Culture War Flashpoints are Sexual AND Spiritual!

March 9th, 2013

Check out this article, http://www.faithworking.com/2013/01/31/the-imbedded-creational-link-between-spirituality-and-sexuality/ , posted by Alan Burrow.

Here is a developed apologetic that the sexual infidelity of a culture directly mirrors its spiritual infidelity.

Skyfall – Worship Edition

March 1st, 2013

Are these skillful musicians? Yes!
But does this qualify as praise and worship? No!
But then Granger Community Church thinks so… friends, if you attend that church… run!

Maher Questions Obama’s Christianity

February 13th, 2011

 

Wow! If the heathens can figure it out, what does that say?

Though we Christians, speaking for the ones I know who have learned to discern, knew it all along. The first obvious clue is the worship that is expended upon the man, and his outright acceptance of it. He has placed himself on God’s throne.

Second, is his lack of humility. When displayed, it is feigned and fleeting. These things tell me, he does not know Jesus.

And third, there is no possible way he could have been acquainted with the Savior under the tutelage of Jeremiah Wright. Mr. Wright taught a different Jesus than the one taught in the bible.

But my hope and prayer is that President Obama does come to know the Savior, and repents of his sins.

Black History Month

February 2nd, 2011

 

Do you have the ability to set aside your presuppositions and watch with an open mind?

One of the Best Apologetics on the Right to Life

February 1st, 2011

 

James Lankford: "The Right to Life is Self-Evident"

How I wish I could vote for this guy… but what I can do is pray for him and ask for God’s blessing on him.

Rick Warren and the Daniel Plan

January 27th, 2011

Check out the the posted workbook and the introductory seminars at Saddleback Church.

Rick Warren, so-named America’s Pastor, introduces the Daniel Plan. The Decade of Destiny, seemingly veiled dominiionism, is unveiled and with it, the world-renowned medical doctors are introduced. In the workbook, a short bio on each of the doctors is provided for you. What is not provided for you in these bios are the spiritual qualifications of these doctors. For those who exercise discernment, you may find that at Renew America.

Rick Warren ‘s impetus for this is, as he says “The Father made your body, Jesus paid for your body and the spirit lives in your body so you better take care of it! That is an issue that God spoke to me about, and said you need to do this for your sake, Rick.”

O_o  Hmmm… I am confused here and have to ask… is that law, or grace? It sure smacks of law to me!

I am all for all of us getting healthy for that sake alone. I am sure it does have some spiritual benefits now by helping stamina and drive. But, please do not confuse it and put it in the place of the gospel.

Our entire mission should be that until the whole world hears the gospel, we should not stop proclaiming it. Even if the whole world hears, I am sure we should not stop!

We are all appointed one day to die, and taking care of our bodies is important. However, remember what the bible says in Luke 12:22-25

“And he said to his disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Jesus then asks a very rhetorical question in verse 26.

” If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”

I understand the context of the scripture may pertain somewhat to the subject matter at hand, but my point comes from the first part of Jesus’ question in Luke 12:26. Jesus makes the point that not one of us can add any stature to our lives!

We are instructed to seek first the kingdom of God… this is our calling. Matthew 6:33 says further, we are to seek after righteousness… and then we will be provided everything we need.

Sloth, gluttony and covetousness are at the root of America’s health problems. And yes, these are sins. So the problem that we have is sin. What is the Bible’s remedy?

It’s Jesus and His finished work on Calvary!

By this, I know Saddleback is tackling the problem the wrong way. They are doing it through the law, and law brings wrath (Romans 4:14!) They have prepared a yoke for you, and are asking you to willingly carry it. The only way out of this problem is REPENTANCE, not work!

But then, it leaves a greater question to churches… Why are these sins accepted, covered and not confronted as other sins, like adultery or homosexuality?

What Rick Warren is instructing you to do is NOT seek righteousness, but work to obtain something else for yourself. The real issue at hand is not just to become healthy! That cannot provide the cure. This case, as with any other stronghold sin, requires repentance, and necessitates a like-minded brother or sister with who are willing to be and to hold others accountable. What a concept!

