What Has Your Christianity Cost You?

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And the king said unto Araunah, “Nay; but I will surely buy it from thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.”  -2 Samuel 24:24.

Cheap grace: just another way of describing the Gospel that is being peddled by the neo-evangelicals. A costless Christianity. Eternal life at wholesale-club prices.

Jesus loves everybody, don’t you know? The churches are full of “saved” people. Folks who have tipped their toe in the blood of Jesus and now count themselves “worthy” of entering into eternal peace.

Walking an aisle and saying a prayer was all that was required of them. “Just invite Jesus into your heart and allow Him to wash away all of your sins.  Jesus Saves!!”

Yes, indeed, He does save. But save from what?  Toe-tipping in the blood is the beginning, not the end-all of Christianity. Our padded pews are populated by people who have no idea of the price that our precious Savior paid.  Sadly, most people are happy to be “saved” TO Heaven, but fail to realize that they are also saved FROM eternal damnation. Salvation is on sale at bargain-basement prices at your local entertainment center masquerading as a church.

Let me ask you a direct question. What has your salvation cost you?

I know, I know…Jesus paid it all.  I understand you cannot “earn” your way unto salvation. But at the same time, what has your salvation cost you? What did Paul mean when he told us to “present your body a living sacrifice?” What did he mean when he said “I die daily?” What did Jesus mean when He said “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me?”

Is it possible to call oneself a Christian and not have any scars to show for it? Jesus warned usAnd ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Endure what? Is that the message you hear in your church? Does your pastor tell you that Christianity is offense to the lost? Does He tell you that Jesus Himself was known as “the Rock of offense?” Does that sound like Joel Osteen’s approach to the Gospel?  Does that remind you of Rick Warren, or perhaps even YOUR pastor?

Offensive Christians?  Wow…that doesn’t seem very Christian, now does it?

I hate to be the offensive one, but Jesus said we are the salt…not the sugar…of the earth. The salt has lost His savor.  We have so sweetened the Gospel that it has lost its effectiveness. You really want to know what is missing in our churches? Bad people. Bad people are missing from our churches. Our pews are packed with “good” people. We have lost sight of how wretched man really is.  “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God.”  All of us, apart from Jesus, are bad to the bone. We need to return to a Gospel that continually reminds us of this fact.

The New Testament church was birthed into poverty, prison, and persecution. According to the Word, persecution was spiritual fertilizer for “the more they persecuted them the more they prospered and grew.” But today’s Christianity eschews suffering and persecution. There is no call to die daily, to take up one’s cross, or to be hated of all men.

Jesus is all about love, remember? Haven’t the god-haters scolded you with “who are you to judge?”

The modern church has traded poverty, prison, and persecution for popularity, personality, and prosperity.  When was the last time your pastor told you that your salvation will cause you to be hated? And not just hated, but “hated of all men”–a double-dose brought about by speaking the Truth. Can you find even ONE command anywhere inside the dusty Bible on your nightstand where you are promised that you will be LOVED for being a believer?

Nope. Quite the opposite. “Friendship with the world is enmity with God.”  Sorry friends, but the world is supposed to hate you. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

Everyone wants to follow Jesus…until they find out where He’s going. He’s going to the cross, and He commands us to take up ours too and follow after him. But that kind of preaching doesn’t build a pastor a big church. They whipped Jesus. They beat Him about the face. They spat upon Him and nailed Him to a tree.

What has your Christianity cost you?

Can I lay it on the line for you? Jesus hates. That’s right. Jesus hates. He hates lots of stuff. He hatesa proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren…and all workers of iniquity.”

Why is the church so anxious to embrace everything that He hates? Why are Christians so in love with the world?

Abandonment theology is sweeping this nation. I call it the Gospel according to Alfred E. Newman. “What, Me Worry?” It has neutered the church.

Warn the wicked, the Bible teaches. “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”  “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all of the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17

When Jesus returns, He will be riding a white horse; “and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.” Who will He be judging, and with whom will He be making war? That question seems to be pretty important.

That will be a terrible day. There will be a sharp sword (the Word of God) protruding out of His mouth. Sadly, most of the preachers have replaced the sword with a flower.

