Twisted Tuesday – Liberty or Sin? Christians Cursing

A couple months ago, dear friends, I began noticing a few different things that were bothersome to me. I saw professing believers posting foul language, alcohol, and photos of themselves smoking cigars. If that’s you, before you scream legalist, or tell me all about how you have liberty in Christ, please read the entirety of my posts. Maybe we can help one another understand the other side a little better. First, I have to tell you that when this issue became too frequently placed before me I did what the Bible tells wives to do, I asked my husband. If you have a believing spouse I would encourage you to go to them in these matters, and search the Scriptures together. It’s such a blessing to have a spouse who can help in these areas! He showed me there’s really two categories here, Sin and Christian Liberty.

If you’ve followed me long enough you know already, I love a good series of posts! So I’m going to dig into each category, focusing on the three issues listed above. Today I’d like to tackle the language I’ve heard and seen posted on social media. I have heard, or read foul language from pastors, “worship bands”, Christian sites, and professing Christians on social media. How can this be when the Bible clearly tells us not to let any unwholesome words come out of our mouth? The only argument I’ve heard for this type of behavior is Christian liberty. We need to be clear, brethren, our liberty does not cover sin. Furthermore, this type of language spoken publicly, on social media, causes men to blaspheme the name of God. I have family members who will not hear the Gospel because their hearts have been hardened by Christians acting like pagans. At the least we ought to love the lost enough to show self control.

I’m not referring to the off chance you stub your toe and let out a bad word by mistake, beloved. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m speaking directly to the preplanned action of writing out, and posting or speaking publicly, this type of language. Does that fall under Christian liberty, friends? Even if Paul was referencing swear words in Romans, which he clearly was not because that would be contradicting other verses, you’re Christian liberty begins and ends in love for the brethren. If you boasting, or proudly posting on social media, about your liberty offends a brother is sister, then you’ve officially crossed beyond your freedom in Christ. Even to that point, why would we ever feel it scriptural to boast of our freedom in Christ?

I found this article by CARM very helpful in understanding whether or not cursing is sinful. As we go out into the world and share the Gospel we’re often met by foul mouthed pagans, and most times their language, though not surprising, is difficult to listen to. We ought to be about the business of edifying and encouraging one another, but hearing so many using the same language as the lost was anything but. If you’ve read this and recognized you’re guilty as charged I ask that you would search the Scriptures. Don’t take my word for it, take His Word, and when you see these verses have been used in proper context, repent. God is gracious and forgiving, He will not allow His children to remain in sin. Stay tuned for next Tuesday, we’ll address Christians drinking. Spoiler alert, my concern is the boasting, bragging, picture taking attitude behind the glass. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. (This was a serious topic, so here’s a little something to make you smile)

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Twisted Tuesday – Have Faith in…Faith?

Do we wield faith as a force to get what we want from God, or have faith in God for salvation? Let’s discuss the Scripture twisted to give man more authority than he actually has.

Hello dear friends, I hope this post has found you all doing well. Today I want to talk about a verse misuses in such a way that it binds heavy burdens on many. I’ve seen first hand the hurt this twist in Scripture causes those who genuinely desire to be obedient, yet have been led astray by false teachers. The verse, or I suppose I should say verses, are those in reference to Jesus Christ healing someone and saying their faith had made them well. While there are several verses with similar phrasing I had to pick just one, so let’s go with Matthew 9:22.

In the original Greek text the word faith here is not a verb, it’s a noun. Unfortunately those in the WoF movement have turned it into a verb, suggesting that we need enough of it to become healed. This is another case where the full counsel of Gods Word clears the misunderstanding up. It’s also a point where Church History can be helpful, as faith was never considered a force to be wielded at God before the 20th century. When the Scriptures are taken as a whole we see that there are times when Christ healed those who had no faith in Him, or had no clue who He was. He did this out of mercy, and in the end we see clearly in the Bible that Christ healed everyone He intended on healing.

Suggesting that faith is something we most have, and use, to convince God to do what we want Him to do is a challenge to His sovereignty. It also teaches those who are zealous without knowledge that it’s their fault their children are sick, or that they can’t get well themselves. In this way these false teachers bind heavy burdens upon people, while attempting to placing man in a seat of authority over God’s will. Does God always will for everyone to be healed? If that we’re the case Jesus was disobedient in His earthly ministry. At the pool of Bethesda He only healed one person, though we’re told in the Text that there were many there. Let God be counted true and every man a liar, Christ lived a sinless life in full obedience to the will of the Father. Still to this day God heals those He decides to heal in His sovereignty.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t pray for healing, or for others who are ill. It does mean that we are in no way, shape, or form, responsible for the sickness not being removed. Those who were written about in the Bible having faith had faith in Christ Jesus, not their own ability to believe. In ourselves there is nothing we can boast of, no power, no ability, no magical healing faith. Salvation, sanctification, justification, and yes even the miraculous, are all of Gods grace. This is why I constantly exhort you, beloved brethren, to take the full counsel of Gods Word. Read in context, and recall that chapter and verse breaks are not sovereign, you may have to go back a chapter or two to get the full picture. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Understanding Slander

