As Culture Becomes More Corrupt, How Should Christians Live?

Scott Wilson

It’s no secret we live in a culture that is becoming increasingly more corrupt.

Sin is rampant and excused. God’s truth is being distorted.

And as we watch this unfold in front of us, it would be easy to get stuck thinking that this means we should disengage from culture and protect ourselves and our families.

But this is not what God has called us to do. In fact, I think he’s called many of us to live like Daniel in the midst of this culture.

I think there are three things we can learn from the example of Daniel.

Daniel was a Hebrew, and his Hebrew name (Daniel) meant “God is my judge.” But scripture tells us he was also given a Babylonian name, Belteshazzar, which means “Baal is my God.” When the Babylonians invaded Israel around 586 BC, their intention was to take and retain power by integrating the Israelites into their culture.

The king of the Babylonians at the time (King Nebuchadnezzar) focused especially on the elite, the leaders of culture.

If he could change them, he figured, he could change everyone.

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‘What’s Wrong with Having a Cross Up?’

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An atheist group recently forced a grieving mother to remove a cross honoring her dead son.
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An atheist group recently forced a grieving mother to remove a cross honoring her dead son.

 

Ann Marie Devaney was fighting tears as she removed a cross honoring her son Anthony who was killed by a vehicle crossing the road in 2012 in Southern California.

The American Humanist Association pressured Lake Elsinore city to remove the white crosses stating that it was unconstitutional since the highway is government owned.

What is wrong with having a plywood cross up? Plenty, said the group’s attorney Monica Miller.

“It should be taken down now because they’ve had it up for a long time and ever since it was put up, it really has been unconstitutional.”

The association also challenged the building of a memorial of a solider kneeling at a gravesite with a cross and the Stars of David in front of a baseball stadium in Feb. A U.S. district judge found it unconstitutional and the memorial violated the separation of church and state. It was ordered to be redesigned. The complaint lodged against the Devaney’s cross was dated on March 4.  report’s Beliefnet
The association also challenged the building of a memorial of a solider kneeling at a gravesite with a cross and the Stars of David in front of a baseball stadium in Feb. A U.S. district judge found it unconstitutional and the memorial violated the separation of church and state. It was ordered to be redesigned. The complaint lodged against the Devaney’s cross was dated on March 4.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Articles/Whats-Wrong-with-Having-a-Cross-Up.aspx#9E0bBIprO95dVGIR.99
The association also challenged the building of a memorial of a solider kneeling at a gravesite with a cross and the Stars of David in front of a baseball stadium in Feb. A U.S. district judge found it unconstitutional and the memorial violated the separation of church and state. It was ordered to be redesigned. The complaint lodged against the Devaney’s cross was dated on March 4.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Articles/Whats-Wrong-with-Having-a-Cross-Up.aspx#9E0bBIprO95dVGIR.99

Less Millennials Are Going To Church

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In a day when it seems like every one wants to be right and not any one wants to be wrong, it is said that studies revealed based on research of Millennials, that less people are going to church or practicing their faith.

The reason, while not being new is political in nature. Young millennials thinks that gays and lesbians should have the same rights as traditional church going couples. The Public Religious Research Institute, of late looked into and investigated the decrease of millennials association with church.

The findings concluded that one and three purport’s to have no religious association or dealings with any church, while one – third of millennials who left the local Christian church, says the reason is negative teaching and/or negative sermons in relation to those who are active homosexuals/ gays and lesbians.  For these twenty to thirty somethings, research shows that  gays and lesbians rights, represents a big part within their religious beliefs.

From what they have found, they have concluded millennials believe that homosexuals should have the same rights as others, no matter what people in general a Christian or church says.  Just a while a go, the pop drew national attention from the media, by saying who am I to judge any one; my friends he is right in one aspect but wrong where it maters most! he does not have to judge the gays and the lesbians, because “God” through His Holy scriptures already has! As a true Christian you must! stand firm in God’s Holy word and don’t let those who claim to know and love God pervert and defile His holy statues.

