A foundational misunderstanding that can lead folks down the wrong path

I recently had a discussion with someone who has the belief per him “we live in a New Testament world where all things are permissible but not all things are profitable”
He was referring to a loose translation of 1 Corinthians 10:23 in which the discussion of that chapter was about being able to eat of something that had been sacrificed either by the Jews or the Gentiles since being Christian we are no longer required to sacrifice due to the sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross and the giving of his blood and life for our salvation.
His perception and wording leads many to think that they can do whatever they wish, but as I point out to him the preceding two verses to the one he was referring this is not that case:
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?”
This once again points to my previous posts that states we still must look to what is God’s and what is not. We are to not sin or we are to sin, it is still either cold or hot. (Revelation 3:15-16)
I truly understand the human mind, being one myself. Our desire to seek out that which gives us the most happiness, yet sometimes there is no happiness when we stop sinning some types of sins at the beginning of our decision to stop.
One type of sin if we stop it would mean we could no longer live a life we have lived and still be with the person we loved. This would give us great sorrow, but it is something that must be done.
What many still do not comprehend is that this life we now live is a short and fleeting one. One that will last like but a blink of an eye when compared to our true eternal life we are all promised. It is how we want to live the eternal one that we must address now in this time of trial and tribulation.
God tells us many times within the Bible that it is without sin that we must come to Him and it is only through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ that this is accomplished. We must seek Him out and ask Him into our lives and once we truly do this the old and the sinful shall fall away.
Yet as I have said time and again not all our sins leave us all at once. Some can take a long time to be purged from us as God prunes us for His glory, but they shall fall away because we place God before all else.
Yet there are those that call themselves “Christian” that still place themselves first. It is for these I have the greatest sorrow, for theirs shall be like those shown towards the end of 2 Peter 2:
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: The case of the “unmarried.”

In one of the groups I belong to on Facebook. One of the other members wrote a post about once you are divorced you can never remarry. He went to the point of stating that if someone remarries, not only the couple doing so, but the clergymen preforming the service are, per him, blaspheming against God.
I was led to 1 Corinthians 7 to address this issue. Here it is laid out by the requirements for marriage.
6 – But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
I must add that the verses encapsulated within this chapter deal with several aspects of not only marriage, but of natural sexual behavior as it has to do with the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ.
What must be established is first being chased. We are to remain virgins till marriage. If we never marry we are to remain this way.
Now as is pointed out in verse eight, the need to avoid sin comes into play. The person that wrote the posting in Facebook took the word “unmarried” to mean single. By his meaning, that they never have been married. However let’s look at how this verse is presented by Paul, who was celibate. His admonition in verse seven makes this clear. His desire is that all seek to achieve this end, but he realizes that there is temptation for those that have experienced natural sexuality with a spouse. So those that have lost their spouse due to death, which leaves them widowed, or divorced in many cases. Have a memory due to the natural desire to reproduce our species, of an act that if done out of wedlock is seen as a sin by God.
So let’s examine the word “unmarried”
Unmarried is “agamos” in the Greek and is defined as: “unmarried, of a person not in a state of wedlock, whether he or she has formerly been married or not.”
This is fortified by the way it is used in 7:11
“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”
Any who find themselves not married even after being married are seen as “unmarried.” So why give reference to the “widowed.” For one, they had their spouses removed from them without their consent. It also shows that those that have divorced fit within the verse as well.
So we come to verse nine:
“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”
Contain – egkrateuomai – properly, to exercise self control – literally “exercising dominion, from within.”
So as can be seen here it shows that if we cannot maintain self-control to remain chased then we are allowed to marry to prevent falling into sin and thus damnation.

