In our relationship with God it is important to be clothed with His righteousness. I believe the following passage reflects a believer's need to be clothed with Christ, our Saviour, The Son of The Living God. Moreover, I believe this passage reflects obeying authority, in righteousness. _____________________________________________
"And the Lord said to Moses, 'Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.' So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Moses, â€œGo to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people."
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
â€” Proverbs 14:34King James Version (KJV)
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."
â€” Proverbs 29:2 King James Version (KJV)
"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."
â€” 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
Praise God for my husband who has my computer running on GNU Linux! I have been praying whether I should go back to using a Microsoft operating system, and this article is an answer to my prayers! Glory to God in the highest! I will continue using the software that my husband advocates, as I do not want to support a company that will give its earnings to Planned Parenthood!
God bless, hope, and peace to you all! Hallelujah!
Notice in this Scripture that scoffers in the verse who deny Jesus also believe in creation? I strongly believe in the importance of Ken Ham's work in Creationism and the literal six days, and a young earth; yet believing only in creation is not synonymous with salvation. Sinners need to believe in The Lord Christ Jesus, and be born of Water and The Spirit.
"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.'
â€” 2 Peter 3:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"... Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days..."
In light of the Scriptures I believe when Paul said: "it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret," that he would be referring to describing the details of sinful acts done in secret.
Paul says in Galatians 5:19-21: "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Peter also says in 1 Peter 4:1-4: "Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to doâ€”living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you."
The works of the flesh are "obvious" and it is not a sin to share testimony how sin has harmed someone as a little one, me...
I was very disappointed in the Duggar's response to their sonâ€™s sexual abuse of their daughters because they downplayed their son's sin, and therefore downplayed the sacrifice of our Lord Christ Jesus. It was the perfect opportunity not to defend their son, but to share that their son had repented and accepted the Sacrifice of Jesus on The Cross for the remission of his vile sins. Sinners need to know that a great price was paid for their great sin!
I feel discomforted that on a thread about children having access to pornography, people agree it is more tasteful to stay off topic? Why is it not proper to talk about how the thread topic has hurt persons personally?
To me this may be a reflection of Victorian attitudes. Have you not read about the woman (Mark 5:25-34) who had an issue of blood for twelve years, and sought to be healed discreetly? yet, Jesus waited until she shared, about the personal issue she was healed from in front of all the people who were thronging Him on the street?!
In thinking about The Scriptures, God does not spare us from learning that the men and women of God have sinned, and have also been subject to the actions of sinful people.
I think of instances from God's Word: Noah got drunk and passed out naked in his tent; David's son raped David's daughter; Lot's daughters took advantage of him sexually; the men of Sodom surrounded Lot's house demanding to have sex with men in the house; a woman was raped to death, and her husband cut her into pieces and sent the pieces to "all the coast of of Israel"...
I believe God uses testimony as a light to sinners, that no matter how dark a valley you have walked through: that Light, Healing, and Salvation are possible!
s c wrote: Jessica,much damage indeed.Those experiences leave a very distinct impression on a child's mind that robs them of a feeling of security and innocence.Many adults are so consumed with their pleasures and "rights" that they are insensitive and ignorant to the effects that such "liberty" and easy access to such garbage has on little eyes.It used to be that one could go into a convenient store and the management would,at least,cover raunchy magazines;there was a sense of shame connected with such. Now such magazines or those comparable to them set at the eye level of children beneath the cash registers or in an open aisle. This is just a socially acceptable form of child abuse.
Thank you SC for being the one person on the thread to show concern and helpful insight. You are the one person who treated me like a neighbour, as Jesus instructed, and showed mercy on me. I feel as though the others looked at me wounded, and passed by...
I was younger than ten years old when I started being exposed to pornographic magazines. It was common growing up in the 1970's and early 1980's to visit (with parents, or at friend's houses) people who kept pornographic magazines on the back of their toilets. My best friend's dad kept them on the back of the toilet, and I have known a number of people who grew up with pornography magazines in bathrooms, sitting around the house, or other places children might find them.
I can tell you that it is astounding as a small child to learn that your Dad looks at other women naked besides your Mom who loves and takes care of you, and the household. I found my Dad's box of Playboy magazines in my parent's closet when I was small. I used to play dress-up with my parents clothes, because I wanted to be just like them. And, I thought the best place to hide the wooden spoons (so I wouldn't get spanked with them) was in the back of my parent's closet. I was bound to find the magazines. These and many other instances I have gone through have caused untold damage and shame even now.
Jesus said to the woman caught in the act of adultery: "Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more..." Jesus did not enter the world to condemn, but to save sinners. Yet, men and women have a responsibility to repent and turn away from their sins, and seek to be born of water and the Spirit.
"Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord."
â€” Psalm 25:7 King James Version (KJV)
"Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness."
â€” Proverbs 30:20mKing James Version (KJV)
"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
â€” Matthew 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Frank wrote: Jessica, I understand your thoughts completely. But, if I repeat what scripture says, then I am not judging anyone; the scriptures are. So, if scripture says that homosexuality is an abomination and those that practice those things will suffer the wrath of God; that is not me judging anyone. Thanks for your comment
Thank you Frank,
I appreciate your thoughtful comments and I agree! I especially appreciate your not accusing me of things like condoning sin, or being content with sinners being sent to hell. It is comforting to have a discussion where we can discuss Scriptures in their relevancy to today's issues without accusing one another.