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LGBTQ+ the New “Has God Said!”

All Sin Begins with Questioning God’s Word (Has God Said?)

Is LGBTQ+ the New Normal in God’s Church?

Today there’s a new deception spreading rapidly in churches. That deception is that LGBTQ+ is acceptable before God. Somehow, between the Old Testament and the New Testament, homosexual relationships became morally acceptable in God’s eyes and therefore in His Church. What was an “abominable” lifestyle in Leviticus, became an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes. Jesus, being God, somehow decided to override all of the things God called out as sexual immorality in the Old Testament. Now, sexual immorality has been redefined to mean something totally different than God had declared in the Old Testament.

It’s as if Jesus had different ideas than the Father. But scripture clearly tells us that isn’t the case. In john 1:1, we learn that The Word(Jesus) was there from the beginning and that The Word(Jesus) IS God. Paul writes in Colossians 2:9, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (KJV).” John 10:30 says, “I and the Father are one” and John 5:19 tells us, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” The fact that Jesus is God makes it difficult to to separate the God of the Old Testament from Jesus in the New Testament.

While men and societies change, God NEVER changes. In Malachi 3:6 God said, “For I the Lord do not change;” and Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.” It’s interesting Moses used the term “son of man” because that is how Jesus refereed to Himself. This is reflected in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and in James 1:17, “He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James, the brother of Jesus, clearly states that God never changes, but goes on to say that God never gives a hint He will change. So, from Old Testament to New, God doesn’t change and there is not hint that He will change.

Jesus Never Questioned God’s Word

Jesus entered His ministry on earth after fasting for 40 days and forty nights. It was then Satan came to tempt Him. Satan used a multi pronged attack to disqualify Jesus from the mission He was sent by God to complete. (Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–15)

First, Satan appealed to Jesus’ physical needs. After fasting for forty days he was hungry. “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered from Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Next, the Tempter challenged Jesus to put God’s Word to the test. Taking Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple, “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.(Psalms 91:11-12)’” But Jesus again turned to Deuteronomy (6:16) to answer, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Finally, the Devil made an appeal to Jesus’ vanity. He to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All this I will give You,” he said, “if You will fall down and worship me.” Jesus, once again, answered from Deuteronomy (6:13), “Away from Me, Satan!” Jesus declared. “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”

Many scholars use 1 John 2:16 as the premise behind Satan’s temptation of Jesus, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” These things are relevant, as the tempter uses such worldly things to tempt us every day. But there is a larger question. In all three temptations, there was one underlying motive, and that was to question God’s Word. The question the serpent used on Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:1 the serpent asked, “Indeed, has God said.” Sin always begins with questioning God’s Word. Every sin in the history of man, began or will begin with questioning God’s Word.

The tactics used by Satan with Jesus were different than he used with Eve but the same underlying question was there. In two of the instances, the devil used the question attempting to convince Jesus He wasn’t God’s Son. “If You are the Son of God?” Let me rephrase, “Has God said You’re His Son?” While the words are different the underlying meaning is the same. Just like with Eve, in the Garden of Eden, “Is that really what God said?” the serpent followed with “You surely will not die!(Genesis 3:4).” Eve questioned God’s Word because she became convinced she was missing out. Therein lies the problem. We can easily be deceived by simply allowing our own carnal desires to override God’s Word in favor of worldly things. The serpent wanted Eve to believe God was holding out on her. He wanted her to believe she could be “like God” (Genesis 3:5). Eve focused on the object of the deception rather than the motive and she bit the fruit! The difference is Jesus, even in His weakened state, rested confidently in God’s Word, without question or hesitation.

In the final temptation of Jesus, Satan did exactly what he’d done with Eve. In Eden the serpent promised Eve knowledge if she only listened to him. During the final temptation of Jesus, he promised Jesus a kingdom he didn’t own for worship he didn’t deserve. “All this I will give You, if You will fall down and worship me.” Psalms 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” But, unlike Eve, Jesus focused on the motive of Satan’s temptation rather than the object. He swatted the tempter down by acknowledging God’s Word rather than disobeying it. “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

Questioning God’s Word, The Slippery Slope!

Questioning God’s Word caused; Adam to fall into sin(and took the world with him), Cain to kill his brother, Moses not to enter the Promised Land, Saul to lose his kingship, David to lose a son, Solomon to lose a kingdom, Uzziah to contract leprosy and the list goes on and on.

In today’s world, questioning God’s Word has become a form of art. From “Red Letter” Christians who only believe the “Red Letters” in the Bible to liberal theologians who craft clever ways to discredit or change the meaning of passages in the Bible. Whatever the motif, the motive is to modulate the Word of God into something that fits a worldly agenda.

