Men, Stop the Silly Video Games and Kick the Porn Habit | Shane Idleman

from Charisma News

Like a bird that wanders from the nest, so is a man who wanders from his place” (Prov. 27:8).

Written in 1757, the following lyrics echo with great clarity to a generation that has wandered so far off that we can barely hear God’s call to return to Him: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, O take and seal it; seal it for Thy courts above.”

“Wander” means to depart, stray or retreat from what we know to be right. As a result, guilt and shame can dominate our lives. Proverbs 13:15 reminds us that “the way of the transgressor” is hard. For many, this is an understatement if we are fighting against God … fighting against what we know to be right.

In the same way that the DMV offers a certificate of non-operation when a vehicle is not working properly, wandering from God makes us ineffective, unproductive, negative, angry, depressed, disgruntled, discouraged, critical, and lifeless. It’s clear from Scripture that the wanderer within must be restrained. How do we restrain a nature prone to wander?

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David Platt’s Call to Counter Culture

david-plattfrom Christian Post.com

Platt, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board and author of the books Radical and A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture, began his address by pointing out the hypocrisy of Christians who advocate for less controversial social issues while avoiding others like life, morality and marriage altogether. “We are passionate against poverty and slavery, injustice that we should stand against, but issues that don’t bring us into conflict with culture around us. Yet on issues like abortion or so-called same-sex marriage, issues that are much more contentious in the culture around us, instead of being passionate, we are strangely passive.”

“Ladies and gentlemen the gospel does not give us that option. We cannot choose to pick and choose which social issues to apply Biblical truth to,” Platt said. “The same gospel that compels us to war against sex-trafficking compels us to address sexual immorality in all of its forms.”

“We must apply the gospel consistently, compassionately, and courageously,” said Platt as he went on to lay out four biblical foundations that have significant culture implications when denied God’s truth:

1) God Creates Us as a Demonstration of His glory
2) God Designs Man and Woman for the Display of His Gospel
3) God Judges Us by His Righteous Law
4) God Pursues Us with His Redeeming Love

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Are You a Cultural Christian or a Biblical Christian?

youth-bible-study(My note: I have used the term “CHINO” to describe so-called cultural Christians. CHINO standing for “CHristian in Name Only.)

from Charisma News

Christianity is flourishing. There are more Christians today in America than ever before, both as a percentage and in total numbers. Roughly one in three Americans indicate they have asked Jesus to forgive their sins and grant them the gift of eternal life.

Here’s the question: If religion is such a big part of our lives, why isn’t it making more of an impact on our society? The sad reality is that claims of religious commitment run high, but impact is at an all-time low.

Here’s the problem: Although Christianity is flourishing, many of us who are Christians have gotten caught up in this increasingly bankrupt culture. We have adopted many of the values of the world around us. Maybe it’s the new sexual ethics of cohabitation or pornography, rampant greed and materialism, or winking at the needs of the poor. Gal. 5:9 explains why adopting these values is a problem: “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”

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How Should We Be Living? | Dr. Michael Brown

from Charisma News:

The time for slumber and playing games is long past, and the time for complacency is gone.

The harvest is ripe, the needs are overwhelming, and the potential is extraordinary.

The power of God is totally available, and the Lord Jesus is enthroned in power, ready to send, anoint and bless and use.

It is time to wake up, stand up and show up.

Not tomorrow. Not next year. Not somewhere else. But today, this year, where you live, right now.

How should we be living? “For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His” (2 Chron. 16:9).

Live with such wholehearted devotion that the Lord will show Himself strong on your behalf.

You will never have a regret.

That is how we should be living.

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“The Paganization of Western Culture” | Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Idolatryfrom Oxford University Chabad Society

Yes, contemporary Western culture is a pagan culture. It is ruled by the gods of olden time, only with new names and different images. The first is the god of power – formerly known as Baal (literally: “owner”) – who sometimes appears in a slightly different form as Mammon, the god of money. Another such god is Ashtoreth (Astarte or Ishtar), the goddess of sex and fertility. In our time, though, it is no longer the goddess of fertility but only of pure sex.

Yet another god, perhaps promoted from a mere muse to a full-fledged deity, is Calliope, who is now the ruler of the craving for fame. People may want money in order to obtain material goods; they may want sex for amusement, sometimes even for procreation. But Fame is now a thing in itself; it is a certain addiction. What does the relatively new term “Celebrity” mean? It means that one is a well-known nothing. And the more one is well-known, the less people care who and what one is; it does not matter. Indeed, so many young girls and boys want to be film stars – not because they wish to be beautiful or powerful, but because they want to be known all over the world.

