Marriage Can Not be Redefined

People are fighting for the right to marry as same sex couples. The very idea of marriage is a Jewish and Christian union!

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24, Holy Bible) (http://cf.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?Criteria=man+shall+leave+his&t=KJV)

The people fighting for the right to marry as same sex couples are asking for something that originates from a God they choose not to follow. They are asking to be recognized in a union that is ordained and created by God for Gods purposes. Just asking to be recognized as married is a slap in the face to those who view marriage for what it really is; A holy union between one man and one woman. Each are created with distinctly different vessels which function for the same purpose. That purpose is to glorify God. Anything outside the created order will never be recognized by the originator of marriage as anything but sin. An adulterer cannot ask for his mistress to be given marriage benefits. Nor should he be able to. If we could have benefits from our employers given to anyone we desire think of all the woman and children who will be left with nothing. Opening this door for homosexuals will open the door for all other sexual sin performers. Let me close by saying we all have come short of Gods glory, but doing this willfully, openly and knowingly is simply blasphemous toward the one who created the union man hopes to redefine.

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Morality and Government Today

Romans Chapter 13 and others. 

Can we legislate morality? In an earlier article we looked at the idea you cannot legislate morality. Though I believe we cannot make laws that will change the hearts of people, therefore we cannot legislate morality, I do not believe we should completely stop trying through the legislative process to keep peace and civility. When we consider legislative matters we are looking at a few different things.

  • one, somewhat of a fear factor = if someone fears the punishment they will not do the crime
  • two, the punishment of crimes = Once our citizen commits a crime we need legislative measures in place to punish criminals
  • three, we hope for the rehabilitation of criminals. I know of no other country where those who are considered common criminals are taken care of the way we take care of our criminals. ( I do realize there are cases of mistreatment of people in the custody of the state, but our overall attempt is to rehabilitate).

When we take a summary of of our government’s attempt to legislate morality I think we must look at one more thing. This I believe is the most important part of the legislative process. We have the freedom to worship. Who you worship, what you worship and where you worship is your choice. Along with this freedom comes the argument of separation of church and state. No matter how strongly you feel about the issue of church and state you at-least have the freedom to debate the issue.

I will take a moment to give you my position. As a Christian I believe morality always stems from religious belief. If you believe in the God of the holy Bible as I do (Psalm 119:105), another god or yourself you have someone or something which governs your moral ideals. When we deal with a government sanctioned religion we walk down a slippery slope. In many countries such a thing has led to civil war, civil unrest and mass killings. This is the reason for our famous separation of church and state. The great separation is governments staying out of your freedom of worship. It does not mean you can not allow your religion to inform your views concerning your political stance.

As for me I will always allow my God, His Word and His Spirit to guide me in all things including my political stance on issues. For those who do take part in the making of laws and setting forth punishment for the breaking of those laws you have my sympathy. You do have one of the hardest and most criticized job in all the world. Lawmakers and law-keepers are always under the microscope of critics and are often punished for doing their job, but that is for another time.

Now to bring things into perspective concerning morality and government. Our lawmakers and peace keepers will always have a job as long as the earth stands as it is now and is inhabited by mankind. We will continue to encounter corrupt people with evil in their heart. Unless these people are changed from the inside we will not see an outward change, thus their evil deeds (John 8:44).

In closing let me say a few things. One, I truly believe without a religious experience of conversion a person will continue in self indulgent activities. Second,once a person is converted he/she has a governing power which guides ideas and actions. Lastly, even those of us who submit to the Bible sometimes fail to submit to it’s teaching. When we do this and someone else is harmed we need legislative measures in place to punish wrong and remind us of our errors.

There are many other directions we must speak of concerning morality, so we will visit the subject again. If you are someone with an overwhelming desire to commit destructive acts and you don’t understand why I urge you to read the Bible today! In the Bible lies all the answers and the power of conversion.

John 8:1-11 = Helps us to have mercy on those being punished. Helps us understand our own sinfulness.

John 8:44 = Helps us to understand who directs those without a regenerate heart and a saved soul.

Psalm 119:105 = Gives us the reason for Christian Bible study. God’s word should be the lamp we use to see guide our steps.

Marks of a True Disciple

Many people spend a lot of money and time trying to look the part of a true disciple. To look like a disciple and to be one is often two far different things. To look the part is to be a Pharisee, one who others view as very religious. A disciple is much more than religious. A disciple does not consider himself/herself as arrived. Often we consider our-self arrived. We do this in many aspects of life. A true disciple knows he/she never arrives at the final place of perfect discipleship until they are present with the Lord. It is only in our glorified bodies that we will be made perfect in His (Christ’s) likeness. As disciples we must realize the reasons for us to be True disciples. If we do not know what we believe and why we believe it we will never accomplish the goal of being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to His disciples; “Go teach them to observe whatsoever I have commanded”. Jesus desires His people to be disciples. That is for us to be taught His ways. That is also to live in and by those ways. Jesus also commands us to make disciples as well. We are not called to gain Heaven and to never share the message that has transformed our lives. If we are not sure what we believe and are willing to share what we believe we are not true disciples.

The scriptures teach us that Jesus said to His disciples “deny self and follow me”. When our Lord explained what being His disciple was about many of His followers turned and left. Many people want to read the latest book, go to the new mega church and hear the famous evangelist in person. You can check all these off your spiritual to do list, but you will be no more a true disciple than any one else. A true disciple is one who puts the written word into actio for the honor and glory of God. I am not against reading books for education purposes or for encouragement, but I want to say please never allow the latest book to take away from pure Bible study. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by “the Word of God”.

What is the SIMPLE TRUTH for today? It is this; A true disciple hears the word, responds to the word, is noticably changed by the word, shares the word lives by and properly uses the word.

Marks of a TRUE DISCIPLE:

  1. Hunger for the word
    • No other place can we find God’s ways
    • No other place can a person go to cleanse his/her ways
  2. Changed by the word and spirit
    • Being doers and not just hearers
  3. Sharing the Word
    • not just knowing of the word
    • not selfish with salvation
  4. Living the word
    • not for appearance = doing so even when no one is looking
  5. Proving the word
    • making progress in your own life
  6. Properly using the Word
    • spending time and money
    • if you want to know what people view as priority follow the money and watch the time