Given Over to a Depraved Mind

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I recently heard a video clip that made my stomach turn. Never in my life have I heard such a fulfillment of God giving man over to a depraved mind.

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40

This has always been one of the most chilling scriptures for me, it’s accountability for how we treat the brethren. However, there is at least one tv evangelist who has taken this scripture so totally out of context as to squeeze and twist the entire meaning out of it.

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This person is Creflo Dollar. The clip, which you can look up for reference if need be, (being fair warned that it will make you want to throw up) is of this man preaching that this scripture shows that sexual activity with a believer is sexual activity with the Lord. I do not understand the over sexualization of the Trinity, or how anyone could read such sickness into such an important verse, other than being given over to the depravity of their mind.

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The warning I want to give to you all, beloved, is to avoid anyone who is sexualizing the Word, or the Lord we serve. Dollar is not the only one doing this, there is a strange delusion working in the ‘new age’ modernized churches that have a certain emphasis on promiscuity. They have thrown out sober-mindedness, and are thus taken to hyper-emotionalism. The manipulation, beginning with the rhythmic music, continues on throughout the service, is based all too often on money. How did the idea that ‘sex sells’ find it’s way into the church? I have no idea, but it’s disgusting, and we need to separate from it.

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I didn’t even want to write this, honestly, the lewdness is far beyond what I could stomach. This is obviously much worse than my usual Tuesday twisted scripture, out of context verses used to confuse or mislead the body. However, this blasphemy is so grievous to my spirit that I had to address it. I write this in warning, friends, to not only avoid such teachings but oppose them. Warn your brothers and sisters in Christ, and keep your family from this.

As always, beloved friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!

The Heavens Declare

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For the next couple months every Monday I’m going to be discussing the solar system, each planet, and how it shows the glory of God.

One of the questions I’ve asked and heard my beautiful daughter ask as well is why God made such a vast universe. I think that we are, as man, so naturally selfish that we can not comprehend why things would be made that we can not see, feel, or experience. Until recently, most of what we’ll be discussing wasn’t even viewable.

Did God make the other galaxies as a sign for our time, since we’re the first ones to see them? Does that suggest this generation is truly entering into the last days, and are thus without excuse? We’ll go over this in more detail throughout the series, but we must first start within our own solar system.

 

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I have to admit, this is one of my absolute favorite topics! Next week we’ll begin with the sun, and the recent research being done on the subject. We’ll follow through the solar system after that in order and eventually make our way further out.

Before we go further, however, it’s important that we mark the difference between astrology and astronomy. Christians should, at all cost, stay away from astrology and any type of divination. The heavens declare His glory, not what type of personality we’ll be born with.

Astronomy is defined as a branch of science dealing with the universe as a whole, space and celestial objects within it.

Astrology is defined as the study of movements of said celestial objects and their interpreted influence on human affairs.

The study of astronomy is a noble field of science which peers into the very creation of God. Astrology is not a science, but a form of paganism with which Christians should separate ourselves from. We should have nothing to do with any pagan practice, whether it’s the zodiac or palm readers, separate yourself from these things.

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I will be writing on astronomy only, I pray that if any of you have had something to do with astrology that you repent friends. Join me, friends, on this journey every Monday through the creation of the great Creator! As always, be good Bereans beloved, and study to show yourselves approved.

Fossil Friday – Polystrate Fossils

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These are my favorite types of evidence for creation, the ones that make for gorgeous pictures! When you drive past great ridges of every color you get the feeling that the God we love is an artist of tremendous magnitude.

What evidence am I referring to? The fossilized trees found standing upright in the middle of layers of rocks. These rock layers should have taken millions of years to be laid down. How is it possible for a tree to withstand millions of years all while lying upright? No geologists question the impossibility of this. Yet, they see no reason to change their theory, they have faith in evolution despite evidence otherwise.

What do these trees really show? Quickly laid down layers from a great flood. Why do so many both within the church and without want to refute the validity of Noah’s flood? To those unsaved Noah’s flood relates Gods judgement on the wicked, and their own complete inability to stand in the face of His wrath. To the saved, or those claiming to be saved, Noah’s flood seems as though we serve an angry God so they choose to ignore it, or in more serious cases, refute it.

There are two questions then, did the flood happen? And, do we serve an angry God?

As a believer we must accept the truth, Jesus Christ Himself spoke of the flood as a true event. Even if there were not massive evidences all over the world got a global deluge, the Messiahs testimony would be all I needed to believe.

Are we serving an angry God? This question is confused by mankinds seemingly endless ways to misunderstand God Himself. God is not sometimes omniscient, He is always omniscient. He is not sometimes loving, His loving kindness knows no end. Psalms 7:11 says God is angry with the wicked everyday. God is always all the things He is, He is not man that changes emotions like they were going out of style. He is always loving, always just, always merciful, and always angry with the wicked.

How can that be? Let me ask you this, friends, why do you find murder so deeply disturbing? When someone abuses a young child, why does that make you righteously indignant? Because you love Gods creation, the young innocent particularly. If you had no love for humanity you would find no angry in the murder of innocents. Gods love for His creation is the very evidence for His anger against the sin which corrupts them.

