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The Next Archaeological Discovery

There has been an interesting find in Israel. Please be advised that Israel Finkelstein is more of a Minimalist and his dating will be skewed. Given the state of modern journalism, the headline writer must have gone a bit insane. No archaeologist would be stunned by this discovery.

Discovery of 3,600-Y-O Burial Chamber in Biblical Book of Revelation City ‘Stuns’ Archaeologists

Also the headline is not even close to being correct. It should read burial chamber found in a city mentioned in the biblical book of Revelation But that is a point for another day. Here are some details

Archaeologists now say they have discovered a tomb there from the 15th century B.C., when Megiddo was besieged for seven months by the forces of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III, eventually surrendering. Thutmose III then moved to incorporate Canaan as a province in his empire.

Israel Finkelstein and Mario Martin of Tel Aviv University and Matthew Adams of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeology, who have been conducting excavations in Megiddo since 1994, first found a subterranean corridor near the Bronze Age palaces in the area leading to a burial chamber back in 2016.

The chamber contained the remains of three people, a man, a woman, and a child, who were adorned with elaborate gold and silver jewelry. The man had been crowned with a gold diadem, which suggested a high level of skill and artistry.


What is Missing in Education

We are not going to play favorites here as both the Christian school system and the secular one make the same mistakes. Some schools, teachers and officials are good in both systems but sadly, those are overshadowed by others who do not perform as they should. Too often, schools in both systems tend to favor teaching ideology instead of educating the students correctly. This is so in spite of the warning given in the book of James.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. (NASB 3:1)

We know this as we have seen education first hand and have tracked the misdeeds of teachers, administration staff and education officials for several years. These people, even in Korea, treat students as objects not worthy of the best information possible or teaching as just another job. It is no longer a profession worthy of their best behavior, best effort, or having any character or integrity. It is now a means to an end, hopefully by padding their bank account and pension fund.

Teaching has lots a lot in recent years and there is enough blame to go around. No one group is solely to blame as all have contributed to the demise of education– even in Christian circles.Sadly, we saw this in our own undergraduate alma mater as well.Then when you see stories like the following article:

Teacher Accused of Feeding Puppy to Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

{and the title is enough of an example}

You know that something has been lost in teaching. It doesn’t matter the level because all levels have been infected with the same disease. In the book, Hitler Furies, a study on the female Nazis of that era, it was stated that Hitler introduced dumbing down into the German education system. It is much harder to manipulate and control educated people. The most successful educational program in the west since the 1980s has been the strategy to dumb down the students.

We have seen this first hand as well. But it was not limited to just the students who got a lack of an education. The teachers were dumbed down as well. We saw that over the years in Korea as teacher after teacher heading towards that country were not smart, lacked education and some could barely string a sentence together. There is something missing from education. Probably several elements are no longer in the profession. But again, that is not true in all cases.

As we thought about that article linked above, it was brought to our attention what God wanted done with his people. But many believers will probably miss their importance because the instructions are found in the Old Testament not the New. Non-believers won’t normally know these passages unless they read their spare time. But then even if they do, will they believe God’s word pertaining to how their profession should be handled? It is highly doubtful.

But the book of Deut. is filled with verses providing God’s instructions on what should be taught in his people’s schools. Here are some of those verses:

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you (NASB 4:1-2)

See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ (NASB 4:5-6)

10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to [b]fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’(NASB 4: 10)

 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. (NASB 6:1-2)

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (NASB 6:6-7)

And on these verses go.

God has said very clearly what he wanted taught to his people and their children. These instructions have not been voided by the New Testament.

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, (NASB 1 Tim. 1:3)

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you (NASB 1 Tim. 4:16)

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (NASB Tit. 1:9)

The firs set of verses has what is missing from teaching that takes place today in both the secular and Christian school systems.

so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God,

The fear or respect of God is what is lacking. No one that we know of, is doing this today. God is not feared and his ways are not taught. While the secular world and some Christians run around looking for human answers to school shootings, we have that answer here from God himself. The fear of God would stop many shooters from committing their evil schemes. Plus, if they were taught the ways of God then they would know that taking a life is wrong and should not be done.

