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–  On The Cover Of Bob Jones University‘s Spring 1992 Issue Of The BJU Review Is A Picture Of Black Belt Karate Master And Senior At BJU, Jim Pitts, In Full Karate Garb, Bible Open, Giving The “Invitation,” While The Rest Of The Members Of BJU’s “Champions For Christ Karate Team” Are Kneeling In Prayer By Their Cinder-Block Bricks. On The Inside Cover Is A Picture Of Mr. Pitts Breaking Four Bricks With His Right Arm, While The Other Team Members Are Watching, With Bibles Open. The Editor Of The Review Declares That:

“Champions For Christ Is One Of Many Different Extension Groups That Go Out From The University Each Week, Bringing The Gospel To Needy People Throughout The Southeast. These Extension Ministries Give All Students The Chance To Sharpen Their Soul Winning Skills, Be An Encouragement To Others, And Use Their Skills To Glorify God.” (Emphasis Added.)

–  Many Other So-Called Youth And Evangelism Ministries Promote The Martial Arts As A Means Of Motivating Youth In Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare, Etc. For Example, The March 1992 Baptist Bulletin (GARBC) Contains An Article About A Husband-Wife ABWE Missionary Team Helping “Teenagers Understand God’s Power In Their Lives” By Exhibiting His (The Husband’s) Karate Skills (“Such As Breaking Boards With His Hands And Demonstrating Samurai Swords And Nunchakus”) At GARBC Youth Rallies. The Missionary Team Claims To Want “To Help The Teenagers Understand God’s Power In Their Lives … [And] To Motivate Them To Join God In The Spiritual Battle Of The Present Age.”

–  Should A Christian’s “Soulwinning Skills” Include Karate, And Can That “Skill” Be Used “To Glorify God?” And What Has Karate To Do With The Reality Of “God’s Power” In A Teenager’s Life? Even Though One Might Find It Difficult To See How The So-Called “Skill” Of Karate Could Or Would Be Used By The Holy Spirit To Draw The Lost To Christ, The Overriding Question Must Be: Is There A Philosophy Antithetical To Christianity That Is At The Root Of Karate Exhibitions?

–  Karate Has A Unique And Unusual History. It Was Handed Down Centuries Ago From Zen Master To Buddhist Monk By Word Of Mouth, And Always In Strict Secrecy. Even Today, Everything Done In Karate Can Be Tracked Back To Some Principle Of Zen Buddhism. An Indian Buddhist Priest Named Bodhidharma In The 6th Century A.D. In China, Synthesized Karate Techniques And Yoga Meditation In Order To Unite Mind, Spirit, And Body. (Among The Chinese Styles Are Kung Fu Or Gung Fu, Wu Shu,And Pa Kua. Tai Kwan Do And Hapkido Are Among The Korean Styles.) Karate Is Clearly A Mental And Moral Exercise, Indeed, A Spiritual Experience. In Each Practice Session There Is A Concerted Effort To Unite Mind, Spirit, And Body Just As Bodhidharma Sought To Do With Zen Priests.

Karate Is Founded On Scientific Principles Of Body Movements That Develop The Karate Devotee Into A Healthy, Well Coordinated Person, Both Physically And Mentally. The Chinese Karate Masters Considered Karate To Be An Extension Of Their Religion. The Okinawan Karate Masters Considered It To Be A Way Of Life:

“It Is, Rather, An Expression Of Life Lived 24 Hours A Day, 365 Days A Year. Indeed, The Way Of Karate Is A Philosophy Of Life — A Rich, Rewarding Philosophy If Carried Through, Past The Boundaries Of Obvious Self-Defense Techniques, Into The Realm Of Mind-Searching Discipline. Within Karate-Do Is The Potential Of A New Person: A Person Huge In All The Capabilities That Will Make Him Respected And Confident” (The Way Of Karate).

