The problem we face is pride. I have counseled with numerous young men with a pornography addiction, and the problem is it's accessibility. Almost everyone carries a smart phone now, and with a couple clicksâ€¦ Since over 57% of websites are pornographicâ€¦ They can have unlimited access to anything their flesh wants. I have an iPhone. I got my phone for one reason, and that is because it has user settable restrictions. When I first got it, I had my wife restrict anything with any access to anything that might containâ€” anythingâ€¦ Which humorously enough, means I can't click through to read the entire articles without her there to allow it... better safe than wrong though
Oh good grief... another opportunity for people ignorant of truth to apologize to other people ignore any of truth, simply because they're a different color. It will not be long now before men are apologizing to women for being men. Or, wait... are we already? I lost track.
In a moment of whiny clarity... I clearly feel frustration when Pastors (for the past 25 years of my Christian life,) constantly refer to Christ dying on the cross 2000 years ago... but that is a lie. The fact is, by nearest historical observance, Christ was born @4bc, and gave His life for me at @29ad. That means that, just now, only 1988 years have passed. Worse yet, 25 years ago, it was only 1963 years!
Well, I would start with the Bibleâ€¦ start with "husbands love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." It starts with being willing to give of yourself for your mate. Help them to understand that your focus is on them, and not on you. Be willing to take the backseat. Marriage is not about control, it's about a mutual exchange... but being willing to give, even when the other person isn'tâ€¦ I'd start there.
Honestly, I do not think it is selective pityâ€¦ I think it is, in reality, fear. There are so many "hotbutton" topics in society... and at the end of the day, there are two main problemsâ€¦ First, there are the semi-honest Christians that have got it in their head that in order to have an impact on the World, they have to be thought well of. They are concerned that controversy will limit what they can do. The second problem is the Christiansâ€¦ And I do use that term loosely, considering they act more like Lot in the days of Sodom than they do Christ; but I digress... The point is, they worried also about fitting in with the world, but mostly because they are comfortable in the world. As a result, when there was no stand against those hot button topics, it paved the way for acceptance of those. Once the enemy took that ground, they continued with their offenseâ€¦ Using the same tacticsâ€¦ And continue to take more ground.
Ladybug My comment was more tongue in cheek, but follows a line of reasoning from the Bible. You are absolutely correct in the Bible does not record the events preceding the dialogue between the rich man and Abraham. However, It is understood that those who have received the pardon from Christ will be with himâ€¦ Christ himself told the thief on the cross "today thou shalt be with me in paradise." In Revelation 20 it talks about those standing before the throne and before God. At that point the dead will stand before God; my assumption is that God will not be descending to hell for this event. At that time, The books will be open, including the lambs book of life. The Bible does record that "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.." and I believe the term cast, literally thrown, would be considered a rapid movement toward said lake of fire. I know there are many arguments as to whether or not this will only happen at the very end, or whether it's something that happens on perpetual basisâ€¦ My point was not to get into a theological debate over the timeline of people burning in Hellâ€¦ I think we would be better served working to point people to Christ. My point was simply to prove that some people crack at that, at some point, he WOUL
Ladybug, I agree, but wanted to add thisâ€¦ The cornerstone of salvation is "repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,..." (Hebrews 6:1) Esau repented to tears. Judas repented to good works. The thief on the cross repented to Christ. I can be no judge of any man's heart. We know that man lookerh upon the outward appearance, but GOD looketh upon the heart. He knows what man is repenting to. I am certain by reading my Bible that Hugh Hefner went straight to heaven when he died. But I am also fairly certain that five minutes later when his name was not found written in the book of life, he found himself descending rapidly. Enough said.
If I may interjectâ€” there's a fine line between a deathbed conversion, and a preplanned conversion, (which is no more than a delusion,) I believe it was Constantineâ€¦ when he founded what is now the Catholic Church, who exemplified a preplanned conversion. He assumed that only the sins you committed before salvation would be forgiven, and wanted to make sure he could continue until death. Of course, that wasn't his only fallacyâ€¦ He also equated baptism with salvationâ€¦ (hoping that would douse the flames?) Anywayâ€¦ The Bible teaches that God can get a hold of anyone's heart at any time he wishesâ€¦ And I'm sure that there are people that he gets a hold of at the last minuteâ€” I wouldn't limit his power. But I would definitely be cautious about assuming that everyone who suddenly wants to "get Jesus" on their deathbed is going to get anything but false hope and delusion. Just saying
Evolution is much deeper than the origin of man... it is the basis for the humanistic worldview that we have all been slowly socialized into. It's not just our children and grandchildren, it started with us, and some of our parents... We are viewing the world from a evolutionary viewpoint, even if we don't realize it. Why? Because it is in every facet of entertainment and marketing. They feed you the humanistic evolution constantly, and most Christians are to dull of hearing, and don't have enough knowledge of scripture to counter it.
Mike The job of a government Chaplain is that of facilitator of religious services. Especially in a prison setting, where there is heavy reliance upon volunteers to meet the "pseudospiritual needs" of the clientele. Check a random job description in any state for that; but more importantly, think of the (ignorantly interpreted and held) separation of Church and state, which disallows state dollars to be used for any functions that have preference for any single religion. (Beyond humanism.) A state employee must not... (fill in the blank,) in order to protect all liberal agendas including LGBSTQRSTUV.
Cut off. It's not about whether or not God knows what he's doingâ€¦ of course he does. If God called this man to that position, that's between him and God. However, as I look at the Bible, I see that God usually calls a person to reach people, but not necessarily to get a paycheck in order to do itâ€” because the person who is paying you a check, is your boss and get to tell you how to do your job. Now, If God wanted that man to reach those in the military, I'm sure there are more options than him taking a high dollar position as a military officer to get that accomplished.
Adriel I have been serving in the prison ministriy for over 20 yearsâ€¦ I prayed very hard about whether it would be God's will for me to become a state Chaplain at one point ... but the answer I got from God was that, for that ministry, I was there serving Him, and not the state. Granted, any institution that you go to, even as a volunteer, will have a certain amount of rulesâ€¦ The problem is how invasive those rules are for you carrying out your job. As a volunteer, I have liberty to preach the gospel, and have never had any problems whatsoever doing itâ€¦ They hinted at me one time that they would prefer that I didn't preach against homosexuality, (didn't work) but that was the closest they got to making that attemptâ€¦ So far... If I were a state Chaplain, I would have to ensure that every religion received equal accessâ€¦ I would have to make certain that any request for religious material, including Wiccan, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Satanist, Native American whatever you call it, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, the list goes on and on and onâ€¦ was available, and seek volunteers to come in for each of those. There was no way that I, in good conscience, could even consider bringing cult literature to someone. Much less ensuring that a cult had access to them. It's not about whet
Let us take a slight turn and think about this from another perspective: I'm curious about some of your input from this perspectiveâ€¦ not to be mean or rude, but the Air Force chaplain is a hired handâ€”hired specifically to see to the "spiritual and emotional welfare" of his charges... (what they need is Christ,) but in reality, it is up to the employer to decide. I would not take a paid Chaplaincy... neither in the Prison ministry or the Military, because I would be answering to someone that is not God. By my agreement and contract with them, I would be beholding to their inputâ€¦ And as a Christian I could not suffer that. Honestly, if he has a problemâ€¦ (Of which I see his pointâ€¦) He needs to resign his chaplaincy and Pastor a church. Just saying.