Same old tactics, huh, John? Attack, attack, attack. No problem. Go back to your smug little world of omniscient correctness. Just another Nabal, âfor he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.â
John wrote, â That is most helpful. I too have wept many times in prayer over the years, and it was involuntary. That is, the tears just came out of mine eyes, just as the prayers came out of my mouth. It was not something I could turn on or off like a tap.â Apparently we were both composing our comments simultaneously. I have never posted one word on this thread that would indicate to a reasonable person that tears should be turned on and off by anyone but the Holy Ghost. Please donât twist my words. Thank you.
Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. (Try to explain that away, as you so often do, as if it means something entirely different from what it says.) If my weeping for the lost is humanism, then Christâs must have been humanism as well. God said if weâd weepânot work up crocodile tears, but genuinely have broken hearts over lost sinnersâwe would reap, see many sinners saved (thereâs more than one grain in a sheaf). I believe God, first of all because God cannot lie, and secondly because I have experienced firsthand the fulfillment of Psalm 126:5-6. If you donât believe God, thatâs your problem. To me it seems pointless to debate this issue any further. I would much rather obey God than try to prove that Iâm ârightâ and can out-argue the next fellow. That is a course of action rooted in pride and carnality, and while it may please the flesh, it in no way pleases God. So go ahead, have the last wordâbut remember that Godâs Word will last regardless of what you say.
I donât think I ever said anything negative about Samaritanâs Purse, John. And I certainly didnât say anything about weeping and doing nothing. Furthermore, Iâm not trying to âforceâ anyone to do anything. If you want to be a dry-eyed automaton, go right ahead. It makes not a whit of difference to me. As I wrote in many a Navy logbook, âNo further entries on this page.â
Job 30:25âDid not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
Who could be in more trouble than he who has incurred the wrath of God? Who could be more impoverished than a person on the road to a place where not even one drop of water is to be had? And who was doing all this weeping? A humanist? A backslider? No, it was Godâs MVP, Job. Job 1:8âAnd the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
A âclerical collarâ is no more a sign of a preacher, Jim, than a dog collar. Every âchurchâ that issues the collars does so in imitation of the Great Whore and in defiance of the Lord who declared that He hates the concept of clergy/lay hierarchyâRevelation 2:15.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Keep sowing, John.
Psalms 126:5-6 5Â Â Â They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6Â Â Â He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
John, if what you say is true, then the passage above is meaningless and has no place in the canon of scripture. âJesus weptâ because He thought weeping was a good âtechnique,â and Paul âceased not to warn every one night and day with tearsâ because the old Pharisee had become a notorious humanist. I think you might want to reexamine your conclusions on this one.
1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God. Jews, one group. Gentiles, a second group. The church of God, third group. Israel as a people has not been forgotten by God or âreplacedâ by the church.They may be on the shelf for the time being, but God will certainly take them off of it again at the second coming of Christ.
The difference between Catholics and Anglicans is hardly noticeable to an outsider. When men in dresses, referred to as âFather,â administer rites known as âsacramentsâ in both, it looks pretty much the same to me.
Jim, if you can show me how firing a Trump staffer will straighten out the idiots in charge of Portland, Iâll call the White House today and demand that Miller get the axe. Youâre always acting like a toddler caught with his hands in the cookie jar: âJoey did it, too!â Grow up, chump.
Some of the Confederates were âgood Christian people.â Others were scamps, scoundrels, scalawags and scumbags. Same goes for the Yankees. It does little good to âreturn to schoolâ if you only read the stuff you like and ignore the rest.