March 31, 2014
If there is a doctrine or a belief system that, when followed to its logical conclusion, is a blatant impossibility, then that doctrine or belief system is false. For example, if a religious group claims that no event, even no word, deed, or thought, happens outside of God’s foreordination, yet such a doctrine leads to the conclusion that God, who is always good and just, is therefore the originator and commander of evil, then that doctrine is not only flawed, but is false as well as evil.
Calvinism is just such a belief system. In taking it to its logical conclusion, it is impossible for anyone using honesty, reason, and logic, to miss the nonsense, absurdity, and impossibility of their claims. God cannot be good and at the same time be the One who decreed an evil and unjust action to take place. God cannot be perfect and at the same time order people to repent of sin whom He has pre-ordered to be irrevocably incapable of repenting of sin, and this for the purpose of (supposedly) obtaining additional glory by being justified in damning them.
Calvinists are very deceived people. Their desire to run with those who consider themselves to be the elite has brought them a strong delusion. Their arrogance, along with their insecurity and psychological “need” to belong to the “in” group, blinds them to the Truth in God’s Word. Their rebellion against God –their choice to turn from the Truth and listen instead to the Lie– is the root cause of their blindness and nonsensical reasonings.
The conclusion a person must come to if he is following the logic of Calvinism’s teachings is that God is fiendish, that He is both good and evil, and that He is actually both Satan and God. What blasphemy! Calvinists deny that their belief system does conclude this, but it does. For more understanding on why this blasphemy cannot be logically denied, read (and send on to others to read) this excellent article:
March 30, 2014
Last week a friend sent me a reminder of Scott Wesley Brown’s song, “He Will Carry You”. It is such a beautiful song that soothes the soul, a restful song that reminds us of the hope, the peace, and the rest we have in our Savior.
Here is the link I liked best at which to listen:
I would encourage everyone to listen to other songs by Scott Wesley Brown. His songs were very instrumental to me in my college years. I thank the Lord for using his ministry in my life.
Another link I’m posting today, is the song “People Need The Lord”, being sung, I believe, by Steve Green. Though it is an old song as well, I encourage everyone to view these heartbreaking pictures while meditating on what the Lord’s will is for each of us toward helping the multitudes of hurting people throughout the world. May it compel us to go out everywhere, showing Christ’s love and compassion and mercy. Here is that link:
March 29, 2014
There may come a time in one’s life when answers really are not enough. We know the answers but we still bleed with deep anguish. Nothing anyone says seems to curb our pain. Nothing anyone does or suggests seems to alter the continued breaking of our heart. All the reasons given, all the encouragement extended, leaves us with the feeling that our reality is unfigure-out-able. Nothing makes sense, and if anything does, it refuses to bring us comfort.
Where do we turn? What do we do? We remember. We remember that there is a God, and that this God, the Creator of the universe and the One who is able to intervene, does perform miracles. (Ps. 77:14) We remember that because He is immeasurably compassionate as well as powerful, He is both willing and able to come to the aid of those who run into His arms of refuge. If we do this –if we remember Who we have available to us and if we act accordingly, we will find all we need to ride out the storm, all we need to be at peace and at rest “until the disaster has passed.” (Ps. 57:1)
“Come to Me,” the Lord says. “For I am the Eternal God, the only true Refuge, the only lasting Rest.” (See Dt. 33:27 and Mt. 11:28-30) Indeed, there is no one like this God. (Dt. 33:26) In majesty He rides on the heavens to help us (v. 26), to bear us up with His everlasting arms of love (v. 27 & 32:10,11), to carry us on eagle’s wings till He has brought us to Himself. (Ex. 19:4)
Beautiful God! “The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”! (2 Cor. 1:3)
P.S. Below are the lyrics of Scott Wesley Brown’s song, “When Answers Aren’t Enough”. Let the words, especially from the chorus, bring us consolation and hope, and a reminder that from pain, great and lasting fruit is produced –that which can bring Life to a broken world. And let us be assured that that Life brought, we shall one day see, will be exceedingly worth the sorrows through which they came.
You have faced the mountains of desperation
You have climbed, you have fought, you have won
But this valley that lies coldly before you
Casts a shadow you cannot overcome
And just when you thought you had it all together
You knew every verse to get you through
But this time the sorrow broke more than just your heart
And reciting all those verses just won’t do
When answers aren’t enough, there is Jesus
He is more than just an answer to your prayer
And your heart will find a safe and peaceful refuge
When answers aren’t enough, He is there
Instead of asking why did it happen
Think of where it can lead you from here
And as your pain is slowly easing, you can find a greater reason
To live your life triumphant through the tears
March 28, 2014
Being trapped is awful but the feelings that go with such a predicament are probably just as wretched –fear, anger, confusion, hopelessness… The entrapment may be a sinful habit that remains intact, a financial debt that refuses to recede, a job that never offers a promotion, an abusive relationship that won’t go away, a health issue that lingers for years, a spiritual or emotional hole that seems only to deepen, or some other sort of merry-go-round, tread mill, or downward spiral that creates only more and more inner gloom and chaos.
