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 on: October 09, 2017, 04:12:37 PM 
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Jellyfish Christianity

(J.C. Ryle, "The Importance of Dogma" 1900)

Eighteen centuries ago the apostle Paul forewarned us, "The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear!" 2 Timothy 4:3

The natural man hates the Gospel and all its distinctive doctrines--and delights in any vain excuse for refusing it.

The plain truth is, that the root of the whole evil lies in the fallen nature of man, and his deeply-seated unbelief in God's infallible Word. I suspect we have no idea how little saving faith there is on earth, and how few people entirely believe Bible truths.

One man is proud--he dislikes the distinctive doctrines of Christianity, because they leave him no room to boast.

Another is lazy and indolent--he dislikes distinctive doctrine, because it summons him to troublesome thought, and self-inquiry, and mental self-exertion.

Another is grossly ignorant--he imagines that all distinctive doctrine is a mere matter of words and names, and that it does not matter a jot what we believe.

Another is thoroughly worldly--he shrinks from distinctive doctrine, because it condemns his darling world.

But in one form or another, I am satisfied that "original sin" is the cause of all the mischief. And the whole result is, that vast numbers of men greedily swallow down the seemingly new idea that doctrine is of no great importance. It supplies a convenient excuse for their sins.

The consequences of this widespread dislike to doctrine are very serious in the present day. Whether we like to allow it or not, it is an epidemic which is doing great harm. It creates, fosters, and keeps up an immense amount of instability in religion. It produces what I must venture to call, if I may coin the phrase, a jellyfish Christianity in the churches--that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power.

A jellyfish, as everyone knows who has been much by the sea-side, is a pretty and graceful object when it floats in the sea, contracting and expanding like a little, delicate, transparent umbrella. Yet the same jellyfish, when cast on the shore--is a mere helpless lump, without capacity for movement, self-defense, or self-preservation.

Alas! It is a vivid type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is, "No dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine."

We have hundreds of jellyfish clergymen, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity. They have no definite opinions--they belong to no school or party. They are so afraid of "extreme views"--that they have no views at all.

We have thousands of jellyfish sermons preached every year--sermons without an edge or a point. They are as smooth as billiard balls--awakening no sinner, and edifying no saint.

We have legions of jellyfish young men annually turned out from our seminaries, armed with a few scraps of second-hand philosophy, who think it a mark of cleverness and intellect to have no decided opinions about anything in religion, and to be utterly unable to make up their minds as to what Christian truth is. Their proud hearts are not satisfied with truths which satisfied the godly of former years. Their only creed is a kind of "Anythingism." They believe everything--and are sure and positive about nothing!

And last, and worst of all, we have myriads of jellyfish worshipers--respectable church-going people, who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology. They cannot discern things that differ, any more than color-blind people can distinguish colors! They think that . . .
   everybody is right--and nobody is wrong,
   everything is true--and nothing is false,
   all sermons are good--and none are bad,
   every minister is sound--and none are unsound.
They are "tossed to and fro, like children, by every wind of doctrine!" They are often carried away by any new excitement and sensational movement. They are ever ready for new things, because they have no firm grasp on the old Scripture truths.

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 on: October 09, 2017, 04:10:02 PM 
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Cristoforo Colombo was born in the Republic of Genoa in 1451, an independent state on today’s boot-shaped nation of Italy. At 35 years of age, the navigator went to Spanish monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, after being rejected by the governments of Portugal, Genoa and Venice, only to be rejected a fourth time for sponsorship to find a new trade route to India. The goal was to sail due west rather than fight through the pirate-filled waters of the existing trade routes.

Nonetheless, Columbus prevailed on his fifth request and was financed with three ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina, departing Spain in August 1492 at the age of 41. By the way, one of the main reasons Ferdinand and Isabella, called the Catholic Monarchs, denied the explorer’s original request was the Spanish priority of war with the Muslims who were finally defeated in the Granada War in January 1492, ending any Islamic rule on the Iberian peninsula.

Whew, another reason to scratch this discover-America-stuff off the calendar. We can’t learn about Christians and Muslims at war in the 15th century…

Back on board the expeditionary ships, 36 days passed. Columbus and some of his crew stepped foot onto today’s Bahamas, declaring it the property of Spain. But remember, this crew believed they had landed in Asia, just from a different navigational approach. After the Bahamas, Columbus visited Cuba, thinking it to be China. Then, settling on Hispaniola, now known to be the shared island of Dominican Republic and Haiti, the explorers assumed they were in Japan.

