Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Is Suspended From The A&E Reality Show Because He Quoted The Bible And Called Homosexuality A Sin

Phil Robertson of the top rated reality show, Duck Dynasty, has been suspended from the show because he had the audacity to quote the Bible and call homosexuality a sin. This is certainly no surprise to me. Sodomy is the taboo topic throughout the mainstream media and you touch it at the risk and peril of losing your position. Our culture is in a moral free fall, anything goes, and there are no restraints. The Politically Correct (PC) mindset allows for no opinions except for the liberal. Freedom of speech is in name only. What Phil did was pleasing in the sight of God and that is really all that matters. There is absolutely nothing in our culture that has shock effect any longer. I have recently observed folks attempting to justify sexual sin within the church through pointing out the sins of others. This is convoluted logic. What is accepted in the world is attempting to come into the church as well. It is mind boggling to me how fast this out of control snow ball is moving down hill and continually gaining momentum. Think how fast we have plummeted in the last decades and generation. These noteworthy events bring to mind the rhetorical question of Jesus Christ: “When I return will I find faith on the earth?” [By the way, the article below quoted the wrong scripture address. It should be Galatians 5:19-21 rather than I Corinthians 6]. Note the comments from the populace after the article. Many of the comments are concerned about infringements upon our freedom of speech, whether they agree with Phil or not:

A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star over remarks on homosexuality – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star over remarks on homosexuality
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 8:27 PM EST Updated: Dec 19, 2013 12:28 AM EST

The show’s August premiere brought in 11.8 million viewers. (Source: A&E/MGN Online)The show’s August premiere brought in 11.8 million viewers. (Source: A&E/MGN Online)

(RNN) – A&E Television has suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, according to a statement from the network obtained by several media outlets.

The suspension comes after a profile piece appeared in GQ in which Robertson told the magazine that he does not support homosexuality, calling it illogical and a sin.

“[A woman has] more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Robertson went on to say “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine.”

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he told the magazine before paraphrasing a portion of 1 Corinthians 6 from the Bible.

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

A&E said Robertson is “under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” a statement from the network read.

GLAAD, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, also released a statement saying “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

Meanwhile, fans of the show flocked to A&E’s Facebook page threatening a boycott of the network until Robertson is reinstated.

“Agree or disagree with what Phil said, he had the right to say it. I’m disappointed with A&E. The only message A&E has sent by suspending Phil is that you have no right to your own opinion,” wrote one poster.

Another wrote, “While I do not agree with every single aspect of his beliefs, he is guaranteed the right to them, and to speak of them, in any way he sees fit.”

The show is the No. 1 reality show in cable. The August season premiere brought in 11.8 million viewers, according to A&E.

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What do you think?

Nico Bee

90% of you fall into the American average and lack any type of brain outside of the pieces of scripture that were read to you in church, and your television sets. We are simply an expression, expressing in billions of different ways at once. Right and wrong is circumstantial based on a person’s beliefs. People may see his comment as wrong which, in turn, will lose A&E some credibility. However, they may lose more canceling the show forever. It all comes down to money, not your petty comments. Get over it.

DaRan Johnson

That what he believes and stands by it

Brittney Rose
7 hours ago

All he did was quote the bible and stick to his beliefs. If I could shake his hand I would be honored. A and E can do whatever they want. I’m sure a better deal will come along. And I’ll be waiting to watch the new show.

Brittney Rose
7 hours ago

DEB

GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND STEVE

DEB

I THINK THIS IS SO RIDICULOUS. NOBODY CAN TALK ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT HURT SOMEONE WELL THAT IS BS BECAUSE I AGREE WITH PHIL. FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Star
8 hours ago

Anyone can say & have the beliefs they wish, but A&E also has the right to remove them from their network.Why are people on here saying that people “arent allowed to have differing opinions” and “he had the right to say what he did”? No one took away his rights, or said he couldn’t think that way……A&E simply exercised their same right by removing him from their network. GET OVER IT. People are so stupid sometimes

Randy Jones

so much for freedom of speech

Tim Mackey
9 hours ago

I think some of you are extremely closed-minded, and fail to understand the backlash and repercussions these types of things can cause for a business. He’s free to say whatever he wants, just as you’re free to disagree with A&E’s position. Vote with your dollars: don’t watch their network. Also: I neither agree nor disagree with his stance.

