I believe this sermon is relative to this news article and is well worth the time it takes to hear it. When pictures replace words it is very destructive as history has shown, nothing new under the sun just a new form. Please for any with children for whom they are concerned listen and encourage your children to do like wise. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=926072050502
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
This Lord's Day I sang this Psalm and considered; Lord is translated Jehovah. God in mercy extended his covenant to Adam and when his mutability caused man to second guess God he fell from his original righteousness and with him the whole human race. God again in mercy extended to fallen man the Covenant of Redemption in Jesus Christ. The Scripture tells us Jesus Christ is the Word of God, the Creator-sustainer, the Life and Light of men. He is the Mediator of the New Covenant in His blood. If a nation will not acknowledge Him and further, takes the moral law of the Creator and contradicts it, not only is that foolishness. It is blasphemy. If Christ is God come in the flesh and truly God and truly man, then because very God, the Word of God, for this nation to say: "God Bless America" and not own Jesus Christ as Lord that is contradicting the Word in Psalm 33:12 and that is blasphemy. The 10 Horns of the Beast all have names of blasphemy and the angel tells John these are kingdoms and the crowns on the horns represent their leaders. Satan can quote the Scripture, he believes and trembles, some quote Scripture and ought to.
The civil sword in Scripture was given to punish evil doers and to wage just war. This institution is also to reward well doing. God's institution must be governed by God's Moral Law. He is Creator of all men it is His due. Otherwise men can call evil good and good evil. God only is immutable. Changeable men by fallen nature often call good what ever pleases them, in time. When evil (defined by Scripture) comes in like a flood, God lifts up by precept His standard. If necessary, because of the hardness of men's hearts, he will act in providence or creation to execute His decrees as Almighty Sovereign. Hundreds of years ago the standards for waging a just were determined by Church and State. O how the mighty have fallen!
The Scripture is our standard not the symbol of Roman civil execution. The written word is what the military needs, it speaks of Christ crucified and sin forgiven. Christ raised and His Divinity magnified. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
John Yurich USA wrote: What hymns do you consider to have false doctrines in the lyrics? The only hymns that I consider to have false doctrines in the lyrics are the hymns pertaining to the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
"In 1898, Eberhard Nestle published the Nestle Greek New Testament, which underlies the modern versions. He followed the Hort and Westcott New Greek Text used for the English Revised Version and three other editions of the 1800s. In 1950, Kurt Aland assumed ownership and the Nestle Text became the Nestle/Aland Text. The editing committee was comprised of Kurt Aland and Matthew Black, who were unbelievers, Roman Catholic Cardinal Carlo M. Martini and two apostates, Bruce Metzger and Alan Wikgren. 54. Again, the question arises concerning the qualifications of those who translate or edit God‚Äôs Word. History provides clear evidence that the divinely inspired Word of God was often altered by men who received their inspiration from a source other than God.
The Preface to the New American Standard Bible, (NASB) published in 1963, states that, ‚ÄúIn most instances the 23rd edition of the Nestle Greek New Testament was followed.‚ÄĚ Another Bible - Another Gospel.