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  • [Music]
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  • [Music]
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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me.
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  • It's a slice of paradise, really.
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  • Just 35 minutes by plane from Miami, Florida,
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  • is Nassau, the capital city of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
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  • The Bahamas is made up of more than 700 islands and islets,
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  • starting east of Florida and stretching down
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  • to north of Cuba,
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  • and along almost to Turks and Caicos, north of Haiti.
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  • Tourism rules in the Bahamas, and it's easy to see why.
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  • What's not to love?
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  • The weather here is as close to perfect
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  • as you could possibly want.
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  • Average annual high temperature: 84 Fahrenheit.
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  • That's 29 Celsius.
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  • Average annual low: 21 Celsius, 70 Fahrenheit.
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  • There are 30 or so inhabited islands in the Bahamas,
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  • a number of privately held islands in addition.
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  • Nassau is on New Providence Island,
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  • which would fit inside Rhode Island 15 times.
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  • [Music]
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  • It was here in the Bahamas in 1492 that Christopher Columbus
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  • first landed in the free world.
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  • He landed at an island that became known as San Salvador.
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  • Some believe it's the same San Salvador that exists today.
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  • Others believe otherwise.
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  • Four hundred thousand people live in the Bahamas,
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  • 70 percent of them in Nassau.
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  • And as beautiful as it is, it's a place with a colorful past.
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  • Three hundred or so years ago, in the early 1700s,
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  • the Bahamas was a haven for pirates.
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  • Men like John Rackham operated out of New Providence Island.
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  • They called him Calico Jack
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  • owing to the colorful clothing that he wore.
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  • He ended up being hanged.
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  • He was associated with a couple of female pirates.
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  • Female pirates were rare in the Caribbean.
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  • And Bonnie and Mary Reed were ruthless.
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  • The pirate Henry Jennings was based in the Bahamas.
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  • In 1715, 11 of the 12 ships that made up a Spanish treasure fleet
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  • were lost in a hurricane near what's known today
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  • as Vero Beach, Florida.
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  • Jennings had been a privateer, essentially a legal pirate,
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  • and he attacked the salvage ships
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  • and made off with a lot of wealth.
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  • Jennings based himself here in Nassau.
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  • He teamed up with another private,
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  • another former privateer, a man named Benjamin Hornigold.
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  • Hornigold actually retired from piracy,
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  • which is something not every pirate did.
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  • But before he retired,
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  • he took an aspiring young pirate under his wing,
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  • a man named Edward Teach.
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  • Teach was born in England, maybe in Bristol.
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  • He worked on ships, and eventually became a privateer.
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  • Teach, if that was his actual name,
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  • became a pirate during what was known
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  • as the Golden Age of Piracy.
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  • And he was known as Blackbeard.
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  • The Bahamas was perfect for pirates,
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  • owing to its proximity to the shipping lanes of the Atlantic.
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  • And it was here that Blackbeard created a legend.
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  • It's not that Blackbeard was the deadliest
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  • or the most prolific pirate that ever sailed.
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  • But he knew how to strike fear into men.
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  • He called himself Blackbeard after his big, black beard,
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  • which he braided with ribbons and then somehow
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  • set matches or cloth or fuses in that he would set alight,
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  • making it look like his beard was on fire.
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  • Blackbeard terrorized people.
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  • Some sailors said they believed
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  • Blackbeard was the devil himself.
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  • Near Martinique in the eastern Caribbean,
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  • Blackbeard seized a French ship, La Concorde,
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  • which he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge.
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  • Now, as long as his victims didn't put up a fight,
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  • Blackbeard didn't kill or maim them.
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  • But if they resisted... [cannons firing]
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  • not good.
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  • He even defeated a royal naval vessel.
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  • He was quite a sailor.
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  • A pirate ship's flag would often contain a depiction
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  • of an hourglass,
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  • the inference being that a pirate's life was short.
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  • Blackbeard died while still a young man,
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  • aged somewhere between 35 and 40.
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  • He was killed by authorities in North Carolina.
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  • His severed head was placed on a pike and publically displayed
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  • as a warning to other would-be pirates.
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  • In 1996, the remains of Blackbeard's ship,
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  • the Queen Anne's Revenge,
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  • were found just off the Carolina coast.
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  • So what does it take to be a pirate?
