Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. It’s Monday, which means I’ve got a brand new episode locked and loaded for you to all enjoy. This time I’ve got a lot of great recommendations as I go through the podcasts, blogs, books, show’s, movies, and more. I’ve also discussed a few of the writers, podcasters, and pastors that I can’t recommend. You’ll see a lot of names you recognize, and many of you will even see your own name. I also wanted to thank my two new Patreon’s Michael and Margaret! I’m so humbled by their support!
In this episode I ask a lot of questions, but what I’d love to hear from y’all wonderful readers is your top three favorite books. Let me know in the comments below! As usual, there’s a timestamped outline below, as well as some article links for further research on this topic. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Great news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub is now officially available on Amazon’s new Podcasting app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I’ve been saying for such a long time, and I suppose I’ll just continue to say it, that we need to be as gracious to others on social media as we would be if they were standing in front of us. There’s a lot of opportunities to lose our cool, especially with the wokeness that we’re often confronted with. However, the wonderful thing about talking to someone online is that, unlike in person, when you begin to be upset you can log off. Which means, we should be even more gracious online than we are in person! That’s why I picked this beautiful hymn by Fanny Crosby. Here she’s talking about being kind to one another because you never know when you’ll lose them. Loss was certainly something Ms. Crosby knew plenty about, having lost her fiancé right before they were supposed to be wed. She may have been blind, but she could clearly see we have an issue fighting our flesh, particularly when it comes to being kind to one another. I hope this hymn from the past blesses you all as much as it blessed me, as always beloved brethren be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!
This book review was originally published back in 2017, you can find that article here. I’m so blessed by the early church fathers, and the writings they’ve left behind! I hope you’ll enjoy this throwback Thursday book review.
I love this book, Athanasius (A fourth-century church father) is explaining Christ was fully man, yet fully God, and he begins where every good apologist begins, the creation. I have been so blessed by the Historical Theology lectures I wrote about here, not just by the lectures but also by the reading material suggested. Books, and believers, I’ve never even heard of, like Athanasius of Alexandria.
In this book, he is essentially addressing the atheist, agnostic, and heretic of his day. The shocking thing is to realize not much has changed in those areas. As Solomon wisely noted, there is nothing new under the sun. The attack of the enemy on the truth of Gods Word is the same, it merely gets renamed from generation to generation.
It’s fascinating as well to see how the early church viewed Christ’s deity. I recommend this book for anyone studying church history, church fathers, or Christ’s deity. This book is in the public domain, which means you can find a copy of it online or you can purchase a relatively low-cost Kindle version, and it’s also available in audio book for free. Be blessed beloved, and as always, be good Bereans studying to show yourselves approved!
Sadly, it seems, Paul David Tripp has gone full woke.
Tripp has been a well-respected evangelical teacher and author for decades. He is lauded as a trusted Christian voice on topics such as marriage and parenting. He has written many books, including “Age of Opportunity” and “Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family”. Many Christians appreciate his work and teachings, saying that Tripp has truly helped them in their Christian walk. He has definitely taught some solid biblical material. Any real gospel good he may have done, we can praise the Lord for. God can use anyone and every one for His glory. We can be thankful for any true proclamation of Christ one does.
In Philippians 1:15-18 we read, “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,”
We may not know the intentions of Tripp’s heart but when the truth of Christ is proclaimed we rejoice. Just as much when error is taught, we warn.
Before Paul David Tripp went full woke, there were warning signs, although ever so slight. I want to briefly touch up on some of those, for the main reason of showing how smaller warning signs can possibly mean big problems later down the road.
My introduction to Paul David Tripp was watching the video of him talking about how funny it was that his kids kept saying the “s” word (yes, the one that rhymes with “fit”). This happened right after he explained to his family it was not one of those words that really meant anything to God, it was just culturally impolite. His intention was to teach that “wholesome communication is all about the intention of the speaker” as well as the context. As long as the intentions and context are right, it won’t really matter what “culturally impolite” words you say. He goes on to say there could be a context where saying “s***” can give someone grace and then there are contexts where it may not be edifying so therefore he wouldn’t say it.”
Yes, I agree the issue lies in the heart. God is clear that sin originates in the heart, and God’s focus is on our heart’s intentions. I also understand, whatever sin lies within the heart, will eventually come to fruition in word and deed.
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good: and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Luke 6:45
“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” Matthew 15:18-19 (See also Acts 8:22and Hebrews 4:12).
I also agree there are words and phrases that are just wrong culturally and there are words and phrases that are wrong biblically. Where I have a big problem, is the idea that “s***” can be used in an edifying way, that it “gives someone grace” and can be for “redemptive good”- his own words. I used to cuss, cuss a lot, before my salvation 16 years ago. After my salvation, I knew talking like I did was not of Christ. I’ve never needed to go back to cussing for someone else’s redemptive good, even though I’ve been around people who cuss. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16) – not any worldly speech.
After hearing him on that video (Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuj0nK7beM) I took his words as saying we are to look at our intentions and as long as they are good and as long as we believe it’s used in a proper context, use the “culturally impolite” words. The problem with this is the fact these words are…. “culturally impolite” words. Yes, Mr. Tripp, to the culture it’s seen as ill-mannered and that is why the world uses it. That’s why I used to cuss. Its very use is to communicate a crudeness, insensitivity, and a perceived rebellion against “good”. To say there is a place for a Christian to use this, is a small step in a direction towards doing whatever we believe will be for “redemptive good”. This is a direction he has seemed to follow right into dark and dangerous waters. It seems “culture” is a slope he has continued to slip on more and more as time goes on.
