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LGBTQs Do NOT Love God

It is bad enough that we have to endure stories like the following

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland-thorns/2017/02/abby_wambach_announces_engagem.html

Soccer legend Abby Wambach announces engagement to Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton

but to call oneself a Christian is going too far. Not only are the women not Christian,for being Christlike is to be holy not practicing sin, they do not love God with all of their hearts, souls and minds. How do we know this? They have refused to give up their sin for God.Do not say you love God and Jesus and still keep practicing your sin. It is easy to say Jesus and God love me because they do and that knowledge makes one feel good, but that love does not mean one gets to keep being sinful. Love is a two-way street and to show love for both God and Jesus one must give up all their sins, accept God’s identification of what is or isn’t sin, and follow the Bible correctly. Jesus said, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’ and no commandment of Jesus allows people to continue in any sin.Nor do they allow people to flaunt their alternative lifestyle and identify as a follower of Christ. If you remain in sin, you are not following Christ for he called people to repentance and to be born again.

Sorry LGBTQ people you are not Christian if you continue to practice your sin of homosexuality

 

News In Brief

Just taking a look at different stories that have hit the news

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/david-platt-apologizes-for-division-caused-by-support-of-islamic-societys-right-to-build-mosque-175218/

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, apologized Wednesday for the division caused by the organization’s decision to join an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to support a New Jersey Islamic society’s right to build a mosque.

We have no problem with this action as we think where would Christians be if the situation were reversed?  Wouldn’t they want help from others? Do unto others is a good verse for this issue and so is the thought that planting seeds come from doing good works, we may be opening up hearts to the gospel by doing nice things like this for unbelievers, including Muslims.his help is not supporting the Muslim faith nor saying it is correct but respecting the law of the land, freedom to practice one’s religion. Christians want the same freedom so they need to give it to other faiths, even though they are false, as well.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/conservatives-stunned-by-devastating-blow-to-religious-liberty-as-court-rules-against-christian-florist-175205/

Conservatives ‘Stunned’ by ‘Devastating Blow’ to Religious Liberty as Court Rules Against Christian Florist

Why are conservatives stunned? Washington is a very liberal state and the court is very secular, what kind of result do conservatives expect? Everybody already knows that the minority of LGBTQ people enjoy unprecedented support and protection from the government, this decision is not a surprise, though it is sad to see. How about praying first that God would change the hearts of the people of Washington state so that more people are brought into the kingdom and God’s justice can prevail.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-christian-schools-are-rocked-by-sex-scandal-174889/

When Christian Schools Are Rocked by Sex Scandal

To be honest, this article aid absolutely nothing of value on this subject. We will say that this problem is very easy to fall into and believers, especially Christian leaders, need to be extra careful not to allow themselves to be found in these situations. Protecting one’marriage and the reputation of the church is vital. DO NOT TAKE CHANCES, avoid these situations and take precautions.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/pentecostal-church-counselor-safe-sex-is-ok-for-teens-who-cant-control-themselves-174875/

The Church of Pentecost in Ghana is clarifying its position on sex and marriage after one of its counselors suggested that sex is permissible for teenagers who can’t control themselves, as long as they use contraception.

Uhm…No it isn’t. We have to ask why do certain Christian people, who are in delicate influential positions,disagree with God on a regular basis? Why are they in those positions and why are not churches doing more to weed them out?

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/white-evangelicals-voting-for-trump-represents-a-crisis-in-the-church-jim-wallis-says-175156/

Exit polls showing that 81 percent of evangelical voters and a majority of white Christians voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election represents a “crisis in the Church” and shows that the Church is more racially divided than ever, the Rev. Jim Wallis has warned.

Wallis, who heads the progressive Christian social justice group Sojourners and is also a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday that evangelicals and Christians who voted for Trump are “responsible” for his presidency and any “racist” policies that might come out of the Trump administration.

We are tired of these attacks upon a man who has held office for only 1 month. It is ridiculous to expect him to perform perfectly or as his opponents want. If you examine H. Clinton closely you will see that their foundation was merely for influence peddling yet no one said a word when that foundation closed its doors recently. They had to as the Clintons lost access to the White House.There are many other sins of H. Clinton that are swept under the rug and all we can say about Trump and political leaders is– you who are without sin, cast the first stone.

#6. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ann-coulter-donald-trump-head-of-church-175214/

Best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter recently claimed that President Donald Trump is, in her opinion, “head of state” and now “head of church.”

No one has ever accused Ms. Coulter of being theologically sound. It is dangerous to elevate other humans to positions that challenge or place them above God. Humans are the servants of God thus when the servants do well, we praise God for that is who the servants obeyed.

 

Be A Friend

At the end of the church service today the church played the song, I’ll Fly Away, you know how it goes, ‘when this life is over…’ and it got me thinking about how so many believers tend to be selfish in their christian thinking. They have received redemption, forgiveness and salvation yet do not care if anyone else receives it as well as they want to catch the first flight to heaven and leave this earth.

