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It comes anytime

I just read that Rowdy Roddy Piper died today. As a big wresting fan, I’ve watched a lot of my childhood heroes die over the past fifteen years. At times, it seems I can’t turn log onto the internet without seeing someone I admired growing dying.

Roddy Piper – Heart attack

Chris Benoit – Double homicide/suicide

Sean O’Haire – Suicide

Paul Bearer – Heart attack

Captain Lou Albano – Natural causes

Crash Holly – Suicide

Mr. Perfect – Cocaine overdose

Eddie Guerrero – Heart Failure

Chris Kanyon – Suicide

Macho Man Randy Savage – Heart attack

That’s just a small list. I don’t intend to list everyone who inspired me at some point in life macho-man-ascending-into-heavendied. I don’t know if any of them were Christians except for Paul Bearer. Their religious faith or lack thereof is not the point (though I like to imagine that they’re all together having some big wrestling match in the sky). My point is simply this; death can occur at any moment. It doesn’t matter how much we plan for the future. All the amount of planning we do is all for naught if we should up and kick the bucket. As Luke 12:19-20 says, “And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’”

Even the mighty fall. Often tragically. If that is the case, what then, is there any value in what we do? Only that we believe, believe that Jesus Christ the son of God incarnate came down Earth as man and died on the cross for our sins. I know that I am a wretched sinner and even if I were to build up the most amazing legacy and change the world for the better forever, it would still be for nothing without Jesus Christ.

I pray you’re resting in peace, Hot Rod.

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Sin is an STD

A friend of mine once said that life is an STD with a 100% mortality rate. Logically, it’s a pretty accurate statement, that is until you remember that we were not made to die.

When God told Adam about the tree of knowledge of good and evil that, “On the day you eat of it you will surely die,” he wasn’t kidding. When they disobeyed the command of the Lord, they became infected with sin. From that point forth, it has been transmitted to every man, woman, and child who has ever lived. Through intercourse we are given both life and the disease that our parents inherited from their parents and so forth all the way back to Adam.

Sin is such a vile disease that it kills everything it touches. It is unlike any other disease in existence. Not only is it spread sexually, but it is also airborne and spread through simple contact. And when your own sin mixes with other sin, you become sicker and sicker and you infect more and more. Such an epidemic of which there is no compare.

Men and women over the centuries have often tried to find a cure or vaccine, even to this day, but it is all to no avail. It is to great a disease. In cases of great epidemic, it is at times crucial to burn anything that could be contaminated to prevent the spread. In the case of sin, it is absolutely necessary burn all that is contaminated. It is that horrible.

So, what are we to do? What can we do? All human efforts have been for naught.

I watched a movie once where a disease caused people to attack and eat other people. There was no cure for this disease. The only solution was death. In the special features section of the DVD, they had discussed a plan to cure one of the characters. There was only one problem: the cure would actually kill him too. See, the disease was in the blood and the writers realized that if they could just replace the blood, then he would be saved. In order to replace the blood, they would have completely drain the man of all blood, then basically bleach his insides clean, and finally put new blood in him. The process would not only kill him but actually sounds worse than the disease. I don’t know about you, but I imagine I’d probably rather go crazy and eat another man’s flesh than have my insides bleached.

And yet, that is exactly the cure for sin. We are infected with a disease and the only way to get rid of it is to wash it out and replace it with clean blood. And that is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. He was born without sin and was executed for ours. His shed blood has washed away our sin. Our sin still kills us. It has done its damage. But we are not cast to the fire as those still infected as we will be with Christ, pure and without sin.

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This is where we’re at

I don’t generally link to or comment on news stories, but this is one I felt important. For some back story, a pregnant woman answered a Craigslist advertisement for some baby clothes only to be cut open and her child forcefully removed from the womb. The baby did not survive. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this case is that the person who cut open this woman and took her baby will not have murder charges filed against them because in Colorado, a fetus is not recognized as human life. The woman was seven months pregnant. Let me state this again: The person who assaulted this woman who was maybe two months away from giving birth, cut her open, removed the human baby which died, will not face murder charges.

