Blessings and Curses

I was reading this morning (I’m in Deuteronomy) and after reading about the blessings and curses Moses commanded the Israelites to speak (they haven’t spoken them yet, chapter 27) I came to Deuteronomy 28 where Moses is speaking about the blessings for those who follow the voice and commandments of the Lord. Note: Commandments stated, not the law.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 KJV
(1)  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  (2)  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.  (3)  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.  (4)  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.  (5)  Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.  (6)  Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.  (7)  The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.  (8)  The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  (9)  The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.  (10)  And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.  (11)  And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  (12)  The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.  (13)  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:  (14)  And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

After going through the blessings the Lord will bestow upon those who follow Him and harken to His voice I got to the curses of those who turn away and refuse to follow Him. I’ll admit I found it a bit overwhelming and it reminded me of times in my life when I had turned away from Him and, well, let’s just say things didn’t go very well in my life.
When you give yourself to the Lord and then try to take back your life and plan the way YOU want to see fit it doesn’t work. He’s the one that knows what’s best for us. To try and take something out of His hands, usually because of worldly lusts and selfishness, is completely unrighteous. God cannot be near unrighteousness and if that’s how we’re choosing to live then it’s safe to say He cannot be near to us. He can protect us from the wiles of the devil to an extent but it is our unrighteousness and sin that keeps Him away and causes a great distance between us.

I thought of several people that have lives that are not going well AT ALL as I read through Deuteronomy, not just myself in times past. You can literally see how much they need the Lord and my prayers go out to them.
I know the Lord loves all of His children and I know He loves us so much He died for us on a cross. He became a curse for us (Galations 3:13, Deuteronomy 21:23). I know the Lord wishes ALL would turn to Him and I know that not all will. People need prayers and encouragement in the Lord and He can use us to help.

Listen to Him and He will guide you.

Deuteronomy 4:29-31 KJV
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.  (30)  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;  (31)  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  (12)  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  (13)  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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Binding and Loosening in Heavenly Places

Matthew 16:19 – And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 – Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We are given the keys to the kingdom of heaven, just as Jesus said. The kingdom of heaven is the spiritual kingdom in which Christ reigns – it deals with our relationship with Christ and our spiritual lives, as we have received an inheritance with Christ. What we bind on earth or within ourselves (knowingly or unknowingly, aware or unaware) it is bound spiritually. The same that we loose on earth (physically, in our minds, emotionally, etc) it is loosed in the kingdom of heaven – the spiritual realm. So when we loose something it is loosed spiritually the same when we bind something it is bound spiritually.

God needs us to bind that which we do not need, the unrighteousness around us and in us, and to unbind his hands to work in us to lead us to perfection (completion and maturity in Christ).
This post came about when it was revealed to me what He meant when He talks about “heavenly places.” I always imagined He was speaking about Heaven, as in way up there in God’s kingdom, and did not make the connection that He was speaking about the kingdom down here, around us in His realm. See Matthew 11:12 for example, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” It took me a while to understand this verse and even after understanding it it was yet a while longer before I understood other verses pertaining to the same kingdom.

I still long to understand the mysteries of the heavenly places and this revelation (thank you, Lord. Sorry I’m so dim sometimes) has cleared up a lot of other questions as well as made His Word much more meaningful when speaking about the kingdom of heaven and being with Him there now (spiritually speaking), while we still have our earthly flesh.

Acknowledging the Gifts of the Spirit

This was sent to me by a friend and was a very good read if anyone is interested in the gifts of the Spirit but doesn’t fully know or understand their existence. It’s broken down as to what Paul was writing about concerning them as many seem to believe that they have ceased from this day and age. I will admit I am surprised that so many believe that they no longer apply to us as the Body of Christ. I would say I’ve encountered more that pass them off as being passive or don’t always acknowledge that every believer can use the gifts to further the Kingdom of God (and that it mostly only comes through missionaries or church leaders), but I have not come across many that simply deny that they no longer exist in this world (completely).

