Born this way: sexual sin + serving God

One of the most controversial issues that has faced Christianity over the course of the past 20 something years is – what to do about homosexuality? While some denominations are allowing homosexuals to pastor their congregations, and others are allowing them to marry in their churches, it’s important to note that we were all born in sin. (Ephesians 2:1-3) (Titus 3:3)

God has given us the ability to become “overcomers” regarding all types of sin – not just homosexuality. (1 Corinthians 10:13) While yes, we’re human and we can and easily do fail, we don’t have to be slaves to what we know is not God’s design for us. We can leave behind our old ways and support each other to make sure we don’t stumble again.

While some denominations have boldly spoken about their support of homosexual behavior, we must not lie to those who are struggling with sexual sin – they must change their behavior. (2 Peter 2:9-10 )It’s important that Christians stress that we can’t serve both God and our old sin nature. We have to make a choice and we must speak the truth at all costs.

“You adulterers! Don’t you know that friendship with the world means hostility with God? So whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.” – James 4:4

(I posted the following to Quora on July 16, 2017 in response to the following:

“I’m queer, short and small (some of my body parts are girly in size) (5′7″), fatherless, unemployed, neglected, lonely and lost… But I still believe God exists& that he has the right to do whatever he wants to cause he made, despite it, in my own way try to love& serve him even if he hates me.” [SIC])

God doesn’t hate you. God hates sin, because He is Holy and because He loves you. I want to let you know that when it comes to sin, we were all born this way. Sexual immorality, lust, hatred, greed, hatred of God’s laws – these were our default behaviors. (Psalm 51:5-6)

The difference is that when we decide that we are going to reject Satan’s authority and transfer that authority over to Jesus, we become “new creations.” (2 Corinthians 5) This is much like renouncing your citizenship of your birth country when you swear allegiance to a new country in which you’re becoming a citizen.

When we’re Christians and we sin, it grieves us because this attitude, this behavior, is incompatible with our new life as a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We want to be back into our new default behavior, which is “Holiness.” (Romans 6) God is Holy, so we must be Holy. (Leviticus 20:7)

Because we live in a fallen world and do not yet have a glorified body with Jesus, (1 Corinthians 15) we have to make the decision every day to die to ourselves and the desires of the flesh. It’s hard! It’s uncomfortable! It’s a struggle! (Romans 7) But… we are victorious in Christ and through Him, all things are possible. (Philippians 4:13)

You have to make a decision, do you serve one master – sin nature, desires of the flesh, Satan – or will you choose to die to yourself every day, to serve God? You can not serve 2 opposing masters, so you must decide for yourself. (Revelation 3:15-16)

Christians, even back in Peter’s day, came out of a sinful lifestyle. The people you used to run with will question why you are no longer choosing to do the things that you once did. If it happened to those in Jesus’ day, it will happen to you too.

“Therefore, since the Messiah suffered in a mortal body, you, too, must arm yourselves with the same determination, because the person who has suffered in a mortal body has stopped sinning,

2 so that he can live the rest of his mortal life guided, not by human desires, but by the will of God.

For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry.

4 They insult you now because they are surprised that you are no longer joining them in the same excesses of wild living.” – 1 Peter 4:3-4

Now onto the second matter. It does not matter if you’re small, thin, have feminine features – (Exodus 4:10-14)there is not a default look that men must have, so put that out of your mind. Likewise God is not a respector of persons (Romans 2:9-13) – He is not impressed, nor disappointed by your material goods or social status. He is a champion of the widows and the fatherless. (Psalm 68:5-6) He will be your refuge (Psalm 9:9) – if you’ll make the decision to make Him, rather than the desires of your flesh, the Lord of your life.

Photo: Levi Saunders

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Throwback Post: Revealing the Satanic agenda on the cover of The Economist.

While the symbolism on the 2017 cover of the Economist may seem confusing or even random, it’s anything but. The elite’s plan to war with God is center stage on this cover.

