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For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
GENEVA — Iran and six major powers agreed early Sunday on an historic deal that freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions, diplomats confirmed.
We need not know anything about the details of this “historic deal” to know that it is absolutely worthless. The Islamic Republic of Iran has no respect for law, and cannot be expected to honor any promise it makes, except for its long-avowed purpose to annihilate Israel, to destroy “the Great Satan” and otherwise to carry out its violent worldwide revolutionary jihad against the West.
All the Iranian dictatorship seeks to accomplish by negotiation with the West is to anesthetize its enemies, to render opposition impotent by means of treaties that will postpone the inevitable confrontation until Iran has become stronger and we have become weaker.
Any “deal” with Iran is necessarily a bad deal, and the double guarantee of a bad deal is that it was approved by the Obama administration, which is “historic” only as a monument to incompetence with few parallels in human experience.
“The practical way of looking at things . . . may serve well enough in ordinary, normal times. But our times are not ‘normal’ in the good old Victorian sense, and never will be again. . . . These men, even Halifax, were essentially middle-class, not aristocrats. They did not have the hereditary sense of the security of the state, unlike Churchill, Eden, the Cecils. Nor did they have the toughness of the 18th-century aristocracy. They came at the end of the ascendancy of the Victorian middle-class, deeply affected as that was by high-mindedness and humbug. They all talked, in one form or another, the language of disingenuousness and cant: it was second nature to them — so different from Churchill. . . . It meant that they failed to see what was true, until too late, when it was simply a question of survival.”
– A.L. Rowse, Appeasement: A Study in Political Decline, 1933-39
UPDATE: All that is necessary to understand what is wrong with this agreement is to quote what Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Iran’s government-controlled media: “All plots hatched by the Zionist regime to stop the nuclear agreement have failed.”
Ah, “the Zionist regime”!
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Luke 21 KJV
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:12
The politician must appeal to the vanity of low human nature, through the flattery implicit in all demagogic speech.
The class resentment, that is unambiguously at the heart of Marxism, is also at the heart of democracy in its less violent forms; the demand for equality because, “I’m as good as you are.” Finally it pulls down not only the rich from their stations — the landed, the responsible, the high-born — but with them every noble aspiration the natural hierarchy existed to serve. In its place, & to assuage their iconic longings, the crass are provided with a theatre of “celebrities” instead; of the morally worthless, “famous for being famous.” Monarchy, where it survives, itself descends to the Hollywood level, in the vagrant hope of appeasing this mob. – - Three horsemen : Essays in Idleness
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Isaiah 17 1-5 talks about a BURDEN. The burden of Damascus. A lot of people feel burdened in their heart for Syria, but many people only see this as ‘the destruction of Syria.’ Ranting on about a rapture and leave out the fact that God is with a remnant in Syria. Read the WHOLE scripture, enclosed below my rant.
Aram is a region mentioned in the Bible located in central Syria, including where the city of Aleppo (aka Halab) now stands. Aram stretched from the Lebanon mountains eastward across the Euphrates, including the Khabur River valley in northwestern Mesopotamia on the border of Assyria.
Last night, I heard O’Reilly’s big, fat, know-nothing mouth spouting on and on about Syria. Even 2 big members of the military brass could not convince O’Reilly – that he is on the WRONG side of history. As is anyone that is wanting to bring more pain to the Syrian people. (Many people from America that want them to have more pain are even Christians & Jews) Christians and Jews naturally have a heart for Israel because of it’s biblical standing. Because God mentions Israel as the apple of his eye does not mean that other people do not exist!!
Because Israel has biblical standing does not mean that God is against the Syrian people. God, throughout time, has written (through different prophets) about nations, people, etc. The book of Job is about an Asian (Far easterner) man from “UZ” who was righteous–this is why we see the Asian nations as being much more morally and ethically sound (Itspeoples moral attitude) ..AND, Because God has a covenant with Israel does not mean that he has forsaken everyone else, because he most certainly has not. God made the world and all the people/s in it. He sees into the hearts of mankind, judges their attitudes. If they are righteous, he is surely with them, guiding them, loving them, protecting them.
Many Christian websites have been speculating about whether the Syria conflict was prophesied in the Bible. Some scholars believe that this prophecy was fulfilled in 732 BC when Assyrians destroyed the city, while others are convinced that it is an “end times event yet come to pass,” according to the Christian Post.
If there is one thing that we have learned about history: it repeats itself. The current crisis in Syria determines just that. The mention of the names of its present cities establishes this repeating. It also shows that God (AGAIN) will be with a remnant in Syria:
Isaiah 17 1-3: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer (Jordan) are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. (Jordan also has a remnant)
The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Aram (Aleppo) shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
You can read the whole chapter here: Isaiah 17 / Hebrew – English Bible/ Mechon-Mamre -We can see by scriptures that history is only regurgitating and the US Govt, (as usual) is on the WRONG side of it – the last 15 years & more. The liberals & Muslim-Jihad-wackos are evil and God hates their ways. God, himself, will DESTROY Obama, his liberals and this regime–very soon. When? I don’t know. SO-As many believers, Christian and Jew say: “Look up, redemption draws nigh!”
Pray for Gods little remnant in Syria and repent of your wanting its destruction! EVIL PEOPLE!
