Thank you Adriel and Chris GP for your additional comments. I know there is no simple solution to the problem, but I can testify to a most wonderful spiritual new covenant experience and edification every time I sing from the Scottish Psalter. I would not have believed it possible, and I am at a loss to really describe it, but I sure wish there was just one church in the whole of my county who sang psalms in corporate worship. Alas, even the evangelical churches seem to need the entertainment aspect of hymns and CCM, while the charismatic and apostolic churches love the happy clappy worldly beat music which gives them such a buzz. I would say to them, "Cease from the music and see if you still have the same religious joy."
I know it's in the music because I used to play in a rock band as a non Christian, and it gives you a big buzz/euphoria.
Frank wrote: Well, if my wife carries out my wishes there will be no viewing and my body will be cremated. But, if she doesnâ€™t do what I have asked, then I wonâ€™t be even remotely mad or upset. I will be in heaven with my Lord and Savior and nothing will ever bother me again.
It is a glorious thought, Pilgrim! It is these sorts of things that gets my spirit going and starts me off worshipping this great and gracious Saviour.
Hello Frank, if I might attempt to answer at least one of your questions.
Yesterday, a 22 year old racing driver died in a crash in Formula 2 Belgium. The usual temporary sadnesses materialised, before it was "back to work as usual" as there are other races. One of the common remarks was Rest In Peace (RIP), and it got me thinking about what on earth are they thinking when they say that? Do they imagine there is life after death? That maybe there could be trauma or trouble after death, and so they wish for the person to have peace? Do they actually think about what they are saying? Does it mean anything, or is it just "the done thing", the "right thing to say"?
Now all three pastors ought to have the same answer, bro. And we can see if they are correct by checking the scripture.
So all three say that there is no peace for the wicked, especially after death; and that there is rest for every person who has trusted Christ as his Saviour and Lord, especially after death.
We check the scriptures and find clear biblical warrant for what they said.
Dr. Tim wrote: John, I see your point, but if a man has to be completely right all of the time to be a pastor, we may as well abolish the position and be done with it.
Tim, if a man claiming to be a pastor cannot understand the simple passages of scripture like the one below, how then shall he teach the more difficult passages?
1 Corinthians 12:18-21 KJV (18)Â But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (19)Â And if they were all one member, where were the body? (20)Â But now are they many members, yet but one body. (21)Â And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Besides, what would you do if your pastor took you aside one day and said, "You need the church, Tim, but the church doesn't need you."
Would you not seek a church with a pastor who knew what he was talking about?
Well it makes sense. There are hardly any Christians in the UK, so these people are trying to avoid the hypocrisy which has been the tradition of church attendance for so long: hatched, matched, dispatched, in a church building. I prefer it like this, where unbelievers are not given any hope of "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself". That is just religious hypocrisy and deception.
My recommendation is for every church to sing from God's hymnbook without instruments. The TBS still publish the Scottish Psalter alongside the Authorized (King James) Version. They are two, and they are dynamic.
The title of the article is misleading, and again implies that church is an institution which people attend.
The apostle Paul and any simple Bible believer understands that a local collection of believers is designed to meet together regularly, for the simple fact that each person has been gifted by the Holy Spirit (comparable to the different parts of the human body - 1 Corinthians 12) and is required for the body to work correctly in the will of God.
The opposite is a bit like an eye separating itself from your natural body and looking at the rest of your body and saying, "I am fine, and I don't need the rest of you."
I remember hearing a Baptist pastor saying, "You need the church, but the church doesn't need you." Of course he was half right and half wrong, and I believe he ought never to have been in the pastorate.
Just as soon as the parts of christendom which taught 'sola scriptura' expressed it in terms of 'only the scriptures' the slipsliding away began, and an actual reconciliation with an actual God was finished. (cf. John 5:39-40)
Evan Roberts had the right idea, which was given him by the Lord himself, which led to the 1904/5 Welsh Revival, which had a huge impact in the Principality.
Dr. Tim wrote: California: a revival of Sodom and Gomorrah; a stench in the nostrils of a holy God; a suburb of hell.
Reminded me of the episode of Murdoch's Mysteries I watched this afternoon, when, at a death penalty hanging, the convo between the onlooking law enforcement officers included the words, "Well he crawled out of hell and came here; we are merely dispatching him back there." I thought, "Hmmmm, there is some theology back of that comment."
Matthew 13:37-40 KJV (37)Â He [Jesus] answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (38)Â The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (39)Â The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (40)Â As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
It is good to take this into account when interpreting such texts as John 3:16 and so on, if we should ever wish to see things from God's perspective.
Christopher000 wrote: Anyway John, yes, I'm interested, but will let you know if time will even allow or not. I was hoping to just read along with you and Mike, or whoever. For now, let me ask you one question: You say all evil that goes on in this world is of The Lord, as opposed to being permitted by The Lord, which is my position. My question is this: Are you building your case around Isaiah 45:7: "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."?
It's a great text bro, but no, it isn't the passage I am thinking of.
I understand your frustration at not always being able to follow through on a big convo due to time constraints.
Christopher000 wrote: Good morning John, I'm surprised that, "whoever shall live by the sword, shall die by the sword", along with Christ's response to Peter in Matthew 16:23, "...get thee behind me, Satan...", is being used by yourself and BM as prooftexts against situational self-defense. The context is about defending Christ, and hindering Christ's sacrifice.
Precisely, Christopher, and that is why I argued with QC for using what he did, as a NT example.
Of course, he couldn't find any other NT example because there isn't one, and this example is a case of "clutching at straws", desperately trying to justify transgression by using an incomparable or irrelevant example.
Christopher000 wrote: John UK Wrote: ". It looks as though I am going to have to prove it to you as well as to Mike NY. I will just await his reply, or we will be getting away from it." Hey John, I'll be sure to read along if the topic gets taken up...
I've not heard from him yet, Christopher. I hope he is okay. We may need to press on without him. That is, if you are still interested.
The Quiet Christian wrote: 1. Best example I can give is Jesus' arrest and Peter's armed response.
2. The NT examples we have reflecting conflict are mostly within Acts. Fleeing is not the only action therein. There are also appeals to the contemporary legal structure by the Apostle Paul, proclaiming his rights as a Roman citizen.
1. Bro, this is no example. Jesus had already said once to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan," when Peter suggested he would protect his Master from harm. See Matthew 16:21-23 and Matthew 26:51-52.
2. Yes, most acceptable! Fleeing, or appealing to the local authorities have both got biblical warrant, and enables the one who obeys such to wear the SS badge (sola scriptura). Those without warrant have to wear the IDIMW badge (I did it my way).