The Only Solution For The U.S.

I was sitting here watching a re-run of the most recent republican presidential debates and I couldn’t help but wonder how much different America would be if we hadn’t let God be removed from everyday life. What if the Bible was still the guide for our law makers? What if the Bible was still used to educate our children? What if law schools like Harvard still taught the Biblical foundations of the Constitution? What if church was still the primary source for family and community activities?

Think about it. If human beings had obeyed God’s commands concerning sexual immorality, we wouldn’t have abortion, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, incest, rape, or even out of wedlock pregnancies. That list is if we obeyed God in just one area of life. Just think if we had also obeyed concerning murder, hate, lying, honoring parents, and greed. We would be living in an almost perfect world.

Instead, we have gone out of our way to disobey every command of God. For example, not one of those candidates in the debate was 100 percent honest. The hatred for the democrats and Hilary Clinton was clearly evident. The bickering between some of them was a clear indication of their greed. I am picking on the candidates only because they triggered these thoughts. The problem is that all of us are just as guilty in our everyday living as these people were during the debates.

The solution to this country’s problems is simple. Look to God. Our country was built based upon the Bible because it is an immovable rock. It is time tested. It is true in every area it talks about. No science has proven anything to be untrue in the Bible. No archeological find has proven any of the history to be inaccurate. Even from a social behavior point of view, the Bible has never been proven to be wrong. So if we look to the Bible for solutions to our current problems, we will find the best option. Even economically the Bible is the best source. If we had followed the Biblical way of managing money, this country wouldn’t be trillions of dollars in debt.

So, looking at the Bible, the solution is to start with the family. One man and one woman married until one of them dies. The parents teaching their children right from wrong according to Biblical standards. Electing leaders that have demonstrated that same commitment to a Biblical family and educational model. Having a public school system that teaches children how to read, write and do math is fine. But it is the fathers’ responsibility to teach moral and spiritual values.

Human beings have rejected God and so they have also rejected his Word as written in the Bible. But, in the Bible, God gave us the blueprint to a happy and successful life. Until we return to the Bible for the solutions to our problems, both personally and societally, this country will continue to spiral out of control into a state of pure evil.

God’s commands are not burdensome. They make logical sense. They are designed to protect us and provide us with a foundation for a civil and fruitful society. The Bible is the best solution to this country’s ills.

KJ – A Willing Slave of Christ

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Marco, it’s a matter of character

In the recent CNBC Republican Presidential Candidate debate, Jeb Bush attacked Marco Rubio about missing votes in the senate. I didn’t watch the debate so I am not sure how things truly played out. But hearing about the issue struck a nerve. I had heard that Rubio was missing a lot of votes. This is disturbing because it shows a part of Rubio’s character that we haven’t seen yet. He is not voting, he is not resigning and he is trying to defend his hanging on to the position. Even though he is not planning on running for re-election. The question is why? Why wouldn’t you resign? That way the governor of Florida could appoint someone to take his place and the people of Florida would continue to be represented.

Marco Rubio was elected by the people of Florida to represent them in the U.S. Senate. They did not elect him to run for President. So the people are paying him a salary to run for President. This is wrong. It shows a considerable flaw in his character.   He is essentially stealing from the American people. How can we trust him to do what he is promising to do as President when he is not doing what he promised to do as a senator? He promised the people of Florida that he would represent them in Congress. He is not keeping his promise. Instead, he is depriving the people of Florida an extremely important vote. All they have now as representation is a liberal Obama puppet named Bill Nelson.

Character is important in a President. We are in trouble as a nation when we cannot trust our President to follow through on his/her word. Our current President is a perfect example. He vowed to uphold the Constitution but instead has gone out of his way to undermine and destroy it.  His lack of character is the reason why this country is in trouble and why we are having so much trouble with ISIS, North Korea, Iran, China, and now Russia.

The Bible commands Christians to do the job that they were hired to do as if doing it to the Lord. It also commands our yes to be yes and our no to be no. In other words, keep your word and don’t lie or deceive. I don’t expect our President to be a Christian. But, as a Christian, I must do my best to vote for the candidate that best represents a Biblical worldview. So someone that is willing to steal from the American people does not have a Biblical worldview.

