Sermon Audio: Depression/Melancholy And Prayer

Posted: 17th September 2014 by Pastoral Musings in audio sermons
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Sermon Audio: The Rejection of Truth

Posted: 1st September 2014 by Pastoral Musings in audio sermons
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Sermon Audio: Jesus The Light part two

Posted: 18th August 2014 by Pastoral Musings in audio sermons
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I stumbled across your website by accident. I’m sorry to say that I was completely disappointed that you believe some of the things that you do. You actually believe the Earth is 5000 years old?You do know that there are literally rocks probably in your driveway that are older, right? I am blown away that your knowledge of science is so inadequate.

Hi, Kevin.

Thanks for stopping by. It’s always good to hear from a fellow Mississippian, even if we do disagree.

Just a few things to start with:

1. You’re disappointed? Kevin, please understand something; if we are to have a discussion, please take the time to discuss rationally with me. Your introduction of emotion into the issue in such a manner serves to simply load up the discussion with emotion, and it will tend to distract from the issues at hand.

It is impossible to be without passion, but emoting tends to move us away from intelligent discussion.

2. No, I do not believe that the Earth is five thousand years old. It is probably between six thousand and ten thousand years of age.

I know, you still disagree; but let’s just get the facts straight.

3. Rocks in my driveway older than the Earth? Hmmmm…

4. I do think that my knowledge of science is inadequate to some degree. On the other hand, it would serve you well, Kevin, to take the time to read the Bible and consider it’s claims.

In fact, let’s do this: I’ll refer you to this post, you read it, and come back and explain to me why you would think that there would be any book, discipline, or person with  greater authority than the Holy Scriptures.

Sermon Audio: Jesus The Light part 1

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That Pesky Issue Of Judging

Posted: 12th June 2014 by Pastoral Musings in Christian Living, church issues, doctrine, exegesis
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Once someone begins to call sin by its name, it seems there are those who yell, “THE BIBLE SAYS DON’T JUDGE!!!!!” That is true. The Bible does say do not judge.

The problem is that the Bible also commands us to judge. See John 7:24 and 1Corinthians 10:15 , for example.

We must understand context and respect it.

If we read Matthew 7:1-5 as a blanket condemnation of judging, we shall find ourselves having a difficult time dealing with these other passages of Scripture.

Furthermore, what is called judging today is usually not judging. To call sin by its proper name is not the judging of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 7:1-5. Jesus was speaking of hypocritically condemning others while doing the same things, or worse things. What is called judging today is normally simply using Scripture to speak of sin as sin.

The prophets spoke of sin and declared that we should call sin by its proper name. To say that sin is other than sin is to rebel against God. Isaiah pronounced a woe/judgment on those who called sin good. ( See Isaiah 5:20-21 ) In other words, we are to judge sin to be sinful, and we are not to judge it as being anything other than sinful.

Jesus commanded righteous judgment in John 7:24 . We are not to judge by how things look, but are to judge rightly by using God’s standard of truth.

There is much more to be said about the issue of judging, but it’s necessary for now that we understand that Matthew 7:1-5 is not the final word. We cannot set Matthew 7:1-5 over against John 7:24 and declare that Jesus contradicted Himself. Scriptural integrity won’t allow that. God won’t allow that. Rationality won’t allow that. In fact, if one does so, he is sinfully judging God’s Word as being wrong.

That is the worst sort of judgment one can exercise.