Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Passive Church

The following is from a conversation on FaceBook:

Are you surprised that it is politically correct to allow anti-Semitism in our colleges, but its not politically correct to disagree with allowing these people to spread this propaganda in the USA. Christians and Jews are not allowed the same freedom of speach on the campus. What has happened to "US" as a nation? We the church have failed as we have become too passive and allowed the enemy of our souls to weaken the strength and foundation principles of what this country was formed upon.

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Russ - The anti-semitism shown in the video is appalling, as is any violent prejudice (racist or otherwise). I didn't however, see anything that said it's not politically correct to disagree with the racists or that others weren't given the same freedom. Did I miss it, or is that info somewhere else? (in fact, it showed a headline in which Harvard's ... See More president lamented the anti-semitism -- that doesn't seem consistent with it being a preferred political correctness). This ancient conflict, like most religious ones, breeds extremists.

Chet - Political Correctness was not mentioned the clip, however, Political Correctness has become a social disease that cause fear and passiveness. Fear to speak out against this type of thing because of retaliation. It is more prevalent in Europe right now, but is spreading to the USA.

The Passivism I'm speaking of is against the church because the church is . . . well I'd better not get into that right now because that's another can of worms that I'm not ready to open just yet.

Russ - Use the can opener whenever you feel comfortable. We all would like to hear from you about it, when you're ready.

Chet - I do not consider myself to be denominational as I have attended and have been members of several different evangelical denominations. I am amazed at the different levels of theology among denominations and within particular denominations. Unfortunately the different denominations have turned the "Church" into religions and I do not believe this is what the early church was designed for.

The churches are not all on the same page so to speak. Some denominations teach that only their denomination will go to heaven. They teach that all other denomination will go to hell. It’s not a denomination, church membership or affiliation, not anyone's good works that grants one to heaven. It is only the shed blood of Jesus and our personal relationship with God the Father that grants our membership in the heavenly church. There is only one way to a relationship with the Father and that is through Jesus.

Some mistakenly teach there are many ways to earn heaven. No one can earn membership in the heavenly church. It is a free gift that is offered without works or good deeds.

I can tell you some stories of some of the conversations I've had with various people that want to argue with me. This is a very sensitive subject some therefore I will tread carefully and say more about this as time permits.

Russ - I do appreciate your comments! What you've laid out here is essentially the same as I've come to understand (that should make you worry!!). Happy to have more of your comments as they're available.

The "church" the Bible refers to is not a brick and mortar building nor is it a particular denomination. The church is not even a religion. The church is the body of believers with Christ as the head of the body. The Bible also teaches that the church is also known as "The Bride of Christ". Israel is the wife or bride of God, and the church is the bride of Christ.

Chet - If you are "In Christ" you are a member of the church, not a member of a particular church building or denomination. I'm not saying that going to a church building is a bad thing. I am saying that just because you belong to a particular denomination or attend a particular church building every time the doors are open does not guarantee that you are a member of the body of the church that Jesus is the head of.

My scripture I base this teaching on is found in Matthew 7:21-23 (King James Version)

"21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

On the surface I would say these people sound like "churchy" people. Can you imagine just how horrible it would be to stand before Jesus and hear Him say, "...I never knew you..." I look forward to hearing Him say to me, "Well Done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful...Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world..." from Matthew 25:14-46

Why is there so much confusion and differences among the different denominations? God is not the author of confusion then who is? Satan is the enemy of our Heavenly Father and he hates the church so much therefore he is the author of the confusion among denominations and the creator of denominational religion.

More on that later if you want to hear more.

Chet - One more thing! The people described in Matthew 7:22 are likened to the parable of the sower found in Mark 4. The parable of the sower is a representation of word sown in four different kind of soil conditions, meaning four different kinds of conditions of a man's heart. The first condition is of a person that welcomes the word when he hears it, but the word is quickly stollen from him therefore it never has time to take root.

