The real- REAL reason people are leaving the church.

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I think I have read no less then 35 different blogs titled:

“The real reason people are leaving the church.”

There is even a rebuttal saying, “Because actually, they’re not.”

Even the famed Matt Walsh jumped on board this sinking ship.

But so many seem to be missing the point. While I don’t necessarily have an issue with their explanations and analysis for the supposed exodus, I do have a problem with the initial premise. You see the question they are answering is not a new question. About 15 years ago,in particular, people were asking the same question.

And the answer was this:

“We need to be more relevant! Hey, we’ll even start a magazine called ‘Relevant’ and that will help!” So the music got flashy, people church-hopped, and the pendulum swung.

Now, the question is being asked again.

But this time the answer is: “We need to be less relevant! Let’s go back to hymns, sacraments, liturgy and stuff and NO flashy music, this will bring them in.” (insert pendulum swinging the other way)

My problem with all this conjecturing is two fold.

First of all, I don’t buy the assertion that ‘Christians” are leaving the church.

Why? Well, because there is really no evidence that this is happening. In fact some would argue that it is not even theologically possible. The evidence presented to prove their point of mass exodus is that  the percentage of self-professed Christians has dropped from 78%-70%. But look. No Christian I have talked to has ever given any credence to that unrealistic original statistic.

It’s kind of a joke. A sad joke.

It usually goes like this:

“How are we still killing babies if 80% of the country is following Christ?” Oh, right. Because the statistic is false. People check the “Christian” box like it is a nationality instead of an actual commitment to following Christ.

Secondly,  since there is no actual proof true believers are leaving the church, I personally don’t think a decline in numbers is a bad thing. 

You see, after 28 years or so of constant growth, my church went through a definite decline when the pastor at the time had one of those “Moral failings.”  The weeks following the initial disclosure were filled with many emotions, not the least of which was fear. Driving home from running errands one night, I had a noteworthy moment of anxiety. I thought of my former pastor and feared for his soul. What if he doesn’t truly repent? What if he walks away from the church altogether? What if he is lost forever? Then I had an even greater fear of something much worse. What if he doesn’t walk away from the church, per se, but instead walks away from truth? What if he pulls a Rob Bell, and decides that he “humbly” realizes that he knows more than all of the church fathers before him, and truth is relative and “Love wins” and joins forces with…. Oprah! And what if he, with all his charisma and charm, leads thousands of people away?

It was there at that stop light, that I heard a voice in my spirit say these words:

 “It’s still too big.” 

What? I thought. My church ? What is too big? 

“You want the moral majority, but I have called you to the narrow road.”

My mind immediately went to the story of a scared Gideon as he prepared for battle, when the Lord reduced his army from thousands to hundreds. I realized at that moment that life was different now. Not just in our church, but in our country. And I knew that our church was being prepared for something more. Something greater.

Greater persecution. Greater affliction. Greater obstacles. A greater mission.

And before our church had been hit with tragedy, it was just too big. Possibly a bit of the “mile wide, inch deep” syndrome. Don’t misunderstand. Great ministry happened for years at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Scripture was taught. Disciples were made. Pastors were sent out all over the country and beyond. Lives have been forever changed. However, this depth of faith was not a reality for the entire body. For some people it was entertainment. They were there for the show. And now that the main character was gone, they were leaving too. And that was a healthy decline.  But for those that stayed – there has been an awakening. A girding up of sorts. A unity towards the forwarding of the gospel. We have been reminded that we are on a battleship, not a cruise ship! When we look at those “Christian” statistics in America? They aren’t real. They are still too big. So you want to know why the church is or isn’t growing? Here’s the answer that I haven’t heard one person say.

…neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (I Cor. 3:7-HSCB)

We have to look at a couple factors. Are we preaching the word? Yes.  Are we mentoring and disciplining? Yes.

Great. But remember, here’s the important part:

Only God gives the growth. So it doesn’t matter if you sing hymns with an organ, or praise songs with a tambourine (our worship leaders nightmare.)

God watches over His word to perform it. He has a story to tell. And He has already warned us in great detail where we are headed. But take heart! This is not a doom and gloom message. This is a Joshua 24 type call to action! Do not despair over numbers. Choose this day whom you will serve. Go and make disciples. This was and is our commission. Be bold and courageous. Do not be afraid. Be prepared to give an answer for your faith. Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us. Keeping our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith!

7 Embarrasingly Failed Predictions of the Global Warming Movement.

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Just for fun, I thought I would share some of my favorite Global- Warming   Climate Change, Global Climate Disruption predictions by some of the best and brightest! To be fair, I don’t blame them for being so inconveniently wrong. I’m pretty sure God is just messing with them!
Let’s jump right in with this gem from the very first Earth day in 1970.

1) “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” Paul Elrich, famous Population freak out guy.

Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen.

Phew!

Moving on, let’s jump from the 70’s to the 80’s. Who doesn’t like the 80’s?
In 1988 James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for three dec­ades and one of the best “climatologists” in the world, gave us this doozy:

2) BY 2008  “The West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water. And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change…. There will be more police cars … [since] you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.”

Having just visited NYC recently I would like to assure you that the West Side is not underwater. And the windows are tape free! Hooray!

3) Princeton professor and lead UN IPCC author Michael Oppenheimer,“chief scientist” for the Environmental Defense Fund proclaimed that by 1995 the “greenhouse effect” would be “desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots.” By 1996, he added, the Platte River of Nebraska “would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.”

His ending prediction is my favorite.

Drum-roll please……..

Things for us Americans would get soooooo bad (in 1996) that………

“Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking work as field hands.”

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Of course he never owned up to his ridiculous predictions. In fact, he gave this hilariously false explanation:

“On the whole I would stand by these predictions — not predictions, sorry, scenarios — as having at least in a general way actually come true.”
For sure…..except opposite.

Now, lest I am accused of being outdated, I will jump to more current predictions.

4) In March 2000 “senior research scientist” David Viner, working at the time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, told the U.K. Independent that within “a few years,” snowfall would become “a very rare and exciting event” in Britain.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,”

he was quoted as claiming in the article, headlined “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

So obviously the very next year, snowfall across the United Kingdom increased by more than 50 percent. Because God is so funny, right?

5) In 2001, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicted that the planet would see “warmer winters and fewer cold spells, because of climate change.

See Boston? It’s totally fine!! I’m sure this winter will be the one when the snow doesn’t reach your roof tops.

And of course, who can talk about failed climate change predictions without mentioning the “Goracle.”