From The Mad Jewess: http://themadjewess.com/
King James Version (KJV)
9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
It is past time to pray most fervently. It is time to pray that God will deal with OBAMA, directly and stop his madness.
Dear (Whatever name you use for our only ONE GOD) God, Father, HaShem, Elohim, Jehovah, YahVeh, King of Kings:
Please stop Obama the murderer, a son of Lucifer. One of the most evil men alive. In your holy word; Daniel 8-25: ‘and in his heart he exerteth himself, and by ease he destroyeth many; and against the prince of princes he standeth — and without hand he is broken.‘ GOD, you are able to stop anyone without even a human hand intervening. I do not ask for you to do this on account of America. I ask you to deal with this madman for ‘we the planet’. I realize that there is an ‘end stage’ scenario, but I know that when we pray, you will hear if it is your will-YOUR will is not that more people are murdered by the tyrannical leftists in power of the US govt who pillage without mercy.
Save the Syrian people who are Christians & the decent-hearted Syrians. Let not this evil prevail, My God. We pray this, that you will perform your works and save your little people in Syria.
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Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power,
and will not at all acquit the wicked:
the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 That day is a day of wrath,
a day of trouble and distress,
a day of wasteness and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloominess,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
From MM: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
What is the designer brand we sport?…
The cross sewn into the very fabric of our lives…
imprinted upon our hearts.
The victory that directs our steps…
as we step forward to proclaim the Gospel…
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I Cor 1:18
David Wilkerson Today
By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Both the prodigal son and his brother were equally sinful. The younger son had
not understood the purpose of grace, which is to grow into the maturity of
holiness. But the older son had never known his father’s heart. He had always
sought to earn his father’s love by obeying and doing. He could not accept that
his dad had always loved him unconditionally, totally apart from hisgood works.
The truth was, his father loved him simply because he was born of him.
“Therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his
father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time
thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry
with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy
living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf” (Luke 15:28-30).
The older son was saying to his father, “All these years I’ve worked so hard to
please you, yet you’ve never shown me this kind of love. At least I have never
felt it.” This sums up the root problem of the protesting son. He thought he
had earned, through good works, what his younger brother had received through
Every legalist has a difficult time setting aside the works of his flesh. Why?
Because our flesh wants to perform for God! We want to be able to say, “I’ve
earned my peace in the Lord. I’ve fasted, prayed, done everything to get the
victory. I’ve worked hard and now I’ve finally made it.”
If we are honest, we will see that our flesh always protests against dependence
on the Lord. We don’t want to rely on His mercy and grace or acknowledge that
only He can give us the power, wisdom and authority to live as overcomers.
We must be careful not to make the protest of the older brother. It is a
protest of human uprightness—and it is a stench in God’s nostrils!
Read this devotion online: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/23362?src=devo-email
2 Timothy 4:3
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
John 14:27 KJV
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These are trying and troubling times that we live in today, yet Jesus says do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. If you listen to the news you will experience a never ending stream of bad news that seems to offer no hope or reason to be optimistic. If Jesus’ statement would have been left to stand alone, then we would have had nothing to place our confidence in as to how this was to be accomplished. But Jesus prefaced those words with, “Peace I leave with you…not as the world gives.” There is an inner peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ that will anchor and sustain you internally even though all hell may be breaking out around you. The secular world cannot give this peace. It cannot be purchased or conjured up through potions or magic. It comes only from God and is available to anyone who comes and asks. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus issues an invitation – 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
It is up to you to come and receive Christ’s peace that will guard your heart and keep it free from fear and trouble.
“That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest’” (Hebrews 3:10-11).
Technology is supposed to make our ability to accomplish things easier and make us more productive. I love the technology gadgets available to us today. In twenty years these will seem as old and archaic as the eight track player. (See, some of you don’t know what that is.)
Research reveals that the average person is working much longer hours today because we literally can work from anywhere. Our technology allows us to stay in constant contact with others, which means we are always on call. Unless we intentionally set boundaries, we will never rest from our work.
God got angry with the people of Israel because they did not know His ways. They failed to recognize the boundaries He had set for them that would ensure a spiritual and physically successful life. They chose to disregard His ways. This disobedience led to their inability to enter God’s rest.
God’s rest means that we can actually do our work and still be refreshed through His Spirit in our inner man. It is the opposite of sweat and toil. It means that the fruit of our work comes as a result of abiding in the vine of His grace and power. Jesus said you can do nothing (worthwhile) unless you are connected to the vine.
In order to do this you and I must do two things. We must understand His ways and we must do His ways. When we follow these two things, we will begin to experience His supernatural rest in all of our endeavors.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
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Flows forth from the one who believes.
YOU WHO BELIEVE are saturating the paths of those you cross.
YOU WHO BELIEVE are refreshing the tired feet of fellow sojourners.
YOU WHO BELIEVE are cooling the burn of the heavily burdened.
YOU WHO BELIEVE are cleansing the grime and dirt of the spirit of the world in the thoughts of the confused.
YOU WHO BELIEVE… streams of living water flow from you as you carry Christ within you.
YOU WHO BELIEVE…
Go forth into your corner of the world becoming the gift of a gentle wave that readies hearts for a new springtime!