Sometimes we must be harsh

There are times that we must be harsh, if done with the good intentions of God behind the harshness.
This is why in 2 Timothy 4 we are instructed to reprove, rebuke and exhort.
This is reinforced by Proverbs 13:24 in which it says clearly we are to punish our child for if we do not we in reality hate them.
There are elements within the community that call themselves “Christian” that find being harsh to be wrong. These elements wish to placate and cater to the common mass. To make “Christianity” appealing like it is some social group that is alienating the masses.
Here is the thing. Those that truly understand “Christianity” are not trying to appeal or welcome more in just to get them in the door. That is the act of a social club. We are here to serve God, but by doing so we do it with love and kindness, but from true love there are times when being harsh is needed to make someone realize they are not doing things for God, but for themselves and the world. The two things that any true Christian will avoid doing. For when they welcome the self and the world they usually stumble and fall into sin. True Christians seek to bring people out of the world and out of sin and into the light of salvation that can only occur when people awaken to the fact that only through Christ is this possible.
We must remember that it clearly states that the wide and easy road leads to damnation, and the rough and narrow road leads to true eternal life. If it were easy ALL would make it into heaven, but that is not reality. Being a Christian is not easy, it is a daily struggle to not only address getting rid of major sins but addressing little things that people take for granted yet is still a sin. An example of this is speeding. Most speed, because everyone else is, but this is not what we are told in Titus 3:1 to do. We are to follow these “inconvenient” laws.
Now why did I place the word “inconvenient” in quotation marks? Here is why. It is only inconvenient to you if you think only of your own life. Speeding because you wish to sleep longer or stay up and watch this show or that show or that sports event. These are acts of selfishness, which is counter to the teaching of the Bible. We are to humble ourselves and work within the system, but if the system is counter to the Bible we must work within the system to return it to the Bible. For if the system makes it impossible to be a Christian then it is against God and needs to return to its origin.
Now here is where someone will say that no government is from God, but I will counter with this. All laws are based upon the laws of and the values from the Bible. In recent events these laws have been twisted away from the Starting point. Many here will state this is due to humanity changing and evolving and advancing. I will state then why are they returning to actions and behavior that is documented within the Bible from before the Ark of Noah and was the cause of God’s wrath that the floods came and destroyed that civilization. It was seen in Rome and was called decadent as it should be called now. We are not advancing we are declining in to depravity all of which were originally against the laws based upon the Bible.
These laws were placed to be harsh and to teach people that to sin leads to actions that could result in punishments. These sins are sins that if you were now in the Middle East would result in your death or dismemberments. Yet many in this country praise and cherish those that would kill them. Why? Because it is a way to discredit and dismantle the laws of this land based in the Christian faith.
What many refuse to accept is that Christianity is kinder than those practicing apocalyptic Islam. All we ask is that you give up living in your sin, but they do not give you the option. They just kill you.
Will it be hard to leave major sins? Yes. But when you truly ask Jesus to be our Savior then it will happen. We will leave the major sins in our lives behind. Will we completely eliminate them? Most of the time yes, but time to time will we stumble and fall, because we are merely human. But here is the kicker. When we do this sin we will feel regret and sorrow. It will bring us anguish and pain, but from it we will become stronger in our faith and belief in God and strive harder not to stumble again. Then we will see the lesser sins and change that in our life. Each time we will step closer and closer to God. Each time a more pure image of Jesus Christ. For that is the ultimate goal, even though it may hurt and may have been harsh.
2 Corinthians 7:8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

P.S. btw that is 2nd Corinthians not Two Corinthians.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the attitude of feeling special/elect/above others

I need to start this article with a situation I have observed in my life:

