“Where do you think you’re going?” asked the wife as he turns right towards the nearest Church of choice 56 miles away and not the only one left in town, one of those error-straddled, tongues-talkin, ‘high and mighty’ prophesy-giving churches. Ha, the only thing they have going for themselves is they have learned how to be pleasant.
Husband, “Have you lost your mind? You have got to be kidding me! What has gotten into you? He replies. Nervous shrug, the wife stutters, “Nothing!”
Pulling herself together, attempts to get the whole thing off her shoulders, “Look, I, I’ve already been through enough about this while getting my hair done Friday.”
Husband, “Been through what, about the Church? I thought you and the girls from the Church we went to mostly used the same hairdresser and agreed to car pool to the assembly we already choose?”
Wife, “We did, we did, but since the closing of our Church Monday, four ladies from the Pentecostal Church and us three had it out. Tempers began to heat up a couple of times there and I was beginning to wonder where this was going to end up.”
Wife, “So, we covered a lot of ground in a short space of time. I can’t say I’m thrilled about giving up some of the things we do this time and we don’t have to, we’ll go. Look, I realize what you said you told those guys at the shop concerning their ways of worship, but so far every last one of them did invite us over this time.
If the choice is simple to understand, why does it have to be so difficult implementing? If the threat is heresy, the time is short with such conditions and admonitions in force to make the final implementing. But if silence rebounds, a cautious love that bears compassion for the true union of His mighty Body. It just might signal I love you.
I know there is quite an assortment now about this to read up on which I have not undertaken to any length to speak of. One thing it did do is equate modern-day information, treatment of the Crusades effectively and why. But if there is so much written, you would think the writer of this article would have thrown in on some of the Church’s standings of that time.
The author’s piece incorporating the entitled “Reconsidered” attempts to justify those crusades by simple defense to lessen the effect of those atrocities Come now, are we Catholic first and Christian later if we don’t reconsider? I got another stop “apologizing” for this author which can also lead to these very same atrocities, our old guest Christian pacifism.
qt: “The Crusades was Christendom finally fighting back, not always honorably, ,”
Give men of honor latitude to choose, just as the Continental Army which Mr. Washington ran wouldn’t have such a reputation, Catholic, catholic or not.. Didn’t I hear not long ago a contrite retraction of the godlessness involved from the Vatican these?
Back to the author’s sole justification reflex, trusting the reader has some casual knowledge of the will of God, if it were ever possible for the average or not so average reader to step outside of his bias and combine these:
“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
“For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
“Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:52, 53)
Now magnify both sets in honor and what do you have? Did Peter just return from a swap meet to purchase a sword for the first time, or did he have protection right along. Notice Jesus said “I” and Peter and the rest with him would receive protection if Jesus wasn’t willing to fulfill prophesy at that time. Point being, since the resurrection, if the Christian whom has Christ within doesn’t pull down those “greater works” (John 14:12) for protection to the obedience of His servants not participating in a “fight” (John 18:36), where else are we to appear, the edge of the sword? And how are you to carry out that mission to the highways and byways once you just threw everything towards desolation?
I believe the author made that part clear, and clearly full, a belly full!
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
Glory to God I didn't receive any critique to my comment to counter me in scripture, do you?
If the Spirit speaks instruction within you, then give it to the reader whom the Lord also knows.
Now the Apostle Paul did not think his life “dear” unto himself, but this he did do carefully, “kept the faith”.
Like it or not, everyone has their ‘source’. The Elect seeks to expand in God, the carnal seeks to exploit the flesh. The lesser not accustom to preceding and concluding with thanksgiving to God have one I call the heathen’s altar. Who cares what that is, we daily resist too much of its presence as it is. What about God’s worthy adoration in private?
This is so difficult I cannot stress enough, some reader might likely too, that not just the time it takes to commit to your private time but the persistence when while in the search for some contentment from it, all effort seems to bounce off the ceiling and back at you – drained. Faith refuses to cave into this.
I applaud every mention to these ends of the closet / alter / quiet-time / with one or many. It is blessed to be in its schedule. I count it a blessing to see Him withhold answers through the years so my patience and character begins to be formed into Christ’s which I am miles away from.
What do I have to show for it? Life, the life of Christ’s Spirit who slowly begins to reveal himself “openly”. Since He is “the God of the living”, that heaviness of chore will begin to lift if we ask. If we “have not because we ask not” nor receive because of answer consuming “lust”, then there is your first item for the altar. And it is never, never, never too late to start.
This may not be the case for someone else, and honestly, I don’t have any problem whatsoever with someone wanting to include items at their home altar. But my own effort to formulate was dead from the start. It was what was in me I suppose. It came down to the most fundamental of items, a heart and knees.
Things didn’t start to get empowered till I dealt with every last area of letting Him rule in my life, and wanting Him to be included in my life, and wanting His will, purpose and praise upon my life.
That old man is one heckuva stubborn part of creation that wreaks havoc upon Christian progress, and along with that sensitive and patient trust in Him came also a humbling of the ambitious self. Even when it meant the collective family unit wasn’t ready for what the head was. My alter continued with seldom interruption of my lack of scheduling and waited for my time to have privilege once again.
5“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”(Matthew 6:5, 6)
Possibly, you have seen Christians on both sides of this, from grandstand resistance to not. But the one is just as bad as the other, for notice:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:19)
To use an extreme example to witness the truth of these two verses, a rich man takes to the pulpit and begins to expound upon the importance of prayer and good works before a major metro’s crowd of dignitary and influential 2500 strong in attendance with extensive media coverage. What is it within that makes the difference?
The glory seeking heart of two that informs does so with exposed reverence (V19B), or hides high on a perch (V19A).
I don’t know, has it been said elsewhere; that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we kneel, and kneel before we cry, ABBA, Father!?!?
Stay with it, one day you’ll be delighted to find He was watching and waiting all the time. That true “sup with him” (Rev 3:20) that will last through the storms is just as He promised.