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Tuesday, July 26 2016
1 Corinthians 11: The Battle Of The Sexes
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it ... I speak concerning Christ and the church"
The apostle Paul is often a favorite target of today's-world feminists (female and male) because they misinterpret his greater view of women as merely the age-old "battle of the sexes" that was instigated by Satan in the Garden of Eden (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?). Satan has since even further advanced his "battle of the sexes" to include mock "marriage" between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman (that even atheists can recognize as anti-nature - it has nothing to do with "religion") - a defective psychological spirit of confusion that those suffering from will one day be joyously liberated (see The Cure For Confusion).
In reality, Paul had great respect for women, including the many women who were prominent servants of the LORD with Paul (see What Did The Apostle Paul Really Think Of Women?).
Moreover, Paul's teachings about marriage and women were based upon the ultimate view, not only as a matter of the opportunity for personal salvation for women that is identical to that of men ("3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" Galatians 3:26-29 KJV), but why the Church, the people of the LORD, who are referred to as a "woman" (see the Fact Finder question below) are subject to the authority of the LORD - because He created everyone, that has ever existed, for the purpose of their Salvation (see The Birth Of The Bride).
So why did Paul say what he did? Because Paul wasn't merely talking about anyone's temporary physical existence.
"5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
"11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
So too the observance of Passover that has been mocked and perverted in so many ways (see What Really Happened At Passover? and The Days Of Passover: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?).
"11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
Fact Finder: What does "church" actually mean? Why does the LORD refer to the Church as a "woman"?
This Day In History, July 26
811: The Battle of Pliska. Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus I was killed and his heir Stauracius was seriously wounded.
920: Muslim forces defeated the combined "Christian" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) armies of Leon and Navarre at the Battle of Valdejunquera in Spain.
1309: German King Henry (Heinrich in the actual German) VII was proclaimed "King of the Romans" (Rex Romanorum) by Pope Clement V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?). The map of the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" is shown below.
1469: The Battle of Edgecote Moor during the Wars of the Roses; the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick against Edward IV of England.
1581: The Act of Abjuration (Dutch "Akte Van Verlating"), the declaration of Dutch independence from the rule of King Philip II of Spain.
1603: James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England. It was that King James that authorized an English translation of the Scriptures, first published in 1611 and known since as the "King James (or "Authorized") Version" of the Bible.
1759: The French relinquished Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1822: The Battle of Dervenakia began; forces of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) under Mahmud Dramali Pasha verses a Greek Revolutionary force under Theodoros Kolokotronis.
1847: Liberia became the first "independent republic of Africa." It was created by the U.S. government in an effort to get all black people in the U.S., including those born in the U.S., to move to Africa.
1858: Lionel Rothschild became the first (known) Jewish member to take his seat in the British House of Commons.
1886: William Gladstone was replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England.
1891: France annexed Tahiti.
1918: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain's top war ace, Edward Mannock, was shot down by ground fire on the Western Front.
1947: U.S. President Harry Truman (the only human ever to order the detonation of nuclear weapons on another country i.e. the incineration of the civilian populations of Hiroshima, and then Nagasaki, Japan in 1945) created the Central Intelligence Agency.
1952: King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib.
1953: Communist insurgent Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada Barracks, thereby beginning the Cuban Revolution against the CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather criminal movies are based on historical reality) fascist government of the puppet/stooge dictator Fulgencio Batista. The movement took the name of that date i.e. "The 26th of July Movement."
1956: Egyptian President Nasser declared that Egypt had nationalized the Suez Canal Company, thus ending Western (i.e. U.S. and Britain) control 12 years ahead of the expiry date of the Suez concession; overnight, he became the hero of the Arab world (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1958: Prince Charles was proclaimed Prince of Wales by Queen Elizabeth.
1963: Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous ("marked by an orbit with a period of 24 hours so that a position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth") satellite, was launched.
1974: Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis formed first Greek civil government after seven years of martial law.
2005: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, of Discovery, after the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry in 2003.
2005: Mumbai, India received 99.5 centimeters of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours.