This kind of world has been predicted by Christ....
Matt 12:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
}= Expect the worst but do not allow your love of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to wax cold. Endure to the end.
Come Lord Jesus, Come Soon. Amen.
"21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
Psalm 37: 1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off:
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way...."
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:12.
NO guns required. Not even in America. Have Faith.
"Remember that our Bible is a blood-stained book; the blood of martyrs is on the Bible, the blood of translators and confessors. The pool of holy baptism, in which many of you have been baptized, is a blood-stained pool: full many have had to die for the vindication of that baptism which is "the answer of a good conscience toward God." The doctrines which we preach to you are doctrines that have been baptized in blood, swords have been drawn to slay the confessors of them; and there is not a truth which has not been sealed by them at the stake, or the block, or far away on the lofty mountains, where they have been slain by hundreds. It is but a little duty we have to discharge compared with theirs. They were called to maintain the truth when they had to die for it; you only have to maintain the truth when taunt and jeer, ignominious names and contemptuous epithets are all you have to endure for it. What! Do you expect easy lives? While some have led through seas of blood, and have fought to win the prize, are you wearied with a slight skirmish on dry land? What would you do if God should suffer persecuting days to overtake you?" (CHSpurgeon)
If you believe that Jesus is telling his disciples to arm themselves prior to going on mission work then equally the following words of Jesus contradict that idea.
Matt 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Jesus then goes on to teach that trusting in the more powerful 'weapon' of prayer is the Christians defence when doing the Lord's work.... 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"
Prayer is and has to be the more powerful weapon in our arsenal.
Trust in God. Not in guns.
Christian witness to our neighbors must be trust in God NOT, 'Its ok to arm ourselves in our community.'
Demonstrate God's witness and way to our neighbors - NOT the world's witness and way.
Which words of Christ do you receive? All or just some? Matt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father."
""a study on Christian attitudes toward dating and marriage revealed a broad acceptance for cohabitation and premarital sex and a rejection of traditional gender roles.""
The one word from the above statement that is questionable is, - "Christian"
What does the term Christian mean to many who claim the title?
Liberalist christian??? Nominal christian??? Roman Catholic christian??? Even = "gay" christian??????
Oxymoron christians are rife in churches in the world today.
We even have oxymoron christian bishops? oxymoron christian archbishops?? oxymoron christian popes.... etc etc etc.
Many in this apostate and blind world call themselves christian but do not understand the Bible - Nor who wrote the Bible??
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."
The Greek for 'vanity' (v17) means:- 1. What is devoid of truth and appropriateness. 2. Perverseness, depravity:
""the Democratic presidential contenders are attempting to simultaneously support abortion until birth while declining to discuss what that means.""
Quote; "declining to discuss what that means." = I wonder why??
The Lefty Libs Dems don't want to own up to their corrupt antics this side of election.
Its called lying by omission.
It is unusual for the Lefty Liberalist politically correct BBC to allow such an open set of facts into the public domain. OR ...... The Lefty Libs don't care anymore - They think they've conquered all the minds of the gullible reprobates??
Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left."
Russia, China, Iran, Argentina,........ America, European nations, India, Pakistan......
Are all building up their military over these decades.
The one country which is not building a realistic fighting force is Britain. We have 13 x out of date frigates, 6 x destroyers which keep breaking down, 2 x aircraft carriers - with NO aircraft , and 11 subs.
The last 3/4 Prime ministers and their ministers have destroyed the Royal Navy.
When W.W.III comes in a few years time, we will be destroyed. And it will be the fault of these idiots in Westminster.
Donald Trump was right when he said that NATO nations are not paying their way in defence spending. Which leaves U.S. With the task of fighting for Europe and Britain.
Btw In perspective - After W.W.II Britain had over 2,300 ships in the RN.
The U.K. Murders babies in the womb And Is the United Kingdom of Sodom and Gomorrah. And The National churches of the C.of E. And the C.of S. Are Liberalist which means they are not only spiritually bankrupt but also morally corrupt.
Thus definitely UnBiblical.
This country is a very evil place for Christians.
The Wrath of God is already being experienced in the U.K. Health - Insufficient GP's and nurses. Justice is liberalist and criminals get away with murder. Defence - Insufficient people and insufficient resources. Education - Dumbing down and teaching the satanic sodomite agenda to kids. Police - Again insufficient numbers. Government - Becomes more and more Leftist and Liberalist daily. Lots of politics - But No leadership.
The bureaucrats celebrate something Called "Multi-Faith" which means they reject Christanity and Bible truth and doctrine...... In favour of reprobate religions.
The U.K. Is a barren desert for Christianity and moral standards.
Mike wrote: Trump is a crude man who doesn't hide who he is, nor does he pretend to be holy. On the other hand, evangelicals find lots of things on the outside of the cup to chafe about. Maybe a smooth talking deceiver who "acts presidential" would be preferred.
