Thanks for your stand and I agree that we should use our time wisely.I don't have a television in my house,but I do pay for cable internet access from the same television provider.Can I avoid it?Sure,I could get internet access from the phone company who owns the majority of the internet pipelines in the US--pipelines that provide pornographic hosting.I agree that we need to be careful with our money and our time.However,we also live in evil days where it is impossible to not give some substance to evil in some way.Isn't that the nature of sin?When Jesus commanded us to go out into the highways and hedges,did he tell us to make sure that no evil travelled on those highways before we went down them?I believe he said that we should go out INTO the sinful world and preach the gospel.No,we shouldn't love the world or become like the world, but it is impossible to go into the world without brushing into evil.When Jesus was in a crowd full of people, not all of them believed in Him.He was brushing up against the unsaved as well as the believers.This is evidenced by the fact that one believing woman with an issue of blood took virtue from Him and He noticed.We will brush with evil as little as possible and hope that someone takes the Lord's virtue from us in the form of the Gospel.
I understand your desire to come out from among the world and be seperate. That said, buying a Zune does not make you Love the world. Do you drive a car and use oil that support the Children of Edom? Do you shop at Wal-mart which buys a large amount of goods from China -- a country that heavily restricts the preaching of the Word of God? How far do you want to take this? In many states, property taxes are used, in part, to pay for ungodly programs.Does that mean you shouldn't buy a house or car? Your grocery store makes money off of magazines that are not fit for Christian eyes. Should you stop shopping for groceries and grow all of your own? Even Jesus sat with sinners and publicans and protected a harlot who the pharasies wanted to stone. Jesus obviously didn't give money to support their sinful ways,and I wouldn't suggest that He would have.However, we know He had contact with sinners which had benefit to them either through salvation or otherwise. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Let's not be so quick to attack a brother with a moat in his eye when you may have a beam in your own. Encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ, but please don't attack them.
Great Sermon! AMEN! I loved this sermon. It is one of many sermons I've listened to on here that are exactly what I need in my life right now. I have trials now that , as Dr Bob put it, have me "shut in" -- and that is good.
Great message This was a great message. In my trials I constantly try to remind myself of the verse "though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him". I know that I will be long forgotten by this world before I am even gone a little while. It is nice to know that God will not forget me.
Good Sermon! I enjoyed this sermon. Particularly the unwarranted expectation that you will have a perfect life if you are living a "good Christian life". While unsettling at first, it reminds me that we are not living for this world and that our suffering here is brief and meant for God's glory.