Yoga Is Not For Christians

Yoga Is Not For Christians 

        Health and fitness in the last 15 or so years has become increasingly mixed with New Age spirituality. It is no longer just science about burning calories and fat, and becoming healthier in the body. It is now a “mind body” experience. A “holistic” experience. There is nothing wrong with a healthy mind and body. But it has gone beyond just mind and body and into spirit. So now it is “mind, body, spirit” that people think they are nurturing when doing fitness activities. This attitude is mostly promoted by practitioners of Yoga.

        The website hinduwisdom.info states,

Yoga sutra consists of two words only: yogash chitta-critti-nirodah, which may be translated: “Yoga is the cessation of agitation of the consciousness.”

The word yoga is derived from the root yuj, which means to unite or to join together. The practice of yoga may lead to the union of the human with the divine – all within the self. The aim of yoga is the transformation of human beings from their natural form to a perfected form. The Yogic practices originated in the primordial depths of India’s past. From this early period the inner attitudes and disciplines which were later identified and given orderly expression by Patanjali. 

According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the classical text on yoga, the purpose of yoga is to lead to a silence of the mind (1.2). This silence is the prerequisite for the mind to be able to accurately reflect objective reality without its own subjective distortions. Yoga does not create this reality, which is above the mind, but only prepares the mind to apprehend it, by assisting in the transformation of the mind – from an ordinary mind full of noise, like a whole army of frenzied and drunken monkeys – to a still mind.” (http://www.hinduwisdom.info/Yoga_and_Hindu_Philosophy.htm)

It also expresses: “Yoga is an integral part of the Hindu religion. There is a saying: “There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga.”

I took a Yoga class before at the YMCA because I worked there teaching Taekwondo and Kickboxing. I was waiting around for my class to start and followed along. Yes, the movements and poses they do can sometimes be challenging or build isolated muscles strength by various holds. It can also increase flexibility. This class was pretty much Yoga for yuppies and not a deeply spiritual class. The instructor did use terms that sounded new age and other expressions typical of Yoga instructors. But it was therapeutic in nature and also meditative. Like lying on your back and closing your eyes etc. Some of these drills can be used in a positive way but with Yoga’s historic roots it is obvious such classes are a gateway to New Age belief and Hinduism. This is something the Christian needs to avoid at all costs and not be open to. Of course I did not become demon possessed simply because I took a silly Yoga class for 1 hour and neither would anyone else. But over time becoming open to such ideas and getting deeper into the art you could very well open yourself up to unbiblical spiritual beliefs that can have a serous effect on you.

Yoga is simply a gateway into the eastern mystical traditions for the western culture. It is a shame many churches hold Yoga classes for their congregations. Yoga is simply a way that Satan uses to influence people and to soften their views of mysticism, new age, and occultic practices. We should shun it.

When I came back from the Philippines and was walking out of Los Angeles International Airport a Hare Krisha cult memeber gave me a tract talking about reincarnation. I took it home to see what they believe. Harre Krishna is a cult of Hinduism started in New York city by an Indian named Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It has gone international and has members worldwide. It is a modern Hindu sect. The man at the airport randomly wanted to speak to me and handed me several books. I had no clue what he wanted and I said, “Huh? You are giving these to me?” Then he demanded money and I said, “Money? No way! And gave them back.” He was pretty dumb about it. He was behaving in the manner of “No money? Then you cannot have these.” But he did give me a small booklet titles “Beyond Birth and Death.” It says i was written by “His divine grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.”