Viki Harris

He is 100% correct and has the right to say so.

Tim Mackey

Nobody stopped him from making the statement. Speech is still free. However, life has consequences, and Phil will face his for making statements that do not coincide with the standards and values of A&E, which holds an employment contract for him. He chose to speak his mind, A&E chose to hold him accountable. Period.

Darren Dudeck
10 hours ago

Obviously freedom of speech no longer exists. This is just another example of that. Whether u agree with his statements or not he has the right to say them.

Joe Rose
10 hours ago

-4 updow

everyone is entitled to a opinion, even if it makes them sound like a moron

Rominee Garcia
10 hours ago

He can say what ever he wants its freedom of speech and ur idiots for removing him ill boycott a&e also till he is reinstated!!!!!

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Why Christmas Is So Meaningful To the Believer: Jesus Christ In The Old Testament

Since Jesus is eternal God, we understand that He ALWAYS existed. Before the creation (John 17:5), throughout the Old Testament, and of course from Bethlehem onward. The following are four tremendous watersheds of study whereby He may be found throughout the Old Testament:

1)Theophany- Jesus actually appears numerous times during the Old Testament. For example: a)On the plains of Mamre with two angels before Abraham. b)As the Captain of the Lord of Hosts to Joshua near Jericho. c)In the fiery furnace with Meshach, Shradrack and Abednego. d)He met Moses at the burning bush. ……..these are a few and there are many, many others.

2)Typology- We are told in Corinthians that many things happened in the Old Testament that were types of events that were later fulfilled in the New Testament. For instance, the tabernacle was fulfilled in Christ, and lengthly books have been written, describing this in detail. Old Testament Joseph and David were types of Christ, they represented Jesus and were shadows of His life. Every oxen, goat, lamb, and all other animal sacrifices in the Old Testament were fulfilled in Christ!

3)Prophecy- Literally hundreds of Old Testament prophecies have or will be fulfilled in Christ. For instance, Zechariah 9:9 tells us that He would ride a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Isaiah 7:14 tells us that He would be born of a virgin. Jesus fulfilled over thirty prophecies during the time of His crucifixion! He did this so we would be able to easily believe! ……and He is coming again!

4)Genealogy- The family tree of Jesus Christ goes back to Adam. You cannot go back any farther! His ancestry was made plain and is a thrilling study in itself. Christ’s line is portrayed in Matthew as the royal line and in Luke as the legal line. By the way, if you believe in the inerrancy of the scriptures as I do, the generations going back to Adam only give the earth about 6,000 years back to creation! God made man at creation (Mark 10:6), and He did not leave the universe as some kind of primeval jello floating around haphazardly for millions and billions of years (The mantra of evolutionists). It is really foolish to believe in such nonsense because God is the God of order and purpose, not one of chaos and confusion! My question is why cannot these educated “scientists” simply believe in the Bible on face value? The answer is ultimately that they really DO NOT BELIEVE, despite their phony lip service and rhetoric.

The above four themes summarize the Christology of the Old Testament, and they furthermore enhance a better understanding of the New Testament and the Person of Jesus Christ.

Have A Very Merry Christmas
Pastor Steve

Is It All Right For A Christian To Point Out And Specify False Teachings In The Church?

