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UpNorth Kingdom is for Christians that want to grow stronger in their faith in an effort to be used by God for His glory alone. Apologetics and spiritual warfare are at the heart of this show. Each episode is designed to leave you encouraged and strengthened in Christ. Join now and listen as Terrence Covin addresses the fallenness of today's society through a biblical lens so you can better navigate your faith with purpose.
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Is this the end or really the beginning? I can't tell just yet but thank you for the ride. Souls, the new podcast, is now available -> https://souls.captivate.fm/listen
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I'm back from my very short break!Citizens of Heaven memberships back open.We talk about what it means to truly rest in God despite our  circumstances.----------------------------------------Join Our Text Community -> 770-746-8310If you're enjoying the show, become a Citizens of Heaven member TODAY and get more content: https://upnorthkingdom.com/subscribe/If you'd like to make a donation to show support: https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomMerch: https://cottonbureau.com/people/upnorth-kingdomFollow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
Why did God send Jesus if He was willing to accept sacrifices? Also, how do we as Believers go about conducting research on current events?-------------------------------------------------------Join Our Text Community -> 770-746-8310If you're enjoying the show, become a Citizens of Heaven member TODAY and get more content: https://upnorthkingdom.com/subscribe/If you'd like to make a donation to show support: https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomMerch: https://cottonbureau.com/people/upnorth-kingdomFollow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
Big Announcement today. We also discuss Breonna Taylor.-------------------------------------------------------Join Our Text Community -> 770-746-8310If you're enjoying the show, become a Citizens of Heaven member TODAY and get more content: https://upnorthkingdom.com/subscribe/If you'd like to make a donation to show support: https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomMerch: https://cottonbureau.com/people/upnorth-kingdomFollow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
Today I’m going to share some tools I wish I had available to me when I got saved. The hope is that I can save many of you some headaches and time in your journey to learn more about the Faith.------- RecommendationsBIBLESESV Study BibleReaders BibleSYSTEMATIC THEOLOGYWayne Grudem's Systematic TheologyWretched.org (Todd Friel and Pastor Steve Lawson from One Passion Ministries)HERMENEUTICSHerman Who (Wretched.org) -------------------------------------------------------Join Our Text Community -> 770-746-8310If you're enjoying the show, become a Citizens of Heaven member TODAY and get more content: https://upnorthkingdom.com/subscribe/If you'd like to make a donation to show support: https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomMerch: https://cottonbureau.com/people/upnorth-kingdomFollow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomMerch: https://cottonbureau.com/people/upnorth-kingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram-------------------------------------------------Show Notes:Should we be ok with living as ratchet Christians? AntinomianismChristianity without conviction - rejection of legalism to the degree of abusing grace.This is a major issue in the church today but really has always been an issue.Romans 6:1–46 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.Romans 6:15–1815 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. While we're not under the law, that doesn't mean we're absolved from living in righteousness. We're still called to live holy.God has always expected humanity to adhere to righteousness. This is evident when He cursed Cain for murdering Abel; or when He cursed Adam and Eve for disobedience. Or brought the flood during Noah's day.The issue today, is that people have obfuscated what we've come to know as the "Law".That the advent of Christ and fulfillment of the law means no more law, which means no more 10 commandments. This belief lies within the failure to understand that the moral law has existed as long as God has existed; which is ALWAYS.But there's another viewpoint on this and it's that God is soo loving that He simply doesn't have time for pettiness.The idea that Christ's death on the cross somehow now minimizes the impacts of sin or softens God's view is nothing short of demonic.Many want the pleasure of sin with the benefit of salvation.Only God can judge so who are you to say? It's as if God's Word which makes it plain is somehow null and void?God understands since we're all sinners. - Sure God does understand but that doesn't mean God accepts sin.God loves the sinner but hates the sin - The correct, Biblical way to think about this, is we are either children of the devil or children of God. And only the children of the devil live as the un-Godly. John 14:15-17“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. If you don't love Jesus who is God, therefore you don't love God; you will not keep His commandments; and if you don't love God you are a child of the devil.Jesus was very clear as to what it took to enter into the kingdom and it was more than a profession of faith. Matthew 7:21–23Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessnessMatthew 7:1414 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
