Is Porn Sin?

If it came out that your pastor was addicted to pornography, would you ask him to step down?

If it came out that you were addicted to pornography, would you understand if your spouse left you for marital unfaithfulness?

Pornography is not talked about even though reports estimate that over 70% of the Church, and 30% of pastors, are addicted to it.  But it is more than that, pornography (which is adultery) is killing the Church faster than divorce and homosexuality combined because almost no one views it as even in the same league as adultery!  Pornography is right up there along with covetousness (which is idolatry) as one of the most tolerated deadly sins in the Church!

Listen up brethren.  Do you know why so many people in the Church remain addicted to pornography?

Because we do not have this:

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Do you know that God hates your pornography? Or do you believe that He will simply scold you at the pearly gates and then welcome you in as a beautiful sinner that He simply couldn’t stand to live without?

Here’s what you need to understand about pornography; porn is not something outside you, like some external element of your life like food and drink, porn is the condition of your heart. That is right. Pornography is the condition of your heart. It’s not just a “reflection” of your heart, it is the condition of your heart. You lust after those who commit shameful acts with each another because your heart covets the things of the flesh.

I’m willing to wager that there are very few of you out there that understand pornography better than I do.  My corpse that hangs on Christ’s cross was addicted to pornography for more than 15 years of my life.

For far too long I would not acknowledge what I just said above because I did not understand it, and was far too prideful to admit the level of depravity that my heart still embraced. But even more than that, I would not admit the severity of God’s judgment upon my sin!

If you do not have the fear of God, you will never wholly depart from pornography, you will simply take it under control to the degree that is acceptable in your life. And if you come to God on judgment day with that heart, you will not enter His Kingdom.

Brethren, with all the love of Christ I urge you today, REPENT!

You cannot overcome this sin with the gospel of accommodation.  Neither can you overcome this sin with the gospel of legalism.  The only way for your heart to be transformed is the true and authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, full of both grace and truth- embracing both the fear of God and the mercy of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You must repent of this sin in light of the gospel.

Simplicity of Faith

Today I would like to ask the question “what is the simplicity of faith?”

I believe this question is so relevant because of the complexity that we see all around us bogging so many souls down till they become stuck and are unable to move forward.

To understand “Simplicity of faith” we must understand that it does not denote any measure of being “shallow”,  rather it speaks of the nature of our faith.

Simply put we are talking about a faith that walks in the Spirit with love from a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincerity.

“Simplicity of faith” is had by those who walk in the Spirit by faith.  Whoever walks in the simplicity of faith does not have to see before they go because they are led by the Holy Spirit and the word of God illuminates their steps.  Therefore they walk with a mighty love that comes from a pure and undefiled heart, a conscience that is clear of any accusation of impure motives, and an earnest trust in the Living One who guides them.

Simplicity of faith receives with meekness the implanted word of God into the heart with joy and gladness for the salvation it brings!

The highest virtue of a simple faith is to “love God with all the heart, with all the soul, with all the mind, and with all the strength”- from such a perfect condition as this the faith of a child is able to walk in holiness to a degree that the greatest intellects and mightiest wills could never dream of!

 

The great philosophical minds sit around on leather couches debating what it means to “go and make disciples of Christ”, while those children of the faith lace up their shoes with gospel-readiness and go out to make disciples of Christ, being fully sufficient for the task because of Him who dwells in them!

Who has heard the living word of God speak and followed it with joy and gladness of heart?  This one has simplicity of faith.  And so walk, and so do, as those who walk by faith and who do by the power of the Holy Spirit!  Amen!

 

Don’t Wait

Typing “Amen” on a facebook post does not mean that you’ve “accepted Christ as your Lord” any more than crying out “Lord! Lord!” (Mt. 7:21)

Accepting Christ as Lord means that you have measured Christ against the world and counted the whole of this world as rubbish compared to Him; having forsaken “Self” and become conformed to His death on the cross, it means you have been raised together with Him in the likeness of His resurrection and now walk in the Holy Spirit. If you have accepted Christ as your Lord, but do not follow Him, then you are a rebel in the Kingdom of God, not an heir.

