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People Will Choose Sin When Given The Choice

2 Sep

Back in June, a teacher at a Christian preschool in California was fired from her job because she had another job. As a porn actress.

Nina Skye had signed an agreement upon taking her teaching job stating that she would not do such things. She had already been in the porn business for some time at that point and admittedly lied when signing the agreement.

When the school found out they offered to let her continue teaching if she would give up working in the porn industry. They also offered her a pay raise and to subsidize her housing costs.

She declined.

Instead, she accepted her dismissal from the school in order to pursue porn full-time saying she didn’t want to leave the industry because “having sex” was her “dream job”. She also gushed over how much money she made doing porn.

The porn business makes more money in the United States each year than the NFL. And the NBA. And the NHL. And MLB.

Combined.

Times ten.

Pornography is a destructive force in our society that destroys marriages, degrades women, and turns young men into inadequate boyfriends, husbands, and fathers. It, among other sins, is leading to our undeniable decline.

God repeatedly warns us against the evils of pornography in the Bible. But those who participate in it don’t care about others; they care only about themselves and making money.

This, of course, is precisely in line with how God describes the human race stating that we love committing sin more than we love doing what is right because we are selfish.

“They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.” – Proverbs 2:14

“People loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” – John 3:19

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” – 1 Timothy 6:10

“For they all seek their own interests” – Philippians 2:21

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God Offers To Pardon Our Sins

27 Aug

The other day President Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was convicted of contempt charges in Arizona, although the veracity of those charges is questioned by many.

Regardless of the validity of Arpaio’s trial, we can learn a lesson about God from all this.

All of us stand guilty before God due to our sin. We’ve all done things, said things, and thought things that aren’t right. Many things. And we know it. We’re all up to our eyeballs in sin.

Our guilt is obvious. But nevertheless, God offers to pardon us of all our sin so we can avoid the penalty due us – spending eternity in hell – and instead be with Him forever in heaven.

That pardon is only available through Jesus. God came to earth as Jesus and took on the penalty of our sin because we could not pay that penalty ourselves.

This is somewhat equivalent to a judge deciding on his own to pay the life sentence of a convicted criminal by going to jail for him.

And because God did this, we can now be pardoned. All we have to do is accept God’s offer.

Just like the convicted criminal could decline the judge’s offer to go to jail in his place, we can reject God’s offer. Even though it would be crazy to do so, billions of people have done, and are doing, just that.

Accept God’s pardon. He loves you so much he’s willing to pay your penalty for you and erase all your sins – each and every one – from the record books as if they never existed.

It would be foolish to turn down that offer.

The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision On Same-Sex Marriage

26 Jun

Any day now the Supreme Court of the United States will announce its decision regarding same-sex marriage. It is widely anticipated that the court will strike down state laws that ban this practice thereby paving the way for gay couples to marry at-will in all 50 states.

When this announcement is undoubtedly made the gay community, and their straight supporters, will rejoice. There will be much rainbow flag waving and celebrating. For them it will be a day of jubilation as they delight in what they perceive to be a progressive victory. The reality is, however, that this will be anything but a victory for them or for the country.

Same-sex marriage is undeniably a rebuke of God’s command that marriage be between one male and one female. To promote any other form of marriage is to arrogantly defy God and declare that we know better than He does. Such thinking is nothing but arrogance.

By defying God those who advocate, promote, and participate in same-sex marriage are doing one thing they don’t realize: they are distancing themselves from God. This is never a good thing to do.

The United States has been defying and distancing itself from God for several decades on the basis of many issues including abortion, pornography, and financial debt to name just three. Our country habitually rejects God’s commands in favor of our own alleged wisdom. But the decline in our culture, security, reputation, and finances over that time reveals the truth. Life does not get better without God.

The truth is the Supreme Court decision will encourage and promote the increase of sin in our country with the end result being a nation that is further away from God than it has ever been.

Same-sex marriage advocates think this ruling will bring liberation and freedom. But condoning sin does no such thing. It results in the downfall of society because it moves us away from the God who wants to bless us but who understandably will not if we reject Him.

A few thousand years ago the nation of Israel took a similar path. They turned against the God who loved them, provided them with a land overflowing with resources, and protected them from their enemies. Instead they chose to reject His design for life and replace it with their own. They distanced themselves from God and their nation subsequently collapsed and was eventually conquered by their enemies.

Make no mistake… the same future awaits the United States if we don’t turn from our many sins and return to the God who benevolently provided for us just as He provided for Israel.

On an individual level, however, the result is even more devastating. Those who refuse to acknowledge their sin and instead embrace and celebrate it will face an eternity of exactly what they were seeking on this earth – life without God. They believe life without God, either on earth or in eternity, is better than life with Him. But such thinking is a catastrophic delusion.

Eternity without God is hell. Once these people die and realize the irreversible tragedy of their mistake there will be no rejoicing or celebrating. There will only never-ending regret and anguish for having chosen temporary selfish indulgence over permanent God-given fulfillment. Distancing oneself from God is as misguided as it gets.

The Supreme Court of the United States is unwittingly about to lead many unsuspecting people into such a destiny.

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