May 26

Apostasy is here Pt 6

We’re going to continue this morning in II Peter 1

And begin in vs19

If you’ll remember last week I told you that the Assembly of God and their partner groups

Boast that they have prophets and the gift of prophecy in their churches, that no one else has

because God has specially chosen them

The word prophecy here isn’t speaking about certain prophecies that are throughout scripture

this is a reference to the entire bible
The whole bible is actually a prophecy about God and man

The bible is a God book and a man book

It deals with human life right down to where you and I live

But God speaks to us in human language that we can understand

In vs 16 Peter says he was an eyewitness of Gods majesty

how great it would it have been to stand with Peter at the transfiguration of Christ ?

But that was only one event

it’s even greater to have the entire prophecy of God in our very hands

The bible will speak directly to us, if we open our hearts and allow it to speak


It says we have a (get this). A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY

What’s more sure than an eyewitness?

A book that God himself told certain men of what to write and then placed it into our hands

Theres people who want a miracle, some physical or mental healing

And they can get obsessed with these things

and yet

they neglect the true miracle of having scripture that they can read and study everyday

Knowing this first,

Knowing what first?

Peter is saying, as Gods children, our first priority is to know Gods Word
We have been given a book that we can have knowledge about everything heavenly and earthly

And how many Christians neglect Gods Word?

And how many ministries, churches, and pastors have a million other priorities

Instead of getting and helping you become more knowledgable of scripture?


remember last wk I told you about the Assemblies, charismatic and the Pentecostal movement

That claim they have been doubly and triply anointed by Gods Spirit
And they have the ability to get special things from scripture that no one else can

Look at the rest of vs 20

Uh ohh, someone’s lying

Someone’s lying, because God says that no scripture is for private interpretation

According to God, anyone, who is born again, the entire bible is open to you

God doesn’t give certain groups a special blessings from the spirit

or special insight into the bible

There have been many over the yrs who have claimed

that they have received a special revelation from God

Not according to this verse they haven’t


Many of these who claim to have special revelations are ignorant of what the bible says

They take a few words here and there and then they twist it into what they want it to mean


The bible was given to us by God who told holy men what to write

God did not use just any ol man
These were HOLY MEN

Which means they had hearts that were right and justified before God

He set them apart from everyone else to write what God Wanted us to know

God put confidence into these men to write about who God is and how man can reach him


And to have Christians today use Gods word with such carelessness

Such disregard for its holiness and twists it’s words to meet their selfish desires
Such men are worthy to spend eternity in hell

There are preachers all across this country preaching about God

and yet they themselves aren’t convinced that the bible is Gods word

Over 3/4 of the bibles prophecies have been fulfilled 100% with accuracy

No man could predict with that kind of accuracy only God can do that


Let’s tie in ch 2:1
There has always been false religions and false teachers among us

They have made a mockery out of Gods word

Every preacher who uses this bible and does not preach or teach it accurately

Those who make it a fairy tale by adding in things like

what the charismatics, Jehovah’s Witness or Catholics do

Are nothing more than false teachers

And are worthy of spending eternity in hell


We know that Christianity is taking a nosedive in America

and people are saying it’s because we’re old fashioned and need to come up to date

Or that were judgmental


I read an article by a guy about why he thinks churches are decreasing in attendance

And why Christianity in America is taking a nose dive

He said churches are boring people to death

I can’t repeat the whole article, we would be here til 2

But I thought he would say it’s because so many are stuck in tradition and still sing hymns and need to update

But he didn’t, he attended some of the new modern type with the band and all that new style


He said the rock star came out to get everyone excited and clapping with their up to date and rockin music

As the song part went on, some were singing, others were talking, some were drinking coffee

And then the rock star would raise his hands and try to say something that was so spiritual and deep

Or give a little prayer with a hushed voice and with almost a tear in his eyes
When the concert was over the next leader came out to give his 30 min speech

And he talked about being positive, non judgmental and of course tolerant and accepting

He said a lot of words that meant nothing

There was no gospel a few verses were thrown in just to say he was a Christian

But nothing to make you stop and think about an all powerful God

Nothing to make you come under conviction and examine your life and your life with Christ
Nothing to inspire you to become a soldier of Christ ready to wage war against sin and to spread the gospel

looked around and people were bored, some were trying to stay awake


And yet almost all churches across America have turned to having this style of ministries

Feel good about yourself and accept everyone without any judgment

It isn’t that the church is stuck in the past, the church came up to date

the problem is, we lost our heart for God and truth
Why wouldn’t Christians get bored with that?

Why would anyone who is unsaved want to join a group like that ?

