Where are the men in our churches who are willing to stand for what is right? We have bought into the world’s philosophies and the church has become feminized. Men, God has given a divine order for the reason that we might show the picture of Christ and His Bride to the nations. If we are going to advance in the battle, we must have men with a rod of iron in their backbone. May God forgive us for ever quitting in the first place!
Is your Jesus tip-toeing through the tulips trying to be friends with everyone or is He a warrior, powerful and might with a sword in one hand and a scythe in the other?
Romans – 16:25-27 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith– 27 to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
As we come to the end of this letter, Paul does not disappoint. It has been said that “orthodoxy always leads to orthopraxy”. In other words “right believing” will lead us to our right behaving, eventually. If we don’t believe rightly, we won’t behave rightly. But, it is also true, perhaps even more true that orthodoxy always leads to doxology. Doxology, or praise. When you know God rightly, you cannot help but worship God. And, it is quite ironic that there are those in our day, and those in our culture, who pit our knowledge of God, over and against our worship of God, as though we have to choose one or the other. As if we can only be heady Christians who know a lot about God, or we can be spiritual Christians who experience a lot with God. That is a false dichotomy. Nothing could be further from the truth. You cannot fully worship what you do not know.
You will never worship God rightly, unless you know God rightly. And here’s the beauty of it, because the knowledge of God is inexhaustible, we have an eternity growing in our appreciation for and worship of the almighty God. You cannot exhaust the knowledge of God. You cannot exhaust an understanding of what He’s done , and who He is, and because of that, you cannot and will not stop growing in your doxology, your praise. As Paul has walked through this, his magnum opus, the Book of Romans, and as he has dug more deeply than anywhere else in the New Testament, into this doctrine of our justification, it is only fitting, that as he comes to the end, he leaves us with this parting statement. If I had to give a title to this ending statement, it would be “Praise God for the Gospel!” That’s basically where Paul finishes.
I couldn’t help it, as I read through this passage and worked through this passage, through all of the implications here in this passage, I couldn’t help but just see the stark contrast between what we understand as worship and what Paul does here as worship. Because again, culturally, we’ve come to this place, where we believe that worship is purely experiential. That worship is about our experience with God. It is not about knowing God rightly. It is about encountering God passionately. If you read the lyrics of much of what we call worship music today, what you will find is that it is by and large not about God at all, but about our experience of God. About the way God makes me feel about me.
And so, when we gather, our desire is to bring ourselves to this cathartic experience of overwhelming ecstasy in how much God loves me. And how central I am in the grand scheme of things. We gather to make much of “me”, when what Paul does here, at the end of the Book of Romans is not to pause and talk about his experience, with these great truths. But, basically, to pause and say, “Before I go, let me remind you to praise God for the Gospel.”
In the text above, basically what you can do- there’s a bunch of propositional phrases and subordinate clauses in that sentence, and basically, what you can do is take all those propositions and all those clauses away and here’s what you get: “Now to Him”. Stop there. Cause, who is qualifying the Him? Stope there, and then it picks up in verse 27. You have another phrase there: To the only wise God. Go right after that, because that goes to describing this “Him”. So, if you put a line right after “the only wise God”, and you put a line right after “Him”, then, you’ve just connected those two. Here’s what you find: Now to Him be glory, forever more, through Jesus Christ. Amen. That’s his statement. The rest of this sort of explains the why and how there’s glory to Him, through Jesus Christ forevermore.
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Men…man up! Grow some and start acting like Christ toward your wife. Don’t throw excuses around, start zipping up your pants from the front instead of the side and be the man your wife NEEDS you to be…there.
We are all aware of the statistics of divorce in recent years. Regardless of what source you look at, the numbers are staggering. While some have a divorce rate of 50% (1 of every 2 marriages ending in divorce), a comparison of statistics shows a more realistic percentage of 35% (1 out of every 3). The disconcerting truth is that the likelihood of divorce between professing Christians is the same as that of non-Christians. While multiple divorces (those of a second or third marriage) are much higher among unbelievers (60-70%), according to George Barna the figure is still nearly one-quarter (23%) for married Christians that divorce two or more times (www.barna.org). I guess we Baptists can take some consolation in these numbers. A decade ago, Baptists led in divorce by percentage among evangelicals. Today, Pentecostals have that dubious distinction (44%, or nearly half of the 35%) and, in case you are interested, Presbyterians have the lowest percentage (28%, or roughly one-third of the 35%).
