What is the whole armour of God?

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The armour of God is described in Ephesians 6:10-18. In this passage we are told that our primary battles are of a spiritual nature and that we need spiritual armour to be able to stand firm in the midst of these battles. The armour includes the following pieces:

Loins girt about with truth: Truth is as a belt and the first item in our arsenal. A belt holds the other pieces of clothing and armour together. It secures the outfit and allows a soldier to move freely. Truth both secures us and gives us freedom (John 8:32). One of satan’s greatest offensive tactics is to deceive us; he is the “father of lies(John 8:44). With the belt of truth around our waists, we are prepared to defend against this. This truth also applies to the way we live our lives. When we live with honesty and integrity, the other pieces of our armour – what could be considered our spiritual selves – stay intact. A life of integrity is not easily torn asunder.

Breastplate of righteousness: The breastplate of righteousness covers our hearts and other vital organs. In a sense, the breastplate covers the most vulnerable areas of a warrior. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” The righteousness that guards a believer’s heart is the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Feet ready with the preparation of the gospel: Our feet are to be “…shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Ephesians 6:15). Because we know the good news of Christ and by that knowledge experience peace in Him (John 14:27), our feet are willing to move. In obedience to Christ, we will flee temptations (1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22) and walk into whatever He has called us to (Psalm 86:11; Isaiah 30:21; John 15:10).

Shield of faith: The shield of faith is used to “… be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16). When satan attacks us, our faith in Christ lessens the blow. We are able to withstand the attack because we know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12).

Helmet of salvation: A helmet protects the brain, basically our minds. It is because of salvation that our minds can be sound. We are assured of our eternities, and made righteous recipients of peace, practitioners of faith, and knowers of truth. Our minds are protected because of Jesus’ work on the cross; we have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12-16). A helmet can also serve as a signifier. When the enemy looks at us, he sees that we belong to Christ. We carry with us the seal of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Sword of the Spirit: Which is the Word of God. This includes God’s written Word (the KJV Bible), God’s incarnate Word (Jesus as Logos), and God’s spoken Word (Holy Spirit within us). The sword is the one offensive weapon in the list. We are told, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). 2 Timothy 3:16 speaks of Scripture as being “…given by inspiration of God.” When God spoke, creation came into existence. As He breathed life into Man so He also breathed into His Word. There is power in the Word of God; this is why it is our best offense.

Praying: Prayer is an often forgotten part of the armour of God, but is essential to using the armour of God well. Prayer is the way we draw strength from God and rely on Him. In essence, it is what “activates” the armour. Apart from God, and reliance on Him through prayer, our efforts in spiritual battle are ultimately futile. 2 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing.

The full armour of God is a way to describe some of the blessings of God in the life of a Christian and the tools with which He has equipped us to stand firm against the evil one and have spiritual victory over the enemy.

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‘Easy-To-Read Version’ (ERV) Eliminates Doctrine of Imputation

As I mentioned in this other blog I was going to post the following…

EASY-TO-READ VERSION’ (ERV) ELIMINATES DOCTRINE OF IMPUTATION

By David J. Stewart | February 2015

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Matthew 15:8-9, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
        In order for the Luciferian-worshipping occultists to infiltrate and corrupt the churches (as they said they would do), the foundations of Christianity must be destroyed. Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?1st Corinthians 3:11 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church, Who is THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13). The Word of God is our spiritual milk and meat (our food). If satan can effectively change the Bible, then he can change and ruin us.
In fact, satan can lead a church astray, deceiving them to follow a false plan of salvation. satan’s greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. All the devil needs to do is to change the meaning of how a person is saved. There are churches all across the world today where unsaved religious people meet regularly to WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST IN VAIN, because they have adopted a wrong plan of salvation. This is happening to many of our evangelical churches, because satan has infiltrated them with corrupt Bible versions, which have changed what it means to be saved.
The modern corrupt Bible versions teach a corrupt plan of salvation. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that they have also removed the important doctrine of IMPUTATION, which is a vital doctrine to help the Bible study understand how salvation happens.
The word IMPUTETH is so important!!! The word “impute” means, “to pass to one’s account, to count over”. It means that Jesus places His righteousness upon our record when we trust upon Him for salvation. Imputation has everything to do with Christ, and nothing to do with us, except that we are the recipient of God’s great mercy through faith in the Gospel of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, burial and His resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

ERV Corrupts Romans 4:5-6, Eliminating the Doctrine of Imputation
In the following passage of Scriptures, the satanic Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers Romans 4:5-6. Notice carefully the important theological term “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 of the faithful KJB, which is completely removed from the ERV. I’ll explain this more in a moment. The KJB is correct below, but the second quote is from the ERV, which is awful, heretical and wicked . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 4:5-6, “But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right. David said the same thing when he was talking about the blessing people have when God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done. [emphasis added]

