Category: Society, Culture & Sinful Lifestyles

4 Reasons Why Abortion Is Wrong

One of the most debated issues in the world is the issue pertaining to abortion.
There are questions such as: Does life begin at conception? Is abortion exclusively a woman’s choice? Is abortion right or wrong?

Abortion can be defined as the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. This termination clearly involves the destruction of a human life. Whilst this unborn life may be living temporarily inside the womb of a woman – this developing embryo or fetus is nevertheless a unique life and it is not simply a “part” or extension of a mother’s body.

Therefore, pro-choice slogans such as “My Body, My Choice” tend to deceive many people regarding both the value of an unborn life and the consequences of abortion.

Below Are 4 Reasons Why Abortion Is Wrong:

 

1. A Fetus Is A Unique Person
A fetus is a unique human individual who is temporarily residing in the womb of his/her mother.
A fetus is a developing unborn child who has:
• A different blood type from his/her mother
• A different genetic code than his/her mother
• An unborn child may also have a different gender than his mother
These arguments clearly point to the fact that abortion is the termination of an innocent and unique human life.
The Bible uses the terms “child”, “son”, “daughter”, “baby”, “with child” when referring to unborn children. These terms are therefore evidence that a fetus or unborn child is a unique person with a right to life.

 

2. An Unborn Child Has a Right to Purpose & a Future
It is wrong to kill human beings that would have a future like ours if they lived.
An unborn child should have a right to live. Therefore killing an unborn child is also killing the future of that child.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God says to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
This points to the fact that God has a future and a plan for an unborn child.

 

3. Abortion Reduces People’s Respect For Life
Worldwide Abortion Statistics reflect that between 2010 and 2014 more than 56 million abortions occurred throughout the world.
This statistic alone exposes the fact that we live in a society and culture where innocent and defenseless lives are not respected.
People put a lot of value on animal rights and animal life? Yet fighting for the life and value of an unborn child can be frowned upon. The Bible says that human life is of more value than animals (Matthew 6:26). The reason is because unlike the animals, God made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-28).

 

4. Abortion Is A Spiritual Problem
Abortion involves the shedding of innocent blood. The culture and promotion of abortion is deeply rooted in the fact that mankind has a spiritual problem. The shedding of innocent life in order to achieve personal comfort is a form of sacrifice. Also the shedding of innocent blood to avoid personal responsibility is wrong.
Ultimately abortion is an act and a plan that is straight from the devil because Satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy anything that is a creation of God (John 10:10).

 

 

Can Someone be a Gay Christian?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Is there such a thing as a “gay Christian”? When we read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 there are at least 9 specific sins that are mentioned, including homosexuality.
Therefore the same question should be asked of the other sins: Is there such a thing as a “sexually immoral Christian”? ; Is there such a thing as an “idolatrous Christian”? ; Is there such a thing as a “thieving Christian” – and so on.

There can be a tendency to classify homosexuality as being the worst of all sins – however in God’s eyes, all kinds of sins are equally horrible before a just and holy God.
Therefore 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says that whether a person is for example, a homosexual or an adulterer or even a thief – all will eventually face the same measure of punishment: they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Do Christians Struggle With Sin?
It is important to note that every Christian struggles with different types of sins and temptations.
For example, some Christians struggle with lust or pornography; Other Christians struggle with alcohol addiction and indeed there are some Christians who can struggle with homosexual thoughts and temptations. Therefore as Christians, we are not immune to suggestions or temptations.
What really matters is our attitude towards these sinful desires and how we respond to temptation.
Do we have a hatred towards sin? Do we ask God’s forgiveness when we sin? Are we seeking God’s help and sanctification regarding our sin? Do you feel a sense of brokenness and do we have a repentant attitude towards sin? Are we seeking to be more like Jesus Christ?

