Are we going to be cowards…?

 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

 

Has anyone seen Franklin Grahams’ latest speech? Last week, he was featured at the “Watchmen on the Wall Conference” held by the Family Research Counsel.  Here is a short clip from the conference…

(Clip posted from RWW Blog video/YouTube)

News stories and blog posts have appeared all over the Internet, pronouncing Grahams’ views on homosexuality as “detestable.”  A man stands on God’s word, tells the truth and is hit by yet another firestorm.

(You can watch his entire 24min. message here.)

Though the clip above shows only Graham’s mention of homosexuality and that, despite society’s attitude toward it, we are to be willing to stand on God’s Word and share the truth. In the rest of his talk, he goes on to say that being a coward is at the top of God’s list of those who will not enter the Kingdom. Read the scripture above, But the Fearful… shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. Another way “fearful” is translated is “cowardly.” Those words were straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ, Himself.

This is not something to take lightly.

I, for one, stand with Franklin Graham and appreciate a man that openly speaks the truth. We still have some voices crying out in the wilderness, even though (I believe) we are going into the Laodicean Church age.

Like he mentions, they can’t get mad at him, God’s the One that made the rules… We are just messengers of The Truth.

Where do you stand? Are we prepared to give an account, before God, for what we say… or don’t say?

 

Just something to think about!

Until next time…

-Steven Walker Sr.

 

 

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You Can’t Take It With You…. or CAN You?!?

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:22-23

(Read Luke 16:19-31 Here)

I know you’ve probably heard the old saying, “I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.”  It’s true, you can’t take your possessions with you. You can be buried with them.  The Egyptians buried the Pharaoh with his treasures. But, hundreds of years later, archaeologists dig up the grave and find the treasures still there. No matter how we try, our “stuff” is not going to be with us in eternity.

But, with that said, there are a couple of things we do take with us…

Our memory and our conscience.

Do those who end up in hell remember the opportunities they had to accept Jesus and refused? I believe so.  While being tormented in hell, The rich man remembered his brothers. He wanted someone to go warn them about hell.  He knew that repentance would have saved him from hell, and wanted his brothers to know; not just hear it but believe it! His conscience made him know that he messed up, but he didn’t want that for the people he loved.

Have you ever had a memory remind you of something wrong you’ve done? I believe that those who go to hell will continue to be tormented by their memories.

In contrast, scripture tells us that in heaven, there will be no more sorrow, pain and tears (Rev. 21). We will be fully relieved form the memories that cause us pain because our sins are removed from us (Psalm 103). There won’t be anything left to cause us to feel guilt or pain.

Even as Christians, we have a tendency to let out memories bring up things from the past that cause hurt feeling or guilt. But, don’t let it get you down too far; we all have these thoughts from time to time. One day, that will all be taken care of.

Just something to think about.

Until next time…

-Steven Walker Sr.

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Thoughts On Prosperity…

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. -Matthew 19:24

Why does God allow some people to prosper more than others? Is the person making $100,000 a year closer to God than the person that makes $10,000? Are Christians meant to be healthy, wealthy and happy; and if you aren’t, does that mean you’re not trusting God enough?

These questions all boil down to one… What is prosperity?

The world says that prosperity is money, cars, homes, vacations… The American Dream. And many churches are preaching the “Prosperity Gospel” that we’ve touched on before. But, what about Christians in other parts of the world? Most of them are worse off than an American on welfare. Does that mean that they’re not as good as a Christian that makes a lot of money?

The Bible tells us something different. We are told that the early church gave away all their possessions and gave the money to the poor. They had to take care of each other. Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell everything and give it away. He told others to take up their cross and follow Him; implying that the road ahead would be rough.

Why did Jesus not live here like a wealthy king? Why did His disciples not live like kings? They were poor. Jesus said He didn’t have a place to lay His head and had to eat from the “poor” corners of the fields. There are Christians in the world today that have had to make the decision to choose Jesus over they’re own lives. They lost their families and their livelihood because they accepted Christ.