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.”  Rev. 19.

If God is love and Jesus loves everybody, He sure has a funny way of showing it. Speaking the Truth may fill your church, but compromising on it will surely enlarge hell.

I ask you again…what has your salvation cost you?

 

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Hillary’s Lyin’ Eyes

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This is gonna be short. I don’t trust ANY politician. But this is as blatant as anything I have ever seen from a politician.

Watch Hillary’s eyes. Take 3 minutes and watch just part of the video of her press conference regarding her emails. This is spooky. Do you know ANYONE who would act like this?

Please…watch Hillary here…

Watch her eyes. She fails to make eye contact with anyone in the room during her prepared opening statements.

That was one of the first things I learned in Speech 101 back in my college days. Eye contact is everything. If someone does not look you in the eye when they speak with you, it is a big tip-off to dishonesty.

The eyes are the windows to the soul, they say. This woman is soul-less, if not downright possessed.

The entire time she is speaking, she appears to be speaking to those in the balcony…although there is no balcony.

She is speaking in a flat conference room. Yet her eyes NEVER look at the crowd.

This is the most obvious example of lying that I have ever seen.

One can only wonder what else she has lied about…but I think she knows what the emails show.

Something big is going on behind the scenes, and it is out of her control.  She can’t lie her way out of this one. Someone powerful doesn’t want her to be President. Her goose is cooked, and she knows it.

Yet today, I saw that 84% of Democrats think she would be a good president. Are we that deceived?

Have the demons turned on each other? There is no honor among thieves.

She can’t hide those lyin’ eyes.

 

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Free Kent Hovind–What Happened To Him WILL Happen To You

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I have to be honest with you. I think about it often. Not a night goes by when I do not think about it as I craw into my warm bed beside my sweet wife of 35 years.

“Will this be the night that the black limos pull in my driveway? Is this the night that the SWAT Team goons bust down my door and haul me off to the slammer?”

I am being dead serious. I really do think about it every night because that is what they did to Dr. Kent Hovind.

Here is a fair assessment of his story.

Permit me to say right up front that I have no intention of committing suicide. I am madly in love with my wife, enjoy the time I spend with family and friends, and look forward to watching my grandchildren grow up around my feet.

To the best of my ability, I obey the laws of the nation, no matter how tyrannical I believe some of them to be, while I do my best to speak the Truth in such a way as my Savior would be honored by my life.

But my outspoken style rubs many the wrong way, especially those who hold positions in the Government. Every time I type a word on my keyboard, I wonder just who is going to be offended by what I say and across whose desk will my commentary be passed.

George Washington said, “Government is not reason, nor eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” The IRS has ruined Dr. Kent Hovind’s life.

It is a sad time in America when we are in fear of our government. You need look no further than what Lois Lerner did with the hammer of the IRS.  We are all just one audit away from destruction.

Does anyone really understand the tax code?  Do you ever think twice when filing your tax returns as to whether or not your deductions and write-offs are in full compliance with the IRS code? How do you defend yourself from such a maize of tax law and an army of government bureaucrats?

When government reaches the point where they profit off of lawbreaking, we have reached a dangerous place. Government should be about seeking “justice,” not enforcing laws.  Today, lawbreaking is big business for the government.

Once the government finds out that they can increase their largess by “fining” citizens for code violations, we can only expect more code violations to be levied.

Prison is a place for violent, hardened criminals. It is not a place for people who simply violate codes, statutes, and ordinances. Sentencing to prison a nonviolent individual simply for breaking a “law” is inhuman. It is, in fact, a life sentence in that it destroys the perpetrator, the family, and the financial future of the family. The punishment does not fit the crime. Restitution…paying back the victim plus damages…is the solution spelled out in the Bible.

Kent Hovind is a perfect example of the tyranny of the legal system. Known lovingly as Dr. Dino because of his affinity for dinosaurs, he is one of the nation’s foremost apologists for Creation Science. The internet is full of free videos of him presenting seminars where he destroys the phony science of evolution. Just do an internet search of his name.

