July 13, 2009
1 Corinthians 13:1 (New Living Translation)
1″ If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
I want to make perfectly clear, as to not be misidentified, I am not one of those “Sign Guys”. You know, these guys:
These groups and individuals do not represent Bible believing Christians. They fly in the face of the 1 Corinthians 13:1 . Unfortuantely, many of us get accidently lumped with these people. They do not represent the Christian faith. They are a cult of so called self-righteous hyper-Calvinists.(They misrepresent Christians which ascribe to Reformed theology .) Now I don’t ascribe to Reformed theology. However, I will stand with my brothers in the Lord of the Reformed mindset when the idots and cults like the Fred Phelps family, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_phelps, identify themselves in the same brand. The Sign guys/Fred Phelps family do not represent the Reformed theology.
When you look through the book of Acts, the disciples do open-air preaching.( Example: Acts 2:14-41) Peter DIDN”T hold signs stating, “God hates Jews.” He was openly preaching by the power of God through the Holy Spirit. He took people through God’s Word and taught them. He explained to them what they did and how God used the actions they commited to glorify Jesus.
There is a difference in biblically explaining to someone they are not perfect and are in need of a Savior; and someone verbally or visually berating and belittling a group or individual telling them they have no hope.
Throughout the entire Gospel, Jesus loved the people. He was able to point out the areas in people’s lives which broke their relationship with God, then provided means to restore the broken relationship with the people to God. He gave grace to the humble and the law to the proud.(James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5) Like a doctor, if he is a good doctor, will point out to the patient about the cancer in his body. Only then will the patient be open to cure. Another example, it is a dark and stormy night, I see a bridge washed away by a raging river. If I see a car coming, I must do whatever means possible to tell the people in the car to not go forward or risked being killed. Jesus does the same and gives all believers the command to Go preach the Gospel.(Mark 16:14-16)
There is a biblical way of proclaiming the Word of God and then there are wolves in sheep’s clothing misquoting and misrepresenting the name of Jesus. One organization has been teaching for several years how to biblically proclaim God’s Word in public. Their website is http://www.wayofthemaster.com/ They train Christians how to be evangelists and proclaimers of the Great Commission.
I hope this helps from not throwing those of us wanting to be biblically sound with those “sign guys”.
July 5, 2009
Proverbs 14:34 (New King James Version)
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.
We have just completed celebrating our nation. I just heard an old sermon on the radio from Adrian Rogers. He is on of my favorite pastors. He went to be with the Lord back in 2005. So I cannot take any credit for what is written on this post. Pastor Rogers plainly told his congregation we have gone so far the opposite of what our founding fathers fought and formed for our nation. Instead of looking to God as our Provider, people are looking to Government as providing everything.
In the book of Samuel, God was saddened how the Nation of Israel wanted to be like the other nations. Instead of being ruled by God(theocracy) they wanted to be ruled by man(monarchy). God was very displeased and gave Israel what they wanted. They got taxed out the wazoo and oppressed in many other ways because they chose to do it their way instead of God’s way.
The same way it is going for the United States. The more we take God out of the arenea and confine him to Sundays at church. The less our nation will be blessed as God lifts his hand of protection. Unless we heed Scripture and humble ourseleves to God(2 Chronicles 7:14), it will only be the grace of God we survive as a nation.