Far from ignoring your OT "proof texts", what I would like to know is, is the Nehemiah Principle applicable to what is happening in India right now? I have pinched this from the article on India thread:-
[Over the course of just one month, a Christian family was beaten for bringing an upper-caste Hindu to the Lord, a church that had been preaching the gospel for sixteen years was demolished overnight, and a house church was driven from place to place by Hindu radicals intent on disrupting their worship.]
[‚ÄúOne day prior, Konda Naresh, who claims to be a leading member in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), threatened the believers at the construction site, saying that he will demolish the structure,‚ÄĚ Pastor Suryam, whose Fellowship of Indigenous Gospel Churches congregation was scattered by the demolition of their building, told International Christian concern. ...]
You are the one who brought up the Nehemiah Principle. Should these Christians arm themselves with weapons and fight off anyone who tries to prevent the rebuilding program? _________
Going through the rest of the comments, I see the Yee Ha, Gung Ho, and Giddy Up style comments have been resurrected. But my doctrine is sola scripturally obtained. 2 Tim 3:16
American Tract Dictionary 1859 wrote: FORNICATION:
Is a criminal connection between persons who are engaged, one or both, to keep themselves wholly to [from] others; and thus it exceeds the guilt of fornication, which is the same intercourse between unmarried persons. As the highest sin of its kind, and ... including all other sins of the flesh, it is forbidden in the seventh commandment. ... illicit intercourse between a married man and a woman who was married, nor betrothed, constituted not adultery, but fornication. Fornication may be, in some sense, covered by a subsequent marriage of the parties; but adultery cannot be so healed.
Neil, I have to somewhat agree with you. Unfortunately these types are made untouchable by rich people who want them as pastors, and have the money to bribe a church congregation.
In other words, http://www.gty.org/resources/print/articles/A256 (Should Fallen Pastors Be Restored?) No
The New American has written a rather poorly done work of fiction. They don't give any accurate references to back up their story.
By the way opinion writers in the New York Times have call Trump racist more than once‚Ěó for example:
David Leonhardt wrote: .... No one except Trump can know what Trump‚Äôs private thoughts or motivations are. But the public record and his behavior are now abundantly clear. Donald Trump treats black people and Latinos differently than he treats white people.
And that makes him a racist....
excerpt from, "Just say it: Trump is a racist".
Now this article is written at the beginning of 2018, there was probably an earlier one I think 2016 for instance. I assume that New York Times writers read other articles from other sources such as, the first White president in Atlantic Monthly?
I think it should been rather obvious through the years, the New York Times was no fan of Donald Trump‚ĚóūüĎé
Great Sermon! I would like to purchase the Heidelberg book of catechism, the same version as you use in your services, so I can follow through with you as you preach. Please advise of the title and the version, so i can find it on the market.
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B. McCausland wrote: Lurker, Self-protection comes in many shapes, colours, and sizes, gun obssession too. Americans need to separate the two. [‚Ä¶] Definitions need to change in their heads, along with reading their politics with insight, before they can perceive the folly...
I offered a rationalization of the defensive steps this congregation in the article is taking to preserve life. You offered criticism but no workable alternative.
I believe they are doing what they believe best for their own safety in their setting. I'd go a step further and post a sign out front: "This is NOT a gun free zone."
You live is a society where the general population is barred from bearing fire arms. We do not. The right to bear arms is grounded in our constitution and any attempt to infringe that right will be met with fierce resistance. That's just the way it is and we in the USA have to deal with it accordingly.
We have to deal with the possibility of some sick nut-job copy-cat waltzing into a gun-free zone and killing innocents, with deadly force if necessary, without infringing on the right of the rest of the law abiding citizens to defend themselves, family and property.
An unwillingness to view this from our perspective is unhelpful.
Mike wrote: The obsession lies with those who seem to hold a tool as inherently evil. Here we continually hear about "gun violence" but never about man violence. I have no obsession with that old single shot .22 in my closet. I'm still waiting for a logical argument from anyone that America would be more safe if I didn't have it. Details are more likely to reveal realities.
Mike, you bring some good pointers that could lead, if properly developed, to sound conclusions. Yes, "gun-violence"-talk points to an agenda propagated by the manipulating state media. The safety of any society in reality derives from godliness, not arms or politics.
Truth is a great weapon, so kindness, and above all the fear of God is the great antidote to crime, and trust in God's sovereigny and attributes renders peace to the believers' soul from whom our safety ultimately is.
So can we cerciorate the value of your tool in this context? Is America safer because of it? What if courts would move into the direction of righteousness, would this make the country safer? Or is all the gun-violence-talk a mere distraction from reality among others as Holywood, sports, entertainment, wealth or pampering are to a decadent, dull-sensitive society?
B. McCausland wrote: --- Mike, glad to hear of your satisfaction in living in the 'land of the free' Your defensive talk to Adriel has no place as he did not go near that way Crime, except checked, will be rampant in any society, but one would think exceptional that people have to be obsessed about guns in the 'land of the free' ---
The obsession lies with those who seem to hold a tool as inherently evil. Here we continually hear about "gun violence" but never about man violence. I have no obsession with that old single shot .22 in my closet. I'm still waiting for a logical argument from anyone that America would be more safe if I didn't have it. Details are more likely to reveal realities.
You don't talk about every detail of perversion even with adults, how much more children. You can talk about the vileness of paraphillia to your child once they are of age to be able to rationalize at a high level, and hopefully you are not sending them to a public school to begin with, more and more why I have told you people for over 10 years to get the @#@$ out of Babylon while you still can. This kind of thing is nothing new and why the new world was sought out by Christians, to escape Satanic tyrannies of the Islamic and fake Christian world which they found themselves enslaved under in Europe.
THE END OF THE WEST HAS COME. MARK MY WORD. Only civil war with millions of the wicked dead and a righteous military rule setup could ever save it and that will never happen, all your votes will be useless otherwise, Antichrists of all kinds, Pagans, Islamics, Atheists, rule every part of the west now, starting from the most powerful, the judges, to media, schooling, government and all in between.
Not getting back into the gun debate, just pointing out hypocrisy...
B said, "We were called to bless. Insult never comes with this."
Also B, "It is obvious you do not have a clue how logic works....along with reading their politics with insight, before they can perceive the folly of this set frame of mind....Please, be smart" (limited scrolling back via the app).