I Don’t Like Being Confronted (Part i)

I love being confronted. One of the things I like most is listening to a lecture and learning something new that is vital or hearing a sermon that allows the Holy Spirit to convict me. The confrontation that comes from this, whilst may be emotional and make me feel uncomfortable, is very good because it’s a blessing from God; it teaches me and makes me grow.

I have had a few conversations with Christians now where maybe I have been too rough with my choice of language, but whether I spoke in a bitter or sweet tone, they respond that they don’t like being confronted. Personally, I’m thinking great, they have heard the Holy Spirit and are now seeing their mistake, just like I have many times before. I really love that experience of becoming aware of the darkness within but also having that light to cling onto, so that I may strengthen. But unfortunately, this is (in my experiences) usually not what my brethren are thinking. They are thinking “I do not like being confronted, because I don’t want/need to be”.

Okay, let’s back it up a bit here. As Christians we are followers of Christ. Which means putting off our old self and looking towards the prize which is [in] Jesus Christ (Luke 9:23, Gal 2:20, Phil 3:14). A part of our process which many pastors (especially those Lutheran ones) have repeatedly taught is that we are to realise our sin and then through God become renewed, strengthened, made holy etc. And that is how we become more like Christ, Amen? It concerns me if a brother or sister after a lengthy discussion says ‘I do not like being confronted’, because it tells me that their focus is not on Christ and the life that He gives, but on them wanting to hide away their faults.

The Holy Spirit convicts us. And we need it.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
John 3:19-21

We are beings who have fallen short of God and constantly struggle to maintain good behaviour. To compare light with dark you can see the contrast between each. God is a light unto our lives (John 8:12) and in result He shows us where the dark spots are in our lives and ourselves. Interestingly enough, one of the readings for today Good Friday, is Hebrews 10:16-25 which helps us understand this:
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The most important thing for my argument I want to point here is the first verse, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds”. For when people are revealed to the truth of Christ this collides with their “in-built” knowledge of the law and they instantly understand their sin and see the need for Christ. So to say that you don’t want or need to be confronted, is to say you do not want to confess that you are or have been a sinful being who needs Christ.

The second part I want to point out, is the encouragement for faith and hope. If we see we have struggles and faults, we are to have faith and assurance that Christ has made us clean in His death and resurrection. Amen. And we do not need to continue in guilt for we have hope that God may guide us onto the right path.

I know confrontation is hard, but it is necessary. I know sometimes brethren don’t take the right approach to talk about it, but the truth still remains. We need confrontation and conviction. We need to see the darkness, the sin, so that we may strive towards the light.

In the follow up to this I will write up a short discussion on how we can approach (and/or confront) Christians and non-Christians peacefully, so that they may learn.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!


My iPod is Possessing Me

Months ago I was approached by a user on Tumblr asking about the church’s stance on things like enjoying materials items like iPods, Disney movies, cute animals etc. The list went on. Unfortunately she had come into contact with a Christian who was almost damning people to hell if they partook in this activities. Below is an edited version of the response I gave.

Items like iPods and TVs don’t need to be rid of unless they are idolised. It is important to remember not to idolise these things over God. First commandment, You shall have no other gods. That’s pretty simple, so long as you appreciate God and give yourself to God more than anything else it’s not something to waste your life worrying over. If you are worried, then God is there for guidance and knowledge, knock and the door will be opened. Honestly, if we were to get rid of our iPods then we should probably get rid of our WordPresses, Facebooks, Tumblrs, and our computer and our calculator and our radio. Do you understand that logic? It doesn’t work. Just make sure, it’s not the centre of your life, or say if you were to lose that object, you will not act as if someone just died. All these things are blessings from God. We must be thankful to Him for these tools and gifts!

It is correct that we are told to take up our own cross, which usually includes us making sacrifices. Putting off our worldy ways for the path fo Jesus. Luke 9:23 “And he said to all, “If anyone comes after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” However we don’t need to give up technological things or movies that may even help us on our journey.

We all need to understand that we, the Kingdom of God are IN the world, but because we are born again through Jesus Christ we are not OF the world. For more on the Kingdom of God, read here https://yahwehnature.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/living-the-kingdom-of-god/
Until Jesus comes again, we cannot help the fact that we are living IN a world of sin. But as followers of Christ, we yearn for home with God eternally. We’re not of this world, we’re of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God, for God.

The Tumblr user also had concerns because the other Christian said she should be sorry she’s partaking in such activities. My response to that remark is that technically we all should feel sorry, including them, because we are all born into sin. After Adam and Eve sinned, their blood line was cursed with sin (also see Psalm 51:5).

