The End Time Attack On Male Leadership

2nd Timothy 2:3-4

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.

Titus 2:1-8

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

1 Timothy 2:9-10

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Peter 3:3-6

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

I have had the desire for several weeks now to address the issue of the widespread accusations of sexual harassment that have been levied against powerful men in the United States over the last couple of years.  I took my time in approaching this subject because I want to make sure that my “…speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6)  While it is not my desire to purposely offend anyone, it is also not my desire to coddle those who have a worldly mindset.  I take every opportunity to see things through the lenses of scripture, hence the name of my blog, “A Biblical Worldview: The most politically incorrect blog on the internet, dedicated to the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ.”  My perspective on what is going on right now is politically incorrect.  So, if you decide to keep reading, brace yourself…

As early as 2005, actor/comedian/activist Bill Cosby was accused of molestation of a young woman at his home in Pennsylvania.  Since that time, dozens more women have “come out” claiming that Dr. Cosby had some kind of inappropriate relationship with them.  He has been accused of everything from drugging women to sexual assault to rape.  In 2014, a young comedian “on the come up” named Hannibal Buress used the allegations against Dr. Cosby in his standup routine.  That routine went viral, causing many tabloid outlets to take notice and run with the “story”.  News outlets reached out to women who had accused Dr. Cosby, which led to appearances that he had previously scheduled being canceled, and one particular interview that Dr. Cosby and his wife did with NPR to discuss the art collection which they had loaned to the Smithsonian was bombarded with questions about the rape allegations.  Even model Janice Dickinson accused Dr. Cosby of raping her!!!  (Of course, I was not there, but that one I find impossible to believe!)  At that point, the rape allegations have become a media frenzy.  Eventually charges were brought against Dr. Cosby, some of which have since been dropped, and the one for which he went to trial ended in Dr. Cosby not been held responsible for the crimes.

Dr. Cosby was one of the persons I have always trusted to bring proper programming on television when I was a child (but of course, I am old enough to have grown up in an era where there was no filth on television, and even the marginal shows were not shown until after 9 pm, when children should already be in bed).  It was so disheartening to see him go through this (though I am, by no means. attempting to paint him as a saint…he is a sinner just like all of us, and needs the Savior just like all of us).

In 2015, my favorite “reality tv” family, The Duggars, from Springdale, Arkansas, were satanically attacked by the media and the world when it was revealed that their then-teenaged eldest son, Joshua, had inappropriately touched five girls while they slept, four of whom were his sisters.  The Duggars handled the situation with their son without involving law enforcement, because their son, at that time, was a minor.  The Duggars are Christians, and they sought Biblical help for their son, which was their right and their duty as Christian parents.  Somehow this information was leaked to the press, causing the network which carried their show, “19 Kids and Counting” to drop their show from the network.  (Mind you, their show had the highest ratings on the entire network.  You could actually call their show the network’s “cash cow”.)  After the show’s cancellation, a woman claimed that she had a sexual relationship with Joshua, who at the time was married with three or four children.  Joshua had to quit his job at a Christian organization to protect them from scandal, and he eventually entered into a Christian treatment center for persons with sexual addictions.  He stayed there for several months, and eventually was reunited with his wife and his children.  Joshua released a statement apologizing for his actions and his hypocrisy.  He and his wife have since added a new addition to their family, bring the total number of children that they have to five.  Praise the LORD for sparing their marriage!  But the press did not and has not let up.  The Duggars were such a “cash cow” that they came up with the idea to spinoff the original show with a show featuring only the adult children who have married and begun to have families of their own.  That show is called “Counting On”.  The network has since stated that they will no longer feature the oldest married daughter’s husband because he made statements affirming that a man is born male and cannot be female: ever.  (I guess he is about as politically incorrect as I am!)

In 2017, a Hollywood mogul was accused of raping, harassing, and/or molesting many women who were aspiring or successful actresses.  His wife is a fashion designer whose clothing line is usually featured by these actresses on the red carpet.  While many of these women’s stories are believable, it is interesting to me the timing of their accusations.  I do not understand why they waited so long to “come out” and tell the stories of how they were harassed or molested by this man.  Nevertheless, he has been fired from the company that he founded, his wife has left him, and last I heard about him, he was entering a treatment facility for those with sexual addictions.  I wonder how that will turn out…

ABC News’ website has compiled a list of men who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the news of the Hollywood mogul broke.  These are just a few of the names on the list:

~Singer Nick Carter has been accused of raping a woman 15 years ago and denies the allegations.

~Comedian Louis C. K. has been accused of and has admitted to sexual misconduct and has apologized for his behavior.

~Actor Richard Dreyfuss has been accused of sexual harassment.  He denies the allegations.

~Actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment of a 17 year old girl.  He has since apologized for his behavior.

