MY JOURNEY TO REDEMPTION



Hosea 6:1

Come and let us return to the Lord

For He has torn, but He will heal us;

He has stricken, but He will bind us up








We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love - Mother Teresa

Sunday, May 20, 2012

MY COMMENTARY ON HARMLESS, THE MOVIE - PORN AND THE DEMONIC REALM

Recently, I learned of an upcoming Christian horror film -- YES, horror film -- set to release in October, called Harmless. It’s the story about a husband and father and his battle with pornography. According to the film's website: Harmless is a feature film shot in the popular found footage style. It’s the story about a husband and father and his battle with a box of porn that is found in the closet. Once opened, the box of porn begins to torment the family, much like a poltergeist. It’s sort of a social commentary on how pornography can destroy a family. From the content of this trailer, it appears that Christians are starting to wake up to the demonic realities behind porn. Pornography is not "harmless," as so many people have been fooled into believing, but is rather a powerful and destructive tool used by Satan to destroy families, bring people into bondage, and to open a door for demonic activity in a person's life....not simply because it is morally bankrupt, but by nature is spiritually detrimental. Several years ago, I wrote a blog dealing with the sinister spiritual realities behind pornography. This particular blog has appeared on several websites, and has been translated into Slovakian. Ironically enough, it touches on the very subject of this movie, and for this reason, I have decided to re-post it here. Please watch the trailer, with the content of this blog in mind.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

GUILT

God’s Word tells us that there is no condemnation in Christ. John 3:17 tells us that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved. Much of my own life has been lived in the shadow of a guilty conscience. I have made many mistakes in life, and have many regrets. I have also asked God for forgiveness, and grace to move forward in personal freedom. I believe God when He says that my many sins have been forgiven, and I avow that His word is true. Believing Him is a choice that I have made, and despite my own occasional doubts, I know that God’s word remains immutable. Thus, I believe I am forgiven, even when feelings of guilt creep into my mind.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

WHY DOES THE CHURCH SEEM TO LACK POWER -- AND WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD REVIVALS GONE?

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word
There is a lot of talk in Christian circles of the need for a revival. We look upon the barren landscape of Christianity in our nation, and wonder why, and how, we have become so ineffectual. We read stories about the early church, and marvel at the miracles and healings which took place. In doing so, we question why the same things aren’t happening in our day, and why the Holy Spirit isn’t moving like He once did.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

DECEPTION AND THE POWER OF THE HUMAN WILL


I am continually amazed at the ability of the human mind, with it's capacity for reason, to interpret Scripture, not according to truth, but according to the dictates of strongly-held and pre-conceived worldviews and preferences. I am equally amazed, and disturbed, at how many people, rather than allowing the Bible to speak it's truth plainly to them, choose to re-interpret Scripture according to these pre-conceived worldviews. Rather than searching for truth through the pages of Scripture, they adapt certain interpretations which back up their preconceived notions of who God is, and what Christianity is all about.

I am not going to candy coat this, but will speak bluntly, as this is something that has been grating on me for quite some time. In speaking to people of differing opinions and beliefs, I have come to the conclusion that the search for truth, in the minds of many people, is that quest for whatever they can grasp onto which seemingly supports their pre-conceived notion of what truth actually is.

For those who adhere strictly and unapologetically to a belief system, truth has been outlined and scripted for them by the basic principles held to by that system, and there is no room for critical thinking. Every system of thought, whether scientific, political, or religious, has an underlying philosophy, and all evidence is examined in light of that philosophy.

The same principle seems to hold in many of the pseudo-Christian cults and belief systems that have sprung up. For them, Scripture is to be interpreted in light of the principles of that already-held belief system, rather than on its own merits. Their beliefs are not scrutinized by Scripture, but rather, Scripture is interpreted modally -- to support their own established mode of truth.