Gay / Christian / Conservative

The above headline is an oxymoron to the discerning Christian eye.  Yet to the Millennial “progressive” view of Christianity, it is the new normal.  The subject of this article, Guy Benson, places his faith in political correctness rather than in the holy scriptures.  This is a lose, lose situation.  Enjoy the following article from the American Renewal Project, who addresses the abomination of sodomy for what it is.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

Gay, Christian, Conservative
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Guy Benson – Fox News contributor, political editor of Townhall.com, and conservative talk radio personality – was featured in a video last week, in which he said: “I’m a Christian, a patriotic American, and a free-market, shrink-the-government conservative – who also happens to be gay. What I mean by that is my values define me, while my sexual orientation sometimes feels more like … well, a footnote.”

Guy Benson is a striking example of how to make a ‘footnote’ into a headline.

By putting himself forward as a ‘Christian’, Mr. Benson transforms the dialogue from Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, to Secularism vs. Christianity. The ordained eye will discern quickly that Mr. Benson is rooting his faith in his political beliefs, rather than in the Biblical standard established in Scripture. The Bible ordains traditional marriage, from beginning to end; the family is the center and the foundation of community. Why? God ordained it as the method to prevent the disintegration of marriage, the collapse of the family, and the breakdown of social order.

Mr. Benson may be unaware, but his formula will lead to unrest, confusion, and ultimately, revolution, chaos, and cultural death.

To paraphrase Dennis Prager, “You hold the standard in the macro (homosexuality is sin) and you love in the micro (love gay individuals).” Yet, Guy Benson reverses this order, allowing a flawed message and messenger to seek to establish a flawed standard. In 4,000 years of Judeo-Christian religion, homosexuality has been condemned as sin. Two examples from the Old and New Testaments:

* Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
* 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Whereas the Human Rights Commission may deem the Scriptures referenced above as ‘hate speech’, God’s intent is on righteousness (“For Scripture says, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.'” [1 Peter 1:16]) and the permanence of the family.

Unfortunately, Christians squandered the inheritance bequeathed to them by America’s Founders. The antidote to the current trend of dislodging America from her Judeo-Christian moorings is fortitude and valor in the public square. As the Spirit has faded in America’s churches, the political reality is that her parishioners are disproportionately fearful to engage the public arena. Like King Lear, the church in America has progressively divested herself of her royal garb, and with that, of her authority in the civil sphere.[2]

Joseph Boot explains how such events unfold: “Once unhooked from biblical law, man’s legislation soon enshrines murder and perversity as legal rights (as witness abortion and sodomy). What must be clearly understood is that when changes are made to the penalties for crimes, we in fact witness a change in social values. Furthermore, foundational changes in the law order in terms of which acts are deemed criminal, indicate a change of ‘gods’, and therefore a new source of sovereignty.”[3]

Pastor Rob McCoy, Thousand Oaks City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, reacted to Mr. Benson’s video by stating: ‘What Guy Benson calls ‘progress’ is in fact using his sexual orientation to determine his political values as he invokes his theological beliefs that orthodox Christianity and homosexuality can be mutually inclusive in a human heart. He declares his sexuality determines his political position of liberalism.

“We conservative prudes of Evangelicalism need to just shut up and deal with the Millennial ‘progressive’ view of Scripture. Count me out if ‘so-called’ conservatives want to embrace this liberal progressive view.”

As Christians, let’s pray that Mr. Benson sees the Light – the sole requirement of the Gospel is belief. He also was created in the image of God, and one of the greatest truths in Scripture is that we are unconditionally loved by God. “A wise man will seek to profit from good advice, no matter who may proffer it or how unkindly it may be given – shall I refuse an important letter because I dislike the appearance or manners of the postman?”[4]

The Good News is that Gideons, such as Rob McCoy, and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
https://www.amazon.com/Mission-God- Manifesto-Hope- Society/dp/0994727909
[2] Dr. Peter J. Leithart, A Son to Me, An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel
[3] The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
[4] A.W. Pink, The Life of David

 

 

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Science Confirms The Bible: Sexual Sin Is Against Your Own Body

Any sexual union outside of holy matrimony is playing with fire, and is toying with a viper.  Thinking upon (lust), watching (pornography), and engaging in (fornication) in sexual sin will sear one’s conscience like a hot iron and warp one’s soul.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

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By Carol Archebelle/Kingdom Works January 15, 2018

Have you ever wondered why sexual sin is against your own body?