~Actor Steven Seagal has been accused of raping two women.  He denies the allegations.

~Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons has been accused of rape and coercion by a model in his New York apartment.  Simmons denies the accusations, saying that the relationship was consensual.

~Actor Tom Sizemore has been accused of groping an 11 year old girl in 2003.  He denies the allegations.

~Actor Kevin Spacey has been accused by 24 men of sexual assault.  According to his former publicist, he is “seeking treatment”.

~Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual misconduct.  He denies the allegations, saying that he has “never been a predator…”

~Actor George Takei, who is openly homosexual, has been accused by a man of sexual assault.  He denies the allegation.

~Amazon executive Roy Price was accused of sexual assault.  He resigned from Amazon.

~PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose was accused of unwanted sexual advances, making lewd phone calls, and exposing himself to several women.  He has apologized for his behavior but questions some of the details that have been given.  CBS fired Rose from his anchor position on their morning program and PBS dropped his show from their lineup.

~Former president George H. W. Bush has been accused of of patting women on the bottom while taking pictures with them.  President Bush is in a wheelchair and says that his arm falls below their waist during the pose.

~Michigan Representative John Conyers has been accused of sexually harassing his staffers, and settled one claim out of court, though he denies the allegations.

~Minnesota Senator Al Franken has been accused of “forcibly kissing” an LA radio anchorwoman, and has been photographed touching a woman inappropriately while she slept.  He has also been accused of several other acts of sexual misconduct.  He has apologized, but has not admitted to any wrongdoing.  The Senate ethics committee is investigating.

~Alabama’s senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of carrying on sexual relationships with at least two women while they were teenagers, which was several decades ago.  He denies the allegations, and the Alabama GOP is supporting his decision not to step down.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the accused, but I just wanted to give you an idea of how many men have been accused in the last ten years.  This year seemed to be a Pandora’s box of skeletons coming out of the closet.  There has to be a reason for that…

Now to my perspective on all of this:  I believe that this is the enemy’s agenda to bring down the male as the leader and head of all that God has given him to lead.  Satan’s agenda began slowly, but has gained traction over the years as our adversary knows that his time is limited.  He has to do as much damage as possible in the time that he has left, because Jesus is going to “come quickly”.  Revelation 2:16 says, “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Revelation 3:11 says, “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”  Revelation 22:7 says, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”  Jesus is going to come at the time when most least expect Him, and He is going to right all the wrongs that are being done in the earth today.  And the great thing about it is we do not know when He is coming:  Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”  So it would behove Christians to obey His command in Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hourwherein the Son of man cometh.”

I believe that satan has used the “…the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” (1 John 2:16) to bombard men and bring them down from their positions of power.  Men are visual creatures.  They are drawn to that which is appealing to the eye.  No wonder God warned women to dress appropriately so that they would not attract the kind of attention that they should not get!  How can a woman not expect a man to be attracted to her physically when she is showing all that God gave her that a man is attracted to?  I remember hearing the testimony of a man who said that his greatest struggle with his eyes was in church.  The women at his church dressed so scantily that they drew the attention of men in church who were sincerely there to worship God and had no desire to “hunt flesh”.

As the wife of a porn addict, I feel a sense of compassion towards these men who have been accused.  I have had many conversations with my husband in the past about his struggle to keep his eyes off of exposed flesh.  I remember one day we were in the car riding down a street not far from our home, and we passed two women jogging.  I did not look at him to see where his eyes were, but I sensed that he could not resist looking at those women who basically wore nothing more than underwear while they jogged.  I asked him later if he struggled not to look at them and he said yes.  While part of me was angry at him for being attracted to someone other than me, another part of me is was sensitive to the fact that God created him to be attracted to women.  It is not his fault that the women today are exposing all the parts that God gave them to use only for their husbands.  Plain and simple:  women need to cover up.

In no way am I implying that because women dress so scantily men have a license to rape, molest, grope or sexually misbehave in any manner.  No man has the right to do anything to any woman without her consent.  As a matter of fact, no man should be doing anything with any woman WHO IS NOT HIS WIFE!!!  That said, there still needs to be some accountability on the part of women for how we present ourselves.  I remember  an older women telling me once that I needed to wear my skirts shorter.  She said that no one could see anything because I had it all covered up.  I politely told her that no one had any business seeing anything except my husband.  Now, remember: she was the older woman, and according to Titus 2:3, she was supposed to be teaching me how to be “chaste” or appropriate.  She was encouraging me to be inappropriate!  One of the areas where I was always sensitive was how I am perceived…and I always wanted to be perceived as a LADY.  That word is so misused and misunderstood these days until we simply do not have women who care about being treated like a LADY anymore.

