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A Letter to Barbie

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , on January 21, 2010 by julietsm

Dear Mother,

The anniversary of your death is approaching.  Would it surprise you to know that I still long for your love?  That if I still had your bed to crawl into and dream, I would do so, trying desperately to find some way to connect with you?  I know you didn’t want children, you really didn’t even want marriage, but your parents denied you access to the education you really wanted, and told you it was your duty in life to marry and reproduce.  Perhaps if you had the chance to develop as a person and become the educated woman you wanted to be, you would have eventually married and the children who were a burden to you would have been a blessing.

But that isn’t how it happened, is it?  I remember how you used to get drunk and heap abuse on me, how I wasn’t the blonde and blue eyed little girl you wanted.  I remember how you laughed at my love for God and told me I must be really foolish to believe in fairy tales…  But you know, Barbie, if not for this God you denied I would never have survived in this world.  After you died I was cast into a world of horrors that should have left me in a mental institute, curled up the fetal position…  However, due to the love of God I did survive.  But not without scars, many of which are there because I was never good enough for you, never pretty enough, never a good enough skater, never good enough period.  And the son you adored so much didn’t make it mum.  He died shortly after you did.  They called it cancer, but it was from a broken heart…  So the only legacy you left behind was me.

Me!  The child you never wanted!

I am a child of God, mother.  He has given me everything I needed to survive, and has always been faithful with His love for me, even when I let Him down.  He would never abandon me either, mum, despite that fact.  He is my Father and loves me and I love Him, and He has made your memory bearable to me now.

I am not a good person, mum.  I have a lot of problems.  But God is teaching me, something you never did.  …And He cares not that I look more like my Jewish father and not my beautiful blonde and blue and green-eyed mother.  He cares not that I could never be as beautiful as you were, Barbie.

You see, He looks where it counts; at the heart.  I don’t think you ever saw my heart.  I don’t think you were even aware that I had one.  And you know, despite your incredible physical beauty mother, you are now but dust.  I am not rubbing it in; I still and always will love you and there will always be a void in my heart where your love should have been.  But I do not hold it against you, mum, not at all.  I understand what your life was like, and I know that you suffered too.  My heart aches for you, mother.  Knowing that I will never have that love kills me!

Ah, but mother…  God is real.  God really loves me.  And so the life you gave me didn’t turn into utter ruin as it should have, even though I was cast out into the world like flying wreckage…  The bruises from your constant physical abuse have healed of course; but not the emotional scars that came from your emotional abuse.

Here is the good news, though.  I am still standing mother.  Oh sure, I fall down a lot, but God pulls me back up and sets me on my way again.  He never belittles me or tells me that I am not good enough, even though of course I am not.  It isn’t my own goodness, but that of my Saviour that has saved me…  I am so sorry that you never experienced God’s love.  And on the anniversary of your death I shall weep for you, mother.

But not having your love will not cripple me anymore.  I have a parent who is the Ultimate Parent, one who will never take his love away or cast me out.

I am so sorry, Barbie.  Things sure turned out a lot different than either one of us imagined, didn’t they?

It says in the Bible that He will, in the end, (or the beginning, I should say) wipe away every tear.  My guess is that when I am with God in eternity I will not have any memory of you at all, Barbie.  Because if I did, I could never get over all the pain of your not loving me, and especially the pain of knowing I will never see you again.

Good bye, Barbie.  I wish things could have been different, but that isn’t the way it played out.  As it turns out, your good-for-nothing daughter is the only one from the whole family (that I am aware of) who will be spending eternity with God.  Apparently mother, He took pity on the little girl who nobody loved, and is going to lavish His love on me forever.  I truly wish you could be there to experience it with me, mother, because I still love you.

But someday I will have no memory of you, so I grieve the loss of you now…  I am sorry that you couldn’t be with me in eternity with God when I finally arrive there, but you won’t.

So I cry for you now, mother.  I still cry for you.

Love,

The little girl you never wanted

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For Those Who Claim They are without Sin

Posted in Christianity, Doctrines of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by julietsm

17422-thumbnailHow dare anyone claim to be without sin.  Yet there are many who make this very claim, and tell the rest of us that we are without faith, are not saved, and do not know the Lord.

How dare they!

Anyone who has been called by God and drawn to Christ are aware that we must be ever-vigilant, that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and that sin can and often does flare up in us if we are not constantly on our guard against temptation.  If, when a person is saved they are made perfect, then why does our Lord continually warn us about false teachers, lest we be deceived by them?  Would Jesus have to warn us if we were truly perfect? 

“I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”.  (Psalms 119:11)

Why should we bother to hide His word in our heart since we are perfect now?  In fact, I guess that once you are born again you must have no need for God’s Word, so I guess we can dispense with the Bible reading altogether.  What would be the point?  We are just like our Lord now, and are without sin.  We may as well throw our Bibles away, they serve no useful purpose for us now.  

