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That need a few words to draw your attention. These highlighted articles are placed here to give you some points to think about. some may require longer more detailed reports but we just do not have the time right now to do those articles justice.

#1. https://www.christianpost.com/voice/how-abortion-covers-multitude-of-sins-even-condoning-pedophile.html

Once again, abortion is being used to justify supporting a political candidate that deserves nothing but condemnation by Christians

Christians do not condemn others. We are not without sin. This fact tells us that we need to respond more humbly, more wisely, with more understanding and knowledge before addressing these issues. You may not like a candidate for politics but their actions do not grant permission to believers allowing them to ignore biblical teaching.

No one is perfect, so be careful when taking the higher moral ground. You may not like your sins exposed.

#2. https://www.christianpost.com/news/thousands-sign-petition-seeking-ban-franklin-graham-entering-the-uk-209449/

Intolerance grows. it seems that tolerance is supposed to be only a one-way street- the church towards the sinner. That is not the case. If the sinner wants to be tolerated then they need to tolerate others especially when the others disagree with the sinner.

Allow us to remind you that there is no fellowship between the righteous and the unrighteous. The believer will always be accused of hatred, prejudice and discrimination by the sinner if they stand with God and his rules. Correctly standing with God is bringing the light to the dark world not being intolerant, hate-filled or practicing discrimination.

#3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/ken-hams-apologetics-conference-critique-unfair-unhelpful-seminary-head-says-209131/

“We should all remember that our understanding of God’s Word never carries the same authority as God’s Word itself does. Believers should always approach God’s Word with humility and never equate their understanding of God’s Word as being as comprehensive or as infallible as God’s Word itself is,” he stated. “[W]e believe that the question of the age of the earth is a question of what the Bible is saying not what the Bible is.”

These kind of comments are very vulnerable. They allow people to reject the truth simply because someone else believes God’s word correctly. it must be remembered that science is NOT an authority over God’s word. Science is not God nor on par with God. it is merely a tool to use to discover what God did at creation.

That field cannot say what God did or how he did it.Creation is not within the boundaries of scientific examination. When we correctly .believe God and his word, we are not using our understanding but declaring that we believe the truth. The Bible cannot lie and if science says something different than nth eBible then it is science that is wrong.

Science and scientists are not holy, infallible, omniscient, and so on. They do not have the last word on origins or creation.

#4. https://www.christianpost.com/news/less-than-half-us-evangelicals-strongly-agree-core-evangelical-beliefs-lifeway-209429/

A new survey has found that less than half of Americans who identify as evangelicals actually “strongly agree” with the core evangelical beliefs, while almost one-third of Americans who hold evangelical beliefs don’t identify as “evangelical.”

We would suggest that people start worrying about what Peter said in his epistles- make your calling and election sure- than worrying about being labeled as an evangelical. Labels are a human invention, not a divine category to meet. God only places his creation into two categories- those who believe in him and his son and those who do not.

We also add the following as well– those who obey God and those who do not.At the final judgment, it won’t matter if you considered yourself an evangelical, a Methodist, a Lutheran or whatever. What matters is if you believed, accepted Christ as your savior and lived your life according to God’s word correctly.

 

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A Few Words

#1. https://www.christianpost.com/news/alabama-white-evangelicals-support-moore-roy-sexual-assault-allegations-208677/

The only thing that we are going to say on this story, and these words apply to all those who face unfounded sexual harassment allegations,  you who are without sin, cast the first stone.

Jesus taught forgiveness for offenses. That teaching is in the Lord’s prayer. Forgiveness is th ekey to obtaining justice.

#2. https://www.christianpost.com/news/does-the-old-testament-support-voting-for-morally-questionable-candidates-like-roy-moore-208313/

Christians should not let their bias influence their reading of scripture. Now we will let you guess which side we are applying that statement to. Hint it is not what you think.

Trump won the election fair and square. Those who seek to undermine his legitimate right to rule should think about those Bible verses that tell people to obey their rulers. There s not one biblical verse that says to undermine the rule of those you do not like.

#3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/bishop-decries-2-josephs-gay-nativity-pray-jesus-will-forgive-this-sacrilege-208435/

Pray for these people. they do not know how grievous their sin is.