They’ve corrupted this Scripture passage! Do you see what they’ve horribly done? Whereas the King James Bibles teaches that God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believer; the ERV foolishly says God accepts a person as good by faith, which means something different entirely. God doesn’t accept someone as “good” by faith; but rather, God attributes HIS righteousness to us by faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
God told us to study the Bible in 2nd Timothy 2:15. What is so hard about looking up the meaning of “imputeth?” By removing this important theological word from the KJB and replacing it with some religious nonsense, the doctrine of imputation has effectively been stricken from the ERV (which is a typical corruption in all modern Bible versions). satan is changing the Bible into a spiritual book instead of a theological book.
The basis of obtaining justification is through God’s (Jesus’) righteousness being IMPUTED to the sinner through faith in Christ, Who paid our sin debt on the cross. Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross, paying a debt that He did not owe. When we BELIEVE the Gospel, God takes Jesus’ righteousness, and places it upon our record. So God imputes our sins to Jesus, 👑 and then He imputes Jesus’ righteousness to us. Isn’t that beautiful?!?!?! 😁
This is why we don’t need any works to be saved, because Christ paid for it all by the sacrifice of His body on the cross, and the sprinkling of His shed blood upon the mercy seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24).
The corrupt ERV says in Romans 4:5, “So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him.This is wrong! It is not our faith that makes us right with God. It is Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His applied blood in Heaven that makes us right with God, in response to our faith in the Gospel. The ERV obliterates the entire doctrine of imputation. Christ died on the cross as our LAMB (John 1:29), and He raised up bodily three days later and ascended into Heaven as our HIGH PRIEST (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15-16).
The Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers the Bible in Romans 4:5-6. Instead of saying that “God imputeth righteousness without works”, the ERV says, “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done.Imputation DOESN’T mean that AT ALL!!! The ERV totally obliterates the doctrine of imputation from their corrupt “bible” version. The Holy Bible never teaches that God accepts us as good. We are sinful, all of us are rotten (Romans 3:23). There is NONE GOOD (Romans 3:10). God doesn’t look the other way, accepting us as good while overlooking our bad. This is nonsensical religious garbage.
Imputation is not God accepting a person as good and not looking at their bad, because this completely fails to mention the righteousness of Christ which makes it all possible. The very word “imputation” means that God transfers Christ’s righteousness to us, and transfers our sins to Christ. In John 3:15 we are told that as Moses lifted up the serpent, even so must Jesus Christ be lifted up. That serpent pictured Christ, who became as sin for us (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus, Who knew no sin, became as sin; so that we who knew no righteousness, could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Amen. This is imputation.
It is a major theological blunder to remove the word “impute” from the Bible. The translators of the ERV got it VERY WRONG. If you understand the occult roots of the modern versions (*future blog), then you know why. It is difficult to translate the word “impute” because it is a concept, not able to be replaced with a word or two. This is why I would never remove this critically important word from the Bible. Let the people study as God commanded!!! It is time for arrogant pastors to stop playing God.

(I was recently invited to McDonalds by a shameful local assistant pastor of a 700-member Independent Baptist Church. They have a local radio station, which he hosts daily. They also have a religious school with 1,000 kids. They even have a Bible college to train pastors. The church sinfully uses the ERV, which consequently compels them to teach a false plan of Lordship Salvation. They might as well be Seventh-Day Adventists, which are also down the street the other way. The pastors are upset with me for telling the truth. That pastor lied to me, claiming that He wanted to talk about 63 Evangelist Phil Kidd sermons that I had given him. The truth was that they are playing God, trying to control people’s lives, trying to shut me up about exposing the modern corrupt Bible versions. That was the true reason he wanted to meet with me. He didn’t want me to tell anybody, anywhere, that all the modern versions are corrupt, because their church members use DOZENS of different Bible versions. I know I am correct to defend the Bible! Nothing is as important as the purity of God’s inspired Words. The claim that there are no perfect Bibles today is false. Do you mean to tell me that the omnipotent God of the universes is incapable of preserving His inspired Words as He so promised?
I mentioned to the wimpy Baptist pastor one corruption after another in today’s corrupt versions, but he said that he needed to go get his Greek. I said, which one? He was dumbfounded and didn’t have an answer. So he stooped to taking cheap shots at me from across the table at McDonalds. He got mad and retaliated by bringing up First Baptist Church in Church in Hammond, tearing them down. He criticized the former pastor by name. He personally attacked me, throwing gossip in my face. I told him kindly that he ought to be ashamed of himself, especially as a pastor who should know better. He asked if I had any friends left because of my beliefs. I told him that God was the only friend I need. This is today’s shameful reprobate pastors. When I mentioned how far gone our Baptist churches are becoming and told him about AWAB. He boasted of recently attending an AWAB meeting. I almost fell out of my chair in horror. I pray for God to open the heart and eyes of those wicked pastors down the street, before it’s too late. Judgment day is coming, when all men must give account of their teachings and works to the Lord. I fear that those apostate pastors are going to face the TERROR OF THE LORD (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).)
The word “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 means something very different than what the ERV reads. The truth is that by faith God credits a man with Christ’s righteousness. That is what is missing from the ERV… CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS (or HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, Matthew 6:33). The ERV merely says that God accepts a man as good. That is not imputation. In the divine act of imputation, Christ’s righteousness is passed (transferred) by God the Father to our account, by which God declares us good. This only happens by faith. Imputation happens at the moment of salvation, and never has to be repeated. Once we are declared righteous in God’s eyes through faith in Christ Jesus, we are eternally secure and forever saved.
The words “counted” and “imputeth” are the same Greek word, so they mean the same thing in these two verses (Romans 4:5-6). The KJB says that a man’s faith is counted for righteousness. We are told that God imputeth righteousness to a man without works (labor to earn Heaven). Since we all have NO self-righteousness of our own to offer or impress God (Isaiah 64:6), the only way we can be saved is by obtaining Christ’s righteousness. This is possible only through faith in the Gospel.
The Bible-butchers should have left the word IMPUTETH alone. It is a beautiful word. How lazy can people get? Entire books have been written about this one important theological term. In Romans 4:6, the ERV has rendered the word “IMPUTETH” as “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done”, which utterly fails to inform the reader why God accepts them as good. It is only because of Christ’s suffering on the cross that we are able by faith to be declared righteous. It is not that God accepts us as good; but rather, He accepts us on the basis of Christ’s righteousness which has been credited (imputed) to us by faith.
The ERV caters to false religions which require doing good works to be saved. Whereas the KJB says that God substitutes a man’s faith in place of righteousness, so that works are not necessary; the ERV changes this passage to mean that by faith we are right with God. That says something totally different. The ERV has eliminated the truth that WORKS ARE NOT NEEDED for salvation! Thus, the ERV also caters to the heretics who teach the Lordship Salvation, who require forsaking bad works to be saved, and stay saved.
Whether we are required to do good works, or avoid doing bad works, either way it constitutes human effort for salvation. Jesus taught in John 6:28-29 that the only “work” accepted by God for salvation is to BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST.
Most false religions and all Lordship Salvationists avoid the Biblical doctrine of imputation. In their “Way Of The Master Evidence Bible”, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron comment on thousands of Scripture passages, but have nothing to say about Romans 4:5-6 on imputation. In the nearly 1,000 word index in the back section of the book, the word “impute” is not mentioned at all. Any Bible teacher worth a dime is very familiar with the vital doctrine of imputation. But since this doctrine doesn’t fit Mr. Comfort’s satanic plan of Lordship Salvation to be saved. The awesome doctrine of imputation that God put in the Holy King James Bible exposes all false prophets. You see, we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Notice that we are to seek HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and not OUR own self-righteousness.
Romans 4:5-6 in the KJB teaches that God imputes (credits) Christ’s righteousness to us, without works of self-righteousness, because we don’t have any to offer (Isaiah 64:6). However, the ERV says God accepts us as good without looking at what we have done wrong. This is not imputation. The KJB doesn’t say that God doesn’t look at our wrong; but rather, it says that our salvation is WITHOUT WORKS!!! When the KJB mentions that God imputes righteousness to a man WITHOUT WORKS, it refers to the DEAD WORKS of trying to merit and earn Heaven. Since eternal life is a totally free gift from God, we don’t need any works of our own to be saved, neither doing good or forsaking bad. You cannot do GOOD WORKS to be saved. Nor are you required to stop doing BAD WORKS to be saved. This is false religion. These are all DEAD WORKS. Since Jesus Christ has provided all that is necessary for our salvation, all we need to do to be saved is BELIEVE ON HIM (John 6:28-29).