But this week, Dr. Dino has just completed his 99th month in Federal Prison for what the government claims was a violation of the IRS tax code. Until the Feds burst into his house in the middle of the night back in 2004, Dr. Dino traveled the country defending Biblical Creation.

Along the way, he began to warn churches of going into partnership with the government in the form of 501(c)(3) corporations.  He claimed that the church needed no such partnership because the church was already “immune” from taxation. The church, he claimed, needed no such approval from the government–and that by doing so, churches were making themselves subject to the laws, codes, and statutes of the government. They labeled him a “tax protestor.”

In many ways, Kent Hovind is a political prisoner. It was what you would expect in a communist country like South Korea.

While in jail, Dr. Hovind has led thousands to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He conducts 4 Bible studies a day for the inmates. He has written 37 books. He has been married for  40 years. He has grandchildren that he has never held.

Meanwhile, Al Sharpton is invited to the White House and hosts his own television show on MSNBC–while owing over $4.5 million in taxes.  Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got off Scot-free by blaming Turbo Tax.

I could go on, but it will just make your head spin. Read up on the case HERE and HERE. Now, they want to banish Dr. Hovind to a deserted island for the rest of his life for “bank fraud” from jail. That is a locomotive coming down the railroad.  You can hear his defense in this fascinating 6 minute interview from jail:

Here is why the government is so effective at what they do. They arrest a guy like Dr Hovind and immediately label him a lawbreaker, tax-cheat, tax-protestor, and anti-government conspiracy theorist. They throw mud against the wall until something sticks, thereby scaring any Christian group or organization who might be willing to come to his aid. His legal bills mount. His ability to earn a living has been destroyed, and his effective defense of the Gospel is relegated to inside the prison walls.

I think of Dr. Hovind when I craw in bed at night. He has been away from his family for nearly 9 years. Many in the government hope he rots in jail. His sentencing judge said Kent’s activities were “worse than rape.” How do you fight city hall? How do you afford the lawyers to vindicate yourself? How do you fight against a biased judge and prosecutor?

What will I do when they come for me? What will you do when they come for you? The average tax-sentence in America is 14 months. Kent has done 99 months, and they want more of his hide. If we remain silent now, in less than a month, Dr. Hovind will be sentenced to life in  jail.

This is a fast-moving story, and it is starting to get traction in the media. The powers-that-be are trying to block the story from mainstream media. Here is a good short video that explains how you can help:

Don’t think it can’t happen to you? Speaking the Truth is dangerous business. Government is a fearsome master. FREE KENT HOVIND!!

Watch just 2 minutes of this video:

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How Will History Judge Us?

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It is so hard to see what is going on unless you are able to take a step back and get the panoramic view.

It’s like fighting the problem with an ever-increasing waist line.  Usually, it goes unnoticed to the one who’s growing the belly until some old pictures of past times are pulled out of the scrapbook.

“Wow!” I often respond when looking at old pictures of myself. “Look how skinny I was back then.  How did I gain so much weight?”

Eating and sitting on my butt is the short answer.  Every day that I overeat and eschew exercise, I provide an opportunity for my belly to balloon.  That is why exercise is a billion dollar industry. Trying to undo the effects of undisciplined behavior becomes very heavy lifting. Loose living is not easily overcome.

As I, and millions of others, slowly roll into our seventh decade upon this earth, it becomes harder and harder to blame others for the condition that America finds itself in. No longer can we blame our parents’ generation; but we must come to understand that when the ‘torch was passed’ to a new generation of Americans, the responsibility for the fruit grown in the vineyard must now rest upon those of us who were supposed to be ‘tending the garden’ of America.

We’ve dropped the ball. My generation, the baby boomers and the hippies, are now great grandpas and must bear the blame for what America has become. America has grown lazy, self-indulgent, and apathetic as our waistline continues to sag over our belts.  In covetousness and greed, we have eaten the inheritance of ‘our children’s children.’

How will history judge us? Well, I have a few thoughts that I’d love to share today. It has been said that hindsight is 20/20. Perhaps it is time we took a peek in the review mirror; for history will be our judge.