Many of the women who have accused these powerful men, particularly in Hollywood, have admitted that the incident happened in the man’s home or hotel room.  EXCUSE ME: if you go to a man’s hotel room, what do you think might happen?  Basically, I feel like some of these women sold themselves for an acting role or a job in some Hollywood capacity.  If you do not want to be violated, do your best to protect yourself and keep yourself out of harm’s way.  Never go to a man’s hotel room for an interview or audition. Never to go to a man’s home without bring someone with you, and making sure that his wife will be in attendance.  And only go to his home if it is absolutely necessary!  I am sure there are other places where these Hollywood deals can be done besides a man’s home.

To sum it all up, I believe that the witch hunt that Dr. Cosby and other powerful men like him have endured is the enemy’s way of neutralizing the genders.  Bring the man down to the level of the woman.  Elevate the woman to the place of power where the man belongs.  Put them on equal footing so that the woman looks like the man and the man looks like the woman.  Then the genders that God created will be so skewed that no one will know which is which.  I believe deeply in my heart that this is the enemy’s agenda going forward.

If you are reading this, and you do not know Jesus Christ as your LORD, I encourage you to seek Him today.  There will not be much time left for any of us, because Jesus is coming soon, and you never know when the end of your life may come.  If your life ends and you have not confessed your sins to Him and asked Him to save you, you will be destined for hell.  Hell is a dark, hot, miserable place where many miserable people already are, and there is no escape.  There is no middle ground between heaven and hell.    You will spend eternity in one of those two places.  The decision as to which place is totally up to you.  Ask Him to be your LORD today….

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LORD, Come Quickly!

Revelation 22:20

Even so, come, LORD Jesus.

This is my daily prayer now and going forward.  I am so ready for the LORD to come and rescue His people that I could stand on the roof of my house and just wait there for Him to come.  The world is just going so crazy and it burdens my heart so much for myself, my children and the church of Jesus Christ.  I know God’s Word tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1, “…in the last days perilous times shall come…”  I understand that God’s Word says, in 2 Peter 3:3, “…there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts…”  Knowing these things does not make enduring these things any easier….

My heart is so burdened for the legislation of immorality these days.  In my home state of North Carolina, it is now legal for a man who is dressed up as, or pretending to be, or thinks he is, a woman, to use a public restroom that is designated for women only.  Not only that, but I read recently that the governor of this fine state has decided to put into law something that will force businesses to designate the fact that restrooms are to be gender confused.  Businesses will have to make sure that the gender confused know that they can use either restroom that they choose.  What effect does this have on me?  I am the mother of two teenagers and one pre-teen.  There are times when we are in public places.  There is no way that I am going to allow my daughters to use a public restroom where there is a man pretending to be a woman.  Regardless of what he pretends to be, he is still made by Creator God to be with a woman, and he is still going to be attracted to women, which is going to lead to lascivious behavior if he is allowed to be in the restroom with young women while they are using it.  I have had to have some uncomfortable conversations with my children to explain to them that we will NOT be using public restrooms unless there is an absolute emergency.  How did we get to this place?  All I know is that I am ready for Jesus to come and take us home.  Come, LORD Jesus!

Many states in the US have “legalized” what they call “marriage” between two people of the same gender.  I use those terms loosely because they cannot change what God created.  Marriage is between one man and one woman.  Genesis 2:24 says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  This is as clear as glass.  A man shall cleave to his wife.  What don’t we understand about that?  I remember back in 2012, right here in the state of North Carolina, a vote was cast to maintain the biblical definition of marriage.  The liberals in our state tried every trick in the book to make sure that they bullied conservatives into voting to allow men to marry men and women to marry women.  The vote was cast, and with landslide numbers, the people of North Carolina voted that marriage is indeed what God said it is: between one man and one woman.  The day after the vote was cast, then-President Barack Obama said that the state of North Carolina had “set civil rights back 50 years”.  Excuse me?  First of all, sin is not a civil right.  Two men doing what is unseemly to each other is not a civil right.  Shortly after his statement, one rogue judge in North Carolina ruled that the vote was unconstitutional, and he unleashed same gender marriage on our state.  It reminded me of the scripture in Romans 5:12 that says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…”  One man (Adam) ushered sin into the world, and one judge ushered same gender marriage into the state of North Carolina…and one man (Obama) ushered the flood of sin into this country!  But I know this:  Jesus is going to come and take us up out of this mess.  Come, LORD Jesus!