The Bible says in Leviticus 18 – 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor “effeminate,” nor abusers of themselves with mankind.  It is obvious when we read the Bible, men are trying to “Create gods after their own likings” and when millennials truly become born again, they will receive the mind of Christ to accept not part of the Bible but all of it.

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.  1 Peter 3:15 – but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 

It is the “Christian, who is the Church” that worships in a local Sanctuary, responsibility! to guard not only the doors of his heart, but also the Words of the True and living God.  For Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and Son of God came to save us from Sin, not in Sin! Romans 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. We can not allow those who “claim” to be a Christian and followers of Jesus Christ, but are not, determine truths for us, for God loves us, but He wants to love us “Out of sin and awful abominations.” That is why, the only answer for human nature, is the new nature inwhich the Holy Spirit can only give! by accepting the gift of eternal life Christ has made possible by His Cross, and when we “evidence Faith in Christ only” and what He has done on the Cross, God will not only Save us He will also Sanctify us to deliver us from the passions of the deceitful human nature.

 

 

A Nation’s Call To Repent From Sin And Turn Back To God

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Ministers of JESUS CHRIST, and All who believe, CALL ON THE NATION’S LEADERS to REPENT!                              

Laws that protect and promote, homosexual perversion and (abortion, killing the innocent) are an attack on God and all who believe God; making believers in the Word of God, criminals in the eyes of the state. Psalm 12:8 Bible, THE WICKED FREELY STRUT ABOUT WHEN WHAT IS VILE IS HONORED AMONG MEN.

 Many Christian Churches today have abandoned Godly morality, in light of God’s Word; but are adopting worldly immorality and calling it “love”. They are looking for acceptance from the world instead of acceptance form Almighty God. In some churches there is little distinction between what is taught by the church and the perversions accepted by our ruling elites. Matthew 5:13 Bible, “You are the salt of the earth. But, if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled on by men.” That is God’s warnings to church leaders who mirror the world, instead of Jesus Christ, whose name is “the word of God”, Revelation 19:13. Ezekiel 33:8-9, is another warning to the Ministry.

The gospel of salvation begins with repentance Matthew 4:17. Openly “gay” homosexuals who attend church obviously, have not repented. When someone claims to believe in the Son of God and then identifies himself with their homosexual perversion, they are parading and promoting the perversion and not repenting of their sin; Isaiah 3:9 “they parade their sin like Sodom”. They are looking for acceptance by the church, instead of acceptance from God; expecting respect and a special victim status. They are attacking God, his laws and pronouncements and making themselves God’s innocent victims. Christians are commanded: “You must not associate with anyone who – calls himself a brother – but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat”, 1 Corinthians 5:11 Bible.

 

Some Christians preachers use, Luke 6:37, where Jesus said, “do not to judge”, with the obvious assumption that God’s judgment has been made void; that is evil; because they are exalting man’s judgment and ignoring (closing your eyes to) God’s judgments, in defense of what God call an “abomination”, homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, is God’s judgment against homosexual perversion. Jesus also said “man shall live by every word of God” that includes all of God’s judgments in scripture. John 8:15 Bible, “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father who sent me. Jesus Christ is saying that the judgments in scripture come from the Father. Political judgments, call evil good and good evil. 

In 1 Corinthians 6:2 the Apostle Paul said “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more things of this life!” The judgment of God is: All homosexual, their defenders and cheerleaders, need to repent. Luke 13:5 “Unless you repent you too will all perish”. Preaching salvation but ignoring repentance is deceptive. Leviticus 19:17 BibleRebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt”; that means advise strongly that they repent.

