Thursday, June 18, 2015

The State of the American Church 2015 - Part 1

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Most American Church-goers will refer to themselves as Christians, and profess faith in Jesus Christ, yet only two percent of them ever share their faith with anyone, and one in professing Christians murder their children by abortion. Yet I would bet that all of them believe they are going to Heaven because they believe in God and Jesus.

A large percentage of them are not truly born-again as they think they are, and the Church is to blame. Why? Because they have not truly repented, and departed from their sin. Most modern day Christian look, act, and talk just like the rest of the world, and there is no real difference between them except that they go to Church once or twice a week.

A person who has departed from their sin, or have separated from evil, should live as though they have separated from evil (wickedness).  The world should see a radical difference when they look at the Church, but what they see is a whole lot of hypocrisy coming from those who claim to know Christ. Therefore, the American Church has lost an incredible amount of credibility, and society views the Christianity as something bad that needs to be wiped out.

A section of the Church is trying to reclaim as much of the culture as they possibly can while the other parts of the Church ridicule, and demean them for trying. Another section is just lukewarm and spiritually dead, and I don't know if it's even possible to revive them or not. The Church in America is on life support, drawing its last breath. as its salt and light is pretty much done for.

The Church preached a false gospel message, a modernized gospel that has produced countless numbers of false converts, which in turn have filled the pews of many evangelical Churches. Preaching a message that Jesus Christ will bring joy and happiness into your life is a false message. Becoming a true follower of Jesus means trials and tribulations, persecution and the loss of people who once claimed to be your friend, now have become your adversaries.

Following Jesus in America has meant affluence, luxury, the pursuit of the American dream. All these things distracted Christians from doing the work God called them to do. Attending Church here is easy enough, and, for the most part, safe, while in other parts of the world they may be slaughtered at any moment for naming the name of Jesus Christ.

We've had it so nice and comfy but now things are starting to heat up, and we soon we will start seeing a separation occur between the false converts and the real ones. Persecution is the great divider as those who are false converts will become disillusioned, and embittered concerning Christianity, and walk away from the faith. This is because they were promised joy, peace, happiness, and fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and what they got was the opposite.

In other places around the globe accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is the same as signing your death warrant, and as we have all seen this past year, they go to their deaths like sheep to the slaughter.  All down through history those who named the name of Christ were paraded into Roman coliseums to be eaten alive by hungry lions. Impaled, crucified, burned to death at the stake, beheaded, etc. Their sacrifice, however, did not pave the way for us to become lukewarm, and spiritually dead, but to use every method we can get our hands on to spread the Gospel throughout the entire earth.

Exactly what terrible fate have we in North American suffered for the cause of Christ?

Truthfully, American Christians don't have a clue about what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Sure most go to Church religiously, pray regularly, and read their Bibles, but seem to lack true obedience the Word of God. The failure to evangelize the lost has now caught up with the Church and is about to backfire in its face. The younger generation is all but hostile to Church, Christianity, and the Gospel, and it's the Churches fault for failing to change its methodology to meet the culture, without compromising its message.

Jesus said that every follower of His must first deny himself, that means to die to self, pick up their cross, whatever God has given them to do in life, and follow him (Jesus Christ). I am afraid however that most professing Christian have not even scratched the surface of what it means to die to self and carry their cross. Without the first two points, it is impossible to truly follow Jesus Christ.

The modern Church whether traditional or contemporary are both in the same boat, however, there is a remnant of True Biblical Christianity that has managed to do the Word of the Lord, and not listen to it week to week. There are some great preachers out there that are not afraid to stomp of some toes, to say what needs to be said, and lead believers to obey God, and live our their faith.

David Platt, John Piper, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, and my own Pastor Gary Petersen. All of these men preach with the Power of the Holy Spirit, and make me think about my walk with God, and cause me to search to be sure I am in the faith. They teach me, train me, and challenge me to do what the Word of God says to do and to live a Grace-filled life.

Preachers need to tell people the truth, that accepting Christ will make your life worse that it was before, in the sense that the Devil will now come against you with everything he has to mess you up, and you need to be well grounded in God's Word to stand against him. Following Jesus might even cost you your life on this earth, but He promises a greater life in the hereafter.