This is a reposting of a previous blog entry, placed here at this time in order to reveal to the Christian from the Bible that we are remiss if we do not expose error. Remember that keeping silent in the realm of false doctrine is NOT being a peacemaker; it is only compromising, going with the flow, and allowing falsehoods to prevail in the spirit of cowardice. These New Testament false prophets and agitators mentioned below, mostly revealed by the apostles Paul and John, are not a comprehensive list. There are many other false teachers in both Testaments. It is obvious to anyone who sincerely seeks truth; that untruths, lies and distortions should be pointed out. I am truly amazed, however, at those who think exposing deception and untruths is mean spirited and unkind.

“All it takes for evil to prevail is for a few good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

August 21, 2013

Is It All Right For A Christian To Point Out And Specify Trouble Makers And False Prophets In The Church?

In our overly tolerant world whereby even Christians are often persuaded to eschew criticism or discipline at all costs, we tend to avoid confrontation when it is indeed called for. In the recent past I dialogued with a local Christian leader who insisted that there is no Biblical precedent for exposing false teachers and those who would attempt to cause division within the brethren. The Bible cites many specific examples of false prophets and those who sow seeds of discord, and their exposure by those who reveal them by name.
“Their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”(II Timothy 2:17-18) Many Christians decry the citing of actual names of those Christian leaders who teach heretical doctrines, saying that such an act is “unloving.” Paul, however, considered it an important evidence of true love to warn against those who would “overthrow the faith of some,” realizing that generalities would be useless.
Not only did Hymenaeus and Philetus make Paul’s list, but so did Demas (II Timothy 4:10), Alexander the coppersmith (II Timothy 4:14), the Cretians (Titus 1:12), another Alexander (I Timothy 1:20), and even Peter (Galatians 2:11-14) when he began to teach legalism. Likewise, the apostle John warned against the egocentric Diotrephes (III John 9) and the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6). Jesus referred to Herod as “that fox,” and our Lord and John the Baptist also had lengthly diatribes against the Pharisees, calling them “a generation of vipers,
and white washed sepulchers full of dead men’s bones.”
We need to be ready and willing to name those individuals, churches, schools, and other organizations that are denying biblical inerrant authority, compromising the doctrine of special creation, requiring humanistic works for salvation, or bringing in other heretical doctrines. We obviously need to be sure of our facts when we do this and also to bring such charges only if motivated by genuine concern for those apt to be led astray if we don’t speak out. But then we must, indeed, “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

*** Part of the above material was taken from a devotional article by the late Henry M Morris, former president and founder of the Institute For Creation Research. It is in the Days Of Praise devotional, December 8, 2011 entry. ***

The Theology Of Rick Warren And The Purpose Driven Movement

Nearly two years ago, a member of our church noted that pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church made a statement in an attempt to consolidate Islamic and Christian relations. Warren said: “….we both believe in the same God.” These unbelievable statements are a trademark in his ministry. He wins many over by saying: “I am just a regular guy.” Others sympathize with him as well we should, over the recent tragic loss of his son. But these issues have absolutely nothing to do with the faulty theology that comes from his ministry. Why does Mr. Warren not tell Muslims that Mohammad needs to be saved through the blood of Christ? What an opportunity to do so. If the cross alone saves (Acts 4:12; John 14:6), then why does Mr. Warren not play the role of a Christian evangelist and share the Gospel with Muslims rather than compromise with them? Following is my response to our parishioner who asked me my thoughts about Rick Warren. If you are interested in further information, simply Google pastor Rick Warren and you will see endless information associating him with the New Age Movement, universalism, compromise, Chrislam (the path to one world religion) and much more. Many in Christendom are offended by this type of information. Truth vs. deception means more to me than anything, and my understanding and accepting truth means more than friendship with anyone. Henry Clay said: “I would rather be right than president.” You can judge one better by their enemies than by their friends. By the way, Jesus said we would have enemies (of the cross) and He said to love them. “To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God.”

