Archive for April, 2011

Can You Pray The Gay Away?

Posted by on April 30, 2011  |  No Comments

After a thorough search of God’s Word, it can be assessed and determined that homosexual behavior is disrespectful to our loving Creator. As a child I prayed and prayed to not be that homosexual described in the Word. But as I grew older, those “feelings” didn’t dissipate.  God didn’t promise to remove my feelings and today, without the study of God’s Word and no effort on our part; there is no union between God and man.

Today, more than at any other time in history, society is groomed to believe in a magical existence. One that requires little from us and deceives us into thinking that everything that comes natural is pure and just. God’s authority and counsel to us is disregarded or taken as mere advice, not declaration requiring belief… all the while, the soul believing that he/she is in right standing and has no responsibility to obey truth, but simply live according to the feelings of self indulgence.

Regardless of what sinful nature we were born with, we have been invited to dwell with Christ in order to recognize His truth, love and plan for our life. Few open His Word seeking this direction and the glorious relationship with God that awaits those who seek the kingdom. Temptation and deception will be ever present, so long as there is life on this earth.  We can faintly see the purpose of life. The Christian who believes is beginning to experience oppression.

A favorite author of mine, Ellen G White states that the only reason Christians are not persecuted in this modern age, is because little separates the recognizable difference between them and the rest of the world.

All sin is equal in the eyes of God. And for all sin we must be fervent in prayer, belief and actions that bring about living according to the direction of our Lord. Feelings can so often destroy and remove control of what we know to be factual, true and honorable. Being born with certain traits and desires does not remove our ability to choose whether we should act on them.

Can we pray the gay away? Well … it is only through prayer, obedience, study and a continual right relationship with Jesus Christ that we are continually safe in His arms.  Yes… these style of living will keep us in His care and away from making decisions based on gay living and gay behavior. Will I still be tempted? Oh yes! The enemy wants nothing more than to steal my attention away in any way possible, from my Redeemer.

Is it a choice? What I do about my feelings is most certainly a choice. God does not force His love on me. And my decisions and actions cannot be forced by Satan or Christ.  I must choose. We all must choose how we will live. But not without promise. Choosing to do God’s will instead of that of self, is highly rewarded.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26

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Direct Opposition

Posted by on April 27, 2011  |  2 Comments

I’ve been contemplating the challenge of those who directly twist, turn and regurgitate things I’ve said. others have said, or the Bible says. Disbelief, and or an unwillingness to consider the beliefs of those who choose to believe in God, His Word and direction to us.

I’ve been called many things while never having an intent to harm or bruise the soul of an unbeliever. That of course would not be an winning tactic to draw them to trust and believe in Jesus.

But what rang true in my contemplations was a taste of what is certain to present itself more frequently. Becoming less and less popular, is the honor and regard for Christ, His Word and His plan for us. Greed, deception and self indulgence is the new foundation of society.

This could not ring more true then in the comments of Bill, Greg, Aisha and Sabina in the ongoing discussion which follows Dr Drew’s recent show; “Can you pray the gay away?

While in the past I have been puzzled by various Christian viewpoints, this time  I am even more puzzled by the lack of belief in God.  It was mind boggling how many now just choose a psychologist, science or a combination of both to side with and leave no room for any thing that there does not seem to be an immediate concrete answer for. Let alone considering to actually study out and see what God’s Word has to say.

Deciding and grieving the Holy Spirit away, seems to be happening right before my eyes.  Even in seeking to be courteous and respectful of someone else and their opinion, continued to back fire and anger people.

Feelings are driving the truths that people adopt as being what they will believe in. Faith and trust are becoming obsolete.  Not even an expression of wanting to know more about what God calls us to, is considered.

It’s perplexing andsaddening. Then one is drawn to consider the advice provided by our loving and caring Savior.  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” Luke 6:35

I urge each of us today to be personally grounded in Jesus and in a relationship with Him that will weather any opposition. His promises are many. He was hated… continues to be hated…. and yet loves and loves and forgives endlessly in hope of a soul grasping a single thread of belief and being drawn to His truth and Salvation. 

He does not disappoint.

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I DID IT MY WAY & I’m proud of it!

Posted by on April 13, 2011  |  No Comments

Oh boy… It’s not going to be easy to try to keep this post from being lengthy.

Isn’t life peculiar? The cause of so much dissention started with just one declaring, “I’ll do it my way!”  What a mess followed. A third of the then population thought; “sure… I’ll go along with that.”  And … well what ensued is a process still being played out.

Look at how many people over thousands of years have declared; “My way is better.” Consider how few seem to respond to the still small voice of our Creator that says;  “It is written!”   The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is the most effective weapon we have in spiritual warfare. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

But we must seek the desire to do His will instead of my will.  God gave us a huge spiritual guide, (His Word) inspired by Him and sometimes directly quoting Him. Yet look at the chaos.

Isn’t it strange that we don’t trust our Creator and Savior? Isn’t it odd, that based on our feelings, we declare that our way is better? Satan’s most effective tool is the use of our feelings.

I have been victim to this ploy for the majority of my life.  Satan starts in on us just as soon as we are born. But so does Jesus Christ.  Jesus does not force, but simply has told Satan to watch and behold. Even with a sinful nature, God promises Satan that without force, there will be a people who will choose faith and trust without relying on feelings, who will accept and follow truth.

I have felt my entire life that I would be more adapt to a same-sex partner than I would someone of the opposite sex. Does that make it right even though God’s Word warns against it everywhere it is mentioned?

Imagine if we adopted all our feelings as truth. What about those who feel like they should kill someone or hit someone?  There are many feelings that have horrible outcomes. It certainly does not make them right. But if the outcome doesn’t seem that bad, could it be okay… even if  we’re instructed that it is sinful behavior?

All of our senses and emotions are attacked by the  deceiver in an effort to gain control. An effort to add us to the third that left heaven with Lucifer.

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!”
Matthew  7:24-27

How many different ways does God need to say it for us to believe Him? How many parables does He need to tell? 

People look at you like you’re nuts when you speak of denying self.  Among gays, who recognize other individuals who them deem likely to be gay, but refuse to declare it and live it; they say ….”oh he’s in denial.”  Today I say; “Praise God! … That’s exactly what He asks of me.”

Our example Jesus, left heaven and came to this earth to live a model example of what He asks of us. He lived His life in self-denial and doing all He could for others. Then He took ALL OUR DISOBEDIENCE upon Himself, hung on a cross and bled. Then died of a broken heart.  The pain of those who will not accept the free gift of eternal life and believe… is immense!

His message was and is still very clear today.  “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23

So what’s in the way? What’s stopping you? What’s soooo important and so delectable that it can’t be put down for your Savior?  Is it worth a hundred years of mixed emotions on this earth to sacrifice eternity?

How has bitterness or pride or self-indulgence managed to fill you up and not leave any room for someone who loves you more than you can possibly imagine?  Belief takes faith. It takes trust. But its reward is forever. Your Lord and Savior will never fall short of His promises of which there are many.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  Matthew 6:23

Do you want peace? Do you want promise? Do you want a sin free eternal life with your Maker and His faithful believers?

Invite Him into your life right now.  Ask Him to guide you. He will never let you down.

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Isolation, Identification & Inspiration

Posted by on April 10, 2011  |  2 Comments

Pain does crazy things! For many, a snide remark, perceived or real rejection, varying opinions, insults or a lack of being appreciated, can lead us to separating ourselves from the very ones that care about and love us. I know all too well.

Satan is always on the move. It’s so very important to recognize that when he is not successful at having us falter one way, he moves on to another; always seeking to bring about a weakness in our trust and faith in Jesus Christ.

These can end up being lonely, dark, sad places. Depression. Or causing us to ignore and isolate those who don’t even realize they have offended. We punish ourselves when only we are the ones with all the information about what led to our isolation episode.

I write about this for two reasons. In God’s reaching out to gays and homosexuals, Satan will quickly provide excuses for upset to the already bruised and wounded soul. If he can get us to hang on to resentment, he can keep us captive in his world.  The second reason is that it matters not whether you are coming out of a homosexual life. This is a tactic of Satan’s used to attack any soul in God’s family.  More and more I find that while scholars, pastors and concerned individuals have been looking for the special instructions to help gays, they are no different from the instructions for winning and keeping any soul with the love of Jesus Christ.

