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We Interrupt…

our regularly scheduled archaeology series to make a comment or to on the Heritage Christian School controversy.

You have probably read the articles or heard about t on the news but here are two links to two stories on the issue:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-school-says-student-is-barred-from-graduation-for-immoral-sex-not-pregnancy-184894/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/pro-lifers-slam-christian-school-for-banning-pregnant-student-from-graduation-184536/

It is also difficult to judge these disciplinary actions as so much information is left out of the news stories. People who jump on the different bandwagons attacking either party do so without knowing all the details.  Another factor is that those criticizing either party think their ideas on what scripture says is more important than those involved in the situation and they think their ideas are more important than God’s actual meaning of the bible verses they quote. This creates a bigger problem for both the school and the student involved in the mess. (And for the families involved as well.)

One thing that is demonstrated by those who take the student’s side is that they think that walking across the stage at graduation is more important than the rules that were broken.  They also think that act is more important than the student learning to keep her word. Whether you think Heritage’s punishment was over the top or not, there are more important issues here than a student walking cross a stage and one is, why should sin and rule breaking be rewarded?

The other problem that comes into play here is that this controversy is built on the fact that so many people who are not involved with Heritage or any students at the school are disagreeing with the way Heritage handles its own rules and discipline. To them we say– MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!! Your disagreeing has no role in this problem and only muddies the water ruining the chance for true justice to take place. People are too quick these days,with the advent of the internet, to voice their opinions on matters that do not concern them. We have yet to find a scripture verse teaching followers of Christ to do that.

These nosy people forget that the love they want the school to show this student is telling them to give that same love to the school they disagree with. Hypocrisy never won any argument nor showed Christ’s love. If you want the school to change then practice your beliefs correctly and make sure they are in line with God and his intent for his word.Your interpretation does not matter. You got to have followed the HS to the truth , accepted it and implemented it in your life before you can speak one word.

In Korea, we used to tell those native English speakers who whined and complained about the Korea educational system to go out start their own school, make their own rules, recruit their own students and s on then implement their ideas to show that they are actually better than the Korean way.  No one ever took us up on that suggestion. We also make the same suggestion to those sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong in this situation. Go start your own Christian school, recruit your own students, make your own rules and show that your ideas are better than Heritage’s. If you don’t do that then SHUT UP.

You, not Heritage, are the ones not showing true Christianity especially by putting your nose where it doesn’t belong. Grace, love and Christianity do not reward sin or wrongdoing nor do they place walking across a stage in a more important role than repenting of one’s sin, realizing that they were wrong and that breaking their word is an important matter. She signed a statement and knew what she was signing, she has no excuse here and nor do those busybodies who think they know more than God and try to tell Heritage what to do. Heritage has the right and freedom to act as they think they should and they have committed no crime here– so back off. Your opinion is not greater than theirs.

If you want to see Christian based actions then apply it to your lives first. Remove your beams before trying to remove the splinters in Heritage’s vision.

 

Mid-Vacation Comments

We need to take a break from taking a break so here are a few comments on different things happening in the world today

#1. The Indestructable Jew by Max L. Dimont

When someone sets out to write a history of a nation, it is best if they would stick to the actual history. The author above tries to write a history of the Jewish people but right at the beginning he throws in evolutionary timetables. These timetables are not part of Jewish history and they do not belong in the book. Their inclusion only means that we are told that the author is biased and not writing honestly or objectively.

It destroys the content and purpose of the book and this includes when the author says Abraham started the Jewish faith and introduced monotheism to the world. it is not even close to truth as the presence of Melchizedek tells us that monotheism existed prior to Abraham. We have come to the conclusion that most secular scholars, archaeologists and other writers cannot truthfully represent Jewish and Christian history let alone the details of their beliefs. Whenever we pick up a book on jewish and Christian themes written by an unbeliever, we find the same thing, no objectivity, no honesty, misrepresentation of the facts and a clear misunderstanding of religious writings.

#2. Patterns Of Evidence

They are at it again, producing another film on biblical history

Scholars have different ideas of whether Moses existed, and even among those that think he did… where the biblical events actually took place. I just returned from a trip to Jordan where we filmed some reenactments for our new film series. I’m eager to share more with you.

