Reply to 'Anonymous Name' Again, the main focus of the sermon was not whether it is right or wrong to pledge allegiance - only that it is WRONG to force somebody to make a pledge against his own conscience.
There's nothing wrong or un-Christian in loving your country, just so long as you are ready to stand up against it when it is wrong.
The only person we can pledge allegiance to without reservation is the Lord Jesus, because He is never wrong, and He will never betray His loved ones.
Eternal Loyalty Vs. Temporal Loyalty We ought to declare our loyalty to King Jesus and His Eternal Kingdom rather than to temporal things like the American Constitution. Pledging loyalty to a piece of cloth like the American flag is idolatry in The Lord's Eyes. The American flag will vanish away, but Our Lord's Kingdom will last forever. Worth noting Colossians 3:2 in times like these.
God's glory is seen to be more glorious Some of the folklore that has grown up around Christmas is not harmless. Consider Santa Claus and the Elf on the Shelf. Men ascribe god-like powers to these pet icons. Folks vest them with superstitions. They embody man-made religion.
Why does God tolerate competitors who siphon off glory that belongs to Him? If it is to spark a sermon like this, that would be reason enough. How far more glorious the true God is in contrast to manâ€™s best imaginary replacements.
Great Sermon! This makes a good argument for exclusive psalmody. Because there are a lot of popular hymns these days that aren't biblical, aren't relevant, or else they're anemic. Thanks Pastor Hey.
Great Sermon! Thank you pastor. What a wonderful message. There is only one who can determine what is right and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. Itâ€™s what he thinks, what His word says. Oh how we try to justify ourselves...He is the one who stands between God and us. Our Great Redeemer. How Great Thou art. A Wonderful message.....
Not to be missed. I thought the October 21st sermon was a complete, stand-alone, model of explaining why the news of salvation is such good news -- until I heard the following week's sermon.
Now I see, for the first time, why Jesus predicted (instructed) that this story will be re-told "wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world."
What a contrast to cover-ups of clergy who molest. Your survey of the four Gospels to see Jesus touching children contrasts sharply with the scandals of sexual molestation of minors perpetrated by priests and other clergy. This might be the ideal sermon and selection of passages (esp. Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15) with the strongest chance to put to shame any Catholic clergyman or Protestant preacher who has fondled or molested a boy or girl.
Even better, it serves to positively inspire and exhort the rest of us that our hands can bestow good touches, our arms can encircle children in strong, comforting embraces, but it would be better to have our hands cut off than to use them to commit â€śbad touchâ€ť upon a child.
Reply to Marsha Fowler My remarks about Dr. King's worldview are based upon his writings and his speeches. He clearly denied the bodily resurrection, the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, and the substitutionary atonement. He is widely regarded as a "modernist" who did not accept or preach the gospel.
He made it clear, in his preaching, that he had no hope of the resurrection, that all his hope rested in this life.
I know that is disturbing, because Dr. King had many excellent things to say about justice, and accomplished many good things.
That is why he stands as a tragic public example of the profound sadness of having no hope in eternity.
Great Sermon! With all due reverence pastor, I cannot say that I have the same charitable disposition that separates what Graham preached in the pulpit from what he himself says in interviews, that he beleives. Such disparity has proven to be a stumbling block to many souls. They're not mere speculations. When I examine what Lloyd-Jones preached and what he would say when being interviewed by the BBC, it's the same bold biblically based message, always. Unforunately for Dr. Graham there is plenty of room for his ministry on the broad road that leads to destruction. There will be many who prophesied in our Lord's name that will hear the words 'depart from me, I never knew you.' I don't know. Perhaps I'm wrong about his position before God, that he has indeed been presented faultless before Him, because of the merits of Christ, while his works are burned up as wood hay and stubble. But when my Roman Catholic mother can point to people like Dr. Graham to buttress her point that she is just fine before God as a practicing Roman Catholic, it does not cause my confidence level to rise about whether or not this man was a true man of God. Lord Bless brother.
Response to FG I would separate what Billy Graham preached, consistently and all the way to the end - that Christ Jesus is the only way of salvation - from his speculations about God's ways outside direct knowledge of Jesus. I think his speculations were incorrect and dangerous, but he never preached them or relied upon them when appealing to sinners to come to repentance and faith. I did address in the sermon the falsehood of Graham's speculations in these matters. His ecumenism with modernists and Romanists are of greater concern to me. I think they did more damage to the church. And yet, I don't doubt that BG trusted alone in the work of Christ on the cross as his only hope of salvation, repudiating his own works and relying only on Christ's atoning sacrifice. And that alone is why BG has been presented faultless before the Glory of Christ with exceeding joy. Not because he was in himself faultless, but because the Savior cleansed BG with His very blood at Calvary.