Saturday, April 11, 2015

SHANE IDLEMAN: Biblical unity is unity with the Spirit—unity of doctrine and unity of truth—not unity for the sake of unity.

PERSONAL NOTE:

"Homosexuality", like so many other issues are merely diversions through which the people who have a malicious intent against people of faith from retaining the integrity of their faith (as expressed through the religious entity that aggregates it with the hope of projecting it into society).    By drawing us out on an extended debate, triggering many to blatantly compromise that which is clearly articulated in the biblical text - THEIR VICTORY IS NOT that which is seen in secular legislation, but by the number of so called "religious institutions" whose goals are indistinguishable from those of Secular Progressives, who previously stated their goal of removing "religious understanding" out of the voting booth.





7 Reasons Why Christians Are Divided On Homosexuality

Relating to people on their level and to love them regardless of their lifestyle is a mark of true Christianity. So why are many Christians divided? For example, much of the hate mail I received from this sermon clip featured by Charisma News was from "Christians":
How can both groups claim to be Christians and yet understand the Bible and God's attributes so differently? The answer is obvious: Biblical unity is unity with the Spirit—unity of doctrine and unity of truth—not unity for the sake of unity. The division is over truth. This is why we can't "all just get along."
Many err on the side of compassion. Jesus perfectly balanced grace and mercy with confrontation and correction. The Bible was written so that people would know the truth—the truth about God, creation, sin, and redemption. We are not called to make truth tolerable but to make it clear. When we lovingly challenge this lifestyle, we are not attacking, but rather, contending for what is right. We are to detest division within the church and work toward reconciliation whenever we can, but we must not confuse "attacking" with "contending." Compassion without truth is like a vehicle without an engine. It might look nice but its not going anywhere.
Many are not spending time in the Word. If you're not in the Word, the Word won't be in you. The majority of those defending homosexuality and gay-marriage probably don't spend time reading God's Word. As a result, the difficult things are avoided. Scripture is interpreted by experience and feeling—truth is relative to the situation rather than absolute. But the Bible says just the opposite.
I am deeply concerned with what I hear from many Christians today. They say that it's arrogant to claim that you know the truth. In reality, only arrogance can exalt one to a level that challenges God and His truth. It takes a great deal of humility to admit that personal opinions and beliefs are wrong when they oppose absolute truth.
Is it really a mark of humility to suggest that after nearly 2,000 years of church history, that some have actually discovered the real truth—that truth is now flexible in the area of human sexuality? If so, then it doesn't matter what Christ said, the disciples wrote, or what the early church fathers believed. Humility recognizes that we are fallible human beings who have sinned against God. His Word is a lifeline to our soul, an anchor for our lives; not something to be debated, altered, or misrepresented. We don't change truth—truth changes us.
The battle cry is focused on "rights." Would we say, "I believe that those who embrace pornography can live in harmony with biblical Christianity"? Or "I believe that those who embrace adultery can live in harmony with biblical Christianity"? Of course not. Unfortunately, one of the greatest mistakes in our culture today involves not being able to discern between right and wrong. The battle cry is focused on "individual rights," instead of what does God's Word say.
Grace and confrontation are not being balanced. It's unfortunate that Christians often embrace one of two extremes. At one extreme are those who insult those trapped in this lifestyle. Homosexuality and/or transgender tendencies appear at the top of their sin list. With this group, there is very little love or compassion. The other extreme excuses this sin and looks the other way. Both extremes are wrong and offer a false impression of genuine Christianity—Christ asks that we extend compassion but without compromise.
Many pastors are not teaching all of God's Word. As a result, congregants are malnourished in the area of truth. We must preach the difficult truths as well as the joyful ones; preach the cross and the new life; preach hell and preach heaven; preach damnation and preach salvation; preach sin and preach grace; preach wrath and preach love; preach judgment and preach mercy; preach obedience and preach forgiveness; preach that God "is love," but don't forget that God is just. Ironically, it's the love of God that compels us to share all of His truth, including those things that are hard to hear.
We want friends not enemies. Are those who defend homosexuality or who say nothing, truly loving them, or are they simply seeking to avoid conflict? If we are more concerned about being accepted than being truthful, do we really care for this group more than the person who is willing to speak the truth in love? The answer is obvious: We are to do what is right because it's right, not because it is popular. The heart of God is to help people, and that often involves lovingly confronting them. Authentic Christians love the truth, and others, and are willing to risk the consequences of confrontation in order to help others. This is a genuine act of love, not hate.
To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To "confront in love" simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. Warning, confronting, challenging, advising and admonishing are all characteristic of genuine love. Parents warn, confront, challenge and admonish daily. Truly misled or self-serving individuals would wrongly attribute these traits to "hate-speech."
There will be a great falling away from truth in the last days (cf. 2 Thess.). This should concern all of those who are being swayed by political correctness rather than absolute truth. Religious people often say "good things," but their hearts disobey. This is called religious hypocrisy. This is much different than a believer who struggles with sin. A religious person acts religious but doesn't know God. Jesus states, "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me" (Matt. 15:8). A.W. Tozer adds, "Millions of professed believers talk as if [Christ] were real and act as if He were not. And always our actual position is to be discovered by the way we act, not by the way we talk."
When people depart from absolute truth, and thus quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. This is what we're seeing in the lives of many Christians and denominations across America. The Word of God is not in their hearts "like a burning fire" (Jer. 20:9), but relative, powerless and debatable.
Unfortunately, those Christians who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won't confront, correct if we won't challenge, and contend if we won't question? We must speak the truth in love.
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Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, just North of Los Angeles. He recently released his 7th book, Desperate for More of God at shaneidleman.comShane's sermons, articles, books, and radio program can all be found at wcfav.orgFollow him on Facebook at: facebook.com/confusedchurch.​​​​