“Whoever believes in me, as scripture says; ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’ ”
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“Take care to maintain peace and tranquility in your heart; let the waves toss and churn all around your boat, but fear not, because God is there and as a result, salvation.” Francis de Sales
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
Creepy White Vans
As Daddy to three beautiful daughters, I worry. Now that 2 of them are teenagers, one of whom is driving, I worry a LOT. I’d probably worry less if they looked like me, but unfortunately for me (and very fortunately for them) all three got my wife’s good looks.
While the role of Father has always been that of protector, these days we don’t get much call to bar the door and ride out on horseback to meet the coming threat. No, we perform the mundane heroism of “waiting” and “picking up”. Knowing when an event ends and when and where I need to be waiting in my truck to pick them up is a big part of what I do now. And I’m glad to do it. And all goes well as long as…
1. I tell them where to find me.
2. They come to where I’ve told them I’ll be.
3. They get in my truck.
That’s pretty simple, right? This is a text exchange I think most of us can relate to:
Me: “Be there in 10min”
Me: “I’ll be in the parking lot to your right when you walk out.”
And it works. I mean, how could you mess that up? But what if, Lord forbid, they decided to “meet me” somewhere else? Somewhere I never said I’d be? What if they decided to look for me in the alley behind the restaurant? What if they somehow got into the wrong car and rode with someone else? What if the intentionally got into another vehicle because they were promised something, like candy?
What if they got into a creepy white van?
If the thought is chilling, good. I want the weight of this subject to rest heavily on you. What we’re talking about here is no less serious, or dangerous.
As we look around, we see many in the church lined up to climb into an endless stream of creepy white vans, to their peril.
See, God is, well GOD; Completely beyond our comprehension. Yet, he has revealed Himself to us and agreed to meet us. But we can only meet Him where He’s told us He would be found, and on His terms.
Where has God told us that He would meet us? What are some of the creepy white vans we have chosen to climb into instead?
God has graciously condescended to be found among men. (Notice that He CON-descended and DE-scended.. we never, ever, ever A-scend.) and He’s told us he could be found…
In the Word:
God has revealed Himself to us in His word. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ. And the means by which we come to be changed by the Holy Spirit is through the spoken words of the Gospel:
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 15:3-5 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Acts 10:44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
Galatians 3:2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Galatians 3:5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith–
Ephesians 1:13 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in who also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
James 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1 Peter 1:23-25 …since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
He meets us in the Waters of Baptism, and the Bread and Wine of Communion:
Baptism is water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word; or as St. Paul says in Holy Scripture, “The washing of water with the word.” Through Baptism, we are made partakers of Christ’s death and resurrection. Since Baptism is connected to the Word and promise of God, it is truly a life-giving water, rich in grace—a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:1-8
3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit – Titus 3:3-5
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyonewhom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:37-41
In Holy Communion God offers believers His body and blood under forms of bread and wine for Christians to eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
And at the table of Communion, where we receive His Body and Blood:
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” – Matthew 26:26-29
54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” – John 6:54-58
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for[e] you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
So God has told us, clearly, where He would meet us; The Word, The Waters of Baptism, and The Communion table. As long as we meet Him there, in the Christ-instituted, objective, means of grace we’ll find Him. Let that sink in.. God has CON-descended to be found by us. He’s told us where he’ll be, not through an oracle on the top of a remote mountain, not in a remote temple, but with us in the common means of word and water, bread and wine… and He’s there. We will FIND Him. What grace!
There’s nothing “magic” or “mystical” about these things. Words. Water. Bread. Wine. Nothing in and of themselves that makes them special, except… that God has promised to meet us there. The same dark parking lot which would terrify my daughters when they walk out of a restaurante becomes a place of safety when I flash my lights to let them know that I’m there. I’m where I told them they would find me.
Now, my girls are about as obedient as a Dad could ever hope for. Sure, they’re still battling their sinful nature just like the rest of us, but what if in complete disobedience they decided to reach their destination by riding with a stranger? What about someone who offered them candy in the old “creepy white van”? How crazy would one have to be to make that decision? To trade the safety of their Father for the danger of a stranger, simply on the offer of something “more”.
Yet we see it every day. Rather than the simple means of grace, rather than meeting their Father in the assigned location, people chase something “better” by climbing into the creepy white van of…
Mysticism is the belief that you can find God inside yourself through “feeling” or “emotion”. And that God has agreed to meet you “immediately”. (By immediate, I mean without a mediator; A direct, internal connection with God without the mediation of Christ or the means of grace.) God has not agreed to meet you as you jump around and work yourself into a frenzy. Sorry. I’ve done it, and frankly it’s fun, but God never agreed to meet you in your emotion. You can put yourself into an emotional state and be open to subconscious suggestion, but those “voices” you hear? Are they wrong? Even once? Then guess what, it might be a lot of things, but the Holy Spirit it is most certainly not.
And we climb into this van because rather than listening to our Father, we’ve listened to someone (or in this case, something) trying to lure us away… our heart.
“God laid this on my heart.” ”I feel in my heart that….”
Your heart? You mean this heart?
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery
He that trusts in his own heart is a fool – Proverbs 28:26
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. – Genesis 6:5
That heart? That’s where you’re looking for God to speak? For His voice?
God has revealed himself to us objectively, in things that are real, that we can see, hear, touch, and taste. They are unchanging and concrete, regardless of your changing heart or emotions.
Are we to respond to His grace in worship? YES! I’ve wept over the beauty of the Gospel and the grace shown to me, but when I attempt to work into this state and THEN hear from God, i’ve gotten it completely backward!
