FIghting Lust With Scripture

FIghting Lust With Scripture May 22, 2019

The Word of God has power, but we need to tap that power in order to fight lust, so here are Bible verses that can help you defeat it when you meet it.

Wicked Hearts

The Bible teaches that the human heart is wicked, and even after the Spirit comes to live in the believer, there is still a tendency to sin (Rom 7), so even though they still sin, over time, they do sin less thanks to the work of the Spirit of God. At least they should, but the idea that the human heart has any redeeming value of itself is destroyed by Jeremiah the Prophet who wrote a rhetorical statement: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it” (Jer 17:9)? We might think we fully understand our own heart, but God says, “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jer 17:10), but lusting is not so much a physical act as it is an act of the mind. In other words, we can sin by lusting in our minds. Jesus said “that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:48), so sexual immorality is not just a physical act but can be committed in the mind. Of course, the physical act is worse as Paul said “that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh” (1 Cor 6:16), but we can just as easily lust in our hearts if we don’t flee temptation. Believers must realize that our “bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never” (2 Cor 6:15)!

Will of God

People don’t have to search very far to find out God’s will for their life. It’s spelled out very clearly in Scripture. For example, the Apostle Paul says that “this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor” (1 Thess 4:3-4). That’s not a difficult theological issue to struggle over. It’s very obvious. Paul says to Timothy (and to all), “flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim 2:22), so it’s God’s will to flee passions of the flesh, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (1 John 2:16). Fleeing, or getting away from passions and sexual immorality takes an act of the will. The Spirit of God will tell us to flee, but we must be the ones to move our feet, therefore, Paul says, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18). This is all the more reason we must “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5).

The Word

Scripture teaches us that the Word of God is living and active (Heb 4:12-13), and the Word works in the hearts of believers, but also in those who do not yet believe, but will. The Spirit quickens us to new life in Christ (Eph 2:1-5), but the Spirit of God and the Word of God make a potent defense against temptation and sin. For example, many men and women who have battled pornography have learned that by memorizing Scripture, they can pull out a resource for when they’re tempted to sin. Perhaps one of their favorites is Job’s statement, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin” (Job 31:1)? King David understood that the Word of God can help us avoid sin. He wrote, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). It’s almost as if he’s saying, “I have stored up your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.” The Apostle Peter reminds us “as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Pet 2:11), so there’s a war going on. It’s a battle of the mind….a battle with the pulls of the world, the desires of the flesh, and demonic influence. Pulling Scriptures from memory can help, like Proverbs 6:25-26 where Solomon wisely wrote, “Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.” Millions of lives…and millions of families have been irreparably damaged by sexual immorality. That’s why the Bible teaches that it’s so serious, and all the more reason we need to fight lust when we’re tempted. And we’re not alone in this battle because “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). This means we can’t pass the buck and say my friends (or the Devil) made me do it. In the end, we’re responsible for our own actions.

Conclusion

If believers will hide or memorize God’s Word in their heart, and flee temptation when it comes, they’ll have a better chance of avoiding sexual immorality, but that’s getting harder and harder to do in this day and age. The glut of media makes it nearly impossible to avoid sexually explicit images, but by memorizing Scripture, and yielding to the Spirit’s voice, it can motivate our feet to run…or, “Flee from sexual immorality,” and that’s the whole idea. We can commit adultery by lusting in our hearts…but this may be a deadly precursor to the real thing…sexual immorality, which we clearly know is not the will of God. In fact, Paul says that “orgies, and things like these” are done by those who “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:21).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is an ordained elder of the Brethren Church and a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas, but also a writer at Christian Quotes and What Christians Want to Know which address questions about the Bible. He also plants ministries like nursing home ministries, Outreach for the poor, and other evangelistic activities, and check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    LOL! The largest group of sexual perverts are the ultra religious who suppress their natural sexual desires out of guilt and shame…the two products you peddle to make your living.

    The largest viewership of porn sites is the buybull belt! Yeah, jack….Kansas, Oklahoma, the stupid deep south….the repressed delusional guilt ridden ignorant religious are THE largest viewers of porn.

    The highest percentage of teen pregnancies and abortion is with the RELIGIOUS in the most oppressive delusional religious regions of the country. Hello?

    The “buybull” is NOT the word of any “god”…it’s an entirely fictional STORY BOOK written by barbaric ignorant savages and “believed” by gullible ignorant credulous boobs like you. It is DEMONSTRABLY WRONG about EVERYTHING! and contradictory in hundreds of instances.

    Who cares what your ancient cult leader “paul” said about anything? He was a delusional lunatic who wrote 7 letters. Only an imbecile crafts their life around the few words of some ancient religious lunatic.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      What study did you base that conclusion on? Or is it just your own bias based on observation?

      Wikipedia on pedophilia:

      Pedophilia was first formally recognized and named in the late 19th century. A significant amount of research in the area has taken place since the 1980s. Although mostly documented in men, there are also women who exhibit the disorder,[14][15] and researchers assume available estimates underrepresent the true number of female pedophiles.[16] No cure for pedophilia has been developed, but there are therapies that can reduce the incidence of a person committing child sexual abuse.[7] The exact causes of pedophilia have not been conclusively established.[17] Some studies of pedophilia in child sex offenders have correlated it with various neurological abnormalities and psychological pathologies.[18] In the United States, following Kansas v. Hendricks in 1997, sex offenders who are diagnosed with certain mental disorders, particularly pedophilia, can be subject to indefinite involuntary commitment.[19]

      Pedophilia is tied to brain abnormalities. Are religious people any more disposed to brain abnormalities than anyone else is?

      Or do pedophiles go into the church hoping to cure it before their problem is resolved? Or knowing it isn’t solved but wanting to be in positions close to children?

