The ‘kind’ Christian rebuke.

More than once I’ve been accused of being a bit tough on Christians for not standing up to do what Christians are supposed to do. I am told that I don’t show the love of Jesus by being so one-sided. I say…you are wrong. Any Christian that does not call out other Christians and Pastors that are in grave error is not a Christian at all…they are only church goers with a Bible not yet read.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.” Isaiah 62:6

Now, my first thought was (and not to be cliché), ‘What would Jesus do’? After all, being rebuked by other Christians is sometimes a high honor; I must be doing something to bring that kind of response in a somewhat public forum.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

My second thought was how interesting it is to hear from those that do nearly nothing for the Kingdom to have such unkind things to say to someone that actually IS doing something.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:37-40

Then my third thought was how Christians AND secular people think that Jesus Christ is this weak, slight of a man. Let me be the first to tell you that nothing is further than the truth.

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” Matthew 21:12

We are called to boldness, not weakness of nature, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

How dare I NOT tell you the truth? I have to give an account if I do not, why would you think you do not? Christian, we are supposed to be on the same team. It is because of the love of God that I profess Jesus Christ first and then an advocate for the unborn.

Christian, read the word of God and listen to His voice through His mighty word, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Vinegar brings self-righteousness and bitterness; Honey brings seeker-sensitive weak Christians…but the TRUTH is what makes us true Disciples of Jesus Christ. Because what I do, I do in HIS name, a name without blemish and spot, “And you shall know thet TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.”

The things people say…seriously.

KeepLifeLegal

You know, I sometimes get my best subject matter from people that search KeepLifeLegal. It’s usually easy to see if it’s from ignorance, blatant stupidity or maybe just to be critical.

A person looking through my blog and others typed in the search box, “evolution of baby to humanhood”. WOW. If that doesn’t tell you a mindful of what that person believes…? I think this one falls into someone that was ignorant to LIFE issues and going prochoice.

The ‘searcher’ that said “evolution of baby to humanhood” clearly does not think a human being exists at conception but evolves to eventually be a human. I can remember when I was young, which was a very long time ago, being taught that embryos looked like tadpoles because that was the evidence of what we evolved from – single cell organisms to fish whose fins evolved into legs and gills that became…

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The Bruised Christian.

As we journey through this Life, we encounter many people, places and things. However, as Christians we will meet and befriend other Christians and other Churches besides having to deal with the secular world. Sadly, people of the Church are much like the unsaved – rude, indignant, haughty, vain and arrogant; precious few Christians, it seems, are loving and giving like the Scriptures purport what we are to be…‘Christ-like’.

When you read the Gospels, look at how Jesus walked with everyone. He never wavered on His belief or faith; He became our example of how Believers are supposed to walk, talk and work on this earth until He comes back. While Jesus was here, there were no ‘churches’ – Believers instead met and congregated to pray, serve and worship. It didn’t take long for fakes to arise to pull Christians from Jesus and focus on another gospel, another Spirit, another ‘Jesus’:

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5

And the Apostle Paul said:

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

How many churches and/or ministries does the average Christian belong to and give to in their lifetime? How many churches does a person ‘visit’ before selecting one that satisfies what they want in a church? The true Church is harder to find than you think. Real born-again Christ-centered Christians want to go to a church that loves and shows love, is bible-believing and charitable. You would think that should be easy.

Look at this survey by ChurchAbuse.com:

  1. Does your church tightly control the flow of information within its ranks?
  2. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader use public shaming as a method to gain the compliance of followers?
  3. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader intolerant of questions or critical inquiry?
  4. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation?
  5. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader have unreasonable fears about the outside world such as evil conspiracies or persecutions?
  6. Are you discouraged to associate with former members, being warned that they are “evil” or “defiling”?
  7. Is leaving your group to join another church equal to leaving God?
  8. Does the surrounding community view your church as a cult?
  9. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader consider it evil persecution when criticized or questioned?
  10. Do the goals of your [church/staff] spiritual leader seem to supersede any personal goals or individual interests?
  11. Do you fear being rebuked, shunned, or ignored for expressing a different opinion?
  12. Do former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances?

