OK, the Gospel text for yesterday was Luke 12:4-56. I've cut and pasted it here, since it's very pertinent...and it ties in nicely with a "discussion" I had recently (until I got cut off because I could back everything up with Scripture :sigh:) Ah, well - I am supposed to refute wrong teaching, and that's what I am doing.
49. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50. But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51. Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:52. For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 54. And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
This is a PRIME example of Christ's not being all Lovey-dovey (the way the modern christian church portrays Him. Let me tell you - the warm-n-fuzzy, luvvy-dovey crowd is horribly misled! The Adversary LOVES to twist Scripture into something wrong, and lead people away from God - and he is succedding at an alarming rate!). Yet, did pastor capitolize on this much-needed message?
No. Instead, we discussed a painting by some artist out of MN (he thinks) - the painting is an abstract called "Boundry Waters"..and we spent 10 minutes describing the painting and how it doesn't look like water. Or boundries. Or...something. I got disgusted halfway thru, but I tried to stick it out - HOPING it would get better. :sigh: I should have known better.....He started out good, by saying that we did need to keep our eyes on the weather...but then he went off and totally lost all my confidence in him.
The jist of his message? WE don't have to pay attention to the present time, because, and I quote, "God is with us and dwells in us via the Holy Spirit". Ummmm.....so why, then, does Christ say over and over and OVER again that we should WATCH and be prepared (the 10 Virgins? The slave left in charge of the household? HELLO, what do you think He actually meant by those stories???) Yes, God IS with us, but we still have to keep watch!
This would have been a prime time to discuss current events...the fact that God's wrath is starting to bubble over (Katrina, Rita, Dean.....earthquakes..tidal waves......any of these ring a bell? God ALWAYS uses natural disasters/occurances in supernatural ways - He is a God of Pattern, after all.)....Instead we get babbling about "art". :grrrrr:
I am highly disappointed. Disgusted, even. I haven't been given a clear message to leave, yet, so I know there's a reason I'm here...but. I'm tired of banging my head every week; the whiplash of getting my hopes up only to have them dashed is getting rather old. I'll stick it out, though...and I'll keep taking my notes. At least I learn something when I go to verify/counteract what he says.