THE ADULTERESS WILL HUNT FOR THE PRECIOUS LIFE

“Oh Lord, You know how I still fear man, but I fear You more – I fear losing that which is most precious to me – my dear communion with You.”

I prayed this prayer today because I do not want to post this article. I wrote this article 3 years ago and have only given it to one woman who I saw in the store. It was obvious that her parents hadn’t talked with her about her dress. It was obvious that her pastor had not spoken to her about her dress. I knew I needed to give this article to her because someone needed to tell her.

I have waited to post this article because I have friends that are as dear to me as family and I do not want to be misunderstood. I fear being seen for that which I am not. I fear going through the pain of being misunderstood again by others who I love. I do not hate, this is not a hate site, I love. I love the ways of the Lord and am in a deep place of sorrow where the church is today. When I was young and in the ways of the flesh, I was in darkness when there was yet a bit of light in the world. Now I am in the Light of Christ but in a dark world that does not see.

Our views are shaped by our culture now, not the Bible.

Just the title of this article will make people believe I am evil. The title comes from the Bible, is God evil then? Isn’t this where our culture is going? Oh how far we are from God.

THE ADULTEROUS WILL HUNT FOR THE PRECIOUS LIFE

Written by Hadassah Geraci in 2013

It is a terrible and wicked thing to see a woman dressed in the attire of a whore as she disregards the place that God intends for woman. It is even more terrible to think that this woman is probably married, has borne children and has no regard for the innocent eyes of little children and married men to cast their eyes upon her. 

This woman is the epitome of selfishness. For all that is important to this woman is herself, with no regard to God and the worthy things in life; families, children, men and other women. She builds herself up with evil devices in order to lure men that they may cast their eyes upon her. And she has no shame like the common woman, for she displays her nudity for all to see as does the harlot on the street.

This woman has many sisters who are like-minded. They build each other up in wickedness and spend money upon themselves to be doted upon by men rather than using their worth to bless others in need. This woman in turn promotes her daughters to live in such a manner that they too may destroy the little of virtue that is left upon this earth. They turn their simple, bashful minds that are filled with hope, and eager to do good works in serving others, into self-serving children who are without hope.

This woman’s son who God made to love and cherish his wife and daughters, to be a leaders of Nations and a hope to other men, is destroyed by his mother right out of the womb. As a young boy he yearns for a motherly mother but finds that each day he faced with a harlot for a mother; a mother who bares her nudity to all with no shame, a mother who spends her days on building herself up in beauty rather than giving him the nurture he needs to become strong. Instead of being the example of a good and honorable woman that he may be drawn to such a woman in a wife one day, his image of woman is destroyed before he even becomes a man. 

When he becomes a man, he turns his bleak outlook on life to the flesh of women that he may receive some kind of exchange for the dull feeling that he feels inside. The pleasures of temporary sexual fulfillment never appease or satisfy the man’s soul though. They never substitute for what he is missing in a woman who is godly. The married man provides for his wife and children but he never has his heart into it as he would if he were with a woman of worth. There’s little value there and he knows it and somehow she knows it too.

He’s so occupied with living the life, providing for his home, raising children and lusting after other women that he pushes away at any thoughts that come his way about how he knows a woman should be. During Christmas, he may lightly think upon Mary the mother of Jesus, then look at his wife and daughters and see the contrite difference. Nothing motherly, nothing pure, nothing quiet, soft or lovely to see and hear.

It is heartbreaking, the pain and loss of goodness and life that most women cause for mankind today. The low cut blouse bought in fun and lightheartedness leads many good men to hell. The few good men that are left today cannot escape the filth and they tire of it greatly. They are sickened by it and see you as a whore. They are abhorred  by you and not drawn to you as other men. You are revolting to them, but no one tells you so because you are so busy trying to get the attention of other men (while you are probably married). You are to God as the woman in Ezekiel, chapter 16 who is as a wife that commits adultery and takes strangers instead of your husband. It says that they give gifts to all whores, but you give your gifts to your lovers that they may come unto you. You fashion yourself that they may all bow down to you, that they may all notice you and dote upon you. You are one of the greatest enemies of God. You destroy multitudes of men and nations, children and the God given sisterhood that has become a competitive, driven spirit in women today. You slay many and do not even know it.

You have had time on your side and opportunity all your days to follow Christ and let Him guide you in things that are good and pure, but you have chosen to follow the wicked ways of the world and you teach others to do the same. But, you do not need to do so any longer. You can turn to Christ in your tears now and have your latter days become prosperous in virtue, purity, good works and godliness. You can become a woman of good character that others may know you more by your holiness than by your lasciviousness. Christ can change you from being the woman whom I have described and used to be myself, to becoming an instrument of God to be used in helping change other’s lives for good. Please consider the effect you could have upon other souls during your short time here upon this earth. It is never too late and you are never too deep in your sins or your ways for Christ to forgive you and give you the life that God intended for you to live. May you consider your ways…

 

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GAY MARRIAGE

There is no such thing as a gay marriage. While we do not say “godly harlot,” because the two words are not congruent, likewise we do not say “gay marriage.” Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about men being married to men. Contrary, it talks about men lying with men and that it is an abomination to God. So while the world says gay marriage, we must say it for what it is, two men in cohabitation together committing abominations against God and mankind.

While men (or women) may go before a church or Justice of Peace to get married, THEY ARE NOT GETTING MARRIED. Marriage is ordained by God. God would not go against Himself so God would never ordain or bless a union between two men or two women.

If two sodomites are not getting married, then what are they doing when they go before a minister of a church or a Justice of Peace? They are receiving “approval” to continue in their acts of sodomy so they can receive benefits and rights as the married couple does.

