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If you like to listen to Christian Worship Songs, and have the words available so you can join in….. perhaps you will enjoy browsing through my You Tube Library – there maybe something there you will enjoy and may assist you in your Christian Walk.     LINK   Please do feel free to share this information and to add comments where you feel appropriate.

May God continue to bless your endeavours.     JustMEinT

 

 

 

 

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The Unforgivable Sin

Mercy SeatI came across an article today attributed to Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Saint of the Church – who (it is said of her) heard the voice of God speaking to her. The article was about what Christians call The Unforgivable Sin – in relation to the despair of Judas after the betrayal of Jesus.

The unforgivable or unpardonable sin has (from time to time) been a subject I have mused about – (honestly), never deeply. However today I decided to try to understand what Jesus meant when he said: (Mk 3:29) But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: (see also Lk 12:10)

Catherine of Siena purportedly said that God told her:  This is the sin that is never forgiven, now or ever: the refusal, the scorning of my mercy. For this offends me more than all the other sins they have committed. So the despair of Judas displeased me more and was a greater insult to my Son than his betrayal had been. Therefore, such as these are reproved for this false judgment of considering their sin to be greater than my mercy… They are reproved also for their injustice in grieving more for their own plight than for having offended me.

The refusing (of), the scorning of My mercy! My goodness, who in their right mind (I asked myself) would do such a thing. Then it hit me like a ton of lead – I had done this. I had been guilty of this. I had gone through a period in my life where the mercy of God was unimportant to me. Quite frankly, truth be told, God was unimportant to me. Oh I knew about God, I had been brought up in a Christian home, and I even worked in a Christian environment, but I had somehow managed to put God and all that entails onto a low fired back burner.

Call this period of my life the selfish years – they went on for quite some time. The only things that mattered to me where those that affected me, and me and me! I drank, I swore, I enjoyed sexual encounters. The list goes on and on and on some more. Suffice to say I was living in the modern world and wanted all of the benefits without  any of the responsibilities.

It would be fair to say during that period of my life I was an apostate or at the very least a lapsed Christian. I gave up on my faith, I abandoned its principles and lived my life according to however it pleased me to do so. God (if I even considered Him) – was simply a benevolent  being who loved everyone (didn’t the bible say so?) and anyway I would not have to worry about God and afterlife things till – whenever!

I was fortunate. That is a crass over simplification. God knocked very loudly one day and I fell at His feet and gained His forgiveness. I am reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ. I believe I am saved. AMEN!

But how would I now describe the topic of today’s discussion – that of the unpardonable sin? Has my self-declared apostasy be washed away? Has it been forgiven? YES it has, and I can tell you why.

To my understanding the unpardonable sin, as Catherine said was the refusal and scorning of the mercy of God. I did not need God, I seldom even considered His glory and majesty. His forgiveness? Well I cared less for that really because I was too busy amusing myself with my own selfish and sinful activities and had little time or need for serious contemplation of the direction – or lack thereof, my life was taking.

Today the only sin that is unforgivable is that of not receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. When you reject Jesus, you reject your only possible means of forgiveness and the only way to gain entrance into heaven. Your fate is sealed. There is no forgiveness if Jesus is not your Savior. Humans do not have the power to save themselves or to have their own sins forgiven. Jesus alone is the only acceptable means to salvation (Acts 4:12). Not accepting Jesus and rejecting belief in Him is truly the only unpardonable and unforgivable sin that people can commit today.  (LINK)

I know with hindsight that I have wasted many many years of my life. During those years that I was separated – through sin – from God, I could have died at any moment. In an instant my earthly life could have ended and I would have had no future – no everlasting future with God in the eternal. I am so delighted He knocked loudly and I asked Him to enter in.