Thursday, March 05, 2015

How Diversions Like "Homosexuality" Are Being Used To Show That Many References To "Black Spirituality And Culture" To Be Fraudulent On The Way To Exploiting "The Lost Tribe"




Do not take this post to assume that I agree with what this woman on stage is saying.

I am only pointing out that she paints an "Intricate Wardrobe Of African Cultural Sophistication" as the basis for her authority.

BUT if there is a strident enemy seeking to strip our people down to our essential being as "selfish opportunists" is there a better way to ATTACK THESE PRINCIPLES - not with a direct frontal attack - BUT by using AMERICAN POLITICAL LOYALTIES that trick the unwary political loyalists to attack the very positions that their ancestors once held BUT do so today under the notion of "Justice and Equality"?


If it is true that "The Nature Of Man Does Not Change", only his access to technology and his mobility - then th question must be asked:  "When these ancient souls confronted these very same human-level conflicts - how did they regulate their people using culture and religious faith"?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

History Channel's: "History Of The World In 2 Hours": "Jesus Magic In Science"



Is it possible that those who operate under the guise of "Science" but whose tactics are more like propaganda and perpetual repetition as a means of glossing over the irrationality in their claims - are in fact NOT SCIENCE?


My belief:

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCE:  (Geology, Cosmology, Planetary Science, etc) might be correct on the age of the universe (billions of years)
  • SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE

I DO NOT believe in the "God Made The Universe In 7 Literal Days"

I DO NOT BELIEVE that "THE BIG BANG THEORY" and  EVOLUTION are legitimate models of reality.


"All of the matter in the universe came from ONE ATOM THAT EXPLODED billions of years ago".  (as claimed in this "science" documentary above).

Why is it that they are not forced to prove their supposition as are the people who say "God did it"?

THE ORIGINS OF LIFE is even more fraudulent. 
If "Life came to Earth" via living basic molecules that survived the trip through space in an asteroid - IT TOO had a common origin via the "Big Bang".  

SO AGAIN - where did this extraterrestrial life come from?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In Reviewing The '3rd Party Fight Promotion" Between Mike Huckabee And Michelle Williams Over Huckabee's Comments About Beyonce' The Conversation Focused On "Beyonce The Person" And NOT The Common "Christianity" That All 3 Of Them Claim


This is my "Cultural Strategy" blog and not my political analysis blog (See "Within The Black Community" for that) so I am going to take a different emphasis.

