Politics

The War for Our Children

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again (and again, and again), parents, you have to PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S BEING TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Before we get started, I’d like to say, I’m not a big fan of Glenn Beck. I don’t dislike the man, but I don’t think he’s the end-all for conservative thought, either. I think he’s a little too doom and gloom and he likes to play on people’s fears – this is NOT to say that people shouldn’t be worried about where our country is heading and not take precautions, OR to totally discount what Beck has to say because he’s being written off as a kook, but take what he says with a grain of salt.

Actually, take everything you read/hear with a grain of salt, including this post, because we all have hidden agendas somewhere, even me. It’s human nature. (My hidden agenda is to try and train [not sure that’s the right word] people into thinking for themselves and not take everything they read/hear as gospel truth).

I can only listen to Beck in spurts. His radio show is just a bit too much for me to handle. It’s so convoluted and confusing what with him and two other guys cracking jokes and throwing sarcasm around like confetti that it’s sometimes hard just to figure out what his point IS. However, this is not to imply that the man doesn’t make great points or have something of value to share with the rest of us.

I’m telling you my thoughts on Beck because even though I’m a conservative, conservative personalities are flawed and just because they’re popular, doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with them.

With that said, I noticed this on The Blaze today:

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In case you still don’t see what the problem is, let me highlight the part in this little girl’s song that has caused some people’s eyebrows to raise:

Boycott, petition, let the big business know / that if we mess it up here, there’s no where else we can go.

As per usual, I will try and be fair in my assessment of the situation.

I do not have a problem with teaching our children to take care of the environment. We should ALL pitch in and do our parts. We should ALL clean up after ourselves and leave the environment in better shape than how we found it. Though I do not, for an instant, believe in MAN-MADE Global Climate change (notice I put MAN-MADE in caps), I do think we could all do a much better job of cutting down our wasteful habits, recycle materials, and plant more trees.

Absolutely. You’ll get no argument from me there.

The problem, of course, is that whoever wrote this “cute” little rap song for the children to learn and recite in their Earth Day program thought he/she would be clever and sneak in his/her personal thoughts on the whole issue. Obviously, whoever wrote this piece was a person who not only believed in climate change, but wished to point an accusing finger at the big, bad corporations for making it worse than it really is.

Having that opinion to begin with is not a bad thing. We’re all entitled to our opinions, and you know what they say about opinions, the problem is that by teaching this song to our children, we are indoctrinating our children into believing that this is how it really is. We are teaching them, at a very young age, to grow up thinking that the song writer’s opinion is gospel truth.

Forcing our opinions, or our personal agendas, on impressionable children is NEVER a good idea. Our responsibilities as adults, as parents, is to teach our children all sides of an issue, not brainwash them into thinking one way and one way only.

I know, firsthand, how hard it is to keep our mouths shut when it comes to our personal beliefs and opinions. I maintain several local school websites and though I LOVE my job (truly, it’s SO FUN), I don’t always agree on issues. I could easily insert my opinion, or slant some of the information, to favor my way of thinking. But I don’t. Because it would be wrong. Instead, I challenge myself into making sure that the information that is being posted on those websites is as impartial as possible because it’s not my job to sway people into thinking one way or another, it’s my job to put the information out there and allow people to make up their own minds.

These children, bless their hearts, have no idea what they’re reciting. However, the problem lies in the fact that they will remember what they’ve been taught and at some point, they will put two-and-two together and they will think, without having the maturity to look at all sides of the issue, that what they were taught in school was the “right” way to see things – after all, their teachers wouldn’t steer them wrong, right?

People who abuse that trust to insert their own thoughts/opinions/agendas are morally despicable.

So yes. As the title of this post states, this IS a war for our children. Our public school administrators (and I’m talking generally, not anyone specifically or even locally, but rather on a national level) are taking advantage of the fact that they’re responsible for the education of our children and are slowly, and stealthily, pushing their liberal agendas on our children hoping that when those children grow up, they will vote the way they want them to vote thereby not only pushing their agendas into law, but expanding their voting base.