 Luke 9:26: Christian leaders, preach the Word of God; unapologetically, using it to cut to pieces arguments against Godly morality; 2 Corinthians 10:5 Bible, “We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God”. “Freedom of sexual orientation” as law, condones every imaginable perversion. Pastors today, should speak out loudly and publicly against this law and condemn the nation’s leaders for encouraging vile and wicked human conduct that is offensive to God Almighty. All Christian leaders should insist that this law be revoked. Stop burying your talent, ignoring the Word of God; Judgment Day will hold you accountable.

Why were the prophets killed? Because they preached God’s Word to their nation’s leaders and convicted them of sin against God. Why was John the Baptist killed? Because he told Herod that it was not lawful for him, to have his brother’s wife, Leviticus 18:16, Matthew 14:4. If Isaiah or Jeremiah were alive today would they “close their eyes” to the perverse tyrannical laws our national leaders have made? No, they would speak out. Persecuting and calling someone homophobic because they believe God is blaspheme; they are calling God insane. Homophobia, in reality and in the eyes of God, really is: fear of offending homosexual perverts.

Ministers of God’s Word, publicly, call on President Obama and legislators to repent and revoke these blasphemous laws. Tell them the truth; anyone who approves of two men having sex is a pervert, and an enemy of God; but a friend of the Satan.  Speaking out against the nation’s leaders and calling on them to repent, may bring persecution today; but it will also bring eternal salvation on the Day of Judgment, John 5:24-29.

To avoid having to hire homosexuals, Christian organizations are looking for special exemptions from the law for themselves, or their churches, instead of publicly condemning the political leaders and judges for making such oppressive diabolic laws? On the, Day of Judgment, that fact will condemn them; for making deals with those who sold themselves to serve Satan and who praise the wicked. Teaching homosexuality to children in our schools, especially before puberty, is a government sponsored hate crime. They hate God, those who believe God and innocent children; but they love perverts, perverted children and are attempting to teach them all that homosexual perversion is good and those who believe God are evil. Righteousness, spiritually speaking is: believing the Word of God; Matthew 5:20 – Galatians 3:6.

All sin is not the same, as many like to preach: 1 John 5:16 “there is a sin that lead to death” verse 17 “There is sin that does not leads to death”. Mark 3:29 “he is guilty of an eternal sin.” Exodus 22:4, the thief is to pay back double but the adulterer and homosexual are to be put to death, Leviticus 20:10 & 13. But, all who believe and repent, will be cleansed from sin through the blood of Christ Jesus, and receive salvation from death; Mark 1:15. Praised God!

The works Of The Flesh – Freedom by The Cross of Jesus Christ

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The Endeavors of the Flesh

Paul tells us in the fifth chapter of Galatians.  The entire book of Galatians, but especially the fifth chapter, is a warning of Paul to the church in Galatians, which also implies us. The caveat is that if they put their faith in anything but “Christ and Him crucified,” that “Christ will benefit you nothing” (Gal.5:02)

 Paul the Apostle goes on to say that if the child of God does not follow to the Leadership of the Holy Spirit, which is the means of the Cross, then, the actions of the human nature or flesh will be revealed.

He said: “The works pertaining to the human nature are revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness , lasciviousness , idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies , and things like about of which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God “( Galatians 5:19-21

I will repeat it because it is truly essential:

If a child of God does not understand the Cross of Christ as it relates to sanctification, eventually, someway, one or more of these “actions of the sin nature” will result in your living.  As stated, this is imminent! The leading four “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,” are plain and simple to perceive. But, modern Believers “rapidly overlooks idolatry, witchcraft and heresy,” with the mindset it is not relevant and does not truly apply in modern times.

We will answer that:

First, as suggested any way of victory other than the cross of Christ, such as the ” Purpose Driven Life,”  the “Government of the Twelve,” the ” Word of Faith ” or ” denominationalism ” etc. , is idolatry. Indeed, it is the same as the Old Testament, when Israel would begin to serve idols rather than God. No doubt, Israel is indeed attributing to these idols as the God, but the Lord absolutely did not regard him in the same manner! And not to be seen differently from today’s idolatry! However, all this is “heresies” that abides in today’s Church.