August 28, 2020. The day Chadwick Boseman finished the race. Let us remember to finish the race. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
Astrology and Divination

Astrology and Divination

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 AstrologyThe idea we can extract divine knowledge from the cosmos based on the positions of the sun, moon, stars to inform us about human personalities, traits and possibly our own fate. Reasons it is frowned uponCommon reason it is frowned upon within our faith is due to it being considered divination and God forbids divination.Divination: The ability to uncover secret or hidden spiritual truths to do things like predict the future or make prophetic proclamations. Purpose of the cosmosTo better understand the concern of astrology we need to first understand the purposes behind God's creation.Genesis 1:14–1814 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.PurposesGiving light to the earth during the day and nightHelp determine the seasonsHelp determine the days to discern timeAct as signs which are used for navigating the earthGod never defines the cosmos as a means to better understand Him, ourselves, creation or what He is doing. Bible's Stance on DivinationJeremiah 10:2Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them - Jeremiah 14:14And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds - Ezekial 12:2424 For there shall be no more any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. - Deuteronomy 18:1010 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer Deuteronomy 18:1414 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this. FatalismBelief in astrology lends itself to a kind of fatalistic worldview. This means that events can be predetermined simply by the orientation or position of celestial objects; as well personality traits.This robs God of His glory because it is God that holds the entire universe in His hands. He has the supernatural ability to alter the cosmos or life in general at any point in time regardless of what is fixed. Job 9:77 who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; Psalm 8:33 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, Ps 136:99 the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever Jeremiah 31:35Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name: We should not be seeking His creation, but rather Him. By seeking Him it guards us from wandering away from Him or robbing Him of His glory. Accuracy does not matterSimply because something seems accurate that doesn't mean it is good, Godly or ok.It's not that divination is false, but rather it is of the demonic and can lead us away from Him.Book of Acts (Girl with the spirit of divination)Acts 16:16-1816 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. - This spirit, or demon, knew enough about what was happening on earth to predict certain things, which was making the slave girls master's lots of money. The issue isn't accuracy. The issue isn't divination is never right; the issue is divination is demonic and leads people away from God because God no longer becomes the object of worship or the arbiter of discernment and truth.To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
Who are you voting for? Biden or Trump? With the November election just a couple of months away many people are foaming at the mouth, ready to cast their ballot for their favorite political idol. On this episode we discuss the whole idea of voting for the lesser of two evils. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
How do we help those trapped in the Prosperity Gospel movement? And what about those who end up in Hell but never heard the Gospel? Prosperity GospelPeople are hurting in this world due to a variety of reasons and there are wolves who've been taken advantage of people for several decades.Dealing with those still trapped in itLook for opportunities to address real life problems biblicallyMany people caught up in these movements have also fallen victim to just bad theology all around.One of the best ways to help those still trapped in the movement is not to assault the whole movement or their pastor, but speak to life challenges they may be experience through a more conservative and theological lens.PrayPray for opportunities to speak into their lives with the true Gospel. Those who never heard of the GospelHow do we as believers deal with the issue of people going to hell without hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Points to RememberNot everyone wants to be savedEveryone's trajectory is hell to start with Not everyone wants to be savedThe topic of people dying without ever hearing is a hard topic but we need to fully understand the plight of the world; then it becomes a bit easier. A bit.There's an assumption that if people would hear the Gospel they would come to Christ. But that isn't what we see in the Bible.Satan attempted a mutinyAdam and Eve rebelled against GodCain slew Abel out of rebellion and they knew God because they were already providing offeringsNoah preached and was ignoredPharaoh rejected God despite God proving Himself through his encounter with MosesThe prophets God sent were slain by the people of GodMatthew 23:29-3229 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors’ sins! Jesus was God in the flesh and Judas rebelledThe Jews and Romans killed JesusAfter the death of Jesus the Romans started killing the followers of JesusThere are stories of missionaries who traveled the world and were killed or eaten by cannibals for attempting to spread