Monday, May 28, 2012

Be careful what you say.

I remember being told as a child to watch what I say. Watching my words imply that I know what I am saying. I understand the language I was speaking in. I was often warned not to make things up, as this could get me into serious trouble. This was good advice then, and it is still good now.

God calls men and women to his service all of the time. Some as pastors, some as secretaries, and some as Sunday school teachers. For those he calls, he also equips. He gives them the ability to understand his Word. He gives them knowledge, understanding, and the ability to preach his Word.

Sadly not everyone who preaches the Word of God was called to do so. Some crave power or position. Some are looking for a tax free way to make money. Some as simply wanting a platform to teach their own beliefs, that are not Biblical. The news is full of those who are great speakers, who's core message is more for self gain that Spiritual ones.

To preach the Word means we have to surrender our self to God. It's not easy. It shines a light not only on the world, but also self. I know that when I speak Gods Word, I find myself being convicted of the same things I am preaching. Some times it scares me to share with you things that God has laid upon my heart to share. I fear that I am not up to the task, but then  I remember that we are all subject to the teachings of God, and the joys of finding out just what it is that God has for us to know from his Holy Word.

That is why I do not jump into these writings without researching the subject first. I don't stand on religious principles and teachings. I rely upon an authority not found in man, but found only in God. His word is my only authority.

As I said in the very beginning, I do not want to share anything with you not from God. Some of the subjects I have written about are not easy to accept. They go against what we have been taught. They go against years of tradition and practice. It goes against established religion. It goes against God.

Jesus told us how we are to pray.

Matthew 6

American Standard Version (ASV)

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners  so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
“ Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘ Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘ Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
14  For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Fist of all, it appears that prayer is a privet thing. Of course I also believe that we are to lay hands on others and pray for them as well, and I will touch on that later. But for here, we need to know a few important things.  Prayer is not a public show. It is not to lift you up and show how spiritual you are. Prayer is a communication between you and God.

Verse 7 says not to use meaningless words. your words must have meaning. 

Matthew 7:8

New International Version (NIV)
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

If you don't know what you are asking for how can you expect to receive what you want? Our words therefore have power. Our speech is important. 

It is also important to note one of the most important things about this prayer pattern that our Lord gave us. He gave us human words to speak. Her did not give us a gobbled up group of sounds that no one could possibly understand. He did not instruct us to pray in a privet prayer language. 

Oh no, now I've gone and done it. I have told you something you probably don't want to hear. I have gone against the "church" belief , that there is in fact a secret prayer language. However, if this were true, why wouldn't our Lord and Savior have given us an example of such a language? 

My personal belief would be because there isn't one. But, this isn't about me, but rather, God. So we will defer to the expert, and see what He has to say to us instead. 

So, where is it that a secret prayer language is supposedly even mentioned in the Bible. 

Romans 8:26 

 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For j we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but k the Spirit Himself makes intercession 7 for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Some see the word groanings, and say "see, right there it says there is a privet prayer language. But, that's not what the verse says. It does not say that we are doing the groaning, but rather, the Holy Spirit does so on our behalf.  

I Corinthians 14:4-17 

4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; 1 for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by f revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? 7 Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? 8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? 9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without 2 significance. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a 3 foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. 12 Even so you, since you are 4 zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the 5 edification of the church that you seek to excel.
13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may g interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. h I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing i with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say "Amen" j at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say? 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

It is important to know that the writer is referring to a known human language. He is not talking about some kind of made up sounds. He is telling us the that what we say is important. it needs to be understood or, it has no value. 

It is also important to note that Paul says anything said in a tongue must be interpreted. If it must be interpreted, then it cannot be privet. therefor, there isn't a privet prayer language spoken of or implied in any of these verses.   

I referenced for this information. I think they did a great job of explaining things in an easy to understand way. But, I also looked at this site. It gave me a look at the other side of the coin so to speak, and helped me to gain some understanding of where this all started. It has not been an idea that has been long held.

One thing that bothers me about this praying in tongues thing is the instructions given by those seeking to get a person to use it. Sunday I watched as a young man gave his life to Christ and then was told to speak in tongues. He was told that it didn't matter what her said, just make any old sound. He was told not to think about it. Just to let it happen. 

It sounded to me like he was being instructed to abandon his mind, and to utter nonsense until it sounded like something otherworldly. Wow, that certainly does not sound scriptural. In fact, it is contrary to scripture. 

1 Peter 5:8

English Standard Version (ESV)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Notice sober-minded, and watchful, If you do not know what you are saying in this secret prayer language, then your mind is not sober, and you surly are not being watchful. The Devil will use these times when we are not in control of our mind, to influence our thoughts.

Galatians 5:23

English Standard Version (ESV)
23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Again self control is being mentioned. knowing what we are saying is control.

2 Timothy 1:7

English Standard Version (ESV)
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Our spirit is to be controlled as well. These same people say we are spirit beings, and our spirit knows so much more than we ourselves do, but this verse says God gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. If God gave us a spirit of self control, why ask someone to abandon it and start speaking nonsense.

James 1
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 God did give us Spiritual gifts. They are good. and they are useful. God has told us about his gifts, and he has also told us that not all of us will have the same ones. Paul said that speaking in tongues was the least of the spiritual gifts, so why is it that some Christians make such a big deal about it, and even claim things about the gift that are not true. I can only say it is for self edification, and the fact that the truth has been misrepresented to them.

Philippians 4:4-9

English Standard Version (ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

rea·son·a·ble  (rz-n-bl)
1. Capable of reasoning; rational: a reasonable person.
2. Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking: a reasonable solution to the problem.
3. Being within the bounds of common sense: arrive home at a reasonable hour.
4. Not excessive or extreme; fair: reasonable prices.
If your words make no sense to those around you, if you are not in control of your mind when you are speaking them, if you yourself have no idea what you are saying, you are not being reasonable.  

Remember that even on an off day, God has more power than the devil will ever have. But, when you twist Gods Word, and teach others to do the same, be careful. you are then giving the devil the power reserved for God. 

