Thursday, September 03, 2009

WELL, NOW....HERE WE GO


It is not often that I make people mad with my blog. It is never intentional. I don't LIKE to make people mad. When I do, it bothers me....but has yet to shake me from what I said. I might apologize for the way I have said something. But, in my more "controversial" posts, I have never apologized for saying what was said....and I probably never will. BUT, you never know.

How is that for an attention grabber?

Back about 18 months ago, I made several people mad with my beliefs and my views. I was called various things, most of which did not bother me. What did bother me is when some folk (most being non-Christian) would try to use my lifeline against me. (I'm talking about the Bible, if you are wondering.)

What I'm going to say here tonight has to do with some things that have been bothering me, literally, for MONTHS! You know how it is when you get into a disagreement or some "word sparring" with a person. You leave and then think, "UGH! I should have said....." Well, that is how I have been for awhile. There were (are) many things that I wanted to say....and still do, I just never knew how to say them. I am wondering if maybe God didn't give me the words. Well, now I feel that maybe He has.

You can *guffaw* all you want. You can criticize because I am so bold as to assume I have a direct line to God......well, I do.....if you don't you can get with me. As with any post, I will publish your comment, providing it isn't personally insulting to me, any other reader or Biblically errant. (And yes, I know you might think that subjective, but I get to do that.)

First, I want to share a verse that keeps coming to me. It's just that while praying about this post (I started thinking/praying on it about 6 weeks ago) this verse came to me. So here we go.

2 Timothy 1:12 ~ For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

Hmmmm....have to step back for a sec. I had a whole laundry list of items...more like a dump post. But, it's not going to be that. Sorry, if you were really excited to get after me. :)

It has often been said (after one of my posts) that Christians (myself, in particular) shouldn't judge. They invariably throw out Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. (KJV)

OK, fine. KEEP READING! verse 2 of the NASB: For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

That does not mean that Christians shouldn't make a judgment call about things they see that are wrong. It DOES, however, tell us how we should make those judgment calls.

There are 3 groups of people: Believers, Unbelievers, and False prophets. (I leave it to you to figure out where you fit.) My standard of measure is the Bible. The Bible, is my absolute truth. It will not change. It needs nothing further.

Oh man......my thoughts are muddled. Bear with me.

I need to first explain what the "don't judge" part means to me. I shouldn't make an absolute determination of a person's guilt. That is not my job. I'm not to judge a person's eternity based on the brief snippet of time that I see. That doesn't mean a complete hands-off approach, either. Don't you realize that as a Christian, I am TOLD to tell people of my beliefs...to warn people of their impending doom, should they not accept Christ as Saviour?

What would Jesus do? THE ABOVE!!! That's what He did. That's what He told His followers to do. He didn't say, "Oh, because I love you, I will not warn you. Nor will I allow you to go through the consequences of your actions" (or inactions, as the case may be.) Nope. He wants me to try to love people to Heaven, but be willing to love them to hell.

Another thing about the "don't judge" statement is that everyone can't be judged the same. What does that mean? Well, if you aren't a Christian, you don't live by the same standard that I live by. That does not automatically give you permission to do whatever you desire to do.

When the scribes and Pharisees (John 8) brought the woman caught in the act of adultery to Jesus, He drew the line in the sand and said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Basically, nobody picked up a rock because they knew that they weren't without sin. They all up and left. When Jesus asked her, "hath no man condemned thee?" She stated that no man had.

He said, "neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

There....cool, huh? Why didn't he condemn her? Because He knew that she was living under a different standard. However, that did not make her sin any less a sin. He told her to SIN NO MORE! We can judge the sin and still value the person.

We are also to beware of false prophets. How can we beware if we aren't allowed a bit of judgment? Jesus said that we will know these by their fruits. He also said that a corrupt tree cannot bear good fruit. If the peaches are bad, we are to chop down the tree and throw it into the fire. (Of course, He didn't say "peaches" specifically....LOL~)

Please don't make the mistake of confusing tolerance and love. I love my children....I will NOT tolerate when they speak disrespectfully to me. It does not show them love if I let them stay in bed all day, not doing their chores, never going to school, or learning the ways of the Lord.

It's sad that what I mean in love is seen as judgment. Well, if you are making that call, then aren't you judging me? You obviously don't know my motive. And, I still hold that if you have a problem with what I'm saying, then you need to dig deeper into your own eternal security.

You see, there IS only one way. Yeah, it's nice to think of a big map with many roads...you can choose the interstate: lots of traffic, fast moving, get ya there quickly. Or there is the scenic route....not as quick, but a lot more fun....or the rocky, dirt path: narrow, difficult, lots of obstacles. Well, it's the rocky dirt path. Jesus told us that the way is narrow and difficult.

Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Guys, if He wasn't the only way, then WHY was He in Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion? Do you know what He was doing? Do you really?

He was in anguish. His sweat became like drops of blood. He prayed to Abba Father, in Luke 22:42, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

He didn't want to go through what He was about to face. To carry, not only my sin and sickness, but yours and the sin of everyone else in the world....that is heavy stuff. Think about what that meant. ALL the sickness. ALL the sin. God turned His back on Jesus because of the sin. That was more painful to Jesus than anything He endured physically.

I love this clip.


Go to about 6 minutes for the part about the cup.

Back to what I was saying. If there was ANY OTHER WAY, don't you think Jesus, of ALL men, would have found it? I mean....He's God! Yet, He had to go through the crucifixion to atone for our sins.

*deep breath*

I'm tired. I'm typing way too fast and having to correct a lot of mistakes. :) I don't know if I'm done. I'm done for tonight. I feel certain there will be something from someone that will bring about conversation. That is OK....let's all keep it friendly, please?