Whatever the focus, it becomes the center-point of the institution. Why not, creating institutions is man’s tendency. Even the disciples had that inclination. Following the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-5), Peter’s first inclination was to build institutions. He responded and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah(KJV).” Peter wanted to buiild 3 buildings and hang out but God had different ideas. God spoke from the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”

The first thing any new fellowship wants to do is build stuff. Once the institution is built, the focus shifts from ministry to maintaining the institution. Ministry is redefined into “serving” the institution and the vast majority of the resources are concentrated on keeping the institution going. Money, time, everything becomes about what I call “keeping the lights on.” Suddenly, we look up one day and ask, “Is this really what God called us to do?” And, hopefully, we realize that as with Peter, Jesus walks right by us while the voice from the cloud says, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”

Eventually, people begin to get disillusioned and the institutional ministries begin to suffer. People get burned out or move on and interest begins to wane. Sooner or later, in the interest of maintaining the institution, standards begin to become diluted. The need for people to perform institutional functions is expanded to include non-members and even those who may be unsaved or have other disqualifying issues. What was strongly centered on principles from God’s Word starts to become relaxed so as to try and keep the institution going. As interest in the institution wanes further, new ideas begin to take over and righteousness gives way to compromise, compromise to unrighteousness and unrighteousness to debauchery. It sometimes takes decades for this to happen and I’ll give an example:

When I was a young boy (back in the 50s & 60s) in conservative fellowships, divorce was unheard of. If someone divorced, they either didn’t remarry or they left the fellowship. Now, divorce is as common in conservative fellowships as in the world. So what was a conservative witness became compromised. Worldly concepts become intermingled with institutional requirements and Biblical principle begins to be subverted. As a boy, worship was singing hymns with all your heart, whether there was someone to play the piano and/or organ or not.

Now worship is a grandiose production with professional musicians and is more entertainment than worship. Now, “Christian Counseling (psychological)” is thing in most religious institutions where once there was a time God’s Word was held up as the only standard to be followed.

Theological Adoption of “Has God Said?”

Once the witness has been damaged by co-mingling with worldly principles, the church becomes less effective. People see “church” as a Sunday morning meeting rather than a vivacious gathering of God’s people to worship the living God. That being the case, institutions have to find new ways to be relevant. Enter a new wave of “Did God Say?” and where institutional Christianity has gone off the rails of Biblical Truth.

To be more inclusive we have to find new ways to interest people. What was sound doctrine is now watered down even more. Suddenly, once solidly understood Biblical principles become reoriented to meet the worlds criteria for inclusion. When divorce became widely accepted in God’s Church, it’s logical that homosexuality would be next. When adultery became passé, it was inevitable that other sinful behavior would be allowed into God’s Church as well.

This is where many pastors and seminaries failed. They virtually ignore sins like gossip, malice and a host of other things. Sexual sin was divided and classified into heterosexual sin and homosexual sin, each with a different degree of sinfulness. I remember once hearing a very conservative pastor with a DDiv say, “Homosexuality is the only sin called an abomination in the Bible.” That always bothered me because I really don’t believe God sees degrees of sin. We may see degrees, but God sees sin, and sin separates from God. The smallest thing we can do to displease God separates us just as far from God as what scripture calls out as an abomination.

Now, because certain sins became acceptable even in conservative churches, liberal theologians pounced. They began to use the devil’s argument, “Has God Said” to justify behavior clearly defined in God’s Word as displeasing to God. Now, it’s common to hear someone say, “Jesus never forbade homosexuality” or “marriage is between two people.” The agenda of the world is used to redefine or discount the portions of the Bible that disagree with their theological agenda. Because of this, many churches embrace and welcome homosexuals into their fellowships.

When we step back and look at this, it took decades for adultery to be accepted in fellowships but it didn’t take near as long for homosexuality to be accepted. Why? Once the sin standard is lowered, the next level is introduced much more easily. Now we’re dealing with transgender, drag, pedophilia and all sorts of debauchery in church(?) fellowships.

How did this happen so rapidly? The age old question, “Has God Said?” Where does this lead? Religious institutions become “tohu va baho” (formless and void, Genesis 1:2), indistinguishable from the institutions of the world, and having no purpose other than serving the institution.

Those fellowships that try to remain true to God’s Word are discounted and persecuted as bigots, out-of-touch, homophobic, misogynistic, judgemental, and unloving.

The Road Back to Truth, “God has Said!”

Believing God’s Word is Paramount

Today, those who promote the Truth of God’s Word are are marginalized and denigrated publicly by, not only those who embrace worldly doctrine, but politicians, pundits, and the media.

