Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Time to Weep

“And when he thought thereon, he wept.”
- - - Mark 14:72
It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the redeemed family according to the degree in which the Spirit of God has removed the natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful promise: “Though all men shall forsake thee, yet will not I.” We eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance. When we think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we may weep whole showers of grief. He thought on his denying his Lord. The place in which he did it, the little cause which led him into such heinous sin, the oaths and blasphemies with which he sought to confirm his falsehood, and the dreadful hardness of heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. Can we, when we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain stolid and stubborn? Will we not make our house a Bethel, and cry unto the Lord for renewed assurances of pardoning love? May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a tongue parched in the flames of hell. Peter also thought upon his Master's look of love. The Lord followed up the cock’s warning voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter’s mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Saviour’s full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow. 

- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Friday, July 27, 2012

"Anywhere but Israel"

A remarkably effective reminder of the sad fact that there are friends, and then there are false friends.  In the words of the Bible, A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly (Proverbs 18:24).  Or, to put it more bluntly: talk is cheap.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sins we don't confess, Part II

Okay, it's time for another checkup: but this one won't involve a visit to a doctor's office, or to an auto inspection station.  Over a year ago, we discussed a matter which is, by its very nature, very easy to overlook: namely, the issue of "sins we don't confess."  Although this matter is of very little consequence to unbelievers, it's of great importance to anyone living the Christian life, as it's described and defined in the Bible.  It's certainly more important than remembering where we left our car keys, or deciding what we'll wear to work tomorrow.   

In our previous post, we saw that a man or woman who has received Jesus Christ according to John 1:12, and has been born again (as Jesus phrased it in John 3:3-7), has the constant, daily opportunity (and obligation) to confess his or her sins, as well as they can be remembered.  As we said then, this constant habit of confession is not a requirement of salvation, but it's an indescribably important part of maintaining our daily fellowship with God.  And, since God is always eager to forgive, just as He was eager to save us in the first place, He makes it simple, if not always easy:  If we confess our sins, God promises, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  That much is blessedly uncomplicated, and wonderfully gracious: if we confess the sins that we're aware of committing, He'll not only forgive those sins, but also cleanse us from the ones we forgot about - - - or didn't even realize we had committed.

But even with the best of intentions, even with a sincere and consistent desire to please God, we always slip up somewhere, don't we?  It's not always in the area of "sins of commission," or bad things that we do; it's more often in the area of "sins of omission" - - - things we forget to do, or neglect to do, or perhaps refuse to do.  We'll be concentrating on just a few of these sins in this post: because these are sins that Christians very rarely confess.

As I said in the previous post, it's not my desire or intention to make anyone feel guilty.  If I mention certain sins of omission, it's because I'm so very conscious of having committed them myself - - - and I don't think I'm alone.  A few examples; if you're a Christian man or woman, you'll be able to think of others:

Failure to ask. Every Christian is familiar with certain "great and precious promises" made by God in His word.  Many of these involve asking God's blessing in a certain area, or making very specific requests: "Lord, please don't let the baby die."  "Father, can You please give me a different job (or any job at all)?"  "Jesus, please protect me in traffic today." And God wants us to ask Him these things.  He's our loving Father, and as He said: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11)  There are many verses in the New Testament about asking God for this or that; sometimes, the word "ask" isn't used, but the thought is the same: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6). He even goes so far as to say, ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:2). 

But let's back up a moment.  We've all read those verses, and often believed them.  But did you ever realize that when Jesus says "ask ... seek ... knock" in Matthew 7:7 (an acrostic for "ask," by the way), He's giving us a command?  Jesus Christ wasn't much on "suggestions" or "good advice:" He gave commands.  And when we don't ask Him for the things we want, or need, or think we need, we're disobeying His command, which is repeated throughout the Bible.  "Ask" is just as much a command as any other of our "marching orders;" and when we refuse or neglect to do it, it's a sin that needs to be confessed.
Disobedience of direct orders. The Christian life is not a picnic or a day at the fair; it's a race, a fight, a warfare.  And, like any army, we have our orders. There are too many in the New Testament to list, so let's just mention one: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11, 13). In the context, God tells us what the "whole armour" is, and what purpose it serves.  But putting it on is not a one-time proposition: we don't don our spiritual armor the day we're saved, and then wear it the rest of our lives (would that we could!).  We must put it on every day.  What soldier wears the same uniform, or carries the same ammunition belt, throughout an entire war?  They're constantly changing and replacing their gear, if it's available.  When was the last time you consciously put on the armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6:13-17?  If it wasn't today, then you're in a very vulnerable state - - - and you've refused a direct order, whether intentionally or not.  That's something to confess, I think!

And, finally, for the purposes of this post.....