Chapter 2 of this booklet mentions some interesting things that Christians who are thinking about practicing Yoga should consider:

There are different kinds of transcendentalists, who are called yogis— hatha-yogis, jnana-yogis, dhyana-yogis, and bhakti-yogis— and all of them are eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The word yoga means “to link up,” and the yoga systems are meant to enable us to link with the transcendental world. As mentioned in the previous chapter, originally we are all connected to the Supreme Lord, but now we have been affected by material contamination. The process is that we have to return to the spiritual world, and the process of linking up is called yoga. Another meaning of the word yoga is “plus.” At the resent moment we are minus God, or minus the Supreme. When we add Krsna— or God— to our lives, this human form of life becomes perfect.” (p. 12)

It states further:

“‘One who, at the time of death, fixes his life air between the eyebrows and, (sic) by the strength of yoga, with an undeviating mind, engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord in full devotion, will certainly attain to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’ (Bg. 8.10 [meaning Bhagavad Gita 8.10 the popular 700 verse Hindu Scriptural book] ).” (p. 12-13)

This booklet goes on to explain concepts of Yoga helping the practitioner do transcendental meditation and traveling to planets and other such things and quoting more from the Bhagavad Gita. Such things described in the Hare Krishna booklet I received are clearly unbiblical and contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A person cannot attain perfection doing physical movements and meditating. A person does not have the divine “within self” and we do not have to return to a spiritual world. Humans are not connected to the “Supreme Lord” unless they are Christians who have the Holy Spirit living in them. Non-Christians are dead in their sins and not at all connected to God until they receive the Gospel message of repentance of their sins and faith in Christ for salvation. And most certainly no one is connected to a false god called Krishna or Krsna whom they deem in the “Supreme Lord.” That is idolatry.

It is clear Christians should NOT participate in Yoga or promote it. Before the Yoga trend athletes have always done various deep stretching, deep breathing, and other positive physical activities. They did not need a “spiritual” attribute to their athletic training. The Bible says, in 1 Timothy 4:8 expresses, “for the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. ” Paul was clearly teaching that there is a separation from physical training and spiritual training. They are different. The soul and body are not 1 thing. They are separate things. We are stuck in our flesh in this sinful body, and while we live we should do physical training to stay healthy and last longer for the purposes of God. But physical training itself does not save you or benefit you eternally. Our bodies still die. The Bible of course warns us to stay away from unhealthy practices such as gluttony, laziness, drunkenness and other things that give the human body bad health. God does want us to work our bodies and maintain health. But what is more beneficial is true spiritual training and learning from God’s word. It is separate. Practices like Yoga try to combine them and make them one. This is wrong.

There are various physical arts, systems, and styles that a human being can practice. Not all of them are satanic like Yoga. Yes, anything not biblical and contrary to the gospel truth is Satanic and demonic. It was brought fourth by lies to deceive and soften people to sin. Yoga fits this. On the other hand, dancing styles, gymnastics, and various sports are not sinful or full of false religion. Martial arts are also positive and non-religious. The thing about martial arts is uptight legalists do not understand the difference between culture and religion. They assume eastern customs such as bowing to the instructor, or to flags or photos of previous masters are religious worship. This is not true. It is the same as the military saluting those soldiers who died before them and saluting the flags and symbols of their regiments. In martial arts it is purely physical activity unless you practice a style that incorporates Buddhism or another religion into your training. This can happen in certain styles, but one can ignore it and train the self defense techniques. I personally would not recommend any Christian training in a system that promotes a false religion as mandatory study.

In different parts of the world there are different dominate religions. Within a culture a religion does affect certain customs or behaviors, but not every behavior is sinful simply because of a dominant religion. Certain philosophies or ideas are not inherently sinful either. While martial arts can easily be separated from religions (and should be), Yoga cannot. It is strictly a religious practice for Hinduism. It should be avoided. Christians should instead do conditioning classes with deep stretching and a focus on breathing. Martial arts offer this. In Taekwondo I teach my students to stretch in all kinds of ways, Yoga uses some of the same poses as various athletic training, but the training itself does not need Yoga to benefit.

 

Ehud’s 18 Inch Dagger Is 5 Years Old!

Ehud’s 18 Inch Dagger Is 5 Years Old!

