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 can not speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself. I have been an angry Christian, and I have also walked in genuine peace and humility. The first thing that needs to be understood is the emotion of anger, which I believe is misunderstood by many people. Emotions are treated as some kind of independent part of our human nature as illustrated by the common definition of the soul – our mind, will and emotions. This definition does a disservice to understanding our human nature, and I think (but do not know) that secular psychology is the cause of this misunderstanding.
Emotions are the expressions of our thoughts, both in our mind and heart, or our conscience thoughts (mind) and sub-conscience thoughts (heart). In other words, our emotions are the result of what we think upon. Film-makers and advertisers understand this and know how to create emotional roller coaster rides through their stories. Emotions, therefore can be controlled by controlling our thoughts, which is the heart of true Christian discipleship. Consider these imperatives from Paul in 2 Corinthians.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Cor. 10:4-6 KJV)
In other words we are to watch our thought life and think on those thoughts that agree with God and to stop thinking those thoughts that oppose the way of Christ. Paul gives us more specific instruction in Philippians.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Php 4:8 KJV)
If we keep our thoughts on positive things, our emotions will express this. Anger is not an expression of positive thoughts. This control of our thought life is the meaning of Romans 12:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2 KJV) 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 →
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. (Matt 23:9 KJV)
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26 KJV)
God is my father. I had no problem accepting His Fatherhood in my life when I came to saving faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, as I have come to know many believers over the last 25 years, I could not understand why so many have difficulty in embracing this truth in their own relationship with God.
For some it is the difficulty of knowing the fatherhood of God because their own fathers were such poor examples. Their natural tendency is to superimpose the image of their earthly father onto their heavenly father. For others it is a theological abstraction that blocks their grasp of the fatherhood of God. For them, only Jesus is the Son of God, and we are merely adopted creatures. To think we are actually the children of God is to imply that we are divine, too, and that would be blasphemous to that theological frame of mind. Read the rest of this entry →
Many of the believers who have left the paid clergy system for alternative gatherings in homes or other ways of walking with Christ express a snobbery regarding the epithet, “Christian,” preferring to call themselves, “Christ followers.” There are a series of clever YouTube skits parodying the PC vs Mac commercials on “Christian and Christ Follower” that make this point very well. The Mac/Christ Follower is the cool guy while the PC/Christian is the uptight business guy.
The people who call themselves “Christ Followers” are trying to distance themselves from the rest of the body and to set themselves apart as the ones who are “really” walking with God. This elitist attitude found in the emergent church circles and other such group is contrary to the Spirit of Christ, and is as old as the Protestant Reformation.
Cults thrive on elitist thinking. The denominational divisions over doctrinal differences is no different than the division created by calling one self a Christ follower instead of a Christian. To make that distinction, even in one’s mind is carnal and soulish. It appeals to pride.
Whether one calls one’s self a “Christian” or a “Christ follower” makes no difference to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is working with us all in our dying to self so that Christ may live through us instead.
Isaac Airfreight had a skit on denominational differences that applies today to the Christians who stay in the paid clergy system and those who have called themselves “Christ followers” and gather in homes or elsewhere instead. The skit is 7 and a half minutes long. For those who are reading this on Facebook, you have to click on the link that says, “view original post,” since the mp3 is not copied onto Facebook.