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The Wife Who Bears Witness Unto Her Husband

   

 Just as a man’s body will reveal how he eats,                                            a man’s wife will reveal how he worships. 

     

Is your pastor a godly man? Look at his wife and you will see what kind of man he is. She is one of the biggest indicators to look at to see what kind of man he is because she bears witness unto who her husband is. Just as children bear witness to how they were raised, a wife bears witness to her husband’s desires and what he values.

A man has always been known by who his wife and his children are. As a tree is known by it’s fruit, a man is known by his wife. We see this in the Scriptures and know this in our hearts: “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord (Ps 128:3-4).”

As a young man prayerfully seeks a wife, the most important factor upon choosing a woman as a wife should be who she is in the Lord. He should see a pattern of prayerful devotion that is reflected in her walk that bring forth good works for many to see. She should be simple and modest in appearance as she entrusts her heart to him and to no other. For the wife he chooses will bear witness as to who he is as a man and what he values.

When he prays, he should earnestly seek the Lord to see who He desires for him to marry. While in prayer with the Lord in private and receiving His counsel from above, he will receive full assurance as to what sort of wife God wants him to have. By continuing in prayer and communion with the Lord, all menial temptations of women that have the appearance and mannerisms of the world will fall short of God’s vision He has set before him. A godly man will hold fast to the vision of the woman God has put before him and when the time is right will marry. She will become his blessing and glory to him all of their days as she bears witness to who he is as a man.

What do the Scriptures tell us about a wife being a man’s glory?

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of man (1 Cor 11:7). Doxa is the Hebrew word for glory, meaning; dignity, glory, honor, praise and worship. Her presence in his life will verify the man’s place with the Lord because she bears witness to his inner spiritual life therefore being his glory. This is the model set by God.  

– Witness as defined by Websters 1828 dictionary means “testimony”. Here are some examples of witness in the Bible:

– Jesus shared that if He bears witness for himself, his witness is not true. He bore witness of His Father and His Father bore witness of Him. (John 5).

– John bore witness of Christ saying, “This is He of whom I spoke” (John 1:15).

– A heap of stones became a witness testifying of the covenant between Jacob and Laban (Gen 31:44-54).

If stones can be a witness between two men, how much more so can a living being, a wife, bear witness to who her husband is? Our children become a witness to who we are and what things are of value to us. Our relationship with the Lord is a witness to others as they see Christ working in us as we are in His image.

A wife brings honor to a man’s name because this is the pattern that God has made for man and woman. A man is not only blessed by her cheerful countenance and good works, he is blessed with honor and glory before other men because his wife bears witness of whom he is just as we bear witness as to whom Christ as we are in His image.

I have several friends who take in foster children, some who are quite disabled, they also adopt children who have disabilities or come from drug using mothers. We cannot help but honor the men of these women as well because they are the greater part of it by allowing themselves to have their lives changed by caring for children in need. Most men would not be a part of something seen as a burden today.

If a couple’s son attains a doctorate degree, both of his parents are honored for their son’s achievements as he bears witness as to how they raised him. His degree in turn bears witness of him.

There have been many men who have had a wife who was his glory. One such man was Martin Luther. Martin Luther met and married Katharina von Bora, a nun who fled the monastery with several other nuns as she became more interested in the reform movement. Luther was able to find husbands for all of the nuns except for Katherine and they eventually married in 1525. As you can see by the portrait of Katherine, she was not beautiful with worldly beauty but was covered with the beauty of holiness as their home became a working center for Luther’s reform. She brought in boarders, the homeless, monks and nuns into their home. She also set up a hospital within their home and brought in the sick. Instead of the garments of splendor, she wore the garments of praise. Luther’s choice to marry Katherine only added increase unto him. (1)

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Another man who had a godly wife was Jim Elliot. Elisabeth Elliot accompanied her husband as a missionary to Ecuador to shared the gospel among the Auca Indians. He was murdered by the Auca’s in 1956 and Elisabeth later returned to the Indians to continue her husband’s work where many were converted and repented for the murder of her husband. Since then, Elisabeth has continued to be a glory to her husband all of these years after his death. She wrote a book about his life that comprised many years of his journals. She was another woman that did not bear the natural marks of beauty but she bore witness to him for nearly 60 years after his death. Even though she has recently passed away, his name will always come to the minds of others when they hear the name Elisabeth Elliot.

If a believer’s wife is a witness to her husband, how much more so a pastor’s wife who is a leader of many? A pastor’s wife should emulate holiness. God gave us many examples in the Bible of holy women; Mary the mother of Jesus, Ruth the Moabite, Queen Esther and Mary Magdalene. John R. Rice wrote this about godly women: “There are some wonderful things here about a godly woman. I have had more reason to thank God for good women than most men. Mrs. Rice and I have been married now for 55 ½ years. Then God has given us six lovely daughters. Then some fine women help me at the Sword of the Lord Foundation. Some have been here many years. How devoted and sacrificial they are! And everywhere I go, godly women sing in the choir, run the nursery, help do house-to-house visitation, teach in the Sunday school, and back up the work in giving. Thank God for good women!” (2)

I have a dear friend who when it came time for us to finally meet her husband, I thought “Of course she is with you and you are with her.” My friend complimented and brought glory unto her husband. I expected him to be a godly man because she is a godly woman. She bore witness of him even when they were apart because she knows who he is and knows his deepest desires.

But there is the other side too that can bring dishonor upon a man or family. It used to be that a daughter who got pregnant before marriage would being shame and dishonor upon her family. A son or daughter who does drugs and lives on the streets brings shame and dishonor upon his family. A tenant who is recommended by a friend who ends up damaging the owners home brings dishonor upon the friend who recommended he rent his home to him. A low credit score that disables a man from being able to buy a simple washer and dryer when needed because his wife has been careless with their money, brings shame upon the family.