The second condition of the heart is full of rocks which are preconceived notions and negative thinking. They have no root in themselves and are easily offended when trouble arises because of the word. The word is sown in the heart, but only very shallow. These people have head knowledge about the word, but they do not care to take the time to get to know the word therefore they become displeased, indignant, resentful when things aren't going their way and they fall away.

The next soil condition is sown among thorns. This is the group that I think is most like the people mentioned in Matthew 7:22. These people are probably active in their local church and may be an outstanding member of the church. They may even be a part of the worship service. They are so involved in the business and activities of their church they get distracted with cares and anxieties of the world. They are distracted by the false glamour, glory, and attention they receive from other church members. They find themselves craving wealth and pleasure rather than growing in the knowledge of the word.

The last group is the people that will hear Jesus say, "Well Done" ...more on that later

Chet - More on the second soil type, the stony soil. This group is usually very intelligent and well educated. They are very logical and realistic. They don't accept ideas that are beyond their ability to rationalize. It's difficult for them to trust anything that they cannot see, touch, for feel. An example of this personality is the disciple is Thomas. Thomas was with the WORD daily and heard the WORD every day, but yet he did not fully trust and believe what he heard. His faith was hindered by his logical mind which affected the condition of his heart.

More on the third soil type, the thorny soil. This condition accepts the WORD and it takes root. These people are very active and very busy all the time. They are easily distracted by the circumstances around them that interfere with their goals. They like to make things happen and they like to do it their own way. They are impatient and if things are not going their way they tend to do things to make it happen. An example of this soil type is Judas.

Judas was an active disciple and in charge of the treasury for Jesus and the other disciples. He controlled the money and managing the money was very important to him. He complained of waste when the woman poured the expensive oil on Jesus' feet and washed His feet with her hair. Judas was more concerned with the waste than the act of worship.

Judas also had it in his head that Jesus was going to cause a revolution, an uprising against the Romans. Judas was more concerned with the political affairs of life than he was the affairs of the kingdom of God. Judas because impatient when he realized that Jesus was not going the cause the revolt he wanted. Judas planned to force it to happen by betraying Jesus. He thought that Jesus would rise up, take charge and lead a revolt against the Romans. Judas was seduced by Satan and believed a lie. Why? Because he was not listening and understanding what Jesus was here to accomplish. All Judas cared about was the overthrow of the Roman occupation.

After Jesus was arrested Judas realized that his plan to force Jesus to take action failed. Judas could have repented and asked God for forgiveness, but he didn't. He repented alright, but not to God. He repented to himself and then hung himself. The WORD was choked in Judas' life by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.

Chet - One more thing about Judas, Judas will someday soon appear at the Great White Throne of Judgment. All the Judas' of the world will one day stand before Jesus and they will say, "Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" and Jesus will say, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." I like the way the Amplified Bible says it; "23And then I will say to them openly (publically), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]."

Chet – Now back to my earlier comment about the church being too passive. I am not that the church be political activist like Judas was. What I am saying is that the church has lost its identity, its value in America. Jesus was not a political activist and spoke very little of politics. He did have a lot to say about religious leaders and their hypocrisy, but most of his words were to train and inspire us to be over-comers in life. In short, His words were about how to overcome the works of flesh and Satan’s influence in our lives.

My position is Satan has been successful in weakening the church through religious divisions. Therefore the church has been too silent or passive regarding its job of ministering to the needs of people. The church, as a whole, is divided instead of being united. Some teach from the pulpit that part of the Bible as truth and the other part died with the apostles. Some teach that the stories in the Bible are just stories and never really happened. Some teach that God is a good God and would never send anyone one to hell therefore they deny the existence of hell. Some teach that not all prophecy in the Bible is real or will eventually happen.

Pastors have an awesome responsibility to teach and to train its flock what the WORD says and there are some pastors that are doing just that. There also other pastors that teach man made theology that is not based on scripture at all. There are also pastors that teach doctrines of socialism and communism from their pulpits. Their congregation has no root in the WORD (soil type number one) and does not even realize their minds are being feed with religious propaganda. If your church is not teaching what the WORD actually says then you need to go to any other church.