At my job there are different sections of a process to make a very large product. Three to be exact.
The first two are found within the same building and the workforce coexist very well, even though you can see the divide between them. Not just physically, but in a visceral sense as well. The other section though is off by itself. Most of those workers have been at this place of employment for a long time, and they for the most part make the highest salaries, and there is good cause for this.
In the last two years though there have been layoffs and the workforce has shrunk. This has resulted, due to this being a union a shop, that some of those in the separate area have been demoted and moved into the main building with the rest of the workforce.
I like to say “hi” to folks. Its the way I am, mainly due to spending most of my live in the south. For years the office workers, who are not included within the workforce I have described above, would turn their heads or avert their eyes to avoid eye contact and thus avoid a “hi” from me. Now the people that were moved into the main building do the exact same thing. Now on some level I can understand the office personal, even though deep down I know their behavior is incorrect, but now these folks? No. they are like me. We make the same money and work on the same product. Yet they see themselves as special, above the rest of us.
Now I went through this to make a point. All of humanity is exactly the same, especially in the eyes of God. Yet there are those that see themselves as better, different, special. Above all others.
I see this from those that think humans must rule humanity. I also see it in those that feel they are special because they see themselves as being “saved.” However their actions are those of the unsaved. To be more exact. Their actions and behavior is like that of the Pharisees. Why this comparison?
Even though the Pharisees were the religious power in Jerusalem in the time Jesus first walked amongst us. They did not follow the laws set forth in the Torah. They added rituals and works to draw attention to themselves. All they sought to do was gratify themselves. Jesus called them out this, which started the ball rolling to His crucifixion and resurrection. Because both God and Jesus knew this is how they would react, for it challenged not only their authority, but their selfish lust and desires to be the focal point of the people.
Proverbs says this:
18:12 – Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Too many fall into this trap of haughtiness. I myself have fallen into this in the past, but I awoke to my sin and have sought to correct it.
No human is better or greater than any other. Be they the same or different if form, color or language. All humanity is equal, and any who seek to be above any other sins against God.

Why doesn’t God answer me?

This is the question many have asked, even myself. That was before I truly understood the teachings of my Savior Jesus Christ. The Son of God who placed Himself upon the cross for my sins, for your sins, for everyone’s sins.
The true light of understanding came to me this year during the primary season of the presidential election. Due to the corruption and betrayal of not only those in Washington, but of the man that currently sets in the oval office, the United States populous become even angrier then they were before.
They were angry, especially those that were sold a bill of goods by the Democratic Party in the 2008 election which enabled the person now in the white house to be there. On every turn he has accomplished his personal goal of tearing apart this nation and degrading it to the rest of the world. Why? Because God has had enough. His blessing given to our forefathers in the Revolutionary War and their fore runners that ran from the corruption of the Catholic Church and of the Church of England, has been removed.
For most they never even saw this, and most still do not. They are the blind following the blind to their eternal deaths and they don’t even realize it or even belief it. They laugh at these word. They call them foolish and stop reading, yet it is the truth.
Time and again God gave His chosen the chance to stay truly and completely loyal to Him, but every time they failed Him. God stopped answering their prayers. Why? Because He loved them and still loves them to this day.
God made a covenant with Israel. Jesus made a covenant with those that accepted Him as their Savior. These people became known as “Christians.” God promised the tribes of Israel He would give them a homeland. There is more than enough evidence to support that Jesus did the same for Christians and so the United States came into being.
The covenant was in effect as long as a majority of the populous of this nation acknowledged that it was a Christian nation. The man in the white house made it clear when he was elected that this nation was no longer a “Christian” nation, but a nation of pagans. That was the truth. That was confirmed in this last presidential primary.
Many that call themselves “Christian” don’t understand the true meaning of what is required for their “salvation.” This what Jesus taught:
Matthew 22:37 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
This is what is required when you ask Jesus to be your Savior. He and His Father must be loved with ALL of our hearts, with ALL of our souls and with ALL of our minds. Yet this is not what is given. So why should God answer us if we don’t even follow this the FIRST and GREAEST of the commandments? We as a nation do not show Him the loyalty that is required, are we as a nation greater that the chosen people of God? No we are not.
Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Then this nation should accept that God is angry. They should accept that God is punishing this nation as a whole for its betrayal. Most in this nation stopped living a modest life and started seeking the glories and riches of the rewards we were promised from God. The problem with this is we were promised no rewards at all upon this earth. Yet millions rally behind an old man that promises free everything while the rest follow after an admitted adulterer and is obviously a conman because “he is the best hope for this nation.”
The best hope for this nation is only one being, GOD. You can only get to God by one person, His Son Jesus Christ. They were the only hope for this nation. I know without a doubt three candidates made it clear that they were “servant leaders.” Why is this significant? This is why:
Mark 10: 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Here those that do not place God first in all they do with the heart, soul and mind will say:
“But that means to pick a church leader.”
Did you forget that “Christians” have a covenant with Jesus Christ? That was just restated above. Then those that call themselves “Christian” were required to pick a “Christian” leader, a “servant leader.” What to look for in them is stated clearly by Jesus Himself. The word “servant leader” were as I said above stated clearly by three men. All three were rejected by the majority. This is a clear statement of disobedience by the majority of the nation, yet they do not know it or accept it as fact. They live in a fantasy of their own creation. This is the same fantasy that the nation of Israel lived under till the City of Jerusalem was over run and destroyed. They lived in these fantasies till two temples were destroyed the populous was scatted throughout the world.
Turn from your selfish lusts and desires for in reality this is how people actually read the words of Christ in Matthew. Most that call themselves “Christian” say the verse this way:
“I shall love myself with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind. This is the first and great commandment. For I must have what I want and nothing else or anyone is of importance to me.”
This was proven the moment Donald Trump their “savior” was chosen over those that called themselves and in most cases showed themselves to be “servant leaders,” which are the ones required by Jesus Christ Himself to be our leaders. For if they do not honor God with all their heart, all their soul and all their mind they can only server themselves and never God.
That is why God does not answer those that think they are “Christian” as they think they should be answered. For they have turned their backs upon God and His Son who died upon a cross for their sins.
Repent or accept that you are not Christian, but worshipers of your own lust and desires. No longer tarnish the name “Christian” with the truth that you are nothing but gentiles and pagans, worshippers of Satan.