When you make God’s rules appear as human origin rules, then it is easy for people to forget about God and ignore these human based rules. If people are not taught God’s ways, instructions and commands, how will they learn how to live properly? Ho will they treat their fellow human correctly if they do not know the better way to live?

These lessons start in the home where the parents teach it to their children and their grandchildren. Eventually, those lessons will reach politics, science, education and so on. God’s OT instructions and commands are not just for an Old Testament group of people who lived 4000 years ago. We bring the fear of God back to the lives of families, education and so on then we bring back the other missing elements in education.

You may ask what are we doing about this instead of just posting the thoughts God wants us to share on the internet? We have lived these principles in Korea as we taught. We had problems, criticism, attacks, but in the end, because we obeyed God and taught the way he wanted us to teach, we were rewarded as well. Maybe someday we will post some pictures recording those rewards.

We have been preaching in the Philippines using God ways. Now we have been asked to be the preacher of one church full-time as well as start a new Bible College. We opted for the latter. We are working on setting up a new Bible college that will have God’s instructions as the guiding force behind our teaching. Do not worry we do not plan on asking for money. We will need books though, lots of them. We will make that request when the time is right. Eventually we will be looking for teachers but that is a ways down the road. We will need prayer as well.

But we do what we can to practice what we are teaching in these web pages. This means we may not have time to post here but that remains to be seen. Christians need to take action and it is not done by teaching interpretation or ideology. It is done by following the Holy Spirit to the truth. Then accepting that truth and teaching it to others.

If you want a better education system, then it begins with the fear of God.


We Read The Headlines

But it is impossible for us at this time to address every pertinent issue that the church faces. In this article, we hope to address 3 issues that do or will affect the Church in general.

#1. Believers & Unbelievers

This article warrants being included here because it deals with an important Christian issue. Believers have been warned by God in the Bible not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly and changing views about creation to the secular ideas is walking in the counsel of the ungodly. It does not matter what secular position a person holds or the amount of their education they have or the number of experiments they have conducted.

What matters is if their thinking lines up with God or not. If they say that God is wrong and that what he wrote in the Bible is in error, then those people are not to be followed and their views are not to be accepted. Both Mr. Hawking and Mr. Ross hold alternative views to God and the Bible and while the latter claims to be a Christian, his views cast doubt on that claim.

People like Mr. Ross embrace John 3:16 because it gives them a feeling of acceptance, salvation and an escape from hell. But they do not like Genesis 1 because it contradicts what secular science is saying about our origins.While they try to shoe horn God into the secular scientific models on our origins,they are merely exposing their unbelief.

Why would men and women like Mr. Ross want to believe in John 3:16 since it was written by the same God who they claim made errors in Genesis 1 or did not tell us the truth about his creative act?

This is the issue for the Church. How can they bring people to Christ if they say that the same God they want unbelievers to embrace does not tell the truth? How can anyone have confidence in John 3:16 if Genesis 1 is faulty? How can anyone trust that God?

The church has failed its people, they have failed unbelievers, and they have failed God when they send this type of message to the world. It is no wonder so many false religions and faulty denominations exist and it is no wonder that many supposedly Christian denominations embrace evil. They have been taught that the God of the Bible is wrong.

They have seen that the very people claiming to believe God and his word, do not believe God and his word. Who wants to join a church that does not believe their God? They create their own religions to find that perfect God who loves and accepts them as well as tell the truth about himself.

The church is not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly because the ungodly are the ones who are blind, deceived, lost and in need of a savior. The church is none of those things if they follow God correctly. The church is the light to the world not the other way around. The church cannot be the light if they do not believe God.

#2. Billy Graham

There are numerous stories published about Mr. Graham and while we have not always agreed with his point of view, we are grateful that he was the man he was. But we have concerns about what is happening since his passing. One article talks about his legacy. Another talks about how some misguded Christians are trying to get a holiday named after him.

Both articles show some misguided thinking. While Mr. Graham was a man of God, he was not his creation. He was a man-made by God and that is where our focus should lie. We disagree with the idea that a national holiday should be named after him because that distracts people from Jesus and places their attention on a human who served God faithfully.

