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the state of the modern day church

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I was recently handed a note from a friend, It was given to him by an aquaintence of his who knew that HE was friends with me. The note read " in Revelations there are 7 churches being described, which do you feel best represent us today".

WOW , i will be honest i never gave it a thought, See i am what a call a realist preacher, I preach and focus alot of my sermons on CHANGE. We must change our lives today to follow GODS will and be obediant. So i dont tend to focus alot on what Heaven will be like etc etc.

I opened my BIBLE and began to reread the REV. 2 the loveless church, the persecuted church, the comprimising church, the corrupt church, the dead church, Faithful church and lastly the lukewarm church.

I personally feel we could fit into a few buit the one BEST suites us today is the last one, LAODICEANS, the lukewarm church....REV 3:15 " I know your works, your neither HOt nor cold.So because you are lukewarm , neither hot nor cold I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH...

Luke-warmness is the fact that we say we BELIEVE in JESUS, but we refuse to obey GOD. We make excuses for our sin and we are NOT HOT on fire for GOD to obey and follow his will, and we arnt cold towards GOD....

BUt what kills me, is many lukewarm people claim christianity, and think that they are ok with GOD, WHAT PART OF ' I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH" says he is ok with you?

IF you make him sick to the point GOD PUKES you out of his mouth, i think there is a problem.

This represents the church of AMERICA today. Across all denominations there is a sense of Lukewarmness, lets not preach against gay marriage it will offend some, lets not preach agaisnt sexual immorality it will offen some, lets just preach god is love without the god is just its more palatlable...  focus on God is love will kepp our eyes and focus off GOD punishes those he loves.....lets just preach feel good and rip the pages out of the bible that we dont like to agree with......

Yuip thats the church of America today, the luke warm church who has abandoned its first love,

GOD, i pray today that you continue to give me the boldness to stay HOT for you and please never allow me to become lukewarm. Lord i do not want to be vomited out of your mouth, and may we rise up a new generation of fully devoted followers of you. May we also change the tempature setting in mornroe county, mcminn county, blount county Lord forgive us for being lukewarm and may you usher us into your presence with thanksgiving and joy...thank you daddy    AMEN

 

prayers

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Im writting this today because i see so many people who wanna talk about GOD, and then say ill pray for you all while living an open willful sinful life.....the 2 do NOT go together.....

John 9:31   "for we know that GOD does NOT hear the prayers of Sinners"

Proverbs 1:26  "Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me

2 Chronicles 7:14  "if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray seek my face AND TURN from their wicked ways   THEN () and only then) will i hear them from heaven, heal their land.

I can go on and on and find more and more verses to back up my thought here......IF we are living our lives in direct disobediance to GODS word , HE DOES NOT HEAR OUR PRAYERS.....

Yes we all sin, and God does not hear us until we ask GOD to forgive us of our sins and TURN FROM IT....

It is very difficult to ask god to forgive you of living in a lifestyle that GOD hates.....repent of the sin turn from your lifestyle......then GOD will hear you  and respond.....

SATAN is such the deciever that the bible says Satan masquerades as an agel of light, pretending to be an angel of GODs trying to convince you your ok with god when your not......

Sexual immorality is the biggest lifestyle sin their is today, many think its ok with god to live in sin together, have unmarried sex together live a lifestyle of homosexuality and are decieved EVEN by some "churches" to think the lifestyle is ok....its not......it turns gods stomach ...and if it turns his stomach surly HE will not hear ....

I know this is not easy for alot of people to hear, BUT ..i do not preach feel good religeon, that will not get you into heaven....I refuse to have anyone blame me when they meet god face to face and say well preach never told me....id rather have yall tickedc at me now  than when god is getting ready to send you to hell because someone didnt have the guts to speak truth....Jesus loves you but hates the sinfulness.....

Preach

 

hope & Change

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Seems like president Obama has coined the phrase Hope & Change....but really if my Hope  for change is in the president im in trouble.....And NO im not kncoking him, im just saying your hope is built and resting in the wrong person....

I know many people whose lives are a mess, and they hope for a change but thats where it ends. It doesnt ever get past the HOPE stage. But what is HOPE....it is a sense of awarness that thing can be different , better than they are now.

There is an old hymn that just popped into my head...MY hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness"....If your hope for change is tied to anything other than Jesus ..your situation is hopeless.....

Jesus is the one and only one in whom you can put your hope for a change...you desire to change the future, AWESOME, start changing today and put your life in JESUS hands.

Whats that mean???     it means you surrender your life to HIS, you do what Jesus desires you to do, you act like Jesus wants you to act and start doing what jesus wants you to do...period....

Anything other than that is just wishful thinking and not hope...so today ...are you stuck in wishful thinking  or is it tied to HOPE in JESUS?

Preach

 

attend church or not attend church

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I call myself a Christian, BUT I don’t need to go to church!! That is a comment I hear all the time, but I don’t see much proof Biblically to back that idea up. I can come up with many reasons why one should.

 

  1. 1)      Hebrews 10:25(ESV)  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
  • I think this is pretty clear that the BIBLE is saying NOT to neglect meeting together to encourage and build one another up. Its like a recovery group for addicts, they struggle to get sober and stay sober so they meet with one another to hold each other accountable .
  1. 2)      Luke 14:23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

My house refers to HIS church, that is Jesus home and HE is telling us our job as CHRISTIANS is to go and compel others to come to HIS house, hope can we fulfill this duty if we cant even bring ourselves?

 

  1. 3)      Malachi 3:8   Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need..

 

God commands us to tithe (denari-a tenth) and bring it into HIS storehouse ( the church) . If we fail to do this we are looked at as a thief by GOD….While tithing is not mentioned in the new testament first fruits is, and that change of terminology refers to JESUS as a first fruits offering . God desires us to give our first and best  first..top 10% off the top to him…

 

These mere 3 things alone in my opinion are the backbone of why we are compelled to attend church.

 

 

 

same sex marriage

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The headlines today are  President Obama suipports Gay marriage!!!  the world is acting like this is big news....

It kinda is and it isnt....IT is because he is the first president in the history of the US to do this, it also isnt a big suprise because Mr. Obama has no clue aboput religeoon or relationship with Jesus nor does he care...

The thing that really is surprising is how many so called christians are coming out to support this .....let me make myself perfectly clear    the term CHRISTIAN translates  Little christ....meaning you equate salvation with JESUS.

Jesus translated salvation into Obediance....2 subjects are discussed more in the Bible than any other...sex & money and the same 2 things people fight over today.

I will officailly go on the record and say a person NOT living obediantly to christ is not a chriostian. if you have a lifestyle that is contrary to christs teachccings your not a christian....Homosexuality is not of GOD, and HE is not ok with you being gay....NO i am not judging you, GOD will do that when u meet him face to face.....

The scripture is clear on what the GOSPEL message is...and what it takes to get to heaven...

A  Admit i am a sinner-

B Believe that Jesus came to earth as a man, lived a sinless life, died and rose again to pay the penalty of my sin

C  Confess your sins to JEsus , ask for forgiveness

R  REPENT--this is the one noone likes to hear, it means turn from your sinful lifestyles and begin to follow JESUS teachings....you can not stay in a lifestyle opposed to JESUS wethier your living with your heterosexual partner or homosexual partner.....OBEDIANCE is the key ....

 


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