On January 23, 1973, the greatest act of terrorism that has ever been exacted against our country was written into law:  the legalization of abortion.  Since that time, nearly 60 million babies have been aborted in this country.  More than 550,000 Black babies alone have been aborted in this country THIS YEAR.  Nearly 4,000 babies will die in abortion clinics TODAY ALONE.  The blood of dead babies is crying out from the ground.  No matter how you slice it, abortion is murder.  Exodus 20:13 says “Thou shalt not kill.”  God made it clear to us in His Word in Genesis 2:27, So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”  God created each of those babies that was aborted in HIS image.  God is not pleased with us murdering His image as though His image is not important.  His image is extremely important…Psalm 148:13 says “…for His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven…”  God told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 18:10, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire…”  The fire to which He referred was the fire of sacrifice:  in other words, the children were not to be murdered on the altar as a means of “sacrifice” to any god.  That is exactly what abortion is…a means of sacrifice to the god of convenience and the god of selfishness.  Have you found that you are going to have a baby that will not be convenient for you?  Abort it and you will not have to deal with it.  God hates that.  Abortion is an abomination to Him.  But abortion is a way of life for many.  How long, LORD, will you allow the world to continue to murder your image?  Please come and rescue your people out of the darkness that is abortion!  Come, LORD Jesus!

When I was a child, I don’t remember the exact year, no fault divorce became legal.  In other words, two people who had made a covenant to love, honor and cherish one another as long as they both lived, could decide that they just didn’t want to be married any more and they could get a divorce, and use the reasoning that they had
“irreconcilable differences”.  Those differences could be anything from physical abuse, infidelity, or fraud to “she can’t cook” or “he has bad breath”.  No fault divorce was a death blow to marriage as God designed it.  Marriage is a “covenant”.  The word covenant means unbreakable promise.  God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  The promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12 is still in effect at this very moment.  Why?  Because God made a COVENANT, and He does not break His promise.  God made the people of Israel a great nation.  Israel is the greatest nation that exists on planet earth.  They are still, to this day, God’s chosen people, and when Jesus does return He is going to set up His kingdom on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.  God promised that He would bless Israel, and to this day, some of the most blessed people that you will ever meet in the US, in Israel or anywhere else in the world are the Jewish people.  God has destroyed many people who have come up against the Jews, and He will continue to destroy Jewish enemies.  Why?  Because God keeps His promises.  But humanity does not keep its promises.  Men do not keep their promises to be faithful to their wives.  Women do not keep their promises to honor their husbands.  Marriage, which should be a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church is more like a picture of the world going through a revolving door.  Micah 2:15 says “…let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.”  God is going to deal seriously with those who have not kept their marriage vows.  Erwin Lutzer said “God holds fathers accountable for their wives and children.”  This is one of my favorite quotes, because I am so thankful that the God of the Bible is not going to let husbands, including mine, and fathers, including mine, get away with not being the husband and father that they should have been.  God’s judgment is on their lives even at this moment, and I praise Him because He loves me enough to let me see some of the repayment that people get for hurting those that He loves.  Nevertheless, it will all be over when He comes….come, LORD Jesus!

If you are reading this and you do not know Him, ask Him to save you today.  He is going to return one day, we do not know when; and when He returns, you do want to be in a right relationship with Him.  You do not want to be left behind.  You want to go back with Him and live with Him forever.  Do not let this moment pass without asking Him to be your LORD, so that you can say with confidence, “Come, LORD Jesus!”

For The Very First Time…

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Boy Scout of America: The Latest to be DECEIVED

2 Corinthians 6:17

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD…

1 Peter 1:15-16

But as He Which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

It is being widely reported that the Boy Scouts of America has finally decided to allow girls to join their ranks.  I remember a few years ago, when the Boy Scouts stood out amongst the civic organizations and vehemently decried attempts from the LGBTQ crowd to force them to allow homosexuals to become scout masters.  They firmly said that they would not allow that to happen.  My best friend and I were excited at that news, but I remember her saying to me, “Eventually, they will cave…one day they are going to give in to the pressure.”  She could not have been more right.

Here we are now, a few years removed from that event, and I find myself thinking back to the time when churches all over America were celebrating the fact that someone was fighting back against the onslaught of the homosexual agenda.  I remember being so happy to know that at least one male dominated group would remain just that, teaching boys how to become men, and not allowing the secular humanistic homosexual agenda to rule within their ranks.  Now that excitement is gone.

My heart is hurting for the families of the boys who love Boy Scouts. I imagine that there are fathers and mothers who are having conversations, even as I type these words, about whether their son will continue to be a part of the organization.  I imagine that some parents have already made the painful decision to pull their sons out, and their sons are more than likely heartbroken.  We live in such a pain-filled world.

The thing is that the homosexuals are no more interested in being true Boy Scouts than they are being legally married to one partner for life.  The homosexual agenda is to make the rest of us, who know their lifestyle is sinful, accept their lifestyle as normal.  God said something different in His Word:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them…Romans 1:26-32.

