MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

He Did What Was Right – A Standard to Live By

June 15th, 2018 Viewed 276 times

The law

While Moses was given the law, we need to remember that few could read it. Scribes were needed to write, copy, and read, but most professions in ancient Israel didn’t have a need to read. Not only that, but the copies were not as prevalent without movable type.

What we find through reading the Old Testament was that at many times it was discovered:

  1. II Kings 22:8, 13 – A copy was discovered in Josiah’s day
  2. In Ezra’s day, Nehemiah commanded the book to be brought out and read (Nehemiah 8:1)

When they did get it out and actually read it, the people were stunned. You see, it was hidden or safeguarded during evil king’s reigns. If it was hidden, it was not passed down.

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Our Modern Reality is Not All That Great

May 16th, 2018 Viewed 416 times

Daniel 2:31-45: Our form of government is not the best.

Nebuchadnezzar received a vision. In it, he saw that every government here that is after his is called inferior to that before it. It ended with God destroying it all and being the only government– or the creation of His Kingdom which would eventually conquer the Earth.

Many believe the American ideals and that these should be worldwide because this is the best way to have freedom; however, what we see is reality is that our form of government allows for all sorts of sin to gain social acceptance. As long as you can get enough people to vote for it or can get a court to deem it part of the freedoms we have been granted, it becomes the law.

As legislation leaves the area of government and moves into the realm of moral choices, what is legal replaces our moral code because the two parties begin to diverge.

Ezekiel 16:49-50: Sodom’s biggest sin sound very familiar.

When you hear of Sodom and Gomorrah you mostly think of the sin of sodomy, but Ezekiel states that they also had another and even bigger problem. Sodom had pride, was rich, but did not care for the poor and needy. An abomination pushed God over the edge and He removed them.

1 Corinthians 1:20-25: God says that the world views the Gospel as foolishness.

The evaluation of the world is that God is a fairy tale. Why should we base what we think about what the Bible tells us or what God expects of us based on what the world thinks of it?

God works in ways that bring Him glory—the exact opposite of what modern man believes and antithetical to the American “Puritan work ethic”. God used walking around a city to bring down the walls of Jericho, and He used one small child to take down a giant.

In 2 Corinthians 12:10 we see that God used Paul, who had a thorn in his side specifically there so that he would not boast in himself, but would give the glory to God.

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The Function of Grace is Not to Enable Us to Keep the Law

August 29th, 2016 Viewed 1300 times, 1 so far today

It is to wipe it out entirely:

The Law of Moses is a burden. Grace doesn’t make the law any less of a burden. Life in Christ doesn’t make the law any less of a burden. Peter addressed this in Acts 15 when some Pharisees said it was necessary for Gentile believers to keep the law.

First, note what Peter didn’t say. He didn’t say, “Well, now that they have Christ, they indeed are able to and should keep the law.” To the contrary, he said to those Pharisees, “Why do you test God by putting a putting a yoke around the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”

For centuries the law had been a burdensome yoke for the Jews, and it doesn’t become any less of a burden for those who believe in Christ who try to live by it. The law was always meant to be a burden.  Its purpose was to point people away from self-righteous justification to justification by faith in Christ alone.

In Christ, God has removed the burden.

Grace Doesn’t Enable Us to Keep the Law

Will ObamaCare Ever Be Overturned?

April 9th, 2015 Viewed 1609 times

I have no crystal ball, and though many out there have predicted that at one time or another ObamaCare might suffer a fatal blow for one reason or another, the fact is that it is still, by this writing, the law of the land.  There are features of this law that are not going away.  However, that doesn’t mean that there are serious issues with the law– issues that many believe should sink the law.

Gov. Mark Sanford and the Rule of Law

June 26th, 2009 Viewed 2143 times

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Adultery is wrong.  It’s wrong if the couple is separated.  It’s wrong if there is or is not a law against it.  It’s wrong if there are or are not children.  It’s wrong on multiple levels.

  • It’s a breaking of a promise, a vow.
  • It’s sharing something that was meant to be specifically for the promised individual.
  • It violates a trust.
  • It can destroy a family.

In the case of Gov. Sanford, his position should not exempt him from the law, just as it should not have emboldened him to break it.  For in this case, Gov. Mark Sanford did break the law.

Catch Me If You Can

December 8th, 2008 Viewed 2263 times, 1 so far today

boy and girl header Many laws that were passed some time ago are now under scrutiny as relics of a bygone era—a time when people agreed on moral principles that are now up for grabs.  Laws that enforced clean language, the sale of liquor and protected a spouse from adultery have all been challenged, and when a story of one of these laws being enforced makes news, it’s always in terms of how crazy the people are that still these laws, and how these laws need to be overturned.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.