This is where we are at as a society. An almost fully developed child can be violently cut out of its mother and die and it is not considered murder because a fetus isn’t seen as human life. How awful is that? Scripture says otherwise on the fetus.

Jeremiah 1:5 states

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you

Likewise with Luke 1:41 & Luke 1:44

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

These verses show personhood in the womb. Jeremiah shows that God knows us while we are still being formed and developing. He knows our personality and what we’re like even before we are born. And Luke even shows us that the unborn have feelings and a personality as John jumps (as best as a fetus can, I suppose) with great joy at the sound of Mary’s voice.

The fetus is its own person. It is its own person with feelings and a personality and just because we can’t physically see it doesn’t make it false. If there is one silver lining in this it is that the state is showing consistency. Through Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers, children are murdered everyday and no one bats an eye. Maybe, I hope, that this incident and the way the courts treat it will open some eyes. Even if only a few.

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Is Killing Children Merciful?

A lot of Christian churches claim children get a free pass. They refer to this as the age of accountability. Even though nowhere in scripture is this taught. I think a lot of this so-called age of accountability is the result of decision theology. If you have to make a decision for Jesus, than Jesus can’t save you without your help first. This creates a problem because babies and small children can’t make a decision for Christ. They’re too young to understand. So, if they can’t properly choose Jesus with understanding, then that dooms them to eternal hell just for being dumb. You can see where this wouldn’t sit well for many people. So somewhere along the line came this idea of an age of accountability where children get a free pass because they can’t choose. And then, once you throw this in there, you’ve created all sorts of other conundrums. What about the mentally retarded? Do they get a free pass? What about those who never heard the Gospel? Do they get a free pass? What about the crazy? Do they get a free pass?

So, this age of accountability creates all sorts of problems, but what I’d like to address is the most glaring one. The one no one seems comfortable with addressing. Should we murder the children?

Appalling is it not? The thing is, if you believe in an age of accountability, then the answer is a resounding YES! You absolutely should be murdering children. If children get a free pass until they reach a certain age, then killing them is the only merciful option. Some might counter and say that it would be sin to murder children. Well, yes, that would be true. It would be a sin, but it would be a much more merciful sin than allowing them to risk eternal damnation by letting them grow up. To not murder children to ensure they get to heaven makes you an absolute monster. By some accounts, Hitler and Stalin were better people than you because they made sure that many children achieved salvation because they had the good decency to execute them before the age of accountability. They made the decision for Jesus for them.

As I’ve said in the past, children don’t get a free pass. Scripture says that faith comes through hearing. It does not say faith comes through understanding. It does not say faith comes through choice. It says faith comes through hearing. So preach the gospel boldly and worry not if they understand because Christ will give them faith if he so wills it.

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Unintentionally more Christian than Christian?

I’ve once heard it said that Christian movies are like porno: The budget is low, the acting is bad, and you know how it’s going to end. So I was pleasantly surprised when I watched a horror movie last night that I felt made a better Christian movie than most Christian movies. There was no mention of Jesus and no prayer which is why I say unintentionally Christian.

So then how is it a Christian film? First let me give you the basic plot. Five people who have committed horrible sins are trapped in an elevator. One of those people is the Devil and he is tormenting them before he kills them and they spend their eternal fate in Hell. I don’t want give away any spoilers but it had one element that most Christian movies completely lack. The movie ended with confession and the forgiveness of sins. When is the last time you saw a Christian movie end like that? I don’t know about you, but in my experience, the moral of most Christian movies is that if you pray and have faith in Jesus, you’ll get a new truck, your team will win the big game, your infertile wife will become pregnant, etc. Basically, everything that’s going wrong in your life will end up happy and good. That’s a problem with Christian movies. They are usually all law. You do this and God will bless you in this life. But that’s not gospel. That’s why I feel this movie was unintentionally a better Christian movie than most Christian movies. Because even though there is no mention of Jesus Christ, the gospel is actually implied. There is repentance, there is confession, and there is forgiveness of sins. The movie didn’t accidentally beat me over the head with law like most Christian movies, but it did succeed where most of them fail, even if unintentionally.