James 3:1-18

English Standard Version (ESV)

Taming the Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Wisdom from Above

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homosexuality and God

Why is it that when we discuss this subject, so many people start trying to alter or change the intent of the Bible to fit their agendas. Sadly More non-Christians do it that than Christians do. They cite that this word or that word was not found in the Greek or Hebrew so therefore they could not have possibly been talking about me.

My name is Raymond, but I never saw that in the Bible, so does that mean that the message contained in the Bible does not benefit me in any way? Certainly not. The Bible was written for all men and women everywhere.

The messages contained in the collection of books making up this great document where divinely inspired by our creator. they do not contradict themselves, nor are they subject to change as our current president so boldly claims.

God says he is the same today, yesterday, and forever. His word and the message contained in them is consistent from beginning to end. Those who claim otherwise are the ones who are subject to inconsistency. We want to justify our position on a subject and will often times bend the truth in order to make it conform to our point of view.

So does the Bible say marriage is between a man and a woman? Probably not, however our first example of a union was Adam and Eve. Some will say that since they did not exchange rings, it wasn't a marriage. The ring is a man made symbol and a man made part of the marriage ceremony. does that mean it has no value? No. we see it as a commitment, and a part of the contract of marriage. The ring is not essential to marriage. But, is Husband and wife essential to marriage? I believe so. Man and woman were created to populate the earth. we were made unique and different so that we could have babies and further the species. two women without science cannot do so, nor can two men.

There are those who claim that homosexuality is natural since it occurs in nature. So, if two male dogs have sex with each other, then you should also. If a dog eats it's young live, you should do so as well, since it happens in nature. or maybe we should go around cleaning each others butts with our tongues since animals do so. Dogs and cats, horses and fish, etc... do not posses the same status as mankind does. God did not create them with the same level of intelligence that he did man. He expects us to be brighter than that. he expects us to be able to understand the difference between the actions of a dog, and those of a man.

There are a number of men and women who are mentioned by name in the bible. There are not any male/male marriages, nor any female/female marriages mentioned. and contrary to what a number of you will say, there are numerous verses that say just how wrong it is for two men or two women to engage in sexual activities. of course it also addresses sex outside of marriage, sex with someone other than the person your married to, and immoral sexual acts.

For those who say that the bible does not define marriage well enough, why would sexual relations with someone other than your spouse be mentioned at all. I have read the Bible many times, and while I may not have PHD in the Bible, I do not see anything that defines marriage as being anything other than between a man and a woman. and, I do see that same sex relationships are wrong.

Sadly, the Bible does say that in the end times, mankind will say that evil is good, and good is evil, and that God will harden their hearts and give them over to their depraved minds. God knew this was going to happen long before you figured out your argument to try and say homosexuality was ok. He knew before he even created the world that you were going to desire to be with another man, or another woman, and yet he still created the world.

So, should Christians hate homosexuals? No. Our God is not a God of hate, but a God of love. We are not to hate the sinner, but instead, hate the sin. As much as we desire to make gay sex the primary focus, God does not. That's why it is not mentioned as often as people think it should be in his word. But just as any sin, it is wrong. It is also forgivable. All sin except one is forgivable. God does not make one sin more important that another, that's a man thing.

If we try as some have done to say that only things specifically mentioned in the bible as being wrong, are wrong, then we are in big trouble. During the time of the Bible, electronics were not even a thought by man, nor was the mass production of pornography. I don't even recall pedophiles being mentioned. yet, we know that cyber crimes are still wrong, sex with children is wrong, and pornography is also wrong. If we are intelligent enough to figure that out, we are smart enough to know that when God says sex between two men or two women is wrong, then no matter what word we currently use to describe it, it is the same thing that was written about thousands of years ago.

So, in today's climate, who are you willing to believe, A man like our president, who has lied constantly about everything, and who now tells you he has evolved in his thinking and position, or a God who is constant, and unchanging. a God who has given you a chance to live with him forever in heaven if only you will do what he has asked you to do.

Following the former, will not get you into heaven, but following God, and his laws will. I myself choose to follow God. He is not corruptible. He is not unstable. He is not week minded. He is everlasting and eternal, and he loves you no matter what sins you commit in life.

As a child of God, I love you as well, and if you do not know God, Jesus Christ, I would be happy to spend time with you one on one, helping you to understand who he is. A life without him is not a life. Living for the moment will not satisfy you in the long run. However, a life with Christ at it's center will last forever and ever.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today at Church

Today my wife and I decided to go to a church we have not before attended. The music was loud, but great. I enjoyed it a great deal. The preaching was also great. a bit hard to figure out how everything he was saying fit together at first, but then it all came together. I felt that it was very well grounded in the truth of Gods word. I did however have a problem with two items.
1. I do not believe that speaking in tongues, the way so many do, is Biblical. Now, I know that the Bible does talk about tongues, but I think and believe that the bible refers to different human languages, rather than nonsensical ones. How else could someone interpret a "tongue" unless it were one known to them. Too many people uttering non words, and all of them with a sound and flavor all their own, cannot be a known language. And if it is not a known language, and therefor un-interpretyable, then it is a sin to utter them in a public worship service.

2. So many people believe that to be a christian means that sickness and injury does not have to affect the human body. Yet the word is full of God fearing men and women whom God used to shape and change his people were in fact dealing with some form of infirmity. Our body's are not perfect. As such, they are subject to this world. My spirit, and my body are not the same. I am dealing with a 12 year long spinal cord injury. My lower back hurts most of the time, some days being worse than others. I thank God for it. Before I was injured, I did not take as much time out for God as I should. My life was too busy for church. my world too cluttered for the word of my Lord. But since the injury, since the daily pain, I have slowed down. my world has become less cluttered by the things not of God, and more filled with the word, and thoughts of my savior. I am not saying pain is a friend, but for me, it has turned my life around. Before being injured, I never really dreamed of being a preacher, but now I do. Before being injured I rarely read the Bible, but now I can say I have read it cover to cover many times over, and have dedicated a great deal of time to the study of Gods word. My physical does not hold sway over my spiritual.

I am not sure how to reconcile the two issues I have with today's service. While I enjoyed the service, I am not sure if I can call it my future church home.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

what do you think?

Recently I posted a statement on facebook, and it got a lot of comments from a few people. I made a declaration that basically said that I do not support the idea of gay/homosexual relationships. The response I got surprised me.

