Dry Bones - Come Alive! A Battle Cry for America.
Revive oh burnt-out warriors! Back To Top
Rejuvenate, oh you fighting disciples!
Speak out - oh bones so dry and bleached,
In this Valley of Death draw yourselves together.
From the four winds breathe upon these slain
To give them life!
Will these dry bones live again?
Yes! By the power of God
We can move in our land.
Oh, you citizens of this mighty nation,
Listen to the heritage of our forefathers:
Oh, Hear the Word of the Lord!
Awake you bold ones
Eat and drink of God's Word.
Let us take strength
And go forth boldly,
In the name of Jesus Christ.
Do not deny Him like Peter
Let us follow Him to the Cross.
Oh, please, like John, his beloved disciple,
Would you count the cost?
Through God's power we come
To emulate and earthquake to everyone!
Let us move across this land
Like a free and roving band
The earth will quake beneath our feet
As we give all for Jesus and seek
To do His will as we take our stand
And turn to God, our beloved land!
Oh, you citizens of this mighty nation,
Listen to the heritage of our forefathers:
Oh, Hear the Word of our Lord!
What does a man do:
When his head is bowed and he cries out loud;
When he falls on his knees and he cries out, "Please!"
His strength is gone - sees the break of dawn;
Lost in the way- How can he pray?
What does a man do? What does he do?
"My grace is sufficient for thee; for my power is made
perfect in weakness," says my Lord,
But I cried out again: What's a man to do, my Lord?
When my head is bowed and I cry out loud;
When from my knees, I cry out, "Please!"
My strength is gone, here's the break of dawn.
I'm lost in the day, show me the way.
My Lord says: "Do you love me?" You know I love you Lord.
"Do you trust me?" is His cry! Until the day I die!
"Will you follow me in ever deed?" I follow you, Lord,
Where ever you lead.
"I suffered the cross, they spit in my face.
Will you trust me, son; accept my grace? Keep my commands,
Your life then stands; I am the way, my Father's will obey."
So now I find strength in my Lord, in His power do I find my comfort.
I give praise to my Lord with boldness; in my brother I trace His
With each faltering step I praise him and in each pain and hurt
I bless Him.
I have not been hanged on a cross, only a few have spit in my face.
What worry have I for loss, my strength lies in His grace.
For when I am weak, then in Christ I am made strong;
I turn my other cheek, instead of doing my brother wrong.
So that will not glory in myself, I am made weak.
Now I glory in Christ, my Lord, only in Him I speak.
All in Him I seek.
"Paradox" was written at a point in my life of extreme anxiety, heartbreak and loneliness; thusly, I scribbled out the first paragraph. Then the answers started coming to my mind as I continued to write. As I wrote, I had in my mind that this should be the text of a cantana set to music for bass and baritone soli (or baritone and tenor) with SATB chorus. Later, I looked up the following scriptures which are reflected in the text of "Paradox":
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
1 Peter: 1:6-7 Back To Top
Make your adoption and election sure!
(II Peter 1:10, 11) (click to view larger)
It is not possible for me to take the time to study all the religions of the world. So, that being perhaps a dilemma, what's the next best thing to do; or perhaps, the best thing in any circumstance? I can study from the Bible and see that things are expressed in a unique manner, different from all other books and writings in this world. In fact, it would be impossible for any man or any group of men to put together a series of writings, which correlates with and confirms the writings of many men over a period of thousands of years. Obviously, God has guided and inspired these writings.
Before I proceed, would you think with me for a few minutes. If I were grateful to someone for designing and making a certain item or a piece of equipment such as the computer (or anything you may want to think about), what is the best way to express my gratitude? If I keyed in a "thank you" note to 500,000 computers, would you think I am doing something worthwhile? You would probably say this: "The guy is nuts! Computers don't think and computers don't respond with any kind of feelings to a note of appreciation!" Or, if I sent a letter to Bill Gates to thank him for all his efforts, which of these methods of expressing my gratitude would be of value? When I read Romans 1:16-32 I can have a better understanding of what is going on all around us. When I read Romans 1:25 I am reminded of my illustration above with the computer. What sense does it make to worship anything created or constructed? It is the creator who deserves our admiration and gratitude. The Creator is the one who even wants our love and devotion. Please let me tell you about this Creator so that you can make an intelligent decision. There are so many evidences, which demand our attention and an affirmative action. Try to visualize this Almighty Power, the Creator of the universe, the earth, and everything in/on the earth, even ourselves.
God the Father, the Creator: He claims to be eternal, no beginning, no end. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God." and Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty"; also in Isaiah 41:4 Jehovah God is the First and the Last. God loves us and God sent His Son to show us "The Way" I John 4:19; John 14:6; 3:16.
Jesus, God's son-but also God-also the Creator: no beginning and no end. (John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." cf Isaiah 44:6 and Revelation 1:17-18, "...do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am he who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen" cf Colossians 1:15-19). In Hebrews 1:8-14, God the Father calls Jesus "God." Don't let anyone try to diminish the deity of Jesus or try to reduce His oneness with God the Father. I Corinthians 8:6 tells us that there is one God, the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit also is referred to as God and as a person (Acts 5:3-4 and Acts 13:2-4, also Acts 20:28). Therefore, we have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This concept may help us understand the Three in One phenomenon: H20 can be in the form of steam, water, or ice, but it is still H20. Matthew 28:19 makes the Three-in-One concept very clear: ".baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Let us all walk as Deuteronomy 6:4 tells us: Our God is One, and we must love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength.
Jesus says that all authority has been given to Him in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). In Jesus' life as a man on earth, He said He was God's son, yet He also claimed to be God (John 8:58). In Philippians 2:5-8 we are told that Jesus was equal to God, but He allowed Himself to become a man, a servant, to lead us to the Father. Isaiah also spoke of Jesus and said His name would be: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7) In John 5:18, Jesus is proclaiming Himself equal with God. While here on earth, Jesus said that He came to seek and to save all of us who have sinned. This is important to know because some religions in the world say that they are here to seek and to destroy the sinner. Since we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23), we need to know that God is seeking us: Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, hoping that we will open our hearts to Him (Revelation 3:20-22). If we will respond to God's love and commands He will save us, adopt us into His family, and make our adoption and election sure (II Peter 1:10); and it will be forever if we do not turn away from Him (I Corinthians 15:58 and Mark 13:13). In Galatians 4:4-7 we read that through Christ we are adopted as sons and daughters to be an heir in God's family, and our hearts can cry out, "Abba, Father."
