Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Little Leaven--Terrible, Terrible Abominations!

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Genesis 6:5-6
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2 Peter 3:7

It is truly a sin sick and twisted world.  The greater the rebellion against God and His Christ, the more evil men get.  In Romans 1, the chapter that outlines growing apostasy,  Paul warned that sin would grow and mutate into deeper wickedness and that men would become inventors of evil things without the guidance of the Word and without social checks and balances.  When that society becomes so sin sick and corrupt that it will no longer listen to the Holy Spirit and God's Word, then its "cup" of wretchedness would be full and the wrath of God would be poured out.   

What could be more evil than the open sexual exploitation of children?  (The posts that I am about to share make me literally to sob and weep.) What can fill the cup of wretchedness more than inventing the fantasy that innocent children are objects of sexual desire.  Yesterday, the news reported that professional mental health workers were meeting to revamp the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders and they were discussing normalizing  pedophilia.  Any child who had been horribly victimized by a molester knows just how sick these abhorrent people are.  They are terribly traumatized for life.   Are Mental Health Professionals Working to Normalize Pedophilia?

Today, it has been revealed that a fashion company in France has produced a line of lingerie for children as young as four.  Yes, four! Adult-inspired lingerie marketed for young girls -

These are more indicators that the apostasy is intensifying daily.  God will not stand for this much longer!  He will vindicate these children!  His grace does demand a chance for men to repent and turn to Christ for salvation.  His justice demands that the guilty pay eternally for their rejection of the gospel and their continuance in sin.  It is only His mercy and grace that keeps judgment from falling immediately.  Now is the time to call on Christ.  Even if you are involved in pedophilia, Christ died for you.  He loves you and wishes to deliver you.  Choose today to serve him because time is short.  Pray that God forgives your sin and covers you now.  There is only one name that Heaven recognizes for those seeking salvation--Jesus Christ!  Even a sin as gross and as sick as this can be forgiven because Jesus took that penalty on Himself at the cross.  However, there is a huge and everlasting penalty to pay if you do not accept God's gift of salvation--turn today!  Time is so short!

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Little Leaven

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1 Corinthians 5:6

This verse is a portion of Paul's answer to a report that there was a man in the church of Corinth sleeping with his step mother (1 Corinthians 5:1).  Rather than dealing with the sin of this believer the members were bragging about their liberty in Christ to do such things.  It was as if they believed that forgiveness and grace were a license to sin.  Paul's response was much different.  He called for the man to be put out of the church until there was genuine repentance.  However, this was not an action of legalistic hate.  His purpose was clearly redemptive.  The church needed to sorrow over sin and not parade it around in such a way that the name of Christ was blasphemed by the world (see Romans 2).  This man needed to repent of his sin and be healed of it.  Only a tough stance would bring this about.  It is believed by many, including me, that Paul addresses this same situation again in 2 Corinthians 2.  There it seems that the man took this sin to the cross but was not restored to fellowship with the now embarrassed church.  Again, when God is harsh it is always with a view of redemptive love in mind. This is why those who are spiritual are supposed to help one caught in sin with a spirit of meekness lest hate sets in under the guise of religious zeal (Galatians 6:1).

In Galatians Paul uses this very statement again.  "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Galatians 5:9)."   Here he is addressing legalism.  Wow!  The same concept for extreme ideas--rampant sin and excessive religiosity.  Both are deadly!  Truly, sin unchecked and unaddressed mars a church or a society no matter what form it takes!  That is why God gives us the fruit of His Holy Spirit.  Just Sunday, I shared the significance of the number nine in relation to these fruit.  Nine is a biblical number symbolic of giftedness and fruitfulness, but it is also symbolic of judgment.  God has judged your fleshy attempts to love and such as worthless; therefore, you need to learn to rely on the fruit of Christ's Spirit.  What a thought!  However, I don't have time to elaborate.

We can clearly see this concept in some of the things that are happening today.  Here is a paragraph from a recent post "What Ever Happened to Men Like William Wilberforce?"  My point then was that the law to teach children about homosexuality and the law to allow sodomite marriage would eventually lead to other wicked acts as being normal.  It is clearly happening.  Here is the paragraph.  "In the last few weeks we have seen the passage of laws that tear down society and enslave men, women, and children to wretched sinful practices.  We have seen another state enact laws against traditional marriage under the banner of "freedom" with mantras like "who is it going to hurt"?  It hurts everyone!  How many sins did it take in the Garden of Eden to cause us all of this trouble still today?  Since the passage of this abomination there are those who will now seek to adopt children and twist their minds with sinful practice--and we think this does not hurt society?  Gay marriage raises prospect of NY adoption boom - US news - Life -"

This is proving to be true to a greater degree even now.  Currently, there is a conference in Baltimore where a group of mental health professionals are considering the thought that pedophilia is not an abhorrent practice but normal behavior.  It seems that the words of Paul are proving true today!  A little leaven does leaven the whole lump!

A Little Leaven

Monday, August 15, 2011

Get Out of the Barn!

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luke 12:17-19

Jesus' warning in the letter to the church of Laodicea is a reminder for us to stay ever vigilant.     (* See Revelation 3)  That church was so unperceptive about their true spiritual condition because they seemed to be preoccupied with worldly lusts and affairs over a relationship with Jesus and a ministry to a lost world.  It had grown so lukewarm that they assumed that godliness was indicated by the vast amounts of things they owned.  I wonder if they did not feel that the beauty and splendor of their stately buildings were what drew people to God?  Rather than getting out in the fields and getting their hands dirty, they had decided to stay in the barn and ogle over all they had amassed.  Jesus did not call his redeemed ones to work in the barn, but he has called us to gather the wheat in the field--to carry on the ministry of reconciliation.  The barn (church) is where we get the necessary tools to go out into the field of humanity and reap the end time harvest.

Are we any different today than the church of Laodicea?  We gather in the barn a few times a week, sing a few songs, say a few prayers, entertain ourselves with a Sunday School lesson (for those few churches who actually have a Sunday School program left) and a sermon or two, and then we go on through the week assuming we have done God a "service".  We surmise that "service" is applied to our time in the barn, so we call it that--service. The true service Christ is looking for is in the field where the hurting, lost, and dying masses are headed down the wide and broad road of destruction.  He is longing for a people to get out of the barn and into the fields before the precious fruit of the earth drys out and the fires of judgment sweep across the land.  Maybe we have forgotten the cost for our inactivity--it is only the eternal souls of men, women who will spend eternity in a lake of fire.  Have we become a "Come To" church and not a "Go Ye" church?  Are we saying come to the barn for a good time, or go into all the world and preach the Gospel that saves the lost sinner?

The man in Jesus' parable above longed to build bigger barns to store all that he assumed he would later enjoy.  There was one big problem; however, he ran out of time.  It is sure that this whole world is running out of time as well.  Therefore, it is important that we redeem the time we do have for the days are evil.  It is high time to get in the fields once again before the darkness of the impending Tribulation overwhelms us.  Truly, the night is coming when no man can work.  What are you going to do; hide in the barn or work the fields? 

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 9:4-5

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