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Sunday
Nov122017

The Hypocrites are in Charge

John 8:7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"

The allegations that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old when he was in his thirties came to light only 4-1/2 weeks before the election. Really? Now politicians and journalists must think the American public is stupid, and if they believe this hogwash then they are stupid. We know the American public has some serious issues with being informed because they only way they get their knowledge is the Internet. I remember news reports telling people how dangerous Israel was just before my first visit there in 2007.  When I got to Israel I found the exact opposite, in fact, I discovered I was safer there than in my hometown of Minneapolis.

This isn’t about justice; it is about dirty politics to ruin a man’s chance to further his ambitions or career. This is a liberal vs. conse
rvative issue and nothing more. However what we also have is the violation of the 9th commandment:

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”

So we have two violations against God’s Word in this story.

No one is without sin, so why are we trying to accuse someone of something no one can prove that allegedly happened over forty years ago. Why wasn’t this an issue when the Judge was being appointed to the position of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court? He is controversial because he is a Christian and takes a stand for Biblical values, and because of it he is considered unacceptable as a representative for Government.

Secondly when we lie and make up false accusations to cast doubt upon a person, that is a direct violation of God’s commandment on how to treat other people. When a political opponent uses the tactic of lying in order to move their agenda forward, they are not worthy of even being in the game. In fact, these false accusations should be punishable by law and they should be prosecuted.

The laws in most states have provisions for slander or defamation of character.

There are the two main types of defamation cases: libel and slander. Both involve harmful, false statements that cause damage to someone’s reputation, but libel requires that the statement be in writing or somehow “published.” With slander, all that is required is that the defamatory statement be spoken to a third party (someone other than you).

These allegations need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law as an example so others are fully aware of the consequences before being used by a political entity to smear a candidate that is running for office.

Going back to the hypocrite status of trying to dig up dirt on people who have been faithfully serving the public for more than forty years, I would like to see this standard placed on every member of Congress. There are many people serving in high positions in our government that have some kind of allegation against their character. The Washington “swamp” is no different than what is happening in the Hollywood “swamp” of sexual indiscretions. Let’s find out how many Congress people have had an affair, or any sexual indiscretion during the course of their political career. Let’s be honest - any indiscretion is lying and cheating, and people don’t want things to be known because it shows how deviant their own character really is. So don’t go sanctimonious on us Washington by excoriating a man like Judge Moore because of allegations. Washington has had its own evil character issues for decades, yet America looks the other way. We have had immoral, deviant Presidents on both sides of the aisle, yet history forgets it’s fallen leaders.

The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, so no one is exempt from sinful behavior. In fact, sinful behavior from Washington is what gave us Roe vs. Wade, a law that gives license to kill the unborn. America will be judged for violating the 6th commandment, thou shall not murder. That judgment is underway in America…but that is another blog. Legislators who do not have a conscience directed by God will give us laws and government policies that violate God’s principles. So yes, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Judge Roy Moore may not be a perfect man, but he deserves more dignity than what he is getting from a proven record of being a man of convictions.

May God have mercy upon our hypocritical nation!

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

Wednesday
Nov082017

Keeping the Right Perspective

I realize that I write quite often about how our lives abandon God both in and outside of the Church. It is fairly obvious where the culture is at as it violates the principles and values of the Judeo-Christian God both in government policy and in the general direction of the culture. It is, however, even more painful to see how the Church has often strayed from a Biblical worldview. Many people think because they have a form of religious experience or practice that all is right between them and God. This is just not true. 

2 Timothy 3:5 “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Religious practice may find you doing good things for others, but without the surrender of your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are as lost as the worst heathen on earth. Keeping the right perspective is important as you grow as a Christian.

  1. Keeping the right perspective must cultivate the idea that Jesus is coming back to set up His earthly kingdom. Jesus will return as a Jew, to set up His Kingdom from Jerusalem and nothing will prevent Him from ruling the entire earth. It is then important to realize from this perspective that Israel will play an important role as the center from which Jesus will reign.
     
