Over the weekend I came across an article by Dr. Peter Jones who pointed out that the recent shift by supposed “conservative” pastors on the issue of homosexual marriage, is due to the fact that they are theologically illiterate. Jones was commenting on the recent article by Dave Thompson of BlueHead Publishing who rips Genesis 2:18 to shreds when he admits that man should not be alone and concludes that gay people should be able to be with other gay people.
Just a few things going on that I’m able to comment on, and not able to pass up…
What Makes You Think the “Democratic Party” Has Changed? – Great piece by a woman that identifies herself as FDF NY (Ayesha Kreutz?) on how what I’m calling the party of death, the Democratic Party, hasn’t changed much since its inception and identification with the KKK. She writes:
I look around see these inner cities that are devastated by broken families, abortion, poor education (which borders criminal), high incarceration rates, illiteracy, drug infestation and general black genocide; and I see the power structure is mostly all democrats, in city after city and for 15 and 40 years and I have to ask you people what in the world makes you think the “Democrat Party”, which …was the party of the KKK, Segregation and now socialism has changed. I mean I hear you all say it and I hear a lot of these folks say a bunch of sweet and “well intentioned” things but when I look around and see the pain, devastation and brokeness, it seems like they are feeding you a line of bull… just the same old planned genocide and eugenics, they wanted all along only more cloaked, today, in fancy elitism and patronizing niceties. So again I ask, what in the world makes you think these people have changed from their past?
This was originally published on September 20, 2010. Please note that I was preaching at Grace Pres in Jackson, TN. I’m no longer preaching there.
How would you like the responsibility of preaching those words to your congregation? I had the opportunity and privilege to do so yesterday. I say privilege and opportunity because it is always a privilege to preach God’s word to His people. But yesterday’s message was difficult. Who likes to say, “Hey, guess what? As a Christian, know that the world will hate you.”
I couched it in terms of an ad agency. How the ad agency reveal that truth? How would it go over if our church ran ads “Come to Grace Pres, where you will be taught about the world’s hatred for you.“
This is the truth of the gospel. When we become Christians, we are plucked out of the world by Christ and made His disciples. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
As a Christian, we must realize that we are no longer members of the realm called: the world. We have become members of the Kingdom of Heaven, and that means we are automatically at odds with the world. This is a wonderful reality for us in the long run, but in the short run, it means that we will suffer persecution and hatred from the world.
Because the world first hated Christ. If we just look at the number of times that John talks about how Jesus was not received, or rejected or hated or threatened with death, we see that the world absolutely despises our Savior. The rejection is complete. I know that there are those who like to say things like, “Well, I love Jesus Christ but cannot stand Christians.”
This is an out and out lie. Jesus said that if we love Him, then we will keep His commandments, and His commandments are that we love one another, i.e., fellow believers. So to reject Christians, is to reject Christ. To reject Christ, is to reject the Father. Welcome to the realm of the world.
However if we are of Christ, then we to love one another because the world will hate us. We need to stick together as believers and encourage one another. I believe this is one of the reasons that Jesus said three times in His upper-room discourse: “These things I command you, that you love one another.” He knew that the world would hate us as well and we not only need His Spirit in us, but also one another. This is why we are to remain together as a body. To separate ourselves, is to distance ourselves from Christ and His Kingdom. This also opens us up to the attack of Satan. Remember, he prowls around like a roaring lion. Roaring lions never go after the pack, but after the sick and the young and those who are alone. So we are to stay together.
We must also realize that when the world does display its hatred for us, we are to rejoice. Listen to Christ’s words from the sermon on the mount:
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
If we did not have the future promises given to us by Christ, the warnings of the world’s hatred for us would be sorely depressing. But we are given a wonderful promise: great is your reward in heaven. When we suffer for His name, then we should rejoice and be glad because we have a future hope that far exceeds anything we may have on this side of glory.
