Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Can We Believe the Doctrine of Predestination?

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Romans 9:11-13 KJV

On numerous occasions I have had the conversation with God loving Christians about the subject of will.   I think on the issue of salvation many people were drawn aback by the suggestion that predestination may negate freewill. The natural man want to believe he has free will, it makes us feel as though we have authority of some measure. In fact pride (which comes before destruction) is nothing more than a heighten perception of free will. Free will says I can do something without God. Yet Jesus says we can do nothing without him. (John 15:5)

I have to be truthful though, I don’t know if man has free will or not, because the Bible does not teach free will. However, the Bible clearly teaches predestination. I think it’s safe to say that salvation is never the results of man’s free will but is always the results of God's work in man.  Therefore, rather than departmentalize God’s Predestination to only that part of our life which deals with our salvation I sought to clearly define  predestination even if it don’t feel good.

What is Predestination? 

Predestination is concept which assumes that God before all creation preordained, that some people would be saved (the elect) and some would be damned to eternal judgment. Now for those that are saved (the elect) He calls them effectually, which means that He completes what He ordained by His sovereign direction of that person’s life.  

The Reason Predestination is So Difficult to Accept is;  

  • First, because it does not seem fair to the natural man, We seem to want a God that will forgive us all regardless to our state of repentance; a God that will just forgive everything that we do, no matter how sever, no matter how litter contrition. However we fail to recognize that one of God's attributes is justice, and a just God must punish for sin. Because Justice is who God is when we ask "Why can't God just forgive everyone?" we are in fact asking "Why don't God change who He is, because I refuse to change what I am doing".  
  • Secondly,  because we are fearfully stricken with the possibility that our own family members, and loved ones, friends and others who we see each and every day may perish in their sins, sentenced to the eternal damnation of agony and suffering and pain and burning; we find it hard to accept the truth.
    Jesus gives a hint of this truth that some will perish in Matthews 7:22-23 
    when He says  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?
  • And thirdly, because we can’t perceive us doing such a thing, we began to anthropomorphize God. That is, we apply the limited attributes and knowledge of man, to the omniscience, omnipotent person of man's creator. We in fact build a God to fit our perception of who we, be it consciously or subconsciously conceive from our hearts a God as we think  God should be. We make the image of God which is formed out our own personal experiences, our hurts, our successes, our desires, rather than perceiving  God in the way that He is described in the Bible. When the believer begins to conceive predestination in his mind, he is almost always accosted with the questions Are we saved against our will?” and if so “Does that mean that others are damned no matter what they do?”  And lastly “If this is the case why even bother to evangelize?”     But the difficulty with the natural world and the non-believer is “How can an all loving God send us to hell?” and the answer to this for most people is free will. But is this as Biblical as we think?

Predestination is Biblical

Predestination is a 100% Biblical doctrine (teaching) it is directly identified in scripture 6 times, and indirectly many more times, consider some of these;
·        Acts 4:28, "to do whatever Thy hand and Thy purpose predestined to occur." 
·        Rom. 8:29, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 
·        Rom. 8:30, "and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." 
·        1 Cor. 2:7, "but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory."  
·        Eph. 1:5, "He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will." 
·        Eph. 1:11, "also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will."

Now when we consider God’s predestination we must ask ourselves is the will of God above our will? Let’s look at the prophet Jeremiah who was known as the weeping prophet because of the lamentation he had toward a rebellious Israel.  In Jeremiah 1: 5  God tells Jeremiah “ Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” which is a clear statement of predestination without ever even using the word pro-o-rē'-zō (G4309) The instance of God predestination  is endless in scripture, we see this both in the Old Testament with  Isaiah 43:7, Job 23:14, many other passages as well as the New Testament like Galatians 1:5, Matt 7:21-23, Matt 22:14, John 15:16, Rom 9:27, Rom 11:7, 1Thess 5:9,

