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Thursday, July 21 2016
1 Corinthians 6: Why Should Perverted Rights Be Called Lefts?
"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any"
Humans, beginning at the time when people became rebellious sinners, have claimed many "rights" for and by themselves. Adam and Eve declared, from their act of doing so, that it was their "right" to rebel against that Law of the LORD and just take whatever they lusted for. But that didn't change the reality that nothing is "right" if the LORD declares that it is wrong. Their self-righteous defiance did not change the warning "thou shalt surely die." They learned, the hard way, that delusions have no real power. That's what makes them delusions.
All converted people live in a world that is yet wide-open to every imaginable anti-nature and anti-moral abomination. Christians are not in any way better than anyone else; they have simply begun their time of living by what is truly "right" (see The Harvests Of Salvation and Let Both Grow Together Until The Harvest). Note carefully the backgrounds of the "saints" of Paul's time: "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
But note also that what made them "saints" is that they stopped wallowing in the carnal world's ideas of "right": "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
"6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
Even in that ancient time, Paul had the "right" to live an ungodly, perverted life, but he chose to live as a winner, not as a self-destructive fool: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."
"6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Fact Finder: What does "right" truly mean? Why should the world's perverted "rights" be called "lefts"?
This Day In History, July 21
356 BC: The original Temple of Artemis (also known as the Temple of Diana) in Ephesus, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" (it took 120 years to build it) was destroyed by arson. The idol-worshiping Temple was rebuilt and is recorded in the New Testament (see The Riot At Ephesus).
285: Diocletian appointed Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler of the Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
365: An earthquake at Crete (see Aegean Islands) caused a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea that struck Alexandria, Egypt (the city was founded and named after Alexander the Greek of Greece; see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat). It killed over 5,000 people in the city and 50,000 more in the surrounding area.
1403: Henry IV defeated rebel forces at the Battle of Shrewsbury in England.
1542: In an increasing fight against "Protestantism," Pope Paul III set up an "Inquisition" (see also Job's Inquisition).
1588: The first of 3 battles of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada (warships and thousands of European marines) that had been sent by the Papacy to invade England.
1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-1667) and ceded Dutch New Amsterdam (today known as New York City) to the English.
1711: Russia and Turkey signed the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War of 1711.
1773: Clement XIV issued his Dominus ac redemptor noster which officially dissolved the so-called "Society of Jesus" (the Jesuits).
1774: The Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 ended with the signing of the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji between Russia and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1798: The "Battle of the Pyramids" took place in Egypt (see also The Egypt Connection). The Mameluke army attempted to block Napoleon's march on Cairo but were repulsed and eventually driven into the Nile River, where many were drowned.
1831: Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg (in Germany) was elected the first king of the Belgians.
1904: The 4,607 mile / 7,468 kilometer Trans-Siberian railway was completed after 13 years of construction.
1904: Louis Rigolly of France became the first man to achieve 100 miles per hour / 161 kilometers per hour on land with a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium.
1925: The "Scopes monkey trial" ended in Dayton, Tennessee when John Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.00 for teaching "Darwin's" theory of evolution (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists) in violation of a Tennessee statute enacted earlier in the year. Scopes' conviction was later overturned.
1954: The French signed an armistice with the Viet Minh that ended their war but divided the Vietnamese people into two artificial countries - North and South Vietnam. The result was a Vietnam civil war between the north and the south that the U.S. later involved itself in after the French withdrew from the divided Vietnam that they created. When the U.S. left in the 1970s, Vietnam was reunited to its original nation.
1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin lifted off from the surface of the moon, successfully completing the first manned lunar landing (the Russians were the first to make a successful unmanned lunar landing; first, a series of intentional crash landings beginning in 1959, then a controlled landing in 1966 from which scientific instruments transmitted data and video back to Earth).
1970: Construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed after 11 years of work.
1976: Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, was assassinated by the "Irish Republican Army" terrorists.
1977: The four-day Libya-Egypt War began (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1983: Martial law was lifted in Poland. It had been imposed in December 1981 by the communist government in a crackdown against Solidarity labor union.
1983: The lowest temperature ever recorded occurred at Vostok Station, Antarctica: -89.2 degrees Celsius / -128 degrees Fahrenheit.
1998: Alan Shepherd died at age 74. Shepherd was the first U.S. astronaut in space (a Russian, Yuri Gagarin, was the first human in space, in 1961; a Russian woman, Valentina Tereshkova, was the first woman in space, in 1963, 20 years before Sally Ride of the U.S.) and the 5th man to walk on the moon.
2011: The U.S. Space Shuttle program ended with the landing of Atlantis. U.S. astronauts now depend on Russian space launches to get into orbit or to the International Space Station.
2012: Erden Eruc of Turkey, at age 54, became the first person to complete a solo, human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. Using rowboats, sea kayaks, bicycles and canoes, his route covered 66,299 kilometers / 41,196 miles in the 5 years from July 10 2007 to July 21 2012.