Based on their projections erroneously cast upon different lands, Columbus returned to Spain aboard the Nina and the Pinta. The Santa Maria was wrecked off the coast of Hispaniola, and Columbus left 39 men to occupy the settlement.

The royal court of Spain received the explorer bringing glass beads, parrots, spears and other native items with tales that included gold-adorned jewelry worn by the islanders.

So, to commemorate the landing of Columbus in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492, most Americans today appreciate the vision to pursue a dream and persist. Most honor the pursuit that led to the westernization of the New World, which includes our great nation.

Yet the presentists, who reduce all of history down to a vain attempt at moral superiority in the present, obsess on the forced labor of developing the New World, the diseases of one people group that spread among another people group, or the eventual destruction of one (barbaric and violent) culture by a new one.

Again, the ironies are endless, but even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, of Italian descent like so much of the population of New York, has developed a commission to study whether Columbus was a racist slave-driver in his explorations. As a result, the Big Apple’s leader was left off the invitation list for the Bronx Columbus Day Parade. Event organizer Tony Signorile went so far as to label the hard-left mayor as “a fake Italian.”

De Blasio’s response was predictable: “I’m never surprised when people for their own political motivations do something. … I don’t think it’s something to politicize.” We might say, “Pot, meet Kettle,” but then we’d be racists or something.

Those whose only commitment to education is indoctrination of their revisionist tales are now subjecting all of history to a determination of its worth based on the Left’s current views and values.

A past president of the American History Association, Lynn Hunt of UCLA, wrote back in 2002, before Confederate statues30 were being “burqaed” and destroyed: “Presentism, at its worst, encourages a kind of moral complacency and self-congratulation. Interpreting the past in terms of present concerns usually leads us to find ourselves morally superior.”

History occurred. How we learn and apply that history reveals much about our moral capacity and worth. Revisionist leftists — and the children they indoctrinate — are poorer for missing it.

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union31.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    No One Glorifies Guns More Than Hollywood32 — Jimmy Kimmel’s assertion about “dirty business as usual” is quite apropos when it’s applied to his industry.
    Dirty Old Harvey33 — Called out for decades of alleged sexual harassment, Harvey Weinstein pivots and attacks the NRA and Trump.
    West Point Knew About Communist Cadet34 — When did the Army know? Several months before graduation.
    Another ObamaCare Mandate Bites the Dust35 — Trump offers “religious or moral objection” to a wide range of organizations for the contraception mandate.
    ‘Woke’ Jeans?36 — “Saturday Night Live” nails it with this over-the-top parody of the social justice warriors’ desire to eliminate gender roles.

For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive37.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Robert Steven Ingebo: Ending the Corruption in Washington38
    Paul Kengor: New York Times: Communism ‘Made Life Better’ for Chinese Women39
    Joe D'Aleo: What Made This Hurricane Season So Active in the Atlantic?40

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion41.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer42: “The Trump administration … fulfilled a key promise to values voters. It formally rolled back Obamacare’s contraception mandate by expanding the existing exemption granted to churches to other faith-based institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations. Just to clarify any fake news you may hear, Donald Trump did not ban birth control. The new rules simply state that any organization claiming a religious or moral objection cannot be compelled by the government to provide free birth control. Obamacare’s contraception mandate took a big hit in 2014 when Hobby Lobby and other closely held private companies won a major case before the Supreme Court. But a year later, the Obama administration still refused to accommodate the Little Sisters of the Poor. It was so committed to its radical pro-abortion agenda that it threatened to bankrupt Catholic nuns!”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “The government is not the solution. The government is the problem.”