A man who follows his flesh and neglects his prayer closet with the Lord will have a huge affect on his wife. His deficiency in worship will manifest through his wife and reveal itself through her choice in clothing, mannerisms, her walk and her tongue. This is because she wants to be pleasing to her husband’s desires. Though many may find her attractive and exciting, they will not see her as godly or holy.

Some years ago a pastor came to our home with a few members of his congregation. My husband had contacted him because we were looking for a biblical church and could not find any within the area. When he arrived, we noted that he didn’t have any resemblance of worldliness and conducted himself in an appropriate manner. He led worship, shared the Scriptures and gave all appearance that his life as a pastor was in order. All seemed well until the second time he came to our home with his wife. Upon meeting his heavily jeweled, thick make up and leopard print blouse wearing wife, this man diminished greatly in our eyes. His wife did not bring glory or bear good witness unto her husband, rather, she being a reflection to his inner spiritual life (or lack of it) revealed to us who this man was. We chose not to go to his church.

My husband shared that a church he attended many years ago the pastor shared with the women of the congregation that there were many marriage problems within the church. He proceeded to share that the women needed to become familiar with football and to learn the terminology of it such as “touchdown” and “wide receiver”. He said that this would bring them closer together and give them something to talk about within the home that is of interest to her husband.

Do you see where we have gone astray? With this sort of advice it’s no wonder that men have wives that are ungodly. How can a woman bring glory to her husband and godly edification to his being when she is taught by leaders of the church to please him with football? Worst, they are taught that this will strengthen their marriage! Since when did the world’s entertainments that includes strippers (cheerleaders), strengthen the marriage of true believers? I thank God that my husband has nothing to do with such filth. This pastor cannot even teach things that bring glory to God. As A.W. Tozer once said, “The church cannot even teach spiritual things anymore.” If he were truly a worshipper of the Lord, his words would verify him so as he would have instructed them that they need to pray and worship the Lord together with psalms and hymns.

Today we received an e-mail from some friends who had just returned from Israel due to a death in the family. They are having many troubles as they have run out of money and have no where to stay. My husband and I prayed together this morning, then shared with our friends that they are more than welcome to come and stay with us. Our concern for them is deep and we have continued to talk about and pray for them throughout the day. These are the things that bring my husband and I closer together. These are the things that are supposed to fill our day.

If a woman is ungodly, it usually has something to do with the husband. Am I saying that the husband of every ungodly wife is unfaithful to God? No, there are many instances in the Scriptures that tell us otherwise. There is plenty of instruction as to how the woman is to behave as a wife but for the most part if a woman is not godly, it is because she is following her husband or reacting to his sin. She knows his desires and will want to try to appease him.

If she sees him staring at women who dress promiscuously, she in turn is going to dress promiscuously. If she knows he cheats on his taxes, she in turn will help him spend the refund when it comes in. In turn, if she sees that he loves to study the Bible, she is going to be a part of it with him and compile a reading plan that they can get the most out of reading the Bible together. If she sees that he likes to give to Christian agencies that support the poor, she will be a part of finding ones that they can contribute their funds to. If he wants their children to go on a missionary trip, you can bet that she will do some research into where and when and how long their kids should be gone. His good and godly heart will allow her heart to open up more to good things for their home in the Lord. She may want to adopt children and knowing her husband, she knows this topic isn’t too far off to bring up.

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Man’s glory                                                           Man’s dishonor

Are you starting to understand how God purposed the hierarchy of God, man and woman? Surely He meant for the woman to bring honor unto the man and not dishonor. We would expect dishonor from unbelievers, not pastors wives. Do the wives of the leaders in the church reflect a picture of the men that brings dignity, honor, glory and praise? Surely not!

No man who is close to the Lord, who seeks and obeys Him will choose a woman who is ungodly. Today we see pastors and leaders of the church with wives that are anything but godly. Their appearance and mannerisms testify against them and their husbands. This is because we live in a time where evil is thought of as good and good is thought of as evil (Isaiah 5:20). Men justify themselves before men even though God knows their hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15). It wasn’t that long ago that if a new preacher showed up in town with a wife that wore lipstick and jewelry that they would not allow the pastor to preach at their church.

Today we live in a time when men are esteemed for doing what is evil. It has become common for a pastor to have a wife who dresses in a manner that is anything but chaste. Instead she dresses like someone you find in the public school system and her mannerisms are not any higher than her dress. Leaders in the church are encouraged that this is the way of God (that she’s a blessing from God) and nobody questions it or they are accused of being legalistic or jealous!

Isn’t the hot wife with the low cut dress a blessing given from God? Men, you know in your hearts what is holy and what is defiled. Just as the church bears no resemblance to her former beauty, the pastor’s wife no longer bears the beauty of holiness. God does not put His sons with harlots. 

Remember, a man who earnestly prays and has daily communion with God will end up with a godly wife who loves him and lavishes her love upon him in ways that keep him satisfied and she will bless many who come into her path. This is a man of God, this is a man who hears from and follows God and you want to follow him. He will lead you in a way that you will get closer to Christ and the peace of God will fall upon you. Do not be fooled any longer. You know what a godly woman is and you know what a seductive or worldly woman is. Follow that man who’s wife testifies holiness about her husband. Follow that man who’s wife testifies fidelity, honor, commitment and a quiet strength in her husband. You want to follow the man who hears from and follows God. You do not want to follow the man who hears from and follows the world. Look at the wife and you shall see the husband.

