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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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My Opinion Is Free Speech – Your Opinion Is Harassment!

From the pen of author Chuck Colson:

“Peter Vidala was being harassed at work-subjected, over and over again, to views he found offensive. When he finally spoke up, he was fired. It’s an illustration of the double standard that often prevails when it comes to same-sex ‘marriage.’ Vidala was a deputy manager at a Brookstone store in Boston’s Logan Airport. Last August, a manager visiting from another store told Vidala she was planning to ‘marry’ her female partner. Vidala said he ‘quickly changed the subject.’ As a Christian, he considered homosexual behavior immoral, and same-sex ‘marriage’ an ‘oxymoron.’ The woman’s comments made him uncomfortable. But the visiting manager didn’t get the message-or maybe she did. She talked about her wedding plans over and over. Vidala later told Fox news she was goading him into commenting on her relationship. Vidala said, ‘By the fourth time she mentioned it, I felt God wanted me to express how I felt about the matter. So I did.’ He told her, ‘Regarding your homosexuality, I think that’s bad stuff.’ He also reported that he had intended to tell her he would prefer she not bring up the subject at work, but she just started laughing. And then she told him, ‘Get over it … keep your opinions to yourself.’ She then complained to human resources, and Vidala was fired. Why? Because by ‘imposing’ his beliefs on her, it constituted ‘harassment.’ So pummeling a junior-level Christian employee with endless comments he finds offensive is OK. But making a single critical comment to a lesbian senior-level employee is a firing offense. Even more disturbing is the reason Brookstone gave to back up its decision. In Massachusetts, same-sex ‘marriage’ is legal. So a lesbian employee can prattle on about her wedding plans without harassing anyone. The implications of this are frightening. If same-sex ‘marriage’ is foisted upon other states, then expressing disagreement with it-or even criticizing the homosexual lifestyle-could become a firing offense for everyone. If employers had taken this attitude 90 years ago, people could have lost their jobs for disagreeing with laws forbidding women from voting! This is how far the gay agenda has come in this country. Any disagreement is portrayed as hatred and harassment. And the victim-as in this case-is often a Christian. Peter Vidala’s firing will have one beneficial effect, at least. It will help the rest of us understand why same-sex ‘marriage’ laws are like no other. Oppose them beforehand or speak out afterward, and you will be punished.”

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Horatius Bonar On The Cross Of Christ

Quoting Horatius Bonar:

“Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die; another’s life, another’s death, I stake my whole eternity.”

Fighting The Good Battle

Quoting Ronald Reagan:

“It’s always a struggle for those of us in political life to take the long view and to brave decisions without regard to personal political cost. There are times when we fail in the struggle and times when we succeed. And I suspect the next few years will test us more than usual, but I know we’re up to it. … We’ll have our battles ahead of us, but they’re good battles, and they’re worth fighting for. … I hope the loyal opposition realizes exactly how committed I am and you are to changing the status quo and improving our national life. We won’t be resting on our laurels, even if we were so inclined, which we’re not. History wouldn’t allow it. We’ve been handed great opportunities and great challenges, and we intend to meet them together.”

The Christian Who Takes Offense When None Is Given

Have you ever run into Christian brothers who strongly disagree with some of your judgment calls as you practice Christian Living? I’m talking about the ones who refuse to accept others who make differing judgment calls. Instead, they keep pushing others to conform to their conclusions. They get upset at those who resist. They take offense when no offense is given. Larry Wilson writes:

“[It] is a sin to take offense when none is given. . . . You see, the real reason why someone takes offense is not the actions of the other person. It is his own pride or unbelief.

“The people of Jesus’ hometown “took offense at him.” Jesus was a stumbling block, but not in the sense that he committed the sin of giving offense. Rather, he was a stumbling block in the sense that he was the occasion for their sin of taking offense. They probably blamed Jesus. But in reality, the reason they took offense was “their lack of faith” (Mt. 13:57-58). The sin was theirs, not his.

“This kind of differing believer is not a weak brother. He’s firm in conviction and will-power. He’s not about to blindly follow examples with which he disagrees. But he’s not a strong brother either. He’s weak in Biblical knowledge and he’s weak in love. He can’t differentiate between God’s commands and his own personal application of God’s commands. He makes his own applications binding—not just for himself, but for everyone else. He’s a legalist, a “Pharisee.” He takes offense at those who resist his pressure to conform to his judgment calls. He takes offense when none is given. He takes offense because of his own pride. The sin is his, not theirs.”

Read more here. . . .

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