Women Pastors?

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“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:34,35

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Timothy 2:11-13

I was having a “discussion” with a professing Christian today about a few things, and the topic of women pastors came up. I said that I don’t agree with women pastors as it isn’t scriptural, to which this person replied “I don’t believe that”. I was a bit taken aback to be honest, because this was a man saying this, not another woman. (Although I knew that he was previously affiliated with a church that had/has a woman pastor.)
I told him that we have to agree with the word of God, and that God’s word says that women aren’t to be the authority over men, and that they must be silent in church. I mentioned the verses above as it is what I was referring to. He still didn’t agree and used a verse (see below**) to justify this belief.

If we are to take God’s word literally, these verses mean that women aren’t to be pastors or have leadership/authority over men.
We know that Christ is the head of the Church, which means He is head over the husband, then the husband is head over the wife.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:23,24

This order isn’t just for the family though, it is for the Body of Christ.
Now please, before you start throwing stones at me, I’m not saying that women are of no use to the Body of Christ. We all have our roles, and many women were used in the Bible to further the kingdom of God (Rahab, Esther, Mary etc), but from my understanding, they didn’t have biblical/scriptural/familial authority over men.
Unfortunately there are people that aren’t rightly dividing the word, which means they are twisting scripture to suit their own purposes. There is one certain large denomination that comes to mind right away, but even smaller churches/denominations are following suit thanks to the whole feminism agenda. :/
They use this verse as justification for women pastors/leaders in church:** “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (Italics are my emphasis.)
I believe this is incorrectly dividing the word to state that women can be pastors. I believe that this verse, and the surrounding ones, are simply stating that God doesn’t look at gender, status in society, wealth or lack thereof, etc etc in His children. He sees all His children as His children, that’s it. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26

I am a woman and I am quite happy to not have to have a leadership/authoritarian role, because I have enough to do as it is. I am quite happy for men to take the lead roles because that is what God’s word says.
Does this make me feel like less of a person or inferior because I’m not meant to be a leader/pastor?
Nope, not at all – because I know God loves me regardless of my gender. We are all equal as His children in His eyes, it’s just that we all have differing roles in the Church/Body of Christ. And I’m ok with that. 
Are you?

 

Click here for a link that is chock full of good information. I don’t usually link to this website due to a certain issue I discerned a few years back, but this article delves much deeper than I do and is a really good breakdown of the scriptures. Should you decide to read further, then please do so with discernment.

Judgment by the sword

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19,20
“Don’t judge me, only God can judge me.” ‘We mustn’t judge others, only God can judge them’.
Just a few more thoughts on the “don’t judge” mindset. (From a previous post on my facebook page.)
How can we tell truth from error if we don’t judge? If this is the case, that we aren’t to judge anyone or anything, then that makes truth subjective, that makes real truth of no meaning because everyone has their own truth. It gives people an easy out from correcting others.
**I have added a comment that someone made on my facebook page below. It is well worth the read as it is well thought out, well written and factual.
Read the verse at the top again and really let it sink in. If we convert someone who has erred from the truth, or strayed from the truth (more definitions at bottom of post), then we have saved a soul from death.
Now, I ask those who adamantly declare that we aren’t to judge, how is one supposed to convert the person who has erred if we aren’t to judge them? How are we to bring them back to the truth if we aren’t to judge them?
If we aren’t to judge their falling away from the truth, how can we lead them back to truth?
I think that perhaps some of these people are actually worried they may upset or offend someone by calling out their sin, which I can totally understand. I get it. Nobody wants to upset anyone.
I also believe, now this may sound harsh, that those people who keep browbeating people with the ‘do not judge’ comments don’t actually know the truth, they don’t know Christ and they don’t know the word. If they knew all these things they would know that it is totally scriptural to judge others in the faith with righteous judgment, in love.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
We are to sharpen each other so that we can be more useful to each other in the Body, and more effective in the world for God’s purposes.
We don’t want to be so dull and blunt that we are of no use, and by not judging error and sin according to the word of God is being dull and blunt. It’s not being useful, in fact it’s the opposite.
Another thought on this.

