What If Christians Could Make A Difference Again?

2 Chronicles 7:14-15: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

The verse above is what is called a “conditional” promise. It is much like the deals you often make with your own children. “IF you mow the grass, THEN I will take you to get some ice cream.”

If/then statements—the Bible is full of them.

American Christianity has become so fatalistic. Evil is engulfing this nation so rapidly that it seems to have sucked all of the faith and life out of the church. It is as if we no longer believe that the Lord has the power to do anything about our problems. But what if He did? And what if His conditional promises were still in effect? What if the Lord is waiting for US to fulfill OUR part of the deal?

IF MY PEOPLE…

Today, that seems like such a big IF…

He made it pretty simple for us. He told us what our part of the bargain was, and we know that He is a Man of His Word.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”– Numbers 23:19

Of course He is righteous. Of course God’s judgment is upon this nation. Of course our sin is a stench in the nostrils of a Holy God. Of course we don’t deserve any more mercy from Him.  But…

If my people will simply mow the yard…

What if God’s mercy really IS from everlasting to everlasting? Psalm 103:17

What if He really will never leave you nor forsake you? Hebrews 13:5

What if God’s eyes really do run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him? 2 Chronicles 16:9.

What if we remain in Him and His words remain in us, and whatever we ask will be given to us? John 15:7

What if I have access by faith into grace? Romans 5:2

What if my labor in the Lord really isn’t in vain? 1 Corinthians 15:58

What if God won’t forsake me nor have my children become beggars? Psalm 37:25

What if I truly may approach God with freedom and confidence? Ephesians 3:12

What if He really forgives and cleanses me as I confess my sins to Him? 1 John 1:9

What if He really is faithful in keeping all His promises? Jos 21:45.

What if He really does have the power and the will to fulfill His promises? Roms. 4:21

What if He really does forgive sins? 1 John 1:9

What if He is absolutely trustworthy? Heb 6:13-18.

What if all the promises of God in Him [are] yea, and in Him Amen? 2 Cor 1:20.

What if everything He had promised, He was able also to perform? Romans 4:21.

Ultimately, the marriage decision is in the hands of the Lord. Let’s appeal to heaven that He will move the heart of the king.

God’s hand of judgment has been stayed before. Let’s earnestly plead with Him to do it again.

IF MY PEOPLE…

It’s time to stop complaining and start obeying. Organize a prayer vigil in your own church. Gather your home Bible Study group. Cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy.

God is, and always has been, our only hope. Let’s appeal to heaven!

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Would Jesus Officiate At A Homosexual Marriage?

Confusion is the ‘flavor of the day’. How else can you explain the fact that churches are capitulating to the concept that Christianity and Homo-Matrimony are somehow compatible?

The devil’s kids are highly skilled masters of confusion. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that Satan is “the author of confusion.” He doesn’t just practice and spread confusion; he is the one who comes up with the evil, crazy ideas.

It’s the same trick he used with Eve. All the devil did was question the authority of God, and that tiny seed of doubt he planted in the heart of Eve has led us to where we are today. “Did God REALLY say…?” That was the confusion and doubt that Satan planted in the heart of Eve.

The question “Did God REALLY say homosexuals cannot be married?” is the fiery dart that the enemy is using today. But the devil never answers the questions that he asks—he merely plants the seeds of doubt. Doubt leads to confusion, confusion makes you disoriented, and disorientation causes one to get off track.

Lost in all of the arguments swirling around today is the one question that would certainly put to rest all of the debate within the Christian world regarding “same-sex” marriage: Would Jesus officiate a homosexual wedding?

But again, that is not how this debate has been framed. The purpose from the beginning was to confuse Americans. That’s how the devil fights. We are warned “not to be ignorant of his devices,” but we choose to remain ignorant.

Jesus speaks the truth (actually, He IS The Truth), and the devil always questions the truth. Satan never forces you to agree with him; he merely dangles the apple and invites you to take a bite. What has happened in the marriage debate is nothing short of the age-old “bait and switch.”

You see, today the enemies of God are doing everything they can to get us to question God, His authority, His positions, and His nature. It’s the same trick that was used in the garden. The Bible tells us that there is “nothing new under the sun.” This spreading of confusion has always been one of Satan’s most effective weapons. Let me cite an example.

The decision before the U.S. Supreme Court today is whether or not they have the power to change the millennia-long institution of marriage. The fog machines are blowing and doing their best to shroud the issue in a cloud of doubt over what position Jesus would hold regarding homosexuals.

