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More Compromising: Billy Graham, God, & George Bush


Reading George Bush’s new book Decision Points, I was shocked to read Billy Graham’s answer to Bush Sr.’s question.  He basically asked, “Is it essential to be born again?” You’ll have to read this for yourself…Its unbelievable!  

In the summer of 1985, we took our annual trip to Maine. Mother and Dad had invited the great evangelical preacher Billy Graham. Dad had asked him to answer some questions from the family after dinner.  That was typical of Dad, always willing to share.

It  would  have  sent  a  signal  of importance  to  have  had  Billy  to  himself,  but  that  is  not George H.W. Bush. He is a generous man, devoid of a big ego.  So  there  we  sat,  about  thirty  of  us—Laura,  my grandmother,  brothers  and  sister,  first  and  second  cousins —in  the  large  room  at  the  end  of  the  house  on Walker’s Point.

The first question was from Dad.  He said, “Billy, some people say you have to have a born-again experience to go to heaven.  Mother [my grandmother] here is the most religious, kind person I know, yet she has had no born-again experience. Will she go to heaven?

Wow, pretty profound question from the old man.

We all looked at Billy.  In his quiet, strong voice, he replied, “George, some of us require a born-again experience to understand God, and some of us are born Christians.  It sounds as if your mom was just born a Christian.” (Pgs. 48-49 of the Ebook)

Hopefully, Bush misremembers Graham’s exact words.  Otherwise, this is compromise of the nth degree!

Jesus said, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) It’s imperative.  It’s essential.  There’s no getting around it.  “…Ye MUST be born again.” (John 3:7)

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Fags


Fags

“THOU SHALT NOT lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” Leviticus 18:22-25

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G.A.Y. = "Got AIDS Yet?"

I believe the up and coming generation needs to know, that men of God hold these individuals in derision.  They need to know what a terrible abomination this is in the eyes of God.  I detest being around Sodomites; they make me uncomfortable.  I don’t like Chihuahuas.  I just don’t like anything sissy!

There are many slang terms used to indicate a sodomite: fag, queer, fairy, etc.  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary does not even contain the word ‘Homosexual’.  But it does define Sodomite as: (1) An inhabitant of Sodom or (2) One guilty of sodomy.  Since the term “sodomite” is used, even after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, definition one need not be considered.

Furthermore, sodomy is defined as ‘a crime against nature!’   Sodomy not only makes God sick, but Scripture implies that the land vomits at its very presence! “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” (Lev 18:25) Is it any wonder that California often convulses as would a man with upset stomach?  Why does the land vomit?  Because sodomy is a crime against nature!

When one attempts to defy the law of gravity by jumping off a cliff, they suffer the consequences.  When two men get together and try to do what only man and wife were designed to do, they too will suffer the consequences.

Whether or not AIDS is God’s judgment on the sin of homosexuality I do not know.  However, I am sure God is aware of the CDC’s recent statistics.  On table 22 of their website the following information is available.  Of white men with AIDS in the United States, it is estimated that 76% were men who have sex with men.  Furthermore, add that to the 10% of men who have sex with men and inject drugs.

In the Bible, we have God’s disclosure of His will.  Within the pages of Scripture we may peer into the mind of an Omnipotent God.  In the Bible we are warned, “Be not deceived!”  Could it be that some well-meaning ‘Christians’ are deceived?  A person is deceived when they see nothing wrong with two men getting married, or two women having sex.  Even with this sinful lifestyle becoming more and more tolerated, God still calls it an ‘abomination’ (Le 20:13).  Nevertheless, “God is not mocked!”

funny_signIs AIDS God’s judgment on the perverts of America?  Probably!  The reality that God has not already rained down fire and brimstone on our darling nation proves that He is a loving God, and not that he condones a tainted standard of living.

Alongside I-85, a billboard advocating tolerance of sodomy says, “Gay or straight…All…equal.” This is of course a reference to the Declaration of Independence.  However, it is interesting to note, they left out ‘created’ equal on their little sign!  While I would partially agree with our founding fathers that all men are created equal, I would argue that all men do not remain that way!

