Let me set the stage before I get into the points of this Thesis. Please do a fruit inspection by reading my resume before you read what God put on my heart to write on this website. I don't want you to prejudge me without seeing my "fruits" first.
Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit". There are two essential requirements involved in a fruit inspection.
1. Judging the quality of the fruit (products & services) we produce. It is evaluated by appearance, nutritional value and taste. Read Genesis 3:6 as an example of this. This is the moral or ethical side of the equation which is explained in Galatians Chapter Five.
2. Judging the quantity of the fruit (products & services) we produce. It is evaluated by the physical amount of fruit each follower of Jesus produces. In other words, it is how well we supply the demand for the fruit needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
These two principles are subject to Supply and Demand as taught in Business School Economics. God will judge us on how ethical and productive we are in selling and delivering our fruits which are called products and services in today's business terminology.
Let me add that Jesus makes it very clear in the Bible that it is our motives or intentions He is most concerned about. He understands what King Solomon meant when he wrote,
“For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he. Eat and drink! he will say to thee, knowing his heart is not with thee”.
Wouldn't you want to make sure you properly vet each person you hire for a position with the company you may own? How do we vet a person for potential employment? We look at their resume, right? This includes checking their personal credit score and criminal background. Please read the content of a my resume with the objectivity of Jesus rather than the subjectivity of a self-righteous hypocrite who has his or her head up their sanctimonious ass.
I hope you can see how much time, effort, prayer, thought, research, study and not to be underestimated practical experience went into the production of this thesis. You will be totally blind to the meaning of these spiritual truths if you have the mindset of a Pharisee or if you are offended by me using the metaphor "sanctimonious ass". Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the ASS of an ASS, didn't He? That's supposed to be funny if you did not get my jest. Only snowflakes and pussies are offended by colorful and controversial speech because they have never learned how to be comfortable in their own skin. You can most likely blame their mom for this mindset. This is especially true if a child is raised by a single mom or what they call a “Helicopter Mom”.
Let me educate you on why people use cuss words when expressing an opinion that they have a strong conviction about. It’s very simple. We use cuss words as exclamation points to drive home our point.
This is why our President uses them to drive home his points. President Trump also uses cuss words to gain free press attention and to shock his enemies into showing him their cards. I do the same thing as you can see in my Thesis. I learned this mind-altering trick a long time ago. When we deal with “snakes” we have to be shrewder than they are. Do you agree?
I have learned from much psychotherapy that being too dogmatic in our Christian beliefs leads to hypocrisy and various anxiety disorders. Mental health experts know this is true. People who are obsessed with following the law do not understand what it is to be set free from the law of sin and death. Does this make sense?
I never completed Seminary, therefore, never wrote a required Thesis in order to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree. I never could have written the Thesis you are about read at that time in my life. All you are about to read has taken me over thirty-five years to learn and assimilate in the production of this Thesis since leaving South Western Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983. I have tried to write about this complex issue where the average person can understand the deep spiritual truths that are hidden from view from those who follow the narcissistic mindset that is so prevalent in those who control our government, the news media, the church, public education, Hollywood and Disney entertainment and who knows what else. I left Seminary with one question on my mind...
Why is the church not growing?
God has answered my question after much time, prayer, practical experience, extensive study and research needed to dig up the hidden answers to this spiritual mystery. The answers are revealed in the following thesis. It is my prayer and hope that this Thesis go viral throughout the "Bride of Christ". It's what the "Church" needs to know right now. Please click on posted links as a bibliography to support validity of each point. There are a lot of amusing and funny news articles and videos to keep you entertained as you read this Thesis. There are no anonymous sources in my bibliography unlike what the Fake News Media uses to put a political spin on their news stories. A college professor would give you an F if you use anonymous sources in a Term Paper or a Thesis. Anyone who has been through college knows this is true.
I must warn you, what you are about to read is very provocative. Let's fill up our Think Tank with thoughts that explain why the church is not growing in America today. Here are my thoughts on the reasons for church growth decline...
1. The lack of humble servitude among those who lead the church today.
Read 2 Chronicles 7:14. It says,
"If My people who are people called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Read Philippians 2-3-4. It says,
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you not only look to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
After washing His disciples feet as an example of humility, Jesus said,
Now do you understand what humble servitude means? Do you see this type of mindset in the church leaders you have come in contact with today? Be honest. Do they actually practice what they preach?
Jesus told His disciples that we have only One teacher and that is Himself in Matthew 23:8. Jesus said,
"Do not call anyone ‘Rabbi’ for only One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brothers".
The Bible tells us to "fix our eyes on Jesus because He is the author and finisher of our faith" ... not the Pastor, not the Elder, not the Deacon, not the Bishop, not the Pope, not the Priest, not the Reverend, not the Minister, not the Bible study teacher, not anybody. God calls us to preach - not teach. Do you know the difference between preaching and teaching?
As you can see, there is only One authority and only One teacher in the Body of Christ and that is the Head of His Body who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No part of the body has authority over another body part. Only the Human Brain has authority over all body parts and Jesus is the Brain of all of us as individual parts of His body. This factor should give us a better understanding of why looking to church leaders instead of Jesus is a major hindrance to our spiritual growth as the Body of Christ.
I believe most Church leaders today purposely condition their members to look to them for spiritual guidance rather than pointing them to Jesus and His teachings on what it is to be a follower of Jesus. Just like most of our Government leaders want to control instead of serve the people in their districts, Church Pastors want to control instead of serve those who attend their church as well. I believe they do this because they put their own personal interests before the interests of those they are suppose to serve disobeying what is taught in Philippians 2:3-4. The Roman Catholic Church was guilty of this (and still is) as Martin Luther pointed out in his discourse against the church at the start of the Protestant Reformation.
It was the corrupt Roman Catholic Church leadership that came up with the scheme to have the Pope be the supreme authority over their church members in order to control them rather than humbly serve them as God's Word instructs. This is when the man made institutionalized church organization instructed it's members to take their eyes off of Jesus for the first time in recorded history and was told to look to another man for direction on how we should conduct our lives. Who was that man?
It was the Pope!
We are now seeing the mainstream Protestant church practicing the same Satanic scheme to control rather than serve those who attend their churches. Now you know why Jesus and John the Baptist called the politicians of their day Snakes and Broods of Vipers. Please note the fact that President Trump calls the politicians who hate him names as well - Crooked Hillary, Pocahontas, Crying Chuck, Lying Ted, Little Marco, Sneaky Dianne, Pencil Neck Adam Schiff and so on. That being said, I suppose since Jesus called those who hate Him names then it would be okay for President Trump to do the same. Doesn't God instruct us in His word to be imitators of Christ?
3. In my opinion, the demonic spirit of Feminism is the primary reason for church growth decline. Can’t you see all the destruction, division and disorder it manifests?
Jewish Religious Scholars call this evil spirit Lilith or the Jezebel spirit in the Bible. I believe many men have left the church because of all the domineering women who control the narrative in the operations of the mainstream church today. Women rule the church and the majority of marriages today. This should not surprise us because the prophet Isaiah said this would happen in Isaiah 3:12.
Please see this recent video of a 29 year old politician (youngest ever to be elected to congress as a woman) who actually thinks she's the Boss. It's profound that she has this mindset especially knowing she is a rookie legislator in the House of Representatives. I believe this woman would send the whole Republican Party to concentration camps or even executed if she had the power to do so. Look at this recent news story and see if you come to the same conclusion as me. All dictators in the past have been known to make lists of those they want to eliminate when they gain absolute power and control over the people. I have never met a feminist who is not obsessed with power and control. This is especially true when they have dealings with men. Like Hitler, they will send all those who are not politically correct to the gas chamber or some other means of execution. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has the same mindset as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin. Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Nicholas Maduro and many more tyrants who have rose to power in the past. This is peculiar considering the fact she is a woman. Don't kid yourself...
This woman is pure evil! Are not our elected officials suppose to be public servants and not public tyrants?
I would like for you to now contrast 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) with her 29-year-old political counterpart Candace Owens. It is incredible how polar opposites they are of each other. If this does not show a dark side and bright side of human nature, I am not sure anything will. Do you agree?
You would see these truths if you have the gift of discernment and are being led by the Holy Spirit. AOC, as she is called, is the poster child of what a narcissist looks like. Most millennial's have this "know it all" mindset. Children usually mature out of this narcissistic mindset before they reach adulthood...not anymore as you can see. I have learned from much practical experience that the more I learn about the mysteries in life the more I realize how much I don’t know. This is true evidence of someone who is exercising true wisdom in their thinking process. This is especially true when thinking about eternal truths rather than temporal truths. My biggest fear is the unknown. What is your biggest fear?