Predestination is Clearly Taught in the Bible

In Romans 9 the Apostle proves that God has never shown His mercy based on family privilege, merit, birthright, financial condition or anything that man may perceive as worthy. No, we see that salvation has always been the result of God’s sovereign grace and mercy. Paul explains that even within the privileged nation of Israel God shows that He gives salvation and blesses whom He pleases for no apparent reason other than He chooses by His sovereign will. The apostle Paul cites three examples of individual election:  
·        In Romans 9:6-9, God denies the law of primogeniture[1] and chooses Isaac over Ishmael Abraham’s true first born, Then Abraham leaves Ishmael and his mother Hagar out on the street to fin for themselves.
·        In Romans 9:10-13, While they were yet babes fresh from their mother’s womb, having done no sin, ( here we see the operative word is “having done no sin”) in that neither boy was more righteous than his brother, God  choose Jacob for the blessing ( from whom the lineage of Jesus Christ would come)  but hated[2] Esau ( choose not to allow the lineage of Christ to come through)
·        In Romans 9:14-18 God Choose Moses, not Pharaoh  

Ephesians chapter 1 is and amazing clear defense for predestination, however nothing is as beautifully expressed as verses 4 through 11 which reads;
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will  Ephesians 1:4-11 (KJV)

Does God Predestinate or Does He Foreknows?

There are many people that say that God does not predestine, but with His Omniscience He foreknows in advance who will freely choose him. The problem I have with this error mindset is that it makes the actions of God dependent on the will of man. God is therefore in defense not in control. The concept destroys grace and puts God in debt to man for what man has done, choose to worship God as if God needs man, not man which needs God.

The beauty of Ephesians 1:4-5 is that it completely refutes that interpretation by using the Greek word proorizo, (Strong’s G4309) which specifically means “predestinate”. There may be those that say that the Apostle intended foreknown but this is foolish, because a number of times Paul uses both foreknow and predestinate specifically. If Paul had instead wanted to say that God would foresee who would choose him, there’s a perfectly good Greek word for that – proginosko (Strong’s G4267). Fact is foreknow is only used once in the Bible and foreknowledge is only used twice. So it isn’t very likely that the Apostle made a mistake when he wrote predestinate. I believe that the foreknowledge argument is put to rest in Romans 8:29-33 which reads;
For whom he did foreknow [proginosko], he also did predestinate [proorizo] to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Romans 8:29-33 (KJV)

So I added verses 30 through 33 so that you could clearly see not only does The Apostle teach predestination by his statement, he anticipates that not only the unbeliever but also the believers would have difficulty accepting this truth, and that the natural counter argument would be that “God is not fair (Just) to punish everyone” But we miss the most important fact God is perfect and without blemish and all that He created is good. But you and I are not the product of God’s creation, we are the by-product of sin that entered into creation. And every one of us by right deserve to burn eternally in damnation, and we have this mindset because we think within ourselves that we are good. So when we look at predestination we don’t see God’s mercy towards us the elect which plucks us out of eternal damnation. If we did we would surely praise Him for saving us. Instead we only see His wrath toward a guilty world, and we forget that every one of us, His elect, are just as guilty and deserving of eternal damnation[3], But God the Father choose us His elect for Himself and by the blood of His son Jesus Christ we are made justified and not held accountable for the wickedness that we have done.   

Lastly let’s look at 1 Corinthians 1:27-30 in this passage I will highlight the words that are of the most importance;
27 God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast [brag that he is saved by his own works] before God. 30 But by His [God’s] doing [not by anything we can do] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.1 Corinthians 1:27-30. (NASB) 

I think verse (30) makes it very clear that it is God’s doing that we are in Christ[4] not anything of our own and at our very best we are as filthy rags before God. We say we love God but we are all sinners, ransomed by the blood of Christ fully deserving to stand trial for the crimes which we all commit. Yet in spite of living our lives recklessly as enemies of God; God has for some reason, which we can’t possible know, chosen us to be elect. And so God reached into this world from eternity and for no other reason except He choose to; He pulled us form the pits of hell. Showing himself merciful He did not give us what we deserved. . And it is when we can conceive this truth, that we are able to see a drug addict, prostitute, drug dealer, whoremonger, thief, murder, lair, effeminate, homosexual, transsexual, rapist, even a child molester, on the street, Knowing that we are no greater than them and just like them we rightly deserve to burn forever into eternal damnation.  When we reach this truth of our own guilt we will never be able to truly love another. However, once we see this Grace that God has bestowed on us His elect, we are then unable to point a finger at another person, or turn our nose up at them. For we know if it wasn’t for the Grace of God unto election, just like all those whom hearts God hardens, we would surely perish. 