There is nothing here in this world that will last, or compare to the infinite joy and beauty we will have in glory with the Lord. When we remember this reality, we can endure the hatred of the world. For the love of Christ far surpasses any love that the world has to offer for us, for Christ’s love is enduring and far more fulfilling. The world’s love for its own is passing and in the end, a lie. It’s not true love in the sense that it does not seek the best interests of those who experience it. It cannot truly satisfy or fulfill those who yearn for it.
When Jesus tells us that the world hates us, we should rejoice because we really do not want the world’s love in the end. His love is far better. The sufferings and the hatred we may endure are only temporary. But not His love, or His Kingdom, or His promises. In view of all that, rejoice that the world does hate us. It means that we are standing for righteousness’ sake and suffering for His name. That is a blessing.
Yesterday, in my sermon, I mentioned this video. This woman is standing for righteousness’ sake. She is standing against killing the unborn especially black children. Watch the response to her. One man, white and liberal, tries to bring up adopting babies, as in, if you are really pro-life, you will adopt babies. Guess what? There are plenty of people wanting to adopt children in the U.S. If we would stop aborting all these children, then there would not be waiting lists for adoption.
The point is that you see the world’s hatred against this woman as she stands for righteousness’ sake. Please watch the video and support the movie if you can. It’s from The Runaway Slave movie.
You can see more about this movie here. It’s put together by C.L. Bryant, a black pastor who is conservative and is trying to show the dangers of socialism, progressivism, etc.
Hattip to Neil for the video.
That is my prayer for Tuesday’s election. I pray that it goes pro-life. I hope the LORD raises up candidates that will stand for the unborn and not just those who have that position, but will actually do something about it. It’s not good enough that a candidate has pro-life views if they do not do something about it. That is why I was so upset with George W. Bush. He had both houses of Congress and did nothing. I forgive him. But having a pro-life stance and doing nothing about it are two different things.
That is my hope for this coming Tuesday. Those who hold to pro-life views would win and those who do not hold those views would lose. I pray for that both on the national and local level. After all, as I’ve said before, does a candidate truly stand for us if he will to allow the slaughter of the most innocent in our society? The candidate that does that is truly a candidate of death and their hands are bloody.
The Bishop E.W. Jackson speaks out against the Democratic Party, saying that it is antithetical to those of us who are Christians. I’ve been saying it for years, how can the party that cherishes killing the unborn have anything to do with the Light of the World? How can the party that recognize two men in an unholy relationship have anything to do with the ONE who said it was an abomination to Him? How can the party the cherishes every level of sinful and rebellious behavior have anything to do with the One who submitted Himself to the death of the cross out of humble obedience?
The Democratic Party and Christianity are incompatible with one another. Christians should leave the party and not vote for those who stand with them.
Here is the Bishop E.W. Jackson saying the same thing from his perspective as a black Christian. I truly am encouraged by his words. Even though he is speaking mainly to black Christians, he reminds us that we need to stand with God, not some political party or candidate. God is the One who will take care of us, not the fallen government. Speaking of which see the second video in which Dr. Barbara Beller points out just how ridiculous it is for us to think that Obamacare will take care anyone at all.
For those of us who are pro-life, we had a roller coaster ride with Susan G. Komen Foundation last week. We cheered as the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulled funding for Planned Parenthood. This is due to the fact that the Planned Parenthood offers no services such as mammograms to women, pretty much just abortion services. This has been pointed out time and time again by the opponents of PP. They are in the business of killing babies, not helping women.
Because of this truth, those on the right have been after the Komen Foundation to pull funding, since it has been shown that having abortions leads to higher risk for breast cancer. If you are going to say that your organization’s purpose is the health of women, then it seems very contradictory to that purpose to support another organization that causes an increase in the disease you are trying to wipe out. In view of that, the Komen Foundation pulled funding from Planned Parenthood, or so we thought.
But alas, the Komen Foundation couldn’t stand up against Big Abortion. The power’s that be, namely liberal, feminist women, cannot have anyone dissenting and pressured the Komen Foundation into returning its funding. Komen caved.