So as I look over the available candidates in an attempt to decide who to vote for, I have to take this issue very seriously. In general, I like Marco Rubio. With the exception of that immigration debacle, he has been a good senator. But this issue tells me that he cannot be trusted to keep his word. If he can’t show up to vote in the Senate, then how can I expect him to show up as Commander-In-Chief during a military conflict?

So when you go to the polls to vote during the upcoming primary season, keep character in mind. Not just with Marco Rubio but with all the candidates. We need a President that can be trusted to keep his/her word. Someone with character. It is far more important than most people seem to understand.

KJ – A Willing Slave of Christ

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Good Bye Freedom

Once again the Supreme Court has failed to perform their Constitution duty. The recent case that “legalized” homosexual unions under the term “marriage” was beyond their constitutional authority. For these unions to be legal, Congress would need to pass a law and the President would need to sign it. That did not happen. Instead, six people that were not elected to represent the citizens of this country decided that it should be legal. Their job was to determine the constitutionality of the case before them. Since the Constitution does not address the issue of marriage, the individual States have jurisdiction according to the tenth amendment. There are 37 states that have laws defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Therefore, if the Supreme Court had done their job, the state laws would be upheld. The judiciary needs to be overhauled. It is out of control and needs to be stopped.

The real concern with their judgement is the consequences of this ruling. Christianity and the First Amendment have both been undermined. Without the First Amendment, this nation cannot survive. It is the foundation of our unique culture. The reason why so many immigrants have been able to thrive in this nation. Without Christianity, tolerance with cease to exist. Tolerance is not everyone agreeing with each other. It is the understanding that different people have different views and that everyone has the right to express those views. Even if they are offensive to you personally. This is the reason why we have the right to free expression of our religious beliefs. This is why we have the right to free press. The homosexual ruling provides the path to suppress the Christians right to express and live their beliefs. It promotes an environment of intolerance and hatred.

Our founding fathers built the Constitution on Biblical principles, values, ethics, laws, and morals. If any of these are removed, the Constitution cannot stand. If the Constitution falls, so does America. There was a former dean of the Harvard Law School that said that you cannot be a good judge or even a good lawyer without knowing the Bible. I paraphrased that statement which is why it isn’t in quotes. He is correct. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar or even a Christian to be a good judge or lawyer. You just have to know and understand what the Bible says. At least six of the nine Supreme Court justices obviously do not know the Bible. They do not respect our nation’s history or traditions. This ruling is just the latest example of their contempt for this nation. Therefore, they are not qualified to be Supreme Court justices and should be removed from their position.

Please contact your senators and representatives and insist that they start the process of removal. This nation’s future depends upon it.


A Willing Slave of Christ

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The Need For Church Discipline

It has been over two years since a story went national concerning a church in Jacksonville, FL exercising Biblical church discipline.  The individual that was being disciplined was upset and decided to take the situation to the local media.  The church staff refused to discuss the situation with the media and the result was a one sided report that made the church look real bad.

Here are the facts concerning that situation.  A woman mentioned to another woman that she was having an affair with a non-Christian man.  They were basically living together.  The other woman took her aside and pointed out God’s view of such relationships and that as a Christian she shouldn’t be involved in that kind of a relationship.  When the woman did not respond with repentance, she then discussed the situation with the pastor so that the next steps would be handled Biblically.  The pastor attempted to contact the woman and she refused to talk to him.  So the next step in church discipline was commenced.  The woman became defensive and claims that she was ambushed and this is when she went to the media.

Since the church leadership did not share their side of the story we do not have an accurate picture of what happened.  We only have her side of the story which may or may not be completely factual.  We do know that all the steps of church discipline were conducted which means that the woman did not repent.  Instead, she left the church and started attending another church that does not practice church discipline.  This means that she found a church that does not believe in the authority of the Bible over the local church.

