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Wednesday
Jun152011

Does Everyone Have the Same Rights?

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

The end of that passage says,

26But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you  27(for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean),  28lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.

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

What's in a worldview?  Everything.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Tuesday
Jun142011

What Are We Not Hearing Today?

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

1. Judgement of God and Hell

2. Women in the Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping it honest and truthful.....K

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

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

 

Monday
Jun132011

Is Christ the Only Way?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exodus 29:45-46

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

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

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

Keeping it honest and truthtful....K

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

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

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

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

Friday
Jun102011

Anti-what?

The word anti is defined as "opposed to" and is used in our language to describe someone who is against an idea, cause, or philosophy. The Bible uses it primarily when it talks about an anti-Christ spirit or person, and it predicted that this kind of attitude would prevail in the world as we approach the end of time as we know it. Well, what is this anti-Christ spirit we read about? Here is a sampling of what scripture defines as this kind of spirit.

1 John 2:18

18Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:22

 22Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3

 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

2 John 7

 7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

 These verses define people who deny Christ, and they are considered anti-Christ entities. The easy part is identifying people who hate Christ, which is apparent by their lifestyles, words of defaming Him, using His Name as a curse word, but the harder discernment comes when faced with those who claim to be followers of Christ. Recently there was a well known Christian Broadcaster who spent millions of dollars telling the world that May 21, 2011 would be the end of the world. Some would say he is just an old man with misguided beliefs, but I would call it an anti-Christ spirit. Why? Because anyone who lives outside of the perimeters of scripture is not acting on behalf of God, they are promoting a spirit of defiance to the Spirit of God, and of compliance to Him. The scripture is clear in this case, don't set dates, don't try to project your ideas into His return, just get ready for it. Now, that is a message we don't hear. Watch and pray, the Bible says as we see the signs of His coming nearing, be watchful. 

What is being watchful?

1.What promotes Christ, and the surrender to Him, and what does not?

2. What distracts me away from the mission Jesus left us to do...(Great Commission) and this includes the distractions of foolish Christian trends

3. What is the meaning of living out God's Word in the world around me? Am I a living Epistle?

The world by the Bibles definition is becoming more lawless, which means it is rejecting the instruction of God and being replaced by the things of this world which are designed to follow self rather than God.

Yes, the church can be a form of anti-Christ, because if it is not preaching the Bible's emphasis on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a message of holiness, and the need for sinners to repent and be saved, then this church is no bride of Christ. She is a spiritual whore whose unfaithfulness to Christ is apparent in her behavior to influence the world to come out from the world and life for Christ.

I was first upset by the following link, because it was too negative and hard. I thought, if this is the message we give to the world no wonder no one wants it. But then I realized, it's not for the world, its for the spiritual whoredom of the church, those who claim to follow Christ. Your tendency will be not to watch it to the end, because you know in the first few minutes where it is going, and you have better things to do with your time.  I understand. However, it's message is penetrating, convicting, and true, and if we want to keep our lives away from developing an anti-Christ spirit, you might want to take the time to be warned. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At-DdmumQic

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Thursday
Jun092011

Promotion

I want to highly recommend two great conferences coming to the Twin Cities this Fall. 

I haven't done this before,  but I was challenged by some of my peers to mention two conferences being held in the Twin Cities this fall. These are two conferences I would not miss. 
The first one is Jan Markell's Conference October 7-8, at Grace Church Eden Prairie Minnesota. 

October 7 - 8, Grace Church, Eden Prairie

Friday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - - Saturday, 9, a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Joel Rosenberg is the best-selling author of numerous books and

the producer of various documentary films. He is the founder of

The Joshua Fund, a non-profit educational organization that

mobilizes Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in

the Name of Jesus.” He has been interviewedon hundreds of radio

and television programs focusing on the epicenter — the Middle

East. Joel has also spoken at the White House, the Pentagon,

and to members of Congress. 

www.joelrosenberg.com

Dr. Mark Hitchcock is a pastor, Bible prophecy expert author of

two-dozen books, and conference speaker. He pastors Faith Bible

Church in Edmond, OK. He has beena guest on hundreds of radio and 

television programs. He and Jan Markell appeared together recently on

Jewish Voice Broadcasts’ international TV program. 

www.mlhitchcock.com

Brannon Howse is founder of American Family Policy Institute,

Worldview Weekend, and Worldview Weekend television and radio.

He has been a guest on more than 1,000 radio and television programs

and has guest hosted The Michael Reagan Show. He is also the

most frequent guest host for Jan’s Understanding the Times radio.

He has authored several books including the very popular Grave Influence. 

www.worldviewweekend.com

Eric Barger has focused on Christian apologetics. His Take a Stand!

Ministries confronts both the culture and the church. His focus has been

cults, world religions, the occult, spiritual warfare, the Emergent Church,

and more. He has authored several books and produced many DVDs,

He has been a frequent guest on Jan’s Understanding the Times radio

and even served as guest host. 

www.ericbarger.com

Bill Koenig is a White House correspondent with Koenig’s International

News. His weekly e-newsletter, Koenig’s Eye-View from the

White House, is popular and informative. As a correspondent, he

has been present to cover some of th most significant news events

in our nation’s history. Koenig has authored two books including 

Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel


www.watch.org

Jan Markell is founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, established

in 1982. Her radio program, Understanding the Times, is syndicated

nationally and heard internationally electronically. She has authored eight

books and produced a dozen DVDs, some featured on Sky Angel. 

www.olivetreeviews.org

No cost * No registration needed 

The second conference is being held one week later in the
Twin Cities and it is conference about our Hebraic Roots. Both of
  these conferences are free, and the content of these conferences
are essential for growing Christians in the times we are living.
You can register for this conference on line to assure you will
have a reservation, since space is limited.  

October 13-15,2011
St Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington MN



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