Call me crazy. Accuse me of being a conspiracy theorist nut. I don’t care. I just hope you finish this post a little wiser as to what is happening in our country at this very moment. If nothing else, entertain the thought that I might be right for a moment.

It’s sort of a scary moment, isn’t it?

(By the way, I was finally able to add my copy of “Waiting for Superman” to my Amazon book store. If you would be interested in buying my copy from me, click here. The original DonorsChoose gift card is included so when you buy the DVD, you have the option of donating $25 to a teacher’s wish list. I would have given it to a local teacher, but there are so many more areas in the country that need the help more). Never mind – just sold it! Thank you!!

Life-condensed

A Cracked Spider Web

This would be the view out of our back window right now:

cracked

Pretty, right?

WRONG!

That’s not rain on that window. That’s not even some kind of clear stained glass design, oh no, THAT, my friends, is our first cracked window EVER.

*sigh*

Someone (who shall remain nameless because I don’t want to get this person into trouble *ahem*), was using a weed-whacker on our lawn yesterday around our new patio when all of a sudden, I heard a loud *POP*. I was in the bathroom at the time, so I couldn’t run to see what the sound was, but Kevin (because we had come home for lunch when it happened), peeked around the bathroom door and said,

“Our window just shattered.”

A little tiny rock, (we’re assuming it was teeny tiny because when we went out to investigate we didn’t see any big boulder, which is the size of the rock I picture whenever someone tells me that a window shattered) must have hit our window just right because the next thing I see is a complicated spider web of fine cracks covering our entire window.

The creepy thing is, we continued to hear the window splintering and cracking for about ten minutes after initial impact.

It’s ironic because one of the reasons Kevin wanted to build a patio to begin with was to avoid having to mow / weed around the french doors and to prevent this very thing happening.

It happened anyway. Isn’t that the way it goes??

I text the boys and told them what had happened and to not slam the door when they got home from school. Because even though the window is still in one piece, I’m quite sure it won’t take much more than one firm *smack* for the whole pane to crumble at our feet.

Kevin and I made an unscheduled trip up to Lowe’s after lunch and ordered a new window – it’s supposed to get here in about two weeks. I was bracing myself for a coronary as far as the price was concerned because it’s one of those windows that has the shades built into it. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be so we can continue to feed our two teenage boys.

Thank goodness.

It was a complete accident (the guy didn’t even know what had happened) and well … life goes on. We have homeowner’s insurance, but this mishap wasn’t enough to cover our deductible, so we’re out the cost. Oh well. Considering we’ve been in this house for 18 1/2 years and this is the first window we have cracked/broken, I’d say those were pretty good odds.

Just one of the perks of being a homeowner.

Flash Fiction, Prompt Fiction

Flash Fiction: In the Path

The three words to use in a story this week are:

  • Foolish
  • Mercy
  • Relish

Thanks for reading.


Molly relished the thought of getting off work and unpacking the numerous boxes at her new house.

“I know what you’re thinking about,” her co-worker said in a sing-song voice and with a laugh.

Molly grinned. “I can’t help it. I’ve never been a homeowner before, I’m excited.” She shrugged. “I spent hours shopping for just the right numbers to put on my house at Lowe’s last night. I know it’s foolish but …”

Her words were cut off by a shrill siren.

“Oh my God, look.” Her co-worker nodded toward the window.

Molly’s brow furrowed as she saw the ominous clouds and flashes of lightening. A boom of thunder suddenly sounded overhead and both women jumped in response.

“Let’s go, everyone! Don’t worry about shutting off your computers, we don’t have time! They’re saying it’s an F3 tornado and it’s about five miles away!” Their boss, a man not normally known for being excitable, was flushed and disheveled. His appearance alone was enough to propel people into action.

Both women shot out of their seats as if someone had yanked their chairs out from under them.

“Five miles? Molly gasped. Her house was five miles from the office. “What direction!” She yelled. She was surprised her boss heard her over the rising panic.

“Northwest.”

Molly shot a look at her co-worker. “Oh no, my house is over there!” She felt like crying. “Please God, have mercy,” she mumbled as everyone stumbled down the stairs and into the basement.