 

–  Karate Is Zen –– So Says Master Oyama And Many Other Karate Masters. Zen Is A School Of Buddhism That Has Been Called The “Religion Of Immediate Reality.” The Aim Of Zen Is To Awaken The Student To His True Self And Thus Bring About A Degree Of Self-Knowledge Through Inward Meditation. Zen Students Seek Peace Of Mind Through An Enlightened Awakening Of An Intuitive Wisdom, Which They Feel Is Dormant Now In All People. Zen Meditation Tries To Achieve “No Mindedness” Which May Be Acquired By Concentration And Special Breathing Exercises. Karate, When Combined With Zen Meditation, Is Used To Assist The Student’s Quest For Peace Of Mind And Equanimity In The Face Of Conflict And Tension.

–  Although Many, Especially Here In The United States, Tend To Disregard Much Of The Zen Buddhist Philosophy In Their Training, Some Impact Of That Philosophy Is Made Upon Every Student Of Karate. This Is Because Zen Meditation And Yoga-Like Breathing Exercises — Whether For Thirty Seconds Or For Two Hours Before And After Every Practice Session — Are An Integral Part Of Any Oriental Martial Arts Program. If One Truly Aspires To Master The Art Of Karate, He Cannot Ignore The Spiritual Implications.

Zen Meditation Provides A False “Inner Peace” That Is At Best A Counterfeit Of The Peace Only God Can Give. There Is Only One Source Of Inner Peace — The Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We Can Choose Between The Self-Control Developed By The Holy Spirit, Or The Self-Control Of Zen. And With The Self-Control Of Zen, As With Any Eastern Meditation Technique, One Could Also Be Opening Himself Up To Demonic Activity.

While God Calls Us To Humility, The Martial Arts Cater To Human Pride. For Even In Gaining Mastery Over One’s Self Through Zen, It Is Still Recognized As An Accomplishment Of Self. That Self-Pride Then Manifests Itself Through A Desire To Prove Oneself Superior.

–  Although Some Proponents For A “Christian” Martial Arts Do Concede That Karate Has Roots In Occult, Pagan, And/Or Eastern Religious Philosophy, They Also Claim That The PrimaryPhilosophy Behind The Martial Arts Actually Originated In Old Testament Biblical Times (Citing Such Passages As Gen. 14:13-16; 2 Sam 6:14; Psa. 144:1; Eccl. 9:10 As Proof-Texts), Even Going Back All The Way To The Garden Of Eden! (Christian Martial Arts, Tottingham & Tottingham, Pp. V & 2). Therefore, According To These Advocates, Satan Made “Inroads” Into The True Bible-Based Martial Arts, Capturing Them For Himself, And That All We Need To Do Now Is To Reclaim Them And Change Them “From An Asiatic Philosophy To A Truly Bible-Centered Christian Philosophy” (Christian Martial Arts, Pp. Ii & 2). Once These “Dramatic Changes” In “Approach” Are Made, We Are Told, The “Christian Can Indeed Study The Martial Arts In Total Harmony With His Walk With The Lord” (Christian Martial Arts, P. V).

This, Of Course, Is The Same Logic Men Use To “Christianize” Any Worldly, Pagan, And/Or Occult Philosophy Or Practice, Whether It Be Astrology (The “Gospel In The Stars“), Psychology, Eastern “Medicine,” Magic, Pyramidology, Graphology, Numerology, Etc., Etc., Etc. The Logic Goes Something Like This:

“It Was Originated By God (Which Requires A Few Verses Out Of Context To ‘Prove’ It), Satan Stole It And/Or Counterfeited It (Under The False Assumption That ‘Satan Can’t Create, He Just Steals From God’), We Need To Reclaim It And Re-Christianize It, And Then We Can Use It ‘To Glorify God'” (Christian Martial Arts, Pp. 75 & 83).

–  The Violence Associated With Karate Smacks Of Anything But “Christian.” Legendary Karate “Masters” Were Reputed To Have Superhuman Powers, Including The Ability To Kill Small Birds With A Yell (“The Shout Of Doom”), A Secret Knowledge Of How To Touch Lightly At A Spot On The Body To Cause Death (“The Touch Of Death”), And The Ability To Penetrate An Adversary’s Body With A Bare Hand To Withdraw His Still-Beating Heart. The Very Nature Of These Violent Forms Of Expression Runs Counter To God’s Word.