Worse yet is a congregation that mimics what it sees and calls it normal. Church members get ostracized and spoken of in tight-knit groups as if we’re still in middle school. Making another Christian to stumble is outlined in the Book of Mark:

“…But whoever causes one of these little ones [new Christians] who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”Mark 9:42

Any church or ministry that has spiritually abused a member of their congregation or organization is preaching another gospel, another Spirit, another Jesus. Spiritual abuse causes those that suffer from it to be paranoid, immobile, untrusting, angry, physically sick, indifferent and worst of all, without a church and perhaps eventual apostasy.

What’s in YOUR house?

Joshua 7:1, ‘But the children of Israel committed a
trespass regarding the accursed things,
for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of
Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the
children of Israel.’

I got saved December of 2001 and backslid soon after. The reasons
why are obvious: My house was NOT clean. Not only did I continue an alcoholic
relationship but I never physically cleaned my house.

After nearly 3 years of perverse drinking and the lifestyle
that accompanies it, I felt the Lord around me again. God was trying to draw me
out and I finally decided to clean house. I was winding down a backslidden
season of my life and I was getting ready to take responsibility of a Christian
life.

God knows me…He knew I needed a helpmate to get me where I needed
to be in Him, a man I later married. But one day I took a good look around my
home and I remembered something that my sister told me – the day she got rid of
the ‘evil’ in her house. At that time I didn’t realize how spiritual that was. But
that day in my home I saw evil everywhere and it was time to clean house.

It’s amazing how much garbage a person accumulates. I looked
in closets, in drawers, in cabinets, in my storage locker, my space at work…I had
no idea how much of the world I had around me. I threw it all away, I sold none
of it. It was my opinion that giving or selling my sin was SIN. I even threw
away glasses that reminded me of being in a bar! EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!

It was freeing to see it all in a dumpster. I hated how the
world sucked me in but I loved how the Lord made me see with my spiritual eyes
what was like a noose around my neck if I didn’t let it all go. Now, I do not
own any secular music, swim suits, shorts, or even sandals. Do I believe that
everyone has to ‘work out their own salvation with fear and trembling’? Yes,
BUT justifying sin around you because you think its harmless is very DANGEROUS.

Like Joshua, I heard the Lord tell me that there was sin in
my house and that it had to be gotten rid of to keep my way with the Lord pure
and not sullied by the world and its demons. There are many Christians that don’t
believe it’s necessary to do purge their house because they’re such strong
Christians…nothing can be further from the truth.

The Travesty of the Seeking Convert

I find that in the ProLife world that I advocate, there is a lot of conversions to Catholicism from people that have ‘converted’ – from abortion advocate to prolife. More often than not, these converts were either atheist or agnostic, not a denominational convert. Ironic is what I think of the whole thing because I WAS Catholic. I also think it’s a travesty.

Catholicism is a man-made religion to strike fear in a person of a Hell they may not get prayed out of, not Grace as the Bible teaches. What’s obvious is that those who convert are seeing something that they are not getting in their life or church. What the seeker sees is structure – structure in that there are rules and regulations to follow and heed, a hierarchy. People that seek this super-structure, an organization of billions, are looking for something to lean on, not glean from. People want something beautiful to idolize like cathedrals with pomp and circumstance, not our risen Savior because:

“There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

Again, the irony of it is that the New Testament teaches that religion killed our Savior, not save Him – which you will not see in teachings of the Catechism. When I was Catholic, I often wondered where they got their ‘information’ because it didn’t jive with the Bible because if it had, then more Catholics would have brought their bibles to church?…I thought in my young mind. No one ever referred to a Bible.

Remember, I pick on Catholics because of my own personal experience with it. Another denomination that courts the seeker in the same way is the Mormons. They show a loving, joyful, ever-placid lifestyle that quite frankly, everyone wants! But does Mormonism jive with the Bible? NO. Catholicism and Mormonism leans on teachings from sources other than the Bible. That I cannot condone.

I cannot stop the seeker from being weak in their search. It grieves me because time is so short and coming to a close real soon – Jesus Christ is coming back: not a dead pope or Joseph Smith or Mary…Jesus Christ as THE risen King.

In my own opinion (just mine!), a person needs to stay away from denominations and just read their Bible and see what the Holy Spirit will reveal to them. Let the Lord lead you to where He wants you to be.

God’s greatest blessings even on a bad day.

