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Our Blessed Hope For The Future By Dr. Iain Campbell

Posted by Job on January 1, 2011

Original sermon here.

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Peace Through the Blood of The Cross

Posted by Job on March 22, 2008

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “… having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:20

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: How can a cross bring peace if Jesus is the One hanging there? At the cross, wickedness was not appeased. Wickedness was confronted. At the cross, sin was not overlooked. At the cross, sin was atoned and paid for. God’s greatest righteousness confronted man’s greatest wickedness, and righteousness won and peace was attained through the blood of the cross. Thank God for the cross! Thank God for Jesus!

ACTION POINT: During this time of year, as you celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord, take a few moments to praise Jesus for the power and hope you have because of His resurrection.   share devotional with a friend    visit lwf.org

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Who Would Jesus Bomb? War, Peace, and the Christian

Posted by Job on December 4, 2007

For me, this column did not live up to its promise. Dr. Moore basically endorses the conservative position in favor of our nation’s militarist predilection, including our current “war on terror” adventure, with the only caveat being that we should try to wage it humanely (minimizing civilian casualties) and not outwardly appear overly enthusiastic about it. To me, that sounds like the John Kerry Hillary Clinton Barack HUSSEIN Obama Rudy Giuliani abortion – on – demand supporters that pretend to be “oh so morally conflicted” about the issue. Look, I don’t want to hear about the inner pain and moral turmoil of some doctor death as he rips a fetus that dreams, plays, has a personality (which the Georgia State University psychology department is studying right now) and feels fright and pain. I want him to admit that what he is doing is savage cold – blooded murder, to stop doing it, and to do whatever he can to prevent others from doing it. By the same token, instead of making the “Jessica” in his column the antagonist for her “nuke ’em” pronouncements and her cheering casualties, he needs to acknowledge that in the final analysis whether the supporter of the war is cravenly hard – hearted or philosophically introspective, the results are still the same: the same number of people are dead.

Our self – righteous genuflecting on the horrible necessity of war is not going to save one life, and it is not going to make us safer. Instead, what we Christians really need to be genuflecting on is whether these wars actually are necessary and if not try to stop them. And that brings us back to this whole “civilian casualty” sham. If you are fighting a just war for legitimate reasons, you are not going to care about civilian casualties. Quite the contrary, you are going to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible in hopes of demoralizing your enemy and forcing them to surrender. Why? Because if you fight that way, you actually save more lives – both yours and theirs – than you do by allowing the conflict to drag on. Another sham: our concern with our own casualties and our trying to limit them. Of the cause is righteous and just, we should be willing to sacrifice as many of our men as it takes to get the job done without hesitation and without looking back.

The very notion that people like this need to contrive false feelings of compassion and moral conflict over warfare (and I say false because these feelings do not lead the one experiencing the emotions to declare certain conflicts to be illegitimate, let alone do anything to stop or prevent them … again like abortion safe legal and rare yeah right) and then start handwringing about casualties on either side demonstrates to me that in their hearts these people know that our Iraq excursion is wrong according to the Bible. Even if Iraq did pose a terror threat to us, then we should have dealt with the threat by killing their leaders (done) and destroying their capacity to threaten us (done). “Teaching them democracy” (Greco – Roman paganism for which there is virtually no support in the Bible … the only example that I can think of was the selection of elders/presbyters in the early church)? Please.

There are two related reasons why fellows such as this are not willing to directly criticize the war (which you can do and still support it on some level … I admit that I myself supported the war in the beginning). 1. Cultural and political beliefs that he is unwilling to betray. 2. The conviction that the life of an American is worth more than the life of an Iraqi. Show me where either is supported in the Bible, even in the Old Testament?

Now I must be honest: I cannot bring to my remembrance a single New Testament verse that would tend to support warfare, especially that which is not in self – defense. Of course, there are legitimate context issues to consider (Jewish and Gentile Christians in the Roman Empire had no ability to wage war or influence military policy, and the New Testament is mostly about doctrinal and ecclesiastical matters as opposed to matters of state) but the fact remains: it is not there. So then, from whence comes the Christian theologies and doctrines that would support waging war in any but the most extreme circumstances? I am not a pacifist but I have to say it: if the issue is a literal interpretation of a Bible that is taken to be Holy Spirit inspired, inerrant, and the final authority in all matters, the pacifists have far more going for them than do most politically and theologically conservative Christians. The only thing that I can take from the New Testament that would support warfare is the general principle that Christians are to resist evil and injustice, and even then we beg the question of precisely HOW we Christians are to do this: to wait on and trust God, or to take up arms? Is the deist “God helps those who helps themselves” doctrine then the fundamentalist or evangelical position on warfare?

I just see this as another example of a Christian defending the indefensible. But I may be wrong, and if I am wrong let me know. I will repeat something that I said in an earlier post: the war in Iraq and the war on terror in general DOES NOT meet the standards that Augustine set forth for a just war, and it is amazing that virtually no fundamentalist or evangelical Christian leader that I am aware of has stepped forth and admitted it, especially now that it has come out that the President George Bush that led us into this war with his “God is on our side” rhetoric was invoking the universalist god that all religions allegedly worship instead of the One True God of Christianity.

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Can You Stand For Peace And Righteousness?

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:  One of the strangest verses that ever fell from the lips of the Prince of Peace, Jesus, is this: “Think not that I have come to send peace on the earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) That’s incredible because the Bible calls Him the “Prince of Peace.” What is He talking about then? He is saying, “I came with a sword to put a line of demarcation between truth and error, between light and dark, between sin and righteousness.” When God’s standard of righteousness is set, there will always be division. Without righteousness there can be no peace. Peace can never come where sin remains. God will never make a peace treaty with sin, never!

ACTION POINT: Some people think when others act righteously that they are acting religiously, and sometimes not very peacefully. How can you stand in the gap for peace AND righteousness? visit lwf.org 

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