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Re: Is Donald Trump Already the Worst President in US History?
« Reply #360 on: April 15, 2019, 12:06:47 AM »
Actually, Hitler was misunderstood. There’s always another side to the story.

Hitler was not misunderstood, Christianity is misunderstood by a great many people. There is no room for prejudice, dishonesty or dumb devils.

18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

Read a very thought provoking commentary from J C Ryle 1816-1900.



Greetings all,

Below is a very thought provoking commentary from J C Ryle 1816-1900.  Thoughts I deem to be most applicable, appropriate and worthy of our earnest contemplations.

This commentary comes from http://www.gracegems.org/ - thanks to Jeff !


Jesus and Beelzebub, Luke 11:14-20

14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

The connection between these verses and those which immediately precede them, is striking and instructive. In the preceding verses, our Lord Jesus Christ had been showing the power and importance of prayer. In the verses before us, he delivers a man from a 'mute' devil. The miracle is evidently intended to throw fresh light on the lesson. The same Savior who encourages us to pray — is the Savior who destroys Satan's power over our members, and restores our tongues to their proper use.

Let us notice, firstly, in these verses — the variety of ways in which Satan exhibits his desire to injure man. We read of a 'mute' devil. Sometimes in the Gospel we are told of an "unclean" devil. Sometimes we are told of a raging and violent devil. Here we are told of one under whose influence the unhappy person possessed by him became mute. Many are the devices of Satan. It is foolish to suppose that he always works in the same manner. One thing alone is the common mark of all his operations — he delights to inflict injury and do harm!

There is something very instructive in the case before us. Do we suppose, because bodily possession by Satan is not so glaringly manifest as it once was — that the great enemy is less active in doing mischief than he used to be? If we think so — then we have much to learn.

Do we suppose that there is no such thing as the influence of a mute devil in the present day? If we do, we had better think again. What shall we say of those who never speak to God, who never use their tongues in prayer and praise, who never employ that organ which is a man's "glory," in the service of Him who made it? What shall we say, in a word, of those who can speak to everyone but God? What can we say, but that Satan has stripped them of the truest use of a tongue? What ought we to say, but that they are possessed with a mute devil? The prayerless man is dead while he lives. His members are rebels against the God who made them. The mute devil is not yet extinct!

Let us watch and pray, that we may never be given over to the influence of a mute spirit. Thanks be to God, that same Jesus still lives, who can make the deaf to hear and the mute to speak! To Him, let us flee for help. In Him, let us abide. It is not enough to avoid open profligacy, and to keep clear of glaring sins. It is not enough to be moral, and proper, and respectable in our lives. All this is negative goodness, and nothing more.

Is there anything positive about our religion? Do we yield our members as instruments of righteousness to God? (Romans 6:13.) Having eyes — do we see God's kingdom? Having ears — do we hear Christ's voice? Having a tongue — do we use it for God's praise? These are very serious inquiries. The number of people who are deaf and mute before God, is far greater than many suppose!

Let us notice, secondly, in these verses — the amazing power of prejudice over the hearts of unconverted men. We read, that when our Lord cast out the mute spirit, there were some who said, "He casts out devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils!" They could not deny the miracle. They then refused to allow that it was wrought by divine power. The work before their eyes was plain and indisputable. They then attempted to discredit the character of Him who did the miracle, and to blacken His reputation by saying that he was in league with the devil.

The state of mind here described is a most formidable sin — and sadly, it is very common. There are never lacking people who are determined to see no good in the servants of Christ, and to believe all kind of evil reports about them. Such people appear to throw aside their common sense. They refuse to listen to evidence, or to attend to plain arguments. They seem resolved to believe that whatever a Christian does must be wrong — and whatever he says must be false! If he does right at any time — then it must be from corrupt motives! If he speaks truth — then it must be with sinister views! If he does good works — then it is from selfish reasons! If he casts out devils — then it is through the power of Beelzebub!

Such prejudiced people are to be found in many a congregation. They are the severest trials of the ministers of Christ. It is no wonder that Paul said, "Pray that we may be delivered from unreasonable as well as wicked men." (2 Thessalonians 3:2.)

Let us strive to be of a fair, and honest, and candid spirit in our judgment of men and things in religion. Let us be ready to give up old and cherished opinions, the moment that anyone can show us a "more excellent way." The honest and good heart is a great treasure. (Luke 8:15.)

