Buster wrote: There is sifting and refining of the wheat from the tares, and precious gold from dross. Our God reigns, so stand fast and see the salvation of the Lord. We know the secret things of Yahweh.
Thanks for the encouragement.
btw I met a RC yesterday PROUD (Arrogant?) she was Jesuit trained, in my words here, to ignore (hold/suppress) the Truth of Jesus Christ right there for all of us in the Bible
This 3 and a half minute clip is, imho one all us us will benefit in hearing and growing up into our faith.
The Interposition of the Lesser Magistrates
Please think along with me. For years now many have been praying for Revival (a very good thing) a fresh reformation (againg a good thing) BUT to see evil stopped! We need interposition!
So let me plead with all of us 1. to repent where we have not interposed ourselves between evil and evil's victims 2. to pray God would raise up lesser magistrates and to commit ourselves to interpose ourselves between evil and evil's prey
For are we not told resist the devil and he will flee from you.
B. McCausland wrote: Perpetuating the muddling up of history and beliefs
I heard that.
Imho born again Bible believing Christians ought to be sickened with this along the lines of some political/religious genuis seeking to name a gay bar after John the Baptist, or an abortion clinic after George Mueller
What is heartbreaking is that it is not just Obama who is seeking unity with the Pope, but evangelical, baptist, pentecostal and reformed / Calvinistic people who profess to be Christians, and eventually even some Muslims (could Obama be an example of this?) who are seeking unity with this antichrist (counterfeit / substitue for the real) ...... I wonder when Francis 1 will show up in Veggie Tales?
"For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." Isaiah 9:16
Have you ever seen a counterfeit 3 and a quarter dollar bill (could be pound, euro, whatever)?
The obvious answer is NO! Absolutely NOT! Because there is no such thing as a real 3 and a quarter dollar bill.
So if it is not heartbreakingly obvious let me attempt to make it so: The Roman Catholic FALSE Religion MUST counterfeit (abuse is another word) something that is true and twist and pervert it, until it is such a well crafted lie, it deceives and enslaves sincere Catholic people and thoroughly sinful men to where they will absolutely love it because the lie deceives them they can have heaven and their sin (unless they leave Catholicism for the truth, they hate the Truth), and still enjoy their rebellion against the authority of God to be God as God in their lives and even better imagine they have power over God through THEIR religion, "his mama", priests, Popes and sacraments
Dave wrote: Tracking down laws regarding street preaching and I the first site that popped up was "how to street preach and stay outta jail" I think this was in regards to the US. :-) Anyhow it all boils down to local by-laws, in Australia there is as best as I can determine atm no law governing free speech (no provisions ) but due too discrimination laws it (street witnessing ,preaching bad choice of word on my behalf ) is legal , as I shouldn't be discriminated against because of my views on religion. Well I'll see what transpires.
Dave in OZ We prayed for you and those who hear you, and I will continue to keep you and all this in my praying.
Just a brief word about police if I may. Seek as much as possible to build a good as repectful relationship with them as possible.
When they have come up to me. I stop my preaching and ask them, 'How can I help you?' and then be honestly as cooperative as possible when they ask me things like:
What is your name? Where are you from, where do you live? Are you a member of a local church??
(and if something happens you might get questions like) Can you describe the man who broke the window on the abortion clinic door? Do you know where he went? Can you fill out a statement for us?
Dave wrote: John , mike I'm going to .this week. Witness in public anyway
Dave In Sunday School we are going through Evangelism in the New Testament by Jon Speed who is on Babies Are Murdered Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDyfSHEq5g
Trusting in God here, we will pray for you AND the people God leads you to speak to in church this morning
If I might suggest prayerfully look up open air preaching on YouTube. There will be all sorts of types both good and bad and from them let the Lord cull from them and impress on you, what kind of attitude, content, location, interaction with people, loudness of voice you can in good conscience before Him be about (and especially trust Romans 8:28 to be so real for the child of God, because none of us does open air perfectly and we don't have to when God uses our efforts to serve Him)
Know this: Open Air Preaching gets people off the fence; some you would imagine will hate you will love you, some you imagine would be pleased will thoroughly disagree with you and not like it at all. Pastor Greg Locke makes a point that is important even if some seemingly reject us, if they keep listening over time (days, weeks, years) God's word will do the work He sends it to do in their lives
Dave wrote: Okay, Am so ashamed of my past still. But Thankyou John and mike,I was so embarrassed to share that but I must.be honest. The only street preaching I've seen its ray comfot on DVD and he was pretty good from what I saw though
Dave Please my brother I know what it is like to be ashamed of a sinful past and failures in the present
But know this according to Hebrews 2 the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is not ashamed to call you His brother
Here is an example of Paul Washer (famous for Shocking Youth Message) preaching open air
Dave wrote: I haven't no, I really feel a desire Do jjust that lately, funny you asked actually brother as it has been a regular discussion amongst our fellowship. I got a huge problem though John , ah I'm far from blameless and
Brother Saint Dave in that little Island a bit West of New Zealang
To me your humble thankful from the heart testimony to the Truth of God's word, is a better "preaching" of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than the sophisticated intellecutal religius schlorship coming out of far too many modern day seminaries
IMHO and encouragement (trusting God is dealing with you in this) such a "message" of the reality and willingness of God to save sinners like us, is exactly what the Holy Ghost can use to speak to the hearts and minds of lost men and women to convict them Jesus is There and will be pleased to save them too.
