My family doesn’t have kind words for dating. I’ve been brought up to view it as both pointless and dangerous. And when I went through a time of questioning that fact, Dad brought to light the example of Jacob: a man who was very diligent in marrying the right woman.
Although I now see eye-to-eye with my Dad concerning dating, I don’t think Jacob was all He was said to be.
I was reading over His account a week-or-so ago and I realized just how ridiculous His life actions were.
Let us go through a list:
Black and white. That is how the law starts out when it is written on our hearts (Romans 2:15.)
But God gave us a clever mind. A mind that is capable of reasoning away anything we wish to. We can convince ourselves that theft is okay, if you take only a little. Or that lying doesn’t matter, so long as nobody gets hurt.
Abortion is no exception to this list of exceptions.
I don’t care who you are. You could be the great grandchild of Adolf Hitler, but if you saw a small child about to be murdered, you would do everything you could to prevent it from happening.
Unless, of course, that child is in the womb.
Our culture has argued itself stupid with abortion, when in its simplest forms, we are killing babies.
They reason that they are not living, yet they feel pain.
They say that they are just extension of the mothers body, no more than a zit, yet it can have a completely different blood type.
I could go on with a list of reasons why I think abortion is wrong. But I’m going to let God do the talking.
The Value of Children (more…)
I was reading an article by an atheist a very long time ago, and He used this image to argue that God was evil.
Before I discuss whether it is evil for God to kill people, I want to point something out about this image. It’s very inaccurate. God has killed many more people than 2,038,344. He cursed all of humanity, dealing us the inevitable blow of death.
Let us begin with the 9/11/01 attacks on America.
So many people ask the question “how can a good God allow this?” I have heard many answers. Some very good. But I wish to offer my own to you. It begins with an assumption. Let’s assume that 50% of the people in the twin towers were sinless, Godly people who deserved to go to heaven. And the remaining 50% were sinful wretches who deserved to go to Hell.
Please note that this is pure speculation and I am in no way trying to judge or belittle any of the victims of 9/11.
When the airplanes struck the towers, and when they eventually collapsed, all the people who deserved Heaven went to Heaven, and all the people who deserved Hell went to Hell. Why is this evil?
For those who deserve Heaven, Earth is the closest thing to Hell they will ever experience and thus desire to leave.
For those who deserve Hell, Earth is the closest thing to Heaven they will ever experience and their judgment will be good.
Who deserves Hell and who deserves Heaven?
During our assumption the people who deserved Heaven or Hell were split into a clean 50 – 50. Do you know the actual percentage of people who deserve Hell?
We have all committed sins against a righteous God and deserve His wrath.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;“
Few seem to grasp this. And is it no wonder, when we are bombarded by “you deserve this” and “you deserve that” in our commercials, radio and newspapers?
When God kills somebody He has the full authority to do so. Does this anger you?
What if you turned on the television and saw on the news that a judge allowed a serial killer go, simply because he was sorry? Would that anger you? Of course it would, because the judge was not good in his decision.
Would you be angry if the judge sentenced the man to death? Probably not, for that is a righteous and just decision.
When God sentences a man to death, it is because that man deserves it. And any anger you feel is due to your own pride and inflated image of self-worth.
See yourself as God sees you, and then you will know the balance between love, wrath and mercy.
I was given the privilege of speaking at a Revival in Indiana. The pastor is the man who got my dad interested in the Church of God, Indiana.
The meetings all went great, and the Spirit of God was undeniable. But I walked away with a new perspective on church, and realized just how many traditions I have come to accept without even realizing it. I just wrote a post a little while ago rebuking many traditions in the Catholic church, all the while being a hypocrite.
So here is a list of un-biblical things that our country knowingly or unknowingly accepts in the Church.
#1 – The Building
Is there something wrong with the body of Christ owning a building designated for worship? Nope. This isn’t about wrong or counter-biblical traditions, but simply UN-biblical traditions. Things we have that was never expected, mentioned or needed in the New Testament.
The Church used to be based in the homes of the congregation. Normally changing in location week to week. The Amish have kept this aspect of the early Church going to this day.
