The Suffering of the Saints

Romans 8:18

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

This has been the BSF verse of the week.  We have learned about all kinds of suffering and the reasons for it.  It has given me varied perspectives on my own suffering.  It has not been easy for think about.  As a matter of fact, it has been downright painful.

There can be different reasons for suffering.  Sometimes we bring it on ourselves.  Our choices have consequences.  Sometimes we make decisions without thinking them through, without taking stock of the impact that they will have on our lives and the lives of the people around us, those that we love the most.  It can be difficult to endure when we realize that the suffering that we and our loves ones suffer is caused by something that we did.

Sometimes suffering is caused by others’ decisions.  People that we love or people that we don’t even know can make decisions that cause suffering in our lives.  Both can be equally as difficult to endure.  I have had neighbors that I did not know whose decisions caused living near them to become miserable.  I have also had neighbors who were very kind, and when I had to move, I wished I could bring them with me.  It was these neighbors’ decisions that resulted in the experience that I had with them.  I had no control over their decisions, but the result was mine to endure just the same.

Suffering can also be for God’s glory.  I must admit, this is the most difficult one to swallow.  I have not been able to reconcile God’s love with suffering.  I think of my own precious children.  I would never allow them to suffer for any reason, other than to chastise them for something they did to help them learn not to do that thing again.  But that is not the way God works.  Sometimes we suffer for His glory.  I don’t fully understand that, but since He is God and I am not, He doesn’t owe me an explanation for that.

The scripture teaches us that the suffering that we endure here is not worth being compared to the glory that will be revealed in us in our eternal life.  The worst that we can suffer here, including sickness, heartbreak, divorce, broken family relationships, war, poverty, abortion, crime, child abuse, robbery, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, homosexuality, same gender “marriages”, false teachers in the pulpit, unsaved persons masking as Christians, “fake” news, pornographic websites and reality tv is nothing compared to what God has in store for us in heaven. One day, we will live in all perfection.  My grandmother used to say that in heaven “every day will be like Sunday”.  I remember Sundays as a child were very special.  Every family member was off work, we all gathered at my grandmother’s house, where she cooked a huge meal, and we ate and talked and laughed and played and enjoyed each other’s company.  Sunday was my favorite day of the week as a child.  The eternal glory that I look forward to will be my childhood Sundays on steroids!

I don’t pretend to know what heaven will be like.  Even after studying the scriptures, I cannot comprehend what eternity in the Father’s presence will be like.  My imagination is not that vivid.  But I do praise the LORD that if my extreme suffering here on earth is not worth being compared to the glory that I can look forward to, then that glory is going to be out of this world!  And I will be too.

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One Daughter’s Disillusionment…

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

It is 2018, a brand new year, and most folks are making (and breaking) new year’s resolutions, as is the tradition each year.  With each fresh year, we tend to want to do something new or better or different, and, of course, there is nothing wrong with that.  I made it a habit many years ago of NOT making new year’s resolutions to make sure that I didn’t lie to myself, to others and to God that I would do something that eventually I would stop doing.  But I find this year that I have fallen into just as bad a pattern as breaking new year’s resolutions:  I have developed a “dislike”, if you will, for going to church.

I love church.  I was raised in a little cinder block church in eastern Cumberland County. My grandmother took me there, she said, from the time I was a little baby, and I attended that church for the first 18 years of my life.  I sang in the choir, I attended Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, Church Traning Union, Wednesday night prayer, Saturday afternoon gathering and Sunday evening service.  I went to revival every year, which lasted an entire week, and a guest preacher came in and preached, mainly to the unsaved people that the church members dragged to service, and I remember the “mourning bench”, which was the pew in the very front of the church, being reserved for those who would “get saved” during the service.  I will never forget the night my grandmother told me that I was going to sit on that mourning bench.  I had to sit there for the whole service and afterward, I had to confess my sin to the church and tell them that I wanted the LORD to save me.  I remember standing there with tears streaming down my face, knowing that I was only doing what I had been told because I did not want to face my grandmother’s wrath.