2 Cor 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Christopher000 wrote: I know there are a lot of hoaxters in this age of photoshop and video manipulation, but even NASA has released raw footage of the unexplained, unidentified objects entering our airspace in the 50's, outrunning military jets and making right angle turns to evade
Christopher000 Good post
Perhaps you have listened to the late Dr. Walter Martin on the subject
UFOs - Friend, Foe, or Fantasy - A Christian Perspective
I much appreciate the research / investigation he did on such things in his ministry
nat wrote: We do need the power of the holy spirit to be effective witnesses. It's so important especially now.
I was speaking to a friend who read a testimony of an ex witch and she shared how they would send people in infiltrate church and seduce the elders.they would fake their spiritual gifts and encourage others to do the same. So that it was about the look not what was inside. And so you get an empty hypocritical shell of Christianity within the church and it would fall apart as it is not based on Christ and Christ is not the Centre. Let us always keep Christ on the throne in our hearts!
nat in OZ and any other dear Pentecostal friends here.
nat has touched on something enormously important; spiritual gifts can be counterfeited / imitated
And the counterfeits can be used by Satan to infiltrate churches and ruin them from the inside
If memory serves me there is a propaganda piece/book, 'They Speak With Other Tongues' to accept RCs as genuine Christians (which they are NOT) because they spoke in tongues (with increased devotion to 'mary' and things Catholic)
And it is not just tongues that Satan abuses to slide corruption in On PURPOSE into church
We might do well to note that in such news reports God and His judgment against a determinedly rebellion and heinously evil society are stunningly forgotten, and men conveniently forget: "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness"
Blinding themselves to the repentance they so desperately need.
seen it right off wrote: There is no system in place to disciple Baptist churches.
Baptist should look into the Presbyterian form of government, of which I am now ????.
Seen I can well identify with the frustation of those seeing the sin and corruption in churches looking for a form of church government to fix things.
imho church governments fail because men don't fear God. We need the ministry of Prophets in our churches once again. I do not mean "fortune tellers" but men on fire for God like OT Prophets who continually proclaimed the Law of God to the people, urged men to obey God and warned of the consequences if they didn't
Think about it, many a man will be comfortable with this or that form of church government (even ones that become tyrannical)
but how many of us honestly want the blistering ministry of the genuine prophet of God who exposes our own hypocrisy and enmity against God in our attitudes, values and behavior and gets us off our self-righteous fences (excuses / comforts) to where we either repent and humbly return to a real obedience to God in our faith (ex real praying, real soul winning, real standing up and contending for the faith)?
Would we listen? willingly? humbly? and most importantly: obediently?
Dorcas wrote: Michael Hranek wrote: ...neither delight they will perish in hell... What true Christian would wish that? :shake head:
Dorcas You are entirely right what true Christian would ever wish such a thing. Here is a potential problem our churches are infested with both immature Christians and tares among the wheat, and they can corrupt us if we are not seriously on guard. Something I sadly have encountered first hand, and likely others here on SermonAudio have as well.
If you ever read or have read David Platt's book Radical, this kind of thing was one of the most heartbreaking experiences he encounter. Chapter 4 The Great Why of God pages 61,62
Really wrote: I was simply looking for a verse where Paul says what you say he says.
the context in 1 Cor 14 shows Paul prayed in the Spirit (unknown tongues) and he also prayed with the understanding
Got an errand to run Sorry, I missunderstood your question For me and what I try to encourage others in is that the context will help / show us what the words me far better than tearing them apart with definitions that fit our feelings (or prejudices) thanks
1 Cor 14:9-15 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding
Frank I hope you appreciate I am so in the learning process and am trying (imperfectly) to give a measure of honest sincere appreciation to flawed imperfect human beings who are trying to do the right thing.
For me I feel there is a difference between weakness (and ignorance) and out and out wilfull knowledgeable evil and determined wickedness AND at the present I would rather be pray for as President an imperfect Carly F than a determined enemy of God like Hilary C.
Here is where I am at. It is always the will of God that we love our enemies (friends too) and pray for them, that they be saved and become truly obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is always the will of God that we seek Him with all our heart and sanctify God in our hearts to have rightful preeminence above all others (to be our fist love, our very reason for being and living)
To get back to the thread right now this (I hate to use the word) "church" in the news is our enemy and worse is an enemy of Christ. We need to pray and interceed for them, to love them with the love of Christ, NOT whitewash their sin, and Neither delight they will perish in hell or turn our head and act like that doesn't matter.
Frank wrote: Carly Fiorina is simply a Sarah Palin with a brain. That makes her much more dangerous by the way. I hope and pray she isn't successful.
Frank I am watching with interest the politics of the upcoming elections. Humanly Speaking I pretty much like many very IMPERFECT and FLAWED people (Oops they might be very much like me, and need the Lord Jesus Christ every bit as much as I needed and still need Him)
Here is why I am watching "politics" ... it tells me a lot about where people are coming from, helping me in communicating the Gospel of Christ to them in words they can get ahold of.
CF's quote seemed like a starting point', a parallel if you will, to address us as Christians to how serious the fight we are in is. Politicans are infamous for gripping about the other guy and at the same time unwilling to fight for what is right ... kind of like "church" people.
I trust that God is sovereign and can use imperfect and flawed people in government for our good, or for the consequences our sins deserve. Sorry to ramble so much. Please do vote for whoever you feel led to and I'll do the best to do the same myself.
Really really? I tell you what if you really want to know look it up for yourself Please I am seeking to be kind to you because if I tell you that is nothing, well maybe a little something, but if God tells you than that is SOMETHING and that ought to means so much more to you. Blessings