“Do not judge” (Luke 6:37, NASB).
It is quite ironic that some of the same people who accuse Christians of selecting a passage out of its context and giving it whatever meaning they wish, are in fact guilty of taking this passage out of its context and giving it whatever meaning they wish.
What did Jesus mean, and not mean, when He made this statement? Continue reading “Thou shalt see clearly”
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).
In a discussion panel I watched recently, Arizona State University Professor (theoretical physicist) Lawrence Krauss listened with as much tolerance as he could muster while an avowed gay Catholic priest (or bishop, or something) attempted to explain how he melded his way of life with his chosen religion. Krauss finally couldn’t take it anymore, and interrupted the priest, saying (I paraphrase): “Why not just throw out the whole thing?”
Continue reading “The plagues of moral elasticity and re-definition”
Modesty is a complex issue, especially when we fail to understand all the pieces of the puzzle.
Paul mentions modesty in the context of women who dress to provoke envy and desire (1 Timothy 2:9). However, Christians must display pure lives and flee fornication and lust, which begins in the heart (Matthew 5:27-28; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 15:19; James 1:14-15).
David was drawn into sin by a nude woman (2 Samuel 11) and God condemns women who flaunt themselves sexually (Proverbs 5).
If we take this subject apart, we can become more knowledgeable and prepared. Continue reading “The complexities of modesty”
Being a Christian brings responsibilities; being an atheist brings consequences, it appears.
When a woman expressed the dilemma she felt when discovering her unborn child had Down’s Syndrome, atheist Richard Dawkins who wrote among other books “The God Delusion” tweeted “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have a choice.” Continue reading “Richard Dawkins and Down’s Syndrome”
“…the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it become unfruitful” (Mark 4:19, KJV).
America is one of the most ironic nations on earth. There are likely more copies of God’s word in print in our great land than any place on the planet. Yet, we are choking to death. Families, individuals, churches, are choking for lack of biblical understanding. Cancers are spreading, and enemies of the gospel abound. We are nearer death as a nation than we’d like to admit. In some ways, we’re dead already (see: 1 Timothy 5:6).
The rise of violent Islamic extremism is rearing its ugly head on American soil again. This is a direct result of the word of God being choked, and lives not being transformed thereby. We have trusted in our horses and iron chariots (so to speak), and we now face an enemy who has respect for neither. Continue reading “Is America choking?”
The testing of our faith produces a result… Continue reading The world still hates truth
When we stop legislating morality, what happens? Continue reading What makes right?
God loves us even when we make mistakes Continue reading When you make a mistake