Reply to George Schofield I did not address the question of whether a Christian should say the pledge of allegiance in this sermon.
p This sermon was about the evil of forcing other people to recite the pledge. To do so is to run afoul of Scriptural teaching.
p It is also unpatriotic to force another man to say something he does not believe, or to force his conscience to say something he believes to be false.
p Forcing a man to pledge allegiance is a far worse desecration of the flag than stomping it ground. Lovers of liberty will never be a party to such wickedness.
Reply to George Schofield Nowhere in this sermon did I ever impugn the honor of the Revolutionary War patriots. On the contrary, I remarked how greatly God blessed their fight, because most men who rise up against tyranny are crushed by it, but God granted us a great victory.
Patriotism is Alive Do you think not our founding fathers whom gave all, most importantly their sacred honor; do you not think they honored God by their actions of taking arms up against the British whom were forcing their beliefs of tyranny upon us???
Forced To Pledge Are you saying that you do not think a person, especially a christian should pledge their allegiance to a Nation that God raised up and instructed?? Do you count yourself a patriot??
I'm not sure I understand where your loyalty lies?? should be protest like those in the NFL??
Look in the mirror as you listen It is easy to listen to this and think what depraved people these are that are referred to herein, but please stop and examine your heart, are there injustices that you are turning a blind eye to no matter how small you deem them? Lord have mercy on us all. Give us hearts that are receptive to the admonition of scripture but courageous enough to speak up and to lovingly act where necessary.
Reply to a comment about this sermon Shay Robinson, thanks for your comment.
The reference to Obama that you objected to was to the mistake of offering health care to the well when it is the sick that need it. Christ had it right, when He proclaimed He came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. The reference to Obamacare was, therefore, an illustration of the point of Jesus' teaching.
It is entirely proper to use illustrations from current events and the audience's experience to illustrate scriptural truths.
Our Lord Jesus made reference to recent news events (e.g., the collapse of the tower that killed dozens of persons) to drive home His points. Peter and Paul likewise referred to extra-biblical events and personages to illustrate their teachings.
Far less importantly, it is no breach of any tax exemption regulations to use such illustrations, or even to criticize government leaders in our sermons.
In any event, it would be morally wrong to permit a government regulation or benefit to determine what is or is not spoken from the pulpit in our churches.
A Timely Sermon. What a blessing this sermon is... to hear the Scriptures being applied to the politics of this present time. This surely is relevant, not only for America but for all nations who seek to use immoral means to gain their selfish goals. It seems probable that true believers may well be called upon to suffer severe persecution in the West in the very near future. May our Holy and Just Lord God give us His Holy Spirit to contend for the Faith, demonstrating a truly Christ-like spirit for His glory. I pray that this brother will be enabled to continue to speak out boldly for the truth in the face of possibly much opposition. May the Lord bless you richly. May all who listen to this sermon be blessed and encouraged as I have been. Thank you.
A Very Good Message! This is the moral thinking of a multitude of people in the USA. Underneath the anger is fear. And in Christendom the majority honor the Lord with their lips but their hearts' loyalty is somewhere else.
Enlightning Sermon! This is an excellent sermon that gives us another way to understand the Truth of Salvation. Using the mercy of David towards Mephibosheth we can see another picture of how God and Jesus Christ saved us while we were sinners and would not come the Lord and Savior on our own, but through the God's plan made in time eternity past we have salvation. An excellent sermon to get a blessing.