"All things in moderation....." A strong message for the mature Christian...but let us not forget the growing number of "child prodigies" today who are springing up with incredible head knowledge, bypassing the milk of the Word altogether. They remain but babes on the inside...and they are out there teaching. The Christian walk is a long, hard one containing much suffering along the way, resulting in an experienced, personal trust in a personal, trustworthy God...with a million life lessons contained therein. MANY will say in that day, "Lord, Lord, open to us." The example used here of the sermon, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" is an excellent example in that many were not affected by it, and then the many who greatly were. Nothing is by might, neither by power. While of necessity we must needs grow in the faith, we must NEVER forget the message of The Cross, which is foolishness to the world, but remains The Power of God. This glass of Milk is very much needed to "wash down" a balanced Meal.
"Heads Up!" Mr. Monte, you are to be greatly commended for the stand you've taken concerning your personal convictions according to your understanding of The Word of God. The subject of Women being the Head over the Body of Christ is indeed becoming a controversial issue in this day and age. It is certainly not that we, as individuals, cannot grow in our comprehension of The Holy Scriptures, and come to develop more maturely (in accordance to His Will) as we more and more take on The Mind of Christ, but until then, one can only hold fast, if they are sincere before Him, to that which he firmly believes. If we, as His people, are found to be in error before Him, it is then God Who will make even that clear to us. Until then, one thing stands sure: Whatever is true, God changes not. Your message is delivered directly, yet without causing offense. Being that I am a woman, not only am I not offended by that which you have stated in your sermon, but I respect your speaking out without wavering...as really any Christian in search of truth should respect as well, whether or not they agree with you. Stability is the heart of a true Pastor, and, might I add, it is very refreshing these days to actually be able to glimpse that character in an undershepherd of The Lord now and then. THANK YOU SIR.
The questian itself emphasizes the "entertainment" value sought by some Christians.
The hymn singers obviously equate the hymnbook with the Bible, thereby undermining its authority.
Thus they elevate mans proclivity to write "praise" to the level of divine production.
Yet another example of the influence of the sin of vanity in mankind.
Eccles 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.