Archive for June 27, 2015


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Yesterday was a day that changed the history of my country forever. For the first time in America’s history it has been declared that it is now legal in all of the United States for couples of the same sex to marry. When I first heard the announcement, my heart sank. I saw it truly as a defining moment.

Capture Line in the sandA line has now been drawn in the sand. It will clearly reveal who is truly a Christian according to God’s Word, and who will go along with the world and choose to compromise. It will be one of God’s way of separating the sheep from the goats even before judgment day. Who will be among those who will take a stand for Biblical truth in spite of what the consequences may be? And who will compromise and go along with what some of the world has deemed to be not only acceptable, but now legal?

It was God, the Creator of this world who created the rainbow as a promise to His creation that He would never again destroy the world by a flood. The rainbow is a symbol of the covenant that God made between Himself and His people no matter who may claim the symbol of the rainbow to represent their beliefs. But make no mistake. Judgement is coming. And I fear that yesterday’s ruling will soon bring judgment on this nation in the likes of which we have never seen before because God will not be mocked. This nation has been blessed for so long because we have stood for what God declares in His Word as being right and wrong.

I pray that it’s not too late for our country. There are still many God fearing Christians in this country who are as grieved as I am by yesterday’s ruling, and we will continue to pray that God will open the eyes of many to see the truth on this issue.

Those of us who are truly Christians do not hate anyone. We stand for what God declares as truth in spite of what a person — or even a country — may declare as being acceptable. We also care enough to reach out and speak the truth in love to people who are in rebellion against God as we also were at one time before God opened our eyes to see the truth about our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.

During the thirteen years that I worked at my previous job, I worked with two homosexuals. I never spoke words of judgement to them, and I took the time to get to know them by talking with them and allowing them to share a little about their lives with me. God even gave me an opportunity to talk at great lengths with one of these two co-workers, and he shared with me some of what he went through in his life. He told me how close he was with his mom and how devastated he was when she died. He told me how he never had a close relationship with his father. He also shared with me about a horrible car accident that he was in, and how his car turned over multiple times as it rolled down a steep hill, and how he survived without sustaining any serious injuries.

I was then able to share much of what I had been through in life, and told him how I found healing for my broken heart, as well as hope, forgiveness, and truth when I began to read the Bible and came to understand who Jesus truly is. As I spoke he listened intently to all that I shared with him.

In the few conversations that we had I never addressed his homosexuality, because we are all sinners in God’s eyes. I wanted him to understand that God desires to have a relationship with him, and I also wanted him to know that forgiveness and God’s love can be found by coming to Him through Jesus Christ alone.

One day I asked him if he would read a Bible if I gave him one, and he said that he would. I bought him a Bible and I also wrote him a letter in which I shared the gospel with him.  One evening while those of us who were finished working that night were all walking out, I hurried to catch up with him and held out the wrapped Bible with the letter inside to him. I told him what it was, and he thanked me and accepted it willingly. A few days later I found out that he was fired, so I praise God for the opportunity that He gave me to give him the Bible and my letter before that day came. God gave me many opportunities to share the gospel with other co-workers, and customers, as well. If a person is truly a genuine Christian they will see their responsibility and have an urgency to share the truth with everyone!

Some may choose to speak words of hatred towards LGBT people, but those of us who are genuine Bible believing Christians speak the truth in love because judgment is coming. When Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross and died in our place, He took upon Himself the wrath that God intended for all of us because of ALL of our sins –no matter what they may be. We are all sinners compared to a completely holy God, and we are all in need of a Savior.

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Yesterday the history of the United States of America was changed forever. A line has been drawn. On which side will you stand? It’s not about hating a certain group of people. It’s about taking a stand for what God declares as right and wrong. Will you stand for what God says concerning His definition of marriage? Or will you agree with what the world is now saying? God’s Word never changes no matter what may be declared as legal, and no matter how many people may try to cast doubt on the reliability of God’s Word.

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One day each of us will stand before God and will give an account of our lives to Him, and we will be judged according to His Word. Are you going to conform to what the world now says is acceptable? Or will you take a stand for God and the truth declared in His Word?