Many who read this will close their ears because they love the praises of men rather than the praises of God. They love the high places as they are held in high regard among the other filthy thinkers and doers who wear crosses on their necks and carry Bibles in their hands. They love the low cut blouses, the flirtatious mannerisms and the made up faces because it is all they know and want to know. They do not want to know the right way, the beautiful way of a woman who is kind, who bends her back to help others in need. These men will not hear the words written here because they do not want to hear the Words in the Bible and they do not want to hear God in their closets.

However, there are a few who still have a heart bent towards God, and His truth regarding purity, women, marriage and how to lead others in His ways.

If you are a pastor of a church who earnestly and humbly follows the Lord, it’s not too late to repent for your ways as a youth in how you married before coming into position as a pastor. It is also not too late for your wife to become a glory to you rather than a trophy that perishes. Admiration from men is fleeting but honor is a crown that is everlasting and carries much greater weight.

Your wife will change when you change. Change the husband and you’ll change the wife. If an unbelieving husband can be won over to the ways of the Lord by his wife’s chaste behavior how much more so can a wife be won over by the ways of her husband? It may take her time to see that you are sincere and that you really want a wife who is a lover of God rather than a pleaser of man. Start in your prayer closet with God then talk with her, pray with her and lovingly guide her away from those things that bring evil upon your name and show a lack of her commitment to you being her husband.

Pray and keep praying and do not worry about anyone else. As you keep seeking the Lord and allowing Him to change you, your wife will change too as she follows you. If your congregation doesn’t like the changes in you and your wife and it goes to nothing, know that God will bring new people, others who are like minded and true seekers of the Lord or He will plant you elsewhere.

If you are going to a church where the pastor’s wife dresses immodest, what are your thoughts about the man as a leader and guide over you and your family? Do you covet his wife and do you think it is proper for a leader in the church to have a wife that dresses and acts the way that she does? Do you believe this is the way of God? How do you think he or other leaders in the church would respond if you were to approach them on this subject? If you aren’t sure, it’s okay. Almost everyone is fooled today. We have a lack of good teaching available to us and certainly a lack of example. My husband and I were fooled for many years. Seek the Lord, ask Him about it and keep going back to Him until He shows you the truth about the pattern that God has set before us of God, man and wife.

If you are uncomfortable with what you are seeing in the leadership of your church, feel free to show them this article. Get together with other like minded men and approach the pastor and leadership within the church. Continue to pray, the Lord may keep you there to fight for what is right for a time or He may even have you leave.

Consider if who you are following as a pastor, if he appears to be following God. Multitudes have followed the wide path for centuries before us. They went along with the day’s ways without even questioning it. Take these matters before God if you are a man. Look at your pastor and look at yourself. Contemplate what God has to say about who you are following or who you are leading. May the eyes of a few be opened.

1. Deen, Edith. Great Women of the Christian Faith. Uhrichsville: Harper and Row, 1959. 410. Print.

2. Rice, John. “Godly Women Of The Bible — By Dr. John R. Rice.”Godly Women Of The Bible — By Dr. John R. Rice. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Great Women of God/godly_women.htm>.

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Women First?

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In case you’ve missed this article: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/reason-subtle-facebook-icon-change/story?id=32297650

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Judgment

Leaders of the church:

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Because you won’t judge them, Christ will. 

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They Work Day and Night for a Trifle or an Empty Promise

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I have been reading “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A. Kempis (written in the 1400’s) for my first time and came across a couple of paragraphs I wanted to share from the Chapter “Internal Consolation”.

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“I taught the prophets from the beginning, and even to this day I continue to speak to all men. But many are hardened. Many are deaf to My voice. Most men listen more willingly to the world than to God. They are more ready to follow the appetite of their flesh than the good pleasure of God. The world, which promises small and passing things, is served with great eagerness: I promise great and eternal things and the hearts of men grow dull. Who is there that serves and obeys Me in all things with as great care as that with which the world and its masters are served?

“Be thou ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea speaketh” And if you ask why, listen to the cause – for a small gain they travel far; for eternal life many will scarcely lift a food from the ground. They seek a petty reward and sometimes fight shamefully in law courts for a single piece of money. They are not afraid to work day and night for a trifle or an empty promise. But, for an unchanging good, for a reward beyond estimate, for the greatest honor and for glory everlasting, it must be said to their shame that men begrudge even the least fatigue. Be ashamed, then, lazy and complaining servant, that they should be found more eager for perdition than you are for life, that they rejoice more in vanity than you in truth.

Sometimes indeed their expectations fail them, but My promise never deceives, nor does it send away empty-handed him who trusts in Me. What I have promised I will give. What I have said I will fulfill, if only a man remain faithful in My love to the end. I am the rewarder of all the good, the strong approver of all who are devoted to Me.”

You can read this online for free:

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html

http://sacred-texts.com/chr/ioc/index.htm

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The Word of God is Not Bound

THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT BOUND  (II Timothy 2:9)

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Oftentimes people define their place with the Lord by denomination or creed rather than Christ. I have always believed that when we do this, we can soon find ourselves out of the will of God because we are tied to following a set of man made rules and regulations that have nothing to do with the Lord’s Word or His ways for our lives.

While reading, “Shadow of the Almighty” by Jim Elliot a couple of weeks ago, I came across a quote from Jim Elliot that best expresses the views of my husband and myself and our beliefs regarding denominations and creeds:

 “The Word of God is not bound. Systematic Theology – be careful how you tie down the Word to fit your set and final creeds, systems, dogmas, and organized theistic philosophies! The Word of God is not bound! It’s free to say what it will to the individual and no one can outline it into dispensation which cannot be broken. Don’t get it down ‘cold’ but let it live – fresh, warm, and vibrant – so that the world is not binding ponderous books about it, but rather is shackling you for having allowed it to have free course in your life. That’s the apostolic pattern…”

In what ways is your church denomination or creeds restricting you from being who the Lord wants you to be?

