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Monday
Jul062015

The Point Of No Return

I saw this piece on World Net Daily last week.  It's an important sign of the times. 

http://national.suntimes.com/national-world-news/7/72/1394679/tom-delay-bestiality-pedophilia-department-of-justice

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says not only is all hell breaking loose after the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, but we’re on the fast track to legalizing “12 new perversions,” including pedophilia and bestiality.

He pointed to a “secret memo” from the Department of Justice that the tax exempt status of religious institutions could be pulled if they teach against gay marriage.

“We’ve already found a secret memo coming out of the Justice Department,” DeLay said. “They’re now going to go after 12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and making that legal. Not only that, but they have a whole list of strategies to go after the churches, the pastors, and any businesses that tries to assert their religious liberty. This is coming and it’s coming like a tidal wave.”

When pressed on the “secret memo,” DeLay didn’t back down.

“That’s correct,” he said. “That’s correct. They’re coming down with 12 new perversions. LGBT is only the beginning. They are going to start expanding it to the other perversions.”

It all makes sense doesn't it?  After all, evil doesn't quit because it gets a victory or two, it isn't satisfied until immorality is legal at all levels. So many straight people celebrated along with the gay community the Supreme Courts decision, but they are as blind as bats when it comes to the ramifications of redefining marriage. The family as we have known it, has been the stability of society.  Mothers and fathers procreating and nurturing their children to adulthood brings us schools, safer neighborhoods, and churches. Many churches have been started  because of the spiritual needs of educating children in the scriptures. In contrast, what does the gay community contribute to society since they can't procreate by nature. Even when gay couples who do adopt we don't know the affects of how that relationship will affect the children being raised in that home.  Personally, the homosexual relationship falls short of how God created us. It doesn't matter what the propaganda from the LGBT says, biologically we procreate as a human race because of heterosexual sex, and not homosexual sex. Like the Devil, homosexuality is a counterfeit, and like the Devil, it has come to rob, steal, and destroy our society. With children now having to share bathrooms in school buildings with transgender students, how will it sit with school boards who will be sued by parents whose children are molested by someone masquerading as the same sex using the same bathrooms. It will happen, because most of the sexual issues today are perversions of how God created it, and you can not trust something that is perverted.  When I was a little boy, I was approached by a neighborhood boy who wanted to explore each other's bodies. It was my first brush with anything that abnormal.  But this kid was persistent, and I was in no way prepared for such an invitation.  

My Point:  You don't put people who are struggling with their sexual identity with innocent children in bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings. Based upon personal experience both as a pastor and as a young man, homosexuals do prey on the vulnerable, so I can't imagine that normalizing homosexuality in our culture will go well for us as a society. If Tom Delay is right, then what the Supreme Court has done is open the the door to legalizing pedophilia. Children will never be safe. Children were the target in 1973 with abortion, and now they will be the target of sex addicts who like children. Way to go Supreme Court, you judges are so wise! 

I saw this in the Washington Times:

Wayne McCormack, dean of the University of Utah law school, predicted a pro-polygamy legal challenge based on recent court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage is all but inevitable. Five states and the District of Columbia now recognize gay marriage.

“I don’t have any doubt we’ll see it,” said Mr. McCormack. “It’s going to play out after same-sex marriage is resolved, but we’re going to get new cases.”

He pointed to a case now before a Canadian judge testing the national ban on polygamy. British Columbia Chief Justice Robert Bauman is expected to rule later this year on whether anti-polygamy laws violate Canada’s constitution. Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.

Evil will attack us at our most vulnerable areas of human temptation, and sexual issues is where we are most vulnerable. The Apostle Paul knew about separating ourselves so we might not be vulnerable to the schemes of evil people. 

1 Corinthians 15:33

33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.

In Hebrew 13:4 we are told that marriage is honorable in the eyes of God, but people who live immorally God will judge.  This is the part 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

This is what is missing in our discussion about sexuality today.  God will judge those who are immoral and violate His principles of marriage. According the the office of Adolescent Health, Adolescents ages 15-24 account for nearly half of the 20 million new cases of STD's each year. Today, four in 10 sexually active teen girls have had an STD that can cause infertility and even death. Males make up more than three-quarters of HIV diagnoses among 13- to 19-year-olds. 

