Ravi Mcarthur Tom Gillieron Reverberations Series X Part 2

Everybody came. Posted by tmunki at PM No comments:. Do you know that? I'll tell you what the Bible does say. They just live together, 'cause they don't have to make a commitment, and you can turn your back and walk away from it. When I was yet in the womb and unformed, You knew what I would be when I was formed.

You say, "Ohhhhh, that's profound, MacArthur. I came all the way down here to hear that? What do you mean by that? That comes into play, don't you think? Maybe your husband says, "Honey, go to work. I know none of you in this audience would include yourself in that category, so lemme change the word a little bit The mature women The mature women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not lingering long beside their wine, teachers of good things, that they may teach the young women to be sober minded Know your priorities.

That's what it means What is a wife to do? One, submit to her husband. Here it says she is to know the priorities, love the husband, love the children, take care of the house.

Do you have time to love your husband? I mean do you have time to give yourself totally to your husband? To pour out your affection, to pour out your love on him? That's important. Do you have time to pour out your life into your children, to love your children, to invest your life in your children? Do you have time to keep your house Now, all of that's good. If you work, are you able to be chaste, pure, godly, so forth.

All those priorities have to come into account. Now, the priorities then: submit and love your husband, take care of your husband. You know, let your relationship just lavish love on him. Time to invest in loving your children. Time to invest in keeping your home for the sake of the family's happiness, and so that others might come in and enjoy the hospitality you provide.

Now, you say, "Well, John, you just gave There may be opportunity, even within that framework, for you to work. A lotta good things about this gal. Gets up before daybreak and makes breakfast.

Lotta wonderful, wonderful traits But she's real enterprising. She has her own business kind of. This is so good. Verse 19, well, no, let's go back a little bit. We gotta cover more there. Verse 16, "She considers a field and buys it. You know, for so many years, she's been saving and saving that she's got enough to go out and buy a field. That's an enterprising lady. She's a wonderful woman.

She takes care of her husband. She does him good all her days. She's just a fantastic, verse 14, "She's like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

She works with energy and force. She perceives that her merchandise is good; her lamp goes not out by night. She works Listen, this is the Word of God Now, verse 19 tells us what she does. Flax tied to the staff, and she spins to make thread.

For what reason? To give them away. She got a field, though, to make a little profit; but she made some things to give to the poor. She isn't afraid of the snow for her household; all her household are clothed with scarlet. Here's a woman who is able to care for the family, to At the same time, she's enterprising; but, notice, she is enterprising really for two areas. And so I submit to you that a woman should work only when she can still lavish love on her husband and her children, keep her home, and that her work has to do with necessity, never luxury.

Necessity, never luxury. Another question. Can Christians live together in one house in a communal situation? Well, lemme answer that this way. Now, at the same time, they live in family proximity in Judaism, so that the families were all in the same area, and that's great.

There was hospitality when a stranger was in town or a pilgrim was in town. They were kept in the home; but we don't know of any specific occasion anywhere in the New Testament where communal living existed. That is, where several families shared all of the same facility. I think there's a genius in that beautiful independence that God has designed for marriage; and to construct that union, at the same time, we should live with open homes, open hospitality, and open proximity.

There's no Biblical precedent for a permanent communal living situation. What is the Christian view of abortion and birth control? That is a very important question, particularly, I think, in the day in which we live when there is being a tremendous amount said on the subject.

There is very definitely a scriptural view of abortion. Just to give you a simple definition, "Abortion is When this occurs spontaneously, it is called miscarriage. It is the expulsion of a fetus.

If the pill doesn't work, we get an abortion. Therapeutic abortion, as it is called, is granted today on three bases. One, when the continuation of the pregnancy may threaten the life of the woman or seriously impair her health. Two, when pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest. Three, when continuation is likely to result in the birth of a child with grave physical deformities or mental retardation.

Now, in these cases, we have what we know as therapeutic abortion. For the most part today, however, you can get an abortion for any whim or any reason that you want it. There are clinics that just constantly offer that service. To find out what the Bible instructs about abortion is, I think, a very simple thing. Lemme give you some incidents from the early church, because it's important for us to know what the early church thought.

