If I were the Devil - Paul Harvey (Warning for America)

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  • 2012-03-28T19:46:25

Rhonda Nolde A couple of comments. Whatever John the baptist's comments were, we have to view them in light of the finished work and other scriptural truths. Using that as a reason to point out people's sins is like saying you have to sell everything you own to get into heaven. If we could choose correctly, then there would be power in our choice for salvation and we've departed from the gospel. Perhaps that's a little confusing so let me provide a definition of terms that will help bring clarity. I define salvation and redemption differently. Jesus redeemed us and it had nothing to do with us. Salvation, on the other hand, is what we experience when our minds are renewed to the truth of what God did for us in the body of Jesus. So I guess the question one needs to ask oneself would be... "Is there a different salvation in the gospel then there is in just making healthy wise decisions that, in most cases, have to do with morality?" As an example... My observation is that most of evangelical Christians would exclude Mormonism from "true Christianity". However, if we look at the level of morality (and morality has to be measured by something, and that measurement is God's law) in Mormonism compared to Christianity, there's no contest; Mormons, as a whole, make better decisions regarding lifestyle then Christianity. They're committed to their group, they evangelize what they believe and admonish one another to keep the rules. All of the above being said, the gospel and the power of God has to transform not only our hearts, but the very fabric of our thinking so we don't continue in the evil world system. It probably comes as a great shock to most to learn that the evil world system was that which God used to hold our sins against us, His law. That way of thinking has transcended society to a point where we don't trust that we actually have been made perfect. We still believe we need a system to hold ourselves and others in check. Because we believe this our lights do not shine and, we cannot be heralders of the msg of reconciliation. We're reduced to playing the role of morality police trying to get people to invite Jesus in their hearts with the implication then being their lifestyles will change. Let me be very clear about what I believe. I believe that system has been done away with in the body of Jesus Christ so that we may know a more excellent way. When I say that, I don't mean that now we have a higher standard of morality to live up to, I mean that the gospel of Jesus Christ should purge your mind from a "sin consciousness" and give us such confidence before God that we never question either our own, or another's relationship with God. The only reason people call into question the level of relationship someone else may have with God, or have a need to "admonish" another is because they question their own. Why do they question their own? Because they're still living from a law mindset; a mindset that continually accuses themselves about how they're not measuring up. That self condemning mindset translates to accusations of others in the areas they themselves are guilty of, this is an immutable truth. Jesus pointed it out and Paul affirmed it. What happens when you know true righteousness? You stop accusing yourself. What's the relational fruit to removing self-condemnation? Accusation ceases to be a part of your relational experience. What ruins relationships? Either accusation or counter accusation. Where does accusation and the defending of accusation stem from? Self righteousness. How is that cycle broken? The gospel of Jesus Christ actually changes the fabric of your thinking to a point where you have nothing to accuse anyone about and nothing to defend. Why? Because your own level of security and worth is projected upon others who are struggling, and they come to your light. That light doesn't admonish anyone for breaking a "law". That light reveals who they really are through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is only at this point that we actually become messengers of reconciliation! Finally, where there is no law, there is no sin. IT IS FINISHED!!

  • 2012-03-28T10:52:50

every young person should hear this.

  • 2012-03-28T09:02:14

Good...how abt if u were Jesus? why shd we give too much credit to the devil as if Jesus never came..am sure over 70% of people listening to this wd have a problem agreeing to the fact that Jesus is so far greater than the devil...lets not give weight to wat the the devil can do but what Jesus has done!

  • 2012-03-28T05:57:19

I'm seeing this in Malaysia!

  • 2012-03-27T22:38:30

Gives me a chill up my spine to hear those words and to see how they've come true, in ways even beyond what Paul Harvey probably imagined. This was before the internet, human trafficking, and so many other horrors had even begun.

  • 2012-03-27T22:36:05

Rhonda Nolde That's not true. Read some more about the fall of the Roman society and other affluent societies. It's true that there is nothing new under the sun as Solomon said, and yes our world was certainly more wholesome, at least on the surface 47 years ago. Bottom line is, the devil is most fighting feverishly as he knows the end is almost here, and while we can not turn back the clock we can continue to stay faithful to Jesus and the truth.

  • 2012-03-27T21:31:44

Amen!

  • 2012-03-27T21:18:21

Thanks for the inspiration video. http://www.fivedovesletters.blogspot.co.uk/

  • 2012-03-27T14:53:24

That roar you hear in the background - that's the Chinese laughing their way to world domination while the US of A tries to crawl back to the Dark Ages.

  • 2012-03-27T12:16:06

Wow

  • 2012-03-27T08:46:09

Wake up sheeple!! This has been happening forever!! Especially in 1965!!

  • 2012-03-26T23:15:05

Your absolutely right. Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and verse 13 as well as chapter 4:3-4 Times have and will continue to get worse until our Lord Jesus return. Abortions, gay marriage, gangs, homosexuality, violence, ect ect it's all a result of the lack of love for God and mankind clinging to their sins. I once heard a pastor claim, every time you sin, imagine yourself holding on to the Devils hand and following him into his snare or into hell because that is what you are doing!

  • 2012-03-26T18:53:18

It is so sad to see the way this wonderful and beautiful rich country has gone.from the beginning Our forefathers came here to escape persecution becouse they were wanting to be free to worship the way that they wanted.WITHOUT government meddling. That was then and now -no separation of church and state. That paragraph was only meant to state that the government although Judeo Christian would not impose it's religious views on anyone. That we were free to believe and worship freely. That the Government would make NO laws regarding the establishment of a religion. But Along came Madeline O'hare and we started a landslide from which we have never recovered. All because of school prayer! Can you believe it? Who I ask was hurt by that time honored tradition? We continue to spiral down this tragic road to oblivion......................... Without God as the center of our lives we cannot and will not survive as a nation with the freedoms that we have for so long enjoyed, Fought and died for! Have we been a perfect country? No , but better than any other? Yes! But we have been spoiled like a rich kid so used to getting everything he wants and when we don't get it, we whine and pout! Now we are drowing in government rules and regulations , where a kid can't even sell limonade in street corners because the Health dept. ( more government ) says the children need permits ( more money for the government) Oh well I could go on and on but what is the use? It's American Idol time!

  • 2012-03-26T18:38:41

Mary Ann Clark, your paragraph could have been written 47 years ago, and it would sound exactly the same ... and be just as true for that day.

  • 2012-03-26T17:39:00

I have no problem with the majority of what he says... but Paul Harvey, in promoting right-wing prosperity theology, has unwittingly fanned the flames of America's demise. The American Christian's obsession with wealth and ambition, is mostly to blame... and these vices are promoted by right-wing partisanship.

  • 2012-03-26T15:28:17

All greatnations/ empires had one thing in common before they fell - the Greeks, the Romans, etc...The downward spiral into hedonistic, Godless decadence! This is most evidenced in the way those empires entertained themselves.... If my people, who are called my My Name.... According to the late Jerry Falwell, there are over 150 million of US in America! We know what needs to be done!

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