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  • You know, today pirates are kind of romanticized.
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  • And the fact is, they were thieves,
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  • murderers.
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  • Pirates were terrorists.
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  • Fourteen of the 16 men apprehended
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  • when Blackbeard was taken were transported
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  • to Williamsburg, Virginia, and hanged.
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  • They were tough times.
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  • Modern piracy is still a major maritime problem that costs
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  • lives as well as billions of dollars a year in losses.
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  • The waters off the coast of Somalia have seen
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  • a lot of piracy in modern times.
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  • The Strait of Malacca,
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  • dividing Singapore and Malaysia from Indonesia,
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  • continues to be a piracy hotspot.
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  • [Island music]
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  • Although it happens less than it did a few years ago,
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  • people are still killed or taken hostage by pirates.
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  • Some hostages are held for years.
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  • Ships are still seized.
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  • This isn't a game.
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  • Pirates were a law unto themselves,
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  • had no regard for the rights
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  • or the safety or the welfare of others.
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  • They took what they wanted, when they wanted,
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  • and how they wanted.
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  • You know, we still see lawlessness today.
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  • We see it in the streets,
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  • where people rob and assault and murder.
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  • Do we see lawlessness in business?
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  • Sure we do.
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  • There are unscrupulous business people who,
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  • through one means or another, take advantage of others.
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  • You don't need to go too far to find unscrupulous doctors
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  • or lawyers or athletes.
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  • We still see lawlessness today.
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  • But lawlessness in the church: does that happen?
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  • Yes, it does.
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  • I'll tell you more in just a moment.
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  • [Music]
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  • -John: It may seem that integrity is in short supply.
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  • But it does not need to be in short supply in your life.
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  • I'd like you to get today's free offer,
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  • Challenged,
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  • written by Dr. Michael Cafferky and myself.
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  • How you can maintain and demonstrate integrity
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  • in your personal life or in your business life.
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  • Or write to the address on your screen for
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  • Challenged.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Nassau, on New Providence Island
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  • in the Bahamas,
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  • was home to a lot of pirates in the early 1700s,
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  • during what's now referred to as the Golden Age of Piracy.
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  • At that same time, Ben Franklin was just a boy.
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  • Johann Sebastian Bach was composing
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  • beautiful music in Europe,
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  • and George Washington wouldn't be born for about 15 more years.
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  • Blackbeard sailed these waters.
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  • This pirate of the Caribbean and of the Atlantic
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  • called this place home for about two years,
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  • and during that time, he terrorized a lot of people.
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  • Pirates lived, or live, outside the law.
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  • They are lawless.
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  • You have to be lawless to pursue an ocean vessel,
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  • forcibly board it, take what you want,
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  • and then take hostages or simply kill people.
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  • Lawlessness.
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  • But what's really astonishing is that
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  • we find lawlessness in the church.
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  • Let me explain.
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  • Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported that just six of the
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  • Ten Commandments are important to British Christians today.
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  • The paper said, "Most Christians in Britain believe that four
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  • of the commandments
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  • are not 'important principles to live by.'"
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  • So which ones made the grade?
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  • "Honor thy father and thy mother"?
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  • That commandment is one the people want to keep.
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  • Murder?
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  • Still wrong.
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  • Adultery?
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  • Still morally unacceptable.
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  • Stealing?
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  • Let's keep that commandment.
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  • Lying?
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  • People don't want lying.
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  • That commandment remains.
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  • And interestingly enough, coveting still considered taboo.
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  • But the majority of British Christians who responded to this
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  • poll said that the first four commandments are principles
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  • that we can do without,
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  • principles that we don't need to live by today.
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  • So what are these four old-hat commandments
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  • that just don't relate to life anymore?
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  • Well, let's look at them.
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  • The first one, Exodus 20, verse 3, where the Bible says,
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  • You shall have no other gods before me.
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  • Apparently, not relevant today.
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  • Now, keep in mind, this is in the land of George Whitefield,
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  • John Wesley, William Tyndale.
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  • Believers saying, We don't need this anymore.
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  • Second commandment, Exodus 20 and verse 4:
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  • You shall not make for yourself a carved image-
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  • any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
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  • or that is in the earth beneath,
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  • or that is in the water under the earth;
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  • you shall not bow down to them nor serve them...
