“Bible Kindergarten”…

Have you been to “Bible Kindergarten“? Have you gone back to the basics of God’s holy Word? Have you learned the “A-B-C’s” of the Bible? Perhaps some of you will say “I have been to Bible-college“, or “I have a graduate degree in Bible“, but have you been to “Bible Kindergarten“?

Many of us have been well-schooled in theology, but we know little or nothing about the Bible, and more-importantly, its Author…God. I have been there, done that, got the T-shirt. I was raised in a Christian home, and was taught the Westminster Shorter Catechism when I was in grade-school. Later in life, I taught the Heidelberg Catechism to high-schoolers, but I didn’t really know much about the Bible, or its Author.

Whatever our stage of life, God can, and may send us back to “Bible Kindergarten“, so that we get to know Him and His Word. In spite of what I thought I knew, God sent me back to “Bible Kindergarten“.

Last Christmas, I had the privilege of joining a large, extended family for their Christmas Day celebration. That evening, after singing some Christmas carols, we divided up into teams and played Bible Jeopardy. I knew several of the answers to the questions, but this is not to brag, because I was saddened that in this large family, even though everyone had been in church their whole lives, they knew very little about the Bible. It wasn’t that I was such a Bible “hot-shot“, it was because God, in His infinite grace, love and mercy, had sent me back to “Bible Kindergarten“. He had implanted in my heart a burning desire to know Him and His Word.

Since God sent me back to “school“, I have read almost the entire Bible, and several of the books more than once. Reading breeds familiarity, and study brings increasing fluency.

As I do the research necessary to write the articles in this blog, it forces me to dig deep into God’s Word, the Bible, and learn for myself, and my readers, what God has to say in His Word. Each article is a labor of love, because I want to God’s Word better, and I love to uncover its deepest meanings.

Have you been to “Bible Kindergarten“? Has God implanted in your heart the burning desire to know Him and His Word? If not, pray that He does send you back to “Bible Kindergarten“, and take His assignment seriously. Your life will be enriched beyond your wildest dreams.

God bless!

Image and Likeness…

As I have struggled over the past several months with the implications of being created in the “image and likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26-28), I have also struggled to understand how we, as believers, have strayed from the original intent and understanding of this key passage. Certainly the invasion of Gnostic dualism has played a part, but I have come to the conclusion that, until we go back to a true understanding of God, we will never make peace with God’s image in us.

If our understanding of the nature of God is faulty, our understanding of ourselves will be faulty also. A faulty understanding of God will never create a true understanding of man. There is one key, which just came to mind as I was contemplating this topic, which certainly rings true in my own experience over the last fifty or so years. I am not bold and brash enough to claim that this is the ONLY key…only God knows for sure, but I believe it is a key…a clue.

God is Spirit…

Jesus was speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well when He said: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). That passage should be straightforward enough, but where I believe it is tripping us up, is that we mentally add the word “only“. Do we, when we read this passage, read it as “God is ONLY Spirit“? That was the essence of what I was taught…

Throughout Scripture, there are many instances where God appeared to various people for intimate, relational encounters. The first of those encounters was in the Garden of Eden, where God walked and talked with Adam and Eve…person to person. (Genesis 2:8 and following) Did God merely “appear” to be a person? Was God communicating merely by “thought-transmission“?

The LORD appeared to Abraham, and ate supper with him, promised him a son, and told him about the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah…(Genesis 18)

Jacob wrestled with God, and saw His face…(Genesis 32:24-32)

When God appeared to Moses on the mountain, and hid Moses with His hand until He passed by, did God only “appear” to be a person? Moses was not allowed to see God’s “face“…(Exodus 33:18-23)

Theologians have tried to explain these “appearances” with high-sound names like “Theophany”, but I believe what they are trying to do is “dis-embody” God. Are they also “de-personalizing” God?

Aaron and Miriam rebelled against Moses, and God called them in for a chat. What God told them was that He and Moses spoke “face-to-face“, and that Moses had “seen the form of the Lord“. (Numbers 12:6-8)

The LORD said to my Lord, sit at my right hand“…(Psalm 110)

Daniel had a vision of God, and in his vision, he saw “the Ancient of Days“…(Daniel 7:9-14)

Jesus, while talking to the religious leaders, said “And the Father Himself, who sent me, has testified of me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.” (John 5:37)

Stephen saw “the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God“…(Acts 7:54-56)

In heaven, we shall see God’s face…(Revelation 22:4)

Form“…”face”…just figures of speech? I seriously doubt it, because these descriptions of God appear way too many time in Scripture to ignore.

Man is spirit…

What sets mankind apart from our biological and physiological “cousins” in the animal kingdom is our possession of a spirit, or a soul. After God formed that first man from the dust of the ground, He could have merely caused life to enter that man, but instead, God chose to breath His own breath into the man, endowing him with a part of Himself, giving him a soul…a spirit.

Man is not merely “just another animal“, and neither is he a “disembodied-spirit“. He is a union of a mortal body and an immortal spirit, which God intended to be united for all eternity, and indeed will unite…for all eternity, when we are raised from the dead in the resurrection.

If I had said “Man is ONLY spirit“, that would have contradicted everything we know from Scripture about humanity. If I had said “All that really counts is man’s spirit“, I would have played into Gnosticism’s heretical lie, but I don’t believe either of those lies.

