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    Jesus and Tsunamis

    When it comes to God and His Sovereign right to do all He pleases in heaven and on earth (Psalm 115:3) such is the depravity of mankind that we take our seat in the court of human opinion as both the jury and Judge, putting God Himself in the dock, demanding He answer the charges of injustice. We want answers! We feel we have that right! And we are ready to find Him guilty as charged for violating some moral law.

    When devastation occurs, many wish to point their cannons Godward demanding that He explain Himself to us. Jesus words in Luke 13 shows us that in all reality, God's guns are rightfully aimed in our direction and it is we who must repent, not God. Short article here.

    Posted by John Samson on March 13, 2011 10:11 PM

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    Dear John, I appreciated and translated your article into Italian and posted it in: http://paolocastellina.blogspot.com/2011/03/quando-giunge-uno-tsunami.html
    Every Blessing, Paolo

    Hey, thanks Paolo. I trust it will be a blessing and comfort to your readers there in Italy.

    A bro of mine was telling me a while ago that General Douglas MacArthur would not allow missionaries into Japan at the end of the Second World War. My friend said that it was the first time in known history that Japan had suffered complete and utter humiliating defeat and that because of that they were ripe for the Gospel and Japan would/could have been the most powerful Christian nation today if MacArthur had allowed the missionaries in. Maybe, just maybe, God will use this most terrible event Japan has experienced since the Second World War to bring about His purposes and that Christians from around the world, not just Americans, will go to Japan to not only assist the Japanese physically but to proclaim the full-orbed, doctrinally sound, biblical Gospel. May God make the way smooth and may God open the hearts and minds of the Japanese people to receive the Gospel, including the Japanese President.. Yes, with compassion and understanding, and yes, mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep...

    ”Martin Luther once remarked that wherever the gospel is preached in its purity, it engenders conflict and controversy. We live in an age that abhors controversy, and we are prone to avoid conflict. How dissimilar this atmosphere is from that which marked the labor of Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. The prophets were immersed in conflict and controversy precisely because they would not accommodate the Word of God to the demands of the nation caught up in syncretism. The apostles were engaged in conflict continuously. As much as Paul sought to live peaceably with all men, he found rare moments of peace and little respite from controversy.

    That we enjoy relative safety from violent attacks against us may indicate a maturing of modern civilization with respect to religious toleration. Or it may indicate that we have so compromised the gospel that we no longer provoke the conflict that true faith engenders.” from Willing to Believe by R. C. Sproul

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