Dangerous Friendships

In the study I’ve done lately about friendships, the Bible has repeatedly warned about friendships with the world.

The tragic news about the Governor of South Carolina serves as warning to those who flaunt the Bible’s warnings. Even if your friend is not of the opposite sex, the world cannot help but try to pull believers deeper into sin.

Governor Sanford who claims to be a Christian has shown that friendship with the world is dangerous. The things that he has been quoted as saying prove the point very clearly.

He quotes 1 Corinthians 13 in emails to his mistress. He says his mistress loves him like his mother did “unconditional love.”

Governor Sanford has a friend counseling him who has very wise words for all who will listen.

Culbertson told the AP he believes that “everybody’s vulnerable, and there are no boundaries on darkness.” He does not dine alone with other women and keeps his office door open when he has a female visitor.

He says he has counseled many men “who have fallen in the position that Mark’s in.”

Everybody starts with the same exact story: ‘We got to be friends. We started talking. I didn’t mean for anything to happen,‘” he says. “That’s exactly where a sin begins.”

Did you notice that ‘We got to be friends. We started talking. I didn’t mean for anything to happen,'” he says. “That’s exactly where a sin begins.”

This applies to much more than affairs, it applies to all our relationships. It is real easy to be friends with the world and soon cross lines that you never would have thought possible.


That’s Not Loving !?!

Ever heard any of the quotes below?

Especially when sharing what the Bible says on a certain issue?

“This isn’t unconditional love, we are supposed to love unconditionally.”

“I am appalled by the unchristian tone of this … “

“Who gave you the right to judge these people?”

“Can’t we just focus on what we have in common?”

“Don’t be so dogmatic!”

“You may have quoted Scripture but your attitude was not loving.”

“You are so legalistic, Jesus condemned the Pharisees for that.”

“Look at the many people they are reaching with their loving acceptance.”

“If we don’t do ____________ then no one will become a Christian.”

Here is a satirical look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians Church.

If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today

Dear Christianity Today:

In response to Paul D. Apostle’s article about the Galatian church in your January issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galatian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people I’ve ever met.

Phyllis Snodgrass; Ann Arbor, MI

Kind Editors:

I happen to be a member of First Christian Church of Galatia, and I take issue with Mr. Apostle’s article. How can he criticize a ministry that has been so blessed by God? Our church has baptized many new members and has made huge in-roads in the Jewish community with our pragmatic view on circumcision. Such a “seeker-sensitive” approach has given the Jews the respect they deserve for being God’s chosen people for thousands of years. In addition, every Gentile in our midst has felt honored to engage in the many edifying rituals of the Hebrew heritage, including circumcision, without losing their passion for Jesus. My advice to Mr. Apostle is to stick to spreading the gospel message of Christ’s unconditional love, and quit criticizing what God is clearly blessing in other churches.

Miriam “Betty” Ben-Hur; Galatia, Turkey

HT: DefCom

I remember a lady at a previous church who would often say the Apostle Paul didn’t like women. Why? Because she didn’t like his instructions to women, they weren’t considered to be loving.

The piece from Sacred Sandwich would be more humorous if it wasn’t so true.


SBC Convention: Five Motions Involve Mark Driscoll

Motions: Messengers endorse GCR task force, criticize Driscoll’s entity influence

Two motions were referred to all SBC entities:

— that “all SBC entities should monitor” funds spent in “activities related to or cooperative efforts with Mark Driscoll and/or the Acts 29 organization” and entity heads should submit a report of expenditures to appear in the 2010 Book of Reports, submitted by Kent Cochran, a messenger from Calvary Baptist Church in Republic, Mo.

— that SBC entities avoid “inviting event speakers” who “are known for publicly exhibiting unregenerate behavior … such as cursing and sexual vulgarity, immorality, or who publicly state their support for the consumption or production of alcohol,” submitted by Ida South, a messenger from First Baptist Church in Mathiston, Miss.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Order of Business, Hunt ruled several motions “not in order.”

The committee chairman’s, Render, said three resolutions were not in order because of reflecting harshly on particular individuals.

— that author Mark Driscoll’s books be removed from LifeWay Christian Bookstores because of his “reputation for abusive and ungodly language and … promotions of sex toys on his church web site,” submitted by Jim Wilson, pastor, First Baptist Church in Seneca, Mo.”We need to live holy lives and bringing this man to our college campuses and promoting his books in the bookstore … I believe is a violation of Scripture.”

— that messengers encourage all SBC entities “to refrain from inviting event speakers” who engage in “cursing and sexual vulgarity, or who publicly state their support for the consumption or production of alcohol,” submitted by Larry Reagan, pastor, Adams Chapel Baptist Church in Dresden, Tenn.

A motion by Brian LeStourgeon, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Camp Verde, Ariz., sought to have Mark Driscoll “address the concerns of his accusers” at the 2010 annual meeting. Render said the committee declined LeStourgeon’s motion since it could have put the Convention in the role of exercising church discipline.

At least some are seriously questioning Mark Driscoll and his language in the pulpit. It is a shame though that nothing will be done until next year. What is there to think about?  Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to Mark Driscoll and his church.

Where are the men like this taking a stand for their Lord and their families I’ve had it with Mark Driscoll and his mouth. Now it’s personal!

If only the SBC would take a stand.


Taking A Stand In the Small Things

400 Students Defy ACLU and Stand to Recite Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

Leading up to the graduation ceremony, the ACLU demanded that Pace High School censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious. In the end, members of the student body were not permitted to speak at the graduation.

