Friday, October 22, 2010

To Every Tribe Missionary Conference - Day 1

We are in Oklahoma right now at the To Every Tribe Missions conference.  The first session of Friday night was given  by Josef Tson from the Romanian Missionary Society.  He is a Romanian and was persecuted for the faith. 

He brought out some interesting points from Hebrews 2:15 which says that all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.  Everyone that is scared to die is a slave for life. 

Josef said when he was in prison for the gospel and the communists put a gun to his head and said they would kill him, he told them, "Your weapon is killing but my weapon is dying."  He told them that by his death, God would spread the gospel throughout the country, which is what the communists were fighting, so they never killed him and let him go.

Another powerful thing he said was, "A man who has no fear of death is the most dangerous man in the world."

Why do we love our life more than Jesus?  Jesus gave up His life and suffered for us, why don't we do the same?


Michael Gormley said...

Not Saved by Faith Only

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:24)

It cannot get any clearer than the verse in James that good works are necessary for Christians to truly have the life that Jesus promises.

Common objections...

James is not speaking of salvation. But notice that the verse immediately preceding refers to Abraham's saving faith...

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. (James 2:23)

The book of James is hard to understand and therefore this verse should be ignored. In fact, Martin Luther wanted to remove this book from the Bible.

But the verse is actually easy to understand for those who accept Catholic teaching.

Shame on those Protestants...interpreting the Bible as their sole authority with preconceived doctrines.

Scott Doherty said...

Hi my Catholic friend,
You must like to argue since my post had nothing to do with your comment. All I can say is context, context, context. If you read the Bible in a vaccum you can make it say what you want. Keep on working.