This should not surprise us. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, while seemingly very noble in it’s pursuit, is only seemingly noble. We tend to forget that these organizations are not born out of that which is moral or biblical, therefore they have no grounding in that which is righteous, namely, God’s word. Therefore when the pressure began to build from every left-wing institution against Komen, there was no foundation of truth to keep them from being swayed. Komen exists and thrives on popular opinion. It has never made strides in its quest based upon doing what was right, but doing what was expedient.
In the first part of the week, they were merely giving in to us on the right in pulling the funding in the first place, it wasn’t a stand in true righteousness. So when the left threw its hissy fit, Komen had to give into the intolerant leftl. In other words, the lack of a moral foundation led them to be blown by every wind of doctrine, even though one breeze that blew them this week was grounded in God’s word.
This is true of every organization that is not grounded in God’s word. Doing what right is not the cause of so many organizations, doing what is expedient is. The organization may begin with altruistic motives, but altruistic motives never last when they are not grounded in truth. To the world that fails to see these contradictions, Komen can continue on seemingly looking out for the best interest of women with their right hand, even though the left hand is killing future women and leading to the defeat of the very cause in which it was started.
I like what Mark Steyn had to say about it as well:
Liberals take the same view as the proprietors of the Dar al-Islam: Once they hold this land, they hold it forever. Notwithstanding that those who give to the Foundation are specifically giving to support breast cancer research, Komen could not be permitted to get away with disrespecting Big Abortion. We don’t want to return to the bad old days of the back alley, when a poor vulnerable person who made the mistake of stepping out of line had to be forced into the shadows and have the realities explained to them with a tire iron. Now Big Liberalism’s enforcers do it on the front pages with the panjandrums of tolerance and diversity cheering them all the way. In the wake of Komen’s decision, the Yale School of Public Health told the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff that its invitation to Nancy Brinker to be its commencement speaker was now “under careful review.” Because God forbid anybody doing a master’s program at an Ivy League institution should be exposed to anyone not in full 100 percent compliance with liberal orthodoxy. The American Association of University Women announced it would no longer sponsor teams for Komen’s “Race for the Cure.” Sure, Komen has raised $2 billion for the cure, but better we never cure breast cancer than let a single errant Injun wander off the abortion reservation. Terry O’Neill of the National Organization for Women said Komen “is no longer an organization whose mission is to advance women’s health.” You preach it, sister. I mean, doesn’t the very idea of an organization obsessively focused on breasts sound suspiciously patriarchal?
As Kate Sheppard, the “reproductive rights” correspondent of Mother Jones, tweeted triumphantly, “Overheard in the office: ‘Come at Cecile Richards, you best not miss.'”
Indeed. If you strike at the King, you must kill him. If you merely announce that, following a review of grant-eligibility procedures you’re no longer in a position to make your small voluntary donation to the King, your head will be on a pikestaff outside the palace gates. By Friday morning lockstep liberalism had done its job. All that was missing was James Carville to declare, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through an oncology clinic awareness-raising free mammogram session, you never know what you’ll find.” After 72 hours being fitted for the liberals’ cement overcoat and an honored place as the cornerstone of the Planned Parenthood Monument to Women’s Choice, Komen attempted to chisel free and back into the good graces of the tolerant: As Nancy Brinker’s statement groveled, “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”
Congratulations! Planned Parenthood certainly raised Nancy’s awareness. I wonder what color ribbon that comes with? Black and blue?
In other words, don’t mess with Big Abortion. If you disagree with them, you will pay, especially if you happen to lack any moral standing for righteousness. The Komen Foundation was built with good intentions, but good intentions are not grounded in Scripture. Since they have no moral grounding in Scripture, they are subject to blow with the winds of political correctness as we saw this past week. They will bow at the altar of feminism, holding hands with the left, and sacrifice more children on the altar of sexual freedom, even though doing so leads to defeating them in their overall purpose of providing health care for women.