      What’s caused your mind to dysfunction pud?

      Why are you interfering with bible studies on sin.

      Do you like letting sin rule you so you can lose control and lash out at people on message boards?

      Why is that? What leads you personally to do that? What is YOUR personal history?

      And why would you believe a pack of liars on God. Is it because you are in rebellion against God and wanted to reinforce your own rebellion?

      Then you have a mental problem. Rebellion isn’t wise against a just governing authority and that is exactly what a sovereign holy God is.

      Can’t you take your rebellion else where like maybe a psychiatrist’s couch and have him analyze it for you.

      Really….who goes around bashing religious people off of biased observations designed to tear other people down without bothering to investigate anything or examining himself.

      You need help with the self examination so see a psychiatrist. The sooner the better. You refuse to consult a commentary and get a decent bible education from people who actually know the truth and let Jesus help you.

      So go see some man with a diploma on the wall.

      He won’t know everything God knows and maintain as complete confidentiality as God does but at least he might get you off message boards ranting at people you don’t even know.

      Did you even try to meet with the pastor in person before attacking him publicly or did you just assume he was an evil lunatic because you wanted to?

      Tired of reading your nonsense.

      Get your heart right with God and stop consulting evil people on God.

      Can’t you google and read a Matthew Henry’s commentary.

      Some people know God a whole lot better than you do.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Your attempts to deprogram people are misguided.

      You cannot deprogram God’s disciples.

      Go read how Christian evangelist Richard Wurmbrand’s faith survived an atheist communist torture chamber after 14 years of torture.

      Go read the testimony of the North Korean Christians who survived atheist dictator Kim Jong Un. They are still working for Jesus stronger than ever after surviving North Korean persecution.

      Didn’t you know. Christianity thrives most in times of persecution.

      You’re so biblically illiterate and ignorant of worldwide Christian events that it it truly shocking.

      Now you think you will be Kim Jong Un or Stalin in the middle of a free online Christian community. Well they will just walk out on your nonsense in the perfect love, joy and peace of knowing Jesus.

      Get your heart right with God.

      Your deprogramming attempts are a failure.

      Do you really want to be a spiritual failure, too.

      Let me know if you want to sit down and talk.

      Stop being stubborn. You failed to deconvert anybody but are keeping yourself deconverted.

      I’d rather be Wurmbrand than that weakminded devious insane Stalin or Kim Jong Un.

      At least he’s no coward torturing people to stay in power.

      Wurmbrand walked out and evangelized the Red Army and that my friend, pud, is more courage than you have skulking up hiding on an internet blog.

      Let me know if you get your nerve up to meet for a coffee.

      I am going to set you straight.

      • pud

        There’s no talking or reasoning with you…you’re a religious psychotic lunatic. You’re insane, crazy, nonsensical as many have pointed out to you here on these pages. You’re sick. Very sick. Deranged, delusional, psychotic. You belong on meds and under professional supervision.

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          This is all xenophobic rhetoric on your part pud. You never examine all the evidence.

          Read up on the life of Richard Wurmbrand. The Red Army came to town and he had the courage to go out and evangelize them.

          They captured him. Sent him to an underground Moscow prison where they tortured him until he said he lost a memory of all the Bible verses. But no matter God had already built the Spirit in him and he survived 14 years of darkness and torture and left prison to start The Voice of the Martyrs.

          He wrote a book revealing that Marx was actually a Satanist masquerading as an atheist called “Marx and Satan”.

          We do have true disciples around today. Wurmbrand is just one great example. The Romanians named him 5th greatest Romanian of all time.

          But if you ask me in God’s eyes he may be the 5th greatest person of all time for what he had the courage to do for God.

          Some people have that supernatural kind of courage.

          Get a copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and start examining the lives of some of the great ones like Sir Thomas More. I believe More was raised under weak Catholic doctrine but he had a great spirit anyway and did not whimper or whine once on his path to execution by Henry VIII. Study his life and his last words. He was a man of great principle which is always the mark of a disciple.

          Your research on people is shallow. You prefer rhetoric and accusations to actual people research to your detriment.

          It allows your flesh and the world to cast imaginary fears in to your mind and those fears make you treat people intolerantly.

          Better to get Jesus and love and accept everybody. All people have issues and you are not above those issues no matter how much you pretend you are.

          Let Jesus handle your sins and start to recover mentally.

          You are loved by God and you know it. You just refuse to accept it. So you are allowing some issue to ride you and make you non-compliant with God’s love for you.

          • pud

            gullible irrational imbecile

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Do you have a science degree? What’s it in?

          • pud

            Two…Wildlife Biology and Geology so I know everything in your make believe book is utter nonsense

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            None of it is nonsense. God could simply have a deeper meaning and purpose that people fail to grasp and failing to grasp it might be particularly frustrating to you.

            I think it is wonderful you like wildlife. Do you support the EDF or National Geographic?

            Which is the best wildlife charity and why and what is your opinion on global warming?

          • pud

            Hanuman the monkey “god” could simply have a deeper meaning too….you are irrational and as such you cannot be reasoned with. I’m not engaging you in friendly chit chat. I don’t befriend religious lunatics.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Ok I will consider you a firm anti theist then and leave you to play in the sandbox by yourself.

            I don’t tolerate other people throwing sand in my face. Not on the Net and not anywhere else.

            Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.

            Kindness is strength.

            God Bless! I hope you re-think things. What if God is a theistic evolutionist and is using the Bible to teach us all how to go into a higher relationship with Him and develop a spiritual mind that can put mind over matter.

            Animals are not good at putting mind over matter.

            You should stop expecting God to explain everything about everything. If He did you couldn’t read all the books and comprehend them in this lifetime.