In Revelations Chapters 1 thru 4 there are seven letters to seven churches. In these letters to the churches Jesus commented on the things the church was doing right and also if he had anything against them. Just as the letters to the seven churches in Revelations Jesus knows the things today’s church as done right, but He also has some things against the church just as He had to say in Revelations 1-4. Read those chapters and you will see what I mean.

In conclusion, I believe that if the church was united in teaching the truth from the WORD and not a man made theology (rooted from the doctrine of demons) then there would not be any anti-semitic protesters on our college campuses. There would not be any Americans willfully converting to Islam. There would not be any political corruption because the politicians would have a firm foundation based on the WORD.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Stubborn and Rebellious Nature - Part 3

By Chet Nowlen

The following is one of many of my favorite scriptures, but yet it is controversial for some of my friends.  In my various jobs I have had the opportunity to work with and made friends with gay men.  I remember talking with one of my gay friends and I was about to discuss the following scripture with him and he because very angry and walked away.  He would not speak to me for two weeks after that.  He assumed I was going to condemn him because he was gay and he did not want to hear and preaching on the subject.  He knew I attended a Baptist church as the time and he assumed I was about to bring hell fire and damnation upon him.

What I was about to explain was that the church has been quick to condemn those that homosexual because of this scripture, but the word homosexual is only one of the descriptive words that are used to describe those that will not share in the kingdom of God.  Notice the all the words: impure, immoral, idolaters, adulters, homosexuality, cheats, greedy, drunkards, foulmouthed, slanders, extortioners, and robbers.  The church has caused an isolation and division for the homosexuals based on this scripture, but the church has failed to teach the whole truth about this scripture.  The truth is all of us are guilty of one or more of these descriptive words, therefore none of us (not just homosexuals) are worth to share in the kingdom of God.

Thank God HE sent Jesus to deliver us from "ALL" our sins and to forgive us from "ALL" unrighteousness.  Even after we have accepted the free gift of salvation and are cleansed by the blood of Jesus we still find ourselves being guilty again of one or more of those descriptive words.  Thank God HE allows us to confess our sins and forgives us when we fail.  It is impossible for us to be righteous on our own because we still live in a body that still carnal, but because of the Blood of Jesus we are made righteous "IN HIM".

1 Corinthians 6:9-19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 9Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, 

10Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

11And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.

12Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.

13Food [is intended] for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will finally end [the functions of] both and bring them to nothing. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but [is intended] for the Lord, and the Lord [is intended] for the body [[a]to save, sanctify, and raise it again].

14And God both raised the Lord to life and will also raise us up by His power.

15Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!

16Or do you not know and realize that when a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? The two, it is written, shall become one flesh.(A)

17But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.

18Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

19Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,

Read Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this scripture - Sins which, if lived and died in, shut out from the kingdom of God.

"The Corinthians are warned against many great evils, of which they had formerly been guilty. There is much force in these inquiries, when we consider that they were addressed to a people puffed up with a fancy of their being above others in wisdom and knowledge. All unrighteousness is sin; all reigning sin, nay, every actual sin, committed with design, and not repented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be not deceived. Men are very much inclined to flatter themselves that they may live in sin, yet die in Christ, and go to heaven. But we cannot hope to sow to the flesh, and reap everlasting life. They are reminded what a change the gospel and grace of God had made in them. The blood of Christ, and the washing of regeneration, can take away all guilt. Our justification is owing to the suffering and merit of Christ; our sanctification to the working of the Holy Spirit; but both go together. All who are made righteous in the sight of God, are made holy by the grace of God." 
(1Co 6:12-20)"

Notice verse 12 above - I believe that now that I'm "IN CHRIST" Jesus all things are permissable to me, but not all things are beneficial for me.  All food is permissable but not all food is good for me to eat.  The Old Testiment law of clean and unclean foods is still the best guide at to what foods we should eat and not eat.  More on that in a later segment.

