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Sin Is Still Sin No Matter What You Call It

Some people have asked me where I stand on certain issues and lifestyles. What the Bible says is sin is exactly that, sin. Men will always try and interpret the nocompromiseBible in ways to justify themselves or just entirely ignore it. They have given it all kinds of flowery names to make it more palatable. They say well the Bible didn’t really mean that or it has been mistranslated. They say that times have changed and God has changed with the times. God is unchangeable. Malachi 3:6 says; "For I am the the Lord, I do not change."

Jude 3-4 says; "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."  There are those who would call themselves Christians who are doing that very thing and excusing sin in the church today. As Jude said, they have secretly slipped in among us and grabbed hold of those who are weak in the faith. Whole denominations which once stood for holiness have cast it aside and now welcome sinners into the pulpit. The church which Christ has called to be spotless and holy has compromised so that people will not be offended. The last time I checked the gospel will always offend those who do not want to give up those things that keep them from God. Jesus said in John 3:19-20; And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

I hate sin because God hates sin. But I love the sinner because so does God. Sin separates us from God. I can’t agree with the way they live because to agree would put me at odds with God. God is holy and no sin can enter His presence. There is no black and white when it comes to God. Shades of grey don’sunlightt exist and for the Christian there should be no compromise. He has called us His people to be holy. 1 Peter 1:13-15.says; "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." 

He has also asked us to keep ourselves from those who practice sin even if they would call themselves a Christian. 2 Cor. 6:14-17 says; "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them.I will be their God, And they shall be My people."Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty."

An Anglican church here in Montreal this past weekend held a vote on whether or not they would stay with their diocese or break from it over issue of allowing gays in the pulpit. If they break from it they stand to lose the building they are meeting in as it belongs to the diocese. I commend my brothers and sisters in Christ at St. Stephens for standing up for what is right, It will cost them, but the reward of obedience and staying true to the Word is worth it. 

To Get High You Have to Bend Low

This past weekend I was shocked to see one of the latest heresies that has come out of the church. It is called token the ghost. I watched a video on YouTube where a preacher who acted drunk told people to pass around an invisible joint and toke from it. He also told them to find a partner and pretend they were injecting the Jesus drug into the main artery on their arm. He called their partners “drinking buddies”.  He said it was the best high you could ever experience. I felt grieved in my spirit as I watched this. The people who belong to this doctrine walk around in a continually drunken state of mind and are not afraid to be irreverent or use foul language.

The scripture speaks to these people  in 1 Corinthians 15:34 (AMP) Awake [from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and wilfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame.

It seems these days in the West a lot of the church has thrown out sound doctrine and discernment for thrills. They are selfish and run after the moves that tickle the flesh and capture itching ears. They crave to have their carnal desires fulfilled and seek out teachers who are very willing to tell them what they want to hear. It is very easy to build a church that way. Play to the things the flesh wants the most and the sensational. They want an easy high. They claim these moves to be revival, but have no fruit to show for it. Holiness, sin and repentance are hardly taught anymore because those things make it harder to attract people into the meetings.

Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]. Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. James 4:8-10 (AMP)

The true high comes from bending down low in repentance. There is no revival without repentance. Without repentance I believe that many of these so called revivals become a stench to a holy God. Want true revival? Do as the bible tells you. He says in 2 Chronicles 7:14; If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  

I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favourable or unfavourable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (AMP)

The West has been saturated with the Word and yet it is among the most biblically illiterate on earth which is the reason why many of these strange doctrines pop up and many run to them. Being a follower of Christ takes hard work. It is not a quick fix. A true believer knows they need to continuously study the scriptures and examine them carefully to see if doctrine is sound. They don’t take it for granted what others say but seek the truth in the word for themselves.

But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves. 2 Timothy 3:13 (AMP)

Paul warned Timothy that there would be those that led others into false doctrine even in his day. And then he told him how important it was to study and equip himself with God’s word. 

But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them], And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (AMP)

Do what the Word says and you and you’ll be surprised how easy it for you to spot and avoid false doctrine.

The true high that a Christian experiences comes from joy which is a fruit of the Spirit that He produces in you after repentance and as you grow. You don’t have to toke a pretend joint and walk around drunk to receive that. For a believer that joy comes naturally. 

The Consequences of Staying In Sin

0694_sin_christian_clipart  Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1-3

Sin separates and always carries a cost. Yet many Christians make excuses for continuing in sin. We can understand that some of the younger ones would struggle in the same way as a baby learns to walk, those who are new to Christ have to learn to walk through the teaching of the word and the Holy Spirit. But there are those who have supposedly known Christ for years and yet they still struggle with sin. Many make excuses as to why they can’t change and use grace and the great love that God has for us as an excuse to continue. Paul said in Romans 6:1-23

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 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. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 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? 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, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even though sin will not stop God’s love for us, what it does is allow a hardness and a dullness to come in. The longer we stay in that sin the harder it is for us to hear God’s voice. His love seems to feel distant even though He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It is us who because of our sin who have forsaken Him. We ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit that we are headed in the wrong direction and our hearts begin grow cold and hard towards the things of God. His love for us becomes a distant memory. We even find ourselves blaming God for our condition and saying if He really loved me, He would deliver me from this. The fact is He did deliver you from all sin but through self deception you have returned to the vomit which He found you in.

