Jesus: Not The Wimp Liberals Would Have You Believe…

 

If I’ve learned anything from the movies, it’s that Jesus was gorgeous… and British.

The fact is that none of us know what Jesus looked like. Far from the Abercrombie model he’s made out to be, by all biblical accounts he was nothing special behold. That was kind of the whole point. Yet, the church missed it. And so did Hollywood.

We do know, however, what kind of a man he was. Because when it comes to the savior for all mankind, it’s kinda what’s on the inside that counts. Yet again, the media, entertainment industry, and, yes, often the church, get it wrong. You’ve heard it all before.

“Jesus is love! Purely love!”

“Jesus never judged anyone!”

“Jesus came to party with sinners!”

Okay, that last one is actually from Chad, the pothead who rents the basement apartment next door–but you catch my drift. In the year 2015, Jesus has been whitewashed into a hippie to the left of Jerry Garcia. A borderline caricature, nowhere close to resembling the controversial figure that he actually was. Why? Because the lie is often sexier than the truth.

How often do we hear about Jesus absolutely destroying the temple? How often do we hear about Jesus’ admonishment and harsh judgment of societally accepted sins? How often do we read about Jesus boldly speaking out against authority and politicians (like the Pharisees and Sadducees)? Well, we should…

…Because he was crucified for it.

You don’t sentence a mere “nice guy” to death. You don’t kill somebody because jee whiz, people liked him. You don’t crucify hippies.

Jesus died because he angered people. A lot of people. He’s still angering people today. He was a controversial rebel who questioned the status quo, not the all-accepting flower-child that many now believe him to be. A huge portion of the misconception is the entertainment industry, sure. A large component is the liberal attempt to create an equivalency between Jesus and other religious leaders (hint: none of them claimed to be GOD).

But the worst part of it is the Christians who’ve allowed the myth to live on for fear of “offending” people. See, Christians think the easiest way to convert nonbelievers is through the warm-fuzzies, not necessarily intellectual honesty. That does everybody a huge disservice. My producer, Dan, is an agnostic. He also happens to be very smart. When you tell a smart person that Jesus is only about love, that the Bible is only about goody-goody fun-time, anyone with a shred of common sense will point toward its sections of R-rated violence. They’ll direct you toward Jesus openly proclaiming to not bring peace “but a sword.”

Sure, you may be able to convince a few unintelligent people into seeing God as a glorified self-help book; but for those looking to learn and grow, it pays to be honest. Jesus is good, Jesus is just, Jesus is loving… but he’s not all-tolerant. And he’s certainly not a wimp.

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‘But This Is Different; This Is An Emergency': The Audacity Of California’s Assisted Suicide Proponents

The testimonies at the Senate Health Committee hearing on assisted suicide (SB 128) were heartfelt and heartrending.  Leading the way was the impassioned plea of Brittany Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, that there be no more cases in which a terminally ill adult of sound mind is forced to leave her family and friends to seek death with dignity in a strange place. Of course, everyone knows “Thou shalt not kill.” But – we were told by every witness in favor of the bill becoming law – this is different; this is an emergency.

Brittany Maynard was twenty-nine years old when she took her own life on November 1, 2014. Diagnosed with glioblastoma – an aggressive form of brain cancer thought incurable and known to be pain-filled and debilitating – she made a very public decision to end her life before the onset of most of its symptoms rather than deal with the pain and indignity of running its course. She has become – in death – the public face of a burgeoning movement to hasten death in cases like hers. The spearhead is a group called Compassion and Choices – a new name for the old Hemlock Society – whose very existence is based on one lie after another.

Witnesses testified the bill has built-in safeguards to ensure decisions to die will be made by mentally competent patients only–that manipulations and coercion by unscrupulous loved ones and medical professionals seeking transplant materials will be deflected, that copycat suicides by otherwise healthy people will not spike, and that the experience in those states and nations sporting assisted suicide has been uniformly good.  No evidence was presented to support these claims because there is no truth to any of them; the proposed law has no enforceable mechanisms, and the experience in Belgium and the Netherlands has been ghoulish. But the biggest lie is that suicide is mandated by incurable conditions like Maynard’s glioblastoma; the reality is that the disease is being cured as we speak at Duke University, according to CBS News’ Scott Pelley in a report released four days after the senate hearing.

This is truly an emergency, but it is not different. It is not different from any of the other lies the enemy of all life is forever foisting on the people for whom the Son of God gave His life.

Don’t get me wrong. I was a witness myself at that senate hearing; I heard Debbie Ziegler testify, and I know she spoke the truth as she understood it. She believes she speaks for her daughter and for others like her. She is wrong. Dead wrong.

