Nov
11

Indictment Against The Church . . .

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This past week, the 2012 US Election sent many Christians reeling and  asking, “What happened; How could God let the most radical pro-abortion, pro-gay activist, anti-Christian president in American history win a second term to preside over America in the White House?”

As Dr. Thomas Sowell so aptly penned his recent commentary on the Occupy Wall Street movement to describe President Barack Obama’s America, he wrote:

“Obama’s America is where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.  It is an America where history is rewritten to honor dictators, murderers and thieves.  It is an America where violence, racism, hatred, class warfare and of murder are all promoted as acceptable means of overturning the American civil society.  It is an America where humans have been degraded to the level of animals: defecating in public, having sex in public, devoid of basic hygiene.  It is an America where the basic tenets of a civil society, including faith, family, a free press and individual rights, have been rejected.  It is an America where our founding documents have been now shredded and, with them, every person’s guaranteed liberties.

It is an America where, ultimately, great suffering will come to the American people, but the rulers like Obama, Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, liberal college professors, union bosses and all other loyal liberal/Communist Party members will live in opulent splendor. 

It is the America that Obama and the Democrat Party have now created with all the willing assistance of the American media, Hollywood, unions, universities, the Communist Party of America, the Black Panthers and numerous anti-American foreign entities.

Barack Obama has brought more destruction upon this country in three years than any other event in the history of our nation, but it is just the beginning of what he and his comrades are capable.  The Occupy Wall Street movement is just another step in their plan for the annihilation of America.” – Thomas Sowell.

But the too little too late Christian crowd, who for just six weeks before the election, faithfully began forwarding emails and reminders of God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 as the path to national restoration, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face . . . then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

So, post election, the mid week services, small group prayer breakfasts, tweets and emails, wounded congregational gatherings and personal consults have mourned the election results in fearful ignorance, “Why did God let us down?”

I’ve got news for you!  God had nothing to do with it.  It’s convenient to point the finger accusing God of  missing His opportunity to demonstrate His great love and mercy for all of us faithful “email Christians!”  After all, I did forward that “2 Chronicles 7:14” email to twelve of my Christian friends who were suppose to forward it to twelve more Christian friends who would in turn forward it to twelve more Christian friends until within 48 hours it would have circled the globe 8 times [just in the nick of time] for God to perform in the measure equal to our panic and efforts honoring our faithful once in four years [or longer] “click a mouse” email discipleship!  NO! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO . . . NO!

The election results – IF they were in error – is NOT the lack of love and mercy in the 11th hour from God.  It is an indictment of the [corporate] church: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” – 1 Peter 4:17.

The reason why we have our elected officials in office today [not just the president] is because today’s church does not know the word of God!  Many in the church today hesitantly attend services on Easter and Christmas; some maybe six or seven times a year if it’s convenient.  Others(?) perhaps once a month and regular attendees obligate themselves for an hour on Sunday in fear they’ll miss the kickoff of the game at noon or 1 O’Clock?  And few – very few – actually read the word of God . . . and follow it!

Today, you can’t tell the church for the world except for forwarding a distressed comment in a pleading 2 Corinthians 7:14 email.

For 27 years in my adult life, I attended mega churches of 7-10,000 members under nationally recognized senior pastors and staff with expository teaching and doctoral credentials.

But the crowded schedules of senior pastors and staff in mega congregations is always convenient to pacify the best of intentions for the majority, “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” – Hebrews 5:11-14.  Are you listening Christians?

If you want the “benefit” of spiritual ordinance in the land, it is necessary to determine it; 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].”  Matthew 11:12 AMP.

Currently, I attend a small home church group: about 25 locally in attendance and pastor’d by one of the best biblical scholars I’ve ever encountered – also doctoral credentials.  The smaller gathering affords the great and rare privilege of having personal access, at nearly the drop of a hat, to extra ordinary teaching, personal counsel, personal mentorship and discipleship as all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness [2 Timothy 3:16].” No Excuses . . . as compared to the convenient scheduling challenges of larger congregations?

Nevertheless, in nearly eight years, the small home church local attendance hasn’t grown!  Yet, the weekly streaming video teaching broadcast attendance has expanded beyond measure outside of the borders of the USA to the outermost parts of the world!  In fact it’s the fastest growing home church broadcast in the world!

Oh that’s right, the local group meeting conflicts with the local telecast of “Wheel of Fortune.” You know those game shows?  That’s where I can loose myself in the hopes of fantasy about winning instant cash prizes to compensate for the economic downturn??  I sure hope those game show contestants got that 2 Chronicles 7:14 email down line from my forward!   Are you listening America?

Again, on Saturday mornings, I attend the “City Gates” men’s discipleship group hosted in a classroom building on the campus of another “large” local church [about 3,000 members]; from which about 1,500 men attend auditorium services on Sunday.  The City Gates Discipleship Group, led by a lay leader [of “doctrinal credentials”] includes “ALL” of about 7-8 committed men [depending the work schedule of one] who meet to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15.  Out of potentially 1,500 available men in the larger congregation on Sunday, the Saturday morning “2 Timothy 2:15 City Gates Group” hasn’t grown for months.  Where are the other 1,493 men . . .

. . . and why didn’t God deliver the election for Christians?

No, this is not an indictment of the nation, or the media, or the party, or the candidacy of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan or the culture; OR Barack Obama!  The America we live in today is an indictment of the church.  America subscribes to the feel good gospel . . . only if it’s convenient!

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama.  It’s not because I don’t like him! I do!  He’s very likeable!  And, it’s not that I hate him!  I don’t!  In fact, in the biblical sense, I love him … to the point of praying for him daily!  No!  I didn’t vote for Barack Obama because his policies and the platform [in large] does not agree with the word of God!  Therefore I don’t agree with him.  In fact, I don’t agree with most everything he says …

However, some time ago, President Barack Obama stated, “America is no longer a Christian nation!”  It was offensive to the lukewarm Christian majority in a measure equal to as if I would say your favorite sports team is no longer professional!

No President Obama, I don’t agree with most everything you say because it contradicts my agreement of the word of God!  But, as far as “America is no longer a Christian nation” . . . I’m afraid, Mr. Obama, you are absolutely correct!

As long as politicians are able to convince the church Washington loves them more than God does, America will deteriorate   As long as politicians are able to convince the church Washington can provide for them where God cannot, there will be further decay.

As long as the church remains anemic, so will America!

As long as the church remains anemic, so will America!

 

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