God will never force you to stop sinning. That would violate our will and that is something that He’ll never do. He will do all He can to gently try and persuade you from sinning and turn back to Him, but if your mind is made up He won’t stand in your way. We need to make the choice whether to serve Him or not. To sin or not to sin. To love Him or scorn Him. The further you go, the angrier you get and eventually you begin to curse God and then finally turn your back on Him becoming much worse than the original condition He found you in. Angry, bitter and lost. You even wonder why you even believed in God to begin with. You exchange the truth of God for a lie.

Understand that God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. You are the one who has changed and moved away. His love for you has remained constant all through it. His arms always remain open for you. The Father waiting for the prodigal son. There is not a single soul that is destined hell that God wants there. They made the choice themselves through rejecting His love and mercy.

Do you want to change? Then tell Him. Be honest with Him and yourself. A sincere heart always gets God’s attention. Understand that when the Lord is speakingrepentance to Israel He is also speaking to the church and the individual. He says in Jeremiah 29:11-14a "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity."

No matter how far you have fallen, He is ready to take you back at the drop of a hat. You are His child. Seek Him with all your heart, mind and strength. If you notice hardness beginning to settle in, take drastic actions before it’s too late. Don’t listen to the lie that you have gone too far and you can’t turn back. As long as you are still convicted of your sin in some way you are in a good position and you need to cry out him. He says; "Return, O backsliding children," says the LORD; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:14-15

You are His treasure. His jewel. Christ gave His all for you. You have become one with Him and He will never give you up. He will pursue you right to the end.

Parental Rights to Be Taken Away

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

United Nations’ threat:
No more parental rights
Expert: Pact would ban spankings,
homeschooling if children object

Posted: February 05, 2009
12:00 am Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling


A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families’ religion is on America’s doorstep, a legal expert warns.

Michael Farris of Purcellville, Va., is president of ParentalRights.org, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He told WND that under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC, every decision a parent makes can be reviewed by the government to determine whether it is in the child’s best interest.

"It’s definitely on our doorstep," he said. "The left wants to make the Obama-Clinton era permanent. Treaties are a way to make it as permanent as stuff gets. It is very difficult to extract yourself from a treaty once you begin it. If they can put all of their left-wing socialist policies into treaty form, we’re stuck with it even if they lose the next election."

The 1990s-era document was ratified quickly by 193 nations worldwide, but not the United States or Somalia. In Somalia, there was then no recognized government to do the formal recognition, and in the United States there’s been opposition to its power. Countries that ratify the treaty are bound to it by international law.

Although signed by Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., on Feb. 16, 1995, the U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty, largely because of conservatives’ efforts to point out it would create that list of rights which primarily would be enforced against parents.

The international treaty creates specific civil, economic, social, cultural and even economic rights for every child and states that "the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." It is monitored by the CRC, which conceivably has enforcement powers.

According to the Parental Rights website, the substance of the CRC dictates the following:

  • Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  • A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
  • Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  • The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.
  • A child’s "right to be heard" would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
  • According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
  • Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  • Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

"Where the child has a right fulfilled by the government, the responsibilities shift from parents to the government," Farris said. "The implications of all this shifting of responsibilities is that parents no longer have the traditional roles of either being responsible for their children or having the right to direct their children."

Michael Farris

The government would decide what is in the best interest of a children in every case, and the CRC would be considered superior to state laws, Farris said. Parents could be treated like criminals for making every-day decisions about their children’s lives.

"If you think your child shouldn’t go to the prom because their grades were low, the U.N. Convention gives that power to the government to review your decision and decide if it thinks that’s what’s best for your child," he said. "If you think that your children are too young to have a Facebook account, which interferes with the right of communication, the U.N. gets to determine whether or not your decision is in the best interest of the child."

He continued, "If you think your child should go to church three times a week, but the child wants to go to church once a week, the government gets to decide what it thinks is in the best interest of the children on the frequency of church attendance."

He said American social workers would be the ones responsible for implementation of the policies.

Farris said it could be easier for President Obama to push for ratification of the treaty than it was for the Clinton administration because "the political world has changed."

At a Walden University presidential debate last October, Obama indicated he may take action.

"It’s embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land," Obama said. "I will review this and other treaties to ensure the United States resumes its global leadership in human rights."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of the CRC, and she now has direct control over the treaty’s submission to the Senate for ratification. The process requires a two-thirds vote.

Farris said Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., claimed in a private meeting just before Christmas that the treaty would be ratified within two years.

In November, a group of three dozen senior foreign policy figures urged Obama to strengthen U.S. relations with the U.N. Among other things, they asked the president to push for Senate approval of treaties that have been signed by the U.S. but not ratified.

Partnership for a Secure America Director Matthew Rojansky helped draft the statement. He said the treaty commands strong support and is likely to be acted on quickly, according to an Inter Press Service report.

While he said ratification is certain to come up, Farris said advocates of the treaty will face fierce opposition.

"I think it is going to be the battle of their lifetime," he said. "There’s not enough political capital in Washington, D.C., to pass this treaty. We will defeat it."