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God’s word is not a blunt tool that has no use. God’s word is sharp, it cuts. It’s not for itching or tickling people’s ears with feel good words, it’s a sword that cuts! But it is to be wielded correctly, not just swung around without care and being mishandled and misused.

If we are not sharpening each other with God’s word, then we are of no real use. We are simply being a blunt tool used by the Enemy to ‘love’ people into hell.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
**Here is the comment from Jerry T from a conversation on my facebook page.
“I know a lot about the “judge not” heresy as I was once a practitioner of it in a time I lived in sin as a young, immature believer and it is not of God at all. The following was posted by me on a friend’s page after being requested to contribute to a discussion on the topic of Biblical judgement. It is a shame that I have to spell this out for people but the following came after prayer and a Holy Spirit led study of the Scriptures:

1. Scripture makes it clear we can judge but not with hypocrisy or our own thoughts. And it must be done with love just as it must be through the rightly divided Word of God by the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:1-5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. Any time the Word Of God condemns judgement, it is always in the context of unrighteous judgement. It is either prefaced or explained in the preceding or following verses. No where in Scripture is righteous judgement condemned. (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 1:26-31; Romans 2:1-16; James 4:11-12)

3. Righteous judgement is only for the believer, not the lost. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

4. It is done only for the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to a right relationship with the Lord. It is not to tear down nor is it to condemn and it must only be done with Christ like love as it is for the purpose of building up a brother or sister in the faith (Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:29-32)

5. Righteous judgement protects us from false teaching and unsound doctrines. No where in Scripture are we encouraged to accept anything and everything that claims to be of God. (Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 4:1-6)

6. Righteous judgement protects us from negative spiritual influences (Proverbs 13:20, Romans. 16:17-20)

7. Righteous judgement allows for the selection of Godly church leaders when used by the leading of the Holy Spirit through the rightly divided Word of God. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:10-16)

8. We can, through the leading of the Holy Spirt in the Word of God discern the difference between Christ-like love and worldly lust. (1 Corinthians 13)

9. Through righteous judgement, we will know the difference between a babe in Christ and a mature believer. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

10. As someone delivered from this heresy, I know the only ones who embrace the “judge not” heresy are the ones who are living in sin and are angry their sins have been exposed. (John 3:20-21)

In closing, righteous judgement must be done through the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the rightly divided Word of God, and only in Christ-like love with the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to build them up in the faith.” ~ JT

 
Definitions of ‘err’: “go astray deceive err seduce wander be out of the way.
Strongs
Definition:
to (properly cause to) roam (from safety truth or virtue)
Thayers
Definition:
1. to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
a. to go astray, wander, roam about
2. metaph.
a. to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
b. to be led into error
c. to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin
d. to sever or fall away from the truth
1. of heretics
e. to be led away into error and sin”

Stay out of church?

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Boy, the Enemy sure does have some sneaky ways of keeping people from the Truth!
There is a particular worldwide sect (which shall remain nameless) that apparently believes that the Cross is a slap in the face of Jesus, and they are told to stay out of buildings that have a Cross in or on them. Wow, what a way to keep people out of church!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that people don’t have to go to church in order to be saved, but the same is also true for the opposite, not everybody who goes to church is saved. *See below.
Christians are told to fellowship with each other. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
And who cares where people fellowship, as long as they do it! I don’t think God cares where believers worship Him and fellowship with others, whether it be in a dedicated church building, a rented room, a home, a PCYC, a town hall, whatever!
* “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
>>Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;<< but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:20-23

But I digress. The point is, that the Enemy will do anything to keep people from the truth. We know that he will end up in the Lake of Fire, but he will do anything and everything he can to drag many people, including professing Christians, down with him – people who are gullible, naive, undiscerning and do not love the truth. Without discernment people don’t understand the wiles and tricks of the Devil that deceive.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” Ephesians 6:11,12

In these end times and last days, we need to be ever discerning about the tricks of the Enemy so we don’t fall prey to them. We need to be praying for discernment now more than ever, because things are really ramping up spiritually. The world is spiralling out of control and too many people are being deceived and led away from the truth. 😥 (I’ll include a few verses about discernment from God’s word.)
As you can see with my one example, the Enemy will try anything, even something as subtle as telling people (via false doctrine and teachings) not to go to a building with a Cross on or in it.

