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The Presidential election is over.  Donald Trump is the President.

As a Christian I’m glad to see the new president isn’t Hillary Clinton.  At the same time I’m cautious with Donald Trump.

 

I imagine many Christians were praying for the election.  I think Christians shouldn’t just stop praying after the election.  As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, Christians should Meditate on 1 Timothy 2:1-2 before and after the 2016 Election.  And that verse calls Christians to pray for those in authority.

This has been my prayer:

Dear Lord,

Allow Donald Trump to uphold justice, the Constitution and have a prolife policy that saves lives.

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Rembrandt-philosopher

l. Four kinds of people and the result of our testing in the faith

i.      Establish the need: Have you tested yourself to see if your Christian faith is genuine?

ii.      Purpose: Today we will see four possible kinds of people who have not and have tested their salvation.

These are divided into those who have and have not tested their salvation:[1]

1. Those who are not saved and know it

2. Those who are saved are not sure of it

3. Those who are unsaved but do not know it

4. Those who are saved and know it

iii.      Two kinds of people who have not tested their faith

1. Those who are unsaved but do not know it

a. Proof:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many[a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

b. Practice:

i.      Do you Jesus as Lord?  Make sure you are not in this category by testing your salvation.

ii.      Make sure you don’t only look at the good you do, but also the wickedness in your life as a red flag.

2. Those who are saved are not sure of it

a. Proof: These are the people whom Paul commanded: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you [e]fail the test?” (2 Peter 13:5)

b. Practice:

i.      Test yourselves!

ii.      Use this syllabus and listen to the audios from this series.

iii.      Why would you not want to make sure you are saved?

iv.      Two kinds of people who have tested their faith

1. Those who are not saved and know it

a. Proof: These are the kind of people described here: “37 Now when they heard this, they were [aj]pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “[ak]Brethren, [al]what shall we do?” (Acts2:37)

i.      To which Peter responded: “38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you bebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.

b. Practice:

i.      Repent and believe!

ii.      Look at the promise of Romans 10:9.

2. Those who are saved and know it

a. Proof:For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him [a]until that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)

i.      This is Paul’s last epistle.

ii.      He is finishing the Christian life strongly (cf. 2 Timothy 4:6-8)

iii.      Note the verse why he experience suffering and was able to go through it was because “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him [a]until that day.”

b. Practice:

i.      Praise the Lord you are saved!

ii.      Understand the Reality: It is not always constant that assurance; for instance we might have sin grossly and experience guilt.

iii.      Therefore: 2 Peter 1:3-11 is important.


[1] The idea of the four kinds of people comes from R.C. Sproul, “Four Kinds of People” Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Grand Rapids: Reformation Trust, 2010), 74.

 

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Juan Williams, a former NPR political analyst was fired for his comments on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. The President and CEO of NPR (National Public Radio) stated that Williams was not fired for that particular incident, but for offering his controversial opinions on several occasions, which she deemed a breach of journalistic ethics for an NPR analyst. Schiller intensified the existing controversy over Williams’ dismissal when she added that Williams should have kept his Muslim comments between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist—take your pick.”

Ron Schiller, the man in the video who is the Vice-President of one NPR’s department voiced his true beliefs about Christians, Tea Party, Republicans, America, Jews and Islam. The video is part of an undercover operation where Ron Schiller was recorded heavily criticizing Conservative groups such as the Tea Party movement, describing them as “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamentally Christian—I wouldn’t even call it Christian…basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people”. He also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding”, defended the firing of Juan Williams, and criticized “anti-intellectual” elements within the Republican Party.

Should they re-hire Juan Williams back now?

Nothing is neutral, not even news. Everyone has a bias.

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Forced to be Muslims

When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to [accept] Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. Sahih Muslim, Book 19, Number 4294.

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