Live A Godly Marriage

Couple starting their marriage

Couple starting their marriage

What is required in order to live a Godly marriage? Ephesians contains a section on living wisely. Wisdom is knowing what to do, how to behave, how to live. Within this context is a short section on marriage, the responsibilities of the wife and of the husband. It requires godly wisdom in order to fulfill these responsibilities.

The verse just before the section on marriage, Ephesians 5:21, states that all who are committed to God by way of Jesus Christ are to submit to one another out of respect for Christ. Given the context, it refers to people living in godly wisdom submitting to others who are also living in godly wisdom. The word "submit" here is the same word that is used in reference to the wife. This submitting is not to result in slavery, abuse or anything evil. It is not a thoughtless action but is done with great godly wisdom which results in godliness. In short, we work together to exhibit the will and love of God in the physical realm.
 
We will begin with the responsibilities of the husband. The husband is to love his wife in the same manner as Christ loves all the believers, collectively, throughout all time. The husband is to love his wife in the same manner as Christ gave himself up for the believers. Jesus Christ first committed himself to God to do what God wanted. Jesus Christ communicated and illustrated God's love for each one of us, regardless of our response. Jesus Christ does not manipulate, coerce, nag or abuse anyone into doing what He wants. That is the manner of love that a husband is show towards his wife. That is the manner of love that he is committed to have for his wife. He must live with godly wisdom in order to fulfill his responsibilities.
 
The scripture about the responsibilities of a wife states that the wife is to submit to her husband in the same manner in which she submits to Jesus Christ. This does not mean that she is a puppet or a slave of a thoughtless man. Rather, as the couple both understand the will of God in each specific situation, she applies her godly wisdom in coordination with the husband in order to bring to pass the will of God.
 
The husband is to love his wife and the wife is to respect her husband. This love and respect is to continue throughout all stages of their life together. Emotions, good looks, health, and finances may change, but your commitment to God and each other should not change.
 
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I Can Do ALL Things?

Can I really do ALL things? Much has been written, taught and expected about one verse of scripture, Philippians 4:13. This scripture has been rudely yanked out of context and magnified to validate all kinds of error. In essence it is believed that because of the strength obtained from God, I can accomplish my desired goals and overcome anything! Let's closely examine the context and determine if this belief is accurate or not.
 
The following is an excerpt from the book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity" in the chapter "Be Content".
 
Philippians 4:11
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
 Paul has learned how to be content, regardless of the state of his physical circumstances and resources.
 

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Paul was not a puppet to uncertainty and challenging circumstances. He does not ignore his circumstances, he faces them, he deals with them. His contentment is not dependent upon his economic circumstances.
 
Notice that his contentment is a skill he learned. He has learned the secret of facing and managing unstable, changing economic conditions. What is this secret knowledge and wisdom? Where is it?
 

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Be mindful of the context! What “…all things…” is Paul referring to?
  • Contentment
  • Facing
  • Plenty
  • Hunger
  • Abundance
  • Need
Paul is certainly not referring to being able to accomplish anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of his resources.
 
The secret to contentment is within your relationship with your Heavenly Father by way of the gift of holy spirit. That is where you will have your own personal (internal, mental) need met so that you too can be content in every economic circumstance.  
<End of excerpt from the book>
 
In conclusion, it was not Paul's circumstances that changed, it was Paul that changed, so that he could remain content. He managed his changing circumstances by changing the manner of his life and behavior.
 
1 Timothy 6:6
Now there is GREAT GAIN in godliness with contentment
 
Regardless of our circumstances, it is available for each one of us to be so strengthened that we can be content every 24 hours. We can experience the great gain of "godliness with contentment"!
 
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Terrorism

Terrorism is a surprisingly simple and frustratingly effective tool against an enemy. The terrorist aspires to become a pernicious puppet-master over an enemy. The effect of extreme emotions, the outrage of terror exposes and aggravates existing divisions and weaknesses in all levels of society. People and institutions divide, lashing out at one another, exhausting themselves fighting their own as the enemy. Any existing lack of resource or leadership is exposed, intensifying the divisive turmoil.
 
Due to the current tragic events in France we are observing these effects all over the western world, including our own society. Instead of uniting against a common foe, the divisions in our country have become deeper. As division increases, so does weakness. Rivers of emotion from the rain of terror become a flood, drowning the impact of any thoughtful, rational, responsive leadership that may exist.
 
Most of what is reported and expressed in the media (including social media), is due to the efforts of the terrorists. It is so easy to react, to surrender to emotion and the mob mentality. It is challenging to respond, reflect, and think.
 