But, back to the seminar…

After reading these short bios, Rick introduces each doctor and what they will speak on.

First… Dr. Amen will speak on motivation meaning, and will come back later on stress, belief and brain health. One question that pops into my mind is belief in what? And another, will the psuedo-science of psychiatry be involved?

Next, Dr. Hyman will speak on the fascinating topic of functional medicine. It will be a “whole systems” approach to health. Why do I immediately think holistic, universality?

And, finally… Dr. Oz will speak on losing weight and keys to longevity. He sends a personal hi from the studio of “30 Rock.” The words Daniel Plan are introduced… we will learn from the best! Dr. Oz exclaims “We believe that you could become a national model for many of the congregations and houses of worship to get healthy.”

All three of these doctors, who Rick says are his friends, have agreed to put together this Daniel Plan. The website is introduced… and I am sure there is a reference to Daniel, and his friends, Hannaniah, Asariah and Mishael.

Let us take a look at this Daniel Plan by going to the source, Daniel himself. Daniel opens his book by giving us the setting of how he and his friend s came to be in the Babylonian palace of Nebuchadnezzar. How some of the (already) FITTEST young of the royal and noble clans of Israel would be educated in the customs of the Chaldeans. We’ll pick it up in Daniel 1:5

The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.

So, the king of Babylon would care for these young teenagers as royals. They would be provided a portion from the king’s table. But as we read further, we come to Daniel 5:8-10.

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.”

It was not that the king’s diet was bad. It was that Daniel “resolved he would not defile himself.” He was required to keep the Kosher dietary laws that all of Israel agreed to keep under the old covenant. Whether the king’s delicacies were pork, some other forbidden meat, or it wa just not bled properly, is unknown. But, it was not simply because it was meat. That would violate the command God gave to all after the flood in Genesis 9:3-4. But Daniel knew, vegetables would not have been sacrificed to other gods and would not defile him.

Daniel gave the servant an option, he said…

Daniel 5:12-13: “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”

The servant agreed, and Daniel and his friends drank water and ate vegetables. We know what happens in the story… but have we really payed attention to the details?

Do you understand why the eunuch was upset to begin with? Could it be that just eating vegetables is not really healthy in the long run? Let’s find out…

Daniel 5:16 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.

So, at the end of ten days, Daniel and his friends looked better and FATTER than all the other youths who ate the king’s food. Do you understand? They were FATTER!

O_o   Hmmm… I know, it is confusing! This “plan” as described by Daniel actually made fit people fatter than others not fed the same diet!

Here is how the account of this dietary saga ends, in Daniel 5: 17-20.

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

Think about it!

So God blessed Daniel and his friends, causing the diet that they ate to keep them healthy, in fact, in better health than all the rest of the youth. The food from the kings table was not wrong to eat because of its nutritional value, but only for the promise they had made to God not to defile themselves. It was God who blessed them, for their commitment to keep His ways, not just eating a diet of vegetables!

I am not telling you to not try to be healthier, but please… do not spiritualize it! There are plenty of reasons to stay healthy. But, when spiritualized, many dangers become imminent… Not the least of which is spiritual deception by the teachers involved.

We are promised by Rick Warren that The Daniel Plan will be promulgated through small groups. Be very prayerful, there are many who do not discern the danger. To most, I am sure this is coming to your small group, and soon. And there will be many who will be deceived… missing the grace of God, and the free gift of Jesus Christ… salvation!

That would be terrible indeed.

It is best for us to refect the teaching of those who would place us under a yoke other than that Jesus gave. Make no mistake. It is a yoke, and it fits right in line with the United Nations Agenda 21… A bold plan that is being implemented in every facet of society to further sustainable communities. Sustainable communities requires some form of population control, though tacit (meaning unspoken) just let your mind wonder.

Saddleback would like everyone to join them in this endeavor. It is cloaked in Biblical themes, but is it really a mechanism for control? This fits, conveniently, into the current global political, ecological and economic pressures to centralize control. The church is the last stronghold, but is quickly succumbing to this deception.