Among adults, women make up over two thirds of total church attendance today according to my own personal research and observations. Women also consider themselves to be the Spiritual leaders in over 90% of their marriages according to the countless married and divorced men I have talked to since leaving Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1983. Most men seem to think that it is the cool thing to do to let women run the show because that's what's trending in pop culture today. After all, "if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Feminism has undermined God’s patriarchal chain of command which is clearly defined all throughout the Bible. Read Ephesians 5:23 which says,
"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church".
According to my research, most churches have a women's ministry but only a handful have an active Men's ministry. Many churches will list a Men's Ministry on their website but when I dig deeper I find that it is not active or does not exist at all. It's all a facade to make them appear more diversified to their target demographic.
I also believe that feminism is the number one reason for the destruction of the nuclear family today because of the high rate of divorce, broken homes and dysfunctional families it manifests.
Prior to 1972, the divorce rate in the United States was 15% according to CDC statistics. Please look at this graph to see the rapid rise in divorces from 1972 forward. My parents divorced in 1973. Their divorce is what caused me to grow into a deep depression. I have a history of depression ever since.
Check this fact out - the vast majority of divorces prior to 1972 were initiated and filed by men because most women depended on their husbands for their financial needs and there was no such thing as "no-fault divorce" which made it much easier for women to divorce their husbands. The divorce rate started going up dramatically in 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment for Women was passed. It is now over 50% among professing Christians today.
You will not see any Pastor today touch this subject from the pulpit because the majority of their church attendees are women and they don't want to risk losing their financial support. Women have also made sexual sin the worst sin committed in the church because they know the "Sin of David" is man's biggest sin weakness. The "Me Too Movement" is a perfect example of this Satanic attic on men. They use sexual sin as a trump card to gain power over men to advance their personal agenda in the Church and their marriages. Does God prioritize certain sins as being worse than others? As we know, the Bible says "if we break the law in one part, we are guilty of breaking it all".
GOD HATES ALL SIN!
It's very obvious which sin angered Jesus more than any other...what is it?
It's the Sin of Hypocrisy!
Please read Matthew 23 to support this fact. Jesus told the hypocrites to "Go to Hell" seven times in this chapter. That's what the word "Woe" actually means in the original Greek text. In contrast, let's look how Jesus treated the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery found in John 8:1-11.
Let's be clear, there is no scripture to support that sexual sins are worse than any other as "Feminists" would have you believe. God does state in His Word that the sin of homosexuality is an abomination in His eyes in Leviticus 18:22. Did you know that God says there is no sin temptation that is not common in the thoughts of mankind? Much practical experience has taught me that hypocrites prioritize certain sins as being worse than others especially if it will give them a political advantage over their opposition. They love to play what I call the “Shame Card" to morally destroy those they despise. Pure unadulterated evil if you ask me...
Most women today actually think they are morally superior to men and better suited to be the spiritual leaders in the mainstream church and their marriage.
My two former wives believe they are morally and spiritually superior to me and verbally admitted it to me on many occasions. No human being, male or female, is superior to another. We are all created equal in the eyes of God.
Everyone in the Human Race has a particular God Assigned Role to play on the World Stage. The Bible makes it clear that every role (husband or wife for example) is equally important and distinctly different in design and duty as stated in God's Word.
God will judge us on how well we play our role and not and not how much power and control our particular position holds. Husband and wife roles are clearly described in the Bible. What do you think will happen if we don't follow God's script on what our assigned roles are supposed to be when acting on the World Stage? Most certainly it would be a box office flop. Don't waste your time or money on all the depraved movie scripts coming out of Hollywood today. It is a losing proposition. You will find yourself in the wasteland of corruption before you know it. Bill and Hillary have been in this wasteland their whole career. Did you ever watch the movie "The Firm"? John Grisham must have based his novel on Bill and Hillary's law firm in Arkansas.
I believe a lot of married and divorced men know exactly what I am talking about concerning what King Solomon describes as a contentious woman. He said, "It is better to live in a corner of the attic than a house shared with a contentious woman". I have been in the pest control industry for over 25 years. I have been in countless homes providing pest control service. You would be shocked to see how many husbands and wives actually sleep in separate bed rooms thus proving King Solomon's point that it is better to live in the corner of an attic (separate bedroom) than with a contentious woman. It is rumored that the President and Melania sleep in separate bedrooms.
My first wife's parents lived in separate bedrooms because her mother was a very contentious woman. Like mother like daughter as the old saying goes. My second wife (a devout Baptist born and raised in Romania) and I lived in separate bedrooms as well in order to keep the peace. Read this recent news story from a woman's perspective.
I admit I lost sexual interest in both of my wives because they treated me more like a mother than a lover. So my question to you now is, who wants to make love to their mother? I would rather go to a porn site than make love to my mother. Wouldn't you? Does it make sense now why pornography is a Multi-Trillion dollar industry? Of course women would rather blame their husband for their lack of sexual intimacy in their marriage. Both of my former wives blamed me for our lack of sexual intimacy. They fail to consider why they may be sexually undesirable with their husbands. It takes two to tango. Love is mutual and not a one way street. I have discovered many wives will not have sex with their husbands until they get what they want. This is called extortion, is it not?
I have experienced what it is like to live with a contentious wife. Hen pecking is like Chinese water torture...a constant drip, drip, drip, drip, drip...catch my drift? I believe this type of sinful behavior should be classified as cruel and unusual punishment. I developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of this constant annoyance. It drove me to start drinking again after many years of sobriety. This constant bickering destroyed both of my marriages. It destroyed my first wife's husband. He decided to end it all by committing suicide. I would have done the same thing if I was not sold out to Jesus as His personal servant. I keep asking myself what are the odds that I marry two contentious wives? Probably a lot higher than most people realize. What do you think?
My psychotherapist, Dr. Gordon Hobby, who counseled me for many hours after my first divorce revealed to me that my first wife is a contentious woman. He helped me to piece everything together to better understand what caused our marriage to self-destruct. It has become very clear to me that feminism has managed deceive most women and emasculate most men in the mainstream church today. Men who attend church today are afraid to confront this extremely powerful and evil spirit.
Feminists actually believe that masculinity is toxic to our culture's well being. Let's not be naive and complacent when addressing this detrimental disease that is killing the Body of Christ anymore. It's time to stand firm and take back the church from power hungry women. My practical experience with my former wives has taught me they actually think they are morally superior to men and not equal with each other as Jesus teaches.
Anytime a person thinks they are superior to another person or group of people is the very essence of a racist mindset.
I would like to include one more very important factor about this demonic spirit which seeks to destroy the nuclear family and the Body of Christ which is the church. My experience has taught me that most women love their children more than their husbands. This was very true in my first marriage. I had no children in my second marriage.
Focus on the Family, considered to be the go to source on Christian marriage counseling, teaches that our relationship with our spouse takes priority over our relationship with our children. Pastor Herb Long who performed our wedding ceremony emphasized this principle in our premarital counseling. He required us to read Gary Chapman's book, "The Marriage You Always Wanted" which emphasizes the importance in obeying this principle. My former wife disregarded this Biblical principle and chose to put our daughters interests before ours and did not respect my position as God's appointed head of the household. Her relationship with our daughters was more important to her than our relationship as husband and wife. She divorced me because I would not let her be the boss. If I let her be boss, I would be guilty of "Dereliction of Duty" by not following God's orders of what my role is as a husband to my wife and a father to our children. It's tragic how my obedience to God's Word contributed to the demise of my two marriages. I have no regrets. I never could have written this Thesis if I did not go through...
My experience has taught me that feminists want to have the final say on every important household or family decision. Have you noticed how liberals and feminists will not allow President Trump to have the final say on any important decision he has to make for our country? I believe this is the primary reason that church growth has been stunted. Do you agree?
Here are four questions to consider in closing point three.
The answer to all four questions is no. That being said, it should not surprise us that there will be no marriage in Heaven. I am so glad this is true because my two marriages were pure hell for me. What man would enjoy living with someone who has succumbed to the demonic spirit of feminism?
Final question. Do you think our Father in Heaven is pleased with feminism setting up house within the Body of Christ which we call "church" today?
Only One Force will conquer this evil spirit and that is by the "BALLS" of our Only Supreme Authority...Who is it?
Is my masculinity toxic enough for you?
4. Divorce, Broken Homes and Dysfunctional Families.
Statistics show the divorce rate is higher among Evangelicals than outside the mainstream church. Shouldn't the divorce rate be lower among professing Christians than those who do not profess Christ as their Lord and Savior?
