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Evil Alcohol or Christian Cocktail

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Our society for the most part condones the consumption of alcohol. The makers of strong drinks will market it as a “good time” and “lets all party” all for the sake of money. It is nothing uncommon to see people drinking beer in family TV programming. Even from years gone by, the media was training our world through light hearted comedies like the Beverly Hillbillies. Everyone would laugh as Granny would break out the rheumatism medicine or Otis Campbell in the Andy Griffith show would come into the jail staggering drunk.
 
In this article I am not trying to judge anyone’s salvation nor motives but I have no problem saying that the Bible teaches Christians to be a teetotaler, period. Most of the reasoning for acceptance by a Christian to drink in what is called “moderation”, I perceive as flat out deception within Christianity. The problem started infecting the church when the ministers of God stopped taking a stand for total abstinence in lieu of better attendance.
 

No drunks in Heaven 

Full blown alcoholics did not start out that way, it was one drink at a time until they eventually lose control and no longer care. Don’t be fooled, drunkards will not  Read more…


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The Poison of Unforgiveness

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Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God’s people, and it is one of the deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually. God allowed the Israelites to face diseases and sickness when they disobeyed Him (Deut 28:58-61), and when they would turn back to Him, He would heal their land and take sickness from their midst (Exodus 23:25, Deut 7:15).
 
In the New Testament, Jesus gave us two commandments (Matthew 22:37-40), and if we break those, we can be opened up to curses, just as the people in the Old Testament were. Jesus never came to abolish the moral law (Matthew 5:17), but He did come to set us free from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), meaning, Jesus paid the price so we can be set free from any curses we may have come under.

Two commandments given to us by God

Matthew 22:37-40, “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. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Jesus gave us very important commandments to follow; one of them was to Read more…



Dangerous Christian Talk

Dangerous Christian Talk Part 1 – God Accepts Me The Way I Am

Dangerous Christian Talk
Several years ago I read an article by Colleen Reece from Auburn, Washington. She brought out in this article five dangerous statements that Christians are making, and I might add, Christians are still making these same statements in 2016. Her article caused my heart to weep and my soul to be challenged by the Holy Spirit.
 
God showed me how this dangerous talk comes into the Christian world as if they came straight from the Bible. In this five part series, I will break down and examine each statement in depth.
 

The first Dangerous Statement: “God accepts me the way I am”


There is no doubt that God loves each and every human being that has ever lived. God loves you as He loves every single person, but He cannot use anything of the old person that your were. When we enter into the Kingdom of God by accepting Jesus Christ as our savior, our old ways must die off. God brings forth a new creation in Christ. If God accepted you the way you are and never wanted you to change after a salvation experience, He would not have sent His Son to save the world from it’s sins.
 
Ministers and Christians alike sling this catch phrase around like it came straight out of the Bible “God loves you just the way you are.” Sounds good! But the problem is they tend to use it when they want to justify something wrong. Alcohol, drugs, gambling, fornification (couples having sex outside marriage), homosexuality, lesbianism, gluttony, gossiping, and the list goes on. A Christian is not perfect but a change has happened by the Power of God to where they will never feel comfortable with sin. It is called CONVICTION!
 

Acceptance of people


It seems the modern day church is more concerned about a body count and will accept any sin that comes through the front door. Noticed I used the words accept sin. I welcome any homosexual, drug addict, alcoholic or whatever that comes through that church door. I love the person. But I don’t accept their sin.
 
I believe God can heal them! It may not happen instantly but over the course of time the power of the Holy Ghost can change them forever! The church is to love the sinner and welcome them in, because we all have been there at one time. We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. But we cannot pat someone on the back and tell them that a sinful lifestyle or condition is ok.
 
Jesus said come as you are, but you ain’t going to leave the way you came in if you have a true encounter with the Holy One. When you truly know Jesus as your personal savior, the old person you were starts dying off and a new creation in Jesus starts to come about.


Born Again


Jesus said you must be born again. John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. “. Jesus was talking about a spiritual birth that comes about by faith in Him. The words “cannot see the Kingdom of God” means that without this spiritual birth, you cannot understand or even begin to comprehend the Kingdom of God.
 
God loves everyone but there must be a change upon salvation. A life change to forsake sin and lead a life of holiness empowered by the Holy Spirit based upon our Faith in Christ and Him Crucified.
 


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The Hiding Place of Sin

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Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.(Psalms 51:3-6)

 

This great prayer of repentance of David in the entirety of Psalm 51 is probably the greatest prayer of repentance ever spoken. Out of this Psalms we can see many things about sin from God’s viewpoint.

We must say we have sinned

We must acknowledge our sins to be forgiven (vs 3)– One of the problems with the modern church is sinners seeking to place blame on everything but themselves for their own problems. We must admit our wrongs which comes to a climax at the foot of the throne, being violation of God’s law, knowing that God is the offended party by what we have done wrong. We cannot blame others, we must accept personal responsibility for our own actions. Confession brings sin out of its hiding place and enables the sinner to take sides with God against it.

God is right

God is justified in Judgement of our sins (vs 4) All sin is a departure from God way to mans way. Therefore He is perfect and justified in Judgment of our sins.

Every person is sinful

The Sin Nature is in everyone (vs5) – We are all born in the “original sin” from the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3). Because of Adam failed, all who are born afterwards are born lost. The only means of escape from the judgement of sin is to be born again. Being born again is carried out by the sinner expressing faith in Jesus, that He died for us and arose again (Romans 10:9)

Only God has the answer

God alone can deal with the sin of the soul (vs6)- man has tried to deal with sin (drug addiction, adultery, alcoholism. etc) through programs and methods, but only God can forgive and set the man or woman free. Not only does God show his Mercy to us that leads to eternal life, but our faith in Jesus and His Cross also is Gods plan of Victory over sin in our daily walk. When our faith is in the correct object of Christ and Him Crucified, the Holy Spirit will help us with power from God to be victorious over the sin that plagues us. (Romans 6:3-5 , Romans 8:1-2) . If we try to have victory over sin by our own willpower, we will fail. (Romans 7:18-20)

 

Don’t just hide the sin within you.  Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you into victory over sin and lead into eternal life!