I'm sorry to say, QC, Trump has shown far less principles than either Carter or Biden. However, we're probably looking at the wrong issue, the issue is shouldn't have Trump's so-called religious council all quit instead of one or two, especially after Charlottesville? It was a business councils of Trump's that showed moral backbone by resigning in massâť—đź‘Ť
Jana Riess wrote: ....One problem caused by people like Franklin Graham and other Trump supporters, according to several essayists in this book, is that they are actively alienating evangelical Christians of a rising generation who care about diversity, inclusion and having leaders who practice what they preach.
â€śThe fundamental instinct of millennials about life is that itâ€™s about authenticity and integrity, so the crisis of this election is that evangelicals appear to be willing to sell their birthright for political power, but surrender authenticity and integrity,â€ť says Labberton. â€śTheyâ€™re people who are longing, and who are disillusioned by an older generation who have sold themselves for influence, while compromising the gospel and its central character.â€ť...
excerpt from, "Can American evangelicalism be saved?"
My in-laws sent my wife to private Christian school, Jim, along with her brother. Does that make them rich too, which is your point? No, just discerning and self-sacrificing. My father-in-law was a blue collar guy who worked himself very hard to provide for his family and see that they got the best he could afford.
Trashing out those schools and Christian schools today is a bit of a ridiculous argument, don't you think, Jim? I don't have a teaching degree and neither does my wife. But our developmentally delayed kid can out do public school kids that are his peers. We have a great God, Jim, and He does not need your liberal establishment to raise children. Instead, He uses a radical concept...parents.
Rush Limbaugh and perhaps Obama had one thing in common ---probably their kids went to private school.
Anonymous wrote: [A decade ago] We had a ballot initiative here in California to set up a voucher system. The proponents of the initiative said they just wanted private and public schools to compete on a level playing field. But the proposal said that public schools had to hire certificated teachers and pay them the going rate, while private schools could hire -anyone- and pay them whatever they'd take. Public schools had to take the voucher amount alone but private schools could charge more than the voucher, whatever the parents could afford. And private schools could pick and choose among applicants while public schools had to take all comers. It was obvious to me that the real purpose of this plan was to establish a scale of schools, from c****y schools for working people to better schools for richer people, with public school being the bottom rung, the place for kids with learning problems and behavioral problems, etc.
excerpt from, "Rush Limbaugh show lied yesterday on its stats is this a everyday thing?"
I'm curious, has anything changed with this situation in 10 years?
So: Trust in God. He gives life to His servants for His purpose.
Such precious thought you end with here, Adriel.
The balm of God's comfort by which and through which we live:
"I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body,and after that have no more that they can do. ... Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into hell ... Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."
"In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; ... This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is of me, says the LORD"
We walk by faith not by sight
"When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him" Pro 16:7
My public education experience was really a very expensive form of child abuse. In the 1970's yet, it was 'drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll' with the newly minted teachers bringing and teaching the college party animal lifestyle to their students after hours. I've been gone from the high school scene now for over 40 years, and all I know about it is from the arrest of school teachers that appear every week ...
John UK wrote: "Not that He knew them and then later rejected them." Good point Frank! I remember someone from very early on in my Christian walk saying that there is a world of difference between "knowing God" and "knowing about God". Sure Christianity, in its fundamentals, is all about reconciling guilty sinners to Almighty God. "Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner....." is a great start to prayer for salvation. But many will not confess that.
Thanks brother for your very wise comment. Yes, almost everyone knows about God, but so few know Him.
Iâ€™m always leery of a denomination that props up learned men/women who wonâ€™t take a stand on the creation, the virgin birth and His resurrection and return. DTS is an outstanding seminary. Yet, with the parting of Chafer, Walvoord, and Campbell; there has been an essence of cold beans on the stove. With one element of doctrine, one must question the biblical foundations of denomination as a whole . Psst, Tim Keller is a socialist.
What a lousy excerpt you found! MacArthur is Special Pleading and adds no value. Stop following him, Scofield, and Ryrie, and read the Bible without prejudice, as Tim says.
Lindsey confidently predicted 1988 as the date of the Rapture. Surely the Bible is clear, as MacArthur says, right? Then why are you still here? If he was wrong, he deserved to be tarred and feathered as a False Prophet. But as usual, credulous "Christians" gave him a pass, like the Millerites in the 1840s.
Here is the alternative to bearing guns in the Promise of God.
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
With one other piece of advice from God. "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." Matt 10:28.
So: Trust in God. He gives life to His servants for His purpose.
You either receive faith as a gift from God - Or you don't have faith.