Shortly afterward, I was baptized and I remember the people in the church, most of whom were extended family and distant relatives, clapping and celebrating, bragging about how they could tell there was a change in my life because of the look on my face when I came up out of the water.  I remember thinking, what could they have seen?  There was no change in anything except the fact that I escaped the punishment that I would have received had I not obeyed my grandmother.  I do not say these things to cast aspersions on my grandmother:  I know she was only doing what she was taught.  It was her belief that the sins a child committed were the responsibility of the parent until that child turned 12 years old, at which time the child became responsible for their own sins. I don’t know where they could have gotten that from in the Bible; I suspect it had something to do with the account in Luke 2 of Jesus teaching in the temple when He was 12 years old.  Anyway, she wanted to make sure that I was “saved” so that I would not spend eternity in hell because I had not confessed my sin to Jesus.

Long story short, it wasn’t until 7 years later that I actually became aware of my sin, confessed it sincerely and asked Jesus to be LORD of my life.  At that time, I knew that I needed to learn God’s Word, so I left that little cinderblock church and found a Bible teaching church across town, where I became involved, once again, with the Sunday School, Bible study, Choir, youth ministry, singles ministry and all aspects of church life.  The pastor of that church, I now know, didn’t really teach me anything from God’s Word, but he did teach me one thing:  he always insisted that the members of the church should study God’s Word on their own, and not rely completely on what he said on Sunday morning.  He said he was just a human being, and sometimes he might get it wrong, and he wanted us to equip ourselves through a steady diet of the Word.  I will thank him forever for that encouragement.

Fast forward fifteen to twenty years, when times were hard and life got complicated and the church had become an extension of my family.  All of my close friends are people that I met either in church or in Bible Study Fellowship; and in the tough times I was always encouraged by these people.  But I have learned in my latest trial a sad fact:  people want to help, but only for a short period of time.  Your trial better not last too long or your “friends” will get impatient with it and abandon you when you need them most.

What does that have to do with my growing disinterest in church attendance?  I’m glad you asked.  I remember Sundays within the last couple of years where I have gone to church literally holding my breath because my heart was so heavy and the tears wanted to flow and I wanted to be okay and hear from God, and I would get the obligatory “I’ll be praying for you” from one of my church friends, only to come home to my problems and my hurt and my disappointment and bear it all alone.  I get tired of trying to “fake it until I make it” on Sunday mornings…going to a place where I should be able to be honest about my pain, but instead having to pretend I am okay while listening to a man talk about how we should bear one another’s burdens.  One more disappointment.  I’m just tired of being disappointed one more time.

I still love the church.  I love hearing God’s Word taught in expository fashion from the pulpit.  I love hearing the choir sing songs that contain the passages of scripture that I grew to love as a child, and I love fellowshipping with those whom I have the greatest thing in common:  we love Jesus Christ.  What I don’t love is that empty feeling when I enter and leave the edifice where I should be filled up with hope and encouragement.  I guess in my mind, believers should “put up or shut up” and because lots of times they don’t, I have become disillusioned with the church.

I do not want to “forsake the assembling” of myself and my children together with other believers on Sunday mornings.  It just hurts so badly to enter a leave a place where I have always been under the impression that I would meet the LORD, and people that LORD uses.  I feel so empty and detached from all that is the church until I simply do not want to attend any more.  I am content to watch services online on Sundays, where I can be comfortable in my own surroundings and with my family that I know loves me.  So I continue to wrestle with the disappointment that I face daily from the one place that I have grown to love over my lifetime, as it continues to be what it is, a group of imperfect people just like me, who obviously don’t know any better than I do.

A friend told me recently that I am vulnerable because of all my disappointments, and that may be true.  Vulnerability can be a dangerous thing, and I think of my friend’s comments ever day, because I know she made them out of concern for me.  I can take hearing that from someone who has shown their love for me by their actions.  What I cannot take is constantly going to a place where I keep hoping that I will find the answer that will make things better, and not only do things not get better, but I continue to keep coming up dry on answers.  So much for the “exhorting one another…”

Happy New Year!