Let me be more clearer:

Any teaching, position , manner or way made ??by men, which means that it is concoct by men and not by God, is declared by the Lord as “heresy,”  which is an “action of the sin nature.” Let me repeat that it is truly, truly vital! Any alternative other than “Christ and him crucified” is in the mind of God “heresy.” When you begin to perceive these “works of the sin nature, these things are even more revealing.

planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”(Romans 6:3-5).

  

THE CROSS OF CHRIST

I know what Christ had given me pertaining the “sin nature” and that was the solution to my question” Why? “But, as noted, when he revealed that to me, He didn’t give me the solution.  He told me what the issue was, it was very true, but nevertheless, I still didn’t have the solution, but Jesus Christ never does anything partially.

It was in one of the prayer gatherings in the evening, in fact, just days after the Lord gave me the illumination of the nature of sin.  At that time, I was partitioning the Lord, asking him to show me the solution to this difficulty. How are we going to articulate the sin nature? How can we control it? He began to speak to my spirit.

“The answer you desire is in the Cross! The answer you desire is only in the Cross.”

I knew it was the Lord, I had no doubt. The Spirit of God enveloped my soul during the prayer meeting.  I knew I had discovered the solution.  It is hard to tell you how I felt. It was as if I had been in bondage, and the doors were now wide open, and they said, “Your Set Free!”

I had no distrust about what the Lord had spoken. He told me: “The resolution you pursue is amidst the Cross!” As I began to weep and the Spirit of the Lord touched my soul, I repeated those words again and again.  In the days ahead he promptly started opening up to me God’s word, and showed me specifically it was, and is, the Cross of Christ.

He led me to the 6 Chapter Romans

Paul spoke? “What shall we say then we continue in sin (the sinful nature), that grace may abound, God forbid how you think, that are dead to sin (dead to the sinful nature) live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2).

These passages reveals to us that sin, “the nature of sin,” is the dilemma, while ministers may try to say this or that or something else is the cause, the Holy Spirit tells us that “sin” is the real issue. It might be a sin we commit consciously or subconsciously but defiantly sin is the obstacle.

Then he tells us that the only cure for sin, the only solving for sin, the only answer to sin is the Cross of Christ.  To be plain, the Holy Spirit through the apostle takes the child of God directly to the Cross. Keep in mind, Paul is not talking to the unsaved, but to the saved.  While we try to live for God, and I mean live for God the right way.  As a result, we must always know that it is the Cross of Christ, where we start and where we have to finish.  There is nothing after the Cross

 

Now we will examine these same passages by EXHIBITOR OF BIBLE STUDY.  know you not, that all who have been baptized into Christ Jesus (clearly says that this baptism is in Christ and not water [I Cor 1:17; 12:13; Gal 3:28-29, Eph. 4:5, Col. 2:11-13 ] ) were baptized into his death ( When Christ died on the Cross in the Mind of God, we died with Him, that is, He became our substitute and our identification with his death gives us all the benefits for which he died, the idea is that he did it all for us!)

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death (not just die with Him , we were buried with Him as well, which means that all the sin and transgression of the past were buried, and when they put him in grave, they put all our sins in that grave too) that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life ( we died with Him, we were buried with Him, and His resurrection was our resurrection a “new life”).

“For if we have become united with him ( Christ) in the likeness of his death ( Paul proclaims the Cross as the instrument through which all blessings come, therefore, the cross must always be the object of our faith, who gives the Holy Spirit freedom to work within our lives ), we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. ” (We can have the” likeness of His resurrection,” live this resurrection life, only as we understand the “likeness of his death,” which refers to the cross as the means by which all this is done.)