Image and likeness…

When a couple conceives a child, they have reasonable expectations that the child will be in their “image and likeness“. Some of those expectations are:

1) Since they are human, the baby will also be human. Humans don’t give birth to animal babies.
2) The baby will be the same ethnicity as they are, and if it isn’t, the husband will have justifiable reason to believe his wife had sex with another man. If they are a mixed-ethnicity couple, the baby will still look like a mixture of both of them.
3) The baby’s hair and eye colors will match their own, or at least someone in their family line. (My first three children had blonde hair and blue eyes, as I do. My fourth had dark eyes and dark hair, like her mother. I certainly could not have “disowned” any of them as not being “mine”, because they all looked like they belonged to our family. They were my children.)
4) The baby’s facial features will resemble one or both parents.

Have you ever seen a picture of a LARGE family, and noticed the strong family-resemblance? It isn’t “accidental“. That resemblance is part of God’s design.

True worship…

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Everything we do as humans, we do through the agency of our body. Our spirit experiences life in and through our body, and as we worship God, our spirit connects with God, as it directs our body to physically give Him praise, whether it is through song, prayer, or the spoken word. However, unless our spirit is engaged in worship, all we are doing is going through some form or ritual. It takes our whole being to adequately worship God.

Conclusions…

What I am NOT suggesting is that God is a “divineman“, however there is evidence to support the conclusion that God has some sort of physical form…which is described in masculine terms. A dis-embodied God is much easier for us to deal with, as is a disembodied Jesus. If God and Jesus are merely concepts…knowledge…gnosis, we need not have an real relationship with God. Indeed we can NOT have a relationship with God. All this gnosis…knowledge…can be formulated into neat “doctrines” and put on our theological shelf. Relationship requires person-hood.

What we DO know for fact, is that our Lord Jesus is in heaven, at the Father’s right hand, in His true human form. Our flesh and blood is at the right hand of God…as real…as human, as we are.

Are we willing to accept what God has said about Himself in His Word? If so, it must revolutionize how we see ourselves, as made in His “image and likeness“…body, soul and spirit, and we must quit calling what He called “very good“, something evil, something to be ashamed of.

LORD God,
I want to see you as You are, so that I may gain a true picture of who I am, as Your image-bearer. Show me Your glory, and remove the blinders that the evil-one has placed over my eyes, so that I may know Your truth, and that Your truth may set me free. Remove that wall of false dualism, so that I can become whole, and a new creation in You.

In the majestic and powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!

What is Man?

What is man?” is really a question of our significance. To be fulfilled, and to be complete, we have to know that we are significant…that we matter. We ask “Am I just an insignificant speck in this giant cosmos we call the “universe”?, or “Do I really matter in the grand scheme of things?“. What is man?

These questions beg for answers, because deep in our hearts, we really want to know if our brief existence on this earth counts for anything beyond our immediate sphere of influence. This is not just another study of our creation, although that is a vital part of the answer to these questions, but instead we need to look at what makes us significant as human beings, made in God’s image. What I want to try to answer is “Are we significant?“, and if we are, “Why are we significant?“. This reaches deep into the core of our person-hood.

Looking for significance in all the wrong places…

For a person without the sense of true person-hood, their significance usually comes from the roles they play in society, the things they do, and their achievements and titles. These people often have grown up without any affirmation of their value as a person. Their only value is in what they could do, not in who they are.

Recently I was talking with a friend of my parents, and he told me that my dad had told him that “he was proud of me“. My dad passed away last year, and this was the first time anyone had ever told me that dad was proud of me. Dad had never told me that he was proud of me. I asked mom “Why?“, but she didn’t have any answer. Growing up, I was only what I could do…

Strip all of their “doing” away, and they are an empty shell…with no significance…with no sense of who they are.

My story…

As I have already alluded to, I grew up with no sense of who I was, because all I had was what I could do. Dad was a demanding perfectionist, and I very rarely met up to his high standards. That made every rejection even more difficult, because it stripped me of some piece of “what” I was. Finally, last year, the last vestige of my “whats” was stripped away from me when my wife left me for another man. I was left as a hurting, empty shell…a non-person. I had moved away from the fire department where I was the Safety Officer to marry her, and then my wife had ripped my “husbandhood” away from me. Yes, I often asked God “Do I really matter?“, but all I got was stony silence. Sometimes I thought I would be better off dead, and that if I just disappeared, no one would ever miss me. That was one of the lowest times of my life…

Man…

During the early days of creation, God had spoken and the universe took shape. He had waved His hand, and the galaxies fanned out across the cosmos. He had said “Let there be light“, and the nuclear fires of the stars started burning. God spoke, and plants and animal sprang to life. Then God paused and had a conference…

God said “Let us make man in our image…” (Genesis 1:26), and rather than speaking man into existence, God came down to earth to do this project Himself. Man was going to be a creature like no other…

Imagine with me, if you will, the curiosity of the animals and birds, as God knelt down and scooped up a handful of dirt…cosmic dust. Perhaps they were wondering what God was going to do with that dirt… Then, as God formed a head, the great apes might have thought that it looked a lot like theirs. From the head came a sturdy neck, then broad shoulders, with long, strong arms, and unique hands. As a master-sculptor forms a figure from clay, this being started taking shape. A strong trunk then extended down from the head and shoulders, with a narrow waist, and then long, muscular legs…with unique feet. Between the legs God formed the unique genitals…the creature would have a definable gender. It was going to be a male. God then took a slender twig and started placing openings in the nose, the mouth, the penis, and between the cheeks of that muscular bottom. Each opening had a purpose, but at this point, all it was, was a lifeless piece of sculpture, a body made of clay, but God wasn’t done quite yet…

