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 I grew up in a Christian family and I'm glad I did. I accepted Christ when I was young. One thing I've learned in my 38 years is that accepting Christ is just the beginning. We are all works in progress and I'm no different. I'm so grateful for God's mercy which is new every day because like I said, I'm a work in progress.

Paul said in  Romans 7 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:15, 18, 19, 24, 25 NKJV)

Kody Rinehart,                Blue Mountain, MS

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By Jesse Horton/Cowboys of the Cross

Have you ever heard someone say something to the effect of, “What is true for one person is not necessarily true to another person,”? In matters of opinion or preference, this can certainly be valid. For instance, I like to eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich on occasion; to me they are really good. But that is not true for my wife; for her they are disgusting and she can’t even stand the smell. But does this apply to everything?

What about right and wrong? Is there a definite, unchanging truth about what is right and what is wrong? Our culture today would have us believe that all truth is relative, and furthermore they would have us believe that to force adherence to any one particular understanding of right or wrong is intolerant. The big “in-your-face” example of this today is homosexuality, and more precisely, same-sex marriage. Millions of Americans over the last couple of years voted on a state-wide basis to define marriage as being between one man and one woman and refuse to recognize any union outside of that definition. The popular opinion was to adhere to the biblical definition of marriage. However, a panel of judges (judicial branch) chose to override the popular vote and force the states to recognize all marital unions (a function typically reserved for the legislative branch) (this officially ends my political rant).

We, especially North Americans, have been duped into believing that truth is relative, that there are many paths to God, and that we all find our own path and are loved and accepted by God as long as we believe the things we believe whole-heartedly. That is a lie from the pit of hell, and if it is intolerant of me to say so then so be it!

How have we come to the point where we now question the sanctity of marriage or even of human life? Why has it become okay to euthanize a human, or to scald an unborn baby to death with salt-water, yet our televisions are overloaded with ads encouraging us to give money to help protect dogs and cats? My opinion is that the root cause is biblical illiteracy, and it is rampant among Christians and pagans alike.

Consider this: when Adam and Eve were in the garden and had access to and fellowship with God, God told them, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die,” (Gen. 2:16-17). But when Eve was confronted by Satan in the Garden, we see two important truths. First, we see Satan’s primary offensive tactic – doubt. Gen. 3:1“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Satan will always begin by casting doubt on God’s truth. “How can you really be a Christian after what you did?” “Aren’t God’s laws about sexuality outdated?” “Doesn’t God approve of sex as long as you’re in love, whether it be premarital or homosexual sex?”

As we examine Eve’s response to Satan’s question, we also see that Eve put her own spin on God’s truth. Gen. 3:2-3 “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Earlier in chapter 2, it is described that both the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life were in the middle of the garden, so her response in that respect was correct…they were instructed not to eat the fruit. But Eve made her own addendum to God’s truth: “you must not touch it.” God never said that. They could have built a tree house in the tree of knowledge of good and evil and been fine so long as they did not eat the fruit. What Eve effectively demonstrated to Satan was that she was unaware of exactly what God had said. The enemy knew he had an open door!

He continued his assault by inserting a lie where Eve was obviously unsure. Gen. 3:4-5 “You will not surely die…For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Was this a total lie? Absolutely not. The name of the tree indicates that it would provide the knowledge of good and evil. Now, Adam and Eve were not fools…after all, Adam was created in the image of God and Eve taken from him. They were intelligent beings with the ability to choose. They understood the concepts of good and evil, but they did not experientially know the difference, which is what the word “know” indicates in this instance.

So, Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace was made possible by (1) a lack of accurate truth regarding what God had said and (2) their unwillingness to trust what God had said (lack of faith in God). By these two points, we see that it is incredibly important that we know the truth of what God says and have faith that he is right, regardless of whether it seems logical or convenient for us.

Also, when we look at this from the enemy’s standpoint, it is important to note that his plan of attack is always very similar (please reference the Genesis 3 story with Matthew 4:3-11). Satan always begins by casting doubt on God’s truth. His half-truths are whole lies and will ensnare you to the point of impotency for Christ or possibly drag you to hell where Satan would love for you to join him for eternal torment because God set his affections on us and not him.

Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Truth isn’t what’s popular, it’s what’s biblical

World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote, Huckabay, TX

James 5:16

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Colossians 4:2

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Proverbs 15:29

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous