“A gang is a group of men under the command of a leader, bound by a compact of association, in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renunciation of aggression, but by the attainment of impunity”
Your Choices in the Political arena: Indeed, the plunder has become so common, and the plunderers so smug and self-confident, that their predations are taken for granted, and the thieves themselves treated with extraordinary deference! It is something akin to the Stockholm syndrome. You encounter the same mugger at the same spot every day, and eventually establish a sort of bizarre relationship with him—-even, eventually, thanking him for not taking more. When you are given the opportunity to replace him with another mugger, you vote for the incumbent—sticking with the devil you know, unless his opponent offers to share more of his loot with you.
Dennis Carroll is a pastor, teacher, and the president of Gospel Truth Ministries. In this video, Dennis discusses in-depth the topic of free will and gives context to the historical figures who have shaped our modern ideas of the Christian doctrine. See http://www.GospelTruth.net and http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com
Dennis Carroll discusses the following topics:
– What is Free Will? 00:50
– What did the early church believe regarding free will? 02:19
– Does the Bible teach that free will was lost? 02:58
– What is Gnosticism? 05:01
– What is Manichaeism? 07:41
– Does the Bible refer to Gnosticism? 09:24
– What was Augustine’s view of free will? 13:38
– Augustine and predestination 20:09
– The Retractations 23:31
– Similarities between Gnosticism and Augustine’s views 24:35
– Augustine’s influence on the Reformation 25:57
– Does it really matter? 29:07
– If the modern church reexamined Augustine’s view 31:45
– How my personal views of free will have changed 33:40
– End credits 36:48
John 14:15, 21 King James Version (KJV)
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
allstaractivist note: Every time I read something that Jesus said in the Bible, I am always overwhelmed by the thought that God was here speaking to us. My second visceral reaction to his words are just how inadequate I am in the measuring. No sooner do I finish a verse and walk away than I am confronted with some evil that leaves me conflicted. I suppose this is the human condition. The Apostle Paul wrote about such turmoil by exclaiming that his spirit was willing, but his flesh was weak; “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” Romans 7:15 (KJV)
If however, I say my prayers (starting with The Lord’s Prayer) before beginning my day and latch onto some memorized verse that appealed to me, I have a much easier time of it. I’m not so incensed by the injustices done to me, better able to tolerate unfair situations and look upon people with the compassion that was meant to be. The Christian walk is a daily walk and commitment must be given every day. Nothing is more important because without putting Jesus first and obeying him, it is impossible to please God.
I know the responsibilities of life can make prayer time seem like a burden, but you have to do it.
We need God, not the other way around.