1 Corinthians 6:18 warns of negative physical consequences to sexual sin:  “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”

Now, science confirms exactly how this works.

Whether it be premarital sex, adultery, or viewing pornography, sexual sin alters our brain function and, when indulged in repeatedly, can lead to a seared conscience – an actual brain phenomenon that numbs us to guilt and conviction of our wrongdoing.

Four Times Stronger than Morphine

When porn is viewed, several things happen to the brain involving powerful hormones–two of which are Oxytocin and Vasopressin.

Often called “the love hormone,” oxytocin is released when we hug or kiss a loved one. It regulates social interaction and sexual reproduction, playing a role in empathy, generosity, orgasm, and human bonding.

Vasopressin is a hormone found in most mammals which is also used as a medication… it numbs the pain.
When we watch pornography and “act out,” the sexual sin releases a powerful concoction, creating a perplexing issue for the human body.

Fundamentally, the bonding hormones of Oxytocin and Vasopressin form a rewiring of the brain with the wrong material, that lures the individual deeper into a prison of their own making.

An intoxicating combination of hormones – intended to bring loved ones closer together and promote mental healing – are instead operating out of sinful activity, completely confusing the mind.

Dr. Doug Weiss, Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center and expert contributor to the Conquer Series, a cinematic DVD series that helps men break free from pornography, elaborates:

“When you have a sexual experience, your brains makes these opiates which are four times stronger than morphine. Boom! It hits your brain, your brain lights up like a Christmas tree. This is the highest chemical reward your brain gets for anything. That’s why a lot of guys get in trouble, even in ministry. They don’t know their brain is defective.”

When the brain has been changed in this way, sexual sin takes a profound toll.

The individual knows that watching porn is a shameful act and one to be kept a secret.

Yet each time they view porn, they find themselves trusting it more, pairing with the porn stars or the activity with a deep mental bond, and feeling healed by the sexual sin… they are trapped in a destructive cycle.

Searing Your Conscience

There is a part of your brain that is responsible for convicting you of wrongdoing.

It’s that little voice inside of you… we call it our conscience.

If you continue to participate in wrong behavior, however, eventually you become desensitized to this convicting presence. That part of your brain simply stops responding.

In effect, your conscience is seared, just as the Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:2:  “Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

That’s not all. When this area of your brain stays active chronically, you will eventually impair your ability to feel pleasure as well.

Dr. Tim Jennings, expert contributor to the Conquer Series, explains:  “People who damage their pleasure centers in this way will often be disinterested in healthy relationships, will often become apathetic, and they will seek out either more high-risk behaviors or drugs or other types of things to stimulate the pleasure centers so they can feel this.”

If you recognize yourself in this, there is hope.

Hope of Victory over Pornography is Here

From a five-year Pure Desire Ministries national survey of churches entitled Porn Use in the Evangelical Church, we know that 68% of male attendees and 30% of the females view porn on a regular basis.

So one must understand that this journey is a tough one.

While there are many in bondage to pornography, there is an increasing number of men who are finding freedom through the Conquer Series, for example. Host of the series, Dr. Ted Roberts, former Marine Fighter Pilot and pastor, has a 90% success rate in helping men break free from porn and sexual addiction.

Dr. Weiss, Dr. Jennings, and Dr. Roberts are just several of the many experts featured in the Conquer Series DVD set who provide amazing insight, Biblical principles, and practical steps that set men free from sexual sin.

Learn more about The Conquer Series here.Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1929#wEzzV4syY2WsG3YG.99

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam ~ A Tribute To My Dad And The Rock Island Line

This entry is a tribute to this blog author’s earthly father, Howard Charles Thompson.  Howard’s mother died during his birth and his father blamed him for it.  His dad was a worthless drunkard and a womanizer, who abused Howard in his early years.  Howard ended up being raised by his aunt, and she gave him some wonderful guidance.  Howard’s temper and short fuse was one of his besetting sins which was passed down to my brother Fred and myself.  The Bible plainly refers to some sins that are passed down to the third and fourth generation.