 

Christ The Cross Our Victory

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Matthew 4:1-3

First Temptation:

 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread”. 4 But He answered and said,“ it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’”

 Second Temptation:

 5 Then the devil took Him up into the Holy City, set Him on the pinnacle of the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If you are the son of God, throw Yourself down.  For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you; and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him,“ It is written again, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

 Third Temptation:

 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these things I will give You if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold angels came and ministered to Him.

 

Jesus overcame allurement without a doubt. You, also, can have triumph over enticement by completely confiding in God’s Word and filling your faith with it. See how each time Satan enticed Christ in the wild, He addressed Satan’s enticements with the power of Scripture. He didn’t struggle about it and He didn’t examine it. Jesus accepted God’s Word, and He personally lived, contemplated and retained the Word of God. He cited God’s Word, considered it—and, yes, He even protected it with righteous indignation.

Furthermore, when your faith is involved and clothed with the Word of God, you, too, will have triumphed over temptation against all odds. To be a victor and not a victimized person, mimic the life of Christ. To annihilate Satan Schemes against you, put God’s word into practice in your life, and Christ, who is the bread of  heaven, and the eternal living word of God will move in your life through the person of the Holy Spirit as your faith, rest in Christ knowing that He has legally and judicially Satisfied the demand of the broken law that demanded a Godly ransom that only God our father could provide.

Well, one of the greatest questions today, and rightly so, is how do we receive the same victory over the vices of Satan as our Lord did nearly eighteen hundred years previous, now that Christ has ascended to heaven and we as believers are still dealing with continued attacks from the devil through the world and flesh.  Jesus said in John 14:18 – I will not leave you comfortless (helpless): I will come to you (through the Person of the Holy Spirit) John 14:26 – But the Comforter (Helper), which is the Holy Spirit (Proclaims the Third Person of the Godhead), Whom the Father will send in my Name (because Jesus paid the price on the Cross, enabling the Holy Spirit to come in a completely new dimension).

Now! that we have the Aid of the Holy Spirit, we can Overcome the Vicious on-slots of Satan, only through the Cross of Christ.  In other words, the victory that Christ Won on Calvary becomes our victory, simply, because we are in Christ and Christ is in us, “it’s called the Divine Entanglement” (Galatians 2:20).  As Jesus exhibited Faith in the Word, so must we exhibit Faith in Him, for He is the living (logos) Word and the Benefits of the Atonement, only made possible by His Obedience, even unto the Death of the Cross, (Philippians 2:8) then, the Holy Spirit is Free to work in our life and begin the Now! legal process of strengthening and transforming us unto the image of Jesus Christ, through the Power of the Holy Spirit because our faith is in the correct object, whom is Him.  It is essential to know that the Holy Spirit doesn’t demand a lot from us, “but Only! that our Faith be Forevermore in Christ.”

Grace, can only come as a result of the finish work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we accept Him as our Savior and “Maintain” our Faith in Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross for the whole of humanity, that Grace, only received through believing and declaring Him as Lord of our life, will be prevalent in our walk with the Holy Spirit, as Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthian 12:9 – But He said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you.  In essence, Jesus is saying My unmerited favor has made you victorious, you don’t need anything else to be triumphant you already are, because your Faith is “Exclusively in Me and My Atoning Work on Mount Calvary.” Therefore, you are hid in Me in God. Colossians 3:3 – For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  My victory, is your Victory because I am that source in which you draw every ability, power, strength and heavenly might, through the Holy Spirit. However, you walk in the Spirit as your Faith is Exclusively in Christ and what He has done via the Cross on Golgotha’s Hill, the place of the skull.  Zachariah 4:6 – Then He answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.

by Bishop Amos Elliott

Message of the Cross Church Preaches the Original Message

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The Message of the Cross Church, also known as the Church Purchased With His Blood, declares original bible truths, now lost in the churches of today. They believe that in order to receive God given results, you must not leave God’s prescribed order of doing things. This can be altered through new age ideologies, beliefs and shallow philosophies nurtured by humanistic views and overtones.