YEAR 01: Homeschooler in NUS

Finally, homeschooler is homeschooler no more.

With some anxieties and worries, I began my freshman year in NUS in August 2017. It was a new experience, and I made preparations beforehand, arranging my workstation and preparing for assignments and tasks ahead. This is how my desk looked like before school started:

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I bought a new computer (thanks Mum and Dad) a Surface Pro 4, and it turned out to a be real pal throughout my first year.

I did have my reservations about going to University, when I went for the open house before my National Service, I felt it was just a necessary evil to be gotten over and done with. Nonetheless, it was God’s will, and I had gotten a university placing.

I wanted to at least make it for orientation talk, (I wasn’t interested in the orientation camps as I didn’t want to be put in questionable situations.) but I missed it. Thankfully, I managed to catch the webcast and after going through it at x2 speed and painstakingly reading through the details of the modular paper, I decided I would have to map out my entire University journey, from what modules to take in the first semester, all the way to the very last. (Of course, this is subject to CORS bidding and pre-allocated modules)

So, like a very kiasu Singaporean, I went to CORS to check the module bidding history, and used NUS modules to look at modules I would like to take. I needed to finish my exams early as I had year-end camps to attend to in end November. I thus selected modules that would have early exams, and I managed to get all my modules! Thanks be to God.

But it would be a mad crazy ride to have 4 papers in the space of 4 days, though I would get to end my term basically at the start of exam week.

I picked my modules for the first year:
HY1101E – Asia and the Modern World
Module Components: Tutorial, Exam, Mid-term Exam, 1.5k Essay
I intended to major in history right from the start, so this introductory module was a compulsory one. I didn’t get the tutorial slot I balloted for, but I got allocate to another one, and it was a true blessing. My tutor was Professor Bruce Lockhart, an excellent teacher. (He’s a Christian too, and points out interesting facts, like the English King who sent the envoy to Emperor Qianlong is King James, he’s the same King James who did the King James translation of the Bible.)

Mid Term: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEg8AH6hdXBmxdTFgaAA 
1.5k Essay: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEgrJVQPib2qBSdP9D8A

HY2245 – Empires, Colonies, Imperialism
Modules Components: Tutorial, Exam, Mid-term 1.5k Essay, 2.5k Essay
I chose this module because the exam ended early, but little did I know that the empires that I would be studying would be on Britain and Rome! When the module description came out, I was really overjoyed as I did my Intermediate Essay of 1,500 words on the fall of the Roman Empire. My research essay during the module would center on the same subject.

I had an awesome tutor here too! Dr. Daniel Jew did the lectures on Rome, and I knew his office is at CAPT near Utown and thus opted for the Utown tutorial. He’s a Christian too, and even referred to the story of Jesus and rendering tribute to Caesar when talking about Roman coinage. He would also point out Roman historians like Tacitus who referenced Jesus in their writings.

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Mid term: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEg8AKDUGqc2nNOTOlMg
Research Paper: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEgrNPyJe19Eq06iqosw

HY2210 – State and Society in Early Modern Europe
Modules Components: 2x 1.5k Essays, Exam, Tutorial
I didn’t actually plan on this module, and the content was really archaic, learning all about the complexities of Europe coming out of the Middle Ages. Full of wars, princes, princely lines, royal families. It was a rather complex module.

But again, the year I took this module was the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and it the Reformation was a special focus topic of the module. I really enjoyed learning about Martin Luther, the Anabaptists, and the Reformation in general. To make things better, the workload was very manageable.

For the second essay, I was very pleased to secure the book the lecturer used for the module from Central Library. It was really helpful. Though history seniors wished me ‘good luck’ with this lecturer and apparently he has a reputation for ruining grades, I did well, thank God!

