Jesus Christ’s first foray into His public ministry is recorded in Luke 4:18-19 KJV where, in one short passage, He gives the entire purpose for this First Appearance on this earth! The Mission He was on, as decreed by the Father in Heaven, is summed up in this one powerful statement:
“18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Most bible-reading folks alive on the earth understand that Jesus was quoting directly from the Book of the great prophet Isaiah Chapter 61 and verses 1-2a! What most Christians….and everyone else, do not glum on to, is the reason He stopped halfway through verse 2 and put down the scroll of Isaiah!
This Bible teaching, in the video teaching from my PLUMBLINE TV show, explains it fully, but just briefly here is the reason and the explanation:
Isaiah 61:2A: “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,“ (FIRST COMING)
Isaiah 61:2B: “and the day of vengeance of our God“ (JUDGMENT IS COMING!)
Then in 1962, the same thorn in the side of God – Hugo Black, wrote the same kind of majority opinion in Engel vs Vitale Case when by a majority if 6-1 (which included Supreme Court justices like the Kennedys of that day – Earl Warren) threw God and prayer out of schools. Black’s majority opinion was just as contrived as that letter by Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists which started all this fake “Separation of church and state” stuff.
So, where I was – factoring things in light of current trends and events. Then I suddenly heard a disparaging word from someone, who said he was looking out for the folks – the folks like me, that the reason we are losing a certain debate is because we are “Bible Thumpers”! I thought he was looking out for me. But there was more to just this tip of the day. A few days later, one of his “yes men” told this highly opinionated Harvard Grad how he should answer those of us upset with him about the “Bible Thumping” comment. The ex-CBS big shot, informed the factoring host to tell us – the folks, the Christian folks – to “screw them”! That’s right.
This got me thinking: why do they despise the Bible so much? If it were not for the Bible, the God of the Bible and the main theme of the Bible – Jesus Christ, western civilization would not exist. Therefore, I need to come up with my own declaration of Faith of WHY I am what they say I am – A Bible Thumper! There may be more added to this as time goes by, but here goes
I am a Bible Thumper because the US Constitution (via the Magna Carta) is based on biblical principles of life and liberty.
I am a Bible Thumper because I have the freedom to own the small plot of land, the Lord gave me stewardship of temporarily, because that Constitution grants me property rights.
I am a Bible Thumper because the Freedom Christ died for to set others free, leaves me freedom of mobility; freedom of speech; freedom of association and freedom to think.
I am a Bible Thumper because we can freely elect and then vote out of office those wish to represent us – until they start representing themselves first.
But most of all, I am a Bible Thumper because…..