The Christian Twogger (Twog #2)

Subject: Acts 17:26

(Translated from the Aramaic) And from one blood he made the whole world of humanity to be dwelling on the whole surface of The Earth.

Ken Ham posted this on my news feed:

Quick Quiz

(Correct answers are green — incorrect red.)

To whom did Paul affirm that all the nations of the earth were made from one man? (Choose one)
The men of Athens
The Jerusalem Council
The Judaizers in Galatia
The chief priest at Corinth

Answer Key

Acts 17:22-27

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The Christian Twogger (Twog #1)

From the editor:  The Christian Twogger is a new feature on Eternal Christ. In this day and age of short attention spans, and 140-character tweets, we’re introducing this new column as a Christ-centered twog — a marriage between tweet and blog. The messages will be short and to the point. Be prepared to be surprised as I have no idea where this is going. I simply trust the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Be advised that I may twog as often as the man tweets. Know what I mean?

May God Bless

Subject: Who is my neighbor?

Do you sometimes think that everyone but you has it all together? Everyone else is healthy and well … their life is good without any worries or cares. You, on the other hand, are sorely afflicted; and by any measure personally, physically, financially — even spiritually — your life is a mess. You are not alone.

When I’m out and about I try to focus my attention outwardly which is contrary to our natural tendency to think inwardly. We’re always thinking about the job, spouse, kids, relationships, money, health — and that burdensome to-do list that never seems to get done.

The other day I noticed a homeless person sitting in the shade  in front of the Urgent Care. He was suffering from heat exhaustion, and the doctor told him to drink some water and stay cool. Then I saw a mother and her daughter, and a man in a wheelchair asking for money. Normally, I look away when I see needy people — just as the priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:31-32).

Isn’t that human nature?

Jesus, in contrast, would fix his gaze upon other people’s sufferings. When we do that it almost has a healing effect for in that brief moment we stop thinking about our own problems, and consider the needs of another person.

And that is really our purpose in life to serve others that God may be glorified.

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Pride Offends God

It is Pride month in my hometown, and the city is gearing up for the celebration of the annual Pride parade this weekend.

As a Christian, I have been so distressed by the prideful flaunting of a behavior and lifestyle that is condemned by God. Make no mistake — the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Now, you can argue that it doesn’t say that, but you would only be deceiving yourself. How have we, as a society, become so degraded?

I blame the culture in which we live — movies, music, television and social media that force-feed the LGBTQ agenda down our throats every day. The evening newscast leads with an update of this week’s Pride activities which include a fun zone for the children. Do not doubt that the little ones are specifically targeted for a reason.

Christians who have gay friends have chosen to be conformed to the world on this divisive issue. To what degree can we compromise the Word of God, and still call ourselves Christian?

Though love covers a multitude of sins we must understand that love is an action – not a feeling. It is corrective — not permissive — as when a parent disciplines a child.

People will say, “Oh, you’re just being judgmental.” Some will go so far as to call me hateful, bigoted, or homophobic. The only thing I fear is for the person’s soul.

As for being judgmental where does the Bible say not to judge? Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24).

Did our Lord judge the Pharisees? Did he judge the woman at the well? Did he not cast judgment on sinners … telling them to sin no more?

That kind of judgment, or correction proceeds out of love — an earnest desire that a person repent of their sins, and turn towards the living and true God.

It is human pride that denies, or rejects the LORD. There are seven things that the LORD hates — seven sins that He finds detestable. One of these is haughty eyes, or pride.

The Bible teaches that homosexuality is an abomination, but so is pride. I live in a community that celebrates gay pride. Broadcast media, government officials and local churches participate in the flamboyant parade and ostentatious activities. It grieves my soul.

It grieves my soul, but where is the safe place for me to go? Where is the community room at the local library where I can listen to soothing music, blow bubbles and play with crayons? If it’s good enough for university co-eds …

I am a Christian, and the community doesn’t care how I feel. Christians are not covered under the umbrella of political correctness. In fact, the politically correct thing to do is deliberately offend Christians.

The TV news that covers every angle of gay pride doesn’t care if I’m offended. Folks, we live in a secular world. People are not seeking after God.

In his pride the wicked man does not seek the LORD; in all his thoughts there is no room for God (Psalm 10:4).

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their homosexual culture. The earth was flooded, in part, due to man’s sexual immorality. And I’ve only heard Rabbis teach this, but the tribe of Benjamin was nearly exterminated for the sin of homosexuality.

The story is recorded in chapter 20 of Judges when the tribes of Israel went to war against the tribe of Benjamin. In one day, 25,000 men of Benjamin were slain. Afterwards, Israel grieved over Benjamin’s loss, and to ensure the survival of the lineage they married the surviving widows and maidens.

What was Benjamin’s terrible sin?

In chapter 19 of Judges we read of a Levite who was traveling through the land of Benjamin (Gibeah) with his concubine. (The story is similar to the Sodomites who demanded that Lot turn over the two angels whom the LORD sent in judgment.) Some wretched men of Gibeah wanted to sodomize the Levite, but took his concubine instead.

It is one of the most sordid narratives in the Bible, and it will leave you feeling sick. All of Israel was so enraged by the act that it sought to kill every man of the tribe of Benjamin.

Sexual immorality is a grievous sin that is hated by God.

Make no mistake, heterosexual immorality is just as grievous. A couple sought to join a local church, and were asked by the pastor if they were married.

“No,” replied the young woman. “We live as a married couple, but we’ve never had a ceremony.”

“Well,” said the pastor, “if you want to join this church you’ll have to change your living arrangement.”

“Oh,” protested the woman. “I thought you were a loving church.”

How has this manner of thinking entered the body of Christ? It’s a combination of social influences, cultural attitudes and ignorance of the Bible.

I don’t mean to sound mean-spirited, but this is what speaking out of love sounds like. How has society been so degraded that speaking the truth is considered by some to be hate-speech?

To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13).

Imagine, the Bible is hate-speech. It leaves me, well … speechless.

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