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Disunity in American Christianity

Woke you up with this picture didn’t I? I can assure you I do not wear this hat or own one. I only have it shown here to grab your attention and get either your heart beating faster or get your blood pressure up. If that is the case, you definitely need to read this article and see where I am going with it.

This article is not an endorsement for any political group or candidate in any way, shape, or form. This article is simply a reality check. What the shame of the matter is that this hat has driven people to violence, even so-called Christians have been driven to rage. I am simply an American who cares for his country and at the same time is a committed Christian who loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all of his heart.

Many Americans forget that the President is also Commander-in-Chief of the US Military. Political correctness is not as prevalent in the military as it is in civilian life considering the fact that defending the United States by killing and destroying the enemy, if necessary, is what its purpose is. I was called maggot, worm, and lowlife as part of the breakdown and rebuild process when I became a US Marine. As another note, when you drain a swamp, you can’t help but stir up the stench. These are not excuses for bad behavior; only realities of the fallen world we live in. A President and Commander-in-Chief is not under the auspices of the church, regardless of his religious affiliation. Not only is the Constitution clear on that, but the Bible is also clear on that:

It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside.” (1 Corinthians 5:12‭-‬13a NLT)

We are getting ready to enter the new year 2020. It is also a presidential election year. My heart is heavy when I see what is going on with the disunity I see in American Christianity. And not just in Christianity, but in America as a whole. The main thrust of that disunity is our opinions about the President of the United States. Disrepect for our President has become the norm for many Christians. Finger pointing is everywhere and lines are being drawn in the sand. Hate is raging between one Christian and another because of where one stands politically. My main purpose is not to take a political view. My purpose is to go to Scripture and see what God has to say and hopefully make us come to our senses. I want to go step-by-step. First, to look at the ultimate authority of God’s Word. Second, the fact that God demands Christian unity. Third, Scripture forbids disrespect of human authority. Forth, how God even uses ungodly rulers and nations as His divine instruments.

Let’s start off by seeing what the Bible has to say about the ultimate authority of the Scriptures it contains:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NLT)

Now let’s move on and see that Christian unity and the preaching of the Gospel are of the utmost importance. Political beliefs are moot:

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” (John 17:20‭-‬22 ESV)

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV)

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. (Philippians 1:27 NKJV)

There is no reason or example given in the New Testament to ever disrespect human authority. It wasn’t disrespected by Jesus. It wasn’t disrespected by Paul. It wasn’t disrespected by any of the Apostles. Keep in mind that Jesus, Peter, and Paul were all respectful to the rulers that executed them:

All bondservants should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching. If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those bondservants should work all the harder because their efforts are helping other believers who are well loved. Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. (1 Timothy 6:1‭-‬5a NLT)

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority. (Romans 13:1‭-‬7 NLT)

Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. (Titus 3:1‭-‬2 NLT)

For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. (1 Peter 2:13‭-‬17 NLT)

The ONLY reasons to disobey human authority were if the Gospel was suppressed or for sin against the moral law:

Then they brought the apostles before the high council, where the high priest confronted them. “We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!” he said. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!” But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. (Acts 5:27‭-‬30 NLT)

Now I want to take you to the story of Jehu, who was anointed by the prophet Elisha to be king of Israel. He was not a godly man in any sense of the word, but because he was a driven man, God was able to use him to be His instrument to destroy Baalism during his reign. Click on the following PDF to read further:

Jehu, God’s Instrument.PDF

President Trump is far from being a godly man just like King Jehu was. Read Franklin Graham’s response to the impeachment and you will see that even though President Trump may not act like a godly man, the Lord is using him as His instrument to accomplish godly purposes:

Franklin Graham Response to Impeachment.PDF

Just like God can use ungodly men to carry out His purposes, God will also use ungodly nations and empires to carry out His purposes. Look at the Assyrian empire. There are two books in the Bible that are dedicated to the Assyrian empire, which are ‘Jonah’ and ‘Nahum’. They were written 150 years apart. One is a message of mercy while the other is a message of destruction. Jonah was called of God to prolong the life of the enemy nation which was already in the process of exterminating his own nation. He was called to deliver a message of mercy to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, when he fled in the opposite direction until God turned him around under quite dramatic conditions. Jonah could not comprehend how God could send him to do this, very similar to many Christians today who cannot comprehend President Trump. But that is not our duty to comprehend. Our duty is to preach the Gospel, making disciples of all men. The exchange between Jonah and God should shake us to the very core and put all of American Christianity back on track:

Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?” “Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!” Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” (Jonah 4:9‭-‬11 NLT)

I will close with God’s commands to each and every one of us, leaving none of us with excuse:

Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority. (Romans 13:1‭-‬7 NLT)

Because if you don’t:

Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. (1 Timothy 6:4 NLT)

I wonder if ‘Twitter’ was around when King Jehu reigned, if his comments would be offensive?

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Surrendered Heart

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. (Proverbs 23:26 NKJV)

I grew up in a Catholic Church with a Catholic School education. There was no doubt that I believed in the Triune God. But, if I would have died during that time, Hell would have been my destination. Why? Because no one had told me that I also needed to surrender my heart to the God the Catholic Church had me believe in. But God in His mercy, sent a young man to this hard headed Marine and presented me with the full Gospel. He explained through Scripture how believing in my head was not enough. I had to surrender my heart to Jesus Christ and allow Him to be the Lord of my life. I did and I had a miraculous salvation experience. When I prayed, I literally felt the weight of sin lifted from me and I felt as light as a feather as if my feet were hardly touching the ground. That was many years ago in January of 1977.

Why am I reminiscing back 43 years? Because I long for that feeling when I was as light as a feather, as if my feet were hardly touching the ground. It seems lately I have been bogged down with the wrong emphasis on God around me, rather than surrendering my heart to Him daily. This should have been my first and foremost priority. I really like the way the Message paraphrases the following:

“I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.” (Hosea 6:6)

It’s great to lift up the name of the Lord and thank Him for who He is and what He is going to do, but He wants me and my heart most of all. He wants 100% of my heart and He wants me to surrender it daily. I have seen the following scripture used many different ways, but I believe at the core it’s all about the daily walk of surrendering 100% of one’s heart:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 NKJV)

To justify what I am saying, just take a close look at the following Scriptures:

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23 NKJV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37‭-‬38 NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

Therefore submit to God. (James 4:7a NKJV)

After I got out of the Marine Corps, the Lord gave me not just one, but two of the most wonderful mentors a young Christian could have. Yes, I was taught Scripture very intensely. Yes, I was taught how to defend my faith to other religions and cults. Yes, I was taught all about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. But what I was taught the most was how to humble myself and surrender my heart in total submission to Jesus Christ. Even the worship music that became a big part of my life back then was all about surrender. When I look around me today, I rarely see humility, brokenness, compassion, and surrender in much of today’s Christianity. The scales have fallen from my eyes. I am seeing clearly on how to restore what I have drifted from. I know that the Lord I accepted back in January 1977 is the same exact Lord that reigns today. He has not changed one iota. It is I who changed and must get completely back on track. Culture may change, but Jesus Christ never does:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)

His unfailing love doesn’t change neither. He is beckoning even now:

“Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to Me and do the works you did at first.” (Revelation 2:5a NLT)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)

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Christian Swag and Lingo

Not wanting to step on anyone’s toes, but I must be truthful about something that upsets me, whether I see or hear it in myself or in my fellow Christians. Let’s have a laugh first so you see where I am going with this:

Now let’s go to the serious side by looking at what James has to say in Scripture:

But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22 ESV)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14‭-‬17 ESV)

Back to my first paragraph. What upsets me is when we as Christians know exactly how to look and what to say in order to skirt the heart of the matter. These are our smoke screens, rather than being ‘Doers of the Word’. It is very easy for us to say, “Have faith” or “Jesus will take care of it” or “Remember, all things work together for good” or “I am praying for you” rather than lifting a finger and helping when we can.