You can repeat the questions that are being asked as well as I can: “Should Christians hate homosexuals? Should Christians discriminate against homosexuals? Should Christians Judge homosexuals? Should Christians deny ‘equal rights’ to homosexuals?”

Well duh, the easy answer to all of those questions is NO…Jesus would love and accept the homosexual. But these are not the questions that are being asked today. These are not the questions that the Supreme Court is trying to decide for all of America. These are not the questions that our pastors should be asking today.

In fact, in an attempt to manufacture even more confusion, they insist that you question Jesus’ positions on the topic. “Didn’t Jesus eat with sinners? Didn’t Jesus say that it was the sick that needed a physician? Didn’t Jesus forgive the woman at the well? Didn’t Jesus say to love our neighbor? Would Jesus reject and discriminate against homosexuals? WWJD?”

In all honesty, however, the real question we should be asking is: “Would Jesus Unite Two Men in Marriage?” I believe the answer is very clear. If Jesus wouldn’t “marry” two men, why should any of his followers? Love homosexuals? Yes! Marry them? No way! WWJD?

Let’s go ahead and clear up a few things—marriage was the idea of Jesus’ Father. He is the one who defined it as a union between one man and one woman. Jesus told us that He came to fulfill the law, not do away with it. (Remember, I’m speaking to Christians here.) Can you tell me of one time in the entirety of the Scriptures when Jesus ever contradicted a position that His Daddy held?

But we’re confused. We want to change the institution of marriage so as not to appear “hateful” or “bigoted” or “intolerant” or “unloving” or “discriminatory” because, as they tell us, Jesus wasn’t any of those things.

Don’t you see the bait and switch? Elena Kagen, Ruth Ginsburg, and their gang of God-haters are not deciding on the nature of Jesus or the proper treatment of our fellow man. They are deciding whether or not the institution of marriage should be redefined.

Did God REALLY say…? Does God change His mind? Does Jesus have the power to override the authority and laws of His Father? Was God a “conservative” and Jesus a “liberal?”

Jesus said “My Father and I are one and the same.” “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

The question is not whether God loves everybody. It is not whether or not we have the right to marry the one we love. It is not whether or not Christians are “to judge.” The question is: are Christians supposed to reflect the very nature of God? If you ask the wrong question, you are sure to get the wrong answer. Answer this question and let all of the confusion fade away.

Would Jesus officiate a homosexual marriage?

 

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A Court Decision Is No Law At All

All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.”  – Marbury v Madison 1803.

Repugnant – distasteful, offensive, disgusting. Contradictory, incompatible, inconsistent.

Null – without value, effect, consequence, or significance.

Void –  having no legal force or effect;  not legally binding or enforceable; useless, ineffectual, vain.

Therefore, all laws inconsistent with the Constitution are without value or effect and have no legal force or effect and are useless, ineffectual, and unenforceable.

Or, as Saint Augustine so aptly warned us, “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Let me ask you a question: If the government passed a law saying that parents had the right to kill their three-year-old sons, would that be a valid, just law? Would we be duty-bound to follow it?

If the government passed a law that said that workers were entitled to keep 10% of what they earned and that the rest was to be “withheld” by your employer and given to the government, would it be a valid law? What if they said you could keep 70% and the government got the rest? Where do we draw the line?

What if the “court” rules that a man had the legal right to marry his favorite animal? What if they told us that we could marry as many different species as we wanted? What if they told us that sex with 10-year-olds was “legal” and, in fact, some scumbag down the road had the right to “marry” your 10-year-old 5th grader without your approval? What if they declared that school principals were even allowed to conduct the ceremonies during school hours? Would that make it right?

Did you know that a “decision” or “opinion” by a court is not law? Congress makes laws. Courts render opinions. Opinions are…well…opinions. Judges give their opinions of what they think the law says.

For instance, the recent Obamacare “decision” from the Supreme Court was supported by five justices, while four justices had a dissenting “opinion.” How can an opinion be enforceable–especially an “opinion” so equally divided and strongly opposed?

In Alabama, 81% of the people voted that marriage is between one man and one woman. How can the “opinion” of five terrorists in black robes in Washington carry more weight than the “opinion” of millions of Alabama voters?

President Andrew Jackson, in a shot across the bow regarding a Supreme Court ruling in 1832, famously said: “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” President Jackson ignored the decision that the Supreme Court handed down.

