Can We Be Honest For Once? 

Recently a radio client of mine sent this website link and asked me for a comment. Here is the site, first look at it, and then come back and read the rest of the blog post.

Now who could argue against a group of Christian leaders wanting to help the government keep the poor in their budgets?  Let's face it, if you would say anything against this idealism to protect the poor you would be seen as hypocrite. I have already admitted to my hypocrisy in past blogs, so I have nothing to lose or protect. My observation is that it is easier to bind together around issues that most people would not question. Right? Who would not want to feed the poor, and drive a cause against eliminating poverty?  Come on, that's a no brainer.

The Circle of Protection website makes poverty a moral issue for Christians, and I would agree with that, but what about other moral issues? Here is a great quote from the website: "As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. We look at every budget proposal from the bottom up—how it treats those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45). They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences and common resources. The Christian community has an obligation to help them be heard, to join with others to insist that programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world are protected."  In light of this quote, I have not heard anything on this website about the poverty of the unborn, why aren't they been included?  They are the most vulnerable, they are the "least of these" that Jesus spoke about, and they don't have powerful lobbies. So why can't the unborn be included in being protected? Could it be that the most vulnerable on the poverty chain aren't really people, so why worry about it?  Or do the signers on this website have a different theological view about abortion?  I suppose if you support abortion rights, then you certainly wouldn't include the unborn in your protection circle. Now isn't that convenient!  I will create God in my image, and make Him useful in making a case for what I would support in world.  The Bible is clear about many moral issues, and killing is one of them.  

Now, heres my point. How can we be so moral about one issue in our Christian circle, and at the same time be against other moral issues like protecting the unborn from abortion?   I would think the unborn are the poorest of the poor, they have no assets, and they are abused to the point of death. I would say they are in need of protection....don't you?

After reading the issues posted on the Circle of Protection site, what caught my eye was the signature of a prominent evangelical. I know in the past, he has been a prolific writer and speaker on behalf of evangelicals, and their evangelical issues. It appears that today however, he chooses to associate with a politically correct cause on behalf of placing the evangelical name on the bottom line among those in favor of protecting the poor.  I have often wondered if he would  sign his name to a pro life website in support of the unborn? Good question. I also wonder how many of those listed on the the Circle of Protection website would sign their names to anything that would make a difference for the poorest of poor, the unborn? 

Honesty and truthfulness in liberal Christianity is an oxymoron!  I personally don't think you can protect the poor without protecting the poorest of the poor.  How can any Christian cause be in favor of protecting the poor, and be in support of killing babies?  Go figure. 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K



They Got Him!!!!!

I awoke to the news, "they got him."  Finally, they found the man they had been searching for, killed him, and buried him at sea, all within the last 24 hours.  Do I think justice was served?  Yes, I do, justice was served for the 3000 innocent people who died on September 11, 2001.  One New York newspapers headline read, "Rot in Hell"  and the crowds in Times square chanted USA, USA, USA.  I was happy that Bin Ladin was finally found and killed for his terrorist lifestyle, but I am not sure celebrating his death in such a manner was the best way to present it to the world.  In spite of the fact that Bin Laden deserved to die, God has another thought on the death of the wicked.  

Ezekiel 33:11

 11Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

Perhaps terrorists will never know the love of God and turn from their evil ways, but God still grieves over the death of the wicked.  I can't see Jesus jumping up and down over the death of anyone, even someone as evil as Ben Laden.  So what's my point? Why do we think as Americans we are any better than Bin Laden?  Are you kidding?  We never killed anyone, we never planned out terrorists attacks on innocent people, yet are we any less guilty before God than the sin of Ben Laden?  Today I was reminded of the woman caught in adultery recorded in John 8, and Jesus' response to her accusers.  

“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

I saw Americans throwing stones last night, and it saddened me to think our country could be so self righteous about Bin Laden's death. All of us standing before God deserve death due to our own sinfulness.