The “This is it” syndrome

Too many in the world and within “Christendom” have come to think that this world we now live in is all there is. Now many in the latter may challenge what I just said, but here is my challenge back at you.
Do you seek to advance yourself financially in this life? Do you seek a big house, a fancy car, and nice clothes?
Then you live in this world.
Sure we can get some items here, but once we go beyond what is necessary then you are seeking your reward from the world and not God.
Do you really need a $200,000 house in the suburbs? The answer is no you do not. Do you need to live off of a golf course? Again the answer is no you do not.
When you turn what you want into a need you are now seeking your reward here upon this earth in this temporal life. Can you take it with you to heaven, or will it go with you if by chance you make the Rapture? Again the answer is no.
Then you live in the “This is it” mentality. You have turned your back upon God and His promised rewards. That money you have is better spent elsewhere. Help feed those that are hungry not only all over the world but right down the street from where you live. Yet your fancy house is more important to you than that poor starving child. Not only starving for food, but the word of God and love.
We are to place all before ourselves. Am I perfect? By all means no. Am I guilty of making these errors myself? Yes I am, but I no longer think like that. I have learned to seek after only want is needed to shelter and care for my family. To feed them and cloth them. In time I will be able to give more and more unto those truly in need. Not a church asking for millions to build a better building, but unto those that truly are in need of it and God.
This world is not our reward and to seek out rewards here within it means we do not truly believe or have faith in God. This is something that all that call themselves need to understand. Can they truly do as the rich man was asked to do in Luke? To sell all their riches and to give it away? Even he could not do that for he has accepted this world as his reward and poor will be his reward in the eternal life to come, as yours might be as well

The moral focal point (separation between church and state and the act of the government trying to make a law affecting the church)

