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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Wherever You Go – Exposing the Enemy Along for the Ride - Purity 637


Wherever You Go  – Exposing the Enemy Along for the Ride - Purity 637

Purity 637 01/25/2022   Purity 637 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the escaping wake of a boat speeding away from an illuminated bridge and the fading light of daylight comes to us from a friend’s 12 day Florida holiday get away where they left 2021 behind as they visited Dunedin, Clearwater, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, and Tampa all for the first time. 

As I prepare myself for a short Florida vacation less than a month away I look forward to seeing sights like this one but am reminded of the old adage of “wherever you go, there you are.” 

Ironically, as “Zen” or “New Age” spiritual as that saying may seem to be, my limited research this morning indicates that one source of this saying has a Christian origin. “A non-humorous precursor appeared in the devotional book “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis published in Latin in the 1400s. An 1881 translation into English by Reverend W. H. Hutchings contained the following passage about human suffering:[2]

“No one is so touched with a heartfelt sense of the Passion of Christ, as the man whose lot it has been to suffer like things. The cross, then, is always at hand, and everywhere awaits you.

You cannot escape it, run where you will; for wherever you go, you take yourself with you, and you will always find yourself.”   (https://quoteinvestigator.com/2020/11/22/where-you-go/#:~:text=Wherever%20you%20go%2C%20there%20you,you%20will%20always%20find%20yourself.)

This reminds me of the verse I shared from Psalm 139 yesterday where David mused about God’s omnipresence which said:

Psalm 139:8 (NKJV) 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

The Lord is everywhere and as far as our perspective is concerning ourselves, so are we.  We cannot escape from the Lord’s presence or knowledge and even though we can “take it on the road” and see new sites, wherever we go we will find ourselves there with the question of “who we are?” left to answer.    

I have just finished a 21 day fast and was thrilled with the results of weight loss and the exercise of self-control that I was able to exhibit for those few weeks but since I began eating again I realize that I didn’t escape from “my dark passenger”, to borrow a euphemism from the Showtime Series “Dexter”.  

The “food addict” with his compulsive eating habits, secretive ways, and rebellious, self-deceiving, and sabotaging modus operandi is still there waiting to bust loose.  On the first day after fasting I overindulged in some holiday peanuts that had survived untouched and yesterday I ate a sleeve of girl scout cookies “that just needed” to be gotten rid of.   

These treats are not the end of the world, but they are antithetical to my intention to avoid high sugar and high carbohydrate foods but what I really didn’t like was the semi-mindless way I consumed them and the fact that I knowingly ate them in secret which echoes behavior patterns that go back as far as early childhood when I first started to sneak food.

I don’t want to be that scared child sneaking food for comfort and pleasure and I don’t want to be a person that has secrets that I feel I must hide to be acceptable to others.  I also don’t want to be someone who sabotages my own intentions for healthy living.     

In the 90’s remake of Cape Fear, the villain played by Robert DeNiro, chains himself to the underside of  Nick Nolte’s family’s automobile and although they believe they are traveling to safety to the family houseboat, they are unwittingly taking their own worst enemy along for the ride.  This analogy shows us that we have to be diligent in making sure we are not dragging our old tendencies and patterns of behavior into new situations.  

So, before writing this, I ratted myself out to my wife, confessing my snacking indiscretions and my intentions to live honestly with her with the hopes that my confessions and the trust we build in our relationship will help me to expose this “dark passenger” and leave him with no where left to hide.  

If I shine the light of truth on his presence and use it to expose the lies that he likes to perpetuate, I believe that God will help me to leave “him” and his dysfunctional patterns of behavior in the past.   

Through our faith in Christ, we become members of the kingdom of light and truth and when we walk into the new person of who we are in Christ, we can have freedom and victory over even the most persistent patterns of dysfunctional behaviors. Luckily our walk isn’t about perfection, its about progress and every time we confess our failures we give the enemy less room to operate.    

