Stop looking for hope and find it in Jesus Christ.
I am the new girl in the blogosphere so I spend a fair amount of time reading other blogs. When I search the term “gay marriage” the blog results are overwhelmingly in favor. It’s been an eye opening experience. I’ve read some thoughtful blogs from gay marriage supporters who are making an even-handed case for their convictions without sensationalism. However, I have been astonished by the number of bloggers who are downright venomous in the pursuit of their cause.
One of the more notable revelations has been the use of the term “breeders.” No, I’m not talking Chihuahuas and poodles. This is the term some in the LGBT community use to refer to heterosexual couples. In most cases, not surprisingly, it is used with condescension and disdain. I understand the desire for it to be insulting but its use actually makes my point beautifully. “Breeder” illustrates exactly the distinction between…
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Over the past year I have become familiar with a number of ministries on the web that have made it their aim to “expose the false teachings of the Word of Faith movement.” While I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing about biblical interpretation I do have a problem with a great deal of the spirit in which most of this so called interpretation on the WOF is carried out.
I believe that healthy debate and dialogue is not only beneficial, it is essential if we are to maintain sound doctrine. Yet a great deal of the attack against WOF ministries is not only misleading, it is simply dishonest. I have heard prominent ministers declare over the radio, internet and TV, that WOF preachers are preaching a different Jesus, and therefore they are preaching a different gospel.
The only Jesus I know of any WOF preacher proclaiming is the one who shed His blood to take away the sins of the world as stated in Scripture. I don’t know of any WOF preacher that has ever declared that there is any other name given among men whereby we must be saved than the name of Jesus. So if we proclaim that salvation is through the shed blood of Christ alone, and by His atonement, then for these folks to say that we are preaching another gospel is simply misleading.
When a person makes a public declaration that another minister of the gospel is a false teacher, or not a Christian this is very serious allegation. People who listen to these ministers who oppose the WOF usually know little or nothing about what we preach, so they are taking the word of the one making the statements.
To make matters worse, these ministers will often use sound bites from messages of various WOF ministers to persuade their audience that these ministers are heretics. Nearly every one of these sound bites I have ever heard have been pulled completely out of context, or at best distorted. I have always believed that a half truth is a whole lie.
This sort of witch hunting has nearly always caused a great deal more harm than good. While I realize that these men who attack the WOF movement believe that they are called to expose error, and false teachers, I question the motives and methods that they are employing. I have never heard a single one of these men ever humbly admit that they could possibly be mistaken. Or that perhaps they are misunderstanding what we actually believe.
I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing. What I have a problem with is accusing men and women of God of heresy without so much as even attempting to engage in a constructive dialogue with them. What I have a problem with is the negative impression that is left upon those who know absolutely nothing about most WOF ministers, and yet who will come away with the erroneous idea that we are some type of fringe cult group.
I will attempt to clarify a great deal of erroneous misunderstanding about what we believe. There is a great deal that the body of Christ has gained from the WOF camp, and much we have to offer to those who might be willing to hear.
Proverbs 5:1-6 (NKJV) My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge. 3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.6 Lest you ponder her path of life—her ways are unstable; You do not know them.
Wisdom is the ability to make wise choices and exercise discretion when faced with temptation. In this passage we hear a father admonishing his son to take hold of wisdom so that he can avoid the snares of being led away by the immoral woman.
While many men and women have fallen because of sexual immorality, this passage can also be applied metaphorically. The immoral woman represents the seductive charms of the world that the believer is faced with every day. Notice the imagery that is used to describe this woman in verse three. “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil” Temptation can seem so sweet and alluring to our carnal appetites that if we are not careful we can easily seduced by the pleasures of sin for a season. Hebrews 11:24-26
In the next breath we hear the stark warning of the father to his son. But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. “5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.6 Lest you ponder her path of life—her ways are unstable; You do not know them.” The devil never shows us the price tag that is attached to sin. The drunkard never expected to lose his/her family, their career, or their reputation when they took that first drink. The young person who is diagnosed with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD) never imagined that their unbridled passion would result in such devastating consequences. We could go on and on with example after example of the high price of immoral living.
One of my dear friends who passed away a few years ago use to declare.
“Sin will take you further than you want to go
Keep you longer than you want to stay
And cost you more than you want to pay.”
This is one of the reasons that God time and again admonishes us to flee from temptation, and immorality.
1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:22
Sin is costly. All we need to do is open our eyes to the world all around us and we can easily see the dire consequences of ignoring this warning. Romans 6:23 (Amplified) For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
There are benefits for living a godly life, just as there are consequences for living an immoral, ungodly life. We cannot sow the seeds of sin and death and then pray for crop failure. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Proverbs 4:3-6 (NKJV) For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.6 Lest you ponder her path of life—her ways are unstable; You do not know them.
If you choose to follow after immoral, ungodly things, you will live a life of confusion and disillusionment. In the end it will shorten your life and bring you a great deal of heartache. Ultimately it will cost you your very soul. So the bottom line is this, fear God and keeps His commandments. They will be life to those who find them, and health to all of their flesh.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (NKJV) My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:10-13 (CJB) Listen, my son, receive what I say, and the years of your life will be many. 11 I’m directing you on the way of wisdom, guiding you in paths of uprightness; 12 when you walk, your step won’t be hindered; and if you run, you won’t stumble. 13 Hold fast to discipline, don’t let it go; guard it, for it is your life.
The responsibility of a parent is to guide their children into paths of wisdom. The responsibility of children is to give heed to that guidance. While no parent is perfect, a godly parent will try to direct their children along paths that bring the best for them. A parent’s aim is to train their children to make wise choices for themselves. While this is never a guarantee (as is evident with the story of the prodigal son), it is the parents primary goal.
In like manner, as a good parent God desires that we choose paths of righteousness, and seek after wisdom. If we will give our attention to the word of God and fellowship with Him, then our paths will be pleasant, and our footing secure. Even in the midst of trouble we can be assured that the wisdom of God will uphold us. The following verses draw a stark contrast between the paths of wisdom and godly living, as opposed to an ungodly life.
Proverbs 4:18-19 (NLT) The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.