Are You Grateful

October 18, 2018

Had a terrible problem one morning. Had leftover bacon from breakfast and had a hard time finding a place for it in the refrigerator. We Americans have it so bad. So many other people in the world never have such a hardship. Their refrigerator, which they most likely don’t have, and their cupboards, that they also might not have, always have space in them. Their stomachs also always have space and they don’t have to worry about their belts being too tight.

Americans, quit your whining. Even our poor people are fat. I think it is time to return to the God we have forsaken and thank Him daily for that He provides to a stiff necked, arrogant and ungrateful nation.

“Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.” Deuteronomy 9:6


God Uses What Man Refuses

October 18, 2018

William Taft got stuck in his bathtub on his Inauguration Day and had to be pried out by his attendants. He was so heavy that he had a special reinforced steel dining chair.” – copied

He would have never been elected in this age as thin is in. D L Moody and Charles Spurgeon would have never gotten a meeting since they both weighed 350 lbs. Amazing how God uses someone that others would call an un-spiritual glutton. Instead of looking at the outside, He looks at the heart.

You have to wonder how many ministries have missed the person God would have used the most to bless them because they did not meet personal appearance standards or was too young/old. Standards that are not scriptural.

Moody did not have a formal theological training and now based on human credential requirements neither Jesus nor the Apostles would be able to serve. Paul might have met the educational requirements, but he is believed to have been short and maybe stuttered. Also, after a stoning or two he would not have been considered handsome.

Next time you look at a fat person, a young or old person as well as one not highly credentialed remember President Taft, Moody, Spurgeon, the young Timothy, Paul the aged and a bunch of uncouth fishermen before you decide that person is not spiritual and cannot be used of God.

Should We Shun

October 17, 2018

Having spent some time around Amish and Mennonites, I know they are pretty much the only groups that still practice shunning. Most are probably afraid of lawsuits, spitting the church or have a slightly off view of grace/love. We speak truth in love and some times we need to practice tough love and shun unsaved and saved alike. It is a biblical teaching.

2 Tim 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Too many times we forget these verses as we speak for the Lord and even politics on social media.

We also forget

Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Long arguments with those in error only set you up for anger and frustration. If a person is not convinced or convicted after two corrections they will not be after two hundred. It is time to turn them over to God and walk away.

2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

When the cults come to your door, do not engage in long conversations. Do not let them in your house and do not offer any kind of blessing to them as you then become a part of their evil. You can say. “May God free you from your bonds and error” or “I will pray for your salvation” but even Goodbye is short for God be with you.

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

If the doctrine is not right keep them out of your sight. Avoid them is clear. Note, you mark them or point them out for yourself and Paul called names so that others could avoid them and be aware of their errors. It is OK to call out heretics. It is part of the duty as a pastor who is called to protect the sheep from wolves in sheep’s clothing. As a member of the family, we all have a responsibility to protect the family.

Just make sure they are a heretic either in doctrine or in some way dividing the Body of Christ. That could be by gossip, conspiracy or splitting a church for something other than doctrinal error or leadership failure. Leadership failure does not mean he preached against your pet sin or you disagreed with him. If you cannot prove it is error then you need to study and if necessary do Matthew 18’s process for settling grievances.

What if a brother is walking in public sin or sin we can see?

1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

This seems obvious, but I was offered a chance to preach in view of call at a church where the head deacon showed up at meetings drunk and if he did not like what he heard he went back across the street to fetch his shot gun. I declined. That is one of the problems with making people a deacon for life as it is hard to remove and defrock them. He should have done that one time only and been removed from his position.

2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Too many times we forget these verses as we speak for the Lord and even politics on social media.

When I was in college many of my peers complimented on my academic prowess, the ability to find sermon material in the Old Testament and even my interpretation skills. Often though I went from that kind praise to being called an idiot when I made application of the doctrine to our day and time. As a relatively new Christian. I did not have years of tradition/ritual, folk theology or other things to cloud my thinking. Because of that I was often called a Maverick, Legalistic, and depending on the person and issue, even Liberal. At that point, I figured I might be on target because Jesus ticked off everyone when He challenged their status quo and long held traditions.

All that to say, here is where I might lose some affirming nods and Amens. Because I am going to look at applying this to a Christian whose politics are against Scriptural doctrine.

