24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
God Bless You, and God Bless America! Today I have a short message regarding the so called notion of what is called “The Separation of Church and State” and how it relates to us as Christians.
You may have been taught that politics and religion don’t mix. And, in today’s world it is oftentimes easy to think they have little to do with one another. This is probably because of the distortion of Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts on the subject.
I understand it is wonderful to share spiritual matters, ideas, thoughts, and things that edify the body of Christ. We must always do this. However, I believe we must not do them to to the exclusion of dealing with practical matters that affect tge church and our society as a whole.
So what am saying? It’s simple really. It is my contention that we as Christians have a moral obligation to attend to practical matters that affect the church at large. And, how certain ungodly organizations have worked to distort what Jefferson meant by the idea of separation of church and state to pollute our thinking in a way that is designed to prevent us from doing just that.
Romans 1:22 KJV… Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Are you a college student at a major university or other institute of supposed higher learning? Or, perhaps you already graduated a few years ago and are now confident you have life pretty much all figured out?
In that case, I am probably going to make you mad at me. Or, at least upset. However, if that is the case, so be it. Because you deserve to know the truth and the scales need to fall from your eyes.
Generally, I try to avoid using very short partial excerpts from Scripture and try to keep things in context. But, in this particular case I wish to use this one verse, Romans 1:22 as a label.
You see, when I think of college professors these days I do not tend to think of them primarily as men of wisdom, for most have none. I do not think of them as knowledgeable either, save some who are in certain disciplines perhaps such as the medical arts, or physics, and things of that nature.
No, I cannot say with certainty that you or I will always learn great truths, grow in wisdom, or even learn great things should we sit under the tutelage of many professors. Indeed, I confess when I think of such men these days I think of the above mentioned excerpt from the Bible. This is because there are a great many professors who are fools. Hence, Romans 1:22 comes to mind.
Now, before we get too far along I will for the time being exempt professors in certain reputable Bible colleges and such, as well. While I’m sure there are some fools even in that arena, I am in essence, making a wide sweeping generalization. And, that is in essence exactly my intent.
Psalm 14:1 KJV… The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Have I startled you? After all, I Imagine if you have attended college it was at considerable expense and effort. Let me be allowed to further disturb your inner being for a few moments if you will allow it? If I propose, as I most certainly do, that many professors are indeed foolish or outright fools themselves, then it follows that students who have sat under such men to learn are in fact, “ignorant”. This would be due to the mis-education of the students. (Perhaps a refund might be due to some students. Try flying that notion at the admissions office!).
The truth is if your professor, teacher, educator, or other person teaching you doesn’t believe in God, he or she is a type of fool. I can hear you already! You are saying “Wait a minute!” and you may even be protesting rather loudly. You are going to ask how does believing in God have anything to to with education ?
It is precisely because you ask that question I know that you have been subjected to the teachings of at least some foolish professors at some godless institutions. You have indeed, been mis-taught, and in some cases intentionally fooled by your so called higher institutions of learning.
If a person who teaches you doesn’t believe in God, that person is already at a disadvantage because they do not hold a foundational truth inside them. You cannot understand our reality correctly without knowing God exists. And, if that person intentionally denies that God exists, he or she is a fool of sorts.
I can almost see you shaking your head and saying that cannot be true. But, it most certainly is. Now, that is not to say that such instructors cannot impart some things which you can learn. But, for the most part such teachers are at a disadvantage because their view of life will be distorted by their lack of understanding. You could even say they were to some degree, developmentally disadvantaged. This is because they will suffer a weak foundation in their minds as a result and not be able to interpret reality correctly.
But, let’s get back to education. Oftentimes it is what the foolish professors didn’t teach you that do the most harm. Did you know for example that public education was invented precisely to teach the Bible? Or that in most cases, the Bible was the first textbook used? Did you know that there was a period of time when theology was referred to as “The Queen of Sciences”? Are you aware that many of the “best” universities and colleges started as having religious beginnings? Harvard for example was started to train clergy. The list goes on. And, that list includes many schools who now seek the eradication of God from education.
May I interject at this point that in theory all students are in some sense ignorant. After all, this is why they seek to learn isn’t it? We are all ignorant about something. Ignorance of the fact of God’s existence is the supreme ignorance. And, I know you have probably been taught that it’s not possible to prove there is a God. Of course that is absurd and utter nonsense. I say this because there are many things in life I know that you already believe in that equate to the exact same situation as belief in God.