We already have 2 national holidays in honor of Christ, Christmas and Easter. A third honoring God’s servant would not help. This brings us to Mr. Graham’s legacy. There are biblical scholars and others who are debating this topic right now. But to us his legacy is clear. Mr. Graham was an evangelist who humbly obeyed God.

That brings the focus back to where it belongs. On the God behind the man. Without God Mr. Graham would not have achieved what he did. While we are grateful that Mr. Graham lived his life the way he did, we cannot take our eyes off of God and place it on a human being. When we do that we sink in the faith and fail to see who God is and what he can do through us.

It also creates an unrealistic standard that is impossibe for most humans to meet. We remember back to our undergrad days where there were some students who did not meet the accepted vision of what constitutes a full time Christian worker. They were ultimately denied licensing wwith the denomination because they did not meet what the authorities of the denomination thought should be the public face of the Church.It was a sad situation, one that does not seem to have been rectified.

Part of Mr. Graham’s legacy shows us that God will use those whom religious leaders reject. Remember that Mr. Graham was rejected by Bob Jones Sr. His legacy tells us to look on people as God sees them and instead of applying our own ideas and standards, we see what we can do to help those humanly rejected candidates achieve what God wants them to do.

Obedience to God is important and Mr. Graham has shown what takes place when a man humbly obeys God. If Mr. Graham can do it, then so can most other believers. Jesus’ statement that we would do greater works than he, was limited to only those each denomination finds acceptable.

On another note but related, is the topic of this article

We are sure the man is worthy of the honor but we are not happy that the Church has copied the secular world and created a hall of fame.If the church wants to make an impact for Chrst, it should stop copying the secular world and live as Christ instructed.

As this article shows

men of God make mistakes. That is why we are to focus on the God behind the man.

#3. Artificial Intelligence {AI}

We are sure that you have heard aboout or read the numerous articles on this new technology. What is developing is a wide application for these new robots. From flipping burgers to driverless cars and trucks.

We do not like driverless vehicles and think that is one area of life that should be off-limits to AI. We may be a little biased as we love to drive. We also do not like robots cooks and we have written about how science and scientists have never been accused of being good cooks. We will avoid restaurants that rely on science to prepare their foods.

But one really important issue has begun to emerge in the AI discussion. That is how AI relates to the church.

This bishop has proposed his 10 commandments to govern AI development, application and use. But he is a bit idealistic. While it may be nice to have robots do what the church wants, the church must remember that AI has no soul, it has no life and it is created by fallible, deceived, sinful, non-perfect people. It does not understand morality, right and wrong or good and evil. It is a slave to its programming. AI cannot make moral decisions.

If you click enough links at CP you will find another article stating that Dan Brown claims that AI will replace God? How can that be? AI is a human creation, it is not eternal, perfect, holy nor does it offer a plan of salvation. It also does not heal the sick, help the poor, feed the hungry and so on. It does what its masters tell it to do. That creation cannot replace God, even though there is a former Google executive who is trying to register an AI church.

This, then, brings up the question about AI developing life and taking over the world. It is a scenario offered by many top scientists and billionaires. The answer to that paranoia is that AI cannot develop life nor turn itself into life. God did not give the power to create life to humans. That remains in his domain only. Inanimate objects also do not have the power to make itself into a life form.

Anyone who thinks it can is being deceived or misguided. The creation of life is not in the hands of unbelieving scientists. Should Christians jump on the AI bandwagon? No. Robots cannot replace humans in what God wants humans to do. Robots are programmed machines not independently thinking human beings. If anything Christians should be looking for the truth in this issue and seek to influence AI development so that the evil people of this world do not use AI to further their nefarious schemes.

This is the last thing we are prepared to say on this issue at this time. AI makes it easier for one person or a minority of people to rule the world. It is not AI that you have to be afraid of. It is the sinful people behind AI that you should be concerned about. They are ruled by evil not God and that relationship only means trouble for God’s creation.


The Pastor and the Departing Member

This is an interesting article

We agree with some of the points and we disagree with some of the points. Having been a pastor and having been asked to be one again we will offer what we believe God wants us to say on this issue.

