Who so sheddeth manâ€™s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God hath he made man. - Genesis 9:6
On the topic of Jim L, I believe he is a lonely retired man with little else to do but gain attention for himself. I think we need to spend more time in prayer for this poor man. All lives matter, even Jim's.
A Christian, thank you for taking the time to challenge a bit of theology. Others here have stated that to be in God's image means to have come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe it was Dr. Tim's excellent discussion of this that first brought that viewpoint to my knowledge. I disagree, but certainly see his point. If we are children of Adam naturally, we hear his traits. Genesis tells us that the Lord made man "in our own image." If we take "man" here as plural, that relates to us directly. If we take man as singular (I don't read Hebrew, sadly), we bear those traits through nature. The Westminister Divines agreed with my general viewpoint, which put me at least in broad company if wrong. But my savior is the Lord and not my understanding, for which I am quite glad. I'd never pass the entrance exam to get into heaven.
Frightening, considering what Black Lives Matter The Organization really stands for. I checked out what Dr. Tim posted yesterday then checked the Aquila Report - BLM is Marxist at its core.
Instead, and this apparently isn't politically correct either, but all people are made in God's image and have worth, dignity, and respect because they exist, no matter what either ethnic background, disability level, or biological gender may be. From what I've seen and read, that kind of thinking isn't good enough. But that's what I took away from my Bible.
There are many reasons to homeschool, actually. We have a special needs child who would not have done well in a traditional school setting. Homeschooling has allowed us to find curriculum that fits best in terms of approach then there is that aspect of controlling content.
I agree, Dr. Tim. I have known pastors to change directions in long planned sermon series in order to address congregational or community areas of concern. A glance at the SA homepage shows that many pastors were attempting to apply the word of the Lord to the COVID crisis. A large church we worshipped with online seemed to have great fear and upset, to which the senior pastor changed course and preached thru a section of Scripture to set their hearts on the Lord and heaven, not this world.
In my life, it has been times of trial that the Lord used to build and further my faith. My prayer is that He used this time similarly in the lives of others.
HSLDA has a good series of responses to the misconceptions and overblown recommendations this professor is peddling.
The ultimate question is whether or not children are property of the state, loaned to parents for closely monitored and managed rearing. Or are they minor citizens to which the nation is responsible? Or are they minor citizens of heaven under parental tutelage? Option one is abhorrent. Option two feels more Constitutional, at least. Option three is every Christian parent's prayer and drive.
Thank you so much, Brother FYI, for remimding me of that wonderful resource. I had no idea they were on SA. And thank you for sharing that particular lesson. Today has been very busy, so I would imagine that prayer for the Lord's will to be done in conjunction with His glory with our confession of sin and supplication is the point? If so, I stand rebuked.
What I read of the article focused on RC churches. The point was that the Presidents insistence on upholding the First Amendment's guarantee that government shall not interfere with religion would be upheld was something misapplied as many parishiners didnt want to go anyway. Neither gave a full picture of the situation.
Even if some people would choose to stay away based on personal risk factors or mass hysteria, some do not wish to refrain from such peaceful assemblies for the purpose of glorifying the Lord and learning more of Him. They have been terribly mistreated.
The issue is that policing is seen as being as detrimental to communities of color as the crime they are attempting to quell. Crime has continued unabated. They think a different approach may stop it better.
The Apsotle Paul describes a similar situation with the Law in Romans chapter 7. The harder any individual or community fights against itself thinking that he/she/they have the inner ability to make themselves righteous even by a measure are going to find failure in this pursuit.
Real solutions rest in following the Lord through saving faith in Jesus Christ. No amount of community engagement, social services, or mental health assistance is going to fix rampit fatherlessness and other ills of that culture. Jesus is the answer.
It's a real battle, Chrisgp. Churches are just starting to open in our general region, and the steps are very tentative. It is very frustrating to see our churches locked down yet the encouragement from Democratic leadership to protest shoulder to shoulder.
One might ride a city bus, walk into a grocery store or a major department store, or gather outside at a park. Key elements that appear to be triggers for being banned include the presence of group ogranization, particularly indoors.
The destruction of Southern heritage and history because it is inconvenient and non-politically correct is just the starting point. It's an easy one to take on. The South held slaves, after all. Don't bother to note that the North did too and that the Compromise of 1850 proposed by a Yankee was a travesty of justice. Let's not forget how many times New England threatened to secceed from the Union prior to those unfortunate unpleasantries of the 1860s. Don't think they aren't coming for the rest of history.
History is often inconvenient. It shows our best and our worst. If we look at the history of the nation that came from Jacob/Israel, we see much of the same. There are real heroes. There are real scoundrels. But none are righteous, no not one.
And we are not righteous either. Championing the tearing down of history may make someone feel better, but it doesn't remove the reality of what happened any more than it justifies the sinner before the holy and righteous God. Pointing out someone else's unrighteousness doesn't make any of us more righteous either.
The key is the salvation offered to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Worse, Wayfarer. If you no longer get a police officer responding to criminal activity but a social worker, much worse outcomes can be expected. About half of the children in foster care are there on falsified premises. Since truth lies dead in the street, social workers who work in child protection have no incentive to figure out what's really happening but must fill their quota to keep federal dollars rolling in. So they make up whatever they need to say to steal the children. Call about a potential burglary? The state steals your kids. What a bargain.
Anyone can protest the Lord, Doc. But judgment is coming. Psalm 2 applies. Cain saw his recompense.
I am certainly all for every citizen of this nation having equal treatment and opportunity. But I am against the use of Marxist principles including the use of mob rule to force an issue and the incitement of that mob to riot.
Ephesians chapter 2 shows that reconcilation occurs not just verically by horizontally.
It's pretty interesting to see what the main stream need media is reporting about these protests, especially in Europe. The TV claims that everything was peaceful. Guess that must depend on one's definition of violence.
Or to use your example, Dr. Tim, instead of murder, Cain killing Able was really only a little sibling rivalry.
Jim, there have not been any credible voices stating that the USA has a special covenant relationship with the Lord. That relationship belongs to churches and individual Christians who have been called to the Lord through faith by grace, and even that a gift lest any man boast.
Your false flag cries of dominionism are just meant to create distraction and confusion.
True Christians follow Christ, and they apply His principles from all of Scripture, imperfectly, to how they approach all aspects of life. Still, their influence in business, government, and all aspects of personal, family, community & national life should reflect those principles.
Those who are not Christians tend not to uphold those God-directed principles or all of them. Instead, they increasingly follow the crowd like so many lemmings looking for a cliff. Crowd sourced morality leads to destruction, death & misery. One only need look at the aftermath of the antarchist elements which formed the catalyst for looting and destruction, further damaging the most vulnerable communities. This is what at least some Democrats seem to stand for. It's a sad state of affairs. They so much want the class revolution to start NOW that they will do anything to fuel it. Of course they aren't Christians.