The Case for Biblical Judgement

Judgement while having your own plank

highway GIFBefore I was truly saved I spent my time focusing on judgement on others un-Biblically. I would judge without removing the plank from my own eye. I was a hypocrite and even worse, I was a false convert. The issue with modern Christianity is that we are able to call ourselves Christian without being one. I was living in an un repentant lifestyle, which was putting me on the “Highway to Hell”.

The first passage in Matthew 7 discusses Biblical judgement. This passage is probably one of the most overused and misunderstood passages in the Bible today. Atheists and liberal “Christians” often use this text to argue that you should not worry about their lifestyle. We should not judge because we sin as well and if we all sin then we should not be judging each other.

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:3-5

Removing my plank

Before Christ saving me in a true salvation, I enjoyed judging others without removing the plank in my own eye. As a young “Christian” man it was often easy to judge those that are living in homosexuality, alcoholism, pride-filled, etc. The problem with me, however, is that I was living in the lust of the flesh and was not repenting. That made me a hypocrite! A false convert! A lost sheep of God. And worse, I was claiming that I was representing Jesus Christ.

But what was worse was that I would have been unable to properly witness to someone that is living in sin. Even the slightest educated non Christian could have exposed me for being just like them. I knew enough about the Bible and Jesus Christ that at the end of my life I would have heard, “Depart from me”.

The importance of walking with Christ

If the church is continued to be filled with non Christian, luke-warm believers, then we will see more sin in the church. This view will lead the church to be of the world instead of not of the world. The Bride of Christ will continue to shrink and become a smaller minority of the world. Christ died and rose for our sins and most importantly, bore the wrath of God on the cross that was aimed at us. He took our punishment so we could live in repentance.

I am now living in repentance. This gives me a clear conscience to judge others in a Biblical sense. I can now lead my family in our faith in Christ and live for the great commission. It is the call for all of us who are truly saved. Biblical witnessing is the way to lead the lost to Christ. This witnessing includes showing them that they are sinners in need of a savior. There is NO sin that is too strong to not be saved from. Take Saul, who was persecuting and hunting down those who believed in God. He hated us. But God saved him and led him to do great, amazing things in his new life as Paul. Paul went on to write 13 books in the NT. Christ can take anyone and make them a new person for His Will.

God bless

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Losing Family Members to the Vaccine Debate

Today’s Sunday Special Podcast is going to be a different tone than usual. I am dealing with the loss of family members due to my family’s stance on the vaccine debate and vaccinating our child. I prepared to lose them over the debate, but am I really ready for the loss? Please be praying for my family during this time as we need them! God’s Will is just and beautiful in every situation.

If you can recall, I have made the correlation between the vaccine debate and Kanye West in a previous podcast.

Intro

The vaccine debate has two sides that are completely convinced that they are correct. This debate is much like the Calvinism vs Arminianism debate that we cover here at Living in Repentance. We lose friends and loved ones because of our stances, but is it worth the loss?

Both sides of the issue are determined to win. The extremes of both parties suggest that the other side is going to kill all of the children in the world if their worldview dominates. But is that really the case?

Family History

I come from a family of nurses or loved ones apart of the, “medical industrial complex”. My mother, cousin, cousin, aunt, aunt, and great aunt are all nurses here in central Ohio. They are all determined to believe that my wife and I are some Alex Jones’ loving conspiracy “nuts” with our firm stance on being against vaccines.

But can’t we just be concerned parents? I have a hard time being patient with people that just want to paint us as uninformed on the issue. Just because you are on the side that is the majority does not mean that the minority does not do their own homework. In fact, I can say with great confidence that I am more studied on the topic than most of my loved ones!

The truth of the matter is that in the end it does not matter what side is correct. We both want the world to be a better place for our children and their children.

Quick Thoughts on Vaccine Debate

I personally believe that we should not vaccinate in most circumstances. I mean… God did make an immune system for a reason.

We can bring up study after study to suggest that our viewpoint on this subject is correct until we both are blue in the face, but ultimately it is rare that either of us would ever change our mind.

I still have yet to understand how we cannot still have a relationship?

My wife lost her best friend to this debate. I lost my family. But why are the pro vaccine crowds so quick to disavow the loved ones that disagree with them? I have a feeling that in my case my family is afraid to find out that they have been wrong this whole time.

Vaccines are like 9/11, don’t you dare ever ask questions.

God bless

Christian Persecution. Should we Prepare?

We often assume that persecution is only in the developing or third world nations. We also think that the world does not exist outside of our bubble here in the western hemisphere. While we focus on our social media likes, our blog post stats, our utility bills, we are allowing the secular world to bully and push us into submission.

Should we be preparing for this to occur here in the United States? Read the social media comments or editorial pages of major newspapers: The writing is on the wall. Once the Christian population is squandered to such a minute level, the flood gates of hatred towards us will fly wide open.

The United Kingdom Persecution

dr davidHey… at least this isn’t the “western western” hemisphere… right?

Dr. David Mackereth was recently let go while training for his new position as a health and disability assessor for the government. The 55 year old medical doctor had 26 years experience working for the NHS.

Why exactly was he terminated?

He had the audacity to identify patients by their biological sex. He told his trainer about his discomfort with this rule, to which the trainer reported him and he was later let go for his stating that he did not feel right identifying patients by the gender they chose.

