“So these nations feared the LORD and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s children—as their fathers did, so they do to this day.”
“Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” The Borg’s declaration might as well be the Church Growth Movement’s mission, with its megachurch culture.
In faithfulness to Christ and in recognition of God’s desire to continue to bless men and women in the gift of holy marriage, the church through the ages has sought to encourage godly, joyful, faithful preparation for marriage according to God’s plan and work.
“Spiritually, it was pretty dull, routine, and mindless. Yet everyone got into it when the praise band did its thing in chapel and a great motivational speaker talked about how to surrender more of our lives to Christ.”
For a great example of how this tutorial is implemented, listen to the master worship guru: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a48gIt84AZc
Reading passages like Romans 3:21–22, Luther realized that he could be forgiven, not based upon his own works but upon the righteousness of Jesus that was available to him if he would trust in Christ alone for his salvation.
“Jesus loves you all, and has a wonderful plan for your life, even how much your life may be totally depraved like mine.”
Can this man be believed? Shall his sins be forgiven? Shall his crimes be reprieved? … Is he from heaven or from hell? … I am reaching … but I fall … There is nowhere I can turn, there is no way to go on!
It was grievous to witness a political party set forth a clear social agenda centered on the availability of abortion, the advancement of liberty for sexual sin, homosexual marriage, the legalization of narcotic drugs, and government intolerance for religious freedom. To then see this agenda lifted up in triumph over the American electorate is to witness the defeat of the conservative Christian political agenda and to tremble over the future of our morally libertine society.
With the apostles Paul and Peter, and with Epistle to Diognetus, we should pray for peace, for the freedom to preach the gospel and practice our faith. We should pray and seek to be left alone by civil authorities.
In this garden, called Gethsemane, Jesus moved into the final stages of a process that would transform Him from an immortal man to a satanic being (E. W. Kenyon) and would, in turn, recreate men as little gods who would no longer be subject to the scourge of sin, sickness, and suffering (Benny Hinn).
This is the reason why the Catholic teaching about veneration of dead Saints, praying to these Saints, and purgatory are so readily acceptable to the culture. Evangelicals as well carry this superstitious baggage with them, even when the Bible condemns these practices as abominations.