Glioblastoma patients are being treated with a disabled form of the polio virus – God makes all things for an eventual good purpose – and going into remission from the disease. But – the critics will say – what about Parkinson’s and ALS and other debilitating diseases and brain injuries and such? The twin realities are these: there are no patients who cannot be made comfortable during their last days, as medical experts testified to an unmoved senate panel; and there is no way to prevent a person from taking his own life if he is determined to do it. But there are waves of copycat suicides in the otherwise healthy population; there are high incidences of depression and other mental conditions in the people who consider – and may choose – a “medically desperate” end to life. In thirty years of ministry that includes suicide intervention, I have never met anyone who regretted being given a breathing space to think things through a bit more.

The reality is that ethical norms are in place for protection against destructive behavior, not for the inhibition of freedom. And a principle that cannot stand against an emergency is not worth much when times are good, either.

In California alone, we claim “emergency exceptions” to ethical norms when we permit non-physicians to perform abortions. (The emergency exists because so few docs are willing to perform them.) We claim “this is different” when we authorize medical marijuana and taxes disguised as fire prevention fees. (There is no medical reason for smoking wacky weed when the active ingredient is available in a bottle and that fee – if it is so necessary – can be enacted according to law.) We have emergency water rationing and a proposal to raise the top of Shasta Dam – something our governor has dreamed about for years – which will not generate a drop of water in the state. Contracting with Israeli firms to build desalination plants is an approach that could solve California’s water woes forever, but it requires visionary thinking instead of pretending more storage will generate more water. But the biggest emergency we have is voters who keep re-electing the people who do whatever they want whenever they can claim, “But this is different; this is an emergency.” Many of these kool-aid drinkers are Christians.

The National Day of Repentance is calling for a week of prayer and fasting beginning April 30 – the next scheduled National Day of Repentance – and going through May 7, the National Day of Prayer. These two ministries are partnering to call our state to repentance – re-focus on God – and seeking His face in our present emergency. Some will think this a silly exercise, and they are welcome to their view. For those who think – at the very least – nothing is lost by taking the Word of God seriously as it is spoken in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, go to www.dayofrepentance1.org for details and encouragement. Our emergency is far broader than a mere lack of rain. The good news is that God’s solution is far deeper and more fruitful than what can be covered in a news conference.

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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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Have American Christians Forgotten About The Pastors Who Helped Win Our Independence?

This Sunday, April 19, is rightly identified as “Patriots’ Day.” In truth, April 19, 1775, should be regarded as important a date to Americans as July 4, 1776. It’s a shame that we don’t celebrate Patriots’ Day as enthusiastically as we do Independence Day. It’s even more shameful that many Americans don’t remember what happened on this day back in 1775. This was the day the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired. It was the day America’s War for Independence began.

Being warned of approaching British troops by Dr. Joseph Warren (who dispatched Paul Revere to Lexington and Concord with the news), Pastor Jonas Clark alerted his male congregants at the Church of Lexington that the British army was on its way to seize the colonists’ weapons and to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock. Both men had taken refuge in Pastor Clark’s home with about a dozen of the pastor’s men guarding the house. Other men from the congregation (around 75-80 in number) stood with their muskets on Lexington Green when over 800 British troops appeared before them at barely the break of day.

According to eyewitnesses, British soldiers opened fire on the militiamen without warning (the British command to disperse and the British opening salvo of gunfire were simultaneous), immediately killing eight of Pastor Clark’s parishioners. In self defense, the Minutemen took cover and returned fire. These were the first shots of the Revolutionary War. Again, this took place on Lexington Green, which was located in the shadow of the church-house where those men worshipped each Sunday. The men who were guarding Adams and Hancock escorted them out of harm’s way shortly before the troops arrived. Without a doubt, the heroic efforts of Pastor Clark and his brave Minutemen at the Church of Lexington saved the lives of Sam Adams and John Hancock. And eight of those brave men gave their lives protecting two men who became two of America’s greatest Founding Fathers. But, mind you, Jonas Clark and his men are as important to the story of America’s independence as any of our Founding Fathers.

According to Pastor Clark, these are the names of the eight men who died on Lexington Green on that fateful April morning: Robert Munroe, Jonas Parker, Samuel Hadley, Jonathan Harrington, Jr., Isaac Muzzy, Caleb Harrington, and John Brown–all of Lexington–and one Mr. Porter of Woburn.