I believe divorce is the ultimate act of unforgiveness towards their spouse. Jesus said if we cannot forgive others, He cannot forgive us.
See what Jesus says in Matthew 6:14-15...
"Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you."
Now read His parable in Matthew 18:23-35 to prove my point. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked,
“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy seven times seven. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.” “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
In the Lord's Prayer it says, "Forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others".
Jesus also said in Matthew 19:6. "What God has put together (meaning marriage) let no man separate.”
The prophet Malachi says God hates divorce. If we really love God, we would not do anything He hates, would we?
1 John 5:3 says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments".
Jesus said, "if you love me, keep my commandments."
Please take note of this alarming statistic...
Divorce attorneys know that women make up over 80% of their legal fees and this is the main reason they have rigged the Family Law Legal System in women's favor. There is no fair and equitable justice when settling divorce cases anymore. It's all about the money. Judges in many cases will side with the woman's testimony against her husband even though there are no witnesses to support her accusations. Judges are ex-attorneys so they "take care of" the attorney's litigating each case. Judge Shopping is an example of these back door deals? In the Bible, women were not permitted to divorce their husbands according to Jewish law. Isn't that interesting?
The Apostle Paul and I do not recommend men get legally married today because of all the misguided corruption that exists in the mainstream church which now includes Family Law and how it unfairly discriminates against men in the vast majority of divorce cases. We are seeing more and more men putting off marriage as a result of this corruption. More and more men are choosing to cohabitate rather than commit to all the legalities of a marriage license that allow judges to penalize them in favor of women when settling divorce cases. I believe this is wise because it is not illegal to cohabitate according to civil law. Don't forget Isaac married Rebecca without a wedding ceremony and obtaining a marriage license so we know he did not break any of God's laws. Sexual Intercourse constitutes marriage in God’s eyes. Not a marriage license.
Remember? We are no longer bound by the old covenant which was the law of the Jewish nation as stated in the Old Testament and Talmud. The law is written on our hearts when we come to know Jesus and what He teaches us in His word. In other words, let our conscience be our guide when navigating through all the corrupt legalities that divorce attorneys and judges have written into Family Law. Please do not be naive when evaluating the divorce epidemic that has destroyed marriage and unity among members of the Body of Christ. We can no longer be gentle as a dove in our approach to solving this problem. Like President Trump, it's time to be shrewd as snakes because that's what feminism is - a very poisonous snake. This is why I believe it is wise to keep ourselves out of striking distance from today’s feminist women. Do you agree?
I personally believe that these corrupt legalities written in family law is a prime instigating factor that contributes to the high divorce rate and destruction of the family nucleus today.
My views on feminism is the main reason a certain controlling group of women at First Baptist Church (now Crosslife) in Oviedo hate me. They slandered me with much malicious gossip that has ruined my reputation in the local church and the local community. I know why Jesus and John the Baptist called people like this "Snakes". It's the same kind of hatred certain people have towards our President.
Have you heard the fake news media or the mainstream church talk about feminism as being the main reason for the destruction of the family nucleus? If they did, you can bet the house they would be accused of misogyny by the feminists who control the narrative when it comes to the divorce epidemic in our country today. The spirit of Jezebel resents criticism. Have you ever met a woman who receives constructive criticism from a man? None of my former wives ever received constructive criticism from me. When it comes to criticism, women can dish it out but they can't take it in return. If you do criticize a woman, they will play the victim, race or gender card in their defense.
All of these cards (victim, gender, race, etc.) got their trump power because of identity politics which is a political ploy created by liberal elites who are aligned with the anti-Christ to promote their self serving agenda to gain power over those they are supposed to serve as their elected officials. Satan is using women to undermine oneness in marriage and the church today. Just like he deceived Eve that led to our fall from God's Grace and terminated our intimate relationship with Him as our Heavenly Father. It is imperative that we fully understand just how seductive and destructive the demonic spirit of feminism is to the well being of the Body of Christ. I do not know of a demonic force that is more powerful. Do you?
5. Legalism - the Jewish people were subject to a Theocracy as their from of government when Jesus was physically here over 2000 years ago. The Jewish Leaders (Pharisees & Scribes) were legalistic in their mindset. They believed the law supersedes love in importance.
Burt Reynolds, my fellow native Floridian died last year. As I was honoring his memory, I thought of two movies he stared in - "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Deliverance". I rented both and watched them once again. One scene in "Deliverance" really popped out as being extremely pertinent to the point I am trying to make about the dangers of a legalistic mindset. Do you remember all of the main characters argued over what to do with the body of the dead man they just killed because he and his partner in crime forcibly held them at gunpoint so his buddy could sodomize one of them? Watch the movie again and come to your own conclusion and see if they made the right decisions on how they solved the legal quagmire they fell into.
There are two schools of thought in the mainstream church today. One is Faith based and the other Works based. Another way of putting it would be one is Grace based and the other Shame based. The false gospel the Apostle Paul rebuked the Galatian church for preaching was a works based doctrine. Paul said let those who preach a false gospel be accursed. It was a gospel message based on good works or strict obedience to the law as the necessary means of granting favor and acceptance from God.
All religions in the world, with the exception of authentic Christianity, are based on good works or strict adherence to the law in order to merit good favor with God. This is especially true with the religion of Islam. Islam plays on the fears of their followers to promote their evil agenda to take over the world by whatever means necessary. This is why they use terror as their number one motivating factor to gain converts. A works based doctrine is motivated out of fear. In other words, "you better adhere to the law or else!" A faith base doctrine is motivated out of love. This unconditional love is measured by our life long commitment to be obedient to our Creator who saved us from our rebellious nature that has eternally separated us from our family relationship with Him. "Jesus is the vine and we are the branches". We will not bear fruit if we are not grafted into the vine. Only authentic Christianity is based on faith alone as the only means acceptable to our Creator for salvation from our sins or breaking His laws.
What is a more powerful motivating factor, love or fear? The Bible makes it clear that love covers a multitude of sins, not fear. Fear is the very opposite of faith. The Apostle Paul's letter to the Ephesian church clearly states that it is by faith alone we are saved and not by our good works or keeping the law. Read Ephesians 2:8-9. It says,
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast".
Legalistic churches are the ones that preach a false gospel because they add good works or keeping the law as being necessary for salvation. It is very clear in the Bible that "our works are like filthy rags to God" and "whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it". There is no way on earth we can save ourselves from our sin if we base our salvation on good works or keeping the law because of our sin nature. The Apostle John says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us". The Apostle Paul says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". The only person who has never sinned is God's only son Jesus Christ. John the Baptist said, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". Jesus was the spotless lamb of God who was the only person who ever lived worthy of the sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary to pay for our sin debt in full so that justice may be served for all of mankind's sin or breaking of God's laws.
Eternal Life is a free gift granted by God to any one who puts their total faith in Jesus knowing that He is the only way, the only truth and the only life worthy of the faith needed to overcome our natural desire to sin.
Authentic Christians know they are miserable sinners and in need of salvation. We, as true Christians, admit we are sinners and sincerely make honest attempts to turn away from our wicked ways knowing Jesus will help us overcome our addiction to certain desires of the flesh. It is God's unconditional love and grace that grants us His free gift of eternal life even though we do not deserve it. There are no good works by any man that would grant favor with God to merit eternal life in Heaven. It's only by God's loving grace and our faith in Him alone that grants us a permanent place in His Kingdom called Heaven. We can never depend on our good works for salvation because we would never be good enough to meet God's standard of total perfection. Even though we are saved, we continue to sin on a daily basis despite all our best efforts not to sin. See what The Apostle Paul says about his struggle with sin in Romans 7:15-24 as follows:
"For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?"
After reading Paul's personal struggle with sin, I think we can conclude that it is Keeping the Faith that pleases God rather than trying to please Him with all of our works or good deeds. Read Hebrews 11:6 which says.
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."
As an authentic Christian, we should be motivated out of sheer gratitude to do what is right in God's eyes, especially knowing that we do not deserve the gift of eternal life because of our sin nature. Our sin nature should keep us in constant prayer for God to deliver us from this wicked body of death we are trapped in until we die and meet Jesus face to face one day and receive our new spiritual bodies that will be devoid of a natural desire to sin. As a true Christian, we should never think too highly of our selves and like the Apostle Paul, I believe we should consider ourselves to be the worse of all sinners instead of the best of all sinners as self-righteous Christians do. This mindset will keep us in a constant state of humility which is the most important Godly attribute that Jesus demonstrated when He became flesh and dwelt among us as a man 2000 plus years ago. God taught the Apostle Paul that his addiction to certain sin was a blessing instead of curse because it would keep him in a constant state of humility. God told Paul that His power is perfected in our struggle to overcome our addiction to certain desires of the flesh. Now do you have a better understanding of our sin nature and how addiction affects all of us in the body of Christ? Point 20 should add some perspective to this complex issue.