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Stubborn and Rebellious Nature - Part 2

By Chet Nowlen

I asked the Lord last year, "Lord, why have you had me have so many different jobs?  I feel like such a failure, unstable, and unreliable."  He said, "You need the experience."  I said, "But Lord, at everyone of these different jobs I've seen the worst in people and I've been so hurt and disappointed by how people behave."  He said, "I know, I have been very hurt and disappointed in the way my children behave too."  I asked, "Why did you want me to experience this?  He said, "I will be sending someone to you that needs to learn from you because you have experienced these things."  I felt ashamed that I had even asked, but now I'm glad that I have sufferered through what I thought was a horrible experience.  It turns out it was part of my education.

Romans 13:13 Amplified Bible (AMP) 13Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy.

I love Matthew Henry’s commentary on this scripture - To temperance and sobriety.

Four things are here taught, as a Christian's directory for his day's work. When to awake; Now; and to awake out of the sleep of carnal security, sloth, and negligence; out of the sleep of spiritual death, and out of the sleep of spiritual deadness. Considering the time; a busy time; a perilous time. Also the salvation nigh at hand. Let us mind our way, and mend our pace, we are nearer our journey's end. Also to make ourselves ready. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; therefore it is time to dress ourselves. Observe what we must put off; clothes worn in the night. Cast off the sinful works of darkness. Observe what we must put on; how we should dress our souls. Put on the armour of light. A Christian must reckon himself undressed, if unarmed. The graces of the Spirit are this armour, to secure the soul from Satan's temptations, and the assaults of this present evil world. Put on Christ; that includes all. Put on righteousness of Christ, for justification.

Put on the Spirit and grace of Christ, for sanctification. The Lord Jesus Christ must be put on as Lord to rule you as Jesus to save you; and in both, as Christ anointed and appointed by the Father to this ruling, saving work. And how to walk. When we are up and ready, we are not to sit still, but to appear abroad; let us walk. Christianity teaches us how to walk so as to please God, who ever sees us. Walk honestly as in the day; avoiding the works of darkness. Where there are riot and drunkenness, there usually are chambering and wantonness, and strife and envy. Solomon puts these all together, Pr 23:29 to 35. See what provision to make. Our great care must be to provide for our souls: but must we take no care about our bodies? Yes; but two things are forbidden. Perplexing ourselves with anxious, encumbering care; and indulging ourselves in irregular desires. Natural wants are to be answered, but evil appetites must be checked and denied. To ask meat for our necessities, is our duty, we are taught to pray for daily bread; but to ask meat for our lusts, is provoking God, Ps 78:18.

Ephesians 5:18 - 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.(A)

Matthew Henry’s Commentary - Directions to a contrary behaviour, and to relative duties.

Another remedy against sin, is care, or caution, it being impossible else to maintain purity of heart and life. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. If we have lost our time heretofore, we must double our diligence for the future. Of that time which thousands on a dying bed would gladly redeem at the price of the whole world, how little do men think, and to what trifles they daily sacrifice it! People are very apt to complain of bad times; it were well if that stirred them more to redeem time. Be not unwise. Ignorance of our duty, and neglect of our souls, show the greatest folly. Drunkenness is a sin that never goes alone, but carries men into other evils; it is a sin very provoking to God. The drunkard holds out to his family and to the world the sad spectacle of a sinner hardened beyond what is common, and hastening to perdition. When afflicted or weary, let us not seek to raise our spirits by strong drink, which is hateful and hurtful, and only ends in making sorrows more felt. But by fervent prayer let us seek to be filled with the Spirit, and to avoid whatever may grieve our gracious Comforter. All God's people have reason to sing for joy. Though we are not always singing, we should be always giving thanks; we should never want disposition for this duty, as we never want matter for it, through the whole course of our lives. Always, even in trials and afflictions, and for all things; being satisfied of their loving intent, and good tendency. God keeps believers from sinning against him, and engages them to submit one to another in all he has commanded, to promote his glory, and to fulfil their duties to each other. (Eph 5:22-33)

Proverbs 28:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) 7Whoever keeps the law [of God and man] is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons and the carousing, self-indulgent, and extravagant shames his father.

