The Cancel Culture Gets Canceled

In today’s Cancel Culture environment, individuals and organizations intentionally seek out others with whom they disagree. Trolls continuously search the web, television and radio for their next prey. Once they find a target, they declare all-out-war on the person and seek to ruin him or her on all social media platforms and endlessly try to get them terminated at work and banned from their clubs, organizations and community. Cancel Culture perpetrators try to remove their selected victim from anything of social and economic value. These narcissists play the role of society’s conquering hero as they exaggerate their outrage and wrongly slander others while feasting on praise from like-minded evil doers for a job well done.

Oftentimes, these predators pretend to be a victim themselves as they embellish even the idea of a prior offense that they may or may not have suffered by another. No actual violation is required, only the potential or imagined infringement is sufficient to justify permanent and complete annihilation of their fellowman.  

The lack of true crimes reveals their motives. They are completely intolerant of any and all views that disagree with their “current” opinion. They refuse to engage in an open and honest conversation with anyone who’s opinions they disagree. Some of these “speech police” are simply immature or lack discernment, others are deceived and reject truth, and some are just plain evil and want to do harm.

While people have been “canceled” for a variety of reasons, many have been dragged through the mud for simply supporting a biblical worldview. Wrongly thinking they can silence God by silencing His people, Christians live under a barrage of enemy fire.

But God will not be silenced. In fact, His Word teaches that God is the ultimate “canceler.” The Bible has many examples of people God annihilated when they came against Him or His children. For example, Pharaoh and his army, the Canaanites, and the Philistines, and in more modern times, Hitler have all been cancelled.

God’s Word declares that those who reject Him will be canceled.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 warns, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Psalm 9:5 states, “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Revelation 3:5 proclaims, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Final words for those caught up in this “Cancel Culture”: Instead of searching for those with whom you disagree and feel should be “canceled”, look inward and examine your own heart. Is your primary victim yourself? Will your name be blotted out of the Book of Life? Is your eternal inheritance death, hell and the lake of fire or eternal life with Jesus Christ? Will you be canceled for all eternity?

Love People More Than God?

“Love God, Love People More” is a new phrase popping up on T-shirts and bumper stickers everywhere.   Emphasis is added on the word MORE as folks proudly boast this meaningful life lesson.  Actually, their words are belittling to God and His Word.  This phrase wreaks of humanism and self-righteousness.  Once again, people think they can out-god God. Scripture is clear on this issue.  The first four commandments instruct us how to honor our Holy Creator by loving and glorifying Him above anyone or anything.

Exodus 20:2-7 states, “And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.   You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Jesus further emphasized the importance of loving God above everything or anyone.  Matthew 22: 36-40 reads, “ ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ ”

If Daniel loved people more than God he wouldn’t have had a problem eating the king’s meat even though it had been sacrificed to idols.  Daniel would have gladly eaten the meat so as to not offend the king.  Shadrack, Meshach and Abedengo would have gladly bowed down to a graven image of Nebuchadnezzar.  Why not?  They would have wanted to show that they loved Nebuchadnezzar “more” than God.  Of course, they would have bowed down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image of himself.

Perhaps these T-shirt, bumper sticker activists think they are helping us all understand the importance of loving each other.  God’s Word is too harsh and judgmental.  They know best.  They know how to genuinely love people more than God ever could.  What they fail to realize is that they are doing just the opposite.  We can never learn to love each other until we first learn to love God.  When people love each other or themselves more than God they are headed towards disappointment, emptiness, and separation from God.

To instruct others to love people more than God is heresy.  Of the 31,102 verses in the Bible not one supports their view. This message is dangerous as it attempts to undermine God’s authority and His relationship with His children.  We must put away these childish ideas and stand firm on the unfailing Word of God.

Prayer: “Help us Father God to learn to love You and put You first in our lives.  Forgive us for our arrogance and self-righteousness.  Teach us to love each other while still being true to You.  Help our unbelief and guide us as we live each day to glorify Your name.  Amen.”