6) In 2008, Al Gore claimed this:“the entire North Polarized [sic] cap will disappear in five years.” “Five years, is the period of time during which it is now expected to disappear.”

Then in 2009, at a summit in Copenhagen, he said there was a “75% chance” they would be gone in 5-7 years.
So what actually happened?
The Arctic ice volume as of summer of 2013 had actually expanded more than 50 percent over 2012 levels.

In fact, during October 2013, sea-ice levels grew at the fastest pace since records began in 1979. Many experts now predict the ongoing expansion of Arctic ice to continue in the years to come.

So there’s that.

Ok, I could go on and on and on. But let’s draw to a close here.

On December 12, 2007, the British government-funded BBC ran this now-embarrassing article

7) “Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013’.”

In this piece, (which is still online!!!!)  the BBC highlighted “modeling studies” that “indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.” Because their “experts” and “super computers” that they always use said so!

And once again…..

#opposite
In fact the sea-ice area in the south is now at the highest point since records began.

Here’s my question:

How many times do they get to be embarrassingly wrong before its considered socially acceptable to… maybe… have a few doubts about their predictions??
The bottom line is this: As Christians we are supposed to be good stewards of the earth. That was God’s idea. The reality is, however, that the green agenda has very little to do with actually doing just that. The good news is that there is so much real information and truth out there to be found.

For real solutions instead of a political agenda, check out:

http://www.cornwallalliance.org/category/blog/

Like them on facebook…

https://www.facebook.com/CornwallAlliance?fref=ts

9 facebook friends we all have!

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I want to tell you about some of my facebook “friends” although I am pretty sure you already know them. They are likely in that “Mutual friends” box. See if you recognize them…..

1. The Vaccine Vixen- Ok I have 2 of these. One is adamantly for, and the other is adamantly against! But they are passionately seeking the truth, which makes me so glad.  I have “researched,” (whatever that means) and prayed and made choices, but I rest assured that if there is new information out there she will find it, she will post it on facebook, send out a group email, and fight against big pharma (or not). I am exhausted just thinking about all that!

2. The Organic Organizer- She knows all about organic food, raw milk and free roaming chickens. She buys beef by the cow, and posts recipes with ingredients I can’t pronounce. It used to intimidate me. I can’t afford that stuff right now. Maybe never. Or maybe I don’t have time or won’t make time, but this girl is getting the word out, and we are actually seeing positive food changes!

3. The Missionary Mentor-  She is fighting hard for the least of these, and for those that haven’t heard the gospel, and I am so proud of her. Her status updates make my complaints seem very small, which is kind of perfect.  I need that perspective more often than not.

4. The Political  Provoker- He fights against the political lunacy that surrounds us every day. His words are harsh at times, but the Bible does actually say that we should answer a fool according to his folly. It’s actually a type of math proof. Reductio Ad Absurdum. To prove something is true, you prove the opposite is false. Sometimes perceived as sarcasm.

5. The Culture Warrior- This “friend” is on the radio every day fighting the culture war. I am so glad she is taking up these battles for me. Her voice reaches a lot farther than mine. I imagine that she has lost some friends because of the public stand she has taken, and I am incredibly grateful for her sacrifice.

6. The Essential Oil Educator- Girlfriend is in love with oils. She has used them to cure just about everything and no longer has any over the counter products. I wish I had about 20 less laundry loads to do a week so I could learn more about the benefits of oils. But she has always been so generous to share with me what she has learned, even though I don’t go to her meetings.

7. The Workout Announcer- This friend posted her workouts for 60 days in a row. She is working hard to accomplish her goal, and ya know what? It inspired me, and I started posting my workouts too, and realized how motivating posting your accomplishments is!

8. The Devo Diva- When I saw that picture of her coffee cup and Bible, I realized I hadn’t done that yet. And it looked so good. I needed that. I needed the reminder of how good it is to sit for a moment at the feet of Jesus.

9. The Baby Biographer- The older generation always says to treasure every moment. And my friend does this well. Soak it in and remember. Babies are precious. Children are a gift. And sadly undervalued. Please fill my feed with sweet baby pictures every chance you get and remind me how fast it goes!

As different as all these friends are, they have one thing in common. They have chosen to follow Jesus. They defend His words. And they are each reaching different people groups.

I confess that I used to roll my eyes at some of these friends. Enough with the vaccines, food worship, political rantings, culture war fights, oil sales, working out and devo pics!

But here’s the thing. God has given us all different passions. And typically we can’t help but share them with everyone we know.

I am grateful for those fighting the battles that I am not fighting because somebody has to do it! Can you imagine one person taking up all of those causes?
It wouldn’t work.
Ya know what else doesn’t work? Belittling the passions of another.
Case and point. I remember reading one poverty focused blogger waxing wise about how a legal minded blogger needed to focus more time on the poor instead of our religious rights. She somehow missed the reality that the  legal blogger is actually fighting for the poverty bloggers right to keep fighting poverty…in Jesus name. So there’s that little bit of irony.

If I go on the politically passionate friends page, I will read people warning him that his fervor is turning people away from Christ. But I didn’t see Jesus worrying about that when He walked the earth. In fact it almost seemed like he tried to turn people away.

“Follow me” Jesus said.
“But I have to go bury my father”
“Let the dead bury their dead”

Yikes.

“What must I do to be saved?” someone asked.
“Give away every single one of your possessions.” Jesus answered.

Sounds reasonable.

See? Jesus was offensive and radical, and yet He didn’t seemed bothered that they walked away.

Here’s my point.
We, in the body of Christ need each other.

This passage of scripture in 1 Corinthians 12 brings it home. You may have read this a thousand times. But yet it seems like no remembers the truth expressed.

 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
All too often in family settings when trouble hits, we turn against each other instead of turning to each other. Now is not the time for that. Now is the time to pray for each other, stand beside each other, support each other, in Christ, for His name’s sake, humbling serving the body of Christ.
I pray that we as Christians, followers of Christ, would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3) Because they will know we are Christians by our love for one another.

Amen!

When will you ever use algebra? 

