Nowadays in America, right and wrong are defined by how many extra slices of bread you can put into a judge's or politician's pocket. God hates bribes, and He hates the receivers and givers of them.. (Ps. 5:5)
I know this isn't very evangelistic but, Psa 37:12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. Psa 37:13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
.....The 20-year-old known as Nano said she possesses a slew of catty characteristics like ultra-sharp hearing, laser night vision and fierce aversions to both dogs and water.... She must smell wonderful.
Jimmy Carter was a "Christian" Ronald Reagan was a "Christian" George H.W. Bush was a "Christian" Bill Clinton was a "Christian" George W. Bush was a "Christian" Barak Obama is a "Christian." ...or a Muslim who became a "Christian"....or a "Christian" who's still a Muslim.....Oh forget it . We'll let Rick Warren sort this one out. Now Ted Cruz is a "Christian" Mark Rubio is a "Christian" Even Hillary now says that she's a "Christian" Any body see a pattern here? The pandering continues and so it ever will.
God hates ecumenism. You cannot expect God to bless amorphis movements and coalitions that yoke up the people of God with the enemies of the Gospel, no matter what the cause. (2 Chron. 19:2) That's why all these efforts to "save our culture" have failed over the last 40 years or so. That being said, this does not mean that Christians stay quiet in the public square. Those who cry out against Christian Activism are often those who don't even lift a finger to hand out a tract or stand on a busy street corner reproving sin and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I agree that the answers will never be found in any politician or political party. But if Christians are not publicly warning against and reproving sin and wickedness in government, the church, academia, the media, entertainment and society at large , both individually and collectively, then who will. This we do without leaving the rest undone. Christians need to throw out their brazen serpents and read their bibles, and get balanced.
Fallen man does not have the ethical faculties to handle the exponentially growing technology that is on the horizon. We're looking at the type of gadgets and gizmos that will make privacy a thing of the past (if it isn't already)and can avail man to play God. I sometimes find myself hoping that God would blow us back into the 19th century. I do however take comfort in the fact that "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh...."
Great Sermon! So what if he teaches that sincere pagan worship is acceptable to God.
So what if he denies the doctrines of total depravity and biblical inerrancy.
OK, so he denies that certain sections of scripture are actually inspired, and denies the doctrine of substitutionary atonement (which denial caused Martyn Lloyd-Jones to warn his readers and listeners away from him.)and by indirect implication denied the omniscience of Christ because he "didn't know the day or the hour" of his return, thereby impinging on his divinity. So what. We like him. And so we will offer up every lame palliation of his damnable errors like "he just says wrong things" or "it's what his church believed and taught", or "well he was a philosopher not a theologian." Plop all these facts on the lap of a C.H. Spurgeon or an Asahel Nettleton and ponder if they would have offered up these sorry excuses for him. It seems meet that he would be trafficked through the most undiscerning generation of Christians since the Reformation.
Jim, Your rendition, to say nothing of Gil Rugh's or John McArthur's, is nothing short of robotic distortion(More like torture) of this passage. You and they are not the last word on a proper exegesis of this passage. I'm glad the apostles weren't listening to you guys. I don't think I would have wanted to be a Jew hiding in your houses in Nazi Germany. Submission to government has to be balanced with the rest of scripture and direct obedience to God, which may at times require disobedience to government. You guys don't seem to get that though do you? Well, we shall forever be in disagreement on this issue.
As a former Marine I find this shameful. Could be that W.M. ex drill instructor of hers is a lesbian and she was "offended." I kind of wondered about some of those W.M. DI's when I was in boot camp. If there were lesbians among them they would've most definitely remained in the closet, where they belong. Not today though, not today.
Issue #1 - Biblically speaking, the Gospel is actually the seed of the church. The persecuted church is more likened to spreading or watering that seed. (Acts 8:1-4) Issue #2 - Don't these people know they're supposed to be in unconditional submission to government? Boy! Where are those Romans 13 bots when you need them?? Oh yeah, I forgot. They're in the U.S.
Great Sermon! Correction: Should read, "The government that serves God has its citizens as its primary beneficiary and not itself. It is concerned primarily with rewarding good and punishing evil THAN with "continuity of government."
