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Friday
Jun172011

Is There A Holy and A Common?

In our world of casual at best, we seem to have dismissed anything that is Holy.  Only the ultra-religious seem to have a holy place, or a holy book, or a Holy Land. But for most of society, there isn't much difference between what is holy and what is not, it all seems to be the same. 

The leaders of Israel were told to help the people distinguish between what was holy and what was common. It was a requirement that leaders tell the people about Gods standards and distinguish the difference between what is good and what is bad. 

Leviticus 10:10

10You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean,

Today, we have removed the boundaries of what is good and what is bad. In fact our society is guilty of what the prophet Isaiah said about Israel.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!

Who is distinguishing today between what is right and what is wrong?  Isn't that the job of the Church?  Of every believer? Have you been in church lately where the preacher actually used the words, "this is just plain wrong?"  Why?  Because no one has the right anymore to make those judgment calls. Who says what is right and wrong, isn't that left up to the individual to determine that?  

NO, if it was left up to us to determine what is right and wrong,  we would have pedophiles saying its okay to have sex with children. I am thankful that many of the laws of the land were made in response to the moral laws God laid out in the Hebraic scriptures. (Old Testament)   A preacher friend read some of my blog postings and congratulated me for being bold enough to stay up against the homosexual issue. I appreciated the comment, but isn't that what a moral conscience does?  Aren't we as believers suppose to be the salt and the light in the world, not only about the good news of the gospel, but to be a standard against the evil in our day that is trying to remove all immoral restraint in our society.  There was a case in the news recently about a youth pastor who is in his 40's having sexual relations with a 14 year old. This story is great example why God gave us the moral law, to keep children safe from predators who have evil intentions. If predators were given the choice to choose what is right or wrong, of course they would say it was okay.  God is our moral agent in the world, and He and He alone sets the rules. 

If you are the enemy of God, your first line of attack would be to confuse what is right with what is wrong. (Isaiah 5:20)  This is why the church, and Christian ministries must hold the line in teaching what is right in God's eyes and what is wrong before Him.  No compromise....period. Christianity was meant to infect our world with the standards of God, from salvation to moral living.  How about asking your pastor to speak on the Holy and the common someday soon in your church.  Let's recapture the standards of God and begin to live them out in open display before a world who considers all things acceptable.

Keeping things honest and truthful...K

Thursday
Jun162011

Help?

Our webmaster "Sheepish Design" finalized our site with the information needed for the services tab in the header of this site.  Here you can find some of what CitySites does to further the Kingdom of God in the Twin Cities and beyond.  Please take some time and review some of our present and past clients and pass this site along to people you think could use our media services.  We specialize in non-profit productions for both audio and video presentations, including writing, filming, and editing for visual productions. Many of our clients are ministries who have a broadcasting niche or they have a need to do a daily or weekly podcast.  

On another note, I need your help getting this blog/website out to a virtual audience that may not have honest spiritual teaching or commentary in their lives.  My commentaries come with a forty year experience within the church with a wide variety in emphasis, from the charismatic to the messianic. Our tag line is "keeping it honest and truthful" and our focus is the scriptures unedited.  As many of you know, the last days will be days of great deception, and the greatest threat of deception is not from outside of the church, it is inside.  There is more emphasis today on the experiential and not so much on what is true.  I am not down on experience, but it has to be experience based upon God's Word, and not on the back of an emotional hyper-charismatic vision. I also look at the church from an emphasis that as believers the center of who we are and what we do is Christ, and Him alone. Too much of what is done in the Body of Christ today by many leaders  is narcissism being peddled off as ministry.  Many pastors have abandoned the call to be the prophets God called them to be, instructing people from the Word of God, free of the influence of people who hold leaders hostage by their checkbooks or their power.  That is why a blog that looks honestly at the everyday issues of politics, ministry, family and cultural issues can play an important role in helping believers discern the times and prepare for the coming of the Lord. 

You can peruse the list of topics that I have been writing about on this blog over the last few months, and see for yourself the honesty of each posting.  I don't claim to have the last word on anything, but I may be able to jump start you to thinking differently about the issues we all face. 

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Larry Kutzler

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Does Everyone Have the Same Rights?

Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination."

The end of that passage says,

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),  28lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.

So immoral behavior, which includes homosexuality, and the land violently reacting to the immoral people in the land, (earthquakes more numerous in the last days, why? Immoral people?)  is a view point, or world view, that few ascribe to today...why?  

What's in a worldview?  Everything.

It is the combination of sexual orientation, religion, political views, family orientation, and education. It is the reference point in which decisions are made, and lifestyles are determined. The culture influences most world views, in fact it was research scientist George Barna who a few years ago discovered that culture was so powerful that it has influenced Christians to the point that only 9% of Evangelical Christians have a Biblical world view. (decisions, beliefs, that are influenced by the Bible)

Here is an illustration from this mornings news coming out from California that strengthens my point.

A federal judge on Tuesday dealt a blow to opponents of same-sex marriage by upholding an earlier ruling in favor of such unions -- despite the revelation that the judge behind the earlier ruling is gay and in a relationship.

Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker did not have to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last year that voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

Lawyers for backers of the ban argued at a hearing Monday that Walker should have recused himself or disclosed his relationship because he and his partner stood to personally benefit from the verdict.

Here is a question most conservatives have been asking for some time: "How can a judge override the will of the people in an election?" The people of California voted not to accept gay marriage as a State sanctioned law, and now this rouge judge dismisses that vote in order to manipulate the legal system to serve this own agenda because he is gay and because his judgment is based upon his world view of his sexual orientation.

Does everyone have the same rights?  When it comes to world views, no. Try presenting a Christian world view in the same way the gays rights folks are doing in forcing society to accept theirs? I don't accept gay marriage, I never will, but my right to express this view is slowing becoming a crime. Whose rights are now being violated?  I don't blame the gay rights activists in trying to legislate their cause, it's their right to do so under our democratic system. My issue is with fellow Christians who won't exercise their right to stand their ground in defending what they believe. The Bible is clear, homosexuality is not endorsed by scripture, and no matter how you spin the theology, it's not there.  Christians, you will lose your right to defend what you believe in, because your right to defend what the Bible teaches is slowly becoming a crime. You are in a war of world views.   

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Tuesday
Jun142011

What Are We Not Hearing Today?

I remember a survey I did a few years ago with a radio audience I had at the time.  I asked people to go on line and let me know what they were not hearing from their pulpits.  Here were the top three:

1. Judgement of God and Hell

2. Women in the Ministry

3. Abortion and Homosexual sins (were tied for third)

Now, these are the kind of topics that could get you in trouble in a hurry.  You know that everyone in the congregation wants to know how the love of God can impact their lives, and how Gods Word can be used to bring in more prosperity.  Then of course you have women. What do you do with women?  Well, let's give them some advisory role, and let it go at that.  However, if any male leader in the church was honest he would poll women in his church to see if the quality of spiritual life is as open and fair to women as it is for men. Most women I have talked to (who will be honest with me) say that they are not listened to, and feel very second class in the church. Well, no wonder the pulpits are silent about this issue.  Oh and then last but not least we have the abortion, homosexual sin issue. Who wants to guilt the 1/3 of women sitting in the congregation who have had abortions, but are suffering in silence.  Then you have the gays, who will picket the church if you say homosexuality is a sin. Everyone knows that homosexuals are lying in wait to accuse anyone of hate speech.

Well, as you can see, who in their right mind would preach on these three issues, that's why no one is hearing about them from their local pulpits.  All I can say is, preachers are cowards, and backslidden. Why do I say that?

One Elder in a mega church in my town told me, that his preacher wouldn't touch these issues because he is concerned that people coming to his church would get offended and not seek salvation.  Nice try pastor.  You had better have altar calls every week where people can come to know the Lord.  However, as you can imagine, thats not happening either. This pastors congregation is well to do, and offending them with altar calls, and preaching that tells the truth most likely would cost the church some income. 

When I got saved from a life of alcohol, drugs, and immoral lifestyle, I was thankful for preachers who told me the truth. Salvation is more than just getting your ticket for heaven, it also should teach you how to live in a hostile world.  If you are never told what the Bible teaches about the hard issues we face as a society, then of what value will you be in standing up against them?  The Church needs to start praying for their pastors to be filled with more than their education, because they're ruining the church.  I am too hard on pastors?  No, I am not hard enough! Personally am tired of gutless pulpits that steer people away from any controversial issues because they are afraid of what truth might do to their sanitized domain. 

Keeping it honest and truthful.....K

You may not be a pastor, but you are a person of influence....Dr John Piper has a two minute word just for you. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkyAxUQFHkg

 

Monday
Jun132011

Is Christ the Only Way?

There is an assault on the exclusivity of salvation of Christ in the church today. For example, there are some who believe that the Jews don't need Christ, they only need to be faithful to the laws of Moses. This position is known as "Dual Covenant Theology." Here is a definition.

Dual-covenant theology is a liberal Christian view that holds that Jews may simply keep the Law of Moses, because of the "everlasting covenant" (Genesis 17:13) between Abraham and God expressed in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. 

When Jesus spoke John 14:6 his audience was Jewish, He was addressing Jews.

6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Yeshua/Jesus was saying that He is the answer to all of our questions about God. He came not only to pay the ultimate price for our salvation with His life, but He also came to demonstrate character of God. When you read the first chapter of Colossians you will find these words, "He is the image of the invisible God" "For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell," so the Apostle Paul knew that Jesus was a unique person, not just a good humanitarian, He was God in the flesh. This is what sets Christ apart from all the religions in the world, He claimed to be God. Jews have a hard time with this, because how can a holy God take on flesh?

And why not? Again going back to the first chapter of Colossians it says, "all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all thing hold together."  The Apostle Paul attributed the foundation of creation to Jesus Christ, and as creator, He could easily become flesh, and dwell among us. This is not a far fetched concept for God to do, in fact, it was illustrated in an earlier reference to the character of God who has a desire to dwell among us.

Exodus 29:45-46

45I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God.  46And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

God was always seen as dwelling among the people of Israel through the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle first, and then in the temple. 

I don't have a problem with people of this world having an issue with the exclusivity of Christ, because they don't know Him.  What bothers me is when Christians compromise on this point saying, that God is so loving, that He will create a way for other religions to get into heaven. God in His creation demonstrates diversity in what He creates, but when it comes to salvation He is a one way God. The sacrifice on the cross was His only source for salvation, and nothing can compare to it's  claim that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  Truth is found in one man, and Him alone, and that man is Jesus Christ, who came into this world to love it, die for it, and someday return to it. Don't compromise on this point, eternity will be determined by this claim. 

Keeping it honest and truthtful....K

Here is an example of compromise and how some religious thinking can be all wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXEvmFt1C3Q

If Jesus is the only way truth and the life, why not say it....make it clear, here is how Christianity is compromised.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg&NR=1

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