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When will they learn…

Polygyny has been around since the dawn of time, and HAS NOT gone away. Societies and governments have attempted to legislate it out of existence, but all they have managed to accomplish is to force the practice underground…I believe that stories like these will soon be considered a blot on our history and the legal system used to try to suppress the natural law and right of marriage…

http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gall … mists-1944


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The First Fundamental for A Life of Faith: Humility

Jesus Christ was called throughout the gospels a "teacher." Dr. Howard G. Hendricks, the famous professor of Dallas Theological Seminary, stated: "Within the gospels one of the most frequently used designations is Teacher; it occurs forty-five times. Fourteen times he is referred to as Rabbi. So it is obvious that one of the prominent functions of our Lord during His public ministry was teaching."

But what is the the most fundamental quality that is necessary before a person can learn? One must demonstrate the character quality of humility. The opposite of humility is pride.

Here are a few quotes by some excellent leaders of our Christian heritage that convey the idea of humility.

Clement of Rome (Apostle Paul’s disciple who took over the Church of Rome after he departed; lived from AD 30 to AD 100; probably traveled with Peter and Paul, see Phil. 4:3) said of humility: "For Christ is of those who are humble-minded, and not those who exalt themselves over His flock. Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . did not come in the pomp of pride or arrogance, although He might have done so, but in a lowly condition, as the Holy Spirit had declared regarding him."

Again, Clement said: "Abraham was specially honored, and was called the friend of God; yet he, earnestly, regarding the glory of God, humbly declared, ‘I am but dust and ashes.’"

Ignatius (who lived from AD 30 to 100 AD and was a contemporary and student of the apostles) had this to say of humility when responding to those who persecute you: "Be ye humble in response to their wrath . . . . conquer ye their harsh temper by gentleness, their passion by meekness. For blessed are the meek and Moses was meek above all men. Wherefore Paul exhorts as follows: ‘The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle towards all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that are in opposition.’"

Dr. John Calvin (Protestant Reformer; 1509-1564) had this to say of humility…


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Humility in Application: What We Can Learn From Others

Over the years I have grown to to love church history. The more I read about the saints of the past the more I see variations of the same struggles among saints today. It is true that without a good understanding of history we are bound to repeat some of the same errors. Plus, without a good understanding of history we miss the valuable contributions given to us by those who labored to the point of exhaustion, sometimes even unto death, and we loose the benefit of seeing and understanding the spirit of sacrifice that so many made for a particular cause.

How rich of a blessing it is to look back and see how Paul was beaten for the faith in order for the gospel to come to the Gentiles. How humbling it is to see how Polycarp in his 80’s was drug into a ring and burned to death because he would not renounce the name of Christ. How encouraging it is to reflect over Martin Luther’s great stand where he was on trial for his very life and yet he uttered the bold words: "Unless I am convinced by sacred scripture or right reasoning I will not recant. I can not do otherwise, here I stand, so help me God!" Or what about John Calvin’s devotion to the word of God where he would labor all night with his feet in cold water just so he could translate the bible and write sermons for those without the gospel? Does not these past examples motivate us towards a deeper dedication knowing that where these men are now is where we will soon be?

Such examples provide much in the area of giving to us courage. But courage without wisdom often leads to schism and unecessary schism. So what do we do to walk in courage without killing one another in the process as we walk? Or in more simple terms: What can we do to all get along even while differences abound?

Proverbs tells us this: "Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisd


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