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Mark Driscoll Compares Twilight Saga To Porn

A serious reading of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians will show that the Corinthian believers pushed back against the Apostle when he informed them  that attending temple restaurants of their day to eat idol food was in fact an act of fellowship with demons.

Why would the Corinthians reject Paul’s imperative to stop attending these idolatrous feasts? Because it meant refraining from a popular and culturally sanctioned activity.

It seems some Christians parents today may have the same Corinthian attitude when serious ministers warn of  attending the seductively popular but demonically  dangerous Twilight series.

Mark Driscoll is one of the more prominent voices and  the following extracts are from a CharismaNews write-up regarding a recent Driscoll blog post.

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“Millions of fans lined up to see the final installment, Breaking Dawn Part 2, which brought in $141.3 million dollars in its debut weekend, scoring the eighth biggest opening weekend of all time.

In a blog entry titled “A Father’s Fright of Twilight,” Driscoll writes, “Twilight is for teenage girls what porn is to teenage boys: sick, twisted, evil, dangerous, But these moviegoers did not just consist of teenage girls.

As Driscoll said, “Tragically, many will be driven by their parents, including some cougar moms encouraging and joining their daughters’ obsession with handsome young males.”

“He explained that he is particularly concerned for Christian parents “who are naively allowing this filth into their children’s lives, buying these books and driving kids to see these movies.”

“He ended the article stating, “To such parents, ‘It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God’ (Phil. 1:9–11).”

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/34646-mark-driscoll-compares-twilight-saga-to-porn

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John Piper: Sexual Sin In Ministry

 Wisdom from the heart of a true father!

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“For the last twenty years thousands of men from across America struggling with sexual sin have come to our intensive counseling workshop. Over half were pastors and missionaries.

I wish our experience was unique.

Several years ago a seminary professor told me: “We no longer ask our entering students if they are struggling with pornography, we assume every student is struggling. The question we ask: ‘How serious is the struggle?’”

One missions agency told me that 80% of their applicants voluntarily indicate a struggle with pornography, resulting in staff shortages on the field.

Pornography is just one level of sin, a form of visual sex, or heart adultery. Physical adultery includes an affair, multiple affairs, prostitution, and homosexuality. Other sexual behaviors within the ministry are such heinous “unfruitful works of darkness . . . it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret” (Ephesians 5:11–12).

To face the crisis we must correctly understand the nature of the problem, ask God to search our own hearts, and be committed to restore each one caught in sexual sin “in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1).”

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/sexual-sin-in-the-ministry

 
 

Conquering Temptation With Fear?

Anthony Weiner

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Are Pastors and Politicians simply  “losing their minds” in order to gain satisfaction of their hidden lusts?

 Weinergate is further documentation that we are in some serious trouble folks. Flagrant deception, covetousness, hypocrisy, camouflaged with  bold public  lies.

Dr. Russell Moore tackles the flagrant sin issue and goes to the root of the problem in his “Are You Smarter Than Anthony Weiner” article. 

 Moore is Dean of the School of Theology  at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

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“Almost every adultery situation I’ve ever seen includes a cheating spouse who honestly believes that he or she is not going to get caught. The cheater often doesn’t want the marriage to end in divorce. Instead, like the characters in today’s headlines, he or she instead wants to keep everything the same: spouse, kids, and lover too. That’s irrational and completely contrary to the way the world works. Anyone can see that.

But you can convince yourself…or be convinced…that it will work for you. You’re special, after all. That’s the way temptation functions. We put consequences out of our minds, both temporal and eternal consequences. We start to believe that we are gods, with power over good and evil and life and death. And then we do crazy things.

This doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence. Satan is hyper-intelligent. And yet, even knowing that he will ultimately have his skull crushed, he rages all the more against Christ and his people, “because he knows his time is short” (Rev. 12:12). In terms of the most basic principles of military strategy, that’s crazy. What we need is not intelligence, but wisdom. Wisdom includes seeing where the way I want to go will lead (Prov. 14:12).


I don’t know who you are, reader, but I know you are probably not smarter than Anthony Weiner or Arnold Schwarzenegger or John Edwards. And neither am I. Both of us, you and I, are on the verge of wrecking our lives. We’re probably not on the verge of a situation quite like any of those men, but the gospel tells us we have vulnerabilities just the same, and they all can lead to destruction.The answer isn’t found in talent or in strategy or in brilliance. It’s found in fear, the fear of the Lord and the vision of his future.
Lord have mercy.”

http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/06/06/are-you-smarter-than-anthony-weiner/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/06/07/the-fear-of-the-lord-and-the-tempatation-of-life-without-consequences/

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in infidelity, marriage, temptation

 

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Church Is Easy Target For Scam Artists

Affinity fraud, a type of investment fraud that preys upon members of identifiable groups, is an epidemic that is spreading throughout America’s churches.

 Pat Huddleston, former enforcement branch chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), points out that “there is an element of the pitch to a Christian that isn’t present in other pitches by scam artists, and that is the proposed shared faith between the person pitching the investment and the eventual victim.”

Pat HuddlestonOf the $40 billion Americans lose to investment fraud every year, Huddleston reports that $1 billion involves fraud against the faithful. He believes megachurches are “especially vulnerable” because of their size and the number of ministries they may offer.

