It’s no Cake Walk

Are we running a race, or playing a game of Cake Walk? 


How many pastors will get up this Sunday and preach a sermon about self love, confidence, or even health and wealth? Probably a grand majority of the professional Ear Scratchers. How many will get up and preach a message that’s actually relevant to the sheep living in a fallen, cursed, world? Too few.

I think this is a contributing factor to the rapidly decreasing percentage of church attendance. If I want to get a pep talk I can turn on Joel Osteen without wasting gas money. I can get a great frap at McDonalds now for two bucks less then most ‘church coffee bars’ are making them. If I want great music I can book myself tickets to my favorite band. All the ‘church growth’ models are failing because they’re making the church like the world. Believers go to church to get away from worldliness, not to wallow in it.


What happens then when a pastor stands up on Sundays and preaches the Cake Walk? The members are ill prepared for the race they’re running. How discouraging to go throughout the week facing temptation, mockery, exhaustion, and the general wear and tear of life, only to have the leader of your church pat you on the shoulder and tell you how great life is. Your best life now? 

What if my child just died? How do I have my best life now? What if my husband just left me? Is this as good as it gets? What if I got fired and I don’t know how I’m going to make rent? I’ve heard Jeremiah 29:11, got anything for how to pay rent? How about for the wretched sinner? Is there anything in the Bible for sinners? Or are you just going to stand there and tell me stories about how you climbed a mountain and saw a beautiful view?


Oh beloved, how do men who read the Bible stand and say such foolishness? They have to, because they began the false doctrine they teach with a lie. That lie is that if you come to Christ everything will get better. You’ll be healed, your marriage will be fixed, your income will be multiplied. If they’ve gotten you into their churches by convincing you that Christianity is all about the worldly gifts, they have to keep repeating that lie.

It becomes very dangerous when someone finally stands up and says ‘hey, I came here for a Cake Walk but all I’ve had in this life is trials and tribulations’. The danger isn’t in the question, it’s in the answer. ‘Friend’, the Joel Osteen wanna be will say ‘you just don’t have enough faith. You just need to sow a bigger seed.’ What heavy burdens they have placed on their flock, burdens they are unwilling to help carry!


Christianity is not a Cake Walk, it’s a race. You don’t run this race to get a bigger house, or more attention from your spouse, you run it for the glory of God. Why glory in God? He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not parish but have ever lasting life. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory! 

Beloved, there are scores of people, an entire harvest of them, who have been disenfranchised by the health and wealth false gospel. We only need to be courageous enough to share the true Gospel with them. I have a simple suggestion, brethren, Gospel tracks. Did you know that people are still finding, reading, and coming to saving grace through Gospel tracks? My daughter and I have a blast finding different places to leave them in hopes that the lost will be found. 

Run your race well, dear ones, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Wednesday Testimony – Martin Luther

Brethren, it’s Reformation Anniversary Fever! You’re probably going to hear this testimony a million times this month. It’s worth it, read it a million times beloved friends! There is only one other person in my studies of church history that I can see come remotely close to the awareness of his own sin as Luther, and that’s Bunyan. The deep understanding Luther had of his own sin led to the deep love he had towards the God that forgave him that sin.


My favorite anecdote of Luther is when Rome sent him a letter telling him to knock it off. Luther and all his students go out to the middle of the street and burn that letter at the stake! Why? Because essentially the letter was a threat, recant or you will be called a heretic and burned at the stake. I think Rome got the message, and he probably would have been martyred if not for some friends in high places. Ever hear of Junker Jorg? Trust me, brethren, you want to hear that story! 


One more anecdote and I’m done, I promise. Luther once said that he would never marry because his life was in constant danger. A year later he married a nun he helped smuggle out in fish barrels with some of her friends! You really need to be careful what you tell God your not willing to do. Ok now on to the testimony!


 

“But up till then it was not the cold blood ab out the heart, but a single word in Chapter 1, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed,” that had stood in my way. For I hated that word “righteousness of God,” which, according to the use and custom of all the teachers, I had been taught to understand philosophically regarding the formal or active righteousness, as they call it, with which God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner.
Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt that I was a sinner before God with an extremely disturbed conscience. I could not believe that he was placated by my satisfaction. I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God, and said, “As if, indeed, it is not enough, that miserable sinners, eternally lost through original sin, are crushed by every kind of calamity by the law of the decalogue, without having God add pain to pain by the gospel and also by the gospel threatening us with his righteousness and wrath!” Thus I raged with a fierce and troubled conscience. Nevertheless, I beat importunately upon Paul at that place, most ardently desiring to know what St. Paul wanted.
At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.'” There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith. And this is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, namely, the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates. There a totally other face of the entire Scripture showed itself to me. Thereupon I ran through the Scripture from memory. I also fount in other terms an analogy, as, the work of God, that is what God does in us, the power of God, with which he makes us wise, the strenght of God, the salvation of God, the glory of God.

