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Newsweek Challenges Bible Interpretation

NEWSWEEK DECEMBER 15 COVER

Newsweek turns Bible on its head by Al Mohler

Newsweek magazine, one of the most influential news magazines in America, has decided to come out for “same-sex marriage” in a big way, and to do so by means of a biblical and theological argument. In its latest cover story, “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage,” Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller offers a revisionist argument for the acceptance of “same-sex marriage.” It is fair to say that Newsweek has gone for broke on this question.

Miller begins with a lengthy dismissal of the Bible’s relevance to the question of marriage in the first place. “Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does,” Miller suggests. If so, she argues that readers will find a confusion of polygamy, strange marital practices and worse.

Newsweek draws fire on gay marriage

Lisa Miller’s cover story argues that the Bible’s lessons on marriage are ambiguous and lack the prescriptive clarity some ascribe to them.

“Religious objections to gay marriage are rooted not in the Bible at all, then, but in custom and tradition,” Miller writes. “The Bible was written for a world so unlike our own, it’s impossible to apply its rules, at face value, to ours.”

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What Are We Doing To Our Children?

Girls aged 5 sexualised by toys like Bratz dolls, MSPs told

Bratz dolls, which have been challenging Barbie for supremacy in the girls’ toy market, were condemned by the NSPCC as the committee opened an inquiry into increasing levels of sexual imagery in goods aimed at children.

Tom Narducci, a senior consultant for the NSPCC, criticised the way dolls were dressed in short skirts and fishnet stockings and said they were sexualising girls as young as five.

Years ago a young 11 year old girl was abducted at the school bus stop. Her body was found two years later. But the lasting impression I have is the pictures of the pink “Bratz” outfit she was wearing with the word “Bratz” written across the chest and the buttocks of the outfit when they were searching for her. I have always wondered if the choice of clothing had anything to do with the abduction.

What do we teach our little girls?

THEY toddle onto the stage like a procession of miniature pole dancers. Their cheeks glow with all the health of peach blusher and their lips pout under sticky pink lip gloss.

They are five.

Only two years ago the hips clad in electric-blue hot pants were wrapped in layers of Huggies.

High heels for babies: Cute or creepy?

Some people are getting a big kick out of an emerging fashion trend for babies — high heel crib shoes for girls too young to walk. Others are certain it’s yet another sign that the republic really is going to perdition in a handbasket.

… a little disturbing that we are trying to create mini Carrie Bradshaw just a little too early.

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How Does Your Church Treat the Elderly?

Our family has spent a very busy, weekend visiting nursing homes with violin Christmas music and handing out Candy Canes. But it makes you think, what are the churches really doing for the elderly?

Many of those who are still in the churches feel their church has been stolen from them. It isn’t anything like it used to be. The music is too loud. They don’t know the songs anymore. What happened to dressing in your “Sunday Best”? When did play clothes and beach attire become acceptable for church?

What about those who are in the nursing homes and assisted living? What is the church doing for them? They don’t get the same attention as other groups who aren’t in church? Many churches will have bus ministries to pick up children but fewer have bus ministries for the elderly who are unable to drive.

My family gets alot of attention when we visit churches. We have a child in every age group from teen/college to preschoolers. We just lack a baby. So many of the churches are eager to share their ministries with us.

“We have great nurseries.”
“Fabulous children’s programs.”
“Children’s church until grade 5.”
“Rockin’ youth groups.”
“Youth camps.”
“Youth Church.”

Everyone is so eager to “sell” us their ways to be relevant to our family. The only thing is that if they really looked at us they would see that we don’t look like their typical family. The girls are modestly dressed and the boys aren’t in jeans and T-shirts. We also have more than the typical two children. A good “selling” point would be:

“We have family integrated Sunday Schools.”
“Our youth leader is the parents.”
“We aren’t offended by children in the worship service.”
“If you need to step out we have a Cry Room in back so you won’t miss the service.”

Who’s Emerging for the Widows? Thoughts on Missional Partiality

…who’s emerging for the elderly? What about emerging toward the culture of the convalescent home? What about analyzing the windowless worldview of the shut-in? What about making your life and the life of your church relevant to the local widows? What about becoming all things to those with Parkinson’s, artificial hips, cataracts, failed retirement plans, and no family?