Election Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can go to the polls and vote for our political leaders.

Thank You for any God-fearing candidates who are on the ballots.  Give them wisdom and boldness to represent positions that support Your Word and Your Will.

Help us to be good stewards with our financial resources so that we don’t selfishly burden future generations or other citizens by voting for candidates that promise short-term financial gain.

Give us wisdom and discernment as we decipher the varying views and political rhetoric.  Open our eyes, so that we are not deceived by untruths and mischaracterizations of others.

Guide us to stand against sin, immorality, rebellion and lawlessness with our vote.  Help us to not justify our sins or the sins of others.  Bring clarity to issues that are an offense to You.  Shine light on our path; guide our decisions and our vote.

Unite Your church in one accord and one voice as we stand up for issues that align with Scripture.  Show us those candidates who fear You, glorify You and seek to do Your will.

Let the sins of our country grieve our spirits and drive us to the polls at every opportunity.

O Lord, in your sovereignty you appoint our leaders.  You appoint some who fear You and others who are the result of Your righteous judgments.  We trust You and Only You with this country and world.  Your will be done on earth as it is heaven, forever.  Amen.

 

Satan’s Teat

36szlig7lul011 Peter 2:2-3 “Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.  Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good!”

Scripture encourages us to study God’s Word in order to grow in the Lord. Learning and applying God’s Word to our lives, strengthens our faith and our faithfulness.  Like newborn babies, our vision is not clear when we turn and grope the wrong teat.  Too often, we are satisfied with Satan’s teat.  It tastes good, feels good, and is readily available.  Satan’s teat of deception is anti-God as it hinders both growth and good works.

Below are symptoms of those who are sucking from the wrong teat:

  1. They doubt God’s word – the Bible.  Satan always begins here.  If he can get you to doubt God’s Word – he’s got you.  Just like when he told Eve that God didn’t really mean that her disobedience would result in death, Satan deceives many by telling them what they want to hear, “You can rebel against God without consequences” (Genesis 3, John 8:4).
  2. Their Bible study consist of reflecting on how verses or stories can benefit their personal lives.  The primary focus of Bible study should be to draw closer to God – to know Him, to grow in faith, and to learn how to glorify God by doing His will.  Personal application comes with knowledge and wisdom (Romans 10:17, Psalm 119:151-153).
  3. Their prayer life is void of self-reflection and repentance.  Prayer is about developing a strong relationship with Father God as we seek to worship Him in spirit and truth.  We must go before God in humility, with remorse and repentance for our sins in order to have a right relationship with Him (Luke 18:9-14, Acts 3:19, James 4:8, Psalm 145:18-19, Philippians 4:6-7).
  4. They think they need to apologize for God.  For example, they think the Old Testament paints God as intolerant, revengeful, judgmental, and violent, therefore they excuse the Old Testament as no longer relevant in today’s progressive society. They avoid the use of the word “blood” and other offensive words when discussing Christ and His work.  They insist on making the Gospel socially acceptable and not offensive.  In other words, they think that they know more about who God is and what He expects than what He said and demonstrated in Scripture (Psalm 7:11, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 3:4, Psalm 18:30 and 92:15, 2 John 1:9-11, Romans 12:1-2).
  5. They think all religions have some validity.  Jesus was clear…..He is the only way to the Father.  There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
  6. They refuse to make a stance against immorality.  Weak Christians don’t stand up against sin.  They go along, to get along.  Daniel refused to be defiled and he was determined to glorify God, and God alone, even in life and death situations (Daniel 1 and 6, Romans 16:18, James 4:17, ).
  7. They believe a good God won’t send anyone to hell.  They think that only Hitler and a few others like him will be in hell.  Jesus said wide is the gate that leads to destruction – any many find it.  Narrow is the gate to eternal life – and few find it (Matthew 7:13-14, 13:42, and 25:4-6 and 41, Ezekiel 18:20, 2 Thess. 1:9, Jude 1:7).
  8. They don’t recognize modern forms of idolatry such as pride, vanity, materialism, celebrity worship, self-sufficiency, self-indulgence, and humanism. Self-actualization, meditation outside of meditating on Scripture and the practice of Yoga are also forms of idolatry as people glorify “self” and self-sufficiency (1 Corinthians 10:7 & 14, Revelation 9:20, Psalm 135:15-18, Exodus 20:3-6, 1 Timothy 4:1, 1 John 4:1).
  9. They don’t grieve over the sins of America and the world….many even think the world is getting better.  As we approach the last days, the Bible warns that it will be as in the days of Noah – when every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.  God hated the sin of Noah’s day as demonstrated by his total annihilation of every human and animal, except those saved by God in the ark. Today’s culture turns morality upside down.  “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).  This world is on a downward spiral and sin is ramped – this sinful culture should grieve every believer (Genesis 6:5-8, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Corinthians 3:19, Matt. 24:37-39).
  10. They aren’t hungry for more of God.  The one who is satisfied with Satan’s teat will never hunger for a closer walk with God.  They will never dig deep into Scripture and grow in faith, knowledge and wisdom.  They cling to Satan’s teat of deception as they blindly grope for more. (Ephesians 4:14, Psalm 52:3, 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