If you’d like to watch this movie, it’s called Devil. Please keep in mind that it is rated R and its primary goal is to frighten you. Though somewhat tame for a horror movie, it does have its share of blood and violence as well as some strong language in places.

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Death on a cross

Crucifixion is a horrible way to go.  It doesn’t look as bad as other deaths but when you get into the details it’s really quite horrific.  The victim is held to a cross as nails are driven through his body.  History shows us that the nails to hold the upper body are pounded through the hands or wrists.  Then, through the lower body by hammering them through the feet or heels.  The through the heel part really makes me cringe because the nails not only have to go through solid bone, but they also rub against a nerve anytime the victim moved making the suffering that much more excruciating.

Now imagine these nails are holding up your body with maybe a little rope to help so you don’t fall off and prematurely get a break from suffering.  Your own body weight is pulling you down making it difficult to breathe.  You need to pull yourself up just a little bit so you can have some easy breath, but the only thing with any kind of hold are your hands and feet.  Struggling, you muster your strength and raise your body.  You can breathe but the pain is now far more intense.  So you let go.  The pain subsides but now you’re having trouble breathing again.

Imagine all of that.  If you’re having trouble, just do a search for ISIS crucifixion.  Then you won’t have to imagine that.  You’ll see it exactly as it is.

Now imagine that Christ got it worse and you’ll have an idea of what he suffered for you.  I say idea because hopefully you’ll never experience what Christ suffered for you, that is the punishment for all of mans sins for all of time all at once.  If you ever get more than just an idea of what he suffered, then it means you’re dead and have been to where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Honest Rejection?

I want to let every single individual know that the link posted below is extremely graphic and may very well be something you never want to see. It is absolutely not safe for work, children, or the faint of heart.  However, I feel it is critical that the matter in the video be discussed.  Let me preface the situation for you.  ISIS (a Muslim terrorist group) soldiers have been taking over portions of Iraq.  Christians have been being raped and murdered.  Children and adults alike are being beheaded.  Some children as young as six years old from what I have seen have even been forced into marriage. The people are being told that if they want to live that they must renounce their Christian faith and convert to Islam.  And then, they are sometimes killed anyways.

In the linked video, a Christian man is converted at gun point.  He says, “There is no God but God and I testify that Mohammad is his messenger.” What follows is the horrific scene of the Muslims cutting his head off anyways.

So I ask, what is the eternal fate of this man?  What if he was sincerely rejecting God and Jesus Christ in light of the circumstances and actually converting to Islam?  What if he was not sincere and merely said what he did to save his own skin?  Does it even matter?  Can your final actions alive seal your eternal fate?

I think this one warrants some discussion.  In my personal opinion, I think he was simply lying in an attempt to save his life, but his words were still blasphemous.  I ask the above questions because I honestly don’t know his eternal fate.  I don’t think anyone does.  But it’s important to know exactly what scripture says on these matters.  So I’d like to hear what everyone has to say and specifically what scripture says.

WARNING, THIS LINK LEADS TO AN EXTREMELY GRAPHIC YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE BEHEADING OF A CHRISTIAN MAN WHO CONVERTS TO ISLAM.  THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK, CHILDREN, OR ANYONE FAINT OF HEART.  WHAT TAKES PLACE IS TRULY HORRIFIC. THIS VIDEO IS LINKED ONLY TO HELP PEOPLE FULLY GRASP WHAT IS HAPPENING.  YOU HAVE BEEN STRONGLY CAUTIONED.

