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Being A Christian Isn’t Easy

I do not know how the myth was arrived at that all your troubles would vanish away the moment you accept Christ. This is SO far from the truth that it makes one laugh.

Hebrews 11:37 states of those of faith “….they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain…”

It is absolutely NOT a crutch religion, for that would make life nice and safe, however, we have an adversary, as 1 Peter 5:19 describes:

“Your adversary the Devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Now, I will say this, actually I am issuing a warning, about some who claim Christianity, if your life NEVER seems to have opposition, then your enemy must not be too worried about you and what you are doing for Jesus. If you actually do submit your life to Christ, then you will find “in this life you will have trouble”. Your family will come under attack, some friends might leave you, even some family members might abandon you. But, that is OK, for you will have “one who sticks closer than a brother”, at your side.

There are some speaking today in a group called the Emergent Church, who are speaking lies in hypocrisy. One such is the Pastor of Solomon’s Porch in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Doug Paggit. In this interview we hear him saying what seems ALL will eventually make it to heaven. This in DIRECT opposition to the one whom he claims as savior said, in Matthew 7:13:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

He does not believe in Heaven. He equates all religions as viable, however Jesus stated in John 14:6:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The reason I am stating this is because if you oppose this modern, Laodician church age in which people do not want to hear that God will hold them accountable for their actions, and beliefs, by finding those who teach what they “FEEL” God should be like. They are creating a god in their image and after their likeness, which is idolatry, and God will not hold them guiltless.

The indication of what Jesus said is EXCLUSIVE, in that there will NOT be many who find the way to salvation. This is one of his, so called, “hard sayings”.

We are in the “People Choose” age, where the Bible is condemned, condensed, contaminated and co-opted. In which all those parts that make people feel bad are thrown out, never preached on, and are condemned by liberal theologians. It has been called a “Hate” book by Jesus Seminar’s John Shelby Spong because it condemns homosexuals who do not repent of that sin to the lake of fire. Actually Spong hates it so much he removed it’s LOVING warnings to adulterers, homosexuals, liars and murderers, from it’s text. In Fact, since Spong has removed warnings from the Bible, the Book of Revelation states he will be condemned:

Revelation 22:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Before you spout the often liberally spouted: “judge not” misquote, I am letting you know this, God has sent prophets to WARN of the impending judgment of Almighty God. He has also given us HIS word of those warnings as well. If a person does what the Bible states emphatically NOT to do, they will receive in themselves the condemnation that God has warned them about. It is a dangerous thing to call what God condemns as sin, as not sin. You make yourself an enemy of God when you do so. I don’t care if it makes you feel good inside to justify sin in your heart, God WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and there is a lot of mocking going on in our western culture.

If you do not repent of your sin, and your toying with sin, and your mocking of God, you will be judged by Jesus, you will be found wanting, and you will be tossed into the Lake which burns with fire for eternity. It will NOT be his fault that you are placed there, it will be YOU, and YOU alone who made that decision. Put another way, in American Jurisprudence, and American Law, you can be put to death for spying, if you CHOOSE to spy, and you are condemned as a spy and you are put to death, it is YOU and YOU alone that is the cause of your death. You knew before you did it what the consequences would be if you were caught. It does not matter WHY you chose to do it, even if you DISAGREE with the government on that secret, you will still bear the consequences of YOUR action. The same is true with God, he warned you, you chose to disbelieve him, so it is NOT HIM to blame for what happens if you disbelieve his warning. Because he carries out the sentence that he warned you about before hand, it is still YOUR fault you will go where you go.

