Okay letâ€™s say we encounter homosexual activists or simply those who are living in and practicing that lifestyle. We rightfully tell them that all fall short of Godâ€™s standards and they have to repent and be born again. They say they have repented and thrown themselves on the mercy of Christ and are born again. Do we then confront them with their sin of homosexuality and lovingly but clearly explain to them that they are practicing an abomination and canâ€™t be saved regardless of their viewpoint towards that behavior. I think that was all that Mike was saying and I think that was Lutherâ€™s thoughts when he said we should fight the battle that presents itself to us. If it is homosexuality, then that is the battle. If it is total depravity and the need for God's grace, then that is the battle, etc.
So comforting. What a beautiful memorial to a beautiful woman. Sometimes it seems the Christian army shoots their wounded in difficult times. I want to thank you for reminding the us that no one can pluck us out of His hand. That his comfort, love and strength is ours. God bless you.
SteveR wrote: Agree with what you sense Lisa, its here Its important to notice how they handle Scripture. Do they handle it as a Love Letter sent to them, or a battle manual & uniform they stole off a wounded soldier.
The word of God is the sword of the Spirit for our spiritual battle : something you find distasteful because it discovers your true identity you fox.
I used to listen to Family Radio on shortwave years ago and Harold Camping was predicting that the end of the world was going to be in 1994. He said back then the Bible says "No man knows the day or the hour" but it doesn't say the month or the year. I was starting to get mixed up by his teachings and wrote a letter to Pastor Norheim, formerly of the Lutheran Gospel Hour. He replied, "Stop listening to them. They are mixed up."
Lisa wrote: Romans 12 vs 14 bless them that persecute you: bless and curse not ( in fact this whole chapter is informative).
Good text. And Paul gives the reason:
Romans 12:19 KJV 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
This is the coming day of wrath, when God shall blast his enemies, and repay them for all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed. Cast into hellfire, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is the one aspect of the character of God which we are not to be sanctified unto. Vengeance belongs only to God.
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Principles from scripture for giving indicate it is to be voluntary, regular, proportional, and bountiful. This grace giving is in recognition of all material and spiritual needs having been first given by God.
Lisa wrote: The only person I know who used the book of Enoch without being convicted of god about it turned out to be a witch.
Jude was no witch (warlock).
Get your brain in gear, Lisa. Please.
You asked about the non-canonical book of Enoch, and I quoted a verse from him which the apostles accepted was a prophecy of Enoch given by God. Now you can argue till your face goes blue, but the text in Jude IS canonical, and he quoted directly from the Book of Enoch.
As for the rest of the Enoch ms. I have no idea about that because I have not read it. The fact that it was not accepted within the canon is good enough for me, and I would never promote it as scripture nor authoritative. Except for the prophecy which Jude quoted, of course!
BTW, why does Enoch get a capital E and God gets a small g?
Mike wrote: We had a former homosexual speak at our church awhile back. Powerful testimony. I wouldn't call myself a "gay" basher. But I don't think of saying "no more" to the direction we are going in having demands put forth on us via marriage redefinition, pride in the corruption put on public display, etc., as bashing at all. When murderers and thieves and rapists "come out," they too should have the light of truth applied. If this is bashing, so be it. Selective application doesn't fit. In the "gay" scenario, you have to ask, who are the aggressors doing what promoting, and who is responding? Then ask, why is the response called bashing?
I agree Mike and a fellow named Luther also agreed with you.
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are attacking at that moment, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all battlefields besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
Let's include... I agree homosexuality is a sin. But, let's include the adulterers and fornicators with those "disgusting" homosexuals. Perhaps you should have targeted ALL vile sexual sins instead of just the homos. Even I, a Christian, stopped listening at this point in your sermon. I am not wanting to water down the gospel, but you can make a point without pointing a finger bro. Yes this world is darkening, but we don't want people running from us either! God bless...
Great Sermon! ~~ After completing Tim Bourgeois's series on Daniel...(and loving every sermon),I look forward to starting my study in Ephesians with this great teacher!
Thank you for your clear and patient teachings of the Word.
The United Kingdom of Sodom and Gomorah is already killing babies in the womb and inviting false religions to set up temples of idolatry in the land.
1) Abomination which defiles the land. 2) A nation guilty of murder. 3) Nationwide idolatry.
Then the national churches CofE and CofS have conceded to sin and corruption and ditched the Bible to keep the sin. Called Liberalism!
This nation will no longer be blessed by God.
God has already removed His authority from church, justice, morals, government, education, health and social relations.
The fire and brimstone follows soon.
Description of UK today; 2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.