As you can see from these verses, people have prayed for discernment and asked the Lord for it so they can judge between right and wrong, good and evil etc.
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? …  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;” 1 Kings 3:9,11

“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23

And here is a huge problem, people who believe they are saved but aren’t can’t discern many things for they don’t have the Holy Spirit to help them discern.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
” 1 Corinthians 2:14

Sorry, I think I went off on a bit of a tangent here, but that just seems to be how I write. lol
I hope you get what I’m trying to say, but if not, head on over to my Facebook page and continue the conversation. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“God knows my ‘heart’ “. My small account of God’s grace.

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But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Genesis 3:3
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 & 16:12
 
For a few months now I’ve been praying quite fervently about one thing in particular. And for those few months, the Lord has been telling me to wait, to be patient and to trust in His perfect timing.
So what do I do? I go and disobey Him. Did I do something that would be considered a sin on the face of it? No. What I did wasn’t ‘bad’ in and of itself, but it was the “heart“, or “spirit“, behind what I did. I tried to get ahead of the Lord by taking matters into my own hands. I tried to get a situation happening in my favour rather than waiting on the Lord like He told me to. I disobeyed Him – that was what I did wrong. I failed in the flesh.
 
Just as what Eve did wasn’t ‘bad’ in and of itself – she ate something. Adam and Eve still needed to eat, so she ate a piece of fruit. Nothing wrong with that is there? Except that she was forbidden to eat from that particular tree. The Lord told her not to eat from that particular tree in the garden, but her flesh got the better of her and she ate it. The “heart“, or “spirit“, behind her decision was
 disobedience. Yes, she was tempted and tricked in the flesh by Satan, but she could have resisted and said ‘no’, much like I could have. She fell for the lie of Satan, that she wouldn’t die, even though God said death would come. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” Genesis 3:4
But neither of us did. We both disobeyed God.
And look at the death and destruction that one simple act of disobedience by Adam and Eve caused!
 
How many things do we do thinking that they aren’t sinful in and of themselves, but are actually sin because we are disobeying the Lord?
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2
How often do we do things thinking we know best when we are actually ignoring what God says?
How often do we try to short circuit God and get ahead of Him and His ways by doing things our own way? I’ll take a guess and say that it happens far more than we realise, or care to admit.
But the Lord did use this ‘failure of the flesh’ of mine to teach me about His grace, so some good came of it, because “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 and it glorifies God because I am now able to share about His grace with others.
 
But just as we sin, we also have a Saviour that died so that we could be forgiven. Let us examine ourselves and our “hearts” (or spirits) and see if there be any hidden sin that we need to confess and repent of in order to be forgiven. For “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Amen! 1 John 1:9 ❤
One last thing. Here is another post about ‘heart’ issues.

Does God have “do’s and don’t’s”?

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“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Romans 13:9

I read something the other day about this subject, so I thought I’d just do a brief ‘opinion post’.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who think that I post nothing but “do’s and don’t’s” both on here and on my facebook page. And yes, that would be true from time to time. lol
But there is a difference between doing and not doing when it comes to salvation.
If you are relying on your ‘doing or not doing’ to save you, then you will be sorely disappointed when the Lord tells you that you won’t make it into heaven, because it isn’t out ‘deeds’ nor ‘works’ that save us, but faith in Christ’s finished work of the cross.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but >>he that doeth the will of my Father<< which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name >>done many wonderful works<<?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
A born again Christian knows that their deeds and works will never save them, but they understand that God has plenty of “do’s and don’t’s” in His word. A born again Christian will also try to obey those commands out of reverential love for Him, because they know that God has rules for our own good, and ultimately His glory.
Much like we stop on a red light, and go on a green light, God has similar commands in His word.
But again, if you are following those commands believing that they will save you, you are going about it the wrong way.
First comes salvation, then comes obedience to God’s word out of love for Him.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Slain in the spirit.

