Jesus Did Not Pray Away the Money Changers He Drove Them Away with a Whip

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When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. – John 2:13-15

Why Did Jesus Drive Them Out?

1. They were taking advantage of those who had traveled long distances to celebrate Passover.

Two things were essential for these foreign worshipers: an animal to sacrifice and Temple coins which local merchants would accept. There was probably nothing wrong with selling animals or operating a legitimate money exchange, but, according to Jesus, these particular vendors were a “den of robbers” who undoubtedly charged exorbitant rates, thus taking advantage of those who seemingly had no other options.

2. They were doing…

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Beauty in Diversity

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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8 (ESV)

Less than four generations separate us from the end of the Civil War. Deeply embedded in the fabric of the United States is the tyranny of racism that haunts us still today. Racism is an evil that lurks in our subconscious that, more often than we would admit or even notice, rises up to wreak havoc in our churches and our culture. Racism fully formed is hatred resulting in injustice  by prejudging someone as inferior to one’s self due to physical characteristics or nationality. Racism should not be tolerated, especially in the church.

There is one race, the human race, bearing the image of the Triune God (Gen 1:26-27; 5:1-2; 9:6; James 3:9). Human…

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Georgia Councilman: Real Christians Don’t Marry Black People

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H37SOTTQRQI6TEZRGC6FQNXURYCouncilman Jim Cleveland defends racists remarks from Mayor Theresa Kenerly who dismissed a candidate for a top city position based on his race. What really boils the blood of councilman Jim Cleveland is interracial marriage.

He says, “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe,” he said. “I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.” Source

Sadly his views are not few in number. John Piper confessed to this problem within the white Christian church and has denounced it. People like Franklin Graham perpetuates white supremacy. So the battle for the real soul of Christianity is real…

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John Macarthur: What does the Bible teach about interracial marriages?

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Here’s the short answer: nothing in the New Testament prohibits interracial marriage. Christians are at liberty to marry whomever they wish–as long as the other person is also a Christian (1 Corinthians 7:39).

The Old Testament contained some restrictions on whom the Israelites could marry. These were meant to protect the people of God from pagan influences (Deut. 7:3-4) and to guard the purity of the Aaronic priesthood (Lev. 21:13-14). There were even some strict regulations about inter-tribal marriage, designed to keep the various tribes’ inheritance from being lost by intermarriage (Num. 36:3-9). However, all such restrictions are explicitly annulled by the New Testament (Gal. 3:27-29).

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John Piper: Interracial Marriage Should Be Celebrated in the Church

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ff5a052ab65d027789f3d540ef0780e4Theologian and Desiring God founder John Piper says contrary to how he was raised and once thought, interracial marriage among Christians should not only be permitted but celebrated in the Church.

The former senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and best-selling author articulated several reasons why Christians should support marriage across racial lines in an interview posted on his website Desiring God.

First, in God’s economy, only one race exists: the human race, all of whom descended from Adam, and, according to Genesis, are made in the image of God. And when addressing the men of Athens in Acts 17, the Apostle Paul espoused this view.

“[R]ooted in that theology of creation, [the Apostle Paul] says astonishingly to these arrogant ethnocentric Athenians in Acts 17:26, ‘He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the Earth.’

“And I think…

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