Dr. Rugh said or, wrote: In the Old Testament the manifestation of Godâs presence was in the midst of the nation of Israel. Today the Church has become the manifestation of the presence of Christ in the world.
The indwelling of Godâs presence in both believers individually and corporately makes holiness an absolute requirement. God expects believers and the Church to be transparent and sincere in all matters. Lying to give the appearance of godliness is a serious offense before God. Lying to the Church is in effect lying to the Holy Spirit who indwells the Church. Even when Satan tempts and incites people to sin, personal responsibility is not excused for behavior and choices made.
God's requirements for His people and the serious consequences of sin go unchanged. That being the case, great care and discernment must be applied in all situations to make no allowances for ungodly practices or adjustments to the worldly ways, in neither individual lives nor the corporate life of the Church.
summary for, "God's High Demand for Holiness"
Concealment of evil in the church leadership, I think is one of the most destructive behaviors for a church to have âđ The SA article points that problem out.
It's a shame that churches that are apolitical need to defend themselves, from nutcases I'm beginning to think most violent attacks on religious groups are on those who are not politically active, so they need some means to protect themselves.
https://tinyurl.com/tdfj4wu (Texas shooting details supercharge NRA's 'good guy with a gun' defense)
Samantha Hawley wrote: The Catalans Dragons fans came to support Israel Folau with open arms, and he didn't disappoint.
â˘A crowd of 9,000 packed the small Perpignan stadium to see Folau's debut
â˘Most clubs in the league are deeply unsettled with his entry into their competition
â˘Lord Hayward is demanding the Government pressure Catalans' UK-based sponsors to dump the team [ ] .... At the first touch of the ball, in the sixth minute of the game, the 30-year-old Australian scored, giving the home team an early lead. "Izzy, Izzy," the crowd chanted, caring little about his past indiscretions. The Catalans Dragons went on to win the match 36-18.
As he ran onto the field for the first time in 10 months, to play rugby league for the first time in 10 years, there was not a hint of a boo that could be heard above the cheers....
excerpt from, "Israel Folau stars in Catalans Dragons debut but Super League still uneasy with Australian's signing"
If he says anything about homosexuality, he will be fired. So far he has been able to be quiet about it, but he still may be fired
Azusa Report wrote: .... ....What amazes me more than his football skills was his heart for people and his openness to the things of the Spirit. He was a baptist but he is not hard core, anti-Pentecostal baptist....
Peggy Noonan wrote: .... [Bloomberg] His strengths: resources, relationships and a real biography. For 12 years he was mayor of New York. He governed the ungovernable city that is a microcosm of the world. It is noted that as mayor he was a Republican. No one in New York thought he was a Republican, he was a Democrat who could get only the Republican nomination. After he won he treated Republicans collegially and with respect, which wasnât hard as a New York Republican is essentially a Democrat with boundaries. Before that he invented a business product that first seemed useful, then necessary. He created a company that became a huge national brand. He is one of the worldâs great philanthropists.
He is what Mr. Trump claimed to be and probably wishes he were. And he isnât afraid of the president. Whatever he says, Mr. Trump, who respects money more than anything, would be afraid of him....
This isn't about the Catholic church at all but about a Southern Baptist Church. Laity should read it to make sure it doesn't happen in their churches A good and long article.
Tricia L. Natolny wrote: .... At the SBCâs annual meeting in June, delegates approved an amendment to their constitution that would make it easier to remove churches that mishandle abuse from the denomination. SBC President J.D. Greear, in his remarks there, pressed members to take a hard line on sexual misconduct, saying, âsomebody that has abused another should never ever be in a position in our churches where they can do it a second time, and if they are truly repentant they will understand that.â But because SBC churches like Oakwood are autonomous, and not beholden to centralized leadership, Greearâs words are essentially advice....
PolitiFact wrote: .... Finally, there is also some truth to Klobucharâs statement about the adverse effects of negative rhetoric. After studying the pattern and seasonality in the FBI data, the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism found that "hate crimes have increased in every presidential election year since national FBI recordkeeping began in the early 1990s." In 2016, the spike also corresponded with the election month of November. Levin said that hate crimes fluctuate more than usual around "catalytic, emotionally-charged events, terrorist attacks, and conflictual elections." "Weâve seen that hate crimes have increased not only around all elections, but Brexit as well in the UK. Thatâs a lesson for all of us to maybe tone down the rhetoric," Levin said.
excerpt from, "Explaining the numbers behind the rise in reported hate crimes"
It probably would be even better if the Indiana attorney general did pay more attention to the living, while they are still aliveâ
Joseph D. Harder, Ph.D. wrote: ...reconstructionists follow the presuppositionalism of Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987), a professor at Westminster Theological Society, although Van Til himself had nothing to do with reconstructionism. Van Til taught that epistemologically, there is no neutral ground. All thought is based on presuppositionsâfoundational assumptionsâand genuine discourse is impossible among those who hold different presuppositions.
