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      I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 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. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

      INTRODUCTION

      Historic Baptists, true Baptists, have believed in and still believe in closed communion. Baptists impose upon themselves the same restrictions that they impose on others concerning the Lord’s Supper. Baptists have always insisted that it is the Lord’s Table, not theirs; and He alone has the right to say who shall sit at His table. No amount of so called brotherly love, or ecumenical spirit, should cause us to invite to His table those who have not complied with the requirements laid down plainly in His inspired Word. With respect to Bible doctrines we must always use the scripture as our guide and practice. For Baptists, two of the most important doctrines are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These are the only two doctrines we recognize as Church Ordinances. The Bible is very clear in teaching how these doctrines are to be practiced and by whom.

      We only have two ordinances that we must never compromise or we risk our very existence, they are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

      The moment we deviate from the precise method God has prescribed we have started down the slippery slope of error. True Baptists have held fast to the original doctrine of The Lord’s Supper from the time of Christ and the Apostles.

      Unfortunately, in this day of what the Bible describes as the age of luke warmness, Baptists are becoming careless in regard to strictly following the pattern laid out for us in Scripture. Many of our Bible colleges are graduating otherwise sincere, Godly and dedicated pastors and teachers who have not been taught the very strict, biblical requirements that surround the Lord’s Supper. Any Bible college that neglects to teach its students the differences surrounding Closed Communion, Close Communion and Open Communion is not simply short changing its students; it is also not equipping their students to carry on sound Bible traditions. The result is men of God and churches that fall into error. And as we will see, this is serious error.

      Should we as Baptists ignore the restrictions made by our Lord and Master? NO! When we hold to the restrictions placed upon the Lord’s Supper by our Master, we are defending the "faith which was once delivered to the saints" Jude 3.

      The Lord’s Supper is rigidly restricted and I will show this in the following facts:

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

      A. I Corinthians 11:18 says, "When ye come together in the church." This does not mean the church building; they had none. In other words, when the church assembles. The supper is to be observed by the church, in church capacity. Again this does not mean the church house. Ekklesia, the Greek word for church, means assembly. "When ye come together in the church," is when the church assembles.

      B. When we say church we mean an assembly of properly baptized believers. Acts 2:41-42: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

      The church is made up of saved people who are baptized by immersion. In the Bible, belief precedes baptism. That’s the Bible way.

      Acts 8:12-13, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

      When we say properly baptized, we mean immersed. No unbeliever should take the Lord’s supper, and no non-immersed believer should take the supper. Those who are sprinkled are not baptized and cannot receive the supper. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, and it always means to immerse.

      "In every case where communion is referred to, or where it may possibly have been administered, the believers had been baptized Acts 2:42; 8:12; 8:38; 10:47; 6:14-15; 18:8; 20:7. Baptism comes before communion, just as repentance and faith precede baptism".

      C. The Lord’s Supper is for baptized believers in church capacity: "When ye come together in the church," again not a building, but the assembly of the properly baptized believers.

      D. The fact that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed in church capacity, is pointed out by the fact that it is for those who have been immersed and added to the fellowship of the church.

      E. The Lord’s Supper is never spoken of in connection with individuals. When it is referred to, it is only referred to in reference to baptized believers in local church capacity I Cor. 11:20-26).

      I want to quote Dr. W.W. Hamilton,

      "The individual administration of the ordinance has no Bible warrant and is a relic of Romanism. The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, and anything which goes beyond or comes short of this fails for want of scriptural example or command".

      “The practice of taking a little communion kit to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. is unscriptural and does not follow the scriptural example.”

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

      A. The Bible in I Cor. 11:18 is very strong in condemning divisions around the Lord’s table. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
      19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
      20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

      There were no less than four divisions in the Corinthian church.
      I Cor. 1:12: "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."

      Because of these divisions, it was impossible for them to scripturally eat the Lord’s Supper. Division in the local church is reason to hold off observing the Lord’s Supper. But there are also other reasons to forego taking the Lord’s Supper. If there is gross sin in the membership we do not take it. Here is scriptural evidence for this: 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
      8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
      10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

      B. At this point, I want to ask these questions: Are there not doctrinal divisions among the many denominations? Is it not our doctrinal differences that cause us to be separate religious bodies?

