Happy Independence Day

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.

Psalm 33:12

Today, the United States will observe the Independence Day holiday.  As I sit here pondering the roots of this holiday, compared to the state of our society today, I wonder if we really are “independent” anymore.

I ponder that question because we used to have the “freedom” to say anything that we wanted to say, merely because we wanted to say it, but I am not so sure that we have that freedom anymore.  With more means of communication available to us, more exposure publicly via social media and the like, it appears that we are less free to say anything that we want to say, for fear that someone will actually disagree with us.  I am not so sure that is freedom.

I remember when we were free to worship the deity of our choice.   As a Christian, I worship the God of the Bible, but I have known people all of my life who worshiped other deities, and they were free to do so, just as I had been….but it appears these days that a practicing Christian can be ostracized, criticized, demonized and even sued in court for worshiping and obeying the Deity of our choice, the LORD Jesus Christ.  I am not so sure that is freedom.

When I was a child, a baby had the freedom to live in the safest place in the world for a baby: inside his mother’s womb.  However, in January 1973, that freedom was taken away.  Not all babies are afforded the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  Sixty million babies in this country have died as they were minding their business inside their mothers wombs.

All that said, let’s ponder the words of the psalmist in Psalm 33.  Only the nation who is “free” to worship the God of the Bible, to obey His statues, and live for His glory is actually free at all.

If you do not know the LORD Jesus Christ as your Savior, stop what you are doing and pray to Him right now.  Ask Him to forgive your life of sin and to be the LORD of your life. Accept the fact that He died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sin and determine this day to obey Him and Him only.  Begin reading His Word, the Bible, every day.  Start in the book of John so you can know Who He really is, and join a good Bible teaching church.  If you come to Him in sincerity, He will not turn you away.  Only then can you know what it means to really be free.

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The Work Of The Word

February 9, 2019 marked 50 years of faithful service to the LORD by my hero of the faith, Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr.  I will let the celebration speak for itself.  You may watch the video below.

Abortion: The Modern Day Worship of Molech…

Jeremiah 32:35

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

2 Kings 23:10

And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

Leviticus 18:21

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the Name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 20:2-3

Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.  And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile My sanctuary, and to profane My holy Name.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 marked the 46th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, making it legal in the United States for a woman to murder her baby while the baby is still in the uterus.  January 22, 2019 also marked the beginning of what I consider the end for the United States, because the state of New York made it legal for a mother to not only kill her embryo, but her full term, 40 week, viable, could-survive-on-his-or-her-own, fully developed fetus.  Now, not only is the baby not safe from his or her own mother, but it will be much more difficult to prosecute anyone who assaults a pregnant woman, resulting in the loss of her baby.  My heart is broken.

When things like this happen on earth, I stop to think about what God must be thinking as He sits on His throne in heaven.  I know He was not happy when Cain killed his brother Abel.  He went so far as to tell Cain, “…the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10).  God was not happy when David killed Uriah the Hittite by sending him out to the front lines with no protection: “Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword…” (2 Samuel 12:9).  Why does God hate it when people kill other people senselessly?  Because of what He said in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”  Every baby that is conceived is created in the image of God and God does NOT like it when we kill His image.

Abortion in the United States is the same as child sacrifice back in Bible times.  God commanded His people not to sacrifice their children at the altar of Molech.  He warned them not to “… cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech…” (Jeremiah 32:35).  As I was reading up on Molech, I found that the idols, or gods as they were considered, were huge metal statues of a human being with a bull’s head attached.  Each of the statues supposedly had a hole in the abdomen.  When I read that part, I thought, how ironic.  Abortionists make a hole not only in the organs of the mother during the process of the abortion, but also in the body of the baby who is being ripped apart by a vacuum.  When parents sacrificed their children to Molech, they believed that they would be blessed financially and be better able to afford children in the future.  Sounds like abortion nowadays, doesn’t it?  Parents sacrifice their children to Planned Parenthood, thinking that they cannot afford a child, or they ought to have a right to do whatever they want with their bodies, or it’s not a baby anyway, so it’s not a big deal.  They believe that abortion makes the situation better when really, it only makes things worse.

Sometimes I google the abortion counter.  It’s a website that calculates how many abortions have taken place or are taking place any given day.  Sometimes when I look at the numbers I get sick to my stomach.   I remember standing outside of an abortion clinic  a couple of years ago, praying with a group of believers, trying to convince the young women who were going inside to let the baby live.  My heart was so heavy and I remember thinking if I could just convince one young woman not to abort her baby, I would take her baby and adopt him myself.  The thought of babies being murdered in the womb sickens me.

