Nat wrote: The reason I only quoted a few men from the past is because to debate such an important and difficult subject online is almost a fruitless exercise. It is predictable that many will appeal to their personal experiences, and not Scripture, as the basis for their position on Worship.
The infallible words of Scripture, and Scripture alone should be our guide on such matters. This is what the Protestant Reformation was all about and why they mostly held to the Regulative Principle of Worship (only what the Word commands is authorised in church worship). This is why all the Protestant confessions rejected the Roman Catholic Normative Principle of worship as idolatry .
Since Scripture is infallible and sufficient on all matters, including important issues such as worship, why would we want to emulate the traditions of men? Since the Canon is closed, God has restricted His infallible Word to the pages of Scripture. Hence God does not inspire extra-biblical hymns, choruses, Christian Rock anthems or anything else. The book of Psalms (Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs in the book of Psalms) are the church's hymn book and it is sufficient and perfect. The real questions are: How do you know that extra-biblical hymns are inspired? God bless.
"Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law......Men who are fond of outward pomp may delight in that noise; but the simplicity which God recommends to us by the apostles is far more pleasing to him." John Calvin
AUGUSTINE "musical instruments were not used. The pipe, tabret, and harp here associate so intimately with the sensual heathen cults, as well as with the wild revelries and shameless performances of the degenerate theater and circus, it is easy to understand the prejudices against their use in the worship." Augustine 354 A.D.
"The organ in the worship Is the insignia of Baal‚Ä¶" Martin Luther
Praise the Lord with the harp. Israel was at school, and used childish things to help her to learn; but in these days when Jesus gives us spiritual food, one can make melody without strings and pipes. We do not need them. They would hinder rather than help our praise. Sing unto him. This is the sweetest and best music. No instrument like the human voice. Charles H. Spurgeon
Great Sermon! This is a great overview of the prophecy of Daniel chapter 11. These Scriptures from thousands of years ago paint a prophetic picture of the future antichrist.
Dr. Cucuzza gives a nice balance of detail in this sermon. There is enough detail to appreciate this amazing prophecy, but not so many details that you'll get "lost in the weeds".
I think 1517 hit the nail on the head with his use of the term "gender bending." This is at the root of all this nancy-talk/up-talk/sissy-talk; the role-reversing, Satanic, gender-bending society of the end of the end times. Men being transformed into women, and women into men; if not physically, in spirit. Wives assuming the role of husbands (headship), and husbands submitting to wives; "bad girls"; effeminate men; homosexuality of both genders. And, "feminism" at the heart of it. Come quickly, my dear Lord Jesus Christ; come quickly.
As a Christian, and an Aussie, this is indeed good news. However, especially given the bent of the Greens leader (who really just wants to make a name for herself; any name), I fear it is just delaying the inevitable. In this end of the end times, male/female relationships, including those within a true Christian marriage, are difficult enough, without throwing in the chaos of abominable homosexual "marriage". Come, my dear Lord Jesus Christ, come quickly.
Or...a "poof" a "poof"? It would be interesting to do a study on how homosexuals came to hijack the word "gay". Normal people avoid using the word "gay" these days because of the connotations. In their heart of hearts, I believe "gay" people are not even gay in the true sense of the word. How could they be, with such a seared conscience? I'd like to see a campaign to win back the word "gay" for normal people to use again. I suppose it's all part of the sanitisation of homosexuality. It's disgusting, yet to be expected in these end times. Regards from Andy.
According to the article, 'the death of the baby' is considered a 'risk for abortion'. I thought the entire intention of abortion was to get rid of the baby, so why do they call it a risk, rather than a guarantee? I believe death of the mother is a 'risk for abortion'?; perhaps a small risk, but a risk all the same. Am I missing something here?
By the way, Penny; I recently ran out of my stash of herbal (fluoride-free) toothpaste. Do you think I could find it, in order to restock, anywhere? Not yet! It's hard to not believe there's not a conspiracy (spiritual basis) in this regard. Eventually, I guess I'll have to learn how to make my own fluoride-free toothpaste. Kindest regards to you from Andy!