All men are born into sin.  You need not teach a baby to lie, it will learn on its own.  That is natural. Children must be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the lord, because sin comes naturally to all.  When an attractive yet scantily clothed woman walks by, a man’s ‘natural’ instinct is to look and lust after her.  That’s natural, but that doesn’t make it right!  Even if sodomites are ‘born that way,’ and even if they don’t have the slightest affection for the opposite sex; that still does not excuse what God calls an abomination!

Despite arguments to the contrary, the sin of sodomy is far from natural!  As mentioned before, Webster defines sodomy as a ‘crime against nature!’  Romans 1:26 refers to it as “That which is against nature.”  Vs. 27 says it’s an “…Error…” and “…Unseemly…” Vs. 28, Paul said these people “…do those things which are not convenient.” And, finally in Vs. 31 they’re “…without natural affection.”

In 2nd Kings 23:7, the Bible says Josiah “…Brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD…” – In Josiah’s time, the Sodomites had come out of the closet and settled down right beside the Church.  And today we see the same thing happening!  Perverts, no longer want merely to be left alone, they want to be accepted.  They’re not concerned with simply being tolerated anymore; they want us to embrace their perverted lifestyle.  I don’t care if they move in beside the parsonage and paint the house pink. I’ll point next door and tell my children, ‘Those people are wicked as Hell!’

You can’t show me a single instance where Jesus ever witnessed to a sodomite or a lesbian.  In all 66 books, God never sent the homosexuals a prophet.   But before you accuse me of being unloving: I have witnessed to several of them before.  I’m just saying that I’m not planning on going into “fag evangelism.”   Can you imagine setting up a rainbow-colored tent at all of the rest areas? I can’t fathom it but I do witness to them.  Have you ever witnessed to one?  By that I mean, have you ever showed them from the Scriptures that they’re at enmity with God and must needs repent or perish?  Have you ever done that for anybody?

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Bible, Death, funny, God, Guidance, humor, Jesus, politics, preacher, Religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Abortion: I’m Against It


ABORTION

&

Why I’m Against It


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Burned by the saline solution used to abort her, this precious 4-½ month (2nd trimester) old baby girl lies dead. Slaughtered and chemically cooked alive at the hands of a money hungry, Godless, doctor.

Does the new Health care bill provide funding for abortion at the expense of taxpayers?  The answer would have to be “Yes” regardless of what promises Obama made to Bart Stupak.  If you’ve not read the bill yet (who has?) you can find a copy of it here.

On pg. 591 it appears they are going to use tax dollars to give “postpartum” counseling to women who abort their babies.  I mean, that’s what it looks like to me. The dad blame thing is over 2000 pages long and there could be something amending that language but, that’s how I read it. These people are sick in the head. They’re going to make us pay to kill babies then provide counseling if the woman feels bad about it!  Talk about adding insult to injury!

Abortion is wicked and “God is angry with the wicked every day.” “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…”

(Read the rest of the passage for yourself.  I’m going to park on that last point.)

More than 42 million unborn babies have lost their lives since the US Supreme Court decided on January 22, 1973, that women have a constitutionally protected right to have an abortion On average, 3,836 pre-born babies have been routinely eliminated every day for thirty years. That means since 1973, unwanted babies have had their lives ended at an average rate of 2.5 per minute, 160 per hour, and 1,400,000 a year.

To those that claim the name of Christ, don’t even pretend to care about this issue unless you are registered to vote. If you’re not doing everything you can to get these bunch of fag-loving baby-killers out of office, you should be ashamed to call yourself a Christian.


WOULD YOU CONSIDER HAVING AN ABORTION IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS?

  1. There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 children, and now she finds out she’s pregnant with the 15TH. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending an abortion?
  2. The father is sick with a bad cold; the mother has tuberculosis (TB). They have 4 children. The 1st is blind, the 2nd is dead, the 3rd is deaf, and the 4th has TB. She finds out that she’s pregnant again. Given this extreme situation, would you consider recommending an abortion?
  3. A white man has raped a 13-year-old black girl, and she became pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider an abortion?
  4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s engaged but her fiancé is not the father and now he’s thinking about calling off the marriage.