1.5K Essays:
01 – https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEg8AMMg3w2ok0xsblcQ
02 – https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEgrI6JFMA6Px-rZIGsQ

GES1011 – The Evolution of a Global City State
Module Components: Tutorial, Open book Mid Term and Final Exams, 1.5 Essay
I chose this module because two of the tutorials were field trips and I wanted some variety. We got visit Fort Canning Park and for me, I visited the Chinatown Heritage Center. I felt it the module was really waffly and it didn’t help that the Professor went on for more than 1 1/2 hours non-stop, droned on about evolution and continental drift for the first two lectures, put Lim Bo Seng’s photo out and said it was a Japanese General (I pointed it out to him during lecture, the whole class didn’t seem to notice), and he also seem to be a leftist liberal who adored Karl Marx.

Oh wells, I felt I smoked the entire final exam. But I got the best grades for this module. (This was truly God’s work. I had decided to forego extra study for this module in favour of planning for the upcoming Children’s camp. I had less time to study for this open book exam, but the Lord did see me through and I did well.)

1.5k Essay: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEg8AOSxHeXGqsSVkNRw

FAS1102 – Public Writing & Communication
Module Components: Pre-Course Writing, 1 Formal Email, 1 Blog Post, 1 Group Presentation, Tutorial
Oh boy, welcome to group projects. I had really good group mates for this module, 3 of us guys (two of us police officers) did a topic on the death penalty. Our blog here: https://blog.nus.edu.sg/druggedtodeath/

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First off, I am all for the mandatory death penalty, even for drug trafficking. My tutor is definitely not. We chose a topic to argue for the death penalty, but it got disapproved. I felt it was pretty unjust. We were told to argue against social norms. Thus, we tweaked the argument. I could not argue against the death penalty as a whole, so the topic was adjusted. Didn’t have a good time at this module though the project mates were great, and I made friends through the peer reviews.

Blogging is my kind of thing, I had three blogs, so it wasn’t too difficult. As for presentation, guys being guys, we worked on our parts, collaborated on a google slide, and then 1 1/2 hours before the presentation, did our rehearsal. Thank God I reached school early, there happened to be a train delay that day. I was saved. 🙂

My group wrecked everyone else on the presentation during Q&A, and it was a marvel the three of us made it out alive. Haha! Certainly helped that 2 out of the remaining 4 presentations was on LGBT in Singapore and I am dead set against it so I had all the arguments prepared. Really interesting how one of the presenters took things so personally when I contested how 27,000 pro-LGBT people in our Singapore population of 6 million is not a majority. I was like, “chill, I thought we’re having a discussion? You don’t need to attack me or take it personally.”

All went well with the module, I got a decent grade for it, and I made one friend who would be in the same module as me in Semester 2.

Pre-Course Writing: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEg8AQzPcMndg2P8tyMQ
Formal Email: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEgqw97ysb9jUih6QZyQ

CFG1010: Roots and Wings
Module Components: 1.5k Essay, Weekly Quizzes, Other Assignments
A disaster as a module and a waste of time. There were some interesting parts on multi-tasking, interpersonal communication, as well as technology addiction, but they kinda wanted to interfere with your personal life and I don’t need school to teach me about life, thank you very much.

And they’re also high on this atheistic meditation practice, a.k.a. mindfulness. Full rubbish, I took short naps during the meditation sessions. Thankfully there were only two lectures, and it was conducted in an informal setting, and seating was assigned by them, they made guys and girls sit alternately, so you usually had to talk to a girl. Awkward. haha. When arranged in groups of 4, well, naturally you would just talk more with the same gender.

Essay: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtAN7hsDWZgEgrUDp-qlJc4xtz6MjA

Anyways, first Semester was anything but easy, I had to go to school almost every day of the week, and sometimes it was just for one class, my forward and return trips were longer than the time I spent in school. But my tutors were great, God had planned it that way. I also learnt that Clementi route was faster for me than Kent Ridge, coming from Admiralty.