–  How Then Can Any Christian Justify His Involvement In Karate Or Any Of The Other Martial Arts? He Can’t. Not Even By Claiming That Such Involvement Is For Self-Defense, Exercise, To Learn Discipline, Etc. (Let Alone Justifying It For Evangelism Purposes!). There Are Other Methods By Which These Results May Be Obtained — Methods Not Associated With Harmful Violence And False Doctrine.



* The Chief Source Of Our Information For This Report Was A Special Report Written By Albert Dager Of Media Spotlight. Other Sources Used Were Various Encyclopedias And Three Books On Karate/Martial Arts: The Way Of Karate, Karate Within Your Grasp, And Christian Martial Arts.



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–  On The Cover Of Bob Jones University‘s Spring 1992 Issue Of The BJU Review Is A Picture Of Black Belt Karate Master And Senior At BJU, Jim Pitts, In Full Karate Garb, Bible Open, Giving The “Invitation,” While The Rest Of The Members Of BJU’s “Champions For Christ Karate Team” Are Kneeling In Prayer By Their Cinder-Block Bricks. On The Inside Cover Is A Picture Of Mr. Pitts Breaking Four Bricks With His Right Arm, While The Other Team Members Are Watching, With Bibles Open. The Editor Of The Review Declares That:

“Champions For Christ Is One Of Many Different Extension Groups That Go Out From The University Each Week, Bringing The Gospel To Needy People Throughout The Southeast. These Extension Ministries Give All Students The Chance To Sharpen Their Soul Winning Skills, Be An Encouragement To Others, And Use Their Skills To Glorify God.” (Emphasis Added.)

–  Many Other So-Called Youth And Evangelism Ministries Promote The Martial Arts As A Means Of Motivating Youth In Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare, Etc. For Example, The March 1992 Baptist Bulletin (GARBC) Contains An Article About A Husband-Wife ABWE Missionary Team Helping “Teenagers Understand God’s Power In Their Lives” By Exhibiting His (The Husband’s) Karate Skills (“Such As Breaking Boards With His Hands And Demonstrating Samurai Swords And Nunchakus”) At GARBC Youth Rallies. The Missionary Team Claims To Want “To Help The Teenagers Understand God’s Power In Their Lives … [And] To Motivate Them To Join God In The Spiritual Battle Of The Present Age.”

–  Should A Christian’s “Soulwinning Skills” Include Karate, And Can That “Skill” Be Used “To Glorify God?” And What Has Karate To Do With The Reality Of “God’s Power” In A Teenager’s Life? Even Though One Might Find It Difficult To See How The So-Called “Skill” Of Karate Could Or Would Be Used By The Holy Spirit To Draw The Lost To Christ, The Overriding Question Must Be: Is There A Philosophy Antithetical To Christianity That Is At The Root Of Karate Exhibitions?

–  Karate Has A Unique And Unusual History. It Was Handed Down Centuries Ago From Zen Master To Buddhist Monk By Word Of Mouth, And Always In Strict Secrecy. Even Today, Everything Done In Karate Can Be Tracked Back To Some Principle Of Zen Buddhism. An Indian Buddhist Priest Named Bodhidharma In The 6th Century A.D. In China, Synthesized Karate Techniques And Yoga Meditation In Order To Unite Mind, Spirit, And Body. (Among The Chinese Styles Are Kung Fu Or Gung Fu, Wu Shu,And Pa Kua. Tai Kwan Do And Hapkido Are Among The Korean Styles.) Karate Is Clearly A Mental And Moral Exercise, Indeed, A Spiritual Experience. In Each Practice Session There Is A Concerted Effort To Unite Mind, Spirit, And Body Just As Bodhidharma Sought To Do With Zen Priests.