During Jesus' lifetime on earth, He went around healing and forgiving.the lepers, the blind, the lame, the thief on the cross, the woman caught in adultery, etc. However, after His Church was established in Acts, chapter 2, we have no more writings about Jesus "saving" a person right there on the spot. A good account of how Jesus saves people after this church was established is found in the Apostle Paul's account of his own conversion. (Paul, whose name was originally Saul, was a Pharisee, persecuting Christians.) Paul's account is given in Acts 9:1-19 and Acts 22:3-16. As we read both of these passages, we find that Paul saw Jesus on the road to Damascus, talked to Him, and asked Him what he should do. Jesus did not say, "Your sins are forgiven you." But instead, Jesus said to go on to Damascus and there it would be told him what he must do. (Saul's name was changed to Paul after his baptism; he was then known as Paul, the Apostle.)
Now isn't it interesting that Jesus himself did not save Saul right there on the road as He did the thief on the cross? How do we know that Saul was not saved right there? Even after talking to Jesus Christ, then going to Damascus, fasting and praying for 3 days and nights, and even after receiving the miracle of his sight returning, Ananias said to him, "...and now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Obviously, he was still in his sins until he could be baptized into the name of Jesus. Since Jesus has all authority, Saul obeyed Jesus when he did what Ananias told him. How can anyone say they want to be saved like the thief on the cross when Christ's Church had not yet been established? The thief and Jesus were still living under the Law of Moses. Just as He did for the woman caught in adultery and many others, Jesus had the power and authority to forgive sins (Matthew 9:2-7), and He used his power to heal and to forgive.
But notice this:
- the thief had to come to Jesus
- the thief verbalized his belief in Jesus as Savior & Lord of his life
- Jesus forgave him because He had the authority to do so from God, the Father
Today, under Christ's law of love and grace, we also must:
- come to Jesus and accept Him as Savior and Lord
- confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord of our life
- realize that Jesus forgives us of all our sin as we obey him in belief, repentance, and baptism in water in His name
Romans 10:8-10 states that we must confess with our mouth and believe in our heart to be saved. But do we stop with this only? Surely, we must confess with our mouth, but as we study we see that other actions are also necessary. (Now, Jesus having all authority, gives additional instructions through His apostles.) As explained in Romans 6:1-11, we are united with Christ when we are baptized in water in the likeness of His death, burial, and resurrection, by the authority of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18). In Acts 2:38, at the very beginning of Christ's Church being established, Peter, giving instructions from God, said, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Are we talking about water baptism? In I Peter 3:20-21, Peter talks about Noah and his family being brought safely through the water. While the water destroyed all other life on earth, the water saved Noah and all those in the ark. The passage continues: "And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you. Not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Obviously, not just getting wet, not just being put under the water, but baptism saves us only because of the resurrection of Jesus. Without Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and authority, we would only be getting wet. Through all these responses, God is working to save us, and baptism is the mode of commitment which unites us with Christ so that His blood can cleanse us from all our sins (Romans 6:1-11 and I John 1:7). In Acts 8:25-39, Philip met the Ethiopian Eunuch and started with the scripture in Isaiah and "preached Jesus to him." In the very next verse the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. What prevents me from being baptized?" We can see that preaching Jesus must include water baptism.
The Bible is our guide to salvation and to the way by which God wants us to live. It is not what I think or want, nor what any counsel or any church wants, but it must be the Gospel plan of salvation as described in the Bible, which is our authority. In Romans 1:16-20, the apostle Paul states that he is "...not ashamed of the gospel (good news) of Christ, for this is the Power of God unto salvation." If the gospel is God's Power to give us salvation and to make us the children of God, who am I, or who is any group of men and/or women that we could presume to have any authority at all to make changes in God's plan?
Romans 6:1-11 tells us that we are "united with Christ in the likeness of His death" (verse 5) and in verse 3, "Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?" And as Christ was raised from the dead, so shall we be raised to walk in a new life with Christ. The Greek word "baptism" means immersion. Immersion is like a burial (when an animal dies, one does not just sprinkle or pour a little dirt over the body-it is buried completely). Immersion in water by itself is of no value. It is "calling on the name of Jesus Christ" (through His death, burial, and resurrection by the power of God and by the authority of Christ) that causes it to be essential for the forgiveness of our sins. Some people will question Romans 10:13 wherein we are told that a person must "call on the name of the Lord" to be saved. Acts 22:16 tells us how we call on the name of the Lord: ".and be baptized to wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Galatians 3:26 says that we are "sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." This one verse makes it sound almost like all one needs is to have faith. However, verse 27 makes it even more clear: "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." So here we see that to have faith in Christ is to be baptized into Christ, and to be baptized into Christ is to be clothed with His righteousness.
This is not an extensive study on the subject of baptism. However, I am trying to show the basic principles and importance of God's plan for us to be reconciled to God (II Corinthians 5:17-21), I am also trying to make very clear that to preach and teach about Jesus includes water baptism (Acts 8:35) for the remission of sins, based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter 3:21). To preach Jesus is to be able to baptize in water immediately, as soon as a person decides to accept Jesus into his heart, so that he can receive the forgiveness of all his sins and be united with Christ as Acts 2:38, Acts 8:25-39, Romans 6:1-11, I Peter 3:21, and other scriptures so clearly explain. In the examples of conversion in the New Testament, the Bible makes it very clear that water baptism was to be done immediately, i.e., "Why wait," "Don't delay," and "immediately" are the words of the gospel (Acts 9:18; Acts 22:16; Acts 16:33; Acts 8:35-38).
In view of the fact that life is so uncertain, that life can be very brief, we never know when we will die. Since each moment we are only a breath and a heartbeat away from death, it becomes an urgent matter to teach Jesus Christ and to provide water baptism to enable an immediate, full response to the preaching of the gospel. To provide less than this full response and to take away the opportunity for immediate baptism in water is to deprive a person of a full response to the Gospel and the teachings of Christ. To deny water baptism is to take out the final step to the forgiveness of sins in our efforts ".to preach Jesus," Acts 8:35.