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  • Apparently, that's something that we can live without,
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  • along with the third commandment.
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  • Look at that with me, Exodus 20 and verse 7:
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  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
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  • for the Lord will not hold him guiltless
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  • who takes His name in vain.
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  • Apparently, that's something that we can do without.
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  • Now, there's one more.
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  • Remember?
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  • Believers in Britain have said that this is something
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  • we don't need to live by today.
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  • Look at it with me, Exodus 20, verses 8 through 11:
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  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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  • Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
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  • but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.
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  • In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son,
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  • nor your daughter, nor your male servant,
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  • nor your female servant, nor your cattle,
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  • nor your stranger who is within your gates.
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  • For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
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  • the sea, and all that is in them,
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  • and rested the seventh day.
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  • Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day
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  • and hallowed it.
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  • [sounds of crowd] So how would that look,
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  • having other gods before God?
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  • Well, it makes the Bible a nonsense.
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  • You can not love God with your whole heart,
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  • soul, mind and strength, and have another god before God.
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  • Okay for believers to bow down and worship graven images.
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  • That doesn't even make sense.
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  • This is where you need a rolling-your-eyes emoji.
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  • Don't take the name of the Lord in vain.
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  • Evidently, that doesn't matter anymore.
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  • You know, what's interesting about this is that
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  • the commandments that are still important are the ones
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  • that deal with what other people do to you.
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  • But when it comes to disrespecting God,
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  • evidently that just doesn't matter so much.
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  • Fourth one: Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.
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  • You'd really let that go in today's pressure-cooker world?
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  • Jesus said in Mark 2:27,
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  • The Sabbath was made for man.
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  • Isaiah said don't trample on God's holy day in Isaiah 58.
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  • And over and above all of that, Jesus said in John 14:15,
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  • If you love me, keep my commandments.
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  • First John 3, verse 4, says that
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  • sin is the transgression of the law.
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  • Many translations express that as, Sin is lawlessness.
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  • Now, let's not make the mistake of thinking
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  • that this is just a British thing.
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  • Some years ago, Reuters reported that Americans
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  • were more familiar with the ingredients of a Big Mac
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  • than they were with the Ten Commandments.
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  • For example, more people could recall that a Big Mac
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  • contained two all-beef patties than knew there was
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  • a commandment that said, Thou shalt not kill.
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  • Fewer people were able to recall
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  • Honor thy father and thy mother
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  • than knew that a Big Mac contained a pickle.
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  • More people could remember Bobby and Peter from the Brady Bunch
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  • than knew that there was a
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  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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  • Now, admittedly, this was not a survey of just Christians.
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  • But still.
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  • Years before he became known
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  • for his run for the U.S. Senate,
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  • Roy Moore was a circuit court judge in the state of Alabama.
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  • He hung the Ten Commandments on the wall of his courthouse.
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  • It sparked controversy.
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  • Later, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
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  • in the State of Alabama,
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  • Moore had a 5.000-pound granite monument
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  • of the Ten Commandments moved into the Supreme Court building.
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  • Now, that was controversial as well.
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  • It was eventually ruled that that monument had to go.
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  • Moore went as well,
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  • but not before thousands of people demonstrated
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  • in support of that monument of the Ten Commandments.
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  • At that demonstration, one man shouted at the top of his voice,
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  • Get your hands off our God.
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  • So it's interesting.
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  • We seem to have this very two-faced relationship
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  • with the Ten Commandments.
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  • On the one hand, we acknowledge they were given by God,
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  • but on the other hand,
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  • masses of people, including many Christians,
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  • aren't sure they really need to be kept.
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  • So which is it?
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  • Now, if the answer is that the Ten Commandments
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  • ought to be kept,
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  • then that gives rise to another really important question.
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  • I'll have that in just a moment.
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  • I'm in the Bahamas, once upon a time a haven for pirates.
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  • Not good people, pirates.
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  • They were thieves, killers, mercenaries.
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  • They were outlaws, not cartoon characters,
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  • not caricatures.
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  • They were lawless.
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  • In the 1900s, the Bahamas was a haven for freed slaves.
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  • The royal navy resettled here thousands of slaves
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  • who'd been liberated from slave ships.
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  • American slaves and black Seminoles
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  • escaped here from Florida.