As the animals watched, God did something else they had never seen before. He bent over and place His face above the face of that lifeless sculpture, and He started breathing His own breath into that nose and mouth. As God’s breath entered that lifeless body, its eyes opened, its heart started beating, its lungs started pumping, and the man became alive. As God stood up, so did the man, and the birds and animals marveled at the resemblance. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being“. (Genesis 2:7)

As the birds and animals watched, God laid His new man down to rest. They were totally-unprepared to watch God perform surgery on His new man, but God did, taking a rib from his chest. Then they watched as God formed another new creature from the rib, except that the new creature looked different. Sure, there were similarities, but there were differences as well. This new creature was given breasts…something all the mammals recognized, and then the genitals went inward. This one was going to be a female. Even the shape of her body was different, and they had never seen a creature as beautiful as she. God took her by the hand, and she stood up, just like the man. When God woke the man up, He introduced the woman to the man. What a lovely couple.

Man was God’s personal creation…his finest work of art… After God form the man and his wife, He rested, because His creation was finally complete. God had commissioned the man and his wife to continue the creative process, by having children. They were to become “co-creators” with God.

Our search for significance…

As our other sources of “significance” are stripped away, and crumble around us, our search should lead us to the ultimate Source of our significance…the LORD God. Unfortunately He is usually our “source of last resort“, and for many who have lost all hope, suicide seems to be their only way out.

In 1997, my first wife took that way out. With our marriage in shambles, and our family badly splintered, she sat in our living-room, put a pistol to her head, and pulled the trigger. She was dead before she hit the floor. Her problems were over, but mine had just begun… My own kids have refused any contact with me for over sixteen years. She was dead, and I was totally devastated, because EVERYTHING I held dear had been ripped from my grasp. Those WERE the darkest days of my life, because I had lost my home, my job, my wife, and even my own children. I didn’t have any more to lose, except for my own life, and even that was threatened…

I was introduced to “Search for Significance“, by Robert McGee, in a support-group, but its marvelous message never made it much past my eyes. It would take fifteen more years, and three more failed marriages, before my heart was finally ready to start letting go of the old way, the only way I had ever known of gaining my own significance. Fifty-seven years was long enough…actually fifty-seven years too many.

Do you see yourself in my experience? If you do, hang on, because I am going to reveal our true Source of significance momentarily. If you don’t see yourself in my experience, get down on your knees and thank God.

What is man…

If you are familiar with the Psalms, you will immediately recognize those words as the first three words of Psalm 8, verse 4, and to put it in context, here is the whole Psalm.
O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)

King David, in contemplating God, His excellence and glory, and His creation, was moved to ask “What is man?“. Even though David had many triumphs in his life, his personal life was in shambles. He was a great warrior, but he spent many years on the run, fearing for his life. Even though God had called him a “man after His own heart“, David had committed adultery with the wife of one of his commanders, and then had the man murdered. David had no reason to believe that he had any true significance…apart from the significance God gave him.

David came to discover, as we must, that God has bestowed on mankind a special kind of significance, as His ambassadors and viceroys in His world. As God’s ONLY personal creation, man stands head-and-shoulders above everything else that God has created.

Being human gives us a dignity that nobody, and no situation can strip from us. We are the only creatures in all of creation that bear the image of God…and that includes angels. Satan must have cringed every time he saw the unclothed forms of Adam and Eve, because they possessed the one thing he could never possess – God’s image. I pray that you allow the implications of this Psalm sink deep into your heart and soul.

One more thing…

If you are thinking: “WOW! It doesn’t get any better than this!“, I have some good news for you… the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, you are a child of God, and an heir with Him of everything God the Father owns. If you are a child of God, it DOESN’T get any better than this, but it is all you need, for all eternity.

If you are not in Christ, and have not accepted Him as your Savior and Lord, I am pleading with you to do so today, because your future is very bleak, regardless of your earthly successes and achievements. Those things will be forever stripped away from you the moment you take your last breath. You may be a billionaire in this life, but you will die a pauper, because EVERYTHING stays behind when you die.

I may be a pauper on this earth, but I am an heir to riches untold, and when I die, they will be mine for all eternity.

Take your pick…riches now…for a few brief years, and poverty for all eternity, or poverty now…for a few brief years, and untold riches for all eternity. I’ll take mine then.

What is man?

4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
(Psalm 8:4-5)

I pray that this is YOUR significance. It is mine, and nobody can take it away from me.

Final thoughts…

I have great worth apart from my performance, because Christ gave His life for me, and therefore imparted great value to me. I am deeply loved, fully pleasing, totally forgiven, accepted, and complete in Christ.

God bless!

Salt and Light…

Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sermon on the mount, said: 13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shines unto all that are in the house.

16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 (ASB))

As believers, Christ has called us to be “salt and light” in this world, but what does that entail? Perhaps an even more important question is: “How do we become salt and light?“. What are the prerequisites for becoming “salt and light“? Where does OUR “salt and light” come from? What is “salt“? What is “light“?

Let’s start by answering these questions in reverse order, because only by know where our true resources come from, are we then able to be what Christ calls us to be…“salt and light“.

Light…

We use light all the time to dispel darkness…the lights in our homes…the headlights on our vehicles…candles for light or romance, and what almost everyone has – flashlights. We take all of these for granted…until they don’t work.