#1. Mark Altrogge, a non-vocational pastor who has served Saving Grace Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania, for three decades, shared in a post on The Blazing Center Tuesday that one of his worst failures years ago was when he tried to convince a construction worker to take a job at McDonald’s and stay at his church, rather than move his family to Houston where there were better job opportunities.

We all make mistakes but that goes without saying. One of the keys to being a successful minister is remembering one thing. God does not mark success by the number of people in the pew or how many members a church has. God got David in trouble for conducting a census but he rewarded Peter, Paul and the other disciples for their obedience.

When people obey God correctly, they are a successful minister, missionary or church leader. There is a story we hope you will allow us to tell. One day, we were getting ready to go to work. This was years ago in Korea. Outside of the bathroom window a family of birds made their nest. As we walked down the steps to go to the car, we found one of the baby birds lying on the cement walkway.

One of our weaknesses is that we are not veterinarians, we know little about how to care for baby birds and there was no one around to help. We did what we could. Gave it a little water, a little shade as the sun was rising and went on our way. We hoped that the parents would rescue their offspring. When we returned home that night , the little baby bird was dead. As we looked at the little body God gave us the thought- you cannot save everyone.

That lesson helped our ministry and teaching but it can be applied here to the issue of losing a church member. You cannot keep everyone in your church because God may need them somewhere else.

#2. On top of his list was asking to meet with and listen to people who say they are leaving because they have been offended.

The word offended is a vulnerable word. It is vulnerable in that it can be abused and misused. We know this because we experienced it while attending our undergraduate school many years ago. During that debacle, it  got to the point where no one could make a move because ‘they were offended’ by what you did. The term ‘offended’ then was used by some students to manipulate and control their fellow students.

A classmate finally did a word study on the term and his conclusion was that the term, as used in the Bible, meant that if a person was offended, they were brought to the point of losing their faith. It was not meant to be used to say that you did not like what other people were doing and those offending students were supposed to alter their behavior.

If someone is leaving because they were ‘offended’ make sure they are at the point of losing their faith and not using the term to force their views on everyone else.You cannot please everyone in the church. There will always be someone who will not agree with whatever is being done in the church. The key here is that the only person in the church who needs to be pleased is God. BUT you need to make sure you are walking with God and actually doing what he wants.

#3. Altrogge said pastors need to “listen, really listen.”

Yes they should listen but they also must properly investigate. The pastor should not take anyone’s word for the issue.  Of course we are not talking the members leaving. They are free to leave the church any time they want. Church members are not prisoners. What needs to be investigated are any issues they bring up as reasons for their departure (other than employment etc.)

#4. he said they should “ask what you could have done differently.”

This is a depends problem and we do not totally agree with it. If the pastor is correctly obeying God, then this question should not be asked. If he isn’t doing what God wants, then the HS should be talking to him about the problem. The church is not run by the sheep. Sometimes God will use them to bring up non-biblical issues but for the most part, these issues are subjective and of a personal influence.

#5. he suggested that church leaders “reach out to those who leave your church

This depends on the reason why the people are leaving the church. If it is for legitimate, non-spiritual reasons, a simple conversation will handle it all. The pastor who made the list does bring up a very good point. Church leaders should be grateful for the contributions made by their congregation.

One person recently shared with me, ‘Yeah, nobody called me. Nobody reached out to me. Nobody thanked me for 30 years of participation, serving in children’s ministry, etc. I wasn’t looking for that, but it was just like … I was gone.’

#6. Another vital point is to affirm people’s new church, he said.

We do not like the term affirm here. We would use the term encourage them as they go to a new church home. If you know the church is true, good and so on, give them encouragement and some helpful hints

#7. he said pastors need to tell people that they love them and are always welcome back.

You can always leave the door open telling the member that they are always welcome if they decide to come back.The church is not in the business of shunning people simply because they decided to go to another Christian church. There is only one Christian church and travel between them should be free, welcomed, and not a problem. For most changes, it is not a reflection on the job the pastor is doing. Sometimes God wants to move people for his own purpose.

A pastor should not take it personally when God does move one of the church members. Pastors should not get in the way of God’s plans and hinder them.

#8. Altrogge advises pastors that the goal is reconciliation.

All we are going to say here is that this is a depends situation. If the pastor has sinned, then yes this should take place.

