Is my sin really that bad?

Ephesians 2: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body, and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
I often get the question, “is sin really that bad? I mean, everyone does it, whether is looking in lust, or homosexuality, or cheating, sex before marriage and the list goes on”.
I agree everyone sins. I sin all the time, am I proud of it? Absolutely not,however, I have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of my sins. First of all, let’s look and see what sin is exactly. Let’s start in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve were by that tree that God commanded not to eat. The serpent told Eve to eat it, and she said they weren’t even allowed to touch it. That was a misrepresentation of God’s command. He said not to eat from it, never said they couldn’t touch it.
But what happened after, is the kicker. The serpent told them that if they ate from it, they would be like gods, knowing the difference between right and wrong. That’s what Eve, and Adam wanted. If the serpent would have told them they will die, live in a ditch from a life of alcoholism, catch an STD, and a whole list of other sins that didn’t quite exist yet, they would no doubt have refused. But the temptation was set, they could be just like their creator.
They had 1 rule, just 1. Not 10 like are mentioned in Exodus (10 commandments, a little more on that later), not the 623 laws the Pharisees had burdened on the Jewish nation, just 1 and they couldn’t keep it.
Then God, had to kill an animal for them to be covered of their shame. But mostly, because God is a just God. He CANNOT let sin slide, not even one. So someone HAD to die in their place.
You see, even the 10 commandments, they weren’t commandments for us to follow. God knew from the beginning that we couldn’t follow them. Let’s look at them briefly for a moment.
2“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3“You shall have no other gods before me.
4“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
13“You shall not murder.
14“You shall not commit adultery.
15“You shall not steal.
16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
All these commandments are a reflection of God’s character. Notice something interesting. The 1st five commandments are all man’s behavior towards God, and the second half, are all man’s behavior towards man. Every one of them is respectful and love towards one another. Breaking any of these shows a lack of respect and love towards either God, or your fellow man/woman.
Now the interesting thing is, we could never have followed these commandments even a single minute of a day. One of them is broken continually. Our society is so broken and sinful that we now just endure and tolerate everything. Even many sins today, we embrace!!! Look at adultery, cheating on your spouse. The old excuse is “well, he/she wasn’t treating me right”. We have a mentality of indulgence and self fulfillment. We deserve this, we want that.
Here’s the issue with the sin mentality, it offends God. It offends him beyond what ANY of us can ever imagine. The reason it offends him, is that he created EVERYTHING. And He commands love and respect. It’s His rules.
When we offend Him, since He is holy, righteous and just, He can’t overlook sin as if it never happened. He must judge it. But since He’s also eternal, the only compatible punishment is hell for eternity. It doesn’t sound right. However, we have never seen God, we can only go by His word. Sin cannot be in the presence of God, so therefore it must be the lake of fire.
It’s not the size of the heinousness of the sin that matters (beyond evil or wicked sin) or the little white lie that matters. It’s the size of the God you have offended that matters. God cannot and will not tolerate it, no matter what it is.
This is why He had to send His only Son to die on the cross 2000 yrs ago. He didn’t have a choice cause He knew we couldn’t follow the rules. And remember with Adam and Eve, they needed someone to die in their place, Christ died in our place 2 millennia ago. He didn’t have a choice. My friend, the only chance you have at shedding your guilty conscience, of whatever it is that burdens you, is trusting in Christ. You must repent of your sins and trust in Christ for their forgiveness. Otherwise, it will be the lake of fire for all eternity.

Nobody knows my secret life, so who am I hurting

are-you-living-a-double-lifeJeremiah 17: 9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick;
who can understand it?10“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Today’s technology has made things much more accessible, our lives are suppose to be simpler, more productive and made the world smaller. Years ago, if you wanted to talk to someone across Canada (my own country) you had to wait till Tuesday night for Toonie Tuesday (unlimited long distance for $2 per call. We’re going back to the late 80’s on this one. Otherwise calls were something like $.50 per minute. And that was from a home phone.