There are many people who profess to be Christians but yet they love and enjoy their sins. Therefore professing Christians may habitually love and enjoy their sexual immorality; they unremorsefully steal and cheat people; they unrepentantly enjoy living a homosexual lifestyle. Therefore these professing Christians are unapologetic and have no inward spiritual desire to stop living their sinful lifestyle. They may even defend and justify their sinful lifestyle as being morally acceptable.
It is in this context that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is written where Paul says “Do not be deceived”.
From there Paul states: “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

This scripture is clear that you cannot comfortably, habitually and unrepentantly enjoy and engage in any sin and call oneself a true Christian. When we sin as Christians we must eventually come to a place of brokenness and repentance because of our recognition that our sinful behaviour does not please God. We must come to a place where we seek God’s forgiveness and therefore desire to walk according to God’s word in any particular area where we struggle.
Therefore if a person claims to be a Christian but yet that person justifies his/her homosexual lifestyle then that person’s salvation is questionable. A true Christian would eventually recognize sin and seek to repent from it. A true Christian would not encourage homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle simply because a genuine Christian is one who seeks to please God and obey His word.
The sin of homosexuality should not be defended, justified or tolerated as acceptable behavior within Christianity (Romans 1:26-27; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13). If God is against homosexuality, then true Christians should have the same attitude towards homosexuality and lovingly correct those who are engaged in this lifestyle or any other sinful lifestyle.

If a person claims to be Christian and gay – then he/she needs to be lovingly asked: Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin against God and His word? Do you believe that a person with homosexual lusts should repent from living a gay lifestyle? Are you actively seeking the help of God to overcome your homosexual desires and lifestyle?
If a person claims to be Christian but does not wish to repent from his/her homosexual lifestyle then there may be reason to doubt that person’s understanding of true Biblical Christianity. If a person claims to be Christian but yet habitually, unrepentantly and unremorsefully enjoys and defends the pleasures of living a homosexual lifestyle, then that person needs to be warned that he/she is living in deception.

Ephesians 5:3-5 says: But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

 

 

The Christian Must Put Off The Old Self and Put On Christ – The New Self
If a gay person genuinely receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord & Saviour, then such a person (through the strength of Christ) will most definitely desire to leave his/her homosexual lifestyle in order to live a heterosexual lifestyle that is honoring and pleasing to God.

The Bible urges and encourages us to put off our old self and to put on the new man in Christ. Our Christian walk is about putting off old sinful habits and putting on Jesus Christ. The true Christian life is about His people conforming to the image of Christ in order to bring glory to His name.
So when we become Christians, we become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means our old sinful desires will gradually become undesirable and we begin to desire the things of God so that we may reflect the nature and character of Christ.

Ephesians 4:17-24 says: Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

 

Our Identity is in Jesus Christ
In the body of Christ there is no “gay Christian”, just as there is no “adulterous Christian” or “thieving Christian”. Whilst all Christians deal with different struggles and different temptations on a daily basis, the truth is that every genuine born again Christian is a child of God who has been bought by the blood of Christ.
Jesus Christ paid for every sin on the cross – including the sin of homosexuality. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can all be freed from the bondage of sin. Therefore in Christ our identification is not according to our sins – but our identification must be in Jesus Christ alone and in His finished work on the cross.

Therefore there is hope and forgiveness for the homosexual or anyone in bondage to any type of sin. Jesus Christ alone can free us from sin when we recognize our depravity and the fact that we are sinners in need of salvation from sin. Jesus Christ alone can save us and He is willing to receive us as God’s children if we willingly by faith accept Christ as Lord and Saviour in our life. God’s grace is freely available to anyone willing to repent of sin and surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Is Your Cell Phone Controlling You?

Is it you who is using your cell phone – or is your cell phone using you? Does the Bible say anything about cell phone addiction?
Recent studies reflect that the average person can check his/her phone at least 85 times a day.
The same study also says that young adults use their phones an average of 5 hours per day – which is roughly one-third of their total waking hours.

It is evident by simple observation that the cell phone has become one of the most necessary technological gadgets for a large part of the world’s population.
The cell phone is no longer just a communication device – but for many people it has become more like a “friend”, a “companion” and a “partner”. In fact, cellphone use has become addictive for many smartphone users around the world.

Studies reflect that cell phone use negatively affects your social life and relationships with friends and family. Cell phone addiction might also affect one’s ability to work or study because a person may want to be connected to his/her smartphone at all times. For example, it is believed that almost half of adults admit reading or sending a text message while driving and that injuries or accidents related to cell phone use have been on the increase.

It’s therefore very evident that cell phone use and cell phone addiction is increasingly and negatively affecting how people think and feel. The use of the smartphone is also negatively rewiring or altering people’s brains and people’s priorities in life.
Smartphone use has reduced people’s ability to concentrate. It has also affected people’s ability to memorize or remember information.