        Can you believe that 5 years ago today I started this blog? It has gotten a fair amount of hits every since and a regular group of readers. I am so thankful for all of you and appreciate the time spent reading my thoughts on theology, culture, and society. I appreciate the people who have taken time to write comments on various posts and create a lively atmosphere! I hope more people come and all of you followers of this blog will spread the word about this place by sending the link all over your social media accounts!

        Ehud’s 18 Inch Dagger is a place for Christians, by a simple Christian dude who has a few things to say. Thank you so much! Stick your daggers of truth into the torso of evil and false beliefs and promote what is true!

Bill O’Reilly Supports Transcendental Meditation

Bill O’Reilly Supports Transcendental Meditation

        I just got done watching the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News. At the very end of the show Bill talked about how he ran into Paul McCartney of the Beatles at some function. Bill said McCartney recently held a fundraiser concert to raise money for the David Lynch Foundation that teaches transcendental meditation to children as young as 4 years old. Bill O’Reilly then stated his support for the David Lynch Foundation, and said that TM helps these young kids, some of them suffering with extreme anger who have been abused. Bill O’Reilly said “transcendental meditation helps these kids.” And then he thanked Paul McCartney for supporting the David Lynch Foundation. Bill O’Reilly is a Roman Catholic and he sees nothing wrong with TM. This speaks volumes about how Catholics are so susceptible to the New Age within their mystical practices as well as undiscerning conservatives who have no sense of true biblical faith, but are only politically conservative. Bill O’Reilly is seen by millions of people every night as one of the top rated news and politics shows on TV. He is very influential and has authored several history books such as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and others. He sees absolutely nothing wrong with TM or what David Lynch promotes and fully supports it and thinks it is a wonderful thing for children. 

 

        David Lynch is a visual artist, musician, film and television director, author and sometimes actor. he is known for surrealist films. He heavily supports TM after being influenced by the Maharishi when he met him in the 1970’s. Maharishi is the founder of the TM movement. Paul McCartney and the Beatles went over to India and learned Hindu teachings and TM and brought it back to the west to influence many young people. Many young Christians think old bands like The Beatles are cool and hip. Those people professing Christianity who practice the Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Prayer practices brought about by Roman Catholicism are susceptible to having a desire to practice TM on top the Christian mysticism they already practice and will possibly include it.  

On the David Lynch Foundation website it talks about how TM will bring peace to the world. There are children’s testimonies expressing how TM has helped their lives significantly. Kids growing up in poverty, high urban crime and other unfortunate situations are being taught TM. This is one way that Satan is using to influence children into New Age thought and beliefs and opening them up to the spirit world at a very young age. It is unfortunate. But more and more New Age, mystical, occult and magical practices that open people up to demons and Satan’s influence will be popular and such “world peace” ideas will no place for Christianity. Jesus warned that the end of days will have such deception.

The Beatles in the 1970’s with Maharishi Yogi (the founder of the TM movement) in the middle.

*Update, Bill O’Reilly the next night on his show, during his mail segment read a letter from a fan that praised O’Reilly for mentioning the David Lynch Foundation. The person said they have a child who lives in Newtown (same town as the Newtown Massacre of 21 children) and has been taught TM. They thanked O’Reilly for his support of TM and the David Lynch Foundation and said TM has helped their child cope with the trauma of what happened in their town. Bill then said more praises for David Lynch and TM and how it helps people. 

Atheists’ Anger All Seem To Come From The Same Complex

Atheists’ Anger All Seem To Come From The Same Complex

        It seems that much of all atheists’ anger comes from the same complex. The “God does not exist so I hate him for it. Oh wait, God does exist but he does not exist the way I want him to exist!” complex. They hate God for “not existing” and then when evidence that points towards God existence, and His truth says contrary, they get even more upset because God does not exist the way they want him to exist. They elevate their own desires above God, and their own lowly opinions and feelings of what he should be or do for them, above God’s perfect standards of truth and morality. So they then have to pretend God does not exist, and delude themselves, in order to feel good and ignore the guilt of sin. Much of it of course has to do with wanting to commit sinful acts such as sexual immorality and other things, but a lot honestly comes from the fact life is hard. Pain happens. People put you down. The ego gets in the way of accepting objective truth. They have been hurt and there is no way anyone can tell them God is real otherwise he would have given them things, made people like them, and given them all the nice pleasures they want in life. Since life is painful and tough, and some people have hurt their feelings before, they will then yell at a non-existent god for it. This is their delusion and illogical nature. The Bible hurts their feelings because it tells them that they are wrong and need God to save them. It effects their ego that God does not exist in their own image.

