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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Sideshow: God, Satan, and Miss USA

Theses two girls didn't win Miss USA, they didn't pose for girlie sideshow, or magazines, but they glorifed the Lord in their life. Christians are not to be in girlie sideshows.

The Girlie Sideshow: God, Satan, and Miss USA in Sin City

Carrie Prejean, 21, may have lost the Miss USA crown to Kristen Dalton, but God was guiding her throughout that fateful girlie show April 19 in Sin City, when she was put to the question by Perez Hilton over gay marriage. So said Carrie yesterday on James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio show (http://www.focusonthefamily.com/).

I am sure the Devil is not at all disappointed that Miss Carrie is a "Chrisitan", and that she is against gay marriage. If a Christian can pose for girlie magazines, and dress as she does, that is okay christianity to the devil.

"I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me this question," said Carrie, who spoke out against gay marriage. "And then God was in my head and in my heart, saying, 'Do not compromise this. You need to stand up for me.' And I knew . . . that it wasn't about winning. It was about being true to my convictions."
Now of course when the statement of Carrie was said, you can be sure the media is going to use it in the negative. Of course they in their natural minds will have no idea what she was talking about. Even on Fox Shepherd Smith was clueless.
Miss USA is worldly, and in my opinion is totally sinful. Well, it appeal to the flesh, and eyes for sure. For heaven sake's I remember saying, "I don't think your daughter should be in the cheerleaders half time group." I got in a lot of trouble over that statement. I just do not believe we should be half dressed in public and dance like we are come on. Sex sells. The nature of man like to see women's flesh.
Of course to many this practice is harmless. And I am sure we can over come our youthful behaviour.
  • Satan is not fearful of external conformity to rule. Not even to the external conformity of the rule of Christ--provided there is no cross.
  • Satan does not mind family values--as long as what you ultimately value is the family.

Russell Moore's excellent talk, "The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We’re Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers.

  • Satan does not mind social justice--as long as you see justice as most importantly social.

  • Satan does not tremble at a Christian worldview. He will let you have a Christian worldview as long as your ultimate goal is viewing the world.
If he can just bypass the cross--and get to the kingdom apart from the cross--then he will have everything that he wants.
  • Pastor: Satan doesn't mind if you preach on the decrees of God with fervor and passion every single week--provided that you do not ever preach the gospel of the cross.
  • Homeschooling Mom: Satan does not mind if you teach your children all the books of the Bible and all the Ten Commandments and all of the catechism--provided you do not teach them the gospel of a bloody cross.. . .
Satan will let you\ get what it is that you want, no matter what it is--sanctity of marriage, environmental protection, orphan care, all of these good and wonderful things--he will allow you to gain those things provided you do not preach and proclaim and live through the power of a cross that cancels his power of condemnation.
He so fears the gospel of a Christ crucified and raised from the dead that he is willing to surrender his entire empire just to appease the threat of it.
Here Russell Moore tells us The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We’re Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers.
The Devil likes or is willing to go along with Christian values as long as we do not bring in the Cross and the Resurrection.