It's better to have an affair than to get divorced, he maintained "What???"



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Megachurch Pastor: Have An Affair ... With Your Spouse


"Life is short. Have an affair ... with your spouse," exclaimed megachurch pastor Ed Young after emerging from a taped debate with AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman.
Young and Biderman, whose website caters to people who are “attached” and looking for an affair, met up Thursday night with two other panelists for the debate at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas – part of ABC Nightline's latest "Face-Off" series, which is tackling the Ten Commandments and how they apply to modern life.

The news program decided to kick off the series with the seventh commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.”

"I agree with Noel," Young said during the debate, referring to Ashley Madison’s tagline, "Life is short. Have an affair."

"[But] I would add three words: with, your, spouse," continued Young.

According to reports, adultery is the second leading cause of divorce. And Biderman's notorious website, which claims over 2.5 million subscribers, is a way of "cannibalizing an existing human behavior and condition," as the Ashley Madison founder previously explained.

Although Biderman, who is happily married, believes adultery is wrong, he argued that extramarital affairs could be a marriage saver.

"[P]eople don't have affairs because of my website," he said, according to the local Pegasus News. "Infidelity can save your marriage."

It's better to have an affair than to get divorced, he maintained.

Young, meanwhile, argued that married couples having more sex with each other is the answer. By doing so, he said, communication opens.

The Texas pastor had thousands of supporters behind him as Thursday’s taping of the debate took place at his church. His congregants were not likely surprised to find their pastor talking about sex especially after Young made headlines last year for issuing a seven-day sex challenge to married couples.

"God is for sex," he said last year. "It was His idea. The Church has allowed the culture to hijack sex from the Church and it's time that we move the bed back in Church and put God back in the bed.

"We are the real sexperts. After all, we're made in God's image and He's the one who wants us to do it His way."
Young made similar statements during Thursday’s Nightline debate.
But Biderman and fellow pro-infidelity debater Jenny Block, who is married with kids and in an open relationship with a woman, believe the Ten Commandments and the institution of the heterosexual, monogamous marriage may be archaic.

It's not a part of human nature to be monogamous, Biderman argued.

Panelist Jonathan Daughtery, a recovered sex addict, has been on both sides of the equation. And in the end, he says, "Faithfulness and fidelity to one spouse wins."

Young, meanwhile, added: "Adultery has its kicks but it has wicked, Chuck Norris-like kickbacks."

Such a Time as This ~ Dr. Tony Beam

Positive, God Centered Faith Is Needed for Such a Time as This


     We are living in unstable times that often leave the soul unsettled and our faith shaken. Our economy teeters on the brink between boom and bust. High unemployment numbers mean many families are struggling just to provide the basic necessities of life. Government bailout plans, cash for clunkers, stimulus spending, and record budget deficits leave us concerned for the financial security of future generations.

Overseas, nuclear aspirations of tinhorn dictators in Iran and North Korea are reviving cold war visions of a nuclear holocaust while the war in Afghanistan escalates. Here at home our elected representatives appear to be paralyzed by partisan rancor that threatens to tear the country apart.
 
 Our Father said there would days like this. In fact, in the much quoted Olivet Discourse Jesus said, “You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet”(Matt. 24:6 NASV). 
 
He went on to say, “Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come” (Matt. 24:12-14 NASV).
    
As believers in Jesus Christ, how can we be prepared for the troubling times that are upon us? I believe, oddly enough, that the answer can be found at an impromptu picnic where four kinds of faith were revealed. John 6:1-15 tells the story of the feeding of the 5000. As the story unfolds, we find Jesus and his disciples faced with a sizeable dilemma. The crowds had been following Jesus all day. He couldn’t just send them away without providing for their needs. But how would Jesus do it? What was humanly impossible became merely an opportunity for Jesus to display the power of His Father.

    The first kind of faith was what I call a pessimistic faith. Philip was a human calculator. He obviously had the spiritual gift of organization. He looked at the situation and immediately took inventory to see what resources were available so he would know what was possible. But faith that focuses on the sufficiency of the provision rather than the sovereignty of the provider is a faith that is incomplete and uninspiring. Verse six says clearly that Jesus already knew what he was going to do. He asked the question about how to feed the five thousand to see the reaction of his disciples. Jesus wasn’t looking for information…He was looking for inspiration. But a pessimistic faith is anything but inspiring.