So how do we get back to truth as God intended? There is a way:

  1. Believe God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  2. Be confident God is Who He says He IS (2 Timothy 1:12)
  3. Know what God’s Word says (2 Timothy 2:15)
  4. Promote the Truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)

Begin with Jesus:

  1. Jesus Is God (John 1:1)
  2. Jesus was there from the beginning (John 1:2)
  3. Jesus is a God and Man (Hebrews 2:17)
  4. Jesus lived a completely sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, Hebrews 12:2)
  5. Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8, Hebrews 12:2)
  6. Jesus rose from the dead ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Mark 16:6, Hebrews 12:2)
  7. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34, 1 Peter 3:22, Mark 16:19, Hebrews 12:2)

The Bible:

  1. Is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
  2. Is inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21 )
  3. Is complete (2 Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 30:5-6)
  4. Is the authoritative source of God’s Truth (2 Timothy 3:16, John 17:17, 2 Peter 1:20-21,Proverbs 30:5 )

Truth Begins With Believing!

The first verse I remember learning as a young boy was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” Another verse I learned was Psalms 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” In order to believe God’s Word, one must believe God. To believe God one must transfer their trust from themselves to Jesus. To believe God one must have faith as in 2 Timothy 1:12 “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” But in order to have faith like this, we need to hear about Jesus. Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.(NLT)” People must hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to believe. When they receive the good news of the gospel and transfer their trust from themselves to Jesus, they need to be properly taught how to study and interpret God’s Word. Imagine, a new believer thrust into the middle of a Bible study on the Book of Revelation, Daniel, or Ezekiel. There must be systematic training by an experienced, Biblically grounded, mentor to disciple the new believer as Jesus commanded in Mathew 28:20. This is how we begin to combat heresy that’s creeping into the institutional church. This will help the Church avoid raising up casual Christians who really don’t have strong convictions.

Clearly understanding and believing the things that are pleasing to God and the things that are not is key to righting the doctrine of Godly sexual relationships.

Sexual Relationships, “God has Said”

One of the first things we, as well as new believers, need to understand is that sexuality is clearly defined by God in His Word. God declared after creating man that there were boundaries for sexual relations. In Genesis 1:27, God created man and clearly defined the genders He created, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God clearly stated that man was made in His image as “male” and “female.” God also only sanctioned the sexual relationship to be between man and wife (woman) in Genesis 2:24, ” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

We’ve established earlier that Jesus is God and that He was there from the beginning. Jesus clearly spoke to the sinfulness of the Pharisees because of their position on divorce. They hoped to catch Jesus in a matter of the law, “divorce,” so they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?” (Matthew 19:3) Jesus went right back to creation in his answer. “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate (Matthew 19:4-5).” But Jesus didn’t stop there, He continued, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hardness of heart; but it was not this way from the beginning. Now I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman, commits adultery (Matthew 19:8-9).”

So, Jesus affirmed gender as male and female and clearly stated the boundary for God sanctioned sexual relationships. He also said that “sexual immorality” was the only valid reason for divorce. The context is clear. Jesus, by stating what a God sanctioned relationship is, also left no room for any other kind of sexual relationships. He labeled everything else as “sexual immorality.” In other words, Jesus told the Pharisees that the only reason they could divorce their wife was if she had a sexual relationship other than within the bounds of marriage as defined by God.

Jewish Law, the Christian and LGBTQ+

There are times when I find myself quoting Old Testament Law and think later, “That really wasn’t right.” I hear arguments from liberals such as, “do you mix threads or plant mixed crops” as an argument against Christians regurgitating Old Testament Law. With all of the disharmony caused by this, it’s necessary to understand whether Christians are under Old Testament Law. The answer, in a word, is “NO.”

So then is homosexuality OK? Again, the answer, in a word, is “NO.” But rather than starting with scriptures from Romans and Timothy, I’m going to start with Acts. In the early church, there was a huge upheaval about following the Law or not. The apostle Paul argued that Christian were no longer under the Law but many Jews disagreed. Paul instructed the Galatians (2:16), “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”

Because of the consternation caused by this argument, the Apostles decided to write a letter to the Church at Antioch explaining exactly what they were to do. Here is that letter from Acts 15:23-29:

“The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

So here’s the list of things to avoid:

  • Things sacrificed to idols
  • Blood
  • Things that are strangled
  • Sexual Immorality

Three of these things are regarding food. The focus was on not eating blood which precedes Old Testament Law. In Genesis 9:3-4 god told Noah, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” Since many of the sacrifices were strangled, the “life blood” was still in the animal. That being the case, the first three related to that edict which existed before Mosaic Law.

The final thing listed was sexual immorality. The only place in God’s Word where sexual sins are clearly defined is in Leviticus which is part of the Old Testament Law. The things defined in Leviticus 18 and 20 are the things outside the bounds of what God defined as marriage. Again, Jesus restated God’s edict from Genesis in Matthew 19:4-4, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”

The controversy in Antioch was clearly over whether Christians should obey Mosaic Law. Those Jews who tried to bring the whole of Jewish Law into Christianity would certainly have addressed the Law concerning sexual sins because many of those things were common practices in the pagan worship of the time period. This, coupled with a clear understanding God’s edict regarding man, gender and marriage excluded homosexual relationships, sodomy, bestiality, incest and even more clearly refutes the idea of transgender.

