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God is not a god of Gimmicks

Motives for “getting people in.”

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

The modern, progressive church has failed on many fronts because they have failed to think of GOD.  While they are busy changing to keep up with the times, God still remains the same.  When the church changes their approach on worship they’re doing so to accommodate themselves not God.  There are actually thinking about themselves.  This is wrong!  Since He is the creator, and man is the created, it is up to man to conform to His image, not the other way around.

God is not a god of the gimmicks.  He does not need to appeal to the flesh in order to try to get some people to like Him.  Man needs to satisfy the flesh, but God does not.  God’s plan for the flesh is to burn it up when He burns the entire world (2 Peter 3).  He loathes the flesh of unrighteousness and will give new bodies to all of His saints.

When the church continually tries new things just to “get people in,” you have to question their motives: Do they want to actually reach more people for Christ?  Or do they want to build their congregations so they can be thought of as “successful” according to the world’s standards?

The only thing that God needs for people to fall in love with Him is His word: the Bible.  The flesh doesn’t want to read it, and no wonder why; guess who else would not want you to read it?

Sowing Discord

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Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

While God is a God of love, He is also a God of hate. We know that God loves His Son Jesus, and that He hates sin, but it doesn’t end right there. He loves many more things. As we read the Bible, we can see that He loves mercy, truth, humility and kindness to mention just a very few. But here, in this one passage of Scripture, He gives a concentrated list of some of the more important things that He hates. They are all self-explanatory and even the child can understand what they are. However, when God gets to sowing “discord” among the brethren, He is now dealing with the church only, for we in the church are: brethren.

Discord is any attempt to gender disagreement or difference of opinion. It is attempting to put at variance or opposition to the rest of the body. It win’s it’s evil victory when it produces angry passions of dispute or contest between persons. It’s method of attack is to clash; it does not disagree with a proper attitude of love and therefore seeks it’s own exaltation. This is what the Lord HATES–discord AMONG THE BRETHREN.

You cannot have a group of people where people do not talk about other members within the group. It is common and natural to do so because; well, they all have something in common–the group. Discord therefore, has nothing to do with talking about other members in the group. It has to do with talking about others with the intent to divide and hurt the group. God hates this very much and will not long abide it within the church He is trying to build. It is important to remember that because I will come back to that later.

The greatest example of attempting to sow discord amongst the group (other than the Devil himself) was Judas Iscariot. He thought he could sell out the Lord and divide the group. He was motivated by greed and self. He wanted to be and feel important. He could be up there with the big wigs setting the direction of actions for the nation, but in fact he was used. Yes, the Pharisees used him, but more so, he was used by the Devil to carry out his attack on God’s work. That is what people who sow discord amongst the brethren do today. They are being used by the Devil and they don’t even realize it. They are an instrument of his destruction, yet they cannot see it, and like Judas, the Lord will separate them from the group in His own time. Until that time, they will be continually frustrated that they are not able to gain foothold, because the Lord protects His flock.
Some might say, “Doesn’t the Bible say that we are supposed to divide the word of truth in 2 Timothy 2:15?” Well, not exactly. It says there that we are to “RIGHTLY DIVIDE” the WORD OF TRUTH. This is not for sowing discord, but in being able to interpret it properly. If you continue to verse 16, the next thing it says is that we are to “…shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” So, when a person is continually trying to sow discord amongst the brethren, God’s answer for this is to “shun”. This is not done in the old Quaker or Mennonite sense, but it means to don’t converse with them. Why? Because even if your guard is up, and even if you are determined to change the subject if you hear something divisive, the problem is that you still hear it. You can’t take it back. You can’t get it out of your mind. It is imbedded there and the Devil knows that. Your mind will ponder it, even if you don’t discuss it with anyone else, the seed is planted and it begins to grow into it’s evil work. So, the best thing to do is tell the person that you will not entertain any part of that subject, and if you persist, then I must leave. If there is no change on their part, and they persist in sowing discord, then it is best to not even fellowship with them. Love them, but don’t listen to someone who is saying things that are dividing up the brethren. Once it is in your mind, it will eat you up.

If you think you are unintentionally sowing discord amongst the brethren, then you need to ask the Lord for forgiveness. Then the best rule of thumb is to hold your tongue (James 3:5, 6, 8). Learn to be a good listener and not a talker. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.

If you are not sure if you are saying divisive things or not, you need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to put His finger on that part of your life and identify it. You will know if the peace of God comes upon you. You will know if you are being true to yourself or not.
The vehicle of discord is GOSSIP. Gossip is a truly destructive thing. I am not talking about talking about each other. That is not gossip. Gossip is when you a person speaks idle tales; tattles; or tells destructive things about each other. You can always tell a gossip because they like to talk allot. They talk so much that it is difficult to end a conversation with them. They also like to say the same thing over and over. And, the subject of their conversation does not brag on or build another person up, it tears others down. Their conversations therefore, are usually filled with self exaltation at the expense of others. And this is where the discord comes in. To promote self, you must put down others, hence–discord.
Recently our church has come together with one common cause. The Devil does not like it when we are united. His attack will come in many forms, but all with the intention of sowing discord amongst the brethren. I trust this article will give you some insight on how to recognize it and what to do when you identify it. May God bless you richly as you serve the Lord.

Why younger people don’t need God

Does your young person feel like they don’t need God?  I didn’t say church.  I said, “GOD!”  If you need God, then you know that you need church and you attend every chance you get.  

Recently I have been asked why young people don’t go to church.  Because churches seem to be filled with older people, the question is, “why are there not more younger people in church, and how do we reach this demographic?”

I have contemplated this question for a long time.  Because I have been posed this question, I have begun thinking of it all over again. However, I don’t think that this question should be posed to this one group.  It seems to me that all groups are affected, and there has been a broad moving away from church attendance.

