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  • docmgphillips 8:51 pm on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Can We Prophesy? 

    Mic 2:6 “Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us. (Revised Version)
    Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, thus they prophesy. They shall not prophesy to these: reproaches shall not depart. (American Standard)

    Preach? Prophesy? Regardless of the word used, Strong says it means “to speak by inspiration.” Obviously, today we cannot speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit except when we are quoting what He inspired in the men who wrote the Bible. However…it would appear that the main thrust of this verse is that some–the “they” in the verse–would like to silence the Word of God. So, today, when we speak from God’s Word, there are many who will tell us that we should not warn of things which do not please God because these things will cause shame to those who espouse them.
    Wake up! Do you remember Hosea 4:6…”My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge:” Therefore, we, as Christians, have a responsibility to speak out against the open sins that have overtaken out society today. When was the last time you spoke out against some of the things which are prevalent in America today? When will you speak out?
    What say ye?

     
    • marciasettles 10:45 pm on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply

      I say what I can, within the limits of being a woman (I hope you understand what I mean); unfortunately most people I speak to -even those who claim to be Christians- don’t want to think about anything beyond their own day to day lives. It’s sad.

  • docmgphillips 2:40 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply  

    But XXX Said… 

    Okay.  Here I am again.  And again, I am saying that we ALL need to rely on what the Bible says instead of some brother.  We are indeed blessed that we have men in the brotherhood who are learned in the Scriptures…men like Moses Lard, Guy N. Woods, Franklin Camp, and others.  BUT, brother, no MAN is always right.  What has upset me this time?

    Some learned brother has decided that Luke 22:44 means that Jesus shed actual drops of blood, and now, most of our brethren are going to great lengths to try to prove that idea.  Even to the point of asking non-Christian scientists to verify this…even when the scientist dearly wants to prove the Bible wrong.  I ask you to think back to high school English!  Remember the teacher trying to teach you what a simile is?  A simile occurs when you compare two unlike items by saying one is LIKE the other, or is AS the other.  It is a comparison, not a statement of absolute exactness.  Luke 22:44 says And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. Please note:  as it were.  Jesus did not sweat drops of blood.  Instead, he sweated so profusely that the sweat dripped like drops of blood would have fallen.

    I may be wrong, but Thayer agrees with this interpretation.  English  poetical devices agree with this interpretation.  If I am wrong…prove it, please.  We just need to look at the Scripture and not always depend on Brother X.

    What say ye?

     
  • docmgphillips 12:17 pm on 2016-10-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Singing 

    I suppose every Christian has memorized Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, right? We all know we are to sing as a past of the worship service, and to do so without the use of mechanical music. That is a given … I hope.

    But, have you also memorized James 4:10 and I Peter 5:6? What do these two verses have to do with the first paragraph? Well, think about it. I have heard many say, “I don’t sing because my voice is bad,” or “I don’t sing because I can’t carry a tune,” or maybe even, “I don’t want to torture those in front of me.” Yes, I have actually heard all of these … excuses. They are excuses, not reasons.

    Now look at I John 2:16. (I am not quoting these five verses because I want you to be sure I am using them correctly.) Pride is a common sin, also maybe known as “the pride of life.” I don’t think I know anyone who has never had pride as a sin. So think about it. God said sing. He never said you had to have a beautiful voice. He never said the song service had to sound like a professional choir. No! God said sing. Of course, we want to offer God our very best. No question there. But if my very best voice is a rough croak, and I am singing from the heart because I want to please God—not myself nor my fellow Christians—then my voice is pleasing to God. Isn’t that what really matters?

    What say ye?

     
    • Terry Finley 12:23 pm on 2016-10-04 Permalink | Reply

      I like this blog. It is short enough to read and deep enough to think.

      I don’t always agree, but that is minor to me.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:10 am on 2016-10-08 Permalink | Reply

        Glad to have you reading, Terry.

        Should you ever have any questions about anything that is said, feel free to ask. Conversations can easily be had through private email instead of TFR’s public forum. You’ll find my email by clicking on my “gravatar.”

        And, on behalf of the other authors, thank you for the compliment.