Sorry, I know that I am all over the place with this communication–so let me try to bring it together.

The United States is veering aimlessly off course because we have lost control of our government. This has happened partly because we have ceded to the courts lawmaking powers that they were simply not intended to possess.

A COURT DECISION IS NOT A LAW!! Do you understand that? Roe v Wade is NOT the law of the land. Roe v Wade was an OPINION handed down by judges. Judges and courts do not make laws, but rather merely render opinions.

Did you know that the Supreme Court once rendered the opinion that black men were inferior to whites? Did you know that the Supreme Court once ruled that women had no legal right to vote? Did you know that as recently as 1986, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no right to homosexual sodomy?

Friends, courts only offer opinions. Opinions can change when judges change. The law cannot be changed by a “judge.” If that were the case, our “laws” would be as constantly changing as the “judges” are.

If “judges” ruled that sodomy was illegal in 1986, how did sodomy become “legal” today? Did the law change, or did the “opinions” of the “judges” change?

Here is my point: All the hubbub over homosexual marriage is a cleverly-designed smoke screen. Who cares what the Supreme Court says? They are merely rendering their “opinion.” The people of Alabama and 30 other states have already spoken on this issue. No court “opinion” can nullify the vote of the people. Did anyone vote to give Kagan, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg the power to change the institution of marriage? I don’t think so, Tim!

Who do they think they are? No wait…who do WE think they are?  Do you REALLY believe that the opinions of five political hacks on the Supreme Court trump the will of 81% of the citizens in Alabama? I think not. At some point, this is gonna get ugly…and I believe we are nearing that point.

The right to get “married” based solely on who one chooses to copulate with is one of the most short-sighted “opinions” in the history of the world. Liberty is not licentiousness. You have no God-given right to do that which is wrong.

Homosexual marriage is not now, nor will it ever be, “legal” in America. You know it, I know it, and heck, even the homosexuals know it. They don’t want to get married…they just want to destroy marriage.

At some point, if we are to remain free, we are going to have to cast off the chains of government. That’s what our forefathers did. That is what they told us we would have to do.

Jefferson told us “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”  What do you suppose he meant by that?

“Are you proposing violence, Coach Dave?” I hear you asking. Of course not. What a foolish assumption to make. I am, however, proposing resolute, peaceful resistance. I am proposing open defiance against the tyrannical arm of government. I am proposing that Christians obey God rather than man.

Metaphorically speaking, Montgomery, Alabama, will be the Gettysburg of Gay Marriage after the Supreme Court hands down their tyrannical “opinion” in defiance of the will of the people of Alabama and in direct conflict with the Supreme Court Justice of the Universe.

The question is, what will the people of America do? Will they obediently acquiesce to the un-Constitutional edicts of the homsexualists on the Supreme Court? Or will they, as their forefathers did, stand in open defiance to a tyrannical, over-reaching, amoral Federal Government?

I am reminded of a monument that you will find commemorating what took place at Lexington, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775. Carved into stone are these immortal words of Captain John Parker, the lead elder at the assembly of Pastor Jonas Clark, who ordered the men from his congregation to rise and resist the Redcoats:

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Not one of our key “cultural” issues has ever been changed by a vote of the people. Abortion, marriage, prayer in schools, sodomy laws, free speech…they’ve all been “changed” by “court opinions.”

In summary, courts offer opinions. Legislatures and we the people make the laws. Supreme Court decisions are not laws—they simply tell us that they are.

Defy them! Nullify them! Tell the Supreme Court to go pound sand!

 

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Get Off Of The Couch And Fight, Christians…It’s Our Turn Now!

I never served in the military. I grew up in the turbulent 60’s amidst the Vietnam War, the shootings at Kent State, the murders of King and Kennedy, and the “God is dead” declaration made by the LSD-ravaged minds of the ideological left. I salute all of my generation who served.

Many of you watched your friends die in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia. They were just kids, really: eighteen year old rascals who loved their Chevy, their girlfriend, and their country.  As the familiar phrase goes, “All gave some…some gave all.”

I am reminded this morning of the song made popular by Steven Curtis Chapman, “It’s My Turn Now.” Listen here:

Open up the book and look again. I read the stories of the faithful men
Who gave up all they had to follow Him

He used the strong and he used the weak. And He even gave the timid words to speak
He called whoever listened then.  And now His call goes out again

And it’s my turn now.  Well, it’s my turn now.
‘Cause it’s my turn to give my life away.

