It’s God Versus Culture! 1212

It’s god versus culture!

Culture tells us:
Truth – sexuality isn’t sacred, homosexuality is ok, chastity and fidelity are passé.
Family – marriage isn’t sacred, anyone can marry anyone, any sex
Life – life isn’t sacred, abortion is a choice, unborn have no rights
God – private over biblical – faith isn’t sacred, all religions are equal and outdated.
Style – our image isn’t sacred, tattoos and piercing are encouraged.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NKJV)

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:9, 16, 17 NKJV)

Do you believe this?

The ancestral tree of mankind could either be life or freedom from God to choose what is Good and Evil, but not both. Freedom from God is actually slavery to sin. Ignoring God’s judgement of what good and evil is will lead to error, corruption, and death (spiritual and physical).

God created the angels and other spiritual beings. Only God knows why He gave angels and man pride. Lucifer was the greatest angel, and wanted more. He wanted to be God.

Lucifer revolted against God with 1/3 of the angels and God call him satan, which means” the opposer”. He lied to Eve and tempted mankind to oppose God and to “become like God” and decide what is good and evil independent of God. God called Peter satan when Peter innocently and ignorantly tried to forbid Jesus from going to the cross. Kinda harsh, don’t you think? Jesus said it because what Peter said was opposed to the will of God to save His elect. Satan means the opposer.

So faith at its core means trust and obey God and accept God’s judgments. To worship God is to uphold God’s standard, do God’s will, and give God humbly the Glory that He alone is due.

Sacred means connected with God.
Sacrilege means saying or holding something as “connected with God”, when in fact it opposes God.

The world declares and our culture is promoting:

They say Sexuality isn’t sacred.
But God affirms it is.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 NKJV)
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 NKJV)
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:24, 26-29, 32 NKJV)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, 18 NKJV)
knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:9, 10 NKJV)
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7 NKJV)

They say Family is whatever you want it to be – marriage isn’t sacred.
But God affirms it is.

A helper comparable

And the Lord God said, “ It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18 NKJV)

One flesh – family, inseparable.

And the Lord God said, “ It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:18, 24 NKJV)

To be honored, protected, pure.

“You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 NKJV)
Be wise and careful who you marry. Shared faith to Help encourage each other to honor God and prevent corruption
Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4 NKJV)

Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you.” (Joshua 23:12, 13, 16 NKJV)

Marriage is between a man and a woman. It is a blessing from God.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV)

Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Proverbs 19:14 NKJV)
Nowhere is homosexual marriage mentioned. It is an oxymoron. Marriage is a blessing, homosexuality is a curse. Homosexuality is the fruit of a debased mind.

They say choice is more precious than Life – life isn’t sacred.
God affirms it is.
“You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13 NKJV)
the murderer shall surely be put to death. (Numbers 35:16 NKJV)
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. (Genesis 4:8, 10, 11 NKJV)
“Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9:5, 6 NKJV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV)
Because he did not kill me from the womb, That my mother might have been my grave, And her womb always enlarged with me . (Jeremiah 20:17 NKJV)

They say Faith is personal- private over biblical – faith isn’t sacred.
God affirms it is.
You can have faith in many things and people. A president, policeman, fireman, husband or wife. A car or an airplane.
Saving faith is unique. The bible describes it. Just Any faith won’t save you. Many claim faith in “Jesus”, but live unfaithful to God’s will. This faith won’t save you. When you are truly saved, you will know it and your will will agree with God’s word and will.

They say Style is amoral- our image isn’t sacred, tattoos and piercing are encouraged.
But God affirms that image is sacred.
‘You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord . (Leviticus 19:28 NKJV)
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV)
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (II Peter 1:5-7 NKJV)

Satan owns the culture and uses it to undermine the faith of God’s people. Let your faith judge culture. Don’t let culture weaken your faith. The world sifts the church like wheat. The saved will remain in faith. The chaff will not.

Az4christ.wordpress.com

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~ by az4christ on December 2, 2012.

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