And I extolled my sweetest word with a love as great as the hatred with which I had before hated the word “righteousness of God.” Thus that place in Paul was for me truly the gate to paradise.”

I hope you were blessed by this testimony, beloved brethren, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

Twisted Tuesday – Whose in Charge Here?

Today’s twisted scripture is Luke 12:4-5.

There are many that would love to twist Luke 12 to fit the bizarre view of Satan and his demons torturing non believers in hell. There are others who claim, like Joyce Meyers, that Jesus was tortured in hell by Satan and his cohorts. But it’s clear and obvious, in the text that Jesus is not referring to Satan, He’s talking about God the Father.


Why do people want to twist this scripture? Because it’s uncomfortable to tell sinners that God is sovereign. Many want their Christianity without having to seperate from the world. But friendship with the world is enmity with God. Do we so desire the approval of man that we’re willing to twist Gods Word to earn it? Please, friends, do not hide the truth from sinners. Don’t give them the impression that they need to be saved from Satan. Christ died to pay a sin debt we owed, we’re being saved from the judgement rightfully due us, by the Judge of all, God the Father. 

The cartoon view of Satan ruling hell, helped along by false teachers, is unbiblical and illogical. God created it, God is sovereign over it, God gave the keys of hell and death to His Son Jesus Christ. We need to seperate ourselves from the false teachers who refuse to tell sinners the truth. On the day of judgement no sinner will thank these people for lying to them. Love the sinner more then you love yourself, love them enough to warn them of the wrath to come. 


Sinner, your in the hands of an angry God full of justice. It is appointed once for man to die, and then judgement comes. On that day it will be too late to cry out, and the ‘hell of hell is that it’s forever’ as Spurgeon so rightly pointed out. Repent of your sins, today is the day of salvation, put your faith in Christ alone. 

As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Monday – The Most Important Statistic

I never imagined when I began this series about life that I would wake up one Monday morning to see the news darkened by so much death here in America. I have family just outside Las Vegas, as far as I know, they’re all safe. I’m going to pick back up next Monday with the science and miracle of life, but first I want to fast forward to the end of life. The most frightening statistic for this fallen world is that 10 out of 10 die. 100% of humanity.


As Christians, we’re going to be asked really difficult questions, or maybe some are asking it themselves. Whenever tragedy hits, whether it’s natural disasters, terrorist acts, or cancer and sickness, eyes suddenly turn to the cross and those of us following it. Why did God let this happen, they’ll ask. If your God is a God of love why didn’t He stop this? Why the pain, sorrow, and death? I think these questions are the sole reason so many heretics choose to believe that Gods really not sovereign. So they say ‘He gives the world free will, we messed it up not Him’. This misses a tremendous opportunity, brethren, to share the Gospel with the frightened masses, who have suddenly been reminded of their own mortality.


Beloved, God is sovereign, and death is a very real thing that can snatch your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member at any time. Almost 6 years ago my grandma went to bed with some chest pain, she died in her sleep. Over 7 years ago my husband’s 20-year-old nephew left a restaurant with a friend but never made it home. They took a turn too sharp, and he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. 9 years ago my 1-year-old nephew went in to have a liver transplant but never made it to the surgery table. A breathing tube scraped his throat on the way down and he bled out. I remember where we were when we got these calls, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday, but these are things I’ll never forget.


Beloved, in this fallen world death, pain, and sorrow, are real. They are as real as the God we’ve all sinned against. None is righteous, no not one. When someone asks you today, tomorrow, or next year, why our loving God allowed this tragedy to happen, be ready with the Gospel. Death has entered into the world because of sin, all those alive today will die and face judgment. There are only two possibilities for judgment that day, you’ll stand condemned for your sin against a thrice holy God, or you’ll be covered by the blood of the lamb. You see, God, not willing that any should perish, became man and took on the punishment we deserved. The wrath of God fell on Christ that day, and the debt we owed was paid by the only begotten Son, the sinless lamb. We’re all going to die, very few live to die of old age. Please, friends, if you have not already done so, consider your eternity. Life is fleeting, repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ Jesus alone.


When you share the Gospel during difficult times there will undoubtedly be some angered by it. They’ll accuse you of taking advantage of the situation. The most loving, and kind, answer we can give to the questions we’re asked is the Truth. Don’t be discouraged, beloved brethren, by the scoffers. Though they are angry at the moment, when they face judgment they will remember, and perhaps that day the memory will be sweet. Perhaps on the day of judgment, a few of those you’ve given the Gospel to will have repented and escaped condemnation. We need to love every person we talk to enough to ignore the embarrassment or fear we might feel, and tell them the Good News. I don’t mean to say you should track hurting people down, but when they do come to you and ask, give them the Gospel.