In Matthew chapter 13 are several parables which Jesus taught. Matthew 13:18-23 shows us clearly that the preaching of the word of God is like a seed being planted. When the word of the gospel of Christ is taught, if the seed falls on a receptive heart, it germinates-it's like conception in our hearts. Then a growing process takes place, like the growing of an embryo in a woman's womb. In the growing process, we begin to recognize Jesus as Lord of our life. His Lordship leads us to repentance, Acts 2:38. As we continue to grow, we take courage in our conviction that Jesus is Lord of our life, which leads us to confess His name before others. To "confess His name" is to verbalize to those around us our belief that Jesus is the Son of God. "I give my life to Jesus now," is our prayer and an expression of our conviction to follow Jesus in obedience in doing His will, Matthew 18:18-20.
In James 2:19, we read that "even the devils believe and tremble." But we don't read anywhere that the devils are convicted in their hearts to make Jesus Lord of their being, nor to verbalize this belief, nor to show any effect on their actions for good. In contrast to just believing, or even saying that Jesus is Lord, in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus makes it very clear that this is not enough for salvation. Belief is a start in the right direction. Inviting Jesus into our hearts is a very important step also, but it also takes obedience to the will of the Father. Obedience involves many aspects of our walk with God, and certainly baptism in water for the remission of our sins is a fundamental step in Jesus being able to say he knows us. Verses 22 and 23 say, "many will say in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, and do many wonders in Your name?' And I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me you who practice lawlessness.' " We must understand Jesus' point here: It doesn't matter how many great things we may do, if Jesus doesn't know us, if we are not His, if we do not belong to Him, then everything we do is lawlessness and workings of iniquity.
As this seed or embryo grows, we become convicted and determined to express His Lordship with our words and actions. We become moved to obey the word of God in all it's aspects: we believe in Jesus as Lord of our life and in His being the Son of God, as the eunuch expressed in Acts 8:37, just before his baptism.
Obedience to God and to Jesus Christ is expressing a willingness to die for Jesus, to give up our own desires, to put our "old self" to death, to bury our "old self," and then to rise up from the watery grave of baptism. Romans 6:1-11 explains this process, and then says we walk in a new life. Therefore, we have the seed (which is the Word of God) germinate, conception takes place, the embryo grows, and then the new birth through baptism. In John 3:1-5, Jesus Himself explains it as being born of water and of the spirit, and that we cannot enter the Kingdom of God without being born again.
So the process goes from hearing the word, to belief, to faith, to repentance, to confession, to baptism in water in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, then God's Holy Spirit dwells within us (Acts 2:38). With our death, burial and resurrection, our birth into Christ's Kingdom, Jesus adds us to His church (Acts 2:47). It is then that we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ (Galatians 3:27). No church, no group of people, no one takes a vote to see if a person is approved for being added to Christ's church. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find anyone joining or being added to a denomination. Jesus built His church (Matthew 16:18) and He prayed that we all be one (John 17:20-23). To teach about joining a denomination is to teach contrary to what Jesus taught and contrary to His earnest desire in prayer. Jesus wants us to be one, and our oneness is a testimony to the world about the oneness of God, Jesus, and ourselves (John 17:21-23).
Notice in Jesus' prayer (John 17:3), Jesus tells us that "eternal life is to know the Father and to know Jesus Christ." Eternal life is now (not somewhere off in the future) and it is to know God and Jesus! This coordinates with Jesus' comments in Matthew 7:23 where Jesus says "Depart from me, I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness!" If Jesus does not know us, and if we don't know Jesus and the Father, then we do not have eternal life, and whatever we do is lawlessness when we are out of Christ. Even if we can do miracles, speak in "tongues," and do many "mighty works" in the name of Jesus, all this does not give us salvation nor is it an indication that Jesus knows us (Matthew 7:22-23). Acts 22:16 says that Saul was still in his sins until he could be baptized, even after talking with Jesus, fasting and praying for three days and nights (Acts 9:9-11) and receiving the miracle of his sight returning. Acts 10:47-48 tells us that the Gentiles, even though the Holy Spirit was upon them enabling them to speak in tongues (other languages which they had not learned), still had to be baptized in water. II Thessalonians 1:8 equates obedience to the Gospel of Christ with being "known of God," (read verses 6-12). Must we obey the Gospel? I Peter 4:12-19.
"Depart from me, I never knew you." What terribly dreadful words to hear from the Lord of the universe! We have already looked at John 17:2, 3 where Jesus is saying that to know the Father and to know Jesus is eternal life. So the big question is how can we be sure that we know God and Jesus Christ, and that they know us? The answer to this most serious question is in the text of I John 2:1-15. Draw your attention particularly to verses 3 through 6. "And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected." To "keep His commandments," to "keep His word," may apply to many other aspects of living a Christian life, but certainly if we do not keep His commandments to "believe," as a work of God (John 6:28, 29), if we do not repent (Acts 2:38), if we do not confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9), and if we are not baptized (fully immersed) in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Acts 8:38; I Peter 3:21; John 3:3-5; Galatians 3:26, 27) we can be certain that we have not obeyed His commandments (John 3:36) to even begin the Christian walk. I John 5:1-13 was written so that we can know we have eternal life. Verse 3-we must keep His commandments; verse 8-".these three bear witness: the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are in agreement."
But now notice this beautiful statement of Jesus (John 14:23) "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." How wonderful is the thought and the knowledge that God and Jesus live within us as we obey His commandments and live in His love.
Two last points to consider:
A. The work of God is to believe.
B. Belief and baptism are thought of as one action response
A. The text: John 6:28, 29. The Jews were always wanting some works to do in order to obtain salvation. So Jesus is very clear about the work they are to do. "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." In other words; believe in Jesus as the Son of God. This concept correlates with John 3:16 ".that whoever believes on Jesus should be saved;" and verse 36; if we believe on Jesus we have everlasting life, but if we do not obey Him in belief, the wrath of God abides upon us. Belief and obedience go together, hand-in-hand, so to speak. To believe only, is to have the same response as the devils (James 2:19). Is there anyone who would assert that the devils are saved because they "believe and tremble"? Therefore, John 3:16 and verse 36 ties belief and obedience together for our salvation.
B. The text: Acts 19:2-5. Look particularly at verses 2 and 3: ".Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?".no. "Into what then were you baptized?" The words "belief" and "baptism" are interchanged like they have the same meaning: If you do one, you do the other. The "work of God" is to "believe in Jesus," and to believe in Jesus is to be baptized in water for the remission of sins and then we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
We are not saved by works, but by the grace of God and by the blood of Jesus Christ, the gospel, which is God's power to salvation (Romans 1:16-20; I Corinthians 1:18-27; Ephesians 2:4-10). Then, as Paul tells us in II Timothy 1:7-9, we receive not a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and discipline. We are then Ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthians 5:17-21), and we need to develop the attitude of Christ as stated in Philippians 2:5-11, to be a humble servant to others, giving glory to God the Father, as we confess that Jesus is Lord in heaven and on earth. As Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15-16 and in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go, make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and continue to teach all things that I have commanded you, and I will be with you always."