Several times over the years I have heard of Catholic leaders threatening to excommunicate members who supported abortion. Even politicians were threatened, but it was never followed through. Indeed, as I told some Catholics at a polling place in the 80’s you cannot be a good Democrat and be a good Catholic over that issue. The Republican Catholics standing nearby cheered while the Democrats leered at me and if looks could have killed I would not have been here to write this.

Unlike the Catholics, I do not believe that Church can erase someone’s name from the Lamb’s Book of Life, but should remove the from the membership rolls. After all, Paul was ordained to tell us how we should conduct ourselves in the Church and it is verbal-plenary inspired writings that teach us to do it.

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

The amazement in this sin is that it is one the Gentiles did not practice. They practiced every other type of sexual sin imaginable. From the “average” sins, to them” of fornication/adultery there was group sex, requiring a woman to prostitute herself at least once in her life, requiring a woman to either lose her virginity to a priest of the temple or cut her hair to make her look like a prostitute to demanding a woman to get pregnant even if it took several men to make it happen. Yet, they did not practice maternal incest. Some might practice sibling incest and even paternal incest but not maternal. Indeed, to truly insult someone today you call them a maternal fornicator.

Some scholars debate whether this was his mother or step-mother. Many an old man might marry a woman the same age as his children or one younger. The concept of a son falling in love with such a young woman is not inconceivable as there is no blood tie. Still, in the Greek and Hebrew culture that was the ultimate taboo.

What did Paul say to do this is couple. Shun them and allow the devil to kill them unless they repent. Side note, their souls would be saved if they did not repent of the sin. They were true Christians who somehow justified this, which makes the case for a step-mother pretty strong as any sane person would definitely not marry their mother. We have instances of that today, but the people are twisted who do it.

He says “if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” We can apply this to women as well since many women fit this description as well. In these days, railers are often women more so than men, but both genders have their share. We should not eat with this people. As we see in our age, food and fellowship go together.

No fellowship with known active sin. Two reasons, one it is not good for the sinner because it lulls him/her into a false security that it isn’t all that bad. Secondly, if it is known publicly that the person is in a sin and is a member of your church it makes the church look like they are condoning the sin.

A member of the French Court said to the court chaplain, “Sire, your sermons terrify me, but your life reassures me.”—MAcARTNEy, Preaching Without Notes, p..113.

If you preach sound doctrine, but do not also practice church discipline you undermine your preaching and your reputation and the impact of your church on the local culture. With Social Media, it may even be a nation and worldwide detriment to your ministry.

In an effort to keep this shorter, I will now move to the political realm. We have two parties that have the only real chance of leading and having power in this country. There are numerous “third” parties with no real chance of winning any major election and at best split the Conservative vote allowing Liberals to win. Some have some great ideas, but will never see them realized unless they merge with one of the larger parties. They might win a few local elections, but for all intents and purposes we are a two party system.

That said, a Christian has to look at the platforms of the two parties as well as the record of if they follow those platforms. Also, each candidate needs to be evaluated as well as some identify with one party, but often violate their platform and go against the party as well as the desires of the ones who voted for them.

There is no such thing as secular and sacred. Everyone has a worldview from which all of their actions and interactions in life are based. It may be theistic or atheistic/humanistic with many variations of views within those parameters. I do not expect those who hold a non-theistic worldview to legislate from a theistic perspective though a person who believes in Intelligent Design might hold some similar views as a theist though ID is not a theistic ideology. There are some very diverse theistic groups and I would not expect a non-Christian theist to legislate from a Christian worldview though they may also share some similar beliefs. I would absolutely expect someone with an Orthodox Christian worldview to legislate from that perspective.

That said, I fully expect an Orthodox Christian to have an Orthodox Christian worldview and vote using that perspective. Let me clarify that by using Orthodox I am not referring to the Russian or Eastern Orthodox Church or variants of those groups. I am referring to those who beliefs are based upon the Word alone. The word Fundamental has taken a bad connotation in the past few decades, but then “Reading Is Fundamental” or basic. An orthodox Christian worldview is based upon the faith once delivered to the saints who believes in the verbal-plenary inspiration of Scriptures using a historical-grammatical interpretation of those Scriptures to formulate their theology. More than one group can be orthodox according to that short definition.

So, if you believe that every word in the fullness of its meaning was inspired by God (verbal-plenary) then the Bible says what God says and God means what He says. Thus, it behooves us to interpret it properly because our opinion means nothing since it is His Word and His universe.