Therefore it is written, “Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21).

Is this call to “keep yourself in the love of God” heresy in your ears?

Again, from Jesus Himself, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:9-12).

Is this teaching that “if you keep My commandments you will abide in My love” heresy in your ears?

This is why my preaching has lately been so consumed with “love”, because “love” is the “law of Christ”, and our perversion of love perverts the “law of Christ” and causes true love “to grow cold” (Mt. 24:12).

Therefore, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.” (1 John 5:2).

Now is the time to examine yourself as to whether or not you are in the love of God, don’t wait until you see the Great White Throne to examine yourself!

A City on a Hill Sermon

In this sermon we listen to Christ’s heart proclaim “a city on a hill” to His disciples.

The following is this sermon’s outline:

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light…

-of the world

-of the house

-unto the glory of God

Light of the World

John 8:12

  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
  • Philippians 2:14-16
  • Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Romans 13:12

Light of the House

1 John 1:7

  • 1 John 2:10
  • Isaiah 2:1-5
  • Revelation 2:5
  • Luke 15:8

Unto the Glory of God

1 Peter 2:11-12

  • 1 Peter 4:11

Exhortation 

Matthew 10:27-31

 

A Young Man’s Guard Against Pride

For the past month I have been reflecting on how young men can guard themselves from pride.  It seems that pride is perhaps the greatest foe young men of God face; it has the capacity to distort our zeal and our knowledge.

With this in mind, I want to draw our attention to a passage in scripture that I am convinced is appointed as guard to the young man’s soul against the awful onslaught of pride.

GUARDING THE TONGUE AGAINST PRIDE

The tongue is the favored instrument of pride; it speaks great boasts and is used to exalt itself over others.  We all know that pride can inflict great wounds as it uses the tongue to trample others down.

But what can be done to resist pride’s surge into our life so that we might have time to humble ourselves before the Lord?

Let every man be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ~James 1:19-20

 

This discipline of giving place to others by exercising a readiness to listen and a slowness to speech is one that severely limits pride’s opportunity to take hold of the tongue for its own purposes.

If we as young men learn this principle, we will have a strong guard in our life against pride.

Giving place to others allows us to take a position of meekness and give honor to others.  It gives us time to consider our words and examine our heart.

HUMILITY

To practice this discipline it is necessary that we have both resolve and humility.  We must be willing to be last, and even unheard if necessary.  And we must have strength of resolve not to give place to the tongue that will surely “quake” within us as it seeks opportunity to speak those unwanted words of pride!

WHY SLOWNESS?

Reflect on “why” pride prefers a ready tongue to a reluctant one.

A ready tongue is unbridled and easier to sway, whereas a reluctant one is under the control of a greater authority and much more difficult to persuade.

Most importantly, the Devil prefers a ready tongue because a ready tongue cannot impart grace.  Grace takes time to cultivate.  It has the meekness of the Lamb.  But when it comes, it comes with the power of the King!

A reluctant tongue cultivates grace and is able to impart grace to its listeners.

EXHORTATION

In reflecting on my own past I have observed how the vast majority of my mistakes were made in being to quick to speak.

Be willing to listen and concern yourself with the concerns of others.  In this you will find wisdom and peace.

Thanksgiving Table

This year I just wanted to give a simple word of encouragement for Thanksgiving:

The table for Thanksgiving is set year-round with the provisions made by your heart in both times of trial and rejoicing. If in trial your heart set the table with bitterness, and if in rejoicing your heart set the table with selfishness, your Thanksgiving table will be sour and miserly. But, if in trial your heart set the table with thanksgiving, and in rejoicing your heart set the table with meekness, your Thanksgiving table will be full of gladness and contentment.

Set your table with things by which others can be fed.

Seek God for a heart fit to offering up sincere blessings to the LORD from the fires of trial.

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