We have a duty to share the Gospel with the lost, and to do it often. We must engage this lost culture even if it means we incur injury or even death.  If the Church had not fallen into such apostasy and preached such a watered down Gospel, we would have abolished abortion long ago, and gay marriage would not be such an issue today.  Those within the Church would have truly departed from their iniquities, and the true Chruch would be much larger than it is today.


Matt 7:21-27 -   It is not everyone that says to me, 'My Lord, my Lord'', who enters the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, 'My Lord, my Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name have cast out demons, and have done many mighty works in your name?' 23And then I will confess to them, 'I have never known you, remove yourselves far from me, you workers of evil.'
24Everyone therefore who hears these my words, and does them, will be likened to the wise man who built his house on solid rock. 25And the rain descended and the floods came and the wind blew, and they rushed against the house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid on solid rock. 26And everyone who hears these my words, but does not practice them, will be likened to the foolish man who built his house on sand. 27And the rain descended and the floods came, and the wind blew, and they rushed against that house, and it fell, and its fall was great."  

Friday, June 12, 2015

Being More Like Jesus - How The Church Must Change When Dealing With Homosexuality

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I have been aware of the radical homosexual lobby for a long time, but it wasn't till this year that I now understand some things about them that I never knew before. Trolling through some of their facebook pages this morning, reading some of their comments, left me with such an empty feeling in my heart as the voice of God spoke to me very clearly saying, "see how sad, how hardened, and how deceived these people are".

As I pondered it over some more it became apparent to me that these people are under the control of the Demonic Realm, that Satan has blinded their eye's and their hearts so they cannot hear or understand the truth of the Gospel.  Their twisted view of Jesus, and what love is has been so often repeated that they have memorized the Devil's Mantra well.

How can the Church in America which has spent countless years shunning, and shaming them for their behavior now turn around and win them to Christ?  Their view of Christianity is not a positive one at all, in fact, there are many of them in the LGBT community that are all out bitter against anything to we with Jesus Christ, Church, or Christianity.

One of them told me online that their members are so sick of being shamed and made to feel like second-rate citizens by those who are supposed to be all about love, that there is a great distrust of people. They view the liberal religious people in the more orthodox Churches to be real Christians because these people accept them as they are and accept their homosexual behavior too.

Of course, we know that true followers of Jesus can never accept homosexual behavior as being normal, or good, but we must stand with the Word of God and call in what God calls it, sin.  They are right when they say that Jesus would not condemn them, and would show them love, but Jesus would also tell them to repent and come follow him.

We see two good examples to women in the Bible who were both adulteresses, and both has an encounter with Jesus. One was caught in the sexual act of adultery and dragged before Jesus by the Pharisees, the other ran into Jesus at the well as she was preparing to draw up water.  Jesus told the first woman that her sins were forgiven her, go and sin no more, and the other woman Jesus told her to drink the water he would give her (living water), and she would never thirst again.

Jesus in both cases forgave them their sins and they both went away astounded I am sure but grateful that Jesus has compassion on them, when he could have opened up the ground beneath them and swallowed them alive. Jesus showed sinners incredible mercy, and at the same time never excused their sin, but told them to stop sinning.  Jesus still shows the sinner mercy and invites them to stop sinning, and change their ways.

It's unfortunate that the modern day Church has not followed Jesus example but struck out in anger against those who cause them to feel threatened. Christian view the radical homosexuals as being predators, looking to destroy everything in their path, and while there is a some truth to that, the Christian Church in America has largely failed to reach this segment of the population. We have spent more time pushing them away when Jesus would enfold them with grace, and show them love while telling them they need to change.

The Church has also hemorrhaged a ton of young people over the years and failed to reach the younger generations for Christ, or to reclaim them for Christ. This is because the Christians in the Churches are stuck in their religious traditions and won't change to meet the needs to the younger generations. I remember my teen years in youth group with a youth pastor that hated the new Christian music we were all into. He called it questionable music and spent more time alienating us, than teaching us anything substantial.

My Pastor has stated that "the Churches need to change their methodology, but not the message".  When it comes to reaching the homosexuals with the Gospel, we really need to change our ways.  Are we just going to stand by and let countless thousands go into a Christless eternity?  Or are we going to do what is necessary to welcome the people into our Churches so they can hear the Gospel and change?  I never said compromises the message, or accept their behavior as normal, I said let them come into the Church so they can have a chance to change.