 Exodus 34:7  King James Version (KJV)
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Howard was a humble man who thought nothing of himself, and loved his wife and children.  He worked as a railroad fireman and later as an engineer for the Rock Island Railroad near Chicago in northern Illinois.  When I was four or five years old he gave me a thrill that I remember as if it were yesterday.  He took me to the roundhouse where the behemoth diesel locomotives were housed and worked on, followed by a ride in one of the switch engines to the turntable, and then we went all around the railroad yard, and I pulled the air horn to boot.  I was hooked on trains from that time onward, and have a layout in my man cave/shed to this day.  He was a good man humanly speaking but he was lost and so were we.  We always said several prayers growing up as we prepared to go to sleep-  we were a good, moral family who were lost in our sins.  Excuses always came up when “church going” was the topic at hand.  “It is my only day to sleep in,”  etc., etc., etc.  You have heard them all.  When I was in college in 1973, my parents moved from Chicago, Illinois to Pompano Beach, Florida – and they were both saved from their sins, as they learned to trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and received Him in their hearts.  They became born again Christians while attending Ocean Drive Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach.  I was amazed at the change in them (II Corinthians 5:17), and how loving all the people were in their new church home.  I received salvation seven years later and that is another story.  I learned that my dad became perfect in the Lord’s sight because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and that his sins were covered.  Like all of us, he received some “curve balls” in life that would have done him in, if not for the blood of Christ.  Thank you Jesus, for saving my parents, and for this precious truth to come to me as well, several years later.  Thank you for a humble, hard working blue collar father who worked for the Rock Island Line.  Both the Rock Island and my dad are now gone from this fallen planet, but Howard is in “a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar.”  Thank you Jesus for the precious hope that You give to the believer.  Thank you that Christians never say goodbye forever.  We can say: “I will see you here, there, or in the air.”   All Because Of Him,  Pastor Steve

Salvation:  Don’t Leave Earth Without It.

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According To The Following Article, Addiction To Pornography Is As Bad Or Worse Than Addiction To Heroin

Proverbs 23:7a  King James Version (KJV)
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

***   Only God knows the total ramifications of this awful sin, selling your mind, heart and soul to such filth and debauchery.  Let the Lord be in total control of your thought life, what you see, where you go, and what you do.   ***

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Romans 12:2  King James Version (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

This Is Your Brain On Porn

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This Is Your Brain On Porn

Looking at brain scans, it’s easy to see.

The brain of a porn addict looks similar to – and perhaps even worse than – a drug addict’s.

A normal brain has the topography of a beach ball… nice and smooth. In stark contrast is the Swiss-cheese-like surface of a porn addict’s brain.

It’s shocking and scary, but the good news is that the damage can be reversed.

To understand why this happens – and how to fix it – we need to understand just a little bit about the brain.

Who’s in Charge?

The CEO of your brain is the prefrontal cortex. It is the top front portion of your brain and, though it may be smaller in size, it really runs the show.

It is responsible for good decision making, impulse control, planning, and other complex functions befitting its executive position… and it’s not fully formed until the age of 25.

 On the brain scans of porn addicts, the prefrontal cortex looks diminished – much like a deflated tire.

By watching porn, this person has bypassed their CEO many times to go straight to “I want to feel good.”

That “feel good” portion of your brain would be your limbic system.

This is why an addict will do things they never thought they would, because their higher reasoning takes a back seat and the limbic system takes over.

Operating on Automatic: Our Limbic System

Our limbic system is housed in a lower section of the brain.

It’s our survival system – where we act on impulse to jump out of the way of an oncoming train, for instance. Dodging certain death is an automatic reaction that we don’t have to think about.

Because one of its purposes is to keep us alive, the limbic system can overpower the prefrontal cortex.

This is great when facing a dangerous situation.

It’s not so great when it’s been bypassed on a daily basis to do something our CEO would put a stop to… and watching porn fits that bill.

The Delicate Balance

Your limbic system acts as the gas pedal, while your prefrontal cortex is the brakes. Even in a normal situation, the limbic system can override the prefrontal cortex.