Many today are eager to get tattoos and dress hip and overemphasize technology to “relate” to the surrounding culture, to “connect,” and to “open doors.” But if the majority of these people are truly motivated by a compassionate heart, why aren’t any of our youth dressing like the precious elderly folks in the nursing home? Who’s learning to play bridge and chess? Who’s playing vinyl records and eating at the HomeTown Buffet for no other reason than to open doors?

Shame

Shame on you
for proclaiming to the woman
seasoned with white silver hair
“we’re all about young families now”
and letting her miss church
the place where
she first believed
where she prayed at the altar
and repented once for all …

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Who Have You Given Your Children To?

This may seem harsh, but the conclusion I have arrived at, over the years, is that if you, as a Christian, are sending your children to public school you are, at the very least, giving your children a potential disadvantage and strikes against them in their Christian walk. At the worse, you are disobeying God and offering your children up to idols for the sake of money, time, or a pagan education. See the statements that Voddie Baucham makes concerning public schools in this video.




Voddie Baucham’s Book Family Driven Faith is one of the best modern parenting books I have read. My husband even says the same thing.

If you are a parent or a pastor this book is worth reading. Parents need to think about all the preconceived notions their public school education has left them with concerning parenting. Pastors need to see how churches have been influenced my man’s opinions and the public school mentality for years. We as Christians are losing our children! According to research 70 – 88 percent of our “Christian” children are leaving the church by their second year in college.

Almost 9 out of 10 children are rejecting the faith their parents have thought they taught them.

I will post more about the book over the next few days.


Thank You to Lady of Virtue for the video.


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Do You Know What Your Teens are Reading?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers  

Guarding the Hearts of Our Daughters

Sisters in Christ, I call upon you to help me guard the hearts and minds of our daughters. I know they will be entering the world soon enough, faced with such dangers on their own. Help me equip them to avoid these temptations rather than give in to them, though! I encourage you to stand up and set a good example for all of the daughters in God’s kingdom. Go before them, shining the Light of Jesus in their path, leading them in ways which are pleasing in His sight.

Let’s talk vampires…

If you have an older tween or a teen daughter in your home, chances are you’ve heard the word “Twilight” come up in conversation. Or maybe not, but be assured it’s probably on your daughter’s radar. Twilight the movie, is based on the best-selling book series by the same name and will release in theaters on November 21st, so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about it.

 

TTYL (Talk to You Later) by Lauren Myracle

Is TTYL on your school library book shelves?

ttyl is a novel written in IM speak which consists of excerpts from the lives of three sophomore girls who are trying to hold onto their friendship while navigating high school. The most offensive conversations in the book have to do with a whole lot of talk about sex (of course), being seduced by a teacher who calls himself a Christian, teens getting drunk, lots of cussing and crass conversation, gossip, back stabbing, and poor family relationships The girls’ are short on character, a danger to themselves and each other and their relationships are shallow and sad.

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Teaching About Sin is Considered Child Abuse?

Those of us who are free to Homeschool and raise our children as we wish should be prayerful that our freedom is not taken for granted. Before long the government will decide that not allowing children to do what ever they want is child abuse. Teaching them about the sin in their lives will be considered child abuse.

The following problem is what we as Christians have to expect in the future if we strive to raise our children as the Lord would have us to. The comments on Jean’s website are so full of hatred and many even come from those who claim to be Christians. Just because her daughter knows she sins and needs a Savior!

Prayers Needed! Sister’s Daughter May Be Taken From Her for Child Abuse! (wedsite gone)

Have bad news the NSPCC have tracked me down. They have found me and knocked on my door today. I am abusing Nakai emotionally. They could take her away.

Jean

For the background on this story see: A Beautiful Story That Some Call “Child Abuse” (website gone)

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Torn Jeans for Worship

Months ago I had a survey on my website. The question was:

Are torn jeans appropriate for worship attire in a church service?

The answers given where:

1 – yes

20 – no

1 – depends on age group

10 – God doesn’t care

This was due to a post of mine about Torn Jeans for a King?

“I did not feel that torn jeans were a sin, but a matter of the heart. I felt it was disrespectful towards the Lord.”

What really surprised me was the number who felt that the Lord would not care about what is worn to worship Him. The post Modesty – Nakedness in the Bible covers the verse Ex 28:42-43.

Ex 28:42-43

42 And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:

43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him. KJV

If the Lord is concerned about the under clothes of the priests do you not think that He is concerned about our clothing? Especially since, we are a royal priesthood chosen from the foundation of the World.

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. KJV

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: KJV

Nancy Leigh DeMoss has covered this in a radio broadcast of hers Reflecting God’s Glory.