These statistics could all go away if people would live by God's moral code of saving sex for marriage. Our sexual revolution in America is at the point of no return, because Gods moral code is dead in our society. Without a return to Biblical standards, and a healthy fear of God, we have no chance to survive the judgment of God. As I conclude today, I hope you will watch the link I posted of Jonathan Cahn speaking on Capital Hill the day after the Supreme Court made homosexual marriage legal across the land. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stPCMvM3R_M

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

 

 

Sunday
Jul052015

When Politics Becomes Ugly

NBC is a political bully, and they should hear from their viewers that it is not acceptable. I am not a fan of the Miss USA pageant, but just because the owner of the pageant is Donald Trump, does not give a network the right to pull airing the program. Apparently NBC didn't like Mr Trump's stand on immigration, so they decided to pull the airing of pageant. 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/07/01/miss-usa-winners-decry-nbc-donald-trump-sues-legal-action/?intcmp=features

 Trump has also lost contracts with various vendors, and the mayor of New York City is reviewing all contracts with the Billionaire. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/02/nyc-to-review-trump-contracts-after-controversial-comments/

Donald Trump may not be the kind of candidate you would vote for, but he is a litmus test for how a political candidate must weigh his/her words in today's politically correct world. Here is what Trump said that is drawing all the attention and criticism.

"Immigrants from Mexico are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” He also maintained the notion there should be a wall along the southern border of the U.S.

When we have illegals coming across the Southern border how do we know what they are bringing?  If one checks the statistics, Trump is not all wrong in making that statement.  

 The 23 percent criminal traffic offenders figure is only part of the overall picture. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, another 23 percent, more than 43,000 illegal aliens, were convicted of drug offenses. The violent crime category of assault, robbery, sexual assault, and family offenses comes to 12 percent. The non-violent crime grouping of larceny, fraud, and burglary totaled seven percent, and on the list goes — equaling 100 percent of illegal aliens who have been through the criminal justice system and inflicted thousands to millions in cost per alien on the system, for issues having nothing to do with their illegal entry into the country.

There is more:

An FBI crime study also shows heavy illegal alien involvement in criminal activity revealed these statistics:

  • 75 percent of those on the most wanted criminals list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.
  • One quarter of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals, as are more than 40 percent of all inmates in Arizona and 48 percent in New Mexico jails.
  • Over 53 percent of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.
  • 63 percent of cited drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that number, 97 percent are illegal aliens. 66 percent of cited drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66 percent, 98 percent are illegal aliens. 

The mayor of New York city was quick to condemn Trump's remarks.

"Donald Trump's remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city," de Blasio said in a statement Wednesday. "Trump's comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers. Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city's vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background."

The problem with illegal immigration is that no one knows who is coming across the borders into this country. No one. It is not until they commit a crime do we begin to see there is a problem with some of the folks that are here.  Now, it is true, many illegals are hard working, and have come here to make a new life for themselves and their families, but there is also a high percentage of people that have come to find new opportunities to commit crimes. Anyone can do the research on the statistics, yet we continue to allow the Southern border to be like a screen door, letting in people who can not be documented. 

Donald Trump is a lightening rod, and we see how quickly people will line up against issues they find offensive. Yet offensive or not, what is the truth?  Did Trump say something that is not true?  Did he make up the idea that bad people are entering this country and are committing crimes against our citizenry?  No, there is a problem, and Trump was must making a statement to that fact. 

There is something more sinister going on here, and it is called the spirit of our age. Truth no longer is relevant to any discussion today. Facts have lost their place at the table of content, and common sense is a lost art among our society. The Bible tells us that there is a movement of evil that will prevail in the last days. That movement is not an organization, but it is a spirit of thought that captures the minds of humanity. John the Apostle described that movement for us. 

1 John 2:18

18Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

 

  • This movement will take what is truth and make it into an emotional issue.  
  • This movement will redefine the common understanding and create a new paradigm in an inverted model. In other words, make good bad, and bad good.
  • This movement will accent on confusion and overwhelm the system with a false sense of freedom.

 Is it any wonder that the Supreme Court made the decision it did?  Just wait, with the spirit of antichrist in full operation throughout the world, all foundations will be shaken, and false foundations will replace them. 

So what do we do as believers? Keep your mind stayed on Him, it will be your best defense against this movement of deception. Ground yourself in Christ, He is the only secure meaning of truth we have left. 

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Thursday
Jul022015

Marriage Belongs to God, Not the Supreme Court

By now you have read all kinds of articles and heard multiple commentaries on the Supreme Court decision last Friday on removing any ban on gay marriage in America. I am sure anyone who opposes this decision will be seen as a bigot, and guilty of homophobia. Gay marriage is now the law of the land, and we wonder what's next? I have a relative who thinks that most conservatives are always fearing the worst and are always misinformed about the truth on these issues. No matter what the topic of concern I may have, my very liberal relative always charges me with an over exaggeration on the issue. I have repeatedly said that gay marriage redefines the purpose of marriage, and eventually that redefinition will give other groups such as polygamists an opportunity to make their case to broaden the definition of marriage. I don't think I am too far off on this assessment, because since the Supreme Courts ruling, we have a different set of rules to understand marriage. 

So where do we go from here? 

1. Christians can not compromise on what the Bible says about same sex relationships.  The Bible condemns them as abominations, and like any sin the Bible condemns, it does not make exceptions. 