The Sanctity of the Believer and LGBTQ+?

This is probably the most heinous heresy when it comes to Christianity and LGBTQ+. When the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted, the Spirit guided Jesus and was present during the temptations. Each time Jesus responded from scripture. This is how the Holy Spirit works in the life of believers. In John 16:8 it tells us, “And when he(The Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” When one gives their life to Christ Jesus they become a new creation as Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 2:17, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” The old self is gone having been crucified with Christ. They’re a new creation!

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24).” The apostle Paul expands on that in Ephesians 4:22-23 with, “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”

One of the hallmarks of the LGBTQ+ movement has always been, “This is who I am!” Deep down they know what they’re doing is contrary to God’s Word. This is the reason they have to work so hard to defuse what God’s Word clearly states. So:

  • How can we affirm ourselves yet take up our cross to follow Jesus?
  • How can cling to old lifestyles and still put off the old self?
  • How can we retain former manner of life which is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of our minds?

The answer is simple. We can’t! Either we deny ourselves or we don’t. Either we cling to old lifestyles or we don’t. Either we put of the former manner of life which is corrupt through deceitful desires, or we don’t. All of those those things we have to do to follow Jesus. To repent is “to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc. (” When we transfer our trust to Jesus this means we repent. To repent means we turn our backs on our sin and go the other way. The word Jesus used in Luke 9:23 is arnēsasthō, let him deny, from arneomai which means to deny or say no. It literally means let him repudiate himself then take up his cross. When we repudiate something, we want to get away from it. Think about coming upon something that has died, our first instinct is to get away from it. The same is true of our old self. Our first instinct when we come to Christ must be to get away from how we were. Paul continues by telling them, in Ephesians 4:24, “to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” So the old things are done away with and we’ve put on a likeness of God in righteousness and holiness.

Paul says in Colossians 1:13-14, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” How then can we maintain a selfish identity whose kingdom is darkness? The answer is simple, we cannot. In other words, when we try to maintain a selfish identity it means we were never transferred from the kingdom of darkness.


The bottom line is simple. God defined clearly in His Word that there are two and only two genders, male and female. God also clearly laid out that a proper sexual relationship was between man and wife, marriage and any sexual relationship that isn’t within the boundaries of what God defined is sexual immorality.

To be a Christian, a true follower of Jesus, we must deny ourselves, turn our back on our old ways and follow Jesus every day. We cannot try to hang onto our old identity because, whether that identity falls within the bounds of sexual immorality or not, our old self resided in the kingdom of darkness.

I’ll end with Philippians 2:1-11, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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Socialism–Failure, Ignorance, Envy, Misery


Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Failure, ignorance, envy & misery are all words Sir Winston Churchill used to describe a society which buys into Socialism as a means of creating an equal playing field for everyone.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” A quarter century later, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher expressed the end result Socialism brings to a society. She pointed out socialism is about what “other people” have and, very wisely noted what they have is a finite resource. These great figures of history knew something was inherently wrong with a society which desires to “have” at the expense of others.

Thomas Jefferson made this observation more than two hundred years ago,

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

Benjamin Franklin articulated the same idea in this way,

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”

What others have isn’t ours. It’s not “The Common Wealth.” Working hard to obtain more than others is not stealing from them, it’s simply expending effort they are not willing to expend to achieve a goal. Our Declaration of Independence declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” While all men (humanity) are created equal, not all use their unalienable rights in equal pursuit of happiness in their Life using the Liberty they’ve been granted. Our unalienable right of Liberty gives us the freedom to pursue or not to pursue happiness. However, true happiness requires pursuit toward a goal that gives us fulfillment and ultimately happiness.

To gain a clear understanding of how a society has descended from this endowment of unalienable rights into socialist tendencies, let’s go through each of the points Winston Churchill made in his insightful observation.

Philosophy of Failure

Failure is something no one wants to experience but everyone is destined to encounter and, more importantly, is something every person must overcome to be successful. Rarely is success achieved without unsuccessful efforts along the way. The term “failure is not an option” is very real, personal and motivating for those who have learned to overcome failure.

In fact, most successful people don’t see unsuccessful efforts as failure. Thomas Edison, when working on the light bulb, was asked in an interview by a young reporter if he felt like a failure and if he thought he should give up. Edison’s reply is telling, “Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” After finding about 10,000 ways a light bulb would not work, Edison successfully created the carbon filament light bulb. Edison clearly didn’t associate unsuccessful attempts with failure but as means by which he could not achieve his goal.

