Here is a video challenge for my Christian friends. If you can watch the following video all the way to the end, without skipping parts, you are a glutton for punishment. After you watch it, consider, is this the faith that the reformers fought for? Is this the faith the martyrs were murdered for? Is this the faith the Apostles taught? Is this the faith our Lord suffered and died for? If you are attending a, “Church” like this, and have not learned the Bible, or feel empty inside, or depressed, or ill equipped for a God glorifying life, or you can’t share the gospel because you, yourself don’t know it, consider leaving the church you are in, and finding an actual Church instead of a circus. A good Church preaches God’s word, the Bible, to the people, and teaches them from it about Him. It equips them to defend the faith, and share the gospel. (good news about Jesus) It is reverent, and orderly. It seeks to present every man mature in Christ. Now, the video… I barely made it through to the end.
Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent to some coworkers, and friends who are Christian. Maybe it will help you.
As many of you already know, the death rate is far lower than originally projected. Many of us know someone, or know of someone who has died of the virus. Several of us have had the virus. I want to give you a little ray of sunshine. If you look at the numbers as of today, 10,513,068 people in America have tested positive since they started keeping track almost a year ago. This is not the number of active cases, even though that is how it seems to be presented by the media. The total number of deaths in America has been listed as 242,527. We know that this number has been inflated, and is actually lower. How much lower, I do not know. To give the doom, and gloom squad the benefit of the doubt, we’ll use that number. The next number we will look at is the number of Americans who have recovered from the virus. As we know, this number is dramatically under-reported by the media. In reality, you either recover, or die within a month. So it is obvious they have not kept pace with all the recoveries. For some reason they don’t track, or report accurately on the number of recovered cases. Perhaps it would seem to lead to a different narrative than the one we are being presented?
In my house, when I had the virus, I was the only one tested. After I came down with it, I promptly infected everyone else. My wife, 32 year old son, and 20 year old daughter all caught it. Since they weren’t tested, their numbers didn’t get recorded, or added to the total number of confirmed cases. The clinic would not test them. They told them to stay home and quarantine. I understand that this is pretty typical. Also, around 50% of the people are asymptomatic. If you take these factors into consideration, the real number of people who had the virus is more likely 3 times the official amount, and the government knows it. That would be approximately 31,539,204 people who have had the virus. If we divide the number of people who have died, by the number of people who have had the virus, we get .76% mortality rate. In other words, 99.24% of all people, in all age groups, with all kinds of diseases, and pre-existing conditions survive the virus. Tell me again why we are going through all of this? Why are we shutting down jobs, and families? Why are we wearing useless masks? Don’t get me started on masks. Have you seen what kind of gear they wear in labs that work on viruses?
Don’t let your emotions, and fear take over. Trust God. Even during the bubonic plague when mortality rates were around 50% Christians still went into sick homes, and ministered to dying people. This virus is not the same, but Christians should have the same message. God is sovereign. He is in control. Even this is in His will. We all are guilty sinners, and deserve suffering, death, and hell. If He has determined to bring me home by catching a virus, so be it. It doesn’t change the fact that people need to hear the gospel. They need to be warned, they are sinners, just like you and I. We will stand before God on judgment day. We will have no excuse for our sins. We must repent, and trust the justifying work of Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection. Be found in Christ on the day of your judgment, and live with Him in glory. Don’t fear the virus, fear God, and live!
“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.” ― Jonathan Edwards
In case you are older, white, and don’t listen to modern rap, or modern country, there was a modern country/rap song that came out in 2019 performed by a rapper called Lil Nas X. It was called, “Old Town Road.” In the video the rapper is dressed in all sorts of quasi-country western garb, and he sings in a half-hearted, modern country style. I don’t call what he was doing singing. I don’t call modern country, singing either. It is my opinion that Lil Nas X was mocking modern country music fans. I am of the opinion that he was calling modern country music fans mindless consumers, and modern country stars no-talent avatars, as well as calling the producers of modern country corrupt profiteers.
I don’t disagree about modern country singers having no talent, or about the producers being corrupt profiteers. That being said, I wonder if he can smell the hypocrisy? Modern rap/hip hop is exactly the same as modern country, and modern pop music. They read aloud what was written for them by the media beasts, functioning as a mouthpiece for their satanic overlords, to a click, or snap track, accompanied by electronic, computer generated, studio music, and they have their voices heavily modified by people using computers in the studio, and they don’t play instruments. It is all mass produced garbage. The real talent is in the people making them sound good, and giving them something to, “sing” along with. All they have to do is look pretty, dance, show up to contractual performance dates, be in the media, and keep pushing the leftists/satanic narratives their overlords give them. They went down to the crossroads, and sold something that wasn’t theirs for fame, and fortune.