So, keep walking and talking with God. When you see yourself starting to act in ways that go against what you want to do, rat yourself out and restate your intention to follow the Lord into the person you want to be.  

While it is true that wherever we go, there we are, if we keep walking with God we will be amazed to discover that the “you” we will find at our next destination is not the one that we left behind and that “dark passenger” is no longer along for the ride.    


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 138:3 (NLT2)
3  As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

Today’s verse speaks of the immediate strength we can receive from the Lord when we reach out to Him in prayer.  

The best illustration of the truth of this Bible verse for me was the testimony of a man that I heard at the one and only meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous that I ever attended.  

If you are unfamiliar, I attended and eventually led a Christian Recovery Program that used John Baker’s Celebrate Recovery lessons for most of the teaching material. Baker’s program is unapologetically Christian and names God the Father, Christ the Son, and The Holy Spirit – the Triune God, as the One and only Higher Power.  

AA on the other hand is far less specific and demanding on making that claim and allows its participants to choose whatever “higher power” they wish, which can range from the traditional triune God of Christianity to the absurdness of anything from the pop star, Tina Turner,  to the flying Spaghetti Monster.  

As open as AA tries to be, the Christian roots of the movement are somewhat inescapable and the AA meeting’s forms and traditions are akin to a liturgical church service.     If Celebrate Recovery meetings are akin to a Bible believing – Spirit Filled encounter, the AA meeting is analogous to a Catholic mass or other liturgical service.     

But regardless to the “liturgical” forms that are apparent at the AA meeting, the one I attended had some hostile elements who openly wished to silence any talk of faith and instead stood on the merits of community and “the program”.    

However, at that one meeting I attended in spite the opposition, one man gave a testimony for what he believed to be the reason for his years of successful sobriety: prayer.  

He openly confessed that He didn’t know much about the Bible or church history but stated that in the early days of his struggles to be sober his sponsor advised him to go to the Lord in prayer every time he felt the need to drink to ask for God’s help and strength to overcome.  

This man testified that every time He prayed to God for strength, he received it and he had repeated that simple formula and was enjoying over 20 years of sobriety because of the strength he received from the Lord.  

Although, this man didn’t claim to know God, his continual testimony at AA speaks of the truth of God’s love and power to help those who ask.    

So if you need strength, go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him for it.  The Lord loves us, and He wants to help us.

God the Father sent Jesus to save us and to lead us into a new life. So make Jesus your Lord and Savior to make sure you will be in His kingdom when He returns or when you are called into eternity, and in the meantime receive the strength that only God can give by going to Him in prayer.   

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we conclude sharing from Chapter 5.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

STEP FOUR: DEALING WITH REBELLION

The Apostle James wrote, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”117 Submitting to God enables us to resist the devil. The prayer that begins this Step is a commitment to forsake rebellion and choose a submissive spirit, as follows:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have said in the Bible that rebellion is the same thing as witchcraft and as bad as idolatry (see 1 Samuel 15:23). I know I have not always been submissive, but instead I have rebelled in my heart against You and against those You have placed in authority over me. I pray that You would show me all the ways I have been rebellious. I choose to adopt a submissive spirit and a servant’s heart. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

AREAS OF REBELLION

As the Lord leads you, prayerfully consider the ways you have been rebellious toward the following lines of authority:

·       Civil government including traffic laws, tax laws, attitude toward government officials (See Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Peter 2:13-17.)

·       Parents, stepparents, or legal guardians (See Ephesians 6:1-3.)

·       Teachers, coaches, school officials (See Romans 13:1-4.)

·       Employers (past and present) (See 1 Peter 2:18-23.)

·       Husband (See 1 Peter 3:1-4.) or Wife (See Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:7.) {Note to husbands: Take a moment and ask the Lord if your lack of love for your wife could be fostering a rebellious spirit within her. If so, confess that now as a violation of Ephesians 5:22, 23.}

·       Church leaders (See Hebrews 13:17.)

·       God (See Daniel 9:5, 9.)