Let me tell you a true story about teaching my daughter, Hannah, how to ride her bike. As her Father, I knew she was going to fall off her bike a few times before she got the hang of what it takes to stay upright. Well, as the story goes, she did fall off her bike and bumped her knee and started crying and went into the house with out trying again. I tried my best to convince her to try again but she refused. I was very disappointed in her because she lacked the faith to try again. I believe this is how our Heavenly Father looks at us as His child. He knows we are going to make mistakes in our attempts to learn how to live in a dangerous and competitive world. What pleases God most is when we are not afraid to step out in faith when we are unsure of what the future may bring. Hebrews 11:1 says;
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead."
God tells us in the Bible that each human being is given a different measure of faith. What does this mean? It means that each person is limited to what he or she can accomplish in life because of the differences in these measures. People with large measures of faith accomplish more in life than those who do not have a large measure of faith.
Do you remember the movie, “Forest Gump”? The main character played by Tom Hanks is a man who was not blessed with a whole lot of smarts. The moral of this story is that his lack of intelligence was overcome by the very large measure of faith that God had blessed him with. In the movie, he becomes a war hero and a very successful multi-millionaire businessman because of his child-like faith. This is a perfect example of how his large measure of faith allowed him to overcome his low IQ. In Matthew 7:20, Jesus said,
“If you have faith, nothing will be impossible for you.”
Jesus is teaching us that people who have large measures of faith are supernaturally going to be the most productive people among us. As a rule of thumb, they are going to have more possessions, more status in the community and more money in the bank. In other words, they have more to show for their faith. That's why the Bible teaches faith without works is dead. In other words, "faith is where the Power is!". Did you know that President Trump's Pastor was Dr. Norman Vincent Peal? He wrote the all time best seller book "The Power of Positive Thinking". Isn't that what faith is? Being optimistic about what we can accomplish in life.
Unfortunately, many people who have not been blessed with a large measure of faith, covet what they do not have. They don't realize that God is going to judge each of us on how well we utilize our own measure of faith and not how rich and powerful we may become.
God will judge us by the fruits of our labor. What does this mean? It means that He will evaluate the quality of the fruit we produce, how well we followed our assigned role in the production of the fruit, how well we manage the resources needed to produce the fruit and how well we treat our customers with the sale and delivery of our fruit which would be called products and services in today’s terminology. In other words, it is how well we supply the demand of our customers when our product or service is sold and delivered. How we go about our works should demonstrate how sincere and devoted our faith really is. This is what distinguishes us from all the self-righteous hypocrites in the world who are all talk and no show. As a result, people who have an addiction to coveting other people's stuff or status in the community become resentful of those with larger measures of faith, especially someone like Donald Trump who is everything they are not. This is the main reason so many people hate our president. One of the seven deadly sins is envy and jealousy which go hand in hand. Most people who follow the ideology of liberal elites are guilty of this sin. As the old saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together". James 3:16 says,
“For where jealousy and envy exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice."
I think about the tremendous amount of faith Christopher Columbus had to sail west in uncharted waters to find a quicker way to India because he believed the world was round instead of flat as his peers believed at the time. He did not find India...he found America. What a wonderful find that was. Can you believe that we have many in our country today who want to erase his memory?
Satan is alive and well on planet earth! Satan and his followers have always been losers and resent those who exercise great faith. This is why most Teacher Union members hate competition and believe tenure is more important than performance in the work place. This lazy and self serving mindset is the reason we will always have the poor among us as Jesus stated in Matthew 26:11. Please note there are many poor people who truly understand their physical and mental limitations and don't play the race card or victim card as an excuse to justify their lack of production in life.
Don't you think it's time to start exercising great faith again so we can make our country great again as our President encourages us to do? Read Hebrews Chapter 11 for a full understanding of this faith that pleases God.
It is very apparent in the Gospels that Jesus is not a Legalist, but in actuality, He's a Pragmatist in the way he thinks, talks and transacts with other people. The Apostle Paul and President Trump are also pragmatists in their mindset. I told many people in the past that Donald Trump is a "pragmatist on steroids". Study General George Patton's biography. He is a perfect example of what a pragmatist is all about. In other words...Jesus, Paul, General Patton and President Trump believe in implementing what ever method works best according the circumstances at hand. Their approach to problem solving is more productive, realistic, efficient and less time consuming. Paul said, "I have become all things to all men for the sake of Christ." Can you see the pragmatism (whatever works best) in this statement? Look at all the times the Jewish Pharisees and Scribes confronted Jesus for breaking various Jewish laws as mentioned in the Gospels. Read Mark 2:23-24 as an example of this nitpicking. Look at all the frivolous rules and regulations that President Trump has eliminated with a stroke if his pen since his election. Praise God for Donald Trump. He really is a modern day prophet (professor of God's truth). History will prove this to be true.
Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Mike Huckabee, Pastor Jeffress and myself see the hand of God on this man. Franklin's father (Billy) is the reason I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. My late maternal Grandmother loves Billy Graham and always watched his crusades on TV. This is when I heard the Gospel message for the first time and realized it was Jesus who was missing in my life. I invited Jesus into my heart when I was sixteen years old after contemplating suicide. Jesus has been my soul mate and best friend ever since. My decision to follow Jesus and no one else was the most important decision I ever made. I have been blessed with His unconditional love and protection from evil ever since. I am so thankful that I have been wise enough to keep my eyes focused on Jesus instead of looking to church leaders on how I should conduct my life. This is how I am able to discern what is of God and what is not.
Jesus gave us two commandments to sum up the law in a more pragmatic way rather than be tied down to countless frivolous legalities that stand in the way of progress. Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31 to:
1. "Love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength."
2. "Love our neighbor as our self."
If we just obey these two commands, the letter of the law becomes irrelevant. Look what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:2.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."
This falls in line with the KISS principle which believes in keeping things simple in how we go about establishing plans of action. Jesus believed there are exceptions to every rule when doing the right thing is more important than doing the law thing if you know what I mean. Jesus also believes all is fair in love and war. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 10:16,
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
Jesus is telling us to be smarter than our enemies and do what ever is necessary to overcome evil because Satan is lawless in his fight to undermine the will of God. I am very surprised that there are many professing Christians who do not see that President Trump is beating the progressive liberal elites at their own game by giving them back their own medicine. In other words, he’s beating them at their own game.
It is very disappointing to me that so many professing Christians can be so naive when it comes to their understanding of the mindset of our President. We don't realize how shrewd President Trump really is. He is use to dealing with snakes. Most every successful businessman who grew up on the streets of New York City knows how to deal with snakes because the city is infested with them. It goes with the territory. The Apostle Paul knows we are at war with Satan. Read Ephesians 6:10-17. Paul writes,
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
If God were a legalist, He would have had many rules for Adam and Eve to follow in the Garden of Eden instead of the one rule He established which was not to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Isn't that what the law is - the knowledge of what is good and what is evil? Here is a great example when it is appropriate to break the law. It is the story of Anne Frank who was harbored illegally by a Danish home owner in German occupied Denmark to keep her and her Jewish family from being taken to a German Concentration Camp. This story is a great example when love trumps the law. Read Romans Chapter Two for a better understanding of this spiritual concept.
In conclusion, it is very apparent to me that Jesus hated the legalistic mindset. Do you see the truth in what I just described? Another tidbit of information to note is that Jesus is also a Capitalist in His view on how to achieve financial prosperity. Read Matthew 25:14-30 to support this view.
Bottom Line - Legalism restricts the AWESOME POTENTIAL of our faith.
6. Idealism - Have you heard it said, “they are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good?"
Well, to me, this is an ideal quip of what it is to have the mindset of an idealist. Who is an idealist? If you have not noticed, the mainstream church today are full of them. They are the moral perfectionists who dictate church doctrine according to their elite standards and expectations. Both of my former wives are moral perfectionists. An idealist is the twin sister of a legalist. These two mindsets lack flexibility and objectivity in their thinking . An idealist is consumed with the book of Utopian aspirations they have created for themselves to follow. They will ostracize anyone who does not comply with their Utopian hallucinations. An idealist is the total opposite of a pragmatist. Their biggest handicap in their thinking is that they don't have a lick of common sense. This is why pragmatists get so annoyed with them.