One was from a person claiming he was a Christian but that he was taking issue with my statements because Adam had a wife who rejected him, and that Eve was his second wife. That was a head scratcher for me. I had never heard this story before. it certainly is not in the Bible. So, I looked it up. I was surprised to see what he was talking about.

Supposedly according to mythology, there was a woman named Lilith. she was supposedly Adams first wife. There is nothing in the scriptures to suggest this. The idea came from basically old wives tales and has no basis in truth. The story was written about in or around 700 ad to 1000 ad by a so called Rabi who claimed that this woman was made from dust just as Adam was and that she left him over a difference in sexual practices.

Why do people hold non biblical writings to such a high degree of importance. They will gladly and willingly believe things that are not in the Bible long before they will believe what is. While it is true that some translations of the bible mention someone named Lilith, it is only found in one verse, and it refers to a night beast.

Isaiah 34:14 is the only verse to mention anyone named Lilith, or has been translated to mention anyone names Lilith.   And wild animals shall meet with hyenas; the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; indeed, there the night bird settles and finds for herself a resting place. 
I took this from the English standard version. I don't even see the word Lilith in it.

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. jkv

Wildcats and hyenas will meet there;
and billy-goats call to each other;
Lilit [the night monster] will lurk there
and find herself a place to rest. cjb

And the wild beasts of the desert shall meet with the wolves, and the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; yea, the night-monster shall settle there, and shall find her a place of rest. asv

Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
    and find for themselves places of rest. niv

The only translation to mention a name is the Jewish translation and it doesn't even spell Lilith as Lilith. So I would say that it is just another silly story meant to lead the elect astray. Why people desire to do that is beyond me. If God had created a woman named Lilith and she was indeed Adams first wife, then I believe that he would have made sure it was written in his word.

It is time for Christians to start standing up for the truth. It is time to stop letting the world tell us what is and is not in Gods word. It is time for us to take back the word of God and stand firm on his promises. Stop bending and swaying in the breeze of life and listening to the opinions of those who are there to deceive us from the truth.

Now, the second commenter, decided to jump off of a cliff and go the route of non believer and accuser. He told me that the Bible was written by drunkards, and was full of hate. He stated a number of Christian beliefs and principles, but then went on to miss represent the ideas surrounding them.

One was free will. He questioned free will by saying why does God give free will, and then send gays to hell for their sexual desires. He talked about me being a hypocrite who was going against Gods words by saying that there were no Gay people trying to force me to accept them as being gay, yet I was trying to force them to believe the Bible. Basically it was a shallow argument with no real meat to it. 

The Bible does in fact talk about the homosexual act and does condemn it. God does not sent people to hell, but by their own choices allows for that to happen. He has given us a clear path to Heaven, and has in many places throughout the word, given us a clear and easy understandable path to follow to avoid going to hell. The way is clear. It's not easy, and yes there are things we have to give up, but for everything worldly that we forsake in order to follow Christ, there are more things added. 

God does not desire that anyone should perish but that all should have everlasting and eternal life. It is also true that in the end times people will call evil good, and good evil. I am seeing more and more of this every day. It is very evident in politics which I will not go into here, and it is becoming more evident in our children.

Tv and movies portray Gay and homosexual relationships as the norm, and if you and I do not accept that, then we are haters. Normal views of family values, or I should say Biblical views of family is in danger of being thrown out the window. We need to stand firm on our foundation of right, and Godly truth and tell the world we will not take it anymore. Being Humble and meek are good Christian principles, but being a door mat it not what we should be right now. we are in the throws of a world devoted more and more to Satan, and God is being shuffled out the door, trampled under the feet of evolving views and ideas. 

Godly truth is not an evolutionary thing, it is a set standard. It doesn't change with the times, it is eternal. It is the one standard of truth that we can hold onto during times of crisis. And, in the later days of this world, it will be the only light in a dark and stormy world full of lies and deception.

If we accept that We were born ether Gay or not gay, then how much will it take  to convince people that it's ok to be a murderer or a rapist, because they were born that way. and that discriminating against someone who willing kills another is wrong, just as not supporting Gay and homosexual relationships is wrong. Why do Christians have to accept that they are right, when they insist that we are wrong.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It has been a while since I posted anything here. Part of it was due to illness. part of it was due to being in an auto accident. However, the biggest part is because of CPS.

My daughter gave birth on April 6th, following our auto accident. she was two weeks early. On Easter Sunday, cps claimed my daughter was doing illegal drugs when she delivered her baby. they quickly changed that, and said she was doing them in January.

The drug they claim she did in January did not show up in her lab work. further more, they claim she had a relationship with a 40 yr old man, which is not true. in fact they don't even know the truth of where the guy lived, nor do they seem to know he is dead. he was murdered in October of last year.

Cps claims to be working for the best interest of my children, but they have totally made up everything they claim to have on my child, and family.

This has been very stressful, and upsetting. we have no resources for a lawyer, no idea what to do, and feel as though our entire world is crashing down around our ears. I am lost and don't know where to turn.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

I am not going to spend a great deal of time today, but I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Easter. Remember that today is not about the egg, but about our Lord and Savior who some 2000 years ago rose from the grave so that we who believe, might have eternal life.

Today is also special for me, as God has given me a new grandson. Spencer Drake Stapleton was born Early Friday morning, at 12:09 am. He weighed in at 7lbs 3oz, and 18 in long. He was several weeks early due to both my daughter an I being in an accident the day before. I thank God in Heaven that nether of us were seriously hurt.

Welcome to the world my precious little one, my 3rd grandchild. Papa is very proud of you and your mommy, my youngest daughter.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

home study

what topics would you choose for a home bible study with teens, and young adults? please let me know.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

crisis of faith

 I have had a small set  back. we have been dealing with a great deal of illness. My oldest daughter was flown to another city in great pain. she is home finally, and in good health, the same week, I was sick with a very sour throat, and now have serious neck pain. I do not feel good at all. my oldest son, my youngest son, my 10 month old grand daughter, and my youngest daughter are all sick as well. My sister had a stroke yesterday, and ass of yet I don't know how she is doing. Our car is barely holding together, and my wife has a court summons because my daughter was sick and no doctor was available to see her. My daughter is in her last month of pregnancy and is still in school.

