Archive for March, 2015

Abolitionists stood outside of Safeway and exposed the works of darkness. Safeway and many other stores in your city sell abortifacient drugs. You can buy murder in your local grocery store for $50.00.
This is a conversation with a woman that claims to be a Christian but is a supporter of child sacrifice.

People, both confessing Christian and non-Christian, hate to be confronted with the light of truth. Light in painful to the eyes accustomed to darkness. Darkness can be a comfortable place to be. It hides your accountability. It covers up the scars and masks the condemnation. Darkness is where Adam hid in the garden after he sinned against the Holy God. It is the covering of fig leaves fashioned in foolish desperation. It is the dank hold of the ship where Jonah lay in hiding. We, as Christians, are commanded to be salt and light in our culture. That light is none of our own but the light of Jesus’ gospel. God sent His light when He gave His only begotten Son. We are commanded to declare this light. If we truly have a relationship with our Father we can’t help but tell the world about Him. His commands are no longer grievous but a joy.

When you obey the Lord and shine as a light in the darkness you will be condemned and reviled. Both professing Christians and non-Christians will call you hateful and judgmental. If you oppose the evil you will face accusations. Truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth. It has never been politically correct to expose the works of darkness. We live in a country that worships tolerance and acceptance. God doesn’t tolerate sin and neither should His children.

John 3:17-19 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

The darkness hates the light because it loves the evil that it clings to. We don’t have to condemn the world because the world is already condemned. The righteous law of God has condemned them for us. Their conscience bares witness that they have broken the perfect standard of their Creator.

Verse 19 says that the condemnation is the light that is come into the world. Don’t be afraid to stand for truth. The anger that others feel toward you for declaring the message of truth is the conviction of the Holy Spirit against a wicked heart. The world and the worldly Christian will try and convince you that you are being unloving and even hateful if you boldly stand for truth against the evils of our age but our guide shouldn’t be the opinions of men but rather the Word of God. It can be discouraging to be told that you are being too zealous and unloving, that you don’t care for the people you are trying to reach. The devil will do anything to weaken the message of light. He knows that we have the lamp that lights the path to salvation. He loves to dim that light. I hope that I can encourage you in your stand for truth and bring the truth of God’s Word into conflict with the opinions of those that assist the devil in his attempts at dimming your light and weakening your boldness.

The world is accepting of God as long as He is shown only as loving and merciful. The modern church has caught on to this and has presented a god stripped of his righteousness, wrath and justice. They no longer worship the God of the Bible but an idol of the imagination and, quite frankly, the world loves him. Why wouldn’t they? He is a god of darkness. The light has been removed. But this isn’t the God that I serve. I serve the Almighty God. And this God, though loving, gracious and full of mercy, demands that we fear Him. The sin sick world hates this. I don’t blame them.

God cries out in Deuteronomy 5:29, O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!”

Nehemiah appointed rulers for Jerusalem in Nehemiah 7:1-2 and his requirement was that he was a …faithful man, and feared God above many.”

Proverbs 3:7 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” This is a command. Many Christians try to apologize for this. We don’t think He really meant what He said. We dim the message by saying that what He really meant was for us to reverence Him. Fearing God is not politically correct. Might it be that they have never met God? When Isaiah saw God in Isaiah 6:5 he fell on his face and cried, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…” Notice that God didn’t object to this reaction. He sent the seraphim unto Isaiah with the burning coal from the alter and cleansed the sin for which Isaiah was condemned. This should be us when we meet the LORD. Should Isaiah have apologized for the “radical Christians” that point to the righteous judgment of God? This fear isn’t the cutesy honor that most Christians make it out to be. Matthew 10:28 tells us, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Christian, that is your God. The God that is love is also pure righteous judgment.

As a Believer that has been delivered from our sin and condemnation, we don’t have to stay here because “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” Once we are reconciled to God we can have a deep and loving relationship with Him. But many professing Christians have never even begun to fear the Lord because the god they serve never required it of them.