Yep, it’s my turn now.

My wife Michele and I just had the honor and privilege of witnessing the birth of our baby’s baby, one of the next generation of Christians in America. I left the hospital with an overwhelming sense of duty. That’s right…DUTY!

With all of the talk flying around America today about “liberty” and “freedom”, “rights” and “tyranny”, when was the last time you heard a sermon on DUTY?

Look folks, as much as I have a hard time coming to grips with it, I am steadily moving into the category of “senior citizen.” I don’t FEEL old enough to be a Grampie—in my mind, I’m still 30. But the harsh reality is that I have a responsibility to pass the torch to my posterity.

It is what my father did for me, and his father before him. Something was so deeply rooted in their psyches that it instilled in them the duty to do a tag-team handoff to the next generation as the Preamble to our Constitution so eloquently states, “…to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…”

But somewhere along the way, my generation stopped thinking about future generations and fell into the trappings of narcissistic apathy that this nation has come to embrace. “As long as there is peace in my time…” What a sad state of affairs…and a poor reflection of today’s Christian man.

Let me ask you a question. What kind of Grandpa doesn’t fight for his grandchildren? What type of parent places his own safety and security above that of his children and grandchildren? What Grandfather travels America in a motor home while domestic enemies steal the very future of those whom he purports to love?

What kind of Grampie hands off a nation defiled by overt fornication and debauchery or quietly acquiesces to the tyrannical dictates of a godless government? What kind of grandparent turns a blind eye as children are being torn asunder in the warm sanctuary of a mother’s womb or rests comfortably on the couch as the foundation of Western Civilization, the family, is redefined in order to accommodate with whom or what an individual chooses to have orgasms?

What kind of grandparent permits his progeny’s financial future to be auctioned off to a cabal of satanic bankers? How can we remain silent as the very God who created us is shoved into the closet and out of the minds of the children we profess to love?

Are you watching? Do you see the immorality playing out on the streets of Baltimore? Are you oblivious to the filth emanating from the one-eyed monster sitting in your living room? Will you continue to tolerate the lying and thieving of those who are sworn to “protect and defend the Constitution” and the Cross-less Christianity spewing forth from America’s pulpits?

Is this what our fathers and grandfathers died for? Did the men at Lexington, Gettysburg, Omaha Beach, or those in Vietnam die so that a man could marry a man, or so that an unborn baby could be dismembered in his mother’s womb? Did they give their all so that their grandchildren might be ‘enlightened’ by the ‘virtues’ of Allah in their “public” schools?

You may not see things the same way that I do, but I believe that the entire foundation of Western Civilization is on the line and will be over the next couple of years. If we fail to act NOW, our grandbabies will live in slavery…if they even survive at all.

I see it as that critical…that urgent…that utterly diabolical.

We have formed the SALT and LIGHT Brigade. There is a role for every God-fearing American on this team.

I’m not one typically given to begging; but if that’s what it will take to restore righteousness to our nation, I will! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, my precious granddaughter and countless others are counting on us. What are you afraid of? Join with us TODAY!!

Is there not a cause? Get off of the couch and fight!! It’s our turn now!!!

 

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Will You Join The Salt And Light Brigade–And Stand Up For Christian Values?

Last week, I asked the question, “Where is OUR Team?” If you haven’t taken the time to read it, I highly recommend that you do so now.

If you’re anything like me, you are frustrated. Elections seem to be a waste of time—meet the new boss, same as the old boss—and those we elect seem to ‘forget’ everything they promised during their campaigns.

Our pastors are worthless, at least in regard to fighting the cultural war. For some odd reason, they fail to realize that the command to be “salt and light” has to do with impacting the culture. Hiding the light inside the church building and keeping the salt inside the shaker does not advance the Kingdom of God.

More and more folks are realizing that something is terribly wrong. Frustrated with the pastors and the politicians, they turn to political activism. Tea Parties, 9-12 groups, and patriot meetings are popping up all over the landscape. This is a desperate attempt to try to find someone willing to lead.

The Scriptures tell us that “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” No wonder folks won’t prepare for battle…the trumpet is silent. Our leaders are afraid someone will complain about the trumpet being too loud, or hateful, or mean, or unchristian.

Meanwhile, the God-haters have a marching band tramping up and down the field while God-fearing Americans sit in the stands and watch the massacre, all the while wondering when our team gets to take the field. But as I wrote last week, WE’VE HAD NO TEAM.