Some Final Thoughts

One thing about dealing with the departure is for pastors, missionaries and church leaders to remember another key point. The church member does not belong to the Pastor. They belong to God and God gets to do with the church member as he sees fit. The Pastor is merely the steward of his section of God’s people. He takes his orders from God and ministers to them as he is directed.

The Pastor has to be like a parent at times. When it is time for the church member to move on,they need to let go  and let God take care of them. of course, this does not mean that the Pastor cannot investigate the reason for the departure, offer spiritual counsel or encouragement and so on. It means he recognizes that God is who the church member serves and not him.He is only granted temporary authority over God’s people.

The pastor should be doing all he can to make sure that when the church members leave, they leave spiritually stronger than when they came in.




Hugs and Love

There tends to be some confusion in the Christian world when a belileverhugs another believer and says they love him. Too often, the latter misinterprets that action. One example comes in the following article

Controversial televangelist Jim Bakker has said that the late Rev. Billy Graham once visited him in prison in some of the lowest moments of his life, where he hugged him and told him that he loves him.

This should be done more often. The easy thing to do is pile on with the majority and add to the woes of those who have lost it all or struggle in their Christian life. We are not going to say whether or not Mr. Bakker is a Christian or not, that is not our call nor the goal of this article. He is merely being used as an example here. It is easy to misunderstand the actions of someone following Mr. Graham’s example of loving people.

The first thing we need to point out is that Mr. Graham has given us an earthly example of how God loves us. No matter what Mr. Bakker did, where he is residing or what job he is doing, or even if he lost his family, God still loves Mr. Bakker. That is a given. The second thing is, we should all follow that example but it is not always easy to do so.

But, with that said, we should point out what that act of love is not doing. This is where some misunderstanding or misinterpretation comes in. Loving someone like Mr. Graham did does come with restrictions.  First, that act of displaying God’s love, does not accept sin. There is no acceptance of the sin(s) that Mr. Bakker committed. The latter would have to go through the repentance/forgiveness process to become clear from his wrongdoing.

Second, the act of loving someone as God does, does not legitimize the actions of the person being loved. By this we mean that sinful behavior is not suddenly made holy.Third, this act of love does not validate any misguided or wrong beliefs held by the one being loved. They are not being told that any erroneous beliefs they may hold to are acceptable and do not need changing.

Loving someone in this manner, as demonstrated by Mr. Graham, only states that the person is loved. It does not mean that the person receiving the love is living according to what God has said or wants. It does not mean that the person receiving the love does not need to re-examine their beliefs, behavior, or whatever. It also does not mean one gets to ignore God’s rules.

Jesus was described as the friend of sinners but in that friendship, Jesus did not compromise the words of his father, his message, his church. Nor did he alter the plan of salvation and let sinners enter his kingdom with sins still in their lives. While he let Judas remain in his group of disciples, he did not approve of Judas’ sins. Loving another person is possible without loving the sins they commit. It is also possible to love them without legitimizing or validating their sinful lives.

Love another person does not alter or remove any of God’s instructions, rules or commands. You will notice that by Mr Graham’s actions, he did not become like Mr. Bakker. He did not change his beliefs or joined Mr. Bakker in his sinful actions. Mr. Graham stayed on God’s side. There are many people who, because of a loved one’s decision to be a part of sin, have altered their own beliefs and joined in with their sinful child or other family members.

Jesus said, he who loves their family more than him are not worthy of him. Loving family more than God is seen in this example. You can love your family member but you cannot leave God and his ways if you want to be worthy of Jesus. It is a difficult choice, but it must be made. You need to love God above your own relatives.

Now we should state that all people hugged and told that they are loved are not all commtting sin, believing false theology, or disobeying God. The righteous need love and hugs as well. Then it should be said that love is not mindless nor gives blind support. It points out, at the right time, where another person is in error or making mistakes. Love does not provide personal, subjective opinion, but God’s clear objective guidance.

It is not too difficult to misundertand or misinterpret a hug or love from another believer. It is up to us to be honest with ourselves and make our own calling and election sure. But again, that does not mean we get to create our own beliefs, our own vision of God or Christianty. It means that we make sure we are truly following God and his ways.

