Christian Politics

The power of the Church is not in the political process.  As tempting as it may be to espouse one candidate over another, to do so is for the Church to fail in her calling. To invite political candidates or government officials into the pulpit, is to deny her unique power.

This is not to say that individual Christians should not vote, aspire for office, or support a certain candidate.  Trained in the Ten Commandments, given the wisdom that comes through the knowledge of Holy Scripture, and moved by the Holy Spirit to love one’s neighbor, the Christian is most qualified to be involved politically.  James Madison probably thought of this when he said something like this, “Our Constitution will be successful only for a religious (Christian) people.”

The power of the Church is in the preaching and teaching of the Word of God as we have it in the Holy Scriptures.  “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4).  “The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12).  “The Gospel (of our Savior, Jesus Christ) is the power of God for Salvation” (Romans 1:16).  The nation is poorer when the political process distracts preachers from using this power God has given them.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear the Word.  Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Our Lord Jesus promised, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).  So it happened, these formerly fearful disciples boldly declared that Jesus, who was crucified and arose from the dead, is the Savior. Jesus further promised, “The Holy Spirit will glorify me…bear witness of me…convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 14-16).  So when the day of Pentecost (50 days after Easter) was come,  the Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to declare in languages that they had not learned “the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11) in providing the Savior for a condemned humanity.  The Holy Spirit, through the preaching of Peter, convicted 3000 in his audience of their sin (Acts 2:37) and led them to receive the forgiveness of sins (God’s righteousness) through baptism in the name of Jesus (2:38).

So to this day the person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is the person who believes and confesses that Jesus Christ is the Savior promised to Adam and Eve when they received the sentence of death for their sin (Genesis 3).  The Holy Spirit continues to glorify Jesus when Jesus Christ is clearly proclaimed as The Hope in this fallen and hopeless world.  Come, confess Him with us at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Interpreting Scripture

“That is your interpretation,” is a statement meant to disarm anyone who quotes the Bible as an authority for doctrine or morality.  Carried to the extreme, this ultimately renders every document useless, including the Constitution of the United States.  People are left to “do what is right in their own eyes.”

There are rules for every document, especially the Bible, so that people do not treat what they read like a “wax nose,” shaping it as they please.  1)  Every statement has a context—verbal, historical, cultural. 2) Scripture interprets Scripture.  Clear, plain passages shed light on more difficult ones.  3) Words carry their usual meaning, except when the context demands a figurative meaning, such as when Jesus says, “I am the door” (John 10).

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor, Timothy, “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15), he assumes that the Bible, without “interpretation” can lead even a child to believe that Jesus is his Savior.   Come to hear this clear Word of God at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Overcomers

Wonderful promises are given to the believer in Christ who OVERCOMES the pressures from the devil, the world, and his own sinful nature, to turn away from faith in Christ, to turn to a life of sin, or simply despair of God’s loving care.  These promises include: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain.”  They will be part of the New Jerusalem, “having the glory of God, and her light was like a most precious stone….And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light.”  They will enjoy paradise restored with its “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God, and of the Lamb….They will see His face and His name shall be on their foreheads” (Revelation 21,22). These OVERCOME, not through their own power or works; they OVERCOME “BY THE BLOOD OF THE Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (12:11).

However, not all OVERCOME.  “But the cowardly (yielding to persecution), unbelieving (rejecting what their mind cannot grasp), abominable (Levitcus18:22), murderers (also killing the unborn), sexually immoral (those who despise marriage), sorcerers (including druggies), idolaters (including self-worship), and all liars (those who say they have not sinned—1 John 1:8)”–Our current culture is pressuring you to make this your way of life, but listen to God’s verdict—“These shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).  Overcome with us at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. 

Utopia

The Bible doesn’t offer any hope for a utopia in this life, as much as people may desire a better life and work for a good life.  In Matthew 24 there are predictions of false Christs, wars and rumors of wars, famines, and pestilences.  Besides the pain, sorrow, and turmoil these create, the Christian is told, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”  No  wonder the Apostle Paul wrote, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” ( 1 Cor. 15:19).

“But now is Christ risen from the dead and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (15:20).  Instead of a utopia in this life, the Christian is directed to anticipate his own resurrection when “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality…then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:  ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.  O Death where is your sting?  O Grave where is your victory.’  The sting of death is sin.  The strength of sin is the Law.  But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (15:53-56).  Only following the resurrection on the last can the believer in Christ expect that “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore” (Rev. 21:4).  That is the promise of utopia which God extends to His people.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.