Posts Tagged ‘Leaders’
No, that’s not a typo or a repost. Harold Camping is admitting that he had the details wrong, but he wont admit that he’s totally wrong. He claims that October 21 is the “real” day of destruction. It’s for really real this time people. Maybe.
Camping says that God did come, and he has judged us. Claiming that we have all been judged spiritually and are now awaiting either destruction or deliverance on October 21st. So all his followers believe that it doesn’t matter what they do in the following months, because God has already judged them and the world is going to end anyway.
Do you see anything dangerous here?
If I told you that you could do anything you wanted today and God would still send you to heaven, and that if you get caught doing it you won’t stay in prison very long because the world is going to end tomorrow, what would your flesh recommend you do?
Needless to say, I won’t be sweaty in October. Harold will be, but I won’t. As Leonard Ravenhill put it, “Someday some simple soul will come along, read the Bible and believe it, and put all the so-called learned bible scholars to shame.”
Yet another individual has declared a date in history to be Judgement Day. Doesn’t that make you sick on the inside when you hear about it? Thousands of people are hearing this and associating it with Christianity.
His name is Harold Camping, and he has an entire organization helping him with his endeavor. Family Radio is the organization. Family LIFE Radio is pretty upset about the whole ordeal, as there is bound to be some misunderstandings.
I have searched their website thoroughly for the biblical evidence that they claim to exist. The “gospel truth” as they put it. I was very surprised when they offered none. They don’t even have a single verse that points to a specific date. What evidence do they offer then? I quote:
“Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 is the culmination of five decades of intensive biblical study by Mr. Camping and other bible teachers who have discovered the same biblical data.”
Translation: “Mr. Camping is a smart dude.”
Apparently he has spent enough time in the scriptures that he doesn’t have to tell us what he knows. Because all they are willing to say is “there’s overwhelming evidence” or “Camping couldn’t be wrong” or “He’s right for sure this time“.
In 1994 he predicted the world was going to end and, in case you haven’t noticed, he was wrong that time too.
Enough of human reasoning. I don’t wish to argue about this any more when I could simply drop the bomb. Here is the Doomsday sayers nightmare:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Camping claims to know both the day and the hour. Jesus Christ did not even know the time which He was going to be sent back. ONLY the Father. So here we have 3 options:
- Jesus Christ was wrong
- Mr. Camping is wrong
- Mr Camping is god
Options 1 and 3 aren’t really options, I just put them there to make a point.
Will I be ready on May 21, at 6:00pm? Yes I will. And I will be ready at 7:00pm also, and 8:00pm. In fact, I will be ready the 22nd, the 23rd, and the 24th. I will be ready in 2011, 2012, and 2013. My Lord is coming when we least expect it, and no man will know the hour.
I was greatly convicted by this sermon of Paul Washer’s. It motivated me to change things in my life that are “trifle” and a waste of time.
It has some strong words for men and Christians.
May God bless and challenge,
I don’t know a whole lot about Gov. Robert Bentley. In fact, I just heard about him today. I don’t know what his political and spiritual views are, but this is less about him than it is about how people have responded to his faith.
Almost immediately after his inauguration he made this statement: “Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother,”
Is it a little harsh? Yeah, I guess. But people are missing the point when they accuse him of being biased towards Christians. When two Christians meet they have an immediate friendship and ‘brotherhood’ because their Lord and Savior are the same person.
It’s not that non-Christians have less value or are unimportant. It’s about the family of the church. We may disagree about doctrinal beliefs, but what family can you name that doesn’t have it’s own quarrels?
This statement by Bentley wasn’t a political one. He was reaching out with his faith. If he truly hated the non-Christians, he wouldn’t have said anything about Jesus at all.
Have you noticed how things have reversed lately? Racism, contrary to popular belief, is not dead. In fact, it is thriving. But African Americans are no longer the target. Neither are Hispanics, Asians, or any other race. Whites are.
Something is very wrong when you cannot hire a white guy because you don’t have enough black guys working for you. Something is wrong when the government steps in and gives the majority population a slap on the wrists just for being white.
If you want racism to die, let it die. Don’t remind everybody that there used to be prejudice towards race by letting the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. Forcing whites to compensate for past wrongs is like jumper cables to hate.
Perhaps I am coming across a little too frustrated. My problem isn’t with the people, I guess. After all, I believe I am growing up in a “color blind” generation. What a blessed thing that is.
But why can’t the government slap a “mission accomplished” sticker on all these regulations and leave us be?
A very late and very sorry author,
P.S. My next post won’t be so political. I promise.
During one of Obama’s speeches, He left something very important out.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights:
life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Did you catch it? The declaration of independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Almost, Mr. President. Almost.
He goes on to say “That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes us strong.”
No, Mr. President. What makes us strong is He who you refuse to even speak of.
I haven’t been this angry in a long time.
In 2008 voters came together to decide the fate of same-sex marriage in California. 52.47% of voters wanted it restricted to only one man and one woman. With a lead of about 504,000 votes, it was an obvious decision.
But lately the government doesn’t care about the opinion of its people.