Suppose you are trying to pick your way down a winding and rocky path at night, and someone offers you a small flashlight to help you see, but when you switch it on, all you get is a faint, unfocused bit of light… Can you see your path? There is SOME light, but it is not enough. But, suppose that another person offers you a 3-D-cell Maglight, with an LED bulb and fresh batteries? That Maglight even feels different than the wimpy wannabe flashlight. It is hefty and solid…a piece of precision-engineered and made equipment. It is “pro-grade“, and when you switch it on, darkness is dispelled and night turns into day. The Maglight can also be focused to light up an area or shine brightly on a small part of the path. The Maglight definitely gets the job done.

As important as light is to our physical well-being, it is our spiritual well-being that really is in view here. The path is our life, and if we try to light it with a false or wannabe light, we slip, trip, stumble and fall. We need the true light in our life to help us avoid the pitfalls of life. We need our path to be well-lit…

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

When Jesus said I am the light of the world“, He was declaring Himself to be the only spiritual light we will ever need. If we have Him, we will have a clear view of our spiritual path.

When Jesus said “He who follows me will not walk in darkness“, He was declaring that not only is He the light, but He is also our guide. Why would we dare go into unfamiliar territory without a guide, but we try it on our own all the time.

When Jesus said “But will have the Light of life“, He was declaring that He will always be our spiritual light.

Does this make sense? What Jesus is declaring is that in order for US to be “light” in the world, we must have HIM as our “Light“. Only by shining forth His light, can we truly be “light“. He IS our Source…our “Maglight“, and His “batteries” never run down.

Salt…

When we think of “salt“, we think of it as a flavoring-agent…a seasoning, but that is not what it meant in the historical context of our Lord’s command. Salt was a preservative, something that kept meats and fish from spoiling. There were no refrigerators or freezers…things we take for granted…two thousand years ago, so a person either had to buy their meat or fish fresh every day and consume it immediately, or they had to “salt” it to keep it from spoiling. The salt supressed the harmful bacteria that caused their food to spoil. That is the picture we are to see in our time.

I believe that we would pretty much all agree that there is a lot of spiritual “rottenness” in the world today. Many people do whatever they please without regard to the truth of God’s Word – the Bible. Unfortunately some of that “rottenness” has even infiltrated the church, something I have addressed in several of my posts.

Salt” then is protection from spiritual rottenness. We must first become “salted“, before we can become “salt“. “Salt” is TRUTH

Our Source…

Unfortunately for many of us, our “sources” of “salt” and “light” have been seriously flawed. Even churches and denominations which hold to the great creeds and confessions of faith have allowed their “salt” to be contaminated by false doctrines and their “lights” to be dimmed by misappropriated “theology“. They have taught the “doctrines of men” as the “precepts of God“, and those sitting in the pews have believed that those “rules for life” are making them “better Christians“.

If we are to become “salt and light“, we must first discover and tap into the true Source of “salt and light“, our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible. Only then can we help lead other hungry souls to the Source of salt and light.

The “Prerequisites”…

If you still believe that you can get yourself “saved“, and that by “obeying the rules“, you can “merit” a right relationship with God, you will never be “salt and light“. All you will be is an evangelist for “doing it my way by works” religion. Go back and read “As Filthy Rags“, and then repent of your self-sufficiency to God. Take your “SELF” off of God’s throne, and invite Him to be the Lord of your life. Only then will you be ready to start becoming “salt and light“.

Becoming “salt and light”…

How do we become “salt and light“? We become “light” by having the “Light of the world” in us…by believing and trusting our Lord Jesus Christ as our only means of gaining God’s favor. We cannot do it on our own.

We become “salt” by reading and studying God’s Word, the Bible, because it is the only truth that sets men free. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

Many people study what others think God’s Word says, but only by studying it yourself, will you actually know what it DOES say. That is how so many of us have gotten ourselves in trouble with porn and sexual addictions…because we were fed false views of the Bible.

The Apostle Paul said: “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Only by having the Light in us, may we also be “light” in the world, and only by know the truth, may we also be able to proclaim the truth…be “salt” in the world.

Being “salt and light”…

How can we BEsalt and light“? We have to start by living the “light” and the “salt(truth)” in our own lives. Sometimes the only way others get exposed to “salt and light” is through our living it. We are their only “Bible“.

Not everyone is called to be a pastor, teacher or missionary…in the formal sense, but we are ALL called to be missionaries in a less formal way. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). That is the Great Commission, and it applies to all believers.

We can follow our Lord’s command by loving our neighbor, doing acts of kindness, speaking words of comfort, and in myriad other ways. One of the ways that I have been enabled to proclaim the Good News is through this blog. This is God’s blog, and I am merely the scribe. It is HIS truth that I seek to proclaim.

I am blessed knowing that God’s truth, as expressed in this blog, IS going into all the world, by having a global readership. God’s Word is going to parts of the world I could never go to in person, and God has even brought readers from countries that are hostile to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Go ye into all the world… Be salt and light!

Reformed…and Reforming…

While I am in one sense “Reformed“, in that I believe and subscribe to the doctrines of grace, the great creeds, and reformed theology, I am in a real sense reforming…being re-formed. As I read and study God’s Word, the Bible, I have an urgent desire to know God better, and to understand His Word more completely. I do not want to remain stagnant…stationary.