    John 14:3 “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
  2. Keeping the right perspective is living your life under the shadow of the Word of God so that nothing you say, or what you think, or what you do, will happen before it goes through the filter of what the Bible teaches. God’s Word has the wisdom and the power to change the human heart. It also teaches you to surrender to the Holy Spirit, and puts to death the ego that usually gives a wrong perspective to leaders who use it to be served and not to serve. Remember Jesus said the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who serves others.

    Matthew 7:24 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
     
  3. Keeping the right perspective is part of the process of cultivating a good relationship with other believers who have devoted their lives to Christ and His Kingdom. Notice I did not say church, I said believers who have devoted lives to Christ. I have attended many churches since my early days of accepting Christ, and have found a huge disparity between what some churches teach and what the Bible is really all about. Leadership in the local church is critical to the spiritual strength of any church, along with a congregation who is willing to engage in the work of the gospel.  Many churches have good preachers, but have a lousy return by the congregation to engage and practice the gospel in the culture around them. Furthermore, there are leaders in some churches who believe things that are so far away from Biblical standards that they are not worth attending. It is so important that you surround yourself with people who believe that the gospel is to serve others with the message of the cross. This is a concept that is slowly being replaced in many ministries today.

    Ephesians 5:21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
     
  4. Keeping the right perspective means that you will suffer being misunderstood as you hold to Biblical truth. Jesus told us this would be the case but many of us opt out for a silent or non-combatant position about our faith in Christ. Many of us do not want to fight with anyone about what we believe so we remain neutral about what goes on in culture about lifestyle, morals or beliefs. It has been reported that there are 400,000 churches in America, both Protestant and Catholic. Now what would happen if we all believed in the Bible as it is written? No catechism, no theological treatise, just faith in Jesus as the Messiah/Savior and a trust in His word? Do you realize there will be no doctrine in heaven, nothing will divide us or separate us through the means of denominational creeds? 

    John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
     
  5. Keeping the right perspective on what it means to be a Christian in an unchristian world. The pressure is on every believer to accept everything from a transgender lifestyle to redefining marriage. Standards are changing and we need to know how to live as a Christian in a world of differences. It appears at times that the culture seems to be winning more converts than the Church and that creates a society that drifts further away from the mindset of cross. Even the way we talk in church has shifted away from our once strong convictions about life, to a more relaxed understanding.  The intensity about heaven and hell is no longer a big emphasis as it once was, and a more self-improvement, ‘let’s make this life count now’ seems to be the mantra. Most believers have wavered on what it means to live in a godly perspective, and most do not understand what a life of holiness really means.  Things have changed in our world, and no doubt those changes have affected how we live out the Christian life. 

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.”

It is critical to keep the right perspective as you grow in becoming more like Christ.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov072017

When People Forget God

As we all know another shooting and another 26 people are dead because someone had some emotional issues with a former family member. President Trump said it correctly; it is an evil and mental illness that is creating these mass shootings. It is not the guns, because evil people will find illegal guns, will find bombs or cars or whatever can be used to kill innocent people. Immediately the politicians want us to be sidetracked onto an issue that is not going to solve the problem with mass shootings because the issue is deeper and wider than guns. What you won’t hear anywhere is the real reason we have had the collateral damage of innocent bystanders losing their lives. According to CBS news: Since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando 17 months ago, there have been 555 mass shootings as the FBI defines them: four or more people shot at once. Approximately 689 people have been killed, and nearly 2,700 wounded. 

When a nation forgets God, God forgets that nation and it becomes subject to the curses described in Deuteronomy 28.

This is the real reason America is experiencing these mass shootings, and it is just a matter of time before one of these mass shootings will show up in one our neighborhoods.

Let’s look at a summary of some of the obvious curses that will result as people abandon God: 

 

  • Food supply
  • Madness
  • Mental confusion
  • Blindness
  • Defeated before our enemies
  • Sickness that is not curable
  • Foreign residents will rise above you
  • Family distress 

 

Some may say this is only directed towards Israel because she had a covenant with God. That is the first application for these verses, but a nation that once knew the truth of the scriptures as America did, will also be subjected to the same ramifications of a nation who forgets God.

