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PastorMatt

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    PastorMatt reacted to HappyChristian in North Valley Baptist Church Served with a Cease and Desist Order   
    This is Pastor Trieber's update from this morning:
     
    Newsom, CA's governor, said this virus was the opportunity to change society (not his exact words, but his meaning). He is proving it, as is our governor and some others.
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    PastorMatt reacted to SureWord in North Valley Baptist Church Served with a Cease and Desist Order   
    Maybe lazy conservatives and Christians will go out and vote in ALL elections now. They took over the State Assembly here in Virginia because Republicans did not show up to vote (some didn't even know elections were going on) while Bloomberg was literally busing Democrat voters to the polls. 
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    PastorMatt reacted to Alan in North Valley Baptist Church Served with a Cease and Desist Order   
    Not surprised one bit at all.
    The local and State governments, almost all Democratic controlled, have discovered that they can use a health scare to bypass the Constitution of the United States, take away our freedoms, shut down our businesses, and close down the churches. When this health issue first arose folks have been trying to warn the  churches that the true issue is to control the churches or shut them down.
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    PastorMatt got a reaction from Paul Christian in Youth Pastor Charged with Sending Sexual Texts to a 15-year-old Girl   
    My thoughts exactly. It's so sad/gross to see this happen so much. 
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    PastorMatt reacted to Jim_Alaska in Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?   
    No one denies that things such as you outlined happen. it is then that you need to diligently search out a church home where you can agree with their doctrine and program.
    But speaking to the issue I presented, a sixty mile radius of you is not "most everything" or "the majority". That was the statement I was speaking to.
    I sincerely hope you find what you are looking for.
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    PastorMatt got a reaction from John Young in Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?   
    While I believe that repentance is necessary for salvation (not going to discuss that in this section), I don't think that the problem of millennials leaving the church is a pastor thing, but  Christians in general. We as Christians should be studying the Bible and know why we believe what we believe. It should be for every Christian, not just the pastor. 
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    PastorMatt reacted to Miss Daisy in What Happened to my Church?   
    That’s exactly what happened to my old church. I’d left the area for about 15 years when I returned my old church was replaced by black curtains so it was dark as night in there. Rock concert music, fog machines and singers in mini skirts rocking out with a pastor with punk hair and ripped jeans. I still attended because they had a great youth pastor, who was in his forties and my daughter loved going to all the activities. Then the pastor decided the youth pastor  wasnt as hip and cool as he wanted the new image of the church to be and fired him. That caused a split from the older core members from the young crowd. We and a lot of the older crowd left. Discouraged by church politics I didn’t go for a few years until I went to my church now. The church I left has been plagued with infidelity rumors about new pastors and singing directors and the young girls singing on stage. But it remains the same rock concert appealing to the flesh and lust of lost sheep.
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    PastorMatt reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?   
    Proverbs 1:7 -- "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
    In my opinion, they are leaving because they lack the foundational motivation of heart to stay.  They are more concerned about what pleases them than they are about what pleases God.  They do not possess the fear and love of the Lord in their hearts.  Rather, they possess the love of self and the world in their hearts.  They are dull of hearing toward the teaching and preaching of God's Word because they do not possess a foundational fellowship with the God of the Word.  They have entangled themselves with the riches, pleasures, and social connections of this life and world; and those things are choking out their desire for the Lord their God and His Holy Word.  It is ALL about the priority of their hearts.
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    PastorMatt reacted to AdamL in Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?   
    Unfortunately that is what happens when parents do not take the education of their children seriously. When our children are turned over to the state for indoctrination what else do we expect?
    I went to public school. I didn't get saved until I was an adult. Evolution was ingrained in my mind as a fact. Even though I didn't really understand it I just accepted it as true. After I got saved the first time I heard a pastor preach about young earth creationism I was looking around the auditorium wondering if anyone else was as confused and shocked as I was. It took a lot of time for the Word to sink in and break down those strongholds. 
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    PastorMatt got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Why are Millennials Leaving the Church?   
    I understand, the reason why the question was asked is because I visited about a hundred of churches last few years and this is the topic about millennial's that always seems to come up in our Baptist churches. Just discussing what seems like a majority of churches are asking. 
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    PastorMatt got a reaction from HappyChristian in Youth Pastor Charged with Sending Sexual Texts to a 15-year-old Girl   
    My thoughts exactly. It's so sad/gross to see this happen so much. 
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