No Human Can Fully Know You Inside

No Human Can Fully Know You Inside

        As a teenager suffering from depression or loneliness back in the day I used to contemplate how no one knows me and how it is actually impossible for anyone to know me. I also knew it was impossible for me to truly know someone else or other people to know each other. That is to say “everything inside of them and who they are, their entire inner-being.” Of course we can believe what people are by how they talk to us and by their outward actions, and we can assume their outward behavior is a result of what is inside of them; and hopefully that is true; yet we take such knowledge by faith. We base this faith in what people are by the evidence we see about that person and what they portray to us.

        A person can come off as good to us and a friend but still they could be lying and pretending, and something absolutely different is inside of them. Some of these types of ideas are why I personally believe many psychological disorders in people exist. Some of these disorders become outward actions of bizarre murder and even mass murders. Shooters, serial killers, spree killers and many other things. This is why many criminals exist.

        But to live life paranoid about people is ridiculous in my opinion and lowers your quality of life. We should be on guard of course and use common sense, which is basing our faith in what someone is on how they behave outwardly. We can catch people in various ways. Normal people with nothing to hide, who are honest, will behave the same way regardless of who is watching or who is around them. Other people will change how they act depending on who is around them, or if no one is around them, and if you stumble upon them alone or saw evidence of them being somewhere doing something else which makes no sense to how they were acting to you first then you know they are not who they say they are. This is how we catch liars and dishonest people and back stabbers. Sometimes people do one thing one way and openly change another way, and do not even care if you see them or not. This happens with open betrayal etc. With all of this it seems impossible to know someone if they are constantly contradicting their previous behavior.

        All people regardless of religion or no religion put their faith and trust in human beings all the time every day. From personal friends to the clerk at the grocery store. You believe they are going to act one way and do certain behaviors you expect before they even happen. A friend will be true to you, and a clerk will take money, count correct change and put your groceries in a bag. Now if you walked up to a grocery clerk and instead they ignored you or spit on you, then you would not expect that. But no one lives their lives paranoid that a grocery clerk is going to spit on them and think they better be on guard. That is absurd. Likewise, we can trust in our friends to be true and they can trust us. We can also know that God is who He says He is and what the Bible teaches, and when we die we will see God exactly as the Bible portrays Him and He will not be different. We can trust this because so much evidence supports this in what the Bible says. We base our beliefs on who God is from the Bible. But could this all be a lie? What evidence suggests God is lying in the Bible to you? This is called having faith. Faith is not blind as the atheists claim, faith is trusting what we do not see yet but it is not without a reason or evidence. Could a human being be lying to you every day and live an entire live pretending he is your friend and then in reality he was faking it? If that is possible you will never know. They will die with that secret. This is very unlikely and according to how people act, including yourself you know that would make no sense. What benefit did they have to be your fake friend and never openly admit they hated you? I am sure someone could try to rationalize a reason but more often than not (by an extreme amount!!) this is not going to be true. It is also why it is safe to put your faith in God and what His Word says.

        The only One who knows us fully inside and out is God because He is omniscient. He knows all things because He created all things. He has full and complete knowledge of the universe including the inside of every person in existence who ever existed in history and who ever will exist. So God knows inside of you. A human can only know your external behavior and trust what you say, but God truly knows you inside and understands your personal experience exactly how you live it and how you think. This is intimacy that no human being, not even a spouse, can have with you. The evidence from the Bible supports that God loves you, knows you inside perfectly and will give judgment accordingly to people. He knows your struggles and sins as well as the worthy things you do for His glory. He has forgiven you and paid the price to have you by dying on the cross. For the godless He knows their evil and will punish them. So either way we can rest assured God is the only perfect love and friend for you, and also the perfect judge to give retribution to those who have done evil, not only against you but the entire world. Vengeance is God’s because He has perfect knowledge for how and why and the intent of someone’s sin. You do not.