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Have you placed your trust in the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ through which He completely satisfied God’s wrath that He has towards us because of our sins when He died in your place on the cross? If you have, then on judgment day you will be covered in His righteousness. If not, if you do not choose to place your trust in God’s only provision that He made for you to be forgiven — by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, propitiatory sacrifice, and glorious resurrection from the dead alone — you will be judged according to the law and found guilty and condemned to eternal torment in hell, which was created for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

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To choose not to warn others about sin and the judgment that is coming  would be hatred! One day we will all stand before God, and those who continue to reject the warnings that we try to share with them will have no excuse.

Repent, America, while there is still time.

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” (Genesis 9:14-17)

“Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:11-13)

“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” (Leviticus 18:22)

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1: 18-32)

“Or do you not know that wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:3-16)

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10b-12)

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:6,7)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

Capture Photobucket Survey picWelcome to another SURVEY SATURDAY. Thank you so very much to the few of you who took the time to participate in last month’s survey! However, even though I now know that some of you are interested in seeing me write posts ‘exposing false teachers,’ and you also desire to see ‘book reviews‘ here, I would truly appreciate it if you could please let me know who it is that you would like me to write about, and what books you would like me to review for you. So, could you please just take a minute of your time and respond to the survey below and leave me a short comment with your request below, as well? You can even post your comment and choose your name as ‘Anonymous,’ if you’d like; the form gives you that option. You can also send me a personal message by going to my Page above, entitled: ‘If You’d Like To Contact Me,’ and share your requests with me that way, if you’d like.

I am here not only to honor God and to share Biblical truth and to expose error through what I write, but also I am here with the desire to help those of you who are searching for answers. With that being said, I would truly appreciate it if those of you who read this blog from time to time would please provide me with a little more information if you decide to take part in the poll below so that I can serve you better through what I write. It’s quite frustrating to me now that I know what you are looking for, but don’t quite know the false teachers that you would like me to write about, or the books that you would like to see me do reviews on.  :/

As I mentioned in all of my previous SURVEY SATURDAY posts: I will be presenting some type of survey to you once a month, (Lord willing) on the last Saturday of each month, to give those of you who read this blog from time to time, an opportunity to submit your requests to me as to what you would like to see me write about here on this blog in the future. Would you like me to write more poems? Then please vote accordingly, and I would truly appreciate it if you would leave me a short comment as to what topic you’d like me to write one about, and I will consider writing on that topic which I will always write from a Christian perspective.

Do you have some concerns about your pastor or a certain pastor or teacher that you have been listening to, or something that they are teaching or something they have taught in the past that has been troubling you, and you’re searching for some information and answers? Then please vote accordingly and please leave a comment or send me a personal message using the ‘contact form‘ below or leave a comment in which you can choose to remain anonymous and let me know who it is that you have concerns about, and why, and I will be happy to do some research on that pastor, teacher, or topic, and focus on that particular person or teaching in the new series of posts that, Lord willing, I will continue to write once a month on Fridays, entitled, ‘FALSE TEACHER FRIDAY- LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A BEREAN.’ I may share an in depth report on that certain pastor or teacher, or I may simply write briefly about the person or teaching and then include links to some good posts addressing that person or teaching that have been written by other Christians who are well respected and trusted. However, I continue to urge you to always test everything you read and listen to against God’s Word to see if it is true or not (Acts 17:11) –including everything that I write.

Please always keep in mind that no matter how many years a pastor or teacher has been preaching or teaching, or how well respected they may be, we must always continue to examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done by those who claim to speak for God) is true,’ (Acts 17:11) because God’s Word is filled with warnings about deception and false teachers! (Matthew 24:4-11, Acts 20:26-31, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:1-4, 2 Peter 2:1-3, to name just a few).

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I am posting these surveys because it is my desire to help those of you who are searching for Biblical truth concerning what may be troubling you, so your participation is very important to me in order to help you.

FYI: As I mentioned in a previous post, I will — Lord willing — be writing  posts in the near future addressing ‘mysticism in the church‘ and ‘spiritual formation,’ because, sadly, these teachings are leading many Christians astray these days. If you are interested in learning more, please be watching for these important posts.

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~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory