Thursday, November 09, 2006

Concerning Ted Haggard...

"You have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23

God is NO respector of persons. He has no favorites or contracts or seniority. Sin is Sin, no matter who commits it--even a preacher--a person whose conduct and influence should be above reproach. If we deliberately disobey God's Word, we have sinned. It is NOT a "shortcoming" or a "fault" or a "character flaw": it is SIN! We cannot trifle with the Word of God and still have His approval upon our life. Any who might think they can are badly deceived.

For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Job 34:21,22.

I believe that in these end times we are going to see more and more of a distinction and seperation between those who call themselves Christians and those who have truly had a born again, life changing experience with Jesus Christ. We will see those who truly love the Lord grow closer and closer to Him and those who are "playing church", grow further away and more like the world. Satan has deceived a great many so called Christians. Many a church are full Sunday after Sunday with people who are headed for Hell.

In an effort to please people and attract them to church, too many have watered down and compromised the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Churches have grown more and more like the world. Many are nothing more than a weekly gathering of a social club. Jesus Himself said that if we were lukewarm He would spew us from His mouth! Those are very strong and serious words. He wants all of us. He wants us to be madly in love with Him. After all, He is coming back for His bride! He is the Bridegroom!

And now, I will continue my Thousand Gifts List....

52. pumpkin spice coffee creamer (Yummy!)
53. glue guns
54. a car that runs great!
55. my husbands overtime at work ($)
54. my God never leaves me or forsakes me
55. great deals on ebay
56. microwaves
57. grace
58. squirrels scampering around the yard
59. cell phones
60. the look on your childs face when you sing happy birthday!
61. hearing my children tell one another they love each other
62. children that look forward to going to church
63. great sales at the grocery store
64. sleeping an extra few minutes in the morning
65. email
66. the first morning kiss from the puppy
67. walks on the beach
68. friendly neighbors
69. power rollers for painting
70. dinner out! (a break from cooking)
71. italian food
72. watching my daughter play dress-up
73. questions like, "mommy, will I be a good mommy some day?", as my daughter holds her baby doll
74. watching the dogs cuddle at night
75. kitty cats rubbing their heads up against you and purring
76. quiet!
77. a peaceful, uneventful homeschool day
78. great smelling fabric softener
79. carpet cleaner
80. doggies always at my feet!

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chris said...

Excellent post! Thank you for sharing. I'm so tired of 'social' clubs--churches. And you are so right - it's not a white lie or twisting the truth; it's a Sin.
I love your list too :)

Anonymous said...

Great points! Jesus is coming back and we need to be ready. Churches need to stand up and be what God has called us to be-not a clique or social club, but a house of prayer, worship, teaching, and praising GOD. However, we need to pray for Ted Haggard, his wife and the congregation where he pastored. We all fall short of God's glory. We need to pray that he seeks forgiveness and restoration. We need to love those who have fallen and demonstrate compassion. It's only by the grace of God that we have not fallen and if we have ever fallen in the past it is only God's love and compassion towards us that helps us to get back up.