    • Loy Pressley 1:39 pm on 2016-10-04 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure at all that God listens to your voice. It is certain that He hears your singing in your heart. To sing in your heart, you must sing with your voice, no matter how it sounds to those around you who should be concentrating on making melody in their hearts instead of listening to you sing.

  • docmgphillips 6:57 pm on 2016-09-05 Permalink | Reply  

    Thanatopsis 

    So live, that when thy summons comes to join
    The innumerable caravan, which moves
    To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
    His chamber in the silent halls of death,
    Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
    Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
    By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
    Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
    About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

    I don’t remember a lot about William Cullen Bryant, the poet who wrote Thanatopsis, but I did memorize these lines.  It amazed me that a mere poet could grasp the essential tenet of a Christian life.  Isn’t the above exactly what we are taught in the Bible?  To live our lives in such a manner that we do not fear death, but rather have faith that after death we shall be in the arms of Jesus with the rest of the blest?

    What say ye?

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 6:00 am on 2016-09-06 Permalink | Reply

      “Mere” poet?

      “EMILY: “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it … every, every minute?”
      STAGE MANAGER: “No. Saints and poets maybe … they do some.”
      ― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

      🙂

  • docmgphillips 2:42 pm on 2016-08-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Why? 

    Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

    How many preachers have read this verse?  How many elders?  How many Christians?  I once wrote an article explaining why I feel “political correctness” is a sin.  And it is far to prevalent in today’s church.  How long has it been since you have heard a sermon on Hell?  On how God is a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29)?  A plain teaching on the fact that God will punish sin?  In fact, any sermon which does not deal generally with the goodness, forgiveness, and love of God?  Those things are certainly important.  HOWEVER…

    You cannot appreciate the goodness and forgiveness of God if you fail to understand the consequences of not obeying God.  That is why the “whole counsel of God” is so very important.  In a time when few really study the Bible as they should, it is even more important that preachers warn the congregation of the wrath to come if they are not obedient.  I am not saying that is all they need to preach; I am saying that there is a place for the preaching of judgment.

    The problem is this:  Elders and preachers are hesitant to preach the whole truth because it might “offend” someone.  Brothers, if the Scriptures teach it, you should preach it!  What good is it if 1,000 people leave your service feeling good if they are all lost because they truly believe that such a “good, kind” God as you preach will never let anyone go to Hell, but will ultimately forgive everyone?

    What say ye?

     
    • Terry Finley 3:00 pm on 2016-08-30 Permalink | Reply

      My observation in churches today: lots and lots of grace and love, but little law, obedience, and punishment. Lots of it is being ‘politically correct’ or better being ‘religiously correct’.

  • docmgphillips 7:21 pm on 2016-08-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Horoscope 

    Did you read your horoscope today?  Well, be truthful…did you? “So what”, you ask.  “What’s the harm?  It’s just entertainment.  No problem.”  Is that right?  Let’s take a closer look.

    In Deuteronomy 18:10, we read: There shall not be found among you any who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that used divination, an observer of clouds, or a fortune-teller, or a witch…  In like manner, in II Kings, we read: And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire.  And they used divination and incantations, and sold themselves to do evil in the sigh of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger.  Now, it is obvious that these two verses are from the Old Testament and we are under the New Testament, but the principle given is that fortune tellers and/or witches are not receiving their powers from the Lord God, or He would not have forbidden them.  However, the New Testament continues  the injunction.  In Galatians 5:19-21, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to include “witchcraft” as one of the works of the flesh which will cause one not to inherit the kingdom of God.  In fact, in Acts 19:19, when those were converted there, they brought all of their books and publically burned them, destroying the means of using the power of Satan to ensnare those in the young church.

    So…where am I going with this?  Simple.  What do horoscopes purpose to do?  Obviously, they claim to predict the future, to tell you how your life will be today or tomorrow, or at some point yet in the future.  In essence, they are a type of fortune-teller, are they not?  Well, if God has condemned soothsayers and fortune tellers, why would a Christian want to pay attention to them?  They are not able, today, to foretell the future, and, if they could, their power would be that of Satan and not that of God.  Therefore, I maintain that Christians have no business depending on horoscopes or astrology to forecast the future.  In II Peter 1:3, Peter tells us that we already have everything that pertains to life and godliness.  That being so, why deal with questionable sources?