 

 

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Agape Love and Confronting Sin

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Modern Love = Mushy Sentimentality That Never Says a Harsh Word

“What exactly is agape, or “love” as it is translated? The NT tells us:  Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We read such passages and tend to assume at once that “love” means what it does to us in modern times — in this case, a mushy sentimentality that never says a harsh word and never steps on the toes of others. The same word is used in 1 Cor. 13 (though translated differently):”

To read the rest of this article written by James Patrick Holding:  http://www.inplainsite.org/html/agape.html

 

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All Men Don’t Lust

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America Is No Longer A Protestant Country

America Is No Longer A Protestant Country

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Although this article was written a couple of years ago by a European, I found it to be of good interest:

“I am a Catholic, yet am sad, though I was expecting America, the only industrial country which is intensely religious, to become slowly secular. She will thereby be gravely weakened. The future for America looks European and this means wisdom, sophistication and decline. I am much more saddened by this than by the economic statistics showing America losing ground to China. Economics is in itself unimportant – economics reflects culture which reflects, in the broadest sense of the idea, religion (and genetics). In no country have religion, self-belief and sense of purpose always been as closely linked as in America, founded though she was by Deists, with church and state strictly separated.”

To read the rest of this article, click here: http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4992

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The Doors of the Church Are Open Wide

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The doors of the church are open wide. But, is this a good thing? I want to share a few paragraphs from“Church History in Plain Language” by Bruce L. Shelley regarding when and how the church began to allow non-repentive souls to become a part of the church. This will surprise you, but it started in the 1600’s.

     “The Puritan “holy experiment” – blending belief in a church of the truly converted with the idea of a Christian state – seemed destined to fail almost from the start. There are problems in operating any church on earth when only God knows who the real members are. Not everyone in Massachusetts or Connecticut could boldly testify of experienced grace. As the zeal of the New England founders cooled, fewer men and women could bear public witness to grace in their souls. To keep membership from shrinking drastically, many churches in 1662 had to settle for the Half-Way Covenant . Under this policy the “unawakened” could enjoy a kind of partial membership, baptizing their children and joining in congregational activities, but not taking full Communion. This was enough church affiliation for most political and social purposes, so that gradually the “saints” sank to a tiny minority. ” (pg. 344)

 “The Puritan view of the church rested upon their understanding of the covenant of grace. Early New Englanders realized that the visible church could never be an exact copy of the truly elect but God willed the church so far as possible to be a church of visible saints. That is why the first generation insisted that conversion precede church membership, a practice reaffirmed in 1648 with the adoption of the “Cambridge Platform”. 

     “The doors of the churches of Christ upon the earth,” they said, “do not by God’s appointment stand so wide open, that all sorts of people good or bad, may freely enter therein at their pleasure.” Those seeking admission, they declared, must be “examined and tried first” to see that they possess, above all else, “repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ.” This usually meant that potential members made “a personal and public confession,” detailing “God’s manner of working upon the soul.” (pg. 343)

The biggest problem with the church today is that it is often a building comprised of people who have not repented to God and are therefore not saved. One cannot be saved without repenting to God first. It does not matter what kind of sins a person has committed if he repents to God He will hear him and save him – if he chooses to turn about from his sins and grow in Christ.

The true church today is comprised of many who do not go to church. They do not seek membership within a building or a denomination, but are a part of the living body of Christ. Many of us are “scattered sheep” without a shepherd upon this earth, lights out in the darkness, but we have a Shepherd and He still leads us.

“Ekkleesia in the New Testament never means the building or house of assembly, because church buildings were built long AFTER the apostolic age. It means an organized body, whose unity does not depend on its being met together in one place; not an assemblage of atoms, but members in their several places united to the One Head, Christ, and forming one organic living whole (1 Cor 12).  Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright © 1998, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.

Though the church does not depend on assembly in a building, oftentimes God would lead the body of believers to one another and they would “assemble” to worship the Lord and have fellowship and intermingle with one another in marrying and such (the visible church). Because these believers were united in Christ, they could not “worship” with one who was not a believer, they could only share about what Christ had done in their lives in hopes of the person converting.

One last quote from Bruce Shelley’s book that I have to share:

“The revivalists pointed out that their fathers had left the Church of England to come to America precisely because they believed it was contrary to the Word of God to permit the unconverted to enter the church.” (pg 347)

Next, the revivalists organized their own congregations using these beliefs as a foundation of the church. Isaac Backus joined the revivalists and he ended up forming the First Baptist Church of Middleborough, Massachusetts. The first Baptist church in America was founded on the belief of it being comprised of “visible saints”, not the unconverted or unrepentive souls.

What are your thoughts?

http://www.amazon.com/Church-History-Language-Shelley-published/dp/B00E27ZLE2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1421793680&sr=8-4&keywords=church+history+plain+language

 

 

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Hidden Persecution in America

I have decided to remove this post as over half of it was personal. There are some things that are so personal and so tragic to one that it cannot be put in words adequately. Words can cheapen and diminish the effects of the entirety of a set of circumstances upon ones life.  It used to be that when a man or woman had something tragic happen to him, even if he was in the public eye and in a position of authority, that it was said of him that it was so personal to him that he never spoke upon it publicly. There are some things better left unsaid.

