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Pansy Christians

One of the reason that we have so many pansy Christians is because people neglect the terror of the Lord.  Pansy Christians are those who are too afraid to witness for Him.  They are the cowards who give up at the first sign of difficulty and run for cover.  In a practical sense, they can always be identified as “church shoppers.”  They look for what they want instead of what God wants.  God wants us to remember sin.  He wants us to always have it on our mind because it is the thought of sin that brings us to God in humility; ready to accept His way, and give up the reigns of our life to Him.

 2 Corinthians 5:11 says, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”  It is interesting that Paul said, “knowing.”  What is it that Paul knew.  Well, many things I am sure, but here he is focusing on the TERROR OF THE LORD!  The knowledge of that is what drove Paul to witness for God.  It is that unabated terrifying side of God that caused Paul to get out of his “comfort shell” and be made “manifest” to the world as a real Christian (one who would die for the Lord Jesus Christ).  He was afraid of what God could do, (and would do), when He was addressing man’s sin.  Where are the Christians like that today?  Are they waving their hands back and forth in a “gathering” of tee-totaling” academics?  Are they standing firm?  NO!  They are too busy “feeling” God instead of “knowing” God.  They have conveniently forgot that they will one day have to give account of their Christian life to God (Rom. 14:12).  They are too busy having a “great life” while all the time they are surrounded by people who are dying and going to hell.  That is no laughing matter my friend.  Not at all!

 Acts of compassion should be motivated by the terror of the Lord.  Knowing what He can and will do if we are not obedient to Him.

God’s Choice

All too often I am amazed at the so called “Christian Community” for their lack of understanding God.  In fact, it has been perplexing.  When I think of what God did in my life; how He saved me from the grip of death, cleansed me and set me in a noble place with Him, I feel like I owe Him my life.  I am sure that others feel the same, but their sacrifice to Him seems to be so misguided. 

When it came birthday time or Christmas, a time when I would be receiving gifts, I hoped I would get something I liked.  In fact, I went a little beyond hoping and dropped hints to Mom and Dad in order to give them good ideas.  I always loved it when they asked me, “What do you want for your birthday?” or “What do you want for Christmas?”  Sometimes I got it, and sometimes I didn’t.   But, I can tell you, when I got the thing that I wanted–the thing I asked for–I was happier than when I got something I didn’t ask for.  Now that I am older and can look back on that, I wonder why that is?  I think the answer lies in my present relationship with God.  You see, as a born again child of God, I know that He has asked me for certain things–there are certain things that He would like from me.  When He gets them, He is much happier than when He gets something He didn’t ask for.  God greatest request of me; The thing that is on the top of His list of things He would like, is that I love Him more than anything else and that I love others as I love myself (Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27).

So, how do I accomplish this one request which contains two aspects?  He told me how I could do that.  He told me that I should win souls.  This one activity encompasses loving God (Doing what He told me to do.) and loving others (showing them the way of life).  It is by no accident that I use the phrase “showing them the way of life” because if I used the phrase “preaching the gospel” people might get confused.  The phrase “preaching the gospel” has become so diluted that no one can really interpret it anymore.  This is where my perplexity begins.

The gospel that we are to preach; the gospel that pleases God; the one that is at the top of His “wish list,” is the one that results in another soul being saved.  If you have any merit as a Christian at all, then you know what I am speaking is true.  You know it because you were once unsaved and someone told you how to accept Christ as the atonement for your sins.  You know it!  You might have been saved for so long that you have forgotten it; or, you might have backslid from it, but you know it.  You know it because the Holy Spirit is in you and He is constantly urging you to tell someone about God’s substitute for their sins.  You know it!  You are either ignoring it or you are evading it, but you know it!