For the record: “Tell me why we’re celebrating ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ again? And we’re getting rid of Columbus Day to protest — what? The fact that one group of slavery-practicing violent people conquered another group of violent, blood-thirsty slavers? … There is, however, one key difference between the European Conquistadors and the Incas, Aztecs, and Iroquois who conquered the Americas before them: In addition to violence and greed, the Europeans also brought literacy, liberalism, and the scientific method, all of which would transform America into the greatest champion of human freedom the world has never known.” —Michael Graham

Upright: “We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until it delivers full political freedom for the Cuban people. The same failed communist ideology that has brought oppression to Cuba has brought nothing but suffering and misery everywhere and everyplace it has been anywhere in the world. Communism is the past; freedom is the future.” —Donald Trump

Observations: “I have long wondered how those who are always railing for employment quotas in the workplace would react if the NFL and NBA, which are 70-80% black, were forced to begin fielding teams that are more in line with the nation’s population, which is only 13% black.” —Burt Prelutsky

Non Compos Mentis: “You know what the Republicans say in their platform? The right to bear arms precedes the Constitution. It’s a God-given, sort of theological right. They treat this like religion… I don’t know how to explain it. It’s a religious, essential notion to them that everybody should have any kind of gun they want.” —MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

The truth slips: “No. He passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein when asked of the Las Vegas shooter, “Could there have been any law passed that would’ve stopped him?”

And last… “Perhaps the president should reissue his executive order and say that all immigrants and refugees coming into the country must undergo more severe background checks just in case they want to purchase a firearm. The Left would really be in a bind then!” —Gary Bauer

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families.

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

News from the heartland….. Bowe Bergdahl, the traitor for whom Barack Obama traded five dangerous Taliban fighters, is set to plead guilty to desertion. So much for serving “with honor and distinction.” Meanwhile, Donald Trump released his DACA-deal immigration plan, complete with serious enforcement measures. Finally, it’s Columbus Day — at least in most of America. But too many leftist revisionists want to rewrite history. Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

IN BRIEF

Traitor Bergdahl to Plead Guilty1


In June 2014, Mark Alexander wrote2, “On 31 May, Barack Hussein Obama3 announced that he had exchanged five of the most dangerous Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for the return of an America-hating Army deserter, ‘Sergeant’ Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held (or, as many military forward operators say, ‘hosted’) by the Taliban-Haqqani network for five years. This trade is yet another Obama political charade, this one to divert attention from his VA ‘death panel’ scandal4 and his highly politicized Memorial Day and West Point commencement remarks5, which were panned from Left to Right.”

Team Obama then went on to insist that Bergdahl had served “with honor and distinction,” even going so far as to hold a celebration in the White House Rose Garden.

Now, three years after Obama’s despicable “deal,” it is anticipated that Bergdahl will plead guilty6 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. His trial was to begin later this month, but the guilty plea will spare him and the U.S. Army the drama. A military judge will now decide his fate — likely a life sentence.

Recall that at least three and perhaps six soldiers were killed in ambushes while searching for Bergdahl after the Army diverted resources and missions to find him. The number of military deaths has been disputed by those endeavoring to cover for Obama7. Indisputably, Obama’s actions denigrate the loss of these Patriots and is a permanent insult to their families and honorable memory.

And a footnote: It’s shocking that Obama commuted8 the sentence for Bradley Manning but did nothing more for Bergdahl after getting him back. We suppose he got bigger bang for his symbolic buck with Manning because the latter was both a traitor and transgender. If only Bergdahl had announced he wanted to be a woman…

The Renewed Call for Immigration Enforcement9

President Donald Trump sent his 70-point immigration enforcement proposal to Congress Sunday evening. If there were any fears that Trump was caving in to Democrat demands on a DACA deal — and there were10 — this immigration plan will quickly dispel them. Trump’s enforcement plan is arguably the toughest ever offered by any administration. The fundamental theme running throughout the plan is a renewed focus on the primary problem — closing illegal immigration loopholes.

The plan calls for Congress to comprehensively rewrite immigration laws in order to stiffen security enforcement on both the border and interior (remember, as much as 40% of illegals are visa overstays11). The plan also calls for changes to laws to cut the so-called migration chain, as well as funding for building the border wall and the hiring of more deportation agents. In brief, Trump’s proposal is a three-part plan that highlights border security, interior enforcement and merit-based immigration.

A senior White House official stated, “Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems. If you don’t solve these problems, then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”

The Trump administration said that it designed the plan from the ground up after seeking input from the Justice, State and Labor Departments and agents on the ground. They were asked what tools they needed in order to finally get a handle on the problem. The details of this immigration plan are a direct result of that input.

Trump is rightly focusing on fixing issues of enforcement (or the lack thereof) that have allowed the problem of illegal immigration in the first place before addressing the secondary issue of how to handle the DACA problem12.