An idealist has a false concept of human nature. They think that mankind is basically good and if we create an ideal environment for them everything will be perfect. This is why they have so many pipe dreams. As we know, the Bible makes it very clear that mankind is not basically good and falls way short of God’s standard of total perfection. Most College Professors and Liberal Elites are idealistic in their thinking. A typical idealist has plenty of book smarts but severely lacks in street smarts. In other words, they have no idea how the book smarts they learned in school or college practically applies in the streets of real life. I taught the three boys I mentored this truth and they have turned out to be very successful men. See their photo. I learned my street smarts in the Navy prior to my college education. The military is well known for turning young naive boys into real men who learn how to be comfortable in their own skin unlike all the snowflakes we see on college campuses today.
My life experience has taught me that knowledge is nothing more than a tool. If not used properly, it can do more harm than good. A hammer is a tool. Ask any carpenter about the right way to use a hammer. He will tell you how important it is to hit the nail instead of your thumb because he has made that mistake before. OOUUCH!!
This is why so many employers, like myself, choose not to hire college grads who have degrees in the social sciences. Employers know these kids are very naive in street smarts and are a liability instead of an asset to their company's bottom line. I liked the students who had jobs while putting themselves through college. These kids always turned out to be productive employees that added true value to the company's bottom line. This is why the Obama Administration (all highly educated idealists in their mindset) made so many bad deals and decisions with our adversaries on the World Stage. President Obama has been a professional student and politician living in an institutional bubble his whole life. He does not know how to think outside his severely limited idealistic mindset because of his continued isolation from the real working world. President Trump grew up on the streets of Queens in New York City as a private businessman. His dad taught him the Real Estate business. He is a genius when it comes to street smarts. I doubt seriously there is a person on earth who could outsmart him when it comes to street smarts. This is the main reason why he is such a great deal maker.
Let me ask you a question. Who do you think would win in a game of poker, Donald Trump or Barack Obama? I learned to play poker with my fellow shipmates in the Navy while out at sea. I don't know of a better game that relates to real life like poker does. It teaches us how to play the odds and know when someone has a good hand or is bluffing. President Trump has owned Casinos in the past. I can assure you that you don't want to play President Trump in poker if you want to win. I know a good poker player when I see one. A pragmatist would win at poker all night long against an idealist. Don't you remember President Trump said we don't win anymore? He knows how to play the odds and knows when someone has a good hand or if someone is pretending to have a good hand. This is called the gift of discernment which is a valuable attribute of the gift of prophecy. President Trump has these "Spiritual Gifts" and very few Christian leaders recognize and appreciate this fact about him. All successful entrepreneurs know how to read people because they know how to test the spirits and read the nonverbal communications of others before making important decisions. Donald Trump calls this extreme vetting.
A pragmatist knows actions speak louder than words. I have discovered that an idealist actually believes their words have more merit than their actions. All idealists are great at using cleverly worded phrases to fool those they want to manipulate. All con artists (frauds) are masters in the use of words to fool those they want to prey on. My observations of my former wives idealistic mindsets reinforced in my mind the validity of this truth. That's why an idealist is all talk and no show. The reason we don't win anymore is because all the idealists who run our country don't know how to win.
I just watched and old movie on Turner Movie Classics called “The Young Philadelphians” starring a young Paul Newman. Great Script writing in this movie. This movie is a great portrayal of how rich and powerful elites control their subjects through false promises and deceptive practices.
My life experience has taught me the importance of being balanced in both book smarts and street smarts. This is what leads to great wisdom over time.
I believe Donald Trump is a cross between King David and his son King Solomon. He is a man of great wisdom, courage, faith, intuition, wealth, power, fame and quite a lady's man at that. Many of the self-righteous hypocrites who hate our president have criticized him for being married three times. Did you know King Solomon, who many believe was the wisest man to ever live other than Jesus, had approximately 700 wives and 300 mistresses in his lifetime? Way too many politicians and church leaders are severely lacking in the courage of King David and the wisdom of King Solomon in our country today. This deficiency contributes greatly to church growth decline which includes it's moral decline as well.
Bottom line - an idealist is all talk and no show. In contrast, a pragmatist let's their actions (production) speak for it's self. Compare Barack Obama’s resume with Donald Trump’s. It would be like comparing Mount Everest with a backyard mole hill. Agreed?
The mainstream church is believing the politically correct lie that it is not okay to talk about politics in group discussions. Political correctness is a mind trick that is designed to keep our conversations in small talk mode at all times. This is a lie that comes straight from the pit of hell. Even in local drinking establishments it is not okay to talk about politics anymore. It did not use to be that way in our country twenty plus years ago. I believe this lie was manufactured within the think tanks of Harvard and Yale Law Schools as a very shrewd way to censor our speech because these progressive liberal elites do not want us as potential voters to find out what their real goal is which is to Socialize our country and globalize it with rest of the world.
These Liberal Elitists want One World Government with no borders.
By now you can see I have brought politics into my discourse on the reasons for church growth decline. I have listened to dozens of sermons all across our country by going to each church's website that have posted their weekly sermons specifically looking for any Pastor who had mentioned Donald Trump in their sermon concerning his election for President. I purposely selected the sermons the week before and after his election date because this would have been the most likely time to mention his name. I did not find one Pastor who "had the balls" to mention his name. Please contact me if you know of a Pastor who has mentioned Donald Trump in one of their sermons about his election. I will buy you lunch if you can find one. Church leaders avoid his mention like he is the plague.
I believe Donald Trump is a modern day prophet. I see such a striking parallel between President Trump and what Jesus went through when dealing with the ruling politicians and religious leaders of His day. I have never seen such a hatred for any president in my lifetime. It is the same kind of hatred the Jews had towards Jesus when He was here on earth.
Look at all the current Jews who hate our President. Did you know that Jews make up 2% of our population and control an estimated 96% of the news media? Jews are also major power brokers within our Government, Education, Hollywood Entertainment, Social Media and who knows what else? This would explain why there appears to be a concerted effort to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump who is without a doubt a "Modern Day Prophet" sent by God. This is a text book example of what Government conspiracies look like. If you are a political history buff and have the gift of discernment, you would immediately recognize the fruits of a conspiracy when you see it. Do you remember who Adolf Hitler appointed to put a political spin on his conspiracy? Does Joseph Goebbels ring a bell? Some believe there is substantial evidence Hitler comes from Jewish ancestry.
Here is a list of Jews who hate our President. Jesus calls them "children of the devil". Each name is linked to their profiles:
Bernie Sanders, George Soros, Tom Steyer, Lanny Davis, Andrew Weissman, Sergey Brin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Robert Reich, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jared Polis, Noam Chomsky, Rahm Emanuel, Gary Cohn, Eric Schneiderman, Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom, Michael Bromwich, Rod Rosenstein, Debbie Waserman Schultz, Howard Schultz, Ben Wikler, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Nick Hanauer, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Plepler, Josh Gottheimer, Gabby Giffords, Jacky Rosen, Samantha Vinograd, Sander Levin, Thomas Friedman, Jan Schakowsky, Pete Davidson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eliot Engel, Al Franken, Lois Frankel, Alan Lowenthal, Nita Lowey, Rob Wyden, Josh Gottheimer, David Kustoff, Jamie Raskin, Josh Charles, John Yarmuth, David Cicilline, Ted Deutch, Brad Grey, Richard Blumenthal, Brian Schatz, Marc Elias, Brad Schneider, Ben Cardin, Eliot Spitzer, David Axelrod, Marc Mezvinsky, Haim Saban, Steve Cohen, Michael Cohen, Gary Cohn, Yoni Appelbaum, Seth Karman, Paul Krugman, Michael Bloomberg, Matthew Yglesias, Bill Maher, Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Dana Milbank, Carl Bernstein, Michael Eiesner, Preet Bharara, Gary Barber, Bob Iger, Stefan Halper, Harvey Weinstein, Gerald Levin, Daniel Schorr, Laurence Tisch, Sumner Redstone, Jim Kessler, Marshall Cohen, Chuck Lorre, Peter Chermin, Michael Schulhofand, Ronald Perelman, Ben Rhodes, David Geffen, Jodi Kantor, Jeff Katzenberg, Brian Roberts, Jake Tapper, Amy Berman Jackson, Jared Bernstein, John Stewart, Roger Cohen, Seth Meyers, Seth Rogen, Ron Perlman, Valerie Plame, Michael Ian Black, Wolf Blitzer, Jodi Kantor, Richard Plepler, Steven Spielberg, Brian Stelter, David Brooks, Judith Shulevitz, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Sean Penn, Trevor Noah, Marshall Herskovitz, Natalie Portman, Josh Charles, Lawrence Tisch, Rick Kaplan, Andrew Lack, Ed Sussman, Hilary Rosen, Susan Zirinsky, Jeff Zucker, Jeffrey Toobin, Jeff Zeleny, Jeffrey Goldberg, Nate Silver, Martha Nussbaum, Rachel Maddow, Donny Deutsch, Kurt Eichenwald, Joel Rubin, Leslie Moonves, Sally Kohn, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, Sarah Hurwitz, Julia Ioffe, Max Boot, Zachary Greenberg, Michael Bromwich, Michael Isiskoff, Yoni Appelbaum, Debra Katz, Masha Gessen, Daniel Berrin, Chelsea Handler, Woody Allen, Wendy Sherman, Lena Dunham, Michelle Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Julian Epstein, Bess Kalb, Eddy Hartenstein, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judd Apatow, Jennifer Rubin, Susan Glasser, Peter Kann, A.G. Sulzberger, Mike Levin, Neal Shapiro, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Josua Clover, Max Frankel, John Berman, Ben Smith, Andy Lassner, Ronan Farrow, Andrew Goldstein, Maggie Haberman, Mortimer Zuckerman, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Scott Israel, Jussie Smollett, Steve Wohlberg, Zachary Greenberg and many more. Do you remember who came up with the whole concept of Socialism? His initials are KM. Check out these guys too...Saul Alinsky and Leon Trotsky.