I’m old enough to remember when music was made by people, for people. I remember well trained voices. I remember musicians who could play their instruments well. There are still musicians out there. If you look, you can find them. Pay for their songs. Support them, if you like real music.
As for cultural appropriation, I’m not sure this fits. It seems more like mocking to me. It is like Lil Nas X is saying, “Look at how little talent modern country music takes! I can do it without trying. White people suck. Look how corrupt the producers are. They know it is crap, but they keep taking money from the ignorant fans, and the fans ares stupid too.” I get those opinions from watching the official video. Now perhaps that wasn’t his intent at all. I don’t know. You be the judge. I’m not going to include a link, because I don’t want to…
Even if it is cultural appropriation, it would demonstrate that cultural appropriation is done by all cultures, and it isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. There is nothing racists about liking or profiting from what someone from another culture enjoys. After all, we are all from the human race, regardless of what the left would have you believe.
I’ve had several discussions, and arguments over the years about the use of marijuana by Christians. I’m sure you have heard all the arguments, and perhaps you were even the one making the argument for it. If that is the case, I’d like for you to consider the list of sins that sorcery is included with, and the context of its prohibition, as well as what it actually is.
Many of us have discovered, or have been taught that the Greek word translated as sorcery in the New Testament is, “φαρμακεία.” (pharmakeia) It is where we get our modern words, “pharmacy, pharmaceutical, and pharmacist” to name a few. The Latin derivative means, drugs. It is a simplistic definition that did not carry the original Koine Greek meaning with it fully.
In context to the time, language, and the entirety of scripture, the meaning becomes clear. Sorcery was the practice of using naturally occurring compounds alone, or mixed to make one feel a certain way, or to see visions, (hallucinations) or to poison them, or to simply get them high. It was often in conjunction with witchcraft, and ritual sexual immorality.
We know sorcery isn’t the work of a physician as Luke was a physician. The Greek word for physician was, “ἰατρὸς.” (iatros) it meant, a practitioner of medicine. The word for medicine was, “ἴαμα.” (iama) and it meant, healing, curing, or remedy. Being a physician (healer) was an accepted practice. They would use medicines in their practice. The negative social connotation of a sorcerer was more akin to the modern drug dealer, and occultist, than a pharmacist, or doctor.
Pagan religions would use, and some still do, potions, plasters, and bolus’ in conjunction with sexual immorality, including orgies, and bestiality, to either worship their false gods, or have spiritual experiences. One might say they were pseudospiritual, but I think it would be more accurate to classify them as demonic spiritual experiences.
It is true however, that the English word, “sorcery” when used in the Old Testament to translate the Hebrew word, “ וְֽכִשֵּׁ֔ף” (wə·ḵiš·šêp̄) didn’t specifically state that it was drugs, but it was still associated with witchcraft, enchantments, evil mysticism, and paganism outside of the one true faith, and it shared same connotation that was understood in the New Testament. It has always been an abomination to God, and forbidden to His people.
It is obvious from scripture that having a sober mind is a good thing. If we are sober minded, we can pray, and be on guard against sin, and evil in our lives, but if we are not sober minded our inhibitions against sin are reduced, and so are our faculties. Engaging in drug us is not the same as using a prescribed medicine from a doctor to bring about healing. We can see that the abuses associated with sorcery, and witchcraft are abominable. If you truly seek to fight sin in your life, then you will not purposefully subject yourself to sorcery, substance abuse.
Marijuana is one of those drugs that we as Christians should not take. It is a drug that people take to get high. They take it for the express purpose of dulling their senses, and not being sober minded. Some might protest, and argue about how they have other reasons they take it, but there are other ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, or other problems, that don’t involve using drugs. Drug users will always have an argument, but if you seek the truth, and righteousness, stay away from drugs. You can take medicine from a physician, but not drugs from a drug dealer, even if they have made it legal in your state. Legal doesn’t mean moral. As always, repent of your sins, and trust Jesus Christ’s justifying work on the cross, and not your own works.
