God’s Word cuts to the bone.
When in conversation with non-Christians, you can give your opinion, your thoughts, what you think and believe. But there is nothing better than quoting, or reading, God’s Word—word for word. Because God’s Word literally “cuts to the bone.” And no wonder, since the Word of God IS God:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1
I sincerely value the scriptural insight Compass provides, but I must weigh in on the birth control issue. Yes, it is true that children are a blessing from the Lord; however, I am convinced that God has given us a brain with which to use discretion. This spiritual “throwing all caution to the wind” seems a bit reckless.
Case in point: There is a family in our assembly which continues to birth babies, but the husband has minimal means to support a family of 10. He has lost several jobs, was unemployed for a long stretch, at times had to work three and four jobs to support them, and had their house surrendered to foreclosure. He was hardly ever home, leaving the mother to attend to a large family.
Now she’s expecting again! I’m finding it very difficult to find the ‘blessing’ in all of this! It was becoming a burden to the assembly. I have been blessed with three wonderful children and given that I am sporadically employed and barely meeting my financial obligations I am content with the three God has given. Let’s use some discretion here!
Good grief! Listen to yourself. You are saying you can’t trust God for good blessings and rewards! You are saying that mere money is more important than God’s eternal blessings! You are saying you can’t trust Scripture, but instead should trust your human understanding! Forgive us, Lord!
You can always trust God’s Word. Always. Forever.
The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. —Psalm 119:160
You are looking at today, while the broke guy is piling up ETERNAL blessings! So what if he and his wife are a little tired in this life, or even a LOT tired, because FOREVER they will be blessed. Eternal beats temporal all day long. There’s simply no comparison!
God says trust Him and He will provide food:
I have been young and now I am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Or his descendants begging bread. —Psalm 37:25
(Editor’s note: You are righteous by the blood of the Lamb!)
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God;
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
WHO GIVES FOOD TO THE HUNGRY. (Caps for emphasis)—Psalm 146:5-7
Plus, you have an opportunity to be blessed yourself by sharing what you have with the broke guy:
He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor. —Prov. 22:9
You need to tell the broke guy, and his wife, “congratulations,” and that you wish you had as many eternal blessings as they have been blessed with!
As far as being “content” with three children and barely making it, we would argue that if you had unshakable faith in God, fully trusting Him and not your own understanding, that if you had had 10 kids, then you could have rested in the Word of God that promises God will provide for His blessings. And enjoyed them FOREVER.
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I have a question about what was meant when you wrote about what Mormons believe. You included the following statement: “In a nutshell, Mormons believe Jesus came to America a few hundred years after the Cross. Everyone who accepts this doctrine are Christians, those that don’t are non-Christians, and those that couldn’t make up their mind back then, well, God painted their faces black.” What do you mean “God painted their faces black?”
We probably could have made that a little clearer. As ridiculous as it sounds, the Mormons taught for years that African-American people were black because they couldn’t decide which of two brothers to follow, Jesus or Satan. Hence, they were not allowed in the Mormon church. Calling Satan “the brother of Jesus” is bad enough, but to add the slap against African Americans is downright reprehensible.
Some years back, the head Mormon had a “new revelation” and African-Americans are now welcome in their congregations. Coincidentally, that “revelation” was about the same time the U.S. Federal Government was ready to lower the boom on the Mormon church for discrimination.
Additional resource for this GML:
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