It was started by a website that I came across. The website belongs to a seminary in New York City who has put much time, effort, and money into an effort to convince Christians that they can support the homosexual movement without compromising their faith. They have a website for their “Friends and Family Plan” where they’ve taken all sorts of information about the LGBT movement and how to undermine the faith of Christians to convince them to promote sexual sin that God calls an abomination. In their resources, they use the same tired canards and talking points that Christians have refuted for years and, just like those before them, they fail to listen to them. But, this didn’t surprise me. What caught my attention was one of the statements they made in their propaganda sheets: Continue Reading The Core Message of the Bible…
I’ve heard many pastors, lay preachers, and general Christians talk about how God has this amazing purpose for your life. You hear it all the time from people like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Sadly, you also hear it from numerous pastors who aren’t near as famous.
This got me thinking…
Continue Reading Real Purpose…
Tags: defrocked, duck dynasty, gay, homosexuality, schaefer
I saw this blog posted on my Facebook page by a friend and the title caught my attention:
I read the blog and it left me with many more questions than it did any good answers. As a matter of fact, it presents a perfect image of modern American Christianity and what’s wrong with it. The blogger identifies himself as a youth pastor which just makes it worse.
The author says that it “doesn’t matter what you think about homosexuality because people are dying”. He says that we are long since past the time for debate because “the stakes are too high”. He cites stats that say that 1 in 3 gay teens will try to kill themselves.
This youth pastor says that if he’s given the choice to be theologically correct or morally responsible, he’ll choose morally responsible every time. Sorry, pastor, but that’s a false dichotomy that makes a terrible mess. Not only that, but it absolutely avoids scriptures teaching and commands. It also seems to be implying that God’s not really sovereign the way He says He is. Continue Reading It doesn’t matter?…
Tags: grace, holiday, hope, thankful
Today is the day, in the United States, set aside for people to spend the day giving thanks for the many blessings they have. More and more, it seems to be the day where many women frustrate themselves to no end to prepare a large meal for family and friends. The men help when possible (if allowed) and then eat themselves into a coma and spend the rest of the day watching college football. Then, Christmas decorations are brought out and set up and plans are made for all the Black Friday deals the next day. It is a day where many profess thanks for what God has given them and many more don’t. It got me thinking. Continue Reading Thankful…
Tags: hypocrisy, Sermon Sunday, sprugeon
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, February 6th, 1859, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
At the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.
“Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”—Luke 12:1. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – C.H. Spurgeon – Hypocrisy…
Tags: church, hell, replacement, sin, theology
All it takes is a quick glance around to see that we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto. In the matter of a few decades, the American landscape has changed to the point that it’s almost unrecognizable. The shift in morality and political agendas that has taken place makes it clear that something is definitely wrong with the nation. The degradation of society is blaringly obvious. Worldviews that directly oppose the statues of God are violently attacking the truths and followers of Jesus Christ. We see this and we complain, grieve, and moan. We can’t understand what’s going on. Tragedies are growing in number and magnitude causing the deaths of more and more people in more grotesque and horrifying ways and we’re left asking why. Church membership continues to decline for the major denominations in the U.S. and we seem flummoxed by what could be causing it. Meanwhile, liberal denominations and false religions are growing in number, as is the number of unchurched who just don’t care. All of these things just befuddle us, when we even think about them…Most of the time, we’re too busy participating in church events and “ministries” to notice. So what is the real problem? Continue Reading Replacement Theology…
Tags: grace, honesty, striving, truth
I’ve been thinking today and wonder if I haven’t found two reasons the church in America looks like it does. Both reasons go hand in hand and seem to be becoming the norm across the nation.