God objectively works from outside of us to change us inside. We can’t start by closing our eyes, making a constipated face, and feeling our way to God. When we do, we’re attempting to climb toward God on the ladder of mysticism.
Word, Water, Bread and Wine? Yes.
Rolling around on the ground or sitting quietly in a chair and waiting to hear voices? No. That’s straight-up mysticism.
Yes, God has in general revelation shown His wonders in the beauty of His creation. The problem is, the gospel isn’t there. What you see is, even in it’s beauty, fallen… and it’s all law. You may “feel at one” with God on the lake or hiking in the mountains, but nowhere there will you discover Christ crucified for your sins. For the gospel you need the Word.
For the sake of brevity, I’ll stop here. I’ll spend the next couple of weeks working through how we attempt to climb various ladders to A-scend to God. For now, let’s focus on not climbing into those two creepy white vans. The promises are empty lies.. there is no “candy”, just very real danger. If it’s worse to lose your soul than your life, the white van of mysticism is worse than any creepy white van the movies have ever shown us.
Don’t talk to strangers!
Marc at MArc5Solas: http://marc5solas.com/2013/06/21/creepy-white-vans/
And She Rang Her Bell….
If you’ve never heard the term “Bike Rodeo”, let me explain this little joy to you; Every year, our local Police Department partners with local schools to sponsor an event in which young children are encouraged to bring their bikes to school for a safety inspection and to practice riding through an obstacle course. It really is a lot of fun. This year, my 2nd grade daughter was ready for her first Bike Rodeo. We spent time installing all of the necessary safety equipment; Horn, Bell, Headlights, and Taillights (Where was all this stuff when we were kids?!?).
Next up, practicing and riding through our little neighborhood. Picture a giggling 8 year old proudly shouting, “Daddy, watch!”, “Daddy look!” as she peddled down each cul de sac. Showing off her safety training, she would stop at each stop sign and in exaggerated fashion look both directions for traffic. And then, peddle off again as I walked a few yards behind.
“Car!” I’d shout, and she would stop peddling and pull to the curb as a car would slowly pass and wave.
All was well until I saw it… and it all seemed to happen in slow motion… a large black SUV backing out of an elevated driveway, unable to see my little girl.
Baby, stop.. car.
She kept peddling.
She kept peddling.
She turned quickly, lost her balance and toppled over, unhurt, but frightened at my tone.
Baby, whey didn’t you stop?!? You saw the car, you heard me yelling for you to stop!
“Daddy, I saw the car. I was ringing my bell so they would stop!”
It hit me like a ton of bricks. She was trying, as hard as she could, doing the “right thing” and ringing her little bell to stop the suburban that would have crushed her as she rang it.
But her peril wasn’t subjective. It wasn’t dependent on her effort or use of what she thought to be the right tool. Her little barbie bicycle bell was, simply worthless to stop the impending threat.
I want you to hold onto that image as we look at a threat even greater to people even more helpless.
There is an event coming which, to paraphrase John Piper is 10,000 times 10,000 times more certain and heavy than the threat of a truck backing out of a driveway. It’s arrival is certain, and its impact will be felt by every man, woman, and child who has ever lived.
We will all be judged by the perfect, holy standard of God.
I want to challenge you, individually, to know that this event is a certainty. It’s coming. And the only salvation is repentance and faith in Christ’s sacrifice for your sin. There is no other salvation. You can ring your little bell, you can use any other name, faith, or excuse.
The church is full of hypocrites.
I believe that all roads lead to the same truth.
There is no God. I am my own truth.
Ring… Ring… Ring.
And for those of us in Christ, I want to present this challenge to you in a different manner. I hear the bell ringing in the modern church going on every day. There is one thing, and one thing alone which will stop those who do not know Christ from peddling into the path of their destruction, ringing their bells as they go;
The good news that God has reconciled sinners to himself by grace through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
But we don’t believe that, really. Sure, we’ll throw that up on a webpage somewhere under the “Word of God” section on our “What We Believe” tab under the “About Us” page. But do we really believe that? Or do we ring our bells? Our bells of pragmatism, our bells of technique, or bells of attraction, our bells of relevancy, and our bells of “mission”.
I think the American church is still orthodox enough to believe and confess that WE are saved by grace through faith in Christ and not works, but our actions seem to indicate that we believe “THEY” are saved by our works and not the power of the Gospel (well, not without our help, anyway.)
So, the church rings its bells, to ourselves and to “them”.
Be still and listen to what God is speaking to your heart. (Mysticism)
Give your best to God and He’ll give His best to you! (Moralism)
God loves everyone and would never judge people for being who he made them to be. (Rationalism)
Ring. Ring. Ring.
And to “THEM”?
Put on a show they will want to see to attract “them”
Build relationships with “them” and win them to our community.
Build missional models, employ leadership techniques, and leverage demographic research to cast vision to “reach them” for Christ.
Give them messages which will create “life change” through being better parents, and better spouses. Tell them how to live their best life now! Tell them that God has an incredible purpose for them, to “release the champion within them” if they’ll just be “audacious” enough to “go for it”!
Our actions speak louder than our words. We simply do not believe that God will use the simple, foolish, offensive message of the gospel to change hearts of stone to hearts of flesh and save sinners from God’s just wrath.
God has promised in his word to use the simple means of grace; Word, Water, Bread and Wine to save and feed his sheep.