In a video recorded in 2015, Tripp talks about homosexuality and how we must be careful not to label people as homosexuals because it’s not biblical to do so. Problem is, the Bible actually does label people by the name of the sin they live by. For example: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
This shaming of those who use these terms is done, first of all, label Bible-obeying Christians as haters because they refuse to embrace the “new and improved” ways of looking at sin, love and being gracious. In the video, he says, “This is the grief of my heart. We need to stop being haters. I think that it is biblically wrong, immoral to treat any human being as a sin on two legs. To use it as a title, he’s a homosexual. We don’t say he’s a pride. He’s a greed. We just don’t do that and yet we’ve given ourselves the liberty of treating this area like we treat no other area. So we’ve led with condemnation rather than leading with grace.”
Tripp is wrong on so many levels here. First, he is saying that the very thing God does is not leading with grace. He also implies that true Christians have the bad habit of condemning homosexuals. In truth, many have shown grace to homosexuals, even if they call them an actual homosexual. I mean, many homosexuals call themselves homosexuals. I have a gay family member and this is a term I’ve heard her say. When examining the bad fruit of others, as we are called to do in Scripture such as John 7:24, we carefully deem perpetual liars as liars, thieves as thieves, murderers as murderers, and so forth. The woke crowd works tirelessly to downplay the sin, such as homosexuality, in order to appease the culture and save face. They desire to both serve Christ and serve culture. That doesn’t work. They work tirelessly to redefine terms and create new labels, not for the sake of truth but for the sake of self-preservation.
That leads me to mention the most recent and what I believe to be the most disturbing comments from Paul Tripp. It comes from this video:
In the video Paul starts out wanting to address his white brothers and sisters.
Whoa, stop right there!
That is a good sign that what comes next is going to be some serious woke talk. When a Christian teacher wants to address believers of certain skin colors in order to help them with a particular spiritual truth, that is when you know the teacher is taking a big step out of the bounds of the Scripture to scrape around to find spiritual guidance in cultural deserts. Instead of the true and unadulterated Gospel, we get schooled on how we are to view ourselves in the light of today’s definitions of social injustices. It’s a sign they like to lump people of the same skin color or gender into one big group of ideas and experiences and of a particular guilt and sin, which is at the heart of being woke, of social justice, and of Critical Race Theory ideology.
Tripp then goes ahead to talk about his experiences, while sprinkling in mentions of the Gospel. So again, this is only for white people to hear he says. All colors need to hear spiritual truth, wouldn’t one agree?
He then talks about his experience in attending a predominately black church, with a black pastor. He says that “it (attending this church) has been a transforming experience for us because we have listened to the experiences of brothers and sisters that we’ve come to love dearly as our family….. we’ve heard of experiences of injustice that have made us weep; weep in a way that doesn’t allow us to be silent any longer…..we have been exposed and we have been convicted.” He then says how much this church of his preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “up one side and down the other”.
He continues with how amazing his pastor, Dr. Eric Mason, is on preaching such profound messages on Scripture. They changed his life, he says. I’ll mention more on his pastor in a moment, but these comments seem to be an attempt to give shelter to his pastor and his known woke ideologies.
Tripp then uses Scripture to try and “ground this thinking in Scripture”. The first passage he wants to take his white brothers and sisters to is Amos 6:4-6.
“Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.”
He explains his reason for pointing this passage out by saying to white brothers and sisters, “you have so much time on your hands that you invent musical instruments to entertain yourselves, now I don’t know if you are catching on to what is going on here but if you’re lying on an ivory bed and you’re drinking wine out of big bowls and you’re inventing musical instruments because you have the time to do that then you are an affluent privileged person…..It’s a reminder that we do not have the ability to not be concerned about what doesn’t touch us. You see, love your neighbor as yourself means I will give myself to concerns about things that are distant from my experiences because I want that person to be loved as I would love myself.”
Wow. Apparently, according to Tripp, whites are the only ones who have to be reminded of this, even though the context of this passage has nothing to do with light skin-tones or likely being guilty of something because of skin color. Also, I know I’m not lying around on ivory beds, drinking wine out of bowls, and inventing musical instruments. What does he mean by this because it doesn’t seem he’s meaning the actual context of the passage? Just rich and creative whites who have nothing much to do during the day are needing to hear his message? Who is he really talking about? So all whites, some whites? Nothing is really explained here by him, and that is probably by design. We know, by listening to woke language these days, all whites are privileged.
Second passage he takes his white brothers and sisters to is Matthew 23:23, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.”
He goes into explaining his reason for quoting this passage by saying, “Jesus calls justice mercy and faithfulness- this is our Savior, this is the hero of the story, this is the epicenter, this is One into Whom we are being formed to His likeness, this is the One that says the weightier matters of the law are justice, mercy and faithfulness – you see, here’s God’s plan- until we are on the other side, in the new heavens and new earth where perfect justice with reign in righteousness forever, here’s the plan: we are called to be God’s ambassadors- and that means that God makes His invisible justice visible by sending people of justice to stand for, to defend people who are experiencing injustice. Life between the already and the not yet is ambassadorial. I’m always and in every way called to represent the method, the message, and the character of the King. And justice is close to the heart of our Savior King….Change in this area of racial injustice, which has so marked our culture, so marked the unique experience of blacks in America from1619 to 2020. If change is going to take place, change takes action. Action requires compassion and compassion requires information.”
First of all, what justice are we really talking about here? The “justice’ of social justice/ wokeness and biblical justice doesn’t mean the same thing. There is only one kind of justice.
God’s justice is on His terms, to His standard and for all people of color and nations. It’s the same standard for everyone. What is justice to these social justice warriors? Social justice is focused solely on black oppression and white guilt. What I find most troubling about his use of this passage is that it actually addresses the sin of looking only at the externals, focusing on insignificant details and neglecting the matter of weightier spiritual things; matters of the heart. That is incredibly duplicitous of him.