Just a few things going on that I would like to comment about, but not write an entire post about.
Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church cancels services — this boneheaded idea is that they should cancel Sunday services and spend time doing random acts of kindness. Sounds all gooey and cheesy on the surface, but the most important thing a Christian can do is gather with other Christians and worship God. I think God takes worship quite seriously. After all, in those Ten Commandment thingys, God uses one of those commands in order to set aside a day JUST for worship. Of course, that would be lost on Warren and his “trendy” church. Never let the Bible or God’s word get in the way of a good idea. Maybe we can pray that Warren & Co. will just go ahead and cancel their services… forever. Let the people in his congregation find a true church.
Boycotting Celebs Because of Their Abortion Positions — The writer readily agrees that if we boycotted every star and starlet in the entertainment industry that support abortion, we wouldn’t be able to watch television at all… Hhm? Maybe not a bad idea. But I digress. Kristen Walker does say that we should boycott the worst offenders for their positions. She lists five: Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Amy Poehler, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Walker writes of Johansson:
The gorgeous star of Iron Man 2, Lost in Translation, Ghost World, and a bunch of movies I haven’t seen joined an even more irritating actress (see #1, below) for aPSA warning the world that in the event of Planned Parenthood being defunded, poor women would be denied even the most basic health care and forcibly impregnated with Republican babies, which they would then be forced to raise as Evangelicals. Or something like that.
The rest are worth reading. I’m not much for boycotting, especially since I see so few movies, I’ve only heard of Paltrow, but if you want to join Walker, please do so.
Jim Thornton Challenges Faith Healers — This article gets my blood going because I always want to challenge so-called faith healers that if they are truly faith healers, why not go into a hospital and heal everyone inside for the glory of God? In fact, do so and do not ask for any money. If you really have the gift of healing then you shouldn’t have any problem doing this at all. Thornton has a similar line of thinking. He writes:
I have decided to listen to the faith healers and stop my blood pressure medicine and vitamin pills. There are a few conditions however before I stop, I need to see more consistency in these faith healers. First, I want see them stop eating and just trust God for their bodily nourishment. Second, I need to see them avoid the gas stations and trust the Lord to keep their cars running by faith alone. Lastly, I want them to stop asking for our money and just trust the Lord to fill up their bank accounts. Then when I see the faith healers nourished without food, their cars running without gassing up, and their bank accounts so full that they stop asking for money, I will stop using my medicine.
Thornton is on to something.
Another J.C. Ryle Quote — because I needed to read this one and be reminded.
Your trials may be many and great. Your cross may be very heavy. But the business of your soul is all conducted according to an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure. All things are working together for your good. Your sorrows are only purifying your soul for glory; your bereavements are only fashioning you as a polished stone for the temple above, made without hands. From whatever quarter the storms blow, they only drive you nearer to heaven! Whatever weather you may go through it is only ripening you for the garner of God. Your best things are quite safe.
Al Mohler Jr. has a good piece on how the city councils in New York, Baltimore and San Francisco are trying to shut down Crisis Pregnancy Centers saying that women get counseling there that could lead to something other than an abortion.
First in Baltimore, and then in New YorkCity, municipal governments passed laws intended to shut down or curtail the work of crisis pregnancy centers in their cities. The crisis pregnancy centers have been among the most important platforms for saving unborn human lives and reasserting human dignity. This is especially true in more recent years, as many of these centers have begun using sophisticated ultrasound imaging technologies in order to show pregnant women the unborn babies within them.
These centers are staffed by brave workers and an army of volunteers who are committed to counsel women against killing their unborn babies. The ultrasound images have been massively important in this counseling process. Once the woman sees the unborn life within her, the chances of that baby surviving to live birth are tremendously enhanced.