We do not reinvent Christianity but humble ourselves to follow it correctly.


Our Thoughts & Prayers

This seems to be the new fad in the church. Whenever a tragedy strikes or something bad happens, people say ‘you are in our thoughts and prayers’. Maybe they say this because they are not sure what they can do in those troubling times. In the case of a school shooting, law enforcement handles the problem and there is little to do except to pick the pieces. In the latter there are still people who do not know what to do or they leave it up to the local people to handle the mess.

There is nothing wrong with praying for those who are hurting. We need to pray so that people can be consoled. We need to pray so that emotion does not pervert justice. We need to pray so that we can have God guiding us in what to do next. It is here where the problem begins. Some people think they need a special ‘call’ from God to get involved in tragedies and for some God will specifically direct certain people to take specific actions.

But that direction does not mean that other believers simply sit on the sidelines and do nothing. God has told us what to do in the Bible and it begins with ‘do unto others…’ We need to think about how we would like to be treated in such cases and then act accordingly. Another message from God tells us that if we do kindness, etc., to the least of these we have done it unto him. The Bible is full of direction for believers to follow for all situations, including school shootings.

We do not make specific suggestions here because that is usually between God and the person. One act of kindness is not greater than another. If someone sends food they have done it unto Jesus just like the person who sends a large sum of money. Or a person can see how a large group of people are diverting funds to meet a need created by a tragedy and give their money to those causes that are losing revenue because of that diversion.

There is a variety of ways for believers to participate in tragedies. That participation does not need to wait for another school shooting. There is a lot of opportunity to add action to your prayers and thoughts in your own locations. There are old folks to be visited; orphans to help; prisoners to visit; families to work with and so much more. We would love to see youth pastors stop entertaining the youth of the church and get them involved in actual Christian ministry.

The youth of the church needs purpose; they need to see Jesus in action; they need to grow up in the faith by learning to handle failure, disappointment, as well as victory. What they and the church in general need is to go beyond prayers and thoughts. The people in trouble, alone, hurting need the church to take action. The world needs to see that God cares about them. That can only be done if the church does what God wants and gets involved properly with people.

Yes, problems will arise, but we do not get answers to those problems until they arise. We do not learn how to handle problems unless we experience them and then learn from our mistakes.protecting people from problems does not allow them to grow and learn how to handle problems. Nor does it allow people to learn how to hear and follow God correctly. Keeping believers in an ‘innocent’ bubble means stunting their growth and keeping them vulnerable. It does not make them warriors for God.

While not everyone can respond to a school shooting and its aftermath, there are areas they can go beyond thoughts and prayers. They just need to look for them. Where you get involved will depend on your resources as well. No one is being asked to rob their family of food, rent, and so on. True faith does not tempt God.

If the church wants to make an impact for God, they need to sow the seeds of the gospel in different ways. Evangelists only reap  from what has been sown and watered. If you look at a farmer’s harvest, it is the result of many hours of hard physical work and contribution. The crops are given physical seeds, physical food and water, physical weeding and so on.

The harvest is not miraculously sown and watered. It takes physical needs being met. The same for the Gospel. The gospel needs people to go beyond their thoughts and prayers and meet physical needs without ulterior motives. They church needs love for their enemies and see the need then rise up to meet those needs.


The High Moral Ground?

We have read the following article a couple of times

We are not sure if Ms. Jerushah Armfield is capitalizing on her heritage or Mr. Graham’s death. This article is the second on the same basic topic. We quote;

Jerushah Armfield, a granddaughter of Billy Graham’s, who died last week, has accused evangelicals of making God in their own “ivory image,” and losing the moral and spiritual authority in the United States.

About the only person who can claim the high moral ground is Jesus. He is also the only person who can say has lost their moral and spiritual authority. To us, it is amazing to see humans attempt to speak for God or take his place as head of the church. In Ms. Armfield’s case we look at her own spiritual and moral stance to see if she actually has any authority to make such statements.

We are not judging her in any way as we look at a few more quotes from that article. We are looking to see if God is on her side and if she truly has a message for the evangelical church in general.

