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May312018

Jets and Jesus Part Two

I wanted to update yesterday's blog posting with what it costs to own and operate the jet that Jesse Duplantis is purchasing for 54 million dollars. Thanks to my friend Steve Krumlauf who sent this to me. There is no cost savings to owning your own plane as Jesse claims. I think you will be surprised at this report. 

https://www.sherpareport.com/aircraft/costs-falcon-7x.html

Keeping it honest and truthful. 

K

Wednesday
May302018

Jets and Jesus

The last days we know by the accounts in scripture will be bizarre and difficult days. We often acquaint the last days to how the world will be behaving much of it in deception and delusion, but what about the Church? There are some who believe we need private jets in order to preach the gospel, and it has caught the attention of the national news media. This was on CBS This Morning: 

Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist based in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, is asking his followers to donate money for a new $54 million private jet, "so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop.”

 

Later in the newscast they showed other prosperity gospel preachers talking about their own private jets for world travel.  CBN had a news article about this new endeavor by Duplantis and explained some of his rationale:

Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.

 

"You know I've owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord," he says in the video. 

Now the preacher is targeting the necessary funds for a Dassault Falcon 7X, with a $54 million price tag.

Duplantis explains his reasoning for wanting to purchase the new jet.

He says he could fly cheaper because he has his own fuel farm and he can avoid refueling stops. By flying in the new plane, Duplantis says it will save money and not pay for "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world."  

"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," Duplantis says in the video, "He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world."

Ministry is done in a variety of ways and at a variety of costs, yet like taxpayers, giving to the Lord’s work also has accountability. When I think of all the missionaries who work with little support and who make huge differences around the world, and then we have Jesse Duplantis who wants a $54 million jet. I have a word for Jesse, “you are not that important Jesse, no matter what your theology tells you, and you certainty haven’t earned the $54 million you want for your jet.”

 Jesse, I have another word for you. How about raising that $54 million and then give it away to missionaries and ministry leaders around the world who could use that money to reach people for Christ. 

When CBS did their morning expose’ on Jesse’s scheme to get a new jet, he seemed small and embarrassed to have his greed exposed. He was quoted as saying that Jesus rode on a donkey and if He were ministering today He would be riding on a jet. Jesse, your thinking is so contrary to the gospel and the nature of Christ. If Jesus rode on a jet, he would use public transportation and it would be coach and not first class. Jesse you show me where Jesus modeled the kind of ministry you represent. You tickle the ears of your listeners with slick sermons and funny stories, but in the end you are no different than an entertainer playing to religious audiences.

People who follow men like Jesse Duplantis, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar are deceived into thinking this style of Christianity is legitimate faith. Jesus didn’t own two or three mansion and travel in $54 million jets. What kind of gospel do these guys preach? They weren’t modeling their ministry philosophy after Jesus. 

But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." Luke 9:58

Those who follow these men have to believe in a gospel that does not exist. It is a different gospel like Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:4

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

This is a different gospel, and people readily accept it. They accept it because they do not know the heart of the gospel, the spirit in which the gospel is based. The gospel isn’t based upon prosperity; it is based upon sacrifice, the kind of sacrifice that is represented by the cross. How much of the cross was purposed for a $54 million jet? How much of the cross was budgeted for a gospel without sacrifice and without denial?  

Jesse Duplantis and his ministry cronies are preaching a different gospel and I for one believe they have a fake message that is being used to make fortunes for themselves and their families. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Monday
May282018

His Presence Brings Perspective

Isaiah understood that he was a sinner; he was self-aware of his limitations and shortcomings. 

 Isaiah 6:5  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Perhaps that is what we are missing today in our lives - our eyes and our ears are seeing and hearing what is being said around us, but we are not seeing and hearing God. Isaiah heard God speaking: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah 6:8

This calling is no different than Jesus telling his disciples that they were also to go into all the world. 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”    -Matthew 28:19-20

This commission to Isaiah and the commission to the Church all started because those commissioned were in the presence of God. What have youbeen commissioned to do? Obviously the commission Jesus gave to the Church in Matthew 28 applies to all of his followers. Yet, within that framework, what has God called you to do? I was talking with a friend of mine over the weekend and he was sensing that his life was behind him and there was little ahead of him. That happens to many people in their 60’s who feel somewhat ineffective in their lives. However, age isn’t as important to God as it might be to us. My friend is a great teacher and has been teaching profound Bible studies for years in addition to leading trips to Israel. I have been encouraging him to take all his experiences in the Word and with God, into a forum that reaches people around the world via the Internet.  I believe the Internet can be used for the good of the gospel, and part of my calling is to help many anointed men and women of God to podcast the gospel while we have time to do so before it may no longer be available for truth tellers. 

God has commissioned all of us to do something with the revelation of Jesus Christ. Most of you I am speaking to have come to faith in Jesus, now the next step is to refine your understanding and put it to work to reach others. However, finding that calling in your life doesn’t come from people just encouraging you like I am doing today. You need to do as Isaiah and the disciples did - you need to be in His presence. You eyes and your ears need to be open to hearing and seeing God. The scriptures need to open your ears and your eyes to what God has revealed to us, and then you need to act upon it. 

Your perspective is only relevant as it encompasses His perspective. 