 

The following prayer is an opportunity for you to confess your rebellion:

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have been rebellious toward _____________ (name or position), by (specially confess what you did or did not do). Thank You for Your forgiveness. I choose to be submissive and obedient to Your Word. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

CHAPTER FIVE:

OVERCOMING REBELLION


88. Matthew 6:24

89. Genesis 3:5

90. Galatians 5:23

91. 1 Samuel 15:23

92. Romans 13:1, 2

93. Acts 5:29

94. Daniel 1:9

95. Matthew 6:9-13

96. Hebrews 13:17

97. Numbers 14:11-19

98. 1 Timothy 2:1, 2  

99. 1 Peter 2:18-20

100. Matthew 6:11

101. Matthew 6:12

102. Acts 8:23

103. Matthew 6:13

104. 1 Peter 2:14

105. Daniel 6:7

106. James 1:27

107. Ephesians 5:21

108. Ephesians 5:21-24; 1 Peter 3:1-6


 

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Walking out of the “Winter of our Discontent” - In His Presence - Purity 636


Walking out of the “Winter of our Discontent” - In His Presence - Purity 636

Purity 636 01/24/2022  Purity 636 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of snowmobile tracks headed onto the frozen surface of Sacandaga Lake underneath an ethereal January sky and midday sun comes to us from a friend who hasn’t let life’s disappointments stop them from having a thriving life filled with independent adventures.  While I am not into winter sports at all, with scenes like this, I can understand why some people brave the cold temperatures to see things you can’t see at other times of the year.  I mean when else can you walk on water and shoot across the surface of a lake without being buffeted by waves?   

It's Monday again and with the cold temperatures forecasted to last through the week I decided to share today’s photo to encourage and inspire us all with the fact that we can rise above what some would consider negative circumstances and overcome them and still have joy in our lives.  

I have a few friends who are in crisis moments currently and seem to be experiencing the “winter of our discontent”. Some have been bogged down by the post-holiday emotional letdown, some are healing from disease or injury,  and others are being assailed by outside circumstances, some of which are a result of their own poor choices and others of which are seemingly no fault of the persons involved.  In all of their cases, my heart and prayers go out to them.   

In this season of life they are all being asked to go into an uncertain future like setting out on this frozen lake, where their way can seem to be a cold, barren, and lonely and in some instances can seem to be a precarious one where they will lose their footing and perish.  

But just like the way the sun in today’s photo can light their path and fill us with awe and wonder, God is over and above this cold and uncertain season of life and His wisdom and presence in our lives can guide us through this time and give us peace and hope until we make it to the other side.  

Although I can’t tell any one of my friends exactly when they will get out of this cold and forbidding season, I can advise them that their situations will not last forever and that it is better to go through them with the Lord to guide, comfort, and strengthen them.   

For the friends seeking healing, I advise them to follow their doctor’s orders and to draw close to the Lord in prayer.  God is sovereign and as Creator, He has not only established our created order in which healing can come, He directs human affairs according to His purposes and may grant healings both gradual and immediate.   

In my faith walk, I have prayed for healing over myself and seen developing sicknesses stopped in their tracks, pain decrease and go away, and recovery come, but I have also had times where healing did not come as I had prayed and where pains persisted. 

So I am sorry to say I don’t have the miraculous gift of healing but what I do have is a relationship in which I trust the Lord, and in which I ask for what I think is best and accept whatever it is I receive from Him. And regardless, if I am sick, or well, I have the peace that comes from knowing that He is with me. His ways are higher than my ways and I accept that whatever is happening has a purpose.   

For the friends who are suffering negative circumstances because of the winds of change or from a day of reckoning that has finally come, I advise them to do all they can to act wisely and to work to resolve the problems at hand and then go to the Lord in prayer to ask Him for His help, strength, and guidance.   Sometimes we have to dig ourselves out of a mess or work and seek a new opportunity in life seemingly on our own but even in those circumstances we can use the Lord’s presence and strength to help us to endure and we can request His providence to make our paths easier when we least expect it.   