All of this is so over whelming that I don't know what to do. I feel trapped by the world, and the more I try to do Gods will, the more the devil piles up on my shoulders. I know that some people have viewed my blog, but I don't know what anyone thinks about it. No one has left any comments, so it's like I am just talking to the wind.

I need prayers, and support. I need encouragement. I feel as if I am at the bottom of a very deep hole. When will I get out. when will I feel as if my efforts have not been in vain.

Right now I am taking a new med that has me very sleepy and out of it. I stand and am dizzy, but it's helping the pain in my neck a little bit.

yesterday I fell asleep and slept for 20 hours. I can't do that. I need to be able to function. I need to be able to work, and support my family. right now we have 5 living in our house. soon there will be another. my oldest son and daughter live next door, and that makes 6 more, and God be praised, my daughter in law will give birth sometime this September. that makes 13.

We are trying to raise our children and live as a community. not some cult like thing, but family helping family. it's not easy when we have a car only big enough for 5 and that it is dying. the transmission needs fixing.

We just have enough each month for the basics, and that in it's self makes life difficult. I am trying to be the man God wants me to be, but I just don't seem to be strong enough.

I have missed so many of my bible classes that I feel lost. Why does it have to be so hard.

Please pray for me and my family. Please pray for my ministry. please pray for some peace, and good health.

Monday, March 19, 2012


Sorry I havn't posted in a while, I wanted to let those who may have read my blog that I and my family has been ill. All of last week, I and my oldest daughter have been very sick. My daughter was life flighted to a hospital in another town. I simply suffered silently as I had no time to go to the doctors. We are doing much better now. God has done his will in our lives, and used this event to teach me to rely upon him.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saints, manmade or God given?

I have been trying to reconcile the Catholic and Orthodoxy views of praying to saints and angels with the written word of God. It appears that the belief hinges on their belief that when a person dies who is a God fearing believer, then he/she is not dead, but rather alive, and therefor they are not communicating with anyone who is dead, but rather someone who is alive. Of course this also assumes the state of their soul at the time of their death. The bible does say that not everyone who crys Lord Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So there are those of us past present and future, who are not truly saved, despite outward appearances.

Those who believe in praying to angels or asking saints to pray for them, are using the scriptures to prove that their departure from Gods other statements to the contrary, are actually supported instead of condemned. It would be the same as trying to say that when the new testament mentions that at the time of  the death of our Lord and Savior, the dead that walked around the town, were in fact zombies.

It is sad when people twist the words of God into saying what it clearly does not. They intentionally dismiss the verses that forbid them to do that which is detestable to God, and  claim that it is the fault of those who have translated the Bible from The original language, into one more understood by those alive today.

Now, I know that there are errors in many of the poorly re translated versions of the Bible, However, these translations are based on the original texts, and are not being rewritten to say what the translator wants the Bible to say, with the exception of a very few churches out there, but are in fact  being carefully screened and cross checked to ensure full compliance with the original word of God. As humans, we make mistakes, sometimes even when trying to serve God.

God tells us over and over not to worship idols, graven images, etc. yet the Catholic church says this:
The images of Christ and of the Virgin Mother of God, and of the saints are to be had and retained particularly in churches, and due honor and veneration are to be given them; not that any divinity or virtue is believed to be in them on account of which they are to be worshipped, or that anything is to be asked of them, or that trust is to be reposed in images, as was of old by the Gentiles, who placed their hopes in idols; but because the honor which is shown them is referred to the prototypes which these images represent; so that we through the images which we kiss...or bend the knee, adore Christ and venerate the saints, whom they represent. [The Canons & Decrees of the Council of Trent (TAN Books, 1978) p. 215-6]
 It is interesting that the catholic church says one thing on one hand and another on the other. Firts we are to Venerate the saints and the virgin Mary, or that anything is to be asked of them. It claims that trust is not to be placed in the images. the fact is, that veneration denotes worship. Bowing down in scriptures also is used to show worship, no matter if it is to God or to false gods. If we are forbidden to bow down to false gods, then wouldn't that make the statue you are bowing down to God?

It is a fact that God told us to not make any graven images. It is a fact that we are not to worship any other god other than the God of heaven and earth. It is a fact that Jesus, God in the form of man, came to earth, lived and died, and rose again to save mankind from their sins in order that we can have a way to God that was not available to the old testament church.

What is not a fact is many of the non biblical practices that take place in many churches today. Why is it that man will willingly do the things they are not asked to do yet, seem reluctant to do those that we are. Is it just our sinful nature, or do we somehow feel that we know more than God does when it comes to worshiping our God and savior.

It is like we don't think that God, the creator of everything, is capable of  telling us the proper way he desires to be worshiped. Or, that even though he inspired man with the words that he wanted put into his Holy Bible, but lost control when it came to man translating it into a language that man could understand, and read for himself.

Poor feeble God, so old, he just isn't in touch with his creation anymore, and he left the Catholics in charge. What a sad world when we are forced to listen to a bunch of idol worshiping sinners who believe that they have some unwritten handed down insight from God that no other religion in the world has.

(Mat 6:9 NIV)  This, then, is how you should pray:  'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

(Mat 11:25 NIV)  At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

(Mat 11:26 NIV)  Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

(Mat 11:27 NIV)  All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

God tells us all throughout his word, who we are supposed to give our worship and prayers to. Then in the New Testament, Jesus tells us. So why is it we can't get that? Why do we think we mere humans have some Divine knowledge not handed down or entrusted even to Jesus?

How easy would it be for me to claim that God told me something that was so important that it could not be trusted to have been included in the written word of God but rather must be passed on from fallible man to fallible man for hundreds of years, and  that unlike the written word of God, could not ever have been miss understood, or improperly passed on from one person to another.

It would be nice if this were being read in a large group right now. Lets say more than 20 men, women, and children. One person could whisper something into the ear of the person sitting next to him/her, something not too simple at all, but rather complex in nature using multiple commas and run on sentences, and something that is only said once. Do you think that it will remain unchanged by the time it gets to the last person? Now write something down, and pass the piece of paper to each person, and have them read it. Do you think that what is written will change by the time is is handed to the last person?