I know you may read this and think, what does the Boy Scouts allowing girls in have to do with the homosexuals?  It is all part of the same agenda.  They all want to change the face of the family that God created.  They want to gender neutralize the world.  They want to do away with male leadership.  They want to erase the man, and make him as lily-livered as Adam was in the garden, when he disobeyed God and fell for the trap satan set for him.  Eve was the bait, and Adam was the fish…

I continue to pray for America.  I believe that God is giving us one last chance to get it right.  I believe that God is allowing us another chance to repent for allowing the homosexual agenda to reach Sodom and Gomorrah proportions.  I believe that God is not pleased with the state of America where homosexuality is concerned.  He did not like it in Sodom and Gomorrah, and He does not like it in America.  He rained down fire and brimstone over Sodom and Gomorrah, and He is able to do likewise to America if He chooses.  I pray that we will repent.

If you are reading these words and you do not have a relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ:  if you have not asked Him to forgive you for your life of sin, and be the LORD and  Master of your life, do not let this moment pass without doing so.  The next moment is not promised to you.  None of us know the number of our days, only God does.  None of us knows when Jesus will return, and He is coming back.  Cry out to Him today.  He never turns His back on those who come to Him in sincerity.  He will save you.  He will give you new life.  He has already paid your sin debt on the cross, because He loves you and does not want you to spend eternity in hell.  Give your life to Him today….Romans 10:9-10.

 

Double-Minded Men…

James 1:8

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

You would have to live underneath a rock not to have heard at least some of the controversy surrounding the National Football League, or NFL, and their anthem protests.  The protests began last year with one player in particular, who claimed that he could no longer salute a flag that stood as representation of a country that “oppressed” people of color.  (The word “oppressed” is his word, not mine.)  That football player was quoted as saying that he would not stand for the national anthem anymore until there was change in the way people of color are treated by law enforcement officials.  (By the way, at the end of last season, the team for which this young man played dropped him, and up to the time of this writing, he has not been picked up by any other team.  Hmm.)  Since the beginning of this football season, the whole anthem protest thing has picked up a lot of steam and teams, their coaches, retired players and even owners are joining in the fray.  One team decided to stay in the locker room, while only one of their players came out and stood, hand over heart, for the national anthem.  Another team stood in the tunnel until after the national anthem was finished.  All of this chaos began when one man decided not to stand for the national anthem.

Being the opinionated person that I am, I have several thoughts about these anthem protests.  I will express each one of them at some point.  My main problem with the protests is the fact that the original player claimed that he wanted to see changes in the way “oppressed” people are treated in this country.  I keep going back to the word “oppressed” because I cannot imagine how anyone can think that Black people in the United States of America in 2017 are “oppressed”.  Any oppression that is exacted upon Black people today is the oppression that they bring upon themselves.  For instance, (and I have used this example in a previous blog post) there was the situation with the young man who was killed by police officers after being asked not to sell cigarettes on the street in front of a certain business.  The part of the story that the media fails to publicize is the fact that the young man had robbed the very store he was arrested in front of earlier that day.  The police officers were called when he  began selling individual cigarettes in front of the very place that he had robbed!  The police came and politely asked him to move along and he became belligerent.  An altercation ensued, and he ended up dead.  After his death, tributes began pouring in on social media from persons claiming to know him, calling him a good person and such.  My question is this:  how good a person do you have to be to rob a store?  How good do you have to be disobey police officers?  How good do you have to be to become belligerent when given instructions?  That is not the kind of good that I want to be.

So……when is the NFL going to start protesting against behavior like this young man’s?  When are they going to say enough with all the crime and killing and nonsense that goes unnoticed in the Black community?  When are they going to consider the fact that this nation is being “oppressed” by “people of color” who hold their own neighborhoods hostage, while making White America feel guilty for having a standard.

Another killing comes to mind when I think of protests gone awry.  There was a young man who was killed by the neighborhood watch person because he refused to submit to questioning.  The neighborhood watch person was out there doing the job he had been assigned, but this young man came along and defied him, wound up dead, and it’s the neighborhood watch guy’s fault.  He went to trial and was acquitted, but he was, for a long time, hounded by the media and by Black America because of the death of the young man who defied his instructions.  When is the NFL going to start protesting young men defying authority?  When is there going to be an uproar over people not doing what they are told to do by the persons in authority?

There was another killing late in 2016 of a man who had been convicted three separate times for drug-related crimes.  He was wanted for questioning concerning a fourth crime, and when police approached his home to talk to him, he ran.  The police chased him and caught up with him, only for him to attack them physically and they shot him.  The next day, the newspaper in the city where he lived showed a bunch of Black people carrying signs and walking in the middle of the street holding up traffic.  News cameras wound up in that area, and of course, someone put a microphone in one of his relatives’ faces.  The relative called him such a good man…he was a good dad to his kids, all three of them, by three different women, neither of whom he had the decency to marry, and the only reason he was dealing drugs was so that he could buy school clothes for himself and his kids.  When is the NFL going to start protesting irresponsible behavior on behalf of young Black men who impregnate women that they know they are not going to marry, leaving the burden of raising the children to the young women, and many times, the young women’s parents?  When is the NFL going to start protesting against young Black men selling drugs on the streets of Black communities?  When is the NFL going to start protesting against anything other than something that makes no sense?