WARNING (here's the "FINE PRINT"): Hebrews 6:4-6 "For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame." In other words, there is no way to the Father and forgiveness of sins, other than through Jesus Christ. If you reject Christ, there is no more hope for you unless you turn again to Him, but there is great danger that you may soon become so involved in sin and wrong doing that it becomes impossible to give up the sin and be renewed unto repentance! Also please read Hebrews 10:26-31. Second warning: Revelation 20:13-15. Is your name written in the Book of Life? Third warning: II Peter 3:9-15; .talk about a "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight!"
If everyone lived as expressed in Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2, our world would be a heaven on earth: "Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin, and do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole, steal no longer; but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom your were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children, and walk in love, as Christ has also loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."
As expressed in Romans, never forget the emphasis on grace. Romans chapter 6 shows us how we respond to God's grace as we are buried and united with Christ in baptism so that we can be raised to walk in a new life. Everett Ferguson, in his book THE CHURCH OF CHRIST: A BIBLICAL ECCLESIOLOGY FOR TODAY, explains the connection between baptism and forgiveness of sins.baptism is the appointed time at which God pronounces forgiveness. Faith takes away the love of sin, repentance takes away the practice of sin, and baptism takes away the guilt of sin. The association of washing in water with purity made it natural to associate the immersion bath with the washing away of sins.
(Did Jesus die because we are already forgiven of ours sins?) Acts 2:38 states the purpose of repentance and baptism.the Greek construction is a regular way of expressing an object or goal: "for," "unto," or "in order to obtain" forgiveness of sins. Some have doubted this purpose of baptism and have tried to translate differently, but the grammar will not permit it. Exactly the same construction and wording occurs in Matthew 26:28, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." There is no doubt that the blood was shed "in order to effect the forgiveness of sins." The same translation must be given to Acts 2:38. This is not to suggest that theologically the water of baptism is equivalent to the blood of the cross, but the wording required the same grammatical meaning, the same object or goal. The blood provides forgiveness by the divine action; baptism appropriates that forgiveness for the penitent believer.Baptism washes away sins, but not the water itself, for the act is accompanied by the confession faith, "calling on the name" of the Lord. And this faith is engendered by the preaching of the word (Romans 10:14 and I Corinthians 1:21). The power of forgiveness is not in the water or in the act. The power is in God and the blood of Christ; it is received because one calls on the name of the Lord, and it is received in baptism. The act is an appropriate expression for what God does.1
What is your choice? Will you be wise or will you be foolish as described in Matthew 7:21-28? What is your response to the words of Jesus Christ? Matthew 7:13-14, Broad is the way to destruction, small is the gate to eternal life. ".Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15.
These are the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. The Holy Bible, the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17) is the text used for this paper. May you go with God always, and may you have an enjoyable flight (I Thessalonians 4:15-17; also John 14:1-6).
Dear reader: Now please read carefully through my paper again, but this time read in your Bible all scripture references given. Relax, take your time and let God's word come into your heart.
1. The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today
- Everett Ferguson
2. A good reference source: Who is My Brother?
- F. LaGard Smith
3. Text source: The Holy Bible
17 March 2000
The writing of this paper is dedicated to my darling daughter CELICE, and to my wonderful son CYLE. Your continuing love and endearing service to so many people is a reflection of God and His love in your lives. My earnest prayer is for you both, and for everyone who reads this paper, that we may all grow and abound in the love of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. May our hearts be zealous in praises to God, and may our flight be an enjoyable one, being thrilled with God's love: I Thessalonians 4:15-17. Back To Top
THE LORD'S PRAYER
A contemporary paraphrase by Clio B Eldred (Sept. 1999)
Great Big Daddy God way up in the sky; Hear me, oh hear me I cry! Praise to you and all that you are, I talk to you and I try to please you even driving in my car. Thank you so very much for your Kingdom which you have established in your church. Thank you for loving us so much that you would give your Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Thank you Jesus for loving us so much that you were willing to suffer and die so that we can have forgiveness of our sins and live through all eternity with you in heaven.
We pray for courage, strength, boldness, and confidence in your word and promises so that we can do your will here, everyday, with all our friends, work associates, families, and most importantly with our mates and children, fathers and mothers. Even as your will is done in heaven, may we do it here on earth. Please deliver us, help us through all our frustrations, impatience, road rage, and all our weaknesses. Please give us your love to be within us so that we can forgive everyone who jabs at us with their anger and pettiness.
We also pray for the needs which we have each day. Thank you for sustaining us. Give us good health so that we can be more efficient in all our efforts, and in our daily activities and interaction with everyone around us. Thank you for giving us so many things that we don't really need, but things that do make us happy and hopefully more effective in all our lives and activities which glorify you!
Thank you for helping us through everything, even our temptations, and for providing us a way so that we don't have to do something wrong and against your will, even when it looks so good to us at a particular moment. Help us to actually turn away and run from any wrong thing or thought. We do want to make you happy all the time. Thank you for forgiving us when we fail.
It is your Kingdom, Your Power, and Your Glory, far beyond all that we can even imagine,for ever and ever! As in all things we do, think and say, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. A-men and A-men Back To Top
HOW TO BE GENUINELY FREE
Clio Eldred Material
July 23, 2001
Juan is a prisoner. He well knows that he will remain in prison for many years, because he murdered another man. He did this in a moment of anger, leaving the dead man's family in great suffering.
And now, he too is suffering. This is not only due to his lack of liberty, even though this is a cause of suffering for him. Worse yet are his thoughts that return daily to his mind. He can't avoid them, during the day, or during the night. He knows he is to blame; he is a sinner; he is unclean. He feels more than remorse - he is tormented with guilt and a future almost without hope. He feels a serious lack of approval by others. In fact, he realizes clearly that he is cut off from society.
All of these images - lack of freedom, guilt, blame, remorse and a future without hope - suffocate his mind. He longs for peace, but feels only anguish. When he attempts to leave such thoughts behind, his old mental and spiritual wounds continue to surround him.
