Jan what a wonderful article. totally agree
Me either. This is what I thought.I can't stand to look at that picture!
It would be a good choice. He is a man of courage and conviction.If there was an election for "America's Pastor", Franklin Graham would get my vote.
A most apt caption!Me either. This is what I thought.
How do I get the pic to open directly onto here? Anyone help please?
This article is SPOT ON, in how we need to deal with this.Good article by SBC's Russell Moore:
Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage
This opinion piece is by Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond?
First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still calling the universe toward his kingdom.
Moreover, while this decision will, I believe, ultimately hurt many people and families and civilization itself, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, the church often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it. That was the case in Ephesus and Philippi and Corinth and Rome, which held to marriage views out of step with the Scriptures.
[Here are the key excerpts on religious liberty from the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage]
The church will need in the years ahead to articulate what we believe about marriage; we cannot assume that people agree with us, or even understand us. Let’s not simply talk about marriage in terms of values or culture or human flourishing. Let’s talk about marriage the way Jesus and the apostles taught us to — as bound up with the gospel itself, a picture of the union of Christ and his church (Eph. 5:32).
As we do so, we must not just articulate our views of marriage, we must embody a gospel marriage culture. We have done a poor job of that in the past. Too many of our marriages have been ravaged by divorce.
Too often we’ve neglected church discipline in the cases of those who have unrepentantly destroyed their marriages. We must repent of our failings and picture to the world what marriage is meant to be, and keep the light lit to the old paths.
This gives the church an opportunity to do what Jesus called us to do with our marriages in the first place: to serve as a light in a dark place. Permanent, stable marriages with families with both a mother and a father may well make us seem freakish in 21st-century culture.
We should not fear that. We believe stranger things than that. We believe a previously dead man is alive, and will show up in the Eastern skies on a horse. We believe that the gospel can forgive sinners like us and make us sons and daughters. Let’s embrace the sort of freakishness that saves.
[Why the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage represents a new era for evangelicals]
Let’s also recognize that if we’re right about marriage, and I believe we are, many people will be disappointed in getting what they want. Many of our neighbors believe that a redefined concept of marriage will simply expand the institution (and, let’s be honest, many will want it to keep on expanding). This will not do so, because sexual complementarity is not ancillary to marriage. The church must prepare for the refugees from the sexual revolution.
We must prepare for those, like the sexually wayward Woman at the Well of Samaria, who will be thirsting for water of which they don’t even know.
There are two sorts of churches that will not be able to reach the sexual revolution’s refugees. A church that has given up on the truth of the Scriptures, including on marriage and sexuality, and has nothing to say to a fallen world. And a church that screams with outrage at those who disagree will have nothing to say to those who are looking for a new birth.
We must stand with conviction and with kindness, with truth and with grace. We must hold to our views and love those who hate us for them. We must not only speak Christian truths; we must speak with a Christian accent. We must say what Jesus has revealed, and we must say those things the way Jesus does — with mercy and with an invitation to new life.
[After Supreme Court ruling, religious groups worry next shoe will drop]
Some Christians will be tempted to anger, lashing out at the world around us with a narrative of decline. That temptation is wrong. God decided when we would be born, and when we would be born again. We have the Spirit and the gospel. To think that we deserve to live in different times is to tell God that we deserve a better mission field than the one he has given us. Let’s joyfully march to Zion.
The witness to marriage will be, like the pro-life movement, a long-term strategy that is multi-pronged. This is no time for fear or outrage or politicizing. We see that we are strangers and exiles in American culture. We are on the wrong side of history, just like we started. We should have been all along.
Let’s seek the kingdom. Let’s stand with the gospel. Let’s fear our God. But let’s not fear our mission field.
The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb.
I don't have any verses to quote right now, but there are many and my understanding of the whole New Testament is that spiritual confusion and immorality will continue to get worse and worse until the rapture. Many false teachers today are saying we need to do our job as Christians and make this country and this world a better place so that Jesus can come back - NOT TRUE! The Bible clearly teaches that things will get worse and worse until Jesus comes back as King for His 1000 year Millennial reign. As bad as it is now, and as bad as it will get yet before the rapture, it is not even close to the evil that will overcome the world after the rapture takes place.Thanks! That's the verse I was looking for. Why do you think it only refers to the tribulation period? I'd really like to know more. I always thought it was before the rapture that God would bring a final revival, or at least that's what I was taught. It does seem though that we are witnessing more a spirit of confusion and deception as you said. I'm even seeing Christians compromise and make excuses for gay support -- they are being deceived!
I know there are different ways to go about witnessing, but I will try to explain a bit about how the Holy Spirit has led me in sharing the Gospel. I hope this can be of some use to you or others. I'm a simple guy, and I thank God that His Gospel is so simple. I try not to get overly concerned about if I'm going to say the right thing or not. I try to let my love for God and other people be my motivation for sharing the Gospel. I try to be sure that whatever I say is true to the Word of God, trust the Holy Spirit and let Him do the speaking through me, and most importantly, preach Christ crucified and give Him all the glory. When sharing the Gospel, I rely on the Word of God. There is so much power in the name of Jesus, in the Word of God, and in the Gospel. As Romans 1:16 says "16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." I have found it to be very effective to memorize verses which clearly show a person that salvation is a gift from God by His grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Whenever I get the chance I will quote some of those verses as I share the Gospel with people. I will have to make another post at a later time with some of the verses which I think are helpful to have memorized. I try to make it clear that what I'm sharing with them is what God says in His own Word, the Bible, and that it's not just my personal beliefs or another person's teaching, or some man-made religion. When going through the New Testament, pay close attention to how the people shared the Gospel, whether it's Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul, or Peter. Read Acts chapters 2 and 3 and notice how Peter shared the Gospel. Some other verses that come to mind, bold text added for emphasis:Any advice and examples on how to witness without coming across as a homophobic bigot would be helpful! I put out a few feelers this afternoon and the lady I was talking to was all for the live and let live, but really didn't understand why any believer or church could be persecuted. I really need to pray first before I open my mouth; I am not an experienced witness. Suggestions?
My DH and I support a group out of Michigan that sends small groups to churches for 2 weeks at a time. They spend that time with the church. The goal is for revival; but within the church body itself. It is amazing the people in the church who either don't know Jesus or who have become lazy in their faith. It was an amazing 2 weeks and really a new beginning for our church members. I receive letters from the CEO and recently the revivals are growing. He told us of a church that invited them in. Before the second night was over the preacher went out to other churches of different denominations and asked them to join the group. He said it was like an entire town was going through revival. This is one of the reasons we have been supporting them because we feel revival amongst the Body of Christ is where it needs to begin. We need to take care of our house before we can go to others. Just a thought.Was just thinking too that I really miss my Mom! She was a true believer and love the Lord right up until the day she passed almost 2 years ago this August. I owe her so much for all she taught me. She was the one and only person I knew who loved the Lord. I can't wait to see her again!! I know she would have been appalled today. I want to ask my question again... Isn't there a scripture somewhere that talks about the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the last days? How does that apply to now? I don't see any signs of revival, but the opposite. People's hearts are hardening.
I am afraid that they do have to "shove it in our faces" brethorn.Do they have to shove it in our faces with all the rhetoric and colors projected on the White House and also in Colorado?