Overcoming Lust In The Church & At Home: Are You The Gate Keeper Of Your Heart?

You’ve repented. Asked the Lord for forgiveness. However, you find yourself doing the same thing over again. You just can’t get past remorse to really mean that you no longer have a desire to lust in your heart and to live holy before God.

You’ve find yourself opening that door to lust again, and again.

Lusting after her or him, or both.

We all go through moments of temptation but what we do in the temptation determines our victory or defeat.

James said to “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials…”

It’s not joyful when you fail.

Lately, I’ve seen some things that were definite signs of the enemy attempting to lure me back into “habits, patterns, and cycles” of lusting after the flesh. To get the victory is one thing. To maintain the victory is another.

When you are watching TV, the commercials are more provocatively explicit than at any other time in history. Cute commercials are a thing of the past. Money and sex, sex and money are forever seamlessly connected.

Actually, men no longer watch commercials for the sake of the product. It’s the window dressing” of the commercial that gets his attention.

Car commercials are full of these things. Ask the average semi honest man and he will tell you that he is not really interested in the car. He was interested in that hot babe in or walking around the car.

This is called, “Substitute porn.”

It’s the same with the news. No man really watches the news for the content. The ladies dress like they are going to pick up a man. So the man feels right at home in his own home, being seduced by the weather lady as she seductively walks to the green screen.

Wearing a hot dress in stilettos.

Every morning, on cue, the TV comes on because he is mesmerized by her seduction.

Even in the pulpit, we know of a few well known female TV preachers that would preach in their stilettos, strutting their stuff as they preach.

But that’s not all.

One well known female preacher would sexually and provocatively bend over and fall to her knees as if to pray. Brothers in the audience weren’t caught up in the moment of the worship or prayer. The house of worship, in some places, has become a showcase for the red carpet.

Reality shows are the same thing. The story plots are not all that interesting. The female that is wearing nothing is what a man is interested. All of these things are precursors to Internet porn, chat rooms, sexting, and other forms of “acting out” sexually.

As we all know, men are “visual effects” minded.

Women, at least some of them that are sexually provocative will wear anything that will get a man’s attention. It doesn’t matter if the man is married any more. A desperate for attention woman will go for it regardless of the man’s marital status.

The house of worship is no different. To a woman desperate for a man’s attention, she really don’t care if the presence of God is in the house. The same goes for a sexually crazed man. The presence of the Lord could be thick in the house but all it takes is for one sexually immoral woman to walk by, and the deal is done.

And because there is lust in the heart of a man, she doesn’t have to wear something sexually provocative. The lust in his heart is so strong that he can’t help but sin with his heart and eyes.

Proverbs 20:27 says, “Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of a man are never satisfied.”

In the 21st Century, lust is everywhere. Inside the house of worship and outside the house of worship. When a man refuses to discipline his heart and mind, it is a matter of time before he will act out the lusts of his flesh and mind.

There has to be an effort to turn the eyes from these things. In more radical cases, shut off the TV or not watch TV at all because the traps of the enemy are deliberately set for every man.

Jesus said this in Matthew 5:29-30.

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

The writer of Hebrews 12:4 said…“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”

What are you willing to do to cut yourself from the habits, patterns, and cycles that are intended to keep you in the bondage of lust?

I am not advocating taking a knife and going for it.

I didn’t say this.

What the Lord Jesus is demanding is…..what are we willing to do that is completely radical to avoid sin?

To what lengths are we willing to go to keep from sinning? If you find yourself falling into the trap of lust over and over again like a revolving door, then you haven’t done enough.

You didn’t take it to a level of a complete cut off.

Like on Sunday’s after service. We go home to watch the sports.

You know that they will have the cheerleaders in the background. Commercial breaks, nothing but sexually immoral women. Sunday night, you watch some R rated movie with soft porn.

According to XXXChurch, Sunday is the busiest day of the week to watch porn.

We really do not understand how we are being set up, but like sheep to the slaughter, we are suckered into these things every week and we wonder why we are spiritually dull. We also wonder why the Lord seems far from us. We vainly attempt to make up for it in emotionalism and euphoric hype.

As long as we feel good, God must be alright with me.

We go for the quick remorse kind of false repentance, hoping that the Lord would “understand.”

Far from the case.

