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 Re: Coley:

Coley: Understood and received. thank you brother.

 2008/6/13 13:49
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Brothertom,

Right after I had posted that bit about the Puritans, I thought it might be distracting so I removed it...but not before you grabbed some of it!

MC


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 Re: MC: Puritans and America today, and crusades.



I understand MC: I think all of us are trying to work this out, and slot this in it's right place, while we walk to inherit and expand the Kingdom of Heaven under the King..


I also understand that your reasoning was, and rightfully is, that the issue of the murder of the innocents is not the primary mission of the Kingdom of Heaven, though it is certainly a torrential and fiery assault on all that represents Life. I think that you were trying to Establish the fact that the Puritan's had an admirable balance between their Spiritual life, and their obligations to the society and government they were living under. Point well taken.[minus the caveat I addressed, and the probable motive for your belated withdrawal]


This brings to mind , as you noted, the tendency to become obsessed or dogmatic while pursuing such a quest for justice, or the substitution of such a righteous crusade as a motive and means to please God, solely by the participating and the doing of it.


There have been several people who have murdered the surgeons performing Abortions, and many, many "clinics" burned to the ground by the "faithful." It is absurd to think of our Lord Jesus reacting to the wicked in such a way. Standing against Abortion in itself, has nothing to do with honoring God, though God hates murder, and thereby Abortion. Walking with Jesus and submitting to His Holy Spirit disciplines is Honoring Him.


"They follow the Lamb wherever He Goes." That is pleasing to the Father. The tsunami of genocide, war, plague, famine and suffering in Africa ......Now...is just as brutal, and the Lord places the burden on men, not those involved in the Lord's work that would like to. To serve and pray for Africa, or for the unborn, the Lordship of Jesus in our lives is the pinnacle we seek. The Godly mother and housewife may be far closer to Jesus' desire, than the most ardent of Preachers and oppositionists to Abortion. It is about this relationship to His Son, that he divides the righteous and unrighteous, not a cause or a crusade.


Never the less, it is a monumental sin that our Country, and our neighbors endorse each and every day, and it is in our face, whether we like it or not. Someone more important than the media is watching, too.


As Christians we are not to strive, and let the Peace of God rule in our hearts, and we must be led of His Spirit. While we are led into service, and a quiet life, perhaps we are called to intercede for the helpless, or even to act in some God directed way to see this abomination forever cease. If not, there can be a tendency for those that do, to judge them for their passivity.


Probably most of the protesters against the statute of Molech are not born again, unsaved, as it is a living crusade today taken up by the Pope, and his company..[ one billion strong.] This does not affect the Christian either way, and if we strive to honor Jesus, in all that we do or think or respond to, it must be by Faith, and that is always intensly personal, and hidden in the heart of the believing individual.







 2008/6/13 16:30
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Hi brother Mike and thank you for your response.



Brother Mike, I do think that Senator Obahma is a national leader for us(as citizens of the US), and especially now since he is in a highly visible position of being a candidate for President.



Because of this, I think we have to take great care in how we speak about him, or other leaders, in speaking out against evil in our society. One passage in particular that comes to mind is 2Peter 2:9-11.





"Hard to tell when it is so clouded in off the record rhetoric..."



Isn't this even more reason to exercise caution in our reponse though(Proverbs 18:13)?




I had shared the message from pastor Wurmbrand before. I think some of the stories there can be encouraging to us here, in showing how believers there have responded and lived in the face of evil.




Grace and peace to all in Christ.


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 2008/6/14 7:54Profile
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Dear Chris,

Brother thank you for being faithful to keep these things before us. I know them as well and generally am just as inclined to bring them forth, to remembrance in these kinds of discussions.

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Brother Mike, I do think that Senator Obahma is a national leader for us(as citizens of the US), and especially now since he is in a highly visible position of being a candidate for President.



But he is not yet a national leader and I pray he does not become one with the ideology he holds and will forward. The emphasis I was drawing attention to is towards those speaking in 'our' stead for lack of a better term, and perhaps that presents something of a problem in speaking out loud in wonder, as a reaction towards that which was brought about by these articles.

