Sword Of The Lord ~ Juy 14, 2017

Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

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Amen Corner

“The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted by the vast majority of Christians….  The “worship” growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself – a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the…drunks.”  -A.W. Tozer

“Instead of moral absolutes, the Left holds legal absolutes.  “Legal” for the Left is what “moral” is for the Right.  The religious have a belief in God-based moral law, and the Left believes in man-made law as the moral law.”  -Dennis Prager  (This is a profound and very truthful quotation).

“We have been inoculated with such a mild form [of Christianity] that we are immunized against the real thing.”  -Vance Havner

“Good words are worth much and cost little.”  -George Herbert

“I’m not about to change my method or my message.  We have only one Gospel to preach, and it has never failed – not to this day, nor will it ever.”  -Harold Sightier

“The church members who loved me best were those with whom I had faithfully and tenderly dealt on the matter of their faults and sins.”   -John R. Rice

“Upon these two foundations – the law of nature [Creation] and the law of revelation (the Bible) – depend all human laws.  -William Blackstone

“Nobody is exceedingly wicked all at once; the Devil is too cunning to startle men.”  -Thomas Wilson

“If you know these two things – yourself a sinner and Christ a Saviour – you are scholar enough to go to heaven.”  -Charles H. Spurgeon

“Don’t fix the blame; fix the problem.”  -Keith S. Pennington

“Don’t feel that you must make all the mistakes yourself.  Learn something from the mistakes of others.”  -Curtis Hutson

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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.

One Hundred Years Ago Today, Oswald Chambers Died From A Ruptured Appendix

How Much More!       November 15, 2017

Oswald Chambers was a product of latter Victorian England, and a contemporary of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, during Spurgeon’s twilight.  Chambers lived incredibly close to the Lord, and is best known for his profound devotionals and inspirational writings, as well as his service to British soldiers in Egypt during World War I.  I love his writings.  He died one hundred years ago, on November 15, 1917.

Pastor Steve

 

Our Daily Bread

How Much More!
November 15, 2017

Read: Luke 11:5–13
Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 1–2; Hebrews 11:1–19

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!—Luke 11:13
In October 1915, during World War I, Oswald Chambers arrived at Zeitoun Camp, a military training center near Cairo, Egypt, to serve as a YMCA chaplain to British Commonwealth soldiers. When he announced a weeknight religious service, 400 men packed the large YMCA hut to hear Chambers’s talk titled, “What Is the Good of Prayer?” Later, when he spoke individually with men who were trying to find God in the midst of war, Oswald often quoted Luke 11:13, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
The free gift of God through His Son, Jesus, is forgiveness, hope, and His living presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit. “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (v. 10).
On November 15, 1917, Oswald Chambers died unexpectedly from a ruptured appendix. To honor him, a soldier led to faith in Christ by Oswald purchased a marble carving of a Bible with the message of Luke 11:13 on its open page and placed it beside his grave: “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” This amazing gift from God is available to each of us today. —David C. McCasland

Father, You are the giver of all good gifts. We thank You for the great gift of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and guides us in Your truth today.

Learn more about the legacy of Oswald Chambers at utmost.org.
God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives is available to each of us today.

INSIGHT: Would you want a God who gave you everything you asked for? Or would that be a bit frightening? While Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1-4), He described God as being like a loving Father who would not give them a scorpion if they asked for an egg.
Was He just assuring us that God is good? Or was He gently suggesting something about us? Was He hinting that sometimes we don’t know how to pray for our own good? (Rom 8:26). Maybe that’s why He promised that His Father would share His Spirit with those who trusted Him for what is best (Luke 11:13). Mart DeHaan

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“Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only—My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.”
OSWALD CHAMBERS

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 30, 2017

City Bans Family From Farmers Market Because They Won’t Host Same-Sex Weddings at Their Orchard

Michigan farmers Steve and Bridget Tennes have been blocked from participating in an East Lansing farmers market because they do not host same-sex weddings at their orchard.

For the past six years, one Michigan family has shared their organic fruit at a local farmers market, but now their religious beliefs are standing in the way of that tradition.