Take time to pursue God and be determined to hear and see Him in your calling. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May232018

When Your Views Are Assaulted Personally 

The headline read, “Tomi Lahren’s Minneapolis Brunch spoiled by a thrown drink, heckling.”  If you don’t know who she is, Tomi is a conservative political commentator on Fox News and former television host. Her views on conservative issues have either made her popular or hated, depending on your point of view. However, nothing this woman has done merited the treatment she received recently while at a bunch in Minneapolis with her mother. She was called every filthy name in the book, and a drink was thrown at her as she left the restaurant. The folks doing the swearing and drink tossing were people who in some way either worked for the DNC or were associated with a more left leaning point of view. This kind of response should never be tolerated because it gives license for others to do the same. Political views are just that - they are opinions, and we should never take an opinion and make it a reason to attack a person who holds differing views. However, there is a deeper problem with this kind of behavior. It says to me that we are in the early stages of anarchy where my point of view is the only one that’s right, and if others don’t agree, then you’re wrong and it is time to get rid of you. Your opposition to the dominant ideas of the day will be a reason to remove you so you don’t cause any dissention among the Rank and File. I have felt for some time that the American value of freedom of speech is slowly going away. There is only tolerance for a perspective that is leaning progressively left which dictates that conservative ideas are intrinsically racist and perverted, therefore bad for everyone. 

The media first captured this attitude of violence during the campaign of Donald Trump in 2016. Protestors assaulted many of his supporters at his rallies. It was quite common for violence to break out, and then the media said that it was Trump’s ideasthat incited the violent reaction. Regardless of the ideas or who was to blame, the American Constitution guarantees our right to Freedom of Speech. I believe that the most egregious people who violate the freedom to speak are those who call themselves progressives. 

Here again to refresh your memory is what we are guaranteed by the First Amendment: 

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.  

Tomi Lahren was assaulted simply for her ideas and her right to express them. People who disagreed with her and felt she didn’t have the right to be at a public brunch were bullying her. This should disturb both sides of the aisle because the one thing we cherish as Americans is the right to express our ideas without the fear of retaliation. 

I can’t imagine anyone who is a progressive leftist would ever have let this go, had it happened to him or her. There would be a lawsuit along with a demand that the person be charged with assault. 

This kind of behavior is becoming more pervasive and will affect those in the Church who have strong opinions on the behavior of a society who rejects the progressive ideas of a liberal mindset. We have already seen conservative posts censored on Facebook and YouTube, and soon these major outlets of communication will ban conservative ideas altogether. 

Censorship is coming and it is the first stage of how a society is brainwashed into accepting the ideas of a few whose aim is to control the many. The world is being prepared to accept the biggest scam by any leader in history, and most are totally clueless as to what is happening. Revelation Chapter 13 explains this leader who will overpower the world with his ideas and his successes, and he will eventually control the planet. He won’t have too much of a problem convincing people that he has the answer to our dilemmas, because we have demonstrated that we can be easily fooled and programmed to accept deception. 

All Christ honoring people should be alarmed, because freedom to speak the truth about the Gospel of Jesus Christ will become a censored and targeted crime. Remember people without Christ do not grow better they grow worse and those who stand for truth will not go unscathed by the evil that hates its message.

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”  -2 Timothy 3:12-13

 Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Monday
May212018

One Penetrating Question

I was asked recently about Israel and why are so many people fixated on this little country in the Middle East?  They went on to say “Isn’t it all about Jesus, so why are we shifting our emphasis from Jesus to Israel?  

Now that was a good and sincere question, and the answer to it comes in a couple of ways. 

Revelation 12:17 “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Zech 14:2-3 “  I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight  against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.  Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.”

This tiny little country was chosen by God to represent Him on earth. The Bible records all interaction God had with Israel from the giving of the law, to the messages of the prophets. This interaction ultimately brought Jesus to earth to bring salvation to all of mankind. 

This story of salvation didn’t end at the cross, it continues into the future until He returns to reign on earth from Jerusalem. His goal is to bring both Jew and Gentile together in Himself, creating a new designation from the two. 

“He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.” Ephesians 2:15

Gentiles grafted into the olive tree and together with the Jews become one people in Jesus. The Church/Gentiles need to be reminded that we were grafted into their system, and we together become the one new man. God does not discount Israel as forgotten nor does He consider Gentiles second-class citizens in His Kingdom, we all become new people in Him. 

Romans 11:18-21  "do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

Israel is a stumbling block with most Christians, and it is a shame. It is a shame because the leadership in the Church has failed to see that Jesus (being a Jew) came to fulfill God’s promises to Israel, which was to institute the New Covenant. Again, this new covenant was not directly given to Gentiles - it was given to the Jews. The prophet Jeremiah explains this new covenant: 

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,“when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israeland with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenantI made with their ancestorswhen I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt,because they broke my covenant,though I was a husband to them, ” declares the Lord.

33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israelafter that time,” declares the Lord.“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.I will be their God,and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’because they will all know me,from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.“For I will forgive their wickednessand will remember their sins no more.”  

                                                                                                                              -Jeremiah 33:31

You can see that the New Covenant was given to Israel to fulfill the promises of a coming Messiah. The plan for the Gentiles was always to graft them into the Olive Branch.  

So that penetrating question cannot just be answered with a simple, “it is just all about Jesus” response. His story is about God’s covenants with His people the Jews, and how they were chosen to bring us the knowledge of God through the scriptures and through their Messiah. Jesus came to be the Savior of the world, but His story of being a Jew plays a role in how God redeems the world. Our Christian faith is in Jesus Christ, a Jew whose story is about the Jewish people, and the plan that God had for the whole world.  We cannot leave any of these pieces out if we want to understand the complete story of God’s redemption for this world. The Jews had a huge part to play in God’s redemption of all human beings. 

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

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