Today we hear and see the media refer to 'multi-faith which does not really exist. But it shows us how the 'blind and ignorant' (Eph 4:18) secular world has no idea at all what faith truly is.
People who say they were once believers but have quote, 'lost their faith' never had true saving faith in the first place. In other words God never elected them.
All theses people had was a religious human conviction. And many in the churches are nominal Christians like this. For example the Liberalists in the Anglican - Episcopalians, the popish followers, JW's et al.
God provides true faith to His Elect for His purpose and divine plan.
Divine hand is a touch which creates the Christian. God's decision is final and permanent Christ then takes over and brings the Christian into a journey in salvation. The Holy Spirit works faith in hearts and minds to receive the Truth in God's Word and reveal doctrine to Christ-Followers. Perseverance worked by the Lord completes conversion and brings the sinner through persecution and struggle.
And good afternoon, Brother John. There is a doctrine called which defines whether or not a war is just. It has been a key cornerstone of American foreign policy for many, many decades.
Yes, people get that wrong. Yes, the nature of warfare has evolved to be incredibly deadly for lots of people very quickly.
AD30 and the years prior to that, from the Maccabean revolt perhaps, thru AD70 seemed to be a time of expectation. But bad exegesis of prophesy coupled with a desire for personal power prevented those who should have known better from seeing Jesus as their messiah and passing Him by -- from an earthly standpoint. John's Gospel shows that the Father did not open their eyes (John 9) to see who Jesus really was or what His kingdom was about. They did not hear His voice (chapter 10) because they weren't His sheep. So based on a false premise, they ran after something else, which is probably the root of 95% of what we comment on here on SA.
Fast forward to today, the Lord is still setting up and tearing down earthly dominions and empires. He does so in an orderly fashion, to Him at least, to do His will. He is calling a people who was once not a people to Himself. Nations like the UK and the US which have dispatched huge numbers of missionaries over the years. The freedo
"Time for some real talk... I'm genuinely losing my faith.. and it doesn't bother me... like, what bothers me now is nothing... I am so happy now, so at peace with the world.. it's crazy / this is a soapbox moment..."
"How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send 4 billion people to a place, all coz they don't believe? No one talks about it."
He continued: "I want genuine truth. Not the 'I just believe it' kind of truth. Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion," he writes.
"Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God..."
Hmmm. Tragic. The part that really caught my eye was: "I'm genuinely losing my faith.. and it doesn't bother me... like, what bothers me now is nothing... I am so happy now, so at peace with the world.. it's crazy."
Why? Marty Sampson has set himself free from the constraints of sin. Marty has renounced God, and no longer has any responsibility to Him. Marty has been set free from any fear of judgement, because Marty has made a decision...God is a fraud, and if there's no God, Marty is no longer in bondage.
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John MacArthur wrote: .... Does the end matter? I think it matters. I think it matters to God. It matters to me. It matters to me to understand what God has said about the end. It's the whole point of everything else. It's the whole point of the beginning and the middle. The end is as divinely designed as the beginning. And God has given us massive amounts of revelation in the Scripture about the future. It has to matter to us. In fact, some say nearly one fourth of Scripture is prophetic. God filled the Bible with prophecy and much of it looking to the end. Did God do this but somehow mumble? Did He do it and somehow muddle it so hopelessly that the high ground for Bible students and the high ground for theologians is to recognize the muddle and abandon the perspicuity or the clarity of Scripture on that subject? Is that what God wanted us to do? To look at it and say, "I can't figure this out, let's forget it?" There are whole denominations that are instructed not to teach on the end times. You would assume that they're confused because the Bible is confusing. And if the Bible is confusing, then God Himself is confused. [ ] ....
excerpt from, "Why Every Calvinist Should Be a Premillennialist, Part 1"
Just a Guy wrote: Whenever you want to change a whole culture for evil, you have to make sure the next generation are all taught the same thing. And the only way to do that is to treat them like cattle. Teach them as a mass of brains and flesh, and not like the individuals they are... One big reason our country was so much better before the public school era, was because no one was taught the same. We had generations of free thinkers, and young people who learned in the one room school house, and the church. They grew under the close watch of their parents and preachers. And even the many who wanted to be "free" (which just means a freedom to sin) from cultural morality were carried along with Godly principles put down by our spiritual forefathers (Pilgrims, Puritans, etc)... The millennials are totally gone, and the baby boomers trained the millennials to be the loosers they are. The only hope for this nation is a turning back to God, and it certainly won't be done unless the parents of today are willing to step up, get off the couch of self, and homeschool this next generation of children ...
Great pointers, friend
PAUL WASHER, in his talk 'What a man is not' (SA) addresses what you point out in depth & extensive detail