The Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality Part 1

homosexualityPart 1 of 2:                           It seems Christians hold very different views of homosexuality. Some churches accept homosexuals while other churches condemn gay people. What does the Bible teach? Is it possible to be both a Christian and a homosexual? 

Few topics today generate more controversy, emotion and confusion in the church (and in society) than the issue of homosexuality. Many Christians have become hesitant (and even fearful) to defend a Biblical view of sexuality in the face of growing persecution from homosexual advocates. In virtually every nation around the world, same-sex relationships have acquired legitimacy and acceptability to an extent virtually unthinkable just a few decades ago. Continue reading

Can pride affect a Christian Leader’s ministry?

prideWhy do some Christian teachers and pastors and even Christian believers become full of pride in their knowledge and how does this affect their ministry and their calling?

Pride is often at the root of many of our sinful actions. It causes us to think of ourselves as better than others. Our sinful nature is one of pridefulness and arrogance and we are warned against this throughout scripture. Continue reading

Can Satan know & Influence the Thoughts of a Believer?

influenceDoes the enemy (Satan/demons) have the ability and control to know a believer’s thoughts, and then control circumstances to influence their actions?

Scripture tends to suggest that the enemy can be influential concerning a believer’s emotions and may also have a degree of power in their thinking in some ways. Nevertheless, the enemy’s power (no matter the degree) is always under the authority of God. The enemy does only what the Lord permits, and therefore the enemy’s ability to influence a believer’s thoughts or actions is limited to what the Lord allows as a test of the believer for our spiritual good.

The Bible says the Lord allows these tests for our good, but never to tempt or encourage us to sin. Therefore, if the enemy’s tests should succeed in causing us to stumble, then we are at fault for willingly following the enemy’s temptations or falling to the enemy’s deceptions through circumstances.

As scripture teaches: Continue reading