As a math person, there is a question that I get asked incessantly.
And it’s this:

When will you ever use Algebra???
Ah, thank you Mr. Dewey!
If you are old like me, then when I say Dewey, you think of an antiquated card filing system from the library.
Different Dewey.
The one of whom I speak is the one that ruined education and is the reason you ask me this question. No one would have asked this question back when Benjamin Franklin was writing the constitution.
What is the point of learning something? Really? Ugh.
Typically I give them a brilliant, well thought out, perfectly configured explanation and then I get this response……
So I hesitate to even write this blog. But in the spirit of education…..I must.
So back to Dewey.
John Dewey single-handedly destroyed the idea that becoming an educated contributing member of society was enough of a reason to learn something. I am pretty sure he was the first person to ask, “Is this going to be on the test??” (major simplification, but seriously pretty close)
Fine. So you want to be all utilitarian on me? I’ll humor you.
Why study Algebra?
1. It pays! The top 15 (yes FIFTEEN) highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common — math skills. That’s according to a 2009 survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks college graduates’ job offers.
Check out how math compares with those other majors!!
MAJOR-SALARY DIFFERENTIAL
Mathematics + 37.5%
Economics +33.5%
Chemistry +22.8%
Foreign Langs +5.1%
Poli. Sci. +4.9%
History +0.9%
Biology +0.8%
English +0%
Psychology -4.40%
And then there is this handy “job satisfaction” chart…..but who wants to be satisfied with their job? Clearly not surgeons (#156, yikes)
JOB SATISFACTION RANKING
Mathematician 1
Actuary 2
Statistician 3
Biologist 4
Software Engineer 5
Economist 11
Physicist 13
Computer Programmer 18
Aerospace Engineer 33
Nuclear Engineer 41
Chemist 57
Electrical Engineer 62
Federal Judge 69
Civil Engineer 71
Mechanical Engineer 74
Attorney 82
Stockbroker 84
Senior Corporate Executive 88
Dentist 101
Surgeon 156

 

Why are we learning this?” you ask. How about so you can provide for your family? How about so you have a better chance at actually liking your job? Good enough reasons? Great! Are there other ways to provide for your family? Obviously yes. But when do we decide that? Second grade? Ok, you will be a realtor. No algebra for you. No. Of course not. Why limit yourself? Put in the hard work. Study like you mean it. And leave your options open. There are countless jobs that will look at your math success and be pretty impressed. Why? Because succeeding in math means that either you are pretty smart or you work really hard, or somewhere in between. Employers seem to like those qualities. There, algebra helped you.
2. Your brain needs algebra. While I will concede that you may not use “algebra” (insert Chris Farley air quotes here) in the sense that you are taking out a piece of paper and solving for x, every day, you are (hopefully) at the very least using algebra skills to make logical connections and solve problems daily. And just like any muscle….that part of your brain needs to be worked out. Would you ask a trainer at a gym “When am I ever going to need to do 50 lunges in my life?” 
No, that’s ridiculous. Of course you won’t be doing those exact movements. The point isn’t to be able to do lunges, the point is to work that muscle and get in optimum shape so that you can further your fitness goals and operate at peak physical capacity.
3. To know God and make Him known! If you are a Christian, then this alone is a reason to study math. God invented it, uses it, reveals Himself through it and on and on! Discoveries in math are so divinely designed that people once worshiped the creature rather than the creator and started worshiping numbers. On the other hand, I remember the first time I heard Chuck Missler, (mathematician/pastor) speak, it was as if I had heard the Bible in a way I never imagined possible. The marriage of mathematics and theology is nothing short of miraculous and beautiful! If you run from math, you will be missing out on knowing a part of God you can only learn about through studying that realm of His design. He is a math God people. Face it. 😉 When you study anything that He created and designed you will learn more about His principles and character and literally just be in awe! Oh yes, when you see how beautiful a proof comes together, you can’t deny the power of God! GP are you with me?
I can hear you now….
“Oh, so you think you are smarter/better/more logical than I am because you are good at math?”
Actually. Yes. That is exactly what I think.
What I mean is I just may be smarter than you in math.
And some of you are smarter/better/more knowledgeable in art/history/science/ or music. 
The reality is that learning is good for you. It makes you better. Period. Learn about something. Turn off the T.V. And pick up a book. Any book. Enrich your mind. Learn algebra. You will be better for it. Learn history. Lord knows someone needs to! Find out why the Crusades started for instance!  Learn about science. Real science. Not fake “It’s a baby if you want it to be” flat earther science. 
But for heaven’s sake, don’t ask a physical trainer, “When will I ever do lunges in real life?”
 And don’t ask a math teacher, “When will you ever use Algebra in real life.”
Because when you ask “Why did I need to learn algebra?” I would say, “Why not?” And for that matter why is no one asking “Why did I need to learn kickball?” or “Why did I need to memorize elements on the periodic table?” How many adults are using either of those skills on a daily basis?
Let’s get to the real issue.
Algebra can require a lot of practice, hard work, and firm foundation with facts.
So the real question is, “Why do I have to work hard when I don’t want to?” And this is what so many seem to struggle with these days. Why do I have to sacrifice my needs when I don’t want to? Why do I have to be kind when I don’t want to? Why do I have to humble myself when I don’t want to? Life is full of opportunities to work hard and show diligence in a challenging situation.
How will you respond?
Algebra teaches you to follow laws and absolute truths, even if you don’t fully understand them. Learning Algebra increases your ability to think logically and solve problems. This is proven. (see what I did there? Proof? Oh math humor!)
When people say, “I never use Algebra” what they are saying is:
I never find missing information.”
I never work through a problem logically”
I never follow rules and directions to complete a task.”
I never apply known information to find an unknown answer.”
Those are all skills sharpened and taught in algebra. For some people these skills come more naturally than others, but regardless of whether they are learned or not you are still using principles of algebra.
I know what else you are going to say:
“I am logical and smart, and I stink at algebra.”
 Ok. Let’s say that is true. 
I could say, “I am fit and in shape and I never do lunges.” Well, first of all, the premise may be debatable. Second of all, regardless of how smart or in shape I am, when you don’t exercise (brain or body) you will be less than what you could be.
This is just like when people say, “I don’t follow God, but I am a kind and loving person.”
The reality is that you are following the principles God has established whether you acknowledge Him or not. Similarly, you are applying the principles found in Algebra whether you acknowledge it or not.
So for this momentous occasion, this once in a life time “Pi Day” (3/14/15) that we are all celebrating……it is my one wish that people all over the world would stop asking the question…..at least for one day 🙂

Why I agree with Richard Dawkins.