I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to go without a gym or fancy equipment that can distract. The idea of a home-based Church is almost attractive to me. But the impact and ministry of these things are phenomenal.
#2 – Pastors
But the Church of the early days did not have a designated leader per congregation. Each had a table of “elders” who would share the burden and take turns speaking and sharing.
Of course, we have a variety of boards and such today in the Church, but I think it is very easy to have too many people in leadership. Any pastor can attest to this, I am sure.
#3 – Multitudes
Jesus had only 12 in his “congregation” if you don’t mind me calling it that. And most of the spiritual meetings in the NT were only a dozen or so. Since then we have grown accustomed to hundreds if not thousands of members in our Churches.
Of course, it is POSSIBLE for those congregations to have peace and love amongst them, but it is no doubt much more difficult. Keeping a close relationship with a thousand other people every week doesn’t sound like a day of rest to me, personally.
#4 – Schedule
Step #1 – Have worship
Step #2 – Have offering
Step #3 – Listen to sermon
Step #4 – Worship more
Step #5 – Leave
Although structure is not a bad thing at all, and it is obvious that our God is a God of order, this wasn’t what the early Church did. They would meet with great enthusiasm as nobody knew what the Holy Spirit would do next.
#5 – Denominations
This is an obvious one.
Although I don’t give a wooden nickle about whether your are Church of God, Methodist, Baptist or any of that, a great many people do. I have heard stories about people “shunning” others simply because their label.
Something my dad often quotes (I don’t know the source) is:
“Labels either fall off on the way to Heaven or burn off on the way to Hell.”
Sounds like an odd statement huh? But it’s true. He no longer has control over his own words!
Take a look at this:
I realize that they put forth a lot of effort, but I do not appreciate the fact that they can control what his word is and is not used for. For those of you who cannot read the image, this is what it says:
When quotations from the NIV are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required but the initials (NIV) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Quotations and/or reprints in excess of five hundred (500) verses, or other permission requests, must be directed to, and approved in writing by, International Bible Society.
All rights reserved.
Am I just silly, or is this wrong? From what I understand the NKJV is the same way. How can they gather the nerve to put a Copyright on the Word of God?! I don’t care how much work they put into it, they didn’t write it in the first place.
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Obviously God doesn’t like it when people meddle with his things.
Oh well. I am interested in your thoughts on the matter though.
I mean no disrespect to the Catholics who may end up reading this. But I simply cannot take your tradition seriously. I have examined scripture, and have found them to be both pointless and contradictory to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
For example, your near divination of Mary
Take a look at this verse in which Jesus rebukes a woman who praised Mary:
“And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed [is] the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.“
Obviously Christ did not see any need to praise his Mother more than any other.
From what I understand, you must perform various miracles and be dead, among other things, to be considered a Saint among the Catholics.
Let us look at another scripture verse regarding Sainthood:
1 Corinthians 1:2
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
They’re not dead and there are no miracles to speak of. Why are they regarded as Saints? Because they are sanctified in Jesus Christ.
If that’s not enough for you, here’s another one.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Ephesians has another troubling opposition to Catholics.
Jesus Christ is the mediator
I quoted Ephesians 2:19, but lets step back a little bit and read what else it has to offer:
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
Stop praying to the Saints! Jesus Christ is the only mediator between us and God. Don’t you remember when Saul tried to speak to the prophet Samuel after he had passed away? Was he not rebuked and met with a demon?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“
Catholics have tried to earn their salvation in a number of ways, including “hail Marys.” Salvation is not for your to earn, but for God to give. Only through his Son Jesus Christ can you be saved.
And no, you are not supposed to confess to a Priest. Look throughout scripture, you will find that the man of God convicts the sinner, and the sinner repents to God.
David for example. He did no apologize to the Prophet who revealed the sin in his life, but rather he fell before God almighty and begged forgiveness.
Here is an account of a dedicated Catholic during confession:
“He told me I was absolved of my sins, and to go in peace.
I stared at him for a moment. “That’s it? Don’t I have to say Hail Marys? Our Fathers? The Creed? The Rosary? Anything?”