We must not see election and predestination as the unfairness of God, but must see it for what it is toward those of us that are His elect,  which is the Beauty of God’s Grace given to us for no reason what-so-ever except he chooses to.

Soli Deo Gloria
Your Brother in Christ
T.Charves FireSpeaks

[1] The right of the first born child to inherit a double portion of his family wealth above his younger or female siblings.
[2] In this passage as with many passages in the bible the hate of God is not as one man hates but rather hate means that God has not chosen him, not that God is against Him. In the natural we find that Esau was rich and lived a full life, and even had a forgiving heart toward his brother Jacob, had God ben against him he would have surely died
[3] Romans 6:23 (KJV) for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[4] This is a very crystal clear saying in all versions of the Bible. In that the KJV says “of Him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus”; while the NIV says “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus”; the English Standard Version says “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus” and the New American Standard  says “but by His doing you are in Christ Jesus”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why does the Bible Support Slavery?

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright Hebrews 12:15-16 (KJV)

Taken out of context anyone can read anything into the Bible. Haters of God do this all the time, and even those wolves that hide among the brethren in secret.(bad pastors) I'm on my break at work,  so I must respond clearly and quickly. Lets began with slavery,  how the bible uses the word slavery may have remarkably different meanings and intents.

1.   In one instant slave mean indentured servant.This is not as we perceive slavery today where people are beaten and the actual property of another person. That is a completely new European concept of slave.   But for the Jews slaves were part of a successful and functioning society. Many slaves had homes, and property of their own. And as slaves they did not remain slaves for all their life. At most they were slaves for only 7 years, and those who were fortunate remained slaves even less if they became slave near the year of Jubilee. (Ask your pastor to teach you about jubilee) The law of Moses in fact served to regulate the care of slaves by their Hebrews masters, i.e. Ex 21:20 and Ex 21:26, Lev 25:40. Consequently, Israel never captured and sold humans as did the Phoenicians and Philistines.  Children of slaves could even inherit the wealth of the slave master.  Consider Abraham's words when he had no son of his own. ( Genesis 15:2 ) This nothing like the slaves that you and I have come to  think of.

2.    Secondly, the word slave is used as a person to who is in subjection to someone or something. (I.E  He is a slave to his drug additions) We who are in Christ should be a slave to the will of Christ. But you know from your walk with Christ that whom the Son set free (from our sexual perversions, or drugs or financial circumstances) is free indeed John 8:36

o   Now addressing slavery from the position of a just God. Ask yourself this "If God wrote about Himself and His Son today through the hands of prophets do you think He would say that there were no gang rapes, child molestation, weapons of mass destruction, or black on black crime?"  Would God leave that part out when He describe the world?  

Wouldn’t leaving them out be untruthful?  Fact is all these things exist,  All these things were real. And none of these things are condoned by God. If we who are Christian believe that the Bible support slavery then we are not reading the Bible correctly. The Bible teaches that man is corrupt in all ways (Totally Deprived)  but somehow those that would convince you that God supports slavery is trying to make you think that because the Bible speaks of slavery, that God somehow condones slavery.  Your elderly grandmother watches the news and hear of rape and murder every day. she may call her friends up to tell them the latest atrocity reported on ABC News but that does not mean your grandmother is for murder or rape.

Like-wise just because slavery is in the Bible does not mean God tolerates slavery, have you not read vengeance is mine says the LORD? (Isa 63:4, Rom 12:19)   What the Bible teaches is that the fullness of God's word is of paramount concern for both the free and the slave. New Testament texts, such as Colossians 4:1, Galatians 3:28, and the Book of Philemon, make the case for the inherent spiritual worth of slaves, which effectively laid a base for deep down authentic change in social practice, over time. God's way is often to work from within, dealing primarily with the spiritual component.