Beloved, Gods Word is true. We can stand on it firmly.

Why Testify?

For the past couple months, I have posted a testimony every Wednesday, and I intend to continue that pattern so long as I have testimonies to write about. However, I wanted to take a couple weeks to divert from that, just to give a simple explanation of why we testify, what a testimony is, and what makes it so powerful.

Why should we give our testimonies? I’m not a Greek scholar by any means, and although I thoroughly enjoy word studies, I’m simply not knowledgeable enough to give you a well laid out explanation of the different words in the New Testament for testifying. What I can tell you is that a testimony is very important, we read in John chapter 3 that no man received the Messiahs testimony. Paul speaks of the testimony of Christ in 1 Corinthians. Christ told His disciples to dust off the dirt from unbelieving towns from their feet, as a testimony against them.

fullsizeoutput_1501As I read through all the scriptures in both the New and Old Testament on testimony I recognized the double-edged sword that it is. In one hand a testimony is proclaiming truth to the believers, on the other hand, it’s proclaiming judgment on the lost.  Why testify? Because Jesus Christ didn’t come to this earth to create peace but to divide. The goats from the sheep, the wheat from the tares, good fruit from bad fruit. Without this understanding, I never would have seen I was lost and in desperate need to be saved.

It was a man’s testimony against sin, and for Christ, that revealed my own depravity. Until I had heard the testimony of Christ, I believed I had saved myself through the sinner’s prayer. I was in bondage to sin until the day the Lord saved me and freed me. There is the idea in our current culture that if we love someone we will not correct them. Don’t make them feel bad, don’t offend anyone, no one is going to want to go to church with you if you’re telling them a list of rules to follow! So everyone keeps their testimony to themselves, for fear of offending anyone. But is this really love?

I believe it is love, but not love for others, love for self. Becuase we desire for the world to like us, we want to be accepted, we want our friends and family to respect us, we keep our testimony to ourselves. I pray that God will give you, and I, a desire to love the lost more than we love our own reputation. Beloved, do not be ashamed of the Gospel, proclaim to anyone who will listen the testimony of what God has done!

There are many preachers and teachers that will not warn their congregation of hell, they do not seek the glory of God, but rather desire to be worshiped themselves. Jesus Christ, Himself warned about hell more than any other man in the Bible. How can we, being His followers, not do the same? How can we give the lost the Good News without first telling them the bad news?

If you have a testimony I would be blessed to hear it, please feel free to write them in the comments. The lost who stumble onto this humble blog might read it, and believe. For my own personal testimony, click here. As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!

 

A Book Review of Buried Alive

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This is a book review of Jack Cuozzo’s book Buried Alive the Startling, Untold Story About Neanderthal Man.

Jack Cuozzo is an orthodontist that went on the adventure of a life time in this true story. He took his wife and five children along for the ride, and it was a wild ride. There is intrigue, suspense, science, creationism, skeptisicm, and car chases. What more could you ask for? Out of all the educationally focused books I’ve ever read this must be the most exciting. It’s filled with Jack’s personal walk in faith, providintial breakthroughs, and original x-rays of the Neanderthal man.

If you’re skeptical then I would highly recommend this book. If you’re a long time creationist, and want to see it from another view point, I highly recommend this book.

Testimony of Paul Washer

 

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Last week I wrote about Charo Washer’s Testimony, so I think it’s only fitting if today I write about her husbands. It was, after all, a Paul Washer clip that first brought me to a recognition of my own sin and my desperate need for a savior. His testimony is one of extremes, he went from a sinner to a missionary. How did God change his heart of stone to one of flesh? Listen here…

 

Why does it matter? – Evolutionism vs Creationism

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Is refuting evolutionism important for the believer, or is it ok to side step over this issue?

First, let me say that every member of the body of Christ has its own individual calling, their own unique gifts that enable them to perform that calling. I am not asking the question ‘should you, personally, be blogging about creationism as a Christian?’. What I am asking is whether or not evolutionism is a stronghold that needs to be taken down.

I believe it is, and I also believe it’s imperative for the body of Christ to be made aware of the dangers lurking behind deep time.

Why is it so dangerous? Mostly because our students are not being taught that evolutionism is a possible means for the origin of our universe, but that it is certain fact. For decades now generation after generation was inundated by evolutionary falsehoods passed off as fact, refuted quietly some time after being taught in biology. I mentioned a few of those here.

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This insidious deception has made its way into the church as well, as wolves crept into lead believers astray. These wolves convince believers not to take the Bible seriously, it’s just a book like any other, full of fairy tales.

These two points make evolutionism a stronghold, and we are commanded as followers of Christ to tear down every high and lofty idea that sets itself up against God. I encourage you, friends, to get informed on this issue. Is it important for the believer to be able to refute evolutionism? Absolutely, someones soul might one day be riding on your ability to answer. Creation.com is an excellent place to start, they have a magazine and creation magazine live which gives a summary of the articles written. Be good Bereans, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.