God never endorse sin and the false way we repent. Because our hearts condemn us, we feel guilty and we want to either suppress that conviction or gloss it over with some type of appeasement so that we won’t feel as bad.

When lust is allowed to have a home in our hearts, it is an impediment to His presence.

1 John 3:20-22 says…

“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

How do we know that our hearts condemn us?

Paul said in Romans 8:1….

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”

If you are walking in the flesh, to fulfill the lusts of the flesh and the mind, your heart will condemn you. So the rest of the verse in 1 John 3 tells us….“if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God…”

How do you know that you have confidence toward God?

Paul said, “…men everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath or doubting.”

When you lift your hands in praise to God, are they holy hands? Did you keep your hands off your sexual organs? Did you keep from masturbating ?

Do you doubt your right standing and right relationship with God? Is there a question about your moral walk before God? Do you have confidence that God will not tell you that you are a hypocrite?

Confidence towards God tells us that there is no question about your current relationship with the Lord. That darkness doesn’t have a foothold, nor stronghold within you.

Jesus said this in Matthew 6:22-23…..

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

Are you the gatekeeper of your heart?

Proverbs 4:23 says…

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

Your eyes is the gate but your spirit man or heart is the gatekeeper.

What you watch will get into your spirit man. Once it gets inside your spirit man, evidently, it fills your entire body. What we watch, we meditate. What we meditate on, we eventually will make, according to Romans 13:14 “…provision to fulfill its lusts.”

So we have to defend the gate.

Psalm 101:3-4 says,

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.”

Who is the “I will?”

That’s your heart. You must take a knife, spiritually speaking, and cut off anything that will take you down the path to sin against God.

Psalm 141:4-5 says….

“Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies. Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.”

Do not bend your ear to wicked things. Commercials have certain songs that are very seductive. When that sound comes, it is an attention grabber. It serves as a signal that your favorite seducer is coming on. You have to do the right thing. Gatekeepers never let the enemy walk through the front gate.

But first, there has to be a clearing out of the heart.

The Lord placed in His Word things that we need to apply in order for lust to never overcome us.

Psalm 119:9-11 says….

“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Sadly, the translation from Hebrew to English gives the impression that “might not” sounds like the Word and the person that is supposed to walk int he Word might not be successful. No one is perfect, do not misunderstand me. However, when we’ve developed a strong walk in the Word of God, the “might not” has the potential to turn into a “will not.”

“Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I will not sin against you.”

How you hide the Word and what you do with that Word determines your victory.

James 1:21-25 says….

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

You hide the Word by receiving the Word instead of fighting against the Word.

The Lord gave you a good head start in your initial deliverance. Now it is time to see it through by doing the Word.

It’s called.

Obedience!!!

Pastors, Adultery, & Divorce

There are many pastors and believers that are unaware of the “ironclad” rules of divorce as dictated by the Lord Jesus and concurred by Paul.

For years, we have seen people get married. Then, for any other reason, except sexual immorality, get a divorce and get married again, and again.

Reducing marriage to whoredom and harlotry (see Leviticus 20:1-24).

What did Jesus say about divorce?

He didn’t say much but what He said packs a punch in the world’s system where a “do over” is permitted.

For years, we’ve watched what the Lord Jesus observed with the woman of Samaria without caring what The Lord intended in Genesis 2:24, and we wonder why LGBT is seemingly successful in wrestling marriage away from God’s people (see John 4:1-26).

Having 5 men and living with one that isn’t her husband. Clearly a violation of the law. Although the Samaritans, by the way, are cousins of the Jews, yet, they still claim to worship the Lord. We find this similar pattern with believers of the Lord Jesus today. We claim to worship at a place but we do not worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.

There are millions of believers that have divorced for any other reason except sexual immorality.

We have done what Jesus mentioned in Matthew 15.

“…transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition.”

The world permits marriage after divorce as many times as you want, but what does the Word of God say?

What did Jesus say?

To me, we have completely ignored what the Lord said and called it “love.”

Doesn’t this argument sound familiar?

The homosexuals call it “love” because they believe that if two persons of the same sex love each other, they have a right to be married.

Well where did they get that from?

From the people that believe that if they divorce, they are entitled to be married to another, and another.

To be married again is only permitted if a spouse commits adultery and the one that didn’t commit adultery has a right to remarry, provided that they do not marry a person that is divorced.