Again, for brevity, which I am a bit past brief and on my way to a treatise, I will only deal with one political issue. Indeed, I believe it to be the prime issue to judge a party by though there are a myriad of issues. That prime issue is abortion.

As you see, I am a KJV man for reasons we will not go into here, but you will need a copy to follow me. There are many free copies online since it is in the public domain except for some annotated or study versions.

There are nineteen verses and twenty uses of the phrase innocent blood. God is not keen about innocent blood being shed. Indeed, Cain shed innocent blood as the first sibling sin. In those verse God promises judgment on the people who shed innocent blood as well as those who do nothing about it. It is one of the seven things God calls an abomination in one passage. You can look these it. It is easy.

Innocent means just that. There is no blood more innocent than that of an infant in the womb. He has done no evil and knows no commandments to break so though he/she has the sin nature they are innocent. There is no getting around it. Only a heartless, evil heart can see this any other way. God did not call a clump of cells when He called Jeremiah. He called him to ministry before he was even conceived because God knew life began at conception because He created it that way. Indeed, Adam’s body was formed first and then the breath of life was breathed into him. At conception the body is created by biology and a soul is given it at that time. Everything after that is just growth.

Exodus 21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Notice God does not give any weeks where it doesn’t matter. The woman is obviously pregnant. Two men are fighting and somehow the woman gets hurt whatever happens to the child happens to the person that caused the issue. If she delivers early and all is well he is severely punished and pays a fine. If the child dies, he dies and so on. God takes innocent blood or life very seriously. Ripping one out of the womb in pieces He does not take lightly and unless the mother or someone forcing the abortion and the abortionist repent and are saved that child will stand up at the Great White Throne and accuse them of his/her murder.

Question: What Is the Crime of Aiding and Abetting?

“The charge of aiding and abetting can be brought against anyone who directly helps someone else in the commission of a crime, even if they do not participate in the actual crime itself. Specifically, a person is guilty of aiding and abetting if he willfully “aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures” the commission of a crime.

Unlike the crime of accessory, in which someone aids another person who commits a criminal act, the crime of aiding abetting also includes anyone who willfully gets someone else to commit a crime on their behalf.

Whereas an accessory to a crime usually faces lesser punishment than the person who actually committed the crime, someone charged with aiding and abetting is punished as a principal in the crime, just as if they performed it. If anyone “puts into motion” the plan to commit a crime, they can be charged with that crime even if they intentionally refrained from participating in the actual criminal act itself.” from
When a person votes for a person or party that is for shedding innocent blood and they support the process it is much like aiding and abetting. If a person votes for a person or party that sheds innocent blood because they seek some benefit or for some other reason then it is at best being an accessory or at worst aiding and abetting even if they say they do not condone the taking of innocent life.

I know you are going to say that it is not a crime according to human law. Well, slavery was legal in many countries for centuries and is still legal in some. Killing Jews, invalids, mental health patients as well as doing horrible experiments was legal in Nazi Germany. Some countries have been said to use prisoners to harvest organs for sale worldwide as well as other human rights violations they deem legal.
It is legal because the worldview that legalized it was not theistic. Christians and other theistic faith find it immoral and illegal from God’s perspective. That is how we should see it and vote against those who call it legal no matter what benefit we might lose. When we vote for what God calls an abomination, we are fighting against Him. We are actively sinning against Him. It is no different than being a maternal or other fornicator, adulterer or idolater. We have entered into an unequal yoke. We are aiding and abetting or being an accessory to something we say we are against if we truly believe the Word.

Now, where does that leave the pastor and church with members openly aligning themselves with those who support the shedding of innocent blood? We are called to practice the process of reconciliation in Matthew 18. They may be ignorant of what they are doing or just not realizing the import of it and the impact on themselves, the Body and the culture. If the first two steps do not lead the person to repentance then it should be taken to the Church and let the Body shun them.

We already quoted the passage that says we are to judge them within. We do this in humility and love per Galatians because we are also frail and fall in temptations.

2Th 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Yes, shame that we pray leads to repentance, but in America that may be a long shot as when confronted with an issue we tend to just get mad and go to another church or start one. The goal is repentance and reconciliation.

While some will not repent, some will not welcome the repentant sinner back into the fold.

