Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gospel of Kingdom and Grace

For those of you who aren't in range of a good Southern Bible-believing church, is this piece that has something interesting to think about:


  1. But Matthew 10 verse 8 is where Jesus commands these same 12 disciples to "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast out devils (psychosis). You received without cost;give without charge." This is what I have a problem with this version of Christianity. It completely censors or edits key parts of Christ's teachings to follow an ideology. In this case one of which is the Southern Baptist ideology. One of which I've been to many churches and sermons. Never leave the church without questioning the one behind the pulpit. Otherwise you may be leaving your faith and spirit in the hands of a charlatan who has other purposes in mind.

    1. In other words, the pastor left out a key provision in Christ's orders to his disciples. Why on earth would this pastor do that?

    2. He didn't quote the entire chapter for the same reason he didn't read the entire Bible, he's trying to make the point that while Jesus was on earth, his focus was on the nation of Israel. The part he quoted makes this point, the rest of the chapter gives the disciples the scope of their mission. I believe that they really cast out devils, and that there are plenty of people running around who need some casting out.
      Not reading the entire gospel at one time is not censoring or editing, as we can only study so much in a given time. This man is not a Southern Baptist preacher, as they don't go into this kind of depth. I can't leave my faith with anyone but Jesus, because he has "sealed my spirit" until the end of time. Priase God.

  2. Sorry, we will have to agree to disagree then. It's all too easy to take scripture out of context to the rest of the chapter that is also part of the story. The fact is that Samaria was a part of Israel during Christ's time. And, there is no evidence that Christ favored one part over the other (Judea, Sumaria or Gallilee) since he was everywhere in all of Israel. The Jews of the Southern area of Israel called Judea or in ancient Israel called Judah before the Greeks arrived were always at conflict with the northern kingdom of Israel called Samaria. Jews of both areas were claiming the true interpretation of the Torah or having the true Torah of God. When I read John 4, it makes me think the the Samaritans and the Gallileeans were more accepting of Christ than those of Judah, which is referred to as Israel in this passage of Matthew. In light of that, I see that he could have sent his disciples to Israel because of the fact they were not accepting and that is why he commanded the disciples to feed and heal the people there. To show them an example of his followers and what it means to be one with God.


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