Preacher, Will You Stop at Only Words?
Truth is too serious to joke with.. Would that today’s preachers proclaimed the Gospel, as well as liberty, as in the days of old.
From the film, The Patriot:
- Dear Visible Church (5ptsalt.com)
- Top Three Justifications for Celebrity Preacher Worship (5ptsalt.com)
Amen, provided you’re talking the gospel and TRUE liberty, as I know you are:
“The Puritan idea of rights and liberty was quite different from what the framers had in mind:
‘John Winthrop [first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony] … reminded his fellow-citizens of Massachusetts that a doctrine of civil rights [as in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights] which looked to natural or sinful man as its source and guardian [as in the Preamble] was actually destructive of that very liberty which they were seeking to protect. True freedom can never be found in institutions which are under the direction of sinful men, but only in the redemption wrought for man by Jesus Christ. Christ, not man, is the sole source and guarantee of true liberty.’ (C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1964) p. 19.)
“R.J. Rushdoony pointed out the sophistry of governments based upon freedom:
‘….[A] society which makes freedom its primary goal will lose it, because it has made, not responsibility, but freedom from responsibility, its purpose. When freedom is the basic emphasis, it is not responsible speech which is fostered but irresponsible speech. If freedom of press is absolutized, libel will be defended finally as a privilege of freedom, and if free speech is absolutized, slander finally becomes a right. Religious liberty becomes a triumph of irreligion. Tyranny and anarchy take over. Freedom of speech, press, and religion all give way to controls, totalitarian controls. The goal must be God’s law-order, in which alone is true liberty.’ (Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1973) p. 581.) ….
“Forgiveness (liberty from our personal sins) is realized through Jesus’7 blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection from the grave.8 All other liberty is found in the implementation and enforcement of Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty – never in the hollow promises of man-made covenants. Yahweh’s grace on the personal level and Yahweh’s law on the community level are our only means to true freedom. When either of these is abused, freedom is also abused….”
For more, see online Chapter 11 “Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt11.html.
Joel, given that our weaponry includes prayer (Eph. 6:12, 18), then we mustn’t stop at only preached words.
Given that our arsenal is not carnal, but rather, mighty in God to the pulling down of
strongholds (2 Cor. 10:5), then, yes, I’ll “stop at only words.” http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=242
Ted, Rush knew from sophistry!
Joel, What a silly, chaotic Hollywood scene – the Sabbath desecrated, the bodies not shown Christian respect and burial, the parson (Presby or Congregationalist) PRAYING FOR SOULS OF THE DEAD?!, a woman speaking in church? How much sin do we need from Hollywood to get stirred up enough? I quit @ 1:15 into it. No thanks, men.
“Cromwell” church scene is better.