tina wrote: The pastor should have made the standard clear beforehand and approved of it long before the wedding.
Do you suppose that this pastor would know beforehand that he would be asked to perform â€”a CHURCH weddingâ€” where the bride to be was dressed like a harlot? Had she shown him, when he was first asked to perform the ceremony, what she intended to wear, he would be blameworthy. Who is really at fault here him or her? It seems he was tested by God in this particular situation and he passed the test; she, on the other hand, was not only tempting other men, but also God...
Great Sermon! My daughter and her husband met on SGS. She was very reluctant when we first introduced the idea to her, but it didn't take long for her to change her mind when she met a young man, whom she married this year, April, 2013.
It was a great blessing to be a part of their maturing (long distance) friendship and then watching their affection for each other grow into genuine love. We have to attribute it wholly to God's kind providence - who would have thought it possible otherwise. God does use means, and SGS was the means He wonderfully used for my daughter and her husband. They are currently expecting their first child in early February, 2014.
I actually think that the distance strengthened their relationship because they were compelled to communicate primarily by phone, so they weren't distracted with the physical - and they did A LOT of talking. They were very good friends long before they ever met each other face to face.
We were also very blessed by the presence of Dean Scott at the wedding. I am one glad father who is very thankful that God gave Dean this burden for Reformed singles. I don't have to live with regrets wondering "Did we do the right thing?" I know we did.
Praise the Lord! Thanks Dean! And thank you too Pastor Chuck Muether for interviewing him.
Frank wrote: That would of course be obeying God rather than man and of course that would mean losing their 501C3 which would also be a good thing.
Many churches will likely face that situation eventually. Our church is re-writing the bylaws concerning that very issue. What we have run into is the fact that, if you try to satisfy the judicial system you quite often end up contradicting clear Scriptural precepts - we can't do that!!! Better to satisfy GOD...
John UK wrote: So let me ask you: "Is it possible for a modern version to be the inerrant and inspired word of God?"
I haven't read any posts for quite some time, but had to interject my opinion after perusing this particular thread and viewing your input.
It seems that you have softened your position on the Authorized Version, unless I am misunderstanding what you are saying. Can we no longer say, "WE HAVE THE WORD OF THE LIVING GOD"? Is the AV simply another translation, like any other - only BETTER. Then it is subject to the criticism of men; those scholars most able to determine intellectually (not spiritually) what is and what isn't accurate; what is true. and what is not: and what is or isn't faithful to those reliable or unreliable Greek and Hebrew extant texts. GOD'S WORD IS NOT subject to the determination of any man. It is a snare to say that we just have a version, THE BEST... Either it is the Word of God or it is not. I agree that those who are REALLY KJV-Onliests are extremists (if that is what you are saying), but those who use the AV only, because of biblical conviction are not and cannot be classified as KJV-Onliests as "bible student" seems to suggest.
John Yurich USA wrote: Do you actually want the United States of America to fall under the rule of another country and be no more? That is exactly what will happen if Obama re elected president instead of Romney being elected president. What kind of an idiot is not concerned about abortion and homosexuality running rampant in the United States because of Obama and the Democrat politicians? Are you so illogical that you don't want to see that if Obama is re elected instead of Romney being elected that abortion and homosexuality running rampant in the United States will continue and then the full judgment of God will surely come upon the United States? Jim Lo you actually believe that an Independent presidential candidate stands a chance of winning the presidency?
All of those things which you mention are the sinful fruits of our having forsaken the living and just God as a nation. Your vote is just another indication that you are unwilling to repent, but you still put your trust in a sinful "MAN."
How can you express your approval by ballot to that which God opposes?
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes." Ps 118:9
"Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." Ps 146:3
I would like to humbly remind you all that everything that a believer does must be done with God, and the glory of God, in mind. If he is an American, he is a Christian first, and his nationality is and must always remain subbordinate to that first spiritual principle (kingdom). His chief duty is to the Lord Jesus Christ, and any other conduct must not breach that subjection.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth Eph 5:10 â€“ Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord â€“. Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Those who say they are choosing the lesser of two evils in the way they vote have condemned themselves in acknowledging both are evil - and yet they still choose one of the two, clearly being aware that both are evil. It is NEVER right to do wrong.
Better for America to be cast into Hell than for any professing Christian to choose evil simply because one thing seems less evil than the other. Where, pray tell, is this principle of choosing "the lesser of two evils" found in the Scripture? Oh it certainly is, but it is the side of darkness that makes use of it...
God help us!
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chron 7:14
Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Hmmm! By faith? Then no faith, no Jesus Christ dwelling in the heart.
Who determines what is good and what is evil? GOD! And He has said it is evil (sinful). So both the indifference of some and opposition of others are against God.
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 1:7
A much needed Sermon! Very good observations Pastor Trice. It is so easy to get caught up into secretly doing things for self rather than for others. Because of our self conceit we tend to fail to see that tendency in ourselves, while we suppose we see it clearly in others. Even our best and most noble efforts are contaminated with selfishness. I would suggest that those who listen to this sermon take a close look at their own intentions. I don't know how anyone can listen to this sermon without saying, "Lord, is it I?" Well done Pastor Trice!