Monthly Archives: January 2008
I have been dealing with a situation that reminds me of a story I heard once.
Seems as if there was a father who had a couple of teenage daughters. He loved them very much and every Friday night he would bake them a batch of brownies. This was really something they looked forward to every Friday.
One Sunday, on the way home from church, the daughters asked their father if they could go to a movie with some of the other kids from church. The father asked them what movie it was, and they told him. Just so happens that he was familiar with this movie and knew that it might not be appropriate for his daughters to see.
“Girls, you know I love you, but this movie isn’t one that I think you should see”, said the dad.
“Aw, come on dad, all the girls from the youth group are going and besides that it only has a little ‘cussin’ in it and maybe a little “sexy stuff. It must be good dad, everybody going to it!”
“Girls, let me think about it and I will let you know next Friday” said the dad.
The father prayed about it and Friday came with an answer. As he was preparing the girls their brownies for that night, he got his answer, and put some special ingredients in the mix.
That night, the girls rushed into the kitchen and saw their brownies. Just as they were about to munch down, dad says ” Girls wait! You know that movie you asked me about, you know the one with a little “cussin” and a little “sexy stuff ? Well, I decided that if you will eat all of these brownies tonight, that I will consider letting you go to it”.
“WOW! Really dad? That’s great!” the girls exclaimed!
“BUT WAIT a minute girls before you eat them. You should know that I put a special ingredient in them. You know, you said that the movie only had a little “cussin” and “sexy stuff” in it. Well you should know that there is a little dog poop in your brownies.”
The point to this story is, How much poop do you want in your brownies?
When we start making excuses for even a “little sin”, then you are giving the enemy, satan, just enough room to start operating in different areas of your life.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says; “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
You know the old saying, ” if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it must be a duck”. Sin is sin, no matter how you package it up!
So the next time someone tells you something or ask you something that might not be in God’s will for you, just ask yourself, ” How much poop do I want in my brownies ?”
Over at the Sign of Jonah site, there is a post by Drew that was done in early 2007. In this post, Drew said the following
You have a blog – write a post on this if you are so concerned about it. ”
My response to those there at SOJ for this coming year of 2008! Let it be a year of New Beginnings. Try to bring about unity in The Body instead of always pointing fingers at what is wrong with The Body. Sure we all have views and opinions, but do they reflect who we say we are in Christ Jesus?
That’s enough said for now. I managed to express my views on the matter without using “pi…d off ” or any other expletive. And boy, I sure feel better!!
You know, I have tried to “submit” myself to some of these “Apostles” that I have “been under”. Unfortunately it almost always gets down to the question of whose Kingdom are we working to grow. When I read Paul’s writings, he makes it pretty clear that we are all partners in this venture. God is no respecter of mankind, and all have the same chance to be a child of God or become a child of satan.
NO WHERE in NT scripture are we taught that we “must be under a covering” to do the work of the calling on our life.
Here is an interesting link that I believe pretty well sums up this subject:
I have found, at least in my ministry work, that most of these people who say you “must be covered” are not interested in teamwork, but in lordship over individuals and growing their own personal kingdoms.
There is only One Head of The Church, and His name is Jesus, The Christ, The Son of God.
Our ultimate accountability is to HIM and no man or woman. This has nothing to do with “everything done decent and in order” that Paul refers to in 1Corinthians 14:40. This verse is in reference to keeping things from getting to a point of chaos during worship services or meetings.
I am asked sometimes about submitting to a “covering”. I ask this question. When a person comes to Christ, does he or she sign a membership to the Body of Christ? No. We come to Him freely and He accepts us with open and loving arms. HIS only request is for us to repent and follow HIM. God isn’t interested in us building all these micro-kingdoms that are scattered about. If it isn’t about building His Kingdom, then we should have no part of it. The only membership He is interested in, is us being His Children. He writes our names in The Book of Life. It is a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father that matters to Jesus.
Well, what about ” don’t forsake the assembling together”, doesn’t that mean going to church? Let’s look at it and see.