May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Now On to Another Year

What is in a year? Heartache, drama, sickness, pain, moves, death, new life, promotion, success, these and more.
What do you expect in the coming year? More of the same, a new leaf? Isn’t it interesting that so many make themselves promises that are doomed from the moment they are conceived? Why? They are not specific. Like, “I want to lose weight!” no you don’t, not specific, but by changing three words in that “promise”, success is achievable, “I will lose 15 pounds!” success will become more likely. You see, we live in a world of non-specifics, and it is a world of non-success. By defining your goals, you put success into it.
When you say, “I want to live a better life!” What does that mean? How do you achieve it? It is non-specific, therefore it is not achievable. What IS a better life? More stuff? Perhaps it is less stuff. Ever think of that? But again it is not achievable because it doesn’t mean anything.
I can give you a hint of what a better life is, however, that would be my view of a better life. But, I will give it anyway.
A better life can be achieved, by giving your life away. It is a sad fact that most try to hang onto everything they have for dear life. This is a sad edict on humanity, for nothing is truly ours. It will belong to someone else when we die. It is only on loan, and we are stewards of it at best. Most of it ends up clogging a landfill. But, it does not have to be that way.
The most fulfilled life is one given away to others, more specifically, one that is used to help others less fortunate than oneself. It is given personally, not taken by mandate of the government. It is giving food to the hungry, giving glasses to those with poor eyesight, time to those who have no one to talk to, a ride to someone who needs it. It is taking some of that stuff in storage that you will not use again and donating to an organization that helps troubled youth with proceeds from it’s sell.
I have been in the process of getting my home ready for sale. I cannot believe the amount of accumulated junk (in my opinion, but salable items in a charity’s opinion) that I have looked through and given away. I still have more to go. It is teaching me a lesson about life here in the US. We hoard things, stuff we don’t even know we have, when, we should either use it or give it away to someone who will. Now, some will say, why not sell it? What would you do with the money? Buy more stuff that will become meaningless to you?
Real LIFE does not come by accumulating, but by giving of yourself. You know who did that for all of us? Jesus. He laid down his life, so that we might have life, a more abundant life, that is, a life full of meaning. He mentored us, he showed us what to do to have a meaningful life, one that really counts, one of happiness, and peace, and fulfillment. He gave his life away, for joy.
Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 He also told us that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.
I hope you specifically determine to give your life away this year, to touch another life in such a way as to help them have a better life themselves, see if that gives you more joy that all that stuff in boxes you have forgotten you have.

January 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You Have To Be Educated Out Of Knowing There Is A God

Those who CLAIM to be Atheist did not get there by natural means. They have to be brainwashed out of the knowledge of God. They have to disregard what is written in their hearts, and still there is the nagging feeling they are wrong. They have to deny the evidence that is all around them that an intelligent being HAD to create all that can be known, seen, and felt.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.

“He set eternity in their heart” It cannot be denied that men want to live forever, they are afraid of the finality of death, they morn when family or friends die, it just seems unfair! Some have used this to blame God, and try to erase him not only from their minds, but even from the public forum. But even if successful, they will never be able to rid their heart of knowing they want eternity.

The Bible says of those who try to do this as being the hight of foolishness.

Psalm 14:1a

The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God.

Logically, there is no way to prove there is no God, those who claim atheism will object in two areas to this:

1. It would be incumbent upon those that claim God exists to prove it,
2. You cannot prove a negative

However, both objections are fallacious. All of recorded human history shows belief in higher powers, the atheist view is new, so in order for that view to be accepted, IT MUST BE THE ONE TO PROVE HUMAN HISTORY AS BEING WRONG.

Negatives are proved all the time! Two proof of this:

modus ponens: affirming the antecedent or the law of detachment

and:

Modus tollens: denying the consequent

other proofs are negative balances, negative temperatures, etc.

Again, it is incumbent on the denier to prove their point.

Life force in it’s very nature proves God. Why is something alive? When someone dies, everything that was in them physically before they died remains, however, something changes, we all know it, there is no LIFE left in them. What is that life force, science has no answer, they try to say it is electrical impulses, but, electrical impulses remain for quite a while after the life force is removed, blood cells still have electrical impulses much longer than brain cells, although, by a limited time.