After all, what does living for God’s glory look like? Does it look like someone who loves pot more than Christ? Does it look like someone who has been defiled by being stoned out of their gourd? This doesn’t just apply to drugs. Whatever it is that you can’t live without, drugs, porn, booze, adultery, a pet false teaching, anything in your life that dishonors God is sin. We have to come to the realization, and understanding about these things so we can be honest about them, and fight them, instead of justifying them away. It is impossible to come to God in repentance, if you are minimizing your sins, or justifying them away. Ask Jesus to forgive you based on who He is and what He has done to make you right with God. Then, fight against these sins. Don’t give up. You may be fighting for a long time.
7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
[Deu 18:10 NASB] 10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
[Exo 22:18 NASB] 18 “You shall not allow a sorceress to live.
[Isa 57:3 NASB] 3 “But come here, you sons of a sorceress, Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
[2Ch 33:6 NASB] 6 He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him [to anger.]
[Gal 5:20 NASB] 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
[Rev 18:23 NASB] 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.
Remember what the American family looked like? Remember what the roles of men and women were? Remember how their cooperation literally was key in their survival? Do you ever think they envisioned a future for America where people could be clean, educated, and have leisure?
Do you think they saw this coming?
A day when most people had indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating?
How about this classroom? Do you think they were looking forward to the day when so many people would have an education?
Or how about putting men in space? Do you think they say that one coming while they were collecting chips to use for fire?
People have had it so easy, for so long, they have become self-destructive, neurotic messes. Men and women are literally being pitted against each other. On one side you have the excesses of modern feminism basically preaching all men are bad, and women can only be free from their oppression once they all become lesbians, and sexually promiscuous like men, who they hate. On the other side you have the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) movement where basically men are living without women except for using them for sex.
God never intended this to be. Woman was made from man by God to be his help mate. They were to compliment, and complete each other in what the other was lacking. It is pure sin, rebellion, and perversion what is happening now, and being encouraged.
Regardless of what our pioneering ancestors thought the future would be, I highly doubt they would expect, or approve of what we have become.
We have become so focused on leisure, and pleasing the flesh, we have forgotten what reality is.
Men should never look like this.
Yep, that is a dude, my dudes… In a world gone mad, this is celebrated. People look up to this guy. He is a little pervert in a whore’s makeup.
Or how about this, a murderous whore in a man’s haircut?
In what sick, demented, dystopian, future is killing your preborn child something to celebrate? Why do you have to try to look like a man, if you hate men?
These people are dead in their sins. They have perverted the order of nature that God intended. They act surprised when bad things start happening. You can’t go on doing these kind of things and expect God to be pleased. Don’t give me that nonsense that since you don’t believe in Him, He doesn’t exist. Everyone knows He is. Well, they day is coming kids when we will stand before Him, and be judged. You better repent now, and trust Jesus, because if you die in your sins… Hell is going to be a very, very, long time, and I don’t think you’ve got any idea of how wretched you are, and what you’ve got coming.
You want to make America great again? Repent of your sins, trust in the Savior, obey His commands. It is that simple people, but alas, I know it isn’t going to happen on the national scale it needs to. Nope, we’re collectively being dragged down the drain into the sewer of human filth. The globalists, leftists, and totalitarians, will keep programming our kids to hate us, and God. They’ll give them every perverse thing they have trained their flesh to want, and buy their obedience to satan. Keep fighting the good fight. Raise your kids the best you can. Pray for God to have mercy, and save His elect. Pray for His will to be done, and for Him to be glorified. Hopefully you can see how much the world needs Him right now. Pray, and share the gospel!
According to Webster’s dictionary hate speech is; speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people. Also, according to Webster’s dictionary hate means;
a: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
b: extreme dislike or disgust : ANTIPATHY, LOATHING
had a great hate of hard work
c: a systematic and especially politically exploited expression of hatred
a crime motivated by bigotry and hate
—often used before another noun
an organization tracking hate groups
— see also HATE CRIME
2: an object of hatred
a generation whose finest hate had been big business
— F. L. Paxson
Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)
1: to feel extreme enmity toward : to regard with active hostility
hates his country’s enemies
2: to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful
hated to have to meet strangers
: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility
harsh faces and hating eyes
Now, if you will, please read how Noah Webster defined hate himself in his 1828 dictionary, and remember, Webster was a devout Christian;
HATE, verb transitive [Latin odi, for hodi.]
1. To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to. It expresses less than abhor, detest, and abominate, unless pronounced with a peculiar emphasis.
How long will fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22.
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you. Luke 6:22.
The Roman tyrant was contented to be hated, if he was but feared.
2. In Scripture, it signifies to love less.
If any man come to me, and hate not father and mother, etc. Luke 14:26.
