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Aug032017

The All Out Assault Against God

The last days have been described in many ways as an era of deception, delusion, lawlessness, immorality and apostasy.  All of which are true, but at the end of the day, all of these descriptions could be seen as an all out assault against God.

It seems that everything that could be released into our society has now been released. There are few if any restraints anymore, and everything is accepted. The three big assaults against God today fall into these categories:

  • Immorality: the sin against ourselves
  • Idolatry: the sin against God
  • Lawlessness: the sin against society or others

These three seem to dominate the assault against God, and nothing is sacred. In fact, even the religious world has become twisted and has turned into something that is not supported by the scriptures. Perversion and twisted thinking rule our day, and it seems to grow darker every day. I spoke to a young man recently about his ideas of God and death. He said he was an atheist and when it came to death, he believed we turn back into energy to be used again to create life. Basically, life is a great big recycling plan. Now he is entitled to his beliefs, but this is how we have reduced life down to a flow of energy that gets recharged every time someone dies.

I would never trade a personal God for a recycling plan. Jesus came to reveal the heart and nature of God and to give us sinful creatures an opportunity to know God on a one-to-one basis. I would rather opt out for this rather than just flowing along in an energy mass.

Our enemy, the evil angel of light Satan, has a good strategy going. Confuse everyone so nothing is understood anymore. Release the worst possible philosophies and worldviews that could possibly be thought up and make them mainstreamed and normalized. Take everything that was foundational in thought, belief and practice and challenge it. Eliminate all common sense factors and insert the bizarre. In time the bizarre becomes the norm and common sense is no longer practiced.

Christians who sit week after week in churches that aren’t challenging believers in the matters I am writing today are doing themselves a disservice. This is another ploy of the evil one. Make Christianity more about being pleasant and non-threatening and you will make their message less about Christ and more about public relations. How do we get more people to like us?  Christianity has never been as mild mannered as we find it today. Now I am not talking about being coarse and crude, but I am talking about us acknowledging and discussing this great assault against God. This of course means that any assault against God means it is also an assault against you and what you believe.

The way we practice Christianity needs an overhaul. We see Black Lives Matter people willing to block freeways and other public transportation systems just to get their message heard, and yet we have a hard time getting people to pray.

We have people today calling for the assassination of our president and willing to go protest to the point of going to jail, yet the church is fairly silent on all of it. We don’t want to make anybody mad or upset with us because it would ruin our testimony for Christ. Yet all the while the assault against God continues and the church by and large is asleep.

Someone told me the other day I needed to tone it down in these blogs. Well I’ve got news for them - I just got started. Here’s one to criticize: The Church is backslidden away from the truth, and most pastors should resign because they haven’t got a clue as to what their role is, or how to fulfill it.

Pastors you need to realize you may not be liked in the way a politician will be liked and if that is what you want, go shake hands and run for office. You are called to be a prophet and most of them were not popular.  All believers are under assault today and most of our leaders say nothing. They don’t acknowledge it, they don’t give any help to stand against it, and God forbid they ask us to push back.

People tell me all time I need to get back and be active in a church. Are you kidding?  You read my blogs - what church would want me? 

I am not being mean nor am I just an angry old man. I am sounding an alarm. You and your God are under assault.  If nothing else, be aware of it and if we had the guts we could talk more about it and pray for God to lead us.

I have talked a lot recently about raising the bar in my life to be the best I possibly can be and this blog is just one of these measurements that I want to raise.

Just saying……..

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

Thursday
Jul272017

When Corporate America Says I Don't Care

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.

It has been eight months or more since I have visited a Target store. I refuse to spend a dime at Target because of their corporate arrogance and transgender policies. I usually do not participate in boycotting businesses due to any political disagreements I may have with a company, but Target is different. 

Tim Wildman wrote this on May 17, 2017:

Yesterday afternoon, I personally delivered another 500,000 #Boycott Target signatures to Target headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. I met face-to-face with Target executives and spoke to them on your behalf, urging them to end this boycott by protecting women and children in their stores (bringing the total signatures to 1.5 million). Target representatives were gracious and respectful, but sadly, they rejected our offer. They basically repeated what Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell said during an interview on CNBC, "We're going to continue to embrace our belief in diversity and inclusion…," code-words for sticking with its dangerous policy of allowing men to use women's dressing and bathrooms.

