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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sinning as a Christian? Aren’t Christians beyond sinning now?


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Sinning in the Reign?

In repentance, we define sin as a failure. This is a change of mind and heart (a ‘metanoia’ as repentance is in Greek) because before our repentance we would not have acknowledged our sins as failures before God. The same thoughts and activities would have been a normal part of our day and would not have bothered us.

Let us now take an instance of such failure, such as getting annoyed and saying a filthy word, because something bad has happened and before we could control ourselves out came the word. An unrepentant person will regard that as perfectly justifiable although in order to show breeding if they are in company they may show some embarrassment at it, or try not to do it, but if they were alone an unrepentant person wouldn’t give it a second thought.

A penitent person, a believer, even if he was alone and nobody heard his cuss word, will know that in that moment he failed.

There are now two opposite and equally wrong things the believer can then do with this failure.

The first is to bagatellize it and not earnestly strive to do better the next time, to make out that it was no sin and nothing to be upset about. This is a wrong approach and to use grace to justify poor discipleship is decried in scripture. However, there are those who think they have no sin any more as Christians precisely because they have unfortunately taught themselves to ignore these slip-ups, and forget that a mere cuss-word like that would be enough to damn someone for eternity even if they had no other sin, even if they only thought it and managed not even to say it, but it was there in their heads, tarnishing their holiness.

The second error is to get into such despair over the failure to be perfect when God has said “be ye perfect, as I am perfect” that they begin to doubt their salvation over it. They need to remember that Jesus warned the believers that the flesh is weak and that Paul warned us that we could not do as well as we wanted to. The flesh, or the world, or the devil may have provoked the sin of the cuss word, but it is mainly the whisperings of the devil in our ears that because we did that sin, and are not as good as we should be, that we are not God’s own and might as well give up.

Between these opposites is the correct attitude of acknowledging the sin and admitting it was a sin to God, asking for His forgiveness, knowing that it is given that very instant as promised, expressing gratitude to God for the forgiveness Jesus earned and granted for us, and getting back on the programme with more care to avoid that sin in the future, as we know that God wants better for us and from us than that.

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Excuse me, are you intelligent?


I had an idea on the aeroplane, as we English English call airplane, namely to do a little survey to find out whether the readers and subscribers of this blog are intelligent or not.

Please put your IQ in the attached survey. TIA.

 

I do hope this will show that my readers are a bunch of unbridled geniuses, as I might be able to use that to interest advertisers.

Template, header image and Font upgrades – what do you think?


Purple

Purple on the brain?

I have just purchased font upgrades for this blog (and for the blog Quoracy.com, which is my business-related blog – please have a look if you haven’t seen it yet).

Please let me know your thoughts. It is all about personalising it and making it that bit different from everyone else who uses the same basic “Mystique” template, of which there may be a few thousand blogs in existence. Once you have added your own background, photos and font then the ambience starts to get a bit more personalised, and that’s what you may have noticed over the last few weeks.

The image at the top of the page is one of about 30 (and rising) random images, mostly produced by me but also one or two third-party produced ones.

There is also the background, one that I used to use for about a year over on youtube with the Japanese writing in purple.

Please keep me informed with your reactions to the aesthetics of this site.

Book review by me on Linked In today


David is reading this book

Comment: “I’m using this to teach my daughter the French she needs to catch up with kids who’ve been in the UK and therefore doing French at junior school. It is an excellent course to do with a child and the parent just controlling the pause button and allowing the child to simply follow the progress of the course. So far we have completed about a quarter of it, at an easy pace, and my daughter is understanding and retaining the material very well.

It isn’t a written course, but it provides all the language at an audio level, which is of course the way children initially learn their own languages and only learn how to write them later.”

George’s Evening Walk


Here we can see George and me enjoying an evening walk and meeting some horses, over in Cussay, France. George gets used to horses during his hippotherapy, and so it’s no surprise that he has no fear of them, more surprising is the way the horses came over and wanted to see George. They seemed almost to treat this little autistic boy as a guest of honour, specially showing themselves to him. Animals sometimes have an understanding which is lacking in human beings.

My Dad’s 70th birthday


We enjoyed a nice meal together in honour of my Dad’s 70th birthday. This was over in France in Cussay about a year ago – he was 71 last week!

The Watchtower Trilogy


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Here is the series of three recent Watchtower (so-called “Jehovah’s Witnesses”) films I made on three consecutive Sundays recently.

In this one, I had received a surprise call from two ladies wanting to talk about the Bible, but not initially identifying their organisation. On impulse, I just grabbed the camera and filmed this discussion covertly on the balcony.

It finished off as you can tell with my challenge for them to return. They probably would not have come back at all without my telling them that they wouldn’t and using their desire to prove me wrong, but of course when they did come back for round to they pulled in reinforcements. Katie wasn’t allowed to have a second dose of truth, but Peter the Elder stood in for her, and he is much heavier duty artilliery, that’s why he’s an Elder…

In any event Peter wasn’t allowing discussion of certain matters or he would have walked out. He also was in no mood to return for another helping the following week, so the last in the series is me on my own telling the things that he wasn’t going to let me put to him and still remain in situ.

Anyway, if anyone would like more information on the origins of Watchtower and its connections with other unwholesome things, the best source is Fritz Springmeier‘s book “The Watchtower and the Masons”. I’m not stating that I necessarily agree with Fritz in all aspects or align myself with him, but the arguments made in there are the ones that people seeking to exonerate C T Russell need to deal with. The book is available for free in various parts of the internet.

The above films caused a strong desire on the part of some JWs to debate, and of course that all came up against the threading issues in YouTube, and the wordcount limit. My suggestion is that if you want to debate at further length, this is a better place to do so as it should be threading properly and allow you to say everything you need to say in response to the films. I am not trying to censor debate by you Watchtower on the films – quite the opposite!  And you’ll still be able to comment there, nobody has been squelched, but I will place a link to this article in the descriptions of those films stating that the comments to this article here in Huliganov TV are the preferred place. You will need a wordpress account to make the most of it, but that is free. You can comment without being a wordpress registered user, but you have less functionality, so I recommend doing so if you can.

Several people, whose identities I won’t reveal, have contacted me privately seeking Jesus Christ after these films. All Christians watching, please pray for these people to be saved and reach assurance of salvation, and also for the people I’ve been speaking to in the films, that they will come out of darkness and error into rightful understanding of the person and work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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