Now airplanes and jets have made travel around the world much easier and faster. Centuries ago, it was a 3 – 4 week trip to cross the Atlantic Ocean, if you made it across at all. Now, my wife and I have gone to Mexico and Cuba (from Moncton New Brunswick) and it was a 5 hr trip to Mexico, and a 4 hr trip to Cuba.

Cars travel at high speeds so you can get to other destinations much faster. Calling someone now, use Skype or Facebook to talk to people around the world for cheap. No long distance charges since it’s included in your internet package.

There’s also something else that has been made much more accessible. Sin. Years ago, if a man wanted to cheat on his wife, he had to go to a bar, club or whatever and physically meet a woman, talk to her, get her number and try to hide it from his wife. All while explaining where he went the night before if that was hidden as well.
If someone wanted to see pornography, they had to get in their car, go to the room of shame (my friends and I called it that, mostly cause we were jealous we were too young to get in) physically take the video to the counter (either in shame or proudly). Take the tape home and watch it. Then there was the fear of someone home finding it before you brought it back.

For child porn, it was the same thing. If an adult had the mindset towards children, you pretty much had to know someone in that industry/circle since you definitely couldn’t go public with that. And you had to have your own photo developing room since you couldn’t take that film to the nearest photo lab. They would have reported you with the first picture.

Now with the internet, we can all be someone different at the keyboard. We can search how to make bombs to kill people, shop for guns to kill. Search all the free porn till our sinful hearts are content. Download all the movies we want illegally. Bully people on Facebook, twitter, and others. We can meet other groups in child pornography all around the world and by the time we get caught, we have already damaged countless children.

And here’s the scary part, we can do all this in the privacy of our own home and no one has to know about it. We simply go in the delete history feature in almost every browser and remove any evidence we were every looking. If someone wants to cheat on their spouse now, there are thousands of dating sites on the internet that you can search for someone that visually appeals to you. You can get a prepaid cell phone under a fake name so that you can keep in contact with your lovers and your spouse doesn’t know the difference.

The internet, cell phones, TV’s, cars, everything has made getting access to sin so much easier with much anonymity. If we’re even a bit careful, we can do so many things now without anyone ever finding out.

The problem with the above is that we are deceiving ourselves more than ever in the past. People were much more moral in private since they didn’t have all these venues. Their heart has always been sinful, but at least it was much more difficult to act out on their fantasies. Imagine writing a love letter to a mistress, and keeping the corresponding one back from your spouse if she checks the mail box first. With email, there are hundreds of email addresses out there, just create one only you know about, and a password and you’re set.

Now the depravity of man’s heart is being exposed more and more since he can stay hidden from the public eye.
The problem is, it’s not just the sinner that knows his activities. God also knows the sinner’s activities. God searches the heart and soul of every man, so nothing is hidden from Him.

Dear friend, if you are one that is struggling with anything listed above, or anything else for that matter and no one else knows about it. You’ve kept it secret from your family and friends, but you know you’re guilty. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email at
I would be more than happy to correspond and have an accountability partner for my own struggles. God will judge you for all that’s public and all that’s hidden unless you repent of your sins and turn to Christ.

Is it discrimination or respect….

Gender-neutral-bathroom-signGenesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Recently in Houston Texas, the law has passed down that no one could be discriminated against anymore based on their gender, orientation, race, religious views, age…there are apparently 14 categories in this law. I have clients that are gay, black, male, female and most don’t share my Christian views. I’m sure if I dug deep enough in some of my client’s personal lives, I would probably find some that have even more unique lives than we’re accustomed to.

I know my wife has a few male clients that dress like women in their spare time. She can’t discriminate, they are paying clients. As long as they don’t push their views and try to “recruit”, they have just as much right to shop in her store. And she admits, she’s was a bit uncomfortable at first, but now, she sees them so often, she developed a new policy for them. Buy the clothes, don’t try them on, and return the ones that don’t fit. The reason for this is, she sells women’s clothes. The other women in the fitting room would no doubt feel very exposed should a man come out of the dressing room in the same dress. So, to make everyone feel more relaxed, the men purchase their outfits, bring them home and try them in the comfort of their own home.

While I don’t agree with a man in a dress, there is happy medium. Everyone gets along and gets what they want.