How do we overcome the weakness of division, the lack of rational, competent leadership, and the chains of crushing debt? These are critical issues which cannot be handled by mob action and the mob mentality.
 
Regardless of what everyone else does, choose not to react. Instead, choose to respond, choose to think, choose not to be a weak puppet of terrorism.
 
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A Successful Life

So what is a successful life? If you know the answer to this, you can avoid a life of failure. The right answer will help prevent an abundance of wasted labor and effort.
Jesus was teaching:
Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
(Luke 12:15 NET)

A wise man once told me:A successful life does not consist of the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. It does not consist of having what you want whenever you want it. A successful life is enjoying doing what you ought to do. When you learn to enjoy doing what you ought to do, you will have a successful life.

Think about it; what you "ought to do" is not only moral, but functional. What should you do as a man, son, brother, husband father? What about a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother? Learn to enjoy what you were designed to do, learn to enjoy employing all the potential skills, talents and abilities as they ought to be employed.
 
At the time, poverty was a constant companion; prayer was not producing any results. The birthright of abilities and talents lay unused and neglected due to a lack of confidence produced by ignorance. Education had to happen; once I applied myself to that goal, the doors opened to some unbelievable opportunities. No, it wasn't easy, as it took about a year to get over the disappointment and anger of learning the truth which contradicted my beliefs and expectations.
 
How unfair are medical bills? Yet, medical services are provided and payment must be made. There was a growing mountain of medical bills which seemed impossible to pay. Again, prayer and inaction produced nothing. It was only after deciding that the bills ought to be paid, and paid by me (not relatives or other people), that progress was made. It was rough and took years, but the bills were finally paid. The feelings of resentment and victimization were put asside and I learned to enjoy the victory, day by day.
 
A successful life is within reach; it requires some thinking, a daily decision and some action!
 
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Your Impact on the World

2 Corinthians 2 contains a cultural reference which is used as a metaphor to describe your impact on the world. The letters of the apostle Paul were written to a mixed audience in the 1st century. There were Judeans, Hellenized Judeans and a great variety of Gentiles. This audience lived in various sections of the Roman Empire. Needless to say, their culture is almost completely alien to us. Thus, some of the cultural references, Hebrew, Greek or Roman, can be a bit foggy to the reader in the 21st century!
 
So it is with II Corinthians 2:14 – 17. These three verses refer to a practice which was known in the Roman culture. Both the Hebrews and Gentiles would understand the cultural reference. 
 
2:14 But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place. 2:15 For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing – 2:16 to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 2:17 For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God. (NET Bible)
 
A Roman general who had a tremendous victory over the enemy could be granted a "triumph" by the Roman Senate to celebrate the victory. A great procession (parade) was organized. Participating in the procession was the military leader,  his soldiers, and their prisoners. Incense was burned along the parade route which produced a sweep aroma. To the Romans, the winners, this incense was a sweet smelling aroma of victory. To the enemy prisoners, this oder was the bitter smell of death, as they were led to be executed.
 

In 2 Corinthians, God is the focus of the triumphal procession, via Christ in us. By way of the disciples of Jesus Christ, living as His agents acting upon His will, the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Christ is manifested in every place. To those who are being saved, it is a sweet aroma of victory. To those who reject God and His son Jesus Christ, we are the rotten stink of death and decay. 

 
Yes, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have an impact on those around you. Some will befriend you, but many will absolutely hate you for no apparent reason. The cause is spiritual, not psychological or social. The manifestation of the sweet aroma of Christ does not originate from your strength or abilities, but from the power of God resident in your gift of holy spirit, the new you! Thought by thought, moment by moment, day by day, you participate in the celebration of the victory of Jesus Christ who has overcome the world!
 
Loving people according to the will of God in the manner that He desires will not bring you popularity. You may be kind to all, but rejected by many. Don't give in to sadness, but be very thankful that God works in you. Be thankful for the close friends that you do have and keep moving.

 

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Christian Antisemitism

apostle-paul-in-prison-editDoes your Christian religious institution officially sanction and approve antisemitism? Unless it has published documentation of an official policy against antisemitism, then the answer to this question is "yes". With few exceptions, Christian religious institutions are Roman in nature with a tradition and official policy of antisemitism.
 
Most all corporate Christian religious institutions retain the Roman influence in their theology, beliefs, policies and rituals. The influence of the Roman empire existed in the first 4 centuries of the Common Era. This predated the start of the Greek Orthodox religious institutions which retain such influences as well.
 
