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What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
As members of the pro-life community, we must remember that protecting the sanctity and dignity of human life at every stage, from conception to natural death, is essential to who we are. While much of the pro-life movement is focused on the beginning of life, as well it should, issues concerning natural death are sometimes lost in the shuffle. The fact of the matter is that euthanasia continues to be an issue that the pro-life community must combat with the same vigor and enthusiasm as the issue of abortion. Last week, I read an article about a man by the name of Philip Nitschke who fancies himself a “euthanasia expert.” Mr. Nitschke recently debuted a self-title “suicide machine” at a funeral fair in Amsterdam that he named the “Sarco” (pictured above). The Sarco (short for “sarcophagus”) is a full-sized coffin in which an individual can enter and commit suicide via nitrogenous asphyxiation. If it does not already sound familiar, the Nazis used a similar technique during their euthanasia program. Nitschke even offered a “3D virtual tour” for his machine at the fair, and he plans on profiting from it in the near future.It’s an appalling sign of the times when a person can create a suicide machine and be heralded as an “expert.” It’s shocking but not surprising that such an event took place in the Netherlands, a country that unilaterally legalized assisted suicide in 2002. Unfortunately, laws in the U.S. have now paved the way for Mr. Nitschke and his death trap to come to the States. In 2016, the state of California passed the End of Life Option Act which allowed patients to self-administer life ending drugs. In just the first six months of it being passed into law, 111 lives were lost.When evaluating why someone would want to create an industry based on suicide like Mr. Nitschke is clearly attempting to do, or why any country would allow its own citizens to kill themselves, one reason becomes abundantly clear. We unfortunately live in a culture of death where we see human beings devaluing one another, the same way people have devalued women, racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, the old, the feeble, and the poor in the past. History has shown us that devaluing other human beings devalues us as an entire race. People are in anguish as to why we have so many wars that claim the lives of human beings, or why we have violent individuals claiming innocent lives in our streets. The crux of the issue goes back to how our culture perceives the value of human life. Euthanasia has been around for a very long time. It has been able to survive based off its ability to shape-shift into a narrative that is more favorable for its proponents at any given time. However, its dark history of targeting the most vulnerable in our society must continue to be exposed.It is up to us, the pro-life community, to change this culture of death into a culture of life. Being “pro-life” is multifaceted—it encompasses many issues of human dignity. Therefore, it is crucial that we recognize and strive to protect all of God’s creations at all stages of life.
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Temple Baptist Church - 2-4-2018Romans 6:1-10Introduction:¬ A.¬ There is so much in these verses¬ that I will take my time with them.¬ Tonight, I want to look at the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.B.¬ There is a lot of unnecessary confusion¬ on this subject because of lack of study and rightly dividing the Word of Truth, our Bible.¬ Even among the independent Baptist, there are those who deny this precious doctrine.¬ C.¬ There is the presence¬ of false doctrine on the subject.¬ Most comes from the Pentecostal Movement.¬ The modern day Tongues Movement began in 1906 at the Azusa Street Mission in Los¬ Angeles, California.¬ Born in that ‚Äúrevival‚ÄĚ were heresies concerning the baptism of the Holy Ghost and, therefore, spiritual confusion.a.¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a second working of grace.b.¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for the ‚Äúspiritual elite.‚ÄĚc.¬ ¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by speaking in tongues.D.¬ Let us make this simple.¬ ¬ The word ‚Äúbaptize‚ÄĚ means to immerse or submerge.¬ It does not mean to sprinkle of to pour.¬ Baptism is placing something into something!1.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the believer is baptized into the body of Christ: also called the ‚Äúfamily‚ÄĚ and the ‚Äúchurch.‚ÄĚ¬ Verse 3.Romans 6:3¬ Know ye not, that so many of us as were¬ baptized into Jesus Christ¬ were baptized into his death?¬ ¬ (Water baptism is a type of what was done at the moment of salvation and does not baptize us ‚Äúinto His death!‚ÄĚ)1 Corinthians 12:13¬ ¬ For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.¬ ¬ (Water baptism is done by man.¬ The baptism of the Holy Ghost is done by the [capital ‚ÄúS‚ÄĚ] Holy Spirit.)Galatians 3:26-28¬ For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ¬ (27)¬ For as many of you as have beenbaptized into Christ¬ have put on Christ. ¬ (28)¬ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.¬ ¬ (This baptism cannot be water baptism because, in the local church, we are Jew and Greek‚ÄĒGentile‚ÄĒbond and free‚ÄĒmale and female.¬ In the church or body of Christ, all are equal because all are the same.)¬ Ephesians 5:28-30¬ So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.¬ For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:¬ ¬ For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.¬ 2.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the Holy Ghost indwells the believer.Romans 8:9¬ But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.¬ Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.Ephesians 4:4-6¬ There is¬ one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; ¬ (5)¬ One Lord, one faith,¬ one baptism, ¬ (6)¬ One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all,¬ and in you all.¬ ¬ (Four things are tied together in these verses:¬ a)¬ one body¬ ¬ b)¬ one Spirit¬ ¬ c)¬ one baptism¬ ¬ d)¬ in you all.¬ Again, not water baptism.¬ These verse speak of salvation, not church membership.