Category Archives: Applied Christianity

The Holy Bible sets the standard for successful living and the clear cut ways in which all the rules are violated and giving us daily lessons in what to do, and not to do.

Absolutes vs. Anarchy

The late Corrie Ten Boom writes of her watchmaker-father who traveled regularly to Amsterdam to record the official timepiece of Holland and then return home to reset, correctly, all the clocks in his shop. On one such trip he inquired of the clock managers in Amsterdam how they verified the time. They said they always set their clocks by checking a little known watchmaker named Ten Boom who lived in a little town in the south. Naturally Mr. Ten Boom discontinued his trips to Amsterdam since he was setting their clocks.

How do you establish what is true

But what should they do? They could contact the Greenwich, England office which sets a standard for time by reference to a number of atomic clock organizations. That should do it. But let us speculate that a sunspot caused that electronic clock to lose a quarter of a second; then all three clocks would be wrong. All the official clocks in the world would be wrong as well.

Circular reasoning

I am going somewhere with this so stick with me. This is called circular reasoning because each individual is using another to set the standard. If we want truth, we must go outside ourselves to find it – to an eternal reference point untainted by error. But where is that?

Truth is outside

I have a Buddhist-Thai friend who pays no attention to her religion. She has no interest in Christianity or any other religion, simply saying that she will be in heaven because she knows she will be in heaven. Her family is Thai and she is Thai and that’s all she needs to know. But her reasoning about life (and I might add death) is circular. She allows others who may or may not know anything outside of themselves set her beliefs. Because Thai people have told her she is going to heaven that seems to be all she knows or cares to know. But of what value is that?

Absolute truth exists

Like the circular verification of the watchmakers there is no absolute reference point outside themselves. Truth is just what someone thinks and that can easily be wrong. The Chinese believe that the sheer numbers of people who believe something makes it true. Now try that with a group of people.  Let’s say a small town of all black people believes, as a unit, that they are all female. How can we do that? It is anti-science.  Think of Galileo here.  Do we jail people for agreeing with science? How can anyone say they are a different gender when science, i.e. DNA, tells the story for all the billions of souls on the planet.

Transgender is antiscience

Enter God. He is outside of everything. He knows. He alone can tell you if the watch of your life is set wrong, who you are and where you are going. There is no one as miserable as a person who allows other people to dictate who they are. This is called determinism which never allows you to change or grow.

Secular theorists bristle over the Judeo-Christian absolutes of a God and His Word. After all if there are absolutes and a God who made them then Man might just face a day of accountability.

Personal anarchy

Without those absolutes, individuals have a free rein of personal anarchy. The opposite of absolutes is the folly of allowing human kind to determine truth while knowing intrinsically that humans are flawed. To say that reality is not reality is the true definition of neuroses.

I worked in a juvenile prison and the most common thing I heard was, “That kid has a record.” Of course he did. They all did.

So I told the students, I don’t care what your record is. I want you to learn what is true about the good and potential in you, and how your life can be ruled. If you don’t rule yourself, the State will do it for you and that is a life of misery. Believing that your opinion is reality makes as much sense as planning a dental appointment for the year 2013.  It won’t happen; it can’t happen. Some of them heard me.

There are young people today who have this notion that they are another gender. This is not necessary. God knows who and what you are, so consult Him.

This is true for everyone. God can and will tell you who you are, where you are going and what you can do with your life. You may find someone who can help you along this line, but if not you are allowing people who don’t know the truth set the time of your life. And it may be wrong.

My own standard is the Holy Bible. I include all secular information which verifies God’s. It is my rock of belief. I am never disappointed.

Christian Bullies

Attending a large church several years ago I witnessed a sad event involving a badly disabled young man and a group of young prayer people. I was sitting on the front row between two services as people filed in to hear a special speaker. Several young ministers or possibly friends were praying for this man’s healing. It did not appear that he had actually asked for prayer. Unfortunately they forced him to walk up to the altar and back over a period of about 10 minutes. He was exhausted and crying.

Bullies want their own way

They then showed him scriptures, and as he was crying I could see grief over his lack of faith, his frustration, his agonized desire to please his friends and to be healed, and disappointment in God. It was all over his face. But most worrisome is these young ministers apparently did not know the Biblical pattern of the healed man taking his own steps after the word of God has healed him.

Not for one moment do I think these young men meant anything malicious in their actions. We were all young once in the ways of God.

But I reacted and whispered, “Oh no he won’t be healed.” A young woman standing next to me was clearly horrified and started praying against my prayers as though it was my negative confession that prevented him from getting his healing.

Assumptions keep us from truth

This woman assumed my comment prevented the healing, not realizing that faith is the substance of what is hoped for, not my observation that this man was being bullied into being healed. That won’t happen. God does not honor that kind of behavior.

It;s “Christian bullying.” The more they pressured this fellow and the more they forced him to walk on bent stumps of legs the more agonized his face. Everyone here was well meaning – so what went wrong?

God has the way his Kingdom is to be run

God insists that His work be done His way. This is the main flaw in churchianity today. The person who is to be healed is the one whose faith must be activated; the young men probably felt their faith was up to the task of healing the cripple. But that is not faith – it is presumption.

Presumption is not pryer

When I pray for someone to be healed I am fully aware that I have not one medical skill to offer. The only person who does any healing is Jesus. The only person who can receive it is the one for whom you pray, and that person cannot be forced into it any more than Jesus can be forced to answer a prayer the way you want.

Faith gets things done – but it may not be your faith

People often refuse to pray for another person’s healing saying, “But I don’t have enough faith.” True, you don’t, and that is quite right. You don’t have the faith to heal; you can’t in yourself heal anyone. I cannot fail when I pray for you to be healed because I know only Jesus does it. It is not on my back. But neither does 15 minutes of loud scripture reading and vocal pressure do anything either.

We are to use wisdom in praying for all men. Whatever else, this was not the right time, and browbeating this fellow not only did not get him healed, it increased his desperation.

Wisdom, and caution, must precede ministry every time. Ministers need to teach this lesson to their lieutenants because when they wrongly minister they bring grief to the Holy Spirit.

What Happens when You Deny God?