A century from now, if there is still a planet here, historians will look back at the latter half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st and scratch their heads as they ponder, “What were they thinking?” Indeed, what WERE we thinking? Those who study us will ask:

How could a nation built upon such clear-cut Christian principles have so openly and purposefully rejected the values of their forefathers?

How could the wealthiest nation in the world have allowed their currency to be removed from the gold-standard and believe that the ‘full faith and credit’ of the government was enough to keep evil men from destroying the financial system?

How could a nation built upon the nuclear family redefine that institution in such a way as to make the term nearly meaningless?

How could a nation whose laws were built upon two tablets permit the wrecking ball of litigation to remove those teachings as foundational, generational beliefs from the hearts of their children?

How could the false teaching of separation of church and state become so ingrained in the minds of Americans that public prayer would be ruled illegal?

How could a nation of laws have permitted unelected judges to determine what law is?

How could the Christian churches be so willing to yield the moral education of their children to an amoral, atheistic system designed to install the God of Government as the granter of all liberties?

How could the people have possibly fallen for the folly that there was no difference between a man and a woman, or a father and a mother, and that children would not be affected by the absence of either?

How could we have possibly allowed our children to be taught that all relationships were the same and that sex was normal no matter which appendage you chose to insert in what opening?

How did we permit ‘rights’ to be judged on such base unnatural behaviors?

How could a man with three Muslim names be elected President of the United States in the midst of the greatest surge of Islamic extremism in the history of America?

How could Christian churches permit the nation to be taught that Christians and Muslims serve the same God?

How could a nation buy into the lie that spending more than one earns will lead to financial prosperity?

How did the defense of Biblical morality become ‘hate’ while the drive for debauchery and licentiousness become loving and tolerant?

How could the churches actually believe that non-Christian governmental leaders would lead to a society where Christian values and laws would be supported?  And how could they believe that the Republican Party would become the standard bearer of the truth for millions of Bible believers?

How did the minority become powerful enough to bully the majority?

How did the preaching of sin and repentance give way to the gospel of tolerance and personal fulfillment? How did the threat of hell-fire damnation go the way of pay-phone booths?

How could America have permitted the slaughter of unborn children in the womb of their mothers for no other reason than the inconvenience of motherhood? How could they possibly have thought that there would be no consequence to such barbaric behavior?

How could the American people have permitted electronic voting in an age when computer hacking was as easy and common as the dialing of a telephone?

How could a nation that was birthed by The Black-Robed Regiment give way to pulpits filled with man-pleasing, corporate, government-controlled churches?

How could the nation embrace and teach to their children as normal a lifestyle that is incapable of reproducing progeny? How could a religion replete with examples of the ‘judgment of God’ so easily capitulate to the sinners’ cry to “Judge not?”

How did we expect God to ‘bless America’ when so much of what we did flew in the face of everything He taught us?

How will history judge us? How did my belly get so big?

How, indeed.

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Hey Christian, Are YOUR Children Showing Symptoms Of Spiritual Ebola?

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Our children are bleeding out the eyes and ears. It is not blood that they are emitting, but heritage.  Very few of our children really understand the Gospel of the Kingdom and what its impact is supposed to be on the world.  We have turned Christianity into a personal life-style choice.

There is no other way to explain what is going on. The American Church is hemorrhaging. The foundation upon which all morality springs is cracking like an egg. If Christians can no longer recognize or defend the truth, we can expect the bloodletting to continue.  Only a super-sized moral tourniquet can stop the oozing from the body of America.

Somewhere along the line, we stopped thinking generationally.  We failed to pass along to our children’s children the Rock of Ages upon which our nation was anchored. As a result, our nation is wobbling, struggling to find it’s footing on the sinking-sand of humanism. Our nation is suffering from Spiritual Ebola.

Ebola attacks the immune system. It stops the body from functioning properly.  It is not the Ebola that eventually kills, but the failure of the immune system to properly fight it off.  For generations, Christianity was the American immune system.  Only recently, since it has been removed from the education of our children, has evil been able to run so unopposed.