Church discipline was given to us by Jesus.  The apostle Paul wrote about it in one of his epistles.  The purpose of it is to keep the church pure.  The church will ultimately be the bride of Christ so the purity of the church is critical.  The problem we have in today’s church is that too many of the local churches have adopted the seeker sensitive approach to Sunday worship.  If we are making non-Christians comfortable in our worship services then we are not preaching the true Word of God.  We cannot practice church discipline if we are inviting the world into our worship services.  Worship is only for believers.  The Bible makes it clear that God rejects the worship of non-believers.  The Bible also makes it clear that the purpose of church discipline is to lovingly restore a brother or sister in Christ to a proper relationship with God.  If they reject these attempts then they must love their sin more than Christ and should be removed from the church.  Then we should try to evangelize and present them with the true gospel.

If the woman felt ambushed, it is possible that this step wasn’t handled correctly.  If more than two witnesses were on hand or they spoke in a condemning manner I could understand feeling ambushed.  They are there to make sure that the process is followed correctly.  They are not there to condemn.

It is always a shame when someone is removed from the fellowship.  But it is far worse to ignore the sin and thus condone it.  This church did the right thing by going through the process.  I just wish they had taken the opportunity to communicate to the media the purpose of church discipline so that the reports weren’t so one sided.  They were right not to discuss this woman’s situation, but the process should have been discussed as presented in the Bible.

We need more churches to value the Word of God the way this church in Jacksonville did.

A Willing Slave of Christ,


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The Truth About Love

I was sitting in church this morning listening to the preacher talk about a verse in the first chapter of Colossians.  He was talking about faith and how love for other Christians is a natural outpouring of true saving faith.  He is absolutely correct.  The verse in Colossians uses the phrase “all the saints” as the object of our love to mean that we should love every Christian we encounter.  Even those Christians that we have trouble getting along with.

Love is a difficult topic in today’s society.  Hollywood has successfully changed the meaning of love to most people.  If you go out on the street and ask for a definition you will get all kinds of responses.  Most of them will be a partial definition of love.  What people no longer understand is that love is an action word.  It is not a feeling.  Yes, in the case of romantic love there can be some feelings involved but love itself is not the feeling. 

The Bible instructs husbands to love their wives.  It is not telling them to develop some sort of feeling.  The Bible is telling husbands to DO something.  To take an action that will be interpreted by others as love.  Demonstrate your commitment and loyalty to your spouse.  Love is action that will say you are the most important person in the world to me.  Apart from God of course.

This world has such a messed up view of love.  This is why homosexuality is now an accepted form of relationship.  This is why sex outside of traditional marriage is considered the norm and promoted by Hollywood.  Having sex with someone is now considered loving them.  This is so incorrect.  Sex was given to us by God as a wedding gift so that a man and a woman can become one unit in the eyes of God.  A working living organism designed to support and complement each other.

Love for other Christians is similar.  It is still an action.  When we are there to help another Christian in financial difficulty or to help them though the death of a spouse we are showing them our love.  When we do little things to help like watching their children or helping them fix their car, we are displaying our love.  Even when we are there to lend an ear we are displaying love for them.  Too often we stay to ourselves and don’t get involved.  This is a sign that we do not love our fellow Christians. 

The church has done a poor job of correcting the world on the definition of love.  Instead, there are a lot of preachers that will twist the love verses to say that if we are not giving sacrificially to feed the starving kids in India, we are not following God’s command to love one another.  This is hogwash.  We are encouraged to help the less fortunate so that we can share the Gospel with them.  But we are commanded to love the saints.  This is what sets Christians apart from the world.  Let’s face it, even atheists will give money to those organizations that help feed the hungry.

The truth about love is important.  If we do not demonstrate true love and communicate the true meaning of love, then the world will never understand what it means to be truly saved.  God’s love was demonstrated on the cross when Jesus willingly chose to die so that we could live.  Love is an action that should be evident in every true Christian’s life.  If you do not love other Christians the way the Bible tells you to, then you may not be truly saved.  Think about it and pray about it.  It’s too important to ignore.

