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Essential Doctrines of Christianity/Homecoming

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Essential Doctrines of Christianity

from http://www.carm.org/doctrine/essentials.htm

The Bible itself reveals those doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith.

They are 1) the Deity of Christ, 2) Salvation by Grace, and 3) Resurrection of Christ, and 4) the gospel. These are the doctrines the Bible says are necessary. Though there are many other important doctrines, these four are the only ones that are declared by Scripture to be essential. A non-regenerate person, or a cultist (i.e., Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness), will deny one or more of these essential doctrines. Please note that there are other derivative doctrines of scripture that become necessary also, the Trinity being one.

1. The Deity of Christ
Jesus is God in flesh (John 8:58 with Exodus 3:14). See also John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:8
1 John 4:2-3: “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”
The above verse needs to be cross referenced with John 1:1,14 (also written by John) where he states that the Word was God and the Word became flesh.
1 John 4:2-3 is saying that if you deny that Jesus is God in flesh then you are of the spirit of Antichrist.
John 8:24, “I said, therefore, to you, that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins.”
Jesus said here that if you do not believe “that I am” you will die in your sins. In Greek I am is ‘ego eimi,’ which means ‘I am.’ These are the same words used in John 8:58 where Jesus says “…before Abraham was, I am.” He was claiming the divine title by quoting Exodus 3:14 in the Greek Septuagint. (The Septuagint was the Hebrew Old Testament translated into Greek.)

Jesus is the proper object of faith
It is not simply enough to have faith. Faith is only as valid as what it is put in. You must put your faith in the proper object. Cults have false objects of faith; therefore, their faith is useless–no matter how sincere they are.
If you put your faith in a vacuum cleaner, then you will be in a lot of trouble on the day of judgment. You might have great faith, but so what? It is in something that can’t save you.

The Doctrine of the deity of Christ includes:
The Trinity – There is one God who exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are all coeternal, and of the same nature.
Monotheism – There is only one God in all existence (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5,14,18,21,22; 46:9; 47:8). Mormons believe that many gods exist though they serve and worship only one. Therefore, they are polytheists which excludes them from the camp of Christianity.
The Hypostatic Union – That Jesus is both God and man.
The sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ – The sacrifice of Christ is completely sufficient to pay for the sins of the world
As God – Jesus must be God to be able to offer a sacrifice of value greater than that of a mere man.
He had to die for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). Only God could do that.
As man – Jesus must be man to be able to be a sacrifice for man.
As a man He can be the mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5).

2. Salvation by Grace
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:8-9, NIV).

“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace” (Gal. 5:4).
This verse and its context plainly teach that if you believe that you are saved by faith and works then you are not saved at all. This is a common error in the cults. Because they have a false Jesus, they have a false doctrine of salvation. (Read Rom. 3-5 and Gal. 3-5).
you cannot add to the work of God. Gal. 2:21 says, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (NIV)

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Rom. 3:20).
“However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).
“Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law”
(Gal. 3:21).

3. The Resurrection of Christ
A. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14). “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).
B. To deny the physical resurrection is to deny Jesus’ work, sacrifice, and our resurrection.
C. These verses clearly state that if you say that Jesus did not rise from the dead (in the same body He died in — John 2:19-21), then your faith is useless.

4.The Gospel
A. “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Gal. 1:8-9, NIV).
Verses 8 and 9 here in Galatians are a self declarative statement that you must believe the gospel. The gospel message which in its entirety is that Jesus is God in flesh, who died for sins, rose from the dead, and freely gives the gift of eternal life to those who believe.
Furthermore, it would not be possible to present the gospel properly without declaring that Jesus is God in flesh per John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:8.

B. 1 Cor. 15:1-4 defines what the gospel is: “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (NIV).
Within these verses are the essentials: Christ is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Col. 2:9); Salvation is received by faith (John 1:12; Rom. 10:9-10), therefore it is by grace; and the resurrection is mentioned in verse 4. Therefore, this gospel message automatically includes the essentials.

**So, Im being simplistic here, but if you (a generic ‘you’ , a person) do not agree with these essential truths, you are a heretic. Or you are something other than a Christian. I.E. mormon, JW, atheist, etc.

In regards to the Catholic church, one would add the sacraments and other man made doctrinal stuff to the essential truths for one to be a catholic, then one who does not believe in all that stuff, is a heretic.

So when someone doesn’t go to an established church bldg. but agrees with the essential truths, that one is still a christian, not a heretic.