            So settle down and pay attention to the main things He is teaching like love and respect and trust and obedience towards Him. Then you will start showing love and respect towards people.

            Not everyone is out to get you, ok.

            Some people actually have good intentions towards other people. At least some of the time.

            Ask God to give you the discernment to sort out who those people are.

            Don’t forget you are loved by God whatever some antireligion person drilled into your head trying to compromise your fine mind’s ability to think independently.

            You are important to God. He wouldn’t have given you a mind sharp enough to understand biology and geology if you weren’t.

            So stop listening to the people steeped in issues and go read Leaf. She’ll show you how to use God’s book proactively.

          • pud

            “You are important to God. He wouldn’t have given you a mind sharp enough to understand biology and geology if you weren’t.”

            Or apply your non logic and stupidity to the following..

            “You are important to god. He wouldn’t have given you downs syndrome so that you drool all over yourself and burden those around you”

            See how it works dummy? You can’t only take credit for the nice things this “god” gives people…Some people can’t study geology because they have childhood leukemia, birth defects etc. which according to your warped perception and totally irrational mind are given by your make believe god thingy too

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            I believe God only gives good gifts. Human beings can actually bring curses on themselves by disobeying God. Cf. Deuteronomy 28.

            You can’t do anything in this world that you want to and expect to get away with it. Especially if it is wrong.

            How many STDs do you suppose might have come from risky sexual practices like bestiality?

            Why isn’t there more detailed explanations from medical doctors about how bad practices like smoking and alcohol consumption can affect genetics? A little Surgeon’s Warning label everyone ignores on the side of a pack of cigarettes? They should be illegal. Cigarettes can harm human beings and the next generation.

            Humans lost their spiritual covering in the Garden of Eden and now people can choose to know God and obey or disobey him and each brings consequences and we do affect other generations.

            All generational curses are not broken. Pedophelia runs in families. Alcoholism does. Death is a curse.

            What breaks the generational curse of death? Jesus.

            But we still have to let him deal with our sins everyday and make us more and more obedient until we stop sinning. We call that sanctification.

            Deuteronomy 28:61 King James Version (KJV)

            61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

            You need Jesus to break curses:
            Galatians 3:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

            13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a [a]tree”—

            People don’t know everything. But many believe in Jesus. Jesus is the Word.

            Read all of Deut. 28. Realize it was written to the Hebrews and what it says will happen to the obedient and disobedient ones actually did happen.

            I gave you the Serpent’s Seed link and I bet you did not read it so now you are behind in your understanding of God’s perspective.

            That’s what this world does. It puts everything ahead of God but here is Christ’s first commandment:

            Matthew 22:37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

            37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment.

            Here’s the first commandment back in Exodus, too:

            Exodus 20:1-3 “And God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.’”

            But do people observe the first commandment? No they put people ahead of God. They put making money ahead of God, they give all their time to playing video games, they sleep when they should be up early reading the Bible putting God first….etc.

            People easily make idols then push God aside for other things. Even Christians might have God in second, third, fourth or fifth, etc. place because they don’t spend any time with him or for him. Instead they busy themselves with things of lesser importance or get wrapped up in a sin. You could make an idol out of something that seems perfectly innocent if you devote all your time to it and have no time left for God.

            The ancient Hebrews, many of them, were disobedient. Why would they join in in Molech worship sacrificing babies like the non-Israelite people did? A person disobeying God sacrificing babies to Molech doesn’t deserve a strong penalty from God?

            You stop reading unbelievers without faith. They never know how to resolve the contradictions because they never research them.

            You can google a commentary or buy your own to research a passage before verbally criticizing God on the Internet.

            You should always dig for the better interpretation if you dont’t have faith and can’t automatically accord God love, respect and trust before getting on the Net and slinging a stone at Him.

            If you seek the right way then God might build enough understanding in you to give you faith though if your attitude is good you can always ask for it.

            I never listen to detractors on God. I know they aren’t consecrated and didn’t accurately research and interpret the scriptures.

          • “I believe that God gives only good gifts. Human beings can actually bring curses on themselves by disobeying God. Cf. Deuteronomy 28.”

            Did you read the whole chapter? Blessings 28:1-14. Who is the “you” addressed in this chapter? Is it not the nation of Israel? This chapter is about covenantal blessings and curses. It does not mention human beings in general.

            28:15-45 deals with curses that with come upon Israel (not upon humans in general) for breaking the covenant. Notice from verse 20 that “Yahweh will send upon you disaster, panic, frustration in everything that you attempt to do, until you are destroyed ….”

            Yahweh does NOT bring “only good gifts” if you accept the rubbish that is in the bible to be the Word of God. So for you, the bible cannot be the Word of any god, because you only accept parts of it as being true. So for you
            , the bible has falsehoods. Yet, you claim to be an Evangelical.

          • DDRLSGC

            God also brought bad things as well. If you don’t listen to detractors on God then why do you respond to them when you should be ignoring them?

          • Well said, Pud!

        • Spot on! Pud. Spot on!

  • Jack Wellman

    Poor Ms. Pud. She is so lost and bitter and hateful. Let’s pray for her as her “trolling” represents brokeness in her.

    • pud

      It’s not “trolling” pointing out your hypocrisy, lies, delusions, contradictions and your selective dedication to an ancient book where you willfully ignore everything other that that which gives your cult credence amongst the delusional sheep willing to believe anything. You do in fact make your living indoctrinating children, twisting your mythological text, denying reason and evidence and cowardly hiding from all challenges to your absurd claims and assertions.

      Pray your brains out you stupid gullible ridiculous old man…nothing fails like prayer

      • Susan Jane Elohim

        Read your reply. How dare you claim to be an atheist? I know a few atheists that would never use that tone with people.

        You are not an atheist pud. You are an anti theist. There’s a big difference between not believing in God and hating other people.