‘Easy-To-Read Version’ (ERV) Eliminates Doctrine of Imputation

As I mentioned in this other blog I was going to post the following…

EASY-TO-READ VERSION’ (ERV) ELIMINATES DOCTRINE OF IMPUTATION

By David J. Stewart | February 2015

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Matthew 15:8-9, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
        In order for the Luciferian-worshipping occultists to infiltrate and corrupt the churches (as they said they would do), the foundations of Christianity must be destroyed. Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?1st Corinthians 3:11 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church, Who is THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13). The Word of God is our spiritual milk and meat (our food). If satan can effectively change the Bible, then he can change and ruin us.
In fact, satan can lead a church astray, deceiving them to follow a false plan of salvation. satan’s greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. All the devil needs to do is to change the meaning of how a person is saved. There are churches all across the world today where unsaved religious people meet regularly to WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST IN VAIN, because they have adopted a wrong plan of salvation. This is happening to many of our evangelical churches, because satan has infiltrated them with corrupt Bible versions, which have changed what it means to be saved.
The modern corrupt Bible versions teach a corrupt plan of salvation. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that they have also removed the important doctrine of IMPUTATION, which is a vital doctrine to help the Bible study understand how salvation happens.
The word IMPUTETH is so important!!! The word “impute” means, “to pass to one’s account, to count over”. It means that Jesus places His righteousness upon our record when we trust upon Him for salvation. Imputation has everything to do with Christ, and nothing to do with us, except that we are the recipient of God’s great mercy through faith in the Gospel of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, burial and His resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

ERV Corrupts Romans 4:5-6, Eliminating the Doctrine of Imputation
In the following passage of Scriptures, the satanic Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers Romans 4:5-6. Notice carefully the important theological term “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 of the faithful KJB, which is completely removed from the ERV. I’ll explain this more in a moment. The KJB is correct below, but the second quote is from the ERV, which is awful, heretical and wicked . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. [emphasis added]

EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Romans 4:5-6, “But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right. David said the same thing when he was talking about the blessing people have when God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done. [emphasis added]

