I had served as a missionary to Haiti in the 80's and was told that Haiti was 98% Catholic and 100% Voodoo and many of the priests were also witch doctors. Throughout my life I have witnessed people who claim to be Catholic also participating in very unchristian activities such as buddhism, eckankar, yoga, TM, etc. When confessionals dispense absolution without repentance there is no reason to adhere to the truth.
Those 'pastors' who continue to support Hillary are as flawed in their politics as they are in their theology. I pray to God for mercy that he doesn't give us the president we deserve. He/she may be worse than the last one.
At one time I was one of those who partook during bible study because I felt more spiritual. Really, I was just stoned. The bible tells us to be filled with the spirit and that being chemically altered is dissipation. Being more spiritual is something that comes from God alone and isn't something we can force through ritual, chanting or pharmacology. It doesn't bring glory to God or rely solely on the spirit to work. If they are truly seeking God, the Spirit will show them their error. May they follow His leading.
It would appear that if one is a member or associated with any group that seeks to champion one group over another, any crime committed would be a hate crime if committed against those outside the group. So if a young person is assaulted by a member of AARP, is that a hate crime? Hate crime legislation seeks to make all non-followers of the predominant party criminals. When I speak against sin and for Christ I will be labeled a hater and then persecuted under the laws. Sad that this country has devolved into such a festering mass of idiots. COme quickly Lord Jesus!
I am concerned by the focus that the church has placed on one particular sin, homosexuality. In Paul's list of aberrant behaviors in Romans, it is not the headliner. Yes, it is sin. And we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. If the church had given attention to the other sins it turned a blind eye to in years past, perhaps we would not be battling this trend today. Love and treat the sinner with dignity and respect for they too were created in the image of God. Be compassionate but stay strong in the Lord and serve Him. Oppose sin, but reach out to the sinner.
This is why I gave up watching televised sports, because it has become a religion unto itself with the worship of athletes and teams. Music is the same with their concerts to worship the musicians. It's all idolatry. "Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one God, and HIM ONLY shall you worship."
To fulfill biblical prophecy, the nation of Israel must be forsaken by all (including America) and have no hope of survival against the invading hoards. The the Lord God shall appear and smite the enemies of the nation and bring the nation to true repentance.
Seems like 18 may be a little too late to be telling her "NO" and making it stick. I feel sad that these parents are finding out just what a spoiled, miserable, ungrateful little brat they had raised. Bet you Sunday school never figured into it.
"He, convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still." When unregenerate men are presented the truth, they will dismiss it as a fairy tale. The Bible tells us that it is by faith we believe the creation story. It is by faith we believe the Bible is the word of God. Faith is a gift from God. So, if you hate God then you will not believe, no matter what the argument is.
I was a lifelong attender of churches but it wasn't until I was on my own that the Lord opened my eyes to the truth of His word and I was truly "Born Again". My personal study and devotion feeds my spiritual growth, augmented by sound teaching from certain radio preachers. I am not a church member but I love getting together with like minded believers. Why does it have to be at a church? God gives us gifts to bloom and grow where we are. If there is no "church" worth attending you will still find communion with other believers in other setting and you and they will be edified through God's gifts. This forum is always a blessing to me.
God raises up Leaders of nations to bless or to curse the people, always to His own glory. This nation has fallen away from God and our failure to repent and return to His righteousness has earned us the leadership we have today. And still we refuse to repent. I guarantee things will get worse for all of us. You aint seen nothin' yet!
John UK wrote: All good points. But I wonder if you imagine that the Son of God was incapable of falling for temptation....
If there was not the possibility of Him falling for temptation then He could not have been tempted as we are. But his ability to resist temptation is something we don't have because we are born with a sin nature. We are fallen, He is not. Paul say "sin reigns in us" and that is what causes us to fall. If we were not born with a sin nature then we would be like Adam and Jesus, both born without a sin nature. Adam was tempted and fell. Jesus was tempted and overcame. It was 'possible' but not probable.
John UK wrote: You're just woffling, that's all. I see you do not like to answer my question about sinless Eve struggling with the devil when he tempted her....
The fact that Eve contemplated the temptation instead of saying, "Yep, all except the one," and then trying to reason why not, is what brought her into sin. She should have gone right back to picking flowers or whatever she was doing and not given the serpent another thought. Walking the street past rows of peep shows, keeping your mind on Christ rather than craning your neck to see what's going on is resisting temptation. Temptation was all around Jesus. He hung out with sinners! Did he ever consider joining in their sinful deeds? NO! Like the answer he gave His mother when he was 12, "I must be about my Father's business." Focused on the righteousness and glory of God. We don't have that focus. We are tempted and fall into sin. Christ? Never.
BroBill wrote: Temptation is when the platter of food is set before you. Struggle with temptation is when you take the time to consider the food and imagine yourself partaking. committing is grabbing a fork and digging in. Jesus was tempted by sin in that it was presented to him. He neither considered it or partook of it and therefore He was sinless. We sin when presented with a temptation and we consider it. "As a man thinketh, so he is in his heart."
In the garden, the serpent tempted Eve but her fall into sin was when she "considered" what the serpent had said. We are inundated by temptation every day (porn, drugs, idolatry) but it is only when we CONSIDER these things (allow our minds to dwell on them) that we can fall into sin. That is why we are told to guard our hearts because consideration of sin leads to sin, not temptation, for temptation can be resisted. Christ Never considered the temptations, therefore He could not(would not)sin.
Temptation is when the platter of food is set before you. Struggle with temptation is when you take the time to consider the food and imagine yourself partaking. committing is grabbing a fork and digging in. Jesus was tempted by sin in that it was presented to him. He neither considered it or partook of it and therefore He was sinless. We sin when presented with a temptation and we consider it. "As a man thinketh, so he is in his heart."