     The second kind of faith was an optimistic but questioning faith that came up just short of meeting the need. Andrew had a reputation for bringing things to Jesus. John 1:41 records that he brought Peter to Jesus. John 12:22 reveals that he brought the Greeks to Jesus. Here, Andrew looks around, finds a small boy with a small lunch and brings both to Jesus. At first, Andrew is excited. He says, “Look, here are five barley loaves and two small fish.”

So far Andrew has the right idea. He finds the only resource that is available and brings it to Jesus. But that is where his faith falters. Like Peter, who stepped out of the boat and was doing fine walking on the water until he was distracted by the storm, Andrew is distracted by the reality of the difference between the need and the available provision and he loses faith. He adds, “But what are these among so many people?”

Granted, Andrew’s faith transcended Philips because at least for a moment he believed there just might be a miracle. But like so many of us, the moment for the miracle was lost when he allowed a temporal mindset to cloud his ability to think transcendently.

 Then there was the faith of the crowd. The crowd’s faith was completely materialistic in nature. The crowd will not believe what it cannot see. The crowd always seeks to share Christ’s glory without knowing His goodness. They will always run to those who perform signs but run away from those who point out sin. Jesus healed them and feed them and as long as their legs were strong and their bellies full they wanted Him as their king. When Jesus began to talk about His mission in terms of sacrifice and the cross the crowd turned away. The crowd will always draw back when God draws the line. They want a shallow, temporary solution to their problems…not a costly yet eternal solution.


     Finally, there was the faith of Jesus. It was a positive faith that first remembered to thank God for the provision even before the miracle occurred. Jesus offered thanks for two fish and five small loaves of bread. I would have been complaining about the inadequacy of the provision and I would have immediately asked God to provide a bread truck and fishing trawler filled to capacity. But Jesus simply received what the young boy so willingly provided, thanked God, and then multiplied it to meet the needs of the multitude. This story reminds me that we are always better off with what God can provide than we are with what we can produce. When we are willing to offer what we can produce to God we will discover that He is able to provide abundantly more than we could ever ask or think.

     What kind of faith do you have? Is it a pessimistic faith that looks around to see what provision is available? Is it an optimistic but questioning faith that is distracted by the size of the available resources? Is it a materialistic faith that is based on what God has done for you lately? Or is it a positive, Christ-centered faith that is able to thank God for what is available and then trust him for a miracle?

     For such a time as this we need a positive, Christ-centered faith that believes in the miracle of personal and cultural transformation.

Jewish Holy Days (The Appointed Times)


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Why Christians expect to see the rapture, 12 Short Reasons


Summary of reasons why Christians expect to see the rapture happen on the


Feast of Trumpets / Rosh Hashanna



1.  All the Spring Feasts were fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and on the exact day of the feast.  All the Fall Feasts picture the second advent, and the Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall feasts, picturing the rapture.

2.  The Feast of Trumpets is when the "last trump" of the rapture of 1 Cor 15 is blown.


3.  The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Wedding of the Messiah, and the Church is the Bride of Christ, and the rapture is when the Church is caught up to heaven to be wed with Christ.


4.  The Feast of Trumpets happens on the "new moon", which is 29.5 days after the last one, meaning it might occur on the 29th or 30th day, nobody knows for sure.  "Of that day or hour no man knows" is an expression referring to this feast, and thus, the rapture.


5.  "Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only" is an expression used by a groom when asked when his wedding will be.  He says this because it is his Father that will tell him when his preparations on the bridal chamber are completed and it is time.  Again, the wedding pictures the rapture.


6.  The "Open Door" of the rapture in Matt 25, and Rev 3, & Rev 4:1 is a symbol of the Feast of Trumpets.  [Ezek 46:1] "Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.


7.  We are told that the new moon and the Feasts of the Lord are a shadow of things to come in Col 2:16,17.  Since the Feast of Trumpets is the only Feast of the Lord that falls on a new moon, we should take particular note.


8.  There are seven days of awe in between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement.  These picture the seven years of tribulation.  Atonement pictures Satan being defeated and cast away at the end of tribulaion.  If you add the two day Trumpets feast, and the day of atonement, the 7 days of awe are "ten days of tribulation" which might be referred to in Rev. 2:10.