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Tui Amoris Ignem

Dove-doves-31209127-500-375Beautiful, beautiful music  “Tui amoris ignem” (Taizé). We fill our home with this daily:

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The entire quote: “Veni Sancte Spiritus reple tuorum corda fidelium et tui amoris in eis ignem accende”   translates as:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture???

What’s Wrong With This Picture?DSC_0001First of all, it is the woman who is holding the blower. She’s the one in charge, doing all of the work. Secondly, note the man standing behind his woman in a “supportive” role for all that she does. Real People! Brook (note, her name is first) and Matt are real people of today. She’s in charge and he wimply, oh excuse me… softly, gently and kindly supports her. This is a local ad so I assume they live in Washington. I’m guessing my husband may write this fellow. You might find them in the local church with Brook leading the way with Matt in tow… ; )

Here we have another one from Google on Veterans Day. Note, the men are all standing in the background.

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Cyprian – On the Dress of Virgins

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Here is a beautiful writing by Cyrian who lived in the third century: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iv.v.ii.html

 

* Image by Darrel Tank/Licensed from GoodSalt.com

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Best Book on Marriage and Raising a Family

Here is the best book that you can read regarding marriage and raising a family. I found it on a website some years ago when looking for a book that the Amish use for marriage. It was written over a hundred years ago by J.R. Miller and although he is not Amish, the Amish publish and read his beautiful work. It is by far our favorite book for just living life. You can read it for free here:  https://archive.org/details/homebeautiful00millgoog

You may purchase the book here for under $5.00 – it is under the name “Home Making”:

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Making-J-R-Miller/dp/1499311788/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415371054&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=the+home+beautiful+jr+miller

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Writings From the Early Fathers

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I would like to share some writings from our early Fathers pertaining to the ways of the man. These writings are from “A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs“, Bercot, W. David. The author of this book has compiled this dictionary of more than 700 topics discussed by the early church Fathers from the Ante Nicene Fathers which is a collection of collection of books in 10 volumes on most of the early Christian writings. You can read this collection online for free:  http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html or you can even purchase the set for under $200 on Amazon.

” From the very beginning, this was inculcated as a precept of Jesus among His hearers: men are to despise the life that is eagerly sought after by the multitude, and are to be earnest in living the life that resembles that of God (Origen 248 AD).”

“Whoever, then, prefers the life of the soul must despise the life of the body. He will in no other way be able to strive after that which is highest, unless he will have despised the things that are lowest (Lactantius 304-313 AD).”

“Are we not, in like manner, commended to put away from us all immodesty? On this ground, again, we are excluded from the theater, which is immodesty’s own peculiar abode. …The very harlots, too, victims of the public lust, are brought upon the stage… Let the Senate, let all ranks, blush for very shame! Is it right to look on what it is disgraceful to do? How is it that the things that defile a man in going out of his mouth, are not regarded as doing so when they go in his eyes and ears (Tertullian 197 AD).”

“The Christian man has nothing to do with any woman but his own wife. A Christian with grace-healed eyes is sightless in this matter. He is mentally blind against the assaults of passion (Tertullian 197 AD).”

“Buying as they do, a single dress at the price of ten thousand talents, they prove themselves to be of less use and less value than cloth (Clement of Alexandria 195).”

“The one peaceful and trustworthy tranquility, the one solid, firm, and constant security is this: for a man to withdraw from this whirlpool of a distracting world and to lift his eyes from earth to heaven, anchored on the ground of the harbor of salvation… he who is actually greater than the world can crave nothing or desire nothing from the world. How stable, how free from all shocks is that safeguard. how heavenly to be loosed from the snares of this entangling world and to be purged from the earthly dregs and be fitted for the light of eternal immortality (Cyprian 250 AD).”

“I will then see whether you will rise (at the resurrection) with your ceruse and rouge and saffron – and in all that parade of headgear. I will then see whether it will be women thus decked out whom the angels carry up to meet Christ in the air! If these things are now good, and of God they will then also present themselves to the rising bodies (Tertullian 198).”

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Christian Persecution in America

I want to share something that I came across today while looking up some sources regarding Christian persecution in America. Here is a compilation of account after account of Christian persecution right here in America. The Liberty Institute has a free download of their 189 page survey right here: http://tinyurl.com/l7r886v

 

Here’s one example that you will find on their survey:

“Bible Distribution Lambasted by Freedom From Religion Foundation Members of Gideons International distributed Bibles in front of the University of Wisconsin Hospital. In response, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the hospital a letter complaining about the distribution of Bibles and demanding the hospital prevent the Gideons from handing them out in the future. The hospital submitted to FFRF’s demands to prevent the distribution of Bibles.  http://ffrf.org/legal/other-legal-successes/item/15217-ffrf-tightens-security-at-a-wisconsin-hospital-april-9-2012.

Although you may wonder how this ties in with the content of this website, this is actually a subject that I am addressing in my upcoming book, “Harlotry in the Church.” There is a relationship between the church and the religious persecution that we are seeing more than ever these last few years.”

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Women and Voting

It appears to any common Christian that there would be nothing wrong with a woman voting. She should have a voice and her position should count for something. But, have you ever given thought that there could be something deeper than what we see and hear on the surface? Here’s something so very simple that I am going to share with you that is overlooked by the multitudes.

Did you know that women didn’t vote because when their husbands voted, his vote counted for the entire household? A man and woman’s house was not divided. They were of the same body and mind and when a woman’s husband cast a vote, she was right there with him even if she was not physically present with him.

A man used to have position in his home. When he made a decision, it counted for his entire home. His wife, children and servants (depending on what era), would never be considered to be apart from him on his decisions. If a man spoke a word when a man’s word was gold, he was not speaking of himself. He was speaking for his entire family because he represented his family and their morals and character because they followed him.

