You all Can Go to Hell


While the above statement may be true, this is NO way to induce someone to become a Christian.  However, over the past 100 years or so, this probably was one of the most popular catch-phrases in Christianity.

Just as another blogger wrote today, I’m not going to debate about the specifics of Hell, however, remember our GREAT COMMISSION.

The world as a whole is imbued in Sin and thus, separated from our Heavenly Father.  The answer to this separation is Jesus, the Son of the Living God, our Christ who died for our sins.

I agree it is love that motivates us to tell others their fate for rejecting the Salvation plan of Jesus. In other words, we have rewards and then again, we have consequences for our ACTIONS.  In this case it’s a matter of what we profess with our tongue.

I guess sending everyone to Hell is cool enough, but my message, while not ignoring the punishment: is that Jesus is most represented by LOVE.

I read that the dead in Christ possess eternal life and that the others perish.  I suppose in the good judgment of God some really need to perish.  I mean I’ve read about some really bad dudes who are simply unfit to live or to ever live again. I think you’d all agree with me that Satan fits into this category but then again he has tons of legions that follow him.

As far as I’m concerned those bad guys can go to hell and I’m not going to feel bad about it.  Yet, for those who are lost…for those who are lonely and in despair and who are low and in despair, I offer Jesus as the way and the truth and the life.

Yes, I know we are to love, but I seriously doubt that God loves Satan or his followers or their evil deeds.  Even love has limits when it comes to God.  We don’t teach that, but the bible does.

So then, since we have this dichotomy of life:  eternal life or eternal death, our job is to reach as many as possible.  Even then, conviction rests with the Holy Spirit, but nonetheless we are not to question the entire process, but only to trust that God is in control.  And for that, we are taught that upon death Hell will be the final destination for those who have rejected our Lord, The Christ.  Hopefully, many will be saved rather than consumed in the Lack of Fire with Hell.

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A cultural Cesspool we call fun


When it comes to the basics, oftentimes we exempt popular culture for it is so evasive we hardly pay conscious attention to it even though it affects us immensely.  Consequently, we give it a moral pass based on the fact it is so frequent and common its shock value has no effect.

Here in Jacksonvillve, Fl in the early 1900s, the Jacksonville Ministerial Alliance pushed hard successfully to drive out the motion picture industry that subsequently moved to Hollywood.

Later, another fight emerged in the same city with Elvis Presley and once again the church over hip gyrations and such.  Naturally, the world played down the ‘sexual’ effects over celebrities and painted the church as being behind times and bigoted.

Next, we had the Beatles with their ‘free love’ message, Dirty Dancing, Footloose and others: once again the movies demonstrated the church as intolerant and hysterical bigots against progressive culture.

Today, we embrace constant booty calls, listen to Afro-Americans constantly call each other ‘niggars’ and women by lesser quality names among other sidewalk slang—all in the name of cultural advancement.

As any idiot knows, a booty call is part of the cesspool.  A booty call refers to someone’s sister or daughter and twerking to include grinding is not a positive gesture that edifies anyone or any civilization.

With the accumulation of drugs, suicide, violence, divorce, STDs, abortion—isn’t this an activity the church should call out for immorality?

If there is any good in this cultural, I am unable to discover it.  If anything about its quality is for examination, I deem it as a cesspool.  In the last analysis, I simply fail to really refer to it at all as a culture.  It is really nothing more than a septic tank of vomit and disease.  Our cultural cesspool of desire.

Speaking into Existence (Name it, Claim it Crap)


Popular for at least the past 10 years, are those who are into making common people into little gods.  Rather than elevating Christ, these charlatans elevate people and of course, all for a price.

A major portion of this scheme involves sending ‘seed money’ otherwise called ‘seed faith’ to them in order to get a 10 times return up to 100 times return or more.

As with any other con scam, these ‘preachers’ base their doctrine loosely on the scriptures that are badly distorted for their purposes.

Now then having said what I have, this does not mean I don’t believe in miracles of which I do.  I simply don’t believe they come about as such the way these preachers preach.