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This is just going to be a quick post about being “slain in the spirit” and how it isn’t from God the Holy Spirit.
I will take a quick look at what this means, and will include a post by someone else who goes into detail with scripture to back up why this is unbiblical. I will also link to a previous post of mine with some youtube clips.

First of all, I need to say that I was involved in a ‘home church’ type of group where weird manifestations happened, and I was nearly ‘slain’ twice, so I am not just speaking from a place of ignorance. I am speaking through personal experience. But don’t take my word for it, read on and read the post and look into the Bible yourself. Ask the Lord to reveal HIS truth to you, not man’s. Look into the history of where this movement came from yourself and hopefully the Lord will reveal to you why this is the counterfeit work of the Enemy.

First of all, a few definitions. The first quote is from a comment on the post I will link to down the bottom.  It absolutely hits the nail on the head!
“Slain in the Spirit = murdered in the spirit…. who wants to die in the Spirit? We are to LIVE by the Spirit not DIE.
Drunk in the Spirit? We are not supposed to get drunk why would the true Spirit teach us something CONTRARY to the New Testament?

The person has made an excellent point, so I thought I’d look into it some more.
The definition of “slain” –
> “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Slain. SLAIN, participle passive of slay; so written for slayen. Killed.”
> “to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers”

I thought I’d also look up the word ‘drunk’ as well. Interesting.
> “dominated by an intense feeling
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
We are not to have a faith based on emotions or feelings, but faith.

> The first case of intoxication on record is that of Noah (Genesis 9:21). The sin of drunkenness is frequently and strongly condemned (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:7, 8). The sin of drinking to excess seems to have been not uncommon among the Israelites.
> ” Intoxicated; inebriated; overwhelmed or overpowered by spirituous liquor; stupefied or inflamed by the action of spirit on the stomach and brain. It is brutish to be drunk”
(I guess they call liquor ‘spirits’ for a reason.)

So, to be slain in the spirit is to be killed in the spirit. Did you get that? To be slain in the spirit is to be KILLED in the spirit! Read it again and really let it sink in.
What does the Bible say that God does to our spirits?
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” John 5:12
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17
God does not kill our spirits, He quickens them, or makes them alive.
> Quickeneth/quickens – “Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state.”

If this doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, then I truly don’t know what will.
I implore you, if you have had this happen, or if you do this to others, you need to repent. You need to confess this as sin and ask the Lord’s forgiveness and deliverance. (And no, I don’t mean deliverance as a type of exorcism, I’m talking true deliverance from Jesus.) This is not a small thing, this is a huge thing.
Also, if you do this to others, you will have to answer for every single person you have done this to. This is giving credit to the Holy Spirit for something that the Enemy is doing. Please repent.

Another thing..“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance*: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23
*Temperance means ‘self control’. (More definitions below.)

If one of the fruits of the spirit is self control, why would God’s ‘spirit’ cause people to act as if drunk or high on drugs, laugh uncontrollably, writhe around without any control, shake and convulse uncontrollably, or make weird animal sounds uncontrollably etc etc?
Why would God allow one of His children to lose complete control of themselves while being “slain in the spirit” when one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit indwelling the Christian is self control??
It flies in the face of and goes in complete contradiction to His word!

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles* of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
*Wiles – ” A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice.
The Enemy is out to trick as many people as he can to get them away from the truth. Don’t be one of them.

WILE, verb transitive To deceive; to beguile.”

Temperance – again, ‘self control’.
“1. Moderation; particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; as temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth. temperance in eating and drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess.
2. Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.”

Here is a post that explains it so much better than I. I urge you to read it and ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to the truth.
Mythbuster: ‘Slain in the spirit’. *

Click HERE to read a previous post of mine, and watch the youtube clips that go into some more detail.

