Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sex For Pleasure

The idea that sex was dirty and evil was an idea that crept into Christianity from the early Catholic teachers, who taught that sexual activity was only necessary to have children. Yet there is no such instruction that could be found in the scriptures. In fact, the Bible encourages husbands and wives to give sexual pleasure to each other. “The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations.” 1. Corinthians 7:3-5 NLT  Therefore, there is nothing wrong with married couples using contraceptive methods to postpone having children until the time of their choosing as God direct them. It was God’s plan from the beginning for husbands and wives to be joined together and to become one flesh through sexual relations! (See Genesis 2:24)

The apostle Paul testified, saying: “I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.” Philippians 3:5-6 NLT, the law, which included the law of tithing as described in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy: “You must set aside a tithe of your crops — one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.” Deuteronomy 14:22 NLT  It is this same apostle Paul, who obeyed the law without fault, who is now writing in the New Testament that; “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who [...]

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Sex!

The Bible says that because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. In other words, Gods answer and provision to counter sexual immorality is to get married and have frequent sex! The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. It simply means finding out what your spouse needs, when and how. That’s why it says not to deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. It is Gods will, who created sex, for you to satisfy and protect your spouse! (See 1. Corinthians 7:2-5)

Reason For Divorce For Ministers

Here is the reason why so many Christian marriages in the ministry break down or end up in divorce; it is because the husband lives like an unmarried man, prioritizing all his time doing the Lord’s work, only thinking of how to please God instead of thinking about his earthly responsibilities of how to please his wife. The same thing can be said about the wife, who lives like an unmarried woman, busy devoting herself to God and ministry only, instead of thinking about her earthly responsibilities of how to please her husband. (See 1. Corinthians 7:32-34) Because of not having their marriage priorities in the right place, you often see that couples like these end up depriving each other of sexual relations and they ultimately become easy prey for Satan, who is able to tempt them to commit adultery. (See 1. Corinthians 7:5) That is why God says that we should give honor to marriage and remain faithful to one [...]

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Who Is Deceiving Who?

But wait a minute!!! Who is deceiving and confusing who here? Is it the apostle Paul who teaches the New Testament believer that “you must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give.” 2. Corinthians 9:7 NLT, “whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” 2. Corinthians 8:12 NLT and “on every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT Or, is it the pastor, who loves to quote the Old Testament law passage in Malachi 3:8-10 NKJV, that was meant for the Jews, who every year were obligated to give 10% of their entire crop and of all their produce in order to support the Levite priests, that says; “you have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to [...]

By |September 17th, 2013|Archives|0 Comments|

Why Jesus Spoke On Tithing

Tithing is being referred to in the New Testament a couple of times as a historical fact when it talks about Abraham paying a tenth of all he had won in the battle and gave it to Melchizedek, priest and king of the city of Salem, and also how the Levites under the Old Covenant were to receive the tithes of the people. (See Hebrews 7:1-2, 4-5) The other times when tithing is mentioned in the New Testament are when Jesus warns against the hypocrisy of the teachers of religious law and Pharisees who tithed and yet ignored other important parts of the Law of Moses. Jesus clearly spoke in accordance to the “Old Covenant” laws, since the Law of Moses was still in force during the lifetime of Jesus here on earth. It would have been “sin” for Him at this time to teach against it. Jesus was just reinforcing that tithing was a requirement under the Old Covenant, and [...]

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God’s Thoughts

This morning I was reminded by God to prophecy over His people, telling them that He says; My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,
 and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. I will give you the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep My love is and experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. I will make you complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from Me. I am able, through My mighty power at work within you, to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think! Because what is impossible for people is possible with Me, says God!!! (See Isaiah 55:8-9, Ephesians 3:18-20 & Luke 18:27)

Satan knows that a godly marriage reflects Christ and His bride, the Church, where the husband, who is the head of his wife, loves his wife just as Christ, who is the head of the church, loves His church. Just like Jesus who gave up His life for the church to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and without fault, the husband ought to love his wife as he loves his own body. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. In addition to the husband and wife submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ, the wife should respect and submit to her husband in everything, just like the church submits [...]

False Prophets

False prophets are per definition liars who prophecy according to the idols in the heart of people (See Ezekiel 14:4) and give visions and predictions from their own imagination. These false prophets discourage the righteous with lies and make them sad and disillusioned, just like these false women prophets did in the book of Ezekiel. At the other hand, they encourage the wicked by promising them life and all sorts of blessings and breakthroughs, even though these people continue to live in their sins. (See Ezekiel 13:17-23) Jesus specifically told us how to discern these false prophets when He said; “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad [...]

Be Careful With Temptation

You need to be careful not to fall into the same temptation when you are trying to help another believer who fell into some (sexual) sin back onto the right path. It has to be done through a gentle and humble attitude of sharing each other’s burden, and not through a prideful and arrogant attitude of thinking that you are flawless and too important to help someone, because you would only be fooling yourself. You are not that important! (See Galatians 6:1-3) Therefore, “if you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience!” 1. Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT  Instead, you ought to watch and pray that you yourself will not give into temptation. Remember, the spirit is willing, but the body is weak! (See Matthew 26:41) That is why Jesus taught us to pray to the Father the following; don’t let us yield to temptation!!! (See Matthew 6:13)