Is the story of Juan, at least in part, your story? Don't you already wish freedom - freedom from prison, blame, guilt, hopelessness?
There is a sure way to realize perfect liberty. Do you know how? Let's think about the true solution for your anguish.
In the first place, liberty that you so much long for is more then just getting out of prison. It is more then receiving freedom to walk the streets, return home, go to the movies, play ball, or do the other things that a free person could do.
Genuine freedom is encountered only in Jesus Christ, the Son of the all-powerful God. Jesus offers perfect liberty, not to return to a criminal life, but to live free of blame and of the great errors that you committed in the past.
Jesus explains for us that peace of the heart comes by His hands. Do you remember the moment when you were arrested? Certainly you remember! You had to unwillingly submit to the authorities, right?
In the same way, in order to receive pardon from your sins and perfect liberty, you must submit to the authority of Jesus Christ, He tells us:
Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am meek and humble of heart and I will give rest to your souls (Matthew 11:28-29).
And, He also says:
. and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.Thus, if the Son of man makes you free you will be free indeed (John 8:32-33).
Then, how can you obtain this valuable liberty? Well, it is a process that is both simple and profound. First, it is necessary to hear the genuine Word of God and not just any doctrine taught by men or churches. Afterward, it is necessary to submit yourself to that Word, believing it. With more teaching and more Bible study (and who in prison doesn't have time for study?), you will begin to grow in the Christian faith.
Studying the divine Word of God will give you a greater level of understanding and, eventually, sufficient faith in Christ to want to obey Him.
Your faith brings with it the desire to confess it publicly. In the case of our friend Juan, he has just had the opportunity to study the message of Jesus and has accepted it. He has confessed publicly his faith according to the teaching of Luke 13:3 in your Bible.
Your spiritual liberty also requires repentance (Acts 2:38). What does repentance mean? It means a turn of 180 degrees in your way of living. Before, perhaps you were a violent person. Perhaps you drank a lot. Perhaps you abused drugs. Perhaps you had an uncontrolled sex life with various partners. Perhaps you cheated others. Perhaps you were a thief.
But now, feeling the urgent need to clean up your life, you turn back, confessing your sins, not to a priest, but to Christ.
What is involved in gaining your freedom? You must be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Check this essential step in your Bible:
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
And now, why tarry? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16).
"But," you answer, "I was baptized as a baby. Doesn't that take care of it?"
No, sir, that doesn't take care of it. Do you want to know why? First because baptism is only for people who can understand that they have sinned, are willing to turn from their sins, are able to confess their faith in Christ and willingly submit to baptism. Can a baby believe? Can a baby repent? Can a baby confess their belief in Jesus (if they even have any)? Biblical baptism is a burial in water for the forgiveness of sins. The bible explains it in Romans 6:3-7. Please take a moment to read this.
We see then that, as Christ died for our sins, we must also die to sin. We must be buried in water to wash away our sins with the blood of Jesus. As He was raised from the dead, we must be raised from the watery grave of baptism to begin a new life.
Isn't this clear? Have you ever seen a burial? Is a little dirt sprinkled on the coffin a burial. Of course not! In the same way, a little water sprinkled on the head is not a burial. For this reason, you did not die to your sins.
And after you are baptized? What happens then? The Bible makes it very clear that baptism also signifies a rebirth (see John 3:3-5). We are born of the water of baptism and the Holy Spirit.
Why be born again? Freed from our sins, Jesus places us by this new birth into His Church. We do not need to choose a denomination, because we are born into the kingdom of Christ and we are added to His church, of which there is only one (see Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 4:4-6).
Our prisoner Juan has done this and is a member of the church of Christ. He has not yet been released from prison, and is sad about this, but at the same time, he rejoices in the liberty he has from his sins and in the hope he now has in Christ.
Don't you want the same liberty? You can have it, if you follow the example of Juan. There are people from the church of Christ ready to help you attain knowledge of Christ and His way, to obedience that brings salvation to your soul. Despite your imprisonment, you can escape to Christ and find refuge in Him. You can be genuinely free!
Author: Dr. Glover Ship
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What is truth?
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John 3:16, 36
1 Peter 3:21
1 Peter 1:22-23
"You have to play to win!"
I choose to:
Win a lottery;
Receive a king's inheritance;
Believe in miracles.
Matthew 7:17, 21-23
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
"Me- A Royal Priest?"
1 Peter 2:5, 9
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Kiss a man's toes?
Be single and eat fish in the mountains?
Call my brother "Father"?
Listen to an angel?
Wear a name given to a deity?
1 John 4:1, 6
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
"Holy spook or a real cat?"
1 Corinthians 15:50
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
I choose to be:
A son of a gun?
A son of a slave with fear?
A son of a ____?
A son of God?
1 Peter 1:24-25
2 John 9-11
A Free Gift!?!?
Can I Have This Gift?
1 Timothy 2:4
2 Peter 3:9
2 Peter 1:3-4
Talk about a "hot time in the old town tonight!"
2 Peter 3:10-18
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4
1 John 1:5-7
What do I want? A Child is born whose name is wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and Prince of Peace!
I want a blessing!. 1 Peter 3:8-9
I want God to exalt me!. 1 5:6-9
I want freedom!. Galatians 5:13
I want God's power!. Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 1:7-10
I want to be perfect!. Hebrews 5:8-9
...but do I have to learn obedience?
.but do I have to be weak?? 1 Corinthians 12:9-10
.you don't really mean I have to suffer!?
To be perfect I must.. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; James 3:2
Well maybe I don't want all that; if I could only have a friend- then I'd be happy. John 15:15
You mean I really could have a friend whom I can trust completely with everything in my life?
Is believing in Jesus a feeling or a work? John 6:27-29
Matthew 28:18-20. "All authority is given to Me in heaven and on earth!" I don't like authority!
To believe God is to obey Him. Numbers 20:9-12 I don't like to obey anyone!
Matthew 10:34-39. "Think not that I came to bring peace, but a sword!"
Well, I could use a little excitement in my life. But what's all this concern about wisdom foolishness, and power?
1 Corinthians 10:24-31
Don't sin. Hebrews 10:26
You mean I have to think?!?. 1 Corinthians 4:6
I need to talk?!. 1 Peter 4:8-11
I like divisions and fighting! (a little drama). 1 Corinthians 1:10
Aren't you being kind of narrow about all this?
2 John verse 9; Revelation 22:18-19;
Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25
Work of The Flesh. Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and we can change!
Oh, come on, now!
