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You’ll Never Believe the Gospel Jory Micah is Promoting…

You’ll Never Believe the Gospel Jory Micah is Promoting…

In case you missed it, Jory Micah (Peterson) has decided to plant a church, with her husband’s support. In my previous blog, An Open Letter to Jory Micah, I believe I clearly explained to her my position, but more importantly the Bible’s position on her gospel of self, but here we are again. She deems herself as a force to be reckoned with, in pursuit of a calling she insists is from God. Since her path has left her without a church body and a feeling of belonging, the obvious solution must be to plant her own “church”. She herself resolves that calling it a church will not be appealing enough to culture, so she is conjuring up a club of sorts, where they hang out… oh and Jesus, just so you know, you’re invited too. Instead of Jesus being the center of worship, the focus of their adoration, His invitation in, is to pacify their wounds, instead of breaking their chains of sin. Much to my dismay, quite possibly the thing I despise the most (a strong and necessary feeling) is the zero mention of the gospel, in fact, she says, “no one has to repent to sit at Jesus’ table.” Not only is the sole purpose of the “church” to serve the whims and desires of Micah, there is nothing gospel-centered, but rather, the complete opposite of the gospel will be shared in her “church”. I am appalled, but yet, can I really be shocked,  that someone that would so blatantly deny scripture, would not love the Lord enough to share the only hope we have? The grace and mercy in which we can call on his name?

Many times in our lives and churches, this heresy is not quite so obvious. I am not suggesting that we all sit under female pastors, or desire to usurp our husbands, but that we believe and teach a false gospel.

“Everyone can come, sit, eat, drink, belong, and be loved, just as they are.” She’s referring to being with a Holy God again. Blasphemers, idolaters, liars, adulterers, thieves, murderers, all can sit at the table with Jesus, His grace is sufficient and abundantly more, but we do not mingle with the only Righteous One, as sinners. I am not suggesting, that we must change ourselves, to know God and be saved, but the precept of “Just as I am,” is in regards to the fact that we have nothing to offer to make Christ love us more. That means I cannot save myself. My strivings are in vain, but my sinfulness is unacceptable. If I could come to His table unchanged, just the way I was, the Gospel would not be necessary. Christ’s death would have been in vain. Is this the Gospel we are proclaiming?

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

The Gospel is simple and offensive. You are a wretched, wicked person when the standard is Christ.  Due to your sin, you deserve to be eternally separated and damned to punishment. But Jesus, atoned for your sins, in His torturous death on a cross. Jesus did not endure persecution and death, for you to feel comfortable in your sin. People are not being oppressed, when they are held to the standard the Creator of the Universe set. We are not broken, wounded souls, in need of some help. We are sinners, dead in our trespasses against God. This does not make me a crass person by holding fast to this truth. On the contrary, the Christian that is unwilling to show their neighbor their debt with God hates them. It is God’s grace that we see our sin and our need of a Savior. It is His mercy, that He withheld his judgment from you, and poured it out on His Son. Proclaim with gladness and urgency for the world to turn from their way of death, and believe in the only life-giving hope. Help show the grace and mercy of God, by sharing the true Gospel with them.

It is tempting to demonstrate and share a gospel that more suits our comfort, but we all know what temptation can lead to–sin. It may be the comfort of your own sin, of which I urge you, please turn from your sin and trust Christ. Perhaps, you fear people. You fear what they may think of you, that you will “run them off.” Again, all we can do is repent and trust in Christ. His gospel is sufficient to save. That’s what it does. It does not need the works of people, making it more tasteful, offering up gimmicks and feel good notions. We need Jesus.

The Gospel is the great equalizer. Rich and poor, weak and strong, male and female, white or black, all social constructs are removed in Christ. No greater value or worth is placed on one person versus another. We aren’t all equally wonderful. However, we are all equally His creation, created for His glory. We have all equally hated God in our sin against Him and we all equally need a Savior. If there is any change to happen, it will be through the Gospel of “repent and believe,” because everything else breeds death and destruction. Sin destroys families, takes lives and damns us to Hell. We love these things apart from Christ. We need more of Jesus and less of our egos. I do not need to be told that I am enough, but I need to be reminded of the God who is enough, who is my All in All.