Dr. Ted Roberts, former Marine Fighter Pilot, pastor, and host of the Conquer Series, a cinematic DVD series that helps men break free from porn explains it this way:

“Your brain is like a Ferrari with bicycle brakes.”

Watching porn repeatedly is strengthening the limbic system pathways to unhealthy behavior, ignoring your CEO in process. And like a muscle that hasn’t been used, the prefrontal cortex will atrophy. This makes us even more impulsive and less “in control” of our behavior.

With a regular porn user, their ability to control their behavior has lessened considerably, and they are much more driven to act out again and again on impulse.

In a perfect storm situation for those who use porn: The limbic system is also where memories are formed and pleasure registers. So even seeing the computer or the phone used to view porn in the past can be a trigger to watch porn again.

All told, you end up with a brain that is highly overactive in some places and woefully underactive in others. Your brain isn’t functioning normally.

Thankfully, there is a way to get back to normal.

This is not an excuse for those in the midst of addiction, but understanding the battle they are up against is a critical step in recovery.

Restrain or Retrain Your Brain?

Many people treat porn addiction like a willpower issue.

“Just stop watching,” they’ll say. Or, “All you need to do is put a porn blocker on your phone.”

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

Dr. Roberts admonishes, “Trying to defeat your addiction on your own is like trying to do brain surgery on yourself!” Don’t try that at home… or anywhere else for that matter.

You really need to understand how you got here in order to get to where you want to be.

You can retrain your brain to healthy, God-intended sexuality. Freedom from porn can be found with a reprogramming of the limbic system.

It’s a process, but it works.

“Prior to 1990, we were under the assumption that the brain never changed,” Dr. Roberts reveals in the Conquer Series. “You were born with a certain number of neurons, you died with those neurons. Then we discovered neurogenesis.”

Neurogenesis tells us that the brain is constantly changing. It’s continually making new connections, giving birth to new neurons on a moment-by-moment basis.

What this mean is, just as your brain “molded” in response to pornography, it can “re-mold” in response to healthy sexuality.

The Conquer Series can walk you through that process.

This powerful DVD series offers proven strategies and daily practical tools to conquer pornography and find freedom. You can join the 450,000 men in 65 countries who have learned to move beyond “not watching porn” to start living a transformed life… order the Conquer Series today!

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Priority Check At The Threshold Of The New Year

Thou art weighed in the balances, and found wanting.  Daniel 5:27

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.  I Samuel 2:3

What a sobering thought to have our lives weighed in God’s balance and then to be found that we do not measure up to His standard.  What might be causing this imbalance?  Perhaps unconfessed sin or neglect of God’s Word and prayer are to blame.  Only by giving God first priority in our lives can this imbalance be corrected.  -E.V.

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.  -William D. Longstaff

Ivanka Trump on Moore: ‘There’s a Special Place in Hell for People Who Prey on Children’

In this dull gray amoral world that continually overlooks transgressions, it is good to see people who still have starch in their collar and are not afraid to stand up for righteousness.  Ivanka Trump made a bold statement about those who harm children.  It seems to me, that Jesus Christ made a very similar statement in  Luke 17:2  King James Version (KJV):
“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”  People who desire to win popularity contests with men, never make bold statements because of their fear of offending.  People with a zeal for truth just cast it out because it is truth, and leave the results to the Lord.             Pastor Steve  <><

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When asked Wednesday about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, Ivanka Trump told the AP: “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with teenaged girls when he was in his 30s—with the most recent allegation including attempted rape. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation [from Moore] and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts,” Trump additionally said. She did not call for Moore to step out of the race, however; and her father, the president, has yet to publicly comment on Moore outside of remarks issued via White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Offense Of The Cross (Part 2 of 2)

The Offense Of The Cross

Galatians 5:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Consider why the cross is an offense today:

