|New partnership to target New England|
May 21 2012 Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
|On any given weekend, less than three percent of New England’s 14.3 million people will attend an evangelical church.|
|'Personal calling' leads pastor to start school among Roma |
May 21 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
|Craig Hamlin was unable to get the needs of the Roma people in Munkacs, Ukraine, out of his mind. For Hamlin, senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, the poverty, lack of education, and ongoing struggles of the Roma people weighed on his heart.|
|Guest column: N.C.'s useless lucky charm|
May 21 2012 by Mark Creech, Christian Action League
North Carolina, a state that has characteristically resisted gambling, is now headed down gaming’s dead end street.
|OTHER BR NEWS|
Online poker gambling could be legalized
Guest column: Obama, gay marriage & the black church vote
Protect your church's children against sexual abuse nightmare Background checks are on the rise, LifeWay reports N.C. students skip 'break' to serve
K. Allan Blume
|Secularism: 'Money is everything'|
May 23 2012
Mark Creech’s story on the status of Cherokee casinos (above) is one more example of the secular mantra, "money rules." The selling point of the latest gambling bill before the state house is the economic benefits.
The "NC Education Lottery" was pushed into existence on the merits of the financial benefits to our education system. Let the record show that a mere 34 cents of every dollar spent on the lottery goes to education. If a pastor leads a church to raise money for a new building, and spends only one-third of those dollars on the building, he would go to prison. Evangelist Jim Bakker did.
Those who opposed the marriage amendment tried to sell potential "economic problems" the marriage amendment would supposedly inject into North Carolina’s struggling economy.
Polls show that in the US presidential race, Americans are more interested in the economy than moral issues. The catch phrase is "It’s the economy, stupid."
Church leaders should be careful not to apply this secular philosophy to ministry. Without biblical safeguards, it is easy to adopt a very materialistic worldview.
A friend shared with me about a conversation he had with a fellow pastor several years ago. The pastor said he could not preach against alcohol because two of his deacons owned bars, and they gave a lot of money to the church. He could not preach on adultery because one of his deacons is living in open adultery, and gives generously to the church. He could not preach about homosexuality because one of his staff is gay, and it could upset the church.
I wonder how many Christians avoided commenting on the marriage amendment for fear of financial repercussions. Church leaders, be careful not to adopt secular materialism as a guiding principle of ministry.
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10, NKJ
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