        Something happened to you and now you are a people hater.

        Analyze yourself for why that is? Or get a psychiatrist if you have repressed memories or are mentally blocked. You need therapy bad.

        You could read Switch on Your Brain by neuroscientist Caroline Leaf. She shows how biblical meditation on the Word helps cancel out negative thinking and helps people mentally.

        As far as I can tell everyone needs all the spiritual help they can get. Only the prideful, obtuse and narcissistic deny that.

        You need to start consulting the right experts on spiritual topics. It would help you achieve some self control higher than you currently have.

      • Susan Jane Elohim

        Really I know someone who had a bad case of sciatica. I prayed for him on and off for a couple of months then went to visit him and his sciatica was much better. He also at one time in his life had a bad case of eczema. A saint laid hands on him and his persistent skin condition cleared up.

        God has saved me multiple times from terrible accidents. From which I barely received a scratch.

        There can be complex relationships between mind, body and spirit that not everyone understands.

        Get a copy of A More Excellent Way by Pastor Henry W. Wright. Who does not know all of them but seems to know some of them.

        Who are you pud to deny that God cured Donnie McClurkin. McClurkin gives the glory to God for it and so do I.

        I haven’t trained myself to reject eyewitness testimony so I can stay under the power of sin like you have pud.

        You can’t ask God for a single thing much less a healing because you have turned your will against God and are now busy scripture twisting.

        All the while oblivious to the fact that you are not a member of the priesthood of believers like true Christians are.

        Yet you want to assert authority in the scriptures over God’s priesthood.

        You are spiritually blind as a bat, pud.

        You ought to be ashamed of your public proclamation of such ignorance.

        I know God is holy so you stop denying it and acting like an unholy animal.

        God’s people don’t submit to unholy animals’ thinking.

        We have better things to learn from God than the world’s unholy ideas.

        I pray that you repent and see the light and that your brokenness is used by God as the pastor says it can be.

        An anti theist versus a man of God on the scriptures?

        God qualifies those He calls.

        An anti theist is in rebellion towards God.

        Clearly God did not call him you pud to interpret the scriptures in an authoritative manner. An atheist or an anti theist or an agnostic are not qualified to teach on scripture.

        God appoints His scriptural teachers and qualifies them. The scriptures say so:

        11And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

        14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. 16From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament; and as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love.

        You pud are a spiritually blind person unqualified to publicly comment on the scriptures.

        So could you take your grudge against God and His people elsewhere.

        People are sick and tired of reading the blasphemy that precedes from your evil, sinfully blind heart.

        People that have their hearts right with God come to this blog to receive sound teaching.

        Repent or go away!

        You outed your true motives for coming here. To deprogram people and make them like yourself.

        Well I don’t want to learn to act like a foul minded, foul mouthed beast because you got used to being one so be gone!

      • Susan Jane Elohim

        Holiness has to be maintained. Be gone with your blasphemy!

        From gotquestions.org:

        Is the priesthood of all believers biblical?

        Answer: There is one main passage that deals with the priesthood of all believers. It is as follows: “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:5-9).

        Old Testament priests were chosen by God, not self-appointed; and they were chosen for a purpose: to serve God with their lives by offering up sacrifices. The priesthood served as a picture or “type” of the coming ministry of Jesus Christ–a picture that was then no longer needed once His sacrifice on the cross was completed. When the thick temple veil that covered the doorway to the Holy of Holies was torn in two by God at the time of Christ’s death (Matthew 27:51), God was indicating that the Old Testament priesthood was no longer necessary. Now people could come directly to God through the great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). There are now no earthly mediators between God and man as existed in the Old Testament priesthood (1 Timothy 2:5).

        Christ our High Priest has made one sacrifice for sin for all time (Hebrews 10:12), and there is no more sacrifice for sin that can be made (Hebrews 10:26). But as priests once offered other kinds of sacrifices in the temple, so it is clear from 1 Peter 2:5,9 that God has chosen Christians “to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5-9 speaks of two aspects of the priesthood of the believer. The first is that believers are privileged. To be chosen by God to be a priest was a privilege. All believers have been chosen by God: a “chosen generation…His own special people” (verse 9). In the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, there were places where only the priests could go. Into the Holy of Holies, behind a thick veil, only the High Priest could go, and that only once a year on the Day of Atonement when he made a sin offering on behalf of all of the people. But as mentioned above, because of Jesus’ death upon the cross of Calvary, all believers now have direct access to the throne of God through Jesus Christ our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). What a privilege to be able to access the very throne of God directly, not through any earthly priest. When Christ returns and the New Jerusalem comes to earth (Revelation 21), believers will see God face-to-face and will serve Him there (Revelation 22:3-4) Again, what a privilege especially for us who were once “not a people” … “without hope” … destined for destruction because of our sin.

        The second aspect of the believer’s priesthood is that we are chosen for a purpose: to offer up spiritual sacrifices (see Hebrews 13:15-16 for example), and to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Thus, by both life (1 Peter 2:5; Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:10) and by word (1 Peter 2:9; 3:15), our purpose is to serve God. As the believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), so God has called us to serve Him from our hearts by first of all offering our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2). One day we will be serving God in eternity (Revelation 22:3-4), but not in any temple, for “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (Revelation 21:22). As the Old Testament priesthood was to be free of defilement, as symbolized by being ceremonially clean, so has Christ made us holy positionally before the Father. He calls on us to live holy lives that we might also be a “holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5).