We must speak and warn sinners about impending judgment, but we must do it in a loving manner that does not chase them away. oftentimes using the Moral Law of God, the Ten Commandments works, because we have to get them lost before we can get them found. Sinners will respond to a gentle word spoken in a loving manner versus Hell Fire and Brimstone.

I also believe that Christians must fervently pray for the people in the gay community, that their spiritual eyes and ears might be opened by the Holy Spirit that they might understand the truth, and be saved.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Attention Church: Grow Some Spiritual Balls!

Upset about the idea of "Gay Marriage"?
How about abortion?
Obama who would be King?
The Sex-Trade (Slavery/Porn)?
Hollywood's Filthy TV Shows & Movies?
Rampaging Black's destroying other peoples property?
Occupy Wall Street / Entitlement Mentality

etc? etc? etc?

Do these things at least concern you, if not make you angry?

We've all heard of the slippery slope our nation was headed down, and most Christian tucked their heads in the sand while society went straight to Hell, almost literally. Our nations moral values that once held society in tact are now eroded to the point where the underpinnings, or foundation is crumbling beneath our very feet.

The Scripture warns us in Psalms 11:3 "If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?"

If the moral and spiritual foundation upon which our nation was founded are destroyed, what remedy do we have? If the salt and light of the Church loses all of it's flavor, and light of the Gospel is snuffed out, what are we going to do? 

Evil is our society is running rampant because too many professing Christians have not taken a public stand for righteousness, and so evil has succeeded in entrenching itself so deep, that it seems we have no way to counter it, so most Christians do what they have done for most of the last century which is too huddle in their safe little Christian circles, and wait for the rapture to take them away.  

This is not what God wanted of his Church! We are too be salting the culture with Biblical Truth and Righteousness. We are too be witnessing to the lost, sharing the truth in love, and leading them to Christ. Every follower of Jesus is in fact an evangelist, who is given the charge to preach the Gospel, and win souls, but sadly enough only a small fraction of Christians every share their faith with anyone in their entire lifetimes.

The same small amount of active followers of Jesus are the same ones the speak out against unrighteousness, confront evil in society, and get the brunt of the persecution for their stand, why the rest of the Church is cozy and comfy in their air-conditioned, Christianized country-clubs, drinking lattes while listening to a feel-good message, then leaving the same as when they arrived. Many Churches in America have the appearance of being Bible-Preaching Churches, but lack the spiritual power that comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit actively moving in their midst.

I am not saying all Churches must change and become Charismatic, or Pentecostal. I am saying that we need to be truly Biblical in every way, not just in word, but deed also. Our nation is drawing it's last breath of freedom, as the enemies of America are pulling the plastic bag of socialism over the head & face of lady liberty.  Are you waking up yet? You must stand and fight in the power of God against the demonic manifestations that are taking us down, further every day.

The Church must rise, and by that I mean in the Power of the Holy Spirit against all ungodliness in this nation. By rising I mean humbling ourselves before God, asking him to cleanse our hearts, and our hands, that we might be pure before him, and able to be mightily used by Him.  Failure to humble ourselves now will result in Christians in this nation being persecuted as we can't even imagine, not unlike our brothers and sisters in Communist China, or some other nation that is hostile to the Gospel.

If you think that it cannot happen here you better reconsider your opinion, because it can and will happen here, unless the Lord sees fit to come and take away his Bride, but then again 50% of you that fill the pews week too week are not truly born-again. If you have no desire to reach the lost, study God's Word, Pray in the Power of the Spirit, you better examine yourself to see if your really saved or not.

Those of you who are saved better grow a pair in a hurry because crunch time has arrived, and all Hell is breaking loose in this nation while the luke-warm faithful continue to sleep in the light. Come our from your dead Christianity and obey the Word of God!  Come out from your daily routine of having daily devotions, and getting little from it, if anything!  Reading God's Word and agreeing with what it says, then not acting upon it is sinful in itself. 

It's time for the Church to change, it's time for the Church to Grow Some Spiritual Balls!  



