All four belong to the sinful world of fallen man.
Confession to God has the power of God unto salvation. Confession to man lands on the deck.
Confessing to GOD. 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
It was to be expected that today's generation would rather worship Mammon than serve God.
Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."
""China‚Äôs Communist Party requires that Protestants worship only in churches recognized and regulated by the officially sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement.""
Communism demonstrating its fear of the Church and Bible again.
Communist countries are manifesting their fears by persecuting the church goers.
Satan controls the communist - socialist- Liberalist worldly ideologies and uses them to attack all things christian.
Whereas Democrats in the US join these political scams and try to force them on the American people. When will the voters learn??
We must pray for the churches in China and ask God to bring their light to shine on the hearts of the people. The struggle continues.
2Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
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."
John UK wrote: And if ever you see me in trouble, do not go rushing in like you are in some SWAT team. Just stand back and pray, and you will see the salvation of the Lord.
Now come on John; You know you can't teach a cowboy how to sing. ūüėäūüĎĆ
Matt 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"
""An Islamic State terrorist faction in West Africa claims it killed 11 Christian aid workers in Nigeria in retaliation for the killings .... ""
Ignorance, moronic and asinine in the mortal makes for all the acts of evil and demonic activities in man. The 'brute beast.'
Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."
Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD."
Jude :10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core."
It is curious that anti-semitism is on the rise again. Question is why?
Over centuries the Jews have been subjected to pogroms, holocausts and hostilities. Why ???
After the events of WWII you might expect the western nations to strongly refrain from any attack on the Jewish people. Yet here we are again.
Is this a message from Satan and his dark forces?
Usually the anti-semite is one of the local morons who has an attitude of hostility and arrogance anyway. But why would he of little brain cell, take this attitude towards the people of Israel? They tell us it is a form of racism? But over many centuries and persistent? and consistent?
Ah the C.of E. religion of Liberalism - Worldly ideology and of course PC.
Thus do we see the religious reprobates parading their ignorance and blindness, alienated from the life of God. (Eph 4:18)
Is it so strange that sin blinds the mortal and directs him to human concocted religious convictions? No! In a world where we have the RCC, JW's, Mormons, Pagans and muslims etc... We can see that mans sinful imagination takes him to heights which he believes are divine.
Liberalism is bits of the Bible with truth scraped away to make it acceptable to the creature and his false superstitions.
In due course over history the C.of E. and the C.of S. have fallen prey to man's rebellion from God. Looking for an alternative he just makes it up and pats himself on the head thinking he is 'wise'.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."
By the Grace of God I have never used "recreational" drugs ever in my life. Praise the Lord.
Quote::- "How can recreational drugs affect mental health?
All drugs have some kind of effect on your mental health. They affect the way you see things, your mood and your behaviour.
These effects may:
be pleasant or unpleasant be short-lived or longer-lasting be similar to those you experience as part of a mental health problem go away once the drug has worn off continue once the drug has worn off For some people, taking drugs can lead to long-term mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia." (Mind)
Well at least Boris has released the UK from the Federalist dictatorship which Germany and France are trying to establish in Europe. The Federalists (Remainers) would take Britain's sovereignty, laws and freedoms and impose dictatorship from Germany and France - via Brussels.
Quote::- "Federalisation of the European Union is the proposed institutional process by which the European Union (EU) is transformed from an informal confederation (a union of sovereign states) towards a federation (a single federal state with a central government, consisting of a number of partially self-governing federated states). There is ongoing discussion about the extent to which the EU has already become a federation over the course of decades, and more importantly, to what degree it should continue to evolve into a federalist direction." (Wiki) ====
In 1973 Britain voted for a "Common Market". Since then the (sneaky) Political oligarchy has built and established a Federalist Parliament in Brussels; - Which WE did not vote for.
2Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
John 15:18 ‚ÄúIf the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
Matthew 5:10 ‚ÄúBlessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Perhaps the Chinese government have taken on to big a task to achieve their purpose???
Quote::- "According to 2015 figures, Christians form the biggest religious group by some margin, with 2.3 billion adherents or 31.2% of the total world population of 7.3 billion. Next come Muslims (1.8 billion, or 24.1%), Hindus (1.1 billion, or 15.1%) and Buddhists (500 million, or 6.9%).
But the third biggest category is missing from the above list. In 2015, 1.2 billion people in the world, or 16%, said they have no religious affiliation at all. This does not mean all those people are committed atheists; some ‚Äď perhaps most ‚Äď have a strong sense of spirituality or belief in God, gods or guiding forces, but they don‚Äôt identify with or practise an organised religion." (theguardian.com/news)
The UMC has compromised women by ordaining them for years, (1968) so if they can find ways around the Scripture doctrines then they have no reasonable arguement against the Liberalists/sodomites attack on the pulpit.
The FMC have been ordaining/compromising women since 1911.
Even the Arminian Wesley was easily convinced by the ladies.
For centuries Christianity has adhered to the Bible and prevented women from entering the pulpit. Then the satanic Liberalism ideology came along, overturned the Bible, and put the female into the pulpit. Thus Liberalism has insulted the female by disobedience and worldly ideology. She is placed above the Law of God in Scripture to usurp authority provided by God to man.
Now this same satanic Liberalism seeks to place the sodomite in the pulpit.
1Tim 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
Man in all the nations, including US and UK, are trying to ReWrite the Scriptures. Closing churches and insisting that the people observe and obey the governing human authority and its political philosophy is rife within all nations.
In the western nations we find that man's humanistic 'religious(?) ideologies (eg: Liberalism) are taking precedent over all Christian organisations and Biblical doctrines.
Sodomite agenda, abortion and so called "multi-faith" perceptions are case in point.
Living in a fallen world Christians must accept that God's Word, Laws and doctrines are unacceptable to the reprobate and their way of life, viewpoints and mind set. Especially in the current zeitgeist and milieu.
Prayer and witness must be our guide.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
Matt 22:19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's."
May the Lord provide for HIS Churches what they need to live in all societies.
WCF: 5/1. God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold,a direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things,b from the greatest even to the least,c by his most wise and holy providence,d according to his infallible fore-knowledgee and the free and immutable counsel of his own will,f to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.g
a. Heb 1:3. ‚ÄĘ b. Psa 135:6; Dan 4:34-35; Acts 17:25-26, 28; Job 38-41 throughout. ‚ÄĘ c. Mat 10:29-31. ‚ÄĘ d. Psa 104:24; 145:17; Prov 15:3. ‚ÄĘ e. Psa 94:8-11; Acts 15:18. ‚ÄĘ f. Psa 33:10-11; Eph 1:11. ‚ÄĘ g. Gen 45:7; Psa 145:7; Isa 63:14; Rom 9:17; Eph 3:10." ===
Job 12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again."
""China plans to rewrite all translated "classic religious books" to reflect the socialist values of the Communist Party of China.""
= Perhaps? - Maybe? ::- Chapter One : God and Christ are no longer to be addressed as God or Christ. In Communist tradition they will be known as "Brother" or "Comrade" These 'bourgeoisie' titles will be brought into the one class proletariat inclusive of all beings. All beings are equal!!
Chapter Two : All beings as part of the total proletariat will demonstrate deference to and obeisance to the Communist Manifesto, regarding community life, including religions.
Chapter Three : ‚ÄúDoublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.‚ÄĚ (George Orwell, 1984)
Chapter Four : ‚ÄúBig Brother is Watching You.‚ÄĚ (George Orwell, 1984)
Chapter Five : "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" (George Orwell. 1984)