Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cut, Copy and Paste Christianity



I am sure by now you have heard of the new Bible translation released in 2012 and is now available for the gay community. It is the Queen James Version or QJV.

 According to Charisma News, “It rewrites eight key verses that speak against homosexual practice. It’s called the Queen James Bible (I kid you not), and the editors state that, “We edited those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.”

Also according to CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry),” The Queen James Bible, also known as the Gay Bible, is a new assault on Biblical orthodoxy and sexual purity. In it, the 1769 King James Bible has been reproduced with only a very few select verses altered--the ones that relate to homosexuality.”

What a sad shame that people have had to stoop so low as to alter Scripture in order to fit their perverted agenda!

But, by the same token the same can be said of the many false doctrines that exist within the Christian community, and that is why I call this, Cut, Copy and Paste Christianity.

If you don’t like what the Bible says, cut the part that offends you, copy then paste to the parts you like thus making it justify your lifestyle. It is as Walter Scott stated when he said, ”Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” And deceit is exactly what it is when we try to change Scripture.

Scripture tells us that, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

I imagine that is the part that is offensive, that the Word is so sharp it cuts to the very depths of our heart.

God loves the homosexual and I am sure He is grieved over their lifestyle as He is over any lifestyle that is contrary to His Word.

So, if your life and walk with God is not what it should be I humbly ask that you make it right today.  Also, let Scripture say what it says and allow His Holy Spirit minister to you.

In Christ,

Ken

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How Low Can You Go?


 

The question, “How Low Can You Go?” is a question I pose to America.

One only has to look at the headlines of any reputable newspaper or log on to the many different news sources online and we can see the very sad and pathetic situation our country is in.

Consider the following:

In this year alone, the Supreme Court ruled marriage was not only between a man and a woman but redefined it to include those of the same sex. Many churches from different denominational persuasions have gone along with this ruling and have begun to accept this as the norm. This was done so as not to offend.

Planned Parenthood is now embroiled in quite a scandal! The selling of baby body parts.  Those involved such as Stem Express jokes about shipping heads of babies to the research labs who purchase different body parts.   Ben Van Handel, Executive Director of Novogenix labs who works with Planned Parenthood regarding the harvesting of baby body parts said, “So you know there are times when the procedure is done that the heart is still beating.”  Yet, it is claimed by our government and others that a fetus is not a living being! Many of our politicians are actually praising the efforts of this organization!

Recent headlines described how babies’ faces were cut open in order to be able to remove the brain intact.

Then there is the scandal involving the cheating website, Ashley Madison, which encourages extra marital affairs. Many influential people in and out of our government were discovered to have been customers of this sight. Even those espousing faith and family values were caught up in the filth of this sight.

You have a spokesman for the popular fast food restaurant chain, Subway caught in a web of deceit, soliciting underage girls for sex as well as having a cache of child porn.

We have a presidential candidate who claims that the evil deeds of mankind can only be changed through legislation.  It seems she forgets that you cannot pass laws to enforce morality!

There are bans on school prayer, Bible clubs, the singing of Christian hymns and in some instances a ban on pledging allegiance to our flag.

The media praises a person like Bruce Jenner for wanting to become a woman, proclaiming him a hero with courage. I call it despicable!  Yet, are quick to demonize someone like a Tim Tebow for living out his faith in God openly.

America has become a cesspool of filth and perversion. A society without any moral compass and has lost its way! America is living in the same manner that the Romans were back in the day of Paul when he wrote.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32 (ESV)

My heart aches for this country! I see a great mission field in this land, far greater than that which exists outside of our borders!

As Christians, we need to step out from our comfort zone and proclaim our only saving hope and return to our Bridegroom, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! For if we don’t, surely God’s wrath will fall on this nation and we will become nothing but a byword!

How low are you willing to allow our country to go?

In Christ and to Him Belongs all honor glory!

Ken

 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Crown Of Thorns



“And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head….” John 19:2 (ESV)

Nothing like what I am about to share has ever humbled me as this did!

As many people who know my wife and I, know that we have been taking a journey through the Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter and we are now entering our fourth year and our third time around this precious Book.

We paused at the above verse and discussed at length the crown of thorns placed on the head of Christ and how painful it must have been. We could not imagine the agony He felt as the thorns on this makeshift crown were jammed into His head. 

Then I recalled how much He suffered for us, that we might be saved. In fact in the book of Isaiah it gives us a look at the torture and pain our Lord suffered. “As many were astonished at you - His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and His form beyond that of the children of mankind.” Isaiah 52:14 (ESV)

And this all started with the “crown of thorns”

We concluded our study still trying to imagine the pain, agony and humiliation Christ went through for us. 

After prayer, I went outside and as I was out there I saw some dry grass in the shape of a crown and the blades had the semblance of thorns. At first, I thought nothing of it and I was going to pick it up and throw it in the trash. But then the strangest feeling came over me, the hair on my arms stood on edge and chills raced through my body.

We had just concluded our study and here in front of me was this symbol of what we had just finished reading. All I could do was to stare at this image in amazement. Then I picked it up, took it inside and showed it to my wife. Her reaction was, “Wow, what a coincidence!”

At this point, my inclination was still to throw it away but as I was walking to the door, I saw the cross a neighbor had given us. I stopped and told my wife, “I think I will place this piece over this empty cross.” She asked, “Why?”  I said, “Every time I look at this I will be reminded of the Crown of Thorns placed on my Savior’s head and how He defeated the cross and the thorns and now it is empty for He conquered it all!"