    What say ye?

     

     
  • docmgphillips 7:37 pm on 2016-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

    Joy 

    I am afraid that we, as Christian, have misrepresented God and His Word.  It is entirely true that our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:29)  It is equally true that we hear so many sermons on the goodness and mercy of God that many forget that God, Himself, has said, Vengeance is mine; I will repay.  (Hebrews 10:30)  Maybe it is through the influence of these two verses, and others like them, that we have come to believe that God is somber and totally serious, and that His children should be the same.  Somehow, we have forgotten that Christians should be the happiest people in the entire world.

    How do I justify this statement?  In at least 26 verses in the New Testament, the word “joy” appears, with the suggestion that it is an identifying mark of a Christian.  Let’s look at just a few examples:

    • Romans 14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
    • Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
    • I Thessalonians 1:6  And ye become imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the Word in much affliction, with joy of the Spirit
    • Hebrews 12:2  looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, Who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising shame, and hath set down at the right hand of the throne of God

    In addition, there are at lest 28 examples of joy given to us in the New Testament.  Let us look at just a few of these:

    Given so great a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1), how can we call ourselves Christians and not be the most joyful people in town?  Christians are not called to be exclusively serious and somber. We are specifically taught by

    1. direct command
    2. necessary inference
    3. approved example

    all of which portray the Christian as a joyful person.  Please keep in mind that joyful does not necessarily mean happy.  Happy is a temporary state of mind, dependent upon the current circumstances.  Joyful, on the other hand, is that  peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:1), and which is given only to God’s children, the members of His family.

    Are you a child of God?  Then, let the world know that by being  basically joyful person.

    What say ye?

     
    • Eugene Adkins 6:14 pm on 2016-08-05 Permalink | Reply

      Emotional balance is always key. Jesus was the man of sorrows, and he wept over Jerusalem; but yet he promised a joy to the apostles that the world could not provide (John 16:20-22). And with the scripture references you provided, one can see how he desires the same for us.

      Good thoughts.

  • docmgphillips 11:33 am on 2016-07-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Ephesians 5:11 

    Generally speaking, when anything is stated in the imperative voice in the Bible, it is to be taken with the same seriousness as a command.  Therefore, when Paul tells the Ephesians to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them,  this is not a mere suggestion, but rather a command that is given to all Christians.  We have no choice but to reprove works of darkness when we encounter or observe them.

    So, here is my question:  When was the last time that YOU stood up for the Word of God?  When was the last time that YOU spoke up and denounced something that was wrong in the sight of God Almighty?  When was the last time YOU risked ridicule or a friendship to set the record straight on what God has said was not pleasing to Him?  What do you fear most…society’s disapproval or God’s wrath?

    What say ye?

     
  • docmgphillips 8:20 pm on 2016-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Proof of God 

    In our Bible class last week, we discussed how and why we need to be able to tell others about God.  Many excellent answers were given.  But…I must confess, no one hit on the problem I have with telling others about God.  My problem is this:  In today’s society, there is simply a majority who do not believe in God or that the Bible is the Word of God.  Many who claim to believe in God and the Bible will say something like, “Yes, the Bible says that, but that was just a cultural thing, and does not mean that today.”  I have even personally heard someone say that they absolutely affirm that, if Jesus were alive today (?), He would definitely support “gay love” because He was all about love!

    So, I began to think how to handle this.  First of all, if a person absolutely rejects the idea of God, it is almost impossible to change their minds.  But, for those who are willing to at least think, I believe I have found a  starting place.  Romans 1:20 reads:  For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse.  When a reasonable person looks around at the world, it should be easy to see that there is a pattern in the world.  There are far too many questions about the world that any rational person can see that are not answered by Darwinism…not answered by evolution…not able to be answered by the mere thinking of man.

    Everything we see in this world reflects a pattern.  Everything we see reflects the fact that there was a designer.  To believe that everything in this world..indeed, in the entire universe…is simply a result of chance is to disregard the facts of true science that have been irrefutably proven.  Things simply do not evolve to a higher level.  In fact, they always degrade…rocks become sand, leaves become  mulch, etc.  If you can ever convince an unbeliever of this fact, then it becomes much easier to convince them that God is, indeed, the Creator Who set the standard and created all things.