For many the greatest failure of all is the “fear of failure”. What if it doesn’t work? What if I can’t do it? What will people think of me if I fail? Fear of failure paralyzes and thus immobilizes many which engenders a defeatist attitude whose ultimate result is the blame of others for what they do not have the drive to achieve. Many times, this blame is focused on amorphous entities like the wealthy, social injustice, “the system” and now “white privilege.”

Today a popular political deception is that of “privilege.” Wealth privilege, white privilege, male privilege, sexual privilege and many other “privileges” foster the perception that lack of achievement is someone else’s fault. All of these political positions feed on the fear of failure as a means of gaining control over those who are afraid to step out and take risks. Success is hard work and maintaining success is even harder. For the lazy person, which the Bible calls a sluggard, everything is just too hard. Here are three Proverbs that describe the condition:

“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.” Proverbs 19:24

“The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.” Proverbs 20:4

“The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;” Proverbs 21:25

Politicians who desire control feed on the fainéant by promoting failure as victimization. They create an illusion of victimization to divide society along social, ethnic, racial, political, religious and economic boundaries. These Demagogues promote all of the bogus “privileges” and “isms” to sow discord in order to create a victim driven society which must rely on the them to mead out economic justice. In doing so those who work hard to become successful become demoralized and less productive leading to a condition where no one has anything. The most concerning thing about this socialistic posturing is the ultimate reality that everyone ends up under control of the Demagogues.

Imagine if George Washington Carver, born a slave, had succumbed to discrimination in a time where extreme racism, absolute segregation and “White Privilege” were not only morally and culturally acceptable but in vogue. Had he given in to the real racial oppression of that age we wouldn’t have boiled or dry roasted peanuts, peanut oil, crop rotation or many other things we now take for granted. This extraordinary man had to apply at six different high schools, yes high schools, because of his race. For George Washington Carver “Failure” was not an option.

It’s easy to do nothing, be nothing and place the blame on others but George Washington Carver was determined NOT to be nothing! His vision, determination, drive to succeed along with hard work, led to accomplishments that revolutionized agriculture and virtually eliminated hunger in this country. Proverbs 29:18 says, ” Where there is no vision, the people perish;” (NKJV). When the vision is victimization, it creates a completely dependent society that has no sense of self-sufficiency, ultimately leading to socioeconomic demise.

Much of today’s society has been victimized by the belief success is because of “privilege” rather than a result of vision, determination, drive to succeed and hard work. This victimization mentality is a “Philosophy of Failure”.

Creed of Ignorance

The ultimate form of ignorance is a sense of entitlement. Young people who’ve grown up in the “helicopter parent” society have been conditioned to believe their success is the responsibility of someone else and that success is deserved rather than earned. In addition, the reality of personal responsibility and personal accountability is completely foreign to many young people today.

This became real for us many years ago when our children were in college. We realized we were going broke paying for traffic tickets for some of our children so we sat down and told them we weren’t paying for any more tickets. Several months later we received a call from the local jail. The conversation went something like this,

“Dad, they arrested me for traffic tickets. It’s six hundred dollars?” they opined, hoping I would pay the fine to get them out.

I responded, “What did I tell you?”

“That you weren’t going to pay for any more traffic tickets.”

“Did you believe me when I told you that?”

“Uh, I dunno. But Dad, I’m in jail!” came the deflated response.

My reply was likely more deflating, “Well, I hope you’re a model prisoner.”

They were a model prisoner for three days instead of six because they were so helpful. But more importantly they haven’t received another traffic ticket in more than 15 years. This is a great example of how personal accountability must be a real experience for someone to embrace personal responsibility.

Lack of personal responsibility and the reality of personal accountability leads to an attitude of self-gratification without boundaries. What others have become something one should have, all other considerations and consequences aside.

A sense of entitlement without accountability is a “Creed of Ignorance”.

Gospel of Envy

Perhaps the most subtle and dangerous of the points is the “Gospel of Envy”. Envy is the underlying condition that causes one to want what others have. The word gospel is defined as “something regarded as true and implicitly believed2” and envy is defined as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.2

Today’s culture is focused on the unfounded notion we just don’t have enough and deserve more. Is it any wonder that every advertisement on radio, television, cable and now social media evangelizes the gospel of envy by encouraging us to desire something we don’t currently possess! “You deserve” a new car, a new house, a bigger television and practically anything else you can imagine. They have no shame and even promote these “you deserve” views with our children. Toys, games, dolls, monster trucks. Our culture is bombarded with discontenting advertisements that promote the gospel of envy.

A decade or so ago, we had the pleasure of taking care of two of our grandchildren for a period of time and decided to go to Toys R Us to pick up a few children’s things. On the way in my grandson noticed someone buying a remote-control monster truck. I could tell right away he wanted one of those trucks so the next conversation was inevitable.

