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You may have noticed that we have not published our next issue of our magazine and that our posts here have been very brief for the most part. That is because we had to pawn our computer to meet personal needs. The church where I preach does not pay a salary and has often left us without food or money to buy food yet expect us to preach as if nothing is wrong. They also expect us to pay certain utility bills even though we do not get a salary.
You may ask why don’t you leave? We hope to but any money we have been able to get has been drained for personal needs before we can save enough to depart. We are stuck. Sadly my wife’s family is part of the problem so we cannot get help from them and my own family does not respond to e-mails. My wife has become very discouraged and I am not in the greatest of moods either. I certainly would like to continue the magazine as I found out earlier this week that we have one bona fide reader which makes me feel good. BUT given our situation it is unlikely.
I have posted my bank account information on our special needs page and if you can send a gift you can go to your nearest Citibank and deposit it there. I am not sure if the branch is in Ilsan or Goyang but it originated in Eumsong all three are in Gyeonggi province of South Korea where my bank is. We only need $10,000 to cover one year here so hopefully that is a realistic goal.
Thank you for your help
Some people just do not know their boundaries and while Ranier has been a pastor that does not mean that he rules the church and gets to tell people how to run their local congregations or manage their duties.
We do not always read his articles but this one caught our eye and not one thing he said is actually true. While some people may feel that a few of those points are it only takes a little organization to balance things out and a few sentences to instruct the people on the Pastor’s visiting habits.
We are not going to go through all 15 points to show how ridiculous they are, we are sure you can see it for yourselves. Then while some people may think or act that way, it is not difficult to steer them to the correct way of thinking when it comes to the Pastor and visitation.
We are tired of people like Ranier who try and place their own ideas upon the work of others. They do not support their ideas with any real scripture and misapply the ones they do use. They are not God and have no say in how Pastors or churches should run.
People say God bless or God bless us all the time. This isn’t limited to just believers as non-believers and people of other religions use the terms as well but why would anyone expect God to bless them if they do not follow God’s commands and instructions and do not teach their children and grandchildren to do the same?
5“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
6Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
7“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
8And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
9Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren (Deut. 4 NKJV)
We may not be entering into the promised land of Canaan but we do expect and want our children and grandchildren to enter into our Promised Land– heaven.
So maybe instead of saying God bless and other similar statements we focus on obeying what God has commanded and instructed us to do correctly and then teach the right way to our families.
What inspires this post today, along with God, is the following blog post
Do You Know Everything Jesus Said About Homosexuality?
The answer provided by that blog to that question is:
He didn’t say anything.
There are several problems with that answer. First, Jesus does not have to speak specifically on every topic known to mankind for it to be divinely addressed. We know that homosexuality was an issue during the first century for homosexual preferences is not a modern invention. How thick would the gospels be if Jesus had to address every contentious point raised by those who do not want to follow God’s way.
Second, the four gospels are not the only divinely inspired works of the NT. There are 23 other books equally inspired containing God’s instruction to his followers. Every topic does not have to be addressed in the 4 gospels to be divinely addressed. God had other writers handle the load.They tell us God’s message on that issue.
Third, Jesus did actually address h=the issue of same-sex marriage and alternative sexual preferences when in Mt. 19 he said:
Mt 19:4 haven’t you read, he replied, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,
Mt 19:5 and said, for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh
Mt 19:6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.?
He made it clear that sexual unions were to be heterosexual. He does not have to talk specifically about an issue and still be addressing it.
Fourth, and this may be an argument from silence but it is a loud silence, Jesus never overturned any OT passage condemning same-sex relations or stated that his father had changed his mind about same-sex relations to be an abomination. Why does Jesus have to be redundant when the OT speaks loudly and clearly on the issue? Jesus never invalidated the OT but repeatedly affirmed or supported what was said in those books, especially the Torah.
By not overturning God’s prohibition on same-sex relations Jesus spoke volumes on the issue.
So don’t get confused when opponents to biblical instruction state that Jesus never said anything on a subject. He doesn’t have to and he probably did in some way if we examine God’s word honestly.