Archive for July, 2008

Being Separate

July 18, 2008

In this post-Christian world in which we live in, so many professing Christians resist the call to being separated from the world. In fact, there seems to be some bizarre badge of honor associated with being as worldly as possible. Is it possible that many people claiming to be Christians, are not in fact Christians: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

Searching the web, it is possible to find all sorts of perversions of Christianity. Gay ‘Christians’, Bisexual ‘Christians’, ‘Christian’ Goths, ‘Christian’ Tattoo Artists, ‘Christian’ Bikers; the list is endless. All have one thing in common. They claim to be Christian – but their fruit all too often tells a different tale: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” (Matthew 6:5)

Claiming it’s done to enable effective evangelism of the secular version of the groups concerned is utter foolishness. It makes about as much sense as becoming a murderer or a child molester so that one might be more effective at witnessing to murderers and child molesters.

The Word of God and the Words of God have power. Heb 4:12 reads: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It’s the preaching of the Gospel that brings people to Jesus (Rom. 10:14), and faith comes by hearing and believing what God has said (Rom. 10:17), not the appearance of the speaker; not the “personal” testimony of one person claiming to have been much worse than some other person. Only the Word of God. Those secular groups will sorely test all those who appear in their venues flaunting a “Christian” whatever label, looking for the hypocrite whereas, they might listen to a preacher of the Word who acts in a respectful and Christlike manner towards them, even if that preacher is wearing a sports jacket or a three-piece suit.

Concerning the “Christian Bikers”, all of those whom I know are worldly, prideful, narcissistic, egotists. Too many ride motorcycles that have a price tag which rivals many people’s homes, and they behave in a manner that shouts “look at me!” Have they forgotten about the poor and hungry in their midst?

1Thess 5:22 tells us to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Now, even to the lost, there are things which they consider to be evil, (not able to comprehend that they themselves are also evil), hence the numerous RICO actions taken against the Outlaw motorcycle clubs, or one-percenters, as they like to refer to themselves. The world believes them to be evil (or at least, eviler than they are). Why, oh why, would someone who professes to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ desire to appear as someone from a group that even the world considers to be evil?

Some professing youth have adopted the Gothic look – those who have remind me more of actors in a really bad George Romero zombie film than they do of preachers of the Gospel. God is not the God of the dead, but the living. Body piercings, cuttings, tattoos, bizarre body painting; these are all hallmarks of the pagan, demon-worshiping religions of this world; past and present. To appear like them is to make an outward denial of your supposed Savior.

Let’s not overlook the so-called “Hip-Hop” lifestyle that many youth find so popular. This bred-in-prison way of dress and the “rapping” that masquerades as music which accompanies it is downright sinister. All of these things have the “appearance” of evil, and they are all designed to draw attention to oneself.

The professing girls are, however, are the worst offenders. Worldly girls dress like strumpets: it’s the popular style, and, as expected, professing girls are right smack dab in the middle of it with them. (I suspect the reason not much is said about this offense is that the leaders of many assemblies are closet lechers who are lusting after them.) Again, it’s designed to draw attention to oneself and, in this case, it often causes men to stumble. You girls are deliberately causing men to stumble into sin. What do you think God thinks of the person who causes one of His to fall into Sin, eh? Do you not think you will be called to answer for this?

Referring back to the second paragraph above, Jesus said that those who appear in a manner with the intent of drawing attention to themselves are hypocrites, that hypocrisy was their reward, and those who desired to follow after him should not do these things. Jesus does not want His followers to be confused with the followers of the sinful world system. In fact, Paul tells us that if you belong to Him, He will not only cause you to desire to do the will of God, but He will give you the strength and whatever else is necessary to actually do God’s will. Phil 2:13 reads “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

If you profess a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you should not be found in the world’s things. If you find yourself there, you are not bringing glory to God (to give Him Glory is your only purpose as a Christian). Rom 15:5 and 6 record: “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Does the Scripture offend you? Perhaps your relationship with God is not what you have been led to believe it is. Perhaps you need to hear what God has said, believe it, repent of your sin and be saved.

Then, and only then, if it is according to God’s will for you, He may send you back to the people-group He saved you out of, to be a preacher of the Gospel, and everyone will know that you are no longer a part of that group. It will be obvious that something radical and dramatic has changed in your life. It will draw attention to the Changer, not the one changed, when they ask: “What happened to you?” It will in accord with God’s perfect will, whatever He leads you to do; It will be in accord with God’s Word, which is how His will is revealed to us today. It will be all about Him and not all about you.

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A New Venue

July 16, 2008

Well, I’ve moved away from Blogger and the whole atom thing because the program for KDE, called Kblogger, won’t interface with KDE-3 properly.

The program, designed for KDE-4, has issues with KDEs wallet feature and the older KDE-3 version doesn’t support atom. So, having read how well WordPress’s Movable Type worked, I installed Gnome’s “drivel” blogging client, and after fiddling around with addresses, I think I’ve managed to get this thing working. Posting, of course, will tell the tale.

What has this do do with Dispensationalism and dispensational thoughts? Not much, really, but we dispensationalists don’t have a problem with using things in the world. After all, God gave us things to do, and writing about dispensationalism and rightly dividing the Word of God is one of those things He gave to me. Ergo, a small, stable tool to do the writing is needed. I hope this works !

Did you read about …

July 14, 2008
about a particular homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin. It’s here if you’re interested.

At first, I was a bit perplexed. “What law firm,” I thought, “would take such an outlandish case?”

However, the more I thought about it, the more I considered that, in a world such as ours, where so many politicians keep catamites, I should not be suprized. The “Summer of Love” and a silent Church opened the door and it seems that virtually anything is now being allowed through, EXCEPT, anything that might restrain Mankind’s sinfulness.

Because I believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and it was written using God’s very WORDS, I believe that prophecy will be fulfilled literally as God spoke; And that’s what unnerves me somewhat as I see so many things happening today that look so much like what the Bible tells us WILL happen as the end of the ages approaches.

Kblogger may not like me after all.

July 12, 2008
This is the third attempt at posting to my blog. I’m keeping it real short because the last two post attempts, not only didn’t post, but I did not keep copies of what I wrote. What a shame if something that appeared to be so useful should turn out to be hardly useful at all.