In the teachings of the twelve apostles, which is, incidentally, one of the earliest historical writings that we have after the years of the church, it says this, the early church.

Quote, "Thou shalt not slay a child by abortion, nor what is begotten shalt thou destroy. Tertullian, who was one of the early church fathers said, quote, "To hinder a birth is merely a speedier way of killing, nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born or destroy one that is coming to birth. That is, a man which is going to be one, you have the fruit already in the seed.

Now the reason we quote these extra-Biblical sources is because the Bible does not say anything about abortion, particularly, but it does say, "Thou shalt not kill. Now, there are two interpretations. That mischief means the death or the injury of the mother Now, if the unborn child dies, according to verse 23, if that's what mischief is, then you shall give what? Life for life; and therein does God regard that life, that fetal life as real life, as actual life, and required, if that is indeed the meaning of the term mischief, the life that took that life.

Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret, and intricately wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unformed; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

When I was yet in the womb and unformed, You knew what I would be when I was formed. How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake I am still with Thee. And here we find God active in forming the fetus, God active in the actual life of that child before it is born; and I think this is sufficient evidence to indicate that the fetal life is, indeed, considered by God to be actual life; and God certainly is the One who created that life.

If God wanted the cessation of that life, God could take care of it. The natural process of miscarriage is God's way of aborting that which God does not desire to be born; and I don't believe that, even in the cases of therapeutic abortion, there is any justification for such abortion. I think it has to do with the providence of God and the care of God, and God bringing about that which He desires. He will effect what He will effect. Now, in the case of birth control, just to add to that, I don't think there's anything in the Scripture to limit birth control.

Certainly, by abortion, yes, but by other means, I don't think the Scripture qualifies anything against birth control. I don't think the argument of population explosion, you know, we read that somewhere in the world there's a woman having a baby every fourth of a second.

Of course, I think we oughta find her and stop her; but I don't really think that that is any reason to defend birth control. I think birth control, the Lord has left up to every individual husband and wife for their own determination for what is the will of God for their and what they are desirous of doing. The Scripture is silent on that issue; and I think it is wisdom that does allow for some birth control in some certain cases, obviously.

All right, now here's another interesting question. I hope some of these are interesting. They're interesting to me. This one is interesting, very interesting. Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament? Now, first of all, I want you to know that what God allows and what God wills are two different things. You understand that? You think God wills that any should perish?

Does He allow some to go to hell? Do you think God wills that you sin? Does He give you the freedom to do that? God does not will polygamy. That's multiple marriage. Bigamy on to polygamy. Bigamy would be two Polygamy would be ad infinitum. When God made the first family, people, how many were in it? That's a She shall be called woman.

The Greek word is goonay. I don't understand that. But, anyway From the very beginning, folks, that was God's plan. You say, "Well, how did polygamy get started? One of the sons of Cain, the Cainite family, dwelled in the land of Nod in the east of Eden. Cain produced some family, and one of them was Lamech.

Lamech was unbelievable. He was the first Verse 23, "Lamech said unto his wives, 'Adah and Zillah That's his two wives, Adah and Zillah He said unto his two wives, Adah and Zillah," and so forth. This is the first occasion of polygamy in the Bible, and it is in Monogamous marriage was always God's will; but, listen, in the Old Testament, because of cultures, God allowed a certain developing process.

Missionaries today face the same thing. There are many occasions when a missionary has gone to a certain tribal people and found that they engaged in polygamy. Well, you don't just go in there and here is a situation where a man, and he's got three wives, and they have children, and in their culture, it's established as a family unit. The women are dependent upon him. They can't be thrown out. What are you gonna say? The rest out. So even in modern missions, there has had to be a certain period of time in toleration until the culture can work out of its system those kinds of things; and the way to approach it is to begin with the new and the young and give them direction, and let the old phase itself out.

In a similar way, once this thing got started in the cultures of the Old Testament period, God had to allow for it to work out as the That doesn't mean that's God's will. I'll tell you something else. In the early days of the Bible, remember, that families were huge, and they had their roots back, and That word means they're related by blood.

Families were so big that people were also marrying relatives, but they had to at the start. Did you know that Jacob married Leah and Rachel, and they were his first cousins? Do you know that?