3.    Lastly we must learn to read scripture not with the mind of this world but with Godly wisdom. If we truly desire to understand the word of God we must rightly seek it in prayer James 1:5 Because they read the Bible with worldly knowledge the way of God seems foolish to men 1Corinthians 1:25 Consider this Abraham, Jacob, Esau and King David, and King Solomon all had multiple wives. Now at first glance it would appear that the Bible condones many wives, but does it?  
o   Well because of two wives, Abraham had distension in his house, and the descendants of one son are to this day at war with the descendants of the other.
Genesis 16:4-6 And Please don't forget that Hagar was his wife's slave.
o   Jacob had four wives,(two of which were slaves [concubines]) and that led to the attempted murder of his favorite son,  and fighting among his wives Genesis 30:1-2, Genesis 37:18-30 And the eventual separation of a nation at odd with itself. 
o   King David had many wives, and even though  he was the apple of God’s eye, and with all the good he had in possessions, these  things could not satiate his appetite for  flesh. So he Killed Uriah and stole his wife.  God cursed him which was proof that God does not condone evil.  2 Samuel 12:9-10
o   King Solomon though he was the riches and wisest man on earth he fell to the perversion of his many wives.1 Kings 11:3
o   In Hebrews 12:15-16 we learn more about Esau then in all the Bible, We find that he was an adulterer, sexual immorality  was his problem.  The fact that he had two wives made life of his parents bitter the Bible says.Genesis 26:34-35

The reason the Bible is so clear about slavery is because slavery did exist in the Bible. But so did rape and murder, and so does evil today.  If the Bible did not address the fact that there was slavery, then the Bible would be giving us only half truths. So the Bible speaks of slavery because slavery existed, not because God condoned it, the Bible speaks of polygamy because it existed not because God condoned it. It speaks of beating and parent killing their children,because these things existed, not because God condones it.

But here is the really scary part. These things still exist and most people questioning the Bible are doing nothing to stop any of these things. I'm not fooled and neither should you be those that  question the Bible do so because the Bible brings to light their own, your own, and my own sin.

And in the end what matters is not what happened 3000 years ago, what matters is where you will spend eternity.

Your Brother in Christ
T.Charves FireSpeaks

Monday, September 16, 2013

Does God Hate Divorce?

The Truth About God and Divorce

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. Matthews 19.8(KJV)

Does God Hate divorce?

In a single word YES! Because divorce is a sin, but so is murder, and adultery, and covetousness, and homosexuality. Yet, God has not weighed one sin greater than another, no matter how we humanly perceive them the wages of all sin is death. But the word of God deals with our heart more than it does our hands. Let me explain if I may.
Divorce has always been a way of life, The bible records divorce as far back as the exodus from Egypt. and the reason for divorce is imperfect people make imperfect decisions. Yet we must understand that from the very beginning when God put Adam under a deep sleep (Genesis 2:21-24) to right now, God has always hated divorce.  So I think it both foolish and an insult to everyone’s intelligence for me to try to justify divorce. I also think it is a denial of the inerrancy of scripture and disrespect of the faith to say that the Bible which is the word of God revealed to man by the power of Holy Spirit is flawed (1 Thessalonians 1:5). I believe 100% in Tota Scriptura, all of scripture is perfect even if I don’t necessarily agree with it. Therefore where scripture and I come in conflict it is always me that is incorrect and must make the change and never scripture.

My point is that many of the brethren (non-gender specific)  have gone to their graves struggling to live their lives for Christ, trying to, by their works, become worthy of the promise and salvation all because  because of an errant interpretation of scripture, or because of  legalist leaders who by the law keep them in bondage.

Consider the following passage of which many that have been divorced have become enslaved to because  their past decisions to divorce.
“… Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.  For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth Malachi 2:14-16(KJV)
In the New Testament not only does Jesus speak against divorce, for the married couple He speaks against the sin of marring a known women that is divorced. 

"But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; amd wjpspever shall marry her that is divorced commiteth adultery" Matthews 5:32 (KJV)
 “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” Matthews 19:9 (KJV)
From these three passages we would find ourselves regulated to either a marriage that we hate, or a life stuck in divorced never to find the comfort of a loving spouse. But is this really what scripture is saying to us?