So what did Jesus mean when He said that He gives us life more abundantly? Maybe He meant that a life lived for possessions was never real prosperity or abundance.  He also told us to seek first the Kingdom of God…

I know a man that said, “The man who dies with the most toys wins.” I know he had a lot of expensive toys. And he enjoyed them. But, that man has since passed away. I wonder if he feels like he won. Did all the money and toys distract him from what was most important, a relationship with Christ? We have a tendency to forget about all the Hollywood idols and corrupt politicians that are rolling in money. Their “prosperity” certainly doesn’t mean they’re close to The Lord. And yet, many in “The Church” make it seem like living for Jesus equals living like a rock star.

I’m not against money or having nice things.  But I think, sometimes, wealthy Christians feel that maybe they’re just a bit more spiritual than other Christians, maybe just a bit better. I’m afraid that when trouble comes they may find out otherwise. Hopefully, they come down from their high horse before trouble does come. Remember, God is no respecter of persons. A person’s wealth doesn’t make them “rich.” And a person’s poverty doesn’t make them poor.

If you are fortunate enough to have more money or health or processions than another; first, thank God for what He has given you. Then, realize that we are blessed that we may bless others. You may not have to give away everything you have, but it’s better to willingly give it away than to eventually lose it. I seem to recall that scripture says everything belongs to God anyway.

Just something to think about.

Until next time…

-Steven Walker Sr.

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“Prodigal Son,” or never a son?

(See Luke 15:11-32)

Have you heard this story? Jesus speaks of a man with two sons. The younger son asked for his inheritance and takes off with all his father had given him. He spent every dime on a lavish lifestyle and wound up with the hogs. When he came to himself, he remembered what he had and returned to his father.

Have you ever known anyone that has lived for the Lord then left? It seems like they had made a commitment to Him; when they suddenly make a 180 degree turn and go in the opposite direction. They went from singing in church, being Sunday school teachers, being deacons and leaders; and then they go the other way. Now its alcohol, drugs, illicit sex… all of the above. And it seems they are thoroughly enjoying themselves.

I have know people who have done this very thing. They’ve lived this lifestyle for 30-40 years. If you say anything to them, the first thing they say is, “Don’t judge me!” The Bible does say “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” but that passage is speaking of condemning someone. We’re not to judge whether a person goes to Heaven or Hell, but the same chapter tells us we can know if a person is a Christian by the fruits they bear. The Bible teaches us throughout scripture that we are to judge ourselves and others. We are to use scripture to “reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long-suffering.”

I think maybe these people haven’t bothered to open they’re Bible in the last 30-40 years to read those passages.  “Don’t judge” is just a catch phrase; their first line of defense to use to defend the lifestyle they have chosen.

With that said, did these people really get “saved’ in the first place? Did they really make a true and total commitment to the Lord…. I don’t know; I can’t say. But what I can say is what scripture tells me. Jesus said “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments,” and that we can know we are His because we continue to follow Him. So, maybe that answers the questions. I wouldn’t want to face the Lord with 20, 30, 40 years of a sinful lifestyle and bet my salvation on a profession I made when I was younger.

But, the Good News is… When they come to themselves and they realize they’re not waking with the Lord, they can return. The Father will take them in with open arms. So, if you find yourself in this position, or you know others who are, today could be the day of your salvation.

It’s as simple as ABC…

Accept that you’re a sinner, lost and in need of a Savior.

Believe that Jesus died to cover your sins and is the only way to The Father.

Confess that you believe, turn from your sin and ask The Lord to become Lord of your Life!

In closing, if you know someone in this state… don’t give up on them. There’s still hope. If you talked to them before, talk to them again. Maybe today will be the day. Most of all, DON’T STOP PRAYING for them.

Just something to think about.

Until next time…

-Steven Walker Sr.

A Thorn in The Flesh…

“there was given to me a thorn in the flesh…” 2 Corinthians 12:7

Have you ever had a thorn or splinter in your flesh?  Just a tiny little speck  can aggravate you to death until you get it out. Writing to the Corinthians here, Paul was talking about a “thorn in the flesh;” some irritation that was placed on him. In his case, whatever the aliment was, it was given to him to be a reminder not to be proud and boast in himself.