Yet, we have circumvented the Word of God, completely ignored what the Lord Jesus said, and acted like the world to marry, divorce, and marry again at will. This is partly the reason why sexual immorality is increasing in the people that profess to know Jesus. When divorce is an option, people will exercise that option. When the Lord Jesus closed the option, He wanted to make sure that we get the message.

That marriage is for life.

The Lord put Proverbs 18:22 there for a reason.

“He that finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.”

When it comes to seeking a wife, brothers, you have to take your time and make sure that you know that this is the one for life.

It’s called due diligence.

In other words, make sure it’s the one you want. If not, Paul’s admonition is excellent.

It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”

Ladies, you cannot be so quick to “lock him down.”

Do your due diligence.

Do not ignore your intuition guided by the Holy Spirit. Those warning signals are there for a reason. Do not push it aside because you are about to get married.

Those signs are there to be read. If you go past the stop signal or sign, it’s on you.

There are a lot of people that are ill-prepared for the rigors of marriage. More people prepare for the wedding with elaborate details but they fail to prepare for the marriage, long term, until death. The first three years of marriage tells the tale of the tape. If either one of them continues to act childish, either one of them will claim “irreconcilable differences” as the reason to divorce.

The Bible is clear about that. There is no such thing as an irreconcilable difference. The couple has chosen to separate or divorce because they have chosen not to reconcile the difference. In other words, like two little brats, they hold fast to their position, and refuse to mutually negotiate a compromise to mutually benefit the relationship.

So they make up reasons and attempt to justify them and end up divorced. Then they happen to want a person back in their life other than the first person they marry, and they walk down the isle again. The Lord is very specific. If they divorce for any other reason than for sexual immorality, and they get a divorce, it is wrong. And if any one marries a person that is divorced, commits adultery.

We’ve allowed the rules of the world to circumvent the Word of God, and all we have is whoredom and harlotry in the house of the Lord.

Over 13 years ago, we’ve seen a woman come into the church with children from either a marriage or from fornication, get married to two men, divorced these two men from the same church, and ended up marrying the married pastor of the church she twice got married in. The pastor did the wedding for this woman twice and ended up marrying the twice or more divorced woman and destroyed his marriage.

It goes without saying that the wife of this pastor was completely devastated as well as this growing church was devastated and destroyed.

As a result, some of the men in his church decided to divorce their wives and left a wake of confused women.

We’ve heard of a bishop that told his first wife that God said that she was not the one. After 16 years of marriage and two children. He marries another younger woman just 7 days after the divorce was settled. Now, we all know that the Lord can speak before the marriage and tell you to look for another.

Why would the Lord tell you after 16 years of marriage that she was not the one?

A praise and worship “artist” while married commits adultery, a baby is birthed out of wedlock, they get married after over a year together and everything is ok?

Are you kidding me?

Hebrews 13:4 is still in the Bible. And the rock that gets thrown into a pack of dogs, the first one that gets hit, is the one that hollers. I guarantee you that many will holler because there are many that never repented. They may have asked for forgiveness but we’ve gotten that wrong. God offers forgiveness to the one that repents. When you plan on never repenting, it is an indication that you plan on sinning again.

True repentance means that you are done forever with sin, including our favorite ones.

It seems to me that adultery and fornication, or Secret Sexual Sins is man’s favorite sin.

But we have failed to realize that we hurt God, and innocent people in the process of our Selfish Individual Needs (SIN).

It shows you that some deceived men are just as wickedly deceived as some woman. On both sides of the pulpit, we have people that are sexually immoral and we refuse to confront these tough issues because we don’t want to hurt people. Never mind the fact that we hurt God bad. Never mind that He created us for His glory but we have brought shame to His name.

We have tracked mud for years into His presence and only the wise are careful enough to have enough sense to remove our shoes in His presence.

If we do not go back to the standards of the Word of God in the areas of marriage and get this thing right, we could talk about Secret Sexual Sins all day long and nothing will come of it.

I am finding that there is little to no teaching on the subject of adultery and divorce. We have changed the commandment of God for the commandment of men. We have allowed ourselves to take an eraser and completely alter the Word of God, and we wonder why we are so jacked up?

And because preachers are leading the way back into darkness, the people, like priests, follow cheerfully to judgment.