2Co 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

We are always to be welcoming a person home after they get right with God because we must ask forgiveness daily. Having come from a background that created many harsh dictatorial pastors and judgmental members I have seen the wrong end of things. Yet, just as we do not want to be too harsh, we are not called to be lax. God is balanced. He balanced Law and Grace at the Cross. So we must also seek balance in dealing with sin. We do not want people to be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow, but we have erred on the other side and glossed over effects of sin. No one is more thankful than I for 1 John 1:9, but that does not erase the teaching of shunning. If we believe the Word than we need to exercise that faith in all areas of life bringing every thought into captivity and brought into obedience to Christ. When that is happening we will also bring our politics and ballots int obedience voting against evil. Sadly, in our culture we are often voting against the greatest evil as there are no perfectly righteous leaders. Then again, none of our leaders from the beginning have been perfect. Nothing has changed except the evil is clearer now than it has ever been making it unnecessary to be a highly trained theologian to discern it.

As pastor-teachers, we must teach our people the full Gospel in many ways. It is not just for salvation and Heaven or Sundays. It is for 24/7 in all facets of life, If we fail to teach that we are as guilty as those who reject the teaching. We are in tough times and they are going to get tougher. Persecution will come from within the Body as well as from without and the within may be more fierce than that from without at times. If we are faithful to our calling it just goes with the turf. May we do what we need to do and God wrap us in His arms when the storm comes. Maranatha!

Simple and Modest

October 17, 2018

1 Tim 2:9-10
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. KJV

Keep it simple, ladies and gents. Clothes are to keep you warm in the winter and out of jail at all other times. Keep it simple and modest. Modest means more than just covered with a color. If there is not much difference between you being dressed and naked, you are not modest.

Seek Balance

October 17, 2018

A life lived in balance with God will seem off balance to the World as God uses a different scale. Therefore do not seek to be balanced with the World or expect it to understand you.

1Cor 2
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Do Not Pick Green Fruit

October 17, 2018

Ronald Eugene Shultz
October 17, 2016 at 8:14 AM ·

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” – Unknown

Something to be remembered when evangelizing. Just because they say a prayer on the doorstep does not mean they are saved. They may be just trying to get you off their doorstep or saying the prayer to hedge their bets while still maintaining their core beliefs. I am positive that many souls that have been reported as won will be in Hell unless they were truly won later than the time they were reported.

Matt 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

If there is no lasting fruit, albeit small, you have inoculated the person thinking they are saved and made them sealed to Hell, nor Heaven or at best made the next soul winner’s work harder as they have to lead them out of a false conversion into a true one.

I saw much of this in the soul winning while an IFB. Folks would come back from an door-to-door evangelism time saying how many were saved yet the people never came to church, were never baptized and often would not even open the door on a follow up visit or if they did, they made excuses and shut the door as quickly as possible.

I have had many people say the prayer in my ministry, especially in jail, but I cannot say with any certainty that any of them were truly saved. On God knows how many He won through me and how many I sealed to Hell by inoculation. My only hope is where I erred, He sent someone else to clean up my mess and truly win them.

So be careful and be sure you are going in the Spirit and He gives you discern on how to deal with each person and discern when to press on to the prayer or wait until another day. Maranatha!

For What Do You Live

October 17, 2018

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Just as Christ had no will of His own, but lived to fulfill the will of the Father we are to have no will or life of our own but to fulfill the will of Christ since we have His mind. Having His mind we should have His mindset.

Christ is everything and everything else is ancillary. If it is not of Christ’s mind we should avoid it. If it is something that is a part of this earthly life then we must keep it in proper perspective and priority.

Christ is life which means He is above family, career or personal desires and everything else including us. Yes, we technically should be at the bottom of the list and yet so often we are number one. Sometimes we have spiritual moments when we actually move to number two or three, but honestly we are number one far more than we should be or even imagine ourselves to be.

The WWJD deal started out well, but it has become trite and cheap jewelry because often when we think we are asking WWJD we are asking what would I do and how do I coat it in Scripture so it looks like WWJD and not WWID.

What would it look like in your life if you really got a good dose of radical 1st Century faith? Would your career change? Would your church life change? Would you downsize to get out of debt so you have more time and money for Kingdom work? Would you come out of retirement and go on short or long term missions? Would your pastor have a MI because you volunteered for something? Would you really put your spiritual gift to work? Would your spouse and kids wonder who you are? Would people come to Christ and hurt sheep be healed and come back to the fold?