I want to take this moment to encourage you all, be bold. Be courageous. Be kind. Love them enough to be honest. As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part I

In keeping Monday’s scientific, I thought I would start a new series on the amazing design involved with creating a human being in the womb. My husband works in the NICU, and my favorite text to get when he’s at work is “going in for a delivery” because I know he’ll once again be witnessing the miracle of life.


Jesus connected the miracle of salvation with the miracle of childbirth when he was speaking to Nicodemus. It’s a beautiful comparison, we had no part in our first birth, neither do we have a part in our second. Both the creation of our little bodies in our mother’s womb and the creation of a new creature during salvation is evidence of His sovereign power. Glory to God on the highest, He is worthy of all honor, and glory, and praise!


I’m going to write this series a lot like the last series on the Solar System, with points, refutations of evolutionism, and then finally Gods sovereign purpose. Let’s take this slow, and work our way up from the tiny little egg to a 7-8 pound miracle.

The first, and only point, I want to make today (other than introducing the subject) is that a woman’s body is designed to target and destroy foreign entities. The man’s body is same, it’s called our immune system. When a virus makes its way into our body we have defense mechanisms set up to defend ourselves from it. I highly recommend immunology studies to anyone who wants to see the glory of God on the tiniest levels! The ones I’ve attached here are some of my daughter’s favorites.


Ordinarily, our bodies defenses work to our advantage, especially around flu season. During pregnancy, however, the woman’s body sees these tiny cells as foreign and dangerous. It sends the attack cells out just like it would against cancer. How then is this tiny human being that hasn’t even developed a brain yet to defend itself? Its molecular makeup comes equipped with information ready to settle the attack cells down. Imagine these tiny cells saying ‘don’t shoot, we’re on your side’ or ‘relax we’re just here to make her throw up for a few months then it’ll get better’ or even ‘I promise one day we’ll be her whole world’. That’s the Hollywood version, the real action of turning the attack cells away is not well known, some scientists feel the mother has proteins that shut down the cells, others feel the baby does. Either way, the information is there to stop the mother’s immune system from destroying the tiny life growing inside her. My way would make an excellent television series though! *Cue the intense theme music* ‘It’s a dangerous world out there’ Mike Rowe narrating ‘It’s also a dangerous world in here’.


It’s pretty spectacular isn’t it? There is an estimated 37 trillion cells in the human body. All those cells are going to start with the same information on day one, in the womb. Evolutionists claim natural selection is how we’ve gotten where we are, but natural selection can’t occur without first having cells. Cells can’t form without the DNA information to tell it what to be. DNA can’t form without proteins from the cell. It’s far worse then the chicken and the egg conundrum. A person can’t be created without those cells, and no amount of monkeying around with statistics can change that. I have found that Evolutionists do not like to address the origins debate, in recent years they’ve begun saying it’s not apart of evolution (even though it was for the purpose of explaining how we got here, our origins, that evolutionism was first suggested) but they can’t escape this problem, there’s no way to back track all the way to the first cell without running into major roadblocks.


Why did God design the body this way? He knew the end from the beginning, and had all the information within Adams DNA to defend a body against the diseases which would surely arise after the fall. That information included the babies cellular makeup, which can stop a full on attack from the immune system. What a beautiful, miraculous, design! Beloved brethren, God is sovereign, you can take Him at His Word. So be good Bereans, friends, and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Kirk Cameron


I’m not big on celebrity testimonies, we so often hear the testimony of an actor, actress, athlete or the likes, then watch their lives show no fruit. A testimony is powerful, a life changed is even more powerful, as it demonstrates the grace, mercy, and glory of God. A testimony and life in conflict is powerful as well, it becomes a powerful testimony against God and His people. Often those famous folks that have proclaimed faith in Christ have done so for publicity sake. I don’t think the same can be said for Kirk Cameron. Here is one actor whose life has shown fruit, and given evidence for a change. We do not become perfect when becoming saved, but we will be a new creature. God, in His grace, sanctifies us. Are you being sanctified, friend? If not, if you see no change, if the sin you use to love you love still (like a dog returning to its vomit) then please, work through your faith with fear and trembling. As always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.  

Thursday Book Review – Grace Abounding

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan was published in 1666. Bunyan wrote this book while he was serving a twelve-year sentence in jail for preaching without permission. This book is such a vivid account of the struggle Bunyan went through coming to faith it will make your heart ache. The only other faithful brother I’ve heard likewise is Martin Luther, who seemed to suffer from a similar burden of sin.

This book, like many other’s I’ve recommended to you, is in the public domain. This means you can download a free pdf or Kindle version, listen to an audible book, or purchase your own copy. I would strongly recommend this book to go along with the reading of The Pilgrims Progress.

http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/4813/7642/2821/bun-abounding.pdf