Antisemitism in the Roman empire predated the day of Pentecost in Acts. For a time, the disciples of Jesus Christ, both Jew and Gentile, were viewed as a sect of the Jewish religion. This view was one which could bring much trouble to the Gentile believers. If these Gentiles were viewed as Jewish converts, they would be subject to the antisemitic policies and practices of the Roman empire.  They could be forced to pay grievous taxes or even lose their lives. These practices provided the practical incentives for the Gentile believers to distance themselves from their Jewish origins.
 
As recorded in Acts 20:29 – 35, even before the death of the apostle Paul, divisions among the believers occurred. Paul warned the elders at Ephesus about the divisions. Gentile elders and others of ability within the Christian assemblies began to pervert the gospel and the teachings of the apostles for their own personal gain. They began to draw away disciples to follow them instead of remaining disciples of Jesus Christ. The perverted doctrines and divisions resulted in the establishment of bishops as religious rulers. Religious power was concentrated in the Gentile bishops, due to the fact that the Gentiles outnumbered the Jewish believers.
 
Once the Gentile assemblies of the disciples of Jesus Christ were incorporated into the Roman Empire as an official religious institution, the antisemitism of the empire became the official policy of the Roman Church.
 
In order to promote, establish and enforce the practice of antisemitism, it was necessary to develop doctrines which were in agreement with antisemitism. This practice eliminated the influence of the Jewish believers and helped to consolidate the power of the Roman Gentile bishops. In the Roman church these doctrines established the tradition of institutional hatred, persecution and even murder of the Jews, including the Jewish believers.
 
One such class of doctrines have been produced by "replacement theology". Briefly, this theology attempts to use the Bible (written by Hebrews, Jews) to prove that the Gentile Roman church has replaced both the nation and religion of the Jews. Of course the apostle Paul and his writings are critical to this theology. Given the history of the early Roman church, and its' institutional requirement of antisemitism, it is easy to understand that Truth is not a priority when developing "replacement theology" or related doctrines. 
 
Antisemitism was not eliminated during the reformation, but was embraced and established in the Protestant religious institutions. The Protestant institutions did not  reject their Roman background or theology. The theology, doctrines and tradition of antisemitism is common throughout the corporate Roman religious institutions to this day.
 
It can be stated with great confidence that the apostle Paul, a "Hebrew of the Hebrews" (Philippians 3:5), was not a self hating antisemite! The writings of the apostle Paul cannot be correctly used to justify any form of antisemitism, any related theology or practice. Truthfully, the Bible cannot be used to justify antisemitism; it was written by "holy men of God" who were Jews!
 
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Biblical Enigmas

Bible Study Enigmas

The Bible was originally written by and for people of the ancient middle east. Its' language and cultural background are alien to those with a modern western cultural background. It is rare for Biblical scholars to recognize these cultural differences when producing their theological works. For the most part, Biblical scholarship, theology and Christian religious practice is confined to a Greek/Roman philosophical box. This condition has existed since the 2nd century CE.
 
There exists an unused option for interpreting scripture which does recognize the ancient cultural background of the Bible. This technique uses Biblical Cultural Anthropology. So, what is this and how do you apply it to your Biblical studies? There are now some resources available which will help answer this question and many other questions. 
 
My friend, John Brown has written and published 3 booklets entitled "Bible Study Enigmas", volumes 1 – 3. These books are "intended to benefit the average pew sitter". They are written simply, without a lot of jargon and theological language.
(An Enigma is "a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling or difficult to understand.)
 
In these 3 volumes, cultural anthropology is applied to general biblical topics, the New Testament and to general biblical topics.
 
Volume 1 handles the following topics:
 
Who is "us" in Genesis?
What is the Afterlife?
What is Biblical Inspiration?
What is the True Israel?
What is a God-Man Messiah?
 
Volume 2 topics:
 
Hebrew Language Idioms
First Century Culture
Rabbi Yeshua
Pentecost Festival
Pharisee Saul
 
Volume 3 topics:
 
Hebrew Circles in History
Original Story Episodes
Biblical Giants
Sky-Gods and Demons
End Time Conditions
 
Here is the link to John Brown's Author page on Amazon.
 
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Overcome an Erroneous Self Image

YourErroneousZonesFeelings are an appropriate part of human life. However, feelings are not a standard of truth or even reality. Feelings are a supreme priority for children and those who choose to remain an emotional infant. The obsessive feelings of an erroneous self image are an affliction which can be overcome.
 
Feelings are NOT an important priority in life. This is one reason why vows are made when people get married. The vows are of a higher priority than feelings. Vows do not change, even if feelings do. Standing true to your word is of much greater importance than any contrary feeling which might be experienced.
 
For political and spiritual reasons, western society is in the midst of being assaulted with the error that "whatever I feel must be real". For example, in regards to personal and public safety, the politicians and media almost always use the words "feel safe", but almost never use the words "be safe". Thus, feeling safe is the most important priority; if you feel safe, you must be safe.
 