All my mid-terms were before the recess week, (I soon found out, everyone else’s was after.) It was crazy. I had basically:

  1. 1 equiz
  2. 1 800 word blog post
  3. 1 500 word ‘short answer’ question
  4. 4 1,500 history essays
  5. 2 peer reviews
  6. 1 exam

In a single week, and its week 6, I’m only 6 week old freshie, please save me. Thank God I did pretty well for all my midterms except for my History exposure module which I felt did not go too well. My family was also a pillar of support during this time, and with their support, I was able to pull through.

I also really thank God for helping me with my essay on the Fall of the Roman Empire, one week before submission, I barely had an outline. Getting into panic mode, I quickly booked a consult with my tutor, Dr Daniel Jew, who kindly pointed me in the right direction and basically said that my thinking was heavily based on old scholarship and referred me to some great readings. I did well on my research paper, though I did not expect much. (That’s Dr Jew in the picture below.)

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My exams were crammed together so I would have a long holidays and it would not interfere with my year end church camps. I had long holidays, and my reading week was absolutely hectic and my 4 papers in 4 days was absolutely tiring. Never would like to go through it again.

I had a Saturday morning paper, Monday afternoon paper, and 2 papers on Tuesday, one in the morning, and another in the evening. Thankfully, the final exam was open book. But I will never forget, on my last paper, 5-7 PM, I ran out of ink on my pen that I had changed at the start of exam, changed the refill, and had a mental block on my last essay. It was 6:30 PM, and I remember, I looked up at the clock and thought, “30 minutes to the end of my first semester.” I was so exhausted. I was stuck at 2 1/2 pages. One more point left. The Lord gave wisdom, and I finished my paper on the dot.

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I went to Central Library to finish up my equiz. Guess who I met? Professor Lockhart, well, he was doing research at the library and spotted me there, he came over to ask about the history exam in the morning, well he said, you should do fine.

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It was a nice way to end the semester. And I heaved a sigh of relief, till Semester 02 came and hit me like a ton of bricks. But I shall save it for part 2 of this post.

Special dedication goes to my cousin who exposed me to alot of things and introduced me to the FASS ‘basket’ system, 5 pillars, bidding, and taught me how to walk through Engineering to Utown from FASS, a life-saving shortcut. We had a number of lunches, cos for the first time, cousins are schoolmates!

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Sem 2, Year 1, Part 2 of this post, coming up soon. 🙂 Till then!

 

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On Daughters and Mothers

As a somewhat belated tribute for Mother’s Day that just passed, I’ll be publishing this post that has been in the works for some months now.

I write for the desperate mum. I write for the depressed daughter.

Mark 7:24-30
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

Matthew 15:21-28
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Mark 7:24
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

Jesus traveled into the Gentile cities to find rest, to get away from the Jews. He did not want anyone to know, but Jesus fame had spread so far abroad, He could not hide. Mums, does it feel like God is hiding from you? You’re trying hard to rear your kids alone, teaching them to follow God, but circumstances and things keep going wrong, and it seems God has been hiding. God cannot be hid.

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

Only to the lost people is the Gospel hid. God is hidden from the lost people. Mum, if you are a Christian, seek for God, because He cannot be hid.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Dear mother, in desperate times, you need to seek the Lord, because He will be found, as the lady found out.

Mark 7:25-26
For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

This certain woman came and fell at Jesus’ feet. She had found Jesus, because she had a need. Her daughter was possessed with a devil. Mothers, many of you who will read this, you are a Gentile, just like this lady in the Bible. This woman was a Greek, she was a Gentile.

Matthew 15:22
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

In Matthew 5:22, her direct request is recorded. She asks Jesus for mercy. One can almost hear the desperation and agony in her voice as she pleads, perhaps with tears, “My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil!” The Greek word besought has the idea of ‘intreating’ or in layman terms, begging.

Haven’t you begged God, mothers? Daughters and mothers have a strange sort of relationship. Many love-hate, or maybe we should just call it unique. Both know they need each other, but too many times, they can’t stand each other. Mum often wonders why daughter just ‘can’t be like her’ and the rebellious daughter just does her best to ‘not be like the mum.’ Both exhibit a behaviour that ultimately annoys the other, but deep down, both are hurting emotionally. (I know, I have a mum and 2 sisters.)