He asked, “PawPaw, can I have one of those?”

He was very disappointed when I answered, “No, I don’t think so.”

“Ok,” he responded in a sad little voice.

Down deep I really wanted him to have the truck so I said, “I tell you what, I’ll give you jobs around the house this summer so you can earn enough money to buy that monster truck.”

He lit up, “Ok, PawPaw.”

Well, we worked hard to give them plenty of little odd jobs, pick up a little pail of pine cones, sweep the porch, whatever we could think of that wasn’t too difficult and didn’t take a lot of time. By the end of the summer, he had earned fifty dollars.

I asked, “Well, you wanna go buy that monster truck now that you’ve earned enough?”

All smiles he answered, “Yes!”

We got to Toys R Us and went into where the monster truck was and he looked at it just beaming. He ran his little hand across the box and got his money out of his pocket. He looked at the wad of money in his little hand, then at the truck. The next thing he said took me completely by surprise.

“Pawpaw, do I have to buy the truck?” he asked. His little voice quivering.

Tears welled up in my eyes, “No sir, you do not!”

He put the money back in his pocket and with a broad grin asked, “Can I sweep the porch today?”

The personal satisfaction of earning the money became more important to him than having the monster truck. The antithesis of envy is the understanding of goals and means to achieve them.

The really sad fact is that politicians do exactly the opposite. Politicians evangelize this gospel of envy by promoting things such as a living wage, free college, universal healthcare, reparations and social equality as being human rights, which are deserved, as opposed to rewards that are earned. This political prevarication leads to anger, discontent, divisiveness, and hatred, which sooner or later results in anarchy.

When examined more closely this political dishonesty is nothing more than an appeal to selfishness and greed in order to gain support. The desire to acquire from someone else has roots deep in the human heart. The last of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 (ESV). In other words, the tendency to desire what others have is innate but God commanded not to give in to such desire. To be clear, politicians and the media encourage envy and covetousness which is contrary to God’s Word.

Desire isn’t envy when one builds a plan to accomplish goals and works hard to achieve that desire. Desire only becomes envy when accompanied by a sense of deprivation that leads to animosity toward others. Desire promoted as deprivation is a “Gospel of Envy”.

Equal Sharing of Misery

Socialists always opine previous failed attempts at socialism as being a result of improper implementation. In every new generation of socialists there is the belief their freshly hatched yet inane methods will succeed where others failed. But, in fact, every socialist implementation depends on hard working people working harder to subsidize benefits for many who have no desire to work for themselves at all. Further, the greed, ignorance and envy of the socialist leaders compel them to feel entitled to what others have. Soon those at the top consume more than those the socialist hegemony is supposed to benefit and their greed causes them to become corrupt.

Thomas Jefferson put it this way, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Margaret Thatcher made the same keen observation but in a slightly more practical way, “The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

The true meaning of misery isn’t only when hard working people have to support profligates but when the society runs out of hard working people to support the profligates. At some point those who work hard to get ahead will no longer feel it’s worth the effort because one’s hard work will ultimately reward someone else so they join the ranks of the profligates. As more people move from work to dependence the socialist society will exhaust its resources and implode resulting in misery for everyone.

Let’s look at Venezuela, for example. A little more than a decade ago Venezuela was the richest country in South America. However, prosperity began to swirl the porcelain with a Communist dictator and has degenerated to the degree Venezuelans are now in such poverty they must dig through dumpsters for food.

Why, because socialism is the legacy of poverty. What do I mean? In 2007 a Venezuelan 100 bolivar bill would buy 28 US dollars and 288 eggs. Today that same 100 bolivar bill will buy a dime and 20% of one egg. Why? Because it was more lucrative to take money from the government than to manage chickens so the country simply ran out of eggs. Socialism’s legacy is always the same, poverty, pain and misery.

Average citizens digging through dumpsters for food because a single egg costs 500 bolivar is a superb example of the “Equal Sharing of Misery”.


What does all of this mean? Let’s look again at a key statement from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The declaration of Independence stated that all men (all humanity) are created equal but notice the “unalienable Rights”. “Life” is a right to our own existence. “Liberty” is a right by which we have the freedom to establish our own destiny. But I want to focus on the last of these rights, the “pursuit of Happiness”. We have the right to “pursue happiness” not the right to “have happiness”. The founders’ understood happiness is a resulting condition as opposed to a conditioning result. We have the right to live, the freedom to excel and the ability to work hard to be happy.

Those who’ve been taught to pursue happiness through hard work and accomplishment of an end goal will achieve a feeling of happiness and contentment. My grandson worked diligently to earn enough to be in a position to make the decision as to what would make him happy. That pursuit took all summer long, which is an eternity to a five-year-old, but in the end, he was not simply happy but delighted. He had the freedom to decide what would make him happy due to his sense of self-worth built through accomplishment. The opposite is true of those who’ve been conditioned to believe something is deserved. This entitlement mentality isn’t just unrealistic, it’s naïve, and the result of such naivety is unhappiness and discontentment.