        For the godless they have nothing helping them. No possible way out of sin and depravity and are left only with their thoughts. They are alone in their minds, inside flesh which breeds self centerdness. All they experience is from within their own minds going outward and do not have the Holy Spirit’s power inside them to stop them, or change them, or give them light in their dark minds. This is absolutely horrible as anyone struggling with self destructive lifestyles such as drugs or sex addiction or anything else cannot change at all on their own, at least completely. This is why so many die as a result of their own hand (whether suicide or a result of their lifestyle). An outward force has to prevent their depravity. Sometimes a friend helps or the law comes in and puts people in jail away from their drugs etc. But ultimately a true heart change can only come from God. People left in their own minds with a self centered worldview, if they are left long enough only behave logically to their world view. If there is no God there is no law, and nothing matters since there is no evil or good. All they feel is hate and pain so lashing out to satisfy their rage makes sense. Seeking pleasure is all that would matter. No pleasure then no life. Rampage killers and spree killers are only behaving logically to their world view, and no one knows them inside. If they left writings behind explaining their actions it still cannot make total sense to others. All people are different and have different ideas of life. Some hate it and some are too busy loving it to notice God. Some people’s behavior is expected and others are unexpected. A person could be boiling over and people are not at all surprised he killed a lot of people, and others are left totally confused as to why such a polite and nice man killed so many people. There is no human cure for mental illness, in fact most mental illness that the media proclaims is actually simply a sinful life. The only cure is God. Much mental illness is actually demonic which feeds more lies into a sin tortured soul.

        The fact is no one can know you but God. God knows everyone including evil people, their insides and out. God acts on His children giving them love, peace, forgiveness, correction, and truth to fill a person with confidence and trust in God. To be changed and feel love and understand love to give love out to other people. The ones who are not God’s children are left in spiritual darkness which always breeds self destruction and pain to others. This is something to contemplate. If you are a Christian rest assured God knows you and knows your pain. You will be comforted and God will take vengeance in the last days for all evil. If you hate God and do not believe you are left alone, only to think in your own mind in total confusion to what existence is and why you exist, or if your reality is real or not, and you will be in frustration. You will hate, feel depressed and have no meaning or purpose. Pleasure does not last so you seek more pleasure until nothing pleases you. You will then see no reason to live and in many cases no reason for anyone else to exist. You will either take this worldview, of no god, to its logical conclusion or lie to yourself and pretend your life matters, and that somehow you are important and good. Both ways are self centered dungeons of thought. Only the Christian has the free mind that functions from an outside force that totally knows them, works in them, and is within them. God is that force.

Just Because You Named It “Jesus” Does Not Make It True

Just Because You Named It “Jesus” Does Not Make It True

        In this past decade I often heard over and over, especially what I was taught at the Christian university I graduated from, that what is important is people acknowledge Jesus Christ. As long as they claim they believe in Christ then things are okay. Go to a foreign culture and start a church then convince them to believe in Jesus then let them run the show. They will have their own theology which is different from your “western mindset of theology.” The whole idea that every culture has its own theology and all are equally valid. This is just the current postmodern evangelicalism that is the norm now days. “It does not matter what they believe, just as long as they have Jesus!!!!!” is what they aggressively proclaim among those old “theologians” and “doctrine followers.’

