To begin to understand the idea of martyrdom, one must understand what a martyr is. A martyr by today’s definition is someone who suffers extensively or is put to death rather than renouncing their religion. The original word martyr meant “witness,” which later was extended to mean witnessing for the Christian faith in particular. In modern society many people are referred to as being “martyrs” for a great many things other than that definition. Martyrdom, according to definition, is the suffering or death of a martyr. A martyr in the Bible usually referred to someone like Stephen or James. Christians who faced persecution, torture, death and other sufferings are referred to as being martyrs for Christianity.
Evangelist Dan Corner further clears up misunderstandings of the word martyrdom and martyrs. To read more from Dan Corner, visit his website at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/
The occult refers to a variety of unscriptural beliefs and practices such as magic, astrology, divination and more. Most people associate the word occult with witchcraft and Wiccan beliefs. This would include popular Harry Potter, the false idol of many spiritually endangered young people.
Biblical Christianity takes a strong stand against the occult and occultism, and rightly so. A few of the reasons Christians are so opposed to anything having to do with the occult is found in Deut. 18:10-12. Those Scriptural reasons, and others, have led to the Christian belief that any involvement with the occult will disastrously end with the occultist being thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), unless he repents. In Acts, when sorcerers repented, they publicly burned their witchcraft books (Acts 19:19).
Dan Corner discusses Christian opposition to the occult and occult activities in our modern society. To read more, please visit http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/occult.htm.
Demon possession is real. That alone should prove there is an invisible spirit realm around us, but much more when a person notices that demon spirits are driven out in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Acts 16:18 passage is explicit showing how the Apostle Paul did that very thing:
She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Very encouraging is Mark 5:12,13. It shows 2,000 demons begging Jesus before they were driven from inside a man they had horribly tormented:
The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, andthe evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. (Mark 5:12,13)
NOTE: Animals can even become demon possessed, according to that! Other Scriptures show that young children can also be demon possessed! How a little child could be afflicted in that manner is not clear, but it is still factual, for it does occur, but there is hope in God through the Lord Jesus Christ:
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. (Mark 9:21)
The Greek word translated childhood there means infancy! Jesus came to the rescue again as the passage goes on to read. Do you know that one and only Savior of mankind? If not, repent and place a submissive faith in him to unashamedly follow and serve him. This is a heaven or hell issue. GOD BLESS YOU.
Drunkenness (alcoholism) is a growing problem in America, and it has many ramifications, both physical and spiritual. When a person is in this state, they not only experience physical effects such as slurred speech, they may also suffer psychological effects such as poor decision making and irrational behavior. Perhaps most tragic is the fact that many people face these issues before they’ve even reached the legal age of consumption. The debate surrounding lowering or raising the drinking age has done little to curtail the problem. Dan Corner explores the truth about the problems associated with drunkenness, and the lessons that the Bible holds about the problem of drunkenness.
While teaching about the do’s and do nots under grace, Paul told the Christians do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Eph 4:30). The seriousness of that single offense is stated elsewhere and is shown to be very extreme:
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. (Isa 63:9,10)
According to that passage, God becomes the enemy of the ones who grieved his Holy Spirit! If God becomes your enemy, his vengeance and wrath will come upon you, which includes raging fire:
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. (Nahum 1:2)
A fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:27)
Please know that God can see sin after one’s salvation and you must endure to the end to be saved (Mt. 10:22). [Dan Corner is the author of several books, including, The Believer’s Conditional Security.]