Archive for November, 2008

Remember when Paul Crouch said this?

I never thought I would see this. John Macarthur on TBN but being the trooper that Johnny Mac is, he did not waver in his message at all.

I wonder what Paul and Jan Crouch thought of what he said. I also wonder if the same people who were agreeing with John MacArthur are the same people who agree with the pimps who are normally on TBN

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HT: Walking with Christ

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Its coming round to that time. Some Christians will be making the argument that we shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas and some will not see a problem with it. So should we or shouldn’t we?

Well there is a thing called adiophora. What this is basically is things which are not strictly forbidden or permitted in scripture. For example this may be a shock to many but I have tattoos on both of my arms (no I am not trying to be like Todd Bentley). One which has a cross with the words ‘He died for us’ and on the other arm the names of my children. Was it wrong for me to have a tattoo? Well the first place to go should always be scripture. Is there anywhere which explicitly forbids me to have a tattoo or explicitly permits me to have one? The answer for both questions is no if you look at all the biblical passages IN CONTEXT (in case anyone decides to use Lev 19:28). But then again, it could have been if my motives were wrong or if I had acted against my conscience.

Romans 14 and 1 Cor 8 talks about this in more detail. In 1 Cor 8, It talks about situations where a person eats meats sacrificed to idols which is a sinful act in itself (sacrificing to idols that is). For one person it is OK to eat it but for another person it is not. What is the difference? It is the sin of the conscience. There may be many factors. For example it says that if you know that a person may have a background of sacrificing to idols, then even though you know it is OK in and of itself, for you to eat with that person could be sin if you know that that persons conscience is weak but you eat it in front of them anyway. Romans 14 talks about many other situations e.g. one person’s conscience allows them to eat meat but another persons doesn’t. One person esteems one day above another. These are areas that are not worth arguing about and we should let our conscience be our guide.

So going back to the original question. Should a person celebrate Christmas? I would say yes and no. Does the bible explicitly forbids or permits it. The answer is no but if your conscience pricks you because you feel strongly against celebrating what you believe to be a pagan festival, then it would be wrong for you to just go against your conscience and celebrate it anyway because eventually your conscience will get hardened if you continue to go against it. However there are those who just use the season to remember and celebrate the coming into this world of the one who would save us from our sins and see no problem with it whatsoever and their conscience allows it

td-jakesMy friend sent me an interesting email the other day. It included an audio of TD Jakes. To listen to it click here

So following that, the question that we now need to ask is ‘Is it more important for us to know the ‘voice of God’ than it is the ‘Word of God’?

Pastor John Coleman has ….hmmmm….lets say a very strong opinion on this but biblically I would have to say that he is on point. You can listen to Pastor Coleman in five parts by clicking on the links below.

TAKE HEED THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU

Juanita diary

I’ll say no more

These are the questions that I have been asking over the past few months. A feel like a miniature Job where there seems to be one thing happening in my life after another. I mentioned my burglary some time back. On top of that, I am still having problems with my relationship my daughter which is somewhat strained. Then on top of that, as I touched on in my previous post, my neighbour broke into my house a few weeks back thinking that I was not in. What triggered this off is that I had suspected him from stealing my post so I wrote inside a self addressed envelope ‘so you have been stealing my post as well’ and he bit the bait. The police arrested him, but not before he threatened the police with a knife and put the same knife to his own chest and throat. Then when he was in the court, he tried to harm himself and he has now been banned for possessing a dog for 5 years. He is now remanded in police custody until the beginning of December. Believe me when I say that this is the edited version of events.

Earlier on in my christian life, I would have asked “Lord, why are you allowing me to go through through this” Now I ask “Lord what do you want me to learn through this?”

Well here is a few things that I have learnt/am learning or been reminded about:

  • My devotion to God via studying his word and prayer is very circumstantial. Both of these have nose dived in recent weeks and I have had to repent. I look at Daniel as an example who even though there was a decree from the king so that nobody could make a petition to anyone except the King or be thrown into the lions Den, Daniel….

….in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

  • I have been reminded again that apart from Christ, I am nothing and hopeless. I am totally at God’s mercy.
  • Just because I am a christian, does not excuse me from ANY trial. In fact, I should expect it because that is what has been promised to believers (2 Tim 3:2)
  • Whatever temptation or trial I am going through, I have to make sure that I am blameless in God’s eyes (Phillipians 1:10, 2:15). This was apparent when claiming off my insurance for the burglary (the temptation was to bump up my claim), when dealing with my neighbour (the temptation was to go into the flesh and have a fight when he kicked my door down with me in it) amongst other things. If I do go in the flesh, I cannot just expect God to ‘bless over’ my disobedience

I’m sure there are more lessons for me to learn from this but on a positive note, I have found a new house and will be moving into it by the end of the month so will be away from ‘the neighbour from hell’ when he is released from prison