They’ve corrupted this Scripture passage! Do you see what they’ve horribly done? Whereas the King James Bibles teaches that God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believer; the ERV foolishly says God accepts a person as good by faith, which means something different entirely. God doesn’t accept someone as “good” by faith; but rather, God attributes HIS righteousness to us by faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
God told us to study the Bible in 2nd Timothy 2:15. What is so hard about looking up the meaning of “imputeth?” By removing this important theological word from the KJB and replacing it with some religious nonsense, the doctrine of imputation has effectively been stricken from the ERV (which is a typical corruption in all modern Bible versions). satan is changing the Bible into a spiritual book instead of a theological book.
The basis of obtaining justification is through God’s (Jesus’) righteousness being IMPUTED to the sinner through faith in Christ, Who paid our sin debt on the cross. Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross, paying a debt that He did not owe. When we BELIEVE the Gospel, God takes Jesus’ righteousness, and places it upon our record. So God imputes our sins to Jesus, 👑 and then He imputes Jesus’ righteousness to us. Isn’t that beautiful?!?!?! 😁
This is why we don’t need any works to be saved, because Christ paid for it all by the sacrifice of His body on the cross, and the sprinkling of His shed blood upon the mercy seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24).
The corrupt ERV says in Romans 4:5, “So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him.This is wrong! It is not our faith that makes us right with God. It is Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His applied blood in Heaven that makes us right with God, in response to our faith in the Gospel. The ERV obliterates the entire doctrine of imputation. Christ died on the cross as our LAMB (John 1:29), and He raised up bodily three days later and ascended into Heaven as our HIGH PRIEST (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15-16).
The Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) butchers the Bible in Romans 4:5-6. Instead of saying that “God imputeth righteousness without works”, the ERV says, “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done.Imputation DOESN’T mean that AT ALL!!! The ERV totally obliterates the doctrine of imputation from their corrupt “bible” version. The Holy Bible never teaches that God accepts us as good. We are sinful, all of us are rotten (Romans 3:23). There is NONE GOOD (Romans 3:10). God doesn’t look the other way, accepting us as good while overlooking our bad. This is nonsensical religious garbage.
Imputation is not God accepting a person as good and not looking at their bad, because this completely fails to mention the righteousness of Christ which makes it all possible. The very word “imputation” means that God transfers Christ’s righteousness to us, and transfers our sins to Christ. In John 3:15 we are told that as Moses lifted up the serpent, even so must Jesus Christ be lifted up. That serpent pictured Christ, who became as sin for us (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus, Who knew no sin, became as sin; so that we who knew no righteousness, could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Amen. This is imputation.
It is a major theological blunder to remove the word “impute” from the Bible. The translators of the ERV got it VERY WRONG. If you understand the occult roots of the modern versions (*future blog), then you know why. It is difficult to translate the word “impute” because it is a concept, not able to be replaced with a word or two. This is why I would never remove this critically important word from the Bible. Let the people study as God commanded!!! It is time for arrogant pastors to stop playing God.

(I was recently invited to McDonalds by a shameful local assistant pastor of a 700-member Independent Baptist Church. They have a local radio station, which he hosts daily. They also have a religious school with 1,000 kids. They even have a Bible college to train pastors. The church sinfully uses the ERV, which consequently compels them to teach a false plan of Lordship Salvation. They might as well be Seventh-Day Adventists, which are also down the street the other way. The pastors are upset with me for telling the truth. That pastor lied to me, claiming that He wanted to talk about 63 Evangelist Phil Kidd sermons that I had given him. The truth was that they are playing God, trying to control people’s lives, trying to shut me up about exposing the modern corrupt Bible versions. That was the true reason he wanted to meet with me. He didn’t want me to tell anybody, anywhere, that all the modern versions are corrupt, because their church members use DOZENS of different Bible versions. I know I am correct to defend the Bible! Nothing is as important as the purity of God’s inspired Words. The claim that there are no perfect Bibles today is false. Do you mean to tell me that the omnipotent God of the universes is incapable of preserving His inspired Words as He so promised?
I mentioned to the wimpy Baptist pastor one corruption after another in today’s corrupt versions, but he said that he needed to go get his Greek. I said, which one? He was dumbfounded and didn’t have an answer. So he stooped to taking cheap shots at me from across the table at McDonalds. He got mad and retaliated by bringing up First Baptist Church in Church in Hammond, tearing them down. He criticized the former pastor by name. He personally attacked me, throwing gossip in my face. I told him kindly that he ought to be ashamed of himself, especially as a pastor who should know better. He asked if I had any friends left because of my beliefs. I told him that God was the only friend I need. This is today’s shameful reprobate pastors. When I mentioned how far gone our Baptist churches are becoming and told him about AWAB. He boasted of recently attending an AWAB meeting. I almost fell out of my chair in horror. I pray for God to open the heart and eyes of those wicked pastors down the street, before it’s too late. Judgment day is coming, when all men must give account of their teachings and works to the Lord. I fear that those apostate pastors are going to face the TERROR OF THE LORD (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).)
The word “IMPUTETH” in Romans 4:6 means something very different than what the ERV reads. The truth is that by faith God credits a man with Christ’s righteousness. That is what is missing from the ERV… CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS (or HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, Matthew 6:33). The ERV merely says that God accepts a man as good. That is not imputation. In the divine act of imputation, Christ’s righteousness is passed (transferred) by God the Father to our account, by which God declares us good. This only happens by faith. Imputation happens at the moment of salvation, and never has to be repeated. Once we are declared righteous in God’s eyes through faith in Christ Jesus, we are eternally secure and forever saved.
The words “counted” and “imputeth” are the same Greek word, so they mean the same thing in these two verses (Romans 4:5-6). The KJB says that a man’s faith is counted for righteousness. We are told that God imputeth righteousness to a man without works (labor to earn Heaven). Since we all have NO self-righteousness of our own to offer or impress God (Isaiah 64:6), the only way we can be saved is by obtaining Christ’s righteousness. This is possible only through faith in the Gospel.
The Bible-butchers should have left the word IMPUTETH alone. It is a beautiful word. How lazy can people get? Entire books have been written about this one important theological term. In Romans 4:6, the ERV has rendered the word “IMPUTETH” as “God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done”, which utterly fails to inform the reader why God accepts them as good. It is only because of Christ’s suffering on the cross that we are able by faith to be declared righteous. It is not that God accepts us as good; but rather, He accepts us on the basis of Christ’s righteousness which has been credited (imputed) to us by faith.
The ERV caters to false religions which require doing good works to be saved. Whereas the KJB says that God substitutes a man’s faith in place of righteousness, so that works are not necessary; the ERV changes this passage to mean that by faith we are right with God. That says something totally different. The ERV has eliminated the truth that WORKS ARE NOT NEEDED for salvation! Thus, the ERV also caters to the heretics who teach the Lordship Salvation, who require forsaking bad works to be saved, and stay saved.
Whether we are required to do good works, or avoid doing bad works, either way it constitutes human effort for salvation. Jesus taught in John 6:28-29 that the only “work” accepted by God for salvation is to BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST.
Most false religions and all Lordship Salvationists avoid the Biblical doctrine of imputation. In their “Way Of The Master Evidence Bible”, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron comment on thousands of Scripture passages, but have nothing to say about Romans 4:5-6 on imputation. In the nearly 1,000 word index in the back section of the book, the word “impute” is not mentioned at all. Any Bible teacher worth a dime is very familiar with the vital doctrine of imputation. But since this doctrine doesn’t fit Mr. Comfort’s satanic plan of Lordship Salvation to be saved. The awesome doctrine of imputation that God put in the Holy King James Bible exposes all false prophets. You see, we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Notice that we are to seek HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and not OUR own self-righteousness.
Romans 4:5-6 in the KJB teaches that God imputes (credits) Christ’s righteousness to us, without works of self-righteousness, because we don’t have any to offer (Isaiah 64:6). However, the ERV says God accepts us as good without looking at what we have done wrong. This is not imputation. The KJB doesn’t say that God doesn’t look at our wrong; but rather, it says that our salvation is WITHOUT WORKS!!! When the KJB mentions that God imputes righteousness to a man WITHOUT WORKS, it refers to the DEAD WORKS of trying to merit and earn Heaven. Since eternal life is a totally free gift from God, we don’t need any works of our own to be saved, neither doing good or forsaking bad. You cannot do GOOD WORKS to be saved. Nor are you required to stop doing BAD WORKS to be saved. This is false religion. These are all DEAD WORKS. Since Jesus Christ has provided all that is necessary for our salvation, all we need to do to be saved is BELIEVE ON HIM (John 6:28-29).

