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Thursday, September 27th, 2007 | Author:

My soul has been deeply moved by what I read in Scripture and what I see in our government and the nation at large. If ever the passage dealing with right being wrong and wrong being right is appropriate, it is NOW.

 

 

One of my greatest frustrations as a pastor, now disabled, and a Christian at large, is the deafening silence of the Church of Jesus. It reminds me of the piece that was written during WWII titled, “Sing A Little Louder.” It dealt with a church that was located by the railroad tracks where the death camp trains passed. They could hear the moaning and cries for help from those on those trains and it really got to bothering their peace. They decided to just “sing a little louder” when the trains passed so as not to be bothered by the cries for help.

  

When I think of how FEW pastors, Christians and moral people of America have never lifted a finger to stop the brutal slaughter of 50,000,000 innocent babies, I also wonder if we are not just trying to drown out their screams for help. Many in our government have chosen a course of destroying as many of the unborn as possible in the name of “A Woman’s Right To Choose,” and yet this is a total lie to the women and fathers of these “unwanted” human beings. All you need to do is talk with a woman who has had an abortion, if she has any conscience at all, and hear the anguish in her soul over killing her baby. What have you personally done to stop abortion? Have you called your legislator, written letters to the appropriate people expressing your disgust with this practice? Have you ever gone to one of these killing stations and made an effort to save the life of just one baby? I have and I will never forget the folks who changed their minds and chose to give birth to their baby. I have actually dedicated one such child in our church baby dedication service. I have been cussed out by angry people who’s conscience is racked with indecision and find it easy to vent it on me. I have always done this with love and grace and firmness. I have never been struck by anyone, even though some have charged at me with the intent to intimidate me. Love wins the day in so many cases. Killing your child is the most selfish choice we can make. There are always cases where the mother’s life is in danger but many women throughout history have even given up their lives in order to give life to their babies.

  

Have we spoken out on letting homosexuality become a normal part of life today? Have we listened to too many talking heads on TV and ignored the clear teachings of God on this issue. How can believers condone that which is an abomination to God? Every great nation that has allowed homosexuality to become normalized have suffered collapse because of it. How many of us would be horrified if one of our children was molested? Yet, 40% of all molestations are done by homosexuals when only 0.8%, less than 1%, of American citizens call themselves homosexual according to the last census.

  

Our silence will ultimately bring the judgment of God on America. I have spoken to some of our finest Christian leaders on this issue and they agree wholeheartedly. All we have to do is to look at Israel and the cycles of faith to apostasy to slavery to repentance to faith etc. etc. throughout the Old Covenant of the Bible.

  

What will it take for US to say, “Enough Is Enough?” God will hold each of us accountable for our lack of getting involved. He did not save us so that we could make money and collect every material comfort available so that we can be more “served” and made “comfortable”, when millions of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world go without basic necessities. The Bible asks those who see this and ignore it, “how can the love of God dwell in you?”

  

What will it take for us to let our voices be raised in protest. When will we let the Grammy Award crew know of our disgust when a recent recipient let go with the worst slander against Jesus Christ and many of you saw this. I didn’t since I turned my TV off about six years ago and now choose to only watch videos and DVD’s that are decent for believers to watch. Many of you have bought into the lie that only “Mature” people can watch immorality and be blasted with every filthy word imaginable. Would you allow a guest in your home to do these things? Then why would you allow an open sewer pipe into your living rooms every night, and pay them to bring it in? Tolerance, according to the new definition, is not a virtue. Tolerance ends when it offends God or my loved ones and destroys the country we love so dearly.

  

These are a few of the things that we need to think long and hard about right now. I want to remind you that every word here is bathed in love. Love is not always mushy, gushy and fuzzy. Tough love is the most genuine love of all. God uses it every day.

  Pastor Ike

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 | Author:

“LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Surely every man walks about as a phantom; surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches}and does not know who will gather them.” (Selah is a musical interlude and believed to mean, “think about this for a moment.” Psalm 39:4-6

Some thoughts on how to wisely use the few days that we have on this earth and how to be ready to stand face to face with our creator.

There Is A Payday Someday!

(I wrote this article in 2004 and now include some revisions)

Most people today live their lives like they are playing Russian Roulette. Ordinarily intelligent people do some of the most foolish and dangerous things simply out of a childish, “I did it because I wanted to!” attitude. All people know in their hearts that the Bible is true and that it is God’s absolute standard for all human beings. He did not make suggestions but gave absolute Commandments. He gave these to protect His creation from self-destruction. “You shall not commit adultery.” “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife …” Exodus 20:14, 17a “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched? So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her will not go unpunished.” (not go unpunished…!) Proverbs 6:27-29

These warnings are as real as a heart attack! Why then do so many ignore God’s Commands? This next verse explains it all. “You shall have no other gods before (besides) Me.” Exodus 20:3 Man often chooses to replace his Creator with self-made gods, ones that please his life-style choices. Yet no matter how hard he tries to do it his own way, it is inevitable that God will have His way in the end. What lures a person into adultery? Here’s a mature man or woman, married, two or three children, great job, new home, car, a good marriage for __# of years. Then all of a sudden there comes a moment of temporary insanity by jumping into bed with another person you would never in a thousand years dream of marrying and building a life with, while you sacrifice this very thing at home. Here are some facts to back up these words. Only 10% of persons leaving their spouse for another person ever marry that person? That’s a 90% failure rate! Not one of us would invest in the stock market with these odds. The lure is often, “I have found that most perfect person that I have ever known!” Hog wash! You’re not in love, you’re in LUST! Try being married to this “perfect person” and see that they are just like everyone else. Note statistics on this kind of thinking: 90% failure rate.