So what does the fear of the Lord look like? Proverb 8:13 gives us the answer. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil…” To hate evil…what a thought! This is a foreign concept to many. Tolerance and acceptance doesn’t allow such a thing. Hating evil is exposing and reproving it. It is showing the wages of sin. It is declaring the deliverance from its destructive end. It is being salt and light.

Psalm 97:10 says, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil…” Do you love the LORD? If you do you will hate evil. Examine your heart. What sin do you cling to? What evil do you give a pass out of apathy? What idol have you refused to give to Him? Don’t hide behind the good you do. God hates this kind of worship and service. He desires a clean heart.

The world and the worldly church shrink at the sound of this message. Why? Because it is painful. But that’s okay; it should be. God hates our sin. Read Proverbs 6. Psalm 7:11 says, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” The world needs to hear the danger they are in. It should break your heart. Hell is their destination. Ephesians 5:6 says that because of fornication, all uncleaness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, whoremongering and idolatry the wrath of God is upon the children of disobedience. Jesus is coming back to “smite the nations” and to “rule them with a rod of iron.” The perfect righteousness of God is no joke but the churches today would like you to think so. They will tell you that this is hateful to tell people. If this is true than Jesus was hateful. They are calling the God of love, who became sin for us, a hater of mankind. What a disgusting accusation against God. They don’t know Him.

Hebrews 11:7 tells us that, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” By faith Noah condemned the world. He believed God and preached for a hundred years about the coming judgment. His righteous actions condemned the world in that it shown the light of his obedience on the evil hearts of those that hated God. That is what we are called to do today. Stop apologizing for your righteous stand. Christian, be encouraged that you are not alone in shining as a light. The preaching and preparation for the coming judgment was the most loving thing that Noah could have ever done.

A good friend of mine pointed out that in James 3:17 it says, But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable.” Often we focus so much on being at peace with everyone that we compromise the purity of our message. Don’t be afraid to speak the unadulterated Words of God. They bring life.

“Judge not lest ye be judged!” This is a favorite among those that oppose the gospel message. It is taken from Matthew 7:1-2 which says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged…” This is talking about hypocrisy. The Bible actually commands that we make righteous judgment. In Amos 5 God tells us that He hates when people praise Him with their lips but their heart is far from Him. He says, “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Righteous judgment is proof of our faith.

John 7:24 states that we should, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” We are to judge righteously. Not in condemnation but in truth.

You will be called hateful because the world hates the truth. Amos 5:10 says, “They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.” Let that be said of us.Stand for truth no matter what man may say. Judge righteous judgment despite the accusations of the church-goers. We are on the side of right so let us be the light God has commanded of us. There’s no need to be discouraged when God is on your side.

Shine on in the darkness!

Love is a worn out word.

Everyone, sinner and saint, knows that we are supposed to love one another. Everyone desires to be loved and everyone attempts to express their love to others, no matter how warped or flawed their presentation. The world teaches an ideology of lust, tolerance and irresponsibility and masks it with words like love, understanding and freedom. God is love but lust is a corruption of love. God understands every trial and temptation we endure but He has no tolerance for sin and wickedness. God is a God of freewill but He must hold us accountable to the wrongs we have done.

Love and peace have been hijacked by our society and lauded as the standard of liberalism. Our culture teaches a love without God. But a love without God is no love at all. It becomes man’s own self-righteousness. This love is as filthy rags in the sight of God.

We have let the world define love for us. Their perversion of this godly attribute has become main stream by the media we allow into our homes. Hollywood films are saturated with this sugar coated lust. The book stores and libraries are overflowing with books that glorify what God detests. And the Christian mind is meditating on this perversion until he begins to interpret the Scriptures the same way. The Christian’s mind must be renewed and transformed.

Many children’s books teach that you are only accepted and loved if you are able to out perform others. Secret love affairs are presented as romantic and exciting. The main characters in films capture their audience’s admiration by their appearance. Love is only given when something else can be gotten in return. Is this the love of the Bible?