The reason why Christianity is taking a nosedive Is because the church is filled with false prophets

Who have brought in damnable heresies


They modernized and are accepting. gay marriage, abortion and every sin one can think of

The church is in trouble because we’re no longer traditional

It’s in trouble because we have lost the holiness of God
Because we’re no longer judgmental

Jesus said that we are to examine these things

= we are to make a judgment

Make a judgement to see if these things are acceptable to God or not


The church is in trouble because we are too accepting and many look, talk and act like the world

We don’t stand against anything and we don’t stand up for anything

If we don’t stand for righteousness and condemn sin
Then the church fails
The world keeps pointing their finger at us and saying we’re homophobic

And that were filled with hate

And they are absolutely right and why are we ashamed to admit their right

We hate the sin of homosexuality because look at what it does to a country

It destroys families, it destroys rights, it destroys the constitution

And it destroys the church of God and that’s why God hates it
A Lutheran pastor in Midland mi was forced out of his church last week

because he dared to say if your gay you cannot be a Christian

Their absolutely right, we hate this sin and God hates this sin

He said not one homosexual will enter heaven but will be cast into hell


Christianity is going south not because of what we stand for

It’s because the church doesn’t stand up for much of anything
Way back when Roe vs Wade hit this country with the murdering of babies

The church of God should have rose up with such thunder that it shook America

But it didn’t, there were a few rumblings, a few brave pastors stood up

But the people didn’t stand up with them

From that one decision of our Supreme Court

And because of the silence from the church

I wholeheartedly believe that was the day, God stepped back from America


From that one day, when our country said that we will take the lives of innocent people

Is the day that God turned away from us

Look how far this nation has sunk into immorality and chaos since then

I cannot think of one thing, not one event,

where we can point to and say that was a blessing from God to our nation

Can you?
The truth is, since 1973 this country has been on a collision course

God has given us yrs to turn back, but eventually we will hit the wall

Why have we had people leave here and some who visited won’t come back?

Because this is one of only a few churches that will stand up for truth

We want the truth, I preach the truth with accuracy

and when I find out I’m wrong on something

I come back here and correct it
Most people today who visit a church are not looking for truth

They are seeking entertainment and boredom

They want to feel good about themselves,

they want some positive emotional input

They need a new social scene to meet people

New friends, make some new business connections or maybe a few fishing partners

Whatever it is that they may be looking for
But what few are looking for is truth, conviction over sin or a relationship with Christ

This bible is a miracle and it’s the only miracle that we need

I don’t need to speak in tongues

What I need is for God to speak to me through his word

I don’t need special anointing or prophecies or healing’s

I need Gods spirit to fill me with truth and knowledge

What these movements are seeking so desperately

We already have in our hands

You want a miracle ?

Just open your bible and be blessed by the greatest miracle one could ever receive

May 18

Apostasy is here Pt 5

2 wks ago we left off in II Peter and we’ve been looking at a world that has become full of apostasy

The world is quickly turning its back on the true God of the Bible

But it’s not just their turning away,

but what makes it even worse

Is that they now feel, they need to attack God and everything that is Connected to God

But because we were created with an inner need to worship

The world is turning to worship false gods

What we tend to forget about is, Satans main desire is.
to be worshipped

You’ll remember he said that he would take the throne of God

That desire has never changed

and he gets his worship through those who follow him and do his bidding and commit evil acts

the Muslim religion who follow the false god Allah (satan)
Continues to rise in America

those who claim to be members of Isis also continues to rise

People want to worship something, and if they’re unsaved

They will worship the one who fills their heart

People will unknowingly worship Satan through religions

Through nature like global warming or through astrology

Satan doesn’t care what they worship him through as long as they don’t worship Jesus Christ
And then there are those who claim to be Christians

But who are also turning their backs on God

Attendance in churches across our country continues to drop

They will find anything that they don’t like in a church

(and it’s usually the pastor), and they’ll walk away

Those who once walked by faith, are now blaming God for everything that is wrong in their lives

The need of a worldwide revival is needed today more than at any other time in history

And then there are those who are hypocrites in the Christian world

These people say how godly they are, but live ungodly lives

The other week I was in Ft Wayne at Meijer’s

And an Amish guy pulled up in his buggy, tied up his horse

and then stood at the back of his buggy and opened the storage box

Now everyone knows that they are opposed and consider it a sin to use modern conveniences

He took out a cell phone from his buggy and made a call

Cell phones are a modern convenience that uses electric
Which is something that is forbidden

The hypocrisy that is displayed in the Amish community is embarrassing
It must be hard living a life where your always competing for Gods favor

And struggling at losing it because they can’t help but use modern things

If only they could come to the understanding of Gods grace and get away from a works based religion

Their lives would be so much more enjoyable

The reason why I bring that up is because of ch 1:16

Many religions such as the Amish have built fables into their beliefs

None of us can earn Gods favor or work our way into heaven

If you drive a car or not, if you wear a zipper on your pants or not

God couldn’t care less

But when people start doing little religious acts that are not commanded in scripture

God does care about that

What they have done is made the bible into nothing more than a fairy tale

You got to wonder at times what will it be like in heaven

When a saved Amish guy who followed all his rules

Looks at a guy like me standing next to him in heaven?

