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‘If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’  ~ Daniel 3:17,18  

I am not always comfortable giving my opinion to others.  Now, as you wipe the coffee off of your computer screen from the burst of incredulous laughter most of you just experienced, let me explain.  Although I will often, and freely, offer my opinions on numerous and sundry matters, it is not always accompanied by any amount of confidence or comfort—and never with a sense of authoritativeness on my part, I should add.  (My passion and enthusiasm are often mistaken for intellectual bravado although that is never my intention.)  In short, simply because I give my opinion(s), it does not necessarily follow that I am always comfortable in doing so. 

This is especially true during those times in which I find myself at odds with those who I respect and/ or under whose authority I have been placed.  Although I have a healthy respect for the civil authorities placed over me by God—due in no small part, I am sure, to the fact that my father was a state trooper—it is the ecclesiastical disagreements which rattle me most.  I find it very difficult to voice a difference of opinion over doctrinal/ spiritual/ theological matters with a pastor.  Actually, let me rephrase that: I find it very difficult to voice a difference of opinion over doctrinal/ spiritual/ theological matters with MY pastor(s).  Now, I realise that only the Pope is infallible (KIDDING!) but I have no illusions that lead me to believe that I am a theologian; I certainly do not place my Biblical knowledge or insight above, or anywhere near, theirs.  Still, there are times at which I disagree—and those times are not comfortable for me at all. 

These thoughts were brought to the fore recently as I thought about the approach of Reformation Day (Wednesday, 31 October).  My fear and trepidations pale in comparison to those of Martin Luther as he risked his very life to expose the false teachings of the Roman Church.  He was not merely threatened with excommunication but with execution and assassination!  Still, he held fast to his beliefs which were grounded in the Scriptures and buttressed by his faith in the one true God, the Creator of the Universe. 

When I think about the (very few!) times I have disagreed with our pastors (or, perhaps, ruffled a few feathers in Sunday School) I must laugh when I place it in perspective with the struggle Luther—and other heroes of the faith—faced.  Could I stand up against the most powerful man in the world in order to remain true to the faith?  Could I stomach abandonment by my closest friends and family?  Would I walk into the furnace in defiance of an ungodly dictate?  Could I repeat those brave words which still echo through the halls of Protestantism?: 

Here I stand; I can do no other.  God help me.  Amen.


‘All the brave soldiers who cannot get older

Been asking after you.’

~ Crosby, Stills & Nash, Daylight Again


This is a joke, right?


He wouldn’t be troubled with such a matter if he truly understood the Eighth Commandment. 


“He said that he thought most children were strong enough to resist the temptation.  But he said it’s his job to protect the weak and the strong.”


Joel Osteen and his wife do a fairly good job during their interview on ‘Hannity & Colmes’ up until about the 2:15 minute-mark in the interview.  The Osteens really need to read Amos 3:6. 


  Just sit there quietly and don’t ask any questions. 


You should file away this important information in case you are ever attacked my monkeys.   


What’s the best way to instill healthy habits for your children?  According to Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, the first thing you should do is scrap the Ninth Commandment. 


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Written by ninepoundhammer

October 25, 2007 at 1:24 pm

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  1. try holding to premillenial/credo-baptist view in a PCA church, then you will solidly be a black sheep. Glad to see that I am not the only one causing problems for those in authority.

    BTW, when are we going to get some New Order or Joy Division vids in hear?


    October 25, 2007 at 6:10 pm

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