Guard yourselves, make sure you know… Satan tempted Eve by corrupting “God’s words.” See for yourself in Genesis 3:1. He asked Eve “Did not God say…” Look to those who teach you, make sure they are not the doing the same.

Jesus warned us, in the parable of the mustard seed, in Mark 4:30-32, and as Dr. Thomas Ice explains it in Consistent Biblical Futurism

“Even though specific prophecy is not given concerning the present church age, we have seen that the New Testament does paint a general picture of the course of this age. We learn that the purpose of this age is to preach the gospel throughout the world, knowing that there will be various responses to the message. As the church starts out small, like a mustard seed, it will nevertheless grow into a large tree where birds will come and dwell in its branches. Thus, the larger that Christendom grows the more apostate it will become.”

Pastor Joel Osteen on Homosexuality and Sin

January 25th, 2011

Here is a teaser for an upcoming interview for Wednesday 26 January 2011 that appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight blog today.

Piers Morgan sits down with author and pastor Joel Osteen, and his wife Victoria Osteen.

What is interesting, is Osteen has apparently ben coaxed by Piers to call homosexuality a sin. Something Osteen has been reluctant to outright declare.

Joel Osteen, once again provided a national stage, seems to have missed a golden opportunity! I say seem, only because in TV anything can be edited… but consider the following exchange between Morgan and Osteen on the topic of homosexuality:

MORGAN: Say a friend of mine like Elton John watching this at home, who with his partner – a civil partner, David Furnish – have just had a surrogate child which was born on Christmas day. They’re going to be pretty angry what they hear. They’re going to think who are you to call them a sinner.

J. OSTEEN: Yes.

MORGAN: But why are they sinners in your eyes?

J. OSTEEN: Well, it’s strictly back to what the scripture says. I mean, I can’t grab one part and say God wants you to be blessed and live an abundant life, and not grab the other part that says, you know what? You know, live that kind of life. So it comes back to the scripture. I’m not the judge. You know, God didn’t tell me to go around judging everybody.

Osteen chose to be backed into a corner by a question from Morgan. A simple grasp of doctrine and theology would have prompted me to immediately say this back to Morgan.

ME: Piers, I believe that Elton John is a sinner. And yes, I believe his partner is a sinner, too. In fact, I KNOW it! It is not judgment or condemnation but fact.

I also know something else… I know that you, Piers, are a sinner! I know that I, too, am a sinner! The bible declares so in Romans 3:23. In Romans 3:10 it says, there is none righteous.

Homosexuality is a sin, yes. So is lying, stealing, lusting… heck even going shopping is really coveting. Yep, you got it, coveting is a sin.

But… given this predicament, What do we, as sinners, do?

That is where the good news enters. Romans 5:8-9 declares that Christ died for us and that through Him we are saved from God’s wrath. We must repent.

John 3:16-18 makes it very clear. I don’t judge you, nor do I condemn you or any other person. Your own sin does that. WE must believe on Who He is, and what He did and move from condemnation to salvation.

And John 3:36 tells us He that has the Son has life, and he who does not, the wrath of God abides on him.

Come on Pastor Joel… study to show yourself approved. (2 Timothy 2:15)

And Piers… Is not calling Joel a judge then putting you in the same supposed predicament you would like to hang on Joel?

I mean really… How can you JUDGE HIM?

One word to describe the Piers’ dudgeon! Hypocrisy! Yeah, I judged!

Why indeed?

January 25th, 2011

A friend asked some good questions in a wall post recently:

Why do we sleep through church? But stay awake for a 3 hour movie? Why is it hard to pray? But so easy to cuss? Why is it so hard to re-post a Godly bulletin but easy to re-post the mean ones?? Why can people worship a celebrity but not God? Gonna ignore this? Afraid to get laughed at? I bet 80% of you won’t re-post this. Jesus said If you deny me in front of your friends I will deny you in front of my Father

A lot of good questions with a lot of answers. Or is it really? I believe it is a matter of who we choose to spend our time with, who we really care about. It is mainly a question of choices we are willing to make.