He that spareth the rod, hateth his son. Proverbs 13:24.
HATE, noun Great dislike or aversion; hatred.
Notice, the current meaning assumes that usually hatred comes from fear, anger, or sense of injury. The word, “usually” does make it technically correct, but can you think of an instance where it is good to hate? The modern secular world knows what is good to hate, and what is not good to hate, but they have reversed them. As Christians, we should hate sin in our lives. We should hate sin as a rule. We should hate what God hates. Since God is the ultimate good, we can trust that what He hates is in fact hate worthy. The world around us on the other hand, hates what God loves. In fact, they hate the one true God. They make up for themselves idols to call god. They lavish their love on those idols. They love what is detestable to the Lord.
In a society with a bi-polar view of what is good, virtuous, and honorable, where one extreme looks upon the things of God in truth, and acknowledges those things, and the other extreme looks on those things believing the lies of their master, views them as evil, malicious, and hateful, as well as a plethora of people ranging the gamut between the two, it results in a disparate malfunctioning society.
Speech is simply speech. It is the speaker who harbors hatred, or love in their heart. Does the speaker hate what God hates? Does the speaker hate what the godless hate? This is the true question that should be asked. Instead, we assume that speech can in and of itself be hateful. If that be true, then speech is an entity with volition of thought. If a man reasons with a debased, darkened mind, he might believe such a thing. However, even a man with a debased, darkened mind, as a rule, and a majority, at this point in time, can see that this is fallacious.
If speech be speech, and hatred not necessarily evil, then why must such a seemingly subjective thing like speech be deemed hateful? We do not know the condition of the speaker’s heart, nor do we know his intellectual intentions towards the objects of his speech. The assumption that all speech that elicits negative emotions from the varied masses in audience is hateful, negates the obvious facts of ignorance to the subjects intentions thereof.
Since this is true, wouldn’t it be better to allow the subject, himself, to enlighten the audience in regards to his intentions, and motives, if there be a question? Also, there is no material damage in relation to the subjects speech, unless it instructs such damage, by direct expunction carried out by the objects. This is mitigated by the volitions of the objects assuming their faculties are about them, and that they are not otherwise given to some delirium induced by injury, or chemical.
Each agent is acting upon his own volition, informed by his own personal philosophy, through which he interprets the world around him. If that philosophy finds its source in anything other than what is objectively true, it by definition contains lies. This is why the God instructs us to build our house on the solid rock. That rock being Jesus, the way the TRUTH, and the life. To do otherwise is to found your house on that which is shifting always, the subjective cumulative consciences of lost agents of satan, whether they know it and intend it, or not.
I adjure you all, do not assume this notion of hate speech, or hate crimes for that matter. Build your life on what is true. God is true. He cannot lie. His word is true. Jesus is the word made flesh. I’m sure Webster would have concurred. We must all repent of our sins, even those sins that at once we assumed were virtues, but in light of the truth see them as betrayals of our Creator. He is the law giver, and the judge. We are not. His word is objective truth. We must repent of our perversions of truth, and trust alone in the work of Christ Jesus for our justification to the righteous law giver, and judge.
I think Mr. Noah Webster would be horrified to see how the dictionary of his namesake has been corrupted by the enemy of truth.
The great commission is a clear and direct command from God. We are to preach the gospel of Christ to all the earth, and make disciples of all men. Every Christian is an evangelist, if they are a Christian. No Christian can in good conscience sit idly by while people walk out of time into eternity without Christ. It is the most unloving, selfish thing a person can do. St. Francis was falsely attributed with the saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” This concept is no where to be found in the Bible. I guess if you don’t care that people are going to die and suffer in hell for all eternity you can just be a nice person, and hope that the people in your life convert before they get hit by a buss, and end up in hell, but why would you when eternity is on the line? Simply being nice to people does not give them the gospel. The good news of Christ is the penal substitutiary atonement that He accomplished on the cross of His suffering. He who knew no sin, became sin, for us. He was imputed with sin that was not His, and suffered for it. He paid the price that we could not pay, and makes the repentant sinner just to God by faith. His righteousness is imputed to the humbled sinner. They are saved by grace through faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Eph 2:8-9. If any of you have not repented of your sins, and trusted in Christ alone for your salvation, do not wait, or put it off. “And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—
2for He says,
“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”—” 2 Cor 6:1-2.