When Jesus died in Jerusalem the event went almost unnoticed to the throngs of people there for Passover. This is often the case with momentous events. Their seriousness is realized years, maybe decades later.

A large group denied God

In the future you will note the astonishing events of September 6, 2012 when the Democratic Convention denied God – three times. The video is clear. By voice vote – an essential element in this tale – the word God which had been removed was to be voted back in. Three times the noisy crowd said no. But the obedient convention chairman, reading the tele-prompter said by 2/3rds vote the return of the word God was endorsed. A politically wise Obama had demanded an over-ride of the vote. The verbiage was innocuous at best – it simply cited “God-given” potential, a sentence seen in previous convention platforms.

But what the American people saw was that an entire political party had clearly said no to God. For this there are consequences.

Denying God is common

First – God counts what we say. He created the universe with words; we create our universe with words. We are saved by public confession of our submission to His Lordship.

Luke 6:45 Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart.

Second, those who deny must make things right later on. Ask the disciple Peter. He denied Jesus three times and lost his discipleship in the process. The angel said in Mark 16:7 to notify the disciples and Peter. Peter is not considered one of the disciples in this sentence. But Peter will regain his post. Here is the scripture.

Matthew 26:75 Peter remembered Jesus’ words, “Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.

The Process to Make Things right

It was necessary for Peter to affirm the Lordship of Jesus three times before he was reinstated.

John 21:16 He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”

What, let us speculate, if Peter had died of a sudden aneurysm prior to reaffirming Jesus? Would he be in heaven or hell? I think Peter answers that question himself.

2 Peter 2:1 But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.

In Jewish law (not Biblical law) a man can divorce his wife by saying, aloud, “I divorce you.” And off she goes- no monthly stipend, no nothing. A child can be emancipated by the same process according to laws I read a few years back. If you deny parentage of that child and the court frees him from your rule in a twist of fate, you have to support him or her anyway. You don’t hear much about emancipation these days but the laws are there and social workers have studied them.

Judaism, Jerusalem and the Holocaust also denied

In addition the final platform removed reference to Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. There should be little quarrel with this. The Jews place Jerusalem as the capital and the choice goes all the way back to King David, thousands of years ago. https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Archaeology-DNA-prove-Palestinians-not-native-to-Land-of-Israel-594872

Now we really have God’s attention. Genesis 12:3 says those who bless you (the Jews) I will bless and those who curse you I will curse. The Muslims have decided that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel and their plan is to take over all of Israel and make Jerusalem their own, and rename it Ishmael by the way! That is equivalent to cursing God’s people. Insulted twice.

Denying something has no power to make it go away

Registered Democrats even though they did not take part in this convention or support the convention’s removal of the name of God are still legally responsible for the actions of their party. They denied the Lord 3 times- verbally, openly, for the whole nation to see – and Israelis and our foreign enemies were watching too.

To reverse the curse, affirm God three times

We can start counting the three times the Democratic Party now must affirm God. The ugly truth is now out of the bag.

It may be decades before we see the full consequences, but from God’s standpoint, 9/6/12 was as important an assault as 9/11.

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#emancipationofchildren #reversethecurse

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The Spiritual Roots of Abuse

plastic-womanOriginally published Februay 27, 2016 I have renamed it abuse to cover the main issue in violent and destructive behavior. Ultimately abusers do not know who they are and consequently they fail to recognize the personhood of those they abuse, including animals. It was originally entitled The Spiritual Roots of Islam.

Westerners have been for many centuries so isolated and separated from Muslim peoples that we are playing catch-up in our understanding.  We are hampered because we frequently don’t know a thing about our own  spiritual roots, any more than we know theirs.  It is easy to blame them for the massive evil on the earth, especially in Europe but their ways are creeping more into American life.

Abuse has a long history

At one time in the deep historical past, all men knew the same things.  They may not have obeyed those truths, but they were all on the same page.  They knew that God had created the heavens and the earth; they knew that a blood sacrifice was required for reuniting with that Creator God.  They knew that if you took a life, yours would be required of you.  This was prior to the Jews and their complete religious and social law.  Everyone even had the same language.

Languages separate people

After the languages changed culture changed and those assumptions, even though ignored, were gone and religious systems, magic, witchcraft, myth and Lord only knows what arose.  And out of Judaism arose Islam.  Today’s Islamic peoples do not know this, but their political-religious system is based on a lie.  Before we condemn them remember when you learned that you had been lied too?  You were furious – felt betrayed.

So for the moment ignore the fact that millions of Islamic believers are ignorant and deceived.  It’s the roots we are examining here, not modern man.  We’ll get to him in due time.

Two worldviews based on either truth or lies

The lie started with the birth of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham who had been promised by God that he would be the father of many nations when his wife Sarah had a baby boy. As it would happen, Sarah became impatient and suggested that her husband have a child by a slave woman.

The Islamic nations now living descended from their patriarch Ishmael believe that because he is the first son, they are  entitled to the promise God gave Abraham.  He is not.  God’s promises are specific and not open to interpretation or change. (Malachi 3:6 – I am the Lord. I change not.) Sarah had to be the mother of Isaac. Period.

It is an important point. God considers women important and gives them the equal right so to speak, to be involved materially in his kingdom. The greatest abuse of women and girls can be found in cultures that are neither Jewish nor Christian. God thinks the mother counts as much as the father in the family line. But I digress.

Thousands of years of Jew vs. Muslim fighting began. We in the West paid virtually no attention to it because it did not impact us very much. And Americans as a people have tended to address issues only after they become egregiously bad, so bad in fact that it takes much longer to solve them.

Islam vs. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, sent the Marines to Tripoli to deal with the Muslims.  Spain had to throw them out, as is happening now in Europe.  They have bombed and fought their way west having been told by their religious leaders that they are going to rule the whole world for Islam, by hook or crook.

Islam is a theocracy

Their religious book, the Koran, tells them it is acceptable to kill Christians (infidels) or in fact anyone else who disagrees with them.  Those are the simple facts and have nothing to do with my opinion or yours. Out of this lie has come forth all the evils we see in our headlines – beheadings, killing babies, stoning to death women who wear makeup or drive a car, in what is a complete disregard for the value of life. Life means nothing in the face of theological doctrine.