We sometimes think that if we just read enough books by Christian authors, we will come to know God better and His word more completely. Unfortunately the opposite is usually true. Rather than going to the SOURCE…God’s Word, we are influenced by what someone THINKS God’s Word means. We may even be influenced by some of their heresies or cultural interpretations…

“Re”-“Form “…

Re: The prefix “re” simply means to “do-again“. We “reuse“…”recycle“…”remodel“…”repaint“, and the list goes on. In every case, we are “doing-again” something that has already been done.

Form: A “form” is a mold in which something is made.

Reform: To “reform” is to make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.

Those who are in the Reformed “tradition” are often proud that they “have it right“…maybe too proud. If they are not willing to “reform” by bringing their theology more closely in line with the SOURCE… the Bible, they are letting “tradition” govern their theology, not God’s Word.

Working our way to the source…

Imagine wanting to know what pure water looks and tastes like…

  • The first source is a stagnant pond… How pure is it?
  • Next, we come to a mighty river, that just passed a sewage-treatment plant… How pure is it?
  • Next, we go upstream past that industrial district… How pure is it?
  • Maybe we get tired of the river, because there isn’t much clean, pure water there. Granted…the closer we get to the headwaters, the cleaner it gets…but…it still has feeders…
  • Next, we go to a stream that is fed by melting snow. It seems to be pretty clean, and even tastes good, but it has already passed several places where wildlife have drunk from it. How pure is it?
  • The closer we get to the snow-pack…the source, the cleaner and purer that water becomes. How pure is it really? How clean was that snow?
  • But what if that stream is fed by a spring…water bubbling up from the ground? The closer we get to THAT source, the truly-purer it becomes, and when we get to the spring, we are at the SOURCE!

Thus should be our study of God’s word…going to the SOURCE. As we are looking for the Water of Life, we must go to the source of living-water – God, as revealed in His Word. Secondary sources may get us close, but they are not the true SOURCE.

Example…

I have been attending a connect group from our church. Each Wednesday morning, we meet to read the Scripture and discuss the sermon from the previous Sunday’s worship service. It is a conservative (reformed) Presbyterian church, so by and large, they have their theology pretty straight. Unfortunately some Gnostic heresy has crept into the church and its theology. I was raised in that kind of environment, so I have a pretty good feel for what most people believe…and what I have believed also.

A few weeks ago, the topic of God’s image in us came up. Everyone could readily come up with the spiritual parts of God’s image in us, but when I mentioned that our bodies are ALSO created in God’s image, the leader recoiled in horror. Even though, given enough time to do so, I could have shown from the Bible that what I said was true, I let it go at that, since it was really a side-topic in discussion, (1 John 1:1-4). or is it?

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

The leader’s response confirmed what I already suspected, that they had been influenced by the Gnostic heresy. They have been…even in a “Reformed” church culture.

The core Gnostic theology is “spirit/knowledge=GOOD, body/material world = BAD“.

One of the big drivers this book by the Apostle John was to refute that Gnostic heresy, which said that Jesus Christ didn’t REALLY become flesh…become human, that He only APPEARED to be human. John starts by presenting the physical-evidence for the full-humanity of Jesus Christ. He has HEARD Him…he has SEEN Him…he has OBSERVED Him…he has TOUCHED Him, and it doesn’t get any more real than that.

While nobody who calls themselves “Reformed” would even subscribe to THAT heresy, they have still been influenced by it in more subtle ways.

Some of my “reformings”

I want to explain briefly some of the ways in which my theology has, and is being “reformed” by my study of the Bible.

Baptism…I was taught that the Presbyterian (Old Testament) way is by sprinkling. Pastors, including my dad, have pointed to certain passages in the Old Testament where certain ceremonial-cleansings have been done by sprinkling. They have claimed that the Baptists simply pulled a few words from where Jesus was baptized and formed their whole theology around them. I believed that for many years…

The problem is that there is far more Jewish and early-church history that supports immersion, including historical drawings, and very little that supports sprinkling. Oops

Early Christian converts were immersed…NUDE.

Circumcision…Anyone with even a little bit of knowledge of the Old Testament knows that the sign of circumcision was given by God to Abraham, as a visible symbol of inclusion in God’s covenant people. “Why circumcision?“, we may ask. How could it be a “visible” sign, because it was in such a “private” place? What was the “big-deal” after all? What IS circumcision?

Circumcision is the surgical-removal of the foreskin from a boy’s or man’s penis, permanently exposing the head of it. It is permanent, and thus a permanent sign. In our society, the penis is considered to be a “private-part“, but that wasn’t the case in Jewish society. We have indoor, private, restroom facilities. They didn’t, because there were no “one-bathroom” tents. Every time a boy or man had to relieve himself, he had to go to the public latrine area, because God had given specific regulations about where those “facilities” had to be. When a boy or man had to bathe himself, he had to go to the communal bath-facilities. Sorry, but no private showers back then. As if to reinforce the “public-ness” of a boy’s or man’s circumcision, God had also given specific regulation about WHEN those bathes were required. BTW, the ladies weren’t exempt from those bathing requirements. (Leviticus 15)

The “King of the Jews”…
That was what the sign that was place above Jesus on the cross said, however if Jesus had not been a Jew, and had not been circumcised, it would have been immediately obvious. As prophesy had foretold, and as was the Roman custom, Jesus was crucified NAKED, not with that cute little “loin-cloth” artists frequently paint on Him. His penis…His circumcision, was exposed in all its naked glory. That is how He could be proclaimed as “The King of the Jews“.