We are commanded to have ‘sincere’ compassion, not ‘shallow’ compassion:

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8 ESV)

We have developed our own Christian swag and lingo in order to try and soften the blow of having to live in the world, but not being of the world:

I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. (John 17:14‭-‬18 NKJV)

It doesn’t stop with skirting the issue of being ‘doers of the Word’. There is even a bigger problem with our Christian swag and lingo. We soften what the Word of God has to say about ‘sin’. The world has completely erased the word ‘sin’ from its vocabulary and refer to it as ‘making a mistake’. The world has an excuse for every mistake. They go to great depths to attach a name to it and call it a condition of which people are not responsible. But God holds a person accountable for their ‘sin’. The punishment is focused on the sin, not the individual. The world turns it around and softens it. Now the Church is following closely behind. Swag and lingo are thriving during our time of prosperity. But when the rug of prosperity is pulled out from under our feet, as end times judgment comes upon us, people will be looking for a ‘no frills’ Christianity that has real power to address the ‘sin’ and ‘dire needs’ in their life:

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46‭-‬47 NKJV)

Another quote us Christians just love to bark back at is, “Don’t judge me”. Keep in mind that swag and lingo conform to the world, but here is what God says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

Us men, not only women, need to apply this (condition of the heart) in the day and age we are living in:

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3‭-‬4 NKJV)

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. (1 Timothy 2:8‭-‬10 NKJV)

Now let’s take it one step further. This is what God says about the effeminate (men acting like women):

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:9‭-‬12 KJV)

It’s time that each of us takes a look in the spiritual mirror and see what God’s sees. It is not your life, no matter how much you think it is. You were bought with a price and that price was the precious blood of Jesus (see 1 Peter 1:18-19).

“God loves you just the way you are, and because of it He loves you too much to leave you where you are!”

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Service or Celebration?

When most churches come together on Sunday mornings, congregants will sit in their pews as attendees to singing, praying, offering, announcements, preaching, and communion. If that describes your church, then what you mostly do is a ‘celebration’ of the Lord’s day. There is a division between the platform and the rest of the sanctuary. That’s OK but there is little room for the body of Christ to function in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But look what Paul addresses to every one, not just a Pastor and a Praise Team leader:

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. (1 Corinthians 14:26 KJV)

Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 that He came to serve, not to be served. If we call our meetings on Sunday mornings ‘services’, where is the service? Shouldn’t we be bringing something to serve others. Have we forgotten this in our entertainment age? Look what the Word of God says:

“No one may appear before Me without an offering.” (Exodus 34:20‭b NLT)

Instead of just coming to receive something and being served, we should be coming with something to give and to serve. We should be preparing ourselves spiritually before we ever enter the church to be used by the Holy Spirit. Are the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation in your life and church? 1st Corinthians 12:7 tells us, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” Does your church leadership encourage this or are they unwilling to give up the reigns of control for fear of disorder (1 Corinthians 14:40), thus preventing the Holy Spirit from freely moving? May they be obedient to 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 and quench not the Holy Spirit.

Notice the action verbs in the following command to Christians:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 ESV)

The question comes down to the individual level. When you step through the doors of your church, are you engaging, ready to not only receive, but to give? Or are you invisible, slipping in and out? Not to burst your bubble even worse, tithing does not count. It is nothing more than giving back to God what He already owns in the first place. Being an Elder or a Deacon, or any other office in the church doesn’t suffice neither. They are only positions. Let’s learn from David:

But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen. (2 Samuel 24:24 NLT)

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You Are Not Yours

On one hand, what I write stands as a reminder to Christians. But more importantly, it serves as a warning to non-Christians and a wakeup call to those teetering on the edge of becoming a Christian.
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ (Luke 12:20 NKJV)

In Luke 12:20, the word ‘required’ is the Greek verb ‘apaiteo’, which translated means ‘to demand back’. God has appointed a time when He will demand your soul back from you. It is an appointment you will neither be late for nor miss. The question is: will you be ready?