The apps that exist on many smartphones such as Twitter or Facebook are designed to be addictive and to keep the user preoccupied with social media. The reason is because smartphone apps all compete for the user’s attention for the purpose of their social media advertisers.

It is therefore important to have a Biblical view of cell phone addiction and the potential negative impact that it can have regarding our relationship with others and with God.
For example: imagine if we checked and read our Bible just like we read our smartphone? Suppose we used our Bible more than we used our cell phone?
Has the use of your cell phone diminished your desire to spend quality time with God or with other people? Has your smartphone consumed more productive time in your life?
Therefore whilst using a cell phone is not a sin – it is important for one to discern if the cell phone has become an addiction in your life rather than a tool that you control.

1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up

Whilst there are many advantages to using a smartphone it is very important to realize that its unproductive or unnecessary usage may have long-term detrimental effects on our brains, thinking patterns, social life and our spiritual life.
Therefore excessive cell phone use draws us away from the very things that we should value the most. Such as face-to-face relationships; spending quality time with loved ones or even the amount of time we spend with God.

Below are a few ideas of how you can break your cell phone addiction:

1. Remove notifications from your social media apps – Removing notifications will prohibit the apps from constantly alerting you or updating you whenever you have a new notification. Doing this helps you to get focused on your work or on other productive things.

2. Do not go to sleep with your cell phone near your bed or under your pillow – If the first thing you do when you wake up is to look at your smartphone then it is a sign that you have a major dependency on your cell phone. Instead, keep your cell phone in a different room on in an area of your bedroom where it is not physically easy to reach. Let the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning be to pray to God and to thank Him for the new day. Start your day by reading God’s word and not reading social media messages on your smartphone (Psalms 1:1-3).

3. Have productive habits in your life – For example, instead of using social media app, buy and read some physical books. Think about doing something that does not require your cellphone but will edify you and build you as a person. Remember that your life does not revolve around how many “likes” and notifications you get on your social media app. There is more to life than the virtual world of social media.

4. Set goals and be focused – Determine to overcome your addiction. Have a limited set time during the day when you will view your social media apps and stick to that set time. Otherwise most of your day should be spent productively.

Bible verses such as Proverbs 25:28, Galatians 5:22-23 and 2 Timothy 1:7 encourage us to have an attitude of self-control.
Our ability to exercise self-control is an important virtue for every person in life because without self-control we subject ourselves to every form of temptation and vice. We become slaves to all kinds of temptation and sin.
Therefore to overcome cell phone addiction, we must be self-controlled and disciplined in life.

Colossians 3:1-2 ESV
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Our minds and our focus should be on real and genuine relationships that bring value and edification to our soul.
The human brain and the human life is not designed to be addicted to anything that is capable of diminishing or destroying us. We should never be consumed by any kind of substance or technology that will ultimately affect our health, our relationships or our spiritual life. The things of this earth are temporary and can mislead us from focusing on what is truly important in life.
Instead our minds should be focused on the heavenly things that bring life. Our minds should be focused on God and be consumed by heavenly things, because without Christ or the mind of Christ, we cannot overcome the negative things of this earth.

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Is Legalizing Marijuana Good for Society?

In different parts of the world, governments have begun to legalize the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
The debate however is whether the legalization of this drug is actually good for society in general. Does the general populace stand to benefit from its legalization or are there long-term problems in the future?
Is the recreational use of this drug actually good for people and what are the problems associated with the use of marijuana?

In 2013, between 128 and 232 million people used marijuana. Currently, marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world. The population of people who use this drug will obviously continue to grow as the drug becomes legalized in more countries throughout the world.

Marijuana has been primarily illegal in many countries because of its short-term and long-term side effects.
Marijuana is known for causing sexual problems among male users; severe anxiety and panic attacks; hallucinations and strange behavior; low reaction time and poor coordination and also short-term memory problems.
Marijuana is also known for causing a reduction in a person’s IQ and it can increase the risks of a heart attack and a stroke.
Ultimately whilst this drug may have such side effects, this drug is very addictive, and it is capable of destroying an individual’s life in every aspect from his/her financial, spiritual, cognitive and social life.