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This was, of course, inspired by all the tornado activity the south saw yesterday. May God help and heal those affected by the storms.

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Abundant Life

Audio Teaching: The Benefits of “Thanks-Living”

by Dan Gallagher
This tape provides a powerful new perspective on the subject of thankfulness. We know that we are to be thankful but have you ever considered the benefits flowing from an “attitude of gratitude”? Not only are there many benefits, there are many negative consequences when we don’t live this way.

This is a two-part teaching by Dan Gallagher and John Schoenheit. Dan’s teaching establishes from the Word of God the psychosomatic (mind-body) relationship, demonstrating how negative emotions and thoughts powerfully affect the body, and how thankful thoughts are the antidote prescribed for us by God. Dan also shows the clear connection between thankfulness and joy. John follows by exhibiting that God commands us to be thankful and illustrating that it is something that does not come naturally because we live in a fallen world and beset by many things that can make us un-thankful. You’ll be thankful you heard this wonderful teaching.

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My Book Stash

Just got back from the spring library book sale …

Book Sale - 4-26-11

Kevin and I went on our lunch hour. I’m always a bit surprised that Kevin even likes to go with me – he hardly ever buys any books. He likes to joke that he prefers to look at books, not read them.

HA!

However, I came away with 18 sweet gems.

My Book Stash

In fact, most of these books were on my Amazon wish list so … SCORE! AND, I made sure to pick out the better quality books so I should be able to resell them after I read them.

DOUBLE SCORE!

All in all, we left with 21 books. (Kevin bought three – but not to read. He liked them because they’re old and will look cool on a book shelf! The man seriously cracks me up). We spent $60 bucks.

Twenty-one books for $60 bucks? NOT BAD!

This was only round one. I stayed in the “better” book section, I haven’t even browsed the older book section yet.

That’s round two.

Writing Stuff

Plotting it Out – Part One

I was looking over my latest issue of Writer’s Digest and started reading over their “101 Best Websites for Writers” when I stumbled onto the Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers.

Here’s what the blog is about:

Plot Whisperer offers plot tips for writers and bloggers eager to create compelling novels, screenplays, memoirs and blog posts with the reader in mind. All writers struggle with what to put in and what to leave out of their works in progress, how to hold a reader’s attention and earn their loyalty, and how to create depth and meaning in their writing for the greatest good.

To my delight, Martha Alderson has started a video workshop on how to plot a story. WHICH just happens to be my weakest area.

Want to go through these workshops with me?

Sweet. Let’s get started.


My contribution:

I’m currently working on a story called “Xcstasy” (working title). I don’t mind working through this story with you, on my blog, because I’m experimenting right now with this novel and would like to eventually put it into an ebook. If I’m successful, then I’ll do this again and work on a “real” novel.

My main character for Xcstasy is Dani Rae Pickett.

First question: What does your character want?

Beginning goal: Dani wants to find her sister. (Dani’s sister has been missing for three months).

End goal: To get her, and her sister, out alive.

I have some ideas where I want to take this story but they will likely change as I start writing. I don’t really DO outlines – I prefer to just start writing to see where it takes me. Which is fun and exciting because I’m always sort of surprising myself, but it’s bad because I reach a point where I get stuck and it’s like … now what. I’m hoping working through Ms. Alderson’s tips will help me past that hump.

I also found an interesting book that was highly recommended by a writer I follow on Twitter called: “Nail Your Novel – Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence“. I’m planning on downloading that to my Kindle … more tips from that book coming soon.

Feel free to “write” along if you wish. Leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going for you.

Day-By-Day

Rain, Rain, PLEASE Go Away

Dude crying. I say this with love, but Dude was one of the ugliest criers I've ever seen.
This is pretty much how I feel right now.

We are currently on our FOURTH straight day of rain.

Luckily, it hasn’t been pouring the whole time – it pours, then drizzles, then stops just long enough for the excess to drain off before the next round hits. It could be so much worse, it could have been pouring this entire time. Our sump pump has kicked on a few times, and I’m betting it’s been on quite a few times today (I’m at the office right now) – I dread opening up our crawl space door to see how much water has collected under the house.