First of all - I have to credit Michelle Williams, former member of "Destiny's Child" and friend of Beyonce, for the composure in her response.

If you read the coverage of the interaction between "Williams" and  "Huckabee" on "The View" - from 3rd party sources you would swear that some (ignorant) smack down has taken place and "The White  ignorant ole man got checked".   Instead Michelle Williams showed some class in her public response.





The video above proved most instructive.

Rosy O'Donnell - the critic of "Christianity" said "YOU CAN'T MESS WITH THE BEY".

If you think about her argument it is 100% rooted in "SECULAR IDEOLOGY".

BY WHAT MEANS "can you not mess with the Bey"?
  • Because in her POPULARITY she is always right?
  • Because she has some type of grounding that all of us should yield to?
The truth is - Beyonce' is every bit of the "CAPITALISTIC 1%" that most people on the panel on "The View" rail against.   The difference is - Beyonce' is not a "Wall Street Capitalist" and doesn't appear on the people's 'dart board'.

My greatest criticism, however is reserved for the missed opportunity shared by "Mike Huckabee" and "Michelle Williams".

Huckabee the "Former Christian Preacher" and Michelle Williams the "occasional Christian gospel singer" have ONE COMMON ORACLE that they should have agreed to YIELD THEIR PERSONAL SENTIMENTS TO as they appraise "Beyonce's work" NOT BASED UPON HER PERSONAL CHOICES but instead based upon what SHE PROFESSES TO BE - A CHRISTIAN.

Indeed people are influenced by the messages that Beyonce and others who "contribute to our CULTURE" put forth in "the water that we drink".    As a christian we are asked to SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE and retain the integrity of our faith in "Jesus Christ".


Mike Huckabee - though I can understand (after reading "Kelvin Cochran's book "Who Told You That You Were Naked" which was written to WAYWARD YOUNG MEN, with the hopes that they would find a purpose in their lives) how an author can resent having a small passage in his book be maligned and molested so that the constructive message is filibustered out of the discussion, Huckabee failed to bring the argument into this COMMON REFERENCE for scrutiny.

Michelle Williams, defended her friend - saying that these two songs - as a small part of a larger whole, were "freaky songs" (my words) that "Beyonce had pinned up within her".   Williams, ironically was asking Huckabee to not tarnish the greater whole of the album based on these two songs.

I can't accept this as an argument for the very same reasons why I firmly stand by THE MESSAGE that Kelvin Cochran has put forth.

The consistency is in "The Word" - and the "one part per million" that some are OFFENDED by:
  • In the case of "Who Told You That You Were Naked" - critical references to "Homosexuality" as "Unclean Living
  • In the case of "Beyonce" - Two "Freeky Tracks" on an album that had about 10 songs
the COMMON REFERENCE that all yield their arguments to should prevent people from "Majoring In The Minors" BUT ALSO - prevent the old adage from becoming true:

"When a large bag of SUGAR is mixed with a small piece of FECES - ONLY ONE OF THEM retain their original integrity".


Sunday, January 11, 2015

When My Close Family Friends Divorce I Can't Help But To Consider "What Could I Have Done To Help?"

Recently my wife told me that a pair of family friends have chosen to get a divorce.  

This couple who was once the core of our "house party circuit" seemed to be happy together.  They had a bond that produced 3 children and an upper-middle class amount of comfortable living.

When they moved away a few years ago - under the guise of a "job promotion" I called them brave for "Following Their Dreams".    Now I wonder if they moved in order to "disconnect" from their network of friends  (Us) so that they can either "work it out" or "go their own separate ways".

I have some other group of friends who I met in college and they all settled in the metro-Atlanta area.   Over time we gathered together for house-parties and to watch "Mike Tyson" destroy his adversaries - and for membership in an "Investment Club" - back when the "Internet Bubble" had made it easy to make you believe that you were an "expert stock analyst".