Yes, it WAS a big-deal, and yes, it WAS a visible sign.

Image of God…

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:8-9)

It is a bit difficult to create something in one’s own image, if there is nothing to base that image on. For someone to recoil at the mention of our bodies being created in God’s image shows just how insidious that Gnostic heresy is, and how deeply it has penetrated our churches.

The late Pope John Paul ll, while he was still an arch-bishop, developed a “Theology of the Body“, which was truly a landmark work in our understanding of God’s image in mankind. Great Bible-scholarship is not limited to certain denominations or schools of thought.

Nakedness in the Bible…

Since I have dealt with this in several other previous posts, I am not going to say much here. Nakedness is NEVER shameful in the Bible, and when there is shame attached, that shame is related to a sinful action or adverse situation. Nakedness or nudity was very common in the Old Testament, and was something nobody even gave a second-thought to. If our Savior was be crucified naked, with no shame of His own, why do our churches and our society make such a big deal of simple-nudity?

Reformed…and Reforming…

I am no longer content with “Thus saith tradition“. I want to know “Thus saith the Lord“. I pray that is your earnest desire as well. On that baptism…if I ever get the opportunity to be baptized in the same way as our Lord Jesus Christ was…naked, and all the way under, it will be my privilege to follow Him in baptism.

God bless!

Sober…or FREE?

Addictions…the scourge of American culture, and the most frequent means by which we escape reality. Most of us have known, or know someone who is either in the depths of addiction, or who have gained some semblance of “sobriety”.

Sobriety” simply means that the person hasn’t “fallen” recently, whether it is sobriety from alcohol, drugs, or sexual acting-out. While most will settle for “sobriety”, shouldn’t they really want true FREEDOM? What if their addictive behavior no longer had any appeal at all…that they could be truly FREE of it?

Smith and Wilson did a great work when they formulated the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous(AA). Many other groups have sprung up using the twelve steps, including Narcotics Anonymous(NA), Sexaholics Anonymous(SA) and Sex Addicts Anonymous(SAA), as well as other similar programs. While all these groups do good work, are they really leading their members to FREEDOM, or are they really “dry-drunks”?

Note that this essay is NOT intended to bash or denigrate the good work they are doing, but to point out that true FREEDOM IS available in Christ, and that FREEDOM must come from the true Source of FREEDOMTHRUTH, as found in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Jesus said: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you FREE!” (John 8:32)

Sexual addiction…

Sexual-addiction is the scourge of the church. Sexual addiction derails more Christian leaders than all other causes combined, because it is Satan’s favorite tool for destroying Christian men. The sad thing is that our churches foster an environment where sexual addiction not only can, but does thrive. Maybe that indictment sounds harsh, but please hear me out. I know, because I have been there, done that, got the T-shirt…

The church has an unholy-alliance with the pornography industry, and as long as the church treats our bodies with disdain, and sex as taboo, it will continue to help the pornography industry thrive and create generations of sex and porn addicts. (See “Sex…Holy-pursuit…or Guilty-pleasure?”)

Rev. David Hatton, RN asked this question in one of his essays; “How can American Christians not fall into porn problems, when they’ve sat for years under preaching that paints a pornographic image of the body on the video screens of their minds?”

The wrong approach…

The twelve-step program says: “Attend meetings, work the steps, call your sponsor, and be accountable.” The church says: “Go to church, read your Bible, pray for deliverance, don’t look, think “holy-thoughts”.” Then the church tells women: “Dress “modestly”. Don’t wear short skirts. Make sure you aren’t showing any cleavage. Act like a “lady”. Don’t “tempt” the men.”

What do all of these things have in common? They are all about “doing”, as if “doing” is going to make sexual-addiction go away. They are all “self” centered. If women don’t dress “modestly-enough”, then the church may blame THEM for men falling.

Regardless of how well a person does all these things, they will never know true freedom, because freedom doesn’t come by doing. It never has, and it never will. They may get some “sobriety”, but what they are really doing is trading one form of slavery for another one, the slavery to “doing”.

When we read the story of David and Bathsheba, we may come away with the notion that Bathsheba “tempted” David by bathing where he could see her (1 Samuel 11). However, God didn’t send the prophet Nathan to Bathsheba. God sent Nathan to David…the man who committed that grievous sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba, and then covered it up with murder. The penalty for that sin was that the child they had conceived together died, and David’s household would not know peace as long as he lived. After David confessed his sin, God blessed them with Solomon. David fell…HARD. David had a “heart” problem. He violated God’s laws against committing adultery and coveting his neighbor’s wife. David had LUSTED

The “results”…

Sexual and pornography addictions are an epidemic…even in the church. Faulty teaching doesn’t produce “right” behavior.

We sexualize those body-parts which we compulsively cover. Yes, you read that statement right. We sexualize those body-parts which we compulsively cover. Is it any wonder that some men describe themselves as “breastmen”, or “buttmen”, or “legmen”? If the only time a man sees one of those beautiful parts of a woman is for sex, and no other time, they become sexual, even if they aren’t. By compulsively-covering those body-parts, men gain a special attraction to them. Is it any wonder?