We believers cannot afford to be selfish in our thinking when it comes to the spiritually lost. We need to remember that we fight against powers and principalities etc, and not flesh and blood. Our fellow humans need compassion and help to be freed from sin and those evil forces which enslave them. Wishing to get to heaven while there is work to be done is not the correct Christian attitude to have. We need to look upon the lost as Jesus does and forget our desires and get involved in the unbelievers’ lives in such a way that more people will find Jesus as their savior.

This does not mean that every person must give a gospel message every time they approach an unbeliever. It may mean planting seeds and watering them via good works, visiting them in the hospital, helping around their homes and so much more. It may mean sitting with them when something bad happens to one of their family members or going to prison to visit prisoners.

We can share our faith when the unbeliever asks why are we doing these good deeds for them. There is no need to cold call with the four spiritual laws, etc., and force the conversation. Take an interest in their lives, learn to care for them and treat them like the humans they are. Let’s leave the judging and condemnation to God and get busy obeying his will.

If you do not know how to do good works for others, the gospels and the book of Acts is full of examples to follow. Just being a friend also goes a long way and being a friend does not mean compromising or changing one’s beliefs but using those beliefs to guide you in your friendship with the unsaved.We must remember that before we were saved we needed good friends to be there for us so do unto others as you would like to be treated and learn how to be a Christian friend to those who are in need of a good friend.

Oh and being a friend does not mean our beliefs are influenced by secular thinking. We still need to follow God’s rules for our lives. As a Dallas Theological Seminary professor once said to his son who wanted to hang out with his unchristian friends–‘it is okay as long as you influence them and they do not influence you’. It wasn’t long before those unsaved friends were redeemed by Christ.

Influence others for Christ do not let them influence you away from salvation and eternal life with God.

 

This Is Absurd!!

http://www.christianpost.com/news/sorry-mothers-its-pregnant-people-now-174100/

The British Medical Association has asked its 160,000 members who work in hospitals and general practice across that country not to call pregnant women “mothers” to show sensitivity toward transgender people, according to reports.

Pandering to those who choose to pervert and alter themselves has got to stop. The transgender is the abnormal person not the pregnant MOTHER. The transgender should be showing sensitivity to the pregnant women not the other way around. The transgender person is the usurper of right and wrong, the violator of what is normal, the one discontented with their birth gender so they must take pains to be sensitive to those who do everything right and accept their birth gender and identity.

God did not make transgendered people. Those ideas come from evil alone and are not biblically or divinely approved. The transgendered person is the one deceived not those who accept who they are, they are the ones who need counseling, correction and guided back to what is right about their lives NOT the person who accepts who they are and live as they are.

The secular world has gone insane in this issue and so have many church denominations and ‘christian’ individuals. God is not the one who needs correction in this matter. God is the one who is to be obeyed not told he needs to be sensitive to those who fall to the deception evil places in their lives.We do not support deception but bring people out of it so that they can live proper lives, hoping that they will repent of their sins and become believers in Jesus. At no time are we to say that transgenderism is normal, healthy or okay. It is none of those things.

But while transgenderism is wrong, sin and abnormal, we do not throw those people away and leave them for the unchurched world to minister to or meet their physical needs. We must still treat them as Jesus would want. When Jesus said ‘when you do it unto the least of these you do it unto me’ he did not leave out transgendered people from the group ‘the least of these’.

We can help them without compromising our faith and beliefs and without accepting their sin and abnormality. Jesus did it when he ate with the sinners.We need to minister to these people correctly not supporting their decisions but calling it what it is–something from evil and not from God. Transgendered people must repent of their sins, give up their transgendered identification and desires and be made new creatures through redemption in Christ. They are not Christians or part of the church if they do not follow the rules of God for salvation and redemption.They cannot be accepted as part of the family of God if they do not repent of all their sins, including transgenderism, and actually become a part of the kingdom of God.

God does not allow sin in his kingdom and we must not include anyone in God’s kingdom who has not truly been redeemed by Christ.Secular scientists, psychologists and other unbelieving social workers do not have the truth nor the inside track on this issue. They are as deceived as the transgendered person and do not have the truth about this issue.The church needs to take its lead from the Holy Spirit and go for the truth not the faulty theories of those in need of a savior and the truth.

The church and the believer cannot follow that absurd directive but must lead the secular world to what is truly right and wrong so the issue can be solved correctly. ‘Being sensitive’ to  these people is not the correct solution; making the people who are normal to change is not the correct solution to this issue; supporting evil and sin is not the correct solution to this issue. The correct solution is to identify the problem for what it is–sin– and then provide the correct spiritual answer to the problem.

Too many children are being trapped in sin because the church allows the secular world to lead in spiritual problems and that is just not right.

 

But It Must Be Done Biblically Correct

Another article we liked is the following,

http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastors-our-silence-is-deafening-173554/

But this time we probably will make a few comments on his points. The first quote is just for consideration:

A paraphrase that is often attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville — a Frenchman who authored Democracy in America in the early 1800s, helps to open this letter: “I looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated. I looked for it in her harbors and on her shorelines, in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and in her gold mines and vast world commerce, but it was not there.”