9.  In the Jewish Wedding, a marriage takes place over a period of time known as the "bridal week".  During the bridal week, the groom and bride have sex in the bridal chamber.  At the end of the week, there is a marriage supper.  Compare Judges 14, Rev. 19, and Gen. Genesis 29:22-28  This bridal week will be the tribulation week on earth, while the bride of Christ is in heaven

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10. In the Jewish Wedding, the groom comes for his bride "like a thief in the night" to take (size / rapture) her away and into the bridal chamber for the bridal week at his father's house.


11.  The Feast of Trumpets is also known as the coronation of the Messiah, when he will start reigning as king, thus the beginning of the "Day of the Lord", which includes the tribulation.


12.  It is also time for the bema judgment, or the judgement of the works of the righteous, and judgement must begin at the house of the Lord.


[2Cor 11:2] For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Rapture parallels with the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShana)

(Some Disagree with Jack) The Fall Feasts of Israel




When someone tells me Don't I usually do.


Of course sometimes I make do do but when the Master said;

Watch and be ready for in an hour you know not, the Son of Man will return. 

And again Jesus said; Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me.  And again he said, Blessed are those who are watching for their Masters Return.

I know Jack says DON'T

BUT I DO,

 and when He returns this year or the next, or as he decides in the near coming years, I know What Holy Days we will celebrate. 

You can enjoy them here on earth or in heaven, as for me, it's check out time so I will watch and wait and pray.

No offense: 
You're on your own for ten days now. I will pray for your loved ones to be saved. You? I wish, I hope, I pray you are ready:


The Fall Feasts of Israel

Jack KelleyBy Jack Kelley

(At sunset on Sept. 18, 2009 Israel began year 5770 on the Hebrew Calendar. As I often do with articles that commemorate annual events, I have updated this study onthe Fall Feasts and added new information for your review. As you can see, I’m also posting it a day early to coincide with the start of Rosh Hashanah.)

The fall is arguably the most important time of the year in Judaism. Three of Israel’s holiest days are celebrated then, and all in the space of 15 days. They are Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, followed 10 days later byYom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 5 days after that the week long Feast of Tabernacles. On our calendar they usually fall (no pun intended) sometime between mid September and early October due to the differences between the Jewish (lunar) calendar and the western (solar) one.

Each of these holy days has both historical and prophetic significance, the prophetic fulfillment to occur on the day itself. Therefore Christians study them for glimpses into the future as well as to gain a better understanding of Jewish culture.

Happy New Year

Gentiles are sometimes confused in their studies of these holy days by the fact that the Lord changed the Jewish calendar at the time of the Exodus (Exodus 12:2). What had been the 7th month was thereafter to be the first, moving the beginning of the year to the spring, 10 days before Passover.

But because of the harvest, the Jews retained their original calendar as well, so now they have a religious year which begins in the spring and a civil year beginning in the fall. Therefore the Jewish New Year has always been celebrated in the fall and remains so today. This feast is known by two names, Yom Teruah, which means day of blowing but is called the Feast of Trumpets, and Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year”.

Rosh Hashanah is a time of new beginnings. According to some Jewish traditions, the creation was completed on Rosh Hashanah, and therefore Adam was born on that day as well. Many students of prophecy place the birth of the Messiah on Rosh Hashanah, giving the day it’s historical fulfillment, and believe that the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week and 7 years later the Lord’s Second Coming will also occur on Rosh Hashanah, fulfilling it’s prophetic significance.

Others think that the Rapture of the Church will happen on Rosh Hashanah, but I’m convinced that the Rapture is a number specific event rather than a date specific one, meaning the Church will be ruptured when “the full number of gentiles has come in” making the day and hour unknown to us in advance, except that it will precede Israel’s re-awakening (Romans 11:25) and Daniel’s 70th week. (Acts 15:15-16)

I’m also convinced that Paul’s reference to the Rapture happening at “The Last Trump” (1 Cor. 15:52) should not be used to connect it to the Feast of Trumpets. He spoke of the same event In 1 Thess. 4:16 saying it would be accompanied by the trumpet call of God. Some scholars say there are two trumpets of God that recall the two horns of the ram caught in the thicket as Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac. They call the Trumpet of Exodus 19:13the left one, or First Trump, and say that God will call the Israelites back to the Land in the End Times by blowing the right one, or Last Trump. If, as I suspect, this will occur in conjunction with the Battle of Ezekiel 38, then my belief that the Rapture will take place before Ezekiel’s battle would be confirmed.