I know that the mind, being quick to solve problems, will run the gamut of possible answers.  We could site: The last days, The influence of the Devil and the world, the media, Exaltation of fantasy, The impact of socialistic programs, removal of the Bible from schools, etc. etc.  All of these certainly contribute to the problem.  But if you take a closer look back through history, most of these influences have been present for a very long time.  The first century Christians lived in a time when similar things like these were present and they even had to deal with persecution unto death as well.  Can you imagine where American Christianity would be today if present day Christians were killed for their faith?  I dare say that the church would shrink to just a remnant.  Very few American Christians today would be willing to actually die for their faith.  Oh, I know that they might SAY they were willing to die for Jesus, but if it came right down to it, I don’t believe that many would actually do so.  Why?  Because the church today has been diluted with weak anemic Christians who are mostly apathetic regarding church because they don’t need God.  They want to be entertained for their “buck;” or even worse, they want to be entertained for free.  Any pastor that cannot meet this criteria can just be discarded because they can just move on to another church that can entertain.  Christians today are looking for a program instead of God.

I think that the root reason that people in the USA today do not need the church is because they don’t need GOD.  They see no need for God in their life.  They cannot see any benefit for them by coming to God.  If they ever get to the place where they finally do see what God can do for them, only then are they willing to approach Him.  Otherwise, they keep Him at arms distance.  I say this because time and time again, when people are in trouble; when things are not going well in their life, they suddenly need God.  Then they come to church.  Then they want the preacher to give them the magic pill that will make all of their problems go away.  If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know what I am talking about.  Even those whom we would call “faithful saints” act the same way: They do not see any value to them by coming to, or supporting their church.  They don’t need God, so they don’t need church.  But when they need God, Oh, they are so drawn to church.  Think about it.

So, I believe that the better question to be answered is: “How do we show people the value of having God in their life?”  If people saw that it was valuable to them to have God in their life, then they would be in church, because God values church.  Today, people value other things.  It is not difficult to find something to value because the world has a never ending list of entertainment for people to value.  All of it fun and valuable.  Not many of the young culture value hard work, because they see no importance for it and have too many other distractions, each competing for a little piece of their minds.  But when they suddenly need money to live, then they see the value of hard work and sweat.  So the answer to the question should be associated with what people value and how to show the importance of it (easier said than done).

I believe the answer to this undaunting question lies in the area of relationship.  Everybody recognizes the value of a relationship in some form or another.  Once children see that they have to navigate this world on their own, the see the value of the relationship between the parents and themselves; they see how valuable it was for mom and dad to take care of everything for them.  When there is a loss of a loved one, you immediately see the value of that relationship that you once had.  So, if a person could be introduced to the value of a relationship with God (Gen. 2:18), then they would be interested in God, and therefore, church.  But relationships too, have come under attack.

In the world today, there is a big attack upon relationships.  Everybody can DIY (Do It Yourself).  More and more, people are being deceived into thinking that they don’t need anybody.  There are mom’s taking “momcations,” dads working long hours, and all of the overtime they can get, parents cut out of children’s lives and grandchildren growing up without really knowing their grandparents.  Self-serve, Self-check out, Drive thru, ATM’s, mail order, Texting, cell phones, email, Home shopping network and Social Media (i.e. facebook), all contribute to the relationship problem.  They are all attempts by the Devil to eradicate basic and necessary relationships from our life.  Today we:

  • Have, “friends” whom we have never even met face to face.  These are our cyber friends who only tell us what they want us to know about them.  We know this to be true because we only tell them the things we want them to know about ourselves.  We’re not going to paint a bad picture about ourselves.  We steer away from reality.
  • Say things that we do not mean.  People are much more bold from behind a computer or cell phone keyboard.  We punch in, and send before we really think about it.  We say things that we would not normally say to someone’s face.
  • Do things that we would not normally do.  We take photos of ourselves and only send off the good ones.  At times, there are people who send inappropriate photos of themselves (or others) when they would never have done that in person.

All of these things would not be done if we valued the relationship with that person.

The fundamental relationship that exists on earth is that of the family.  Everybody knows that the attack on the family has been going on for a long time.  It is only successful because it has been relentless.  The result is that not many young people of today see any value in their family relationships.  I believe the way we fight back on this is to: “meet fire with fire.”  Because the attack on the family is relentless, our tactic on preserving the family should be equally relentless.  We do not need to take the role of “closet dwellers” yet.  We are still free to voice our opinions.

The way that this untoward situation has “crept” up on us is because “grass roots” Christians have kept their faith in God under the rug.  When the world demeans Christianity, we too should speak up and say something.  When they promote “homosexuality”, we too should promote family.  The open forum does not belong to them.  When Christians do not speak, and act upon their faith openly, they give the platform to the enemy for the destruction of relationships, and show the younger generation the value we place on it.  They are watching and looking for something real.  If “grass roots” Christians, throughout their daily lives, do not speak up and “live” their relationship with Christ, they ultimately show that they don’t value it very much.  If all they do is speak of Christ in their house or at church or amongst other known believers, they show that they don’t need God very much.

Herein is the answer to the question.  Christians must not be ashamed of Jesus outside of the secure walls of any known Christian environment.  In other words–practice what you believe in; when you value it, others will learn how to value it as well. If you don’t need God, then the younger generation will not need God as well.  If you show a life that is walking with a need for God, then they will need God too!  ~Pastor Coale

How Pastors Become A Statistic

Many churches love their pastors and show it by taking good care of him.  They stand by him and what he is trying to do for the Lord because they know what he is facing.  They understand his situation because they think about him, know he is a man and value him as a gift provided to them by God.  But if I am to believe some of the survey statistics published on pastors and their view towards the ministry, the vast majority of fellow pastors do not receive such care.  Consider these figures compiled by the Schaeffer Institute:

Hours and Pay

  • 90% of the pastors work between 55 to 75 hours per week, even though their congregations don’t see it.
  • feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
  • 70% of pastors are grossly underpaid and with what they do receive, they are usually the biggest giver to their church.

Training and Preparedness

  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.
  • 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered it.

Health and Well-Being

  • 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
  • 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a sufficient living.

Marriage and Family

  • 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.
  • 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
  • 80% spouses feel left out and under-appreciated by church members.

Church Relationships

  • 70% do not have someone they consider as a close friend.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • #1 reason pastors leave the ministry — Church people are not willing to go the same direction and goal of the pastor. Pastors believe God wants them to go in one direction but the people are not willing to follow or change and become critical of him.

