Sunday, July 22, 2012

August 1 Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

August 1, 2012 is Chick-Fil-A  Appreciation Day for their stand for biblical values like traditional marriage and family, despite the culture's demand that they submit to their ungodly principles and practices. 



Friday, July 20, 2012

The Uncoverted In Churches

‎"To introduce unconverted persons to the church is to weaken and degrade it; and therefore an apparent gain may be a real loss."

 – Spurgeon

Teaching theology to a heathen will not bring him to faith in Christ. He may learn the evangelical
vocabulary and verbally affirm the truth. He may accept the truth of a list of gospel facts. But
without a divine miracle to open his blind eyes and give him a new heart, he will only be a
theologically informed pagan, not a Christian.


~John MacArthur
Quote:
Why is it that people are trying so hard to get nonbelievers to stay in their churches? There seems to be more effort in keeping the uncommitted happy than to upholding holiness in the church. The most persecuted people in the church, in my opinion and observation, are those who are trying to hold the bride of Christ to a true biblical standard. What a shame! Today pastors are centering more on getting people to come and stay in their churches that they forget that God wants His bride holy. The church was never intended to camp unbelievers. The church is designed by God as a place where the church members (His body of believers) can get together to worship, minister their spiritual gifts in order to edify and build up the rest of the body, and where the godly Elders can feed the sheep the Word of God from the pulpit so that they, having been fully equipped with the wisdom of the Word, can go forth and live a victorious Christian life throughout the week and win others to Christ. It is great to invite unbelievers to hear the true message of salvation but to have them fit in, attempt to serve, and be permanent minglers and loiterers within the church is to invite Satan’s people to infiltrate and desecrate God’s bride. To welcome tares and wolves into the church is to violate God’s purpose and design for His people. 

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Act 20:28-32). 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2Co 6:14-17).

End quote.

Susan Brackley 

Many churches are amusing the goats instead of feeding the sheep as Spurgeon said. This is one of the worst problems of the churches today: wrong ecclessiology. And as we know, wrong doctrine leads to wrong practice. If we invite the world into the churches, they become the focus, distractors, and the agent of cowardice in leadership for fear of wanting to offend the offenders of God. No church discipline will be practiced, either.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

J.C. Penney Stock Crashes Amid Homosexual "Marriage" Push

AFA reports:
Stock rated "junk" status, loses 50% since February, 350 layoffs at home office
The company is going downhill fast. Since February, the company stock has lost more than half its value, and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its credit rating on J.C. Penney Co. further into "junk" status.



Snapshot of J.C. Penney under same-sex marriage crusade 
February 2012 May 2012  June 2012 July 2012 
JCP announces Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson.JCP launches catalog ad featuring two "gay" moms.JCP launches catalog ad featuring two "gay" dads.JCP stock rated "junk" by S&P. JCP fires marketing exec.
Stock price:
$41.32 
Stock price falls to $35.67 Stock price falls to $25.83 Stock price falls to $20.02 


Praise the Lord! Perhaps they will reverse their pro-sodomite agenda and stop pushing such deviance in our faces.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Good Shepherd: Comfort For Christians

"I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me. I lay down My life for My sheep!" John 10:14-15

Jesus is the loving Shepherd of His chosen flock. He knows His sheep--and loves them too. He knows...
their names,
their persons,
their abodes,
their needs,
their enemies,
and their desires. 


Their names are engraved on His heart, and on the palms of His hands. He came into the world that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. He gave His life as a ransom price for them. He says, "I lay down My life for My sheep."

He gathers them by His Gospel and Spirit--and feeds and enfolds them in little flocks below. He gathers the lambs with His arm and carries them in His bosom, and gently leads those that are with young. He feeds them in green pastures, and causes them to lie down beside the still waters. He protects them from the roaring lion, the raging bear, and the devouring wolf! He says, "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish--ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!"

Jesus . . .
restores them when they wander;
heals them when they are sick;
cleanses them when they are filthy;
changes their pasture whenever they need it;
watches over them every moment; and
guards them day and night, so that no one may harm them.