I agree with Tim Wildmon. Target is a retail outlet; it sells stuff, so why is it so concerned about bathrooms and dressing rooms? Why not stick to selling stuff instead of trying to make history by pandering to a group of people who make up between .03 to 1.4% of the American population? Transgender people are not healthy people, and it is time society says so. If one of my children came to me and said, I think I am a chicken, do you think I would accept that as normal?  If you want to dress like the opposite sex that is your issue, but don't tell me that the rest of society thinks that it is okay, because it is not. You can quietly be whom you are without trying to make everyone accept and pander to your obsession. The transgender agenda is nothing more than confused, unhealthy people bullying the rest of society to think its okay to be a female today and a male tomorrow. Well I don't agree that that is normal, nor will I accept it as such. So of course this makes me the bad guy because I have an opinion that doesn't fit the agenda of the day. So be it. I recently received a notification from the credit card division of Target notifying me that unless I used my credit cards in the next two months my account will be closed. Little did they know, that those cards were sent back to Target with a letter from my wife explaining why the cards were being returned and why we will no longer shop at Target. So in response to their latest request I sent the following:

Target Corporation,

I received your mass mailing to former customers who have not used their Target Cards for some time and so I am responding. I know this is going to a card center in Sioux Falls, but it would be great if you would send it to top management in Minneapolis. These are the culprits that need to hear what I have to say.

There is a reason for my refusal to shop at Target and it will not change in the foreseeable future. When my wife returned our cards earlier this year here is part of her letter:

“I understand that the bathroom policy is being reworked, but as a woman, a mother, and a grandmother of girls, I cannot in good conscience shop where a man who decides that day that he identifies as a female can saunter into a female dressing area and make things uncomfortable for everyone or, in some reports, actually become a perpetrator.”

The Target Executives who decided they were going to be proactive in changing their bathroom and dressing room policies concerning transgender people was beyond what I felt was reasonable. Then when people complained about the safety issues with children they basically said that it didn’t matter they were going ahead with their plans. Even when the American Family Association met with Target people, to give them millions of names of people who objected to their new policy and would boycott Target, there was no response. First of all that showed the arrogance on behalf of the Target corporation, and secondly, I always wondered if there ever was a petition drive from the transgender crowd for a change in bathroom and dressing room policies? From what I was hearing, they never even asked for this change in the first place. Now isn’t this a silly issue?  Target is one of the leading retailers in America, and they are arguing about how to change bathrooms and dressing rooms around to accommodate a miniscule percentage of people. So Target spent a considerable amount of money doing something that didn’t need to be done, and that alone should have drawn the resignation of the CEO and those executives who executed this insane policy.  

Until the current CEO resigns, or retires, and a change occurs within the current policies outlined here in my letter, my wife and I will continue to boycott Target stores. The arrogance of Target’s decision in light of a large number of protests makes me think they don’t care about what middle America thinks, so I will spend my money elsewhere.

So do me a huge favor and take me off the Target credit list.

Thank you. 

My letter may not do any good, but to me it is the principle of taking a stand against what is wrong and not just submitting to the bullying of corporate America and the ungodly agenda of immoral values. 

Just a reminder to Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell - there will come a day when all things will be judged by Jesus Christ and every word will be reviewed and I sincerely hope you will be prepared for your response to a Holy God.

 Matthew 12:35-37  good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure. 36But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”…

 Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Wednesday
Jul262017

What Issues Should Christianity “Not” Address?

When I was a young Christian I remember my pastor saying to the congregation that there are some issues that were not appropriate for a Sunday morning. He mentioned a few like sex, extra-marital affairs, abortion, and a few more. The point he was making was that the Sunday morning gathering of believers was off limits for some themes just because we had to be respectable in what we talked about from the pulpit. Now I realize times have changed, but has this attitude changed?  I was listening to a Christian leader recently and he basically stated the same thing except for a different reason. His reasoning for not addressing issues like abortion, homosexuality, transgender issues was that his congregation was too divided on these issues to make it worthwhile to address.  Now I love pastors, and many of them are my hero’s but many of them have become afraid to let the Bible speak for them. Let me first address this leaders concern about who is sitting in his congregation and why he not willing to address certain issues. Now what that tells me about this leader is that he is more concerned about his reputation than he is about speaking the truth.  Will addressing a controversial cultural issue change a persons mind about that issue?  No one knows, but everyone needs to know what the Bible teaches on such a subject, silence is not an option. When Christian leaders avoid addressing the culture they become like the culture. Culture does not want to expose its dirty little secret to emotionalize everything they can. So when people use their emotions to do their thinking, they don’t always think clearly about any issue.

