Tuesday, August 30, 2016
"To come to Christ for life, is for the sinner to abandon his own righteousness and be ready to be made the righteousness of God in Christ; it is to disown his own wisdom and be guided by His; it is to repudiate his own will and be ruled by His; it is to unreservedly receive the Lord Jesus as his Saviour and Lord, as his All in all."
~ Arthur Pink "The Sovereignty of God"
Monday, August 29, 2016
The minimum Christian is not clear on a number of points. He cannot see the harm in this, or that, or the other popular amusement. There is nothing in the Bible against it. He knows several excellent persons who do so--at least, so he says. Why should not he? He stands so close to the dividing-line between the people of God and the people of the world--that it is hard to say on which side of it he is actually to be found.
Ah, my brother, are you making this attempt? Beware, lest you find at last that in trying to get to Heaven with a little religion--you miss it altogether; lest without gaining the whole world--you lose your own soul. True godliness demands self-denial and cross-bearing--and if you have none of these, you are making a false profession!
Rev 3:15 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.
1Ki 18:21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
I post this because of the LDS's liberal agenda which spawns from it's cult history. Their story was that they were endlessly persecuted and forced to wander and ended up in Salt Lake City. The truth is that they are a cult and their beliefs were (and are) outlandish, including polygamy.*
"Mormons worship the US Constitution and its guarantee of religious liberty. Radical Islam is the number one enemy of religious liberty in the world today. " - Tom Tancredo on Breitbart
This is a good point, as well:
It is an open secret in Washington, D.C. that the Mormon church supports open borders and lax enforcement of immigration laws. Many Mormon politicians have been supporting amnesty and open borders for decades.
The media is suddenly full of stories on Trump’s “Mormon problem.” According to the mainstream media, Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of Muslim immigrants in his foreign policy speech kicked open a hornets’ nest of Mormon concerns about “religious tolerance.”
ISIS leaders must be rolling in the mosque’s aisles in uncontrolled laughter over the Mormon concern over Muslim immigration, considering that religious liberty is the first casualty wherever radical Islam and Sharia are enforced.
Under Sharia law enforced by orthodox Muslims wherever they have the power to do so, religious liberty is defined as giving Christians and Jews and other “infidels” a choice: either convert to Islam, pay the “Jizya” tax, or die. That is religious liberty under Islam, and it bears no resemblance to the religious liberty guaranteed by the US Constitution.
Trump is advocating a new policy of vigorous, effective screening of Muslim refugees and immigrants to identify likely Islamist terrorists and bar their admission to our country. So, how did a ban on admission of likely terrorists become a war on religious liberty? Once you find a good answer to that question, my friends, you will have discovered the answer to the riddle of political correctness run amok.
The truth is that not only does the Constitution NOT prohibit immigration restrictions on persons holding beliefs hostile to public safety and national security, there are several US Supreme Court decisions upholding Congress’s and the President’s powers to put the nation’s safety and security ahead of any alleged universal right of foreign nationals to enter the United States.~Tom Tancredo at Breitbart
* Brigham Young ordered the massacre of 150 non-Mormon immigrants. This became known as the Mountain Meadows massacre. Young ordered Bishop John D. Lee in 1877 to murder a wagon train of helpless immigrants.- Wikipedia (also reported elsewhere)
Salon Magazine has accused the Republican Party of being out of touch with “post-Christian America,” warning the GOP that if it doesn’t renege on its alliance with Christianity, it will soon become irrelevant.
Ted Cruz’s failure to get the GOP nomination, Matthew Sheffield proclaims in Salon, “is a perfect window into trends that will set the pace of American politics for decades to come: Americans are moving away from Christianity, including people most likely to vote Republican.”
And while Sheffield rightly notes that atheists overwhelmingly vote Democrat, he comes up with the unlikely conclusion that Republicans should slough off their historical friendliness with religion in order to keep up with social trends. In other words, Republicans should repeat the Democrats’ mistakes of alienating the pro-life community, religious believers, and traditional families in the hopes of pandering to the relatively small group of religiously unaffiliated.
