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All Spiritual Problems

Sometimes we need to be reminded by God why people think like they think and do what they do. Without God’s word explaining the reasons for such actions, our world can get extremely frustrating.

It is frustrating to see educated, successful and knowledgeable people (by world standards) think and do stupid things. Most of our problems, whether deemed financial, political, scientific or social are actually spiritual ones.

Why would so-called good citizens promote murdering innocent babies (abortion) and protest the death sentence for child molesters?

Why would these same people believe that the world and mankind evolved; even teach it as fact and fight anyone who wanted to teach otherwise? Since the beginning of the world there is no record of anything evolving from anything. If I stood in a classroom or public forum claiming my shoes just happened when the leather factory exploded, these same people would ridicule me, and rightfully so; yet they accept the same principle in evolution.

Nice, sophisticated wealthy people are endorsing same sex marriages, knowing full well this is perversion. God told Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth; queers can’t do that! If homosexuality is genetic it could only last one generation because they cannot reproduce.

Anyone who is intellectually honest knows these above mentioned things are wrong. The question is why do seemingly intelligent and rational people endorse such things?

“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; [2] But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. [3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-4

Notice that Paul says people arrive at these conclusions through dishonesty and deceitfulness. Paul preached against sin. Paul called sin by its name. He lists ten things in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 as sins. He speaks of seventeen (17) sins in Galatians 5:19-21, then adds the words “such like” in order to eliminate loopholes. (Jesus named thirteen (13) sins that originate in men’s hearts in Mark 7:20-23.) Paul said that he renounced the people who were dishonest in their beliefs and tried to hide the truth. People hide the truth by calling abortion freedom of choice; evolution becomes a scientific fact instead of a theory; perversion becomes same sex marriages.

Paul’s ministry was to renounce these things. His ministry was to handle the word of God honestly, not deceitfully (one cannot handle what they don’t have, so we must still have God’s word.) He also pointed out that Satan blinds men’s minds to the truth of salvation. This is why a clear thinking, logical engineer can miss the truth of the gospel. This is the reason that an above average intelligent person can promote so much sin; they are blinded by Satan and all of these issues are spiritual issues.

Society would have us to think that these issues are political and are a conflict only between Republicans or Democrats. Society would have us think these are scientific issues between the learned (evolution) and the ignorant (creation.) Society would have us think that these are tolerance issues (homosexuality) and hate issues (anti-homosexuality.) All of these issues are spiritual. It is amazing that when a person who is an advocate for abortion, evolution or homosexuality comes to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, their minds do an “about face” on these things. They suddenly become anti-abortion, anti-evolution and anti-homosexuality.

Does it not make one wonder about those who claim the name “Christian” and take no stand against such things? Why would any church group or denomination ever have to meet and decide their position on these issues?

Paul reminded us that the real issue was the gospel of Christ. That is the solution to all of the world’s problems.

Personally, I wouldn’t spend fifteen (15) seconds picketing an abortion clinic, but I would pass out gospel tracts; telling the women that God loved them when they went in and He’ll love them when they come out (John 3:16.) I wouldn’t spend fifteen (15) seconds picketing our schools because they were teaching evolution, but I would be interested in telling them about Christ (Romans 5:8.) I would not spend fifteen (15) seconds berating a homosexual, but I love to tell them that Christ brings them victory (Romans 8:38-39.) Over the years I have seen some homosexuals saved and every one of them told me with tear-filled eyes about the misery of their perversion. No one ever claimed their homosexuality was alright after trusting Christ.

Does this mean that everyone who has had an abortion; or believes in evolution; or who practices homosexuality is lost? No, no, a thousand times no; but it does mean there will be no joy of God’s salvation until these things are confessed.

David’s prayer after his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband:

“Restore unto me the joy of THY SALVATION; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (caps mine) Psalm 51:12

May I encourage you to read vs. 1-11 in Psalms 51.

Keep Looking Up!

Leland Maples