You Can Believe and Accept Jesus Right Now

If someone is worried about having committed the unpardonable sin, that is the very evidence that they have not committed it. The only unforgivable sin that we must worry about today is rejecting Jesus Christ as our own personal Savior. The consequences of this are eternal separation from God, which is hell in itself; this is irreversible…unpardonable. This is the only unpardonable, unforgivable sin that there is. But this is one that you can wipe away with repentance, and belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). If you have believed in Him, then there is absolutely no need for you to worry about committing the unpardonable sin. You are already His possession and He will not ever cast you away (John 6:37). Once you are His, no one can snatch you out of the Father’s hand or out of Jesus’ hand (John 10:28-29). If you want this eternal security right now, just read the following scriptures and place your eternal future in His secure hands:

Admit that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior (Rom 6:23),

Abandon self effort and realize you cannot be saved by your works or efforts (Acts 16:31),

Accept freely Christ’s payment for my sins, required of the Father. (John 3:16),

And acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12).

If you have just received Jesus, you have now received God’s inheritance rights as a son or daughter of His and can never be lost again. This inheritance is called eternal life, which means when you die and leave this planet you will go to be with the Father in heaven (John 10:28-29). (LINK)

Easter is the time we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection… He has new life…. just as we can if we accept God as our Father and King. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ invites us in…. will you accept? I did. Everyday is Easter Day to the members of Gods Family.

 

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Who Can You Turn To and Who Can You Trust?

GethsemaneMany years ago in my young formative years I came to understand that when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, after the final meal he had shared with those closest to him – and prior to his arrest by the Roman Soldiers – as he was praying – he was in terrible mental and emotional pain and distress because he knew what was going to happen to him next. He knew, because he was God and was all-knowing, that he was to suffer the most terrible of torment – death on a cross for our sins. His death would ‘appease’ God the Father, bringing us forgiveness and reconciliation for our sins. Jesus was terrified of what lay ahead and that was the reason why he sweated drops of blood.

“And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.” (Luke 22:44)

It pays to read all four of the Gospel records of the events of this most fateful of nights leading to Jesus’ crucifixion to gain a full understanding of what actually happened.  (Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:40-53 and John 18:1-11)

Those were the thoughts of a young person – me at the time, but I have since managed to grow up mentally, emotionally and more importantly I believe I am growing spiritually. I need to understand what really happened then and why.

Today at Church our Pastor preached on Jesus’ time and horrific suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. He brought to my attention the specific relevance of the pair of gardens – Eden and Gethsemane and what occurred in both. Adam (in Eden) the first man who turned away from God – Jesus (in Gethsemane) the New Adam turning us back to God.

The evil one aka Satan, the snake was there in Eden. It was he who tempted Eve to doubt the word of God. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Gen 2:16-17. Then along came Satan who skilfully worded his question to sow the seed of doubt in Eve’s mind.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Of course Eve not suspecting his character, answered him thus: “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” Gen 3:2-3.

Of course we know what happened next: “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5

In effect Satan not only calls God a liar, but also manages to convince Eve that she will not die, and that when she eats of the ‘forbidden fruit’ she will become like God. Of course she eats of it and tempts Adam to do the same. God is seriously angry and throws them both out of Eden and forces them to live a life of pain and suffering forever more.

(That brings to mind another of my younger (mis) understandings…. that the ‘forbidden fruit’ was akin to having sexual relations with a man. Young minds are very easily swayed and sex and sin always went hand in hand in my young mind.)

Our Pastor today challenged us to look again at Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ – specifically at the scene in Gethsemane which leads up to Jesus’ arrest.  Gibson’s interpretation, which I believe is wonderful, shows Satan trying to tempt Jesus away from the sacrifice He is about to make on our behalf. Satan had earlier tried to tempt Jesus into following him as lord and master – Jesus resisted back then and Jesus resisted here in Gethsemane.  Jesus is the New Adam, obeying God, believing in God’s word and promises.

