Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • User Ratings

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

Re: “Unity Concert to Benefit Families of Emanuel AME Tragedy

Unity or Purity ?
The leavening of America, God's churches, the family and society has been underway for decades. In a sense, the leavening process has always been around as Satan has constantly tried to dilute and weaken the people of God and their influence in the world. Paul said in 1 Corinthians " Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? " The nature of leaven (yeast) is to permeate and spread throughout the entire lump of dough, causing it to rise. It only takes a small amount to change the entire lump.
What disturbs me does not always disturb others. In this fast paced age of change, I am disturbed by the shift in attitude and philosophy of the average person. I am increasingly finding myself in the minority on issues of Bible doctrine, politics, and ethics, Yet I have not changed. I stand today where I stood 40 years ago when surrendering to God's call to preach and teach His Word. I see the danger in a little leaven. The depraved nature of humanity leans towards sin and the path of least resistance and will exploit every inch given, hence the saying, "Give him an inch and he will take a mile" is an absolute. Maintaining purity requires effort.
In the religious, political , and cultural battles of today, purity has taken a beating. However, purity is essential . Consider the following : when given a choice, would you rather drink pure water or filthy water ? Would you prefer a virgin for a spouse or a promiscuous person ? Would you choose dirty clothes over clean clothes for your body? Would you rather have a clean politician ( an oxymoron, but bear with me) or a person of character as your representative?
Any sane person would choose purity in these situations. But when the choice of purity may result in conflict, stress, and division, people will choose unity over purity 95% of the time.
Look first at purity in the local church. Concerning immorality in a church , it will usually be tolerated, especially when the other option is conflict through confrontation. It is not easy to confront sin and require purity from ungodly church members who may also be family members, or influential in the community or big givers in the offering plate.
Yet, the small amount of leaven will spread throughout the lump, affecting the whole .
When we are more concerned with the smile of man, then we will have the frown of God , and when purity goes out the window for the sake of unity, then God's churches lose the power and blessing of God.
Consider purity in church doctrine. Baptism and the Lord's table have taken a beating with pastors and churches caving in to the plea of unity rather than purity in the practicing of these ordinances. Only a Scriptural New Testament church of the Lord Jesus has the authority to baptize new believers and administer the Lord's table to those who have prepared themselves through scriptural baptism and church membership. Paul said to refrain from eating with those who had not examined themselves, especially concerning immorality ( 1 Cor. 5:11 ). These ordinances belong to the Lord, no the church, but He has given their care and stewardship to each local church for proper administration for His glorification. Rather than stand for purity and cause contention, many are satisfied to sacrifice purity for unity, forgetting that unity with God through purity is primary. When a church adopts a human driven philosophy, their main priority will to please men and not God. Here is a novel idea : How about a God driven , Spirit sensitive church. It just might work.
When pastors and churches refuse to cooperate with others who are not of like faith , they are accused of being hateful and having no love for the brethren. Loving the brethren is not the issue; purity is the issue. Besides, we are commanded to Love God before we are commanded to love others and maintaining purity is loving God. We are never commanded to fellowship with those who show contempt for God by disobeying His Word
Consider purity in society. Homosexuality and immorality have become more and more accepted through gradual exposure. To address someone's immoral sexual lifestyle is considered an attack on the individual. Homosexuality and immorality are both destructive to all who participate, ruining self esteem and respect, destroying families, and can end in death from disease. To warn of self destruction and promote sexual purity honors God and helps people experience full and more satisfying lives. Sexual immorality affects everyone in society as a whole through broken homes, wounded children and adults, and increased financial costs, resulting from choices that damage health.
May God give us the resolve to stand and be more concerned about maintaining unity with God as we preach and practice purity in a culture that has an ever growing contempt for truth.

0 of 2 people like this.
Posted by Clarkie on August 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Re: “FIRST Robotics Fair

Noooooo! My boys would love this but we can't go this weekend... Is there another date on the books for the next one?!

Posted by Angela Chambers on August 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Renaissance Night Charleston

History students are crying over this one.

Posted by mat catastrophe on July 26, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “We Stand For Charleston

Someone should follow up on how all of this money pouring in, millions at this point, is effecting the family and friends of those involved in the shooting. Sudden wealth destroys family and friends as sure as bullets.

Posted by patroy on July 11, 2015 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Live Stream: Fare Thee Well – Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead

The Fare Thee Well live stream on both June 28th and July 3rd have been canceled.

Posted by CharlestonMusicHall on June 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Deluge: An Epic Water Event Featuring Music, Food & Fun

Where can you get advance Tickets?

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by brazinad2 on June 19, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Oh my such an assortment of wonderful art and interesting artists, go see what the piccolo buzz is all about. Check out tent number 27 OMG what beautiful pastels!

2 of 2 people like this.
Posted by ByronA on May 22, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Seed and Feed Marching Abominable: Patriotic Concert

is this today or next week?

Posted by Suzan Benenson Whelan on May 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The Explorer's Club

The Sunday shows are at 5pm, not 7:30.

Posted by Kaelyn Robinson on May 10, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Always ... Patsy Cline

Great evening of theater!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by dguite on May 7, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Piccolo Fringe: McQueen

Saw this guy in London and his show is amazing! It's like watching Adult Swim live!!!!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by LilyLilyRed on May 4, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “MarchFourth

THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED, YA'LL!!!! There is nothing like it!! MarchFourth is a 15-piece jazz-funk-rock-NOLA-flavored sonic explosion with stilt walkers and hoopers and acrobats and Betty-Boop-on-acid dancers! It's like ecstasy without the holes in your brain! Brilliant music! The coolest performers on Earth! You will never forget this show as long as you live. I promise! (Word on the street: You gotta see it to believe it! Here's a video link: (Yeah, that's what it feels like! For real.)

0 of 1 people like this.
Posted by Stevie Jay on May 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Always ... Patsy Cline

Thanks for the press!
I'd like to clarify that ALWAYS PATSY CLINE is a presentation of MIDTOWN PRODUCTIONS, and will be playing in their new theatre located on the far right (front) entrance of the Duvall Building, 2816 Azalea Drive. (I-26, Exit 218-B. Then first right onto Azalea, and 1/3 mile on the left - two doors past the food bank. Please come and see the show - and the new theatre! Free parking! Full bar tapas plates and dessert available.

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by follygirl3 on May 1, 2015 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Sideshow Press Surplus Sale

Event is at 121 Wentworth, not 9 Cannon!

Posted by Maxwell Streeter on April 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM
Posted by kuyacmh on April 24, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Lonely Teardrops & Deadly Lo-Fi


FRIDAY APRIL 24TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Crash LaResh on April 23, 2015 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Hilton Head Island Wine + Food Festival

I hopped in my XC-90 and drove straight here. Best event in Hilton Head in my opinion.

Posted by loganbertram on April 19, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Oak Barrel Tavern

Sushi ninja IS NOT AT OAK at tonight. She's been in n char on fridays for awhile.

3 of 3 people like this.
Posted by AgentKighter on April 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Vietnam Medical Fundraiser

It's Graham Whorley, not Hurley!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by Shenanigan on April 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Second Sundays on King Street

Salon Couture gave me a great Man's cut and the food at Jim and Nicks was Awesome!

4 of 10 people like this.
Posted by Ross Gerard on April 12, 2015 at 12:25 PM
Classified Listings

Powered by Foundation   © Copyright 2017, Charleston City Paper   RSS