Wishing everyone a happy Christmas Eve and a merry Christmas.
God bless you all.
Come to Christ, He’s the Way, the Truth, the Life.
Glory to God for the Incarnation.
С Рождеством Христовым поздравляю.
Praise God for His Son Jesus Christ.
My note: As soon as the “Nashville Statement” started shining as a light for the world to see, the compromisers, lukewarm, and cultural conformists and appeasers made their own lukewarm stew to contradict and attack the “Nashville Statement”.
Not surprising, really.
As soon as God moves the hearts of His people to spread truth powerfully and clearly, Satan puts useful idiots to work opposing and attacking the teachings of the Bible and especially truth and clarity.
Satan wants people (especially Christians) to be stupid, blind, confused, especially on important issues of the day and where God speaks clearly.
“Spirit of the age, thy name is confusion.” … My additional comment:
There’s no such thing as pro-LGBT Christians, they’re just lukewarm compromisers, cultural conformists and appeasers, people-pleasers who love to support sins and pretend they’re still serving God. Sad, deceived, politically correct, confused people. What they’re doing isn’t showing love.
By their own words they show that they’re going against the Bible and God, they contradict God and His Word and they make up stupid ideas about Him, slandering His holiness and make Him look like a hypocrite.
They think they’re presenting God’s view or side of it? They’re really not, their words are lies, they’ve been listening to the devil and the world too long.
. . . “Pro-LGBT Christians Take Aim at Bible-Based Nashville Statement” by JESSILYN JUSTICE. https://www.charismanews.com/us/67106-pro-lgbt-christians-take-aim-at-bible-based-nashville-statement
My note: Nothing says “faux-college full of spineless idiots” like making up more so-called ‘microaggressions’. It’s almost as if using ‘cisgendered’ is now considered an insult to use against those who are sane and not prone to poisonous confusion. It’s like political correctness on drugs, like really bad drugs that mess up the brain permanently. ‘Ridiculous’ is almost an understatement.
My note: The pseudo-Christian cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses believes and teaches things that obviously contradict the Bible, things that one could believe only if they butcher Scripture and reinterpret texts to appear to support the cult’s teaching.
Just looking at the short list of 30 things JWs believe it’s obvious you can’t call their beliefs as those conforming to orthodox Christianity.
You’d have to be intentionally dishonest to claim that JWs believe basically the same thing Protestant Christians do, because they really don’t.
Don’t let them fool you into believing their main teachings for they contradict the Bible and the fundamental Christian doctrines.
Note on the book”My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald :
This is a great book that talks about the importance of commitment to God; what it means to surrender to God; what a living sacrifice is; how we can live as a living sacrifice to the Lord; how we can give God our heart, our life, our all.
It calls us to look at the greatest sacrifice made for people by the Son of God, by God Incarnate, who died on the cross for all sinners and so by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ sinful people can be saved from sin, from Hell, from the wrath of God and His righteous judgment upon rebellious sinners who refuse to live for God, much less praise Him or obey His will, and even much less look to Christ for salvation.
We can sometimes forget or even take for granted the great price Christ paid to ransom sinners. We can get distracted by the cares of this life and the things the world throws before our eyes to take our focus off Christ and obedience to God’s will.
We need to daily return to the Cross upon which the King of Glory died for the sinful human race and ponder and contemplate the cost of salvation; yes, it’s a gift, it’s free, but it wasn’t cheap, it cost the Son of God His life.
Being saved by Christ means we are His, He bought us back from slavery, from bondage, He ransomed us, He paid the price with His own blood, that means we are His and we should present ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him not just one time but every day because there is still a war of spirit against flesh taking place daily so we must daily recommit our lives and heart to God, we must return to the Cross daily and die there to our pride, selfishness, to our self will, to all that is not of God, to all that keeps us from wholeheartedly serving and obeying God.
I haven’t given away the contents of the whole book; there’s still plenty I haven’t mentioned, so there’s much left unsaid about this book.
If you’re one who’s interested in the topic of commitment to God or you know little to nothing about the practical part of surrender and commitment to God, you should really read this book.
If you’re struggling with commitment to God and like many have been making excuses for not giving your heart, your life, your all to God, I recommend you read this book; it will be insightful, helpful, it will give you needed solutions to your struggles, the common struggles we all face as it has to do with commitment and surrender to God and obedience to His will.
