The question was previously asked, "Was the decadence of the world in the apostle's day due to the compromise of the early church?" One must take into account historical perspective. For all intents and purposes, the world surrounding the early church (particularly in Rome and Greece) was already without salt, being that the church was in its infancy. We are the salt of the earth. And because of the various and ever increasing compromises of the church over the last 75 or so, the church has largely lost her saltiness, which was the preservative that worked against the natural tendencies that societies have toward decadence. William Cowper once wrote âWhen nations are to perish in their sins, âtis in the church where the leprosy begins"...and this got me a few scowls from the pews when I quoted it in a Sunday school I was teaching. Well I'm sorry but Christians need to deal with the fact that "...judgment must begin at the house of God:..." 1 Pet. 4:17. You cannot expect a watching world to be greatly influenced by a church that compromises the very essentials of the faith by linking spiritual hands with those who bring another gospel and whose public figures have been involved and exposed in scandalous activity that should not even be named among the people of God.
Love the establishment media on this. If they can't defend this practice just change the angle and force people to focus on the "GOP seizing on this story for political gain." They are disgusting. Turn them off!
John Stott contends (and let's see if anyone can understand THIS)that man evolved from apes into something called the "homo genus" or "homo erectus" and God chose one among those, the "homo divinus", to stamp His image on. Now that's not too much of a stretch, is it? Or maybe Tim Keller, who cannot apologetically reconcile his theistic evolutionary theory with Rom 5:12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;" so he chooses what he calls "the messy approach", whatever that is. Irrespective of where you look, the goal of theistic evolutionists is to force the scriptures to conform with their theories. Now I have to ask myself the question, why in the world is this so important to them, when the scriptures are witness to many of the supernatural acts of God. But for whatever reason, the supernatural is not allowed in creation. And the worse part about it is that this is becoming a growing trend in the church.http://images.sa-media.com/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif
Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Luk 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Maybe we can actually go back to the statements made by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who was supposedly a Christian(?), when he asserted that truth is subjectivity. That is to say that truth begins with the self. It begins with one's own context, one's own experience, one's own feelings, etc. This affected (or should I say INfected) the theology of many a church body. Among others in the church, Billy Graham caught this disease. If one were to listen to his sermons from the 40's and early 50's, they thundered with the threats of the second coming of Christ and the need to repent of sin and throwing one self on the mercies of God in Christ. By the 1970's his preaching was already catering to what one hippy writer called "our existential plight", where the emphasis was more on how Jesus can change your life and what he could do for you than the urgent call of the Gospel, eventually even stating that the hearing of the Gospel was no longer necessary for people who have lived in areas of the world where there was no Gospel light. Make no mistakes. Judgment begins in the house of God, and it began a long time ago. Renewal also begins in the house of God and discerning Christians ought to be crying out mightily to God for this.
Don't know if this man really is a Christian, but I'm tempted to move there. If God judges Russia, it can't compare to the exquisite destruction He's going to bring to the good ole USA. There has never been a nation that has committed the extreme apostasy that America is guilty of. This is the only nation on record that has been blessed with Gospel beginnings. And to whom much is given, much will be required..
Wow! You can almost see God removing his hand of restraint from the hearts of men at an accelerated rate, to turn total depravity more and more into utter depravity. Hab.3:2 - O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
Wanted to go to last year's conference and was hindered. Love Pr. Martin, Dr. Cairns, Dr. Barrett and have been blessed of the Lord greatly by their laboring in the Word. Unfortunatly was hindered this year also. Will be listening online after the conference. As for those who criticize this, I wonder if they ever even so much as lifted up a voice to criticize John Piper and Gospel Coalition so-called "Passion" conferences, which take on more of the atmosphere of a Pink Floyd concert than a bible conference.
I believe the bible gives us the heart of the matter when it comes to the downfall of these fundamental institutions. Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, WE WILL NOT WALK THEREIN.
The more sodomites, the more death. Sodomy kills. And that's good news for eugenesist Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates and all the rest of their corporate mafia friends. All this stuff about hiring talented and qualified people is just such boulderdash, as if only sodomites or mostly sodomites fit the bill.
We live in a day when it seems the electorate has been reduced to the choice of who or what they're voting against. After the John Warner Act which begun the process of doing away with Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus (a process further accelerated by the NDAA passed by Obama under the cover of darkness in 2011), the increased government promotion of Sodomite marriage (even in the military), and Obamacare, please forgive me if I am not exactly moved by whether or not marijuana is legalized. http://images.sa-media.com/images/smilies/embarrassment.gif