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  • And slaves on board U.S. domestic ships,
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  • which had sheltered here in the Bahamas
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  • owing to bad weather, were freed here as well.
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  • These are actual ruins of homes of former slaves.
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  • Slavery was lawlessness.
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  • [Music]
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  • And lawlessness challenges the church.
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  • Antinomianism teaches that, because of grace,
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  • because we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ,
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  • we then therefore do not need to obey the law of God.
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  • Which is madness, of course.
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  • There's a world of difference between what happens
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  • in a person's life in coming to salvation
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  • and then what takes place in a person's life
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  • once that person has received salvation.
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  • Now, it is true, we are saved one way: by grace alone,
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  • through faith alone, in Christ alone.
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  • That's right.
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  • And that is a wonderful truth.
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  • There is nothing that you can do to earn salvation.
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  • It is a gift given you from God.
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  • You accept it; you rejoice in it;
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  • you believe that Jesus died for you and
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  • that through the death of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven.
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  • But once a person comes to faith in God,
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  • once God enters a person's life
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  • and that faith journey continues,
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  • well, what does that look like?
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  • David told us in Psalm 40 and verse 8, when he said,
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  • I delight to do Your will, O my God,
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  • Your law is in my heart.
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  • The question isn't, should we live with
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  • or without reference to the Ten Commandments.
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  • The answer to that question is obvious.
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  • The bigger question is, how do you keep the Ten Commandments?
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  • You know, when Jesus said,
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  • If you love me, keep my commandments,
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  • He was not saying,
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  • if you love me, then prove it by going ahead
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  • and keeping the Ten Commandments.
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  • No, what Jesus was saying was,
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  • If you love me,
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  • then you will keep the Ten Commandments
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  • because that's what happens when I dwell in you.
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  • When your heart is given to God,
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  • obedience becomes an inevitability.
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  • Now, I recognize that statements like that,
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  • obedience being an inevitability,
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  • can be cold comfort to some people.
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  • If you're stuck in sin,
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  • if you're going backwards instead of forwards,
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  • if you're not progressing spiritually,
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  • those are difficult words.
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  • The battle is real.
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  • Undoubtedly you've experienced it.
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  • You might be caught in the middle of it now.
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  • So, let's consider what Paul wrote to the Romans,
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  • chapter 7, verse 14:
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  • For we know that the law is spiritual,
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  • but I am carnal, sold under sin.
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  • Carnal.
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  • Fleshly.
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  • Like the Spanish word for meat, carne.
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  • Paul says, I am carnal. So why is that a problem?
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  • He explains in Romans 8, verse 7:
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  • Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:
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  • for it is not subject to the law of God,
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  • neither indeed can be.
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  • You notice that?
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  • Paul says, I am carnal.
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  • Like Blackbeard.
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  • Or Calico Jack.
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  • Lawless.
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  • Paul goes on: For what I am doing,
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  • I do not understand.
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  • For what I will to do, that I do not practice;
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  • but what I hate, that I do.
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  • For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh)
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  • nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me,
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  • but how to perform what is good I do not find.
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  • For the good that I will to do, I do not do;
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  • but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
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  • O wretched man that I am!
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  • Who will deliver me from this body of death?
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  • Can you see yourself in that picture,
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  • unable to do the things that you really want to do,
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  • doing the things that you know you should not?
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  • See yourself in that picture?
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  • Somebody upsets you.
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  • You know you shouldn't retaliate in a negative way,
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  • but you do it anyway.
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  • You know you shouldn't claim that deduction on your taxes,
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  • but you claim it anyway.
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  • You're in a relationship that you know you shouldn't be in.
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  • Seems like it's impossible for you to get out.
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  • You feel hatred toward somebody
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  • and you know you should feel otherwise,
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  • but it's like you're stuck there,
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  • and there's nothing you can do
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  • to shake off these things that you don't even want to be doing.
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  • So what do you do?
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  • Wouldn't it be something if Romans chapter 7
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  • ended with Paul's desperate cry,
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  • Who shall deliver me from this body of death?
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  • I am extremely glad that it does not,
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  • that Paul answers that question in the next verse,
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  • Romans 7:25, where he says,
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  • I thank God-- through Jesus Christ my Lord!
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  • You want a way out of lawlessness?
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  • Jesus is that way out.