#4. https://www.christianpost.com/news/over-100-churches-to-join-benham-bros-in-prayer-walk-outside-charlottes-busiest-abortion-clinic-208317/

Did Jesus instruct anyone to do this? Please send us chapter and verse. Also if the organizers claim they received instructions let them publish  them so all Christians can examine the words.

Doing marches is not helping people. it is not a good testimony, nor is it helping to solve the abortion problem. getting correctly involved in people’s lives does.

#5. https://www.christianpost.com/news/born-again-christians-continue-declining-only-minority-believe-they-must-share-the-gospel-survey-208559/

Not doing evangelism does not indicate you are not born again. Obviously some people have misread their scriptures. Doing evangelism comes from the heart. You want to share the good news that has set your free from sin and given you eternal life.

 

 

Our Annual Christmas Message

If you have read our blog for any length of time, you will know that we do not clog up our pages with endless feel good stories about Christmas. This is because 1). there are already enough people doing that; 2). we do not agree with the idea there is a war on Christmas; 3). we are not a fan of the commercialized season; we believe the Christian Christmas behavior should extend through the whole year; and 5). we do not agree that it is a Christian holiday.

Now you may not like our reasons and think we are infidels but we are not and it is your choice.We have yet to find any passage of scripture instruction Jesus’ followers to create and celebrate festivals. The decision to do so is between the creators and God. We do not think it is a wise idea to turn Christ’s birth into a stressful, commercialized phenomenon.

You also have the free choice to participate or not. BUT that free choice is also extended to us and every other person on the planet. If we do not feel like participating then no one should be condemned for ignoring the usual parties, extravaganza’s, and other trappings that come with Christmas. They have the right to freely choose how they will handle Christmas this year.

We have spoken on the supposed war on Christmas in the past. As far as we are concerned if the unbeliever doesn’t want Christ to be part of the festival, that is their choice. It s their holiday after all. Those who claim there is a war on Christmas are misinformed about what Christmas is and what it entails. Christians never originated the festival. Some ancient RCC priest or bishop stole it and tried to Christianize the secular festival to make the Christian faith more attractive (we have read all the stories about the origin of Christmas so you need to bring real evidence to make your contradictory point).

We think that dying for your faith is more attractive than breaking the bank trying to get gifts for everyone or throwing that perfect party, and so on. Christmas and its terminology is not worth fighting over. As far as we are concerned Christmas is not a Christian holiday nor should it be celebrated. Jesus instituted  communion for us to remember his birth, life, death and resurrection. An act of obedience would be giving communion a more serious thought and a higher priority. we do not need to spend lots of money at communion time either or through lavish parties but get a deeper understanding of Christ’s sacrifice without the interference from the secular world who have nothing to live for. They need festivals because their lack of belief robs them of any hope for life in eternity. We should be more concerned about that than celebrating a festival.

Another reason we are not fans of Christmas is that it seems the Christian attitude is displayed through superficial acts of generosity, and one time feel good gift giving to the less fortunate. We are not a fan of the shoe box campaign orchestrated by Samaritan’s purse. While it does make both the giver and the recipient feel good, that feeling is only for a short time. it also leaves the recipient in their oppressive and less fortunate condition. A better example of showing Christ’s love to them would be to send those with God’s healing power to do some miracles; or spend the year helping the oppressed get out of their less fortunate situations.

We are aware some people already do that but it is not enough. We also think that children should not be targeted. Believers should be working with the parents instead of undermining their authority or making them look bad.Helping the parents look good also shows the love and hope of Christ. Targeting children, who do need good gifts, leaves out a group of people who need to see Christ in action in their lives. Christianity is for all people not just children.

Christians should be working more with the adults because the children will see Christ in action through practical aid to their families.They will see the hope and love of Christ by seeing their fathers get jobs, their mothers get treated better and on it goes. I remember when the late Johnny Carson used to read children’s Christmas letters on the air. Some of the genuine ones would bring tears to a viewer’s eyes. Their only wish for a gift was for their dad to be employed.

Christians need to think in broader terms that have long-lasting effects not short-term projects designed to make believers feel good for a short time. These broader terms should have long-term results which actually help people out of their current situations. They should not be seen as passing the buck back to God after a small donation of a small gift. God uses people to help others. Believers need to look for projects that gets them involved in other people’s lives. You will see God work better and strengthen your faith more by doing so.

