Neil wrote: When you compare how mentally "ill" behavior resembles Biblical descriptions of those possessed by demons, it's hard to resist concluding that modern psychiatry has its own "mental illness" in its materialistic denial of the spiritual and assertion that environmental/biological elements are solely responsible for insanity. They would never allow that narcotic abuse, for example, might open the door to fits caused by demons.
Quite so, bro. I am convinced of this also.
For some unknown reason, about 95% of christendom does not really and genuinely believe in devils (demons). Sure, they were around on the earth in Bible times, but not now, not in the 21st century. Of course, some of that 95% believe that the devils have not died of old age, but are too frail to really do anything now, they are semi-retired or fully retired.
Ahem. Obviously never had a fight with one.
Of course, a lot of those who do believe that devils are alive and kicking, have never been taught that the Christian has authority through the name of Jesus to deal with these nasty things.
Which leaves (oh boy) the Pentecostal and Apostolic believers.
Dr. Tim wrote: The difference between Catholics and Anglicans is hardly noticeable to an outsider. When men in dresses, referred to as ‚ÄúFather,‚ÄĚ administer rites known as ‚Äúsacraments‚ÄĚ in both, it looks pretty much the same to me.
Tim, at the time of mine own conversion, I knew not the difference between Catholic and Methodist, because I did not know what they both believed, and mine own knowledge was very scanty.
Since then, I have discovered that the Catholic Machine regards me as accursed for believing in justification through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone. And if ever you witness to either Anglican or Catholic ecumenists, be prepared to come in for a lot of stick, because they will recognise you as standing up for fundamentalism, which is the last remaining hope for Christianity in this world. And ecumenists wish to swallow you up whole, so that you are never seen again. Yes indeed.
A lot depends on how we take afflictions that come our way because of "the authorities". The scriptures always have an example for us. Note,
Acts 16:22-25 GNB (22)¬† And the crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be whipped. (23)¬† After a severe beating, they were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to lock them up tight. (24)¬† Upon receiving this order, the jailer threw them into the inner cell and fastened their feet between heavy blocks of wood. (25)¬† About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
To maintain spiritual equilibrium in the midst of great suffering is noticed by outsiders, and God can use such in their conversion. "The other prisoners were listening to them..."
Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, or the next day. And if we have any cares, to cast that burden upon God, because he cares for us. We have peace with God, but also the peace OF God. Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.
The theology of the Church of Rome always comes back to the concept of ‚Äúliving faith‚ÄĚ so as to include works, particularly her sacraments that she defines as necessary for salvation. The New Evangelical signers of ECT have concurred with the Roman Catholic definition of ‚Äúliving faith active in love‚ÄĚ, and thus they have formally agreed to an addition to the Gospel that nullifies its message. Rome continues to show her understanding of ‚Äúliving faith‚ÄĚ in the 1994 Catechism when she declares, ‚Äúthe very root of the Church‚Äôs living faith [is] principally by means of Baptism.‚ÄĚ If the New Evangelicals do in fact believe the Roman Catholic concept of ‚Äúliving faith,‚ÄĚ they ought logically to endorse Rome‚Äôs curse upon all who have simple faith in God‚Äôs grace, as was officially done by Rome at the Council of Trent,
"If anyone shall say that by faith alone the sinner is justified, so as to understand that nothing else is required to cooperate in the attainment of the grace of justification, and that it is in no way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will: let him be anathema [cursed]."
Mark 8:35-38 KJV (35)¬† For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. (36)¬† For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (37)¬† Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (38)¬† Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
The Quiet Christian wrote: 1. Excellent testimony, Brother John. Great encouragement.
2. What the individuals in the lawless mob want can quite often be found in Christ. That emptiness and guilt is filled and redeemed by the Lord Jesus as those individuals come to faith in Him. Their anger cannot soothe. Their raging cannot calm. But the Lord is their solution..
1. Amen, I'm glad someone was encouraged by that testimony, for that was the only reason I posted it.
2. A thousand Amens to that sentiment, brother. It's a crude expression, but one has said that we each have a God-shaped hole within us, and we will never have satisfaction until it is filled with God.
It is most unusual to read some good news this morning, but who's complaining? It is highly delightful to read such things. All things are of God, and we are to thank him in all circumstances, so thank you Lord.
And now, can't stop, it is Monday meeting day, and I can't wait to spend several hours with the saints studying scripture, enjoying fellowship, taking communion, spending time in prayer, sharing testimony, bearing each other's burdens. Oh, deep joy! There is nothing better on earth than time spent with God's people, in the presence of Jesus Christ, who is head over all things to the church. It is like a foretaste of heaven, where will be no sin, and worship will be pure and heavenly, and health will be perfect eternally, totally glorious, to be with the Lamb of God for ever and ever.
It is no great surprise. Marriage is God's plan, so if people will not believe in God or wish to rebel against him, then this is what will happen. The root cause is fallen self, and people will love themselves more and more as we await the second coming of Christ.
