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Archive for July, 2008

‘Bible’ lawsuit may be sign of things to come

Posted by Scott on July 31, 2008

Pro-family advocates say Christians should get used to legal harassment such as the lawsuit a homosexual activist recently filed against two Bible publishers.

Bradley LaShawn Fowler of Canton, Michigan, does not like the fact that the Bibles produced by Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers both accurately convey God’s prohibition against homosexual behavior. So he is suing in federal court, seeking $10 million from Thomas Nelson and $60 million from Zondervan.

 

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says Bible-believing Christians had better get ready for more of this type of sniping. “Obviously, this is a frivolous publicity stunt, but this is a portent of things to come,” he warns.

 

“We know that the homosexual activists are now targeting, essentially, born-again Christians and committed Catholics and Mormons who oppose their agenda. They’re out to re-write the Bible, to say that the Bible really does not condemn homosexual practice, which it obviously does,” says LaBarbera. “Ultimately, we believe they’ll be doing more and more of these lawsuits against Christians and Christian companies.”

 

LaBarbera says the suit reminds him of British actor and homosexual activist Sir Ian McKellen, who has admitted to ripping pages that contain scriptures condemning homosexuality out of Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms. “The fact is whether you rip the pages out or not, or whether you sue, or whether you pass a law against it, the Word of God still stands,” he emphasizes. “And God’s authority on that issue still stands, no matter what man does.”
 
The judge in the case has denied Fowler’s request for a court-appointed attorney, saying the court had “very genuine concerns” about the legitimacy of the claims in the lawsuit.

 

Jeff Johnson – OneNewsNow – 7/25/2008 10:50:00 AM

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Rick Warren leading an unbiblical-ungodly call!

Posted by Scott on July 29, 2008

Christian broadcaster and author Tom McMahon says evangelical pastor Rick Warren’s belief that the church must take the lead in solving the world’s problems of poverty, disease, and war cannot be reconciled with the scriptures.

 

 

 

 

Pastor Warren will be hosting an interfaith meeting next month with 30 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders “to discuss cooperation for the common good of all Americans.” Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan mobilizes churches to address global problems. But McMahon, president of The Berean Call ministry, says the popular Christian author is introducing evangelical Christianity to the social gospel that he learned from his mentor, social scientist Peter Drucker.
 
“As a Christian, as a biblical Christian, I have real concerns about this because I don’t find this in the scriptures,” McMahon explains. “You see, it’s true the world has all kinds of problems, but he’s working on the symptoms and avoiding the root cause, which is the sin nature of humanity. So how can you work with all kinds of people [who are] called ‘people of faith,’ but it’s not biblical faith?”
 
McMahon contends that only the biblical gospel can change the heart of man, and that Warren is compromising that by working with people who reject the gospel of Christ. He says that although Pastor Warren claims his life’s calling is “to proclaim the gospel truth of salvation in Jesus Christ,” it is doubtful that gospel will be proclaimed at the interfaith meeting.
 
“I believe that Rick has a low view of prophecy,” McMahon contends. “Well, I think he needs to heed the words of Jesus [in Luke 18:8]: ‘When the Son of Man cometh shall He find faith upon the earth?’  Well, ‘people of faith’ yes, but certainly not the faith that Jude exhorts true believers to contend for.”

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No Matter How Difficult….!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

“Christian, no matter how difficult it is for you to bear it, yet the corruptions of your heart (that are not yet crucified) the pride, the selfishness, the impatience, the unfaithfulness, the love of the world….(all of which remain to some degree in the best of Christians) require all trials, afflictions, sicknesses and problems that God (in His kindness) can throw at us.

Such weeds as those that grow in the heart require a ‘hard frost to rot them’!!  The ‘straying bull needs a heavy clog’!!  In the same way, the Christian whom God will keep within His commands and within His place of blessing and service needs afflictions.”   -John Flavel

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God’s Chief Design….!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

“God’s chief design in killing our comforts is to kill our corruptions!  Sanctified afflictions are afflictions lovingly allowed into the lives of believers by our heavenly Father.  These are prescribed by the Great Physician of our souls for purifying our sinful nature.  God cares far more about our eternal heavenly well-being than He does our temporary earthly one.  For God knows:

o Poverty kills pride!

o Public reproach kills public ambitions!

o Needs kill greeds!