        In summary, believers are called “kings and priests” and a “royal priesthood” as a reflection of their privileged status as heirs to the kingdom of the Almighty God and of the Lamb. Because of this privileged closeness with God, no other earthly mediator is necessary. Second, believers are called priests because salvation is not merely “fire insurance,” escape from hell. Rather, believers are called by God to serve Him by offering up spiritual sacrifices, i.e., being a people zealous for good works. As priests of the living God, we are all to give praise to the One who has given us the great gift of His Son’s sacrifice on our behalf, and in response, to share this wonderful grace with others.

  • pud

    A new study has found that US states with a higher degree of religiosity are more likely to be searching for sex on the web.

    The study was compiled by researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, and based on two years of data from Google Trends across US states.

    Researchers found that states identified as religiously conservative and politically conservative were indulging in more online pornography than other more liberal states.

    Religiously conservative states had higher proportions of searches for generalised sex terms, while politically conservative states were more likely to use specific terms like “free porn” or “xxx”.

    “Across two separate years, and controlling for demographic variables, we observed moderate-to-large positive associations between: greater proportions of state-level religiosity and general web searching for sexual content and greater proportions of state-level conservatism and image-specific searching for sex,” said the study authors.

    They concluded that higher degrees of sexual restriction may be a contributing factor in the findings.

  • pud

    Don’t let FACTS get in your way jack..

    States with populations that express strong religious beliefs also have high teenage birth rates, according to a new study.

    That’s the conclusion drawn by Dr. Joseph M. Strayhorn, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with faculty appointments at Drexel University College of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh.

    His analysis, written with co-author Jillian Strayhorn, was recently published in the open access journal Reproductive Health.

    The authors correlated data collected by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008 data with teen birth rate data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and income data from the U.S. Bureau of Census.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Why don’t you do deeper research into what mature Christians are doing instead of cherrypicking stats to support your conclusions.

      I have just received a letter today from Prison Fellowship. Prison officials from all across the U.S. are pleading with them to bring the Prison Fellowship Academy to their states.

      Prison Fellowship Academy is an extensive long-term biblically based program that targets the roots of criminal behavior.

      Independent research has proven that the Academy dramatically reduces repeat offending.

      In Minnesota, a Dept. of Corrections study found a dramatic drop in recidivism from 40% to less than 1% among Academy graduates.

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    What does it mean to make a covenant with your eyes?

    From gotquestions.org:

    Answer: In Job 31:1, Job says that he had made a covenant with his eyes—a promise not to look at something: “I made a covenant with my eyes / not to look lustfully at a young woman.” It is clear that Job was speaking about his personal purity. In defending his conduct, Job says that he worked diligently not to look at young women in impure ways.

    Job 31 includes Job’s final defense of his integrity. Here, he lists many positive things he had done to walk with integrity before the Lord. Part of living a life above reproach is avoiding lust, and an integral part of avoiding lust is controlling what the eyes are allowed to view.

    In Job 31:4 Job offers the reason he would not look at women in sinful ways: “Does he not see my ways / and count my every step?” Job understood that God sees everything we do. There is no way to hide anything from God, including our sin; if we are looking at things that we should not look at, God knows. Job sought to live his life accordingly.

    The principle of making a covenant with our eyes is a good one for us in this day of rampant pornography. Like Job, we are to live knowing that God sees everything we do. This includes our thoughts and actions. From entertaining lustful thoughts to stealing lascivious looks to other sexual actions outside of marriage, the idea that God sees everything we do should serve to purify us. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

    Jesus also addressed the issue of how we use our eyes: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27–28). The Pharisees of Jesus’ time focused on pure living, including keeping the Ten Commandments and its command not to commit adultery. However, Jesus spoke not only to the command but also to the motivation behind the command—God desires purity of heart. God’s standard is higher than ours. It’s not just the letter of the Law that God cares about but the spirit in which it’s kept.

    James 1:27 says that religion that God accepts as “pure and faultless” includes “keep[ing] oneself from being polluted by the world.” Part of being “unpolluted” in this world would have to involve maintaining a pure thought life.

    Sexual purity is an important aspect of the Christian life. “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness” (Romans 6:13). “Every part of yourself” includes the eyes. In many ways, our eyes function as gates to the mind, and we must be vigilant gate-keepers to avoid admitting sin. Job made a promise to himself to guard his eyes around women, and his example is worthy of emulation.

    Recommended Resource: Covenant Eyes Internet Filtering and Accountability

  • Jan-Peter Schuring

    “If believers will hide or memorize God’s Word in their heart, and flee temptation when it comes, they’ll have a better chance of avoiding sexual immorality…”. Oh my that sounds like a lot of striving and work. I would humbly say that the eyes are still shut to the Gospel of Kingdom living. It is “seeing” and “being” that is freed from the yoke of effort. It is the response to Love Universal and the seeing of the sacred and Devine image in ALL. The genuine response in freedom is going to lead to purity without condemnation of a works self reflection. A huge difference! and the difference of toil versus release. It is religion vs spiritual awakening.

    What’s the Gospel of the Kingdom, you ask? Well, very simply, it’s the “Good News” that the Kingdom of God where He rules and reigns can be experienced today by anyone who surrenders their life to Christ’s Love.

    This is how the call to spirituality comes to us…and it doesn’t look like pious religiosity. We ought to be spiritual in every aspect of our lives because our world is the spiritual one. This will naturally and organically lead to pure loving action. It is what we are naturally suited to…yes even made for. Love in action without self sin monitoring. Trust the Spirit and it will set you free from the flesh.

    Thus Paul, from his profound grasp of human existence, counsels us, “To fill your mind with the visible, the ‘flesh,’ is death, but to fill your mind with the spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8: 6). As we increasingly integrate our life into the spiritual world of God, our life increasingly takes on the substance of the eternal. We are destined for a time when our life will be entirely sustained from spiritual realities and no longer dependent in any way upon the physical. Our dying, or “mortal” condition, will have been exchanged for an undying one and death absorbed in victory.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Thanks so much for coming against me spammer. If someone in this world is so out of control of himself that he tries to control or silence or target me to annoy me then I must be doing something right.