Well, your daughter often seems to be vexed with a devil. Nothing seems to be getting through, the more you chide, the more you admonish, the more stubborn she gets, and your efforts seem futile at best. Some daughters are depressed, an alarming rate of teenagers consider suicide, and they are predominantly female. A growing rate of young girls resort to self-harm. Only demon worshipers and demon-possessed people resort to self-harm. (See 1 Kings 18:28, Mark 5:5) Where do these thoughts come from? Only when you are grievously frustrated and oppressed by the devil.

The woman wasn’t even able to bring her daughter. Girls can be really stubborn and difficult, and this demon-possessed girl was no different.

The mother was forced to come on her own and plead for help. Her husband, likely a heathen man, wasn’t even by to help or offer any support.

Christian mums look to Christ, only in vain, it seems.

Matthew 15:23a But he answered her not a word.

God is silent. You don’t hear Him. You receive little or no help. It is a shame that fathers do little to assist, and most of the times, at best, follow the female lead. This is an alarming trend. Even secular social workers recognize the pivotal role of fathers in family-building and are pushing for more fathers to get involved. (I shall deal with this issue in another upcoming post. :))

Here, Jesus does not answer the woman’s request. He remains silent. But do you not think He notices? Take heart mothers, your Saviour watches, yet at times, He chooses to remain silent.

Psalms 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

At this point mothers, faith must prevail. Believe the Lord. Wait on Him. Keep crying.

Matthew 15:23b And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Others pay attention, only to send you away when the problem is deemed too difficult. They offer to lend a listening ear, this is often welcome, but it is hardly enough. No help is offered, and like the disciples, people want to send you away. Wait, continue praying, the Lord is in control, say they. To you, it seems more like “Send her away, she crieth after us.”

This seems to be the response of the disciples. It appears that they wanted Jesus to answer her request to get this pesky and annoying woman away.

The problem is only compounded. You feel you bear the burden alone. The comments of others only add to it.

But finally, the Saviour speaks, but not to her. It is to the disciples.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Finally, she might have thought, Jesus pays attention. The constant incessant pleas of the desperate mother are thought to be finally heard. But alas! What is the reply she hears? “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Is there no respite? Is there no relief? Does the Saviour have no compassion and no room to hear her desperate pleas? Yes, He finally pays attention.

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Though He bear long with them. Jesus was doing this to the Syrophoenician woman. He was trying her faith, testing her patience.

The woman did not allow Jesus’ response to his disciples to affect her. Mothers, do not allow the situations or people around you cause you to lose hope. Just because the situation seems hopeless and or other girls turned out badly does not mean your daughter has to turn out badly. Keep crying out to God.

It seems the woman understands she has finally somewhat caught the attention of Jesus. She does not appear to pay heed to Jesus’ indirect rejection. Like Jacob, she wrestles with God. (See Genesis 32) Jesus had not directly addressed her nor rejected her request, and she was not taking it as a final answer.

Mothers, as long as your daughter is alive, hope remains. Daughters, your life may be a wreck, you may deem it irreversible, but hope still remains. Jesus did not send her away. The Syrophoenician woman was not going to take no for an answer.

Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

She seems to have caught the attention of the Saviour, and she falls before Him and worships.

Her act of worship is indicative of two things:

1. Her acknowledgement that Jesus is God and sovereign.

The woman worshipped because she acknowledged Christ as God. Mothers, Who is God to you? Is He just another advisor? Someone you pray to only when in trouble? Do you still maintain faith in the Sovereign One Who controls all and has the power to change lives?

This act of worship showed the woman’s faith.

2. Her act of worship shows her rejection of the world and her own remedies.

The Syrophoenician woman likely worshiped other gods. But she worshiped now before the one she believed as God.