The kerfuffle between Steve Tennes, who owns a 120-acre orchard in Charlotte, Michigan, and the city officials in East Lansing-which is more than 20 miles away-began when he expressed his views on gay marriage in a Facebook post last year….

East Lansing officials decided to ban the Tennes family from participating in this year’s farmers market…citing the city’s antidiscrimination ordinance that covers sexual orientation….

So now the Tennes family is suing East Lansing for religious discrimination.     -theblaze.com

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Fifty protesters outside of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, asked the convention to remove homosexuality from “their list of sins.”

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Tip of the Day

The cheapest price and the best buy are often two totally different things.

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Foster Care Workers Ordered to Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive.

Termination is among the penalties workers with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would face for violating the policy, the DCFS said in its new rules added May 11 as Appendix K to the state foster care policy manual….

Foster care caseworkers and caregivers must use “an affirming approach” in facilitating a child’s “exploration of any [LGBT] matters” and must be “open, nonjudgmental, and empathetic,” the new rule stipulates….

DCFS arranged foster care to 39,595 children in fiscal year 2016, according to the Executive Statistical Summary released in April 2017.  -Diana Chandler, BAPTIST PRESS

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San Diego Schools Sued Over Pro-Islam Campaign

Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its pro-Islam campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.

Charles LiMandri, an attorney for the parents, called  the campaign a “politically correct solution to a problem that does not exist.”…

The multiyear plan includes ensuring staff calendars include Muslim holidays, reviewing library materials on Muslim culture, providing resources to teachers and engaging in partnerships with the Council on American Islamic Relations.

The district also plans to consider high school clubs that promote American Muslim culture, create “safe spaces” for students, and train staff about Muslim culture.  The district is reviewing internal staff calendars to make sure Muslim holidays are recognized….

The lawsuit filed…in federal court says the policy violates the U.S. Constitution by endorsing a religion.  It asks a judge to halt the policy immediately while the merits of the claim are considered.  -onenewsnow.com

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

When Muslims claim that their faith is a religion of peace, what do they mean?

WND.com (June 5, 2017) reports that “the religion of peace” struck again [June 3] in London, when three terrorists drove a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, then jumped out and reportedly shouted, “This is for Allah,” as they stabbed passersby with knives.

“With seven more dead and 48 more wounded in the latest attack, it’s hard for many to believe Islam is truly a religion of peace, as many politicians and media figures have claimed.”

“But Islam is a religion of peace, according to a former Homeland Security officer who specialized in Islamic theology and the strategy and tactics of the global Islamic movement.  It’s just that the Muslim definition of peace is different than the Western one.

“Peace is defined by pledging loyalty to shariah law,” said Philip Haney, who worked in Customs and Border Protection.  “They define everything that they do based on their loyalty to the principles of shariah law, and it’s a component of shariah that peace is not possible within this world we live in until shariah law is established.  So I tell people tongue-in-cheek that Islam is a religion of peace, just not right now.  It will be when shariah law is implemented, but not until then.”

“Haney, coauthor of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, said the Quran mandates warfare until the entire world submits to Islam-and once everyone lives under shariah law, that will be the definition of peace.”

This sounds similar to the communist definition of peace that we used to hear in the 1980s- “communism wants peace: a piece of this and a piece of that.”

To be sure, when talking about countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, words like “peace” and “freedom” and “rights” have different meanings from ours in America.

Islam wants all nations to live by Islamic law, which is another way of saying Islam wants to enslave the world.

-RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

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Amen Corner

“It is a very solemn delusion when ministers think they are prospering and yet do not hear of conversions.”

-Charles H. Spurgeon

“When men cease to be faithful to their God, he who expects to find them so to each other will be much disappointed.”

-Thomas Home

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”

-Samuel Johnson

 

“We cannot change our hearts, but we can change our minds; and when we change our minds, God will change our hearts.”

-Vance Havner

 

“It is a sure token of an hireling that he wisheth his work were at an end.  But he who truly loveth it is not offended at its toil nor suffering.”