Karate Is Founded On Scientific Principles Of Body Movements That Develop The Karate Devotee Into A Healthy, Well Coordinated Person, Both Physically And Mentally. The Chinese Karate Masters Considered Karate To Be An Extension Of Their Religion. The Okinawan Karate Masters Considered It To Be A Way Of Life:

“It Is, Rather, An Expression Of Life Lived 24 Hours A Day, 365 Days A Year. Indeed, The Way Of Karate Is A Philosophy Of Life — A Rich, Rewarding Philosophy If Carried Through, Past The Boundaries Of Obvious Self-Defense Techniques, Into The Realm Of Mind-Searching Discipline. Within Karate-Do Is The Potential Of A New Person: A Person Huge In All The Capabilities That Will Make Him Respected And Confident” (The Way Of Karate).

 

–  Karate Is Zen –– So Says Master Oyama And Many Other Karate Masters. Zen Is A School Of Buddhism That Has Been Called The “Religion Of Immediate Reality.” The Aim Of Zen Is To Awaken The Student To His True Self And Thus Bring About A Degree Of Self-Knowledge Through Inward Meditation. Zen Students Seek Peace Of Mind Through An Enlightened Awakening Of An Intuitive Wisdom, Which They Feel Is Dormant Now In All People. Zen Meditation Tries To Achieve “No Mindedness” Which May Be Acquired By Concentration And Special Breathing Exercises. Karate, When Combined With Zen Meditation, Is Used To Assist The Student’s Quest For Peace Of Mind And Equanimity In The Face Of Conflict And Tension.

–  Although Many, Especially Here In The United States, Tend To Disregard Much Of The Zen Buddhist Philosophy In Their Training, Some Impact Of That Philosophy Is Made Upon Every Student Of Karate. This Is Because Zen Meditation And Yoga-Like Breathing Exercises — Whether For Thirty Seconds Or For Two Hours Before And After Every Practice Session — Are An Integral Part Of Any Oriental Martial Arts Program. If One Truly Aspires To Master The Art Of Karate, He Cannot Ignore The Spiritual Implications.

Zen Meditation Provides A False “Inner Peace” That Is At Best A Counterfeit Of The Peace Only God Can Give. There Is Only One Source Of Inner Peace — The Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We Can Choose Between The Self-Control Developed By The Holy Spirit, Or The Self-Control Of Zen. And With The Self-Control Of Zen, As With Any Eastern Meditation Technique, One Could Also Be Opening Himself Up To Demonic Activity.

While God Calls Us To Humility, The Martial Arts Cater To Human Pride. For Even In Gaining Mastery Over One’s Self Through Zen, It Is Still Recognized As An Accomplishment Of Self. That Self-Pride Then Manifests Itself Through A Desire To Prove Oneself Superior.

–  Although Some Proponents For A “Christian” Martial Arts Do Concede That Karate Has Roots In Occult, Pagan, And/Or Eastern Religious Philosophy, They Also Claim That The PrimaryPhilosophy Behind The Martial Arts Actually Originated In Old Testament Biblical Times (Citing Such Passages As Gen. 14:13-16; 2 Sam 6:14; Psa. 144:1; Eccl. 9:10 As Proof-Texts), Even Going Back All The Way To The Garden Of Eden! (Christian Martial Arts, Tottingham & Tottingham, Pp. V & 2). Therefore, According To These Advocates, Satan Made “Inroads” Into The True Bible-Based Martial Arts, Capturing Them For Himself, And That All We Need To Do Now Is To Reclaim Them And Change Them “From An Asiatic Philosophy To A Truly Bible-Centered Christian Philosophy” (Christian Martial Arts, Pp. Ii & 2). Once These “Dramatic Changes” In “Approach” Are Made, We Are Told, The “Christian Can Indeed Study The Martial Arts In Total Harmony With His Walk With The Lord” (Christian Martial Arts, P. V).