Whether you believe there is a God who created you or not, if you shut Him out of your life, you are on the broad road to destruction. You are your own ‘god’. The world revolves around you. Everything is seen and evaluated through your ‘me vision’. You must numb out the bad things in life by drugs, alcohol, or some other distraction. You are drawn like a magnet towards the pleasures in life, even if it leaves behind a trail of devastation. Other people are there to be used, abused, and discarded when done. It is their fault for allowing themselves to be used. Everything is OK as long as you are not caught. Then if you are, it is always someone else’s fault. You consider yourself a ‘good person’ because you contribute to a humane or environmental issue and you hold the door for the elderly. Yet you will kick a co-worker down who is vying for the same promotion as you are, ignoring the fact that there will be a day of reckoning.

Each and every soul ever created will have to resign to the fact that Jesus Christ is ‘LORD’ and bow down to Him, even if they vehemently disagree and oppose it while still living in this world. There is only one way to inherit eternal life–> and that is to give up self completely and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and allow Him to be 100% Lord of your life while there is still a chance.

For those teetering on the edge of Christianity, wake up to the fact that God’s laws most certainly apply to you:
Even though I gave them all my laws, they act as if those laws don’t apply to them. (Hosea 8:12 NLT)

The following four quotes put things into perspective:

“Many people see salvation only as deliverance from judgment; they have not seen that salvation is also deliverance from self.” (Watchman Nee)

“Everyone wants a savior. No one wants a Lord. Christ is called Savior 37 times. He is called Lord 740 times.” (John Van Pay)

“Jesus expects one hundred percent surrender, and when that is accomplished He rewards a thousandfold.” (Billy Graham)

“Man says, ‘Show me, and I’ll trust you. God says, ‘Trust me and I’ll show you.'” (unknown)

We Christians may not be able to make God tangible to a dying world, but we certainly can represent Him in Spirit and in truth. Are you letting people know that their life is not theirs?

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Complaints and Unity

Legitimate complaints, if handled properly with fairness and tact, are a vital part of church unity and growth. Honestly, I do not like the word ‘complaint’ because it conjures up a whole truck load of bad feelings. I would rather use the term ‘righteous accusation’, but even the word ‘accusation’ brings up a whole truck load of bad feelings. So for ease of this article I will stick with ‘complaint’.

I learned a lot from the following account in the Book of Acts, when the Early Church was in its infant stages of growth:

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1‭-‬7 ESV)

Notice these eight vital points in the above account:

1. There was a ‘legitimate complaint’, or in better words, a ‘righteous accusation’, because neglect was involved.

2. It was brought out in the open, not in whispers or gossip.

3. Leadership did not try to squash it and label those who had the complaint ‘divisive’.

4. It was handled quickly and properly before it had time to fester.

5. It was conducted in fairness.

6. There was oneness and unity in their decision.

7. Individuals who were full of the Holy Spirit were appointed, through laying on of hands, to carry out the duties of resolving the complaint. This set a precedent that all positions are vital in the church, even ones that seem menial, like waiting on tables.

8. Because it was handled correctly, the Early Church continued to grow at a phenomenal rate.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, John the Apostle gives us an example of how evil accusations were trying to undermine the church:

I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church. (3 John 1:9‭-‬10 NLT)

I was in a church for a while that would not deal with complaints, no matter how legitimate they were. You were stifled and labeled ‘divisive’. The problems were left to fester. They tried to portray a perfect church to the world, while deep down underneath they were engaged in illegal activities. They didn’t fool the FBI, though. It took years, but in the end the whole thing came crashing down. The senior pastor was stripped of his credentials by the denomination. Those under him were found guilty and convicted in Federal Court of crimes. God will not be mocked. If judgment doesn’t come in this world, it will in the next!

Please keep in mind that what is pointed out in this article, does not give us a license to complain. Even with legitimate complaints, we must be careful to seek Holy Spirit discernment. God may have another avenue to resolve the situation or the timing may not be right. Remember that love is patient.

We are never to step over the line that goes between legitimate complaint and bad tempered grumbling:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14‭-‬15 ESV)

One thing that makes me very sad is when Christians do not take their positions or duties at church seriously. It is heartbreaking to hear, “Well I am not being paid, so what difference does it matter.”

“Oh Lord, help us to remember, who we are really working for!”

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