Open Letter To Pastors

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“The chief danger of the 20th Century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”– William Booth

Brothers in Christ,

I fear that too many of the items above describe our nation and world. I lay much blame at the feet of pastors like us. We live in a difficult time no doubt, yet that is no excuse to bend at the altar of this world and fail our Lord. For far too long, preaching has been sounded without the Holy Spirit, and Christ has been left out of our everyday lives only to be picked up and put on, on Sundays.

We have told others that they needed to learn to forgive themselves without teaching them how to repent and turn from their sin. Salvation to escape the fires of Hell has replaced the recreation of becoming a new man in Christ. We were born a nation of God, by God, and for God, but have since banned Him from every corner of society, and ultimately from the laws that used to guard our nation. Finally, we proudly preach of the sweetness of Heaven for those who are born again, but shy away from telling the truth of the horrors of Hell to those who reject Christ.

There is much to say about all of these, and I’m sure we agree for the most part to each statement except when it comes to politics. In today’s society, we have allowed the lost of our country to dictate that we, as pastors or clergy, should stay away from politics. We have laid down our right as ministers of truth, and more importantly The Truth, and sat in the corner while this nation has been robbed of her stature as a God fearing nation. Friends, God did not CALL us to take a back seat while Satan wreaked havoc in our society. We were not CALLED to stand still and watch our nation be handed over to those who love sin and hate righteousness. We were not CALLED to stand behind a pulpit and allow our families, communities and nation to fall head over heels in to sin and say nothing, because we do not want to upset anyone by mixing religion and politics.

Government has become a Civil Religion. This “religion” glorifies men and creations of men instead of the true and living and Sovereign God, and elevates the rights of the collective above and superior to the rights of the individual. Its foundation is socialism, and it has the purpose of destroying self government and transferring all sovereignty to a central government. It is based on democracy rather than a republican form of government, and bases its law system on the will of the collective majority rather than the absolute unchanging laws of God, and therefore worships men rather than God.

“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”  – Benjamin Franklin

Laws are always religious in origin. Laws govern man and society, because they establish and declare the meaning of justice and righteousness. Law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture. Accordingly, a fundamental and necessary premise in any and every study of law must first be the recognition of the religious nature of law.

If law has its source in man’s reason, then reason is the god of that society. If the source is an oligarchy, a court, senate or ruler, then that source is the god of that system. This is a violation of the first four of the Ten Commandments, which prohibit idolatry towards anything but the one true and living God. It satisfies all the technical criteria for being a religion.

I am sharing my heart with you, because I feel we should all seek the face of the Father. Are we following His lead when we remain silent? Is He telling us to stay silent in the pulpit to the goings-on of the day that affect our lives, and the lives of children and grandchildren? Are the men that God Himself CALLED to be the proclaimers of truth, supposed to be silent when lies are being perpetuated in our society?



Overcoming Insecurity

Romans 8:33-39

No quick solution exists for overcoming insecurity. First, we have to acknowledge we feel insecure. Then, we should try to identify what generates those feelings. Finally, we must decide to overcome that state of mind. Drifting into security is impossible; we must work toward it.

Having a sense of security involves more than just building self-esteem. Jesus Christ is our genuine source of strength and confidence. If we attempt to overcome our insecurity without Him, we’ll simply be masking it with our own efforts.

The way we see ourselves isn’t necessarily the way we truly are. Instead, we have to ask how the Lord sees us. To shift our focus from ourselves and our mistakes, we must get into God’s Word. Therefore, to overcome insecurity, we must first deal with any doubts we may have about the Bible. Scripture is so powerful that when we read what God says about us, our thinking starts to change, and we can step out of insecurity’s destructive mindset.

To continue the process, focus on the positive qualities in your life. Take a blank sheet of paper, and ask the Lord to guide you in an honest assessment of your advantageous traits. You’ll be surprised at what God shows you about yourself. But it’s important not to look at others’ talents to see how you measure up. No one’s like you, so it’s pointless to make comparisons. Our mission is to follow Jesus in the way He calls us individually. Consequently, we can look to Him as our source of security.

Delivered by the Word

“Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:153-154)

Much of the Old Testament records God’s intervention into the affairs of men, often in huge victories on the battlefield. The great military king David wrote frequently of his deliverance amid slaughter, and certainly there is an overtone of physical deliverance felt in these verses.

The key to this prayer, however, is in verse 158: “I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.” Although the psalmist spoke of his many “persecutors and . . . enemies” (v. 157), his desire was fixed directly on the faithfulness of God’s promises. Note the constant reliance on the truth of what God has said:

“I do not forget thy law” (v. 153). God spoke of the opposite condition through Hosea: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
“Quicken me according to thy word” (v. 154), for the “wicked . . . seek not thy statutes” (v. 155).
Even though there are many enemies who persecuted him “without cause” (Psalm 35:7), this godly man would not “decline from thy testimonies” (Psalm 119:157).
“I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word” (v. 158). Jesus felt the same righteous emotion when He “looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts” (Mark 3:5).
Hearts not stirred with the Holy Spirit’s indignation at the wicked culture and flagrant violators of God’s Word should “give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). Those who love God’s holiness also love God’s Word. HMM III

Not Mere Words Alone

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. —Psalm 119:130

Thanks to our splendid Bible societies and to other effective agencies for the dissemination of the Word, there are today many millions of people who hold “right opinions,” probably more than ever before in the history of the Church. Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb.

Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

Lord, as I study Your Word may I not merely read the words on the page but personally experience their truths, that I may know You and genuinely delight in Your presence. Amen.

We Get Around Him

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14)

The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to our hymn book, where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion.

The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute and final authority over all its members in every detail of their lives is simply not accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians.

To avoid the necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instruction of our Lord in the New Testament, we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. We find ways to avoid the sharp point of obedience, comfort carnality and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that “Christ simply could not have meant what He said.” Dare we admit that His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by “interpretation”? Dare we confess that even in our public worship, the influence of the Lord is very small? We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere!

He who would be happy here

He who would be happy here must have friends; and he who would be happy hereafter, must above all things, find a friend in the world to come, in the person of God, the Father of His people.

True friendship can only be made between true men. Hearts are the soul of honor. There can be no lasting friendship between bad men. Bad men may pretend to love each other, but their friendship is a rope of sand, which shall be broken at any convenient season; but if a man have a sincere heart within him, and be true and noble, then we may confide in him.