Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Paul Washer on persecution in America, the bible is complete, salt makes a person thirsty, gossip

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On Monday we had an 80-mile widespread internet outage here. A fiber had been cut on "some very important lines" the tech person told me. It lasted 14 hours. Otherwise known as an eternity. I've been playing catch-up ever since.

I love me some internet. I make no bones about it. I did enjoy the opportunity to read my new John Grisham book distraction free, but overall, I realized that I enjoy and depend on the internet for my theological studies quite a bit.

I have some commentaries, atlases, a book of biblical natural history, and several bibles as well as other books, but for overall fast access to all of the above and more, the internet cannot be beat. And what a grace-filled gift the Lord gave us when laying the path to the birth of the internet and now I can listen to so many sermons. That is what I missed the most- sermons.

Of course I enjoy using my laptop for all my entertainments, movies and tv shows and Youtube clips etc. I also play with my photos and sometimes use a photo editor to make digital collages or even photo gifts from Snapfish. I'm trying to make bookmarks out of some of my photos for stocking stuffers.

I'm not in any different of a boat than anyone else who has become dependent on technology and an online access point for work, entertainment, and communication. Perhaps I'm less stressed when it goes off because I don't have a business that depends on active and reliable internet connections.

Anyway I am still catching up. I surely would not be a good pioneer woman. I hardly know how to do anything except light a candle when the power goes out, or read a book when the internet goes off, lol.

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I have a few different thoughts for this blog essay. Not one big point but a variety of different thoughts that I re-read in my spiritual journal. I re-read it because I wanted to use the journal for note-taking at school and I ripped out the written-in pages. I read them before I tore them out, and there were some pretty good thoughts in there. I think they're good thoughts. You'll have to decide for yourself whether you agree.

You know how we are called to be salt and light?

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. . (Matthew 5:13-14a).

Being salt, to me, means adding seasoning to a bland world by sharing His word and doing His works. Of course there is more to it but this is just a quick notion here tonight.

Here is the thought about salt: salt promotes thirst. Salt makes people thirsty. Jesus is the Living Water. If we are truly salt, even if what we are saying or doing in the world causes aggravation or offense (Gospel offense, not rudeness) then the recipient will become thirsty, one hopes. And in their seeking to slake the thirst, they will turn to the bible, to Jesus, to God, to the Spirit...(one hopes).

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Pr. Paul Washer of HeartCry Missionary Society
Paul Washer had a good word one year ago on truly knowing the Lord. As the synopsis states, "It was a sermon delivered to a body of students at the Master's College, headed by Dr. John MacArthur. Brother Washer doesn't allow these students to hide behind their school or association with Dr. MacArthur. Everyone must know the Lord for themselves, and be known of Him. Adam knew his wife and she bare him the fruit of the womb. Has Jesus so known you that you bear fruit? Included was a statement about persecution in America. His words are coming true. Here are just a few excerpts."

"The church in America is going to suffer so terribly and you laugh now but they will come after us, they will come after our children, they will close the net around us while we are playing soccer mom and soccer dad, when we’re arguing over so many little things and mesmerized by so many trinkets. The net even now is closing around you and your children and your grandchildren and it does not cause you to fear. You will be isolated from society as has already happened, anyone who tries to run for office who actually believes the Bible will be considered a lunatic until finally we are silenced. We will be called things that we’re not and persecuted not for being followers of Christ, but for being radical fundamentalists who do not know the true way of Christ, which of course is love and tolerance. We’ll go down as the greatest bigots and haters of mankind in history."

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The holy Bible is perfect. It is finished! There is no more to add, nor should any be taken away. People who have allegedly been to heaven, and come back with "a message", or who have heard God speak to them with a word and told to declare it, are wrong, deluded, and dangerous. The perfect, and complete bible says, via the Spirit:

"You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you." (Deuteronomy 4:2)

"Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:6)

"Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it." (Deuteronomy 12:32)

"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19)

It is clear! The bible is finished and we are not to add new revelations to it. Besides, it is perfect. Why would a person want to add to it?

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Gossip. It does a body harm.

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For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. (2 Corinthians 12:20)

The Greek word for gossip here is psithurismos, a word that means "a whispering, secret slandering." Moreover, it is an "an onomatopoetic word for the sibilant murmur of a snake charmer."

Think of that the next time you (or I) want to spread gossip about someone...our mouth making the sss of the snake as we gosssssssip.

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I am studying the glorified body. I'll be writing on that soon. Just think of it, a body that has no aches and pains, eyes that can behold Jesus face to face without bursting apart, never getting old, a body that can transcend matter and perhaps...even fly. Won't that be wonderful!


6 comments :

  1. I love your thoughts about salt making people spiritually thirsty. I had never thought of it that way, but more in the sense of salt making things tastier. I like your analogy better. Good word!
    ~Jennifer

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  2. Elizabeth, I just used the same verse out of Corinthians today, to address the issue of gossip!

    -Carolyn

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    1. Jennifer, thanks! I kept thinking about a famous line in the tv comedy Seinfeld. Kramer got a line in a movie and practiced it obsessively: "These pretzels are making me thirsty". Whatever works, I guess!

      Carolyn, GREAT!!

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  3. For those that are thirsty: Sermonindex.net will quench your thirst.

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  4. "The church in America is going to suffer.....", says Mr. Washer. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if that is exactly correct. On the other hand, by what authority is he saying that it IS going to happen? So far, I only get that it's his opinion. I'm old enough, 70+, to remember a lot of dire predictions beginning in the early 1950s, which is about as far back as I can remember these things, and none of them happened. He might well caution us that things could get pretty ugly, but he really needs to stay away from a definite prediction. I still laugh about a film shown in my church more than 20 years ago, and it said that the US currency was going to fall, new currency was already printed, and this would happen before the end of that summer. Uh, the film was shown in September and nothing happened. And, then there was the prophecy conference in my church in the early 80s, and the speaker (complete with charts, posters, diagrams, etc.) said the rapture would absolutely happen before 1985 (yeah, I think that was the year, or maybe it was '86). See my point? Or am I the one who should pay attention to what Mr. Washer is saying? Thanks - hope I'm not sounding a bit cynical but, as I said, I've heard similar things over and over.

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  5. Several years ago I did a talk at a women's retreat and part of it was the various uses of salt and how it applied to Jesus' command that we be the salt of the earth. Besides what's been mentioned, I pointed out that salt preserves and melts. When we live out being the salt of the earth, we preserve the faith by our witness, testimony, teaching, and the love we who to others. Being the salt of the earth by faithfully showing and sharing Christ's love to the unlovely as well as patiently witnessing to those who do not believe can eventually melt the unbeliever's heart. I think I also said that salt can be painful--if you get it in your eye or an open cut it stings. Sometimes when we are being the salt of the earth our witness may sting others who are feeling the Holy Spirit's conviction of sin in response to our words and actions. --Linda Dodson

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