I am not an NFL fan and never have been.  I am only familiar with all that goes on in the NFL because I am a fan of other sports, and the NFL always manages to become inserted into the other sports talk that I like.  I hear the praise of the persons who support what the NFL is doing, and I hear those like myself, who think this is nonsense.  I strongly support our president when he says that the owners should fire anyone who disrespects our nation, our flag and the brave service personnel who sacrifice to give us the right to disrespect our nation and our flag!  I would suspend and/or ban any player who did not stand for the national anthem at the beginning of a sporting event.

I do not worship the flag.  I do not worship the national anthem.  I do not worship sports.  I do worship the LORD Jesus Christ, and I do know that America was founded on the principles that are taught in the Word of God.  I am proud to know that there is evidence of what the LORD did for this world by suffering and dying on the cross at Calvary all over this nation.  The players in the NFL are not ultimately disrespecting our nation; ultimately they are disrespecting the LORD Jesus Christ.  They want chaos…they do not want order, and Jesus commands order amongst His people.  They want lawlessness…Jesus commands us to govern ourselves according to His law.  They want to be subject to no one…but we will all stand before Jesus Christ and give an account for all the things we did in our lives.

If you do not know the LORD Jesus Christ, come to know Him as Savior today.  Repent of your sin, ask Him to forgive you, and ask Him to be the LORD of your life today.  The reward will be great when you get to heaven.  The consequence of rejecting Him will be equally as terrifying.  Do not let this moment pass without confessing your sin to Him and asking Him to save you.  Don’t be a double minded man…unstable in your eternity.

Dear Churches, You’re Killing Yourselves…

As you may have noticed by now, I am not too proud to share my blog with other writers who have eloquently expressed my sentiments.  I have found another such writer in a gentleman named Matt Walsh.  I have never met Matt; as a matter of fact, I had never heard of him until I read this article.  I saw this article on my Twitter timeline and once I started reading it, I could not stop.  This is just what the “doctor” ordered.  I hope you enjoy this article as much as I have.

Matt Walsh: Dear churches, you’re killing yourselves and this is how

 
Matt Walsh: Dear churches, you’re killing yourselves and this is how

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A certain sermon I heard a little while ago has stuck with me.

It began with a reference to “Toy Story.” Yes, “Toy Story.” The cartoon with talking toys.

The Pixar film, as the pastor explained, contained many examples of friendship. Friendship is important, you see. It’s good to have friends. In case anyone thought friendship was bad, he was standing up to boldly declare otherwise. Remember that Randy Newman song called “You’ve Gotta Friend In Me” from the movie? He did. He quoted it at length. Then he handed out juice boxes and graham crackers and we had nap time on the alphabet rug.

I have no problem with a sermon that draws on art or literature outside of Scripture to illustrate a theme contained in it. But of all the poems, novels, songs, films, paintings, sculptures that may reveal some divine truth, he went with “Toy Story”? Oh, but “Toy Story” is relatable, you say. Really? Relatable to whom? Kindergartners? Well, are we in a Kindergarten class or a church? It certainly is hard to tell anymore. Just add a few boxes of crayons and a couple glue sticks and some of these churches would be indistinguishable.

Of course, this dissertation on the theological significance of Buzz Lightyear was pretty standard fare. The message preached from most pulpits in America is just like this: superficial, childish, empty, and seemingly designed to insult the intelligence of anyone who hears it. Christianity is dull and lifeless in this country because that’s what the church and its leaders have done to it. They’ve made it into something so bland, generic and inoffensive that it no longer bears any resemblance to the faith of our Christian ancestors. Even the church buildings themselves reflect this trend. Most of them look like shopping malls or government buildings. Sleek, gray, ugly, secular. But inoffensive. Inoffensive in the same way that the DMV is inoffensive.

Indeed, the primary goal of the modern church is to avoid offense, at whatever cost. And this is precisely why they’re dying. The problem is not merely that they’re boring people. After all, there are those who are bored watching anything that doesn’t involve explosions and car chases. The problem more specifically is that they’re starving people. There is no substance, no meat, in the message being preached. The congregants sit there and slowly starve to death.

Your flocks are starving, churches. You are starving them.