Have you any idea how arrogant and boastful that sounds?  Yet there are some of you (many) in fact, who have taken this stance on YouTube, and have even made videos concerning this very topic.  You claim that those of us who are not without sin are not saved.  Mind, it goes a lot deeper than that.  Openairpreacher called me a satanic wiccan and other things not fit to print.  Same thing with finalcall07, just two of the plethora of false teacher and heretics to be found on the internet.  Have these people failed to read and understand I John I:8,7?  “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins  and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned,   we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”  

How do they justify these Scriptures?    I can tell you this;  a person has to be blind not to see those Scripture verses and cringe if they have been going around boasting about being sinless.  Yet I confronted one of them with those verses, and instead of being convicted and admitting that they were wrong, they made up some convoluted story about how those verses were expressly for the “arrogant Calvinists that are not part of the body of Christ.  Those who believe in the sovereignty of God cannot be Christians!”  Don’t we believe, after all, that salvation is a work of God in us?  And isn’t it true that God may have made the sacrifice, but it is our WILL which either declines or chooses to be good little children?

No.  That is not true.  Our will is depraved, unless God called us to Himself we would never know Him.

When will they face that we are a FALLEN race?  We are not able to come to God of our own volition!  The Father must do a prevenient work in the soul of the believer to draw him to Christ.  If He did not do this, nobody would come to Christ!  NOBODY.  God grants us repentence.  It takes a good man to repent, but a good man wouldn’t need to repent.  Therefore God grants some to repentance; that is, His elect.

“When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honoured the Word of the Lord, and all who were appointed to eternal life believed.”                                                                                                    Acts 13:14

You see, people do not like the hard truths of Christianity, and so make a god after the imaginations of their own hearts.  Jesus said that those who stand for the truth stand with Him.  People who distort Scripture to mean what they want it to say actually oppose Christ, and cannot possibly love Him.  If you love the Lord, you will be irrisistably drawn to His Word and to Him.  You will accept the Word as it is written, and not put a spin on the things that you find unfair or hard to take.

There is something which we must believe.  God is perfect, and perfectly good.  And though there may be parts of the Bible that you feel must be wrong, you have to trust God and His justice and trust that He is perfect and perfectly good.  The longer we walk with Him, the more we realise that there is nothing in the Word that makes our God out to be anything other than that.  If we still believe that, then we also have to realise that as fallen people who are born evil, we are hardly in a position to determine that which is good anyway.  God says His ways are not our ways, and that our absolute best is as filthy rags to Him.  Mind you, once we are in Christ, He sees us differently.  Righteousness has been credited to our account.  Though we will strive for the rest of our lives to submit to God in every area of our lives, we are still going to fall short.

Thank God for Jesus Christ!

Please, young Christians, it is imperitive that you are grounded in the Word, that you do hide His Word in your hearts so that you might not sin against Him.  Do not take everything at face value, but be like the Bereans, and compare everything that a so-called Christian says and measure it against the Word of God.

There are an awful lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing out there.  There are a lot of false teachers out there.  There are a lot of people who profess to be Christians out there, but that does not make it so.

Your Bible is the most important possession you have.  You must read from the Word every day, and more, study it!  Jesus would not have given us all those warnings for nothing.  There are people who seek to harm you and your faith, and while nobody can ultimately cause you to fall away if you are truly His, we also must do everything to make our calling and election sure.  We must ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’.

May the God of all peace bless you to the fullest measure, and may He keep you until the Day of Christ Jesus.

“For by grace you have been saved by faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any one should boast.”                                                                                                                                                 Ephesians 2:8.9

julietsm

Not All Men Will Be Saved

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by julietsm

16365-bigthumbnailThere are some doctrines in the Bible which are difficult, nevertheless they are true.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8,9

People find it distasteful that it says in the Word of God “In fact,, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins”

Hebrews 9:22

As I go deeper and deeper into the point I am making, you are going to find that you will like what I am saying less and less.  Perhaps.  That all depends on whether or not you have learned to love the Truth.  There are many who profess Christ who do not love His Truth.  If you do not love the Truth, then I am afraid you do not love God, because they are One and the same.  God is Truth.  In fact, if you try to define truth without God you will have to abandon any efforts straight away, because there must be a standard by which you begin, an absolute cause, and that absolute cause and standard is the Word of God.  And the Word of God is God.  Remember?  In the beginning was the Word?  And the Word was with God and the Word was God?  Basic Christianity 101.

There are a good many people on the internet who like to argue the cause of Universalism.  They like to use a Scripture like John 3:16, and then throw away the hundreds of other Scriptures which do not support what is they think John 3:16 is saying.  It isn’t saying what they think it is saying anyway.  What it is saying is that God has so much love for His elect, His chosen people, that He sent His Son to die for them, taking their sins and dispensing with them so that He can give them eternal life with Him.  On what basis does God choose His people?  That is not given for man to know.  And yet so many people have argued with me that all men will be saved.  Let’s break it down…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The basic sense of the Greek word for the world meaning ‘an ornament’ is illustrated by the word ‘adornment’ (1 Peter 3:3)  While the NT uses it a total of 185 times, John had a particular fondness for this term, using it 78 times in his Gospel, 24 times in 1-3 John and 3 times in Revelation.  John gives it several shades of meaning, 1) the physical created universe, 2) humanity in general, 3) the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word, and His people. 

