Great Sermon! Very good sermon filled with truth. Very edifying. However I would disagree with saying the relatives against your stand for Christ are. truly born again. Weigh it against scripture. If they are not taking up their cross daily they are not worthy of Christ. If they are just like the world and love the world they are enemies of God. If they are persecuting those who truly follow Christ, then are they of God? I think not.
You will find a very good series of articles here on 'righteous untruths' . The writer gives many examples from scriptures in the 3 part series and explains the matter we are discussing here very well.
everybody make up your mind what side you will stand on because this day is coming again. I know what side I will stand on and that is on Gods side of defending and protecting the innocent and righteous and oppressed and fatherless and widows and Gods chosen people, the Jewish, even if it means righteously lying to protect them and I would be honored to be killed because I protected their lives, even with a slanderous sign over my grave that said "christian liar"...oh to be persecuted for righteousness sake and great would be my reward in heaven! Amen
manygreyareas: the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We are not taking about denying Christ. That is a different situation. We are taking about harbouring innocent lives from wicked men.
so the israelite midwives were sinning when they lied and said the Israelite women were lively and gave birth before they got there? Come on. Clearly God does not condemn righteously hiding the truth and lying to save innocent lives or to oerform His clear will on the earth in terms of justice and freeing the vulnerable from oppression. Do a study on this and you will see MANY examples in tr bible of righteous 'lying". To save lives, for deliverance from enemies. This is even common sense. What man would say to an evil man intent on murderig his own child, "oh come on in, yes they are hidden in the cupboard". No, he would lie to protect his child's life and God does not condemn this kind of righteous lying. The bible is filled with it. He even has ordered it in different situations (like Moses deceiving Pharoiah). I know that every courageous person who has defended and innocent life, Jewish life, any innocent life, has been blessed by God, not condemned.
Also another example; God told Moses to tell Pharaoh the Israelites just wanted to leave to go and sacrifice then come back. Now we all know God intended to never bring them back and was delivering them but did He tell Moses to tell Pharaoh that? No.
john in the UK: yes. We can righteously lie to protect the innocent and in the interest of justice and mercy. Read the example of Jonathon lying to his father Saul, when he lied that David has asked to go to his hometown for a yearly sacrifice, but it was not true. It was all part of a pre arranged righteous deception between David and Jonathon to discern whether Saul had truly repented of his murderous rage against David. Also Jesus said he was not going to the festival at Jeresulam as His time had not ye come, to go without Him, but he did in fact go but went in secret. Now it is plain there are many examples in the bible when righteous guile is used in the higher operation of seeing Gods will done. Rahab is another example and was praised for her act. Truly hiding the Jews and lying to Nazis who came banging on your door to look for them was a righteous act and not condemned by God and I am sure that God in His providence had the story of Rahab repeated in the New Testament to remind us of this very thing for their sake and for the sake of protecting all the oppressed, innocent, or the righteous fleeing hatred and persecution from enemies.
i hope she is sincerely seeking Jesus, the real JESUS, but I tend to be a bit more skeptical and think Oprah is a smart cookie. She knows the brand power of claiming to be a christian these days. Just look at the War room movie. A bit of 'christian' kitsch brings in big bucks.ni highly doubt Oprah is ignorant of the fact if she can garner the professing christian market (usually filled with willfilly and sometimes ignorantly decieved sheeple) that she will be cornering a lucrative market. Shrewd business move or sincerity? God will be the judge.
Great Sermon! THANK YOU for doing this teaching on the country music industry! It was long overdue that someone did this. It is a wicked, worldly industry that likes to claim it is good and wholesome because it sings of 'hometown family morals' and throws in the word god (yes they have a little g god no matter how they like the deceive themselves otherwise). Any christian that listens to and promotes or works in this industry is a sell out and probably a fake christian at that. Country music is the genre for lukewarm professing nominal 'christians' who profess God with their mouth but the heart is far from Him. He that loves the world is an enemy of God and the love of the Father is not in him.
Great Sermon! Forgot to add, this a very good sermon. So tired of how 'christian' women are expected to work now too, not be keepers at home. (See the lastest popular christian movie War room, for an example of this). We have sold each other out and husbands in lust for more money have sold their wives and children out. Thanks for preaching truth.