What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

In the second pastoral epistle to Timothy, the apostle Paul exhorts Timothy (a young pastor left to oversee the church in Ephesus), to be persistent in preaching the word of God. Be instant in season and out of season, for a time will come when those in the church will not endure sound teaching of God’s word, but will heap to themselves teachers who will tickle their ears. 2 Timothy 4:1-3

Involved in pasturing a church and having observed the operations of the church for some twenty-five years now, I have noticed how the church attendants often take on the spiritual demeanor of the pastor that stands in the pulpit Sunday after Sunday espousing whatever doctrine they propagate.

When the assembly takes in the ‘spiritual food’ fed to them from the pulpit the word takes on a personification, and that spirit akin to the doctrine of what is being preached. In some instances this is very good, especially when the word of God is the spiritual meat and the message is flavored with mercy and grace. Other times the results are not so good, at least in terms of “sound teaching”.

For the longest time I had difficulty understanding this picture. The photograph was taken at the ‘Steak Fry of Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on September 17, 2007 in Indianola, IA, while the National Anthem was being delivered. Time Magazine ran the photo in October 2007 without comment.

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After hearing this week all that is come out with regard to the ‘message’ that has been preached by Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor of some twenty years, I am inclined to believe that the following truth not only applies to the spiritual realm but also to the political/secular. As Christ exhorted His disciples, “be careful what you hear and how you hear it“….

Senator Obama made the statement that he no longer wears a flag lapel pin.

The Illinois senator said “he stopped wearing the pin shortly after the attacks and instead hoped to show his patriotism by explaining his ideas to citizens“.Makes one wonder what affects Sunday after Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ and sitting under the tutelage of Reverend Jeremiah Wright has had on Senator Obama?

When the preacher diverts from the sound teaching of God’s word, there is no telling what spirit will be conjured up.

There are those in the church (and the world) today that seem to believe whatever anyone tells them, even a preacher. The church at Corinth was warned of a different gospel, a different Jesus and to guard against another spirit. Sounds like good advice for both the church and America.

malachi

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We see things not as they are, but as we are.

Gov. Elliot Spitzer

Gov. Eliot Spitzer

I guess by now most everyone has heard the news on Gov. Spitzer in New York. It appears that when he was New York State Attorney General that he set his heart to clean up all the graft and corruption that had plagued the state of New York… nothing wrong with that until we see that things are not as one expected, at least looking at it from the perspective of the Governor.

Reminds me of a story that happened in the Bible.  King David was reigning over Israel and the scripture testifies that David was a mighty man and a man after God’s own heart. But sin was found in that same heart. He saw and desired a woman, the woman was the wife of another man, Uriah the Hittite. King David sent unto Bathsheba that he might sleep with her and from that point in the story, it goes down hill from here. The story ends up with Bathsheba pregnant and in order to cover his wicked deed, David ends up having Uriah set at the front in the heat of the battle where he is killed. He then takes Bathsheba to wife. So God sends the prophet Nathan the prophet of God to uncover David’s sin and bring the sin to light.

Consider Nathan’s meeting with King David taken from the scripture-

“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”  2 Samuel 12:1-6

Now none of us would have any trouble seeing the fault of this rich man in taking this poor man’s one little ewe lamb… the only one that he had, and a pet at that. David had no trouble with seeing the fault of this rich man’s selfish error yet he could not discern the error of his own way in desiring and taking Bathsheba and having her husband set for the destruction.

I have found this to be true in all of our society and this appears to be what we see in the case of Governor Elliot Spitzer of New York, he has no trouble seeing the error and corruption of others but has no trouble overlooking the error of his own way. We see things not as they are, but the way we are.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it?

malachi

The Ultimate Rebellion of a Society Against God

The ultimate rebellion of a society against God is killing babies made in the likeness of His image.

The occasion was the sixth day of Creation Week, after God had prepared the earth as a habitation, and after He had created the fish, the birds, and the other animals. These were all created by divine fiat, which means that God commanded (or willed) each event to happen and it was done. In the case of the creation of man, there is a difference. The inspired record reads: ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them’ (Genesis 1:26-27).

Please consider reading the article ’Made in the Image of God’ posted in Answers In Genesis written by Russell M. Grigg

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v16/i4/image.asp?vPrint=1

The American Holocaust

More than 48 million babies have been murdered since 1973. Sadly by the agreement of our society.  

Abraham Lincoln in the 19th Century said:
“No one has the right to do what is wrong.” …… even if it is your own body.

malachi