I'm angry, are you angry, are you angry with me?
Oh, you need to let it go. Jesus saves, which is so much more important. We need to love our neighbors as ourselves, and thou shall not judge.
Are you a Christian?
How can you be so angry?
It is out of your hands; just let it be.
Yes, I'm a Christian. That Jesus saves the repentant heart is the most important thing in your life.
If you want to say, "Yes, Jesus, I love you," but you do not repent, then are those not just empty words?
"Yes, honey, I will do everything for you. I will. I want a lifelong relationship with you, and I want to marry you, but I will not leave my sleep-in girlfriend and/or boyfriend.
I will not stay off the drugs, and every weekend, I will be out with my friends, smoking wacky weed and getting drunk."
Any woman who hears something like this would run away screaming, "You don't love me; you just want me for the … you know what."
Of course, this also works the other way around, for a woman towards a man.
However, there is already a two-sided, double-faced opinion in our society: a girl would be called a whore, and a man would be called a victor, one who scores.
They are both whores. Period!
Indeed, we need to love our neighbors. Scripture tells us in the Gospel according to the disciple Mark, chapter 12, verse 31, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.
But where in this chapter on holy living does it say anywhere that we need to embrace the sin of our neighbor, or that we need to agree with it, or that we need to have our children raised in the understanding that this sin is normal and thus acceptable?
We can still love them as human beings and want all the best in the world for them, but especially want the Kingdom's future for them, without, I say WITHOUT!!, accepting their deplorable lack of morals and the lifestyle that is a bullet in the eye of God.
And then, while saying this, I'm told I'm judging.
No, that is the point. I'm NOT judging; I'm holding to the standards, or at least I do my best to hold to the standards that have been set in the book of life's morals and values, the standards and rules of life set out by God Almighty in His book, the Holy Bible.
The book filled with guidelines and 'thou shall' and 'thou shall not's that brings my life to a higher level of fulfillment, to a higher level of health, to a higher level of success, to a higher level, or closer relationships with God and with my fellow brothers and sisters.
The book that urges me, that spurs me on, that encourages me to improve my life, my standard in society, my place at work, my role as a husband, a father, and as a grandfather.
The book that moves me to improve my life to live healthier, happier, more educated, and more successful.
The book that helps me to make decisions on what is right and what is wrong, not on my own authority, but by the authority of in whose authority it was written.
And then, in His authority, I'm able to say yes or no, stop it or move ahead.
So in this, I'm NOT judging!; I'm not the one condemning, but it is God who is, and I AM the one who is relaying this information to those that I love!
Yes indeed, I'm relaying that information to those that I love because I do not want them to miss out on the blessings that God the Father has prepared for those that are following His will.
Or do I need to say it with the words of the previous weeks' messages?
I do not want them to miss out on the blessings that are attached to each and every mitzvah, each and every commandment that God has given to us.
Yes, to repeat the words from a previous message.
The Mitzvot, the commandments, are blessings in themselves and not a curse.
It was already last month, that we talked about the five keywords of a great and wonderful life concerning these Mitzvot, as we read in Proverbs 3:1-10: Obedience, Integrity, Trust, Discernment, Giving.
Obedience to God's word, following His will.
Having Integrity, letting your yes be yes, and your no, no.
Have not your values, your morals, your will, and your honor be swayed like a leaf in the wind, but stand strong as a 500-year oak with roots buried deep in the soil of God's word.
Have trust that God knows best, no, have faith in, believe KNOW that God knows best.
Learn to have, or have the discernment to understand what is right and what is wrong, have discernment to speak when appropriate and to be silent when appropriate.
Have the discernment to pick your battles carefully, not to end up burned out over something, a topic, a candidate, a platform, an agenda, or a manifesto that in the great scheme of things will not have the soul-saving impact that another might.
I love my fellow brother or sister enough to tell them that the road they are on leads them off the highway of salvation, that the road they are on leads them away from the road of righteousness, that the road they are on leads them straight to HELL.
And know, again it is not me that judges.
And Yes, I love them enough that I want them to go to heaven, I want the best of the best for them.
No, I don't want them to be an abomination in the eyes of the Lord and be a whore.
And No, finally as the last point that I started on all the way back at the beginning, about 50 points back on my rising blood pressure scale.
I just cannot let this go!
If I would let it go, I would be in disobedience to God when Jesus, my God, My Lord, My Savior, My Salvation, as written in
Matthew 28:18-20 (TLV)
“18 And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh,
20 teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Jesus, Yeshua did not say, "I think it would be a cool, or great plan if you would go."