Love has become cheap and overused. The world has stolen and warped who our God is and we just stand by and let them. We let them every time we welcome a filthy movie into our home. Every time we apologize for the wrath and judgment of God. Every time we refuse to show our neighbor real love. Every time we become ashamed at sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a sinner. Every time we dwell on an evil thought. Every time we refuse to tear down an idol in our heart.

When we are public witnesses for Him we are accused of being hateful. That is because they don’t understand true love. How could they? They have never accepted the one and only love, Jesus. They call us hateful because they don’t understand that hate isn’t the opposite of love. Jesus said that we are to love God and love our neighbor as our-self. When He was challenged at who that neighbor was, He responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Anyone we pass by with a need is our neighbor. The Samaritan that helped the Jew about to die was the perfect example of love. His love was proven by action. That is why hate isn’t the opposite of love but apathy is. Apathy is the priest and Levite that saw the need and passed by. That is our world today. A world of self-love. The priest and Levite no doubt thought that they were doing the right thing in passing by. They probably thought, “I don’t know that man. He’s no concern of mine.” Maybe they thought, “That man isn’t MY ministry.” or “I won’t be able to perform my duties if I stop and help.”

Real love actively searches for those in need. It doesn’t wait for a need to arise because it already knows that there are needs on every side. Love came into this earth in human form to SEEK and save the lost.

The world says that we are hateful for having a righteous standard and for following the moral standard set in place by the Creator of the universe. They tell us that we must be tolerant of sin and accept it as who they are. But this isn’t love at all. Love warns of coming judgment. Every sin WILL be judged one day and for us not to tell the lost of this fact is a sin; the sin of apathy. People may become defensive when faced with their sin but we must be loving and obey God anyway. He does the work of drawing and saving. All we do is present the unadulterated truth of God in love.

So what does love look like?

All we have to do is look at His Word. We don’t have to learn what love really is by the culture around us. We have the answer already. Stop borrowing the definition from the heathens.

1 Corinthians 13 tell us what love really is. I know that it is long but it is worth reading.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

I have a question for you Christian. Is this the love that you have for others? Is this what you gained at the moment of salvation? If not, why not? A way to see if this is the love you have is to take a closer look at verses 4-7. But instead of reading charity, substitute your name in there instead. So for me I would read, “Chris suffereth long, and is kind; Chris envieth not, ect…”  Now you do it.

_______ suffereth long, and is kind; _______ envieth not; _______ vaunteth not him/herself, _______ is not puffed up,

_______ doth not behave him/herself unseemly, _______ seeketh not his/her own, _______ is not easily provoked, _______ thinketh no evil;

_______ rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

_______ beareth all things, _______ believeth all things, _______ hopeth all things, _______ endureth all things.”

So is that true of you? Is that true of me? Did is sound laughable to you? Does it sound like a lie or over-exaggeration? If so, why? If God is love and if we have God dwelling in us as Believers, than why don’t we have His love flowing out of us? Why have we covered up the beauty of God’s character and smothered it with a faulty imitation. That’s what the lost do because they are separated from our Father. Why should we act and live like that world, denying the very person that gave us life?

Love has been robbed of it’s beauty.

It is about time that we show the world God’s love. This starts at home with your closest neighbor and extends to the uttermost parts of the world. Lets focus on the ones that God has already brought into our lives. If you can’t love God, who has given us love and grace and mercy beyond our comprehension, than you won’t be able to love your family. And if you can’t love your family, who you have grown up with, you won’t be able to love the stranger that reviles you because of Christ.

We need to be honest with God about the human love we try and manufacture in our lives. Ask Him to love others through you. It is possible. We can do ALL things THROUGH Christ. Claim the love that He has bestowed upon you and throw off the bands of the perverted, worn out love of the world.

Is abortion abolition the work of every Christian?”

