Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience
Drafted October 20, 2009
Released November 20, 2009
“Christians are heirs of a 2,000year tradition of proclaiming God’s word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering. While fully acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings of Christian institutions and communities in all ages, we claim the heritage of those Christians who defended innocent life by rescuing discarded babies from trash heaps in Roman cities and publicly denouncing the Empire’s sanctioning of infanticide. We remember with reverence those believers who sacrificed their lives by remaining in Roman cities to tend the sick and dying during the plagues, and who died bravely in the coliseums rather than deny their Lord. Read more…
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Here is a wonderful video I came across at the Defending Contending blog today. You may find yourself surprised at the power of a “neuter demonstrative pronoun” as much as I!
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12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, [Continue reading…]
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. Revelation 20:1 (NKJV)
Then I saw…
As pointed out in the introduction study, the entire Book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John as a witness to His servants.
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Revelation 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Although there was an immediate address to the seven churches in Asia Minor to whom the letter was written, as with the rest of the letter, the number seven itself is used [Continue reading…]
That which I see not teach thou me’ (Job 34:32).
Blind spots when driving can give rise to terrifying near-misses. What cause all of us who have ever driven a vehicle have to give thanks to God for preserving us when travelling! But I believe we should also be aware of blind spots in the Christian life. There is always the danger of blaming another for some minor fault, when we ourselves are guilty of a much greater fault (Matthew 7:3).
We should pray to be preserved from the danger such blind spots pose to our souls. May we never blame another for a small mistake, out of a heart full of pride, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy! These sins are all too natural to us, unless grace makes and keeps us humble.
Another danger, perhaps even worse, is that of doctrinal blind spots: errors or wrong emphases that can cause [Continue reading…]
Millions name the name of Jesus but it is a shallow shifting sand and when they don’t get their instant upper from Jesus anymore and they don’t get the jollies and the kicks they thought they were going to get their house begins to collapse and they look for another sandy place to build another house that isn’t going to stand either. Christianity has become so superficial it just galls me to hear some of the presentations of Christ that are supposed to be legitimate.
Sermons that have absolutely nothing to do with the Gospel and then you give an invitation at the end and people are accepting who knows what. There’s no deep plowing, there’s no spade work, there’s no foundation, there’s no brokenness of heart.
Now what does it mean to dig deep? First of all it means you’re not in a hurry, no quickie [Continue reading…]
Strangely enough, when the question “What is the Gospel?” is asked to many people claiming to be Christians these days, you’re likely to get a vast array of different answers. I suppose the first and most predominant reason for this would be to accept that many people claiming to be Christian believers are in reality not so, and for the main reason they do not know what they believe or why they believe it. Sadly in those “churches”, which are most probably the majority I have to say, the word “doctrine” is considered a dirty word, and what each church member believes all boils down to personal opinion rather than a rule of faith.
Most people are aware of the definition of the word “gospel” meaning good news, but in relationship to Christianity that “Good News” is something specific, and not to be tampered with. In fact, the apostle Paul [Continue reading…]
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
Πέτρος ἀπόστολος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐκλεκτοῖς παρεπιδήμοις διασπορᾶς Πόντου, Γαλατίας, Καππαδοκίας, Ἀσίας, καὶ Βιθυνίας, κατὰ πρόγνωσιν θεοῦ πατρός, ἐν ἁγιασμῷ πνεύματος, εἰς ὑπακοὴν καὶ ῥαντισμὸν αἵματος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ: χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη πληθυνθείη.
1 Peter 1:1-2
Regarding obedience to and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the two constructs are inseparable. Genuine faith is known by its obedience and obedience is impossible apart from faith. In this passage the Apostle states that his readers are chosen or elect (ἐκλεκτοῖς) unto salvation on the basis of the Fathers [Continue reading…]
Thomas Brooks 1608-1680
“We know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
All the afflictions, and all the temptations, and all the oppressions, and all the oppositions, and all the persecutions— which befall a godly man, shall work for his good.
Every cross, and every loss, and every disease— which befall the holy man, shall work for his good.
Every device, every snare, every deceit, every stratagem, and every enterprise of Satan against the holy man, shall work for his good.
They shall all help to make him . . . more humble, more holy, more heavenly, more spiritual, more faithful, more fruitful, more watchful.
Every prosperity and every adversity; every storm and every calm; every bitter and every sweet; every cross and every comfort— shall work for the holy man’s good.
THE GREATEST ENTERPRISE 04.14.09 J.A. Matteson
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men…. Titus 2:11
The incarnation of the Son of God is the quintessential display of grace, for that which is known of God finds its expression in the divine initiative; recipients of grace are illumined to His Person and majesty, being conscripted to a global enterprise with eternal consequences. Imagine them now in darkness, helpless, hopeless, blind, deaf, despairing, pierced through with many sorrows, not knowing their right hand from their left, always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth, thinking themselves wise but being detestable in every deed, idolaters, insolent, with eyes full of envy and lust, desiring and never being satisfied, blissfully ignorant of their spiritual condition and of the deep pit over which they dangle by a thread, whose demise in hell surely awaits them, lest [Continue reading…]