Dancing with Wolves

January 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In day and time that we live, it seems like the eyes of the church have dimmed and its resolve has ebbed. It seems like we have dropped our guard, slid down the slope, and lowered our standards to the point that they’re already met. We’ve laid down our truth, our history, and the thousands of years of strong, steadfast, examples in favor of one shot, quick flash, celebrities and watery pastors. All of this in the name of “hope” and “reaching out” to the lost.

The scriptures talk about things like this happening in the last days:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:29-30) Continue Reading Dancing with Wolves…

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Joe Wilson and the church

October 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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A few weeks ago, Republican Senator Joe Wilson made the news when he shouted “You Lie!” during a speech given by the President to Congress. The news media was all over this and, because they are pretty much a liberal bunch that blindly follows the current administration, made a lot of noise about what Senator Wilson did. To them, it was an “outrage” that anyone would do that to the President of the United States. Of course they forgot how the Democrats treated George W. Bush while he was in office, calling him a “liar” and other derogatory terms without respect for his office or remorse after they did it. I can’t say that I’m surprised that this is how they looked at it, but that’s not what I want to talk about. Continue Reading Joe Wilson and the church…

The Bubble Syndrome

January 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The more I see on the news and hear on the radio, the more concerned I get.

 

Most people have heard the stories of the people who are forced to live their lives in bubbles because of serious medical conditions. These bubbles protect them and help them to enjoy, as much of what life has to offer as they safely can. But, they haven’t put themselves in the bubble.

 

America has put itself in a bubble. The American people have put themselves in a bubble and it is starting to show. We have elected a president who lacks experience in a number of places that we need someone in his position to know about. We are so self-centered that we care more about what Brad and Angelina are doing than we care about what those who like to destroy our country are doing. We can no longer differentiate between enemies and friends. We turn our backs on those who have supported and stood by us, even making plans to divide their country. At the same time, we pander to nations who have made it clear that they wish to destroy this nation, even allowing their megalomaniacal leaders to speak at our universities like they were someone we could learn from. We have forgotten our past numerous times over and are on the verge of repeating it. We have turned our backs on the Christian heritage that founded this country and made it a haven for Christians to worship the way they should. Instead, we’re allowing the true history to be erased or revised to remove God and Christian values when we need them the most. We have allowed our courts to write the law instead of upholding it. We have called evil good and good evil, condoning murder and sexually immoral acts as “normal” and “natural”. We bail out multimillion-dollar corporations (I thought that this was a capitalistic nation?) with taxpayer money so that their CEOs can get another 2 million dollar bonus and the people that work for them can struggle to make ends meet. We have deluded ourselves into thinking that our nation is invulnerable and that everyone loves us. We hang on every word of scientists, lawmakers, and politicians who stand on thin ice promoting ideas and theories that are valueless. We laud comics for speaking out against all that is good, give awards to actors, singers, and other “entertainers” who blaspheme the name of God and live lifestyles that would make those in Sodom and Gomorrah look like saints. We push anti-God agendas that teach our school-age kids everything but morality, and yet, we wonder why our nation is suffering like it is right now…

 

As sickening as this is, it’s not the worst part. While America has put itself in a bubble, the church has done so as well. It has surrounded itself with a false idea of what the church is, what is expected of it, and what it needs to be doing. It spends more time entertaining those that attend and cheerleading for the people to be happy and feel good about themselves than telling them the truth about their lives and sin. The church in America has encased itself in a bubble and has no idea what really goes on outside the nation. By drawing ourselves into a bubble, we have lost contact with sinners. We have forgotten that we are the ones that should be shouting from the rooftops that Jesus is coming back. We are to be the watchmen on the walls telling others of the impending dangers. Instead we sit inside our little fortress of religion and false doctrine, warming our hands by the hearth of false godliness, singing our uplifting songs of “worship”, and working as hard as we can to stay oblivious to the plight of those who are outside going to hell. Our weapons sit off in the corner rusty and dull from lack of use. Our armor stands in the hall dusty and covered with cobwebs while we tell stories about the “good ole days” back when real Christians preached fire and brimstone sermons that brought the fear of God and caused people to tremble with the thought of eternal punishment. The scriptures are almost unrecognizable, having been cut up and pieced together with scotch tape to say things that we’re comfortable with. We have even gone to the point of compromising what little truth we’ve decided to hang on to in order to try and get people to join our congregations so that we can rejoice over new “decisions”. Then, when the new (false) converts decide to go back to their former lives (because the world is a lot more fun), we call them backsliders. What we don’t seem to realize is that part of the reason that they are back in the world is because we haven’t told them the truth to begin with! We’ve deluded ourselves into thinking that our bubble is necessary because we are to be separate from the world. We seem to think that God wants us to be in the bubble, even though scripture says He doesn’t. We have deceived ourselves into thinking that what takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays is exactly what God wants, when it does very little to teach those who believe what they’re supposed to be doing and those who don’t believe what their fate is without having their sins paid for.

 

What are we doing? Why have we put ourselves into a bubble? It’s made us unable to see ourselves for what we are. It’s made us unable to reach out and actually connect with the unsaved to see God change their lives. It’s time for us to pop the bubble that we’ve put ourselves in. It’s time that we stopped mocking the God we profess to follow and cast off the trappings of the worldly church. It’s time that we got to work and started preaching the truth in our nation. It’s time we started actually caring for the lost enough to tell them they will go to hell whether they end up liking us or not. It’s time we actually got a backbone and started telling people they’re wrong. It’s time that we started using scripture to defend what we believe. It’s time that we actually learned how to defend what we believe according to the scriptures. It’s time that we popped the bubble around America and showed the nation the depth of its sins. It is time that the church started restoring the foundation of our nation. It’s time that we stood up and stopped allowing our rights to be taken away. It’s time that we started speaking boldly against sin and stopped cringing in fear.

 

It’s time church…

Design of the Week 01/07/09 – Boldness

January 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | 2 Comments
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This week’s design is called Boldness. It is a characteristic that all Christians need to have. It is a characteristic that all Christians should have. Boldness is what will make us preach the truth to those around us in spite of our fears. It is what helps us to overcome the fear of rejection. It helps us to stand strong against false doctrines. It is boldness that gives us the ability to do things that we may not think possible.

 

It is boldness that helps us convert our passion for the lost into action. It is boldness that allows us to tell the most rabid atheist about sin, hell, and salvation. But, what brings boldness? Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flees when no man pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion”. Righteousness provides boldness. But it goes deeper. Ultimately, our boldness comes from the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. That hope comes from the knowledge that He died for our sins and, because we’ve repented of those sins, we have everlasting life. It is this hope that should push us on to reach out to everyone around us because we know if they die without their sins paid for they will go to hell.

 

If you haven’t repented, please compare your life to the Ten Commandments. They are the standard by which God will judge all of us. If you break God’s law, you are guilty and will find yourself sent to hell if you don’t have your sins paid for. If you will repent of your sins (turn from your sins and stop doing them) and put your trust in Christ, He will save you from your sins and from hell.

 

If you have repented and you don’t feel that you have the boldness you desire, look to Christ. He will give you the strength and the hope. Remember what He’s done for you and then think about what will happen to those who die without Him. That should move you to run out in the streets and plead with everyone you meet. Don’t be afraid of what man might do or say. Instead, fear what God will do if you don’t…


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