People have changed lives, this also proves a higher power, and also is a great problem for atheists. They can come up with other explanations, which atheistic scientists try to do in many areas of science, but all of these fail the test. The problem for their arguments is the diversity of personalities that have their lives changed when God is accepted on Biblical terms.

I love this part of Ecclesiastes 3:11

“he hath set eternity in their heart”

It is a set of words beautifully put together, it brings up feelings of wonder and nostalgia all at the same time. It is a comforting, alive, and profound set of words that proclaim a truth that can only be denied by a lying heart and lips that hate God for unsubstantiated reasoning.

If you are tired of the struggle against your heart, please take the time to write to me. We can discuss it, I care for you!

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Left in America

I have been wracking my brain as to what their problem is. They hate America, that is the bottom line. Oh they say they love it, but actions speak louder than words. By their actions they prove they hate the United States of America.
They hate it’s founding. The first people that landed in the area which would come to be the first successful colony of what would become one of the first states was those who landed on Plymouth rock. They came here seeking a new life after being religiously persecuted for having somewhat different beliefs. They came here seeking a freedom for practicing the Christian Faith (See Mayflower Compact) and seeking the God of the Bible.
In their ultimate hatred of the Ordinances of God as proclaimed in the Bible, for they are at heart anarchists, they have tried to re-write our Country’s founding, and made those who came here for liberty out to be cads, and murderers. They know, to acknowledge it’s founding they will have to give up on years of re-written history, and to admit that their desire to live wanton “lifestyles” is actually immoralities. For, if there is no God in which they are accountable, they can (try to) live any way they desire and call it good. They can also foist upon general society as a whole their craven activities, and call those who question them bigots and intolerant, when it is THEY who are intolerant of clean, decent, and orderly life.
They hate it’s form of government. We are a democratic Republic founded on a trinitarian basis, that is, it has three branches of Government. Although it has been changed since the Constitution was written, and in a detrimental way, the Legislative branch is the branch that makes laws and controls the purse strings. The executive branch, executes those laws, and the Judicial branch bases (or is suppose to) it decisions on the constitutionality of the laws that are passed and signed by the other two branches.
Ultimately, our whole system hinges of self-government, on our willfully obeying those laws that are derived as just and are based on NATURAL law, or the Law of God. Liberals will NOT ACKNOWLEDGE this, due to the fact that the Law of God condemns their anarchy, their desire to live debased lives if they want. They say they are not hurting anyone, yet they demand that those who do not agree with them accept them, when they in no way are willing to accept the others desires. They demand that their “lifestyle” choices be made public and be accepted, including their debased behavior being pushed on the PUBLIC airwaves, all the while stating they are not hurting anyone else. They are also bringing God’s judgment upon our whole nation, therefore effecting others as well.
They hate our system of government because they know when the giant awakes, it will crush their lies, and fake power (political correctness and anti-Christian bigotry). They would love a socialist, if not communist form of government so they can stamp out religion in American, that which De Tocqueville said was our greatest asset.
They hate our economic system. They feel they are owed something just by the fact they were born, and our true economic system, Free Market, demands they work for their own sustenance. They are the “Entitlement Crowd”, they feel they are entitled to someone else’s earnings. It is based on the sin of covetousness, which is inherently evil, for it presupposes theft at the point of a government gun. Again, they are accountable for their actions, and they do not like that.
They hate any sign of God in our way of life and want to stamp it out. They say the constitution does not allow freedom of religion because of one phrase of one letter written by Thomas Jefferson, and want to stamp all signs of God off of Public owned property, but want to push their religion of atheism on everyone else. Again intolerant bigotry reigns supreme with them.
Why do we let them get away with this? We are in the right, we know it and they know it, but as long as they yell like babies about their non-existent right to live depraved lives, and call us names and try to shut down debate on morality like toddlers having temper tantrums, and we allow it, it will work to their advantage.
We need to take our public schools, our institutions of higher learning, and media back from those who have co-opted them.
We can do it, but it will take some effort.
Demand our state legislatures, who control the purse strings to the Land Grant University systems fire the administrators and liberal “Professors” who are teaching our children on our dimes, or start de-funding them.
Boycott those liberal media talking heads. Write letters and call the sponsors to let them know you will buy competitor brands until they get the hint.
Teach you children the truth about our country’s founding, and that self-government is the first form of Government.
Go back to church, and learn of our God, accept his instruction and live life in a secure and happy way.