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

      A. Those in the early church at Jerusalem who partook "continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine" Acts 2:42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

      B. Those that do not hold to apostolic truth are not to partake. This means there is to be discipline in the local body. How can you discipline those who do not belong to the local body? You can’t. The clear command of scripture is to withdraw fellowship from those who are not doctrinally sound.

      II Thes 3:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
      Rom. 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
      To commune together means to have the same doctrine.
      II Thes. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
      II John 10-11: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

      C. Some Baptists in our day have watered down this doctrine by practicing what they call “Close Communion.” By this they mean that they believe that members of another Baptist church may take communion with us because they are of the same beliefs. Once again, this is unscriptural.

      The welcome to the Lord's Table should not be extended beyond the discipline of the local church. When we take the Lord’s Supper there is supposed to be no gross sin among us and no divisions among us. We have no idea of the spiritual condition of another church’s members. If there is sin or division in the case of this other church’s members, we have no way of knowing it. We cannot discipline them because they are not members of our church. This is why we practice “Closed” communion, meaning it is restricted solely to our church membership. 
      So then, in closing I would like to reiterate the three different ideas concerning the Lord’s Supper and who is to take it. 
      Closed Communion = Only members of a single local church. 
      Close Communion = Members of like faith and order may partake. 
      Open Communion = If you claim to be a Christian, or simply attending the service, you may partake. 
      It is no small thing to attempt to change that which was implemented by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
      Mt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
      Many of our Baptist churches have a real need to consider the gravity of the act of observing The Lord’s Supper. It is not a light thing that is to be taken casually or without regard to the spiritual condition of ourselves or our church.
      1Co. 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

       28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

       29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

       30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

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Ok now I know Jesus is over every principality and power.  We obviously don't have a King.  So is how does this work with the United States.  Given that we are one of the greatest powers on the earth?  Does having a constitutional government take us out of the equation.  I would be interested in the answers.  

Proverbs 21:1  The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

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Ok now I know Jesus is over every principality and power.  We obviously don't have a King.  So is how does this work with the United States.  Given that we are one of the greatest powers on the earth?  Does having a constitutional government take us out of the equation.  I would be interested in the answers.  

Proverbs 21:1  The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

There is a constitution hanging somewhere in a museum in Washington D.C. but it has nothing to do with today's government in the U.S..  What exactly God is doing in His workings in the politicians hearts in our legislatures and courts I do not pretend to know (although I do know what the final outcome will be . . . . His glory).  The world seems to be in a ever faster downward spiral today and the U.S. of A. is not outside that spiral.  America started spiraling downward when newspaper editor John O'Sullivan coined the term Manifest Destiny in 1845 and the PTB decided to make America into an empire that spanned the North American continent.  America as the Exceptional Nation has over the years fought war after war to expand it's influence around the world led in the background by the PTB.  

The constitution of the United States calls for certain officers, a congress and courts to run this nation.  These officers, the congress and the courts appear to uninformed torun this nation but who runs them?  Who pays for the multi-million dollar reelection campaigns to keep them in office until they retire in their old age.

The U.S. is not to have a king, but if Christians chose to look at him as a king so be it.  As far as God turning the heart of Obama and the rest of our kings in any direction He desires (and I have no doubt that He does) it is for His purposes He does so.  Every things He does is for the good of those who love Him and serve Him, but that does not mean that everything He does is for their immediate comfort or to placate their desires of the moment.  God raises kings up and He puts kings down and the same goes for presidents.  He raises up nations and empires and He puts them down.  

It is my contention that (though it is just my wildly insane guess) He is at this time in history of putting the United States of America down.  And why would that be?  Because it has gotten to big for it's britches.  The nation and it rulers (and that is what they are when there is no longer a observed constitution) have turned their backs on God.

Though this may not sound to patriotic, it is what I observe going on today as unpleasant as it may be.