He leads them--and they follow Him . . .
knowing His voice,
loving His person, and
obeying His commands.


He is now engaged in preparing pasture for them above--where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary shall forever rest! He will come again and receive them unto Himself, that where He is--His sheep may be also.

He loves them too well to forget them, and is too concerned for them to neglect them. He never takes His eyes off them! This tender Shepherd listens to the bleating of the feeblest of His lambs--and sympathizes with the weakest of His flock. He has promised to feed them, and lead them to fountains of living waters--and to cause sorrow and sighing to flee away forever. His presence shall be with them, when they pass through the dark valley of the Shadow of Death, and His rod and His crook shall comfort them.

His strength shall be made perfect in the weakness of His lambs,
His wisdom shall shine in the way He conducts them, and
His love will be displayed in every part of His conduct towards them!


Lambs of Jesus! Listen to your Shepherd's voice, keep close to your Shepherd's side, and aim to honor your dear Shepherd's name!

(James Smith, "The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior's Grace Displayed!")

Monday, July 16, 2012

Free Will vs. God's Absolute Sovereignty


To argue that man is a free moral agent and the determiner of his own destiny, and that therefore he has the power to checkmate his Maker, is to strip God of the attribute of Omnipotence. To say that the creature has burst the bounds assigned by his Creator, and that God is now practically a helpless Spectator before the sin and suffering entailed by Adam’s fall, is to repudiate the express declaration of Holy Writ, namely, "Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain" (Ps. 76:10). In a word, to deny the sovereignty of God is to enter upon a path which, if followed to its logical terminus, is to arrive at blank atheism. ~AW Pink

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Antinomianism of Exodus International's president Alan Chambers

Here is the practical outcome of anti-Lordship/anti-nomianism re: homosexuality by so-called "Christian" leaders (particularly president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers)  in the field of ministering  to homosexuals who want to get out of that lifestyle:


Gagnon, author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice and a plenary speaker at Exodus's 2009 Freedom Conference, said that a June interview in The Atlantic shows that Chambers's views have veered. "Some of us choose very different lives than others," Chambers said of gay Christians in same-sex marriages. "But whatever we choose, it doesn't remove our relationship with God."
When asked to clarify whether or not that meant "a person living a gay lifestyle won't go to hell, as long as he or she accepts Jesus Christ as personal savior," he replied, "My personal belief is … while behavior matters, those things don't interrupt someone's relationship with Christ." In the course of the interview, Chambers made it clear that he believes that homosexual acts are sinful.
End quote.
Rom 1:25  because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.26  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;27  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Jud 1:7  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.


1Ti 1:10  the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and
whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 

1Co 6:9  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals10  nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11  Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 
God's condemnation of homosexuality is abundantly clear--He opposes it in every age.
- In the patriarchs (Genesis 19:1-28)
- In the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:2220:13)
- In the Prophets (Ezekiel 16:46-50)
- In the New Testament (Romans 1:18-271 Corinthians 6:9-10Jude 7-8)
Why does God condemn homosexuality? Because it overturns God's fundamental design for human relationships--a design that pictures the complementary relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25Matthew 19:4-6Ephesians 5:22-33).



The Gospel clearly calls people to repent of their sins. Chambers is denying this. Repentance isn't merely a confession of one's sin, but an action that requires turning in a different direction--here, from sin and to Christ Jesus. 

Luk 6:46  "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 

Rom 6:11  Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 
12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13  and do not go
on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present
yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness to God. 14  For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but
under grace. 15  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it
never be! 16  Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for
obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of
obedience resulting in righteousness? 17  But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of
sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
18  and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 









Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spiral of Silence

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a German political scientist, set forth the theory of the "spiral of silence." Baptist Press writer Kelly Boggs rightly describes the spiral of silence as "the process by which an opinion becomes dominant in a society as a result of those who perceive their opinion to be in the minority remaining silent because they fear isolation." 