Preach the word. Shout it out until they stop and topple. Or they will keep ringing their bells, and we along with them, as they are crushed.
“They” don’t reject Christ because we lack the model, the technique, or the “hook”. Scripture clearly tells us that “they” reject Christ because they are at enmity with God. So you can build the model, master the technique, and design the ultimate “hook”.. and join with them in ringing a new bell headed for the same truck.
Ring. Ring. Ring.
Marc at Marc5Solas: http://marc5solas.com/2013/05/24/and-she-rang-her-bell/
Dear Church, My Plea
One of the real joys of the “Top 10″ article going viral is that it’s given me a chance to hear from young believers who are hungry for the gospel of repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Or, as Paul wrote in Galatians, the ONLY gospel.) rather than any of the replacement/false gospels so prevalent in the church today; who long to hear (and have difficulty finding) about Christ crucified for sinners.
This week, I’d like to post a poem written and sent to me by an American college student at a large, public university.
As a short bio, the following:
“Scared of Hell. Walked the aisle. Said a prayer. Baptized. Felt some feelings.
Only recently learned how Law & Gospel are appropriately separated.
& have learned about the external Word and sacraments.
I am currently studying at the University of Arkansas. I’m 21.”
Dear Church, My Plea
We don’t want modernity.
We don’t want your empty promises.
We don’t want your self-help sermons.
We don’t want to find security inside of ourselves.
Stop telling me that Christ needs my commitment.
Stop telling me that I’m good.
Stop giving me new law to keep.
Stop idolizing youth.
Stop dumbing down the message.
Stop sugar-coating truth.
Stop feeding me donuts.
I need His body and blood.
Point me not to a prayer.
Point me to His Word.
Teach me His promises.
Teach me His Law.
Tell me I can’t keep it.
Tell me He fulfilled it.
I am a sinner. Just like you.
You tell me what to do.
& leave out what’s been done.
Care not about my entertainment.
Care about His message rightly proclaimed.
You give me a purity ring.
I need armor.
I need this message of reconciliation.
I need Christ crucified for sinners.
This news is good.
This Word brings life.
Rebuke this moralism.
Rebuke this mysticism.
If moralism is the message,
I don’t need Jesus.
If mysticism is the message,
I’ll get high on something else.
I’m done with this pretending.
I need solid food.
If my best life is now, I’m going to hell.
I don’t care about Friday.
I don’t care about feelings.
I’m a sinner like you.
I need Christ.
He brings life.
This fake smile’s getting old.
My Sunday clothes are wearing thin.
My heart is growing numb.
I’m broken by sin.
I need conviction from the Law.
& healing from the Lord.
My strivings are futile.
The Law leaves me condemned.
Please talk about sin.
Let your message be bloody.
Place the cross in the center.
For Christ, He alone is worthy.
Does God Get it Wrong?
There seems to be a never-ending parade of folks hearing from God. I would say “these days” but it has been happening from the beginning of time. There are those who sit at the bus stop claiming to talk to Jesus (or BE Jesus). Those guys are mentally unstable, right? What about the guy in the suit standing behind a lectern who tells you that God told him something? Crazy? Prophetic?
Let’s look at a few, actual, historical examples. The pattern is obvious and changes little over the course of history. Some of this might surprise you. If you thought a guy in a suit is more credible, what about 3 of the largest religious affiliations on the planet? Are there lessons to be learned here? Let’s take a look:
1. In 610 AD, nearly 6 centuries after the death of Christ, a 40-year-old prophet from the Arabian Peninsula began receiving messages from God from the angel Gabriel. He was believed (and his followers continue to believe today) to have been the restorer of the original monotheistic faith; that of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.
The problem? The information supposedly imparted in this direct revelation, when speaking of the errors of Christianity, is inaccurate in regard to what Christianity actually teaches. When these writings speak to matters of historically objective Christianity, they don’t contain what is written in the Old and New Testaments, rather what was understood about these writings in the Arabian peninsula during this period in history. If you want to quickly identify a man-made historical document, you can validate (or disprove it) in light of information which would have been available to a *man* at the time, and contrast that with what was actually true yet little known, but would be known to an omniscient *God* at that point. How does this play out?
In the content above, we have descriptions of christianity which are not only inaccurate, but in direct conflict with the christian faith. Without going into the errors of the infancy gospels or the divinity of Christ, here’s an example that should be obvious to anyone: In condemning the teaching of the trinity, the Koran identifies the trinity as God (the father), Jesus, and Mary.
So, either God somehow changed (or forgot) the persons of the trinity, or the author of this content had a historically limited view of the christian faith.
The result? Islam, the second largest religion on the planet and it’s revelation from God, The Koran.
How about on the American shores?
In 1835, a 30-year-old New York man, who had previously received direct revelation, multiple times from God himself and angels, began translation work on what would later be known as “The Book of Abraham”. This translation was from ancient Egyptian Papyri which had been found, sent to America, and purchased by the young man. Even more surprisingly, this young man was enabled to not only translate the ancient text, but to codify the alphabet and grammar from this single document. Quite impressive!