Psalm 127 refers to our children as “arrows.”  It is our job to train our little “arrows” to be shot by the Archer into every area of the world.  Some arrows are shot into business, some into government, some into education, and others into media and entertainment; but all are shot into an area where they have the opportunity to wield influence (salt and light).

But Believers have not caught that vision. We have sent our arrows to a world of secular education, where they have been taught that they are only to use their Christian ideals in their private lives and would do well to keep their “personal” beliefs to themselves.  Christian parents rarely pray that their children would be “world changers,” but, rather, that their young arrows might be “successful.”

It is hard to measure Christian “success” unless you measure success by worldly standards.  I wonder how many parents pray that their arrows would be martyred for the advancement of the Gospel…rather than attaining the wealth and happiness that the secular world deems as successful?

The impact of an arrow in the hands of a skillful archer can change the course of history. The job of the parent is to sharpen and form the arrow. God is the Archer. He shoots them where He needs them. How well-fashioned are the arrows that we are putting into His Hands?

Most parents don’t have a clue what I am talking about.  They think the idea of an “education” is to help their children “be prepared for life.” It is my experience that there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between what a Christian parent wants for his/her child and what a non-believing couple wants for theirs.  The goal is for their child to be successful and happy. This should not be so.

That is why Christians are so willing to send their arrows to Caesar to be trained.  If the goal of child rearing is “success,” then who better to train them than those who have been baptized in the world’s system? I have spent the better part of fifty years involved one way or another with education, and I can without hesitation tell you that one will be hard-pressed to recognize a Christian child from a non-Christian child in our public school system.

The light is barely flickering, and the salt has lost it’s saltiness. Caesar has shaped all the arrows the same. At least that has been his goal. How can we expect Christian children to be trained and formed in a system that is designed for worldly success to be the salt and light of the world?

This is so simple, folks.  The student becomes like his teacher.  We don’t need the Bible to tell us that (although it does); why do we take so lightly the law of association?  You know the terms…birds of a feather flock togetherit takes one to know onemonkey see monkey do…and my Mom’s favorite admonition to her children: when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. We treat with such a cavalier attitude the training of God’s precious soldiers and are surprised when we have to spend so much time exterminating the fleas that have begun to live inside the minds of our children.

I know…I know…you are sick of hearing about how bad Caesar’s schools are. I know your child’s school is different. I know your child’s teacher is different. I know your child is different. I know your child’s church youth group is strong. I know that you both have to work to provide for your family. I know that your child needs strong scores to get into the college of his/her choice.  I know…

Can I be blunt? There is nothing “Christian” about your “public” school. Nothing. The Name of Jesus dare not be mentioned. “Heaven”, “hell”, “sin,” and “righteousness” are treated as curse words.  Allah, Buddha, and the environment are all placed on the same platform with Jehovah. Sharing the classroom with your child are kids you have never seen, from parents you have never met, from backgrounds and beliefs that you could never imagine, sharing influences you would never want your child to be exposed to. You would never permit your children to stay overnight with many of the children they rub shoulders with every day.  What do you do with this scripture, evil company ruins good habits?

But you keep your head in the sand as they now double-down with the Satanic curriculum of Common Core. What words don’t you understand? Common…core.  Common core will lead to a pandemic of Spiritual Ebola. Ebola does to the immune system what public schools do to the moral system.

I don’t know how much time we have left. I don’t know if we can make a difference. But I do know what the Lord told us about our children. I pray that the apathy of Believers will not let the soul of another generation be stolen from us.  Children are our heritage. They are our future. They are the immune system the Lord has provided for each generation. They are the Lord’s weapons placed in our hands. For God’s sake, stop exposing them to Spiritual Ebola!!

The Devil is eating our kids for lunch. Sadly, we have fed them right into the mouth of the beast.

“Whoever causes one of these little one’s who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Statistics show that 80% of children raised in a Christian home do not hold those values after their first year of college.  Our nation is hemorrhaging its Christian heritage.

Our pastors are the only ones who can apply the serum. Truth is the only inoculation against Spiritual Ebola. Why won’t they stand up and warn their flocks?

The children don’t belong to Caesar.  They belong to God.

 

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