It is my goal in this wordy excerpt to not give an answer to the question does God hate divorce,  but rather to give clarity to the intent of the heart of whom Jesus spoke of in both Matthews 5, 19. To do this I direct my attention to Matthew Henry's commentary on the book of Malachi chapter 2, he writes;
Corrupt practices are the fruit of corrupt principles; and he who is false to God will not be true to his fellow mortal.  In contempt of the marriage covenant, which God instituted, the Jews (Men) put away the wives they had of their own nation, probably to make room for strange wives They made their[lives bitter to them; yet, in the sight of others, they pretend to be tender of them. Consider she is thy wife; thy own; the nearest relation thou hast in the world. The wife is to be looked on, not as a servant, but as a companion to the husband. There is an oath of God between them, which is not to be trifled with. Man and wife should continue to their lives' end, in holy love and peace. Did not God make one, one Eve for one Adam? Yet God could have made another Eve. Wherefore did he make but one woman for one man? It was that the children might be made a seed to serve him. Husbands and wives must live in the fear of God, that their seed may be a godly seed. The God of Israel saith that he hateth putting away. Those who would be kept from sin, must take heed to their spirits, for there all sin begins. Men will find that their wrong conduct in their families springs from selfishness, which disregards the welfare and happiness of others, when opposed to their own passions and fancies. It is wearisome to God to hear people justify themselves in wicked practices. Those who think God can be a friend to sin, affront him, and deceive themselves. The scoffers said, Where is the God of judgement? but the day of the Lord will come. ( Matthew Henry's commentary on Malachi 2)
After reading this commentary by Matthew Henry let’s look at Malachi 2:14-16 once again.
“… Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: In context we can see that the husbands were secretly treating their wives badly, But God says He knows how badly you have been treating your wife, even though the rest of the world thinks you are a good husband God knows the truth.
…yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  God says she (Your wife) is not your slave, she is your wife, your equal, your companion and you must treat as such. I think it’s important to know that in that time, in fact since Moses wrote Exodus divorce was pretty common. However only men could get a divorce by writing a letter of divorcement and leaving their wives to fin for themselves (Matthew 5:31) What this meant for many older women, especially if they did not have children or could not go back to their parents, is that she would become homeless. Or regulated to a life of prostitution.  So divorce for the most part was a horrible death sentence for the wife. In fact for the attractive women that refused to rely on prostitution for their means,  and were unable not go back to their parents, or had no male to support them, being raped, sodomized and left on the street to die from injuries or hunger was just what they got. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. This is the bottom line, for the scripture says that in the lust of a man’s heart, by the covetousness of his flesh he has divorced his wife. And because he know what could happen to her if she had no place to go, his actions are evil in every way. Now we can see that Our Lord and Savior is pointing back to Malachi 2 when he speaks of divorce and the wickedness of the heart of men.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, “For the hardness of your heart he [Moses gave a precept concerning divorce] wrote you this precept. Mark 10:5 KJV
I cannot say with any measure of surety that God allows divorce except in the three ways outlined in my post " Is Remarriage Continual Adultery? " because the Bible is pretty clear on this subject God hates all sin and divorce is a sin. However in most passages in the Bible God is speaking of the divorce of men that comes from the lust and covetousness for what they cannot have. I am not saying that God only hate this divorce, and that its OK if you have another reason.  I'm  saying that divorce is a single sin as is remarriage, and I believe that on thises deeper issues we all must seek God with prayer and meditation and fasting for His wisdom and understanding. 

Your Brother in Christ 
Soli Deo Gloria

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Heal Our Nations, 12 Years after 911

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14(KJV)

As we mark the 12th anniversary of the attack on the United States, we must have a spiritual resilient attitude. We must see the author of this most horrific crime and set our hearts against him with extreme malice.  But before we go out killing Taliban or trying to resurrect Osama Bin Laden, it is imperative that we realize they are not the enemy.

The United States and its imperial regime was the subject of the Taliban’s anger, it was the Christ Jesus. Currently we are the last great power that claims the Name of Jesus is there any wonder that the real enemy of our savior has attacked the people of the United States.(John 15:19-21The present condition of American religiosity is developed in poor doctrine and a water down Gospel. And because of the condition of Christianity in the United States the attack on @ 911 (the sun of trials and tribulations) served to scorch the seed that had no depth of root (Mark 4:5-6)

How many people that thought they were Christian fell from the faith because that felt that God had failed them, or that the attack just wasn't fair? How many So-called Christians who lost loved ones turned from the love of God to the hate of the devil?  Even worst, how many of us danced in the streets when Bin Laden was killed?