Therefore from both a psychological and health perspective, the use of marijuana needs to be avoided because of its negative effects on the brain and its ability to depreciate one’s health.

1 Corinthians 3:16 says “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

We therefore should avoid practices such as smoking, or any kind of drug use which will end up drastically affecting our health or our body.
Marijuana’s ability to reduce an individual’s IQ and damage the brain is a major problem. It means that a drug user will eventually become lazy, unproductive and ineffective in society due to a diminished thinking capacity.
When you have a society that is plagued by an addiction to marijuana or any other type of drug, there are many social problems that can arise.
Addiction to drugs leads to broken relationships and families; poor performance at school and at work; drug related violence; financial difficulties or poor financial choices; more drug related deaths and a breakdown in morality due to drug dependency.

1 Corinthians 6:12 says “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything”

It’s imperative to realize that even though certain governments may legalize the use of marijuana, it does not mean that this drug is ultimately beneficial to society as a whole. It also does not mean that God agrees with the legalization of harmful drugs.
For example, even though smoking cigarettes has been legal for many years, it does not mean that cigarettes are beneficial to society or to the health of the smoker.
The same argument can be made for the legalization of drugs such as marijuana.
Individuals must not allow themselves to be dominated by any drug that is known to have addictive traits and influences.
Individuals must avoid any kind of drugs that are known to cause problems with health and one’s cognitive abilities.

Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to the standards of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The legalization of such drugs as marijuana by many countries are not entirely linked to its medical benefits. Instead one of the main factors for its legalization are due to the supposed economic and monetary benefits that are to be gained. The world is motivated by money, even at the expense of society’s well-being. Pharmaceutical companies will benefit, marijuana farmers will benefit and unfortunately the marijuana drug users will experience the deception that they are benefiting when in fact, they are actually being destroyed by the use of this drug.
We should therefore not conform to a standard of thinking that damages people and society as a whole, just for the sake of making money or for the purpose of gratifying a temporary and addictive need.

Galatians 5:16 says that we should walk in the Spirit and we will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Our minds must be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit through the meditation and obedience of His word. Our fellowship with God should lead us to have total dependence on God to meet all our physical, cognitive and spiritual needs rather than depending on the temporary stimulation of drugs.
We are to be filled by the Holy Spirit and not have our minds filled and influenced by brain damaging drugs such as marijuana.

 

Is Sexting, Cybersex and Phone Sex a Sin?

Sexting and cybersex can be defined as the act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones or any other type of communication device. The messages may be text, photo, or video which are sent from a sender to a recipient.
Phone sex involves explicit and sexually verbal communication between two people via the phone for the purposes of sexual gratification.

The growth of technology and the rise of social media has come with various addictions, vices and behaviour patterns that were thought to be unthinkable a few decades ago. Sexting and cybersex is one of them.
Therefore is sexting, cybersex and phone sex a sin? Should these behaviours be viewed as harmless? Should society normalize these behaviours as just another method of sexual self-gratification?

While sexting, phone sex or cybersex may not involve physical contact, the Bible does warn us against having impure sexual thoughts.
For example, Jesus warned that lusting after a woman in your heart is just the same as committing the physical act of adultery itself.
In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Therefore with God, our inner thoughts are just as important as our actions. Our inner thoughts and motives actually reflect our true nature. As a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

It’s clear then that sexting, phone sex and any form of cybersex energizes and stimulates people’s thought patterns in an unholy manner. It feeds an individual’s lusts. It encourages masturbation and creates an impure desire for self-gratification. It also creates impure sexual fantasies that dishonor God but instead it corrupts the soul.
The Bible encourages us to flee from sexual immorality and that whoever commits sexual immorality sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18).

The marriage relationship must be honored because it is God who created marriage. A husband and wife are one flesh in God’s eyes (Genesis 2:24). Sex should be enjoyed within the confines of marriage.

Adultery is a sin before God and therefore the marriage bed should be honored. Hebrews 13:4 says: Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

It’s also a sin to sow division within people’s marriages or to cause the divorce of another married couple because in the context of marriage, Jesus said the following: What God has joined together, let no one separate (Mark 10:9).

Therefore sexting, phone sex or cybersex are forms of sexual immorality. They do not improve the life of a person and neither do they glorify God in any fashion. Ultimately sexual immorality is spiritually harmful to individuals, marriages, families and society.