Isaiah 43:18-19

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Today is the first day of 2018.  Quite frankly, when I went to bed last night, way before midnight, I felt burdened and despondent.  Last year was one of the most difficult years that I have lived in my entire life.   But then, this morning, I received a lot of encouragement from friends and Twitter followers who kept reminding my of Isaiah 43:18-19.  I usually roll my eyes when I hear people quote this scripture because I think they are using it for something totally irrelevant to its true meaning.  But now, I am thinking that maybe they are on to something.  Maybe God is going to do something different for me in 2018.  Maybe my situation is going to look up.  Maybe this year will be better than last year.  Maybe God is going to answer prayer this year.  Maybe things will be different in the new year.

It would be my pleasure to forget the trials that I endured in 2017.  I would love to forget the former things because they were not good.  I am trusting God to do something. If God doesn’t do it, it can’t be done. There is no place else to turn.

I pray that all who read this blog will have a blessed new year.  I pray that all the problems that you had last year will disappear, and that God’s best blessings will be yours.  Happy 2018.  God, please do a NEW THING in my life this year…

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:4-14

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem…(because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Every year, there is a debate amongst Christians and non-Christians alike over the greetings “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays”.  I remember that once upon a time, I used to get all worked up over it.  I used to become offended because people did not want to acknowledge my favorite holiday.  I would deliberately respond to someone who wished me a “Happy Holiday” by saying “Merry Christmas”.

As the years have gone by, that has not changed.  I still don’t understand why people have such a difficult time saying “Merry Christmas”, but I don’t get quite as worked up about it.  I still respond to anyone who wishes me a “Happy Holiday” with a deliberate “Merry Christmas”.  Now, however, I respond with a kind heart, and not out of frustration.

The thing that I have come to understand is the fact that Jesus has already warned His followers that the attitudes that we experience at Christmas time would come.  He said in John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” Those persons who do not want to wish me a “Merry Christmas” also do not want to publicly acknowledge that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ.  They want to pretend that this time of year is all about children getting gifts from a man who emerges from his cottage in the North Pole to exhibit his omnipresence in the world in the middle of the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.  Most parents teach their children about this fictitious person, leaving their child to learn the truth from an outside source.  (I purposely told my nephew, whom I babysitting a few weeks ago, that there is no such person as Santa Claus, and he looked at me like I had two heads!  He is seven years old.)  The truth is that the world hates Jesus so much that they will fight against Him using any tactic that they can think of, including not acknowledging the holiday reserved for celebrating His birth.

The bottom line is the world has to kick up its heels as much as possible in the time it has left, because the soon-coming King will put an end to all of their nonsense upon His return to the earth.  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says For the LORD Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.”  Once He returns, His people will be out of here, the world will not know what to do or think, and He will reign on His throne forever and ever.

I anxiously await His coming.  Then every day will be like Christmas!

The End Time Attack On Male Leadership

2nd Timothy 2:3-4

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Titus 2:1-8

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

1 Timothy 2:9-10

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Peter 3:3-6

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

I have had the desire for several weeks now to address the issue of the widespread accusations of sexual harassment that have been levied against powerful men in the United States over the last couple of years.  I took my time in approaching this subject because I want to make sure that my “…speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6)  While it is not my desire to purposely offend anyone, it is also not my desire to coddle those who have a worldly mindset.  I take every opportunity to see things through the lenses of scripture, hence the name of my blog, “A Biblical Worldview: The most politically incorrect blog on the internet, dedicated to the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ.”  My perspective on what is going on right now is politically incorrect.  So, if you decide to keep reading, brace yourself…

As early as 2005, actor/comedian/activist Bill Cosby was accused of molestation of a young woman at his home in Pennsylvania.  Since that time, dozens more women have “come out” claiming that Dr. Cosby had some kind of inappropriate relationship with them.  He has been accused of everything from drugging women to sexual assault to rape.  In 2014, a young comedian “on the come up” named Hannibal Buress used the allegations against Dr. Cosby in his standup routine.  That routine went viral, causing many tabloid outlets to take notice and run with the “story”.  News outlets reached out to women who had accused Dr. Cosby, which led to appearances that he had previously scheduled being canceled, and one particular interview that Dr. Cosby and his wife did with NPR to discuss the art collection which they had loaned to the Smithsonian was bombarded with questions about the rape allegations.  Even model Janice Dickinson accused Dr. Cosby of raping her!!!  (Of course, I was not there, but that one I find impossible to believe!)  At that point, the rape allegations have become a media frenzy.  Eventually charges were brought against Dr. Cosby, some of which have since been dropped, and the one for which he went to trial ended in Dr. Cosby not been held responsible for the crimes.