The Political Spirit

The international elevation of Islam as a violent political system which drives and feeds on evil is the natural child of a massive lie.  Truth begets truth; lies beget lies in increasing number.  If you have ever lied you know how hard it is to keep up with them; it takes more lying to do so.  It’s exhausting. We have no reason to believe any of this will change in modern life.

It is true that large numbers of Muslims have become Christians.  JewsNews on Facebook informs us of a continued stream of Muslims becoming Jews. Apparently the violence and the complete breakdown of life in the Middle East has prompted these changes.

Most people do not want to die, or see their homes, families and all they have worked for destroyed.  This has not happened as much in the USA where we have a more structured civil society.  But many Muslims still want and believe in a governmental takeover, so we must not assume they are willing to play by our Constitutional rules when they come here.  The root of the system is still a lie, and until that lie is broken the problem will continue.

Modern Muslims have added two principles which make things even worse. (1) Taqqiya: Islamists interpret their scripture to say that they are allowed to lie about the nature of Islam in order to further their political goals.  (2) Abrogation allows Muslims to ignore a previous Koranic passage in favor of a newer, better one. This essentially negates all verses that were written before the abrogation.  It also means you as an outsider have no way of knowing what the rule actually is.  So laws can be made up on the spot.

This kind of behavior allows middle aged men to “marry” girls of 5 and 6 years for a short period of time, and then un-marry them.  The results are pure wickedness, as often these children die from the sexual experience. If Sharia Law becomes standard anywhere in the USA you can be sure lawlessness will ensue.  Thanks to abrogation, it can change without notice and you are all of a sudden guilty.

Stark Contrasts help us to rethink

Now we are at the bottom of this business. If we in America had not been required to face this culture of death and its worldview we might not be able to understand ourselves and America’s role in the world.  Islam has rejected the Law of God both as it applies to Jews and more importantly as it applies to all men.

People as Things

If you do not believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and therefore all other humans, then what is a tiny child?  She is a “thing.”  This is called the reification of persons, making a human being a thing.  When that happens, the sky for evil is the limit. And sex trafficking is an example of the depths of depravity to which mankind can descend. https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-is-it-hard-to-bust-human-traffickers_2338465.html

Before we congratulate ourselves on our superior culture let me remind you that countless millions of American babies, mere “things” have been destroyed since 1962 Roe v. Wade.  In addition we have increased drug, alcohol, and porn here at home, an indication people don’t know who they are or what they are doing to God’s creation, their own body.

They think of themselves as things. Marriages break down because husbands think their wives, as things, should perform as things.  If they don’t they are replaced by other things.  Some women even believe this and allow themselves to be abused. Some men have 4 marriages before they figure this out.

Justification of evil

Sex perversion is not an issue to Thing People because the body is simply a short-term asset for a short-life so the consequences of evil behavior  in this life have no impact.  If you get STDs or oral cancer from oral sex, so what?  You were going to die anyway of something.  By the time an adult nurtured on these lies of origin wises up, it is too late to change the consequences of immoral living. The person who believes he is a thing, should he live long enough, may become totally depraved.  Workers in mental institutions will verify this.

Fortunately the demands of modern life are such that people may come to a quicker realization of their predicament.  They may not be able to change their minds completely, but at least they realize that the fruits of that lifestyle are not leading to the pursuit of happiness.

Theology for the lawless

At the root of this malaise is the theory of evolution which negates the principle that God created everything.  Evolution is unproven; but that bothers no one if they want to abandon all morals and do anything they wish.  For the lawless it is a perfect theology.  And it has become the quasi-theology of our age thanks to an ever decaying educational system and the silly notion that ideas don’t count. Evolution allows us to deceive ourselves that there are no consequences for behavior.  If the moral law is invalid then I can do pretty much as I please.  Whatever feels good! We see anarchy everyday now, shootings and marches,  burning buildings, lootings and shoplifting. Some political figures make their living stirring up trouble.

Jesus never asked How do you feel?

We are being ruled by emotions. Unhappy people are routinely asked How do you feel?  Jesus never said that even one time.  He said ” What do you think?”  Thinking precedes action. Feelings are a reaction.  For that I suggest Dr. Phil.  Feelings have no power to break the lie over a life.

How do you break the power of a lie- particularly one so strong that it makes demonic hirelings out of its most violent adherents?

There is no power against the Truth. That is why freedom of speech, religion, and assembly is not the last but the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution. The US Constitution is the set of rules we agree to live by.  Without that we are powerless to preserve our lives.  It means we should not allow others to shut us up. or change the Constitution wily-nily.

Abuse is political, global, theological, universal

Of course it will have repercussions – it always does.  Other people’s lack of understanding should not hamper your behavior.  If you know what you know, then you are free to repeat it.  Churches have also gotten cold feet about the truth, but I notice that many of those are losing members. People have an ear for truth who actually want it, and will not finance fraud.  I think we can expect some denominations to fade entirely.

Abuse is 13,000 years old

PBS featured a film of the oldest skeleton ever discovered in an area of northern Mexico. The 20-odd year old girl showed signs of physical abuse. So the mistreatment of human beings, thinking they are things, goes back to the very origins of mankind. https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/09/13000-years-old-ancient-skeleton-found-in-submerged-cave-near-tulum/

One of the major TV news stations reported, to their dismay, that over 70% of American young people believe in Biblical creation. Perhaps they had assumed that the mental conditioning which ignored basic truth had been replaced by the evolutionary thinking of amoral man.   I breathed a sigh of relief.  That is the first helpful prophetic idea I’ve heard in a long time.  When people go back to the Biblical way of thinking there is hope even if they are not sure why.  Thank you God.

The Devil can Write a “Christian” Blog

Here on vacation I thought, what a great time to read some theology blogs out there. My writing life focuses totally on what God says; let’s see what man is talking about?

Mis-take! What a colossal disappointment.

But how do you know when you are reading junk theology?

First, does it match the written word, i.e. the Bible.

Not what people say is in the Bible but what the Bible itself says. There are dozens of good, accurate translations of the Bible out there.  And there are plenty of phonies as well.