There have been hypocrites in every church throughout the ages

People who can come to church and really play the part

But at home away from the church people, a real different person emerges

I knew a guy who led the song service, could shed tears and preach a little message

And one would think oh what a godly man

and then you find out about his different wives and affairs
And how cruel he was

It’s easy to fool people at church,

because we do try to accept and love people

But we don’t fool the Lord,

he knows our secret sins, Our double lives and hypocrisy

God gave us this bible so that we can know who God is,

who Jesus is and how to live for the Lord

He means for us to believe every word because it is factual

To be obedient to every word so we can be blessed

And to accept it as his truth because he is the one who gave his Word to us, because he can be trusted

We don’t have to be hypocritical we can be real and authentic followers of Christ

However, because there is so much hypocrisy in the lives of Christians

In order to make themselves feel less guilty of how their living

They start adding things to Gods Word

They start adding things like God is all love and not judgmental
Or Everyone’s going to heaven regardless of what you’ve done

They start adding things to Gods Word as an excuse of how their living

But when we start adding things to Gods Word

we have then reduced it to a fairy tale

And Peter says we are not following a story that was made up by some very smart and talented men

There have been many great writers and story tellers over the years

But none of them could ever cause someone to be radically changed from the inside out

Or convince someone to change their entire lifestyle

Or even move to another city, state or a different country

to tell someone about what changed in their lives

But wait, didn’t the writer of the Koran convince people to follow him?

Here’s the difference
It doesn’t take much convincing to get someone to go and commit evil

It comes naturally from that sin nature that we’re born with

But it is unnatural to take someone who is evil,

and radically change them to serving God

To become someone who loves and loves unlovable people

No writer, no matter how talented he may be, can’t do that

Only the power of God can transform that life

Peter is telling us that no one could have ever dreamed up the Christian faith

That only God could do something like this

But the ones who usually are the most guilty of reducing the bible to fairy tales

Are Christians, not the world

We already know that the unsaved thinks the bible is baloney and a fairy tale

But it’s tragic when Christians reduce Gods Word to fairy tales,
But it’s been going on for years

Let’s take one movement this morning as our example to demonstrate what I’m telling you

The Pentecostals began back in the early 1800’s stated

that they were given a new spiritual anointing from God

Because of that belief

They were considered apostate by the main stream churches

who accused them of destroying biblical doctrine

From the Pentecostals, emerged the Assemblies of God
who were even more radical than the Pentecostals

The Assembly of God has had a great influence in America

They have millions of members worldwide

Their zeal for preaching has been unmatched by many

But yet, they have been unable to become a powerhouse
or gain any real recognition among other denominations

Mainstream denominations still today consider
the Assemblies, Pentecostals and charismatics

As heretics and a false church

This is the only movement that claims of Being Christians and have special favor with God

This is the only movement that claims they have been set apart by God

To be used for performing miracles and special healings

They claim a special anointing of the Spirit of God.

They claim double blessings and triple anointing and super Spirit baptisms

They claim to operate in the Spirit

flow in the Spirit

talk in the Spirit

prophesy in the Spirit

laugh in the Spirit

soak in the Spirit

and even get drunk in the Spirit.

They claim to have the “full gospel” and the “four square gospel”

and to operate in the “five-fold ministry.”

Full gospel = they have all of the spirit and all of his gifts

Everyone else only had a portion

4 square gospel = they have tongues, prophecy, divine healing and visions

5 fold ministry = they have apostles, evangelist, pastors, teachers and prophets

they claim they have been set apart as a special people from God

and are the only ones used in such a manner

And that they are the only people that has been given a special language to speak to God through tongues

And because of these unbiblical claims,
they are considered a false movement and church

Why would God give this one group of people special recognition?

The truth is, He hasn’t

all the outward appearance that they portray of how spiritual they are

Is nothing more than a false impression of what is really going on behind closed doors

Some have said that the assemblies, the Pentecostals and the charismatics

are nothing more than cults, I only put the charismatics in that group

But They have all reduced the bible to being a fairy tale
And that these groups have hurt the gospel

and the church of Jesus Christ more than any outside group

Scripture is very clear that for the church, God shows no preference of one over another

we’re all saved by grace
And all of Gods children have been given one or more of the gifts that were given to the church

That no one is given special treatment or a special language to talk with God

We were all given the gift of prayer

That’s the only avenue that he has provided for us to talk with him

What many people don’t know about the assembly and all these other groups

And their talk about how special they are

Has lost more pastors and members over sexual and financial scandals than any other denomination

This has been a major problem within their ranks for years

Almost every big time leader like Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Peter popoff, James Buckingham Robert Tilton the Crouches

And the list goes on and on

Even their pastors in small churches, there has been a continual problem with financial thievery
Or with adultery