That's right, first cousins. You say, "That's not right. But it had to work its way out, because during the patriarchal periods, there were huge groups of families living together; and that had to come in time. So God patiently allowed for it to work out; but I believe all polygamy and bigamy was sin; but allowed a certain time of ignorance, as the Book of Acts says, for the working out of some of those cultural things.

Now, lemme give you a If a man has two wives, one beloved, another hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated, and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated, then it shall be, when he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn.

Wife No. Both have sons, you're prone to give the inheritance to the second wife, to her son, even though he's not the firstborn, because you like that second wife better. People say, "Well, here is God allowing bigamy. The point here is simply this.

Here is a man who has two wives in his lifetime. The assumption is one has died, one is alive. He may not give the inheritance to the second, though she is his beloved; and maybe he's long forgotten the first, but his inheritance must go to the first. It's a situation here, and if you study carefully through the text and through the verb forms that are used here, you will see that that is supported by the text. The word "had" is there. The word "was hated," past tense relative to that wife who has died.

And I'll tell ya, those who engaged in it suffered. Look at Solomon. He had so many wives and so many concubines, and all of his political marriages trying to His life was a disaster, and the kingdom of Israel was torn and split. Believe me, God wanted monogamy. Look at His illustration in Hosea. He's a faithful husband. Israel's an unfaithful wife. That's been God's pattern all the way, one husband, one wife.

No polygamy was ever good. Lemme give what I think to be the most confusing relationship about this in the Old Testament. You remember Jacob? Poor Jacob really got conned. He was looking for a wife. He probably was in too much of a hurry to start with. He looked, a behold, a well in the field, and there were three flocks of sheep by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks Jacob's well There were all flocks gathered.

They rolled the stone from the well's mouth, watered the sheep, put the stone again. Jacob said unto them, 'My brethren, where are you from?

Water ye the sheep, and go and feed them. Then we water the sheep. Now, it seems to me that he was trying to get rid of everybody. Came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother And Jacob kissed Rachel.

Why, that's, you don't start like that. That comes later. Wow, Jacob, are you ever forward. What kind of an act is that? To add to that, "He lifted up his voice and wept. Well, what it was, was he was greeting his long-lost cousin, see. Oh, that's interesting. Verse 13, "It came to pass when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and they embraced and kissed, and brought him to the house," and so forth, so And verse I mean, I can't have you around here for a month working for nothing.

What would you like? The name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was weak-eyed. Could be cross-eyed, which may be the best translation. I mean if all you've got going is the Anyway, so Leah, Leah had a basic problem. You're better than anybody I've met so far.

Stick around. Seven years went by. He loved her so much. You know, we make a beautiful story out of this; and it really is. It's a great emotional love story. And he just Came to pass in the evening, he took Leah his daughter and brought her to him; and he went in unto her. And verse 25, "It came to pass in the morning What a shock In the morning, behold, it was Leah.

I served you for Rachel. You beguiled me. It's a custom. It's a rule we have here, sorry. Now he says in verse 27, "Work another seven years, and I'll give you Rachel. I believe I believe that Jacob sinned. In my own heart, I believe he sinned in marrying Rachel. I believe God Now, think about that. When somebody comes to me and says, "I'm leaving my wife because I don't like her," that means nothing to me. Through Judah came whom? Jesus Christ the Messiah. It isn't always necessary to be emotionally involved with the one you're married.

You know, only in our culture do we function like that, in Western culture So Jacob resented Leah, made her feel unloved; but, boy, she had the children. She had the children. She was never loved, and she knew it. Verse 14, "Rueben went the days of wheat harvest. He wanted his father to love his mother, so he got some mandrakes.

You know, what does it say in the New American? Love apples, does it say that? That's what they are. They believed it was some kind of a love potion, see, and so old Rueben was gonna help his mother try to, you know, get her a place in his father's love; and so he got some love apples and brought 'em to his mother. In her mind, Leah says, "You took my husband. I think how I think that's how God looked at it. I think Leah walked with God, "'And would you also take away my love apple?