Well, we do now. I am working feverishly with men and women across America to get our team assembled and ready to take the field. In less than a week since we’ve launched this initiative, our numbers are already in the thousands!!

Now we need YOU on the team!! Come and be part of THE SALT AND LIGHT BRIGADE!!

Look folks, I know that I am not some big-name preacher or politician; but I know how to put a team together. That’s why they call me “Coach.” It’s time to get our team organized.

But please understand, this is not another “organization.” Lord knows that is the last thing we need. The Body of Christ is a living, breathing ORGANISM…one body, many members. But the problem is that we haven’t been functioning as one body. We have been working as many bodies.That is called division. Each group is doing their own thing, with no coordinated attack focused on the real enemy.

Think of the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been funneled into the “pro-family” ministries. They read like an alphabet soup: FRC, FOF, AFA, NOM, NRTL, SBC–and yet the humanists are stealing our money and eating our lunch. In fact, Dr. James Dobson, who was fired from Focus on the Family, the organization that he founded, admitted this in 2009:

“The battles that we fought in the 80’s, now, we were victorious in many of those conflicts with the culture trying to defend righteousness, trying to defend the unborn child, trying to preserve the dignity of the family, and the definition of marriage. We fought all those battles, and really it was a holding action. And now we are absolutely awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged, and we are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking we can say that we have lost all those battles.”

Millions of dollars down a rat hole; and today, they are asking for more, fighting the same losing battles with the same old failed strategies, not working together, all while protecting their donor lists from one another.

Republicans have been their solution…raising money for guys like Boehner, McConnell, and Jeb Bush! The Christian Right IS the Republican Party; yet the Republican leaders despise the Religious Right. The political strategy has failed, and Christians have enriched the political machine to their own demise.

Jesus told us that HE would build a church and that ”the gates of hell will not prevail” against that church. The battle for Truth belongs to God’s people. Yet we have hired mercenaries (politicians) to do the job that Jesus mandated to His people. America’s problems are spiritual/moral. Politicians cannot save us.

Please join our team. You can do it by merely signing up at www.ptsalt.com.

Here is the strategy:

Go back in your mind’s eye to the first Gulf War and the shock and awe of the bombing missions over Bagdad. Before ground troops were sent in, our Air Force bombarded the enemy from the sky.

God’s team has an Air force as well. They are called Prayer Warriors. They are an essential part of the team, but the Air Force (prayer) alone cannot win the battle. At some point, the infantry has to move in.

God has an infantry, too. They are those who are willing to make phone calls to political officials or corporate offices, demanding they do the right thing. They can send letters, faxes, emails, or tweets to the decision makers. They are essential in creating a wave that will overwhelm the enemy.

But we also have Special Ops. These are the trained SWAT (Spiritual Weapons And Tactics) boots on the ground…the first ones to hit the shore and establish a beach-head against the enemy. No war can be won without boots on the ground.

So imagine the Body of Christ, a living, breathing, moving, coordinated ORGANISM springing into action at the first sign of danger. With one simple email, tweet, or text message, we can unleash our forces into action. The Air Force can begin bombarding with prayer. The infantry can man the phones and the computers, and the SWAT Team can hit the beach.

This is not complicated. It just has never been coordinated. How can I help, you may be asking? What difference can I make?

Can you pray? Can you write an email? Can you make a phone call? Are you good at logistics? Can you enter data in a computer? Can you network?

Every skill that our team needs is already gifted into the body: many members with many talents all waiting to be called upon. Everyone is valuable. Everyone has a role to play. We need what you have to offer. Or, more accurately, God needs you!

What if we had been organized in Indiana recently? What if at the first sign of smoke, our team had sprung into action. The Air Force began praying, the phone lines started burning up, and 5,000 SWAT team members had shown up on the steps of the Statehouse? We only lose battles because we are not organized.

Enough is enough! Let’s get to work. Notify everyone in your network of influence.

LET’S MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!! Share it with those at your church, those in your clubs, and those in your family. We won’t bombard you with requests. We won’t beg you for money, and we won’t share your name and email. We need your efforts…not your money.

The Tea Party has been infiltrated and neutralized by money and influence. That won’t happen to us because we are activating an organism…not an organization. If you won’t fight, stop complaining.

We need a new game plan. The excitement is building. Our team is growing. Uncle Sam doesn’t need you…JESUS needs you! ALL HANDS ON DECK!! Our grandkids are depending on us.

Please join with us HERE.

 

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