The first Adam (and his wife) were seriously deceived by Satan.  The new Adam – Jesus of Nazareth fights with all of his will power to obey God’s promises and refuses to be deceived (perhaps this is why “His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.” (Luke 22:44). In the final scene in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is shown crushing the snake under his heel thereby fulfilling what God spoke to Satan in Eden after the Fall of Man. In Genesis 3:15 God said:  “I’ll place hostility between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. He’ll strike you on the head, and you’ll strike him on the heel.”

Satan was there in the Garden doing everything possible to try to get Jesus to change his mind about offering up His life to save us from our transgressions and heal our relationship with Father God. I for one am eternally grateful Jesus chose to turn to God and Trust in God’s promise. That wretched evil one is still active today, doing all that is possible to deceive us and turn us away from the life we have been promised with God – everlasting.

How can I show this gratitude? I can give myself completely into the hands of God – trusting His words and believing in everlasting life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I can seek forgiveness, which is freely given when I acknowledge that I am a sinful person who endeavours to change her way of life – from sinfulness to humility under Christ. I can acknowledge that Jesus died for me – me personally. He knew every sin I would commit, even those I hide in the deep dark recesses of my mind, yet Jesus freely chose to add those to the unnumbered multitude of other sins He carried with Him to Calvary.

Jesus is my way to an eternal future with God. My earthly body is but a vessel – ashes to ashes, but my soul, the breath of God that lives in me will go forward to eternity thanks to the great sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary all those many (2000+) years ago.

Who can I turn to and who can I trust? Jesus Christ. How can I be so certain? Because He trusted in God His Father and rose from the dead to ascend into glory!

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Out with The Old and In with The New

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Two Popes have sat on the
Papal Throne  in a span
Frances 1of only two weeks.

Benedict retired – a thing most unusual for Popes in living memory. Francis was elected in very quick time – again something that is a tad unusual as to my memory, this can take longer than a day and a bit! Who can tell with The Holy Spirit what will happen to whom and when? God’s ways are not our ways that is for sure.

The New Holy Roman Pontiff seems to be a man of the people, with a heart for the poor and destitute under his care. He walks and meets people, he seems to prefer to use public transport rather than ride ‘in state’ in the Pope mobile, and from the small amount I have read about him in the on-line media he promises to open up the Church to scrutiny. That will sure make a difference.

The Scriptures do not portray Jesus Christ as a man of pomp and ceremony – quite the opposite in fact. He cared for the afflicted – the afflicted in body, mind and spirit. He cared for the poor and the diseased. He staunchly objected to the bureaucracy he found within the Church in Jerusalem. Tossing out money changers really got him into trouble. He made certain everyone knew the Church was God’s Church, and it was to be a Church filled with love.

I sat with some friends during the conclave, and like many Christians – we debated who the Top Job would fall too. One of my ‘christian brothers’ was putting his money on the Cardinal from Argentina – he was right! Many people had been rehashing the ancient prophecies regarding End Times Popes – would the next Pope be black? Would he be the last Pope as predicted by Malachy?

Just remember that even if we are in End Times – God’s time does not run to the 24 hour clock that mankind uses. Frances 1 is a gift to the Church from The Holy Spirit – and he is a Jesuit. As my friend reminded me after the conclave was over:

If there is one thing the Holy Spirit does not know –
it is what the Jesuits are up to!

I pray his Papacy is fruitful and that the world will hear his message of love –
love from God above!

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So The Pope is Retiring – what happens next?

popeThe world awoke to the news today that Benedict XIV, Holy Roman Pontiff has announced he will be retiring at  8pm on February 28, 2013. This has caused consternation for Catholics world-wide as Popes do not normally retire!

However it is not without precedent, (It has been done before) but not for a very long time.

I grew up believing that like the King or Queen of England, The Holy Roman Pontiff was in that position until they drew their last breath. Even I was startled by this news. One of the first things I told my DH upon awakening and being told about the Papal situation was that he ought to read up on the works of St. Malachi  because the end-timers, prophets of doom and such like will be out in droves looking to see if the next Pontiff is of dark skin. I will get to that in a minute.

