Friday, May 24, 2013

Evangelism at Family De-Planning Center in Mission Hills

Some interesting things happened at the Abortion Center where I had brought my new cross, thanks to Vernon Costolo and Tony Miano. I decided to read the entire book of John and during my reading this man who came from the Family De-planning Center and he asked if he could read a paragraph from where I was reading. I let him and he encouraged me and then he was on his way. I think he broke the sound barrier for the first time.

I managed to read the entire book of John along with Psalm 22, 40, 41.

I was able to give out some "Miranda" gospel tracts. Get them here...

Also, a couple of ladies who are from Hospice said that I could go in with them any time they are there because they are official and it would be allowed. Maybe there could be a sister in Christ who would take them up on that offer. They encouraged me and I was so blessed to be there.

Someone may have wanted to hear or perhaps wanted others to hear me read the bible because the window was opened on the second floor above the garage. Normally they are closed. Especially on warm days.

I over heard a lady telling another person that she could hear me half a block away. I wasn't yelling. I was just reading aloud. There was some mocking but I just ignored it and kept reading.

Another girl that works in the Family De-Planning Center came out and took her break nearby and listened to me read the book of John.

It was a very humbling experience. I tried to be respectful of everyone coming in and going out. I'm grateful to God for the opportunity to make myself available for His purpose and Glory. Amen.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Silent in the Churches

"As in all the churches of the saints. Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says. And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment. But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized." (1 Corinthians 14:33b–38)

The second half of verse 33 seems to fit best with verse 34. The phrase as in all the churches of the saints is not logically related to God’s not being a God of confusion. The phrase does, however, make a logical introduction to Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak. Paul was emphasizing the fact that the principle of women’s not speaking in church services was not local, geographical, or cultural, but universal, in all the churches of the saints. Though it embraces tongues, the context here refers to prophecy. Women are not to exercise any such ministries.

The women who joined in the chaotic sell–expression which Paul has been condemning not only added to the confusion but should not have been speaking in the first place. In God’s order for the church, women should subject themselves, just as the Law also says. The principle was first taught in the Old Testament and is reaffirmed in the New In reflection of that principle, no women were permitted to speak at the Jewish synagogues.

One of the designs of creation, as well as one of the primary consequences of the Fall, was the submission of women (Gen. 3:16). Paul reflected that principle explicitly when he said, “Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Tim. 2:11–12). Paul’s argument was not based on cultural standards but on two historic and foundational facts: (1) “Adam … was first created, and then Eve” and (2) “it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman” (vv. 13–14). Men are to lead in love; women are to submit in love. That is God’s design.

It is not coincidental that, like Corinth, many of the churches today that practice speaking in tongues and claim gifts of healing also permit women to engage in speaking ministry. Many charismatic groups, in fact, were begun by women, just as many of the cults that have sprung from Christianity were founded by women. When women usurp man’s God–ordained role, they inevitably fall into other unbiblical practices and delusions.

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians. MacArthur New Testament Commentary (391–392). Chicago: Moody Press.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diet of Worms

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Worms, Diet of (1521). The most celebrated of the long series of Imperial diets held at Worms, at which M. *Luther defended his doctrines before the Emp. *Charles V. It took place in the Bischofshof from 27 Jan. to 25 May. The Papal legate, *Aleander, who had arrived at Worms on 30 Nov. 1520, having put the case against Luther on 13 Feb. 1521, Luther was then summoned and arrived on 16 Apr. On 18 Apr. he made his final refusal to recant his doctrines, acc. to an early but unreliable tradition concluding his answer with the famous words ‘Hie stehe ich. Ich kan nicht anders. Gott helff mir. Amen.’ Charles V having announced on the following day his resolve to take firmer measures against his doctrines, Luther departed from Worms on 26 Apr. On 26 May his teachings were formally condemned in the Edict of Worms.

Many of the primary docs. are pr. in P. Balan (ed.), Monumenta Reformationis Lutherana ex Tabulariis S. Sedis Secretis, 1521–1525 (Ratisbon, 1883); extracts from these and other collections, with further refs., in Kidd, pp. 79–89 (nos. 39–46). P. Kalkoff, Der Wormser Reichstag von 1521 (1922), with full refs. F. Reuter (ed.), Der Reichstag zu Worms von 1521: Reichspolitik und Luthersache (Worms, 1971). R. Bäumer (ed.), Lutherprozess und Lutherbann (Katholisches Leben und Kirchenreform im Zeitalter der Glaubensspaltung, 32; 1972). [E.] G. Rupp, Luther’s Progress to the Diet of Worms, 1521 (1951). Detailed bibl. in Schottenloher, 3 (1938), pp. 12–14 (nos. 27923–50), with refs. to other lists of specialized items, and on the Edict of Worms, ibid. 4 (1938), pp. 753 f. (nos. 44534–42). See also works cited under aleander; LUTHER, M.; and REFORMATION.

Cross, F. L., & Livingstone, E. A. (2005). The Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church (3rd ed. rev.) (1778–1779). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.