Tripp continues on to correct his white brothers and sisters on how to handle other’s experiences:
“I say all the time that human beings made in the image of God do not live life based on the facts of their experience but on their interpretation of the facts. So if you are hearing about the experience of another person from a distance and you hear words that are similar to the words you use and you don’t unpack that person’s experience so you really understand what they are saying/what they are experiencing you will interpret those things out of your own experience.” Ok, experience alone means diddly squat when it comes to understanding spiritual, God-honoring truth, what does God’s Word say? Experiences can fool us. God’s Word must define our experiences, not other’s experiences. He goes on, “and you will hear the words but it’s sort of like this, you will add 2 and 2 together and get 5 because you will put your experience on that person’s experience and what always happens when we do that is we end up minimizing the reality of that other person’s experience because we just haven’t come to understand it.”
Experiences can lie to us. People of the same color can share opposite experiences that contradict one another.
Another thing, how does one know how to rightfully unpack and really understand someone’s personal experience, as Tripp instructs us to do? Well, I’ll tell you how. According to social justice warriors, they will just let you know what you are to understand. We can’t know what we can’t know about anyone, including ourselves, until they tell us. We can’t go just to Scripture to get spiritual insight or help with true injustice -we must be woke to their experiences, to zip it and listen.
He continues, “But what I want to say to you this is what motivates me to say please care enough about this issue of racial injustice to become informed. I want to ask you to do four things. First, just get out your phone or your iPad or your computer and Google “the Bible” and “justice” and read the volume of passages on this issue. This is one of your bible’s dominant themes.”
Ok, stop right there. I have one word. Hermeneutics.
He doesn’t try to clarify how important it is to know what justice really means in the Bible. He sets up the narrative of social injustices before instructing us to go into the Scripture to seek out verses on justice, so that they will interpret those verses through cultural/social justice lenses.
He continues by saying, “Second thing I want to do is recommend three resources that have been produced by people who are committed to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, that’s why I’m recommending these resources. I think they’re each helpful in different ways. The first is a 17-minute video done by Phil Vischer who is the creator of Veggie Tales, called Race in America. It is a brilliant video…there’s no opinion whatsoever, this video is fact, after fact, after fact that is a bit mind-blowing characterizing the black experience of America.”
This is NOT a helpful source, by the way, and it most definitely sews in opinion and twists facts for a particular narrative. Vischer goes into black and white household wealth percentages, bad laws back in plantation times, segregation, real estate/mortgages that discriminated against blacks, criminalizing drug use, militarizing police force which gave them needless weapons for use, and because of all this, more blacks are in prison and now have less hope to escape prison time for their drug use, because of whites. He talks of a black man who kept getting pulled over, for minor infractions, and then the 49th time he was pulled over he got shot. Nothing was said about the details or him being shot by a Latino cop, by the way. I knew that only because I looked it up for myself.
Tripp says, “The second resource is by my pastor Eric Mason. It’s called “Woke Church”. Now I’m aware that woke language has become very controversial and some of you will react against that just because of the title. It’s an extremely helpful book actually and you may not agree with everything you read in the book but even if you can’t find your way to read the whole book at least read the brilliant forwards by John Perkins and Ligon Duncan. Those together are incredible. I would plead with you to read the whole book. The third resource is by Jemar Tisby. He’s an historian and it’s called “The Color of Compromise” and it just traces the history of the complicity of the Church of Jesus Christ and this issue.”
Let’s talk about his pastor for a bit. Not only did he write a book called “Woke Church” where he simply tries to slip in anti-Christian teachings and call them Christian, making clear he is contradicting himself at every turn, but he also stoke the racial flames with comments such as, “I fear that with all of the multiethnic congregations being former, we will lose the focus on engaging the systemic needs of blacks.” And “I fear that if we partner with whites that they will find a way to subjugate blacks and make us dependent on them in a way that kills our freedom of a truly black led institution.” (Page 100). I’ll point out, Paul Tripp is white and is attending Mason’s church. Awkward.
Some great links that dive deep into the issues with Mason’s book and some of his false teachings:
And if you think you can stomach hearing more garbage from Mason’s own lips, things like, “Whiteness has caused blindness of heart” and “”What about the black people that aren’t saved? Are they under a curse?’ No. They’re under white foolishness” check out this link:
Tripp ends his video with this, “The white church does not have the liberty of being silent in the face of any cultural inequity no matter what it is. And we shouldn’t be silent in this one too. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the reason my heart is exercised at this moment is because of that Genesis to Revelation message. I think we can do better. I think it’s time to speak and to act, to live as ambassadors of the One Who is perfectly holy in justice. God help us, may we do that.”
Again, this is addressed to the WHITE church. I thought Christ said, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” Galatians 3:27-29. There is no white church in God’s eyes. It’s THE Church. The woke narrative is designed to divide. It’s designed to lay guilt where there is none and ignore the actual sins that are needing to be addressed. It doesn’t address hearts, only groups. It twists Scripture and puts words in God’s mouth.
Tripp says it’s time to act and speak now. Apparently, to him, white Christians haven’t been ambassadors of Christ, sharing the Gospel that is the power of God for salvation like they should. It would seem, he believes white Christians haven’t been doing a good job loving people of all colors and cultures, living for Christ, and serving their brothers and sisters.
I recommend watching these commentaries on Paul David Tripp’s video. They are sound and thorough:
Sadly Paul David Tripp has bought into the woke narrative. He has believed the lie that there is something more we can add to the Gospel
His progression to full woke-ness seems to have had beginnings in believing that we can divorce intentions from actual words and believing we can help bring redemptive good by utilizing worldly means and terms. When lines keep being blurred, the ways of culture is increasingly embraced and new labels and redefined terms are part of teachings; when guilt is placed where Christ never laid it and focus is put where Christ never put it, we must beware.
Pray for Paul David Tripp to stand up on the Gospel truth alone and to stop buying into the woke culture. Pray for all of those following in his footsteps and supporting this dangerous movement, those in his own church. It’s a delusion, deceptive and divisive. We are to stand on the Rock, on the Word of God and not build upon the shifting sands of culture.
