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‘That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which after God is created in RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUE HOLINESS.

Wherefore PUTTING AWAY LYING, SPEAK EVERY MAN TRUTH with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.’  (Eph. 4:22-25)

‘Putting on the new man’ is something that WE do–not something the Lord does TO us.  WE make the choices that define our character.  How do we put on the new man?  By reading God’s Word, which renews the spirit of our mind, giving us the ‘mind of Christ’.

One of those choices we must make NOW, is that we will put away lying.  Lying is an ABOMINATION to God.  Homosexuality is an abomination . . . abortion is an abomination . . . and TELLING LIES is an abomination!

‘These six [things] doth the LORD HATE: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, A LYING TONGUE, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] SPEAKETH LIES, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’  (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Do you see?  Lying makes this list of things that are an abomination to God, right alongside abortion . . . and lying makes the list TWICE!!

The seriousness of this matter is not an exaggeration on my part.  Look at this other list of heinous sins, and lying is right there with them:

‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’  (Rev. 21:8)

It’s right up there with murder and sorcery this time.  Make no mistake, this verse is not symbolic.  If the Bible says all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire, you’d best believe it’s true.

‘If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God . . . ‘  (1 Peter 4:11)

When we open our mouth, it should be as though God Himself is speaking through us.  All it takes is ONE LIE, to destroy your credibility with someone who loves the truth.  As a Christian, that means your witness is destroyed–your ability to share the gospel with that person is lost.  (What if YOU are the very person God has ordained to reach them?)

We must strive to walk uprightly, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.  Salvation isn’t a bus ticket–it’s the beginning of a career.  Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, you get there by WALKING . . . it’s not a ‘ride’.

Do you know what will separate those who enter the Kingdom, from those who fall to the strong delusion and follow THE LIE of the Antichrist?  It is whether or not they LOVE TRUTH!

‘ . . . them THAT PERISH; BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND them strong delusion, that they should BELIEVE A LIE: That they all might be damned WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’  (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

You cannot claim to love truth if you traffic in lies!

As a liar, you make a practice of overriding your ability to discern the truth from a lie.  As a liar, you come to love lies, because they tell you what you want to believe.  But the verses above show that you will have NO EXCUSE for being deceived, because God will only send the delusion to those who don’t love truth.

God is not mocked.  You love lies?  Then lies you shall have.  Those who sow lies, will reap destruction when they are ensnared in THE lie.

‘Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.’  (Revelation 22:14-15)

We have a strange relationship with the truth.

  • we want other people to serve it to us untainted
  • we want to have the right to reject it
  • we want an exemption from giving it

Truth is not a buffet that we can graze from, taking a little from here and a little from there, according to what appeals to us.  Truth is one plate in a multicourse meal that our Heavenly Father prepares for us.  Each of us is going to find some things on that plate that don’t appeal to us.  Nevertheless, we are obliged to eat what He serves us.

 

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

2nd Thessalonians 2: 10

 

The other day, someone I know mentioned that they follow over three hundred people on Twitter!  I’m astounded!  I don’t use Twitter, so I don’t know how often people Tweet but . . . over three  hundred people!

Granted, this person isn’t a Christian . . . but from what I know about ‘Christians’ these days, they do pretty much what everyone else does.  (Could it be because many who call themselves Christians aren’t?  Hmmmm.)

I don’t know whether this number is typical, or whether it’s excessive.  But I just can’t fathom having my thoughts constantly interrupted –or steered by–that many people.  (In fact, I’m not sure there are three hundred truly wise people in the whole U.S.!)  Personally,  I can’t think of even a dozen people whose thoughts and comments I’d be interested in hearing on a regular basis.

We used to bemoan the fact that time seemed to be speeding up, and that we were becoming more and more busy . . . but the idea of receiving constant Tweets makes that seem like a minor annoyance!

