Intentionality

God has already spoken many things to us. Our problem usually isn’t lack of a word from Him but a lack of putting into practice the things that He says.

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Black-webbed tree frogs

“LORD, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.” Isaiah 26:8-9 NLT

Too often we wait to be mystically moved before we obey His word simply and unyieldingly. Implementing what God has said is the surest way to have an amazing year ahead.
Gary Wilkerson (January 2016)

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Be Careful What You Wish For

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Good Without God! Really?!? (Part III)

Through the 20th Century, while Christian adults became more and more numbed to the sinful lifestyles portrayed all around them, their children were taught by those same portrayed lifestyles. And imaginations, the most fertile ground within young people, began to seek further and further into ideas and patterns God strictly forbids. If, as the Humanist believes, there is no God, there is no life after death, and man evolved from slime, then moral relativism rules the day. No one can tell anyone else that one way is better than another.

That became a swirling torrent in our culture. The Christian Worldview was criticized from all angles. On the one hand the Church leadership, in many denominations, began to hedge their bets; they were unwilling to preach the Word in truth and let God be their shield and provider. On the other hand, because Christianity was held in esteem by the majority, personalities from politics, sports, entertainment and business used the label of Christian and/or veiled references to garner further accolades, votes, endorsements, etc. while living out a life that clearly ran counter to the way of the cross; thus advancing a form of “Christian Hedonism.”

And the train just kept rolling, faster and faster. More and more mixing of Humanism into the Church. The seminaries were turning out potential leaders who had rejected some foundational aspects of the Christian faith. But churches welcomed them, never truly vetting their core beliefs. Better pedigrees (PhD’s, ThD’s, and DMin’s), better pulpiteering, or a book published; many times these trumped the man grounded in the Scriptures. Form over Substance!

Jesus said, “It is written: Man must not live onbreadalone but on every word thatcomes from the mouth ofGod.” [Matthew 4:4]

At breakneck speed, from before the beginning of the 20th century, many Christian denominations were not only accepting, but promoting the denigration of Scripture from the truth –that it is God’s Word – to the belief it is a book about God with some historical and moral ideas for discussion. This led to a swirl of cultural problems, including acceptance of divorce, non-married co-habitation, abortion, racism, and today’s big splash – illegally legalizing homosexual marriage. In addition, greed and corruption prevailed in government and business (the end justifies the means).

We no longer understand or accept that we are not to covet what God abhors.

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”” [Jeremiah 17:9-10]

I could go on and on – but, the picture is very clear. Roe v. Wade is only a result of the problem; Obergefell is only a result of the problem.

What’s the problem? A weak-kneed Church riddled with humanist thought, who fear man more than they fear God.

“The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” [Psalm 19:9-11]

The ‘silver lining’ to this tale of woe is this: Since the Church was born over 2000 years ago, in every generation, it has grown in the midst of persecution!

Next: Delineation of the Humanist Manifesto in the light of God’s Word.