Another area of contention within the assembly is the use of tongues

There’s much disagreement among their own

Some have tried classes to teach a person how to do it, which brings disagreement

Some say If it’s a gift from God, then it cannot be taught,

it’s just given

Other churches have moved away from it completely and teach as we do

That it was a gift to the apostles and some in the early church

But as scripture was completed, tongues ceased, prophecy ceased and the office of Apostles ended with Paul

But over the scandals of sexual sins and finances

the controversy over tongues

And then there’s controversy over healings,
as many who are sick do not get healed

and then the pastors blame the sick person for their lack of faith

it has hurt their movement, and hurt their growth

And It has caused many to leave the church because they feel frustrated, disillusioned and lied to

But what this shows us is, no one, not any church or denomination is more special to God

In his eyes, we’re all the same

We have been given the same gifts, and the same bible to know the truth

And to build our relationship to God and with each other

Peter is telling us that we’re not following a fairy tale

because he was an eyewitness to Gods majesty

When did he see that?

Matthew 17: 1-2

This is where he saw his majesty
Someday you and I will see the majesty of God

All of this godlessness will be behind us

Those who have rejected his majesty will be horrified at the sight of it

As the truth will flood their hearts and they will know what fools they have been

And those who turned his majesty into a fairy tale

Will be ashamed of what they taught

We need to marvel at his majesty and be ready to see it

We’re not following a fairy tale

We’re following the almighty God who was crucified, buried and rose again for our salvation

And the one who hears us and answers our prayers

I was thinking The other night of some of the prayers he has answered for us recently

One big one was to pay off our business card

We did
And we prayed that Sal could go into business with me
She starts tomorrow

We prayed that Keith would meet a a Christian girl
He has

We prayed that God would bring Sals dad through his surgery

He did

We have prayed for Ken twice now for him to come through his surgeries

He has

Don’t ever tell me that our God isn’t walking with us and working in our lives

You want a fairy tale read Charles Dickens

You want the truth, read the bible







May 10

A Moms Character

Today is Mother’s Day and so I’m going to move away from II Peter and I’ll come back to that next week
Moms day has always been somewhat of a problem for me


I have a great mom and I’m thankful I still have her here with us

But I remember her saying when it came to going to church on Mother’s Day


All we’re going to hear about is the virtuous woman and there no such thing


And she as right, there is no such thing as a virtuous woman

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God
I’ve even heard from some of you here say almost the same thing

But it proposes a problem for pastors to find things to preach about on this day


Especially when women in the bible didn’t have a huge role until after the church was established

And people always tend to find the few bad examples of women in the bible to point out


Like Eve, at the very beginning of creation had a real rough start


Or Jezebel, who is known as the most evil woman in the world,
but if course if you compare her to some now days, she might not be so bad


Or Potiphers wife who tried to seduce Joseph



But people forget about all the great women in scripture that far outweigh the bad


Like Debra, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Mary, Mary and The 3rd Mary

There are many examples of great and Godly women in the bible


if we want to take the time to study about them

But many moms wish that this day didn’t even happen


because they feel like it’s pointed out how much they don’t measure up

They don’t want to be told how their failing in life by not being the virtuous woman


And they don’t want to hear how their failing at not being the perfect wife or mom


People look at their kids and their eyebrows raise because their being brats


How many moms say I know my kids can be brats,
but I’m just tired of yelling? I feel like that’s all I do
But I want to tell you something,


no where in scripture does it say God expects perfect moms

Actually scripture doesn’t say allot about being a mom

Even in Proverbs where it’s titled the virtuous woman
really isn’t speaking so much about being a mom

But about the advice from a mom to her son


And how much influence a woman has over the entire world
Every man is responsible for every decision that he makes in life


But every man has been influenced by a woman


And depending on the kind of influence he had,
may determine his decisions for good or evil

You all probably saw in Boston, that mom who saw her 16 yr old boy


Out protesting with the crowd and she went over to him and started yelling
and smacked him upside the head

Shes been called mom of the year
But when you think about it, has it become so rare in our country
That when a mom takes responsibility for her child that it makes national news?


When I was a kid, it was almost a daily occurrence of moms smacking us kids upside the head!


Sometimes we got smacked and didn’t even know why
apparently mom didn’t like the way we looked or smelled
And don’t even ask her why you got smacked
She didn’t owe us an explanation and hardly ever gave any
But somehow, you knew, you deserved it
But that’s the way many moms were back then


You weren’t going to lie to her, disrespect her, talk back or even roll your eyes

But there was a day in this country, where moms were the disciplinarians

What I saw in this Boston mom was, she cared about her influence on her son

proverbs 31 is about the same thing, a moms influence over her son


This is a mom who is telling her son about the character of women
That’s exactly what the word virtuous means, character
Vs 3. Don’t give your strength to women
Strength = power


How many men, husbands, boyfriends do you know, who can’t stand up to a woman?