Then there are people who will refuse to follow the correct teachings of marriage and destroy themselves, not caring at all about the high standard of marriage set and itched in stone in the Word of God.

Below is a chart I’ve developed to help us to understand the simplicity of adultery and divorce.

Take the time to read the Word of God about adultery and divorce.

These verses of Scripture are not that difficult to understand, yet, we avoid a very tough issue to permit sin in the camp.

Married Husband Or Wife Seeks Divorce Marrying Divorced PeopleWidows & Virgins Domestic ViolenceNo Scriptural Basis To Remain Married

Irreconcilable Differences

Husband Or Wife CommitsSexual Immorality.Divorce Is Granted.

Husband Or Wife Can Remarry.

The Adulterer or Adulteress Cannot.

Matthew 5:31-32, 19:9

 

Whoever Marries A Divorced Woman Commits Adultery.Matthew 5:31-32, 19:9A Divorced Man Or Woman Must Remain Unmarried or Be Reconciled

To Their First Husband or Wife.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11

Domestic Violence is a criminal act. Common sense dictates that separation and or divorce is the only recourse when the person initiating the violence is obviously a clear and present danger to the life of the spouse.If a change of heart takes place, reconciliation is permitted.
If no sexual immorality was committed, yet the husband or the wife still seeks a divorce, neither are to be married again, but they could reconcile the relationship.1 Corinthians 7:10-11 Widows and widowers may remarry. Virgins may get married.1 Corinthians 7:8-9Death Obviously 

Annuls The Marriage.

1 Corinthians 7:39

There is no such thing as an irreconcilable difference. Two people decide not to reconcile their differences because they choose not to compromise or relinquish their position. This is no grounds for divorce according to Matthew 5:31-32, 19:9, but if they still insist on getting a divorce, they are not permitted to marry another person. They can only reconcile their relationship and remarry each other.

LGBT: NAACP & HIV/AIDS Sensitivity Training For African American Clergy……..Really?

Star Parker of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education), sent an alarming message regarding the NAACP targeting black conservative pastors in Chicago “until they toe the line of the leftist black establishment.”

Looking on the Internet, sensitivity training by the NAACP has been out for a while, however, if there is a deliberate targeting of African American conservative pastors, this is a whole new level that smells like a muscle job from the days of old.

For those of you that know anything about bribery and extortion, it is the deliberate use of force or bribery to compel or persuade a person, against their will, to do or behave a certain way.

This is a deliberate attempt to induce a compromise from those that are involved in preaching the truth. When the truth is a threat, the devil will use people to stop the truth at all costs. If the Bible weren’t a threat and if preachers that preached the truth weren’t a threat, the NAACP wouldn’t even bother. But because the Bible carries weight and because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, they will act like crooks to stop the power of God.

Can you imagine folk trying to stop the power of God?

This is the strategy since the plains of Moab in Numbers chapters 19 through 25.

Israel had two great victories, only to be stopped in the plains of Moab by sexual immorality, whereby 23,000 were killed by the Lord because they failed to be sexually disciplined. The story was never about Balaam, although Balak used him to try to curse Israel, but this strategy has been used over and over again. If you want to stop the power of God, introduce sexual immorality.

I have a hunch, and I could be wrong, that other things, other than money could have been set on the table before these pastors.

Persuasion happens in many forms, including the services of prostitutes.

First, the Bible is clear that “extortioners” will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:9). The word “extortion” means “to rob or to seize by force.” We all know that inheriting the kingdom of God is not the concern of the NAACP and sinners.

So those of you (NAACP) that participate in the deliberate and intentional extortion of preachers, your doom is sealed unless you repent.

While we know that the NAACP didn’t come in with baseball bats and started swinging. We do know that if they’ve alleged to have attempted to influence pastors to change their Biblically mandated position against the real reason why HIV/AIDS is here, with money and persuasive words, and prostitutes, there is no better way demonically to persuade compromised preachers these days.

They know that preachers carry weight in the communities.

Let’s be very clear AGAIN.

Homosexuality, that is MSM (men having sex with men) is the real reason why HIV/AIDS is here to begin with. The Bible tells us that men lying with men like with a woman is “an abomination” (see Leviticus 18:22).

Do not be fooled by their false teachers and prophets that dilute and deny the explanation from the Bible. No amount of Theological Training that their false scholars may possess is able to change the written Word of God. If you can read and comprehend the 12 grade reading level of the Bible, then you can easily see that God is against the sin of homosexuality.

