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Daily Archives: 12 Jan 2019
‘If you want to be my disciples, take up your cross and follow me’ (Jesus) was never intended to mean ‘If you want to be a Christian, do as you please and call yourself mine’. Indeed, ‘Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’.
The problem with many Europeans, and many Americans, is that they think they belong to Jesus and they don’t. If they did, they would ‘keep his commandments’. Full stop.
In America last year there were over 325 mass shootings. That’s nearly one a day. And the consequences? Nothing. No gun laws have been enacted restricting access for criminals or terrorists or even the mentally ill.
In the same period of time, a few Americans were murdered by illegal immigrants and in response the President* has insisted that a wall be built on the southern border to keep out the waves of murdering illegals.
In sum, you can have as many gun deaths as you want but nothing will be done and on the other hand you can have a few folk murdered by immigrants here illegally and the country loses its mind.
That makes America a land of hypocritical contradictions.
Zwingli seems only to have become aware of Luther at the end of 1518, although he had probably heard of the dispute about indulgences in Germany in 1517. His interest in the German reformer only really dates from a year after this when he made enquiries about Luther to his colleague Beatus Rhenanus in Basle. On 6th December 1518 Rhenanus replied: “We have not yet been able to find out anything about Luther. – Urs Leu
A wildebeest that stays with the herd is safe whilst a wildebeest that peels off from the herd is more subject to being killed by a pack of hyena.
Christians that stay connected to the community of faith are safer than those who think they don’t need to be part of the Church.