For one:  I don’t believe God is an attorney:  meaning that our covenant relationship is not exactly a legal contract as such:  it is a spiritual contract where God determines every dot or iota. God is not to be used to gain something, when we are to approach our Lord with Love and humility.

We have all had children in the past where the child would say:  “but, you promised.”  These are along the lines of a promised ice cream cone or such, but that is for kids who at that time in their lives are extremely rule oriented.

Yes, God promises all kinds of things and for Christians these promises are issued by our friend and Lord, Jesus.

And for any mature Christian—should know that we trust Jesus to give good gifts, not for us to demand then based on some type of contract law.

Moreover, whereas they bastardize the concept of us being called ‘Sons of God’, we are not a god.  We are the children of the almighty.  My words in a nutshell simply don’t mean Jack except as I approach the throne on my knees with a contrite heart before the Lord.

For those who say they can speak stuff into existence, let them start with the hospitals, and those with cancer and aids and poverty and pestilences and those who are downtrodden and those suffering.  But of course, they won’t.  They won’t do this as they can’t do anything.  They can’t speak anything except for just cause of judgment which Lord knows, I hope does not fall down too harshly on them by virtue of the conviction of their own words.

Calling Them Out


Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick, and threw it in there, and made the iron float. He said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. —2 Kings 6:1-7 (NRSV)

This miraculous Act performed by Elisha the Prophet highlights mighty men of God who were filled with faith and called out by God as a spokesman.  Many similar deeds were performed not only by Elisha but by all the other prophets as well.

It follows that our modern day ‘prophet’ (preacher) who claims such intimate knowledge and relationship with God can produce or at least duplicate efforts by former prophets.

Remember now, these are the same guys who tell you not to go outside the Bible and to always use the Bible as a standard in review of its authenticity of God.

This is not only the difficult feat of a person walking on water, but an axe-head constructed of iron that floated on water.  Not exactly normal in reference to human terms, yet Elisha did it.

Before someone attacks me for coming down on preachers, I’m not discounting the many preachers who do in fact sponsor the great commission and actually preach the gospel.  What I’m coming out against are those preachers who claim special privilege and otherwise an inside connection to God.  These guys and woman are easily known as they command large audiences and also seen frequently on television.

What I’m saying is: to call them out.  At least one aspect of the Christian ministry is to be honest.  We should address the issues of the gospel with transparency and integrity.

To put this in easy terms.  I know most of you are as I am:

I cannot predict the future

I cannot heal

I cannot raise the dead nor walk on water

I certainly cannot make an axe-head float or any other such miracle.

I cannot make you rich.

I cannot make your pain go away or produce a new home or car or wife or assure you that you son or daughter will turn out alright or that things will even go well in the very next moment.

All I am capable of is expressing (from scriptures) that Christ is always with you and will be with you until the end of time and that we are to turn to HIM for attention to all our needs as he petitions on our behalf to the Father.

These things I can attest to.  I can relay to you our promise of eternal life as guaranteed by the death of the Son of the living God, Jesus the Christ as he walked on the earth, was killed and was raised again on the third day.  I can also attest to the truth that Jesus now reigns on the right hand of God on his throne.

And pretty much aside from that and we are forgiven of our sins due to grace, I really have no real authority to speak outside of that.

And that is the truth.  It is the truth for you and for these other guys too. And it is for that reason why they should be constantly called out for our one and only true mission on this earth is to preach the gospel and spread the message of Salvation through our Lord, Jesus.  Amen

Calling Them Out


Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick, and threw it in there, and made the iron float. He said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. —2 Kings 6:1-7 (NRSV)

This miraculous Act performed by Elisha the Prophet highlights mighty men of God who were filled with faith and called out by God as a spokesman.  Many similar deeds were performed not only by Elisha but by all the other prophets as well.

It follows that our modern day ‘prophet’ (preacher) who claims such intimate knowledge and relationship with God can produce or at least duplicate efforts by former prophets.

Remember now, these are the same guys who tell you not to go outside the Bible and to always use the Bible as a standard in review of its authenticity of God.