Right?

This was posted in the comments section of my heretic post…

double predestination
http://www.the-highway.com/DoublePredestination_Sproul.html
7 ecumenical councils
http://www.pbcc.org/dc/creeds/councils.html

For those of us who don’t know what this stuff is…
so if a jew believes in jesus…heretic?

if a catholic believes against the sacraments for salvation..heretic?
http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sacraments/default.asp

If a christian doesn’t believe in the essential doctrines…
http://www.carm.org/doctrine/essentials.htm

heretic….or what? pagen, heathen, JW, mormon, atheist, agnostic.

Ok. Im done with the heretic stuff, Im busy cleaning the house and getting stuff done so the boys can come home tonight at Midnight.

Yuck, I don’t want to drive that late, but oh well. I missed them, sort of. 😉

It was really, really nice to just do my own thing for 5 days and go to that lecture series and play on computer all day, but it was a quiet house. And without my boys I’m not a home engineer. Please pray for safe return of the boys and that all the kids would be delivered safely back to their families.

Be back on Monday! Blessings on your weekend.

Kristina

I’m an Alcoholic

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I have journaled or posted my past drinking ‘habits’ on this page

But my thought here is to talk about it how it affects my life now.

My husband and son are away on vacation, which leaves me here to my own devices.

I really really want to get a bottle of Vodka and just drink.

Actually, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about drinking.

{Why has God allowed me to keep this temptation in my mind? Why hasn’t He taken the taste/desire for it away from me?}

This week, God has blessed me enough to allow me to attend a lecture series in the evening so I’m not so tempted. Praise to Him!

Lets digress here,

Back in the day, the days where I was single, fancy free, hanging out, just working and wasting life I would go out each weekend and drink and have beers after work, sitting on the couch watching the boob tube.

Lets digress further:

My family is a family of alcoholics. The line goes way back. With pretty much everyone effected by it. Alcohol abuse is like a ripple in a pond, it spreads and gets bigger. You get the picture.

 

Ok, back to the single days; When I was single, I didn’t know I had a drinking problem, there was no man or boy to get in my way of my drinking, no one to take care of, to be sober for.

(side note, I see often when people start doing drugs or alcohol, their growth or maturity stops at the exact time they get hooked on the substance, so if they started meth at 14, then they have the mind of a 14 year old even if they are 41)

When I had my boy and then got married, I had to take care of people, I had more responsibilities, more stresses (like post-partum depression) more things in general just happen to you when you get older, people die, crap happens. Life happens.

So to drown it all, I took up drinking again fairly soon after my son was born.

I thought my life was so freakin hard and I was pretty pitiful.

I look back and know now how great I had it and how God had really took care of me during these times.

Since I do not want to get into too many details, I will just say a couple of things.

1. Depression and alcohol don’t mix. But they often go together. Especially with women. Im depressed so I drink to not be depressed, but alcohol is a depressant so I get more depressed and then drink some more to kill the pain. Very cyclic. And devastating.

2. I was very lucky/blessed. I did not die or kill anyone when I was drinking.

I DROVE THE CAR DRUNK WITH MY PRECIOUS BOY IN THE CAR!!!

(I knew I wasn’t gonna make it without crying)

What the hell was I thinking?!?!?! What the hell was I thinking?

I wasn’t. thinking. about him. about others. I was selfish.

My thought process when drinking:

I would think to myself, I will get my chores done and get the boys all taken care of, then I could drink, my reward for the day. So I would literally, after the boys went to bed, take my anti-depressants, washed down with vodka.

Then of course the next day, I would be hung over and cranky and weepy and start it all over again.

I was hell to live with. I maintained an appearance of relative normalcy to the outside world.

I held a job. Would drink after work. Toward the end I started drinking before work and would start earlier and earlier in the day.

Everyone was shocked to hear I took a weeks vacation in the mental ward of the local hospital. Story of that here.

After the best week of my life, because all I really wanted was to get better, I started my outpatient AA meetings for 6 months and prescription anti-depressants and counseling.

And God chose that moment to take me as His own.

(Crying, again)

A couple comments about AA. Its a wonderful tool to use to help with overcoming addictions.

It should be used as a stepping stone to recovery.

It should not be used as another form of addiction.

(instead of relying on alcohol to ‘fix’ your problems, you use the meetings and the people there to lament with about your life)

AA is not the only tool to use for helping overcome addictions.