Some being rescued from a homosexual lifestyle are either told by others that it is not good for man to be alone, as Jesus pointed out; or use this as an excuse to hang onto a same-sex relationship, being adamant about never being able to commit to a relationship with the opposite sex.  Yes… we are certainly told that it is not good for man or woman for that matter to be alone. But many have not considered that that is not a direction to all to marry. It is simply an indication to us that we were created to be relational. To be involved in a community. Such an appropriate community is in God’s family, the church.

As church members and believers, we should be reaching out to those who are lonely and isolated. We should be making sure that they are not allowed to feel alone and separate from those who are communing together. Some of the best therapy and relational examples to be provided are through a married couple who involve and take on mentoring a person coming out of the gay lifestyle. By being an example of God’s intended relationship, you through God, influence the thinking of someone who is developing in their new creation as a child of God.

But be careful not to put an expectation on an individual. This is moving into territory that is not ours to hold. All of us should only want what God wants for any individual. We cannot know His plan and it is unique and individual for every one of us. Many will be as Paul was. Living celibate and sexually pure.

But this is all the more reason to involve single people, recovering gays or straight singles in community. Many churches have Community Groups. This is a perfect avenue to intermingle the single individual. Straight, widowed, recovering gay… and more. By having a relational sense of community as God intended, we are able to pray for and care for people who are precious in God’s sight.  God has designed us to be interactive. With caring and loving interaction with others, He can bring healing to our hearts that have suffered hurt and rejection.

1 Corinthians 12 is a perfect reflection on God’s guidance to us regarding how we are meant to interact with one another.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then, gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

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My Favorite Sin

Posted by on April 5, 2011  |  No Comments

The relationship between God and Man has been challenged since the Garden of Eden. At first it was tempting fruit hanging from a beautiful tree. God had given direct instruction to Adam and Even. The only knowledge needed was knowledge already possessed by the two.

Thousands of years later, God having given us direct instructions through His Word, is still asking for the same commitment of faith and trust that He requested at the beginning of time.

Why is it that man continues to think that He knows better than God? It’s as though we are going to set out to disprove Him. Actually many are very blatant about doing just that.

He provided us His well written and inspired Word, But how many seek the knowledge and advice it contains?  How many believe it?  How many trust it?

And to make matters even more complicated, we seem to be experts at pointing to someone else.  A person with a sin of gluttony might be quick to point out someone’s sin of homosexuality while shoveling killer portions of food into their mouth.

A homosexual might point to someone with hateful pride, yet continue to indulge in behavior God has given significant caution about indulging.

Then we take it to another level. We whitewash it. We’re not gambling, because we’re donating all the money we are willingly wasting in hope of suddenly turning rich, to a worth cause. Or…we only buy scratch tickets and that’s not really gambling?  What is it? Just hope?

A produce salesman places beautiful fruit on the top layer, but puts fruit under it that will never ripen. Isn’t that swindling?

It’s not really adultery if you declare that you love the person that you are cheating on your  wife for.  It’s for all the right reasons right?

It’s not really gossip, because Mrs. Jones needs to know how Mrs. Smith feels, otherwise she might make a decision that she might regret if she didn’t have the information you heard about, which happens to be third hand already.

 We can get out of balance with our relationship with God so quickly, we don’t even realize how rapidly we are falling away from the relationship with Him required in order to live in accordance with His plan for us.  It’s so very sad and often painful when we reap the results of our careless decisions to do things our way.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.  John 14: 23,24

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,..” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Prime suspect?????       Feelings!    We all too frequently listen to our feelings and physcial cravings instead of believing and acting on the Word of truth God has so generously given us.

For nearly forty years I led a life in direct opposition to the teachings and knowledge that Jesus Christ has provided.  I thought I knew better. I thought I needed to follow my heart and what seemed natural to me. Even against the advice of Jesus Christ.  Why couldn’t I simply review what difficulty Eve brought upon herself and what Lot’s wife  brought upon herself in what she must have thought was a minor disregard.

I challenge you today to talk with Jesus. Renew your spirit with Him. Seek forgiveness from previous disregard and rededicate your life to Him with a commitment to do His will instead of indulging in will of self.

He waits to bless your belief, faith and trust in Him.  Faith is believing in something you know, not something that you feel.