The truth of personal accountability must result in taking personal responsibility. The youth who learned to assert personal responsibility through personal accountability now runs an Amazon Fulfillment Center. Not because they somehow mystically deserved the position but because they set goals and held themselves accountable to achieve those goals.

A clear understanding of truth and consequences is what tempers the soul’s response to what one doesn’t have. Vision, hard work, determination, personal responsibility and drive to succeed in order to accomplish a goal are the things which satisfy the soul resulting in happiness, contentment and security.

No amount of socialist equalization will ever provide happiness, contentment or security but only poverty, pain and misery.

I’ll finish with two verses:

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have…” Hebrews 13:5

“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8

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Tax Collectors and Sinners

Tax Collectors and Sinners

Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” The Pharisees asked His disciples in Mark 2:16. The response is telling about our generation today and how we respond to sinners. The scribes, Pharisees and Jewish people in general had a disdain for tax collectors and particularly those who were Jews. Note36618_all_036_01 the special distinction between tax collectors and sinners. The delineation is clear in companion passages in both Mark and Matthew. Tax collectors were considered even worse than sinners. Tax collectors were though even worse than sinners and considered cheats, liars, shakedown artists and extortionists who were allied with the Romans. They broke every rule in the book, so to speak.

The question is: “How is that any different today?”

  • How do we as Christians view sinners?
  • Are we like the scribes and Pharisees?
  • Do we view sin according to our rules?
  • Do we disdain those who are deceived by the evil one?
  • Do we apply our cultural prejudices to those who don’t measure up to our standard?
  • Do we exact judgment based on the tradition of man?

These are question those of us who consider ourselves “Evangelical” must ask ourselves. Are we like the scribes and Pharisees believing we are better than sinners? Before we explore the questions let’s see how Jesus responded. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:17

Now that we have Jesus’ perspective let’s ask some questions:

  • How do we feel about homosexuality?
  • How do we feel about adultery?
  • How do we feel about those who sell and take drugs or consume alcohol?
  • How do we feel about those who do not have the same Godly moral compass?

These are real questions to consider. Is our heart hardened to those we consider sinners as was the heart of the Pharisees? Or, do we feel compassion for those who are caught up in sin as does Jesus? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the old saying, “you don’t smoke, drink and chew and you don’t run around with the boys that do.” That statement actually does have biblical roots. In 1 Corinthians 15:33 Paul extorts the listeners, “Do not be deceived, ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’” So there it is, you don’t hang around with sinners. Right?

It all depends on motive and focus. Jesus did not call the sinners to come to Him he went and ate with the sinners (which was a huge religious no-no in that age). He ate with them but His desire was not to be included in their sinful behavior but call them out of it. Jesus was bathed in prayer and often retreated to be with the Father. In John 5:19 Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son does in like manner.” Jesus’ desire was to call people out of sin. His motive was to see mankind reconciled to God. He knew very well the people He dined with sinners where they were but His goal was to demonstrate God’s grace and forgiveness rather than ostracizing, isolating, excluding and avoiding those who didn’t measure up to the religious standard.

The question for we evangelicals is; “How do we measure up apart from Jesus?” Do we see people as sinners as lowlifes who are worthy to be ostracized, isolated, excluded and avoided because they don’t measure up to our religious standard? Or do our hearts break that they are dying in sin apart from the wonderful love of God through Jesus Christ?

God Bless,

The Swampfox

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
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Are Muslims Our Friends?

Can we have Muslim Friends?

aremuslimsourfriendsThere has been a lot of debate lately regarding Muslim refugees and the possibility of radical Islamists infiltrating the ranks of those refugees with the intent of doing harm here in the United States. When you listen to the pundits talk the notion that “Moderate” Muslims need to get involved inevitably surfaces. Anyone who has read the Koran (Qu’ran) understands that there really is no such thing as a “Moderate” Muslim. There are those who believe that violence is warranted to bring unbelievers totally under Islamic rule and there are those who choose to use deception to gain an advantage in order to impose the dictates of the Islam on everyone. But make no mistake, either way they believe that everyone must be under Islamic rule. Continue reading

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America: A Revolutionary Soldier’s View

FrancisMarionOne of my hero’s in life is General Francis Marion of the Revolutionary War who became known as the “Swamp Fox”. The popular movie “The Patriot” was modeled after the life of the Swamp Fox. As I study the man’s life I am taken by not only his deep devotion to God but his intense dedication to freedom and liberty. As we watch the liberty, fought an paid for with the blood of men like Francis Marion, fade into totalitarianism I cannot help but be in awe of how this man perceived his duty to this great nation. He and his soldiers fought without pay living on rations of roots and potatoes for an idea. The idea was “Liberty”.