Dear Penny; I don't have time to respond in detail right now. All I'm saying is that I am always on the lookout for the spiritual basis of all things. Have you considered what might be the spiritual basis of heavy metal accumulation in the human body, whether a placenta is involved or not? Just think about it. For example, the iniquity of man causing him to not consider the implications of excess heavy metals in the environment making their way into the food chain and water, and even the 'adjuvants' (especially Mercury) in immunisations, likely due to profiteering/greed for money (even though the adjuvants in immunisations supposedly act as preservatives). Fluoride in toothpaste? Spiritual basis for that? Likely just selling off the waste product from coal-fired power stations. I don't have all the answers, Penny; I just like to think about it. Cheers from Andy!
Hope this is food for thought. I have a solid background in science and health care, and it's interesting how God brings it all together for me. I'd be interested to hear what you think. Cheers from Andy!
Although I am yet to understand fully, I am coming to an understanding of the significance of 'visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me...' (Exodus 20:5 KJV) in regard to genetics and inheritance. I believe all things 'physical' have their basis in the spiritual. Jim seems to miss that point. It appears that in His Wisdom God has made sure that those who reject Him will, in their iniquity, pass said iniquity down the genetic line. The consequences of iniquity manifests in various 'physical' (visibly observable) and spiritual (non-visibly observable, yet often still observable indirectly) illnesses/diseases; these are what the medico-scientific community call inherited diseases. Does this mean that if we have inherited them we are stuck with them for this lifetime on Earth? Not necessarily, because all things can be overcome through Christ. How Christ brings that healing about is another issue altogether, but the fact that He can heal from all afflictions is undeniable. Is everything inherited? Not necessarily in the way described above; e.g. 'common cold', flu, gastro, other 'transmissible' diseases; and yet, in a way, we are even 'inheriting' these from others, only not always from our blood relatives. Hope
Hey folks! There are many most excellent sermons here on SA on the subject of divorce and remarriage, including what Biblical marriage actually is, particularly the relationship of God, man, and woman. It is the relationship, as God created the relationship, that is the key to successful marriage.¬†As a divorcee of almost 10 year's duration thus far, I know it is my responsibility to have God make clear these matters to me before plunging into marriage again. In fact, it wasn't till having having some things made clear to me by God, that I believed I would have to remain single (a divorcee) for the remainder of my life on earth. Praise God, I now know that is not true. However, God still has some way to go with me in my pre-marital training before I'll be more fully prepared to re-enter into marriage. I just pray that He is doing the same for the one He is preparing for me. km from va: a most helpful post, thank you. Unprofitable Servant: wise words from you, as usual, thank you. And thank you to the SA community in general; the Love of Christ to you all. Many thanks from Andy.
Psalm 14:1 KJV: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." The 'There is' was added in translation. The fool says, 'No God.' The fool knows there is a God, but says 'No God', no to God, rejects God, denies God. Attenborough has his agenda. He says, 'No God.' he has built a life and lived a life which, like so many God-deniers, has supported him materially in a very comfortable way. The world loves its own. Of course his agenda, the agenda, includes the depopulation agenda of the NWO. Satan hates humanity. It's no surprise to see Attenborough come out in support of Satan's agenda. In fact, it is unavoidable for the evolutionist, the eco-fascist; they must condone depopulation to 'save the planet' from the cancer that is humanity. We can pray for him, but I doubt Sir Dave will hear THE Gospel.
I recognise some of these General Mills brand names here in Australia, such as the Yoplait yoghourt. Is there any chance of 'Australianising' this list? Thankfully, I eat mainly unprocessed foods and am thus able to avoid these General Mills products; but the information would be handy, anyway. Much of the processed food that I do buy is generic brand anyway, and who knows which factories they come from?; anyone's guess!¬†Can anyone help? I'm just a bit lazy to do the research. Cheers from Andy!