Many more Jews are in the the upper echelon of our government, public education, the fake news media and the entertainment industry. It is very obvious to me that their main objective is to destroy our President. They have fabricated a facade to hide their deeply Satanic political agenda. All of these Jews are experts in the use of propaganda to advance their secret agenda of eliminating Capitalism and replacing it with Socialism where select liberal elites in the Government own and control most everything.
Many Bible Theologians believe these Jews are the Seed of Cain. It seems to me that there is a genetic link in the DNA of this evil mindset that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Can you see what I am talking about? There is no doubt in my mind that these Jews would nail Donald Trump (a professing Presbyterian Christian) to a cross if they knew they could get away with it.
THEY HATE DONALD TRUMP JUST LIKE THEY HATED JESUS WHEN HE WAS HERE OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
Added note: Please do not misunderstand me. I am not condoning hatred for Jews like Louis Farrakhan does. Jesus and all of His disciples were Jews and He did not call them “Children of the Devil” except Judas Iscariot.
Today's mainstream church leaders purposely exclude politics from their discussions with those who attend their group meetings because they are unknowingly being conformed to the spirit of the anti-Christ who is Satan the "Father of Lies" himself. The mainstream church is actually taking away our First Amendment right to speak our mind concerning our particular views on politics. This is a grave mistake because politics is the main reason for this division. We now have two opposing forces so vast and so vindictive towards each other that is tearing our country apart. We are now in the midst of another Civil War because of our political differences. We, as followers of Jesus, need to be educated in our political thinking so we can better understand what it is that divides us and discuss ways to mend our differences and help us make wise decisions when we go to vote for those who would be our future political leaders.
Did you know that Hillary Clinton's Methodist Pastor compared her election loss to President Trump to Jesus' death on the cross as if she is the one who was crucified? Discussing politics will be a primary focus in this Men's Mentoring Ministry. Hillary Clinton is Methodist. I grew up in the Methodist Church and left because I saw that they were considering ordaining women to be Pastors in their churches. I knew this was against what God teaches in the Bible. The church should be deeply involved in politics. Jesus was deeply involved in politics during His ministry. He was always in the face of the politicians of His day. He knows how important politics is in our endeavor to fulfill His will of bringing His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus is campaigning to be our future President when He comes back to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
A church that is not willing to discuss politics in a church setting is aligned with the anti-Christ. They are setting the stage for the anti-Christ to take control of the entire world as prophesied in the Bible.
I believe the mainstream Protestant church today has joined the harlot church along with the Roman Catholic Church. The Apostle John talks about this in Revelation Chapter 17. I hope and pray this does not apply to the many church leaders whom I know and love who are actively involved in various Christian ministries. What troubles me most is that all these Christian leaders that I know and love do not bring up politics in any of their preaching and study of God's word. We need to ask ourselves why is this happening?
I will continue my search for a church home that genuinely demonstrates the "fruits of the spirit" in our mission to carry out the Great Commission. Jesus said, "you will know them by their fruit." Henry Blackaby talks about this in his book Experiencing God. In other words, it is what we produce as a church body that authenticates whether or not we have sincere and devoted faith.
I know a lot about horticulture so I understand a plant has to grow before it can produce fruit. The same is true with the church. It will not bear fruit if it is not growing. Am I right in my reasoning? Most Pastors today are aware of church growth decline. That being said, I believe it is fair to say a plant will not produce fruit if it is not growing. I can't think of a better metaphor than a tree bearing fruit to describe the healthy growth of the Body of Christ. Can you?
So far in my search for a church home since my first divorce in 2005, I have found a bunch of dead branches with no fruit. So Sad! I feel exactly like John the Baptist and the Prophet Isaiah when they said, "I am a voice crying in the wilderness". Can you relate? A good book to read on this subject is written by Wayne Grudem called Politics - According to the Bible.
8. Judgementalism - There are many self-righteous Christians who are publicly judging people outside their church body of believers.
Do you remember Anita Bryant in 1977? She publicly shamed homosexuals for their sin that made National News. Prior to this public rebuke, homosexuality was kept in the closet. As a result, gays and lesbians formed political alliances and came out of the closet in full force for the first time because of her blatant bigotry directed at them. She blew the hinges off that closet door. Her career, her marriage and her prosperity went straight down the toilet as a result. Do you think God blessed her for her judgmental actions? I think not. Please read this recent news article entitled School makes at least 75 students take blood and urine tests over 1 empty beer and see how judgmental and irrational this one woman was on how she handled this incident.
These judgmental finger pointers are what chases people away from the Cross of Christ rather than draw them to it. The Apostle Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for judging those who are outside the church body of believers in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. Paul writes,
"For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside."
And Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for being too judgmental in John 8:1-11. He said,
"You without sin cast the first stone"
Read Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-16 for a better understanding on what the Bible teaches on judging others. I can assure you that we will not bring people to Christ by pointing fingers. Jesus said, "if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto myself". If these self-righteous finger pointers really understood the value of the core value of the gospel, they would be the last people on earth to point fingers at another because of their sin. What is the core value of the gospel you may ask? It's without question the act of forgiveness. God forgave us for all of our sins so why should we not forgive others for their sins as well. This is the main point Jesus was trying to make when He told the story found in Matthew 18:21-35.
I have learned from much practical experience that the most judgmental people on the planet are the people who do not admit their own mistakes in life. I have been a very successful business man in the past. The fruits of my labor bear witness to this fact. Please see my resume. I have told many people who know my business successes that if I became a business consultant I would go with this premise...
"I can tell you what doesn't work in business because I have made that mistake before."
I have never been ashamed to admit my mistakes in the past. This is why I am not ashamed of the Gospel. As a matter of fact, the greatest lessons I have learned in life are through the mistakes that I have made. What separates me from the crowd is that I am not afraid to make a mistake if trial and error is necessary to figure out a solution to a complex problem. Does this make sense?
Why are so many professing Christians not willing to admit their mistakes? There can only be one reason for why people do not admit their mistakes and that is they do not have the true mindset of Christ because they lack the humility of Jesus as described in Philippians Chapter Two. My dad had a real problem with admitting his mistakes in life. His favorite quote was, "I might not always be right...but...I AM NEVER WRONG!" Do you see the "double standard" he has manufactured within his "idealistic" mindset? These folks are more interested in pleasing people rather than pleasing our Heavenly Father.
I must confess there was a time in my life that I was very judgmental of certain people outside the Body of Christ. This is when I got caught up in the legalistic mindset that exists within the Southern Baptist Church. I have since learned from my flawed thinking and repented of this sin and renewed my mind to have the humility of Jesus in my understanding of right and wrong. This is another major reason why people hate to be around Christians and will not set foot in a church door today. Who likes a finger pointer?
9. The majority of Christians who attend church today do not confess their sins to each other as the Bible commands us to do.
James 5:16 says,
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed."
And 1 John 1:9. says,
"If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
That being said, am I safe to assume that God will not forgive our guilt, heal our shame and cleans our unrighteousness if we fail to obey these commands?