Since Mr. Dawkins and I have such drasticly different views on life, purpose, and the universe as a whole, I decided agreeing with the man was a blog worthy event. Here’s the scenario. A woman tweeted Dawkins for some hypothetical advice should she ever become pregnant with a baby that has Downs Syndrome. His answer was straightforward and to the point, and completely consistent with his view of life. Check it out:
I admit, my initial response was mostly emotional. What a disgusting thing to say! I have friends that have children that are beautiful and happy and also have Down syndrome. I was furious for the pain that they endure, not because of their child, but because of idiotic comments like the one from the best and brightest the atheist world has to offer.
And while I am a woman and definitely an emotional being, I also love math and logic which is the real reason why I had a definite problem with Richard Dawkins comment. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am under no delusions that for one moment I could win a logic dance-off with RD, but his claim….it’s a mess!!

Let’s look at it:

“It would be immoral to bring it (a child with Down syndrome) into the world if you had a choice.”

He then goes on to explain that it is simply for the welfare of the child that he came to this conclusion. How generous.
So let me see if I can figure this out.
Children with Down Syndrome suffer.
Bringing a child into the world that will suffer is….. immoral.
Well Mr. Dawkins, I actually agree with half of your statement. Children with Down Syndrome suffer.That much is true.
You know how I know that? Because every human on the planet suffers.
However, do you know what other types of children suffer? And arguably more then a kid with DS?
Children of divorce.
You know what other group of children suffer?
Spoiled children of rich parents.
You know what other type of children suffer?
Child actors. They are a mess!! I wonder if there is a prenatal test for the genetic predisposition to go into acting? Then Richard D. could campaign their abortions too. I mean, all this poor, misunderstood, lover of humanity wants to do is end the suffering of children by killing them. Don’t be so hard on the guy!

Yes, children with Down Syndrome suffer, but hey Mr. Science and Reason guy, can you measure suffering? Because, if you can, wow, that’s impressive. What is the formula for that?

Yes there is no way to measure suffering, yet you are sure this one group of people are better off not existing because of their degree of suffering, right? All of them? They suffer so intensely that they would be better off non existent? None of them are ever happy, and sweet and actually the most unconditionally loving people you could ever meet? Yeah, just admit it. That comment was not only absurd, but also very un-sciency. Suffering. You can’t measure it. And yet even if you could, what algorithm, exactly, would you use to determine if ones suffering renders their existence a total mistake? Here’s an idea. Why not ask a grieving parent who lost their child, if they are suffering? Now ask them if they wish their child would never have been born…ya know…because then they could have avoided all that suffering. Here’s the thing.

Suffering does not equal lack of joy or purpose.

But now I am using all kinds of crazy words. Joy. Purpose. Sorry about that.

Ok, I know, it sounds like I don’t agree with Mr. Dawkins, and now you are frustrated with my misleading “bait and switch” title. But wait! I really do agree with him! Here is the quote with which I completely agree.

“What I was saying simply follows logically from the ordinary pro-choice stance that most of us, I presume, espouse.”

In other words, he is merely taking a pro-choice philosophy out to it’s logical conclusion.

Case and point:
If that unborn baby, that fetus, has no value, has no rights, is not a life,  then who cares what the reason is! Just abort it. Wrong gender? Abort it. Wrong timing? Abort it. Going to interfere with your modeling aspirations? Abort it. Going to have a chromosomal abnormality? Of course! No brainer.

As foolish and revolting as his initial comment was, this fact remains.

That comment flows perfectly and naturally from his evolutionary pro-choice stance.

So why, pray tell, is everyone so shocked? Why is there such outrage?

The reason is simple. Hardly anyone takes their pro-choice philosophy out to its logical conclusion.
They say things like, “It’s a baby if you want it to be.” (So scientific) Or  “yes, decapitating babies is gross, but who am I to tell a woman what to do with her body.” Huh?
No matter how obviously illogical these statements are, people  continue with these ridiculous arguments for abortion. because they must cling to their “freedom” whatever the cost. The cost in this case is logical inconsistency.

I have to admit, when I took to the twitterverse and saw all the magnificently dissenting opinions, I felt relief. Ahhhh!! People do have souls! Yay! The internet can still distinguish evil! Hooray! All is not lost! Yet my comfort was fleeting because I knew the truth. I sat there at my computer deflated.  Yes, the majority of tweeters are using their twitter handles to blast Dawkins and his morally depraved views, but does that really match popular opinion? Does it accurately reflect what happens statistically? Or is everyone just mad that he said it out loud? Are they feeling betrayed because he pulled the back the curtain on the truth of the pro-choice philosophy?

The internet is a liar.
Because if people were honest, there would have been no backlash. There would have been no blogs on Huffington Post making a joke out of the whole debacle. If people were honest, 90% of them would have “favorited” his comment. Because statistics tell us that most people agree with him. Yes, over 90% of women that get a down syndrome diagnosis will abort.

Yes Dawkins, you are right when you say that your comment flows perfectly from your world view. And I can imagine how shocked you were when you were attacked by the very people that are normally on your side. You will have to forgive them because they are just not smart enough to take your espoused views to their logical conclusions. And to you, I am truly thankful. I am thankful that you said it out loud. I am thankful that you exposed the pro-choice philosophy for all that it really is. Because of you, I know right now someone out there finally gets it.

So before I conclude, that person is the one with whom I need to talk. With all this media attention, all this talk of aborting babies because they had down syndrome, all the apparent outrage over taking the life of an innocent, there is someone else out there that may understand now what they didn’t realize then. You see, like many others,  we too were told that our first baby girl had all the markers for down syndrome. But we refused an amnio because we didn’t think knowing was worth the risk. Any baby from God deserved a chance at life. That was an easy decision for us. But I know that it is not an easy decision for all. I know that there are women and men, mothers and fathers that agonized over that same decision. I know that some decided to get the amnio, and in turn, due to complications, lost their baby, a baby that actually did not even have DS. I also know that others chose a drastically different route. They chose to end the life of their child. They believed the lie. They really thought they were doing the charitable thing. They were deceived by men “smarter” then them. Doctors. Midwives. Family members. All lied. And just like that a life was gone. This was a baby, with eyelashes and fingernails and smiles and toes. A baby that was brutally murdered. If that was you, if you made that choice, but now, thanks to Dawkins, you have seen the lies exposed for what they really are, you may feel so much pain that you think you will die. But I need you to know one thing. There is forgiveness at the cross. There is healing from the hand of God. You can find freedom and peace. I promise you. Yes, I am glad Dawkins said what he did. I agree that pro-choice philosophy logically leads one to his exact pitiful and nauseating comments. And I am thankful that he drew back the curtain for all to see the ugliness that comes with the pro-choice world view.But more than that I pray that those that were deceived, would find healing. And I pray that those that are in that valley of decision, would choose life.