Beloved brethren today I have yet another very serious topic to discuss with you. I wanted to write about this some time ago and was prevented, it’s a shame it falls so close to celebrating, here in America, Independence Day. Before you light your grills, pop your pyrotechnics, and sing your Greenwood, let me make a solemn plea. Recently I’ve been very grieved by the open letter of Beth Moore, and the overarching criticism of the social gospel proponents. Both of these groups are openly accusing brothers in Christ of sinful behavior without providing evidence or proper church discipline. I’m not sure if this is a twisted verse, or if it’s just being ignored, either way today’s twisted Scripture is 1 Peter 2:1.

Honestly, slander is mentioned multiple times in Gods Word. Specifically in the New Testament, as you’ll see in my pictures, it’s listed with some truly heinous sins, things every born again believer would rightly recoil at. Repeatedly throughout Scripture God is showing how very seriously He takes this sin, yet Christians today are flippantly throwing slanderous accusations around as if Gods Word has nothing to say about it. Any sin should grieve the born again believer, why would we so enjoy the very sin that slashed the cattail into our Saviors back? The very sin that drove the nails into His precious hands and feet? Gods wrath was poured out on Christ, and make no mistake His was the victory that day, not defeat. This is a victory we can all rejoice in! Yet do we sin so that grace can abound? Let it never be!

I chose 1 Peter 2:1 as the verse for today because of the therefore. This is one of those times when the chapter breaks can cause confusion, just remember dear ones that chapter and verses are not inspired but we’re added much later as an aid for study. Therefore we always need to check what the therefore is there for. In the previous chapter Peter details that as born again believers we ought to sincerely love one another. How could malice, envy, and slander show love? It can’t, friends. In fact, in Thomas Watson The Ten Commandments he details all the pagan civilizations who had made slander illegal. Even the pagan knows how serious this sin is, and do those who claim Christ’s name blaspheme it by slandering His body?

This is why church discipline is so well detailed in the Bible. We have the perfect plan of God for how to handle sin within the body of Christ. Ignoring that perfect plan, Beth Moore decided to release an open letter accusing Christian men of sexism. Social gospel advocates have done the same, smearing believers all over social media. Sexism and racism are sinful, and need to be addressed, with names and evidence not broad sweeping claims that we all just need to be ‘woke’. Slander is sinful and needs to be addressed. Those who use social media as a way to mask this sin are going to be held accountable to God for every idle word spoken, and I pray they repent. Beloved, let us not fall into the pattern of slandering one another. If we see sinful behavior in a brother or sister, call them out specifically, rather than accusing whole groups of men. Let us do so in love, praying they repent, rather then with malice, envy, or strife.

Brothers and sisters, the great evidence to the world that Christ has truly saved us is that we love one another. Beth Moore, in an open letter essentially accusing all SBC men as sexist by listing anecdotes rather than names, is not loving. Not to mention the idea that she had to wear flats because she didn’t want to be taller than anyone has absolutely nothing to do with sexism, and wasn’t even something she was asked to do. That aside, accusing mass groups of believers of anything without evidence, whether it be sexism, racism, or any other type is ‘ism, is slander. I’ve gone all over this country from church to church, each corner of America, and have never heard a single brother in Christ make a racist or sexist comment. That’s not to say it isn’t happening, but where it is happening that particular person needs to be addressed. I know this was a lot longer than my usual posts, but I felt this subject was heavy enough to deserve more care. Please pray for those who are slandering the body of Christ that they would repent. Pray also for our brothers in Christ who have been hurt by these false accusations. As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Series on Feminism in The Church – Part I

Beloved, I’ve been hoping to write about this for several weeks and was unable to give it the proper attention it needs. I wish I didn’t have to address this, it’s actually one of my least favorite subjects. I grew up in a house with no men, it was very feminist minded. So I’ve seen first hand the damage that comes when you abandon Gods perfect plan for families. I couldn’t express how grieved I am, now, as a young believer to see that same abandonment within so many churches. So, with that being said, I just want this first part of the series to be an introduction into what we’re going to be discussing.

