Lying, a Good Thing?

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“Lying is nothing unusual in small children. In fact, it’s a sign of healthy mental growth.”
So states an article titled Children’s Lies Are a Sign of Cognitive Progress in the Wall Street Journal.

To read more go to Missio Dei Fellowship

 

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Great Quote by C.S. Lewis on popular religion

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“We who defend Christianity find ourselves constantly opposed not by the irreligion of our hearers but by their real religion. Speak about beauty, truth and goodness, or about a God who is simply the indwelling principle of these three, speak about a great spiritual force pervading all things, a common mind of which we are all parts, a pool of generalized spirituality to which we can all flow, and you command friendly interest.

But the temperature drops as soon as you mention a God who has purposes and performs particular actions, who does one thing and not another, a concrete, choosing, commanding, prohibiting God with a determinate character. People become embarrassed or angry. Such a conception seems to them primitive and crude and even irreverent. The popular ‘religion’ excludes miracles because it excludes the ‘living God’ of Christianity and believes instead in a kind of God who obviously would not do miracles, or indeed anything else.”

From: The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings From C.S. Lewis, page 31 (January 22 reading, titled “When the Temperature Drops”

The Dog ate my Homework

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The dog ate my homework is the old cliché, ready-made excuse for not having homework done and ready to hand in. I’m not sure how often the excuse is used these days by school children but it sure is trotted out by the administration and it’s minions frequently enough.

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For example; the IRS under Lois Lerner targeted Tea Party groups with special scrutiny in a thinly veiled conspiracy to persecute the administration’s enemies. When President Obama found out he was publicly outraged and promised to get to the bottom of it. Blame was eventually placed on underlings and Ms. Lerner got to slip under the radar, thus escaping culpability and personal responsibility.

The investigation continued because few really believed that some low-level IRS bureaucrat in Cincinnati cooked up and executed the scheme.

So, as part of the investigation access to Ms. Lerner’s emails were demanded and guess what happened? Yes, the dog ate the emails. It happens don’t you know said the new spokesperson for the President, Josh Earnest.

Yes, the emails have all mysteriously disappeared in a computer crash just like the crashes a typical pc owner might have, except we’re talking about the IRS here and by law are to be stored in a permanent system.

So, in a story already riddled with lies, half-truths and stone walling no thinking person believes the latest dog ate my homework concoction.

Consider:

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. (Proverbs 14:5 ESV)

The Proverb is clear enough. Character is revealed through speech. The Proverb describes what a faithful witness does not do as well as what to watch out for-the false witness that breathes out lies.

It is the last part of the Proverb that concerns me the most. The vast majority of American people, so it seems, are oblivious to the lies or do not care that the “most transparent administration ever”” is being defined by falsehood, intentional deception, and feigned outrage whenever they get caught red-handed.

It’s been said we get the kind of government we deserve and since we voted the administration in, twice, we are reaping what we have sown for a long, long, time.

 

Living by Feelings is a Bad Plan

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Recently a friend, another biblical counselor told me of a conversation she had with her sister.

The sister was venting, being anxious about a great many things and going on and on regarding her feelings in her trials.

My friend listened for quite a while and then quietly said, “living by your feelings is no way to live.”

There was a moment of silence on the other end and then comments that indicated that my friend must have lost her mind for what other way is there to live life other than by “how you feel.”

What is your source of truth?

What is your source of truth?

The answer to the question is that one can live their life by how they feel or they can live their life according to truth.

The problem is we live in a post-modern world where it is assumed the truth cannot be truly known. Following that logic it makes a certain amount of sense that one can live according to how they feel; after all, it’s truth for them and who are you to say different.

Regrettably, the church often falls into the same trap by catering to people’s feelings and providing an experience rather than preaching the truth and letting the chips fall where they may. The result is a water-downed gospel designed to make the listener “feel good.”

Mr. Olsteen is not the only one just the best bad example.

Mr. Olsteen is not the only one just the best bad example.

On the other hand God gave to the apostle Paul what the purpose of His truth (the Bible) is:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

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There is  nothing in the passage about living life according to how one feels. It is about truth, truth for daily living, truth for eternal salvation, truth for trials.

This link will take you an excellent sermon on 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The part about living according to feelings is especially spot on and useful for those who have ears to hear.

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The “Church of Anything Goes”

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FEMEN is a female political action group based in the Ukraine noted primarily for making their views known by running around topless. Slogans are painted on their uncovered chests and their mode of operation seems to be loud and obnoxious.

Recently they disrupted a meeting between Germany’s Merkel and Russia’s Putin. Putin appears amused.

Their most recent exploit involved a Belgian Archbishop.  The bishop was attending a conference at a university about freedom of speech when Femen showed up and showered him with abuse along with water squirted from a bottle that looked like the virgin Mary. Femen accused the bishop and the Catholic Church of being homophobic, the left’s favorite pejorative when someone disagrees with their agenda.

The bishop’s reaction was to bow his head, pray and endure  the hateful tirade by Femen.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York issued the following statement when asked about the incident.

  So, for example, the Church loves, welcomes, and respects the alcoholic . . . but would not condone his binge;

    The Church loves, welcomes, and respects a prominent business leader…but would not condone his or her failure to pay a just wage to a migrant worker;

    The Church loves, welcomes, and respects a young couple in love . . . but would challenge their decision to “live together” before marriage;

    The Church loves, welcomes, and respects a woman who has had an abortion, and the man who fathered the child and encouraged the abortion . . . but would be united with them in mourning and regretting that deadly choice;

    The Church loves, welcomes, and respects a woman or man with a same-sex attraction . . .  while reminding him or her of our clear teaching that, while the condition of homosexuality is no sin at all, still, God’s teaching is clear that sexual acts are reserved for a man and woman united in the lifelong, life-giving, faithful, loving bond of marriage.

    The Church loves, welcomes, and respects wealthy people, while prophetically teaching the at-times-uncomfortable virtue of justice and charity towards the poor.

    We are part of a Church where, yes, all are welcome, but, no, not a Church of anything goes.

Dolan is no shrinking violet and has the courage of his convictions even standing up to the Obama administration, an administration that is aggressive in promoting baby killing, homosexual marriage and the continued undermining of the family and substituting for it the “benevolent collectivist state.”

I have issues with Roman Catholicism regarding the nature of the gospel (a theological issue rather than a social issue) but do admire a man who can say unashamed he does not represent the church of “anything goes.”

I don’t have the stats handy but many, perhaps more than half of Roman Catholics disagree with Dolan on one or more of the above issues and are apparently fine with the likes of Obama and becoming the church of “anything goes.”

Likewise, I do not have stats for my own faith group (broadly speaking evangelical Christianity) either but there certainly is a trend in some quarters to be the church of “anything goes.”

For churches that seek to remain faithful to Scripture and are actively resisting becoming the church of anything goes we can expect increased government pressure to conform to the spirit of this age. I’m no prophet but pressure will soon turn to persecution, a persecution already started as our right to free speech is denounced as “hate speech” by the likes of Femen and their leftist progressive allies.

My pastor and friend is preaching through 2 Timothy 2 right now. Here’s where he has been camped for a number of weeks:

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
(2 Timothy 2:8-13 ESV)

Again, I am not a prophet but on the other hand I would never have thought the US would have a President as actively anti-Christian as this one. The church of “anything goes” is no church at all and as unpleasant as it may be I believe that God will use the pressure\persecution to separate the wheat from the tare, the true from the false, the faithful from the faithless.

May God help us.