I have been called a heretic (by Catholics twice) with the implication that I have spoken in error. That is the generally accepted meaning of the term, but it is not the etymological meaning. Strong’s definition of the Greek word translated as heresy in the New Testament is, hairesis (G139), meaning “a choice” as in a group, thus implying “disunion”. It is derived from aihreomai (G138) which means to take for one’s self or prefer. It is also translated as “sect”. It does not mean error or being wrong. Thayer’s definition includes the idea of capturing or forcing others to a group. Biblical heresy means one thing: creating division in the body of Christ so that separate camps are set up and the unity of love towards all believers is undermined. Read the rest of this entry →
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It grieves me to see how the Church has hardened its heart to the root of our societies problems. They complain about the obligatory homosexuals in every show who are portrayed as the wise counsellors of the show. I understand their complaint, for this grieves me as well. But we have become so hardened to the equal perversions of fornicators outside of marriage and the many characters who profess multiple marriages in these same shows. We have forgotten that Jesus said that he who marries another, apart from fornication, commits adultery (Matt. 19:19). We accept without question the serial polygamy of multiple marriages and unwed cohabitation that produces scores of bastards into our society. No one considers that the proliferation of lesbians and homosexuals trying to raise children has its root in divorce. Read the rest of this entry →
I am a great fan of Dr. Katherine Albrecht. I listen to her podcast daily. I listen to her through the Genesis Communications Network, although I listen to nothing else on their network. The reason I listen is because she has cutting edge information on the technology being set up as the infrastructure of the mark of the beast. She is an honest believer in Christ who has been actively resisting the surveillance inroads throughout our society and world wide. People all over the world — Christian and non-Christian alike — sense that we are fast approaching the end of the age. What is discouraging, however, is that the Church has dropped their guard and vigilance regarding the end times. It is our responsibility to be a light on the hill and warn the world of the times we are in. Read the rest of this entry →
My marriage was an arranged marriage. I was too shallow to recognize an appropriate spouse. My arrangement was not made by my parents, however. I was 38 when I met my wife. The arrangement was by God. The Lord needed to break through my shallow thinking. Before I met my wife I either looked at how beautiful the girl was or whether she could be a business partner in marriage. A few months before meeting my wife I was sitting at a Christ for the Nations Marriage Conference. While listening, God dropped into my spirit the realization that Adam was being tested to see into the spirit when he named the animals. The Lord was testing Adam to see if he could see beyond the flesh. The names he spoke were not names he made up, but were the names spoken by God Himself. Because Adam passed the test, the Lord put him to sleep and created Eve from his side. She looked nothing like him, yet he saw in the spirit and said “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23).
The second day after meeting my wife, the Lord spoke to me and said, “This is it.” And I knew that she was bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. I knew she was my soul mate and had a peace and comfort in her presence that I never had with any other person in my life. When the Lord spoke to me, I thought to myself, “But I don’t love her.” The Lord responded to my spirit and told me that I would learn to love her as Isaac had learned to love Rebecca. I love my wife now more than I have ever experienced a love for someone, even though it did not happen automatically and I had a major disappointment in not being able to have children that almost ruined my marriage. That disappointment was overcome by my knowing that she was God’s will for me, therefore I chose to love her through the trial. Love is an act of our will, not an emotion. Emotions are expressions of that act. Read the rest of this entry →
Living according to the will of God in His Kingdom has never changed. It began with Adam and Eve, was lived by the patriarchs, exemplified in the book of Judges, was codified in the Mosaic Covenant, and revealed in the heart of God through the cross of Calvary. In short it is taking personal responsibility for our lives and others.
In the garden of Eden, instead of taking personal responsibility for their actions, our parents, Adam and Eve tried to pass the buck. I wonder what would have happened if they both admitted their error and accepted responsibility for their unbelief and disobedience? Knowing Jesus Christ I believe He would have forgiven them, even though they would still suffer the consequence of their actions. Is it possible that consequence would have stopped with them and the rest of the world been spared? Only God knows. Ezekiel declared that the sins of the fathers would not be passed onto the sons.
(Eze 18:20) The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
I knew a messianic Jew who once speculated that if Adam had not participated in eating the forbidden fruit, he would have remained sinless and could have laid his life down for Eve as Christ has done for the Church. Of course, if he had the sense not to eat the fruit, you would think he would have stopped Eve from eating the fruit in the first place. Regardless of the speculation, we know that they avoided their personal responsibility and played the blame game, passing the buck ultimately to God Himself since it was He who gave Adam the woman (Gen. 3:13). Read the rest of this entry →
Many believers have become discouraged with the traditional Sunday morning church meetings and have opted out for small gatherings in coffee shops, homes, and elsewhere. You will hear them often say, “Jesus said, ‘Where two or more are gathered there will I be in the midst of them'”. In truth, I used to say that, too. Read the rest of this entry →
“No Christian parent should send their child to public school!” I said this at a church picnic many years ago when talking to a home school parent. To my surprise the home school parent started defending those parents who sent their kids to government schools, which began a hostile debate against me. At that time I had become involved in teaching home school children gymnastics. Since it was a daytime market, that used an otherwise empty gym when classes are usually taught after school and evening, it was a sensible business decision. That led me to research and read online information on home school curriculm and their reasons for leaving the government school system. So you can imagine my surprise at this home school parent defending those parents who kept their children in the government schools. Read the rest of this entry →
The first time I had heard the term, “blended families,” was in the 1990’s. It was from a father in a family at the congregation my wife and I were attending at that time. He was referring to his children and the children of his second wife living together. At the time he was optimistic. I had learned some 10 years later that they divorced and the families were split apart.
My parents divorced when I was 10 years old in 1964 when divorce was a rare thing. As you may imagine my siblings and I felt like the “black sheep” of the neighborhood. My mother did not remarry until we were all adults. My father, however, married the woman of his affair and raised the two daughters of his second wife. The two daughters were considered our step-sisters. The man my mother married had 5 children of his own. But they, too, were adults when we began “blending” our families through visits and short term living arrangements. Since we were adults, my siblings and I appreciated and enjoyed our step-father’s children. We also grew to love our step father. But not so with my father’s wife and two daughters. My siblings resented his wife, seeing her as the reason for our family split. I had made the decision to accept her as my father’s wife, since it was really beyond my control and there was no sense in creating further angst. I think the resentment for my siblings was increased due to their being children at the time. And as such, from my experience, it does not work with children. My mother’s decision to wait for us kids to grow up before she remarried was a wise decision for it by passed the problems children experience with dealing with step siblings in a blended family union. Blending children together in the new marriage exasperates the feelings that all children have that the divorce was somehow “their fault” and their longing that their parents somehow will still remarry. Read the rest of this entry →