They believe that they are spiritually strong, and yet Christ is on the outside knocking and asking to come in. They have some sort of church fellowship, but that fellowship is not with Christ Himself.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
Oh, little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
Until the soldiers come with swords to make your mothers cry.
Blood in thy dark streets floweth on this horrible night.
The hopes and dreams of all it seems were crushed in thee tonight.
Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
We just don’t call it bribes anymore. Lobbying is a much more sanitized word. And obviously, it works. There wouldn’t be over 3 billion dollars a year spent by certain interests to make sure certain politicians voted they way they wanted them to if it wasn’t working.
We need to give up our liberty if we ever want to experience true freedom.
When we try to bend, twist, and shove it into a narrow-minded twenty-first century limited understanding of “inerrancy” we do the Bible injustice and completely miss the bigger picture.
Icons. Images. However well intentioned, it is idolatry. I can’t just worship God however I feel like it. I must be obedient to what He has commanded.
Which Jesus will we choose?
When push came to shove, each had an opportunity to examine their own heart and say, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”