I feel so strongly about abortion because I remember a conversation I had with my mother many years ago where she confessed that if abortion had been legal when she got pregnant with me, she would have had one.  I don’t even think she realized the dagger that she stuck in my heart that day.  I have never forgotten those words.  They sting now as much as they did the day she said them to me.

My mother’s words, however, don’t hurt as much as the suction that tears a baby’s body apart during the abortion process.  The baby feels pain as he is being torn from limb to limb for his mother’s convenience.  How could anyone be heartless enough to want to kill an innocent baby?

America is guilty of worshiping at the altar of Molech.  America is sending our children through the fire every day in this nation, to the tune of over 60 million babies since 1973.  18 million of those babies were black babies…and we wonder why the black community does not grow.  We are worshiping at the altar of convenience.  It is much easier to just kill the baby than to take responsibility for the act that caused the pregnancy in the first place.  We cry about finding a cure for cancer, but we never consider that the person who may have found the cure could have been killed in an abortion clinic.  We want a cure for HIV/AIDS.  The person who could have discovered the cure may be dead because his mother aborted him.  We complain about the social security benefits that may be dried up by the time my 50+ generation reaches social security age.  How about if we had not killed 61 million potential taxpayers who might have paid into social security and made it viable for another century?

I wonder am I the only one who thinks about stuff like this.  I know I’m not.

If you are reading this and you have had an abortion, please know that I am not criticizing you.  There is hope and healing for you at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.  He loves you and is willing to forgive you for any and every sin if you come to Him with sincerity in your heart.  As atrocious as abortion is, it is not too big or too bad or too much or too deep for the Savior to forgive.  His blood has washed away our sin.  All we have to do is receive the free gift of grace that the Father has given to us through His Son.

 

 

 

 

I’m A Christian, But I’m Not Ashamed

This is an article that I read recently by a wonderful young man named Samuel Sey.  I follow him on Twitter, and I am super impressed with his writing skill, his maturity, and his love for the things of God.  He is a wonderful representation of what Godliness in youth should look like, and I thank the LORD that He allowed me to be exposed to this young man.  As I read his material, I often think of his mother, who must be beyond proud of the young man that the LORD allowed her to raise.  I know that you will be as blessed by his blogging as I am.  I did receive his permission to post this, and with his permission I will post other writings in the future.

I’m a Christian, but I’m Not Ashamed

Buzzfeed recently released a video titled, I’m Christian, But I’m Not. In the video, which currently has over seven million views on Facebook, several supposed Christians defend their Christianity by suggesting that unlike other closed-minded and ignorant Christians, they support feminism and homosexuality.

Essentially, the video propagates that true Christians actually support homosexuality, feminism, and whatever else the Western world has dictated to be right through groupthink. At one point in the video, a lady says, “At it’s core, [Christianity] really is about love, and acceptance, and being a good neighbor.” That however is not necessarily true. Christianity is about Jesus Christ.

A Christian is simply defined as a person who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Therefore if a person claims to be a Christian but does not live by the teachings of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible: they are not a Christian. In attempting to redefine the meaning of Christianity, Jesus Christ and the Bible are mentioned exactly zero times in the video. As a result, the Christian and Biblical meaning of love, acceptance, and good neighboring is effectively manipulated to deceive genuine Christians into supporting (primarily) homosexuality.

However, Jesus Christ conveyed in the Bible that homosexuality is a sinful practice ( Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Therefore, Christians must believe that homosexuality is indeed a sinful practice. We should not be apologetic of our Christianity; we should not be ashamed of the gospel:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. – Romans 1:16

Interestingly, one of the ladies in the video said, “Christianity does not ruin people.” That is perhaps the only accurate statement in the video. Christianity does not ruin people. In fact, it does the complete opposite: Christianity saves people. I would understand the need for Christians to be apologetic and ashamed of Christianity if the gospel ruined people, but the reality is, it does not. Sin ruins people; the gospel restores people.

Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ being fully God and fully man, lived a perfect and sinless life, and willingly sacrificed Himself on a cross, taking our sinful record on Himself and giving those who would believe and follow Him His righteous record, so that upon suffering the wrath of God the Father to the point of His death, and resurrecting three days later; sinners would be declared righteous on Christ’s account and saved from the wrath of God in Hell.  1 Peter 3:18 says:

Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.

