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False Arrest 

July 2

"that ... he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."  Acts 9:2

"... the fountainhead of all our deepest passions flow from our religion."

 

Whether we admit it or not, the fountainhead of all our deepest passions flow from our religion.  Each reaction and response we hold is dictated by the GOD (god) we worship.  To some it is fame, that 'mirror, mirror, on the wall'; others chase after fortune, or idols of various and sundry sort.  Passion in itself, makes for excellent fuel, but it is a lousy compass; and may only serve to accelerate the soul in passionate misdirection.  Radical Islam is a splendid example, where their false god passionately dictates the offering up of their sons to die for him.  What a contrast with the true GOD of the Bible, WHO passionately gave HIS SON instead, to die for us!

Paul was caught up in the passion of pseudo religion prior to converting to CHRIST; spending his days and nights persecuting Christians, some even to their death. "I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of JESUS of Nazareth.  Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.  And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities."  It is not, what or who, you will live for, which betrays the profundity of your religion, but, what or who you will die for.  Masses pitch themselves each day into volcanoes of their own choosing; involved in everything from leaping out windows over the grief of market levels, to flying airliners through windows.  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service."  The only death GOD demands however, is to self and sin, that in turn, your life might be a living testament of HIS power and ability to both save and sanctify the sacrifice.  Resisting arrest is a chargeable offense in this realm; but in regard to eternity, every fetter not of GOD is false arrest, to be withstood with all HIS might.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith CHRIST hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." 
 


For Love of Country
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
(Signature to the Declaration of Independence)
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that GOD governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without HIS notice, is it probable than an empire can rise without HIS aid?"

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