*Please note, I’m not endorsing the author of the first linked post, nor anything else he writes, I’m only endorsing the post itself because it is truth.

Is karma a good thing?

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10
 
Hopefully nobody who reads this page is a subscriber

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of the whole ‘karma’ thing, but I’m going to do a post about it nonetheless.
 
Karma is actually a Buddhist thing if memory serves, and they believe that if they have failed in this life, they have to come back again (after they have died) and try again. If they fail the next time, they have to come back and try again, and so it goes until they get it right. Once they get it all right, and pass this test we call life, they reach nirvana.
 
Most people these days see ‘karma’ as people receiving good or bad things depending on their actions.
For example, if someone steals a phone from a person, their friends will say something like ‘karma will get them’, or something similar.
They wish bad will befall the person who has done bad.
 
This is how I see it is a major problem. The people wishing bad karma on someone have put them in the place of God and have pronounced judgment upon someone and declared that they need punishing by way of ‘karma’ or bad things.
You will find that many of these people also believe in good karma, so good things come to those who do good things, but more often than not you see it used with the negative connotation.
Are these people then not part of the problem, wishing evil to befall others? Are they not perpetuating ‘bad karma’, ‘bad luck’, ‘negative energy’ and the like?
 
This is also akin to the ‘works based salvation’ that so many people, religions and denominations believe in. If you are good you will go to heaven, but if you are bad you will go to hell.
Again, people have made themselves a god and decide if what they do is good or bad. They think that just because they haven’t robbed a bank, killed someone, committed any kind of crime etc that they will go to heaven, but God’s word says that even hating someone in your heart is like murder, so His standards are much higher than ours.
“For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9 
 
I don’t know about you, but I would rather that someone who has done the wrong thing comes to that realisation and doesn’t do it again. I don’t want bad things to happen to them, there is enough bad in the world as it is.
Is it not more important that a person feels the sting of conviction for what they have done and try to make amends rather than wishing evil (karma) upon them?
 
Just my 2c worth.

God’s word is a sword, not a feather.

 

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

Those who preach are to preach the true word of God to: reprove, rebuke and exhort, not to tell people what they want to hear and water down God’s word in order to keep ‘bums on seats’ and make people feel good. Nobody comes to the knowledge of repentance when they are made to feel that their sins are ok and acceptable to God because He “loves” them.
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7

Those who do that will be answerable to God as to why they did this.

Are you a Cain or an Abel?

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“3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Genesis 4:3-7

In my understanding these verses show the consequences of Cain coming to God in his own way, in his own wisdom.
He has offered God what he wants, not what God specified.

How often do we do what Cain did? How often do we come to God on our own terms rather than His terms?

Just look at Christmas and Easter as a examples. Nowhere does God tell us to decorate trees or eggs as an offering to Him; nowhere does God tell us to buy and swap presents with others as an offering to Him; nowhere does God tell us to borrow elements from the heathens to give as an offering to Him.
What does He ask of us? What does God say is an acceptable offering to Him?
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

How does God tell us to remember Him and point others to Christ? Is it with nativity scenes, bunnies, hams, tinsel? No.
“After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:25, 26

Let us remember that the account is a shadow of Jesus to come. It points to the presentation of Jesus as a living sacrifice which was holy and acceptable to God.
So let us approach God how HE tells us to rather than in our own ‘wisdom’ and logic. Let us not be like Cain, but like Abel, who did as God required.D

***Here is a good read as well. This person goes into much more detail than I about the same thing. It’s a must read whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

Jesus or Santa? (2 Timothy 4:4)

The picture on the left says under the Santa: “Keep the MERRY”, and under the Jesus it has “Dump the MYTH.”  *I know it isn’t a picture of the real Jesus, but the purpose of this picture is to make my point.