All the while in our ignorance of scripture, and doctrine and that mist of our desire for hate and revenge the Devil has slipped through the back door, and turned God’s created  (those that have been hurt by 911) against God’s created (those responsible, and those the suffer because of an association with the responsible)  for his own perverted reasons. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Yet we who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ know that it’s not the Taliban or Islam or anyone in the middle-east whom we should set our heart against it’s the devil. And we set our heart against the devil through by presenting Christ to the world for their salvation. Ezekiel 33:11 says God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, and neither should we.

I know we can defeat the real enemy not through bigger guns, but through bigger faith. Let’s use this 12th anniversary of  911 to reach those we would not normally reach, study the word as we normally wouldn’t study, and live for Christ as he  has called us to.

Then we will remember 911 not as a time of death but as a time of spiritual awaking.

Your Brother in Christ
T.Charves FireSpeaks

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Is Re-Marriage Continual Adultery?

If the Son therefore shall make you  free, ye shall be free indeed
(John 8:36)

Question: I have remarried am I in a continual state of adultery?

If you are not remarried than seek God for your answer, this is your life both natural, and spiritual. Let God led you; you will I know His will. The Bible says that God gives us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4) and if we learn to praise Him, and Worship Him, not for what He can give us, But because He is; then He will give us the desire of our hearts. Though it must be clearly understood that it was not our praises or worship or anything that we did earned us the desires of our heart. No God knows them better than we do. I think of His blessing I this way. “God gives us the very thing we would ask for if we knew what He knows”

Now it make no difference that we do not deserve them in anyway but because He is a gracious and loving God, and it is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. (
Luke 12:32)Therefore, we need to come to that point where we desire God greater than what He can give us. Where we desire the gift greater than the giver.  It has to be “Father this is the desire of my heart,  I truly want this, but if You never give it to me, and only gave me You it will be sufficient in my life..”

Now the question is if “I remarry will I be in a state of continual adultery?”  Some people are going to hate me for this but I must say it. Ready? Don’t let anyone tell you that because you were divorced that you should remain divorced.  I am hard pressed to believe that the Bible teaches that. However, there are 3 instances that I know of where remarrying is Not a sin. Moreover, those three cases are founded on a harden heart,  (see Malachi 2:14-15, Mark 10:5, Matthews 5:32, and Matthews 19:9) And I believe since God has made exceptions for those three occasions there may be others for which we cannot know. This is especially inferred as possible in light of the fact that both Jesus and Malachi speak against divorce on the grounds of lust, treachery, and hardness of heart. The 3 exceptions for divorce and remarriage which we know of are;
·        Because of the fornication, adultery ( Matthews 5:32)
·        If her/his spouse dies (1 Corinthians 7:39)
·        If he/she remarries their first husband or wife (1 Corinthians 7:11)

However, please understand that it is the decision to get remarried and the actual act  of getting remarried which sin  Once you are remarried your marriage is not sinful. Nor does God turn His back on your relationship because of the remarriage. Moreover, the sin does not occur every time the marriage is consummated. Nor has God chosen to stop blessing you because of it.

Now this is not a statement condoning divorce and remarriage, it is a statement showing the loving kindness of the almighty God.  Any friend or family member, pastor or bishop that does not support your new marriage has failed to see that it is God that perfects the marriage, not the law.  He can do it with two sinners, he will perfect the marriage of two Christians.  Here is a verse for you to contemplate and meditate on.  Ask yourself is that true for your life?

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  John 8:34-36 (KJV)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why there should be no weaves in church?

Last night my daughter asked me had I heard about the pastor that said women in his congregation should not wear weaves.  (actually this is not what he said but you know how the new gets)
“Yes I did” I answered
“So what you think of that?”  She asked. I knew that she was probing me for a biblical answer to this problem.  So I began, “If there is a problem with his request than maybe they should leave the church. If they feel that his requirement is greater than their love for God, then turn from God. There are a number of things they can do, but though he may be dealing with some control issues, but I don’t think he is out of line in setting a standard for the congregation.”  I base my answer on two points, the first of which is my personal pet peeve

1.     We are called to give God our very best
We live in a world that has lost its Christian worldview, even many churches have lost the power that come in celebration of works. Now I’m not talking about being saved by works, I saying because I am saved I bring forth fruit that is worthy of that salvation. Let me expand on this for a minute.