¬ That is the reason that ‚Äúbaptism‚ÄĚ is singular, water baptism has nothing to do with salvation, thus, the baptism of the Holy Ghost is referred to here.)Hebrews 6:1-3¬ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,¬ Of¬ the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.¬ And this will we do, if God permit.¬ ¬ (When speaking of doctrine in Hebrews 6, ‚Äúbaptisms‚ÄĚ is plural.¬ This does not mean ‚Äúwashings‚ÄĚ as some would interpret it because there were no ‚Äúwashings‚ÄĚ in the New Testament church as the Law was fulfilled in Christ.¬ ‚Äúbaptisms‚ÄĚ plural speaks of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and water baptism because both are New Testament doctrines.)¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 1.¬ The Baptism of the Holy Ghost¬ takes place at the moment of Salvation.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 2.¬ Water Baptism¬ is an act of obedience taken after Salvation.3.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the believer is sealed by the Holy Ghost: eternal life.1 Corinthians 12:13¬ ¬ For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.Ephesians 4:30¬ And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,¬ whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.Colossians 3:3-4¬ ¬ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. ¬ (4)¬ When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Recently, California state legislators proposed a bill which would outlaw counseling‚ÄĒeven that which is freely entered‚ÄĒfor anyone who wanted help changing their unwanted same-sex attraction. We have seen such efforts before, but this one is noteworthy for how expansive it is‚ÄĒit covers individuals, associations, and ‚Äúother group[s],‚ÄĚ in addition to traditional businesses. As Alliance Defending Freedom points out, it could even implicate churches: ‚ÄúIt could be a violation [of this proposed law] if a pastor encourages a congregant to visit the church bookstore to purchase books that help people address sexual issues, perhaps including the Bible itself, which teaches about the importance of sexual purity within the confines of marriage between a man and woman.‚ÄĚ While outlawing such pastoral advice (the bill would consider it fraudulent ‚Äúgoods and services‚ÄĚ), the bill completely endorses advice designed to cement same-sex attraction.Masquerading as consumer protection and medical oversight, this is simply blatant and open discrimination against one side of our society‚Äôs debate on sexual ethics. Yet sin wants to suppress the truth, and even the idea that someone can help someone else change their sexual attractions implies that what one may be doing is not all good and healthy. This threat implicates not just businesses and Christians in the public eye, but all Christians who hold to a biblical position on these issues. It won‚Äôt matter how one approaches the issue. We should always speak the truth in love because that‚Äôs the right thing to do, but that won‚Äôt exempt us from being targeted. Our biblical beliefs themselves are the target. It is crucial that all Christians in America understand this social dynamic.This legislative development in California echoes the situation involving Metro City Church in Michigan, which took heavy criticism for offering a program to help teens who are questioning their sexuality walk through their situation from a biblical perspective. The program approached the issue very cautiously‚ÄĒand was defined by merely discussing the matter of sexuality by looking at what the Bible had to say about it. Yet in response, numerous activists subjected the church and its pastor, Jeremy Schossau, to vitriolic online attacks, criticism, and threats (including potentially criminal behavior), and two state legislators have called for the church to be ‚Äúinvestigated‚ÄĚ for offering ‚Äúconversion therapy.‚ÄĚWhile we have seen such vitriol often directed at those who advocate a biblical worldview on this issue, direct targeting of churches and pastors has been relatively rare. Yet this incident serves as a reminder that many of the religious freedom struggles we are facing will eventually reach any church which teaches an orthodox biblical position on questions of sexuality.Moreover, in this case, nothing remotely controversial was occurring; the church was just trying to go to the Bible for answers on this topic. Along with the proposed California legislation, these developments make clear that the problem is not the way something is said, but the Christian position on these issues itself is what is opposed.We must defend the ability of pastors and their churches to decide what is said in church . . . not the government. The First Amendment makes absolutely clear that the government has no power to tell churches what advice they can give or require a license to give that advice, and the First Amendment to the Constitution still guarantees the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion. Additionally, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prevents the government from assessing theology and targeting the theological beliefs it doesn‚Äôt like. This is the current law, but we must give voice to our rights to see them protected.After the Supreme Court constitutionalized same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, many wondered whether pastors would be pressured into performing same-sex marriages. Perhaps the bigger question now is whether they will be threatened into compromising their larger biblical perspective on sexuality.FRC is standing with Pastor Jeremy, and attempting to raise awareness of the religious freedom implications of this situation. To stand with Pastor Jeremy, please sign our petition at FRC.org/Metro to tell these legislators they cannot prohibit this pastor or his church from exercising their First Amendment rights.For more information on Pastor Jeremy‚Äôs situation, please see:FRC Washington Update articles:Michigan Wants to Investigate Church for... Ministering!Church Nightmare a Wake-up Call on ‚ÄėTolerance‚ÄôMichigan Pastors to State: Leave Our Churches Alone! Also:¬ Michigan Pastor Jeremy Schossau on ‚ÄúWashington Watch with Tony Perkins‚ÄĚFRC‚Äôs Randy Wilson on ‚ÄúWashington Watch with Tony Perkins‚ÄĚPastors stand with Pastor JeremyOne arrest made for threat against the churchFRC social media video with our petition¬
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