“One cannot in any biblical sense say that God is not using spiritual gifts somewhere in the world at this time. The Bible does say the gifts will completely pass away while the church is growing,  the point is “when”  they will pass away. Since we still have knowledge and the perfect has not come Spiritual gifts are still are available to build up the body. But we must understand they are not under mans but God’s control when they will be used.

On a subject like this I know that there will be disagreement from either one side or the other. This is my conclusion after many years of hearing both sides of the arguments for and against and personally seeing actual spiritual gifts in action in my life and others. This is not to be understood as an endorsement of what we see in many Charismatic or Pentecostal churches. There are many counterfeits and many works of the flesh that are presented as a spiritual gift.

I believe there are spiritual gifts  for today (with certain qualifications) but I want to believe and practice  and accept them as the Bible teaches. Spiritual gifts exercised correctly will always bring health and life to the body of believers.

In what capacity are the gifts active today, are they like they were in the first century or different? This is what we will look into in the next portions of this topic.”
http://letusreason.org/Doct77.htm

For those who are interested in seeing testimonies for people using the gifts today I would suggest looking into The End of Churchianity. Not sure if any of the testimonies specifically from the documentary can be found on YouTube.

Please Don’t Awaken the Sleeping Church

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By Al Benson Jr.

Recently on http://www.thedailybeast.com I read an article entitled: A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent. It was written by a Kirsten Powers. I don’t know anything about this lady but she did posit some thoughts that American Christians should be thinking about and probably haven’t a clue about.

Anyone who has read my material in recent years realizes that I have grave questions about what the Church in this country is doing (and isn’t doing). The Church today seems to be submerged in what I would call a wait for the rapture, just be nice, the Lord’s in control and so we do nothing theology. That’s about the briefest way I can describe it and keep it civil.

Powers states in her article: “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace…

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Bearing Burdens, Abiding in Christ

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (1)
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (2)
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (3)
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (4)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (5)
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (6)
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. (7)
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (8)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (9)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (10)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (11)
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another. (12)

(1) Galatians 6:2, (2) Proverbs 27:17, (3) Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, (4) Matthew 18:20, (5) Hebrews 10:24-25, (6) Psalms 127:1, (7) 1 Corinthians 3:9, (8) Colossians 3:23, (9) Galatians 6:9, (10) 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, (11) John 15:1-5, (12) John 15:9-17

I believe that not only are we supposed to be helpful and supportive of each other through the burdens life gives us but also the burdens God may place on our hearts. This originally started out to make that point but turned into something else slightly, though I think the message is still there. There is no greater good than abiding in the Lord. We must all come together as we are called and do this. Not only abiding in the Lord but coming together in oneness, as many different branches on the same vine, each having their own purpose. We each have our own roles to play and we each lift each other up just as Christ lifts us up.

Why do we need to be entertained?

The feeling the need to be entertained is an addictive habit, comparable to smoking and drugs.

You see it all around you while you’re out and about; children and adults glued to their cell phones, parents bringing tablets in to pacify their kids at restaurants, a constant need for a television to be on in ones household, constant music while in the car or at home, in the work place, in stores; it’s everywhere.
Why does our society feel the need to be entertained? Our culture has turned into one that as an infant to a toddler children are given cell phones and electronic devices to distract and entertain them. As they grow older kids start pleaded for their own cell phone and/or computer until they finally demand such things from their parents. Just a couple of years ago I remember seeing 12-year-olds that demanded having such tools (yes, they are meant to be tools and not for entertainment) and now the age has gotten younger and younger.
I see children that are between the ages of 8-10 walking around with their faces and hands glued to their phones, constantly taking selfies of themselves or with family and friends, texting, all having to have their own Facebook accounts; all the while parents see it as an innocent development. One of the common reasoning for parents giving their kids things as this at such a young age usually consist of pointing out that their children felt inadequate as all their school friends have the most recent development of entertainment, so why can’t they?