We are not self-righteous when we herald the truth of the Gospel, in fact, we are admitting failure. It is not arrogant to claim knowledge of the absolute Truth. Being faithful and obedient to God, to go to all the nations, preaching the gospel, making disciples, takes a measure of humility, that we cannot obtain on our own. Day by day, it is becoming more apparent the Gospel of the Bible, is unwelcome. Standing for truth in adversity means submitting to God, loving Him and His Word above all else, including yourself. We do not cower when our audience does not want to hear what God’s Word has to say. Rather, we trust in Him, persevere and run the race.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”” Romans 1:16-17

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Motherhood–You Are Not Enough

Motherhood–You Are Not Enough

Picture this, a young twenty-one-year-old girl, recently married and now expecting her first child. Excited and ready to grab life by the horns. A conversation occurs, one day with her older sister, about her many new and exciting ventures and accomplishments. How does her older sister respond? She states, “Anyone can get married and have and baby! Why aren’t we having parties for women that are traveling the world, getting promotions or advanced college degrees?”  That young girl, sitting on the other end of that statement was me. What a deflating statement to hear. What is even more deflating is, I believed her.

In my Facebook perusing, I stumbled across this article, by a woman insisting that women needed to fulfill their economic role to society and enter the workforce when their children are of school-age. The root of her belief and the feminism movement is exposed in one statement, feminism “is not about choice, it’s about equality.” In her view, women will not be equal with men, in worth and value in society, until they can be equally represented in the workforce. Is this not exactly what feminism teaches us? We are not equal until we are like men. Femininity is not valued. Motherhood is not valued. I see it every Saturday at the local abortion mill. If it were truly about women having a choice, then protestors would not mind that we offer patients an alternative to murdering their child. They shout and try to distract away from the life-giving alternative because they want these women to receive their abortion. They want them to deny their womanhood, as much as they have. The greatest opposition to women in America is women themselves.

The evils of feminism are prominent and appear to have a foot-hold on society and that brings us back to the Church. It would be foolish for us to believe, that the saints have not been affected by this deceiving movement. It parades itself as equality and rights for all, and silently destroys the marriage, the nuclear family and eventually the Church.

When you research how women are made in the Image of God, without fail, we are brought back to the garden and to the institution of the first marriage. Together, men and women are image bearers. God created women for a specific purpose. In the role of woman, wife, and mother. That silent anger boiling in your gut, that is it. That is feminism. The thought that you do not want to be reduced to helpmate, servant, and mother. It is echoed in that article I previously referenced. This reaction to God’s design is sinful and if we do not war against this, it festers in our hearts and begins to spill into our relationships.

Today, I want to speak to mothers and potential mothers. There is so much out there written to encourage women who do not “feel enough,” and very little spoken of our sinfulness in motherhood. Let’s not reduce it to anger outbursts and fits of frustration, we need to get to the root of it, where it all begins–conception. I’m going to talk about it because I do not think that enough of the right people are. From my experience, the Church as a whole remains silent on this issue, and the loudest people shouting on this matter, encourage murder as a solution. Does your birth control bring honor and glory to God? (1 Corinthians 10:31) Why are you using birth control? Is your method of birth control an abortifacient? You will be held accountable to God for this. As an image-bearer of God, your body was made to carry and bring forth life. Purposefully avoiding motherhood to pursue selfish ambition is wrong. God commands us to “be fruitful and multiply.” It is His design for marriage. It does not say “to be fruitful to multiply,” but rather they are both commanded of us.

Hormonal birth control has a few mechanisms in which it uses to prevent pregnancy. The first line of defense is tricking your body to think you are already pregnant, causing anovulation, but we all know medicine fails, so it has a backup plan. That is to intentionally shed the lining that your baby would implant into, that brings forth life-giving nutrition, sweeping away your child in the menstruation. If we all agree that life begins at conception, that medicine has done its job, but at the expense of your child’s life. This is something to consider. Regardless of your situation, we are called to use wisdom. Decisions in this area should never be made in haste. Through prayer and wise counsel, seek to glorify God in this area of your life. Circumstances can cause us to use birth control, but the call remains, are we glorifying Christ in our use and form of birth control? If you find that it is God-honoring, to prevent pregnancy in your marriage, there are other methods available. Just remember that despite the control you try to exert over this area of your life, God opens and closes the womb.

