James Thomas wrote: This is just one of the many reasons why home churches are growing.
I've been thinking quite a lot about home churches and searching for them in my area.
Regarding the topic, I do think many churches today are feminized and that this is a large part of the reason why men tend to be scarce in a lot of them. The CCM so-called "love songs to Jesus" that speak of Him almost like a boyfriend or something...what man would want to sing songs like that?
Christopher000 wrote: Our understanding of the life and roles of nuns are mostly limited to what we know and see in the US, but it's a much different story abroad. There are many different orders and functions and one of many comes to mind. I can't remember where or what their name is right now, but they are an order sworn to silence. They never speak, they sleep in small, dingy "cells" on a sheet of plywood laid across two sawhorses. their breakfast consists of a piece of bread and a cup of water while sitting at a wooden table that has a skull in the middle of it to remind them of death. I could go on, but it is basically a life of lonely misery as they sacrifice themselves for the church of Rome. What a life.
Great Sermon! It is characteristic of Satan to get us consumed with fulfilling our desires in the here and now, no matter what the cost, with no thought for the Lord's glory and sin's consequences. This sermon reminded me of two Proverbs: "Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel" (21:17) and "An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed" (21:21). It's the afterwards and the end about which Satan always wants us to forget.
pennned wrote: traditional Hebrew society. boy would apprentice in a trade, build up a home, grow up and become independent, and then find a young lady that he could have a life with. today, boys and girls same age, no trade but lots of talk about what one "dreams" to do, girls are told to go out and get jobs, kicked out of the house at 18, or accrue lots of debt at college that's often unpayable and party, or join the military out of desperation... and the boys are not finding stable work, aren't able to make a home, and waste their years of youth which could be years of preparation. the whole process is askew and conformed to atheist society. open the land for the youth and let them sell and trade their products from their land, especially raw milk and diverse seed so they have work, instead of partying because this system has no hope in it so they just waste their time and drink and see no tomorrow. the gospel of Christ and the bible which really does have answers to these problems!
Indeed, this is a blatant flouting of Genesis 2:24 and Jesus' teaching on marriage in Matthew 19 and Mark 10. It amazes me that people cannot see how utterly ridiculous the redefining of marriage is. Open their eyes, Lord, I pray, that they may see.
William S. Sutherland wrote: Every time I hear someone compare being a sodomite to being black, I am infuriated and I wonder where are all the blacks who should be infuriated, too.
I can be counted as such a one. Indeed, there is nothing sinful, inherently or otherwise, about the color of one's skin. I will never be convinced that sodomy is not a choice; it is, and from what I've heard people say, it is difficult to resist that temptation. But salvation from it is possible (I Corinthians. 6:9-11).
Rick wrote: This should not shock or surprise us. The entertainment industry has been hatching this sort oh garbage for years. Sadly, many so called Christians help finance the trash when they buy the music from the label or purchase a ticket for a movie. Buying G rated helps pay for the R. Mama taught me that years ago... So stop financing trash, and boycott the TV. Best to read your Bible instead.
Great comment, Rick. The Lord has certainly led me to separate myself from the entertainment industry, the pop culture, and much of the media. Jason Cooley and Joey Faust here on SA have some excellent sermons on these subjects, among other ministers. We tend to think we're stronger and more moral than we really are, but one simply cannot take this stuff in without being affected.
Ralles wrote: Satan uses any old way to flog his corruption and abomination. From politicians to comic books the Liberal fallacy is trying to brain wash the society into accepting the unacceptable. And it is working in the community and even in the 'nominal' churches. The Liberal motto : Throw away the moral standards of society and keep the criminal corrupt and immoral.
Good comment, and add "distracted" to the list. These are fictitious characters, but they still have an influence.
A single man and a single woman who live together and have children with each other are not married, no matter how long they have lived together. They are fornicating. The Bible instructs all fornicators to flee from that sin (I Corinthians 6:18). Common law marriage may be legal in some states within the U.S., but it is not Biblical, nor will it ever be.
pennnned wrote: just because a woman is not officially registered as married doesn't mean she isn't. maybe people are just figuring out its the only way to get money for kids, so they just don't officially get married.
What does this mean? I thought either someone is married, or she is not.
Pop culture and the entertainment industry have been desensitizing people to the things of God and sin for decades, so this news is hardly surprising. Still, it's grevious to me as a Christian and I pray for the repentance of those who are under this world's wicked influence. Lord, please be merciful and save and deliver them. I've no room to boast, as it is only the grace of God that has kept me.
Rafael wrote: This is a sad day for the Baptist organization.
Yes, agreed. There used to be a time when Baptist churches were identified with being Biblicist as well. Sadly, that day seems to be receding further and further into the past.
I've prayed for this pastor; I can hardly think of a more difficult situation than this. In order to be truly loving toward his son, he has to warn him that sodomy is a sin, which, if not repented of, will cause forfeiture of an inheritance in the kingdom of God. The world says "love" means agreement, affirmation, inclusiveness, tolerance, and so on, but this is not Biblical love.