“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16
Above is an article written by Gina Cook, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford
Hello beloved brethren, I hope this post finds you all doing well! As you all well know by now, alongside the topic of Biblical Creationism, I absolutely adore Biblical Archeology. These two subjects are my favorite to research, so I was so excited to get the chance to discuss archeology after recording a couple of episodes about creationism. Today I delve into the errors of Egyptian timelines, the digs that have census and even a few of the ones that are still up for debate. I hope this one will be just as edifying as the others!
One question I ask during the episode, and I’d love to hear your thoughts, is whether or not you believe the picture of what looks like a boats outline on Mount Ararat is really Noah’s Ark? Let me know in the comments below. As usual, there’s a timestamped outline below, as well as some article links for further research on this topic. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Great news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub is now officially available on Amazon’s new Podcasting app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
TS 00:06:00 – Explaining the different types of Apologetics
TS 00:06:27 – What is Evidential Apologetics?
TS 00:06:47 – What is Classical Apologetics?
TS 00:09:15 – What is Presuppositional Apologetics?
TS 00:10:57 – What does Apologetics mean?
TS 00:16:00 – What is the Gospel?
TS 00:19:37 – What is Archeology?
TS 00:19:53 – What is Paleontology?
TS 00:21:00 – Biblical Archeological sites that are not contested.
Such as the City of David, Ai, Orr, Niniveh, and Jericho
TS 00:31:00 – The Isaiah stamp
TS 00:32:15 – The archeological timeline of Egyptology
TS 00:35:15 – Manetho’s writing causes issues in the timeline
TS 00:37:23 – Champollion and early Egyptologists get a few things mixed up
TS 00:43:10 – Correcting the timeline
TS 00:47:10 – Where is Sodom?
TS 00:48:40 – What about Noah’s Ark?
For more research, check out these helpful articles:
Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! You may remember, if you’ve followed this blog for long enough, that back in July of 2018 I posted a testimony by a gentleman names Luke Hahn. You can read that original post here. A dear sister, and gracious listener of the podcast, sent me an email with this link to a follow up interview he did. Thank you Cindy! It was such a blessing to watch this interview and hear these men discussing God’s sovereignty in suffering as well as salvation. The full interview is below, I hope it will be edifying for you all. As always, beloved brethren, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today’s episode is a different kind of show, I wanted to lighten things up and give you all a look inside the podcast. How I record, what it looks like, what programs I use, and how it all comes together, along with some actual behind the scenes footage filmed by my darling husband. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes into the creation of a Tulips and Honey episode, this is all of that and more rolled into one short video. I hope it’s encouraging, and entertaining, after last weeks difficult episode! Don’t miss the blooper reel at the end, it’s a fun one!
Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form on Youtube. I’ve gone ahead and included a podcast player below so that you can listen in right here on the blog, isn’t technology fun? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Back in May of 2017 I reviewed this excellent book, you can read the original post here.
The Soul Winner: How to Lead Sinners to the Savior by C. H. Spurgeon was published in 1895 shortly after the author’s death. This book, this book…how can I possibly describe it? It’s not taken out, it’s a five-star restaurant. It’s the type that you sit and eat slowly, enjoying every precious bite. Read this book with pen and paper, you’ll want to take notes. Rarely is there a book I enjoy to read so thoroughly that I immediately plan to read it again once I’m done. This is one of those books. It should be in the study of every church leader, parent, teacher, or human being. If you know anyone who is unsaved you should read this book. If you have children, you need this book.
It’s written for students, so it reads much like a lecture. Spurgeon has a way of explaining things that I haven’t heard or seen in our times. He doesn’t over complicate matters or reaches outside of Biblical boundaries. Like many of the old books I’ve reviewed, this book is available on the Kindle app and is very inexpensive on Amazon. I hope you’ll all enjoy this book as much as I did, and if you can, make sure your pastor finds himself with a copy.
Yesterday I showed Spurgeon’s testimony in his own words, it might be beneficial to read that here before you read his book. I’ve also reviewed several other Christian books if you would like to read more you can here, here, or here. I’m also always looking for great Christian books to read, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.
Growing up I always heard the saying “Don’t mix religion and politics”. I never understood that much till I became older but even as a grown adult I notice how people tend to avoid mixing the two. In school, we could learn all about politics but not so much religion but I found it most interesting that many people that are religious will not speak very freely of their views on politics. You might hear a Christian speak about it a little if they felt it wasn’t a hot topic or maybe only to a few people they trusted but to me it’s been so obvious that even I kept tight-lipped about my views for many years until I questioned why I felt this way. Why did I feel I wasn’t supposed to be open about my political views? What’s so wrong with talking about them? Is it because it’s not proper for a woman to do so or was it because I’m a Christian and it’s never proper for any Christian to talk about politics? I still don’t understand why I feel its taboo to speak of politics as a Christian but I started voicing my opinion anyway. As I spoke out on why I believed something to be bad or good for our country, I learned quickly that many are either not willing to talk about it or they are and they go at it very aggressively. There are only a few people that will engage in a conversation with me whether they agree or disagree. I prefer to keep respectful of each other and talk nicely even when we don’t agree but maybe that’s why so many are tight-lipped. Some just get too angry and can’t be respectful allowing people to have different opinions. As a Christian, we cannot forget Col 4:6~ “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Getting in discussions is not a bad thing; it’s when we get in heated arguments that might lead to hurt feelings. Just keep in mind that it shouldn’t be about our voice but about God’s truth, not about our opinions in government politics but what God says about His laws and teachings on those subjects. My truth is not important but His truth is and that needs to be what guides us Christians and keeps us speaking in love. There isn’t any reason that can’t happen. If no one is convincing the other then it shouldn’t matter in the end. Speak in love and move on.