The Bible is clear that The Lord proved His displeasure with MSM when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone. It was proven, beyond a reasonable doubt by geologists, that the area was covered with substance not found to have originated from the earth.

Fire and brimstone came from heaven.

If that isn’t enough, look at what Paul said, under the influence of the Holy Spirit in Romans 1:18-32. In particular, verses 26 and 27.

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Well it’s not like E=MC2. We are not going to Mars.

HIV/AIDS is the avoidable consequential judgment imposed on men should they insist upon committing the sin of homosexuality. The collateral damage is bisexuality, where men transmit this disease to their wives. Intravenous drug use, tainted blood supplies, and children born with HIV/AIDS from the infected mother.

Sin is the reason for the disease.

Paul said this in Romans 5:12.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned —”

The nature of fallen man came from the devil. Men in sin commit acts of sin, in deliberate defiance of God and His Word. As a result, death must run its course.

It is only through the truth that we can avert this disastrous course. Sadly, black people had always been told lies. The moment that the truth comes out, the hounds are out to chase down the truth speakers. This diabolical plot to silence the truth, is all in an effort to stop the truth from stopping the money.

If people would wise up and see, not necessarily what the NAACP is doing, but look behind the scenes of what is driving their agenda, we can save someone the trouble of having to undergo medical treatment for a medical disease that is avoidable.

The NAACP is counting on your ignorance, stupidity, and illiterate mind. The NAACP is counting on you to live by the lusts of your flesh. The NAACP is counting on their money to allegedly bribe pastors to stop telling people the truth.

We know that they will say that we are not sensitive to those that are already diseased. Believe me, nothing hurts more than to watch a loved one suffer with HIV/AIDS and perhaps die from it. I know how this is. Having ministered to my dying cousin several years ago, I was able to minister to him the saving grace of Jesus. Just days before his death from AIDS.

We have gotten so deft in a person’s death from AIDS that we no longer say that they died from the disease. We tell folk that they died from other diseases. We know that such and such was a person that practiced the lawless sin of homosexuality. Yet, because of the stigmatization associated with the disease, we deflect from the truth that HIV/AIDS compromised the immune system.

We conveniently side step the original reason about what they’ve died from so we could protect their “dignity.”

When it comes to death, a person is entitled to dignity, however, when it comes to dignity, look at the undignified way Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus despised the shame of death to free all men from the power and guilt of sin and death. Yet, we are more concerned about the stigma of a person who acquired the disease known to all men as HIV/AIDS.

So I am thoroughly convinced that there is nothing that the NAACP could tell me to persuade me otherwise.

You pastors need to get a grip and remember the call of God upon your life from God. You cannot let money or persuasive words from the now, most corrupt organization in the world tell you to compromise your convictions. Remember, you do have to die, after this the judgment (see Hebrews 9:27). You will have to stand before the Lord to render an account for everything that you’ve said and done.

The Bible is clear about “Be strong and of good courage.” “Be strong and very courageous.”

It takes courage to stand up against the bullies of the devil. But stand we must. We must not be found to compromise our convictions for the moment of pleasure and money. To do so puts us in the same boat as the one issuing the extortion.

While we are to be sensitive to those caught under the disease of HIV/AIDS, we still have a responsibility to be true to the call of God upon our lives to preach the Word of God “in season and out of season.”

LGBT – Liberal Christianity – Fouled Mouth Bolz-Weber

2 Peter chapter 2 speaks of false teachers and false prophets. In reading the Washington Post’s article regarding Bolz-Weber, preaching around the country regarding the new wave of liberal Christianity, this is just another gospel as Paul said in Galatians 1:8 and repeats it in verse 9.

“If we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”  

Then Paul finishes it off by saying these powerful words.

“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

That’s what “Progressive or Liberal Christianity seeks to do. Please men and displease God.

After all, the whole intent of the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is to free man from the curse of sin and death, and to reconcile (exchange sin for righteousness) us to God in eternal life after we repent of sin.

In the Washington Post article, she said….”Forget what you’ve been told about the golden rule – God doesn’t love you more if you do good things, or if you believe certain things. God, she argues, offers you grace regardless of who you are or what you do.”

