Many of the evangelical leaders - ones I love and respect - are painting borders. Putting up fences. To them, it's their job to assess me. I'm either in or out, from their perspective. If I believe one way or have this or that problem, I'm either welcome or not. Sounds like a "clique" at least. "Cult" is a tough term to swallow. But a big chunk of evangelical christendom totters on the brink of apostasy. Sounds like Pharisees are taking over, doesn't it?
6 Days, or 14.77 Billion Years? It's actually Both. And I can't understand it. Just like: Jesus was fully God and fully man. I don't get that either, but I believe it.
Grace is is an act. To return Good for Evil is the very essence of Christ's work on the Cross. Grace is also a state of being. If I live in grace then grace must flow from my life into the lives of others. If nothing flows, there is no presence of God in my Life.
‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ "Zechariah 7:7
"A Spiritual Voter's Self-Proclaimed Manifesto."
Yes, we pray for our Leaders: That God will use them to accomplish His purposes. We pray: That he will hold them accountable for their graft, corruption, sins and crimes. That many will be awakened to a true understanding of right and wrong. That even those deceived in the past by wicked leaders - at every level - will be given a second chance to draw near the the truth.
And we pray for our enemies, especially ones who hold high offices and surround themselves with an enabling army of sycophants.
We've heard it said that "You can act your way into a feeling, but you can't feel your way into acting." The notion is that if I wait to feel like helping my brother, I'll never help him. Most will interpret this notion as "Faking it until you make it." Nothing could be further from the truth.
We've seen several pastors we follow post on messages they plan for this coming Sunday and have previewed notes that some supply... oh dear. "Why, we wonder, and how, did revolutionary-era Americans choose to adopt a radical regime of religious freedom? Their reasons did not rely on any idealistic consensus that religion must be separate from politics … Continue reading This Sunday: Politics from the Pulpit?