    What say ye?

     
    • ofhisgloryblog 1:24 am on 2016-06-22 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a nice way to put it friend, God Bless you.

    • James 9:57 pm on 2016-06-23 Permalink | Reply

      The Fishers of Men course begins with the concept of seeing footprints and everyone believes that someone made them and then moves to seeing a house and everyone knows someone built it and then to Hebrews 3:4 every house is built by some man, but God built all things.

  • docmgphillips 8:48 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply  

    The Preacher Said… 

    OK, here goes my soap-box again.  Too frequently these days, we forget to open the Bible and see for ourselves what the Holy Spirit has directed man to write.  We hear, “Well, Preacher So-and-so says it is this way, and he really knows the Bible, so he must be right.”  Nope, sorry.  No man is infallible, but the Bible is.

    So, here is the latest to set me off.  I, personally, can find no place in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is not clear in what He wants us to know.  If  what a person says or does is not correct, the Holy Spirit–the Bible–tells us so.  Therefore, in Acts 26:28, when Agrippa says, “Almost thou persuadest me to become a Christian,” why do some make it a point to have Agrippa shown as making fun of Paul?  Today, in Bible class, the teacher (who is also a preacher, but not at this congregation) stated that  Agrippa laughed at Paul and said, in effect, “Paul, are you so stupid as to think you could convert me?”  This is not the first time I have heard this interpretation, but this time I decided to go to the Bible and study for myself.  I investigated several commentaries, and also Young’s and Thayer’s.  Sorry, but most of these, including McGarvey and Thayer, tend to agree that Agrippa was very close to being converted, and that he was acknowledging this rather than that he was making fun of Paul.

    This is really a small thing.  However, it points out my first premise:  Preachers (and I love them) are not infallible.  Neither am I.  Nor any man.  Therefore, regardless of the preacher, elder, or Bible teacher, we ALL need to “search the Scriptures” for ourselves.  Because ANY human can be mistaken, it is really vital that each of us goes to the Bible and is sure of what the Bible says…not what we are told it says.

    What say ye?

     
    • brujsims 9:45 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      The Bible is the only source of Truth that we can truly depend on. It is the standard that we measure the theology of preachers and teachers alike. We need to be more Bible literate and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through His Word.

    • docmgphillips 10:22 am on 2016-06-06 Permalink | Reply

      Agreed!

  • docmgphillips 3:49 pm on 2016-04-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Light 

    Always, the Bible is its own best commentary.  For example, the following verses:

    Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom yu shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:15)  You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)  I say to you that likewise there will e more joy in Heaven over ne sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one anther, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7)

    WOW!  How beautiful is that!  That is what light is all about.  We are called upon to shun sin, follow Jesus, and be the light of the world that all men can see today, and thus attract them to the Lord.

    What say ye?

     
  • docmgphillips 10:01 am on 2016-03-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Strong Delusion 

    2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,
    2Th 2:12  so that all those who do not believe the truth, but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned.

    What is this “strong delusion?”  Paul was speaking specifically of religious error, of preaching things specifically designed to lead the flock astray.  Although Paul certainly does not address evolution, I believe the same principle applies there.  Likewise, Peter did not specifically address evolution, but the principle applies when Peter, in II Peter 1:16, said, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables…”

    We allow evolution to be taught as scientific fact in our schools, and we do little to refute the “theory.”  I have even heard a man who is now an elder say in a Bible class, “What difference does it make if the ‘days’ of Genesis were 24 hours or 24 million years?”  Well, it makes a lot of difference.  The Hebrew word for “day” used in Genesis, when used with a number, always indicated a 24-hour period.

    According to Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman, “All evidence is fundamentally based on eyewitness observation—whether it be scientific observation during experiment and testing of scientific hypotheses, or eyewitness testimony as in a court of law.  No one has actually observed or eye-witnessed evolution…Attempts to study evolution have failed to observe any real evidence in spite of multiple efforts.  Adaptions of living things are always within groups, not between species groups.”

