Thursday, October 24, 2013

Journaling log-1

I’m an avid journaler.(..I know I said I wouldn’t make posts about myself, however, I’ve determined that that is inevitable.) I want to encourage you, reader, to a life of journaling. A life of pouring out your soul on paper, or electronic medium.

A few thoughts on journaling…

Journaling does not take a wise man (or woman), or an emotional person, or a wordsmith - it takes a reflective person. This is something that we are either born with or can acquire. Now, how do we acquire this ability? Through being observant. After all, isn't journaling just writing about your observations? For the most part.

What about those entries that spring from the soul and not the eyes? These take reflection and observation as well, examining the mind and reflecting on what takes (or took) place in the heart. What difference is there between the one who journals and the doctor who inscribes on paper the prescription? nothing!

Why journal?

Journal because you want to. If you don’t want to, you will eventually quit, and very soon and If you do stick with the art your portraits will indeed be something quite awful. How do you acquire a taste for this cuisine? By the joys that spring forth from reflecting on what you've tasted (ok “written”, sometimes i’m too poetic). And I know, this is all one never. ending. circle.

Look, let me make this plain and simple for those who appreciate plainness and simplicity, for journaling is not merely for those love elegant verbiage and beautiful wordplay: When you write in a journal you’re able to document your life for yourself, or all, to see. Myself, I am a private person, but I don’t mind being transparent, when I want to be. I challenge you to be interested enough in your own situations and emotions to ponder them upon a pad. If my own life - a snoozefest, is interesting enough to document surely you, the reader’s, life is as well.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Do ALL homosexuals go to Hell???

The answer for me is quite clear, YES...and NO

Now before you call me a liberal (I'm NOT, God forbid) and reject me, understand that it's the orthodox answer. It is the rational answer; it's the conservative answer. I'm simply answering this question from a different angle. The answer to this question is not as clear to all as it is to most bible believing Christians. It makes no sense to include the unbelievers in this discussion for they are not a reliable source for ethics. Certainly, there are infidels who live morally decent lives and make excellent ethical decisions, but there is so many peripherals clouding their judgment on this they CANNOT be reliable on this issue. Those who hold to the infallible word of God whether by life or death do not have their minds clouded but only set their minds to do their Father's will.


This question for us has caused much social, political strife between us and our countrymen. It is this question that now causes our neighbors to despise us, there is no other. They may say we are stupid for believing in seven days of creation, they may think us old fashion in our views of sexuality, but nothing to hate us, until now. We are now today's KKK. We are the haters, the bigots, the backwoods hicks, etc. And we care..but at the same time, we don't care. We care to do the will of our Father.



Lets examine this issue. What is a homosexual?

The definition from the world:
ho·mo·sex·u·al adjective \ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl\

Definition of HOMOSEXUAL
1
: of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex
2
: of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex.

The definition from the bible:

Lets do it this way..

"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men"
(NIV, 1 Corinthians 6:9). Now same verse, different translation. 


"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,"
(ESV, 1 Corinthians 6:9)


So a homosexual is a man that has sex with another man or has sexual desires for another man. We also learn from these passages that this act is a sin because it is listed among many things that stop one from entering into the kingdom of God (the church or heaven).


What about those who say "we are born this way"?

I don't want to delve into the science of this simply because regardless of whether or not one is "born this way" or not it is still a sin. If one were to "prove" that homosexuals were born gay that would not in anyway refute God's view of this behavior. "Scientific" findings cannot refute God's word; it is either an error or in accord with God's word. The bible even speaks of men being borne in sin. "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me."(NIV, Psalm 51:5),"The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies."(ESV, Psalm 58:3) We all are wicked to some degree, we ALL are sinners."Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—"(ESV, Romans 5:12) Sin which brings death obviously passes to all men through birth.So whether your sinful nature manifests itself in homosexual attractions and not gambling or drunkenness does nothing to relieve you of your duty to obey God's commandments.

Thankfully, there are those who, in God's word, were homosexuals and have left the lifestyle.
"9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) That they repent of homosexuality is clear, but it does not speak of their desires being changed. Rather, when Paul speaks of his dealing with the flesh he speaks of desires he has AS A CHRISTIAN which wage war against his soul.