Update: since writing this years ago, Pew did a poll which proves my original assertion that liberals hate the US. http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/06/27/pew_poll_proud_to_be_american_you_re_probably_not_a_liberal

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Christianity, FREEDOM | 4 Comments

God Has Something Very Special Planned For YOU!

We all know our imperfections. They are broadcast before us every day. We do not need someone to point them out to us, though many do, because we deal with them: “Why did I say that?”; “Why did she look at me that way?”; “Why can’t I remember who he is?”; “Why am I so dumb?”; “Why did I lie to my wife?” We know our imperfections, our sins, because we commit them every day.
If you are like me, you have moved from wondering why, to being forgiven. If you do not know what I mean read this.
Once we have given our hearts, imperfect as they are, to the God of the Universe, we experience a major course correction. Yea, we still ask ourselves the same questions, but, for a different reason. We do so to find out how we can stop, how we can be more like the perfect God we serve. I am not saying, as the cliche’ goes, that we do not become sinless, but we sin less. God delights in us, HE loves us, he set the example for us in Jesus.
When we come to that relational aspect of serving God, we find he is very kind to us. Jesus used the illustration of a caring shepherd, one who seeks lost sheep, one who speaks to those sheep gently, so that they know when they hear his voice, that there is protection and safety. That aspect never changes. Isn’t that exciting?
He calls us his children, his followers, his disciples, and finally his friends.
And you know what? Our encouragement is not in some time in the future, but in the here and now. Read about it.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”
Jeremiah 29:11

He also has his mind on you, ALL OF THE TIME:

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Psalm 139

So, even now, he is planning for your good, for your hope, and for your future.
Walk in this knowledge, HE guarantee’s it.

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Myth Of The Extreme Right

You’ve heard it in all of the main stream (liberal) media, and in most of the articles written by the NY Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, News Week, at el. “Right Wing Extremist”. It is a canard. What is interesting about it is those who write these screeds from the AP and the rest of the MSM are living in a bubble of those who think like they do, go to the same places they do, do the same things that they do. They account for a small, elitist element of the American public, yet they drive viewpoints that most THINKING people oppose. (Yeah, I just used one of their famous insults!)
They think Sarah Palin is extreme and stupid, (One of their own, snarky Katie Couric did an amazing job of editing in her “interview” of Palin to keep that myth up!) (Note to those Republicans running for office, the main stream press are NOT your friends, my advice, if there is to be an interview, bring in your own cameras as well, if they protest, do not do the interview, and while the interview is going on ask the talking heads what their views are!) however, she speaks to the American dream, and most people agree with her on TARP, Stimulus, the socialism of the Health Care bill, etc.
The middle do not think their kids should be subjected to weird sex education, higher taxes, a majority do no agree with abortion, especially partial birth murder, and are opposed to the Ground Zero Mosque. Yet when the main stream media does a story on a candidate who holds those views, they paint them with an “extremist” brush.
But who are the real extremists? Those would be people who believe in “Spreading the wealth”, pushing the other than normal sexual agendas, not developing our own resources, over spending in state governments, government employees making more than the private sector which most of us are in, Socialism, disregarding the constitution, legislating from the bench, denying free speech with political correctness,. These are all issues that those talking heads in the MSM believe in.
We are tired of the softball interviews you do with liberals Pols, never challenging them when they throw out complete lies about their opponents, yet when you “interview” conservatives, you try to hand them their heads on a platter.
YOU are the extremists, and soon you will be without jobs, as the heads of your departments have found out. Funny, you cannot find left wing extremists, because you think you are the middle when in fact you are the extremists yourselves.