Feminism, as it relates to the body of Christ, is our focus. We’re going to go over it’s attack on Christianity, marriage, and it’s connections to witchcraft and new ageism. My goal is to warn born again women of the dangers in locking arms with this movement, and to encourage born again men (particularly the shepherd’s of Gods sheep) to protect the flock against these wolves. I pray that, by the end of this series, more brothers and sisters will be watchful that these heresies do not find their way into your church, or pulpit.

This is a very contentious issue, so I ask you all the bare with me in love as we destroy these speculations, these lofty ideas, that have set themselves up against the truth of Christ. It’s going to be painful, especially for my discerning brothers and sisters who grieve along side me at the infiltration of a God hating ideology in the ‘church’. As the body of Christ I pray we can stand together against this, and as born again women I ask that we pray together for the men in our churches, pulpits, and homes, who are the main target of this movement. Next week we’ll look specifically at the roots of feminism, it’s history of attacking the body of Christ, and it’s hatred for Christianity. Until then, please pray for me dear ones, as my heart can hardly bare the pain when seeing the multitudes of lost women full of hatred for the very Man, the very Christ, who would save them. As always, my beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Cosmic Child Abuse

This is one of those Twisted Tuesdays that turns my stomach. When the topic of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross comes up it brings joy to our hearts and tears to our eyes. Unfortunately there are some who say this never happened, because if it had it would have been cosmic child abuse. Have you heard this, dear ones? I have certainly, though phrased slightly differently, however I heard it from an agnostic. I was shocked to learn it was first suggested by those who claim to be Christians themselves.

This twist in Scripture revolves around the doctrine of penal substitution. Rather than twisting one verse in the Bible, liberal theologians challenge the very veracity of it. Some have suggested that it would be too harsh for God to punish Jesus Christ for sins someone else committed. They say, instead, that God forgives us simply because He is loving. Some even go so far as to say that Christ never existed, that the Bible can’t be trusted, yet they still call themselves Christians. Their heresy has become an argument used against Christians by the lost to this very day.

When we examine this reasonably we see that any judge who does not pass a sentence for a crime is not loving, but criminal himself. If someone were to brutally kill someone you loved, then stood before a judge and said ‘I’m really sorry judge, I won’t do it again’ should the judge let him go? Would it be loving for that judge to set this murderer free? Of course not! God has set Laws for mankind, we have broken those Laws, so to forgive us our trespasses without payment for said crimes would be unjust. God is just, He is a good judge, He is not slack nor is He criminal. Whether by Christ on that Roman cross, or in hell, sin must be paid for. God is not harsh, cruel, or unjust to have poured out the wrath due us on Christ. It’s the most merciful thing that has ever been done.

Men who suggest that God would never punish Christ for our sins have made the same mistake we see so often. They’ve lowered God to our level, and raised mankind to His. Sin, in their eyes, is really no worse than white lies. God, in their theology, is not the Righteous, Holy, Sovereign King of Kings, He’s just like you and me, a pal, a buddy that’s far too busy to notice all our secret sins of thought and deed. The idol they’ve created doesn’t match the God of the Bible, but they found a solution for that, they simply threw out the Bible. God is good, He is Just, one day He will sit in judgement over the world. How will you answer Him on that day? Do you foolishly imagine that you will shake your fist at Him? My dear friend, when your sins are laid bare before Him you will search out hell just to hide yourself from His holiness.

Penal substitution is a doctrine we can not afford to let slip, not even in the slightest. God is good, you and I are not. We have sinned against a Holy God, we are without hope in this world, depraved wretch’s unable to save ourselves or stop the very sin that condemns us. Christ as our substitutionary sacrifice, dying in our place, paying our debt, is the only hope we have. It’s a grand hope! Faith in Christ Jesus alone saves the wicked sinner! Any who preach a Gospel other then that are heretics, preaching a Christless, crossless, Gospel that can not save. Beloved brethren, this is why we must pray and study Gods Word, so that we will know how to give an answer for this hope within us. So, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Abundant Life

Beloved, todays twisted Tuesday is one that I’ve been considering for weeks. There’s sadly more Scriptures being taken out of context today than I can keep up with. This one is actually connected with something I’ve been wanting to address, this man-centered focus that has invaded every part of life. Whether it’s the Me Too movement, or the prosperity Gospel, from secular to religious, we’ve made man the idol we worship in the West. So the verse we’re going to untwist today is John 10:10.

The dismal part of these verses being misused is that their true meaning is missed. In chapter 10 of Johns Gospel Jesus tells us one of the most unbelievable truths in Scripture, that He is our Shepard and will lay down His life for us. He says that we’ll hear His voice and know Him. What happens when you just snatch those two words out of this verse? You get a man-centered gospel that’s all about having an abundant life, healthy and wealthy, here and now.