Another recent example; if I am a biological boy, but I feel as if I am a girl, then I must be a girl. Now, this is a really interesting influence arising from the part of society that prides itself on its objective adherence to all things scientific! The empirical evidence of biology is clear, tangible, and irrefutable; yet subjective, ethereal emotions are used to justify an imaginary reality. This is similar to the distorted mental processes that sustain the paranoid and the psychotic.
 
The medical and psychiatric community has found that there is big money to be made preying upon those who are inflicted with feelings of self revulsion. In a recent interview, it was revealed that a male, transitioning to a female, required surgery costing $80,000. This did not include genital surgery which would require an additional $100,000! This is serious money to sustain a sick hallucination. It is a sick, sadistic medical industry who promote such practices.
 
When there is no other organic or spiritual cause, inappropriately unpleasant, unhappy, childish feelings can be corrected by changing ones thinking. This has been known for a long, long, time. However, changing ones thinking is very hard WORK. It requires commitment and an ethical awareness of SELF RESPONSIBILITY.
 
All of us who dislike getting up on Monday morning to go to work, change and control the thinking processes. Athletes are highly trained to control their thinking so that they can endure to win.
 
Self revulsion can be overcome without surgery! The concepts explained in the book "Your Erroneous Zones" has been a great help to many through the years. Perhaps a copy could be given to those that you know are struggling with self rejection and self revulsion. You don't have to accept their hallucinations, and neither do they.
 
 
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Understand the Enemy

In order to eliminate confusion and uncertainty, it is helpful to understand the enemy that is working to destroy liberty. For years the political powers have been laboring to destroy America, but the motive behind this work has been unclear. The featured video explains the motives of one man, but understand that this man is a front, just a puppet for a larger team which is at work behind the curtain.

When secret, hidden evil is revealed, it can provoke emotions in us, such as anger, disappointment, and grief. Although these emotions may be appropriate human responses, they are not to dominate us. Manage the emotiions and get peacful.

Once there is greater clearity regarding the decline of America and liberty, it is appropriate to peacfully pursue a thoughtful, spiritual response. Those who live by the faith of Jesus Christ have a responsibility to endure these challenging times to perform God's will, not our own will. Start by praying for our country, and our local communities; seek the welfare of your local community. As you walk by the spirit, do whatever God inspires in you.

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The Twisted Theology of Climate Change

The threat of human produced climate change has resulted in a twisted theology from the scientific community. For decades the scientific establishment has worked diligently to become completely atheistic, to rid itself of any theistic influence or belief. Yet, somehow, with the advent of the threat of human produced climate change, the scientific establishment has somehow regressed, embracing theism which it had discarded, long ago. In the process of finding religion, there are scientific, atheistic doctrines which it has discarded.
 
Darwinism holds that the human species is nothing but an animal, produced by natural evolution, simply a product of nature which is no better or worse than any other animal. Using this doctrine, science rid itself of the theistic doctrines of human dominion, human sinfulness, a human messiah, the need for salvation and God, the creator of humanity and the universe. This scientific doctrine seems to have been discarded.
 
Climate change theology holds that the human species is not natural; it somehow is capable of unnatural activities. It follows then, that these unnatural activities are wrong, evil, and damaging. Thus, climate change theology has reincorporated the theistic doctrine of the sinfulness of man! Climate change theology resurrects the theistic doctrine that the human species has dominion (rulership) over the natural realm. Thus, given its position as ruler and its unnatural activities, this species alone has the capacity to destroy the life functions of this planet and is doing so. 
 
Climate change theology holds that this species is ethically required to use its position of rulership and its unnatural abilities to heal the planet and to conserve any threatened animal life, plant life and any ecological functions. This doctrine forgets and negates another tenet of Darwinian theology, which holds that any species that does not change or evolve will die. The lesson of Darwin is clear; the very act of conservation produces the doom of extinction.
 
The climate change theology even has a doctrine of salvation and a messiah! The messiah of climate change theology is government, the so called "policy makers". Salvation is attained when we, the contaminated electorate, sacrifice our liberty and our incomes on the altar of science and politics. The messiah of climate change, the government policy makers, will ensure that the planet is healed. Thus Science and Politics will bring forth Paradise. If we do not comply, we are all doomed to the hell of an overheated planet where we will burn for eternity.
 
Science has become a religion, it has taken upon itself the very egotistical role of the maker of gods. The scientific establishment has become the institution of ethical standards, determining and pronouncing what is good and what is evil.
 
Science embraces theism when it is in their favor to do so, especially when they get to make the gods.
 
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