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 →
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 →
Editor’s Note: This post was written for the Stunt Gym blog, but I felt that it would be appreciated by a wider audience, therefore has been reprinted here, too.
I recently had a conversation from a dancer in California who found the school site and was surprised that I call my school a “Christian Gymnastics School.” She wanted to know how I could consider it a Christian school since she had been told that dancing was carnal. She desperately wants to dance before the Lord, but has been discouraged by her congregation.
For the sake of her privacy, I am going to call her, Sydnee. Sydnee seems to be a new believer and was very confused. The congregation she attends seems to be legalistic. She had questions about the Sabbath and other matters which hindered me from explaining how physical activity can be an expression of the spirit.
God has no interest or joy in religion. Religion did not come from God. It came from Adam and Eve who tried to cover their sin with fig leaves. That was the first religious act of mankind. Religion is inherent in our carnal nature, which is why most of the world is religious. The books of Romans and Hebrews explains God’s take on religion. He gave Moses the law to show the world that it was impossible to please God through religious effort. Through Jesus Christ He took away religion completely. But mankind hangs onto religion because the carnal nature wants to justify itself through religion, not to please God. Read the rest of this entry →
Why There is Evil
“If God is good, why is there evil in the world?” Frankly, I have never heard a good answer. But the answer is basic and foundational to our lives in Christ. First, let me reaffirm that God does not create evil, nor does He do any evil (James 1:13). Yet He takes full responsibility for the existence of evil. He fulfilled His responsibility for allowing evil into His creation on Calvary.
Evil was a calculated consequence of giving life free will, and specifically mankind. He counted the cost (Luke 14:28) of this calculation which is why He was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).
Evil can be summed up in one word: selfishness. The essence of godly love (agape) is selflessness: i.e., other centered. Whereas the essence of worldly love is self centered; i.e., what’s in it for me?
So, why is there evil? Read the rest of this entry →