Mothers, have you rejected all the worldly theories and advice on winning the heart of your daughter? Are you relying only on Christ to save her, and yourself?

This woman had likely exhausted all avenues for help, and in desperation, turns to the One she has heard is able to help.

She cries,

Lord, help me.

Maybe with tears in her eyes as she worships, in exhaustion from her crying, she only utters 3 words: Lord, help me. She doesn’t bother to explain, she knows Christ has heard her. She desperately pleads for help.

The Lord seems to further test her motives. He seems to test the genuineness of her faith, that she isn’t just coming to Jesus because she is desperate and treating Him as just another pagan exorcist or magic charm. It almost feels like a cold reply when the God of love responds,

Mark 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

The Lord chooses to speak to her in a ‘parable.’ He has could have said that His mission was to the Jews only, but He chose a parable. Why?

Matthew 13:13-15 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Only the eyes of faith can understand the meaning of the parable. Jesus was again testing this woman.

Mothers, do you have the eyes of faith? Are you going to secure the conversion and healing of your daughter that you so desire? You need to persevere in faith and prayer. It is tough. But the tired and desperate woman still manages to reach for the glasses of faith and put them on.

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

Her eyes of faith sees three things:
First, she agrees with the Lord. Mothers, do you agree with God’s plan? Do you obey His Word?
Second, humility. She stoops to compare herself to one of the most detestable creatures to a Jew–that of a dog. She does not claim to be someone. She does not feel entitled to anything. She humbles herself. Pride has no place before God. He is not obligated to answer our request. But God keeps His promises:

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Lastly, her eyes still looks to the Saviour for help. She is content just to take the crumbs. She realizes that nothing in this world is worth just a little help from the Saviour.

Mark 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.

“For this saying”, “Great is Thy Faith”. The words she said demonstrated her faith. It was a humble genuine faith, and God honoured it.

Mothers, how do you demonstrate your faith? Is it demonstrated in your words and actions?

James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

The Syrophoenician woman demonstrated her faith by her words and act of coming to Jesus. Mothers, do you demonstrate works of faith?

Mark 7:29 …the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Matthew 15:28 And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Miracles happen when we trust our Saviour with humble faith and pray. With Christ, we can be confident of a happy ending.

I’m proud to have a mother who isn’t perfect, but she has been a woman of faith, and I’m proud to also have a sister whose life God saw fit to turn around.

In conclusion, mothers who feel like they are fighting a losing battle alone, take heart from the example of the Syrophoenician woman. Humbly seek the Lord, follow His Word and His will, be persistent, and be willing to stoop to anything for Christ, for only then can you win the battle.

Too many young girls have been lost, and they are often the most vulnerable group of young people. Mothers, you may form the last line of defence. Gather courage, for the devil must not have our children.

Blessed Belated Mother’s Day.

Homeschooler No More

Next Monday will be my first day of going to school, and we’re busy sharing jokes about how we should take the ‘first-day-of-school-with-backpack’ photo, complete with parents sending to school and watching from outside the classroom.

From Home School, to Home Team, so far I’ve been at home. But now, the academic training will be put to the test, against a backdrop of thousands of seasoned school-goers. Afraid? Maybe yes, maybe no. Venturing into the unknown, (going back to study after almost 4 years of no school) that’s the scary part I guess. But confidence, because of Christ, and years of training. Years of training, Christian education, hard work, and God’s goodness along a path that has led through the doors of Asia-Pacific’s top University.

So the worlds will clash next Monday, and a new acid test lasting four long years will begin. 🙂 Exciting times in life. Homeschooler no more.

 

 

Ministry Life

The ministry life is tough, especially if you want others to share it with you. The life of Christian ministry is a life of suffering, for Christ also has suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow, IN HIS STEPS. (1 Peter 2:21)

To my prospective life partner, even if I love you, if you’re not ready for ministry life, I can’t marry, because I would be hurting you. 

The ministry hurts, it would be cruel for a man to ask any woman to share it with him, unless she of her own free will wanted to. 