Here are some examples of stuff the Bible does not say.

  • Sex outside of marriage is OK. 👎

  • You can choose your gender. 👎 Sorry. DNA tells you who you are.
  • Your can murder people and it is OK. 👎 That includes abortion or killing a baby outside the womb. It includes old people that you think are a drag on the community..👎
  • You can tell lies and get away with it. 👎 Sorry God says hekl was for “all” liars.
  • Incest is fine. 👎 I read this on the Internet.
  • Slander and libel have no consequences. 👎 Journalist beware.
  • The Old Testament law is not longer required. 👎 The food laws do not apply now  but yes to the rest.
  • You can go to heaven if you are good enough. 👎 The church that tells you that just wants to you stay, pray, and pay.
  • The devil (Satan) is saved at the end of time. 👎 He wishes!!!
  • Everybody goes to heaven.👎 God loves everybody but he does not accept everybody.

Get your own copy of the Bible or download a free one from the internet and read it yourself. The problem is that there are 32,000+ verses and relevant ones are scattered throughout. Even reading the Bible through five times will not give you every option you need to learn the mind of God. Yes, that is discouraging but still not impossible.

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Sexual Perversion signals the Last Judgment

In other words – It is right now! (Warning -Xrated information)

The classic argument for the Rapture of the Church (2 Thessolonians 2) is the presumption that the Holy Spirit will be taken from the world, hence the believers, and this exposes evil in all men who are left.

This is a misreading of the plain scripture

The Holy Spirit is merely allowing the public to see the evil rampant for what it is in all its ugliness. It does not say the church believers are gone. In fact we are watching this plainly right now. https://stream.org/theres-nothing-wrong-with-9-year-old-drag-queens-if-theres-nothing-wrong-with-sodomy/

Open Letter to Baptist Pastors

It was peculiar blessing to have graduated Meredith College many years ago. It was a fluke. I went to the local state university but I was wearing a campaign button. The head of the department said to me, “Don’t expect to come here if that is your political persuasion.”

That tells you the sorry state of public education does it not. So I drove four miles west to Meredith. And it was the best place for me. I didn’t know the gospel and I learned it there.

Today, many decades later, I returned to the mountains to write having spent the intervening years getting my MA in Christian missions, working on a PhD, and serving in the Philippines, China and home missions as well. Then I joined a Baptist church for the first time.

I learned there the sad state of Baptist believers. So many were unhappy, or bored, or stale. I found Baptist friends struggling with sin and unexpected hopelessness, loss of family, divorce, loss of friends, health and employment. In every case I discovered one symptom – they all believed as a Baptist they knew everything they needed to know.

Well, not even Jesus’ disciples had that luxury.

Christians do not know everything

John 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Yes, God said His word was perfect; he never said the Bible was the last word. On the contrary He said He would send new information as it was needed. The whole book of Revelation is about just that – the continuing revelation of His will and His words.

He scolded the Jews for not accepting new truth. Jeremiah 25:4And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.”

He even kept his mouth shut for 400 years so that when he finally spoke again they would listen. They didn’t. The Apostle Paul got so weary with the Jews of his day he said he would go to the gentiles. Jesus originally said he was sent first to the house of Israel. But they didn’t listen.

Why listen if you already know everything

Baptists are not the only people living on assumptions. My good friend Jack is obese. He gets constant comments over his weight. He does not bother to tell them that an operation turned his colon kappyjaw; he is in pain much of the time. I found so many people living in the world of untested, unproven assumptions that I entitled my first book Immaculate Assumptions. And if they are about God that is what makes them immaculate; you can’t touch them.

Assumptions remove our hope

As a counselor for seven years I heard the gamut of assumptons.

  • I assumed my husband would be faithful.
  • I just assumed I would stay married all my life.
  • I assumed that when I voted for him he would do as he said. But he has supported everything I do not believe in.
  • I assumed I’d never have trouble finding a job, but now I am disabled.
  • I assumed my boss was Christian. He said so. But I learn he is into child porn and going to jail and taking my job with him.

There are people whose lives are so shattered they make the opposite kind of assumptions.

  • I assumed I could never get an education because I grew up in the projects.
  • I assumed because I had a drug problem I’d never be free.
  • I assumed that because my dad was in jail I wouldn’t amount to anything. He told me so.

There are so many problems in Baptist teaching I won’t even start. But first to save people from their assumptions we must show them teachableness. They can’t learn if they don’t want to or they fear what will happen to them if they change their mind. The Bible says ‘we have the mind of Christ.’ But have you seen that recently?

He has something new every morning.

If we did have the mind of Christ we wouldn’t be here, now, thinking the same things. God is moving on. The new churches may have some error, but they have something else – worshipers. They know God is open ended. He has some basic teachings…original sin, salvation through the blood, obedience to the Old Testament moral law and continuing education. Discipleship is not the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.

Baptists, and others will find freedom and happiness when they give up the love of the law and start loving their lawyer.

The Difference between a Christian Life and an Obedient Life

We’re getting down to the wire here in the USA. We find a host of malcontents and anarchists on one side – a very vocal group, and on the other, an increasingly disgruntled class who want their country back. That means a return to civility in the public square, a modicum of morality and at least a little patriotism combined with a sense of community values and goals. This is what the Greatest Generation fought and died for.

This malaise happened while the great mass of American Baby Boomers were living the American dream and the standard Christian life. What went wrong?

The late Senator Jesse Helms (R. NC), not known for sweet speech, said this about the compromise eating away at our nation.

Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?

https://www.azquotes.com/author/6533-Jesse_Helms

Helms’ slices were the loss of international bargaining power, the increase in entitlement spending, indulgences in wars and unwise treaties, and rising debt all of which impacts the family unit as a symptom of creeping socialism. Losing your nation one slice at a time can be applied to morality, the dumbing down of public education, the acid of inflation, loss of trust in our institutions, sports events and processes, even educational testing. Everything is on the skids.

There was a time of public formality when husband and wife addressed each other as Mister and Misses. Today small children come out with f-bombs at WalMart, in parking lots and on TV. Apparently there is no grandmother available to spank them, and spanking is also out of style.

