I love you bro, remember: Christ First Addressing the end of the sermon:
1 Corinthians 10:15
We are not to take what you say as absolute truth, you are not God. If I took what every preacher said as absolute truth there would be so so many contradictions.
Addressing 1 Corinthians 14:34:
When speaking of the law Paul was referring to
the Roman law, and that we are to obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:2). It is also speculated that this and Parts of Romans 11 were added later.
I agree with you that we should not conform to the patterns of this world (aka sin). But where do you draw the line? The music behind hymns was originally bar music... So if we are to be avoiding creating music that sounds like secular music, we should avoid hymns too. I believe that no matter what genre of music you play you're gonna find a secular counterpart that sounds the same but has ungodly lyrics. Personally I listen to a lot of Christian Metal and what I see again and again is nonChristians making comments like "I love the music but I hate the lyrics". The world hates it for one reason and one reason alone, because it glorifies God. Is it wrong to make good sounding music? God wants our best right? Shouldn't we give him our best music?
Great Sermon! What an encouragement. No matter what your situation, if you are a child of God you can rejoice in this, "that your names are written in heaven." May we all meditate on this and what it means more! We would have much more joy and perspective if we did!
I think it good to have a blend for all types of people that come to church, wether it be Christian rock for the youth or old hymns others. There needs to be a balance for all. God cares about where our heart is at with him and if we lose that all praise will become just noise to his ears.
One of the Best Sermons I've Ever Heard By a clear and powerful exposition of the text, Dr. Beeke shows the Gospel's content (Christ Jesus came to save sinners), reliability (This is a faithful saying), scope (worthy to be accepted by all), personalness (...sinners, of whom *I* am chief), patience (that...Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering), and doxology (...to Whom be glory forever and ever, Amen). A wonderful, God-glorifying sermon!