When you publicly encourage Christians to take a stand against the evil of abortion you will be asked this question many times. Normally it comes in the form of statements such as, “I appreciate what you are doing but this must be your calling.” or “I’m glad that you are doing something about this but I am just too busy right now.” Most Christians I have talked with believe that opposing human abortion is for the few Christians that have been specifically called to the “abortion abolition ministry.” Others think that it is a great thing to participate in when they have time. Acting like a Christian in the face of legalized murder becomes optional. Many will say that they are too busy or old or tired or just plain not interested. This is evidence of a heart problem. It has nothing to do with having time and energy. You make time to do the things you desire. Christians make time to attend a church service. Hours of the day are often dedicated to television or movies. Some spend hundreds of dollars on vacations. Why is it so unthinkable to take some time out of your week for the fatherless?

So what is the duty of a Christian?

Why are we here? What does God expect of us? I could throw out one hundred opinions but the Bible should be our source to answer such an important question. Really, the answer is not that complicated. A good place to start would be to ask why were we created. Revelation 4:11 gives us the answer.

Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” For God’s pleasure we were created. That’s astounding to think about. I know that if we truly believed that we would live our lives differently. Our lives are not about us. We weren’t created for our pleasure but His. I wasn’t created for that great vacation. I wasn’t given the the evening hours of the day to watch my favorite movie. We are only stewards of our time. I am not saying that enjoying our lives is wrong. We can have fun as Christians but God didn’t created us and save us to make us happy. We should desire to live pleasing lives for God, not for ourselves. God’s acceptance of us isn’t based on our performance but that never gives us a right to abuse the grace of God.

So we were created for His pleasure but what is our duty as a God pleasing Christian? Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “…Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Many Christians try and skip this altogether. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. His justice and judgment must be recognized before we will see our need for such a Savior. It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. We like to focus on the goodness part of that verse while totally missing the point of the verse. The goodness leads us the repenting of our sin.

When a scribe came and asked Jesus what the foremost law was, He answered the man with what the Jews call, the Shema, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the LORD our GOD is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: for this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31

That is what God requires of us. God commands us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. It is a command. He also commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Our duty is to fear the Lord and keep His commandments. His greatest commandment was to love Himself and love others. Notice that the love of God comes first and out of that love we are able to love others. So how does this relate to abortion abolition?

What does loving your neighbor look like?

This question was asked by a certain lawyer who tempted Jesus. He first asked Him, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered with a question, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?” The lawyer answered correctly when he quoted the Shema. Wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

We would be wise to ask the same question. The answer to this question determines whether or not it is your duty to help the preborn children sentenced to death.

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Christian, who is your neighbor? Isn’t it everyone you pass by that has a need? Might they be the homeless you try and avoid on your way to work or the widow woman down the street? Could they be the co-worker that never smiles or the family that sits on the pew behind your own? Could it have been the bloody remains of that child ripped apart in the abortion clinic? Those children have “fallen among thieves,” thieves of human life. Men and woman who make their living on the blood of tiny babies. The priests and levites pass by everyday. “Abortion abolition is someone else’s ministry.”

If you are trying to make excuses for why these verses don’t apply to you or the babies being aborted in your community I have to question your love for God. Why would you want to make excuses? Are those babies’ live really that invaluable to you? I have to wonder. Will you at least stop and consider whether or not what I am saying is true? It may be worth your time.

Who will be called faithful and welcomed into the kingdom of God? Jesus tells us very plainly in Matthew 25:35-40. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

When you refuse to feed the hungry and give drink unto the thirsty you refuse to do this to the Lord. When you fail to cloth the naked and visit the sick and imprisoned you fail to do this for the Lord. When you fail to protect the innocent from unjust death sentences you condemn your Lord to the same fate. If it was Mary the mother of Jesus that was going in for an abortion would you have stood by and said that it wasn’t your ministry? Jesus is ripped apart every time an abortion is commited against the preborn. The image of God is defiled.

James 1:27 states that, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Do you follow a pure religion? Hold your Christianity to the light of this scripture. Are not the children aborted by their own parents the “fatherless?” How are you visiting them in their affiction when you are silent about their murder? “But I do believe that abortion is wrong!” This is the problem with the main stream pro-life groups; they teach moral beliefs without moral action. The churches have become those described in James 2:14-17.What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not work? Can faith save him?

