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You Can’t Have One Without the Other


waving flagBy: Jim Shempert; Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“What the world, mortally wounded as she is, needs to hear as she edges closer to the end is the message of the Gospel. There is right and wrong.”

– Jim Shempert

I am a great lover of history.  While most kids were poring over the latest comic book, I had my nose stuck in a history book. At first, it was American history, and that grew into a general love of all things historical.  Because a large portion of human history has been shaped by war, my particular focus seems to be based around the squabbles of differing kingdoms.  I’m a sucker for a cheesy Hollywood war movie, because I have hope, that one day Hollywood will tell a true war story, as opposed to the fairy tale that every war movie made turns out to be.  You know the scene I am talking about.  A mortally wounded soldier, being comforted by his friend, the five stages, and finally….the end.  The movie usually turns on what the one says to the other.  So, what should Christians tell a mortally wounded, dying world?

Some of my past blogs talked about America no longer being a Christian nation.  The conservatives decried me as weak and giving up the fight.  The liberals came with the same old tired line that “America never was a Christian nation.”  To the conservative camp, let me assure you that weak is not an adjective to describe me.  To the liberals, normally, I would try to point you to historical context, quotes by our founders, and other overwhelming evidence that though America was not meant to be a theocratic society it most assuredly was built around and meant to be based on Christian values.  However, I know that liberals’ entire knowledge base comes from themselves, and if they don’t agree with it, then it’s wrong.  Truth be told, history speaks for itself.

The same could be said for Christianity.  Far too often in today’s America, the Church is trying to “change things up” to attract a bigger crowd by raising more dollars to fill more seats.  Church leaders go to seminars on how lighting affects giving, which music to play at poignant moments, and how to court more givers. We sacrifice the Gospel and the eternal for public acceptance.  Sure, we talk about physical poverty, but not spiritual.  We talk about golden streets and harps, but nothing about flames, damnation, and endless torment.  We preach God’s Grace, which I am a firm believer in, but we don’t talk about God’s judgment anymore.  In doing so, we make Christ a liar.  If all those things didn’t await those who refused His sacrifice, then what was the need for Him to die?

I lost a few of you there.  I said that Hell is a real place.  I said that not everyone gets to go to Heaven.  Jesus says the same, and no “new-thinking” wolf-in- sheep’s clothing will trump the words of Christ in my book.  While on earth Christ said: “This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:49-50.)  Later is Revelation, “They, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name (Revelation 14:10-11.)”

A lot of fair weather fans just jumped off the bandwagon.  Too much fire and brimstone, not enough grace.  Friends, you can’t have light without dark, the hope of Heaven is only fully appreciated by the fear of Hell, and you cannot have mercy without judgment.

If Christ is Who He said, and it is my belief that He is the Son of God who died for my sins, then judgment is coming.  Some say soon, some say at the end of our lives, but whatever the time, we will all stand in a place of judgment.  By our sin nature, we all stand condemned.   “There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10.)”  Whatever we try to do to change ourselves for the better, will not be enough, because you can’t be “good enough” to attain forgiveness.  If salvation could be earned then there would have been no need for Christ to die.

What the world, mortally wounded as she is, needs to hear as she edges closer to the end is the message of the Gospel.  There is right and wrong.  Unrepentance leads to damnation.

But…

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, saw you in your sin.  He loved you before you could ever love Him.  He was there at the beginning, and will be there at the end.  No matter how far we push him out of our government, we cannot push Him out of history, because He was there before history began, and He has seen when “history” will end.

We will stand before Him one day, and give an account of every word and deed that you have said and done while in this life  (Matthew 12:6).  That, to me, is enough to make my knees quake.  However, those who are found to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ will receive forgiveness. Those who are found to not be in

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You Might be Surprised: How to Destroy Homosexuality


 

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By / 22 December 2013

 
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Anyone who reads my books and my articles understands that I’m a very simple man. I look at something and just write down what I see. I don’t try to complicate it. I am amazed at how confused the Christian community is about homosexuality. So let’s break it down to its simplest essence. Homosexuality is a sin. Why do I say that? It’s not me saying it. It’s God. You remember Him? The guy who made all life, the one who keeps the world spinning, the one who came down to earth to die for our sins? Yeah. That guy.

Here’s what the Bible says about homosexuality:

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

(NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11)

That seems clear to me. According to the Bible there won’t be any practicing homosexuals in heaven. There may be repentant homosexuals, those who have given up that lifestyle in order to pursue a relationship with God, but it is clear to me that Tom cannot be a Christian while he is boinking Fred’s brains out. In the Bible God says homosexuality is unnatural and an abomination. Those are mighty strong words. The point is this: sin separates us from God. In order for us to be pals with the Almighty, we have to get rid of that sin. We can’t do it on our own because we sin everyday. That’s why the Son of God (Jesus Christ) shed his blood in payment for all our sins.