If we view children as a burden before their lives begin, then that carries over into motherhood. If we feel that it is something that we can so flippantly plan, create and destroy, we are failing to realize our children are fellow image-bearers. God breathed life in your womb and from that moment you are a mother. That child’s life is valid and matters. We are not expecting a new baby because God has already created it. If your child is in the womb, it is still your child and your conversation and thoughts should reflect that. This is buying into the fallacy that human life is only of worth if it is outside of the womb. It helps support the women that murder their children and simultaneously pains the women, that have never gotten to hold theirs. If we want to affect how the culture views life, it has to start at conception and consistently carry through death. It must respect God’s design and acknowledge that God creates life and decides our death. (Psalm 127:3)

In light of ourselves, motherhood is inconvenient. People speak of sleepless nights, messes that are unfathomable, feces for days, the list goes on, and it is true. I know in my own heart that sinfulness creeps in with what seems like honorable desires. I often find myself jealous of my husband wanting the “freedom” to go out and share the gospel. I start to believe the lie that I never get to do ministry, that my raising my children is insignificant. When in reality, I probably share the Gospel with my children more than my husband does with strangers. In those moments, I have lost sight of what matters. Hopefully, in eternity, I will be standing by my daughters, worshipping the King with them, and they with their children and their children’s children. Ladies, this is legitimately front lines kingdom work. It is just as down and dirty as any ministry that my husband is involved in outside of the home, nevertheless, overlooked far too often. It is easy to get carried away in the tasks of the day, full-speed ahead in survival mode, neglecting the fact that our children are in need of their mother’s love. A mother that will love her child enough to share the Gospel with them. I fail my children daily, but I assure them that their Creator does not. I tell them of a great Savior, that took on their punishment, and He always listened to His mother. I tell them that I need Jesus when I sin against my children, I repent and tell my them why I need the Gospel. They see firsthand my brokenness, so I must show them the God that is far more gracious, loving and nurturing than myself.

How we raise our children, reflects our view of God. Is He supreme? Do we value His way above our ideals? A heart indicator here is, how are, or how would you raise your daughter? I recently looked my mother in the face (after I wrote my blog about submission) as she confessed to me that she did not raise me to be a wife and a mother. She raised me to survive. Is not at the heart of feminism, this animalistic desire to fight for self? I was raised, not to be a woman, but to be inwardly focused and survival-minded. This is counterintuitive to womanhood. So, are you raising your daughters to care for themselves, or to care for others? A strong faith in God should be reflected in your parenting. Trusting in His design and faithfulness to us. Do not raise your children, so that their answer and god becomes themselves. If you raise your child to fend for their own needs, their hope quickly becomes themselves. Our children will face trials, perhaps devastating ones. This should not cause us to parent in a way that reacts, but rather parent in a way that trusts that God is faithful, so hopefully, they will trust that God is faithful.

Motherhood is hard. Being a woman is hard. It is giving, and selfless, and nurturing while frustrated. Everyone warns you that marriage in hard, but it is all fairy tales when they talk about the love you have for your child. No one tells you, that you may have to work to have a relationship with your child. You have to pursue your child, learn their interests, help foster trust. This is not all natural and if you feel distant, desiring a stronger bond with one of your children, you are not alone. I have had to pray for God to stir my affections for my children. I have had to “fake it ’til I make it.’ Grinning through anger because I know that even a lapse in patience, can mean crushing words to my child. I mean, I really know it, because it’s happened, and I have seen it all over their faces.

Just like there is no such thing as a good person, there is no such thing as a good mother. There is such a thing as faithful mothers. Mothers who diligently seek God and His goodness. They trust that sanctification is real and that the Holy Spirit truly is with us, and strengthens us to be something that we are not. So, no you are not enough. You are not fierce, but you a serve a God who is our All in All.