They see that all you’re really interested in doing is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it,” Armfield, who has criticized evangelicals on a number of occasions in the past…

Specifics please. Just exactly what are evangelicals doing that make their faith a faith that creates God after their own image? Jesus gave specifics why can’t the religious critics of evangelicals do the same? So far, from what we read, her complaint is that evangelicals disagree with her or she with them. That is not enough to make such claims against evangelicals.

We should state that evangelicals are not innocent but they are not the focus of this article.

“You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation. You’ve lost the plot,” she added.

Life is not a game; it is not a movie nor a television show. It is not a theatrical play or a novel. So where this ‘lost the plot’comes from is beyond us.Life is about eternity and that is more than a plot. BUT what is her moral and spiritul position? How is it better or superior than the evangelicals? In the next quote we get a glimpse as to her moral and spiritual stance.

Armfield’s statement echoes an article about evangelicals that she linked to by Pavlovitz — who advocates for same-sex marriage, transgender issues and is opposed to state bathroom bills barring men who identify as female from entering women’s bathrooms — on his website in January.

If this quote tells us her actual position, then she does not have the moral position to say anything about evangelicals or those who oppose sin.We are not going to go indepth here as you all know those things are sin and wrong. People who have moral and spiritual authority do not go against God and declare sin good, etc.

In it, Pavlovitz challenges believers for supporting President Donald Trump despite the many accusations of moral failings surrounding him, such as adultery.

Pavlovitz argues that the reason people have had it with white evangelicals is because of their “hypocrisy, inconsistency, incredibly selective mercy,” and “thinly veiled supremacy.”

“For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black president; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity,” the pastor and author said, referring to former President Barack Obama.

The last we looked, adultery was not a criteria barring anyone from holding public office, including the Presidency. We know this because of people like JFK and Bill Clinton. It does strike us as hypocritical that people will allow certain sinful behavior in politicians they like while not allowing for those they do not like. But what really bothers us here is that Ms. Armfield seems to think that sin is limited.

No one demonized Obama because he was a good father and a faithful husband. He should be respected for that. As her uncle said in the article, Obama was ‘demonized’ because he supported sin and called it good. He went against God and no matter how good a father or husband you are, that is sin and still wrong. Being an exemplary male does not wipe away other sins committed by the same person.

They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character — all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him,” he argued.

These things can be done because as they say, actions speak louder than words. Obama may claim to have faith but his actions deny and contradict that claim.The Bible does not talk about rights. It talks about right and wrong and how the latter must be excised from the believer’s life. Of course, the Bible must be used correctly when rebuking someone. We know that not every evangelical responded to Obama correctly.

Pavlovitz’s post condemned evangelicals for embracing Trump despite him being “so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth — that the mind boggles.”

Yet Mrs. Clinton, the alternative, was so much better and will be declared a saint in the next few months. Mrs. Clinton was a proven liar, (among other things), and guess what, liars go to hell not just adulterers. Read Revelation 21:8. Some may say that Mrs. Clinton can repent from lying and change. Yes she could but then so can Mr. Trump repent from his adulterous ways and change. Neither sin is the unforgiveable sin.

It seems that those attacking evangelicals for lacking moral standing are the ones actually lacking moral standing as they condemn one man for sins committed while exhonerating other men and women they like. If one is going to have moral standing and authority then they must make sure there are no skeletons in their closets that undermine their accusations against others.

People who do not side with God on sinful issues and choose rights over right and wrong have no spiritual or moral authority to attack anyone else. Nathan the prophet could say to King David, “thou art the man.” because he had real spiritual and moral authority. He was also sent by God to bring David to his knees. We do not see this evident in either Ms. Armfield or that pastor she links to.

In looking at her moral and spiritual stance we do not see God behind their accusations. We do not care whose granddaughter she is. If she doesn’t agree with God then she does not have God sending her. Her, and that pastor friend of hers, are not being used by God to bring the church back to his way. We find them as guilty as those they accuse.

Removing the beams from a person’s eyes applies to those who disagree with Trump and evangelicals. If you want moral and spiritual authority, then you need to have your moral and spiritual lives in order and walk with God. You give up sin, you stop supporting sin and evil, stop worrying about rights and champion right and wrong. Pointing fingers at others who are no better/worse than yourself is not walking with God.


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