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Why do bad things happen to “good” people.

Everyone is aware that there are people out there who go to church every Sunday, provide for their family, are generous, tithe regularly, and are seemingly sinless.  What they don’t realize is they are sitting idly by, waiting to go to Heaven instead of using the skills that God gave them to spread the gospel.  And when something bad occurs in their life, God is pulling them out of their idle chair and calling them OUT to GO OUT and spread the gospel through their testimony. Continue reading
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The Fatal Distraction–Section 7

Greg Cootsona's BlogGod’s Word is Important But…

In “Section 6” we looked at distractions that slowly creep in to replace love and compassion with head-knowledge and Godly motivation with that of man-centered traditions. In the final section, The Fatal Distraction-Section 7, we will look at how we can be victorious over the things that distract believers from fulfilling the “Great Commission” that Jesus as He departed to be with the Father. The command that Jesus gave us as believers is the difference between “heaven and hell” for those who have not heard the gospel. The focus for believers must be that of Holy Spirit empowered declaration in a world that is perishing as opposed to introverted pontification in religious machination as a rebellion against the world around us!

Recipe for Success

As we walk out our life in Christ Jesus we must never forget that God desires “Compassion not sacrifice”. God’s Word tells us in Hosea 6:6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” and in 1 Samuel 15:22 “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” The fact that God demonstrated His steadfast and merciful love for us, as we were dead in our sin but made alive through Christ Jesus, He also wants us to demonstrate that steadfast love and mercy to those who are perishing.

In order to insure that we do not become Pharisaical toward those who do not know Jesus we must always remember that we were sinners separated from God for eternity by our sin nature. It must never leave our conscience that apart from God’s gracious gift of His Son Jesus we would be hopeless, helpless, hedonists that are displeasing to God in every way. The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 7:24:25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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The Fatal Distraction–Section 6

Hazard Warning SignsGod’s Word is important But…

In The Warning Signs – Part 1 we looked at two of the warning signs. We gained perspective on how beginning to allow knowledge to influence how we view others will result in comparisons that lead to a Pharisaical state of mind toward others. We also looked at how knowledge can cause us to become arrogant and lose our compassion for those who are lost in their sin.

Today we’ll look at two more warning signs that are indicators of our perspective toward the “Great Commission”. We will explore how pious humility is really false humility while true humility is brokenness before God almighty. In addition, we will look at how a focus on churchy activities can draw our attention away from the plight of the lost.

The Warning Signs – Part 2

In Part 1 we focused on the parable of the two men in Luke 18:9-14 who went to the temple to pray. We will continue with that parable in Part 2. Luke 18:9-14 “And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: ‘Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself” ‘God I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.  But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me, the sinner! ’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. ” Continue reading
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Freedom is Never Free

We are about to enter memorial day weekend. As I ponder the freedom that this great nation has provided I can’t help but remember the price that was paid by others in order for us to experience that freedom. I can’t help but silently pray, giving thanks to God Almighty because freedom is never free.

From our founding fathers who provided freedom from the tyranny of foreign rule to our revolutionary brothers who insured that all men would be free.

Freedom is never free.

From our grandfathers, fathers and those who fought to keep us free from the threat of fascism and communism to our brothers, sons and daughters who have fought and are still fighting to keep us safe and free from the fear of terrorism.

Freedom is never free.

For all who have sacrifice their freedom through loss of limb and injury I give honor and thanks.

Freedom is never free.

For all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice of death for the freedom of others I give honor and thanks.

Freedom is never free.

But the thing for which I am most grateful is spiritual freedom provided when the Son of God died in my place.

Freedom is never free.

As we go about a weekend and enjoy our family, our friends and our neighbors let us always remember!

Freedom is never free!

God Bless America!

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The Fatal Distraction-Section 4

God’s Word is Important, But…

In Section 3 we covered “The Distraction” and looked at how easily we are entangled in things that seem important but do not further the gospel. Today, in “The Fatal Distaction-Section 4”, we’ll look at “The Fatality”  and try to understand who suffers the consequences when we become distracted with things that take our attention away from the “Great Commission”.

In Matthew 9:36-38 Jesus said; 36Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

Jesus saw the people for what they were, spiritually broken. He told His disciples to ask the Lord of the harvest to “send out workers”. Notice, Jesus did not say build church buildings and programs. He did not say, study until you know everything in and about the Bible. He did not say share the gospel with your friends and relatives. He said; “..beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Why, because the world is full of people who are spiritually broken and don’t know what is wrong. Today we’ll discover how our religious pursuits, can become “Fatal Distractions”? Continue reading
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