Would you consider an abortion under any of these circumstances? If you said yes to the first case, you just killed John Wesley, one of the greatest evangelists of the nineteenth century. If you said yes to the second case, you killed Ludwig van Beethoven. If you said yes to the third case, you killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer. And, if you said yes to the fourth case, you killed Jesus Christ.


Closing Remarks

In conclusion, if you are a woman who’s had an abortion, as horrible as it is, God still wants to forgive you. If you’re not saved, there’s a God in Heaven Who’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Two thousand years ago, God sent His only-begotten Son down to this sin-cursed world we live in. He didn’t come to be worshipped necessarily; He came to be a sacrifice for all mankind. After all, someone has to pay for your sins. That’s why Christ died. He died in our place, suffered our shame, and bore our sins. If you reject Christ’s offer to put your sins under His blood and hide them from Holy eyes of our God, you will spend eternity in Hell. How do you come to Christ? You come with a simple, child-like faith. “Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Find out what God’s Word says, then call on God the best way you know how – Repent of your sins – and put your faith in what Jesus did on the cross! (2Cor 5:21) After you get saved, join a local, Independent, fundamental, Bible believing, King-James-only, soul winning, Baptist Church. I highly recommend my home Church: Tabernacle Baptist

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Bible, Death, Depression, God, Guidance, Jesus, Obama, politics, preacher, Religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Jails to Jesus


MY TESTIMONY

By:  Jason W. Elder

My name is Jason Elder and on October 29th 1980 I was born right here in Gaffney South Carolina.  I know many people who blame their shortcomings on their parents but I can’t do that.  I have some of the best parents in the world.  My dad was a Highway Patrolman for 14 years and then the Chief of Police in Blacksburg for several more.  My mom worked at Hamrick’s for a number of years and currently runs her own business.

My mom brought me to church a lot when I was younger.  I went forward after service once and talked to the pastor about getting “baptized.”  We prayed a prayer and I was baptized not long afterward.  I’m sure he did everything he could to point me in the right direction but looking back, I just didn’t get it.

Yes, in the beginning I had an interest in church like never before, but it just didn’t last.  The whole experience reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the seed that fell on stony ground.  It was so quick to spring up but when the Sun was risen it withered away just as quickly because it had no root.[1]

I’ve always been an introvert and shy by nature but that was okay with me.  I didn’t really care what other people thought about me anyhow.  In fact, I didn’t even start combing my hair until seventh grade.  But as a teenager I became more and more concerned with what people thought of me.

Truth be known, that’s probably the biggest appeal drugs and alcohol had for me: they took away my inhibitions.l_16979768e35398fc887557351b43d00d

The first time I ever smoked marijuana was in the 10th grade.  And while I liked getting high, I didn’t like the smell of it.  If any of you ever been around someone smoking pot (and some of you look like you have) it has a very strong odor and knowing I had to come home to a house full of cops that always made me a little bit paranoid.  Just by walking through the door I was subjecting myself to a sobriety test.  I guess that’s why started messing around with pills: Xanax, Lortab, methadone etc. I even started selling a few here and there.  It started out being just for fun but pretty soon I was addicted not just to the pills but to the lifestyle of a drug dealer.

I kinda liked it when people would notice that my beeper was blowing up.  I was hanging out with some of the most popular kids in school.  I knew they really didn’t care a thing about me, but hey, everybody likes to feel needed.

Around my senior year in high school a young man brought me a sample of something his dad had cooked up at home called meth.

I didn’t know it at the time, but he’d just introduced me to something 10 times worse than all the pills I’d ever taken.  By the end of that summer I was using every day: smoking, snorting, and even shooting it up.  After I got in good with the cook I started selling it but unlike the pills I sold just for the heck of it, I was selling meth to support my own habit.  I can’t tell you how many hundreds of dollars worth of powder I went through but I gave Johnson & Johnson a run for their money.  That’s just what I used, God only knows how much I sold.

