Archive for June, 2013

Where has the church gone?

We are now into the third day (the aftershock if you will) of the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  I have held off writing on my blog about this because I didn’t want to come across as how most Christians are being labeled, even though I will be labeled by some as those same names when they get done reading this.  But, that is not the issue anyway.

The issue is NOT what 5 human judges did to send America pass the point of no return.  Most people don’t even realize the entire way this is going to affect them in the pocketbook yet, because they only see with the natural eye, when this is a spiritual battle.  By the end of this year, or maybe it will take until the end of 2014 they will.  But I am not here to talk politics with you,

The issue is WHERE HAS THE CHURCH GONE?  Where is the church?  First let me clarify the definition of the church.  The church is not a building, it is not a particular denomination, it is not an organization.  The church is ONLY made of people who truly possess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  This means you have at some point in your life realized that you were on the road to destruction and headed for Hell and you turned to God, through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.  The Bible says that you will know this people by the fruit they are producing for the growth of the kingdom of God (The parable of the Sower).  Jesus also said Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:8)  Many today call themselves Christians, but bear not fruit showing any possession of Jesus in their lives.  Now before you quote me “judge not, lest ye be judge also”, I am not judging you, however I am a called and qualified fruit inspector and I don’t have to look far to see if your tree has any fruit on it (and neither do you).  It boils down to this are you “bringing forth therefore fruits meet for repentanceMatt 3:8.  The church is the body of Christ, it is those who God calls His children, it is those who hear the voice of the Great Shepherd and follow Him.  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine John 10:14; My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27.  Sadly there are many “professors” only of knowing about Jesus and the wonderful things He did while on this earth like heal the sick, cause the blind to see and the lame to walk.  They know He called Lazarus out of the grave and feed over 5000 with the five loaves of bread and two small fishes.  They know He even died at Calvary and He rose from the dead the third day.  Even every so often they go to a church and sit and sing and listen to a sermon.  However, that does not mean they are truly born again.  It is a heart issue!  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10.  This is why Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquityMatt 7:21-23

Now back to my original question, where is the church?  The ruling the 5 justices made is not only about giving federal benefits to homosexuals that marry in states that recognize same sex marriage as legal.  This ruling is about silencing the church, that is why you see some born again believers upset (better word is disappointed) about this ruling.  The church stood by and let this happen on Wednesday June the 26th because the church fell silent on the matter.  Oh there were a few, and I mean a few, who truly prayed and fasted about this issue, but the body of Christ as a whole did not.  We had our heads buried in the sand and the next thing you know, it happened and now we are in the re-active mode and trying to catch up.  Why?  Because we stopped talking about the wrongs of our government in our churches for fear of losing our tax-exempt status, we have been told it is not politically correct to speak out on social issues or criticize our leaders when they stray from the Word of God.  Basically we have been to “grin and bear it”, and sadly WE DID!  We were told we could be arrested for “hate speech” if we called lifestyles wrong that people choose to live, or call abortion murder.  So we fell silent, or we compromised the Word of God and gave in (the new word for this is “we evolved).

I don’t look to the 5 justices for this ruling that is leading America to a point of no return (which I believe we blew past on Wednesday).  Why?  Because man cannot right the ship this country is on, only God can.  It will not turn around by this President, this House of Representatives, and this Senate.  It will not turn around by the democratic or republican party.  It will only turn around when the church shows back up and starts being the church Jesus Christ loves and died for.

I don’t blame anyone, but myself for what is happening today, because I did let it slip up on me without anytime of fasting and praying for our leaders (and I don’t care what party they are affiliated with).  As a Pastor I failed to call my church that God called me to lead into a time of fasting and praying over the issues our nation faces.  So now we have to react to what man has done, not in a carnal way, but spiritually.  We have to awaken and rise up and by that I mean we have to stand tall on our knees in prayer.  It is a sackcloth and ashes time, it is fasting time.  It is 2 Chronicles 7:14 time (way over due on this).  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Church if we don’t awaken and return and eat the spiritual food everyday and come and assemble together in this critical point in the life of God’s church, we will soon die.  The body is weak and feeble because you are not coming to the dinner table.  You are doing exactly the opposite of what God has to you not to do.  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching Heb 10:25.  The day has approached church, so where are you?  Where have you gone?  Give off you elephant (republicans), get off your donkey (democrats) and get on the victorious white horse that our King of Kings and Lord of Lords is riding back on in full victory!

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalms 121:1-8

I will no longer have my head buried in the sand.  God forgive me and awaken Your church today is my prayer.