Jerusalem is special to God.
| God not only chose Israel (Genesis 12:3), He also chose Jerusalem. This land, surrounding the spot Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:2), was originally a Jebusite city called Jebus (Judges 19:10, 1 Chronicles 11:4). It was known for its impregnable defensive walls which David didn’t even try to conquer.|
Instead, Joab, David’s nephew (1 Chronicles 2:12-16), figured a way to sneak in and open the city gates by climbing straight up through a water supply shaft. The city was then conquered, renamed the City of David (1 Chronicles 11:5), and occupied by Israel.
|And I will bless those who bless you,|
And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. —Genesis 12:3
He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” —Genesis 22:2
But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). And there were with him a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him. —Judges 19:10
The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You shall not enter here.” Nevertheless David captured the stronghold of Zion (that is, the city of David). —1 Chronicles 11:5
Keep your eye on Jerusalem. Satan knows that Jesus will return one day to the city from which He departed.
In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. —Zechariah 14:4
And one day, the whole world, including the U.S., will be against Jerusalem.
“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. —Zechariah 12:2-3
But those who fight against Jerusalem will be destroyed by something hauntingly similar to the effects of a neutron bomb explosion.
Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. —Zechariah 14:12
I was intrigued by your comments regarding Christian psychologists. But since you showed scripturally that we are to get the advice of Godly men, wouldn’t that include getting at least an opinion from one of these men? Or do you not consider them “Godly?” And what is your definition of a “Godly man”?
Regarding whom to ask for advice, our definition of a Godly man (or woman) is one who is Christ-centered, biblically knowledgeable, and when asked for advice, points to Scripture as a guide. Your pastor, of course, should meet that criteria.
We don’t understand pastors who don’t shepherd their sheep but rather send them to someone outside the local church under the pretense that serious disorders must be entrusted to a professional counselor or psychologist. So you end up with a counselor doing the work assigned to a pastor. Worse, these counselors charge a fee—does your pastor charge you a fee?
We have no problem with “counseling pastors” inside the local church if they rely solely on Scripture and don’t charge a fee. Some churches are very large and have several pastors on staff, but they are UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE ELDERS. But we have a big problem with those who are outside the church charging Christians for work a pastor should do and supplementing Scripture with modern techniques.
As an example, psychologists boldly and widely have claimed that there are hundreds of studies that support the “fact” of the debilitating effects of memory repression. But that statement is not true. There is no scientific way to determine whether a memory was actually produced by a suggestion, radio, television, books, magazines, other people, or a headache. Just the opposite, the Bible says we are to forget what has happened to us in the past and look forward to the future.
. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. —Philippians 3:13
Therefore, we believe it is incorrect to say Christians need the Bible AND psychology to be able to understand the complex problems today. The Bible ALONE is sufficient counsel. When difficult things happen, regardless of the severity, you should seek scriptural help, not delve into your past for answers. And your God-given pastor is your first line of defense outside your family.
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