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LGBT Movement: Part 4

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

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LGBT Movement: Part 3

LGBT Objection: In the Old Testament, Homosexuality was a capital crime that was punishable by death, but now we are under the new covenant.  How does that affect the practice of homosexuality?

Response: Answering this question requires an understanding concerning the relationship of the OT laws to the NT.  Does the OT laws remain in effect in the NT?  If so, do all of them remain in operation or do certain OT laws remain in operation in the NT?  For example were the OT laws that prohibited the wearing of wool and linen woven together (Deut. 22:11) and eating of certain foods still in effect today?   How can we best understand the OT laws?  In regards to ceremonial aspects for the Jews such as the sacrifices, he referred to His body as being the ultimate and final sacrifice (John 2:21; Mark 14:36)

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Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment

Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment

Originally posted on Josh Howerton:

What is happening right now with the Planned Parenthood videos is a “William Wilberforce moment” in our culture. Wilberforce was the Christian man who looked into his Bible, saw that racism and slavery were evil reverse-images of the gospel, and dedicated his life to accomplishing what seemed culturally and politically impossible in late-1700’s Great Britain: the abolition of the slave trade. In a decisive moment that now lives in history, Wilberforce once commanded the floor of British Parliament for over three hours doing nothing but reading gruesome horror-stories of the African slave trade to the men that politically protected its continuation and then concluded with this sentence…

“You may choose to look away, but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

On his deathbed in 1833, after a lifetime of being told abolition was impossible, he received word that parliament had passed the Slavery Abolition Bill, granting freedom to all…

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Christians Standing Against Feminism

Titus 2: 2-5, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Proverbs 31: 20, She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Mothers, are you training your daughters to love their future homes? Are you teaching your sons to value a woman who will? Or are you, like most of us, preparing your daughters to go out and lead? To compete in the world of business? To fit in in the way that society and most Christians tell us is only right?

I get that it’s hard to be the one laughed at for valuing what are considered old-fashioned ideals. When we prepare our daughters to be keepers at home, we’re preparing them for ridicule. The world no longer values women at home. It doesn’t value women or even men at all; the world values self-promotion because the world is run by Satan and Satan is and always has been a self-promoter. And self-promotion goes against everything that the Lord tells us to seek.

We lost a lot when women flocked to the work place. I’m in my early 50’s and I can remember the days when the church ladies handled just about everything that needed to be handled in the local church. Now, I’m not talking about preaching or leading but serving. When a need arose, those ladies were there. If a baby was born, someone was sick, someone died, a family had a calamity, those ladies got busy and set up a schedule for cooking, for cleaning, and for anything else that was needed. And the food they took was real food, most of it grown in their own gardens, and certainly cooked in their own kitchens. The service they rendered was exceedingly valuable but few of us would see it that way these days. In most of our eyes, we’re putting women down to suggest they go cook or clean for someone else–or even for their own family. Really, that is beyond sad.

Titus 2: 5 states that older women are to teach the younger women “… to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Are these things valued in our modern times? No, usually not even among Christians. Do we understand or even care that the Word of God is being blasphemed? Most of us don’t seem to.

Dr. John MacArthur addresses this in a sermon entitled God’s Plan for Younger Women, Part 2: “And all of that so that the Word of God may not be dishonored. It isn’t so much for you, it’s for God’s Word so that it will not be blasphemeo, blasphemed. The honor of Scripture is at stake. And as I said at the beginning, an unbeliever can read this text and know whether we’re obeying it. I mean, what do you think the unbeliever thinks of current Christianity if he knows anything about the Bible? He’d have to say, “Well, Christians certainly aren’t serious about the Bible.” It’s really amazing.” http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/56-15

Feminism is our new gospel, a false gospel, but it’s one that strident, loud, and determined to continue to make its mark. It’s been around in some form since the mid-1800’s. It’s changed colors, styles, and focus, a number of times. Along the way, proponents of it have learned how to promote it so as to make it as appealing as possible. And the world, and the church, bought the lie.

Feminist  Vivian Gornick, had this to say about being a homemaker: “Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession… The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that.”