Though this is the scripture I’m referring to, we’re going to look at the flip side.

As Christians, WE can be a thorn in the flesh of the world! And, by the way, I would wear this as a badge of honor for Jesus Christ. What I mean is… as long as “the Church” is on this earth, we will be a thorn, an irritation, to the lost world as long as we believe and preach Christ and His Word.

As an example, we will never accept or endorse the homosexual lifestyle. Also, we will never accept and endorse abortion; or any other type of sin, regardless of what it is.

The Bible teaches us that we are to put on the ‘whole armor of God’ to guard ourselves from the “fiery darts” of the enemy. I think it’s time for the Church to start firing back. Drawing a line in the sand is a way we fire back. Standing on God’s Word is a way we fire back. And SPEAKING God’s Word is a way we fire back. Standing up, and not yielding to society is how we fire back.

That being said, I like what happened with Phil Robertson. Good ol’ Phil!

Phil reminds me of an Old Testament prophet in his appearance, or even like John the Baptist… The long hair, the long beard. They told it like it was, whether it was course or not. They didn’t apologize for what they said and believed, and neither has Phil.

Now, I’m not putting Phil on a pedestal or equating him with John the Baptists or the Prophets. He’s just a man that’s standing on God’s word. But He is a type of thorn in the flesh to the world. Look how much of an uproar that one Christian man caused. Just imagine if 30 million true Christians would make a stand!

The thing is, Christians can’t worry about being popular or accepted by the world. It’s not going to happen. Jesus said, they hated Him and they’ll hate us. Phil knows, just like all Christians should know, that money and popularity is not nearly as important as stand for God. (You can’t serve God and Mammon. -Matthew 6:24)

I don’t believe that a true Christian will ever be happy in Hollywood. They would have to compromise too much. The two just can’t go together. That’s just my opinion and I hope that the world would be tolerant of it!

Just something to think about.

Until next time…

-Steven Walker Sr.

 

 

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What are you looking at?

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:22

Recently, I saw a movie about Charles Spurgeon. The simple passage above is the message that lead him to Christ.

By reading this passage, you can see how easy it is to be saved. As the preacher said, all you have to do is LOOK. You don’t have to pick anything up, you don’t have to work, all you have to do is look. You don’t have to have a college education or be a so-called “intelect” to see… you simply have to look.

We don’t look to ourselves.

We don’t look to education.

We don’t look to money.

We don’t look to other people.

All of these will fail you and let you down.

We look to Jesus Christ for our salvation. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” He is the one we look to, and none else.

I think people have a tendency to try to do more than just accept Christ and to be saved. We don’t have to work any type of penance. Doing good deeds and being good will not save you. But, if we look to Christ and accept what He did for us at Calvary and confess and repent of our sins, we will be saved.

 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

 With that said, you may notice… the first thing you have to do is LOOK!

 Just something to think about.

 Until next time…

 Steven Walker Sr.

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Shake Off The Dust

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -Matthew 10:14

I recently saw on Facebook a debate between an atheist and a Christian. The Christian gave scripture after scripture and good sound doctrine to combat every arrow that the atheist had to throw. And regardless of what was said, the atheist just refused to listen. His mind was made up. It appears that these people think of themselves as more intellectual and intelligent than others.

As the scripture above shows, we are to go to these people and present the Gospel to them. However, if they do not receive what you say, what does Jesus tell us… to just shake the dust off your feet. That means, you do your job and then move on. I personally don’t believe we should argue with these people over and over again. I think I have enough brotherly love to tell then about Christ, and I would pray that they would accept Christ. I also have enough tough love to realize that that’s as far as I can go. I’m not going to beg and plead with them. If they don’t believe, that’s their choice.

I believe that Christians should not let themselves be used as a whipping post. To often, because of our love for Christ, Christians are taken advantage of. These people argue with Christians just for the sake of arguing.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools- Romans 1:22

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.- Psalm 14:1

I think these scriptures speak for themselves. We as Christians have the highest form of education there is; it comes directly from God Himself. All we have to do is read and study it.

As Ripley’s said; believe it or not! (LOL)

Until next time…

Steven Walker Sr.

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