 

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Ok now I know Jesus is over every principality and power.  We obviously don't have a King.  So is how does this work with the United States.  Given that we are one of the greatest powers on the earth?  Does having a constitutional government take us out of the equation.  I would be interested in the answers.  

Proverbs 21:1  The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

This question comes up quite a lot on here, actually, and there are folk who maintain that because the President is a public servant and the public are 'king', verses about kings and authorities, including ones like Matt 22:21, don't apply to the US. I tend to think that although there are a plethora of mechanisms by which heads of states gain authority, they are still equivalent to kings. Otherwise the Bible would have to list every style of head of state throughout history in order to give the truth. I'm sure the Chinese don't liken their Chairman or General Secretary, or whatever the title now is, to a 'king' either.

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. As far as God turning the heart of Obama and the rest of our kings in any direction He desires (and I have no doubt that He does) it is for His purposes He does so.  Every things He does is for the good of those who love Him and serve Him, but that does not mean that everything He does is for their immediate comfort or to placate their desires of the moment.  God raises kings up and He puts kings down and the same goes for presidents.  He raises up nations and empires and He puts them down.  

 

Honestly Pilgrim    That's kind of along the lines I was thinking.  Sometimes you have to wonder how all of this is going.  Your comment is interesting and contains a lot of things.  Your comment is interesting too Alimantado.  The difference in my mind anyway.  Would be the President is commander and chief of 4 armies. One good thing in this country is your free to say whatever you want.  I hope that never goes away.  Thank you for the input.  

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Honestly Pilgrim    That's kind of along the lines I was thinking.  Sometimes you have to wonder how all of this is going.  Your comment is interesting and contains a lot of things.  Your comment is interesting too Alimantado.  The difference in my mind anyway.  Would be the President is commander and chief of 4 armies. One good thing in this country is your free to say whatever you want.  I hope that never goes away.  Thank you for the input.  

Since the Constitution is no longer in force in this country due to the actions of the three branches of government, Freedom of Speech as given in the Constitution does not really apply.  You have freedom of speech as long as they think no one is listening to you.  Take for instance a teachers or a professor in a college who says something that does not fit the point of view of the academic agenda of the school can he speak out and keep his position?  

A government or corporate employee is free to say what he thinks as long as he speaks where no one will hear his speech.  For instance whistleblowers cannot speak without being persecuted by the IRS or prosecuted by the Justice Department.  

You are allowed to demonstrate in front of a government building as long as you apply and pay for a permit to do so. . . . and you can be refused the permit. 

I can say about anything I want because I am just a Fundamentalist Christian Nut Job and Conspiracy Theorist also.  I can be marginalized and and once marginalized I am just as good a silenced . . . . no one listens to a Nut Job.

No we don't really have freedom of speech.

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Since the Constitution is no longer in force in this country due to the actions of the three branches of government, Freedom of Speech as given in the Constitution does not really apply.  You have freedom of speech as long as they think no one is listening to you.  Take for instance a teachers or a professor in a college who says something that does not fit the point of view of the academic agenda of the school can he speak out and keep his position?  

A government or corporate employee is free to say what he thinks as long as he speaks where no one will hear his speech.  For instance whistleblowers cannot speak without being persecuted by the IRS or prosecuted by the Justice Department.  

You are allowed to demonstrate in front of a government building as long as you apply and pay for a permit to do so. . . . and you can be refused the permit. 

I can say about anything I want because I am just a Fundamentalist Christian Nut Job and Conspiracy Theorist also.  I can be marginalized and and once marginalized I am just as good a silenced . . . . no one listens to a Nut Job.

No we don't really have freedom of speech.

You can say anything that you like about homosexuals as long as you don't say it is wrong or a perversion.

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Have to disagree a little not a lot.  I can go anywhere anyplace on public property and preach the gospel.  In fact if people don't like what I have to say.  The courts have ruled that there is no veto power over free speech.  Another words say I'm protesting abortion or a porno palace.  I can stand on the public sidewalk right in front of that place.  Say whatever I want.  No matter who dosen't like that.  They have no veto power over what I say.  Not even with the police.  On an employers time I understand.  He's paying.  I don't need a permit because I'm not having a gathering of so many people or a parade.   That may be true about govt. buildings.  Also how far from a public official you have to be.  I guess that rule has changed in some places.  I would guess in the current crisis that would be more of a safety concern.  The public interest.  You don't want to disrupt government.  