It is great to quote Scripture, but putting it in practice is more difficult. What is life? It is Christ and Him alone. Are you living the real Christian life or just the standard American blah form of Christianity? It is like a sack lunch sometimes. It will keep you from starving to death, but not the best meal you could desire. God has a far better steak meal for us if we will but come and partake.

We want the fire of Pentecost, but we will not provide the fuel God uses and that is our bodies as a living sacrifice. If all who live godly will suffer persecution, what has your faith cost you lately? If everything is flowing just beautifully are you really living like Christ who suffered abuse even when doing good and they eventually crucified Him? The student is not greater than the Master so where are your scars? If you are looking for life’s “sweet spot” is Christ your life or an American mythical Christian life?

For you to live is _____?


Are You Swallowing A Camel

October 16, 2018

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Verse 23 is often use to argue against legalism saying Jesus yelled at them for tithing tiny leaves. That is not completely correct. Jesus did say they got the mint, anise and cummin right. They should tithe every one in every ten leaf of these plants. What His point was that they were so good on the easy stuff, but blew it when it came to the more important or rather weightier points of the law, judgment, mercy and faith.

If there were a gnat in the wine they would strain it out, but if a camel were in it they would just swallow it. As long as you tithed the leaves you could break the law elsewhere, not give justice to someone, be unmerciful and faithless and still be a good Jew.
They were too blind to see they were doing this and yet professing themselves to be guides they do not realize their blindness until they and those who follow them end up in a ditch.
Those groups and preachers that have a dirty dozen of things you must do and cannot do often fall into this category because they major on externals; touch not, taste not, handle not things, but seldom preach on the sins of the inner man like hypocrisy, pride, greed and lust.

Often they produce disciples that are haughty and judgmental justifying or downplaying their own sins of omission and commission while eviscerating those of other people. They are sickly, sallow and shallow Christians that need to spend more time in a mirror then pointing their callous fingers at the unbelievers and struggling Christians.

Don’t be a blind guide. Ask God to open your eyes. You may have some of the externals correct, but unless you have the inner man dedicated to Christ you are not a mature and fruitful Christian, if a Christian at all. Maranatha!

Harambee Heals

October 12, 2018

The older I get the more I realize that those who shout racism and intolerance the loudest are merely projecting their own issues onto others and promoting an agenda.

I have always been a defender of the underdog because I have often been the underdog myself so I can see through those eyes.

That being said, what I have seen in the last ten or twenty years is not the cry of the underdogs seeking their voices to be heard. It is emotional manipulation and political palaver coated in a veneer of social concern with no real solutions, only angst and sometimes ridiculous demands.

Are their ignorant and insane people who look at color and disdain a fellow human? Yes, and they come in all colors and both genders. Will that ever end? Not until the end of the Millennium and a new earth and heaven is created. Let the majority work together to make a symphony of harmony so loud that it drowns out those few sour notes that will never fit into any real composition that resembles sanity.

Sadly, we will have poor people always. Some are self-made by poor decisions and failure to take responsibility for their own actions thus they will always live below their potential blaming others as they live in chaos and depression.

Some are caused by the swings of economics. They barely make it in the boon times and when things turn downward they are in worse trouble and when the boon comes back they play catch up, but never catch up before the next down time. That is an unfortunate state of life that has been from the Fall.

Sometimes it is living beyond your means in the boon and sometimes there is little that a person can do based upon their skills. Those without skills we work with to give a hand up rather than a hand out. Some people are content to live off of the generosity of others and those we must not enable. They will only hurt the ones truly needing help by their use of resources they do not really need as they could care for themselves.

Many in the world live in poverty because of bad social constructs that leave people in groups that are never allowed to rise upon their birth situation. Education and jobs are withheld from them. Until that construct is changed their plight will never be resolved.

Others live in repressive cultures where the dictators use all the country’s resources and intentionally leave their people in poverty as a control method or merely because of the megalomania of their leader(s). Unless the world engages and changes those conditions there is no hope for the poor.

While things are not perfect in America, because it is populated by imperfect people, we are in far better shape than many places in the world. Most of our poor are educated, sheltered, fed and clothed either by local and national charities or by the government.

Our poor are fat compared to the poor in other countries where the bellies bulge from malnutrition not because of excess of calories. Most of our poor can read and can rise above their situation if they choose to do so and do what it takes to change. Many people around the world have no means of effecting positive change in their lives and lifestyle.