You women have great power, and you know it, and you know how to use it


It’s kind of funny, a man can go to war, do all sorts of heroic deeds


Come home and his wife looks at him sideways and all he can say is yes dear

But the fact is, God gave women this kind of power
It’s a gift from him, especially if it’s used right

Because he designed her to be of a great influence over the family and over society


And then it says: Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth Kings
A woman can have so much influence that she can actually destroy a country

Jezebel used her influence for evil over the king


Out of that power moms have to decide what kind of influence she wants to be
She tells her son, That if she doesn’t use her influence right


It could cause men to drink wine or strong drink and make bad judgements

Drink wine and strong drink is a reference not so much toward alcohol
As its toward the use of power,
the wrong kind of power

We are warned about the power of wine over people and the need to stay away from it
When people are influenced by power, it leads to greed
We have all kinds of examples of this in our leadership today


People who have been influenced by power and these people have become greedy


To the point that they are spending our country right out of existence



My wife has had great influence over me over the yrs
But she has never used her influence to stop me from making my own decisions

How many husbands have wanted to do something, and their wives got them to change their minds

But later on, her husband regrets that he didn’t do it and now resents her?


Or she talks him into doing something that he was against, and now he resents her

I’ve made decisions to move somewhere, and I knew my wife was not behind it
But she let me make the choice


And a couple of times it turned out wrong, but I couldn’t point my finger at her
I had no one to blame but myself


But what that does is fulfill vs 11

When she uses her influence right
I know I can trust her, so the next time I have to make a decision
I will know I need to discuss it with her and listen to her



This verse also speaks about another area in life


Some preachers have said that if a husband trust his wife
he will not commit adultery, he has no need of spoil

It’s not talking about another woman, spoil is a reference to money

I cannot tell you on any given day, how much money we have in the bank
If our bills are paid or not

I don’t have a clue who or how much we owe any week


I think when I was wanting to buy my van and I needed some cash
and didn’t know how I would get it

Sal came out and handed me the money I needed
My mouth dropped and I thought, who did you kill?


I don’t have a clue about our finances because
Sal takes care of all that
I trust her, apparently she does things right, because there’s food in the fridge


the lights are on and the heat is on

There’s some men who micro-manage everything their wives do, because they don’t trust them


I know some of you women here have your own business and take care of your homes finances

You have the character of a woman who can be trusted
You don’t want any evil to come to your household
Then in vs 13 says she works willingly with her hands
This simply means Women are not lazy


I actually think God should have put some laziness in them


Then I wouldn’t have to feel so guilty at times when I’m doing nothing

Isn’t it true, you’ve both have been busy all day,
and you finally sit down and us guys aren’t about to move from our chairs

But your wife, after sitting a few minutes gets back up and does the dishes
Or starts some project

And we look at our wives and think why don’t you just sit down


You can even turn on a tv show she likes, doesn’t matter, after awhile


There she goes wandering off somewhere



That’s a woman, that’s her character, constantly doing something


If a boy mistakenly gets a few of a woman’s hormones in his body
It will cause hyperactivity some call it ADD
And then in vs 14 She brings food from afar


This simply means she is always looking for a good deal

Us men will pay full price and we don’t care


Do you know the real reason why women want to save a buck?
Because now they have 2 bucks to spend later!

I use to call Sal “blue light Sal”. when Kmarts were around with their blue light specials


That woman could then and can still today find a deal no matter where she goes
It’s an amazing thing

She got such a good deal at Kohls once and I was making fun of her wheelin and dealin
And the store clerk yelled at me!

But women want to find good deals because it lets her know that she’s taking care of her family


By saving money that can be used later on for another need

We could go on and on with these verses
But the point is, yes it’s moms day
And your a mom, a wife, and a dozen other titles

But it’s not being a mom that God is interested in as much as
He is interested in what your character is, as a woman

And does your character match up to what God expects from you?


Especially since you know how much influence you have over your family and over our society?



Here’s what God is really interested in
A woman that fears the Lord


Which means a woman who is in a right relationship to God



Notice what he puts here first, favor is deceitful
A lot of women know how to get things they want,
and many will use their wildly womanly ways to get it


But then he adds beauty is vain

What This mom is telling her son is, a beautiful woman can promise you all sorts of things
She can use her beauty to get what she wants
But don’t be taken in
Because 40 yrs from now, all that outward appearance is going to change

Keith is talking with a girl, her name is Maggie


I saw a picture of her, we haven’t met yet, and I told Keith that she was pretty

And Keith in his outspoken self just grunted


And I asked him well don’t you think so?