Wouldn't you even let me go in unto him? Would you even let me sleep with him? It's not enough you've taken my love. Would you not allow me to be attractive? Because of all the trouble he went through, it's okay tonight. See, she She conceived again and the sixth son. In verse 21, she had a daughter named Dinah. And then finally, "God remembered even Rachel, and she conceived and bore a son and called his name It wasn't really Rachel's problem.

It was Jacob's problem. Now, all of that just to say this. Do I believe God allows polygamy? Yes, I believe He allows it. Do I believe God wants it?

No, in Old Testament times, he only allowed it. Today, there's no reason for it. Our culture doesn't acknowledge it. It is a It is a crime, and I think that's based upon an ethic that's found in the Bible. All right, that's kind of an interesting answer I think to that question.

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From the beginning, God didn't want it that way. From the beginning, it was not so. In the beginning, God designed that a man and a woman should leave their parents and cleave to one another. They two should be come one flesh, and that's the way it oughta be for good.

But because of the hardness of hearts, according to what Jesus said, God had permitted a bill of divorcement, and under certain circumstances this could happen. In Isaiah chapter 50 verse 1, God recognized a bill of divorcement. So it was a bona fide act of God; and it was done because of the hardness of hearts. From this his pseudonym "Dominion" was born and his first track soon found a home on Whoop Records.

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Well, the Bible says so much about that, and I've said it all in the past. Recently, a new article came out I thought was very, very interesting. It was in Christianity Today , and I thought I'd give you some thoughts from it that were very helpful. Written by Robert Stein.

It says this, among other things. Yes, it was different from the wine of today. How could they keep it from being fermented? But it was different from today. When wine was to be used, it was poured from the amphorae into large bowls called craters, where it was mixed with water From the craters, cups or kiliks were then filled. What is important for us to note is that, before wine was ever drunk, it was mixed with water. The kiliks were filled, not from the amphorae, but from the craters.

The ratio of water to wine varied. Homer mentions a ratio of 20 to 1, 20 parts water to 1 part wine. In ancient works, Athanasius, the learned banquet written to AD , we find in book 10 a collection of statements from earlier writers about drinking practices, a quotation from a play by Aristophanes reads, 'Here, drink this also, mingled three and two. So here again is an indication of history that it was always mixed. There are mentions of everything from 2 to 1 to 20 to 1.

Now, sometimes in history, the ratio of mixing water to wine goes down to 1 to 1, and when it does, it is not called wine, but it is called strong drink. This is important. Drinking wine unmixed, on the other hand, was looked upon as a Scythian or barbarian custom. Athanasius, in his work, quotes Manessius of Athens, and this is what he said. But for those who use it without measure, the reverse, for it gives food to them that take it in strength in mind and body.

In medicine, it is beneficial. It can be mixed with liquid and drugs and bring aid to the wounded. In daily life, to those who mix and drink it moderately, it gives good cheer. But if you overstep the bounds, it brings violent. Mix it half and half, and you get madness. Unmixed, body collapse. From these incidents in history, it is evident that wine was seen in ancient times as a medicine or a solvent for medicines, and, of course, as a beverage. Yet, as a beverage, it was always thought of as a mixed drink.

Plutarch says, "We call a mixture wine, although the larger of the components is water. The term wine or oinos in the ancient world then did not mean wine as we understand it today, but wine mixed with water. And, in fact, when it was unmixed, they used the term aquatesteron which meant unmixed wine.

Barbarians drank that. People who wanted to play around with the edges drank 1 to 1, but people who had sense of propriety always drank it mixed. Even the Bible makes the distinction, "And the Lord spoke to Aaron saying, 'Drink no wine nor strong drink To say, "Because they drank wine in Bible times, I am free to drink it today," is to miss the point.

They drank it diluted, because it purified the water. In fact, in the early church, an interesting note, unmixed wine was found unacceptable. Always, it had to be mixed with water. I think that's interesting. To consume the amount of alcohol, listen, that is in two martinis, by drinking wine containing three parts water to one part wine, you would have to drink 22 glasses.

In other words, it is possible to become intoxicated from wine mixed with three parts of water, but one's drinking would probably affect the bladder long before it affected the mind That's pretty clear, isn't it? People, what it means is this. Nobody drank strong drink unless they were considered a barbarian.

