Interesting commentary Thank you for the comments on Cotton Mather. I was looking for info on Salem because my family roots go back to that town. I had not considered the dark side of postmillenialism until hearing you and looking up Obadiah Holmes. It convinces me more that Christians at large are not meant to build earthly kingdoms, but rather to seek the heavenly city in Heb. 12.
Great Sermon! This encompasses the human condition. Catholic, Protestant, judiasm or anything. This is not necessarily a "Church" problem but a human problem. Ever since the beginning it's in man to run from his sins.No denomination will ever change that. What we have today is Matthew 7:13-14 playing itself out in real time. As it has in all generations. We are not special. Thoughtful discussion. Thank you.
Ecclesiology matters This sad situation shows why one's theological view and high regard for the local church is so important, which is so lacking in modern evangelicalism today. The fact that they even have this kind of power to hold missionaries hostage is proof that the Biblical model of a local autonomous church accountable to a plurality of Biblically-qualified elders is largely absent today. You nailed it - for the sake of tradition they are making void the Word of God (Matthew 15:6). They are making the same mistake the Jews did when they expected Jesus to be a political Messiah to overthrow the evil Romans. I don't recall William Wilberforce holding missionaries' livelihoods hostage when he used his own God-given vocation - in that context - to stop the slave trade. History has shown time and time again that when the church becomes sacral (tied in with the State) the consequences are disastrous for the Gospel.
Great Sermon! Not every public school district indoctrinates their kids with 8 hours a day of radical leftism. There are pockets in the country, particularly in exurban or rural areas in the Midwest and South, where the public schools are still community-oriented, containing authentic Christians and Christian influences, and do not ram these things down people's throats. In addition, if you have a special-ed child, private and Christian schools are often lacking in resources to educate these kinds of children, unless you are willing to pay $20k per year. My point is that school choice is a Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 issue and should not be a marker of Christian identity. I have seen well-adjusted, godly children come from all 3 schooling methods (public, Christian, homeschool). Parents have to answer before God for how they train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and we should not be judging another's servant (Romans 14:4-5).
Great Sermon! I agree with everything here, but I will say the relative you mentioned who wants them to "bleed out" was most likely referring to the public school intstitution itself and not the people involved in it. I pray often that the public school system will crumble and fall. Why would any true believer send their children off to be indoctrinated 8+ hrs a day with Satanic doctrine of evolution, sodomy, feminism, trans-whateverism, etc?
Great Sermon! One of the very first questions I ask with any "new" stance in theology is: what have orthodox Christians believed throughout ALL of history. I know there are variances on small things here or there, but foundational beliefs have never changed. I always wonder what implications have for the saints that have come before us and the fact that for so long they "got it wrong".
Great Sermon! 2 Thessalonians 2:11 KJVÂ And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie
There is a great difference between being deluded and having a "strong delusion" caused by God. "Strong delusion" is the spiritual current even of our times that no one is talking about. To explain: I remember a time when I was a kid that I had to compromise and have a tea party with my sister so that she could later on play army with me. Sometimes I had to swallow my alpha male pride that killed the imaginary Nazis and put on one of my grandmother's wigs and sit with my sister for an afternoon tea with my little pinkie out. In those days we had parents to keep us kids "straight" when we boys strayed too far into our delusion and began to "soften" into our feminine tea-toddling roles or the girls hardened into army commandos.
Today God has caused a "strong delusion" to fall on those who should be responsible for upholding the basic concepts concerning gender and morality with our children (i.e. psychiatrists, politicians, parents, clergy). But they have suppressed and even rejected God's Truth for the lie that we term today as political correctness. Thus today we have a strongly deluded society enforcing the gender delusions of our kids.
Great Sermon! 3 John 1:2 KJVÂ Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
This is a favorite (if not the MOST favorite) verse for those who preach a prosperity Gospel. What they miss is the priority that the Apostle John places on Gaius' soul prospering by him walking in the truth (i.e. living and working out the affairs of his daily life using the principles of God's Word). Thank God that John recognizes that Gaius' soul is prospering in the present but his desire and prayer is that his business affairs as innkeeper and his health would "prosper" as well. It brought John great joy to hear from others that his children in the faith are walking in the truth of God's Word. And like any good parent the Apostle John desires that this child also prospers in all the affairs of life particularly in his financial affairs and health. Of course as an innkeeper Gaius apparently played an important part of spreading the Gospel by taking care of missionaries and other saints who needed a place to sojourn. When a saint prospers in these three areas then the Church can also prosper; but the soul must first prosper in the truth.
They forget Jesus' admonition that life is more than food and clothing.
Great Sermon! Wowâ€Ľď¸Ź. An eye-openerâ€Ľď¸Ź. Thank you, I believe so many of us let our phone control us. It's Satan 's instrument. We are the church and we need to act like it. Thank you for driving that point home. I pray that God Bless youđź™Ź
Good discussion â€śBut this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.â€ť
â€â€1 Corinthiansâ€¬ â€7:29-31â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
Great Sermon! Sometimes I can understand whY Catholics or other cults believe what they believe, from nunnery to the priesthood if anyone read this verse in that era, how could they not come to the conclusion that celibacy is the most important thing.
Same goes with other doctrines like water baptism, or eating Jesus, a casual look at some verses can make it seem like it's true.
Great Sermon! Hi Sean. Could you please pray for me. I'm in an abusive marriage. My wife is constantly shouting at me and now even my young children speak down to me. Its making me ill but I've nobody to turn to
UFC is just another sports entertainment I've been watching MMA for a long time, and it is very clear that the current UFC show is not totally focused on being a true sport, but on entertainment. This means that they will design a show to attract Advertisements, attract a special audience that will pay the 60$ for Payperview. And to do that they create and PROMOTE match ups, that are one sided, where the fighter they want to push because he or she promotes their worldview, or generates money due to their great microphone speaking skills which sells shows. The last women's fight really should not have happened, since the looser already lost horribly 2 years ago, and if smart people were betting money (and they do), and therefore a lot of money was made on collusion on sport that shares more with WWE than on an actual sport like NFL or NBA.
Great Sermon! So what about when I escaped from my abusive husband, and I have drifted so far away from the gospel during the marriage. Who am I supposed to talk to about that, if not the pastor? Should I just find the oldest woman in the church for spiritual guidance?