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

False Fire v.s. Real Fire

God spoke to me today about a very important subject that is going to make a whole lot of Church-goers angry. The Holy Spirit spoke in His still small voice and said to me write about this -"False Fire", the false manufactured excitement in place of an actual move of the Spirit of God. Mainly, because the Spirit of God is not present, and working in many local Churches today. They lack the Power of God while having the appearance of being Christian. 

They serve in their communities, reaching out to the lost, they may even see a few Salvation's over time, but still there is an overall apathy among the people because their hearts are divided between the things of this world, and the things of God. They don't read their Bibles, they don't pray as they ought too, and then they wonder why they never hear from God.   

Speaking of False Fire, I came across a common practice in many Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches where they hold classes too teach people how to speak in tongues. Excuse me, but if the gift of tongues is truly a gift from the Holy Spirit of God, why in the world would anyone have to take a class to learn how to speak in tongues?  I'll tell you why? False Fire!

If the Spirit of God was really moving as they believe He is, these people would automatically begin to speak in another known language, but because they can't always count on God to come through and produce this when they desire it too happen, they will teach you how to form the syllables, and put them together properly, so you can speak in tongues, and appear to be as Holy as every one else they have taught to do the same thing.

Talk about Holy Smoke and Mirrors!


If we took a hard enough look the Charismatics and Pentecostals are as spiritually apathetic as their tamer counterparts in the mainline Evangelical Churches are.  Ask the average Church member when the last time they shared their faith with someone outside of their Church? Or When was they last time to led someone to Christ?  The answer will not be a good one, in fact most Evangelicals and Protestants have never witnessed to an unbeliever, nor led anyone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their entire lives.

OH but they have spoken in tongues! They have been baptized in the Holy Ghost! They believe they are going to Heaven someday, yet have never obeyed God's Word to preach the Gospel to the lost, let alone ever gone out and stood in front of an abortion clinic and tried to save the life of a pre-born child, and save the mothers from becoming murderers in the site of God. 


The Bibles declares that obedience is better than sacrifice.  We are eager to make a sacrifice of worship and praise to God, but too share our faith with a neighbor, or a co-worker? Christians today are afraid of what other people will think of us if we tell them that we are Christians, and share the Gospel with them. Are we afraid to offend people? 

Wouldn't it be much better to have offended someone in order to share Christ with them, and call them to repentance before God, rather than never confront them with the truth, and someday watch as they are tossed into the fires of God's anger and wrath?

Do we not realize that we are responsible for rebuking and reproofing others who are sinning? If we do not do so, their blood will be on our hands on the day of judgement. In other words, we will be held responsible to their eternal demise. This is not a pretty picture!


I've seen many Churches where the leadership must constantly devise new ways to keep people pumped up, and excited about Church, so they will keep coming week after week.  Again this is because the majority of the Churches in America lack the true Power of God moving and working in them. This may be because they Pastor does not spend enough time in prayer himself, or is just so busy he does not have time to slow down long enough too develop a true hunger for God himself.

We know that many Church-goers are lazy and apathetic when it comes to the true spiritual things of God. There seems too be a lack of true hunger and thirst for God amongst many Christians, and this is issue. The Pastors are cowards who won't speak out about certain issues that they ought to be addressing from their pulpits (hell, judgment, sin,  The Churches are full of spiritually powerless people being led by spiritually powerless preachers too afraid to preach the truth for fear of losing their jobs, their pensions, etc.

What we need in our Churches in America is the people to wake up spiritually, get a hunger for God, allow God to break their hearts for what breaks His, so they will begin to beg God to send them true revival.  
Revival begins in the heart of a single believer, or small group of believers who are willing to step out in faith, allow God to prune them, and break them so that they become extremely sensitive to the voice of the Spirit of God, and are ready to embrace His move. 

We need to quench the false fire, and allow the real fire of the Spirit of God to come manifest itself in our lives, and watch it spill out into the local Churches, and revival breaks out! Quit creating false excitement in the Church and start cultivating the real fire of God. Bring back the Power of God into the Churches that we might reap a harvest in these very last days.

Revival is a wild fire that spreads like a forest fire, consuming everything it's path, as the wind of the spirit blows it in the direction God wants it too go. Revival is not a bunch of people running around and screaming in weird tongues, dancing, shouting, barking like dogs, etc. Revival is God's people who have been broken, on theirs faces before God in all humility, begging God to move in their midst. Dear Lord Send us Revival! 

