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Angels And Demons

angelvsdemonFrom: The Pens of Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder

“Angels & Demons,” Ron Howard’s new movie based on author Dan Brown’s series of novels featuring a fictional anti-religious zealot posing as a pseudo-intellectual professor, is another Christophobic, slanderous liberal attack on faith and reason.

Though the movie tones down the hero’s knee-jerk atheist attitude against the historical Christian faith of Protestants and Catholics, it still manages to attack those of us who have strong faith in God, Jesus Christ and the biblical accounts of God’s interaction with His creation. In other words, the movie still reflects Dan Brown’s false anti-Christian, secular humanist worldview.

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The Redeemer Would Come

John Calvin

John Calvin

Quoting John Calvin:

Moreover when comfort is promised in affliction, especially when the deliverance of the Church is described, the banner of faith and hope in Christ is unfurled. “Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed,” says Habakkuk, (3: 13.) And whenever mention is made in the Prophets of the renovation of the Church, the people are directed to the promise made to David that his kingdom would be for ever. And there is nothing strange in this, since otherwise there would have been no stability in the covenant. To this purpose is the remarkable prophecy in Isaiah 7: 14. After seeing that the unbelieving king Ahab repudiated what he had testified regarding the deliverance of Jerusalem from siege and its immediate safety, he passes as it were abruptly to the Messiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel;” intimating indirectly, that though the king and his people wickedly rejected the promise offered to them, as if they were bent on causing the faith of God to fail, the covenant would not be defeated—the Redeemer would come in his own time.

Elementary Thoughts: Rebellion – Part 9

DISCOURAGEMENT

The discouraged child often becomes the rebellious child. I discussed the principaleffects of discouragement upon children in chapter five of this book. The point that I want to make here is that a few thoughtful words spoken at the right moment can go a long way in a person’s life.

As I entered my office, I noticed an envelope lying on my desk. The envelope had already been opened and was addressed to one of our teachers. On the outside of the envelope a note had been attached which read, “Sam, this made my day. I thought I would share it with you.”

I pulled the contents out of the envelope to find a short letter from a teacher at the nearby middle school and an essay by one of her students. The letter explained that the teacher had assigned her students to write an essay on “My Hero.” They were to identify someone they admired most and explain why. The young girl’s paper I held in my hand identified her hero as the teacher that she had four years earlier in our elementary school.

The essay continued to explain that the reason the student chose this teacher as her hero was because she had taken the time to encourage her to overcome her fears and low self esteem. This young student constantly worried about being rejected by her peers. She also perceived herself as possessing little ability in comparison with others. She felt that this teacher had been a very important influence in her life because she had helped her to see herself as a capable individual. Because this teacher had downplayed the negatives and invested in the positive attributes of this student’s character and ability, this young lady looked back on her year with this teacher as a life changing experience.

Encouragement is a life changing experience. Unfortunately, so is discouragement. Parents need to learn how to make encouragement an ally in developing emotionally healthy children. (Continued tomorrow)

What Of Citizens Who Cannot Manage Their Own Affairs?

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

Quoting French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859):

“It really is difficult to imagine how people who have entirely given up managing their own affairs could make a wise choice of those who are to do that for them. One should never expect a liberal, energetic, and wise government to originate in the votes of a people of servants.”

Tyranny Is Always Whimsical

walterwilliamsIn The Words of Walter Williams:

“Live Free or Die” is the title of author and JWR columnist Mark Steyn’s speech at Hillsdale College, reproduced in Imprimis (April 2009), a Hillsdale publication that’s free for the asking. Canadian born, now living in New Hampshire, Steyn has had firsthand experience with socialist tyranny in his home country that is rapidly becoming a part of America. Commenting on one of his run-ins with Canada’s human rights commissions, Steyn points how it might seem bizarre to find the progressive left making common cause with radical Islam. One half of that alliance is pro-gay, pro-feminist secularists and the other half is homophobic, misogynist theocrats. Steyn argues what they have in common overrides their differences, namely, “Both the secular Big Government progressives and the political Islam recoil from the concept of the citizen, of the free individual entrusted to operate within his own societal space, assume his responsibilities, and exploit his potential.”