Warren has vacillated with the themes of universalism, homosexuality, relationship with Robert Schuller, salvation, and many other important Christian themes ever since he has been in the public eye. I would expect him to deny all these things because if he did not, he would immediately lose all credibility. I dialoged with a Purpose Driven Church (PDC) Public Relations (PR) man, Gilbert Thurston, several years ago and I never cared for his answers defending the PDC movement. David Hunt of the Berean Call (TBC), John MacArthur and Phil Johnson (Grace To You), Gary Gilley, Paige Patterson (a great leader and theologian), James Sundquist (author of Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church), Noah Hutchings of Southwest Radio, and most recently Jack Van Impe have all exposed Rick Warren and his teachings. I spoke to Paige Patterson personally and he told me tactfully at a meeting in Sarasota “that there were major concerns about Warren’s theology.” If you Google him and study him for a couple two or three hours, you will observe that the theologians who are erudite in the Word question his theology and expose him. Study him. Have you EVER heard Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindall, Adrian Rogers, Johnny Hunt, Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines, Hayes Wicker, David Jeremiah, Max Lucado, Jack Van Impe, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Franklin Graham, etc., etc. questioned and suspected in such a way? No. There is no conspiracy against Rick Warren. His theology and public statements often go against the grain of our faith. He says on page 220 of the PDC book …”anyone can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his/her heart.” A fellow pastor said to me about that statement: “Well, what is wrong with that?” I told him it was an apostate statement. I do not look for keys. I share the Gospel and the Lord “has mercy upon whom He will have mercy.” Couldn’t Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, find the key to the Rich Young Ruler’s heart? What an apostate statement, diametrically opposed to the Bible, making salvation man centered rather than God centered. [Mr. Warren: Please note that Jesus said to repent (Matthew 4:17; Luke 13:3,5) and be born again (John 3:3). THIS IS AN ACT OF GOD. Salvation has absolutely nothing to do with finding keys to people’s hearts. If his understanding of salvation is skewed, then the whole of his theology is convoluted as well.] His ministry is replete with these things. The key is this: Where there is smoke there is fire! I have noticed that everyone who is a bonafide and sound Bible theologian questions and suspects Warren. The masses follow him. I have never trusted him nor did I ever finish the above cited PDC book he wrote. Look at him on Google. He has a section called New Age and many other questionable headings. You will not find that with Charles Stanley. Again, please feel free to forward this if you feel led. God bless, Pastor Steve

Rick Warren / Emerging Church

Below are comments by Rick Warren regarding his view points on various issues:

Biblical criticism on Rick Warren: heresy exposed

Rick Warren

Richard Duane (Rick) Warren was 28 January 1954 born in San Jose (California). He is a preacher and writer of Christian books. He belongs to the denomination of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Rick Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, one of the largest church congregations in the United States. He is also known for his book The Purpose Driven. In total there are about 25 million copies sold.

Rick Warren is over thirty years married to Kay Warren, and has three children. He has studied and received his Masters of Divinity at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979. Warren has taught at Oxford and Cambridge .

In 1980, Warren founded Saddleback Church in California with just one family. Now, an average of 22,000 visitors per week. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. More than 400,000 ministers and priests throughout the world are trained, and almost 157,000 church leaders have subscribed to his weekly newsletter.

Time Magazine named Rick Warren in 2005 one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” In 2005 U.S. News & World Report called Warren as one of “America’s 25 best leaders.” In 2009, he has pronounced the prayer at the inauguration of Barack Obama as President.

Rick Warren is a very influential speaker at various conferences around the world. What many do not see is that Warren is a good friend of Robert Schuller a 33 e degree Mason. He has many friends in the New Age world. He was probably sincere started only it is true that what you’re dealing with you get infected. That’s what happened with Rick Warren.

He is also a member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations. This is a UN organization that unity among the faiths try to edit. Then we’re not talking about the biblical Jesus as Head unit. Rick Warren has spoken at many symposiums. He did it then with clergy from all faith. From Muslims to Hindus and humanists. All this to work together.

Through his influence, many Christians hear a different gospel. He brings a DIY gospel. In the studies that Rick Warren writes, the emphasis is on yourself. It is a bit of a self-help gospel.

