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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.

 

News In Brief – 3

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/florida-college-suspends-christian-student-who-challenged-muslim-prof-s-jesus-assertion-178733/

After talking with the professor about his grade on the essay, Polston said that Zufari then reported him to Rollins’ “Dean of Safety” and even canceled class because she felt “unsafe
Absolutely absurd. These same people would be up in arms if a Christian professor did the exact same thing. This over-protection for some groups of people needs to end and sanity needs to be restored in American Educational institutions.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appealed to the touted Christian values of President Donald Trump and his evangelical supporters Sunday when he called undocumented immigrants “children of God” and suggested the construction of an estimated $20 billion wall along America’s Southern border is not Christian.
He does not know what Christian really is nor does he know how to apply biblical teaching. He also doesn’t understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. breaking the law is not to be supported even in the Christian faith.
A year after North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 “bathroom bill” was signed into law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings, a new analysis by the Associated Press says the bill will cost the state $3.76 billion over 12 years.
Pandering to sin and delusions is not the correct way to handle these problems. Transgenders should be told the truth and made to use the bathroom matching their birth gender.
A week after disgruntled Princeton Theological Seminary alumni complained that Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, should not receive the school’s Kuyper Prize because of his church’s position on the ordination of women and LGBT individuals, the seminary decided Wednesday not to give the award this year.

So now you have to hold liberal and sinful views to receive awards. Hmmm… Pathetic.
 

Pastors 2

The Bible speaks constantly about learning, teaching others, and studying and many pastors do that but sometimes they stop at only reading their own denominational material. Unfortunately that is not enough.

To teach your people each week you must be educated in more areas than your denominational ideology. You need to know about science, history, geography and many other subjects in order to understand and apply the Bible better. You do not have to be experts in each field of study nor do you ave to know more than some of the basics, but what you have to do is follow the Holy Spirit so you can get to the truth of an issue and not be led astray by unbelievers who sound like they know what they are talking about.

For example, for science the best way to protect yourselves and your congregations is against evolutionary thinking to have a good starting point. That beginning is simply: fallible, sinful men and women do not know more than God does about what he did in the beginning. You cannot say that the biblical authors got our origins wrong for they got their information from God himself.

Another example would be archaeology. a good starting point there to help guide you in your study of God’s word is that archaeology is limited and only looks at maybe 2-5% of the total information from the past. archaeologists do not have any secret information nor any smoking gun that contradicts the Bible or proves it untrue. They know very little about the past and what they do know they often distort and alter in order to paint a picture they want the past to look like. They do not present a picture to show how the past actually was.

These examples should help you in knowing what you need to know from fields of study other than theology. For theology, and other subjects,you need to make sure you are following the Holy Spirit to the truth because Jesus taught that. he did not teach anyone to go for the interpretation they want or the best explanation.

Do a word study on the words ‘truth’ and ‘interpretation’ and see what God actually teaches about both topics. To lead your people correctly you need to know the information first. You need to first ask God the tough questions and get his answers before facing the questions from your church members.

Education is not limited to theology or evangelism for not every person studies theology and you need to be prepared to answer their questions and you can’t answer them if you do not know God’s answers first. I remember having a friend many years ago, who was a youth pastor at the time, continually say ‘I don’t know’ to his young charges. That is not good nor is it being a good pastor. You need to know so you can train your people correctly and help protect them from the attacks of evil.

You need to educate correctly so the people can defend their faith without problems or stumbling in their faith.

 

Bits And Pieces2

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/toni-the-tampon-coloring-book-that-teaches-men-get-periods-amounts-to-child-abuse-says-expert-177040/

The Adventures of Toni the Tampon: A Period Coloring Book that teaches children men get periods too is causing a stir, with one critic calling it “child abuse.”

No it is not child abuse. Le’s stop abusing the word ‘abuse’. This is called lying to children and lying is a sin. The Bible reminds us that liars do not go to heaven. Let’s not sin in exposing sin.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/justin-trudeau-donates-650-million-fund-abortions-worldwide-pro-lifers-horrified-177143/

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to donate $650 million for abortions worldwide on International Women’s Day, with “horrified” pro-lifers calling it a “sick” decision.

We call it misusing ones authority and power.

“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” he added.

Women do not have the right to hurt or kill the child or its body developing in their womb.

 

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/i-was-a-skeptic-of-the-shack-then-i-spoke-with-the-author-177146/

People had warned me not to read the book. And when I heard that God, who is called Papa, was portrayed as a large black woman, I really wasn’t inspired to read it.

The author of the book and the producers of the movie seem to have forgotten that God does not show himself to humans. If he did the person seeing him would die. Why would God appear as a black woman? There is NO logic to maintain that idea. Then when God has met people the person is told to remove their shoes for they are standing on holy ground. We do not see that vital act used anywhere in this movie. At least it i not mentioned taking place anywhere we have read about the movie.

People may like this film but it is theologically and biblically wrong

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-radicals-disguised-as-doctors-massacre-over-30-sick-and-wounded-in-hospital-177142/

Islamic State militants have killed over 30 patients and staff at an Afghan hospital and wounded twice as many others after managing to disguise themselves as doctors in what some have called an “abhorrent new low.”

If you need a modern example of why God destroyed the world with a flood… Now all the people of the pre-flood world were not this bad but they did think of evil all the time. Sin is evil, God set the boundaries for sin not humans. be careful.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-should-elderly-pastors-retire-ten-diagnostic-questions-176314/

There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire?