This, Of Course, Is The Same Logic Men Use To “Christianize” Any Worldly, Pagan, And/Or Occult Philosophy Or Practice, Whether It Be Astrology (The “Gospel In The Stars“), Psychology, Eastern “Medicine,” Magic, Pyramidology, Graphology, Numerology, Etc., Etc., Etc. The Logic Goes Something Like This:

“It Was Originated By God (Which Requires A Few Verses Out Of Context To ‘Prove’ It), Satan Stole It And/Or Counterfeited It (Under The False Assumption That ‘Satan Can’t Create, He Just Steals From God’), We Need To Reclaim It And Re-Christianize It, And Then We Can Use It ‘To Glorify God'” (Christian Martial Arts, Pp. 75 & 83).

–  The Violence Associated With Karate Smacks Of Anything But “Christian.” Legendary Karate “Masters” Were Reputed To Have Superhuman Powers, Including The Ability To Kill Small Birds With A Yell (“The Shout Of Doom”), A Secret Knowledge Of How To Touch Lightly At A Spot On The Body To Cause Death (“The Touch Of Death”), And The Ability To Penetrate An Adversary’s Body With A Bare Hand To Withdraw His Still-Beating Heart. The Very Nature Of These Violent Forms Of Expression Runs Counter To God’s Word.

–  How Then Can Any Christian Justify His Involvement In Karate Or Any Of The Other Martial Arts? He Can’t. Not Even By Claiming That Such Involvement Is For Self-Defense, Exercise, To Learn Discipline, Etc. (Let Alone Justifying It For Evangelism Purposes!). There Are Other Methods By Which These Results May Be Obtained — Methods Not Associated With Harmful Violence And False Doctrine.



* The Chief Source Of Our Information For This Report Was A Special Report Written By Albert Dager Of Media Spotlight. Other Sources Used Were Various Encyclopedias And Three Books On Karate/Martial Arts: The Way Of Karate, Karate Within Your Grasp, And Christian Martial Arts.



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Sad - so many compromise and do not care to gauge ALL things by the Word of God. Somehow paganism and false religious philosophies are acceptable if we add Jesus to them...

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6 hours ago, Jerry said:

Sad - so many compromise and do not care to gauge ALL things by the Word of God. Somehow paganism and false religious philosophies are acceptable if we add Jesus to them...

And yet, some throw out the baby with the bathwater. There are many things in this world that can help people in ways we can't comprehend. Karate can be taught/learned without  learning about Hinduism or Zen. I've seen it successfully done in many churches, Christian schools, and even secular workplaces. 

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Good that it might be so in some cases - but in many it is not, AND the majority of those that I have seen Christians be involved in DO have the paganistic elements in them. Unfortunately, just because Christians are involved in it does not necessarily mean they have the non-religious version.

Also, you can learn self-defense in various other ways without getting involved in eastern religious-based martial arts, which were created to pass on their religious traditions to further generations. It's like taking yoga and saying that it is just stretching and getting in shape - doesn't change what it is or where it came from.

Show me a highly involved martial artist that is sold out to the Lord, clings tightly to God's Word AND gauges everything by it, and is separated from ecumenicism and evil today (ie. is not worldly or compromising in the various areas of their life), AND clearly separates from the religious aspect of the martial art they are part of (and by separated, I mean speaking out against the religious-based ones and shows that theirs is not).

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1 hour ago, Jerry said:

Good that it might be so in some cases - but in many it is not, AND the majority of those that I have seen Christians be involved in DO have the paganistic elements in them. Unfortunately, just because Christians are involved in it does not necessarily mean they have the non-religious version.

Also, you can learn self-defense in various other ways without getting involved in eastern religious-based martial arts, which were created to pass on their religious traditions to further generations. It's like taking yoga and saying that it is just stretching and getting in shape - doesn't change what it is or where it came from.

Show me a highly involved martial artist that is sold out to the Lord, clings tightly to God's Word AND gauges everything by it, and is separated from ecumenicism and evil today (ie. is not worldly or compromising in the various areas of their life), AND clearly separates from the religious aspect of the martial art they are part of (and by separated, I mean speaking out against the religious-based ones and shows that theirs is not).

l like the word you use separate, for many programs, like carnivals, are making their ways into to the local churches, properties . These type of entertainments should be kept separate, and not in the church. music festival carnival GIF by Insomniac Events

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2 hours ago, Jerry said:

Good that it might be so in some cases - but in many it is not, AND the majority of those that I have seen Christians be involved in DO have the paganistic elements in them. Unfortunately, just because Christians are involved in it does not necessarily mean they have the non-religious version.