Rather than rehash it all and I do wish to beg off this now as I see it turning out into just more possible misconceptions ... A couple of notations. The senator invited them for the purpose of ... however it was crafted and again this being highly political we can all draw our own conclusions and possible motivations if we wish.

If I could be really blunt about it, it seems there is something in itself that is spurious, that it is something of merit just to be invited to such an inquiry, can I just say, big deal? Having already the knowledge of his platforms and flattering\faltering faith and what he proposes to uphold in murdering the innocents that there is no man to bring a sharp two edged sword to his conscience when such a grand opportunity has been handed to them on a silver platter? Yes the allusions to John the Baptist again.

To put it another way, if this is truly a tapping into the collective conscience of Christianity, where was something of like manner in the days of bill's being presented in support (or denial) of the yet to be born. On the unspeakable horrors of 'partial birth abortions' and so forth? No, this is politically motived and those spokesman cannot be that gullible not to know it, can they?

Again and last, it is the waffling and seemingly chumminess of it all that bothers. Remember, they do not force themselves upon him to be heard but were invitees. If this was all to be off the record, then where is integrity of it? That I found just as bothersome and confusing if not dishonest ...

There is enough angles that this could be looked at that it is difficult to express them all, the verses come from all directions; What fellowship has darkness with light? The cup of the Lord and the cup of demons? In other words, and towards that expressed by others, yourself and even myself so often here ... what business do we even have in these political forays other than to bring God's word emphatically, forcefully and faithfully to the situation?

Brother it just seems to be a whole different dichotomy that cannot be compared to Paul's regret of speaking out of place to the high priest, we are not under that type of government and further more one must wonder just how Paul might have reacted if he was invited to a similar situation that is before us.

Criticizing the 'leaders' of our own stripe ... It does give me pause I must admit and I think the reaction here is indeed limited because we do not know what all was said and that is the problem that I keep coming back around to redundantly. It is a reaction to what was leaked, that it was leaked and maybe because of all this leakiness,... it is just a mess.


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 2008/6/14 9:50Profile
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Hi everyone.


Over the weekend I came across a group of people preaching, and because of some things I had heard them say before, I questioned them about whether it was permissible for Christians to bring accusations against their leaders(of government). And during our exchange the speaker said different things about the President, to accuse him.



Later that night, as I was heading to the train station to go home I came across a sign that had been placed on a pole along the street, advertising a speech about the unjust authority of the State, or how the philosophical idea of a State authority was wrong.




Those are two responses.




I have thought about the story that Pastor Wurmbrand tells in the message I shared here with you all, of an old Christian woman in Communist Russia, whose son had been tortured and killed by the communists. And her response to the communist officer that confronted her while she was praying in the snow.



I just recently got a book that he had published under a pseudonym. The book is called ' Jesus - Freind to Terrorists' and I started reading it today on the bus ride home. I was struck by this story he tells of a Christian in Japan who had started the trade union movement there and how he diffused a possible strike by telling the workers to



'"Rather, send a delegation to the president of the comapny, bow politely before him, and say 'we regret that we were so heartless as not to realise the difficulties through which you are passing. Our children are used to deprivations, while your's aren't. We will gladly work for you without taking any salary just to show you our faithfulness to the enterprise."'






Maybe there is some similar radical way in which the Lord Jesus wants to triumph here, through us also.


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Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2008/6/16 21:34Profile









 Re:Honor our leaders first?, or choose the fiery furnace?


Hi Chris! I just wanted to ask you; Who should we submit to?...McCain, Bush or Obama?


Is it OK for us to evaluate their policies in light of the
Word of God?



Should we be silent if their policies and the implementation of their ideas hurt or kill people?


It is definitely not permissible in Communist countries. I returned from China last winter. Did you know that they demand a "one child" policy, outside of the farming country?[4 children for the drone workers]


Did you know that this policy is often enforced by kidnap and mandated Abortion? Did you know, that multitudes of Chinese women , each year, have enforced Abortion, up and until the time of delivery?


Did you know that if you are pregnant illegally, and refuse methods to remove [b]IT[/b] from your womb, they will take [b]IT[/b], with any means at their disposal? Did you know that they will hunt a woman down, and imprison her, until [b]It [/b] is dead, and then send her back to work again, with penalties for resistance?


