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A Family Directive (13 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Let me begin by saying the first institution founded by
God was the family. There are three institutions founded by God. They are the Family, Human Government and the Church. And, I might add; all three are under attack today.
a. We have a government no longer operated by biblical principles.
b. We see the church under attack, both from within and from without:
1) The Church is being attacked from within by
the liberals and the moderates--those who no longer believe in the cardinal doctrines of the faith---those who believe that it's time to throw out the old and bring in the new. We are reminded of the words of Peter, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction" (2 Peter 2:1).
We see the church being attacked from without. The ACLU and many other like-minded liberals have made certain that any public display of Christianity is forbidden. We can no longer have a nativity scene in the public park. We can no longer read the Bible in the public school classroom; and invocations and benedictions at public school gatherings cannot include the name of Jesus. Additionally, any church that decides to put up a new building must learn to jump through the hoops of local government bureaucracy, environmental impact studies, special permits, restrictive building code requirements, and so on...
ILLUS: I know a pastor in Antioch who is trying to build on some donated property. The church was given 19 acres of land, but due to the expensive restrictions and requirements of the city and county, it has become cost-prohibitive. For example, they were told that they would have to pay for an access street to the property. The street, along with appro ...
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