It goes far deeper, and is much more sinful, than most realize. We expect the world to worship idols, and to hold all the glory for itself. However, when those professing to be followers of Christ make man the center they steal the glory due God. Christ did not die so you and I could have an abundant life, He died in our place to pay the penalty of our sin. He died to save us from the wrath that is to come. Suggesting otherwise is preaching a completely different gospel. Recall, dear friends, that wealth and power were the very things Satan tempted Christ with in the desert. Is it any surprise we see the same tactic being used today by false teachers?

Friends, the fuel behind the man-centered focus in our world today is emotionalism. We no longer ask what the Bible says, rather what does it say to you? Not what was done at the cross, but how does it make you feel? We’ve received this amazing gift by the grace of God, let us spend our time here on Earth glorifying God because of it. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – First Born

Friends, todays Twisted Tuesday topic is a grievous one as it pertains to our blessed Lord and Savior. How difficult it is for us, as believers, to hear these slanderous words spoken against the one who died in our place! It’s a combination of fear for the one speaking, anger that His name is blasphemed among the nations, and sorrow that He is not being glorified as He ought. All of that is to say, dear ones, that I did not want to write about this today. Every Twisted Tuesday I long more and more for that Celestial City! Can you imagine how beautiful it will be, brethren, when we live together for eternity without sin? I praise God that we are only pilgrims here!

There are teachers and televangelists who suggest that Jesus Christ was not the only begotten son of God. They suggest that He is just the first born, and we are all sons and daughters just like Him. This is another case where God is brought low and man is lifted up in His place. For this they twist the last part of Romans 8:29 which does call Christ the firstborn among many brethren. Why on earth they feel this portion of a verse negates John 3:16 is never explained by them. This is why, dear friends, we must take the full counsel of Gods Word. What does it mean that Christ is firstborn?

Remember, brethren, for good hermeneutics we use exegesis not eisegesis. So, without reading into the Scripture what we want it to say, let’s use context to read what it actually says. This chapter is not, in any way, suggesting that we’re sons and daughters like Christ is. Instead, it explains our adoption! All throughout the Bible Firstborn is used, not to refer to the literal first born son, but as a title of honor and inheritance. We see this with Ephraim and Manasseh, when the title of Firstborn is actually transferred from one to the other in Genesis 48. The Firstborn can be the first male born, but this verse in its proper context is referring to Christ’s inheritance and place of honor.

When we take the other verses of where we stand we actually see more legal language. It’s adoption! We are not like Christ in any way, shape, or form. He is God, He condescended to become man, He did not need to be adopted, grafted in, saved or sanctified, He is the perfect, blameless lamb of God! In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word became flesh! Let’s compare that to what happens to us, beloved.

We are wretched sinners, who daily break Gods Commandments, and are unable to save ourselves from the wrath that is to come. Even the very repentance we have as believers is a gift from God! To become saved we have to humble ourselves, bow our knee to Christ, repent of all our sins, and place our trust completely in His finished work on the cross. At that point we are grafted into the family, allowed into the inheritance of Christ ONLY by His righteousness, His shed blood which covers our sins. See the major difference, brethren, between us and our Lord? He has always been the Son of God, even before time and space were created. You and I, we’re blessed beyond anything we could ever deserve to have even been made in His image, much less to have received forgiveness, salvation, and sanctification because of His sinless life, sacrificial death, and rising from that tomb.

Why is this distinction so important that it not only needed a Twisted Tuesday devoted to it, but the longest one I’ve probably ever written? This teaching is a symptom of a deadly disease. It’s idea that we’re all gods, we’re all on the same level of Christ, we’re sons and daughters just like Him. Friends, if we’re on the same level as Him then we don’t need to be saved by Him. When we see this type of theology the disease itself is unrepentant hearts. No heart that has seen its own wickedness and cried out to God for forgiveness would dare to suggest it’s on the same level with the sinless Lamb of God! These are false converts, they’ve been sold the ‘try Jesus for 60 days’ modern gospel. A false convert is very difficult to win because they believe they’ve already saved themselves. I should know, I spent well over a decade as a false convert. It’s only by the grace of God that I have been saved!

Beloved, I hope you’ll forgive me for this long post. And friends, if you’re reading this and you’ve held the belief that you are just like Christ, repent. Please, fall down on your face and ask God to change your opinion about Him, to correct it, ask forgiveness for daring to assume God is just like us. Brethren, take the full counsel of Gods Word, continue to be good Berean’s studying to show yourselves approved.