“Typically what happens is the scam artist will join the church [and] serve for a while,” the investor fraud expert explains. “The people who encounter them will be convinced that they are humble servants of Christ, and thereby, they gain the trust of the people they come in contact with.”

Next comes the scam artist’s subtle pitch that may include a casual conversation about what he or she does for a living, which is usually when he or she mentions that a contribution to the church was made possible through an investment. So Huddleston advises people to stay away from any investment pitch, even one that is made through a subtle appeal to a believer’s faith.”

Chris Woodward – OneNewsNow – 4/20/2011 3:50:00 AM

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1332366

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in finance, legal issues, temptation, Uncategorized

 

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Forgive Me For What I’ve Done!

Redemptive confrontation can be a very difficult task. It all started in the garden when the Lord of creation continued to press Adam with deep probing questions designed to bring conviction through relational  accountability. 

 Is this the way it should  be done today? Notice the pattern. Probing questions , body language that conveys guilt, a facial expression of deep remorse, concluding with appropriate discipline that is received with an attitude of absolute submission.

 Not only is the guilty party brought to account, his enabling “bad company” is “outed”  as well. This is priceless. Notice the song in the background happens to be “forgive me for what I’ve done”.

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http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/in-the-doghouse-guilty-dog-on-gma-24642455

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in character, humor, temptation

 

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Ted Haggard Confesses He is Bisexual

Awakening of the Liar

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The disgraced-but-reinvented Pastor admitted he is bisexual in a February interview with GQ magazine. [See his comments below]

This comes after Haggard has insisted repeatedly on multiple television talk shows,with  supportive wife at his side, that he is a “straight” heterosexual.

Nothing quite like a self appointed defrocked  minister stating  to the public  for years that  he is heterosexual,  “coming out” with he is really bisexual.  Ted also admits that he used to watch gay porn, was – and probably still is – a compulsive masturbator! 

What is most startling is that Haggard states the only reason he is content  to stay with his wife and have sex with her is  because of his age.  He is 54…but, if he were 21…wahoooooooo!

Any  casual bible reader knows that after 21, it’s biblically unlawful to swing both ways! But if Ted dared to go  AC / DC  at age  54, he  would really violate biblical guidelines for practicing homosexual/heterosexual sex.

I really appreciate Pastor Haggards personal conviction to maintain a sense of biblical integrity for “age appropriate” bi-sexuality!  [for the ignorant and gullible,that is mockery and sarcasm folks on my part]

And people wonder why I get soooo ticked at the flagrant “purposeful suspension of disbelief” that christians are guilty of today. These same people watch wrestling because they choose to “disbelieve” all the fakeeeeery.

It’s  this kind of ” ignorance sustained by intentional denial” by goofy- gullible sheep that enables charlatans like Ted Haggard to even exist in “ministry” today.

 Oh yeah, he also said that he once believed the church was the light of the world, [Jesus words] but now states he no longer believes that. However, against that belief, he went out and started his own “St James Church” and announced he would welcome “gay, straight, and bi”……and we now know why!

Why can’t people see  the flagrant lies and contradictions cloaked in ole Teddy’s deception?

Just goes to show that the country song got it right after all: ” God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy!

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[Ted to GQ]

 “I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual,” the pastor told the magazine.    In the article, the pastor admits that he was sexually molested at age 7, used to watch gay porn and was a compulsive masturbator. But he’s 54, Haggard adds, so he’s content to “exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied.”

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2011/01/ted_haggard_says_hes_bisexual.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20029939-10391698.html?tag=mncol;lst;1

 
 

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This Will Scare The Sin Out Of You!

In this months newsletter, Chuck Swindoll shares a real life moment wherein  he confesses to experiencing the temptational urge to succumb to infidelity.  He roots his strength for “flight” in the spiritual discipline of hiding God’s word in his heart.

Fleeing sexual compromise and marital infidelity are both “word based and fear oriented.” Why? Because God has made it clear that he will not be mocked! Whatever a man sows, he will reap…and that should scare the sin out of us!

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“Many years ago, when our children were still in school, Cynthia stayed home with them while I flew to Canada for a full week of ministry. I was exhausted by Friday night, so I grabbed a hamburger at the hotel café and headed back to my room.

I can still hear my heels tap across the polished floor of the big rotunda-like lobby leading to the hotel elevators. I pushed “up,” stepped into the empty elevator, and before the doors closed, two very attractive women walked in. I pushed “six,” and asked, “Which floor would you like?”

In unison, they said, “Six would be fine.” Both smiled, looked at each other, and then one of them looked back at me with eyebrows raised and said, “How ‘bout it?”

I won’t lie to you. For a brief moment, the offer seemed inviting. But immediately something powerful happened within me. In the recesses of my mind, I recalled the words my mother had drilled into me as a little boy when she and I memorized Scripture together over the kitchen table. They were: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). I repeated those words slowly in my mind.

I quickly answered, “No thanks, I’m not interested. I’ve got more than I can keep up with at home.” Then the doors opened and I stepped out . . . alone. When I got to my room, I leaned against the wall in a cold sweat thinking, Thank You, Lord, for Your powerful Word!”

http://www.insight.org/donate/this-months-letter.html

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in character, infidelity, sanctification, temptation

 

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