Monday, June 30, 2008

FAQ

I have now been the author of Confessions of an Unchurched Believer for a year, and what a year it has been! As I feel my way through the world of blogging, there is no doubt I have learned much. I have made friends as well as enemies, yet I can tell you today, right now that I have no regrets for setting up this blog.

I have made more changes to my blog's left sidebar. I get frequent questions as well as criticisms about my "unchurched" status. So I have decided to dedicate a good portion of my sidebar to posts in which I have explained those questions previously. This eliminates repetitious dialogue and debates and gives anyone who feels "inspired" to comment about my commitment to live as led by the Spirit a full understanding of who, what and why I am. Consider it a FAQ if you will. I ask that anyone who does desire to comment on my status to READ FULLY the posts in my sidebar. This will avoid unnecessary assumptions about my character and my motivation in regards to church.

I will state this, as the author of this blog I am not looking for others' acceptance of my choice to live in obedience of the Spirit... I am TESTIFYING of the power of Christ to live not by bread alone, but by every word of God. I am not rich, but I am blessed beyond measure! My bond with The LORD God, through His Son, by Faith is the single most important thing in my life. I can do all things, yes even be unchurched and experience the knowledge, the peace and the grace of God, first hand!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Pro Choice

No... I am not pro-choice, not in the way the term has been utilized.  As a matter of fact, I'm not "pro" anything. I believe in the existence of choice as choice exists.

Choice...it Does Exist!


If you believe in the infallacy of the Word then you know how it all began. The story of Adam and Eve begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with their expulsion. How easy would it have been for the Creator of the world to "make" Adam/Eve choose the right way. How easy would it have been for the Lord to have never placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden.God, the Father, Maker of heaven and earth decided in His wisdom that it was good to establish the freedom to choose. The choice to choose life with Him or on our own accord.


Yet many Christians ignore the fundamental truth and existence to choice, but champion various "moral" causes such as abortion, homosexuality, pornography in the hopes of "purifying" society by legislating the behavior and actions of others.To them, this is evangelism. IF moralistic legislation can preserve anything on this God forsaken earth, then the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is no longer good news.

Pharisee Complex

If a holy and righteous God allowed the mere existence of choice; to sin or not to sin, who is anyone to impose "morality" on anyone else? Are we not called to minister to those who share that burden and right of choice as it is so given of the Father? Not only is it arrogant and high-mindedness, it is disobedience in the most direct form to the call of Christ. Too many, spend time championing for moral causes than ministering, evangelizing, as commanded by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Many are fooled by their error in understanding, being active against abortion and other issues is "right" because abortion wrong. When in truth, such affiliations display the behavior and beliefs of the Pharisees in Christ's time..whose actions and beliefs he strongly condemned.

So many Christians proudly espouse John 3:16 word-for-word, by memory alone. It is these same Christians who ignore the existence of free will, and the true calling of the Gospel, fail to acknowledge the very NEXT verse: John 3:17

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

As evidenced by His interaction with Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well and the thief crucified next to Him, Christ's goal was to share the Gospel, the good news that was given to Him to carry out and bear for ALL people. While Christ did not condemn the adulteresses and thieves, He did condemn the Pharisees who were hypocritical in every form, because of the unbelief they had in their heart. John 3:18

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." 


Let those who believe that "evangelism" is legislated morality be warned... they preach a gospel that contradicts the clear purpose of God's plan of salvation for mankind. Again, Christ's disgust was not towards those who cheated on their spouses, and lived promiscuously or even those lusted and stole another's possession. No, His harshest words were preserved for those who reveled in self-righteousness and in the condemnation of others.

Truth and Consequences

The freedom of will is limited by the consequences of our choices. Free will is our form of accountability to God...that's the beauty of free will, while we are free to choose, our choices will be evident by the consequences of it. Such is the law and nature of  free will.  While some choose to oppress, Believers choose to liberate, by the Word and Gospel of God...."For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son"...without condemnation, just as the King of kings did unto everyone who would believe on Him.


Note from Author:
This post has been updated as of May 22, 2010 for further clarification and editing. Comments listed prior to this date may not reflect any quoted statements previously found in this post.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Christ Follower

"A Christ follower". This phrase has been used by many to emphasize true
or authentic Christian living.

Living here in America, one of the richest country in the world, founded
by Christians, and is largely populated by Christians of various
affliations, it becomes apparent to me that "a Christ follower" is a
style of life other of what Christ had meant. One of the most famous
commands can be quoted (and sung) by many, is found in Matt. 16:24.

"Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

Today, we all know what the cross symbolizes. For many of us the cross
is a precious symbol of the sacrifice Christ made for all who may
believe and receive eternal life. For others the cross symbolizes
something else.

The cross Jesus spoke about symbolized something very different to Jesus
and those He spoke to at that moment in history.