Joh 14:15 NIV)  If you love me, you will obey what I command.
God had his word written down for a reason. He also carefully chose the people he revealed  his words too. He chose the languages of these people, and knew thousands of years in advance what the languages of the world would be. To limit God in any way is to cheapen the Bible, the men and women who’s lives were used to carry Gods word and his desires forward through the years and the sacrifice of his son on the cross.

I guess that there are those in power who feel that they do not need to follow the written word of God, but must however make it up as they go along, keeping the people of God ignorant to what God has really said through his prophets, through his word, and through his Son, Jesus Christ.

(1Jn 4:1 NIV)  Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

(1Jn 4:2 NIV)  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

(1Jn 4:3 NIV)  but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

I want to start with the very first verse of the Bible. A verse that I believe speaks volumes.
Gen. 1: 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
It doesn't say he found it already made, nor does it say that he bought it. He didn't borrow it, nor did he send out someone else to find a suitable planet with which he could start life on. It says in fact that God created everything. The planets, the stars, the moons, the suns, asteroids, comets, everything. It gives God the credit for being the supreme being, master of all the universe, founder of the world.

Does that in any way sound like a God who has limitations? Does it sound like a God who is not in control? Does it sound like he is a little “g” god who has to share his Godhood with man because his plans to send his son to die for us on the cross and to be our way to salvation wasn't enough, and he needed mans held because he is not capable of hearing our prayers unless they are repeated by dead decaying corpses who did not even have the power to resurrect themselves from the grave yet supposedly did things in life that gave them superhuman powers so as to make them more valuable in death than they were in life.

Does it matter that God never said anything about elevating man to this sudo godly statues? Does it matter that God left detailed instructions as to what he would and would not allow in worship to Him? Even the Angels in Heaven say do not worship them.

(Rev 19:9 NIV)  Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God."

(Rev 19:10 NIV)  At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Ok, if you read on, by the time we get to the 3rd chapter of the old testament, we see the next important thing that I wish to point out. Man is not God, nor is he able to perform on the same level as God. You see, mankind was tricked. He was told something that wasn't true, and he believed it. It is like passing a verbal message from person to person over a large group and expecting the words not to be different than they started out. Man failed to keep and follow the oral, words told and not written down, words of God. If we couldn't be trusted with something as simple as following a diet, how can we possibly believe that there are those to whom God entrusted oral words of detailed instruction as to the worship of our lord and savior?

Can you see the pattern? Maybe we need to go in a little deeper. You see, the catholic church is made up of a bunch of priests right? I guess they are somehow Jewish and they had their laviticle priesthood handed down to them through some odd Jewish/gentile priesthood co-op act that just happened to have been left out of the Bible also.

Well, lets move a few years forward to the time of Samuel. Starting in 1 Samuel 1: 12 we have a story of a young lady named Hannah who wanted a son. She prayed to God with such a great passion, without speaking aloud, and the “Priest” thought she was drunk. This was a man dedicated to God, who had the “ear” or God, was Gods mouthpiece, and was responsible for all things related to the worship and sacrifices to God, yet he couldn't even discern the difference between a drunk woman, and a woman poring out her heart to her Lord and God.

Now I know that in the case of the old testament priests, God chose those who would be included in the priesthood, but for those who fill that position now, and who believe that they still have the same level of priestly duties as those of the old testament, God did not choose you, and in fact did away with the practice of the priesthood, but that is to be discussed later on.

Later in the life of this priest, we learn that he couldn't even be bothered with what God had to share  with him through someone to whom he told to listen to Gods voice and obey his words. In the 3rd chapter, Samuel listened to God, and told the priest what God had to say. The priest could only say Oh well, God will do what he wants. He could have gotten on his knees to pray and turn from his sin, He could have gotten his sons to do the same, but he just didn't care and God ended their lives just as he said he would.

So we can see very easily just how reluctant, or how casually mankind treats what God has to say directly to them yet, we are still being asked to believe that the catholic church is somehow different. I mean these are the same people who killed people for not believing in just the same way they did. These are the same people who elevate themselves to a position that demands respect, rather than earning it by following the Lord with all their heart and soul, and daily leaning upon the God of heaven for support in all he does.

You see, I myself have been a Christian most of my life. I have loved my Lord dearly for all of this time , and yet only recently felt the hand of God directing me to follow him and take on the role of leadership that he has desired for me to take on. Yet, even knowing that I am now doing my best to do that which my Lord feels I am capably of doing, I believe that respect needs to be earned.

I do not yet feel that I am ready, yet the words that God wants for me to write, I write. Where the subject goes, I follow. And I know that when I follow, God will lead. I am not the author, but rather the one through which God speaks and leads me to write what he desires.

I myself would not have made the connection of man not being capable of following the verbal words of God and yet knowing that we are expected to believe that we should, simply because the catholic church says we should. I also must say this, I know that for much of the biblical events, they were given to the men and women in a verbal rather than written form, yet there is one very huge difference between us and them. Most of the times when God gave them instructions, it was an audible voice, or an angel who appeared to them directly.

I also must say that I myself have felt the hand of the Holy Spirit directing me in some important message, but in all cases, I wrote it down as it came to me, and all of it could be proved true through the written word of God, or tested through the scriptures to see if the are indeed from God. In fact, I would not even dare to pass it along if it weren’t. Even when I had a dream concerning the worship practices of my old church, I was reluctant to pass it along to the pastor until I had been given the chance to verify the message of the dream through the written word of God.

The same was the case when God gave me the interpretation of a dream that one of my Sunday school teachers had shared with me. To me it is very important to know that anything that I share with anyone about God, is scriptural. 2 timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is breathed by God. 2 Peter 1:21 tells us that the prophets did not do what they did by there own will, but rather the will of God and the Holy spirit.

I have tried to write a message without God as the author and it met with complete disaster. I had trouble just spelling my own name let alone knowing what to write or even if what I wrote was in the Bible or not. For me, my deepest fear is misleading those to whom God has chosen me to minister to. I do not want to be labeled a false prophet or false teacher. Would that others felt the same.