1)The cross of Christ condemns the world.  The thief on the cross who was saved, saw Jesus as He really was, and himself for what he was.  Sin reveals that we fall short of God’s demands.  It is the gigantic evil, the transgression towards God.  Sin leaves us far from God’s holy nature.  It leaves us no hope, we must pay the price.  “The soul that sins shall die.”  Sin lies upon our conscience – we lie in bed with insomnia, dreams and nightmares.  Jesus was made sin and a curse for us – He put away our sins and the condemning power.  There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.  But the world is offended by the crucified God/man, suspended on a stick, and told this is the only way you can be saved.  An illustration would be Madalyn Haira and her hatred of the cross.  She actually desired for the state flag of Maryland to be changed since there was a cross on it, even though it did not depict the cross of Christ.  Another example is the movie, The Last Temptation, which made Jesus a sinner just like you and me.  Furthermore, the National Arts submerged a cross in urine in order to portray their disdain of the cross.  The first funeral that I officiated, dealt with a murder/suicide.  I spoke a eulogy to the county Rescue Squad.  When I preached on sin and the cross, the congregation was offended and they filed out.  Here is the “eulogy” that offended them:  “There are none righteous, no not one.”  Madonna, another name for the Virgin Mary, is another example of one who despises the cross of Christ.  She is offended by the cross and wears several in mockery.  The press claimed it was her trademark.  I beg to differ.  She wore it but never bore it.  She was noted for the perverted quotation:  “I love the crucifix because there is a naked man on it.”  Wrong Madonna – the cross and the tomb are empty.  Jesus Christ died for the sins of Madonna, you and me.  Many throughout the world, at work and school, curse Jesus Christ and are offended by the cross.  They feel self sufficient.  Have you ever heard of Buddha, Confucius or Mohammed cursed?  Of course not, they bore no cross.  The cross is an offense because “…men loved darkness because their deeds are evil.”  The cross throws light into the dark recesses of our soul and reveals our sins – the cross becomes an offense because it condemns us as sinners.

2)The cross is an offense because blood was shed there.  Unbelievers accuse us of a “slaughterhouse religion.”  But the Bible tells us that the shed blood of our Savior on Mount Calvary is our only hope:  “Without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sins.”  Amen and amen.

3)The cross sets up an imperative ideal life.  Jesus said:  “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, carry his cross, and follow me.”  This imperative eliminates the church crowd.  Many people “have a form of religion and godliness but deny the power thereof.”  There is an outward show, but little evidence of the real Christian life and the new birth.  They are offended by real Christianity.  Jesus always thinned out the ranks and never sought the popular “gospel.”  Today, big churches often seek mass membership, and do not stress the new birth, the cross, the blood, true salvation and the need to repent from sin.  Today’s country club has an organization, members, reports, and programs, but is not one of self denial.  Even Jesus’ large crowd did not want self denial.  They desired the kingdom, the crowd, and to rule and live in a palace – they did not want to go to the cross with Jesus.  We shudder at a life like Jesus, refusing to surrender what the cross condemns.  

4)The cross is an offense because it claims to be the power and salvation of God.  The first duty of every man  is to get right with God.  Man does not like this, and wants to believe that many roads lead to heaven.  Jesus said the gate is narrow, and at the beginning of the gate is the cross, and one cannot enter but by the cross.  The cross humbles, demands, and expects everything we have to be given to Christ.  The cross condemns every other way of salvation.  Acts 4:12  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  If people tell you that you are narrow minded, you can share with them that “narrow is the way to the kingdom, there be few who find it.”       

The Offense Of The Cross (Part 1 of 2)

The Offense Of The Cross

Galatians 5:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

The cross represents the true Christian Church.  The symbol is on and/or in every church.  Then there is the Red Cross organization, people wear the cross, it is placed on cars, and on Bibles.  Christ’s pulpit is often in the shape of a cross.  The event of the cross is the foundation of our faith.  For the Christian, the cross alone is our theology.  The knowledge of God comes through the crucified Christ.  Love outside of the cross is really not God’s love – we learn of God’s love through the cross, and not by any other means.  Worldlings follow horoscopes.  The cross is the sign of a believer.  The world sees the cross through good Friday alone.  The believer sees the cross through Easter Sunday and Resurrection Day.  The cross is a mystery and a paradox.  Just as Jesus was crucified and resurrected, we now struggle and bear our cross.  Believers will have our resurrection later.  The resurrection is life through death, strength through weakness, hope through despair, recovery through loss, suffering, folly, persecution, and joy through sorrow.  For Paul, the scandal of the cross dominates the believer’s life.  The cross stands before those who say the Christian life is a bowl of cherries.  Following Jesus is sharing His suffering.  There is no by passing rejection and death, to eternal life and the glory of the risen Christ.  There is no “pie in the sky / you can have it all now” Christianity.  Suffering, humiliation, and rejection are hallmarks of our faith, and evidence of true discipleship.  The cross of Christ is forsaking everything and clinging to Christ alone.  It is the center of God’s truth revealed to man.  But to many,