The Christian Life plays by the rules

All this happened while Americans were living the Christian Life. But at the same time divorces increased, plus alcoholism, drug usage, reduced church attendance and even some Christian churches going rogue, dumping the Bible and personal moral behavior in order to match the personal lives of their parishioners. School demands deteriorated.

They raised their children to be good citizens, to finish their homework, to eat good nutrition, to attend a church, to learn the rules of an egalitarian society, to pay their taxes, to take vacations and live a balanced life. Parents were trying to keep the rules but they kept slipping out of their grasp. Living the Christian life by the book was not enough.

Obedience to God means getting your hands dirty

God’s command to us is to be change agents in a fallen world and when they did promote change they were seduced by compromise. Many who did run were gifted and well meaning, but they were lured by political forces into accommodating to others “to get things done.” It became a political stepping stone for ambitious people and the bologna was sliced a little thinner. For all the reforms they brought in, standards and consequently results deteriorated.

“Token” women, blacks and Hispanics, and more recently transgender and whatever, found themselves where they did not belong or where they could not be effective because the way we did business in every corner of life was politicized.

In contrast there is the obedient life.

The Obedient Life, in contrast, requires sacrifice such as Martin Luther King Jr., or Gandhi, or the brave little black kids who faced cat calls and possible physical violence entering a white school or college. Not all brave soldiers made the evening news; countless kids were fearful, and after the schools were segregated, all children also faced danger daily because so many people were resistant. Black and white parents were cautious and worried. The obedient life is not always open to public review; many suffered in silence.

The real Christian life costs you something. We look around for people to serve on committees or run for office or head important reform groups and we can’t find them. They’ll say “I’ll get the Kavanaugh treatment,” perhaps the most embarrassing drama to be seen on recent TV, which should be reviewed during every political season to expose the opportunists in Congress who showed their true stripes. (Bret Kavanaugh was publicly slandered without a shred of evidence from is critics, a major violation of his rights as a citizen.)https://www.theepochtimes.com/grassley-kavanaugh-probe-by-fbi-found-no-hint-of-misconduct_2678807.html

The word “to bork” is in the English language after Robert Bork’s reputation was dragged through the public mud, in spite of the fact that he had stellar qualifications. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork_Supreme_Court_nomination

The Supreme Court is now the papacy of the secular humanism religion trading indulgences for votes from aggrieved groups.

How can we ask people to endanger themselves and their families especially when the basic tenants of jurisprudence were trashed in a torrent of accusations without a shred of evidence? Who would stand for office given that scenario? And yet that is just what Jesus would ask us to do.

Well we can, in Jesus’ Name we can. There is a sign on NC route 74 going west to Murphy through the mountains. It says this.

God said, “I sent someone to discover the cure for cancer but you aborted him.”

I wonder if God also has a sign that says, “I had candidates for office who would turn this country around but they refused to run. I had singers, and poets, and writers, who were willing to face public shame and humiliation to fight for the right but you would not support them, give them a job, or join with the crowd to
condemn them from some ill-defined sin.

And then there were those who said, “I’d rather not expose myself to that kind of public abuse.”

So God said, “How do you think Mary liked being thought a fallen woman when she had a baby out of wedlock, according to the gossipy women of her town? Don’t you think that hurt? That went on for years and then when Jesus died, they said, she deserved to lose her first born son for having that baby without a real father. She was an embarrassment to the Jewish faith and to Nazareth. And what about Joseph? Some men say, I’m not going to raise some other man’s baby.  But he did not.  He obeyed.  It cost him something”

This is where we are now in 2019 America.  Where are the obedient people to pick up the mantle of reform.


The Importance of Shall vs. Will in Scripture

American grammar has taken a hit in recent years and so the fine point of the difference between using I shall and I will has lost its punch. But in the Bible the difference is especially important because when God says He shall He means quite something difference from He will.

Will as a Verb

Will, as a verb, has two distinct meanings, often muddied together. Will can be a future event and a decision, opinion or plan such as, “I will walk more for health reasons.” Shall, however, means a decision or event is set in stone.

Example: The meeting will be at 8 p.m. Clearly the meeting has no mind of its own and cannot will something to happen. Will, is this case, is an intention or a scheduling item referring only to the future.

Will as a Noun

The will of man is another, and a more important use of the word. When someone says I have written my will, they mean that after they are dead others should follow through on their wishes. As anyone can testify, more often than not the will of the living prevails, and the inheritance may be entirely lost or stolen. Your will lasts only as long as you do. There is the will of the devil too. God speaks to this when the evil one gets uppity in Isaiah:

13 You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens,
I will raise my throne above God’s stars.
I will sit on the Mount of Assembly
far away in the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.

God’s shall is forever

God’s response to Satan is “You SHALL be brought down to the pit.” When God says shall, the issue is settled. It is going to happen. Man’s will and the devil’s will are temporary; God’s shall is forever.

Pay attention to this word shall in your Bible and see what God has to tell you.

We’ve included this in Cornerstone Content because the Bible is about words; even Jesus is referred to the “word of God” meaning what God had to tell us was alive through Him.

#UnderstandTheBible

July 4, 2019 How to Pray for Your Country

At some point in the 20th century the churches told their members not to spend time in politics. And just to make sure, President Lyndon Johsnon promoted and passed the Johnson Amendment preventing ministers and churches from preaching politics from the pulpit, a clear violation of the 1st Amendment. That amendment is still on the books and President Donald Trump has it on his do list to get it repealed. You can pray that is repealed.

Meanwhile the Devil was listening and thought, “Hey, I have plenty of people I can run for office,” and the results we see now in legislation and Supreme Court decisions violating the basic principles of both the Jewish law and Christian life. God has not given human beings the right to change His laws for our convenience or opinion. Marriage is still between one male and one female, and DNA now clearly defines who is male and who is not.

If you can’t believe the Bible you might believe science.

Thinking yourself transgender does not make it so. Ask people who diet all the time – Does thinking you are thin actually work? Life is not about our emotions, what we feel, or even what we hope. Life is about what is. We can change our lives by bringing ourselves under the reality of a loving God.