Why do we feel a need to be entertained?
A common misconception that most Christians have lately is that by having a need to be entertained we are allowing ourselves to be distracted from God during most parts of the day. That by allowing what the world seems as right for us and our children to enter into our lives we are no longer putting forth what God says is best for our lives and our families.

Many would argue that these devises, meant to be tools, are not something God would want us to be without. Would he really want us to be behind the times? To not be “cool” or “up-to-date?”
God does not require electronics to speak to us, he requires our time. If we are not able to give him our time because of how much junk we allow into our lives, how will we ever truly hear from him?

How can God speak to you when you allow what’s in the world to be a constant distraction for you and your family? How are you setting your children up and teaching them to learn to hear from Him?
Do you believe that God is using social media to get your attention or is it just something to do to keep up with the rest of the world? Will you find God in the movies you watch? Is He verbally speaking through your radios and music? Is that Him texting you constantly throughout the day? Is He running around through your video games helping you learn about His Kingdom?

If you’re still reading this, I would like to challenge you to take the time and compare how much time you give God, your Heavenly Father, to how much time you spend on being entertained by everything else in the world. See who is getting most of your time and think about who is more deserving of it.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

He gave His Son, what are you giving?

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV)

Throughout the Bible we are told to come out from among them. To come out from among the world and what the world is doing. If what the world was doing was so innocent, why would God tell us to stay away from it? Is he just a mean Spirit that doesn’t want us to have any fun? Or could it be that there are spiritual reasons we are to stay away? Could it be that maybe He is trying to protect us because He loves us enough already that His only begotten Son died for us?

Without entertainment we feel bored and usually don’t know what to do with our time. We feel stagnant and can easily get antsy. Most may feel that their relationship with God is so boring that they would much rather be doing ANYthing else than spend time with Him. Maybe the problem is not that God and the Bible are boring and we never feel we hear from Him, maybe it’s that there’s too much junk in our lives for Him to communicate with us effectively.
Here’s something to consider when you want to move forward: Note to self: Die to self

What Side is Your World On?

There have been a lot of topics on my mind recently that I would like to write of though I’m not sure of their timing and will need to pray about them more. One topic that has been on my mind for quite some time is involving around Westcott and Hort and the many different Bible translations we seem to have today. For those who aren’t familiar with Westcott and Hort, they are credited for having found older scrolls than what was used to translate the King James Bible we have today. I disagree with most that think that the older the better in this case, especially considering where their transcripts were found or stored for so many years. There is also the fact that neither men were true believers and it is documented through their own letters to each other during their translations. Many who take their versions as just “easy to read” and in my mind that discredits God’s ability to help us understand His ways.

Another topic I have felt strongly about writing on has to do with the rapture. Though I was raised to believe in it (even read some of the Left Behind series) I do not believe in it anymore. God put a burden on my heart about it and after seeking His guidance, the theology surrounding it feels completely wrong for ways that I will not explain right now. I also believe there are dangers in not only believing in it but also teaching it to others, but I will not get into that now.

I’ve had a difficult time knowing where to start on these topics and have mostly just been doing my own research about them. I love to research and find what others believe compared to what the Bible teaches us, to see how most other religions all connect with each other in ways they are not even aware of (Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, etc). I also research sects of “Christian” groups, churches, or organizations and see how they compare with the Bible as well. I recently did some research on a Mar Thoma (“Indian-Christian”) church as I know someone who attends periodically. I found a lot of Hindu/Buddhist influences that are still involved in this church and are seen merely as Indian traditions. I found, in my research, that most of their “traditions” are still paying homage to other gods from other religions and I do not believe most are aware of this and the importance of not continuing with such “traditions.”

It’s very important to be aware of what is going on around us in other groups, especially now when false prophets and leaders are pushing to have “oneness with each other.” After that statement you might ask, “Well, what’s the big deal with that? Shouldn’t we get along? Wouldn’t the world be a better place?”

