Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Opus 2012-258, Monday Pulpit: Pulpit Freedom Sunday

I had never heard of it before but evidently it has been around a few years.  The pastor called it “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.”  It is a day when pastors are supposed to remind people of the tradition of freedom that is guaranteed in the Constitution and point out how that freedom is being taken away step by step.

One point he made that I appreciated was two incidences in the book of Acts that show how Christians are to view and use their rights as citizens.  Both of them had to do with Paul confronting the local governments that abused his rights as a Roman citizen.  (Acts 16:37, 22:25)  We have Biblical grounds for demanding our rights as American citizens.

He did not get to the portion of the book of Acts that shows Peter defying the government authorities in order to be obedient to God.

(Acts 4:18-20 KJV)  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

It is scary how the Federal and state governments are whittling away at the protections that were written clearly into the first amendment.  We will soon be called to make choices.  Will we adhere to the clear statements of the Constitution and the direct teaching of scripture or will we quietly conform to the demands of a pagan government?

Today they are trying to silence the pulpits.  Tomorrow they will try to silence the pews.  The goal is to stop all liberty that might undermine their authority.

Be aware.

As I was getting ready to post this I was alerted to a post by The White Man with the same warning.  It gives a bit of history on how the government has been slowly trying to strangle the Amish.  All Christians are on the list.

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