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An unnatural death

What if I told you that no one has ever died of natural causes?  Would you be a little skeptical?  What if I told you that everyone has been killed by the exact same thing?  You’d probably think me to be a liar or a maniac.  Yet, if I told you these things, I would correct.  And I can prove it to you.  The key is in Genesis 2:17.  That passage in reference discusses the consequences of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the consequences being death.  Now, the passage doesn’t say they will immediately die or die that instant, it just says that they will surely die.  That passage is key because it implies that there was no death.  It just didn’t happen.  Death is not something that naturally occurs in the world.  So then, what causes death?

There is only one thing causes death and that is sin.  While things like illness, murder, natural disaster, accidents, etc. can all result in death, the only reason someone dies is because of sin.  Romans 5:12 spells this out to us clearly when it tells us that death comes from sin.  So from these two passages we see two things.  Death is completely unnatural AND the reason we die is because of sin.  Without sin, there is no death.  Grandma didn’t die of old age.  She was killed by sin.  Cancer didn’t take your father’s life.  Sin took it.  The bullet didn’t kill your friend.  The sin killed your friend.  Those people didn’t die in a flood.  They died because of sin. All death is the result of sin.  You will die because of sin.  You cannot stop it.  There is nothing you can do.

Thankfully, there is one who did not sin.  Jesus Christ.  He lived completely sinless.  By all logic, he could not die.  There was no sin in him.  And yet, he died on the cross.  But how?  He died because he took all your sins upon and into himself.  He died because of you.  And because your sin has been taken from you and placed into the body of Jesus Christ, God does not see your sin.  When you die, though Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, your sin will not be seen.  Oh, sin will still kill you, but upon death, instead of being dragged to where sin is sent to be extinguished, you will be taken to where sin does not exist.  You will never see the second death because you will have no sin because the one who was sinless took your sin and had it nailed to a Roman cross.

Though you die an unnatural death, be blessed in knowing that it is not counted against you as it should.

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Heaven isn’t for everyone

How often is the gospel misused to comfort the grieving? Amazingly, misusing scripture for temporary comfort is often what I believe has caused many of the falsehoods we see in Christianity today. “Don’t worry. He/She is in a better place now. They’re not suffering any longer.” Really? Is that so? Did they have faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ? “Well, no, but they were a good person.” No they weren’t. Sure, they may have been wonderful by the standards of society, they may have even been exemplary, but without faith in the one Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all, their suffering in life was mild compared to compared to the fires of Hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.  We try to comfort those in their time of grieving, but at what cost.  Those family and friends we mourn as we raise our drinks to the sky and say, “We’ll see you in a while, buddy.”  The more we propagate that false comfort, the more I fear we lose the gospel.  Many of our loved ones are burning in Hell right now.  What we need to do is accept that and not fluff our emotions with lies.  Give comfort to those who mourn by reminding them of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ rather than comfort them with a cheerful message that will potentially send them to Hell too.  Contrary to popular culture today, death is not a time of celebration.  It’s a time of mourning.  Let the people grieve.  Let them hear the true gospel.

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God doesn’t give second chances

In this life, you only get one chance. If you screw it up, you don’t get to try again, despite what Super Mario Bros 3 may tell you. Such is the way of God. He is righteous and just and as a righteous and just God, he requires absolute perfection. And that’s how the world was created, perfectly. And then sin entered the world. Notice that word; entered. Sin was not a part of this world. Sin entered the world. And it tainted everything. And because we have sinned, we are rightly condemned. We don’t get to try again. We blew it. We blew it without even trying. That’s how tainted we are.

But something happened. One man somehow made it through life without sin. The taint didn’t touch him as it had touched all else. And then, when he was executed, he took the punishment for all of our sin for all time all at once. That man was God wrapped in human flesh, the Son Jesus Christ. And with that sacrifice, God just looks the other way from your sins and simply says, “Nope. Didn’t happen.”

Christ paid the price for your sins because you couldn’t.  You don’t get any second chances and through the grace and mercy of God, you don’t need one.

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