the Gospel.Bottom line is that God knows who is going to respond to the Gospel and who will not. Many people will never respond even if God Himself (Jesus) was before them.We need to trust in God's omniscience. Those who come to God are no surprise to God. Hell is everyone's trajectoryRemember Romans 3:10 Romans 3:9-109 What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, 10 as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.Common thought about hell is people aren't really destined for it, they just end up there because they reject Jesus. This isn't true. Hell is everyone's initial trajectory from birth.God made a conscience decision to intervene and provide salvation via Jesus Christ.God was never under any obligation to save us. God cared enough to IntervenePeople were saved before Jesus Christ arrived.Those who believed through faith in God were sent to Paradise (which was once part of Sheol) before Jesus arrived.Remember the many who faithfully followed the God of Abraham before Jesus arrived to purchase all souls.Remember God sending Noah who was operating under the Spirit of God (1 Peter 3:18-20) sent to save the wicked.Then we have Jesus on the scene; God in the flesh to provide salvationLastly we have the followers of Jesus here to proclaim the good news until He returns.What we see in scripture and throughout history is God fighting to ensure the gift of salvation is made readily available to those who would respond in repentance and faith.Only our God has gone through these lengths because He truly loves us.Only our God is the ONE true and living God. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
As Christians how do we deal with the topic of reparations? Defining reparationsReparations is essentially a way of making amends or wronging an egregious right that resulted in one party becoming disadvantaged or harmed. Points of discussionThe idea of forcing those who've had nothing to do with previous injustices such as slavery to have to pay for what their ancestors did is wrong and not biblical.A proper biblical response concerning justice is to hold offenders accountable for their injustices carried out towards another party.Should the government and subsequent states work towards equalizing the disadvantages it they from?OptionsBlack Wall Street Romans 12:2-12 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Resources: https://ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Ever-Growing-Gap-CFED_IPS-Final-2.pdfTo financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
Is it ok for followers of Jesus to practice aspects of new age spiritualism? Show Notes New Age SpiritualismTypical wheel house items are reincarnation, astrology, psychics and the presence of spiritual energySits on a bedrock foundation of Buddhism, Mysticism, The Occult, HinduismIt acts a way to help people connect with the supernatural through natural means as traditional religious beliefs don't offer that. It's believed to be more tangible in a physical sense.In 2018 the Pew Research reported that 1/3 of church goers believed in some form of New Age Spiritualism6 out of 10 people hold on to some new age belief YogaIn Sanksrit the ancient word for Yoga literally means unionThe highest form is called the raja and has the ultimate aim of spiritual purification and self understanding leading to samadhi or union with the divine.The union speaks to what's called the Atman (individual soul consisting of love, light and energy) becoming united with the Brahman (divine or world soul; the greater soul of love light and energy).In the West, Hatha Yoga is practiced.When you practice hatha Yoga, which is based on poses (worshipful postures), those poses focus on Hindu deities.People wonder if you can practice Yoga without giving credence to the religious observance of the Hindu belief system. Most Hindus would say no while in the West we assume yes.The physical aspects of Yoga (Meditation) are tightly coupled to the theistic system of Yoga.For the Christian, the goal is for us to become one in Christ Jesus by way of the Spirit due to the gift of salvation given by the Father. It is to reconcile us back to God.Yoga like many other new age practices have a goal of reconciling the individual soul back to a divine spirit or nature. The danger of driftingIn the OT the children of Israel would often slide into idolatry as they would become exposed to other cultures. Exodus 32:3-43 So all the people took off the gold rings that were on their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took the gold from them, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, “Israel, these are your gods, who brought you up from the land of Egypt! ”The practice of polytheism was something they borrowed from the Egyptians. Jeremiah 19:4-5 (Sacrificing Children; Canaanites)because they have abandoned me and made this a foreign place. They have burned incense in it to other gods that they, their ancestors, and the kings of Judah have never known. They have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. 