Watching radar, you can see it redeveloping and it follows the same path, which is right on top of us. The whole state of Missouri is one big sponge right now.

I hate when we’re in this weather pattern. We’re stuck on a Gulf Stream or something and bad weather just keeps developing and dumping it’s fury on us. It sucks. This is what happened that one year when we had the ice storm. We were stuck on some kind of weather cycle and it iced for days leaving 5 inches of ice behind before the winds shifted and it finally moved off.

I don’t hate rain, but this much rain depresses me. I’m ready to see some sunshine – which, according to our forecast, won’t happen for a few more days. *sigh*

I never realized just HOW much weather affects my mood.


Easter was quiet at our house. We went to my in-laws. My MIL cooked chicken, ham, and roast beef along with potato salad and mashed potatoes and green salad. I brought rolls. Because they don’t trust me with anything else.

HA!

One of my sisters-in-law wasn’t there because they found out that her husband’s mother was going to be alone on Easter and they didn’t want her to be alone on the holiday. I thought that was sweet.

Since most of the “kids” are now grown and off living their lives in other states (in some instances, different COUNTRIES), there weren’t that many people there. My in-laws invited someone from their church, who is from Russia, and who is extremely nice. It’s so interesting to talk to him because he tells us how different Russia is from America. They are very strict in his country. They aren’t allowed to play Rock-N-Roll music and they are very suspicious of tourists. He was telling us how he couldn’t get over how everyone was so nice in our country and helped each other out – FOR FREE. He said if tourists were to ask someone from his country directions, they would either get a haphazard answer just to get rid of them, or they would only give them the information they needed for money.

He also said that it was crucial for tourists to have their passports, and other paperwork on them at all times, because their police were notorious for arresting people for not having the proper documentation. However, the tourists could get out of being arrested if they bribed the officer and gave him cash.

Everything is super expensive and they have a huge problem with public drunkenness. In fact, he said it was pretty unusual to see people sober where he came from.

He also said that they view America as their number one enemy and they are thisclose to being taken over by China, if China ever decides to go that route.

It was very humbling to listen to him talk about his country. Again, Americans just have NO IDEA how good we have it over here. We honest to God don’t. I didn’t know how good we had it until talking with our Russian guest. I really wish, and I’m being completely honest here, that the people who preach socialism and want more government in our country could go live in a socialist society for a few months so they would know, first hand, what it’s actually like. Everything sounds great IN THEORY, but when people are actually forced to live like that, it’s suddenly not a very attractive alternative anymore.

Our Russian friend just shook his head when we talked about how there are some people in this country who push socialism. He was just flabbergasted that they would want to live the life he was so desperately trying to get away from.

I would be interested in knowing how many foreigners from socialist countries in America would actually PRAISE their government structures. I’m betting not very many.

Hence the very reason they are here, in America, and not at home. They are here because they want to escape their governments strangle holds.

At any rate, America is so spoiled. We have no idea how fortunate we are. And we shouldn’t be ashamed of that fact. But we should also not take it for granted.


Dude is supposed to get his cap and gown on Wednesday. YIPPEE! I can’t wait to take pictures of him wearing it. I’ve already warned him that he’ll need to just get used to everyone giving him a lot of attention and taking a lot of pictures of him when he graduates. This is a big deal and I’m going to spoil him (even more so than I do now) because HE DESERVES IT. Thirteen long years of school is finally over for him and we’re gonna PAR-TAY, my friends!

I’m addressing graduation announcements as we speak and I went out and bought some party invitations for his reception today that I’ll stick in with the announcements. I also bought him a really cool, personalized, wooden frame that I plan on displaying on the food table at his reception with a picture of him in his cap and gown in it. Kevin and I are still throwing ideas around as to what sort of gift we want to give him, but right now we’re sort of leaning toward putting some money into a checking account for him. He needs a checking account and he needs to start saving some money for the day when he moves out on his own.

Who knows when that day will come.

I LOVE planning parties. They’re so fun! I just pray the weather is nice that day so we can get together on our new patio.


I have the scanner set up in my office and I’ve been busy scanning old pictures. I’ll be posting some of my favorites in the coming days.