That just adds to the things we've already said in the past about it. I hope that's helpful. Okay, another question. Now this one is What is Christian freedom? Now, that is a really important question. What is Christian freedom; and I think there were a couple people who asked this. First of all, lemme You'd have to go to verse 30 to begin with. He said Alethos , truly And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you Now notice, first of all, that freedom is a result of truth.

You take a guy, and this is the way I've usually illustrated this. You take a guy who He's gotta get his problem done, so he starts about , and he keeps this problem going, and he's got a buncha X's and Y's and all this kinda stuff, and he's trying to put the whole thing together; and he struggles and he struggles and he struggles.

You know what happens? The guy is a slave to his problem, isn't he? And let's say he comes to the conclusion, and he gets an answer, and he goes back and checks his answer, and it's wrong. He's still a slave. About in the morning, he gets an answer, and he goes and checks it about five ways, and it's right. He's free, right? He's only free when he discovered the truth, that's all. You see, freedom is the result of knowing the truth. There is no freedom apart from knowing the truth, because the search goes on.

A man is never liberated from the dilemma until he arrives at the solution. So Jesus said to the Jews, "You guys are still fuddling around with the problem. If you would listen to Me, you would know the truth, and the truth would set you free from the tremendous problems you have imposed on yourself by your legalism. And they, of course, they said, "We are Abraham's seed, and we're never in bondage to any man. How sayest Thou, 'You shall be made free'?

Why we've never been slaves to anybody. Oh, really? Oh, have you forgotten that you were slaves to Egypt, slaves to the Babylonians, slaves to the Greeks, slaves now, currently, to the Romans? And then Jesus said, "Worst of all When the solution to sin comes, sin's power is broken. Sin is forgiven. You're free. The problem is solved. Isn't that I mean if you stop and think about it, what is the greatest thing to know about as a Christian? It is to know that you're free from the consequences of what?

So, first of all, Christian freedom has to do with finding the truth in Jesus Christ and being liberated; but taking it a step further than that, how far does our freedom go as Christians? There's a lot in the New Testament about Christian liberty, and about what Christians are free to do. You know, some people have taken this idea of freedom and just gone crazy with it. The Lord's forgiven me in the past. He'll forgive me again. That says, one, he doesn't understand freedom.

Two, he doesn't really love the Lord, 'cause if he loved the Lord, he couldn't tread on His love like that. You see, if you love somebody, you don't stomp their grace, do you? So, you see, what is the boundaries of Christian liberty? Are we free? Listen, 1 Corinthians says, "All things are lawful.

You say, "Where is it? That's my life verse. I gotta find that one, too. I'm not gonna tell ya. Chapter 6, but "'All things are lawful,' but all things aren't expedient.

Just how free are we? Well, I want you to know something exiting. In what sense? Are you saying that, as a Christian, I never sin? Is that true? Some people say, "Well, as Christians, Romans says we're free from the law. We have been made free from sin. That means that sin doesn't bother us anymore. Sin doesn't both Being free from sin doesn't mean you're free from the actuality of it.

It means you're free from the penalty of it. You're free from the wages of it. Because you died with Christ. How many times can a person die? I was crucified with Him, nevertheless I live. I died in Jesus Christ on the cross. It's your tough luck, I also rose from the dead. You see, that is the death. I died in Christ when I gave Him my life. I was buried, right?

I've paid the penalty in Jesus Christ by my union with Him. Sin has no claims on me. Sin can't touch me. I still sin. It just has no ultimate penalty I don't sin that grace may abound. God forbid. So we're free from the power of sin. We're free from the wages of sin. Free from the penalty of sin. How free are Christians? You know, somebody'll say, "Well, we're Christians. Man, we got liberty. We can do what we wanna do. You just Believe me, they don't escape guilt. They don't escape chastisement, but they, at least, have fit their theology to rationalize along with their behavior.

Now, lemme just say this to begin with. There are several principles here regarding freedom. Now, the first few verses of the chapter, in fact, I guess we'd have to consider the first 13 verses probably as one unit of chapter Really tell us that we're free in Christ; but there are some other things that go along with it. It says, for example, in 1, "Him that is weak in the faith received, even not to doubtful disputations. For one believes that he may eat all things.