If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things that are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.”

We talk about the horrible sins of our society and do nothing about them. If you have no works you have no faith. It becomes empty belief. You may believe that God says abortions are wrong…good for you; the devils also believe.

The words of Zechariah 7:8-12 are hauntingly similar to the state of the church today.

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

And oppress not the widow nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor, and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Yea, they made their hearts an an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts has sent in his spirit by the former prophets: Therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.”

As Christians, I should hope that we are not oppressing the widows and fatherless and poor but could we be stopping our ears that we will not hear? Are not we aiding the oppressors when we stand by silently watching the holocaust? I’m not talking about preaching to the choir. That’s easy to do. I’m talking about bringing the light of His gospel in conflict with our culture of death. The chapter goes on to say that because they refused to hear the cries of the LORD, He refused to hear their cries. That’s a scary thought.

Proverbs 21:13 tells us that, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” We don’t have a right to stop our ears at the cry of the abortion victims. We cried out to God in our affliction and He came to us. How selfish of us not to do the same for our neighbor!

Proverbs 24:11-12 asks us this question, “If thou forebear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain;

If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

Why are you forebearing to deliver them that are being drawn to death? We love to quote verses like Proverbs 3:5-6 and Proverbs 27:17, why not this verse?

Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us to, “Open they mouth for the dumb in the cause of all that such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

What could be a better description of the babies murdered by abortion. They are the dumb, they are the voiceless. God told us to be their voice. Open your mouth Christian. We are commanded to do this for ALL that are appointed to destruction. Not just for the causes that will give you accolades.

As Christians we are to expose evil. Ephesians 5:11 tells us this. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

Are you reproving the unfruitful works of darkness? Is abortion an unfruitful work of darkness? The answer is obvious. How do you reprove this evil? It is most certainly not done from your living room couch. God expects righteous action.

But isn’t abortion just a distraction from the gospel?”

Paul didn’t think so. Neither did Jesus. In Acts 20:26-27 Paul says, “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

We must teach the whole counsel of God. We don’t get to pick and choose. Abortion abolition isn’t a distraction from the gospel but complimentary to it. The lost must see the ugliness of their sin before they will see their need for a Savior and the Christians need to have a righteous, biblical response to the evil around us or we become hypocrites in the eyes of those we claim to help.

Why must abortion be a distraction from the gospel anymore than pointing out that people are liars or thieves or idolaters? Grace becomes real when sin becomes exceeding sinful. Are any of God’s commands, outside of preaching the death, burial and resurrection, a distraction to the gospel?

Isaiah 58 is a description of true religion. You should read it. The Israelites were confused at why they did certain religious observances. They thought that they were doing the will of God by fasting. Hadn’t He commanded them to fast? Yes, but they had forgotten the point of fasting. God asked, “Is it such a day that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul?”

Verses 6-8 tell us what true religion looks like. “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thy own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rearward.”

That is true religion. That is what the world needs to see. I think God is tired of our worship. We speak praise with our lips and yet our heart is far from Him. Is not our lack of care for our most innocent neighbors evidence of this?

There will be many objections and excuses for why what I have just written is wrong and how that this abortion abolition stuff really isn’t for you but I’m not going to answer them all. I don’t think I need to. The Bible speaks loud enough to your conscience. But what I will do is question your love for God and for your neighbor. Why should you want to get out of loving your neighbor in need? Where are these excuses coming from? Ask yourself this question. Is it coming from a heart deeply in love with God? I think not. Does love make excuses for why we wouldn’t take the time to help someone in need?

Don’t base your love for God on past experiences. Our hearts can fall away from our true love. Without prejudice and guilt, examine your own life. Are you obeying the voice of your God?

If not, will you choose to obey Him today?

I am overwhelmed at how many times I have to explain Christianity to Christians. We should be the ones that know the way, the truth and the life. We should know Jesus. We should know our Savior. We should know our God and Creator, but we don’t. The majority of those that call themselves the children of God don’t even know their own Father.