It is true that our lives should be transformed (Philippians 1:21). It can be instant or gradual. Mine is gradual. I didn’t really start learning about Jesus properly until 2009, my life began to transform in 2010, but I lost my faith in 2012, then rebooted my faith with help of friends in 2013 and until this day it has been a struggle, but within the past 6 months or so, my spirit has soared, and it is because the Holy Spirit helping me to find the desire to further become a part of Him. He’s the reason why my blog is mostly worship now.
God knows everything; that is the power of God.

Remember you are not saved by works but by Jesus’ death through faith. Our main focus should be God and how we can be an example to others in His Name, but God gave us talents and interests didn’t He? We like things. God didn’t want to create robots for His Kingdom – He made humans, each with their own talents and skills. But we must try our best to not abuse such gifts and not let ourselves deliberately choose sin over God’s Word. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Note: No-one can do this perfectly, that’s why Jesus was sent, so all the bad things, whether internal (ourselves) or external (other people, weather etc.) could be given to Him and through the Holy Spirit He in return gives us peace, wisdom, strength etc.

If you continue to repent to the Father (try to make it daily), give thanks to Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and guide you onto the path which He made for you, then you are more than likely a part of His Kingdom. I am not God… but in “theory” our faith is that you would most likely end up in Heaven, unless you betray God. “…But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33) It is by His Grace you are saved, not by works, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Also God doesn’t hate humans, He hates Satan (sin).

In regards to secular media, it can be educational for basic life things. It could be a show how to paint a picture, it could be a show with maybe bad themes but it can teach us clearly not to get involved in those things. Does that make sense? As soon as you thank God, you are in a way, glorifying the Lord. And it is okay to worship God on your own also. “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6). This verse also helps understand that God likes us to be humble, but also that whatever you do by yourself He can see and He accepts it. One night I was watching TV and I saw an anti-abortion ad come on, I don’t know if it was a Christian organisation but I praised the Lord, nonetheless.

Sometimes the secular philosophy which is displayed in tv shows and films can be a distraction but without such advancement we wouldn’t be able to make Christian movies, which the biggest one yet is probably God’s Not Dead. Praise the Lord for that creation.

Here is a prayer if anyone struggles with understanding this topic.

Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me for any wrongs I may have done being aware of it or not,
I am truly sorry and I want to further share your Word,
Thank you Lord, for giving us your Son to give us Your ultimate Word and blessings so that we may be saved forever,
Thank you for blessing us with such talents, food, people, technology and medicine which help us benefit our day-to day lives,
But also Lord do not let myself and others forget that these things would not be possible without You, and please bless these things so that Your Word may resonate through them,
I ask you Lord to take control of my life and put me on the path which you have created for me,
Direct me to further understand who you are, and Holy Spirit please help me and give me wisdom.
Thank you Jesus for all that you’ve sacrificed.

May the Lord keep you and bless you

The Worst Sin

“Humanity’s greatest sin isn’t the horror of abortion, murder, adultery, blasphemy, fornication, or homosexuality. God saw fit to address this sin in the first two of the Ten Commandments: “I am the Lord your God you shall have no other gods before me, you should not make yourself a graven image.” It’s the sin of idolatry–creating a god in our own image, one that accommodates the slaughter of babies in the womb, murder, blasphemy, and the sexual sins of adultery, homosexuality, and fornication.

How do we address it the sin of idolatry? The same way Moses did, when he ascended from the holy mount and found Israel wholely given to the sin. He threw the Ten Commandments at their feet and showed them that they had been broken into a thousand pieces.” ~ Ray Comfort

Broken Pieces – Music Monday

If you ain’t breakin’ bad and you still chasin’ the habit
It ain’t no wonderland so we still chasing the rabbit
Ain’t a soul on the planet that’s better than another
And we all need grace in the face of each other


For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’” – Jeremiah 30:17

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” – Isaiah 61:7

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.” – Psalm 71:20-21

“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” – Acts 3:19-21


Homosexual Romance?

This post derives from a response I gave to anonymous user who asked me a question on Tumblr.
The question asked if two people of the same sex could have a romantic relationship even though they are not involved in sexual relations and if it was sinful. I admit this particular topic is difficult for me to discuss but in short I concluded that this sort of relationship should not be encouraged even if it is not sexual, because where might that romance lead? Having (sexual) relations of the same sex is sinning. I suggest that however though, affectionate friendships can exist, but it is in no way romance.

Firstly, sexual desire is not sinful (after all we are passionate beings and designed to produce families) , only when those desires are put into action before having a spouse is it a sin. What is an action? The definition is:

“the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.”