Revival requires us too have desperation of heart and soul, we must have a spiritual hunger for God and His Word, spending time in prayer, talking with God, being intimate with Him in a honest relationship, day by day.  Just as a man who has been walking through the hot dry desert longs for a drink of cool clear water, so we should long for a drink of the Spirit of God. 

Hungering and Thirsting for God and His Righteousness is the state that every Christian should be in, but sadly very few are. Is this what God meant when he said "and few there be that find it"?  We know that few actually seek after him, and this leads me too believe that the possibility exists that the larger portion of the Church may be unsaved, the religiously lost with a false sense of security. 

That would be just like Satan to trick masses of well meaning Church people into believing they are going to Heaven, when they are actually going to Hell. If we remain content with false fire in our lives, and in our Churches, we will never see a move of God in this nation again.

Let us examine ourselves to be sure that we are truly in the faith, and that we are pure in heart before God, with no known sin on our conscious. Let us request of the Lord that he prune from our lives the dead branches that are choking out the work of His Spirit, so that we start to produce good healthy fruit for His Kingdom.    


Thursday, October 16, 2014

How would Jesus Respond to the Lesbian Mayor of Houston TX?

Seriously, while I do not agree with the Government on any level ordering the Church around, or monitoring what it preached from it's pulpits, often the response towards those who are the enemies of Christ, and His Church are not given in a Christ like manner.

The Mayor of Houston, Texas and her City Attorneys issue subpoenas ordered several Pastors to send in copies of their sermons to the mayors office for review, plus certain emails. I am not sure what set this off, some had suggested previous legal action by these Pastors against the City of Houston pertaining to the HERO Law (Human Equal Rights Law), a law that would give special rights to those who practice deviant sexual relations.


I understand the Constitutional aspects of the issue, but I also understand the Biblical response that those who name the Name of Christ ought to be displaying.  What did Jesus say about how we should react towards those who hate us, despise us,  mistreat us, or even persecute us? I've read many hateful comments aimed at the Mayor of Houston, and the Holy Spirit told me to rebuke the people for piling evil upon evil, when God said to "overcome evil with good!"


I'm going to let God's Word speak for itself, this is how Jesus would respond!


Matthew 5 : 9-11 - " Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…


Luke 6:35 - "Love your enemies! Do good to them."


Luke 6:27 - "But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,"


Matt. 5:44 - "But I say to you, love your enemies and bless the one who curses you, and do what is beautiful to the one who hates you, and pray over those who take you by force and persecute you."


1 Peter 3:9 - "And you should not repay a person evil for evil, neither insults for insults; but to the contrary of these things, give blessings, for you are called to this, that you would inherit blessing."


Romans 12:14 - "Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse."


Talk about counter-culture!  This is not only counter culture but counter natural human nature itself!

If even half the professing so-called Church-going Christians would obey God's Word, and Do what it say's and not just listen to it and agree with it, our society would be transformed by the Power of God. Those who walk in the Spirit of God have the power within them to overcome the natural impulses of their flesh, and rise above it to respond in a Christ-like fashion.

We are supposed to be the Salt and Light in this culture, and I wonder sometimes is most of the saltiness is gone from the American Church? In Luke 10:3 God say's to us “Go; behold, I am sending you as sheep among wolves.”.  We all know that wolves eat sheep, but Christ was a lamb sent too us for us, that we might see His example, and follow it. 


Matt 10:16 -......... be therefore crafty as snakes and innocent as doves.”


In other words we are too be subtle, prudent, yet simple people. Innocent and above reproach. We are living in perilous times. Let your response to the Mayor of Houston be filled with the Grace of our Lord, so that we may not appear as a bunch of hateful Bible thumpers, but as people who love God and show forth his love even in the face of opposition.  We can respectfully disagree with her without being rude, and abusive. We must let our light shine forth among men so they will know we are true children of God.


Jesus would call her to repent and believe the Gospel, and we should do the same, but we are too speak it in love, not in condemnation.  Homosexuality is no worse a sin or abomination than adulterery, fornication, lying, stealing, etc,  We all sinned many times over, but there is a difference because who are in Christ have been freely justified by faith, and God no longer holds our sins against us.  

