July 7th, 2015

false spirituality

It is here in West Michigan 8:08 AM Tuesday morning. Outside this morning it is gray and it is raining. We turned off the central air and opened the window. Clean air is a blessing. I hate to wake up to smoke coming from burning buildings.

Carol left this morning to have breakfast with a girlfriend. I made myself oatmeal for breakfast. I am still losing weight. I noticed yesterday during my long hike I never felt tired or weak. I should still get into riding the bike I recently bought. When I was out hiking I came across one man older than me riding his mountain bike and another older fellow running through the fields.

I got up this morning around 7:05 AM. I have nothing to do super important. I have no where I have to be today. I can just drift in contemplative silence all day. I can lose myself inside my mind today if I so chose.

Last night I finally finished reading the novel "The Odd Woman" by Gail Godwin. I stayed up late and read till I finished this excellent novel by Godwin. I went to bed around 11:45 PM last night. My wife had already gone to bed and was asleep when I went to bed. I love my wife dearly.

I was thinking that some people might wonder why I hold so tightly to the absolute authority of God's Word the Bible. You see for me the Bible is living and enables me to interpret Reality. The Bible is eternal Truth and I can trust it to guide me through life. To me the Bible is a source of holy wisdom. Before the Lord saved me I did not believe in anything. Before I was a Christian I just lived to satisfy my fleshly lusts. My belly was my god. Because there was nothing I was in a state of despair because there was nothing/all was meaningless.

As a Christian life has meaning because the Bible tells me God has a plan to save the cosmos and me. God loved me so much He sent His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to die for me and give me eternal life/eternal meaning/eternal purpose.

If I was to reject the Bible's teaching on ethics/homosexuality I would have to reject the Bible/reject God/reject the love of God revealed in the life,death,resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because I love God for all that He has done for me I can not turn my back on Him and reject His Word the Bible.

http://renewingyourmind.org/broadcasts/2015/07/06/a-response-to-the-samesex-marriage-ruling

To me I can not see a person claiming being a Christian not holding to the authority of God's Word the Bible. There is a lot of false spirituality in the world and the visible Church. The Bible warns me that there will be among the saints those who claim to be Christians, but are in reality deceived by the evil one/false brethren.

I have come across people who say and do all kinds of spiritual things (?) but never mention the Lord Jesus Christ, never quote the Bible, never mention being regenerated/the new birth, never mention repentance, never mention anything that resembles biblical Christian spirituality/to me these people are not saved and going to heaven. To me heaven is being with the Lord Jesus Christ and His people/elect angels forever in the New Creation. These so-called spiritual people never speak of having a heavenly hope/being with Christ Jesus in glory.

I am a Christian and will by God's grace never reject the teachings of the Bible.

Well I suppose I will close to drift.

Upper Macatawa Natural Area
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

My Hope Is Built

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/y/h/myhopeis.htm

"[15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
[16] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
[17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
[18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
[19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
[20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
[21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
[25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
[26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
[27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
[28] And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
[29] For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Matthew 7:15-29
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

you are the sinner

It is in the flow of existence here in West Michigan 9:09 PM Tuesday night. I am listening to the music of At The Gates and reading "Publishing: A Writer's Memoir" by Gail Godwin. I have been basically reading this memoir by Godwin all day. The memoir is only 203 pages and is a quick read. I finished last night Godwin's novel "The Odd Woman" which I thoroughly enjoyed reading! I thought I would read "Publishing: A Writer's Memoir" for a break. I also want to get back to reading Godwin's non-fiction book, "Heart: A Personal Journey Through Its Myths And Meanings".

So another day in my life has flown by normal. My life is normal because I live a simple Christian life.

Carol my sweet wife went back to work tonight after being off three nights. I wonder what life will be with my wife when she is retired from nursing (which will be in four years). I am retired presently from the work world. I am on social security and live off investments. The Lord provides for His covenant people.

Not much happened around here today. Carol slept during the afternoon hours. I read "Publishing" by Godwin. I did do a little yard work this afternoon out in our back yard. I should mow our lawn this week.

Tomorrow I take our dog to the groomer's around 12 o'clock Noon. After dropping Rudy off at the groomers I will visit thrift stores and pick up sunflowers seeds for our birds/we feed birds. Carol and I are bird watchers. I also need to get folders at Staples business supply store tomorrow.

Not much else to report tonight. I suppose I will close to wait to go to bed. Existence keeps zooming by! The Lord is coming back soon.

http://renewingyourmind.org/broadcasts/2015/07/06/a-response-to-the-samesex-marriage-ruling

"[35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
[36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
[39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
[43] But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
[44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
[45] Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
[46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
[47] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
[48] But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
[49] And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
[50] The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
[51] And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 24:35-51
  • Current Music
    At The Gates 'The Red In The Sky Is Ours'