You may not like to admit any of this, but what is happening to innocent people in our day is a sign, a sign we are neglecting to acknowledge. Something is wrong, we all know it, but we are looking to the wrong solutions for our answers. Pastor and writer Tom Parrish has some further thoughts on this.

Within an hour of the shooting several Democrats were on TV calling for more stringent gun control when in fact Kelly had been denied a legal gun permit several times by the local Sheriff’s office. Mental health officials said that someone should have recognized Kelly’s anti-social behavior and intervened. As a pastor for forty years, having worked with many troubled and dangerous people, I have discovered that “what we should have done, or what we did do” is always the Monday morning quarterback. It is extremely hard to determine the inner hostility, evil and wickedness of another person prior to such a horrible act. Still others were speculating on his mental health as though Kelly was a victim of his own dysfunctional brain. On and on and on we go, where this will stop, nobody knows!

LETS GET REAL AND GET HONEST ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA.

The secular left, science, too many in the medical community, politicians and even some pastors have dismissed the Lordship of Jesus Christ and pushed him with mockery and derision to the sidelines. Why do we believe we can do that and still have a civil society? Have we forgotten what the Word of God makes a promise in Deuteronomy 28:15-25? In these verses are the warnings to Israel and warnings to us today. When our leaders and we reject the one true God and seek to be god ourselves, we bring down curses and wrath from heaven.

Pastor Tom is right, let’s get real with what is going on in America. Stop all the baloney about guns and get down to the issue of America’s abandonment of God. This violence is a spiritual problem so why can’t we have that discussion? The reason for this is simple: “ if it is defined as a spiritual problem, then the solution to it is also spiritual.” If we leave it to being a societal problem, then it is the government’s job to control it. It is much easier then to legislate laws than it is to pray to God and have Him change me.

And by the way, I recently went by a church in my neighborhood where a sign by their front entrance read: All Guns Banned Here!

I think these people need to rethink that idea in light of Sutherland Springs Texas. I will not attend a church unless I know they have security, or at least allow me to carry my permitted gun. 

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Nov052017

What is Equality?

Equality means:

The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.

I recently was engaged in a conversation about equality with someone who thought that all things should be equal. This person is at least 60 years of age, and probably is closer to 70, since I am a poor judge of age. She said, “What we want in society is equality, fairness and a level playing field.”  It sounded to me like a play from the liberal playbook on how to redesign society.

  1. First of all there is no equality. God created each person different and with varying degrees of competency and in his eyes we are all equal in creation, but in ability there is a huge disparity.
     
  2. I have played basketball, but there is no comparison between my play, and say, the ability of Michael Jordan. There is no equality in the ability to play the game. 

The concept of equality is a great philosophical construct but the reality of this world does not and will not make it happen. Even in governmental systems such as socialism or communism where the state makes everyone equal there is disparity of those who run the state. (Vladimir Putin is worth 40 Billion dollars in a communist run country.)

This is why equality is a misunderstood concept in the world of political correctness. The Bible teaches that some will produce 100%, others will produce 60%, and still others 30%, but at the end of the day we all produce, but at difference levels. That is just the way God has created us, so when we talk equality, we better know that there is a difference in productivity. If I produce 100% should I be paid at the same rate as someone who produces at 60% or 30%?  So equality has to be defined in a different way. It can never be one size fits all, there are differences and those differences mean we are not equal. We are also not equal is status either. There are political figures that no matter what they do are never held to the standard of the law like the rest of us. Their rights far exceed the rights of normal citizenship. There is no equality in this world, there never has been and never will be until Jesus comes back and takes control of this world. Stop kidding yourself; there is no equality, so stop trying to pretend there is. The devil is a usurper of equality and wanted the same rights God had and rebelled against God to get it. He has been inciting rebellion every since, telling lies about what equality is and pitting people against each other in order to create tension between genders, races, ages, and nationalities. 