Romans 10:14-15 (NASB) How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
With recent events in America, one wonders, “Why? Why are people killing others?” Meanwhile the left is using these tragedies as an excuse to shift the blame to an inanimate object. This of course makes the right angry enough to commit murder of the heart, while the left is angry enough to actually commit murder. Their pundits are encouraging it on the nightly news, if that is what you call it. Of course on the right we’ve taken to calling if fake news, because we are tired of all the lies, half truths, and godless, communist, propaganda. Before you run off, assuming this is a political rant, I urge you to keep reading.
Murder is nothing new. Mankind has been killing since the beginning. The agnostic, or atheist left would have you believe it is a matter of education. They assume that people are naturally good intentioned, and if they grow up to be hateful, bigots, evil conservatives, or murderers, it is simply because they were given wrong, or inadequate education. As a Christian, a Father of 4, and a Corrections Officer of 24 years, I can assure you that is not the case.
We are born with one thing on our minds, our own individual pleasure. Our flesh is the most important thing to us. We learn to love our parents, because they take care of us. It still boils down to self. Without them, I would have nobody to feed me, clean me, comfort me. We don’t wonder why they do those things at first. We just accept it. We must have some quality about us that is worthy of that kind of affection, but then the lessons begin. Punishment for doing bad things. Rewards for doing good things. Well the nature of a child loves rewards. The flesh loves goodies, and compliments, but it hates spankings, physical pain, removal of fun things.
Being selfish, and evil is our nature. We have to be taught to be good. We want to be comfortable, and enjoy pleasurable things. That is not necessarily sinful, but when it involves committing a sin, or sins of omission to achieve that comfort, or pleasure, then we are guilty. Read what God has to say about it in His word,
James 4:1-10 (NASB) Things to Avoid
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
It is pretty clear that we murder because we are selfish, sinners at heart. We don’t rightly fear God, nor do we heed his laws. We make up our own to please our flesh. We make up our own gods as well. Some depressed teen surmises that nobody loves him, or they don’t live up to his unrealistic expectations of how they should behave towards him, which further drives him to hate those who don’t participate in his self-pity, so he decides to teach the world a lesson. This by the way is the result of all the self-esteem nonsense pushed down our throats for the last 40 years. People don’t need to feel better about themselves, or esteem themselves more, especially if that esteem is misplaced. We need to see ourselves as God sees us. We need the truth.
You didn’t see this happening in the 60’s and 70’s. We used to drive to school with our rifles in a wrack on our pickup cab rear window. It was common place. Kids would come to school with their dear, or elk in the back of the pickup to show it off after a successful hunt. The problem isn’t guns, kids, or video games. It is the sinful heart of man, and the lies that we are telling our kids. This is a necessary consequence of becoming a godless secular society. You want to blame someone leftists? Blame yourselves.
People seem so shocked by murder partially as a selfish way to virtue signal. We also are shocked by it because we see ourselves as good, and deserving happy lives with many rewards, and pleasures. To think that someone would not value us they way we value ourselves is a shock. Of course there are exceptions to the rule.
There are people who are shocked for the right reasons, most of those people are Christians. They see the value of human life according to the word of God. They understand that we deserve death, and hell, and that every day is a blessing from God where we should seek to glorify Him. They understand the inherent idolatry, and blasphemy of destroying an image bearer of God, and spilling the blood unjustly, the blood of His creatures who belong to him, the blood that contains the life.
What we need is for people to be taught the truth. We are sinners. We need for Christians, the Church, to preach the gospel of Christ. If people come to Christ, and are changed, they won’t become mass murderers. Do you want to see America great again? Preach Christ! More laws won’t do it.
First, we need to respond to Kanye’s confession as we would any other person’s confession, with joy and praise to God. Second, we must not give more honor to a public celebrity than to an unnamed convert in North Korea, or a person who has grown up in the Church, but came to faith later in life while living a publicly moral life.
If your attitude is one of, “Oh let’s watch and see! He will fail, and then I will be vindicated in my presumptions about him.” Well how did that work out for Jonah? Do you want God’s rebuke as well? I’m not saying that Kanye is, or is not a true convert. Time will tell. He is just a man. No different than any man. There are four soils that the seed of the gospel is sewn on. I hope that Kanye is going to return a fruitful crop of works prepared for him to do before creation, for the glory of God.
Look at him. He is just a man. He has a life of sin that was on public display. You probably had your sins hidden from the public eye. Living for Christ is the best life a person can have, but it is difficult, and includes suffering. The Christian life is hard enough without having people sit on the sidelines waiting for you to mess up. How often in your young faith did you fall to sins that would be scandalous if found out? Have mercy. Demonstrate grace, not just to Kanye, but all young Christians. Correct in love where needed. Share the gospel. Engage in the great commission.