Dr. Cosby was one of the persons I have always trusted to bring proper programming on television when I was a child (but of course, I am old enough to have grown up in an era where there was no filth on television, and even the marginal shows were not shown until after 9 pm, when children should already be in bed).  It was so disheartening to see him go through this (though I am, by no means. attempting to paint him as a saint…he is a sinner just like all of us, and needs the Savior just like all of us).

In 2015, my favorite “reality tv” family, The Duggars, from Springdale, Arkansas, were satanically attacked by the media and the world when it was revealed that their then-teenaged eldest son, Joshua, had inappropriately touched five girls while they slept, four of whom were his sisters.  The Duggars handled the situation with their son without involving law enforcement, because their son, at that time, was a minor.  The Duggars are Christians, and they sought Biblical help for their son, which was their right and their duty as Christian parents.  Somehow this information was leaked to the press, causing the network which carried their show, “19 Kids and Counting” to drop their show from the network.  (Mind you, their show had the highest ratings on the entire network.  You could actually call their show the network’s “cash cow”.)  After the show’s cancellation, a woman claimed that she had a sexual relationship with Joshua, who at the time was married with three or four children.  Joshua had to quit his job at a Christian organization to protect them from scandal, and he eventually entered into a Christian treatment center for persons with sexual addictions.  He stayed there for several months, and eventually was reunited with his wife and his children.  Joshua released a statement apologizing for his actions and his hypocrisy.  He and his wife have since added a new addition to their family, bring the total number of children that they have to five.  Praise the LORD for sparing their marriage!  But the press did not and has not let up.  The Duggars were such a “cash cow” that they came up with the idea to spinoff the original show with a show featuring only the adult children who have married and begun to have families of their own.  That show is called “Counting On”.  The network has since stated that they will no longer feature the oldest married daughter’s husband because he made statements affirming that a man is born male and cannot be female: ever.  (I guess he is about as politically incorrect as I am!)

In 2017, a Hollywood mogul was accused of raping, harassing, and/or molesting many women who were aspiring or successful actresses.  His wife is a fashion designer whose clothing line is usually featured by these actresses on the red carpet.  While many of these women’s stories are believable, it is interesting to me the timing of their accusations.  I do not understand why they waited so long to “come out” and tell the stories of how they were harassed or molested by this man.  Nevertheless, he has been fired from the company that he founded, his wife has left him, and last I heard about him, he was entering a treatment facility for those with sexual addictions.  I wonder how that will turn out…

ABC News’ website has compiled a list of men who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the news of the Hollywood mogul broke.  These are just a few of the names on the list:

~Singer Nick Carter has been accused of raping a woman 15 years ago and denies the allegations.

~Comedian Louis C. K. has been accused of and has admitted to sexual misconduct and has apologized for his behavior.

~Actor Richard Dreyfuss has been accused of sexual harassment.  He denies the allegations.

~Actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment of a 17 year old girl.  He has since apologized for his behavior.

~Actor Steven Seagal has been accused of raping two women.  He denies the allegations.

~Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons has been accused of rape and coercion by a model in his New York apartment.  Simmons denies the accusations, saying that the relationship was consensual.

~Actor Tom Sizemore has been accused of groping an 11 year old girl in 2003.  He denies the allegations.

~Actor Kevin Spacey has been accused by 24 men of sexual assault.  According to his former publicist, he is “seeking treatment”.

~Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual misconduct.  He denies the allegations, saying that he has “never been a predator…”

~Actor George Takei, who is openly homosexual, has been accused by a man of sexual assault.  He denies the allegation.

~Amazon executive Roy Price was accused of sexual assault.  He resigned from Amazon.

~PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose was accused of unwanted sexual advances, making lewd phone calls, and exposing himself to several women.  He has apologized for his behavior but questions some of the details that have been given.  CBS fired Rose from his anchor position on their morning program and PBS dropped his show from their lineup.