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (The word here means to bring forth a stillborn child. Sin never brings forth life or joy! ) James 1:14-15

Try dusting off your Bible and reading about the fool and the related behaviors in Proverbs chapters 5-7. Someone told me once, “Don’t ever do today what you don’t want to see in the headlines tomorrow.” Great advice! Has your sin issued a paycheck to you yet? If it hasn’t, it certainly will. I have been in ministry over thirty-one years now and I have seen far too many train wrecks in the personal lives of those I have known inside and outside the Church. What are your real values? Do they line up with how you live your daily life? We live in a sex crazed society but don’t ever believe the lie that you will somehow escape the consequences of your choices.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

Galatians 6:7

For every one of our kicks, there’s a kickback! Is a one night stand worth losing everything that matters to you? What will your children, parents, boss, employees think of you when the dirty laundry is aired? And you can be certain that it will be aired sooner or later. Why not choose now to live your life the way God’s Book says and you will find yourself richly rewarded and fulfilled. (emphasis added to Scriptures)

Pastor Ike (retired … for now)

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 | Author:

It struck me the other day that all the battles concerning Political Correctness are aimed at promoting and protecting perversion. They have made up their small minds that promoting a moral America is not worth their time but seeing to it that sexual perversion is forced on the silent majority.

The Bible is still the most popular book on sale in America and represents a huge majority of American citizens. With this majority to fight, the liberals chose a strategy to shame us into shutting our mouths by a campaign of name calling and labeling. Have you noticed that we don’t call them moralophobics or godophobics? That sounds so foolish and so do homophobic, bigoted, haters etc. etc. I for one chose a long time ago to NOT try to be politically correct but to be biblically correct. They can rant and rave and call names until they are blue in the face and it is like water off a duck’s back to me. I know that I am doing what is right and pleasing to God and that is all that matters.

  

Bill Clinton was the champion of the immoral folks in America, especially the Hollywood crowd, and a disgrace and disgusting to those who love what is right. The Bible calls homosexuality an abomination in the eyes of God. Liberal politicians and others have decided that perversion is what is right and that God is wrong. You know that the Bible says that this will happen in the last days. Guess what, it is happening NOW! I have a few quotes to demonstrate this.

  

“He who speaks truth tells what is right, but a false witness deceit.”  Proverbs 12:17

  

“A righteous man hates falsehood, but a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.”  Proverbs 13:5

  

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”  Proverbs 14:34

  

“The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves one who pursues righteousness.”  Proverbs 15:9

  

“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, when he has no sense?”  Proverbs 17:15-16

  

Their strategy has worked very well and millions of godly people have shut up and just mumble to themselves and their friends about how bad things are. If you would just decide that no one is going to shut you up and that your most powerful tool is your vote then the liberals would sit up and take notice.

  So, are we going to speak up and vote out of office those who are slowly destroying this great nation? I for one am sick of the sewer of immorality flowing into our homes via the television. I turned mine off about six years ago and seek my information from sites like Townhall.com and WorldNetDaily.com

Christians in particular have often been dumbed down even by their own pastors. Preaching milk toast sermons is never going to make Christians strong. We need more preachers like Jonathan Edwards and his sermon, “Sinners in the hand of an angry God,” and “Payday Someday” by R. G Lee, and Charles Finney with his pulpit aflame with righteousness and hundreds like them. They saw righteousness once again aflame in America in different generations. Don’t we want that too? We are taught to “Just love them and let them have their own way. We wouldn’t want to offend anyone, you know.” It would do us all good to read about the lives of the prophets of the Old Testament and how Jesus, Paul and others dealt with opposition. Paul said these words,

 

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

  

Acts 13:9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him,

  

Acts 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

  

This one is not exactly “seeker friendly” is it?

  

Jesus called them white washed tombs and told them that they were the sons of the Devil. Peter did not mince words in confronting those who opposed God and righteousness. There is plenty of room for love but confrontation is what is essentially needed NOW!

  

Here is the biblical mandate for preaching. “… preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires and will turn away their ears from the TRUTH and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

  I believe that Amos 8:11-12 is happening now in America.

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the Word of the LORD, but they will not find it.”

  

There are still faithful preachers but far too few of them. If you have such a pastor, love him, take good care of him and encourage him to stay aflame for God. Today’s pastors might need to stop attending so many conferences and just get alone with God to find out what HE wants them to preach and do. Reading the preachers of the 17th and 18th centuries is also a good idea.

  

Our founding fathers would be ashamed of us if they were alive today. Let’s get some guts and backbone going and soon. Let’s let the lion out of his cage and let him roar!

  Pastor Ike 

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