I stood in front of about 100 people at my local 40 Days for Life closing rally speaking on behalf of post-abortive women. I felt that I did a mediocre job although friends and family said otherwise. Would they have said that I did not?

On a very bright sunny day I stood there and saw darkness as if a great storm is about to deluge us. I could hardly see and the wind was fierce, so much so it was hard to talk. It was as if I saw only death around me, not Life.

I have a burden for Catholics which is who typically comes to prolife functions, and they seem to like me. I wonder if they think they can proselyte me…hardly; I came out of that bondage a long time ago. But the good thing is that I get the gist of their ‘faith’ when a priest says the rosary and such, while they look at me in wonderment and believe I’m the one going to Hell. Most of my family still calls Catholicism their ‘faith’ and NEVER go to church…they love the arrogance of saying they are Catholic. Even though Catholicism is saturated in false doctrine, at least these Prolifers walk the walk.

But I’m getting off subject here…let me reiterate that I literally saw death that day, so much so that I couldn’t raise my eyes to meet the gazes of those that came to hear me! God was letting me know that even though I love to see their fervor, they are still in darkness doomed to a fiery Hell and that I need to watch my back or that darkness can consume me, too. Christ is the way, not the way of Catholicism.

No wonder most of the world hates God – the world looks to religion to get to know God and that simply cannot happen. Religion killed Jesus Christ and religion will bring Him back in the not so distant future.

The Prolife Christian

After a recent arrest of an abortion ‘doctor’ in Philadelphia, Prolifers have come out from the woodwork screaming ‘DEATH PENALTY’. True, this doctor did horrible gruesome things to children and women, but who is in charge of Life and death?

It’s hard to see people that say prolife but have a different view when the rubber meets the road. All Life is sanctified and given by God only and it is up to Him when death is necessary. These ‘Moderate Prolifers’ are the fair-weather friends of Life.

Many, many Evangelical Christians are in favor of the Death Penalty, even some that I know personally. If we give man the authority to kill, what have we to preach about? Life when it’s proper and lawful? How can that be when the Bible says ‘Thou shalt NOT kill’?

Does God judge through man?

Yes, in Genesis 9:6 He plainly said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’

What is being taught in the pulpit, Life or death?

Christians love to bring up the Old Testament ‘eye for an eye’ mentality but the reality is that we are in a new covenant WITH Christ, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.

Scripture balances Scripture.

Confusing? No, if God judges a man or woman to death, He will use whom He will use. However, if a man or woman takes the Life another, Leviticus 19:18 says, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.’

God is LORD. Just God. Through Him justice comes:

  • At the altar – for forgiveness and restoration
  • At the ‘woodshed’ – those he loves he chastises; sickness, finances
  • Through His mercy – die prematurely

Christians should never believe in the death penalty BUT accept it as law, as Scripture says in Romans 13:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

The Entitled Christian

I earned it, I deserve it, what about me; mine mine mine. If this is true, then there would be no need for God.

“Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

Being of the world separates us from God.

People have this misconception that all is theirs whenever they want it, at their fingertips. The Bible does not teach that Christians are entitled to worldly goods and pursuits, but Christians are just as guilty of feeling as entitled. Christians absently believe that God is there to make their life easier with bigger homes and better cars when the opposite is true: We are to have no need of the world; we are called to be separate from it – ALL OF IT.

God gave us what is most precious to Him and we give Him a wish-list.

Before coming to Christ, we were all doomed to a fiery eternal Hell. Our love of goods and things – entitlement – brought us all to need the world, not God. God gave us a part of Himself, Jesus Christ, to be our savior that we would not see Hell if we would just let the world go and believe on Him. How did Christians get to the point of not needing God anymore?

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

The world in which we live has set us up to fail. Christians need to get that: We have been set up to fail. The devil sets his traps as soon as you separate yourself from what is his – the world and your belief of entitlement to it. The devil knows what bits and pieces of the world that tempts you from a godly life and ministry.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

When you hear a bird outside in 13 degree weather happily chirping, you realize that God has taken care of that bird even in the harshest of conditions. Our entitlement of things to make us happy is not of God; He provides for our needs, not our lusts.