By the time the British troops arrived at the Concord Bridge, hundreds of colonists had amassed a defense of the bridge. A horrific battle took place, and the British troops were routed and soon retreated back to Boston. America’s War for Independence had begun.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen; these two elements of American history are lost to the vast majority of historians today: 1) it was attempted gun confiscation by the British troops that ignited America’s War for Independence, and 2) it was a pastor and his flock that mostly comprised the “Minutemen” who fired the shots that started our great Revolution.

With that thought in mind, I want to devote today’s column to honoring the brave preachers of Colonial America–these “children of the Pilgrims,” as one Colonial pastor’s descendent put it.

It really wasn’t that long ago. However, with the way America’s clergymen act today, one would think that preachers such as James Caldwell, John Peter Muhlenberg, Joab Houghton, and Jonas Clark never existed. But they did exist; and without them, this country we call the United States of America would not exist.

Caldwell was a Presbyterian; Muhlenberg was a Lutheran; Houghton was a Baptist; and no one really seems to know what denomination (if any) Jonas Clark claimed. But these men had one thing in common (besides their faith in Jesus Christ): they were all ardent patriots who participated in America’s War for Independence–and, in the case of Jonas Clark, actually ignited it.

James Caldwell

James Caldwell was called “The Rebel High Priest” or “The Fighting Chaplain.” Caldwell is most famous for the “Give ’em Watts!” story.

During the Springfield (New Jersey) engagement, the colonial militia ran out of wadding for their muskets. Quickly, Caldwell galloped to the Presbyterian church, and returning with an armload of hymnals, threw them to the ground, and hollered, “Now, boys, give ’em Watts!” He was referring to the famous hymn writer Isaac Watts, of course.

The British hated Caldwell so much, they murdered his wife, Hannah, in her own home, as she sat with her children on her bed. Later, a fellow American was bribed by the British to assassinate Pastor Caldwell–which is exactly what he did. Americans loyal to the Crown burned both his house and church. No less than three cities and two public schools in the State of New Jersey bear his name today.

John Peter Muhlenberg

John Peter Muhlenberg was pastor of a Lutheran church in Woodstock, Virginia, when hostilities erupted between Great Britain and the American colonies. When news of Bunker Hill reached Virginia, Muhlenberg preached a sermon from Ecclesiastes, chapter three to his congregation. He reminded his parishioners that there was a time to preach and a time to fight. He said that, for him, the time to preach was past–and it was time to fight. He then threw off his vestments and stood before his congregants in the uniform of a Virginia colonel.

Muhlenberg was later promoted to brigadier-general in the Continental Army, and later, major general. He participated in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and Yorktown. He went on to serve in both the US House of Representatives and US Senate.

Joab Houghton

Joab Houghton was in the Hopewell (New Jersey) Baptist Meeting House at worship when he received the first information regarding the battles at Lexington and Concord. His great-grandson gives the following eloquent description of the way he treated the tidings:

“[M]ounting the great stone block in front of the meeting-house, he beckoned the people to stop. Men and women paused to hear, curious to know what so unusual a sequel to the service of the day could mean. At the first, words a silence, stern as death, fell over all. The Sabbath quiet of the hour and of the place was deepened into a terrible solemnity. He told them all the story of the cowardly murder at Lexington by the royal troops; the heroic vengeance following hard upon it; the retreat of Percy; the gathering of the children of the Pilgrims round the beleaguered hills of Boston; then pausing, and looking over the silent throng, he said slowly, ‘Men of New Jersey, the red coats are murdering our brethren of New England! Who follows me to Boston?’ And every man in that audience stepped out of line, and answered, ‘I!’ There was not a coward or a traitor in old Hopewell Baptist Meeting-House that day.” (Cathcart, William. Baptists and the American Revolution. Philadelphia: S.A. George, 1876, rev. 1976. Print.)

Jonas Clark

As I said at the beginning of this column, Jonas Clark was pastor of the Church of Lexington, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, the day that British troops marched on Concord with orders to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock and to seize a cache of firearms. It was Pastor Clark’s male congregants who were the first ones to face-off against the British troops as they marched through Lexington. When you hear the story of the Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington, remember those Minutemen were Pastor Jonas Clark and the men of his congregation.

