...glad that you liked the video,Get Real. Michael Hranek had recommended it in one of his posts a few months ago. Whenever I want a quick laugh,I watch it...puts things into perspective.Often reality makes for easy comedy.
I'm not familiar with Mohler but I'm still waiting a response back in regards to the "holidays" myself. I don't think that MacArthur even sees the letters unless they get by his "helpers"/ or Phil. Don't feel bad if you don't get a response,I guess.MacArthur probably never read the letter to begin with. He may be trusting the wrong people or maybe he deals with the topic publicly and therefore thinks that he has essentially answered the question/concern. Though I agree with you,Frank,that churches are becoming "Roman/Protestantized", I doubt that I would see the day when MacArthur would accept Roman Catholicism. If I do,I will have to accept that he probably isn't operating with both oars in the water.
Get Real,I have limited knowledge. I just know that the LCMC broke off from The ELCA because they did not endorse homosexuality,from my understanding of it. You may find that there are varying degrees of conservatism from one church to another as with the individuals who attend such. I find this to be true with seventh day adventists too. Some will say that anybody who worships on the day after the sabbath has "taken the mark of the beast", while others will actually attend other churches on the day after. I think that the sdas are dogmatic about annihilationism however.I'm not sure if they all subscribe to the writings of Ellen G White. My point being that sometimes there are differences within any particular "denomination". Myself,I figure that one is either saved or unsaved. Of course,that doesn't mean that I wouldn't steer clear of the more obvious false churches. I am very aware how difficult is to find God honoring churches.They are few and far between. And even the "conservative" ones seem inclined to compromise. Let me know how it goes. Thankfully,by God's grace,we still have many faithful Pastors that we can listen to via tapes,internet. James Vernon McGee comes to mind,for ex. chk this out on youtube- Wretched Radio special guest adolph hitler
J Y,you may have never heard them say anything different because you have never listened to them on many other venues such as interviews and the like. I'm guessing that you must not have read any of their autobiographies as well... It's very easy to hear them speak contrary to the Gospel if one is curious. At minimum,they embrace the RC Church. Beyond "waking up to smell the roses",as Dave suggests you might want to put space between yourself and the rosary as well...at least,those who pray with it. In other words "wake up lest you die from the stench of the rosary".
Just as an aside- there is a difference between the ELCA and the LCMC (lutheran congregations in mission for Christ)in regards to the issue of homosexuals. Not all lutherans are in agreement and have broken off from the ELCA as a result.
Penny,don't you mean condemning those who have a pathetic voice? Charismatics may get excited about their "speaking in tongues"-so called and their "healers" but they would benefit greatly from a reality check as to how detrimental such false teaching is. Those of other religions watch this and then confront what they think are Christians who then proceed to do their verbal goo goo voodoo and end up just making a case against these "Christians". Sadly,this is a poor representation of what true Christianity is.If you're interested in seeing such a case I can direct you to videos showing such.Christians,think twice before someone encourages you to "pray in the Spirit" that is audible...groanings from the Holy Spirit are not heard by man. And MacArthur is a prophet for the "wores"? And the greater things that Christians can do is in spreading the Word-the Great Commission.The greatest miracle is salvation. God is Sovereign and nobody's preventing anything that isn't going to happen anyway.
For those who have ears and are in error in their conclusions...again youtube- 42 minutes and 18 seconds into Strange Fire Conference panel Q & A- Friel,MacArthur.Lawson... I'm making it easy for you here. You can hear from their own mouths what they think of this point in time.
I just came across this on youtube for those who are interested first hand in MacArthur's thoughts on the time at hand. If you go 42 minutes and 18 seconds into Strange Fire Conference panel Q & A- Friel,MacArthur.Lawson... Well put and sounds pretty grounded to me. Lawson is speaking at this point.
I've never had a problem with the KJV of Thou shalt not kill. I think most would understand it to mean "murder". As far as "without just cause"...since God allows for defense in the Bible,it's not problematic in interpretation in the Commandment as being in reference to killing without just cause. No inconsistency and no error with the KJV wording.