God still has such a beautiful place for the marriage and family in unity under Him. Marriage is supposed to have such strength, unity and vitality but it  has been perverted so much over the last century that very few can find the way to a prosperous and beautiful marriage anymore. We women have lost so much sanctity and beauty in marriage because self has exalted itself to seek it’s own way or it’s own voice instead of cleaving to our husband’s as a shield and saying, “I am with you, I will follow you wherever you go dear.”

 

 

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HARLOTRY IN THE CHURCH

HARLOTRY IN THE CHURCH

THE HARLOT AMONG US

There have always been times of cleanliness and times of filth. Times when the beauty of holiness in a woman is esteemed and times when the attire of harlotry is favored. It has always been contingent upon where a man’s heart lies because where his heart lies, the actions will follow (Prov 23:7). And where the multitudes of men’s hearts are set, the women will follow and the church body will follow as well. I am going to talk about harlotry today and I am going to talk about it in a way that may be strange or foreign to you. But, if you pray and entrust the Holy Spirit to open up your heart to the truth I am about to share, the multitudes could be changed in a matter of years starting with one man at a time, one church body at a time and then the multitudes.

The street harlot has always been here. She is spoken about numerous times throughout the Bible, the well known verse being Proverbs 7:10 where she waits on the street corner. She’s been in all countries, Malaysia where we see child prostitution, London where Jack the Ripper murdered many of the street harlots and here in America where it has always been spoken of not to go across the other side of the rail road tracks to the “wrong side of town”. We are all familiar with hearing about or knowing the street harlot.

There’s another form of harlotry that exists today, and that is that of the common heathen or what the Lord would call a “foreign or a strange woman”. She has the “attire” of a harlot and does not profess the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. Any Christian man who marries or comes together with a woman who is not saved is considered unequally yoked (II Corinthians 6:14). Judah married the daughter of a strange god (Mal 2:11). The Lord talks about delivering man from the strange woman who flatters with the words of her mouth and not to lust after her beauty in to his heart for by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread. (Prov 2:16, 6:24-26).

Some of us know of relationships and marriages within our circles or families in which Christian men and women are close to unbelievers in marriage, friendship or some other close union. But what happens when we start to see it in the church? How did it get in? Why isn’t anybody saying anything? Is it because the “unbeliever” may have a chance at becoming saved by his or her presence within this church? How can we tell who is a strange woman or a foreign woman within the church when so many of them look the same? Is confusion starting to set in or maybe the light is just starting to be shed upon the confusion?

Yes, this is where we are today. The church. The church has women in it that are professing to be of Christ, however they are dressing like the strange women we are told to stay away from in the Bible. In fact, they are wearing the attire of harlots. Now stay with me, how can I say such a thing, that Christian women are wearing the attire of harlots? First of all, let me share with you this; the name harlot describes an “unchaste” woman married or unmarried. Chaste means “Properly clean, innocent, modest, perfect (1). Are women in the church dressing in this manner? They are not, or so many men wouldn’t be struggling with illicit thoughts about their sisters in Christ within the church. I don’t mean to get explicit here but this is the truth, if you were to drive to the downtown of any large city to spy out a harlot, you would find that she looks just like many of the women of the church today. And these women who dress like harlots are comprised of the Pastor’s wife, the church Secretary, the women in the choir, possibly your own wife, yourself (if you are a woman)or the woman sitting next to you by her husband.

So, what if some of these women of the church dress like harlots but have good hearts? In most cases a woman who dresses like a harlot is wearing the fruit of her heart. A harlot is a harlot because she is looking for an exchange whether it be a nod of approval for her appearance, a glance, or a word, or a sexual exchange. As my husband once said, “If she is showing, she is selling.” As I shared in the beginning, there are times when the beauty of holiness is esteemed and there are times when the attire of harlotry is favored. In most cases if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. So, goes the woman with the attire of the harlot whether she stands on the street corner, is a co worker or sits next to you in church.

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Christian men everywhere are literally begging women in the churches to put some modest clothes on. Yet, nobody will step up and demand that these women be put out of the churches. A famous pastor once shared that without purity, there is no power. Before we can change anything in the church, we first need to see where we have come from and how man has lost his power.

The church used to be holy because it loved and sought after the Lord. Because of its love of the Lord, it had a resemblance of the Lord. The men and women of this church took great measures to protect themselves from evil. They first protected their own bodies and they also protected one another. During this time, they wouldn’t dare let the regular harlot walk on up to the church, have a seat and pretend that she was one of the members of the church. It would have been absurd for such a thing to happen during a time like this. Instead, the harlot who truly wanted to repent of her ways and follow Christ would humbly, with prayers and crying somehow make her way known that she just wanted to be made clean. She knew the church was holy because she knew Christ was holy. It made her all the more shamefaced to even be near this Christ church, but, she still wanted to touch the hem of His garment because she knew of and had hope of His mercy.

Today, the church is very, very dirty. It is filthy and an abomination to God. The harlot knows this and comes on in and takes a seat. She feels at home there. She has no shame and the sins of men with their eyes upon her give her this gratification. She becomes the one who is worshipped and this gives her great pleasure. Her worshippers (the men in the church) are in pleasure and don’t say anything to her because they don’t want her to leave. The men’s wives don’t say anything because they follow the men in the church , furthermore because they know they don’t have their husband’s hearts they compete with the woman in similar dress and mannerisms as they see this is what their husbands like. The church is full of sickness and confusion. It appears to be no different than what is in the world.