I have shared this with my co-workers and each time I did, once again, the hair on my arms stood on edge and chills raced through my body.

I do not believe for one moment that this was some kind of divine message from God but it was just remarkable, the symbolism and how humbling this experience was. 

Today, I stand in awe over what my Lord did for me on Calvary and I know He lives because that empty cross and that crown of thorns stand alone!

If you have not experienced the saving grace of God, I ask that you do so now!

To God belongs the glory forever!

In Christ,
Ken

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"CDD - Character Deficit Disorder




“Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)

Character Deficit Disorder or CDD for short is the illness that America suffers from. “America’s current moral decline is directly linked to the fact that we have elected, appointed and hired too many leaders who have no character.” John Mac Arthur, “Twelve Ordinary Men”

This hits the nail on the head and with our nation entering the season of electing a person who will be leading our nation, we must start doing some deep soul searching. We need to drop to our knees and ask God for His divine intervention.

We have seen our nation slip into a deep moral decline, one of which I have never seen in all my years on this earth. 

Finger pointing to one person or group is not the solution, as I believe both political parties, the media, political correctness and sad to say, the churches in America must share the blame.

We the people have turned a blind eye to all the evils that have crept into our society and have allowed ourselves to be led astray because as a nation we have become lazy and complacent! We have become distracted by the tons of social media outlets that have taken our focus away from the real problem. The problem being us.

However now the time has come to take our country back and we can do so by electing the right people to lead us out of this downward spiral!

My challenge for us all is to investigate for ourselves the person’s history, their moral character and what it is that they truly believe and not what they say they have done or will do. Do not let the masters of spin dictate to you who is best, find out for yourself. We have at our finger tips technology that will give us the truth about those running for public office.

William Penn wisely stated, “If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”
Our nation must return to God!

I close with this beautiful Jewish prayer taken from their Daily Prayer Book
“May it be thy will, Lord our God and God of our fathers that we keep thy laws in this world and thus be worthy to live to see and share the happiness and blessings in the Messianic days and in the life of the world to come.”

May God have mercy on our nation!

In Christ,
Ken

Monday, August 10, 2015

Just Be Ready



A couple of days ago, I was listening to a well known Pastor and author speaking on the Rapture. 

He was explaining the difference between those who believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture and those who believe in a Post-Tribulation Rapture.  And as with any discussion over matters such as these and the doctrinal positions of different denominations, there is much confusion and sometimes heated arguments over who is correct.

Each side will draw from scripture and argue their case. In many instances taking verses out of context in order to justify their position. This is also true with the many different doctrines that exist today.

Giving this some thought over the weekend, I begin to wonder why we spend so much time debating over such issues instead on focusing on where we stand in our relationship with Christ. Is our walk all that it should be or are we lacking? 

I would like to share a couple of verses with you.

 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. ...Mark 13:32-37 ESV 

“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” I Thessalonians 5:2 ESV

(Bold letters added for emphasis)

Ask yourself, “Am I ready for that day or that hour?” Or, “Will the Master find me asleep”? He comes as a thief comes, in the course of the night or while we sleep. Are you ready?

It does not matter the doctrine of Post-Tribulation or Pre-Tribulation, we just need to be ready!

If anyone reading this has not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, now is the time to get to a quiet place and invite in Him. As a sweet Godly woman once said, “God is such a gentleman; He will never go where He is not invited.” Yet, today He stands at the door and knocks; won’t you please open the door?

The same goes for anyone who has accepted Him but your walk is not all that it should be, now is the time to make it right.

My prayer at this moment is that His Holy Spirit convicts you so that you will Just Be Ready!

God Bless you and to Him alone be the glory!

In Christ,
Ken Maes

August 10, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Taste Of Honey



“And He said to me. Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He gave me this scroll to eat. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.” Ezekiel 2:1-3 (ESV)

As I read and meditated on this passage, I asked myself, “When we read God’s word, do we feed ourselves to the point of feeling full? And when we are finished, does His word taste sweet as honey?” Do His words leave us with that sweet taste?”

Are we so in love with God that every moment we spend in His word it leaves us craving more?
At this point in my meditation, I closed my eyes and thought of my own situation and remembered all the times I used honey and how I love its taste. I asked myself. “Do I love the taste of His word as much?”  This is a great question for all!

I then remembered a very moving story I had read years ago.

 “A young French girl who had been born blind had learned to read by Braille and was given a copy of the gospel of Mark. She had read it so much that her fingers became so calloused that it was hard for her to make out the words. She even went to the extreme of cutting the skin from the ends of her fingers, hoping she would regain the feeling so that she would be able to once again to read. It was not to be as her calluses were replaced with scars.
Sobbing, she raised the book to her lips to give her beloved Mark a goodbye kiss, saying, “Farewell, farewell, sweet Word of my Heavenly Father.”
In the process of doing so she discovered that her lips were even more sensitive than her fingers had ever been and she spent the rest of her life reading this beautiful gift from God with her lips.”
(Anonymous)

What an amazing lesson for us all. Yet in reality instead of God’s precious Book, the book most often read is Facebook!

I pray that this will give all of us something to think about and ask God to convict our hearts. We need more of Him in our lives and in this country.
God bless you and to Him alone belongs the glory!

In Christ
Ken D Maes