November 30, 2012
November 29, 2012
Well, enough said about this belief system. It is just too loony for me to take serious or waste any more time expounding on. Hopefully you see its nuttiness too. Sorry Tom Cruise and John Travolta, I’m really not interested. Sadly, they couldn't even make their own symbol or icon original, they hijacked the Christian cross and mixed it with a star burst or Sol Invictus. Everything about this religion says ripoff or counterfeit, they even steal from other counterfeit religions like Gnosticism. Bummer.
November 27, 2012
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
“Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. I will drive Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.”
We also see ancient shadows of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 11:29… “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Again we see God calling man to a relationship with God within God’s will.
Think about that for a little bit. Meditate on it and find your way back to the Lord if you have strayed.
November 26, 2012
There are other things that could be said about Mormons and their flawed belief system like the fact that pagan symbols akin to Freemasonry abound in their faith (pentagrams, all-seeing eye, etc.), but this threads the needle too close to conspiracy theories for my liking. What I have provided here speaks volumes in itself. From the outside they seem Christian-like but as soon as closer scrutiny is placed on them they fall woefully short of Scripture.
November 25, 2012
Sola Dei Gloria
November 24, 2012
John 14:16-17 ~ “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
November 22, 2012
Although the sacred text for Taoism is the Tao Te Ching and it was possibly written by Lao Tzu around 300BC it is highly probable that the writings were and aggregation or accumulation of many authors who contributed to the compendium. The central purpose of the text is to guide its readers how to live in harmony or balance with the universe. Therefore Tao or (The Way) and Wu Wei (inaction, passivity) are the two main concepts of Taoism. Some misguided zealots that wish to ecumenicalize Christianity and Taosim in a form of eastern syncretism believe Tao to be equivalent to the Christian concept of God. This simplistic understanding is too specific and too distinct to properly understand the Taoist belief. Taoist believe in something much more nebulous and non-descript. This of course makes it attractive to postmodernism which refuses to apply absolute truths or distinct descriptions to reality. Taoism believes that no physical manifestations of the divine appear in the Tao Te Ching. How something this nebulous can even be considered a deity based religion when they are not even sure of what deity is is puzzling and enigmatic to say the least. Later understandings speak to three “personifications” that are called the "Three Pure Ones" but these are not from the original writings of Lao Tzu. Although specific sects may differ, modern Taoism typically presents the Jade Emperor as an official head deity. So it appears the Taoist beliefs have shifted or morphed over the centuries. Traditional conceptions of Tao are not to be confused with the Western concepts of theism. Being one with the Tao (The Way) does not indicate a union with an eternal spirit in, for example, as in the Christian senses when the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Regardless of these later elaborations, at the heart of Taoism remains the balance of all things in a dualistic state. Therefore this puts Taoism at odds with Christianity and is therefore incompatible because of its own internal contradictions which I will now note.
November 19, 2012
In other words: " ♫ Throw yo hands in the air and wave'em like ya just don't care ♫ " towards the Lord!
Well...here it comes again. The most important holiday of the the year that pretty much doesn't exist for most except as a day off to watch a dumb football game. Perhaps only to be improved upon by mangling a 20 lb frozen bird and subsequently burn it to a crisp. This along with melting a plastic bag inside filled with the gizzards that you forgot to pull out before sticking it in the oven ;) .
Thanksgiving. A holiday that has its roots in the original Puritan settlers that came to American shores in hopes of building new lives in a new Promised Land. As a matter of fact these Puritans viewed their emigration from Europe as a virtual re-enactment of the Exodus. To them, England was Egypt, the king was the Pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea, America was the Land of Israel, and the Indians were the ancient Canaanites. The Puritans were the new Israelites, entering into a new covenant with God in a new Promised Land. Of course most modern secular celebrants would disavow this fact.
So in the tradition of those that have come before me I will sing God's praises this time of year regardless of how hard this year has been (...and you can ask my wife, this year was horrible).
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." ~ Colossians 2:6-7
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. ~Psalm 95:1-7
When I actually have the time to tell the people of all the details of this deliverance in a future post on this blog, it will blow people away to see just how much God had going on behind the scenes to make it happen. When I will describe the exact manner in which it happened, people will realize that things on the magnitude of the Red Sea can still occur in this day and age if they are viewed properly...if they are viewed through a biblical lens. The year was literally hell...but the end of the year was epic. What else would we expect from a grandiose God that dwells on high?