If you suffer from one or more of the symptoms above, ask God to refocus your devotion to Him and His Word.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8).

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

 

 

 

The Forgotten

d593c3aa71ecf0f00ef36b9bf4218984--psalm--king-of-kingsStephen Paddock recently shocked the world when he gunned down defenseless attenders of a country music festival in Las Vegas.  He killed 58 people and injured another 546.  Pictures of Paddock have dominated the local and cable news stations for weeks.  He joins the ranks of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, Seung-Hui Cho, Adam Lanza and several other horrendous mass shooters in US history. These hideous crimes pale in comparison to Mao Tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim II Sung and other brutal dictators who killed millions during their short time on earth.

These wicked men seek glory and fame, even if their only means to success is through evil deeds and shedding innocent blood.  They fail to realize that Continue reading

The Real Walking Dead

walking-deadFor the past few years, there have been numerous shows and movies about Zombies.  The most prominent is AMC’s, The Walking Dead, which is going on its 8th season.  When people die, they turn into a zombie-like, dead man walking, also known as a “Walker” and immediately start seeking to devour the “Living” people.  Like the Zombie curse, sin entered this world through Adam.  As a result, all humanity is born under the curse of sin.  The Bible warns, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

This world is filled with people who are under the influence and control of Satan.  They are walking dead, zombie-like people who are going Continue reading

How to Finish the Race With Joy

92818945The Apostle Paul described life as a race and declared that he had finished his race with joy.  How can we, like Paul, finish our race – our life with joy?

  • Run your race with your eye on the prize – don’t compare your ministry to others.  As humans, our eyes can only focus in one direction. We can either focus straight ahead, up or down, left or right.  If we are running a race, our focus should be straight ahead, toward the finish line.  Runners who look elsewhere will slow down, stumble or get out of their lane (and disqualified). Likewise, Christians should focus on their own ministry.  Don’t waste time
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Open My Eyes

Open my eyes Lord, help me to see.                                                                                             Blinded from birth, sin’s curse hides me
My lids shut tightly, no glimpse of light
Open my eyes Lord, if ever so slight

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Don’t Boast of Victory if You Haven’t Won the War

drunk_king_benhadad_1_k_20_-_c-1021In the news and other media outlets, we are fed a daily dose of victorious boasts by radical Islamists and other unbelievers against Christians.  Moreover, current and future “victories” in the political arena by anti-Bible activists on social issues against religious liberties are loudly trumpeted.

These bullying tactics remind me of a premature boasting by an enemy of God’s people in the Old Testament.  In 1 Kings 20 we learn of Ahab, King of Israel, being challenged… Continue reading