John 21 tells us of a conversation between Our Lord and St. Peter. Three times Our Lord tells the apostle to “tend” or “feed” His sheep. You are not feeding us when you serve up a bunch cliches, platitudes, and vapid pop culture references. The sheep need something real. We need to be guided. We need to be taught. We need to be empowered. We need to be called to repentance. We need to hear about sin and redemption and Heaven and Hell. We are confused. We need explanation. We need to be told how to navigate the spiritual minefield of modern culture. We need something to hold onto. Something to think about as we return to our daily lives. Something real. Something true. Something unsettling. Something dangerous. Something incredible. Something religious.

We are getting killed out there. Don’t you understand that? We drag our sorry, beaten carcasses into church each Sunday (and fewer and fewer even bother to do that anymore) after another week languishing in Sodom, and what do you have to say? Friends are good? Really? Is that it? The Disney Channel could have told me that. What else do you have? Nothing? Could you really have nothing to say to us? Then what are you doing? Why do you exist? Tear down the buildings. Turn them into parking lots. At least they’ll serve a purpose again.

The troops are suffering massive defeats in battle, and when they consult their commanding officer, what do they hear? “Yeah, it’s rough out there, guys. So let me tell you what I learned about teamwork from watching Guardians of the Galaxy.” I spoke to someone at an event recently and he told me that a pastor at his Methodist church actually gave a sermon about lessons from Spider-Man. I guess he was trying to tap into the superhero craze, taking his preaching cues from Stan Lee instead of St. Paul. Millennials must love that! Well, this millennial didn’t. He left mid-sermon and found a new church that very day.

A woman emailed me last week to complain that her priest has given three homilies — three, in a row, Sunday after Sunday — on “inclusivity.” Yes, the brave warrior for Christ stood before his church and fearlessly waged war against the great spiritual danger of non-inclusiveness. This is the real problem we face, you see. There’s not enough including going on. It’s not that our families and marriages are falling apart. It’s not that millions of babies are being killed. It’s not that America is full of porn addicts. It’s not that our children are being sucked into a heathen culture of decadence and moral degradation. It’s the lack of inclusiveness. The road to Hell is paved with people who weren’t appropriately inclusive. That’s what this priest thinks, anyway. A priest who became a priest for reasons that are as unclear to me as they likely are to him.

Speaking of courageous sermons, there’s a non-denominational church not far from me, attended by some family members, where the congregation was treated to several weeks of sermons on the issue of racism. The white churchgoers nodded along while the pastor explained that we shouldn’t judge people based on the color of their skin. Everyone felt grateful for the opportunity to profusely agree with him.

Racism may still be a problem in America, but it’s most likely not a sin that tempts the people sitting in the pews of a church in a liberal north eastern suburb in the year 2017. It’s more likely that they struggle with lust, selfishness, materialism, and worldliness. I guarantee not a single person in the church would disagree with the notion that people of all races are equal. But they almost certainly disagree with many other fundamental Christian teachings, which is why their church ought to be focusing especially on those.

There probably weren’t any neo-Nazis or Klan members in attendance, but there were, I’m guessing, fornicators, adulterers, gossip hounds, moral cowards, gluttons, and heretics. This pastor was careful to avoid all of those areas, though, for fear that he may say something that would accidentally spur someone to repentance. But it is harder and harder to avoid talking about sins that hit close to home for the modern Christian, considering that he has such an extensive and diverse resume of them. If a pastor is going to attempt to condemn any evil at all, and he has resolved to do so without mentioning any of the evils that his own sheep may have actually committed or be tempted to commit, he has an increasingly limited supply of sins from which to choose. He’s basically left with racism and pollution. On that latter point, the Pope is all over it.

It’s not that this stuff is outright heresy (although there’s plenty of that going on as well), but that it’s nothing. It doesn’t even have enough substance to be heresy. It’s just rhetorical flatulence. Vapor in the air. A soft breeze with a slightly putrid odor. Christianity in America is so hollow because our fearless leaders have decided that it’s better to keep people in church by putting them to sleep than to draw them deeper into their faith with the full force of unvarnished truth. So, they drone on about friendship and tolerance and recycling, while Satan prowls about devouring souls. And Satan has never had such an easy time finding souls to eat — it’s a veritable soul buffet down in Hell — because most Christians never hear about Satan or Hell in the first place.

People need to be woken up. They need to be offended. Offend us, pastor. Make us uncomfortable. Make me look at my reflection and see the things I’d rather not see. Pull me out of my comfort zone. Make me angry at myself, or at you for making me angry at myself. Can you stand to have people angry at you? If not, I believe you have chosen the wrong profession — and the wrong religion.