Jim Lincoln wrote: I will say both men gave religous examples, but not in the support of political action. I would say that both could be considered negative example in that part of their lives, but...
Mark 6:14-29 One can surmise many things from the life of both men, and for me anyway, politics should leave a bad taste in a Christian's mouth It's not about politics Jim. It's about bringing the Word of God to bear upon the responsibilities of leaders in government, to remind that they are accountable to God both personally and professionally, whether they are believers or unbelievers. They are commanded by the scriptures to Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. If Christians don't do this, who will? Interesting little statement in the middle of your Matthew Henry post: "But it is better that sinners persecute ministers now for faithfulness, than curse them eternally for unfaithfulness." God before government, and especially when a government's priorities have become its own preservation and continuity.
Jeremiah Wright is an apostate Protestant preacher of liberation theology and Father Flanagan is a Catholic liberation theologian. They have an awful lot in common. One thing being that neither one of them are evangelicals.
Mar 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Was John the Baptist in violation of Romans 13? How about Bishop Hugh Latimer when he preached a sermon entitled "Whoremongers and Adulterers God will judge" to the adulterous English king of that day? Let's get the biblical balance folks.
Just curious wrote: Reading through the general gist of most of the comments makes me wonder. Do those who post here go to churches where the majority of the congregation has no desire to live for and please God? Do you think that there are not groups of believers who want to live godly lives and serve the Lord? Does not the Bible teach that those who are genuinely born from above have the seal that they depart from iniquity? Maybe it is just those who post don't go to church for various reasons. Just curious.
Did Franklin Graham say anything when the Pope visited and gave speeches to Congress and the UN calling for a new world order for the preservation of our ecological system? (I.E. UN Agenda 21 or modern day equivalent)? Don't think I heard him say anything about that.
75 years of ecumenical compromise with the enemies of the gospel among the people of God in this country has brought the ever increasing curse of God upon it. This country is headed for a day of reckoning. I don't claim to know the mind of God, whether revival are in his plans or not, but without it this day will most certainly come. Only the coming of our Lord himself will prevent this. I'm not exactly a fan of Billy Graham(a severe understatement) but I'll cite him anyway when he said that if God doesn't judge America he'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Salt has been made reference to as a preservative. But when one brings belief and unbelief under the same evangelistic umbrella in one's crusades, his salt loses its savor and is cast forth to be trampled underfoot by men as irrelevant.
Allie wrote: Many entertainers if not most grew up going to church and hearing the pure gospel of at least a resemblance of it. They go into pagan hollywood and give themselves over to debauchery and then claim Atheism. Nothing shocking or surprising. What is shocking is the money that believers spend having the apostates entertain them.
This is because the doctrine of Christian liberty either has been stretched almost to the point of breaking or is used as a cloak to justify spending the Lord's money on or partaking in any questionable activities we can't find "chapter and verse" against in the Bible. Paul directs us in Phillipians that we're to "approve things that are excellent" Where do you find these things in Disney, or Fox, or anywhere else in Hollywood for that matter? If there is any excellent thing in Hollywood you would have to dig for a long time and through an awful lot of trash to find it. It kind of boils down to the sad situation where we don't want people messing with our pet liberties. And there seems to be more individuals in the church that contend for their "right" to watch R rated flicks than to contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints.
Brad Pitt's problem is not that he's an atheist (there really is no such thing as a pure atheist) Nor is it his "Christian" upbringing. It is simply that: Joh_8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
O God, no longer hold thy peace, no longer silent be; Thine enemies lift up their head, to fight thy saints and thee; Against thine own whom thou dost love, their craft thy foes employ; They think to cut thy people off, thy church they would destroy. Thine ancient foes, conspiring still, with one consent agree; And they who with thy people strive, make war, O God, with thee; O God who in our father's time, didst smite our foes and thine; So smite thine enemies today, who in their pride combine. Make them like dust and stubble blown before the whirlwind dire; In terror driv'n before the storm of thy consuming fire; Confound them in their sin till they to thee for pardon fly; Till in dismay, they trembling own that thou art God most high.