On the one-year anniversary of the Battle of Lexington, Clark preached a sermon based upon his eyewitness testimony of the event. He called his sermon, “The Fate of Blood-Thirsty Oppressors and God’s Tender Care of His Distressed People.” His sermon has been republished by Nordskog Publishing under the title, “The Battle of Lexington, A Sermon and Eyewitness Narrative, Jonas Clark, Pastor, Church of Lexington.”  You can find the book here:

Nordskog Publishing

In the Introduction to the book, Gerald Nordskog writes this about Pastor Clark:

“As the pastor of the church at Lexington, he typically gave four sermons a week, written out and orally presented–nearly 2200 sermons in his lifetime. His preaching was vigorous in style, animated in manner, instructive in matter, and delivered with uncommon energy and zeal, with an agreeable and powerful voice. His sermons were rarely less than an hour, often more.”

Nordskog then quotes the Rev. William Ware, who wrote the following a little less than one hundred years after the Battle of Lexington:

“It can be regarded only as a singularly happy circumstance that, as Lexington was to be the place where resistance to the power of England was first to occur, and the great act of a declaration of war first to be made by the act of the people in the blood to be there shed, making the place forever famous in history, the minister of Lexington should have been a man of the principles, character, courage, and energy of Mr. Clark.

“It can be regarded he was eminently a man produced by the times–more than equal to them; rather a guide and leader. All his previous life, his preaching, his intercourse and conversation among the people had been but a continued and most effectual preparation for the noble stand taken by his people on the morning of the 19th of April, 1775. The militia on the Common that morning were the same who filled the pews of the meetinghouse on the Sunday morning before, and the same who hung upon the rear of the retreating enemy in the forenoon and throughout the day. They were only carrying the preaching of the many previous years into practice.

“It would not be beyond the truth to assert that there was no person at that time and in that vicinity–not only no clergyman but no other person of whatever calling or profession, who took a firmer stand for the liberties of the country, or was more ready to perform the duties and endure the sacrifices of a patriot, than the minister of Lexington.

“When the struggle actually commenced, the people were ready for it, thoroughly acquainted with the reasons on which the duty of resistance was founded, and prepared to discharge the duty at every hazard. No population within the compass of the Colonies were better prepared for the events of the 19th of April, than the people of Lexington; no people to whom the events of that day could more safely have been entrusted; none more worthy of the duties that fell to their lot; or who better deserved the honours which have followed the faithful performance of them. No single individual probably did so much to educate the people up to that point of intelligence, firmness, and courage, as their honoured and beloved pastor.”

Of course, Clark, Houghton, Muhlenberg, and Caldwell were not the only ones to participate in America’s fight for independence. There were Episcopalian ministers such as Dr. Samuel Provost of New York, Dr. John Croes of New Jersey, and Robert Smith of South Carolina. Presbyterian ministers such as Adam Boyd of North Carolina and James Armstrong of Maryland, along with many others, also took part.

So many Baptist preachers participated in America’s War for Independence that, at the conclusion of the war, President George Washington wrote a personal letter to the Baptist people saying, “I recollect with satisfaction that the religious societies of which you are a member have been, throughout America, uniformly and almost unanimously, the firm friends to civil liberty, and the preserving promoters of our glorious Revolution.” It also explains how Thomas Jefferson could write to a Baptist congregation and say, “We have acted together from the origin to the end of a memorable Revolution.” (McDaniel, George White. The People Called Baptists. The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1918. Print.)

And although not every pastor was able to actively participate in our fight for independence, so many pastors throughout Colonial America preached the principles of liberty and independence from their pulpits that the Crown created a moniker for them: The Black Regiment (referring to the long, black robes that so many colonial clergymen wore in the pulpit). Without question, the courageous preaching and example of Colonial America’s patriot-pastors provided the colonists with the inspiration and resolve to resist the tyranny of the Crown and win America’s freedom and independence.

I invite readers to visit my Liberty Church Project website. We are currently engaged in the noble endeavor of helping to resurrect the patriot-pulpit throughout the United States. Perhaps we could help you. Here is the website:

Liberty Church Project

This is the fighting heritage of America’s pastors and preachers. So, what has happened? What has happened to that fighting spirit that once existed, almost universally, throughout America’s Christian denominations? How have preachers become so timid, so shy, and so cowardly that they will stand apathetic and mute as America faces the destruction of its liberties? Where are the preachers to explain, expound, and extrapolate the principles of liberty from Holy Writ? Where are the pastors to preach the truth about Romans chapter 13?