See Matthew Henry’s Commentary - Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. (Pr 28:8)

Speaking of shame, obesity brings shame to our selves. As an obese person I’ve experienced shame by the way people look at me. I have even been guilty of looking at others and subconsciously thinking to myself that the obese person I’m looking at cannot be trusted, they are weak, they are lazy. If that’s what I see when I look at other obese people then others see that when they look at me. There is no telling how many job interviews I was unsuccessful in because of my excess weight. I hang my head in shame, but I will not let the cares of this weigh me down and feel sorry for myself. I have confessed my sin to God and HE is faithful and just to forgive my sin. HE is dealing with me and helping me overcome my lust for excess. Amen

Stubborn and Rebellious Nature - Part 1

By Chet Nowlen

In my last article I confessed my sin of “Gluttony” and today we will find out what the Bible has to say about the subject. Webster defines the word “Glutton” used as a noun means - as one who eats too much, one eager for anything in excess, e.g. work, books, etc.; When used as a verb it means to eat to excess or beyond full. When you think about it anything we do to excess is gluttony.

Deuteronomy 21:20 (Amplified Bible) “20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey our voice. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”

By this scripture I see reason I tend to overeat is because I have a stubborn and rebellious nature. That’s my carnal nature, my fleshly nature.

Proverbs 23:20-22 (Amplified Bible) “20Do not associate with winebibbers; be not among them nor among gluttonous eaters of meat,(A) 21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 22Hearken to your father, who begot you, and despise not your mother when she is old.

The key words that hit home to me are “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty . . .” Wow! My dad was a drunkard and I am a glutton and is this why I grew up in poverty and why I have continued to struggle financially? This morning while I was placing my daily doses of medications in my pill pack and the Lord spoke to my heart. He revealed to me that I have suffered financially because of my dependence on doctors and medication to keep me from dying prematurely. He also reminded me of the amount of money I have wasted paying medical bills and high insurance premiums because of my not overcoming my stubborn and rebellious nature. I said, “Lord, how can I overcome this natural nature that I was born with.” He said, “You cannot overcome this on your own. You cannot overcome this without my help.” I ask, “Lord, what do I do?” He said, “Quit struggling and trying to do it yourself. Trust me and let me show you how.” I asked, “Lord, how will you show me what I need to do?” He said, “I will enlighten your mind every time you renew your mind through the study of my WORDs.”

Luke 21:34 34 "But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;"

This scripture has always bothered me because I do feel sluggish and sleepy whenever I eat too much. I then feel guilty and depressed because I know I have not exercised any control. I confess that the pressures and stress of life cause me to use food, like an alcoholic uses drink, to drown my anxieties. My job is so stressful and the horrible things people say to me on the phone causes me to come home depressed and overburdened with the cares pertaining to the business of making a living. I have asked the Lord many times as to why He gave me this job and the many other jobs that I’ve had. He said, “I want you to experience the different personalities of my children and understand why I need you to teach my children. I said, “Lord, I have failed so miserably how could you use me as a teacher?” He said, “Do not worry, I will bring those to you that need to know and understand what you have learned.” The Lord said to me, “Your job is to have faith in me in everything you do and I will bring those to you that need to hear what I have to say through you.”

Wow! I never thought about it like this before – “MY JOB” God has given me a job to do. HE is my primary employer – HE is the one that supplies all my needs when I put my trust in HIM instead of my earthly employer, my insurance company, my doctors, and my pharmacy.

Read Matthew Henry’s commentary on Luke 21 - Christ exhorts to watchfulness.

Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ's disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled.

Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ's word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I'm A Recovering Food Addict

A week or two ago Glen Beck was the keynote speaker at the CPAC convention and he publically announced that he is a recovering alcoholic. I was impressed that he was brave enough to admit that he had an addiction problem and then the Holy Spirit impressed on me that I have an addiction problem too. My father had an alcoholic addiction, but that’s not my addiction. My addiction is to eating too much food.

I have been over weight since I was about ten years old. I remember it started with an addiction to chocolate milk and then ice cream. By the time I was twelve or thirteen I was taller and heavier than everyone else in my class. Because my father was an alcoholic I turned to food as a way of coping with the stress of being around a drunk that never stopped talking.