The problem? While egyptian hieroglyphy was unknown in the mid 1800′s, it was later developed substantially and experts were able to go back and view both the papyri and the supposed translation. In 1912, these documents were sent to 8 scholars who all identified the papyri to be an ordinary funerary document. Their feedback on the young man’s supposed translation:
Egyptologist Dr. James H. Breasted of the University of Chicago noted:
“… these three facsimiles of Egyptian documents in the ‘Pearl of Great Price’ depict the most common objects in the Mortuary religion of Egypt. (his) interpretations of them as part of a unique revelation through Abraham, therefore, very clearly demonstrates that he was totally unacquainted with the significance of these documents and absolutely ignorant of the simplest facts of Egyptian writing and civilization.”
Dr. W.M. Flinders Petrie of London University wrote:
“It may be safely said that there is not one single word that is true in these explanations”
Dr. A.H. Sayce, Oxford professor of Egyptology,
“It is difficult to deal seriously with (his) impudent fraud…. (he) has turned the goddess [Isis in Facsimile No. 3] into a king and Osiris into Abraham.”
The problem? The author is Joseph Smith, founder of the 3rd largest religious denomination in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), better known as “Mormons”.
And finally, one that may surprise you as it hits within “mainstream” Christianity:
In October of 1900, a 27 year old Kansas man named Charles Fox Parham formed a Bible College in Topeka, Kansas. The only textbook was the Bible and the only teacher was the Holy Spirit, with Parham acting as the spirit’s “mouthpiece”.
In December 1900, Parham sent his students (who had been at the Bible College less than 3 months) to diligently search the scriptures for the Biblical evidence for his theory of the “baptism in the Holy Spirit”. The students returned with the view that “baptism in the Holy Sprit” was evidenced by speaking in unknown tongues.
With this view, Parham called a “watch night” prayer service on December 31, 1900 to pray fervently through the night. According to Parham, after midnight on January 1, 1901, a student named Agnes Ozman asked that hands be laid upon her in prayer.
“I had scarcely repeated three dozen sentences when a glory fell upon her, a halo seemed to surround her head and face, and she began speaking in the Chinese language, and was unable to speak English for three days. When she tried to write in English to tell us of her experience she wrote the Chinese, copies of which we still have in newspapers printed at that time.” – Charles Fox Parham
I’m sure you can guess where this is going. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your view) we DO still have copies of what Agnes wrote during those three days:
The problem is predictable and follows the pattern. While Chinese was obscure on the Kansas plains in 1901, it is not obscure today. What you see above is most certainly not chinese. I personally submitted this paper, with no background story, to a colleague who holds a PhD in Chinese from The University of Texas at Austin as well as several Chinese chinese co-workers. Their responses were uniform:
“This is gibberish.”
”This isn’t Chinese.”
“This is actually quite funny. Someone said this was Chinese?”
The woman, Agnes Ozman was a student of Charles Fox Parham and her experience is now known as the Topeka Revival which began the modern Pentecostal-Holiness movement. Parham’s ministry moved several times to areas which continue to this day to be hotbeds of the pentecostal movement, notably southwest Missouri and Houston, Texas and in 1914, Parham’s “Apostolic Faith Movement” merged with several other pentecostal groups to form The General Councils of the Assemblies of God, the largest pentecostal denomination in the world.
Parham’s view of this “baptism in the Holy Spirit” was its necessity for assurance of the salvation of the believer and that ONLY those exhibiting this baptism would be raptured at Christ’s second coming ,whose total number would be 144,000. (A view later rejected by the Assemblies of God.) The problems here are obvious and many as there are significantly more than 144,000 people speaking in tongues. There are more than 280 million pentecostals globally. 1 in 4 professing Christians identify themselves as pentecostal.
Of interest is the fact that Parham believed these utterances to be literal, known, human languages which would eliminate the need for missionaries to receive language training prior to their placement on the mission field. Parham labeled this as ”xenoglossae”, or “foreign languages”.
The most notable and documented cases of this belief was of A.G. Garr.
The following is from Dr. Gary McGee (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church History and Pentecostal Studies at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary):
“God is solving the missionary problem,” trumpeted the Apostolic Faith newspaper,published by the Azusa Street mission in Los Angeles, California. Indeed, “the Lord has givenlanguages to the unlearned, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Zulu and languages of Africa, Hindu and Bengali and dialects of India, Chippewa and other languages ofthe Indians, Esquimaux, the deaf mute language and . . . the Holy Ghost speaks all the languages of the world through His children.”
The best-known attempt to demonstrate this proficiency came when Alfred G. (“A. G.”) Garr, pastor of the Metropolitan Holiness Church in the city, and his wife Lillian, left for the east coast in July 1906 to board ship for India, the first missionaries to leave Azusa for the “regions beyond.”
Unlike their Protestant missionary counterparts who often struggled to learn the necessary languages for mission work, the Garrs insisted they had already received the ones they needed directly from the Holy Spirit before they even left the shores of America. They could now avoid the time-consuming delay of formal language study—usually requiring several years—and begin preaching once they arrived.
Though a missionary to India visiting Los Angeles had challenged Alfred’s ability to speak Bengali, he went still confidant that he could not only speak the language, but Chinese as well. Lillian claimed Tibetan and Chinese.
Early in the Calcutta revival, A. G. Garr not only had to face his inability to speak Bengali, but also had to re-examin the actual meaning of speaking in tongues.
