Sunday, December 27, 2009

God has revealed His absolutes (He also reveals His grace)

"We would prefer the bliss of a kingdom without moral absolutes, presided over by a God without wrath and entered through a Christ without the cross. But the price of this would be to discard not just this or that bit of the Bible but the whole God - given book, for in it God has revealed his absolutes and that He is a God of intense, fiery holyness. Jesus died bearig our sins in his body on the cross, for that is what sin merits, and saving us from the wrath to come, for that is where sin leads." (Alec Motyer: 'Exodus' 2005)

Some may read this passage and feel condemned, others will read it and discover God's grace (perhaps for the first time). For me the good news is that we are all in the same boat - that is to say, All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3: 23) we are all in need of a Noah's ark to escape the wrath of God - and that ark has been provided through the blood of Christ.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2: 24

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Prison of Pornography

I write this post in response to the person who has decided to become a follower of my blog using a pseudonym and photo (for a joke?) that suggests that he/she is involved in pornography. First to note is that I have blocked their picture and name (not them as follower).*

Some Statistics
  • World wide in excess of £100 Billion is spent on accessing pornography every year (what might be achieved if the world put that sort of money to good use?)
  • In a US survey 20% of those asked admitted to accessing pornography at work
  • 40 million US adults admitted to visiting pornography websites on a regular basis
  • 10 % of adults admitted to internet sexual addiction.
I haven't got statistics for British pornography but I would assume it follows similar trends to that of the US.

Like many of Satan's prisons, pornography causes breakdown in marriages, breakdown in family relationships and drags people into a dark lonely existance. Since the day's of Adam and Eve, Satan uses glamour as he tries to deceive the eye and the mind - offering you something better than what God can offer you - only to reveal a shame that takes away all sense of self worth. In the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe the white witch offers Edmund Turkish Delight as a tempter to bringing his siblings with him, but when he is imprisoned he realises that the Turkish Delight is really nothing but the most awful of stale bread.

A friend of mine who openly admitted to using web pornography regularly has become a recluse and is not happy with himself at all. He is very inward looking, no longer visitis friends and family, is totally imprisoned and in his shame has become a recluse. There is only the cleansing blood of Jesus that can set him free.

* Unfortunately I have also accidently blocked other people's photos at the same time and am unable to retrieve them