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Count It A Loss…

Count It A Loss…

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. –Psalm 96:1-6

Do we believe this? Do we do these things? Sharing the gospel is, well, a struggle. Oh, but look at our God! “Splendor and Majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” By His grace, we know and serve the magnificent, sovereign King of the Universe. In light of who we are and who He is, we should be sharing of His great might, without ceasing.

So, what is it? Why can we not seem to muster up the courage to “tell of His salvation” and “declare His glory among the nations”?

The most common place the Church in America is encouraged to be a “missionary” in, is the workforce. How does one, be the salt and the light among those you spend a large portion of your day with? The most common misconception that I have heard of is the “nice guy effect.” You know, the approach where you overwhelm everyone with inexplicable niceness and joy and this most certainly leads to coworkers innately understanding you are a Christian and Jesus is what they need to have a good attitude at work. Maybe your work ethic leads to Gospel conversations–and that is wonderful. However, that leaves the rest of waiting and hoping, that today we will be good enough for someone to know Christ. We all know that our works and salvation do not go together, and you are falsely hoping in something besides Christ. Romans 10:14 very plainly says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) We cannot be passively “sharing” the gospel, conforming to the mundane, but rather taking a bold stand for the majestic God, who made the heavens, and for some reason, saw it fit to save wretches like us.

This is intimidating. I one hundred percent get it. I work outside of the home, on a part-time basis. The environment that I work in heavily relies on teamwork, and there are a lot chatting women during downtime. Many opportunities to share the biblical worldview. In my last job, I knew that I was going to be leaving and starting a new job, and there would be very little likelihood that I would be interacting with these coworkers again. This created in me a much more aggressive approach to the Gospel, because, what did I have to lose? Well, I made a woman cry. This is not me bragging. I do stand by what I said. I shared the Gospel, unashamedly. This woman who was old enough to be my mother had lived the majority of her adult life, perhaps her entire life, believing a false Gospel! This is absurd. I spoke truth to her, offering her the grace that only the truth can offer, and she was frazzled and crying. I know she needed to hear it, but I know that I also found comfort in telling her because I knew I’d most likely never speak to her again.

How selfish of me, though, to only find Christ and my coworker that valuable when I had nothing left to lose? It’s despicable. A great fear of man has settled into my heart again as I have started this new job. Waiting for the moment to come, when people will truly know who I am. In those moments, I am ashamed of the God that died for me and I worship what sinful man thinks of me and find higher value in it than the commands of Christ. I tell you this to encourage you. That the person behind this screen, is young and sinful and NEEDS Jesus, but to also tell you, that we are without excuse.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. –Phillippians 3:7-8

Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter. For what? “For the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.” All things are a loss for the sake of Christ. Paul was a man, that had attained what his culture had to offer, but in a jail cell, he renounced it all for Christ. I love this passage of Scripture because I believe it really helps keep things in perspective. As basic as Christianity gets, this is there, nothing in this life can offer us satisfaction, but Christ. Fortunately, we live in a country, where it is currently legal to share the gospel. An arrest does not threaten our mission. So what is it? What in your life are you not willing to count as a loss for the sake of Christ? What loss are you not willing to suffer, in order to gain Christ?

If knowledge is your stumbling block, I want to encourage you that there are great resources available. Tracts are a great place to start. YouTube has several videos of skilled preachers debating and sharing God’s Word, in a way, that you can do it too. The most empowering thing to a Christian woman, is not worldly achievements, status and what parts of your body, you have control over, but rather, being empowered by the Word. There is scripture to refute every worldview and religion. There is literally nothing new under the sun. Study all the great and wonderful things of God that we can attain, expose idolatry in false religions, expose the teachings of heretics, own it, get nerdy with it, and share the Gospel! (Ephesians 5:11) We are commanded to. (Matthew 28:16-20; 1Peter 3:15)

If we want to reform, sharing the Gospel must be central to our mission. It is the only reason, that we can count gain as a loss, for the sake of Christ!