Another who is weak eats only herbs. In other words, the big issue isn't what you eat or what you don't eat, and those were issues in those days.

That's right. Listen, the Jew became a Christian, he went over to a Gentiles house, and they had roast pork. Well, he He couldn't handle that; and oftentimes the Gentile was sticking in and turning it, you know.

Say, "Hey, we're free, fella, you know, have a little pork. I mean he couldn't handle that. You see, too many years. Too many years have gone by when he had been circumscribed to the law. Why, when, in Acts chapter 10, when the Lord came to Cornelius and spoke to him in the sheet and said, "See all those animals there? They're all clean. Go ahead, rise, Peter, kill and eat. I imagine the first ham sandwich he ever ate went down hard.

So, you see, there was a freedom there. There was a liberty there. There was no more dietary laws. There was no more of the clothing law, the wool, and so forth and so on, that All of that stuff had been set aside.

All the peculiarities of Israel had been set aside in the institution of the church. So those And he goes further, and he says in verse 4, "Who are you that judges another man's servant?

To his own master he stands or falls. Let every man be judged by God. One man esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. You know, that's true in some cases now? Do you know there was a choir that came to a church back there where I went to church as a little boy, and they sang on a Sunday morning, and in the afternoon some of them went into the drugstore to make a phone call, and nobody in the church came back that night to hear 'em.

They had violated the Lord's day. Well, there's no law you can't make a phone call on Sunday; but, you see, they had this little box in which they had fit everything What happened here? Well, some of the Jews were still upholding the Sabbath, and some of the Gentiles were saying, "Oh, you legalists, we're free on the Sabbath.

We're gonna go out and go fishing. But he says, "Look, if he regards the day, he regards it to the Lord; and he that regards not the day to the Lord, he doth not regard it. He that eat, eats to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not to the Lord, eateth not and giveth God thanks. These are inconsequential gray area things So you're free. You're free to do whatever you want.

Free to do whatever I want. There's a second principle. First principle is you're free. Second principle is don't offend. Now that really ties it down, doesn't it? That's right, verse You see? There are some gray areas where these things apply. Paul says Now watch. Things are not evil of themselves. Is money evil?

Is the fruit that comes from the tree, from the vine, from the grape, evil? No, it's just fruit that comes from the grape. You say, "But it gets alcoholic. Say, "Well, that was somehow in the Creation. You see, it isn't the fruit of the grape that creates the problem. It's the guy who imbibes the fruit of the grape that is the problem.

The thing of itself is not the problem. You see, things are not unclean. Things are neutral things, and that one man could touch the thing and make it into an evil thing; another man can touch the thing and it can come a holy thing.

The difference in wine is the difference between the wino and the communion service. This summer when we went to Israel and they didn't have any grape juice, and we had to have real live wine at the tomb of our Lord, and I know that there were people in other groups who were going, "Oh, Martha, ooh-ooh, see," you know.

Can we? Can we dare? Do we? The thing of itself is nothing. It is the communion. We were celebrating of our blessed Lord. I mean if you happen to be in a land where there's no Welch's, you make do, right? I mean it really isn't that big of a deal. You see, it isn't the thing itself. It is the man who has the thing in his hand that is the problem.

There's no sense in violating your conscience; and if you haven't matured to the place where you understand that freedom, don't violate your conscience. Ah, but verse 15, "If your brother is grieved with your food, you're not walking in love. Destroy not him with your food for whom Christ died.

Let not your good be evil spoken of; for the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For food, destroy not the work of God. Listen, he doesn't say it's evil to drink wine. No, he doesn't. I know there's some people who think it is a cardinal sin to drink wine. It doesn't say that in the Bible. It doesn't say it. Now, I hope I didn't shoot you down too bad, but it doesn't say that.

What it does say is, "It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or anything that will make your brother stumble, be offended, or be made weak. It's just wine. It's just there You say, "But don't you think it's a sin to drink wine?

The sin is to depreciate your testimony. That's the sin; and if any of those things make my brother stumble, then I will not do those things. The thing in itself is nothing; but the thing becomes a forbidden thing if it wounds or grieves another brother. That's all he's saying. You know, some people can say, "Well, I'm free in Christ. I can do what I want. I can I can carry on like I want.