I remember a time when everyone had three sets of clothes, play clothes, school clothes and church clothes. And you better believe that best of them were your church clothes. Today there are many churches that say it does not matter how you come to church, just as long as you come to church. Now there is some merit in that mindset, but there is just as much flaw in that mindset as well.
Every Sunday I see congregations filled will people that wear blue jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops to church yet these same people wear suits and ties to work. How is it that they give their boss their very best, but their savior they give rags?  I was brought up to always give God our very best.  In fact scripture requires us to give our very best.     Consider these two passages together;

Romans 12:1 says, "I beseech you therefore, brethern, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service."

Now some biblical history.
Under the Old Testament some of the Jews were not offering their best to God and because of this the prophet said their actions was evil.

Malachi 1:8, "And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?"

Under the New Testament we do not offer animal sacrifices as the Jews did under the Old Testament; but we give Him our lives in service to Him as a living sacrifice. In doing this we must give Him our all. Anything we do for God must be our very best. Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind." All our heart, soul, and mind, or in other words, our total being must be in our worship not just to whoop and holler hallelujah on Sunday that’s worship. But our worship is also how we carry ourselves before others.  The Bible says so that they can see our light and glorify God.  

For so many of us we think that coming to God is something we add to our lives,  We think that if we don’t party and cheat on our wives than we are saved.

But God did not call us to add the gospel to our lives, he called us to give up our lives for the gospel. We are a peculiar people set apart for His glory and God wants every part of us.  Every one of us that call the name of Jesus remains in His presence (Psalm 139:8) Therefore just as we all get dressed in the presence of God, we must get dressed for the presence of God.

2.     The Pastor is set as head of the local body, and God speaks to the head concerning the good will of the body.

This one will cause some problems because it has been abused so much in the past. However, if these members believe that God has called them to the church, and that their pastor is truly a man of God, then they should willing fall under subjection of the pastor concerning this issue? We don’t know how this revelation of the Pastor may bless the church members either individually or corporately.  Now let’s address a problem that Timothy had with his congregation and how the Apostle advised him on meeting a solution.

             In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness             and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;  But (which                             becometh women professing godliness) with good works 1 Timothy 2:9-10

Ok before we go any further let’s not take these passages out of context, and I won’t even speak on verses eleven (11) and twelve (12)  but what I am teaching on the two verse above applies to them as well.

At first it appears that Paul is writing to Timothy concern what women should wear, their clothes, that they should never teach or preach and that they should remain silent. Many people say that Paul has written his own commandments concerning women. Some say this is proof that the bible is sexes.

However, what Paul was doing was giving advice to Timothy about how to stop a practice that was causing confusion within the church.

a.      One there were women that were wearing elaborate hair styles, excessive gold, and making the service nothing more than a fashion competition.
b.      Because of this the church had become a place where gossip was abounding even the (female) leaders of the church were partaking in these practices.

In Roman living today which addresses the time when the Apostle Paul was writing to young Timothy we have historic proof that this was taking place.  The magazine writes of the first century women;

Rome’s wealthy women spent many hours having their hair dressed…Because the Romans were superstitious they only washed their hair once a year on the Goddess Diana’s birthday. Talk about high maintenance! Many of the women fashioned their hair with curls arranged on crescent shaped wire frames then curled or braded them in the back (follow lnk)

Now let’s not forget where we started, Pastor Aamir has seen something happening in his congregation that bother him. Something that he felt was hindering the congregation from reaching their full potential in Christ. And it was this thing that caused him to require a higher standard (ban on weaves) not for the congregation, but for the leaders of the church.   Pastor Aamir even said he know that he cannot require anyone to follow this requirement, but ask they do this in order to be set free from the need to wear weaves.

His reasoning is that in a congregation that is struggling financially with paying their bills it is both a foolish act, and poor stewardship of the blessings of God to spend large sums of money on what you can just as perfectly do for free.  

My wife would never wear a weave she prepares her hair every night before bed and her hair would put most of the weave I’ve seen to shame. Listen I am not in agreement with this pastor nor condemnation because I don’t know the specifics but.....

Let us that are not a part of that church assume we know anything about that church.

Your Brother in Christ 
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