Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pre-Marital Sex

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let y bioourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 NKJV 

I've been thinking about Marcus Bachmann's talk at MACHE last weekend. He mentioned his experience with premarital counseling over the years. Decades ago when premarital sex was mentioned the counselees hung their heads in shame. They knew it was wrong. Today the young unmarried folk have no idea it's against God's perfect order.

Does the fault lie with them or the teaching church? Let's stop blaming young people for their lack of knowledge and hold the Church responsible for not teaching the truths to enable godly living. 

 I admit that I struggle with the writings of the apostle Paul. They don't go down easy. They don't soothe my spirit. Sometimes they actually agitate me and I argue against him. I admit this. I don't like what he says.

But I don't dismiss it. I wrestle with it, ultimately trusting that he is right. He knew Christ.  The Church must wrestle with and teach all of Scripture. Apostacy is only a generation away.



Response

http://olivetreeviews.org/news/headlines/item/5728-bill-gothard-breaks-silence-on-harassment-claims

Tozer

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/apr2014/pnf418.htm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dewey Won't Win

Good Morning! Today the taxes are done, the snow is flying outside, it's the middle of the week, and I have a lot on my mind.

No wonder.

Just home from the annual home schooling conference we attended in Duluth, MN.  MACHE. I'll get to John Dewey by the end of this...

I got to hear Greg Harris, Marcus Bachmann, and John Tuma speak. I also picked up some fascinating material.

I posted a link to a new documentary last night. This is an amazing story of what is going on in public schools---all over America.

Of course we saw the "blood moon," thanks to a black lab/retriever mutt who needed "out" at 2:50 am! I'm so thankful for Blackberry, because I wasn't intending to see it. I was so glad she got me up. It was beautiful hanging there in the sky, reddish, in conjunction with the star-like planets around it.

I've seen lunar eclipses before, but this one IS special, the beginning of a tetrad. This eclipse occurred on Passover, the next one will be on the feast of Tabernacles, and again next Passover and Tabernacles two more occur. Four red moons in a 365 day period. Every time that has happened in the last 1,000 years something significant has happened to the Jewish people. God's chosen.

God never forgets His promises. His covenants are forever. The Jewish people will soon see their Messiah.

Jesus is coming again!

There is excitement among the believers, and everyone who trusts Christ can feel it!

The world, blinded spiritually, will continue merrily down its path to destruction, and we will stand firm in our faith in Christ, watching the events of prophecy unfold before our eyes! I know, I write about this all the time. Can't help it. It's just so wonderful!

It may require intense persecution on our part. After all, the believers in north Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East are going through horrors for their faith.

I must encourage you to check out Walid Shoebat's web sites. You will recoil at what you see, but people must know what is happening! I take comfort that those dear brothers and sisters in Christ receive special reward from our Father in heaven, and the grace to endure their pain.

It is a question we must grapple with ourselves. Can I endure to the end?

The Bible indicates that few will.

It's really hard to take a stand in the face of pain. I pray I can. I pray my loved ones can.

Lord Jesus, Come Quickly! Maranatha!

A few impressions of the three speakers I heard at MACHE:

Greg Harris: wonderful message! Greg spoke on seasons of life. He encouraged believers to obey the Lord because of the BLESSINGS that come from obedience! Like a robin that is "ordained" to fly from the cold north of Minnesota to Argentina every October, to preserve its own life, so we are ordained to do difficult things in obedience to God. We will then experience the blessing of being right with God. It is a privilege, not a burden, but it isn't easy. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light!

Obedience has its own reward.

Marcus Bachmann:  a psychologist and counselor. He is married to US Representative Michele Bachmann. I went to see if he is as crazy as he's been portrayed by the media.

He's quite the pleasant, sane, and engaging fellow! He spoke on depression and anxiety. I never would have attended this session in the past, but in light of our own journey right now I chose to hear him speak on this topic. I came away wishing he could be Ed's counselor! What a balanced presentation.

John Tuma: legal advisor to MACHE. He spoke on the laws in Minnesota which regard education. He filled in some fascinating history regarding pivotal cases in securing the right to teach children at home. Most of the parents listening to him were just starting to home school. I was probably the oldest listener! I was glad to have heard him. One thing that is concerning---there have been only two primary cases securing the right to home-school. These Supreme Court rulings are standing, but in order to cement the right to home school a parental rights amendment to the constitution of the U.S. would be ideal. Something to think about and support.

I saw another documentary about "Common Core." There is so much disturbing here that I'm not even going to try to summarize!

Get a copy of  "The Trojan Horse," a documentary about online public schools. This is a topic I haven't become very informed about, but it too has deep problems which must be addressed. I hope to write about it in another post soon. I can say this---online public schools are only a machine to line the pockets of Washington lobbyists. It's a multi-billion dollar industry, tax-payer drain. People are getting rich on your taxes. Don't be taken in by them or fooled. They are overpriced bad deals!!! If you are subscribing to one of them, Get OUT! Don't perpetuate a fleecing of a legitimate movement. Parents beware!

Suffice it to say John Dewey has been successful. Dewey had a view to use public education as an engine toward social change. He was a socialist, and his views to undermine religion and family have been uniformly successful in America. There are so many documentaries and books about the success of his efforts and his initial purposes. They are fascinating accounts of the development and implementation of socialist ideas since the mid 1800's. Socialism has succeeded in the general public, and liberty and freedom have been dealt a mortal wound.

Time for the Lord to enter on His white horse, in my opinion.

The ultimate victory is granted to those who love the LORD, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, who believe on His name. The earth grows old like a garment, and the love of the people, cold.

Where do your affections lie?