I can drink as much as I want whenever I want in front of whomever I want. They offend somebody else. In verse 1 of chapter 15, "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. You know who the weaker brother is? Not a new Christian, a legalist. A legalist. I love this. Verse 3, "For Christ pleased not Himself. So what are the principles? Don't give an offense. Maintain a clear conscience before God.

This is God's standing. Yes, as a Christian, you're free. That's true. But your freedom should never get to the place where you exercise it to the wounding of another person. Peter says in his epistle, "Never use your freedom as a cloak of maliciousness. Lemme pursue this just a little further. Someone's asked this question, and this came in last Lord's day, and I'm just reading the question as it was. Please give some of the basics for Christian living.

For instance, the scriptural viewpoint on dancing, drinking, smoking, and miniskirts, etc. Lemme answer this, and I wanna answer this lovingly; and yet I want to answer it pointedly Dancing, drinking, smoking, and miniskirts are not the basics of Christian living.

That - I mean that. They are not the basics of Christian living. Do you know, there are some very good Mormons who don't do any of those things and will spend eternity in hell. Now, listen to this. There are many people, and I mean good people, Christian people who mean well, who base their entire spiritual life on what they do not do. Did you know that? You know, "We don't smoke, and we don't chew, and we don't go with girls that do. In other words, their entire orientation towards spirituality is what they don't do; and you know something?

Usually, they don't do a lotta things. Mostly what they oughta do, they don't do, along with what they ought not to do, they don't do. They just don't do. I wish they'd start doing what they oughta do, even if they wanna keep on not doing what they ought not to do. Beloved, I'll tell ya, lemme tell you this. If you're going around, and you've got your thumb in your mouth, and you got your security blanket, and you're tickling your nose with what you don't do, I'd like to take your blanket away and make you face the issue that your spirituality is not a matter of what you don't do.

You say, "Are you saying it's right to dance, drink, smoke, and wear a miniskirt? The Bible doesn't say it's right or wrong to do those things. The Bible doesn't talk about those things in that context. But I believe this - I believe that if you walk in the Spirit, the Spirit of God will take care of those kind of issues; but if you just base your spirituality on whether you do or don't do those things, then you have set up an artificial standard of your spirituality.

You have probably bypassed true spirituality, and you have suckered yourself into thinking you're securely mature when, in fact, you're infantile. That's hard stuff, but I believe it; and I'm not advocating all these things.

Listen, I have very strong convictions about what's right and what's wrong, and Kilts have been in our family for years; but the reason I don't do those things has nothing to do with what I think the standards of the Christian life are. It has to do with what I think my testimony must be before other believers. When you go around, and you start evaluating people's spirituality by what they don't do, you're really sitting in the wrong seat doing the wrong thing on the wrong on the wrong basis.

People say to me so often, do you think it's a sin to smoke? Of course it isn't a sin to smoke. Where would you ever get the idea it is a sin to smoke? You say, "But If you wanna put leaves in your mouth and set 'em on fire, that's Posted by tmunki at PM 1 comment:. Given away free with Muzik back in July Dear Muzik reader, I've never made a mix CD before in my life. So instead, this CD has a lot to do with a club that closed down a year ago.

This is a tribute to One Louder. One Louder ran between and In those four years we threw the total of just six parties, all of which were insane.

Hope you like the disc. I've got off my fat arse and starting doing more stuff but I will occasionally post stuff so keep watching! Plus I'm not going to be posting the mixes as a whole as before now that my ipod's got gapless playback!!! Please let me know if there's any gaps between the tracks as I know they're a pain in the arse Posted by tmunki at PM 12 comments:. Sunday, October 29, Essential Skint. Posted by tmunki at AM 3 comments:.

So as I ressurect the site in a slow and haphazard manner so beware! NME Dust Up. Posted by tmunki at AM 2 comments:. Sorry bout the lack of posting, have been trying to upload tunes all week with not much success!

Still struggling guys Sorry about the lack of posting over the last few days, been making most of the weekend and the weather! Went to see Lottie at Plug if you were there I was the one with the hat on!