I have also had discussions with people who claim to be Christian who holds to very unchristian lifestyles or beliefs. This causes great concern for me about them and drives my desire to hopefully point them back to Christ. I’ve read articles where a person will say they are a Christian but they don’t believe God cares if they cuss because it’s just words or that they feel they can be Christian and support abortion – stuff like that.
My goal of this article is not to tell Christians who to vote for or to get into a heated debate with them but simply to point the Christians back to Christ when trying to face all the worldly emotions and trials of today and remind them what’s right in God’s eyes.
First, let me warn you as a Christian you will be persecuted for your love of Christ and your beliefs. I’ve heard many people say, who weren’t Christian, how they lost friends just because they support something a friend of theirs didn’t and so it destroyed their friendship. If today’s policies are a dividing line that even non-Christians are being bullied on or losing friends over then we as Christians will be judged on that and more because we love Christ. So, brace yourself and chose today who you will serve God or man?! You will lose friends, friends you’ve been close to for years but they are showing their true colors if they make you choose between God or the world. I’ve been told because of my preferred choices with policies that I’m hateful and not Christian because I don’t support something they do. They see something as loving and good to support when I discern it as sounding loving only on the outside or in name only but underneath all the fuzzy feelings is a disguised agenda of something very wrong and dark. As you look into them, we can find the truth of what some groups are about.
What is a Christian to do and what’s our role in voting? Well, we all need to vote but you need to do your research on the policies and on the candidates. Look into them and see what they push for and if it’s proper for a true Christian to support and vote in favor of.
Let’s start with the purpose of government? Did God ordain government? Yes, He did!
Romans 13:1–2~ “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”
1 Peter 2:13–14~ “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.”
So what does this mean for a Christian? It means recognizing Biblical rolls in politics for God-ordained governing authority, instituted by God to stand up for the innocent and persecuted.
God created those authorities to rule over us and as Christian, we are to obey them. In a perfect world, we would have a government that would rule over us yet be fair to all but even if they aren’t fair, we are still called to obey them. The only reason not to obey would be if the government wanted us to go against our Christian beliefs and if the government made it law to practice something that goes directly against God. An example that comes to mind is the story of “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego”. Because they refused to bow down and serve and worship the golden image of a god the King had made, King Nebuchadnezzar sentenced the three to death in the furnace. We are to be obedient to the governing authority and yet can refuse when they command Christians to do things that make us go against our faith and love for Christ.
So, what is God’s purpose in politics? Plainly put, to accomplish His perfect will for the world. God can work through all governing bodies whether good or bad to do what He wants in government. Knowing this we still should not rely on the government for our happiness but to rely on God and His Word. We can not kid ourselves and think politics are as equally important as Christian values. Politics isn’t how Christians change hearts but only through God’s precious Word do we reach the lost. However, God has and does use those in the government to reach others through His words for His purpose such as in the Book of Daniel when God allowed Daniel to interpret the kings’ dream.
Daniel 2:48-49~ “Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.”
Daniel always knew it was God that ruled and was never afraid to say so.
Daniel 2:21~“He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;”
Is it ok for Christians to voice their belief on certain elect leaders who best demonstrate good moral principles? Yes!
Voicing our beliefs is good when pointing out the strong points of a candidate. Some Christians think because God is in control of the government we don’t need to vote. No, that doesn’t mean we don’t vote. As Christians, we have a responsibility to exercise our right to vote and to do what we can to bring into power perhaps the most moral person who adheres to more of the biblical principles. We should vote for those policies and leaders that reflect good values. If they are not ashamed to pray and speak about God then this is something to keep in mind. We also need to be praying for them to be God-fearing leaders.
1 Timothy 2:1–4~ ”First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The world has been influenced by sin and suffering and when we don’t stand up for the things that are Biblical then we will suffer. If we don’t stand against bad leaders then we will suffer as said in these following verses.
Proverbs 14:34~ “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
1 Samuel 12:13–16~ “And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you. If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you and your king. Now, therefore, stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.”
So many people today do not want anything to do with God and this goes for many leaders as well. When more people vote that don’t care about God then godly morals will not be a priority to them. They will be ok with voting for someone that could violate the Bible’s commands in all areas. When Christians don’t speak up about the rights and wrong of policies and don’t vote then we really can’t complain. We need to make sure to vote and be good examples to others and warn others of policies that go against Biblical principles. Whatever leader is voted in will have the power over our freedom which means we as Christians could someday find ourselves at the mercy of a leader that wouldn’t allow us to worship or share the gospel. Many countries don’t have the freedom to worship and Christians in those countries are being persecuted but we are blessed for now because we still have the freedom to worship and pray in our churches.
Hopefully, Christians don’t need to be told this but I’ll say it anyway, we do not look at or judge a candidate by the color of their skin or their gender but by their heart, morals, and polices. John 7:24~ “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”1 Samuel 16:7~ “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Skin color and gender isn’t what make neighborhoods safer or brings in more jobs. It’s the condition of the person’s heart, and desire to do something about those things and accomplishing it.
God desires that the government enforcing laws to practice justice and to be fair and He has allowed the leaders of the government to have authority and hold order in society over the people in a Godly way (Romans 13:1-7).
It’s truly not about just supporting this party over that party or voting for Republican or Democrat out of the devotion of one over the other but instead WHAT agenda they are pushing for. We need to look at the Bible to see what God says about the political issues on the ballets.