The question begs to be asked, “How can this be?” Given the fact that evangelicals today preach against divorce and continue to dissuade congregants from divorce, the numbers continue to echo that of the world. One reason for this is that people do not have a biblical view of marriage. Marriage is no longer a sacred institution of God but a relationship entered into for every reason other than to reflect the glory of God and His gospel. Another reason is a lack of church discipline when it comes to divorce that is not permitted in Scripture. One of the speakers at the 2000 SBC in Atlanta spoke on the importance of a biblically grounded, Christ-centered marriage and received amen after amen from the pastors in the crowd. However, when he dealt with divorce and the lack of church discipline it, suddenly you could have heard a pin drop in the Georgia Dome. The result of this is that believers often have a casual attitude towards marriage and an even more cavalier attitude towards divorce. Both marriage and divorce are focused on self and what makes one happy or brings the most satisfaction at that moment. Our churches have allowed this quasi-utilitarian approach to both marriage and divorce. However, in our text this morning, Paul reiterates the gospel-oriented significance of the institution of marriage.
I. Marriage between Believers
We cannot be certain as to the reason some of the Corinthians wanted to divorce their spouse. As we saw last week, some Corinthian Christians had given a vow of celibacy or abstinence within the marriage union, thinking that this made them more holy. They made abstinence to be a right of purification. It is this misguided practice that Paul rebuked in vv. 2-5. Some took this practice of celibacy so seriously that they wanted a divorce to help them with their vow. Some perhaps wanted a divorce because they saw someone else more desirable. Others may have wanted to separate because they were not fulfilled in their relationship—their needs, whether emotional or physical, were not being met. Regardless of their reason for seeking a divorce, it fell outside of what was allowable by Moses and permitted by Christ, that is, adultery.
I know that there are some circumstances that seem to constitute grounds for a man or woman to divorce, but truly, if we are slaves and followers of Christ, we must always adhere to the Gospel. We cannot find scripture that fits our views but we must mold our views around scripture. I am able to take a verse here and a verse there and justify killing a man if I desire. I can take verses out of context and use those verses to justify stealing, lying and a host of other sins that I would be held accountable for by man’s law and God’s law. Let’s not do this, no matter how we hunger to have the Bible agree with us.
We cannot safely justify divorce for anything BUT adultery anymore than we can justify that we are gods. But the Bible says we are! Doesn’t the Bible say we are gods? Yes, there is a verse that says that, but taken out of context and ignoring the subject and object of that verse, many such as the Copelands, Dollars, Prices and the like, have deceived many and swindled millions, if not billions of hard earned dollars.
As soon as we make the Bible agree with what we have come to believe, we are in trouble. We run the risk of submitting to “hath God said?”
Did God say, ‘only in cases of adultery” or did He not? Yes or no? It’s just that simple. Can we make the Bible say more? Go for it. We all no what God thinks about adding or taking away from Scripture. Did God say, “Don’t eat from this tree, or maybe you misunderstood Him?” Easy to do you know. Maybe God would give you a special pass here. Afterall, He knows your circumstances, He knows your pain. He knows you deserve better. Really? Voddie Baucham said this once, (paraphrased) “We come from the position that we think we deserve better because we really think we’re good people.” We deserve hell. We deserve to suffer all of God’s wrath for what we do, think and say. To think that any one of us, going through the troubles of life, deserve better, creates the assumption that some deserve this whilst I don’t. Trust me when I say this, I know what I am talking about. God dealt with me in this while we were fighting for our children. I used to cry out to God and say, “We don’t deserve this! Neither do our children.” He promptly let me know, that my focus was off, my perspective had shifted to me, and I was out of line. I was looking at my circumstances through the eye glasses of self-pity, pride and self righteousness. Instead, He impressed upon me, I should be looking at my circumstances as a joy. An opportunity to shine the light of Christ into the darkness around me. I should be looking to treat those hooligans that were hell bent on making my life as hard as possible, as Christ in disguise. Where was my love and forgiveness? Those went out the window when I started to shift my focus to ME!