KJ – A Willing Slave of Christ

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Discerning the Non-existent Gap

A few months ago I heard an expert on the gifts of the spirit mention the gift of discernment.  I am not sure where he got this from but I don’t necessarily disagree with him.  In fact, looking back at my life since I was saved I believe that it is possible that I have this gift.  I have always felt the need to check the context of every verse I have heard used.  Especially when listening to the normal topical preacher.

Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with topical preaching.  I have found, though, that preachers that do expository preaching tend to be truer to the Biblical meaning than preachers that use select verses in support of a topic. 

I remember going through one of Rick Warrens 40 days of something series.  I was appalled at his blatant misuse of scripture.  He even modified certain verses to make them support his point.  This is a clear indicator of false teaching. 

Rick Warren isn’t the only preacher guilty of misinterpretation.  Any preacher that puts a 2000 year gap in the seventy weeks of Daniel is also guilty of misinterpretation.  This even includes John MacArthur.  He is very rarely wrong when it comes to Biblical exposition but when it comes to end times theology he tends to throw his usual exposition out the window. 

I was reading some old notes I had printed from an article on the internet several years ago that presented several logical reasons why the seventy-week prophesy in Daniel had already been fulfilled.  I remember presenting these arguments to my Sunday school class and leaving everyone dumbfounded.  I had Bible verses to back my position and I had recorded history to back me up.  No one could defend the “gap” position.

This brings me back to discernment.  No matter who the preacher is, don’t assume that they are presenting or using the Bible correctly.  It is difficult for me to disagree with Dr. MacArthur.  He is the best expositor alive today.  I am certainly no theologian so who am I to disagree with him?  But, due to my spiritual gift of discernment, I have no choice but to disagree.  Plus, the more I study the topic the more convinced I get that my position on the topic is correct.

Fortunately, a person’s position on the seventy-week interpretation is not a major concern.  A person can be saved and hold any of the various positions.  We need to keep this in mind when discussing various interpretations.  Some of the topics do matter and some do not.  For example, a person’s position concerning the deity of Jesus is major and can indicate an idolater.

The best way to not be led astray is to consistently study the Word of God.  Learn it, research it, meditate on it, present it, and live it.  The deeper you get into the Word the better you will get at discerning false teaching and even minor misinterpretation.  God wants us to know Him better.  The only way we can truly get closer to God is to devour His Word.

So pick up your Bible and start reading.  Use the internet, Bible commentaries, and listen to various preachers.  Learn about the history behind the section you are studying.  Understand the motivation of the author of the section.  These things will help you come to the correct interpretation and help you to discern which preachers are presenting the Word truthfully.

KJ – A Willing Slave of Christ

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Calming The Storm

I was listening to a podcast recently, where R.C. Sproul was discussing the Bible passage where Jesus was asleep in a boat during a raging storm.  I have heard many different lectures, discussions, and sermons on this passage.  I didn’t disagree with anything that Dr. Sproul said in his podcast.  But, I do have a thought on the passage that I have yet to hear any preacher address.

The disciples where frantic and scared that the storm was going to destroy the boat and they would all drown.  This is an understandable reaction based upon the description of the storm in the passage.  What I don’t really understand is why they woke up Jesus and asked him why He doesn’t care that they are about to perish.  Waking Jesus up this way would indicate to me that they did believe that He could do something to save them from the storm.  But, not one preacher approaches the passage from this angle.

The preachers take a different angle because of the reaction of the disciples after Jesus calms the storm.  But, even if you believe that God can do something isn’t it often the case that we are still amazed or surprised at how God went about resolving the issue?  Could the reaction be a result of how quickly the storm responded to the command of Jesus or that Jesus was able to calm the storm with his voice?  Maybe they expected Jesus to save them differently and the reaction was due to His approach more than a sign of their unbelief of Him as the Messiah.

I am not trying to say that the common interpretation of the great preachers is wrong.  I am just wondering if there could be a different explanation because of the way they woke up Jesus. 

Just food for thought

KJ – A Willing Slave of Christ

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