    Here is my point—Evolution is taught in schools, not as a theory, but as fact.  There is no “proof” for the teaching.  If we, as Christian parents, do not refute this teaching and teach the truth at home and in the church, are we not allowing our precious children to be raised to “believe a lie?”  Make no mistake…teachers and professors are strong influences.  If our children never hear our truth that evolution is a flase theory, how are they to know the Truth?

    Whay say ye?

     

     
  • docmgphillips 9:54 pm on 2016-03-02 Permalink | Reply  

    Food Inspection 

    Please follow me.  You are a shepherd, responsible for a flock of 100 sheep.  Although you and your dog can easily move the sheep around where you want them to go, you have hired a man to be responsible for preparing the feed for the sheep when they are not out in the field.  One day, you notice that the hireling is putting rat poison, ground glass, and cotton in the feed.  What do you do?  I sincerely hope you would lose no time in firing the hireling.

    Now, make no mistake:  The preacher is a hireling, hired by the elders to “feed the flock.”  It is the preacher who is before the congregation every Sunday, bringing them the bread of life.  However, it is the shepherds or elders who are ultimately responsible for what the flock is fed.  We love our preachers.  Most of them are wonderful men.  But the duty of the elders is NOT to support the popularity of the preacher.  The duty of the elders is to be sure the flock is fed pure, wholesome food.  If the preacher who leads a congregation astray is condemned by the Lord, so, too, are the elders who allow that to happen.  And so, too, are the members who sit back and swallow the poison, never reading the Bible for themselves to determine the truth of what they are told.

    What say ye?

     
  • docmgphillips 9:26 pm on 2016-02-19 Permalink | Reply  

    I’d Rather Err… 

    What?  I am hearing this phrase more and more and I simply cannot believe that any Christian would want to err.  So, let’s look at what they are saying:

    • I’d rather err on the side of mercy than on the side of judgment.
    • I’d rather err on the side of accepting what God has condemned than on the side of condemning what God has accepted.
    • I’d rather err on the side of being too liberal than on being too conservative.

    There are more, but you get the idea.  What bothers me is this:  Any sin is sin.  God does not categorize sin as man does.  That is, God does not say homosexuality is worse than lying.  No, God says both are sin.  Right?  So, if we err, we err.  Rather than decide we’d “rather sin” on this side instead of that side, should we not go to the Bible, study what God has said, and determine NOT to sin on any side?  Should we not strive to “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24) and do what God expects us to do in each situation?

    What say ye?

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 2:27 am on 2016-02-20 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post, Doc, it brings out the absurdity of using such a phrase, and you point out well how study of the Bible will keep us from erring. Behind this phrase may well be the idea, “Since we’re going to err, let’s lean this way in our error.” How wrong-headed is that!?

  • docmgphillips 8:07 pm on 2016-02-12 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE!!! 

    Okay.  First of all, as Christians, we ought to be always eager to leave the world a better place than we found it.  As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”  In the last election, only 40% of all who claim to be Christians were registered to vote.  Of that number less than 40% actually voted.  Of course, we have people who think abortion and homosexuality is the right way because we elected them.  If every person who professes to be a Christian voted, we could take back our country.

    I would never try to tell you for whom you should vote.  It is none of my business who you check off on the ballot.  However, before our country sinks even further, I strongly urge you to register to vote. Obviously, there are no perfect candidates.  It is not really very difficult to check on candidates to see what they stand for.  There are many sites that will post what candidates have done in the past, which is a pretty good indicator of what they will support in the future.  Pick the candidate which most closely reflects the choices you hold dear, whatever they might be.

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “The problem with a democracy is that the people get the government they deserve.”  All Christians need to vote so that Christian values are represented.

    I pose this thought:  I absolutely do not believe, as I have heard some say, that God has visited the recent destructive happenings on America.  I do, however, firmly believe that God is in the process of withdrawing His protection from us, just as He withdrew His protection from the Israelites, and allowed them to be taken into slavery.  The remnant was persecuted the same as the evil.

    Make no mistake; when we continue to allow the killing of millions of unborn children, when we continue to  praise and value homosexuality and unmarried couples living together, when we continue to value all kinds of sin…then God will surely turn His back on the USA and allow us to be conquered.  You can start to regain our country by the simple act of registering to vote and then voting!