But all that “fun” took me to the same place most junkies find themselves…jail!  I was facing Federal and local charges and my life was in a mess.  Sometime during this process I picked up a Bible and read through it in less than 8 weeks.  I couldn’t believe it was actually interesting!  When I was released, I was placed on house arrest.  The Federal Government thought so much of me they gave me a cute little ankle bracelet to wear!  For six months I was allowed to go to church only once on Sunday morning.  I could go to all the Narcotics Anonymous meetings I wanted to, but Church only once a week.

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The church my family was going to at the time was a cold, dead, liberal, Southern Baptist Church (as the picture represents).  The pastor was a Calvinist and it showed in his preaching.  I thought if this is all Church has to offer I’d be better off not going.

But then, one of my friends overdosed on painkillers.  Michael Williams laid in a coma for about week and died just after Christmas.  Still on the ankle monitor I went to the funeral home where they were receiving friends. Among the mourners I spotted a familiar older gentleman in the crowd, it was Pastor Lewis Batchelor from Open Door Baptist Church.

Several years prior, I had dated a girl that attended his church.  As two lost young teenagers, one day, we were sitting on the second pew from the front.  We were holding hands and passing little notes to each other.  We didn’t have a care in the world.  But all that would soon end!  Before I could get my thoughts together, in front of God and everybody, that old gray-haired man came out from behind the pulpit, jumped off the platform, straddled the pew in front of us, looked me dead in the eyes, and said, “Are you saved son?”  Before I could get the lump out of my throat, he looked down and saw we were holding hands.  He physically separated our hands that day and after scolding us both for being too close for his liking, he briefly lectured the young lady why she should never date anyone that’s lost.  I didn’t have enough hide left to close my eyes!  But even as a lost teenager I appreciated someone that had enough guts to tell me what was right!

Anyway, at the funeral, I talked to Pastor Batchelor briefly then spoke with Michael’s dad and step-mom.  I was doing a good job at keeping back the tears, but I couldn’t do it much longer.  I left off talking with his parents and headed for the door.  But somebody stopped me before I left!

It was Preacher Batchelor!  3295_1081054466467_1229465601_30345208_3992325_nWhen I broke down weeping he hugged me and tried to comfort me.  I don’t remember what he said to me, I just remember he was there when I needed him.  When Sunday rolled around, I started thinking about that little old church on the other side of town.  I remembered the friendly people and the plain preaching.   I literally begged my mom and dad to take me to Open Door Baptist Church.  I don’t remember whether mom or dad went with me.  All I remember is how happy everyone was that I came.

For six months I went to Church every Sunday morning but one.  I was saved, born again, on a Wednesday night in March 2001.  Not long after that, my dad got saved!  We were both baptized on Easter Sunday!    I was so overwhelmed by the grace of God that brought me salvation that I took all my ambitions, my plans, and my life and with joy placed them at the Master’s disposal.

Much has transpired since that day.  The Lord has been so good that I cannot possibly list all the blessings He has sent my way.  I only wish to encourage you not to give up hope on a loved one or friend who may be struggling with the same things I did.  There’s a God in heaven Who specializes in lost causes.  If He can save me He can save anybody.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Cor 5:17)

Jason W. Elder

Assistant Pastor

Tabernacle Baptist Church

Gaffney SC


[1] “And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.” (Mark 4:5-6)

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Addiction, Bible, Death, God, Guidance, Jesus, preacher, Religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Is There Fire in Hell?


Is There Fire in Hell?

Yes!  don’t let the educated idiots with alphabets attatched to the end of their names divert you away from the simple truth of a literal, burning, Bible Hell.

The Bible says this about the Rich man.

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Lu 16:23)

Doesn’t sound like a man who ceased to exist does it?

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this FLAME.” (Lu 16:24)

Its amazing what Theological gymnastics these so-called scholars attempt, when trying to deny that Hell is really the Hell Jesus preached.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, preacher, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Pulpit Humor


Pulpit Humor

Quips

  • I’ve got more nerve than a root canal.
  • It’s better to be one-sided than two-faced!
  • If that don’t light your fire, your wood must be wet.
  • I’m so narrow-minded I can see through a keyhole with both eyes.
  • “I drink 32 oz of “I don’t give a rip” every morning!” Phil Kidd
  • “His tonus is mono and his tempus is longus.” Calvin Miller
  • “A lexicon?  Is that the little green guy that hides his gold at the end of a rainbow?”