First, the golden rule is not about salvation. It is about how a person is to treat others the way they want to be treated.

Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus never said, “This was the Law and the Prophets.”

Second, you could see that the mention of grace is a veiled expression intended to imply that God overlooks your sin. So come on in. I don’t hold it against you. In Colossians, Paul tells us that the “handwriting of ordinances that was set against and was contrary to us was nailed to the cross.” However, The Lord Jesus never said that we do not have to repent of sin.

Grace is not only unmerited favor but it is also the power to live free of sin. God works this grace when we obey His Word according to Matthew 7:21-23. So when you see the word “grace,” you are not given a free pass until you repent of sin.

Often, we say “God forgive me,” but we seldom say, “Lord. I repent.” When we repent, we receive forgiveness (see Proverbs 28:13 and 1 John 1:9).

Doing good things will not get you into the kindgom.

Repenting of sin, and receiving forgiveness by the grace of God, and obeying for the rest of your life what Jesus said will get you into the kingdom. Jesus shed His blood to redeem us from sin and hell. Then the Holy Spirit comes within us, destroys our old nature of sin and places within us a new nature called the Spirit of Christ.

If Bolz-Weber uses foul language, it is an indication that she was never changed by the power of God because new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) never speak any more with the language of the world.

While the interviewer is pretty much driving the article, there seems to be a oneness about their objective. To paint God, and those that follow the Word of God as out of touch and distant. Which is what the devil loves to do. Progressive Christianity is always about painting the Bible as incorrect and a waste of time.

In the Post article, Bolz-Weber says she abhors “spirituality,” and the writer finishes her statement by saying….”She prefers a cranky, troublemaking and real God who at times of loss and pain doesn’t have the answers either.”

Well that describes the devil.

There are three attributes of God that transcends man and demons.

Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent.

Man will never understand the God of all creation but God understands all creation.

Jeremiah 32:17-19 (NKJVS)

“ Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.”

If liberal, sinful, and worldly people that vainly follow Christ would read the Bible, they would come across Hebrews 4:15-16.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 

The Lord Jesus knows our pains and sufferings when it comes to temptation, sin, and life’s issues. And there is nothing too hard for Him. So in response to “…God who at times of loss and pain doesn’t have the answer either,” it is a clear error on their part based on Jeremiah 32:17-19. There is nothing too hard for Him.

What sinful, fallen man wants is for God to stoop to man’s level and allow man to do what it wants. Well doesn’t that sound like the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell into sin?

You see, sin is about complete anarchy against God. Sin is about defiance of God and His Word. Sin is about a nature bent on destroying everything about God. When you see that people say that “religion” burned them or scarred them badly, we know that the system that man imposed is what is at issue. The other side of the view about religion is that the Word was preached about their sinful lifestyle that they instinctively were convicted of sin by the Word and the Holy Spirit and called it religion.

Instead of taking responsibility for the sin of thought, actions, and words, they blame the Word of God for bringing the necessary conviction so that one could repent of sin. Liberal religion is never about accountability and responsibility. It is about satisfying their lustful desires without being told that it is sin. Liberal religion is to blame which is a lie of the devil that liberal people wholeheartedly accept as a way to defy God, while blaming God, while attempting to worship God.

The Lord said in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon Me and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John, the apostle that laid on the bosom of Jesus said this in 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

This is the yoke that The Lord was talking about. Not the yoke of bondage to a system but a yoke of bondage to Jesus that is light, easy, and not burdensome. The willingness to obey the command not to sin against God.

Commands are necessary for it is in the Garden that the command came. God wants willing people to love Him. We show that we love Him when we keep His commands. We show that we hate Him when we do not. Liberalism is the scourge and curse of the world because it thumbs its nose at the One that loves us enough to tell us that we are wrong. God is perfect, we are not.

Religion never had man’s best interest in mind, but The Lord did from day one. And The Lord demonstrated His love by sending His Only Son to die for the sins of the world. Not so that we could continue in sin, but to be free of it. Therefore, if you are willing to follow liberal movements that strive to take you away from the true and living God, just know that in the end, what matters most is whether your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life because you repented of sin, received forgiveness, and were born again by the Holy Spirit. That you never want to sin against God again and that you can no longer defy God and His Word.

True Christianity follows the very footsteps of Jesus.

1 John 3:1-3 (NKJVS)

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

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