I am heart broken at how many lost people I speak with that tell me they have tried God and He failed them. God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is a God that cannot lie. The reason the lost feel this way is because their god has failed them. The god that they served doesn’t exists. The god they embraced was the false god of the modern church. A god of no absolutes. A god with no requirements. A god that panders to the whim of evil men. A god that looks the other way when we sin. This god is easier to accept. This god doesn’t demand that we fear him. This god is okay with a perverted gospel and a cheap grace. This god would never say “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” That would be too radical. That would be asking too much.

I thought we were given the power of God at salvation. I thought that we are ambassadors and soldiers for Christ. I thought that we are no longer under sin. I thought that we became a new creature at the second birth. I thought that we were to forsake ALL in order to follow Him. I thought that we were to bear a cross. I thought that we were to be hated of all men. I thought that the joy of the Lord is our strength. I thought that that we could do all things through Christ. I thought that we were to care for the hungry and the homeless and the widows. I thought that we were to love the Lord with our WHOLE heart, soul, mind and strength. I thought that we were more than conquerors through Christ. I thought that we were to be partakers of His suffering. I thought that we were to preach the gospel to the whole world. I thought that we were to be set apart from the world. I thought that the whole duty of man was to fear God and keep His commandments.

By the evidence around me I would have to assume that I was wrong. The life you live, is the life you teach. Christians are teaching the world that Jesus didn’t really mean what He said. They apologize for God’s behavior in the Old Testament and make up for it with a seeker-friendly, worldly-lifestyle pleasing approach. The commands of God don’t mean anything anymore. I mean, we are under grace now, right?

When you join the Marines, you no longer belong to yourself. You have been bought with a price. You become a soldier. How ludicrous would it be to join and than assume that they would bend the rules for YOU! “Hey Sarge, I decided that the training is a bit too rigorous for me. I’m gonna take a nap while the more dedicated guys do push-ups and pull-ups. I’ll come back when the work out program is more convenient.” I wonder if that young recruit would get by with that. You think he would. If you didn’t you wouldn’t constantly try it on your Captain. We think that we can take advantage of His grace. That is repulsive. When did it become optional to obey God? Why did that foolish recruit join the Marines? Why did you join the army of God? Was it for the benefits and blessings?

I am disappointed at the nonchalant attitude of the church. This isn’t a game Christian. We are in a war and the enemy wins a battle every time a former “Christian” is tuned away from Christ by the pride, laziness, and disobedience of their fellow laborer. I have seen it too many times. Every time I go out to witness to the lost I meet yet another man or woman who grew up in church and never met God. If God isn’t in the church, if God isn’t in the Christian homes, if God isn’t flowing out of your and my actions, it is no wonder they don’t want anything to do with Christ. We like to leave the declaring of God’s handiwork to the stars. At least they obey the voice of their Master. Jesus said that the rocks would do it. They don’t know His love, they haven’t been saved from Hell and sin, they haven’t experienced His wondrous grace and mercy and yet all of creation sings His praise.

Why won’t you?

There are no more excuses left. If you have been bought with a price you are no longer your own. It is high time that we start obeying the voice of God. Get rid of the idols in your life. You know what they are. Get rid of your sin. It no longer has dominion over you like it once had. Nothing in this life is worth more than a relationship with God. And when I say relationship I mean truly knowing God. Be still and know God. Get a hold of God like Elijah did. He was a man subject to like passions as we are but he knew God. Elijah believed God enough to know that He would send fire from heaven when he called on Him. God desires true faith, not apathy. Apathy is a sin. Faith is a requirement of a believer.

Examine your life. What has replaced God? Something obviously has or there would be revival in your heart, you would desire to know Him, you would hate even the thought of sinning against a loving Savior. Living a life of reckless abandonment to God isn’t just for the few extra spiritual radicals out there, on fire for the Lord. That life is for you. That’s the life you signed up for at Calvary. You are that radical for Jesus…or at least you should be. Don’t be ashamed of your Savior. Don’t be ashamed of the new life He has called you to. Christianity isn’t a private faith. Hiding your faith is no longer an option. We can see the fruit of that kind of life. It is all around us. It is all of those hurting souls headed for Hell because they were told by the church down the street about the modern, American “jesus” that has infiltrated into the house of God.