Some people think that “preaching the gospel” is:

  • Having a nice social where they all get together and have tea and cookies and bring a guest.
  • Sell Amway or other self-marketing items
  • Help people with their chores (i.e. wash their car; cut their grass; do their shopping; etc….).
  • Joining ecumenical “Christian” activities.
  • Letting their kids go to church while they stay home.
  • Singing in the choir.
  • Talking with the preacher.
  • Reading their Bible.
  • Praying.
  • Supporting para-church groups.
  • Helping others in their churches.
  • Being friendly to people of other churches.
  • Not offending anyone.
  • Living a good life.
  • Supporting the Red Cross.
  • Feeding the poor.

The list is practically endless.  If you think about it, many of these things are really good things to do.  In fact most of them are good things to do.  But, the gospel is not good things–It is good news of a certain kind.  It is the good news that Christ came and died and shed His blood so that you can be free from your punishment if you so choose to accept THAT THING HE DID FOR YOU!

There is another grossly misused phrase amongst the so called “Christian community”.  It is the phrase “accepted Christ” or “accepted Jesus.”  To be saved, a person does not need to accept Christ or Jesus as much as they need to accept what He did for them, and that He alone could do it because HE IS GOD!  To be saved, you must accept what He did, and who He is.  It is a little incomplete to ask someone, “Have you accepted Jesus?”  You must accept who He is, what He did and how He did it.

So, we have an army of so called “Christians” who have taken salvation freely, but after that, they could care less for the rest of the world.  They are saved.  They are living out their Christian life, getting along with others, being good church members, helping the elderly, etc… but they are not giving to God what He asked for.  At the top of His wish list is: souls to be saved.  That is what He wants.  But what He gets is a bunch of “good stuff”, but it is not what He asked for.  Just like I would feel a little rejected by getting clothes, a new lunch pail, shoes, toothpaste, or patches for my old jeans, the Lord God gets from us–GOOD WORKS, and feels a little unloved.

Can you imagine how God would feel if you brought to Him some souls that you worked hard to get saved.  Have you ever opened the gift and said, “WOW!  Just what I asked for!  Thank you so much!”?  Wouldn’t that be great if God could say the same thing over your life?  Or, do we keep giving to Him a bunch of good junk?  He wants us to love Him and love others.  How does Christian involvement in ecumenical groups do that?  Think about it!  You know!  You know what He wants First!  You know because He told you.  If you are not on track with that, then you are either ignoring Him or you don’t care.

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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JUST DO IT!

2011 Family Street Preaching 004I was pleased and overjoyed when God’s people go out on the streets preaching His Word.  I know that this really makes the Devil mad.  He would like nothing better than to discourage the entire church from doing anything for the Lord, AND he knows that the best time to do that is now.

It is so easy to just go to church and receive all of the blessings of God, and not really do anything to get people saved.  It takes a real love for the Lord to transcend from being a “taker” being a “giver” of the blessings of God.  Jesus said, “if  ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).    It takes a love for Jesus to do what He says and the final thing He told us to do before ascending into heaven was, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:”  If we are not actively engaged in trying to get people saved, then we are not following His commandment, and our love for Him should come under evaluation to see if it is appropriate.

I know that it encourages me to see others love the Lord so much so that they are really out there on the front lines doing something for Him.  Likewise, I know that it discourages me to see people doing nothing for the Lord.  I know one may say, “Well, I teach a Sunday school class.  Isn’t that doing something for the Lord?”  True, it is doing something for the Lord, but is it doing what He has commanded all Christians to do?  Is it what He wrote down in His Word?  Another might say, “Well, I have a family so I know that I already have a ministry; my first ministry is to my family and If I don’t take care of them, I am worse than an infidel.  Isn’t that doing something for the Lord?”  True, it is doing something for the Lord and He has made that clear in His Word that we are to take care of our family, but is that doing what he commanded regarding getting people saved?

 I know that it is easy to get distracted with the cares and burdens of life.  There is always something to do; some sickness to deal with; some appointment to keep.  All of these things are necessary, but we must be careful to not get out of balance and one day find out we have replaced them for the endeavor of getting people saved.  Why?  Because people are watching.