He laughed at me and told me to go do a good deed or something.”
The Priest told Her to “do a good deed or something.” How can I take that seriously? How can they argue that as scriptural? The rest of the story can be read here: http://caity.nu/musings/he-laughed-at-my-sins
There are too many holes and contradiction in Catholicism for me to offer any respect.
A few days ago I had an experience so common that most of you have had it happen at least once. I opened my door to find 2 well dressed individuals with a pamphlet they wanted me to read. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
I want to take a look at their pamphlet and their most notorious doctrines, and compare them with scripture.
#1 – The divinity of Jesus Christ
This is the doctrine they are most known for. They believe that Jesus Christ is not in any way of divine origin. In fact, they believe that he is Michael the Arch Angel.
They teach that in the beginning, he ruled from Heaven as Michael. Later he was born of a virgin, fully and 100% man. He was not the Christ until after his baptism.
After his death, God destroyed his body and recreated him as Michael. Now fully angel, he will never be seen visibly on earth again. In fact, only 140,000 faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses will ever see him again. The rest will be ruled over by the 140,000.
The primary defense for his mortality, is that we are all “Children of God,” and therefore he was no different than we are.
However, we must look at some scripture.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Jesus Christ is again referred to as the ONLY begotten of the Father in verse 18:
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].”
There we have a very clear description of Jesus Christ. It says he is of the bosom of the Father. This is a big thing when compared to our place in existence.
We must also realize that if Jesus Christ was indeed fully man, it would have been impossible for him to remain sinless. For we are all sinful by nature.
“…for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth…”
#2 – The Age of the Earth / Judgment “day”
Something that truly disturbed me was the irreverence for scripture. While reading their pamphlet I saw several references to the idea that scripture is inaccurate if we believe the time line literally. The day-age theory is deeply rooted in their teachings.
For example, it took many thousands of years for God to create the earth. And Judgment day is really thousands of years long.
Let us look at one of my favorite scripture verses:
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Ouch. I don’t think God likes it when we accuse him of being incapable of telling time, or preserving his word.
#3 – The Cross
It is a well enforced belief that Jesus Christ did not die on a cross. But rather a pole. If fact, the cross is seen as a symbol worshiped by us “pagans.”
I cannot help but wonder, “who cares?” It has nothing to do with the wood that he hung on, or the metal that pierced him. It has everything to do with his blood.
I do not understand how people can serve a religion or cult that is so scriptural illiterate as this, yet consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for reading. Be sure to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.
I was driven to write this post due to the comments I received in my post, “The Shack: Page-By-Page Review.” I was surprised by how many Christians believed women to be equal. I had to take a closer look, and devote a post to it.
Women have gained so much towards equal rights with men. From the voting booth to the workplace, women are gaining a foothold.
In June 2009 women held 49.83% of our Nations jobs. Largely in part to men losing 4.74 million jobs and women only losing 1.66 million. Probably due to employment in growing fields such as government and health care, both dominated by women employees.
This is huge. For the first time in world history women could out-employ men. And for a long time I rooted them on.
Are women truly equal with men? I don’t mean in social standing, as things have far to go. But I mean in capability and design.
Let us look at scripture and find out. (more…)
Imagine seeing that in your headlines.
No, it has not yet happened. But I was speaking today with my Grandmother about his declining health, and she brought up the fact that we have been losing a lot of good preachers recently.
Where will America go, once these spiritual leaders have passed. If we think things are bad now, what will happen when Billy is gone?
I think things will get better.
2 Kings 2:9
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
Elisha received a double portion of Gods anointing on Elijah. What do you think would be the effects of that? Let us look at the miracles preformed and experienced by both.
