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Wives – Keepers at Home or Blaspheming God’s Word

Now you can get jumping up and down mad about the title or you can read God’s Word for yourself. But no matter what be sure to read Why Do We Focus on the Exceptions? if you are busy making excuses for why your situation is different. But also notice that nothing says a woman cannot make money from her home, just that she should be working at home. Her focus should be glorifying the Lord through her home.

Titus 2:3-5
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled
. ESV

Women often get caught up with the words “working at home” and “submissive” but we breeze right over the phrase “that the word of God may not be reviled.

Let’s see what that means.

Titus 2:5 “… that the word of God be not blasphemed.” KJV

Titus 2:5 “…so that no one will malign the word of God.” NIV

Titus 2:5 “… that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited).” AMP

Guess what the actual Greek word is?

‎blasphemeo

Not too hard for even a novice to figure out what that means, is it?

How do we blaspheme God’s Word?

2 Peter 2:2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. ESV

Several times in the Bible the word “blasphemo” has also been translated as “speak evil of”.

Titus 3:1-2
1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
ESV

When we ignore God’s Word we are speaking evil of it by not taking it seriously. We also cause others to speak evil of God’s Word because they see us as hypocrites. Christians tell unbelievers they should obey God but yet we don’t do the same, we pick and choose what we want to obey.

A similar verse to Titus 2:5 is 1 Timothy 5:14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. ESV

Notice both verses (Titus 2:5; 1 Timothy 5:14) include caring for children and working at home as the prerequisite to women not blaspheming or slandering God’s Word.

You think that it just might be important ?



For further study read:

Women Against Public Blasphemy from The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womenhood

Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics



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Why Do We Focus on the Exceptions?

What does it say about us when we focus more on the exceptions than on Biblical principles?

We in America always think we are the exception to the rule. Our public schools aren’t as bad as everyone else’s. Our children are doing better than others, they are not suffering from daycare. Our families are not suffering from the wife working outside the home. No one ever understands how hard we have things, etc.

~ If you were to ever contend, that the Biblical ideal is for women to be “workers at home” (Titus 2:3-5) then of course someone will point out Deborah (Judges 4:4 and following) as an excuse for working outside the home.

Or maybe the husband that won’t work?

The disabled husband?

But never will they focus on the fact that the majority of working women are not working to put food on the table but for the luxuries of extra income.

How many marriages with both spouses working are living off of spam and macaroni and cheese meals?

How many dual income families have one car that is 15 plus years old and on its last wheel?

How many dual income families have so few clothes that they must wash by hand their clothes for the next day’s work?

Most dual working families are not poverty stricken in any way they are just not living up to the standard of living they desire.

Many working women spend more money on makeup and hair care products than the truly impoverished spend on food.

How many dual income families have four or five children per room?

~ If you point out that women are to be subject or submissive to our husbands (Colossians 3:18) then someone will question what about the husband that wants his wife to sin?

Just how many husbands require a wife to participate in sinful activities?

Just how many husbands really expect a wife to commit crimes, use drugs, etc.?

Is what you are deeming sin truly a sin according to Scripture?

Example: Many non-believing husbands may not want their wives to spend large portions of time at church. But how much time at church is demanded by the Lord? Is three services a week? Why might he complain about church attendance? Is it because meals aren’t prepared? Chores get behind? How might a husband’s needs be met while still allowing for “assembling with believers”? In Hebrews 10:25, notice there is no requirement as to how often. While regular gathering with other believers is important for a Christian the frequency is not specified.

What if your husband demands you must work?

This is a broad area that is worthy of fuller discussion but the general principles are first to determine why a husband requires a wife to work. If the husband is a believer then a wife has the Scripture and lots of resources available to appeal to the husband. Even if an unbeliever often they can be shown how it is actually cheaper for a wife to not work outside of the home. Taxes, car expenses, day care, clothing, and other fees will often eat up what little salary many women make. This doesn’t take into account the intangible and more vague costs of sick children due to daycare, takeout meals, expensive instant meals and using more outside services. Is the husband’s complaint related to the wife spending too much money? There is nothing wrong with a women working from the home if an income is what a husband expects.