This is an item of huge debate. When watching the movie “God is not Dead” this point was taken up in the last part of the students debates to prove that there is a God.
It is this discussion that I wish to say a few things about.
The point came up that if there is no God then there is no need for morality, but if there is no need for morality what will be the result? When you truly think upon it there is only one conclusion: Anarchy!
For without morals you are free to cheat, to steal, to murder, to rape, to commit genocide if you so desire, because there is no need for any laws of any type. Why? Because laws in most countries came from the Bible. It is from those instructions that was given unto Moses upon Mount Sinai that all law that we now have today goes by. Now before we go further one clear misconception must be addressed. Moses did not come down with just 10 commandments but ALL the laws given in Exodus and Leviticus, from how to make the Ark of the Covenant to not tattooing your skin.
We are now at a crossroads. A crossroads that is being debated amongst nine people that are supposed to be learned people. This issue they are debating would affect how things have been done since after the time of Abraham. What is even more important is that this actually challenges the first amendment of the constitution. (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof).
Now why do I say after, because what is being debated was done and allowed in and before Abraham. The world at this time was chaotic and dangerous to all. Why? Because there was no laws. Anarchy reigned free and allowed crime after crime and sin after sin to be and to cause nothing but trouble for all.
God sought out a good man and only found one truly worthy of His desires for the world and that was Abraham. From him came Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all followed laws. Laws that were given unto them by God as a way to end the anarchy, chaos and destruction. Why? For if it continued there would be no human race at all, for our ancestors would have killed each other leaving none alive and we would not be where we are today.
To change this basic principle that only a man can marry a woman and only that is considered a holy union under God is asking us to return to the was of the times of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities about them thus crossing the line into religion. We are inviting the legalization of all type of depravity, just by changing this one definition of God laws we are saying that man is greater than God. Once this is done then the human race has sealed it judgment before God and His wrath will soon follow. Will it follow the day after this law changes? No. Will it be in a week a month? No, but it will come and it would be the anarchy that those that do not wish to follow the moral focal point given unto all. Then they will learn that it was needed and that God IS real and they will not like what they will discover in the time of anarchy to come. For those that thought themselves made free will find they are captives to their own sins.
(SUGGESTION: Remove the term “Marriage” form the government side of the issue. Call it a contractual partnership between two people this makes it legal per the government and keeps it separate form religion which dictates that a marriage is between a man and a woman as is dictated within all religions.)

“Curse of the Close-minded & Short-sighted”

I did not write what is to follow, but I had to share it. It is worth the read:

Another vent note….

This week I have dealt with three very difficult people, each in a unique situation, but all three the same, closed-minded and short-sighted, i.e., dangerous…. When you see someone you care about walking down a path that could harm them or others the natural reaction is to try to stop them, but what if you can’t? Often times this is the case because these people do not wish to see the facts or fail to see logic, and unfortunately they are the majority. It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing the world only from your perspective of what’s right or wrong, it feels safe, secure, and it makes the world seem less complicated, but it’s a lie. A lie that can harm the innocent, it can destroy lives, and it can create conflict. It is the ultimate form of selfishness because you are placing yourself above others.

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius

This is my rant about this obscenely large group of people. I know I can’t do anything to change it, but it is really hard for me to watch it, and if I could I would separate myself and my family from all of it, but it’s everywhere. It’s a helpless feeling…having no real control over your life, and none of us do. We are all victims to the actions or inactions of others in some form…none of us are in control and if you think that you are the exception then you are part of the problem, none of us have control. What makes it terrifying is not only are we victims to the decisions of others, those decisions are often not very thought out….

“The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.”
― Brooks Atkinson

There is no arguing with people like this, which makes it even more tragic. You could have certifiable proof and it would not matter to them. They value their opinion over fact, or logic, and that is not rational behavior. They love to deal in absolutes such as “always,” or “never,” when neither of these concepts exist in reality. They see the world as black or white, but these purities do not exist in the human world, everything is simply different shades of gray. Instead of planning ahead, they live in the moment; a view romanticized in this day in age, but it’s dangerous.

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

A simple example of this most of us can relate to, an intersection. Ever seen a dangerous 4-way or 2-way stop, and wonder, “why don’t they put a traffic light here, someone is going to get killed?” But, nothing ever happens. It remains the same for years and years, ample time to do something about it, but nothing. Until one day you hear about a person or family getting killed at that intersection then about a month later, as if by magic, traffic light has appeared…. Still the damage has been done—a life or lives have been lost, all due to lack of foresight. If foresight would have been used they would still be alive.

“If you have the power to prevent a tragedy but do nothing, you are equally held to the same guilt as the one who committed the act.”
— Michael Halding

Is it possible to predict every outcome, no it’s not, but it is important that we prepare for real logical possibilities and we leave our minds open for those possibilities. We must keep our minds open because someone else might be able to see something we can’t, something if action is taken could save a life. However, due to pride most people do not do this and to those people I ask, is your pride worth someone’s life? Must someone pay with their life for you to see reality? To me, it doesn’t make sense, it’s a waste, it’s selfish, arrogant, and immoral.

If you are one of these people…you are the problem, and you are the source of pain in this world.