For some strange reason I am constantly amazed by the confident bravado of unrepentant so-called “Christians”. But, why am I surprised? “Unrepentant” is bold rebellion, vain conceit, and unbowing willfulness.
I don’t think many are “misunderstanding God”. They are merely choosing to follow another god.
Won’t that be a horrible day, to beam up and find myself before a holy God — when all along I lived like “holy” did not matter?
I have sinned, grievously — but I did not make a concerted effort to excuse my woeful behavior. I chose to repent — not pursue wanton behavior. Choosing Jesus – over my sin, is dimensionally far from choosing excuses and staying with my sin. I have to choose Him every day!
Nowadays it seems we want it all, the right and the “wrong” – both without consequences. We want it all without paying in some way for it. Folks want…
- public assistance – without taxes
- leisure without labor
- retirement without saving savings
- marriage without forgiving graces
- exercise without sweat and sacrifice
- freedom and safety from dictators without heavy spending for USA armed forces
- “thin” without self-control
So many folk want sin without borders…
- have it my way – no matter what God says
- make it my “faith” – and tork God’s clear Word
Today (April/2019) Pete Buttigieg is gay, and he is mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg has himself regularly mentioned how he balances Scripture with his choice of being actively gay sexually. He says he has a Christian faith. And he says that he balances-out his faith with his practice of homosexual living.
Apparently, like many in the LGBTQ, he’s got it all figured-out. He is ready to meet His Maker. He will get to the Pearly Gates and tell Creator God how God’s Heaven is going to be – now that he, Buttigieg, has arrived!
“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” the candidate said at a CNN town hall on Monday. “And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.” – from the Washington Post; By Kyle Swenson;
To Buttigieg, “the core of faith is regard for one another”. That is his “faith tradition”. The core of it: having a regard for what others are. Umm, and, uh, what about having a regard for what our Creator is? Wouldn’t the core of being “Christian” – be: following Christ – the C-h-r-i-s-t of C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n ? I think one should be a little more Christian than just pleasing others.
You can be “a person of faith” all you want. But: One cannot be “Christian” plus something that is opposed to being Christian, you think? It is incongruous. It is following a different faith than that of the Bible.
It is incongruous, for example, to…
- say I am faithful to my wife, and also have a girlfriend on the side
- say I am “on the wagon” but be off drinking
- say I am an honest man, but cheat on taxes and sneak-out early from work
- say I am vegan, but practice BBQing ribeye steaks every weekend!
Choosing Jesus – over my sin,
is dimensionally far from
and staying with my sin.
“You either is, or you ain’t. And what you ain’t – ain’t what you is.” And we need to realize that God is unequivocally set on His Ways. “You ain’t saved if you ain’t followin’ Jesus’ Way.”
See: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unequivocal (incomplete list):
Synonyms. God is…
apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, broad, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luculent, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, ringing, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unmistakable
Antonyms. God is NOT…
God Himself is mysterious. But His saving Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is specific and …sure as Hell. How you get accepted by Creator God to enter His Kingdom — His “salvation”, is nonambiguous, crystal clear. You must be born again – and follow Jesus with all that you are. You cannot be ambiguous about following Him!
Excerpt from the article: A God Damn
…speaking about our “fabricated, conjured-up imaginary” Santa Claus god
We fool ourselves so easily. Anything we kind of like, or really like, or really really are into… is fine with our “Claus God”. It’s easy to follow this “god”. Claus has no limits on us!
The Bible teaches about a holy God, not a Santa Claus god. Not a fabricated, conjured-up imaginary figure we might want to relate to on our own terms – but the real, actual Holy God of the Heavens, the One and Only Creator God who made all that exists anywhere — He who still is in control.
In terms we can somewhat grasp, God shares with us in the Bible what He is truly like. And our modern day culture just really hates that. Do you see that?
So, what about a real God damn? In contrast with a damning by a person: What’s a God damn like? What will it be like to stand before Creator God on Judgement Day, and receive His wrath? That’s something to really think about. Can you feel the finality of it all in that moment?
A person can damn you, but, what’s that going to do? Not much. However, on That Day of Judgement, a God damn is forever bad, forever unforgiving, never changeable – permanent in the universe. A God damn declared by God Himself will make the human heart quiver like a gazelle caught in the lion’s jaws. You can argue all you want now. But, standing before Creator God – there will be no wiggle room to escape. For the “Claus God” followers on that day, as with all who reject Christ, there will be no escaping the wrath of The Holy God of Judgement. That shows the intensity of God’s feelings against your sin. Sin is no small thing.