The Bible warns us not to be conformed to the culture we live in.  When you factor Twitter into the equation, it gives a whole new meaning to ‘collective consciousness’.  We are coming closer and closer to everyone thinking the same thing at the same time.  (What a grand experiment in social control this could be!)

Christian, step back and look at this situation.  We become like the people we spend time with.   If you Twitter, do I have to elaborate, to spell out the dangers here?  If you are following all these people on Twitter, how do you have time to hear God?  And how do you know what your own thoughts are?  Do you even have an original thought anymore, or is it a continuation of someone else’s comment?  Don’t just laugh this question off–think about it!

If you are serious about being a disciple of Jesus, about being a new creation, about putting aside the things of this world, about having your mind renewed, and growing spiritually . . . then you need to take a long hard look at where Twitter is taking you.

We are constantly being pulled away from the things that matter.  We slip away from truth a little at a time.  Our character changes, one thought at a time.

Where are your thoughts coming from?

READ YOUR BIBLE!!

We Have Been Bewitched

For Christians Who Are Struggling Spiritually

Please check out this broadcast, if you are struggling in your walk with the Lord, but are sincere and willing to do whatever it takes.

Message 162:

“The Secrets of Scripture: The Violent Take it by Force”
Why do some Christians struggle to find victory?
The Plague of sloppy conversions! Why do some conversions fail?
Who are the Violent Ones? True Repentance – How to find it.

The Watchman’s Cry
http://www.thewatchmanscry.com

(previous message #161)

You can’t be a follower of Jesus and be politically correct.

Q:  Who benefits from the whole absurd notion of ‘political correctness’?

A:  Those who practice and/or promote evil.

Political correctness is merely a form of intimidation meant to silence those who would speak the truth.  A form of intimidation . . . a provoking of fear . . .

‘For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self‑discipline.’  II Timothy 1:7

 

If you are so easily intimidated by societal pressure to be politically correct, then I seriously question your ability to endure in the face of real persecution!

In fact, I wonder about your level of commitment to Jesus Christ.  Did you decide to be a Christian because of your dedication to Jesus Christ and the truth and love He embodies–or because of  ‘what’s in it for you’?

“Then [Jesus] called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life  will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.””    Mark 8:34-38

 

Is telling the truth, in the face of man’s displeasure, too great a burden for you to bear?  Is it too embarrassing to uphold the way of truth and love, when those around you are swimming in a cesspool of sin and perversion?  Is maintaining their favorable opinion of you more important to you than being faithful to God?

For example, God’s Word says:

“ ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.’”  Leviticus 20:13

and

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”  Romans 1: 25-27

 

Gay Couple

Gay Couple

(In Leviticus 20, there are many other practices which are mentioned and condemned.  However, homosexuality is the one I have chosen for an illustration, because it is one of the ‘freedoms’ that is so zealously guarded by political correctness.)

The passages above clearly spell out that homosexuality is a sin, a perversion, unnatural, detestable, shameful, indecent, and a capital offense.  It also implies that illnesses such as AIDS may be the ‘due penalty’ for such perversion.

Christian: are you ashamed that God’s Word says such things?  Have you become so influenced by political correctness that you feel more shame over God’s Word and His attitude towards sin, than you feel towards the sin itself?

If so, I hope you are jolted enough by the realization to hit your knees and repent!  It is definitely time to turn off your TV and start spending time with God.

 

Homosexuality:  Why Is It Such A Big Deal?

Unconditional Salvation?

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Is Your TV Stealing Your Soul?

The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against Us

You can’t be a follower of Jesus and be a homosexual.

I can’t follow Jesus and be a thief, or a murderer.  If I am a thief and want to follow Jesus, I must leave stealing behind.  If I am a murderer and want to follow Jesus, I must leave killing behind.

When we follow Jesus, we put our ‘flesh’ (sinful desires and actions) to death . . .  deny ourselves . . . ‘die to’ our old selves . . . are ‘born again’ . . . born of the spirit  . . . have a new life . . .  We become new creations!

