Statement of faith

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren

Monday, August 13, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: August 13, 2012
Sharing by: Pam Crawford                                              

Galatians 6:1 (NLT)
‘Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

Politics, Values & Truth – Part 2
Last week I weighed in on the Chick-Fil-A controversy as it relates to the view of traditional marriage. I attempted to provide a Biblical perspective to support the viewpoint that marriage was designed to be between a man and a woman. If by chance you missed the writing, I encourage you to read it to better understand where I’m going today.

This summer I have been spending time in a book titled 5-Minute Apologetics for Today by Ron Rhodes. If you are a student of the Word I highly recommend this resource as a compliment to your Bible.  According to; Apologetics is the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity. In the introduction of Mr. Rhodes book he asks “Would you like to gain more Christian wisdom, biblical discernment, and doctrinal expertise over the next year, all in five minutes a day?” I’ll simply ask that same question.

In our world today I see so many things that point to moral decay. Satan is working overtime to “kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10) that of which God intended for good. Over this past year for instance, I have seen him wreck havoc in marriages (11 families in my personal circle just this past year). Some of these couples include professed Christians. I have also witnessed the culture war that now exists between those who believe that life is sacred; opposed to those who scream they have the right to abort. I watched in disbelief last week as people participated in a “kiss in” as a form of opposition to the viewpoint of traditional marriage.  

It is impossible to overlook that in America in 2012 we are slipping away from a Christian foundation. Many people believe that their opinions/beliefs trump the Word of God. I didn’t always think this way, but today I understand that God’s Word is above my opinion or anything that I may believe that does not align to what He teaches. He is the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14) and His Word is to be honored by His children. I am thankful for a new set of lenses and I give Him thanks and praise for grace.

Our moral foundation includes obedience to the Creator of heaven and earth.  The following are just a few facts about America being founded upon Christian principles. This information was gathered from attorney David Gibbs of the Christian Law Association I believe it is relevant to understanding our heritage.

“In 1892 the Supreme Court of the U.S. declared this country is a Christian nation.

During the war for independence Congress imported 20,000 Bibles because their use was so universal and their importance so great.

The New England Confederation of the 1600’s stated it’s purpose was to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the gospel in purity and peace.

Engraved on the metal top of the Washington Monument are the words “Praise be to God.”

Christianity is written on every page of American history. Don’t let modern seculars or educators convince you otherwise. The facts are that America was founded as a nation under God.” – Gibbs

Do you believe it? If so, I will ask the same question I asked last week. “How can we defend anything that is contrary to what God teaches?”

Friends, sin separates us from God’s best. The Bible is clear that if we see a brother or sister enslaved to sin, we have a responsibility to them (Galatians 6:1). It’s not someone else’s problem.  We can begin by praying for God to draw them to himself. We can ask Him to help them see their need for repentance. We can ask God to bless them with victory over sin. Proclaim the blood of Jesus over your loved ones and friends. Fight on their behalf.  

As I study God’s view point on homosexuality and many other sexual sins, my heart aches for those who are willfully choosing to engage in it. To me the consequence is too high (1 Corinthians 6:9). Yes, there is grace and forgiveness for those who genuinely seek it, however we must not overlook the simplicity of what God expects from each one of us. He expects us to not only confess with our mouth that He is Lord and Savior, He expects us to obey what He says (James 1:19-27).

The following article enhances what I provided last week as a backdrop against sexual sin. I pray you have eyes to see truth and ears to hear whatever God may want to relay to you personally.

Day 35
By Ron Rhodes
(excerpt from 5-Minute Apologetics for Today)

“When Paul said homosexuals will not inherit God’s Kingdom, he was not simply stating his private opinion (1 Corinthians 7:25). All of Paul’s writings are divinely authoritative (Galatians 1:12, 2 Corinthians 2:13, 12:12). Moreover, his primary condemnation of homosexuality is in Romans 1:26-27, and the divine authority of this passage is undisputed.

The Levitical Law against homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22) has not been abolished (Acts 10:15) along with the Levitical law against eating pork and shrimp (Leviticus 11:2-3, 10). God’s law against homosexuality is a part of His moral law, not ceremonial law, and God’s moral law is still binding (see Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

If God’s law against homosexuality was merely ceremonial (and thus abolished in New Testament times), we would have to conclude that rape, incest, and bestiality are not morally wrong either, because they are condemned together with homosexual sins (Leviticus 18:6-14, 22-23).

Homosexual acts connected with idolatry are condemned (1 Kings 14:24), but Scripture also condemns homosexuality apart from idolatry (Leviticus 18:22). Moreover, homosexuality is condemned alongside other forms of sexual sin, such as adultery and incest. Are we to conclude that adultery and incest are wrong only when associated with idolatry and that all other forms of these practices are okay? Such reasoning is warped.

Pearl of Wisdom: "Only by twisting Scripture can a person allege that the Bible sanctions homosexuality.”

When Satan condemns and we buy into it, there is no hope. When God convicts we have an opportunity to make changes that bring hope. If you are engaging in a lifestyle of sin there is a way out. Look up and be willing to explore all that God has to teach you. Next week I will touch on liberation from sin from a biblical perspective. Until then, be blessed in making godly choices.

In Christ by grace,

This week: Rest in truth and enjoy this song:
The Great I AM

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