We have begun work now to produce a series of one-hour episodes that investigate the route of the Exodus journey, including the sea crossing and the encounter with God at Mount Sinai. It will explore questions such as why is the Exodus important, are miracles possible, what are the different views on the Exodus route, and is there a pattern of evidence for these events that matches the Bible’s account?

This is taken from their newsletter and while we enjoyed their last film we wonder why the producers feel the need to rehash old ground concerning the Exodus? There has been no real new evidence discovered that justifies the retracing the steps of other scholars who have covered this area of study for decades now. If the producers are not going to stick to the restrictions presented in the Bible or the time scale, which was one of the mistakes made by Bob Cornuke and others have made, then nothing new is going to be learned and this venture simply becomes an excuse to make money.

Sometimes religious people are in too much of a hurry to provide evidence for their faith and they label items as proof when there is no possible way to tie those items to the biblical record. Then when they use unbelieving scholars to help make their case we wonder how much of God is in the works? With that said, we are interested in seeing the final product.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/professors-leave-franklin-graham-christian-college-alma-mater-covenant-opposing-gay-marriage-182221/

Sorry but we cannot agree with the actions of those, or if there are any, professors who want to force Christian colleges to teach and accept sinful activities. Their agenda is misguided and based upon the misunderstanding of a few verses while ignoring many other ones which help clarify what Jesus taught.Love does not include sin in the church and we are not loving our fellow believer as ourselves when we open the church or institutional doors and allow sin into the congregation’s midst.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-university-students-demand-school-reject-biblical-views-sex-gender-identity-182081/

This is more of the same. You can say it is UnChristlike but then those making that declaration probably do not know Christ and use restricted verses to make their case. They look at, Jesus was a friend to sinners and ate with them,and draw their conclusions yet fail to see that Jesus NEVER accepted their sins nor included them in the church.

Since God did not make any alterations to the institution of marriage, man has no right to edited it and include those alternatives God has left out.People seem to forget that it was God who created marriage not man and it is up to man to obey God’s limits and rules not erase them so one can do what they want.Then fighting transgenderism is not wrong. it is helping those who are deceived, misguided and misinformed to find the truth that there was no mistake made at birth.

There was no conspiracy between the doctors and parents to alter a baby’s birth gender so the feelings one has that they belong to a different gender are ideas coming from evil to destroy the person, not help them be who they are to be.When people leave the truth out of these issues that is when they become confused and let evil have its way.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/bible-answer-man-fires-back-bill-nye-punish-parents-having-extra-kids-182011/

Who died and left Bill Nye and other scientists in charge of families and parents? Sorry but Mr. Nye has gone too far in his agenda to force his views on others. He forgets that everyone has the right to freely choose how many children they will have. Science and Mr. Nye were not given that responsibility. Science and scientists are not the final authority on any topic nor are they the go to people when others have questions, especially when it comes to family size.

Some people,like Mr. Nye, need to learn to mind their own business and remove the beams from their own eyes before laying down rules for others.

 

Believers & Churches Are TOO Immature

This is the conclusion we have come to over the years. As we leave for our vacation, it seems that topics keep coming to mind so we will post this little tidbit to close things out.

They are more bent on being part of a fad or some other distorted behavior than they are in getting things right. One fad that comes to mind and annoys us greatly is the badly used term ‘gifted’. It is not correct English and it is just annoying whenever we hear it. Another pet peeve that sends us a clue is the use of drums and worship teams in every service. While the Bible does not disallow their use, we have a problem when women are leading men and when the leaders are having their own private worship on stage and everyone else does not know what to do. There is no leading to worship or guiding the people just a person closing their eyes on stage and spiritually whacking off, for a lack of a better term.

Spiritually mature churches would take the time to teach their people how to do worship and services correctly, leaning not to their own understanding but bringing to the people what God wants them to know and how to apply that knowledge correctly. Worship, like church, is not a game and people in the church rarely understand what they are doing or why they are doing it.

We wonder if it is too late for the church in general to grow up and be real believers, someone God would be proud of to have as his child or better yet, be able to use for greater spiritual duties and objectives. Far too many believers do not want to grow up spiritually and that leaves God with a problem as evil has millions of people who are adults and who make mincemeat out of unprepared spiritually unfit believers. How can God win when believers refuse to learn, grow up spiritually and prepare for real spiritual duty?