There are many counselors, church recovery groups and Christian AA meetings to attend, pastors. Whatever that seems to help you, find it, stick with it, get Gods help.

But God is the key. God was central in AA in its beginnings, but has been watered down to appeal to every ones tastes in deity.

***These are my opinions only, some of you will not agree, I’m ok with that. I’m not an expert on AA or the treatment of addictions. This is my journey only***

Back to the present. I crave alcohol every day, when ever anything comes up that I want to stress about, I want a drink.

When the boys are away and I don’t have any official home engineer duties, I want to drink. To relax. To zone out for a while.

When my thinking states “I really would like a drink now”

I should be thinking (and doing)

“I really should go in my room and pray now”

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest….

Blessings, Kristina

***If you would like help with your drinking and what to know How to Live Life Eternal, please click here

Proverbs 23

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!

32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange sights
and your mind imagine confusing things.

34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.

35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”

My son found this in the bible and printed it out for me.

By the way, my son lives in terror every day of me drinking again and gets highly irate at me if I even mention, in jest, drinking.

(My son, one of the many great reasons NOT to drink)

(crying again)

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Heretic, Theretice, Everywhere a tic tic

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(I know I already used that heading with the puking cat, but hey, if it works!)

Since Agathos said something about the Pastor Scotts being a heretic, I decided to look it up.

It coincides nicely with the apologetics class I’m attending this week.

From Dictionary.com

her·e·tic /n. Pronunciation Key – Spelled Pronunciation[n. her-i-tik; adj. her-i-tik, huh-ret-ik] Pronunciation Key – IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
2. Roman Catholic Church. a baptized Roman Catholic who willfully and persistently rejects any article of faith.
3. anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.

I guess I would like to have a list of ‘essential doctrines’ to glean from.

Orthodoxy vs. Heresy here

In Christianity, the term orthodoxy refers to “The body of essential biblical teachings. Those who embrace them should be accepted as Christians.” (Note 2)

The opposite of orthodoxy is heresy, “[d]octrine which is erroneous in such a way that Christians must divide themselves as a church from all who teach or accept it; those adhering to heresy are assumed to be lost, although Christians are unable to make definitive judgments on this matter.” (Note 3)

Individuals who – while claiming to be Christians – reject one of more central doctrines of the Christian faith are considered heretics.

Groups which reject one of more essential doctrines while claiming to represent Christianity, are considered – theologically – cults of Christianity (Note the difference between theological and sociological definitions of the term ‘cult.’)

It seems that if someone doesn’t conform to an established attitude or doctrine than they should just go to another one.

But, now, as I’m thinking about it, back in the day, there wasn’t another doctrine to go to, it WAS the one and only Catholic church.

I guess we americans just don’t fully understand the gravity of heresy from the early chuch standpoint. We’re free to worship whomever we please.

From religioustolerance.com

Heresy: beliefs that are forbidden by the policy-deciding body of a faith group. Heresy is a relative term, because one group’s heresy is frequently another group’s required belief or dogma, and vice-versa. Consider, for example, the criteria for salvation as taught by three Christian groups: the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and Fundamentalist protestants. One group’s required belief may also be the same group’s condemned past heresy (and vice-versa). Heresies are inevitable in religion because there does not appear to be any mechanism by which religious disagreements can be resolved — either through reason or by assessing the will of God.
Heresiologist: An individual who studies heresies.
Heresiology: The study of heresies.
Heretic: a person who believes in one or more heresies.

So basically, I’m a mormon heretic and a catholic heretic?

Because I don’t believe in their man-made doctrines?

From Medievalwriting

heretic : person who has expressed formal denial or doubt of any defined doctrine of the church

but this would be the catholic church, correct?

I knew the www.newadvent.org would have tons to say about it, but its too long to include here.

Strong’s Number: 141 aiºretiko/v
Original Word Word Origin
aiºretiko/v from the same as (140)
Parts of Speech TDNT
Adjective 1:184,27
Definition
1. fitted or able to take or choose a thing
2. schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine
3. heretic

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HERETIC; HERETICAL

her’-e-tik, her’-e-tik, he-ret’-i-kal (hairetikos):

Used in Titus 3:10, must be interpreted according to the sense in which Paul employs the word “heresy” (1 Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20) for “parties” or “factions.” According to this, the Scriptural meaning of the word is no more than “a factious man” (American Standard Revised Version), an agitator who creates divisions and makes parties. Weizsacker translates it into German ein Sektierer, “a sectarist.” The nature of the offense is described in other words in 2 Thessalonians 2:6,11.

