LOCATING THE LORD’S LOYALTY

.Tower of Babel. Pieter Bruegel. 1563.

         Why should God fight for and support a people who advocate for the blatant persecution of His children?

         Achieving the Objective in the Face of Adversity

         Why should God fight for and support a people who advocate for the gruesome and heartless murder of innocent, defenseless babies and insist their murders stem from rights protected by law?

          New York City is the Undisputed Abortion Capital of America

         Why should God fight for and support a people who advocate for the filth of pornography, and deem it “political speech” protected by law thus guaranteeing its freedom to corrupt the land?

         Sacrificial Love: A Shining Witness

         Why should God fight for and support a people who advocate for wicked forms of perversion clearly condemned in Holy Writ upon which the land’s legal system is based?

         Duck Dynasty: I Support Phil Robertson

         Why should God fight for and support a people who advocate for the ripping off and bankrupting of its own citizens through confiscatory tax policies while large percentages of taxpayer monies are wasted each and every year?

         TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose voters elect the advocates of all of the above, not just once or twice, but every single time there is a national election without fail?

         Duping the Majority: A Foolproof Method of Success (Part 1)

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose voters consistently complain about the ones they elect without understanding whatsoever that the ones they elect are in office because they elect them?

         Duping the Majority: A Foolproof Method of Success (Part 2)

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose seeming majority is either asleep, willingly ignorant, apathetic, or some combination thereof regarding the dire condition of their land, and are growing in numbers and power?

         Duping the Majority: A Foolproof Method of Success (Part 3)

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose seeming majority rejects Him, His solutions, and His help to their own detriment due to their rebellion against Him and their obvious fondness of sin, disobedience, and selfishness?

         The Day of Atonement

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose seeming majority of “believers” refuse to trust Him, refuse to teach the real Gospel, refuse to obey His commandments, refuse to surrender to His authority, and refuse to be filled with His Holy Spirit?

         Keep Your Lamp Filled With Oil

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose seeming majority of “believers” look for solutions to their problems from anywhere and anyone but Him, who refuse to honor Him, never stand up for Him, and never defend Him and His teachings against those who continually dishonor Him?

         Cults of Christianity (Part 3)

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose land is filled with religious groups that disfellowship and discredit those who attempt to reveal the truth of the Gospel that sets people free, instead of repenting for their phony religious lives and institutions that keep people spiritually dead and in bondage?

         New 21st Century Wineskins for American Christianity (Part 1)

         New 21st Century Wineskins for American Christianity (Part 2)

         Why should God fight for and support a people whose land has become a haven for disingenuous hypocrites in love with money, this world, and prestige and are more Pharisaical than the original Pharisees?

         Woe to You, Christian Pharisees!

         “THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES—THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”

         From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” [Matthew 4:15-17]

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         “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

         “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

         “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:17-20]

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         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.” [Matthew 13:10-11]

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         He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

         Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

         And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” [Matthew 16:15-19]

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         “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

         Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” [Acts 2:36-39]

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         “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments, and he said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Therefore send to Joppa and invite Simon, who is also called Peter, to come to you; he is staying at the house of Simon the tanner by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

         Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

         “The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.

         “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.

         “God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”

         While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.

         Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. [Acts 10:30-47]

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         When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe…

            “Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves. And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered. [Acts 28:23-24, 28-31] [1]

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         © 2014 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on March 24, 2014, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “AMEN!!!” Thank you RJ! “Well Done!”
    I am impressed by a line in the song “Everything” by Lifehouse, that sings “How can I stand here with You, and not be moved by You?” If we truly believe that He is with us 24/7, and that He is our “everything”, wouldn’t our focus, behavior, and even our hopes for the future- play out differently from the lame existence we appear to have [and sometimes worship] now?

    I pray ‘we the people’ [His people] all stand convicted, enough so that it moves us to rise up & walk… closer to Him!

    “Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

    4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

    7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.” [Acts 3 NLT]

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    • Many dankes, Julie! I appreciate the uplifting comment and a call to a closer walk with He. Amen. What have we become if we’re no good for Him?

      According to today’s standards, Peter and John would have asked the lame man for an offering instead of offering what they have, and they couldn’t help him anyway because most have little faith and/or power with God.

      Be abundantly blessed and keep being the blessing you are.

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      • “According to today’s standards, Peter and John would have asked the lame man for an offering instead of offering what they have, and they couldn’t help him anyway because most have little faith and/or power with God.” …Sadly, this is SO TRUE RJ!

        My children and I can testify to this very thing, just 3 nights ago. It is bad enough that I had to witness it, but my 12 and 15 year old children? [I found it so distasteful, “spit-able” in fact]. Long story…

        I will say this though, if a self-proclaimed “evangelist/preacher” can muster enough energy & strength to scream all Pentecostal & such at us, you’d think he could at least practice what he preached in the very message in which he preached it… & then came the “love offering”.

        He actually used the Matthew 10 Scriptures in his message– “Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.” -and then passed over a woman with crutches and even my children who went up to the altar for prayer on their own. Both of my children noticed the woman & I didn’t. If I had, I would have prayed for her myself [actually using the Acts 3 Scripture]. Who did he “elect” to be line to first, but the pastors. I should have seen that coming. [Matthew 24:24 is looking good for all this.]

        And another thing, it is not a “slain in the Spirit” if he knocks a 5’1″ woman over. I know the difference between the hand of God, an evil touch, and a man’s push [or sleight of hand.]

        A friend of mine seated next to me looked at me at the end and said “I really need a cigarette!” As it turns out, she has been smoke-free for over 12 years, but that night she had an intense craving for her past addiction. If this doesn’t scream false prophet and a show of evil & deceit—what does?

        Even if evil’s not the intent: I have a message for this man or those that this applies— “If you can’t deliver the Word of God without screaming it [loud & fast- almost like it wasn’t meant to be heard], maybe you should “take a seat” or even crawl beneath it.”
        Rant over! Sorry! Sometimes I get all preachy when bad things happen in a “house” that should be a house of worship to God. [And sadly, this was not my first rodeo… This happens a lot where I live.] —To me, it’s like taking or using, the Lord’s name in vain. 😦

        [I hope I am still a blessing RJ 😉 ]

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        • Yeah, you are a blessing! And thanks for blessing us with this. I have pretty much seen it all, over many years, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so I can certainly relate.

          (See the first post I made on this blog: https://getrealchristianity.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/fight-the-good-fight-of-faith/)

          If one is gonna talk the talk he or she better walk the walk. The Lord Jesus set the standard for both and never separated the two. We are ALL sent to preach the Gospel is some way according to the will of God and our individual giftings, and are supposed to make disciples, not mere converts. Continue to share what He has given you and keep being the light you are.

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  2. “The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. . . .

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