And finally, for the friends who are hurting from loss or a lack of fulfillment or who are just  disillusioned and disappointed with relationships or the course of their lives, I usually recommend that they examine when these feelings started and what their relationship with the Lord is like.  In most cases, my friend’s relationship with the Lord is either nonexistent or they have become lax in fostering their relationship with God and have let the things of this world determine their self-worth or to be the means to make them happy. 

For those who know the Lord, I advise them to re-establish their relationship with Him by reminding themselves of who they are in Christ and by communing with Him in prayer, worship. and Bible study.  If you walked strong in the power of the Lord before, you just have to stand up and walk with Him again.  

For those who don’t know the Lord, I try to encourage them by telling them that there is a God over and above this world who deeply cares about them individually and who wants them to come to Him to receive a new and abundant life of peace and purpose.  

It’s Monday and its January but God is alive and well and has the strength, wisdom, and guidance that we all need to make it through the trials of this life.  No matter what you are going through, with God, you are never alone. 

So go to Him and tell Him your troubles and ask for His help. I can’t guarantee an instant miracle to fix all your problems but if you start walking with the Lord, somewhere down the road you will testify to His goodness and the miracle of how you had peace through the storm, how He made a way where there was no way, or how He helped you to overcome the trials that you thought would consume you.    

 

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Joshua 1:9 (NLT2)
9  This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Today’s verse speaks the truth of the Lord’s continual presence and how we can be strong and courageous when we realize that He is with us wherever we go.   

Today’s verse’s context is that of the Lord encouraging Joshua to face incredible odds to go in and to possess the promised land, but the Lord commands Him not to fear and assures Joshua that God would be with Him wherever he went.   

This verse points to the attribute of God’s omnipresence: the presence of God everywhere at the same time.   So although this verse was specific to Joshua at that time way back when, because of God’s omnipresence, it can also be encouragement for us and our daily walk of faith.  

There are several verses in the Bible that command us not to fear and the only reason we can be obedient to this command is because of the fact of God’s presence.  It’s like God is saying “Don’t be afraid!” and we say: “Why not!?” to which His word tells us: “Don’t be afraid because I am right here with you and will be with you wherever you go!”  

In Psalm 139, David muses over God’s continual presence in His life saying:

 Psalm 139:8 (NKJV)

8  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

God is with us here on earth and when we have faith in Christ, we will be with Him forever more even if we die and go to heaven. With that assurance of God’s presence in our lives, we can obey His command to be strong and courageous because there is no way that He will ever let us down because He will be with us always.  

So reflect on God’s continual presence in your life, reach out to Him and enjoy His presence, and be strong and courageous in life because you know He will always be there.

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 5.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

IDENTITY DETERMINES SIGNIFICANCE

The world says you are nothing; therefore, you better scheme, achieve, and get ahead, which leads to malice, guile, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.113 The Bible tells us that we are something; therefore, we should be submissive.114 The scriptural commands concerning roles in relationships are given in a context where the significance question has already been settled by our identities and positions in Christ.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.115

The biblical formula: our position in Christ and our identities as children of God equals significance. If a wife’s sense of significance flows from her relationship with God, she can respond to her husband’s leadership because in fact she is equally significant in God’s plan for her personally, her marriage, and her family. Husbands don’t need to demand respect or lord it over others to have any sense of worth. They already are significant as a children of God and secure in Christ. They are free to be the true servant-leader God has called them to be. The fruit of the Spirit is not staff control, nor spouse control, nor child control; it is self-control. Both the husband and wife can respond with grace to a less-than-perfect spouse, because they don’t need the other person to meet their need for significance.116

Submission, authority, and control concern not only man/wife issues, or parent/child issues, or employer/employee issues. Submission is primarily a relational matter between the creature and the Creator. When we know who we are as children of God, we don’t have to rebel, we don’t have to dominate and control. We yield to the Lordship of Christ, secure in our position in Him, and relate to others with love and forgiveness.