One issue that is on the ballot every 4 years it seems is the issue of “LIFE”. Not just any life but that of the unborn baby created by God. God has a lot to say about that. Would God want us Christians to support abortion? Of course not! We must realize abortion is not about the woman’s body. The baby isn’t part of her body but instead, the baby is “IN” her body. It isn’t about her right to choose because if she wants to choose then she should have chosen not to have sex if she didn’t want children. In the horrible case of rape, the choice was forced on her and if she becomes pregnant is she allowed to kill the fetus? Well, is it because something horrible happened to her it’s moral now? What’s that mean for the baby? In many cases it means death. Evil brings on evil in the case of rape and abortion. Abortion is seen as getting a tooth pulled, make the pain go away, no big deal but for the baby, it becomes life or death. Instead, we need to point to God and teach the truth of what abortion means. In a case of rape, we need to show how to forgive and not act on fear or hate but love for life. https://www.gotquestions.org/Planned-Parenthood.html
Any time there is talk of abortion the name “Planned Parenthood” is always mentioned. Many think that Planned Parenthood is a health department of sorts but it is not exactly providing the type of health care most people think.
Should Christians support Planned Parenthood? No, Proverbs 6:16–19~ “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
There just can’t be any reason for Christian to support an organization that profits from the killing and murder of unborn babies. God is the one that creates all life. This organization is so evil and practices such as horrifying radical procedures that they perform abortions in every stage, even up to the day they are born.
Recently there was a Bill that was trying to be passed called “Born Alive Bill”. It says: “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: This bill establishes requirements for the degree of care a health care practitioner must exercise in the event a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion. A health care practitioner who is present must (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to another child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) immediately admit the child to a hospital. The bill also requires a health care practitioner or other employee to immediately report any failure to comply with this requirement to law enforcement.” So far, the bill has not been able to pass which means that if a baby does survive an abortion the doctors are not to assist it. This is just evil. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/130
Continuing on in the Planned Parenthood subject, we find the selling of baby parts. Below is a 2020 video of the U.S. Federal District Court of Northern California “PLANNED PARENTHOOD TESTIMONY ON SELLING BABY PARTS UNSEALED, NEW VIDEOS RELEASED”.
We have heard over and over the justification of how abortion is NOT killing a baby because it’s not a life yet and instead it’s just a mass of cells or a blob as I’ve heard it put, so why do they say they harvest body parts if it’s not a baby? They have prices on body parts such as lungs, brain or hearts, etc.
Another disturbing undercover video that has been done concerning the Planned Parenthood was one in which a man was undercover as a pimp or trafficker of women and children asking those at Planned Parenthood if he could get his “sex workers” medical help and told them that some were not from this country and some were underage. Now, by law, Planned Parenthood should have reported this activity to the authorities to provide those women and children protection but they didn’t do it but instead helped the pimp hide the crimes. The link to the video is below.
Let’s move on to the policies that a candidate may have about “Black Lives Matter”. Is this something a Christian should support? No! I knew even before I researched BLM that it wasn’t biblical or Christian. How they talked and the things that angered them told me the truth of who they were. They got very upset along with followers of the movement every time someone said, “All lives mattered”. I myself was reprimanded for saying that by people that called themselves Christian. I was privately told by a person that I wasn’t being a very loving Christian and being hurtful by expressing that I couldn’t support BLM. Also two different women I knew on two different occasions, felt it necessary to go onto my own personal page and apologize to any black friends on my list that I might have offended for not supporting BLM. I did delete their comments because I believe I am being as loving as I know to be by warning others of what this movement is truly about and sharing truth. Nothing I said was hurtful or mean, just truth and sometimes people don’t like the truth.
BLM isn’t something Christians should support. We cannot and should not support the BLM movement. I’m sure there are those out there reading this wondering why it’s not Christian to support BLM. Well, let me just first say that God couldn’t care less about our skin color or appearance but instead, He cares about what is in our hearts. 1 Samuel 16:7~ “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
What IS in the hearts of the BLM people? All I’ve seen has been hate and destruction and murder by them.
On the Black Lives Matter website, I found these statements!
~”We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement”
~”We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual”. Patrisse Cullors the Executive Director and Board President of BLM identifies as queer.
~In a 2015 interview, Patrisse Cullors stated that she and another co-founders “are trained Marxists.”
Black Lives Matter has been falsely claiming that cops are purposely hunting down black men and killing them, not true. Sense George Floyd’s death, crime has skyrocketed because BLM has been saying to get rid of law enforcement which has sparked much hate and destruction and riots all over the U.S which in turn has led to attacks and killings of police, burn down of buildings, and the murder of innocent children.
Fox News has reported that “June 29 to July 5, there were 85 shooting incidents and 27 murders in Chicago alone, with most occurring on the city’s predominantly African American South Side. Over the 28-day period ending July 5, there were 388 shootings in Chicago citywide — an increase of 76 percent compared to the same period in 2019 — and 95 murders. Over the July Fourth holiday weekend, 44 people were shot in New York City and at least eight were killed. When the number of police on the streets is reduced — a consequence of defunding or the even more absurd abolition of police departments — it’s inevitable that more Black and other lives will be lost as a result of increased crime.”
Black Lives Matter promotes a lot of violence and so many of their own supporters have killed other people because they disagree. We all see it on TV of the mob rioters wearing Black Lives Matter shirts. They are mad about the deaths of black men by cops but they completely ignore the deaths of so many others including children that have died as a result of their protests. One lady in Indiana was shot by a BLM supporter for just saying, ‘All Lives Matter’, and a man in a pro-Trump rally was gunned down and killed in the street of Portland by BLM supporters.
Fox News: “In Atlanta, there were 31 confirmed shooting victims and five deaths over the holiday weekend, including an 8-year-old girl named Secoreia Turner. She was killed while riding in a car with her mother by a “group of armed individuals who had blocked the entrance” to a parking lot, police said.”
Black lives matter also wants to completely abolish prisons, jails, and police. Why? We need a God-ordained governing authority, instituted by God to stand up for the innocent and persecuted. I will not kneel for BLM because that’s showing devotion and solidarity to them. Why would I do that? I can’t agree with what they stand for or the actions they have taken. I can’t devote myself to them and kneel as if they are my king or my God. I will only bow to my Lord Jesus Christ. BLM support Marxists. I’ve had someone ask, “What’s wrong with being a Marxist, so what? Well, before you dismiss this title they claim to be, you best do yourself a favor and look it up. What are Marxists?