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You can say anything that you like about homosexuals as long as you don't say it is wrong or a perversion.

lol.  I detect a little sarcasm.  Wrong or perversion is street preacher lite lol.   I've heard them say stuff that would curl a sailor on leaves hair.  I don't do it.  I'm not going anywhere to get in a fight.  I just want to get the gospel to people.  Time is short.  It's what really matters.

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Have to disagree a little not a lot.  I can go anywhere anyplace on public property and preach the gospel.  In fact if people don't like what I have to say.  The courts have ruled that there is no veto power over free speech.  Another words say I'm protesting abortion or a porno palace.  I can stand on the public sidewalk right in front of that place.  Say whatever I want.  No matter who dosen't like that.  They have no veto power over what I say.  Not even with the police.  On an employers time I understand.  He's paying.  I don't need a permit because I'm not having a gathering of so many people or a parade.   That may be true about govt. buildings.  Also how far from a public official you have to be.  I guess that rule has changed in some places.  I would guess in the current crisis that would be more of a safety concern.  The public interest.  You don't want to disrupt government.  

Do we have free speech if we are prevented from making sure elected officials, those who are supposed to be representing our interests, hear our statements?

Police routinely prevent people from having free speech in certain areas using both legal and illegal means to do so.

There are many words and viewpoints which are today considered unacceptable and if one attempts to speak such they will be shouted down, beaten, arrested, figuratively tarred and feathered as intolerant (a great evil today) or as a bigot, racist, homophobe, radical fundamentalist (a great evil), and worse.

College campus' in America are notorious for restricting free speech as is the media.

Even traditional liberals decry and denounce today's overly politically correct liberals who do all they can to prevent free speech they disagree with.

The constitutional right to free speech and public assembly were specifically put in place to give the people the right and ability to confront those in power so their views, opinions, opposition or support could be clearly heard and seen. The idea of "free speech zones", which the government uses under differing names, is unconstitutional.

The Obama Administration used the IRS to target those speaking against Obama. They also put pressure on the media to not report certain matters and to put forth Obama's preferred spin on other matters. Neither of these is free speech.

Check online and there are many incidences of street preachers, Christians passing out tracts or simply sharing the Gospel, being forced out of public parks, public events, off public sidewalks, out of public parking lots, etc.

Free speech has been restricted and is in the process of being further restricted.

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I know I am not allowed to pass out gospel tracts on Campus, and this is a state owned college not private.  They are trying to pass a law also that will prohibit anyone from knocking on someone's door without express permission unless you are emergency or utilities personnel.  Needless to say that will kill our door knocking to spread the gospel.

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I know of some areas which have extended their "No Solicitors" ordinances to include those spreading their religion (which covers Christians, Mormons, JWs, etc.).

More and more fundamental Christianity is becoming viewed as hateful based upon it's "intolerance" of other religions, homosexuals, etc. The more laws passed, and even unlawful attempts to silence Christians by the governmental powers, along with the maligning of fundamental Christians throughout the media, the more people in general are coming to hold negative, even intolerant (!) views of fundamental Christians. This, of course, plays right into the hands of those working to confine us to the insides of our churches...for now...until the day comes they feel free to round us up in our churches and lock us away in the name of safety, security and peace.

Even on Fox News this past week I heard fundamentalist Christians lumped together with fundamentalist Muslims and white supremacy groups.

Yep, we are being set up for a knock down.

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lol.  I just came back from handing out tracts and got told to leave state property.  They caught me coming around the corner on the sidewalk and told me again. (I guess that's state property too.)  There was a festival in the park.  Which is a state park.   Thats ok I got most of what I had to get done there anyway.  I didn't mind.  There are safety reasons for those laws.  I guess.  You don't want to disrupt government also.  Why you can't hand out tracts in a state park.  I don't know the reasons.  Just about any other place I go they don't bother me.  I could simply put away the tracts i guess and witness.  