Again we have been delivered Lord...and for this I thank You. No one said this journey was going to be easy and I know we may still have our Golden Calf moments. I also know that you are forgiving, merciful and full of grace Lord...and for this I thank You.
November 15, 2012
There is more size, height and depth or any dimension for that matter in Christ than there are sufferings, evil or misery in all of Creation. Creation is limited, the Creator is not, therefore His grace would trump the greatest, biggest, nastiest and most unrighteous things that the Creation could throw at Him. He could brush it away with the sweep of His anthropomorphic hand.
It is in God's grace that we see the most pitted resistance by the evil of the Powers and Principalities. It is why we see such potent and vicious resistance in the religions that contain works. Religions that have works mixed with grace. This is because man's heart in its natural state is pitted and resistant to God and the idea of grace from Him. Man's heart is enmity or hostile to God (Romans 8:7). Man's mindset and wicked men in general will themselves up against grace. Everything in us strains against the idea of it even when we really want to accept it as obedient Christians. Surely there must be something we can do to gain better standing with God. Yet by thinking this do we not realize that it assumes God did not do enough already on the Cross? There is no better a place to see God's grace on display than at the Cross. Why would we as flawed creatures think we could add anything of value to what God has already done? Only a sinful and fallen mind would fall into this frame of mind. A frame of mind that is crooked or corrupt.
Like I said, when we are in our natural state, we are pitted against God and the idea of grace.
The more we need, the more we get, yet we are not to abuse it by sinning purposely. The nature of the Spirit within us that is full of grace will not allow it without leaving us feeling horrid about it. Oil and water do not mix, nor grace and sin. One forces the other out or displaces it. By allowing the displacement of grace with sin the Spirit is forced out also. Alternately, the more grace that is allowed the more the Spirit therein dwells.
It therefore behooves us to focus in primarily on grace and should make us wish to vindicate the idea of grace. It is the religions of works that are so cleverly disguised as "true" religions because they play to our main weakness: Pride. Pride makes us think way higher of ourselves that we ought. We still believe there is something of merit in us even after the Fall and having had our sinful nature so obviously shown to us.
It just isn't true people. This is why the leap from works to grace is so difficult. We get in the way of ourselves. We want to do the work of the Father but in terms of Salvation...there is just nothing left to do. It has been done already. Sure, go out and help the poor, the downtrodden, the widows and orphans but please, don't think you can add to the works of Christ. If God is perfect (and He is) He would've most certainly had a perfect plan to exonerate and free the captives of sin...perfectly. No need for a repeat. It is finished!
When we try to add anything we are dangerously encroaching on the territory reserved for God and aligning ourselves with the enemies of God and the adversaries to the grace of God.
So in our behavior let us vindicate grace in all occasions by showing it is not from us. For as Paul said, we are to be the Letters of Recommendation for Christianity and Christ and the grace He has shown us by going out and doing the same to others. Why? To show the confidence we have through Jesus Christ that sits at the right hand of God. To show that our competence, righteousness and salvation comes from God. In His Spirit we have life. We need to live by grace, and we must die by grace and stand at the day of judgement by grace...which is from God, not us. It is not in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness of Christ, being found in him but given to us as a gift to free us from our own stupidity and sin.
In the end, the devil can try to aggravate our conscience as much as he likes. He can try to jam our sins back in our faces again and again making us think there is something we need to do other than believe. It just isn't true even though many have been fooled into believing otherwise. In the contrary, if we set God’s mercy against even the gravest of sins that we have committed, they are still only sins of a finite creature against the grace of an infinite God.
In God’s infinite mercy…at the end of the day, no sin can stand opposed to it. Grace will consume it like light consumes darkness, like fire consumes straw.
Thank God for His grace. It is astonishing to this sinful creature (me) that He would bestow this wonderful and amazing gift on me. A lowly creature so undeserving of such a prize. A priceless hope of such immense wealth that none can fully comprehend it in its full magnitude as we are only finite creatures.
So for our salvation it is a ransom or release that cost the King's ransom to gain it, yet it is given freely by the King in grace.
Romans 3:23-24 ~ "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Mark 10:45 ~ "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
But be warned, God's grace is not infinite. As R.C. Sproul said in his book The Holiness of God:
“God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out.”
November 11, 2012
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ~ "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."