How much time do you really spend with God? Is it 3 songs and a 40 minute sermon that you expect to last until next Sunday? Do you spend the rest of the week  with friends that have a shallow or no relationship with the creator and sustainer of the universe? Do you die to yourself and live to Jesus, or watch TV and play video games?

Faith is not a matter of believing in something you cannot see. Rather, faith is making choices that are not convenient, but you know they are what you need to do. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God.  Rom 10:17

Seriously, how much time do you spend listening to the word of God? It could be good music that has scriptural lyrics. It could be listening to the spoken word or good bible studies that go verse by verse through the bible. All three at different times would be a good balance. Load up your mp3 player with all 3 and plug your ears with God. Listen in the car, while you do chores, when you go to sleep. I used to cuss like a sailor until I started flooding my ears with God’s word. Now, much less so.

Why on earth would I choose to do something like that? Because I am not a citizen of earth. Because the creator and sustainer of the earth is coming back soon to take over and is looking for people devoted to him to rule the kingdom. Because nothing here now is more important than the kingdom from heaven that is coming soon. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2

I am not there yet. I still have ego problems like everyone. I still sin like everyone. I try to stay confessed up. 1 John 1:9 The thing is that this world is relentless in trying to drag us down. Constantly reminding us that evolution is the “scientific truth” on every TV show, in every book and movie. Selling us sex or violence in everything we look at. Taxing us to death only to take the money and spend it on killing babies and destroying everything good and decent.

That is why we, the church, the called out ones, have to take extreme measures to follow Jesus. He gave everything to pay for our sin so we could have a relationship with God. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in our spirit to give us the ability to make God centered choices. What he did not do is take away our sovereign will. We are still involved in choosing what to do. We can make faith choices or self centered choices. That part is up to us. Maybe if we don’t stay up for the 11 o’clock showing of a 3 hour movie on Saturday night we will not be sleep deprived the next morning for church.

You Die Anyway, So What’s the Whole Point?

January 21st, 2011

 

Author’s note: The video clip has been removed. But in it, a pastor’s 13 year old daughter… very boy crazy, very irreverent and obviously rebellious… exclaims about Christianity “You die anyway, so what’s the point?” The parents, are at the end of their rope… is it any wonder?

 So, really? What is the whole point?

And Jesus says in Matthew 16:27…

For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Preacher’s kids… typically the ones who are the most incorrigible… but why are they that way?

Could it be that we (read non-preachers) do not hold these kids accountable, but excuse their behavior, in order to not irritate our pastors?

Can I ask… How do you stand on that, biblically?

Haiti One Year Later, Where are the Atheists?

January 17th, 2011

Haiti, one-year after a devastating earthquake destroyed many peoples lives, is still in desperate need. The earthquake, as devastating as it was, was followed by a hurricane and then a cholera outbreak. This only compounds the sadness of those affected.

It seems that most of the promised secular aid has not materialized. There is great need, and who is responding other than national governments, surely there are millions of dollars and hours of volunteer labor being provided by the likes of the Red Cross, or caring groups of humanists?

Nope… it’s just those “faith-based” organizations like Catholic Relief Services, Samaritan’s Purse, the United Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. These are the groups providing the lion’s share of private aid donations to help those affected.

These groups are also providing corps of volunteers to help out. They continue to do the heavy lifting, as government sorts out the red tape.

People I know have taken “vacations” to go down to Haiti to help those affected, others have donated money to help. Still others collect food and clothing, which is collected at local churches.

But, let us get back to the names of those “faith-based” groups. It is evident to me what “faith” they are talking about, none other than Christianity!

We, humans, by nature are selfish creatures… it is because ot the outstretched hand of God that we help those in need.

For all of those humanists and atheists that stress how they need no “sky man” or any other appeal to religion to care for their fellow brothers and sisters… I ask…

WHERE IS YOUR SWEAT AND TREASURE IN THIS CRISIS?

If you really care about you fellow man, how about sending $10 to help. You can do it through Samaritan’s Purse, or UNICEF.