Lets not continue to be a part of the problem. There are already enough Christians out there that do a great job at that. Rise to the occasion. Stop worrying about your next vacation. Stop relying on the wisdom of men. Stop wasting time in front of the television. God wants to know you. God wants a relationship with you. God desires that you love Him with your whole heart.

He’s done His part, it’s time we do ours.

God is very clear about the things He hates. He leaves no room for excuses or justification. He is a God of perfect justice. He will not tolerate sin. If He did, He would fail to be the Holy, righteous God Almighty of the Bible. The wages of our sin would cease to make sense. We should be thankful for His perfect standard. God is a judge and He will cast righteous judgment on all of humanity one day. Our eternal destiny and rewards are dependent on this judgment. What a thought! The world condemns God for His perfection and His intolerance of sin. The church degrades God by sugar-coating their pet sins. All of humanity shys away from the fact that He is indeed Judge. Honestly it is a frightening thought. Every wicked deed, whether forged secretly in the mind or played out in the open, will be bared in the sight of God.

Think of an earthly judge for a moment. Should we expect less than perfect judgment from Him? No. So why do we want the perfect Creator and Judge of the universe to be any different? We hate corruption. We want there to be a fair trial. We want to see justice done to the evil doer. If someone commits a crime, he should be punished accordingly. That is perfect judgment and this is what we will all see on the day of judgment.

So with that in mind, lets look at the things that the Lord hates in the context of abortion. This list is found in Proverbs 6:16-19. It says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him:” I want to talk about two of these things listed. They are hateful abominations in the eyes of God. It is frightening to think that the world, including the majority of professing Christians are guilty of these very things. God’s eyes are never asleep. He sees every deed of man, whether it was done in darkness or the light. The third thing on the list resonates true with this culture of death that we live in. A people that destroy their own children on the alter of selfishness, convenience and pride.

hands that shed innocent blood,”

The blood of 57 million children are seared into these words of callous. God hates the hands that shed innocent blood. There is no getting around it. Why would we want to? The guilty live in ignorance to this fact and often the church helps hide it. Most people don’t know that God hates the murder they have committed. Abortion is the perfect picture of innocent blood being shed. Three thousand times a day this crime is committed and God hates it every time.

So what do we do about this? The wrath of Almighty God abides on our nation. Shouldn’t the American people be warned? As a Christian, our duty of love is clear; this nation must be shown her sin. She must be shown how heinous this sin is before God. She must be told that He hates abortion. She must be told that there is forgiveness through the blood of Christ. Who will tell them if we don’t? How shall they hear without a preacher? The answer is clear; they can’t.

If you stand up and publicly expose the evil, as Ephesians 5:11 commands, you will be called judgmental and “un-christ-like.” Phrases such as, “Is this what Jesus would have done?” or “The Bible says, judge not lest ye be judged!” become so predictable that you can hear them before the accusers opens their mouth. What does the Bible really say?

Zechariah 7:8-12 gives us a perfect picture of our world today.

And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of host.”

These are sobering words. As a follower of the LORD, we are to “Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.” There is nothing wrong with making a judgment. Jesus was dealing with hypocrisy when He said that we should not judge lest we be judged. We are to execute judgment and show mercy and compassion. They go hand in hand but judgment must come first because without the knowledge of sin and the wrath of God, mercy seems cheap and unnecessary.

Proverbs 6:23 says, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

The gospel is stripped of its power when reproof and the commandments of God are taken away. People call this love but really it is selfish ignorance because without these things, there is no longer a “way of life.” Many churches have bought into a “repentance free” gospel. They have made thousands, if not millions of lost people into comfortable and blinded Hell-bound church-goers. Mathew 7:22-23 states that, “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?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Hell will be full of people just like this. Good works aren’t enough when it comes to the righteous standard of God. Repentance is a must. With that said, there will still be many professing Christians that will judge you very harshly for “judging” others. The irony of this is almost hilarious.