In our politically correct culture the spiral of silence is prevailing. It is popular, accepted, and applauded to endorse such things as homosexual marriage (for instance). Those who disagree with the practice are scared to voice their opinion because the majority labels them bigots, ignorant, hateful, unlearned, foolish, archaic, and not welcome in public discourse. These same people in the loud majority will then in the same breath begin talking about freedom of expression, everyone's right to their opinion, and the need for public discourse. Those things sound good coming from their mouths, but as the old saying goes "Do as they say, not as they do." The immoral majority lord over anyone who disagrees with their view, ostracize those who disagree with their views, and belittle and ridicule those who disagree with their views. This is the very bullying they claim they endured while "in the closet." Please know that I would never condone or associate myself with hateful violent people who have committed atrocious acts in times past against those they disagreed with. None the less, while pondering these things I started asking myself if there were times I started to say things, or express certain views, and because of fear of oppression from the "majority" I didn't say what I thought was true. Are we all guilty of that? Sure we are. And if we remain silent long enough, then the conviction of truth will diminish. As the conviction of truth diminishes, don't be surprised to find yourself some day embracing what you once clearly understood to be evil. You see every day we make choices. We choose to speak or remain silent. We choose to act or remain still. We choose to get involved, or just ignore. Why do we choose what we choose? Because we stand on the side of truth, or because we don't want to upset those who oppose truth? And I mean truth with a capitol T. 


I still believe in absolute truth. I still believe "Thus saith the Lord." I still believe that what God called evil, still remains evil to this day. But we are often silent because popular culture, pop stars, movie stars, and powerful people tell us what they think is correct and acceptable, and their influence drives the masses. But Dr. Martin Luther King once said the greatest tragedy was not the acts of evil men, but the silence and indifference of the good people. Therefore, it is with the utmost love and the offer of the the same free salvation that rescued a wretch like me, that I must at this moment stand against the majority and voice the unpopular position that living the life of homosexuality is sin against God. You can respond in anger with the empty platitudes of "well sin is sin!" Or, "Don't cast stones!" Or "Now you're judging!?" Well friend, sin is indeed sin, and it is all vile. Regardless of how much sin is in someone's life, it does NOT excuse the sin in yours and God commands you to repent. Yes the woman in adultery had her accusers turned away and her sin forgiven, but please read the rest of the story as then Jesus commanded her to "go and SIN NO MORE!". And I am not judging. God has already judged, and He called it an abomination. 


Now, in all this I am not condemning. We are already condemned. I can't do what's already done. I am however offering redemption. Regardless of man's transgression, whether sodomy, lies, theft, greed, regardless, I have the wonderful news that there is therefore NO condemnation in Christ Jesus. By repentance, which is turning away from sin, and faith in Christ one can be forgiven, be made new in Christ, receive a new nature and grace to overcome their sin! God saved me from a live of gambling. From that point on He has continued to convict me of sin and work on my life. I am a living testimony that sin can be conquered by grace. ANY sin. Just always remember this: Your pals will tell you to live however you want to live, and God accepts you just as you are. But I will tell you by the authority of His infallible word that He accepts you when you repent of your sin and turn to Him as the Lord of your life. Just remember, I loved you enough to offer you the real thing, and not just hand you sentimental emptiness that will carry you into fiery indignation. It's not about what feels right, or seems right, it's about what the Sovereign Creator of your very living soul has said. You'll stand and answer to Him someday. My prayer is that you will stand clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Love you, and I sincerely mean that.

~ Joey Rogers

Peace




Psa 119:78  Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

Integrity






1Pe 3:15  but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
1Pe 3:16  and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 
1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.


Sunday, July 08, 2012

Tolerance or Scrutiny?

"If anybody comes along espousing some message and asking for tolerance, you can be sure it's error because error demands tolerance, whereas truth demands scrutiny." 