For those like me who figured Benedict would be with us until he is called to his spiritual eternal home, perhaps a read of this will help you to learn the history of retirements in the Papacy.

The article was written during the Papacy of John Paul II and makes very interesting reading:

Can The Pope Retire?

The Holy Father may retire if he chooses. The Code of Canon Law states, “If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone” (Canon 332, No. 2). Nevertheless, when a pope is elected as the Successor of St. Peter, the Church expects that he will remain in office until his death.

However, in the history of the Church, a few popes have resigned for various reasons, and a few have been deposed for various reasons. Click the Link for the complete article.

A little about St. Malachy (referred to a moment ago): Malachy, a catholic priest serving in the 11th century, reportedly made a long series of predictions concerning future popes. According to his prediction, only one pope will take office following the current Pope Benedict. This pope will be known as “Peter The Roman”, and will serve during the reign of the Antichrist.

Even as I am writing this, news media have begun speculation as to who the next Pope will be (may be) and as to the colour of his skin. They speculate also as to his character and spiritual choices. Many believe the Papacy needs to modernize itself and be more ‘in touch’ with the younger generation. Others believe the Catholic Church should remain stoic – keep strictly to the standards set by Jesus Christ. These are two opposing points of view, which are not helped by the crisis in the Church over sexual abuse – worldwide.

Are we in end times now? The Bible tells us clearly there will be signs see Mark 13:32 , but this is NOT the end there is much more to come……. I am a Follower of Jesus Christ and I await His return. Is it imminent? I do not know – would be great if it was! Am I afraid – why should I be!

I feel the Catholic Church will be in emotional and spiritual pain right now – but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. Is.40:31

If the Roman Church is to collapse then so be it. God leads  those who trust in Him. I place my hope and trust firmly in Him.

 

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There is nowhere to hide

Normally speaking  I prefer to either write my own blog posts or link to another I want to share. Today I felt like giving you the entire story here, with a link you can follow up with, if you so desire.

giglioPastor Louie Giglio is known to many Christians – for his You Tubes and challenging sermons that youth in particular are drawn to. I believe that through his ministry he has drawn many hundreds ( more?) to Jesus Christ. The following will make your hair curl I believe!

A new chapter in America’s moral revolution came last week as Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony.

In a statement released to the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Giglio said that he withdrew because of the furor that emerged after a liberal watchdog group revealed that almost twenty years ago he had preached a sermon in which he had stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the “only way out of a homosexual lifestyle … is through the healing power of Jesus.”

In other words, a Christian pastor has been effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer because he believes and teaches Christian truth.

The fact that Giglio was actually disinvited was made clear in a statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural.

Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”

That statement is, in effect, an embarrassed apology for having invited Louie Giglio in the first place. Whisenant’s statement apologizes for the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s failure to make certain that their selection had never, at any time, for any reason, believed that homosexuality is less than a perfectly acceptable lifestyle.

The committee then promised to repent and learn from their failure, committing to select a replacement who would “reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance.”

The imbroglio over Louie Giglio is the clearest evidence of the new Moral McCarthyism of our sexually “tolerant” age. During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses would be asked, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

In the version now to be employed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the question will be: “Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transsexualism, etc.) is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration?”

Louie Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church, is also founder of the Passion movement that brings tens of thousands of Christian young people together to hear Giglio, along with speakers such as John Piper.

They urge a rising generation of young Christians to make a passionate commitment to Christ. In recent years, the movement has also sought to raise awareness and activism among young Christians on the issue of sex trafficking. It was that activism that caught the attention of both President Obama and the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Note carefully that both the White House and the committee were ready to celebrate Giglio’s activism on sex trafficking, but all that was swept away by the Moral McCarthyism on the question of homosexuality.