And he said yes!
Nothing wrong with a pretty woman,
very few guys want to marry an ugly woman

When I worked in the nuclear field, the guys there would always tell the ones who were dating
To only marry an ugly woman
Because no one else will want her and she’ll stay home



God created women to be pretty otherwise the species would have died out

Most young guys will be attracted to a woman’s beauty

But after you get use to that, you need to take a close look at her character



That’s what this mom is saying to her son in Prov 31


when it comes to women you need to take a deeper look than just the exterior

And the Lord says that a woman who has a Godly character is to be praised

I don’t want you women to not like Prov. 31 but to love it and understand it


And what it describes is a pretty normal woman
Who does pretty much what every woman has done throughout the centuries

But what distinguishes her from everyone else
Is her relationship to the Lord

And that’s what distinguishes, everyone of you from other women
It’s your relationship with Christ

At the end of your life, it won’t matter how much you’ve accomplished


It won’t matter how many children you’ve raised
Or the kind of house you owned


It won’t matter a hill of beans of how hard you worked or what a wonderful person you are

What does matter is, Your relationship to Christ during your lifetime
And are you someone who the Lord would say
Should be praised?









May 5

Apostasy is here pt 4

We left off last week looking at how we need to get the knowledge of God


And we get his knowledge through the study of his word
Through being with Gods people
And through serving the Lord


it is part of my job as a pastor to put you in remembrance of the things of God
By teaching and being an example, to help you grow in the grace and the knowledge of God

We have public schools all the way up to universities
whose job is to teach students and give them knowledge
But what has been taught over the yrs and what students come out believing is heart breaking


Instead of coming out of those places with knowledge that is suppose to help you, improve your life


They come out indoctrinated

There’s a big difference between teaching and indoctrination


Teaching is when you use a factual book, let’s say the bible


And you use that factual book to bring a student knowledge

Based on truth
The student has to use their brain to think about what is being taught and come to their own conclusion

Indoctrination is someone taking what they believe to be true, which is not based on facts or truth
And cramming it into another persons head of what they believe


There’s no critical thinking, you just accept what they say as facts but it leads to false beliefs

One of my jobs as a pastor is to give you the facts, & truth
but it’s up to you to decide for yourself if you’ll accept them or not
II Peter 1:13
Another Job of a pastor is not just to give you knowledge through teaching


But it is to STIR YOU UP!!!!!


To stir you up = to make you uncomfortable

There’s this belief today in churches


that a pastor is never suppose to bring up a subject that makes you uncomfortable

That I’m never suppose to say things about politics that may offend someone
I’m not suppose to point out sin
All I’m suppose to do is give messages that make you feel good about yourself


Build you up, get that self esteem going so you can face another week

This is the first church that I’ve been able to say the truth about politicians and sin
without getting hammered after a service



But isn’t that what makes people uncomfortable in a church service?


When the truth starts being taught?
When we have an area in our lives that is untrue, and the truth starts hitting that area
We get uncomfortable

If we are holding onto some unconfessed sin and the truth hits us about that sin
We get uncomfortable

But what a lot of people do is, instead of dealing with the truth and getting it settled with the Lord


They ignore what I said,

make excuses,
or they meet me at the door and attack me
All I did was bring the truth, The Spirit of God brings the conviction
And you and I have to deal with the decision to accept or reject the truth

But my job is to stir you up, make you uncomfortable, make you think and even confront you


We live in a society that no longer wants to hear the truth

If you think about it, the 4th amendment of free speech is about gone
and freedom of religion is on its way out also


But notice, the Muslims aren’t be bothered
But Peter is talking to us about Apostasy
And when a nation has turned its back on God and has become apostate
Then persecution quickly follows for those who belong to God

Christians are being penalized for saying what we believe


If you say what you believe, you’ll be attacked, like that pizza place in Indiana


They had never refused service, she was just asked a question which she answered


And it led to a national assault on her and her business

The government has now taken the position with the queer community
that anyone who refuses services to them
Are guilty of discrimination and should pay the cost

Christian cake companies

Christian florist

Christian print shops

and Photographers are being sued

Almost all of these who have been sued, have lost not only their businesses
But the fines were so heavy handed that they lost their homes and personal assets
All because they disagreed with providing a service based on their faith

The reason why this country no longer wants free speech,


Is because there tends to be people who will say the truth,

which cannot be tolerated



Look at ferguson mo, did anyone care to know the truth about why that guy got shot?


Nope, it still doesn’t matter to some people what really happened
Or now in Boston, an eye witness said that the guy was throwing himself against the wall of the van
It’s looking like he hurt himself before they took him out

But they still charged the 6 officers with murder


Does the truth matter? Apparently not to many in the black community


but another question to ask is why does our so called president
always stir it up and enrage them even more?


Do you know that if there’s a national crisis going on at the time of a presidential election
Like Marshall law, that a president cannot be removed from office?


I have my suspicions of why he makes it worse
Does it matter that a speech given by Hillary last week
said that churches or anyone who doesn’t agree with what government legalizes
should be closed down?

If you thought Obama was the anti-Christ, let me introduce you to his sister!
Whose the mean one!