From God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew, when he proposed to his wife:

Corrie, I want you to marry me, but don’t say no until I tell you how hard it will be. Hard for me and harder still for you. 

God, for the courage, purity,  and strength to go it alone, if it be Thy Will. 

An Open Letter to a Girl

Dear girl,

I saw you on social media some time ago. You were with your boyfriend, hanging out aimlessly. Lying on his lap. Your hair was in a mess. Your eyes were empty. You looked so different from how I saw you in person just about 6 months back.

Back then, you were afraid your parents would know about your relationship. Your boyfriend denied the two of you were together. Your face used to radiate the youthful shine and smile, and back then, even though the relationship was already starting, you still looked youthful and fresh like any 13 year old should.

Much has changed since then. You’re 14, but look like a 16 year old. You have a haggard and worn out look, but you’re stubbornly sticking by your boyfriend who is 5 years older than you, doesn’t even have a job, and smokes.

Your parents probably wouldn’t have approved. But you went ahead anyway. There’s still time to change, but I fear, by the time you would have realized, it would have been too late.

I thought of writing this post when I first saw the social media update, but I held off initially. I was stirred again by the passage I was teaching.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

The passage applies to both sons and daughters alike, and I’ve seen many fools around. But it used to be accepted that the father gives instructions, and the mother has a law.

Nowadays, that is not the case. The son gives the instruction, and the daughter gives the law. The parents hear the instructions and forsake not the law of never displeasing their children. The son/daughter is a fool, but so are the parents! It’s a case of fools raising fools.

It’s not even safe to tell kids, “Listen to your parents.” Why? Because there is nothing to listen to! This all comes down to parents rearing pets, not children. See https://nationalchristianacademy.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/rearing-pets/ for a better treatment of the subject.

 

 

Valiant for Truth

Many controversial articles concerning the Christian faith are posted on and shared by many Christian on social media.  I’ve often taken to comments to refute these unChristian doctrines, but rather than defend, I’ll rather go on the offensive with this article.

It’s titled valiant for truth, for a good reason.

1 John 3:18

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Many Christians today love in tongue, and when others stand for truth, they are accused of being unloving. The idea of Christian friendship and fellowship has degenerated into: you’re my friend if you agree with me, and if you don’t agree, you’re not, get out of my life. You’re a hateful Christian. The Christian principles of:

Proverbs 27:6 (KJV) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

And

Proverbs 6:23 (KJV) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

And

Proverbs 27:17 (KJV) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Are ignored.

The Bible tells us not to love in word and in tongue. The Bible tells us to show our love by standing for the truth in our actions. I’m not discounting the spiritual principle of ‘let your speech be always with grace’ and ‘the servant of the Lord must not strive’, but when the zeal of God’s house eats you up, then you will reprove error in love.

Sadly, those who reprove are often called out for being the most unloving when in actual fact, people do not see how they love in deed and in truth.

Take Bro. David Cloud, for instance. His warning ministry, Wayoflife Literature, has drawn much flak for his sound reproof of unscriptural practices in churches around the world. They often accuse him of having so much time to criticise, without winning the lost and caring for believers. In reality, he is a missionary in a foreign land, serving in the midst of hardship, electricity and water shortages, training and equipping local preachers. The church loves him, he loves his church. Which is why he reproves his congregation often. I would never forget how he stopped a church leader in the middle of his prayer to remind him to pray for a young lady that had walked away from God. That is true love, my friend.

Before you sweet talk and accuse those standing for truth of being unloving, take a hard look at yourself. When was the last time you won souls to Christ? When was the last time you talked to someone about the Gospel? You will see, if you live with them,  those standing for truth, they’re out faithfully, visiting and reaching out to the lost. While most are merely keyboard warriors loving in word and in tongue.

To those standing firmly for the truth of the Bible and getting shot, God knows you. God knows your heart, God sees your silent service. Keep at it. For you have a Godly fear of the judgement seat that many do not.