Longevity

  • 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years.
  • 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form.
  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
  • Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month, many without cause.
  • Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

That’s a sad and alarming picture, isn’t it?  Work long hours in a job with too many demands for too little pay. Many have the wrong skills and the wrong expectations. Families being pressured and battered.  Pastors are discouraged and depressed. No friends, serious conflict once a month, and people who will not follow.  Is it no wonder so many quit so soon?

According to one survey, only 23% of pastors report being happy and content in their identity in Christ, in their church, and in their home.

I suspect, however, that men in these situations might be crippled all the more were they to faithfully preach a text like 1 Tim. 5:17-20.  They would be seen as self-serving and courting with more hostility and dissatisfaction from a people already running afoul of God’s call to churches to honor faithful servants.

So, I’m hopeful at least some of God’s people would consider these statistics, reflect upon their church’s treatment of their pastors, and perhaps lead a conspiracy to make sure faithful elders receive “double honor” from those they teach and lead.  Let’s face it: we can’t get survey statistics like these unless it has become an unchecked commonplace among congregations to gossip and gripe rather than to breathe grace toward church leaders.  These statistics indicate a pandemic culture of disregard and dishonor aimed at pastors.  That’s to the church’s shame.

I’m praying that Hebrews 13:17–rather than rejected as giving too much authority to leaders–might be embraced by individual members and congregations as one means to growth in Christ and deeper joy as the family of God.  “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

Falling from your own Steadfastness

2 Peter 3:16 “…as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

With the attack of the world (fueled by inspiration of the Devil) upon the church, Christians are showing wobbly backbone when the battle gets rough.  With just a little goading by the devil, the yellow streak shows clear and bright.  How can those who were once “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10) so easily lose their “steadfastness”?  How can they change so suddenly?

In fact, the change in them (and perhaps in YOU) is not a sudden one at all.  It has been happening over a long period of time.  Instead of growing in GRACE, they wrest with the Scriptures and are led away by those who are unstable and unlearned in the ways of truth.  Over time, they join the ranks of those who are of another Christ (1 John 2:18, 22; 2 Thess. 2:7-8; 2 John 1:7) because they were introduced to them by one of the “…many false prophets… gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).  Instead of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, they grew in knowledge of the world and self.  Then one day–“snap!”  They were gone.

When you belong to one fellowship or church, it is either because the Lord put you there or you put yourself there.  If you are following the Lord and are true servant of the Lord, no matter what, you will obey the Lord’s decision for the rest of your life.  If you are listening to self, or are lusting after the worlds temporary enlightenment, then you will bounce around from place to place looking for fulfillment of self.

In the Lord, there is no variableness (James 1:13).  In fact there is not even a shadow of changing in Him; He does not change His mind.  Any change of mind indicates that He was wrong and is now changing to be right, or He was right and is now changing to be wrong; or He is wrong and is now changing to another wrong.  But you can never be right and change to be right.  Right is right.  Since God never makes any mistakes, everything He calls for is right.  The problem is when people attempt to interpret God’s calling for their life and bring with the interpretation their selfish desires and nuances.  When they do, they try to work it out that God’s calling for their life lines up with what THEY WANT instead of accepting what they know GOD WANTS for them.  This way, self can get what it wants and justify it because they reason (and claim) that God is calling them this way.  They join the ranks of the many “anti-Christ’s” on the scene today.  “Preacher!  Isn’t calling them anti-Christ’s a little harsh?”  Well, when we go against God’s will for our life, we are “anti” to His plan.  Since His plan is Christ: To love Him and obey Him; then to listen to self is to be against Him.

Since God put you in a fellowship of believers, it is not up to you to “feel” like you are a “hand” when everyone else in the fellowship is a “foot.”  This is reasoning your selfish desire to gain acceptance with God and it will not work.  You may rejoice initially, but that is just self being happy that you are listening to and feeding it.  It won’t take long for the Holy Spirit of God to begin working on you or those around you; doing whatever it takes to get your attention so He can, “Reason together” (Isa. 1:8) with you.  God is not unreasonable.  He doesn’t satisfy self–He reasons with truth.

“But this doesn’t adequately explain the sudden change in a person.  I know you said it happens slowly, but how?”

When you are a member of one church, but go outside of your church to other churches or para-churches for fulfillment in so-called “Christian activities” of interest, you are opening yourself up to follow self instead of obey God.  This is a difficult thing for people to do: OBEY!  Especially for the generation of young Christians today; they don’t like being told to obey.  The world has successfully indoctrinated them with the “free willed philosophy” of self.

Little by little, as they learn a little about this church here; a little there; a jot here; a tittle there; the doctrine from the church which God placed them becomes diluted until it becomes totally unimportant.  Oh, they say it is important, but the fact that they leave because they “FEEL” that GOD is moving them, betrays this line of thinking.  Leaving, especially by clandestine means, speaks loudly against supporting what they say God is doing in them, because even the smallest babe in Christ knows God would not do something so foolish. They are led away with the error of the wicked until they fall from their own steadfastness.  They are not steady nor are they fastened.  They become shaky and loose; so much so that they one day are gone.

“How do I keep this from happening to me?”

First, you don’t get involved in activities from other churches or the world.  If your church does not have an activity that you are interested in, then start one.  If you cannot get enough people involved to successfully start one, then perhaps God is saying I have something else for you to do right now; something else that I wish to teach you; something else I want to develop in you at this moment.  In other words, accept what God has for you and pray and ask Him for the other.

Second, Find comfort in growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord (vs. 18).  In everything, God wants you to grow in two things: grace and knowledge.  If these two things don’t “turn you on” then perhaps you don’t understand what they are.  If grace and knowledge sound boring to you, then perhaps you have never delved into the wonderful overwhelming power that is contained in them.  If you try, but get nothing out of it, then perhaps you are not patient enough to let God work on you in His own time, perhaps you are neglecting Christ and growing in self instead.

Third, Start thinking right.  Are you one of those people who live by the saying: “live life to it’s fullest?”  Or do you misunderstand when someone says, “you only have one life to live” or “That’s the life” or “You only go around once in life.”  For the Christian it is true that you only have one life to live, but what we go through on this earth is so miniscule that God is going to burn the whole thing up after He takes us off of it.  You can NEVER, NEVER “live life to its fullest” on this earth.  It is a lie from the Devil to get you to focus on self instead of God.