Genuine Sermon
A noted preacher, James Gray, was asked, “Where did you get that sermon?”  He answered, “I admit I milked 20 cows, but I made my own butter!”

Nothing Personal
I hope you didn’t take it personally, Reverend,” an embarrassed woman said after church service, “when my husband walked out during your sermon.”  “Well, I did find it rather disconcerting,” the preacher replied.  “It’s not a reflection on you, sir,” insisted the churchgoer.  “Ralph has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.”

Hard Preaching
Talk about hard preaching – When Jesus got done preaching that crowd said, “Who then can be saved?”
(Matt 19:25)

Clean as a Whistle
When something is really clean we say “It’s clean as a whistle!” The reason a whistle is so clean is because it’s been blown out so many times.

Mellow Fellow
You say you’re not a compromiser; that you’ve just mellowed with age. But things turned mellow right before they spoil.

Compliments

“A Scotch woman said to her minister, “I love to hear you preach.  You get so many things out of your text that aren’t really there.”

Pathetic Messages
“B.R. Lakin was preaching a series of prophetic messages:  A woman came up to him at the end of one service and said she appreciated those “pathetic” messages!”

Overcast
A rural minister, discovering at the last minute that he’d forgotten to invite a little old lady to his garden party, called her up and asked her to come. “It’s too late,” she said. “I’ve already prayed for rain.”

We All Thought This Would Happen
A man told his boss he was called to be a preacher and resigned his job.  But he was back on the job in two weeks.  “I thought you were called by God to preach,” he was asked.  “Yes, but that was before He heard me preach,” he replied.

Pointed Question
The janitor had dropped a box of tacks in the pulpit of the church.  “Now what if you should miss picking up all of those tacks and I should step on one during  my sermon?” the aggravated minister asked.  “Sir,” replied the janitor, “I bet that’s one point you wouldn’t linger on.”

Staying by the Stuff
A pulpit committee was interviewing a prospective pastor.  “Preacher, we want a pastor that will stay a while.  So many of our pastors don’t stay very long,” the chairman remarked.  “Folks, I’m your man,” he replied.  “I stayed with the last two churches until they both died.”

Funny Sermon Titles

  • The Day The Price of Pork Went Up (Mark 5)
  • The Bad Samaritan (John 4)
  • Losing Your Rear End “…the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.” (Ac 27:41)
  • Dangerous Things Inside The Ark
  • The Vermin on the Mount (1Kings 18)
  • Chinese Water Torture (Prov 27:15)
  • The Dry Heaves “…the fish…vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Jon 2:10)
  • Mechanical Bull (Hosea 8:5)
  • Handicapped Christians “…brother that walketh disorderly…” (2Th 3:6)
  • The Dirt Will Come Out!  (Judges 3:22)
  • Mouth Rash “Be not rash with thy mouth…” (Eccl 5:2)

Feel Free to Leave Your Own Jokes In The Comment Box

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Bible, funny, God, humor, preacher, Religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Does Jesus Really Have Nail Pierced Hands?


Does Jesus Really Have Nail Pierced Hands?


As a Christian, I accept the Bible as true and without question.  As a human, however, I am prone to allow non-biblical ideas creep in as well.  Unfortunately, this can be just as bad as denying the Bible.  The fact is, the devil does not care if we read the Bible as long as we let him interpret it for us.  That being said, I am going to tell you about a misconception I held for a while regarding the crucifixion of Christ.

For years I had been under the impression that Jesus was nailed to the cross thru His wrists and not His hands.   After hearing several different preachers give an account of the crucifixion I accepted their reasons without really thinking about it (the devil is so subtle).  They say that your delicate hands would be ripped apart if hung by a tiny nail.