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

An important portion of Scripture that refers to the filling of the Holy Spirit is Ephesians 5:17-21:

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

In these verses being filled with the Spirit is contrasted with being filled or drunk with wine. The idea is one of being controlled by God’s Spirit rather than by other forces. When we are filled by the Spirit, we see a resultant attitude of joy and thanksgiving. We also see a relational posture of humility toward God and of submission to one another.

So how can a person be filled with the Holy Spirit? To be clear, there is an important difference between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit. All believers in Jesus Christ have God’s Spirit living within them, or dwelling within them (John 14:16, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 4:30); but not all believers live filled or controlled by the Spirit’s power. Some Christians describe this distinction by saying believers have all of the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit may not have all of them. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of our salvation but we are filled by Him when we submit to Him.

The filling of the Holy Spirit, then, can vary in the life of each believer. Negatively, a believer in Christ can “quench” or “grieve” the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30). Sinful actions can hinder the work of God’s Spirit in his or her life. In contrast, when a believer in Christ lives in obedience to God’s will and commands, he or she should expect to see God’s Spirit living through them.

Some suggest that the filling of the Holy Spirit is an emotional experience that takes place at certain moments, but the concept of “filling” in Scripture is one of being controlled or influenced by the Holy Spirit. At times living a Spirit-filled life may include emotional or mountain-top experiences. But the idea of being filled by the Spirit is more about an ongoing sense of God’s Spirit working in a person’s life, not a one-time experience. As the believer lives out his or her faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit increasingly controls or fills his or her life; this leads to joy, thankfulness, and right relationships.

How is a Christian a new creation? What does 2 Corinthians 5:17 mean?

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

God is a Creator. He created the heavens and the earth and everything in them out of nothing (Genesis 1:1-31). “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (v. 3). In a similar way, God creates spiritual life and light in the hearts of men, and actually changes the human heart so that it can receive Him (Ezekiel 36:26). This is called regeneration, and occurs by the Spirit of God (John 3:5-8). The regenerated person believes and is “in Christ” at which point he has become a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). He is a new entity, the same way that a newborn baby is a new person. The old man has gone away, and a new man has arrived.

What does this mean, in practical terms? How is this experienced? What does it feel like to become “a new creature“? Is it scary, or like an out-of-body experience? Are we brainwashed by God? What does it mean to be regenerated, and be given a “heart of flesh” as the prophet says? Becoming a new creation is not like brainwashing; there is nothing frightening about it. It is more like being restored to health. When Adam and Eve sinned, human beings lost their close connection to God. Regeneration restores that connection, making it possible for God’s Spirit to indwell us and flow through us as it was meant to.

However, there are challenges also to becoming a new creation. The flesh, or the physical body and mind, is influenced by satan, and by the world, and by its own habits built over a lifetime. This flesh fights the new man that is created. It was friends with the old self, but the new self is aligned with God’s Spirit, and the flesh can no longer be in control. This creates conflict within (Romans 7:14-23) that the unregenerated person does not experience. Thankfully, God delivers us over time from this “body of death” and does not condemn us when we lose the fight with the flesh (Romans 7:24-8:1). Instead, He continually works on those He has regenerated. We are in a constant state of re-creation (Hebrews 10:14) until we reach heaven and we are glorified, no longer to struggle with sin (Romans 8:30).

