Secularists - GOD has given them over to a reprobate mind....
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding,"
This is part of works based Liberalist religious ideology.
Faith strengthened by human effort is usually more of the same human conviction they had before.
Even the Apostles didn't receive quote, "strength" when they asked for it.
Is it not an insult to ask GOD for a "stronger" faith? Does it mean you cast doubt on HIS providence for your life and works?
Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."
Amos 4:8 "....... yet HAVE YE NOT RETURNED unto me, saith the LORD."
9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet HAVE YE NOT RETURNED unto me, saith the LORD.
10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet HAVE YE NOT RETURNED unto me, saith the LORD.
11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet HAVE YE NOT RETURNED unto me, saith the LORD.
12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel."
GOD has 'allowed' coronavirus to make a powerful statement to the world ...... = Yet HAVE YE NOT RETURNED unto me saith the LORD!!
The LORD has been here many times before in history and nations and churches have not turned to HIM. Sinful choices and decisions are more in line with the evil hearted atheists, Liberals and false witnesses, today.
From what I've observed in recent times many of the 'chaplains' in hospitals are female and thus Liberalist.
Liberalism is the devils work. Liberalism is the voice of the antichrist.
2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."
""President Trump isnât sure if heâll meet the deadline but heâs hoping America can open for business as usual and get back to having âpack churchesâ again by Easter Sunday.""
Now that's an optimistic wish list!!
Nothing anybody can do about the coronavirus effect on humanity. At present anyway.
Optimism in leadership is one way of trying to stay on top of this ghastly virus and its consequences. New political idealism???
Joy in suffering.... James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
The "Prosperity gospel" Mammon is a very popular god!!! In a fallen reprobate world. ~
Interesting fact that coronavirus supports (underpins)? the prosperity gospel???
Quote' "The prosperity gospel is an umbrella term for a group of ideas â popular among charismatic preachers in the evangelical tradition â that equate Christian faith with material, and particularly financial, success. It has a long history in American culture, with figures like Osteen and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, glamorous, flashily-dressed televangelists whose Disneyland-meets-Bethlehem Christian theme park, Heritage USA, was once the third-most-visited site in America.
A 2006 Times poll found that 17 percent of American Christians identify explicitly with the movement, while 31 percent espouse the idea that âif you give your money to God God will bless you with more money.â A full 61 percent agree with the more general idea that âGod wants people to be prosperous.â (vox.com)
"Prince Charlesâs accession to the throne could trigger a national debate about the relationship between the Church of England and the state, providing a âopportune momentâ to make the case for disestablishment, according to the National Secular Society.
Debate about whether an established, privileged âstate churchâ is appropriate in an increasingly multi-faith and secular society is seen by many as off limits while the Queen remains monarch.
But a report to be published on Monday by the society says Charlesâs coronation is likely to throw up pressing questions about the institutional links between church, monarchy and parliament.
The report, called Separating Church and State: The Case for Disestablishment, points out that only 25% of countries had a state religion in 2011 and, of those, a minority were classed as liberal democracies."
"It acknowledges Prince Charlesâs reported wish to assume the title defender of faith, rather than âthe faithâ. The traditional title âwill be antagonistic for the non-Anglican majority of the UK population. On the other hand, attempting to avoid this difficulty by adopting the title âdefender of faithâ will antagonise many supporters of the Church of England,â says the report." (theguardian.com)
The Orwellian religion of communism is so entrenched in deceit it cannot think in any other way.
To actually tell the truth to the masses is anathema to stalinesque communist advocates.
Fake News is a natural product for communist admins, their control of the hoi polloi begins with the pursuit of power - NOT the democratic government of the people.
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives." (Orwell)(1984)
Mike wrote: Oh dear, Adriel. If words still have meaning, and silly me still hopes for it, WCF:3/1 is as wrong now as it was when written. God in his sovereignty has allowed this. Ordain means cause to happen. Whatsoever comes to pass means all things. He is not the author of sin, therefore WCF contradicts itself.
Mike; You really shouldn't try to diminish the power of God within the perception of sinful man.
Many true Christians in history and today, can see that the WCF is absolutely Biblical.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
1 A safe stronghold our God is still, a trusty shield and weapon; he'll keep us clear from all the ill that hath us now o'ertaken. The ancient prince of hell hath risen with purpose fell; strong mail of craft and power he weareth in this hour; on earth is not his fellow.
2 With force of arms we nothing can, full soon were we down-ridden; but for us fights the proper Man whom God himself hath bidden. Ask ye who is this same? Christ Jesus is his name, the Lord Sabaoth's Son; he, and no other one, shall conquer in the battle.
3 And were this world all devils o'er, and watching to devour us, we lay it not to heart so sore; they cannot overpower us. And let the prince of ill look grim as e'er he will, he harms us not a whit; for why? his doom is writ; a word shall quickly slay him.
4 God's word, for all their craft and force, one moment will not linger, but, spite of hell, shall have its course; 'tis written by his finger. And though they take our life, goods, honour, children, wife, yet is their profit small; these things shall vanish all: the city of God remaineth." (Martin Luther).
GOD's mission to save all the Elect will never fail.
John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
V9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them."
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
V40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."