 

I'll give you an example of just how much free speech we have. These folks preaching are a little arminian.  That doesn't bother me entirely.  Their young.  Kind of a dramatic statement below too.  

 

Street Preachers Clash With Authorities at Street Festival | Jesse Morrell Open-Air  

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Praise God for men like him! The guy confronting him a committed Christian? Any true Christian would not object to the preaching of God's word! I'm glad that guy knows how to respond calmly. I also liked that someone else took over the preaching while the one was being asked to leave, he didn't interrupt the preaching! Hopefully, he's not associated with Westboro, because they are so vocal, people tend to automatically associate anyone preaching in public as associated to them. 

Do you know if he was able to continue? and not forced to leave? 

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Of course he wasn't asked to leave.  The police were standing right there towards the end and weren't saying anything.  If your on a public sidewalk anywhere or public property.  No one can do anything.  It's free speech the only exception is near govt. officials in some cases.   For safety and continuation of gov't I would imagine.   There are a few place exceptions like govt.  property.  Same reasoning I would guess.  Jesse is a young guy as far as I know not affiliated with Westboro in any way.  Police can't do anything in the instances I mentioned.  Some of the govt. properties need permitting also I would imagine.  We are permitted for the local train station for instance.  The US has free speech.  It's in the constitution.  

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Denying free speech isn't a matter of safety, it's a matter of silencing people. Having and exercising free speech isn't a matter of disrupting the government either. Would the government shut down and chaos take hold if you were allowed to continue passing out tracts or stood on the edge of the sidewalk sharing the Gospel? No.

There are many things in the Constitution which have been illegally (unconstitutionally) ignored, regulated, restricted and legislated against. Aspects of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 9th and 10th amendments (the Bill of Rights) have been illegally curtailed by the federal government. As have several others.

As the apostles Peter and John declared in Scripture, when men (government, religious leaders, others) declare obeying God is forbidden we are called to obey God rather than men. After being told they were not allowed to preach Christ, they preached Christ anyway in accord with the Great Commission. They, and others, were punished for doing so and they gladly accepted the punishment and then continued to preach Christ.

No human law is valid when it stands in direct opposition to a clear command of God.

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I guess that's what a lot of my friends, fellow street evangelists say John 81.  I don't get upset there are really very few places I can't go and tract and have an outreach.  Like you can't go on private property like oh Wal-mart or Target without permission.  So I stay off this is a big town.  i have plenty of ground to cover. lol

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This question comes up quite a lot on here, actually, and there are folk who maintain that because the President is a public servant and the public are 'king', verses about kings and authorities, including ones like Matt 22:21, don't apply to the US. I tend to think that although there are a plethora of mechanisms by which heads of states gain authority, they are still equivalent to kings. Otherwise the Bible would have to list every style of head of state throughout history in order to give the truth. I'm sure the Chinese don't liken their Chairman or General Secretary, or whatever the title now is, to a 'king' either.

I use the "king" argument sometimes in defending the King James Bible as the word of God.  It's obvious looking at history how God used King James to authorize the translation of His word for the English speaking world.  God's word is authorized by Himself, and all of the evil kings in the world are in power by God's permission.  Because of this fact, I avoid accusations against King James' moral character and simply say I think they are false accusations and unimportant even if they are true because God's word is authorize by God and speaks for Him in spite of the faults of mankind.

And yes, I agree, the US President is a king established by God, and his heart is in the hands of the Lord to be turned like a river whichever way God chooses.   God turned King James' heart to authorized the translation of His word into English....

 

off topic from the OP......but I'll try to get back to the OP by saying part of the atheistic delusion is believing God's word is invalid.

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I think the grand delusion is for a person to believe that they have the right to exist outside of the fire of Hell.  This is the delusion that Satan wants to keep people in until they are in Hell and no longer have any hope of being saved and can no longer be used by God as bad examples like Pharaoh was.   All of the governmental conspiracies of this world are distractions away from the gospel and the fact that most of the world is on thin ice melting over the fire of Hell.  UFO's, 9/11, Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Free Masonry, Atheism....all delusions and conspiracies designed as doctrines of demons to keep people away from the light of the gospel.   Christians get sidetracked too much on these things sometimes, forgetting to focus on the gospel while trying to prove the truth behind sideline conspiracies.  When the Anti-Christ rules the world, he will unite all of the conspiracies in some crude way....and a lot of people will lose their heads for believing the gospel.