Despite the allegations of being a repressive racist country, we have minorities in every level of government, education and industry.

In a truly repressive caste culture, that could not happen. In a truly fascist country, protests that break out in violence would be handled swiftly with leaders disappearing and deadly force used without any restraint. Considering the riots we have seen as well as the comments openly made inciting riots and even murder it is quite obvious that we are not a fascist country, but rather a country being attacked by fascism.

I was an avid member of the “burn, Baby, burn” generation until my tour of duty in Thailand. What I saw their made me very appreciative of what I had and have here.

I would love to take the leaders of the “resistance” to rural Thailand or somewhere in Africa or South America and allow them to live like the natives for ninety days. If they do not come back wanting to do positive things to improve what we have rather then engaging in negative actions and rhetoric then I would have to say they are entirely imprisoned by their indoctrination or in need of mental health care. The worst day in the US for anyone is better than the best day for most of the world.

Perhaps the national motto of Kenya says it best. Harambee means to pull together. One of my military units chose to use that instead of Hooah. Indeed, if a military unit does not pull together it will be destroyed. We need to quit playing tug-o-war and all of us start pulling together to solve real problems with real solutions. That cannot be done by what we see happening now. We are only hurting ourselves by this division.

Harambee! Maranatha!

Do Not Be A CINO

October 12, 2018

As I read Catholic and Evangelical leaders trying to “exhort” their congregants to vote against Pro-Abortion candidates, I wonder if they have figured out that many will turn a deaf ear. Just as we have RINOs and DINOS we have RCINOs, BINOs, PINOs, LINOs, etc. To simplify it, CINOs or Christians in name only.

There are many Christians who do not know their bible because they do not read it or they do not read it in context. They are what we called when I was a Baptist SMOs and C&E Christians. Sunday Morning Only and Christmas and Easter Christians. You can add weddings and funerals to that as well.

Indeed, many churches have adapted to this and have dumped Sunday night and Wednesday night services. No sense in turning on the AC and burning the lights for an empty room. Some do have other activities on Sunday nights that are not at the building so for those who have those put down the wooden stake, crosses and holy water. You know I am stating general truth and there are always exceptions.

Christianity is just a tag or hash tag for many. It’s something that they got when they were born or got married and is just a tick on their to do list for Sunday, but it is not a high priority. They will be in church if nothing if the fish aren’t biting or there is no sports event. It has very little impact on their life.

Some sit under false prophets or in dead or apostate churches and do not know it. They could not debate the doctrines of their church as they may have no idea what the tenets of their church are and they may not care as attending where they are makes them feel good or it is where their friends hang out on Sunday and they go to lunch together afterwards. It is a good place to market your business or find a mate so the teachings are not the main reason they go.

Many have convictions that are not based on Scripture and they will not vote for anyone who does not have all of their convictions hence they do not vote at all no matter who is running because no one will have all of those convictions and if they did, they could not win. This culture is more and more secular so biblical values are not valued in a candidate.

Indeed, the opposite is true. It reminds me of the story of a tribe in the Pacific who thought Judas was a hero when then heard the Gospel. Their cultural beliefs honored betrayal and manipulation making it quite the challenge to show Judas as the bad guy. Like the old gray mare, church and this country ain’t what they used to be many long years ago.

While I believe that we need to exhort our people to look to their faith and vote accordingly, we need to be sure our people know what their faith group teaches and find out if they actually believe it. It might be interesting if you created a handout with your church’s beliefs on one side and on the other the opposite positions as well as a tick mark space for “Don’t Know” “Either or Neither”. You may be very shocked.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Sometimes, it is the pastor’s fault that people do not know any better because he is not teaching them the truth, Yet, they are not excused.

2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

When we stand before God, we will not be asked what our leaders did with the Word, but rather what we did with it. Despite your upbringing and cultural perspectives, you are commanded to do your own due diligence.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

I often told my hearers/readers to go home and study to make sure I knew what i was talking about rather than just quoting Chairman Ron and putting my quips in a little red book. If I am wrong, do not leave me in my ignorance, but bring me solid exegesis, not your opinion, your Mama’s or Grand-mama’s opinion or even Dr. Goodwords’ opinion on YouTube. Because no opinions count except His.

So leaders, exhort your people to study and pray for revival as revival is the only thing that will save this nation and others. From a human perspective, we can do the best we can in the ballot box, but for the best He can do we need to be in the prayer room. Maranatha!