But homosexuality is a special sin because it is also a lifestyle. It’s not like “Oops, in a weak moment I succumbed to the sexual advances of my secretary and I slept with her. Now I feel guilty and I won’t do it again.” It’s more like “Oops, I don’t give a damn what the Bible says about it. This is what I want. This is what I’m going to do. And I’ll do it as often as I want. And I will destroy anyone who opposes me.”

Let’s face it. Homosexuals have come a long way. Back in the sixties when I was a kid, people called homosexuals things like “fudge-packers”, “homos”, “queers” and “faggots”. Now everyone calls them “gay”. That’s a brilliant piece of public relations work. Take an abomination and re-label it into something happy. Not only that, but they’ve convinced Christians to use the word “gay” as well. After all, how can you oppose something that sounds so happy?

But here’s the rub, folks. God isn’t gay and he ain’t happy.

I can look at my dog all day long and say, “You are such a nice cat.” But that won’t change the fact that he’s a dog. But these days I see Christians, even pastors, looking at homosexuality and saying, “This is a good thing. The romantic love between a man and a man is a good thing and should be treated like any other.”

But isn’t it possible that God gave man a penis for a reason, that he gave woman a vagina for a reason? Is it just coincidence that the two fit perfectly and bring us so much joy? How is it that after decades of a massive PR campaign, social acceptance, and media fawning, less than two percent of the population are actually converted to homosexuality?

Why haven’t more of us embraced this lifestyle? Here’s an obvious thought: “Because it’s yucky and repulsive.”

After reading one of my books, a homosexual called me up to scold me on the negative way I portrayed homosexuality. In a fit of rage, he said, “Just admit it, you’ll just never get past the mechanics of what we do to each other!”

I admit it. A man putting his penis inside another man’s rectum makes me want to vomit, and I’ll never get past it.

So why do they have to destroy any and all opposition to their lifestyle? It’s because they are defending a fragile fortress with walls of glass. This is so simple even a boy with a slingshot could bring the whole thing down. Therefore, the only way homosexuals can defend this indefensible position is to attack so ferociously that no one dares to come against them.

So how should Christians treat homosexuals? That’s easy. The same way Jesus would. Be their friends. Love them. Yes, it’s true that the homosexual act is a wicked sin. But then again, so is greed, adultery, and drunkenness.

Isn’t it ironic that the only way to defeat homosexuality is to love homosexuals?

For some of us that means we have to get past the “yuck” factor. It’s okay to hug a homosexual. You won’t catch anything. But it’s also good to shine the light of Truth on homosexuality. Jesus accepted and loved the adulteress, but he also told her to go and sin no more. You can love someone and still speak out against their lifestyle.

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Ben Carson: Stop Rush to Judgment on Zimmerman Verdict


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Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 12:21 PM

By Wanda Carruthers // http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/ben-carson-zimmerman-verdict/2013/07/17/id/515562?s=al&promo_code=1434F-1#

 

Calling the reaction to the George Zimmerman a “frenzy” and “polarization,” Dr. Ben Carson urged people to pause and look at all the facts in the case before rushing to judgment.

“I think it would do us all well to step back and do something that I always suggest before rushing to judgment, put yourself in the place of the individuals involved,” the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

“We need to be saying what can we learn from this rather than allowing ourselves to be whipped into a frenzy with no evidence from what I can see that this was preplanned or that there was malicious intent,” said Carson, who became well known politically after challenging President Barack Obama’s economic policies at a prayer breakfast earlier this year.

Carson added, “None of us knows what we would do if somebody is getting the best of us in a fight and we have a gun. There are a lot of implications here that need to be talked about.”

Saying the term “racist” was thrown around too easily, Carson suggested taking a step back, saying, “We really should look at all the facts before we start impugning people with that name.”

Carson, who is black, also addressed use of the term white Hispanic – which some media outlets are calling Zimmerman — saying it was “hilarious” and said, “Why don’t we call Obama a white African-American? This is craziness. Why do we get so involved in superficial words when we should be looking much deeper at people and at situations?”

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Know This. Your Sins Will Catch You


Numbers 32:23 “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (NIV)

No possible escape. It’s repentance or nothing. It’s the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus or you will die with your sins identifying you as one who refused the saving Grace of God.

There is no “excusing” with God. Over the last 60 years our society has been bombarded with excuses for people’s behavior. Remember the famous “Sneakers” defense? For those that are 30 years or younger, a defendant on trial for multiple murders came up with the defense that his mother ate too many Sneakers while pregnant, and some chemical in the candy bars affect him and that why he murdered all those people. That was the beginning of all the idiotic defenses attorneys conjure up to get their guilty clients off. It has become so common place, that excuses have become so much a part of our society as trends in fashion. Every one has an excuse; there is no personal responsibility any more.

Not with God. Sin is sin. Black and white. Society (and the 9th Circuit Court) will let you get away with your excuses, but not the Eternal God. Judgement is unavoidable without the cleansing, saving Grace of God through Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that only by genuine repentance. Any by the way, only HE can decide whether your repentance is genuine. There is no other escape.

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