Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Judge rightly," Quotes to be examined.

Luke 6:36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Matthew 7 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Luke 12:56Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time? 57"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. "

"God loves you just the way you are" and "follow your heart and you can't go wrong?"

God does love us just the way we are, that's why He won't let us stay that way! Jesus said that murder, adultery and all kinds of evil come out of the heart of man and (the prophet Jeremiah states that the heart is wicked, THATS ONE REASON WHY JESUS FOCUSED SOME MUCH ON HEART MATTERS. Some use these phrases to excuse behavior but JESUS' DEATH is in response to that of 'original sin,' ( being born with the sin of Adam( the first man) and inherently sinners ourselves). the Bible teaches that we are born with sin in our veins and we all do it knowingly one way or another sometime in our life (knowingly refers to any age we become aware and accountable for of thoughts and actions)

So, this means that God formed you like a master potter with His clay and when the water of the Holy Spirit covers you (the clay vessel) (Paul references clay vessels) than you become softened up to be continually formed and molded be God's hands. You see, His love for you employs Him to want to change you with your sinfulness. If we are born into sin than even genes can be effected in some cases: for example like if your father was an alcoholic than you might be to, or some flippiently say that homorns in the water can cause people to be born gay (I don't believe this), and thus they say "God loves you just the way you are" and "follow your heart and you can't go wrong." BUT if God is freeing us from the sin we are born with than whether you are born an sinner who struggles with lieing/ cheating/stealing/ whatever, or a sinner who is born alcoholic, or even if one could be born gay, we are still sinners by nature and need Jesus and the transformation of being born again/ the gentle and truthful Potter's hand. (being born with sin means we need reborn or born again of the Holy Spirit with a new nature in us that fights against the sinful nature (read paul's writings on Spirit vs flesh). I realize that being born with something like alcoholism or even if one could be born gay, would a struggle in that of itself, but That's what DIVINE INTERVENTION is available for. The potter is readily available to all whose pottery is cracked, broken or mishapened. You see, God did make you, but He is also continually 'making' you, it's still in process. Who will you become when this life is over.

"Judge not"- heart vs actions, actions vs intentions

Jesus said "judge not lest ye be judged. Whatever measure you have given will be given unto you."

Wow that is big!! Admitingly, many people use that verse as an excuse, like I was saying before, as if people shouldn't judge anything at all. Well, Jesus also told the Pharisees to "Just rightly" or "judge for yourselves what is right". So, He still wants us to judge between right and wrong. "God weighs the heart (psalms)" and "you desire truth in the inmost parts (psalm 51)." Jesus is saying also saying not to judge the heart for we don't know on our own people's thoughts and intentions except by Divine revelation (gifts of the Holy Spirit, example: gifts of prophecy like a 'word of knowlege,' (1 corinth and Ephesions). God judges the heart and He is the ultimate Judge of all things. If we think we know it all than we are mistaken, ( james chap 1 , if any of you lack wisdom ask God who give liberally with out question) We all need more wisdom in judging what is right and making right judgments, and we need not make excuses either (romans 2)

Romans 2 God's Righteous Judgment

1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God "will give to each person according to what he has done."a]">[a] 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.

1 Corinthians 6:1Lawsuits Among Believers

1If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2Do 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? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

note: This life is where we learn to judge before we did it in the next.

1 Corinthians 5:12"What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

1 Corinthians 5:13 God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."

Note: How can I judge or in this context, "hold accountable" people who embrace the sinful nature, are there not captive to it. Than how can I say to an alcoholic or pro-choicer "stop" so hastily, if i don't first offer them the Holy Spirit who overcomes the sinful nature? then once one is born again apart from the inhereted sinful flesh, they can seek God's counsel to began to judge rightly and against their fleshly lusts


Romans 12" be no conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of your mind"