Readers should know that my constitutional attorney son, Tim, and I have co-authored a blockbuster book dealing with Romans 13. The book is entitled, “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission.” It can be ordered at:

Romans 13: The True Meaning Of Submission

Plus, I also delivered four messages dealing with Romans 13. The message series is entitled, “The True Meaning of Romans 13.” These four video messages have been recorded on one DVD and may be ordered at:

Romans 13 DVD

I am absolutely convinced that one of the biggest reasons America is in the sad condition it is in today is because the sermons most Americans frequently hear from modern pulpits refuse to deal with the salient issues of the day; and, therefore, our Christian people are mostly uneducated and ignorant of the great Biblical truths relating to liberty and Natural Law. This milquetoast preaching, along with a totally false “obey-the-government-no-matter-what” misinterpretation of Romans 13, have made it next to impossible to find Christian men with the courage and resolve, and even more importantly, the knowledge and understanding, to stand against the assaults on our liberties.

America cut its spiritual teeth on the powerful preaching and exemplary examples of men such as James Caldwell, John Peter Muhlenberg, Joab Houghton, and, yes, Jonas Clark. That most churches do not have pastors such as these is the main reason America is in the miserable condition it is in today.

Then again, for the most part, our churches have the kind of pastors they want, don’t they? I wonder just how many churches today would even tolerate the kind of sermons Jonas Clark delivered. So, ask yourself, dear Christian friend: if you claim to be a patriot, why do you stay in a church that lacks a patriot-pastor? We have the kind of government we vote for and the kind of church we attend and give to. Think about it.

At any rate, this Sunday, April 19, marks one of the most significant dates in American history. And it is significant, in great part, because of the courage and sacrifice of a pastor and church congregation. I wonder how many pastors across the country will even mention it from the pulpit this Sunday. I wonder how many people in the congregation will miss it if they don’t.

© Chuck Baldwin

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Obama Helps Clarify What Christianity Is And Is Not

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One of my friends in Scotland commented that Christianity in America is a mile wide and an inch deep. After returning to America from living overseas twice as an adult, I would say this is a fair assessment.

The majority of Americans identify as Christians; however, their response to Gallup and Barna polls reveals there’s a disconnect, and even a contradiction, between what self-ascribing Christians actually believe and claim. Sadly, poll results indicate that most self-ascribing American Christians, while they state they would like to read the Bible more, are unfamiliar with fundamental Biblical facts; they misunderstand or have no knowledge about what Jesus says about himself, salvation, heaven, hell, or death.

Some self-ascribing Christians claim that “born-again Christians are disturbing.” (Such a claim either represents ignorance or the rejection of Jesus Christ’s teachings recorded in the four gospels as true. Clearly explained in John 3:1-21 and elsewhere, Jesus himself declared that salvation from sin/separation from God requires that one “must be born again.”)

Some self-ascribing Christians either support abortion now, or had the opportunity to prevent it or did nothing after the Supreme Court’s final ruling in 1973. Some self-ascribing Christians have expressed “horror” over abortion practices (like Gosnell’s) but voted for and continue to justify their support of leaders who advocate for infanticide and sex-selective abortions.

Still, others support same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue, unable to understand its spiritual and biblical origin, while also whining about religious rights issues. Such claims–that completely ignore, reject, and/or misinterpret Biblical truth clearly articulated by the God they claim to worship–obviously mislead and confuse non-Christians.

To be sure, many Christians make mistakes, misunderstand, and/or disagree about scriptural interpretation. Christians aren’t saints. Some have committed crimes.

But straightforward falsehood guised as Christianity is dangerous. If one does not know what is true, it will be exceedingly difficult to identify what is false.

This is falsehood: a person who claims to be a Christian–yet, both in word and deed:

  • Claims: “I will stand with Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
  • Claims: “The future does not belong to those who slander Islam.”
  • Claims: “America is no longer a Christian nation.”

This is truth: a genuine, born-again, Bible-believing-and-following Christian is first known by their confession, witness, and testimony that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the only son of God, and that He and the Father are one. Jesus claimed that only through Him can anyone know God, and that through Him alone can one have eternal life. Either Jesus is who he says he is, or he isn’t.

True Christian belief is evidenced in the out-workings of one’s faith: repentance, obedience, sacrifice, service, and evangelism (highlighted in Acts 2; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 5; Gal. 5; Hebrews 11; James 2; 1 John 1:3; Luke 10, 15; Matt. 28, and Romans).

Those who claim to be a Christian, but persecute Christians and shield persecutors from justice, are what Jesus’ disciple Peter describes as:

“springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved” (2 Pet. 2:12-19).

Timothy also clarifies: “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Tim. 6:3-5).

Easter is not only the most important date of the year for Christians— but it presents the opportunity for everyone to understand the consequence of rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord: death (Romans 6:23).

As is the consequence for those who make false claims. Jesus said of them, “I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matt. 7:21-23). He also warned, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

This column was originally published by The Washington Times.

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