The first reason is a disregard for the Word of God. For some, this is apathy period. They don’t read it, they don’t study it, and they don’t care. But they still call themselves Christians. It seems that their church membership/attendance and the menial “outreach” events they participate in are enough. While this may be a large group, I don’t think that it’s the biggest group. That moniker goes to the group made of those who “study” scripture but don’t live by it. They do read it and they do study it (even to the point of looking at Greek and Hebrew!) and yet, their lives don’t reflect that. Some even go so far as to boast and brag about their studies or look for ways to show off their quickly learned “wisdom”, but those verses have done nothing to actually impact them or change them. Scripture says “Do not lie”, but in action or deed many professing Christians do just that. Ananias and Sapphira died because of only ONE LIE. They sit under teaching that is more about social justice or community agenda (we have to knock on doors and have all these different events!) but there is nothing in the teaching to drive those same Christians to the cross or to understand themselves and others the way scripture portrays them. Continue Reading Two Reasons…
Tags: anxiety, fear, hope, truth
With the constant threat of a government shutdown, a default on payments, or any other crisis the U.S. government can manufacture lurking around every corner, it is really easy to be concerned, fearful, or anxious about the future. Even without the manufactured crises, the state of the economy, the lack of jobs, the growing debt, and the rise of crime are just as scary. It seems that there are no end to the number of new (and existing) pills and medications coming out to combat stress. Continue Reading Fear and Anxiety…
Tags: Babylon, pride, repentance
Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the greatest nation on the planet at the time. He had hanging gardens and a 90 ft tall golden statue of himself. One night, the king had a dream that none of his magicians could interpret. When he called on Daniel to help him understand the dream of the chopping down of the large, beautiful, fruitful tree; Daniel responds fearfully:
The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged–it is you, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your majesty has become great and reached to the sky and your dominion to the end of the earth.’In that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, “Chop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the new grass of the field, and let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him share with the beasts of the field until seven periods of time pass over him,”this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. (Dan 4:20-25)
Even with the foreknowledge that this would happen, it doesn’t change the outcome or God’s decree:
Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. “The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ “While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ “Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. “But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. (Dan 4:29-34)
After the time was completed, the king was restored. This was his response: “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” (Dan 4:37)
It took God bringing the king to the point where he was a wild beast before he was humble enough to acknowledge God and His sovereignty. Will your pride lead you into the same situation? Nebuchadnezzar had built a great kingdom and he attributed all to himself. He took the glory of God for himself and took for granted God’s grace and mercy. Will you allow your pride to do the same to you? Will you steal the glory of God for your own? Will you ignore or deny the things that have happened in your life to bring God glory in order to make it your own? Maybe it’s not a kingdom that you’re claiming. Maybe it’s a status that you’ve achieved. Maybe it’s prestige or fame or an idol. Maybe it’s an image you’ve made for yourself. Is your own glory worth more than God’s? Will you allow your pride to bring you low? What will God have to do to humble you? Will you not hear the warning of Daniel and break away from your sins? Will you repent of your sins while there’s still time?
Tags: amusement, goats, sermon, sheep, Spurgeon
Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats
An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for the evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a more clever thing than hinting to the Church that part of her mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view of winning them. From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.
My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye….” into all the world and speak the Gospel to every creature. That is clear enough. So it would have been if He had added, “and provide amusement for those who do not relish the Gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to Him. Then again, “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…for the work of the ministry.” Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused? The concert has no honor roll.
Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all of His apostles. What was the attitude of the Church to the world? “Ye are the salt,” not the sugar candy….something the world will spit out, not swallow. Short and sharp was the utterance: “Let the dead bury the dead.” He was in awful earnestness!
Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into His mission, He would have been more popular when He and His disciples went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching. I do not hear Him say, “Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a new kind of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick, Peter; we must get the people somehow!” Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them. In vain will the epistles be searched to find any trace of the gospel of amusement. Their message is, “Come out, keep out, keep clean out!” Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous of its absence. They had boundless confidence in the Gospel and employed no other weapon. After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the Church had a prayer meeting, but they did not pray, “Lord, grant unto Thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are.” If they had ceased not for preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the Gospel.
They “turned the world upside down.” That is the only difference! Lord, clear the Church of all the rot and rubbish the devil has imposed on her, and bring us back to apostolic methods.
Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to effect the end desired. It works havoc among the young converts. Let the careless and scoffers, who thank God because the Church met them halfway, speak and testify. Let the heavy-laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent! Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment has been God’s link in the chain of his conversation, stand up! There are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts. The need of the hour for today’s ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root. The need is Biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men on fire.