If you’re about to donate to your church’s missions program, STOP. Before you pledge a cent, it’s time to ask your church the important question – are the people going on this mission trained in sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
No? They’re just teenagers from the youth group? Then don’t you dare write a check to fund this trip – Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, not spend money on a vacation to tour poverty porn. If you have a heart to help, charity starts with your own family, your neighborhood and your city.
Tell me this isn’t shocking:
“In Ghana, just as in South Africa and Cambodia, there has been a boom in unregistered orphanages. Last year, police investigated one after the rape of an eight-month-old boy and discovered 27 of the 32 children were not orphans. A government study found up to 90% of the estimated 4,500 children in orphanages had at least one parent and only eight of the 148 orphanages were licensed. Unicef officials said children’s welfare was secondary to profits and it is thought less than one-third of income goes on child care.” – Before you pay to volunteer abroad, think of the harm you might do
More often than not, criminals deliberately keep orphanages and schools in squalid conditions, simply to get free labor and money from church organizations. Is that really what you want to exacerbate?
Too often churches, to make themselves feel like they’re doing God’s work, send completely unprepared teens and young adults to countries ravaged by corruption, poverty and famine.
100% of the time, corruption, poverty and famine have a strong spiritual component to why a country is in the predicament that it’s in. An unprepared twenty-something is walking into a spiritual battlefield with no armor.
What are churches even thinking?
People aren’t going to truly accept Christ and your unprepared Church missionary is going to most likely fall away from the faith as they’re mentally attacked by Satan.
Unprepared, short-term mission trips are by and large one of the most stupid, and most prevalent ideas that has come out of Western Churches today.
An unprepared missionary is no match for powerful fallen angels and archons who are in charge of various neighborhoods, cities and countries. It’s time for the body of Christ to get some discernment and start working towards equipping their own to put on the full armor of God and to pray without ceasing, so that they can withstand the schemes of the Devil.
If you have no prayer life, if you have no discernment, you’ll be no match against Satan’s most powerful archons in their own territory.
If Paul had to go up against the demonic gods of Asia Minor, and all the prophets went up against the demonic gods of Egypt, Babylon and Canaan – what makes you think that throwing a sheltered 15-year-old into the middle of the territory of the demonic gods of Haiti, Kenya or India is going to go just fine?
The developing world doesn’t need another coat of paint on a school or a bracelet for an orphan, they need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So let’s jump right in to today’s question:
Question: “Today’s mission trips by churches rarely preach or teach the gospel of Jesus Christ but mostly do humanitarian works. Why do churches waste their energies?”
Answer: Because most churches are filled with Pharisees who love to show their “righteousness” before men.
Most of the time this is little more than poverty porn and gives untrained youth ministry and other volunteer-tourism groups the chance to fill their social media with photos of them “helping” impoverished people. And by “helping,” I mean untrained teenagers doing a poor job of constructing a building or digging a well when that job could have employed a local to help support his family. The churches feel good about themselves and have the photos to prove it, and the locals stay poor as they expect handouts instead of tackling the issues, many which are spiritual, which led to them being in this impoverished state to begin with.
“1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” – Matthew 6:1-5
Just look at the other answers in this thread and tell me if this statement applied:
“My least favorite but most common response when asking someone about their micro-trip abroad goes something like this: “I was heartbroken to see how life is there. It really makes me realize just how good we have it. My life will never be the same.” (*Rolls eyes*)
If you truly want this experience — to change your world perspective, etc. — then at least call it like it is and admit you’re going on a self-fulfillment trip.Don’t call it humanitarian work when the only human benefiting from this experience is you.” – 7 Reasons Why Your Two Week Trip To Haiti Doesn’t Matter: Calling Bull on “Service Trips” and Voluntourism – The Almost Doctor’s Channel
Jesus said “Go into all the world and preach the GOSPEL.” Not “go into all the world and give people free used clothing that destroys the local economy of weavers, seamstresses, and clothing merchants, so that your church appreciates how good they have it back home.”
