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A young preacher used to preach

“Thou shalt not.”

Then he began to preach

“Thou shalt.”

Finally he began to preach

“Thou.”

Adrian Rogers

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APRIL 3 – Let us Get it Right


APRIL 3 – Let us Get it Right

Isaiah 3:4  And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

5  And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

 

Could this passage be describing our day? We are in a time where youth are admonishing their seniors. We find it in families and in churches where pastors that are seniors are being told by youth to step aside. We have seen a propensity towards the silencing of respected men by younger men that are disrespectful and belligerent. Gone are the days when a discussion on a subject is done in a respectful manner. This is a shame and a disgrace. Notice the removal of bread and water. Could this be a spiritual application?

Notice I Peter 5:1-5 – 1  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 

2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 

3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 

4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 

5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 

This passage gives the thought of the immature replacing the mature and making immature decisions that are not “feeding the flock.” They have left the feeding of the flock so they can emotionally manipulate the flock. The elders were to be a stabilizing and teaching influence over the younger ones. We have raised a generation behind the boomers that are proud and despise the influence of the elders. This change in leadership and attitude has resulted in the loss of the dignity and reverence of worship. The depth of knowledge is being reduced in favor of an emotional experience that is led by a culture of youth, infatuated with a worldly system based upon feelings.

 

It is time for the seniors and elders to reclaim the place of maturity and with the Word of God drive God’s people into the bedrock of Jesus Christ. It is not enough to know there is a Jesus. We must understand His work. We must understand what He did while here on earth. We must understand His past and his future. We must understand the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Time to get back to study and worship.

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President Calvin Coolidge’s concern for youth


President Calvin Coolidge’s concern for youth

Calvin CoolidgeAmerican Minute with Bill Federer

On SEPTEMBER 21, 1924, America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, addressed the Holy Name Society in Washington, D.C., saying:

“The worst evil that could be inflicted upon the youth of the land would be to leave them without restraint and completely at the mercy of their own uncontrolled inclinations.

Under such conditions education would be impossible, and all orderly development intellectually or morally would be hopeless.”

Calvin Coolidge continued:

“The Declaration of Independence…claims…the ultimate source of authority by stating…they were… ‘appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of’ their ‘intentions.’…

The foundations of our independence and our Government rests upon basic religious convictions.

Back of the authority of our laws is the authority of the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom we still appeal.”

President Calvin Coolidge concluded:

“It seems to me perfectly plain that the authority of law, the right to equality, liberty and property, under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God.

If we could imagine that to be swept away, these institutions of our American government could not long survive.”

Chief Justice of New York’s Supreme Court, James Kent, compiled Commentaries on American Law, 1826-30, and wrote in the case People v. Ruggles, 1811:

“Christianity was parcel of the law, and to cast contumelious reproaches upon it, tended to weaken the foundation of moral obligation, and the efficacy of oaths…

Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government…”

Chief Justice Kent continued:

“The authorities show that blasphemy against God and…profane ridicule of Christ or the Holy Scriptures…are offenses punishable at common law, whether uttered by words or writings…because it tends to corrupt the morals of the people, and to destroy good order…

The people of this State, in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice;

and to scandalize the author of these doctrines is not only…impious, but…is a gross violation of decency and good order…”

Chief Justice Kent concluded:

“Nothing could be more injurious to the tender morals of the young, than to declare such profanity lawful…

The free, equal, and undisturbed enjoyment of religious opinion, whatever it may be, and free and decent discussions on any religious subject, is granted and secured; but to revile…the religion professed by almost the whole community, is an abuse of that right.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

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