Confessions of a Creationist: When the Bible doesn’t match science.

Confession time.
 The Bible’s account of creation does not always line up with Science.
 There. I said it. Now what?

Well because of this, some really smart men out there that consider themselves to be Christians, embrace evolution. Regularly, those Christian evolutionists repeat the same words heard in the garden, all those years ago….

“Did God really say….?

However, the reality that science does not always line up with scripture doesn’t bother me.
Wait, what??
That’s right.  And it shouldn’t bother you either. 

Here’s why.

1. Expecting our understanding of science and the Bible to line up in perfect harmony is ridiculous.

Read this carefully. If you are dismayed when science seems to contradict the Bible’s account of creation, how do you feel when “science” does not line up with the rest of the Bible?
Virgin birth?
Yup. Bible says it. But science? A baby born with no male donor? Not possible.
Healing with mud?
The Bible says Jesus did it. But I dare you to find a scientist with the research to back up this unprecedented claim.
Walking on Water?
Seriously, what man has ever replicated that? Not very sciency.
And rising from the dead?
3 days after dying?  And I mean dead.  Not, “Oh, we thought he was dead, but look, he’s alive and kicking in a body bag in the morgue.” I mean heart pierced-water- flowing out dead, but now alive.
Yes, there are some real problems in the Bible conforming to some apparent scientific data. But creation is definitely not the most egregious.

We need to remember this one crucial fact:

  The One that created the laws, has a way of making those laws fit what He declares to be true. It’s called a miracle.

2. God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
That’s it. Bottom line.
 So saying things like, “Well, they are really smart, and they believe this” does not an argument make. For instance, a lot of these really smart thinkers will claim that they believe the Bible and evolution.  But once you dig deeper into their theology, it’s clear that they really don’t believe the greater part of the Bible. This brings us back to number one. They are producing theories to try to make the Bible line up with science, when God never asked them to do any such thing. Because, logically, if you are going to do that, wouldn’t you start with the resurrection? I mean, I hope that we can all agree that the resurrection is the most important event detailed in the Bible. So why then, don’t the Christian evolutionists try to tell us what actually happened at the tomb? Surely God didn’t mean that Jesus rose from the dead. We all know that doesn’t line up with science.
Listen, I am not saying to check your brain at the church door. In fact, please don’t! But when choosing what to believe, the Bible has to win. It is written by the one that is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The problem with any apparent discrepancies is that science just hasn’t caught up with God yet. For instance, Revelations says that the whole world will see two prophets die. Ten years ago, one would have said, “Preposterous!” “Impossible!” How could the whole world see a single event at one time.  But now we know that 90% of the world can see any given event in minutes, seconds even. Time after time, predictions that we couldn’t possibly understand at the time have come true.
3. They know the truth but refuse to repent.
The reality is that some of these brilliant scientists actually know that some of what they are saying is a complete lie. The soldiers that knew that Jesus rose from the dead told the authorities that Jesus rose from the dead. And what did these authorities do when confronted with truth? Nothing. They covered it up. Or at least they tried. Sharing from the pulpit this past Easter, Franklin Graham highlighted this very fact. Those in authority knew the truth, but refused to repent, and determined to lead others astray. Sadly, this is true not only in science, but in everyday life. We grieve the heart of God and destroy the lives around us because even though we know the truth and know what we ought to do, we do not repent. We choose self. I pray that we, the body of Christ, would continue to battle against the powers of darkness on our knees, and in our hearts that we might see fruit in due season.

Yes, I will admit that the Bible doesn’t always line up with science.  Because frankly, it is above science. Like here:

And truth be told, evolution has the same problem.  However the major difference is that Creationists can rest on  “God said” which easily trumps “Darwin said” any day.

We walk by faith, not by sight, and without faith, it is impossible to please God. Study to show thyself approved, but remember that God’s Word is the ultimate authority and His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. AMEN!! (2 Cor. 5:7, 2 Tim. 2:15, 2 Peter 1:3)

God predicted my future…..Does that count Bill Nye?

Wow! What a morning. And all this drama on “Clean Sheet Wednesday”? How would I get it all done? Rest assured, the sheets (and you all know there are a lot of them) are cleaned and back on the beds. Phew. But really, how was I ever going to reply to Peter So and So on facebook?? He was getting impatient! He waited 30 whole seconds on  before giving me the ol’ “A-HA! I knew you couldn’t answer!” Simmer down now Peter! I have beds to change!
After teaching, and cleaning, and lunching, and witnessing unprecedented activity on my blog good and bad, I had to go for a run. Clear my head. Pray for direction. This is what I wanted right? A platform to tell others about Jesus? But man, people are angry and mean. Look, I am a big girl, and have a knack for disregarding crazy and bitter. Nevertheless, angry people can wear on anyone. I don’t know if this is the road I want to go down. In fact from my very first post, (click here to read) you can see my struggle with God.
It started when I was a teenager and would enjoy explaining math problems to any that were confused around me. It went like this. They couldn’t understand it. I explained it. They were happy. It was then that I decided to become a math teacher, although I didn’t particularly like math. It was a bit much work for my taste. And that was in just in high school! Ha! I had no idea what I was in for pursuing a pure math degree along with teacher certification. Over and over I prayed for permission from God to drop out of my math major. Biblical counseling sounds like fun! This is too hard! But God refused. “I am not calling you into ministry because you don’t want to work hard,” he whispered into my soul. Fine. I trudged through. And I finished.

Then I taught in a public school where over and over I heard from students that I taught who used to hate math, but now loved it! Yes! This is what any good teacher strives for and lots can achieve. However it was not all sunshine and roses. It was also at this school where I learned another important lesson I can use today. Consider the source. After a particularly difficult lesson, a student known for being a regular consumer of marijuana, raised his hand and proclaimed, “I understood this last year when Mr. Hanley taught it, but I don’t understand the way you are teaching it.” Wow. The ultimate blow. The opposite of what every good teacher strives for. But this was Tony. So I was unfazed. “Tony,” I began, “do you think that maybe this was easier last year because you had more brain cells then?” And his response confirmed my theory. He looked around, laughed, and admitted “You might be right.” So there’s that. Consider the source.

