I am thankful for your mind and heart that so well expressed itself on these matters. The time you spent thinking on these things is apparent. Thank you for this. Indeed, the problem is epidemic. I can't imagine what is rolling around in the heads of young teenage men these days. Had my generation had access to what they do at this young and easily persuaded age....
Thank you for this blog. I know little of London besides what the U.S. evening news reports. I have hope through your blog. Keep passing out those tracts. Kind of special when many people gathered to clean the streets after the riots.
Travis, Thank you for your tone to me directly. I am not sure how prudent further dialogue would be. To post a blog like this shows that you are pretty steeped in your opinions. We definitely come from opposite sides of the spectrum. In my initial walk, I suppose I could have beat my war drum as you are now doing, depending on my experiences and those I interacted with denominationally. Calvin's system had its work in me. Luther showed me my error of perception concerning savings faith and the tormenting misconception I carried for many years.
I listened to your sermon. Saw some contradictions in what you were saying there and what this blog was doing. I live to discuss the things of our Lord. However, I have also experienced futility of effort in some dialogues. Not sure what category this one is in. In regards to the Proverb, why did you not see an 'at-a-boy' in the "...with the well advised is wisdom" rather than the indictment in the "By pride cometh only contention?" God may indeed be pricking your conscience. I pray He is. My email is JeffreyLahman@gmail.com The blog comment may not be the forum to continue our discussion. Email me if you would like to sharpen iron with me.
A funny thing about Proverbs - how the individual conscience aligns itself with the message it conveys. I noticed you aligned yourself with the pride portion and felt a need to defend your humble duty to defend God and His word. Could this perhaps be an inkling of conviction towards error within your conscience? Obviously you've read much concerning the Reformers, but I can't help but think that you're proud of the duty you have done and are doing, taking the judges seat. I recognize the paradox in us all, for am I not doing the same thing in this dialogue? However, I think you're playing with fire in your condescending glance at the Reformers. I am saying this as a potential friend, hoping to prevent you from having to being jerked by a chain of correction by our Lord (like the dogs we are), removing our inherent fallen misdirected pride. Look deeper into what these men were saying. Your message indicates that you haven't yet understood.
Well Said Thank you Rev. Murray for this sermon. Christians need to be made more aware of where this concept of liberty comes from and how it is being lost. I pray more preachers will sound this war drum.
Great Sermon! Joey,
I was thinking this morning about these things, wondering if there was anyone who has occupied his mind with these matter, able to put forth a well thought out presentation. Then... I ran across your sermon. We would disagree on several denominational aspects of the faith. However, I wanted to drop you a line, thanking you for this effort in the Lord. If I were in Texas I would like to shake your hand.
"...just as you see a tree whose leaves are faded and withering, that there is something wrong with the roots, so, when you see the people undisciplined, you must realize that no doubt their priests are unholy." From Philip Jacob Spener's Pia Desideria -' pious wishes'