly,

  • 90% ask for forgiveness
  • 45% indicated they would recognize the sin and be obedient
  • 37% would ask for absolution from a priest
  • 47% would feel guilty

Further, 54% recognized that sin did not block our prayers with Christ although almost 2/3 recognized it could negatively affect how we pray.

How does a Christian handle the problem of continual sin which often produces guilt? Although controversial, here are some tips from scripture and what is not in scripture:

Unpardonable sin – This important passage is in Matthew 12:31-32. These verses are often misunderstood and Christians apply them to themselves.

  • Remember, you must interpret the gospels through Jewish eyes! In this passage Christ was teaching the Pharisees, the Jewish leaders. They had the witness from the Holy Spirit, descending upon Christ at His baptism (Matthew 3), which indicated He was the promised king bringing salvation prophesized in the Old Testament (Isaiah 59:20-21; 2 Samuel 7:12-16).
  • The Pharisees rejected the testimony of the Holy Spirit and so rejected the message of the kingdom and the gospel. Of course, this was unpardonable (rejecting the gospel).
  • For true Christians, we have not rejected the gospel but are saved through faith in Christ. Accordingly. the passage does not apply to Christians.

Recurrent sin or a “bad” sin – The epistles indicate the following:

  • We are forgiven (Romans 3:23-26; Colossians 2:13) – We do not need to ask for forgiveness because Christ covers our sins by our faith. Some view 1 John 1:9 as saying we should ask for forgiveness; if so, it’s the only such passage in the epistles. Although controversial, I understand this passage presents a foundation for the fellowship among believers through our salvation in Christ before discussing in chapters 2 to 4 how a believer acts and believes.
  • Nonetheless, we should recognize our sin before our great Father and change (please see next point), but forgiveness is not in view.
  • Obey – This is the predominant response to sin for Christians in the epistles: is simply to obey (Romans 6:12-16; 12:1-2). We are to be God’s worthy servant! Importantly, we love God and others by obeying Him (1 John 5:1-3).
  • Hate sin – God hates sin as it is contrary to His righteousness (Hebrews 1:9). Sin ultimately hurts us. Part of maturity as a person of God is understanding the ill effects if sin and to hate it as God does (Proverbs 8:13).
  • Defeat sin – and we are to destroy it in our lives. We can do this for two amazing reasons:
    • The Holy Spirit – God gave us his powerful Spirit to help us defeat sin (Romans 8:13).
    • Regeneration – The Holy Spirit regenerated us at salvation to a new person who is not bound by sin (Ephesians 2:1-3) but it’s free to serve God (Romans 6:2-16).
  • What not to do – There is no need to feel guilty, kick yourself, and act defeated. Instead get up on your feet and obey the word of God! Otherwise, get over it and get busy allowing God to use your good service.

These mental disciplines, are critical to a healthy mental mindset which God has graciously given us through our forgiveness in Christ and as a helmet of a secure salvation which protects us throughout our lives (Ephesians 6:17). We do have a great and gracious Savior.

Next week we will look at the differences in response by age to the above questions, seeking more specifics of our life with Christ. Please join us then.

Fighting the Sin Beast: Part 1

Welcome back to my blog and thank you for visiting. I hope the blogs are helpful to you in your Christian knowledge and walk.

How should a believer deal with sin? This is a big question and plagues each of us some time in our lives. To develop a proper perspective of sin, based in scripture, is important to our mental health and relationship with God.

The last several weeks we dealt with guilt and that the New Testament doesn’t provide a provision for this emotion in the believer. Therefore, don’t do it!

However, sin is a different issue and how do we handle it? Teleios just completed a multiple-choice survey on two Instagram sites frequented by teenagers and millennials, one evangelical (godsholyscriptures) and one Catholic (catholic_teen_posts). We asked participants about handling sin in their lives. Over the next two weeks we will examine their responses as a group, and then we will divide them out between Catholic and Protestant evangelicals.

We had 516 participants of whom 61% were less than 18, and 32% were between 19-30 years. Two-thirds indicated they were evangelical and almost 50% Catholic.

Almost half stated they would go to heaven because Christ had forgiven them for their sins through faith, whereas 21% said they would go to heaven based on good works or sacraments from the church. Another 20% were unsure.

Further, 30% believed they were secure in their salvation because of Christ’s sufficient sacrifice on the cross, whereas almost 50% said they had to make Jesus Lord of their life to maintain salvation. In contrast, 20-25% indicated, for each of the following choices, they could lose their salvation by: not following scripture, or committing the unpardonable sin, a heinous sin, or the same sin too many times.