“Marxism teaches that the best system of government is one in which wealth is distributed equally, there is no private property (ownership of productive entities is shared by everyone), and every citizen gives selflessly to the collective. The purported goal of Marxism is a government-run utopia in which the needs of each individual are always provided for. Ideally, the strong work hard, the inventive create technological marvels, the doctors heal, the artists delight the community with beauty, and anyone who is weak or poor or in need can draw on society’s combined resources as their needs demand. When this idealistic model is attempted in the real world, it is called “socialism,” “communism,” “statism,” “liberalism,” or “progressivism,” depending on the degree to which the model is explored and implemented.”
“Thus far, Marxism has never worked in real life—and, without exception, in the places where Marxism has been the governmental model, Christians have been persecuted. That’s because there’s a foundational difference between Marxism and Christianity, a deep divide that cannot be bridged. There are several aspects of Marxism, as a philosophy, that put it at odds with the Christian faith.”
“The Bible assumes the existence of private property and issues commands to respect it: injunctions such as “You shall not steal” (Deuteronomy 5:19) are meaningless without private property. The Bible honors work and teaches that individuals are responsible to support themselves: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The redistribution of wealth mandated by Marxism destroys accountability and the biblical work ethic. Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:14–30 clearly teaches our responsibility to serve God with our (private) resources. There is no way to reconcile Marxism with the parable of the talents.”
“Marxism is ultimately about material things; Christianity is ultimately about spiritual things.”
“There’s a reason why, in Marxist states such as Communist China and Vietnam and the old Soviet Union, Christians are always persecuted—the ideas espoused by Marxism are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ. The differences are irreconcilable.”
Christians, again, do your homework and start looking into it. I will not ever support a foundation that wants to disrupt the nuclear family. Why do they want that? Asks yourself, how is that a humble goal for families to support and shoot for? I will not support queer affirming networks that are against heterosexuals. Why would I support that? It goes against God’s design for marriage between a man and a woman! It’s a disgusting insult and violation of God’s law. It also goes against who I am personally along with millions of others.
In the link below is a video of a man that goes through audio made between the founder of BLM Patrisse Cullors is a zoom conversation with another woman named Melina Abdullah, Co-Founder, BLM Los Angeles. They both discuss what is believed to be witchcraft.
Melina says they “become very intimate with the spirits”
Patrisse says “I started to feel personally connected and responsible and accountable to them, both from a deeply political place but also from a deeply spiral place. In my tradition, you offer things that you’re loved one who passed would want, whether it’s things like honey or tobacco, things like that.” “It’s a very important practice. Hashtags for us are way more than a hashtag. It is literally almost resurrecting spirits so they can work through us to get the work that we need to get done”,
(I notice she says the words “literally almost” together. I find this interesting because “literally is equal to exactly” and “almost is equal to not quite”. To put them side by side in a sentence that talks of ‘resurrection of spirits’ makes me wonder if she wasn’t sure she should just come out and say they are conjuring up demons. Just something that crossed my mind.)
Melina says, “The first thing we do when we hear of a murder is, we come out, we pray, we pour out libation”. (libation: a drink poured out as an offering to a deity. Deity means, a god.)“When we say the names, we speak their names, we say their name we do that all the time. You kinda evoke that spirit and those spirits actually become present with you.
They are discussing how saying the dead person’s name, was an appeal to that spirit of the deceased to rise up and work through them. I remember hearing them constantly say the phrase at protests, “Say their names, say their names” when speaking of the black people that died by the hands of cops. I never thought anything about it till now.
I want to make something clear to Christians out there that may not know this because maybe you are new to the faith or coming out of a false religion that teaches this stuff but these ladies are not talking to people that died. They are not conjuring up spirits of those ancestors long ago and they are not asking those killed by cops to come and work in them. They are calling on demons and messing with the dark forces of evil. God doesn’t allow spirits of dead people to pop in and out of living people. The demons can do this to the unsaved and have and if these ladies are crossing over into black magic and witchcraft then they are messing with demons that will destroy their lives both physically and spiritually. Christians need to run as far away as they can from any support of BLM. Videos of the ladies below if you want to fact check.
Christian, if you want kindness in our country and people to care about the country then vote for people that love the country. Vote for the person that respects and helps veterans that fought for the USA. Vote for the person that wants to improve our country by making it stronger. When people start burning flags and shaming our country those people will vote for leaders that will also want to destroy it too and we will lose the land of the free. We may not have a candidate that’s a Christian to pick from but we need to look for one with good morals. Do they show kindness and love to others or are they supporting violence and encouraging people to chase others out of restaurants and stores that have opposing views? I read about protesters getting so angry, physically hurting, and attacking others for wearing a shirt or hat or waving a flag or sign supporting a different candidate and it’s so disturbing, that’s not something I would want to be connected to. Those people have every right to publicly support who they choose. As for us Christians, we do not hurt others like that. What party is the party of freedom and the party of kindness?
If you want the freedom of speech then vote for the candidate that wants it too and not someone that thinks it’s ok that you get beat for saying “All Lives Matter” or for fining or firing people for saying the wrong pronoun or even being arrested for making a Facebook post. Freedom of speech is good and we need it even though there are those that exercise it in the form of hate speech. This means others will have the right to say what they want (as cruel or hateful as it might be). Without a free country, we do not have freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech, we can’t be free to say what we know to be true. Oddly enough freedom of speech is already being attacked here in some states. One teacher lost her job for refusing to call a student by their preferred pronoun. We all know about the baker that was taken to court and sued for refusing to bake a gender wedding cake that went against his religion and beliefs. We even have a first grader that was sent to the principal’s office for accidentally calling a friend by the wrong pronoun. The child didn’t know the other kid changed their gender over the summer.
