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MATTHEW IN CONTEXT

John Kerry made an appearance at a New Orleans Baptist Church yesterday (Thursday, 09/09/04) and at that appearance, made use of an out-of-context application of a distorted portion of Matthew, Chapter 7 from the Bible.

Something that is in context in the Bible is that we are not to abstract parts and pieces and make tense into nonsense from what is written there — something that seems to be an ongoing ploy by Democrats from Word that they also tend to undermine and openly, often, disagree with in message and meaning.

So, why rely on the Word as they do? Great if they would embrace and rely on it, in context and in full, but not so good when there’s an appearance of false teachings using abstracts and out-of-context bits and pieces from the Bible, to appear superioror: it’s the nonsense of puffery.

John Kerry tried to make mince-meat out of Matthew 7, making effort to apply a small portion of a larger statement to his political message. Delivered in a “Baptist Church,” no less, saying, and saying about President George Bush, “…As the book of Matthew reminds us, beware of false prophets that come to you in sheep’s clothing.”

It wasn’t a religious ceremony. It was a political appearance and political speech by a political candidate soliciting voter support — therefore, a speech for political purposes — held within a Baptist Church based upon racial identity within a political context.

Here’s what the Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, actually says about that. It bears a responsibility, and it makes responsibilities very clear. Nothing in there about John Kerry and Democrats, the Separation of Church and State, useful bits and pieces applied to a man’s sense of boast and denigration of opponents, as per the John Kerry application.

Do not the Left, as a general characteristic of political intent and plan, despise “hypocrisy”? Isn’t anything “religious” — and particularly religious of the Christian kind — offensive to the Left’s sense of politic? Isn’t the Catholic Church fraught with requirements that John Kerry finds disagreable? Does not John Kerry campaign and promote himself based upon ideals and characteristics and behaviors that are offensive to Christianity, and to the Catholic Church? Do not most, if not all, Democrats do likewise?

Matthew 7 makes mention of those very things.

Dot-Red.gif Matthew 7
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Dot-Red.gif Judging Others

1 “(1) Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and (2) by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you (3) look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
4 “(4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
6 “(5) Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Dot-Red.gif Prayer and the Golden Rule

7 “(6) Ask, and (7) it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9 “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10 “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, (8) how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
12 “In everything, (9) therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for (10) this is the Law and the Prophets.

Dot-Red.gif The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “(11) Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Dot-Red.gif A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of the (12) false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are (13) ravenous wolves.
16 “You will (14) know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17 “So (15) every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19 “(16) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “So then, you will know them (17) by their fruits.
21 “(18) Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 “(19) Many will say to Me on (20) that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; (21) DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Dot-Red.gif The Two Foundations

24 “Therefore (22) everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.”
28 (23) When Jesus had finished these words, (24) the crowds were amazed at His teaching;
29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.


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