But Christians who read their Bible immediately encounter a problem with the nails-through-the-wrists scenario.  They remember how Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.  He said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails…I will not believe.” (John 20:25)   Thomas expected to see a nail print in Jesus’ hands – not His wrists.   Not long after Thomas made that remark, Jesus showed up: “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)

The fact that the Bible says “hands” should be enough to convince us that Jesus really did have nails driven through His hands.  But we are gullible people and the devil has more than one trick up his sleeve.  I have heard preachers go so far as to say, “In Greek, the word for “hand” includes the wrist and much of the forearm.”  Whether or not this is true I do not know.  I do know, however, that the Old Testament was primarily written in Hebrew.  And Psalm 22:16, being an Old Testament prophecy concerning Christ says, “…they pierced my hands and my feet.”

I suppose I am criticizing preachers who teach the nails were driven thru Christ’s wrists, but only mildly.  Perhaps they do so out of ignorance.  As stated before, I had been under this mistaken impression myself.  But a few years ago I was watching an episode of the Discovery Channel (or National Geographic or something…) where they unearthed the remains of a crucifixion victim.   Strangely enough, this guy was still attached to his cross.  What got my attention was that each “hand” was nailed using a piece of wood as a washer.  The combination, for lack of a better word, “stapled” the poor guy to the cross.  I thought to myself, “Wow, the Discovery Channel actually taught me something useful!”

Another point worth pondering was made by another gentleman on the internet.  I have provided his web address below, since I do not know how to cite the author correctly.  He says,

The conjunctive tissue of the body of humans and animals is stronger than a rope… It is not true that Christ was pierced from the wrists.  This lie was introduced into Christianity by its enemies, especially by the Russellites…

You may think that your delicate hands would be ripped apart if they were hung.  What you need to remember is that Christ’s hands were carpenter hands [I like that!].  Today, you can get an idea about how strong Christ hands were by looking at the hands of any 33 year old carpenter who has been in building houses since he was a teenager.

Hey, you may think the whole issue is a minor thing but “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump…” (1Cor 5:6)  Has the devil made you swallow a lie lately?  If you think you’re beyond being duped by the devil then you’ve already been had.  Ask God to search you and try you and see if there be any wicked way in you.  If you purpose in your heart to deal with it ahead of time, I believe the Lord will show you.

Jason Elder

http://www.bibleserralta.com/JesusNailedByHisHands.html

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Steps of A Good Man


The Steps of a Good Man

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

Psalm 37:23-24

Solomon Ginsburg, a Polish Jew, became an outstanding evangelist across Europe and South America. In 1911, needing some rest, he decided to head off to America. His route took him to Lisbon where he planned to cross the Bay of Biscay to London, then on to the States. Arriving in Lisbon, Ginsburg found the bulletin boards plastered with weather reports warning of storms raging on the Bay of Biscay. It was dangerous sailing, and he was advised to delay his trip a week. His ticket allowed him to do that, and he prayed about it earnestly.

As he prayed, he turned to his prayer calendar and found the text for that day was Deut 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” The Lord seemed to assure him that his long, worldwide travels were under divine protection. Ginsburg boarded ship at once, crossed without incident, and caught a ship in London. From then on it was smooth sailing. When he arrived in the United States Solomon learned that had he delayed his trip in Lisbon, he would have arrived in London – just in time …… to board the Titanic.

You should know that (1) GOD DOES HAVE A DEFINITE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

The Bible doesn’t say, “The destinations of a good man are ordered by the LORD…” But the very “steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD” Like Job said, “He knoweth the way that I take!” God’s not worried about where you and I are going to end up. We don’t sing, “If we all get to Heaven! But “When We All Get To Heaven…” There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll end up at that desired haven. I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’ll never grow old! Even though God is not worried about the Christian’s final destination, He is concerned, with our journey there!

God’s not up in Heaven, chewing Rolaids and drinking Maalox, worried about what’s going to happen next. The Lord didn’t nail 8 pegs to the outside of the ark in hopes that Noah and his family could hang on. We don’t sing, “If we all get to Heaven! But “When We All Get To Heaven…”

God’s not worried about where you’re going to end up. But God is concerned with the Journey there! And getting there is half the fun. I’m glad God gives us a little bit of heaven to go to Heaven on! It won’t be worth it all one day, its worth it all now!

