Posted on Leave a comment

CLARITY – 11-21-19 Free or Mandatory

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-21-19

Free or Mandatory

What’s Happening: “In an article published Tuesday by The Telegraph, Roman Catholic Bishop, Guo Xijin, 61, is fleeing the government-ordered joining of the government-run religious association in Communist China. In officially atheist Communist China, there are two Roman Catholic churches: the state-run church, loyal to the government, and the underground church, loyal to the Vatican…though a compromise was recently reached that was supposed to rectify that (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-bishop-run-refusing-join-115240747.html). CLARITY’s prayer? Run! And may God hide him.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t China claim to have freedom of religion?”

Biblical Response:  “They do…apparently, the claims have been ‘greatly exaggerated.’ If you don’t believe me, ask the million or so in ‘re-education’ camps. Am I not for facing the music? Yes, even if it means martyrdom. But I’m also for following the Holy Spirit. Paul fled sometimes, too (Acts 9:23-25), and later in the scripture we read of other disciples fleeing (Acts. 14:1-7). As far as following government mandates is concerned, I’m generally for obeying those put in authority over you (1 Pet. 2:12-17). However, Peter and John make plain the distinction when they say in Acts 5:29, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ (NASU).”

 “Christians? We believe that true freedom of religion must be uncoerced. You cannot legitimize force by applying it under government sanction…not where a person’s belief system is concerned.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember to pray for the persecuted Church of various ilks…some fleeing…some in prison…some under orders to be executed; and may Your will be done; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

Posted on Leave a comment

CLARITY – 4-27-19 Cleaning House

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-27-19

Cleaning House

What’s Happening: “The Archdiocese of New York released a list yesterday of 120 priests and  clerics (the list actually includes Bishops, high school teachers, a Scouting Chaplain, and a Cardinal) for sex abuse. The list only includes those whose abuses have been substantiated. Most of the abuses stem from acts in the ‘70s, ‘80s or early ‘90s. Some have resulted in civil suits and the church has paid out over 65 million dollars to over 350 individuals (https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-archdiocese-names-120-priests-accused-sex-abuse-230007592.html). I realize ‘the shame that has come upon our church due to the sexual abuse of minors’ and I ask for forgiveness ‘for the failings of those clergy’ who betrayed the trust invested in them to protect young people. ‘It is my heartfelt prayer that together we as a family of faith may be healed,’ Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How embarrassing! Attendance was already down.”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…but I don’t know which is more shameful…the revelation that what some have suspected is really happening or sweeping it under the ecclesiastical rug for another generation! The Protestants, wisely, are being particularly quiet. I don’t imagine they have much room to throw stones (John 8:7). The scripture about laying hands too quickly also comes to mind (1 Tim. 5:22). Teachers (and essentially, that’s what all Christians are) have a special responsibility to live exemplary lives (James 3;1-2;  1 Pet. 5;3).”

“Christians? Since we believe in accountability, especially for leaders (Heb. 13:17), these abusers should be restricted from ministry. It’s kind of like asking a Christian former alcoholic to minister in bars – there might just be a little too much temptation. Some would even say: Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. One could also state: once a sinner, always a sinner…hopefully, saved by grace.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be ‘gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong’ (2 Tim. 2:24); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent