|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #1835 Extreme Christianity?
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
To Capture attention in this day we have extreme sports, extreme racing, and extreme everything, but, unfortunately, we have lukewarm Christianity. Sunday our son Shane, missionary to Peru, Italy, and Ohio, aptly portrayed Josiah's walk through two chapters of our Bible as "Extreme Christianity" (2Kings 22-23). Despite an evil father and vile grandfather, as king, at eight years old, Josiah purposed to rebuild God's temple and found “The Book” (22:8). “When the king had heard the words of the book of the law he rent his clothes... for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us” (vr.11, 13). This was no “Not Inspired Version” giving what ecumenical counsels thought God meant to say, it was the inspired Word of God and it caused Josiah to weep over, and repent of, sin. “And the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book” (23:3). He first purged his kingdom of evil; all the perversion, i.e. sodomites (vr.7), all the idolatry, all the all the false worship, and “all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book” (23:24). We need to perform the words of God's law, and must first purge, some things from our kingdoms. God said that before, or after, there was no king like unto Josiah, “that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might” (23:25). Extreme Christianity, try it.
An Essay for week #35 Sep 2, 2018
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