For the book purpose driven churchhe followed some sort of a marketing study. With Bill Hybels of Willow Creek and Robert Schuller he has formed a way how to grow the church.

This is what you see happening, the churches that follow this doctrine are growing fast. The question why these churches grow so quickly is very easy to answer. These churches are run like a business. Bring a gospel that people are not rejecting. So try to please the people. Do not use harsh words like hell. No people should feel at home, they must enter.

The gospel that Rick Warren teaches is one of growth for the church instead of sin and repentance. You better have a church with fewer people who receive the gospel and obey God than that you have a large church that is filled with half lukewarm Christians. A large church is good for statistics. But it’s not about statistics, it’s about Jesus.

Rick Warren believes that homosexuality is something innate. He makes surprising statements like: “Why should I not have multiple sexual partners.” I desire for sex with any beautiful woman I see. ” He doesn’t say that you may have sex with any beautifuul women. He says that it is a normal feeling wich you can have. Rick Warren says in a interview with Oprah that you don´t have to resist the feeling. Just think of something else. See the video below for an clear explanation.

Does he know this is not biblical? The Bible tells us to repent. The Lord Jesus said:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Mat.15:18-20

You cannot believe that such a “great leader” does such statements ? Look under here the You Tube video, where you can hear Rick himself make above statements.

Sources consulted:http://www.rickwarren.com/about/rickwarren/http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Warren http://bijbelgetrouw.nl/index.php?itemid=526

Quotation By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book entitled “The Cost Of Discipleship” and he lived it. As a pastor, theologian and seminary leader, he stood strong in Nazi Germany when the majority of the Christian “church” compromised with Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer could have left Germany when he felt the Nazi noose tightening but he knew his people needed him. He lived close to God and often retreated from social settings in order to commune with his Lord. During World War II he became aware of one of the many conspiracies against Adolf Hitler and did not report it, and was therefore imprisoned. He was killed by hanging a day before the Russian army captured Berlin. He was faithful unto death and had a profound effect on the German soldiers who escorted him to the gallows. He went as a lamb to the slaughter, held no evil against his captors, realizing his life was in His hands and that Thy will was being done. Yes, he lived his own quotation to the utmost! Blessings, Pastor Steve

The following article is taken from This Day In History, April 8, 1945—

On this day in 1945, Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged at Flossenburg, only days before the American liberation of the POW camp. The last words of the brilliant and courageous 39-year-old opponent of Nazism were “This is the end–for me, the beginning of life.”
Two days after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, lecturer at Berlin University, took to the radio and denounced the Nazi Fuhrerprinzip, the leadership principle that was merely a synonym for dictatorship. Bonhoeffer’s broadcast was cut off before he could finish. Shortly thereafter, he moved to London to pastor a German congregation, while also giving support to the Confessing Church movement in Germany, a declaration by Lutheran and evangelical pastors and theologians that they would not have their churches co-opted by the Nazi government for propagandistic purposes. Bonhoeffer returned to Germany in 1935 to run a seminary for the Confessing Church; the government closed it in 1937. Bonhoeffer’s continued vocal objections to Nazi policies resulted in his losing his freedom to lecture or publish. He soon joined the German resistance movement, even the plot to assassinate Hitler. In April 1943, shortly after becoming engaged to be married, Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo. Evidence implicating him in the plot to overthrow the government came to light and he was court-martialed and sentenced to die. While in prison, he acted as a counselor and pastor to prisoners of all denominations. Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison was published posthumously. Among his celebrated works of theology are The Cost of Discipleship and Ethics.

Spurgeon On Watching Our Tongues (Ouch!)

