Distracted or confused Our day suffers from smudged concepts of what a Christian is. There are only two groups of peoples in this world, the ones for Christ or âin Christâ, and those against Christ, say the enemies of the cross. However, the 21ts century endorses a larger category incorporating the backsliding Christian, the nominal Christian, the carnal Christian, the none-committed Christian, the worldly Christian, the separate brethren, and now, the âPagan Christianâ as all belonging to the first group above. However, Philippians 3:18-19 defines the enemies of the cross as those âwhose end is destructionâ. The enemies of the cross are not Christians who act like âpagan Christiansâ; they are simply NOT born again. âWhosoever commits sin is the servant of sin, and is of the devilâ âBeware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.â By the way people apply these truths, we might identify who speaks from Christâs fold and who doesnât. âMark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample, for many âŚ are the enemies of the cross of Christâ Advice from any outside of the fold of Christ should not entertain our speculations, or consume the space of our instruction.
Agree I agree with the statements made concerning Lent.
I would love to see the Berean pastors having a discussion of the place of regular fasting (and prayer) in the believer's life.
Sometimes I think that we as modern Christians are willing to eschew many religious traditions - for the sake of not seeming religious. But yet we often skip some completely.
INFORMATIVE Thanks for the examples. I am going to look for the marginal notes of the KJV translators. I like reading footnotes and commentaries. There are many tools to help us study the Bible. Also, I like comparing translations. Thanks for pointing out the fact that there is an agenda/a bias behind some translations. We are to be discerning.
Dangerous or beneficial? When evaluating Bible translations it is dangerous to blindly, or unfairly justify preconceived allegations or pretexts against a version for the sake of it merely. As attempted in some measure in this presentation, when finding apparent inaccuracies it is judicious to assess in depth and with noble reliability, not only the accuracy of the word rendering, but the character, bias, origins, purpose, motives, theological stand, manuscript source, and personal agenda of those in charge. Following such guideline, the safer stand of the AV above other translations can be upheld. There is no need to fear for cults to assert Christ as a created being because of the rendering of âonly begottenâ for the Greek word monogen?s in John 1:18 when this is the actual meaning of the word. The deity and preexistence of Christ can be proved from other parts of Scripture.
Watch the Video! Pastor Harris, I am so thankful that you all have a video of your message, as it adds greatly in being able to see the examples you present. Thank you so much for an honest teaching on the issue of translations. It has encouraged me, even though I use the KJV at present in my preaching and teaching to remain 'multi-translational' in my convictions as having a better depth of understanding the use of good translations and good Bible dictionaries give helps me much in my faith, my love for Him and to love those the Lord Jesus Christ died for and to witness to them the Gospel
Fantastic exposition of Mathew Excellent call to cast away tradition and to examine the Scripture for the Truth that lies within its pages. We all, Church universal, need to remember we are all called to be good Bereans.
Great Sermon! How wonderful it is to have our children with us to worship on Sunday nights. I love our Sunday school class as well. We also attend an at home Bible study. We have closer fellowship and a deeper time of digging into the Word because of how small the group is. As far as oversight goes, we have priesthood of the believer. I'm not going to a Bible study that is off base. I would have no problem walking out if we went to one that wasn't Scripturally sound.
Amen God is such a generic term these days.
Those who believe in the God of the Bible and are His disciples will fear Him and seek to honor Him with their lives.
People want the blessings of God, without owing any allegiance, obedience, or sacrifice.
Reply to Alfred's 2nd Supposition Well, at least you're willing to say it's your "opinion." I commend your honesty, and heartily claim this opportunity to remind you that your firm opinions are rather "Reubenic" in the face of Scriptural explicits (Genesis 49:4a).
Reply to Alfred's first supposition Alfred, come now. You are just providing more material for my commentary. If there is nothing but Jewish Christians in Revelation 12, then you have nothing but Jewish Christians being accused by the dragon (12:10), washed by the blood of Christ (12:11), and keeping the testimony of Jesus (12:17). On the other hand, to say that the woman is Israel (12:6) and the seed of the woman is Israel (12:17) seems pretty unnatural.
Great Sermon! OH I forgot 1 John 5:3 In my opinion John is referring to Mark 12:29-31, I will start with 1 John 5:2 By this we know the love of the children-(love your neighbor as yourself) and when we love God-(MK 12:30) the great commandments. All children of God, Jew and Gentile should keep these. But, sadly to say in this flesh we fail more often than not at these.
Great Sermon! 2 yrs late, made up I dont think so, you can called them what ever you prefer, saints or trib saints, the point is they are saints in the 7 yr tribulation period. The question remains are they the remnant of her seed (Israel) or church saints. Rev 12 and Dan 7:18, 21-22 is pretty clear, he referring to Jewish saints. That was the point I was trying to make, But, if you want the church playing a role the 7 yr period, you have squeeze them in somewhere
What about his wife's comments? That sports illustrated article was actually quite alarming because of things said by Josh Hamilton's wife. She spoke of visions and dreams and God speaking prophetically to her. She even claimed she was ready to divorce her husband if God told her to do so. Another thing she said was,
âPeople that donât know me probably think I have some kind of co-dependence issue, like I get my value in helping him. Absolutely not. I fully expect him to be the man and husband that God has called him to be. I should never have to assist him in this.â
Marriage is a life-long joining together, and spouses are called to be helpers to their spouse.
The article is:
"THE FRAGILE BRILLIANCE OF JOSH HAMILTON"
June 11, 2012, Sports Illustrated.