Posted in bible twisting, jesus, polygamy, sin

"I don’t preach about polygamy but I feel it is a very Christian lifestyle."

When people claim that the Bible is dusty and outdated and its contents are not for us now, they know not of what they speak. Of course we know God’s word is living and active and His precepts are at once fresh and eternal.

But for those who say it is outdated and culture has moved on and the Bible people need to get with the times, they could not be more incorrect. Man’s sinful nature means that since the Fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, man has made the same sinful mistakes he always has. Man is the same, and so is his sin. That means culture is the same, and so are its sins. Exhibit A:

Thom Miller of Mansfield Ohio.

Miller claims to have been an enforcer for the Mafia in Cleveland. He also told a newspaper in 2003 that he had been shot three times, jailed more than 20 times and fathered 12 children with five different women. In 1991, Miller was sent to prison for stabbing a man during a bar fight. (source)

Sounds like a sinful man, a sinner just like the rest of us. However, Mr Miller’s story continues-

While in prison, he stole a bible and found God. … Miller was released from Prison after serving seven years. (source)

A man who is regenerated by the grace of God and living a holy life with the indwelling Holy Spirit is a story that never gets old, it is beautiful every time. How great! I wish his story had a happier ending. But Mr Miller’s story is just beginning and his is the story of sin, which gets old very fast.

Mr Miller married and he became an ordained minister. He has a church in Mansfield, Ohio and runs a prison ministry.

The man apparently has no training or seminary experience, no authority over him to call him to account, or any brotherhood denomination out of which he has been called. He is simply a man who started a church. And this is OK too, though fraught with satanic snares and dangers. We saw that kind of mentality (“I don’t know what to do with my life. I know, I’ll start a church!” with Mr Mark Driscoll. Unattached men who aren’t trained up by the leaders, pastors, or teachers and grown in the faith while submitted to a ministry and laid hands upon, often turn rogue. And that old sin-nature reared up and bit Mr Miller. Mr Miller decided one day that he wanted two wives. And he got a second wife, with the alleged blessing of his current wife. Mr Miller is 60 years of age, and his new wife is a teenager. Miller says,

“I don’t preach about polygamy but I feel it is a very Christian lifestyle.”

Polygamy appears in the Bible but it is not condoned in the bible as an acceptable lifestyle. The reason is that the two partners become one flesh, and it’s hard for two to become one while there are three. Genesis 2:24 depicts the scene where God made Eve, and told Adam and Eve that

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

This is very interesting because when God made Eve and joined Adam and Eve together in a holy union, there were not any mothers and fathers yet. They didn’t exist. By this verse though, we see that God intended for one man and one woman to marry, have children, and then to repeat the cycle of leaving and cleaving to one another in successive generations of unions. That is the Christian lifestyle, because it is a family structure that is ordained by God.

However that old sin nature reared itself and another man in the long-ago history woke up one day and decided he wanted two wives as well.  This happened n Genesis 4, the chapter immediately after the Fall! See? It is a very old story! Who says the Bible is outdated!

 And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Mr Miller says that of his wives,

There have been arguments in the past and at times there can be flares of jealousy but we manage to make it work.

Rachel and Leah were two wives of the same man- Jacob. The women engaged in a bitter and long-term child-bearing competition, oftentimes with the husband as their “prize.” The envy and jealousy polluted the entire family.

When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (Genesis 30:1). … When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. (Genesis 30:16).

Polygamy, envy, jealousy and family “flare-ups” are as old as man himself. Mr Miller’s words nearly identically replicate these scenes from the Bible. All of which describe sin, and do not not a “very Christian lifestyle”. What Miller is doing is living a life of hellish rebellion and picking out biblical things that sort of match how he wants to live. Here, Mr Miller’s words replicate Judges 21:25,

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Miller is just doing right in his own eyes, inventing lifestyles and piggybacking God into it rather than how it’s supposed to be done, read and understand God’s word, and obey it. The worst part of this problem is that Miller claims to be a pastor. Of course he is not, living in flagrant sin as he is, and having no knowledge of the true statutes of God. But he claims to speak for Christianity, which means he is claiming to speak for Jesus. This is a blasphemous perversion of the faith.