~ If you point out that children should obey their parents then someone will question what if the child is a believer and the parents want them to sin?

Here in the USA there are very few instances where a Muslim child becomes a believer and is required to reject Jesus by the family. (Although with the increase in Muslim worshipers, this will increase here also.)

If a child is made by parents to do something sinful there is always the opportunity to involve another Christian believer for counsel or if illegal even the law.

The most important issues are these:

Does the possibility of an exception make it acceptable for us to ignore a Biblical principle?

Have you spent as much time in praying for God’s Wisdom, as in making excuses that your situation is the exception?


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Friendships – Bad Company Ruining Good Morals or Iron Sharpening Iron?

We need to be careful of how we relate to the world and unbelievers. Although we are called to share the gospel, we are still warned repeatedly about how we are to use caution when we interact with the world. If we are not careful, unbelieving worldly people will lead us astray.

Even those that claim to believe in Jesus Christ can lead us astray if they are living like the world and listening to the world’s message.

Psalms 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night
. ESV

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” ESV

Proverbs 4:14-15
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
ESV

Job 21:16,18 The counsel of the wicked is far from me. … That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away? ESV

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. ESV

Psalms 26:4-5
4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked
. ESV

Psalms 119:47-48
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
ESV

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ESV

John 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. ESV

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. ESV

This Iron sharpens Iron post was talking about how our Christian friends are to encourage us in our walk with the Lord.

“In the Word of God: If either of us are taking on a worldly view or just taking on the “acceptable” view on a topic and not using the Scripture as a guide, it’s not really iron sharpening iron. We’re just having a heated discussion.”

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. ESV
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. ESV

Hebrews 3:13-14
13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end
. ESV

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. ESV

Colossians 3:16-17
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
. ESV

We can’t have serious discussions of this type with a nonbeliever because we are not using the same guide, God’s Word. Even if a nonbeliever quotes Scripture, you can be sure they will often quote it out of context or without looking at all of Scripture, such as ignoring other verses.

We are to share the gospel and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 16:15-16
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
ESV

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
ESV

But while we are going about sharing the gospel we must be sure to not become stained by the world.

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled
before God, the Father, is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and
to keep oneself unstained from the world. ESV

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“Imagine No Religion” Billboard

Can you believe that right in the “Bible belt” of Alabama we now have a billboard up promoting freedom from religion?

First freethought message appears on billboard” (link broken)

The release goes on to say “this is the first such freethought (atheist, agnostic) message ever placed in Alabama. The colorful billboard went up just in time to for the annual ‘Glorious Fourth’ celebration in rural Talladega County sponsored by the Alabama Freethought Association this year July 3 through 5. The event is held at a freethought ‘advance’ (not retreat), which includes a lake, air conditioned auditorium and facilities. (It) has attracted as many as 200 freethinkers from all over the south and all over the United States.”

The billboard, the release goes on to say, “is part of a national educational campaign sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers, which works to keep church and state separate…The Alabama Freethought Association is an FFRF chapter.”

Billboards have been placed in 26 different cities in 16 states.

Alabama Freethought Association claims their definition is to “form opinions about religion, independently of tradition, authority or established belief, in favor of rational inquiry.”

The problem is that if you arrive at the decision in favor of religion then you are wrong and deceived! So much for free thought!

Christians have been involved in caring for others since the death of Christ. They took to heart this verse:

Matthew 25:35-36
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
ESV

To read some about the Christian contribution to medicine – The Christian Contribution to Medicine

Maybe a Derecho windstorm will get it. Similar to the story of the Ark of the Covenant and Dagon.

1 Samuel 5:1-5

1 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.
3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.
4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
5 This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
ESV

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Preconceived Ideas


There is nothing so dangerous as to come to the Bible with a theory,
with preconceived ideas, with some pet idea of our own,
because the moment we do so,
we shall be tempted to over-emphasize one aspect
and under-emphasize another.

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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

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Love Not The World…

1 John 2:15-16
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
ESV

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. AMP

John Calvin

By the world understand everything connected with the present life, apart from the kingdom of God and the hope of eternal life. So he includes in it corruptions of every kind, and the abyss of all evils. In the world are pleasures, delights, and all those allurements by which man is captivated, so as to withdraw himself from God.”