Jim,more like the inadequacy of moralism coming from so greatly flawed religious spokesmen. Aren't the Grahams essentially the "Obamas" of the religious? ...never missing an opportunity to be in the limelight to speak out against their pet projects while closing an eye to the real problem and feeling better about their "leadership".
Allie states "...They want things to get so bad that the rapture will come and snatch them up out of the world...." I doubt that they're relishing in the mess that is presently at hand. That's quite a selfish view that you are suggesting there. I think,rather,that they are aware that Judgment is here and calling a nation to repentance at this point is like trying to unbreak an egg which isn't to say that we shouldn't pray for hearts to change but the bottom line is homosexuality will prevail here because the nation has been grossly promiscuous,lewd and lascivious. How many women are exploited a day here? How many children are murdered or sacrificed? Until we quit blaming the sodomites for the mess that we created and contributed to,it's in vain to pray that they'll go away or that things will get better.The sodomites aren't the problem,just the byproduct. God can't bless this nation now. He's been long suffering. We can pray for mercy! It might also help to remember that it's not about us.
If he's singing "â€œZip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A...",he might have acquired a spirit from the so-called exorcism. Just about everything that Disney puts out there/has put out there is evil wrapped/disguised or not in another form. Sadly,a lot of it isn't hidden.
U S, thank you. I'll check it out. A quick check of the word "excellent" in the Bible wasn't confirming license though. Surely,you wouldn't suggest that Christians who know better about words like "gosh" continue to misuse them. I'm guessing... or do you think that Christians can be subjective with such information?
duck and cover stated "...In this day of humanism, seeker friendly churches, apostate protestantism and a constant bombardment of "God loves you just the way you are"... So true! I just went to a church yesterday whose guest Pastor did just that. His words to the children were: If you sin,you don't have to feel bad. Rejoice that God loves you no matter what.Have some candy. He stopped it there after recounting a time when he had accidently hurled a ball into the neighbor's glass patio. He just ran and never owned up to it. Maybe he was trying to assuage his conscience. Then he gave a sermon saying that he had seen a bumper sticker that read " Jesus loves you but everybody else thinks that you're a .....(bleep)" Instead of denouncing that he later reiterated it as a way in which is normal/acceptable for Christians to think. And "no" I haven't been sitting under this type of teaching. This was a guest pastor. My point is that "duck and cover's statement" is not an exception,it's the general rule. Apostasy thrives and if one corrects, then one is a "heresy hunter"/"legalist".
I think that this topic was well addressed quite a few posts ago. As I was reading through some of these I did come across a post which had "...Gosh, what blessings"... It brought to mind the need to be careful with our words. I realize that some may not be aware that words like "gosh" and "gee" are actually words which were meant to take God's name in vain in a more subtle manner. If anyone cares to check it out... On the same note,I had recently come across this verse: Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent;..." It made me think about how many times I've used the word "excellent" in regards to other things than God. Input is welcome. It's not something that I've ever heard addressed. If God's name is excellent ALONE,then should Christians be using the word "excellent" in regards to anything/anyone else other than God? What I do know,is that ignorance isn't an excuse that's why I'm asking.
So,from the pew, regarding your very overrated cliche... maybe Justin Beiber is "just alright"...kinda like "Jesus,is just alright"? Why bother with,I don't know,like God's Word? Do you also parrot..."Don't judge"? When Christ said be holy as I am...that was just an option? In a country that is under judgment,it's not surprising that many true Christians are uncomfortable within many brick and mortar churches. I'm sure that fellowship is not limited between Christians in such settings,especially,if one has to attend a circus called a church. Lions,tigers and bears and the big elephant in the middle of the sanctuary no one is allowed to talk about.
Billy Graham could always do the McDonald's thing at his crusades..."over a billion saved"! Grand stadiums full of people coming forward for an "altar call" is not necessarily indicative of true conversions as has been pointed out. The mission field does not exist within said stadiums but are in arms length reach. I would venture to guess that those who are probably most effective in evangelism are not the BGs of the world that have their reward with men here now but rather are the faithful few who serve in the trenches.