So which one of these uses did John have in mind when he wrote John 3:16?  He meant humanity in general.  But who, of those who fit the bill, will be saved?  Those who believe in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.  Do you suppose that He is going to somehow forgo that clause because He is such a nice guy?  “I could never believe in a God who would send anyone to hell”.  Okay.  Fine.  Don’t.  You don’t believe in the God of the Bible anyway.  I could never believe in a God who writes a Bible and then doesn’t go by what He sets down in it.  Salvation is serious business.  If we cannot trust the Word of God then we can trust nothing.  As for me, I trust and believe in the Word of God 100%.  This means, however, that there will be some who perish because ‘they refused to love the truth’.  Please do not try to tell me that every single person you know believes in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of mankind. 

I remember just recently I was at a video forum where a person wrote to me “I have not read anything anywhere in Ephesians about the predestination of some to salvation.  I couldn’t believe it.  Can someone actually block certain words out of their minds when they read the Word of God?

“”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:3:6

“And we know that all things work together for good with them that love God and are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Morover whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

Romans 8:28-30

Okay, so now I know what comes next.  There are those of you who are going to tell me that everyone is saved, we are all predestined.  We are all the elect.  Sounds stupid, but okay.  I can point out Scripture that answers that too.  See, here is the problem.  You do not want to hear the truth.  If you do not wish to hear the truth it can only be because you are not saved.  If you are not saved, my reccomendation to you is to cry out to God to save you.  Admit that you are a piece of dirt, the most vile sinner who ever lived.  If you really believe that there may be hope for you.  If you do not believe that, I am afraid that until you do believe it there is no hope for you.  Self-righteousness is a sin that many people fall into, and it is deadly.  It keeps us from acknowledging the truth before God.  If you think you pass before God with the sin of self-righeousness and go skipping merrily into heaven you are mad.  God is holy.  Holy God cannot tolerate sin, which is why I told you at the outset that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.  People have accused of God of being bloodthirsty, yet He is the One who paid the sin-debt for His people, so I am afraid you are wrong on that count.  And if you are someone who is saying that, then you are a God-hater and there is little hope for you either.

God loves His people.  And He enables us to love Him, because we are, by nature, God-haters.  We are by nature children of wrath.  But everything we need for salvation is given to us, as a gift.  Those who do not have the gift do not understand this, and are trying to earn it.  It cannot be earned.  It can only be given.  That is why you have such hostility for we have the gift.  You think we think we are better.  We do not think we are better, in fact we know we aren’t better!

My recommendation to you is to cry out to God.  Admit to Him just how wretched you are.  Do you think you are wretched?  See, you can’t just work up a few tears and pretend you think you are awful.  You must know that you are.  Do you know that you are a bad person?  Do you know just how depraved you are today?  Listen, if you need for me to quote you some more Scriptures for you before you are willing to believe that not everyone is going to be saved, I will be happy to do so.  I really don’t think that is the problem though.  I honestly don’t think you understand just how depraved and vile and sinful and hateful and horrible you are.  

But don’t worry.  If you are a child of God, He will make sure you do understand.  You aren’t going to have much fun going through that part, but whatever it takes to get you there, He will do it.

Please understand my motivation for writing this article.  There are many of you who are God’s elect out there who do not yet know it.  You are resisting God’s truth out of stubbornness or for any number of reasons.  I keep thinking of Blanche DuBoise in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire” saying “Don’t!  Don’t hang back with the brutes!”  Yes, it sounds over-the-top but this is serious stuff, there is nothing more serious than the salvation of souls.  My heart will give me no rest knowing that there are people out there who do not yet know the Lord Jesus Christ.  I truly do love my neighbor as myself, or at least I do as much as I am able, and every day I am learning to do it more and more.  The one thing I do care about is that those who belong to the Saviour get to know Him sooner rather than later.  The sooner we get to know our Lord the sooner we can begin our Christian walk and the sooner we can start producing fruit.  There is so much hate in this wretched world then if for no other reason I want to see as many come to Christ as soon as possible.  And among professing Christians I see so much hatred I am appalled!  Can these truly be Christians?  I am continually shocked by the number of Christians who daily call me a ‘satanist’, ‘witch’, and told I am ‘not saved’ because of a difference in doctrine.  And then there are those who claim to be without sin.  Oh, those really kill me.  Though we are saved, we will never stop sinning in this lifetime, never.  The root of sin is so deep that it will never be fully excised, not in this life.

I pray that everyone who reads this article is saved, either already or that they do come to Christ.  I pray that if they have been behaving in a manner unbefitting one who professes Christ, that would immediately stop; I pray that those who have been blinded by false doctrines will be enlightened to the truth…  I pray that those who are deluding themselves will cease and desist immediately!

I pray, Father, that your will be done in everyone’s life and that You are Glorified in All Things.

 

julietsm