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The still small voice
by chestnutmare. Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:48 PM
Is the Following Legit?
by Meta4. Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:27 PM
Words from Veterans on Veterans Day
by Pilgrim. Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:31 AM
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Yesterday at 09:48 PM


“The wayward child and the self-willed youth is guided by his own unsanctified and unsubdued spirit. The man of the world is controlled by “the spirit of the world.” The wicked are governed by Satan “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). But the Christian is to yield himself unto “the still small voice” of the Holy Spirit. Yet a word of caution is needed at this point, for in our day there are many fanatics and impious people who do that which is grossly dishonoring to God under the plea that they were “prompted by the Spirit” so to act. To be “led by the Spirit of God” does not mean being influenced by unaccountable suggestions and uncontrollable impulses which result in conduct displeasing to God, and often injurious to ourselves and others. No, indeed: not so does the Spirit of God “lead” anyone.

There is a safe and sure criterion by which the Christian may gauge his inward impulses, and ascertain whether they proceed from his own restless spirit, an evil spirit, or the Spirit of God. That criterion is the written Word of God, and by it all must be measured. The Holy Spirit never prompts anyone to act contrary to the Scriptures. How could He, when He is the Author of them! His promptings are always unto obedience to the precepts of Holy Writ.

Therefore, when a man who has not been distinctly called, separated, and qualified by God to be a minister of His Word, undertakes to “preach,” no matter how strong the impulse, it proceeds not from the Holy Spirit. When a woman “feels led” to pray in public where men are present, she is moved by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4), or if one claimed “guidance” in assuming an unequal yoke by marrying an unbeliever, 2 Corinthians 6:14 would prove conclusively that it was not the “guidance” of the Holy Spirit.” —

~ A. W. Pink (1886–1952) [exerpted from “The Holy Spirit”]
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Yesterday at 06:27 PM
Originally Posted by Tom
Meta4
I can't really speak about the flag issue, seeing I have no knowledge of that subject.
However, I have no problem with having tax exempt status, provided it doesn't regulate what a Church can and can not teach. The moment, the government starts doing that, is the moment they should give up their tax exempt status.


Tom

Tom,
When a government wishes to regulate religion, it won't be based solely upon taxes, though that indeed may be a part of it. But, even should there be no specific regulation, tax exemption implicitly ties the church and state together, and does influence the church and its membership. I know this is not a popular view; that most all in churches favor exemption status not only for, nor perhaps even primarily for, the sake of the church, but rather for their own tax deductions on what they give.

However, I don't wish to highjack this thread from its original subject.


Pilgrim, thanks for the response. I suppose the display of the flag has more behind it than tax status alone, though I suspect that could be a part of it.
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Yesterday at 12:31 PM
Being a veteran who joined the U.S. Navy back in 1967, during Vietnam War, I appreciated the following comments voiced by other like-minded men and women on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11. The few found below are part of an article by "Gunpowder Magazine".

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In Their Own Words: Veterans Speak of Appreciation for the Second Amendment
By: Teresa Mull

As our nation celebrates Veterans Day, GPM (Gunpowder Magazine) shares a service man and woman’s thoughts on why they chose to serve and what they love about their country.

Melanie Dean served as a Marine and is employed by the National Association for Gun Rights:

“Serving my country was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made. I believe in our country, our flag, and our Constitution. It’s not a choice as much as it’s a calling – an inherent desire to protect the foundations of America, and the people that depend on its freedoms every day. Aside from raising my children, I consider being a Marine the most important achievement of my life.

“I’ve since traded my rifle for a keyboard (and my dress blues for a suit), but that hasn’t diminished my integrity, or my passion to protect the people of our nation from all enemies – both foreign and domestic. To do so means protecting our Second Amendment. Without it, our people are defenseless against the horrors a pen can exact. I knew my calling to defend our Constitution was unyielding and, just as before, I will give all that I have to protect our God-given rights.

“Too many people are dying in horrific acts of violence, and nine times out of ten they are unable to defend themselves due to unconstitutional laws. Laws that are enacted by politicians who have forgotten what our Founding Fathers fought so hard to provide us. Knowing countless patriots came before me and died defending our liberty, I can’t let their sacrifice be in vain. I will never sit quietly; I will charge the frontlines and lead by example.

“I have a love for shooting that will never die out. My new favorite handgun is the Sig Sauer P320; it’s convenient, balanced, and comfortable. That said, there is something I love about dropping into the prone position with a Savage MSR 10. It just depends on the day!”

Jordan Mason left the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technical Technician 3rd Class, after serving from 2003-2007:

“Unlike most nations, our forefathers guaranteed our right to repeal tyranny and to protect our homes, our families, and ourselves – a right so precious, men have laid down their lives for future generations to enjoy a better world than they knew.

“What is most surprising today, is that in the course of only a little over 240 years, our nation has only seen bloodshed in its home on two occasions, when most nations will see it once a generation. And with that, of all the countries and nations that have been formed, it’s been the United States who, in recent years, has so easily given up our ‘essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,’ by restricting this most fundamental right – one that has been paid for in blood.

“I was privileged to serve with our NATO allies in Estonia during the first year they joined our union in the 2004 Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG), and upon entering Tallin, Estonia that year, the feeling of liberty was still fresh in the minds of a nation grateful to be free of their previous Russian oligarchs. But they were still quite cognizant of how fragile such freedom is. Estonia’s Constitution was written in 1992, and so most, if not all people there my age, had seen or been a part of the fight for independence from Russia.

“Upon pulling up to port, our Naval Intelligence Officer and I were sent to our embassy to coordinate with our U.S. Embassy and allies on any real-time threats in the area before ‘liberty’ was granted to our sailors on the ship. Ironically, our standard uniform for such formal briefings during winter months are dark button-up shirts, with a black tie and our rank and insignia on our left arm shoulders in red – which appears quite similar to the former Committee for State Security officers – more widely known as the KGB.

“After returning from our briefing and wanting to stop for a quick meal, we were quickly met with resistance, with a restaurant slamming a door in our face, a street vendor walking away, and finally others telling us ‘Kay-Jay-Bah - no welcome.’ We immediately verified this issue with our embassy upon returning to our ship, and our men were required NOT to wear our ‘Johnny Cash’ uniforms (as we casually referred to them), due to the sensitivity that Estonians had towards the appearance of KGB in their nation. It was eye-opening, and it was a wonderful experience that I wish more Americans could have. We must never forget how blessed we are to live in such freedom, and we must never take our Second Amendment rights for granted.

“The point I truly want to make is the same as Reagan’s: We must fight for our right to bear arms, because we are only ever a generation away from losing our liberty.”

Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com.
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:56 AM
16. Resolved, Never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonour, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
Jonathan Edwards, Works, Volume 1
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