However, 57% stated there was no sin that Christ’s gracious sacrifice on the cross could not cover.

How did respondents handle sin? Most commonly:

  • 90% asked for forgiveness
  • 45% indicated they would recognize the sin and be obedient
  • 37% would ask for absolution from a priest
  • 47% would feel guilty

However, 54% recognized that sin did not block their prayers to God although almost 2/3 recognized it could negatively affect how they pray.

The participants properly identified the biblical elements of a Christian life including: prayer, praise, fellowship, Bible study and reachout (approximately 70-80% for each answer). However, important minorities thought that:

  • They should follow the rules and sacraments of the church – 67%
  • They should obey the pope – 37%
  • They should feel guilty – 30%
  • They worry about their salvation – 20%

What can we learn from the above information?

The good news is that many young Christians believe that salvation is by grace. They’re secure in their salvation and are attempting to be obedient in their Christian lives. Teleios has shown in past surveys that such a Christian has better wellbeing and serves more in their community and church than those who do not adhere to biblical beliefs.

Nonetheless, the survey also demonstrates some confusion in terms of the knowledge of salvation, eternal security and how to handle sin. Indeed, this data points to the need of capable teachers to instruct the next generation, especially regarding the elements of the gospel, the meaning of Christ’s precious sacrifice, believers’ secure position before God, and dealing with sin following salvation.

We should think in a healthy and true fashion, realizing the benefits of scripture, by knowing accurately what the Bible teaches.

Next week we will look at how to biblically handle sin; seeking more specifics of how to better walk with Christ. Please join us then.

Full results of the survey are here.

Feeling Guilty? Stop it!

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As we discussed last week, Christians feel guilty almost routinely. It is an important affliction that affects our lives and our view of God. Last week we examined the problem. Today let us discover the solution.

What is the biblical response to feelings of guilt?

Guilt is not required – For a true believer who is saved by grace alone the answer is simple ‘Don’t.’ Why is this? Let’s take it to the source, the Bible.

The Bible does not teach guilt for the believer. I find no scripture in the New Testament epistles, the part of the biblical text that provides us guidance in our Christian lives, to feel guilty for acts of sin or any other reason.

As an example, I’ve been fortunate to have studied the Bible in Greek (the original language of the New Testament) for over 25 years and realized several years ago I did not even know the Greek word for ‘guilt’! Since I used this example several times, I ended up memorizing the word (ἔνοχος, enochos). However, my loving wife, noted that, in the few times the word is used in the New Testament, it is not done so in the way that Christians use it, as their response to sin.

Christians are forgiven by Christ’s gracious sacrifice for us by faith; His offering was fully sufficient to cover all our sins. It is given to us as a free gift. Guilt is not part of the package (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23-26).

God wants our obedience – This is the New Testament response to sin, is simply to obey and become the worthy servant that God wants us to be. In this way we can get good things done such as spreading the gospel and serving others, while not being self-focused, tied up in knots over insecurity of salvation, wondering about our relationship with God, and burdened by our guilt (Romans 6:12, 6:16, 12:1).

So if you feel guilty, what steps should you take?

  • Make sure you are a believer – (1 Peter 1:10) Otherwise, assure that you recognize your glorious salvation is based completely on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross by faith alone and not mixed with works. There is nothing that you can do to help God save or keep you. He does it all!
  • Realize you are secure – God provides protections, both legal and morphologic, by declaring us righteous, adopted, sealed by the Spirit until Christ’s coming, and changed irreversibly into a new person. (Ephesians 1:4-5, 1:13; 2:8-9; Romans 3:23-26; 6:2-9; Hebrews 6:1-8).
  • We are forgiven – Certainly, in our precious relationship with God it makes sense to recognize our day-to-day sin with regret. However, we must realize with God that those sins graciously are forgiven already by Christ’s sacrifice.
  • Access – We have bold access to God! Our only limitation is ourselves by sin that would keep us from approaching God or hindering our prayers (Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19-22)
  • Realize the truth about guilt – The Bible doesn’t tell us to feel guilty but it tells us to have joy and peace.

I hope this information helps. As my wife and I often say about our Christian life, ‘We should live by facts (i.e., the Bible) and not emotions.’ Believe scripture, and not your emotions that you or others place on yourself. God is great and gives us such wonderful biblical wisdom to enrich our lives.

Thanks again for visiting this blog. I look forward to having you back next week.

Why Christians feel guilty?

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for joining me today. I hope you find the information in these blogs useful.