But, is there not a Savior? And is He not God, the awesome, all-mighty God who is fully capable of delivering those who cry out to Him for help? Absolutely! Then we must cry out. And when we do, we must then listen to His instructions. We must turn from all known sin and negativism and turn to the Living Words of Him who does good to those who run to Him.
If we cannot even open the Book of Wisdom and Instructions which the Lord has provided and preserved throughout the centuries for mankind, then why should we expect the King to do miracles on our behalf? If we are too lazy and rebellious to do that one step –to read His Word and ask for revelation, wisdom, and guidance– then why should God be obligated to instruct us? If we cannot renounce the sins we know displease Him, ask Him to shield us from temptation, and make the choice to toss away the avenues of those temptations… if we cannot fill our minds with His Word, fill our hearts and lips with gratitude and praise to Him, fill our hands with service unto others, and fill our days with deliberate acts of kindness, then God does not commit Himself to being our Refuge and Helper. (Ps. 50:16,17) And without Him, we will most certainly continue the downward slide. We will eventually end up hollow, even devastated and in irrevocable despair.
However, for those who do cry out to God, who do humble themselves, renounce their sins, seek God and His way in His Word… for those who do listen, and for those who do wait for God to speak and instruct… for those who do not jump ahead of His guidance but listen intently and obey just what He says, following the specifics, there is great reward. There is comfort, there is peace, there is spiritual growth, and there is deliverance. By turning to God and walking obediently on His righteous road –even if the promised deliverance takes much longer than we expect, the deliverance does come. It may even look different or be different than we had initially envisioned, but we will see that God’s solution turns out to be way better than ours.
Pr. 11:6 says, “The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.” If we see that we are trapped in something, we need to understand that we very likely came to that place through our own sinful desires. Therefore, the first step in our deliverance is to repent. We must cry out to God for forgiveness first, and then for deliverance, asking Him for help, instruction, and guidance, for patience and peace as we wait, for wisdom and the ability to hear His voice, and for strength and the determination to obey. We must ask to be filled daily with His Spirit, and so that He grants this, we must fill ourselves with His Word and be obedient to it. Then we will walk in righteousness –that righteousness that leads to the deliverance from all that was trying to keep us trapped.
March 27, 2014
Sin is Death. Christ Jesus is Life. To sin (which is to obey sin) is to abide in Death. (Rom. 6:21,23 & 7:9-14,24 // 1 John 3:8) To obey Christ is to walk in Life. (John 8:51 // Heb. 5:9) We cannot walk in both Death and Life at the same time, for they are two separate realms that oppose each other. To vacillate between the two is to be unfaithful. Being that unfaithfulness is sin, the vacillator remains in Death. Therefore “straddling the fence” is a concept that holds no legitimacy, for such a thing is also unfaithfulness, thus sin, and thus Death.
We’ve all been in Death, because we’ve all sinned. (Rom. 3:23) Moreover, we’ve all been prisoners of sin and chained in Death. But Jesus came to earth, paid the ransom, and has, by His victory over sin and Death, demolished the walls of confinement. Every human being is completely free to walk out. This is done by looking up in true faith, setting one’s eyes on the Savior, and pledging full faithfulness to Him while confessing and renouncing all sin.
Sadly, most people are being taught that they can believe the Good News while not really believing the whole Message. They are being taught that they can be ransomed by Jesus from Death, but not ransomed from all sin. The multitudes of false teachers out there are teaching people that it is okay to grab up as much sin as they want and still walk out of the Death camp, holding Jesus’ hand. This is the counterfeit gospel.
No, Jesus does not ransom anyone who will not let go of sin. Sin has to stay behind, and the person looking to Jesus must be willing to not only transfer citizenship, but be willing to walk INTO Christ. There –IN Christ– there is no provision for sin. Sin cannot be brought into Christ, for God hates sin and will not dwell with it. There must be a cleansing, and the cleansing is not so that people may claim the cleansing and then pick up their bundle of sin again. Absolutely not. The bundle of sin must be left behind, or there has been no actual cleansing. Baptism –going under the water and coming up from it– is the symbol of what the cleansing is: A death to the old sinful life and a full commitment to the new holy life which comes by abiding in Christ.
