Talon’s Point of the Day – April 17th, 2015 Relax, It’s Just Another Sin

As a follow up to yesterday’s point You Don’t Deserve Salvation…THANK GOD!!! I wanted to add the following:

Just as there has permeated the modern Church the view that Jesus died for you because you were worthy of him doing so, the secondary view that once Jesus died for you, and once you accepted him as your Savior, that there is no longer anything required of you in relationship to your salvation has also spread through the body like a virus. In other words “Jesus died for ALL your sins so relax and don’t sweat it. It’s just another sin.”

This view, in my humble opinion, is counter to the Word, and as Christ is the Word made flesh, this view is counter to Christ himself.

Let me be clear. Yes Jesus died for all our sins, past, present, future. No I don’t think that just because we falter that we have lost our salvation. However, to think that we can feel relaxed about our sin because the price has been paid is to risk making light of sin and when we cross that shallow Rubicon of seemingly warm gentle water we have entered a place where God does not reside.

While I could easily provide dozens upon dozens of verses to uphold this point I know I’m steering toward the turbulent waters of the “Once Saved Always Saved” debate that I’m hesitant to venture off into on this post. However I will add this which I’ve said in the past:

“Christ was not faithful, even faithful to a cross, so that we could live comfortably in our sin without consequence” – Talon

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day – April 16th, 2015 You Don’t Deserve Salvation…THANK GOD!

There is a growing view within the modern church that Jesus died for us because we are worth it. While this may sound somehow logical, after all he did chose to die for us, it is in my humble opinion terribly wrong, and likely born of the “God wants us rich and comfortable” message within the “Church” and the “I deserve whatever I want” cultural disease running rampant through our society.

The truth, as I read his Word, is that Jesus came and died for us specifically because we WEREN’T worthy of it. The God who declared light where it did not exist, and the Son who later walked in the holiness that only God can demand or live up to, desired to save a humanity that rejected the light and continues to despise holiness. Why do so? Not because we were in any way worthy of the murder of God in flesh on our behalf, but because perfect love always seeks to give that which the recipient does not deserve.

After all these years of following Christ I can look in my soul and honestly admit that I simply, and still, do not deserve this gift. THAT is why my Savior is worthy of my worship, and why I look forward to being ETERNALLY grateful.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Easter Sunday, April 12th 2015 – He Is Risen?

Christ is Risen!…….but has He risen over the secret places in my heart?

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Talon’s Point of the Day – April 10th, 2015 Taste of Eternity

God gave us this human experience so that through our experiences, we’ll get a taste of both the eternal Heaven and Hell that awaits us according to our choice. Sadly, the vast majority of humanity chooses an eternity as distant from God as possible. If we spend our lives rejecting His call to know Him, we have only ourselves to blame when we stand before Him and He tells us “I don’t know you, depart from Me.”

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Talon’s Point of the Day – April 7th, 2015 The Gift of Waning Vision

The gift of waning vision as we get older is that it takes ever stronger eyeglasses to see ourselves in the mirror. I say this partly as humor but there is also a truth to it that is spiritual as it grants us the opportunity to free ourselves from vanity and helps us see there is something far more important than this temporal existence.

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day – April 6th, 2015 Stop Whining About Being Old

Moses was 80 years old when he lead the children of Israel out of Egypt so stop whining about how old you are and go get something important done.

 

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Let Them Eat Cake – The Right of Discrimination

Earlier today Capitalist Pig portfolio manager and media personality Jonathan Hoenig took to twitter with the following:

Jonathan Hoenig discrimination tweet

While I’m no fan of discrimination or the false claims thereof (more on this in a moment) I cannot agree more with Hoenig. Though I cannot speak for Mr Hoenig this makes neither he or myself racist. In fact I’m pretty sure Mr Hoenig services customers of all colors and creeds as do I. What it does make us is two of the few who recognize that to protect liberty of all, we must protect liberty of those who will sometimes act on those views in ways we might personally disagree with. It’s not that discrimination is necessarily right or justifiable. It’s that the empowerment of government to prevent marketplace discrimination (not connected to direct survival) inevitably results in stripping someone of their personal liberties, and we are all “someone.” This empowerment of the agents of force to prevent actual (and now perceived) discrimination sounds good to the weak minded, but in reality it empowers those who feign lamentations of “discrimination” in order to enact control over the free will of those whose views they find offensive, thus turning government into a tool of discrimination against the free exercise of liberty itself.

