Monday, October 9, 2017

For your viewing pleasure...






Over the past while, we've come across internet articles, here and here, which have decried a couple of popular television shows which, apparently, some Christians watch without batting an eye, shows filled with sexual perversion, foul language, murder and mayhem, and more. The points against were fairly well argued, employing sound and principled reason and backed with solid scriptural support, yet to a significant degree were met with snarky backlash and arguments appealing to the believer's "liberty in Christ".  

The authors referenced Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, two shows which, according to what we've read, seem like a slamdunk no way José kinda thing, but there are a lot more shows out there which contain enough seriously questionable content to make us raise eyebrows when we hear Christians talk of them as being their "favourite" or something they "don't want to miss" each week.  We could name some of them, but the purpose of this post isn't so much to call out specific shows or movies, rather to encourage us all to begin to ask ourselves if what we're putting before our eyes and those of our children should be reconsidered in the light of Scripture.  We really need to become brutally honest about the entertainment choices we’re making and why, as well as the impact they're having upon us and our kiddos.     

Psalm 50:17-18: For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers.

Are we keeping company with the adulterers on our screens? Are we in fact becoming adulterers, feeding the lusts in our hearts according to Jesus in Matthew 5:7?


Proverbs 4:14: Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.

When we watch TV or movies, are we figuratively entering and walking down the path of evil, refusing to avoid it, neglecting to turn away from it?

Proverbs 4:23: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Are we keeping our hearts with vigilance or corrupting them with what we watch?   What's flowing out from us afterward?  What kinds of attitudes?  What manner of speech?   How about our children?  Are they adopting the views and attitudes of the characters in the shows we allow them to watch?

Matthew 5:29: If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

Is what we're watching causing us to sin?  Is it actually sin to watch?  If there's the possibility of either, oughtn't we pull the plug?

Matthew 6:22: The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

Are we filling ourselves with light or darkness through the window of our eyes?

Romans 1:32: Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Are we giving tacit approval to sinful behaviour by watching characters engage in it?

Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Are our thoughts and behaviour conforming to this world through our viewing habits, or are we being transformed, having our minds renewed by the Word of God? Are we diligently endeavouring to discern what is good and acceptable in His sight or lazily giving in to feeding the lust of the flesh?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

How can we possibly justify our voyeurism as we watch people engaging in what God forbids, when the scriptures tell us that those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God?

1 Corinthians 15:33: Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals."

Are the characters we love to watch "bad company" who are corrupting our consciences?  What about our children?  What kind of attitudes and behaviour are the characters in children's shows modeling for our kiddos?

Ephesians 5:3-4: But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.  Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

But we can watch it without a pang of conscience from the comfort of our living rooms?   Really?  

Ephesians 5:11: Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

What’s not to understand about the phrase “take no part”? Aren’t we taking part by viewing these works of darkness?

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Is what we’re watching true? Is it honourable? Is it just? Pure? Lovely? Commendable? Excellent? Worthy of praise?

James 4:4: You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Is what we're watching encouraging us to embrace an ungodly worldview, to become friends of the world and all it has to offer, or friends of God, desiring to align our thoughts and actions with His?

John 2:15: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

What do we love? Those things which please the world or those things which please God?  And how does what we view influence that?

Brothers and sisters, it's time we stop justifying what we set before our and our children’s eyes, we need to pray for discernment and exercise it, in this and every area.   

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We Will Not Bow... Or Have We?



“All the deviations, all the perversions are in the Book of Genesis after the fall, these have always been the corruptions that have marked human society.  Again, in America and the in western world, we’ve had a bit of a reprieve because of the prevailing influence of Christian morality.  The objective of Satan, the objective of demons and, consequently, the objective of all who are the subjects of Satan, the children of Satan as they are called in Scripture, is to destroy everything that God has made.  They are the enemies of God and Christ and the truth of Scripture and the gospel.  The objective is not simply to redefine gender.  The objective is not simply to redefine marriage.  The objective is to destroy what God has designed. 

Families provide a small, sovereign unit that acts as a small barrier against the corruption that seeks to dominate.  Shatter the family, destroy the family, and the small sovereign barrier is disintegrated. 

And by the way, the goal in all of this… is not homosexual, same-sex marriage.  The goal is the total elimination of all marriage.  Which then means that you don’t possess any privacy, you don’t have that small sovereign unit, and your children are not yours.  They’re public children and they belong to the education system, and they belong to the country, and they belong to the village, but not to you.  And so when they’re 15 in the State of Oregon, they can have a sex change without telling their parents and the State will do it and pay for it.  

This is not about same-sex marriage, this is about the total obliteration of the family, so that there will be no more family, no more covenants, no more private, sovereign units that stand up against the corruption.

If you go back to contraception, you go back to where this all began.   It is the product, admittedly, of the feminist movement.  Go back to contraception… you have sex without children.  For the first time, the greatest restraint against having sex is eliminated.  The greatest natural restraint against having sex with just anybody, anytime, was children will be produced, possibly.  So contraception comes along and you can have sex without children.  But that’s not enough, that doesn’t cover enough ground, because that’s not complete enough, so you add abortion.  Now you can have sex without children, and if it misses and you do have a child conceived, just kill it.”

~ John MacArthur (We Will Not Bow)




Bingo. 

We maintain that birth control and abortion are intrinsically linked.  If the church stands against the latter, and it must, it must also question the former and the worldview behind it. A worldview which is expressly opposed to God’s natural design.  A worldview which implies God is a liar when He says children are a gift, a blessing, a reward, a heritage, and a crown from Him.

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 128:3

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the 
Lord.

Proverbs 17:6

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”

The above lengthy quote came from John MacArthur’s linked-to lecture entitled, We Will Not Bow.  The entirety is well worth listening to, but it begs the question, haven’t we already? 

Hasn’t the church almost as a whole bowed low to the god of this world through the intentional closing of the womb? Doesn’t it promote the use of contraception when it disparages those with large families? Haven’t our elders done a disservice by shying away from tackling the underlying implications of contraception?

For decades we’ve said no to more children.  We’ve shaken our fists at God and said, “I know what I can handle, You don’t, so thanks but no thanks!”, as we’ve swallowed birth control pills, inserted IUDs or diaphragms, applied condoms, tied our tubes, had vasectomies, and refrained from sexual intimacy, not in order to fast and pray according to 1st Corinthians 7:5, but to thwart the possibility of having more children, or trying to time things to suit our personal plans and agendas.

When we despair of the state of the world, when we grieve over the escalating promotion and celebration of sin which threatens our families and nations, we’ve only to look inward, to consider our own worldview, to ask ourselves if how we live lines up with His Word.  


From contraception to divorce, the buck stops here, with the church.  The world is doing what comes naturally, but what about us?  What about our example?  We’ve hidden our lights under a bushel and expect the world to find their way in the dark.  



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Triple Dip!


The girls had fun playing Triple Dip by Robert D. Vandall in a local music festival.  Afterwards, one of their teacher's parents asked if she could film them playing.  Here are the results.  So much fun!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Months Old Already!

Grandbaby 4, she's such a little dolly, just like her big sisters!






Practicing for "Talk Like a Pirate Day!"


Love This Bunch!




Just missing our Bethany and Spencer.

We've decided globalization is highly overrated. 



New Driver!



Exciting times!

Qualifying for my third "Nerves of Steel" Award!








Just trying to buy a bit of mercy from other drivers.  ;)



Please Choose Life

National March for Life ~ 2017

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.


Psalm 139:13-14