Dr. Robert Jeffress is the pastor of the historic First Bapitst Church of Dallas. He has made the news this week for beginning a sermon series called “Politically Incorrect.” At least the first two sermons will touch on the issue of homosexuality. Last Sunday, Dr. Jeffress corrected some commonly promoted myths that undermine Scripture’s teaching about the subject. Here’s the outline. About 100 protestors gathered outside the building during the three worship services. You can read the report here.
Thank God for the leadership and courage of a local prominent minister in this time when such a controversial topic would be easier to ignore. He provides an example of how believers will begin having to count the cost of faithfulness to Christ in the very forseeable future.
John, spot on now, bro!
What do you think? Did you see the incident reported on the news recently where an old lady, my guess, in her 70’s had a makeshift cross ripped from her hand by a pro-same sex marriage guy during their assault on a Christian Church?
These folks are emboldened to more and more lawlessness! They may be gay, but their brutality will know no bounds if they perceive there will be no action to stop their angry outbursts on their precious issues like same sex marriage.
My guess is, the tide is turning and Christians in these good old US of A will need to stand up and be humiliated for believing the Truth. Quite possibly, some will die or at least be brutally harmed before all is said and done on this issue locally, statewide and nationally?
Apparently sleeping being an issue in Paul’s day is going to be an issue in our day?
Eph 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Eph 5:12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.
Eph 5:13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,
Eph 5:14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Eph 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
Eph 5:16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph 5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 5:21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
The Scripture that comes to my mind is from Rev. 13:10–
“Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”
The war on the saints in Revelation isn’t just the great one at the end, but is ongoing harder than ever right now, especially in other parts of the world; but nowadays we are seeing the hostility heat up right here in the “land of the free.” Thus, Revelation’s words ought to challenge us to persevere today, and more so, as we see “the Day” approaching.
I got a great idea. Lets just herd all those people who we find do not conform (for whatever reason), into camps and then we can re-educate them. Make em more like me and you. Then we can get some armbands on and go out and burn the rest of them out. Sound familiar. Maybe that minister had a little tiny mustache and held up his right hand at an angle when he was saluted in his previous life. After we take care of the Gays, then we can work on the next group and the next….untill ther’s nobody left but us, the pure elect believers.
Keep the faith.
Naa! Not imaginative enough. It’s already been done. I think we’ll just stick with preaching the Law and the Gospel, praying, and loving them out of the domain of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).
Sorry to break up your party “The Watcher” but I have to agree with “Captain Headknowledge” on this one. We must preach the Law and the Gospel to these homosexuals.
I’ve got some terrific Law and Holy Scripture to recommend theses gay people read…..
“Theodosia Ernest Or, The Heroine of Faith” by the 19th century Babtist Successionist JR. Graves, we cannot go wrong since it’s reading is from the suggestion of the near Christ-like JR. Graves.
Or perhaps a dose of “real” scripture by Michael Horton and his new book “Christless Christianity”
R.Scott Clark truely splashes Holy Scripture in the homosexual face in his God Ordained book “What Reformation Day Really Is”
And even though I realize and admit, I know absolutely NOTHING on the subject, perhaps those gay people are “King James Onlyist’s” that need some God Inspired Words from “Holy Men of Old” like F.F. Bruce, J.I. Parker, Phillip Comfort, and Carl F.H. Henry, and their Holy Canonized book,”The Origen of the Bible.”
I admit I’ve never studied this, but I am right, because I am from Geneva, am of God’s Only True church (Reformed), these men written books I recommend are Holy Canon, and my initials are J.C. (Anyone else see the ordination for me, set by God with those initials?)
“Watcher”, you sound like a typical “King James Onlyist” how dare you cross the line and post on this blog. But then again, I’ve never really researched it. But bet your booties, I am reading as much “Canon” from the inspired Reformed Scriptural authors of our day to come to God’s Truth on this.
Welcome back, Kevin. Boy, it seems all of my smart-aleky critics are having originality problems this week. What can a guy do?
Boy, Kevin, for someone who is remaining separate from my blog for supposedly exalting Spurgeon over Christ when I called him “the prince of preachers,” you sure do know a lot about what I’ve been posting on. That doesn’t seem terribly separate to me.
Yea you’re right. It wasn’t very original of me, as I had to browse your website to find these Scriptural writings. A true elect would have had these Canonized Scriptural Books in his library already.
Last night I stumbled back to your blog site. I read with interest the current discussion between yourself and Kent Brandenburg, which is in your blog entitled “Order of Events in the Translation of the New Testament Texts”, which began on 10/27/08. I was quite surprised your opening statements, as I quote from you….