      At least I am radically honest enough to annoy you.

      Why someone is so arrogant that he tries to go into another community and disrupt conversations between people I do not know. But it must be sin making self control impossible on some level. And you ought to learn at least some more respect for people and their right to speak freely in their own community if you cannot genuinely love them at this time.

      My spammed post:

      n Jane Elohim Jan-Peter Schuring 7 minutes ago
      Detected as spam Thanks, we’ll work on getting this corrected.
      You may be over simplifying things. People have to have a consciousness of sin before they accept Jesus offer of salvation. Don’t ever assume your walk in this life is identical to someone else’s. Some people have a much greater struggle against sin than other people do. Yes, the Spirit is in the believer. An earnest deposit of the spirit. But you still have an old nature to die to. Die to self daily.
      Dying is an action.
      “If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. . . . Put to death therefore what is earthly in you” (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5).
      There is both an active and a passive side to faith. Human beings are both active and passive but there is nothing wrong with actively fighting sin in yourself until the New Man becomes automatic and you start to live out of the Spirit more automatically.
      Because justification is imputed does not mean that you don’t have to actively be sanctified.
      Romans 8:13, ESV
      13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
      Put to death…that is an active command. You do that consciously. You don’t assume everything is immediately right in your life.
      Sin could have a much more deleterious effect in one person’s life than another’s. Some people walk longer in the course of the world and are later converts than other people with resulting bad habits.
      There is nothing wrong with one consciously living towards Christ.
      Don’t you ever get tired with the too narrow theologies with all the pat answers.
      Life is messy in actuality. Some people could have a lot more to clean up than others.
      You can be overly critical with yourself but you can also be neglectful and not get your house and person in order.
      There is most certainly a difference between being an obedient believer and being a disobedient one. People see it everyday and criticize Christianity for the lax moral walk some Christians display.
      The Word is people’s spiritual food. Let them meditate on it and let it change them personally. Consciously not letting a sin rule over one self IS important.
      Our eyes and our ears which are our flesh are the gates to sin and today most Christians don’t know that.
      How are you going to escape porn, alcoholism, gluttony, etc. without conscious action in response to Jesus Christ. Alcoholics Anonymous is a faith based program and some people do have to be consciously aware of their own weakness to put it under their feet and be done with it.
      The reality of putting sin or a sin under your feet is a great thing.
      Let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119 verse 133.
      If we weren’t suppose to consciously rule over sin then why all the action commands and drawing our attention to it?
      Why is it you can see someone who appears more sanctified than you are? Did they have easier battles? Were they better trained at home? What?
      That’s reality that too narrow and simplistic an interpretation of theology discounts.
      There is a surrender the Christian makes but don’t think he dies to self without consciously doing it at times.
      Thirteen Practical Steps To Kill Sin
      https://www.desiringgod.org
      John Piper:
      1 Corinthians 5:7: “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened.” It sounds strange, but salvation is a strange and wonderful thing: Clean out the old leaven of sin, because it is really already cleaned out. If you try to play logic games with this reality and say, “I don’t need to fight sin because it is already cleaned out,” you will prove only that you are not among the number who are cleansed.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      One reason why people have to consciously die to self is so the Fruit of the Spirit manifests more significantly. A seed dies and is transformed.

      Don’t forget the process just because you managed to attain transformation.

      Sin exists in our members. That is a realistic fact because people can be born with addictive tendencies for one thing. An addiction is a bad habit and must be consciously acknowledged and broken.

      Just like profanity and other sins have to be recognized to gain control over.

      Our current society is just good at undermining self control through near constant distraction and encouragement of lax morals.

      Some people don’t even attempt to get the Fruit of the Spirit any more. They are too busy being part of the crowd that can’t tell good apart from evil any more.

      It’s pretty hard not to be a shopping addict with round the clock ads popping up on television and social media trying to suggest both subliminally and overtly that you need to buy something to be happy.

      That’s people trying to control you through temptation isn’t it?

      Have to be conscious of that to stop over buying.

      We experience life through our senses. Eyes, ears, touch, taste, etc. and they can be corrupted to the point where we become victims to pleasure. People have a propensity to take things too far and also to communicate exaggerated ideas to each other.

      Have a vain imagination? Where did it come from? Probably from the world that caused you to create a false idol that blocks God in your mind.

      God is suppose to come first not that idol you created to football or watching movies, isn’t He?

      What we spend our time on shows where our hearts are.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      I get your point. People are forgiven. But that does not mean we don’t have to remove the leaven of sin.

      We do because the leaven of sin will take over a person like yeast does a loaf of bread.

      Sin like leaven is communicable, too. That’s why the Old Testament compares it to leprosy.

      Where do people learn profanity from?

      Why is it some people can’t talk without injecting the “f” word into every sentence as if it was an appropriate adjective.

      When it’s not. The f word comes from the Puritans who used to put people in stocks for fornication and write that word above their heads as a public notice and warning.

      The word means “ for unlawful carnal knowledge” but people constantly use it as an expletive or adjective today.

      Bad language is communicable. We learn to cuss from the cradle from our family and friends.

      They see no wrong in it so we don’t.

      Leave a native English speaking community and go somewhere they know English but don’t speak like natives and those people use English without cussing.

      Why is it this world seems to not know the importance of self-control any more?

      Self control helps you respect social boundaries appropriately.

      Just because someone is born again doesn’t mean he can’t be a control freak. He might still be if he didn’t die to self or make the full surrender to God. Some people could make it automatically. Some people might have to be taught to make it.

      Why leave the devil a foothold in your thoughtlife.