When truth no longer matters to a country,
then the sins of that country will take it as far as it can go

Now why did Peter feel it was necessary to say things so pointedly?
Peter knew his time left on this earth was about over


Jn 21: 18-19


Jesus has told Peter that he would be martyred for his faith in very plain language

When most people are coming to the end of their lives, some have a tendency to get real honest


For Christians, they try to get everything straight between them and the Lord

And then they will try to tell their loved ones about Jesus perhaps with more vigor


They want to do their best not to leave things undone
They want the truth to be told

I think that’s where Peter is


He knows his time is growing short, and it’s his desire to get believers to really submit themselves to Christ


II pet. 1:15
Peter knows that after he’s gone, if those believers have the knowledge of God
when persecution, or testing comes their way
They will be able to meet it with their faith in tack

why do we tend to wait to get things right when we know our time is short?

Look at our brother-in-law, he didn’t have time to get things right
Or to talk with his sons or family about the Lord

We procrastinate thinking I’ll do that tomorrow


when the truth is, none of us know if tomorrow will come

Look at the huge transition that took place in the life of Peter by having the knowledge of God


History records that Peter died being crucified upside down on a cross


Because he refused to die in the same manner that Jesus did

But that’s what the knowledge of God did in the life of Peter


It made him determined to live for Christ
Courageous in the face of persecution
And ready to meet the Lord at any time

And that’s what it can do for you and me


Did you realize that so far every Christian business owner who lost their business didn’t turn their backs on the Lord?

The Supreme Court is looking at legalizing homo marriage nationwide


If they do, Obamas lawyer who is arguing for this to pass said


That any and all religious or non profits that do not conform to the new law
should lose their tax status and be forced out of business


A Christian lawyer said that if this goes through, over half of all churches would close

Gallop did a new poll and I want you to listen to this and try to digest it


There is still only 2.3 % of Americans who are queer out of 241 million
That’s just over 2 million

Out of that 2 million less than 1 million are in a permanent relationship
Less than 1 million are interested in marriage
How does a small fraction less than 1%

have enough power to change an entire nation to accepting their lifestyle?
Have enough power to change a constitution?


Have enough power to change Gods definition of marriage?

First and foremost, it’s because they are empowered by Satan himself


None of this could ever get this much traction without him empowering the people



Secondly, they have the power of the government behind them

When the unsaved are in positions of power they will do as their flesh dictates
They hate the name of God and will pass things that will prove their hatred


This really shows how many we have had in power over the yrs
who said they were Christians and weren’t because of all the ungodly things that have been passed



thirdly they have the power of the unsaved behind them

over 40% of all queers work in film, television and in public schools
The 3 areas that have the biggest influence over an entire nation
You can’t tell me, Satan doesn’t know where to put his followers


Almost all TV shows, movies and in all school curriculum there are homosexual themes

I saw an ad on TV, don’t remember what they were selling but on the bottom of the ad was a sentence that said
Love has no gender boundaries

Their indoctrination has changed the hearts and minds of the people

A little over 50% of all Americans now agree with homosexual marriage

We’re told that there is no degrees of sin, sin is sin
the one sin that will bring Gods judgement faster than anything is homosexuality


I believe there is degrees


This is the one sin that God destroyed cities over

And if our supreme idiots pass this into law


Folks there will be no place to run


Apostasy brings a moral collapse to a nation
How will we stand folks?


I’ve already told you, I will not conform to the law if passed


Man May Say it’s legal,
but God still condemns it and anyone who practices it or agrees with it


Ro. 1:32
Who knowing the judgment of God that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them
Have pleasure = to agree They are under Gods judgement


You don’t have to practice homosexuality, but just agree with it to be in the judgement of God
We need Gods knowledge now more than ever





Apr 26

Apostasy is Here. Pt 3

In our study of II Peter we learn that he warns us about a coming apostasy in ch. 2 which we will get to

But as I’ve told you, the way we combat apostasy is by gaining knowledge of Jesus Christ
Through the study of the bible, through dedication to his church and to other believers

And then we looked at vs 5-7. II Peter ch 1


Peter then says in vs 8 if these things, which we just read are in us
Not just in us, but abound = overflowing,


Can we imagine what it would be like, if Christians really had an over abundance
Of patience, godliness, Kindness and love?

TOur lives would be different, our relationships in our homes would be different

Our churches would be different


Instead of people coming in with the attitude of bless me if you can

They would come in and say, who can I bless today?


Wouldn’t that be a church you would love?