“If you are knowledgable of the facts below, are not King-James Onlyist, and detect any inaccuracy, feel free to speak up and correct what I’ve written. Of course, if you are King James Onlyist, feel free to engage me in dialogue about it.”
Your statement is very interesting in that you invite “CORRECTION” from “knowledgeable PEOPLE” but “ONLY” from “PEOPLE” who are “NOT” “King-James Onlyists.'” You DO however invite “King-James Onlyists'” to “engage you in dialogue.
What seems to be missing within those two sentences is that true “CORRECTION” comes ONLY from God’s Word, the Bible, and not from “knowledgeable people” invoking man’s wisdom on a theological topic.
Also strange in your fire is that you kind of veil (if you will) that you CANNOT be corrected by “King-James Onlyists”, as you invite them for dialogue, but withhold inclusion of being “corrected” by that particular group of people. In other words, those that are ‘in line’ with your preconceived ideas, are the ONLY people capable of correcting you. “Dialogue from that camp is okay, correction is impossible, because what I believe is right.”
What is odd in your “correction’ and “dialogue” invitation, is that you earlier make the admission “this topic is dear to me, although I am NOT an expert.” And later state “Again, I’M NO SCHOLAR, I just wanted to put this info down to help solidify in my mind THAT WHICH I READ IN THE BOOK.”
These are statements which immediately ring of ‘tunnel vision.’ That what you read in a book of man’s wisdom, is where you are looking for truth.
I earlier implored you to search the Scriptures for your learning and proofs, not the ranting of folks shooting down things which they have no idea about.
With all that said, I must say I am no “King James Onlyist” however, of the English translations, the King James (though not perfect), is by far the most reliable of the English Bibles.
To begin a blog topic with an admittance that you have very little knowledge in the topic’s area, then to immediately stand firm ground that you are open to correction from one camp (the one that see’s things YOUR way), yet not the other, is quite a shaky foundation to stand on.
The Reformed Church has for centuries been the most faithful to God’s Laws, perhaps one could even say, by far. But the direction many within it are taking, heeping to themselves so-called Reformed Apologists books and writings, and straying away from the precepts of God’s Laws are stunning. Many in the Reformed Church sadly are falling away. The Church itself has been shot through with the Charismatic gospel, false teachings on Baptism, slowly opening the door to women, the change on their original teachings on divorce and many other areas. Don’t believe these statement? Study up and you’ll see.
Godly men like John Calvin and Martin Luther must be turning in their graves.
As you engage Mr. Brandenburg in dialogue (but no openness to correction from him) you flippantly throw excerpts from men written books, all of which back the pre-conceived conclusions you freely admit you are novice in. Wallace’s name is tossed to and fro, along with many other “Captain Headknowledge’s” in line articles.
Again, as I wrote 5 weeks ago, where is your Scriptural backing? John, you present strange fire. God is no respecter of persons. By His Grace He can choose to save anyone of us. May we all implore Him to toss away our pride and humbly beseech Him for His Mercy, while we go to His Word day and night.”
Ps 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Incidentally I noticed several weeks ago in your posting of your trip to Israel last year something interesting which is now removed from your original statement.
You spoke of your delight in the dead sea scrolls, study of the Essenes, in PARTICULAR, your fascination with the “Book of Enoch.”
What happened to the fascination with your intended further study of the Book of Enoch? Do you not realize MANY New Bible Committee’s are seriously considering adding this book to the 66 books we know as the Bible? As well as about 70 additional words to 1 Samuel chapter 10, and an expansion of the book of Ester?
With this being seriously considered, why have you removed your statement of extreme interest in the “Book of Enoch?”
If you’re no KJV Onlyist, do you consider the Majority Text or Textus Receptus, or some other variation on the Byzantine text-type as closest to the originals?
Sorry I don’t exposit Scripture as much as you expect on my blog. It’s important enough that I’d rather not mess that up if I can help it. I generally wait until I’ve got the time to do it as right as I can before I get into “what saith the Scriptures”. If you want to see that done the way you expect, you can always start your own blog if you haven’t already.
So, are you saying I have to be a scholar or claim to be one if I’m going to discuss matters of textual criticism? I know enough about it to know which side generally persuades me. Having been on both sides of the text-type controversy (Byz. vs. Alex.) I’m open to debating it with those I disagree with, and learning more on the view I agree with from those I agree with. Sorry you see that as odd.
Don’t recall what I’ve said in the past about the Book of Enoch. I’ll go look that up later. Can you document some of these plans by modern Bible translation committees to insert extra-canonical material into the canon?
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