Prayer for America

Many Americans have lost their grip on the truth so here is a prayer for the salvation of our nation.

  • Ask God to protect our leaders (even the ones we don’t like, or who are warring against us) to gain wisdom about the whole picture and guard against those who would destroy our nation from within.
  • Ask God to turn our public schools around from social experiments back to places of learning the skills to be winners in life. Ask God to expose the wrong books which have encouraged sexual license for young people and other deviant behavior. Pray for the teachers; no amount of money can pay them for some of the stress they must endure.
  • Pray that churches will take up the responsibility of praying for the government to change the atmosphere of their communities as the Bible demands.
  • Pray that the millions of Americans who have been seduced into thinking sex, drugs, wealth, fame, and power are the route to personal happiness realize their folly before it is too late.
  • Ask God to tear down the giant monopolies in media, books, and TV that censor our thinking, news, ideas and personal relationships. We can think for ourselves.
  • Ask God to reveal to us all personally those areas where we have compromised with evil and need to change our thinking.
  • Pray that new, enlightened and passionately patriotic people will run for office regardless of the cost and slander they might face.
  • Pray that your state government will stop partisan and self-absorbed bickering and realize they are there for the general good, not their own careers.
  • Pray for the safety of your law enforcement people and their families. They live in fear that the angry and discontented mobs will rule the cities and make their job harder.
  • Pray that the millions of people worldwide trying to get to America to succeed turn around and return to their own nation where they can revolutionize their native land and make it great with God’s help. That is what we did 243 years ago. They can that too.

What Energizes the Media Hate Machine

We explain things here. There are many reasons to believe that the three year barrage against anything Trump or Republican, or conservative and now Christian is somehow attached to clear demands of an ever-greedy media’s 24/7 need for salacious the-sky-is-falling news, or better yet “breaking news.”

Or perhaps it is injustice at the local level, strange anti-American doctrines coming from inside the schools, or the immigrants rattling things for their own benefit. Others point to the deteriorating economic conditions of the years 2008-2016 when households lost an average of $40,000 because some people thought a business was too big to fail.

God knows the heart and inner nature of man and how man behaves. The emotion behind the giant hate movement is jealousy. You might not have thought it so. http://Proverbs 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Jealousy is the rage of a man.

Rage is irrational energy against an individual or group. There is a difference between jealousy, envy and covetousness. Covetousness wants what you have, but does not necessarily want you to lose what you have. Envy wants to own what you own, that is, to deprive you of what you have. Both envy and coveting are relatively passive.

But jealousy is the strongest emotion of them all. Jealousy believes that what you have actually belongs to them by right and energizes them to get back what they think you think you own – but do not.

The Entitlement Mentality

The 2016 election as much as said so. Hillary Clinton believed she was entitled to be president. The Democrats believed they were entitled to the White House and the taxpayer money which they could use at will as they expected to win the Congress as well. Futile attempts to link Russian collusion and Trump failed with a mammoth price tag of $35 million and still counting because they were so entitled they believed no one could have otherwise won without chicanery. What began as deception quickly became delusion and it has not stopped. (To see the link between deception and delusion check here. https://wouldyouconsider.net/2016/02/16/deception-vs-delusion-how-they-are-linked/)

The Seduction of Entitlements

Entitlement includes the sexual revolution; that abortion money – abortion is the largest unregulated industry in the US – entitles them to sex without responsibility or accountability. Entitlements include rights – the right for someone else to pay for your health care, or your housing or your college education. These rights are now so extreme we are asked to accept the assumption that a nearly aborted baby should be allowed to die because the doctor failed to manage the abortion.

Then there is the jealousy over President Trump’s ability to reach people, to turn over his government income as a donation to a needy cause, his obvious popularity, and his ability to solve or work towards the solution of problems that have stumped previous presidents.

If you believe you are entitled to government support for your lifestyle and every whim of course you are enraged. No amount of rational discussion can calm the waters of selfishness. And unfortunately if there is a righteous cause in all this, it is lost in the palaver of media and angry protests which drown out any reasonable argument.

Media people also believe they are entitled

They cite the Bill of Rights Amendment number one – freedom of the press. Unfortunately the amendment does not require journalists and political pundits to tell the truth. As long as they fail to present the news, and whole news, and to leave their opinions out, they will learn that advertising dollars will silently go away and they will have no job, no bully pulpit to the relief of an exhausted viewership. Christians are required to tell the truth, but where are religiously motivated people in the media – anywhere? The Christian viewpoint is largely absent in the public square.

Jeaously is 4,000 plus years old.

We see this jealousy, envy and covetousness in the uninterrupted Antisemitism for 4,000 years, infecting the Middle East as the cause of never-ending wars and internal strife. Militant Islam is the keeper of that emotional flame and that governs everything it does. It is a lust never satisfied.

Since the United States defends the Jewish nation, and has been a long held ally, Americans are on the Islamic hate-list as well. The war against Americans began with Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492, date which coincided with the followers of Allah being evicted from Spain. The Muslims created our calendar and they remember dates. If they want revenge they can go back a thousand years if they want to and get the right date.

We are told that God “is a jealous God.” This means He has the right over His people and His property, and He will protect you and defend you. Unfortunately, many believers, both Christians and Jews, do not know this promise and flounder around looking for help from non-divine sources, when it could all be managed correctly.

Finally the end of that verse above says that vengeance will have its due. It appears that the jealous man will be the one administering the vengeance, but we know that Vengeance is mine, says the Lord. I will repay. The Jealousy which causes so much public grief today will see its judgment in the end.

#mandarin #chinese #allemand #cantonese #francais #Vietnamese #Muslim

Your life in Christ is hidden

Look at a picture of a group of people. Can you pick out the Christians? You’d probably be wrong. We are told to grin by the photographer, and since they say Christians are happier they’d all look happy. The one Christian with a grumpy face might actually have diarrhea. So externals are not the key.

Truth be told God does not want people recognizing you externally for your faith. Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

This needs some explaining. What is dead in your old self?

Baptism symbolizes death to your old life

When you were baptized in water that indicated to the world that you were washing away not just your old sins but also your interest and commitment to committing new sins. Baptism is the outward evidence of an inward change. Of course in real life, we continue to struggle. God does not suddenly make us perfect in our natural life because the process of dealing with our innate propensity to disobey God must be over come.

