Temple: A structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities such as prayer and sacrifice (Wikipedia).
Local church: A local group of believers with biblically qualified elders, meeting for the purpose of building up one another and training one another to obey Christ’s Great Commission and to reflect the living God in their various gifts and services. (1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1-2, Titus 1:5, Matt. 28:18-20)
Like many Indians, I too have had for many years equated churches and temples because of that “sense of peace” that one experiences in quiet temples, and in vast, empty cathedrals.
Now if you are a Bible-wielding Christian who loves Jesus, you would know how different going to a Hindu temple and being with the church is. But are there ways in which you might be treating your church like how some treat temples- like a thing of mere rituals and forgotten tradition? Continue reading “Four Ways We Turn Church Into A Temple”
I am certain quite a few of us have been curious about the events in the wake of the Ashley Madison hack. For those who don’t yet know, 39 million users of a website that facilitates extramarital affairs had their names and account details displayed on the internet for the rest of the online world to ogle at. Soon enough, the Christian/ Catholic/ Protestant/ Evangelical Ashley Madison sub-list came pouring out on the internet.
Like someone from one of the Marg churches recently mentioned, it was heart-breaking to hear of popular Christian personalities like Josh Duggar’s name of the Duggar family and viral Christian vlogger Sam Rader’s name showing up on that dreaded list.
They were just the icing on that distasteful cake Christians around the world had to eat.
Nearly 400 Christian pastors and workers have been on the hacked list so far.
Ashley Madison is the poster child of internet gone ugly and unsafe. Continue reading “My Ashley Madison Account Is Under Somebody Else’s Name”