- Causing the rain the cease for 3 1/2 years (1 Kings 17:1)
- Being fed by the ravens (1 Kings 17:4)
- Miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil (1 Kings 17:14)
- Resurrection of the widow’s son (1 Kings 17:22)
- Calling of fire from heaven on the altar (1 Kings 18:38)
- Causing it to rain (1 Kings 18:45)
- Prophecy that Ahab’s sons would all be destroyed (1 Kings 21:22)
- Prophecy that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs (1 Kings 21:23)
- Prophecy that Ahaziah would die of his illness (2 Kings 1:4)
- Calling fire from heaven upon the first 50 soldiers (2 Kings 2:10)
- Calling fire from heaven upon the second 50 soldiers (2 Kings 2:12)
- Parting of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)
- Prophecy that Elisha should have a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:10)
- Being caught up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11)
- Parting of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:14)
- Healing of the waters (2 Kings 2:21)
- Curse of the she bears (2 Kings 2:24)
- Filling of the valley with water (2 Kings 3:17)
- Deception of the Moabites with the valley of blood (2 Kings 3:22)
- Miracle of the vessels of oil (2 Kings 4:4)
- Prophecy that the Shunammite woman would have a son (2 Kings 4:16)
- Resurrection of the Shunammite’s son (2 Kings 4:34)
- Healing of the gourds (2 Kings 4:41)
- Miracle of the bread (2 Kings 4:43)
- Healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5:14)
- Perception of Gehazi’s transgression (2 Kings 5:26)
- Cursing Gehazi with leprosy (2 Kings 5:27)
- Floating of the axe head (2 Kings 6:6)
- Prophecy of the Syrian battle plans (2 Kings 6:9)
- Vision of the chariots (2 Kings 6:17)
- Smiting the Syrian army with blindness (2 Kings 6:18)
- Restoring the sight of the Syrian army (2 Kings 6:20)
- Prophecy of the end of the great famine (2 Kings 7:1)
- Prophecy that the scoffing nobleman would see, but not partake of, the abundance (2 Kings 7:2)
- Deception of the Syrians with the sound of chariots (2 Kings 7:6)
- Prophecy of the seven-year famine (2 Kings 8:1)
- Prophecy of Benhadad’s untimely death (2 Kings 8:10)
- Prophecy of Hazael’s cruelty to Israel (2 Kings 8:12)
- Prophecy that Jehu would smite the house of Ahab (2 Kings 9:7)
- Prophecy that Joash would smite the Syrians at Aphek (2 Kings 13:17)
- Prophecy that Joash would smite Syria thrice but not consume it (2 Kings 13:19)
- Resurrection of the man touched by his bones (2 Kings 13:21)
Surrounding Elijah’s life was 14 miracles. Surrounding Elisha’s life, was 28 miracles. A perfect double.
Imagine that the day Graham passes away, an Evangelist or a humble Christian somewhere becomes anointed two-fold by God. Imagine it were so for every pastor, every evangelist, and every minister.
Scriptures reveal that in the end times, there will be an unprecedented outpouring of the holy spirit. Will this be why?
Good times are ahead of us.
A buddy of mine went to the hospital in April for chugging soy sauce. I had no idea a large amount of it could be lethal. Thankfully, he didn’t drink nearly enough to kill him (I believe 2 liters is lethal.)
While my Youth Pastor was at the hospital, the Doctor spoke with him about all the seemingly harmless foods that can be lethal if consumed in an irregular way. One of which was peanut butter.
This was a surprise to me, and a great many others. It turns out, that if you choke on peanut butter, there is no hope for you. Without bread, apple or some other food to keep it company, it can lodge in your throat and suffocate you despite all the efforts of Doctors or Nurses.
Now let us look at a book that has swept across the Nation, and gripped many hearts young and old. A book that is so cleverly written, you hardly have a choice but to become a part of the story. After only a few pages, you laugh when the characters laugh. You cry when they cry.
What is this book? The Shack.
I am afraid to say, that my comments for the most part will cease. I have very little to appreciate about this book.
As I have said, it is well written. The Author, William P. Young, puts his thoughts and opinions on paper in a way few people can.
But opinions are like peanut butter. A wonderful thing when spread on foods like bread, bananas or apples. But without any substance, with no scripture to back his opinion up, it is lethal.
I wanted to read this book so badly partly because I heard of the controversy surrounding it. However, I never exposed myself to outside opinions aside from quick remarks made from my friends. The following is the result of a non-biased reading.