Archive for August, 2008

Changing the National Age Limit for Drinking

August 20, 2008

When I first heard this, I couldn’t believe my ears. Then, when I heard that college professors (guys who think they are smart, not professing Christians), I was doubly shocked, but still it was to be expected.

These people are the epitome of Romans 1:22: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”. Their reasoning comes right from the playbook of the SexEd folks, and parents who supply booze for their kids’ parties: “They are going to do it anyhow, so we might as well make it safe for them …”.

The idea that making drinking legal for eighteen year old children will somehow reduce “binge drinking” reveals the foolishness of the the advocates. Clearly, they have never read Proverbs:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise,” Proverbs 20:1;

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted,” Proverbs 31:4;

“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich,” Proverbs 21:17;

“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine,” Proverbs 23:29-30.

Well, that’s just a few that come to mind.

When I was young, stupid, and hell bound, I did stupid things like that. God used the common sense and logic He gave me, to wake me up. I asked myself, “What sort of “friends” are they, when I can only tolerate being around them if I’m pickled?” They weren’t and I gave up that foolishness, figuring that if I had to be polluted to socialize with “the crowd”, then they weren’t worth the trouble. That was how I learned to avoid being a Lemming.

I suppose God had His eye on me, even back then. He could have just left me there; But had He done so, I wouldn’t be writing this today. Instead, I’d be hanging out in the neighborhood tavern, with a line of hard shots in front of me and a hooker on my arm.

Why write about something that Christians don’t normally do? Well, don’t you believe it. There are more “professing” Christians, or CINOs (Christian In Name Only), as I call them, who drink like fish, than anyone might imagine; and they fill church pews every Sunday, all over this country. Many of them are young, high school and college age, people. They need to understand that this sort of activity falls under biblical authority. Consider Galatians 5:19-21: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Did you catch that: “… drunkenness, revellings, …”? That’s college binge drinking at frat houses. Now, the people who desire to reduce that activity want to make drinking legal for these deceived young people; Deceived firstly by parents and church “leaders” who told them they were saved just because they once prayed a superstitious prayer asking Jesus to come into their hearts, (find THAT anywhere in the Bible as a means of salvation)! Deceived by those in authority who want to make all manner of sinning “safe”, and deceiving themselves into believing that engaging in whatever sort of “socially-acceptable” form of immorality is okay, just because someone in “authority” says it’s okay.

I often find myself asking God to permit the Church to be physically persecuted, because all these CINOs would vanish from the assemblies, like rats deserting a sinking ship. Their phony-baloney “faith”, and all that goes with it, would not bear up under such conditions because, for them, it’s all about emotion and nothing to do with trusting God. They try to do what they feel God wants them to do, but they can’t because they’ve never heard from God; because they’ve never read their Bibles.

God doesn’t see things in shades of gray, like we all too often do. We either listen to Him and obey, or else. Thankfully, those of us who are really saved have help available.

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,” Romans 8:29;

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:13.

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:,” Colossians 3:12.

God, in this dispensation of Grace, causes our lives to be conformed to the image of Christ Jesus. When we slip, He doesn’t leave us in the slop we fell into: He lifts us out of it, disciplines us, and places our feet back on the narrow path.

If you, Dear Reader, believe yourself to be a Christian, then: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”, II Corr. 13:5. The Epistle of I John is where you’ll find the tests. That’s what John wrote it for. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God,” I John 5:13.

Young Christian, trust God, not men. Lean on God, not your friends. Seek God’s approval (II Tim. 2:15), not the approval of men. Don’t cave in to this evil world system. Test yourselves.

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The Christian and the Political Cycle

August 14, 2008

Well Brothers, Sisters and friends, yet another political season is upon us and also is the flurry of singular questions asked of me, by almost every professing Christian I come across: “Who should I vote for?”, “What party is most Christian?”, “Should I get involved in the political process at some level?”.

Being blunt, as I tend to be with such questions which, to me at least, have painfully obvious answers, I reply (in reverse order), No you shouldn’t, None of them, and, Whoever best claims to represent your beliefs and worldview.

For my readers, a little more explanation is in order, I think.