Finally my friends, I leave you with this thought.  If God has put you someplace, He has done it for a reason.  If you are unhappy there, it is not because God is not working on you.  It is not because the people have changed.  Its because YOU MADE A DECISION FOR YOURSELF INSTEAD OF WAITING ON GOD.  ONLY YOU CAN FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS!

Christian Community Organizers

There is a big move in the Christian world to build communities rather than churches.  In this they are following the former example of President Barak Obama.  They try to organize a community into a viable force to work with, then they can fix themselves up as leaders (or rulers) of that community.

In the roots of the word “community” can be seen the word “common.”  From this word also comes the word “communism.”  An “ism” is a belief of practice of a religious sort.  You can see that community building is done not much differently than communism is done: do things for the people that they deem helpful to themselves in the immediate, so you can control them later down the road.  For Biblical example to this, Christian Community Organizers turn to the Book of Acts where it says the believers had, “…all things common.” (Acts 2:44; 4:32).  What they had in common was a result of loving God.  It was not community of people having a great time together.

If you were to build a community, you could be able to accomplish this task by simply being an investor.  You could buy up some land and build some houses on it for people to live in, hence–community.  The people would be unified in where they lived, but not necessarily in heart or belief.  It is easy to build a community by having a bunch of fun activities for people to do.  Therefore, Christian community building is doing anything fun so people will come to your community activity.  It is accomplished by not doing or saying anything that may be offensive to another, even at the expense of truth.  Christian communities therefore side-step the job of evangelism and go straight to the fellowship aspect of a church; they are a “partial church” heavily stressing fellowship and overlooking obedience and truth.  Paul warned of such deceitful activities when he said, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ear from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim. 4:2-4)  Today, that equates to having Christian communities who have fun getting together, but could care less about enduring sound doctrine.  Their ears itch to have some teacher teach them how to have fun, food and fellowship only.

Jesus gave himself for the church as a husband is supposed to do for his wife (Eph. 5:25).  He did not give himself for a “common unity.”  Jesus plans to present the “common unity of believers”–church; to himself holy and without blemish (Eph 5:27).  Not any old community.  He will not present a community of non-believers without spot or wrinkle to himself.  It is the church that He is working on to perfect.  It is the church that makes up the body of Christ.

God called us to start churches.  Churches not only encompass a “common unity of believers,” but first and foremost prepare the individual for presentation to the Lord.  Churches seek to carry out the great commission first and fellowship second.  Herein lies the great problem–People would rather have the fun, but not do the work of the Lord.  Or, they call their service to the community “fun stuff”, their work for the Lord when it is not.  Before ascending into heaven, He only gave us one job to do–win souls.

Jesus loves the church as a whole, not just when believers get together to “feel good” about themselves as some sort of modern day “AA” support group.  The Christian community organizers would have you to think that the word “church” is some sort of archaic word that has negative or bad connotations.  That is a lie.  How can Jesus ever use a word that would go out of date?  He is eternal and therefore His words are eternal, else one could easily believe that the gospel is archaic.  The church does not go out of date.  It is contemporary.  People are easily deceived because the Devil has worked very hard to dilute and discredit the true church with alternatives (like “communities”).  What has happened, is God’s people have given up on God because they are selfish.  They don’t want to do anything but be entertained, unless it is something THEY want to do and not something GOD wants them to do.

 

Selling Out

Today, there are more preachers than ever who are selling out on the Lord Jesus Christ.  In order to accommodate worldly Christians, they begin to compromise on their convictions.  In order to entice the world to come to their churches, they compromise on God.  Instead of giving people what they need, they give them what they want; a dangerous thing to do indeed!  Like the parent who always gives in to their child and gives them everything they want, instead of what they need, they raise up spoiled, rebellious, selfish church members, who “shop” for churches instead of letting God lead them.

When preachers sell out for what is convenient instead of that which cost, they are not acting like men.  They are most probably being run by their wives.  Every Christian is commanded to (1 Cor. 16:13)  “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”  This goes especially for preachers.  Why would God have to exhort Christians to be a man about things?  Because some men take the timid way out.  They are too afraid of the tough road of watching, standing and being strong.  They capitulate into the Devil’s hands.  Preachers wives are not innocent in this either.  If they were standing behind their men, satisfied to be their wives instead of needing self-gratification somewhere else, then preachers would have encouragement at home.  In fact, Preachers wives can be key to the success of the ministry of pastors.

I cannot think of one pastor who has been successful in the ministry who did not have his wife satisfied to be his supporter.  Notice I didn’t say that she “claims” to support her husband.  I mean she is a keeper at home first.  A lady who takes care of the burden of the home life in a large way so he is free to give his time to the ministry.  I do not mean an anchor who actually holds him back.  This takes sacrifice on her part so most pastor’s wives take this on as their purpose in life and are satisfied completely in it.  No man will be able to “be strong” “like men” should be when he has to be mama at the same time, but their are few exceptions to this rule.

When things get out of whack, and God has to remind us to be strong like men should be, He says it for a reason.  Not only is there a “selling out” on the home front, but their is a selling out on manhood as well.  This is mainly accomplished by worldly influence.  This is usually seen in trying to be “all things to all men” while at the same time, NOT trying to get people saved.

The devil would like to replace soul winning with anything appealing, (or even logical), except soul winning.  Charts and status and figures, all meant to be helpful, are in fact hurtful because they lead a preacher away from soul winning.  I have sat in on evangelism meetings that did not mention one peep about soul winning at all.  Oh, there was talk about development and planning in a logical and methodical way, but winning a soul was no where in sight.  Weak, worldly, feminine Preachers allow planning and organizing to replace soul winning.  As I said before, it is not bad to plan and organize, but to stop there, and not win souls, is the great demise.

It is sad that God has to remind men to “get a backbone.”  If preachers did, then they would be certainly less miserable in the ministry.  In this area they are actually putting themselves, their families and their churches in bondage.  So God has to remind us to not only get a backbone, but to, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”  (Gal. 5:1).