The potential of the rapture occurring in the near future is NO excuse to be lazy, or not to obey the Word of God. We are not people who just hear the Word of the Lord, but act upon it, live it out on a daily basis as we walk humbly before our God. In closing let me share one more verse of Scripture with you I hope will bless you and cause you to be all the more filled with the Grace of God.



Philippians 2:15 -  "so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world." 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DOES GOD HATE OUR WORSHIP?


This is not an article about music, not the style of it, or personal preferences, but an article asking the question - Does God Hate Our Worship?


Amos 5:21-23 "I hate your festivals; I despise them. I'm not pleased with your religious assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I won't accept them. I won't even look at the fellowship offerings of your choicest animals. Spare me the sound of your songs. I won't listen to the music of your harps."


The Lord speaking of his people Israel, who had again turned their back on His Laws, and once again living in wickedness, and disobedience to God's commands. God tells them that even their tithes and offerings they make unto him will not be accepted, and their songs of worship he will not listen too.


Can you image the Jew's of Israel, going up to the temple everyday with their offerings, and animals in tow to be sacrificed, and they are doing it all for nothing, because God will not accept their offerings, nor their sacrifices? 


We see why God is angry with them, and has put them on ignore.


Amos 5:12 - "You carried along the statues of [the god] Sikkuth as your king and the star Kiyyun, the gods you made for yourselves."



Israels greatest sin has always been - IDOLATRY

America is also full of every kind of IDOLATRY!  And Christians have fallen victim to the these idols of the American society.  Sometimes people stay home from Church in order to watch football, or NASCAR, or they are hanging out at the beach when they ought to be in the house of worship instead. More than that we allow the things of this world to occupy our hearts and minds, often in place of God, and the things of God.

More than all of that we American Church-goers and so busy with the things of this world we don't make time to obey God's commands. For instance going out and preaching the Gospel to the lost, and rescuing those being who are being taken away to death (the Pre-born). (Prov. 24:11-12)  Can we honestly say that we love our neighbors as ourselves? I've personally seen a lot of hate and wickedness coming from people who claim the name of Christ, plain evil!

How about Christians who have compromised and on the issue of human abortion? Church going women to claim to know Christ make up excuses to go have their own flesh and blood slaughtered, and have a million excuses for why they are doing it?  God does not wink at sin like this! Abortion is nothing more than sacrificing your children to the Devil, and the Church rolls on like nothing is a matter, ignoring that people are being murdered right down the street, and the pulpits are silent.

I wonder if all our offerings, and our prayers are even heard sometimes considering the sad state of the Church, and this nation? Take time to really think about this matter and see if there is something too what has been said here. I believe that 2015 is going to be a very hard year people in America, especially Christians. As long as evil men are in control, we can expect to be persecuted for our faith, and 2015 might be the year God uses to spank his people for their own sins.

James 1:22 - "But be a doer of the word and not only a hearer, and do not deceive yourselves."

Matt. 7:26 - "And everyone who hears these my words, but does not practice them, will be likened to the foolish man who built his house on sand."

Monday, October 1, 2012

WHERE IS THE REST OF THE CHURCH?

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cover of Martin Luther King, Jr.
22 Christians went to our nations capital to kneel and pray in front of the White House, an act of defiance against a law that prohibits people from kneeling and praying in that place. A law that is unconstitutional, and violates the civil rights of the citizens of the United States of America.

My question is this.  How come there were only 22? Where were the other rest of the people who call themselves Christians? Why aren't they there kneeling in an act of civil disobedience to a tyrannical law that violates their right of freedom of religion, and freedom to assemble?

Why only a small handful dare to put themselves of the line for freedom and liberty? Where are the others? Where is the rest of the Church of Jesus Christ? Why are they not going to Washington D.C. and kneeling to pray, knowing they will be arrested for it? Is the Church all talk and NO action? No wonder we are losing our freedoms!


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English: Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (ca. 1955) Mrs. Rosa Parks altered the negro progress in Montgomery, Alabama, 1955, by the bus boycott she unwillingly began. National Archives record ID: 306-PSD-65-1882 (Box 93). Source: Ebony Magazine Ελληνικά: Φωτογραφία της Rosa Parks με τον Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (περ. 1955.) Español: Fotografía de Rosa Parks con Martin Luther King jr. (aprox. 1955). Français : Photographie Rosa Parks (ca. 1955) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rosa Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus where the law said he must sit because of the color of her skin. Martin Luther King broke the law and was arrested in protest of unjust laws. He wrote from his jail cell these words "One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly ... and with a willingness to accept the penalty."  