The young student, Agens Ozman later spoke of her experience, which began the modern Pentecostal-Holiness movement (which birthed the Assemblies of God, Church of God, Church of God in Christ, and the United Pentecostal Church) and summed up the problem with the errors we see in the following article published in 1909:
“Some time ago I tried but failed to have an article printed which I wrote calling attention to what I am sure God showed me was error. The article maintained that tongues was not the only evidence of the Spirit’s Baptism. When that article was refused I was much tempted by Satan, but God again graciously showed me He had revealed it to me, and satisfied my heart in praying that He might reveal this truth to others who would spread it abroad. For awhile after the baptism I got into spiritual darkness, because I did as I see so many others are doing these days, rested and reveled in tongues and other demonstrations instead of resting alone in God.”
And here we see the common thread in all “direct revelation” from God. At best, it leads to unorthodox theology and a misfocus on the “new” message over the gospel of repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, such as…
“The biggest thing for us in our exegesis of Scripture is that we believe in baptism in the Holy Spirit.” – Greg Mundis, executive director of Assemblies of God World Missions
…and at worst leads to outright rejection of Christ’s atoning work (Islam and Mormonism).
I challenge you to look at the message of any ministry which received such “direct revelation” from God, do they point to Christ’s atoning work on the cross for the forgiveness of sin? Do they confront the unbelievers with their sin and plead for their repentance, salvation, and rest in Christ?
I believe that you’ll find, as the Mother of the Pentecostal movement herself found and repented of later in life that they do not. ”New Revelation” will always, always, replace the gospel.. and it will replace it with faith in yourself; your “feelings” and your works. If these revelations are truly “from God” then they would, be definition, be on par with commands of scripture. In other words, they would be law and to disobey them would be sin. These “new revelations” may be as seemingly obvious as someone claiming that a 900 foot Jesus appeared and commanded them to build a medical center which would be a success (and which actually closed 8 years later) like Oral Roberts.
Others, like the current “Vision Casting” phenomenon are a bit more subtle. Either way, looking for direct/extra-biblical revelation is a recipe for disaster. Either way, we’re obscuring the gospel taught by the apostles, and putting people under new “law” outside of scripture.. all because of a “vision” or something “in our spirit” or “laid on our heart”.
God speaks to you. He speaks to you every time you open scripture and begin to read of the faith once and all delivered to the saints.
Don’t be deceived by your subjective emotion. The heart is wicked above all things and certainly not the place to look for “nudges”. Open the word, the very “breath of God”.
From Marc 5Solas: http://marc5solas.com/2013/05/31/does-god-get-it-wrong/
byJon Bloom|June 21, 2013
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Want to refresh your soul? Want to run with more endurance today? Cease to be the focus of your attention.
The state of your soul depends on what occupies your mind. If your self is occupying your mind, forget peace and contentment. You don’t find those in a vacuum of needs and sinful cravings. And forget loving others. A self-preoccupied soul might like the idea of being viewed by others as loving, but ends up finding others obstacles that p…
From Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog
Note: As someone who has spent over 35 years in church ministry I know what Captain Capitalism is talking about. I would not say that most pastors or preachers are hypocrites, but I certainly agree that many are and that is a sad thing for Christianity and the cause of Christ. Unfortunately, the church as an institution, is no different from any secular business in the fact that there are genuine, good people with a servant’s heart and there are also those with ulterior motives that in no way should be a part of ministry. I understand that many people see Christianity as this article points out and I have seen it firsthand as well, but for every charlatan there is a real pastor who gives himself for the sheep. Since all work on this earth, be it religious or secular, is performed by human beings and humans are full of sin and depravity, we all need Christ to deliver us from the evil and temptation we face. That is why we must look only to Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
A sweet, young kid. God damned boy scout is what he was.
He kept his apartment in perfect order, could fix things faster and better than I ever could, and if you ever needed to rely upon somebody he was the guy you’d go to.
Only one problem.
He wasn’t a reverend.
I thought he was because he got his degree in youth ministry, and so I naturally assumed he was a pastor. But as I found out later, that was nothing more than yet another college-education scam perpetrated upon the youth to support an academian scheme, but this time of a religious variety. His degree was utterly worthless.
But his moral character and caliber was not.
If you were to ask me, and in all honesty, he is BY FAR a better man than I will ever be. He is honest, he is pure, he is noble, and he is righteous in the truest sense…matter of fact if you just took me and multiplied me by a -1 you would mathematically get Reverend Ryan. I don’t think the boy has ever committed a sin in his life. He is virtuous and upstanding and I am, frankly, surprised such a man exists in a modern day environment today which is so hostile to such virtue.
Ironically, this results in a paradox.
For while this is one of the most pure, innocent, virtuous and noble men I know, he cannot become a pastor because he doesn’t have the right credentials.
But I know men who have become pastors.
And I know men who did jump through the hoops.
And for the most part, most of them come nowhere near the caliber and quality of man as my former tenant.
THough I don’t harp on it much, one of the most worthless degrees you can get is “religious studies.” I don’t harp on it because it is presumed you do not enter such a study in the hopes of riches, but out of charity, altruism and selflessness.
But that cannot be further from the truth for many religious studies majors.
For like journalism, management, even economics, “religious studies” grants the major an air of authority. Jounralists always seek truth. Business management majors always seek optimization an production. And economists always seek efficiency and progress. However, in pursuing such lofty endeavors, those studies are nearly-guaranteed to be corrupted by lesser souls using the lofty position of the study to wield power and control over others for their own selfish gain by abusing its moral position. And “religious studies” is the most loftiest (and consequently, corruptible) of all because it presumably is the authority of morals and decency.