Overcomers create their personal success

That is why God applauds the “overcomers.” They have learned to use their new found relationship to the King of kings to fight off temptation. And that does not happen overnight. God’s new life in us is spiritual, and since we cannot see spirits we do not notice the changes in others, and frequently not in ourselves.

God may call you “dead,” which you are in theory, but you are still going through the process of holiness, yes, that is what it is called, that brings you out of the habits of sin and into a life of peace and joy. So Paul can say this:

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Holiness was once a major tenant of the church

I’m willing to bet you haven’t heard this message in church. Modern believers don’t like the idea that they need to clean up their act. Many lose heart as they struggle with addictions – gambling, gossip, time-wasting, apathy, critical spirits, complaining, food and alcohol, and today, worse than all the others, sex.

A group of middle age women I once taught, mostly single, were shocked to learn that after you are saved all forms of sex outside of marriage are a no-no. Some groups applaud their sexual license by forming whole congregations. Do not expect to find any truth told there. That group of women got rid of me post haste. They didn’t want to hear it.

First John says, 1 John 1:8 If we say  that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. A congregation of people involved in open sin, and applauding themselves will have no truth to offer to themselves or to others. It’s delusion.

https://wouldyouconsider.net/2016/02/16/deception-vs-delusion-how-they-are-linked

But this does not tell us why God hides the believers. It is simple. The purpose of the gospel is to draw men to Christ while human beings are drawn to other humans. A person who is a leader upon whom the public showers accolades is often the very person who falls into sin, very publicly.

Tiger Woods used his down time

Being hidden is a form of protection. People do not need to know where you are in God; they need to know where they are! But we push leaders and celebrities and often that brings them into public condemnation. One recent victor over personal sin is Tiger Woods. his turnaround is remarkable. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/17/tiger-woods-presidential-medal-freedom-president-trump/3490395002/

And just as you would expect people will now cut him down for his amazing turnaround, the sorry lot of celebrity status. Tiger’s being away from the public eye for so many years was actually a way for him to be protected and make life changes without interference. Tiger may not be a believer but his case is still an example of being hidden while you focus of making critical changes in your life.

Sin is personal; salvation is personal, and God wants Jesus, his agent of salvation, to be the center of who we are and what we do, not a public display.

Counselors frequently suggest that individuals and married couples have a yearly assessment of their “business plan” – where God is taking them, what needs to be changed, and how they are going to reach those goals. I’ve done this myself recently, I’d advise it for you too.

What is faithfulness

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Bobby’s mother spent a month that summer buying clothes and talking to him excitedly about the first day of school. He had a smart little blazer, a new Batman lunch box and a drink container and lots of goodies in the backpack. The day finally came. Mother took him to school.

The following morning at 6 a.m. she awakened him for school.

“What,” he said, “not again?”

Yes, Bobby again and again and again. That is what discipline and faithfulness are. The life of faith is doing it every day. You mean I must study the Bible every day? And pray every day? every week?

Right. Salvation is not an event but a walk from the beginning to the end. Of course there are ups and downs, days we think we can’t possibly be a Christian or that the whole thing is impossible. But faith grows as it is exercised like a muscle that gets stronger. Someday believing will not be so hard or demanding.

It is called the bread of life for a reason.

Prayer: Lord, teach me to be faithful and patient with myself when I falter so I can stay the course in life.

5 Reasons Why Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

Naaman needs a healing from leprosy, a disease which eats off your extremities, nose, fingers and toes.  There is no know cure at that time. But he is not a Jew and knows nothing of that religion.  In Old Testament times, people believed that gods were strictly local, that is based on geography. The God of the Israelites however, is God over the whole of creation. Naaman the Syrian does not know this. Even today the Chinese believe that Jesus is white and an “English” God and that there is an “English heaven” where they go separated from a Chinese heaven.
2 King 5: 5 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on[a] raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She [b]waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”  So Naaman starts thinking.
Maybe this slave wants me dead. How can I return to Israel and not be slaughtered? I need some advice here.
So he goes to his king and the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

The letter will allow him safe passage in a foreign land.

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

Problem Number 1: 

Naaman went to the King of Israel but the servant girl said to go to the prophet. If you go to the wrong person you get the wrong results.

There is no benefit by asking Buddha, who was not god and never pretended to be, or the great sage Confucius of China, or Falun Gong or any human person or system. The God of Israel is the one the prophet speaks for and to. 

The king of Israel jumps to false conclusions and thinks Syria is trying to start another hot war. Fortunately Elisha, the leading prophet in Israel, heard about the soldier’s request and intervened.

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house.

10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”  Naaman is a “big man” and he is being spoken to not by the prophet but some underling!  This is insulting to a man of his stature. This is how he reacts.

Problem Number 2:

Having an ego trip, anger towards God and a hissy fit will not get good results. In fact they block God’s work and will.

11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the [c]Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 

Naaman thinks the prophet should act and react in another way. Too often we reject the best that God has because we do not recognize that this is His way and we are wrong to expect something else.  Naaman has assumed that because of who he is the process should be different.  God does not regard people’s persons, their status, their money or their assumptions. Anger, in addition, does not motivate God to do something you want. Your need is not why he fills it.  He answers the prayers according to your attitude of gratitude and worship of him, not of yourself or your position.

And Naaman doesn’t like what God has required.  He thinks the water in Israel is inferior. What he does not realize is that the water does not heal Naaman; it is the Lord who does the healing.  But will Naaman get over his hissy fit and obey God?

Naaman’s servants say something like this. “Look Master, we’ve traveled a thousand miles to see this prophet. Can’t you go back and do what he says?” 

13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

Problem Number 3:

Partial obedience.  Naaman could have dipped in the waters once or twice and thought he’d done all that was necessary.  It is easy to do something half easy when God is involved and think you have been obedient. Well, half a loaf is better than none. In God’s case no.  A half loaf is just that – a half loaf.