~Former president George H. W. Bush has been accused of of patting women on the bottom while taking pictures with them.  President Bush is in a wheelchair and says that his arm falls below their waist during the pose.

~Michigan Representative John Conyers has been accused of sexually harassing his staffers, and settled one claim out of court, though he denies the allegations.

~Minnesota Senator Al Franken has been accused of “forcibly kissing” an LA radio anchorwoman, and has been photographed touching a woman inappropriately while she slept.  He has also been accused of several other acts of sexual misconduct.  He has apologized, but has not admitted to any wrongdoing.  The Senate ethics committee is investigating.

~Alabama’s senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of carrying on sexual relationships with at least two women while they were teenagers, which was several decades ago.  He denies the allegations, and the Alabama GOP is supporting his decision not to step down.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the accused, but I just wanted to give you an idea of how many men have been accused in the last ten years.  This year seemed to be a Pandora’s box of skeletons coming out of the closet.  There has to be a reason for that…

Now to my perspective on all of this:  I believe that this is the enemy’s agenda to bring down the male as the leader and head of all that God has given him to lead.  Satan’s agenda began slowly, but has gained traction over the years as our adversary knows that his time is limited.  He has to do as much damage as possible in the time that he has left, because Jesus is going to “come quickly”.  Revelation 2:16 says, “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Revelation 3:11 says, “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”  Revelation 22:7 says, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”  Jesus is going to come at the time when most least expect Him, and He is going to right all the wrongs that are being done in the earth today.  And the great thing about it is we do not know when He is coming:  Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”  So it would behove Christians to obey His command in Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hourwherein the Son of man cometh.”

I believe that satan has used the “…the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” (1 John 2:16) to bombard men and bring them down from their positions of power.  Men are visual creatures.  They are drawn to that which is appealing to the eye.  No wonder God warned women to dress appropriately so that they would not attract the kind of attention that they should not get!  How can a woman not expect a man to be attracted to her physically when she is showing all that God gave her that a man is attracted to?  I remember hearing the testimony of a man who said that his greatest struggle with his eyes was in church.  The women at his church dressed so scantily that they drew the attention of men in church who were sincerely there to worship God and had no desire to “hunt flesh”.

As the wife of a porn addict, I feel a sense of compassion towards these men who have been accused.  I have had many conversations with my husband in the past about his struggle to keep his eyes off of exposed flesh.  I remember one day we were in the car riding down a street not far from our home, and we passed two women jogging.  I did not look at him to see where his eyes were, but I sensed that he could not resist looking at those women who basically wore nothing more than underwear while they jogged.  I asked him later if he struggled not to look at them and he said yes.  While part of me was angry at him for being attracted to someone other than me, another part of me is was sensitive to the fact that God created him to be attracted to women.  It is not his fault that the women today are exposing all the parts that God gave them to use only for their husbands.  Plain and simple:  women need to cover up.

In no way am I implying that because women dress so scantily men have a license to rape, molest, grope or sexually misbehave in any manner.  No man has the right to do anything to any woman without her consent.  As a matter of fact, no man should be doing anything with any woman WHO IS NOT HIS WIFE!!!  That said, there still needs to be some accountability on the part of women for how we present ourselves.  I remember  an older women telling me once that I needed to wear my skirts shorter.  She said that no one could see anything because I had it all covered up.  I politely told her that no one had any business seeing anything except my husband.  Now, remember: she was the older woman, and according to Titus 2:3, she was supposed to be teaching me how to be “chaste” or appropriate.  She was encouraging me to be inappropriate!  One of the areas where I was always sensitive was how I am perceived…and I always wanted to be perceived as a LADY.  That word is so misused and misunderstood these days until we simply do not have women who care about being treated like a LADY anymore.

Many of the women who have accused these powerful men, particularly in Hollywood, have admitted that the incident happened in the man’s home or hotel room.  EXCUSE ME: if you go to a man’s hotel room, what do you think might happen?  Basically, I feel like some of these women sold themselves for an acting role or a job in some Hollywood capacity.  If you do not want to be violated, do your best to protect yourself and keep yourself out of harm’s way.  Never go to a man’s hotel room for an interview or audition. Never to go to a man’s home without bring someone with you, and making sure that his wife will be in attendance.  And only go to his home if it is absolutely necessary!  I am sure there are other places where these Hollywood deals can be done besides a man’s home.