When I was thirteen a doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and advised my mother that I need to watch what I eat and lose some weight, but that fell on deaf ears. When I graduated high school I was 6’ tall and weighed 175 lbs. That sounds like an ideal weight, but I was still fat around the middle as I was not athletic at all.

When I was about twenty seven years of age my doctor told me I had three strikes against me; one I was overweight, two I smoked, and three, my cholesterol was too high. At the time I weighed 202 lbs. The doctor’s words shocked me into reality and went on a lipid lowering regime of 1,000 calories per day. I lost down to 165 lbs in about three months. My wife, now ex, complained to the doctor and asked him to take me off the diet as my hip bones were hurting her during sex. What a lame excuse! Anyway I listened to the doctor and stopped the diet and the weight gradually crept back and more so. It took several years but the weight did come back and I was no longer able to get back on the lipid lowing regime and stay with it. I had allowed the enemy to crush my will, my drive, and my desire to be thin.

As the year go by I always intended to get serious about my weight because my doctors regularly check my cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. I have been border line diabetic for several years. Some doctors say that there is no such thing as border line diabetic. They say you either have it or you don’t have it and the 6.0 level says you have it. This condition is brought on by excess weight and in activity and this condition is reversible if you can only get serious and watch what you eat and exercise regularly.

When I was in my early 50’s my doctor did a stress tests to see the condition of my heart. I passed the stress test but doctor stated that he’s has patients pass the stress test and then shortly thereafter have a heart attack. My doctor had me schedule a cobalt imaging of my heart and found that there was calcification in my heart. He then scheduled me to meet with a cardiologist. The cardiologist scheduled me for a heart catheterization and 75% to 80% blockage was discovered and I needed a quadrulple by-pass. Although I did not have any symptoms of heart problems I agreed to have the surgery for preventive measures.

Even before the diagnosis of calcification in my heart I had started walking everyday and then worked up to running every day. I lost about 10 lbs and my cholesterol had dropped from around 300 to 150 and my blood pressure was down too. I almost feel like I was too hasty in having the by-pass because the cholesterol numbers had dropped significantly with the exercise and diet. My cardiologist wanted me to have the surgery to make sure we prevent a heart attack, but I think it was because she did not think I would stick with the exercise or diet.

After the surgery I was advised to continue walking and dieting and to get the weight off to prevent a recurrence. I lost another 10 lbs. while in the hospital, but sadly to say I lost my drive again to continue with the diet and exercise program. I knew I needed to do it, but for some reason I just could not stay with it.

I would exercise from time to time and would do well for a while, but then I started having knee problems. I could no longer run on the tread mill without my left knee hurting. I went to an orthopedic surgeon and he advised me that I had some arthritis in my knee and needed a scope done to get that arthritis scraped out. After the surgery the doctor told me I had a stretched ACL and a meniscus tear. He advised me to never get on the tread mill again. Later I started having terrible pain in right wrist and the doctor told me I would have to have my hand and wrist fused together to eliminate the pain.

With all this pain in my left leg and right wrist I felt I was no longer to exercise at the gym. The doctors told me I needed to do my exercise at the pool every day, but exercising in the pool with a bunch of old people has never appealed to me.

A couple of years ago I went on a self developed low carbohydrate diet and lost 20 lbs and about in about 6-weeks. The way I did it was by eliminating drinking soft drinks, bread, and dairy. Every day I listed all of my foods in my food counter and kept my calories between 1000 and 1500 per day. All of my blood profile numbers were normal again, but my doctor sent me to a dietician to make sure the foods I’m eating are balanced. This was a big mistake as the dietician told me I need to back off on restricting me carbohydrates. Well I did as she suggested, but lost my drive, my direction, and my will again. I got discouraged and gave up again.

After watching Glen Beck’s speech I realized that my health and weight problems all these years is because I am addicted to eating too much food, or a Biblical term known as gluttony, meaning one of the forms of carnal self gratification.

More on this tomorrow.