I guess God knows our nature is to return to the worldly way of doing things.  Of course, the worldly way is a way of bondage that is hard to break free of once we are weighted down with it’s burden.  He knows that the temptation to return to doing things like everyone else would be so strong that He had to tell us to “Stand Fast!”  Is there anyone reading this article who needs to know what that means?  Is the inference not clear?  Does anyone who has been truly saved not know the liberty that comes with Christ?  Why then do Christians, (and even preachers), feel that the ministry is a burden?  Why do they feel in bondage?  It is because they have moved away from Christ.  They have entangled themselves with the worldly way of doing things.  For preachers, this may mean trying to do things “like all of the other churches do” so they can build a congregation of hapless drones.  They want to please all of the Christian prima donna’s (def: a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team.).   They become a compromiser in the name of “being called”, but they are no more called than Jack-the-Ripper.  Instead of carrying the burden the Lord has placed on them, they would rather have the burden of worldly entanglement.  Preachers who are thus, are not called at all.  In fact they are not even preachers.  All Biblical preachers suffered persecution and loss.  Some were turned on even by their own families.  Some died stranded and alone.  Others were tortured and killed.  They certainly didn’t achieve such wonderful fates by tickling the public’s fancy.

Real preachers strive.  They strive for the faith of the gospel.  They strive for unity of the mind and spirit.  Philippians 1:27 tells us to “…stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”  God must have known that the ministry would not be a “bed of roses.”  He must have known that it would take some fighting; a little bit of blood, sweat and tears.  He must have known that the Devil would try to get preachers to “cash it in” for an easier, more elaborate and fulfilling “ministry” than the one He assigned them to.  Preachers sell out easily because the going gets tough.  They are constantly surrounded by negative news; people always tell the preachers the bad things that are happening in their life.  Preachers are constantly being criticized and talked about behind their backs.  In so doing, the “brethren” are actually tearing down everything that they worked for while at the same time “talking it up” to their faces.  It is not a job for the weak man; and there are many of them who “think” they are called because all they see is the wonderful aspects of the job without ever delving into the inner workings.  But, when they do, they throw up their hands and surrender.

They surrender first on doctrine.  This is because doctrine divides, and it needs to be divided correctly (2 Tim. 2:15).  Compromising of doctrine is the first step to a long and lonely downhill fall away from God.  Most preachers give up on this first because it takes work; it takes a lot of time in the study to make sure you know what is correct and what is not.  So, the preacher with a wet noodle for a backbone will depend on what someone else wrote in a book and teach it before they will put in the effort to study for themselves.  It would be wonderful if they would take a pop quiz every once in awhile.  I do so by asking if the congregation has any questions.  That is when I am on the “hot seat”, and I have learned much about doctrine by my study for the answers to those questions.

After doctrine goes out the door, then everything else follows suit: (dress, music, interests, books, denominations, salvation, baptism, communion, etc.)  they become weak, sickly “sharers” of the word; and I am not sure you can even call it that.  It is ungodly (2 Tim. 2:16)!  It is manly!  It eats up the body of Christ all in the name of “being fair to everyone.”  It is in error and it overthrows the faith of some (2 Tim. 2:18), starting with their own families especially.

When all is said and done, preachers, like everyone else, are commanded to, “…stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2 Thess. 2:15).  There is a tradition (Def: The handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another.) to uphold.  If preachers would just hold fast to that which they have been taught instead of constantly trying to improve on the plan, then the Christian world of today wouldn’t have near the problems that it does.  It is good to improve on one’s understanding of self, but the plan was given by God Himself and needs no improvement.  In fact, it is a perfect plan:  go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  Win souls.  Show people how to be saved.  Train up the Saints so they can win souls as well.  This is God’s plan and there is no improvement upon it.  What it lacks is preachers with a backbone who are truly called to stand up and stand fast.  It needs preachers who won’t SELL OUT for that which is convenient.

Do You Need God?

 

There was a famous American pastor who went to Africa to preach for a summer.  He preached in many countries while there.  The crowds who came to listen were various, but always large in numbers.  After finishing with a crowd of over ten thousand souls, he and his hosts were headed to a town where there was expected to be three thousand.  But the country that he was in did not have a very stable government.  That particular day, the government ceased the sale of gasoline that morning.  On the way to the church, there were cars lined up all over the sides of the road.  Some were left abandoned; others had frustrated owners camping out in them.  It was a dreary and ominous sight for the American pastor, especially when earlier a tremendous storm blew in.  There was lightning and thunder all around the area.  On the way to the church that morning, the American pastor thought to himself, “There probably won’t be very many people in church today.  In a church of three thousand, if half of the people come, it is going to look pretty skimpy today.”

When they arrived at the building, it was about half full of people milling around preparing for the service.  But it didn’t stop there!  People continued to trickle in all throughout the morning until the building was “bursting at the seams.”

First they prayed.  They prayed for a good hour.  He thought it would never end.  He had never experienced anything like this before.  Then there was singing and praising.  It bubbled over into exuberant exaltation of the Lord in dance (proper dance) and joy.  There was such an atmosphere of love and praise for the Lord that the pastor was even able to “get his ‘jam’ on.”  He then preached for about an hour, but when he finished, as the storm raged outside, the faces of the people looked surprised.  The song leader stepped up and the singing began again.  Then there was prayer and more testimonies of praise.  There was such praise for the Lord that the shouting and elevating of Jesus spilled over once again to jubilant song and dance.  Some were standing with outstretched arms; some were kneeling at the altar.  Some were smiling and shouting; others were crying and shaking their heads in sorrow and deep conviction.  He sheepishly, but willingly joined in praising Jesus right along with everyone else.  An announcement was made and the people began sitting, still shouting with joy.  Eyes turned to the pastor and he quickly deduced that they expected more from the word of God.

He preached yet another full sermon.  At the invitation, the altar was full.  Then prayer broke out in the building once again.  Five hours had passed.  First it seemed like the church would be empty, but it filled.  Then it seemed like you couldn’t pry the people away.  Amazed by this display, he asked the national pastor, “Why aren’t these people leaving?”

