Disbanding the police is directly connected to dismantling Confederate statues. Itâ€™s not a matter of George Floyd or even the Charleston church shooting (which started the calls for the abolishment of all things confederate). This is based in the desire to destroy America historically and institutionally. Those who would support either disbanding or dismantling are naive to think it will end in any form of true justice.
J4J, Youâ€™re last comment is wanting of theological precision. To say Godâ€™s election is â€śforcedâ€ť is akin to a unrepentant sinner boasting â€śI did not ask to be born; I never gave permissionâ€ť to justify his actions. Paul assumed your failing argument in Romans with the obstinate sinnerâ€™s rebuke of God â€śWhy have you made me thus?
John UK, God the Father said of His Son in Matthew 3:17, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleasedâ€ś. This is an example of the connotation of being proud.
I do not disagree with your correct affirmation concerning selfish, arrogant pride; elevating oneself beyond the measure of honor granted by grace. But, being pleased â€śproudâ€ť to be a part of something good doesnâ€™t fit.
John UK, What does nationality have to do with it? All Christians know the form of pride you speak of is sinful. But someone saying they are proud to stand for what is good and praiseworthy doesnâ€™t carry the same connotation. It means they are pleased and honored to be a part of, not â€ślook at me and my participation.â€ť
Jim, There is a glaring error on the part of Mark Galli in the article you presented. One, God sovereignly places and removes kings/presidents. Two, Paulâ€™s letter to the Romans reiterated â€śnone are righteous, no not one.â€ť Three, supporting actions which are in line with biblical truth doesnâ€™t necessarily equate to membership in a cult of personality. Finally, the presentation of the Gospel is based on the GOSPEL not political affiliation. It is the Holy Spirit which quickens souls, not the moral aptitude.
Bloomberg has expressed what many believe; subjectively defined good works merit heavenly residence. From pagan religions to Pelagianism, onto the more deceptive form in Arminianism; the world is full of merit-based salvation believers.
Iâ€™ve had this issue in my graduate program; a Dr./professor (at a â€śChristianâ€ť university) told me citing Scriptural text should be limited and not to be used as foundational Academic sourcing. Really saddened and frustrated me.
US, Astute response. The American form of government is the result of influential frameworks devised by Locke and apparent in Rutherfordâ€™s Lex Rex. I would add the Roman jurisprudence and Christian moral base.
Weird how a celebration of Christâ€™s advent is somehow â€śdeceptiveâ€ť or â€śmisleadingâ€ť because of peripheral aspects (day, separate and dead pagan unrelated rituals). What do the naysayers think of the biblical carols associated with the holiday? Should Christians avoid singing â€śO Holy Nightâ€ť, parts of Handelâ€™s â€śMessiahâ€ť and other Advent specific carols?
Happy Advent! Christ is to be worshipped each moment, but enjoy the holiday to celebrate His gift to, presence with, and continued care for us. Praise God in Christ even if you do not â€ścelebrateâ€ť this day.
CT has missed the target here. The conspicuous lack of Scripture understanding makes their editorial the more shameful and embarrassing. God installs and removes leaders and commands His people to submit to the authorities established. Goodness, the worst anti-God, blasphemous empire in history was the occupying authority when Christ was on the earth.
Premillennialism is a rather new â€śdoctrineâ€ť. There is scant reference, at best, to it historically. The fundamental problem should be conspicuous; how can sinners remain if an unveiled, glorified Christ is on earth?