Feminist Robin Morgan, author of Sisterhood Is Powerful: “I do not think I need to stress this point any further. Modern radical feminists do not care about women’s choices. They have an agenda and it is to force women into a mold of their liking and destroy any sort of family unit. Feminists: this is what is actually behind the feminist movement.

This is the voice of what we’ve believed. And we’ve helped them. We’ve raised our daughters to support their cause. The church has engaged the enemy rather than fighting him. We, as God’s people, have failed. And we must repent. I was raised believing some of the lies but God’s Word challenged and answered every single one of them. It will always do that because it, and it alone, is truth and will stand forever.

We can fight the lies but only with the Truth–God’s Word. If we’d only read it, not through our cultural lens, not in order to bend it to feminism’s agenda, just for understanding, and in order to learn and obey, we’d see the truth and the lies of feminism could, and would, be defeated.

Either we’re for God or against Him. It’s time for soul-searching and repentance. If we’re buying the lies of feminism, and know we’re buying the lies of feminism, and continue buying them anyway, we’re against Him.We must love God more than we love the lies we’ve long believed, and we must be willing to take a stand for truth. As for me, I stand for God and I’m ready for battle. Are you?

How to Make Yourself Miserable by Elisabeth Elliot

  • Count your troubles, name them one by one–at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Worry every day about something. Don’t let yourself get out of practice. It won’t add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
  • Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
  • Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man’s gotta live.
  • Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they’re going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
  • Stay away from absolutes. It’s what’s right for you that matters. Be your own person and don’t allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
  • Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people’s. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
  • Don’t fall into any compassion traps–the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people’s troubles, you may neglect your own.
  • Don’t let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what’s really relevant–things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones–they’re where it’s at now.

Throwback Thursday ~ Adam 3.0: Meanwhile, Back in the Garden, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Throwback Thursday ~ Adam 3.0: Meanwhile, Back in the Garden, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

annagracewood:

This article is written for men, to men, by a woman who sees the problems with women taking on the role of a preacher. Great article on a very important subject. I love her end thoughts and I think you will, too: Help us. Please. Be the heroic men of God that you have the right, the calling, and the responsibility to be. Because, despite what some of the women of your church might say, that’s what we, and the body of Christ, so desperately need.

Originally posted on Michelle Lesley:

I’m taking some time off this week.
I hope you’ll enjoy this selected article.

Originally published June 26, 2014Adam 3.0

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
1 Timothy 2:12-14

Because it’s my passion to see Christian women become holy, passionate, obedient disciples of Jesus Christ, I’ve dealt with this passage a lot and done a lot of research on it. Scripture is crystal clear that women are not to instruct men in the Scriptures in the church in the capacity of pastor or teacher, nor are they to hold authority over men in other positions in the church. (I’ve outlined Scripture’s case for this here if you’d like to do some further study.) And, unfortunately…

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The profile of an apostate

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (Matthew 13:20-22 NASB)

The Bible very clearly teaches that Christians should examine themselves quite often in order to see what their spiritual condition is. Genuine Christians are not perfect people. Neither are they always full of happiness, in perfect health while having plenty of money in the bank. No, the fact that all believers are called to…

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A Woman’s High and Holy Calling

Proverbs 31: 10, Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 14: 1, Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

What we’ve long been told about womanhood is an unmitigated lie. Because many women have believed it, their lives are filled with emptiness, a barrenness that speaks of losing their place, of misunderstanding their calling.

The Gospel is not a cultural thing, bending to society’s rules and blending in. It is the truth that sets people free. It is the truth that sets women free. There is a God-given distinctiveness to manhood and womanhood and, properly understood, it is a beautiful thing. That there is a distinctiveness, and that it is good, holy, and purposeful, is a truth that has been misrepresented, misinterpreted, misapplied for so very long.

Much more in is black or white than we have been told, indeed, than we want to believe. The truth of our identity as women, as well as the truth of all that is godly, has been twisted beyond recognition and then painted over and sold on the open market to the highest bidder.