October 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

U.S. Left Suffering From Stockholm Like Syndrome

It really could not be classified as Stockholm Syndrome, the psychosomatic disorder of trying to relate to captors, even to the point of defending them, but it is closely related in that they are trying to defend the indefensible acts of hatred and terrorism that went on on 9-11. I call it Ground Zero Syndrome.
It is based on three associated symptoms:
A hatred for anything that they perceive coming from conservatives, a self-loathing for their particular race, and an unhealthy belief that if something bad happens it is America’s fault.
The three symptoms are the only explanation for the lefts support of an Islamic Center so close to Ground Zero, the area still not built back again from the rubble of the World Trade Center Terrorist attack of 9-11-01. It also explains why the left has such vitriol against Americans who are against the Islamic Center.
The left in this country are against anything that is good, right and just. You would wonder how they have managed to get to such places of influence such as the liberal main stream media.
Well, the blinders are off for the rest of us about who these America Haters are and their ratings are tanking because of it.
Hopefully they will try to get some help or medication for their ailment.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | FREEDOM | , | Leave a comment

Have the Gifts Ceased? Part One

Did the gifts cease?
Conservative Christians, with much consternation, have come to the conclusion that the spiritual gifts ceased in the first century. There are several theories as to when, as bulleted below:

->They ceased when the first apostles died. There is really no scriptural justification for this, however, it is taught as fact. (there is no need to address this Biblically since they do not address them.)
->Sometime after Paul became the apostle to the gentiles, this is a doctrine to those who teach “Acts 9 dispensationalism” (although there are other vignettes of dispensationalism, I will focus on Act’s 9 dispensationalism here because most dispensational teaching use the same verse references to conclude the gifts ceased.)
->After the Bible was completed. This is based on one spurious verse that does not even mean what it is said to mean. I will address this verse in the body of this argument, really there is only an need to challenge the Acts 9 dispensationalism argument against the continuation of the gifts.)

Firstly, I want to give a brief historical reason for the opposition to the gifts. In the early 1900’s and after the Azusa Street revival, fundamentalists who had built their “Fundamentals of the Christian Faith” in response to the liberal theories of Biblical interpretation of the original languages, were concerned with some excesses and abuses of the gifts. Similar to what is happening today in some of the so-called revivals that are happening in various areas here in North America, Pensacola, Toronto, and Southern Florida, unbiblical excesses were rampant in some that came out of that revival. However, the recoiling into totally rejecting the Spiritual giftings was just as unbiblical as the excesses that caused the fundamentalists of that day-even to the coming down to today-was just as reprehensible.

Some of the loudest fundamentalist voices would make outrageous statements in regards to the gifts, some were still being taught when I attended a fundamentalist Independent Baptist Church. One example was, “If Jesus is still healing, why are not they going into the hospitals and emptying them?”
Of course, for those who so loved the Bible, and claim they know it better than anyone else, to make an unbiblical and unsupported statement like that was either purely rhetorical or was steeped in biblical ignorance, for JESUS DID NOT HEAL EVERYONE. In fact, he only healed ONE man at the pool of Bethesda.

I could go into the excesses and misinterpretations of some in the Gifts movement, but that is not in the scope of this argument.

With this light history in mind, I will now delve into why the Spiritual giftings have not ceased.

I will go into 3 areas of proof.
1.Biblical- I will list scripture that proves the giftings are for today, and in some cases show why the fundamentalist views on them have no bearing logically nor contextually.
2.Historical- I will show how differing giftings were associated throughout Christian history, focusing on different revivals.
3.Modern- I will show through those living today, how giftings have effected their lives.