Religious Jews believe that in Heaven, books recording the deeds of mankind are opened on Rosh Hashanah for an annual review of man’s behavior. To this end, they spend the previous month in a sincere effort to right all the wrongs they may have committed during the year just ending.

When the books are opened, the names of those whose life has been exemplary in every respect are entered into the book for another year of life, while those who have demonstrated no redeeming qualities at all are scheduled for death. Since normal bell curve distribution would indicate that very few fit at either extreme, the majority are given 10 days until Yom Kippur to “get right with God.” These 10 days are called the Days of Awe where each man’s destiny hangs in the balance as he goes about asking forgiveness from friends and neighbors for sins he’s committed in the yearjust past. A common greeting among Jews during the Days of Awe is, “May your name be written in the Book.”

On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah (it’s a two day celebration) Orthodox Jews go to a running brook or stream where fish swim and throw pebbles or crumbs they’ve gathered into the water, symbolizing God’s casting away of their sins. While doing so, they recite Micah 7:18-20.

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.”
This is one of the most eloquent descriptions of God’s grace to be found anywhere in Scripture. It reminds God of His promise to be merciful to them in the coming judgment of Yom Kippur.

The fish’s dependence on water symbolizes their dependence on God. The fact that fish can’t close their eyes reminds them to be thorough because God sees everything. This ceremony is called Tashlich, Hebrew for “You will cast”, a reference to hurling their iniquities into the sea in Micah 7:19.

Judgment Time

Ten days later, on Yom Kippur, judgment is rendered, the books are closed and everyone’s fate is sealed for another year.

Yom Kippur was the only day of the year when it was permissible to speak the Name of God. Yes God does have a name, but it’s not Jehovah or Yahweh. These names were created out of the four letters that Hebrew scribes used to represent God’s name in the Old Testament. Wherever the word LORD appears all in caps, you’ll find the Hebrew letters JHVH, (or YHWH) in the Hebrew text. Theologians call these four letters the tetragrammaton, which is Greek for “four letters”. So, in effect these four letters are God’s initials, standing for His real name.

Since Hebrew has no vowels, early English language translators added an E, an O, and an A, (vowels they took from from Elohim, a form of the Hebrew word meaning God and Adonai, Hebrew for Lord) to JHVH and created the name Jehovah. We used to think that was God’s name. And in Hebrew the four letters are pronounced yod, hay, wah, hay, which probably gave rise to the “Yahweh” we use today. Neither one is really His name.

It was forbidden for Jews to speak God’s actual name except for once a year on Yom Kippur when it was spoken 10 times. After the Temple was destroyed, the Yom Kippur ceremony gradually changed until the name of God ceased to be used and was subsequently lost.

So no one alive today knows God’s name, and it probably hasn’t been spoken on Earth for about 1700 years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Philippians 2:9-11 says that Jesus, or if you prefer the Hebrew, Yeshua is now the name above all names.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Back to Yom Kippur. During a great and awe inspiring ceremony at the Temple, two goats were brought before the High Priest. One was a goat “for the Lord” to be presented as a peace offering as commanded in Lev. 16:7-10. The other was called “the scapegoat” because all the sins of the nation were symbolically placed upon its head, and then it was led outside the city to be killed. The goat had done nothing to deserve this but was chosen to demonstrate the fact that only the shedding of innocent blood could atone for the sins of the people. The death of the two goats symbolically set aside the sins of the nation, made their peace offering acceptable and gave them peace with their Creator. The people spoke the Name of God in heartfelt thanks.

Here are a couple of interesting tidbits from Jewish tradition. When the goats were brought before the High Priest, their respective roles in the ceremony were determined by lot. Two golden lots were placed in a golden bowl and as he placed his hand upon the head of each goat, the High Priest reached into the bowl and pulled out one of the lots. Before the cross, the goat that was to be presented to the Lord as a peace offering always turned out to be on the right hand of the High Priest. After the cross it never was.

While the scapegoat was symbolically receiving the sins of the people upon its head a scarlet ribbon was tied from one of its horns to the door of the temple. When the time came for the goat to be taken into the wilderness the ribbon was cut, leaving some on its horn and some on the door. At a predetermined location outside the city, the goat was pushed off a cliff and fell to its death. In all the years before the cross, at the moment of the scapegoat’s death, the remnant of ribbon on the temple door turned from red to white symbolizing the passage from Isaiah 1:18,

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”
After the cross this never happened again. The One Who now sits at the right hand of the Father and Who had fulfilled the dual role that the two goats only symbolized had come and forever taken away the sins of all who would choose to accept Him. (Source: The Fall Feasts Of Israel. Authors Mitch and Zhava Glaser, Publisher Moody Press.)