The hands that shed innocent blood are hated by God and we can not hide this truth. We are right to explain this to the sinner guilty before the Judge. But there is another thing that the LORD hates, and Christians, especially those that appose abortion, would be wise to take it very seriously. We can’t tote one of them around as our justification for what we do and then sweep the other under the rug. This would be perverting the righteousness of God’s character.

The other thing that the LORD hates is this,

he that soweth discord among the brethren.”

This strikes hard, right at the heart of many a Christian soldier. Those of us that point out that our righteous God hates the hands that shed innocent blood should never ignore the rest of the verses. It isn’t fair to use one verse as an indictment and then turn a blind eye to another. God hates those that sow discord among the brethren. We must hold our own lives in the light of this verse. Where do we stand? Where do I stand? What about you?

As Christians and Abolitionists of human abortion we become impassioned with the truth of God’s Word. When you are out in the streets being a light in the darkness of our culture you are able to see the depth of wickedness that abounds all around us. Even our closest neighbors and acquaintances, when confronted with their sin, will lash out. We are surrounded with heathens, lost and hurting souls. The cashier at the grocery store, the co-worker that you say good morning to every day, the school bus driver you pass by on your way to work, they are all chained to their sin. It is entwined into the deepest recesses of their heart. They have rejected God. If you witness, you see this very clearly. It becomes a stark reality. The world is not at peace with God. Millions have never been reconciled by Jesus.

When you see this everyday you begin to view the world differently. Everyone seems to have a sinister spirit hidden cleverly behind a cordial smile or warm hand shake. You begin to imagine mockery in the morning greeting from your neighbor. It is easy to do. I have been cussed out and yelled at by someone I was acquainted with. He had forgotten who I was. His “good morning” no longer feels sincere. We see the sin. We hear the filth. We are reviled by the masses. It can become a weary burden to bear. Some Christians chose to harden their hearts to this treatment and in the process lock out the ability to love the people they had at one time set out to help. It’s okay to be saddened by the wickedness. It is okay to have a burden for the lost. Just give it to Jesus.

But here is where it can get hard and a seed of discord is planted. It wouldn’t be that hard to take the reviling if the church was united in the stand for truth. But often the Christians that would rather confine their Christianity to the church house take the side of the world and condemn us for being condemning. They believe that the world is at peace with Christ because the world is at peace with their church. They preach a gospel stripped of repentance and the sinner that loves his sin comes running.

There are many Christian people with good intentions that refuse to preach the Word with boldness. This is very frustrating. They, unknowingly are working on the side of the devil. But does this give us a reason to refuse to show them love and grace? No. The church must be warned and exhorted but it must be done in love and grace. Often we get boldly standing for truth mixed up with pride. We aren’t out there to win arguments. We want Christians to act like Christians. But we must as well. We must be bold but we must be loving. They go hand in hand. Modern churches throw away Christ’s boldness in the name of tolerance and love but many other Christians separate the love of Christ from the message in the name of righteousness.

Correction must be done in love or it is abuse. I am not advocating compromise. There is strength in love. There is power and purity in love. It is because of love that we even have a desire to stand for truth.

Proverbs 13:10 says, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” What does that say of us? I know that many professing Christians will cause contention of their own, even if we reach out to them in love but still others have been turned off right in the beginning by a contentious spirit. The Bible states that we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. It is time we start acting like God told us to. We are His representatives to this world. How selfish of us to let our pride and passion smear the name of Christ.

James 3:13-18 says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Could that be said of us? I hope so. A wise man will live out his faith by good conversation. He will share the gospel and expose evil. He will do this with meekness and wisdom. There is no room for pride and discord.

There is a message of truth that must be told and there is a way to share that truth. Let us not fall into the trap of “trying to prove ourselves right.” We are already on the side of right because the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is our God. Let us remember that God hates both, the hands that shed innocent blood and those that sow discord among the brethren.

Let us boldly share the truth of Christ in love.