And then there was last night. I was too tired to watch the debate, until I had to, but I definitely wasn’t going to write about it. I couldn’t. My brain was mush. It was three o’clock in the morning after my hardest day of the week. Fine. I would start writing, but there was no way I would finish. But I did. So for those that were so wholeheartedly offended by my less than perfect grammar, I had been up 24 hours. Give a girl a break. Although, truth be told, even on a good night of sleep, I would never ever claim to be a perfect writer. Ever. So if that is your thing, we should amicably part ways. I don’t see our relationship going anywhere.
So back to my run. I called a friend and downloaded, and she advised, and I hung up to pray some more. But for a faith having, God loving Christian, I have to admit I really wasn’t expecting an answer. I didn’t see anything God could show me that would give me peace one way or the other. Until he did. He reminded me of what we have been studying in Psalms that I did not relate to at all when I read it. In fact, in the blog, I either didn’t even mention said verses, or didn’t comment on them because I just couldn’t relate. Until today. But because I was storing them in my heart. They were there, today, when I needed them. You see, over the last 6 hours or so, because of a blog post I wrote here, I have been “yelled” at, mocked, called names, “laughed” at. And on and on.
Here are the previous studies:

Psalm 27: Wait!

Here are the verse I didn’t relate to before today:
Psalm 7:  O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
Save me from all those who persecute me;
And deliver me,
2 Lest they tear me like a lion,
Rending mein pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this:
If there is iniquity in my hands,
4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
But establish the just;
For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
10 My defense is of God,Who saves the upright in heart.

14 Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit and dug it out,
And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
trouble shall return upon his own head,
And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
Psalm 27:


3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I
will beconfident.

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the
Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the
Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
Today I am thankful for a God who sees the future. And longs to prepare us for it! And that, Dear Impatient Peter from facebook, is something of which I could never be convinced otherwise. And above all, I pray that you would find that too.

Why Bill Nye lost the debate last night.

 

 

I LOVE debates!! Ask my poor husband!
 I vow one day to go to law school, because in my humble opinion, there is no one that would make a better lawyer then someone with a math degree. Logic, problem solving, proofs, yes, yes and yes! So when I heard about this debate my head was spinning. These types of debates are typically “below” all the evolution big wigs, so this was our chance! I wondered what Ken Ham would say, which smoking gun he would bring up. Would he use Darwin’s own words to damn Bill Nye’s ideas? Which proofs would he bring out? The anticipation was almost too much. I was praying for Ken Ham, telling others to pray for Ken Ham.
I could not wait to watch this debate.
And then, two days before the debate I realized I wouldn’t even be able to watch the it live. Weeks ago I had received free tickets to a NHL Panthers hockey game for our whole family. And it was the same night!!
 I gladly went to the game, and enjoyed the family time. But I couldn’t help but wonder how the debate was going. That’s when I started checking twitter. And my heart began sinking!
NO!! What? Why? Even my Christian friends were disappointed.
 I literally felt sick. I was desperate to know what had happened. I really wanted to watch it online. Like now.
When we got home from the game exhaustion was setting in. The debate was over. The vote was in. It felt like November 2012 all over again. Should I even watch it? What was the point?
Yeah right! Of course I had to watch it.
So with the kids and husband asleep, I clicked on the archived event with incredible anxiety and began watching. The truth is that I was riveted from start to finish. But I had one question. Was I watching the same debate?
Ken Ham started off strong with the grammar stage. Undoubtedly, we have to define our terms if we are going to employ them throughout the discussion. However, despite Ham’s rigorous and through explanations of the vocabulary they would be using, Bill Nye refused to adhere to said logical constraints and  instead used demeaning innuendos and labeled  belief in a created universe as “Ken Ham’s view” as if Ken Ham invented the theory of creation. The reality is, however, that Bill Nye could have just as easily and accurately said “Francis Bacon’s view” or “Galileo’s view” or “Isaac Newton’s view,” but that would have ended the whole debate right then and there as I will explain later.
There were little things stylistically that I thought Ham could have done differently, or points on which Ham could have challenged Nye, throughout, but for the sake of time and my sanity, I am just going to go over the fundamental fallacies that in essence caused a big loss for Nye.
First of all, Bill Nye made the claim that he, and all scientists since the beginning of time, welcome new theories! (Wait why are we here again?) Yes, he spoke for all scientists everywhere throughout all of history, declaring the joy they feel when someone offers an opposing view with any proof. But I, for one, know this to be false. Why? Because of my FAVORITE math class ever. The History of Calculus. It was fascinating! Seriously, great teacher. Jaw dropping stories. And how did it portray some of those great scientists that produced new ideas to the scientific community? They were attacked and vilified or worse, murdered!! Surely not, you say. Oh yes, I argue. So much so that Isaac Newton eventually gave up sharing his ideas with anyone. And what happened? The whole country of England suffered. They were left about a hundred years behind their competitors mathematically because one of the greatest minds of our time (a creationist, ironically enough) was done with fighting the “all accepting” scientists. Wait, so because someone who believed in a creator God, stopped contributing to science, his whole country’s mathematical progress was halted? Interesting.Very Interesting.
Next, he makes the assertion that creationists have the ultimate potential, nay destiny, of ruining progress and eliminating all further advances in science.  Yes, America will cease to be a leader and all will be lost if we teach creation! This claim is easily disputed too, but mostly because his premise is more than a little shaky. His big concern is the education of our children right? We creationists can believe all this fairytale, Ken Ham, stuff, concedes Nye, but please, leave the kids out of it! After all, America’s science and math education is currently leading the charts! Right at the top! Right? We can’t lose that!
Oh, wait,what? A 2009 study found that U.S. students ranked 25th among 34 countries in math and science, behind nations like China, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland.
Oh, well, that must be because there is so much Bible and creation and stuff in schools nowadays, right? Nope.
So faulty premise to start because we are not at the top for science and math education. But the end is wrong too. And that, frankly is where Mr. Nye loses this debate.
This whole controversy started months ago when he claimed that parents should not be allowed to teach their children creation because it is dumb, and their kids will be dumb (paraphrase.)
And that is what Mr. Nye kept driving home tonight.
Bill Nye: (Paraphrase) Anyone who believes in creation can never invent or predict anything. Evolutionists always predict amazing things, 
Ken Ham: like because of evolution we knew that people didn’t really need their appendix, or tonsils, ya know, we were evolving past those silly things, so we can just take them out, whenever we want, no harm no…….
…wait what?
 Oh, right, ignore that prediction, that was a little off. But seriously, where was I, oh yeah, if you believe in creation, you can never contribute to science and predict awesome things like evolutionists can.
Then Ken Ham brings out some people from this list of people that support the “Ken Ham Way”:
Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Scientific method.
  • Isaac Newton (1642–1727) (WOH) Dynamics; Calculus; Gravitation law; Reflecting telescope; Spectrum of light (wrote more about the Bible than science, and emphatically affirmed a Creator. Some have accused him of Arianism, but it’s likely he held to a heterodox form of the Trinity—See Pfizenmaier, T.C., Was Isaac Newton an Arian? Journal of the History of Ideas 68(1):57–80, 1997)
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (1646–1716) Mathematician
  • Carolus Linneaus (1707–1778) Taxonomy; Biological classification system
  • Michael Faraday (1791–1867) (WOH) Electro magnetics; Field theory, Generator
  • Samuel F.B. Morse (1791–1872) Telegraph
  • James Joule (1818–1889) Thermodynamics
  • Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) (WOH) Bacteriology, Biochemistry; Sterilization; Immunization
  • William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907) Energetics; Absolute temperatures; Atlantic cable (believed in an older earth than the Bible indicates, but far younger than the evolutionists wanted*)
  • William Huggins (1824–1910) Astral spectrometry
  • Bernhard Riemann (1826–1866) Non-Euclidean geometries
  • Joseph Lister (1827–1912) Antiseptic surgery
  • Balfour Stewart (1828–1887) Ionospheric electricity
  • James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) (WOH) Electrodynamics; Statistical thermodynamics
  • P.G. Tait (1831–1901) Vector analysis
  • John Bell Pettigrew (1834–1908) Anatomist; Physiologist
  • John Strutt, Lord Rayleigh (1842–1919) Similitude; Model Analysis; Inert Gases
  • Sir William Abney (1843–1920) Astronomy
  • John Ambrose Fleming (1849–1945) Electronics; Electron tube; Thermionic valve
And that is when it was over.
 If Bill Nye’s whole point was that creationists can never predict or invent, he lost. That’s it.
And believe you me, that was and is his point.  (see videos below)
Listen to his closing statements in which he praises the scientific process (The one promoted by creationist Francis Bacon ) and reiterates that if we start teaching creation, we will be “outcompeted” (not a word) by other countries. That was his final thought.
Now I want to talk to the Christians. Ken Ham had an incredible amount of ground to cover, and arguments to answer. He disputed the carbon dating and got all sciency, yet that was completely ignored. He had a short amount of time to accomplish an enormous task. So he proved what mattered. Yes, he could have went back and forth with him about specifics, but when he did, it was completely dismissed. Ken Ham stuck to the main point with focus. He listed some of these brilliant scientists from the past and some from the present all that contributed to science in immeasurable ways, furthering science, not crippling it. End of debate. It should have been over.
Not only that, but when, dear Christian, is sharing scripture with millions something for us to be disappointed about? There was nothing that Ken Ham was going to say that those staunch evolutionists hadn’t heard before and vice versa. The point Ken made time and again was that it all came down to how they were interpreting the data, and that they each, according to their own studies and faith (oh yes, faith), will continue to believe those things regardless of any laundry list of science facts stated. But here is where I differ with the news articles that say “No one will change their opinion from this debate.” I know that God’s word is living, and active and sharper than a two edged sword. I know that God’s Word does not return void. So I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that through this debate, lives were changed. And that, is amazing.
Before watching the debate I felt sick reading all the reactions. Afterward, I am elated and proud. There are some really great discussion points that I am going to explore in future blogs, like, how Bill Nye actually proved the ark could exist, and also confirmed the need to seek after God! But as my mom says, my blogs tend to be a bit wordy, so I better quit for now! In fact, if you made it this far, thank you! You too mom!