I’ve had my fill and I’m sure you have to, of people coming to church

all grumpyfied, argumentative and looking for a fight

But we need to understand something important of why there’s so much trouble in churches everywhere

We have a lot of pigs in the church

Those of you who have or had pigs, you know you can wash them up Put perfume on him and a ribbon on his head

But eventually he’ll return to the pigpen, because he’s still a pig because he still has the nature of a pig

Same is true of some church people

They can wash up, put on a suit, become a choir boy, deacon or even a pastor

But they’ve never been given a new nature, their still a pig

And they can’t help acting like a pig in the church and cause all sorts of trouble

And usually after their done rooting around and disturbing their surroundings

They’ll leave and go to another church and continue their piggish behavior
But for the believer who will get serious about their faith and add these things to their lives
Peter says you won’t be barren
Barren = idle


When the fruit of the spirit begins to grow in you, you will not be able to stand on the sidelines and just watch

Last week I watched a video that was put out by Glen Beck that showed Christians being murdered by ISIS

IT WAS GRAPHIC. To say the least and hard to watch as these men are shot in the heads

and others had their heads cut off and then they set their heads on the backs of their dead bodies in celebration


In this video he told about Christian women being beaten then raped by gangs of men

One nine yr old it was reported, was impregnated after she was gang raped
And you have to wonder does anyone care?


The American church hasn’t raised much objection

Some are giving money and supplies which is great

But overall, it’s been quiet from churches,

is it because it’s over there and doesn’t affect us?
I am constantly signing letters to our worthless leaders to act on this

When it comes to our government, it appears to fall on deaf ears


I understand it’s frustrating for many American Christians because there seems to be so little we can do


But when you see our leadership ignoring the whole thing, it proves they don’t care

They say black lives matter, and every time one little thing happens the whole black community jumps up in outrage

And our government gets all indignant and demands answers

But for the thousands of Christains who really are in trouble and are really dying due to hatred
Not a whimper from our leaders

All I know is we need to keep praying, writing to our leaders and try to vote some people in who do care


But then he says we will not be unfruitful

What kind of influence to you have on people?

Is it a godly influence?
Peter says for those who are abounding in the knowledge of God
That you will have a godly influence


Does that mean you will win everyone you meet to the Lord?

No, but they will recognize that you stand for the Lord

I know I make people nervous when their around me

When we’re at a family gathering, I feel people avoiding me, or they don’t know what to say if I talk to them

They know who it is I represent and some don’t care for it


There’s many believers who don’t make anyone nervous, because they don’t have a godly influence
And Peter talks about them in vs 9


When we don’t have the knowledge of God and are not adding vs 5-7 into our lives
We will be blind to the things of God

There’s a lot of sterility in the lives of believers today

They have a lack of enthusiasm and many of these people eventually question God and their salvation

So Peter tells us in vs 10

Christ has done everything possible to save us and keep us
But we can make ourselves unsure about our salvation by the way we’re living our lives

In Corinthians we’re told to examine ourselves and make sure that were walking with the Lord

Although our salvation is a sure thing, we have to work at it, if your going to make it meaningful

It’s just like being married

No one has to tell me that I’m married, I was there when it happened

But to make my marriage meaningful, I have to work at it

Peter then tells us why it’s important to work on it
There’s a goal for us to reach


There’s an entrance into the everlasting kingdom that will be opened to us


I’m thankful that every martyred Christian has walked through that door into Gods everlasting kingdom

They died for their faith in Jesus Christ
But they didn’t die in vain, God had a place prepared for them


I like how Peter finishes his thoughts here
What’s a pastors job?
Is it to entertain you? With a heart touching message or with music?


There have been countless pastors who sing and play music


And the crowds sway back and forth and cry with their hands raised


And their hearts are overwhelmed by good vibrations

And yet the people are spiritually stagnant and there’s little growth among the people

I know of pastors who love dramas, others have every program you can think of
And yet our churches continue to dwindle, And the lives of Christians continue to become more immoral and self centered


It’s no longer about Jesus, it’s about me and all of my problems

I’ve been thinking about our little music box over there

And maybe that’s not the problem, maybe be the problem is us

What’s the difference what we sing, if it’s good or bad
As long as we’re singing about Jesus ?


If we sing with a heart that’s right with God, then it’s music to his ears

It’s not music that is suppose to be central in a church anyhow


Peter says it’s the pastors duty, to put you in remembrance
Of these things
What things?
The knowledge of God
It’s the Word of God and knowing God that is important in the lives of believers


If we know the words to every song, but don’t know scripture

Then we have become as Peter said in vs9. Blind


I think, our churches have gotten way off track

Our emphasis has been on music and trying to make our services exciting

or touchy feely with messages that make you feel good

Or with dramas to make you emotional
When our emphasis should be on the knowledge of God

To become everything God wants us to be


We have to have a solid foundation that can only be built on the Word of God

Peter is telling us how to build that foundation so when persecution comes
Or tough times physically, or financially hits us


We will be able to stand up and continue walking with the Lord

Everyone of us, sooner or later will have our faith tested in some way

And if we don’t have the maturity, and knowledge of God that we should
We will not stand up through the testing of our faith


If we don’t have the knowledge of God we won’t continue living for the Lord or attending his church


If we don’t have the knowledge of God
Folks we will fall and forsake the Lord when persecution comes to our doorsteps









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