Originally posted to Quora on July 5, 2018.
We’re diving right in to today’s Q&A – does God allow for a Christian to remarry after their ex-spouse remarries somebody else?
QUESTION: If two Christians divorce and then one of them pursues a relationship with another, is that Biblical adultery and therefore justifying the divorce after the fact and thus freeing the person from the marriage?
Answer: I didn’t make the rules, so don’t shoot the messenger. You’re asking a religious question while seeking a religious answer.
The key to this question is what was the reason for the divorce?
- Adultery, including pornography?
- Physical abuse that could lead to your death or could physically contribute to your death? (Ex: repeated concussion could lead to death.)
- Abandonment – as in the person literally disappears from your life to fake their own death and you honestly assume they’re dead, or conversely, throws you out onto the street in an attempt to cause you to die?
Nobody is allowed to try to cause their spouse to die to circumvent the Biblical prohibition against remarriage except in the case of the death of your spouse. Using murder as a loophole to have “permissible” sex with a new partner is in the running for the worst kind of sexual immorality.
Those aforementioned reasons are justifiable and Biblically sound reasons for divorce.
Now onto the second part of your question, is it adultery after-the-fact once two people are already divorced? For non-Christians, this question absolutely makes zero sense, but again, you’re asking a religious question while seeking a religious answer.
Let me guess, you got divorced for a non-Biblically permitted reason. Your ex-wife has gone and married another, so now you believe that you should be free from your marital bonds.
“But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” – Matthew 5:32
Women had to be married if she was going to survive in society. Life was a group effort before the industrial age, and still is in many parts of the world today. Women needed to get remarried, even though this divorce would cause them to be adulterous.
Jesus was speaking to Pharisees – men. These “super extra ‘righteous’” Pharisees were forcing women into adultery because these men and women were trying to find loopholes in Jewish law that allowed them to sleep around. You’d “get married” to a woman on paper, sleep with her, then divorce her, rinse, repeat. This concept of a temporary marriage to circumvent what is really just premarital sex exists today in Islam and is called “Nikah mut’ah.”
There is no such thing as justification after-the-fact for your divorce. This is why even the apostles were taken aback by how strict Jesus was when it came to marriage and divorce.
“9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” – Matthew 19:9-10
Did you marry a crazy person? Too bad. Is the person no longer attractive? Too bad. Did this person ask for a divorce even though you didn’t want one? Still too bad, which is why the apostles were so aghast!
Unless you reconciled with your spouse before either of you “became one flesh” with another (including through pornography) you must stay single or it will Biblically be considered adultery on your part. Once one spouse has been joined to another, you are never allowed to remarry that ex-spouse.
“then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 24:4
Marriage and divorce are SERIOUS undertakings to God. It doesn’t matter what falliable human beings are doing, their sin doesn’t justify your sin. This is why you better know who you’re marrying and you better have a life and death reason for getting divorced, because God doesn’t play around.
God Himself is divorced, and is awaiting His new bride, the church. Did God divorce Israel every time she upset Him and didn’t uphold her part of the marriage covenant? No. God was long-suffering. That’s what Biblical marriage is a picture of today – God’s covenant with His people.
When did God get divorced? When Israel committed adultery.
“She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.” – Jeremiah 3:8
This is why God can’t rejoin Himself to His former bride Israel, but can only await for the Bride of Christ, the church, because the blood covenant, the engagement, was already made with us when Jesus went to the cross.
Unless you had a Biblically sound reason for divorce, even if your spouse left you high and dry, you are NOT allowed to remarry without it being adulterous on your part before God.
If you have already remarried after getting a Biblically unsound divorce, you are not to divorce your new spouse. You can’t undo adultery.
I didn’t make the rules, so don’t shoot the messenger.
