Paul teaches that when we deny God for who He is and replace Him wth a mere creature that He gives us up to our own lusts and vile affections. Sodomy or homosexual behaviors are the result of rejecting God and His created purpose for us.
There is not enough advancements in this world to eliminate the need of other people in your life spiritually. You can not live out the gospel by Yourself. You Need Community.
Specifically speaking, God's design is for you to love one another in the Body of Christ. You are called to love sacrificially as you live in community with other believers.
No matter who you are the enemy is going to gather against us. The enemy has some great timing; those times that are most inconvenient for us, when we are away from God and such. Our enemy has a tenacity about them. Doesn't matter how many times we beat them they just keep coming back. Are we prepared to fight the right way?
This message is a warning against reflexive decisions that are made for the easiest path. Judges 18 concerns itself with how the Tribe of Dan paid dearly because they wanted the easiest route to their desire. Satan often makes the path away from God's will to look enticing, easy, and beautiful.
There are liars in the world, and then there are spectacular liars. They can fool billions of people and shift popular opinion using their cute little narratives. The power of the media to form a narrative and frame the zeitgeist is pretty impressive. Kevin Swanson interacts with global warming, Matthew Shepard, and Richard Dawkins (with his brave attempts to move pedophilia a little closer to public acceptance).
Excerpt: 'Politically speaking, the issue of global warming has usually been associated with liberals and environmentalists, not conservatives or evangelicals. However, a broad coalition of more than 80 evangelical leaders recently established the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI) and released a statement called Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action. In addition to giving an urgent warning of the dangers of global warming and outlining moral principles for biblical environmentalism, this document offers specific legislative initiatives for limiting the use of fossil fuels.
I mention all of this to point out the difference between politics, economics, science, and theology. An important part of “thinking Christianly” is knowing specifically what kind of thinking we are doing on a particular issue.'
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Many of these are now published in 'My Father's World: Meditations on Christianity and Culture', 2002, and 'He Speaks to Me Everywhere', 2004, both by Philip Graham Ryken, P&R Publishing.
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