"21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."(Romans 7:21-25)

Certainly, therefore, men may still have desires they once had even after coming to Christ. This issue is whether we will confess sinful desires as sin and repent of them, seeking never to practice them again. So, to put it simply, men or woman may still have a homosexual orientation before and after coming to Christ. The issue is, and I repeat myself, whether we will confess sinful desires as sin and repent of them, seeking never to practice them again. The question is one of semantics really. If you consider someone to be a homosexual if they have same-sex attractions AND carries them out(unrepentantly), then YES, ALL homosexuals go to hell. If you consider a homosexual to be someone who simply has same sex attractions, then NO, theoretically a homosexual can enter into the kingdom of heaven, if he repents.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Time

Recent events have really caused me to reflect on the concept of time. Time is infinitely precious, especially to the finite man, who will eventually live forever (talk about a paradox). Time is like...a car on a one-way lane, with no reverse, and no brakes. You can only move forward. If you loose your way you can never go backwards and re-embark on your journey. You can only recouperate and continue where you left at, arriving at your destination late. Many of those who left at the same time as you have long since passed you by...but i digress.

Time is the father of wisdom.
"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child"(Proverbs 22:15) and "Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days,"(Job 12:12) ,beloved.
What seperates children and men is time.

Time brings circumstances. Without time, nothing that happens happens.  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth"(Genesis 1:1). "In the beginning", time. MUST preceed creation, and you can deduce from that that ALL that occurs within the created order is dependant on time.

See how valuable time is?

*I have often lamented the time I have waisted in my life. I honestly view everything that happened in my life prior to coming to Christ as UTTERLY worthless to me. Worthless in the sense that my old man has not left me any practical inheretance in this new life. I truly am reborn -my hypothetical car crashed and upon its repair all the cargo I once hauled is now spoiled goods, worthless garbage. Now im in a virtually new car and I must harvest new goods. All that time collecting trash is now lost! Anyways, enough about me. (I dont want this blog to be about my personal life.)

We must have the same view concerning lost time as Paul had:

"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, " (Phillipians 3:13b).

And, with the new time God may grant us?

"making the best use of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16).

Brothers, sisters, let us praise God for the moments granted to us in this fleeting life and do all for the glory of him who is the called the Ancient of Days.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Are we still under OT law?

Matthew 5:17 ESV

“Do not think that I have come to abolish   the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but   to fulfill them."

To what extent are you required to obey that which God commands of you, Beloved? How vast is his law to you? Does is span the length of the Jordan, then end? Or, does it flow from the lake of Gennesaret outward?  

See, Many of those who profess the Lordship of Jesus Christ think of his commands, from Matthew onward, as a “new thing”. Hence the term "New Testament"(a term which I have no problem with whatsoever, if properly understood)is very profitable to them. Conversely, those same men view those former commands, from Malachi backwards, as, well, "the old thing" - that which is to be discarded for that which is more..fashionable. 

The Old Testament is viewed by many professing Christians today to be obsolete -now made void. Yet, Christ here pronounces the exact opposite! Certainly, they reason, this must be understood a different way,because no man in his right mind thinks those under the blood of Christ should dare trample that blood by sacrificing lambs and doves. Well, his reasoning is certainly correct. It is what he concludes from that reasoning that is error.

They assume that the law is to taken as one whole. They then throw that which has passed away out with that which is still valid. The law is to be understood by a division of moral, ceremonial, and civil sanctions. God has DONE AWAY with the ceremonial aspects of the law through Christ’s sacrificial death, those civil laws are also done away with the nation of Israel (the general equity of thereof still binding).

The MORAL aspect of the Mosaic Law is STILL BINDING. They are as timeless as God is. Our infinitely holy God’s view of morality does not change. Should we assume that God’s view on sodomy will change someday? Of course not!

Let me ask you something:

Exodus 22:19 ESV

“Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death.”

Does God still view bestiality negatively? If you don’t believe the OT moral law is still binding then you can’t say so definitively. If he views it negatively, isn't a man having relations with, say, a cat a sin?

Christians must STOP denying Christ by rejecting the Old testament and understand its proper application in Christian living today. Without so we displease God by neglecting to obey his commands. I know first hand that many things are hard to understand, but we must apply ourselves to understanding Gods's will for the church in American and as a whole.