When we accept Jesus’ death, on our behalf, we must come to Him on His terms. We confess our sins, repent of them, and don’t practice them any longer.  He forgives our sins and washes them away, and we are made new.

You may argue that being a homosexual is who you are–I argue that is who you are because it is what you do.

Contrary to some people’s arguments, people are not born homosexual.  If you have the normal XX or XY chromosomes, your gender is not in question.  (If you ARE a hermaphrodite, or have chromosomal problems, that’s a different story.)

Here are reasons you may not feel comfortable with your gender:

  • The way you are raised and treated.
  • The expectations or prejudices you are exposed to.
  • The popularity and promotion of homosexuality in our culture.
  • Peer pressure.

But here are what I believe are the three most important factors:  being wounded in your early relationships, being molested by someone of the same gender (remembered or  not), demonic influence.

There are a number of ways these factors can work together, although any one of them can lead you to the conclusion, and feeling, that you are gay.  But, when they are combined, their effect is greatly multiplied, and you will feel an almost irresistible pull towards homosexuality.

One of the common ways it plays out is:

1. A child is rejected by his father (living with rejection is more damaging than being abandoned).  Young children trust adults and see them almost as gods.  If a young child is receiving the message, from an adult, that he is not worthy, he may disown himself (or aspects of himself).  If he is a bit older, he may hate the adult and vow not to be like him.  Either way, if a boy does not have a healthy relationship with his father (or an adult male), he will have an emptiness that will cause him to gravitate towards ‘father figures’ in his life.  This may be adult males, or boys that are older than him that seem more masculine to him than he feels.

Here is where a problem begins.  Young, wounded boys are very alluring to predatory men (including pedophiles) and delinquent boys.  A wounded boy is a magnet for sick and perverse males, and he is soon going to end up in bad company.  He doesn’t have to be molested to become homosexual–he may idolize the man or boy he follows, to the extent that he falls in love with him.  The whole issue is that he doesn’t love and accept himself.

The irony is–some well meaning single mothers introduce predatory men into their wounded son’s life, without being aware of it. A single mother has her own issues, and she may be very relieved to have found a man who shows a fatherly interest in her son.

These are the worst situations, because the boy is unable to extricate himself from the relationship, and is unlikely to tell his mother what is happening.  He will likely be at the man’s mercy for many years.  This man, given enough time, will likely mold the boy into a replica of himself.  Undoing the damage, if the grown up boy is willing, may occupy much of the rest of his life.

2.  Wounded boys are needy and vulnerable, magnets for pedophiles, and very likely to be molested. They pretty well have a sign on their forehead saying “victim”, which predators quickly home in on.  Each molestation makes another one more likely.

The boy is molded physically, mentally, and emotionally by these experiences, and logically forms an identity as inferior, a victim, and as a homosexual.  He does not realize that someone else appointed this identity to him, instead he believes they recognized what he already must have been–not true!!  The only thing he was is needy and vulnerable.

3.  Demonic influence–I think this is one of the biggest reasons that homosexuality is so commonplace today. Demonic forces promote sin in every form.  Demonic forces actively deceive, tempt, and seduce people into sin.  Just as we may have ‘guardian angels’, people are accompanied by demonic spirits.  Demonic beings act persistently in a person’s life, usually to the extent that they are successful in luring him into sin.

Demonic spirits can gain entrance to a person’s life (not the same as actually being possessed) through things they partake of (including music, movies, magazines, etc.), through interactions with other people (who ‘entertain’ demons in their life), and by chance.  MANY of these demonic beings are with us, in our sinful culture today, and they are a powerful force behind the promotion of homosexuality.

Homosexuality is neither normal nor natural.  God says it is an abomination to Him.  He also says that, when He is totally disgusted with a person (to paraphrase), He will give them over to a ‘reprobate mind’ and homosexuality.

With that in mind, does homosexuality really sound like something people are born with?  Do you think God would create someone that way, so that He would turn His back on him from the day he was born?  No.  Absolutely not!!  The temptation to homosexuality, however, may find its way into your life at a very early age.