Top Headlines13

    EPA to formally repeal so-called Clean Power Plan killing coal power plants (The Washington Times14)

    Trashing Trump: ABC, CBS, NBC coverage of president 92% negative (PoliZette15)

    DNC wins favorable headlines following announcement it’ll basically funnel Weinstein cash back to itself (Washington Examiner16)

    The “Resistance” is raising big bucks and reshaping the Left (The New York Times17)

    Shock diagnosis: Leftist declares Trump mentally ill! (Baltimore Sun18.)

    VP Pence walks out of NFL game over players’ kneeling protest (NBC News19)

    Iran’s IRGC: If Trump imposes sanctions, U.S. military bases should move outside our missile range (CNS News20)

    Health insurers in Florida request premium rate hikes as high as 71% (The Washington Free Beacon21)

    Christians booted from Seattle coffee shop: “I’m gay. You have to leave.” (The Washington Times22)

    Humor: Nobel Peace Prize awarded to woman with “Coexist” bumper sticker (The Babylon Bee23)

    Policy: Yes, tax cuts will mainly benefit those who … pay the most taxes (New York Post24)

    Policy: The truth about Christopher Columbus (The Daily Signal25)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Why Columbus Day Is Worth Celebrating27


By Robin Smith

If written today, the childhood poem about Columbus Day would look nothing like the original. You likely remember, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain…” According to the historical revisionists of today, Columbus was neither brave nor bright, but was rather an imperialist and racist bigot.

For antifa malcontents28 who use violence to “speak,” their holiday today is “Deface Columbus Day.” The aim is to mark the day of the Italian explorer’s discovery of America by destroying and vandalizing statues and memorials of Christopher Columbus. So antifa thugs get to veil their faces with masks while they break out their soda cans filed with concrete, their bike chains and blow torches and mark a historical day by exhibiting their arrested development.

Meanwhile, if you live in any number of “enlightened” progressive cities, today is “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” According to Chrissie Castro of the LA Native American Indian Commission, “We need to dismantle a state-sponsored celebration of genocide of indigenous peoples. To make us celebrate on any other day would be further injustice.”

So by all means, let’s celebrate the natives who practiced29 slavery, cannibalism and human sacrifice, as well as perpetrated horrific genocide of their own. That’s so much better.

Moreover, it’s especially rich to have the open borders folks screeching from their sanctuary cities that indigenous people have rights that should be respected by immigrants.

Leftists are truly determined to destroy America’s remarkable discovery and founding. They use many tools to sully and rewrite history, one of which is called “presentism.”

What’s presentism? It’s the approach to events of the past that views them through the lens of modern morality, behavior and ethics. This method takes events of history, such as the many expeditions of Columbus, and deconstructs them into vile categories of invasion and barbarism as measured by biased and politically correct intellectuals devoted to self-loathing instead of guarding world and American history — the good, the bad and the ugly — for the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Put simply, the morally superior elites of today judge all events — Columbus’ discoveries, the horrors of slavery, various wars, etc. — as if they happened within the last few days.

Let’s analyze a few facts about Columbus Day to truly appreciate the holiday in perspective.

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 on: October 09, 2017, 09:48:37 AM 
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The New World

“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)
 
The phrase “the new world” as applied to the two American continents is believed to have been coined by the explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who claimed to have been the first to sight the actual mainland. This is believed to be the chief reason why America was named after him rather than Christopher Columbus, who had “discovered” some of the islands of the West Indies just a few years before. (Actually, some of the Norsemen and possibly others discovered this new world several centuries before either one—not to mention the American “Indians,” who reached the continent much earlier than any of them.)
 
Columbus himself has many memorials named after him, of course. Think of the many cities named Columbus or Columbia, as well as the great Columbia River. Even America itself has been called Columbia in a number of songs and poems.
 
But was not a new world to God! It has been here all along, and we are thankful to be a part of it today.
 
There is a real new world coming, however! The Old Testament prophet Isaiah received God’s promise long ago. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). The New Testament prophet John actually described it as seen in a wonderful vision. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” he said, and then described some of its beauties (see Revelation 21:1).
 
But the apostle Peter transmitted the most wonderful news of all about this new world when he wrote that “we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). And all of us who by faith have been made righteous in Christ shall live there forever! HMM

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 on: October 08, 2017, 02:58:08 PM 
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The Rightness Of God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


There are many theological words which most people — even most Christian people — do not understand. Among these is the Bible word “righteousness”. Actually, though, this word is very simple and we ought to understand about God’s righteousness even before we learn of His love.