While observing that “the religiously unaffiliated appear to have a real preference for Democrats,” Sheffield insists that Republicans could cut into the Democrats’ voter base if they would just abandon the illusion that Americans still care about God.
“While secular people have always favored Democrats for as long as the data goes back,” Sheffield says, “the situation has actually become even worse in recent years for the GOP.”
If the GOP would just sell its soul and dump its religious constituency, Sheffield suggests, things would go a whole lot better. This includes a full embrace of same-sex marriage and other positions at odds with Biblical morality, in the name of political expediency.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
There is nothing more paralyzing than the fear of man. It is the height of irrationality and idol worship. Paul the apostle warned against man-pleasers (Gal. 1:10), and the wisdom of the Proverbs warned against the ensnaring quality of fear, relative to men (Prov. 29:25). For Paul, the fear of men, expressed by seeking to gain their approval, was an impediment to faithful, gospel ministry (Gal. 1:10). Christ’s servants are to minister with unmitigated courage, and uncompromising convictions. The last thing the servant of Christ must succumb to is the fear of those to whom he ministers....
Fear of man eliminates discernment, counteracts wisdom, and assails the promises of God....
Fear of man is the incubator of compromise and the petri dish of apostasy. The Lord Jesus Christ pronounced a curse upon those who, through enslavement to others, received their acclaim and were unanimously spoken well of by their contemporaries (Luke 6:26). This lot does not belong to those who fear the Lord. Contrastively, Jesus pronounced blessing upon his disciples when they were maligned, insulted, excluded, and persecuted for righteousness’ sake because of the one whom they follow (Matthew 5:11). The one who fears the Lord is God’s free man. He is God’s courageous man. Those who fear men are slave to every manner of corruption, both inwardly and outwardly. Fear of man is also one of the catalysts for practicing sinful partiality, which the apostle James explicitly warned against the in the Scriptures (James 2:1-13)....
The fear of man also removes all discernment and, in the life of the church, functionally, eliminates the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9). The fear of man promotes elitism, hierarchy, celebrity, and inevitably authority with men, divesting the Scripture of its authority. It is not only crippling to the church, collectively, but it also cripples the individuals who serve the body....
The antithesis to the fear of men is the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7). Men who fear the Lord, depart from iniquity, they do not rush into evil (Proverbs 16:6). Therefore, resisting the fear of man as a believer is sanctifying and promotes growth in holiness. Believers are like Christ when they fear God and do not place their fear in men. Fear of men is unsanctioned because man, as fallen creature, cannot be fully trusted to exact perfect justice and perfect righteousness. Such perfections belong to God alone in Christ, by His Spirit....
Fear of man restricts and redefines biblical evangelism, discipleship, while also assailing the imperatives of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Fear of anyone or anything, as a common trajectory, may bear evidence that one does not know the God of salvation (Psalm 27:1). Often, the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, uttered the words ‘do not be afraid’ (John 6:20; Matthew 14:21). Since Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, those who follow Him have no reason to be afraid....
The biblical Christian, whether minister or laity, must not capitulate to fear and must redirect all fear toward them away from themselves to the triune God (Acts 10:25, 12:12-15). Those who truly belong to Christ do not bask in the glory of others (Luke 16:15; John 5:44). ~excerpts from "The Fear of Man" by Doron Gladden, BCRI
Thursday, August 18, 2016
"There is a radical difference between desiring to be delivered from a world of disappointment and sorrow and a longing to be delivered from this body of death in order that we may be present with the Lord. The latter was the case with the Apostle when he said, “having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Phi 1:23). A desire to be freed from abject poverty or a bed of languishing is only natural, but a yearning to be delivered from a world of iniquity and a body of death so that we may enjoy unclouded communion with the Beloved is truly spiritual. One of the greatest surprises of our own Christian life has been to find how very few people give evidence of the latter. The majority of professors appear to be so wedded to this scene, so in love with this life, or so fearful of the physical aspect of death, that they cling to life as tenaciously as do non-professors. Surely heaven cannot be very real to them. True, we ought to submissively wait God’s time, yet that should not preclude or override a desire to “depart, and be with Christ.”
~ Arthur Pink, "The Life of Elijah"