People in the church today hide their sins from one another especially Southern Baptists which is the largest Protestant denomination in the world. Only Roman Catholics outnumber them. I know this is true because I use to be Southern Baptist and went to one of their Seminary's. I use to joke around in Sunday School class by saying that you never see a Last Baptist Church anywhere, it's always a First Baptist Church. Didn't Jesus say "the first would be last and the last would be first in the Kingdom of God?" I think I made a lot of enemies with this quip. Have you noticed how many Southern Baptist Churches are changing their name today? First Baptist Church of Oviedo (my former church home) just changed their name to CrossLife. Yes, dirty diapers definitely need to be changed. I have learned that unconfessed sin is what causes a person to become self-righteous just like the Pharisees and Scribes were when Jesus walked this earth over 2000 years ago. God gave me a great metaphor to explain this phenomenon of why unconfessed sin is so detrimental to the spiritual (mental) health of every Christian. It goes like this...
"Harboring unconfessed sin in our heart is like a boil full of puss. Shame is very similar to puss. Shame builds up inside our heart when we do not confess our sins. Shame is the total opposite of God's redeeming grace. Unconfessed sin causes shame to build up inside our hearts just like puss builds up inside a boil. Puss builds up inside of a boil because of an impurity under the skin. A boil must be drained of puss and its impurity before it can heal. Boils full of puss are very ugly and this is why we try to hide them from the sight of others. The same is true with unconfessed sin. We try to hide our sins (impurities) from others by denying they even exist. We need to confess our sins in order to be healed for the same reason we need to drain a boil of it's impurities so that it will heal."
Jesus has taught me that shame comes straight from the pit of hell. Shame is the number one weapon Satan uses to destroy a person's soul. Sigmund Freud was the first Psychologist to prove scientifically just how harmful shame is to the human Psyche. I studied Freud at UCF.
Remember when Adam and Eve were hiding from God after they broke the only rule God gave them in the Garden of Eden? God saw they were hiding from Him so God asked Adam, "where are you?" Adam answered saying, "we were hiding from you because we were ashamed of our nakedness". Then God asked, "who told you that you are naked?" You see that it was not God who caused them to feel shame because He would have never asked this question if He was responsible for their shame. Read full account of this story in Genesis Chapter Three. Am I right in my reasoning? This is why it is so important for us to confess our sins to God and significant others with a repentant heart on an as needed basis so we can be healed of sin's shameful effects that causes us to hide from God and each other. Unconfessed sin is the main reason for the lack of transparency we see in professing Christians who have a self-righteous, sanctimonious or holier-than-thou mindset. I believe many, if not most Christians, hide their sins because they are more interested in pleasing people than pleasing God.
See what King David said concerning unconfessed sin in Psalm 32:3-5.
"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. Day and night Your hand was heavy upon me. My vitality was drained away like a fever on a hot summer night. I acknowledged my sin to You and my guilt I did not hide. I said, I will confess my sins to the Lord and You forgave the guilt of my sin."
Confession is essential for the sanctification process to be fulfilled as we mature through time to develop the true mindset of Jesus.
Bottom line - Confession is a supernatural medicine that keeps our conscience minds free from the demonic forces that give shame it's destructive psychological power.
10. Self-righteousness is what leads to hypocrisy – the denial of one’s own sin.
Read John 8:7 and 1 John 1:8-10. The Greek word for sin is hamartia. It means "missing the mark" like when an archer misses his target with an arrow. In other words, it is the mistakes we make in life. The hypocrites in the church today would rather pretend that everything is okay in their personal lives rather than confess their sins or admit their mistakes to their fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Presbyterians know this to be true better than any other church denomination. Let me share with you a true story why Presbyterians know this to be true. I use to be a member of First Baptist Church Orlando, FL when it was downtown. I was very active in their Single's Ministry. Jimmy Knott was the Single's Minister and hand picked twelve single men to be a part of a prayer group he formed that met every Tuesday morning at 6AM. We followed the ACTS acronym on how we prayed. When we got to C, which means confession, we would all confess our sins to each other. What caught my attention was you would never hear a sin worse than not praying enough or not spending enough time reading the Bible and the like, you know, spiritual stuff. You never heard anything like, I had sex and caught the clap from a girl I picked up from a bar or I got drunk and got a DUI and thrown in jail, or I got into a major fight and assaulted my girlfriend or I went to a "topless bar" and got drunk with some old friends or I cheated on my income taxes or I cussed out a person who cut me off in traffic or I have problem with pornography or I stole some money from my employer or I plagiarized my term paper or I am addicted to alcohol or I am a sex addict and so on. Please keep in mind I had been through four years of Navy with some pretty worldly guys so I knew something was fishy with such superficial confessions. Since no one in this group were willing to be honest about their sins, I decided I was not going to admit I was struggling with sexual temptation at the time.
It was during this time period that I went on a church mission trip for a week to a small town in western Pennsylvania called Carmichaels. We were planting a Southern Baptist Church. We canvassed the whole town door to door to invite the residents to nightly revival meetings led by a preacher from West Virginia. At the end of the week we had a luncheon for all those who were involved in this effort. We invited all the local Pastors from other churches as well. The Lutheran Pastor and his wife, the Methodist Pastor and his wife and the Presbyterian Pastor and his wife were in attendance. It was a very interesting meeting because we were all making light of our doctrinal differences. I will never forget what the Presbyterian's wife said that struck me as being very true about Southern Baptists. She said, "Well, at least us Presbyterians don't do our sins behind the barn like you Baptists do". That is when I realized for the fist time what Southern Baptist's biggest sin weakness is as organized group of professing Christians. What is it? They hide their sins from each other. She couldn't be more right about her observation because of what I experienced in Jimmy Knott's Men's Prayer Group. Self-righteousness (the denial of one's own sins) is why we have so many "Holier-Than-Thou" types who call themselves Christians in the church today. Jesus could not stand to be around people like this as is clearly demonstrated in the four gospels. I believe the sin of Hypocrisy is one of the main reasons many people do not want to set foot in a church door today. Who likes to hang around hypocrites? Jesus and John the Baptist chose not to hang around the religious leaders of their day because of their blatant hypocrisy. Is there an uglier sin than hypocrisy? I can't think of one. Can you?
11. The sin of Hypocrisy is epidemic in the Body of Christ and not being confronted and corrected by church leaders today.
The sin of hypocrisy is the sin that angered Jesus more than any other. Read Matthew Chapter 23 if you don't believe me. Jesus cursed at the religious and political leaders of His day seven times in this chapter for their hypocrisy. He called them "Snakes" & "Broods of Vipers". He used the word Woe to condemn them for this sin. I interpret this word to mean "Go to Hell" in today's lingo. He physically threw them out of the temple with a hand made whip on two occasions as described in the gospels for their blatant hypocrisy. When I confronted this sin with the church leaders at First Baptist Church in Oviedo, FL they told me that we are all hypocrites. I replied, "No, we are not all hypocrites. We are all sinners not hypocrites. Sinners admit they are sinners. Hypocrites do not!" Do you see the difference now?
Here is my definition of a hypocrite. "A hypocrite thinks everyone else's shit stinks but their own doesn't". I am going to be very honest and up front with you right now. Are you offended by me using the word shit? If you are, I suspect you are guilty of being self-righteous. I used the word shit as a test to see if you have a self-righteous mindset. Using the noun shit in my definition of a hypocrite gives it more attention and shock value because shit is a very ugly word. To me, sin is a much uglier word than shit. Let me ask you a question. Would you rather be full of shit or full of sin? What does shit mean? Let me give you the synonyms for this word; poop, doo doo, dung, manure, feces, excrement, crap, turd as well as others. Why is it that these synonyms can be used without criticism and shit blows people away? Who gave the word shit so much hysterical power?
Now are you starting to see how unproductive harsh censorship of certain words can be? This is why our Founding Fathers gave us the "First Amendment" because they knew how important freedom of speech is to the psychological (spiritual) health of our nation. What is profane about human and animal feces? Don't we shit every day? The prophet Isaiah admitted he is a man of unclean lips, so, why shouldn't we? Did you know that Social Psychologists have proven that people who cuss are more honest than those that don't? The most honest people I have ever known were my fellow shipmates in the Navy and all of them "cussed like a sailor". I believe this is the reason why Jesus would rather hang around Tax Collectors and sinners than His fellow Rabbi's because He knew they were much more honest in expressing their deepest thoughts and feelings. Capeesh?
Do you want to know what really is profane in God's eyes? It's taking the Lord's name in vain...that's profane! Like when certain people say "Jesus Christ!” when they are mad or offended about something or when someone says, "God damn you!". Let's get our priorities in the right order shall we? I don't have a problem with four letter words and even the word pussy (synonym for vagina) which President Trump used in a private conversation with Billy Bush, a supposed friend, that was leaked to the fake news media in order to slander his character. It's okay for feminists to wear pink pussies on their heads while marching on the streets of Washington DC, but not okay to speak the word. How absurd? Of course, those who were most upset about Trump using the word pussy, were all the self-righteous hypocrites following this story, right? Ask any Rock Star about all the women who would love for them to invite them backstage after a concert. They will tell you they can touch any body part they want without objection. This was what President Trump was saying after he became famous with his "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show.