Righteousness is simply an old word for rightness. When we say that God is righteous, we simply mean that what He does is always right; that He will not and cannot do anything that is not right. This is why Paul declares in Romans 1:16, 17:

    “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…FOR THEREIN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS [rightness] OF GOD REVEALED…”

We are proud to proclaim the gospel of the grace of God because it emphasizes God’s rightness. The gospel does not tell us that God will overlook our sins or wink at them and smuggle us into heaven. It doesn’t tell us that He will forgive us if we are sorry enough or do enough good deeds to counterbalance our sins. By no means.

The “gospel of the grace of God” is based on His rightness. It is the wonderful message that “Christ died for our sins”, that He paid for them Himself so that He might justly offer us forgiveness and declare us righteous.

Romans 3:26 puts it beautifully. There the apostle declares that since our sins were paid for by Christ at Calvary, God can now “be just — and the Justifier of him who believes in Jesus”.

For centuries religious people have said to each other: “We must be truly sorry for our sins and do all the good we can and surely God will forgive and accept us”. But this is not the gospel. The gospel gives us more solid ground to plant our feet upon. It says to every man, woman and child: “Your sins were PAID FOR by Christ at Calvary. Trust in Him and you will be saved”. This is gospel [good news] indeed, for it is based on the just payment of the penalty for sin.

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 on: October 08, 2017, 02:56:13 PM 
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Consider carefully how you listen!

(J.C. Ryle)

"Consider carefully how you listen!" Luke 8:18

We learn from this verse, the great importance of right hearing. The words of our Lord Jesus Christ ought to impress that lesson deeply on our hearts. He says, "Consider carefully how you listen!"

The degree of benefit which men receive from all the means of grace--depends entirely on the way in which they use them.

Private PRAYER lies at the very foundation of religion--yet the mere formal repetition of a set of words, when "the heart is far away"--does good to no man's soul.

Reading the BIBLE is essential to the attainment of sound Christian knowledge--yet the mere formal reading of so many chapters as a task and duty, with out a humble desire to be taught of God, is little better than a waste of time.

Just as it is with praying and Bible reading--so it is with LISTENING. It is not enough that we go to Church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing bettered, but rather worse! "Consider carefully," says our Lord, "how you listen!"

Would anyone know how to listen aright? Then let him lay to heart three simple rules:

For one thing, we must listen with FAITH, believing implicitly that every Word of God is true, and shall stand. The Word in old time did not profit the Jews, "not being mixed with faith in those who heard it." Hebrews 4:2

For another thing, we must listen with REVERENCE--remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit of the Thessalonians. They received Paul's message, "not as the word of men--but the Word of God." 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Above all, we must listen with PRAYER--praying for God's blessing before the sermon is preached, and praying for God's blessing again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of the hearing of many. They ask no blessing--and so they receive none. The sermon passes through their minds like water through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.

Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let as not rush into God's presence careless, reckless, and unprepared--as if it did not matter how we listened. Let us carry with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our companions--then we shall listen with profit, and return with praise!

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 on: October 08, 2017, 10:49:31 AM 
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Tragic Ignorance

“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” (Luke 19:41-42)
 
The Lord had finally acknowledged to the Jewish leaders that He was their promised Messiah, riding into the city on a donkey’s colt in fulfillment of prophecy (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-7), but they refused to accept and prepared to crucify Him. Therefore, Jesus wept over the city, for He knew it would soon be destroyed “because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:44).
 
There are many other cases of such tragic ignorance in the Bible. For example, “Samson . . . wist not that the LORD was departed from him” (Judges 16:20), and it cost him his great strength and finally his life.
 
The ungodly sinners in the days of Noah “knew not until the flood came, and took them all away” (Matthew 24:39). Of the northern kingdom of Israel, it was said: “Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not” (Hosea 7:9). These “strangers” were the pagan Canaanites who had turned the people away from the true God.
 
This is a real danger facing many church and parachurch organizations of the end times, typified by the church at Laodicea. The Lord says to such churches, “I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:16-17).
 
May God deliver each of us from tragic ignorance of our need before Him. We should pray with the psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). HMM

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If Paul Wrote a Letter to Your Church
by Pastor Kevin Sadler


    “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thes. 1:1).

In 2 Thessalonians 1:1, it’s interesting to note that unlike other letters of Paul, he adds nothing to his name. He doesn’t say, “Paul, called to be an apostle”; “Paul, an apostle…by the will of God”; “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.” Those familiar things by which he designates himself are omitted here.