NO, he said, "Go therefore, Go out, Make disciples, teach them ALL I have commanded."
Doesn't matter how long it takes, go, go, go, go, even when it is to the end of the days when the world will become utterly destroyed.
This means, when I'm being shut up because somebody says, "Are you a Christian, thou shall not judge?"
"This just illustrates the ignorance of this person.
It highlights their selfishness and suggests that, perhaps unknowingly, they do not love their neighbor enough in a biblical sense.
Oh, loving each other in the worldly sense is about living and letting live, doing whatever you want without care. In the worldly view, there's no heaven or hell, so it seemingly doesn't matter where you end up.
This is the deception that Satan wants people to believe. If they are unaware of the existence of hell, Sheol, Gehenna, or whatever you might call it!—a profoundly terrible place—then speaking of heaven and living a life built on progressive sanctification seems irrelevant.
You don't have to be a 'holy roller' to be in His plan, but it is a continuous struggle to draw closer to God, aligning our lives more with His will.
Discussing God's commandments and rules for life is not something that benefits Satan. This is why I am so intensely angry. It's about our country, the one I chose to come to, the one I made my own. It was a place with conservative Christian values and morals, at least in parts of society not yet controlled by local or federal government. And now, that is being partly taken away.
Last week, we talked about the Puritans, how they were driven out of England in the 16th and 17th centuries, ended up in the Netherlands, and then on American shores, founding the land of Religious Liberty, New England. As Rod Dreher wrote in Times; the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage has fundamentally shifted the ground beneath our feet. The dissenting justices' warnings are alarming. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia pointed out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion.
Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy.”
And Now, and Now, as was written by Rod Dreher in Times;
No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.
Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.
The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it.
It is now clear that for this Court, extremism in the pursuit of the Sexual Revolution’s goals is no vice. True, the majority opinion nodded and smiled in the direction of the First Amendment, in an attempt to calm the fears of those worried about religious liberty. But when a Supreme Court majority is willing to invent rights out of nothing, it is impossible to have faith that the First Amendment will offer any but the barest protection to religious dissenters from gay rights orthodoxy.
Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito explicitly warned religious traditionalists that this decision leaves them vulnerable.
Alito warns that this decision will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to accept the new norm, and will be used to oppress the faithful.
So where does that leave us?
For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.
For another, LGBTQ activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions.
Rod Dreher June 26, 2015
For us, this means accepting that we are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The norms Christians once depended on no longer exist.
LGBTQ activists will likely target social conservatives, equating homosexuality with race. This could lead to a campaign against tax-exempt status for dissenting religious institutions.
So, I am furious about the courts, particularly our Supreme Court, which has now seemingly categorized the LGBTQ community as a separate race, potentially labeling messages like this as hate speech. Why?
Because of John 3:16 (TLV):
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Accepting Jesus in your life means change, following His example and lead.
Understanding this concept shouldn't be so difficult. Are we so influenced by Satan's will that we can't decide to follow God? Are we no longer allowed to offer this solution to someone in the LGBTQ community, as it might now be seen as discrimination?
But let's turn to positivity and solutions as the Lord intended. We find solutions, resolve, comfort, and love in the Bible. Proverbs 24:10 says that if we faint in adversity, our strength is small. Psalm 121 (CEB) reminds us that our help comes from the Lord. 1 Peter 5 tells us that "the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
To stand out in these times, we must follow God's word even more fervently.
Philippians 4:13 says,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Proverbs 3:4-10 (TLV)
4 Then you will gain favor and a good name in the eyes of God and man.
5 Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the first of your entire harvest.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty, your vats will overflow with new wine.
As Proverbs 3:4-10 tells us, we must trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.
In these challenging times, we find encouragement in Psalm 91:1-2,4,9-10 (TLV). Romans 8:38-39 (TLV) assures us that nothing can separate us from God's love. Romans 8:5-15 (TLV) reminds us that we have received the Spirit of adoption, not the spirit of slavery.
My wife, 1st Lady Wilma, often says, “no pain, no gain,” and Mike reminded me, “mind over matter.”
We must persevere through the pain of this ruling. The Lord will use this time to separate the wheat from the chaff, as stated in Matthew 3:12 and 13:41-43.
So, listen closely. You are the wheat, not the chaff.
Move forward, grow closer to God, and walk in obedience.
Obey God first and foremost, and the law of the world only when it does not oppose God's law.
Remember, as for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord!