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How to face this strange, crazy kind of world.

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First off, at the end of this post I offer you some advice about how to face this crazy, strange kind of world.

Okay, on with the facts.

I just read where, a couple of days ago, the Target Corporation restated their commitment in allowing “transgendered team members and guests to use the…facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

They went on to say, “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”  Full statement here: https://corporate.target.com/article/2016/04/target-stands-inclusivity

They wanted everyone to understand their stance on what many were calling “the bathroom bill”.

My mind is spinning, but my heart is grieved.

Why?

Because of the confusion which exists in many lives. 

Those who are confused about their sexual identity, as well as those who want to support such confusion and deception, regardless of the possible physical harm and emotional trauma many others (both team members and customers) risk encountering.

It’s one thing to have a sexual attraction to someone of the same gender. It’s unnatural. It goes against the physical and emotional makeup of men and women.

And, it is contrary to God’s original blessing and command to the First Couple.

“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it…” (Genesis 1:28 NLT)

So although I am emphatically against same sex “marriage”, I can at least come much closer to understanding that level of deception (for that’s what it is) than understanding how someone could be confused about their gender.

Growing up I had a number of identity issues I needed to sort out (probably still do). Some I didn’t do so well at, but even though I was given a girl’s name, was told I walked like a girl, and had hardly any facial hair until I was into my early twenties, I always knew I was a guy.

Yes, I was confused about a lot of things; things like who to believe, who to pick as friends, and many other things teens can have trouble with.

But, and thank God, I always knew I was a male.

Always.

So, like I said, I cannot understand that level of confusion and deception.

But neither can I understand a major retailer, who claims to be sensitive to the needs and wants of everyone, showing such insensitivity toward their team members and customers who aren’t confused about their sexual identity.

To me their words are: “We care, but not enough to do the right thing”.

Men in women’s restrooms, and women in men’s restrooms. At one time it was only confusion, deception. How people dressed on the weekends was their own business.

But that’s all changed. Now, whatever a person thinks they are, everyone else is called upon to validate their feelings; accept them for whoever, or whatever, they want to be or think they are.

What’s next? People who believe they’re an animal or a bird?

Do I think men who believe they’re women should be made to feel uncomfortable by forcing them to use a men’s room?

If that’s all there is, why not?

How uncomfortable will women feel when a big hunk of man, dressed as a woman, comes marching into their restroom?

If it’s all about acceptance and comfort, why can’t Target and others remodel and create more private, “unisex” restrooms?

But maybe it’s not about that kind of acceptance. As I said before, I believe it’s more about forcing the public who ISN’T confused to validate those who are. 

“Yes, dear one; it’s perfectly normal for you to question your gender. Everyone does…”

Like I said, it’s a strange, strange world.

And it’s gonna get worse, before it gets better.

“…when you see all these things, you can know His return is very near, right at the door.” (Matthew 24:33 NLT)

My advice? Three things.

Pray, love people (even if you don’t understand them), and wait until you get home to use the restroom.

The Lot Affect 

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With all of the chitchat going on about gay rights and such, I thought it would be nice if we could have a little discussion about a guy who lived years ago, surrounded by an extremely wicked culture.

I’m referring to Lot; Abraham’s nephew.

 

Through the years Lot has taken a lot of abuse from preachers and laymen alike.

 

“Lot is the perfect example of compromise”, some will say.

“Lot didn’t deserve to be delivered from the Lord’s judgment”, others will say, using their best, righteous sounding voice.

I ask you, “Who DOES deserve God’s deliverance?”

No one.

And while I’m at it, please understand Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t destroyed because they advocated, endorsed, entertained, or even practiced homosexuality. 

That’s not what the bible says.

“…Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire…” (Jude 1:7 ESV)

Homosexuality was only PART of the issue.

“Sexual immorality and unnatural desire” included the “gay” lifestyle along with other sexual perversions – bestiality, anal sex, group sex, sex with children, and other things I’ve never heard of or wouldn’t want to mention.

Extreme wickedness.

But let’s get back to Lot.

Before Lot moved to the luscious and fertile plains, he lived at least 15 years with his uncle Abraham. 15 years living with one of God’s best friends. I believe at least some of Abraham’s faith rubbed off on young Lot.

“But he compromised his faith by moving to a wicked community”, you may say.

Isn’t that what they said about Jesus?

It’s definitely what the Pharisees said.

Please allow me to play the “what if card”. Could it be Lot had noble intentions by moving to Sodom? Like a missionary moving to a certain city to bring hope and the Kingdom of God to the city; that COULD have been Lot’s intent.

In fact, Lot COULD have been given a specific, God ordained mission. Remember, the Lord is not willing that anyone perish. He wants ALL to come to the knowledge of truth and repentance.

 

God sends people like you and I, people like Jonah, and people such as Lot into places of trouble and wickedness.

 

So, if Lot had a God given reason for living in such a rotten area, why didn’t he get the city turned around?

Thinking about Lot, myself, and my Lord, I’ve come to the following conclusions; which I refer to as The Lot Affect.

1. Whether it is Moses, Jonah, Lot, or Jesus Himself, the mission is to be a witness. No one can make people believe and change; not even the Lord.

2. Standing against opposition is never easy. By opposition, I mean people disagreeing with you, arguing and demeaning you; to where you begin to feel like an idiot. You either want to give up, get mad and get even, or a little of both.

3. Your stand for righteousness can be worn down by the extremely wicked society. But keep your mind fixed on Jesus, His love and power, and your mission.

Notice: “and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:7-9 ESV)

4. If we stand for truth, we will be delivered from wickedness.

5. Righteousness is rewarded. So is unrighteousness.

Just different rewards, that’s all.

6. When the wicked citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah watched Lot and his family get in their car and leave town, I’m sure they rejoiced!

Remember how they said to Lot, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge“? (Genesis 19:9 ESV)

7. Don’t expect to see eye to eye with people who don’t have the same convictions. Expect them to be intolerant and belittling.

And although your soul is vexed, and the crowd continues to eat, drink, and party…

…it’s nothing new.

“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot – they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all – so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)

When the Son is revealed, and He will be, nothing else will matter.

In the meantime, remember The Lot Affect.

Sexy Christians

 

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I am going to write some things I believe are from the Lord, but I don’t figure will make me too popular.

There are so many verses in the New Testament dealing with the subject of sexual purity, yet the problem persists.

Problem? What problem?

Sexy Christians.

Fornication. Cohabitation. Sex outside of marriage.

Have you noticed how sexual sins are as common among professing Christians as those who don’t claim any faith?

Pornography, masturbation, strip clubs, and the like are “frowned upon” by the brethren, in an “I’m not so sure if you should be acting like that” kind of way.

We say we should be, “standing up for the Word of God”, but will watch hour after hour of television shows glamorizing sexual sin.

And how many movies will we allow ourselves to be entertained by that feed the sexual side of our carnal nature?

“I’m an adult; I can handle it.”

I guess you know more than God. (Sarcasm intended)

But what does the Bible say?

“When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10 NLT)

Maybe one reason there’s such a widespread problem is because we aren’t taking the Bible seriously. 

If we believe the Bible is God’s word, that it’s true concerning salvation, forgiveness, heaven and hell, what do we do with the following verses?

“And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.” (Jude 1:7 NLT)

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Colossians 3:5 NLT)

“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor – not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 NLT)

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21 NLT)

These are just a few of the many verses written to CHRISTIANS. Including those who think of themselves as sexy Christians.

Sure, it’s important to love one another, and help restore one another. No one’s perfect, after all!

But there’s something about sexual sin that eats away at the very core of our spirit, if we don’t take it seriously. 

See what Paul wrote:

“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT)

Over and over the word “fornication” is used in the New Testament. It is translated from the Greek word “porneia”. Look familiar? Looks a lot like “pornography”, doesn’t it?

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) Jesus mentioned to several churches their need to repent of teaching people to commit sexual sins. They had, as a deadly doctrine, a teaching that encouraged people to commit sexual sins – fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultery, and whatever else their little hearts desired. 

Pergamum, Thyatira, and Laodicea were the cities whose churches were rebuked by Jesus. Laodicea wasn’t necessarily teaching people to commit sexual sins; no, they just tolerated anything and everything. “It’s all okay. We have the favor of God, because we’re saved. We love God, and He loves us, so everything is cool.”

Not cool!

By not telling the truth about sexual sins, we are telling people that it’s okay to live like the devil and his host.

“But we’re no longer under law, we’re under grace.”

Grace is God’s way of saying, “I will help you do the right thing.” Grace is never a cover up for sin.

In fact, the only way to cover sin is the blood of Jesus. But it doesn’t cover it up. It removes it completely!

What does God want us to do about sexual sin in the church? Expose it and either help those involved toward repentance and restoration, or help them out the door. 

What?! It’s what Paul said, though he said it quite a bit stronger:

“Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.” (1 Corinthians 5:3-5 NLT)

Love and patience does not give a silent nod of approval where sexual sins are involved. Not where the purity of God’s Body is concerned.

God’s Body, the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Dwelling Place for the Glory of God.

If we’re going to preach the gospel, God’s Good News, let’s preach this part, as well: the gospel is the power of God unto salvation and deliverance. Everyone is changed when they come into contact with the Living, Pure, Fountain of Life; Jesus.

Are you a Christian? Are you involved in any kind of sexual sin? You have one course of action, according to the Word of God. 

Get out of it. Get away from it. Get it away from you. Flee fornication!

God did not send His Son just so you and I could be sexy Christians.

God Gave Them Up?

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May I ask you a question or two? They’re kind of personal.

In the bible passage below, what kind of God do you see? And is this what is known as “hate speech?”

A hateful God? A loving God? “Let’s burn ’em in hell” God, or “What else can I do?” God?

You decide.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 ESV)

So, what’s your answer?

Does “God gave them up to…” mean they had no choice but to do what they did?

Have you considered how God tried to get Cain to release the murder he was harboring in his heart? He warned him, probably more than once. But Cain wouldn’t release it. So that’s what he became.

A murderer.

So is God the bad one? The bad one because he tries to get us to release the evil, the ugly, the unnatural, the cancerous, and the deadly things we hide and nurture in our hearts?

Or, is he is the good one doing everything he can to save our stinking necks?

Why would he do such a thing?

Because he knows our value.

He ought to. He paid a handsome price for us. His son.

“God gave them up…” doesn’t mean that God gave up on them. On us.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 ESV)

Now, tell me why you think God is hateful. Remind me why you say God can’t be trusted.

Tell me slowly, so I’ll catch it.

Tell me why you think the bible is full of hatred and bigotry. I used to believe such things until I started reading it. I found love pouring out of every page, for me.

And you.

Here’s something to consider... every breath we take will someday witness against us. God allows us to live as long as we live to give us all the time necessary to receive his goodness, and run into the saving arms of his son.

Please take one more breath, then read this last scripture.

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:4-5 ESV)

God is patient for us. His goodness is for us.

God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

God does give us up…but he doesn’t give up. As long as we’re alive, we can turn to him.

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