Engaging Your World

Thursday, December 11, 2008

TRUTH MATTERS!

One week after telling National Public Radio his view of same-sex unions is shifting, Richard Cizik has resigned as vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals. This has come as no surprise to many within the NEA as Cizik was under fire for his global warming views. But the question is, how do those who hold views that are clearly anti-scripture, get such high positions of authority and acceptance within the evangelical world?

Here is a man who believes in unions between homosexuals and describes his views on the subject as "shifting". The Word of God is not shifting on the issue of homosexuality, nor is it shifting on the issue of marriage. The Lord has made it crystal in His Word that homosexuality is a sin. A sin that is forgivable in Christ Jesus, but a sin nonetheless. If a person were to die without the Lord Jesus Christ they would be sent to a forever hell for unforgiven sins like homosexuality and others. And God is also very clear on the issue of marriage and sexual relations within marriage. It is for a man and a woman, and never for a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.

Yet Cizik and other prominent people within evangelicalism do all they can to find a way to make everyone happy, at the expense of Gods Word. It causes there to be a blurring of what it means to be an evangelical. I am no longer comfortable being called an evangelical, not while people like Cizik, Brian McClaren, Rob Bell and others of like mind are called the same. The apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:8-9 that those who preach and teach a different gospel are to be accursed. He says it twice, highlighting the seriousness of the charge.

What is needed today are men of courage, like those of yesteryear who posted the 95 these to the church door. People who gave their lives for the truth of Gods Word, not willing to compromise, regardless of the cost. So while people like Cizik are out in public spreading the pablum they call truth, there is a great opportunity for the people of God to proclaim the truth, being the light that they are called to be. The contrast will be stark and dramatic, and God will draw people to the truth, as He is the Truth and He is where the Truth is!

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pastor tom
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Sunday, December 07, 2008

PUTTING THEM OUT OF THEIR MISERY!

This past Friday a state District court in Montana ruled in favor of physician assisted suicide. From the wires:

"Montana's First District Court Judge Dorothy McCarter, the Associated Press reports, declared in the case of Baxter et al. v. Montana that mentally competent, terminally ill Montanans may self-administer life-ending medication and that doctors who prescribe such medications need not fear criminal prosecution"

The quotes are self explanatory as to the ideology behind all of this. Robert Baxter 75, who suffers from leukemia and brought the lawsuit;

"It's always been a very important thing with me," says Baxter in Compassion & Choices Magazine. "I've just watched people suffer so badly when they died, and it goes on every day. You can just see it in their eyes: 'Why am I having to go through this terrible part of my life, when we do it for animals? We put them out of their misery.'

"I just feel if we can do it for animals," Baxter said, "we can do it for human beings."

"A mentally competent, terminally ill Montanan should have the right to choose a peaceful death, when confronted by death," Kathryn Tucker, Compassion & Choices director of legal affairs.

Attorney Mark Connell, who filed the suit on Baxter's behalf, told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, "The question in our minds is whether the Montana State Constitution's explicit guarantees of privacy and human dignity give the patient the choice to decide how his life is going to end."

It further propagates the culture of death that we live in. Life is further devalued in this ruling, which makes it easier to discard. This is the consequence of a society that has no regard for God. Once God has been ignored, and marginalized, once God has been discarded, all bets are off. There is an increasing lack of order and rule, along with the cheapening of life. We ought not be surprised, but in fact we all should be preparing for the battles ahead. It will not be long before this culture will goose step down the road of a perfect race. Once God is gone and life has no value, the next casualty will be the weak and infirmed. Those who are mentally or physically challenged. It will be presented as doing them a favor, in not allowing them to live in such a painful disabled life.

Regardless of the many great stories like Joni Erikson Tada, there will an elimination of the weak. After that there will be an elimination of those who do not look like culture says they are supposed to. As Hitler sought a blond haired blue eyed super race, so a culture of new Hitlers will seek to do the same. Though the description of what is perfect might have changed, the methods, goals and ideology will be the same. And as they say in Montana, it is just like is done to animals, putting them out of their misery. The problem here is most people have no idea of the real misery that is on the way!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, December 04, 2008

A SICK GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS!

This is the time of year theoretically that people are celebrating the birth of Christ. In truth most people are simply celebrating materialism and going into debt to give gifts that people will forget in a matter of days or weeks. Of course the exception is there are families for whom this is a meaningful time of year and the gifts are the out pouring and overflow of a real genuine love for Jesus. Whatever the paradigm for the season, this year there is a gift that goes beyond the pale of decency.

The Indiana chapter of Planned Parenthood is offering gift certificates for their services as stocking stuffers! While they will advocate that they offer a host of services, there is no getting around the horrific truth that there will be people who will use these certificates to help pay for abortions. Which means that in the celebration of the birth of Christ, there will be people, in the name of Jesus Christ's coming to this earth, Emmanuel, God with us, will give someone the means to kill their baby. Is it not ironic to think of celebrating the birth of a baby by paying to kill a baby? This is how upside down we have become in this country!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

NEED A "BIBLE"?

Film maker Max Mitchell believes it is time for a new bible. He is coming out with one called, the "Princess Diana Bible". An interesting title for a bible, but what is less interesting and more revolting is the theme of this bible, which is that homosexuality is normal and heterosexuality is a sin. Here is what Mitchell has to say;


"Jesus was gay. In Biblical times homosexual relationships were so commonplace that no one gave it a second thought. It was heterosexuality that was considered sinful,"

And now a part of this "bible" translation;


"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Aida, and she slept: and he took one of her ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from woman, made he another woman, and brought her unto the first. And Aida said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of me. Therefore shall a woman leave her mother, and shall cleave unto her wife: and they shall be one flesh.' And they were both naked, the woman and her wife, and were not ashamed."

Hey, no big deal right? Live and let live, be kind, be nice, make friends, friendship evangelism, etc etc etc. You keep believing that at the expense of the truth of Gods real Word and this is what you get!!

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pastor tom
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