It is fashionable today for women to wear clothing that, and not just women, guys as well, the more beat up, the more torn up, the more ragged looking, the more sloppy looking, the better.

And I think that says something about our culture that’s not a compliment. Now, does that mean that we always have to go out looking “fit to kill” and just, you know, looking like the picture of elegance and loveliness? No. There are times when it’s appropriate to be more casual.

So, that’s what the apostle is saying here. “Clothe yourselves in a way that is becoming, fitting for your profession of godliness.” What is godliness? Being like God. You see, we’re giving the world an impression of God. And what are we saying by our physical outward appearance to people who can’t see God. And they’re getting their image from us.

So, the apostle has said, “It should be respectable apparel and the heart attitude with which you adorn yourself should be one of modesty and self-control.”




So, in our appearance, in our attitudes and in our actions, everything about us, nothing is insignificant. It all matters: the way you dress matters, the way you think matters, the way you talk matters.


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“…man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart…”

This is a verse that is commonly used to excuse all manner of outward appearance.

1 Sam 16:7 …for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. KJV

This is one of those verses that even non-Christians seem to know and throw out along with “judge not”. However, if you will look at the full passage for the phrase you will see it means much different than it is commonly claimed to mean.

1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. KJV

The Lord tells Samuel to “Look not on his countenance” or “on the height of his stature.” How exactly does this have anything to do with clothing? The Lord is telling Samuel to not judge David by his “countenance” meaning whether he is handsome or plain. This is not referring to clothing at all. Look at the next criteria “on the height of his stature.” This is how tall he is, not what David is wearing. David very well could have been very short.

Later in the passage, this verse is found:

1 Sam 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. KJV

What does this have to do with his clothing? Not one thing, it is describing David’s physical appearance.

The Lord will judge us on our heart but we as mere men must judge only on the appearance and the fruit, not a man’s heart. A person’s outward appearance is an indicator of the condition of the heart.

A person can look perfectly modest, pure, righteous, and God fearing on the outside and have an evil, depraved, and God-hating heart. Nevertheless, a person who is modest, pure, righteous, and God fearing in the heart cannot look immodest, evil, depraved, and God hating on the outside.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. KJV

Just as out of the heart the mouth speaks, also out of the heart the clothing choices are made. Are your clothes chosen to glorify the Lord and represent Him or are your clothes chosen to glorify yourself?

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Calvin Klein vs John Calvin’s Opinions on Clothing

Calvin Klein’s clothing idea is selling and advertising the body with the clothes that one wears.

Klein moved on to design the tight fitting jeans that would sell 200,000 in the first week thus simultaneously launching him into fashion designer/celebrity status in the clothing design industry.

…he had created a designer-jeans craze by putting his name on the back pocket. The jeans were famously advertised with a commercial featuring a 15-year-old Brooke Shields cooing in 1979/80 that “nothing comes between me and my Calvins” and “I’ve got seven Calvins in my closet, and if they could talk, I’d be ruined.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Klein

Here are a few of John Calvin’s thoughts about Clothing

“Where is our gratefulness toward God for our clothing if in the sumptuousness of our apparel we both admire ourselves and despise others, if with its elegance and glitter we prepare ourselves for shameless conduct?”

“Where is our recognition of God if our minds be fixed upon the splendor of our apparel? For many so enslave all their senses to delights that the mind lies overwhelmed.” From Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.

So whose ideas are closer to yours in your choice of clothing?

I have had several people comment on the fact that I said the Bama Twins were immodest young ladies and should not be held up as an example before the church and our daughters. I am shocked at how little professing Christians know about modesty. This is something that all preachers and fathers should be teaching their church and daughters.

Just yesterday a commenter said that “a turtleneck sweater” and “wearing a dress to the floor” could not be considered immodest. That is incorrect and over the following series of posts I will show that yes, a “turtleneck” and a “dress to the floor” can be immodest.

I’ll caution that the modesty posts will have a frank discussion of clothing and the attitudes behind clothing choices. It will be suitable for women, fathers and church leaders in order to help us as women to not be stumbling blocks to others. But please do not let a discussion on clothing be a stumbling block to you. If this is an area in which you might stumble please avoided the modesty posts.

Modesty Posts:

Maidens of Virtue – Stacy McDonald

The Style Quiz by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Paul Washer on Modesty in the Church

“Modesty Heart Check” by Carolyn Mahaney

Calvin Klein vs John Calvin’s Opinions on Clothing

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