To sum it all up, I believe that the witch hunt that Dr. Cosby and other powerful men like him have endured is the enemy’s way of neutralizing the genders.  Bring the man down to the level of the woman.  Elevate the woman to the place of power where the man belongs.  Put them on equal footing so that the woman looks like the man and the man looks like the woman.  Then the genders that God created will be so skewed that no one will know which is which.  I believe deeply in my heart that this is the enemy’s agenda going forward.

If you are reading this, and you do not know Jesus Christ as your LORD, I encourage you to seek Him today.  There will not be much time left for any of us, because Jesus is coming soon, and you never know when the end of your life may come.  If your life ends and you have not confessed your sins to Him and asked Him to save you, you will be destined for hell.  Hell is a dark, hot, miserable place where many miserable people already are, and there is no escape.  There is no middle ground between heaven and hell.    You will spend eternity in one of those two places.  The decision as to which place is totally up to you.  Ask Him to be your LORD today….

LORD, Come Quickly!

Revelation 22:20

Even so, come, LORD Jesus.

This is my daily prayer now and going forward.  I am so ready for the LORD to come and rescue His people that I could stand on the roof of my house and just wait there for Him to come.  The world is just going so crazy and it burdens my heart so much for myself, my children and the church of Jesus Christ.  I know God’s Word tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1, “…in the last days perilous times shall come…”  I understand that God’s Word says, in 2 Peter 3:3, “…there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts…”  Knowing these things does not make enduring these things any easier….

My heart is so burdened for the legislation of immorality these days.  In my home state of North Carolina, it is now legal for a man who is dressed up as, or pretending to be, or thinks he is, a woman, to use a public restroom that is designated for women only.  Not only that, but I read recently that the governor of this fine state has decided to put into law something that will force businesses to designate the fact that restrooms are to be gender confused.  Businesses will have to make sure that the gender confused know that they can use either restroom that they choose.  What effect does this have on me?  I am the mother of two teenagers and one pre-teen.  There are times when we are in public places.  There is no way that I am going to allow my daughters to use a public restroom where there is a man pretending to be a woman.  Regardless of what he pretends to be, he is still made by Creator God to be with a woman, and he is still going to be attracted to women, which is going to lead to lascivious behavior if he is allowed to be in the restroom with young women while they are using it.  I have had to have some uncomfortable conversations with my children to explain to them that we will NOT be using public restrooms unless there is an absolute emergency.  How did we get to this place?  All I know is that I am ready for Jesus to come and take us home.  Come, LORD Jesus!

Many states in the US have “legalized” what they call “marriage” between two people of the same gender.  I use those terms loosely because they cannot change what God created.  Marriage is between one man and one woman.  Genesis 2:24 says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  This is as clear as glass.  A man shall cleave to his wife.  What don’t we understand about that?  I remember back in 2012, right here in the state of North Carolina, a vote was cast to maintain the biblical definition of marriage.  The liberals in our state tried every trick in the book to make sure that they bullied conservatives into voting to allow men to marry men and women to marry women.  The vote was cast, and with landslide numbers, the people of North Carolina voted that marriage is indeed what God said it is: between one man and one woman.  The day after the vote was cast, then-President Barack Obama said that the state of North Carolina had “set civil rights back 50 years”.  Excuse me?  First of all, sin is not a civil right.  Two men doing what is unseemly to each other is not a civil right.  Shortly after his statement, one rogue judge in North Carolina ruled that the vote was unconstitutional, and he unleashed same gender marriage on our state.  It reminded me of the scripture in Romans 5:12 that says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…”  One man (Adam) ushered sin into the world, and one judge ushered same gender marriage into the state of North Carolina…and one man (Obama) ushered the flood of sin into this country!  But I know this:  Jesus is going to come and take us up out of this mess.  Come, LORD Jesus!

On January 23, 1973, the greatest act of terrorism that has ever been exacted against our country was written into law:  the legalization of abortion.  Since that time, nearly 60 million babies have been aborted in this country.  More than 550,000 Black babies alone have been aborted in this country THIS YEAR.  Nearly 4,000 babies will die in abortion clinics TODAY ALONE.  The blood of dead babies is crying out from the ground.  No matter how you slice it, abortion is murder.  Exodus 20:13 says “Thou shalt not kill.”  God made it clear to us in His Word in Genesis 2:27, So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”  God created each of those babies that was aborted in HIS image.  God is not pleased with us murdering His image as though His image is not important.  His image is extremely important…Psalm 148:13 says “…for His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven…”  God told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 18:10, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire…”  The fire to which He referred was the fire of sacrifice:  in other words, the children were not to be murdered on the altar as a means of “sacrifice” to any god.  That is exactly what abortion is…a means of sacrifice to the god of convenience and the god of selfishness.  Have you found that you are going to have a baby that will not be convenient for you?  Abort it and you will not have to deal with it.  God hates that.  Abortion is an abomination to Him.  But abortion is a way of life for many.  How long, LORD, will you allow the world to continue to murder your image?  Please come and rescue your people out of the darkness that is abortion!  Come, LORD Jesus!

When I was a child, I don’t remember the exact year, no fault divorce became legal.  In other words, two people who had made a covenant to love, honor and cherish one another as long as they both lived, could decide that they just didn’t want to be married any more and they could get a divorce, and use the reasoning that they had
“irreconcilable differences”.  Those differences could be anything from physical abuse, infidelity, or fraud to “she can’t cook” or “he has bad breath”.  No fault divorce was a death blow to marriage as God designed it.  Marriage is a “covenant”.  The word covenant means unbreakable promise.  God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, 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.”  The promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12 is still in effect at this very moment.  Why?  Because God made a COVENANT, and He does not break His promise.  God made the people of Israel a great nation.  Israel is the greatest nation that exists on planet earth.  They are still, to this day, God’s chosen people, and when Jesus does return He is going to set up His kingdom on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.  God promised that He would bless Israel, and to this day, some of the most blessed people that you will ever meet in the US, in Israel or anywhere else in the world are the Jewish people.  God has destroyed many people who have come up against the Jews, and He will continue to destroy Jewish enemies.  Why?  Because God keeps His promises.  But humanity does not keep its promises.  Men do not keep their promises to be faithful to their wives.  Women do not keep their promises to honor their husbands.  Marriage, which should be a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church is more like a picture of the world going through a revolving door.  Micah 2:15 says “…let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.”  God is going to deal seriously with those who have not kept their marriage vows.  Erwin Lutzer said “God holds fathers accountable for their wives and children.”  This is one of my favorite quotes, because I am so thankful that the God of the Bible is not going to let husbands, including mine, and fathers, including mine, get away with not being the husband and father that they should have been.  God’s judgment is on their lives even at this moment, and I praise Him because He loves me enough to let me see some of the repayment that people get for hurting those that He loves.  Nevertheless, it will all be over when He comes….come, LORD Jesus!

If you are reading this and you do not know Him, ask Him to save you today.  He is going to return one day, we do not know when; and when He returns, you do want to be in a right relationship with Him.  You do not want to be left behind.  You want to go back with Him and live with Him forever.  Do not let this moment pass without asking Him to be your LORD, so that you can say with confidence, “Come, LORD Jesus!”

For The Very First Time…

Hello my WordPress readers!  This is the first time since I started ABiblicalWorldview blog several years ago that I have ever advertised anything that I am doing in my personal life.  I feel the need to share this with my readers so that you may have the opportunity to bless my three children and myself should you desire to do so.

I am a merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel fashion jewelry.  Chloe and Isabel is handcrafted jewelry, made right here in the United States, and it is stunning jewelry.  I own several pieces myself, my daughters own several pieces, and we wear these pieces on a regular basis.  I would like to invite you to purchase some pieces of your own.

Go to my Chloe and Isabel site:  www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/michellemoniques and browse the entire catalog.  The prices are reasonable, the jewelry is quality, and the lifetime guarantee is real.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your product, you may return it for a full refund.

Once again, that site is http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/michellemoniques!  I look forward to doing business with you there…