I have read in recent weeks several evangelicals on Facebook compromise their position on this issue, just to make peace. I am not sure that is what the Bible expects us to do when the government makes laws that are in contraction with scripture. Laws that are immoral, are to be resisted, not condoned. 

2. Homosexuality is classifed in scripture as immoral sin, just like adultery and fornication. It isn't any more clearer than what the Apostle Paul says in his letter to the church at Corinth. 

1 Corinthians 6:9

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,

You need to keep in perspective that homosexuals are sinful people, in the same manner as someone who lives out adultery.  It is forgivable by God through repentance by coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Some would say, I don't need forgiveness since I have done nothing wrong as a homosexual, I am simply living out how God has made me. If God has made me this way, then I am not at fault, He is. God did not make anyone gay, if He did, He would be in violation of His own Word.  So something else is at play here, and it is not God's will for anyone to practice homosexuality. The Devil has twisted the meaning of love, and is using it as the highest form of measurement as to what is right or wrong. Love does not discriminate as to how it is practiced, so love between same sex partners is the same as love is for the opposite sex. That is a distortion on the definition of how God sees love. The highest form of love is sacrificial love, and that is the kind of love God shows to us through Jesus Christ. Love that violates God's laws and commandments is not love, it is lust, a self gratifying emotion.

Leviticus 18:22

 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

3. Any society that promotes immoral behavior, will be judged by that abomination.  What I mean, is that any abomination that God has called us to avoid, and we fail to comply, will make the land unclean. That is a form of judgment. To clarify even further,  it will make society unclean, and a society that is unrepentant of its immoral behavior is rebelling against God. Uncleanliness is a condition that puts us at odds with God, and without His help we will never get clean. In other words, we will never turn our lives around and become a clean nation before God.  God will allow the fruits of immorality to judge our land!

Leviticus 18:26-27

 26But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you  27(for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean),

4. Christianity will be seen as it was in the early days of it's inception, outcasts, enemies of the state, and judgmental people.

Our reputation for upholding the truth of the scriptures will be our downfall in our society. Already I have argued with those who oppose a Biblical view of marriage, that I have a right to a different opinion on marriage than they do.  They quickly remind me that I can no longer believe what I do, because it is at odds with the law of the land, and the will of the people. My response is, "have we lost our freedom of speech as Christians?"  Hillary Clinton a few months ago was saying the same thing, that if our beliefs were in contrast to where America is going, we would have to change those beliefs if we are to survive as a nation. In other words, you have to compromise your moral position in order to satisfy the unity of the nation. Be prepared to suffer for your stand on truth.   

5. As Christians we need to focus on eternal values, and keep the Gospel as our main message. 

This does not mean we don't address the immorality of homosexuality, but our main focus is upon the need for each soul to know the provision of forgiveness Jesus Christ afforded to us at the cross. It is our only hope to make His message of salvation a reality to the hearts in our land.  We can not win a morality contest with the mindset of the day, but we can win them to Christ, and hopefully the Holy Spirit will help them to be open to become disciples of truth and forsake their sins. Our churches must never lose sight of the truth of how God sees immorality, and at the same time know how to present a case to know Him. I believe we must lead off with the gospel of unmerited grace, God's mercy for all sinners, and despite our sin of choice, must come and bend a knee to the cross, and confess His name as Savior and Lord. 

May God strengthen us, protect us, and give us courage to live in the day of such confusion and lawlessness. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K 

Wednesday
Jun242015

Flags, Lakes, and Public Parks

In the light of  South Carolina's removing of the confederate flag from public property, last night on our local news, there was a report on renaming a prominent lake in Minneapolis because the person it was named after was a slave holder. The United States Secretary of War, John C. Calhoun, sent the Army to survey the area that would surround Fort Snelling in 1817. Calhoun had also authorized the construction of Fort Snelling, one of the earliest settlements in Minnesota. The lake known as Calhoun lake was named in his honor early in the last century. However, now there is a move to remake it, because he was a slave owner from South Carolina. 

Let's see, Jefferson was a slave owner too, and many of the politicians from the South prior to the Civil War had slaves, does that mean we start renaming all our schools, parks, and public buildings?  Really?  Let's check the record to find out how many public places named after our presidents we will be renaming.

 

  1. Of the first five presidents, four owned slaves.  All four of these owned slaves while they were president.
  2. Of the next five presidents (#6-10), four owned slaves.  Only two of them owned slaves while they were president.
  3. Of the next five presidents (#11-15), two owned slaves. Both of these two owned slaves while they were president.
  4. Of the next three presidents (#16-18) two owned slaves. neither of them owned slaves while serving as president.
  5. The last president to own slaves while in office was the twelfth president, Zachary Taylor (1849-1850).
  6. The last president to own slaves at all was the eighteenth president, Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877).
  7. So twelve of our presidents owned slaves and eight of them owned slaves while serving as president.  