Such a discipline attracts two types, both the most opposite you could ever imagine.
Pure, virtuous, and noble saints like Reverend Ryan
Unfortunately experience has told me most pastors (as well as most practitioners) are not of the Reverend Ryan caliber. They are in it for themselves, in it because it’s an easy subject, in it for the power immediately granted to them, in it for the business, and in it because they lack the intellectual power and capability to determine their own morality and virtue and thus rely on a religion to spell it out for them. And yes, yes, I know fellow Christian, Jewish, even Muslim, Cappy Cappites, I know you may have that one special pastor that does not fit this bill, but this is (admittedly) the personal, yet empirical, data I have experienced and I still contest the majority of clergymen/women aren’t in it for “god” but in it for themselves.
The only thing that is going to convince me otherwise is when I see the church (of whatever religion, sect or denomination) start opening the priest/pastorhood to people with moral caliber like Rev. Ryan who have good hearts, instead of requiring (much like the HR witches in the labor market) “degrees” and “certifications.” When religious entities start promoting good people with good intentions and good hearts to the roles of leadership and not the scamming, verminous scum willing to effectively lie and play “Game of Thrones” to get into positions of leadership then I’ll start granting American religions more credit.
In the meantime, I don’t care whether Reverend Ryan has the qualifications to be an actual “ordained” minister or not. He’s the only man qualified to be a reverend in my book and my standards are a hell of a lot higher than most official religions’.
From Captain Capitalism: http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding” (Psalms 111:10).
Education is a high priority in any society that wants to advance. Education should be sought after by every believer in Jesus Christ in order to better understand God’s ways. However, education that is not mixed with faith and obedience will result in programmatic religion.
In the early Hebraic church, wisdom was gained by obedience. Hebrews learned that wisdom was gained by knowing and doing the will of God and that it often did not line up with logic. However, as the church became impacted by the Greek culture through the influence of scholars like Socrates and Aristotle, knowledge-based systems became more influential in the way education was taught and applied. Greeks believed that the way to gain knowledge was based on reason and analysis.
When Joshua walked around the city of Jericho seven times blowing his trumpets, he was exhibiting a Hebraic model of decision-making – pure obedience. Logic and reason played no part in this decision. When Elisha instructed the army general to go wash in a lake in order to be healed of leprosy, it confronted his intellect. This was Hebraic thought rooted in obedience.
The Church has moved into a more knowledge-based and programmatic system of operation over the centuries, rather than obedience-based methods that are motivated by a heart fully devoted to following God. We’ve replaced obedience with reason, logic, and slick marketing for attractive programs to entice people into our churches.
Ultimately, God desires us to take the Hebraic approach when making decisions. He wants us to make decisions based on our heart’s desire to follow Him.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
This is What God Thinks of a “Gay” Nation:
Romans 1:21-27 New Living Translation
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Romans 1:28 KJV
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
And finally Paul says this in Romans 1:32:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Obama Tells LGBT Crowd He Sees A Tidal Wave Of Gayness Sweeping The Nation, “From Minnesota To Maryland, From The U.S. Senate To The NBA”…
All aboard the rainbow express, next stop, fabulous!
Via The Hill:
President Obama told attendees at a LGBT Pride Month celebration that the U.S. needs to get marriage equality “done now,” but that he believed the nation had reached a “turning point” on gay rights.
“We’re not going to have to wait that long,” Obama said. “From Minnesota to Maryland, from the U.S. Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’ve reached a turning point.”
The president said that progress could be traced “from the courage of those who stood up.”
“Eventually america gets it right. that doesn’t mean we can be patient,” Obama said. “We know from our own history that change happens because we push it to.”
The president ticked off a number of accomplishments benefiting the gay community during his first term, including ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and expanding protections for HIV-positive individuals under his signature health care plan. He also urged the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation restricting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
“With the tip of the staff that was in his hand, the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread” (Judg 6:21).
Gideon was a farmer who threshed wheat for a living using a staff. This was commonly used in his day to beat out fitches and cummin (Isa 28:27), but now it was being used for wheat.
He was busy doing his work when an angel of God appeared to him. The angel told him that he was going to be used to deliver the people of Israel from the Midianites who had been ravaging their land and crops for seven years. God was calling Gideon to do a new type of threshing. Instead of threshing wheat, he was being called to thresh the Midianites.
God often calls men and women when they are in the middle of their workplace activities. Like Moses, Gideon received this word from God with reluctance and feelings of insecurity, citing that his family was of no stature to accomplish such a task. Nevertheless, God addressed Gideon as a “mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12).
God often sees us for what we will become, not what we think we are. Once Gideon determines through a series of fleeces that it truly is God speaking to him he does an interesting thing. He prepares an offering to the Lord of meat and bread. Once this offering is prepared, the angel uses the tip of his staff to consume the offering. Here God uses another symbol of his work to consummate a partnership to accomplish one of God’s purposes in the nation of Israel. This time the staff is used to receive the offering presented to the Lord by touching the offering with the tip of his staff. God used the symbol of his work to ignite the fire that consumed the offering.
Be watchful for times when God orchestrates events during the commonplace activity of work. He may be orchestrating something through you for His purposes
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/