Oh, but my conscience of citizenship with integrity would never allow me to be critical of my leaders,,,,it's just wrong...just wrong!



Your logic, is certainly not Christian, in this matter. I'm not sure what it is.



Did you ever wonder why the Christians in early Rome, lived in the Catacombs beneath the city? Think about it. Did you ever Consider, that the one thing that Rome demanded, was to bow their knee, to Caesar, as Lord and lawgiver?, and they knew that some things , in the submission to civil authority are unthinkable, and impossible for them to do. They would rather die, first.


You blatantly confuse forgiving our persecutors with submission to them. I'll always criticize and oppose their ungodly policies, for they are of the Devil, yet I will always forgive them, when they trespass against me. There is a difference, Chris.


I also will pray for those in Authority, for the sake of the Church, no matter what they believe, for I know that their heart and will, is in the Hand of God's will, in JESUS! I prayed for Bill Clinton, in this way. Does it mean I respect this vile Whore-monger , Liar and Abortionist? You may, but I do not. I do not respect Obama's many Anti-Christ positions, but I will pray for him, as President, just as I did for my President, Bill Clinton.


The early Church prayed after James' death; Peter was freed. I'll bet they prayed for Herod too, and forgave Him. I'll bet, in their prayers for this ruler, they asked for protection for their children, and their lives. I'll say that God heard, and took Herod away in the most humiliating way.


Did you know that Abortions decreased under Clinton, and were up under George Bush #1? Odd, huh? Christians woke up under their leftist ideology and sought God for protection of the Church.


If Christians won't criticize and rebuke evil in the ideas of our leaders, who will, Chris?



Thank you for your concern, and thoughts, though.

 2008/6/18 12:52
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 Re: Honor our leaders first?, or choose the fiery furnace?

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Your logic, is certainly not Christian, in this matter. I'm not sure what it is.



Brothertom,

Don't jump to conclusions brother. Chris has been an asset to this community for a long time and that is only by way of mention.

He can certainly defend himself but I think you may be pouring more into this than what he is intending.


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Hi Brothertom,



Brothertom, about this,

'Who should we submit to?...'




I had written something before in this thread and I would like if I may to post it again in reply here:



"I do think we are to submit to the authority of the rulers of our land(as citizens) in as much as they do not require of us to do something which is contrary to the laws of the Kingdom of Heaven. And I do think that would include giving them due benevolence and respect(1 Peter 2:17) for the authority that they have, from God Himself."







My concern here is that we do not expose ourselves to condemnation in the things we say publicly about others, or our leaders in government especially.








"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [i]are they[/i], self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;"


- 2 Peter 2:9-12(KJV)




[i]...they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities[/i]




[i]...angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.[/i]





According to Strong's, the word translated 'speak evil' here is:



G987
βλασφημέω
blasphēmeō
blas-fay-meh'-o
From G989; to vilify; specifically to speak impiously: - (speak) blaspheme (-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.





Of 'railing', that it is



G989
βλάσφημος
blasphēmos
blas'-fay-mos
From a derivative of G984 and G5345; scurrilous, that is, calumnious (against man), or (specifically) impious (against God): - blasphemer (-mous), railing.




And accusation, that it is



G2920
κρίσις
krisis
kree'-sis
(Subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension a tribunal; by implication justice (specifically divine law): - accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.





I do think that the scripture teaches that men in authority in goverment are in a place of high honor, even if they do not use the authority rightly(Dan 4:36, 17, 1 Pet 2:17).

EDIT: 'rightly' or I should say, even if they do not use that authority rightly in every way.




John Gill says of the phrase [i]honour the king[/i] in 1 Peter 2:17(taken from e-sword)


[b]honour the king[/b]; Caesar, the Roman emperor, though a wicked, persecuting Nero, and so any other king or governor; who, so far as he acts the part of a civil magistrate, preserves the peace, the property, and liberty of his subjects, is a terror to evil works, and an encourager of good ones, and rules according to the laws of God, and civil society, is deserving of great honour and esteem from men; and which is to be shown by speaking well of him; by a cheerful subjection to him; by an observance of the laws, and by payment of tribute, and doing everything to make him easy, and honourable in his government: advice much like this is given by Isocrates (f),


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