Famous Last Words

I think, “last words” are fascinating. You want your last words to be packed full of power, jammed full of meaning, and slammed with significance!

Here my top eight “last words”:

1. “You won’t get me alive!”  THINK before you throw down a life or death challenge.

2. “I bet I can fit in there!” I did laugh when I read this (it’s from a joke list-not an obituary-don’t have a cow).

3. “That birthmark on your head looks like 999.” RUN FOR THE HILLS!

4. Convicted murder Thomas J. Grasso just before his execution: “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.” I can understand the frustration – Spaghetti-O’s are a superior noodle and tomato-based entree, but there just HAS to be something more significant say at the end of a misspent life. HAS to be!

5. “The earth is suffocating . . . swear to make them cut me open so that I won’t be buried alive.” Frederic Chopin, composer, 1849. He was cremated. I completely relate to this sentiment. Horrified me as a kid. Today I want to be cremated only because I see no point in buying real estate I can’t enjoy.

6. “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” Joan Crawford, actress, 1977 to her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.  If you’re dying, don’t start mouthing off about God! Have some sense of your own mortality.

7. “You have won, O Galilean.”
Roman emperor and Constantine descendant Julian, when he tried to quash the original endorsement to Christianity of the Roman Empire. He was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire. Known as Julian the Apostate.
This is pure legend. But…as legends go, I like it! And Jesus did win.

And……….my favorite (humanly speaking):

8. “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”
Jimmy Stewart (who is just the best) to his family just before dying in 1997, referring to his wife, Gloria, who had passed away three years earlier. The actor, 89 when he died, apparently never got over his wife’s death. The two were married 44 years.

BUT…BEST Last Word…(it’s His second to last sentence but still falls into the category of, “last words.”)

Jesus said:  It is finished. John 19:30

The price has been paid. The blood has been shed.

He has done everything necessary for all of our sin to be washed away! Every other religion is about what we do to get to God. But in Christianity, Jesus did it all. That is so, so good.

Max Lucado says:

“Jesus places ‘do not enter signs’ all over the gateway to hell, and He announces to anyone who wants to go, ‘if you go you’ve gotta go over My dead body.'”

IT…IS…FINISHED. I love that Jesus said that! So I’ve repented of my sins and surrendered my life to Him as my Master and my Savior.

You should too.

Amen amen!

 

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Banned Phrases: All Sins Are Equal In God’s Eyes

“Banned Phrases” – this will be a recurring feature of ILikeMyCoffeeBlack.com, because there are just too many silly things being spouted off by people who should know better!

These are phrases that are oft repeated, and either: annoying, and/or ignorant, or…maybe accepted truths that are actually false. Just want to enlighten you. If you continue to use one of these phrases, I’ll have to….well I have no idea. Like I have any power at all. But they are banned! Banned I tell you!

As an example, if this was a generic everything-but-the-kitchen-sink post, “YOLO” would be at the top of the list. Every time you say “YOLO,” and angel loses a few IQ points.

You get the idea. So if I can get a drum roll please…the first banned phrase is:

All sins are equal in God’s eyes.

At first blush it seems so deep. So insightful. So astute. And yet it is… so ridiculous.

This one makes me want bang my head on the desk. Where did anyone every get that idea? Did they use any logic? Or did they bother to ask God? Or even bother to look at what God actually said? Like maybe, I don’t know, in the Bible?

I was with a group of men years ago, and we were discussing someone we all knew who had committed a horrific crime. And one of these men said “well you know, all sin is equal in God’s eyes.” Yes…I’m sure God feels the same about the particularly horrific sin we were discussing, that smashed a number of lives to literal pieces, as He feels about the fact that as a second grader I lied to my mom and said I was sick when in fact, I was well. Because God is a simpleton like that (harshest sarcasm possible here).

Two arguments for all sins NOT being equal. First, common sense, second, God’s own Word.

Common Sense:

If you think that God sees all sins equally, this is what you’re saying, literally:

 

Now assuming you are human with an IQ greater than your shoe size, you can see that anything the kid on the left could do, would pale in comparison to the Castro brother chaining girls for 10 years in a dungeon and doing things I shudder to think about.

