This eighth world power will appear on the scene right before the end and will go to perdition.
Believing is not a condition of beloving or belonging here.
He who desires to know the truth must be willing to accept all that it reveals. He can make no compromise with error. To be wavering and halfhearted in allegiance to truth is to choose the darkness of error and satanic delusion. Worldly policy and the undeviating principles of righteousness do not blend into each other imperceptibly, like the colors of the rainbow. Between the two a broad, clear line is drawn by the eternal God.
The likeness of Christ stands out as distinct from that of Satan as midday in contrast with midnight. And only those who live the life of Christ are His co-workers. If one sin is cherished in the soul, or one wrong practice retained in the life, the whole being is contaminated. The man becomes an instrument of unrighteousness. The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties.
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She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God.
Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High. Human effort must combine with divine power, that we may be able to accomplish the closing work for this time. Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today — June 8, Jeremiah Shepherding the flock of God can be hard, frustratingly difficult, and demanding.
It is a challenge to serve one boss, much less dozens or even hundreds of bosses. He is to attend every meeting, raise capital campaign funds, kiss the babies, relate to the youth, and have a perfect, pretty, personable, and passionate wife who can play the piano.
His children are instantly obedient. He is engaging in conversation, easy on the eyes, physically fit, and intelligent. The loving pastor loves the lost. He comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
Even Jesus did not do all of this, as He placed limitations on His life. He had down time. He took retreats. He prepared. He focused on a few. He taught with authority because He had been in communion with His heavenly Father. Indeed, having super servant shepherd expectations is sinful. The servant shepherd may need to repent of chasing these never-to-be-fulfilled demands, and the flock need not expect a messiah as a minister. Obedience to God is priority one. The true servant shepherd is called and appointed by God. It is a divine placement.
A new minister is more than likely unlike your last pastor. He looks differently, acts differently, leads differently, and speaks differently. Do not be cruel and hold the positive qualities of the last minister over him. He will never be just like the last pastor but will mature into the leader God has uniquely gifted him to be; so give him space to grow.
As a servant shepherd, stay close to Christ. Get your marching orders from Him, and lead with humility and grace. Fear God only, and serve people patiently.
Is it necessary to go to church on the Sabbath?
There are times to make hard decisions that may cost you money and people. And there are times to die to your desires and trust God with the consensus of other Spirit-led leaders. Your hope and acceptance are in Christ.
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