-William Inge

 

 

 

 

 

Johnnie Langendorff Stumbles Into A Crazed Madman At First Baptist Church In Sutherland Springs, Texas

Johnnie Langendorff would be the last to call himself a hero.  He is simply an American who did the right thing at the right time.  It comes natural, without thinking, to those who still have values, morals and integrity.  To him, there were really no other options but to take out the perpetrator.  His quotation at the end of this article is priceless:   “He just hurt so many people, he affected so many people’s lives, why wouldn’t you want to take him down?”  Yup, that pretty much sums up Johnnie, and countless other Americans who willingly place themselves in harms way for the benefit of others.

My prayer is for Christian churches to get their heads out of the sand and create security teams.  Saying that “we live in troubled times” is only stating the obvious.  Pastor Steve

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An unlikely hero describes gun battle and 95 mph chase with Texas shooting suspect

Johnnie Langendorff stumbled into the crossfire — a total accident.
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Sunday morning was all routine until then. Langendorff — a lanky Texan with a fuzzy chin beard and the long horns of a bull’s skull tattooed across his neck — had breakfast. Then he was driving his truck on the dusty back streets to his girlfriend’s house nearby.  When he approached the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, he noticed something odd.
As he passed the churchgoers’ cars parked around the white wood front of the building, he saw that one vehicle’s engine was running. It was a pearl-colored SUV, a Ford Explorer, he said. The driver’s door was open. A man clad all in black was walking toward the vehicle with a pistol. He was trading shots with another man holding a rifle.
“I never got a look at him,” Langendorff explained to reporters later, his mouth nervously working a toothpick, when asked about the black-clad shooter. “I never really saw him. I saw the gunfire.”

Texas shooting eyewitness recounts how he chased the shooter:

The man in black hauled off in his SUV. The second man with the rifle — a neighbor unidentified as of Sunday night — came to Langendorff. The two men were strangers. “He briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said he had to get him,” Langendorff said later. “So that’s what I did.”

As the two men shot off in pursuit in Langerdorff’s truck, 26 First Baptist worshipers were dead or bleeding out on the sanctuary’s maroon carpet. Dozens were wounded. Sunday’s burst of violence would later be recognized as the fifth worst shooting in modern U.S. history, arriving just a month after 58 concertgoers were murdered in Las Vegas.
The Texas’ victims’ ages ran from 5 to 72, according to authorities, though one family said a one-year-old died. The shooter, identified now as Devin Patrick Kelley, first opened fire on the outside of the church just after 11 a.m. with a Ruger assault rifle. Kelley, clad in black tactical gear, then sprayed the building’s inside with bullets. He hastily fled the scene after engaging in a gun battle with a neighbor, the same man subsequently riding shotgun in Langendorff’s truck.
“It was more see and do,” Langendorff later told reporters. “Act now, ask questions later.”
Blasted with adrenaline, Langerdorff wove his truck at high-speed through traffic while trying to catch the fleeing car. The speedometer crossed 95 mph while the driver narrated everything to law enforcement. “I was on the phone with dispatch the entire time,” he said. “I gave them the direction we were going, on what road and everything, and that the vehicle was in sight and that I was getting closer and closer to him.”
Kelley’s vehicle, however, broke from the roadway and crashed into a ditch about 11 miles north of the church. Langerdorff pulled his own truck within 25 yards.
“The gentleman that was with me got out, rested his rifle on my hood and kept it aimed at him, telling him to get out get out. There was no movement, there was none of that. I just know his brake lights were going on and off, so he might have been unconscious from the crash or something like that, I’m not sure,” he said.

Police were on the scene within 5 to 7 minutes, Langerdorff said Sunday night. Freeman Martin, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Service, told The Post authorities had yet to determine whether Kelley was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound or hit in the gunfire at the church. Multiple weapons were found in Kelley’s vehicle.
On Sunday night, Langendorff explained his reaction to the shooting — jumping into a car chase — was a simple calculation. “He just hurt so many people, he affected so many people’s lives, why wouldn’t you want to take him down?”
Travis Andrews contributed to this story.