Here is a good example of how this can work: A couple of years ago I heard a blessedly offensive sermon at a church in Pennsylvania while I was on vacation. It was about the important and neglected topic of reverence. The point was that we are often too casual in how we approach Our Lord, in or out of church. The men in the congregation were admonished because many of them couldn’t even be bothered to put on pants and a nice shirt, and some of the women came dressed like they just stumbled out of a college bar at 2 AM (my phrasing, not his). It was explained that their lackadaisical, slovenly attire is a symptom of a far greater problem. Many Christians have a lackadaisical, slovenly spiritual life. Their outfits only reflect that fact.

I say this was offensive to me because, as I listened, I looked down at myself and remembered that I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. And flip flops, God forgive me. Oh, I had a reasonable explanation. I hadn’t remembered to pack formal attire, you see. I began to feel embarrassed and angry at him for making this sweeping statement without considering that some of us may have a good reason to be dressed like beach bums. I knew I’d have to walk down the aisle like a scolded schoolboy, wearing exactly what I’d just been told not to wear. I was offended. I had an excuse and it was outrageous that this guy hadn’t prefaced his remarks by specifically exempting me, personally, from everything he was about to say. How dare he assume that I lack reverence just because I wore pool clothes to church. I don’t lack reverence! I’m, like, so reverent! You wouldn’t believe how reverent I am!

But I couldn’t convince myself. He was right. I had no excuse. I’d been chastised and I deserved to be. As I thought about it, I understood that this isolated incident was not so isolated. I often lack the appropriate reverence and humility when approaching God in church or in prayer or in any situation. There is little of the solemn and the sacred in my faith life, I conceded. He nailed it: this wardrobe malfunction was a symptom of a deeper problem. I left that day resolved to do better, and, though I still am far from perfect in this or any other regard, I believe I have improved by the grace of God. And it all started with getting a little offended.

Sure, I could have stormed out of church, my sandals flapping furiously as I walked, and never come back. I could have whined about that mean “judgmental” man who had the audacity to criticize my behavior. I could have been so offended that I left the faith entirely and never returned. I could have spent the rest of my life telling stories, as people often do, about the self-righteous old Puritan who caused me to leave Christianity, through no fault of my own. But, had I gone that route, it would have been no great loss to the Church.

I heard a story about a priest who recently watched some of his parishioners — including choir members — leave his church in the middle of a sermon because he preached against abortion. That did not dissuade him, nor should it. Let the cowards leave. Let them run out of the church in tears. Let them have their temper tantrum. Let the weak and the selfish declare and separate themselves. If there are only two people left sitting in the pews, all the better. At least we’ll know where we stand.

Whoever does not want to be challenged, whoever insists that they are above reproach, whoever wants only sweet nothings whispered in their ear, whoever wants a comfortable Christianity, does not want Christianity at all. They are not limbs on the Body of Christ. They are malignant growths. They are toxic. Cut them out. We pray that they return to the faith, but not until it is the faith they truly desire. If they are sitting there hoping to have their ears tickled and their preconceived notions confirmed, it is the duty of any pastor or priest to disappoint them. And offend them. There is no other way to tell the truth.

 

God’s Public Answer To Hannah’s Private Prayer

1 Samuel 1:10, 13, 17

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.  

Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  

Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of Him.

The book of 1 Samuel opens with the introduction of Elkanah, and his two wives, Penninah and Hannah.  Penninah had given Elkanah children, but Hannah could not.  Elkanah made his annual trip to Shiloh to worship and make sacrifices to the LORD.  He was a faithful man of God.  He loved Hannah dearly, and his heart was near to her because she was barren.  Elkanah was a sensitive man…

Penninah was mean-spirited and proud.  She mocked Hannah for being barren.  This hurt Hannah’s feelings badly.  She cried and had no appetite.  Elkanah did all he could to make up for her barrenness.  Nothing can take the place of a child in a barren woman’s arms.

So, Hannah prayed.  She had a deep longing in her heart.  She knew that only God could fix the longing in her heart.  The Bible says “…she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.”  

As Hannah prayed, not with glamorous, eloquent, repetitive words, but prayed within her heart in silence, she was noticed by Eli the priest, who thought she must be drunk.  It is amazing how others are not understanding when it comes to the depths of our pain!  Eli judged her immediately and even scolded her to stop drinking.  Hannah did not let Eli’s wrong conclusion discourage her.  She explained to him that she was not drunk; she was only pouring out her heart to the LORD.  She had a deep need and only the LORD could meet that need.  Only the LORD needed to hear the cry of her heart.

Once Eli heard Hannah’s explanation, he bid her to go in peace, and assured her that the God of Israel would grant her petition.

How I relate to Hannah!  There is such a deep longing in my heart that sometimes has to go unspoken to those around me, but I cry out to the LORD in silence.  My silence in my prayer time does not mean that God does not hear; just as He heard Hannah, I know He can hear me.

This day, I cry out in silence for the LORD, the God of hosts, to come down and hear my petition, have pity on me, and meet my need…just like He did for Hannah.