My Personal Christian Blog

Thanks for sliding into my blog site. This blog bog is a spin-off from my website at Call me a Night Owl, as my full-time mission and hobby are jabbering from midnight until 8 a.m.ish with chatter bugs across the world. Hoot, hoot! Being a retired newspaper guy and a Curious George, I've written and assembled a whack of stuff that I hope you'll find interesting and thought-provoking. Check out the Stories bar on the right side, below, for all my articles - from my web site and this blog.

January 20, 2009

Christians should expect persecution

There are promises in the word of God that don't seem much like promises to some folks.

For instance, this one: "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

That means all whose purpose to live godly lives in this present world shall (certainly) suffer persecution, as did their Lord.

Maybe we contemplate such verses and think they should say something different: perhaps something like, "And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall be appreciated for their goodness and rewarded with approval, good health and fortune."

There is Paul's statement to the Philippians that declares, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake."

Perhaps we would be more comfortable if that were to read, "For unto you it is given...not only to believe on him, but also to be blessed with health, wealth and prosperity."

But it doesn't say that; it says what it says.

--Dick York (Missionary, conference speaker, missionary trainer, author)

January 7, 2009

Mormons exalt a false Jesus

by niteowldave

Recent Republican presidential candidate (2007) Newt Romney is an upright member of The Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), The Mormons.

So is popular conservative radio and TV talk show host Glenn Beck.

They are well-educated guys, who dress well, are enthusiastic, engaging, who obviously love freedom. They speak about God. They appear to be men of faith.

This makes it difficult to suggest that these two bright lights are duped. They proclaim they acknowledge Jesus as being the Son of God. The problem is they bow to a false Jesus.

That sounds nuts, doesn't it?

So what is a MAJOR difference between what the Word of God, the Bible, teaches and what the Mormons believe.

The Jesus of the Bible cannot be the Jesus the Mormons hold up as being the Savior of the world. No way.

The Bible states that Jesus Christ is part of the Trinity with God and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is complicated for a mere mortal to understand, yes. But it’s biblical.

The Bible quotes Jesus as saying is He is the one and only way to Heaven and is equal with God.

“If you knew me, you would know my Father also'" (John 8:19) "I tell you the truth,'
Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!'" (John 8:58).
"I and the Father are one" (John 10:30).

Mormons preach that Jesus Christ is the created brother of Lucifer, the once top angel who was booted out of Heaven and who is now Satan and Hell-bound, as are his Demons who choose to bow to him. (Gospel Through the Ages - 1946 Priesthood Manual by Milton R. Hunter, p. 15).

Satan will be joined in eternal torment by men and women on earth who refuse to bow to the real Jesus.

January 3, 2009

Good people make it to Heaven, right?

Question: If I live a good, clean, respectable life, will I not surely be saved?

Answer: This is the common belief of humanity, but it is wrong.

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12)

To the natural mind this seems right, but it is not. There are two major problems with this thinking.

First, it makes salvation something we merit or earn. It obligates God. He then owes it to us.
Salvation on the other hand is by grace, or unmerited favor (Ephesians 2: 8,9).

Second, when God looks at that kind of person He sees their past sins. "God requireth that which is past" (Ecclesiastes 3:15). God does not look at us, as you presently are, but He sees our life from the cradle to the grave.

We are without strength to save ourselves (Romans 5:6). It could not be by works; if so, then man could boast. "Not by works lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2:9)

Quitting all our sins is very good, and it will make us a better person in society, but it will not take away one past sin we have committed.

These sins must be taken away before we can be saved. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse you from sin—1 John 1:7.

People who live good lives, depending on that to save them, will never make it; but their judgment in eternity and the penalty will be less. "Every man shall be judged according to their works." (Revelation 20:11)

Are you depending on yourself or Christ for salvation? He alone can save. This is why He is called "Savior"—Luke 2:11.
God whispers

Question: If a person in a remote and hard-to-reach area is seeking the true God, will God use some supernatural means (such as an angel or voice from heaven) to reach him with the gospel?
Some suggest God does not use methods other than humans preaching the gospel to spread the salvation message.

But God has and does use supernatural methods such as angels and visions to convict and convert. Call them God whispers.

There are many accounts of people who have accepted Christ after a dream, vision, or revelation without human assistance.

In the tribulation, a desperate time that might compare to some cases today, an ANGEL shouts the "everlasting Gospel" from the heavens "to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nations and kindred and tongue and people saying Fear God and give glory to him etc." (Rev. 14:6,7)

We must keep in mind, however, that today the written Word, the Bible, and the living Word, Christians, are the major tools used by the Holy Spirit.

January 2, 2009

Our priorities are nuts

Are some of our laws absolutely nuts, or what?

A pregnant women in Florida may choose to have an abortionist terminate a life inside her any time of day.

Let a pregnant woman get nabbed using crack cocaine while pregnant and she can be charged with "child abuse."

There's more!

A school nurse in the same state cannot dispense an aspirin to a child without written permission from the parents.

But, a pregnant girl at the same school can get an abortion without notifying her parents.

Ever feel like tossing your hands in the air?

Absolute is truth fading fast.

What was considered absolute truth is taking a kick in the teeth by non-biblical relativism, which allows for the ridiculous notion that truth can shift.

What was considered non-negotiable truth yesterday is open for change today. Non-negotiable truth? No such thing anymore.

In 1991 the Barna Research Group reported that 67 percent of all adults said that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

In 1994, the figure climbed to 72 per cent.

In the same year, 62 per cent of those who called themselves born-again Christians said they doubted the existence of absolute truth.

Many religious leaders counted themselves among those who deny absolute truth.

In many denominations it is common to hear spiritual leaders speak of their own faith as tradition rather than belief. Pastors can be as open-minded as the rest of the culture.

Even though bearing the symbols of Christian ordination, many are more committed to the doctrines of relativism than to the doctrines of biblical faith.

This has led to the diabolical teaching that one religion is as good as the next, prompting many to lose their fear of God and discount the biblical truth that salvation is solely through Christ.