Christian music is a mixed bag. There is lots of good, bad, and in between. If a new convert, who happens to be a world famous musician, wants to express the miraculous thing God has done to them, it should stand to reason that they would do it through music. I read a tweet this morning from Shai Linne. He is a theologically sound Christian, and a very kind man from what I’ve been told. He is also a rapper. He even raps theology. Rap might not be your thing, but that doesn’t mean that it is bad. If Christian men can reach lost men by expressing their new hearts in their words and music, and since the Bible doesn’t condemn it, and in some places looks like it is acceptable, I say go right ahead. We have to understand our liberty in Christ, as well as others liberty in Christ. Christ is our King. He is our God. It is His word we read to know Him by. If a man wants to sing about that, more power to him. I might even come along next to him and sing as well.
There are some who claim Christ, but their lyrics, and lives demonstrate worldliness, and sin. Their music is full of carnality. I’ve just listened to Kanye’s album. It seems Christocentric to me. More so than some I’ve heard from other musicians over the years. Let’s pray for Kanye’s passion of Jesus to grow, and his life to example fruit in keeping with repentance and faith in Christ our Savior. Let’s pray that for all the new Christians we know, and even ourselves.
Matthew 13:1-23 (NASB Strong’s) Jesus Teaches in Parables
That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘ You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Sower Explained
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
James 2:1-13 (NASB Strong’s) The Sin of Partiality
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “DO not commit adultery,” also said, “DO not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
So join with me in rejoicing over all the people who have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved, for their good, and God’s glory! Praise God for sinners saved, and His goodness, longsuffering, mercy, justice, and grace!
Is Kanye saved? I don’t know. Are you saved? I don’t know. Do I trust God to bring in His elect? Most assuredly! If you, and Kanye are saved, I praise God for both of you in the same manner, and I pray for you all to become what God has planned for you.
I have a few acquaintances, who for some personal reasons, think that it is a good, fun, time to mock Christ, and my faith in Him, as well as the faith of all Christians. They say things like, “Christ is a mythological character, God does not exist, all Christians are crooks, all Christians are homosexuals and touch little boys, Christians are the ones bringing all of the illegal immigrants in, If there is a God Christians are just trying to make themselves feel better by making up Christ who they dump all their sins on and God is really going to grind them to powder because there is nobody to atone for their sins, Christians are the worst people, the Bible is made up, religion is just used by the elite to control the masses, (“religion is the opiate of the masses.” ala Karl Marx, oh by the way he is dead, but Jesus is alive!) I am God worship me, I’d never worship a god who would allow people like you into heaven, Roman Catholicism, Easter Orthodoxy, Russian Orthodoxy, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnessism, Seventh Day Adventism, Judaism, Islam, (insert blasphemous heretical cult/religion here) are all the same.
Now we know these are ignorant, and hateful statements, that are the product of a heart and mind set against God, but it doesn’t cause us to be any less hurt when someone says them regardless of their professed reasons for saying them.
1 John 5:19, “19We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
Romans 1:18-23, “ 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”
Romans 8:6-8, “6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
It is even more upsetting when friends, or family say these things purposefully to get under our skin. Why does it hurt? Because our identity is wrapped up in Christ, if we are in Christ. Someone is mocking the one who you love, gave you new life, took the punishment you deserve, the one who died for you, and changed your heart. Of course, it should hurt.
Take heart, God is our fortress. He is our defense. God will not be mocked.
Psalms 62:5-8 “5My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.”
Galatians 6:7-8, “7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Psalms 1:1-6, “1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
4The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.”
We know that they only mock us, and God, because they hate God. One day, if they don’t come to be in Christ, they will be judged outside of Him. They will be judged in their sins.
Matthew 5:11-12, “ 11“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Romans 8:1-5, “1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
What should our response be when people treat us badly because of Christ? I encourage you to follow the link and read the article. How many of us could do like Christ, and stand silently while being accused falsely, insulted, and assaulted without a plea or defense? How many of us could pray for God to not hold this against them? How many of us could look forward to the treasures in Heaven, while allowing someone to destroy our earthly pleasure? As Christians, we need to think about these questions, and respond as Stephen, and the other Apostles who were martyred, and all the martyrs thereafter, even today being martyred for Christ. God is good, and we must praise Him, and tell of Him to all the world, even if they persecute us, and kill us.