In light of recent headlines of MEN BEHAVING LIKE PIGS...
The World to Men: "You're all pigs."
Religion to Men: "You have a pig nature that you must fight an unending, excruciating, uphill battle to overcome. Perhaps you'd be better off castrated!"
Jesus to men: "My Dear Brother, You are of great value to Me, and I LOVE YOU so much! When you see Me for Who I am you will see yourself for who I created you to be; then you will learn to think, speak and act in accordance with that reality. Such a Life will not function through human toil. It shall flow out of Divine Rest! Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."
Women were created to be treated as Princesses.
Men were created to treat them as such.
ALL need to know His Love, along with the beauty of human sexuality within its context!
Acts 4:32 "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
As I see it, they didn't give EVERYTHING to the church. They still possessed money and things, while allowing the Lord to ultimately steward it all. "He possessed" denotes that the believer still possessed money and things of value (while not considering them to be "his own").
I do not believe that the following verses contradict this... Acts 2:44 "And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."
The fact that they had all things common does not automatically denote that there was a communal account...which held "Everything". That thought would be debunked as soon as any sum was shared with a member of the "communal living arrangement". I would also like to note that verse 45 does not say "ALL of their possessions and goods".
It's also quite evident that Generosity ruled the day and materialism didn't. Acts 4:34 "There were no needy ones among them, because those who owned lands or houses would sell their property, bring the proceeds from the sales, 35and lay them at the apostles’ feet for distribution to anyone as he had need."
The following passage also bears witness to the fact that "Lying to the Holy Spirit" was Ananias and Sapphira's sin, not "Holding back a part". Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
Added Note: Believer's also sold houses and lands in accordance with Jesus' warning about the impending judgment and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Just some food for thought...
The deeper meaning behind Luke 20: 21- 25...
You were created in the Image of God and His Words have been inscribed on your heart. Therefore let Him steward and multiply your Love potential on earth...as it is in heaven! This happens through us simply resting in Him...and yielding to the many ways which He desires to invest and spend our lives here on earth.
Luke 20:21 Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 “Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? 24 “Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” 25 And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Christ in YOU (and as YOU) is Heaven's Treasure on Earth!
Teaching students that they came from apes and church folks that they are "New Creatures" with a giant ASTERISK ("sin nature") certainly hasn't helped the porn, rape, and "blame women" culture in America...or anywhere else.
Hearing about Aly Raisman's experience was gut wrenching. Seeing the disgusting comments from SO many men on FB is absolutely chilling...and makes me want to vomit.
I'm not being "holier than thou". I used to seriously objectify women before coming to the saving knowledge of my identity in Christ. I can tell you with 100% certainty that His Grace is beyond sufficient for us to Love our wives and treat women as Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters...instead of second-class, subservient sex objects.
Men will only stop behaving like animals and spiritual half-breeds when they find their truest identity in Christ/Love...and begin to recognize women for the beautiful, irreplaceable expressions of God's feminine side that they truly are!
Food For Thought: The majority of miracles in the Gospels were performed by a Carpenter, fishermen, tax collectors and at least one revolutionary zealot....along with others whose occupations remain unknown. I submit to you that "The Average Frank" (Joe is overused) walking in union with the Holy Spirit is at least as powerful as those who are much more highly esteemed among men. There is no "clergy and laity" in God's Kingdom; just those who are being equipped by those who are being equipped!