“It was not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her success. America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

Evil destroys. There is nothing good that comes from evil or pursuing it.  Churches and Christians must get back on track with God’s standards of right and wrong if they want to make any impact for Jesus. They cannot invent their own standards, their own ideology nor can they change what God has written to fit their personal subjective beliefs. They must humble themselves and obey God correctly.

Pastors (and Christian leaders alike) must take responsibility for the spiritual health of today’s church, and the nation. We don’t need more marketing plans, demographic studies, or giving campaigns; we need men filled with the Spirit of God

This is important. Pastors are the spiritual leaders of their congregation and it has been said ‘as the pastor goes so goes the church’ so this is a huge responsibility for the pastoral staff. They need to get serious about God and their calling then lead God’s people humbly and correctly. That author has 4 points to consider

1. Return to the prayer closet

We are sure many pastors are doing this already and the fault of bad churches does not necessarily lie with the pastor or his staff. But the prayer time needs to be honest, serious, coming from the heart. If the pastor wants his people to follow him then he needs to set the right example.

2. Return to a separated life

Again this may not apply to all pastors. Most preachers have little time to be a ‘man of the world’ so to speak. What I do not like about that author’s points is that they are to general in nature and indict those pastors who are already doing these things and more.

3. Worship must be a priority

Worship is easy, obeying is hard. So we would say to do both.Worship God honestly all the time but strive to be an obedient servant and do God’s will not people’s.

4. Preach the difficult truths — they set people free.

Yes but do so with the correct love attitude.  Tact and wisdom play a part here as both characteristics help communicate God’s message effectively. Offending someone is not our goal nor yardstick but following the Holy Spirit to the right words to say is vital. We do not preach sermons to please that author but obey God and preach the sermons he wants spoken.

These type of articles are needed as a reminder of how pastors should do their duties but often they do more harm than good as not enough detail is provided and many innocent pastors may be hurt by being included in the group that is not doing their job correctly.The authors of these type of articles should also take more time in their writing so that they can communicate effectively as every pastor knows they will hear about these articles from well-meaning members of their church, people who may not know how to use the articles in the right way.

Declaring pastors are doing it wrong is easy for it allows the author’s to avoid dealing with the real problems of the church and ignore the fact that the other members of leadership or the congregation in general are the real problem for the individual church. Blaming the pastor for the ills of the church is like blaming the teacher for the student who refuses to learn.

A lot of the time it is not the pastor’s fault for he has done all he can to bring his congregation the right spiritual way and they just refuse to learn or follow.

 

Biblical Teaching

http://www.christianpost.com/news/100-percent-of-christians-face-persecution-in-21-countries-open-doors-world-watch-list-2017-172850/

Just so you know, Jesus never promised anyone the right to freely practice their beliefs. He did tell everyone to pick up their cross and follow him.

So while we want these countries to ease up on their treatment of believers we should be praying that the believers who are persecuted do not lose their faith, can endure the bad treatment they receive and never lose hope in God. Persecution comes with the territory of being a believer in Jesus.

 

LGBTQ Rights

http://www.christianpost.com/news/trump-keeps-lgbt-protections-for-federal-workers-173909/

We have no problem if these supposed rights are the same for everyone but if they place a higher distinction or grant extra protection than what others enjoy then we cannot accept nor endorse such thinking. We believe that it is christian to help LGBTQ members to get work, find a home, feed them if they are hungry and give them financial aid when they are in need but none of those actions are designed nor are meant to support or accept or legitimize their choice to be abnormal, sinful and wrong.

It is wrong to be a LGBTQ person and nothing is going to change that status no matter what. God is the one who drew the line in the sand and no one has the authority to alter that line. it is up to the people of this world to choose to obey God. But if they don’t they must be ready to accept the consequences. No amount of conferring rights alters God’s standards of right and wrong, moral and immorality and good and evil. Rights do not trump God’s standards.

The LGBTQ community may get survivor benefits from social security or other benefits they seek from the world but those accomplishments do not alter the fact that they are still sinning, still disobeying God, still practicing an abomination and in danger of going to hell. This is as basic as it gets and saying things like this is not a hate crime but trying to open the eyes of those who think that unrepentant LGBTQ people are Christian and find favor with God.  They don’t. God loves them but that love does not allow the LGBTQ people to skip the criteria that one must repent of all their sins and be born again if they want to make it into heaven.

God does not accept sin into his kingdom for if he did that would not make paradise much of a paradise. The standard of sin comes from God as well and no one can change that so if a LGBTQ member or supporter says that LGBTQ practices and preferences are not sin then they are lying to everyone and not a friend to anyone.We must accept God’s declaration of what is or isn’t sin then abide by it so that we do not lose out on going to heaven.

One last thing, LGBTQ members are to receive God’s justice no matter which side of the infraction they are on, they are to receive God’s fairness and so on but such treatment again does not change their sinful lifestyle to a sinless and holy one.

 
 
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