 

Antifa Rallies Planned in at Least 20 U.S. Cities – Won’t ‘Stop Until This Regime Driven from Power’

Antifa Rallies Planned in at Least 20 U.S. Cities – Won’t ‘Stop Until This Regime Driven from Power’
November 04 2017

The left-wing, Antifa Refuse Fascism group is planning rallies in at least 20 cities across the United States on Saturday to demand that the duly-elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence be “driven from power.”
In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, the group advertised its event:
Nov 4 it begins — be there — join with the thousands who will gather in cities and towns across the country. A movement of protests that continue every day and night, growing until we become millions … determined not to stop until this is driven from power.
Newsweek reported on Thursday:
“Refuse fascism,” a nascent protest group with ties to a more explicitly left-wing radical group, “the revolutionary communist party,” doesn’t seem like a typical fit for the left-leaning pages of the paper known as The Gray Lady, but very little has been normal about the Trump era so far, according to organizers.
The regime is destroying the planet by ignoring climate change, they say, and they claim it is turning America into a fascist country through an unprecedented series of executive orders.
“What Trump and his administration are doing could pose an existential threat to humanity,” Andy Zee, a member of the advisory board for Refuse Fascism, told Newsweek in a phone interview.
“We’re in one of the most perilous moments in history right now,” Zee said.
The Refuse Fascism website states:
No! In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America! Take to the streets and public squares in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night — not stopping until our DEMAND is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
A list follows naming what those nightmares are, including discrimination against Muslims and gays, objectivism and harassment of women, and the danger posed by climate change.
The “about” portion of the Refuse Fascism states:
We launched RefuseFascism.org at an emergency meeting at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in NYC on December 19th, 2016.  Watched by some 200,000 people on HuffPo’s FaceBookLive, Andy Zee, PZ Myers, Carl Dix, Jeremy Scahill, Imam Ayub Abdul-Baki, Rev. Doris Johnson, Sunsara Taylor, Immortal Technique, and Fran Luck spoke along with messages from Gloria Steinem, Chase Iron Eyes, Isabel Cardenas, and others on the fascist character of the Trump/Pence Regime and called on people to get organized to stop it before it came to power.
But some are saying that the reaction to the planned rallies is overplayed and is being characterized by some conservative websites as the start of a civil war.
The Washington Post reported:
Infowars has warned “Antifa Plans ‘Civil War’ to Overthrow the Government.” The John Birch Society put out two recent videos warning Americans to “stay home and tell your children to do likewise” on Saturday.  YouTuber “A Glock Fanboy” notched more than 400,400 views for a clip raising the alarm about “the first day of the revolution or whatnot.”
Time magazine flatly said the claims of an insurrection are: “simply not true.”
There will indeed be anti-Trump rallies in 20 cities around the U.S. on Saturday, from Atlanta to Honolulu, organized by a left-wing political action group called Refuse Fascism whose goal is unseating Trump. But its tactics — including but not limited to a “passionate speak-out with music and participatory art” — are a far cry from violent insurrection.
Nor is it likely that the streets will be teeming with angry mobs: only 990 people have said that they’re attending the demonstration in New York, according to the event’s Facebook group.
Among the at least 20 cities where rallies are set to occur are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Reported by: Penny Starr – Breitbart

Sword Of The Lord ~ June 2, 2017

Amen Corner

Some saints spend more time sighing than singing!  Vance Havner

I was brought up at the knees of a devoted mother and across the knees of a determined Father.  -Unknown

If only one second ago I trusted the Saviour, I am safe as the man who has believed in Jesus fifty years and who has all that while walked uprightly.  -Charles Spurgeon

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Evangelical Worldview Survey “Shocking”!

Dr. Shelton Smith

When Summit Ministries (an evangelical worldview ministry) and the Barna Group (an evangelical pollster) did a survey among evangelical Christians, the results according to them were “shocking.”  As shocking as it was, I think the results were predictable.

What was shocking to them and should be to all of us is the extant to which the evangelical community has eroded from its Christian roots.  Here are the numbers.

“Only 17 percent of practicing [evangelical] Christians have a biblical worldview.  So if that’s the case, then what do they believe?

“…Sixty-one percent of [evangelical] Christians who attend church at least once a month and say their faith is very important to their lives and self-identity as Christians also believe some tenets of New Age religions….