When the church remains immature children it is no wonder God is not making an impact in this world. The people he has chosen to use are not doing their part and are getting defeated too easily by well prepared forces of evil. God doesn’t want us to pass the buck back to him when we face a spiritual problem or crisis, he wants us to learn how to handle them correctly so that we can grow spiritually.

We are letting God down, he is not letting us down.Churches need to grow up and mature if they want to make a dent in evil’s strongholds.

 

Getting Definitions Correct

Of course, after writing the lat post we come across a topic that needs some attention so we will make one more post before our break. The topic is found at the following link: http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-looking-at-womans-cleavage-sexual-harrassment-181662/

And the problem is not just found in reacting to how women dress or how women dress, both are the problem and when women do dress in a manner that exposes their bodies, they cannot really complain when others look at them in any undesirable manner. This is so when the attitude applied to the reactions are subjective, misguided and wrong.

One of the real problem s in this issue is the fact that terms like ‘sexual harassment’, ‘abuse’ and other provocative expressions are not clearly and objectively defined. When people get to apply their own subjective ideas to these terms then more problems arise causing a lot of pain, heartache and injustice to all involved.

We need to get to real definitions and not let anyone and everyone alter them to fit their pleasure. Part of this problem comes in when those in charge of litigation, judicial affairs and so on, allow for the subjective definitions to take precedence over the real objective meanings of the terms.People in charge need to be strong and brave and not give in to the will of individuals who cannot accept or apply those real definitions correctly.

We do not like the fact that Mr. O’Reilly and others have received in justice because some women cannot accept the fact that they need to dress modestly. We do not like the fact that people are fired first when other options are available that would bring true justice to the issue and solve the problem with fewer people being sent to the unemployment lines. Trying to please a group of people or defend an honor does not serve justice but personal objectives and that is wrong.

Dressing modestly in public is not just a woman’s issue. It is also the responsibility of the man to set the example and dress accordingly. The man should not be exposing boy parts best observed in private between a husband and his wife but since women are making this an issue and the victims are the men around them, then they need to realize that they have responsibility to learn the correct definitions of terms and correctly apply them to any given situation.

They also should take a look at how they are dressed and their motivation for dressing in that manner and see if they are not going too far. Then make the correct changes. Women, like men, are not to lead the other gender to sin. Women need to realize that they do NOT need to follow the worldly advice of looking sexy to get a man’s attention. They need to realize that if they want the attention of a man with quality then they need to dress a lot better and not attract the attention f a man who does not care about them and has less savory ideas in mind.

The Bible tells us to dress modestly, so that is the key. This does not mean, as one woman put in that article, putting on a burka. It does mean to cover up as one does not sin nor lead others to sin when the dress for work or play. Women who use the burka example are part of the problem as they are being unrealistic in their dress code demands and refuse to accept the correct definitions for the term ‘sexual harassment’ and want to apply their own ideas to the term.

These people want to rule others per se and do not want to humble themselves and accept the real definitions of specific terms. People have a hard time accepting justice especially when the terms of justice are not meeting their demands nor are as harsh as they would like.But then justice is not to please people or victims but has a different purpose in mind, one that brings order and repentance to society.As well as obeying God when people commit mistakes or crimes.

Women are not innocent in this issue and they must bear a lot of the responsibility when men do things they do not like. Sexual harassment is not always termination of employment worthy and believers need to do the hard work and make sure justice is applied to this issue even when women do not like how justice comes out.Making complaints is not to serve the purpose of getting revenge, something women do a lot and it is an attitude that needs to be erased for that is abusing the justice system for one’s personal vendetta. It is just as wrong as any crime.

Justice is fair and a two-way street and those accused need to have justice especially when they have done nothing wrong but look at a woman’s exposed body.

 

Believers 4

I don’t think a lot of you guys think about that now when you are out there doing things whether it be having sex or doing drugs and stuff. You don’t think about how it may ruin your testimony or the fact that maybe one day you’re going to meet a wonderful guy or girl who is not going to want to be with you because of what you have done– pg. 224

While her warning is real and many young people do not think about their future or their future partner and their feelings, if the person is wonderful they will know you cannot change the past. They will accept you as you are and look past your sinful deeds (if you have truly repented from then) and start a good relationship with you. It may take some work to help them overcome what you have done but again, if they are truly from God then they will help build you up and overcome your past so that you can be their perfect partner.

