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It is extremely frustrating to me that most doctors today are brainwashed (that’s the only term I can think of that actually describes the situation) into thinking that drugs are the only way to improve health situations. While they might agree that supplements can keep you healthy (once you are healthy), very few physicians will push a patient onto supplements because those doctors have not been trained to see supplements as having the ability to heal any condition.
Men – husbands, church leaders – we have an obligation to live as Jesus lived. In fact, all Christians have an obligation to live as Jesus lived. In our churches, we are told to defer to the spiritual leaders of that church who are over us as teachers and pastors (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13; and Romans 12 – 15). Their job is to care for the flock and they do this through acts of submission to God (prayer, sacrifice, hours spent studying, preaching, teaching, visiting the sick and elderly, etc.). These are all sacrifices that they willingly do for the sake of the local body. Yet, the pastor is still considered the leader or spiritual head of that body under Christ, even as he is a servant. While the pastor is the head of the local church, he is not head over my personal family. However, if he is teaching biblical truths, then I must submit myself to his teaching.
Unfortunately for Miller, the entirety of Galatians 3 deals with our salvation in Christ and our justification and sanctification because of that salvation. Anyone of either gender or from any station in life may receive salvation equally from God. He does not withhold part of that salvation because the recipient might be a women as opposed to a man. Salvation is freely available to all people, period. God is no respecter persons in that sense.
Our relationship with Jesus is based (or should be based) on how we act (think, speak, and live = love), because of what we know from His Word. Because we are grateful and because we love Him for what He accomplished on our behalf (not to mention the fact that we love Him only because He first loved us; 1 John 4:19), we should certainly want to live the way that pleases Him, whether we feel like it all the time or not. None of this depends on how we feel about our relationship with Him. The relationship exists (if we are truly saved), whether we feel it or not and we should not need to wait until we feel something before we are obedient. I’m married, whether I feel it or not so I act accordingly and it is based on my commitment to my wife. The same applies to our relationship with the Lord.
However, when we see the context of what Paul is teaching in Galatians 3, we clearly realize (or should) that Paul is speaking in terms of salvation here and not the roles that men and women fulfill in the church itself. Galatians was written before 1 Timothy where Paul puts limits or boundaries on the roles women have in the church. If Paul meant in Galatians that women are allowed to do anything men can do, he would obviously be contradicting himself in 1 Timothy. Let me assure readers that Paul is not contradicting himself at all. He is speaking about two different issues entirely. The Galatians issue deals with matters of salvation while the 1 Timothy issue deals with roles that men and women can perform in the church and in the home.
It will be interesting to see what type of presidency is experienced by Donald Trump. He says he will support Israel. If he follows through, it will be far different from what the leaders of the United States have done for many years. Too many have simply gone through the motions and of late, the abject hatred and anger toward Israel has become too obvious. It’s not for “peace” that Kerry and others within the Obama Administration do what they do. It is borne out of their own hatred for Jews and they will be called on the carpet for it by God Himself, in His timing.
Jesus will rule here on earth and Christians living now who have died by that point will be with Him (with many reigning with Him in some sense). Those Christians who have died will not have the sin nature nor will they be capable of ever sinning again. However, in spite of His Kingship and perfectly just rule over all the earth, people will rebel and sin. This is exactly why the Bible tells us that He will rule with a rod of iron (cf. Revelation 2:27). The obvious meaning is that Jesus will not let His guard down and will constantly work to keep things in check because of the sin nature that will continue to exist. This is also why at the end of the Millennial Kingdom, when Satan is released from the Pit, many will be deceived into joining Satan in mounting a full rebellion against God.