By this he’s showing that his apostleship, his call, role, title, leadership and office were not in question among the Thessalonian church, so he didn’t need to make any reference to it. But Paul’s apostleship is constantly in question today, despite his words in Romans 11:13:

    “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.”

Paul is the apostle of the nations, the Gentiles. Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, magnifies his office. We are to do the same. Paul was called by the will of God for this dispensation of grace. He was called to be an apostle for Christ to reveal to him the revelation of the mystery, the body of truth for this age, and for God to reveal His Son in him according to Christ’s heavenly ministry today.

Paul is the one apostle of this dispensation. He is our apostle. Christ has revealed His will through Paul’s thirteen letters for us to know what is Christ’s mind, will, and heart for His Church, the Body of Christ, under grace. Is there confusion about Paul’s role in your church? Perhaps your church knows Paul is our apostle, but makes no mention of it? If Paul wrote a letter to your church, how would he address it?

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 on: October 07, 2017, 03:02:29 PM 
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Never let us read any portion of God's Word without looking up for divine teaching!

(James Smith, "The Evening Sacrifice; Or, A Help to Devotion" 1859)

"Open my eyes--that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law." Psalm 119:18

God's Book is a book of wonders! It is a wonderful record . . .
  of God's power in creation,
  of His wisdom in providence,
  and of His grace in redemption.

It has the stamp of infinity upon it. We cannot penetrate its heights, fathom its depths, or traverse its lengths and breadths--but as we are taught of God. The Holy Spirit, who composed it and inspired holy men to write it, must unfold and reveal it to our minds--or we shall never . . .
  see its glory,
  be impressed with its majesty,
  or rejoice in its divine truths.

Never let us read any portion of God's Word without looking up for divine teaching. Never let us imagine that we know all that is contained in any one verse of God's blessed Book--for there is a fullness in the holy Scriptures not to be found anywhere else.

Oh, ever blessed Spirit of God, who has given us Your holy Word to . . .
   instruct our intellects,
   sanctify our hearts, and
   regulate our lives--we beseech You to . . .
enlighten our minds to understand it,
open our hearts to receive it,
give us faith to believe it, and
enable us to reduce it to practice in our every-day life!

O may we be given grace . . .
  understand the sublime doctrines,
  believe the precious promises, and
  practice the holy precepts of Your blessed Word!
Lord, unveil to us the types, unfold to us the prophecies--and apply to our hearts, the consolatory portions of the sacred Scriptures. May we hide the Word in our hearts, that we may not sin against You. O to catch the meaning, taste the sweetness, and feel the power--of Your holy truth! O Lord, open our eyes, and unfold the truth to us this night! O Lord, soften our hearts, and bring home Your Word with power!

"Then He opened their understanding--that they might understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:45

"Behold, God is exalted in His power! Who is a teacher like Him?" Job 36:22

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 on: October 07, 2017, 10:00:52 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
A Credible Lifestyle

“And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey.” (Mark 1:6)
 
At times we tend to think of John the Baptist as a wild man, one who would have been either an offense or a laughingstock to those he was trying to reach, but in reality quite the opposite was true. He was greatly respected and believed; some even wondered if he should have been worshiped as “that prophet” (i.e., the Messiah) or revered as Elijah (John 1:21). His “preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Luke 3:3) was so effective that not only the common people (Luke 3:10) but also the publicans (v. 12), soldiers (v. 14), priests, and Levites (John 1:19), as well as the Pharisees and the Sadducees (Matthew 3:7), came to hear his teaching. Many repented and were baptized.
 
Far from lacking credibility, John’s style was what was expected of a prophet. Indeed, his ministry and message were in fulfillment of those of Elijah (Malachi 4:5), who himself “was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins” (2 Kings 1:8). Even false prophets mimicked this style (Zechariah 13:4) to gain credibility.
 
The point is, we should strive to package our timeless message of the gospel of Christ in such a way as to gain the greatest hearing and the most true converts. This is not to say that we should dress as John or Elijah did, for that would be bizarre in today’s world. Nor should we flaunt riches, for both styles detract from the message and induce ridicule and blasphemy.
 
Perhaps the principle is to dress and act as the hearers would expect a credible, sober conveyer of truth to behave. Let us be careful to “adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things” (Titus 2:10). JD

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