The graduating class at the school, however, decided to react against the ACLU bullying by taking a stand at graduation. As soon as Principal Lay asked everyone to be seated at the ceremony, the graduating class remained standing and recited the Lord’s Prayer.

ACLU attorney Benjamin Stevenson told ABC Channel Three after the event: “Our feeling is that it’s regrettable that the students took over the ceremony to impose their religious views on the audience who may not have shared the same religious views.

“School officials have a responsibility to protect the silently held religious views of others.”

What true Christian would not have supported the students by even joining in?

Most of us would gladly defy the ACLU in a similar way.

But that is where the problem lies.

We would have no trouble standing for our faith with 400 other believers at such an event.

But what about standing for our faith daily? Alone?

That I’m afraid is much harder to do.

~ We will fight for the right to have our own Bibles to read, yet we don’t read the Bibles that we do have.

~ We will fight for the right to worship with others, yet we don’t attend worship if something better comes along.

~ We will fight for our freedom of speech, yet when given an opportunity to share the gospel we decline.

~ We will fight for the right to raise our children in the Lord, yet we do nothing differently than the average parent in the US.

~ We fight against the trash on TV, radio and in the media (foul language, sexuality, etc.), yet we watch the same shows everyone else does.

~ We will complain about the media’s use of the Lord’s name in vain, yet we will not correct the teen sitting near us in a restaurant.

~ We complain about how immodestly women are dressed, yet we allow our daughters to dress immodestly because that is all we can find at the stores.

Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ESV

Luke 16:10-11
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

Are you unfaithful in the little things and yet think you will stand in the big things?

It is the little things that will destroy much fruit.

Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” ESV


We Should Watch What We Watch – Take Heed What You See

Yesterday I posted about Take Heed What You Read – AW Pink where you should give heed to what you fill your mind with as you read.

Here is a good quote from Spurgeon about the same subject that “One Mouthful Is Quite Enough“.  Be sure to think about the meat analogy.

But not only do we need to watch what we read, we also need to seriously watch what we see. An image can stick with you for a lifetime. Dea in her post For His Glory…By His Grace….We Finally Cut the Cable!, expresses well why we should watch what we watch.

I think the movie industry understands why we had cable tv. for so long, they refer to it as “our viewing pleasure”

But was it pleasurable? Did we truly enjoy watching and listening to the very things that God hates? No way! We came to understand that the only reason we as Christians would desire to sit in front of the above list is because of the lusts of our unredeemed flesh. (The lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes, the boastful pride of life) The flesh that said ” OH, that looks so good, that will make me feel so good, OH, I need to see that, It will let me hold my head up high, I deserve to relax!, It’s “me” time, etc….) The Bible says in 2 Tim. 3 that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God and then it goes on to say say we are to avoid such men as these. So how are we as Christians to deal with the (defeated) unredeemed flesh?

Be sure to read the whole post and see if you can justify continuing to allow the poison in for your family.


Take Heed What You Read – AW Pink

Often I have received emails from others asking:

“Who is right?”

“Who is teaching the true gospel?”

“But Pastor “XYZ” says __________ ?”

“This website says _____________ !”

The only way for anyone to determine what is true and right is to examine it for yourselves according to the Scriptures.

Acts 17:11 “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” NIV

Job 12:11 Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food? ESV

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! ESV

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. ESV

1 Thessalonians 5:21 … but test everything; hold fast what is good. ESV

Take Heed What You Read by Arthur Pink

“Take heed what you hear” (Mark 4:24): the word “hear” obviously includes what is read, for that which is written or printed is addressed to the ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the urgent need for “taking heed” unto what they read. Just as the natural food which is eaten either helps or hinders the body—so the mental food we receive either benefits or injures the mind, and that, in turn, affects the heart. Just as it is harmful to listen to the rubbish and poison which is being served from the great majority of present-day pulpits—so it is exceedingly injurious to the soul to read most of what is now being published. “Take heed what you hear” and read! But let us seek to be more specific.

Some of God’s dear people may suppose that it would be presumptuous to set themselves up as judges of what they hear or read—but that is a serious mistake, being both a false humility, and a shirking of duty. The Apostle rebuked the Hebrews because their senses (spiritual faculties) were not developed so as to discern between good and evil (Hebrews 5:13). With as much reason, might it be termed pride for anyone to pass judgment upon the groceries or meats purchased from the stores. Others may ask, “But how are simple and unlearned souls to distinguish between the different religious publications of the day?” Very simply: in sampling your natural food how do you determine whether or not it be seasoned? By your natural taste, of course. So it is spiritually: the “new man” has a palate too! If the God of creation has given us natural palates for the purpose of distinguishing between wholesome and unwholesome food, the God of grace has furnished His people with a capacity, a spiritual sense, to distinguish between nutritious and unwholesome soul food.

“Just as the mouth tastes food—the ear tests the words it hears” (Job 34:3). Does yours, my reader? Are you as careful about what you take into your mind—as what you take into your stomach? You certainly ought to be, for the former is even more important than the latter. If you eat some material food which is injurious, you can take a purgative and get rid of the same; but if you have devoured mental food which is injurious, it stays with you! “The ear tests the words it hears.” Again, we ask, Does yours, dear reader? Are you learning to distinguish between “letter” and “spirit;” between the “form” and the “power;” between that which is of the earth and that which is from Heaven; between that which is lifeless and unctionless and that which is instinct with the breath of God? If the answer is ‘No’, then you are greatly the loser. …