The Lot Syndrome

28 04 2014

I think we in Christianity today have a sickness, well not exactly a sickness but we suffer from something that if left unchecked will impact millions of people. We have what I call the “Lot syndrome.” What do I mean by the Lot syndrome you ask? Look at what happened in the life of Lot. He lived in one of the most wicked societies of his day and although he was a righteous man before God he tolerated the unrighteousness around him without even a warning.

“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” (2 Peter 2:6-8)

So Lot lived among them seeing and hearing their wickedness and yet as far as Scripture informs us he said nothing about it to those around him. He even sat in the gate of the city which in Bible terms means he was a leader in the city and yet did little or nothing to warn them of their wickedness.

“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.” (Genesis 19:1)

He simply tried to fit in. Until the word came that God was going to destroy the city save for Lot and his family. When he finally gets the guts to warn his family about the coming wrath well you could say they thought he was joking. It seems his long years of silence led them to be surprised that the city was even that wicked.

“And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.” (Genesis 19:14)

I think that like Lot many churches have spent the last 20 or so years trying to fit into the American culture. We have designed our churches, and ministries around making people feel the most comfortable. We have designed our teaching to lift self esteem. We have even justified or at least ignored sinful activity such as fornication, and abortion.

Now that the culture has taken a new turn and embraced the homosexual movement society looks to us to accept or at the very least ignore such sins. When Christians come out and take a stand we seem to them as one that mocks because for so long we compromised our churches, or message, and our calling to make them feel loved, accepted, and comfortable.

Some professing Christians with a strong emphasis on professing have come out in support of the gay agenda because they were never of us in the first place.

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:19)

When a sincere Christian fails to embrace such sinful behavior or even warns the person to turn from their wickedness the culture is (I believe) genuinely surprised and angered. We wan that God will destroy the wicked and we seem to them as one that mocks since after all we have tolerated such sinful behavior even often sitting in the gate of our city and nation.

How do we break the Lot syndrome? The answer is simple stop forming our churches to please the culture. Stand on the promises and message of the Word of God. Preach the old fashioned Gospel in sincerity and truth. Seek and ask for the old paths of repentance from sin, and separation from the world. Don’t worry out making them feel comfortable but warn them they stand condemned. Remind them that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and urge them to flee from the wrath to come.





Abortion: Republicanism is not the Answer

22 01 2014

I am sitting here on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in America. Consider that point for a moment and let it sink in. For 41 years in the United States of America it has been perfectly legal to murder children many being murdered as they are in the process of being born. Many of them have their heads crushed so that  they can be pulled from the womb of their mothers, and many others . It is not often mentioned but in California child murder was legal several years before the 1973 Supreme Court ruling and the precedence of it being legal may have even led to the 1973 ruling. It’s not mentioned because many Christians and Republicans want to forget the fact that the Republican Messiah Ronald Reagan then Governor of California was the one to legalize abortion on demand.

For far too many years we as believers have seen abortion as a political issue. Growing up I was always taught that abortion is wrong and we are against it like we are against high taxes or the welfare state. It was an issue we had to fight at the ballot box. For far too long this has been the common thought and it needs to stop. Being more Republican will not end child murder in this nation. We are told that if we just get a Republican President or good Supreme Court picks, or if we control Congress then we can see abortion end. Let’s look at the evidence before us. It was a Republican Governor who legalized abortion on demand in California long before the Supreme Court legalized it.

The second condemning factor in our political theology is the fact that from 2011 to about 2006 Republicans, pro-life Republicans controlled the U.S. House of Representatives, the U. S. Senate, the Supreme Court, and the White House. With around 5 years of nearly complete control of the United States government the Republican party made no attempt to stop abortion. Once they lost control we were all told again if only we can get Republicans elected then we can fight these things. IT IS A LIE!!!!! It’s a lie folks. They will never end child sacrifice in America and it is not a political issue. It is a moral issue, it is a Bible issue.

