Why is it ok for a church member to go on a cruise or nice vacation but not for their pastor? As Spurgeon was rebuked by a fellow traveler for going first class he responded that God is more interested in saving His minister than a little money. The man of God needs to be allowed to "come apart" before he comes apart. Maybe you don't have a double standard as I am seemingly accusing, but if you do a little iron sharpening won't hurt.
Jim Lincoln wrote: All the Dispensations has this outline which in itself explains something of Dispensational theology.
"dispensationalism has two methods of salvation. For example, Scofieldâs footnote to Romans 7:56 speaks of "two methods of divine dealing, one through the law, the other through the Holy Spirit." Now, Paul before his conversion may have had a wrong conception of the Mosaic law, but this does not mean that in reality the Holy Spirit was inoperative in the Old Testament. Similarly the footnote to John 1:17, "Grace âŚ is constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands righteousness from man." But God still demands righteousness from man, though this righteousness is a gift from God. The righteousness by which an Old Testament saint was saved was also a divine gift. Therefore Scofield is quite wrong in the following footnote, which says, "As a dispensation grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ. The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation." But the dispensation of grace did not begin with the crucifixion. God began dispensing grace to Adam." http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/The%20Trinity%20Review%200011a%20Dispensationalism.pdf
Steve R wrote: " You should be praying for your Pastor and give with a joyful heart, not criticizing his labour and vacations"
Isn't that cultic? If you're in a cult then by all means use that philosophy, turn a blind eye. We are to have some sort of criticism, iron sharpens iron, Jesus wasn't to fond of the religious leaders, He challenged them, a good example of the attitude Christians should have, challenge the cults, I rarely show any mercy when talking to a cultist because they are calling God a liar, now my goal is to get them saved, but I don't have any mercy when they talk about old earth, Mormonism, JW, Catholicism, etc.
if a pastor is taking vacations to Costa Rica, Hawaii and Trinidad, then you should definitely go to him, that's why we ask God for wisdom, not just blindly following a pastor, he is to submit to God and when he continually fails to do so in his ministry (staying true to doctrine, evangelism, true gospel) he needs someone to go up to him and tell him, "Look, I love you but you are doing some things that are wrong and I'm concerned for the glory of God, you and the church"
Jim Lincoln wrote: the dispensation of Human Government
"Omitting Some Scriptures from the Churchâs Use Some Dispensationalists do not go quite so far as others in arbitrarily erecting notice-boards over large sections of Scripture, warning Christians not to tread on ground that belongs to others, yet there is general agreement among them that the Gospel of Matthewâthough it stands at the beginning of the New Testament and not at the close of the Old!âpertains not to those who are members of the mystical body of Christ, but is âentirely Jewish,â that the Sermon on the Mount is âlegalisticâ and not evangelistic, and that its searching and flesh-withering precepts are not binding upon Christians. Some go so far as to insist that the Great Commission, with which it closes (Mat 28:19), is not designed for us today, but is meant for âa godly Jewish remnantâ after the present era is ended. In support of this wild and wicked theory, appeal is made to and great stress laid upon the fact that Christ is represented, most prominently, as âthe son of Davidâ or King of the Jews; but they ignore another conspicuous fact, namely that in its opening verse the Lord Jesus is set forth as âthe son of Abraham,â and he was a Gentile!" (A.W.Pink)
@connor-Amen! Our job is to press on, fighting the battles sent our way. And you know, it would be neat if you meet the person God has for you while fighting the war. This person would have the same heart and dream as you, 'cause if not, then you wouldn't find him or her battling against the same enemy.
Christopher000 wrote: MS writes: Good morning Christopher, Hope you city slickers are having a good day, we country folk are still trying to take selfies with our rotary phone...whew! Just can't get the hang of it. Still trying to snap pics with rotary phones, and picking up a banana to talk when it rings, I see. Hmmm. Well, that's all just fine with me as long as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings has you on His list as His own. I can let the rest slide right on by. : )
I have quoted from Annie more than once, but a new one for me,
Ann Coulter wrote: Among the benefits of Donald Trump's proposed immigration moratorium is that we won't have to keep importing hordes of Third World "refugees," such as the ones currently swarming across Europe.... [(!)(?)]
So grateful was Kurbanov to America for rescuing his entire family from "persecution" that he spent the next few years conspiring to commit jihad against us.
Dr. Rugh had a good comment on such activities by Government.
Dr. Rugh wrote: Obeying God Rather Than Men
In Acts 5:29, the apostles said, "We must obey God rather than men." This is the most often used verse by Christians when they try to justify breaking the law. But what does obeying God over men really mean? To answer this, we must look at the context in which this statement was given and balance it with what the Scripture says in other areas. Only then will we have a true understanding of the balance between submitting to government and obeying God rather than men....
We certainly are to obey God over men; yet we must be careful in applying this principle. This does not mean that every time the government does something we do not agree with we have a right to disobey. Some Christians believe that whenever government does something we do not approve, we have a right to malign and be disrespectful to it....
Observer wrote: A chapter enumerates the evils of Kingship and unthinking Mr LinksOn thinks that this makes the evils right! Go figure.
No, Observer, it was the "evil" of putting someone in the place of God, but really an evil, no. I would suggest you read:
"The 3rd Dispensation By: Dr. Renald Showers
"The Third Dispensation is called the dispensation of Human Government, and extends from the Noahic Flood to the call of Abraham. Dr. Showers explains the features that characterize this period of time.