Wasting time. Ouch. That one hurts, doesn't it?  Because we've all done it, and most of us do it habitually.  I've been blessed to know a handful of Christians who were so faithful, and so zealous, that they wasted very little time. (There is a Christian gentleman named Sam Gipp who probably wastes as little time as anyone I've ever met.  But he is a very rare exception.)  The next Christian I meet who's never squandered and frittered God's time away will be the first.  But even if we didn't know, instinctively, that wasting time is wrong, God's word tells us very clearly what we are to do: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16).  "Redeeming the time" is the opposite of wasting it; it's using our time for something useful, something that will bring glory to God, either in our own lives or the lives of others.  Time is passing; we can either watch it go by, or we can use it.  Again: Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time (Colossians 4:5).  Only the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, can tell you what is a proper use of time in your own life; it's not the same for every Christian.  But if we know what we should be doing, and don't do it .... well, God's word doesn't give us any wiggle room: Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17). A sin that needs to be confessed .... but seldom is.

By the grace of God, however, these sins, just like drunkenness or murder or gluttony or adultery, can be confessed and forgiven.  God doesn't expect perfection from us in this life: For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust (Psalm 103:14).  If there are sins that we haven't confessed, we simply need to start confessing them.  And when we do, He'll forgive them, and even forget them.

What a Saviour!  What a Lord!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Obama celebrates Jihad

Like his immediate predecessor, the current President of the United States is actively wooing and flattering the world's Mohammedans, as they begin to celebrate their "holy month" of Ramadan.  (The dates of Ramadan change from year to year, because it starts when Islam's authentic "god," the Moon, makes its appearance as a crescent at a time prescribed in the Hadiths. Worship of the "Moon God" predated Islam, of course, and was merely one of the pagan elements the sex-obsessed, blood-crazed "prophet" Muhammad incorporated into his new "religion.")  Lest we take the current President's remarks out of context, here is the full text of his 2012 Ramadan greeting, from the White House website:

"On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbors, and to help those in need.

 "This year, Ramadan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights. The United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely. Here in the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that—from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts—Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives.

"Even as Ramadan holds profound meaning for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths. In that spirit, I wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House. Ramadan Kareem."

Thank you, Mr. Current President.  It was particularly gracious of you to extend greetings to Mohammedans "around the world," as well as American Muslims: we wouldn't want Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Quaeda, Hezbollah, or any of the other murderers and oppressors to feel left out.  You are indeed a "transformational figure:" you may not be the President of all Americans (such as born-again Christians, small business owners, or heterosexuals), but you bid fair to become President of all the Mohammedans.  Perhaps you'll have something to do with your time after January 20, 2013, after all.

In the meantime, we'll hear what Ramadan means to a real Muslim. Here is a definition of Ramadan from an organization calling itself "Base of Jihad:"

Base of Jihad claims responsibility for Burgas attack
ynet news, July 21, 2012

Unknown organization possibly affiliated with Global Jihad releases statement claiming responsibility for terror attack against Israeli tourists, threatens more attacks on month of Ramadan

An unknown organization going by the name "The Base of Jihad" has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas which claimed the lives of six people, including five Israelis, and wounded dozens.
In a statement released in Western media outlets, the group threatened to carry out more attacks. "The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God's messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators."

The organization is apparently affiliated with the Global Jihad movement. 

Its statement said, "One of our groups aided by Allah managed to bomb a bus full of Jewish tourists, plunderers of holy lands, after careful tracking.

"The holy war is not confined to a particular arena and we shall fight the Jews and the Americans until they leave the land of Islam."

The current President and his supporters have wearied themselves with saying that he, himself, is not a Muslim.  We believe them; we believe that his only "religion" is his own megalomania.  But it begs a question: if a non-Muslim defines Ramadan as a time of peace and goodwill, and a genuine, professing Muslim proclaims it a time of bloodshed and "fight(ing) the Jews and the Americans" (that's not the "inner struggle for purity" that the Mohammedans bleat about), who are we to believe?

Strange business, Mr. Current President.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Let Us Die with Him"

Let us also go, that we may die with him. 
- - - John 11:16

This was an outburst of impetuous love from the heart of Thomas. The disciples had been trying to dissuade the Master from going back to Judea because of the hate which the raising of Lazarus had aroused and the certainty of danger if He should return. But when Thomas saw that their persuasions did not avail and that Jesus was certainly going back to face His enemies, he cried in an impulse of desperation and devotion, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." Thomas's cry was that of a devoted soldier ready to follow his leader into the jaws of danger and death.

Thomas's words were wiser than he knew. It is true that he and his fellow disciples did not immediately share their Master's fate, but there was a deep and sacred sense in which they were to die with Him even before their literal persecution and martyrdom.

In a very real and solemn way, these words are true of every disciple of Christ. For His death is not only the source of our salvation, but it is also the pattern of our lives.

With an intelligent faith and a renewed dedication, let us with Thomas, "also go that we may die with Him."