Now let me clarify, there are in my opinion a few critical limitations, or better said “clarifications,” to this view. Our right to personal liberty ends when the act of engaging in our personal liberty brings actual harm to others. While I do not agree with how our federal government addressed the civil rights movement, there is no doubt in my mind that certain protections had to be provided to America’s blacks, at least in certain areas, so as to allow the simple right to life itself and liberty. In other words, the personal liberty of racists (whites in our example) to be racist is sacrosanct under our Constitution so long as the practice of their racism does not extend to the safety or basic survival of others (blacks in this case), through denying or impeding access to public safety services, hospitals, food, public schools, and other govt subsidized services (a discussion for another day). Beyond that the best solution should have been to allow market forces to eventually bring repercussion on racists who used their businesses to generally inconvenience blacks.

The consequence of empowering government to use strong arm tactics to “right a wrong” is now being seen in the metastasized cancer of “gay rights” intimidation tactics by what has been dubbed “Gaystapo” activists and their mindless lackies in the media, and elsewhere. The refusal to provide a non critical service for religious reasons has now conveniently been painted as racist by the Gaystapo because of the observations of “successful” past misuse of government force during the civil rights era. But where has freedom gone? Have we so devolved intellectually that the refusal to bake a sugar laden coma inducing confection is automatically assumed to be “hate?” And even if it could be proven as “hate” how is the person refused service actually harmed and worthy of government intervention on their behalf? Are there really anorexic homosexuals so in need of calories that they must use government force to assure their survival because only Christian operated bakeries, and now pizza restaurants, can provide the critical sustenance they need? Of course not. In our materialistic consumer driven society where the dollar is virtually worshiped there is simply no limits on where any of us can get a cake made, a hot pizza served, pictures taken, food catered, a dress made, or facilities rented, etc ad nauseam.

We’re not talking about denying emergency room services here. We’re not talking about denying fire department services, police services, publicly traded (more in a moment) businesses operated residential rentals, public utilities, and banking services, education, or food. I’ll grant there are gray areas consisting of clothing and transportation fuel, perhaps a few others, but even in these cases we are at a place in our society where the market will likely provide to anyone with the money to pay everything they want, let alone need, even in a small market. There is also the issue of business activities of publicly traded companies. These companies are arguably required to serve anyone regardless of the views of their controlling entities due to legal fiduciary responsibilities. Aside from this we all are better off protecting the rights of privately held businesses to make the likely poor business decision of “discrimination,” especially as they seek to compete with much larger publicly traded businesses who will be tapping the market of blacks, or in this case homosexuals. If these privately owned businesses make decisions the public at large deems unjustifiably prejudicial, the public will punish them by taking their dollars elsewhere and the business will either adjust, or accept it’s diminished market share, reserved only to those who agree with their publicized views.

So let them eat cake whomever they are. But let the market decide who puts the dough in their oven, including those who decide they don’t want the job.

 

Follow up: Mark my words supporters of ISIS and other Islamist terrorists living in the U.S. (they exist by the thousands) are watching how this plays out and soon will publicly force patriotic Americans to provide materials expressing this support.

Talon’s Point of the Day – April 4th, 2015 The Lonely Path

There are a few point I occasionally return to. This is one of them that I sense needs repeated:

The path of seeking to know God, not just believing he exists, can be very lonely. Few care to walk these barren steps and the further we go the more barren they often seem to become. Yet the reward is not only eternal. Those who venture into this wilderness will find a place where perhaps millions await who have also walked this path, and the kinship with each will be closer than any relationship we find here on earth.

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – Apostle Paul, to the church at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 13:12

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” – Apostle John, 1st John 3:2

“But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Christ, my Savior, Matthew 7:14

 

 

Talon’s Point of the Day – April 2nd, 2015 Can The Believer Become So Cowardly As To Reject Christ?

I agree that one cannot “lose” salvation but if one cannot willfully abdicate then who are the cowards of Revelation 21:8, hmm?

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” – Apostle John by Revelation from Jesus, Revelation 21:8

 

Remember: Judas was counted among the 12 before turning on Jesus.

That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (Acts 1:25)