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  • You want a way out of slavery to the old life?
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  • Jesus is that way.
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  • [Music]
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  • And when He comes into your life,
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  • gives you a new heart, new impulses,
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  • new desires, then you can say with Paul,
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  • in the very next verse, Romans 8 and verse 1,
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  • There is therefore now no condemnation to them
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  • who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
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  • but after the Spirit.
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  • Moments ago, Paul is saying there is no good thing in him,
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  • that he is carnal, that he's not subject to the law of God.
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  • Moments later, there is now no condemnation.
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  • Now, here's how you can have that experience.
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  • [Music]
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  • Accept Jesus Christ into your life.
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  • Tell God you want to live for Him,
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  • and that you need Him to do it in your life
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  • because you can't do it yourself.
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  • It'll change your life.
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  • And if you're already a believer,
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  • but you're not experiencing God's power,
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  • this is for you as well.
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  • Get God's Word into your mind,
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  • and it'll mold you, and it will shape you.
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  • You'll have a new mind.
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  • Spend a little less time with Netflix,
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  • a little less time on the internet,
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  • and more time with God.
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  • [Piano music]
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  • You can't possibly love a God that you don't know,
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  • and the more you know God,
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  • the more you're gonna want to know God.
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  • Take time to pray.
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  • Talk to God.
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  • That's where the power is.
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  • You want to connect with God.
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  • It's so important that you do.
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  • Take time to talk with God every day,
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  • morning and evening, and as you go about your day.
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  • You know how a doctor is going to advise a patient that
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  • he or she needs to make changes, stop smoking,
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  • stop drinking, cut down sugar,
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  • cut down fat, cut red meat.
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  • You know how that goes.
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  • God does the same to us in our personal
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  • and in our spiritual lives.
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  • He says, there might be some people you need to cut
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  • out of your life, stop associating with,
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  • because they're dragging you down.
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  • There might be some places
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  • that you just don't want to go anymore.
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  • Stop frequenting the bars and the clubs.
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:10.010
  • There might be some channels that you need to change
  • 00:24:10.020 --> 00:24:12.230
  • or some websites that you don't want to visit any longer.
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  • There might be changes that need to be made.
  • 00:24:15.090 --> 00:24:17.220
  • And when you make those changes,
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  • you prevent Satan from taking your heart off
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  • in another direction,
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  • and you reserve your heart for God
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  • and for the influences of God.
  • 00:24:26.010 --> 00:24:29.200
  • Now, where's the power for that going to come from?
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  • It's going to come from God.
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  • Philippians 4 and verse 13 says,
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  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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  • And that's the truth.
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  • You see, there is a battle raging,
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  • and it's a battle against self.
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  • God calls you, but your selfish self demands expression.
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  • God calls you but your selfish self wants to do its own thing.
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  • God calls you, and you chafe against that.
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  • You say, No, but I want to go my own direction.
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  • But when you surrender to God,
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  • when you allow God to take your heart,
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  • you allow God to make you a new person.
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  • Paul said, If anyone is in Christ,
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  • that person is a new creature.
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  • A new creature!
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  • Old things are passed away, all things are become new.
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  • So how is it with you?
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  • Would you let God make you new?
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  • All new.
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  • When God has your heart, He'll change you.
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  • You'll start to love the things God loves.
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  • You'll look at life a whole new way.
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  • You'll begin to live as a child of God.
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  • Our Father in heaven,
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  • we thank You that there is a power
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  • greater than the power of our selfish selves.
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  • There is a pirate within each one of us;
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  • we are lawless outside of the power of God.
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  • So I pray that You would take our hearts and make them Yours.
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  • Let Jesus, through Your Holy Spirit,
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  • dwell in us.
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  • I pray that You would subdue that selfish self
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  • that wants to go its own way,
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  • and guide us in the way that leads to the cross
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  • and that leads to eternal life.
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  • We thank You today that You love us so much
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  • that You gave Jesus to die for us,
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  • that through faith in Him we might be made new.
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  • That we might love what You love,
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  • and that our lives would merely be the outworking of Your will.
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  • And that Your principles, even Your commandments,
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  • would be carried out in our lives.
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  • Change our hearts. Make us Yours.
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  • We thank You today, for we claim You and we praise You.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thank you so much for joining me today in the Bahamas.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • [Music]
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