“Judge not, lest you be judged” has been misinterpreted to mean that no matter what anyone does, we should not judge the behavior. He pointed out that we are not to condemn someone for their sins, lest we get condemned for ours, but that does NOT mean we are not to discern what is right and wrong, or identify certain behaviors as sin.Grace does not mean there is no law and we are free to behave any way we wish. Grace is to lead us to holiness, which is the walking in the presence of God and reflecting his character.
Fundamentalism has unconsciously imposed an Enlightenment Rationalist Worldview upon the Gospel writers, who never intended the Gospels to be interpreted simply as a strict chronological recounting of historical events. They were writing theological pamphlets intended to prove that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophetic types present in Genesis to Joshua. By arguing as Enlightenment Rationalists, Fundamentalists have undermined their own efforts because they have not understood the original writers’ intent.
Why did Jesus have to be baptized by John? He said, “it is necessary to fulfill all righteousness…” What did Jesus mean by that? Why are there no records of miracles as a child?
God is the Sovereign Judge of the Human Soul. He gives faith and salvation to those whom he choses, but he does not do so on a whim. He sees the human heart and ‘gives to every one according to his deeds.’ Desiring all to be saved, but knowing not all want to find God… he gives people the destiny of their own choosing.
Justice League International: “Review of Justice Stephen Breyer’s new book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities – By: Brian Callanan Claremont Review of Books. Posted: August 10, 2016 This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 3, Summer 2016 “ Excerpt: Writing the Court’s lone dissent in the 1999 case […]
“If I had my way, I would tear this whole building down.” – Samson and Delilah – Bob Weir, The Grateful Dead I don’t know if God has appointed Donald Trump to win the presidency. I know he is making a lot of people mad, but I see a lot of similarities to the Story […]
Paul, Called to Be an Apostle – a sermon: God’s Sovereign Purpose of Salvation, Calling Us to Peace, even while we oppose Him – Ephesians 1:1