As we are re-created over the course of our lives, God replaces the old “program” with a new one, and we begin to love and crave the things of the Spirit, and to reject the things that He also rejects. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” (Galatians 5:22–23). The newborn soul wants the things of God. Everything seems new. Believers will testify to this change, and the joy it brings. We still sin and fail, but the result of sin is different. Instead of satisfaction, the new creation feels disappointment after indulging in sin. It has taken us further from God—from the One we now love more than anything sin has to offer. And in the end, we will be part of a brand new creation: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:18-23).

What should I do if I’m a new Christian?

If you are a new Christian, you have just started a new life. It can be confusing as you figure out what this means. But the most important part is knowing that you now have a relationship with Jesus Who saved you from your sins so you can spend eternity with Him.

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But what is the next step? Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t want to wait until we die to have a relationship with us. How do we start that now?

Learn Who Jesus is:
You know Jesus is God and the Son of God. You know He died for your sins and rose again on the third day. But what is He really like? Why did He do all these things? To find out, read the Bible, especially the Gospels. Start with the book of John.

If you don’t have a Bible yet, I’d encourage you to get/read the King James Version (KJV), or use the KJV on BibleGateway (see my blogs in the KJV and why the KJV is the Word of God).

Learn how to incorporate your new faith into your life:
There’s a metaphor Christians use to describe salvation: Some people just want the “fire insurance” so they can avoid hell; instead, we should get the “health insurance” so we can live our faith. Being a Christian isn’t just about saying a prayer. It’s about involving God in your life. Pray to Him, all the time, about everything (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He likes to hear our prayers. Get baptized as a way to show the world that you follow Jesus now. And listen carefully for the leading of the Holy Spirit. When you have a hard choice to make, feel where God is leading you.

Start the road to sanctification:
As you grow in your faith, you’ll experience a process called sanctification. When you accepted Jesus as your savior, He cleaned your heart. To be sanctified means to be gradually changed so that your attitudes, words, and actions reflect your new heart. The process takes a lifetime, and no one is perfect. It helps to get help. Find a good, Bible-teaching church and join a small group of believers who study the Bible and help each other.

Live your faith:
Show the world what you believe and express your new heart. Show Jesus’ love by serving others. Get involved with the lives of people in your church. And tell others about Jesus. The Greatest Commandments are to love God and love others. With Jesus’ help, we can truly love others in a way that’s for their best. And their best is for them to learn about Jesus, too.

When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you became God’s child forever. Nothing you do or say or think can take that away. You cannot give away, sin away, or lose your salvation—God is too strong to let you go! All of the things listed above are ways we show appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice; ways we live out our new life. They do not save us, and if we mess up, they won’t threaten our salvation. Becoming a new Christian is just the start of a life-long journey that ends in God’s arms.

The Tower of Babel – a continuation

Height of the tower

The Book of Genesis does not mention how tall the tower was. The phrase used to describe the tower, “its top in the sky” (v.4), was an idiom for impressive height; rather than implying arrogance this was simply a cliché for height.[41] The tower’s height is discussed in various extra-canonical sources.

The Book of Jubilees mentions the tower’s height as being 5,433 cubits and 2 palms, or 2,484 m (8,150 ft), about three times the height of Burj Khalifa, or roughly 1.6 miles high. The Third Apocalypse of Baruch mentions that the ‘tower of strife’ reached a height of 463 cubits, or 211.8 m (695 ft), taller than any structure built in human history until the construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889, which is 324 m (1,063 ft) in height.

Gregory of Tours (I, 6) writing c. 594, quotes the earlier historian Orosius (c. 417) as saying the tower was “laid out foursquare on a very level plain. Its wall, made of baked brick cemented with pitch, is fifty cubits wide, two hundred high, and four hundred and seventy stades in circumference. A stade contains five agripennes. Twenty-five gates are situated on each side, which make in all one hundred. The doors of these gates, which are of wonderful size, are cast in bronze. The same historian Orosius tells many other tales of this city, and says: ‘Although such was the glory of its building still it was conquered and destroyed.'”

A typical medieval account is given by Giovanni Villani (1300): He relates that “it measured eighty miles round, and it was already 4,000 paces high, or 5.92 km (3.68 mi) and 1,000 paces thick, and each pace is three of our feet.”[42] The 14th-century traveler John Mandeville also included an account of the tower and reported that its height had been 64 furlongs, or 13 km (8 mi), according to the local inhabitants.

The 17th-century historian Verstegan provides yet another figure – quoting Isidore, he says that the tower was 5,164 paces high, or 7.6 km (4.7 mi), and quoting Josephus that the tower was wider than it was high, more like a mountain than a tower. He also quotes unnamed authors who say that the spiral path was so wide that it contained lodgings for workers and animals, and other authors who claim that the path was wide enough to have fields for growing grain for the animals used in the construction.

In his book, Structures or why things don’t fall down (Pelican 1978–1984), Professor J.E. Gordon considers the height of the Tower of Babel. He wrote, ‘brick and stone weigh about 120 lb per cubic foot (2,000 kg per cubic metre) and the crushing strength of these materials is generally rather better than 6,000 lbf per square inch or 40 megapascals.Elementary arithmetic shows that a tower with parallel walls could have been built to a height of 2.1 km (1.3 mi) before the bricks at the bottom were crushed. However, by making the walls taper towards the top they … could well have been built to a height where the men of Shinnar would run short of oxygen and had difficulty in breathing before the brick walls crushed beneath their own dead weight.”