Jesus says to deny our self; but fallen, hedonistic man will never pay that price, even if it means he will eternally perish. Such is the power of the flesh in the bosom of men and women.
It takes the almighty, regenerating power of the Holy Spirit to get some right thinking into a sinner's mind, which causes him to repent of sin and be sorry for it, and see the Lord Jesus as his all-sufficient Saviour.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 KJV (30)¬† But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31)¬† That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Praise be to God for such a salvation, for such a Saviour.
Citizen wrote: Marxist haters are gonna hate, until they repent...
You reminded me of a Marxist our open-air team met at one of our Saturday preaching meetings outdoors in the 80's. He made up his mind he was going to convert us, and we made up our minds we were going to convert him (LTRU).
He came to every Saturday meeting after that time, and we spent a lot of time with him over nearly two years, telling him about God's grace in Christ.
And then it happened! He was convicted, convinced, and converted. And we all praised the Lord who had done such a mighty thing in this young man's life. It was glorious, and always warms my heart thinking about it.
Adriel wrote: "GOD Chooses HIS own. "The verb ELECT means ‚Äúto select, or choose out.‚ÄĚ The biblical doctrine of election is that before Creation God selected out of the human race, foreseen as fallen, those whom he would redeem, bring to faith, justify, and glorify in and through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-39; Eph. 1:3-14; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:9-10). This divine choice is an expression of free and sovereign grace, for it is unconstrained and unconditional, not merited by anything in those who are its subjects. God owes sinners no mercy of any kind, only condemnation; so it is a wonder, and matter for endless praise, that he should choose to save any of us; and doubly so when his choice involved the giving of his own Son to suffer as sin-bearer for the elect (Rom. 8:32). The doctrine of election, like every truth about God, involves mystery and sometimes stirs controversy. But in Scripture it is a pastoral doctrine, brought in to help Christians see how great is the grace that saves them, and to move them to humility, confidence, joy, praise, faithfulness, and holiness in response. It is the family secret of the children of God." (J.I.Packer)x(Concise Theology)
NeedHim wrote: Spurgeon; There must be a divorce! Within the egg of sin there sleeps the seed of damnation! Man, there must be a divorce between you and your sins. Not a mere separation for a season, but a clear divorce. Cut off the right arm; pluck out the right eye, & cast them from you, or else you can‚Äôt enter into eternal life.
NeedHim, thank you brother for the various quotes from spiritual giants in the faith, like Spurgeon, Ryle and Edwards. I believe CHS was referring to this message from the Son of God.
Matthew 5:29-30 KJV (29)¬† And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (30)¬† And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Today, of course, very few take the words of Jesus seriously. I think this was what DKH was trying to get over recently, but got his words mixed up.
Brother, I love the way you speak about grace with a gracious tongue. You are a good example to believers, and leave unbelievers without excuse.
B. McCausland wrote: Thanks John. The Lord surely knows those that have been blood-bought, and knows their follies or infirmities for which he intercedes. At the same time he *does not know* those that say Lord, Lord, in which, even having the correct theology, his mark of ownership is not evident by their praxis. Trust you are keeping well. "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."
Amen Sister B, there are different uses of the word 'know'. And thanks for the reminder of Christ's intercession.
Thanks for asking, I am well apart from joint pains for which I take anti inflammatories. The inward man is being renewed day by day, spiritual sight gets clearer, am ready for the Jordan.
B. McCausland wrote: It is all about definitions. It is always interesting to observe how liberals perceive compromise. In reality, according to their own eyes, not one would admit to fall ever into such. "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits."
Consistency is what determines the value of a ministry. Writen or spoken statements should not determine such, neither theological correctness. It is the praxis that counts.
Very precisely and clearly put, Sister B. Thank you. I would not disagree with you. I know a whole load of people who write or say things that are theologically correct, but their praxis is found wanting.
The Lord knows all these things. He knows who his friends are, and he knows who his enemies are.
WayneR wrote: ... Evangelical celebs can do 'much' harm to the cause of truth.
Thanks for the links to Cecil Andrews bro.
I remember when I was a newborn Christian being given to read an analysis of John Owen's 'Death of Death in the Death of Christ' by J I Packer. It was an introduction to me of sovereign grace teaching and my church promoted it, being a clone of Westminster Chapel, London, under Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. [Yes, strange, isn't it.]
A larger tome, in the church's library was Packer's 'Knowing God', which if I remember rightly was highly regarded at that time. Of course, at that time, I had no knowledge of Christianity except that I had been washed in Christ's blood, forgiven of all sins, and now had the Spirit of Christ dwelling inwardly, all of which I knew was by grace, and for which I was very thankful, having been born again by the Spirit, on account of having been loved eternally by the Lord, and chosen in Christ.
In light of certain matters such as the Packer signing of ECT and Manhattan Declaration, my position is that it would be wise not to promote either him or his literature, lest, as you say, harm comes to the cause of truth. Ecumenism is most dangerous to truth.