Two other dimensions of this story also demand attention. First, we should note that Louie Giglio has not been known lately for taking any stand on the issue of homosexuality. To the contrary, Giglio’s own statement withdrawing from the invitation made this clear:
“Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.

Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.”

A fair-minded reading of that statement indicates that Pastor Giglio has strategically avoided any confrontation with the issue of homosexuality for at least fifteen years.
The issue “has not been in the range of my priorities,” he said. Given the Bible’s insistance that sexual morality is inseparable from our “ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ,” this must have been a difficult strategy. It is also a strategy that is very attractive to those who want to avoid being castigated as intolerant or homophobic.

As this controversy makes abundantly clear, it is a failed strategy. Louie Giglio was cast out of the circle of the acceptable simply because a liberal watchdog group found one sermon he preached almost twenty years ago.

If a preacher has ever taken a stand on biblical conviction, he risks being exposed decades after the fact. Anyone who teaches at any time, to any degree, that homosexual behavior is a sin is now to be cast out.

Second, we should note that Pastor Giglio’s sermon was, as we would expect and hope, filled with grace and the promise of the Gospel. Giglio did not just state that homosexuals are sinners — he made clear that every single human being is a sinner, in need of the redemption that is found only in Jesus Christ.

“We’ve got to say to the homosexuals, the same thing that I say to you and that you would say to me … It’s not easy to change, but it’s possible to change,” he preached. He pointed his congregation, gay and straight, to “the healing power of Jesus.” He called his entire congregation to repent and come to Christ by faith.

That is the quintessential Christian Gospel. That is undiluted biblical truth. Those words are the consensus of the Church for over 2,000 years, and the firm belief held by the vast majority of Christians around the world today.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee and the White House have now declared historic, biblical Christianity to be out of bounds, casting it off the inaugural program as an embarrassment.

By its newly articulated standard, any preacher who holds to the faith of the church for the last 2,000 years is persona non grata. By this standard, no Roman Catholic prelate or priest can participate in the ceremony.

No Evangelical who holds to biblical orthodoxy is welcome. The vast majority of Christians around the world have been disinvited. Mormons, and the rabbis of Orthodox Judaism are out.

Any Muslim imam who could walk freely in Cairo would be denied a place on the inaugural program. Billy Graham, who participated in at least ten presidential inaugurations is welcome no more. Rick Warren, who incited a similar controversy when he prayed at President Obama’s first inauguration, is way out of bounds. In the span of just four years, the rules are fully changed.

The gauntlet was thrown down yesterday, and the axe fell today. Wayne Besen, founder of the activist group Truth Wins Out, told The New York Times yesterday: “It is imperative that Giglio clarify his remarks and explain whether he has evolved on gay rights, like so many other faith and political leaders. It would be a shame to select a preacher with backward views on LBGT people at a moment when the nation is rapidly moving forward on our issues.”

And there you have it — anyone who has ever believed that homosexuality is morally problematic in any way must now offer public repentance and evidence of having “evolved” on the question. This is the language that President Obama used of his own “evolving” position on same-sex marriage.

This is what is now openly demanded of Christians today. If you want to avoid being thrown off the program, you had better learn to evolve fast, and repent in public.

This is precisely what biblical Christians cannot do. While seeking to be gentle in spirit and ruthlessly Gospel-centered in speaking of any sin, we cannot cease to speak of sin as sin.
To do so is not only to deny the authority of Scripture, not only to reject the moral consensus of the saints, but it undermines the Gospel itself. The Gospel makes no sense, and is robbed of its saving power, if sin is denied as sin.

An imbroglio is a painful and embarrassing conflict. The imbroglio surrounding Louie Giglio is not only painful, it is revealing. We now see the new Moral McCarthyism in its undisguised and unvarnished reality.

If you are a Christian, get ready for the question you will now undoubtedly face: “Do you now or have you ever believed that homosexuality is a sin?” There is nowhere to hide.

I KNOW where I stand – have you made your choice?

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