The Christian Christmas spirit should be employed 365 days of the year not just for one month through special projects. helping people is what Christmas is all about. So is showing the love  and hope of god through better action than just saying ‘be warm and filled’. Jesus made this point very clearly. There is  a distinct way of behaving like a Christian and it involves getting involved with others and actually helping them out of their difficult situation.

The Christian faith is not about forcing others to follow the accepted Christian position but showing the same love Jesus showed us. He did not accept our sin in demonstrating that love, but gave us a way out of our impoverished situation. We need to do the same for others starting at Christmas and continuing until God calls time. We also need to make sure we are following the Holy Spirit’s leading when participating in these long-term projects.

Helping others is a great way to ave a good Christmas.

 

The Nashville Statement

You can read it at the following link

https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement/

We may have touched on this in the past, we just do not remember. Our point though would have been that we did not need another statement. We felt and feel that the believers must put the truth in their live and then let their light shine. Statements cannot help the poor, heal the sick, or do evangelism. Statements can always be misunderstood.

BUT we read through the articles today and have added a new perspective to our opinion. The statement, whether you sign it or not, helps immature and mature believers better define what they believe. It gives them factual knowledge of what the Christian faith is all about. It also clears up any confusion in their minds about God’s view of marriage and other aspects of life.

The Bible does that as well but this might be a little quicker way of doing. Will we sign the statement? No. While we agree with just about everything that is included in the statement, we do not like signing such documents.

We also agree with a lot of what John Piper says in the following article, https://www.christianpost.com/news/john-piper-responds-concerns-nashville-statement-driving-liberals-away-208120/

we just want to go a little bit further with our own answers.

“(1) Is hot-topic orthodoxy, announced and affirmed in the wide-open public realm, appropriate in a ‘casting pearls before swine’ kind of way?

The simple answer is ‘no’. Making a declaration of what you believe is not casting pearls before swine. How will unbelievers know what you believe if you do not tell them? What is casting pearls before swine when you present biblical truth to those who have no interest in it. They will discard it without consideration. They do not have an open-mind or heart to what God teaches. They think they know more than God or they just do not want t be part of God’s kingdom.

(2) Is it helpful or harmful for outreach to draw public lines in the sand over ideology, which, at worst, is seen as politically motivated by the world, or is at least something that adds a new wall of separation between the Christians in a local church from the liberal, unbelieving neighbors they are trying to reach within a neighborhood, first through relationship building

We need to draw a line in the sand. Jesus did. The world has to know the difference between right and wrong. If they think that wrong is right, then they will feel no need to change. You cannot reach unbelieving people if you offer them exactly what they already have. In other words, you do not compromise the truth to win souls.

Jesus told the truth all the time. People knew exactly where they stood in relationship with God, salvation, eternal life. The church does a great dis-service to itself and God by coloring the lines by including ideas that God does not include. Jesus lost disciples because he told the truth. We will lose people when we tell the truth. Jesus never instructed anyone to alter his words in hopes that someone might be saved. You can’t save someone by lying to them. You can’t save someone by misrepresenting God and his word.

Don’t be afraid of losing someone to the secular world because you represented the truth and God correctly. It will happen. God doesn’t send judgment upon his people for telling the truth to the unsaved. If the liberals do not want to accept the truth, let them leave the church. Their presence will only cause more problems because they will be spreading false teaching in the congregation and that is not a good idea.

Some who’ve said they agree with the points made in the Nashville Statement have also argued that it further damages the Church’s already negative reputation with homosexuals, however.

Who cares. The LGBTQ community need to realize that what they practice is sin, that they need to give it up to be saved, and that they need to follow scriptures correctly. The only reason the church has a ‘bad’ reputation with the LGBTQ community is that the latter does not want to give up their sin to be a Christian. They want the church to give up their salvation to accommodate their sinful practices.

We do not change from the truth just because practicing sinful people demand it.

Sprinkle, who at the time of the publication of the Nashville Statement released a 20-minute film called, “Dear Church: I’m Gay,” asserted that the declaration uses “impersonal” and “outdated” language and fails to own up to the mistakes made by theologically orthodox believers in the conversation.

“While we absolutely need to celebrate and promote Christianity’s historic view of marriage and sexual expression,” Sprinkle said, “we need to do so much more thoughtfully and much more holistically — pounding the pulpit for truth and grace.”