As one abortion rights activist famously declared, “The fetus beat us.” When the fetus is seen for what is really is, the mother has a much harder time deciding to abort it. Crisis pregnancy centers generally offer a variety of services, ranging from counseling and adoption services to medical care and support for new mothers. All this is too much for the abortion industry, which rightly sees crisis pregnancy centers as their increasingly powerful opposition.
The pro-abort crowd cannot handle the reality that the “fetus” is actually a baby. Fetus is from the Latin word that means “little one” so even those pesky Italians understood that the thing growing inside a woman’s belly was actually a baby and not just “pregnancy mass” as the pro-abort crowd tried calling it back in the 1990s. The last thing they want is a woman having an ultra-sound in a Crisis Pregnancy Center showing the woman that the pregnancy mass is actually a baby. That destroys every last shed of the lie put forth by the pro-abort crowd (notice, I refuse to call them pro-choice because the only choice they ever really offer is that of abortion).
Mohler continues by showing that the attack on the Crisis Pregnancy Center’s is by saying that the center’s operate on propaganda, something the pro-abort crowd never do.
Now, city officials in San Francisco have launched their own effort to shutter crisis pregnancy centers, claiming that staff at the centers impose “anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on suspecting women.”
As if the Planned Parenthood groups were also set forth to tell the truth. Just their cry to be referred to as “pro-choice” shows the hypocrisy in any references to the truth.
Note the reference to anti-abortion arguments as “propaganda,” as if there could only be one side to the issue. Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco city attorney who is running for mayor, called the crisis pregnancy centers “right wing” and “politically motivated.” There was no acknowledgment of the fact that pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood are “left wing” and “politically motivated.” Furthermore, given the millions of dollars of income made by Planned Parenthood and other major components of the abortion industry, the phrase “financially motivated” should be added as well. Where are the calls for honesty from Planned Parenthood?
This is the logic of the Culture of Death laid bare for all to see. Crisis pregnancy centers deserve the support of all who cherish the sanctity of life, the defense of the unborn, and the right of free speech. As defenders of life, crisis pregnancy centers should be committed to nothing less than comprehensive truth-telling. It is the Culture of Death, and not the Culture of Life, that fears the truth.
These groups will do whatever it takes to silence those of us who fight for life and speak the truth. The truth is far too damaging to their cause and their sick view of life. We must continue to speak the truth about abortion no matter how ugly the truth may be. After all, it is killing the next generation. God will certainly not continue to bless us as a nation as long as we are destroying little ones that bear His image.
I haven’t written any new blogs lately, as some may have noticed, because I was out of town preaching in Texas at a friend’s church plant outside of Dallas. We are hoping I receive a call from this church very soon, and moving to Texas in the near future. If you are so inclined, please lift us up in prayer before the Father, that His will be done. It will be truly a delight working with Elliott and the members of the congregation. It is obvious to us that the Holy Spirit is really moving in this new congregation and they are seeking the Lord’s will for the church. It was a delight to be able to preach for them this past Sunday.
It was also a joy hearing more of Elliott’s philosophy of the church. He truly does get it right when it comes to the nature of the body of Christ. As he pointed out to me, so many get it wrong when it comes to worship. We tend to worship, hoping that through worship, we will be united into fellowship. This is backwards. We must first be united by Christ as a family through His redeeming blood. Then we worship. Worship comes out of who we are, and is not something to be used to make us into who we want to be. Redemption comes first, then worship. (I’m probably not giving this justice, but you get the idea).
In view of that, there are a few things I want you to take note of since I have not had time to write lately. Here is my round up to remedy the matter.
Neil has an excellent post on the problem of having multiple sexual partners and the problems that it brings to marriage. So many have been conditioned into thinking that many sexual partners has no long lasting effect in our lives. This could not be further from the truth. Sin always has an effect in our lives, even though we may be forgiven by the Father for that sin. The consequences of that sin last until we are called home to glory, especially sexual sins. God designed sex to be between a man and woman for life. When we have sex with someone, we are not just uniting with them physically, but spiritually as well (1 Corinthians 6:12-20). Therefore the more we have sex with different people, the more it affects our spiritual lives and our ability to be bound to our spouse.