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I think the grand delusion is for a person to believe that they have the right to exist outside of the fire of Hell.  This is the delusion that Satan wants to keep people in until they are in Hell and no longer have any hope of being saved and can no longer be used by God as bad examples like Pharaoh was.   All of the governmental conspiracies of this world are distractions away from the gospel and the fact that most of the world is on thin ice melting over the fire of Hell.  UFO's, 9/11, Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Free Masonry, Atheism....all delusions and conspiracies designed as doctrines of demons to keep people away from the light of the gospel.   Christians get sidetracked too much on these things sometimes, forgetting to focus on the gospel while trying to prove the truth behind sideline conspiracies.  When the Anti-Christ rules the world, he will unite all of the conspiracies in some crude way....and a lot of people will lose their heads for believing the gospel.

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18

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Another thing that makes an atheist delusional and potentially dangerous in some cases is something very, very serious.  A person having their own moral code. This is a serious very serious matter in my opinion.  I'm not trying to be insulting I don't insult people or try not to.   I maintain a certain amount of respect for everyone.  Though I am no respecter of persons.  

Having your own moral code or even worse not having a moral code.  Another words there is no right or wrong.  Many atheists believe the premise there is no right or wrong.  We are only animals just like the rest of the animals on the planet.  They have sex, kill when they do kill no one puts them in jail.  They kill for food.  Do what they want and atheist would call that evolution adding religion to the moral code.  Another words strip religion out along with that goes the 10 commandments I would assume.  Also the one that says thou shalt not kill also which is part of the bedrock of every court system on earth.  The Bible says that those commandments are foundational set in place for the entire earth and for all people whether they know them or not.  I could go into the thousands of reasons atheism attributes having laws like not stealing and killing.  Laws that make for court systems and governments.  That are very clearly laid out in the Bible as keeping order in society in a time of grace.  I won't write all of that down.  I won't even attempt to shore up an atheists conscience with the thoughts they should have as if they were a saved person.  It would take all day probably all week.  The natural mind does not understand the things of God.  I don't waste time or try not to. 

No moral code could mean you either have none or one or two things and anything goes.  That is very dangerous.  That could lead to psychopathic behavior. Sex fiend, rapist, murderer, thief, robber etc.  Another words they still have the law.  But have totally disregarded that in their conscience.  They have written it off. The excuse.  They believe that God doesn't exist.  We could point fingers all day long.  However lets say a Catholic priest who cited in the news.  Is a child molester.  He knows that is wrong.  His conscience possibly torturing him that it is wrong.  An atheist molester in this example might think anything goes.  Has no foundation other than he could get caught and go to prison.  The bedrock of his thinking says hey were all animals.  Animals have sex whenever they want. Whats wrong with that?  Even worse is the psychopathic killer.  That says hey animals kill all the time no one bothers them.  

See the only thing holding them in place is the law, government and punishment.  Where they think the law, government and punishment come from because its virtually the same all over the earth is beyond me.  I guess everyone had a big conference at one point in time.  Decided all of this and that's how it is today. So I assume they would think law, government and punishment derived from religion in some way.  All religion seems to suck that one up and use it to demonstrate how good their religion is and proof that God exists be it muslim, jehovah's witness etc.  The law, courts, crime and punishment.   Its proof God exists once again.  Delusional thoughts once again that somehow law, crime and punishment magically through evolution came about all over the earth.  I have never really heard them attempt that one as they have not figured that one out.  

So bottom line here is.  I would like to see interviews with possible incentives for people who have murdered on death row.  I believe what your going to find are people that have no belief in God.  No conscience. A denial of God.  Only psychopathic thoughts the unreformed, unrepentant have that could lead to more killing.  That's why they are locked up.

 

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