In my generation the facts are everything. However, today the facts don’t matter much especially when you are arguing from your emotions, all that matters is how you feel. Feelings are not usually a good compass for direction, and often will play a part in a reaction that is not reasonable or logical. As a result of much of Christianity being fed with trendy ideas and slick marketing ploys, it is my opinion that most Christians are starving for the truth. They get a small smattering of truth in the Sunday sermon and this may be the only time each week believers get challenged to raise the bar in how they are living out their lives for Christ. This is why pastors cannot be silent about the issues of our day by not addressing them head on.

I guess what I am trying to convey is that Christianity should address everything under the sun. As pastors we should not be afraid of our congregations, or the people who sit in them. Pastors are called to lead them and that means their leadership confronts the tough questions with Biblical answers. I have no respect for any Christian leader who abandons the call to preach and tell the truth of the scripture and chooses not to be a prophetic voice for the congregation. What that exactly means is that if the scripture talks about immorality regardless of what it is, we need to address it. If the Bible talks about judgment, we need to talk about it. If the Bible talks about prophecy then we need to talk about it.

Christianity has no themes off the table. Why would we want the people we are leading to be ignorant of what the scriptures teach?  Why shouldn’t the congregation know what your opinion is based upon your interaction with the scriptures? 

Too many Christian leaders make up all kinds of excuses as to why they don’t address the tough issues. Yet the scripture is clear to those who have the knowledge of the truth:

Ezekiel 33:3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.

As a Christian you are called to be a watchman. If we refuse to tell people the truth then who will God hold accountable? So what themes are off the table for you as a Christian?  As a pastor or Christian leader? What areas of life do you think God’s Word shouldn’t address? Are the feelings of people more important than what God says?  No one will ever find significance or satisfaction in remaining silent when it comes to the truth. Significance is always found in being like the watchman in Ezekiel 33 and telling the truth.

So, for me there are no issues that Christianity cannot address but the question is, will we address them?

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

Thursday
Jul202017

Think About This

The Presbyterians have no spiritual discernment.

The Presbyterian Church, USA, is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.

“Allah blesses us and blesses our families and blesses our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”
These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity—a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith ministry staff at the assembly.

Some Christians see no problem in mingling prayer together as a faith community, except that Allah and Jehovah are two separate and very different entities.

1. Allah is a god, but is the god of this world.

Satan is also called the "prince of the power of the air" in Ephesians 2:2. He is the "ruler of this world" in John 12:31. These titles and many more signify Satan’s capabilities.  

2. Christians have to understand that Islam is not a safe religion, nor does it provide any freedom to those who practice it.  

  • Women have no rights
  • Girls have their genitals mutilated
  • There are few if any Muslim countries that are without war
  • There is no provision to understand love or forgiveness in Islam
  • 18,000 deadly terror attacks committed explicitly in the name of Islam in just the last ten years.  (Other religions combined for perhaps a dozen or so).  
  • Muhammad directed Muslims to wage war on other religions and bring them under submission to Islam.
  • The Quran never once speaks of Allah's love for non-Muslims, but it speaks of Allah's cruelty toward and hatred of non-Muslims more than 500 times
  • Islam is the only religion that has to retain its membership by formally threatening to kill anyone who leaves.  This is according to the example set by Muhammad.

3. There are 101 verses in the Quran that speak of doing violence to those who do not obey Allah or are non-believers in Islam.

I know it is not politically correct to have frank discussions about Islam because it makes people feel uncomfortable. However, many ex-Muslims will say that Allah has Satan-like characteristics:

  • Qur’an 1:1 states that Allah is the god (lord) of this world:
  • Qur’an 3:54 and 8:30 state that Allah is the best deceiver:
  • Qur’an 35:8 states that Allah leads people astray:
  • Qur’an 38:85 and 11:119 both state that Allah desires to fill hell with people:
  • Qur’an 5:14 states that Allah spreads hate.