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Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Remember the Time – The Book of Answered Prayers - Purity 634

Remember the Time – The Book of Answered Prayers - Purity 634

Purity 634 01/21/2022   Purity 634 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a blue cloud filled sky over the beach at Lake Taghkanic State Park in Ancram NY comes to us from yours truly as I captured this scene on August 30th in 2020.  At that time I had only just recently gotten my new house “down by The River”, was still working two jobs, and the Covid-19 pandemic was still relatively new, so the number of people allowed into State Parks was limited. I didn’t have a lot of spare time in those days and this day was the only time in 2020 that I was able to go swimming recreationally. Even though I had to wear a mask when I wasn’t in the water, I remember having an overwhelming sense of victory that despite all of the struggles in my personal life and with the restrictions of 2020 I was able to overcome and enjoy my life.  This simple swimming excursion told me that the Covid-19 pandemic and all the things I had come against hadn’t beaten me and I knew that it was only because of my faith in God that I was able to go through it all with joy and peace despite the negative circumstances.   

Well, it’s Friday and as I tell  the men in the discipleship course I facilitate on Thursday nights, I encourage you to start your days with the practice of gratitude.  When we recall all the things we have overcome and all the things we have, we can thank God for a lot more than just the fact that it is Friday and we can start each day with the recognition that, because of God, our lives are actually quite wonderful.   

Last night, I enjoyed the benefits of being a part of a Christian men’s group who are actively seeking the Lord and their freedom in Christ, as I asked each man to recall a time in their lives when they chose to trust their faith rather than their feelings. Their testimonies were all examples of how the Lord will call you to do things that you are uncertain of but when you trust Him and obey what He says the results are always good, but what I was inspired by is how those positive results gave these men a means to grow in their faith and to trust the Lord to follow Him in larger and larger measures.  

One of the men reported that he kept a journal that documented all the times that God was faithful in his life. He called it his “book of answered prayers”. He stated that through the years he had documented 68 instances where God had answered his prayers in mighty ways.  He kept this book to testify of the Lord’s goodness and as a reminder to himself to continue to trust the Lord.   

Of all those 68 answered prayers, he shared the story of how the Lord answered his daughters’ prayers when they were young, and their story is amazing in not only the results but in their faithful perseverance in prayer.   

When his daughters were quite young, I think it was 6 and 4 years old (forgive me), they made a friend who wasn’t a Christian who they dearly loved.  So as Christians with child like faith, they began praying that their friend would make Jesus their Lord and Savior.  They didn’t get immediate results but because they loved their friend, they kept on praying. My friend was amazed by their faith but encouraged them to keep at it. So praying for their friend became a normal part of their evening routine and they continued in it for years.  

Our friend shared that about five years later, him and his family were invited by their daughter’s friend’s family to come and watch as not only this daughter who was prayed  for  five years to proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ and to be baptized, but for that girl’s entire family to proclaim their faith in Christ and to be baptized!

And as awesome that is, our friend said that this move of God further inspired his and his family’s faith and now it can inspire you like it does me.   

Yesterday, I was running errands in the county I grew up in and as I drove, I had phantom memories of mistakes I have made and some people I had hurt. That condemnation came quick, but I quickly reminded myself that those mistakes were made by a desperate and confused teenager and that I was no longer that person.

As I was driving and listening to Christian music, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and I was overwhelmed with a flood of emotion that drove me to tears of joy as I was reminded of the goodness of God. I continued to praise and worship as the tears flowed and the Lord reminded me of all He had led me through.  And this Holy Spirit driven emotional praise and worship session, also reminded me of the Lord’s continual presence in our lives.  

These stories of the faithfulness of God, our remembrances, our experiences serve two purposes. They are to be used by us to motivate ourselves to continue to trust the Lord in our daily walk and they are to be shared with others to encourage them, to let them know that God is real, alive, and well, and deeply loves them.  

