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,
Jim Lincoln wrote: So, fg, Conservative black Christians are not under attack? The fellow would have made a better point if he hadn't brought up the question of race at all. I would suggest you read the following, https://www.gty.org/resources/print/sermons/90-150 ( The Responsibilities of the Church: Evangelism, Part 1) , from which, " If a young person says to me, someone starting out in ministry, "I want to start a church," what they're really saying by the time I get through with the discussion is I want to go out and evangelize lost people, bring them together under the name of Jesus Christ and establish a congregation where there isn't currently one, or there isn't one faithful to the word of God and the gospel, that's the issue. The goal is to make disciples. It is to win lost people to Jesus Christ. That's the passion of the church." Conservative Christianity have nearly collapse because of its political activities.
When the emphasis in the church was doctrine and living to the glory of God, evangelism was more effective and the churches saw more true converts. But since evengelism has become the priority, the message has become more subjectivized.
Great Sermon! Amen!! Thank you for your encouraging word. Nations are but a drop in the bucket but his word endures forever. Thank you also for not being a pulpit ornament twice on Sundays and preaching with fire.
Jim Lincoln wrote: My pastor skipped a sermon that would be part of a series to discuss this topic and point out that, Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ---ESV from http://tinyurl.com/hwy283u
My immediate first thought upon hearing of these events was "Oh no! Now they've got martyrs for their cause too!' Sorry if this sounds pharisaical. Pray for me then. My soul is pretty well tortured these days. We also need to pray the Lord would minister to us as he did Asaph in Psalm 73. Psa 73:13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. Psa 73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. Psa 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Psa 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Psa 73:18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. Psa 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. May the Lord impress our souls with this sobering reality, that we may posess the mind of Christ, and keep a proper perpective regarding these things.
For crying out loud the man was just making a point! That certain people have been zeroed in on to be discriminated against! Do we HAVE to overanalyze it and turn everything into â€śwatch out for racismâ€ť?!?! And must EVERYTHING in church life center around â€świtnessingâ€ť? Evangelism has been the priority in the church for the past 150 years or so. And since then, with rare exception, the church has seen nothing but decline, and has never been more powerless and undiscerning at any time since the Reformation. Christâ€™s last word to the church was NOT the Great Commission. It was REPENT!! (Rev. 2:5; 2:16; 3:3; 3:19) Repent from loving the world more than Christ, from loving the lost more than the brethren, from loving the compromise of the evangelicals in Nazi Germany and hiding behind Romans 13, than taking a stand for Christ and being persecuted.
I used to live and work in NYC for years and I could'nt even imagine ever leaving there. Now I hang my head in shame for NYC. But she's just going the way of the rest of our national Babylon, which I am also ashamed of.
It doesn' take a Masters of Theology from Faith Theological Seminary to figure out that Barak Obama is a rank heretic in things theological. The fact however, that he even has these little "bible studies" reveals that he knows the gullibity of many people and dare I say many professing Christians in America, who get their theology from their own feelings rather than the Holy Scriptures. He will be accountable to God for this high handed deception. Weep for him, if you can.
"The Communist party is believed to be becoming progressively more suspicious of the influence of Christianity, which is experiencing significant growth in China." And well they should be, because it looks like God is doing a marvelous work there. Mary Queen of Scots feared the prayers of John Knox more than an army of ten thousand. These are no Romans 13 bots here and they defy government that attempts to trespass into God's territory. If the Commies are foolish enough to try mass persecution, it will only serve to spread the seed further. (Acts 8:1-4)The Lord richly bless the Chinese house church movement.
Grew Up Wrote, "in a family with 3 siblings. Got all the vaccines. No ill effects on any. Story can be repeated millions of times. Those who suffer, not discounting their plight, are in the minuscule minority."
Go ahead and do it then, and leave room for the rest of us to opt out, thank you.