The Fountain of Life

by Stephen Davey

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
” (Matthew 26:27-28)

Imagine digging in your back yard while planting some flowers. You overturn a slab of sod and a thin spurt of water shoots upward. You watch as the water trickles onto a patch of brown, dry grass, and to your amazement, the grass slowly turns green. The water then flows toward your tomato plants and immediately the wilted leaves stand upright and the tomatoes blush red. You run into your house, grab a cup, and run back out to this tiny fountain. You fill your cup, then drink it in one long gulp. Suddenly, you feel invigorated.
You run back into the house, look in the mirror, and notice that some of your wrinkles are ironed out, leaving a youthful complexion that you haven’t seen in years. Your jaw drops in amazement as the realization hits you: you have discovered the Fountain of Youth!
What would you do with this fantastic discovery? Would you share it with your spouse, your children, your older sister or brother? Would you tell your mother who is dying of cancer?

Would you invite all of the families in your neighborhood to a barbecue and give them all they wanted to drink? Of course you would! Who would be selfish enough to keep so great a discovery to himself?
Yet we, who have been partakers of the greatest discovery the world has ever known—namely, eternal life through faith in Christ—keep it to ourselves most of the time.

Has it ever occurred to you that the more you value Christ’s sacrifice, the higher your priority will be in sharing Him with others? If you do not consider His mercy to be the most significant thing that has ever been given to you, then you will not consider it worth sharing. This would be the most terrible of all tragedies. For if there is one discovery that should never be hidden nor taken for granted, it is the fountain of living water which Christ has offered through His gift of salvation; a fountain wide enough for all to drink and deep enough for all to bathe.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

How well are you doing at sharing your faith with others? Are you taking Christ’s sacrifice for granted, covering it over with dirt and hoping no one will ever know that you are a Christian? Let me urge you to fervently tell the world about this miraculous, incredible discovery . . . the Fountain of Living Water.

Read John 4:1-45

“Lord, save me.”

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A plea for help: (Heb 4:16)

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” – Matthew 14:24-31.

Most of us are familiar with the account of The Lord Jesus Christ walking on water. In one of the many displays of His miraculous power, Jesus walked on the surface of raging waters to visit His disciples whose boat was getting tossed by the raging waves. The disciple Peter, often the quickest to respond in a situation, actually requested that Jesus empower him to walk on the water as well to prove it was truly their beloved Master. Jesus honored the request and Peter, a mere mortal man, was actually walking on water.
But soon fear crept in and he started sinking into the rushing waters, whipped into a tempest by violent winds and storm. And at this time he uttered the shortest prayer in the entire Bible: “Lord, save me.” In this account there is much to be learned about the power of prayer and the awesome power of God.

1. We Are Utterly Helpless (Jn 3:27)
Peter was a desperate man in a hopeless situation. There are few scarier moments people experience than the feeling of drowning. Peter knew that on his own he did not stand a chance of survival.
And this of course is the truth of the human condition. Because of our sin, we now stand hopeless and utterly powerless against the judgment of God that stands before us. We have willingly and knowingly violated God’s commands in thought, word and deed daily – despite God’s warnings that the wages of sin is death.

What defense can we offer? None. Can we make a case to God that we’re really not that bad of a sinner and that we are actually “good.”? No. The Book of Job poses the question: “How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Psalm 130 similarly questions: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” When God stuck 57,000 men of Bethshemesh dead for stealing the ark of the covenant and breaking His command to never look inside of it, they uttered in desperation: “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God?
In the face of God’s judgment soon to be unleashed upon an unrepentant people; well we have nothing to grasp onto, hold on or power on our own to stand and proclaim our goodness. Because of our sin we are just as helpless as the drowning disciple.

2. Prayer Acknowledges God Is Lord (1 Jhn 2:23)

Peter opened his 3-word prayer by addressing Jesus as “Lord.” He recognized Jesus Christ not as a teacher, wise sage, just teacher or some type of political figure – but as God. Seeing Jesus for who He truly is – God in the flesh, or “the fullness of the Godhead bodily” is the first step to a right relationship. It is a sign of humility before God. And, Peter did this in a moment without any thought. “Lord, save me!

King Solomon, then the wisest man on Earth cautioned: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7). Do you want to feel closer to God? Do you want to understand God and the Bible? Start by humbling yourself and acknowledging Him as Lord.

James chapter 4 says: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Peter indeed humbly called upon God and was lifted up.

3. God Will Save Us (Rom. 10:13)

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” – Matthew. 14:31

Facing an impossible situation, Peter nevertheless called upon The Lord Jesus Christ to help him. When there was no other option and his life was in the balance, he believed that Jesus could do something to rescue him. Even after he disobeyed Jesus. Notice that Jesus told the disciples “It is I, be of good cheer. Be not afraid.

And just two verses later, we read of Peter: “he was afraid.” We will all stumble. We will all have doubts. We will all at times, let the troubles, stresses and pain of this world guide our thinking. We will take our eyes off Christ and turn them to our circumstances. And we will be afraid. But even after giving into the flesh, and putting ourselves in a horrible situation, we can still turn back to God.

