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AN ABSENCE OF MEN OF GOD


AN ABSENCE OF MEN OF GOD

 

Moses, after leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, comes to Mount Sinai.   There he leaves the camp and heads up to the top of the mountain to receive the 10 commandments straight from the hand of God.  . While “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” what Moses held in his hands was actually inscribed by God. Don’t forget too, Moses had been away for a full forty days. Notice what happens while he’s gone.

(1) “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”

If you know anything about your Bible you know that Moses is a type of the Law.   He was God’s mouthpiece and in his absence, the people grew restless and reverted back to their old ways.

Notice: the difference between Moses and Aaron.  Moses was the one who told the people what to do.  But the people wanted somebody they could manipulate so they came to Aaron.

(2)  “And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.”

Notice: Who was wearing the earrings: “Wives…sons…daughters.”  But it doesn’t say the men were wearing them.  And I still don’t believe men ought to wear earrings.  Only fags and sailors wear earrings – so if you’re not wearing an eye patch or sporting a peg leg I’ll just have to wonder about you!

Notice: The first thing their new Associate Pastor wanted was their Gold.   You’d better watch a man that talks about money all the time. I watch preachers on TV and its almost like watching a Christian soap opera.   They’ve got this crisis approach to raising money. But as it usually happens, false prophets have no trouble raising money and so it was in verse 3…

(3)  “And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.”

Moses had only been gone a little over a month but they’d already begun a new building project.   And here comes Aaron with a golden calf in verse 4. That was the false god they worshipped down in Egypt.  And that brings us to our subject: an absence of men of God. In the absence of David and his men – enemies came, burnt down Ziklag, and their wives got carried away.   In the absence of Jesus, Peter said, “Phooey on this whole thing, I’m going fishing!” In the absence of Moses, Israel went back into idolatry.  To say the least it left a bad taste in their mouth when Moses ground that calf up into powder and made them drink it!

In John 4:23 Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman.   She kept trying to change the subject away from her sinful lifestyle and she brought up the issue of where one ought to worship.   Jesus told her in verse 22, ‘Lady, you don’t even know what you’re worshipping.’ “…We know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth…” If you’ll notice the word “spirit” there you’ll see it is lowercase – indicating not the Holy Spirit, but our spirit.  There are many charismatic outfits out there that have the “spirit” of worship down pat, but they lack Truth!

Why?  Because they lack true Men of God! Hey, man’s going to worship something – it’s just in his nature. But it’s important what you worship.   The Muslims worship but they worship a dead god. The Buddhists worship but God only knows what.

And in the absence of men like Moses, the people went back to worshipping the same old bull.

Did you know the Rick Gage Organization made this statement: “There will be many different churches and denominations involved, but there should never be a time in the Crusade process that theological differences will be an issue.”   Does that mean Gage thinks that Baptists, Mormons, and Catholics all believe the same thing about salvation?   You’ve got to be retarded to believe something like that!

You say, “How can you preach against a crusade that touched so many hearts?”    Lady, they were all a little bit touched before they got there!   But if you want to talk about the heart, I’ll tell you what the Bible says about the heart “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9)

Now I’ve been accused of portraying God as a Mean and Vindictive Deity. But that’s just because people don’t like to be told they’re wrong.   Everybody agrees that we need policemen.   But Policemen stop people for speeding all the time and hear this, “Why don’t you stop some of these people out here who’re really breaking the law?”  And people don’t mind you preaching against sin, but they don’t like it when you preach on sins they actually commit!

I’ve caught some flack over criticizing the Rick Gage concert. (An ecumenical gathering in Gaffney)  They tell us: “Sinners Will Be Turned Away by Christians’ Disagreeing.” The problem is they do not know the Bible or history.  D. L. Moody went to a temperance meeting but he would not sit on the same platform with a Unitarian preacher.  Do you think that kept Moody from winning souls? Billy Sunday fought the liquor traffic and worldliness. But that didn’t keep from winning souls. At the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, John R. Rice said Gypsy Smith’s eyes were afire with a holy indignation as he watched the preachers on the platform.  He’d had enough and yelled out, “You (don’t) believe in the virgin birth of Christ? Hypocrite! Get out of the pulpit!”  But did that keep him from winning souls?  No it didn’t.