I know some people don’t agree with my view point, but that’s the great thing about a free country. Now let’s look back at Houston. This discrimination law says that you can’t refuse business with someone just because they are different than you. This is something that should go without saying. We are all human, no matter the lifestyle. I as a Christian could refuse a homosexual couple from purchasing from my store just as easy as an Islamic business owner could refuse service to me as a Christian. But this law went one step too far in my opinion.

They now want to allow men in the women’s bathroom and vice versa because they felt that some people really identify as the opposite sex, so it will be a crime to refuse them the bathroom they think they should use. I see this not as discrimination, but as a lack of respect for the opposite sex. Being a man, I will never (at least not intentionally, some bathroom identifiers are not exactly obvious) go in a woman’s bathroom.

For a few reasons.

1. She won’t feel comfortable, seeing a 6’4”. 275lbs man walking in there.

2. I won’t feel comfortable seeing women in a waiting line for the stall

3. Mothers will probably not go with their daughters since they can’t trust what’s behind that door.

4. Predators have easy access now.

5. I won’t like a woman standing behind me while I’m using a urinal.

There are many, many other reasons why I think this is taking this issue too far. People are tired of being discriminated, and I agree. I have some struggles with his myself with some people. So in summary, I see this is simply a complete lack of respect for others when you push the discrimination card to get your way. I wonder how long till a crime happens and the mayor retracts and says “I was forced to make that decision”.

Was Christ just a man, or was he God…

follow-me-christ-deep-water-and-you.jpg.crop_displayMarc 4 – 35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

How often has this story been linked to us going through some storms and Christ has the ability to calm them down. Giving us peace in our hearts. Well I have a surprise for you, and the key is the very last statement in this text.

Their celebration once the storm had calmed down wasn’t, “yay, we’re not going to perish” but “who, the heck is this?”

This text is a direct reference to many psalms. Psalm 93, 89:9, 65:7, 107:22-30….and these are only a few of the verses that point out my topic. Christ, is God.

These fishermen, no doubt were very well versed in the trade of fishing. Going into the boats and having some waves crash into the boat didn’t intimidate these men. Something like the show “The Deadliest Catch” about arctic crab fishermen that sometimes see the bottom of the ocean due to the height of some waves. 10 – 30 feet high of waves and these guys are shoved around on deck. And right back to their stations, business as usual.
It takes some serious waves to scare these guys. They are used to seeing waves like this all the time.

No doubt our fishermen in the Marc account are the same type of men. They have seen some serious waves and keep fishing and screaming at each other to keep working. No fish, no pay, get it done.

Now enter Christ in the story. While he’s sleeping, the men are screaming in terror (must have been a serious storm) because they see that they might lose their lives in submission to this raging storm. And there is nothing they can personally do, since the waves are throwing them all over the place.

They finally wake Christ up, and He calms the storm. Their reaction is not to be happy that while some hard times were on them, Christ helped them, their reaction is directed directly to the psalms they learned since they were kids. These were not only seasoned fishermen, they were also well educated in the old testament.

I suspect they knew the psalms like the back of their hand as well. And as soon as Christ calmed the waters and the storm just by speaking, no doubt the psalms mentioned above came to mind. The only problem they now had, was that those psalms are all acknowledging God. And all of a sudden, Christ does what God does in the psalms.

The point of this story is not to say that Christ can calm the storms or persecution in your life (though He can), it’s to say that Christ, is God in the flesh.

Justin Trudeau, leader or attention seeker?

justin-trudeau-political-ad-620x413Recently, the Liberal leader of Canada came out and said that unless you’re pro-choice, you cannot be a part of his party. While I appreciate that he actually has a conviction and a stance on something (thought it’s different than mine) not enough people actually stand for anything anymore.

That’s the problem with what we call Post-modernism. I’ll touch on that topic another time. For now, let’s talk about how misleading the term pro-choice in reality really is.

The term “pro choice” was coined according to back in 1970 – 75 to help with the push of abortion. The term abortion was a bit strong for some people, and people in the opposite came were called pro-life. So instead of calling it pro-death, it was more audibly appealing to call it another choice. So the term pro choice was thus born.