It was only when I began seeing the picture God was painting, when I understood that my little troubles were but a corner of the canvas. When my perspective lined up with God’s, then and only then did I comprehend that He had something bigger here. It wasn’t about me or my kids, but it was about Him. He didn’t put me in that horrible position for my sake, but for His glory. He doesn’t place woman in abusive situations for their sakes, or for their husband’s, but for God’s glory. You are being abused, insulted, hurt and tormented for God’s glory. I know that’s a hard pill to swallow, but if it’s not true, then Christ died in vain and the apostles such as Paul, Peter, James and all the rest all the way through history, suffered for nothing. They should have bailed as well. Why put up with suffering if you don’t have to? Silly Martyrs…
It’s between you and God, but it’ll be more than just you, that’ll be effected for eternity. It includes children, their children, their spouses…it includes everyone that will come in contact with you and them till the end of time. Quite a price to pay for freedom.
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~ 7 Aspects of Christian Love ~
Whether God smites us immediately as He did Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5) or appears to let it slide, we can rest assured that every sin receives just recompense (Romans 3:21-26). Thus, in the economy of God every act of disobedience is ultimately punished whether we see it immediately or not. That is why it is important to teach our children that every instruction is to be obeyed right away. As they get older, they may be allowed to enter into discussion about our instructions, but that discussion should follow an act of obedience, not determine whether or not they are convinced of our position.
- Voddie Baucham
I posted this video back in November, but really feel in light of current events it needs to be reposted. We feel like we deserve better. We feel that we should be treated better by God, fate or whatever people believe in. Really? Watch…
Voddie Baucham is a preacher at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. On Saturday, he addressed the opening session of the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters, an annual gathering of Christian broadcasters that’s taking place in Nashville. According to The Christian Post, Baucham urged them “to not buy into the ‘gay is the new black’ propaganda, but instead to remain committed to defending biblical marriage on the airwaves.” Baucham lamented that some broadcasters have become reluctant to bash gays on the air:
“The reason is the homosexuals have effectively co-opted blackness…to where now, we actually believe gay is the new black and we actually believe homosexual marriage is a civil rights issue,” he explained.
“I’m insulted that people equate not just a sinful behavior but a…to read the rest of this article you can find the link HERE
The sin of homosexuality will bring America down along with Canada and any other country that bows itself to it. It destroyed Rome and corrupted it from the inside out and will not hesitate to do the same to any other country or people that make it their way of life. This is a great sermon by Voddie Baucham, well worth the listen and read.
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Why are we here? Two reasons that stem from one…to advance the kingdom of God in the form of the Gospel and to bring God glory in all we do.
via The Cross Is All
Great info for those who want to be the leaders, priests and heads of the home. Men? Are you ready to stand up for your families?
In Genesis 19 we are first introduced to Lot’s daughters. We see that Lot has misplaced priorities and lacks faith in the Lord to protect him and his family in Genesis 19:8 when he offers his daughters to the men of the city. There is no need to try and validate Lot’s actions and make them seem less heinous than they are. Lot’s family is obviously lacking in many points that make for a healthy family.
Next we are introduced to his sons-in-laws.
Genesis 19:14 (ESV)So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
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Is God watching out for your agenda, desires and wants? Or are you looking after His agenda, desires and wants? Are you in charge or is He?
Is your question to God, “Why do You allow bad things to happen to good people?”
Or is your question, “Why is it that after viewing my thoughts, words and deeds for the last 24 hours, do You not strike me dead in my sleep?”
See the difference? One is man-based, the other is God-based. One turns the focus on God and His absolute holiness, the other puts Him in a bottle and brow beats Him for dropping the ball.
You, dear reader better get your focus right. You’d better get your mentality straight…
Very true. It will be either Bart Simpson, Superman or some diva teaching your child THEIR morals. When I was looking for work, someone told me to look at the men who did the same job you wanted. Look at their cars, look at them. If you do the same job as long as they, you will be just like them. The same can be applied to TV. If you spend enough time around those on TV, you will become just like them.
“Lay down with dogs, wake up with fleas…”