(I originally posted the following on January 2017 on FaceLikeTheSun’s channel in response to “The Tower Card.”)

What I noticed that was not mentioned:

  • Deck begins with The Tower (Jesus) and ends in The Star (Lucifer.) This tower is representative of the true church & Jesus.
    • Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”
  • Satan hates the truth – Jesus. This tower is unsafe, as it is full of deadly smoke and is falling down. This tower is built on a hill. The entire world can metaphorically see it (the Church.)
    • Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

 

  • The concentrated destruction is coming not from the people, but from the sky. This is not weather as the rest of the sky is clear and there is no rain.
    • Ephesians 6:12“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Two sides on the same team:

  • The left side: The world / secularism / the occult – they’re at war with Jesus. What’s interesting is that it’s the communist flag (The North) but backward (a favorite sign from the occult elite.) So, this is not necessarily everyday people, but a country run by the occult elite, and is thus run by Satan.
    • Daniel 11:15-16 “15 Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. 16 The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it.”  
  • The right side: The faux church (Only ever quotes Matthew 7:1, is a friend to the world, will do what’s right in their own eyes.) This false church is parading a dead Jesus – not one who is alive. They have a form of godliness but deny its power. There will be wolves in sheep’s clothing warring against God.
    • 2 Timothy 3: 1- 5“1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
    • Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
  • The secular world / occult world & the faux church / occult church both have major grievances with Jesus. You can’t preach on sin, repentance, ANYTHING without being accused of being –phobic, closed minded, bigoted, backward, etc. Both are enemies of the Truth and want to see the destruction of Jesus and His coming kingdom. This card is what the elite hopes against all hope to achieve. Remember fellow Christians, we’ve read the back of the book. We win.

UNLV’s top priority is faculty pay – so says NV Chancellor

Nevada Chancellor Dan Klaich agrees with UNLV President Neal Smastrek – restoring faculty pay back to the pre-5% cut level is the top priority of UNLV. 

     Forget the four-year graduation rates hovering around 15%, ignore the fact that staff are utilizing the food pantry to make ends meet and disregard that UNLV’s student government, CSUN, has received a record number of scholarship applications, including those for the Emergency Aid Scholarship, with more students applying this semester than have applied in every previous year since its inception. To Klaich, all of those issues take a back seat to restoring faculty pay to the pre cut levels.

     When asked why he agreed with President Smastrek and didn’t consider the aforementioned items more disconcerting, Klaich responded that well-paid faculty is the “backbone” of a “nationally competitive” university.

     Klaich was told of the record number of students applying for emergency aid scholarships and then asked, “If UNLV needs more money for faculty pay, what should be cut so that the tuition burden on students isn’t increased?” Klaich said that he’s “not for raising fees to pay faculty salaries” but said, “A part of the burden will be borne by student fees.” He reassured the students in the journalism class that he was speaking to that the students that will pay for faculty will be future students, not current ones.

     Although students have had tuition raised time and time again, Klaich said that he believes the tuition increases are fair and that all students should share the burden.

     When students in the journalism class asked what he thought about students who drop out of UNLV to accept high paying, low skill jobs on the Las Vegas Strip, Klaich quipped, “It’s great if you (students) want nowhere to go” in their careers.

     Klaich said that the university needs more students graduating, yet he couldn’t explain why UNLV doesn’t recruit students who take the ACT or SAT to attend the university. Instead, Klaich stressed a need to get rid of the high school proficiency exam in Nevada and that “we (UNLV) have to reach down to middle schools as to why college is important.”

     Students at UNLV face uncertainty with tuition increases that outpace the rate of inflation, courses that have fewer classes available and more grad students teaching courses. To add to the red tape of the university, UNLV doesn’t accept the same CLEP credit as the University of Nevada at Reno or certain classes at CSN, posing more headaches for transfer students.

     When asked why UNLV doesn’t accept CLEP credit for general education classes that UNR accepts, Chancellor Klaich stood up for students, saying, “We should do whatever we can do to get rid of that nonsense. There’s no excuse for that.”  

With so many groups vying for preferential treatment from the Board of Regents and the Chancellor, time will tell if students’ educations and their financial burden will be a factor in the upcoming funding formula meeting.

Students look to author for answers for the future

As students filed in to the classroom, you could see the eagerness on their faces. They would soon ask the man at the front of the classroom the magic question; what should they do to make their careers take off?

With job prospects scarce and a culture of people that no longer work at a job or two for a lifetime, students look to anybody for advice.  That Thursday afternoon, somebody was here to tell them about the industry and how he went from a student to a published author. Students were on the edges of their seats.

Kurt Divich, a former UNLV communications major from the class of ’95 spoke of how he began his journalism career. “I was a comm major and at the time, you didn’t have to specialize. I used to tell employers that I specialized in whatever they were looking for at that particular job.”  Students snickered and smiled at the idea as they furiously took notes.

Although Divich know works as a financial journalist, he didn’t begin his career in that field. After a stint at Applebee’s restaurant, he went into the public sector. He told the students that he, along with his wife and mother of his four children, feel strongly about gay marriage and that they lobby for gay rights. “I started out working in the Parks and Recs department, and then I worked for the Democratic Party.” He counseled students to do various jobs, including those in politics, and then use that experience to hone their journalistic craft.

After a 20-minute speech, Divich went around the room and asked each student what they were planning to do after college.  Students sat wide-eyed and clung to every word that came out of Divich’s mouth as if it were gospel truth. He advised each student for their chosen path, telling the group that “what you want to do and what you would be good for isn’t always the same thing. Look for your strengths and specialize in that area.”

As the period came to an end, students looked as if they had some direction in their life. With bags packed, they awkwardly approached Divich to ask a few last minute questions. When they left class, they went out into the world as if they had hope for the future and a mission to “make it” in the field of journalism.

If the government tells you how to spend your money, is it a free country?

While this court case was decided back in 2010, people are still upset about this ruling. My politics class required us to write about it, so here goes.

Citizens United v. FEC

 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

 – 1st amendment of the US Constitution

 In the case of Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court was justified in ruling that parts of BCRA were unconstitutional.  Prior to this ruling, Citizens United would be prevented from airing a documentary 30 days before an election, while allowing, for example, a media conglomerate, the right to promote candidates.  To limit the rights of certain entities to publish information, expressly goes against what this country stands for.

America was founded on principles that maximize freedom from government. This country was made for people to be autonomous. Through the limiting of governmental powers, establishing a system of checks and balances and allowing representatives and people to make decisions, rather than a single leader, the founding fathers created the closest thing in existence to a “free” country.

When a government dictates what is allowed to be said or how an entity can spend their money, the entity, whether a business or a person, is no longer autonomous. The exchange of information in the marketplace of ideas is severely limited when the government, rather than the people, acts as the gatekeepers to information.

It was never the government’s job to dictate how a private entity spends its money. Unfortunately, there are people in our country that want to limit freedom. They want the government to be able to be in control of what messages make it out into the public. Regardless of what type of entity, whether it’s you or your family’s restaurant, or the union your friend belongs to or your favorite charity, these people wanted to dictate and limit others’ ability to spend the money they earned on promoting their ideas.  People who want to restrict entities’ ability to spend their money as they deem fit, have motives that run counter to the Constitution.

According to Steve Simpson, from the Institute for Justice, “The larger & more powerful the government, the greater the incentive is to spend more & lobby more to take control of that government.” To prevent corrupt governments issuing monopolies on information, it’s imperative that corporations, unions, families and people are allowed to bring their ideas to the masses. Freedom of speech puts power in the hands of people, rather than that of governments and their cronies.

The first amendment was put in place so that people, not governments, could share information, without a governmental filter, to make the most informed decision about choices that affect their lives. The Supreme Court was justified in breaking down an unconstitutional barrier to free speech. This ruling was a victory for people over oppression and tyranny.