You can tell the difference in the magnitude of the sins represented above, but God Himself cannot distinguish between the two and recognize that one is a thousand times more wicked, sick, twisted, painful and horrific? You can tell the difference but God can’t?

That would have to be a morally corrupt God.

 

God’s Word: 

God is NOT morally corrupt. Over and over and over and OVER again God differentiates between levels of sin.

Now I get where a child might think this is true. The reasoning goes like this: the smallest sin is enough to send you to hell, so all sin is equal in God’s eyes. If you’re a child, that makes sense. But a simple review of God’s Word reveals this to be shallow thinking.

 

Different Sin, Different Consequence

Commit murder, get executed. Genesis 9:6
Steals an ox, repay with five oxen. Exodus 22:1

These are God’s penalties. So if all sins are equal, why isn’t the thief executed? Or the murderer just paying fine? Because all sins are not equal in God’s eyes. Yes, any sin makes us guilty and sentences us to hell. But God views the shedding of human blood as much worse than stealing, because it involves the taking of a human life, so God’s penalty in this life is much, much worse.

Different Sin, Different Ultimate Judgment

Jesus said on the day of judgment, it would be MUCH more tolerable for Tyre, Sidon and Sodom than for Capernaum (Matthew 11:22, 24). According to Jesus even ultimate judgment has varying degrees of severity, based on the sin.

And if that’s not enough:

Jesus Himself Calls One Sin Greater than Another

John 19:11 Jesus tells Pilate Himself, “he who delivered me over to you has the GREATER sin.” If you’ve got a greater than, you’ve got a lesser than. A greater than something cannot at the same time be equal to that something. Christ Himself answers the question of whether or not all sins are equal.

All sins aren’t equal. There are differences in sin, differences in God’s resulting judgment. All sin is evil. But to equate the sin of lying  with the sins of a Gosnell is to degrade God’s justice, and defy Godly logic and it actually minimizes the impact of vile wickedness on the victims.

Murder, slavery and the slaying of babies are much worse sins a child lying to mom.

If you don’t believe me, ask God. He answers with great clarity in His Word.

God Speed,

Pastor David

 

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Christians on Same Sex Marriage?!?!

So I’m writing this because I can’t seem to get a simple, good take on same sex marriage. And this post is directed at those who call themselves Christians (I don’t expect non-Christians to agree with much of what I have to say-that would be a conversation about salvation and Christ’s great sacriifce). Because apparently a lot of Christians don’t get the Bible at all. Crazy right? (being facetious…it’s my favorite thing to be). One of those that is completely disturbing to me is Dr. Chris Cone-President of Tyndale Theo. Seminary (graduates need not apply for a job with me) who wrote an article “Why I Concurrently Both Oppose and Support Gay Marriage.” Oh – and while the title you just read says he supports it, he says he doesn’t condone it. That makes my head hurt.

Also…disclaimer: I don’t have time to wordsmith this so that everyone who wants to defend their sin isn’t offended. So before you call me a hater or a small minded bigot – understand this: I’ve spent a lot of time in my life ministering to people in the worst of situations. I have loved people who you would absolutely deem unlovable.  I’ve spent time in prisons, time in far away parts of the globe, just to encourage men and women, share Christ’s love with them, help them and minister to them.  I’m just saying what God’s Word says, so if the best you can do is call names, save your breath.

So here we go. Why Christians should oppose same-sex marriage:

1. Homosexuality is a sin. Like adultery. Like stealing. Like lying. “But Jesus didn’t say it was!” Really? Where do you get that? You do understand that the whole Bible is God speaking and not just the red letter part right? I mean, this is 1st grader Bible info-what you learn in Sunday School. Romans 1:26-27 is a complete repudiation of homosexuality. Need more? Lev. 20:13, Leviticus 18:22 (but that OT-it’s gone man! Oh-so you reject verse 21 about not offering your kids in the fire as a sacrifice too?). How about 1 Corinthians 6:9,1 Timothy 1:10. God wrote all of that. He’s clear.

He’s also clear that there is forgiveness for homosexuality just like there is for every other sin. He’s clear that the hope for every man, woman and child, is salvation through Jesus Christ. His desire is that none should perish, but that everyone come to repentance – 2 Peter 3:9.