Also, you can learn self-defense in various other ways without getting involved in eastern religious-based martial arts, which were created to pass on their religious traditions to further generations. It's like taking yoga and saying that it is just stretching and getting in shape - doesn't change what it is or where it came from.

Show me a highly involved martial artist that is sold out to the Lord, clings tightly to God's Word AND gauges everything by it, and is separated from ecumenicism and evil today (ie. is not worldly or compromising in the various areas of their life), AND clearly separates from the religious aspect of the martial art they are part of (and by separated, I mean speaking out against the religious-based ones and shows that theirs is not).

I know in the church where I grew up, we had several martial arts people come to our church. Also when I was in college there were several IFB people who were black belts in the martial arts and they were separated and living for the Lord. That's why I say, I'm finding that many like to throw out the baby with the bathwater, make "blanket" statements. If that's what people want to do, it's their opinion  and they're definitely entitled to it. 

 

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1 hour ago, BrotherTony said:

I know in the church where I grew up, we had several martial arts people come to our church. Also when I was in college there were several IFB people who were black belts in the martial arts and they were separated and living for the Lord. That's why I say, I'm finding that many like to throw out the baby with the bathwater, make "blanket" statements. If that's what people want to do, it's their opinion  and they're definitely entitled to it. 

 

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Nothing wrong with carnivals at church - or other fun things - if it does not interfere with the services or become of primary importance. Things can be done without a worldly influence.

When our son was a teenager, he earned a few belts...his instructor was very careful to keep eastern religion and mysticism out of it. Much of what he learned held him in good stead when he went into the military. That said, I'm not 100% sure I think it belongs in a church service. 

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On 11/4/2022 at 5:36 AM, BrotherTony said:

And yet, some throw out the baby with the bathwater. There are many things in this world that can help people in ways we can't comprehend. Karate can be taught/learned without  learning about Hinduism or Zen. I've seen it successfully done in many churches, Christian schools, and even secular workplaces. 

Yes....many people have utilized the positive teachings, the discipline (both mental and physical) to help teach young ones.

Karate is Not a world-view.......It's a skill-set and discipline which benefits young ones (and old really.)

At my Independent Baptist Church one of our lay-preachers teaches karate also.... And our kids learn discipline, self-defense, and respect through his program.  It is open to non-church members as well, and the gospel is shared through the program.

There's nothing wrong with that.

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I have a question, if all these fun things that are being practice in our local churches, and it’s properties, why did it take so long to start. Why didn’t it start 75 years ago? My understanding, that the church was for brothers and sisters in Christ, to gather in Fellowship in the Lord, and worship, giving, and listening to the preaching of the Word. People got Saved, disciple, then baptized. That’s it, people got together for Thanksgiving, and special dinners. The grounds and the facility or church were not Holy grounds, but they were respected. 

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7 hours ago, TheGloryLand said:

I have a question, if all these fun things that are being practice in our local churches, and it’s properties, why did it take so long to start. Why didn’t it start 75 years ago? My understanding, that the church was for brothers and sisters in Christ, to gather in Fellowship in the Lord, and worship, giving, and listening to the preaching of the Word. People got Saved, disciple, then baptized. That’s it, people got together for Thanksgiving, and special dinners. The grounds and the facility or church were not Holy grounds, but they were respected. 

What about the all-church picnics that most churches had back in the "old days?" Because they traveled so far for church - on horses or in buggies - it was better to stay and eat at church so they could have another service...and guess what? They played, too. Tag. Races. Horseshoes. Etc. Nothing wrong with having a bit of playful fun as fellowship.  Worship is a serious thing and ought to be taken so. But where is it written in scripture that church members can't enjoy some fun after they've worshipped together?  