How bad is the problem? Several years ago, a dear friend of mine was caught with porn on his computer in his office – in a church. He was the minister of music for a large, conservative Presbyterian church, which also had a Christian school. Since he both worked in the church and taught music in the school, he had an office in the church. I was present during the service when it was announced that he was leaving the church and why. While I do not for a moment condone what he was doing, I was seriously disturbed by what happened after that service. Most of the congregation seemed to be in an even-greater hurry to leave the sanctuary than usual. Very few stuck around to bid him “good-bye”, and that was only those closest to him. I had sung in the choir under him, so I considered him a good friend. I did stick around to bid him “good-bye”, but I didn’t hear anyone expressing any degree of understanding or compassion. It was just “good-bye”… I did understand…and I told him so. We loved each other well. It should have taken several hours for everyone to get through the line to see him, but it didn’t…

How many people leaving that service were shaking their heads in disbelief? How many were saying to themselves…and even others…”How could he DO a thing like that?”, or “How DARE he do a thing like that?”? Where was the love? How many were even saying “I would NEVER do a thing like that”? Where was the compassion? It seems to me that pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness is an even bigger problem. Along with love and compassion, the most appropriate response should have been “There, but for the grace of God go I”. How many other men…and women…were fellow-strugglers?

Is there a “solution”?

Yes, there IS a solution…TRUTH. I am not going to present the solution here, because takes many long articles to present the whole solution, but I am excited to be able to point you in the right direction. A group of four pastors…yes…PASTORS, who have all struggled with sexual and porn addictions, have put together an excellent website, including telling their stories, detailing HOW they have become free from this bondage. It is called “My Chains Are Gone”(MCAG)…and the web address is mychainsaregone.org.

If you are still struggling with this, as I did for close to forty years, PLEASE open your heart to the MCAG message. “You shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall set you FREE!” (John 8:32) It is real, and there IS real freedom, through His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Loving and Gracious Heavenly Father,
I beseech You on behalf of Your children who are still struggling with sexual and porn addictions, that they may come to understand the TRUTH of Your Holy Word, and be enabled by the POWER of Your Holy Spirit to become FREE from this bondage. Break the chains of their bondage, and lead them to true freedom.

I beseech you Lord Jesus on behalf of Your church, which has fallen into error, by the wiles of the evil one, that Your church may also discover the TRUTH of Your Holy Word, repent of their error, and be enabled by the power of Your Holy Spirit to begin boldly proclaiming the TRUTH of Your Holy Word, so that many may see that You are turning the tide of this epidemic, and that Your church will once again become salt and light in this world…Your kingdom.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory…forever and ever…AMEN!

Sex…Holy-pursuit, or Guilty-pleasure?

Sex…the final taboo in our churches today. No topic is so largely ignored, other than for “Thou shalt not...”, than sex. How has God’s finest gift to married couples come to be so maligned…so taboo? Taboo…yes, TABOO! Is it a “holy-pursuit“, or is it a “guilty-pleasure“?

Several months ago, after a morning worship service, my wife and I were in the fellowship area adjacent to the sanctuary of our church. I leaned over and gave her a quick kiss. As she turned back around, she was met with a glower from an older lady, as if to say that we had done something “wrong” in church…that a kiss wasn’t appropriate…

The excitement grows during a wedding as the bride and groom exchange vows, because everyone is anticipating the grand finale, when the pastor introduces them as husband and wife, and turns to the groom and says “You may kiss your bride!” Their first kiss as a married couple is met with thunderous applause…but they don’t “dare” do that again in church. WHY??? If the first kiss was okay, why are subsequent kisses frowned upon?

When was the last time you heard “Be fruitful and multiply” given as a charge to a newly-married couple? I have been in several weddings, both my own, and with friends, and I have NEVER heard that charge given. WHY?

Everyone loves a new baby, and we wait in eager-anticipation for the birth of a new little-one. Even though that new baby will look like both parents, why do we have this concept that it came through “immaculate conception“? Sure, deep down, we know that the parents “did it” (had sex), because that really is the only way babies are conceived…but “sex“…we “do it“, and we know they “do it“… but…

Pastors are well-known for thundering “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” from the pulpit, but why are they not also proclaiming equally loudly “Be fruitful and multiply.” Both of those commands came from God, but they love to proclaim the first one, but the second command is taboo…

Where am I going with this? I want to show…from the Bible, why I believe that sexual-union between a husband and wife, particularly Christian couples, is a “holy-pursuit“. The church is already doing a very good job of proclaiming that sex outside of marriage is a “guilty-pleasure“, so that topic is off the table here.

In a previous post “Secular…or Sacred?“, I dealt with the basis of my belief that everything a Christian does is sacred, so I will only present the scriptures, but no long explanation. So…sit back, relax, and buckle-up, because we are going to take a brief journey through the Bible, God’s Holy Word.

Our bodies…His temples…

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Everything is sacred…

Again, the Apostle Paul has written: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”         (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Created in His image…

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

Need for a soul-mate…

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
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.”
(Genesis 2:18-23)

Marriage ordained…

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25)

Creation mandate…God’s orders…

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

And they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24b) “Become on flesh” is a picture of sexual-union, the most intimate part of a marriage relationship…the husband entering his wife and them becoming one in sexual-union.

Conception blessed…

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. (Genesis 4:1-2a) Note: “knew” means “had sexual-union with“.

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 4:13-17) Note: “went in to her” means “had sexual-union with”. God was actively-involved in blessing this union: “the Lord gave her conception

Boaz and Ruth were in the line of David, and David’s “greater son” is our Lord Jesus Christ.