Therefore contrary to the words in the video, we Christians do not place ourselves on a pedestal. We believe that like everyone else, we too are unrighteous and sinful. We do not place ourselves on a pedestal; Instead, We place our Savior Jesus Christ on the pedestal.

Hello to my readers…

I know it has been three months since I posted last.  I do apologize for that.  Life has been coming at me fast!  Since April I have moved to a whole new city, started a new job, and I have been doing ministry work in my new city.  Life has been challenging and I have questioned a lot that God is doing, but I know that He is still at work!  Philippians 1:6 says “…He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…”  God continues to perform that good work in me.

I shall return to my blog very soon.  Thanks for your patience.  Stay tuned!

End Abortion Now…

Jeremiah 32:35

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Leviticus 18:21

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shall thou profane the Name of thy God: I am the LORD.

In the United States, abortion became legal on January 22, 1973.  That day,  it was written into law that a woman had the legal right to go into a clinic and have her baby’s life terminated prematurely.  In my opinion, that is the greatest act of terrorism that has ever been perpetrated on American soil.  Abortion is murder; plain and simple.

Apparently God feels the same way too.  Not only did He command Moses to tell the Israelites not to kill (Exodus 20:13), but He also said that they were not to allow their children to go “through the fire”.  God would not allow Israel to follow the practices of the people of Molech, who had no problem putting their children on the altar and sacrificing them to a false god.  God told Israel that if they did that, they would profane the Name of their God.

America is doing the same thing.  America has profaned the Name of the LORD to the tune of nearly 7 million babies since 1973.  As God told Cain about his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:10, “And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.”  God is saying that same thing to America.  The blood of 7 million dead babies is crying out to God from the ground.

America: repent!  Turn from this wickedness!  If you are a mother who has aborted a child, ask God to forgive you and begin working to end this travesty in our nation.  If you are a father whose child has been aborted, ask the LORD to forgive you and begin using your voice to cry out against murder in the womb.  God hates murder:  He hates it when someone kills someone else, period.  Man is created in God’s image, and God does not like it when His image is destroyed.  God loves children:  He said in Matthew 19:14, “…Suffer little children and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven…”  Jesus would not let His disciples keep the children from “disturbing” Him.  His heart was filled with love for them and there was nothing that He was too busy doing that would keep Him from showing them His love.

God will not reject you if you come to Him in sincerity.  He will welcome you with open arms and adopt you into His family if you repent of your sin and turn to Him.  God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for your sins.  Turn to Him and cry out against this vile, wicked sin.

#EndAbortionNow

 

As If The Covenant Isn’t A Covenant Anymore…

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:25, 28-29, 31

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth itm even as the LORD the church…so ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For this cause shall am an leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  

1 Peter 3:7-9

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.   Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

This week, I heard the news of several long term marriages that are ending in divorce.  The marriages to which I am referring were between people who are not believers, but for whatever reason, my heart is broken for them nevertheless.  Marriage was created by God…He is the inventor and the source of all marriage relationships.  I believe that even in marriages occupied by those who are not believers in the LORD Jesus Christ, the same marriage covenant applies.

I looked the word “covenant” up in the dictionary.  The definitions found in the dictionary do not include the one that God placed in His Word.  God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, which says,

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

God made this promise to Abraham and He has kept it, even to this day.  God told Abraham that He would make him a great nation.  God has done that; as we know, Israel is the center of the earthly universe.  It is the greatest nation on the earth.  It has the strongest military on earth and the wealthiest people.  God promised Abraham that He would bless Abraham’s family, and He has done so.  God promised that He would make Abraham’s name great, and we know that is true.  Here we are, some 4,000 to 5,000 years later, and we are still talking about Abraham.  We recognize him as the father of the nation of Israel.  We also recognize him as the patriarch of the Christian community, because we are known as the “seed of Abraham” (2 Corinthians 11:22).  God promised Abraham that he would be a blessing to the world.  Abraham has been that, because through his seed, the Christ Child was born.  God promised Abraham that He would bless anyone that blessed the nation of Israel.  Here in America, we are the recipients of those blessings because of our history of allegiance with the nation of Israel.  There have been times that we have not been faithful to Israel as we should have been, and our country has suffered because of that.  But for the most part, we have been blessed partially because we have mainly stood on the right side, which is on Israel’s side.  And to note:  now we are in a really good place since our current president has acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and took the measures to have our embassy moved to its new location in Jerusalem.  God also said that He would curse those who curse Israel.  As I said before, there have been times that America has not been faithful to our position as Israel’s ally, and we have incurred God’s wrath during those times.  God says what He means and means what He says in His Word concerning His chosen people, Israel.  We can see how every family on the earth has been blessed by the nation of Israel.  If we look at the entertainment industry in America, most of the powerful people in places like Hollywood and New York are Jewish.  Many of the owners of the sports teams and people who control the billion dollar sports industry in the United States are Jewish.  These are the people who have not only provided the entertainment that we enjoy, but they have also made America the richest nation on earth through their entertainment venues.  God’s promise to Abraham has been a blessing to all of the world in more ways than we can count!