In a pagan country where Jews were considered foreigners. Execution by
crucifixtion was not only the most horrendous death offered by the
Romans but the most dishonorable. First practiced by the Medes and
Persians, a crucifixtion was preserved for slaves and foreigners. As a
matter of fact, the citizen class of Rome almost never received this
type of punishment. They were usually fined or exiled. The whole
intention of a crucifixtion was not necessarily death, but the act of
dishonoring a body in the most demeaning way thought of. The act of a
crucifixtion was to shame and make a spectacle out of the condemned.

When Jesus declared it, the cross (beam was typically carried by the
condemned to the stake that was already inserted in the ground) was a
reference to the act of bearing the shame, dishonor, pain and eventually
death for His namesake. Persecution is a given if "any man will come
after" Him.

Persecution is the infliction of suffering, injury or death by a person
or persons to others because of their identity or beliefs. Let me
clarify what persecution is NOT:

Verbal Abuse
Being made fun of or laughed at
Being denied something in any way shape or form
Acts of God
Health issues
Emotional issues
Financial issues

I've heard many a pastors cry "persecution" when they didn't get a
zoning permit to build or other relating matters. Its almost funny
except persecution is hardly funny. Its literally a grave matter that
deserves empathetic understanding as we "count the cost". The thought
that repeatedly resurfaces in my ever flowing mind is can American
Christians BE Christ followers under the principle of Matthew 16:24? No,
I'm not speaking of the loosely defined concept that has been
interpereted at will. Are American Christians continually persecuted for
the truth, the Gospel, the namesake of Christ??

I'm hard-pressed to say yes. I'm sorely tempted to believe emphatically,
NO. However I truly believe that there IS a remanant according to the
election of grace of true believers (Yes, in America) that are targeted
and persecuted because they promote wholesome, Biblical principles. Only
God knows who they are. Largely, American Christians do not understand
and/or are unable to understand the solemn undertaking of following
Christ following for these reasons:

1. American Christians hardly read the Word for themselves. Electing
instead to go to a church or church setting to be "fed". This directly
affects their knowledge of TRUTH as they lay themselves vunerable to be
"fed" artifically, and thereby do not evangelize in accordance to
wholesome, grounding principles of scripture.

2. Lay men (general congregation, people who are not pastors by
education) who do not evangelize, consider their beliefs private or
personal. Automatically default Matt. 16:24 because they do not "deny
themselves".

3. Christianity in America is so widespread, devided and populated with
unbiblical teaching that it can easily be considered as "worldly" or "of
the world". Christ is clear that the "world" loves their "own" and
embraces the teaching of their "own" and are thereby embraced as a
"citizen" of "world".

John 15:18-21

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye
are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hateth you.

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than
his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if
they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because
they know not him that sent me."

What is a "Christ Follower" by the standards of Christ?

It is a person who lives as a foreigner in this world. Hebrews 11:13-16

It is a person that denies the natural inclination of self preservation
in the name of pain, shame, sorrow and yes, death. Matthew 16:25

It is a person unloved, unaccepted by the "world" for His namesake. For
more examples of actionable "Christ following" read the 11th chapter of
Hebrews.

Are you a Christ Follower? Even Peter declared himself one and denied
Him thrice. As Americans we need to humbly recognize Followers of Christ
who indeed are persecuted for the sake of His Holy Name in countries
where they are the lone voices of Gospel truth, and lend true
consideration of this phrase.

Does this mean Americans cannot be "Christ Followers". That answer is
not mine to supply, but this I DO know. We truly need to wake up and
realize where we are as a nation of "Believers". That is to recognize
how far gone American "Christianity" have gotten away from the teachings
and commands of Christ.

How can anyone know their own beliefs if it hasn't been tested. No first
time expectant mom knows her own strength until she experiences labor.
She can either bear the immense pain with out drugs for the sake of her
unborn child, or she can opt out of the pain taking all the (documented)
risks of pain-relieving drugs may have on the child. But that telling
moment comes when confronted with suffering, the strength and motive of
a woman in labor.

Question everything you know to be Christian with a desire in your heart
for knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-6), Bible study and unwavering Faith
that He will supply those answers! (James 1:5-7) Recognize and repent,
for the time is at hand!! It IS nearer than when we first believe! Only
when we do this, we can truly ask if we are a nation of Christ
Followers!

Author's Note:
Crucifixtion/Cross information was supplied by wikipedia at

www.wikipedia.com

I apologize in advance for any typos and grammatical errors. I'm not in
possesion of my computer and am posting via Sidekick until otherwise.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"3,000 Miles Wide - Three Inches Deep"

I found a interesting article based upon a survey of what American believers really believe. Here's a portion of the article. Click on the link below to read it in it's entirety.

Americans: My Faith Isn't the Only Way
8:49 AM EST June 24, 2008 (by MSN Mobile)

"America remains a nation of believers, but a new survey finds most Americans don't feel their religion is the only way to eternal life - even if their faith tradition teaches otherwise.The findings, released Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don't know fundamental teachings of their own faiths.

Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attendees said they believe many religions can lead to eternal 
life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching. In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion."The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep," said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion.

"There's a growing pluralistic impulse toward tolerance and that is having theological consequences," he said.Earlier data from the Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, released in February, highlighted how often Americans switch religious affiliation. The newly released material looks at religious belief and practice as well as the impact of religion on society, including how faith shapes political views.
The report argues that while relatively few people - 14 percent - cite religious beliefs as the main influence on their political thinking, religion still plays a powerful indirect role.The study confirmed some well-known political dynamics, including stark divisions over abortion and gay marriage, with the more religiously committed taking conservative views on the issues."

http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=25334489&afid=1
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Messianic Jews Persecuted in Israel

Romans 11 explains very clearly the RIGHT attitude and stance we, as
believers in the power of the blood of Christ Jesus of Nazereth should
have towards unbelieving Jews in Israel.

Christianity has been defined by human hands and minds that has stolen
and corrupted the beauty of what is truly Christian that is clearly
testified by the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit.

And it is by this failure that many modern day Christians (MDC) have
isolated and angered many unbelievers in Israel, as their bloody history
has a direct connect to the falsehoods promoted by our Christian
heritage of "Convert or die!"

Yet many MDCs believingly accept Christianity as it is presented to
them. This is a deathly serious problem as many swallow a manufactured
"belief" blind to the history of Christianity, blind to truth of
scripture. MDCs are rendered completely ineffective to promote the
"mystery of the gospel", because even the Gospel remains a mystery to
them!! Romans 11:25

How can the Messiah be received by them (Israel) if MDCs promote their
Messiah (Israel) and MDCs' Christ, fused with pagan holidays and
rituals, to be one and the same?? If Christ is to be rejected, let them
reject him with full knowledge, answering only to God alone. But what a
travesty if He is rejected because of a horrendous, misrepresentation
and distortion of the Son of God, the Jews' Messiah, and Savior of the
world. I have been told by many a Christian that the holidays (Easter &
Christmas), they keep are a matter of the conscience. I reject that as
an excuse not to recognize and accept the truth...there is no question,
in light of my point, that it is a core matter of SOUND DOCTRINE, in
other words....the GOSPEL of Christ. The holidays MDCs celebrate drive a
stake in the heart of the Gospel and doctrine of Christ, in the simple
fact that the "Christ" created by Christian history is not the same
Messiah they are "waiting" upon.

I'm seeing a new trend in modern day Christianity (once again). Just
about 7 years ago I started studying prophecy and Israel. Many churches
(of various denominations) then, had nothing good to say about Israel,
many churches condemned Israel. As of late I'm hearing a lot of MDC
(Modern Day Christians) support Israel. (I suppose many would look silly
not doing so, as prophecy continues to be fulfilled). I'm seeing a lot
more Christian TV broadcasts regarding Israel, supporting Israel, by
televangelists I consider to be "false prophets". That's all fine and
dandy, but my earlier point holds true, how in the world are MDCs going
to reconcile a Christ associated with borderline paganism and a
prophesied Messiah...unless of course, they don't expect to do any
proselytizing. It would much easier to keep old time traditions and
"support" Israel in word and cash $$$ because common sense dictates that
they would never accept a pagan Messiah anyway...


Here is a portion of the article. Click on the link afterwards to read
in full.

Suggested bible readings: Romans chapter 11

Messianic Jews Say They Are Persecuted in Israel

10:03 AM EST June 22, 2008

"Ami Ortiz, injured when a booby-trapped gift for his family exploded
in his home in March, is wheeled by his brother at Tel Hashomer Hospital
in Tel Aviv on June 11.

Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body
three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his
family. The explosion severed two toes, damaged his hearing and harmed a
promising basketball career.

Police say they are still searching for the assailants. But to the
Ortiz family the motive of the attackers is clear: The Ortizes are Jews
who believe that Jesus was the Messiah.

Israel's tiny community of Messianic Jews, a mixed group of 10,000
people who include the California-based Jews for Jesus, complains of
threats, harassment and police indifference.

The March 20 bombing was the worst incident so far. In October, a
mysterious fire damaged a Jerusalem church used by Messianic Jews, and
last month ultra-Orthodox Jews torched a stack of Christian holy books
distributed by missionaries.

Israel's Foreign Ministry and two chief rabbis were quick to condemn
the burning, but the Ortiz family says vigorous police action is
needed.

"I believe that it will happen again, if not to us, then to other
Messianic believers," said Ami's mother, Leah Ortiz, a 54-year-old
native of South Orange, N.J.

Proselytizing is strongly discouraged in Israel, a state that was
established for a people that suffered centuries of persecution for not
accepting Jesus and has little tolerance for missionary work."

http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=25306012&afid=1

Author's Note:
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Dad's day to all you dedicated fathers!

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to my dearest husband. May our sons perfect
the art of fathering their children just as you have done with them! I
love you!
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