Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free Love Christians

Apparently my Dad is unchristian and unloving because he refuses to compromise God's Word and he actually names the names of those who do compromise. Reference the AiG article here:

Some Christians today are like the hippies of 50 years ago who used the word “love” to justify their fornications and sins against the word of God. The hippie culture is often pictured as a group of drug-addicted, fornicating drunks whose catchphrase “make love, not war” gave their movement a false sense of piety. But to those who know a handful of Bible verses taught to Sunday school children, their sins are as grievous as the war crimes they claimed to oppose. Just the same, these Christians like to justify their disobedience to the Bible by saying “we are supposed to love each other”. Oh, but aren't these hippie Christians godly? (I am speaking sarcastically). I mean, they actually quote John 13:35. Please note: their judgment is coming according to Proverbs 1:26.

I'll give you another hippie catchphrase: “what would Jesus do?”. Apparently, the hippie Christian culture has never heard of the following verses: John 2:15, John 6:66, John 7:7, John 7:43, John 8:44, John 8:47, John 10:19, etc. But I suppose many are too lazy to look up those verses and read it for themselves. If you do, please take notice that Jesus statements and actions are towards the religious leaders of His day. For more scathing rebukes from Jesus against religious leaders, read Matthew 23. The problem with the modern effeminate Christian is that he claims to do what Jesus would do and “love” everybody, but he hasn't read the Bible very carefully and he certainly isn't following Christ. The above are a small set of things Jesus did that the hippie Christian crowd would never follow.

These sorts of Christians are more interested in making love, then fighting the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12) or standing against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11) or having done all, to stand (Eph. 6:13). They would rather fornicate their idols of fame, wealth, and ecumenicalism then to read, believe, and obey the word of God.

You say, “Oh, but the Apostle Paul would never stoop to such low tactics as name calling or naming names.” Paul calls someone a child of the devil in Acts 13:10. Paul calls out Demas by name in 2 Tim. 4:10 and a couple others in 1 Tim. 1:19-20 and 2 Tim. 2:17-18 and 2 Tim. 4:14-15. Paul uses the derogatory term “dogs” in Phil. 3:2. Paul uses what some would call prejudice in Titus 1:12-13. God has always raised up a man to call sin for what it is. For every Ahab, there is a fiery Elijah. For every Herod, there is a stubborn John the Baptist. For other Biblical examples of God's people name calling and naming names, see: 2 Pet. 2:15, 3 John 9, Jude 11, Rev. 2:2,14, just to name a few.

The point is not to justify purposeful meanness in preaching. After all, Paul did say in Romans 12:18, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” And in 2 Corinthians 10:1, "Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ".  It is right and Biblical to get along with folks, but NOT at the expense of preaching the truth! Don't forget this was the same guy who wrote the statements mentioned in the previous paragraph. We shouldn't purposely try to cause problems, but we shouldn't be afraid to stand firmly on the Word of God and to call out those who would harm the body of Christ.  We preach the word of God not only with meekness and gentleness, but also with the cunning boldness of a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Don't be a free love Christian! Don't excuse sin and unbelief in the name of love. First read, then believe, then obey every word of the Bible. Sometimes it is necessary to name the apostates and call out the perverseness of their sin. It doesn't mean we don't love. This is true love, for loving God and loving God's words comes first (Matt. 22:37-38). May God raise up more men who will preach God's words with passion and conviction without backing down.

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Where Is The Lord God Of Elijah?

Where Is The Lord God Of Elijah?

In 2 Kings 2:14, when Elisha reached the first obstacle in his ministry he cried “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”.  As the churches of Jesus Christ become more apostate and worldly, we must take up this cry now more than ever before.  41 years ago on March 3, 1970, Free Presbyterian preacher Ian Paisley preached a message on this very subject.  I’d like to give you the opening statements of his message:

“Brethren and sisters in Christ, the great apostasy is upon us.  All around us today we hear the papal sounds of the papal antichrist and the false prophets of the ecumenical movement.  The churches of Christendom, so called, have apostacized.  And alas, what true churches are left have felt the cold and chilling blast of this adulterous and end time generation.  In mad infatuation for worldly scholarship, worldly attainment, and worldly recognition, these churches have grievously departed from vital and spiritual Christianity.  The prayer altars are forsaken.  Strong doctrinal preaching is forgotten.  Fervent evangelism is largely unknown.  And a blight has settled down on the congregations of the people of God.  To maintain in these days fundamental Bible truth, is to make oneself an oddity.  To cry aloud of everything that savours of Baalism and pernicious idolatry, is to brand oneself as an extremist.  To stand where the prophets stood, to stand where the apostles stood, to stand where the reformers stood, to stand where the Puritans stood, to stand where the great revival preachers of the past generation stood, is to go it alone like Elijah of old.

What does the church of Jesus Christ need in order to successfully and gloriously combat this last end time struggle with antichrist and antichristianity?  We need a double portion of the spirit of God.  Elisha took up the cry ‘where is the Lord God of Elijah?’  I want to take up that cry today in this convention, ‘where is the Lord God of Elijah?’.”

Listen to Paisley’s message here: 

If the modern-day protestant reformer Ian Paisley started the Free Presbyterian denomination to protest the apostate mainline protestant denominations of his day 41 years ago, then you can bet it is worse now!  The very denominations that were started in protest to the Catholic church have long since apostacized and compromised with worldly doctrine and scholarship.  The protestant churches need to be protested!  And the independent Baptist churches are not far behind.

Where is the Lord God of Elijah?

We must take up this cry now more than ever before to stand against the spirit of antichrist.  In the name of Christ, churches are more interested in jamming to drums and electric guitars than praising the name of Jesus Christ as holy and pure.  Christians have fallen prey to the ungodly, self-exalting thinking of evolutionary humanists.  Churches are becoming more new age through Buddhist and Hindu influences.  Christians will take time to exercise their bodies, but not take time to exercise their minds and hearts through the study of God’s Word.  People would rather stay in bondage to a religion that can’t control the perverted desire of priests.  Young people are in love with sex, alcohol, and entertainment.  Christians would rather gossip than preach the word.  Christians would rather spend the effort on making another dollar to fund their idolatrous, luxurious lifestyle than join the fellowship of Christ-honoring believers.

Holy living is criticized as legalism.  Biblical expectations are lambasted as too severe.  The birth pangs of Christ’s second coming are louder than ever before but the world’s pleasures have made Christians too stupid to realize the lateness of the hour.  The call for separation is made, but none heed.  The call for the King’s service is made, but they are too busy listening to their gospel music.  The church has lost the children.  The parents wonder what happened to their kids.  And all along a handful of preachers stand strong on the word calling for faithfulness and devotion to the Scriptures.  But the Christians are too rich, too blessed, too well off to know their spiritual condition.

Only the Lord God of Elijah has the power to clean up the mess of apostasy and worldliness in our homes, churches, and communities.  May God raise up a new generation of godly young people who will stand on the Scriptures as their final authority, and in the power of God’s Spirit will cry effectually and fervently “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” against the apostasy and worldliness of our day!