Posted by: the warrioress | September 5, 2016

BEWARE OF CBN!

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Almost a month ago, I happily joined a Facebook blogging group called “CHRISTIAN BLOGGERS NETWORK” (CBN). The group now houses 9000 members. I thought it might be a fun way to make new friends with other Christian bloggers, plus I expected to learn and share points of view with other Christian writers, like myself. I was warned within a few days of joining that there were strange things occurring within the group; I saw this for myself the first evening that I began to post.

No sooner had I offered opinion than I was viciously attacked by one of the more rabid, conservative zealot-types, who are the primary outspoken posters within the group. I watched a young transgender woman be trolled and bullied mercilessly, so I hopped into the fray to offer my perspective on Jesus Christ and love. I suggested that Jesus would not have treated anyone like this girl was being treated, ever. Someone summoned a moderator and that was the end of that particular dust-up, but there were many more to follow.

Within a few more attempts at posting there, I discovered that this was a primarily religious right, conservative group and that the new administrator of the group, “Derick Dickens,” is determined and overtly planning to keep it that way. I was attacked for my allegedly “progressive” Christian views and quickly banned for absolutely no reason whatsoever, short of coming to the defense of another member and standing up to one of the more radical bullies there.

Thanks to one of the only reasonable moderator’s active at the time, (she was also banned within a week of my joining), I was reinstated from the ban. No sooner had I been reinstated then I was banned again at some point yesterday, due to being in agreement with a well-known, well-respected Christian blogger named “John Pavlovitz,” who has also been banned from the group at the same time that I was. I was informed by one of the current female moderator’s, “Laura Prater,” that John Pavlovitz is preaching a false gospel and is a false prophet, and since I agreed with his blog posts that I am a false prophet too. By midnight, yesterday evening, I was banned by this woman for the second time, with no warning or even an explanation for the banning.

Now obviously, with this kind of insanity occurring within this large Facebook group, the smart thing to do would have been to simply exit the group on my own, before being banned for the second time, but this is a huge blogging group of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! I really believed that my blog would receive exposure and through that, more people would be brought to know Jesus Christ and my primary message to many of the Christians within the body of Christ would be seen more widely. Well, things did not happen that way and I have had an interesting, if somewhat painful lesson in Christian politics within the conservative Christian blogging sphere of the online Facebook community; I was, and am disturbed by what I’ve learned and experienced.

I have seen examples of a large percentage of the Christian blogging community interacting with one another and taken note of how they perceive of life and living it as a Christian. It is a scary prospect that the future of Christianity seems to be one of judgment, obsession with sin to the exclusion of love, mercy, and forgiveness, and a want to preach the wrath of God to the exclusion of all else. The impact that this is having on bringing people to Christ is sure to be felt. That was a group of 9000 Christians who are being taught to shun and disrespect those who think differently than they do, along with any and all LGBT Christians; those who identify as transgender are firmly told that they are going to Hell. Christians who are homosexual or bisexual are angrily informed that the Lake of Fire awaits them. These Christians are bullied mercilessly and told that they are being “loved,” in the process; I know for a fact that they do not feel very loved.

On some level, I am relieved to be away from the drama and the obvious false religion from a group of self-righteous, bigoted, Pharisaic “Christians” who are anything but Christ-like, but I worry for whom ever stumbles into that ugly web next. Not only are the vulnerable and naïve targeted and brainwashed, but this is occurring all under the guise of good old Christian-teachings, backed up by ONE standard interpretation of the Holy Bible… theirs. The fall out will be unknown and uncertain, but at least there will be a written record of these events, and my voice added to it, small as it is.

May God be with those who are in that group now and those who join in the future. I pray that God take it upon Himself to handle this matter and I now turn it over to Him directly. I ask for God’s intervention as He watches what is occurring there. May He intervene and do what He chooses with the leaders of that foul site and their false religion that surely stinks to high Heaven; their fruit is rotten and it is obviously falling from bad trees. I wash my hands of that group, and shake the dust off of my proverbial sandals, and I am moving forward to where ever the Holy Spirit guides me next.

Posted by: the warrioress | August 19, 2016

Jesus and Judgment

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I recently joined a Christian blogging site where an immense amount of time is spent discussing homosexuality, in terms of judging it as sin or not. Personally, homosexuality is a very difficult topic to discuss with other believers, especially those inclined to a legalistic approach. If one’s walk with Jesus is about dotting all the i’s and crossing every t, it is clear to me that this kind of relationship with Christ borders on a salvation of works, or trying to be good enough, (something of which I know I will never be in this lifetime on this particular plane,though of course I do still endeavor to please our Lord).

