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David Hopkins May 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

Excellent article and good teaching style. Thank you and God bless you for your care and dedication.

DocReits May 17, 2014 at 1:52 am

Hey Crystal,

Oddly, Christians are being marginalized with the label “racist” by the “gay” community, in our stand for traditional marriage. I found Ravi Zachariah’s explanation as the best I have witnessed concerning this matter.

He explains a person’s race or ethnicity as an inviolable trust given by God which may not be broken. Whether we are red, or black or white, God fashioned us in this manner. It is a violation against God to break that Trust.

Likewise, God made man and his companion or helpmate, woman. It was God’s Trust to have man and woman join as one flesh to become co-creators with Him to bear children. This was a Trust that God gave to Adam and Eve. This Trust, like our ethnicity, was never to be violated.

I love this explanation, as it explains when the Christian claims that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman, it affirms the dignity of God’s inviolable Trust at creation.

Further on this point, I was listening to Dr Robert’s speech at a Heritage Foundation symposium last night. He holds a PhD in Semitic languages, and was explaining how the word “Adam” means human, and this single creation(Adam) was sufficient to embody that term at the beginning. There was no need for another. Later, God saw that “It was not good for man to be alone”(Gen 2:18) since the created animals were not suitable as helpers for him(Gen 2:20).

So He took from Adam, a rib, and formed woman, bringing her back to join with him(Adam), becoming “one” with him (joining back with him, as she had been taken from him in her creation), so that Adam(the human) could be complete…and sufficient for God’s purposes or Trust…Adam, IOW, was made complete in Eve, the “one” who had been taken from him, now re-joined.

God gave man and woman(this completed human), the Trust to bear children and raise them in family.

This is why same sex marriage is a violation of God’s Trust to mankind.

Blessings,

DocReits

David May 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Interesting thoughts Doc. I remember reading the O T account where God forbade the Jewish nation to intermarry and how Solomon fell because of it.
However, we now live in N T times and “all things become new“.
Blessings, David, Central Europe

DocReits May 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Hi David,

“God forbade the Jewish nation to intermarry and … Solomon fell because of it. However, we now live in N T times and “all things become new“.”

I am not understanding your meaning David. Could you help me? My comments were on racism and how God’s Trust in requiring equal treatment of all races is analogous to God’s Trust He gave for marriage, between one man and one woman. Both being inviolable.

That Trust did not end when Jesus made the New Covenant with His Blood.

Having said that, God loves everyone, and we all are sinners, saved only by His Grace. We are all level at the foot of the Cross, and have nothing in our hands which we bring to Him, except our faith, which we humbly offer to Him in repentance for our breakage of His commandments(Rules).

Those Rules still apply. We all fall, but we must confess our sin before God and ask for His forgiveness, forsaking those sins, and making a new attempt at following Him. If we fall again, repeat the process. God looks at our heart and our attempts to follow Him, in obedience, not so much the scoreboard…;-).

To be clear, Christians do not make sin a lifestyle as if nothing is wrong with disobedience. I have my own sin chest(God knows). I empty it out at the foot of the Cross, daily, asking God to help me to not fill it up again. “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”(Rom 7:24,25)

Blessings,

DocReits

David May 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

Sure Doc, Nehemiah 13 vs`s 25 to 31 is a good example.
I am old, white, male and an alcoholic. And often been subjected to “isms“ A Christian for 39 years. Strong in faith.
Is that a problem for you?
Blessings, David Central Europe

DocReits May 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Hi David,

“… And often been subjected to “isms“ … Is that a problem for you?”

Somewhat… especially “easy believism”.

Your reference to Nehemiah…here was a man of God separated out with the daunting task of not only performing the miraculous feat of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in about 56-69 days(I forget the exact number), but also tasked with keeping the population of Jews from breaking God’s laws, risking further judgement upon the nation of Israel.

Remember that the wounds of that condemnation was what they(the nation) had just spent the past 70 years enduring. Think about it!! Here they were, back in their homeland, with a chance for freedom, out from under the thumb of their captors(Assyria), on “parole”, so to speak, and Nehemiah did not want them to mess up and “violate” parole.

OK, I get your point, the NT is “new” in the sense that we don’t live under a nation state anymore. We now have this “freedom” to do as we darned well please without a “boss” like Nehemiah, to pull out the hairs from our beards when we whore with women outside the camp(Neh 13:25). Sure, God will forgive us 70×7, and He does not keep count, but does this freedom we have in Christ give us license to sin?

You know the answer, which belies your question though. It is the frustration that those who have the Spirit of God(those truly saved and born again) struggle with. It is the same struggle which those “outside the camp” also struggle with, as they have the Law written on their hearts(“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them”Rom 2 :14,15)

Notice especially the phrase “their conflicting thoughts accuse…them”. So this law, written on all men’s hearts is our NT times where “all things become new”. The “new” is only that we now have Nehemiah inside than outside. Has anything really changed in God’s economy? Is He this “soft” grandfather with the white beard who now winks at sin? Have the Ten Commandments somehow now dissolved into the ether of forgetfulness? Is God the Father less demanding of us than in the OT where the Israelite’s had to keep the Law or perish?

Mankind still has to keep the Law or perish. Nothing has changed!! Mankind is doomed! Abandoned to all suffer the same fate for we have all broken the Law. Who has not stolen, who has not lied, who has not blasphemed, and who has looked upon others and not lusted, or desired what others have in possessions. We all have sinned, and are judged “guilty” by the Law.

You know this. Yes, the “only” way we are acquitted from the sentence of death and torment is through the acknowledgement of our sins, “turning from them”, and belief upon our scapegoat, who took our punishment upon Himself…Jesus. Christians are forgiven! Hallelujah!

So, do we say, “Everything is good now?” I am no longer under the Law, so I can keep on sinning. Nehemiah is still there David in the form of the Holy Spirit residing within us, compelling all who have been born again, to forsake sin, and follow Christ. Will we ever be without sin? No. Do we stop trying? …..It is not easy.

I wish you well,

DocReits

David May 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

Good insight, yes we are miserable sinners, and I thank God daily for His patience.
Interesting, never thought about “outside the camp“.
Blessings to you Doc.
David, Central Europe

David May 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

oh, BTW am hetero

David May 19, 2014 at 12:37 am

and a sinner too





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