Christians feel guilty, seemingly almost routinely. Guilt is practically accepted as a part of the Christian life. Should we feel guilty and why? If not, how do we stop? Let’s spend several weeks talking about guilt. It is worth it as it is an important affliction that affects our lives and our view of God.

How common is it? Teleios surveys have shown that approximately 70% of evangelical Christians feel some level of guilt. Indeed, in almost all the Bible studies my dear wife, Jeanette, and I have been privileged to teach, the students almost all suffered  from guilt. Our studies have indicated that, fortunately, it appears to be mild  and so usually it can be controlled.

Why do Christians feel guilty? Well we do not know exactly. Teleios has examined this question among evangelicals on three levels (full report http://stage.teleiosresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Guilt-and-wellbeing-data.pdf):

·    A person is not a believer (5%) – This was a very small percent, but recognizes that there are people within the church community that really do not understand salvation by grace and the Spirit is probably convicting them (John 16:8-11). In this case, the guilt is appropriate and perhaps will lead to their salvation.

·    Fear of effect of sin (28%) – In this instance the Christian knew they were saved by grace, but they had some sin, past or present, that would cause God to retract their salvation. We have written in this blog many times about the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice to cover all sins. For a Christian, saved by grace alone, all sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:4-5,13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 6:2-9; Hebrews 6:1-8).

·    Fear of God’s displeasure (41%) – The greatest percent were those who knew they were saved and secure yet somehow felt some sin, or lack of good work, would cause God to reject them, producing the guilt. This idea is also unbiblical in that we have direct access to God through the ripped veil based on Christ’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:19-22).

For the third most common type of guilt (God’s displeasure), what are the triggers
that cause it? I do not know precisely, but here are some suggestions:

·    Lack of knowledge of God’s word – This is key! If we don’t know God’s word then we are left defenseless in determining if we hear or read something that suggests we are sinning. So not knowing, the nagging doubt if we are wrong, leads to guilt.

·    Not meeting others’ expectations – Family, friends and even pastors may have expectations for us, that even may be dressed up in Christian jargon, that can produce guilt if we do not meet them. This issue relates directly to the first point in that if you do not know the Bible then you cannot determine if their expectations are correct. Several years ago, I was having coffee with a very fine, evangelical pastor and we were discussing guilt. He thought guilt was useful as a motivating factor! He was surprised when I said it was not biblical, but ultimately agreed.

·    Self-expectations – Again, this is related to the first point that we may place burdens on ourselves which we fail to meet, but may not be biblical.

·    Wrong response to sin – Even if we know that we are in sin, we may not respond to that sin in a biblical way. Our response may be based on social Christian tradition or expectations, such as priestly or work-based absolution, re-dedication or re-baptism, or pleading for forgiveness from God. These efforts may resolve immediate guilt but are not biblical and would not solve most likely a long-term guilt problem.

Thanks for joining my blog today. Next week we’ll deal with the guilt issue regarding a Biblical response. Join us then.

WC Stewart
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We have a great response for our society!

In our last blog we discussed how a Christian, fearful about sharing the gospel, should correct their thinking beginning with the awareness that even though they are correct the opposition, who hate God, will try to silence them.

Today we continue this important discussion by examining what the secularist, statist offers in contrast to Christianity and how we should respond.

Secular society offers a godless, globalist government to replace the living God and Christ. This replacement god has the following characteristics:

·    It promotes people and institutions which destroy Christianity in the culture, e.g., in education, marriage, and the US constitution. 

·    Destroying Christianity clears society of burdensome obstructions for its own rule.

o   Consequently, it becomes against the law to speak about Christianity or against government principles.

·    The government becomes the replacement god.

o   Even as unbelievers scoff at weak Christians for needing to depend on God, they themselves, in great faith, seek a powerful government to be their god in the hopes of having their desires met.

·    A secularist, statist government operates in a dark world of suppression preventing you from meeting your dreams and goals, finding love, expressing your Christianity or your ideas.

o   Each person, instead of being embraced by their family, their community or church is tethered directly to the state for employment, a place to live, family and education.

o   Extreme examples, at the end of the statist totalitarian process, are North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela where the people are reduced to nothing and have nothing.

o   A more realistic, near-term example is modern Europe which is a model for the for globalist and statist state in the US. In much of Europe the government:

§  Actively suppresses individual thought, including: Christianity, freedom of speech, education and expression.

§  Actively suppresses individual achievement through high taxes so individualism, savings, entrepreneurship and advancement is difficult. Job creation comes through the government or large government supported industry.