Of course what I just mentioned above is completely paraphrased and I was not able to find the exact time, or person that started it. However there was an article related to Mr. Morgentaler, the champion of the cause Canada that described the situation in the above context.

The problem with the term “pro choice” is that it’s misleading. We already know a woman (and a man) has many choices from the start. Abstinence, condoms, the pill (or other contraceptives), stay sober (this would reduce very many date rapes and many unwanted sexual experiences). If a woman does get pregnant, then there is private adoption, open adoption, family adoption, keeping the child, signing the child over to the father.

I just mentioned 9 options, and I’m sure I don’t have them all. But pro choice advocates are fighting for just 1 choice. So are they really pushing for pro choice? No, they are pushing for what would be called the easy way out, murder. The issue that is not often advertised, is that there is no mention on the emotional stress the young woman will face after she realizes “something just left me” as the abortion is performed.

Countless testimonies of women that have gone through abortions recount their experiences and the regret they have after. They were not given abortion as a choice, but as a solution to a problem. While I agree that teen pregnancy is a huge “problem” in our society, I don’t see abortion as a solution. I see it as murder.

And now, Mr. Trudeau is coming out and not running his party as a democratic. He thinks he’s doing his party a favor by going in one direction. The problem is, it’s not a light topic such as funding for a rotary club. Or supporting a charity. Some people can be for or against many topics and still work together on other issues.

When it comes to abortion, the people that see it as murder cannot see it any other way. And the folks that see it as just a “lifeless fetus” are rare to change their mind as well. And both parties are very strong on their stance.

So on this one, Mr. Trudeau, you have not thought out your position thoroughly enough. I for one, was considering voting Liberal due to not liking any policies on the NDP side, nor the green party. However, you are forcing me to vote Conservative since they are the only ones that give us “pro lifers” a choice as well.

Since abortions are already legal in Canada, and available to any woman now, I don’t know how much further down the slide of immorality you can push this country Mr. Trudeau. I guess we will see if you get in power. What a sad day in Canada that will be.

I don’t believe in God, but he still offends me

jesus-offends-meRomans 1 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

I am a subscriber to the local newspaper. Almost exclusively for the forum section in the back where people can post opinions, educate the general public, announcements, thank you’s and warnings.
Far too often, I am too opinionated to leave certain subjects alone. I know most of my family shies away from discussions/debates. I will dive right in if I know anything about the subject. I try to keep my posts as factual and evidence based as possible and try to remove any emotion. Emotions often lead your own facts astray.

As of late, there’s a gentleman that has been trying to lead the public into believing that Christianity is nothing but a myth. Same as all the “other” gods that exists in other cultures around the world. Greece has millions, India has millions. North Korea has 1 (their leader) and so on. And many atheists will claim to believe in just 1 god less than we do.

I have an issue with that. Not that they don’t believe in God. Based on the text above, they do believe in him. My issue is that, if they don’t believe in God, why are they so offended at the mention of God or Christ? You can mention ANY other god, and it passes under the radar.

Even, you can nearly swap gods like baseball cards much like ancient Greece and Rome. As long as you didn’t mention Yahweh, everyone got along. However, as we see here in the book of Romans, anyone that clung to Christ, was without a doubt, facing death every time.

In today’s age, everything goes. We have what’s called “post modernism” which is essentially eliminating anything absolute. The big problem with that, is if there are no absolutes with anything, everything then becomes relative. If everything is relative, it changes with everyone you talk to.

The gentleman that recently wrote to the forum in the local newspaper claims there are many errors in the bible, and he gets defensive when every Christians write in. My question to him is, if you don’t believe the bible, you don’t believe in God, sin, Christ or anything related to it, why are you so offended and why are you trying so hard to show that God doesn’t exist?

You won’t catch me waste my time trying to disprove ANY other god. Here’s the reason, they DON’T offend me. And for one reason, I don’t believe in them. If someone else wants to believe in them, be my guest. If you want to “convert” me, we’ll have a discussion, a civil one where you point to your experiences and emotions. I will then present my life philosophies based on the bible (I have nothing else to base my existence on that is consistent) and from there, where ever the convictions take us, we move on.