~ John MacArthur

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Beth Moore Continues To Teach Men

Proving what I said is true: Beth Moore is a feminist and teaches both men and women. Apprising Ministries reports Beth Moore taking over Lou Giglio's pulpit on a recent Sunday morning to preach.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The power of true religion! By Thomas Reade


The power of true religion is so little felt by the bulk of professing Christians.

There are four evils which mark the decaying state of Christians in general:
their love of the world;
their love of ease;
their fear of man;
their distrust of God's providence.

The New Testament believers were just the reverse of all this:
they despised the world, and its flattering allurements;
they took up the cross, and denied themselves;
they boldly confessed Christ, and suffered for His sake;
they trusted God for all things, and so took joyfully the the confiscation of your property.

And what was the blessed fruit?
They abounded in consolation;
they grew in grace;
they shone as lights in the world;
they felt joy and peace in believing.

But now we see professing Christians, even many of whom we charitably hope well . . .
languid in their graces,
timid in their confession,
afraid of consequences,
and fearful of trusting God.

Sad symptoms these, of spiritual decay!

Occupy Protesters Throw Money Out the Windo

Clueless and frivolous.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I'm Really Thinking I was Born In the Wrong Generation.


I'm really thinking I was born in the wrong generation. I believe men should open every door, pull out every chair, foot the bill on everything, and show the utmost respect to the ladies in their lives. I believe a woman should carry herself with dignity, character, and show some resemblance of respect toward the man who is respecting her. I believe families should go to Church, help their neighbors, respect other's property, and pay their own way as much as physically possible. I believe friends should be selfless, caring, and always willing to stand side by side even through the hard times. I believe rapists, murderers, thieves, etc should be PUNISHED to the full extent of the law. I believe children should act like children and NOT be the head of the household getting everything they want and then some. I believe parents should be leaders and providers, and NOT best friends with their children. I believe America should stand for justice, and exemplify integrity among the nations. I believe our representative government should be just that: farmers, doctors, roofers, teachers, nurses, and so forth, and NOT career politicians who have never had to work or struggle for anything in their lives.

But, that's not the Nation I live in. Many men are physically and emotionally abusive, if they even hang around their wives/girlfriends and children. Women are all too often saturating themselves in any and every man who'll give them five minutes worth of attention on facebook or in a text message, and they could care less about the man who actually loves and provides for them. The church is rarely considered unless folks want to get married, or need a building for a family reunion. Families aren't families anymore. Mom lives with her boyfriend, Dad lives with his boyfriend, and Grandmaw is taking care of the children. Thieves, murderers, and rapists are just misunderstood and sick, and they just need a hug and a pill. Friends are for a large part a thing of the past because all anyone cares about is themselves. Children rule the home, they're rude and arrogant, they're drunk, pill heads, and pregnant by 14 and all the while driving a $30k car they never paid for, and talking on a $300 phone they never paid for. Our government is the most corrupt in it's history and politicians are only working for whoever gives them the biggest donation.

But through it all I'm so thankful I have a church family who I can count on, a true Friend that sticks closer than a brother, and that I'm a citizen of a much better Kingdom. Can't wait to get there. But until I go, God willing, I will tell the truth about sin and salvation so as many as possible can go with me.

~ Joey Rogers

I could not  have said it better myself!

Celebrating Independence Day


But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

~John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

~George Washington, Circular to the States, May 9, 1753

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

~James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792

‎"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts." ~Ronald Reagan

‎"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." ~Ronald Reagan

‎"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." ~Ronald Reagan

"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." 
~ Ronald Reagan




True freedom, of course, isn't merely physical, political, or financial. True freedom is spiritual and ONLY found in the Person and work of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.


Joh 8:31  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7  For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 


Gal 5:1  For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 

1Pe 2:16  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 




Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Tolerating Error Leads To Tolerating In Practice


We only progress in sound living as we progress in sound understanding. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Do not say of any error, “It is a mere matter of opinion.” No man indulges an error of judgment, without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the Spirit of God.      ~Spurgeon