Unprofitable Servant wrote: This is the old argument that sc always brought up but never proved from the Bible. You cannot, and I am willing to be proved wrong, see where God ever reprimands His people for the actions of the world. We are to be salt and light, we are to fight the good fight of faith, but we are not responsible for the unregenerate acting like they are unregenerate. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. We should speak out against sin but even the church that Paul called carnal was not rebuked for their lifestyle being the cause of the sinful choices of those that knew not God.
You don't seem to pay attention very well. The quote reads as follows, it was the "lack of resistance from conservatives and Christians" that "may have been most immediately responsible for our current situation as it pertains to marriage." Did you catch that? ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... ...CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS... Not just Christians, right? That being said you're argung from a point in history when the church was in its fledgling state. We are in a different point in history with different dynamics at work, where without the church's influence in the beginning, there would be no USA as we had
I somewhat agree w/ Walsh. I can't say the "lack of resistance from conservatives and Christians" that "may have been most immediately responsible for our current situation as it pertains to marriage." I do believe however that it is an important contributing factor. Tolerance of gross sin contributes to its spread. I heartily believe that the mainstreaming of high places in old testament Israel could not have manifested without an undue tolerance of them from the "conservatives" of that day. Yes God is sovereign, but we are also responsible.
âCompletely unexpectedly, a lion ran from the forest, leapt toward the militants, and seized one by the neck. When other combatants tried to attack the lion, two other lions bounded toward them. The terrified militants fled the site, and the lions left us completely alone,â he said.
âEqually astonishing, records show no lions are supposed to live in that forest,â he said. Love this. Wish there were more of these kinds of stories.
Great Sermon! It's about time someone defines "first love" properly. Many nowadays put an undue burden on believers by making love, which is to be above all, sound like it is to be to the exclusion of all, and sometimes they use this passage to justify their assertions. Thank you Dr. Cairns for getting this right.
Anton LeVey would not let his kids watch TV. The horses' mouths are giving us all this valuable information and we need to give heed. But 21st century evangelicals don't listen to them, they just listen to their feeeeeelings. And if it feels right then it is of the Lord.
Great Sermon! Great principles here, applicable to more than just watching movies. I would beseech you who often apply the "meat sacrificed to idols" concept to entrtainment, especially Disney, that meat sacrificed to idols when eaten, went into the stomach and then out of the body. Entertainment goes into the eargate and the eyegate, which are portals into the soul, and therefore have the potential to spiritually defile. The Rev. Murray cited Psa 101:3 " I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I HATE the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." This should be our attitude and it is not enough that someone in the "Christian" media recommended we go watch this or that movie. I've gone with these recommendations in the past and to say that I was disappointed would be a severe understatement. At times I was downright shocked and realized that this was at best a waste of time and money. I implore especially certain brethren in my church, and you know who you are.
Reminds me more of Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
Say it ain't so! Do you mean to tell me that that the NAE and Christianity Today and so on, still haven't figured out that these anti-discrimination laws are not about equal rights but they are about persecuting God's people? The philosophy (and theology)of New Evangelicals still hasn't changed. They still believe that you can bring light and darkness together, or truth and error together. When you try that, one will always overtake the other or give way to the other. That's what we're supposed to learn from 1 Cor. 6:14-17 but we don;t like that passage! Just ask these sodomite couples if they're interested in reaching some kind of compromise with the Christian business owners that they harass. Personally I would not be surprised at their answers. But judging by this article, Tim Keller and his like-minded kinfolk would be blindsided by it! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would have sooner burned in a firey furnace than to compromise and bow down before some filthy, androgenous Babylonian idol. Standing AGAINST evil when we are confronted with it goes hand in hand with presenting the Gospel and it has become the forgotten element of what comprises being a witness for Christ and the faith. There is no middle ground.
This need not be so complicated. 2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Alas, one one of the more unpopular passages in the "church" today. A difficult saying, no doubt. Not difficult to understand, but difficult to swallow.