We should teach our children that sex is God’s gift to married couples. Sowing our wild oats, as Neil points out, is not some harmless act of youth, but something that will bear long-lasting consequences in our lives. While the world chases after the lust of the flesh, we need to strive to keep our minds and bodies pure and holy unto the Lord.
Brannon Howse has a good presentation on Dominion Theology. This is the concept that when Adam and Eve were given dominion over the earth, they were done so with the idea that the earth was transferred to them legally. Therefore all things belong to the church. This is not true. The earth belongs to the Lord and we are mere stewards of it. The other aspect of this theology that is dangerous is that many involved in it are trying to unite with other religions for the betterment of society. Richard Land, who is part of the Southern Baptist Church, Rick Warren and the emergent types are all involved in this movement at the expense of the gospel. In other words, let us set aside the gospel, so we can unite with Islam for the betterment of society.
Do you see a problem with this? What do light and darkness have to do with one another? We are not to unite ourselves with the world, nor or we do ignore the gospel for the betterment of the world. This premise that these people are putting forward is absolute absurdity. You cannot improve the conditions of men without the gospel. To leave the gospel out of any improvement program is nothing more than a band aid on a corpse bound for hell. It may make you feel good for the time being, but in the long run, nothing of the eternal nature has been change. We must reject Dominion Theology as heresy and all those who teach it as heretics. They may have the dressings of the church, but they lack the power of the gospel. Watch the video at Brannon’s web page. Link above.
Don Green, with The Grace Life Pulpit, gives an excellent sermon on the things to look for in finding a pastor. This one is dear to my heart since I want to be a pastor true to my calling, and I’m praying for the pastor that Grace Presbyterian here in Jackson, TN eventually calls. Anyone who is looking for a good church or involved with a search committee should listen to Green’s sermon. After searching for a call for so many years, I do get the impression that what many are looking for in a pastor is just not biblical at all. Green gives the following requirements, along with those that are already listed for elders:
- Does the pastor truly love Christ? You would think that this would be obvious, but it is not. He says do not ask the man, but listen to his sermons over the course of many months. If the man truly loves Christ, then that love will come through in His preaching. It will be obvious over time.
- He needs to be a man of the canon. In other words, he needs to be the man of the Bible. Many stand in pulpits today that hold the Bible in their hands and use it to catapult themselves off into their favorite topics, such as social justice, etc., but they never preach and teach the Bible. The Bible must be at the center of this man’s preaching. Otherwise, he needs to be removed from the pulpit. There are six ways to tell if the pastor is a man of the canon:
- When does the man in the pulpit teach you about the holiness and wrath of God? If not, then he is not a man of the word. This is why I have such a problem with Joel Osteen and men like him. He says he is a man of the word, but just teaches some hazy concept of God’s love for us. If we do not understand God’s holiness and wrath, we will never understand God’s love for us.
- When does he teach about eternal judgment and hell? Again, if these concepts are ignore, is the man in the pulpit being faithful to his calling?
- When does he teach and preach about sin and repentance?
- When does he teach and preach about justification by faith alone?
- When does he teach and preach about the substitutionary atonement of Christ?
- When does he teach and preach about our responsibility to follow Christ?
- He needs to be a man of the church. The pastor’s primary responsibility is to feed and minister to the flock of Christ. It is NOT to reach the lost, but minister to those who have been and are redeemed by Christ. It is the responsibility of the church to reach the lost (Ephesians 4:7ff).
- He needs to be a man of character. 1 Timothy 3:5 asks the question that if a man cannot take care of his own household, then how is it that he can take care of the household of God. This is why elders need to be true family men. Their characters truly come out in their children and families. Otherwise, if they are not good stewards of what is given to them up close, how can they truly be good stewards of the people of God?
Go listen to Green’s sermon here. It’s worth the effort.