5 They have built high places to Baal on which to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, something I have never commanded or mentioned; I never entertained the thought. Leviticus 10:1-3 (Nadab and Abihu & offer strange fire)Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his own firepan, put fire in it, placed incense on it, and presented unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them to do. 2 Then fire came from the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has spoken:I will demonstrate my holiness to those who are near me, and I will reveal my glory before all the people.” Hosea 4:12 (Spiritual Consulting & divination)2 My people consult their wooden idols, and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God. Stumbling BlocksWhile our intention may not be to worship another deity, that doesn't mean we're not observing practices that are intended for worship of other deities. Worship in Spirit and Truth John 4:23-2424 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”We are called to worship God with our full being. Every aspect of our being needs to be dedicated to the worship of God and every aspect of our being should be full-filled by the Spirit of God. New Age Spiritualism runs counter to this very idea as it causes us to consult or rely upon things outside of the Spirit of God.Remember Paul who reminded us what we are facing in this world is not war built on physical constructs but one that is Spiritual. 2 Corinthians 10:2-62 I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are living according to the flesh. 3 For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. 6 And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete.We need to think more critically as to what problem we're attempting to solve and why do we feel practices borrowed from other religious beliefs are more sufficient than our own. Jesus Christ AloneThe human heart craves relationship with the creator but our creator has commanded the way to Him. Repentance and faith in Jesus and Jesus alone. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
Does the Bible call us to tithe or is tithing a cash grab for churches? Show Notes Verses used to justify modern day tithingMalachi 8-108 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!” “How do we rob you?” you ask.“ By not making the payments of the tenth and the contributions. 9 You are suffering under a curse, yet you—the whole nation—are still robbing me. 10 Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.Matthew 23:2323 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, and yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Origin of tithingLevitical TitheThe Festival TitheWelfare Tithe Levitical TitheLevitesAaron became the first Levitical Priest and his role along with his relatives were to maintain service the Temple.They were also responsible for receiving the consecrated items dedicated to God, from the people of Israel.Everything that was not consumed by fire at the altar the priests were able to keep.All of this laid out in Numbers 18:8-20.Numbers 18:21-24 - God tells Aaron that he will not have an inheritance in the land of Israel and in return for the work of the Levites will receive a tenth of everything from Israel. Numbers 18:2020 The Lord told Aaron, “You will not have an inheritance in their land; there will be no portion among them for you. I am your portion and your inheritance among the Israelites. Numbers 18:21Look, I have given the Levites every tenth in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work they do, the work of the tent of meeting Numbers 18:2424 For I have given them the tenth that the Israelites present to the Lord as a contribution for their inheritance. That is why I told them that they would not receive an inheritance among the Israelites.” Festival TitheThere was a general tithe that was taken up annually that was classified as holy to the Lord. This was taken up as an agricultural. Each year the Israelites would make their way to the designated sanctuary and fellowship together; eating a certain portion of their tithe.This is an agriculture tithe Leviticus 27:30-3430 “Every tenth of the land’s produce, grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man decides to redeem any part of this tenth, he must add a fifth to its value. 32 Every tenth animal from the herd or flock, which passes under the shepherd’s rod, will be holy to the Lord. 33 He is not to inspect whether it is good or bad, and he is not to make a substitution for it. But if he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute will be holy; they cannot be redeemed.” 34 These are the commands the Lord gave Moses for the Israelites on Mount Sinai.Deuteronomy 14:22-23 (Festival)Each year you are to set aside a tenth of all the produce grown in your fields. 23 You are to eat a tenth of your grain, new wine, and fresh oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where he chooses to have his name dwell, so that you will always learn to fear the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 14:24-2724 But if the distance is too great for you to carry it, since the place where the Lord your God chooses to put his name is too far away from you and since the Lord your God has blessed you, 25 then exchange it for silver, take the silver in your hand, and go to the place the Lord your God chooses. 26 You may spend the silver on anything you want: cattle, sheep, goats, wine, beer, or anything you desire. You are to feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice with your family. 27 Do not neglect the Levite within your city gates, since he has no portion or inheritance among you. Welfare TitheThis tithe was taken up every three years and was based on all of their produce.Main purpose was to act as a welfare tithe; taken up and divided amongst the towns. It helped those who were poor but it also covered the Levites and the priests who served the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 28-2928 “At the end of every three years, bring a tenth of all your produce for that year and store it within your city gates. 