 It was a different day in the formation of this country, and it was an acceptable practice to have slaves. As wrong as that seems to be to us today, it was normal for that era.  Now if it were possible, I wonder if we were to ask those  early slave owners what they think of abortion, or gay marriage, two acceptable privileges our era has afforded us. Society has done wrong things since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden. The only person who is worthy of not having any tainted baggage is God Himself, so I guess we could call everything by His name.  

As someone has said, political correctness is going to kill our country, because everything today offends someone around us. To me this is a simple case of last days confusion, and the more confused people become, society follows suit. Confusion is a sign of the last days, people will not know who they are, where they came from, who is God, and afraid to say anything, because it will draw criticism because it offends someone.  

1 Corinthians 14:33

 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Peace of course, is not what our country is experiencing today. God is not a God of confusion, confusion is the agenda of the evil one, so if we are a country steeped in confusion, guess who we have been following??

The only recourse our country has is to return to God's mercy and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  It is the washing away of the confusion brought about by the sinfulness of mankind and through Him that brings civility back into play. It is God who plants our feet upon solid ground.

Psalms 40:2

 2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.

We need to live in forgiveness, in the same way God has forgiven us. There is very little in the past in this country or any country anyone should be proud of, because there are skeletons in every country's closet that we can not change. Slavery was a horrible period in our history, but its there as a reminder of what we don't ever want to see happen again. 

Or we can add to the confusion and start the process of renaming everything with a historical name. Where do we start, how about renaming our nations capitol, it could use a fresh new start. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Sunday
Jun212015

When Virtue Becomes Dangerous

Christians are like guns, people want to ban our presence in the marketplace, in politics, and in society as a whole. Our values and moral foundations collide with the values of this world. We are often seen in the same light as the Islamic Jihadists who want to bring Sharia law into all aspects of Western society.  Most of us are aware of this hostility toward our faith and practice, but even when Christianity has a moment of true heroism, the hero's are the people, and not the Lord Jesus who gives them the strength. I am referring to the senseless murders in Charleston last week. Interview after interview, the loved ones of that AME church talked about forgiveness, mercy, and grace, yet somehow the name of Jesus Christ was missing from the discussion. Now, I am not sure if it was purposed that way by the media, or an oversight of people in great pain. In either case, it will take the love and grace of Jesus Christ for them to recover, and move forward without hate, without bitterness, and without malice. 

Then you have the MPV of the recent NBA championships, Stephan Curry who made it clear who was behind his successful career in the NBA.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/nba.mvp.stephen.currys.acceptance.speech.im.gods.humble.servant/53487.htm

The headline on the original story of Curry's acceptance speech was, "Curry Told By The NBA Not to Mention Religion!"  Of course, Curry ignored their request, and gave credit to His Savior. However, the time is coming, and probably is here, where the mention of Jesus Christ will not be accepted speech in the the public arena. I am finding that more Christian leaders are speaking warnings to the church, but I wonder how many of us are paying attention? 

http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/comfortable-christianity-over-conference-told/

Virtue is a good thing, but it can be dangerous when you uphold it as your standard for goodness.  I realize I would rather live in a virtue driven society than not, but remember virtue does not make you right before God. Virtue may bring the accolades of men, but before God it does nothing without having faith in Jesus Christ. That is why virtue can be so dangerous, "look at how wonderful the people in Charleston are reacting," yet the reason they have such a demeanor is because of Christ, not because they are virtuous people. Jesus is the grace, He is the forgiveness, and He is the mercy people are see coming out of Charleston these days, and not because they are a community of virtue. As humans we know nothing about forgiveness other than what we see modeled for us by Jesus Christ upon the cross.  We have no resources within ourselves to forgive, if it wasn't for His example, and His teaching that requires it. The virtue we have as Christians is because of Jesus who lives and breathes within us, it is not of ourselves. Again, however, as soon as you give any credit to Jesus Christ, it becomes an intolerance speech.  You can talk about forgiveness, mercy and model the very virtues of God, but don't mention His name. His name is offensive, it divides, it causes people to be uncomfortable, and soon it will not be tolerated in the arena of public debate. 

That is why we need people like Stephen Curry to be out spoken about his faith by naming the person of Jesus Christ as the reason for personal success.  Jesus needs to have a more front and center presence in our lives, as the reason for life, and the purpose for which we live and die.

As you can see, living out the virtues of Jesus Christ can make you an outcast, yet at the same time if your virtue is centered in social justice and not Jesus, you could be an idol worshipper.  As I said, virtue can become dangerous. 

Here are a few reminders on practicing virtue. 

 They do all their deeds to be seen by others.

 So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

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