I know as Christians we don’t influence people by tearing down cultures or ideas. Yet, knowing that Satan comes as an angel of light whose desire is to rob, steal and destroy any truth that has been established in our lives, is a good reminder of his strategy. This is also true for Muslim people. Islam is trapped by the great deceiver and the greatest need Muslims have is to hear and see the gospel lived out in real life. In the same way Muslims are trapped by what they believe, Western culture is also trapped by their pluralism. In Islam they have only one god, but in America, we have multiple gods, and the end result is the same - we don’t know the real God.   

There is some value in dialoguing with Muslims about faith, god, and culture, but it is another thing to bring their worship into the Church.

American Christians would do themselves a favor that before they give away the church to an ecumenical ideal they need to study the history and the current teachings of Islam. They could also use a refresher course on “discernment.”

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

Thursday
Jul202017

How Then Should We Cope?

When we talk about the last days many people including pastors just don’t want to talk about negative forecasts about the future. Yet, it seems to me that we should tell the truth about the future and then prepare to cope with it as it comes to pass. To me this is reasonable and is a pattern we see in often in the scripture.

The Apostle Paul was warned in Acts 20 that he would be bound up and sent to Rome.

"And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me." (Acts 20:22-23 RSV)

Yet in the process of great tribulation and imprisonment, Paul wrote a great portion of what eventually turned out to be the New Testament. He coped with his imprisonment by writing letters of encouragement and instruction to the Church.

From Acts 21 we read that Paul defended his journey to Jerusalem knowing that he would face opposition there and eventually imprisonment. 

And coming to us he took Paul's girdle and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this girdle and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" When we heard this, we and the people there begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping
and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, "The will of the Lord be done."

The last days will not be kind days to those of us who practice the truth taught by the scriptures. Recently I heard a preacher say the following:

One of the distinctive characteristics of the last days is: “people not knowing the difference between truth and error.” 
This is the agenda of the evil one, to disrupt all the trust we have in God and His Word. Satan knows he cannot destroy the gospel, but he can create speed bumps to slow us down and disrupt our work for God. The Apostle Paul was warned about his fate as he continued to do his ministry and go into Jerusalem for one last time. Yet he knew that God would not let him suffer without cause and his suffering of imprisonment was ultimately for the good of the Church and the work of the kingdom. Any time we are piercing the darkness with the gospel we will feel resistance. That resistance is like the imprisonment that Paul used to write and encourage the churches in his day. What part of the resistance can be used to learn about the tactics of the enemy and learn how to take the appropriate measures to counteract the pressures of our enemy? Paul used his time writing and encouraging, instructing those to follow and trust Jesus without question.  He wrote to remind the churches that God is in control, and there will come a day when His Kingdom will come and our faith in Jesus will bring us into that Kingdom.

Our task is the same, how can we encourage people to put aside their differences and focus on how to resist the evil and ignorance of our day by doing good? The gospel is not only words of hope it is also actions of hope. People who do kind things to bring a message of hope to others are influential ambassadors of His kingdom. As the days grow increasingly spiritually dark, we need to dispel the ignorance of darkness with words of hope and truth. The tendency for many of us is to assimilate into complacency and allow the ignorance of our day to go unchallenged. Paul was imprisoned, but he did not allow the ignorance of his imprisonment to go unchallenged, he appealed to Rome. In the process of his appeal he coped by using his time wisely and, precisely, to further the Kingdom of God.  The Bible tells us that the future belongs to God and all the kingdoms of this world will one day bow a knee and make confession that Jesus is Lord. Until that day our work is to be truthful and honest about the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Pastors who deny the truth by picking and choosing what to preach and what not to preach are only hurting the body by not preparing the body for the future. The criteria we need to adopt about truth is: “If the Bible teaches it, we will preach it.”

It is my belief that if you know the truth it becomes easier to cope with all the uncertainty, all the disappointment, and all the harassment this life throws at you. Don’t hide your head in the sand of denying the truth, stick your head in the truth and you will cope.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

 

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