Sunday, November 16, 2008

Submission: The Man And His Wife

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives beto their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,  that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.  So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

The thought of submission to many people and their opinion of it is sometimes without complete understanding of what the Bible has to say about the subject. Insight and sensitivity of this subject is a must for all married couples. When men and women rightly divide the word of God they will have a better understanding of submission and the compliance of it. They will soon see that it is not a one sided submission. There is a mutual submission that a man and his wife owe each other. Here are three examples of mutual submission that I can think of: (1) The husband and his wife will want to bear each other's burdens, (2) They will resist putting themselves above each other, (3) and the most important of all is "They must be of a yielding, meek, and submissive spirit one to another."

 To be submissive means that a man and his wife should cooperate, work together as a team, voluntary with their mate, out of love and respect for God and your mate. I think submission should be a mutual, humble, cooperation with one another, working together for a common purpose. That purpose is striving to have a Godly marriage in Christ. Christ is the man's role model. Even though Jesus was God's Son and had all power to demand obedience and submission from all He still did not draw back or retreat from doing duties that were the primary duty of a servant. Even though He is the head of the church, just as the man is head of the house, He still washed the disciple's feet. If a husband is to be a Godly leader, he also is to be a servant leader just like Jesus was. His responsibility and role is to lead his wife by taking into consideration with thoughtfulness and kindness everything about her and helping her to succeed by using his position as head of the house.

 Just as Christ is not inferior or lower to the Father, but is second in the Trinity, so are wives equal to their own husbands. Yet in a marriage relationship a husband and wife have different roles just as The Father and Jesus have different roles in the God Head. A husband who realizes that his wife is his own flesh will treat her with love and care. Even so a wife must also realize that her husband is her own flesh and treat him with love and care. Marriage is a Holy Union, a living symbol, a precious relationship that needs tender self sacrificing care. Being subject (submitting) to another person is often a very misunderstood concept. It does not mean becoming a door mat. When we subject ourselves to God we become more willing to obey His command to submit to others. That is to subordinate our rights to others. In a marriage relationship both husband and wife are called to be subject one to another. Submission is rarely a problem in homes where both man and wife have a strong relationship with God and where each other has a deep concern for the happiness, good fortune, and contentment of the other.

A man should care for his wife like he cares for his own body and likewise with the woman; she should care for her husband the same way. The husband should make his wife's well being of primary importance. No wife needs to fear submitting to her husband who treats her in this way. The union of marriage brings two people together in such a way that little can affect one without also affecting the other. Submission can never be compulsory, required or demanded by one human being of another. It can only be given on the basis of trust. Biblical submission should not be separate from Biblical duty and responsibility. In (Ephesians Chapter 5) Paul talked more about the responsibility of the husband than he did of the wife being submissive. A husband and wife love for each other should be sincere, pure, and constant despite any imperfections and failures that they might be guilty of. My dad, who is the pastor of a independent Pentecostal Church once said from the pulpit as he preached, "Behind every successful man there is a woman."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Coming of The End

In May of this year (2008), The USA Today Magazine put out an incredible article dealing with the real financial condition of The United States. According to this article, our government recorded a loss last year of $1.3 trillion dollars! Can you realize in your mind how much that is? Listen friends that is a lot of money! Experts have been warning that a failing of the United States economy would lead to the falling away of economies throughout the entire world. Many leaders have even mentioned the need for a new world economy. Seems like to me that I read something like that in Revelation? Yes I have and if you read the Bible you have also. Not only our country but the whole world is close to a total financial collapse. I believe this is a important sign to us that follow Bible Prophecy. What we are about to see is prophecy getting ready to be fulfilled and it is at the door! We are having the stage set for the coming of the anti-Christ. When Jesus came two thousand years ago, the Bible tells us that the earth and all the countries within it had established a world economy under the rule of the Roman Empire. Everything was from Rome. This opened the door for the Gospel to be effectively spread through the means of a common language and common currency. In our age, we see similar signs with the coming of the anti-Christ and Christ’s near return. It should not surprise you or me if Satan would try to establish another world economy to take over the world. If you listen to the news you see evidently that is certainly what is taking place now. Most Christians are taught that the anti-Christ will set up the world’s economic system – and yes, this may very well be true. Although, I personally believe that the world’s economic system may already be in place before he comes to power That's my opinion about it. I might be wrong but I do not think so. I believe that system is already being set in place as I write this article. Soon and very soon we ( all the born again Christians) are going to see the King and are not going to have to worry about this. Here’s the bottom line with me and if you are a born again child of God, it should be your bottom too. When I read stories like this one, about the coming sorry full financial fate of this economy, it does not worry me in the least and neither should it worry you if you are a True believer! As we see these things coming to pass, our eyes should be wide opened and we should lift our heads up toward heaven and believe what the word of God says: " FOR WE KNOW THAT OUR REDEMPTION IS NEAR." Listen friend, "I know who holds tomorrow", and I know who is coming in the clouds of Glory, DO YOU? Time on this old earth is winding up fast. Faster than most people think. It's heaven or hell, that is the choice everyone will have to make.

Monday, November 3, 2008

What Great Men Say About The Bible

George Washington: It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and The Bible. Thomas Jefferson: A studious person of The Sacred Volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands. John Quincy Adams: The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention. Andrew Jackson: It is The Rock on which our Republic stands. Woodrow Wilson: A man has deprived himself of the best in the world who has deprived himself of this {a knowledge of The Bible} Hebert Hoover: There is no other book so various as The Bible, not one so full of concentrated wisdom. Ulysses S. Grant: To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made in civilization: and to this we must look as our guide to the future. John Bacon: What can I do with respect to the next world without this book? Napoleon Bonaparte: The Bible is more than a book, it is a living being with a action: a power that invades everything that opposes its extension. Alexander Cruden: All other books are of little importance compared to The Holy Scriptures. Daniel Webster: The Bible is the Book of faith, and a Book of doctrine, and a Book of Morals, and a book of religion, of special revelation from God: but It is also a Book which teaches man his responsibility, his dignity, and equality.
We, the undersigned, Students of the Nature Sciences, desire to express our sincere regret that researchers into scientific truth are perverted by some in our own time into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of The Holy Scriptures. We conceive that it is impossible for The Word of God written in the book of nature, and God’s Word written in Holy Scriptures, to contradict one another….. physical science is not complete, but is only in a condition of progress. Signed By 800 Scientist of Great Britain Recorded in The Bodelian Library in Oxford