****Edited to add these videos which were the inspiration for the post, along with his previous interviews

6 Ridiculous Arguments Used For Legalized Abortion

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There is a constant cacophony from liberals with the same tired illogical arguments for legalized abortion. I don’t usually get too bothered by it. I don’t expect logic from them.  However when the noise starts coming from those that claim to be Christians, that’s when it becomes like nails on a chalk board, and I feel compelled to respond.
So here is a short list with those reasons I seem to hear the most often.

1. “Yes, I believe it is murder, but who am I to judge? I know I would never choose it, but I support a woman’s right to do it.”

For starters, how does that even come out of a person’s mouth?
Ok, so wait, you did just agree that it is murder? And then added that you are ok with it?
The truth is that I have more respect for someone who says “It’s *not* a life, and it’s my right” then this crazy, “yes it’s murder, but what can ya do?” nonsense.
Either it’s murder or it’s not.
If it is, well, then isn’t prohibiting murder kind of a big part of why we have a legal system?
Yes, if murder is happening, you really do have a moral obligation to try to stop it as much as is within your means. And it certainly is within your means when it comes to abortion. (i.e. at the very least voting)

2. “How can you say you are pro life, and also be for the death penalty! Hypocrite!!”

Not exactly the most honest comparison. A man brutalizes and murders countless children, and then you compare his right to life with helpless babies? And before you say “just lock up the murderers for life,” check out this article about killers that were given life sentences that were freed only to kill again. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421724/Revealed-The-murderers-given-life-jail-freed-kill-again.html Yes, so please, no more with this argument. The death penalty is about protecting innocent life from being taken by a murderer,which is  kind of exactly like my pro-life stance.

3. “We can’t afford more babies, over populated planet! No room!! Less is more!”

Here is the thing. We just aborted the guy that was going to find a way to live on mars! Way to go! Also, that whole cancer cure? Yeah, the girl that was going to discover that never saw the light of day. Oh, and the person that had a plan to end world poverty? That guy will be aborted tomorrow. You see, there are two forms of energy. Kinetic and potential. Is kinetic more powerful than potential? Roe v. Wade says yes. Science says no.

4. “All those unwanted babies become murderers and drug dealers! We are safer this way!”

I would like to introduce the people that say this to google. (google: famous adopted people)

I would also like to put money on the fact that these people also voted for Bill Clinton, who was adopted, not aborted. Next I would guess that they are using their iPhone to do this search, their iPhone developed by another “unwanted” baby, Steve Jobs. Not to mention how disgusting it is to suggest that a baby that goes up for adoption is unwanted. Seriously. So disgusting and actually just inaccurate. I would also like to point these people to the lines of people wanting and waiting to adopt a baby.

5. “Women are going to do it anyway, would you rather them lose their life in a back alley with a dirty hanger?

Ok, so let me get this straight, we need to make murder less dangerous? Seriously? Again, if you don’t think it’s murder, of course this logic makes sense to you, I grant you that. But Christians, that believe that the fetus is a living real life baby, (which is the actual definition for a fetus) are you really saying that we need to make murder less dangerous? Please, say that out loud, using those words. “We need to make murder less dangerous.”  See? Sounds crazy right?