You know we're all trying to get to the same place. What can it matter? I'll go my own way- you can go yours!
Our example of service. John 13:13-17
"All authority is Mine. There is only ONE Gospel that can save you. Only I and my Father have Power over Death!" Jude 3; 1 John 4:6; Hebrews 9:27-28. Galatians 1:6-10
Believe; put on Christ in baptism. Galatians 3:26-27
Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:1-14; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 9:1-9; Acts 22:3-16; Acts 8:26-39
No divisions. 1 Corinthians 1:10
Galatians 1:8. "But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed."
Draw near to God. Hebrews 10:19-25
What IS the Gospel? 1 Cor.15:1-4
The bride of Christ. Ephesians 5:25-27
How do you obey a death, burial and resurrection? Romans 6:1-14
Don't take my word for truth.don't take anybody's word for truth, study these Scriptures listed for His wisdom and for your knowledge to Eternal Life.
Don't despise authority- God rescues us from temptations. 2 Peter 2:9-16
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Here is a tail so punny-it's almost funny. Tons of puns! Does anyone dig puns? Count the puns and win a free calendar! Here's a story of reel value, a gold-flake! The best value of a reel is having it hooked onto the big end of a fishing pole. Did you ever sea a Pole Fish? Here's a reeling, punny tail. You can sea we're sunk for a few minnows of PUN-ishment!
For the fish rapper, here is.
THE FISH TRAIL
By Clio B Eldred
Revised and expanded (Oct. '87 to Dec. '90, '96, & '98) from "Slim" Mabery's "Undercurrent Fantasies"
[For best results, take 2 readings at bedtime and call me in the morning.]
Well, let's sea.Yawl 'ave heard tell of tall fish tails. Well, this one's a tail of a whale sounding under-current fanta-seas.
It was 13 Minnow's past 1300; the date was April 41st, a-sea'n it had flipped to a quadruple leap year, and I was a-crusin' downtown Atlantis. With my head light and my eyes blurred, I could Sea Lions all over the road, I'm a-shore! My Barracuda was in the bay-you know, the shop. It had given me the slip; so I was driving an unleashed Sting Ray, and the silly thing was heating up: it was a-boiling, sea! So, I reeled into a Shell station an' talked to an Eddy. He said I'd blown a Seal. I asked 'em "How much?" for 'em to fish out the trouble an' fix it. He said, "A-boat 20 fins." Well, it took a little Urchin from me, but I finally got 'em to scale down the coast to a light-house price of 10 clams.
While he wuz a-fixin' to tackle it, I drifted on over to a beach place called the Oyster Bar.pitted with Barnacles, card Sharks, and Cut-Throats; it Smelt, what a dive! The pressure was in tanks-reely bottled up. At first I thought it was a Gag. But I knew the owner, he used to play for the Dolphins. So I called out to him, "Hi Gill." I said, "HI GILL!" I had t' yell 'cause he was hard o' Herrings; an' not only that, Gill was down on his luck too. Fact is, he was havin' a rough time a-keepin' his head below water! Anyway, I bellied-up to the sandbar and beached myself. He served me the usual: rusty Snail (hold the Grunions), with a-peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich on the half shell, just for the Halibut. I slipped him a fin on Porpoise; and I was reely feeling good, so I droppe a San Dollar in the charity box for Jerry's Squids.
Well, the place was reely crowded. We were packed in like Sardines. They were there to hear the big band sound of Tommy Dorsal and his Strait lead singer, Juan de Fuca; it was a kind of a Pu-get Sound. So reel in the Sole. Tommy was a-rockin' a boat with a favorite Tuna, "Salmon Chanted Evening." The stage was surrounded with screaming Groupers, probably there to see the reed and the Bass players. An' we were all jus' happy an' havin' a reeling good time without a care: 'cause the master's gone away leaving Jimmy there a-crackin' the corn with a Broomtail fly! (Don't ask me why.)
Then I noticed this cure little Yellow Tail, an' she would kinda pier at me-givin' me the eye. She looked like an Anger to me, well worth taking under tow-certainly not a cold, dead fish. I figured this was my chance to do a little spoonin', so I said to her, "Hi there, mer-maid, what's your sign?" She said, "Aquarium." "Hey, great, let's get tanked!" But she bubbled about things that I jus' couldn't fathom. She was too deep-under too much pressure. The undertow was netting a catch. I asked for her name, she said it was Barb; an' soon I got the point of her sting. Like: I threw out a lure t' land her in my cabin for a little midnight bait, or a white cap. I said, "We could jus' take only a few Minnows, or we could borrow Tad's Pole and do a little casting on the side. Better yet, let's make some music. You sing first and second Tuna, I'll sing Barracuda an' Bass." Practicing our singing on the fish scales, we became so much lighter that we could sea Weed Tad, pole-vaulting over the fish ladders.like a flying fish or a sailing spoon, he was so light according to the fish scales.
But then her tolling voice rang loud an' clear, "When you're off the reef you lurch the pitch, an' you can't make a coral sound atoll." I spouted out, "How long baby, how long ya gonna keep my love at Bay? How long? Ya keep slappin' my fins away. You've kindled my flame with sun-baked reeds and dried fish sticks. Let's go a-drift together!"
But she handed me that same old fish-line, "Not tonight, I got a Haddock!" Nnn', she wasn't kiddin' either, 'cause in came the biggest, the meanest, an' the ugliest lookin' Haddock I'd ever seen come down the Northern Pike. I was shore I could sea sumthin' FISHY about 'em. His name was Thyo, but he looked moored like a Rat to me. He was all covered with Mussels. You could see the anchor in his eye. He came over to us an' Dungeness Spit! Ich! Extinct! This made me sauria! Thyo reeling, made me sauria! More sauria, and sauria! Ich! I was overcome with ichthyosauria. Extinct!!
Then he said, "Listen, Shrimp, don't cha' come a-trollin' 'round here! YER jus' TOO Wolffish!" "Wolffish? A-balone," I said. "Sea Ear! YER jus' bein' SHELLFISH, a Bullhead. Don't be such a Crab!"
Well, I knew he was gonna make waves and there'd be a rumble, and I knew I Octa-pus his face in. So did Gill. He was on the phone callin' the Cods for kelp, 'cause this bouy's dog-tag Red "Snapper, Sock-eye!" Then this headache-duh, I mean, Haddock, lands me with a Sucker-punch (I sea-Star's fish), then I catch him with a left hook-he eels over. What a Fluke! I had though maybe he had a Steel Head, but there he was, sprawled on the deck, flat as a Mack-erel, kelpless, a split head! I said, "Forget the Cods, Gill. What this bouy needs is a Sturgeon!"
