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crsschk
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I understand what you are saying Mike, but you are missing what I am trying to say. Bush going to a three-self church is absolutely a slap and spit in the face to the house church Christians and the pastors who are sitting in prisons and labor camps at this very moment for standing up against the three-self church. It is times like these that we should all hang our heads in shame for being Americans and having a man like Bush represent us as our president - for he is in terrible error endorsing the very thing the Christians in China are standing up against and refusing to be part of. How dare President Bush attend a communist approved three-self church. We need to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted not slap and spit in their faces by endorsing what they are standing up against.


Flipping it around that way, I cannot argue with that brother. He would have had to come up with quite the Michael Jackson disguise to do the former you proposed, but this is a good point you make.

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In fact, many of them are praying that we experience persecution so we can know the unspeakable joy of being sold out to Jesus.



The rubber mets the road...

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America is not a Christian nation but unfortunately it is a very religious nation. Enough said...


And well said brother.


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Mike Balog

 2005/11/20 13:03Profile
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bro Patrick
i feel you and agree with you in Spirit that we have become a sick and twisted nation. However i praise the Lord that He is raising up mighty men and women for His work. Those that stay true to the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be refined by the fire of the Lord's judgement/correction and the chaff shall burn away. i pray we repent, repent and repent some more and take hold of a Holy God.AMEN


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Farai Bamu

 2005/11/20 14:52Profile
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bro habakkuk

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In fact, many of them are praying that we experience persecution so we can know the unspeakable joy of being sold out to Jesus.



bro as are even some here. we wonder how the jihadists are so ready to die for their cause and yet we forget that the church at it's inception had the very same fervor concerning Christ. it is all coming full circle and i pray also that we experience this persecution that we may too be sold out to Jesus just as our brethren in China are and just as the church was at it's begininning.

Lord God refine us with Your fire!AMEN


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Farai Bamu

 2005/11/20 14:56Profile
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I hate to say it becasue people might take me wrong but I mentioned it my sermon today -- But I pray that God will purify his church -- Even if that means, and it probably does, persecution. I would rather be imprisoned for Christ in jail than be prisoner of a well to do, lukewarm church anymore. If they are praying that persecution will come to us so we can know Christ in truth, I guess I must join them because I agree.

Blessings.


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Ed Raby

 2005/11/20 15:00Profile
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In fact, many of them are praying that we experience persecution so we can know the unspeakable joy of being sold out to Jesus.



Matt. 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

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Too bad Bush didn't have guts to attend an illegal house church in China. Attending a government sanctioned three-self church is no big feat. Everyone one in China is allowed to attend and worship at such a church.




I thank and praise our God for a president that names the name of Jesus Christ and is the only president in the world that claims he is born again.

He whent to church in a athiestic country, publicly. Yes we can say alot against him not meeting our standards or expectaions, or not attacking the heart of the matter.

Let us keep some scriptures in view when we talk about our president.

1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
For us the president

1 Tim 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

2 Peter 2:10-12 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, 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;

Defenition of dignities:
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Adam Fell

 2005/11/20 19:05Profile
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1 Tim 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, [u]supplications, prayers, intercessions, and [/u][u][b]giving of thanks[/b][/u], be made for all men;[u][b]For kings[/b][/u][u], and for all that are in authority;[/u]

I have to be honest with you all I have not prayed for our president as I ought. But let us pray for him and be obedient to the scriptures give thanks to God for him. And also to give thanks for the president before men in our conversation.


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Adam Fell

 2005/11/20 19:14Profile
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hredii,

From what you are saying we are never allowed to criticize the actions of any political leaders ever. I have heard this position before and I respect it.

Now for me since I have no political affiliation I happen to think both Bill Clinton and George Bush are equally terrible, evil and disgusting men. It would be a shame, in my opinion, for either of theses men to call themselves by the name of Christ, and agree with you that we should not spend our time bashing political leaders continually, but to comment on recent actions in the news I feel is fine. Now the only way you can tell someone else based on scripture to not comment negatively on the action of our current president without being a hypocrite, is to not have every commented negatively on the actions of any of our presidents. Did you ever comment negatively on the actions of Bill Clinton? How about Ted Kennedy or John Kerry - both prominent political leaders? Did you give thanks for Bill Clinton before men in your conversations when he was president?

This would also have to apply all world leader both past and present, not just current American presidents. Have you ever commented negatively on the actions of any of the following? Do you give thanks before men in your conversations of the following Kings and leaders?

Hu Jintoa - China
Fidel Castro - Cuba
Adolph Hitler
Stalin
Mussolini
Ayatollah Kommani - Iran
Kim Il Sung - North Korea
Muammar Qaddafi - Libia

Now I understand that all of these men are in position of authority because they were allowed to be there or put there by God, for His purpose, even if we don't understand what that purpose is. Jesus said Pilate and Herod were given there authority by God and these were both certainly evil men. Nebuchaadnezzar was evil and put in power by God specifically to bring judgment against Israel and there may be an evil leader who was put in power to specifically bring judgment against American. But I don't think that Scripture teaches that we are never allowed to comment negatively about the actions of any political leader.

If your position is that we are never to comment negatively on the actions of any political leader and you have never made (or repent for and stopped) any negative comments on any of the post mentioned men, then I respect your position and will prayerfully search for God to revile to me His will on this matter. But, if have talked negatively about any of the above mentioned men and have not given thanks for them in your conversations before men, then I would have to humbly and respectful submit that you are being a hypocrite. I am not trying to be disrespectful or to condemn you, but in Christian love encourage you to remove the plank from your own eye, if in fact this is the case.

Now again I highly respect the opinion that we are never to talk bad about any political leader and would like to hear from anyone who holds this opinion. What I have a problem with is people who bad mouthed Bill Clinton or Sodom Hussain at every chance they get or with no thought of the matter, but pull out these Scriptures to stop anyone who comments negatively on the actions of a leader of their particular political persuasion.


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Patrick Ersig

 2005/11/20 21:03Profile
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From what you are saying we are never allowed to criticize the actions of any political leaders ever.



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Let us keep some scriptures in view when we talk about our president.

1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
For us the president

1 Tim 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

2 Peter 2:10-12 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, 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;



I am exorting us to have our conversation acording to scripture. nothing more nothing less.

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,


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Adam Fell

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