A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
"The word "tolerance" is used by postmodernist' to signify a refusal to pass negative judgments on another's beliefs or behavior. Properly understood, however, tolerance presupposes the passing of negative judgment -- an act of genuine tolerance can only occur downstream from a negative judgment that's already been passed."
J. P. Moreland
What our society, in the US, is calling for is a new day where the society is not even permitted to come to the place of tolerance. Tolerance demands that a judgment is made on an activity (action, choice, etc.), that activity deemed as wrong and then choosing not to make an issue of it. But "agreeing to disagree" is not the goal; it is a lowering of standards that is the goal. The desire of many is to bring our nation to that place where we do not see actions as black or white, right or wrong, good or bad, and holy or sinful. But rather bringing about a society where there are no absolutes. This actually creates a very superficial, shallow love one towards another or rather a sickening self-love.
The move toward 'tolerance' is actually a move toward intolerance. When a people come to agree on everything then tolerance is not needed. It is only when there are sharp disagreements, deep convictions with differences of opinion, a variant view of issues and the world, etc. that tolerance can be extended and exist.
I am eternally indebted that God did not 'tolerate sin.'
He did not:
(1) Agree with me in my pride (I'm fine, I can do it myself…);
(2) Tolerate my sin (by leaving me on my own);
(3) Compromise His holiness (by changing His standards); or
(4) Abandon me (with hell as my only eternal option) … but rather He loved me.
"For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
If you and I are to truly love then we must also hate. If we are to be tolerant of anyone we must make judgments, identify some behavior as wrong and then extend love in action by speaking truth in love, rebuking a fellow man in a spirit of meekness and self-control, living life without hypocrisy by honest, loving, authentic word and deed.
God has been, is, and will always be intolerant of sin. The basis for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is God's holy wrath. "The wages of sin is death". It is His love that provided the perfect sacrifice, death, propitiation of the Savior on the cross.
May God bless you,
Pastor Jim Marstaller
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The Lord be with and bless you all and please keep me, Jim, Steve, Channing and Cecily in your prayers. They are the working backbone of Christianpatriot.com. Amen.
If you live in the Naples, Maine area, keep in mind that starting Friday October 6th and for the next five Friday nights after tha,t at 6:30 PM we will be doing a Genesis 1-11 series and seminar at the Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples. You can call me or use the form to e-mail me for further information. There will be child care and there will be snacks. I am not going to try to convince you to leave your church and attend ours, and there will be no request for money. Nor will I tolerate any disruption. Discussion yes. Disruption, NO!
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Danny and Theresa Gilpatrick, Seth Winslow, George Robert and this ministry and all involved with it.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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