For example, this one is fun:

04-22-1

(I posted this one because I knew my parents would get a kick out of it. 🙂 )


This is kind of random, but this is one of my favorite tweets this week:

http://twitter.com/#!/writefromkaren/status/61848913459679232


Okay seriously – enough already.

weather

Abundant Life

Teaching: Happy Birthday, Church!

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

There is no verse of Scripture saying that on the Day of Pentecost God and Jesus were excited and shouting, “Surprise! Happy Birthday!” “Hope you enjoy your present!” Nevertheless, that must have been how they felt that day. God had in mind the “sacred secret,” the Administration of Grace, for thousands of years, but He was the only one who knew. He had hidden it from men, angels, and demons. Good thing, too, for the “present” God gave the Church was so valuable that had Satan known what God was going to do, he would not have crucified Jesus, as the following verse makes clear:

1 Corinthians 2:7 and 8 (Author’s Translation)
(7) But we speak God’s wisdom in a sacred secret, even the wisdom that has been hidden, which God marked out beforehand, before the ages, to our glory,
(8) which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

In the Church Epistles, God’s basic curriculum for the Church, He makes it very plain that the Church was a sacred secret, hidden in God. The fact that He calls the Administration of Grace a “sacred secret” should be enough to convince us it was a secret. But we must understand how suspicious it looked to the Jews (and even to others) when the New Testament writers spoke of new things that were not part of the Old Testament. Speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, and the fact that salvation is permanent for Christians were not even hinted at in the Old Testament, so it was very important that the Epistles say over and over that what God did for the Church was a secret, hidden in God.

Romans 16:25b and 26a
(25b) …the mystery [musterion; sacred secret] hidden for long ages past,
(26a) but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God….

1 Corinthians 2:7 and 10a
(7) No, we speak of God’s secret [musterion; sacred secret] wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
(10a) but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit….

Ephesians 3:4b and 5
(4b) …you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery [musterion; sacred secret] of Christ,
(5) which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

Ephesians 3:9a (RHM) [1]
And to bring to light—What is the administration of the sacred secret which had been hidden away from the ages in God….

Colossians 1:26
the mystery [musterion; sacred secret] that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.

On the Day of Pentecost, God began, through His Son Jesus Christ, to pour out His gift of holy spirit. But this was not the same holy spirit that He had given throughout the Old Testament. It was the holy spirit that He promised He would pour out after Christ returned to the earth to Israel, in the Millennial Kingdom. That is why the holy spirit we have today is called the “firstfruits” of the spirit.

Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

We have the “firstfruits” because what God promised for believers in the Millennial Kingdom, He has now given us by grace. We do not have the same spirit that Old Testament believers had, for then it would not be the “firstfruits” of the spirit. [2] Furthermore, because in the Old Testament God promised this new holy spirit would be given in the future, what we have is called “the promised Holy Spirit [holy spirit].”

Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit [holy spirit].

Of course we must remember that God promised this new holy spirit to Israel, not to the Church. We just read six verses that said the sacred secret, the Administration of Grace, was hidden from people in the Old Testament. God promised Old Testament believers that a new spirit would be given in the future Messianic Age, the Millennial Kingdom, but SURPRISE, He gave it to the Church by grace.

In order to understand who we are as Christians and what we have in Christ, we must understand what God did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 when He began the Christian Church. The first thing we must realize is that on Pentecost God poured out His grace upon the Church in a way no people in history had ever experienced. In fact, God actually called the Church Age, the administration in which we live, “the administration of the grace of God,” or as the NIV translates it, “the administration of God’s grace.” [3]

Ephesians 3:2
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Have you ever looked up “grace” in the Bible? It is a real eye opener to realize that God did not give abundant grace in the Old Testament times like He does today. For example, in the New American Standard Bible [4] and the English Standard Version, [5] both modern literal versions, the word “grace” appears 131 times. [6] In the NASB, eight of those are in the Old Testament, five are in the Gospels, and two are in the book of Revelation, which is written about a time after the Rapture of the Church. That means “grace” appears in the writings to the Church 116 times, as compared with 15 for the entire rest of the Bible! No wonder God calls this administration “…the administration of the grace of God….”

