Monday, December 31, 2012

Folks, It's Getting Late And It's Getting Serious

"Where are the Sunday School teachers that weep over kids they know are not hearing and going to hell?"

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This Is War!

“As the church runs headlong into judgment today the men of God instead of repenting and crying out and studying God’s word with all their passion are looking for models on how to keep lost people in their congregations and it’s wrong.” -- Paul Washer

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Failure of Postmodern Christianity

Here's what "postmodern" Christians believe.. And you tell me why it is failing to win the lost and keep them in the fold...

* Let's stop talking about sin. Sin is the big "Debbie Downer". Let's talk about Love. Jesus talked about love.

* Church needs to be fun. We need to wear jeans, and a t-shirt with a positive message to attract people to our church. Let's have a dialogue. The preacher will sit backwards in a chair and just have a chat with us so that we don't feel intimidated.

* Truth is what Jesus talked about.. But the things he did not mention, homosexuality especially.. are in that gray area, so let's not talk about that.

* Social Networking can take the place of the foot soldier missionary. If we can reach people with our webpage and out tweets, well then we're doing alright.

That's just some stuff I have heard, and not an exhaustive look at postmodernism in the church.

I HATE IT. And I'll tell you why.

Jesus IS love.. He is the embodiment of love. But Jesus parables about sin and hell should shake you to your core. He did not have a "Hey, it's cool man, I still love you" attitude about sin. He said "Go, and sin no more"  In other words, Leave this lifestyle, stop it, it is the path to eternal damnation. He spread this message everywhere he went. The postmoderns bring up the Pharisees. But even though Jesus rebuked them and went into the homes of tax collectors and spoke to prostitutes and adulterers.. They were not the same when He left them. He will rebuke today's church in America for being like a Pharisee in reverse.

What we have today is "God loves you as you are."... I just don't believe He loves a practicing homosexual, a murderer, a cheat, or a robber "as they are". He loves them. Period. Which means He is chasing them, pleading with them that they not burn in sulfur for eternity without Him. And when we come by with our silly message, and our watered down view on sin.. We cause a non-believer to feel justified in their sin, and GOD help us!

If you walk into a church, and you don't feel convicted in your sin, you are possibly in a church of charlatans. RUN!

Postmodern Christianity is tasty and palatable. It tickles ears.. Kind of like a certain snake in the garden that makes you comfortable and takes away any true fear of God. It will fail. But in the meantime it will cause so many to become ensnared in the ease it brings.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Well.. It's that time again. Instead this time I am looking to lose 40lbs before my wedding in July. I have 7 months to meet my goals and again I was able to go to FitDay and pick back up where I left off. The self-discipline is all my responsibility, but it is nice to have a great free tracking website with tons of resources to help me log my progress.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Making Of A Wood Lampshade

There is something very beautiful and peaceful about watching a skilled artisan work his craft. I do want one of these.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Is Homosexuality A Sin According To The Bible And Jesus?

I'm going to give away my stance on this in the first sentence.. But here goes.. The fact that anyone should even need to write a blog with this title is a sad statement about today's society. It's the equivalent of asking whether murder is wrong according to the Bible. But yet here we are. Some of my dear friends that I grew up with have shifted their thinking on this subject, and for whatever reason have decided that a loving god would "never condemn someone for an orientation that he gave them upon their birth". AND "Jesus never mention homosexuality, therefore there is nothing wrong with it."

One of the arguments is this.. The only two places you hear about homosexuality in the Bible are in the OT when God forbade the Israelites from the practice, and when Paul in Romans and Corinthians forbade the practice.. In Leviticus it also says [Insert wild laws from Leviticus and Deuteronomy]. And Paul also told women to "keep their trap shut in church." which is archaic and cruel, so he cannot be trusted...

If you throw out the Levitical laws, You would also have to throw out Genesis. Because correct me if I'm wrong, God created Eve to be the helpmate to Adam, because "It is not good for man to be alone.." It seems to me that if God was going to endorse homosexuality as a legitimate form of sexuality he would have shown His cards here and done that from the onset. There is a lot more you could show to prove that God meant Woman for Man exclusively and vice versa, but we can just move on to ALL the scripture in the Bible that condemns Homosexuality

What does the Bible say?