This is the faith that Christians should hide in their hearts and cling to each day. We are certainly guilty and clearly deserving of Hell for a lifetime of sin and iniquity. But Jesus Christ, by His shed blood on the cross saved us from what was a sure fate. The guilt we have for our sin is replaced with free forgiveness when we trust in Jesus Christ who took God’s wrath for us (1 John 2:1 with Romans 8:34)

This same drowning disciple, Peter would at a later time write of Jesus: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus chose to die for the sins of humanity because He loves humanity. And through His perfect life, death and resurrection, all who believe are indeed saved and can be healed; walking even in divine health. That’s just how much God loves us – He took our sin debt!

And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:33)

In each challenge, when we cry out, we grow closer and more sure in our knowledge and faith. This world is a refinement process – In this world, we will have issues (1 Peter 1:7) but we must continue in faith and continually rely on Christ until we see Him face to face, contending for the faith that was once delivered to us.

Jude 1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

If we call, Jesus Christ will indeed answer. Peter did not have time to give an impressive speech – this was do or don’t situation. He did not use fancy words or impress God with his knowledge. He only uttered 3 words: “Lord, save me” and it was done. The impossible became possible. Death was defeated.

The Grave would not have another life that day. Jesus Christ, the image of the invisible God, the Messiah, the Savior, standing on the water, pulled Peter to safety and then calmed the storm so all of His followers on that ship were saved. And so shall He do for you, when you humble yourself to your Lord in prayer and He will lift you up.

James 4:10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.” – Psalm 55:16.

Gay Birds and Bees: Is Homosexuality Really Unnatural?

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by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Every philosophy contains its own inherent logical implications. For instance, Charles Darwin once suggested: “There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties” (1898). If such a philosophy were adopted by a society, how would that civilization seek to explain the behavior of its members? One way would be to study the behaviors of animals and reason that since humans are little more than “complex” animals, bestial behaviors could be justified and accounted for based solely on the assertion that animals in the natural world perform them.
Justification of heinously immoral behavior based on an observance of such in the animal kingdom has become fashionable. Barbara Burke said humans can potentially justify murdering their babies because animals (such as pigs and dogs) often murder their offspring (1974, 185:653). Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer suggested that rape is an evolutionary by-product that can be explained based on behaviors in the animal kingdom (2000). The villainous Adolf Hilter justified his crimes in a 1933 speech in Nuremberg by comparing his atrocities to animal behavior. He stated: “Thus there results the subjection of a number of people under the will, often of only a few persons, a subjection based simply upon the right of the stronger, a right which, as we see in Nature, can be regarded as the sole conceivable right, because it is founded on reason” (see “The Einsatzgruppen Case,” 1998).
Following suit, the Oslo Natural History Museum recently opened the world’s first exhibit documenting cases of “homosexual” behavior in nature. The exhibit suggests that because animals such as penguins, parrots, beetles, whales, giraffes, and others display certain behaviors that could be construed as homosexual, then homosexuality among humans cannot be viewed as “unnatural.” One of the statements on the exhibit reads: “We may have opinions on a lot of things, but one thing is clear—homosexuality is found throughout the animal kingdom, it is not against nature” (Doyle, 2006).

In response to such thinking, several points need to be considered. Humans are not animals. There is no documented evidence verifying the false idea that humans evolved from lower organisms (see Harrub and Thompson, 2002). In fact, all observable evidence verifies that humans maintain a completely unique status in regard to their mental, emotional, and cognitive components (see “In the Image…,” 2001; Lyons and Thompson, 2002). To justify human behavior based on behavior observed in the animal world exhibits a grotesque ignorance of everything humans understand about morality. Ten percent of the diet of an adult Komodo dragon often consists of its cannibalizing young Komodo dragons. Would anyone be so irrationally disturbed as to suggest that because we see infant cannibalism in Komodo dragons it is a natural practice for humans that cannot be classified as “unnatural”? The ploy to justify homosexuality by suggesting that it is “natural” is little more than an attempt to cast aside all moral constraints and debase society to the point of mindless bestiality.
In truth, homosexuality is against nature, that is, the natural way that God designed humans to function. The inspired apostle Paul condemned homosexuality as a sin:
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:26-27, emp. added).
Homosexuality goes against human nature in at least two fundamental ways. First, on a basic physical, anatomical level, homosexuality disregards the natural use of the sexual organs of men and women. Humans were designed to be sexually compatible in order to reproduce and bear offspring (see Genesis 1:28). If homosexuality were a natural, genetic occurrence (which it is not—see Harrub and Miller, 2004), the genes responsible for it would quickly disappear due to the inability of same sex couples to reproduce. Second, God designed men and women to be capable of a relationship in marriage unlike any other human relationship. When a man and a woman are joined together, they become “one-flesh”, a biblical phrase that describes the epitome of intimacy and compatibility (Genesis 2:23). God specifically designed Eve, and all future women, to be perfect helpers suitable for Adam, and subsequent men, and, while it is true that sinful humans often fail to achieve the intimacy and oneness designed by God, it is not because of faulty design, but of people’s sinful decisions. God designed men and women to be naturally compatible both physically and emotionally.
If human behavior can be justified based on the idea that it mimics animal behavior, then why not abolish all laws, allow stronger humans to kill the weaker ones, allow mothers to eat their babies, allow men to murder sexual rivals, allow women to murder and cannibalize their lovers after intercourse, and simply chalk such a deplorable situation up to “nature”? The logical consequences of such a philosophical justification are as obvious as they are ridiculous. God created humans, so He knows what is in accordance with human nature, and He has clearly stated that homosexuality is aberrant, unnatural, sinful behavior.

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