So, yield to the work God is trying to do in your current affliction.  God kills our comforts from no other design than to bless us.  Fall in, therefore, with the gracious design of God.  DOn’t fight it!  Instead, during every affliction, pray and ask God to follow it with His blessing. 

Happy is the man who understand, approves, and heartily concurs with the design of God in afflicting circumstances.”                                                -John Flavel

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A Quote and Verse for the day!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

Quote & Verse for the day!

“There is as much joy in the heart of God when He forgives, as there is in the heart of the sinner when he is forgiven. God is as blessed in giving as we are in receiving.” -Charles Spurgeon

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.” -Numbers 14:18 NIV

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Prayer for the day!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

“Lord, help us to desire to be different and separate from the world around us. Forgive each of us for trying to blend in and look like and talk like everyone else in the world…the sin of blending in. May our neighbors and co-workers and school mates see something radically different in our lives and the life of our church and may this difference be what You use to draw them to Yourself.” AMEN

 

-Scott Bailey 2008

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A Prayer for the day!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

Prayer for the day!

“Father, forgive me in the areas that I have been bored with You and desired entertaining to get me to listen. May I be so satiisfied when the entertainment is not there and it is only You. Help me, O Lord, to demonstrate in my life daily a God so real that no one could ever be bored with You.” AMEN

-Scott Bailey 2008

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Did You Know?

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

A woman accepted Christ as her savior and Lord from reading a single sermon page of Charles Spurgeon’s that was wrapped around her butter. Another person working high in the rafters of the church accepted Christ as Spurgeon was testing the acoustics with a single gospel sentence.

God is sovereign in the affairs of His people and draws those chosen to Him.

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Man Does Not Mind A Sovereign God!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

Man does not mind a Soveriegn God as long as He is not Sovereignly setting on man’s own throne. Man does not mind the all loving God who keeps the earth tilted just right, pushes the sun up each morning and draws the curtain with moonlight each night. Man does not mind God keeping watch over His creation when man ask Him too, when he is in distress, but man does not like God to be Sovereign in his personal finances, his number of children, how he lives, what he watches, what he listens to, what he wears, what he eats, who he hangs out with, where he goes, where he lives, where he plays or how he plays, who he marries, what his politics are, the church he attends, the skeletons in his closet, or as Master of his personal throne. No, man really from his own fleeting heart does not like or trust a Sovereign God at all, but it is this great Sovereign God who sets upon His mighty throne in heaven that we preach and it is this Sovereign God we must put our trust in for our very lives!
-Scott Bailey 2008

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The Old Cross vs The New Cross!

Posted by Scott on July 22, 2008

The business of the Church is God. She is purest when most engaged with God and she is astray just so far as she follows other interests, no matter how “religious” or humanitarian they may be.


 

A. W. Tozer
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The Church: The Old Cross and the New Cross

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. –Galatians 6:14

The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics–but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.

I well know how many smooth arguments can be marshalled in support of the new cross. Does not the new cross win converts and make many followers and so carry the advantage of numerical success? Should we not adjust ourselves to the changing times? Have we not heard the slogan, “New days, new ways”? And who but someone very old and very conservative would insist upon death as the appointed way to life? And who today is interested in a gloomy mysticism that would sentence its flesh to a cross and recommend self-effacing humility as a virtue actually to be practiced by modern Christians? These are the arguments, along with many more flippant still, which are brought forward to give an appearance of wisdom to the hollow and meaningless cross of popular Christianity. The Pursuit of Man, 53,54.

“Lord, it’s not popular today to be ‘old-fashioned.’ But I commit myself today to the old cross. Help me today to deny myself, to take up my cross, and to follow You. Amen.”

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