The Christian Minimalist

Minimalism in the end of End Times

Millions of fish are dying and birds are literally falling out of the sky all over the world. The economy ebbs and flows with the fluctuations of the government. The price of oil is driving up the price of gas again to all time highs. Experts say there will be food shortages. Foreclosures are more the norm than not. The middle class is shrinking at a rapid rate, and global warming – temperatures have been at an all time low in much of the world. Sign of the times, you say? It’s the sign of the End Times.

Current events are pointing at a world that is in utter turmoil and the Church is sound asleep. Christians will not go through the Tribulation but that does not mean we will be spared of persecution, wars or famine. No one knows when we will be raptured but the Bible says we need to be prepared for all things.

This is a subject that is very close to my heart because since I was little, I have always lived with as little as possible. It’s as if the Lord was preparing me for a time such as this. Humans live very bloated lives raking in more and more to prove their worth to others, whether they are Christians or not and whether they can afford it or not; it’s in the Church as well as in the world. Letting go of the world is what we are commanded to do according to Scripture. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to amass as much wealth as possible and not spread the Gospel. We are commanded to be ready for the coming Lord.

A minimalist attitude is how Jesus and the Apostles lived. Before Jesus went to the Cross He spoke of when He would return and what to expect. He already spoke of a coming Day when these things would take place and we are not to know when this is but we are to be prepared.

 

The Jezebel Christian

The story of Jezebel is much more than just another account in the Bible. Her spirit is in the Church today and seeks to divide and conquer. A woman that believes she has authority in her church or marriage can have this spirit. Generally the Jezebel Spirit falls upon a woman that is ‘closet’ insecure but domineering; believes she deserves more attention to themselves and their piety. Today’s Jezebel looks like the most faithful of the faithful and is usually a part of the hierarchy in her church.

“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that Ahab took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.” [1Kings 16:31]

Contrary to what most people think, today’s Jezebel Spirit is not always sexual in nature, although pride and lust is: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” [1John 2:16]

The Jezebel Spirit is seductive, an emasculator of men, jealous, egomaniacal, evil, gratuitous, pious; she is very religious in nature so that the snare looks beautiful, righteous and virtuous. She feeds on others that are much more insecure and immature than she is. More often than not, she is hiding an outward sin that is kept in secret that her ‘followers’ cannot see; i.e.: drinking alcohol, smoking, adultery, spousal abuse, gambling, etc. She is very selective of the people she associates with and has grandiosity issues; no one is more right about anything or better at anything than she is especially when it comes to the things of God. A woman with the Jezebel Spirit will always be a usurper of authority particularly in their own home. She typically runs the household and wears the pants in the family with finances, children and her husband. She buys the houses and cars. The Jezebel Spirit starts at home and gradually goes to Church.

“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)” [1Kings 18:4]

The Jezebel Spirit is part of what is very wrong in the church today. Women were never meant to take authority over her husband, according to Scripture. Instead of going to church to worship she comes to dominate and make a show of it. The rest of us come to church to hear the message and glean from it. Jezebels are part of what Satan does to keep our concentration off the pulpit and on the caste system of the congregation.

“25But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” [1Kings 21:25-26]

What are the idols in the church today? Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the PRIDE of life [1John 2:16].

There is only one solution to this evil spirit – pray. And pray hard. The Jezebel Spirit will always be a part of every church; learning to recognize her is the first step before she can get the better of you.

And finally, Jesus found this spirit of Jezebel so important and grave that He mentioned her in the fourth of seven letters to the seven churches, the Church at Thyarira, considered the corrupt Church. These letters were to warn these churches that time was about up and there was a lot to clean up. The churches were woefully out of order and had forgotten the first love, Jesus Christ.

“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” [Rev 2:20]

What ought did Jesus have against Jezebel? The same problem we have today, false prophets and false prophetesses purposely steering people away from Christ. Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil AND offered it to her husband Adam because of free will. Jezebel used her free will to seek other gods that complimented her evil nature and took an entire nation and husband along with her; they NEVER go alone. Eve was deceived, was Jezebel deceived as well? To answer that, you would have to prove that Jezebel once knew God.

Jesus loved and held women in such high regard that he remembered the Woman at the Well, the Woman that touched the hem of His garment AND Mary Magdalene, a known woman, who proclaimed Him LORD at the Resurrection. But Jezebel He remembered differently, as an example of false idol worship and non-repentance.