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11 hours ago, TheGloryLand said:

I have a question, if all these fun things that are being practice in our local churches, and it’s properties, why did it take so long to start. Why didn’t it start 75 years ago? My understanding, that the church was for brothers and sisters in Christ, to gather in Fellowship in the Lord, and worship, giving, and listening to the preaching of the Word. People got Saved, disciple, then baptized. That’s it, people got together for Thanksgiving, and special dinners. The grounds and the facility or church were not Holy grounds, but they were respected. 

If you read the Bible and study where the churches first met, it was in the homes of the believers. They would meet in the homes to study, preach, teach, break bread, to take the Lords Supper, and anything else that would benefit their members. Let's not be blind to what really went on. It was to uplift and undergird the lives of it's members in the Lord. There's nothing whatsoever that should stop this in secular ventures as well. And to be frank, many of these practices have been going on for many years. I am in my 60s, and the "karate" and other martial arts were in the churches at that time. So were carnivals, and trunk or treats/fall festivals. I think many are making "much-ado-about-nothing" where many of these things are involved. Trying to shame, overrun, or force anyone to accept someone else's convictions is abhorrant. Let the Holy Spirit be the one to convict. It isn't beneficial if it's our belief coming out of someone else's mouth and heart. 

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We’re not apostles, but I can see why many of them did not agree with each other, on what they were doing then. So, this can easily be happening today also. Many of those nice things mentioned in the post above, are no longer being in practice. 

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59 minutes ago, TheGloryLand said:

We’re not apostles, but I can see why many of them did not agree with each other, on what they were doing then. So, this can easily be happening today also. Many of those nice things mentioned in the post above, are no longer being in practice. 

Oh, but they are, my friend. The only huge difference is that they are meeting in a localized church building instead of the homes. Yes, there were many disagreements between the apostles and those who worked with them. This is natural in families. And it's natural here as well. Whenever a place has two people or more, there are bound to be some levels of disagreement. It doesn't necessarily equate to bickering or fighting. It's a heathy thing if done correctly Let me ask, Morales, did I mention apostles? I don't see where I did. I mentioned "the believers." This isn't limited to apostles. Hope you're having a blessed day, brother. 

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2 hours ago, TheGloryLand said:

If I had a church, that practice and teach karate classes, I would be afraid of getting sued, the church. Someone breaking a arm or leg. Kicking Martial Arts GIF by Team Coco

This is why most churches don't allow anyone to participate unless they sign a comprehensive waiver drawn up by a competent attorney. My wife and I used to be insurance agents who sold legal insurance and worked with attorney's to see that contracts for these kinds of things were sound. People are litigiuous these days, that's for sure. But, with the proper legal contract, it's hard to successfully sue someone and win. 

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I used to be into New Age type beliefs. I'd meditate to be 'one' with things in nature and the supposed 'divine' and to be one with animals.

I hesitate to join in with martial arts now, because I'm wary of mysticism being taught through them.

If I wasn't sensitive to it, I may never actually notice it in a karate class, but I know the background of most martial arts is mystical.

What got me off the New Age stuff was reading Christian apologetics, and being convicted by Jesus to get serious about my faith (I believe i was saved before trying the New Age stuff)

 

There are self defense classes out there that have no spiritual element whatsoever.  Just used for discipline and confidence.  I could find one of them.

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      Brother Tony, I read your reply on Anderson, I know you all think I'm argumentative but, when you don't agree.....the first thought I had is, I wish you would introduce me to the guy that hasn't sinned, maybe David, that had a man killed so he could commit adultery, yet, he was & is a man after Gods own heart, or maybe Paul the guy that persecuted and had Christians killed, or maybe Richg or Kent H, or even you ! I used to listen to personalities also when I was younger but today and for some time, my only concern is, does it line up with scripture & to me its hilarious that you think "I'm in a fix" LOL, I interpreted what we've discussed perfectly, not because I'm smart, but because with an open mind to things of God, its an easy read.
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    • Richg  »  Jerry

      I thought you wanted me to stop talking to you !
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