The truth! i cannot believe I Didn't hear anything remotely close to this at my local church. I fear it is a problem in many churches. I thank Pastor Lawson for being honest about it and for preaching the truth. He's been there for me for the past few years. If you're offended by this, examine yourself. God bless Temple Baptist Church.
There is such a thing as "trying" to be godly and not getting anywhere, and "being made holy" by the Lord himself.
I'm thinking of those situations where both men and women are compelled by church law to wear certain dress in a desire to be godly. But you can have the outward appearance without the internal reality.
But when God's Spirit fills the saint (which is perfectly normal for every believer to experience, even when there is no revival), then their attitude will be much more careful in every aspect of life, because they are living in the reality of the new creation Christian community, and very aware of the Spirit's conviction when anything is done which violates God's plans for our lives. Thusly, men and women will behave themselves seemly by virtue of their new nature by grace, and not by laws mandated upon them to live by.
This is the main difference between nominal and real Christians.
And then they came for me. When will Christians see the Church as the Church; one Body of Christ?
What in Hell is a Black Church? For us to use the world's frame of reference, is to say that the Body is not one, that the wall of partition still stands, that there is Jew, Greek, Scythian, male, female, bound, etc. and that the ground at the foot of the cross is not level.
The majority of Christians are the greatest contributors of the world's ills. Notjust those that cause divisions, but acknowledge them in conversation and behavior.
If anything is to be said about this group of people identified, not as brothers, but "Blacks," is this: There is something very unique about them to have endured centuries of isolation by many others calling themselves people of God - Christians. They are unique to say the least.
Passerby wrote: If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: (Isaiah 58:13). Speak "THUS SAITH THE LORD."
Thou attendeth not the matter, but find comfort so doing. So be it.
Great Sermon! God is sovereign and EVERYTHING is according to his will and purposes. God is in total control. I know a comment like that seems to simplistic to most people. But, if you are just a simple everyday Christian, it is very comforting. But, I know as a Pastor, you cant be as simplistic.
Dave wrote: It stinks, this is a global problem, Come quickly Lord if it be your will.amen
the American gov these last yrs has been requiring other countries to submit to their sodomy rghts for buying and selling, international business and treaty.
meanwhile its Russian and china forming free market agreements.
we've become Babylon over here.
don't be persuaded to think there's these great mobs of wierdos, many national leaders have been dismayed, but the western press won't play anything negative in this regard.
did you all hear about the gay parade in Taiwan where they threw up metallic particles in the rainbow colors and they erupted in flame, fell down on the people and there were 500 burn victims? the western press just played it as a parade.... maybe something of American Christians seeing some parallels to another famous event?
Romans 1 Christopher...Romans 1. This demonic saturation of perversion isn't a clampdown on God, but a curse administered BY God. All these "rainbow" celebrations are the direct result of God not only turning individuals over, but whole cultures to their depravity.
I had to give this some thought because it's so blatantly outrageous and heartless. On the one hand, giving her what she wants will save a child, as disgusting as her demand is. On the other hand, succumbing to her demands will set a precedence which will have women who are pregnant or getting pregnant for the sole purpose of making a buck on the back of a helpless baby. The conclusion I arrived at is this: I can pray for her, and I can feel sad for the child, but she is solely responsible and accountable to God for the choice she makes. I'll feel no guilt, whatsoever, for not padding her account because in the end, whatever that end may be, God is in control, His will is perfect, although we may not understand it at times, and that child, should she murder him/her out of pure spite and callousness, will be called up to Heaven, being born into sin, but without sin or responsibility due to age.
Man, maybe I was way off...ha-ha. Hmmm, well, the post was actually for Steve. Should have addressed it to him. Rather than addressing the comparisons, I figured I'd just try to clarify my original position on faith without works being dead, basically. Now, I know that the thief hanging next to Christ was saved without a single work, but feel that more would have been expected should he have been reprieved and that his new birth would have been evident as he learned and grew.
"The group invited supporters to ‚Äúdress to impress the Devil‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúcome dance with [him]¬†and experience history in the making."
The statue is pretty disturbing, especially with the children gazing up in admiration. I feel so sorry for these people who have been so duped into believing the opposite of God's Word. There is something built within us that screams,"no, no, no" to this but these people seem to have conquered and overcome God's built in warning system, calling evil good and good evil.
So, because the hospital promotes LGBT activities, like gay pride week, etc, they want to hush the doctors so as not to offend? So medical science, medical facts, and the concern for patients is being trumped by political correctness, no matter what the cost. Craziness. How is this any different than making it a point not to tell someone with an STD not to sleep with anyone else so as not to infect them because it might hurt their feelings? How is this much different than a psychiatrist not being able to tell a patient that murder and rape is wrong because it might make the patient sad, or because the patient is a cash cow for local politicians?
more moore wrote: Do we call good, bad? What are we Christians to do?"
There has been at least another time in Scriptures when the same had happened. It is explained in Is. 5:20-24
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
THEREFORE as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel."
The prophet, the people of God, nor any other party, could do anyhing to help the situation. There was only one way out. The answer starts with the word THEREFORE in the passage starting the verse above. Only judgment was going to heal things and put an end to the sinful tide.
John UK wrote: The only solution to it all is a visitation of God by His Spirit, so that we all experience the "power thereof", rather than going through a "form of godliness". ----------- Yep! Many white-washed "religious"folk need the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Is there such a thing as morality anymore?Sodomy for centuries was declared to be against the laws of nature and nature's God. And now if you say that in public, and I guess I am, am I violating somebody's civil rights? Have we elevated morality to immorality?Do we call good, bad?What are we Christians to do?" Moore spoke at the church's "God and Country Day"
"Christians are commanded not to hate their fellow man. They are commanded to love their fellow man ... We are to love our fellow man and if we love our fellow man what are we do but tell them when there is sin, because sin is something you are supposed to hate. When they create it as a national right, a fundamental right, what are we do?"
The CDC and others have documented that those engaging in the types of sexual activities practiced predominantly by the LGBT community lead to psychiatric disorders as well as an extremely high likelihood of contracting dangerous and deadly STDs such as HIV/AIDS, anal cancer, parasitic infections and hepatitis.
"She is absolutely exploiting that unborn baby for her political viewpoints," Mancini asserted. "She is literally putting a dollar amount on the head of a human being. And for a woman who proclaims that she is for women's rights and women's choice, all of this, she is absolutely advocating for things that are intrinsically negative to the dignity of the human person. Literally, she is exploiting a human being by what she is doing."
"I think the entire thing makes my stomach turn because of the callousness of this person, who in the name of politics and in the name of 'choice' is exploiting a human being, putting a price tag and basically selling a baby," Mancini continued. "She just makes it so clear that this is a political tool and it's just shocking to me that anybody can be so callous as to use a human being ‚ÄĒto instrumentalize a human being as a political tool."
Mancini added that if this woman is already considering the possibility of adoption should $1 million be donated to her baby, why would she not consider adoption even if no money is donated.
"She mentions adoption in there as a possibility. If she is considering adoption as a possibility if she gets a certain dollar amount, why not just consider it period?"