Great Sermon! As an answer to the question posed at the end, I actually find freedom in rules. There is freedom from perception and persecution if Tchividjian followed the Graham Rule. As an example, driving the speed limit frees me from fear of being pulled over for speeding from the police. If I see a police car on the road, my first instinct is not to put on my brakes because I know that I am obeying the law. I have freedom from not being constantly on the lookout. When I DO sin, I seem to be constantly looking over my shoulder and already trying to come up with an excuse for my sin. There is no freedom in that. Freedom is found in doing right and letting the fruit of the Spirit grow as much as possible. Against such there is no law. Galations 5:22-23
The truth shall set you free Mr. Harris talks about an article written by a church leader calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag. While Sean seems to recognize some of the errors in logic that the man makes in the article, he still agrees in the end that a Christian should not fly or display the Confederate Battle Flag. I believe this is a grave mistake. First, those at the forefront of the call to remove/ban this flag are leftists who would also see our First and Second Ammendment rights taken, but also want our true American History and heritage revised/destroyed. Second, the truth of the matter is the Confederate Battle Flag is not a symbol of racism, slavery, or sinful hatred, though many have been deceived by propaganda and lies chiefly through the government schools and controlled media. The KKK more often uses the Stars and Stripes in its meetings (as well as the Christian flag at times) than the CBF. Does that mean we get rid of those flags as well? Where does this end? The CBF bears the emblem of the cross of St. Andrew, who counted himself unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ, though he was crucified for his faithfulness to Him. This flag is a symbol of courage and bravery in the face of persecution and tyranny. For more info, I recommend Dr. John Weaver's messages.
Great Sermon! Brother Harris, I really enjoyed this episode of your news in focus. Thank you. I have for a long time felt the confederate flag offensive in nature. Perhaps, once it was the symbol of southern pride. But, it's been hijacked by hate groups and over time has evolved into a symbol of hatred. I forget the name of the young man with you on the program, but he said don't let the flag cover up your light. that, atleast to me, was a very important take away to the program. It makes me re-evaluate my thinking in how i appear to my brothers and sister in Christ and to the world looking at me. Am I reflect Christ or the world. Thank you so much. You guys knocked it out of the park with this one!!!
Reply to 'Reply to Benjamin' You don't know me. I know who Gipp's teacher is. I am not "disciple of Ruckmanites." I know Ruckman's teaching, and I DESPISE his "advanced revelation" nonsense. Jesus Christ alone is my "hero." I believe Gipp has some great information to offer in his writings. Just because he was under Ruckman's direct teaching doesn't mean he's as much of a "Ruckmanite" as one would expect. Just look at his "Understandable History"! Every pig has its bacon. Just because "Ruckman...calls them what I call them" doesn't mean he's right. The point remains: the different editions are EDITIONS, not "revisions." Every single change is the correction of a typo. This cannot compare to the TENS OF THOUSANDS of differences between different revisions of modern bibles (which come out every decade or two). You find altogether different readings, often without the copyright date even changing. See different NKJVs in Zach. 13:6. See also Will Kinney, "Ever Changing ESVs" (brandplucked.webs.com) and Laurence Vance, "Double Jeopardy." "Which KJV do you use, hmmm???" Well, which NKJV? Which ESV? Which NASB? Which NIV? ("Ill-informed, huh?) Again: I am not a fan of Ruckman. I haven't read his books yet, and I don't look forward to it.
Great Sermon! Thanks for your podcast. It was very informative. I appreciate the fact that you do not condemn Bruce Jenner but ask that we pray for him. I also believe we should remember his children as this decision by their father has surely devastated them. I listen to most of your podcasts and appreciate your due diligence. God bless you!
Great Sermon! In our "quick and easy" society with an "I am entitled to it right now" mentality, it is quite refreshing to hear a Sermon, such as this. Perseverance of the Saints goes completely against the grain of common culture. In a day where the "I said a prayer when I was 6, I'm good to go!", the idea of patience, work and putting into practice one's Christian Faith has been completely lost. I lay the responsibility at the feet of most of today's preachers. They are more interested in growing a congregation with gimmicks and variety shows than preaching the Gospel. They starve their sheep and turn them over to the wolves.
Thank you for being the preacher you are Sean. If the world had more preachers such as yourself, and the other preachers at Berean, the Church would not be in the condition it is in today.
Keep preaching the Gospel and do not relent!
Sickening there's other disease is called body dysmorphic disorder. Diseases where people want to become disabled also for the attention. And now we're getting to the point were or were not allowed to ask about of this physicians. I thought we were supposed to help people. Thank you for bringing this subject up
Great Sermon! Great... great ....discussion. Next time have your wives there. I think deep in the consciousness of Christian husband's and wives is the knowledge of God is watching us and how we are treating each other. Yes we are all sinners and the little things in life sometimes brings that out. But the big picture is my wife or my husband is a wonderful gift from God and that fact dwarfs the little things. Thanks. That was fun.
Great Sermon! Very interesting. Enjoyed listening.Thanks for being so honest and encouraging. Marrige is always under attack and today divorce and problems has become "normal". My husband and I married young and this year we have our 28 anniversary. Many of our friends are divorced and in their second or third marriage.Always brings sadness to my heart when so think about it.How come we have made in and not them..? All glory to God who has kept our hearts together. Please continue this conversation. I would like to hear a little about your thoughts on how to deal with young Godly adult children who lives at home...
Have blessed day all you who read this??
Great Sermon! What he needs is to feel ashamed.
I would not even allow my child to go into a public restroom anymore. They will either go before or after we leave any restaurant or public event.
It is hard to pray seriously thinking of how foolish and comical this is.
I understand that it is there choice as to which public restroom they want to use. Will they have a choice of which jail cell they'll be "bar"red from?
Yes, let the days be shortened for evil doers; from the presidency down to the blatantly rebellious. And Lord, keep us, your redeemed, from the evil one.
Bruce Jenner's twisted thoughts How do we respond to this as Christians? It's really simple, I think. Bruce Jenner has likely spent thousands of dollars pumping himself with hormones, and being made to look like a woman with the help of the surgeon's hand. While wanting to be born again as a woman, the irony is that he simply needs to meet the truth of the Gospel, and be born again spiritually, and all of his twisted thoughts about himself will be straightened out by the truth of God. It really is that simple. Can we not pray for his soul, brothers? Can we not also defend God's honor and speak the truth in love, that what Bruce Jenner has done is contra-God? Defend God's honor and pray for Bruce Jenner. Defend God's honor and call this act of ungodliness exactly what it is: ungodliness. We're not to stand silent and allow God's honor to be walked upon like everything is alright, because it's not alright. Pray fervently. -- Rob