Good night, y'all.

GOD BLESS.

ETA:


Spiritual truth #1 - No one is good. All are sinners

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God -Romans 3:23

Spiritual Truth #2 - The payment for sin is death. If you sin, you have been sentenced to the death penalty, and an eternity away from God.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -Romans 6:23

Spiritual truth #3 - Jesus paid the death penalty for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. -John 3:16-17

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -John 14:6

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. -John 10:10

Spiritual truth #4 - To accept the free gift of salvation, you must accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. -2 Corinthians5:17

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. -Romans 10:9-11

The above scripture says you need to do three things:

Confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth

Believe in your heart

Don't be ashamed

If you want to be saved and born again, and you are ready to become a new creature in Christ, then pray the following prayer. You can do this right now...right where you are. God will hear you:

Dear Lord, Thank You so much for sending Your Son to pay for my sins, by dying in my place. I accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and I believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead. Thank You for Your free gift of salvation, I gladly accept it. Amen~

If you did this, please let me know in the comment section. I will pray for you.



9 comments:

Dana said...

Right on Sister! You said it so plainly and eloquently....and correctly! The Bible is the INERRANT Word of God. Everything you just said was based in Scripture....you took the whole counsel of the Word of God.

Someone once said, "God said it. I believe it. That settles it!". Well a more correct way of stating this should be "God said it. That settles it!"
It doesn't matter if we believe it or not. God is still God and His Word is still true....whether some believe it or not.

So LL, well done, good and faithful servant of God!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Good job. I think you are correct in all that you wrote. I really like that you pointed out that we believers will be judged differently. I think we forget that. You used great scripture to back it up, too.
Good job. If someone get's offended or upset by this post.....then they may need to examine their own life and the fruits they are producing. I'm just sayin'.
Love ya!

Catey said...

Man! Heavy thinking for the beginning of the weekend! heh! ; )

(also please forgive any typos, the kids are milling about! lol)

You’re right, “the gate narrow” (Matt 7:14), “no man cometh unto the Father, except by me” (John 14:6), and “by their fruits” is SO much more profound than many many people realize.

I would also add 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matt 18:16, “in the mouth of two or three witnesses”, and just to stir the pot (and only because you know I love you), here’s one more for you, Ezekiel 15-17, 19. Interesting. : )

And I agree. There is a direct line to God. But too many people are afraid to get down on their knees and sincerely ask about truth. Can you imagine what a better place the world would be if people would be willing to do that one simple thing?

To quote a very, very wise man, “We don’t down grade any Church. Wedon’t speak disparagingly of any Church. We simply say to people of other Churches, bring all the good that you have and come and let us see if they if we can add to it. Now that’s all there is to it.” There are many denominations who would benefit from this approach to preaching!

Again, you’re right; there are many out there doing good, and doing their part to warn their neighbor. And what a different world it would be if we all did so according to Christ’s example. I am still surprised at those who protest and scream and publicly defile in order to “warn” others. The irony in their actions is lost on them. And one day they will mourn their misinterpreted choices, especially when the truth is so plainly written.

P.S. I love your thought provoking posts. : )

~LL~ said...

Catey, good scriptures! Thanks. Our devotional this morning was "I am the vine, ye are the branches."

And, you know I love ya. You are my favorite person in the whole of Utah!!!

Dana, I love that. I had heard the other 3-part saying, but now hold to the 2-parter. Just closing my eyes and saying I don't believe doesn't make it NOT true. Just like screaming about it doesn't make it right. "God said it. That settles it. PERIOD."

Lisa, Love ya, girl. I always feel that way, too. If I hit a nerve, then examine the nerve. If one is totally secure in their faith, then this won't make them mad....even if it totally disagrees with their way of thinking.

sammye2517 said...

LL~ I have not really ever read your blog but for some reason this morning, I was led to read it! LOVED IT!!! I agree with what you say. More people in this world should take a deeper, closer look at themselves. Thanks!!!!!

~LL~ said...

thank you!

lana said...

amen and amen...

Reflections in My Mirror said...

LL:
I have struggled with being judged recently. It is hard to be a "growing" Christian. I was "raised in the church" all of my life and have taken many of the paths you spoke of. Until recently I have found that in my life I have not lived as God wanted. I have made mistakes, choices, and bad decisions along the way. I am growing more now than ever. I have realized that for me the "image" I had as a child and young adult of what I "should be" is not that of what I know now. I still have family and friends that are a little critical and "judgmental" of me. They know of my previous ways and it is hard for them to believe my "new" beginning. Granted they are glad that I am developing a stronger relationship with God - does that make sense??
All of this to say that your post reminded me of several things to consider and to look at deeper. I am thankful of that.
On another note pertaining to blogs - it is your blog - your views, your life. I do not get how people can get so wrapped up in other people's business. Where does it say you cannot have your own views and opinions. I have seen a lot of this "drama" around the blogs I visit - it is very sad. i may not agree with everything you say - but I would never be disrespectful of your blog - it is a journal of you - not me.
Sorry this was long - I need to visit more!
Amy Q

~LL~ said...

Amy Q, track record is a powerful thing, huh? It makes it hard to go down a new path when old friends and family are lining, encouraging or reminding you of the old ways. For some reason, we can't forget our wrongs. We are supposed to be like God...Forgive AND Forget. We tend to SAY that we forgive, but I don't know anyone who truly forgets. It is just another "growing pain" in our journey to Heaven.

Just keep your eyes on the Father. Will be praying for you.