I doubt whether there are many Americans who think Congress has either the right or competency to choose where they live, what clothes they wear or what cars they drive. Yet many Americans stand ready to allow Congress to decide what doctors they go to and what treatments they receive. We forget that once we have government-sponsored health care, it can be used to justify almost any restraint on liberty. That’s the justification behind helmet and seatbelt laws. Britain is well along the road toward totally controlling health care. Steyn says, “Under Britain’s National Health Service, for example, smokers in Manchester have been denied treatment for heart disease, and the obese in Suffolk are refused hip and knee replacements. Patricia Hewitt, the British Health Secretary, says that it’s appropriate to decline treatment on the basis of ‘lifestyle choices.'” Steyn adds, “Smokers and the obese may look at their gay neighbor having unprotected sex with multiple partners, and wonder why his ‘lifestyle choices’ get a pass while theirs don’t. But that’s the point: Tyranny is always whimsical.”

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How Should Christians Respond To The Gay Agenda?

gayfistFrom: The Pen of John MacArthur

If you’ve been watching the headlines over the past six months, you may have noticed the incredible surge of interest in affirming homosexuality. Whether it’s at the heart of a religious scandal, political corruption, radical legislation, or the redefinition of marriage, homosexual interests have come to characterize America. That’s an indication of the success of the gay agenda. But sadly, when people refuse to acknowledge the sinfulness of homosexuality—calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20)—they do so at the expense of many souls, perhaps even their own.

How should you respond to the success of the gay agenda? Should you accept the recent trend toward tolerance? Or should you side with those who exclude homosexuals and decry the sin? The Bible calls for a balance between what some people think are two opposing reactions—condemnation and compassion. Really, the two together are essential elements of biblical love, and that’s something the homosexual desperately needs.

Homosexual advocates have been remarkably effective in selling their warped interpretations of passages in Scripture that address homosexuality. When you ask a homosexual what the Bible says about homosexuality—and many of them know—they have digested an interpretation that is not only warped, but also completely irrational. Pro-homosexual arguments from the Bible are nothing but smokescreens—as you come close, you see right through them.

God’s condemnation of homosexuality is abundantly clear—He opposes it in every age:

  • In the patriarchs (Genesis 19:1-28)
  • In the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)
  • In the Prophets (Ezekiel 16:46-50)
  • In the New Testament (Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Jude 7-8)

Why does God condemn homosexuality? Because it overturns God’s fundamental design for human relationships—a design that pictures the complementary relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33).

Why, then, have homosexual interpretations of Scripture been so successful at persuading so many? Simple: people want to be convinced. Since the Bible is so clear about the issue, sinners have had to defy reason and embrace error to quiet their accusing consciences (Romans 2:14-16). As Jesus said, “Men loved the darkness rather than the Light, [because] their deeds were evil” (John 3:19-20).

As a Christian, you must not compromise what the Bible says about homosexuality—ever. No matter how much you desire to be compassionate to the homosexual, your first sympathies belong to the Lord and to the exaltation of His righteousness. Homosexuals stand in defiant rebellion against the will of their Creator who from the beginning “made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4).

Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by homosexual advocates and their futile reasoning—their arguments are without substance. Homosexuals, and those who advocate that sin, are fundamentally committed to overturning the lordship of Christ in this world. But their rebellion is useless, for the Holy Spirit says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; cf. Galatians 5:19-21).

So, what is God’s response to the homosexual agenda? Certain and final judgment. To claim anything else is to compromise the truth of God and deceive those who are perishing.

As you interact with homosexuals and their sympathizers, you must affirm the Bible’s condemnation. You are not trying to bring damnation on the head of homosexuals, you are trying to bring conviction so that they can turn from that sin and embrace the only hope of salvation for all of us sinners—and that’s through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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