  1. Romans 2:1
    [ God's Righteous Judgment ] You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
    Romans 2:1-3 (in Context) Romans 2 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Romans 2:12
    All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
    Romans 2:11-13 (in Context) Romans 2 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Romans 2:16
    This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
    Romans 2:15-17 (in Context) Romans 2 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Romans 3:4
    Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge."
    Romans 3:3-5 (in Context) Romans 3 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Romans 3:6
    Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
    Romans 3:5-7 (in Context) Romans 3 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Romans 14:4
    Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
    Romans 14:3-5 (in Context) Romans 14 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Romans 14:10
    You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
    Romans 14:9-11 (in Context) Romans 14 (Whole Chapter)
  8. 1 Corinthians 4:3
    I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.
    1 Corinthians 4:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  9. 1 Corinthians 4:4
    My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
    1 Corinthians 4:3-5 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  10. 1 Corinthians 4:5
    Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
    1 Corinthians 4:4-6 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  11. 1 Corinthians 5:12
    What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
    1 Corinthians 5:11-13 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  12. 1 Corinthians 5:13
    God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."
    1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  13. 1 Corinthians 6:2
    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?
    1 Corinthians 6:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  14. 1 Corinthians 6:3
    Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
    1 Corinthians 6:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  15. 1 Corinthians 6:4
    Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!
    1 Corinthians 6:3-5 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  16. 1 Corinthians 6:5
    I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
    1 Corinthians 6:4-6 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
  17. 1 Corinthians 10:15
    I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
    1 Corinthians 10:14-16 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)
  18. 1 Corinthians 10:29
    the other man's conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another's conscience?
    1 Corinthians 10:28-30 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)
  19. 1 Corinthians 11:13
    Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
    1 Corinthians 11:12-14 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 11 (Whole Chapter)
  20. 1 Corinthians 11:31
    But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
    1 Corinthians 11:30-32 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 11 (Whole Chapter)
  21. 1 Corinthians 11:32
    When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
    1 Corinthians 11:31-33 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 11 (Whole Chapter)
  22. 1 Corinthians 14:24
    But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all,
    1 Corinthians 14:23-25 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 14 (Whole Chapter)
  23. Galatians 2:6
    As for those who seemed to be important—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance—those men added nothing to my message.
    Galatians 2:5-7 (in Context) Galatians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  24. Colossians 2:16
    Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
    Colossians 2:15-17 (in Context) Colossians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  25. 2 Timothy 4:1
    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:
    2 Timothy 4:1-3 (in Context) 2 Timothy 4 (Whole Chapter)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Stereotypes of christians in the West

Being the Brideof Christ and loving our enemies (as Christ taught):

I am praying that more Christians will take their place in the Spirit as of the Bride of Christ, who adorns herself with love and truth, justice and peace. Spreading that which she recieves freely from her redeemer and bridegroom, Jesus Christ the holy and annointed one King of Kings and Lord or Lords. -

Personally, I want to hear from Christians and nonbelievers on some things: I love that most of the time I meeting Christ followers from every walk of life, they are usually NOT "tomatoe-throwing- cross burning-abortion-clinic-bombers. " Those are usually extreme cases, not repesenting all of us. I am not in favor of homosexuality or abortion, but I don't cast stone s and tomotoes in my spare time and I have never been or known any one associated with a the "KKK." Don't get me wrong, most of us that I know, hold to the Word of God, which is God breathed (1 timothy), when it clearly states verses against homsexuality and verses that show God's presence and plan for people while still in the womb (psalm 139, jere 1). though some bible verses are explained more thouroughly with contextual and historical factors like, "the original audiance, who wrote it" and when was it written" but verses that agree in context with the Bible as a whole are usually not ment to be misinterpreted. Anyway, I am saying that "hate the sin not the sinner" and " let the one who is without sin cast the first stone. (john 8)" just because we don't excuse sinful lifestyles and choices, does not make us (the christians I know) "hate-monguls" or whatever. - I am letting Jesus cast the stone in His time, ofcourse with Sodom and Gomorroh is was more like a meteorite, and in John 8 (for that specific case) He chose to not stone the woman caught in adultery at all and said "go and leave your life of sin." So, like romans 12, Jesus is into transformation and repentance and forgiveness as a more effective way of dealing with sin than stoning. I know that in the end there will be judgment and wrath, but we are currently in a time of 'availible grace' from Jesus untill that Judgment comes. besides ,He did DIE for these things (transformation/ repentance/ forgiveness) to make that grace possible. Ok, He said that He is Truth (John 14). so, we do need to not comprimise. I am sending a reminder also that grace be amajor factor in lifestyle just as upholdinhg truth is. Being Spirit Filled and Spirit Led, like PAul says, is the only way to powerful and inwardly extend God's grace, foor we must recieve it first before we gave give it. "freely it is given freely receive" (Jesus) I think He wants a Bride who surley upholds Holiness and is full of grace. For "he came full of GRACE AND TRUTH (John 1)-

Stereo types:
I wonder.... when did political and descriptive terms like "republican" , and "democrat" or even "conservative", "evangelical" and "liberal" become "dirty-words" for some people- have you ever been around someone and said one of these terms, like "evanngelical" and they began ranting on about all types of stereotypes and mixing opinions with facts while the vein in their forehead is about to burst.- what's up with that!

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The Word Of God in Question? Marriage and Faith Lessons from Genesis Chapter 3, The Fall of a Man Part 1: What happened, eh?

