FG wrote: You don't seem to pay attention very well. The quote reads as follows, it was the "lack of resistance from conservatives and Christians" that "may have been most immediately responsible for Ã¹our current situation as it pertains to marriage." Did you catch that? ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... Not just Christians, right? .... without the church's influence in the beginning, there would be no USA as we had
You make a valid point. Though sin comes from man's fallen heart, Christians *are* the salt of the earth, and lights showing forth the *virtues* of him that called them, this is God's character, principles, statues, and laws. This influence will, directly, or indirectly effect a vital measure of difference in any society, creating in the long term beneficial points of reference to the whole.
Faith overcomes by the word of testimony:
" ... give thanks unto the LORD; ... *make known* his deeds among the people ... *talk ye of all his wondrous works* " Ps 105
Barnes Commentary wrote: Whatsoever things are lovely - The word used here means properly what is dear to anyone; then what is pleasing. Here it means what is amiable - such a temper of mind that one can love it; or such as to be agreeable to others. A Christian should not be sour, crabby, or irritable in his temper - for nothing almost tends so much to injure the cause of religion as a temper always chafed; a brow morose and stern; an eye that is severe and unkind, and a disposition to find fault with everything. And yet it is to be regretted that there are many persons who make no pretensions to piety, who far surpass many professors of religion in the virtue here commended. A sour and crabby temper in a professor of religion will undo all the good that he attempts to do.
I would also suggest to look at the Jamison, Fausset and Brown commentary on this verse as well and look at their comment on the word "Virtue"
JFB Commentary wrote: if there be any virtueâ€”"whatever virtue there is" [ALFORD]. "Virtue," the standing word in heathen ethics, is found once only in Paul's Epistles, and once in Peter's (2 Peter 1:5); and this in uses different from those in heathen authors....
I don't know how I, Carl,, but I seem to have a hard time adding the negation to my comments where they should be. But no,I don't think political correctness is going to go away soon or I would not have made the references that I did.
Actually, those responsible Chrustians who hold to a pre-trib rapture actually do believe that before that happens, there will be tribulation and persecution before the Great Tribulation itself, even in Western countries which have not known much of this, and we are already seeing some if the signs of that.
Also, the Great Tribulation is not just the persecution of true Christian believers, (and the Jews as well), by the Antichrist and his agents, but the most horrendous expressions of the wrath of God in natural disasters, plagues, removal of restraint from the evil one and his demons to torment the followers of the Antichrist.
This time of God's wrath is so horrendous, and what with those not taking the mark being faced with total starvation.
Yet God's Word tells us that the Church is not appointed unto wrath. I Thessalonians 5:9
This universalistic Jesuit Pope Francis has opened his mouth yet again, and is betraying even his own Catholic people in the Middle East who are being slaughtered, raped and robbed and their churches and monasteries closed by the true, I repeat, true Muslims, who are obeying their holy book, the Koran, and following their prophet, Muhammed faithfully.
Does this silly and perverse man not realise that one cannot do any deals with Islam? IS, Al Qaeda, Hizbullah, Hamas, Boko Haram, Al Shobab, and the Ayatollah ruled Iran are the real face of Islam, as is the newly triumphant absolutist dictator Erdogan of Turkey.
The "peaceful" Muslims approved of in the West, may make a "treaty" with this Pope, in the Western language, but in Arabic, to their own Islamic audience, they will tell them that this treaty is breakable when they get in to power.
The only main difference is that some Muslims will go for immediate warfare and jihad, others use a more gradualist and deceptive approach, but the goal is exactly the same to conquer the world for Islam, and to crush all other religions and viewpoints.
This is the real battle in any "Christian" institution, though it is not just moral matters, but doctrinal matters as well.
In Britain, we do not have the same history of independent Christian colleges and universities that the US has, though we have a broadly Judeo-Christian origin for many of these institutions.
However, what is common to most higher education in Western countries, is that the secular institutions have become more militantly secular and politically correct.
The "Christian" colleges and universities, meanwhile, in their struggle to be accredited, academically recognised, and to be "relevant" and up to date, have sadly compromised.
This process has also taken place in many of our churches as well.
My prayer is that Cedarville College will stand firm, (I notice that it seems to have left the accrediting body), even if it means that some of the students leave and some of the faculty resigns.
I can, however, see a time coming, when most truly evangelical and born again Christians, may have to give up on the idea of formal higher education, and truly evangelical churches running their own on site day based or evening Bible institutes for their members.
I have seen the downfall of the seemingly mighty invincible Soviet Union (USSR), the Berlin Wall and the Communist East Germany that put it up, the totally atheistic regime of Enver Hoxha in Albania, the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, and of course the East European "Soviet" satellite countries receiving their freedom.
I am sure that the time for the hereditary Communistic regime of North Korea will come sooner or later. God will not be mocked.
Let us pray for four types of people. 1st, for those in the prison & concentration camps. 2nd, those in the general population, living in a regime of fear & suspicion. 3rd, those who are in hiding in China, where they have escaped, but could be handed back, and 4th, the guards, torturers and party members for their repentance. Pray for the Lord to be glorified and many saved and born again.
Jim, if you think that political correctness is going away you shouldn't be afraid but applaud. But we both we know that PC is not going away. As long as there are Conservatives and Christians on the earth the Liberals and left-wing media will continue to denigrate and spread their PC poison. I can't help but think of the passage in Revelation 11 where the world is celebrating the murder of Christ's two witnesses as they lay in the streets for three days. The Beast's PC police and the media's evening news and night-shows will have a field day as the two prophesy for 3 1/2 years. I wonder what the headlines will be when they are resurrected, stand up, and taken up. That should quiet the PC crowd.
Disrespectful and disregard for the environment are completely different conversation, point is y.i .a there secular science based on the religion of Darwinism is wrong, God tells us the earth will wear out. And it will. This existence of finite. God bless
Great Sermon! Thank you so much for this sermon. I needed to hear it in dealing with criticisms from my pastor. Im not perfect but do not know how to deal w/ humiliation in public. Now I know what i must do. Thank you so much. The Lord lead me to you so that I wont give up my ministry and leave my church.
While civilization did not end, I'm sure all of us agree the continent of Asia is plagued with pollution, especially winter time. This was not the case in 1980's. How about California and it's water shortage, or the melting of Ice and The Garbage dumps that occupies most parts of the ocean. Plastic has been a killer, chemicals have been introduced to water and most food leading to cancer. Animals have gone extinct, causing imbalance in nature.