      Just because some people have less leaven to clean out does not mean that another person doesn’t have more than him.

      Everyone should meditate and learn what God means in the Bible but not everyone will.

      So encourage them to get active and study. To become doers of the Word.

      It can be hard for some people to forgive themselves. Some people have to be taught it but you never neglect trying to eradicate sin. Sin is destructive to the individual and the community.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Paul definitely knew a thing or two about getting the leaven of sin out. He was a Pharisee of the Pharisees and he called himself the chief of sinners.

      Didn’t Saul of Tarsus have a little anger management problem before Jesus intervened and converted him?

      Jesus said anger is murder in your heart.

      If you’re out persecuting the Christians like Saul of Tarsus (who maybe had a little murder in his heart) then you certainly want to get the self control to acknowledge it. So you can put that out of your heart before you communicate it to someone else or kill them.

      But we sit around and watch mindlessly violent movies with anger in our hearts. Not knowing we have anger management problems.

      Do you think someone with an anger management problem needs to watch war movies. Or impalations on televisions?

      Does it deaden their consciences and sensitivity to others to be constantly exposed to violence? I’m not sure on this but I think it could.

      It’s really not normal to sit around hour after hour watching people blow up, shoot and skewer other people as if they were nobody and didn’t matter to God or other people day in and day out.

      But that’s what we do when we’re watching television neglecting to learn our lessons from God in the Bible and applying them to life.

      Sorry for moralizing so much. That’s just how I see it and I think that’s how God sees us while He’s watching over us every minute of every day.

      People have issues. That’s why there are so many life examples in the Bible explaining them.

      You can get the theological bones from the Bible. But you have to study history and human nature and sometimes yourself to put flesh on those bones and really see the picture more fully.

      People are sick from sin so God gives them Jesus as the cure and sets those people apart so they can recover and be holy and different from others but a lot of people don’t get that or want to deny that fact. So some will never get cured in this lifetime and some that take the cure fail to get the victorious living.

      If you do not let Jesus teach you how to die to self then how can you live victoriously? Some people might have a harder time dying to sin and self than others but God will make a way especially for the people paying attention to Him, won’t he?

      If you blow Him off what kind of life results?

      Some people are going to settle. Maybe the great majority of people are going to settle but other people are going to get determined to pass God’s tests.

      Jesus was the Overcomer and he makes overcomers doesn’t he?

      Berean Study Bible
      Who then overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

      God also said to study to be an approved man and to be a doer of the Word.

      Your life results are going to reflect how successfully you managed to do those two things.

      God’s the God of the Living and He tells people exactly what to do in the Bible. How people process things might be a little differently though because He made everyone a little bit differently.

      So it’s your option whether or not you take God and His counsel seriously or not. It only affects your whole life, it’s results and the course your life takes so don’t let anybody control your decision that didn’t get good results himself. You can compare results with others but ultimately you have to get your own results and that is probably why God said to be a seeker.

      You want to really know for yourself?

      Then get your own results and stop casting burdens of proof on others.

      God can make somebody out of a person. He’s the expert of all experts,

      If you want to listen to some clown of a man instead of the King of kings be my guest.

      It’s your life and your results.

      You follow what or who you want to.

      And I will follow who I want to.

      Why argue about it? Get your own results. How do you know the other person’s results are that good unless you studied his words and deeds and you can’t do that online. Somebody else’s testimony will only get you so much knowledge. If you want real knowledge sooner or later you have to go get them yourself. You delay at your own risk. Is there ever an upside to procrastinating and being unable to make up your own mind? Better to weigh everything then go for it. You do have your own independent mind y’know. Did you make up your own mind or did someone else make it up for you? I feel sure I made my own up. I am a contrarian. I get stubborn as a mule when people try to coerce me. I may be deceived for a while but then I wake up and do something about it. That’s applied revelation.

  • Douglas Cline

    I have become totally frustrated with the evangelical anthropology that states man is totally corrupt and incapable of doing anything good. The default verse is always Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” This even is a memory verse in the Awana program.

    There are two problems with the universal application of this verse as a description of ALL humankind. The first is that in the context of Jeremiah it is a description of Israel’s spiritual condition just before they were judged and taken into captivity. Israel in the time of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel is compared to Sodom and Gomorroah. (Isaiah 1:9-10; 3:9; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:46-49). If one took a spiritual and psychology inventory of Sodom and Gomorroah just before they were destroyed, it would have revealed a terrible picture. However, Sodom and Gomorrah were not the default description of all humankind, since other cities were not destroyed in Genesis.

    Secondly, participants in the New Covenant receive a new heart and spirit.

    Jeremiah 31:31-34 31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

    Ezekiel 11:17-20
    17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ 18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

    The statement, “The Bible teaches that the human heart is wicked, and even after the Spirit comes to live in the believer, there is still a tendency to sin (Rom 7), so even though they still sin, over time, they do sin less thanks to the work of the Spirit of God” discounts the work of God in the participants of the New Covenant.

    Your blog, and typical evangelical theology, also ignores other verses that don’t share the dire description of humankind that evangelicals seem to relish from Jeremiah 17:9.

    Luke 6:45
    “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

    Jesus acknowledges that there are both good and bad people populating this planet.

    Additionally in the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8, what distinguishes the individual who bears much fruit from the other two who receive the word and either fall away or are unfruitful is that the third person has, according to Luke 8:15, a “good and noble heart.”

    Luke 8:15 “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

    My last complaint against your blog is that you make no mention of learning spiritual disciplines to train oneself to put away sin. This is another major failing of evangelical teaching that paralyzed me for more than 40 years. I have learned to overcome procrastination, gluttony, and pornography through the development of willpower and self-control. Habits that I couldn’t control since I was an adolescent began falling to my willpower in my 60’s once I began the exercises to build new habits. In fact, my doctor of ministry project will be to develop a curriculum to teach to pastors who can in turn teach it in their congregations. With the prevalent use of pornography by both pastors and church members, there needs to be the ability to exercise self-control against such bad habits and to build good habits.