29 Then the Levite, who has no portion or inheritance among you, the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow within your city gates may come, eat, and be satisfied. And the Lord your God will bless you in all the work of your hands that you do. Jesus and tithing Matthew 23:2323 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, and yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These things should have been done without neglecting the others.Jesus isn't commanding tithing; He is merely calling out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and even more, He is mentioning produce. Not money. Jesus redeemsThose in Jesus aren't under curses; that's the whole point of being in Jesus.Jesus redeems us from the curse of the law Galatians 3:1313 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. Sacrificial Giving2 Cor 9 calls to not give under compulsion (offering vs tithing) // Paul who was bragging on the Corinthians generosity; asking the church to prepare the gift they had promised. 2 Corinthians 9:1-8Now concerning the ministry to the saints, it is unnecessary for me to write to you. 2 For I know your eagerness, and I boast about you to the Macedonians, “Achaia has been ready since last year,” and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you in this matter would not prove empty, and so that you would be ready just as I said. 4 Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we, not to mention you, would be put to shame in that situation. 5 Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not as an extortion.6 The point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram
Today we discuss Jesus and His relationship to social justice. Oh and Don Lemon tells millions Jesus wasn’t perfect. Show Notes  CNN DON LEMON - JESUS WASN'T PERFECT!Be sure to check out our YouTube video on this → https://youtu.be/2P4pTskuaTk Social JusticeDoes supporting the idea that Black Lives Matter = Social Justice warrior = Marxism = Assault on Gospel?Every immoral issue is a sin issue. Racism is no different. Salvation Isn't ImmediateThe Gospel doesn’t necessarily bring about an immediate change. Salvation is contingent upon God’s arm operating in His time. Sanctification is a process that is lifelong once God has saved someone.Jesus who was the walking Gospel committed Himself to action that brought about immediate change. He didn’t just deliver the message of salvation in passing.Jesus spoke up for those who were discriminated againstJesus cared for the poorJesus healed the sickJesus chastised sinnersUltimately Jesus died so we may all be considered children of God, placed on equal footing as God show's no partiality.Jesus did not take up arms or embark on a mission that was separate from His main mission, which was to bring salvation to all.Everything Jesus did was done in an effort to point people to Him. The miracles including even His birth, the parables, the mission, the chastising, the flipping tables, everything Jesus did was done to point people TO HIM.The moment we look at the work of Jesus and attempt to separate any of His intentions or acts from the Gospel we fail to see the larger picture just like those who rejected Jesus. We fail to understand why He did what He did.Jesus didn't just preach sermons and walk off. He acted. He committed Himself to works.James 2:20-2620 Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works in offering Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete, 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works in receiving the messengers and sending them out by a different route? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. DefinitionsThere seems to be different definitions of what Social Justice means depending on your bias.If you have a bias against black people, then social justice may mean marxism, assault on the Gospel, social justice warrior, government handouts, reparations, etc..To paint all Christians who care deeply about inequality or injustice as those who seek to thwart the Gospel of Jesus Christ is wrong.Many proclaim racism and racial inequality is a sin issue, a Gospel issue, but then never preach on it. VictimologyThere is a thought that the idea of Social Justice categorically places people into the status of being a victim who are then no longer responsible for sins or issues in their lives. However this is a bit of a straw-man as not everyone shares the concept of victimology.The problem that America has and has always had, is an inability to sympathize with those who are often victims of the colonist mindset.If you don't hold to a racial bias social justice may mean this concern is everything. That it's at the heart of the Gospel. We need to solve inequity and inequality everywhere. This view can lead to the view of humanism that devalues the power of salvation. But Jesus...Jesus did not attempt to topple the government or force their hand to relieve the oppression of the Jews. Jesus didn't advocate for reparations. He didn't commit Himself to toppling systems of oppression.What do we say to the puritans who fought against the Roman Catholic Church?Reformation movement?Slavery in America?Jim Crow?We are called to be new creatures in Christ Jesus and commit ourselves to living out the Gospel.2 Corinthians 5:17-1817 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 18 Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. To financially support | https://ko-fi.com/upnorthkingdomEmail truth@upnorthkingdom.com | Follow on Twitter | Subscribe on YouTube | Follow on Instagram 
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