Charles Spurgeon on Romans 12:2

Then come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Would you attain the full assurance of faith? you cannot gain it while you commune with sinners. Would you flame with vehement love? your love will be damped by the drenchings of godless society. You cannot become a great Christian—you may be a babe in grace, but you never can be a perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It is ill for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when a courtier is too intimate with his king’s enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Little thorns make great blisters, little moths destroy fine garments, and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob religion of a thousand joys. O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort’s sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one. (from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening)

Who do you love?
The World ?
Or the Father?
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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.

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Your Parenting Decisions Matter

Christians called to abandon public education

Voddie Baucham, Jr., author of “Family Driven Faith,” noted children spend about 14,000 hours in public schools.

“Whoever controls those 14,000 hours controls our children’s worldview,” he said, citing Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto. He wrote, “What can theistic Sunday school meeting for an hour once a week do to stem the tide of a five day program of humanist teaching?”

“The left knows that whoever controls the children owns the future. That’s why so many ’60s radicals like Bill Ayers went into education. Now they effectively control the government school system and its curriculum. But worse, we give them our children,” Shortt said.

Public Schools Have Big Impact on Evangelical Kids

Putting your Christian kids in a hard core secularist environment for 35 hours a week in school is a bad idea. Another way to put it is, letting the Assyrians of humanism train your child’s thinking will produce more Assyrians of humanism.

Children from religious, intact families fare better, study says

“An intact two-parent family and regular church attendance are each associated with fewer problem behaviors, more positive social development, and fewer parental concerns about the child’s learning and achievement,” Zill and Fletcher wrote. “Taken together, the two home-environment factors have an additive relationship with child well-being. That is, children who live in an intact family and attend religious services regularly generally come out best on child development measures, while children who do neither come out worst. Children with one factor in their favor, but not the other, fall in between ….”

What They Did Before TV – This post no longer exists

It seems almost inconceivable to believe that there was life before television. As good as the medium is for some things, it is an instrument of death to conversation in most families. Add computers, a personal CD player, and speed-eating and we’ve successfully killed off the last remnants of conversation in most families. Frankly, most families have no meaningful conversation at all. Days and weeks pass, if not months and years, without the skimpiest morsel of a good conversation. When I think about this, I almost weep for the magnitude of the loss. A mudslide of media has pushed our families into a cold ravine. We exist together for as long as we can make it, but we don’t know each other. Without face-to-face communication, the home has become an electronic desert.

 


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Children’s Clothing and Their Character

Moore To The Point has a guest post about clothing, children and the attitudes involved. It is very thought provoking.

Clothing and the Character of the Child

The jeans that are long enough for Hannah’s ever-lengthening legs seem to have gained this extra length by trimming too many inches off the top. The sweatpants that fit her best have “PINK” emblazoned across the backside. And the messages that glitter on the chests of several otherwise-appropriate shirts lead to immediate vetoes from our household’s executive branch: “I Want What I Want Now,” one hoodie declares, while a nearby t-shirt boasts, “I Have an Attitude and I Know How to Use It.” “Sooner or Later I’ll Get What I Want,” another sweatshirt announces. Interestingly, the brand names on the tags are “Personal Identity” and “Self Esteem”—almost as if Erik Erikson and Sigmund Freud crept in during the manufacturing process and retagged the clothes to resolve adolescent girls’ supposed identity crises. To Hannah’s credit, she takes it all in good humor, knowing from past experience that, once a veto has been declared, her father will not budge.

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The Holy Bible and the TV Guide

On the table side by side:
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One’s well worn but cherished with pride
(Not the Bible, but the TV Guide).
One’s used daily to help folk decide,
Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
As pages are turned, what will they see?
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV.
Then confusion reigns, they can’t all agree
On what they will watch on the old TV.
So they open the book in which they confide
(Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide).
The Word of God is seldom read —
Maybe a verse e’er they fall into bed,
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be
(Not from reading the Bible: from watching TV).
So then back to the table, side by side,
Are the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word.
The way of salvation is seldom heard.
Abiding in Christ so full and free
Is found in the Bible, not on TV.

Anonymous

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