§  Consequently, people seek to blend in, not to stand out in their job, by their opinions and often avoid marrying and having children. They accept what the government offers, even in the face of grave dangers to society such as rampant Islamatization, crime and the illegal migration.

Don’t fall for the statist religion! Now is the time to stand and express the things we have and how good they are. How can we do this simply?

·    Realize that you are right and should not be shy about your faith.

·    Learn basic facts about the benefit of our faith, from our website (www.teleiosresearch.com) or other locations. Learn to express the gospel! It is written at the bottom of this blog.

·    Discuss with your friends that the scriptures are true and good for people in contrast to what secular society offers. This will have the advantage of encouraging them and allowing you to learn to articulate your beliefs.

·    Discuss with unbelieving friends and colleagues the benefits of your faith.  Listen to their responses. If they cannot respond an open a reasonable way, move on to those who can. This will give you practice and perhaps some will come to faith in though Jesus Christ as Savior.

·    Teach your children and other young people our Christian heritage, history and the benefits of a Christian society.

·    Teach others and your children the Bible.

·    Write to ask your elected officials to protect our freedoms and Christianity; Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.

God’s victory is at the end of the world and the ultimate war has been won! But until that final victory, we face battles which can be lost. Historically there are places where Christianity all but disappeared in name or practice due to despotic regimes. Don’t let that happen here! Fight and pray in faith for what is right and good, for your future and your children’s.

That’s all for today, Thank you for joining me.

Gospel – Do you know salvation is a gift from God?
How to become a Christian:
· Each person has done misdeeds (sin) that deserve punishment from a perfect and just God.
· However, God being loving, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross to take the punishment we deserve.
· Consequently, when we simply accept, through faith alone, the forgiveness that Christ provided by his death and resurrection, we receive a permanent relationship with God and eternal life!
(Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10, and Romans 3:21-26).

WC Stewart

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Christians are correct in their worldview for sure!

Over the past several weeks we’ve discussed a recent Teleios survey regarding attitudes among young Christians in sharing the gospel and found that they often were fearful in the face of society and chose to use other measures to express their faith as opposed to explicitly sharing the plan of salvation.

Christians are often taught not to offend people with their faith and when we do share we’re told that we are judgmental and how can we say that our way is the only true way to God. Consequently, we frequently may feel good about our faith in church, but bad before unbelievers and society.

However, the Good News we offer is right and good for the listener. Stand firm and be proud of what you believe. Why is that?

Here are several points to consider:

·       God’s Word and Christ are true and the Bible says it (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:16John 1:14,17).

·       Teleios surveys show that young Christians overwhelmingly support this fact (>90%) so you are in good company.

·       Teleios Research as well as other medical research has shown that Christians generally have better wellbeing than non-Christians.

·       Eternal security – The Bible provides us a way to salvation, a great hope and eternal security. Teleios Research shows believing in eternal security also helps wellbeing.

·       Adherence to the Christian lifestyle principles (prayer, praise, fellowship, Bible study, outreach) provides even better wellbeing.

·       Following individual Christian principles helps wellbeing such as: forgiveness, hope, thankfulness.

·       Christians serve and give more (than unbelievers) to society which contributes further to good wellbeing.

·       Society – Our society is based on Christian principles which provide a basis for fairness and justice not generally seen in historically non-Christian countries. Just read 1 Peter or 1 Timothy to get an idea of the roughness and violence of the Greco-Roman culture into which Christianity was brought and ultimately tamed.

·       The Bible provides for us a robust formula for a successful life and helping others and society.

In contrast, what does secular society and their institutions believe? Their beliefs have been clarified over the past few years:

·       They hate God and they hate Christians.

·       They want to shut up believers and take Christianity out of the public square using: intimidation, violence, and name calling.

·       They hate the institutions that built our society because they are Christian:

o   They started with education, marriage and sex gender roles in the past generation and more recently have attacked gender itself. Now they minimize our glorious history starting with memorials, the founding fathers and soon it will be their words, with the goal of destroying the constitution itself including voting and property rights, and the freedom of self-expression.

o   Then, without a basis of government, Christians will be at the mercy of a secular, despotic, globalist, one-world state.  This currently comes mostly under the mask of climate issues and racism.

What does the statist, globalist, humanist communist offer society in return? We will discuss this next week as well as a Christian response. Please join us then. We have a great and powerful God who preserves us to salvation and helps us in our time on earth.

Visit the Teleios website for further research showing the benefit of Christianity in our lives http://teleiosresearch.com/.  

WC Stewart


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