What I am saying is this. Inside your mind you accept as “proof” certain things such as evidence, experience, history, feelings, and such and are convinced of “facts” because of them, and so you choose to “believe” these things have been “proved”. Perhaps you are married and because of certain things you feel, or things your spouse has done, you are convinced that is “proof” he or she loves you? This is an example of a certain type of methodology whereby you accept as proof the love your spouse has for you is real. You cannot take your spouse’s love to the science lab to examine it although certain side effects of people’s emotional well being have been studied.
You accept there was a president named Lincoln who was assassinated because of historical records don’t you? The Bible is a historical record of God’s love for you. What I am saying here is that perhaps you should consider as “proof” of God’s existence some of the same things you use to prove other things as facts to yourself. In other words, why would you not use the same methodology?
Now, before you jump off the rails and come at me I want you to understand that the universe itself is hard evidence that God is very real. To think otherwise is the result of the teachings of foolish men teaching foolish things. Do not be misled! Einstein believed in God. As did Galileo, Faraday, Copernicus, and even Da Vinci. ( It is now known that much gossip was accorded Da Vinci, but his actual objections were similar to that of Martin Luther, and that he was simply a pre- reformationist of sorts.)
My point is that you as a student were mislead carefully and sometimes discreetly by ungodly, and in some cases unethical men and that they taught falsehoods to you in the name of higher education. Many of these men are anti-God or anti-Christ. Professing themselves wise they gave you a false truth. In effect, you have been carefully culled, decieved, and indoctrinated to believe there is no proof God exists. If that sounds like “brainwashing” that’s because it is. Certain people with vested interests have been working very hard to eradicate the knowledge of God from our society . Various people are doing this due to self interests too. Selfishly they seek to substitute a different belief system as your “religion” and turn you away from God. This is so they may have power and influence.
Also, know that this is being done in the political arena. There are those who simply can’t stand the notion of a country founded on Godly principles. Eradication of God from our educational system is one of the most powerful tools they have to use in order to manipulate your mind.
King James Version John 16:7… Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
King James Bible 1St John 1:7… But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If I only had one chance to tell you something I really wanted you to know before the end of the world what do you think that it would be? Or, what would you tell me?
Obviously, I can’t speak for you. In fact, what I am thinking of seems so profound to me I can’t imagine words exist for the message I would want to communicate to you. Yet I would try to make you understand somehow.
It has to do with God of course. But how could I find the right words to communicate all that God is so that you would turn to His love and Him before it was too late?
In my mind I see images of a warm fire but does not consume. I can feel the warmth of His Spirit surrounding me in a comforting warmth. I am safe. I am loved. I live with the very Spirit of God within me for all eternity. I smile at you and yield to The Spirit and invite you to surrender to His love. But, I am not uttering spoken words. How can any mere words explain The Holy Spirit? In my heart am urging you to surrender to His Spirit by accepting Christ.
Suddenly, in my mind an image forms of a single flame that is also comforting yet it illuminates everything without any harsh glare. And, in that instance I understand what we were meant to be for all eternity. I beckon to you and you nod and begin to surrender yourself to Christ and God and His Spirit. Slowly I watch you as your spirit yields to Him and you are swept away in the absolute perfection of God’s Spirit.
Suddenly, on the horizon the heavens are filled with sharp brilliant points of light as Christ Himself appears as trumpet unlike any other ever heard before sounds.
King James Bible. 1St Thessalonians 4:16… For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
To those on the earth time passes, yet somehow in the illumation of the Light in His presence everything is eternally now. Time does not exist.
King James Bible Revelations 19:11… And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
My heart leaps within me as I pray earnestly that somehow I have communicated all that I need to so that you will not hesitate. Not even for a moment, before yielding to The Holy Spirit and the love of Christ. I can see Jesus now and He is sitting upon a white horse. I cannot stop myself from weeping! In that moment I realized how shallow life was before Christ dwelled within me.
Faithful and True! The very essence of those words is before me in the person of Jesus. And, I understand the true depth of the meaning of those words in a deeper way I never could before.
No words can adequately convey this message by themselves. Only through The Holy Spirit can you spiritually understand the message my heart is trying to share with you. You must see with spiritual eyes to understand. Without accepting Christ you cannot.
All of what The Spirit is saying is as if all is concisely within a moment. This is the way reality and our relationship with God was meant to be!