If only the church would get clean again, we could put the harlot back in her place of shame and keep our people safeguarded. You say that we don’t know the harlot’s heart and how dare we be such a judgmental people? No, there is much, much, mercy and grace for the harlot who comes repenting of her ways. Let us get the church separated and clean first and then strengthened in much love of the Lord and then the common harlot will not want to come near the church because she will know what it is. But listen to this, the harlot who wants to become clean and follow Christ will literally come begging and shamefaced to want to get right and then the church should clothe her and feed her with good spiritual food for nourishment.

So, now we see the condition of the church, but how did it get here? I’ll tell you how it got here, man gave up his strength to women. Men used to put God first. They wanted to be true worshippers of God and honorable in character. Somewhere along the line they started to turn away from God and turn to their former, natural lusts that they followed before salvation. Because women are followers of men and naturally want to be pleasing to them, they follow them by giving them the desires of their hearts through the wicked dress of harlotry. Men cannot get the harlotry out of the church until they repent of their ways and turn back to the living God. It is the men’s fault and responsibility for the condition of the church and they are the ones responsible for getting right with God and cleaning up the church. The woman who comes in dressed like a harlot is not the one with the greatest burden of responsibility for cleanliness in the church. It is the men. King Asa and King Jehoshaphat are prime examples of holy men who would not allow abominable things or people within the church. They came against and destroyed the temple prostitution that went on within the churches of that day.

The first place to start with making the church body clean is within the church. Let’s go to the book of Ezra. Ezra prayed and wept before God that they had trespassed against God by taking strange wives. Shechaniah responded by proclaiming that there was hope in Israel despite the condition of the church and then further proclaimed, “Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God: and let it be done according to the law (Ezra 10:3). Here, men knew in their hearts that they had married women that God was not pleased with and they put away (divorced) their wives and children. They were told to arise and be of good courage. If men were commanded by God back then to put away their wives and obeyed, surely men of today can do something less strenuous such as sharing with the congregation that there will be a new dress code next Sunday and that dress code will be one of “modesty”. A pastor should be of good courage and have other leaders in the church stand with him in this matter and face his congregation of people to whom he’s responsible over and share with them that they need to dress appropriately in church or not come back the following Sunday. There’s no other way to do it but with courage and straightforwardness. As much as we all hate conflict, there is not an easy or nice way around this. Things hurt when they are in the process of getting clean. An open wound that is filled with pus and grime will hurt and be tender to the touch when being cleansed. Does this not sound in accordance with what you’ve been taught about Jesus Christ? The Lord Jesus said, “ Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division”(Luke 12:51).” We live in a terrible age, especially that of the church and this is a time we need Jesus Christ to divide before cleansing and reformation can begin.

The next place we need to go is to the door. When a woman approaches the church door in attire that is inappropriate, an older gentle woman should pull her aside and share with her in kindness and love that she is more than welcome to attend the service the following week if she would dress appropriately and modestly for church. She should ask the woman if she would like a visit from her or one of the other ladies in the church to talk about Christ and to see if she needs help with her attire. She may offer the woman a dress or outfit from the churches clothing bank if needed. The older ladies of the church can be a great spiritual guide to women who have recently been saved or aren’t saved at all but are seeking Christ. They should go out of their way in all ways possible; offering home visitations, lunch or coffee or assistance in picking out appropriate clothing, etc… But, they should also keep the boundaries secure and not let a woman enter in Christ’s church who is unwilling to make such a simple change as her attire. Anyone who is not willing to change in such a simple area for the respect of others within the church of Christ, is not ready to do the weightier matters such as sacrifice her life to Christ. If a woman is unsure about committing herself to Christ, a woman or women from the church can do home visits for a time to show the love of Christ and extend the hand of friendship to help persuade her heart in the right direction.

Finally, women cannot help other women without the support, commands and direction from the men. The men need to enforce this for the protection of their sons and daughters as well as themselves and the rest of the church. If a man cannot make a stand against “weak” women as Augustine used to refer to women, then they cannot stand for or against anything. Oh dear men and leaders to be, we women beseech you to stand up for holiness so we can support you in it and follow. We want holy, God fearing men and women as a body of Christ as much as you do. Do not cower and waver when a woman walks in with the attire of a harlot, take a stand and demand holiness in your church. It will bring the harlot to repentance and the once shamefacedness place that used to be and will be the start towards making the church clean again so it can be strengthened to do the work that is needed.

Further, it will produce a beautiful outcome and that is that women will go back to their proper God fearing place of shamefacedness. Shamefacedness in Hebrew means “bashfulness with a reverence towards men.” This does not fit the description of the women in the church body today. Women have no shame because nobody shames them anymore for their immodesty. Where women are shamed for their unchaste dress or behavior in the Amish or Mennonite denominations or other cultures, they either become shamefaced or they leave. Let me reiterate, if a woman is shamed, she will be shamefaced. This is in her God given nature. Understand this, being shamefaced isn’t the same as humiliation or degration and certainly doesn’t have to mean a woman who’s shamefaced cannot have a voice or mind to speak. Many women who were shamefaced had an influence upon nations, translated Bibles and started churches. Corrie Ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Helena the mother of Constantine, Monica the mother of Augustine, Pandita Ramabai founder of a mission and translator of the Bible, Susanna Wesley and so many more women were shamefaced.

Where the line is drawn and the command is spoken and set firm, the women will naturally follow. We have an example of this; the Amish have their boundaries set, for you will not see a worldly and seductively dressed woman walk into an Amish home church and take a seat among them for the Sunday service. It would be absurd. We have come so far from where the church used to be but with good courage and the first steps of walking in faith, the church can be changed for us and generations to follow. Let us now walk in good faith and works brothers and sisters in Christ, and do the first steps, so we can look expectantly unto our Father to see what He will do with the church in this coming age. Amen.

1. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

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Hadassah Geraci

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