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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Evangelism

The topic Evangelism stirs great emotion in many Christians. Countless books have been written and several strategies have been formed in effort to help believers to share their faith. With this post I do not wish to discredit any books or tear at any strategy. The purpose in this post is simply to once again draw your attention to the call God has given to His Church to evangelise.

What is Evangelism? Evangelism is proclaiming the gospel. This begs the next question. What is the gospel? The gospel is the “good news”. Jesus Christ saves sinners from sin and sins consequences. He paid our debt through His death on the cross. He rose again on the third day and is now seated on the right hand of the throne of God. To put it in the most simple way I remind you the first message Jesus gave after His being Baptised; Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

The Gospel

  1. Jesus Christ = God in the flesh
  2. The Kingdom of Heaven = a separate kingdom from our current dwelling, earth.
  3. Christ is the only way for fallen sinners to access the Kingdom of Heaven

As Christians we often put together outreach events that in their context are OK. I’m afraid too many people allow the outreach to overshadow real evangelism. Real evangelism is the Gospel message preached/taught when the door has been opened through engagement be it an outreach event or simple conversation on the street.

I enjoy using outreach functions to bring people into our range. Once we get them within the sound of our voice it is of the utmost importance to share with them the message of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on behalf of sinners to the glory of the Father. May we not forget to do first things first. Tell the world Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. Even when it is uncomfortable.

Statements of Faith, How Important are They?

In scripture we are commanded to share the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19 & Acts 1:8). 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us. In Acts Chapter 7 Stephen begins to give a sermon in which he tells word for word the the truth’s from the word of God. In our current age we need to be careful and discerning when yoking together with a body of “believers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). How can we be certain we are with a body who believes, preaches and witnesses the gospel in it’s truth without error?

Statements of faith help to establish the basic belief system of a church and are beneficial when new people come to join a church. If a statement of faith is known the new comer can know if he/she agrees with the basic doctrinal teachings of the church. Can you imagine how much conflict we might avert if people decided they disagree with us before they are yoked together with us.

It is obvious to me statements of faith are important in church life today. With the changing tides of modern Churches it is necessary for us to know what we believe, know why we believe it and be able to share it with confidence. A doctrinal statement or statement of faith is not a replacement of scripture it is simply a summary of scriptural truth’s that we are called to adhere to if we are to be a part of a local assembly. Outdated to some maybe but not to Christ who said, “if you love me keep my commandments”.

Confessions, are they imortant in church life?

I am asking a question today to provoke thought in the Christian community. Are confessions important in church life today? The confessions I speak of are the statements of faith. Examples would be Baptist Faith and Message, Shorter Catachism, Westminster Confession of Faith, the Articles of Religion (Methodist), Mennonite Confession of Faith and many more.

I of course have a strong opinion concerning statements of faith. Before I share my view with you I want to know what you think and why. This is not to provoke controversy, but to open communication concerning a part of church life which has been around for a long time.

Go ahead, let’s get started!

He Maketh Me to Lie Down in Green Pastures

The 23rd Psalm is probably the most read scripture at funerals. It is very fitting. I would like to turn your mind today from the grave to life. Great things are presented to the people of faith in this Psalm. Today we will examine the green pastures.

The green pastures mentioned are the provisions God provides for those who belong to Him (Psalm 37:25). Because He is our Shepherd we will never want for anything. He truly provides us with our every need (Matthew 6:8).

Also important to note is the lying down of the sheep. Those who recognize Christ as shepherd are at peace. A peace which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Sheep at peace have no need to continually graze due to satisfaction through the work and grace of God.

The Lord is our Shepherd. If He leads you to the pasture you can be sure He is leading you to the place of peace, provisions and Life!

We Really Are! He Really Is!

2 Corinthians chapter 3

Ephesians chapter 2

Romans chapter 3

Today we have a number of preachers and doctrines floating around. Many want to tell us how good we are. According to many preachers we can be anything and do anything we desire as long as we believe we can. Important truths are left out of this kind of preaching. The Simple Truth is we can do nothing nor can we become something apart from God’s working.

We often make plans without considering who we really are. If we neglect this beginning the end will hold misery and disappointment for us. We are not capable of accomplishing any of our plans. You see we are a lot of things in God’s eyes. None of which prosperity preachers want to admit.

As part of the human race we are filthy. Isaiah 64 reminds us our righteousness is as filthy rags. We are also fit for punishment in God’s eyes because we have broken His laws. Romans 3 states this truth by saying all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and none of us are righteous. Not even one. The wage for our sin is death according to Romans 6.

We are not righteous and on our own we cannot obtain righteousness. In Ephesians 2 a wonderful three letter word breaks through our sin. But. But God. Those who are saved by God’s marvellous grace know God hath quickened us while we were dead in our trespasses and sins.

We really are;

  1. fallen = sinful
  2. fallible = capable of making mistakes, and often do so
  3. feeble = helpless
  4. futile = constantly changing

He really is!

  1. Faultless = sinless
  2. Flawless = Infallible. Never mistaken
  3. Foundational = the foundation of all things including salvation
  4. Faithful = Never leaves us. Forgives us when we repent. Promises are never broken.

You see we really are all of those bad things and Christ really is all of the good things. Until we understand the Simple Truth we are nothing outside of Christ we will never see who we Really are.

Real Christians

Many people claim to be Christian. We know the real Jesus Christ challenges people. Real Christians accept the challenges. First the challenge to believe. Many fail in this challenge and never completely trust Christ in all matters pertaining to life and godliness. Second the challenge of continuing well. The preceding challenge will determine how we respond to the second challenge. Unless we accept the first challenge and believe by faith in Jesus Christ we will not only fail in the end we are completely incapable of continuing. How can one continue in something he/she never really began?

Continue with Christ in the Good Times! 

  • The man who asked what he must do to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven refused to accept the challenge to sell all his possessions. Do we realize where all good things come from? Do we realize who provides all good things? Only those who know the provider of all good things and maker of all good times can continue with Christ in the good times. (Luke 18:21-23)

Continue with Christ in the Bad Times!

  • Paul suffered stoning (Acts 14)
  • Daniel suffered attempted murder (Daniel)
  • Joseph suffered in various ways (Genesis = begin in chapter 37)
  • Job (Job)

How do we Handle the bad times? Do we leave our so called faith, the church and our christian friends when bad times come. That is not continuing well!

Continue with Christ in the Last Times 1Corinthians 15:20-23)

  • We will all face death.

Many give up when they face death. For those who have trusted in the real Christ  through faith hold an understanding of the promise our risen Lord gave us concerning His return for us. Those who know Christ from a fantasy understandably fear when life comes to the end. If  they had only begun with Christ they would have finished well!

Paul returned to place where he was stoned. He encouraged the disciples to continue in the faith. As Christians we must continue well in good times, bad times and even the last times.

Real Christians trusting the Real Christ living real Christian Lives!