How could I ever using just mere words convey the love and beauty of Christ you would miss out on should you reject Him? Or, the completeness within your very soul that will be when we come face to face in the resurrection with Jesus?
King James Bible 1St Corinthians 15:52… In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
First we are raptured into His presence, in the twinkling of an eye! We are changed eternally and become all we were ever meant to be.
While my human mind can’t always fathom how such things can be? I know I am forevermore with the Lord. And, for those left behind a period of time passes. Certainly I know Christ returns as he promised.
Can you not see? How could I convey all that is necessary to you so that you knew all the facts and understood what was at stake?
And, then finally it comes to me! I must pray! Urgently! For your heart to be touched by His love. For your mind to become illuminated by His Spirit. For you to surrender to Him, and He will explain everything you need to know.
I have often wept when stopping to think of the terrible tragedy of even a single life or soul eternally separated from God. Say what you will about the lake of fire, punishment and all. Nothing compares to the thought of eternal separation from God.
All my feeble attempts at words to make you understand the totality of the situation and of reality itself are as ashes compared to The Holy Spirit speaking to you from within Anything I speak or say is but dust next to the still small voice of God speaking to your soul.
And so, in the end I yield and say a final prayer that you will allow God to reveal Himself to you fully in every way to your heart and soul. Because I know His Word in your heart is all that you need.
Surrrender! Surrender to Him, I beseech you! If you don’t understand my words, seek His! Open your heart and soul to Jesus. Surrender to His divine love for all eternity.
May God richly bless you spiritually as you seek Him. He is the very meaning of life eternal. Would that I could take your hand wherever you are right now and lead you to Him. But, there is a person who can, far better than I, lead you to eternal life and love! His name is Jesus!
I hear a Newsmax commentator the other day mentioning how many Americans here in the United States identify as Christian. It was a large number. Nearly 70% if I remember correctly. If I’m wrong, let me know. On any case, it was a substantial number.
I can’t help wondering though what that means? They “identify” as Christians ? All kidding aside, if you are a Christian who has accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour obviously you are a Christian.
But, I seriously doubt that 70% of people in this country are born again. They just “identify” as Christians for the sake of the pollsters question because they… attend church? Figure God must be up there somewhere? Follow a loose moral code version of Christian conduct? Or, was it posed as a multiple choice question and “Christian” was the best closest answer by process of elimination ?
I have to say it. Forgive me. But, if 70% of the U.S.A. were born again there couldn’t possibly be the level of political corruption that there is in our country. Abortion never would have been declared legal because the population wouldn’t have tolerated it. And, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in.
So what then? How many of those folks even attend church? Regularly? How many of them pray? Regularly? Now, I’m going to stick my neck out with a wild guess. Let’s say 25% of that 70% actually go to church. So what?
What I mean to say is, if you are one of those folks I’m wondering if you understand that going to church doesn’t actually make you a Christian?
What I am trying to do here is snap some people out of their wrong thinking. Have you been going to church weekly for years? But, you are only a theoretical Christian? In other words you follow the doctrine of Churchianity? You go because you were taught to go. Or, you go because your spouse or other family member has twisted your arm and you are expected to go? Maybe you honestly think that’s all you’re supposed to do? Or, maybe you think all you have to do is show up, listen to the sermon and follow that guy in the pulpit?
These are all forms of what I call “Church-ian-ity”. And, unfortunately for you your efforts have largely been wasted if you have never sincerely prayed to accept Christ.
I have this awful feeling that a huge percentage of that supposed 70% the news anchor mentioned according to the poll are indeed, simply engaged in “Church-ian-ity”. Or, are only theoretical Christians. God and Christ are nothing more than an abstract idea in their minds. Jesus has little practical application to their lives.
I’m probably going to get some of you mad at me for saying this, but if you are going to a spiritually dead church led by a spiritually dead minister and you haven’t a clue who Jesus truly is; you “almost” might as well not bother! Your religion is in vain. I say ” almost” only because there’s a slim possible chance if you hear a Bible verse and actually receive it into your heart you could be affected and find Christ as your Saviour. That would require at least a measure of sincerity on your part too.
Other than that I have some rather bad news for you. You can go to church, sort of believe God might be “out there” and still be fond of those Bible “stories” you heard as a kid, but you really aren’t a Christian! There is no such thing as being “sort of” a Christian.