The only way I can see that talking about the God of Christianity can offend someone, is if you know He exists, you know you did wrong and you’re always trying to suppress that truth. It’s the same as offending your parents when you’re a child and you hate it when someone else brings it up. You don’t want to think about it and you try to ignore it.

Or you’re a criminal that stole, murdered whatever. 9/10 times the conscience will testify of this. You try to cover it up and hide it. But in the end, you know what you did.
If a crime happens in one part of town, and you’re in the other, you aren’t worried about it, because you’re not guilty. The only way to get rid of your guilt when it comes to God, is to see exactly why Christ died on the cross.

Because you offended an infinitely holy God with your infinitely ungodly sin and the only thing He can do, is judge you to hell for eternity.

With Christ dying on the cross, you confessing your sins and repenting of them, and believing in Christ, your guilt can be removed and you’ll stop fighting against your creator.

Is it love, or lust

Recently, my wife and I went on an awesome trip to Cuba. There were many mishaps. First, our smaller suit case was taken by mistake by someone else at the airport. When we got to our resort, we then had to trace back to another resort, contact Sunwing (thankfully the other individual wrote his name and address on his luggage) and tracked him down. After about 1hr of stressful detective work and $40 pesos (about $50 Canadian) we go our luggage back. And the list of mishaps, I can count 4 that I could have easily done without. 2 of which cost nearly $150 by the time it was said and done. Some of the exciting things we did, was do the Catamaran excursion. Essentially, out on a huge sail boat, accommodating about 80 people, which then resulted in snorkeling and hanging out with a dolphin.

It was this trip that prompted this post. While out, the music was playing loudly and most people, I suspect were enjoying it. I could see the faces of a select few that weren’t crazy about the music choice. Myself, I try to remain neutral, however there is one song that completely killed my buzz. The song is called “Everybody F***” by Pitbull and Akon. I had to do a bit of digging into this one (funny how some things don’t leave your memory) and I found it on you tube when I got back home. While I wasn’t shocked at the lyrics and video, I am disappointed at how much this world confuses lust with love. If you look at Hollywood and movies, you only love a woman when you stare at her. She’s not worth being loved if she’s overweight according to today’s magazines.

If you love your woman, you should shower her with jewelry and items. Henry Morgentaler (a local abortion supporter here in the region) claimed he was trying to earn women’s love. He was married 3 times, and had as many as 90 affairs (I find that number high, however, some reports claim it). The famed actor Mickey Rooney (great actor, not so much husband) was married 8 times. At what point did he really love his wife/wives? Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times. And these are the ones we see as role models for love? Seriously? As soon as your spouse either disagrees with you, doesn’t buy you what you want, or is not as visually appealing as was before, time for a divorce? Is this really sacrificial love? Or is it more the selfish type of love described as “He/she completes me”.

Back to the Pitbull song. He claims in the song that we have to let our bodies do what they will, everyone “loves”. No contracts, no commitments, possibly no names. The irony is, all the women in his video, are very visually attractive with the “perfect” body according to North America’s standards. I wonder if he would sing the same song to his wife (if he was married long enough) that was laying in a bed, sick with a paralyzing disease that completely prohibits her from leaving the bed. Would he sing about serving her? Feeding, changing, supporting, whispering his love in her ear, trying to make her comfortable? No, I seriously see that this character and his followers are indeed only in it for sex.

This world has completely confused what it is to love and lust .

Lust is fulfilling your own desires for your own personal gain. It’s completely ignoring the other person’s value, morals and dignity. If it’s for objects such as cars, money…it’s idolatry. Love, on the other hand, is giving the other person as much value as possible, respects their morals and dignifies them. Another example of love, is what God displayed for us on the cross with his Son. When he sent his son on the cross, he gave EVERYTHING he had, to take the punishment we so rightly deserved for lusting after everything that is ungodly. I pray with this post, you can look at your own heart and see what drives you. Is it men/women, money, sports, cars, work…if it’s not God, it’s idolatry. I pray you will see Christ on the cross and repent of your sins and offences against God and believe in his son.