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National Public Radio (NPR), recently broadcasted a segment on Christian Nationalism, and a highlighted church was Patriot Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee, which NPR declared, “… what makes this church different, and others like it across the…
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A few months ago, Rev. Mark Johnson, a White fellow pastor, and I (a Black pastor), attended a luncheon that was sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute, and its stated objective was to create a plan that promoted Christ-centered learning for…
Nov 16, 2021

This Week’s Question: Since too many have a romanticized view of love, what is love from a Biblical perspective?

Love is one of the three foundational pillars that Christianity is built upon, with faith and hope being the other two pillars. Unfortunately, many claim to be Christians based solely upon their love for God. Nevertheless, from a Biblical perspective these pillars work synchronously and cannot be dichotomized. To be more explicit, true faith is dependent…

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This Week’s Question: What is the fundamental missing element implied in James 2:1-9? And why is it so important?

The first section of this chapter, James 2:1-9, addresses partiality, and included under that topic are discrimination, partisanship, and a host of other divisive ills including racism, sexism, nationalism, chauvinism, jingoism, and a host of other similar beliefs. James criticizes such behaviors, without explicitly stating the root cause.…

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This Week’s Question: James 2:5 teaches that God has chosen the poor of this world? Why has He done so?

The story of the rich young ruler is instrumental as a backdrop to this question. The ruler began by asking in Mark 10:17, “…what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus, in response, listed several commandments and the ruler acknowledged compliance. Scripture teaches that Jesus’ love for this young man prompted Him to address a deeper…

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This Week’s Question: What are the underlying sins behind prejudice, discrimination, and isms like racism, sexism, and chauvinism?

 

Sin, in the Old Testament, was defined by the law (a series of dos and don’ts), and Israelites could not decide which rule, law, or command they adhered to. James reports, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).” Therefore, one had to follow God’s entire…

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This Week’s Question: Since prejudice was systemically built into the moral fabric of America, do you think Americans who tacitly or actively profited from that model (past, present, and future), will be damned eternally?

 

There should be little disagreement between true Disciples of Christ that those who were, are, or will be controlled by prejudice, and therefore discriminates against his/her brother or sister will be damned eternally, if he/she does not…

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This Week’s Question: Does the Bible refer to prejudicial or discriminatory actions in Scriptures other than James? If so, where, and what is the context?

 

No other Biblical writer addresses prejudice or discrimination as comprehensively as James, but other books have nuggets to understand why prejudice and discrimination are anathema to God. Genesis 1:26a, and 27 are great verses for initiating this discussion, “Then God said,…

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This Week’s Question: From a Biblical perspective, what is prejudice or discrimination?

James 2:1-9 is a great passage for answering this question because it uses four Greek words to define prejudice from God’s perspective. The dictionary definition is “a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.” Using this definition as a backdrop, James, in Verse 1, warns against showing partiality or having respect of…

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This Week’s Question: There should be little disagreement that discrimination remains a part of the social fabric of America, so what are the underlying problems with showing partiality or favoritism, as commanded by James in James 2:1-9?

According to James there are several problems associated with showing favoritism! Nevertheless, the favoritism James describes is not based upon an affinity one person has towards another because of one’s personal knowledge or…

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Today's Question: Broadly speaking, what are the major issues James confronts in Chapter 2, and what is the gist of his arguments?

In Chapter 2 James discusses three important correlations that all Christians would do well to heed. The first (verses 1-9), addresses the relationship between the rich and poor. James scoffs at Christians who cater to the rich while ignoring the plight of poor people, and speaks of scoffers as…

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Philip L. Hilliard - Who Am I?

Who am I? I am Rev. Philip L. Hilliard, the Senior Pastor of Austin Corinthian Baptist Church (ACBC), located on the Westside of Chicago. ACBC, was founded by my father, the late Rev. Clarence L. Hilliard – my mentor and spiritual leader, and I studied and received Biblical training under him. Therefore, I have no formal Bible Training since my undergrad degree is in business and I spent over 30 years in the Information Technology field; most of which was spent traveling coast-to-coast…

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Can We Comprehend Biblical Truth if We Don’t Know What Constitutes a Lie?

National Public Radio (NPR), recently broadcasted a segment on Christian Nationalism, and a highlighted church was Patriot Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee, which NPR declared, “… what makes this church different, and others like it across the nation, is its embrace of the secular agenda of the far right.” So what factors characterize Christian nationalism?” Among other things, Christian Nationalists:Believe America is a Christian nation;Disbelieve mainstream media;Believe Trump is the…

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Does Critical Race Theory Support Jesus Christ's Earthly Mission?

A few months ago, Rev. Mark Johnson, a White fellow pastor, and I (a Black pastor), attended a luncheon that was sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute, and its stated objective was to create a plan that promoted Christ-centered learning for children. Neither of us remained for the entire meeting and the problem we had is the luncheon’s presentations had heavy political undertones, which made it seem more like a right-wing political rally than a Christ-centered forum. I was also stunned by…

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  • I hope this will be a platform for your insights.

    i will promote you on social media.

    Challenge us with a God-sized and Christ's heart message,

    Phil

  • Welcome friend!

    I look forward to you bringing us content that will help us see the connection of justice to disciple making,

    Phil

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