By reading the entire Bible, we Christians can see how God has poured out His grace upon us in a way like never before. No wonder God says we Christians are blessed in a unique way.

Ephesians 1:3 (ESV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

At no other time in history, not even when Jesus walked the earth, did God, Jesus, or the Bible say that people were blessed with all the spiritual blessings that God had in the heavenly places.

Let’s stop and think about the best gift that God could ever give a person. If you are thinking salvation, I agree, but I would preface it with the word permanent. Think about it. Salvation, everlasting life, is a great gift, but if there is anything at all on my part that I must do in order to keep it, then honestly, I would always worry a little that I might not make it into Christ’s kingdom. In this “grace” administration, our salvation is permanent. Once a person is saved, he cannot lose that salvation.

That is a change from what God had done prior to the Church Age. Before the New Birth and the gift of the new holy spirit, God never made anyone a guarantee that if they kept the law, did good works, or had faith on a one-time basis, they would be saved. He simply did not make permanent salvation available before Pentecost. To best understand this, it is important that we correctly understand salvation, which is too often misunderstood by Christians. Both Christians and Scripture speak as if Christians are “saved” now. We say, “I am saved,” and we ask people, “Are you saved?” Of course we get this language from Scripture. For example, Ephesians 2:8a says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith….” So there are verses of Scripture that say we have already been saved, and thus it is not wrong to speak that way as long as we understand exactly what we are actually saying.

A close examination of Scripture and the biblical languages shows that we are not actually saved now. The Bible uses an idiom, the “prophetic perfect,” when it says we are saved now. When God guarantees that something will absolutely happen in the future, the Bible sometimes emphasizes that by saying it has already happened. Thus Ephesians 2:6 says we are already in heaven though we are not, and Jude 14 says (in the Greek) that Jesus has already come in Judgment with thousands of his saints, even though that day is still future. Saying that we are already saved when we are not is a biblical way of saying our salvation is certain, though it has not yet been accomplished.

What we have right now, here on earth, is God’s promise that we will be saved. Because God cannot lie, His promise that we will be saved will come true, and because we will absolutely be saved in the future, God speaks about it as if it had already occurred. Knowing that we are not literally saved right now helps us understand verses such as Romans 13:11, which says that our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; 1 Thessalonians 5:8, which says that what we have is the “hope” of salvation; or 1 Peter 1:5, which says our salvation is “…ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Actually, the fact that we are not yet “saved” is self–evident. Biblically, “saved” means “rescued,” and thus also it means “made whole.” But here on earth we get sick, sad, depressed, hurt, victimized, and die. That is not being saved. Being saved will be when we are in our new bodies, perfectly healthy and fit, full of energy and joy, and will never die. That is the consummation of our salvation, and that is what we will have in the future. It is important to understand what salvation is in order to talk about it correctly.

For example, because the Bible says that as a Christian I have the absolute guarantee of salvation I often say, “I cannot lose my salvation.” But let us address that phrase, because people often ask me if Old Testament believers could “lose” their salvation. Although for ease of communication we sometimes use that phrase, it is not technically correct, because Old Testament believers never had salvation in the first place. What they did have was a promise that if they kept their faith and were righteous by their works, they would be saved in the future.

Thus, we speak of David being saved, or Ruth being saved, because they remained righteous throughout their lives. In actuality they were not “saved,” but we refer to them as such because we know they will be in the “Resurrection of the Righteous” (Luke 14:14; Acts 24:15) and will be saved at that time. But when it comes to someone like Solomon, who was righteous before God for years but then turned against Him and “…did evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (1 Kings 11:6), we are not so sure that he will be saved. If Solomon is not in the Resurrection of the Righteous, it will not be because he “lost” his salvation. No, he never had it. What he did have was a promise that if he lived righteously he would be saved.

Once we understand that, we are in a position to see how totally differently God deals with us than He did with people before the Day of Pentecost. In summary, what we will see is that today, when a person makes Jesus Christ his personal Lord and believes God raised him from the dead, he or she at that moment receives the gift of holy spirit born and sealed inside them. That holy spirit then becomes the guarantee of salvation. Wow, is that grace!