    There is too much to detail here, but I’ll list one verse that has proven key for me.

    1 Timothy 4:7
    “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”

    In Paul’s admonition to Timothy to train himself he uses a word describing athletic training. Paul draws a parallel between learning to be godly and athletic training. Thus the process of athletic training becomes a model for spiritual disciplines. Athletic training involves making progress by taking small steps until the conditioning becomes automatic. It’s habit formation.

    And you, like every evangelical I’ve ever spoken to on the topic, will undoubtedly say that only the Holy Spirit can develop self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). If that were true, how does Paul acknowledge that the Olympic athletes of his day exercise self-control in everything (1 Corinthians 9:25)? Were all the athletes in the Greek games Christians?

    Memorizing Scripture and fleeing lust is key. However, to turn from evil requires making a choice. Making a good choice in the initial stages of learning new habits is always the harder choice, but becomes easier after willpower has been strengthened as Paul told Timothy.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Good post but why make evangelicals responsible for everything. They delivered the Gospel to you to get your relationship going.

      At some time you have to make the conscious decision to stop being a milk fed Christian and get active as a doer of the Word or else you stay a pew warmer.

      See how much you learned that a lot of milkfed Christians and unbelievers don’t understand? That self knowledge is a blessing. Not everyone has an equally good spiritual education and one must participate in one’s own education to gain actual knowledge, mustn’t he?

      Have a great day.

      • Douglas Cline

        Thank you Susan,
        You are correct, evangelicals did bring me the gospel. However, the theology of spiritual growth they brought with it (and which I continue to hear) also stunted my growth for many decades. I struggle with bitterness over this, as you perhaps noticed. I suffered a great deal because of lack of self-control, which I didn’t learn in my family of origin. The churches I attended not only were not helpful, but perpetuated my suffering. The bitterness is something I’m trying to guard against.

        To borrow your phrase, there are too many “milk-fed Christians” in the church, and the structure and programs in a typical church do little, if anything, to change that. That was true for me. So, my project is an attempt to reverse that tendency and trend. Trying to stay positive on my end, but to bring about a change implies that some things are good.

        Thank you for your feedback.

        Best Regards

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          Well walking by faith isn’t as easy as it sounds. You could research the root of bitterness or you could turn it over to God. Sometimes we try to control things we can’t even understand. But if it keeps you disgruntled in any way I would pray on it and turn it over to God.

          I have problems with organized religion myself. I always had a lot of respect for it too but realized the groups I had fallen into were keeping me pew warming. Then one day I fell into an angry group of blasphemers. I got so righteously indignant that I got out of the pew and never looked back except to realize people were trying to typecast me into a different role and destiny than God intended for me.

          The pastors, teachers and the programs are just the warm up til you get out of the boat like Peter did.

          When you really have to rely on God is oftentimes the point when you know He is there.

          You might have to shake things up. Pray to God and ask Him what’s next. The answer might surprise you. But don’t worry. Surprises are a lot more interesting than leading a dull safe life.

          Have a blessed day!

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          Make sure you put pud and certain posters on block if you continue to read this comments section.

          Certain posters with personality disorders who act like the devil (and might be working for him) are continuously trying to steal God’s worship on here.

          Apparently these people are blind to what narcissistic personality disorder, paranoid delusional disorder and borderline personality can do to a person to upset him from establishing a relationship with God.

          I am very impressed that you are aware of the root of bitterness. Another trick from the devil.

          That block button is the three dots next to the name of the poster after you click on their name.

          We need free speech to spread the Gospel but we’re not suppose to expose ourselves to blasphemy, etc. We have our own hearts to guard and some people are more sensitive than others.

          I finally decided to stop acting like Forrest Gump trying to save people only God can save and look for people with the teachable spirit now. The spiritual battle in these younger generations in the West may be more intense than ever though because evil has non stop access to people through the media, television, computer, radio, etc.

          If you make the complete surrender to God that Andrew Murray talks about then you most likely won’t have to experience bitterness at all any more.

          Hardly anyone teaches the Armor of God and the Full Surrender to God in Christian circles any more. It’s all about money and behavioral rules. I know no one told me about them before or after baptism. I had to find out about them myself much later after reading the whole bible for myself. Some pastors do not even stress the importance of reading the whole Bible. If they did their pews would probably be empty with everyone out in the field working for God.

          If you want something done right then sometimes you have to take charge yourself and really follow God’s pointers in the Bible.

          Imagine being as soft hearted as I am but determined to help save reprobates for God. Why can’t they read themselves and get saved by themselves without my intervention for God?

          The answer is easy if you really read and understand the Bible. Not everyone has his heart right with God and/or knows how to guard his own heart.

          Google the “Absolute Surrender” essay by Andrew Murray and read it. Several sites have it online. Or listen to it on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library online.

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    For those who find walking obediently in the Spirit difficult:

    Thirteen Practical Steps To Kill Sin by John Piper
    https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thirteen-practical-steps-to-kill-sin

    Beacon, Jimi Cravity, a man who dances in step with the Spirit
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L56qXHI47LM

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    For those who find walking obediently in the Spirit difficult:

    Thirteen Practical Steps To Kill Sin by John Piper
    https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thirteen-practical-steps-to-kill-sin

    Beacon, Jimi Cravity, a man who dances in step with the Spirit
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L56qXHI47LM

  • What about those pastors that have been committing adultery with their female parishioners? They claim to read the bible daily, they pray daily yet are totally helpless when it comes to lusting over women? Why did the bible fail these people?