“Things are different between Africa and America.  The people here, THEY NEED GOD.  You see, the people here have nothing.  Some of these people have walked 2 and 3 hours to get here.  They don’t even know if they will eat tomorrow, let alone have a job.  These people are a devastated people without God.  They live one day at a time.  There is such a desperate need for God over here, that every time there is an opportunity to come face to face with God, and be in His presence, they take advantage of it.  They can’t afford excuses, or compete with television shows or radio.  They NEED to be in God’s presence.”

As I listened to this story, I began to wonder about that very simple, yet convicting phrase: “We need God here.”  It was a shocking and unexpected answer from that simple African pastor: “WE NEED GOD HERE!”  He was not saying that Americans don’t need God as well. Nor was he criticizing American churches.  He was stating a simple and plain fact.  It was truly how the African pastor saw things from his position.  Having been in several third world countries myself, I can relate to that statement.  Having lived in third world countries for a big chunk of my life, I can see that statement formulate into a vision.  At no fault of the general American, there are just too many choices, especially in the way of “religions” competing over their interest.  At no fault of their own, the general citizen of this country has an abundance of food, water, health care and shelter available to him.  In short, there are very, very few instances in our great land that cause our citizens to be driven to their knees, yearning for an opportunity to be in the presence of God because they have no food, water, shelter or food, just to make it another day.  There is not much real NEED of GOD HERE in our great land.

Friends, because we don’t have that situation here, does not mean that we don’t NEED God.  Everyone needs God.  We all need God.  I need God, and so do you.  So far, God has not driven us to this realization.  So far, God has granted us a reprieve from such a destitute situation; a situation where there is no other place to turn to but Him.  For now, He has left us to ourselves.  We can turn to our government, families, and charities for help.  The lines at the food banks are not full of starving people so far.

For now, God has given us the “choice” to need Him or not, but it might not be that way for long.  I know that this is something that most of my fellow countrymen cannot “relate to” because they have never seen anything like that with their own eyes.  They have only heard stories about such situations, or seen it on T.V.  I assure you that there is a big difference between seeing it on T.V. and seeing it in person.  Let me go even farther than that.  There is a big difference between seeing it for your self, and living it in person, but when you do, when you have absolutely no other place to turn to but God, you will crave the presence of God.  I don’t mean coming to the end of your rope in such a sense that you can’t figure out any other way to fix your problem except asking someone to pray for you.  You know, the kind of problem where you have already solved it, but you just can’t grasp the resolution because it lies just outside of your reach.  I am talking about the kind of problem that has no resolution.  These are the kind of problem where you absolutely NEED GOD to live another day.  These are the real big problems.  These are those that drive you to God and keep you there.  The kind of problems where you not only welcome an opportunity to be in His presence, but are disappointed if you cannot be there.

So I ask, “Do you need God?”  Do you need Him so much that you would not so much as lift up your eyes unto heaven, but smite your breast saying, “God, be merciful to me—a sinner.”  (ref. Luke 18:13).  How poor are you?

I am not saying you need to be poor.  I am asking, How much do you Need God?  It shows in your desire to be in His presence.

~Pastor Coale

 

What is the Purpose of the Church

The Purpose of the church-EXAMINED.

The purpose of the church is multi-faceted, but it revolves around one—only one—activity.  That activity is the winning of souls.  In short, it is telling others how to be saved, encouraging them to get saved, and leading them in the process of being saved.  We are very plainly told in the Bible that, “…he that winneth souls is wise.” (Pro. 11:30).  The activity of winning souls stands over every endeavor a Bible believing church is involved in.  It is paramount, un-negotiable and vital.  If you do not think so, then you are sadly mistaken.

Today, the church has evolved into some kind of conglomerate, some kind of multi-functional business venture (emphasis on “business venture).  Like some Good Samaritan club, people come together to escape the harsh attacks of evil that they withstand throughout their week.  It takes the place of some good, wholesome fun that can be found no place else in the world.  And, it becomes an educational source where people can go and have their morals sharpened by the word of God.  Of course, all of these are not wrong, but they have somehow upset the cart; the scales have become out of balance.  Where at one time soul winning was the most important thing, now it has been replaced by all of the rest.  Instead of being slightly off, the church has now become grossly out of balance in the area of winning souls.

In what areas do many churches weigh heaviest?  In what areas do they invest the bulk of their resources? They are vast and range from small group encouragement sessions to being the vassals of the distributors of Christian books and programs.  I have been to churches where they canceled meetings so they could show the super bowl.  I have preached in churches that were divided right down the middle.  On each side of the aisle sat the two prominent families of the church along with their supporting families.  The poor pastor was stuck right in the middle of the feud.  I preached at one church where I actually did no preaching at all.  The auditorium was exactly like a movie theater auditorium and the “stage” was full of rock band equipment.  All they did was play Christian rock music and there was no mention of Jesus, salvation or the Bible anywhere.  My preaching was the privileged task of being the guest of honor in the very front row center.  This is only a small sample of what some churches now call “preaching the gospel.”  It is what they have replaced for winning souls.  No one in any of those churches even thinks of winning someone to Christ, let alone actually trying to do it.  Yet they are all “busy about the Lord’s work.”  In fact, there have been some people who have left churches where I pastored who said, “I can’t grow.  In everything you say, you always say something about winning souls.  Could you please stop telling me that?”

Now, to have support groups, encouragement and structure for Christian growth is truly important.  It is good to have classes to teach how to rear children the Biblical way.  Classes of marriage and handling of finances are necessary and the Bible speaks of these subjects and many more like them.  It is necessary for Christians to, “Bear one another’s burdens…” (Gal. 6:2).  It is good to be glad in the house of the Lord (Acts 2:46) and to be encouraged by the singing and worship (Col. 3:16).  Not every moment of the Christians life must be winning a soul.  Every soldier needs time to regroup and rearm.  He even needs time away from the battle to resort.  The problem is, that most churches have remained stuck in the regroup, rearm and resort area and no one is actually in the battle.  They have forgotten that you cannot win a war with only the rear echelon.  You must have the fighters.  And, in the army, every soldier is a soldier first and foremost.