 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

We are relieved to learn Naaman has done what he was told. He was healed because of his act of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. So dipping 7 times in the waters were acts of faith.  Maybe your act of faith must be repeated seven times as well.  Frequently we do not get our prayer answered the first time around. Naaman is not finished learning his lesson.

Problem Number 4:

You do not buy the favor of God. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”

16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

The gifts of God are not for sale.  Of course Elisha needs income.  Everyone does. But payment for services rendered is not part of God’s kingdom.

Elisha goes on: 16 But he said, As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

We think we are done with this story but Naaman hasn’t finished with his lesson.

17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord18 Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.”
19 Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.
This is an interesting passage. Naaman recognizes that when he goes into a false god’s altar it might be misconstrued that he was there worshiping as well with his boss. Elisha sees that Naaman’s heart is right towards God and encourages him.  In modern times Christians often must work for companies which have unrighteous practices but we know that God knows our hearts – that we are not taking part.  I had a friend long ago who quit a major Fortune 500 company that had drunken parties and felt he could no longer stay. If God tells you to go, then do it.  But you might also be there to stay for some other purpose He has for you. Now Naaman faces another test, but not his test but Gehazi’s test. Naaman was not raised in the Jewish culture. He does not know Old Testament law, so he is not accountable for it. But Gehazi does.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”
22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’ ”

(Gehazi is lying.)

23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to [d]the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 

Two talents is a huge pile of money. Naaman is innocent.  If you are innocent of the laws of God you are not held accountable. Jesus said, “Where there is no law there is no transgression.” When the law is known there is sin and you are accountable, as is Gehazi, who now plays dumb.

25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?”
And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”
26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?

Elisha has a gift which showed him what Gehazi did; in the New Testament this is called the Gift of Knowledge. And he also knows what punishment God will enact which is called the Gift of Wisdom.

Problem Number 5:

Your prayers are not answered when your motives are wrong.  If Gehazi needed a raise, a promotion or a transfer he was supposed to get it from God, not mooch off someone else’s ministry, and that with deception.

There are different levels of accountability according to what you know. Naaman is judged as a foreigner who does not know the laws of God but acts righteously given the little he does know.  Gehazi however is in the ministry and held to a higher standard and he and his family are cursed forever for greed and lust of power. Now if your prayers still are not answered I suggest you fast and pray and maybe God will give you the better answer. #answeredprayers #hearingGod @ImmaculateAssum https://www.WouldYouComsider.net Quora Cornelia Cree

You’re divorced but convinced you are still married? Yes, in the Bible it’s so.

After my husband divorced me in 1989 I still felt married, legally, so I did not date or even really consider remarriage for many years. Finally a few years after he died and I knew I was free to marry again, I ended up at the huge Prestonwood Baptist Church In Plano, Texas where Jack Graham, Senior Pastor, gave a sermon on this topic. It was a total surprise.

Yes, said Pastor Graham, if you, the wife, never had sex with anyone but your husband, that is you did not commit adultery, then no matter what he does, you are still married. You are called a widow only after he dies; meanwhile you are still considered married and he is the one who is committing adultery while he lives. Because you both are “one flesh” you become an adulterer because he has a 3rd person in your bed.

Man’s laws don’t apply with God

Keep in mind that God does not recognize the law of man in His Kingdom. Man’s laws are only for this world and the world system, a world system we are told not to love. But His law – that we are to love.

The fact that you have a piece of paper from say – The State of Indiana – saying you are divorced does not mean you are divorced in God’s eyes. He is eternal and he has eternal rules. Divorce may be true on earth but it may or may not be true in heavenly places, and God’s word there is paramount.

Matthew 5:31-32 King James Version (KJV) Jesus said His law for Christians is tougher than the law for Jews.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

However the minute you marry again or have sex with someone you are not married to, the marriage is officially over in God’s eyes and you become an adulterer because of what you, the wife, did; whereas before you were an adulterer because of what you legal husband did. Remember in this case man’s divorce laws are not in effect. At no time does God say the innocent woman has “commit” adultery, only that now she shares the classification.

A friend has been an “adulterer” for 30 years

To back me up I later met a fellow student from grad school who had the same complaint; her husband had married a Taiwanese woman back in the 80s but she had remained faithful to him. In her case she was still an “adulterer” because he was still alive, something she rued to that day. But she is a missionary for her denomination so she does not mind her position. Being faithful is not a strain. When you are obedient to God’s perfect will, he has blessings for you.

I can honestly say that after 35 years of singleness, the smartest thing I never did was get married again. But being happy is not why you recognize or obey God’s law. You do it because it guarantees blessings from Him. I sleep like a baby every night. I have no guilt over past misadventures, although I still have commit other kinds of sins which I regret. But sexual license is not one of them.

Sexual purity is a test

Sexual purity is an important test in God’s eyes for your sincerity as one of his family and an acid test for the ministry.

If you are still “married” to an unfaithful man, wait for God to free you. In the meantime I hope this helps you understand God’s laws in this matter.

#adultery #accountability #deathofspouse #God’slaw

God is in the Details

When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities.
When GOD doesn’t solve our problems, HE has faith in our abilities.


One may observe God’s accuracy in the hatching of eggs…
those of the Canary in 14 days;
those of the Barnyard Hen in 21 days;
Eggs of Ducks and Geese in 28 days;
those of the Mallard in 35 days;
Eggs of the Parrot and the Ostrich hatch in 42 days.

Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!

See God’s Wisdom in the making of an Elephant…
The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction.  No other quadruped is so made.  God planned that this animal would have a huge body…  too large to live on two legs.  For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The Horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.
A Cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

Each Watermelon has an even number of stripes on the Rind.

Each Orange has an even number of segments.

Each ear of Corn has an even number of rows.
Each stalk of Wheat has an even number of grains.
Every bunch of Bananas has on its lowest row an even number of Bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

The Waves of the Sea roll in on shore Twenty-six to the Minute in all kinds of weather.

All Grains are found in even numbers on the stalks..God has caused the Flowers to Blossom at certain specified times during the day.

Linnaeus, the Great Botanist, once said that if he had a Conservatory containing the right kind of Soil, Moisture, and Temperature, he could tell the Time of Day or Night by the Flowers that were Open and those that were Closed.