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Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Modern Worshippers of Molech

 

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech” (Leviticus 20:1-5).



Monday, February 22, 2021

"The Sinner Friendly Church"

"The term worldliness sounds archaic to many in the church today. They dismiss it as a concern for a gentler, less-enlightened time, back when card games and dancing were considered major threats to the sanctity and purity of the church. In fact, some believers are so enamored with their freedom in Christ that they view any discussion of worldliness as a worn-out legalistic imposition. In spite of the clear statement from heaven that “friendship with the world is enmity with God” and that “whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4), the suggestion that Christians should separate themselves from worldly values and worldly amusements is a nonstarter.



Friday, February 12, 2021

"Those In His Own House"


Jesus warned the apostles about all sorts of things. And one of the things that he emphasized more than once, was the fact that those who would be the greatest enemies of the faithful would be those who were in their own households. If one is to examine history and the church, it will not be long before a starling reality begins to come to the fore: the church truly has been persecuted most savagely by those who proclaim themselves, often loudly and proudly, the friends of God.



Monday, February 8, 2021

"The Way of All the Earth"


"The righteous has regard for his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

In 1 King chapter 2, God through the inspired writer rehearses the scene when David is about to die and is giving his son Solomon instructions concerning what is to follow. Just before he does that, he tells Solomon that he is "going the way of all the earth." He then proceeds to remind Solomon of all that God had done for him and how that, even though David had been a man of blood and had certainly committed his share of sins including adultery and murder, God had been merciful to him and had shed abundant grace upon him.



Friday, January 22, 2021

A New Day?

"A New Day in America." So blared the headline on the CNN screen during the new president's inauguration (CNN long ago decided to dispense with any pretense to impartiality). Whatever your political, and more importantly, religious bent may be (and if you're reading this it is likely that you at least call yourself a Christian), it is undeniable that it is indeed a "new day" in America. Unfortunately, it is a very dark day in America. Why? Let us review some of the changes that the current administration has brought in its wings.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

A New Year, Same Old Nonsense!

One of the movies that I find most interesting and poignant is “The Patriot” starting Mel Gibson. Although the historicity of the movie has been questioned, it is a fair portrayal, in general, of some of the issues that took place during the American Revolution. At the end of the movie, when the colonists are about to defeat the royal forces at the battle of Yorktown, the actor that portrays Lord Cornwallis utters a phrase that could describe all that is going on around us today: “how has it come to this”? The thought that, again in the actor’s words, a “rabble” could have defeated the mightiest military in the world at the time was unthinkable.