If a person abiding in Life does sin, what has happened? It is that they have turned to look at sin, and in so doing, have turned from looking at Christ. (Heb. 3:12) By turning to gaze at or partake in sin, such a man has turned from gazing at and partaking of Christ. By blocking the flow of unity with the Savior, he has halted his growth in faith. Such a man “is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” (2 Peter 1:9)
If a person abiding in Life sins, it is as if he is building a wall between himself and Christ. Sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:2 // Heb. 12:14), so the wall-building must be repented of and the bricks of sinfulness thrown away. If this is done, all is well. There is forgiveness and there is again an unhindered flow of unity. Just as in any relationship, the construction of a wall can be continued or broken down. If it is continued, the sinning person is headed for a “fall from his secure position.” (See 2 Peter 3:17) Due to his negligence to produce good fruit (which is a product of remaining in Christ), he will perish. (John 15:2,6) For unless a person repents, he will die spiritually and end up under the eternal wrath of God. (same verses // Luke 13:5 // Rom. 8:13 // Heb. 10:26-31)
People need to be told the true Gospel and told that they must make a very real choice: That if they want salvation from an eternity in Death, they must renounce all sinfulness, turn from it with finality, and abide in Christ by being fully, faithfully, and lovingly submitted to His leadership.
March 26, 2014
Considering the kinds of “Christian” counseling much of Christendom adheres to, I would like us to contemplate these questions and how we should answer them:
When a man, especially when a professing-Christian man (or any person), confesses that he is sexually attracted to others of the same sex, namely that he has gay thoughts, what should he be told?
Here’s another question: If a man, any man, or any person, confesses to you that he is having sexual thoughts about your own spouse, what should you tell that person?
Another question: If a man, any man, or any person, confesses that he is having sexual thoughts toward your six year old, what should you tell him?
One last question: If a man, any man, or any person, confesses that he is having thoughts about killing you, any of your family members, or a particular neighbor or co-worker, what should that man be told?
I venture to point out by presenting these gross but unavoidable questions, that concerning the last three, any thinking person would command that the person confessing such thoughts stop his perverse and evil musings immediately and that if he would not, or could not, he must be exposed to the police as a threat to society.
In other words, I am pointing out that there are certain non-politically-correct contemplations that are viewed intolerable, that certain “struggles of the mind” are considered completely unacceptable, and that anyone having such thoughts are indeed to be shunned or put behind bars.
But what about the first question?
For some reason –that reason actually being that society no longer considers it taboo to entertain gay thoughts– the first question’s answer (by most people) would likely be very different than the answers for the other three. Instead of commanding a person to quit the perverse thoughts or have jail time, counselors often coddle and comfort and reward those who admit they are struggling with homosexual thoughts. (Most counselors do the same for anyone struggling with a sin that is socially acceptable.)
Such counsel, though, should not be given! Just as in the case of those referred to in my last three questions above, so should all other sins be deemed intolerable for those who claim to belong to Christ. Any transgression against God’s Law of Holiness is to be renounced and thrown away. If we would tell pedophiles, thieves, and murderers that Jesus sets everyone free of sin, and if we would insist to them that they must come into that freedom and walk there consistently, then why are counselors being so sweet and tolerant and easy on gays, on fornicators, and on others whose sins are not condemned by worldly people? Is not all sin abhorrent to God? Yes, it is.
Then counselors who say they love God and His laws need to tell every sinner that their sin is completely unacceptable and that it must be immediately renounced and eradicated. And they must explain to them that the Good News really is a message of absolute freedom from sin and its power, applicable for everyone who truly believes and puts their trust in Jesus, the Savior.
March 25, 2014
Rom. 12:9 says, “Hate what is evil.” Yet many people, even so-called “Christians”, behave as if they love what is evil. Indulging in sinfulness and adhering to falsehoods, they reveal what they love and hate. Displaying malice toward those who walk in righteousness and truth, they show that they hate what is good. Practicing deceit and speaking with pride, they uncover that they love evil more than they love good (Ps. 52:1-3), that they love falsehood and lies more than speaking the truth. (v. 3)
Why do some people love what is evil and hate what is good? It’s because they want others hurt, harmed, even destroyed, and this so that they might be, or at least appear, powerful. (Ps. 52:2,3,7) Or it is simply because, in seeing their own evil actions, they are jealous of those whose actions God considers good. (1 John 3:12) Surprisingly however, even though their foolishness and disgrace is obvious to God (Ps. 52:1), to those who are righteous (v. 6,7), and sometimes even to themselves (Rom. 1:32), those who practice what is evil continue to boast. (Ps. 52:1 // Rom. 1:22 & 2:17-24)
But… those who love the Lord hate evil (Ps. 97:10), and as Pr. 13:5 says of them, “The righteous hate what is false.”
So how do we know who God’s true people are? It is those who love good and who hate all that is false and evil.
And how do we know who remains in the camp of the devil? It is those who, either blatantly, or through their arrogance, deceit, and refusal to cling to what is good and true (Rom. 12:9 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12), do not hate what is evil and false, as God’s Word commands of us to do, but instead insist that everyone must tolerate, or even embrace, those things which God abhors.
There are two camps and only two. There are those who hate what is evil and false, and there are those who do not. Which one we adhere to reveals who our leader is and where we will spend eternity.