Mike; Didn't these so called 'evangelicals' get him voted into the White House?
Also do these evangelicals use Romans chapter 13: properly?
The human imagination is not only a great gift of God; it is also an aspect of the image of God. His creative imagination is such that he created the universe from nothing. His mind perceives the past, the present, and the future. And his Wordâ€”in its concreteness, in its figurative and descriptive language, and in the way it addresses the readerâ€™s imaginationâ€”shows that God himself imagines.
Imagination is important in living morally.
Imagination makes possible empathy, the ability to assume the perspective of someone else. This allows us to â€śrejoice with those who rejoice,â€ť and to â€śweep with those who weepâ€ť (Romans 12: 15). Jesus is also calling for an imaginative act when he tells us â€śyou shall love your neighbor as yourselfâ€ť (Matthew 22:39).
Like the other faculties of our mindsâ€”reason, emotions, the willâ€”the human imagination is fallen. Before the flood, God saw of man that â€śevery imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continuallyâ€ť (Genesis 6:5 KJV)."
From "10 things you should know about imagination." Crossway.org
When your religion is human conviction then losing your quote "faith" unquote is just a matter of changing your mind.
Faith is the gift of God and when the Elect receive saving faith then the persecuted life you live is maintained by God, not by you. Perseverance comes from a divine source not from a human one.
Jesus teaches in Matthew Five that the life of the believer is a tough one - including being persecuted by an evil spiritual realm using reprobates to attack and persecute.
The Armour of God is not there for nothing it has a very real purpose for Christians living in a sin filled fallen world.
As Peter says, "Don't think it strange concerning the fiery trial which will try you"
Many nominal Chritians "lose" what they think is faith and this is part of our trial by pretending faith doesn't work or God is not really true. Satan has many tricks of doubt up his sleeve to tempt people to disbelieve. But God and Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit will still bring us to salvation and heaven. The false church is one of Satan's favourite tricks.
Well first the Elect are spread all over the world so the church is not even based in the same nation, never mind in the same congregation.
God established the church as an organisation capable of evangelizing and teaching so group meetings are required for that.
Today we observe a particular problem growing in our towns and cities - that of false witness churches such as Liberalist churches, Anglicans and Episcopalians etc. Being in communion with them is about socialising with heretics, which is not a good idea.
So walking with God alone is sometimes a reality where you live today. Not everybody is an evangelist.
Sometimes you can go to a church where it becomes a matter of pointing out their errors rather than evangelising. Many still don't see the truth.
Walking with God alone is not a sin, and sometimes becomes a necessity.
The thing that these poor ladies haven't seen is that the modern religion of Liberalism actually has insulted womenkind.
For thousands of years the churches were Biblical and thus Christian.
Then Christianity morphed into Liberalism in the nominal churches In Christianity the ladies stayed out of the pulpits in accordance with the Bible.
In Liberalism the ladies replaced men in the pulpit and leadership. Hence the unChristian churches lost the true Bible believing faith and women were heretically placed in the godless position of preaching.
Thus only when Liberalism became the 'ideology' of these churches were women 'promoted' to this unBiblical position.
In Christian churches the congregation obeyed God and His Word.
"The sinfulness of sin not only appears from, but consists in this, that it is contrary to God. Indeed, it is contrariety and enmity itself. Carnal men, or sinners are called by the name of enemies to God (Romans 5.8 with 10; Colossians 1.21); but the carnal mind or sin is called enmity itself (Romans 8.7). Accordingly, it and its acts are expressed by names of enmity and acts of hostility, such as, walking contrary to God (Leviticus 26.21), rebelling against God (Isaiah 1.2), rising up against him as an enemy (Micah 2.8), striving and contending with God (Isaiah 45.9), and despising God (Numbers 11.20). It makes men haters of God (Romans 1.30), resisters of God (Acts 7.51), fighters against God (Acts 5.39 and 23.9), even blasphemers of God, and in short very atheists, who say there is no God (Psalm 14.1). It goes about to ungod God, and is by some of the ancients called Deicidium, God-murder or God-killing.
Though all these things are not done by every sinful man, yet they are not only in the nature of sin, and that of every sin more or less, but are all of them in the heart of all sinners in their seed and root (Matthew 15.19) So what is done by any man would be done by every man," (R. Venning) (The Sinfulness of Sin)
A mothers 'rights' have never ever depended upon her murdering her own child.
In fact that sounds complete madness and evil.
Reprobate thinking today is abhorrent and ghoulish.
Life begins at conception if you leave that life alone it will grow into baby,child and adult. To prevent this from happening - the only thing the mortals can do is kill that life. There is no other way.
That is culpable murder by those involved.
Depravity is in mans nature. Without Christ in their life then transgression means nothing to them.