Without Christ, and without our names written in the Lamb's book of life, we will receive the same death sentence, no matter if we are the evil terrorist, or the naive church going person who does not know Jesus as Savior. Guilty is guilty, and there is no degree of guilty....without Christ, you are simply guilty.

America is guilty without Christ and His forgiveness.  Our sin as a nation by killing millions of babies through abortion isn't any different than flying planes into the Twin Towers and killing 3000.  Is it any different before God?  Killing is killing isn't it? Go ahead throw some more stones.....if you can.  

Remember, "all have sinned, and have fallen short of the glory of God." and that goes for all sinners, both evil terrorists and hypocritical church going people who don't live what they preach. What is the difference before God?  

The only hope our world has is found in our Savior Jesus Christ who died for our sins, and it doesn't matter if our sins are big or small, or many or few, He died for all of them.    

Luke 15:10

 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Let's be people who rejoice over the kinds of things that heaven rejoices over, and not be people who rejoice over the death of anyone.  

Just keeping it honest and truthful, even when it may not be popular.  



The Main Point Is?

In many Christian circles today, we find lots of chatter about the conditions in our world. This of course has been normal for almost all generations, even the early disciples believed their world was ripe for Jesus to return.  However our world does present more of the signs the Bible describes would take place before His return. We know about the obvious ones found in nature, we read or see all the disasters that are happenng everyday around the world.  But I think there is another sign, one that is not too obvious found in 2 Thes. 2:

 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?  6And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.  7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

There is a lot to read in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 on this theme, but the verse, "Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way," captured my attention following the death of David Wilkerson.  Now, David was not the Holy Spirit, but his voice and ministry was a voice of one crying in the wilderness, "repent, live rightly before God and men, because the day of the Lord is coming."  That voice is the voice we rarely hear today, and it's troubling to me.  As I said in a previous blog post, 'are the people of God spending time with God to hear His voice and then speak it, or are we spending more time in promoting our latest trend of good works? I realize that both are need in our world, but it's too lopsided. There is too much "I am being lead of the Lord today" and not enough "Thus saith the Lord."  The reason we don't use the latter language is because we don't know the "thus saith the Lord" anymore.  There are few who speak from the authority of the Word of God, they simply dapple in it. They take from it enough information to support their current cause, either to bring conviction about a pet doctrine, or if they want to raise money for a just cause.  

Where are the "thus saith the Lord" people?  Who has the Spirit of God upon them to say such a thing?

Busy schedules, demanding work loads, over extended needs in the family, and on and on it goes. More of this life takes over and holds us captive. What I see is a weakening of the voice of the Lord among us, and I believe this is the beginning of the end.  When the famine in the land is one where  the Word of God can not be found, and where the voice of God can not heard, then I think the end is within sight.  And I believe the Bible says it just that way, so I am willing to stand my ground and say, "thus saith the Lord!" 

In honor of the late David Wilkerson, I would like to link you to his message he delivered in 1973. It is a reminder that a prophet was among us to warn us to get ourselves ready for day of the Lord is coming!

Until next week, keep it honest and truthful...K


We Lost A Prophet On a US Highway

The news was devastating to me. Here is the story.

Times Square Church founder dies in Texas crash

DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Rev. David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York City and author of the best-selling book, "The Cross and the Switchblade," has died. He was 79.

Wilkerson died Wednesday afternoon in a car accident in East Texas, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said. Wilkerson's car smashed head-on into a tractor-trailer rig after veering into oncoming traffic on U.S. 175 west of Cuney, about 95 miles southeast of Dallas, Mange said.

Wilkerson founded the non-denominational Protestant Times Square Church in 1987 in an area of Manhattan that was then riddled with X-rated movie houses, strip clubs, prostitution and drugs. He also founded Teen Challenge, which uses a biblically based recovery program for drug addicts.