Now let’s apply it to other types of murder as well. I mean, think of all the mothers that have lost their lives driving their children off a bridge. Shouldn’t we make it more accessible for mothers to kill their older children too? I mean, otherwise they are just going to drive their car off a bridge and die alongside their children.

God help me.

6.  “Who are you to judge?”

I just can’t hear this one anymore. Not one more time. We all judge, all day long! And thank God we do!
Should I cross the street? I don’t know, let me judge.
Should I wear a warm coat? I don’t know, let me judge.
Should I stop that man from beating that dog? Yes, I have judged the situation, and must intervene.
Judging is such an important activity, that we actually have people with the job title of “Judge.” What about that verse in the Bible that tells people not to judge? Again, google is your friend. This time try googling “What does “Judge not lest you be judged” actually mean?
Does it mean that we allow criminal activity to go unchecked? That we don’t defend the defenseless? Nope. Not for one second. No. The Bible tells us to Judge (discern) with right judgment.
There are more, so many more. This list is incomplete.  But it’s a start. And maybe if just these six nonsensical arguments were eliminated, maybe a real conversation could take place. As a matter of fact, I would be mostly satisfied if these arguments were just never used again by people that identify themselves as Christians. Just that in and of itself would be a huge step in the right direction.
These lies have been told so many times that they are believed even though they are absurd. I know many women who are grieved by the choices they made when they were ignorant. For that reason, I can’t end without stressing that there is  forgiveness at the cross. The very apostle Paul that penned most of the New Testament had committed some heinous acts of murder of which he was completely forgiven. There is no sin that Christ will not forgive when one repents. Stop believing the lies today, and experience true freedom.

The High Cost of "Free" Birth Control vs. The Invaluable Worth of Obedience

There is lots of talk these days regarding “free birth control.” However, even that phrase “Free Birth Control” is the biggest oxymoron.  There is absolutely nothing free about sex, which is the primary reason for this “free” birth control. 
First we have to establish the value of sex as God intended. What is it worth? The act of making love between a husband and wife is invaluable. Priceless. It was intended by God to be the glue that holds them together. In addition to the spiritual bond, something chemical happens in your brain when that physical action takes place that bonds you to that person for life. For better or for worse. It is intimate. It is supposed to be. There is something amazing about knowing someone in a way that nobody on the planet has ever known or will ever know them, not to mention the possibility of partaking in the creation of a human being. What is that worth? In Mark 10: Jesus said  But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’ so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
If sex defined by God is priceless, then what is the true cost of so called “free sex”?
Imagine with me for a minute that you had the strongest glue in the world on the palm of your hand. And the next person with whom you held hands, you would be stuck to for life. But some people ran around saying this wasn’t true. They said that you could hold any old hand, and it was no big deal. So you believed them. And gave it a try. And now you were stuck, bonded together with someone you hardly knew. Except this person didn’t want to be with you anymore so they ripped away, leaving a raw, bloody mess…..until it eventually scabbed over. You found out the hard way that although those voices were partly right, they were mostly and painfully wrong. However, even though there was a scab, there was still some glue left on your hand. You were in pain, but the voices yelled all the louder. It’s not true!! You can hold anyone’s hand that you want! So you grabbed another hand. And found out yet again a bond had taken place. But this time you got scared and pulled away, leaving another awfully painful wound. The scab appeared once more, and while your hand felt increased pain, there were now some parts left completely numb. At this point there was very little stickiness left, and you were left to wander, wondering who to believe. The loudest voices….were they the truest voices? Noticeably, every time you tore away from someone there were pieces of them, stuck on your hand, and that, combined with the scabs and scars made it harder each time to stick with someone else. Until finally, you met that person, the one with whom you saw your future. You each looked down at your hands, and the mangled mess they had become, and despaired. There on your hands was the evidence that nothing is permanent. There on your hands were memories of bad choices. There on your hands was very little glue left. Now what?
Adolescents today have been lied to. Deceived. Confused. And my heart breaks for them.
I wonder if anyone remembers being a teenager. I do. I once had a conversation with an important adult in my life. It went like this:
Adult: Don’t have sex until you are married, but if you do, please use protection
Me: blank stare

What did I hear? “Use protection.” That’s it. What did I conclude? I concluded that this person was ok with me having sex as long as I used protection. The end.

Let’s take a minute and see how this “be safe” logic sounds with other high risk activities.
“Don’t get in the car with strangers, but if you really want to, take my cellphone, so you can call me. It’s safer”
“Don’t jump in the shark infested waters, but if you do!! Please take a spear gun with you! It’s safer”
“Don’t ever commit suicide, but if you want to, here is a gun, it’s safer.”
“Don’t eat 5000 calories a day, but if you are going to, just throw up! Then you won’t gain weight! It’s safer. After all, I don’t expect anyone to be able to control their appetite.”
“Husband, please don’t cheat on me, but here is some money for a hotel room in case you choose to, It’s safer than a back alley”
All of these examples sound just as crazy as the mixed messages we are being fed my the world regarding sex. In my case, despite my confusing conversation as a teen, I waited. Why? Because that confused voice was only the minority voice in my life. Because I had a Sicilian/Polish mother who asked me embarrassing questions every time I came home from a date, and prayed for me the entire time I was on the date!  Because there was no “either or.” Because I grew up in an intact home, with regular church attendance, involvement in youth group, and friends that had the same goals. 
Let’s be clear. There is nothing safe or free about sex outside of marriage as intended by God. Nothing.
However, the story of broken hearts and defiled bodies doesn’t end there. There is good news. And it is this. The same God that healed the lepers, can heal a leprous heart. He makes all things new. And restores the years that the locusts have taken. He can do miracles. This is true.
This does not mean, however, that we are to test Him, or sin more because grace abounds. Because although the wounds heal, every act of disobedience has consequences. And contrary to what the world is preaching…The highest cost and consequence of “free sex” is not the possibility of a child, or even an STD. Believing that lietrivializes the act of disobedience to the very God of the universe. There should never be a time where we, as Christians, make disobeying God more user friendly. So what then is the highest consequence of sexual immorality? It is broken fellowship with God. It is forever uniting your soul with another soul with whom you do not have a God ordained covenant. Sex outside of marriage has emotional, spiritual, and physical consequences. Lowering the likelihood of a one or two of the myriad of consequences and hailing it a success is clearly a deception that we must dispute with the truth of God’s word and the word of our testimony.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2.Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3.Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? .Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

12.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13.And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14.For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.