The View From 1776

A Dangerous Church

Christian churches should be noted for living and preaching the Gospel everywhere, though confronted with every degree of hostility.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/28 at 07:12 PM
  1. I am afraid that until this nation hits bottom, a nation focused on "self" and "self-gratification," won't listen and will in fact, declare Christians an enemy to their goals revolving around self.

    Notice how the churches were filled to overflowing the weekend after 9-11. Standing room only as people sought to find some answer to that horrific event and since man couldn't provide the answers, they turned to God in droves. That is, until the media, politicians, and "man" started providing them with some answers that reassured them, "we can deal with this and prevent further events like this with "war," and "defense," and "laws," and "wiretapping," etc.

    Yet, watch what happens if a nuclear suitcase bomb goes off in New York in the future. For that matter watch what happens if Yellowstone erupts with its normal force, which would destroy basically all life (plant animal and human) west of the Mississippi. Then watch people turn to God (which is nature since God is not only "Natural Law," but the creator of it).

    Throughout the history of the world, people have "left God," only to return to Him when they realize they aren't in control of their own destiny following huge losses of life. When they realize that the next instant they too, can be destroyed either by a storm, war, murderer, terrorist bomb, WMD, or hijacked plane and that what they thought was "safe," isn't, they will turn to God and pray His power protects them from the "unknown."
    Posted by JanPBurr  on  10/29  at  01:26 AM
  2. Man's natural and false center, ego, is his greatest obstacle to creative growth and personal progress. It all-too-often is corrected by events beyond his knowledge, wisdom, and skill with which to deal.

    The self-person cannot be replaced by a psychological theory, philosophical idea, or religious principle.

    Only a Person Worthy can replace the Self. His name is JESUS. And, paradox of paradox, He will, by your consent, take up residence IN you, the Believer. One cannot have a 'spiritual-self' unless and until one is born of/in the Spirit. JESUS said, "You must be born from above (or again)." He is worthy.

    Small wonder secular/atheistic individuals and collectives hate the Judeo-Christian persons, groups, and governments based in/on GOD's truths.
    (They want to maintain their own 'godhood.' Ego centered self.)

    Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?" Psalm 144:3

    A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you willserve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

    Choose...

    semper fidelis
    vincit veritas
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  10/29  at  11:20 AM
  3. In the past, when the people in the US were closer to God, because the scriptures were taught in schools, churches, and families, it was more appropriate for great men like Billy Graham to preach the message Jesus told to Nicodemus, who had lived his entire life close to God, John 3 "you must be born again." That was really only one little step.

    In the present and future, as the people in the US become farther from God, and more like the Roman Empire, because imposing God was neglected in the schools, churches, and families, it will be necessary to stop using that apologetic, and change the way we view the gospel. We must shift to the way Apostle Paul preached it to the Romans. (I
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/31  at  12:29 PM
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