While this has definite apologetic implicationsâit ruled out all evidentialist attempts to reason an unbeliever into faith, for instanceâwhat it means politically is that reconstructionists accept no system that is not based entirely on Godâs revelation, which they believe is contained in the Bible. Any system based on natural law is illegitimate because it is an outgrowth of alien presuppositions....
---"Heal Their Land": Evangelical Political Theology From the Great Awakening to the Moral Majority"
The above is a great source for historyđ
"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, --- R.Kipling https://tinyurl.com/uvkyuhd
Mainliners won't demand the death penalty for homosexuals? The Apostle Paul didn't eitherâ Left and right extremistsđ
"What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."
McKay Coppins wrote: .... What I was seeing was a strategy that has been deployed by illiberal political leaders around the world. Rather than shutting down dissenting voices, these leaders have learned to harness the democratizing power of social media for their own purposesâjamming the signals, sowing confusion. They no longer need to silence the dissident shouting in the streets; they can use a megaphone to drown him out. Scholars have a name for this: censorship through noise....
excerpt from, "...How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election."
I can't say that I agree with everything I read in the Atlantic, but it usually has many that make you think- - Now isn't that dangerous âđ- - this is one of those.
Stephen Collinson wrote: ....Top officials who rebuke the President -- such as ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- face a painful glide path to the sack. Most Cabinet officials -- such as former chief of staff John Kelly, who is currently on an anti-Trump tear* -- wait until they are back in private life to speak up. And if Barr says he can't do his job while Trump tweets, there will be questions about how long can he stay in office, since the President is not going to suddenly quit his favorite method of stirring up his supporters.
Barr's true motives may take days to become clear. His inscrutable style and record of watching Trump's back also have many observers suggesting ulterior political motives, a desire to slake some of the pressure bearing down on his department or an effort to at least restore the impression of the Justice Department's independence without severing ties with Trump....
excerpt from, "Barr's stunning Trump rebuke sparks debate over his true motives"
* https://tinyurl.com/ueu856h (The former chief of staff explained, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trumpâs behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine.))
https://tinyurl.com/zcqe93h (Prosperity Preachers Salaries--Silver and Gold Have I Quite a Large Sum), a golden oldie. âđ
From the SA article, "Dr. JoAnn Yanez, the executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, clarified toÂ NewsweekÂ that Sellman has not met the educational standards that the organization requires."
....In numerous cases Christ denounced the Pharisees for their pride and covetousness, their ostentation in prayers, alms, tithes, and facts, Mt 6:2,5 Lu 18:9, and their hypocrisy in employing the garb of religion to cover the profligacy of their dispositions and conduct; as Mt 23:1-39 Lu 16:14 Joh 7:48,49 8:9. By his faithful reproofs he early incurred their hatred, Mt 12:14; they eagerly sought to destroy him, and his blood was upon them and their children. On the other hand, there appear to have been among them individuals of probity, and even of genuine piety; as in the case of Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, the aged Simeon, etc., Mt 27:57 Lu 2:25 Joh 3:1. Saul of Tarsus was a Pharisee of the strictest sect, Ac 26:5 Ga 1:14. The essential features of their character are still common in Christian lands, and are no less odious to Christ than of old.
excerpt from, "Entry for Pharisees"
An excellent description of our American Pharisee that's wants to come to Britain, Franklin Graham.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one." Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:13 For "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."---NASB. https://tinyurl.com/has82mk
Some John MacArthur material: http://tinysa.com/336990 (How to Witness, Part 1)
http://tinysa.com/336991 (How to Witness, Part 2)
An evangelist isn't a moralist, or in another words a Pharisee.
Is Franklin still desperate to peddle the Word? He's already one of the richest televangelists in the United States.
Dr. Rugh wrote: .... Most parachurch groups have good intentions. I do not doubt the godliness and sincerity of those involved in these groups. They want to see people saved and believers grow in their Christian walks. However, we must take a step back and see if we are carrying out God's work in the way He has prescribed or if we are substituting His plan with our own. Godâs work must be done Godâs way. Those who raise the issue of defining Godâs way for carrying out the ministry are often accused of being against evangelism. In a certain sense, evangelism has become the end, and the means to that end do not matter. There is the idea that we must reach the world; therefore, we cannot be divided over doctrinal issues. While this sounds good, it is not biblical. We must have a passion to reach the lost people of this world, but we must do it with the desire and passion to be biblically correct. The church is to be âthe pillar and support of the truthâ (1 Tim. 3:15), not the arbitrator of what truth is important and what truth is less important....
excerpt from,"The Church: Godâs Program for Ministry"đ
I have absolutely no idea, of Dr Rugh's opinion of Graham, but my opinion of him, he's a peddler of the Wordđ