Piper is correctly in that we should have deep respect for the body. In the Bible the Lord condemned those who burned bodies because it was disrespectful. Are people doing this when they choose cremation? No, most get cremated because of expense. I see it that cremation only speeds up what will happen naturally. The truth is I get this question as a pastor on many occasions. People truly want to know if they are sinning by choosing cremation. I tell them no, but as what stated earlier if your conscience won't allow you to do it then don't do it. As for myself I would like to be cremated and have my ashes sprinkled in the ocean. I want this for a very simple reason. It will show the world that I truly believe that the Lord Jesus is the King of the Universe. For only He could find every particle of my being, bring it back together and raise me bodily. In fact I would have it read at my funeral that these are my intentions. It would be my last chance to tell the Devil off because He too doubts the power of God
Allie wrote: So the school district does not allow Gideon to share their religion with children, but the atheists and satanists may be able to share theirs. Based on their argument the government would be establishing religion(s). Atheists and Satanists (both worship Satan) will never destroy the Church since Christ is its living Head. They will pass away and be forgotten, but He reigns forevermore. We should pray for these children who are to be fodder for these evil people. Pray God will have mercy. That the parents will wake up and protect these kids.
Amen Allie!! If you think of it Yahweh has outlasted every other god in ancient times. When was the last time you saw a Molech worshipper? Anybody truly worship Artemis anymore? No, but there are millions of believers in the God of Israel who is Father,Son, and Holy Spirit who will be praised for all eternity.
Wayfarer Pilgrim wrote: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers( and sisters). It is so good to be married and have a wife or husband who knows the pleasures and blessing of salvation and what marriage represents to the believer. Thank God in Christ I live not the perils this world has too offer nor my children.
You make a very good point. We are blessed when we follow God and His Ways. I also see that as the world gets darker, then it is an opportunity for those who truly know Jesus as Savior and Lord to shine the light of salvation and a blessed Christian walk.
Mike, you hit it on the head. We are being inundated with sensuality. If I am watching tv and a victoria's secret commercial comes on do I have to guard my heart? Yes, of course I do because sensuality is all around. It's not just hardcore pornography we have to be care about it's the everyday pornography that is on tv. Even when I check my yahoo mail after I log out I will sometimes see provocative pictures on the main yahoo screen. Jesus help me and other men who are wanting to live holy.
Mike wrote: One would need a blindfold in this world to avoid "porn" because it runs the gambit from innocent clothing ads on tv or magazines to the most vile images from the pit of hell. Reprobates are probably going to be more inclined to be drawn to the most vile material. Nice guys who have weak moments the more tame fare. Lust is simply part of the sinful human condition. Frankly I think these studies are not taking this "jerk factor" into account. Christ knows our struggles. Repentance is a turning away, a change of direction. Yet we will inevitably drift off course from time to time. Never give up the fight!
I agree with most of MacArthur's article. But I also would like to interject something Richard Baxter the Puritan pastor said in,"The Reformed Pastor". He asked the question whether a pastor can be restored back into ministry after committing shocking sin? He said the pastor must for a long time sit on the back pew and after some time when people remember his repentance more than they do his sin, then he is fit to come to the front of the church again. MacArthur's point a extremely valid. Is a year long enough to accomplish this? No way!
There is change within a species over time,but we have never observed through our eyes or the fossil record a change from one species becoming a different one. We should have plenty of evidence if this was true. In fact every morning we should trip over these intermediate species. If it took 4 billion yrs then this would be true. But there is NO evidence of any of these species.
Ron, you nailed it. His young woman talked about the lack of a father and all the proponents of gay marriage can say is what about me me me. If two gays marry then the kids grow up without a mother. If it's two lesbians they grow up without a father. These things sometimes happen because of death, or divorce,but it used to be called a tragic thing. People would say the home is broken. Now I guess neither sex is needed and does not bring anything unique to the table of family life. BTW, I always wonder how in a lesbian family jars get opened? In my house I am needed for this manly endevour.