So an action in any sense is something that will lead you into something else, which includes anyone’s current actions. Where would someone go with this romance? What could it lead into?

The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:10-11, Leviticus 20:13 ), but what about romance?

“Asexuality” as the modern world calls it, or celibacy is not a bad thing. Some may argue that they are different and I understand but if you are an ‘asexual’ Christian, you would be practicing celibacy anyway because you are not sexually, thus not romantically interested in someone. What is the point of romance if you’re not going to let it lead into something else?

What about being affectionate to someone of the same sex? That is fine. That can be defined as a brotherly love (in Greek is Philia (φιλία philía)), which all brethren are encouraged to do, which is actually easier said than done, especially if you have romantic feelings, because it can distract you from the pure commandment that has been given. In my own past have been accused of lesbianism because of affection that I showed to my girl friends even though I did not have any romantic desire let alone sexual desire for them. Affection is not a bad thing between good friends.

Going back to the romance. I didn’t know the user who asked the question so I had to make some assumptions as to how one would define romance. If you define romance by that the extent of your relationship is kissing (on the lips) and holding each other for pro-longed amounts of time, that is the start of a sexual relationship. Those actions get the hormones racing and consequently travels throughout your body resulting in other passionate and sexual desires (Eros (ἔρως érōs)). Symptoms of this can be tingling in the arms or legs, heart pounding, blushing and erections. Also simply kissing and holding each other in such a fashion is allowing the bodies to share each other, which we know is only a privilege for those in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-40 ) (things like hugging are excluded).

For some people struggling with same sex attraction though, this may not be the case. I’m going to go back to celibacy now.
What do we understand about celibacy? To be celibate means to not have a desire to be with someone else. You are pursuing a life that is the single life. You do not want to commit to someone else. I ask again, what is the purpose for a romantic relationship if these actions will not subsequently lead into something more? Even if you don’t want to be sexual, the fact you are in a relationship does not make you celibate because the relationship you are pursuing is one that should lead to marriage.

For the most important part, God’s plan and intentions for us. What has God shared with us so that we may follow His plan? Are we doing our best to follow the commandments and expectations God has given us? Would someone in this situation be making the right choice?
Where are they going with this romance? What is it leading them into?

I interpret this situation that even despite no sexual relations it could very well distract someone deeply into sin/s.
If you are not going marry, then what is the purpose of the romance?
Remember affectionate friendships can exist.

Looking at this situation, I do not encourage it. I do not mean to blaspheme here, but if God does not encourage homosexual relations, He would not encourage homosexual romance – because it would lead to nowhere and can be of distraction.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. – Jeremiah 29:11-14

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.James 1:12-16

And give no opportunity to the devilEphesians 4:27

I hope that whoever is reading this finds it useful. It may not be practicing homosexuality as such, but it is encouraging that kind of lifestyle. God knows that we are not perfect so do not be anxious if fighting this or anything else takes time. He understands our suffering and that’s why He gave Himself in human form.

Another user later made some arguments, to quote:

Celibacy is the choice not to have sex with anyone because you don’t want to, not because you aren’t attracted to anyone – it IS a choice… Whether or not the Bible condemns homosexuality, no matter what a religious text claims about who you naturally love or like, you are you, and THAT IS NOT WRONG. Nowhere in the Bible is romantic attraction to anyone, regardless of their gender, a sin. The word “homosexual” in the Bible did not appear until 1946 and is a mistranslation of the word “male bed” from Greek and Hebrew, which don’t even have a word for “homosexual.” …Responses like these are what can lead queer kids to try to become straight and fail because their queerness is natural, hate themselves, and believe that God hates them. If you cannot help bring straight, you cannot help being gay, bi, poly, pan, ace, etc. You are not wrong and you are not disgusting or hated for who you are.

Here is some information on the history of the term homosexual.

We have to realise that not everything “natural” is a good thing or “normal” thing. As humans because of Adam and Eve we are born into sin. Our “natural” self is a sinful nature. God asks us not to sin, but to follow the design which He intended us for.

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” –Psalm 51:5

 “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:1-10

Also I must re-iterate the point of what the purpose of the romance would be.
Following God or not is the choice here. So as Christians are we gonna take up your cross and follow the footsteps and teachings of Jesus?

Talk to Jesus and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right direction.

Dear Merciful Lord,
Please help those who are currently in suffering or confusion
May you please give them patience and teach them to understand Your word
Please reveal Your plan to them but by Your will
Helper, move through them to accept Your Way. guide them through these trials and distractions, whether they be big or small
By Your time
By Your will
Which is only Right
Amen Jesus

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 John 5:4

May the Lord Bless you and keep you.
Soli Deo Gloria.