Sermons tagged #Equivocation
Does equivocal swearing of a creed or confession increase, or decrease, liberty of conscience? What is mental reservation in oath taking, and what is wrong with it? What is the way forward for the return to creedal authority within the Reformed church?
[Sung Psalm: 64] The central point of the Ninth Commandment has to do with the law court. When you stand before the judge, you must tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But the ninth commandment has a far broader application than the legal system. Just like "you shall not kill" is about how you handle anger – because murder is about striking back at God; so also the ninth commandment (as all the commandments) has to do with what kind of person you are. Are you a person characterized by "the truth"? We all like to think so. I used to think that I was a "straight shooter" – that I would just tell it the way I saw it!! But I'm not. I tend to think an awful lot – and sometimes too much – about how the other person will hear what I am about to say. In one sense, it's a good trait! It is good to be sensitive to how others will hear you! But sometimes it gets in the way of the truth. Sometimes I wind up trying to out-think the Holy Spirit – and that never ends well...
There is liberty in salvation from sin through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but unless care is taken, that liberty can be turned into legalism or licentiousness, both of which are very ungodly. This sermon defines each while giving practical measures to walk properly in liberty.
118 Westminster Confess. 22:4 #118 Westminster Confession 22:4 A Lawful Oath Is Binding Even To A Man's Own Hurt
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Slavery and the Bible 04 What Does the Bible Say About Slavery 04 Does the Bible set up the poor to be slaves
God created man in his own image If God condoned cruel and oppressive slavery, why would He also exalt the value of man? Gen_1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen_9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. It doesn't make sense that God would create man in his own image so that men could enslave and oppress each other. If a Hebrew sells himself into slavery to a foriegner, he and his family can buy back his freedom from the foreigner. Leviticus 25:47-49 And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family: (48) After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: (49) Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. The Hebrew who sells himself into slavery must be treated as a hired worker Lev 25:53 And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him in thy sight. Does this sound like our typical view of slavery? Were slaves in America ever treated like hired workers? Does Biblical slavery take advantage of the poor? Does the biblical system for slavery encourage slave owners to take advantage of the poor? Was God trying to set poor people experiencing hard times up to be slaves? Does the Bible have any laws that help the poor? God's laws commanded rich landowners to leave food in the f
Slavery in the Bible 03 What Does the Bible Say About Slavery 03 The Different types of Slavery in the Bible
How did people become slaves in Old Testament times? Slavery caused by the inability to pay off debts or support ones family In Old Testament times they did not have the ability to declare bankruptcy. The Hebrews could not pass the debt that they couldn't pay off, to their lenders or taxpayers. There were no social programs to save them. Believe it or not, they were actually responsible for their bad spending choices. If you put yourself in debt and could not pay, you had to work off your debt. This meant you had to sell yourself into slavery to the person you owed money to. It's similar to having to wash dishes at a restaurant because you were unable to pay the check. This punishment for bad borrowing or spending kept people in line economically. People knew that there was a real penalty for running up their debts. Again, there were no social programs in Old Testament times. Sometimes someone would voluntarily sell themselves into servitude to a rich master to help themselves get through tough economic times. Whatever the reason, a family may have found themselves unable to cope with life's conditions and needed help. Whether it was food, shelter or whatever, they would seek out a wealthy land owner to take them in and help them get through. Sometimes a father would sell his children into slavery because he could not support them. This is not what any parent wants to do, but it definitely beat, seeing them starve to death. Committing a crime that you could not pay back (restitution) may get you sold into slavery. If you don't want to do the time, don't commit the crime. According to God's laws, a criminal must pay back (make restitution)to the perso
Equivocating on the word slavery Equivocation happens when someone shifts from a definition of a word, to another, within an argument. When atheists accuse the Bible of condoning Slavery they are equivocating. When we think of slavery we think of: whips, chains, people being kidnaped against their will, being uneducated, beaten, raped, malnourished, forced to work long hours every day of the week and treated as property for life. This is not how slaves from old or New Testament times were to be treated. Old Testament Slavery was different The Old Testament version of slavery was much different. Slaves were more like indentured servants. They were loved, treated like family, educated, treated like hired workers, given time off, and in some cases allowed to go free on the year of Jubilee. Not only were they set free, they were given a generous care package to help them get on their feet again. In many cases, the slave's family could purchase them out of slavery. Slaves were to be taught the Jewish faith and made to participate in their feasts. Many of these Jewish feasts were like a great big party. They had fun and overate on all kinds of wonderful food. Slaves of war were allowed to marry and have children. The slave owner was encouraged to help raise these children as if they were his own. Does this sound like the slavery of America's past? You may not like it. You may still think this is cruel but it certainly is not the cruel slavery that is found throughout the world. What is indentured servitude? It's like when you go out to eat, finish your meal and then realize you don't have any money. What happens? You end up washing dishes until you hav