Biblical evidence of gifts for today

I want to say this before I get started. The Holy Spirit is the producer of these gifts. Those who say that people who speak in tongues are demon possessed are seriously getting close to what Jesus warned the Pharisee’s about when they claimed he was casting our demons by the power of Beelzebub. That would be blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Paul stated in one of your proof-texts 1 Cor. 14

39Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Which of course is well after Acts 9 AND after the Holy Spirit chose Paul and Barnabas to be APOSTLES to the gentiles (some forget that Barnabas was also AN APOSTLE).

One of the verses that is glossed over by fundamentalists is Acts 19. Here we find some Christians who were converted under the preaching of Apollos. This was something that always bothered me even when I was a cessationist myself. It is an out of place artifact, something that just did not fit into my nice little fundamentalist box. It was not preached on, for it through a wrench in the works of cessationist fundamentalist dispensationalism. They were BAPTIZED INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SPOKE IN TONGUES. It didn’t fit the predetermined idea, so it was glossed over.

The KEY verses for cessationists is 1 Corinthians 13:9&10:

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The cessationist takes this to mean the closing of the cannon of scripture. This is very reaching to conclude , in fact there is no evidence for it to mean that, except for forcing a meaning to prove another point.
“For we know in part” has biblical evidence to mean now, today, and in part of the future. In fact contextually speaking Paul addresses the WHEN of what is perfect in verse 12.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

We are not currently face to face with Jesus, that will be a future time for us, when we will KNOW those secret things of God that we are not capable of handling today.

Tony Warren, a cessationist, shows this argument is not valid:

A question that is frequently asked by Christians is, “how are we to understand the passages of 1st Corinthians 13:8-13.” Theologians over the years have answered this query in many different ways. Some say that it means miracles ceased when the Bible was completed. The conclusion that miracles ceased at the close of Holy Canon I do not deny, but I do not believe that these verses prove that. These passages declare, “that which is in part” shall be done away with. This is identified by God as knowledge and prophecy (1st Corinthians 13:10). Thus, that which is perfect cannot refer to the written word being complete, because Holy Canon has been complete nearly 2000 years, yet we still have imperfect or “partial knowledge.” And that this “partial knowledge” would cease, is a requirement for that which is perfect to come. It would seem then impossible for these passages to mean that the perfect coming is the completion of the Bible. For we still have knowledge in part. We grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2nd Peter 3:18), but we do not yet have complete knowledge. Else we wouldn’t be continuing to grow in knowledge.

See whole of his argument at this web address: mountainretreatorg.net

Paul uses a lot of ink to address the proper use of the Spiritual giftings in 1 Corinthians. This would be wasted space for God to have Paul write about if in just a few years these gifts would cease. Then, like today those gifts were being abused and some were claiming to have the gift of tongues more than others. Yet he chose to argue that the Holy Spirit gives certain people some gifts, some he gives others, if everyone has the same gift, Paul likens that to all the body being a hand. It would be an odd person to just be a hand, in fact it would be a dead person for there would be no heart nor lungs to give the blood life. This is one of the areas I mean when I say the gifts were abused.

Throughout Acts, and well past Acts 9 we find SOME who receive the gift of tongues at their conversion when they receive the Infilling of the Holy Spirit, in Acts 19 we find those who were saved, but had not YET received the infilling of the Holy Spirit speak in tongues when the Holy Spirit filled them. This is A gift of the Holy Spirit to some. It is the one that seems to be more outward than say healing or prophesying as an evidence of this filling, so I think it is used as an example of the Holy Spirits filling believers with his power. Never do we find a person who is filled, who does not receive a gift. I know my Pentecostal brethern teach that all should receive the gift of tongues when the Holy Spirit fills (as opposed to the earnest gift of the Holy Spirit all receive at the moment of Salvation, there is a distinction between that and being filled with the Holy Spirit.) a person.