I believe that part of the recent increase in demonic activity in America, is a concerted Satanic attack on children.  With a culture that lies to us and says that homosexuality is normal and that speaking against it is hateful (or criminal)–how many parents are going to steer their young children away from homosexuality when they are being tempted and deceived by demonic spirits (or other kids, or society, etc. for that matter)?

By trying to be ‘politically correct’, we are leaving our vulnerable children open to the most vile temptations and influences.  These sins, that we are afraid to speak against, have the power to imprison our children in chains of heavy bondage, and open the door to other powerful delusions and doctrines of Satan.

Parents:  we live in perilous, vile, and deceptive times–you had better get serious about protecting your children from evil!!

‘Christian parents’:  if you won’t teach your children right from wrong, and the truth from a lie–who do you think will?  And who do you think God will hold responsible?

Homosexuality: Why Is It Such A Big Deal?

Unconditional Salvation?

You can’t be a follower of Jesus and believe that ‘each of us has our own truth’.

If you believe this, you are like the sleeping crew of a ship that has lost its anchor.  You are drifting, unaware, and have no idea where you really are!

‘Truth’ is one of the most basic, fundamental principles in life!  Truth, absolute truth, exists–and there is only one truth!!  God is the author and embodiment of truth.  The Bible is the portion of the truth that He has chosen to reveal to mankind, to guide us through our lives on Earth.

For years, Satan attacked one truth after another, yet he only succeeded in deceiving some of the people each time.  But his plan calls for everyone to believe him (and to eliminate the ones that don’t.) Now the hour is late, and his time is running out.

He couldn’t conquer truth itself, so it is no wonder that he has finally decided to attack and subvert the very concept and definition of truth!

I don’t even know how to address this one–it’s completely absurd.

We live in a world where common sense has all but died, and where people think reality is just a creation of their own imagination.  They believe that if they change their thinking they can change reality . . . that if they deny something, it will lose its power to exist . . . that if more people, who desire the same reality, will join together, they will have more power to make it exist . . . that people who don’t desire the same reality will hinder their efforts.  (This is why they will first ignore ‘the opposition’, but when that doesn’t work will feel they must eliminate it.)

I’m not a philosopher.  I can’t contort my mind through the mental gymnastics that are necessary to understand this way of thinking.  All I can say is that I know they are wrong, because I have found truth.  Not just my truth, THE truth.  It exists.  It proves itself.  It remains constant.  It povides a sturdy anchor.  It doesn’t conform to me or my opinions–rather, it causes me to change and conform my opinions to it.

When I found THE truth, it was very different from the opinions I held as MY truth. Yet, when I put them in the ring together, THE truth won every round!

You can live in an alternate reality if you choose (we used to call that ‘insanity’ . . .).  You can define truth for yourself, and occupy your mind with the complex mental contortions of philosophy–but not if you are a follower of Jesus.  And, whether you are or not, someday you will come face to face with THE truth.  It will reveal itself and your eyes will be opened.  Hopefully, for you, the day that happens will not be judgment day.

How Can You Say Your Way Is The Only Way?

Only One Way?  How Intolerant!

You can’t be a follower of Jesus and expect to be popular.

Trying to be popular is a trap.  When you try to be popular, you say and do what will please others.

But, especially these days, people don’t want to hear the truth, be confronted, feel uncomfortable, or face unpleasantness.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is all of these things: absolute truth, confronting us about our sin, a push outside of our comfort zone, the unmasking of evil.

Speaking of these things will not please others.  Yet Jesus says that if we deny Him before men, He will deny us before the Father.  If we remain silent before men, we can expect to hear Him say, on the day of judgment, “Depart from me.  I never knew you.”

So, tell me then:  how can you be true to the gospel and be popular?

The God Factor

Just Another ‘Blue Light Special’?

Christian Persecution In America?