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  (35)  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  (36)  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  (37)  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  (38)  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  (39)  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. – Matthew 10:34-39

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  (16)  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  (17)  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  (18)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (19)  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  (20)  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:15-20

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

We are here to find God. More and more I am realizing how much our generations and the generations before us have slacked off from a real relationship with God. I’m not claiming that everyone is lacking, but a lot of them are. I’ve lived it myself, I know how it feels to want more. To attend a church and go to Bible studies every week only to find yourself still thirsting, still wanting more, still.. empty. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)
Why are so many people today still thirsting if we are truly being taught what Christ came here to teach us? Why are so many still lost? So many living the church life, having the word of God, and seeing it, and God Himself, as a joke? Because of watered down teachings. Why are so many falling away or buying in the false teachings, just to have acceptance and temporary joy? So many are filled with repetitive songs that have lost their meaning, with repetitive study plans that don’t break open what God is speaking about TODAY. Oh yes, they want to mold us into good little Christians, but the world was not turned upside down by factory made soldiers!

But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. – Acts 17:5-7

I want to be one of those. Through the blood of Christ and His true way, I want to be one that turns the world upside down from what it believes today. How many see it happening in their cities? How many see the impact? How many miracles of healing the sick, healing the blind, healing the crippled, and casting out demons do you see in your church that are true and real? How many reach out to the homeless, the fatherless, and the widows? I for one, don’t see it today.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

He gave his only begotten Son for our sakes.. We can never fully repay him for that.. but what are you going to do to try?

How long will you be among them?

For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. (Deuteronomy 7:4)

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (Acts 20:29-31)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. (Romans 16:17-19)

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:2-5)

I am fully aware lately to the truth of seeing those around me, whom I love, falling prey to false doctrine. I ask myself quite often questions concerning this mentality that those around us have attained concerning such false doctrines. The “let’s agree to disagree” theology that has made its way into Christian homes everywhere.
Feel that you’re being lead in a different direction? Fine, but let’s test the spirits of those directions and find the truth.
Feel that it’s okay and we should be loving and accepting of our brothers and sisters who live in sin?

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  (12)  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  (13)  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)

Sometimes when I think about the church, the supposed body of Christ, I feel sorrowful. I don’t know how much of what I feel or what I “see” in regards to it all is speculation on my own part of a view-point from God. I find it incredibly sad that in this day and age one might be more skeptical of a church actually following God than assuming they are not.
I can’t walk into a “Christian” bookstore without seeing false doctrine spilling off the shelves all the while Christians are lining up with money from their pockets to purchase these “best sellers” and words of those who have no real intention of glorifying God.
You can’t walk around in a store without seeing them push all the holidays that we’re not even supposed to celebrate. We’re constantly told to come OUT from the world yet we accept everything they sell in stores and play it off as not being a big deal. What we’re actually doing is disobeying God and downplaying it because we want to be entertained and have the same enjoyment as the rest of the world. That’s not what our Bible teaches us. That’s not what God has been teaching us.
I’m sure I’ve ranted about this before and I will continue to do so. I am incredibly thankful that God has opened my eyes and I pray that he not only continues to do so but will open the eyes of many others in the world.
My heart breaks at the things that I’m shown and I will be glad to be removed and help those that He has told me we will be helping. I do not know what all my future holds but if it has anything with being able to glorify God and bring others closer to Him, I want it more than ever.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  (15)  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  (16)  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  (17)  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

In the past I used to think that verse 14 was talking about marrying non-believers, as that is how it was taught to me growing up. Now I realize more that it means not to belong one to another. Not to allow them to effect your lives and lifestyle in a way that it separates you from the Lord. Does that mean that we cannot even talk to them? No, how would we witness? Just don’t allow the lifestyle of the world to corrupt what God has given you.