Titus 3:10 – Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,
Book of 1 Corinthians
Chapter 11:19 –
For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.

Book of Galatians
Chapter 5:20 –
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,

Book of 2 Thessalonians
Chapter 2:6 – And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
2:11 -For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

From Britannica

Doctrine rejected as false by religious authorities. In Christianity, the orthodox theology of the church is thought to be based on divine revelation, and heretics are viewed as perversely rejecting the guidance of the church.Numerous Christian heresies appeared from the 2nd century onwards. Early heresies included Arianism, the Monophysite heresy, Pelagianism, and Donatism. Some heresies, such as Montanism, expressed faith in a new prophet who added to the body of Christian revelation.Some types of Gnosticism were heretical branches of Christianity. The major means of combating heretics in the early church was excommunication. In the 12th – 13th century, the Inquisition was established to combat heresy, and heretics who refused to recant were often executed.In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation brought an end to the doctrinal unity of Western Christendom, and the concept of heresy became less important in the various Christian churches, though it continues to exist. The concept of heresy also exists in Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.

Encyclopedia

heresy, in religion, especially in Christianity, beliefs or views held by a member of a church that contradict its orthodoxy, or core doctrines.

It is distinguished from apostasy , which is a complete abandonment of faith that makes the apostate a deserter, or former member.

Heresy is also distinguished from schism , which is a splitting of or from the church brought about by disputes over hierarchy or discipline, rather than over matters of doctrine.

So what is it if a church body splits because of doctrine?

The heretic considers himself or herself not only a church member but, in a doctrinal controversy, the true believer; indeed, some persons originally labeled heretical were rehabilitated after once abhorred views become accepted.
The battle for doctrinal control of Christianity began with the declarations of St. Paul in the New Testament. In the religion’s first three centuries, numerous sects, many arising from Gnosticism, were in conflict. The first Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325), which addressed the challenge of Arianism, was among convocations at which a Christian orthodoxy was established.

Excommunication was the usual method of dealing with heretical individuals or small groups. The medieval church undertook military action (as against the Albigenses, in 1208) and extensive legal and punitive campaigns (such as the Inquisition) in striving to suppress large-scale heresy.

The Protestant Reformation created new churches that at first campaigned against heresy from their own doctrinal bases; over time, however, the Roman Catholic church has remained the only Christian body that has continued with any frequency, on the basis of canon law, to prosecute heretics.

So, still today, the catholic church will prosecute heretics?

 Also, the thing with Calvin helping to indict a heretic see here probably needs to be re-looked at. I would need some more info. on that.

And last but not least, and too long to put on here,

Marcion: Portrait of a Heretic

So, to sum things up here;

Wow, don’t know how to sum things up. Another word that meant something in the past.

A word that has lost its meaning in the Unitied States where the freedom to believer whatever god they fancy.

A word that is just a matter of opinion. To Agathos, the pastor Scott’s are heretics, to the people who believe the same things as them, they are not heretics.

I am a heretic to the Catholic church, and quite glad of it.

Please, comments, pertaining to post content, of course. You know who you are! 🙂

Blessings, Kristina

(see scripture above)

Adultery, Incest, Homosexuality, Oh My!

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This is some of the stuff I get to hear on sunday!

Sermon on Genesis 19:30-38 ~

http://solideogloria.org/erc/sermons/070304.htm

This is from my church, Evangelical Reformed Church and my pastor, who is a great man, but would never say so, is the voice you will hear.

He is great because he preaches God’s Word, every Sunday.

Other than that, he is a wretched sinner.

Saved by grace, thru faith.

(Just having a little fun, Pastor Man!)

Gotta cover myself in case he reads this !    )

But he can preach a mean sermon about Sodom and Abraham, Sarah and Lot.

He preaches through the bible one book, one chapter at a time.

Right now we are on Genesis Chapter 12 to 25, then we hit Romans!

YEAH!!!! I love Romans!

Speaking of Romans, this year in Bible Study Fellowship BSF

They are going through Romans.

I recommend checking into BSF in you are interested in an non-denominational beginner group study, maybe you don’t have a home church or are just interested in knowing more about the bible, check the website for more info.

Blessings, Krislinatin

More to come, I’m on vacation, so I’m being lazy, eating M&M’s and drinking coffee when I should be working out and walking the dog!
This weekend we went to a yarn shop that was going out of business, and we may buy out the remnants and sell the stuff. More on that next week.