        Proponents of this belief use Acts 4:12 as a refutation to those would would suggest true Christians must believe in the right biblical interpretation and doctrines to be saved. The verse says, There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.” Their logic is that it is the “name of Christ” that matters. As long as it is not Allah, Buddha or some other false god and they call it Christ then it is valid Christianity. They also use Philippians 2:11, “and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” But is it possible that people who listen to a missionary or an evangelist then are let loose to do their own thing might possibly inaccurately name something Jesus that really is not? Does simply professing Jesus Christ as Lord, and stating those words, prove someone is a true believer? 

        Jesus Himself answered those questions in Matthew 24:24, “False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” It seems that our Lord Himself already made sure people knew there is the possibility of mislabeling someone as Himself. There were some even before Him who claimed they were the Messiah. Why the postmodern evangelical does not embrace this simply shows they do not care what Jesus Himself says, but what they feel is right and good. The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4 admonishes,

“For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus,whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Is the Jesus of Mormonism true? The Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses true? The Isa (Jesus) of Islam true? There are a plethora of false Christ’s in various heretical religions. Wikipedia has a huge list of them. If someone can label an actual person as Christ who actually is not, and if Mormonism can create one out of thin air, is it not possible that other people who claim the Bible have created a false Jesus as well? 

        Isn’t it logical to assume that when Satan created a false religion and it gets known and then the overall evangelical consensus agrees that such religions are outside of the biblical faith and are heretical, such as Mormons, Modalists, etc., that Satan would just create a new one and be more deceptive than before and make a new Jesus Christ religion that is false? 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.  2 Corinthians 11:3 says Satan is cunning. and verse 14 says Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Satan is so deceptive and extremely intelligent and has been for the entire worlds history since his own rebellion began early in creation history. This means he has had thousands upon thousands of years of knowledge and practice in lies to come up with new ways, new systems, and new counterfeits that mimic the truth in such a way it almost looks identical yet it leads one to hell. Common sense says so.

        For example what if a man named Carlos did a great thing to help some people, but then another guy named Carlos who is not the same guy but just has the same name takes credit? Is that just? Is that giving the proper man his honor? Someone would say, “but I do know Carlos did that great thing for us…” but he is giving credit to a totally different person named Carlos! It is much like that new Taco Bell commercial that came out where various men named Ronald McDonald, actual people existing who have that actual name, are seen enjoying the new Taco Bell breakfast. We are given the impression that the McDonald’s created character and mascot which is a clown named Ronald McDonald enjoys Taco Bell breakfast. Taco Bell can claim, “Ronald McDonald even likes our breakfast more than McDonald’s.” And then a child who loves his happy meal’s would hear it and think, “Wow the clown from McDonald’s loves taco Bell breakfast more than his own McDonald’s breakfast!” But this is not true. It just so happens there are people in the United States that happen to have the same name but are not actually the clown Ronald McDonald and have absolutely no relation to the McDonald’s Corp. Likewise, this silly analogy, shows that it is possible and extremely likely many people names Jesus or non-existent character creations (just like McDonald’s clown Ronald McDonald) are given the exact same name. It is not the true Jesus Christ and worshiping this false Jesus Christ does not save anyone from hell but keeps them in sin and in rebellion against the truth.

        More Christians need to understand that truth is absolutely important, absolutely true, and has no place or time to waste in anything false. Christianity must be clean and pure of false teaching. Too many churches put up with false teachers and new ideas and new theologies that are not true and cause confusion and disruptions. So many Christian universities teach these things and then tell the college students and seminary students to be satisfied in something less than true. This is the point we are at in Christian history. May more true believers combat false Jesus’s and not be satisfied with mere terms like “jesus” or “christ” but make sure that converts and churches believe in THE JESUS and THE CHRIST of the BIBLE! The Holy Spirit enlightens us to accurately interpret the Bible, but sinful men have controlled the popular preaching and teaching of the Bible and lead people astray and are too lazy to actually change a person’s mind to follow accurate truth. Evangelicalism is a lazy, non-confrontational culture that allows for anything as long as it is “christian” and certainly makes enough money off of it. Just because someone says they worship Jesus does not mean they do. The rational Christian understands this.

