Friday, June 23, 2017

The Great Commission

  • Parallel From The Gospel According To Matthew:
           - "But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:16-20)
  • Parallel From The Gospel According To Mark:
           - "Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:14-18)
  • Parallel From The Gospel According To Luke:
           - "Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:45-49)
  • Parallel From The Gospel According To John:
           - "So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” (John 20:19-23)
  • As Ambassadors For Our Lord Jesus Christ, He Has Appointed Us (His church) To:
           1.) Preach the gospel to all nations.
           2.) Proclaim the salvation of believers/condemnation of the unbelieving and unrepentant.
           3.) Make converts and exhort them to remain in apostolic doctrine.
           4.) Get baptized/baptize converts.
           5.) Teach people how to worship God/obey His commandments/rebuke heresy.
           6.) Do good in the name of Jesus Christ/demonstrate the reality of our faith.
           7.) Remember that Jesus Christ will ALWAYS be with His church.

Much Needed Spiritual Nourishment For Our Youth

  • Words of Wisdom Regarding Children:
           -"The church is not in the business of entertaining young people, but calling them to discipleship in Christ and separation from the world and holiness of living.  It is true that what you win them with you win them to.  If a church use worldly means to win young people, those thus won will be worldly.  If a church has an organized youth group, it must be very careful about the selection of those who lead the youth.  Young people don’t need a “good times Charlie.”  They don’t merely need another buddy who will pal around with them in fun and games.  They get plenty of that.  What they desperately need, and what the church is required by God to give them, are godly, spiritually mature people who will love them and show them the path of God’s perfect will, who will call them to reject the vain, “cool” ways of this present wicked world, who will challenge them to be pure, to pull down the worldly idols from their hearts, to give themselves wholly to the service of Jesus Christ while there is still time, to yield to Christ’s command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." (David W. Cloud, Contemporary Christian Music Under the Spotlight, pg.201)

A Christian Response To Transgenderism

      In today's society, much debate and perplexity has been emerging over some of the most basic questions of life. Unfortunately, many people have found themselves unable to answer questions with obvious answers such as their gender identity. While the Book of Genesis presents us with the very simplistic blueprint of gender identity as being either male or female, educators, psychiatrists, and politicians who uphold the secular worldview believe that it is morally impermissible for parents to be labeling their children as being boys or girls. In other words, they are suggesting that things are not as they appear to our eyes. Thus the people who constitute the worldly portion of our society maintain that our children should have the right to choose their own personal gender identities, even if a male chooses to identify himself as being a female. But on what grounds can the idea of altering biological identity be justified? What form of evidence can be provided to open up the possibility of there even being more than two genders?

       The proposition that we can individually change our own gender identity or create new branches of gender identities is absolutely preposterous. Back in the day, most people viewed transgenderism as being intrinsically evil. But now the belief that we can explore a multitude of different gender options has spread like wildfire. Why did there ever need to be such a drastic change in moral views? If something is true, then it is true for all people at all times. And it is true that transgenderism is wrong. Truth cannot be self-contradictory. Otherwise, it would be self-refuting. The fact that the secular world now accepts transgenderism as being morally acceptable is very telling. It demonstrates that alleged professionals possess foggy judgment. People seriously lack discernment. The overall deterioration in our moral foundation plainly reveals the consequences of a nation willfully departing from the presence of God.
     What people need to recognize is that gender is a biological reality that is determined by our DNA. The same elementary scientific principle regarding the determination of gender is equally applicable to our race and hair color. The truth of the matter is that we cannot alter our gender, any more than we can choose to have different skin or hair colors. Furthermore, we know that only two different gender possibilities exist because only two different pairs of genitalia exist. There are only XX (female) and XY (male) genes. God has given us these bodily designs for the sake of human procreation. It follows from the premises of this argument that our gender identities cannot be based on mere emotions or preferences. If people can violate basic scientific laws by altering their gender, then what is stopping them from becoming a different animal species? How can a human being cease to be human? The only thing that medical procedures can do is change the outer appearance of people. 

        Our current daily usage of the available words in our languages does not allow for the possibility of more than two different gender identities! This shows us that transsexualism has always been contrary to the simple, natural understanding of gender identification. To accept transgenderism as being morally acceptable is to reject the voice of human reason.

       In all cases, truth must be affirmed. This obviously encompasses the natural gender identity of our children. In other words, males need to be taught male customs and females need to be taught female customs. Additionally, parents need to teach their children the difference between right and wrong (Proverbs 22:6). Otherwise, our world will eventually end up being in a hopeless state of anarchy. But ever since our government has denied the existence of objective moral absolutes along with removing the Bible from our public school systems, this has been happening gradually. Although any amount of conditioning through physical, psychological, or sexual abuse may cause a person to experience confusion regarding his or her gender identity, such struggles can be overcome through plenty of encouragement, discipline, and psychological training. We can assume, imagine, or have a desire to be a different gender, but having such mental inclinations does not change our internal genetic makeup, any more than saying, imagining, or wanting to be a giraffe actually makes us one.

    Before making a few closing statements, we should take some time to note the negative psychological effects of the transsexual ideology that is being promoted by the principalities of this world. In 2016, the Obama Administration passed laws ordering the public school systems to allow members of the opposite sexes to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. Since then, other public places such as grocery stores, parks, and universities have adopted the idea of using "transgender" bathrooms. Can anybody not see the inherent moral flaws of this worldview? First of all, any pervert can claim to be any random gender. Secondly, our right to privacy has been violated. And thirdly, the innocence of our children is at an elevated risk of being corrupted. Not only should these great moral concerns be a paramount factor of consideration in these matters pertaining to discernment, but it is also evil to brainwash our young children into believing that they can choose to be a different gender only to be enslaved to a lifetime exposure to carcinogenic, toxic hormones. Neither is it morally permissible to mutilate healthy functioning parts of the body.

         God created mankind in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). He also called His creations "good" (Genesis 1:31). To claim that we need a gender change is to claim that God did a poor job in creating the universe. Shame on those liberal "Christians" and "intellectuals" who promote the pseudo-scientific abomination of transgenderism! As Romans 1:22 says, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."