These are but a sampling of times when God blessed a couple’s sexual-union with conception. Other notables are: Abraham and Sarah – Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7), Elkanah and Hannah – Samuel  (1 Samuel 1:19-20), Zacharias and Elizabeth – John the Baptist (Luke 1:23-25). All three of these couples were old, well-beyond child-bearing age, but each of the sons that were born to them played a significant role in redemption history. God was present in power each time.

Exclusive relationship…

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
(Proverbs 5:15-19)

As is typical of Hebrew wisdom literature, which Proverbs is, the same theme is often repeated in a slightly different way. We see that in this group. “15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.” These verses speaks of keeping sexual-union for one’s wife only. The remaining verses speak of enjoying sexual-union with your own wife.

Fountain(s)” means a man’s sex – his penis and his ejaculation. “Streams of water” speaks specifically of a man’s semen…his life-giving seed.
18 “Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.” is proclaiming God’s blessing in conception of children.

The blessings of children…

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127:3-5)

Marriage commands in the New Testament…

2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (1 Corinthians 7:2-5)

In this passage, the Apostle Paul was responding to the Ascetic/Gnostic belief that marriage was not something to be desired or pursued. Paul wasn’t content to merely counter their assertion, he went on to endorse marriage, and command couples to engage in sexual-union (verses 3-5). “Render the affection due her/him” means to “have sexual-union“. Thus we see that a couple may not merely marry, but they are to actively have and enjoy sexual-union.

Refusal may bring a curse…

6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord killed him. 8 And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” 9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; therefore He killed him also. (Genesis 38:6-10)

This passage introduces us to the concept of “kinsman-redeemer“. Because heirs were so important, if a man married, but died before he gave his wife an heir(son), his brother was supposed to marry her and give her an heir for her first husband. Er married Tamar, but he was wicked, so the Lord killed him…childless (verses 6-7). Onan was supposed to be her kinsman-redeemer, but even though he married Tamar, when he had sexual-union with her, he refused to impregnate her, so the Lord killed him also. Onan had the “fun“, but he didn’t “finish the job“.

A foreshadowing of Christ…

We now go back to the book of Ruth. What I didn’t mention was the circumstances surrounding this marvelous story. Naomi had married Elimelech, and they had two sons. Because of a famine in Israel, they moved to Moab. Both sons married Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth, but both died before giving their wife a heir. Once the famine in Israel was over, Naomi decided to go back home, and Ruth went with her. There was still a HUGE problem, because neither Naomi nor Ruth had an heir. Naomi was beyond the age of bearing children, but Ruth wasn’t. Enter Boaz…

Boaz was from the same family as Naomi’s husband, Elimelich, and so he was an eligible “kinsman-redeemer“. Boaz took his kinsman-redeemer responsibility very seriously, and took definitive steps to fulfill that responsibility. I invite you to read and study the book of Ruth, and let the deep meaning of this beautiful story sink deep into your heart and soul. It is one of my very favorite books in the Bible.

I did forget to explain WHY an heir was SO important… Family-land was passed down through the family, and couldn’t be sold. It was also important to preserve the “family-name“, and only an heir(son) could do that. There is one example in the Old Testament where sisters were allowed to inherit the family land, because there was no male heir (son/brother), but this was an exception granted by God, not the rule. Genealogies was always traced through the male line.

Our “kinsman-redeemer”…

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate kinsman-redeemer, because by bringing us into a right relationship with God, He makes us heirs with Him of God’s kingdom. Thus Boaz was a fitting foreshadowing of our kinsman-redeemer. I am not going to develop this theme here, but maybe in a future post.

Eros…or Agape…?

We ALLknow” that sexual-union is Eros, but is it? My post: “He Raised the Bar…” describes the various “kinds” of love, but for this study, we really need to revisit sexual love.

Eros: We usually see “eros” as “sexual” or “romantic” love, and we get the word “erotic” from “eros“. Something is “erotic” if it incites a sexual response in us.

Agape: “Agape” is self-giving love, and is how we picture God’s love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God loves us so much that He gave…His only begotten Son.

I am sure we have all known a guy that said: “I am going to get a piece…“. What he was really saying was “I am going to USE a woman to get my rocks off, and if she enjoys it, fine, but it is all about ME.” Pornography is the ultimate example of “eros“. It is totally self-centered, and there is no “agape“.

But…what if a couple is talking in their living-room, and the husband invites his wife to sit in his lap, so they are closer and can cuddle and kiss a while? As they become more and more “one“, it ultimately leads them to the bedroom, and sexual-union, with each giving their love and their body to the other. That ISagape” love…giving for the others’ benefit, and if they desire to conceive a child, they are fully-open to each other. Certainly they will find each others’ bodies to be “erotic“, and their activities will get their respective “motors” running, but it really is their RELATIONAL love which fuels their desire.

If they really are becoming “one flesh”, giving of themselves to the other, they are picturing God’s love for us…AGAPE.

A whole book about sex? Song of Solomon…

How important is our sexuality and our married sexual-union to God? Through the pen of King Solomon, God has given us a whole book…the Song of Solomon…as not only a picture of His love for us, but of married love and sexual-union. The picture isn’t always rosy, but it IS beautiful. I invite you to read that beautiful book and see for yourself.

Sex…Holy pursuit, or Guilty-pleasure…

I hope you have enjoyed this brief journey through the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and that you have come to realize that, within the covenant of Christian marriage, sexual-union…sex…IS a holy pursuit. If you are still “on the fence“, I invite you to do your own study of God’s Word, because truth is the only thing that will set you free. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

God bless!