November 29
Morning Verse
“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people… Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.” Leviticus 19:16,17
Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God’s Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord’s people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down their brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah’s wise sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond—SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN.
The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by railing behind his back. This course is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God’s blessing will be useful. Does the flesh shrink from it? Then we must lay the greater stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it. Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful ministers and brethren. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring friends in His warning given to Peter, the prayer with which He preceded it, and the gentle way in which He bore with Peter’s boastful denial that he needed such a caution.
—Morning and Evening

The Significance Of Christmas

Christians heartily enjoy this holiday on the basis of our observation of the advent of the Son of God. Others find peace and joy in other means, although it is a more temporary pleasure that fades quickly afterwards. In a troubled world, however, it gives respite from the sin that plagues this planet. In World War I, the Allied and German soldiers instituted a prolonged cease fire in their respective trenches on Christmas Day. They fellowshipped and exchanged gifts in “no man’s land” between the trenches. Immediately after this cease fire, they were threatened with court martial and execution if they did not get back to killing each other! So much for Peace On Earth And Good Will Towards Men. IT IS A TYPE OF THE MILLENIUM. As a Christian I envision this time of year as the closest we will ever be to heaven before we get there. Even Charles Dicken’s character from the Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge, got it right on Christmas Eve. I believe his three dreams and sudden over night change of character is symbolic of the new birth (John 3:3). May we enjoy this season and reflect hearts that are full of peace, all because of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

“God incarnate is the end of fear.” –F.B. Meyer

Once Again, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Prince Of Preachers, Reveals How The Scriptures Clearly Teach Election

“God’s Elect” is a doctrine clearly taught in the scriptures. It is endorsed by Paul of Tarsus, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Whitfield, Charles Spurgeon, John MacArthur, and a host of others. Note how the ones who understand the reality of this doctrine are among the greatest theologians who have ever graced this globe. The following is a November entry from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional, November 25:
“For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Romans 9:15
In these words the Lord in the plainest manner claims the right to give or to withhold His mercy according to His own sovereign will. As the prerogative of life and death is vested in the monarch, so the Judge of all the earth has a right to spare or condemn the guilty, as may seem best in His sight. Men by their sins have forfeited all claim upon God; they deserve to perish for their sins—and if they all do so, they have no ground for complaint. If the Lord steps in to save any, He may do so if the ends of justice are not thwarted; but if He judges it best to leave the condemned to suffer the righteous sentence, none may arraign Him at their bar. Foolish and impudent are all those discourses about the rights of men to be all placed on the same footing; ignorant, if not worse, are those contentions against discriminating grace, which are but the rebellions of proud human nature against the crown and sceptre of Jehovah. When we are brought to see our own utter ruin and ill desert, and the justice of the divine verdict against sin, we no longer cavil at the truth that the Lord is not bound to save us; we do not murmur if He chooses to save others, as though He were doing us an injury, but feel that if He deigns to look upon us, it will be His own free act of undeserved goodness, for which we shall for ever bless His name.
How shall those who are the subjects of divine election sufficiently adore the grace of God? They have no room for boasting, for sovereignty most effectually excludes it. The Lord’s will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is cast out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election, none more promotive of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but adoringly rejoice in it.
—Morning and Evening

