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Bart Bornhorst

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  • bsquared
    Greetings Mr. Mahon and thank you for your response to my sermon. I’m sorry if you have suffered under the abusive hand of someone else. Jesus Christ suffered the same, so He understands and has compassion for you. You asked, "is it a sin to stand up for ourselves?" No, it's not a sin to defend or stand up for yourself, if done in a proper Christian manner. Jesus Christ defended Himself on many occasions. Then when it came time to for Him to fulfill His purpose He took much emotional, verbal and physical abuse to the point of death! Prior to that event, Jesus did defend Himself because it was not His time to die. In Luke 4:28-30 and in John 10:39 Jesus fled as some tried to kill Him. Fleeing is a mode of self-defense. When He was accused of breaking the law, He defended Himself John 5:15-17. When the temple was desecrated He forcefully took matters into His own hands, John 2:13-16. So in the end there’s a right way to handle all things. My message wasn’t focused towards those that have suffered abuse at the hands of others. That would be a much different focus and message, in the end we must all strive to have a balanced and sinless approach when dealing with hate filled people.
  • bsquared
    You’re welcome Kasey. Our Father in Heaven has blessed us with amazing truth and one of those truths is that His law always leads us to Him. I wish you many blessings.
  • bsquared

    Felix, you admit that you don’t know (“might not be”). I feel fully convinced that it does matter and that we can rest assured that we are observing the correct days of worship.
    Let’s approach this from a different point of view.
    Imagine that you’re God and you’ve created mankind. In your creation you give a very strict command to observe specific days and feasts, all at very specific dates and times (sunset). As God you know man will ignore and change everything that you have set in motion (“Daylight Savings Time” a perfect example). Yet as God you are concerned with the people that you are working with and you know that it’s your responsibility to make sure that they have the ability to worship you according to your original command. We know by scripture that God is the same today and throughout eternity (Hebrews 13:8). So what He expects from us never changes just because man tries to mess with what the Almighty has set into motion. He requires the same obedience from us as He did from Adam and Eve. Therefore He knows that He must give His people the right calendar and days to properly worship Him. God will always provide for His people. Gen. 22:14