Voices in Babylon

Jun 23, 2014 by

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It seems many people believe the gospel is: God is love, he accepts you as you are, Jesus died for your sins, and works have nothing to do with your salvation. If that is the gospel, then the devils are saved. James 2:19 tells us the devils believe that there is one God. They also tremble with fear, which is better than many Christians do. Satan is the god of this world, and he has deceived many with a counterfeit message (2 Cor. 4:4).

Gal. 5:19-21 and 1 Cor. 6:9-10 list works that will keep people from inheriting the kingdom of God. Verse 11 gives hope to those who turn from those unrighteous works. American churches need to preach repentance.

If Menno Simons came back today, would he be ashamed of the Mennonite church? If Alexander Mack came back, would he be Brethren? If Martin Luther came back, would he tack his 95 theses to the doors of the Lutheran churches?

Today we have many voices and one Babylon. Now is the time to rekindle the Reformation and get back to the Bible.

There is only one God of truth, and his children obey and serve only that true God.

Ben Haldeman
Greencastle, Pa.

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  • Elaine Fehr

    Thank you, Mr. Haldeman. Yours is a timely message, as we plainly see the signs of confusion and divisiveness in churches because repentance is often omitted from the preaching of the gospel and God’s word often isn’t looked upon as authority in all matters. There would be fewer problems if everyone would see God’s word as the psalmist did – “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

    • Herbert Reed

      “There would be fewer problems if everyone would see God’s word as the psalmist did…”
      I have to protest the notion that somehow those who support welcoming LGBTQ Christians hold the Bible in less esteem than those who take a more literal approach. One can be faithful to God and Biblical principles without seeing the Bible as a history book or a science book or as literally true in all matters. I would also point out that no one actually reads the whole Bible as the “authority on all matters” even when they claim that they do.

  • John Blase

    One bible, so many interpretations and misinterpretations to defend our hatred, our violence in the name of our White male, heterosexist power and privilege. Jesus, you didn’t say one word about LGBTQ people but you said lots about self-righteous religious leadership. If my memory serves me right, you called them White graveyards.

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