Ask Mahlatse Mashua (September 10-14, 2018)

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(Mahlatse Mashua) #21

Greetings @MoveMountains, great questions.

There are different responses to this questions by Christians. My take is that I don’t necessarily see anything in the Bible that prohibits the receiving or donating of organs and I am persuaded that organ donation could be an amazing expression of love and compassion. It is also important to understand the intricate details/discussions surrounding organ donation e.g when is someone considered dead medically, as this can have a profound impact on how one answers this question.

Here is an article that explores the various questions and responses/arguments that can be made on this topic:

http://espanol.apologeticspress.org/articles/2164


(Chris Leskiw) #22

Thank you for your reply. It remains a mystery then. A future forum topic might be “Topics not covered in the Bible”.

Sincere regards,
Chris.


(Josephine Dearsley) #23

Thank you so much, your response and the article are incredibly helpful. Thanks again, God bless


(Mahlatse Mashua) #24

Hey @CarsonWeitnauer, great question brother.

Here are things that stand out for me about a church:

  • Passion for Jesus.
  • Passion for the Word of God, expressed in the preaching of the word, prioritisation of Bible as final authority, theological reflection in the congregation
  • Love for preaching Jesus to the Lost. Everyone involved in some way in the work of preaching Jesus. Also committing to take seriously the questions, reservations and objections that some people have about Christ and using those as points of entry to clarify His invitation so that people may respond to His ethical summons to belong to Him.
  • Genuine love for people. Expressed in the community doing life together (not just during the services), and a culture of doing good in their communities. Living out their regeneration in the direction of the poor and marginalised.

If a church does not have an evangelistic culture, one might see:

  • most/everything done is done for those who are already believers (sermons, programmes)
  • only those who are considered “zealous”, “evangelistic” or pastors are encouraged/trained to share the Gospel with people.
  • when they speak, they don’t give room for non-believers to feel welcomed to come and explore Jesus in an inviting environment. Unkind words that are used to describe non-believers.
  • not giving space for honest seekers to ask their questions in a way that would provide an opportunity to clarify the Gospel.
  • expecting evangelism to only happen in the walls of the church and there is no culture of “going out” to people
  • Church jargon. Expecting non-christians to translate themselves into “churchy language” to understand the Gospel and respond to it.
  • Misrepresenting/not taking seriously what non-Christians believe.

Some helpful questions that can lead to change:

  • Answer the question as a community: how could we be more like Jesus in the way that those whose lifestyles He contradicted, felt welcomed by Him and converted by His holiness and kindness?
  • How can we best explain the Gospel not in a way that makes us (christians) happy, but in a way that makes sense to non-christians without changing the Good news?
  • How can we be a missional community that people can come and be a part of to taste and see that the Lord is Good?
  • How can every member of this congregation become a communicator of the Gospel as a “satisfied consumer” not just a trained salesperson?

Stories:

  1. I was part of a campus ministry. we ran cell/connect groups once a week, at the same time. The aim was for these to become platforms for evangelism. Many people would tell us that they would have loved to come and explore the Christian story, but could not make it because of other commitments (mostly sports). Instead of questioning our uncritical commitment to running our programmers on that day, we questioned people’s love for “God’s truth”. Thankfully, someone challenged us and we changed. We started a variety of these groups with enough options to accomodate many people (early morning, late nights, different days of the week). The result was an explosion of our evangelism expression/ministry and we grew from 4 connect groups to over 40 in one year (average 8 people in each group).

  2. There is a church that I know that would have described themselves as being welcoming to non-believers. I met a young university student and together we visited this church. This student was not a Christian. In the welcome message and sermon, the speakers used words that came across to the student as prideful and arrogant. It gave him the impression that if he became a christian, he would be arrogant as well. Thankfully he was honest with me and others about how he felt and we were able to talk to him about that and help him separate our failures as Christians (to show the humility of Christ) and Christ himself. He is now a Christian serving in a church and is a significant voice for stirring the passion for evangelism in his church.


(Tim) #25

Thanks for your Reply dear brother. So if we belive in big bang means. Then how could we explain Psalms 89;11 , psalms 102:25, Hebrews 1:10 , Isaiah 48:13 , Jeremiah 31;37 ?. Please explain brother. Thank you.


(Mahlatse Mashua) #26

Hi @Tim

The first 4 scriptures establish the following facts:

  • God is the creator of the universe and everything in it.
  • as the Creator, creation belongs to him (“everything in it”).

This does not necessarily contradict the big bang.

Again, I think a Christian can adopt a model of the Big bang as a mechanism by which God Created the universe. Of course, there is nothing in the Scriptures that forces a Christian to except any model of the big bang either, so one could also reject any of the proposed models if one was not convinced that the scientific evidence supports the model. But the point I was making is that big bang theory does not necessarily conflict with the Scriptural fact of God’s Creation of the Universe.

Hope that helps.


(Jarvis Boccorh ) #27

Hi. In today’s divided world in terms on identity and what have you, i wonder in the heaven and the new world to come with Christ as the head, will people still disagree on issues? Would people still have their own opinions? Even in the Christian faith people disagree on issues so I guess I want to know if I’m the perfect world we r all going to have the same ideas and agree on everything


(christopher van zyl) #28

Hi there @Mahlatse_Mashua

I was wondering how, as a South African, we should navigate through the Land expropriation debate when it is such a sensitive issue? Also, what is the wisest thing for us to do? Is this not a Marxist, socialist policy that might deeply affect my future family? I don’t want to fear anything, and I want to walk in our Lord’s peace. However, I’d be lying if I said this issue doesn’t shake me.

Kind regards and looking forward to your response.
Christopher


(Bill Brander) #29

I will be very interested in this in the light of Heb 10:34 For you sympathized with the prisoners and cheerfully submitted to the violent seizure of your property because you know that you have a better and more permanent possession. [ISV]

Bill


(Isaiah J. Armstrong) #30

i have a copy of Chesterton’s Orthodoxy but i haven’t got to it yet. I’ve read Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and Ravi Zacharias’ Can Man Live Without God. They are all fantastic books and I’d recommend them to everybody! thanks for the suggestions!


(Joel Vaughn) #31

Hi @Mahlatse_Mashua,

While it is not limited to the United States, race is one of the more divisive issues (although almost any politicized issue has become divisive now). So far, Lance Lewis is the most insightful speaker I’ve heard on the topic. What similar resources do you recommend for believers on different “sides” of the divide to help them understand each other’s viewpoint better? How does one have a constructive dialogue on the issues? I see we try to avoid the particulars of politics here (and I’m sure for good reason) but the politics become moral matters for people, specifically in terms of real life application of one’s Christian morality. One group sees a particular movement as a mostly cynical red herring attempt to avoid the real issues, and the opposing group sees that response as yet more proof of the “enemy’s” obstinate contempt and lack of compassion. How do believers with such radically different opinions believe the best about each other and learn from each other?
Thanks,
Joel


(Carson Weitnauer) #32