The 22 Christian who knelt in front of the White House did so knowing they would be arrested, but did so anyway because of an unjust law meant to stop Christian from
 praying in public in that location.

As a reminder to many, the White House is the peoples house, not the Governments. We allow the sitting President, his family, and staff to reside and work there. They are supposed to be representing us as citizens, not there own personal interested, or agendas.

My friends, if there ever was a time in American history for Christian to willfully disobey the law, this is it, and do so in public even if it costs them something to do so. After all, freedom cost other people there very lives to secure, so that we might live in freedom and safety.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Would Jesus Protest at a Military Funeral?

Free speech is wonderful thing, it provides the individual the right to speak his/her mind without fear of Government control, or retaliation against his/her personal being. Too many times however, people have taken things too far, pushed the envelope for political or social gain, or for monetary gain.

Freedom must be tempered, not with Government controls that regulate free speech, and seek to control a man from the outside, but with Biblical moral boundaries that control a persons behavior from the inside out. As it turns out however, in America we are replacing our standards of public decency with that of Government control.

When society maintains a level of public decency, and is willing to enforce these standards either by peer pressure, or through the system of law, civility and justice will prevail. When a society allows it's standard of moral decency to be removed, chaos and confusion ensue. This is what has happened in America, we allowed others to attack and remove God, and the Ten Commandments, trample on everything that is sacred, and now we have a huge mess to deal with.

Anytime someone gets offended by someone else free speech they file a law suit to remove, or drown out the messages they don't like. This gets ugly, and people get angry. It's a war of world views that clash like Titans fighting in an arena, to the death. This battle will never end, but it forces people to choose sides on important issues in our culture.

What I want to discuss here is the way that Westboro Baptist protests the funerals of military personnel, and does so in a very vial manner. Carrying signs that read "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and  Your Going to Hell", and so forth. Their website refers to a dead marine as a 'fallen fool', which I might add goes against the very Scripture they claim to believe in which say's "If you say to someone 'you fool', you are in danger of the fires of Hell"  So who might be going to Hell WBC?

Most of the people that go out and travel around the country are lawyers connected to this so-called church, they knows the limits of the law, and walk a thin line where the law is concerned. The group carries signs that are easy to see and read, shout and intimidate anyone that get's in their way, or opposes them. They try and draw people into a confrontation, in hopes that people will attack them, or damage their signs. The group then will haul you into court and sue you for lots of money. If you ask me, it's a scam they are running, and they need to be stopped.

While I agree that Christians ought to speak out against evil, and sin. I believe that what WBC is doing is causing more harm than good. My big question is "What would Jesus do at a military funeral?" Would He carry big signs with with nasty slogans on them? Would He shout nasty things at people to get them to slip up so he could sue them? Would he cause insult to injury as Westboro does when grieving families see their hateful signs?

I think that most of us know the answers to these questions don't we?

How did Jesus Christ act when he walked this earth? Well, he looked at people with love, and treated the with respect while calling sinners to repentance, and the Kingdom of God. Jesus reacted strongly when confronted by the religious leaders who were trying to entrap him, so they could kill him. Jesus had compassion on the lost, and preached to them the need to repent and be saved.  He never carried a sign, shouted nasty things at people.

Jesus said to "do good to them that hate you" "pray for those who persecute you" and "if some hits you, turn the other cheek".  Jesus was not a push over, he was always in control of himself at all times. Granted, Jesus was/is God, and we are not, but he set forth an example for his people to follow. Does Westboro follow the example that Jesus Christ set? I'll let the reader answer that question.

Funerals are sacred moments in the lives of family and friends of a deceased person. A military funeral is just as sacred, and brings with it many formalities not associated with regular funerals. Funerals are for the living too help them move through the grieving process, and accept the death of a loved one. People who serve in America's armed forces deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They should be honored for their bravery, and protecting our liberty and freedom. To add insult to injury, to add to the grief of an already grieving family and spouse, is unacceptable!

