I used to attend church on Sunday morning, but I grew tired of the church-people attitude. In the churches I attended, the people in them were cynical and extremely disorganized. Because of these experiences I stopped attending church but still read the Bible and kept in daily communication with God (alias Jesus Christ.)
In May 2011 I found a singles Christian group on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com Through this group I learned about the Compass Community church that meets on Saturday evenings and everyone eats dinner together before the service. Their website is at: http://www.compasspointcommunity.com/
After attending the first service in May, I immediately knew that the Holy Spirit was present within this group. I could feel it; and I was drawn to it. Now, I look forward to attending every Saturday and often show up early, just to talk with the minister and his wife, Ron and Misty Weide.
June 25, 2011 was the fourth meeting I attended at Compass Community and it was an interesting one. A lady brought up a topic that every one of us has thought about at one time or another. It was the same argument that unsaved people have: If God forgives our sins, why are innocent people hurt and murderers, rapists and child molesters get away with their crimes? Why does God save people like this and not allow them to suffer for their sins?
One gentleman told her that the price of sin was paid on Calvary by Jesus Christ and that no sin was unforgiveable. And even though someone like Hitler could have been saved at his dying breath, he would still suffer the consequences of his behavior at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Another gentleman then began talking about the two judgments, where we are all judged for our works that were done for Jesus Christ. These two judgments are: (1) Judgment Seat of Christ and (2) White Throne Judgment.
Although everyone who has been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ will live in Heaven with our Lord and Savior throughout eternity, there are various levels to Heaven and Heaven is a kingdom. Every saved person will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ based upon the works they did for Jesus Christ in this lifetime. We will then be awarded eternal crowns based upon our service.
However, at the White Throne Judgment, the unsaved will be judged. And this is where Satan will bow and admit that Jesus Christ is Lord. The unsaved will stand in gasp, saying: Is this is the man that caused all the sin and the pain and suffering of the world? And Satan will be known for who he is and be worshipped no more.
Another lady spoke about the consequences of our behavior. She reminded us that God will forgive us, but that does not mean that we do not often suffer. She used the example of going to the kitchen and drinking a cup of Pine Sol. In doing this there would be consequences she would suffer because of her behavior. Just like if she murdered someone, God is still able to forgive her, but she will still go to jail and suffer the consequences for her behavior.
And finally, another gentleman reminded us that we think like humans, not God. The ways of God are not our ways and the thoughts of God are not our thoughts. He pointed out that our discussion was based on our desire to achieve REVENGE because we want others to suffer for the crimes they commit. However, as selfish humans, we do not think our own sins are bad enough that we need to suffer.
But Jesus Christ is our father and He loves us so much, that no sin is unforgiveable. We should really be rejoicing in this realization. If God thought like us and wanted revenge, we would not have a loving God. Instead, we would have Satan.
The founding fathers of the United States are revered as God-fearing men who developed a country founded upon Biblical principles. Unfortunately, this scenario is only partially true. Allow me to explain:
The founding fathers of the United States are comprised of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. These men were political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution by signing the United States Declaration of Independence, taking part in the American Revolutionary War, establishing the United States Constitution, or by some other key contribution.
But God tells us that:
Isaiah, Chapter 64, Verse 6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Examples of Two Sins Committed by the Founding Fathers
The first sin was when the founding fathers called themselves fathers. The Bible tells us:
Matthew, Chapter 23, Verse 9 “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
The second sin was when the founding fathers established the godly treatment the President receives when he is in command.
I was watching an investigative news report the other night on television and there was a very interesting story about this very topic. The President of the United States is treated like a god and the first lady is treated like a goddess. The report explained how this level of prestige and power affected the President and his family; and how their lives are changed forever. Personally, I would never want to be in a powerful position like this and I pray for those people who choose this level of career.
While I believe it is very important to protect the life of our President and his family, I do not see a need for a personal butler, valet and a staff of 100s. In addition, the President has unlimited power and wealth and can live a celebrity status lifestyle. In my opinion, some of these luxury perks could be eliminated and are not necessary for protecting the Presidents life.
Perhaps this article will help you to look at God for guidance rather than sinful men with righteousness is as filthy rags.
Back in 1961, Gene McDaniels had a hit song called “100 Pounds of Clay.” My brother was much older than I was and I remember him buying the record and playing it over and over again.
The first verse in the song goes like this:
He took a hundred pounds of clay And then He said “Hey, listen” “I’m gonna fix this-a world today” “Because I know what’s missin’ ” Then He rolled his big sleeves up And a brand-new world began He created a woman and-a lots of lovin’ for a man Whoa-oh-oh, yes he did
Of course we assume that Gene is singing about God creating woman; but how accurate are these statements?
1. Adam was created from the “dust of the earth.” Dust is dry and without moisture. However, clay is dust combined with moisture.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
2. Eve (woman) was never created from the dust of the earth or clay. She was created from Adam’s rib.
 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Are these facts really important and is singing this song a sin? Let me ask you a question: Suppose you decided to build the best race car on the planet. You worked very hard and put a great deal of effort into building it; including building the body out of shock resistant polycarbonate material inlaid in gold and precious pearls. Your race car was so well constructed it had an appraised value of $2.8 million dollars.
How would you feel if someone wrote a song about you and your race car and said it was made out of scrap iron and rejected parts from the local junkyard. Would you be insulted? I bet you would. And God is insulted when His work is degraded by His creation that He loves so much.
As Christians, it is important that we pray and ask God on a daily basis to reveal our sins to us. This way we can quickly ask forgiveness and live better and more productive lives by the improvement of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember to talk to Him right now, wherever you are. No one will know you are talking to God and is He is willing to listen and teach you His ways. God is so awesome; His ways are beyond understanding!
100 Pounds of Clay by Gene McDaniels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHySRX9zxdw
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