“A Note on Children’s Reading” by me. When it comes to what children read, it shouldn’t be just about getting children/tweens/teens to read, no matter what a book’s about, it’s about getting children to read good books, books that teach about objective morals/values/ethics, purpose in life, courage/bravery/valor, through the medium of fiction or fantasy in written form, to influence the new generation in a positive way, not to just write a story where the characters do what feels right to them at some moment but to do what’s right even when there’s a high cost to self involved, to teach about love that Christ spoke of in John 15:13 as well as love between an and woman, parents and children, real love and not lust or selfishness pretending to be love. These are the things that should be praised in a story, what the main and secondary characters should be an example of, they should follow objective moral standards and not moral relativism, and even if they are treated wrong when they do right, the lesson must be that doing good, doing the right thing is more important than trying to escape pain when doing good. Such books have a lasting impact on the minds and hearts of a new generation, for they teach and encourage following objective morality, not doing ‘what feels right’ one moment but may change the next. Expedience leads down a dark road and leaves behind many ruined relationships and is a practice of unstable living. All children deserve to be taught truth and not lies, virtues and not vices, love and not selfishness, righteousness and not unrighteousness. Fantasy/fiction books without these things fall short of being good for children and are lacking in key aspects of good fantasy/fiction literature, and while they may entertain children for a little while, they serve no greater purpose, or rather, no good lasing purpose in positively shaping the child’s thinking concerning the important things in life. Therefore, parents who just give their children any book they find that may look like something the child will read aren’t being prudent, they’re not being discerning, they’re not wisely choosing what their kids read, they most often pretty much exclude themselves from the process of book-selecting, that is, they tell their child that they should read whatever they find interesting even if it’s not recommended for their age, this isn’t all parents but enough to be a problem that requires attention. To be so careless in allowing your own children to read whatever as long as they keep reading is not wise parenting, obviously. More thought must be put into this process. Christian parents should lovingly and discerningly give their children books which they themselves have read or at least read reviews about and found it to be a book that can have a positive influence upon the child, teach something, encourage virtues, present to the child not just a fun story that doesn’t have really any purpose other than entertainment. This sort of filtering process isn’t some arbitrary method of restricting the child’s choices to only what the parent approves, though it may seem like it to some. This is simple reasonable Christian parenting, protecting their child from things which clearly teach and propagate things contrary to Christianity, moral objectivity, laudable actions, virtues, qualities worth imitating, lessons worth learning. This is my opinion on the matter, but it’s not one I’ve made up subjectively, it’s one that corresponds to a reasonable Christian view shared by plenty, and one that reflects what I’ve learned on this important matter over the years. I’m not a parent but one need not be one to hold views which are sound and are held by many parents who have learned how to wisely guide their children in the experience of reading books. These views may not be held by all those who may read them but I thought I’d share my opinions, my thoughts, which reflect others’ views also which I agree with, specifically a Christian view of reading choices that should allowed by and encouraged for children/tweens/teens to choose.
A Note Before the Actual Note: The following was originally posted as a comment (yes, it’s a long comment) by me on a social media site as a response to someone’s post but I think it could benefit people here who may read it, hopefully. Those who aren’t familiar with The Law of Undulation, just read the whole long note/comment, hopefully it will be clear enough by the end, it’s not too difficult a thing to grasp; if not, read the suggested book which is where the thing I wrote about is from and much better explained than my attempts through a note, I’m sure. May you benefit by reading the below note and the suggested book (maybe try to read the chapter(s) that talk about the Law), and may God be glorified through this little work of writing I did for the benefit of others. …
The Law of Undulation is at work in every life. Peaks and troughs, ups and down, highs and lows, are experienced by each at one time or another, the only difference being maybe the duration of a peak/high or trough/low point, usually it’s the low that lasts longer for people.
The infant days of the new convert/believer are usually the highest points, can be described as the happiest times, when their zeal burns hot and it seems at the time that it may last forever. They do not know or weren’t told that this initial peak/high point won’t last until death, the Law of Undulation will be at work, it’s a sort of back and forth between ups and downs in every life, but the thing too many may believe or want is for the lows/troughs to not even come/occur which is frankly impossible so they try to extend the peak time but to try to remain at a constantly high point in life/on the mountain isn’t the way anyone lives, it’s a sort of overoptimistic state that is desired by those who just want to be happy here all the time, to see smooth roads and clear paths in life free of difficulties and consider the slightest interruptions and problems as their cross, wrongly.
They want what they can’t get; our life wasn’t designed to be all roses and flowers on a smooth and clear path from conversion to death; the ups and downs will come and the must not be seen as the work of the enemy though the enemy likes to use these times against believers to manipulate or corrupt them.
These times must be seen as part of life and a means of balancing life lest they become unbalanced in one or the other direction which would throw us off the right state of living into an overoptimistic high or pessimistic low.
We shouldn’t fear when the troughs/lows come but use them as a means to grow in that valley of struggles and trials and suffering, to seek God and His will more fervently, to use lows as a way to trust in God more, to grow in faith, for the furnace of affliction will melt us down and refine us into what the Lord desires us to become and what we are presently not.
When we are on the hills and mountains, at some high point in life when all seems well and we feel happy, we must take care lest we let the enemy manipulate us then and there to ignore others and their needs when we have ours met for the time. If we’re happy and desire to continue to be happy for as long as we can by any means, we fall into a trap, for we must not seek happiness as an end itself or happiness over holiness, or to want to be happy more than to love our neighbors.
There must be a balance to everything in our life, an equilibrium, a healthy middle which will keep us from falling into either extreme which will put our life out of right state into what it wasn’t meant to be. We must praise the Lord for all the blessings and rejoice in all that He has given whether we’re at a low or high point in our life, for a thankless heart withers and neglecting to praise the One who sustains us every moment is frankly a crime for we all owe our very existence to God and to not be grateful for all the good we receive is an insult, irreverence, an action out of place when considering who we are in comparison to our God.
Welcome the peaks and troughs, believers, but know that . Don’t seek to stay too long on the peaks for you must eventually go down into the valley for there you shall meet what will challenge you and lead to growth if you accept it as part of the growth process used by the Lord to shape us into who we should become and not what the world would have us be.
To learn more about the Law of Undulation, read C. S. Lewis’s “Screwtape Letters”, or just Google it but read the Christian version of it. My explanation of it here isn’t the same as Lewis’s, mine contains more of my own opinions and sort of logical conclusions and elaborations but I hope I haven’t changed the essential meaning of the thing, I just wanted to share something that I think every Christian, especially the new believers, should learn about, for it is a helpful thing for those who are ignorant of it and an encouragement to those who are familiar with it.
Ephesians 3:20–21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.