Disagreeable By Nature
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- Not in the Kingdom... yet.
Say's who me?? OR mee...
Marsh, you do not seem to understand that mankind (including myself), cannot receive any praise...All power is of God!!!
And by the way. All men will have "a back-stage pass" as you put it...
Mee, actually. I was taking a jab at the class-based system that he preaches where some people are washed whiter in the blood of the lamb than others, which is really appealing if you fancy yourself one of the so-called 144,000 who are born again and will form God's spiritual government (has a party name been decided on yet?). In the same way, fire-and-brimstone Christianity appeals to those who want to lord it over others: "Ha ha, you're going to Hell and I'm going to Heaven because I go to church on Sundays!"
Azure, humans can indeed receive praise; they receive it from each other all the time when they indulge in self-righteousness, just as the Pharisees did. They believe in the Lord because they believe they will get something out of it, and they follow the Lord because they believe they'll be punished if they don't, and they accept this state of affairs because they look at those around them and say, "It's better to be oppressed like this than it is to suffer in Hell for eternity."
Who follows the Lord because it is good to follow the Lord?
Who would still follow the Lord if there was no Heaven? If there was only the sleepy darkness of the grave to look forward to, who would continue to carry their cross and follow their Lord into suffering, rather than to throw it down and indulge in the pleasures of the world?
Who follows the Lord for the Lord's glory, as opposed to for their own glory? Because they envision some wonderful future for themselves?