The boys called me this morning at 5 AM to tell me the plane landed safely in Baltimore.

Spring has Sprung!

 

Isaiah11:1 – Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

Isa 42:9 – “Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim {them} to you.” Isa 43:19 -“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. Isa 44:4 – And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.’ Isa 45:8 – “Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it. Isa 58:8 -“Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Isa 58:11 – “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Isa 61:11 – For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.

Christianity Yesterday Magazine

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****Update: Very Sadly, Christianity Yesterday Mag is going out of business****

see here for more details

[I will post more on my apologetics class later, but need to get some of my old drafts out!]

{Warning! Long post with lots of quotes from puritan reformed guys}

On to John Newton;

I read this sermon in ChristianityYesterday

www.christianityyesterday.com

and looked the sermon up on this site because I wanted to share some excerpts from it.

”We, on the contrary, were born and educated in a land, distinguished from all the nations of the earth, by the eminent degree in which we enjoy civil and religious liberty, and the light of gospel-truth.

These privileges exceedingly aggravate our sins; and no just comparison, in this respect, can be formed between us and other nations, until we can find a people who have been equally favoured, and for an equal space of time, by the providence of God, and have likewise equalled us in disobedience and ingratitude. ”

”1. Let us first look at home. I am a man of unclean lips. I am a sinner.

This confession suits us all; and is readily made by all who know themselves. The Lord said of the Amorites, at a certain period, Their iniquity is not yet full: I hope the measure of our iniquity is not yet full; but it is filling every day, and we are all daily contributing to fill it.

True believers, though by grace delivered from the reigning power of sin, are still sinners. In many things we offend all, in thought, word, and deed. We are now called upon to humble ourselves before God, for the sins of our ignorance, and for the more aggravated sins we have committed against light, and experience—for those personal sins, the record of which is only known to God and our consciences—for the defects and defilements of our best services—for our great and manifold failures in the discharge of our relative duties, as parents, children, husbands, wives, masters, or servants, and as members of the community.

Our dullness in the ways of God, our alertness in the pursuit of our own will and way; our differences to what concerns his glory, compared with the quickness of our apprehensions when our own temporal interests are affected; are so many proofs of our ingratitude and depravity.

The sins of the Lord’s own people are so many, and so heightened by the consideration of his known goodness, that if he was to enter into judgment with them only, they could offer no other plea than that which he has mercifully provided for them; If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquity, O Lord, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. ”

This sermon sounds like it could have been written in today’s era.

”We have likewise been long favoured with peace, though often principals in wars, which have been very calamitous, both to our enemies, and to the nations which have taken part in our affairs.

Our internal broils at different times have contributed to form and establish our present happy constitution. We breathe the air of civil liberty.

Our insular situation, and naval force, by the blessing of God, have preserved us from foreign invasions; and when such have been attempted, the winds and seas have often fought our battles.

Our wide spreading and flourishing commerce, has raised us to a pitch of opulence, which excites the admiration and envy of other nations.

Great Britain and Ireland appear but as small spots upon a globe or map, but our interests and influence extended, in every direction, to the uttermost parts of the earth. ”

”What then must be the state of those who avowedly live without God in the world? I need not enlarge upon this painful subject, which forces itself upon the mind, if we only walk the streets, or look into the newspaper.

It is not necessary to inform my hearers that infidelity, licentiousness, perjury, profaneness, the neglect and contempt of God’s Sabbaths and worship, abound. The laws of God, and the laws of the land, so far as their object is to enforce the observance of his commands, are openly and customarily violated in every rank of life.

In a day when the Lord of hosts calls to weeping and mourning; thoughtless security, dissipation and riot, are characteristics of our national spirit. The loss of public spirit, and that impatience of subordination, so generally observable, so widely diffused, which are the consequences of our sins against God, are, in themselves, moral causes sufficient to ruin the nation, unless his mercy interposes in our behalf. ”

It goes on to say though we have much cause to mourn for our sins, and humbly to deprecate deserved judgments, let us not despond.

He who loved you, and died for your sins, is the Lord of glory.

”You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries of those who know him not. But if you make him your fear and your dread, he will be a sanctuary to you, and keep your hearts in peace, though the earth be removed, and the mountains cast into the midst of the sea. ”

I love this sermon

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The Martyrs of Lyons

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/177-lyonsmartyrs.html

is another article, very good. We really don’t even know what real death- facing persecution is, I don’t anyway.

