DF wrote: "Notice that they didn't bring up the difference between the VP being Catholic and the wife not, probably because they didn't want to anger any Catholics who are in those types of marital unions, and most likely, they can't tell the difference themselves."
I thought VP Pence was R. Catholic as well, but wikipedia lists a source that says he was converted to a born again evangelical faith while in college.
It would seem the congregation was somewhat supportive in the beginning but became intimidated given we're not used to persecution in North America.
I wonder what impact it would have if a majority of faithful churches on SermonAudio were courageousness enough to stand with this minister in biblical solidarity and replicate the sign and message across the country in the weeks to come.
I don't think Carl McIntire, Ian Paisley, or W. A. Criswell would have been intimidated.
One can get their politics wrong and still see salvation, one can disavow foolish youthful indiscresions including devious fraternal commitments, one can even be a repentent thief and find forgiveness, but I wonder about accounts of Pres. Bush Sr as already alluded to validation of eucumenicalism. Was he being a politician or a false convert? One needs to believe in the exclusivity of Christ-Sola Christo to have peace with God.
The Bible makes it clear that these fermented beverages were intoxicating (Genesis 9:21; Isaiah 29:9; Jeremiah 25:27). However, alcoholic beverages were not distilled in Biblical times, so they were less potent than modern liquors, liqueurs and fortified wines. Wine had many uses in the Bible:
Wine was a common beverage and part of the daily fare in Palestine (Judges 19:19, 2 Chronicles 11:11), including by Jesus (Matthew 11:19, Luke 5:38-39, Luke 7:34) Wine was a gift from God to gladden men's hearts (Genesis 27:28, Psalms 104:14-15). Wine was used at weddings and celebrations (John 2:1-3). Wine was used in worship (Exodus 29:40, Leviticus 23:13, Numbers 15:5). On the other hand, there is no commandment in the Bible that we must drink, and many individuals and groups abstained from alcohol (Numbers 6:2-4, Daniel 1:8, Jeremiah 35:1-7, Luke 1:13-15). The apostle Paul warned against using the freedom to drink, or any similar freedom, in a way that would be offensive to others or cause them to stumble into sin (Romans 14:19-22). Although moderate use of alcohol is approved in the Bible, drunkenness is strongly opposed in both the Old and New Testaments: Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. (NAS, Proverbs 20:1)
Interesting quote from the man God chose to use as a vessel to lead the Reformation.
I simply taught, preached, and wrote Godâs Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip [Melanchthon] and my Amsdorf [Nicholaus von], the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.*
We homeschool and take flak from four groups.....4th group is: public school officials. 3rd group is: Family. 2nd group: church members who send children to public school. AND the worst group of all...church members who are public school teachers!