• Samuel at Gilgal

    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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What Happens When The Constitution Does Not Mean What It Says?

Thomas Sowell

Who has the power to define what a word means? He who has the power decides the meaning of words. This is what is happening in our court system today. Too many judges are expanding or altering the meaning of words and phrases in our laws and our Constitution. When a judge does this, he is assuming the power to legislate law which is the responsibility of Congress. The duty of judges is to interpret the words of the law and Constitution based on the grammatical-historical meaning of the words when they were first used in the particular document. Economist Thomas Sowell writes on this topic:

“It was the Progressives of a hundred years ago who began saying that the Constitution needed to be subordinated to whatever they chose to call ‘the needs of the times.’ Nor were they content to say that the Constitution needed more Amendments, for that would have meant that the much disdained masses would have something to say about whether, or what kind, of Amendments were needed. The agenda then, as now, has been for our betters to decide among themselves which Constitutional safeguards against arbitrary government power should be disregarded, in the name of meeting ‘the needs of the times’ — as they choose to define those needs. The first open attack on the Constitution by a President of the United States was made by our only president with a Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson. Virtually all the arguments as to why judges should not take the Constitution as meaning what its words plainly say, but ‘interpret’ it to mean whatever it ought to mean, in order to meet ‘the needs of the times,’ were made by Woodrow Wilson. It is no coincidence that those who imagine themselves so much wiser and nobler than the rest of us should be in the forefront of those who seek to erode Constitutional restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government. How can our betters impose their superior wisdom and virtue on us, when the Constitution gets in the way at every turn, with all its provisions to safeguard a system based on a self-governing people? To get their way, the elites must erode or dismantle the Constitution, bit by bit, in one way or another. What that means is that they must dismantle America.”

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The Bridge Of Grace

Charles H. Spurgeon

Quoting Charles Spurgeon:

“The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come by the thousands, by their myriads, e’er since that day when Christ first entered His glory. They come and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them.”

Freedom Of Worship

Patrick Henry

Quoting Patrick Henry:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

A Response To Grace

The “grace of God” is often described as the unmerited favor that God has shown to us in saving us from our sins. The grace of God was revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world to save us by taking our sins upon Himself and dying on the cross. This great gift which we have received, teaches us not only gratitude, but to live in a godly manner because of the gift. We are constrained to live godly lives.

We often forget how much the Lord has done for us. With time we may tend to lose the sense of wonder of just how gracious God has been to us. We forget that we were lost in our sins and destined for eternal punishment. We need to remember the cause of our faith. The Lord has been gracious and wonderful to us. We may never fully understand God’s mercy, but such a great grace surely deserves a good response from us. Godly living is the response we should give for the grace we have received.

Godly living, however, is not a simple list of “do’s and don’ts.” Godly living is living by the example of Jesus Christ, the man. Our feelings and attitudes become like those of Christ’s. We love that which Christ loves. Since Christ loves righteousness as God the Father loves righteousness, we too love righteousness. A godly person will want to glorify God in everything he does. This is the life, the godly living that soon brings us into conflict with the world system. Godly living is not an easy thing. It is, however, a worthy calling for those who have received the grace of God.

Should we not also consider that it is on this side of the cross that Jesus Christ will come a second time? The revelation that we have received should serve as a motivation to us all. We do not know the day or hour; whether it will be this year or in a thousand years, but would it not be wonderful for the Lord to find us living consistently godly lives for the glory of God on that blessed day of His Second Coming? This is, perhaps, the very least we can do in response to all He has done for us.

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