We call it everything but what it is… SIN! There I said it, that great big three letter word that no one wants to talk about anymore!
Sin is anything that contradicts God’s law!We as a people, especially Americans, have become comfortable with renaming sin as things like, “Problems”or “issues” or any number of other cute names that we use. Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus make a great point that “problem and issues” have no need for divine intervention, they can be taken care of by us, in our own ability, when in fact the only one that can cure sin issues in our life is God.
- Bible.org – “Soteriology – The Doctrine of Salvation” : This is a resource for you to drastically deepen your understanding of what Salvation is, and the doctrines behind the beliefs. Understand that this discourse may not fit your specific doctrinal belief and is not intended to sway you one way or the other, simply to provide you with a scholarly look at the subject matter.
- Greg Laurie – What is Salvation? (Video)
- Bible-Knowledge.com – “What is Salvation” : An alternative look at salvation
- Brunstand Christian Church – “Q&A About Salvation” : CGI does not endorse a specific church but simply provides the link as an opportunity to see a different perspective on the subject of Salvation
- Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t direct you to our own article titled “How to Become a Christian“
If you spend much time on social media these days you probably see post after post of memes, and quotes that say something like “A real man stands by his girl no matter what” or “The couples that are Meant To Be are the one who go through everything that’s designed to tear them apart and come out even stronger”. While all of these sayings sound good, they sound like solid relationship advice, especially to those that are just getting into the dating/relationship world, but as an older guy who has been down the road a bit, may I share some advice with you? If you are interested in / or dating a girl and her wall is filled with posts like this….
RUN…. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN! DON’T LOOK BACK, DO NOT PASS GO! DO NOT COLLECT ANOTHER NAME IN THE LIST OF EX’S!
DC Talk is not the only ones that worry about stumbling! You are probably reading this because you are either worried about stumbling or you have already fallen and you are looking for some sign that there is still hope for your journey!
Isaiah 40:30-31 says “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
The second half of this verse is always used to encourage people who are tired, or spiritually weak to keep pushing on, but there is an amazing first part that is almost never read, but the truth that is spoken is no less amazing! “Even youths [that’s you and I] grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall [emphasis mine]. How amazing is it that even as far back as the book if Isaiah, does the Bible acknowledge that we will stumble, we will fall!Continue reading
There are all kinds of Why questions in our life! We all have them, Christian or not! We all ask Why? at some point in life! In the movie “Facing the Giants” a story is told “about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? The one who prepared his fields for it! God will send the rain when he’s ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.”
Proverbs 10:8 NIV The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
No where has this been better proven than in the last election! Not just in one person but in two different candidates in two different states no less! In least in the case of the candidate in my state of Missouri, the change of one simple word would have completely changed the potential outcome of the election. Mr. Akin choose to use the word “legitimate” instead of something as “verifiable” or “proven”. The simple exchange of one word that in other context would be interchangeable cost him the margin, and ultimately the race here in Missouri. This also happened in the state of Illinois! This begs the question, when did we stop listening to our grandparents when they told us to “always think before you speak”.
I think that there are a couple of lessons that we can take away from these examples!Continue reading
You are most likely about to enter or have just entered the Job world, and it is easy to jump in and start swimming upstream with all of the rest of the fish. First looking to do well so that you can provide for a new family, then looking to move up the stream a little further so that you can provide for the new bundle of joy that is on the way, yet again a little farther upstream to start putting away for college and pretty soon you find yourself at the end of the stream, with nothing more than “things” accumulated. You will look back at your life and say “I should have, I could have, I would have…”. Before you enter the job world, let me share a few things that I have learned along the way!
- Work will always be there!
There will always be one more account to close, one more thing to fix, one more customer to make happy! We spend on average 8 hours a day at work, and only 4 to 5 waking hours with our friends and family, it is easy to allow our priorities to get turned around. If you think about where you are right now, trying to make a decisions to climb the corporate ladder, there is someone on the next rung above you that is just a little farther down the road, trying to provide for his or family but now he has “the new guy” on his tail which is pushing him harder to keep up the game, pushing him to make sacrifices in his personal life to stay one step ahead of the rookie, or get sidelined. If you allow yourself to fall into that trap, it is a vicious cycle that seems never ending! There will always be someone behind you to take up the slack! Work Hard, but don’t work so hard you sacrifice your relationships!
- Proper Perspective per Priorities!
We as men are trained from a young age to be hard workers, good providers, above all else! While I do think that we need to work hard, (2 Thess. 3:10), and provide for our family (1 Tim 5:8) we need to have all of our life in perspective. 1) It is important that above all that God & Your Relationship with Him is at the top of your priority list, make sure you have time for Daily Bible Reading & Daily Prayer, 2) Relationship with your spouse! Your wife must be only second to your Creator. There should be nothing on this planet that can supersede your time and relationship with your mate! The Bible talks about the two (you and her) becoming one, how can you do anything apart from yourself. 3) After your spouse is your children and finally 4) Your career and all the other things of life!
- Who will be by your side on your last days?