My Grandpa taught me there was virtue in being plain.  He told me the story of two men driving down the road.  They came to a stop sign and the driver couldn’t see around the corner so he asked the passenger, “Is anything coming?”  The passenger looked and said, “Just a big ol dog.”  They pulled out and got hit by a Greyhound!  What was the problem?   He wasn’t specific enough!   And there are a lot of preachers out there who’ll preach on sin, but they won’t tell you what it is! But it always pays to be plain.

My brother and his wife came to hear me preach one time while they were still in a Southern Baptist Church.  And I slandered the convention.  I raked that thing over the coals!  I invited him back a few weeks later but he said he wouldn’t come just to be embarrassed again.  Yes it made him mad.  But it was right and look at him now.  Sitting in an Independent Baptist Church. He’s got a King James Bible. He’s a God called, Independent, fundamental, shingle-pulling, fire-breathing, Baptist preacher.   Don’t tell me preaching against sin doesn’t work.

I read where around 60 different churches are involved with this “Go Tell” crusade.  They said they had 4,000 people Sunday.   That sounds like a lot of people.  But when you divide 4,000 by 60 churches that’s only 66 people from each church.   But a fellow in the paper named Dr. French O’Shields said the Go Tell crusade, might be “most important event to ever occur in Cherokee County.”   And what a sad commentary if it is!  I see signs on Methodist Churches, Lutheran Churches, and so-called Baptist Churches. They’ve put great amounts of time and energy into this project.   And they’ve got a real burden for souls.  But to my knowledge, not one person from any of these churches has ever knocked on my door at any time and tried to win me to Jesus.   That’s astounding since I’ve lived here for twenty-five years.

Other than advertising and maybe throwing a dollar or two into an offering plate now and then, what are these Churches doing to “Go Tell” anybody, anything?  They may talk about breaking down racial and denominational barriers but what about economic?  Will they bus any children in from Happy Valley?   If they care so much about souls, how many Crusade flyers and Gospel tracts have they passed out in Connecticut Village?

Don’t get me wrong; I hope the whole county gets saved.  God knows they need to. But it seems like most churches only get active when something new comes along.   Whatever happened to old-fashioned door-to-door witnessing?   John the Baptist didn’t offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach.   Jesus never said, “Use the latest fads to attract people to your churches.”   He said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15).  We have an individual responsibility not only to win souls to Christ, but to disciple them as well.  (Mt 28:20).  We are to confront people with their sins and not comfort them in their sins.   We’re to make the Gospel available. But God help the low down sorry preacher who tries to make the Gospel acceptable to this ungodly world.

Real Baptists detest Calvinism. We’re not Calvinistic in our Theology.    But why don’t we admit it, we are Calvinistic in our evangelism.   We say God can save anybody and we leave it entirely up to Him to do it.   What I mean is, we never go out in to the highways and hedges, we don’t compel sinners to come in like we once did!   Where’s our burden for lost souls?   Where’s our broken heart for that soul nearest Hell? Baptists are so slack, most people think we’re Jehovah’s Witnesses when we knock on their door!

Much more I could say but in Ex 32:9 God saw what was going on.

(9-10)And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.”

Moses pleads with God on behalf of the people and God’s anger seems to cool off.  And in verse 17 Moses and Joshua were making their way down the mountain…

(17)And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.”

But Moses said, “That’s not a war cry.” Look at the last few words in verse 18.   He said, that’s “the noise of them that sing” You ought to underline that in your Bible. Because that wasn’t a song of Redemption they were singing. When Israel went through the midst of the Red Sea and came out on the other side – its recorded “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel…” They sang and Praised God for bringing them out. Joshua was familiar with the Song of Deliverance. But when Joshua was coming down the mountain, he didn’t hear Amazing Grace playing.  It didn’t sound like the Old Rugged Cross. But Moses recognized as the music they’d learned down in Egypt. That’s that stinking Contemporary Egyptian Music.

WHILE MOSES WAS AWAY THEY’D GONE BACK TO PLAYING THE SAME MUSIC.