One day Jesus approached Peter and Andrew while they were fishing, He did not ask them to join a fellowship.  He did not offer to them a support group.  He didn’t even offer them an answer to their personal problems.  What He told them was, “…Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19).  He wanted to make them into soul winners.  He intended to teach them how to tell others about the gospel (good news) of salvation.  He wanted them to be equipped to carry that gospel to others throughout their entire life.  And, that is exactly what they did, and they did it at the hazard of their own lives.  They never lost sight of the main goal.  They never got their number one main order out of sight.  They always had their “prime directive” before them.  The Jews of old would carry God’s word in little boxes strapped to their foreheads called–frontlets (Deu. 11:18).  This was in command to God’s directive to have no other Gods but Him (Exo. 20:3).  It was their main mission to teach this to their children and this is how they would remember.  Too bad the churches of today do not have spiritual “frontlets”.  Too bad they keep forgetting their number one mission.

The apostle Paul said, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22).  Though he taught many of God’s principles of help to the church, he still never lost sight of this first command given by Jesus (Acts 1:8).  He was committed to even going to the uttermost parts of the earth, and he was pretty successful about it.  Even though he had all the cares and concerns of helping the different churches, making a living and dealing with the little concerns of life, he still found time to win souls.

We all know the gravity of the situation; the importance in winning a soul (James 5:20).  It is a life and death matter for the one who is won.  But in a certain sense, it too is a life and death matter for a church.  Where the members of a church are not actively trying to win souls, the church, like a dried up piece of fruit, will die on the vine.  It does so because the Christians within dry up and die on the vine.  You can always tell those who are drying up because they present reasons why they cannot do it.  Listen!  People can do anything they want to do if they want to do it bad enough.  Churches (dead churches) are filled with people who side-step the command to win souls by replacing it with a little program and then soothe their guilty souls by convincing themselves that they are really serving the Lord.  It is really amazing how many churches spend more energy and resources in humanitarian aide rather than Godly aide.

So, let us end on a good note.  Let us end on the assumption that you have determined you are going to do something about pleasing God in this area of winning souls.  John 4:36 says, “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”  I hope that you will receive wages abundantly for your eternal work.  I pray that you both reap and sow.  I look forward to that for you personally and for the church as well.  It would be fantastic to have a church full of those who can rejoice together—rejoicing that can only come from laboring in the field.   The church does not ever need to be a dry, dead place.  The only way to keep it alive and vibrant is to win souls.  This is our purpose—to win souls.  There is no other way around it.  Nothing can replace this God given formula for joy.

Pastor Coale

What The World Needs Now

1 John 4:1-3 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

The world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket.  As we talk to those who are older than us and they tell us how the world used to be, it seems that things really couldn’t get much worse.  In the last year it seems that things have been accelerating, like the gas pedal for progress has been stuck and we can’t get the transmission back in neutral.  It seems like we are bound head long for disaster.

As the economoy falls down around us with prices rising, hours being cut back, jobs being lost, despair takes over and hope waines.  The proud steps of advancement are turning into so many stumbles.  How did this come about?  It is a wholesale turning away from the Creator.  It has been a change that has slowly crept up upon society which seems to have suddenly sprung wide open, but this is not so,  it has been steadly changing all along.

Change is a good thing if it is in the right direction, but no change that moves away from the Lord Jesus Christ is good. Any change in that direction is doomed to failure.  Now, more than ever, the world needs change, but that change is not a political change; it is not a social change; it is not an economic change: it is a spiritual change.  It is a change of direction beginning at the personal level and then growing through the family level to the associates level which will affect the community and sift up to affect the nation.

The Nation needs change!  The World needs Change!  And it needs change now—change in the right direction!  Change that no man can promise us.  It is a subtle lie to think that change lies within us if we pool our collective talents together.  It is a lie to think that shareing our wealth can bring about the change that we need.  My friends—NO WE CAN’T do it, but THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CAN!  And, any change outside of Him is just man trying to elevate Himself to the point of godhood, when mans record over the annals of time shows that he can do nothing for himself.  Now, more than ever, the world needs change; change in three parts:

First we need physical change.  We need to go back to where we used to be when we were receiving the great blessings of God.  If we stayed with God in the first place, we would have been better off.  The Bible says that we should “…meddle not with them that are given to change:” (Pro 24:21).  If its good and you change it, it can only get better or worse.  These are the only direction change can take.  Where are we now as a nation?  Better off or worse off?  What are some physical things we can do to affect the positive change that we really need?

I believe that we, as a nation, need more Churches.  The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:15 “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”  Churches are folding up at an alarming rate.  More men are quitting the ministry than there are who are getting into it.  Without churches, there is no place for people to go to get instruction and training in the Lord.  Not only that, the church provides a place of fellowship with like minded believers.  Without churches, there is no training up the next generation for the Lord; there is an absence of morality being taught to our posteriety.  There is no use worring about them having money to spend if there is no morality governing their actions.

Churches are the only place that people can go to learn about right and wrong, truth and lies, morality and immorality, hope and disparity, life and death, from the right perspective and without interference from the government and political cronies.  Without churches, our society would quickly fall into anarchy and that’s why the Devil would like to close all churches.

We also need more Bibles.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  We don’t need more different versions of the Bible, we need more access and availability of the Pure word of God—The King James Bible (Psalm 12:6-7).  Even though the text is not copywritten, so-called “Christian Book Stores” have very few King James Bibles available.  They push the NIV or the ASV or any other version except the Bible version that pioneered this country; the one that is promised to be preserved by God; the one that is named after a King with a Jewish name; the only one that boldly proclaims the word: “AUTHORIZED;” the one that clearly proclaims a trinity; the one that preaches the blood sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ; the one that was not translated from Catholic manuscripts; the one that the martyrs died for.  Should I go on?  We need more doctrince being preached from this monarch of Books—the King James Bible.

We need more Displays of the Ten Commandments in our schools and public fascilities.  Deuteronomy 6:9 commands us: “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”  Taking the Ten Commandments out of our schools and public buildings is the beginning of forgetting about God.  It is like putting your head in the sand regarding the presence of God in our society.  It shows the world that this nation is not serious about their thankfulness to God for it’s birth.

