John 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Jesus here teaches and confirms the elect knowing and following only Him. Hence we see why the Biblical doctrine of Sola Scriptura is revealed only to the elect. (And the truth shall set you free)
Thus the elect, ie Protestants, will not listen to or follow strangers such as the Roman Catholic message of heresy and blasphemy.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Here Christ teaches that the Roman Catholic priests try to get into the Real Church by another way - Instead of by Christ. You can see this in their religious paraphernalia such as graven images, idols, icons, relics and dead people whom they promote to divine actions.
Note that the Lord here accuses the Roman Catholic priests of being a bunch of thieves and robbers. Thus dealings with the RCC and its religious heirarchy including the popes, bishops et al, is considered to be as powerful and dangerous as dealing with a bunch of criminals.
"But the Obama Justice Department has now asked the court to disavow the ministerial exception altogether. This would mean that, in every future case, a courtâ€”and not the churchâ€”would decide whether the church's reasons for firing or not hiring a minister were good enough."
Big Brother Liberalism is really taking over in America.
If Obama and the Democrats get in next year then you may as well close down the real churches!!
Elizabeth wrote: While it is commendable that Australian Baptist Ministries is taking a strong stand against homosexual marriage, it is a pity they choose to disobey Scripture when it comes to women as pastors.
It does seem to be 'thin end of the wedge' that churches have raised women to usurp the role which God gave to man and put them in the pulpit. The question is not "Can women?" - It is "Will God use them?" in the pulpit, and of course God has already charged His Church with the answer no! But when one precept of Scripture can be deleted, then it is not long until others follow such as homosexuality acceptances.
""The implication is: believe in God, and you'll succeed," Rocah added. "I'm sure there are plenty of people who believe that, but I would hope that teachers and administration would be focused on teaching the students the necessary material. There's no substitute for that.""
Oh yes there is!
Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Cliff Leckey wrote: It was reported today of two pensioners running a Bed & breakfast in England were found Guilty of "discriminating against two homosexuals" by refusing to allow them to share a bed in their home. Homosexual "rights" trump every other right no matter what. What a wicked & perverse generation.
Yes I saw that one Cliff. This is by Mike Judge of the Christian Institute. (Telegraph)
"The guesthouse is not just the Bullsâ€™ livelihood, itâ€™s their home. Surely they should be allowed the freedom to live by their own values under their own roof. Everyone benefits from these important liberties, and everyone suffers when they are eroded.
The case brought by a homosexual couple against Mr and Mrs Bull was paid for by the Government-funded Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). They won their case but the judge ruled that his decision does affect the Bullsâ€™ human rights and forces them to act against their genuine beliefs, so he has given permission for an appeal." Telegraph