"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Practicing Multiculturalism

    In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of "suttee" - the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Gen. Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

    "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks, and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

    Will We Stick Our Necks Out for His Faith? By MARK STEYN

    Thanks to Between Two Worlds for this link

    Posted by John on March 28, 2006 02:58 PM


    The more mature in Christ we become the more we can look back at the rugged path we have traveled to get there and see instance after instance where our faith was tested in many ways.

    Some tests are relatively easy, while others are difficult. Through them all we are put in a position to exhibit our faith by either standing (sticking our neck out) and being identified with Christ or by skulking away because we are ashamed of the gospel and our faith in our savior. Jesus said that His followers must count the cost. Those unwilling to suffer for God's glory are unwilling to be Jesus' disciples.

    I am convinced that we should not dwell too long on how we should react if our faith is challenged like that brother in Afganistan. However, we should be diligently pursuing a close intimate walk with our Lord so that our faith will be strong. I pray that when my time comes I will stand and not fall.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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