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An Open Letter to Jory Micah

An Open Letter to Jory Micah

Jory, I first discovered and began to interact with you on Twitter around October of last year. I watched you argue and insist that being a Christian and a feminist can coincide. I have witnessed countless times, you blaspheme God, by referring to Him as a goddess and all inappropriate female pronouns. I have read blogs about how your husband needs to submit to you. I have followed you through two sabbaticals in less than six months, and I have watched you switch your soap box from female pastors in the church, to now social justice and politics. I have watched you scramble. Scramble for hope, truth, value, worth, and acceptance.

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Word-ly Women

Word-ly Women

“Thou shalt not judge!”

“The God of the Old Testament is an angry God, and Jesus is a God of love.”

“If you say homosexuality is a sin, but wear mixed fibers, you are a hypocrite.”

In a culture, that clearly hates God, they sure do have a lot to say about His Word. I’ll be honest, it is uncomfortable to me, how recently that I learned it was biblical to judge righteously. “Don’t judge, lest ye be judged,” is shouted and demanded by Christians and pagans alike. (Just a side note, God will judge you and if you are not covered by Christ, this should terrify you.) Verse after verse is taken out of context while blaspheming the Holy God. Twisting scripture can almost assuredly be associated with wicked intent. This is why it is important to know His Truth and to be able to discern. Discernment is having the ability to judge well and yes it is allowed. There is only one way to accomplish this, and that is reading your Bible. This is how God speaks to us. There is no new revelation to be given. All that is to be known of Him on earth are within the pages from Genesis to Revelation.

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Should We Follow Ann Voskamp?

Should We Follow Ann Voskamp?

Reforming like a woman takes on many forms. It is certainly not a passive role to take. In fact, we are never passive in our relationship with Christ. It is either one of great hostility, militantly running from His Truth with open hatred. Or hopefully, Christ has extended His grace and mercy to you and because the faith he has granted you, you are in pursuit of his truth and are serving Him. There is no neutrality–ever. Even Jesus said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) He goes on to say that if we even love our families more than Him, we are not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:37) This is not the Jesus that we typically read, speak or share about. Somehow our pursuit of “Peace on Earth,” no longer involves the Prince of Peace, and we carry Him around on our mission, instead of His people on mission for His gospel.

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“I Hear A Lot of Men Talking!”

It appears to be war of sorts. It appears to be a war between men and women, but in reality, it is a war of life versus death.

Saturday mornings outside the local abortion mill are chaotic. You could even call it a circus. Dozens of people come out, too early for most people on the weekend, equipped with signs and new tactics, ready to wage war. For what? For the unborn. Our defenseless neighbor, in need of a voice. Countless debates are held, the gospel is preached and help is offered, all in hopes of lives being transformed.

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Rethinking Submissiveness: Losing the Stigma of Complementarianism

Wives, yes you, I’m talking to you, submit to your own husbands. You read me right, I quoted scripture. So actually, I quoted God. Perhaps the most biblically-minded and faithful woman among us still cringes at the thought of submitting to the authority of a flawed man. It is a curse, I’ve been told (Genesis 3:16).

I have been married for six years now, in light of marital longevity these days, I consider any anniversary a success, but you may be asking yourself, “why is this girl trying to tell me how to be married?” Well, I’m not. God is the ultimate and final authority.

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Truth Talking

Truth Talking

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and the teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love…  –Ephesians 4:11-15

Standing up and speaking the truth is sometimes intimidating and difficult. Often, we find push-back from fellow brothers and sisters. Fault cannot be found in the words you have said, yet, it just wasn’t “loving.” Personally, I’m no longer buying into this nonsense. I have spent countless nights replaying conversations and dwelling on attempts to censor me, and all I can find is more and more biblical proof that edifying the body is needed and necessary.

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Why Reform like a Woman?

Why Reform like a Woman?

There is a movement happening, and much to my dismay, it is not headed in the direction I was hoping for.

Our culture, though always derailed, does not care to hide it anymore. The wickedness of the hearts of people no longer finds it beneficial to practice morality for the sake of their identity because now the senseless and unthinkable are applauded and encouraged.

On this very slippery slope of our new social construct, is unfortunately, the Church. We are caught in a place of colloquialisms in the form of hashtags, and God’s Word.

#Rapecultureiswhen #reproductiverights #whyimarch #Lovewins