Revelations 3:16 KJV
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
There’s been war, famine, death, discord, and so much more wrapped up in the book of 2 Samuel. It’s a nice and refreshing break to listen to David praise the Lord. As I read the chapter, I was very much surprised to see how this held tones of the end of times.
Today’s Reading | 2 Samuel Ch. 22
Who Is The Lord To Us
David sings this song after he had been delivered from his enemies, including Saul.
From verse 2 and 3 alone, David proclaims what the Lord is.
Horn Of Salvation
Wow! What an amazing comfort.
Verses 4-6 David expresses how he was surrounded by death and trial. Yet he cried out to the Lord and was heard.
Coming Of Christ Visual
Verses 8-16 very much have a tone of what the coming of Chrst will be like…
1 Peter 5:7 NLT, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.“
We have to remember that God tells us to give Him our worries . We must choose to hand all of our worries over to Him. When we don’t, then we will end up being weighed down as we try to carry our heavy burdens on our own.
Giving our worries to the Lord means we will have to trust Him. We learn to trust Him through the situations we go through in life, that allow us to see His faithfulness to us. We must pray and ask God to help us to give Him our worries and trust Him.
We don’t just need to trust God when bad things happen. We also need to trust Him with the good things that are going on in our lives. Even in good times, we…
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.King James Version (KJV)
Reaching the lost? Surely, we as Christians know we are to present the gospel and reach out in love towards those who don’t believe. But how? I suspect some of you of course are finding new and innovative ways to get the Word of God out…
But have you ever asked yourself where is the response?
To be sure, the Bible tells us that some will sow and some will reap. In other words, it will take time to see the harvest.
11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
When we read the verse above we know God has said his Word will not return void. However, like the early missionaries I cannot wonder if we aren’t missing something? Remember their early efforts were more of an attempt to establish Christian colonies, and that years later it became more evident that endeavors to reach the lost in other lands became more fruitful if we studied the various cultures of those we were trying to reach.
What I am getting at here is that I wonder about the United States? Has it not changed culturally to a great degree?
So where do we stand? While recently studying a course on contemporary preaching I was struck with some of the ideas presented. I didn’t agree with everything in the course. The textbook was written by a compendium of authors. However, it was pointed out to me that there are those who believe our society in The United States Of America is in a transition period from modern thinking to post modern thinking.
To my astonishment, I “learned” that JFK was given much of the credit for pushing us into the realm of modern thinking by his well known speech regarding an American commitment to go to the moon and do so rather quickly!
Notwithstanding that J.F.K. had his flaws that were revealed decades later after his assassination, as a child I saw him as a hero. I was a huge fan of the space race! I built model rockets such as the X-15, and to this day I have a diecast collectible of it in my bookcase.
Living through those years I watched as literally millions of Americans became enthralled. It seemed as if science could answer every question and that if men put their minds together they could accomplish anything. Thus, some believe this was if not the very beginning, at least the equivalent of an atomic explosion towards modern thinking which asks the how or why of everything.
Literally, the moon landing inspired mankind itself, and especially Americans towards a can do attitude.
I am now told we are entering a post modern era. Perhaps we have discovered man can’t find the answer to every question by himself? Sadly, neither have we returned to biblical truth so much.
Today’s world is a mixture of varying schools of thought. When the gospel is presented to the modern thinker he or she asks how and why? In addition, much of the newer generation doesn’t already hold to the presumption that God exists.
This means oftentimes if a Christian hits an unbeliever with a barrage of Bible verses they may find the response is simply a shrug of the shoulders and a “So what?”
Now, I’m going to present to you the idea that belief in God is logical, rational, and intelligent.
Isaiah 1:18 KJV…
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Hebrews 10:24-25 …not forsaking the assembling together…
So maybe you don’t attend church anymore? Perhaps because you had a bad experience? Maybe you didn’t say to yourself… “That’s it! I’m done. I’m just not going anymore…” Maybe you just let fellowship slip away or wanted to avoid the emotional pain somebody caused you? In any case, you no longer go because something went wrong. Maybe after that you started to have some doubts about your faith too?
Whatever happened I’d like to share a few words with you. First, I understand. It really does hurt when we are wronged. It’s especially and keenly felt when it comes from a trusted brother or sister in Christ. Or, when something goes awry within your church family that hurts you.
So let me ask, where does that leave you now? Presumably I’m speaking to a previous church goer so you are familiar with…