I had not yet pointed out that Mackereth is a strong Christian simply because I would think even a level headed atheist should be able to identify what is a male or female.

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Mother Russia Persecution

bootRussia is such a great Christian nation… right? Vladimir Putin is such a great Russian Orthodox Christian… right?

The newest anti-Christian law has many Russians fearing that the KGB style policing is slowly coming back to the communist nation.

The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament’s upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. [The Christian Post]

The law, which was approved by Putin, bans any evangelical from evangelizing to atheists or people of other faith. This law even trickles down to the home, where evangelizing to people inside of your own residence is strictly forbidden.

What is even more scary is that if you see this occurring and do not report it yourself, you can also face prosecution!

NRB President Jerry A. Johnson further called on the United States government to pressure Russia to repeal what he described as an “unjust law.”

“Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Johnson said. [The Christian Post]

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Conclusion

Not only do we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in these nations, but for all Christians worldwide. If these are truly the end times, these types of persecution will only get worse. The sickest forms of persecution have been hitting the developing world since the beginning of time but we have been blessed enough to not face this in the first world… but this is quickly changing.

I remember when gay marriage was legalized. I was one of those college kids that was all for the legalization, but when I saw what people were saying I quickly realized that I was wrong. On social media people were not excited about the legalization, but the problems that Christians were going to face. I soon realized that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

ropeWe will face persecution in our lives. So far in the western world it has only hit us in our jobs and professional lives. Sure, maybe we have even lost loved ones or friends because we refuse to hide our faith. There is even increasing talk about a civil war in the United States.

What should we do?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

I am not afraid of persecution.. are you?

Differing on Biblical Topics with Loved Ones

gpaThe bond between a grandson and grandfather is something unlike anything else on earth. I have been blessed with having two grandpas that I dearly respect and had great relationships with.

My one grandfather died last year and was your typical blue-collar GM worker. He loved the unions, American jobs, and especially his Budweiser. I remember his shop on the farm having an Obama yard sign and a Trump yard sign next to each other, symbolizing he voted either Union or NRA and never swayed.

Loyalty to those two groups was his strongest suit. His commitment to his grand kids was also very impressive and honorable. He was with me when I shot my first deer on his property and taught me everything I know about the outdoors. We had a great relationship.

He died on my sister’s wedding day. Being the first death of a loved one for me I found it extremely hard to deal with. Why would God choose to take him on my sister’s wedding day? He sat in his Lay-Z-Boy to take a nap after he took his friend out hunting but never woke up. Being upset at first, I questioned why God would take him so young and healthy, out of nowhere.

But I have grown to think that I would want to go out just the same way! I have seen way too many relatives suffer for years before their painful death and it saddens me to my core. What a blessing it would be to go out during your morning nap!

My grandfather and I (that is still alive) have a very special relationship. Not only do I consider him my best friend, but he is also my mentor with my faith. No man I have ever met reads his Bible more than my grandfather. He can recite passages and have an in depth conversation about any topic in the Bible… which leads me to my blog posting today. How do you lovingly disagree on Biblical topics that you are both so passionate about? How do you lovingly disagree with your Biblical mentor and loved one?

ken hammI am passionate about the young earth theory, but he holds to the gap theory. Not only are we both strong in our beliefs on this, but we are both educated on the subject. I am obviously not nearly as educated as my grandfather, but I can hold my own debating the age of the Earth.

But the biggest disagreement we have is on salvation. I believe in once saved always saved, but he holds to being able to lose your salvation. I believe in predestination but he believes in free will. Calvinism v Arminianism is the greatest theological debate and destroys friendships and families! How do I lovingly disagree with my grandfather?angry daffy duck GIF by Looney Tunes

What an amazing God we worship where we can have so many theological debates and disagreements, but still revolve around the same gospel. We both believe that Jesus Christ died and rose for our sins so that we may be saved and have an eternal life in heaven with God. We both believe that God is three in one; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt in my mind that we will both live our eternities in heaven with our Lord and Savior.

mac sprouThese disagreements can turn south very quickly. We are both determined that we are right and the other is wrong. I love and care deeply for my grandfather, but these disagreements hurt my heart greatly.

I have posted a video link below to a John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul discussion. They are both titans of the modern expository, evangelical movement that has helped shape my views and Biblical viewpoints. I respect both of these men and they had a great, loving relationship. They greatly disagreed on the topic of infant baptism. Sproul agreed, MacArthur disagreed.

 

God bless

 

Dissecting How to Love Like Christ 1 John 4:

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Hello and welcome to the podcast!

-Today we begin by discussing how to witness to loved ones that have fallen in to a false gospel. How do we witness to our loved ones that are neck deep in the word of faith, new age, or prosperity gospel?

-I bring up how I have family members that are not Christian and family members that are caught up in the false gospel. I feel as if we need to approach these two camps the same exact way.

-How do we run and try to save them before they jump off the cliff and are unable to be brought out of the deception? Has God hardened their hearts already?

-Remember how Christ was patient with us. He is still patient! I went 25 years sinning against Jesus Christ without repenting for my wicked ways. We should show this patience with our loved ones, neighbors, and strangers!

-The mega church I used to attend sent an email about their baptism weekend…… it is titled, “WATER WEEKEND” because they are having a water party for the kids as well. BLASPHEMY!

-These discussions tie directly in to the study we do in 1 John. The verses we go over are posted below:

God bless!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:7-14