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The Morning Star of the Reformation

John Wycliffe

http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpwycliffe.html

”It was at this time that the Papal Schism took place with a pope at Avignon, France, and another in Rome. Both claimed to be infallible and each excommunicated the other.

Added to all the other things which had been happening, Wycliffe came to see clearly that the whole papal system was anti-Christian. He stated that the pope was the man of sin, “who exalteth himself above … God”, as II Thessalonians 2:4 tells us.

3. Wycliffe bravely deals with his enemies, he works on the translation of the Bible into English and he sends out men to preach the Gospel.

Probably due to his increased workload and the numerous difficulties he had suffered, Wycliffe fell ill. When the friars heard of his illness they hurried to his bedside hoping that he would recant before his death.

However Wycliffe was not going to change his mind. His response to them was, “I shall not die but live, and again declare the evil deeds of the friars.” This prophecy was fulfilled and Wycliffe went on to the very important work of the translation of the Bible and the sending forth of his preachers, the Lollards. ”

This article is interesting because of how bad the church had gotten,

in the christianityyesterday article it states:

Both the papacy and the Church was a sea of debauchery and corruption, the monks and abbot’s lived lives of excess.

the Church collected a vast amount of wealth,

indulged themselves in every way imaginable.

friars preached fairy tales,

friars had the power to forgive sins, the catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.

Sounds like todays church, eh?

Is This a Truly Awesome Transformation? Or……

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**Just to let you know there is no pictures of Melissa Scott on this blog and no links to pictures of Melissa Scott when she was Barbi Bridges……… 

Friday Night I was flipping channels, watching Animal Planets E-Vets and Intervention…

and stumbled across a woman preaching out of  Genesis 4, the genealogy’s of Cain and Abel.

She was discussing/pondering how they could have lived for 900+ years.

She is a beautiful woman, young, long flowing hair, clerical collar and over-sized jacket, black slacks and flat shoes, she had many charts and 3 white boards which she wrote all over. Her dress was very interesting to me, she covered up pretty much all of her, making her very generic and asexual. Obviously not wanting the focus on her. I didn’t know why then….

http://www.pastormelissascott.com/

Thomas Hawk doesn’t like the Scotts ~

http://thomashawk.com/2005/02/dr-gene-scott-dead-at-75.html

Wikipedia says:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Scott

Their church:

http://www.worldwideuniversitynetwork.com/

This is from  ~

http://www.ocweekly.com/culture/tv/onward-christian-soldier/26832/

I was flipping the TV dial one restless night and I found a sermon by pastor Melissa Scott, a pretty, painted lady with big, 1987 hair and a priest’s collar. She had something of Gene’s piercing intelligence and conviction, along with his borderline lunacy and seemingly unbounded contempt for the audience. I imagined she was the good doctor’s daughter, but the truth was much more exotic. Melissa Scott is Gene’s widow: 39 years younger and a hell of a lot prettier than her late hubby, but just as full of holy piss and vinegar. Although there is still some uncertainty on the matter, various accounts have pegged her as a former porn star who worked under the name Barbi Bridges. (“I am the chiefest of sinners,” she has said. “Whatever you’ve heard about me, I’m worse!”) Apparently Gene’s fans first noticed her as one of the chippies in his backyard chorus line, but she so charmed the Doc that eventually the other girls vanished from the Scott telecasts, replaced by footage of Gene and Melissa riding some magnificent horses around the palatial grounds of the Scott estate. Soon she was joining him onstage at the University Cathedral for the Sunday sermons, often taking the mike to warble a few hymns. According to various sources, Gene actually proposed to Melissa on the air.

Unfortunately I did see some of her earlier pictures on the net, and there is no doubt, its her.

I found a video of Gene Scott ‘preaching’

http://www.gofish.com/player.gfp?gfid=30-1031351

Not a very good example of Godly preaching in the first 1 minute.

This is either an awesome Godly testament of what He, The Living Lord,  can do in a person,

or

just another anti-christ type of evangelical TV preacher.

Comments please. Has anyone heard of her? or him?

Kristina

UPDATE on 10/26/2009: I found an article in Marie Claire about the Pastor, it is here

3Jo 1:4 – I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
3Jo 1:8 – Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth
2Jo 1:2 – for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:
2Jo 1:3 – Grace, mercy {and} peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
1Jo 2:4 – The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
1Jo 2:21 -I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
1Jo 3:18 – Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1Jo 3:19 – We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him
1Jo 4:6 – We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1Jo 5:6 – This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.