I was looking after it for a mate, honest! Nigel Dawson is a DJ known for his definitive house sets varying from the deeper and subtle music to the full on progressive and has built a solid reputation working with the likes of Cream, Ministry of Sound and, of course, Renaissance.

In Renaissance was in it's infancy. Residents were Sasha and Digweed esteemed company to say the least, making it one of the hardest stages on which to make an impression, but impress Nigel did and it forged his own residence which has survived to this day. The scenario is familiar guest DJ fails to show, young and unknown there is Nigel on hand willing to fill in, young DJ rocks it, consequently, young DJ goes onto glittering DJ and production career.

However familiar this scenario is it rarely, if ever happens, but in Nigel Dawson's case it is. Along the way this talent and penchant for hard work has established him as a regular on the UK club circuit this includes The Tunnel, The Pod, Lush, Slinky to name but a few.

He has become the cornerstone of the long running successful night at The Cross in London as sole resident but also can be found playing at Media in Nottingham to his and their home crowd on a regular basis.

If that weren't enough he also guests at many of the clubs in the UK and Worldwide and as a result Nigel is now established an impeccable global reputation. In Nigel made the logical progression into studio production.

From this his pseudonym "Dominion" was born and his first track soon found a home on Whoop Records. Entitled " The Gate ", it was an instant success with the progressive mafia and was included on the Renaissance four compilation featuring Dave Seaman and lan Ossia. Classics being the operative word with this excellent mix given away with Mixmag back in June At Radio 1's party in Miami this year I was standing on top of the bar, two Tequila bottles in my hands just pouring it into clubbers' mouths.

That was a good night! Having started DJing at the age of 11 and securing himself several gigs playing friends and families' weddings, he decided to take a studio engineering course at the local Center of Media Arts.

He was rewarded with little more than a string of rejections. It was only when he presented Strictly with a track called "The New Anthem", under the moniker Reel 2 Reel, that they began to really sit up and take notice. After signing 'The New Anthem' Erick quickly followed it with the classic "I Like To Move It," a track that set up camp in the pop charts throughout the world, going platinum in Holland and gold in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium in Australia - giving the young producer his first taste of touring in Europe.

Flush with success, but determined to keep his head and music firmly in the underground "It's where I come from, where I always go back to" he notched up a pair of Billboard 1's with Smooth Touch's "In My House" and his sublime collaboration with buddy Louie Vega, Li'l Mo' Ying Yang's "Reach. Guided by Morillo's ear and studio presence, and bolstered by his equally able teammates, the Subliminal brand has gone on to become synonymous with a funky, soulful sound that's as underground as it is party-ready.

It was voted Best Label at the Muzik Awards in both and , that's not to mention the indispensable Subliminal Sessions compilation series, which showcase the label's developing artists and sound, or the label's imprints Sondos, Subliminal Soul, Bambossa and SUBUSA, which cater for everything from tough, tribal beats to rock-house cocktails. Biog from erickmorillo. Posted by tmunki at PM 7 comments:. Does what it says on the tin - had a bloody nightmare trying to post this 2nd time lucky!

Given away free with the August issue of Ministry magazine. Brandon Block and Alex P are legends in clubland. They first met in the late eighties at Haven Stables in Ealing, where Block had a residency.

Soon after, the two set up an impromptu party on the terrace — then used as the cloakroom - of the Space club. The terrace at Space has since become part of the fabric of Ibiza, much like Block and P themselves. Thanks to DJ Profile! Posted by tmunki at AM 10 comments:. I wish I was at the beach in this damn fine hot weather! This is the nearest I can get to it at the moment! Given away free with the July issue of Mixmag.

Every summer he DJs to the cream of Ibiza's party people on Salinas - the notorious nudist beach hidden in the middle of a nature reserve. This mix is a taste of the alternative side of Ibiza. Bring on the sun. Posted by tmunki at PM 4 comments:. It's raining! Therefore in true festival spirit, here's the cover mount from the July issue of Ministry magazine, nice to see that 'Crasher is representing something different to their trademark trance shite! Like the impossible to categorize Davis, Vega is constantly reinventing himself and revolutionizing music itself in the process.

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