Friday, 3 July 2015

Simple Things 2

Back when I began this blogging project I wrote of the simplicity of Jesus in His message of being the Water of Life.

You can find the post back in July 2011 if you choose to.

Jesus gave us a simple path, straightforward and unique in the simplicity of it: follow Him and be saved.

"Saved". What does the word mean?

We use it the same way we use "Gospel".

Without thought.

The greek word often translated "saved" meant many different things. Salvation of the Spirit, redemption from Hell - and Jesus seemed to think this was a literal destination, so we probably should even though certain groups believe we should be more"enlightened" on the subject - also it speaks to financial stability with an abundance to let God show His Covenant with us through our material prosperity and ability to administer it to give in His name to the needy. In places it is used to refer to healing of the body in this lifetime.

One simple greek word.

We read so many things we forget the simple ones. We miss subtle nuances from the original language and the twinkle in Jesus's eye as He tells a Samaritan woman it's not right to give the children's food to the dogs. From her response there must have been no judgement in His statement, merely an invitation to her to exercise her faith given to her by His Spirit.

Simple Truth.

Simply put.

Keep it simple. Let your yes be yes and your no, no.

Give, don't lend. Loans can lead to resentment, but Jesus didn't lend His power to us, He gave it. Freely and without limit as long as we use it as He would. No resentment.

Simple Freedom.

Keep it simple.


    According to the Supreme Court gay marriage is legal in the United States of America. The problem is being legal does not make it any less sinful. Being a homosexual is legal. Being an adulterer is legal. Having children out of wedlock is legal. Rejecting Jesus as the Son of God is legal. Being a liar is legal. Perverting the gospel by denying that water baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins is legal.

    Because men keep the laws of man is no guarantee they are free from sin.


    Marriage is between a man and a woman. Matthew 19:4-6 (NASB)

    Homosexuality was a sin under the old covenant and is a sin under the new covenant. Leviticus 18:22, 1 Corinthians 6:9 (NASB)


    Posted by Steve Finnell at 7:58 AM No comments:

  2. James 1:26-27 "If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

    Steve I'm not disagreeing that there is something wrong with our society globally. Currently I live in South Africa, but I grew up in England. The societies in the West particularly are inherently sinful, but we need to be careful about making a single sin an issue.

    Jesus didn't condemn the woman caught in adultery, and look carefully you'll find it never says she was caught with a man, just that she was caught.

    Remember our enemy seeks to distract us from the Good News of Jesus.

    And as long as we spend all the airtime Christians can get focusing on what others are doing wrong we miss the point of living a life others would want to follow.

    A secular society has secular laws, and is entitled to make them - even where there is a difference between that law and Bible texts. We are called to be subject to the law as a witness of Christ. Remember Jesus Himself allowed His execution under Roman law to be carried out.

    Sow Love and reap righteousness. Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

    Our actions and words must reflect the Jesus we have living in our hearts.

    David EWM


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