Culturally, Miller’s next words replicate Romans 1:32,

Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Practicing such things as homosexuality, Miller says,

“I have no problem with homosexuals but I think it’s wrong that their marriage is now recognized by the state but my second marriage is not. “I’m going to try and fight the bigotry of that – this is America and my wives and I have the right to live anyway we please – providing we’re not hurting anybody.” (source)

Not hurting anybody? You’re hurting Jesus. His name, His faith, His church. No, we do not have the right to live any way we please. We have the responsibility to live as God demands.

And we knew it was only a matter of time after last June’s Supreme Court opinion stating that any homosexual or lesbian American has the right to marry. Once we drift from the God-ordained definition of marriage, all other definitions are allowed.

But back to the Bible. It is as fresh as the morning dew, recording the age-old sins of man.

If Mr Miller repented of living his NON-Christian lifestyle and of blaspheming Jesus and twisting His faith into a perverse license to sin, he too would go to heaven. Jesus would welcome him with open arms. All sins can be forgiven, except for the one sin that cannot be forgiven- that of dying without repenting and claiming Jesus as Savior before one draws his last breath.

Fortunately the Bible also records the story of redemption, and how Jesus who is God, incarnated into a baby, was birthed as a full human, lived and entirely sinless life, was sacrificed for us for our sins, and was entombed. On the third day He rose again, God being pleased with His Son’s sacrifice. His shed blood means when we repent of our sins and believe on Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have a righteous door through which to enter heaven, possessing no righteousness of our own. Thank the LORD He made a way and sent the Lord to save us sinners!

Posted in encouragement, God, hannah, polygamy, thunder

Hannah who loved and Peninnah who thundered

Hannah and Peninnah…two women married to the same man (Elkanah) all living in the same house. This never really goes very well- and in Hannah and Peninnah’s case we shall see that it didn’t. The Hebrew word tsarah means ‘one who vexes’ and its synonym is ‘a rival wife’.

Polygamy was started by Lamech, son of Methuselah and father to Noah. The world was so corrupt in Genesis 4 that Lamech’s two wives, Adah and Zillah I’m sure were a bundle of envies and jealousies too. We know that Rachel was jealous of her sister Leah (Genesis 30:1). Two or more wives for one man at the same time is not God’s will.

In Hannah’s case we read that indeed Peninnah was torturing Hannah because Hannah had not produced a child. In the days of the Hebrews, it was tantamount to keep the race going and to keep it ethnically pure. Hannah had failed at what women were supposed to do, bear progeny. What Hannah did not know is that God closed her womb. (1 Samuel 1:5). God had a purpose in mind. Anyway, Peninnah had been successful at giving Elkanah an heir, and she never let Hannah forget it.

He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. (1 Samuel 1:2)

Hannah was barren, for the LORD had closed her womb. CC photo

Now see this:

And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. (1 Samuel 1:6-7)

Look at the words provoke, grievously, and irritate. The word for ‘irritate’ is a denominative verb from raam meaning thunder, or roar). Remember this. Peninnah ‘thundered’. It seems there was a lot of sinning on Peninnah’s part and it certainly must have been a stress for Hannah to live under those conditions.

It’s like, but worse than when you go to Thanksgiving at your mother-in-law’s house, and you know your cousin will be there, and she always lobs those loaded barbs at you.

“That’s a nice outfit, for the selections available in your size.”

“Your daughter seems to be doing well at her piano lessons, though Julliard is obviously out of the question.”

“Now that we’re moving to our new house, be sure to visit us, it won’t be as cramped as when we come to your house.”

“It’s so nice you’re not embarrassed driving a big car in these days of expensive gas.”

The Thanksgiving meal seems like it’ll go on forever with all the provocations coming out her mouth. All you want to do after ten minutes is throw the gravy at her. Hannah’s provocations were worse because they were intentional with malice. Peninnah was loud and proud about her provocations. They struck at Hannah’s very womanhood, and raison d’etre of a woman in those days. They cast salt on a wound, for what woman who wants children isn’t mournful when she doesn’t have them. Peninnah heaping salt on the wound was just insensitive and hard-hearted. Peninnah must have made life very hard for Hannah. This went on every day, “year by year.

