Great Sermon! I'd be interested in documented proof that the two days are different. We must never say things just because we have always said them. Is not Christ our Lord? Nevertheless I do understand that we Christians shall stand before Christ at His coming, and the lost will stand before the Great White Throne after the Millennium.
Please be careful about calling the KJV infallible, also. Only the original autographs from the apostles are so labeled by Christian scholars. KJV is a translation. A pretty good one, but with many technical errors.
If you were raised on the KJV and had its old English explained to you, of course you would think it the easiest to understand. Put a person of this generation, a saved person, in front of a KJV and then a NKJV, and see which one brings a smile first. English has changed. We must change also. It's not a sin.
Great Sermon! Wow. Someone needs to apologize to that Pentecost crowd that received his word and mistakenly all got baptized. And Cornelius and all the rest.
No one is claiming baptism precedes saving grace but why start our Christian life in disobedience?
Btw. The thief on the cross lived and died under that old dispensation...
Great Sermon! Kjv. The original kjv had the apocrypha. Yes it has been changed. Thankfully we now have the nkjv. English we can understand . Be careful about making statements that cannot be verified historically.
Mike, Generally speaking, God abhors mixing that which is good with that which is not. Jesus' story of the tares points this out also. I think your point and mine can both be made from the idea of the mixed multitude. And there is no question that they did cause some problems along the way.
I think also of the mixed multitude that first came to America's shores. Some to worship God, some to find gold. Like the mixed bag that has been called Christianity through the years.
Think of all of Rome's unholy additions to the purity of the Church.
You correctly point out that God saves a mixture of people. I was making the point that evil has been sewn in the midst of God's people.
As for your comment about Jews, since "Jew" is nothing more than a short form of Judah, and Judah has already come and gone in the story, I think it is fair to anticipate the name Jew. But I understand your point.
I do take seriously, if not painfully, your suggestion of bias in my writing and speaking. I have strived to be biased only by Truth as found in Scripture and the Son of God. May God have mercy on me if what you say is true.
Thanks for your observations, and attempting to keep the old guy sharp.
For Johanna Johanna, I just discovered this comment, sorry for the delay. I feel a little uncomfortable also when I see a woman or child standing before me reading the very revelation of God. To me, this is as authoritative a Word as one can deliver, and would seem to be under the ban which the apostle suggested. Some might group it with prophecy. But prophecy seems to be with the miraculous utterances, which know no gender boundaries. One thing I am learning: it is the pastor(s), and not me, who is/are responsible for what is done in the church. I can speak with him/them privately, but then it is in God's hands.
No suffering now? Then who is that crowd that comes to heaven out of great tribulation in Revelation 7:14?
And why cannot Christ's coming be imminent and known by signs at the same time?
If Jesus told Peter exactly when he was going to die, and Paul that he had a lot of work to do in Corinth, could that "imminence" you describe be possible?
I'm surprised no one is commenting on the bigger story. I mean, we know that people in high places have strange worship habits. But what about the fact that Viet Nam is now being given a clean bill of health in terms of its persecution of believers? Doesn't the government know about "show" churches that have been present in every Communist nation from the beginning. Christ is being sold out again. Pray for the suffering church of Vietnam!