The atheist may think they are cool for all of their innovative ways of getting attention, but there is a reckoning coming.  God’s standard does not change.  If you take them out of society, that does not get rid of God; it only deprives the younger generation of the knowledge that you were privileged to have.  Taking a speeding ticket that you received and tearing it up and putting it in the fire does not negate your responsibility for paying the fine.

We need more Witnesses.  Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The more witnesses we have, the easier it is to run the race.  The easier it is to live for the Lord.  When there are few witnesses to how you are living your life, there is little accountability and it is easier to sin.  That is why social networking is so popular; you can say things to people that you would otherwise not say face to face.

We need more witnesses for the Lord.  Society wants us to think that they have the upper hand; they want us to think that we are outnumbered, but the battle is already won.  Our captian has won the victory and has been a burr in their saddle ever since He proved it with His resurrection.  They can’t stand it.  It just makes them so mad they could spit.  We need the saints to realize that there is a great message to proclaim.  Pull out all of the stops.  Go on the offensive.  Put Jesus in every aspect of society.  Call people randomly and tell them about Jesus.  Mail them a letter, hold up a sign, hand out a tract, go door to door, give a word of encouragement.  Tell them the good news.  Excersize our rights as Christians.

We need more dedication to family.  Try as they may, the family unit is not dead.  Those who pervert it would have us to believe that it has changed and no longer exists, but it is thriving.  There are not as many perverts as they would have us to believe.  We need to stick together as families.  That is a father, mother and children.  It is not a father-father or mother-mother.  The definition of family can never change no matter what is done to the dictionary.  Family was established by GOD and that history can never be erased.  That makes them mad.  It makes them so angry they lose their minds.  That is why they are so violent, aggressive and looney.  They don’t think right; they don’t think straight.  They even proclaim themselves to be crooked/perverted every time they call us “straight”.  Well the Bible says to “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt 7:13-14).  Martin Luther King Jr. said that, “the church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.”

As long as we have freedom, we need to take advantage of it.  More Christians need to take advantage of their liberty in Christ.  John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  The Devil would have us believe that being a Child of God means living under the crushing weight of the thumb of God.  Oh, on the contrary, to come to the Lord Jesus Christ is to have freedom like none other.  It is freedom from the claws of the Devil and His crowd and it was purchased for us by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary.  He bought you with a price (1 Cor. 6:20) and then set you free.  You are owned by Him but not enslaved by Him.  You are set free!

Of their free will and volition, Christians happily serve Him out of love and a deep sense of gratitude.  The world cannot understand that.  They are kicking and scratching, lying and deceiving, maneuvering and influencing each other to get higher and higher in society when Christians have already arrived.  They are the happy children of the King—the creator of all things.

We need more application of God’s word.  James 1:25 tells us, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”  Its not enough to just hear God’s word preached; its not enough to read God’s word, it must be put into practice.  God wants us to love the world in spite of all of its wickedness; in spite of all of it’s stupidity; in spite of all of it’s ignorance, we were once there.  Now, we have an education that answers all of the questions of life; answers that the world just does not have.

The first application of God’s word is to get saved.  Then to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  The reason that the world thinks that Christians are supposed to be these “lovey-dovey,” “tip-toe through the tulip” kind of “sickening sweet” Christians is because they have never read the Book.  They are just ignorant and foolish, prejudice and biased.  Apply God’s word.  Tell them how to get saved and then read the Book and live by it.  Love your God in Heaven first and then your neighbor as you love yourself and don’t ever get it out of order.

“We teach what we know;  we reproduce what we are.” Robert Schmidgall.  Romans 8:6 tells us, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

We need more growth in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 3:2-3 says, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisionsa, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”  Spiritual change can only be affected by growing up in the Lord.  There are too many spiritual babies in society today.  They are full of fluff.  They live off of the milk of God’s word while ignoring the meat.  They have not developed or grown and when they are fed meat of God’s word, they choke on it.  They are critical and selfish.  If there is going to be any spiritual change or maybe even revival, we need to have more spiritual soldiers for the Lord.  That can only be done by feeding them a stronger and stronger diet of spiritual food and get away from the milk of God’s word.  What the world needs now is more growth in the Lord.

We need more people saved.  In 1 Timothy 2:4 we read, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”  God wants everybody to be saved.  Saved from a life of eternal separation from Him.  He created man to have fellowship with Him.  It is not just: “Your God” or “My God,”  He is everyone’s God and just because people don’t accept Him, does not change that fact.  If there is going to be any real change in this world, we need more people saved.

There needs to be more exalting of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He said, “And I, if I be lifted up, from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).  The world is bent on lifting itself up.  They lift up their intelligence, beauty, position, health, and anything else they can to make themselves powerful.  But the Lord Jesus Christ has all of the power that there is.  He is already above all people but they just don’t reckon it.  We need national leadership who is not afraid to pray.  Someone with a lilttle guts; a little grit.  Someone with a little experience.  Someone who is not ashamed to reckognize that this country was founded out of a deep commitment for the Lord Jesus Christ and His word.

We need preachers and churches who are not afraid to stand for the principles of God’s word and not keep searching for a Bible what appeases the masses so they can build their spiritual empire.  We need Christians who are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and know that it is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16).  What the world needs now is a healthy exhaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Winston Churchill said, “a fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

What the world needs now is more prayer to God.  We don’t need to get all lined up and bow down in a “line-dancing” specticale.  We need true praying to the true God.  Not “whatever you perceive God to be.”  He is a true God.  A real God.  There should be NO restrictions to who can pray to Him or where they can pray to Him or when they can pray to Him.  He is real and we have access to Him anytime we want if we sincerely seek Him and not the admiration of any man.  If there is to be any real change in the world, we need to be able to pray to God.  Don’t speak to us hypocritically about “open and transparency” or “freedom of speech” while trying to stifle open and free communication with the Creator of the Universe and all things contained therein.  It just doesn’t make sense unless, “open and transparent” or “freedom of speech” means, “I get to say what I want and the rest of you SHUT UP!”

We certainly need more of Christ in the nation!  2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 says, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” 

What the world needs now is not love, it is Jesus.  The world has had it’s chance and it is not going to change.  It needs the Lord Jesus Christ to come back.  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)  There is no change that this world needs other than to go back to living under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If this change is not made, then there is no hope.  ~Pastor Coale

 


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