Greek Word Study, Part III

31)Aaron- Aaron/ The name is spelled exactly the same in English and in Greek. It is, of course, the name of Moses’ brother Aaron who served as the high priest for the Israelites in the wilderness.
32)abba- father/ Abba refers to God and our heavenly Father. The word abba today is often reflected as a term of endearment towards a father, sometimes interpreted as “daddy.” Although I desire to be close to God, I cannot think of the heavenly Father God as “daddy,” like my earthly father. He is …”my Father, who art in heaven.”
33)paraclete- Holy Spirit, along side of/ This beautiful Greek word for the Holy Spirit reminds us of the closeness of the Godhead, and that He is right with us and beside us. God is a friend who sticks closer than a brother………..but ONLY when we OBEY Him!
34)sarkikos- of the flesh, carnal/ This term refers to our natural fallen proclivity towards sin. We live in the flesh. No one has to teach us how to sin…..it comes naturally. We make an effort to ….”walk in the spirit so that we will not commit the sins of the flesh.”
35)soteria- salvation/ This word deals with the most important doctrine of salvation. Hence the word soteriology deals with the study of the teaching of salvation. The Greek root of soteria is soter which refers to the Savior Himself– the Lord Jesus Christ!
36)diakonos- servant, deacon/ This term can refer to either an ordained deacon or to anyone who is practicing in the capacity of a servant. Interestingly, a deacon is to be a humble servant who assists his pastor with the needs of the church. Today, however, the office is often abused and the one filling the role of deacon can undermine his pastor’s ministry or overstep his position within the church. An example of diakonos that is not an ordained deacon but a servant, is Phebe in Romans 16:1. Phebe was a lady who served the Lord. We should all be servants in whatever way the Lord would have us to.
37)poimen- pastor, shepherd/ This is the first of the three offices of a pastor, referring to his role as a shepherd. Actually he is an undershepherd of the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ. He is a protector of the flock and is watchful of false doctrine, Jezebels, false prophets and those who water down sin and abuse God’s grace. (Jude 4) In the apostate church of the end times, the pastor who takes his calling seriously has a full time job.
38)presbuteros- senior, elder/ Can you not see the root of the word Presbyterian here? This is the role of the pastor as an elder. We also use the term “senior pastor” which refers to the leading and head pastor in the church. The Presbyterian denomination is especially noted for their emphasis on doing things correctly and in good order.
39)episkopos- bishop, overseer/ The third term for a pastor refers to his role as a supervisor. The word supervisor literally means “above the eye” as a leader observes and evaluates the church. Perhaps you have heard of bishop T.D. Jakes who pastors a church, writes books and speaks in conferences. The term is totally Biblical and used to describe a pastor in the book of I Timothy, chapter 3 in the King James Version. One can easily see too, that this Greek transliteration is the root for the Episcopal church, just like the former presbuteros is the root word for the Presbyterian denomination.
40)homilia- communication, homily/ This term can be used to describe a sermon. The Catholic Church often describes their sermons as homilies. In current Protestant usage, it sometimes refers to a sermon in a negative sense, inferring a boring and intellectual discourse, devoid of the anointing and unction of the Holy Spirit.
41)hermeneutics- science of Bible interpretation/ Seminary students are exposed to this study in order to understand the Bible as a whole. Some of the breakdowns of hermeneutical studies would be dispensations, numerology, the first mention principle, Christology, and the progression and the development of the church to name a few.
42)koinonia- unity, fellowship/ This is the atmosphere whereby the Holy Spirit unites the brethren in love and harmony. In order for this to prevail, there must be an attitude to repent when we fail, and to forgive when others fail. Love is the foundation of koinonia.
43)logos- the Word/ This incredible Greek word was coined in Ephesus around 450 B.C. It means everything we can know about God. The word is used extensively in John 1:1-14. “The word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.” The Greeks did not know it when the word originated, but it is the perfect word to describe the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the full manifestation of the Godhead who walked among men.
44)kurios- Lord/ Christians use this word to describe our Lord and Savior. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the one we submit to. He is our Master and our King. He is the One we are to emulate.
45)amen- trustworthy, surely/ After we hear a speaker strike a profound truth that we agree with, we say “amen,” i.e. “so be it.” Again, the Greek and English spellings are identical.
46)anthrax- a live coal, coal of fire/ Today, the word reminds us solely of the deadly chemical agent that is often used in terror attacks, and we can easily observe the word etymology in the original Greek progressing to our use of the word today. Again, the spellings are the same.
47)anti- opposite/ This prefix is universal and always means against or opposite. Note the “anti” words immediately below:
48)antithesis- opposite, conflict of theories/ An example would be that the antithesis of creationism is evolution.
49)Antichristos- opponent of the Messiah/ We get the word Antichrist from the original Greek, which means the archenemy of Jesus Christ.
50)apistia- unfaithful/ We derive the word “apostate” from the Greek, which means a church which has fallen away from the truth.

……………………..many more Greek words to follow