Long ago women stepped on board the “American Success ride” and lost ourselves. Amid the clamor, the sights and sounds, we lost our understanding of truth, of reality, of womanhood, and of God. We invited our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, and our friends to come join us. Spinning round and round on the dizzying ride, as kaleidoscope colors flash in our brains, our uneasy minds are, for a time, put to rest by the sheer beauty, the excitement, the fulfillment, the fun, of it all.

“It is so beautiful, so fulfilling, it must be right.” Adam and Eve thought so, too.

Seduced by the idea that God (and our churches, husbands, and society) have withheld what is good from us, American women have plunged headlong into a boiling cauldron of excess: having more, we must have more yet. More opportunity, more success, more money, more beauty, more things, more excitement, more fulfillment, more, more, more….

As the character Sabrina in the movie of the same name said, “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.” 

But having more doesn’t fulfill us so we strive on, content in our discontent. Something is missing but we don’t know what. If we can only do more, be more, then, one day we’ll find the elusive ‘it” that will, at last, bring our lives fulfillment. For now, our lives are exhausting, our hearts are aching, our spirits empty, and our prayers barren. Taking everything and focusing it on us only leads to emptiness. We’ve been lied to. Refusing truth, we’ve believed the lie.

Still all the me-ism goes on: “What do I want? need? deserve? What is good for me?” No talk of obedience to God or duty to parents, husband, children, or the church. All that matters is me.

What happens when, in pursuit of me and what I want, I throw away everything that could have brought me true joy?

What happens when the maddening music stops and the roller-coaster ride of our lives comes to a screeching halt? When we look around us and realize that what had appeared so bright and shiny from our brief stop at the ascent now appears as it truly is: dull, tired, in need of new paint in order to continually keep up the façade?

What happens when the façade fades? When we look around us and all are strangers? When our husbands and children are walking away from us, indifferent to our pleas to come back and be with us for one more ride? A ride, we promise, that will somehow end differently…this time.

What happens when the lights go up and the show of our lives is over and we have nothing of true value to offer to God–what then?

We’ve lived the lie long enough. We’ve listened to the world even as we were drowning in nothingness.

There is Truth and most of us have missed it. The terrible price is the destruction of our lives, our families, our souls, our churches. Husbands dishonored and disrespected. Children not had or tossed aside. Our own femininity dried up like a rose in the desert. And us women: once secure in our spiritual and cultural identities, now with nothing, no one, alone at last, reaping bountifully what we’ve sown so very, very well.

What now? What can we do when we’ve done all that we’ve been told to do and the result is nothing but carnage?

For so long we’ve interpreted our lives, our womanhood, by culture rather than by God’s Word. We must repent of lies told and believed. We must rise up, one woman at a time, and reclaim our calling, our womanly heritage, as women of the Word.

It isn’t easy. Most of what is right is not easy. But right is right even if everyone believes it is wrong. Just because our mothers believed a lie doesn’t make it true. Just because our pastors teach it, our denomination supports it, our culture demands it, doesn’t mean we have to blindly accept it. We must read God’s Word in order to find truth–about our womanhood or anything else. What we want, if it differs from what God commands, doesn’t matter. What our church, our pastor, our denomination “allows” or teaches about our place as women, if it isn’t centered in God’s Holy Word, doesn’t matter. What our culture has to say about womanhood certainly doesn’t matter. The Bible isn’t subject to our culture or to our whims. Only what God says matters.

Proverbs 14: 12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

We can search out Truth.

Men are called by God to be men and to fill the role that God Himself has laid out for them. Women, likewise, are called by Him to be women and to fill the role that God Himself has laid out for women.  A woman’s place is a high and glorious calling but, after decades of being lied to, we’ve forgotten that. We’ve bought the lies, swallowed the poison, and forgotten that our place is a truly beautiful one–not inferior at all, but special, glorious, and perfect. Our place was once cherished but we’ve despised it. Like Esau of old, we women have sold our birthright but, unlike him, if we repent, we can get it back again.

There is joy in true womanhood. Women have been honored by God Almighty in so many, many ways. We demean ourselves and dishonor our God when we ignore our calling to fulfill that of a man. True biblical womanhood is beautiful. It is a privilege given to us by God Himself. It is a high and holy calling.

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