Yesterday, August 4th 2010, federal judge Vaughn R. Walker told the American people that He understands the constitution better than the rest of us. By stamping the ban as “unconstitutional” He essentially gave the millions of voters a pat on the head while saying “Silly people. Law is government.”
We don’t want this. We told them we don’t want this. We are the people the constitution defends, and it is instead being used against us because a judge fails to interpret it beyond His own nearsightedness.
I’m not going to argue about the morality of homosexuality. I already did that. But I want you to realize where morality comes from:
If there is a God, then it comes from Him.
If there is no god, then it is the opinion of the majority.
But there is a God, and He says no. And the opinion of the majority also says no.
It is a proud and arrogant thing for this judge to say otherwise.
Pray for Him. Pray for Him hard.
I was given the privilege of speaking at a Revival in Indiana. The pastor is the man who got my dad interested in the Church of God, Indiana.
The meetings all went great, and the Spirit of God was undeniable. But I walked away with a new perspective on church, and realized just how many traditions I have come to accept without even realizing it. I just wrote a post a little while ago rebuking many traditions in the Catholic church, all the while being a hypocrite.
So here is a list of un-biblical things that our country knowingly or unknowingly accepts in the Church.
#1 – The Building
Is there something wrong with the body of Christ owning a building designated for worship? Nope. This isn’t about wrong or counter-biblical traditions, but simply UN-biblical traditions. Things we have that was never expected, mentioned or needed in the New Testament.
The Church used to be based in the homes of the congregation. Normally changing in location week to week. The Amish have kept this aspect of the early Church going to this day.
I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to go without a gym or fancy equipment that can distract. The idea of a home-based Church is almost attractive to me. But the impact and ministry of these things are phenomenal.
#2 – Pastors
But the Church of the early days did not have a designated leader per congregation. Each had a table of “elders” who would share the burden and take turns speaking and sharing.
Of course, we have a variety of boards and such today in the Church, but I think it is very easy to have too many people in leadership. Any pastor can attest to this, I am sure.
#3 – Multitudes
Jesus had only 12 in his “congregation” if you don’t mind me calling it that. And most of the spiritual meetings in the NT were only a dozen or so. Since then we have grown accustomed to hundreds if not thousands of members in our Churches.
Of course, it is POSSIBLE for those congregations to have peace and love amongst them, but it is no doubt much more difficult. Keeping a close relationship with a thousand other people every week doesn’t sound like a day of rest to me, personally.
#4 – Schedule
Step #1 – Have worship
Step #2 – Have offering
Step #3 – Listen to sermon
Step #4 – Worship more
Step #5 – Leave
Although structure is not a bad thing at all, and it is obvious that our God is a God of order, this wasn’t what the early Church did. They would meet with great enthusiasm as nobody knew what the Holy Spirit would do next.
#5 – Denominations
This is an obvious one.
Although I don’t give a wooden nickle about whether your are Church of God, Methodist, Baptist or any of that, a great many people do. I have heard stories about people “shunning” others simply because their label.
Something my dad often quotes (I don’t know the source) is:
“Labels either fall off on the way to Heaven or burn off on the way to Hell.”
In celebration of The National Day of Prayer, the pentagon invited Evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at an event.
But on Thursday the Army informed the public that he would no longer be allowed to speak at the event, because of a remark that he made 9 years ago.
What kind of remark, do you suppose, could prevent a Godly man from preaching at a prayer event? Especially after all these years?
He said that Islam was evil.
That’s it. That’s all he said. No death threats, no racist comments, no terrorist talk. He called a religion, that flew planes into the twin towers, evil. And that got him kicked out of the pentagon.
We are at WAR with Islam, and we can’t even throw a verbal attack at it. The army is using a LOT more than sticks and stones against them, killing many, and we are told “shh” when we use words.
Col. Tom Collins was the spokesmen who stated “Our message to our service and civilian work force is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths.”
So, in other words, accept them as you blow them up.
If this country were half Muslim and half Christian, there would be instant civil war. And the Christians would not be the ones to start it. And I have proof! At this very moment there are Christians living in foreign countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the ones being persecuted, not the Muslims.
If this country were half Atheist and half Muslim, we would still have war. Anybody who is not Muslim is to be killed in Jihad.
And this is not radical Islam, mind you. This is deeply embedded in their faith. I dare you to peak at the Koran, and you will see what I am talking about.
Oh, how this upsets me. They can’t just be anti-Christian anymore. They have to be hypocritical too. We can’t pray in school but they can kill Americans.
If you don’t believe Islam is evil, read this: http://www.nationpains.com/blog/?p=232
P.S I guess this means I’ll never speak at the Pentagon. Can’t say that I’m upset.
A man is giving us an appraisal right now. Boy he knows politics. Although I do not agree with everything He says (Marijuana for example,) He has a lot to say that I do.
For example: the purpose of the government. I have always said that they should only be responsible for our border, our military, our roads and our law enforcement. not our farming, our health care, our hospitals or anything else like that. So when they start all these programs they need a way to fund it. And here is how they do it:
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
None of these were in existence 100 years ago. I understand that some of them were unnecessary like gasoline taxes. but still, they should go.