You know something I never could get into is this contemporary Christian Music. The musicians just strike me as people who couldn’t make it in the real music world. I never did like 7-11 music.  (7 words repeated 11 times.) I hate to hear a woman whisper in the microphone like she’s some kind of Christian Phone Sex operator.   But this Sensual Dead-as-Hell, God-is-my-girlfriend music is taking over!

Somebody asked me why I didn’t take the youth to the Rick Gage concert.   Well, one reason is they had the Praise Band from Restoration there.   They say, “We’re using today’s music to draw people in” And that proves they’re not singing to God, they’re more interested in making some kind of worldly siren song.   But Ps 96:1 says, “O sing unto the LORD a new song.”

They say, “We’re trying to reach people thru song.”   And that proves they don’t know a thing about the Bible. It didn’t please God by the foolishness of singing to save people. It pleased God “by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” And a lot of what’s called “Christian” music today, reminds me of what Joshua said of Backslid Israel. It just sounds like a bunch of noise to me.

Not only did Israel go back to playing the same music and worshipping the same bull, they also went back to WEARING THE SAME THINGS.

Vs. 25 says they were naked! (And that’s a bad thing because they were just about to get blistered by Moses.) But all thru the Bible, especially the NT, when people met Jesus they put some clothes on. After Jesus cast that legion of demons out of the demoniac in Mark 5, they found him sitting, clothed and in his right mind.  Peter was fishing one day when they noticed Jesus on the shore.  When Peter realized it was the Lord, do you know what the first thing he did was?  He put his coat on b/c he was naked!  Before I got saved, I went to nightclubs that had more dress standards than some churches.

Drive by some of these “Growing Churches” sometime. You can’t tell if they’re going to Church or Six Flags.  Hey, I don’t know a thing about what Sanders preaches and God knows I’m not for staying in Church till 2 O’clock Sunday afternoon, but if you want to see how Christians should dress, just drive by Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday morning.  Some of them are a little more extravagant than others, But I’m not telling you to dress like some 1970’s pimp – I’m just saying wear your best to the House of God!

What was Israel’s problem?  They lacked a Godly spiritual influence. Have you reverted back to some of your old ways? You know, it’s not always the Man of God’s fault. In fact, every one of us will give an account of himself to God. You know what you ought to do?   You ought to surround yourself by people who spiritually intimidate you.   Men who aren’t afraid to draw a line in the sand.

(26) Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”

In Matthew 15 a Canaanite woman came to Jesus wanting help.  But Jesus said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  Then He called her a dog! Can’t you just hear the people gathered round that day? “I don’t believe Jesus loves people!”   I imagine some of the Israelites thought Moses was a little too critical. But Moses didn’t care. He wasn’t there to win friends and influence people.  He was there to lay the law down. No doubt years later, Joshua had this incident in mind when he said, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve;”

You know, in between the gospels and the OT, there’s a space of about 400 years of prophetic silence.  There was no open vision.  No real move of God.  But all of a sudden a burning and a shining light bursts on the scene and his name is John the Baptist!  Jesus said he was the greatest Prophet who ever lived. Maybe the reason he shone so brightly was because the times were so dark. And I believe God’s still able to raise up a mighty prophet in these last dark days we’re living in! God give us some men like Moses and Joshua and David!

I still like that story how D. L. Moody saw a plaque on the wall one day that changed his life.  It said, “It’s yet to be seen what could be done with one man who is completely yielded to God.”  And thought God used him in a mighty way, I believe he testified later that he was not that man. So it still remains to be seen what could be done with one young man or one young woman who’ll surrender all. God’s not looking for MEN He’s looking for A MAN.

I read somewhere that a star can burn out today up in the sky, but it may take 50 years before we stop seeing its light.   And many Christians who were on fire not long ago are simply coasting now. But aren’t you tired of running on past blessings?

You know studying this thing about The Absence of Men of God has pricked my own heart.   Before I ever preached it to you, The Holy Ghost preached it to me. God knows I’ve failed to be the preacher and the Christian I ought to be.  Aren’t you tired of low living? Are you ready to cross that line?  If so, then with a broken heart and on bended knee – call on God to stir your heartstrings again.

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October 28, 2008 - Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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