So keep walking and talking with God and remember the times that He delivered you and remember the stories of others that were helped by Him too and thank the Lord for all He has done and will do and Thank God it’s Friday.

 

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verses are:

Psalm 112:5-8 (NLT2)
5  Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
6  Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7  They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.
8  They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

Today’s verses teach us to live generously and righteously as a product of our trust in the Lord.   

Ironically, last night one of the other men in our group testified about hard times where they were moved to give money to help family when they desperately needed the money for their rent.  They were moved by the Lord to give the money anyway and soon after they did another person replaced those funds with a gift, not knowing of the sacrifice that they had just made.    

The same man also spoke of God’s providence at another time when his family needed to leave their home because of a financial crisis and find a new place to live.  The man received a dream in which he was assured that he would find a good place and that his family would be there for many years.   

Shortly after the dream, he found an available unit in a condominium that he had looked at previously with no luck. It was a nice place, but he feared that if they checked his credit report he would be summarily rejected. Instead of suspicion, he was met with hospitality and acceptance, as his family was welcomed into their new home with no credit check. They have lived there for 20 years, fulfilling God’s promise that he would find a good place and they would be there for years to come.    

These testimonies prove today’s verse to be true. We are to lend money generously, conduct our business fairly, and live righteously by following the Lord and trusting to live according to His ways. If we do that we will not be overcome by evil, and we need not live in fear of bad news because we can confidently trust that the Lord will care for us. 

So be confident and fearless and face your foes triumphantly, because when we make Christ our Lord and Savior and live a Christian disciple’s life, we will know that the Lord is with us and that He will make a way when there seems to be no way.  In Christ, we can know the Lord’s care and know that when that the going gets tough He will come for us in our time of need.  


As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 5.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

TRUST GOD’S PROTECTION

Daniel also taught us to trust in God’s protection and provision when we cannot in good conscience do what the king commands. King Darius was persuaded to “establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.”105 Daniel could not honor that decree, and so he continued to pray and give thanks to almighty God. He ended up in the lions’ den, and the Lord shut the mouths of the lions.

If your boss wants you to lie, don’t be disrespectful. Appeal to him or her as outlined above and offer an alternative. What if the boss won’t accept your alternative and says, “If you won’t do what I tell you to do, then I will get someone in here who will?” Then let him or her get someone who will, and trust God to provide for your needs.

DEAL WITH ABUSE

What if the authority figure is abusive? Is it being rebellious to turn him in? Absolutely not! It is wrong for Christian leaders to tell battered wives and abused children to go home and be submissive. “But that is what Scripture requires,” says the abuser. That is not all Scripture says on the issue. God has established governing institutions to protect battered wives and abused children.

The heart of God goes out to the weak and the defenseless. “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress.”106

Turn the abusers in to the authorities whom God has established. This action is not being vindictive for two reasons. First, abusive leaders have obviously abdicated their responsibility to provide for and protect those whom they were charged by God to watch over. Being abused by the one in authority over you doubles the offense. Not only are you being abused, but you have also lost your God-intended protection.

Second, you will never help abusers by allowing them to continue in their abuses. They are hurting people who need help. If they aren’t stopped, the cycle of abuse will just continue on. Stopping them actually demonstrates care for the abusers. They have a right to find their forgiveness and freedom in Christ like anybody else, but many won’t take that opportunity if they are allowed to continue in sin. If you were abused by your father, and your mother knew about it, but wouldn’t do anything to help you, who would be harder to forgive? Everybody knows it would be the mother.

I am not saying that we don’t have to be submissive to people in positions of authority simply because they are not perfect. If that were the case, nobody would be submissive to anyone but God. What I am saying is that there is a biblical means by which we can appeal to those less-than-perfect people who are in authority, and there are times when we must obey God rather than man. Determining when to reject man’s authority requires discernment and a deep inner conviction based on truth that cannot be compromised regardless of the consequences. You are acting rebelliously if you refuse to submit simply because you would prefer to do it your way.

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