Not a cow. Even if you call it one.

2. It’s an affront to God’s design. The definition has been a man + woman for 10,000 plus years. Stated first in Genesis 2:24-God designed male and female differently so they “fit” together physically. Like pieces of a puzzle. I realize we’re so much smarter than anyone in history, what with great intellectual entertainment like MTV and the Kardashians, but just because you call two men together a marriage doesn’t make it so. I can call a horse a cow, but that steak is still gonna have a funny taste. And you’re still fooling around with God’s plan. Don’t be a fool.

3. You’re telling a whole segment of the population to go to hell. When Christians condone (and by saying you are OK as a citizen with legalizing same sex marriage-you’re condoning, or as Dr. Cone said “for it”) the legislation of sin, they are saying to the sinner, “go ahead, and go to hell. I’m OK with it.” It’s not compassionate, it’s not loving, it’s not “live and let live”, it’s more “live and let die”. And yes, I realize that only Jesus saves and not works, but it’s being neither “salt” nor “light”. In fact, you’re saying “spread the darkness around more…and that’s either pure ignorance or just twisted and hateful. Everyone matters to God, so they should matter to us – which means we shouldn’t be saying “continue on…peace out”; we should be saying “Danger Will Robinson! Danger!”.

4. We ALWAYS “legislate morality”.  The question is “who’s” morality? You shall not murder. Morality. You shall not take another’s property by force. Morality. You shall not lie (on contracts). Morality. You shall not commit prostitution. Morality. You shall not let kids watch porn. Morality. You shall not let men molest young boys. Morality. Law is about “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts”. Guess what? Morality is about “shoulds” and “shouldnts” too. When you say a man can marry a man – you are legislating (or in the case before the Supreme Court, dictating morality! It is flat out ignorance of the law to says we don’t legislate morality (see-I told you I wasn’t word smithing to be sensitive).

5. Same-sex marriage will damage your country. I know our home country is in heaven, but we should give a rip about the people around us. Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to ANY people.” Do we care for our fellow citizens? Or do we pray like Ahmadinejad for the destruction of all things so Jesus will come again? Granted, he wants the appearance of the 12 Imam, not Jesus, but it’s the same idea. If it really gets bad,  He’ll show up, so let’s deep six it now! How about instead we weep for our countrymen, pray that God brings revival, and work to keep it from descending into a moral morass that will hurt men, women and children.

6. Christians should be about democracy. 31 States have voted in a democratic process to define marriage as one man, one woman, that’s all. NEVER has same sex marriage been approved by an election. The only reason it might be legal now, will be if five Supreme Court Justices, in a country of 330+ million, overturn the will of the people. That’s called judicial tyranny. Not on constitutional grounds. So you’re against “legislating” morality, but you’re just fine and dandy with “dictating” morality?

7. It will blast a hole in religious liberty. The lawsuits have already begun. If same sex marriage becomes a “right”, then churches and pastors will be sued and forced underground. You can be fired from your job for publicly saying you don’t agree with same sex marriage.Don’t believe me? Read the news – it’s no slippery slope somewhere in the future. It’s already happening. A few (from article by Dana Loesch):

When same sex marriage is a “right”, you will be pressured to be silent, in some cases by force of law (pastors in Canada threatened for preaching homosexuality is a sin).  And your kids will be taught that its a right, and that your “God” is wrong and a bigot. The lawsuits and name calling have already started, get ready for more.

7. If same sex marriage is a “right” because anyone in “love” should not be denied the right to marry, ANY kind of marriage is acceptable.   You have no moral standing to deny marriage to: two men, two women, three men and 5 women, one man and 42 women, a woman and her dad, a man and his mom, and sister and brother, two brothers. If marriage is defined as marrying who you want, then who are we to discriminate against anyone? 

Hope that helps. God’s clear on it. I’m not sure why some are not. 

Someone said we are always one generation away from barbarism, and that is perfectly clear in the case of same sex marriage. If it is legalized as a right, our country will descend into moral chaos (ok-already there a bit), and Christians should care about that and be salt and light in their nationwide community.

But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. Ezekiel 33:6

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