The Truth Is Not Popular

The Truth Is Not Popular

        The truth is not popular and never has been and this is especially true for the gospel truth message that the Bible teaches. The world hates holiness and wants to dwell in sin and pursue pleasure and protect their own pride. People who hear that they are sinners, or are doing something wrong do not want to admit it and will deny the truth that they are sinners and need a savior. Nobody wants to admit they are weak and unable to save themselves, and people do not want to admit they are bad, wrong, incorrect, sinful, or unholy.

        In our society today people want to believe God is on their side, and God is spirit that only cares about their interests and their desires. So many people mistakenly claim that God is for them and supports them. People are creating a god in their own image which is idolatry. Now days the climate of the culture says you must be tolerant of everything. Tolerance to them is not accepting people of beliefs you view as wrong, but the new tolerance has taken a new meaning that you must agree with them 100% or you are wrong. There is no room for contradictory ideas and you have to agree with them, and not only agree but also promote it and praise it as wonderful. Sexual sins like adultery or homosexuality and pornography or sex outside of marriage, drug abuse, any kinds of immorality, anything that gives pleasure and strikes the ego must be promoted and praised or else you will be labeled intolerant and other mean things. Fighting against immorality in oneself is increasingly harder in our age and denying sexual temptations or any other sins is hard to overcome when immorality is thrown in the Christian’s face over and over in every direction. This had led some people who believe they are Christians to live in sin and remain in it and have unchecked sins, because it is easier to just give in and enjoy sin and ignore guilt than to live in remorse from it and repent.

        So many churches today and their pastors do not teach the absolute truth and do not preach against personal sins and sins of the mind (lust, greed, envy etc.). Instead, pastors promote self esteem which only encourages a lazy attitude toward sin. It leads people who actually are not Christians to believe they are Christians and are going to heaven. True Christians are sanctified by Christ and set apart for holiness as God’s possession. The lives of true believers will always hold onto repentance when they sin and have faith God has forgiven them and the result will be fruits of righteousness. Read Mark 12:30, John 14:15 and 15:14, 1 John 2:6, 2 Chronicles 16:9 and a reoccurring theme that true believers follow God, obey Him, and live in morality instead of immorality. 1 john 1:9 also explains that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive all believers who seek to repent of sins. We can be confident we are saved. Struggling with sin is no joke and our society makes it hard, but there is still no excuse.

        Christians need to stand apart more than ever in this age and not fear those who harm our bodies, but only God who has the power to throw us into hell or save us into heaven in a relationship with Him.

        Preaching the truth of the gospel that humans are sinful and at war with God and must be punished for their transgressions is not popular, nor the idea that a loving Savior came to save them from this wrath. People do not want to admit they cannot save themselves by being good, or that they need a Savior to rescue them from hell. In fact, people do not want to admit that God is angry and hates sin and only want to believe God loves them no matter what. The truth is God loves people, wants to save them, but in His justice He must punish sin. The only way out is a substitutionary sacrifice (Jesus Christ on the cross).

       Another problem with truth people have in churches are matters of doctrine. People do not want to differentiate false doctrines from true doctrines. People want to avoid any kind of conflict or stance for absolute truth. This is a self righteous and false humility that has caused most of the church to be secular and unconcerned with true teaching. Whatever feels right is good to them, they have a sensual attitude toward truth. If it FEELS good it must be true. but pleasure or good feelings are not always true and nor are they happiness and in many cases pleasure and good vibes lead people to destruction. Drugs give extreme pleasure to the brain and body, sexual sin feels amazing to some people and they hunger for it, being proud and believing you are in control also feels good, but these attitudes are self destructive.

        Christians need to keep promoting unpopular truth, the actual gospel and the fact that sin is destroying people and a true believer takes a true stance and sides with God in all truth, actively pursues true teaching in the bible and wants to live holy for God’s glory. Repentance, faith, and fruits of righteousness mark the true Christian in this world. This is a very counter-cultural stance and hard for many to do.