“Fifty-four percent…resonate with postmodern views, almost four in ten have some Muslim sympathies, more than a third accept Marxist ideas, and 29 percent believe ideas based on secularism” (onenewsnow.com).

Now the questions which must be raised are these:  Why?  How could this happen?  What has brought this about?  Wherein lies the blame?

Well, here is my analysis of their dilemma.  It should be a wake-up call to our fundamental, independent, Baptist brethren and especially to the ones who are enamored with evangelicalism and learning their ministries that way.  Here are some of the major culprits, I believe, which are contributing heavily to this “shocking” survey.

1. Religion rather than salvation!

Far too many people have decided to “become Christians”  without having been “saved.”  They are Christians in the sense that they have aligned themselves with a Christian group.

They got baptized, they take communion, and they are members of a church; but by their own admission they are not born again.  They are doing some Christian things, but they are unsure of Heaven when they die.  They tip their hat to God and determine to be as good as they can and do as much good as they can, but they are not born again.

They have religion , not salvation.  They identify as Christian, but they are not Christians in reality.  Remember John 3:1-8.

2. Conversational-style lectures have replaced preaching!

The preacher’s fire has gone out.  The dynamics of the art of preaching have eroded into a soft-soap “talk.”  Anemic fill-in-the-blank teaching has become the presentation of choice.

In the absence of Bible preaching with Spirit-filled authority the people go hungry.  When the pulpit menu at the church is like microwaved leftovers or TV frozen dinners, the folks don’t eat and gain strength.

So many of our churches have found for themselves weak leaders who either can’t or won’t preach.  When that happens, the people drift.  They drift spiritually and morally.  They drift philosophically and socially.

Shortly following the drift, the shift into strange territory begins.  When their church fails to impact their worldview, they start grazing in other pastures.  This poll makes clear that the shift in evangelical circles is well underway.

3. Bible doctrine has been watered down!

Doctrine is a despised word with a lot of these folks.  A lot of their churches go to great lengths to avoid any clear-cut defining of Bible doctrine.  Their watered-down teaching leaves out the “meat” of the Word (I Cor 3:2).  Absent the “meat” of Bible doctrine, even the “milk” seems to be of the two-percent variety.

The preacher has a God-given responsibility to “…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine”  (Titus 2:1).  Such “sound doctrine” should include salvation by grace through faith, baptism after salvation by immersion, eternal security and a generous number of other scripturally clear matters.

4. Political correctness has found a home!

The news media is politically correct!  The government is politically correct!  The schools are politically correct!  Now a lot of churches are likewise becoming politically correct!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  -II Tim. 4:3,4

It is not popular to buck the news media, the government and the schools, so these clergy and their churches cave in and go along.  They make a place for evolution!  They redefine marriage!  They embrace sodomy!  They go soft on alcohol!  They accommodate whatever the people want, etc.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  -I Tim. 4:1,2

Scriptural correctness has been pushed to one side by many in evangelical circles in order to make room for political correctness.  Obviously you can’t have both.  So if one is given priority, the other one will be on the outside looking in.

5. Superficial, unscriptural unity!

Camaraderie and fellowship are at the top of the list with evangelicals.  Everybody must get along and go along.  “Getting together” at the expense and the exclusion of Bible truth is the norm.

Unity is generated from a superficial “let’s be nice” platform.

To the contrary genuine Bible-based unity must have a solid, doctrinal foundation and underpinning.

Unity that is created by sacrificing truth is not the advocacy found in the Bible.  This superficial unity opens the floodgates to allow the promotion and proclamation of many varying ideas.  This generates confusion that leaves the evangelical crowd grabbing here and grabbing there.  The result is that they are now embracing a host of unchristian ideas.

6. Interdenominationalism and ecumenism!

A religious version of the politically correct penchant for inclusivism has blurred all the lines of distinctiveness.  The charismatic movement has been a major mover and shaker in this regard.

Popular TV preachers like Robert Schuller (now deceased) and Joel Osteen have fostered the “everybody get together” ideology.  Billy Graham resigned from the board of the Sword of the Lord in the 1950s because he decided to go this route.

