http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/losing-iraq/ (Losing Iraq). unfortunately this PDS "Front line" show as I understand it does not deal with the suffering of Christians ore the importance of oil in the Iraqi war. You also may be able to see this directly over the airs since its just aired last night, well usually repeat these things.
Matthew 23:14Â âBut woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you donât enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter.c 15Â Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much of a son of Gehennad as yourselves.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3714128144( God's Provision For All to Be Saved) most of the summary of which, "...the ministry of the Gospel and the responsibility to pray as concerns God's saving work through the message is being elaborated. God desires for all people to be saved but no one is willing to nor can apart from God's grace and hearing the message of the Gospel. There is only one God and only one way of being saved and that is by faith in God who is the Savior of all. The provision for salvation has been made by Christ whose death was sufficient to save all but must be personally appropriated by each individual by faith to be effective for each individual's salvation. This faith must be in and only in the person and work of Jesus Christ who is the only qualified Mediator between God and man, being Himself God and man."
As far as Paul is concerned I would say his conversion happened on the road to Damascus, because he was addressed as "brother," by Ananias in Damascus and this was also before Saul/Paul was baptized, Acts 9:1-19 and Acts 22:6-16.
Mike wrote: Just think how the crime rate would fall if we legalized everything! No one would be tempted to do bad things, because there would be no bad things to do. Everyone would be moral, because there would be nothing immoral to them. Except for Jim, for whom moralism is inadequate, so he would be the exception to the rule.
Ah, Mike of N.Y., I was going to say such nice things about your comment -- until I was brought into it. Since I haven't even put a comment on this thread until now. Laws of morality only work when 99% of the people support them vigorously. This is why Prohibition didn't work, something I always had kind words for, but thanks for bringing up http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=118121637304 (The Inadequacy of Moralism). That is oh so true!
Adam Kolasinski wrote: Some have compared the prohibition of homosexual marriage to the prohibition of interracial marriage. This analogy fails because fertility does not depend on race, making race irrelevant to the stateâs interest in marriage. By contrast, homosexuality is highly relevant because it precludes procreation.
Great Sermon! about relevant issues This is a very --unofficial-- addition to the summary of the sermon. Gil did speak quite a bit about the misuse of the Bible to address social issues, such as immigration. Gil noted that a Nebraska paper had a cartoon about this problem. There were people quoting Scripture referring to the cartoon and problem, e.g., suffer the little children to come unto thee. Gil didn't comment on any solution to the problem of immigration, but he did address the problem of pulling out one verse of Scripture and building a theology around it! For example Israel as God's people were given rules how to interact and be responsible for each other, but they weren't given any guidelines for reforming the Assyrians or Babylonians. The same idea is in the New Testament the Church is responsible for people in the Church body. We do good to all men, but there aren't mandates to the church on social issues. Para. Our ease, prosperity, and freedom from difficulty are not our goals as Christians. Our highest goal is to honor Christ! The goal is of the Church is no to bring change to society. No Biblical foundation for social action being part of the Gospel! Social impact comes after people become Christian! This is especially covered in the first thirteen minutes of the sermon.
Get Real, I assume people who want workfare should make sure people on welfare who are blatant criminals, get around the same amount of money at the very least, they had on welfare, No, I would be the first to agree you can't "Live The Wage" given as minimum wage. But workfare handled properly is not slavery.
Anyway, Mike, you'll have to find something else to complain about the President about, especially until something is done about minimum wages.
SteveR wrote: The wicked and charlatans will try to smear Graham, but indeed there is a need for Christians to stop the compromise of our Faith
Did you mean praise Graham? If one only listened to Billy Graham sermons on t.v., and if you were at one of his meeting and didn't go forward and talk to for example of being guided to the Romish Church if you had been associated with it, actually Billy did some good. It was his interviews and activities outside the t.v. pulpit which brings rightful condemnation of Billy. When Franklin was in the background, he wasn't doing that much damage either, I believe Samaritan's Purse was his invention, I think SA has a separate thread for this, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/samaritans-purse-doctor-serving-in-liberia-west-africa-tests-positive-for-ebola/ so, the Grahams' are a mixed bag, but mixing error with the Gospel corrupts the message entirely.
SteveR wrote: Yes really You aren't the only wicked ones fighting for eschatological beliefs. This conflict is a terror industry with the players all believing their theology will prevail. You aren't the only one that gets excited at watching the death toll rise, Shia Hadiths predict this bloodshed too. Its all vanity, wickedness, and ignores the principles of authentic Christianity. But you know that, but you cant help yourself