Alma-Tadem, Unconscious Rivals 1893

As we see how upset Hannah was-

Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. (1 Samuel 1:7b)
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. (1 Samuel 1:10)

But Hannah had a choice.

–She could succumb to Peninnah’s level and lob some barbs back,
–She could become demanding like Rachel did in the face of Leah’s fruitful child-bearing,

When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (Genesis 30:1).

Note Jacob’s response to Rachel in the next verse, “Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” (Genesis 30:2)

Becoming demanding and angry and petulant only perpetuates anger and strife in the home. Elkanah remained loving and supportive of his wife Hannah. Hannah gave Elkanah no cause to kindle his anger against her.

Elkanah loved Hannah so much. 1 Samuel 1:5 says “But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.”

Elkanah was publicly showing his love for Hannah by giving her the best portion, double, to illustrate to one and all that though she bore no children, he loved her anyway, and loved her best. Would he have loved her if she had succumbed to bitterness and rivalry with Peninnah, trading barbs and making more strife in the home? Hard to say. But Hannah’s attitude of obedience the LORD and love for her husband went a long way to maintaining a loving relationship with both her husband and her God.

So Hannah did not succumb to the temptation to rival Peninnah back. Instead, she did what she did,

–seek the LORD,
–remain humble,
–love her husband

Ultimately the LORD rewarded Hannah, not Peninnah. Though Peninnah was given children first, and after a while Hannah was too, Hannah’s child became Samuel, the great prophet of God and Judge of Israel.

But Hannah’s patience, self-control and intercession prevailed and she became the mother of Samuel who was “more than a prophet” Source

Hannah’s patience, forbearance, loving and submissive attitude is pleasing to God. God heard Hannah’s prayer and answered it.

Hannah prayed a beautiful prayer of thanks to the LORD. It is long and sensitive and humble. In verse 10, you note Hannah said the following:

The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (1 Samuel 2:10)

Remember above, Peninnah thundered against her rival, Hannah? Well, all the while God thundered against Peninnah from heaven! Yes, the word ‘thunder’ in Penninah’s verse and in Hannah’s thanksgiving verse are the same, raam.

Illuminated manuscript of Elkanah and his two wives, c.1430

Whatever you are going through, God knows, He hears, He sees, and He remembers. He thunders at our rivals in heaven. Our job is to remain submissive to His will, be loving to our family and friends and even our rivals. We should pray like Hannah did. Whether we pray bitterly or we pray joyfully like Hannah did, she prayed honestly. She poured herself out before the LORD and sought Him at all times.

Stay strong! In Hannah’s case she was strong in devotion to God. She continued to love her God, her husband, and her life. She was unhappy, but the more she was unhappy, the more she sought God. It’s hard to stay loving when you’re sad, heartbroken, and bitter. But Hannah remained consistent in her attitude. That’s strong.

O, take heart! Your rival will come to naught, our God hears! He thunders against our enemies, He loves His children.

For the director of music. A psalm of David. The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give! (Psalm 21:1)

Posted in Mitt Romney, Mormonism, polygamy, truth

Mormonism, polygamy, Nephi & Moroni

Are Mormons Christians? No. Do they worship the same Jesus as we do? No.

See for yourself. These are short clips explaining Mormon beliefs. They come from Wretched Radio via, a website dedicated to explaining Mormon beliefs in comparison to the Holy Bible.

History according to Mormonism has no validation in any historical account, any archaeology, or any anthropological source.

How many wives did Mormon founders and leaders have, anyway? LOTS.

Though they downplay the polygamy issue, their religion does still teach you have to have multiple wives to become a god.

There is more at the Wretched Network. Get familiar with Mormonism. We will have a lot of witnessing to do. Even worse, Billy Graham confused the issue after he met with Presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney and subsequently removed Mormonism as a cult listing from his website. Woe to Graham!

Anyway, these are short and concise clips.

Here is a good essay answering the question, “Witnessing to Mormons, what is the key?

One key for all sanctified work is prayer. Keep praying for the Mormons who are oppressed in this cult, in darkness and not believing the true Gospel.