Archive for May, 2013

30
May
13

Variations on a “Y”

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Gospel

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23
May
13

“Justin Bieber” loves my blog!!!

WOW, “Justin Bieber” just commented to say he loves my blog.

Shame that the dodgy link attached to his comment sent it straight to the spam file.

The attempts of spammers never fails to amuse me – but it’s an amusement I’d be willing to miss.

23
May
13

Irony in the Homosexual Marriage Debate

Irony…

Atheist Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, opposes “Gay” marriage while the man she overthrew from the position of PM, alleged Christian Kevin Rudd, now speaks in favour of it.

Meanwhile government minister and lesbian, Penny Wong criticises Christians as being “out of touch” and of ”pedalling prejudice” and of engaging in ”bigotry that has no place in a modern Australia”.

I suppose it all depends on who we want to be “in touch” with – personally I’d rather be in touch with a never changing God and out of touch with malleable community opinion.

As for my view on the issue of Gay marriage – I think its acceptance is inevitable. Scripture shows that a society that rejects God will become increasingly accepting of homosexuality (see Romans 1). Since, in Australia, homosexuality is recognised as a legally valid expression of human sexuality, there is no logical, legal, human reason to refuse marriage to homosexual partners in a secular and Godless society.

But I look to a higher authority for instruction on what is acceptable or not and God makes HIS position clear in scripture. I choose not to base my life on Godless viewpoints. I also choose not to see homosexuality as deserving a greater degree of condemnation than the other things listed here:

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,   nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 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. (1 Corintians 6:9-11 NKJV)

As for the claims of “bigotry” – I think that accusation could equally be directed in the other direction, with Wong being no less “out of touch” with the realities of Chrisitan faith.

REAL Christians don’t mould their beliefs according to ever changing community standards, choosing to trust in Jesus for justification – not unstable political opinion.

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http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/wong-accuses-christian-group-of-gay-bigotry-20130521-2jz0w.html#ixzz2TyOaDOFJ

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/penny-wong-slams-australian-christian-lobby-claims-over-gay-marriage/story-fni0xqrc-1226647984087.

21
May
13

Perspective

A look at the deadliest attacks in Iraq since the 2011 US troop pullout.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-look-at-the-deadliest-attacks-in-iraq-since-the-2011-us-troop-pullout/2013/05/20/84c95e30-c178-11e2-9aa6-fc21ae807a8a_story.html 

How many deaths, almost daily,  from terrorist attacks listed here?

How much world wide media coverage has been devoted to this?

17
May
13

Self Poor Traits

Self poor traitsThe foundation of this painting (the actual “portrait”) was done a few months ago, but I never felt it was a complete painting. It had been a very quick creation. After smearing blue paint on the white canvas I had noticed a few lighter patches that gave a vague impression of a head.

There were also “eyes” in the appropriate place, so I concentrated on the face like features, adding a smudge of paint here and scratching a bit from there to enhance its face-likeness.

Yesterday I took inspiration from an earlier “self portrait” I’d done to add some stencilled text refering tos ome of the artist’s less admirable characteristics, in other words his  “poor traits”.

16
May
13

Coincidence? – NO!

In Matthew 24 there are recorded warnings from Jesus predicting the rise of false prophets and false Christs in the days preceding His return.

Surely it is no coincidence that two of the most common terms used by some of the most questionable elements of  “the church” are “prophetic” and “anointing”. I have written elsewhere* of the relationship between the words anointing and Christ (the latter meaning “anointed one”).

So I advise, whenever those words are in frequent use, be extra cautious.

 

 

* https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/category/anointing/

15
May
13

What Do You Do?

What do you do with a man who prophesies over himself in the comments box of his blog? – as if God Himself is visiting to add His comments?

What do you do when he rejects the concerns of several other Christians when concerns about his spiritual welfare are raised?

What do you do when he labels those concerns: “attacks from the spirit of witchcraft”, vilifying those who have shown concern?

What do you do when this man is also a regular and prolific commenter on the well-frequented Revival School blog (not his own) where he has developed a following of admirers through flattery, through the offering of “prophetic words” through a public show of piety?

What do you do when this man has an (unrepentant) history of involvement with false prophecy, such as the failed Christchurch earthquake prediction a couple of years ago?

Not much you can do except pray:

1) For his deliverance from delusion

2) For the eyes of his “followers” to be opened.




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