GCP029: Protecting God’s Family

Apr 03

GCP029: Protecting God’s Family

On the Growing in Christ Podcast, today Ken and Mike talk about Marsilius of Padua, Adolf Clarenbach, North Carolina and State Religion, Duck Dynasty, and the continuation of our study in Ephesians

This Week in Church History

Marsilius of Padua and John of Jandun

APRIL 3, 1327 Marsilius of Padua denounced the papacy, blaming the popes for the miseries of Italy. Papal excommunication and interdicts had interfered with lawful governments, he alleged, subjecting Italy to crime, wars, corruption and many other blights. In his book Defensor pacis,Marsilius reasoned that the state should run its own affairs without interference from the church.

Two kinds of government exist: that which rules with the consent of people and that which rules without. The latter is tyranny. The ideal government not only rules with the consent of the people but by election, said Marsilius. Believe it or not, he was writing in the fourteenth century.

Adolf Clarenbach Arrested Dan Graves, MSL

When Luther sparked church reformation in Germany, there was bound to be a backlash. In those intolerant days, when church and state acted together, there was no choice in matters of faith. Someone had to be the first to die for the new ideas. One of the first two martyrs was Adolf Clarenbach.

Around 1520, Adolf Clarenbach became a teacher in a cathedral Latin school. Evidently he was a better than ordinary teacher, for in 1523 he was made principle of the city school in Wesel. But storm clouds loomed. Through reading Erasmus and Martin Luther and studying the Bible, he became a follower of the Reformation.

When his views became known, he was forced to leave Wesel. Adolf then preached in Cologne and the Rhine country, forming communities of evangelical believers.

Returning home in 1528, Adolf returned to his death. At the urging of Catholic leaders, he was arrested at Cologne on this day, April 3, 1528. He was charged with teaching Protestant ideas. Also arrested was Adolf’s friend John Klopreis. About that same time authorities arrested yet another Reformation preacher, Peter Fliesteden. Klopreis managed to escape, but Adolf and Peter remained in custody.

The two were held in prison for several months and tortured. When questioned, Adolf insisted that “there is no satisfaction for sin except the death of Christ alone.” However, good works witness that we have the faith we claim.

On September 28, 1529, Adolf and Peter were handed over to secular authorities at the gates of Cologne to be burned to death. The long delay between Clarenbach’s arrest and death is owing to the fact that three jurisdictions had a stake in his trial. Furthermore, the local citizens were upset with the sentence and had to be pacified. When plague visited the city, the superstitious people took it as a sign that they were being too kind to the heretics and public opinion swung against the prisoners.

Adolf and Peter have been called the first martyrs of the Reformation. However, it is not clear if they were Lutherans or not. But three hundred years after their deaths, Lutheran Germans of the lower Rhine honored them with a special celebration and erected a monument in their honor.

Theological News

North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

The Huffington Post  |  By John Celock

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.

The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state “is sovereign” and courts cannot block a state “from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” The legislation was filed in response to a law suit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, wral.com reported.

The religion bill comes as some Republican-led states seek to separate themselves from the federal government, primarily on the issues of guns and Obamacare. This includes a proposal in Mississippi to establish a state board with the power to nullify federal laws.

The North Carolina bill’s main sponsors, state Reps. Carl Ford (R-China Grove) and Harry Warren (R-Salisbury), could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, The Salisbury Post reported. Co-sponsors include House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes (R-Hickory). Another is state Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Concord), who in February introduced a state constitutional amendment that would allow for carrying concealed weapons to fight federal “tyranny.”

The bill says the First Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not stop state governments, local governments and school districts from adopting measures that defy the Constitution. The legislation also says that the Tenth Amendment, which says powers not reserved for the federal government belong to the states, prohibits court rulings that would seek to apply the First Amendment to state and local officials.

‘Duck Dynasty’s’ commander talks faith – by Diana Chandler Posted on Mar 14, 2013 NASHVILLE (BP) — The 8.6 million who viewed the 2013 season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” no doubt enjoy family patriarch Phil Robertson’s antics, from his unkempt beard to promises of poor hygiene. But the fisherman and duck caller with a master’s degree in education also tells a story of faith.

Robertson’s faith walk began in his late 20s during his “sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle” when his sister was handing out Christian tracts in a bar where he worked, he said in an interview at LifeWay.com.

“I just decided to follow Him 38 years ago when I heard that He, in fact, was God in flesh. Not only was He God in flesh, it took the blood of God to remove my ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ lifestyle — sin,” Robertson said. “Well, I’m sitting there listening and I’m like, ‘Man, that was a mighty kind thing to do for a scumbag like me.’ Not only that, it wouldn’t do me any good, though, if something could not be done about the six-foot hole I’m going into — and you too, by the way.”

When the reality show premiered in March 2012 on A&E television, his sons and co-stars told him to contain himself, “because the Hollywood people wouldn’t let him get away with preaching,” Robertson said.

Robertson’s new book “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” will be available in May. He also tells his story of faith at churches and community events across the U.S.

Amidst the quackish wisdom, he seeks to model a Christian life.

“We’re godly people. We really don’t use filthy language. We really do fear God,” Robertson said. “We really do love you; you’re our neighbor. We’re gonna be good to you, really. And, we love you, irregardless of how you feel about us. In other words, our love for you is not contingent upon whether you love us or not. We just love you and … you say, ‘well I don’t like you.’ I say that’s OK. I love you anyway.

“I just go on down the road.”

Robertson credits the Lord with his success, sharing his epiphany from a sinful, unfulfilled school teacher to a faithful fisherman and duck caller set on turning his life’s passion into his livelihood.

After accepting Jesus at age 28, he told his wife ‘Miss Kay’ he would fish the Ouachita River and market and sell the duck call he had created from cedar wood to support her and their four sons.

“But if you fast-forward 40 years, from the fishing and trying to get the duck call going to where we now are, we have now entered the world of Hollywood. We now have a multi-million-dollar business, and Miss Kay’s line has now become infamous, ‘Phil, I’ve been poor with you … I’ve been rich with you … rich is better,'” he said.

“Therefore, I either was real lucky, there had to have been a lot of coincidences, or God was right all along, ‘Love Me, trust Me, work hard, do what is right and I will bless you and your barns will be filled up, tapped down and running over.’ That’s what happened. It’s either luck or God said, ‘I’ll bless you. You did good.’ I’m leaning toward it was the Almighty.

“There you go.”

The entrepreneur was born to a financially stretched family in Vivian, La., and attended Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship, playing first string quarterback ahead of hall-of-famer Terry Bradshaw. Robertson turned down an opportunity to play pro ball because it would have meant missing duck season, he has said.

He began making duck calls in a backyard shed, shipping orders, marketing the call to stores and earning a living mostly by fishing. His family business has grown to produce and sell duck calls from a manufacturing plant in Ouachita, Ark., and to market various Duck Commander products in stores across the U.S. and in several countries.


How God’s Family acts in Parent/Child Relationships

Eph. 6:1   Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

How God’s Family acts in Employee/Employer Relationships

Eph. 6:5   Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

God’s Plan to protect His Family

Eph. 6:10   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Eph. 6:21   So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.

Eph. 6:23   Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

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