At the end of our life, it will not be our boss, or our co-workers at our bedside, it will be the ones we love, our Spouse, our Children!
Take sometime today to commit to Christ to make him the priority in your life, work for him all your days and he will always provide for you! (Psalm 37:25)
Today we start a 3 part series on Finances. So to start off, I pose this question; As men, do we place our financial trust in the simple act of addition and subtraction or do we place it in the hands of our Creator?
The answer may seem simple but in a world that is obsessed with “getting”, and “Me”, what should be a simple answer of Our Creator, becomes “in the hands of our creator unless the math doesn’t add up then we have to solve the problem ourselves.
Luke 6:30 (NLT) “Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.”
Living life as a Christian, one who is Christ-like, can seem like an impossible task. In many ways it is backward of everything we have been taught. This idea that we should “Give to anyone that asks” doesn’t make sense. Yet, here it is in black and white in the Bible.Continue reading
An answer to the oft-asked question of if masturbation is a sin for believers in Christ Jesus, and what the scriptures teach concerning it.
The Scripture is strangely silent about this universal issue, while not shy about all sorts of other sexual situations and perversions… in great detail concerning sex with animals, etc. Yet the bible says nothing about masturbation. This is odd, don’t you think?
Some, mistakenly, cite Onan in Gen 38:9 as suggesting that masturbation is a sin. In fact, “onanism” has become a synonym for masturbation. But this is obviously an error, and a rather daft one at that. We know what Onan did, for it is spelled out for us in lurid detail; and we know why it was a sin: he was maliciously using and cheating Tamar in way that was wrong. In any case, what Onan was doing was certainly not masturbating, and you have to be pretty dimwitted to miss this.
In fact, there is no place in scripture where masturbation is even mentioned, much less forbidden. This is a very odd situation since it is so common a human experience, and given that scripture speaks of other sexual sins (some fairly perverse and rare) without any shyness at all.
Since scripture does not forbid masturbation directly, neither should Christians in general. “Nothing beyond what is written” in terms of how we should help lead others to the Lord is the rule. But since you asked, or clicked, as the case may be, we will give you the best answer we can using what we do know from scripture as our guide. We should stick to emphasizing the things God has told us are important, and not be teaching things that the Lord has never expressed His opinion on.
To be sure, it is clear from Scripture that illicit sexual fantasies are forbidden, and this is a significant issue with masturbation.
Matt 5:28-29 (NIV) [Jesus:] “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
But what if no illicit fantasies are included in masturbation? Is the act then sinful? By scripture, there is nothing to indicate that it is. Specifically, if the act is done merely as a hedge against temptation and as the body requires then there is no need for the above sinful “crutches”. This is hardly exciting, and a rote act of keeping the body in submission. It cannot be done often, as the body is not that demanding if left alone by a perverted imagination. On the other hand, if we attempt a pent-up self-sex life, then we find that the body needs help from the soul through illicit fantasies, and then sin is clearly being committed.
I hope this is clear. Were it not for our perverted imaginations and lustful sense of expectation, our bodies would not cause us much trouble. It is our minds and hearts that need “treatment”. It is like rev-ing an engine near red-line at every traffic signal, and all the time it is running, and then complaining about the eventual engine failure. Sure the thing can rev, but not all the time. It was not made for that.
From Scripture, the line not to be crossed is the line of illicit imagination. And what a line! Minus the sinful fantasies, which are the fuel for most masturbation, all the fun and zest would be taken out of it. Thus, it would no longer be a topic of interest to you or anybody, any more than the act of going to the bathroom. It would be just “doing what was needed” to keep the body from exploding from within.
Sex was not created for this, you can be sure. That God allows masturbation to even work is a mystery (ever try tickling yourself?) and so it is reasonable to assume that it is a “gift” to keep ourselves from temptation.
Eph 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Much like a person who is an Alcoholic must avoid any kind of drinking like the plague, where others can drink with moderation and without sin, the same principle applies here. So people might come to different conclusions concerning masturbation, and that is anticipated within our faith. Each man must live in holiness before the Lord in his/her own body, and this might mean different disciplines and personal leading in each case. What works for me or you… we should not impose on anybody else as a stumbling block.
Rom 14:12-13 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling-block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
The important thing is that we live holy before Him, and this is a matter that we should take very seriously. I assume this is why you are interested in this question, because you want to please God by avoiding any kind of sin. And when it comes to sexual sin in the thought-life, in our culture this is an easy temptation to fall into. So care and caution are appropriate as we consider these things and make choices before the Lord.
1Th 4:2-8 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God… For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Can you, in all honesty, masturbate without sinning against the clear commands of Christ? If yes, then we are never told that the act itself is impure or forbidden. But let us be honest and admit that it is not so easy to do if we are committed to avoid mental sexual sin.
In our society, where lust is in the air, how is it is possible to “learn to control our bodies in a way that is holy and honorable”? Well, the answer is that we can die. Really, spiritually. This is The Gospel as we have received it.
John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I pray that through what we do know, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, that you will be able to conduct yourself in purity and wisdom concerning this matter.
Romans 6:13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
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