--- A. B. Simpson
Days of Heaven on Earth

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"Marry your daughters as young as possible"

As we gather together once again to be enlightened in the ways of "the religion of peace," Mohammedanism, our attention is directed, not for the first time, to the subject of child marriage (or child rape, to be accurate). This time, our instructor is no mere garden-variety imam, but one of Islam's most distinguished experts on Mohammedan jurisprudence. We are honored to hear from  Shaikh Haitham al-Haddad, a Saudi Arabian now living in London. According to the so-called "Islamic Research Foundation,""Shaykh Haitham sits on the board of advisors for a number of key Islamic organisations in the United Kingdom, including the Islamic Sharia Council. He currently holds the position of chair person and operations advisor for the Muslim Research and Development Foundation– a think tank aiming to find solutions based on the original teaching of Islam, for Muslims living in the west.  Shaykh Haitham is qualified to deliver religious verdicts with a specialization in Islamic Jurisprudence and its principles, Islamic Law and Islamic Finance."

In other words,  this godless, depraved scoundrel is regarded as one of Islam's foremost moral and spiritual authorities.  Incidentally: in addition to his teachings on child rape, Shaykh Haitham is also an outspoken advocate of female genital mutilation, or "female circumcision."  But what else would one expect from a follower of the demon-possessed "prophet" Muhammad?  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

"One of Them"

“Even thou wast as one of them.”
- - - Obadiah 1:11

Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead thereof, the men of Esau made common cause with Israel’s foes. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word thou; as when Caesar cried to Brutus, “and thou Brutus”; a bad action may be all the worse, because of the person who has committed it. When we sin, who are the chosen favourites of heaven, we sin with an emphasis; ours is a crying offence, because we are so peculiarly indulged. If an angel should lay his hand upon us when we are doing evil, he need not use any other rebuke than the question, “What thou? What dost thou here?” Much forgiven, much delivered, much instructed, much enriched, much blessed, shall we dare to put forth our hand unto evil? God forbid! 

A few minutes of confession may be beneficial to thee, gentle reader, this morning. Hast thou never been as the wicked? At an evening party certain men laughed at uncleanness, and the joke was not altogether offensive to thine ear, even thou wast as one of them. When hard things were spoken concerning the ways of God, thou wast bashfully silent; and so, to on-lookers, thou wast as one of them. When worldlings were bartering in the market, and driving hard bargains, wast thou not as one of them? When they were pursuing vanity with a hunter’s foot, wert thou not as greedy for gain as they were? Could any difference be discerned between thee and them? Is there any difference? Here we come to close quarters. Be honest with thine own soul, and make sure that thou art a new creature in Christ Jesus; but when this is sure, walk jealously, lest any should again be able to say, “Even thou wast as one of them.” Thou wouldst not desire to share their eternal doom, why then be like them here? Come not thou into their secret, lest thou come into their ruin. Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.

 - - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Our children are fertilizer"

If anything more needs to be said to prove the truly sub-human savagery of the Muslim religion, nothing could be more chilling than these two videos, produced by Fatah, describing the Muslims' attitudes toward their own children.  Fatah is a terrorist group, of course, and many "peace-loving Muslims" would disavow its statements; but those who did so sincerely would be, in a word, infidels - - - or, in other words, "lapsed" Muslims, "Westernized" Muslims, who have abandioned the core Muslim beliefs.  The terrorists are not "extremists," as Western liberals love to designate them; they are not followers of any "religion of peace," contrary to the bleating of such scoundrels as George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Behold, once again, the true face of genuine Islam:


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ah, Those Black-Eyed Virgins

Once again, students of the Mohammedan "religion" are reminded of the attitude of the Islamic male toward women. At times, it's infuriating; at other times, tragic (well, it's always tragic in its consequences); and, at still other times, so vulgar as to be laughable.  Here, the Egyptian Mahmoud Al-Masri, in a specially prepared "educational video" (note the peaceful, pastoral background), promises Muslim women that, repulsive as they are, they may aspire to become as lovable as the black-eyed virgins of "Paradise" - - - Paradise, of course, being defined primarily as a place of eternal sexual gratification for Mohammedan men:


Notice that the ideal woman does not "menstruate or have any of those things that people [i.e., Muslim men] find disgusting."  You know, those things "that might bother you with your wife," the nasty old thing; in Paradise, there's "no more menstruation, no childbirth ... no more of all those things that make you [the Muslim husband] nauseous."  In sum and in fine, women cease to be people, and become the mindless sex dolls that the "prophet" Muhammad decreed they should be: no more, and no less.  In this life, of course, the only "black-eyed virgins" to be found in the Muslim world are girls who have displeased their fathers; and if a black eye is all they receive, they are fortunate indeed.

Never mind that most normal men don't find female biology "disgusting," and are not nauseated by it; after all, males have their own physical issues.  And never mind that no religion believes that women will be troubled with physical problems in Heaven; Heaven, obviously, is a place where no problems exist at all. But what is uniquely Muslim, uniquely Islamic, is this preoccupation with the physical, the glandular, the sexual: it is the centerpiece of their "religion."  Even their most "holy" object on earth, the Kaaba Stone, is merely a phallic symbol.

These are not "religious" people; these are barbarians, following a demon-possessed, sex-crazed "prophet" who spoke in the name of a false and savage god.  They are the filthiest people on the face of the earth, with the possible exception of many Western Sodomites, who at least refrain from draping their lusts in the mantle of "religion."