My point in all that is that God kept His promise to Abraham.  The promise that God made is unbreakable, which is why it is called a covenant.  None of the definitions found in the dictionary for the word “covenant” included the word “unbreakable”.  The only definitions that I found that were even remotely close to scripture were:

  1. the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
  2. the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.

God’s promise to Abraham was not based on any conditions.  God did not tell Abraham that the promises were only good if he kept the law.  As a matter of fact, at the time that God made the covenant with Abraham, He had not yet given the law.  The only instruction God gave Abraham was to leave his family home.  So, you see how the definition lacks a very important part of what a covenant really is.

All that said, marriage is like the covenant that God made with Abraham:  it is not to be broken.  Marriage is between one man and one woman for life.  Marriage is a picture of Jesus Christ’s relationship with the church.  Jesus is called the “bridegroom” in Matthew 9 and 25, Mark 2, Luke 5, John 2 and 3, and Revelation 18.  Jesus Christ is the bridegroom and the church is the bride, in Revelation 18, 21 and 22.  I point these passages out because never do you read where Jesus leaves His bride.  Jesus would never abandon the church the way husbands abandon their wives these days.  That is not to say that husbands are the only ones who leave the marriage, but as of this writing, less than 1% of the marriages that have been destroyed are because the wife decided to leave.  It appears that no one knows that marriage is a covenant.  A covenant is an UNBREAKABLE promise.  The vows that two people make at the altar in front of God, each other, a minister, a judge, a magistrate, family and friends are vows that are never to be broken until death.

Last year, a friend’s mother went home to be with the LORD.  She left her husband behind, after 61 years of marriage.  I know they went through difficult times in their marriage, but never once did I hear that they were on the verge of separation.  Another friend’s dad passed away leaving his wife of 51 years.  They did struggle in their marriage, and they actually separated for a few months, but they honored the covenant and worked out their issues, and he took very good care of his wife, leaving her financially comfortable after his death.  Billy and Ruth Graham were married for 64 years before her death.  George Beverly Shea and his first wife, Emma, were married for 42 years before her death, and he and his second wife, Karlene, were married for 28 years before his death.  Franklin Graham and his wife, Jane, have been married for 44 years.  Adrian and Joyce Rogers were married for 54 years before he went home to be with the LORD in 2005.  I mention all these long marriages because these people knew that marriage is a “covenant”.  Even through the difficult times, these couples honored the COVENANT.

Today, my heart is broken for the covenant.  No longer do people who claim the Name of Christ honor the promise that they made to Him and their spouse to “love, honor and cherish” for as long as they both live.  The rate of divorce within the church community is the same as it is outside the church community.  Breaking a promise is equal to sin, and God will allow NO SIN to go unpunished.  1 John 2:4 says “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  I find it hard to believe that Christian men who walk away from the promise that they made to God and their wives is really a Christian at all.  True Christians love the LORD with all their heart and strive to serve Him with every area of their lives.  True Christians want to please the LORD.  True Christians are convicted when they do wrong, and leaving the person with whom they have made a covenant is a sin of the highest order.

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite theologians, Dr. Erwin Lutzer says “God hold fathers accountable for their wives and children.”  If you are a wife who has been abandoned by your husband and you are struggling emotionally, spiritually and financially, take comfort in the fact that your Father in heaven sees all and knows all.  Every tear you cry will be counted to your husband’s account on the day of judgment.  Every sleepless night will be counted to your husband’s account on the day of judgment.  Every bill you couldn’t pay, every time the enemy attacked your mind or heart, every time your children were hurting or disappointed or feeling like less than what God made them will all be counted to your husband’s account on the day of judgment.  As much as it pains me to think of anyone suffering God’s judgment, it comforts me to know that the man who promised me he would always take care of me is not going to get away with leaving my children and me to fend for ourselves.