In "The Cross and the Switchblade" Wilkerson wrote about his early years in New York City administering to drug addicts and gang members. The 1963 book became a best-seller and was made into a movie starring Pat Boone.

Wilkerson was not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the crash, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. His wife, Gwendolyn, was also in the car and was wearing a seat-belt, Mange said. She was taken to a hospital, where she was in stable condition with cuts and bruises, Mange said.

David Wilkerson was one of those preachers who told it honestly and truthfully.  He didn't bend to the whims of money, power, or fame.  When you heard the message he would deliver, you knew that David had spent time with God and was prepared to say what needed to be said.  If you have been a reader of this blog, you know I have used many of David Wilkerson's sermon clips to illustrate the point of the theme of the day. You also know that I am not a fan of most pulpits today, because I believe preachers have sold out.  At one time people who wanted to be preachers had a calling on their lives to be prophets. Today the requirement is to be a statesman, a politically correct person who markets a product.  I still think the number one criteria for being a preacher is the calling of speaking as a prophet and a true prophet of God speaks for God, not about Him. David Wilkerson for me was that kind of prophet.  He didn't tell us what we all have heard a thousand times before about God, He spoke to us about the things that were on God's heart, much of which was about repentance. 

Prophets of old always brought a message of repentance. The people have strayed away, and they need to be brought back, how true that is for today's Church? I will miss the ministry of David Wilkerson, and I pray with his passing we won't forget his message.  David Wilkerson always kept it honest and truthful...K



The Big Wedding is Coming!!!

I didn't get invited to the big wedding on Friday, and I'm English, for crying out loud.  My wife, who is normally all over weddings and such, doesn't have the slightest interest. (that one still puzzles me) I am happy for Kate and Prince William and of course we wish them the best.  Historically it isn't easy belonging to the royal court.  King Henry the VIII had six wives, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard, and Katherine Parr. Most of these wives were executed, just one of them survived death by the hand of the King. It was also reported that King Henry also had several mistresses during his marriages. in more modern times, Prince Williams mother Diana divorced his father Prince Charles, so it's not easy even staying married as a royal. 

But the big wedding got me thinking about weddings in general and I found this wedding story in Matthew 22: 

‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’  10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.  12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.  13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

You're probably like me, and you didn't get an invitation to Kate and Williams wedding.  But you are invited to even a bigger wedding sometime in the near future, many people will be invited, but few will choose to attend. Attendance will require a certain garment of belonging, and without it you won't stay long at this event. When I read this story, it seems unfair that someone who got inside this wedding wasn't given an opportunity to stay and enjoy the festivities. However the garment this parable speaks about is one that is given to those who have married their lives to the story of faith and were faithful to the groom of faith, Jesus Christ. You see, this wedding is where Jesus will forever be wed to His Bride the Church, and being unfaithful to Him in this earthly life doesn't get you in. 

I was thinking of that poor man without a garment and his embarrassment.  Where did he ever come from and why did he think he was invited?  Perhaps he came from a church whose website I recently read that described itself this way:

We care more about the love of God than judging one another.  That’s why we have members who are young, old and in-between, gay and straight and people of all political persuasions.  

An Open and Affirming church, (church name) welcomes all who seek a spiritual home, based on Christ's message of unconditional love.  We celebrate all loving and committed relationships and encourage questions and faith exploration. 

We don’t want you to conform into someone else’s image of who you should be.  Instead, we celebrate the person God has created you to be.  If you’re looking for a church home where you’ll be accepted just as you are, then Lynnhurst might just be the place for you!

I bet that if I went to this church, they would not affirm me, nor accept me for who I am, or for what I believe. My worldview would not be honored, and somehow, I would find myself on the outside of this church looking much for caring more about the love of God than judging people.  (makes me gag)

The white garment of faith comes with a price in this world, but it pays off in the world to come. Keep your eyes on the wedding feast for eternity, and don't compromise your faith for the foolish thinking of this world.

Keeping it honest and always....K

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