People like Ranier need to go away. They are sticking their noses in where they do not belong. They are what was once called busybodies. They are minding everyone else’s business but their own. They also think they are in charge of the church and Christians, placing themselves over God with their views. We have never liked Ranier, his articles or the book he wrote. We find him treading in areas where he does not belong and uses the wrong standards to make his judgments.

 

A Word Or Two On Scholars

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/first-person-misogyny-in-the-bible/

It is an interesting article on a topic we are fully aware. We do not agree with Mr. Shanks or Dr. Rollston as neither person has the spirit of truth guiding them to the truth. This is the confusing thing about scholarship. Many people claim to be Christian, who are scholars, yet they throw out God’s rules that would guide them to the truth of a topic and embrace the rules of man. Rarely do scholars come to the truth using that formula. They try to please men, not God.

Christopher Rollston is one of the world’s leading paleographers of ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. I have been harshly critical of some of his views, principally regarding unprovenanced inscriptions—inscriptions that have surfaced only from the antiquities market, not from a professional archaeological excavation. They may be forgeries, he argues. Although my criticism of Chris’s position is intense,1 we remain good friends and regularly share a meal.

Yes he is a leading scholar but we find his answer wanting and lacking in anything that is helpful to the believer. We know this as he refused to provide a direct answer to some our questions when we asked him point-blank, when does a Hebrew script mean a Hebrew script? Scholarship should be dedicated to finding the truth and informing the people of that truth. Sadly, too many Christians opt for constructing new theories for discussion and avoid the truth like the plague. This is why we used the word ‘confusing’ earlier. Even Christian scholars bring confusion to the church and confusion is not of God. These men and women are trained  in ancient languages and other disciplines thus they are in a unique position to help the church…unfortunately, this rarely happens.

Rollston finds the marginalization of women obvious and “clear” in the Ten Commandments: “The wife is classified as her husband’s property, and she’s listed with the slaves and work animals. There is also a striking omission in this commandment: Never does it say, ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s husband.’”

People like Rollston tend to read too much of their own or some other secular person’s views into scripture and make a mole hill into a mountain.  When the word woman is or wife is used in the 10 commandments she is not being listed as property. That is an idea that is read into the passage of scripture. The idea that women were ancient men’s property is more of a secular cultural idea than a spiritual one for we never read any passage of scripture instructing men to make women their property. But when a couple marries and becomes one they do belong to each other and no one else. it is a different concept than the one proposed by Dr. Rollston.

Men have specific instructions from God on how to treat women and none of them tell the man to make a woman their property.But these passages are ignored when scholars, like Dr. Rollston, publish their views on scripture.

Rollston continues with other examples:

An unmarried woman could be compelled to marry her rapist, as long as the rapist could pay the standard bride price and the woman’s father was comfortable with the marriage (Deuteronomy 22:28–29). Polygyny (a man having multiple wives at the same time) was not condemned, but was an accepted and legal custom (Deuteronomy 21:15–17; Genesis 4:19–24; and 2 Samuel 3:2–5). A woman’s religious vow could be nullified by her father or her husband (Numbers 30:3–15). And the assumption of the text is that the priesthood is all male (Leviticus 21). In short, within the legal literature of the Bible, women were not accorded the same status as men.

What we find when scholars make these type of points is that it is not God who is in error. Rather, it is the scholar who does not understand scripture properly and attack the passage from their own understanding not using God’s wisdom or spirit of truth to help them grasp what God is saying. Dr. Rollston, there, is pulling passages out of context and without proper exegetical work to understand why God said what he said. Scholars cherry pick as well. They also ignore passages that would clarify what God is saying for those passages stop the scholar from writing what they do.

But there’s more: “Let a woman learn in silence and full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to be silent” (vv. 11–12). The author’s rationale: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (vv. 13–14). According to this text, women were to be silent in worship gatherings (and men were certainly not told to be silent)

Another example of cherry picking a verse to support a bad agenda and another example of understanding what God is saying. Does the word silent mean that women cannot worship or pray? We do not think so. Most likely the women was not to teach or preach to men but as you can read it looks like Dr. Rollston is importing his own ideas to the text and not taking out exactly what God means. We get a clue when men are not told to be silent. Dr. Rollston seems to forget that if men are to be silent then there is no teaching, preaching or worship going on in the service, everyone just sits around watching each other grow. This is the problem with scholars and scholarship. They leave God out of the process and think their conclusions trump what God wants for his church. God owns the church thus he gets the say how it will operate.

Rollston recently told us in writing what we already knew. This criticism of the Bible led to his “forced ouster” from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

We know this story and yes there was nothing wrong with his ouster. He was teaching contrary to the ideology of the institution that employed him and he taught things that were not of God.This is the result of scholarship when you leave the spirit of truth out of helping–you leave God and speak something God did not teach or say. Dr. Rollston, then, becomes a false teacher and those people have no place in God’s academic institutions or churches. He has no business teaching young Christians nor do those pastors who do not believe God’s word any more. The Bible warns us against false teachers and the church and academic institution must obey God and get rid of those who do not teach what God wants or commanded. There is no alternative to that position.

If you cannot believe, preach or teach what God wants, then you have no right to teach or preach in what is God’s. Christian scholars are to be servants of God and they must present what God wants– the truth in love– not contrary theories or lead people to false teaching. They are to obey God in all areas of life and cannot adopt secular ideas to guide them in their work. Christian scholars need to bring the truth for they have a great responsibility given to them by God and they fail God and the people when they allow themselves to be led astray by those who reject God, Jesus and the aid of the Holy Spirit.

 
 
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