For anyone or any group to picket the funeral of a fallen hero, too stand outside attempting to instigate a confrontation, is contemptible at best, and un-Christlike as well.

Shame on you Westboro Baptist!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GET OUT OF YOUR DEAD CHURCHES!

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So you've been a member of a certain church most of your life, or for many years you've gone to the same house of worship, but nothing much is happening there, and your haven't really changed at all. So the question is  why are you still there? No one has been saved in your church for years, or never at all, but still you continue to maintain as you have for years.

Let's face the truth shall we? Your church is dead! Your faith is moldy! You haven't really changed much because most likely there is no call coming from your churches pulpit to change, am I right? Many of the younger generation have left the church because let's face it, it's boring as sin! There is NO spiritual power flowing in the place, so they left for other churches where things are alive, where they can grow in there faith, and be challenged to change for the better.

Chances are you've warmed the same pew for years, but your soul is ice cold! What will you do when all the young people have left, and all the old cronies that kept the place open die off? Don't you realize that many 1400 churches close there door every year in America, mainly because they congregation can't afford to keep the doors open any longer.  A small handful close because of financial issues, or foreclosure.

So you sitting in the same dead church still where you are not growing spiritually, not being challenged towards personal holiness, and moral purity, but at least you took time to put in a personal appearance so people will at least think your a spiritual person right? Your too comfortable in your complacency to the point where you can't even see how spiritually dead you really are.

GET OUT OF YOUR DEAD CHURCHES!

Get out of the same pew you've kept warm all these years, find out where God is really at work, and go join that church! Go where you will be challenged to allow God to change you into the Image of his Son Jesus Christ! Go even if the music is loud and not your personal style, but the people are excited to be there. Go  where the preacher is preaching the truth of God's Word, and he's not afraid to step on your toes once and awhile! Go where people are actually responding to the message and finding Christ as Savior!

One Pastor of a contemporary styled evangelical church stated "If the music is too loud bring ear plugs" He urged the older generation to be supportive of the younger people by being involved, and praying for them. His church is exploding with young people, high school to college age are there in large numbers, and the place is alive with passionate people who love God, and each other.

Can you say those things about your church? NO? Then you need to find a different church like the one above, get involved, and quit wasting your time in lifeless church! Your not doing yourself any favors, or anyone else for that matter.

"Too many churches have lost the fire, and zeal long ago, they are just maintaining, and they refuse to change. Therefore ICHABOD is written over there doors, and the Spirit of the Lord has left the building" Those churches are spiritually dead and worthless to their communities, and soon their doors will shut too.

As a word of warning the great preacher of old Charles Spurgeon stated " If you have no concern for the lost, be sure of this, your not saved yourself!"

If the older generation is going to continue to isolate itself, and only focus on their own concerns, and ignore the spiritual needs younger generations, then how can we expect God to bless our churches, when so many young people are lost, and on their way too Hell?

Let's face it, by the time a child enters their second year in college they most likely have written off church, and Christianity. They will leave the faith and more than likely not ever return, a very sad and shocking statistic!  So how long will you stay rotting in your dead churches, with your dead faith, and your dead lifeless so-called Christianity? How long will you wallow in your own selfishness while young people are committing suicide because they feel they have no hope, and see death as the only way out. The time has come for change! You yourself MUST CHANGE!

What is the Christian Church at large doing about these issues? Some are engaging the culture, changing to meet the needs of the younger generations, and others are just too stubborn to change. New churches get planted every year in order to reach out to younger people. They use contemporary worship music, drama, dance, multimedia, and other art forms that appeal to the younger set, and allow them to share the message of hope in Jesus Christ with them.


GET OUT OF YOUR DEAD CHURCHES!

Get out of your dead religion! Find a church where they do not preach a socialized gospel, or teach that you must combine certain works to earn your Salvation. Find a church that teaches that Salvation is not something that we earn, but rather something that is free, a gift from God to all who repent and turn to him. Where Jesus is not just a nice guy who did nice things, but Lord and Messiah! The leader of a great church will spur you too change, and action. He will step on your toes when needed, and will comfort you when you need it also. The Pastor of your new church will be a visionary who never stops dreaming big for God, and causes you to dream big for God also.
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