This is a topic for another day. The key is don’t let the unbeliever mess up your understanding of the Bible by arguing minor points like outdated language. Such discussions are a distraction meant to confuse the believer and have them make mistake sin their own faith.

 

 

Torture is Not Christian

Torture as you know is not of God. But some people may only have ahead knowledge about the act. Here are some pictures to give you a deeper understanding of what torture is and the pain it inflicts on people. Thee following examples come from Korea when they were under Japanese occupation. These are only some of the torture tactics the Japanese used.

 

If You Think Slavery is Dead…

…think again. We are in the midst of reading Eric Schlosser’s book, Fast Food Nation, and in chapters 7 & 8 he describes the working conditions of those employed in the meatpacking industry. This industry provides almost all the beef to your favorite fast food restaurant. The book is an interesting read. A little long on details but very informative and sad. The only difference we saw between slavery to the 1600s to the 1900s and the meatpacking employment practices was that the latter’s employees were/are free to leave. The original slaves, of course, were not. In fact, these corporations encouraged high turnover as it saved them money.

The working conditions described were very discouraging and shows that not much has been gained or changed since the Civil War. Employers are still on the lookout for people they can take advantage of and abuse. If you think businesses actually care about you or their employees, think again. Businesses are in business to make money. They probably love money as much as bankers do.They do not care who they use and abuse, even governments as these corporations bully the governments to put them on the corporate welfare rolls. If you think slavery is dead, think again. it has merely risen in another form.

Why are we bringing this up? When we were in Korea we knew a Baptist believer who made an interesting statement on a Native English Teacher discussion forum one year. He said “the Bible does not apply to businesses.”  He was and may still be very misguided. We tried to set him straight but we are not sure if he accepted the correction.

He was very wrong in that conclusion. If the Bible does not apply to businesses then where are God’s instructions for business owners to follow? How can they be pleasing to God if they do not have his instructions to obey? These are but two questions that defeat my old friend’s position. If businesses do not have the Bible governing their behavior, thinking and words then they are free to do whatever they want and no one can say one word about it.This is not only unfair but unjust. This exemption would have deep ramifications concerning the christian life, the Bible and God. Those ramifications are for another day. Our concern here is to correct the misguided thinking people have about the Bible and its application.

We are going to go as far as to say that the Bible and God’s instruction not only apply to corporate life but also education, science, and every other aspect of life, including politics and governing. Those people who claim that the Bible does not oversee all these non-religious institutions and industries are encouraging other humans to sin and disobey God. That is not  very good situation to be in. To allow others to sin, for whatever reason, is not intelligent and ignoring biblical teaching. The church’s purpose is not to give free passes to those who engage in non-religious activities but to direct them to the right way to live. Jesus set that example with Zacheus and that example is not limited to tax collection. it applies to all aspects of life.

The Bible is God’s word and it was, contrary to what theological scholars claim, written for all men and all human activities. How can governments govern when they remove the light and the truth from their authority? How can business leaders do what is right and do unto others correctly when they are told they do not have to follow God and his word? How can children be taught correctly when educators are told the Bible does not provide them the right educational standards to follow?

God did not write his instructions for them to be ignored. He did not write the Bible for his creation to be used and abused. He wrote his words so that all people-businessmen, politicians educators, believers and so on knew what was expected of them and what is the right path to follow. Sadly, there are some churches, denominations and cults who still use his word to more than abuse people.

No one, no business entity, no government, anyone, is exempt from obeying God’s words. The Bible tells us that governments will be called to account for their governing. If the church does not remind politicians of this and call for them to return to following the Bible correctly, how can politicians and government change? If business leaders are not told by the church that their actions are wrong, sinful and disobedient to God then how can they know the difference between right and wrong? How can they stop mistreating people if they are allowed to get away with the abuse and underpayment of their employees?

The Bible is the standard for all people in all areas of life. Without the biblical guide everyone is left up their own devices and we saw how that turned out. God destroyed the world with the flood.The Bible applies to business life, corporate life, educational life, government life and so much more. God rules everything not just the individual’s life.His word tells everyone how they are conduct themselves even in non-religious areas of employment and leadership..

The Bible applies to all…no exceptions. Following it removes all of slavery, even the kind that allows its employees to leave their oppressive, demeaning, poverty level paying employment.

