Here Peter was presumptuous again as he drew his sword without thinking a
nd cut off a mans ear. Jesus immediately rebuked Peter for taking the matter into his own hands. Jesus told him to put his sword in its place. Those that draw the sword will die by the sword. Peter would later die in a violent way, being crucified upside down. Again, we find Peters discernment out in left field. Jesus said if needed he had 12+legions of angels on standby. It would seem that Peters program for the Lord was always different than Gods program. Peter the foundation of a church? Maybe that’s why the RCC has so many problems?
How many people remember Jimmy Swaggerts plea for forgiveness in 1988? Having an affair with a prostitute should have denied him the pulpit forever. He could still teach after being restored, but not preach. The key point is would Swaggert resign his pulpit? Of course he wouldn’t because his ministry was bigger than the scriptures that revealed his conduct before all. Again Swaggert could still teach but not from the pulpit. Swaggert did not know how to take care of his own house. So how would he be able to take care of the church of God? I have a video of this whole Incident which you can view for yourself.
If you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly father will forgive you your trespasses. Isn’t forgiveness wonderful? It’s like a fresh start everyday. But there’s a downside to forgiveness as well.
If you don’t forgive others their trespasses neither will your heavenly father forgive you your trespasses. You can’t have your trespasses forgiven if you don’t forgive others their trespasses. I used to have this slogan on my desk at work, no one is strong enough to carry a grudge. People try though. Forgiveness is what clears the air. All that Unforgiven smog can nearly choke you to death but the mere act of forgiveness blows all that smog of hate away. So why hold onto a grudge when forgiveness can clear all that away? Forgiveness is the key to clarity it is what your heavenly father wants you to do. Think about that.
I recently heard about a Baptist minister who confessed to his church that he had been a child abuser while being a minister. He gave a heart rendering sermon and there were many tears in that congregation. He had been their Minister for 20 years. At the end of the service he told his flock he had to step down from being their minister. He was surrounded by people praying for him. The next Sunday he attended services with his wife as a member of the congregation but there was a change. People began staring at him. Their initial reaction to him had changed after it had a week in set in on them. And there were Whispers about what he had done. He also told authorities what he had done and was arrested a week later. His wife actually had to move out of the community because she was no longer loved by the congregation. There is a saying that the church is the only army in the world that has a reputation for deserting it’s wounded. The minister actually did what was right but his congregation did not. Was his open confession a good idea? He did what he had been taught in the Bible. With confession at times there are consequences and he was willing to face them. His wife had nothing to do with the charge and she stayed loyal to him until his release. It was his church community that let him down. Let he that is without sin cast the first stone. Jesus said upon the cross, father forgive them for they know not what they do. That minister was also upon his cross in his confession to his congregation. After 20 years with them you would think there would have been more compassion for him. Yes he did sin but Christ forgave him immediately. And yes there were consequences which he faced in the strength of his faith. He could have gone on lying to his congregation. If you do not forgive other people their trespasses neither will your heavenly father forgive your trespasses.
I have a reader by the name of Kent who is a staunch Roman Catholic. Or is he? He comments on almost every Roman Catholic post I do but he doesn’t read them. Or at least all of them. My internal tracking sources tell me that he rarely reads an attachment or listens to a video. Case in point was a recent article in my series on Roman Catholicism myths. The category was humor with a point. My three characters were the Pope, the Mormon first president, and David C Pack of the restored Church of God. Before I said David Norris is taking over I called these three men The Three Stooges. In his comment back to me he thought David Pack was my minister and the restored Church of God my home Church. I told him that I write a lot of articles against the restored Church. He even sent me an attachment on his comment but he did not read the article entirely or he would not have sent such a response. Kent is either extremely ignorant or incredibly stupid. I told him where my categories were and he could check out the restored Church of God category or the one on David Pack. I’m sure he didn’t do that.
I think what might serve Kent the best his to find another website that supports his points of view. He doesn’t even accept what his own Pope teachers. Please pray that God will Grant Kent a measure of forgiveness for his ignorance.
What exactly can take down a wall? A stick of Dynamite? A sledgehammer? Walls can be breached quite easily so why put enormous amounts of money into a wall? Right now walls are very much the talk of the country. At one time both parties were interested in a wall on our Southern border. At separate times of course. Why bother? It is easy to take down a wall. Look at the wall between East and West Germany and how easy it came down once the effort was made to do so. Did you know that a wall existed, a very formidable wall, that lasted through the entire Old Testament and the Gospels and ended just about the time of Stephen. It was up there in a long time and it was called a wall of partition that separated Jews and Gentiles.
Examine what the Jews had here compared to the Gentiles. The Gentiles were in a sorry state but God had a secret that he had kept within himself from the beginning of time. It was to be released to the Apostle Paul.
When the wall partition came down salvation for both Jews and Gentiles was possible through the blood of Jesus Christ that he shed on the cross for them.
He himself is our peace. I only wish more people knew that and would accept him as their lord and savior. Jesus Christ tore down this wall. Throughout his Earthly Life Time he came to his own and his own rejected him. He sent out his disciples to the Jews only as evidenced in Matthew 10:4-6 and 15:24. His ministry was to the Jews or to the circumcised according to Romans 15:8. Jesus once called a gentile woman a dog and just think what kind of publicity he would have got today off that statement? The me-too movement would have been all over Him. But through his blood shed on the cross he pulled down that middle wall of partition and pulled it down for good. For the good of mankind. He has made Jew and Gentile one in him.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray that all Jews everywhere will find their lord and savior Jesus Christ who they know as their Messiah. I recall an old Jewish man having visited where the Holocaust took place and where he did not die. At this age he was able to forgive his tormentors. Forgiveness is the key.