Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Addressing the subject of holiness C.S. Lewis wrote “How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing... it is irresistible. If even 10 percent of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before year’s end?” Oh how Christians need to polish up the dull holiness which we present to the world. Not only the world but our nation; America is in great danger of imploding at its very core. Many Christians want to take a back seat and rest on the sovereignty of God or hide behind some misunderstood idea of separation of church and state. Listen; if I am a Christian, then I am a Christian through and through, not just on Sunday. I can’t put Jesus on pause when it comes to political and moral matters. I can’t stifle the Holy Spirit just for the sake of political correctness or self preservation, to do so is to deny the very tenants of Christian faith: that Jesus Christ dwells in me and that my life is a mere reflection of Him. The work Jesus does on the inside is not restrained by the work of Satan on the outside! I am much afraid the irresistibility of our holiness has been dulled by the complacency of the church and her refusal to make a stand through the demonstration of righteousness. America, the nation we love the nation God has so richly blessed and afforded you and I, when it matters the most will we shrink back into the recesses of excuses or will we be “steadfast and unmovable?” In the days ahead, I intend to continue to lead our church in such a way that there will be no confusion as to where we stand spiritually, morally and politically. We will give no sponsorship to any entity that rejects the authority of God’s word by asking the church to turn against the very God we love and trust. As I am writing this note to you our government is making decisions on what has been called the Fairness Doctrine. This bill is proposed as a tool to stop hate speech. The trouble is the hate they speak of is the Word of God and the truths it holds in regard to immoral behavior such as homosexuality, abortion, and same sex marriage. Soon, the persecution against Christians that goes on around the world will be at our doorsteps. Those who profess to be Christians will be forced to choose. One thing you can be sure, of there will be no fences in Heaven. I pray that we would have a common goal of living to please God alone in our homes, our church, our community and this great America. I pray that we would make investments in our ministries that would produce strength and longevity for the glory of God rather than the applause of men.