Ron wrote: The most glaring aspect of this whole discussion is the contrast of Heather's other-centered attitude toward the needs of her kids vs the self-centeredness -"my rights" - of the same-sex advocates & LGBT crowd.
Oh if only our culture would give themselves to living the way most of our ancestors did. We would be so blessed as a nation. Lord, return us to the way you want us to live in society. In Jesus Name, Amen
This news can have disastrous results in the future. As more people from other countries come here and have lots of children it is going to change our culture. And these foreigners might not be pro America. In England and France the Muslim population has exploded while English and French folks are not having children. Those countries will have Muslim majorities within 50 yrs.
This is a great point Mark is making. Liberals won't accept it because liberals only view people as a problem. They don't see people as producers. We are reaping the whirwind due to abortion. We've lost productive people,and the value of life. Abortion was supposed to end child abuse,but it didn't happen. You find out that people who dispose of a child before birth, might not be too kind to children they end up having later. Also we reap the consequences. Without these workers entering the workforce our economy is affected. We have to bring in outsiders who do not love America and have a dedication to her.
Jim, that article on Sarah Palin was just garbage. Also how exactly is Sarah Palin a failed mother? If you are talking about her daughter having a child out of wedlock,then you have to point to Sarah and Todd's permissiveness or lack of Christian morality to make such a claim. Could it be that Bristol just sinned on her own? At least she didn't get an abortion.
I'd like to marry Lila Rose to one of my sons. She is the kind of daughter in law that I would be thrilled to have. She is doing the Lord's Work, exposing the terrible evil of abortion. May the Lord bless her and the organization.
Strat wrote: At the end of the day Bono still has his millions and goes home to his estate,people need to remember that when people like Bono associate themselves with politicians to benefit the poor your money goes out of your pocket and his money stays in his,there are going to be plenty of people standing before God expecting credit for what they did with other people's money....I doubt it will fly.
Strat, Are you sure about your statements? Do you have Bono's financial records in front of you and know how much he personally gives to charities?
Dolores wrote: Amazing grace..one man saved by the simple words,"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." What an awesome testimony of this man's salvation and the preacher who led him to Christ and he lived to tell it. One hundred years later, still being told and still touching lives, even on here for those who have never heard this story and are being touched by it.
It happened to the Philippian Jailer too in Acts 16
Strat wrote: Yes the man had an abundance of faults,but I find the contrast between the way people want to assume he is lost and want to assume others are saved,you can be a cross dressing child molester and people will say maybe you were saved in the end and rebuke anyone who says otherwise,but an obviously over zelous preacher with no respect for social and cultural norms....well he most certainly has to be in Hell.
I never mentioned the spiritual condition of Phelps our his church. What I referred to, was nasty behavior that is called,"doing the will of God". Here is an example. If I do a funeral for a lost man, I don't tell his family that he is writhing in Hell. I tell them to turn to Christ so they can be saved. In fact their loved one would want them to do this. I'm not sure you can call protesting funeral services as a fault. It is evil,nasty and without any foundation in the Spirit of God.
Strat wrote: Mr Phelps did not appeal to the flesh and we know what an unforgivable sin that is,we see leaders everyday caught in all kinds of scandals involving money,sex and corruption who have secured unshakable support with their used car salesman personalities, but God forbid anyone be accused of not soothing the emotions and sensitivities of the masses,to coddle and cuddle them and stroke their egos and make thenm feel good about themselves. Mr Phelps was an accomplished civil rights lawyer,so much so that he received recognition from the NAACP but who has mentioned it. I make no claims of knowing where Mr Phelps is now but should he be in a less desirable place I doubt it will be because of reasons most would assume..pity he did not have the charm of a Joel Osteen or a Benny Hinn for he would have received a much better reception in this life.
My problem with Phelps and his church was the protesting during funerals. You just don't do that. You don't do it ever. People are grieving their dead. It's throwing salt in the wound which is despicable. Whenever I do a funeral and I know the person was unsaved, do you think I tell the family that their loved one is writing in Hell? No,but I tell them to repent and trust in Christ.