Mike, Generally speaking, God abhors mixing that which is good with that which is not. Jesus' story of the tares points this out also. I think your point and mine can both be made from the idea of the mixed multitude. And there is no question that they did cause some problems along the way.
I think also of the mixed multitude that first came to America's shores. Some to worship God, some to find gold. Like the mixed bag that has been called Christianity through the years.
Think of all of Rome's unholy additions to the purity of the Church.
You correctly point out that God saves a mixture of people. I was making the point that evil has been sewn in the midst of God's people.
As for your comment about Jews, since "Jew" is nothing more than a short form of Judah, and Judah has already come and gone in the story, I think it is fair to anticipate the name Jew. But I understand your point.
I do take seriously, if not painfully, your suggestion of bias in my writing and speaking. I have strived to be biased only by Truth as found in Scripture and the Son of God. May God have mercy on me if what you say is true.
Thanks for your observations, and attempting to keep the old guy sharp.
Hello Bob, I listen to your pod casts and thought to comment on the most recent one. You misspoke calling the people of the Exodus "Jews". They were Hebrew-Israelites also called the children of Israel, but not Jews. The word Jew, Jewish, Judaism etc etc are not found in the five books of Moses because there were no Jews back then. As to the "mixed mulititude" comments, you erred saying they were abhorred in God's eyes. They are a OT picture of the Church. God's people mixed with Gentiles but all living as God commanded.
God allowed for this mixed multitude under certain conditions. See Exodus 12:48,49 and "the stranger law" God added to include these people not exclude them for just one example. Remember it was Aaron, Moses brother who made the golden calf and lied about it to Moses. We must discipline ourselves to not bleed in our own thinking and bias when teaching God's word.! Galatians 1:3 to you .
Great Sermon! Great short audio to encourage anyone in ministry or any christian who's call is to preach Christ to others but who have not seen any result. God is a great encourager and an uplifter of our heads. this is a good reminder never to give up.
Don't forget the 1st part of 2 Peter 3 vs.9 which says, "long suffering to us". Peter is writing to believers (2 Peter 1 vs.1;2 Peter 3 vs1) and are a different group than the scoffers in vs.3. It seems clear to me that it is the elect that He is not willing to perish and come to repentance. If God desired everybody to repent and be saved could He not do it? John 5 vs.21; John 17 vs.2; 2 Timothy vs.24-25.
Serious food for thought Dear Brother, Our church chose to devote a part of our fasting this week to the Gospel in North Korea. Your devo on the cross and "open door" gives much food for thought. The cross must frame our outlook on all of life and ministry, not only with NK. Thank you for your hard work with these podcasts. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you.
Great comments Agree on your call for balance and ultimate faithfulness to the Lord thru music. Best multigenerational approach I saw was a church in Chile: several groups with various styles and ages led congregation in song. The body of Christ consists of belie
For Johanna Johanna, I just discovered this comment, sorry for the delay. I feel a little uncomfortable also when I see a woman or child standing before me reading the very revelation of God. To me, this is as authoritative a Word as one can deliver, and would seem to be under the ban which the apostle suggested. Some might group it with prophecy. But prophecy seems to be with the miraculous utterances, which know no gender boundaries. One thing I am learning: it is the pastor(s), and not me, who is/are responsible for what is done in the church. I can speak with him/them privately, but then it is in God's hands.
Great Sermon! Incredibly Powerful Sermon! This will challenge some who claim belief currently. I am Greatful to Yah that I can truly say I have eternal life and that His Commandments are not grevious! May God Bless this sermon and reach the heart, mind, and soul of it's listener!
Great Sermon! Inspiring & Convicting,
These testimonies of bygone saints and exhortations to living as one crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20)cuts so deep, how feeble and weak I am but praise God how mighty He is !
Bible reading in church I am part of a Brethren assembly that allows women to speak, and even to teach, though I have come to believe that the latter is contrary to God's Word. I was wondering what you thought about public reading of Scripture as opposed to teaching. This seems to me to be similar to prophecy, in that the woman is reading God's words. We have 'open worship' in which anyone may bring a reading, song or word.