The Law Is Only a Shadow...

In Christendom a view holds that the Lord Jesus began His ministry on Yom Kippur announcing in effect that the judgment that was due mankind would be borne by Him (Luke 4:16-21) and that man no longer need live in fear of judgment nor have to endure the 10 Days of Awe every year.

It’s easy to see the Lord in the role of our scapegoat, whose shed blood purchased our pardon forever (Hebrews 10:11-14), but He was also our peace offering.
“He is our peace, Who has broken down every wall.” (Ephe 2:14)
In the prophetic sense, Tribulation survivors from the nations will receive their fulfillment of the Yom Kippur judgment in the days immediately following the Lord’s return. This is described to us in the Sheep and Goat judgment (Matt 25:31-46) where Gentiles who’ve cast their sins at the foot of the cross during the Great Tribulation will be granted life in the Kingdom, and those who haven’t will be sent away for death. Their willingness to help believing Jews during the Great Tribulation will be evidence of their faith. In Matt. 19:28 the Lord told His disciples that the judgment of Jews who survive would take place then, too.

For those of all ages who reject the Lord’s vicarious atonement, the prophetic fulfillment of Yom Kippur will come at the end of the Millennium in the so-called Great White Throne judgment, when all the unsaved dead are brought back to life to be judged according to their works. (Rev. 20:11-15).

Happy Thanksgiving

The Feast of Tabernacles comes five days after Yom Kippur. It was a harvest celebration and is the inspiration for the American Thanksgiving Day. It began as a seven-day feast, later expanded to eight, when all the tithes the Israelites had set aside during the year were brought to Jerusalem for a joyous time of national celebration and thanksgiving for the Lord’s bountiful provision. The aroma of delicious foods cooking over open fires permeated the whole city. For seven days wherever you went there was an air of joy and festivity as the people remembered their Provider and gave thanks. (Deut. 14:22-26).

Historically the Feast of Tabernacles commemorates the time of God’s dwelling with the Israelites in the wilderness. Its prophetic fulfillment comes in the Millennium when the Lord will once again dwell among His people; with the Church in the New Jerusalem (Rev 21) and Israel in Jehovah Shammah, the new name of the Holy City in the Promised Land. (Isaiah 62:2 & Ezekiel 48:35)

Somewhere along the way a water libation ceremony was added to the Feast of Tabernacles. Each morning a procession of priests would descend the steps from the Temple to the Pool of Siloam and dip a silver pitcher into the water. Carrying the water back to the altar, they would pour it into the ground that had been exposed by the removal of a paving block near the altar, while offering prayers for rain. The purpose of this daily ceremony was to remind God to bring the fall rains needed to prepare the ground for planting. In Israel it doesn’t rain during the summer and the ground gets very hard. Gentle rains are needed to soften the ground so it can be prepared for the fall planting.

On the last day of the feast the High Priest himself would officiate and on this day instead of a silver pitcher one of pure gold would be used. The High Priest would be dressed in all his finest and attended by a huge contingent of similarly attired priests, blowing trumpets, singing psalms, and waving palm branches. When it was first described to me, I was struck by its beauty and pageantry. I’ve since read that extra balconies were set up around the Court of the Priests so more people could observe it.

One year just as the High Priest was about to pour the water into the ground, a loud voice interrupted the ceremony shouting,
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)
It was Jesus and He was referring to the Holy Spirit, who believers would soon receive. This caused many to believe that He was indeed Israel’s Messiah. (We’re not told what the High Priest’s reaction was, but it couldn’t have been pleasant.)

Let’s Get Spiritual

Following the thought that events that were external and physical in the Old Testament are often internal and spiritual in the New, there is a sense in which these holy days also reflect the life of the believer.

As Jesus came to live in the world at His birth (Rosh Hashanah), so He comes to live in our hearts at our new birth. As He required the shedding of innocent blood to reconcile Himself with Israel (Yom Kippur) so He shed His own Blood to reconcile Himself with us. As He dwelt with the Israelites in the wilderness of Midian (Tabernacles), so He dwells with us in the wilderness of Earth. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” He promised. (Matt 28:20) Even so, Come Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20) You can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah.

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