The Bible, as God's Word, reveals God's moral character and it shapes the morality of the Christian.  The Bible has much to say about homosexuality:
  1. Lev. 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
  2. Lev. 20:13"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."
  3. 1 Cor. 6:9-10"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,110nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
  4. Rom. 1:26-28"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

So, Did Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?

First of all, The idea that Jesus needed to verbally condemn homosexuality in order for it to be wrong is absolutely silly. Jesus IS God. God condemned homosexuality from the get go. Jesus cannot contradict His Father, and the Father cannot contradict Jesus...and neither of them can contradict the Holy Spirit. I'm not sure if it ever occurred to homosexuals that the very idea of homosexuality being abhorrent to God is SO obvious that Jesus had no need to verbally condemn it to make it so. For one thing, Sex outside of marriage is very obviously condemned.. and I have yet to meet a celibate homosexual waiting for his or her "wedding night". Homosexuality is about lust and sex, it is not about honoring God with the sacrifice of your body.

Here is a great article that explains that Jesus most certainly condemns homosexuality...


Did Jesus Ever Condemn Homosexuality? 
By Mike Benson
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Question: “Is there any place in the New Testament where Jesus actually condemned homosexuality? If so, I have not been able to find it. ...It seems to me that if the Savior didn’t say it was wrong, then neither should we.”

Answer: While it is true that there is no NT record of where Jesus explicitly stated that homosexuality is wrong, He did in fact condemn the behavior. A careful study of the Bible will bear this out. Please read the following Bible passages and then consider the questions which follow:

1. And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matt. 19:4.)

Questions: What did Jesus say about God’s creative work? Did He make Adam and Joseph? Did He create male and male, or did He create male and female? According to this passage, what has been God’s plan for sexual union [one flesh] since the beginning of time? Was His plan for a male partner to be joined to another male partner, or was it for a husband to be united to his wife? According to this passage, is a man to cleave to his male partner, or to his spouse?

Consider: Since Jesus approved of His Father’s plan [i.e., one man, one woman, one flesh,] could we correctly say that Jesus condemned homosexuality?

2. “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47.)

Questions: What law was Jesus born under? What law did He live under? Answer: The Law of Moses (cf. Gal. 4:4.) Did Jesus endorse and follow the Law of Moses? What did the Law of Moses say about homosexuality? (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17.)

Consider: Since Jesus was born and lived under the Law of Moses, and since He endorsed the Law of Moses, and since the Law of Moses explicitly condemned homosexuality, then could we correctly say that Jesus also condemned it?

3. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for he will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:12-15.)

Questions: What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do for the apostles? Answer: Guide them into all truth (v. 13.) When/as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into all truth; would He speak on His own authority? Answer: No, He would speak on the authority of Christ (v. 14.) What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would do in verse 14? Answer: “He (i.e., the Holy Spirit) will take of what is Mine (i.e., Christ’s) and declare it to you” (i.e., the apostles.)

Consider: Since 1) the apostles would be guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit, and since 2) the Holy Spirit would not speak on His own authority but instead would speak on the authority of Christ, and since 3) the Holy Spirit would take of what was Christ’s and declare it to the apostles, then by WHOSE AUTHORITY would the apostle’s speak/write/teach when the Holy Spirit guided them into all truth? Answer: Christ’s.

Question: What did the apostle Paul [by Christ’s authority] say about the practice of homosexuality? (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10.)

Yes, Jesus did condemn homosexuality in His Word. The good news is, “there is hope for the homosexual; he has reason to believe there is hope for a brighter future. Paul states that some at Corinth had engaged in homosexual acts, but they had been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 6:9-11.) The same can happen today. As anyone who repents of a sin, the homosexual can be forgiven. He can experience the same freedom and joy that any other sinner knows when he becomes a Christian. The Bible condemns homosexual sex but clearly states that non-practicing homosexuals can be saved” [Doug Sensing, “Christian Response To Homosexuality,” Gospel Advocate, April '93, Vol. CXXXV, No. 4, 12.]

 So.. All that being said. Are we to go around hating homosexuals, bullying them, despising them? No. Never. God will ultimately judge, so it is not my job to find them and condemn them. My job is to love them.. HOWEVER... Do not "love them directly into hell" by affirming their lifestyle. If you love them you will rebuke them in love, on a personal level, with compassion, and the realization that we are yet sinners.