Now.the little Yellow Tail was impressed; she was a-gaffed! I mean, she was reely hooked on the way I'd landed her bouy friend. She came over t' me an' whispered, "A-hoy there, big Cat, you're no underdog or a Monk on a string. Yer some game fish, sharp as a Sword! What's your name?" I said, "Marlin." From then on we had a Whale of a time. I took her to a School dance, I took her out for a nibble dinner. I even bought her a bouquet of Flounders. What a romantic night it was: as we were strolling along the beach I exclaimed, "Hark-a-Shark! I hear footprints in the sand!" "Yea," she retorted, "and I see footsteps on the water." "This trail is minnowing out," I said. "It sounds a little fishy to me. The sounding is too deep, and the footprints leave fading paths in the sea." So, then we just listened to the Dogfish baying at the Moonfish. It was all so beautiful that we were lured into the water for a midnight Sequim, bathing in the TIDE. It was indeed a magical night. We even watched a Rockfish in the stream. Have you ever watched a rock fish? I have seen a fishing pole, but never have I seen a fishing rock.
Then I got wind it was a-boat high tide for me to get Trout o' the place an' set sail for the main stream. "Well, that's not too swift," she said. "In this I sea Otter nonsense! I shored fish you'd drop Anchor!" But.anyway, I saddled up my old Sea-horse (a-sea'n the Sting I'd gotten from my unleashed Ray); and as I rode on out there she was, a-sittin' on her front Perch, a Comb in her hair, a-swingin' and a-swigglin' in The Shade of the Old crab-Apple Tree. I said, "So long, honey, I hake to Squirrel off, but I must be la-goon. I'll sea-ye-a-shore to Ma-hi Ma-hi." (That's Hawaiian for "I'll be back to-Moray!") "Or-I'll write an' keep yuh current."
Then I Clammed up, snapped a rod, an' reeled out. Well, needless to say, I Lobster-some one lese Flounder! (Frankly, Scallop, I don't give a Clam!) Thusly, as the sun sinks into the sea, so goes the trail of a Whale sounding. Under current phonetics..this has been a reel breaker?!
The Finn [The End] Word Key
Sounding - to dive below water surface, to measure water depth;
Fin -- $ 5 bill;
Clam -- $ 10 bill
Dungeness Spit - a small piece of land extending out into the water near Port Angeles, Washington;
Ichthyosauria - a fish-like marine reptile of an extinct order;
Sea Ear - abalone; shellfish;
Fluke - a lobe of a whale's tail;
Sequim - the Clallam Indian dialect for "quiet waters"; also a town in Washington state;
Swiggling - to drink in gulps.
All fish names are capitalized. There are more than 250 puns in this story. Can you count them all? Back To Top
Right or Wrong
Smoke screens and distractions, anything to take your attention away from the real question: "Right" or "Wrong!" "Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation" is the cry. "Strength in Diversity" is the motto. When we can scramble our words and meanings, and confuse everyone so that we are arguing about things on which we all agree, and avoid discussing, or even daring to mention, the real problems, then we feel that we are making progress and becoming wise. But in actually, is this really true? [Romans 1:22,24,26-27].
We all agree in fairness regarding employment, to avoid discrimination based on color, race, etc. However, a choice of immoral conduct does not meet the qualifications for preferential treatment. Is a prostitute born to be a prostitute? Is a murderer born to be a murderer? Is the adulterer born that way with no choice in the matter? So it is also with homosexuality. Many in-depth studies show us conclusively that homosexuality and its practice is not something into which one is born, but that it is a personal choice of behavior.* Do you want prostitutes, pimps, and murderers teaching in our schools, instructing our children in how to engage in those types of alternative lifestyles? Likewise, do you feel comfortable allowing teachers to promote homosexuality as an appropriate, "alternative lifestyle"? Do these "alternative lifestyles" produce stability in a person's life?
The real issue here is a question of choosing that which is right and staying away from that which is wrong. All of us may have weaknesses for or temptations toward one thing or another which is wrong. Just because we may be tempted to do something wrong is no reason to pass laws so that we can go ahead and do it! The Bible was the guide used by the founding fathers of this great country. We are now destroying ourselves and our country by refusing to acknowledge that there are principles of right and wrong. Our patriotic duty and our birthright is not to promote homosexuality, but rather to re-establish the Bible as a standard textbook for establishing moral and ethical values in all public schools, as it was originally during the first 200 years of this country's beginning.
We must ask ourselves why so many more murders and other assorted violent crimes are happening among the youth of our nation. What else should we expect? Take away prayer, take away the Bible, take away God, and teach everyone that there is no such thing as right and wrong-then you have what we are seeing and experiencing in today's world. What else do you expect? We have a choice, each of us, to speak out for what is right. We are being destroyed when we don't stand strongly for the right and for truth. If we do not speak out, the wrong will destroy us. "It's Your Choice." Whether it's voting or choosing an activity. Speak out for the RIGHT, not the WRONG. Today is the day of choices.and more choices.The effects of your choices have an affect on us all.
- You have the right to choose, it is your responsibility to choose the right.
- A wrong choice destroys, a right choice builds integrity.
- A person has the right to be homosexual, but is being homosexual right?
- I suggest to you that a homosexual person is not "gay" nor deeply happy within.
Perhaps the word "gay" may have been adapted by the homosexuals in an effort to camouflage their deep pain and shame for choosing a lifestyle which, throughout all history, has been known and proven to be a destructive perversion and an abominable practice. Please read from the Great History Book, II Peter 2:4-10 and Jude 7-8. We all want and need self-respect. Does changing the law to legalize "gross immoral conduct," and does the rewriting of the dictionary in and effort to make us feel okay about a perverted lifestyle, does all this improve our self-esteem? Personal integrity and self-respect are achieved by doing the right activities in our every day lives, not by legalizing the wrong.