I believe Jesus wants us to be totally honest with our thoughts and feelings and if using a four letter word best describes your feelings then by all means use it. You won't offend me because I'm 'fessed up and admit I am a man of unclean lips. God knows our thoughts and our feelings. We can't hide them from Him so why should we hide them from each other?
I have learned from self-examination through psychotherapy that is impossible for me to be perfect. Jesus has taught me how to "lighten up". I learned this through the "school of hard knocks" and by the leadership of the Holy Spirit what it takes to be set free from the bondage caused by our obsession with what is right and what is wrong? We all have addictions or obsessions towards certain temptations. The people who do not admit their addictions are the hypocrites who rule the mainstream church and their marriages today. In other words, it's the "holier-than-thou" types. You know who I'm talking about. Don't forget what God says about our hidden thoughts...
Jesus has taught me that the people we need to be most concerned about in life are the people who don't share their real thoughts and feelings with us in a totally transparent way. In other words, the "politically correct liberal elites" and the "Holier-Than-Thou" types of folks that go to church every Sunday. These are the venomous snakes hiding in the swamp ready to strike at their most advantageous moment. Don't you think it is about time that we drain the swamp of the mainstream church as well? In my opinion, the world looks too far gone to revive. Jesus needs to step in now. I believe Donald Trump is a front runner for Jesus' return just like John the Baptist was a front runner for Jesus in His first visit to earth. This is not an excuse to give up on the Gospel Message. Let's keep the faith and finish this fight!
Here is another characteristic I discovered about hypocrites. Why is it that hypocrites get so obsessed with certain words when we know that it is our actions that really have a consequential impact on our lives? Do you remember the old saying, "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me?" These "snakes" are masters of deception and use politically prescriptive propaganda to promote their poisonous precepts.
Every time I look at Harvard grad Senator Chuck Schumer and Yale grad Hillary Clinton, I see the eyes of a snake. Let's put off having to take the "mark of the beast" as long as possible. Hopefully Jesus will return before the Anti-Christ shows his ugly face. Come to think of it...the way things are trending...the anti-Christ will probably be a woman.
12. The mainstream church has lost intimacy between brothers and sisters in Christ and what it is to be a close knit family.
This is what leads to the divisiveness we see in churches all over the world. I don't know of another word that better expresses what it is to be of one mind with another person than intimacy. Jesus earnestly prayed that we become One with Him as He is One with Our Heavenly Father in John Chapter Seventeen. Today many of us are more consumed with Social-Media and computer games rather than spending quality time in person with those who are most important to us such as family and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I feel like John the Baptist all alone in the wilderness. As I see it, the underground church in China seems to be the only authentic gathering of committed Christians in the world today.
Everyone I know seems to be lost in cyberspace rather than sitting at the dining room table eating and enjoying the fellowship with those we love most. My whole family (both church and biological) have deserted me because of our differences in what it is to have the true mindset of Jesus. Jesus said this would happen in Luke 12:53. I feel like John the Baptist and the Prophet Isaiah when they said, "I am a voice crying in the wilderness". I am hoping and praying this will change as I try and find like minded men who desire to see true revival within the Body of Christ. I want to meet contenders not pretenders who are totally sold out to Jesus. I have had my fill of pretenders.
It would be great to have the close relationships I use have with my fellow shipmates while serving in the Navy. I know those who have served in the military know what I am talking about. It's very sad when my dog loves me more than my former wives, three daughters, three sisters and church family do. This would explain why so many single people have service dogs for emotional support. I long for the close relationships I use to have with my former family both spiritual and biological who have rejected me as a trusted friend and brother in the Lord. I fully understand why 20 veterans a day are committing suicide. If it were not for my relationship with Jesus, I would have killed myself a long time ago just like my first wife's husband chose to do. Why is there so much apathy in our country today? Has Love ceased to exist? Maybe if the mainstream church showed more love more people would attend. What's more attractive than true love?
13. The lack of church discipline in a loving and caring manner as taught by Jesus.
Read Matthew 18:15-17. It seems to be the new normal for people not to confront the sins or offensive behavior of others and ignore what Jesus teaches us. People would rather talk behind our backs and malign our personal reputation rather than confront the offensive behavior we see in face to face private meetings as Jesus taught us to do.
I grew up with my mom and three sisters and my wife and three daughters in my marriage. I had no brothers or sons to enjoy things that men and boys love to do. Maybe when I get to heaven there will be only brothers and no sisters. That would be nice for a change. Jesus said there will be no marriage in Heaven. Thank God, what a blessing of peace that will be. I have always been around the female gender my whole life. Even with this much experience, I still do not understand the female mindset. We are definitely "Different by Design" as John MacArthur describes in his book. One thing for sure, I do know what women's biggest character flaws are from past experience. Number one, women love to stick their nose in other people's business and number two, once they find some shady activity they will maliciously gossip about it behind their backs with their closest confidants. That's why they call this back biting. I think this makes them feel better so they don't feel so bad about their own shady activities.
President Obama was raised by a single mom and learned this sin weakness from her. He, Susan Rice and Samantha Power were the main characters in sticking their noses into the business of the Trump campaign to try and dig up shady activity so they can destroy him and those who support him. These are the manifestations of their own self-righteous behavior. Hillary Clinton is the most self-righteous (sanctimonious) person I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. How nauseating can one person be? She is a perfect example of someone who has been given over to a depraved mind as the Bible teaches. Now she wants to become a Methodist Preacher. Have you experienced what I am talking about with certain women in your life?
14. Lack of discipline and accountability in raising our children.
King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Too many children are being raised by single mom's today. It's over 72% in Afro-American communities. Where's Dad? I have never heard a news reporter ever ask this question when addressing all the crime that comes out of the inner cities in America today. Have you? Kids today don't have to worry about hearing Mom say, "Wait 'til your Dad gets home" anymore. This is inexcusable and an obvious malpractice in responsible parenting. This issue must be confronted and corrected within the church body of believers for the future welfare of our nation! Discipline and Accountability are unknown practices in the majority of homes and within the church body today.
My former wife resented the fact that I was a strong disciplinarian because she was raised in a permissive home as a child. She undermined my authority as the disciplinarian in our family in front of our three daughters to the point where they no longer respected me as the Spiritual leader in our family. No one at CrossLife Church Oviedo were willing to confront and correct my wife about her blatant disobedience towards me as the God's ordained spiritual leader to our family. This is what caused our family nucleus to self-destruct and led me to self-medicate with alcohol to relieve my frustrations after many years of sobriety. My wife did not understand the importance of strong discipline in raising children because she was not subject to it as a child. As I mentioned before in my thesis, she believes she is morally superior to me and more qualified to be the disciplinarian in our family. I discovered that there is a close knit group of women who control the narrative at CrossLife church. This same group of women used shaming tactics to convince my wife to divorce me. I witnessed other men in this church have the same thing happen to them by this same group of "holier-than-thou" women. My Psychiatrist had his marriage destroyed by these women. I was able to piece this all together through all the psychotherapy I went through to recover from my traumatic divorce experience. We can't blame kids for their bad behavior. We have to place the blame on parents or the lack thereof because of our negligence in not taking the necessary time and effort to discipline our kids for bad behavior and teaching them good manners.
Another extremely important point on church discipline is that older women are neglecting their responsibility of disciplining younger women as taught in God's word. Mothers no longer teach their daughters what it is to be Lady-like. There is nothing more attractive to me than when a woman demonstrates true feminine qualities. It seems to be a lost attribute with today's feminist women. There is nothing more ugly to me than a woman who acts like a man. I believe most men will agree with me but they are too scared to admit this for fear of retribution from the feminist women who control the narrative in their lives. Now do you see the consequences of divorce and how it leads to broken homes and dysfunctional families? I have not seen or heard any Pastor preach a sermon on this subject. Have you? This is proof that women have emasculated men in the church today.
Let me offer this disclaimer: We cannot blame our kids for their bad behavior if they do not know what it is to begin with. Do you agree? A good book to read on this subject is called “The Peace Maker” by Ken Sande.
I mentored these Afro-American Boys (now Men) since the age of twelve. They were Groomsmen in my wedding in 1997. From left to right - Jay Jackson (now a Criminal Law Attorney), Mario Otis (now a Supervisor for Tech Support at Spectrum) and Tavis Porter (now a Graphic Artist). Did you know that certain people think I am a racist because I voted for Donald Trump. What do you think?
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