Context: Genesis chapters 1-3
Discussion Focus: Chapter 3
Edification and Purpose:
1)Strengthen faith in God's Word and character.
2) Encourage husbands and believers to...
-Lift up their family and friends in prayer
-Speak up and make their voices and opinions heard
- Stand up and stand firm for righteousness and against evil.


Man and Woman: They were made to walk and fight together, and were called not only 'good,' but “very good.” Each are unique in design but both are made in God's image.

Gen 1:25 “...and God saw that it was good. 26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion ... and over all the earth... 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion... over every living thing that moves upon the earth. 29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat... and it was so. 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

One Flesh:They were one flesh and had a shared potential. If one is weak in something, than the other is strong in that matter that both succeed together. Each are designed and called as “very good.” So, they were not ashamed of who they were in each other's presence.

Gen2:23 “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

Truth VS Lies:

It's a matter of trust or faith...

-God had faith in Adam, but Adam did not return the favor. He knew that God was True to His Word and still sins anyway.

It's a matter of communication and Godly Instruction/ Stewardship...

-Eve may have had a misguided view of the command that God gave. (Perhaps, she had been taught improperly or maybe not). I wonder about this because she seems to maybe misquote God, “...do not even touch it or you will die...”

It's a matter of Integrity...

-Any entity, whether an individual or culture , that is caught in sin will challenge God's word and character.

-Their eyes may have been opened to some extent but their minds were currupted.

“Be not conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12.


The man (ADAM): placed in authority and had more experience and knowledge and is later held accountable for the fall. Adam had first-hand experiences of God's faithfulness to His word. Though Adam was not deceived, he sinned even when he knew it was wrong.

James 4:16 “As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.”

1 Peter3:7 “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

- Summary:
“Do the good you know that you should,” “honor those under your protection,” and “love your wife as Christ loved his bride and died for her...and wash her in the Word of God like he has.” If your not a husband, you must still protect, honor and wash with the Word those under your authority.


The woman (EVE): -an easier or more vulnerable target in this case, was not covered (or protected) and MAYBE EVEN not taught properly by the one in authority (i.e. - Adam) BUT we are not sure how she was or was not tought. Eve have was deceived and relied on the more experienced (Adam) to prevent deception.

I Tim 2:13 “For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Reemphasize: James 4:16, 1 Peter3:7, and Ephesians 5:25 for Husbands or persons in authority to TAKE ACTION. Paul said,“Actions speak louder than words.”

Genesis 2:18 “Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper (a)suitable for him."
(a )literally means - “corresponding to.”

May I suggest an alternate or contextual meaning may imply- “capable,” (to walk along side of him through life's journey). In order for her to truly be an equal and corresponding “help meet” she must have the potential for similar(i.e. - intelligence, etc) as well as unique functions (i.e. - childbirth and nursing, even different use of the brain, etc).

By design she is physically more delicate and graceful and therefore slightly weaker, but “Eve” was also given a more vulnerable role (submission and dependency). She was entrusted to Adam from the day her Father (GOD) gave her away. However, weaker is not worse.... or “less than.”

“Help-Meet” Does Not = “Help-less”

- Jesus submits to the Father whom He is in unity with... submission doesn't have to imply inferiority.

John 10:30 ”I and the Father are one."

John 5:19 “Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If Jesus was given authority over the church with one role, as well as being One with the Father and submits to the godly counsel of His Father in a simultaneous role, than it is a privilege to learn firsthand of our LORD's experiences through whatever role we are given (whether leading, submitting, or both).

Drop the attitude “gender warriors”-
“I can do anything you can do... better. I can do anything better than you.” - Music lyric

Believe and Obey HIS COMMANDS and Trust HIS WORD

- Jesus asks the same of us that God did in the beginning with Adam and Eve.

“Believe on the one God has sent.” John.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans.

Luke11:28 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

John 14:22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"23Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Genesis 22:18 “Abraham...through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Exodus 19:4 “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."

Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus.” -Hymn Lyrics

In the words of Christ Jesus...
“Go and do likewise.”


God = given of wisdom
God (your true strength) will strengthen you
in temptation and testing.
God's teaching sets you free if you heed the instruction.

Source: JAMES Chapter 1

2 My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, 3 because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.4 Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need. 5 But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you. 6 But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind.7-8 Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord....

12 When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy. After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever. God promised this to all those who love him.13 When people are tempted, they should not say, "God is tempting me." Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone.14 But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them.15 This desire leads to sin, and then the sin grows and brings death.

16 My dear brothers and sisters, do not be fooled about this.17 Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows.18 God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made. 19 My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily,20 because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.21 So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong. Then in gentleness accept God's teaching that is planted in your hearts, which can save you.

22 Do what God's teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.23 Those who hear God's teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror.24 They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.25 But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God's teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.