The breakdown was predictable.  When you begin to major on soft-soap in order to facilitate your unscriptural unity agenda, you should know that the result will be weakness, not strength.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasurers more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”   II Timothy 3:1-5.

Note “having a form of godliness” (vs. 5).  These verses are describing the church crowd.  Unreal, even unthinkable, but so very, very true!

7. Once-a-week church doesn’t produce!

Once the seeds of destruction  begin to sprout, the “let’s do it the easy way” crowd gravitates to whatever entertains them.  Their appetite for spiritual food (real Bible preaching and teaching) is replaced by a lust for flesh-appeasing, worldly husks.  Instead of good, soul-stirring music, the church platform turns to rock, rap, and other such music (with some soft-sell “Christian” words, of course).

The “preaching” is reduced to a talk and a very short one at that.

The weaker the folks become, the less they show up at church.  Eventually the ministry is reduced to a once-a-week, watered-down service.  The longer this continues, the weaker the folks become.  All the while they are being influenced by Islam, the media, etc.  Consequently, they now have the “shocking” survey.

8.  Sunday schools are shut down!

A lot of churches have already cancelled their Sunday morning Bible study that has been called “Sunday school” for several hundred years.

In so many churches where Sunday school is still held each Sunday, it has become a social event with most of the time spent on coffee, donuts and reviewing the sick list.  Bible study gets only a brief portion of the allotted time.  Often the subject matter being taught is also woefully deficient and does not build strong Christians.

The Sunday school should be a solid center of indoctrination, education and edification.

9. No authoritative text!

In evangelical circles they have changed Bibles so many times the people do not know what to believe.  When the text of Scripture is in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t take long until the authority of Scripture is totally undermined.  This is a major factor in the breakdown of faith among evangelicals.

They will laugh at us because we will not change Bibles, but after this “shocking” survey they may want to stop laughing and throw out all of their watered-down Bibles.

An authoritative text that is tested, tried and true-the King James Bible-is a necessity if you expect to see your converts grow into strong Christians.

10. Accommodating the whims of youth!

Everybody knows that we need to reach young people.  What everybody doesn’t seem to realize is that you don’t get the job done giving them everything their immaturity demands.

Church youth ministries are often built on what I call “kiddie preaching” and “kiddie music.”  That is exactly the opposite of what should happen.

The teen departments in your church should have strong preaching, solid Bible study, standards of conduct and participation along with solid, noncontemporary music.

When the adult leadership leads with authority, example and love, the kids will follow.  And the results will be good!

Evangelicals “Shocked”; Fundamentalists Be Warned

Indeed, the Summit/Barna survey was pretty shocking even for the evangelicals.  But let’s be honest with ourselves.  The slide among some fundamentalists, in which they are borrowing everything they can from the evangelicals, puts all of us in danger.

To my preacher brethren, I’m sounding an alarm because it is past time to be alert.  Danger is beyond the doorstep and already inside the house.  Naivete we cannot afford.  Going-along-to-get-along is a flawed philosophy.

Just because something is “big” doesn’t mean it is “better” or “best.”

We had better pay attention.  What this generation does in moderation the next generation will do in excess.  Remember this pointed teaching:

“Walking about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following”- Ps. 48:12.13.

One Additional Note

Once the slide toward the left has begun, it is very, very difficult for a church to regain its moorings and pull back to solid ground.

Already several pastors who have “contemporized” their churches following the influence of the evangelicals and the charismatics have said, “I made a huge mistake, but I could never turn it back now without losing most of my current crowd.”  So sad, indeed!

My earnest plea: don’t let it happen to you!

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Watergate: modern age”

It appears that the “Russian collusion, delusion, confusion and illusion” which focused on President Donald Trump for the last year plus, was a smokescreen, intended to deflect the attention from the REAL Russian collusion which is centered upon the sale of 20% of our supply of uranium to Russia.   [Remember, absolutely no proof of this surmised collusion involving Russia and President Donald Trump has ever been offered].  In cahoots were the former Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department and others.  The boomerang has come back and slammed the Democrats right in the face, and the entire time, the Russian connection was with the Democratic National Convention and the Clinton campaign.  Keep an eye on the news, and pray for justice to prevail with this issue.