Then we have the subject of the freedom to worship, freedom of religion. In many countries, they do not have the right to worship how they want. Many Christian are persecuted for their faith. Pay attention to each candidate, do they tell us no church? Do they say we will be fined or have jail time if we worship? Do they themselves make a point to take God out of the Government? The link below shows John MacArthur being targeted by the State of California for having worship serves when they have told him to shut down. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2639426876374527&extid=t78Wkcvlka3dPbTS
As a Christian, should we be against open borders? Well, this can sound mean if we say yes but let me explain. It’s not that we don’t want foreigners coming to our country we just don’t want them coming in illegally. It seems those who don’t want to follow the law and go through the proper channels are the criminals. The criminals know they will be caught so this is why they want open borders. It’s way easier to sneak in. When we keep them from coming in just anytime, they want then we also keep our country safe from unwanted gang members, drugs and sex trafficking, and even viruses. This is also why we need strong military and police.
As Christians should we be for war or against the war when it is needed? Well, we should never just want war but shouldn’t be against it when we need to defend ourselves. God speaks of war many times in the Bible. God has said when He commands war in the Bible against wicked people that His people are to go and “completely destroy those wicked people” and make war until they are completely wiped out (1 Samuel 15:18). God is not against war and has called for it Himself on many occasions. We as Christians should pray for our country to be at peace but if it’s not possible because we are being attacked and harmed then we should pray that the Lord help us, guide us and go before us in that war. Below are several verses that show God commanding war and providing protections and telling His people not to fear. However, we need to also see that God doesn’t mess around in war either. We read that in these battles He commands some incredibly harsh actions to be taken but even more so there will be some very disturbing battles at His second coming. The second coming will be extremely violent.
Numbers 31:1–7~ “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Avenge the people of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward, you shall be gathered to your people.” So, Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian. You shall send a thousand from each of the tribes of Israel to the war.” So, there were provided, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand from each tribe, together with Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, with the vessels of the sanctuary and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. They warred against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every male.”
Deuteronomy 20:1–4~ “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’
1 Samuel 15:3~ “Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”
Joshua 4:13~ “About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the Lord for battle, to the plains of Jericho.”
There are many in the world today that want to get rid of authority. They want to get rid of the military, cops, and make people bound to them such as BLM and Antifa. The law enforcement and military are God-ordained and put in place for a reason but Christians already know that God is our ultimate authority. This next verse even says how we need to show submission to the authorities that are appointed by God and those who resist will incur judgment and wrath. So, be respectful for the sake of conscience but mostly to avoid God’s wrath.
Romans 13:1-7~ “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
Got Questions say: “Therefore, a Christian involved in law enforcement or police work is doing a good and godly thing. The police officer who enforces the just law of the land should consider himself or herself God’s servant and, toward the lawbreaker, an agent of God’s wrath sent to keep the peace. One of the most important jobs of every police officer is the restraint of evil in society—a dangerous career, a noble calling, and a profession congruent with a biblical desire for justice and righteousness.”https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-law-enforcement.html
How should Christians view the right to bear arms? Is this a biblical issue? Well, there is nothing unbiblical in owning a gun but the Bible does not outlaw or condone the possession of weapons. The believers in the Word do have the right to defend themselves and loved ones when threatened. In the verse below we see Jesus tells them to sell their cloak to buy a sword. For Christians, we should always consider the Lord’s laws in what is right and wrong and strive to glorify the Lord in our actions. (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Luke 22:35–38~ “And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
It just seems there is just no standard of right or wrong anymore, and bad behaviors with no accountability. Today we see so much hatred, destruction, and yes, even murder on the streets. Christians, stay focused on God and don’t be pulled into the emotions of all those that are doing these things. I will end with this verse and say, be kind to others.
Titus 3:1-11~ “Remind them to be submissiveto rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”
Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today I have dropped an episode with sweaty palms, and a knot in my stomach. Why? Because this topic makes me, as you’ll see/hear, quite uncomfortable. CDD, Christian Domestic Discipline, is a strange topic, but one that needed to be addressed. Those who are adherents to CDD believe that the husband should physically disciple his wife when she sins. There are several verses being used out of context to come to the conclusions they’ve come to, not to mention illogical reasoning, and the always disappointing use of ignoring the rest of a verse to force a meaning that’s not there. While I’m always passionate about the need to properly exegit Scripture with solid hermeneutics, I truly hope I don’t sound ungracious in this episode. I’d love to know, readers, if you’ve ever heard of CDD? Let me know in the comments below.
This episode was difficult to record, in fact it might be my least favorite episode yet. That being said, the bloopers might be in my top favorite! I hope you’ll at least skip to the very end and watch them, or if you’ve been through the whole episode and need a good laugh that they’ll be there for you. Below I’ve included a timestamped outline as well the Scriptures I discussed, and links to more information about this subject. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
TS 00:02:45 – What is CDD?
TS 00:03:20 – How did I hear about this?
TS 00:07:00 – The three separate ideas involved
TS 00:08:00 – A warning about researching this topic
TS 00:13:00 – How does this effects the Gospel?
TS 00:16:00 – Scriptures being used out of context.
TS 00:17:45 – Ephesians 5: 22 – 33
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
TS 00:27:17 – 1 Peter 2: 13-17
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,[a] whether it be to the emperor[b] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants[c] of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
29:30 – Titus 2: 2-15 & Titus 3: 1-2
2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Bondservants[a] are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Titus 3: 1-2
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
TS 00:36:00 – Please don’t revert back to works righteousness Reformed folks!
TS 00:38:15 – Example of how my husband rebuke my sin.
TS 00:46:00 – The difference between leading and dictating