As Christians, the Bible tells us to follow the Truth, and that Truth is Jesus Christ, the One who died to pay the penalty for the world’s sins so we could be reconciled with God.
When we add things like Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy (any fairies), superheroes etc we are adding fables.
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:4
“Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” Titus 1:14
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:6
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4

Looking at the photo above it is clear to see that the world’s Jesus is actually Santa.
I have a comparison below that should highlight to you the brilliant counterfeit that the world has adopted as their own saviour.
I urge you, if you are a professing Christian, and teach your children about Santa as well as Jesus, that you are doing them a disservice.
I have heard people say that it encourages their child’s imagination, but really it’s teaching them fables, which we are warned about in God’s word. There are much better, and actual true accounts in the Bible that will ignite their imaginations much better. Think of the three men in the furnace who didn’t get burnt up,  or Daniel in the lion’s den, or David slaying the giant, or the dragons/dinosaurs (I believe there were even fire breathing ones) etc. These stories don’t just fire up the imagination, they are true historical accounts and show God’s glory. What better foundation can children have?

JESUS CHRIST: OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE.
  1. Has white hair like wool; Rev 1:14
  2. Has a beard; Isa 50:6
  3. Comes in red apparel; Isa 63:1,2
  4. Hour of His coming is a mystery; Luke 12:40, mark 13:33
  5. Comes from the North where He lives; Eze 1:4, Psalm 48:2
  6. Is a carpenter; Mark 6:3
  7. Comes as a thief in the night; Matt 24:43,44
  8. Is omnipotent – all powerful; Rev 19:6
  9. Is omniscient – knows all; Heb 4:13, 1 John 3:20
  10. Is omnipresent – is everywhere; Psalm 139:7-10, Eph 4:6, John 3:13
  11. Is ageless – eternal; Rev 1:8, 21:6
  12. Lives in men; 1 Cor 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16,17
  13. Giver of gifts; Eph 4:8
  14. Absolute Truth; John 14:6
  15. Sits on a throne; Rev 5:1, Heb 1:8
  16. We are told to boldly go to the throne of grace for our needs; Heb 4:16
  17. Commands children to obey parents; Eph 6:2
  18. Wants little children to come to Him; Mark 10:14
  19. Judges people; Rom 14:10, Rev 20:2
  20. Everlasting Father; Isa 9:6, Heb 12:2
  21. Christ Child; Matt 1:23, Luke 2:11,12
  22. Worthy of prayers and worship; Rev 5:14, Heb 1:6
  23. Lord of Hosts Mal 3:5, Isa 8:13, Psalm 24:10
  24. God says “Ho, ho …” Zech 2:6
SANTA CLAUS: THE COUNTERFEIT ACCORDING TO MYTH.
  1. Has white hair like wool.
  2. Has a beard.
  3. Comes in red apparel.
  4. Hour of his coming is a mystery.
  5. Comes from the north where he lives – North Pole.
  6. Is carpenter of toys.
  7. Comes as a thief in the night. Even gains entrance to homes as a thief.
  8. Omnipotent – can deliver all the toys of the world in one night.
  9. Omniscient – knows if you have been bad or good all year.
  10. Omnipresent – sees when you wake or sleep. Has to be everywhere at once to be able to deliver all the toys in one short night.
  11. Lives forever.
  12. Lives in the hearts of children.
  13. Giver of gifts.
  14. Absolute fable – 1 Tim 1:4 & 4:7, 2 Tim 4:4.
  15. Sits on a throne.
  16. Children are bidden to approach him on his throne to ask for anything they want.
  17. Commands children to obey their parents.
  18. Bids children to come unto him.
  19. Judges whether you were good or bad.
  20. Father Christmas.
  21. Kris Kringle – means Christ child.
  22. Prayers and worship to “St Nick” by children.
  23. Lord over a host of elves – In Druidic religion, elves are demons or treacherous spirits.
  24. Santa says “Ho, ho, ho”.
I don’t take credit for this comparison as I found it some years back.
If I were still celebrating Christmas and teaching my children about Santa, this would be very convicting to me.

I urge you to seriously consider this information, pray about it and seek the Lord on the matter. What we do on earth now has consequences, either good or bad, in eternity.