This is not only the difficult feat of a person walking on water, but an axe-head constructed of iron that floated on water.  Not exactly normal in reference to human terms, yet Elisha did it.

Before someone attacks me for coming down on preachers, I’m not discounting the many preachers who do in fact sponsor the great commission and actually preach the gospel.  What I’m coming out against are those preachers who claim special privilege and otherwise an inside connection to God.  These guys and woman are easily known as they command large audiences and also seen frequently on television.

What I’m saying is: to call them out.  At least one aspect of the Christian ministry is to be honest.  We should address the issues of the gospel with transparency and integrity.

To put this in easy terms.  I know most of you are as I am:

I cannot predict the future

I cannot heal

I cannot raise the dead nor walk on water

I certainly cannot make an axe-head float or any other such miracle.

I cannot make you rich.

I cannot make your pain go away or produce a new home or car or wife or assure you that you son or daughter will turn out alright or that things will even go well in the very next moment.

All I am capable of is expressing (from scriptures) that Christ is always with you and will be with you until the end of time and that we are to turn to HIM for attention to all our needs as he petitions on our behalf to the Father.

These things I can attest to.  I can relay to you our promise of eternal life as guaranteed by the death of the Son of the living God, Jesus the Christ as he walked on the earth, was killed and was raised again on the third day.  I can also attest to the truth that Jesus now reigns on the right hand of God on his throne.

And pretty much aside from that and we are forgiven of our sins due to grace, I really have no real authority to speak outside of that.

And that is the truth.  It is the truth for you and for these other guys too. And it is for that reason why they should be constantly called out for our one and only true mission on this earth is to preach the gospel and spread the message of Salvation through our Lord, Jesus.  Amen

A Matter of Leadership: Not words


Beginning with Abraham, we see this great patriarch leading by example.  To our knowledge he never led a congregation in Worship as such or sermonized. We see the identical with Moses, Joshua, Daniel, et al.  With most of the prophets, we see whereas they describe a scene foretell the future and then participate in calling upon God to complete what HE said He would do.

It’s a little different with Jesus. He preached and performed and with no more words recorded than what we have:  he did more performance than preaching.  Even then, he didn’t preach per se but provided ‘teaching sermons’.  One could argue they are the same and I won’t argue that.

I will argue the modern day preacher.  We see and hear the preaching part.  Okay, I get that.  Now then, for the example:  Where is the leading by example?

And here I’m not speaking about more or less leading a moral life, I’m speaking of Leaders who act upon and initiate action based on the word of God.

If the church wants to become viable.  If the church wants to be a pillar, an example in the community and a voice in a lost world, then the leader should come and should come in full force.

Leading by word just isn’t going to cut it.  We should follow the examples of our biblical forefathers and with all of that it is a call to action based upon conviction of God’s word.

And this is the thick of it:  that which separates truth from fiction:  fact and reality to that of a farce, in what we do.

In becoming known by our love, that love must be an active force in order to be seen, to be understood and finally, to be followed.

We must be a church of action, and not just of words.  In truth:  we must provide the pivot, the leadership role for others, and not just in words.

 

 

You’re not under the tithe


An excellent Article on tithing

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10.13

Good mornin my friend.

There are some excellent shepards who feed the flock and I thank God for them. And then there are those who misuse their position to the detriment of the flock…hirelings, and that’s the ones that we’ve gotta watch out for.

I believe that a minister can make a living from his work as a minister of the gospel (as I understand 1 Corinthians chapter 9). But… anyone who receives income from ministry should never become wealthy, nor or they ever permitted to misrepresent God’s word to enhance people’s giving. Moreover, a preacher doesn’t have to receive wages only from ministry, working a regular job is also an option for their income. Even the apostle Paul (who wrote most of the new testament and was an eye-witness to resurrected-Jesus) we’re also told in 1 Corinthians chapter 9 didn’t take pay from that church so that his sharing…

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My trip back to charismaticism and yesteryear, (yesterday).


"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10.13

Good mornin. I’m only sharing this for the benefit of someone who may have had a similar experience. It’s just a way of letting you know thatyou ain’t weird, becauseothers have experienced this too.