I don't know why others in this world cannot see just how simple the message of God is, and how he has laid out everything for us in advanced. So why is it that we try so hard to change it all and mess it up. Why can't we let God be God, and we be his servants.

Now I know that my main topic was about the so called saints of the catholic religion but, I also said that I am led by God, and write what he tells me to write, so I am right on track with whatever it is that God wishes to share with not only me, but you as well.

I have looked at the many forbidden practices mentioned in the Old testament. Of the ones mentioned I can see one that to me looks a lot like what the Catholics are doing with regards to “saints”, and that would be necromancy.

In short, necromancy is the communication with the dead. Again however, we must then define what is the meaning of being alive and being dead. Now, I don't want, unless I am forced to do so, to become overly technical about the two terms. To me it seams a simple answer. When you, as a man, woman, or child are breathing, walking, eating, or doing just about anything in the flesh, you are alive. I would say that is a person is able to speak to you face to face, and they have breath in their body, they are alive. If they do not have breath in their body, and are in fact buried in the ground, then they are dead.

So, alive, walking and breathing, dead, decaying and not breathing. This will be my simple premiss upon which I will endeavor to state my case. Having set up what some will say is a rather narrow definition upon which to base this discussion, it will be God who will provide the verses to ether support or disprove what I feel is true and in keeping with Gods word.

I am going to go to the old testament to start looking for answers. 1 Samuel 28:3 Now Samuel was dead. ( notice that is doesn't say sleeping, or alive in heaven, but dead) and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. ( not only was he dead, but he was buried as well.) Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritualist from the land.

So here is something that is important. It even helps to make a statement against what the Catholics claim about saints. Samuel, who was by all accounts a man of God, a man who was more likely than not, heaven bound after his death, was dead and buried. His life had ceased.

In this story Saul had been trying to get answers from God, and God wasn't talking to him, so he went to those that God said not to go to, and looked for help from them. He went to the witch of Endor. Yes, I said Endor, not to be confused with Star wars. Saul asked her to conjure or bring up from the dead, Samuel the prophet. The woman did it, and what did Saul do? He bowed down as in worship to the dead. ( how many times do Catholics the world around do this) in verse 16 we see Samuel asking Saul why he was consulting him. Not only was Saul doing wrong, by going to the woman in the first place to call up Samuel, but Even Samuel the dead man of God knew that it was wrong.

You would think that if God said it was wrong, and the witch knew she was doing something forbidden by God, and the dead man said it was wrong, you would think that the Catholics would know that it is wrong also, but they seam to have fooled themselves into believing that it is somehow ok.

Contrary to anything that the catholic church has told you, man will not become all knowing, all present, or any of the other things that would be required of them to hear you when you ask them to pray for you, with you, or to ask God for anything on your behalf.

1Sa 28:15  And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you made me come up, troubling my rest?...

(Ecc 9:5 NIV)  For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.
(Ecc 9:6 NIV)  Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.


What? do my eyes deceive me? is it possible that 1000's of years ago, God answered this question for us, and had it written down in his holy word just for this reason? There are no verses to indicate that the dead know what the living are doing. So, if they do not know what the living are doing, how can they intercede or pray on behalf of the living. and, since they now have their reward, why would they want to. they had to acquire their own salvation the same way you and I did. they worked in life, suffered, prayed and lived. Now they are in the arm of their savior. Their time has been done.

Aside from the minor fact that it is wrong, we have another problems with the whole “saint” worship. As if it wasn't bad enough, they have gone and made graven images of the “saints”. I know, I know. You claim that they are not being worshiped. You can claim that till Jesus returns but, you are only lying to those who know better.

As a teenager, I was given the rare opportunity to be a missionary to a part of Mexico that not too many white people ever got to visit. It was remote, was filled to the brim with all kinds of pagan practices, and was at one time the home of witch doctors and head hunters. And that was only stopped a few years before I got to be a part of the group.

What I saw as a young man will stick with me forever. I saw bunches of men and women bowing down in worship to a statue of the Virgin Mary. In Daniel 3, the king made a golden image of himself, and ordered all who were in his kingdom to bow down and worship the image. So, I have this image in mind when I saw hundreds of people doing the same to a statue of a woman. Not but 50 feet away was a cross with Jesus hanging on it, and no one ever bent a knee to it.

In the Bible you do not hear of anyone bowing down to an image, that was not connected to the false worship of idols. I also have not seen any passage that indicates praying to someone so that they can pray for you. That’s not to say that it is wrong to seek prayer support from others. The bible does tell us to bare one another burdens. James 5:16

What is does not say is that we are to set up an elaborate system of dead men and women, elevate them to a status equal to God, and instead of praying to Jesus, or the Ho;y Spirit, or even God himself, we are to pray to them since only they could possibly know anything that we are going through and therefore are infinitely more qualified than Jesus to know what we here on earth are going through.

After all, who can forget that infamous verse... 1 Stupidity 1:1 They are the way the truth and the path. You can't get to me but if you leave a few dollars, and say some vain repetitious prays, they might hear you and lead you down the path that won't get to me, But hey it doesn't matter anyway because after you are dead, the priest can save your soul and get you into heaven as long as you agree to allowing others to bother you in the afterlife with their prayers that you can't possibly hear anyways.

Sounds absurd doesn't it, but that is what they want you to believe. I think that the only reason that catholic priests have a bible is to hold down their contempt for God. It is interesting to see that the Catholic church is more interested in their claim to be started by Jesus Christ, and that Peter was their first Bishop, yet they can show no proof of their claims.

I also, without getting too caught up in details, find it hard to believe since the Catholics are not Jews, and until Jesus died and went to heaven Salvation did not seam to be open to anyone except Gods chosen. So why would Jesus start and ordain the worlds first all gentile church before he had informed the apostles through the Holy Spirit that salvation was available to all who now asked and desired it?

Reading the history of the early “church” looks like a conspiracy theorists nightmare. Counsels convened to decide if it was ok to do this or that, and decisions being made to allow Icons, another word for graven images, to be allowed or not allowed. Do they really believe that the world is so blind as to not see that simply changing what they call their sin does not make it any less of a sin? I guess this is why the average member of the catholic church was not allowed to read a bible on their own.