These tongues were UNKNOWN to those who received them, in fact Paul states they are unproductive to those who use them if there is no interpreter present. Some argue that these unknown tongues or languages are KNOWN languages of that day. In other words, they were HUMAN languages that were extant to the time. They base this on the Day of Pentecost message that Peter and the other disciples preached, and which those hearing heard in the list of languages that Acts 2: (I am using the NIV hear as it uses “languages” instead of “tongues” (I find it curious that the King James Only (Of which I am one) spend a lot of ink as to why this word is “language”, which of course it means mens languages as the context states it does, not all tongues are men’s, 1 Corinthians 13 has a proof texts that Angels have a language and men can speak it, though without understanding.) Here is the list of languages in Acts 2:

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

NOTE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SAY’S IN VERSE 6: When they heard this sound. NOT “when they heard this speaking”. The Holy Spirit calls it a “sound”, then HE, the Holy Spirit made all of them hear in their own native languages, what Peter was saying in Aramaic or Hebrew. The Holy Spirit gave them the gift of HEARING in tongues, you could say.

Some argue that Paul knew many languages, and this is what was being talked about, but that would be a logical non-sequitur and would be a pre-text, not in context to what Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians. If a language is KNOWN, it cannot be at the same time UNKNOWN. In fact, Paul blows this idea out of the water by stating this:

1 Cor. 14:2For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him;

NO MAN, means NO ONE of ANY KNOWN LANGUAGE.

I was going to bring you a study of Gifts Throughout Church History, however, I have found that Mel Montgomery has done an excellent work on this subject that I cannot even touch. Please follow the link to Mel’s Study.
(I will continue with proof 3 later)

July 9, 2010 Posted by | Christianity | Leave a comment

Being A Christian Isn’t Easy

I do not know how the myth was arrived at that all your troubles would vanish away the moment you accept Christ. This is SO far from the truth that it makes one laugh.

Hebrews 11:37 states of those of faith “….they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain…”

It is absolutely NOT a crutch religion, for that would make life nice and safe, however, we have an adversary, as 1 Peter 5:19 describes:

“Your adversary the Devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Now, I will say this, actually I am issuing a warning, about some who claim Christianity, if your life NEVER seems to have opposition, then your enemy must not be too worried about you and what you are doing for Jesus. If you actually do submit your life to Christ, then you will find “in this life you will have trouble”. Your family will come under attack, some friends might leave you, even some family members might abandon you. But, that is OK, for you will have “one who sticks closer than a brother”, at your side.

There are some speaking today in a group called the Emergent Church, who are speaking lies in hypocrisy. One such is the Pastor of Solomon’s Porch in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Doug Paggit. In this interview we hear him saying what seems ALL will eventually make it to heaven. This in DIRECT opposition to the one whom he claims as savior said, in Matthew 7:13:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

He does not believe in Heaven. He equates all religions as viable, however Jesus stated in John 14:6:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The reason I am stating this is because if you oppose this modern, Laodician church age in which people do not want to hear that God will hold them accountable for their actions, and beliefs, by finding those who teach what they “FEEL” God should be like. They are creating a god in their image and after their likeness, which is idolatry, and God will not hold them guiltless.

The indication of what Jesus said is EXCLUSIVE, in that there will NOT be many who find the way to salvation. This is one of his, so called, “hard sayings”.

We are in the “People Choose” age, where the Bible is condemned, condensed, contaminated and co-opted. In which all those parts that make people feel bad are thrown out, never preached on, and are condemned by liberal theologians. It has been called a “Hate” book by Jesus Seminar’s John Shelby Spong because it condemns homosexuals who do not repent of that sin to the lake of fire. Actually Spong hates it so much he removed it’s LOVING warnings to adulterers, homosexuals, liars and murderers, from it’s text. In Fact, since Spong has removed warnings from the Bible, the Book of Revelation states he will be condemned:

Revelation 22:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Before you spout the often liberally spouted: “judge not” misquote, I am letting you know this, God has sent prophets to WARN of the impending judgment of Almighty God. He has also given us HIS word of those warnings as well. If a person does what the Bible states emphatically NOT to do, they will receive in themselves the condemnation that God has warned them about. It is a dangerous thing to call what God condemns as sin, as not sin. You make yourself an enemy of God when you do so. I don’t care if it makes you feel good inside to justify sin in your heart, God WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and there is a lot of mocking going on in our western culture.