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Why Kids Are So Awfully Sexualized | PoliticalOutcast.com

katyperrysesamestreetToday’s kids have been turned into little sex monsters by the sex culture surrounding them. They see the music videos of such morally bankrupt “artists” as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and nearly every R&B and rap “artist” out there; videos featuring females getting male attention and money thrown their way for showcasing their bodies, accompanied by lyrics (from females) that plead for their two-timing, physically abusive boyfriends to love them again, or lyrics (from males) that remarkably find ever more creative ways to express praise of a “b*tch’s” booty. Black girls try to ingratiate themselves to black boys, whom they know will only love them for their curves–personality doesn’t jiggle and hearts don’t bounce–and white girls try to ingratiate themselves to the black girls out of the white guilt they’ve built up by immersion in a culture that shames low melanin levels.

Adolescents don’t often watch BET and their trashy music videos, but they do watch programs like American Idol. It is here that the sex culture finds its way into the younger kids’ minds.

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/07/why-kids-are-so-awfully-sexualized/#ixzz2ZKUGEiHA

Mardi Gras-Just Harmless Fun?

This comes via the website http://www.exposingsatanism.org and is from a tract by  Last Call Ministries in Shreveport, LA. They may be contacted at P.O. Box 4203, Shreveport, La 71134

Mardi Gras! The word conjures up all sorts of images in the mind. We think of parades, floats, masquerades, balls, beads, doubloons, parties, king cake and revelry. New Orleans Promises it as “the greatest free show on earth”, and it is considered by most to be a time of good wholesome fun.  

Pre- Christian Origin

Spring time pagan celebrations are the roots of the modern day Mardi Gras. Ancient Greek and Roman festivals involved sacrifice, drunkenness, lewdness, immoral sex and revelry. In the parade of the pagans, false gods are worshiped by exalting an image above the assembly. Pagan priests accompanied by the idol, shower the crowds with spring flowers, herbs, grain and coins. Both good fortunes, spells, and curses were shouted, including the calls to the idol god to grant favor and blessings.

On example of the gods is Pan. He is represented by a half animal, half man incarnation. He represents wanton lust and crudeness. In The Roman celebration “lupercalia” a fertility festival, the worship of Lupercus involved cross dressing and masquerading to promote sexual orgies.  Today the celebration of Centaur exalts the same spirit of revelry and wanton abandonment, drunkenness, homosexuality, nudity and brawling all still exist today.

What was once deplored by the church is now accepted. A blend of pagan rites , animism and church religion exist today.  In an attempt to convert the masses the church, the Catholic church, fixed the celebrated resurrection of Jesus (Easter) around the astrological event that “spring rites” celebrate. (the full moon of the spring equinox).  The fixing of Easter allows the unscriptural religious celebration of Lent and ash Wednesday to follow Mardi Gras.  Instead of resisting the ways of the pagans, The “church”  absorbed many of these festivals in hopes that it would convert the pagans. What we have today is a churchy world and a worldly church!!!  In French, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. This is  a day to gorge and over indulge oneself before the seasonal religious practice of fasting, abstinence and denial. It is not surprising that the symbol for Mardi Gras is the “Bouef Gras”…… The fatten bull

Idolatry

The bull is the old testament symbol of Baal. 1st Kings 12:28 —- 19:18  Exodus 32.   Baal the bull is symbolic of strength and fertility. God condemns the production and worship of idols. Yet many in the church do just that, worship idols.  Exodus 23:13  ” And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” Steeped in Egyptian, Grecian, and Roman fertility rites. Half of the parades celebrate and honor false gods. The rest promote sex and drunkenness.

Exodus 34:13-17   But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;  And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Can we claim his lordship and still be involved in this demonized activity?  It is the same spirit that has contended against God for the souls of man since we were created. That same spirit,Satan, works to turn man away from Holy God, and towards these false gods

1st Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.                           

John I 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 

Revelation 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Scriptures that deal with these false gods:

Dianna  Acts 19:24-29  Hermes and Zeus  Acts 14:12  Aphrodite, Venus, Istar Judges 2:13 & 10:6

It is hypocritical to instruct Christ centered living to include pagan rituals. Christians who participate in Mardi Gras, fellowship with unbelievers and promote Godlessness, blessing every evil that opposes the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!  Humanism and universalism have a big time when Mardi Gras comes to town. 

Corinthians II 6:16-18  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 

Christians should have nothing to do with evil 


Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate

John I 2:15-16  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 

Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.