All humans are equal in God’s eyes, no matter the deformities, where they are born, or where they come from. They can be poor or rich, white or black, ugly or pretty, Republican or Democrat, Christian or Muslim, God has made people all equal in the way He loves us. In His eyes we have equality, but because we live in a fallen world we will suffer the inequities of sin, prejudice, privilege and preference. As bad as that may sound it is a reality. The greed to control, get wealthy and make the rules is in the heart of mankind and it knows no boundaries.  That is why Jeremiah said the heart is beyond cure.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

Only God can change the heart, and when it is changed, then we can see the world through eyes of equality. We do need to try to undo the injustice we see in our world and nothing should stop us from trying. The Church for centuries has been the moral voice of justice and standing up for the marginalized and forgotten. Remember we have an unjust, immoral and inequitable world because of our sinful nature. It is the sinfulness of mankind that is the reason there will never be equality among people until Jesus returns. Our sin won’t let equality happen because there is too much to be gained by controlling the outcomes.

Sorry folks, no happy ending here until the trumpet blows, and Jesus’ feet hit the Mount of Olives. However, our job is not to give in to sin, but live above it in His Name. Until then go and become a moral and just voice wherever you can.

It is better to a little than nothing at all.

Keeping it honest and truthful……K

Thursday
Nov022017

The Drifting of Spiritual Trash

I was recently walking along a sandy beach in Hawaii and I was amazed at how much trash gets washed up every day on the beach. When you watch the waves come crashing to shore you never see any debris in the waves washing up on the shore. Yet in the morning after the tide goes out, the beach is littered with all kinds of plastic, rope, and bottle tops. You name it, and it is deposited. It seemed to me that it was a good illustration for how often we find ourselves as a depository of drifting trash. We hear it every day in the news - opinions, like trash, deposited via TV or radio. Internet is another form of trash depository; clearly so much opinionated trash, like the washed up garbage from the ocean, is worthless information. It has been my opinion for some time that anything other than what is deposited in our hearts from the Word of God is trash talk - fake information that is full of opinion and deception. Even preachers who have a reputation for building big churches can use tactics that good salespeople use to get attention, and are subject to being sold a bill of goods that is tainted with human ambition. I have said this many times in this blog. So much of what is said today where the Bible is used as an authority, is speculation, and a good portion of that is simply good salesmanship. I am not trying to be disparaging for the sake of a blog article, I just want you to qualify that you read, hear, or see is the genuine article from God’s Word, and not someone’s opinion. Many times in recent months I have said out loud, “prove it” when I hear a minister of the gospel say something that is not confirmed by the Bible. Trash can be deposited anywhere; it can be thrown out a window of a car, dropped in the street, or be deposited in the ocean by people who discard things overboard from a ship. Trash can also come from pulpits, books, articles or websites that claim to be Christian. Spiritual trash is anything that is not ordained by God in His Word, but is presented as truth or fact! I just heard evangelist Ray Comfort say that most pulpits do not tell the whole truth, and that has opened the door to more atheism. Many people don’t respect the Church because we are too busy trying to be liked by everyone, that we are no earthly good to anyone. All I can say to preachers who hold back the whole truth, get out of the ministry, you are a detriment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are a preacher or a Biblical communicator/teacher of some sort, you had better be challenging the immoral issues facing our day. Those who don’t are cowards and are littering spiritual trash upon the earth. A watered down message of God’s Word is just as bad as no Word at all, because people who accept a watered down version of God’s Word are just as blind and lost as those who have never heard the gospel.

Simply put:  We are ambassadors for Christ, and we represent Him by telling the whole truth that the gospel represents. We are not called to edit the words of God; we are called to proclaim them in their entirety.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Telling the truth is the goal of every Christian, to be like Christ in kindness, mercy and grace, but never fearful of telling the whole truth of God’s Word.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K 

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