I don’t believe the sin itself is particularly important; in other words, it is not the sin that is at issue, it is how I and other believers deal with the sinner himself, that is of primary concern in a life of following Jesus Christ. My concern is the way that the Christian person deals with the sinner, no matter the sin!

I think Jesus deals with each one of us internally and very directly when it comes to our individual sins and we are in relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit convicts and nudges at our conscience. We are dealt with quite personally and effectively, so the role of other believers piling on and taking our personal sin inventory uninvited, seems extreme and even unnecessary a lot of the time, yet it happens a lot in Christianity today.

I’m not sure why judging other’s walk with Christ is such a focal point of Christianity, but people are a lot more concerned about sin in other people’s lives than they are in their own life. Perhaps obsessively focusing upon, critiquing, and judging another’s sin is a way of attempting to come to terms with how to deal with one’s own life of sin as an active believer.

It  would make sense and explain why Jesus said that the measure by which  we judge others will be the measure we are judged by. Are we as Christians merciful, compassionate, an understanding in regard to another’s sins? Or do we self-righteously look down from a lofty perch at those who are not holding up as well as we perceive that we are, in the endless earthly battle against sin?

And what of those who have never even met Christ? Are Christians to mock, slander and judge the unbelieving and their multitudes of sin?

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.

– 1 Corinthians 5: 9 -13

It seems clear that too many Christ-followers have forgotten Paul’s entreaty in the verses above. I note them everywhere I go, judging the sinner, persecuting the unbelieving, hating not just the sin, but the sinner himself. I don’t believe Jesus is pleased.

Posted by: the warrioress | July 17, 2016

Gentleness

Ed cuts right to the heart of the problem. Now if we can just get all the Christians to listen up…

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Our Country, as like the rest of the world, is broken. It is filled with violence and killings. The time has come for us to turn this around, but how we do it depends on how well you follow your Christian teachings.

15Proverbs 15:1 Teaches us that a soft word turns away wrath and that responding to evil with evil only brings more evil.

Time and time again we have watched people respond to violence with more violence and what has it gotten us? More violence! When will we as Christians wake up and respond to this?

First Timothy chapter 6 teaches us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. We are to do these things at all times using gentleness to turn wrath around and to bring peace to our lives as well as to others.

Our political leaders, in the name of National Security, have…

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Posted by: the warrioress | July 9, 2016

CHANGE!

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While I regret and grieve the loss of the five policemen in Dallas, I also recognize that I am tired of praying, crying, and waiting for necessary change. I don’t want one more death by gun/cop because of the color of a man’s skin! I am tired. TIRED. I will not unify and pretend that everything will be okay; things will not be okay, and most especially if someone like Trump becomes president. I am sick and tired of Christians who are not Christian. I am tired of alleged “patriots,” who claim to love America but hate Americans.

No more prayer, no more sweeping this under the rug. No more police brutality. I want a role model for president…someone who is loving and kind, not hyped up on speed or mania! I want to feel safe in my country. More than anything though, I am tired of being afraid of the people whom I pay taxes to protect and serve –  me and my brothers and sisters, black, brown, yellow, and white.

http://gu.com/p/4fedp/sfb  NO MORE OF THIS!!!!

 

Posted by: the warrioress | June 30, 2016

Gossip, Lies, & Slander

 

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Do you pass around gossip, lies, and slander on the internet?

Do you share absolute untruths with others on Facebook and claim these tidbits of maliciousness are valid researched truth? How can you prove beyond any doubt that the slander or twisted gossip you share is truth?

Do you hate anyone so much that you find reason to gossip, lie about, and slander him publicly on a regular basis through the internet, via social media, or in person?

Do you consider yourself to be a “follower of Jesus Christ?” A Christian?

Do you profess to love God?

What does the Word of God, the Holy Bible, tell us about this kind of behavior and these kind of unloving actions taken by foolish men and women who claim Christianity?

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“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,” Matthew 12:36

“The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18

“Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.” Psalms 10:15

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” James 4:11

“To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:2

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19

“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,” Romans 1:29

It may be time to repent and change your tune.

“Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear.” Psalms 64:2-4

“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8

Posted by: the warrioress | June 13, 2016

Walk in the Spirit

This is a posting shared in the past, but it seems important today.

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Walking in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit

“Nothing will draw nonbelievers and believers alike to the Lord than a truly sanctified saint in the Lord who is walking and operating in all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work and transmit all 9 of these fruits up into your personality to some appreciable degree in this life – you will then become a light that will literally radiate the presence of God Himself through your soul and personality.