I ask myself, what do the corrupt Russian leaders, Vladimir Putin and others, think about our leadership in the United States of America?

Pastor Steve  <><

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President Trump called the investigation into a uranium deal with Russia that is linked to Hillary Clinton “Watergate: modern age.”
“The uranium sale to Russia and the way it was done was so underhanded. With tremendous amounts of money being passed, I actually think that’s Watergate: modern age,” Trump told a media scrum as he left the White House on Wednesday to head to Texas.
Republican congressmen announced they would begin investigating a controversial uranium deal approved during the Obama administration when Clinton was the secretary of state.
Groups backing the Uranium One sale reportedly donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

New York Post

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Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House:  “Is there any end to the scandal throughout our government?  The swamp is huge.  The Clinton Foundation accrued money through selling uranium to Russia, so the Russians could build nuclear armaments to threaten us with.  Then there is also the Trump dossier which is Fake News collected by the Democratic Party against Donald Trump.”

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / June 16, 2017 / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

We have come to a time when we are continually on the defensive.  We dig our little spiritual foxholes and pile up our sandbags with our little spiritual peashooters and try to keep the Devil from getting us, when we ought to be marching out like an army and having the Devil run from us.  -Curtis Hutson

The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God….Our religion is weak because our [view of] God is weak….Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.  -A.W. Tozer

We are always trying to “find ourselves” when that is exactly what we need to lose.  -Vance Havner

No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.  -Calvin Coolidge

If called to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Many a man aims at nothing and hits it with remarkable precision.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Twenty-One Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2017; Planned Parenthood Has Shut Down Twenty Since 2010

School to Teacher: Don’t Pray for Your Colleagues

Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Pastors Lead Rally for Abortion

Cuban Pastor Gets One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

Liberal North Carolina Pastors Dedicate Former Church Building to Islam

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label

Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because “Forced Childbirth Is The Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”

Jakarta’s Christian Governor Imprisoned for Blasphemy

Washington Pastor Says He Doesn’t Care What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

American Deaths From Drug Overdoses in 2015 Equal Number of American Deaths in Vietnam War

Professor Tells Students to Stop Reading Bible

Dad Asks School Board:  When “Did You Decide That It Was Okay to Teach My Children About Islam?”

Middle School Teaches Students That Historic Islam Was Tolerant of Other Religions

New York Library Presents “Drag Queen Story Hour” to Kids

Minneapolis Mayor Speaks at Mosque to Reassure Muslims She Stands With Them

CBS Poll Claims Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at an All-Time High

Pennsylvania City Council Removes Bench With Quote From William Penn

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Read The Bible

Read the Bible, and it brings you into the association of the best people that ever lived.  You stand beside Moses and learn his meekness; beside Job and learn his patience; beside Abraham and learn his faith; beside Daniel and learn his courage to do right; beside Isaiah and learn his fiery indignation toward evildoing; beside Paul and catch something of his enthusiasm; beside Christ and feel His love.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ May 19, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

What in the World is Happening to Marriage?

More Americans 50 years and older are copying younger generations and eschewing marriage, opting instead to live with their partners, according to new research.

In 2016 about 18 million Americans were cohabiting, defined as living with an unmarried partner; and nearly a quarter of them were people over 50, an increase of 75 percent since 2007, data released on April 6, 2017, from Pew Research Center showed….

Fewer marriages, changing social norms and women’s greater economic independence are other explanations for the rise, Stepler added….

Pew found that 27 percent of people 50 years and older who are cohabiting have never married, while more than half are divorced and 13 percent are widowed.   -Yahoo.com

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Amen Corner

To see what is right and not do it is cowardice.  It is never a question of who is right but what is right.  -John Buchan

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teaching of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.  -Calvin Coolidge

We would have more peace of mind if we gave away fewer pieces of our minds.         -Vance Havner

Some people’s religion is so spiritual that they cannot endure to hear of money and they faint at the sound of a collection.        -Charles Spurgeon

The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting.  It has been found difficult and left untried.  -G. K. Chesterton

We talk about Heaven’s being so far away.  No, it is within speaking distance to those who belong there.  -D.L. Moody