Wow, I just read more about sainthood in the Catholics eyes, and it's even more messed up than I thought. You can't become a saint until after you are dead, even though the new testament refers to living saints as being believers in Christ, not to dead people who are in the dirt. It seams that if you pray to the dead, asking them to help you, and for some reason something good and miraculous happens, then it happened because the dead person made it happen and so therefore that proves that they are in heaven and that they are on an equal footing with Jesus, and are capable of doing great things. Sounds like demon worship to me. Someone needs to seriously pray that their eyes are opened and that they see the truth.

I would hate to be one of the ones on judgment day that has to sit through the long list of offenses committed against Gods people for lying to them and leading them down a road of destruction and claiming to be doing it all in the name of God. Their entire religious beginnings are based on lies and things that they cannot prove happened, and since they have all that going for them I guess that spreading more falsehoods doesn't amount to much.

Sounds to me like someone spiked their punch. In looking at some of the things I have looked at tonight, I am becoming more and more convinced that the catholic church should be stricken from the records, and thrown into the pit. There is more evil being done in the name of God inside the Vatican than being practiced inside churches that are openly demonic.

In Romans 3: 10 we are told that there are none who are righteous. So what is it to be righteous? Free from guilt or sin. And a Holy person is one who is worthy of worship. If the bible says that none of us fit that description, how in the world can the Catholics claim otherwise?

Catholics claim that they pray with saints. How is it possible to pray with someone who is dead? Again necromancy is something that fits. Only through the practices of Satan can the things that the catholic church claims is godly can be done. Can I give you guys a clue about something so mind blowing and so awesome that you will hardly believe your eyes when you read it? Jesus is the only one that you can pray too who can offer up your words to God. And praying to him is not necromancy because Jesus isn't dead. No one other than Jesus, raised himself from the grave. No one other than Jesus was sent to earth by God the father, to intercede on our behalf. In fact there is even a verse for that. 1 Timothy 2:5 There is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ.

Asking someone to pray with you is ok. And as pointed out earlier is in keeping with the scriptures. It the part about asking the dead to pray with us or for us that I have problems with.
Leviticus 2:5
'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 18:10-13
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6
 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun.
The Bible, Gods word, tells us that talking to the dead is wrong. And that the dead are dead. Once life is over here on earth, the dead have no more part to play in it. They may be in heaven with God, but they aren’t alive here on earth, and they aren’t going to be able to interact with or be of any help to the living. Is it so hard to understand that dead means dead?

Isaiah 8:19
When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? {Should they} {consult} the dead on behalf of the living?

Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? It sounds like this whole talking to the dead thing is not doing so well when it comes to what the bible has to to say about the subject. It is also turning out that even though I set the definition of dead and alive to such a simple, easy to understand statement, that God is in fact showing me the verses he desires me to read. You see, as I am writing this, God is leading me and showing me the answers as he opens his word to me and guilds me on my way.  None of this has been per-researched, or studies for years before writing.

I have asked God to reveal to me the things he desires for me to write about, and I go where he leads. You might say that I am learning as you are learning. I also must say despite the appearance to the contrary, I am not anti-catholic. What I am against is doing things in worship to God that are not in the Bible, Misleading those with whom you are intrusted to teach with false doctrine, and twisting the word of God into something other than what it was meant to be.

There are things we are told, “do this”, and things we are told “do not do this”, anything in between or outside of this is us making assumptions as to what is being said. We are not to put ideas together that do not belong together, and infer that they mean something not said. That kind of thinking is just wrong. God did not direct us to the worship of or in any way tell us to elevate the status of fallen man to a level where they are in any way worthy of the level of attention that people give to those they believe are saints. Simply put, if God did not tell you to do it, them there is only one other source for the practice, and that is from the devil himself.

It is funny that some of the catholic web site claim they do not pray to saint, but rather with them. I say funny because I found an entire web site dedicated to prayers to pray to the saints. I read one and it looks as though it is in fact a prayer to, and not a prayer with the so called saint.

The bottom line is this. It does not matter what you call it., praying with or praying to. It is not a practice dictated in the bible by God. The fact that these so called saints are dead, and that you are communicating with them is in itself a form of necromancy or one of the other forbidden practices that God said do not do this. You may say that the saints are mediators between you and God, but the bible says differently when it declares that only Jesus mediates for us when we pray. You may say that images and icons of saints is not the same as idol worship, because we all have pictures of our loved ones in our homes and in our wallets or purses, and they are simply reminders of those who have gone on before us, but I have never bowed down before a picture or statue of my uncle or grandmother and asked them for anything. You may claim that God directed man to make images of angels and so therefor it is ok for you to then make images of dead “saint”. God told man to make no graven images. That was a command given man when man was acting on his own. Not when man was doing the will of God. The cherubim were a part of the mercy seat because it was a representation of the throne of God, and because God dwelt there. God does not dwell with the images of the dead.  You must also know that doing what God directs you to do is so much different than going out on your own and making up the rules as you go.

In closing, it is sad to see the gross perversion of scripture, being carried out by the catholic church in the name of God. When we do things in the name of God, we must be careful  to read the scriptures carefully and not take them out of context in order to say “see here? It was done here, so it must be ok for us to do now”. The Bible says that Jesus wept, so does that mean we should all go around crying all of the time? Learn to read all of what God says, and not just part of it. You may find that God has something important to say to you.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

watch the video

this is not a religious thing, but this video is important. our voices must be raised to fight crimes against mankind. As Christians we have a duty to help others whenever and wherever they are. Lets help these children.

Monday, March 5, 2012

an introduction

First let me tell you why I am starting a blog. In September 2011 I heard and answered the call to become a preacher. Once I did, all kinds of things started happening. For one, the Devil went on the attack. He does not want me to do what God desires for my life. I think that that is cool. Why you may ask? Because it means I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

Today in Worship service, I realized that what I have been doing for God so far, has never seen the light of day so to speak. I have kept it all to myself on my computer, so the only person it is of use to is me. I can't become much of a preacher if I am my only audience. So, I decided to start this to share with you, what it is that I am learning from Gods word, and to allow for a chance to have my work looked at and commented upon by others.

Let me say, that I have been a Christian since August 1, 1970. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church. I have spent a great deal of time in my past, reading and learning about God, but until recently, I have not spent much time studying the Bible in an in depth manner.

