My List of 10 Things That Modern Mainstream Churches Are Doing Wrong

This week on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern, we will explore everything that’s wrong with modern Christianity, just click the link below #modernChristianity #therealBible #mainstreamchurches #faithbased #Christianblogs

The Parables of Jesus, and Their Blend With Modern Concepts of Equality

This week’s ongoing Biblical study series on the Social Gospel Blog with Rev. Paul J. Bern will have to do with the Parables of Christ, and What They Have to Do With Equality in the Scriptures. The gospel of Luke chapter 8, part 1 of 3. Be sure and return next week for part 2, or subscribe by clicking this link

There’s No Way to Understand the Resurrection of Christ Without First Coming to Grips With His Crucifixion

Commentary this week on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern will be, appropriately, on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, proving that he was the Son of Almighty God.

Over the centuries, as Christianity has gradually been bent towards the interests of organized religion (or Religion Inc. as I call it), the story of Jesus’ final fateful week in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion was reshaped to minimize his overturning of the money tables at the Temple at Jerusalem. This single act by our Lord and Savior was actually a challenge to the merging of religious and political power. It was this very event that took place the day after He arrived that set the stage for his arrest and crucifixion. Palm Sunday, which ‘Religion Inc.’ celebrates as the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem, is described in slightly different ways in various Biblical translations. In the King James as well as the Catholic versions of the Bible, it states in the Gospel of Luke chapter 19 (verses 28-40) that people broke branches off the palm trees that lined the road, laying them across the road as Jesus passed by on a donkey. But in the New International and New Living translations, the Bible says people removed their coats and laid them across the road before the Lord. (If the Catholic or KJV Bibles are to be taken literally, they sure must have killed a lot of palm trees that day!) Moreover, our modern calendar gets the date for Jesus’ resurrection all wrong…… (click the link below for the rest of the story, a 7 minute read)

This week’s ongoing Biblical study series of the Gospel of Luke will be Part Two of chapter seven

For this week’s study we’ll be covering the second half of Luke chapter 7. When we left off last week, John the Baptist had sent 2 of his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the true Messiah, the Anointed One of the Lord. Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” Jesus was telling John’s disciples they should be certain about Jesus’ true identity by his actions and not his words. Today as we take up where we left off last week, we find out what happens afterwards as Jesus addresses the ever-present crowds of admirers, followers and hangers-on, beginning at verse 24.

After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: ‘What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? This is the one about whom it is written, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you’. I tell you, among those who are born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.’ (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and the experts in the Law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)” (Luke 7, verses 24-30) Click the link below to continue

Churches Who Fail to Take Action When It Comes to Homelessness and Poverty Bring Down Condemnation On Their Own Heads

This week’s commentary on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern will be about all the churches who fail to condemn greed while homelessness and poverty rage out of control. #greed #poverty #homelessness #socialGospel #progressiveChristianity

“It has been my observation that too many preachers and teachers of the Gospel stop short these days when it comes to preaching about the evils of greed. Instead, they encourage their congregations to get through their financial woes by making larger financial contributions. “If you have a need”, one famous TV preacher once said, “you must plant a seed”.

Unfortunately greed, like charity, begins at home. Apparently they don’t want to alienate the most well-off members of their congregations by talking about what’s really behind the nation’s economic woes. I can sum it up in one sentence: “I’ve got mine and I’m doing well, how about you?” An alternate sentence could read, “I’ve already got mine, too bad for you!”….. (click the link above for the full story)….

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What Do Jesus, John the Baptist, Faith and Healing Have In Common?

This week’s installment of my Biblical Study Series on the Social Gospel Blog with Rev. Paul J. Bern will be the third and final part of Luke chapter 6: “Faith, Healing, Jesus, and John the Baptist” #faith #healing #JesusChrist #SocialGospel #ChristianBlogs #progressiveChristianity

“Last week when we concluded our dissection of Luke chapter 6, we left off at the parable Jesus told at the conclusion to his Sermon on the Mount about the wise and the foolish builders. One built his house on a bedrock foundation, the other homeowner built his on stilts. So much time goes by and then along comes a tropical storm with heavy rain, damaging winds and much flooding. The first house built on solid rock stood firm, but the house on stilts washed away. Jesus compared this to 2 men who heard his Word in church, but only one put those words into practice, whereas the other did not. As a result the first man’s faith stood firm, but the second was swept away. If we hear the Word of God and fail to put it into practice, we sow the seeds of our own destruction. So today let’s pick up where we left off…..” (click the link above for the rest of the story)

If There Were No Such Thing As Debt, Everyone Would Be a Lot More Prosperous

Commentary this week on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern will be on the stimulus, especially the reasons why it was needed in the first place

If Capitalism Got Replaced With A Bible Based Monetary System, It Sure Would Solve a Lot of Problems

(Acts chapter 2, verses 44-47; chapter 4, verses 32-37) By Rev. Paul J. Bern

Just last week, Congress passed yet another legislative patch for our country’s broken-down patchwork monetary system in the form of stimulus checks so that the US population doesn’t wind up living in tents. But it has been my observation that America’s capitalist economic system, together with the US dollar, has a far bigger problem. It’s like the old ‘elephant in the room’ truism, and in this case the elephant in the room is debt – unbelievable, nearly incomprehensible, colossal debt! The global capitalist economic system rooted in Wall Street and big banking, administered in New York and presided over in Washington, is based on greed and materialism in a debt-based economy where money is created from nothing. Debt-based economies are nothing new, they have been around for at least 3,500 years (click the link below to get the whole story)….

The Foundation of Our Faith, and Why Strengthening It Is Our Responsibility

This week’s Biblical teaching installment on the Social Gospel Blog with Rev. Paul J. Bern from the Gospel of Luke will be part 3 of chapter 6:

“For this week’s installment of my ongoing Bible study series we will be moving on to the third part of the gospel of Luke chapter 6. When we concluded last week’s study, we were in the middle of the revered Sermon on the Mount. Jesus had just finished teaching that we are to, “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful”. At this point in Matthew’s gospel, it reads, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.” Merciful people – that is, compassionate, kindhearted people who are filled with empathy…..” (click the link below for the full story, about 5 minutes)

Why I Continue to Believe In God Against All Odds

This week’s commentary on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern will be a posting about God. That’s all, just God and Him alone. “Why I Continue to Believe” — #God #faithfulness #dedication #faith-based #zeal