Yesterday, Sunday, December 3 2017, I attended a church that I haven’t been to in over 30 years, (since the mid 1980s). It is/was a non denominational charismatic church; it’s the place where I was once so zealously engrossed in back in my early 20s. It’s wasn’t pentecostal in a strict dress-code, but it was heavy in the showy supernatural, with a verbally persuasive pastor. And the same pastor is still preachin there, using much of the same wordage that he did back when I used to be a fixture there.

But when I visited this church this time, my perspective was very different than before. And as I sat there, (this time as…

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You Have Got To Pay


Let me begin this by saying that God does NOT need your money.  God already owns EVERYTHING and can make anything and has already made everything.

People need money, not God.

Where is it in the scripture that we read that Jesus took up a collection in order to preach or to heal?

Where has God charged in order to reproduce the scripture that HE caused to occur out of remembrance?

Let me also ask you this:  When Jesus feed the thousands, was the fish raw or was it cooked?  Of course, we know the bread was cooked, but I am sure the fish was as well.  How did he do that if God were inadequate?

Let’s get real.  Many people seek to profit off the ministry of God and not really serve His kingdom at all.

Yes, I know it requires money to run a church.  What I’m getting at is the primary aim of some people where it is clear that the profits are more important than the service of God.

Okay, look at it the way I do.

God, through His Son Jesus, gives His love, His grace freely and then we are going to seek Him through some man or woman after paying tithes, offerings then monies for books, brochures, and other literature.

 

Yes, we need an informed congregant, but it is not knowledge keeping us from performing our mission.  It is obedience to the commands of Christ.

We have intellectualized the process of God to the point where we have removed the EXPERIENCE of God from our midst.

We now pay others to surrogate our own responsibilities to our Lord.

Yes, we have to Pay.  We have to pay, but we do not pay with money.

In fact, in ancient tithing, money was illegal, however today we are to pay with our love, our time, our talents and our sacrifice to our brothers and sisters–all for the kingdom of God in declaring His message of the Gospel.

Yes, you have to pay.  You have to pay because Jesus already paid the debt and now we are to demonstrate our gratitude to Him for his payment for us.

While we are saved by grace, the cost of Living is the giving up of our lives.  And nothing can be greater, than to give up our life for the sake of others.  Yes, you have Got to Pay.

You Are Good Enough


Depression affects millions of Americans and should be referred to as a debilitating disease. At least one major feature of depression is the marked somatic effect of lack of self worth.

Let’s face it, friends.  When we compare ourselves to the rest of the world, our accomplishments may pale or really suck compared to others.

We are NOT famous.

We are NOT rich.

We are not a Rock or Sports Star.

Nor a talented speaker or artist.

We don’t have a fancy home or car or clothes or title

We don’t even show up on Who’s Who.

We are NOBODY.

And in terms of human worth, we have absolutely no value at all.

We are NOT strong, or cute or pretty or witty or smart or comely or … WE simply don’t have JACK.

That is the truth:  in worldly terms we are NOTHING!

And by far that is the greatest number of the people in the world.  Nobodies.

To top all of this off, you may be divorced, heavily in debt, a failure in school, and a crappy employee.

You may own no property and be sickly and feeble and frail and weak to the point of death.  You may be ALL of these things.

And that is when the world, our friends and neighbors and sometimes even family fail to know us.  We become castaways and vagabonds of society; we become isolated and withdrawn and without hope and without friends or goals or a future.  We simply come to the point where we exist.

And when no one else on earth is there;  when our own mother and father reject us:  when our brothers and sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles and Grandparents turn their heads from us:

There is Jesus standing there.  Where as low as you are and can be:  Jesus says:  We are good enough.

For the value of man begins with Jesus and ends with Jesus.  Where all else is a passing moment, Jesus is there for us in eternity.

When depression beats the cadence of misery, torment and anxiety, Jesus is there to comfort us by his gift, The Holy Spirit.

Finally, with Jesus looking into our eyes, that great harbor of truth hidden within our brain whisper out those golden words in a moment of blinding illumination:  Yes, we can say to ourself.  We are good enough after all.