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Irreversible Damage? – Seventh Gay Adventists?

Posted by on April 2, 2011  |  No Comments

Throughout time individuals have placed a high level of regard and importance on religious institutions. I believe God gives us instruction on having respect for our church Elders. But He would also have us know that they are human and certainly not infallible.

The history of the church I grew up in, was focused on a check list of “how we should know them.” Christians… It seemed for a long time it was that we were to know them by their works and by what they did and didn’t do. Then came a time in our modern state of living where guideline seemed to be cast to the wind and only “feel good” sermons were delivered.  Balance seems to be as difficult for the institution as it does for individuals.

Gays, homosexuals, divorces, adulterers and many more… in their sinful mistakes, have often been shown the door instead of the Lord.  The damage seems irreparable. But is it?

Notice what Jesus says in Revelation… a chapter dealing with end of time issues…. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20

Many have been hurt. Many struggle. Even church leaders and elders seek knowledge on how to guide and direct the wounded to Christ. They have made mistakes. We have all made mistakes.  But as we air our wounds, let us not forget to also continually be in search of what God is asking of us. Commitment to obedience of His will, not ours. Wounding souls does not win them to Christ. But encouraging them to live in sin does not win them either.

We are commissioned to share His love and His truth. Jesus is seeking souls who recognize Him and accept Him over the temptations and desires of self. I encourage you to invite Jesus into your heart and pray for His Holy Spirit to teach and enlighten you. Let go of self…and let Jesus take over. It’s not a feeling… it’s His truth. If you invite Him in, repent of your sins and ask His forgiveness, He promises that you will be a NEW CREATURE in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17

As you watch this clip of an upcoming film, I ask you to forgive those who have wounded and pray for those who bear the wounds. Seek their souls for the kingdom of God. Don’t sympathize to condone unholy behavior, but love them as Jesus loves and invite them to seek His Word and His truth together. Be a mentor and support them when they are weak and help them grow in the truth and love of Jesus Christ. Remember that ALL sinners are level at the foot of the cross. So single sin has more weight on it than another to Jesus Christ. He died for them all.

Above all; we are called upon by God to forgive. Not only our offenders… but ourselves.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

Commit to yourself to know Jesus personally. Not to push an agenda.

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Breaking News…Breaking News…Breaking News

Posted by on April 1, 2011  |  No Comments

Are you fully content? Are you happy? Is your heart full and complete? Do you know your destiny? I’ve got some incredible news for you!

Have you cheated on your wife, your girlfriend or your boyfriend? Do you stir up gossip with your tongue? Are you gay? Do you take things conveniently that don’t belong to you? Do you lust? Have you cheated someone on a sale? Have you cultivated yourself as the passive subject of a same-sex relationship? Have you knowingly sinned and felt no guilt?

Because you are not perfect; because we are all broken; someone who knows our every care and concern chose to leave Heaven and come and live a life on this planet and become the sacrificial lamb for our sins and imperfections. No one knows how to judge you except for our Lord and creator.

He is offering you a free ticket. In His judgment, He is offering you an acquittal. Even though you are guilty. How amazing is that?!

His life of perfection and His death bearing your sins and every wrong decision you ever made, has purchased eternal life for you. His blood bought your way out of eternal destruction.

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;   one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:1-16

WOW !!!    How incredible!  What love!  What a gift!  What a Savior!  Imagine the weight of the world on this amazing God who gave Himself over for our sins. Not a one of us is worthy! If you will humble yourself and invite Him into your heart, this gift is yours. With a genuine spirit, ask Him to forgive you for the wrongs you have committed. Invite Him to come into your life and reveal Himself to you.

Not what someone else taught you. Not what you think you know about Him, but a revelation of who He really is. A personal relationship between you and Him. Open His Word and discover truth. Invite the Holy Spirit to teach you. Don’t read it with what you want it to say, but read it with a heart of exploration. One of listening to truth and guidance. Let Him change the life He gave you.

Choose Him today.  Let Him come in and redesign you for life in eternity.

Life has its rough spots. But with Jesus Christ there is promise. There is a future.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

If you’re making this decision and you want someone to share and support your decision for a new life in Jesus, please contact me. I am happy to support you in your decision in accepting this new life.

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