Re: Comments @tina: I think Jesus' instruction to the disciples to carry a sword was a general directive for protection in contrast to His instructions in Luke 6 to take nothing along with them. Surely He does not advocate His disciples to be aggressive or offensive with their weapons since He rebukes Peter soon after this because of his use of a sword in "self-defense" in the garden. It is the disciples who misunderstand that conversation leading Jesus to say that it is enough because of their lack of understanding. We see Paul assaulted frequently in Acts and not once is it recorded that he fights anyone.
@kasey: Totally agree, and God is sovereign in life and death, however, the discussion was Zimmerman's choice to employ the firearm, which was a possibility after his poor decision making. There must be some human responsibility as well.
@David: I don't know that we can answer that question for sure since we were not there to see what truly happened. However, I think our opinion is the use of a firearm should be a last resort, and while Zimmerman was physically assaulted, it does not seem that his injuries were life threatening. I believe our intent was not to address justification specifically; instead, we should consider every option before resorting to deadly force.
Re: Mary J I think sexual preferences and being born with both male and female genitalia are two entirely different things. Same thing with your list at the end: future potential desires and hair color are not on the same level either. While hair color and sex are clearly genetic, a man's preference of blondes, redheads, or another male is, if not a simply a choice, brought about by environmental factors. If it is a sin, as you believe, can we make the same argument for other sins? Can I say I was born with a genetic disposition for whoremongering, gluttony, or greed?
Great Sermon! Thanks for the feedback and info. I certainly don't claim to be a medical expert on these things. My understanding was that the morning-after pill does not always abort an embryo, however I have read, as with many birth control pills, that an abortion is possible. The 72-hour time frame for effectiveness troubles me in that regard. I don't know the time frame for fertilization, but it seems that it would occur prior to 72 hours. If there is even a chance that an embryo could be terminated, we're definitely entering into dangerous territory. Thanks again for the feedback, I appreciate it!
Re: Wil blackwood By your numbers, that leaves 5% of Americans who don't pay taxes, and that number is just not accurate. Like I mentioned in the podcast, Romney was not accurate in the way that he presented the figures, but i believe he was accurate in his characterization of those who are able bodied and dependent upon government entitlements. 70.5% of our spending goes to entitlements, so while Romney's 47% may not have been accurate on delivery, I believe it is quite accurate when applied to those receiving handouts. As to your other point, surely you don't think we are for going after the tax dollars of senior citizens with no income? However, everyone who works and experiences the benefits of our government should pay their fair share. Otherwise we enter into very socialistic territory. We would not argue that they should pay exorbitant taxes, but surely some financial responsibility should be undertaken by all able workers in this country who receive government benefits. I'm not sure where we argued for tax breaks for the wealthy; we simply stated that the wealthy do pay a rate much higher than everyone else, and raising those rates do not automatically mean the problem is solved. I hope this helps clarify our position, which I think fits squarely into a biblical view of the believer's role
Agreed Amen. A fresh out of Bible college, single youth pastor would not fit the qualifications (and a dangerous propostion in many cases). At Berean, I am subject to the same qualifications (1 Timothy 3) as any pastor employed by the church. Thanks for the feedback!
Re: youth pastor Obviously "youth pastor" is nowhere to be found as an official title in the Bible. However, there are definitely multiple leaders (elders, deacons, etc) employed in the early church, and I believe a pastor focused on the discipleship of young people in the church falls safely within the bounds of church organization and confirms the mission of serving all manner of church members.
Is there such a thing as sin anymore? The Bible is clear that those that do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. You can be an ordained minister you can be a great church member and still rot in hell forever. Blind leading the blind. You must be bornagain if you are in a church that accepts Sodomites you need to leave NOW! Get out of that dead mess!!! Find a New testament church.