Great Sermon! I have been searching for an explanation of the parable of the talents for a while now, and had never found anything satisfactory. This sermon was just what I was looking for,and explained the meaning brilliantly. Thank you!
Thank you, Zachary. It would be easier if he did not profess Christ - this makes the pretense harder for me - but, nonetheless, you are correct in your use of scripture for the pattern to which we are to live.
Suffering is a necessary element in the refining process. "All who desire to live godly, will suffer persecution."
Actually, I think I could handle persecution better than presenting a false image. It is so second nature to us now, even in private - this very gracious, very courteous, very mannerly way of living that belies any depth of genuine intimacy.
"Life is a like box of chocolates - you never know what you'll get."
I can deal with truth. I love truth. I've lived my life transparently - some would say "naively".
You are upfront about your lifestyle and your testimony of God's delivering you from your sin, and the continuing struggle with sin.
This is a difficult subject -
There are those who marry and live in denial - who may not be practicing - and, no one would know, but the spouse knows there is a reason for the lack of intimacy.
This doesn't just involve the person struggling with the sin, but the spouse questions her own judgment because of the other person's denial. Not being able to confide in anyone makes it so lonely.
How I wish that men who have this struggle would not marry, just to present an image to the world.
There are several high profile cases in America of men in political office, etc., who have over the past several years come out as homosexual, and, continue to live that lifestyle while claiming to be Christian.
This particular sin is so insidious, and the effects so devastating.
There is a lot of pain when one is a Christian and has to live the lies (things unsaid and denied) of the other person.