So, about a year or so ago, I enrolled in a 3 year Bible coarse, and have learned a great deal. I want to make a very important statement...I am not a man who feels he has discovered new and previously unknown revelations from God. I have no grand delusions that I know everything. I believe in Gods word. I believe that if it is not in Gods word, then the information is not from God. I believe that all scripture is true, that the Bible is complete, and that it is the inspired word of God handed down to man through divine revelation. I believe that God is and was in complete control of his work, and knows what he was doing. There is nothing new that I or anyone else could or should add to Gods words. I believe that my only job is the share with you, the information I have learned from Gods word, and how it may be applied to our lives today.

Now, I know that that was a bunch of stuff all thrown together, but as time goes on, I will outline this in more detail. I have learned over the past year that some things that I previously believed was in the Bible is in fact not there. I believed it because I took at face value what other people have told me. I believed it because they were my religious teachers, my pastors, my spiritual elders. I did not take the time to check it out for myself. I did not look to see if what I was told was in Gods word or not. Boy, did I make a big  mistake.

I'm not saying that any of my teachers intentionally tried to mislead me. In fact, I believe that they might not have been told the truth, or maybe like me, they did not study Gods word to see if what they were told was really in the Bible ether. Like me, they accepted what they were told for the same reasons.

In my limited studies, it looks like many things have been added by men who may have had good intentions, but messed things up a great deal for believers everywhere. I have seen where pagan practices have been incorporated into our churches, and since they have been there for as long as they have been, we accept them as though God ordained them and approves of them.

Some of what I will be writing will make you smile, some will make you upset. But, everything I write will to the best of my knowledge, be from Gods word, and will be based upon his authority and not mans. If your religious beliefs are based on man made rituals and practices, you need to read Gods word to see if they were commanded or ordained by God.  If your religious beliefs are based on books or writings other than the Holy Bible, you need to stop reading those books, and get back into the words actually given to us by God himself. I am of course referring to the so called Lost books of the Bible, or books that were written by men claiming to be inspired by God, but who's words contradict those actually given to us by God. If your religious beliefs deny the truth of God, or paints a picture of God that is contrary to the Holy scriptures, you are being led astray. If your beliefs teach of an impersonal or uncaring God, or promote violence, you need to find a real Bible and read about the real God. If your book and beliefs teach that there is more than one way to get to heaven, or a way other than through Jesus alone, you need to reevaluate your beliefs and find the true God.

So, who am I? I am a Bible believing man of God. A man who is no longer afraid or unwilling or just plain foolish enough to not check Gods word before accepting the beliefs or words of others. I am a Christian. I am a father, a husband, a brother and a son. I am human, and as such I know that I can and will make mistakes, but I will not be led astray from the truth of Gods word. In it you can find wisdom, strength, happiness, understanding, healing and truth. No words of mere men has that power. No traditions of man can replace the truth or Gods word. Gods own word tells us how he is and desires to be worshiped. Gods Son provided the way, the only way. And, the truth of scriptures provides the only way to salvation.

What do I believe?

I did a little of this in the previous post, but felt that I needed to have a post just for this purpose. I will add to this as time goes on, and I may change some things if I find, through Gods word, that I am in error.

1. I believe in the Bible. This is the 66 books as it was handed down and incorporated in the King James version.

2. I believe that the Bible is error free.

3. I believe that Gods message to mankind was complete and that there is no other source of Biblical knowledge available to mankind.

4. I believe that through careful study, and prayer, we can find the answers to all of our questions within it's pages.

5. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that it is through him only that we can come to the Father, and to salvation.

6. I do not believe in the use of "saints" as a way to talk to God. I believe that the Bible makes that very clear.

7. I do not believe in the worship of idols, or "Icons". Just because we rename somethings does not make it ok.

8. I believe that the mother of Jesus is truly blessed as the mother of Jesus, but that does not change who she was, her nature as a human, not her status as a person. She was simply a woman, and nothing more.

9. I believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

10. I believe in a literal 6 days of creation.

11.  I believe in the rapture, although I will say that at this point, I am not sure if it will be before or durring, or even after the 7 years of tribulation. I will have to study more to learn more.

12. I believe that the study of scripture is important, and that if more of us did so, and stopped taking verses out of context, we would find the answers we are looking for.

13. I believe in the Trinity, and that it is extensively talked about in Gods word in both the old and the new Testaments, even though that the term "trinity" is not used.

14. I believe that there is only one path to heaven, and that it is through Gods son, Jesus Christ.

15. I believe that God has given us specific instructions on marriage, worship, money management, government, and so much more.

16. I believe that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. It was never meant to be between two girls, or two guy, or animals, or computer game characters. Yes, I have heard that it is legal for a man to marry a goat in some countries.

17. I believe it is important to go to and become a part of a local church.

18. I believe that no mater how poor or rich we are, we need to help those who are in need.

19. As a christian, I believe in the Bible, not the various books of other religions, or their handed down traditions. The written word of God is enough for me.

20. I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

21. I believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit still communicate with men today, but that at no time will they tell us things that are not able to be backed up properly through scripture.

22. I believe that no matter how good you think that you are, if you do not have a proper relationship with Jesus Christ, you won't go to heaven. Eternal life is not a right of man, it is a gift from God, given by his grace, through the blood of sacrifice made by his son when he died on the cross for the forgiveness of Sins.

23. I believe, and this is more of a personal belief, although I am sure that the Bible has something to say about it, that most of the problems we are dealing with in our country, stem from a decline in not only belief in God and Jesus, but a decline in God fearing Christians standing up for what we should believe.

24. I believe that according to God's word, men are supposed to be the leaders of their families. Not tyrants, but God fearing leaders who follow the commands of God, and recognize the co-leadership role of their wives as being equal to their own. Proper families and marriages are a part of Gods plan for his creations.

These are just a few of the things that I believe in, and I am sure that there are those who will read this and get upset with me over a few of them. If you have questions, just ask. I will be happy to discuss them with you in more detail, or just give me some time, and I will blog on each of them in more detail. I welcome comments and questions but, will not entertain hateful remarks or arguments.