The subsequent years in which we "got married", "had children" and, in some cases, moved to a larger house - all worked to reduce the number of occasions that we'd get together at a "house party".
In some cases I am astounded and anger that they "little baby" is now a teenager.   How did a person who I spent nearly every weekend with fall out of my "inner circle"?


Updated today - the news that these close friends are now parting ways "hurts me inside".

"What if my wife and I worked harder to break out of our own shell to reach out to these friends?  Would this have been the spark to keep them together?"   A question that a lot of "children of divorce" ask relative to their parents.


There is no question that when friends come to my own house - it draws us all away from our "individual televisions" into the family room.   We play "dominoes"and "bingo" (or any other cheap game I purchase at Wal-Mart/Toys R Us), fight over a movie to watch on "Netflix" before reaching "cross-generational agreement".  But most of all the CONVERSATION is key.

I hear my wife tell me details about her recent experiences that she did not describe for me.  It is also true that I am guilty of the same.    The point is that you can learn more details about your "life partner" by having a person from another time in their lives - coming for a visit and provoking the MEMORIES that your own conversations did not provoke for discussion.

If there is any solace to the end of these married relationships - it is that I can think of none of my friends who divorced with "elementary school aged children" still at home.   At worse - they part ways when the kids are in high school, but most frequently it is after the kids have left for college.

I know none of them in which "physical violence" or abuse was the issue that broke them apart.  The quest for "happiness" beyond the frequent arguments and also "infidelity" appear to be the primary points of separation.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Gift Of Enlightenment On The "Power Of Imagining A Developed Future", Given To Me By A Retired Army Officer

Neville Goddard - Your Power

Summary:
The test of your power is not what you have built up and someone has destroyed.
When you can REBUILD what has been destroyed because THE VISION IN YOUR MIND'S EYE compels you to RETURN TO YOUR PURPOSE - is the evidence of YOUR POWER.


WOW.
This  line of thinking clarifies so much in my personal life and in the serial debates that I engage in regarding the importance of the "Governance Of Black Community Institutions" through which people are developed as a superior notion to the drive for "Reparations" for past injuries - who some say are the cause of today's dysfunction.


At a recent gathering I had a conversation with a "distinguished gentleman".
He told me about his years of service in the US Army and how he rose to the top of his profession after he learned that he was the primary person responsible for his own future.

He told me about a few works from "Neville Goddard" - a late "philosophical thinker", who he said was instrumental in adjusting his thoughts.

I have been listening to a few of his works and they come at a perfect time.

I have been so focused on "managing crises" at home, at work and among extended family - that I have gotten too far away from my "personal philosophy"


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

With The Presumption Of "Police Racial Profiling" As A Given - A Black Police Detective Effectively Tells Young Blacks At A Crime Scene To "Stop Snitching"



On this blog I do not give stinging criticism - only strategic advise.

The logical consequence of the "Police Are The Greatest Criminals Within The Black Community" meme that is pushed today - is what you are witnessing in this video.

When given the choice between - 'A young Black male at a crime scene in his own community offering information to his fellow police officers as they pursue 'Justice'" versus THE ASSUMPTION that the police see him as a CRIMINAL until he proves himself otherwise - this veteran detective tells the audience to do the later.

My life experience with the police does not reflect what we hear as the "popular narrative".

I am not hear to affirm or deny the veracity of their claims.

As an adult I work to speak to a policeman "man to man" and thus don't have fear - if I am not guilty.

What is lost in this debate, however, as we move from individual incidents or affirmations of the stereotypes of "Police Abuse Of Black people" is a BLACK COMMUNITY that is stripped of one of the key attributes of a well governed community: "A POLICE FUNCTION" that is charged with "Keeping The Peace And Protecting The Citizens As They Pursue 'Happiness".

Those who bring forth data to affirm this abuse should not be mistaken as solution providers.  Getting the congregation to AGREE that they are being victimized and that this enemy needs REGULATION from the government SPEAKS NOTHING about the internal regulatory components and the cultural affirmations that are needed to assist in achieving a peaceful, prosperous community, setting up the possibility of "happiness".