If you do not repent of your sin, and your toying with sin, and your mocking of God, you will be judged by Jesus, you will be found wanting, and you will be tossed into the Lake which burns with fire for eternity. It will NOT be his fault that you are placed there, it will be YOU, and YOU alone who made that decision. Put another way, in American Jurisprudence, and American Law, you can be put to death for spying, if you CHOOSE to spy, and you are condemned as a spy and you are put to death, it is YOU and YOU alone that is the cause of your death. You knew before you did it what the consequences would be if you were caught. It does not matter WHY you chose to do it, even if you DISAGREE with the government on that secret, you will still bear the consequences of YOUR action. The same is true with God, he warned you, you chose to disbelieve him, so it is NOT HIM to blame for what happens if you disbelieve his warning. Because he carries out the sentence that he warned you about before hand, it is still YOUR fault you will go where you go.

May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Christianity | , , , , | 2 Comments

Israel Brings Out the Racism of the Left * Update @ Bottom

I love it when Israel defends herself. It brings the racist liberal majority out of the woodwork. Today I was listening to a Wisconsin Public Radio show and ALL of the liberals were against Israel. Some facts that were not brought up.

American Terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhne are behind the “Flotilla” http://forum.starnewsonline.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1310&p=11362

The 10 year “Cooling Down” that the Hamas supporting first guest talked about is to allow Hamas to have open borders, mainly to rearm against Israel.

Hamas continues to shoot missiles into Israel.

Israel closed the border due to homicide bombers coming into Israel and blowing themselves up for maximum damage to civilians and tourists.

Two Israeli airplanes were shot at TODAY.

Israelis and Christians were not the religion of the terrorists who flew the airliners that flew into OUR U.S. buildings, that beheaded Daniel Pearl (a liberal reporter, to bad he was of the race liberals hate), Paul Johnson, 10 Philippine Marines who were trying to free a Priest, Aasiya Zubair Hassan. I could go on and on. You liberals have got a screw loose in your cognitive machine. If it were not for the fact that your beliefs are so dangerous, I would just go by you like I do with those with the Obama stickers and just shake my head in pity.

What I cannot for the life of me understand is this, how can those who call themselves Jews support administration after administration here in the United States who do not support Israel? It makes no sense. Why would you vote for someone who puts your people at a disadvantage?

HELEN THOMAS PROVES THE TRUTH OF THIS BLOG

She says the Jews should go back to Germany where 6 million of them were killed. Please read the linked article and watch the imbedded video there. Likely she will NOT face ANY sanctions for her racism:

Helen Thomas: Jews Should Go Back to ‘Germany’ or ‘Poland’ and ‘Get the Hell Out of Palestine’

Ari Fleischer (Former Bush administration Press Secretary) is calling for Hearst Newspapers to fire her.

The fact that she even said this shows the left have a hatred for other races. What is even more insidious is the fact that the “press” has convinced blacks and Hispanics and poor whites they are their friends. There are MANY blacks that are living in squaller in inner cities that live in fear every day of being gunned down in drug violence, yet every election they are bussed into polling places to vote for liberals who TALK about helping them, WHEN WILL THE HELP COME? The same can be said for poor whites and Hispanics. There are more people killed in these populations than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined every year, yet the LOVING LIBERALS that they elect DO NOTHING TO STOP IT!
People like Helen Thomas who are in the press ARE THEIR ENEMIES the problem is they don’t realize it.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | FREEDOM | , , , | Leave a comment

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