A prejudiced spirit is the very jaundice of the soul. It affects a man's mental eyesight, and makes him see everything in an unnatural color. From such a spirit, may we pray to be delivered!

Let us notice, lastly, in these verses — the great evil of religious divisions. This is a truth which our Lord impresses on us in the answer He gives to His prejudiced enemies. He shows the folly of their charge, that He cast out devils by Beelzebub. He quotes the proverbial saying that "a house divided against itself falls." He infers the absurdity of the idea that Satan would cast out Satan — or the devil cast out his own agents. And in so doing, He teaches Christians a lesson which they have been mournfully slow to learn in every age of the church. That lesson is the sin and folly of needless divisions.

Religious divisions of some kind, there must always be — as long as false doctrine prevails, and men will cleave to it. What communion can there be between light and darkness? How can two walk together, unless they are agreed? What unity can there be — where there is not the unity of the Spirit? Division and separation from those who adhere to false and unscriptural doctrine — is a duty, and not a sin.

But there are divisions of a very different kind, which are deeply to be deplored. Such, for example, are divisions between men who agree on main points — divisions about matters not needful to salvation — divisions about forms and ceremonies, and ecclesiastical arrangements upon which Scripture is silent. Divisions of this kind, are to be avoided and discouraged by all faithful Christians. The existence of them is a melancholy proof of the fallen state of man, and the corruption of his understanding as well as his will. They bring scandal on religion, and weakness on the church. "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation."

What are the best remedies against needless divisions? A humble spirit, a readiness to make concessions, and an enlightened acquaintance with holy Scripture. We must learn to distinguish between things in religion which are essential — and things which are not essential; things which are needful to salvation — and things which are not needful; things which are of first rate importance — and things which are of second rate importance.

On essential things, we must be stiff and unbending as the oak tree, "If any man preaches any other Gospel than that which we have preached — let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8.). On non-essentials, we may be as yielding and compliant as the willow, "I have become all things to all men — that I might by all means save some." (1 Corinthians 9:22.)

To draw such clear distinctions requires great practical wisdom. But such wisdom is to be had for the asking. "If any man lacks wisdom — let him ask of God." (James 1:5.) When Christians keep up needless divisions — they show themselves more foolish than Satan himself!

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Re: Is Donald Trump Already the Worst President in US History?
« Reply #361 on: April 23, 2019, 12:22:04 AM »
Actually, Hitler was misunderstood. There’s always another side to the story.

I think History will show that Donald Trump is indeed the worst President in History. Moreover, Hitler was not misunderstood, Christianity is misunderstood by a great many people. There is no room for prejudice, dishonesty or dumb devils.

18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

 )amen(  )God-Bless-You( Lieberman. Keep the faith brother. No man who gassed Jews just for being Jews and put them into ovens is not a misunderstood man in any way. He was an evil antichrist that will get exactly what is coming to him. And anyone who says differently is delusional and not worth your time.


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Yet Another Trump Criminal Cronie Convicted Yesterday
« Reply #362 on: July 24, 2019, 08:23:33 AM »
Another Trump Criminal Verified and Convicted Yesterday



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Re: Yet Another Trump Criminal Cronie Convicted Yesterday
« Reply #363 on: July 24, 2019, 09:19:13 AM »

How anyone can still say Trump is being unfairly portrayed is mind-boggling. From what I'm hearing in Mueller before Congress, this is the worst President ever to sit in the white house, bar none. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if the President pardoned him. He is so corrupt.

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Re: Is Donald Trump Already the Worst President in US History?
« Reply #364 on: August 17, 2019, 10:40:41 AM »
Trump Warns Crowd ‘No Choice But To Vote For Me’

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Trump Leaves NATO Conference Early After World Leaders Are Heard Mocking Him

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Re: Is Donald Trump Already the Worst President in US History?
« Reply #366 on: Yesterday at 02:03:29 AM »
Trump Leaves NATO Conference Early After World Leaders Are Heard Mocking Him

"Trump is the kid that no one invites to his birthday party because he is a Bully and a Braggart"

Couldn't have said it better myself. That is who Trump is. A petulant, belligerent, child that is in love with himself. End of story. It's not even debatable anymore in my view. He's proven it time and again.


 


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