The Bible says, “…He delighteth in his way.” Did you know that God’s not out to punish you and make your life miserable? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Just submit yourself to the will of God – you’ll like it! I tell you what – before I got saved I was into drugs I’d been in jail – but ever since Jesus passed by – I feel like Ruth just walking around in the field picking up handfuls of Grace! I’m not much for T. D. Jakes, but I like what he said: “God can take your mess and turn into a message!

But though God has a definite plan for your life; I have some bad news! (2) ITS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY. Vs. 24 – “Though he fall

There’s one thing God is still teaching me – its not to be surprised when I sin I’m not saying we shouldn’t hate sin – and fight it – I’m saying when you sin even after you get it right with God – do you know why you’re still disappointed and defeated? Its because you believed in yourself! But we’re to have no confidence in the flesh – This old nature is just as wicked and carnal and hellish as it ever was! In the OT – Ishmael was a type of the flesh! They never had any problems with him till that promised son came along! And I never had any problems with the flesh before that New Birth either! Until that new man moved in, I did everything the flesh wanted to do; there was no conflict![1]

You say, “I haven’t had a hard time living the Christian life! Then I don’t know what you’ve been living but it aint the Christian life. Our old nature is so bad that Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! And if Paul had to battle that old nature – God knows we’re going to have to! John wrote saying “Fellows! I don’t want you to sin – its not God’s will for you to sin! But if any man sin – thank God we’ve got an “Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” Yes! A good man may fall – But “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” So, what do you do when you get knocked down? You get up – and you get up and go again! There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or less. Just confess that sin. God’s more willing to forgive than you are to repent.

Come anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest

And say, my beloved is mine.

So God does have a definite will for you life – and no, its not always going to be easy but rest assured (3) YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS! “…For the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

In Exodus we find Israel IN THE WILDERNESS. Picture it, a redeemed people making their way thru a dry and thirsty land. They got thirsty and started murmuring. They said, “Moses, you just brought us out here to die!” But where God guides, God provides. And when they were thirsty, God gave them water out of the Rock. When they were hungry, God rained down Bread from Heaven. And when they grew tired of that and wanted flesh to eat, God gave them quail!

Not just that, but God’s presence went with them. When the sun was too hot, God was a pillar cloud during the day. At night, when it got cold, God set that cloud to blazing, and Israel had a pillar of fire by night. God’s people had central heating and air for 40 years in the wilderness. Their shoes didn’t wear out. Their clothes didn’t even age. And the whole time they were murmuring and complaining, they should have just looked up to see the Cloud of God’s presence by day, and the Pillar of Fire by night.

John Wesley was riding one day along a lonely stretch of road when he noticed shadowy forms ahead, forms that vanished behind a hedge almost as his eye took them in. He could not turn back; that was not his way, yet to go on meant danger and possibly death. There was no hope of human help on that deserted road, so John Wesley prayed. Al­most at once he heard hoof beats coming up behind him, and he turned in his saddle as another traveler rode up alongside. Wesley gave the newcomer a cheery greeting than silently the two spurred on down the path, on past the place where the robbers lay concealed. Seeing two men instead of one, the robbers let them pass. Wesley then turned to say something to his companion, only to discover that there was nobody there! The mysterious rider had vanished into thin air. John Wesley had received an unusual glimpse of his angel escort along the way.

In Psalm 37:25 David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” To paraphrase – he said, “It might happen, but I’ve never seen it! So when you feel like you can’t go on any farther, just take one more step! In Your Christian Life You’re Bound To Encounter: Walls that seem impregnable; Foes that seem invincible; and Tasks that seem impossible. Its then you need to remind yourself that not only are the Steps of A Good Man ordered by the Lord – But The STOPS of A Good Man are Ordained of God as well. There IS a time to Walk With The Lord. But there is also a time to Wait On The Lord! For…

“…They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as eagles;

They shall run, and not be weary;

And they shall walk, and not faint.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

You say, “I’m just a nobody.” But The Patriarchs, the Apostles, the Disciples were all just nobodies who knew Somebody that could do anything! You say, “I don’t have much.” That’s all right, “Little is much when God is in it!

Preached at Ivy Grove
November 2005
Jason W. Elder

[1] And like Abraham, it was hard to put away that Ishmael – after all he’d been with him longer!

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Bible, Depression, God, Guidance, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment