Each year, the Sacramento City College Associated Student Government votes to invite outside groups and speakers to participate in a two-day event on campus in celebration of the Constitution and free speech. But ASG President Steve Macias, a 19-year-old Christian student, is now subject to a recall election because he allowed the Genocide Awareness Project, a group affiliated with the Sanctity of Human Life Network, to host a pro-life exhibit. The student government unanimously voted to allow the Genocide Awareness Project to host a display on campus Sept. 16 and 17 as part of the Constitution Day event.
Archive for October 2009
The call to come out of Babylon is an individual call. For the truth’s sake, one may have to leave his father, mother, sister, brother, friend, or anyone else who stays behind and obey as an individual. Christians get rooted in spiritual Babylon; they are comfortable there with their social friendships that are enjoyable, good, and wholesome for the most part. For one to come out of Babylon means to leave friendships and thus to suffer a loss. Taking a stand and leaving mystic Babylon is very searching. The call is to come out so “that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). To spiritually come out of Babylon is to move from one condition to another. Sometimes very tender ties have to be broken. Then comes the Christian walk, the journeying to “Jerusalem which is above” (Gal. 4:26).
The legal panel on Foxnews noted that we have the First Amendment, as if to say, a Mrs. Howe here in America is protected under constitutional law. Also, the consensus was that no judge in their right mind would prosecute an old lady whose “intent” was not to harm anyone. I understand this is because of the difficulty in proving someone’s intent, and is a common defense. However, there is a problem with the notion that ‘intent’ would determine the innocence or guilt in a hate crimes case.
And which elements of the Anglican liturgy will these converts will be allowed to retain? Anglicans have multiple versions (1662, 1928, 1979 to name a few) of their Book of Common Prayer. Will they have to accept Roman Catholic theology on transubstantiation (the bread and wine really becoming the body and blood of Christ), on papal infallibility, on the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, not to mention the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary was born without sin?
Jesus said, “Ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” In Matthew 24:9, he said, “Ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” These two Scriptures show that waves of very severe persecution afflict Christians from time to time. If we are in prison and know that the next day we must appear before the chief magistrate to represent the cause of Christ, we may be frightened because we are not accustomed to speaking in such a formalized manner. This situation is a little different from living the Christian life from day to day. But God says, “Do not take anxious thought, for I will give you the words.” Then, when we appear before the council, the court, and the chief magistrate—all of whom are opposed to us—we can relax, trusting in the Lord. We should reflect on the coming hatred of the true Christian cause so that we will not betray one another or recant under pressure. God will help us at that time if we trust Him. The fact that Jesus devoted several verses to the subject of persecution shows that we should reflect on them and the coming condition at the end of the age.
Zephaniah strongly castigated Israel: “You are filthy! You are corrupt from the top of your head to the tip of your toes—your princes, your prophets, your priests, and your judges!” His hearers would have felt he was using tough and insulting talk, likening them to ravening wolves. In referring to their condition, the prophet spoke truth boldly. Most of his hearers were angry, but the right-hearted element hearkened and looked inward. Thus Zephaniah gave a carte blanche condemnation of the people, yet among them were some with a proper heart condition. While his message was helpful in his day in regard to encouraging the people to go back to Israel and build the Temple, he was actually addressing individuals in our day. The main thrust will be fulfilled when God assembles all nations in the near future. While some of these verses had a partial application back there in the prophet’s day, the primary emphasis is on the end of the Gospel Age.
The first chapter of Zephaniah and part of the second chapter speak of the complete desolation that occurred when Nebuchadnezzar invaded the land and left no inhabitants. Although the judgment to occur on the Arabs in the near future will not be utter desolation, there will, nevertheless, be devastating developments to remove the Arab threat. This judgment will solve the problems with Israel’s more local and surrounding enemies, but not with the distant ones, who will be dealt with when God saves the Holy Remnant out of Jacob’s Trouble.
In other words, for 70 years, God would clean the land of all kinds of false worship and atheistic tendencies. Zephaniah went into detail to show just how thorough the Lord’s reform would be—a thoroughness that was guaranteed! Hearing the prophet’s words, Josiah tried to establish the reform, and he will be blessed in the Kingdom Age for his efforts, even though pockets of idol worship remained. He risked his kingship and suffered unpopularity for a while, but when temporal benefits began to accrue from his reform efforts, the people followed him. Josiah must have been a wonderful leader and very unusual to win the confidence and support of the people. Other prophets tried to effect a reform through their message and were persecuted as a result.
“But it [God’s not carrying out the judgment] displeased Jonah exceedingly.” One reason Jonah fled to Tarshish was that he felt God would repent and spare Nineveh, and to not destroy the city would make him appear foolish. Also, Jonah did not want God to deal with Israel’s enemies. One lesson for us as we consider Jonah’s actions is that we should question our own motives, not God’s.
Being schooled under the Law as a favored nation that was to be kept separate and distinct from other peoples, many Jews had difficulty seeing God’s mercy. That prejudice was hard for them to overcome, and they needed a lot of convincing in one fashion or another. Those Jews who could accept the change were flexible enough to realize that God has this prerogative. The Apostle Paul gave a sermon on this subject, showing that it is God’s prerogative to have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rom. 9:15).
When we consider Jonah from the standpoint of representing The Christ, Head and body, the three days represent the fifth, sixth, and seventh “days” from Jesus’ baptism at Jordan to the completion of the Church. In the type, the Ninevites became converted, but in the antitype, the destruction of the nominal system will precede the conversion of the people. The ministry of the Church will be successful eventually, in due time. Nineveh pictures Christendom, to whom the feet members, the Elijah class, the John the Baptist class, will give a smiting message of reproof.