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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The shameless manipulation of truth by Face the Nation.

Bob Schieffer has the kind of face and presence that says "America, you can trust me. I would never lie to you or distort the news in any way." But the fact is, he is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal who can deceive his viewers without blinking an eye.

He's not alone. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC all take their cue from the liberal playbook. Here is Schieffer's interview with Ted Cruz as it actually happened:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/01/27/see-side-side-shots-sneaky-cbs-editing-ted-cruz-interview?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Marketing&utm_campaign=cruz

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Are Pornographers reading my blog?

 I just sat down at my laptop and checked the stats on my blog. I went to "audience" and saw a site that had visited several times. Each visit was accompanied by a different number. I clicked on one of the numbers and a porno pic came up. A different pic comes up on each of the other numbers. It made me wonder if the purveyors of this stuff are reading my blog posts (I seriously doubt it. It's just a way of tempting me to fall into Satan's snare). All I can say is "thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you took the time to read some. I am not judging you and will not, that's not my place. I love you as you are and pray that the gospel might touch your heart with the love of God (and He does love you...unconditionally). God loves us unconditionally as we are but He also will not leave us as we are if we say yes to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Note this:

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

This can be you and anyone who hears the loving call of the Holy Spirit as He shares Jesus with you.

2 Tim. 2:25-26

The Grammys and the Church; The World and the Church

The 56th Grammy Awards Show gave the world of American entertainment and its fans an open and acceptable door to trash morals and religion. And if one were to weigh just how successful they were at doing that by the roar of those in attendance, it must be conceded that they achieved their goal. The mass wedding performed by Queen Latifah at the end of the ceremonies accompanied by the blatant attack against Christianity by some performer I had never heard of was the crowning of the anti-Christ monster who reigned over this year's Grammys.

I watched this year's Grammys. Why? I willingly allowed my flesh to talk me into watching under the guise that since I'm a musician I would get to see some fantastic musicians do their thing. But I also knew that there would be lots of female flesh on display. Honestly, that was the big draw. I take full responsibility in this matter. After all, as a Christian in whom the Holy Spirit dwells I have been given the power over my flesh, my old man, that remaining corruption that is in every Christian (1 Cor. 15:50-56; Rom. 7:14-25).

I could be a living illustration of what the apostle Paul damned in Romans 1:32 through 2:1. That is really disturbing, much more so than the pure poneros displayed by the Grammy performers. I confess my sin and my sinfulness made so clear by my shame and guilt following my disobedience. I repent, i.e.,  I change my mind about worldly entertainment hopefully and prayerfully to be followed by a change of behavior. That's what repentance is; and it is graciously granted by God (2 Tim. 2:24-26).

This year's Grammys provides a great object lesson for Christians everywhere, those who are genuinely "born again" by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and indwelt by the life and light giving Holy Spirit; as blatant a display of poneros as was this year's Grammys, we are not to judge those who took part in them, we are to only expose the works of darkness that were so clearly on display (1 Cor. 5:12-13).

The world of lost souls is right about one thing, we, the visible church, those who are children of God who is love and who love only because He first loved us (1 Jn. 4:7-8, 19) have judged those whom we have not been given the right to judge. We are to judge the behavior of those within the church, not those without. We are indeed to "hate what is evil" and "expose the works of darkness" but we have nothing to do with slinging damnation at those who are outside the body of Christ (Rom. 12:9; Eph. 5:8-16). That's where we have gone horribly wrong, giving the enemies of the cross reason to fire their fiery darts at us and perhaps defeating our efforts at proclaiming the love of God that was publicly displayed on the cross of Christ.

Too many Christian celebrity preachers have railed against homosexuals from their televised pulpits calling for gays to be hanged or burned (remember Jerry Falwell's diatribe?). Too many local pastors have joined them. We are to remind our folks in the church where they came from lest they get the notion that we are above those whom we tend to condemn (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 2:1-10).

Beloved, love the lost. Let them know they are lost and show them as well as tell them about the love that God has shown through the cross of Christ.

And, yes, my fellow disciples of Christ, you may judge me.