Originally posted to Quora on June 11, 2018
I received an intriguing question today on my YouTube channel, and I wanted to share it with you all.
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This question seems to come up fairly regularly for some reason – I assume most people believe that Abraham was committing incest by marrying his half sister. With something so disgusting and revolting as incest, it’s important to study the scripture to see what the Bible actually tells us what the relationship was between Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah.)
“27 Now these are the family records of Terah: Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.
28 Haran died during his father’s lifetime in the land of his birth, that is, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, who was the father of Milcah and Iscah.” –
Haran most likely had 4 kids: Lot, Sarai, Milcah and Iscah. The Bible does not tell us their mom’s name.
Terah was the father of both Sarai and Abram in that he was the patriarch of the family. He was Abram’s father and Sarai’s grandfather.
It’s important to note that “In Ancient times, the word for ‘sister’ also means ‘cousin’ in Semitic languages. Aramaic word ‘Khtha’ can mean sister or cousin. I believe the intended meaning here was Cousin.” –
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This content was originally posted to Quora April 2018.
While YouTube is known for having the worst of the worst people participate in the comment section, these people will no longer have the privilege of participating on Crack Your Bible’s YouTube comment section.
Per usual, when it comes to topics about religion, you will ALWAYS have crazies coming out of the woodwork. Whether they’re preaching a new gospel (Black Hebrew Israelite, Jehovah’s Witness / Flat Earth/ etc) or twisting scripture (no makeup / women not allowed to teach / no profanity/ etc) there will always be people who are coming in to try to stir up dissension.
I have always had this piece of information on my about me page on YouTube:
I am going to start doing a better job moderating comments after multiple subscribers have reached out to me over this past weekend, privately, to comment on how absurd some of the accusations and crazy doctrines are getting in my comment section. Specifically, how these comments can confuse new Christians and those who are not Christians, who stumble upon the comments of people with ulterior motives. This cannot continue, especially as content creators have ZERO control over what the algorithm decides to highlight and promote in the comment section.
Unfortunately, this happens on all channels, but I don’t want my comment section to be a haven for contentious people or those who twist scriptures.
If the comment is not on topic (questions, video suggestions and prayer requests exempt) or contains personal attacks, false accusations or promotes false doctrine, it will no longer be published.
There will now be a two strike rule – commenters who violate the rules will be banned from participation in the comment section of CrackYourBible indefinitely, effective immediately.
You don’t receive prizes if you don’t answer your phone. The prize of salvation is no different.
“Is it fair that God forgives the worst criminals as long as they repent at the very end of life but condemns a good and moral person who lives charitably toward others yet dies an unbeliever?”
Look at it like this:
There was a drawing for a giveaway and there are two winners. You just won one of the prizes. All you have to do is confirm your shipping address to receive your prize. By the way, you’re super fantastic, kind and charitable.
Now there’s also a criminal who also entered the giveaway. He also won. He also has to confirm his shipping address to receive his prize. It’s really an easy address – death row at the worst prison in the world.
As soon as the criminal receives the call, he stays on the line to confirm his shipping address, and it ships to him the same day (they’re using Amazon Prime apparently in this scenario.) Eventually he dies, but he still received his prize because he responded to and answered the call. He accepted his prize.
Once you’re informed that you won your prize, you hung up on the caller. They’ve called you back daily and you keep letting it go to voicemail because you’re not sure if the prize suits you and other days you just don’t care. One day, those calls will stop and it will be too late to claim your prize.
When the daily calls stop after years of ignoring the calls, texts and voicemails, you have the audacity to say the one who is trying to contact you is so unfair. Why? Because a criminal got a prize and you didn’t – nevermind he accepted his prize immediately and you ignored the daily calls to accept your gift, so it was left unclaimed when you suddenly died.
The prize of salvation has nothing to do with how good you are and 100% has to do with if you’re willing to answer the call and trust the one who calls you to receive your prize.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” –
Originally posted to Quora on April 10, 2018