Understand that as a true Christian, a member of the one Body of Christ, the true Church, God teaches us through the Scriptures that our seat of government is in heaven; that it exist now, today. In heaven is where our leadership resides and that’s where we will also reside one day. That’s where our long term goals and vision are to be focused. Politics is about this world and it’s long term goals and vision, which are universally opposed to God and His perfect will.

That, however, just begs the question of Christian political involvement. There are issues, in every community where Christians are found, of a political nature that are short term; Issues that, while not great in the world’s eyes would, nevertheless, have a profound effect upon the most helpless of people and, wherever implemented, give glory to God. Those are areas where the Christian should be involved. Christians should not run for office or work for candidates or parties. There are very good reasons for the jokes about politicians, moving lips and lies. Parties have become so hypocritical that no true Christian could rightly identify with any of them. Dirty tricks, Nixon, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Clinton, Bush. Those are names of recent note that typify the condition and nature of politicians and their parties. They are only getting worse. Such conditions, although not well known, are to be found in state and local government in every state of the Union, without exception. The reason is that human leadership systems are fertile fields for the expansion of Sin. We should obey the Scripture and pray for them. We have no reason to become one of them.

There is another factor to consider in the question of Christian political involvement. Since we, like the Apostle Paul, are awaiting our prize: the high calling in Christ Jesus, which could happen at any moment; Do we really want to be one of those suffering regret for wasting our sojourn here on activities that only serve to draw attention to ourselves, instead of to the Lord Jesus Christ? It’s something to think about, indeed.

When it comes to individual voting choices, we cannot forget that, even the best candidate for an office is still a son of Adam. They, just like all of us, are sinners by nature, and will succumb to Sin’s temptations, at all levels of political involvement and especially, at the federal level. So, when at all possible, select candidates based upon their records. What have they done? Prayerfully select the lesser of the available evils, because there are no candidates that can be called biblically “good”. The best men are corrupted by the temptation to wealth and power. Washington lives on them, and they eat politicians like candy. The world of politics is no place for a Christian, except as a witness for Jesus Christ to their enslaved souls; not as a power broker.

We have learned to rightly divide the Word of Truth and that Word, when dealt with rightly, confirms the belief of many that Mankind’s efforts will not save the world. They will not bring peace or end hunger and poverty. So many, ignorant of, or ignoring, right division, are deceived. One of the great goals of the Enemy has been to blind the eyes and cloud the minds of people of God to the Truth of the Living Word, and the Written Word. To blind, especially, to the truth of right division, knowing well that truth can never be found; can never be learned; can never be understood and applied to our lives, unless the Word is rightly divided as to its subjects and its times or dispensations.

If you, Dear Reader, have made it this far, then may God the Father of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, teach and bless you and give you His mind as you determine to cast your one vote for the future of those with whom you dwell, in your sojourn through this fallen world.

Pharmacists for Life Coming Under Fire

August 9, 2008

There’s a group of Pharmacists, some of whom are also members of the household of faith, who have organized themselves against the tide of immorality and murder that has swept the nation. They don’t sell contraceptives of any sort. And, as to be expected, the media is working overtime to make them look like a bunch of repressive idiots! Suggestions were put forth on ABC, that perhaps more states should pass laws to force Pharmacists to sell them, regardless.

From where I sit, these folks are to be applauded. They are standing up for their beliefs in the face of an assault brought upon them by a society that never fails to make exception for every sort of restriction that might be placed upon people’s sexual conduct. Society, with very few exceptions, makes excuses for all manner of immorality that Mankind can commit.

The Bible is pretty clear about fornication, homosexuality, and abortion, just as it is on the subject of hypocrisy. The Bible would teach us that it would be hypocritical to say you are against conduct and activities that the Bible speaks against, and yet, to make money by selling products and services which contribute to, or make possible, the very things one has spoken against. A Christian pharmacist cannot sell contraceptives in any form, any more than a Christian doctor can abort babies.

If someone, Christian or not, has a legitimate, (non-immoral), need for these products, under the current conditions, they should do business with a different Pharmacy, not take them before the law, in an effort to force them to do something which is Sin in the eyes of the pharmacist concerned.

If more of us adopted this view, we would make much more of a difference than we do today.