Many Christians don’t want to touch the abortion issue outside of politics because of several reasons. The first being our fear of being hated. The church today, many churches look so much like the world that they have been accepted. Our preaching is soft, more self help then condemnation. Our song services are more like a rock concert then anything else and every part of the church “experience” has been bent towards making people comfortable. Our services are man centered more then God centered. Churches have stopped evangelizing the lost and have turned to putting on a good show to draw people in. Churches now do “outreach” through doing community projects and the world looks at us with kindness because we make them feel as comfortable as we can. Jesus told us the opposite should be true, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:18-20)

The church has been lulled to sleep, made to believe that we can only reach people by making them like us but this is not Biblical thinking. We are commanded to preach the Gospel which means telling people they are sinners and will perish eternally apart from faith in Christ. Those who are living in sin should hate us because we bring light to shine on their darkness and they hate the light. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (John 3:19-20) Jesus was hated and despised and we are called not to be loved by those who hated Him but to bear the same reproach He bore, “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13)

The third reason we settle back and assure ourselves being Republican is enough is our fear of suffering for the Lord. If you stand outside abortion clinics and call men and women to repentance you will not only be hated and have your name and reputation dragged through the mud but you may also be laughed at, mocked, hit in the face, pushed, spit on, and arrested without cause. All of these are things Jesus endured for you and yet we draw the line and saw, “I’ll bear His reproach by going to church and telling all my friends I’m Christian but it stops there I mean after all I might get hurt.” Listen, to be a Christian in Paul’s day and today in most of the world means probably losing your reputation, home, family, fortunes, possessions, and even your life and millions in the face of that have said bring it on. All to Jesus I surrender is a lie that most American believers sing but the words are vain. As R.C. Sproul Jr. said we need to stop being middle class sissies. I’m worried about many in our churches today who want to follow Christ in name only but refuse to suffer anything real for His name.

The answer to abortion is not the Republican Party. It is not legislation, or laws. Someday perhaps laws will be written that protect innocent babies but the answer is the Gospel. To go out and convince women not to murder their babies. To share with them the fact that they are sinners and in need of a Savior, and yes that the alternative is to suffer the eternal vengeance of a holy God. We need to stop calling women who willingly kill their babies victims as if they are somehow exempt from God’s punishment. We need to look on them with the compassion of a sinner who themselves has been saved from their sin. To be quiet to protect ourselves is the most hateful thing we could do and I fear many of God’s children will weep one day having realized what they have done.





Regarding Our Leaders

5 10 2013

It seems strange to ask what someone calls the President of the United States. The answer should be a very simple and straightforward. In these days of Christians and churches being hyper political the question should probably be answered from the Bible. I don’t call him Obama, or the anointed one, or Barry or BHO, or any other name. I call him Mr. President as my forefathers from the founding of this nation saw fit and I call him President Obama. It is a title of respect, and honor. It is a title due his position and authority.

Some Christians unfortunately feel they have a right to respect whom they choose and to hold with contempt whom they will. They cannot however look to the Scriptures for support of their position. Am I saying that the President is a good man? No of course not nor am I and nor are you if we are honest with ourselves.
The Bible says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10) I think we as believers often begin to think that our salvation makes us better than someone else but in reality we are better off but not better. There is nothing good in us that brings us our salvation.

Without the help of Jesus clothing us in His righteousness we are just as wicked and capable of the same wickedness as say the vilest in history. The biggest problem is that most Christians are more Republican then they are Christian. We fall into party line and begin to see members of the opposing party as our enemies.
We also tend to consider America “God’s nation” and anyone who does contrary then we believe best for our nation is suddenly an enemy of God as a result. My disagreements with the President are many but when I speak of our nation’s leader it is with respect and dignity because as our leader he deserves such honor. Let me give you a few Biblical reasons for doing this.

1. All leaders are chosen by God:

“While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” (Daniel 4:31-32)

2. All authority is God ordained:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1)

3. We are commanded to submit to governing authorities:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” (Romans 13:1-2)

4. We are commanded to honor our nation’s leader:

“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

5. Paul showed honor even to less than honorable leaders:

“But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.” (Acts 26:25)

6. God desires all to be saved including leaders:

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

7. We are commanded to pray for leaders and prayer cannot be mixed with animosity:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

8. Were it not for the grace of God we would be as wicked as they are:

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:1-5)

9. No civic leader is our enemy:

“ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

When you think about our leaders, or talk about them make sure your words are in line with what Scripture teaches and not so much like the world that you sound more like the culture than an ambassador of Jesus Christ.








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