We see the difference in salvation before and after Pentecost in the doctrinal statements about salvation relative to each time period. For example, consider the following verse to people living in the Administration of the Sacred Secret:

Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

On a technical note, the verbs “confess” and “believe” are in the aorist tense in Greek, which makes reference to the fact of the action, and that the action is attained. [7] In other words, you have to confess and believe once; you do not have to keep doing it. If we had to keep confessing over and over, something such as a present participle or the present indicative active verb would have been used. In stark contrast to the one-time action that produces the guarantee of salvation in the Grace Administration, the Mosaic Law made it clear that continued obedience (or the continued faith that produced obedience) was necessary for salvation:

Deuteronomy 6:25
“And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

Throughout the Old Testament and Gospel periods there was no one-time action that a person could take that produced a guarantee of salvation. That is why there is no verse before the book of Acts that says a person can get saved by a one-time action. However, when a person in the Administration of Grace professes Jesus as Lord, that person is immediately “born again” by receiving the gift of holy spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 (ESV)
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit [holy spirit],

That verse makes it very clear that in the Grace Administration, each person who believes is immediately sealed with the promised gift of holy spirit, which is the guarantee of his future salvation. Obviously, the fact that Christians have a guarantee of their salvation is completely different from the way salvation had worked for the 4,000 years before Pentecost. Therefore, it makes sense that God would have to say it very clearly, and more than once, for people to actually believe it. Thankfully, He did just that:

2 Corinthians 1:22
[God] set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. [8]

2 Corinthians 5:5
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Ephesians 1:14
[the promised holy spirit] who [which] is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Notice that in all the above verses, the gift of holy spirit is a deposit that guarantees what will come in the future, in this case, our salvation. There are no verses like these in the Old Testament or the Gospels, because only in the Administration of Grace is salvation guaranteed on the basis of a one-time action, that of taking Christ as our Lord.

It would seem logical that if it really is true that Christians cannot lose their promise of salvation for any reason, there would be more than a few verses saying so—and there are. We have seen Romans 10:9, and the three verses that translate the Greek word arrabon as a “deposit” guaranteeing what is to come. But God says our salvation is permanent in lots of other ways as well. He says we are “born again,” and everyone knows that birth is a one-time event that is permanent. In fact, God uses three different words for birth: annagennao (1 Pet. 1:3, 23); paliggenesia (Titus 3:5); and apokueo (James 1:18). None of these are used of spiritual birth outside the writings to the Christian Church. God also says Christians are adopted into His family, and in the Roman world, adoption was permanent.

We are born of God, so we are said to have his “seed” in us (1 Pet. 1:23) and thus be partakers of God’s divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). Because we have God’s seed and His nature, we are all “holy ones” (usually translated “saints”). Furthermore, because God creates holy spirit in us, we are said to be new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). We are said to be seated in the heavenly places with Christ, not because we are actually there, but because we have a guarantee that we will be seated there in the future. We are told that we are already citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20). These could be expanded upon, but the point should be clear—God has plainly revealed that Christians have a guarantee of salvation.

Why are there so many clear statements that salvation is guaranteed for the Christian while not one such declaration occurs in the Old Testament or the Gospels? Because there was no one-time action that a person living during the Old Testament or Gospel periods could take that guaranteed him salvation. Today, however, in the Age of Grace, when a person confesses Jesus is Lord and believes God raised him from the dead, he immediately is guaranteed salvation, everlasting life in the Kingdom of Christ.

We need to remember one more thing about our guarantee of salvation. It was not foretold in the Old Testament or the Gospels, and was revealed only to the Church. No Old Testament prophet spoke of the Administration of Grace, and no biblical writer told of a time when God would suddenly give humans a guarantee of salvation based on our one-time acceptance of Christ. As Corinthians says: “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit…” (1 Cor. 2:9b and 10a). Who knows? Maybe the Lord did shout from heaven some 2,000 years ago: “Surprise! Happy Birthday, Church! How does it feel to have a guarantee of your salvation?!”

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