    What say ye?

     
    • tiffanystttt 11:28 pm on 2016-02-12 Permalink | Reply

      Firstly, I would like to say that I agree 100% that if one lives in a democracy, one should value that privilege and opportunity by voting, wherever one is in this planet. And I would say of course one should choose a candidate that most represents personal beliefs. This is most certainly true of the US as with any other representative democracy in the world.

      Where I want to comment on is the idea that GOD firstly has given protection to the US, and now is withdrawing this protection. Americans are not God’s chosen people under the New Law; all those the world over who call on His name and follow His will as laid down in the Holy Bible are under God’s protection, as you put it.

      Hence, there is not a parallel between Americans today and the Jewish nation of the Old Law, which was indeed under God’s protection as long as they had Him as their direct leader – and then as long as they and their kings followed God’s commandments for them.

      As a Christian who has collected tons of airmiles for my work, I can safely state that every place I land, the ones that I feel most affinity towards are not those in the American Consulate, or fellow ex pats. The ones I feel most affinity with and lean on heavily are those brothers and sisters in Christ that I have encountered the world over. When I find them, when I worship with them, my soul is edified and my spirit refreshed in a way that cannot compare at all to attending a July 4th BBQ held by the American Embassy. Trust me, as Christians our citizenship should be in Heaven, not in any geographic location on this temporary Earth. That citizenship we should prize above all else… and our Earthly geographic location should mean less and less to us as we study to show ourselves approved to God.

      • tiffanystttt 11:30 pm on 2016-02-12 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know where that link to the organisation came from in my previous comment. Kindly remove it before posting it live; I do not endorse this group, but I saw Adam Smithyman posting elsewhere on this site and was merely looking up his credentials. Please, please remove that link.

      • docmgphillips 11:51 am on 2016-02-13 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I did not mean to imply that America was God’s chosen people as the Israelites were. I freely admit that ONLY Christians are God’s chosen people. However, I do believe that God answers the prayers of righteous men (and women). When an entire nation, by its actions and/or inactions, has turned its back on God, then I DO believe that God will ALLOW that nation to be overrun by those who seek so to do. Not a question of being “chosen,” but of being able to ask for protection. Surely Daniel, Shadrack, and Abednego prayed for Israel, but, because the majority no longer sought to obey and honor God, the entire nation fell. That was my point.

    • brujsims 3:57 pm on 2016-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      Voting is a valuable tool to encourage social change in this country by placing wise leaders into office. That is why it is so important that when we vote, we must be in prayer about the candidates we vote for, a frivolous vote is just as bad as not voting at all. Nevertheless, one has to remember, that the government can’t change society. The government, like any other institution created by man, is flawed by the man’s sin. Only the body of believers who are in Jesus Christ can turn this nation around with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let the hands and feet of Christ move to make change.

      • docmgphillips 4:39 pm on 2016-02-13 Permalink | Reply

        Since those who follow Christ are always in the minority, as Jesus Himself said, are you saying that the majority do not change even those of us who are followers? I mean, when our young people see the laxity in our nation, even those in godly homes are too frequently changed, are they not? When the government legalizes deviant behavior, does this not make it easier for our young to slip? I agree that, as Christians, we MUST seek to change the direction of our country. I merely point out that one way to do that is by vetting the candidates and voting.

        • brujsims 4:43 pm on 2016-02-13 Permalink | Reply

          I agree that voting is a way the Christians can witness to the next generation. That is why a great deal of prayer needs to be involved when voting for our next leaders.

    • Sharon Walker 5:48 pm on 2016-02-14 Permalink | Reply

      In my 67 years on this earth I’ve never considered an election to be more important and as pivotal as this upcoming, 2016 election for the next president of the United States. If your percentage of voting believers versus non-voting believers is correct, we have every reason to be hopeful and advocate for every prayerful, believing, legal voter to get out and do their duty. While believers throughout the world have a spiritual relationship with God and the intervening pleadings of God’s Holy Spirit, in prayer, through the mediator Jesus Christ, the truth is that a better America blesses everyone. Mankind is God’s children first in Adam. An America as a nation under God, will allow more to know Him as God and Savior.

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