Everyone is watching our lives to see how a Christian is supposed to act; what they are supposed to be doing.  Our children are scrutinizing our life and learning by our actions how they are to approach living for the Lord.  For example: are they learning that going to church is something you show up “just on time” for, or even show up late?  Do they see you show up late for work?  For appointments with the world?  This is not to say that such things are not important, but what message are they getting when they compare those things of the world you are involved in with your relationship to God’s things?  Do they see you staying up all night to prepare for work, but “throwing together” something to teach in the House of the Living God?  What message do we think they might get?  Perhaps you are more vocal and straightforward with your attack upon God’s work by gossiping; running down the church or badmouthing the preacher or other Christians with your mouth (James 1:26; 3:5, 6, 8).  You are not doing anything to help God’s cause.  You are intentionally hurting God’s cause and discouraging your brothers and sisters as well.  Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth” (Luke 11:23).  I would certainly not want to find myself in that situation.  If I did, I would repent of that quickly.

It has been said that we cannot see the forest for the trees, likewise we cannot really see what message we are portraying by our actions because we are too close to the situation.  But, others are seeing the situation of our “life message” from a much greater vantage point.  They can “see the forest.”

Doing wrong things certainly preaches a message about how we really feel about something, but there is something more damaging:  that is when we don’t do something right.  Usually people think that: “if I just don’t do anything to hurt the cause, then I will be okay.”  But, this is not true.

Doing something you choose to do can be even more destructive than doing nothing at all, for it may border on the line of hypocritical.  That is to say, people may think that you are doing just fine, when all the time you are still not doing what the Lord commanded.  You certainly don’t look like you are against the Lord, you look like you are doing what God said when all the time you are doing nothing.  The message this preaches is: “How to look like you are doing what you should be doing, but not do it.”  The Christian who is not doing anything to witness or get people saved, is undermining the Lord’s work because of his/her inconsistency.  If they were actively witnessing (passing out tracts, holding signs, coming to visitation, etc), they would be inspiring and teaching others how a New Testament Saint is supposed to be acting.  This is very important, especially in this Laodicean age in which the entire world is void of true gospel witnesses.

Maybe it has been so long since you passed out a tract that you have become frightened.  Most people reason this down to one of the most popular lies of the Devil: “I don’t want to offend anyone.”  How offended do you think they would feel at the Great White Throne Judgment being dragged away by the angels to be thrown into the Lake of fire as you watch on, knowing that you could have at least done something to give them a chance.  I know I would wish you did something for me.  In fact, I am glad that someone did do something for me.

Sometimes the Devil convinces us that we just need to wait for the right moment; the right opportunity.  This is such a damaging lie that it is not even worth contemplating for the Child of God who loves His father.  God said, “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).  Today is the day to tell someone about Jesus.  Now is the time to say something to your friend.

Instead of offending somebody, we should be thinking about offending the Lord.  He certainly would think highly of us if we were at least trying to get someone saved.  Inversely, how do you think He feels about us when we are doing nothing?  How will we really be able to stand before Him one day and give accounting for why we didn’t do what we were supposed to do?  Will it not be a question of love?

I know that most people feel inside that they would like to do something for the Lord.  In fact, they know that they should be witnessing, but they just don’t do it.  It becomes like so many “ruts” we experience in our lives when we get to that stage.  I would like to say I sympathize, but I really cannot, because I don’t want to endorse not doing what we should be doing.  Like giving advice to a smoker who is trying to quit; I don’t really want to tell them “its okay” because I don’t want them to give up trying.

So, while the Devil gets mad and tries to keep us in our “rut,” the only way out is to “JUST DO IT!”  The only way to change this situation is to just begin witnessing.  You can write a letter to a stranger, send them a tract, give a word of testimony outside the church, or hold up a Scripture sign.  There are many ways to “get onboard.”  Best of all is to come to the visitation time on Saturday mornings, even if it is just for a little bit.  You know there is strength in numbers, and if kids can do it, then we can too.  I’ll be there, and for your own spiritual health, I pray you will be there too!

~Pastor