*Sodom's Second Coming
- F LaGard Smith Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth
- Jeffrey Satinover, M.D. The Social Organization of Sexuality
Edward O. Laumann, et al
No matter where we are born or whatever our heritage, we all have the ability and the right to choose how we shall live and the activities in which we shall engage. Are we playing the part of a fool if we trust in a person who, in one breath says, "God bless America," and then turns around and tries to change the laws of our armed forces and civil government to accept such gross immoral conduct as homosexuality? As stated in the Great History Book, "Do not be deceived; the wrong [evil] will destroy you if you embrace it and don't fight it!" [I Corinthians 15:33-34]
Is "homophobic" the right word? In one sense, it may have meaning. The homosexual agenda is so aggressive, they don't want to quit until everyone is taught that their way is the right way or the best way.or at least accepted as okay! It may be an exercise of wisdom to add one word to the homosexual's already descriptive, deceptive and tantalizing battle cry, let's call it: "Homophobic Urgency!" If we don't get upset about their frightful agenda, we shall very soon be lost in a sea of perversion, shame, and disgrace to the entire world. The "deadly homosexual assault" *is indeed a frightful and disastrous phenomenon. Our nation has been blessed far beyond all other nations of the world; now, we are being disgraced by many who are trying to lead us in wrong directions. There are those who demand "Special Rights for Sodomites!" What's next? Why not special minority group privileges for all who habitually do wrong and illegal acts of violence and crime? [Poor things, they can't help it. It's a habit.or they plead "temporary insanity."] Where do the absurdities end?
The heritage and the patriotic foundation of this country is based upon a strong belief in God, prayer in schools and in every public gathering, and using the Bible as the standard textbook in all public schools, colleges, and universities. Anti-prayer and anti-Bible attitudes are anti-American and are destructive elements within our great nation. Now, the television commercials are saying, "Teach Respect" for the homosexual!" Of course, respect for any individual is of fundamental importance for everyone! The problem is: are we teaching respect for each individual or are we trying to teach "acceptance" of a very wrong and perverted practice? We must not teach acceptance of the wrongs and evil things in which a person may become involved. Murder, stealing, rape, adultery, homosexuality: all are wrong and evil. Those who are practicing such things need to "Learn Respect" for that which is right and good: they need to change their choices of conduct! Let us all learn, teach, and practice respect for the right activities, and denounce that which is wrong! Honor God with your body: I Corinthians 6:9-20. We DO have a choice.
Our patriotic duty and birthright is not to promote homosexuality! Whomever thinks that, is out of touch with reality and out of step with the heritage of our founding fathers of this great nation! Our patriotic duty and birthright is to return the United States of America to it's rightful and original heritage. Return the Bible as THE STANDARD textbook in all public schools, colleges, and universities now! Not as a mythical piece of literature, but as a basis of establishing moral and ethical values. Are we transforming lives with truth of with lies?
Respectfully submitted for you serious consideration, Clio Eldred
*Sodom's Second Coming
- F LaGard Smith
Plus also read When Choice Becomes God
- F LaGard Smith Back To Top
How can it be?
Take one of the most blatant sins in the Bible, described as "an abomination unto God!" (Leviticus 18:22-24) and "water it down" as just another alternate lifestyle; then convince everyone that it is too controversial to discuss or talk about, and try to make anyone and everyone who speaks out against it feel guilty and untolerated; and yet we cannot see and understand that we are destroying ourselves?
How is it possible for something as wrong as homosexuality to have such a hold on us that debate and truthful observation about it cannot be tolerated?
Why am I denied my constitutional right to question homosexuality and to point out that the practice of it is an abomination to what is right and good? Is it because the practice of homosexuality is such a grossly immoral sin (Jude 7) that we don't dare talk about it because it might open people's eyes and understanding to where any normal thinking person would reject it and not tolerate such actions?
Where does the term "sexual orientation" come from? In reflecting on the writings of the Bible, I don't recall any place in all of God's Word that instructs us to choose our 'sexual orientation". God made us male and female (Genisis 2) and he tells us how to live and how not to live. Is it possible that our society is choosing new words and making up new definitions in order to confuse us and to lead us to sin? 2 Peter 2:6 says that the destruction of the cities of Sodam and Gomorrah is an example to us who would live an ungodly life. Jude 7 and 8 confirm that the people in Sodam and Gomorrah, and the cities around them indulged in "gross imorality and went after strange flesh and are exhibited as an example, undergoing the punishment of fire."
Some poeple have quoted Ezekial 16:48-49 as proof that the sins of Sodam and Gomorrah were not homosexual behavior, but the sins of pride, excess food, prosperous ease, neglect of the poor and needy, and arrogance. However, the next verse (50) states: "...they were haughty and committed abominations before me." Therefore, verse 49 is saying that their "arrogance, abundant food, careless ease, and not helping the poor and needy" were all sins. But all this led them to be haughty and commit abominations before the Lord. Leviticus 18:22 says that for a man to lie with another man as one lies with a woman is an abomination. Verse 23 states that for either a man or woman to have sexual intercourse with an animal is a perversion. Ezekial was condemning many sins and abominations which are graphically described in Leviticus 18:22-23.
If we allow homosexuality to have such a strong foothold in our society and in our lives, then all other sins will be easily accepted in due course of time. Sins such as prostitution, adultery, fornication, divorce and splitting up the home, lying, cheating, stealing, assisted murders (suicides) and "unassisted" murder may well be accepted in due time.
As Romans 1:22 so aptly states, "Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptable God for an image in the form of corruptable man..." and verse 25 states that "...they exhanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped the created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever..." Furthermore, Romans 1:28-32 describes exactly where we are headed and what we shall become if we continue in the way we are going at this present time.
Why don't we make it easy? Let's open the gates of Hell and let everyone do as they please. Why are we even here trying to influence lives for a "better life" of law and order when everyone is saying, "Teach a little truth but not too much so we won't be controversial." Don't we realize that truth and "right" are opposed to untruths and wrong? We even feel uncomfortable in calling a lie a lie; we want to say "untruth"or "misinformation". We don't like to hear the word "sin", so we just throw the word "sin" out of our vocabulary, saying that sin is just "religious jargon".
We must wake up! We need to know what is right and what is wrong and then be able to say it! We must call things as they are and recognize how "wrong" leads to destroy us. 1 Corthinthians 15:33-34 states: Do not be deceived; the wrong (evil) will fool you and it will destroy you if you don't fight it and turn from it. Don't let the "wisdom" and "smooth talk" of today's society put a sugar coating on everything. Watch out! It will blow up in our faces as stated in Romans 1:28-32.
It may come as a shock to many people, but our country was founded and built upon a strong belief in God, and the Bible was our guide in truth, integrity, and it doing the "right" things. As stated in Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."
Sincerely submitted for your serious consideration,
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