Then keeping her warning in mind, think about what you are going to do. If it is sinful and against God’s word then you need to be strong and resist temptation for you are not living for yourself but for God’s kingdom and Jesus.The things of this world are fun, they are exciting but they are not of God and you must be careful.Sin destroys lives. There was a professor at Dallas Seminary many years ago who told a story about his son who wanted to hang out with his unsaved friends. The professor told his son it would be okay if he influenced them and they did not influence him for evil. Soon those friends all accepted Christ as their savior because the boy followed his father’s advice.

Remember that while Jesus ate with sinners, he did not participate in sinful activities, he did not approve of those people’s sins or sinful activities and he was not influenced by them. He influenced them.Jesus maintained his holiness in that situation and did not compromise. Young people need to learn how Jesus did this and copy his example, that way they will be ready and pure when they meet that wonderful special person and have less problems to bring to the relationship.

 

Thoughts From Book Titles

we were able to get to a book store the other day for the first time in almost 6 months and a couple of titles caught our eye. These titles spurred some thoughts we will share here

#1. Be Rebellious by Megan Clinton

No we have not read the book but then we are not talking about the book here. We are just providing some thoughts that come from reading the book title an in this case the first thought that came to our minds was that statement is not biblical nor even Christian.There is no teaching from God or Jesus for their followers to be rebellious towards others or authority.

The Bible tells us to obey both God’s and Jesus’ instructions and commands. In their instructions we are to be truly just, fair, merciful as well as compassionate, wise, looking for the truth and so on.If we follow their instructions correctly we will appear rebellious because we are looking for the right solution and bring the correct answers to everyday problems at all levels– from our daily lives to our kids’ lives to government decisions and so on.

We are not really being rebellious for we are striving to preserve the correct rule of law, not overthrow governments or academic authority or do anything that would or could be deemed rebellious and label us rebels. We are merely casting a true light on the issues and problems of the day, even in court room activities, which most likely will go against accepted secular thought. That alone will make us seem like rebels but we are not. we are looking for the right godly answers to preserve our nations and families.

#2. Preventing genocide by David Hamburg

We are sure it is a good book but like the previous one, we have not read it. We can surmise what the author is saying in his work and come to the conclusion that he is looking for a solution to the problem of genocide in the wrong places.He is probably placing the blame on racism but when genocide happens to take place among the same color of skin or close to it then racism is not really the culprit.

Believers know that genocide, like any crime, comes from the sin nature in people and the fact that so many humans opt to follow evil over God. if we can get to the right source of a problem,not just genocide, then we can find the right solution. Hatred is one source for genocide and hatred is a sin which means we need a divine solution to solve this problem.

Sadly too many unbelievers reject the truth about sin and where it comes from saying that those things do not exist. They are just covering their eyes to the truth. Sin and evil exist as does the author of those activities. Until people admit and accept that the devil and his demons exist and are working hard to destroy them, they will never come to the right solution for the problem of genocide, or any other crime.

If you do not believe that evil spirits exist just ask any missionary who has spent their lives in Africa and many parts of Asia. They will certainly tell you differently. People need to open their eyes to the truth if they want to solve the world’s problems.

 

No One Wins

When you support one minority group over the majority or one group over another when it comes to rights, right and wrong, morality and immorality and good and evil.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/whats-been-lost-in-repeal-of-transgender-bathroom-law-179328/

Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the controversial HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Lawmakers had been under horrendous pressure from Left-leaning influences since its passage more than a year ago.

One question we have is why do sport leagues get to interfere with politics and force their will upon the people of any given state? Something is wrong here as this trend started many years ago when the NFL removed the Super Bowl from Arizona simply because the will of the people did not do what the NFL wanted. The crime? The people of Arizona did not approve of a new state holiday, Martin Luther King Day.  The bullying and intolerance need to stop. The left needs to realize and learn that other people have a say in what happens in a given state or country. They are not the sole residents of those places and they need to learn that the people who disagree with them have as many rights and freedoms as they do or as some minority group possesses.

God did not leave governing in the hands of the left.  Then the left needs to realize that they are far from God and his rules and that their ideas are merely subjective and not greater than those they oppose.The left needs to stop acting like spoiled little children and grow up.

 
 
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