You have no idea how many people you will be able to save, touch, witness to, and help disciple if you have these fruits operating through you. These fruits will give you a credibility with God and with other people that no degree or title can give you in this life. This sanctification process is the ultimate, highest aim and goal…

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Posted by: the warrioress | June 4, 2016

The Sounds of Silence

It is so important to learn how to really connect with God. What could be more important?

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Is there really anything so silent that you can’t hear it? Not really, even silence has a sound, if you listen closely.

The song by Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” is thought to be about the inability of people to communicate emotionally and spiritually with each other and God.

In reality I think it has a far deeper meaning than our inability to communicate with God or to recognise those whispers in our ears as His words. The truth is we turn off listening to others as well as with God. We have some preconceived notion that no one listens to us so why pay attention to others. That and the fact people today are so wrapped up in their social media program, the hardly notice the world going on around them.

Paul Simon originally wrote the song back in 1964 as an intro for his group early…

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Posted by: the warrioress | May 28, 2016

Just Tired

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This blogger, John Pavlovitz,is reading my mind and heart. There is no way to reblog him so I am linking you to his words, which are said with great passion, without restraint. We need it badly.

The blog is “Stuff that needs to be said.”

Amen to that!

Dear Offended Christian, From a Very Tired Christian

Posted by: the warrioress | May 6, 2016

Solitude

Very important posting on conversing with God, & how to do it, by Edwin Christian, my favorite Christian mentor.

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Having the advantages of growing up on an Indian Reservation, I know the importance of Solitude, especially when you are looking for answers to your prayers. The bible tells us to hide in a closet while we pray or to pray in secret, but doesn’t really explain why that is necessary.

Grandfather would always have me go find a quiet place in the canyon when I came to him for answers telling me the answer is there I just have to listen to it. As a small child, I didn’t understand his statement. Now as an adult I have found more truth and understanding in the reality of his words. The answers are right there if you are willing to listen and it is so much easier to hear then in quiet Solitude.

Bob Dylan wrote a song on the early sixties called “Blowing In The Wind” which tells us…

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Posted by: the warrioress | April 25, 2016

So Proud of Target!

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I just wanted to stop and pen a brief posting on how proud I am of Target! I have always shopped at Target, but now I’m inclined to shop there every opportunity I get because it has led the way in standing up to biased, bigoted, uneducated, illiterate mentalities that are attempting to cause trouble and drama, for absolutely no rational reason whatsoever! Right now, there are many who claim religion, who claim Jesus Christ, who thrive on creating chaos and upset, rather than being a light leading to God, our Father in Heaven. 

Trust me, if you open your bible, you’ll quickly see that Jesus Christ would have been the first one to join the transgendered using the restroom of their choosing; I assure you also that He would not have lectured them about their alleged sins in the process either. Don’t believe anyone who tells you differently. They absolutely cannot prove it scripturally.

Turn to the biblical story of the woman who was the adulterous sinner, who was about to be stoned to death. [see bible story  ]

Jesus insisted that those around her cast the first stone if they were without sin. It wasn’t surprising to find no one there to stone the woman as Jesus waited. As for sin or not, Jesus handles sin — we don’t. It’s not our place to hammer the unbelievers about their sin. It’s our place to lead them to know Jesus Christ; they can come to be convicted by their sin after they get saved and began to know Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Stop putting the cart before the horse, religious right, legalistic Christians. You are driving thousands away from Jesus, not to Him. He’s got to be getting sick of it by now!

I have done numerous postings about the transgendered. I have explained that discriminating and trying to punish the transgendered is akin to punishing someone with a disability or a birth defect. I pity those who are harming these innocents; I think Jesus Christ is not at all pleased with your behavior and you are in danger of hellfire if anybody is. You are supposed to know better! Do you not the read the bible you say you adhere to? Evidently not.

We must stand up to the religious bullies of our land, of our world. We must stand up to the uneducated, uninformed, belligerent imbeciles. We cannot sit idly by and allow people to mistreat others rampantly without a word in their defense. If I ever see someone picking on the transgendered in my presence, it would be better for them if that millstone Jesus talked about dragged them under the water entirely. I don’t tolerate abuse of the downtrodden or the underdog!

Now, for those good Christians who think I’m on my way to hell, who are sure I’m backsliding or filled with the devil, or whatever .. I highly suggest you get into that bible of yours and read without the blinders on. You are given explicit instruction not to judge those who are not saved, and for good measure, learn to judge WITH LOVE those who are. Until then, pluck out that gi-normous PLANK within your own eyes, please, and keep quiet! You won’t have time for anything else after you finish that, trust me.

PLANK IN YOUR EYE

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