 

Human Rights is Not the Goal 2

Our last article on this topic was linked to by the Baraza Foundation. You can read their work at the following link: https://barazafoundation.wordpress.com/

We appreciate these pingbacks and any other form of linking to our work no matter the reason they are linked. Because of this pingback we reviewed our article to make sure we said our point very clearly and did not leave anything out.From our perspective we think we are okay.

One of the problems that arise when human rights activists start trying to obtain equal treatment for everyone is that they choose ‘rights’ over right and wrong. In today’s world being free and having ‘rights’ is more important than behaving correctly. We understand that people do not like rules unfortunately for them any society absent of rules is not a society. It is only anarchy

People may be born free but that does not mean they are free to pursue any activity or preference they desire.If we were allowed to do that then there would be no need for law enforcement, judges, prisons. You cannot apply human rights selectively for then those excluded from those rights would be discriminated against and the people drawing that line would be exactly like those governments, churches and other organizations which make rules to govern their populations. They are making rules and declaring something to be right and something to be wrong.

The only difference between them and government/churches is that their idea of right and wrong does not match up. Nothing has changed except the former made the right category larger and the wrong category smaller.

BUT the actions of the former do NOT change sinful behavior into non-sinful activities. While they may be more tolerant of sinful activity, their declaration that wrong behavior is okay, normal and not sin does not change the real status of those behaviors.Those for human rights do not have the authority to declare what is sin and what is not. Only God has that authority. God has never rewarded sinful behavior,he only rewards obedience..

Creating a list of human rights does not mean one is obeying God or making society better. it does mean that the people working for human rights are trying to implement their ideas over other people’s ideas of what human rights should entail.That action is not fair either nor is it just.

For believers, they already have a human rights code to follow. It is found in the Bible and one of the key passages in scripture tells the believer to ‘do unto others as they would like to be treated’. BUT that passage is not an excuse to defy God and call evil good. Another passage is ‘love one another as I have loved you’ But AGAIN, clarification is needed. Jesus never loved sin and he never changed God’s declaration of what is or isn’t sin. He called people to be born again. LOVE does not leave people in their sins but calls them to embrace repentance and salvation. Jesus told Nicodemus that all people must be born gain (John 3).

To be born again a person must give up their sin. That identification is restricted to what GOD declared as sin not what humans declare is sin or not sin. Jesus never called anyone to follow a human standard.There is no argument that Christians need to treat other humans better. BUT keep in mind that the way God wants his followers to treat their fellow human may not line up with the unbelievers’ perspectives.

This is not an excuse to continue to treat other humans badly but puts the onus on the believer to do their Bible study and application correctly. They must arrive at the truth by following the Holy Spirit to it, make sure they are factually following the HS, and then apply that truth to all ares of life correctly. This includes law enforcement, the legal and political realms and even how they treat their own children. People are called to follow Jesus not humans. Human thinking needs to be transformed to accomplish that goal.Unbelievers do not possess that transformation thus they cannot tell believers what the latter should be doing. The latter takes their marching orders from God.

Those orders may bring a different response than the one unbelievers are expecting. God does not define the word ‘love’ in the same manner as secular humans. Love may bring liberty BUT it still does not allow or accept sin.It keeps God’s standard of right and wrong intact reminding the world that there is right way and a wrong way to live.

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On another note, a point that the LGBTQ community uses to support their preferences must be addressed. It is often pointed out that homosexual activity is observed in the animal kingdom. These observations are used to declare that non-heterosexual activity is natural and normal. That is looking at those animal acts with rose-colored glasses.

The LBGTQ people are not looking at those actions with an honest or objective mind. They fail to see that the sin and corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin is not restricted to humans only. That sin and corruption also affected the animal world, leading them to do abnormal acts, like homosexual behavior, instead of doing the normal heterosexual practice. Just because some animals participate in homosexual activities does not mean that it is okay for humans to do it. Animal practices are not justification for humans to lead sinful lives.

IF homosexual behavior was okay in animals, if it was normal and natural then God would not have been forced to destroy all the animals in the flood. Keep in mind God’s instructions to Noah. He commanded Noah to bring into the ark both male and female and since for the  most part ONLY TWO animals of each kind were to be brought on there was no acceptance by God of any homosexual activity- even in animals. The normal and natural union between both man and animals is heterosexual. Every other alternative is sin, unnatural and not of God.

Animals paid and pay the price for their abnormal behavior. They do not set the example for humans to follow. Jesus did that already.

 
 
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