the cross is an offense:  Offense comes from the Greek word- scandalon, from which we get the word scandal.

Jesus said, “If you are going to follow me, you have to take up the cross.”  Today we might say “…take up your gas chamber or electric chair.”  We must die to self before Christ can reign in our hearts.  In our scripture text, the Judaizers, through the works of circumcision, sought to rob Christians of their freedom in Christ.  Legalists always avoid the themes of persecution and “the offense of the cross,” by insisting on circumcision and law-keeping.  If Paul preached legalism, he would not be persecuted.  Circumcision and the cross are opposed – Paul could not preach both – if he did – the offense of the cross would cease.  The “offense” is the foolishness and stumbling block of the cross.  The cross uproots the doctrine of salvation by human merit.  Salvation is through grace alone – and there can be no compromise.  The offensiveness of the cross to self righteous legalists is that salvation is by grace without circumcision and obedience to the law.  “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”  (Galatians 5:9)  One work added to the cross perverts it all!

Addressing Apostate Pulpits In America

When a nation plummets into gross immorality and apostasy, God will use the most unlikely of sources to expose the current form of anemic “Christianity” in America.  The following article is what one might call a “Wake Up Call”: 

 

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You know we’re in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.”
As a recent article declared, “Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America.” So sad, but so true.
Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with content, packed with protest, laced with profanity.
Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.
In an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth he wrote, “I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice.
A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service. Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.”
He continued, “After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I’ve finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child.
I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He’s a merciful God. Yes. But he’s even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. . . .”
And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, “So in conclusion, I feel it’s my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment.”
How ironic that a worldly rapper is more concerned to balance out his message than many a preacher in America. How ironic that someone whom the churches would damn in a moment (in fact, “Damn” is the name of his latest project) sees the imbalance in so many of our contemporary churches.
Today, in many of our churches, it’s all about making people feel good about themselves, all about the coming breakthrough (probably financial!), all about fulfilling our personal dreams.
But what about the biblical gospel? What about the fact that one day we’ll have to give account to God for our lives? What about the judgment that will come on the whole world?
What about the reality that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)? What about the fact that Jesus saves us from our sins so that we will live the rest of our lives for Him?
I’m all for preaching hope and encouragement and love, but that is not the whole message. What happened to the rest of God’s holy Word?
In my forthcoming book Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Reformation, I devoted one chapter to the subject of “Restoring Thunder to Our Pulpits.”
In that chapter, I wrote, “Let the truth be told. There is very little thunder from our pulpits, very little preaching that creates an atmosphere of holy reverence (what the Bible calls ‘the fear of the Lord’), very little that challenges us and confronts us and stirs us and awakens us, very little that equips us to endure hardship or to be courageous or to confront the culture or to live a sacrificial life out of love for our neighbor.
“Many of our leaders preach a toothless, pep-talk gospel that fits in perfectly with our convenience store, quick-fix Christianity, promising all kinds of benefits without any requirements. What a deal! Who could refuse it?
No wonder we are producing consumers rather than disciples. What else can we expect when we so studiously bypass the cross in so much of our preaching? What else can we expect when we preach God the Genie rather than God the Judge?”
Do you affirm these words?
At the beginning of the chapter, I quoted from an 1873 sermon from Charles Finney. He said, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest,

the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
Although the pulpit was more influential in his day than in ours, I believe that what he said remains largely true. If America is in serious moral and spiritual decline, many of our preachers are partly to blame.
I say it’s time that we restore thunder to our pulpits. A chart-topping, secular rapper says, “Please do!”
Originally published at AskDrBrown.org – reposted with permission.



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